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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

Size of the Universe(s)

In his sayings and traditions, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) described the size of the heavens (Universes); the first heaven, as compared to the second, is similar to a small ring in the desert, and he continued this narrative until he described the sixth heaven as being the size of a ring in the desert compared to the seventh heaven. The magnitude of this is unimaginable.

Our earth, and what we call the universe, is contained within the first heaven. Even with the scientific knowledge of the 21st century, we have no idea how big this is, how far the universe extends, or what wonders it contains.

The immensity of Allah’s creation is mind blowing!  Beyond the heavens lies infinity/eternity where time and space stop existing.

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The universe compared to Allah’s kursi (footrest) is like a ring in a desert. And Allah’s kursi compared to His ursh (throne) is like a ring in a desert.” [Ibn Hibban, Ibn Abi Hatim]

Over 1,400 years ago, Islam explained the multi-universe reality, now watch this TED-ED Talk on several recent theories on the existence of multiple Universes, and theories on the size of the Universe, truly amazing:

Another TED Talk on the Multiverse (Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe?):

In the above TED Talk, Brian Greene discusses dimensions beyond the three dimensions we are aware of (3D: width, height, depth). Could this be the beginning of finding out what dimension the Jinn live in? (Jinn are the creation of God (before humans) that were made from a type of fire, Satan is of the Jinn) 

Could this also explain scientifically how the Prophet (PBUH) was able to travel during the Isra and Mi’raj journey? If we are able to tap into this dimension, could we travel as fast to different parts of the world, or maybe even space/time?

When you take a step back and look at how miniscule (in size) we are as a people and as a planet, you start to realize how immense Allah is, and Allah is the only reason we have any significance, any meaning, any purpose.

Alhumdulillah.

Forgiven

Performing Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) is one of the best ways to seek forgiveness of one’s sins, but there is an even easier way, especially if you can’t afford to perform Hajj.  Recite your tasbih (prayer beads (SubhanAllah, Alhumdulillah, Allah hu Akbar) as follows and end tasbih with the dua described below.

Narrated Abû Hurayrah radhiAllâhu `anhu: Allâh’s Apostle sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said:

If anyone glorifies Allâh after every prayer thirty-three times [SubhanAllah], and praises Allâh thirty-three times [Alhamdulillah], and declares His Greatness thirty-three times [Allah hu Akbar], ninety-nine times in all, and then to complete a hundred, say: “There is no god but Allah, having no partner with Him, to Him belongs sovereignty and to Him praise is due, and He is the Master over everything,” Arabic transliteration: “Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer“. Their sins will be forgiven even if these are as abundant as the foam of the sea. [Sahîh Muslim]