Maximizing productivity in Ramadan

Assalam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Hope you’re all in best state of your health and Emaan.
The profits of Ramadan are so immense that none of us would ever like to miss out on them. And that’s too certain cause when we look around, we do see people increasing their spiritual activities (in variety of ways), in Ramadan. However, no matter to what extent we raise our spiritual deeds, there’s always some room to maximize them anyway.
I would like to share a few ways – that I read, thought and/or experienced myself, which can Inshallah help us gain even more blessings of this sacred month.
  • In normal days, we don’t really give too much attention to Nawal prayers, but as we all know that in Ramadan, the reward of a Nafil prayer becomes equivalent to a Ferdh prayer (that we offer in normal days). Hence, praying Nawafil prayers in Ramadan can really help us gain more rewards Inshallah.
  • We make Du’a (to thank Allah) before and after we eat some food. If we make this du’a (say Alhamdolillah or Ashukrullah) after each morsel of food we eat, this would Inshallah earn us more benefits.
  • In our daily routine, there are many little time slots when we don’t really need to concentrate on anything (but probably random) – just name them, sitting/lying down (doing nothing), driving to workplace, doing grocery, walking to the mosque and bric-a-brac, we can always use one or more of these time slot for Dhikr (or remembering Allah), and therefore, get rewarded.
  • Another graceful yet everlasting thing can be something that we share with others and it becomes Sadqa AlJaria. We can always share some good knowledge or ask others to do some good deeds – that would help them gain some rewards too, and hence raise our rewards to an immensurate count.
  • Normally we don’t donate but a mere amount to the needy or charity, we can, however, donate more to get more rewards.
These are just a few of many instances which can be considered. You may think of more, and should probably share them too.
Wassalam

Making our Ramadan Productive

Assalam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Hope all is well for you.
The blessed month of Ramadan has arrived once again. And we can’t thank Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala enough, for giving us yet another opportunity to gather the blessings of this holy month.
We are all aware that every act we do in Ramadan carries X times more reward compared to other normal days, and therefore, we all try to make as many good deeds as we can. To begin with, I would like to share with you people, the ways that I heard in Khutba Al-Jum’a yesterday, to utilize most of the time in Ramadan, and hence making it productive (Inshallah),

  • Taqleel ul Ta’aam (Eat less)
  • Taqleel ul Kalam (Talk less)
  • Taqleel ul Manaam (Sleep less)
  • Taqleel ul Ikhtara’at Minan Naas (Meet less with people)

Complying with these point can really help us save most of our time for prayers, supplications, good deeds, reading Quran and whatnot.
May Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala help us make the best use of the time we are blessed in Ramadan – Ameen

The Hereafter!!

Assalam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Hope all is well for you.
Many times in our life, we read or hear someone saying that life without an aim is just as the life without a proper direction. Though we all do understand what this expression means but most of us would make some kind of materialistic inference out of it, very few would go beyond and think there exist A Hereafter, about which we are asked(in Quran and Ahadith) to aim to prepare for. Now that these very few realize the importance of the aim of life, they plan to work this(aim of life) out, but again most of these very few would follow up with their plans, the rest would make some progress yet they would also give up after a while. Now we see that the ones left – who continued with their plans, are very very low numbered. Why? The grounds are clear and the answer is…INCONSISTENCY.

I’m not able enough to lecture on time management or how to work your plans out but I would like to share one of Prophet Muhammad’s Sahih Hadith which could be considered while working out your plans.
A’habbul A’amaali Illaahi Adwamuha Wa-In-Qalla
Meaning: “Deeds beloved to Allah are seamless(or continuous) even done in little(quantity).”

Ok!! Some of you might have heard about Anwar Al-Awlaqi – one of the names which were said to have charismatic character and exceptional orating skills. Yesterday, I accidentally came across Awlaqi’s Hereafter Series, listened to first 4 parts of this series, and Alhamdolillah found it very beguiling. I wanted to share them with you too. Please follow up with the following link, if you like it, you could proceed with the next ones from the right panel(which includes related links).

May Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala help us understand, and act accordingly.

PS: I carefully read everything I wrote here but the possibility exist that I’m mistaken somewhere. Please do let me know my mistakes. Jazakallahu Khair 🙂

ZUL-HAJJ is HERE with its BLESSINGS

Assalam Alaikum

Hope all is well for you.
Yeah I know Long Time No See 😛 but Here I Am 🙂
The sacred month of ZulHaj not only brings felicitous event of Eid-ul-Adha for us but also its first 10days which are said to be the most beloved ones to Allah, in context of performing good deeds. I regret, I didn’t share it earlier but I guess it’s never too late cause we still have 2 and a half days to go 🙂 So here’s what Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said about this sacred month, 

“No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhal Hajja).”

The companions of the Prophet said, “Not even Jihad?”

He replied, “Not even Jihad”, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger (for Allah’s sake) and does not return with any of those things. (Bukhari 15: 86)

With this I would like to wish everyone a Happy Eid-ul-Adha and pray that Allah accept our sacrifices and good deed, and help us attain and share a lot of felicity with everyone.. Ameen

Last 10 days of Ramadan

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Assalam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Hope you’re all in best state of health and Eman, and pulling together the blessings of Ramandan Inshallah.
This post is based on my mere knowledge which I acquired in my life, thus far. I’m an evildoer but at least I know that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is the Most Merciful, the Most Forgiving, and I’m also aware that in one of our beloved Prophet’s(SAW) [Sahih] Hadith, he said, Kullu Ma’aroofin Sadaqa (Every good deed is an act of charity) which really compelled me to share some good stuff here, may be if anyone makes something good of it, Allah Al Mighty be pleased with us and reward us from His uncounted treasures. Before I proceed, I pray Allah that He help me and everyone of you, to understand and act accordingly.
We’ve almost approached  last 10 days of Ramadan, and now is time that we assess ourselves from every level and see how well we’ve done thus far. Be it in a sense of how much we’ve read and understood Quran, be it how much we followed the sunnah of our beloved Prophet(PBUH), be it how much time did we spend remembering Allah(SAW), be it how much time we heard Quran in Taraweeh, be it how much we controlled our tougue, our Nafs(Self), and our body, be it how many times did we consider praying Sunnah and Nawafil prayers, and be it whatever productive you can think of. In order to make most of last 10 days, we HAVE TO consider all these matters. Here, you need to consider at least 2 things. One, try to remember what good deeds you’ve done during past 20 fastings, once you remember them, you should try to repeat them in last 10 fastings. Second, remember things which you think were trivial or you consider them as waste of time, now please avoid repeating them and substitute them with some good deeds.
We’re all aware that the last A’shra or 10days of Ramadan, are most important to seek Allah’s refuge from Hell Fire and witnessing Laytatul Qadr in odd nights. Therefore, during these 10day blessed days, we should try to make as many Dua’s or supplications as we can. Before I share a few great supplications with you, I would like to mention a couple of Ahadith here:
A person who misses Laylatul Qadr is deprived:

Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said ” The blessed month has come to you. Allah has made fasting during it obligatory upon you. During it the gates to Paradise are opened and the gates of Hellfire are locked, and the devils are chained. There is a night [during this month] which is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good is really deprived [of something great]. [Ahmad, an-Nisa’i and al-Bayhaqi] (Reference: http://www.qss.org/articles/ramadan/8.html)

A person who witnesses Laylatul Qadr:

Abu Hurairah Radhiya Allahu `anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said : “Whoever stands (in prayer) in Laylatul-Qadr out of Eemaan (faith and sincerity) and seeking reward then his previous sins are forgiven”. [Bukhari](Reference: http://www.qss.org/articles/ramadan/8.html)

Allah Al Mighty said in Quran

Wa Qaalud’oonee Astajib Lakum (Surah Ghafir – Verse 60)
“And your Lord said: Supplicate to Me, I shall answer you.”

So make as many supplications as you can for He’ll answer to all of them Inshallah, here are a few great supplications to make in last 10days of Ramadan.

It is reported from our mother A’ishah (RA), that she said: “O Messenger of Allah! What if I knew which night Laylatul Qadr was, then what should I say in it?” He(SAW) said: Say 

للّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ كَرِيْمٌ تُحِبُّ العَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنّيْ

O Allah! You’re The Pardoner, The Generous, You love to pardon, pardon me.

Allahumma Ajirni Minannaar
“O Allah! Save me from the Fire.”

Allahuma Haasibni Hisaaban Yaseera
“O Allah! Make the assessment (on the Day of Judgement) easy for me” (Here, making assessment easy refers to “no assessment/no Hisaab”)

That’s all I wanted to share. Lets pray now, Ya Arham Arrahimeen!! We are all evildoers but we know that you are the Most Merciful, the Most Generous. O Allah!! You said in Quran that if we call upon You, You’ll answer to us, for Your *Asma Al Husna’s* sake, we ask Your forgiveness, please don’t deprive us and please listen to our supplications, and accept this from us for You’re The All Hearing.

Thanks a lot for your patience  🙂

Note: You can also consider reading this awesome article: Maximize the last 10 days of Ramadan

Happy Independence Day?!

Happy Birthday Pakistan!! I know we’ve made a colossal mess out of you. But we love you nonetheless. Please know that we are thankful for every minute that we spend with you.
Well said Burhan Rasool.

Today we’re celebrating 64th birthday of Pakistan but like each year, the questions remain the same. Where are we today? Are we independent? Are we Muslims? Are we free? These are the questions each and every individual of Pakistan asks himself/herself and somehow manages to get the answer(s) from their own selves or sources like Talk Shows, TV Programs, Seminars, Discussions and what have you … And we find that all these answers route us to same the conclusion i.e. increased deterioration in each coming year.
Unfortunately in this intense situation, I have no words to utter but to make a supplication, O My Lord!! reason out our country related problems/affairs, make our country safe and sound from the clever and cruel world out there, relieve us from any kind of internal or external sources that could cause harm to our country n our people in anyway possible, and crush these sources and all the (crazy, dumb, scum headed, selfish, cruel and brainsick) people who intentionally tried or still trying to deceive and destroy our country and our people, and also seize these bogus people in Your court of Justice – Amen