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 #10 – Power of Dua

Oft-overlooked, this is an essential part of a Muslim’s life. Our Lord is the Sustainer,Cherisher and Provider of all that exists. If He were to give us all the biggest bounty we can think of, it would not reduce His Wealth by a drop. Why then do we miss opportunities to ask?

Remember all those things we thanked Him for? Ask him to keep replenishing them. And those things we are to be patient upon? Ask that He changes the tide. 

Invocation is the weapon of the believer. With it, you can conquer all and can effect the most change. (Don’t be like the misguided ones who kill innocents for whatever reason)

“Invoke Me (and ask Me for anything) and I will respond ( to your invocation)” Q40:60

Be relentless. Make dua in hardship and ease, in sincerity, for good only, in humility, with His Beautiful Names and exalted Attributes.

Make dua not just when you break your fast, after Asr, in sujood, when its raining, when in difficulty, when you are oppressed, when you are sick, when you are traveling, that special hour on Fridays but in essence, everytime and every situation!

 Make dua for your parents , children, relatives, friends, enemies, strangers. It is the best gift you can give a loved one.

Make dua for all experiencing pain and suffering right now. Make dua for  our  world. Ask Him to protect the planet from all who seek to destroy it. Ask Him to place your departed loved ones in Jannah and for you to be reunited with them in bliss.

Back it up with strong  Iman and Tawakkul, good deeds and character. When you make dua, you either get an answer immefiately or delayed (both at His perfect time) or get an evil prevented. (Sahih At-Tirmidhi 3/140)

He alone should we beseech for help.(Q1:5)

TheRamadhanBaby #9 -Recite! Reflect! Share!

Every corner you turn, you would find people peering closely and reciting from a book in their hands or on their devices. The love of the Qur’an is heightened during this period.
It is after all the month in which it was revealed (Q2:185).

It is a means of drawing closer to Allah. Studying its meaning with authentic tafsirs increases your understanding of the religion.
Whether you plan to finish it once or ten times, let your recitation, memorization and studying be consistent. It may be a Juz (one thirtieth) a day or more or less, put in some work everyday. No matter what you achieve , strive to make it a part of your everyday life.

It is a miracle, a guidance and mercy (Q7:203,16:64,31:3)an absolute truth with certainty (Q69:51,32:3,35:31) a clear book which has been preserved for centuries by Allah who sent it down (Q56:77,78) . It is an holy book, which has been kept in honour and purity(Q80:13-16). It is a warning(Q50:45), it is to be reflected upon (47:24), it is mentioned in itself over 300 times.

Huge resources are currently dedicated to its printing and distribution globally in the same unique form with no changes or different editions. A scripture which millions have memorized such that if all the printed copies on the planet were to be lost, it would be reproduced from the hearts in which it has been engraved without a single letter out of place.

Pick up your copy today. Donate it to mosques, hospitals,prisons, schools and various other institutions. Design apps based on it, help more people gain access to it.

Recite it even if you are not perfect yet. You still get a reward for trying. If you can’t read Arabic yet, register for a class now. Ma sha Allah the means to this have become easy with technology. Read the transliteration in the mean time with the aim of gaining proficiency soon.

You know how you are not satisfied with reading and arithmetic but want to get that secondary school certificate, and even a university degree or even postgraduate? Show the same yearning for studying the Quran and other aspects of your Deen and see your life become richer and make your Akhirah a better investment.

TheRamadhanBaby #7- Shukr

While making Sahur today, i sustained a scalding accident on a small part of my hand. I put it in water then on ice. After several hours it felt better. But before then, it burned anytime i tried to do normal things with my hands like place them on top of each other in Salah, washing with soap, when the spicy stew touched it, using that hand as support to get up. Literally anything that touched it made it hurt. The total area affected was a few squared centimeters 

This made me realize we do not appreciate our bodies enough. We take a lot for granted and are only reminded of the importance of every minute part when we get hurt.
We always ask. We never stop. We want more and more but how many of Allah’s blessings do we actually give thanks for?
Thank Him for life, for being on this Deen and witnessing this month.

Thank Him for your job, your family, your freedom.

Thank Him for your academic success, safety and good health.

Thank Him for being there for you even when you lose faith.

Thank Him for not punishing you for all the sins you commit.

Thank Him for making you among the followers of His Prophet.

There are too many things for us to appreciate that we aren’t. 

Take time out today to always say Alhamdulillah for His Favors first before asking or complaining
“If you give thanks, I will give you more.”

Surat Ibrahim Q14:7

“Which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?”

Surat Ar-Rahman Q55