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Multiply Your Rewards

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If someone told you that tomorrow you would be given the opportunity to double your salary, but you have to stay awake tonight to know how, would you even blink tonight? Even if you start feeling sleepy you’d iv the strongest coffee into your blood system, get yourself an energy drink, swallow energy bars, and maybe even keep your eyes open with clothes pegs.

Now where is this enthusiasm when you’re told to seek a night that is better than a thousand months; Laylat-ul-Qadar.

the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1901; Muslim, 760).

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: مَنْ قَامَ لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ

So when is Lailat-ul-Qadr?

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Seek it (Lailat-ul-Qadr) in the last ten (nights). If one of you shows slackness in the earlier part of Ramadan, let it not be weak to observe the last seven.”

“التمسوها في العشر الأواخر، فإن ضعف أحدكم أوعجز فلا يغلبن على السبع البواقي”. [Bukhari 2015, Muslim 1165]

So what do you do during the last ten nights?

The nights are long so don’t shorten them with excessive sleep. Fill your time with doing all sorts of good deeds;

1) The five obligatory prayers

2) Qiyyam ul-leil (or livening your nights with prayers).

3) Du’aa, especially saying; اللهم إنك عفو تحب العفو فاعف عني

Allahumma innaka ‘affuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni’ “

Meaning of the duaa is; O Allah You are The One Who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.

Hadeeth where this duaa is mentioned;

Aisha radhiya Allahu `anha, that she said: “O Messenger of Allah! What if I knew which night Lailatul-Qadr was, then what should I say in it?” He said.- “Say.- (Allahumma innaka ‘affuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee.)

فعن عائشة رضي الله عنها أنها قالت للنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: “أرأيتَ إن وفقت ليلة القدر، ما أقول فيها؟ قال: قولي: اللهم إنك عفو تحب العفو فاعف عني

4) Performing I’tikaf; that means to seclude yourself in the masjid and put all your worldly matters aside. Check a proper source for how to do i’tikaf

5) Give out charity, and help in feeding other fasting Muslims to multiply your ajr In Sha Allah. Just make sure you purify your intentions and make it for Allah’s sake.

Keep me in your duaas.

PS I reposted this (again) because search engines keep on driving people to this post

Charity Made Easy

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Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “When the son of Adam dies, his deeds come to an end apart from three: sadaqah jaariyah (ongoing charity); beneficial knowledge; or a righteous son who will make du’aa’ for him.” (Saheeh Muslim, 1631).

One beautiful thing about living in the UAE is that the doors for doing good are all around us. The Awqaf and Red Crescent make giving in charity so easy nowadays with the help of smartphones that have permeated the society. For instance, if you go to Awqaf Sharjah’s main website (http://awqafshj.gov.ae/en/Details.aspx?id=25) , you’ll find a poster on how to donate through your phone (English translation of poster available at the bottom of the post).

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So if you want to give money to help build a masjid, you just send an empty message (or any letter) to 4413, and it will take 50 dirhams from your phone for charity. But what if you wanted to give out clothes and not money? There are many collection points across the UAE where you can put in your used clothes. A lot of them are located just outside of masjids.

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Last but not least, @Flea4Charity is a charity organization that has been gaining popularity on social media nowadays. They are planning to hold a Eid event for orphans in Dubai and to help you can donate money or voluteer your time as well. More details are on the poster below.

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Translation of first poster:

4411: 1 dirham Sadaqa jariya (Etisalat and Du)
4413: 50 dirhams building masjid
4412: 10 dirham sadaqa jariya (etisalat and du)
4414: 100 dirhams sadaqa jariya (etisalat and du)
2114: Orphans – 10 dirhams (Etisalat only)
2111: Iftar Sa2em – 10 dirhams (Etisalat only)
2112: Rebuilding — 20 dirhams (etisalat only)
2113: quraan – 10 dirhams (etisalat only)
2115: Educational waqf – 10 dirhams (etisalat only)
2116: Medical waqf – 10 dirhams (etisalat only)
2117: Water distribution – 10 dirhams (etisalat only)
2118: Cleaning masjid – 10 dirhams (Etisalat only)

A Lesson in Gratitude

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The blessing of health is one that we often take for granted. Yet when our eyes fall on patients surrounded by formidable machines and monitors, with wires snaking in and out of their bodies, we start to really appreciate this great blessing. The hospital scene is one that people normally avoid. Some don’t like to witness other people’s miseries; those anxiously waiting outside of operating doors reading pages from the quraan, those shuffling around while holding their IV poles, those feeding their children clothed in green gowns and a bandana to hide the heads made bald by chemotherapy.  Some don’t like the smell of antiseptic. Period.

But visiting the sick doesn’t only help us appreciate our own health. It also shows us the strength of the human spirit. Sometimes the sight of the sick with their smiles and their animated conversations inspires us to stop sweating the small stuff and approach life with contentment. They teach us to face life with a smile and to say alhamdullilah no matter what difficulties we might be going through.

The writer Saad Aldosary posted an image on his twitter of this boy praying in a hospital prayer room with his IV pole connected.

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Hadeeth of the Day [1]

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Read also: The Attitude of Gratitude 

[1] Hadeeth copied from http://sunnah.com/riyadussaliheen/7

Take It Easy On Your Stomach

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It stands among its kindred, humming, its doors continuously popping as they swing open and closed. It’s obviously the most popular among the crowd, because some time later, unlike its identical twins, its inside is half empty with unwanted products. According to popular belief, this brand is not good enough.

“It drinks too much oil,” some claim.

“It’s too thin,” others say. “It bursts when you put it in oil.”

Trolleys pass in front of it, some squeaking in protest against the overload. Some families push two to three trolleys. A stranger might wonder why since it’s the month when Muslims are supposed to fast for fifteen hours. Logic says, Fasting = not eating = less food, right?

Ummm…Maybe not.

The gastrointestinal system of most people suffer during Ramadan because of poor eating habits. Gastric acid produced by cells lining the stomach activate enzymes but the enzymes have nothing to work on for a while. They’re just there, in today’s office terminology, “Swatting at flies, or pushing papers around.”

Then suddenly, the avalanche begins.

And the space for air is filled with food…

Don’t forget the vimto.

People feel so bloated they can barely breathe. Didn’t the prophet (PBUH) teach us that a third should be left for air in this hadeeth:

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2380); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (2265). [1]

But as the Arabs say, kullo 9ob and food wastage in Ramadan 9ob. In Ramadan, we are supposed to have compassion for the poor, which means we have to feel their pain. How is it showing empathy if food is thrown out uneaten? In a study conducted by Dubai Municipality, “Uneaten food makes up more than half of all the waste that ends up in Dubai’s landfills each day during Ramadan”. [2]

And maybe the solution to all this is simple. Do not plan for your meals when you’re fasting, because you’ll just want to buy everything and eat everything, and trust me, ‘everything’ won’t fit in that stomach of yours, especially if you’re planning to fill only a third with food. Plan your meals after you break your fast, because then your perspective is much better.

And in buffets, do not fill your plates with mountains of food that you might never finish. No matter how tempting everything looks, exercise control. Even if you’re going to have two to three additional servings, make sure each serving is small enough so that someone in the kitchen doesn’t scrape the rest of your untouched food off the plate, and into the garbage.

And finally, in case you were wondering what I was talking about in the first few paragraphs, I was talking about the fridge carrying “samosa leaves” as it seems to be the most popular fridge during Ramadan.

Enjoy your Samosas. Take it easy on your stomach and don’t be like the dozens hospitalized after overeating in this report [3].
[1] http://islamqa.info/en/ref/102374
[2] http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/uneaten-food-makes-up-half-of-waste-in-dubais-landfills-each-day-during-ramadan#ixzz2ZWSKcJF2
[3] http://english.alarabiya.net/en/special-reports/ramadan-2013/2013/07/11/Dozens-hospitalized-in-Qatar-after-overeating-during-Ramadan-.html