TheRamadhanBaby #25- Remember Them

The world has always been a place where evil and violence exist but never before do events get witnessed by millions without being physically present. Thus it is difficult to ignore what is happening around the world.

Behind the statistics and headlines are people like you and me, most of whom just found themselves at the receiving end of evil.

Remember Nabra.

Remember the Grenfell Tower Fire victims.

The Portugal forest fire.

The China nursery attack.

The Bangladeshi landslide.

The refugees of generations, the ones at sea, the ones in camps.

The unjustly imprisoned.

The sick whether in hospital or on sick beds (or mats)

The orphans.

The victims of war and conflict.

Those affected by famine, drought, disasters(natural and man-made).

The citizens who under oppressive governments.

The women and girls trafficked as work or sex slaves.

The poor

The animals that suffer cruelty.

The nameless victims of all kinds of atrocities.

Remember all men, women and children who endure suffering and pain for no reason.

Think of them.

Be aware of going -ons around you.

Do what you can to help them.

Even if all you can do is pray.

For we are all siblings either of faith or humanity.

TheRamadhanBaby #24 – More than Not Eating

If  you fall into any of the categories exempted from fasting, it is very easy to fill disconnected. It is worse when the people around you are not understanding and they judge you for eating and drinking. Somehow, they make you feel less of a Muslim. But there are so many other  avenues to gaining reward. These would help you avoid wasting the whole month.

  • Focus on Allah as He is the One who truly understands.
  • Feed a fasting Muslim. It not only gives you immense reward but can be a Fidyah (if you absolutely can not fast)
  • Be patient especially if it is a pregnancy or a serious  medical condition. Remember that any difficult situation a believer experiences is a source of expiation of sin.
  • Make Dhikr your companion.There are too many easy words of remembrance that will increase your scale of good.
  • Join Iftar gatherings to feel that sense of community so rare outside this month.
  • Help prepare food for others.
  • Perform Tahajjud, make endless dua, seek the night of Al-Qadr, don’t miss Tarawih.
  • Sadaqah -Charity
  • Listen to sermons and learn from them. Make sure they are from sound scholars who use evidences from the Quran and Sunnah.
  • Have a healthy diet. It is not an excuse to engorge yourself.
  • Avoid anger, backbiting, foul and vulgar language.
  • Use the time till next Ramadhan to treat your condition and try to fast next time if it is safe to do so.

May Allah reward you as you strive to do your best at worship.

TheRamadhanBaby 14: Cradle to Grave

Civilizations throughout history have flourished on knowledge. Today, countries regarded as developed in which there are better prospects for citizens are those who place high value on knowledge and thus enjoy advancement.
The first revealed verses were a command to read, with references to teaching, writing and the pen (Q96:1-5). This and many other verses talk about books, and Him being the source of all knowledge thus showing the great importance of knowledge. The Prophet always had scribes to record revelations, his narrations, political affairs and various treaties and agreements.

The companions and those who came after them spent their lives constantly gaining knowledge, with much sacrifice and going through great lengths of time and distance to do so. Gender and age were no barriers. It is how we have the Qur’an in written form, collections of Hadith and treatises on many other areas like medicine, genealogy, politics, algebra, astronomy, commerce, and other sciences and arts. Much of this is still relevant today. Try doing some research on the first university in the world, Al- Jabr, Al- Khawarzmi, the libraries of Baghdad and Damascus centuries ago. It is saddening how we have trivialized and even destroyed our own heritage.

It is not something to be slack about. We should not live our lives content with what we learnt as children or worse, the knowledge of our ancestors. We also need to stop giving excuses as the early Muslims had greater challenges. It is a lifelong duty.

We must always seek answers to our problems and learn more about our religion. Through that can we truly make our existence on earth a worthwhile one and be of benefit to others whether they share our beliefs or not. For it is a lack of correct knowledge that would make a person destroy innocent lives ostensibly to defend Allah, His Prophet and the religion. What they achieve instead is harming everyone regardless of creed.

Learn the aspects of Iman, how to perform Salah as the Prophet(peace be upon him) said, “Pray as you have seen me pray.” Learn the conditions of fasting, Zakat and Hajj. Learn about family life in Islam, treatment of relatives, neighbours, men , women and children. Learn the Qur’an, Hadith, stories of the Prophets. For we would find nought in this except goodness.

Learn whatever skills you have a flair for, are good at or are interested in and seek to be the best at it. Support and carry out research. Use this knowledge to benefit humanity. Just think where we would be in the absence of vaccines, aeroplanes, cars , trains, satellites, the Internet and countless other aspects of the modern world we take for granted.

If we do not know, we can not teach. The best thing we leave after we die is our body of knowledge.

TheRamadhanBaby 12: Forgiveness

Irrespective of our standing before Allah, we all are in need of His forgiveness. We were given freewill but are more inclined to follow our desires and therefore go against the commands of Our Lord. It takes extra effort to do good for oneself and towards others. It’s our nature. Allah, The All-Knowing, long before our existence provided an opportunity for nus to constantly free ourselves from the burden of sin. He tells us many times that He is Oft –Forgiving (Q42:5).He is the Forgiver, Hider of faults and Forgiving. This should be in conjunction with avoiding the major sins (Q42:37).

A believer should never stop seeking forgiveness. Our dear Prophet used to say Istighfar so much that Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) wondered why as he had been forgiven of all his sin. He said to her, “ Would I not be a grateful servant?.
Also, we realize that seeking forgiveness does not make sense if we do not forgive others. We are thus enjoined to do so. (Q7:199, 42:40)

In admitting our shortcomings and going towards Him with sincere remorse and repentance, we acknowledge His power over us and give our souls that freedom they so badly need. We increase our scale of good, open the doors to blessings and abundant provision. Our world today is a one in which sin is glorified and it seems doing the right thing brings little reward. This is more reason for us to ask him to forgive us, our family, friends and the Ummah in general. It is a reminder for us to turn a new leaf and become more pious people.

TheRamadhanBaby #8 -Sabr

​”Life is tough” is a phrase everyone uses from time to time. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, old, young, male or female.

    The very process of living comes with a lot of challenges. We have to get through somehow.
    There is however one characteristic we all possess (albeit in varying amounts) -patience.

    Closely associated with forbearance, endurance, perseverance , making lemonades out of lemons or just the plain old putting-a-smile-on-your-face, patience helps us forge ahead in the midst of life’s turbulence.
    It helps us avoid mistakes and rash decisions. it helps us see the silver lining behind clouds, gain the fattest bone. It is true that the world in which we live in, filled as it is with immediate gratification all forms of hedonistic tendencies, makes the exercise of patience laborious and seemingly nonprofitable. 
    However, it helps us in the long run, is a source of strength and a valuable lesson to teach the young.
     Be patient when you fall ill every Ramadhan and don’t get to do many acts of Ibaadah.

    Be patient when insensitive people ask you why you are not married yet, don’t have that degree, didn’t get your dream job or child.

    Be patient even though you want to give them a piece of your mind and ask them if Allah is not the only source of good.
    Be patient when you are angry, (Q41:34, 3:134) for this is a sign of strength (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol 8, Hadith no 135), you would avert trouble from yourself and others.
    Be patient when everything seems to be falling apart, you are overwhelmed and no one seems to understand you.
    Be patient while you work to make things better for help is on the way even if your efforts seem not to work right now.
    Be patient through grief (amazing example in the relatives of the victims of the recent horrendous attacks in Manchester, Portland and  Kabul).

    Be patient through illness, disappointments, pain and sorrow.
    Be patient and trust Allah to set right all your affairs.

    Be patient for Allah is with the patient ones. (Q8:46)

    Be patient for He does not waste the reward of the doers of good. (Q11:115)
    No one said it was easy but we are all learners with endless capacity for improvement. 

    Virtues of Muharram

    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to be very keen to make sure he fasted on the day of ‘Ashoora’ because of its great status. It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I never saw the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) so keen to make sure he fasted any day and preferring it over another except this day, the day of ‘Ashoora’, and this month – meaning Ramadaan. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari,
    1867.)

    The reason the Prophet (peace and blessings of
    Allaah be upon him) fasted on the day of ‘Ashoora’ and urged the people to do likewise is mentioned in the hadeeth narrated by al-Bukhaari (1865) from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah
    be pleased with him), who said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Madeenah and saw the Jews fasting
    on the day of ‘Ashoora’. He said, “What is this?” They said, “This is a good day, this is the day when Allaah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy and Moosa fasted on this
    day.” He said, “We are closer to Moosa than you.” So he fasted on this day and told the people to fast.

    Fasting the day of ‘Arafaah expiates for all minor sins, in othr words this brings forgiveness for all sins except for major sins which needs a separate repentance. However , it is recommended that one should fast taasu’a with it based on the hadith of ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and
    blessings of Allaah be upon him) fasted on the day of ‘Ashoora and told the people to fast, they said, “O Messenger of Allaah, this is a day that
    is venerated by the Jews and Christians.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Next year, if Allaah wills, we will fast on the ninth day. ”But by the time the following year came, the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had passed away. (Narrated by Muslim)

    Based on this, It is mustahabb [recommended] to fast both the ninth and the tenth, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) fasted the tenth and intended to fast the ninth. May Allah make it easy for us and accept it as an act of ibadah .Ameen