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Ramadan Tip # 1 – Lists! July 13, 2013

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Alhumdullilah, we’re well into day four of Ramadan. Most of us probably have made a schedule for ourselves and come into the month with so many things we want to accomplish — more ibadah (worship), duaa (prayers), and Qur’an. Yet many times we might find ourselves overwhelmed and by the end of day realize we didn’t accomplish what we set out to do.

My tip? Make lists.

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Have an overall list for your larger Ramadan goals and daily lists for short term goals that you want to accomplish in one day. A few years back someone made a Ramadan checklist that has some pretty nifty items you can check off: “Made one Muslim smile…Went to sleep without ill feelings in my heart for another Muslim” and of course the mandatory 5 prayers with the sunan, reading Qur’an with reflection of meaning, etc.

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The Ramadan checklist helps you organize your Ramadan days and achieve a lot more tasks. Right now, we’re all in the Ramadan high. Our imaan is pumped and we’re on top of the world. Though as the days move closer into the middle of the month, the imaan level begins to dip. But if you use this checklist on a daily basis, it can help you remain consistent with good deeds that you can carry on into non-Ramadan months, insha’Allah.

So tell me some of your Ramadan tips for staying spiritually organized in Ramadan?

Ramadan List July 13, 2013

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I’m starting a series of Ramadan tips for the month of Ramadan. These are just things I’ve picked up myself over the years – some do’s and some dont’s that I think should be shared with the rest of the interwebs :). Your input is also recommended. Have your own tip? Submit it in the comment sections of the Ramadan tip posts.

GF: Buttermilk Blueberry Sorghum flour Pancakes February 12, 2013

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GF: Buttermilk Blueberry Sorghum flour Pancakes.

Been away for a while! January 26, 2013

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Dear all,

I don’t know what made me start blogging again. Yesterday I created my new recipe blog: http://www.travelsizedbites.wordpress.com. Then today I thought, ‘woah, it’s been so long since I checked up on my first child, MankindMessage.’ I’m sorry I neglected this blog. But no more. I am back! This time with a lot more to write about. I’m thinking of expanding the scope of my blog from not only Islamic content but discussing social issues and other interesting things I’ve read on the interwebs. 

Here’s to a successful blogging year – or month – err or make that week. 

 

Last 10 Nights of Ramadan August 8, 2012

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As the last ten nights of Ramadan are upon us, one cannot help but feel a sense of excitement (Alhumdullilah, we’ve made it this far) and apprehension (will I live till next Ramadan, how can I best make use of my time now?)

What makes the last ten nights even more special? Layl-tul-Qadr.

The night Allah SWT send down the Qur’an to mankind.

The night when our destiny is decreed for the next year – who will die, who will be born, who will be freed from punishment from hell and who will not.

The night when all our sins are forgiven as the Prophet Muhammad SAW said, “Whoever stays up during Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of earning reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Al Bukhari, 1910).

The night of Qadr is described as better than a thousand months in the Qur’an (Surah Al Qadr), which is 83 years! Can you imagine? Standing in prayer and seeking layl-tul-Qadr is the equivalent of 83 years of worship. That is more than most of our lifetime.

Go the extra-extra mile

Alhumdullilah, from the beginning of Ramadan we set a routine for ourselves in terms of reading Qur’an, praying tarawih, and going the extra mile in other ibadaat (forms of worship such as nawafil prayers, charity, and dhikr).

For the last ten nights, we do not just need to go the extra mile, rather the extra-extra mile. From the virtues I previously mentioned, it is without a doubt that we should seek the night of Qadr (specifically on the odd nights).

– Wash away the sleep from your eyes and stand in qiyaam.

– Make lots of sincere duaa’ that Allah SWT sends his mercy on us and saves us from all the nastiness of this world and the next.

    It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “Du’aa’ may be of benefit with regard to what has already happened or what has not yet happened, so adhere to Du’aa’, O slaves of Allaah.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (3548)

Making sincere duaa is essential.

For the sisters’ who cannot pray during the nights, it can be easy to lose hope because of that lack of connection when making ruku’ or sajdah while in prayer. But keep your heart soft by listening to the recitation of the Qur’an, reciting the Qur’an, and making lots, lots, and lots of duaa. This is also the best time to seek forgiveness for your sins as well, so keep your tongue moist with words of praise for Allah.

I hope these last ten nights are productive and beneficial for you all. May we all be able to find what we are seeking for. Ameen.

And Allah knows best.

-MM

Another year, another Ilm Summit has gone by (Part I) August 11, 2009

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Asalaam O Alaykum,

Alhumdullilah, this year I had the opportunity once again to attend Ilm Summit, a two-week intense knowledge retreat hosted by Al Maghrib. The venue was none other than Houston, Texas (shout out to sister starbucks) where we stayed in a grand hotel, and I also got a nice view of the parking lot from my room =). I did not look outside much anyway.

When I came back to Toronto, everyone asked me that one infamous question, “how was Ilm Summit?” I’ve always had trouble properly defining Ilm Summit, surely one word cannot do justice to two weeks of amazing euphoria and learning Islam in ways one cannot imagine. All I could muster up was a word or two with the occasional stutter, “it was um…amazing…beyond amazing.”

In this post I will try to accurately describe my feelings; when I was preparing my self for this event, once I was there, and the returning journey. Insha’Allah.

When I applied for Ilm Summit, I was not expecting a really swift response. I did know they were accepting students in batches so I just kept my head up high, focused on the last few courses I had left for secondary school, and did lots of dua! Alhumdullilah, one day I was casually checking my e-mail and received the acceptance letter. Squeals of joy are an understatement as to what I was feeling when I found out I would be attending. I had already save up some money in my Ilm Summit travel funds box and was more than excited for July to come. I made sure I had all the proper equipment with me before I left and also made sure I was mentally ready. I knew that this year would be much more intense, which is why I told myself once I get there I would make a routine for myself in order to study hard and get good grades and be successful over all in retention of knowledge.

Journey of Faith July 11, 2009

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Asalaam O Alaykum!

What an exciting week it has been! MashaAllah, there was a flurry of activities taking place within Toronto catering to the Muslim community. First off, let me say, Journey of Faith was amazing! MashaAllah TabarkAllah. The organizers did a great job and the speakers were fantastic. It was such an emaan boost seeing a huge crowd of 10,000 people all under one roof for the sake of Allah. Alas, the conference was about our own journey to Allah (SWT). The points that were oft repeated were those of maintaing hope and fear of Allah, which would also at the same time equate to love. We just have to keep the goal in mind, the pleasure of Allah (SWT) and just remember that this life is extremely short. As stories have been floating in the media of celebrities dying, it seems as if people have failed to take this as a reminder. A reminder that death is sudden and inevitable.  They keep restating the fact that the person’s songs or movies have forever immortalized them, but nothing is immortal.  Only Allah is The Ever-lasting (Al-Hayy).

-Mankind Message

Give a little of yourself June 4, 2009

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What is charity?

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Every act of goodness is charity.” – Sahih Muslim

The importance of charity

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” – Al-Tirmidhi

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” – Al-Tirmidhi

Smiling is charity

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Charity is prescribed for each descendant of Adam every day the sun rises.” He was then asked: “From what do we give charity every day?” The Prophet answered: “The doors of goodness are many…enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of one’s arms–all of these are charity prescribed for you.” He also said: “Your smile for your brother is charity.” – Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 98



Busy, busy, busy June 3, 2009

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Asalaam O Alaykum,

Well what can I say, I had a goal for four posts but I haven’t been up to fulfill this goal. I haven’t updated much because of my hectic schedule, I have one course to go before I’m done high school (InshaAllah) and then it is exam mania. Some more exciting news is that Al Huda 2007-08 students are having their convocation ceremony on 27th of June. It’s really exciting :).  Anyway, this is just an update post to notify whoever has been following my blog that I have not disappeared! Once I am finished with all my academic studies, InshaAllah, I plan to blog throughout the summer.

-MankindMessage

Surah Al Fatihah-The Opening April 4, 2009

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بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

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الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).

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الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

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مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ

The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection)

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إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything).

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اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ المُسْتَقِيمَ

Guide us to the Straight Way.

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صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ المَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ

The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray.

Asalaam O Alaykum,

Surah Al Fatihah is the first surah to be revealed in its entirety with respect to chronology, and it is the first surah to be in the Qu’ran in respect to its placement. We recite surah Al Fatihah 17 times in our salah daily, it is the most recited Surah. Al Fatihah literally means ‘The Opening’. This Surah is opening the door of guidance for all.

Virtues of Surah Al Fatihah

Once the Prophet was traveling when he disembarked and began walking alongside a companion. He asked him, ‘Shouldn’t I tell you the best part of the Qur’an?’ then he recited ‘Alhamdu lillahi rabil alameen’ (Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds). (First verse in Surrah Al Fatiha (1:1) [Hakim]

Abu Sa’id ibn al-Mu’allaa said, “I was praying in the masjid when the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) called me and I did not answer. I said, ‘Messenger of Allah, I was praying.’ He said, ‘Did not Allah say, “Respond to Allah and to the Messenger when He calls you”?’ Then He said, ‘Shall I teach you the greatest sura of the Quran before you leave the masjid?’ He took my hand. When we were about to leave, I said, ‘Messenger of Allah, you said, “I will teach you the greatest sura of the Quran?’” He said, “Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds” are the seven mathaani and the “Immense Qur’an” which I was given.’” [Bukhari]