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Bismillaah

I recently taught this du’aa to my students while teaching the Adab of Traveling. It is such a beautiful du’aa and very easy to memorize if you memorize it in chunks. My students finished memorizing it in 3 classes, walHumdulillaah.

اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ، اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ، اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ

سُبْحَانَ الذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ وَإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ فِي سَفَرِنَا هَذَا الْبِرَّ وَالتَّقْوَى، وَمِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تَرْضَى، اللَّهُمَّ هَوِّنْ عَلَيْنَا سَفَرَنَا هَذَا، وَاطْوِ عَنَّا بُعْدَهُ، اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فِي السَّفَرِ، وَالْخَلِيفَةُ فِي الأَهْلِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ وَعَثَاءِ السَّفَرِ وَكَآبَةِ الْمَنْظَرِ وَسُوءِ الْمُنْقَلَبِ فِي الْمَالِ وَالأَهْلِ،

وَإِذَا رَجَعَ قَالَهُنَّ وَزَادَ <<آيِبُونَ تَائِبُونَ عَابِدُونَ لِرَبِّنَا حَامِدُونَ» رواه مسلم

 “Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest,
How perfect He is, The One Who has placed this (transport) at our service, and we ourselves would not have been capable of that, and to our Lord is our final destiny.
O Allah, we ask You for birr (righteousness) and taqwa (God-conscious) in this journey of ours, and we ask You for deeds which please You. O Allah, facilitate our journey and let us cover it’s distance quickly. O Allah, You are The Companion on the journey and The Successor over the family, O Allah, I take refuge with You from the difficulties of travel, from having a change of hearts and being in a bad predicament, and I take refuge in You from an ill fated outcome with wealth and family.”
Upon returning the same supplication is recited with the following addition (We return, repent, worship and praise our Lord.)

 

You can also hear the audio and transliteration on this page

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Abu Dhar al-Ghafari said:

“The Messenger of Allah (Sal Allahu alayhi wasallam) said: ‘SadaQah (Charity) is prescribed for every person every day the sun rises.’

I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, from what do we give sadaqah if we do not possess property?’

He said: ‘The doors of sadaqah are

  • takbir (Allahu Akbar), 
  • Subhan Allah, 
  • Alhamdulillah, 
  • La-ilaha-ilAllah, 
  • Astaghfirullah,
  • enjoining good, 
  • forbidding evil,
  • removing thorns, bones and stones from the paths of people, 
  • guiding the blind, 
  • listening to the deaf and dumb until you understand them, 
  • guiding a person to his object of need if you know where it is, 
  • hurrying with the strength of your legs to one in sorrow who is appealing for help, 
  • and supporting the weak with the strength of your arms.

These are all the doors of sadaqah.” [Ahmad]

SubHaanAllaah, how the Prophet (Sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) divided the acts of charity into unlimited categories. If one is unable to move around in the society and be an activist, then they have the option of still be generous with their time by moistening their tongues with the remembrance of Allaah (subHaanahu wa ta’aala) from within their home. You don’t have to own wealth to be charitable. Rich is the one who has a heart to share.
There are so many opportunities available. Take advantage of them!

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A Better Deal?

Bismillaah PLANET SPA African Shea...

Rehab met a lady who was selling a Shea Butter scrub along hand + feet cream, a product value of $24 for a sale price of $8. Not wanting to let go off this deal, she immediately made a purchase.

 

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Hamid stopped over one afternoon at a masjid to perform the Dhuhar salaah. He was tired from work and was feeling very hungry. He recalled seeing a $5 bill in his wallet before coming to the Masjid, and was making plans for grabbing a sandwich when a young man stopped him on his way out. The young man was carrying a few pieces of his calligraphy and eagerly asked Hamid if he would like to make any purchase to help him out. Hamid thought about the $5 bill he had, felt his stomach growly and then looked at the young man’s face. Feeling pity on the young man, he asked him to give his best calligraphy.

The young man patiently waited, as Hamid looked for the $5 bill in his wallet. Surprisingly, Hamid searched throughout his wallet and could not find the $5 bill. He asked the young man to wait and started looking again and then he found the bill folded in between some receipts. He made the purchase and the young man thanked him for his generosity.

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It has been a few months since Rehab and Hamid made their purchases.

The Shea Butter set is still sitting on Rehab’s dresser after initially being used for a couple times. Whereas, the durood that Hamid purchased from the young man  is still benfiting both Rehab and Hamid everytime they see it.

So, who really made a better deal? :)

It was narrated by Abu Dawood, 2041, with a hasan isnaad from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“There is no one who sends salaams upon me but Allaah will restore to me my soul so that I may return his salaams.”

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Bismillaah

فاذكروني أذكركم واشكروا لي ولا تكفرون

Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying, etc.). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.
[Baqarah: 152]

In times of serious distress when you find yourself raising your hands to your Lord and elongating your sujood, with the hope that Your Lord will hear your call and respond to you.

Your Lord Responds in the matter most befitting to Him, subhanahu wa ta’ala. And He gives much more than what we may deserve.

After receving the bounty, do you acknowledge His Favour and thank Him? Or do you simply return His Favour by disobeying Him?

How many of us actually acknowledge what our Lord bestows us with? We remember Him while asking, but do we remember Him when are being given?

How simple is it to say: “Alhumdulillaah.”

 

إن تكفروا فإن الله غني عنكم ولا يرضى لعباده الكفر وإن تشكروا يرضه لكم

If you disbelieve, then verily, Allaah is not in need of you, He likes not disbelief for His slaves. And if you are grateful (by being believers), He is pleased therewith for you.
[Zumar: 7]

 اللهم لك الحمد كله و لك الشكر كله و لك الملك كله

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Ya Eebadi…

Bismillaah

Read the following and let us ask ourselves… what exactly are we spending our time on? In search of food? In search of fulfilling our desires? Why are we worrying about these things, when our Lord, the Most High, has already taken care of these matters? Why are we worried then? What exactly is it that we need to be worried about?

عن أبي ذر الغفاري رضي الله عنه عن النبي – صلى الله عليه وسلم –
فيما يرويه عن ربه عز وجل أنه قال :
يا عبادي إني حرمت الظلم على نفسي وجعلته بينكم محرما فلا تظالموا،
يا عبادي ، كلكم ضال إلا من هديته ، فاستهدوني أهدكم ،
يا عبادي كلكم جائع إلا من أطعمته ، فاستطعموني أطعمكم ،
يا عبادي كلكم عار إلا من كسوته ، فاستكسوني أكسكم ،
يا عبادي ، إنكم تخطئون بالليل والنهار ، وأنا أغفر الذنوب جميعا ،
فاستغفروني أغفر لكم ،
يا عبادي ، إنكم لن تبلغوا ضري فتضروني ، ولن تبلغوا نفعي فتنفعوني ،
يا عبادي ، لو أن أولكم وآخركم وإنسكم وجنكم كانوا على أتقى قلب رجل واحد منكم ما زاد ذلك في ملكي شيئا
، يا عبادي لو أن أولكم وآخركم وإنسكم وجنكم كانوا على أفجر قلب رجل واحد ما نقص ذلك من ملكي شيئا
يا عبادي لو أن أولكم وآخركم وإنسكم وجنكم قاموا في صعيد واحد فسألوني فأعطيت كل إنسان مسألته ما نقص ذلك مما عندي
إلا كما ينقص المخيط إذا أدخل البحر ،
يا عبادي إنما هي أعمالكم أحصيها لكم ثم أوفيكم إياها ،
فمن وجد خيرا فليحمد الله ، ومن وجد غير ذلك فلا يلومن إلا نفسه

أخرجه مسلم ولم يخرجه غيره من أصحاب الكتب الستة

On the authority of Abu Dharr al-Ghifari (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (peace be upon him) is that among the sayings he relates from his Lord (may He be glorified) is that He said:

O My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you,
so do not oppress one another.
O My servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided,
so seek guidance of Me and I shall guide you,
O My servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed,
so seek food of Me and I shall feed you.
O My servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed,
so seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you.
O My servants, you sin by night and by day, and I forgive all sins,
so seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you.
O My servants, you will not attain harming Me so as to harm Me,
and will not attain benefitting Me so as to benefit Me.
O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as pious as the most pious heart of any one man of you, that would not increase My kingdom in anything.
O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as wicked as the most wicked heart of any one man of you, that would not decrease My kingdom in anything.
O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request of Me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not decrease what I have, any more that a needle decreases the sea if put into it.
O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon up for you and then recompense you for, so let him who finds good praise Allah
and let him who finds other, then blame no one but himself.

It was related by Muslim (also by at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah).

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Narrated Al-Bara ‘bin ‘Azib: The Prophet said to me, “Whenever you go to bed, perform ablution like that for the prayer, lie on your right side and say,

اللهما اسلمت نفسي أليك، وفوضت أمري اليك، و وجّهت وجهي اليك،  وألجأت ظهري اليك، رغبة ورهبة اليك، لا ملجأ ولا منجى منك إلا إليك
آمنت بكتابك الذي انزلت وبنبيك الذي ارسلت

“Allaahumma aslamtu nafsi ilayka, wa fauwadtu amri ilayka, wa waj jahtu wajhi ilayka, wa alja’tu Zahri ilayka, raghbatan wa rahbatan ilayka. La Malja’ wa la manja minka illa ilayka.
Aamantu bikitabika-l-ladhi anzalta wa bina-biyika-l ladhi arsalta”

O Allaah! I surrender myself to You and entrust all my affairs to You, and turn my face to You, and lay myself down depending upon You, hoping in You and fearing You. There is no fleeing from You, and there is no place of protection and safety except with You.
O Allaah! I believe in Your Book (the Qur’an) which You have revealed, and in Your Prophet (Muhammad) whom You have sent.

The Prophet, salAllaahu alayhi wasallam said: “Whoever says this and dies in his sleep, has died in a state of the natural monotheism (Fitrah).”
Bukhari, Al Asqalani, Fat-hul Bari 11/113, Muslim 4/2081

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Bismillaah

The Book of Allaah never stops to amaze me. The more I recite, the more I ponder upon the verses; the more I am drawn towards it – and the more I want to memorize the beautiful words by my Lord and protect them in my heart and memory.

Just look at the aayaat in Quraan yourself and see how an aayah of 4-5 words have such a huge impact on your thinking!

Something so profound and crucial – Belief in One God – is relayed so beautifully to us in so many places – that it’s hard to not fall in love with the Creator!

Tawheed in Allaah

– There’s hardly a surah in Quraan which does not mention tawheed. Every surah (other than tawbah) begins with the besmAllaah – where we take the name of ONLY our Lord to begin the surah. The importance of besmAllaah is that it marks the tawheed and helps us purify our intentions only for the sake of Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala before reciting the Quraan.

– Now when you think about tawheed – the cornerstone of our faith – and the key to Jannah, it is something that is ingrained in our hearts and mind from a very young age.
Imagine a child… who is upon the fitrah. He/she believes in One God and finds it really confusing to think otherwise (see proof here). Look at all the children of the ummah, and ask them to recite a surah for you – the first surah they’ll recite to you is Surah Ikhlas! The surah they find the easiest to memorize is Surah Ikhlas.

Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala in His Ultimate Wisdom, has condensed this aspect of our deen in such a way that even the young minds and hearts can preserve it. SubhanakAllaahuma wa bihamdika. We don’t need to memorize essays or read crazy reports to come to this conclusion. No wonder it’s called 1/3rd of the Quraan!

From Qutaadah ibn al-Nu’maan (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said that a man stayed up to worship Allaah at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) just before dawn and recited “Qul huwa Allaahu ahad,” but did not recite anything else. In the morning, the man came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and told him about this, thinking that perhaps he was not doing enough. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, it is equivalent to one-third of the Qur’aan.” (al-Bukhaari, 4627)

This has also helped me realize how the wordings of our rasul, salAllaahu alayhi wasallam, his ahadith were always short and to the point. Small sentences but deep meanings.

And that’s all it takes to get the point across…

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