Month: July 2013

Beating the UAE Heat

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After a few days of unsteady weather with random showers across the UAE and dust-kicking wind, I guess the heat is back. This week I read a couple of interesting ways of beating the heat. The first one was about caps with fans. The first thing that might come to mind when you read about a cap with a fan is Inspector Gadget’s propeller cap. While I wish we could get that cool cap to help us fly, but the caps that the Dubai Municipality is planning to distribute to its workers are caps with cooling fans not flying fans. What’s even more interesting is that the fans are powered by solar-panels on the visors, so basically the cap uses the sun itself to beat its own heat. I’m not so sure how efficient they are. Maybe the wet handkerchiefs workers place under their caps to cool their heads work just as well, but sometimes a soft breeze in this stifling heat makes a lot of difference.

Read more about the caps here: http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/hat-trick-that-keeps-uae-workers-cool-in-the-sun

Also, the Department of Economic Development is testing air-cooled jackets they got from Japan recently. Basically, remember how sometimes we used to wish we can carry the air-conditioner with us when we go outside in this head? Well, we’re getting close. You can read more: Can air-cooled jackets beat the UAE heat?

Ihsaan.

Eid Mubarak in advance. I already got my gift from Mawaqef just like last year (this time they gave me a parking ticket before Eid not after it) did you?

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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