For an improvement in any situation…


“If you want to rectify your heart, or want to see betterment in your child or companion—or whoever it is for that matter, then direct them to places where the Qur’an is recited and direct them to be in the company of the Qur’an. Allah will then cause them to become better, whether they are willing to it or not.”
Imam ash-Shafi, in: ḥilyat al-awliya’ 9/123.

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To find its Blessings In the Rest of the Day

 IMG_0570كان ابن عثيمين رحمه الله يوصي بإنهاء الحزب اليومي من القرآن أول النهار، فلذلك أثره وبركته على بقية اليوم، ولأن الإنسان لا يدري ما يشغله.

Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy upon him) used to advise that ones daily portion of Qur’an is read in the morning as it has its effect and blessings for the rest of the day, and a person does not know what may preoccupy him later

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Be Merciful, Good and Give the Best of Yourself to Others


“You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.” ~ Harvey S. Firestone

❝The believers whose faith is close to perfection are the ones who show greatest mercy❞ Ibn al-Qayyim, in: Ighathat al-Lahfan 2/913

“Allah will never forget goodness that you put forth, a worry that you relieved from someone, or happiness that you brought to someone’s sad heart. Be good to others even if you yourself are not greeted with good. It’s not for them but rather for Allah as He loves those who do good.” Shaykh Arefe

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A real life example of the fruits of patience and taqwaa.

“Shaikh Ibraheem Al-Hilalee Al-Halabee – a pious and noble scholar – traveled to Al-Azhar University in search of knowledge. While seeking knowledge, he became very poor and used to rely on charity. One time, several days passed by and he did not find anything to eat, so he became extremely hungry.    waves_crashing_on_rocks-t2

So he came out of his room in Al-Azhar to ask for some scraps of food. He found an open door from which a pleasant smell of food was coming out of. So he entered the door and found himself in a kitchen with no one around. There he found some tempting food, so he grabbed a spoon and dipped it in, but when he lifted it to his mouth, he held himself back from eating it, since he realized that he had not been given permission to eat from it. So he left it and returned to his room in the dormitory of Al-Azhar, still hungry and starving.

But no less than an hour passed by, when one of his teachers, accompanied by another man, came into his room. And his teacher said to him: ‘This noble man came to me seeking a righteous student of knowledge to choose for marrying his daughter, and I have chosen you for him. So rise and come with us to his home where we can complete the marriage contract between you and his daughter and you can become part of his household.’ So Shaikh Ibraheem struggled to get to his feet, obeying the command of his teacher and went with them. And behold they took him to the very same house he had been to, and which he had entered and dipped the spoon into the food!

So when he sat down, the girl’s father married her to him and the food was brought out. It was the same food he had put the spoon into before and which he abandoned. But now he ate from it and said to himself: ‘I withheld from eating it when I had no permission, but now Allah has given me this food with permission.’

Afterward, this righteous wife went back with him to Halab, after he had finished his studies. And she bore righteous children for him.”

So this is the fruit of patience and this is the result of having taqwaa, as Allah says: “And whoever has Taqwaa of Allaah, He will make a way out for him (from hardship), and He will provide for Him from places He never imagined.” [Surah At-Talaaq: 2-3]

But as for those who are hasty – those who do not distinguish between the truth and falsehood, seeking after the transitory vanities of this worldly life – they will never experience anything but grief and sorrow in their hearts, for they will never attain the worldly life nor will they ever achieve Religion.

This is because they forget – or perhaps neglect – the saying of Allah: “Is not Allah sufficient for His servant?” [Surah Az-Zumar: 36]

As for those who are patient and firm and who have Taqwaa, they will gain ascendancy in this life and glory and honor with their Lord on the Day of Judgement. And Allah says: “So give the glad tidings to the patient ones.” [Surah Al-Baqarah: 155]

Shaikh Muhammad Raghib At-Tabbaakh, rahimahullah, mentioned this story in his book “I’laam an-Nubalaa bi-Taareekh Halab ash-Shuhabaa” (7/231)

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How our Deeds are Weighed

waves_crashing_on_rocks-t2Q: A Muslim man peforms an action that causes a palace to be built for him in Paradise, and that a tree is planted in Paradise with his name on it, etc. Then, he performs sins that make Hell obligatory for him. So, if he enters Hell, how can it be that he is supposed to be in Paradise while he is in Hell?

A: If he repents from his sins in a sincere way, Allah will forgive him, and will not prevent him from what He has Promised him. Rather, He will give this to him.

If he doesn’t repent, his good deeds will be weighed against his bad deeds. If they are heavier than his bad deeds, he will receive the reward. If his bad deeds outweigh his good deeds, he will receive the punishment, and whatever was prepared for him of reward will be nullified due to his sins that outweighed his good deeds. Likewise, if he performs bad deeds that make him deserving of Hell, and followed them up with good actions, his bad deeds will be wiped away.

And Allah Knows best.

[Shaykh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah in ‘Majmu’ al-Fatawa’; 4/160] (Translation by Tarek Mehanna – may Allah keep him steadfast and hasten his release ameen)

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All nighters! 

“Qiyam al-Layl the entire night from ʿIsha’ to Fajr is against the sunnah except in Ramadan,

for the sunnah is to stay awake in the night for the one capable.

And sleeping during the day is better than sleeping at night during Ramadan specifically for the worshipper. “~ Shaykh Abdul Azeez Al Tarefe

For those whom are working/studying/ or have children to take care; or any other form of commitment perhaps it may not be feasible to stay awake during the nights of Ramadhan; but those of us who are able, should definitely try.

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The Ramadhan Race {Powerful reminder}

A powerful short clip reminding us of the necessity of pushing ourselves to do good in Ramadhan and racing to attain the virtues of this blessed month _~ By shaykh Omar El Banna 

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