The Deeds
The Deeds

 

The ten days of Dhul Hijjah have begun. These are the most blessed days of the year, so increase your good deeds in them.
In particular:
1) The most noble of deeds in these days is the Hajj.
2) Increase your dhikr: the takbeer, and tahleel, and tasbeeh.
3) Read more Quran than usual in these days.
4) Give charity: sponsor an orphan, or build a well, or feed a poor person.
5) Fast, especially if you are not going for Hajj, on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, for it forgives the minor sins of the year before and the year after.
And remember to make dua for all Muslims around the world.
May Allah make us of the righteous and forgive our sins, Ameen!
~Yasir Qadhi~

Takbeer is to proclaim the greatness of Allah by saying Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great!)
Tahmeed is to praise Allah by saying Alhamdulillah (All Praise belongs to Allah)
Tahleel is to declare the oneness of Allah by saying La ilaaha il-lal-laah (There is none worthy of worship except Allah)
Tasbeeh is to glorify Allah by saying Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah)
It is Sunnah to recite takbeer, tahmeed, tahleel and tasbeeh during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

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The 7 Productive Goals for a day–Surah Al Fatiha

We all want to have a productive day. We strive hard in figuring out our interests and potential and learn to manage that precious commodity, time. We set goals and develop strategies to accomplish them.

Now, the point to ponder is, are these “goals” really aimed at gaining the Pleasure of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (glorified is He)?

What goals should we set for ourselves to achieve in a day that are aimed at gaining the pleasure of Allah (swt) and inching closer to Jannah (Paradise) insha’Allah (God willingly)?

Subhan’Allah (glory to God)!!  Allah (swt)—the Supreme Being—gives us the answer in 7 short ayahs (verses of the Qur’an) very aptly titled –“Al Fatiha—The Opening.”

Here goes:–

  1. Say Bismillah before beginning a task—In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful:Start each task with the name of Allah (swt). It increases barakah (blessings). Say Bismillah before eating, starting something new, entering the house etc.
  2. Thank Allah (swt) often—[All] praise is [due] to Allah, Lord of the worlds: A true believer is grateful in all circumstances. Look around you and acknowledge the blessings of Allah (swt) and thank Him for them each day. This very practical exercise will help in dealing with traumatic situations and fighting discontentment and increase the chances of leading a stress-free lifestyle.
  3. Be Kind—The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful: Allah (swt)‘s beautiful qualities of being Especially merciful and Entirely Merciful. We should try to adopt these qualities in our daily lives and be merciful and kind to the people around us. Be kind to your family, neighbors, and friends. Take a pot of chicken soup to someone with a cold, or give a ride to someone to the mosque or the halaqas (study circles) today. :)
  4. Remember the Day of Judgment—Sovereign of the Day of Recompense: Tell yourself each day that thisdunya (life, universe) is just “play and amusement” and very soon that day will come when Allah (swt) will recompense us for each good and bad deed done. This will insha’Allah assist us in balancing the dunya and the akhirah (Hereafter). Read Surah Mulk every night.
  5. Seek Only Allah (swt) for help—It is You we worship and You we ask for help: Remember Allah (swt) is only a du`a’ (supplication) away. The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) said: “Man should call upon Allah alone to provide for all his needs, so much so that even if a shoe-lace is broken, he should pray to Allah to provide a shoe-lace, and if he needs salt, he should beseech Allah to send it to him.” [Tirmidhi] We know and accept thatonly Allah (swt) can help us during our hardships. We increase our reliance on Allah (swt) and make du`a’ and practice patience.
  6. Follow the Sunnah—Guide us to the straight path: Yahiya ibn Mu‘âdh (rahimahu Allâh, may God be pleased with him) said, “Renew your hearts with the remembrance of Allâh because it rushes into forgetfulness.” We should try each day to learn something new about the deen (religion). Learn a new sunnah (tradition) or Qur’anic ruling on some matter relating to your everyday life.
  7. Do righteous deeds and seek the company of the righteous—The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray: Make an effort to do good deeds and seek the company of those people who remember Allah (swt) when they meet. Listen attentively to the jumu`ah khutbah (Friday sermon) and attend halaqas (study circles).

The good news is that Allah (swt) reminds us of these goals at least 17 times a day; in every fard salah (mandatory prayer).

Alhamdulillah (praise be to God) for that  🙂

-originally published by an Islamic Lifestyle writer in suhaibwebb.com

http://www.suhaibwebb.com/personaldvlpt/character/the-7-goals-for-a-productive-day-surah-fatiha/comment-page-1/#comment-83711

and reposted by Hadith of the Day at  http://www.hadithoftheday.com/inspiration/articles-and-interviews/productive-day/

The Mezan–The Scales

The Mezan—The Scales

…And the weighing on that day (Day of Resurrection) will be the true (weighing). Al Araf 8

This event will definitely happen as Allah swt says “its Haqq”—the truth, and it will be accurate to the last milligram!!

So let’s learn about it and prepare ourselves for it , inshallah!!:–

  • What will be weighed?
  • How will it be weighed?
  • The results!!
  • The deeds which carry Bonus Points!!.
  • The  Deed Wasters!!
  1. What will be weighed:–
  • Each and every action will be weighed: —From the most insignificant to the most prominent.

And if there be the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it. And Sufficient are We as Reckoners. An Anbiya 47

  • We will be weighed.

The Prophet (s) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, a fat man will be brought forth, but he will not weigh with Allah equal to the wing of a mosquito). And on the Day of Resurrection, We shall assign no weight for them) 18:105.

Also, the Prophet said about `Abdullah bin Mas`ud, “Do you wonder at the thinness of his legs By He in Whose Hand is my soul! They are heavier on the Balance than (Mount) Uhud.” –Tafsir Ibn Kathir

  1. 2.     How will it be weighed?

The Book of Records,the scrolls with our deeds written in it, will be placed on the scales.

Allah will give our deeds physical weight on the Day of Resurrection It is recorded in the Sahih that Al-Baqarah (chapter 2) and Al `Imran (chapter 3) will come on the Day of Resurrection in the shape of two clouds, or two objects that provide shade, or two lined groups of birds.

It is also recorded in the Sahih that the Qur’an will come to its companion (who used to recite and preserve it) in the shape of a pale-faced young man. He will ask (the young man), “Who are you” He will reply, “I am the Qur’an, who made you stay up sleeplessly at night and caused you thirst in the day.”

Subhanallah !!

‘There is a hadith that Al-Bara’ narrated about the questioning in the grave that states, “A young man with fair color and good scent will come to the believer, who will ask, `Who are you’ He will reply, `I am your good deeds’).

The Prophet mentioned the opposite in the case of the disbeliever and the hypocrite.

May Allah swt not make us one of those 🙂 !! ameen

  1. 3.   The Results!!
  • The Good Result:  those whose scale with the good deeds is heavy. J

So as for those whose scale (of good deeds) will be heavy, they will be the successful (by entering Paradise). Al Araf 8

  • The Bad result: those whose scale with the bad deeds is heavy.

And as for those whose scale will be light, they are those who will lose their ownselves (by entering Hell) because they denied and rejected Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.).  Al Araf 9

And Allah swt is Very Accurate.

And We shall set up the Balances of justice on the Day of Resurrection, then none will be dealt with unjustly in anything. And if there be the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it. And Sufficient are We to take account 21:47

And Allah swt is the Al Adl (the Just)

Surely, Allah wrongs not even the weight of a speck of dust, but if there is any good (done), He doubles it, and gives from Him a great reward. 4:40

4.     The deeds that carry Bonus Points!!

Throughout the Quran, we are time and again shown how merciful Allah swt is.!!

Allah swt knows that insaan is weak and tends to forget, so gives us bonus points for certain deeds, when done with sincerity will inshallah tip the scales in our favor!!

  • Firm belief in Allah swt:

A Hadith states that a man will be brought forth and ninety-nine scrolls containing errors and sins will be placed on one side of the balance each as long as the sight can reach. He will then be brought a card on which `La ilaha illallah’ will be written. He will say, “O Lord! What would this card weigh against these scrollsAllah will say, “You will not be wronged.” So the card will be placed on the other side of the Balance, and as the Messenger of Allah said, (Behold! The (ninety-nine) scrolls will go up, as the card becomes heavier.) At-Tirmidhi recorded similar wording for this Hadith and said that it is authentic.

  • Good  Manners–Akhlaq

 

Abu Darda’ reported that the Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, said, “Nothing is weightier on the Scale of Deeds than one’s good manners.” Sahih Bukhari , Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi with others..

Being kind and generous to one’s family, relatives, neighbors, friends gains us Big Points!!

  • Remembering Allah swt

The prophet (s) said ,  “There are) two words which are dear to the Beneficent (Allah) and very light (easy) for the tongue (to say), but very heavy in weight in the balance. They are: Subhan Allah wa-bi hamdihi and Subhan Allah Al-‘Adheem.” [Bukhaari, 9/93/652].”

 

  • Any action done feesabillilah ( in the way of Allah)!!

 

The Prophet(s) said , ´.. as for the one for whom it (a horse) is a source of reward, he is one who keeps his horse for the sake of Jihad( struggle for Allah) for Allah” cause;he ties it with a long rope on a pasture or in a garden. So whatever its rope allows it to eat, will be regarded as good reward able deeds (for its owner). And if it breaks off its rope and jumps over one or two hillocks, even its dung will be considered amongst his good deeds. And if it passes a river and drinks water from it that will be considered as good deeds for its benefit, even if he has no intention of watering it… “ Sahih Bukhari.

Can you imagine, the time you spend on facebook can be counted as good deeds if you think of reading and sharing any good information that comes your way?

The  Deed Wasters!!

Deeds done with even a tiny seed of riya (show off), hasad (jealousy) are wasted.

Any deed done for the gain of this dunya is a Waster!!

One must always make one’s intention to please Allah swt and say Bismillah before starting any task (yes, even before signing into an email account or any social networking site!!  J

 

On that note, I end here with a dua that may Allah swt count each second that you spent in reading this as a Good Deed that weighs heavily in The Mezan and accept all your good deeds, amen.

Please share it forward and make it a Sadaqa e Jaria for Yourself

Jazzak Allahu Khairan Kaseera!!

Love each other for the sake of Allah swt: a Point Plus Program

Abû Hurayrah relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah will ask on the Day of Judgment: ‘Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My glory? Today, – on a day when there is no shade but mine – I shall shade them with My shade.” [Sahîh Muslim (2566)] 

“I love you for the sake of Allah”. This phrase has been used by me and by many others so many times. I recently attended a halaqa also on this topic and what struck me was the word “love”.

Something was amiss and I was very restless.

Yes I love a lot of people, but I do that because they are my family; blood, in law or through circumstances.

But the Messenger of Allah (s) in his statement does not make any exceptions. He (s) talks only about “loving each other for the sake of Allah”.

I was so confused when I looked around me and saw people using this statement yet exhibiting coldness in emotion, jealousy, betrayal in their attitude.

And then I looked up the word in the dictionary, as I think we sometimes really forget the “meaning” of the word we speak so casually.

Love means to have really strong feelings of affection for someone and to really like someone.

🙂

Now a different question perplexed me. Ok Alhamdulillah I really love some people, but here as I said earlier the Messenger of Allah (s) makes no exception.

So how to really love someone who hurt or betrayed me?!!!! And I like you desperately want that shade of Allah’s!!

After all the hurt and the discussion which unfortunately is labeled under the tag ” “gheebat”  in our Book Of Deeds settles down and the remorse sets in  i look for the answer to “how to truly love a person no matter what for the sake of Allah swt” and and then  alhamdullilah I came upon a simple Point Plus Program Guide for Truly Loving a Person for the Sake of Allah:

  1. Make the intention: no matter what I will “love “ this person for the sake of Allah swt as He wants me to  and I desperately want that shade on the day when there will be no shade but His.
  1. Acknowledge the struggle: None of us is perfect. Not me. Not you. Each day is an intense struggle with the nafs and this dunya to live life the way Allah wants us to live. Each one of us has different areas of weakness and strengths. Acknowledge the struggle and remember we are all “sisters (or brothers) in arms” against the shaitan.
  1. Identify the Good Areas: each one of us has some “good areas”. Something about a person that is good and we like. Identify it.
  1. Focus on it: once we have identified the good areas, focus on them alone. You must have seen a horse with the blinders around its eyes, to make it look only straight ahead. Become like that horse. Focus only on the good areas. Not easy. I agree but if done for the sake of Allah, then eventually it does become easy. Inshallah!!
  1. Seek refuge from the shaitan: something negative will happen to derail us. A nasty comment, a cold look, someone telling us about the bad the other person has said or done to us.  Seek refuge from Allah. Only He can help and anyways we are doing it only for His sake. So He will help us inshallah. And start at Point No 1 again : acknowledge the struggle a person makes.
  1. 6.     Remember no one is Perfect. Not you. Not me:  we are all struggling in this dunya for a better Akhirah. None of us is perfect and if we don’t help each other by being forgiving and understanding and sympathy,  then who will?

 

So lets help each other “love each other for the sake of Allah and be shaded by His shade on the day when there will be no shade but His.

My dearest Child–A Prologue to Surah Fatiha

Bismillahir Rahman nir Rahim

My dearest child,

I begin in the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent and the Most Merciful.

Today you set out on the journey for finding the key to the doors of Jannah.

Do you know what it is? It is “ To Gain the pleasure of Allah subhana hu t’aala”.

The clues to finding it are all in the Quran.

So begin your journey of the Quran, with an empty heart and let the Quran fill it with its light which will guide you straight to Jannah where Allah subhana hu t’aala will tell the gates  to open for His beloved You to come through. And the Prophet (s) would himself be waiting for you to give you a sip of water from the haud-e kausar to help you quench the thirst after the long trip you made. The number and beauty of its vessels are like the stars  of the sky. Its water is whiter than milk, sweeter than honey and (its fragrance) is better than the fragrance of musk!!

Allah subhana hu t’aala and the Prophet(s) would be sooooo proud of you that day inshallah. And so will I my dearest child, so will i.

So begin in the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficient and the Most Merciful!!

May Allah make it easy for you!! Ameen.

This day is a very big day for me too, as today I set out with you, even though you have to do this alone.  You will always find Allah subhana hu t’aala right next to you watching you take every step, fly over every fallen branch, fall in a puddle then rise up again. He will see you face Shaitan and ask Him for help and He will send it even before you have completed your du’a and then see you defeat it and emerge victorious.  Every time you will feel tired you will find Him right there next to you to make you sit and wrap you up in His mercy and hold you tight till you feel strong again.

Allah subhana hu t’aala gave a nur (light) to the Prophet (s) for us, his (s) ummah (nation). An angel came down especially from a special door in jannah to give to the Prophet (s) to light the way for us. Allah subhana hu t’aala Himself wants to make this journey easy for us.

Alhamdulillah for that!!!!

If you ever feel sick or tired, you can use this nur to make you feel better again inshallah as it is also called As-Shifa.

There is also something special here that Allah kept between Him and You in this. Inshallah, as you go on you will find it in the Quran too.

This is one of the best du’as that you can ever make and you will use it at least 17 times in a day inshallah!! 🙂

And most importantly this will teach you the secret of making this journey easy, breezy and beautiful for you inshallah!! 🙂

So what are you waiting for?

Let’s begin.

Bismillah Hir Rahman Nir Rahim!!!

The Deeds–Dhul Hijjah

Assalam alai kum Wa Rahamtullahi Wa barakatahu, were you missing Ramadan and the limitless mercy that it brought with it?? No worries dear, Allah subhana hu ta’aala the Most Beneficent and The Most Merciful, is giving us another chance to immerse ourselves in His mercy and to seek  His forgiveness. There are numerous things that we can do to earn hasanas( good deeds) and increase our hoard of good deeds with Allah az wa jjal and reap the benefits both in the Dunya and Akhirah.

Salah: Make an effort to plan your day around Salah times , this will inshallah help in praying Salah at the earliest possible. Learn and recite the duas  that one can make in Salah and listen to your voice while you are reciting the ayahs. this will inshallah help in increasing concentration in Salah.

Quran: feeling guilty about not keeping up with the habit of reading quran daily? now is the time to kick it up again. Read some portion of the Quran daily and the best time is as Allah subhana hu ta’aala has filled that time with His barakah (blessings). Read and Reflect upon the meaning and then share it with your family and friends.

Saum: Fast on the Day of Arafah, inshallah Allah subhana hu ta’aala will expiate all your sins in the past year and the one coming (Sahih Muslim). make up the missed fasts .

Remembering Allah: Do Takbeer ( Allahu Akbar), Tahmeel( Alhamdullilah)and Tahmeel( La illaha illal la) and lots of istighfar during the last 10 days. Make special duas on the Day of Arafah. inshallah Allah will accept your duas.

Charity: Give in the name of Allah and for Allah to the needy.

And Remember to Make the Intention Before Every Task–to Please Allah.

May Allah accept all our deeds and make us all enter Jannatul Firdaus together.. ameen

How much do I gain if I “GIVE” in Charity?

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The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing. [2:261]

                                                          *——-Bismillah——*

Charity is the third Pillar of Islam. Sharing our wealth is so important that Allah subhana hu ta’aala has put it in the same bracket as Tawheed, Salah and Fast and Hajj.

But, parting away from our wealth, is tough at times. And then we ask the BIG question:

*Why should I spend from my wealth?*

And alhamdullilah, Allah subhana hu ta’aala answers it for us.

Allah swt likens the person who spends even 1 penny “feesabillilah—in the way of Allah” with a pure intention, as a seed sowed by a farmer which grows into 7 stalks and each stalk at the top has 100 clusters of grains.[2:261]

That means if today you spend  1 Re/$/dirham in the way of Allah swt.. Allah will reward a person with 700 Re/$/dirham worth of good deeds and this is when we spend ONLY  1 re/$/dirham..

According to a hadith by Ibn Majah- the mafum is as follows.. the Prophet s.a.w said, if a person sponsors his money for the deen of Allah but doesn’t actively participate, then his reward is 700 times for each dirham spent and if a person sponsors his money for the deen of Allah swt and also actively participates in the way of Allah swt then his reward is 700,000 times for each dirham spent.

Sadaqa is that tunnel through which, we put our wealth from one side and it reaches jannah and awaits us there.

One must spend, to attain Allah swt’s pleasure. Imagine a tunnel with two open ends. We put Sadaqa from one side and it goes away from our sight but it is still there waiting for us on the day of Akhirah to lead us to jannah inshallah.

The reward for spending is IMMENSE.

What we are we waiting for 🙂 let’s get going..!!

But wait!!

Before we embark on this journey, let’s prepare ourselves as the road is tough and obstacles such as Takkabur (arrogance) are too many on the way.

Before, we undertake this journey of spending in the way of Allah subhana hu ta’aala  on the creations of Allah subhana hu ta’aala  we must cleanse our heart and fill it will the love of Allah subhana hu ta’aala  . We must tell ourselves that we are doing this only for the sake of our Khaliq and we want His pleasure as that’s all we seek.

We don’t want any worldly benefit .No worldly acclaim or recognition or any financial reward. The Only reward we seek is Our Rabb’s pleasure and mercy.

And as carefully as protect our beloved jewelry so that it doesn’t get spoilt, must we so protect our Sadaqa as it might be harmed and finally destroyed if we follow it with reminders , or hurtful comments.[2:665]

 

May every penny you spend in the way of Allah become a sadaqa e jaria for YOU and YOUR Family in the dunya and akhirah .

Ameen