afterlife

Make the Call, Be First, Be Early, Pray in the Night

Imagine rewards so much that they can’t even be mentioned. By making a little extra effort in things we probably already do, we can have unimaginable benefit in the hereafter.

  1. Performing the Call to prayer (Adhan); Do this at home when you can, even if no one is there to hear you, the Angels hear you and respond.
  2. Standing in the first row of congregational prayer; You’re already at the Mosque (Masjid), might as well stand at the front and get the full benefit.
  3. Praying your Salaat early; Instead of delaying it until the last minute, pray right at the time when each of the 5 daily prayers starts.
  4. Praying in the middle of the night when most people are asleep (Tahujjud); Even performing just 2 Rakats (cycles) should be enough for a tremendous reward.

Reported by Abu Hurairah (RA): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Were people to know the blessing of pronouncing Adhan and the standing in the first row, they would even draw lots to secure these privileges. And were they to realize the reward of performing Salat early, they would race for it; and were they to know the merits of Salat after nightfall (`Isha’) and the dawn (Fajr) Salat, they would come to them even if they had to crawl.” [Bukhari & Muslim – Riyad us Saliheen, Chapter 186, 1033]

Thank you to http://www.hadithoftheday.com/ for the wonderful reminder.

Be A Person From Paradise

How easy does Allah make it for every believer to be from the people of Paradise?  It’s only through Allah’s eternal mercy that we get these gems of faith.

Simply recite this supplication (dua) during the day and at night, and have a firm faith in it, it is the best way to ask for forgiveness, and if you die that same day or night, you will be from the people of Paradise.  Alhumdulillah (All Praise and Gratefulness are to God).

Oh Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I beg You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.

Shaddad ibn Aws (radiAllahu anhu) relates that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said that he (Sayyid al-Istighfar) most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is to say (the above du’a). That “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise.” [sahih al-Bukhari; 8,75,318, at-Tirmidhi; 3393, an-Nasa’i; 5522, Ahmad; 16662]

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَمَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ
Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu Laka bidhanbi faghfirli innahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta

Improve Your Worship

Do you want a way to make your worship (remembrance (dhikr), gratefulness, and prayer (salaat)) even better and more accepted?

Repeat this dua (supplication) at the end of every prayer:

Oh Allah, help me in remembering You, in being grateful to You, and in worshipping You properly.

Only Allah knows how you could improve your worship, so ask Allah for help, Allah will answer your request.

اللهم اعني على ذكرك وشكرك وحسن عبادتك
‘Alahumma a’innee ala thikrika wa shukrika wa husnee ibadatika.’
(O Allah, help me in remembering You, in offering thanks to You, and in worshipping You properly.)

“I advise you, O Mu’adh, say at the end of every prayer, ‘O Allah, aid me in Your remembrance, Your thanks, and in perfecting Your worship.” (Related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Khuzaimah, Ibn Hibban and al-Hakim) 

Poem: Fitna of Dajjal

The Fitna of Dajjal

By: Ameerah J. Ali

In a time of uncertainty,
We know the inevitable, will become a reality.
AllAh (SWT) has told all of humanity,
Alif, Laam, Mim. Da Lee Kal Kitabu La Raybah Fee. (2:1-2)
And still, we have doubt in what we believe.

Dajjal will surely come to deceive,
Breaking up an entire family.
Are you ready to turn the cheek,
And follow the hungry and weak?

Dajjal will claim Divinity,
Winning the hearts of those who lack faith and sincerity.

His chains will be cut for him to run free,
With his powers, he will trek the world in its entirety.

In a time of famine and disparity,
Dajjal will cause it to rain, and people will follow blindly.
The weak in faith will give up everything,
To be a part of this false prophecy.

He will never be given entry,
Into Mecca or Medina, our holiest cities.
When he reaches Medina, in his journey,
The tremors will cause the hypocrites to flee.
A Muslim, strong in his belief,
Will come to call out Dajjal’s dishonesty.
Dajjal will kill and revive. Do you still doubt me?
Yes, now I know you are Dajjal, most Definitely!

Memorize the first 10 Ayah of Surah Al Kahf, for security,
Add the last 10 for immunity.

Seek Allah’s protection from this catastrophe,
May He guide us and keep us on the Siratul Mustakeem!
Say Ameen!

Remember to turn to the Quran-ul Majeed
Because we are guaranteed,
Alif Laam Mim, Da Lee Kal Kitabu La Raybah Fee!!! (2:1-2)

Raise Your Rank

Trials (tests, hardships, discomfort, loss, fear, hunger, etc.), they occur for one of three reasons:

  1. Due to sins: You will know this is the case if you display impatience with the trial, are restless, and complaining.  The trial is because of a sin you committed.
  2. As an expiation for sins: A person paying for their sins through trial shows patience in the face of hardship, continued obedience to Allah without complaint, with complete ease on the body.
  3. To raise your rank: A person who Allah has chosen to raise to a higher level will show signs of calm, and obedience to Allah that is easy on the mind, body and soul.  Trials for this person are a sign of love from Allah.

Knowing these three reasons, being conscience of them, will help you train to be calm and remain obedient in hardship, it will help you feel ease during these times, and all trials will become a way to raise your rank through Allah.

Righteousness is in good character and morality, is that in which the soul feels at ease and the heart feels tranquil. And wrongdoing is that which causes uneasiness in the chest, wavers in your soul, and which you dislike people finding out about.

Trials occur for one of three reasons:
[1] Due to sins: the sign of which is impatience, restlessness and complaining;
[2] As an expiation for sins: the sign of which is patience and obedience being easy on the body;
[3] To raise one’s rank: the sign of which is calm and contentment along with obedience being easy for the body and heart.
[Nahlawi, al-Durar al-Mubaha]

When Allah who is Great and Glorious loves people He afflicts them [with trials]. (Tirmidhi)

Anyone for whom Allah intends good, He makes him suffer from some affliction. (Bukhari)

When Allah intends good for His slave, He punishes him in this world, but when He intends an evil for His slave, He does not hasten to take him to task but calls him to account on the Day of Resurrection. (Tirmidhi)

“So know that victory is with patience, and relief is with distress and that with hardship comes ease.” -The Prophet Muhammad

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient (Quran: Surat Al Baqarah Verse 155 http://quran.com/2/155)

Daily debt to Allah

Did you know you have daily debt to Allah?  Every morning charity is due on every joint of the body.  There are 360 joints in the human body.  So you owe at least 360 acts of charity every single day.  If you miss a day or several days, does your debt accumulate over your lifetime? Every year amounts to just under 130,000 acts of charity.

Every time you glorify God (say Alhumdulillah) is an act of charity, every time you praise God (say Subhan’Allah), it’s an act of charity, and every time you declare Gods greatness (say Allahu’Akbar) is an act of charity.  Doing good is an act of charity, forbidding evil is an act of charity.

Hack: You could pray two rakats of Doha prayer in the morning (About 20 minutes after sunrise until about 45 minutes before Dhuhr prayer), this would be equal to everything mentioned above in reward.

Salat ul Doha (Duha)
Abu Dharr Radhiallahu ‘anhu reported: The Prophet (saw) said, “In the morning, charity is due on every joint of the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allah’s Glorification (i.e., saying Subhan Allah) is an act of charity, every utterance of His Praise (i.e., saying Al-hamdu lillah) is an act of charity, every utterance of declaration of His Greatness (i.e., saying La ilaha ill Allah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of declaration of His Power (i.e. saying Allah Akbar); and enjoining M`aruf (good) is an act of charity, and forbidding Munkar (evil) is an act of charity, and two Rak`ats of Doha Prayers which one performs in the Forenoon is equal to all this (in reward).” [Muslim]