worldy life

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)

Public Speaking

Do you ever get nervous before giving a speech?  Or doing a presentation?

Allah sent Prophet Moses on a mission to Pharaoh, to convey the message of Islam.  Pharaoh was the worst of mankind, he was a tyrant, a murderer, and merciless. How nervous would you be in front of such a man? Delivering a message that he surely does not want to hear?

Prophet Moses recited the following dua, revealed in the Quran. Prophet Moses was seeking Allah’s help before speaking.

We can recite this same Dua silently before speaking or giving a presentation, by Allah’s will, your task will become easy, and your mind will be at ease (ameen):

“My Lord, expand for me my chest (grant me self confidence, contentment and boldness), ease my task for me, and remove the impediment from my speech so that they may understand what I say” (Qur’an, Surah TaHa (20) Verses 25-28 http://quran.com/20/25-28)

5 before 5

Take advantage of these five before five:

  1. Your youth before you become old.
  2. Your health before you become weak and sick.
  3. Your wealth before you become poor.
  4. Your free time before you become busy.
  5. Your life before your death.

“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your YOUTH before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death.” (Narrated by Imam Ahmad])

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]

Desires of this world or the next

Allah will fulfill your desires of this world or the next by reciting this simple dua 7 times in the morning or evening.

Allah will grant whoever recites this in Arabic seven times in the morning or evening whatever he desires from the world or the next: Hasbiyallaahu laa illaa Huwa ‘alayhi tawakkaltu wa Huwa Rabbul-‘Arshil-‘Adheem.(Allah is sufficient for me, There is none worthy of worship but Him, I have placed my trust in Him, He is Lord of the Majestic Throne). [Abu Dawud]

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.