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I Think It’s Time to Bring it Back! June 21, 2007

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Heart Softners, Islam.
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Did you ever get that feeling…after giving a good reminder, a brief talk, after having written a commendable piece, or having just given simple advice to anyone…then suddenly it hits you…you look back at what you’ve said…and then time for a reality check…”I don’t even do some of the things I’ve just spoken about…so am I now a hypocrite?” So you continue to praise Allah that no one can open the curtains of your life …see your faults…time to keep silent…isnt it?

Did you ever get that feeling…when you were online or dealt with someone in “real” life…speaking to that person…then you noticing that they actually look up to you…believing that you’re worthy…maybe somewhat of a pious soul…but then you regrettably look at yourself…knowing what and who you “really” are! Makes you stop for a second…your heart feels weird at that very moment…time to keep away from people…isn’t it?

Did you ever get that feeling…when you’ve wronged someone…and you know you have…all the ahadith come in mind…about going back and apologising…about cutting relations for more than three days…about being the bigger and better person in a conflict…yet its so hard…beacuse you think that if you surrender to this…this ungrateful person…then this can only mean that its a sign of weakness…and so the shaytan wins…again…hmm…time for me to run away from these kind of situations…isnt it?

Did you ever get that feeling…when you begin to look at your life…CLEARLY…after days and days of blurred vision…and you realize that your faith has fallen…dropped…sunken…almost feels like living death…you look around you…the books…the tapes/cd’s…papers…knowledge…your small remembrance book…the way you started…the you way you fought…the way you struggle to reach where you are…and now look…just look at what I’ve become…time to go to sleep…just sleep…to forget…isn’t it?

Did you ever get that feeling…a long time ago…when you held the quran…you felt each and every single word as you read them…POWERFUL on the heart… weren’t they? you read it…on your bed…and it made you cry…and you felt as though you never wanted to be bothered…just you and Allah…and when Allah spoke of the believers…you stopped…pulled the quran back…you started to imagine…you thought maybe one day you would be one of them…those who live in jannah…Subhanna allah…when you heard a hadith…you somehow memorised it and kept reciting it back…conveyed it to almost everyone who crossed your path…as if you just heard the best announcement…those days were special…and you yearn for them now…it was all about Allah then…nothing else…time for us to bring back that feeling…that AMAZING feeling…isn’t it?

Wait…I’m not done…

Did you ever get the feeling while prostrating…lost in your love and humility for allah…just wishing in your heart…that Allah would take your life…right there and then…Time to bring back that feeling!! Isn’t it?

Did you ever get that feeling…when going early to the mosque felt good?? When you sat in the first row and after the prayer…you got to see everyone behind you and you knew you beat them?? Time to bring back that feeling!! Isn’t it?

Did you ever get that feeling…when you used to do everything for Allah…everything…you just didn’t care about people…even when you would post a thread like this?? TIME TO BRING BACK THAT FEELING?? Isn’t it?

Did you ever get that feeling….when you felt Allah watching you…YOU FELT IT…YOU FELT HIM WATCHING YOU….he was there with you…that second…somehow your head just went down…maybe out of humility…you don’t know what made it go that way….you knew…that he was the only one that guided you…watched over you…and helped you. That still hasn’t changed.

Brothers and Sisters….

I think its time to bring it back!! You with me?

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Nostalgia… June 18, 2007

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When I was a kid, during the summer I spent my whole day outside, playing with friends. I would wake up in the morning and rush straight outside, only coming back in when my mum called me in to eat, then I’d be back outside again until late.

I remember our games of hide and seek, football and rounders. We had massive (and I mean massive) water fights, played (our own version of) gladiators, knock a door run, and other dumb games. We’d tell each other ghost stories, made treasure trails and catch insects, bees and wasps in a jar just for fun. We’d stick a drinking bottle or an empty can of coke at the back of our bikes (where the back tyre is), so it’d make a loud noise (like a motorbike) when we rode it, then we’d stay out till late riding our bikes, not thinking that we might be disturbing people’s sleep. I actually remember my first bike, I can’t remember where I got it from, but it was this tiny mashed up little thing with only one stabaliser on. While the rest of my friends played hide and seek or something I would ride around my street on my own, again and again and again…

We dug holes in our gardens looking for treasure. We’d crush berries and leaves mixed in mud to make a ‘stew’ and then serve it on leaves. We’d snap branches off trees and make bow and arrows out of them. We’d burn our names onto a leaf using a magnifying glass. We’d jump up and down in my garden and then watch the ants come out from the crack in the paving. We crawled in bushes, sometimes for fun and sometimes cos we’d hit our tennis ball in them and would end up spending half a day looking for it. We did some stupid stuff like light small fires (and I mean very small just in case ur thinking we were arsonist lol), we would go and collect all the rubbish in our street to burn – at least it cleared our street of any rubbish! Sometimes, we’d just sit and do nothing, just talk or watch others play.

It was a good, I had fun. These days it’s just plain boring. I’d love to just go out and have a game of footy or crawl in them bushes once again. But alas I’m too old for that now. Sometimes I wish I was a kid again, but then again kids these days are boring gits, who sit in front of the telly all day so maybe not.

Bankruptcy… June 10, 2007

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Hadith, Hereafter, Islam, Reflections.
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Abu Hurayrah relates in Sahih Muslim:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked us: “Do you know who is bankrupt?”

We replied: “The one among us who is bankrupt is someone who has neither gold nor silver nor any provision.”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said: “Among my people, the one who is bankrupt is the one who – after praying, fasting, and paying charity – arrives on the Day of Judgment having cursed one person and slandered another, assaulted another, and misappropriated the wealth of someone else. Then those people will be given of his good deeds, and if his good deeds run out before redress is made, then some of their sins will be taken from them and put upon him. Then he will be cast into Hell.”

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Sleeping June 4, 2007

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Ibn al Qayyim, Islam.
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The Sunnah of the Prophet

Fluctuate time of ‘Isha: The Prophet would fluctuate the time of ‘Isha, he would not pray it at the same time everyday

Sleep after ‘Isha: After praying ‘Isha he would go to sleep straight away

Make wudhu before you sleep: The Prophet said: When you go to bed, do wudu as for prayer [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]

Sleeping on the right hand side: The Prophet used to sleep on his right side, putting his right hand under his right cheek.

Recite: When you go to bed, recite Ayatul kursi.

Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah entrusted me with the task of looking after the Zakat of Ramadan. Someone came to me and started to scatter the food about, so I grabbed hold of him and said, ‘I will take you to the Messenger of Allah!’… He (that intruder) said: ‘When you go to your bed, recite Aayat al-Kursi, then there will stay with you a protector from Allah, and no shaytan (devil) will approach you until morning comes.’ The Prophet said, ‘He spoke the truth even though he is a liar; that was a shaytan.’” [Sahih Bukhari]

As well as this recite Surah an Naas, al Falaq and al Ikhlas

It was narrated from ‘Aa’ishah that when the Prophet went to bed every night, he would hold his hands together and blow into them, and recite into them Qul Huwa Allaahu Ahad, Qul a’oodhu bi rabb il-falaq and Qul a’oodhu bi rabb il-naas. Then he would wipe them over whatever he could of his body, starting with his head and face and the front of his body, and he would do that three times. [Sahih Bukhari]

Make tasbih when you lay down – Subhan’Allah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar.

Last words: Ibn al Qayyim in at Tibb an Nabawi said: In the two books of the Sahih from al Baraa’ bin Aazib, the Messenger of Allah said: ‘When you go to sleep make you wudu as for prayer, then lie down upon your right side. Then say “O Allah! I submit my soul to You and I turn my face towards You and I have entrusted my affair to You, I take You as my support, in longing and in fear towards You. I can go to none but You for refuge, nor escape from You. I believe in Your Book which You have revealed and Your Prophet whom You have sent.” Make these you last words. If you should die that night, then you die in the original natural state.’

Delay your witr until end of qiyam. The Prophet said: “Make the last of your prayer at night witr.” [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]

Sleep before fajr. The prophet would pray qiyam al layl, sleep for an hour and then wake up for salat al fajr

Use of miswak before salah: When the Prophet woke up for fajr he would use miswak. It is also reported in a hadith that the Prophet said, “If it had not been a great burden on my Ummah, I would have ordered them to use miswak at every wudu”

Staying awake after fajr: It is the Sunnah of the Prophet to stay awake after fajr until after the sun has risen. There is great blessing in the morning as it is reported in the hadeeth of Sakhr al-Ghaamidi, who said: “The Messenger of Allah said: “O Allah, bless my Ummah in the mornings.’ Whenever he sent out troops or an army, he would send them at the beginning of the day.’” Sakhr was a trader, and he used to send out his caravans at the beginning of the day, and he did well as a result and made money.” [Abu Dawud, al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah]

The sleep of the midday: It is Sunnah to sleep between the time of dhuhr and asr

The Disliked Acts (Mukhruaat)

Sleeping in the morning: It is disliked for a person to be asleep in the morning as this is a time of blessing (see above)

To sleep on the stomach. Narrated by Abu Harrairah, the Prophet saw someone sleeping on their stomach and said, this is a reclining that is not like by Allah [Musnad Imam Ahmad]

Sinning affects sleep: Qiyam al layl can be denied to us for some sins we committed

To sleep after ‘Asr: Ibn al Qayyim in at Tibb an Nabawi said: One of the Salaf said, “Those who sleep after ‘Asr and lose their minds should only blame themselves.”

Travelling: Person shouldn’t spend excessive time on the road. The Prophet said that travelling is torture because it disturbs a person’s sleep, disturbs their eating and disturbs their drinking. So when one of you fulfils his job then hurry up to their families

Speaking after ‘Isha: The Messenger of Allah used to dislike sleeping before ‘Isha and speaking afterwards. [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]

 

References:

In the Middle of the Night by Muhammad al Shareef

The Prophetic Medicine by Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyya. Translated by Penelope Johnstone

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