Sunday, 18 August 2013

Hayati Kullu Ha Lillah

Our children are learning this nasheed below so that they can understand a bit more Arabic. I am also learning the song with them. I hope very soon we will be able to sing the song on our own, bi'idnillah.
You can listen to the nasheed here

حياتى كلها لله .. فلا مولى لنا الاه 
My life is all for Allah...for there is no Lord but Him
احب الله جل علاه .. ومن حبى له اخشاه 
I love Allah, and from this love I humble myself
اصون النفس احميها .. بنور الله اهديها 
I protect the 'self' and look after it, with God's light I guide it
بحب الله اسقيها .. لتفرح عندما تلقاه 
With the love of God I water it, so that when it can be joyful upon meeting Him
حياتى كلها لله .. حياتى كلها لله 
My life is all for Allah
اذا ما الحب لم يسبى .. فؤاد المؤمن الصب
If love didnt fill the believers heart
فوا اسفاه على القلب .. لان الزيف قد غشاه 
Then pity the heart, because glitter has fooled him
حياتى كلها لله .. حياتى كلها لله 
My life is all for Allah
يقيني بين جنبيا .. واسعى بالهدى سعيا
My conviction is with me, and I look for guidance 
كفانى اننى احيا .. وامضى فى سبيل الله 
It is enough that I am alive and living for the sake of God
حياتى كلها لله .. حياتى كلها لله 
My life is all for Allah
اذا جادت ليا الدنيا ... واسقتنى المنى ريا
If life tempted me 
ستبقى بين كفيا .. ويبقى خافقى لله
It will stay between my hands, and my beats for Him 
حياتى كلها لله .. حياتى كلها لله
My life is all for Allah

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Qur'an time: Surah Al-Insaan

I hope to keep studying the Qur'an through out the year, not just in Ramadan. Everyday I hope to read one surah (one chapter) of the Qura'n and try to study/listen to the explanation bi'idnillah. Today it's going to be surah Al-Insaan.

Tafsir of surah Al-Insaan

This is a surah revealed in Makkah before prophet Muhammad Sallallahu alaihe Wa Sallam's migration to Madinah. The Theme of the surah is to inform us the mankind, our true position in the world and to tell us that if we really understood our true position rightly and adopted the attitude of gratefulness, we would meet with such and such good end. Some amazing facts about jannah are mentioned in this surah. And the people who will not be grateful, for them awaits a great punishment. [ "Indeed, We have prepared for the disbelievers chain and shackles and a blaze."76:4]

In this surah, first of all man has been reminded that there was a time when she was nothing; then a humble beginning of her was made with a mixed drop of sperm and ovum of which even her mother was not aware. 

"Has there [not] come upon man a period of time when he was not a thing [even] mentioned?
Indeed, We created man from a sperm drop mixture that We may try him; and We made him hearing and seeing. Indeed, We guided him to the way, be he grateful or be ungrateful." [Surah 76:1-3]

I found some beautiful description of Jannah. May Allah subhananhu wa ta'ala give us the tawfeeq to get there with family and friends and all the Muslims, ameen!

"Indeed, the righteous will drink from a cup of wine whose mixture is of Kaafuur (a sweet-smelling spring in Paradise). A spring of which the righteous servants of Allah will drink; they will make it gush forth in force and abundance." [Surah 76:5-6]

So, who are the people Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala mentions here?

"They [are those who] fulfill [their] vows and fear a Day whose evil will be widespread. And they give food in spite of love for it (the meaning may be, out of love for Him) to the needy, the orphan and the captive, (saying) "We feed you only for the countenance of Allah. We wish not from you reward or gratitude. Indeed, We fear from our Lord a Day austere and distressful." [Surah 76:7-10]

So these are the qualities of people of paradise. Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala promises them to reward them on the Day. "So Allah will protect them from the evil of the Day and give them radiance and happiness and will reward them for what they patiently endured [with] a garden in paradise and silk garments.

They will be reclining therein on adorned couches. They will not see therein any [burning] Sun or [freezing] cold. And near above them are its shades, and its fruits to be picked will be lowered in compliance. And there will be circulated among them vessels of silver and cups having been created clear as glass. Clear glasses [made] from silver of which they have determined the measure. And they will be given to drink a cup of wine whose mixture is of ginger. [From] a fountain within it[ i.e, Paradise] named Salsabeel. 
There will circulate among them young boys made eternal. When you see them , you would think them [as beautiful as] scattered pearls. And when you look there [in Paradise], you will see pleasure and great dominion. Upon them [i.e, the inhabitants] will be green garments of fine silk (in layers) and brokade. And they will be adorned with bracelets of silver and their Lord will give them a purifying drink."  [76: 11-21]

All of these are rewards from our Lord. "[And it will be said, "Indeed, this is for you a reward and your effort has been appreciated." " [76:22]

Then, our Rabb mentions what a great Book He has blessed us with! Indeed, it is We have sent down to you [O Muhammad], the Qur'an progressively." [76:23]

This is indeed a huge blessing for us. Without the Qur'an we would have been totally lost. We wouldn't have had any clue of why we are here and what is the way forward for us. But this Book  also comes with a heavy responsibility. This is not just an ordinary book! It's a Book of guidance from our Lord and we are obliged to follow it on a daily basis. We are not even allowed to pick and choose from the rulings of this Book. We have to follow all of it wholeheartedly. And that's not an easy task. Allah tells us in this surah how we can cope with this huge responsibility. We must have sabr (patience) and always be conscious of our Lord through prayers especially during the early morning and the evening. 

"So be patient for the decision of you Lord and do not obey from among them a sinner or ungrateful disbeliever. And mention the name of your Lord [in prayer] morning and evening and during the night prostrate to Him and exalt Him a long part of the night. [76: 24-26]

As we can see, night prayers are very crucial part of our faith. It's not just for Ramadan in the form of taraweeh prayers. We really need to strive to get up at night and pray for our Lord's Pleasure, bi'idnillah. The imam I was listening to mentioned that this also means that we need to do our daily dua/supplications after dawn prayer and the night prayers before going to sleep. 'Fortress of the Muslim' is a great book in this regard. 

Another crucial lesson I have learnt from this surah is the fact that guidance only comes from Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala. He is in control and can shower His Mercy to whoever He wants. There are some people who think that everything is in our hand and we can do whatever we want. But Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala says at the end of this surah: 

"Indeed, this is a reminder, so he who wills may take to his Lord a way. And you do not will except that Allah wills. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise. He admits whom He wills into His mercy; but the wrongdoers- He has prepared for them a painful punishment." [76: 29-31]

The translation is shared from The Qur'an : Saheeh International Translation [The Qur'an Project]

I have been listening to the explanation of surah Al-Insaan by Imam Abdul Qaiyyum of East London Mosque. It's in Bengali . So much to learn from this amazing surah! 

Part 1    Part 2    Part 3   Part 4

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Ramadan is gone, now what..


Last week on Thursday we celebrated Eid ul fitr alhamdulillah which means this year Ramadan was 29 days for us. We went to the park near us where we prayed the Eid salah with the local Muslims, alhamdulillah. The day and night before Eid is always a very sad time for me. I know for sure that as soon as Ramadan leaves us, it will be quite difficult to worship Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala so intensely like Ramadan. May Allah accept our humble deeds in Ramadan and forgive us for our shortcomings through out the year, ameen! May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala enable us to witness lots of Ramadan in our life, ameen! 

This year Ramadan has been quite a hectic one for me, given my kids are a bit older and very demanding. I normally went to sleep after 4/4:30 but had to get up by 7:30/8 as kids were already wide awake! Lack of sleep made me quite tired and exhausted. If I compare my Ramadan this year with all the other Ramadan I was lucky to have in my life, this year praying Taraweeh was very hard. I think I hardly did that many prayers after Isha prayer. When I woke up at 2 am, I was more alert and were able to be awake till 4, alhamdulillah. The night prayers I have managed to do during this time is just priceless. No kids disturbing, so peaceful mashAllah. I am sure I will miss that very much. This year I put more effort in reading the Qur'an, alhamdulillah and I hope I can carry on through out the year, bi'idnillahi ta'ala.

So, how can I carry on the Ramadan feelings now after it has gone? I try to remind myself that Ramadan is a special month and nothing can replace it. No other month can be so amazing and full of baraka like this sacred month. Like the shahaba ( companions of our beloved prophet sallallahu alaihe wa sallam) we can pray and ask our Lord for six months to accept our humble deeds performed during Ramadan and six months before the next Ramadan we can start preparing and ask our Lord to let us witness the next Ramadan.

Also, we can carry on fasting some days every month to keep up this particular form of worship bi'idnillah. Our beloved prophet sallallahu alaihe wa sallam used to fast every Mondays and Thursdays. He also used to keep fasts in the middle of the month (lunar one), 13, 14 and 15th of every month. As you know, this is the month of Shawwal when fasting six days are highly recommended by our prophet. If someone fasts the whole of ramadan and fasts six days of Shawwal, it will be like fasting for the whole year! Subhanallah who can afford to miss this great opportunity to gain closer to Allah subhana wa ta'ala?! I have to fast 12 days during this month. Due to illness, I missed 6 during Ramadan so I must make that up first inshAllah. Then I hope to do the six of Shawwal bi'idnillah.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Ramadan Reflections: Day 29 ( Last day)

Bismillah... In the Name of Allah the Most Merciful

Today is the last day of Ramadan. I know I should be glad that it's Eid tomorrow. But I am sad that Ramadan has just left us. This was a great month to feel more closer to my Lord. I am tuned into Ramadan TV watching the fund raising event by iERA. Brother Hamza was saying that Ramadan is the time when you find yourself. Allah subhana wa ta'ala says in the Qur'an that the people who forget Allah, Allah makes them forget themselves. Subhanallah what a profound statement! During Ramadan we are so busy with the worship of Allah, that our life becomes so meaningful mashAllah. It all bogs down to the fact that we truly realize during Ramadan, what our purpose is ! And that is to worship our Lord. That's the one and only reason He subhanahu wa ta'ala has created us for! O Allah, please give us the ability to worship You with this realization through out the year and through out our life, ameen, ameen, ameeen! 

As soon as Ramadan leaves us, we feel the hardship in worshiping Allah subhana wa ta'ala. We can easily pray so many raka' of prayers during the nights of Ramadan, and when Ramadan is gone, praying only two raka' extra becomes a struggle! During Ramadan we can recite the Qur'aan ( most of the time 20 pages! ) every day but when this month is gone, reading one page a day seems like a huge task! 

Satan is out now, must be busy in ruining our lives. This month was the month of reflection for us. A month to get properly trained so that the rest of the year we can fight back our enemy , Satan and our enemy within, the nafs ( negative bits of it) . Let us remind ourselves that Ramadan is gone but the Lord of Ramadan is here and will be here with us forever, inshAllah. 

Let us ask our Lord to help us in fighting our ego and Satan with the best of our abilities. Without His help we cannot achieve anything in life. If we feel kind of proud that we have worshiped Allah so much during this month, we must remind ourselves that nothing is possible without Allah's help. We done everything because of Him. He made it possible for us. There are plenty of people around us who also had the opportunity of witnessing Ramadan, but they didn't fast or even pray ! Only Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala guides and gives us the ability to listen to Him. I love this small dua, La Hawla Wa Laa Quwwata Illah Billah. There is no power  or might without Allah's Help. We cannot do anything good without His help and we cannot save ourselves from sins without His help. This tiny but such a powerful dua keeps us grounded. May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala accept our humble deeds during this great month, ameen! May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala help us in leading a righteous life through out the year! May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala enable us to witness more Ramadan in future, Ameen! Please keep me and my family in your precious duas.

تَقَبَّلَ لله مِنَّا وَ مِنْكُمْ وَ اَحَالَ الله عَلَيْكَ 

Taqabbal'Allahu minna wa minkum!

May Allah subhanahu wa taala accept our fasting, our Qiyam (night prayer), our reading of the Quran, our charitable acts and all our Ibadah (acts of worship) that we committed for the sake and pleasure of Allah alone. May Allah forgive our sins and all our shortcomings.
May Allah make us steadfast and righteous and allow us the blessings to see another Ramadan.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Ramadan Reflections: Day 28

Bismillah... In  the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful

2 or 1 day left till the Eid inshAllah. Today quite a lot of people were sharing news about the possibility of Eid happening tomorrow! This is first time in my life I came across this dilemma. Apparently, sometimes moon sighting may go wrong and we can end up fasting only 28 days. If that happens, we are supposed to fast the missed day after Eid. As it was quite cloudy in Saudi during the month of Sha'abaan, they couldn't see the moon. Today they tried to witness the Eid moon, but couldn't find it. Alhamdulillah I am really glad that we will be fasting tomorrow. I just hope Eid is on Friday inshAllah so that we can have 30 days of fasts. Ramadan is an amazing opportunity for us earn the pleasure of our Lord. That's why the more fast we have to do, the better. May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala enable us to do our best during the remaining hours of Ramadan, ameen!

Sheikh Omer Suleiman has shared a beautiful reminder today through Facebook. I hope to follow his great tips, bi'idnillahi wa ta'ala and finish strong inshAllah! May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala reward him for his excellent efforts, ameen! Through out the Ramadan I really benefited from his brilliant work, mashAllah. 

‪#‎RamadanResolution‬ Day 28 (Finish Strong)

Depending on what part of the world you are in, you have anywhere from 1-3 days left of Ramadan. Many of us have regrets that we didn’t make the most of it. We may have had nights where we didn’t wake up for Qiyam, days in which we didn’t control our tongues properly, or spans of Ramadan in which we slacked off with our Quran reading. But now is not the time to cry. Nor is it the time to splurge in Eid shopping and act like the month is over. Reflect on this wonderful statement by Imam Ibn Rajab (RA) in his Lataaif:

"Let those who have failed to make the most of this month of Ramadan end it with good, because actions are judged by their endings." 

The last part of that statement about actions being judged by their endings is an authentic hadeeth and one that should give us much hope. Here’s my challenge: 

1. Make this last day or two of Ramadan the BEST days you have spent all month and count on Allah to judge your entire Ramadan by that last day.

2. Spend the last Asr-Maghrib of Ramadan in reading quran, supplication, and remembrance. If you can do I’itikaf (seclusion) for that last period in the masjid then do so. If not, then try to make it a time of peace, quiet, and reflection.

3. Cry your heart out in that supplication and ask Allah to forgive you for all of your shortcomings in the month and give you the full reward of Laylatul Qadr EVEN if you missed it.

4. DO NOT waste your time arguing over moon sighting now. You are not in a position to change anything. If you will differ from your community in regards to the Eid day, then do so quietly.

Oh Allah, this is what we have presented, understanding our shortcomings but still depending on Your mercy for acceptance.

May Allah allow us to finish this month strong. May we meet Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) completely forgiven, basking in His mercy, freed from the gates of hellfire, and registered in the highest level of jannatul firdaws. 


Monday, 5 August 2013

Ramadan Reflections: Day 27

Bismillah...In The Name of Allah Subahanahu wa ta'ala

Yesterday I was watching the Little Explorers show on Ramadan TV Sky 192. A young boy, Rayaan, aged 6 came to the show with his older sisters. He is very sick , suffering from a blood disorder . He is in desperate need of a bone-marrow donor. It was quite heart-breaking watching him. Subhanallah he still had a beautiful smile on his face. Even his beautiful sisters looked so happy and content. I just hope and pray that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala bless him with shifa', ameen! 

The family has been working really hard to raise awareness and find a donor for him. They have been active through Facebook and other social media. 

"My name is Rayaan. I am 6 years old. I live with my mum, dad and two sisters. I enjoy playing with lego and cars. At the weekends I love to go swimming and karate. This summer I was looking forward to karate camp, but that won't be possible due to my developing a rare disease called HLH. This has made me very sick, and I am now unable to run around. Instead I have regular chemotherapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital. To get better I need a bone marrow match. Can you help me to get better? You can find out whether you can be a match through this link here."

There is huge shortage of Asian donors. I remember there was a sister called , Najma Ghani, who died last year. She was suffering from cancer. She was campaigning to raise awareness of this issue. We , the people who are of Asian origins, really need to come forward and register to be the potential donors inshAllah. 
Please do not let any excuse stop you from registering. The procedure is very simple. Visit the link here:  Delete Blood Cancer 

In our faith, helping others is highly encouraged. One of my favourite hadith in this regard is: "The most beloved of people to Allah are those that are the most beneficial to the people. The most beloved of deeds is that which brings happiness to a fellow Muslim, or to relieve him of a hardship, or to settle one of his debts, or to repel hunger from him. To go and fulfill one of the needs of my fellow Muslim is more beloved to me than to seclude (itikaaf) myself in al-masjid al-nabawi for an entire month." - The Prophet Mohammad SAllallahu Alaihe Wa Sallam.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Ramadan reflections: Day 26

Bismillah.. In the Name of Allah the Most-Merciful

Ramadan is leaving us very soon. It really saddens me thinking how quickly this amazing month passes! Subhanallah! Worshiping Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala becomes easy during this month, as Satan our staunch enemy is imprisoned and our enemy within, the negative bits of our nafs, feel weak due to lack of food and drink. I can feel the sadness more during the last day of Ramadan. There is no guarantee that I will be able to witness this great month again in my life. May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala forgive my shortcomings and accept my humble deeds, ameen! 

Ramadan reminds us that this life is really short and very soon we will face the day of Judgement. Let us leave this Ramadan with a strong determination to do our best to worship Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala on a regular basis through out the year. If we have done so much in Ramadan, how can we not be able to do little bit of regular acts through out the year? Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala teaches us through this great month our real potentials. Let us learn from this month what we are capable of, bi'idnillah.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Ramadan reflections: Day 25

Bismillah.. In the Name of Allah the Most Merciful..

Subhanallah 25 fasts already done only 4 or 5 to go inshAllah. How quickly time passes!
Lot of people are saying that yesterday was the night of power. Yesterday I was very tired. I did pray and tried to be awake through out the night but I am sure the quality of my worship wasn't that good. I felt quite sad but I realized my sadness should be a sign that I want to worship Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala as much as pssible and with the best of my abilities inshAllah. I hope to remain awake the last couple of nights and do my best in pleasing Him, bi'idnillah.

One sister said it really well... "I am sure many of you have read about the Signs of the Night (Laylatul Qadr) and that it's 'over'. Don't slacken your worship or lose the enthusiasm of performing good deeds just because people say it's over. Allah wants us to maintain intense worship till the last second of Ramadan. Worship is not a game of chance but a continuous long term process. Keep going, even after Ramadan. Lailatul qadr is not the aim of worship. The aim is whether we are transformed into better souls, after a month of fasting and extra prayers. Seeking nearness to Him is a lifelong process and may we be consistent in our deeds, Amiin."
- Admin, Umm Anissa  Muslim Kid Genius 

Today I have tried to be a good cook alhamdulillah. I don't like to spend that much time in the kitchen. But if I have guest coming, I try my best to cook some good food.

I have been watching brother Danyal Laskar's show 'Danyal's Kitchen' on Ramadan TV Sky 192. He loves his fusion cooking. He did a homous recipe with roasted auberjine. It sounded quite interesting. So I tried to make it today. Now I have fallen in love with it, alhamdulillah.  

It's a very simple recipe. Roast a aubergine in the oven until the skin is very crispy and the flesh is cooked. Scoop out the flesh of the aubergine and blend it with one can of chickpeas, half spoon cumin powder, salt, paprika, freshly squeezed lemon ( half a lemon), two cloves of fresh garlic, two table spoon Tahini ( I don't have it so I added two table spoon of garlic and herb soft cheese just to give it a creamy texture). Just blend it until the texture is very smooth. You can add water if you think it's too thick. Before serving sprinkle some paprika, cumin, chopped parsley and drizzle some olive oil. It tasted really good with toasted pitta bread. InshAllah I hope to make it on a regular basis.

I also made piyaji which is a savoury snack frequently served during Iftaar. It's very yummy but can be quite fattening so I make it not that very often. This is my mum-in-laws's recipe. She is an excellent cook. I don't think my one tastes that good like her ones. But I am kind of content with my third attempt alhamdulillah! 

Soak up 1 cup of Red lentils in a bowl with three/four cups of water. I do it for 10 hours. She keeps it for 24 hours. Then blend it smoothly with couple of fresh ginger pieces. You may need to add a tiny bit of water but make sure its not too watery. The texture should be smooth but not runny. Add four quite big pieces of onion sliced very thin ( I cant do it like my mum-in-law, her hands are like machine mashAllah) 1 table spoon of chopped coriander, salt, turmeric, chilli powder and mix it really well. I do it with my hand. Then fry it until it's golden in colour and crispy in texture. Make sure you put quite a lot of sliced onion, otherwise if the quality of lentil is more than onion, it will be called lentil balls/cake (Daler Bora) , not piyaji anymore. Piyaj means onion in Bengali. That's why this recipe is named Piyaji.  

I also made Beguni. Begun means aubergine in Bengali. So these are just slices of aubergine coated with chickpeas flour, salt, turmeric powder, chill powder, cumin powder, ginger powder, nigella seeds and water. Then fry it until golden in colour and crispy in texture. Alhamdulillah it was a good iftaar. Very simple three recipes and quite a lot of fruits, melon. honey dew melon, papaya, grapes, Alhamdulillah.

Today I washed the grapes with vinegar. Soak the grapes with cold water and vinegar ( couple of table spoon) Leave it for couple of minutes then wash it thoroughly. It does look quite shinny. Learnt the method from a sister on Facebook :-)

On a different note, today one of my sisters have returned some books she was borrowing from me. I was just thinking what a birth junkie I am ! 

After iftaar, for me the hardest task is to tidy up all the mess in the kitchen. I love the cooking part but I am not a big fan of cleaning and tidying up :-( Just the other day I bought a plaque for my kitchen "Make yourself at home...Clean my kitchen" , which kind of sums up my attitude towards this tiny room with sink and hob. 

When I went upstairs around 10, I saw my baby sleeping on the stairs! Subhanallah he must have been waiting for me and just felt asleep there. 

He loves his two teddies and the camel, Jamal to bits. He must have them when he goes to bed. Even Iftaar time, he makes sure his teddy and camel are sitting on the table too. Kids are so cute mashAllah. I try to always take photos to capture all the cuteness and keep them as sweet memories inshAllah. They grow up so quickly. Enjoy every moment with your kids. 

Friday, 2 August 2013

Ramadan Reflections: Day 24

Bismillah... In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate

Assalamu alaikum my dear readers,
Alhamdulillah I am so glad to tell you that the 13th issue of Aaila is uploaded now. As its Ramadan, I was struggling with getting our precious writers to write. I didn't want to force them as I know we all are kind of tired and exhausted. I was tempted to change the deadline but Alhamdulillah Aaila new issue is out now.
I have been making dua that Allah Subhanahu Wa ta'ala makes it easy for me. Now looking at the end product I am quite glad, alhamdulillah. There  may be still some mistakes. Give me a shout if you find any and forgive this shattered soul :-( !

I feel really blessed to work for this magazine. I really love my work. I get to read all the articles before it goes online :-) I am always 'hunting' for good writers which means I am always browsing, reading and contacting amazing people around the world. Without our excellent writers and contributors, Aaila could have been just a dream! May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala reward every single writer and the readers for their great support, mashAllah. Love you all feesabilillah.

Some of the writers are now very close friends of mine, alhamdulillah. I am really inspired by them. Through my work as an editor, I get to meet some great Muslim ladies, alhamdulillah. May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala accept our deeds and make Aaila a household name, Ameeen! Please keep Aaila in your duas!

All the articles of this issue is wonderful but some are very close to my heart. Do have a read and let me know your comments. I am always looking forward to hear from you inshAllah. Also please share the link with your family and friends. A better upbringing, A better life!

Below I have shared some of the articles which are really inspiring mashAllah: 

My wonderful, super-Muslimah sister Cordelia's articles are very informative as always, mashAllah. They are always a great joy to read, mashAllah. 'What Exercise means to your life' 'Nutritional comparison of Ramadan food selections' 'Speak softly' 

InshAllah I will be joining a Pilates session very soon , inspired by my beloved sis Cordelia :-) May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala reward her for motivating us to live a healthy life, ameen!

I am always very fascinated by the Amish community so Humble Mom's article was an excellent read, alhamdulillah. MashAllah her blog is a great source of good resources for home educators.

Also , my beautiful friend Aisha's poetry , 'Ramadan Reflections' and the article 'When I am gone' just touched my heart. She is one of the biggest blessing in my life, alhamdulillah. We are friends from university, alhamdulillah.

Another very close sister from university is Zakia who wrote the article 'Remind for the reminder benefits the believers' & her beautiful poem 'A man not a player'. She is a very brave lady who left the UK for Somalia as she wants to help her beloved country to develop, mashAllah. May Allah make her successful!

My very beloved sister 'Happy Muslim Mama' Umm Salihah (deputy editor) has written some beautiful articles as always, mashAllah. I am a very avid reader of her blog. I have been following her blog sine 2005, wow! just realized, it's been 8 years! She has been a big inspiration for me to start my own blogging journey alhamdulillah. 
 Her Ramadan journals are a joy to read! As always, she wrote quite a lot of articles for Aaila.

There are so many writers mashAllah to talk about. InshAllah I hope to do another post dedicated to them inshAllah. May Allah subhananhu wa ta'ala reward them all, ameen! 

I am really tired now and desperately  in need of some sleep. Today is another odd night , so may be the night of power. So I really need to get some rest inshallah. Please keep me in your precious duas. 

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Ramadan Reflections: Day 23

In the Name of Allah the Most Merciful...

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah my dear readers,

Today I have been very busy as the new issue of Aaila is due tomorrow inshAllah. On top of that, the neighbor's tall tree just decided to fall today in our front garden. This was really weird as it wasn't that windy today. For almost an hour , phone line was out of order. Our drain pipe has been broken which we have replaced quite recently. I was busy contacting the relevant people to sort out the problem. I reported the incident to the council and asked the other neighbors to do the same as this can make them respond quickly. 

In the morning I had to go to the library to return one of the kid's book and was planning to spend the rest of the day, editing and uploading the articles for Aaila. But we plan and Allah subhanau wa ta'ala plans too. And He is the best of planners. While the phone line was cut and I didn't have any internet, I was actually quite glad as I thought I got enforced cyber i'tikaf! Alhamdulillah felt quite stress free at that hour but it didn't last that long! Alhamdulillah the BT engineer came and he fixed it quite quickly! So here I am, can't really have any excuse! InshAllah I hope by tomorrow , I can get the issue online INSHALLAH! Please keep me in your precious duas. May Allah subhanau wa ta'ala accept this humble deed of mine, ameen!

So before I put my editor hat on, just want to share one of my  favourite duas with you. I love duas and feel very blessed to have them in my life. Without duas, life feels like hell. Subhannallah no wonder, duas are the essence of worship. Please keep your tongue moist with duas from the Qur'aan and the Sunnah of our beloved prophet Muhammad Salllallahu Alaihe Wa Sallam. And please do include us in your precious duas.

" I turn my face towards the One Who created the heavens and the earth, as a true believer. I am not of those who associate partners with Allah. Verily, my prayer and my devotion, my life and my death, are for Allah, Lord of the worlds. He has no partners. Thus I have been commanded and I am among those who have submitted. O Allah! You are the King, there is none worthy of worship but You. You are my Lord and I am Your slave. I have wronged my own soul and confess my sin. Forgive all of my sins, surely none forgives sins but You. Guide me to the perfection of my character, for none guides to its perfection but You. Protect me from the evils of my character, for none may protect me from its evil but You. I am here at Your service. All goodness is in Your Hands, and evil is not attributed to You. I am (created) by You and I am (returning) to You. You are Most Blessed, Most Exalted. I seek Your forgiveness and repent to You. " Muslim