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Signs of Weak Iman and How to Increase It

Signs of weak Faith:

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Committing sins and not feeling any guilt.
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Having a hard heart and no desire to read the Quran.
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Feeling too lazy to do good deeds, e.g. being late for salat
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Neglecting the Sunnah.
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Having mood swings, for instance being upset about petty things and bothered and irritated most of the time.
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Not feeling anything when hearing verses from the Quran, for example when Allah warns us of punishments and His promise of glad tidings.
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Finding difficulty in remembering Allah and making dhikr.
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Not feeling bad when things are done against the Shariah.
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Desiring status and wealth.
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Being mean and miserly, i.e. not wanting to part with wealth.
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Ordering others to do good deeds when not practising them ourselves.
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Feeling pleased when things are not progressing for others.
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Being concerned with whether something is haram or halal only; and not avoiding makroo (not recommended) things.
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Making fun of people who do simple good deeds, like cleaning the mosque.
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Not feeling concerned about the situation of Muslims.
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Not feeling the responsibility to do something to promote Islam.
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Liking to argue just for the sake of arguing without any proof.
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Becoming engrossed and very involved with dunya, worldly things, i.e. feeling bad only when losing something in terms of material wealth.
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Becoming engrossed and obsessive about ourselves.

Okay, how to increase our faith then ?

* Recite and ponder on the meanings of the Quran. Tranquility then descends and our hearts become soft. To get optimum benefit, remind yourself that Allah is speaking to you. People are described in different categories in the Quran; think of which one you find yourself in.
* Realize the greatness of Allah. Everything is under His control. There are signs in everything we see that points us to His greatness. Everything happens according to His permission. Allah keeps track and looks after everything, even a black ant on a black rock on a black moonless night.
* Make an effort to gain knowledge, for at least the basic things in daily life e.g. how to make wudu properly. Know the meanings behind Allah’s names and attributes. People who have taqwa are those who have knowledge.
* Attend gatherings where Allah is remembered. In such gatherings we are surrounded by angels.
* We have to increase our good deeds. One good deed leads to another good deed. Allah will make the way easy for someone who gives charity and also make it easy for him or her to do good deeds. Good deeds must be done continuously, not in spurts.
* We must fear the miserable end to our lives; the remembrance of death is the destroyer of pleasures.
* Remember the different levels of akhirah, for instance when we are put in our graves, when we are judged, whether we will be in paradise or hell.
* Make dua, realize that we need Allah. Be humble. Don’t covet material things in this life.
* Our love for Subhana Wa Ta’Ala must be shown in actions. We must hope Allah will accept our prayers, and be in constant fear that we do wrong. At night before going to sleep, we must think about what good we did during that day.
* Realize the effects of sins and disobedience- one’s faith is increased with good deeds and our faith is decreased by bad deeds. Everything that happens is because Allah wanted it. When calamity befalls us- it is also from Allah. It is a direct result of our disobedience to Allah.

by: Abu Banan

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5 ways to avoid Ramadhan weight gain…..

Ramadan is a time in which we rejuvenate ourselves spiritually. The fast is a form of ibada that we do solely for the sake of Allah, seeking only his rewards and his pleasure. We must keep our intentions pure for this sake and this sake alone. We read articles on the physical benefits of fasting and we talk long winded about our “need” to fast for physical restoration. But the fast of Ramadan is not intended for this purpose. It is essential that we maintain its intent and purpose for indeed the Messenger of Allah (saw) said “he who fast with the intentions of pleasing Allah his reward is with his lord”.

However on the practical side of fasting, every year we deviate from the sunnah and we suffer physically. It’s often manifestation is weight gain, which then leads to tiredness which prevents us from staying awake for our late night ibada and thus the physical harm effects us spiritually and it comes full circle. Our intentions are not to make the fast a month of dieting but minimally make it a month in which we do not worsen our physical condition. The following are some practical tips on how to avoid the “notorious” Ramadan weight gain that many Muslim suffer from.

1. Eat protein in the morning

Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. So much so that it is a Sunna. When eating zahur resist the erg to try to make up for the food you will be missing during the day. We are not whales, thus we do not have an extra stomach to hold food for later.

Don’t eat a stack of pancakes thinking if you eat 5 instead of your normal 3 you will be satisfied longer. Calories from carbohydrates (i.e. pancakes, grits, waffles, toast etc) are burned much faster than protein. Even though hunger during some part of the day is inevitable with fasting 13 hours days, you can delay when the hunger kicks in by having a healthy portion of protein with your suhoor.

Having eggs with your pancakes  or a parippu curry with your rice will have a better effect on your system than a pure carbohydrate meal.

2. Drink plenty of water when you break your fast


It is very easy to become dehydrated and not drink enough water during Ramadan. We spend most of our alert hours not drinking anything. When the Messenger of Allah (saw) could not find dates to break fast with he would break fast with water.

Water is an essential part of a healthy diet even when you are fasting. Dehydration is often misinterpreted as hunger. When we are dehydrated when we break fast, then we have the hunger of the fast on top of the mistaken hunger of being dehydrated.

Break your fast then drink 2 large glasses of water before you eat your iftar meal. Eat slowly, consciously and with intent to eat for nourishment not to satisfy your hunger and cravings.

3. Eat consciously


One of the joys of a fasting person is mentioned in the hadith when Allah says in hadith kudsi that a fasting person will have two joys, one when he breaks his fast and one when he meets his lord.

There is very little that compares to having fasted all day then sitting in front of a nice spread with every dish you had been fantasizing about, everything from your favorite roasted chicken to cake and cookies. However there is very little that can compare to the amount of self control we must have when faced with such a feast of the eyes and the palette.

We must remember that we are hungry because we are Muslims and as Muslims we much keep the Sunnah in mind and in actions. Remember the advice of the Prophet (saw) was a one-third rule. One-third food, one-third drink and one-third air. When we sit and eat to our full at iftar we violate the sunnah and we violate our bodies.

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “A Muslim should never loosen his waist wrapper due to over eating”. Ramadan is a time in which we are trained in self control. This self control and discipline is not limited to the day. This training during the day extends to all parts of our lives and our behavior. And there is no better time to show the benefit of this training then sitting down to an iftar spread and NOT eating everything in sight,.

4. Limit sweets


Sweets are the indulgence of just about every culture during Ramadan.

Ramadan is the month that even the “cooking handicapped” practice their skills. We all have a tendency to justify the extra calories with the fact that we fasted most of the day. But the fact remains that it doesn’t matter if you consume the calories through out the day or all at iftar. A calorie is still a calorie and too many still adds up to stored fat.

Okay it’s unrealistic to say do not eat any sweets. In fact it’s okay to enjoy the sweetness of your Muslim sister’s cooking. But have a piece of cake AFTER you have eaten a balanced meal, drunk a large glass of water and prayed Magrib to give your digestive system time to settle and register the food you have eaten. If you still crave the sweets have a small serving then leave the rest for someone else to enjoy.

Drinking the water will help fill your stomach and leave less room for over indulgence in sweets. And waiting after salat allows for the 15 to 20 minutes it takes for your stomach to communicate its fullness to your brain.

5. Avoid late night snacking


When we are up late night doing ibada we tend to take detours through the kitchen to “taste” all the things we won’t be able to have during the day. Leave the night for ibada and you will benefit much more. But if you happen to leave your Qur’an in the kitchen and must go in there to get it, then grab a small potion of protein rich food instead of the extra piece of cake. Eating carbohydrate and sugar rich foods late at night increases the chance of those carbohydrates being stored as fat. Eating a “small” portion of protein will balance your insulin and leave you feeling fuller longer. May Allah Bless each reader to have a successful Ramadan.

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The sun has begun to go down.

The street is suddenly all alive with the air of breaking fast.

It was just another evening of Ramadhan.

 sChildren carrying ‘kanji’ buckets were coming from the mosque.

The aroma of finely fried cutlets and patties start teasing my taste buds.

I looked at the clock in the front hall.

Still almost one hour before the calling of azan for Mahrib.

‘patties…. rolls’

A weak but energetic voice was heard.

There stood two little boys , each carrying a box on their head.They were so thin and small in size.I saw a whole world of innocence in their large eyes

My mother started to count the patties needed for the evening.

They start to scratch the heads.My mother asked them why they were doing so.

‘Head is burning’one boy replied.The hot shorteats must be just taken out from the sizzling oil in the vok.

I gazed at their young faces…

‘What is your name, thambi ‘

I am Muhammed….

This is ahmed’ the older boy pointed his finger to the smaller one.

‘Are you schooling..I was curious.

Muhammed nodded his head.He is in grade 5 and his brother is in grade 3.

I learnt later from my mother that the boys were from the outskirt ofMawanela.Their father is a blind man and their mother had passed  away.The boys’ Aunt is taking care of them and she is the one who make patties.

Just think a minute! Don’t these kids deserve a chance to live like other kids with all the good things in life?

Just think about the amount of burden in their shoulder.

The long uncertain road spread infront of them…

Today when you sit on your dinning table just look around the food stuff…

the  varieties

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just open your wardrobe and see how many rich suits you own.

Imagine how much you spend for a week on Cosmetics …to beautify yourself.

Think for a second about the poor and orphan children around you.

If you have a heart….

 your life will never going to be the same again.

Copyright_shameela

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The Delight of the Heart ….


Praise is for Allah, the Guide to goodness. He Watches over His creation, knowing what is hidden from sight and that which they conceal in their breasts. I praise Him, the praise of a true slave who is afraid of His punishment, yet in hope of His forgiveness. I thank Him; the thanking that is obligated on a slave to his Master. I bear witness that there is no God or deity worthy of any worship except Allah alone. I bear witness that Muhammed is His slave and final Messenger.

Amma Ba‘du:

I advise you and I to have Taqwa Allah; it is the provision that will be most beneficial on the final Day.

Allah (SW) says Ordering his Prophet (saaw):

“Recite (O Muhammed) what has been revealed to you of the Book (Quran), and perform as-Salah. Verily, as-Salah (prayer) prevents from al-Fahsha’ (great sins of every kind) and al-Munkar (disbelief, and every wicked deed). And the Remembering (praising) of (you by) Allah (in front of the angels) is greater indeed [than your remembering (praising) Allah in prayers]. And Allah knows what you do.” Al-‘Ankabut 29:45

He (SW) also said:

“I (Muhammed) have been commanded only to worship the Lord of this city (Makkah), Him Who has sanctified it and His is everything. And I am commanded to be from among the Muslims (those who submit to Allah in Islam). And to recite the Quran.” An-Naml 27:91,92

Allah (SW) said:

“Nay, but they, the clear Ayat [the description and the qualities of Prophet Muhammed (saaw) written like verses in the Torah and the Gospel] are preserved in the breasts of those who are have been given knowledge (from the people of the Scriptures). And none but the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers…) deny Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons and signs).”
Al-‘Ankabut 29:49

He (SW) also said:

“And we have indeed made the Quran easy to understand and be remembered, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?” Al-Qamar 54:17

‘Ibad Allah!

The month of Ramadan is known as the month of sacrifice and fasting. It is also known and recognized and known as the month of the Quran. Allah (SW) says:

“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).” Al-Baqarah 2:185
Allah (SW) says:
“Verily! We have sent it down in the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree).” Al-Qadr 97:1

He (SW) also says:

“We sent it (this Quran) down on a blessed night [night of Qadr in the 9th month (Ramadan) of the Islamic calendar]. Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of worship]. Therein (that night is decreed every matter of ordainments.” Ad-Dukhan 44:3

Allah revealed the Quran, a beacon of light that cannot be extinguished. A methodology and way of life that is perfect in all respect. In it is strength that cannot be equaled or repelled. It is the foundation of Iman and the spring of knowledge. Allah Willed that the Quran be what quenches the thirst for knowledge. It is the delight of the people of wisdom. The Quran is the greatest cure for all ailments. The Quran is Allah’s Rope that cannot be severed. It is the Wise reminder and the truly straight path. In the Quran are the parables of those who were before us, a prophesy of that which will be after us and a criterion to judge between us. It is Truth with certainty that was revealed to us. The one who lives according to its dictation will be rewarded. The one who judges according to it will be just. The one who calls to it is on the straight path. Allah raises and lowers people with it. The Quran, on the Day of Judgment, will intercede on behalf of those who recited it.
Rasool ul Allah (saaw) said:

“The one who reads a single letter from the Book of Allah will be rewarded with one Hasana (good deed). (Know that) A good deed is multiplied ten times over. I do not say Alif Lam Meem is one letter. Verily, Alif is on letter, Lam is one letter, Meem is one letter.” Reported by at-Tirmithi and it is Sahih.

O Muslims!

The Book of Allah to mankind’s guidance, is like the soul in relation to the body. Therefore, he who abandons its recitation and does not act in accordance to its laws is in a state of spiritual death. Allah (SW) says:

“Is he who was dead (without Faith by ignorance and disbelief) and We gave him life (by Knowledge and Faith) and set for him a light (of Belief) whereby he can walk amongst men, like him who is in the darkness (of disbelief, polytheism and hypocrisy) from which he can never come out?” Al-An‘am 6:122

A person without Quran is like a person without water, air and medicine. Allah (SW) says:

“And We send down from the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe.” Al-Isra’ 17:82

Allah (SW) also says:

“And if We had sent this as a Quran in a foreign language other that Arabic, they would have said: ‘Why are not its Verses explained in detail (in our language)? What! (A Book) not in Arabic and (the Messenger) an Arab? Say: ‘It is for those who believe, a guide and healing. And as for those who disbelieve, there is heaviness (deafness) in their ears, and it (the Quran) is blindness for them.” Fussilat 41:44

The Quran is a healing for the body and soul. Whenever life becomes hard and complicated the Light of the Quran will always brighten the way. It will be a source of solace and tranquility. It will be a defender to you when you are powerless and in need. Allah (SW) says:

“And when you (Muhammed) recite the Quran, We put between you and those who believe not in the Hereafter, an invisible veil (or screen their hearts, so they hear or understand it not).”

“And We have put a barrier before them, a barrier behind them, and We have covered them up, so that they cannot see.” Ya-Sin 36:9

The Muslim recites the Quran and will feel the Sakina and tranquility in his heart and being. This causes them only to fear Allah alone and no other.
Allah (SW) says:

“Those (the believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, ‘Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore, fear them.” But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said, ‘Allah (alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us).” So they returned with Grace and Bounty from Allah. No harm touched them; and they followed the good Pleasure of Allah. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty. It is only Shaytan that suggests to you the fear of his Auliya [supporters and friends (polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah and in His Messenger], so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers.” Ali-‘Imran 3:173-175

Sadly, many have taken this Quran for granted and have neglected its recitation and implementation. They sought the worldly life and neglected the Hereafter. Allah (SW) says:

“And if you obey most of those on earth, they will mislead you far away from Allah’s Path. They follow nothing but conjectures, and they do nothing but lie.”
Al-An‘am 6:116

Allah (SW) says:

“And most of them follow nothing but conjecture. Certainly, conjecture can be of no avail against the truth.” Yunus 10:36

The people of disbelief try to cloud the beauty of the Quran by attempting to beautify their scientific endeavors and worldly possessions. Yet, Allah (SW) says:

“They know only the outside appearance of the life of the world (i.e. the matters of their livelihood, like irrigating or sowing or reaping), and they are heedless of the Hereafter.” Ar-Rum 30:7

Tragically, there are those who will recite the Quran in its entirety and finish with little more than with what they began with in terms of contemplation and action. Some are so concerned with how they sound, they beautify their voice without ever listening to what is being ordered or prohibited. Truly there are many reciters of the Quran that the Quran is free from them and their evil. They recite the Quran and are oppressive to themselves and others by not following its orders or forbidding its prohibitions. Allah (SW) says:
“No doubt! The Curse of Allah is on the Zalimun (wrong-doers).” Hud 11:18
He (SW) says:

“Then pray and invoke (sincerely) the Curse of Allah upon those who lie.”
Ali-‘Imran 3:61

O Muslims!

Nothing is more valuable to a Muslim in his worldly life and in the Hereafter than reciting the Quran and reflecting and trying to comprehend its meaning. In doing so an individual will become acquainted with what is good and what is evil. He will see the effects of disobedience of Allah and its punishment in the parables of those who have come before us. An example of such a punishment is the flood that was sent upon the people of Nuh (AS) and others similar to it. It is a source of inspiration and strengthens one’s belief in Allah. For this reason, Allah (SW) says:

“And when His (Allah’s) Verses (this Quran) are recited unto them, they (Verses) increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord.”
Al-Anfal 8:2

This Book was sent and revealed from above the seven Heavens so that it could be comprehended and implemented, it is not just to be recited while the heart is pre-occupied. Allah (SW) says:

“(This is) a Book (Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” Sad 38:29

Allah (SW) says:

“Have they not pondered over the Word (of Allah) or has there come to them what had not come to their fathers of old?” Al-Mu’minun 23:68

Allah (SW) says:

“Do they not then consider the Quran carefully? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much contradictions.” An-Nisa 4:82

He (SW) says:

“Do they not think deeply in the Quran, or are their hearts locked up (from understanding it)? Muhammed 47:24

The Quran is an integral part of the Muslim individual’s life. Allah (SW) says:
“Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah’s Reminder (Quran)? And that which has been revealed of the truth, lest they become as those who received the Scripture before (Jews and Christians), and the term was prolonged on them and so their hearts were hardened? And many of them were Fasiqun (rebelious, disobedient to Allah).” Al-Hadid 57:16

What has happened to our hearts O ‘Ibad Allah? Why are our hearts locked out and unresponsive to the Quran? Why do the words enter from one ear and exit out the other. Why have our hearts hardened?

Let us comprehend the Quran and implement it in our lives. Let us be from those who implement the Quran in our days and recite it during our nights.

O Allah! Make the Quran the delight of our hearts and the light of our breasts and the remover of our pain, sorrow and discomfort.

Delivered in al-Masjid Al-Haram during the Month of Ramadan.
Imam Sa‘ud bin Ibrahim Ash-Shuriem
Translated by Yahya Adel Ibrahim

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The breeze of heavan…..

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