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/

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 !!