Eid Mubarak and a few Post Ramdan tips.

Asalamualaikum! Peace be upon you all and Eid Mubarak in advance to all my Muslim brothers and sisters out there. Allhamdullilah for being blessed with a safe (event-free) and a healthy month of Ramadan. Hope all of you had a hearty chat with the creator, made loads of repentance, asked for innumerable duas and strengthened your bond with your creator. May Allah (swt) accept from all of us. Ameen!

This Eid— let’s make it an exceptional and memorable one. Ramadan is not the only month a Muslim should strive to attain perfection of deen. As Muslims we all should strive to impress the Almighty, until the time comes when we shall return to him. This world is but a temporary and fleeting affair. The real Eid shall be in jannah! Inshallah. And so try, try and try to be a humble slave of the Almighty.

I have transcribed a few tips to adhere to even after the end of the holy month. And so every month of the year shall be a blessed one. Be firm in your conviction to adopt, the good, in life.

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POST RAMADAN  TIPS:
• As clichéd as it sounds, but we better continue with all our righteousness of the month of Ramadan even after it has passed. One never knows how long one shall remain on this earth and has a chance to rectify those inner flaws.

• Forgive and forget about all the bad that people have done to you. I know that’s quite a difficult task to do. But what if Allah says the same to you???. Never ever forget that Allah(swt) shall forgive you in return, InshaAllah.

• Let go of all the detrimental feelings of jealousy and hatred. Never hold grudges in life. In letting go of and battling all those bitter feelings lies the biggest jihad of life.

• Do not be a angry bird. Anger is a wicked feeling that destroys all the good you have done in a matter of seconds. Cool down!!! gulp down anger and say astaghfirullah. This is a practice we all are in dire need of. 😛

• Abandon and crush the feeling of pride. Remind yourself that you are merely one among the 7.4 billion of population that spans this planet. That statistical data is enough to show how insignificant we are. There is none worthy of being proud except Allah(swt).

• Remember and recollect down from your memory lane, that someone special, who inspired you with their qualities. Include that particular trait in your own life. I think there is no person out there who is more inspirational than our beloved Prophet(pbuh).

• Learn to curb the evils of the tongue. That little thing is surely, the root cause of numerous sins. Do not let your tongue take over your brain. Hence do not speak crap that you shall later on rue.

• This year InshaAllah include certain simple sunnahs of the Prophet(pbuh) in your life. Eat, drink, sleep and for sure speak as per the sunnah. You are sure to be astonished at the beauty and benefits of incorporating sunnah in life.

• Last but never the least— Contribute to the deen in some way possible. Learn and teach something good to your fellow beings. It might end up being listed as a sadaqa-e-jariya for you. Allah(swt) loves those who spread the light of knowledge in this world.

Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean,
And the pleasant land. Thus the little minutes,
humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages,
of Eternity…
                                                 J.A Carney

So dear! you never know, simple deeds and a modest way of life might lead to palatial homes in Jannah, Inshallah.

And for all of us staring at the dark sky for glimpse of the crescent moon here’s a wonderful piece of writing from a fellow blogger, When is Eid?. Do read it, you shall surely be left teary-eyed.

Eid Mubarak once again… 🙂

A handbook of Ramadan

                    Ramadan is a month of Salat, duas, forgiveness, repentance and abstaining from our worldly desires. We have a mere 30 days period to strengthen our bond with the lord of the worlds, and hence we better be shrewd to make the most of this month— and wallow in an array of activities for a better afterlife. Here are a few handy tips to make a really nice use of the month of Ramadan.

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EAT MODERATELY:
                 Ramadan is a single month in a whole long year where every good act we perform is rewarded, so we better take a good advantage of this month. If we indulge in unwanted heavy eating it leads to a host of uncomfortable feelings—from a bloated tummy to a heinous headache which leave us weak for our night prayers especially the taraweeh prayers. Having a light iftar meal followed by an even simpler supper really helps us to go a long way for the night schedule. Try including fresh and healthy foods and spare the body all the junk food. Islam teaches us to be moderate in any act we perform be it shopping or eating for that matter. So go easy on the food section and gear yourself for some real good emaan-boosting stuff.

DO NOT BE A COUCH-POTATO:
                     “Time cannot be recycled”, and this is true to every extent. Take a good advantage of the holy month and occupy yourself in dhikr of the almighty rather than being a couch-potato. Now this does not definitely mean that we have to pack up our home theatre and stock them in the store-room— we can spend a teeny-weeny amount of time in refreshing ourselves from a hectic schedule by watching some light-hearted comedies, as surely those dramatic soap-operas can wait till the next month.

LIMIT THE USE OF SOCIAL-MEDIA:
                  Allah(swt) has promised us that every single act of worship shall be multiplied by seventy times in Ramadan, this is the time to stack up on rewards for our acts. Hence we better not squander away the precious moments in front of the necessary evil(computer) —particularly the youth of today. Updating every single detail of your life on Facebook and twitter can wait, rather update your relationship with your creator straight way because you never know when it is too late.

INCREASE YOUR SALAT:
            Ramadan is a beloved month of spiritual cleanliness— a time to reflect upon the build up of toxic feelings within us, a time to nourish our relation with our creator and increase our amount of prayers.In addition to the fard(obligatory) and sunnah(optional) prayers increase the amount of your nafl(supererogatory prayers) salat. Pray to thank Allah for all the blessings he bestowed on us, pray to ask him for things that are dear to you. We should perform our salat as if we stand before Allah with a fear in our heart that this might be our last salat.

RECITE THE HOLY QURAN:
                  Try to recite the holy Quran on a regular basis, or more so try to complete the recitation of the whole of the holy book in the month of Ramadan. We should also try to learn certain extracts of the Quran by the heart alongside its elucidation. It’s just not reciting the holy book that matters but what is more important is to learn to act per the word laid down by Allah(swt) in the holy book.

MAKE LOTS OF DUA:
                    Ramadan is a  time to increase the amount of what we ask Allah— make lots and lots of dua— dua for yourself, dua for your parents, dua for forgiveness of your wrongdoings, dua for the poor and less fortunate, dua for our brothers and sisters in the war-torn countries rather dua for the unity of the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad(saw).Cry in your supplications to the lord, because a dua with tears in the eyes is all the more powerful. “Dua is the weapon of the believer”, and Allah(swt) is so delighted to see his servants asking for something in this revered month that he shall surely proclaim “Kun faya kun”!!!

                 As the saying goes—  “Little drops of water make the mighty ocean”,  in the same manner little deeds of emaan fill up our accounts written by the angel on our right hand. Ramadan is a very good time to start up on improving ourselves.

Benefits of Ramadan Fasting

                        The holy month of Ramadan was prescribed to humanity as to overcome or rather control our temptations— of food, thoughts, physical desires and evil deeds. Allah(swt) never burdens his servants more than their souls can bear. Ramadan is a time to fast and abstain from food and all worldly desires. Inclusive of all the spiritual significance of the month, fasting in Ramadan also has a numerous benefits for the physical well-being. So lets count on the health benefits of fasting just in case we need to add some fuel to our determination so as not to miss a fast.

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WEIGHT LOSS:
                         As stereotyped as this may sound, fasting for a whole month does surely does aid in some serious weight loss, if we spare our tummies a really generous iftar meal. Go easy on the iftar platter— avoid the oily fritters and spring rolls, include some succulent fruits in there and you are sure to lose some amount of weight.

PROMOTES INSULIN SENSITIVITY:
                      Heard of that already ya?!!! Well dear! being insulin resistant at some point in our lives has become an unwanted privilege of Homo sapiens. When our body has a steady supply of heavy carbs and sugary food stuff, it goes insulin resistant and by fasting the body or rather specifically the pancreas up our insulin sensitivity thus sparing us of a host of killer diseases.

LOWERS CHOLESTEROL LEVELS:
                    After a nice long fast(specially the London ones—20hr fast) we have nothing much left in our tiny tummies and it is at this point of time when the body starts burning into the fat deposits to provide fuel for our physical activities. Thus lower the fat lower are our cholesterol levels, saving us from cardiovascular problems of the future. And fasting does specifically attack the bad cholesterol in our blood without effecting the levels of healthy cholesterol.

DETOXIFYING THE BODY:
                      During the period of fasting we spare our digestive system the tedious process of digestion, and so to provide us energy when it does start burning the harmful fat it also concentrates on flushing out the toxins stored in these fat deposits. Our liver and kidneys come together and detoxify our body from within during a fast.

REVITALIZING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM:
                        I have read sometime ago that a research conducted in some part of the world has found out that fasting prompts the stem cells to produce brand new white blood cells(the fighter cells) in our body which help ward off infections, thereby revitalizing our immune system. Fasting also helps in an increase in t-cells which are really helpful for cancer patients.

                      For sure Allah(swt) hides little packets of goodness in everything he prescribes us. We fast for him, but we benefit from the fast ourselves. Thus sweet sisters and brothers in faith, lets make most of this blessed month spiritually and physiologically. Make lots of dua, forgive those who have wronged you and seek forgiveness from Allah(swt) and perform lots of good deeds— that shall strengthen your akhirah.

 

Ramadan is here…

O! You who BELIEVE! 
Observing AS-SAUM (The Fasting)
Is PRESCRIBED FOR YOU as
it was PRESCRIBED for those
BEFORE YOU, that you may become
“AL-MUTTAQUN”
— Al-Baqarah 2:183

 

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                  These verses of the holy Quran elicit a feeling of piety among the vast majority of Muslims spanning the planet. Ramadan is that month of the year when the Muslim  households are engaged in a series of clichéd activities, where the women of the household are busy stocking up the edible necessities for the delectable iftar platter, and the men of course are weighing their pockets, and scribbling accounts keeping in view the shopping spree that is to come.

                      But sadly though, my precious brothers and sisters in faith, Ramadan is neither a month for gobbling down those mouth-watering sheekh kebabs and biryani nor is it a month for the extravaganza you are hoarding currency for. It is a blessed month of reappraising our relationship with our creator Allah(swt). It is a revered month of engaging in some significant amount of good deeds that are to intercede for us on the day of judgement.

                      We might have all passed through numerous holy months of Ramadan in our lifetimes, hoping to do something good but ending up on the same old somewhat evil track. But some old fellow rightly said “Hope is the poor man’s bread”, so surely lets hope once again to try to be good servants of Ar-Raahman and indulge in good deeds that make us proud of our faith, and keep us at an arm’s length from the temptations Satan has to offer us.

                          It’s just not sufficient to continue with our goody good selves for a single month of the year, but the real challenge lies in trying to continue with this goodness for our entire life.Lets try to stop all our bad deeds, avoid back-biting, stop listening to music, put an end to earning illegal wealth(usury) and other, start respecting your grey haired parents, learn the meaning of the verses of the holy Quran and try to act as per it, put an end to illegal relationships lest you want to end up in hell with your illegal partner, increase your giving to the needy(Zakat especially), and the most important of all learn to offer Salat on time and in your senses by putting the worries of the world at rest. Just imagine the day when the Prophet(pbuh) calls out for us “My Ummah” and we shall walk behind him proud and tall, and so transform yourself before it’s too late, for it’s a single word of repentance that changes lives…

O! CHILDREN of ADAM
Let not SATAN seduce you,
in the same manner
as he got your PARENTS out of PARADISE…
—Quran 7:27