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Tomorrow is Monday

As salamu ‘alaikum to all Muslim brothers and sisters, and a warm greeting to all non-Muslims.

Tomorrow is Monday.

In Islam the three most important days of the week are Monday, Thursday and Friday. Friday because it is the day of gathering, where the Muslim community converges upon their place of worship, the Masjid (mosque) to remember Allah. It is in that moment of togetherness that the feeling of oneness, the feeling of community is consolidated and strengthened just as much as family bonds are tightened with a visit to a distant relative.

Thursday is important because it is a day upon which it is recommended to fast i.e. to abstain from food, sex, water and other things during the daylight hours.

 

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Never forget Allah

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He knows what….

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Quran chapter 67, verse 13.

Jum’ah Mubarak

May all my readers have a Juma’ah Mubarak (a blessed Friday). In Islam a new day starts from the sunset, so Thursday night is considered the beginning of Friday or “Yawm ul Jum’ah” (Friday, or precisely the day of gathering).

Thursday night (Friday night Islamically) is a blessed night when, it is said, our deeds are taken up to heaven and seen by Allah.

It is a holy and blessed night, whereupon Muslims are encouraged to engage in worship and good deeds.

Let us all reflect on how the past week since the Friday gone has transpired, what we have done, what we have not done from those things which we should carried out. Let us resolve to improve ourselves.

I would like to wish all my readers a happy Friday, Jum’ah Mubarak!

 

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Durood upon the prophet 4

In the name of Allah the most beneficient, the most merciful

All praise be to Allah and peace and prayers be upon his noble messenger صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.

Today I ask Allah to send peace and prayers upon his noble messenger, Muhammad and upon his noble family, wives and companions and upon his brothers the Anbiya (the prophets) and their followers, and the Islamic ummah.

Today I am thinking about the clean air during the time of the prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. I live in London and in parts of the city, the air is unclean, not noticeable to most but I can feel it especially when I contrast it with parts of London further away from the centre where I can feel the cleaner air.

The prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم lived in a time and a society where man was more in tune with nature and his environment. The air was cleaner and the prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم himself went to retreat himself in the Jabal Nur (mountain of light) which contains within it the cave of Hira.

Jabal Nur, the moutain where the prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. received the first revelation.

Jabal Nur, the moutain where the prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. received the first revelation.

 

On the Jabal Nur overlooking Mecca.

On the Jabal Nur overlooking Mecca.

 

Being away from the town, up in the higher altitude with the cleaner air, the tranquility, the being away from the hustle and bustle of Mecca, a trading town must have been quite calming.

I think everyone should have a time when they can simply isolate themselves and have time to themselves preferably in a pleasant, quite, clean location. Solitude is one of the most beautiful things one can experience at times including the calming effect it has on the soul. The suspension, albeit temporarily, of the helter-skelter, toing and froing of daily life, and just cleansing your mind of constant internal chatter, stress.

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I would like all of my readers, be they Muslim or non-Muslim to have at least a couple of minutes every day of their day (as it’s normal for most at night before they go to sleep) where they can rest, mentally relax, de-stress, put aside their daily concerns, chores, tasks to do instructed by their manager and so forth.

Take time out, relax, de-stress, and just empty your mind of worries, cleanse it.

May you all have a wonderful day.

All praise be to Allah and peace be upon his messenger and family and companions and his brothers the prophets and their followers.

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Don’t wonder why Allah doesn’t grant all our wishes

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Solving debt, Surah Tahreem and Hijr

“Money makes the world go round” is the famous English saying. Without money we are powerless. We cannot buy anything and thus we cannot survive or at the least we are dependent on handouts. Thus we have belittled ourselves by demeaning our dignity somewhat by being dependent on others and even possibly a burden. Sometimes we are forced to borrow and thus we fall in to debt. Debt is something painful and stressful and can even lead at times to the ultimate tragedy and worst case scenario, that of suicide (may Allah protect us all from that). There have been many who upon hearing news of their mortgages or bad news about their jobs which sustain these mortgages have committed suicide. Tragically they have been afflicted by a feeling of complete hopelessness, of despair, of being crushed and almost emotionally suffocated and strangled. There is no way out, they are then also infected simultaneously with self-pity, “Why? Why me? What about my children, this world is so unfair, this is so cruel”. This toxic and lethal cocktail of complete despair and self-pity then propels its victim over the abyss and in to committing the act of ending his or her very life.

However as Muslims we should strive never to be in debt, and to help those who are in debt. We should strive to help our neighbours and our community be they Muslim or non-Muslim. We have the book of Allah, which is the word of Allah. We cannot see Allah, we cannot meet Allah, and we cannot meet Allah himself but the nearest thing that we have to experiencing anything close to the divine essence of Allah is hearing his words, the Quran. Reciting it is a blessed act which brings the angels and from which emanates goodness, mercy and blessings.

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