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.

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!!

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

Purpose of Our Life !!

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Bismillah hir rahman nir rahim

Assalam alai kum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu

Let me ask you a question,”What is The Purpose of your life? “

🙂 Till some time back, I thought that the purpose of my life at this stage was the clichéd “to be a good mother and wife ”:)

And  yet I felt dissatisfied, as if there was something that I needed to do but was not doing. This restlessness propelled me to seek some answers.

And then Our Rabb told me “O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious – See V.2:2).

“Worship your Lord…”, that is it?, I thought to myself. I do worship my lord. I offer my prayers, I fast in Ramadan, I try to read Quran ,but I still “feel” this feeling.

So what is the meaning of worship which I don’t know yet . Come let’s find it together.

“Worship means, love, sincerity, obedience. Du’a and Tawakkul should all be ONLY on Allah alone.”

This is a very simple yet powerful definition given by ,a teacher of the Qur’an.

Let me elaborate it.

Why do you think your child loves you the most? The answer is because in your child’s eye, you are one who gave birth to him (created). You are the one who takes care of him(owns)and you are the one who  does things for him (plans). These three attributes make you, his mother the center of his universe now and even when he is taller and bigger than you.

Now , think of Our Rabb. HE (Al-Khaliq) created us from nothing, He (Al Malik) owns us, whatever we have is given to us by Him and He (Al-Muddabir) plans everything for us.

So , why shouldn’t we love Him with utmost sincerity?

We demand obedience from our children? We think it’s our Right and this thought is endorsed by all child psychologists.

And we demand it as we are trying to teach our children the best way to live in this world.

Now think of Our Rabb. He also teaches us in the Qur’an the best way to live in this world. So, doesn’t He have the right to complete obedience from us?

We know that everything in the heavens and the earth is Our Rabb’s.  Nothing happens without His permission and knowledge.

Oh, then why shouldn’t our du’a and tawakkul(reliance) be Only on Him?

And then , our Rabb tells us that “There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut(evil) and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower. 2:256

Our nothingness, powerlessness in front of Our Rabb is a reality. The sooner we realize this “truth that stands clear” and turn towards Him in repentance and thankfulness for all that He has given us in this life, the better it would be for us. Both for this dunya and akhirah.

As Jannah is earned “Only” through our Rabb’s pleasure, And that can only be gained by fulfilling the Purpose of Our Life—to love Him the Most and Obey Him with utmost sincerity and to ask Only Him for what we need and to Rely Only on Him for the fulfillment of our desires and needs.

The way of the sahabas wherein they asked Allah swt even when they needed a shoelace replaced always moves me.

That is my goal. To worship my Rabb so much that when I need even a pen , I ask Him for it and then get up to look for one.

So , what is yours?

🙂 Untill next time..fi amaanillah !!