One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes is the one where Elaine snoops inside her medical chart and reads “patient is difficult.” The doctor takes a look at her rash and says, “Well, this doesn’t look serious,” and writes something in the chart. “What are you writing?” she asks. He sneers and walks out the door.…
Surah Al- Anfal 1 to 40
- [8:1] Mutual relations are better than all wealth and glory in the world so do not fight with each other regarding wealth
- [8:2] When Allah is mentioned does it effect your heart? Ask Allah to make you increase in emaan when the Quran is being recited. How many of us listen to the Quran and remain unchanged? It takes sincere dua to Him, to make you of those who “feel” the ayaat of the Quran.
- [8:2-4] Read these ayaat and strive this Ramadan to be of the believers whom Allah describes in these verses! As for them Allah has kept high positions, forgiveness and an amazing provision.
- [8:22] The worst of living creatures in the sight of Allah are those who turn a deaf ear to the commands of Allah (the disbelievers). Why would you want to imitate them in their…
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Surah Al A’raf 88 to 206
- [7:91] Don’t cheat people when you run a business. The arrogant chiefs of Prophet Shuaib’s nation used to deceive the people regarding weight and measurement and rejected the prophet’s message so Allah punished them with a major earthquake.
- [7:88] Don’t let community pressure avert you from getting closer to Allah. If your environment or the people around you try to stop you from practicing your Deen, rely on Allah and don’t worry if you lose out on materialistic things; Allah will replace them with what’s better for you.
- [7:94] Financial difficulty and all other trials have one purpose: to make you humble. When you lose something or things get tough, do you humble yourself before Allah, trying to worship more, increase in du’a or do you forget about Allah due to bad thoughts about Him or self pity? Reflect and turn back to…
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- Eat, drink and be moderate : Almost all of us do it – once Iftar time hits, we just keep plowing food and drink into our mouths till it’s hard to move afterwards. And those of us who do it know this is totally contrary to the spirit of Ramadan, through which we’re supposed to learn self-control not self-indulgence. Let’s try to stick to the Prophetic rule on eating: fill our stomachs with one-third food, one-third water and one-third breathing space, even in Ramadan.
- Give a dollar a day in charity…or five or ten: The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was always generous but even more so in Ramadan. Let’s open our hearts and dig a little deeper in our wallets this year. Even less than a dollar a day adds up. Whatever you can give, it’s the intention that counts.
- Memorize 4 new Surahs
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In the Qur’an, when you come across the ayaat that say: “Allah loves…(so-and-so)” ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to make you of them. Say:
Allahumma ja’alani minhum (O Allah make me of them) or Allahumma ja’alna minhum (O Allah make us of them).
“And spend in the way of Allah and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction [by refraining]. And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good.” [2:195]
After reading this when you say Allahumma ja’alna minhum, you are asking Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to make you from the “doers of good”.
May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala raise the status of Dr.Israr Ahmad who taught this, accept all the good that he did and may He overlook his shortcomings, ameen.
Written By: Verse By Verse Quran Study Circle
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ exemplified the nice character traits of the friends of God. Sometimes he would ask his Companions questions that would make the congregation pay greater attention, and in order to elaborate on certain matters. During one of these sessions, the Prophet ﷺ asked the Com- panions: “Is any one among you capable of being like Abû Damdam?” The Companions said: “Who is Abû Damdam?” The Prophet ﷺ replied: “He was a member of a tribe prior to your time, and he would say, ‘I have forgiven all those who have insulted and backbitten me.’” (Abû Dâwud, Adab 36: 4887).
This is an example of taqwâ: a heart of great temperament!
Hallâj-i Mansûr held his hands up to pray for those who were stoning him, taking refuge in Allah. He pleaded: “O Allah! They are unaware. Before you forgive me, forgive those who…
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