Eid Mubarak To My Readers

As much as this day brings happiness to each of our homes and heart, we cannot deny the grief that the innumerable deaths around the world have caused. Not just in my country Pakistan, but each part of the world, especially the Muslim countries were terribly hit by unfortunate events. So it is my request to you to please remember them and their families in your prayers today and the days to come.

As I mention the word ‘prayers’, I wish to remind you that Ramadan may be over but not your test. You are still in this Dunya and the Angels at your sides (Kiraman Katibeen) are still writing down your good and bad deeds. The Angels carry on shifting their position during Fajr and Asr to report Allah Ta’alah that if you were praying or not when they left. So nothing has stopped. Only Ramadan has gone by but your life is still going on. You are supposed to obey to the commands of Allah Ta’alah even right now. So please don’t forget to pray all your five daily prayers. Please don’t let the spirit of Ramadan die. Don’t let your efforts go in vain. You have spent many nights repenting for your sins so don’t start its collection all over again.

On a lighter note, enjoy the Eid delicacies. I would love to know what your first day of Eid is like. For me Eid day begins with the Fajr prayer of course, after which I do a bit of cleaning and arranging that is left from the day before. As a Surti Gujurati my breakfast comprises of Payaa (without which my breakfast seems incomplete), Andaa Murghi ka Salan (Egg and Chicken curry) and Shermaal and Naan (these two are a kind of bread) to eat with it. This is like my most awaited breakfast. After that there is a serving of Sheer Khorma (vermicelli) for each of us. Then  I joyfully have a cup of coffee. Mmmmm! This is utter delight because Alhamdulilah I stop drinking coffee during Ramadan in order to avoid intake of caffeine. In the afternoon we go to meet our relatives and that’s about it.

So this is all about my first day of Eid. I’d love to know about your Eid as well so don’t forget to share it below in the comments section.

EID MUBARAK!

Regards,

Aisha

How to Not Go Back to Your Old Habits After Ramadan?

Ramadan is almost over and soon you might also lose the zest to offer your five daily prayers and read Qur’an. Moreover, with the Shaytan let loose you might again start struggling with your urges and desires. But I tell you what, don’t go back to square zero. Don’t drain down your efforts by following the Shaytan. You can do better and you can continue with your Ramadan spirits with these few simple steps.

You Can Still Stay Determined

If you are determined enough to go all Ramadan reading Quran, pray your daily prayers as well as waking up to pray in the middle of the night, then Voila! You can do it after Ramadan as well. You don’t have to wait for the next Ramadan to start it all over again. In fact you should not even wait for the next Ramadan because there is no guarantee of any of our lives. So you better hold onto the train you had it fueled so much to run it on high speed and at least keep it running now.

Make yourself promise to wake up for Fajr every single day from now onwards. In addition to that, fast for 6 days during the month of Shawwal so it will further help you get back to your Ramadan routine. Furthermore, stay determined to not commit any sin just like you were during Ramadan because if you have done it in Ramadan then you are strong enough to do it now as well.

At Least Two Pages of Qur’an A Day

 

Yes, don’t leave the words of Allah. Reciting Qur’an purifies your soul. Many of you listen to songs and say that it soothes your mind and soul. Well, we do know music is considered Haram in Islam and with the lyrics the songs have these days, you don’t even know what unconscious affects it has on your mind.

So don’t stop reading Qur’an. Just two pages a day and it will be a ten times better healer to your mind and body than the nuisance and pathetic songs that are made these days.

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Tahajjud During Weekends

With school, university or work, it might be difficult for you to wake up every day for Tahajjud so keep it for the weekends at least. You anyways utilize your weekends for leisure and relaxation activities, so why not take some time out for a secret conversation with your Lord. Trust me it will keep you relaxed for the rest of the week even if the work load during the weekday is at its peak.

Make Du’a For Your Piety

This is extremely important. Make Du’a to Allah to accept your religious activities and to help you in the path of piety. We supplicate to Allah for all sorts of worldly pleasures but that only satisfies us in this world. For once supplicate for something that will be a reward for you in the Hereafter.

So you see it’s that simple! Just these simple four steps and you are on your way to a beautiful Aakhirah. Insha Allah.

JazakAllah Khairun Kaseerun.

Ramadan Teaches Simplicity to the Wise

So Alhumdulilah we are at the second week of Ramadan and I’d really like to know how your Ramadan has been until now in the comment section below. Any words of wisdom shared will be appreciated.

Today I’d like to talk about instilling simplicity in our lives. In this blog post I will talk about how Ramadan helps us in understanding the beauty of simplicity.

Ramadan truly teaches us the beauty of adopting simplicity in life and this of course is only learnt by the wise because if we look around not everyone is pursuing for simplicity at the end of Ramadan. This is the second Aashra of Ramadan and by now many of our tables during iftar must be consisting of lesser dishes than compared to the first day of Ramadan. Now even a glass of water and few dates might seem enough to satisfy our hunger and this helps us to realize that even when Ramadan is over we don’t have to fill our stomachs to the extent that it bloats but just enough to provide us energy until the next meal. In fact eating in moderation also helps our body to sleep well and keeps us fresh when we wake up in the morning.

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It has been stated in the Hadith: “A believer eats in one intestine (is satisfied with a little food), and a kafir (unbeliever) or a hypocrite eats in seven intestines (eats too much).” (Bukhaari)

Also, when we are fasting during the day, our dry mouth and growling stomach teaches us the state of the poor who suffers from this state all year round. For them someone offering food is like how we feel during iftar, in fact they feel far more grateful. This is because when we are fasting we still know that in the evening we will get to eat but a person who is poor has no idea if they will even get to satisfy their hunger for that day. This should teach us to be humble when it comes to selecting food and not being choosy. Eat whatever is on your plate. When cooking at home, cook the amount that will be enough for the family and no extra has to be thrown away. When ordering at a restaurant, be mindful of your requirement so that not even a little grain gets wasted.

In addition to that, giving charity during Ramadan is another way to become humble in life. When we gift new clothes, accessories or even money to the poor, the look on their face of gratefulness, that excitement that they will finally have something to wear on Eid, should make us ponder that if someone can be grateful for just one pair of clothes (which they might have to wear the whole year round), do we have any right to whine about lack of clothes in a wardrobe?

So if you are wise, this Ramadan will In Sha Allah make you fall in love with simplicity. If not, then maybe you are yet to get into the spirits of Ramadan.

Jazakillah khairun kaseerun

 

Ramadan Kareem

MashAllah another blissful Ramadan is here. Ramadan is a month which is filled with the most amount of feasts. But do remember that your goal of Ramadan is not just to fast and do sehar and iftar but rather pray as much as you can.

Try to avoid iftar hangouts which might in turn make you miss your prayers. Also, do not waste a lot of time shopping for Eid. It is obviously a very special day in a Muslim’s life but then everything has to have limits.

Indulge yourself in reading Qur’an rather than scrolling down facebook and twitter. Involve your lips in zikr Allah and not in chit chatting with your friends. If you are meeting up with your friends try to make one with religious talks instead of gossips.

Wish you all a very happy and healthy Ramadan. May Allah accept all our Ibad’ah. Ameen.