Monday

Means of warding off the Sihr before it happens

Among the most important means of warding off the danger of sihr before it happens is seeking protection through the adhkaar prescribed in Islam, making du’aa’ and reciting prayers seeking refuge that were narrated from the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam. These include:

1- The Sunnah mentions adhkhaar by means of which one may gain protection from the shayaateen. These include:

Seeking refuge with Allah from the jinn. Allah says, “And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaytaan, then seek refuge with Allah. Verily, He is All-Hearer,
All-Knower”. [al-A’raaf 7:200]

It was narrated from Sulaymaan ibn Sard that two men were trading insults in the presence of the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam, until the face of one of    them turned red. The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said, “I know a word which, if he were to say it, what he is suffering from would go away: ‘A’oodhu    Billaahi min al-Shaytaan il-rajeem (I seek refuge with Allaah from the accursed Shaytaan).’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3108; Muslim, 2610)

2 – Reciting al-Mi’wadhatayn (the last two Soorahs of the Qur’aan, al-Falaq and al-Naas).

It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri radiallahu anhu said: “The Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihe wassallam used to seek refuge with Allah from the jinn and from the evil eye until the Mi’wadhatayn were revealed, and when they were revealed he started to recite them and not anything else.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2058

3 – Reciting Aayat al-Kursiy

4 – Reciting Soorat al-Baqarah

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “Do not make your houses like graves, for the Shaytaan runs away from a house in which Soorat al-Baqarah is recited.”(Narrated by Muslim, 780)

5 – The last verses of Soorat al-Baqarah

It was narrated that Abu Mas’ood al-Ansaari said: “The Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: ‘Whoever recites the last two verses of Soorat al-Baqarah at night, that will suffice him.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4723; Muslim, 807)

6 – Reciting “Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no god except Allaah Alone with no partner or associate; His is the Sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Able to do all things)” one hundred times after Fajr Salat.

7 – Remembering Allaah often (dhikr)

It was narrated from al-Haarith al-Ash’ari that the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “Allaah commanded Yahyaa ibn Zakariyah (peace be upon him) five things to follow and to enjoin upon the Children of Israel… and he commanded them to remember Allaah, and the likeness of that is a man who was being pursued by the enemy, until he reached a strong fortress in which he found protection; similarly a man cannot find protection from the Shaytaan except by remembering Allah…” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2863)

8 – The adhaan

It was narrated that Suhayl ibn Abi Saalih said: “My father sent me to Bani Haarithah, and there was with me a slave of ours, or a companion of ours. Someone called out his name from a garden, and the one who was with me looked into the garden and did not see anything. I mentioned that to my father,
and he said, ‘If I had known that this was going to happen to you, I would not have sent you. But if you hear a voice then make the call for prayer, for I heard Abu Hurayrah radiallahu anhu narrating that the Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “When the Shaytaan hears the call to prayer, he runs away fast.”(Narrated by Muslim, 389).

9 – Reciting Qur’aan offers protection against the Shaytaan

Allaah says: “And when you (Muhammad) recite the Qur’aan, We put between you and those who believe not in the Hereafter, an invisible veil (or screen their hearts, so they hear or understand it not)[al-Israa’ 17:45]

They are also some of the most effective weapons for warding off sihr after it has happened, along with humbly beseeching Allaah constantly and asking Him to remove the harm and relieve the distress.

Among the du’aa’s which have been narrated from the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam to treat diseases such as sihr and other things is the ruqyah by means of which he sallallahu alaihe wassallam used to treat his companions:

“Allaahumma Rabb al-naas, adhhib il-ba’s, washfi anta al-Shaafi laa shifaa’a illa shifaa’uka shifaa’an laa yughaadir saqaman (O Allaah, Lord of mankind, remove the harm and heal him, for You are the Healer and there is no healing except Your healing, with a healing which does not leave any disease behind).”

There is also the ruqyah by means of which Jibreel treated the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam: “Bismillaah urqeeka min kulli shay’in yu’dheeka, wa min sharri kulli nafsin aw ‘aynin haasid Allaah yashfeek, bismillaah urqeek (In the name of Allaah I perform ruqyah for you, from every thing that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye may Allaah heal you, in the name of Allaah I perform ruqyah for you).” This should be repeated three times.

And Allaah knows best.

May Allah keep us all in His protection from envy, evil eye and sihr.

Wishing you the best
Wassalam
Zakia Usmani

Sihr and its cure

A person struck by magic might experience the following:

Dislike of one’s spouse, as indicated in the Qur’an by the following verse, "And from these (angels) people learn that by which they cause separation between a man and his wife..." (Al-Baqarah, 2:102).

Different attitude in the house from that which is outside the house. For example, a person will feel that he is missing his family when is outside the house but when he goes home, love changes quickly to extreme hatred.

Inability to have sexual intercourse with one’s spouse.

Frequent miscarriage for pregnant women.

Sudden change in behavior without obvious reason.

Complete loss of appetite for food.

Thinking or imagining one has done something when in reality one has not.

Sudden obedience and/or love for a particular person.

It should be noted that if a person experiences some of the above symptoms this does not necessarily mean that he is either possessed by a jinn or struck by black magic. It might be due to physiological or psychological reasons.

As for curing this condition the following steps are recommended:
1) Putting one’s trust in Allah with sincere belief that He is the only cure for everything.

2) Reading Qur’aan and known supplications expressing seeking refuge, the most important and effective of which are:
a. Soorat al-Faatihah
b. Aayat al-Kursiy from Soorat al-Baqarah,
c. The verses from Soorat al-A’raaf, [al-A’raaf 7:106-122]
d. The verses from Soorat Yoonus, (Yoonus 10:79-82)
e. The verses from Soorat Ta-Ha, [Ta-Ha 20:65-69]
f. Soorat al-Kaafiroon
g. Soorat al-Ikhlaas and al-Mi’wadhatayn (i.e., Soorat al-Falaq and Soorat al-Naas) – to be recited three times.
h. Reciting some of the du’aa’s prescribed in sharee’ah, such as:
“Allaahumma Rabb al-Naas, adhhib al-ba’s wa’shfi, anta al-Shaafiy, laa shifaa’a illa shifaa’uka, shifaa’an laa yughaadiru saqaman (O Allaah, Lord of
mankind, remove the evil and grant healing, for You are the Healer. There is no healing except Your healing, which does not leave any sickness).”

2) Removing the elements of magic as was done by the Prophet when he was struck by black magic by a Jewish man called Lubaid Ben Al-‘Aasim.

3) Eating seven Aa’liya Al-Barniy dates (among the dates of Al-Madinah) first thing in the morning; if not possible, any dates will suffice, by the will of Allaah.

4) Cupping--removing excess blood.

5) Supplications.

And I ask Allaah to cure those who are suffering with evil eye and magic and ease their hardship, as He is the One who cures and there is no one else who can cure.

Wassalam
Zakia Usmani
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Thursday

Remedy for the envy

Envy is a serious disease with dire consequences which are manifested in the breakdown of social relations and spoiling interactions between people, which may sink to the lowest levels of ignorance and backwardness.

Hence Islam took a very firm stance against this serious disease. It is narrated that the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said, “Do not envy one another, do no cut off ties with one another, do not hate one another; be, O slave of Allah, brothers.”

In order to avoid making this mistake, we must have a pure heart and calm manner. It is permissible to wish for a blessing the someone else enjoying, on condition that we do not hope to see it taken away from the other person, and that he does not resent the other person having it.

In reality when a person is envious of another, he is actually doubting the wisdom of Allah SWT and questioning His decision. This is because, ultimately, it is Allah who decided which favours to bestow on which people.

Since envy is a serious disease of the heart, diseases of the heart can only be treated with beneficial knowledge.

The one who envies should realise the certainty of his envy being harmful to his dunya and akhira. His envy manifests his anger towards Allah’s decree and his questioning of Allah’s wisdom in bestowing His blessings. This is a crime against Allah and he is only earning the wrath of Allah in doing so.

Envy results in grief and sadness as each time someone is blessed the envious soul only increases in jealousy, sorrow and hatred, to the point that his heart becomes pre-occupied with envy.

One should reflect over and enumerate the blessings that they have been bestowed with and not occupy himself with that which He has given to others. Reflecting over one’s own blessings allows one to increase in gratefulness towards Allah.

If one feels anything of this nature he should strive against his soul to curb any bad feeling and do the opposite of what one desires, instead of asking Allah to remove the blessings from this person he should instead do du’a that Allah increase His bounty on him, were he to be envious of someone’s praise he should not back-bite but strive, instead, to mention their good qualities too, thereby training his soul to fight and remove this envy.

One should seek refuge in Allah from hasad and make du’a that Allah removes it.

May Allah protect us all from the diseases of the heart.

Wassalam
Zakia Usmani
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Tuesday

The characteristics of the envier

Do you know what are the characteristics of the envier?

1 - The envier is always angry at the decrees of Allah.
2 - The envier always complains and rarely thanks Allah even if he owns the whole world.
3 - He follows up the mistakes of the one whom he envies, and tries to seek out his faults, and exposes them and exaggerates about them before others.
4 - He conceals or ignores or belittles the good qualities and distinguishing characteristics of the person whom he envies.
5 - So you will notice that the envier cannot speak in front of the one whom he envies without addressing him in a laughing, jocular manner, but deep down he is filled with hatred and resentment that is clear from the way in which he looks at him.
6 - He clearly criticizes the one whom he envies, with or without evidence.
7 - He looks for opportunities and makes the most of any chance to harm the one whom he envies in himself or his wealth.
8 - Finally, the envier is a troubled man, due to the resentment that is always festering in his heart, so depression and dullness show on his face.

In the next post I will tell you about the remedy for the envy insha Allah.

Wassalam
Zakia Usmani
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Thursday

Envy [Hasad]

Envy (Hasad) means resenting the blessings of Allah that are enjoyed by the one who is envied, and wishing that it be taken away. In other words, the envier wishes that the blessing be taken away from the one whom he envies, whether the blessing comes to him or not.

So the envier resents the blessing of Allah and wishes that it be taken away, and he may even make efforts to take it away.

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah sallallau alaihe wassallam said: "My Ummah will be stricken with the disease of the other nations." They said: "What is the disease of the other nations?" He sallallau alaihe wassallam said: "Insolence, arrogance, accumulation (of wealth), competition in worldly gains, mutual hatred and envy, until there will be wrongdoing and then killing."

The issue of the evil eye includes all people, even those who are righteous if they do not pay attention to it, whereas envy is limited to certain people. Hence the envious person has certain characteristics by which he/she may be distinguished, such as the way he/she looks and smiles, the expression on his/her face, and the way he/she speaks. All of that points to what is in his/her heart. Whatever a person conceals in his/her heart will inevitably show on his/her face and through slips of the tongue, in the way he/her looks and smiles, and in all his movements and expressions.

By His wisdom, Allah has made man's face a mirror which reflects the thoughts that are hidden in his mind and heart. The effects of sickness are seen in the sick man's face, and the sorrow of one who is grieving and depressed shows on his face, and the good health of one who is sound is reflected on his face. If a person is happy and content, his hidden thoughts show on his face and through slips of the tongue. If a believer is true and sincere in his faith and humble before the Most Merciful, and reads the Qur'an frequently, that joy and light will show on his face; his nature will be humble and kind, and his speech will be polite and noble. The opposite is also true: the effects of an evildoer's immoral actions and sin will be reflected in his face and in slips of the tongue, even if he outwardly resembles those who are righteous.

By the same token, the envier who resents the good things that people have and wishes that the blessings of Allah be taken away, is sick at heart and lacking in faith. No matter how much he tries to conceal what he feels inwardly, he will soon let out the envy that he feels.

So how to recognize the envier? Well we will discuss this in the next post insha Allah.

May Allah SWT protect all of us.

Wassalam
Zakia Usmani
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Monday

How to protect from evil eye?

The best way to protect one from evil eye is to come closer to Allah and always remembering Him (dhikr) and reciting the Qur’an. The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam used to seek refuge with Allah for himself by reciting the Mi’wadhatayn (the last two Surahs of the Qur’an, al-Falaq and al-Naas), Soorat al-Faatihah and Aayat al-Kursiy [al-Baqarah 2:255].

The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam used to seek refuge from evil eye by reciting these dua’s :
“A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammaati min sharri maa khalaq (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah from the evil of that which He has created).” (Narrated by Muslim 4881)

A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every bad eye).’”(Narrated by al-Bukhaari 3120).

It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed that Jibreel came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: “O Muhammad, are you ill?” He said, “Yes.” He said, “Bismillaahi arqeeka min kulli shay’in yu’dheeka, min sharri kulli nafsin aw ‘aynin haasid Allaahu yashfeek, bismillaahi arqeek (In the name of Allaah I perform ruqyah for you, from everything that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye may Allaah heal you, in the name of Allaah I perform ruqyah for you).” (Narrated by Muslim, 4056)

Another way of protecting oneself from the evil eye is persisting in reciting the adhkaar (dhikr) for morning and evening, and the adhkaar for going to sleep, and others, this will have a great effect in protecting oneself from the evil eye. So strive to recite these adhkaar.

It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah radiallahu anha said: “The one who had put the evil eye on another would be ordered to do wudu, then the one who had been struck by the evil eye would wash with it (that water).” (Sunan Al-Bayhaqi, 9/252)

The one who is asked to wash is obliged to do so. Many people feel embarrassed to ask one who they think has put the evil eye on them to wash for them. But this embarrassment is inappropriate. The evil eye may come even from one who is righteous. Hence some of the scholars stated that it is obligatory for the one who has put the evil eye on another to do wudu, because the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said, “If you are asked to wash, then do so.”

He sallallahu alaihe wassallam commanded such a person to wash, and the command implies that it is obligatory.

The above du’ aas and adkaar prevent the effects of the eye from taking hold and repel them, depending on the strength of faith of the one who says them, and the strength of his soul, his potential, and the strength of his trust in Allah and the steadfastness of his heart. For they are a weapon, and a weapon is only as good as the one who wields it.

Remember if you likes something you must hasten to pray for blessing for the thing that you like by saying “Baarik Allahu fih (May Allah bless it)” or “Allahumma baarik ‘ alayhi (O Allah, bless it) or Masha Allah (That which Allah wills {will come to pass}).

Wishing you the best
Wassalam
Zakia Usmani
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Thursday

The evil eye and its symptoms

In these challenging times….
We all have problems.

Still, no problem is too big for us…because the truth is…
All the problems can be overcome and all the problems have solutions.
BUT what if a problem persists?

Because some problems are not easy to solve
 -----> Agreed!

Difficulties, failures, obstacles, and problems are issues that concern us all no matter where we live and what our situation in life is. We all go through pain and problems in our lives.

So, what’s the solution?
The evil eye is like an arrow which comes from the soul of the one who envies towards the one who is envied and on whom the evil eye is put; sometimes it hits him and sometimes it misses. If the target is exposed and unprotected, it will affect him, but if the target is cautious and armed, the arrow will have no effect and may even come back on the one who launched it.

The evil eye refers to when one person harms another by means of the eye.
It was narrated that Jabir (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessing upon Him) said:

"The evil eye will put a man into his grave and a camel into the cooking pot." [Hilyat Al-Awliya' by Abu Na'im. Shaykh Al-Albani (may Allah have mercy on him) said: It is a Hasan Hadith - Al-Silsilah Al-Sahihah, 1250.]
Evil eye can follow a man until it makes him fall from a high mountain, and if it is able to overpower a healthy man it can kill him and put him in his grave, and if it overpowers a camel, it will fall and be injured, and its owner will slaughter it and cook it in a pot. So the evil eye is real and its effects are real. It may kill, or it may affect the spot or the things that the envier likes in the body of the person affected, or in himself or his possessions. This is the view of the scholars of this Ummah, such as Malik, Al-Shafi'i, Ahmad and others.

As for the symptoms of being affected by the evil eye, Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez al-Sadhaan (may Allaah preserve him) said:
If it is not a real sickness, then the symptoms may take the following forms: 

Headaches that move from one part of the head to another; yellow pallor in the face; sweating and urinating a great deal; weak appetite; tingling, heat or cold in the limbs; palpitations in the heart; pain in the lower back and shoulders; sadness and anxiety; sleeplessness at night; strong reactions due to abnormal fears; a lot of burping, yawning and sighing; withdrawal and love of solitude; apathy and laziness; a tendency to sleep; health problems with no known medical cause.

These signs or some of them may be present according to the strength of the evil eye or the number of people who put the evil eye on others.
The difference between the evil eye and envy.

The Hasid (envier) is an envious man whose envy is accompanied by resentment, so he wishes that the blessing be taken away, whereas the 'A'in (the one who puts the evil eye on another) simply likes a thing. Hence the evil eye may come from a righteous man or woman, and a man may put the evil eye on his own wealth, child or family without realizing it. But the evil eye and envy have the same effect, which is causing harm to the thing that is liked or envied.

Insha Allah in the post, I will explain how to protect ourselves from evil eye.
Wishing you the best
Zakia Usmani
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Wednesday

79 Way to Improve your life - Part 5

Assalamu Alaikum

I am sure you’re loving these tips and sharing with your friends and family.
1. Take the stairs
Are you in love with the elevator? Skip it next time and run up the stairs. Why? Because it’s harder and therefore infinitely more awesome.

2. Release the how
We’re always trying to figure out how something is going to happen. Release the how. Our brains aren’t meant to know how things are going to happen. It causes anxiety, worry and other mental problems.

3. Volunteer
Almost every masjid or community centre has opportunities where you can volunteer. Go check it out and try it for one day. You might like it.

4. Be open minded
Don’t judge a book by its cover. Be open to everything, because you never know where it may lead.

5. Grow
Grow as a human being, a spiritual being and a conscious soul. If you aren’t growing, you’re slowly withering away. There is no middle ground. Always push yourself. Live uncomfortably and evolve.

6. Be grateful
Write down and think about the positive things in your life. Thank Allah every night before sleep. Show gratitude in your words, actions and heart. Remember enjoying the little things you are grateful for will have an impact on you.

7. Make connections
One of the most important things in life is making connections. Your life will significantly shift towards making more connections and giving value, from just being someone who does something for money. This will have a huge impact on your life.

8. Accept
Do you constantly want to change they way things are? What if you had done that one thing differently in the past? Stop it. You’re putting yourself in mental hell. Accept what is. Ironically, that is the first step to change.

9. Forgive
Forgive yourself and others. It will take a huge load off your back. You don’t have to hold grudges against anyone. You are only causing anguish to yourself.

10. Patience
Nothing happens fast. People want fast results, but the truth is that you have to work hard for 6-12-24 months before anything happens.

Wishing you the very best.
Wassalam
Zakia Usmani
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Saturday

79 Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Life – Part 4

I’ve always gained inspiration from these tips, which is why I’ve decided to share with you. Each one comes with an elaboration from me.

1. Use money as a tool
Money doesn’t have to enslave you. How much money do you really need? How about having enough to do what you want, when you want to do it? Why would anyone need more than that?

2. Dream
Let yourself dream. All my childhood I’ve been told that things can’t be done, but I have come to realize just the opposite, so let yourself dream and ignore the people that don’t know what they’re talking about.

3. Learn a new language
How many times have you heard or even said “I want to learn a new language”? Stop wishing and start doing. Just 10-15 minutes a day will give you results.

4. Enjoy nature
How long has it been since you took a walk in nature? What about sitting down in the forest and just listening to the wildlife?

5. Self-discipline
Having and exercising discipline comes in handy more often than you think. We all have weak moments in our lives when we are just about to give up.

6. Plan your day
Before you get out of bed, visualize how your perfect day would look like. How do you want that day to go?

7. Excuses
Have you been putting off doing what you love because you’re afraid? It’s time to throw out all the excuses and just do it. You will see that the fear and excuses fall away once you realize that they really do not hold as much power as you think.

8. Social media
If you’re not already involved in social media, get involved. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and so on. They are tools to help you connect with the right people. Use them.

9. Blog
Starting a blog doesn’t mean you have to make money. You can start a blog just to have a home on the internet. Share your thoughts and build a community. You might even discover your passion in the process.

10. Relax
Stress is killing all of us slowly. Take time out of your day to relax. Worship, read Qur’an, ponder over its verses, be mindful, walk, hangout with your loved ones.

Wishing you the very best.
Wassalam
Zakia Usmani
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Thursday

79 Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Life - Part 3

Enjoy today’s inspiring, and great tips!

1. Tidy up
Keep your apartment or house clean. Not saying that I’m a master of cleanliness or anything, but it sure does feel good to have everything looking good, doesn’t it?

2. Embrace challenges
Most people avoid challenges, or as they like to call them: problems. What would life be without challenges? Incredibly boring. We would never grow – at least not as fast – and everything would be smooth sailing.

3. Live with power
Live with power and certainty. Power goes hand in hand with responsibility. Take action, be confident, be yourself and trust that your intuition will guide you wherever you need to be.

4. Practice courage
We all have our fears. By practicing courage and doing something even though you’re afraid, you grow. New stuff is scary. I know that. You know that. Let’s do it anyway, shall we?

5. Surround yourself with awesome people
The people you choose as friends have a big impact on how you think and act. Do not accept just anyone into your life. Choose your friends wisely.

6. Go with the flow
You know, Allah is constantly giving you hints and trying to pull you in one direction. Are you noticing those hints? From now on, think about the signs you’re getting and follow them.

7. Release expectations
Release all expectations after you’ve set your goal. You never know what Allah might deliver to your doorstep. That’s why you want to have an open-mind, because what if Allah has something better in store for you?

8. Experiment
Dare to experiment. Embrace failure, because that is how you learn and how you grow. Being awesome means looking ridiculous and making tons of mistakes. Why? Because it helps you become better and provide even more value.

9. Live within your means
Do you really need a car? Do you need cable T.V? We can live a lot cheaper when we realize that we do not need a lot of the stuff we think we need. This allows you to work less and have more free time to do what you want.

10. Slow down
Life is busy. Try to be conscious as much as possible. Breathe and slow down. Enjoy the fact that you’re alive. Be grateful for the little things. Be grateful for the big things.

Wishing you the very best.

Wassalam
Zakia Usmani

Wednesday

79 Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Life - Part 2

Here are some more gems!!!

1. Do less
You can do less and live more. You don’t need more stuff. Release your cravings for materialism. It will lead to less debt, less work and less stress.

2. Be radical
Sometimes it’s good to be radical, if it’s you. Radical means different things to different people, so I’ll leave it up to you to interpret it.

3. Be authentic
Whatever you do, be authentic. Be yourself.

4. Enjoy the process
When you’re doing something you love, you will automatically enjoy the process. Goals don’t even matter at this point. Sure, they give you a direction, but you’re loving life and feeling awesome.

5. Be practical
You don’t have to quit your job to do what you love. You can slowly start phasing it out by working on your passion project after you get home from work. Be practical and realistic. Don’t just jump into your passion when you don’t have a plan.

6. Lose arguments
Why do we insist on being right all the time? Try losing arguments. It’s great fun and interrupts patterns in people. Seeing people get confused is a lot of fun.

7. Let someone pass you in line at the supermarket
Everyone’s in a rush to get home, but what if you took a deep breathe and let someone pass you? It’s unexpected and it makes people smile.

8. Quit your job
If you’re ready for it, just quit your job. There’s no need to hang onto something that you don’t need. For the rest of you, stay put.

9. Give away stuff
How much stuff do you have that you haven’t used in the last 12 months? What about giving it all away? I know a lot of people that have their houses full of stuff.

10. Focus
Be aware of where your focus is. Where focus goes, energy flows. If you’re constantly thinking about how you will fail, you will feel bad and maybe even fail. Think about how you will succeed and you might just succeed. If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

Wishing you the very best.
Wassalam
Zakia Usmani

Tuesday

Do you pray ?? NO….WHY ?????

 
صَـلُّوا قــَـبْلَ أنْ يُصَلَّى عـَلـَـيْكُمْ
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The elderly have not abandoned it

Women have not abandoned it

Children have not abandoned it

On the roads, they have not abandoned it

In corrupt countries, they have not abandoned it

In the forests and jungles, they have not abandoned it

In the midst of ruins and destruction, they have not abandoned it


Under the bombings, they have not abandoned it

Under the rain, they have not abandoned it

On the stairs, they have not abandoned it

On top of car roofs, they have not abandoned it

In train stations, they have not abandoned it

In planes, they have not abandoned it
On the snow ,they have not abandoned it

On the beaches, they have not abandoned it

UNDER WATER, they have not abandoned it

He is under water diving, it's his work …

he can’t leave his job undone…but he can’t lose the FAJAR PRAYER…

so he prayed underwater’ SubhanAllah !!!.


Before they are captured, they have not abandoned it

And after they are captured, they have not abandoned it

The disabled have not abandoned it



So why would you
WHY?? YOU HAVE ABONDONED IT ??

Didn’t you know that this is the most
loved deed by Allah, and the greatest ibadah?

If you do not observe prayer as you are ordered to

 Then there will come a day when you will be prayed upon

You will then be unable to make up what you’ve missed

You shall than enter alone…
No companions except your deeds
And what you have presented forward
 
Pray before you are prayed upon
Below is a picture of a pilgrim
who died in Madina in the position of sujood (prostration)

And another one (beneath it) of a pilgrim who died in Makka while raising his hands with prayer (du’aa)

Do not miss a prayer
Do not die a loser’s death

Allah swt says in the Quran that prayer is prescribed upon the believers according to a precise timely record
so,

Pray before you are prayed upon



 
O Allah, make us among those you described in your Book
Those who have khushoo’ in their prayers
Those who are continually observing their prayers and are heedful of them

Ameen

Why not send this to all those that matter to you?

It might benefit them and you afterall. May Allah bless those who compile this.


Sunday

79 Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Life (Part 1)

Do you want to improve your life? Do you want to be more awesome, but just don’t know how to go about peeling off the unnecessary layers?


I’ve put together a list of 79 ways you can improve your life. Enjoy and share with your friends.
So here we go!!!!!!

1. Care

If you want to be awesome, you have to care. Care about the people around you and even people you’ve never met.

2. Give Value

We all have something to share. Always focus on what you can do for others. What do you love and what are you good at (or want to become good at)?

3. Be honest

Honesty feels good and is the right thing to do. But why do many choose to lie instead? Most often it’s because it makes their life easier, or does it? It usually might seem like it in the short-term, but in the long-term, honesty always wins.

4. Be honorable

Be honorable and respectable. This means doing the right things, keeping promises and in general, being someone who does the right thing.

5. Integrity

Having integrity for me means being ethical and following a moral code that is both practical and benefits all of humanity. It’s idealistic, but it is certainly worth striving for, isn’t it?

6. Follow your passion

Find your passion and follow it. Never give up. There is always a way to make a living doing what you love. It may not come in the form you think, so be open-minded.

7. Take responsibility

You are responsible for your life. There is no one to blame. If you’re not happy with your life or with your circumstances, you are the only one that can take responsibility and start changing it. What are you waiting for?

8. Be positive

Being just a little bit more positive can mean a lot of things. Reading a good book, checking out positive quotations or even learning new skills that you enjoy. The possibilities are endless. Even though being positive is cliché and kind of irritating, it is still useful.

9. Take action

You can dream and you can wonder, but nothing happens without taking action consistently. You don’t have to be perfect. Learn as much as you need to know the next step and take action!

10. Focus on your strengths

Stop trying to fix your weaknesses. You can’t be perfect. Focus on your strength and let other people do what you’re bad at.

Wishing you the very best.

Wassalam

Zakia Usmani

http://www.facebook.com/zakiaaftabusmani

Thursday

Zakia Usmani's Blog: Never…give…up…HOPE!

Zakia Usmani's Blog: Never…give…up…HOPE!: Never Give Up Hope! Lessons from the Holy Qur’an: Part I We are living in a sad state of affairs. In the U.S., unemployment rate has almo...

Never…give…up…HOPE!

Never Give Up Hope! Lessons from the Holy Qur’an: Part I


We are living in a sad state of affairs. In the U.S., unemployment rate has almost reached 20%. In the U.K., 33% of all youth have no jobs. Our beloved Islamic country of Somalia was hit by a severe drought. Not too long ago, we were squabbling over when Eid-ul-Fitr was going to be. We almost came to blows when the moon was sighted on this day and not on that day. Almost 2 out of 3 Islamic marriages end up in divorce within the first 2 years. We have multi-million dollar masjids that not even a full line of people come to pray Fajr. We shave our beards and we drop our Hijabs because we are afraid of that looming cloud of unemployment. Depressed yet? If you are, then Shaytan has you right where he wants you, but even if this is the case, never give up hope!

Why should you never give up hope despite all of the horribly true things that are happening to us, as human beings and as Muslims, all over the world? Because we have a belief that over 4 billion people in the world don’t share. We have a Book that over 4 billion people don’t believe in. We have a Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) that wept entire nights for Allah to forgive us…us…his Ummah. He hasn’t met us nor have we met him. But because we believe in La Ilaha Ill-Allah and because we believe in Muhammad-ur Rasulullah we should not give up hope!

Let me let you in on a little secret. The fact that we are being tested…is a blessing. Say what? The ayah of the Qur’an says, “And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, "Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return." (2:155-156) But Allah doesn’t stop there! “Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the rightly guided.”

Allah is telling us in the Qur’an that He will test us. That job you lost? It wasn’t because of the economy. It was because Allah was testing you my dear brothers, sisters, and elders in Islam. Would you dwell into a pit of despair which is what Shaytan wanted you to do and succumb to despair? Or would you brave the storm and have full trust in Allah, that your Rizq (provisions) do not come from your employer or from that paycheck, but it comes from Allah the most High! He is the King of kings, the Sultan of Sultans, the President of presidents, and the Creator of creation. In one instant, He can make all of your needs, wants, and desires come true. But he doesn’t do so. Why? In order to test us, like the ayah of the Qur’an says, to see who amongst is an average Joe, or in this case, an average Muslimah or Muslim who runs after people to have their needs met, or if we are the cream of the very top of the crop, who say, firmly, that all I had was from Allah, all I have is from Allah, and all I am destined to have is from Allah. So I am content with what Allah has given me. Are we amongst that elite group of people that because Allah loves us, the Angels make du’a for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no breaks? “Because I love this servant of mine, you, my angels, also love them”.

If that doesn't raise your hopes, then try this on for size: "For indeed, after hardship there will be relief. Indeed, after hardship there will be relief". (94:5-6) No, I did not just repeat one ayah over again, it is the next ayah in this Surah. The fact that this ayah is mentioned twice, one after another, shows that one hardship will not overcome two reliefs. So if you lost your job (1 hardship) and you bear the tribulation of being unemployed with patience and trust in Allah, then Allah will reward you insha'Allah with 2 reliefs: a better job (salary, environment, work hours, etc.) and ability to pay off that student debt (or mortgage, or bank loan, etc.).

Can you imagine how merciful our Allah is? We don't have to do anything, just start and end every day with a smile, even if we have no job and cannot do anything else. All we have to do is pray to Allah to help us. It might take 1 month, 1 year, 5 years...but the relief is coming! You know when you are floundering in that (pick the subject you dislike the most) class, or you need some help with a project at work and you ask someone for help? Remember when they made promise after promise to help you out but in the end leave you out to dry? Remember? We all have had times in our lives where we relied on someone else to help us out with a situation and they just didn't come through for us. Well guess what? Allah has your back! That's right, the one who created your mother to give birth to you; He...has your back! Please, please, please... do not rely on Obama or the economy or a previous employer to help you out, in this case with your financial situation. Please do not read the newspapers that say with despair, this family's home was foreclosed, yours could be next. This man was making millions on Wall Street, now he is selling pizzas. The newspapers are not the ones that cause despair in your heart; it is our open enemy, Shaytan, who instills fear in us, who wants us to take interest loans, to shave our beards when we go for interviews, to take off the hijab when we go out in public. This is all because we don't see the light at the end of the tunnel that shows- relief is on the way! The one who is delivering it? None other...than Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) Himself!

Never…give…up…HOPE!

Stay tuned for Part II- Lessons from the life of Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) on why you should never give up hope!

Written by brother Ali Ibrahim

Saturday

Zakia Usmani's Blog: Is waking up for Fajr difficult for you?

Zakia Usmani's Blog: Is waking up for Fajr difficult for you?: One often hears Muslims and non-Muslims saying that Islam is a hard religion with too many restrictions and commands. I have heard people ...

Is waking up for Fajr difficult for you?

One often hears Muslims and non-Muslims saying that Islam is a hard religion with too many restrictions and commands.  I have heard people say things like ‘you have to pray so many times a day, it’s like every time I turn my head it’s time to pray again’. On the surface, Islam may seem like a difficult religion but it isn’t – it’s only hard until you have taqwa. That is the beauty of this religion, once you understand it and your iman soars, everything else becomes easy and things start to make sense. We all have moments when we feel our iman is strong; we develop high ambitions to memorize and recite the Qur’an, lengthen our salah and study the Qur’an. But we also have times when our iman dips and we wait till the last minute to quickly pray our fardh only to return to our worldly activities, when days and weeks may pass without us picking up the Qur’an – this is when Islam becomes hard, when our iman fluctuates.

 It is important for us to make dua that Allah keeps our iman strong and forever increasing, that Allah keep us in a state of constant taqwa. We have to internalize the fact that we all are accountable for everything we do and for everything we do not do, that one day Allah will question us. Then it won’t be so diffcult to wake up early to pray fajr. Everyone knows that we will be held accountable but we need to move from knowing to believing and feeling this reality. Once we believe and feel that Allah is the Knower of the unseen and the seen. He is the Merciful, the Mercy-Giving then our duties towards Allah and His creation will be easy to fulfill.

Once I had come home late from a dinner party and slept at 2:00am and fajr was at 4:00am. When my alarm rang, I was in such a deep sleep I wanted to press the snooze button, knowing that I won’t be able to wake up later. Sometimes I would make excuses, I’ll skip fajr for just today or if I don’t get enough asleep, I’ll have headache the entire day. One day I realized that I’m only fooling myself and by not praying I’m bluntly rejecting Allah’s call to prayer, how will I be able to justify and explain my actions on the Day of Judgment? All of sudden I was up.

We must also make sure that our salah does not become a routine that we stop heeding what we recite. Every salah should be unique, a remembrance of Allah, a window for repentance, a feeling of humility towards our Lord. We should struggle not to lose sight of the Truth in the midst of our busy days and make dua that the guidance Allah has given us stays steadfast. Taqwa keeps us in check of reality and makes it easy for us to fulfill our duties.

Wassalam 
Aamna Saleem


Wednesday

Zakia Usmani's Blog: Ways to help oneself pray Qiyaam al-Layl

Zakia Usmani's Blog: Ways to help oneself pray Qiyaam al-Layl: Bismillah. There are many things that one can do to help oneself pray qiyaam al-layl, among which are the following: 1 – Being sincer...

Ways to help oneself pray Qiyaam al-Layl

Bismillah.


There are many things that one can do to help oneself pray qiyaam al-layl, among which are the following:


1 – Being sincere towards Allaah, as He has commanded us to be sincere towards Him and none other in our deeds. The more sincere a person is towards Allaah, the more he will be guided and helped to obey Allaah and draw closer to Him. Mutarraf ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn al-Shakheer said: “The goodness of a deed is related to the goodness of the heart, and the goodness of the heart is related to the goodness of the intention.” Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “The degree to which a person is helped and aided by Allaah depends on the degree of his intention, drive, aim and hopes. Help from Allaah comes to people in proportion to their drive, intention, hopes and fears, and failure comes to them in like manner.”


2 – The person who wants to pray qiyaam al-layl should realize that Allaah is calling him to qiyaam. When the slave realizes Allah, is calling him to do this, he will respond.


3 – Knowing the virtues of qiyaam al-layl. Whoever knows the virtues of this act of worship will be keen to talk to Allaah, may He be exalted, and to stand before Him at that time.  Abu Huraira radiallah anhu said: “The best of prayers after the prescribed prayers is prayer in the depths of the night, and the best of fasting after the month of Ramadaan is fasting the month of Allaah, Muharram.” (reported by Muslim).


‘Amr ibn ‘Absah reported that the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “The closest that the Lord is to His slave is in the later part of the night, so if you can be one of those who remember Allaah at that time, then do so.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi and al-Nisaa'i).


4 – Studying how the salaf and righteous people practised qiyaam al-layl and adhered to it. The salaf used to enjoy qiyaam al-layl and rejoice greatly in doing it. ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Wahb said: “Every type of pleasure is enjoyed only once, except for acts of worship, which are enjoyed three times: when you do it, when you remember it, and when you are given the reward for it.”


Yazeed al-Riqaashi said: “A lot of tahajjud brings delight to the worshippers, and a lot of thirst (i.e., fasting), brings joy when they meet Allaah.”


Abu Bakr al-Marwadhi said: “I was with Imaam Ahmad for nearly four months in the army, and he never stopped praying qiyaam at night or reading Qur’aan during the day, and I never knew when he completed the Qur’aan, because he kept that secret.”


Imaam al-Bukhaari used to pray qiyaam and tahajjud at night until the time of suhoor, and he would read between a half and a third of the Qur’aan, and complete it at suhoor every third night.


5 – Sleeping on one’s right side. The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam taught his ummah to sleep on their right sides.  Abu Hurayrah radiallahu anhu said that the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “When any one of you goes to bed, let him clear his bed by hitting it with his garment, for he does not know what may have come onto it. Then let him lie down on his right side, then let him say, ‘Bismika Rabbi wada’tu janbi wa bika arfa’uhu. In amsakta nafsi farhamhaa wa in arsaltahaa fahfazhaa bimaa tahfazu bihi ‘ibaadaka al-saaliheen (In Your Name, my Lord, I lay myself down and I get up again. If You take my soul, then have mercy on it, and if You send it back to me, then protect it with that with which You protect Your righteous slaves).’” (Agreed upon).


6 – Going to sleep early. Abu Barzah al-Aslami radiallahu anhu said that the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam used to prefer to delay ‘Ishaa’, and he did not like to sleep before it or talk after it. (Reported by al-Bukhaari).


Also, one should not sleep too much or too deeply. Ibraaheem ibn Adham said: “If you are sleeping at night, and running about during the day, and always committing sin, how can you earn the pleasure of the One Who is directing your affairs?”


8 – Having the habit of reciting adhkaar prescribed by sharee’ah before going to sleep, because these adhkaar are like a fortress which protects a person from the Shaytaan, by the permission of Allaah, and helps him to get up for qiyaam.


‘Aa’ishah radiallahu anha reported that when the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam went to bed each night, he would put his palms together, blow in them, and recite Qul huwa Allaahu ahad, Qul a’oodhu bi Rabbi’l-Falaq and Qul a’oodhu bi Rabbi’l-Naas, then he would wipe as much of his body as he could with his hands, starting with his head and face, and the front of his body, doing this three times. (Agreed upon).


Similarly, the Muslim should have the habit of reciting adhkaar prescribed by sharee’ah when waking up, The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “When any one of you wakes up, he should say: ‘Al-hamdu Lillaah illadhi radda ‘alayya roohi, wa ‘aafaani fi jasadi wa adhina li bi dhikrihi (Praise be to Allaah Who has restored my soul, given health to my body, and allowed me to remember Him).” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi and al-Nisaa'i, Saheeh al-Jaami’, 326).


9 – Being keen to take a nap or siesta during the day, whether before zuhr or after. Anas radiallahu anhu reported that the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “Take a nap, for the shayaateen do not take naps.” (Reported by al-Tabaraani. Al-Saheehah, 2647).


Ishaaq ibn ‘Abd-Allaah said: “Taking a nap is one of the deeds of good people. It revitalizes the heart and helps one to pray qiyaam al-layl.”


10 – Avoiding eating or drinking too much. Eating and drinking too much are two of the main obstacles that prevent people from praying qiyaam al-layl. The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “Man fills no vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to have a few mouthfuls to give him the strength he needs. If he has to fill his stomach, then let him leave one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for air.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah. Saheeh al-Jaami’, 5674).


Abu Juhayfah radiallahu anhu reported that the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said to a man who burped in his presence: “Stop your burping, for the people who eat the most in this life will be the most hungry hungry on the Day of Resurrection.” (Reported by al-Haakim. Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1190).


Sufyaan al-Thawri said: “You should eat little, so that you will be able to pray qiyaam al-layl.”


12 – Avoiding sin. If the Muslim wants to be one of those who earn the honour of speaking to Allaah in the depths of the night, let him beware of sin, for the one who is contaminated with the stain of sin will not be helped to pray qiyaam al-layl. A man said to Ibraaheem ibn Adham, “I cannot pray qiyaam al-layl, so tell me the cure for this.” He said, “Do not commit sin during the day, and He will help you to stand before Him at night, for your standing before Him at night is one of the greatest honours, and the sinner does not deserve that honour.”


Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Ayaad said: “If you cannot pray qiyaam al-layl, or fast during the day, know that you are indeed deprived and restricted, chained by your sins.”


13 – Checking oneself and rebuking oneself for not praying qiyaam al-layl. Checking oneself is one of the signs of the righteous and truthful. Allaah says: “O you who believe! Fear Allaah and keep your duty to Him. And let every person look to what he has sent forth for the morrow, and fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is All-Aware of what you do.” [al-Hashr 59:18].


Al-Hasan said: “We do not know of any deed more difficult than the struggle to stay up at night or to spend money.” It was said to him, “Why do the mutahajjadeen (those who pray Tahajjud at night) have the most beautiful faces?” He said, “Because they spend time alone with the Most Merciful, so He adorns them with some of His light.”


Wassalam
Zakia Usmani
http://www.facebook.com/zakiaaftabusmani


Source: islamqa.com – Sheikh Muhammad Salih AlMunajjid