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.
Zakia Usmani


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.
Zakia Usmani


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.

Zakia Usmani


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.
Zakia Usmani


Do you pray ?? NO….WHY ?????

صَـلُّوا قــَـبْلَ أنْ يُصَلَّى عـَلـَـيْكُمْ

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

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

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


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.


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.


Zakia Usmani


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! 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!


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


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.

Aamna Saleem


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


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.”

Zakia Usmani

Source: – Sheikh Muhammad Salih AlMunajjid


How to make effective duas this Ramadan - Last Part

Assalamu Alaikum my friends

I hope all of you are enjoying the last 10 days/nights of Ramadan insha Allah. After receiving the overwhelming response for my dua list, I have come up an idea to compile a du’a list to use it during the last few days of this blessed month.

So here's is the dua list.

" Bimillah alhumdullilah was salatu wa salamu ala rasollillah”

O Allah bless us with strong emaan, taqwa, piety, pure heart and good ikhlaq.

O Allah bless us with beneficial knowledge and help us to act upon it.

O Allah forgive all our sins, the hidden, the open, the kaba’ir and the saghair, the ones done of ignorance and the ones done out of evil intent.

O Allah keep us safe from the hell fire, the torment of grave and the terror of Day of Judgment.

O Allah guide us to the straight path and give us istiqamah.

O Allah make us amongst the sabireen, sadiqeen, sabiqeen, mu’mineen, mutawakkaleen, muttaqeen and mutaqarrebeen.

O Allah remove from us all the hardships, difficulties, anxiety, depression and sadness of this world and the akhirah. O Allah increase us in sabr and perseverance.

O Allah help those who wants to memorize Qur’an and let them complete the hifz within two years.

O Allah heal us from all kinds of diseases and grant shifa kamil to all the sick around the world.

O Allah bless our unmarried brothers and sisters with the righteous and loving spouses before the end of this year.

O Allah bless us with righteous daughters and sons and make them leaders of the mutaqeen.

O Allah make us strong against evil and make our nafs righteous and make our will power stronger to repel the evil deeds. O Allah do not raise us as a MUFLIS on the day of Qayamah.

O Allah help us, our parents, our spouses and our children to perform 5 daily salah in time with khushoo.

O Allah bless us with the knowledge of Qur’an and help us to understand it and implement its teachings. O Allah make us among the people of Qur’an.

O Allah make our best day the day we meet You and our last words  La ilaha ilallah. O Allah take us from this world when we are in highest in our Imaan.

O Allah grant us the best character, softness of speech, and gentleness.

O Allah provide us with halah rizq, put blessings in our businesses and keep us safe from haram.

O Allah grant us Jannatul Firdous and make it easy for us to achieve it.

O Allah protect us and our children from evil of Shaytan and evil of our ownsleves.

O Allah grant us the best in this life and the next. And make all our intentions to seek Your pleasure first and foremost. O Allah accept our good deeds and efforts.

O Allah remove from our hearts all types of hatred, malice, jealousy, pride, anger, envy, miserliness, and all the other disease  of the hearts and replace it with love, joy, contentment, sincerity, compassion and steadfastness.

O Allah help all our brothers and sisters around the world in difficulty and help us to help them. O Allah remove all the sorrow and sadness faced by them and increase them in patience.

O Allah grant our hearts whatever it desires on condition that it pleases you.

O Allah make all our task and affairs easy for us and remove all the obstacles.

O Allah protect us and our children from jealousy, magic and evil eye.

O Allah help us to forgive those who hurt us and wronged us and transgressed us and forgive us if we have hurt others, wronged others and transgressed others.

O Allah remove all the financial burdens from us and free us from debts and interest.

O Allah give us the words to reach the hearts of people and turn their hearts towards YOU.

O Allah give us the opportunity and means to perform Hajj and Umrah within one year.

O Allah forgive our parents, grandparents, relatives and those who passed away. O Allah have mercy on our parents and grant them patience and strength to go through any test or trials they may have.

O Allah make us sadqa jariya for our parents and teachers and make our children sadqa jariya for us.

O Allah grant us good health, abundance of wealth and excellent memory. And bless our time and make it productive.

O Allah make all the matters in our businesses, jobs and studies successful and make them easy for us. O Allah protect us from evil and envious hearts of men and the shayateen.

O Allah make us leaders in this dunya so that we be just and help others by providing with meaningful jobs and an enriching environment to work.

O Allah unite all the children with their parents and make them coolness of their eyes.

O Allah have mercy upon each and every Muslim in this world and keep us on the straight path, the path on which our beloved Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam has tread his entire life. This path which he moulded for us with his beautiful teachings.

O Allah! Lord of the seven heavens and Lord of the great Throne, suffice u in every difficulty and solve them, as You desire and wherever You desire.

May Peace and Blessing be upon the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihe wassallam.

Amen Ya Rabbal Aa lameen.

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Wishing you the best of this world and the next.

Zakia Usmani


How to make effective duas this Ramadan - Part 7

Assalamu Alaikum  wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu

There are some reasons which cause the supplication to be accepted by Allah(SWI'). They are:

• Repentance to Allah(SWT):

• Good income: The income must be -halal(good) as the Messenger of Allah SAW  was asked by one of His companions -How could 1 have my supplication responded to?- The messenger of Allah SAW, said - Make your income good and your supplication will be responded to-.

• Perform Supererogatory Deeds: Such as voluntary prayer and voluntary fasting.

• Chose The Preferred Time For Supplication.

As there are reasons for acceptance of a supplication, there are reasons for rejection of a supplication. Here are some reasons which will make Allah (SWT) reject the supplication:

• Illegal Income

• Committing a lot of sins

• Having doubt in Allah (SWT)

• Being Aggressive When Supplicating

“O  Allah, Place in my heart light, and in my tongue light, And in my ears light, and in my eyes light, And above me light, and beneath me light, And on my right light, and on my left light, And in front of me light, and behind me light, And in my soul light, And grant me a far transcendent light.”

Remember me in your duas.

Zakia Usmani


How to make effective duas this Ramadan - Part 6

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu

Before we end our discussion about invoking for good, we must touch upon invoking for evil, how could that be? It is the feeling of injustice that drives one to invoke Allah against the unjust one: to afflict him with sickness, or to bring upon him a disaster, or to be bereaved of one of his children, or be subjected to bankruptcy and so on.

Sometimes man calls down evil upon himself, which is in case of anger. Or one might feel that he has become a burden on his family because of his illness, so he prays Allah to be relieved and relief others (of his troubles), all these invocations besides others we see and hear ourselves.

Before we talk about invoking for evil, we have to stress that Allah suhanahu wa ta’ala loves to pardon people. We find many verses in Noble Qur’an urging us to pardon and suppress anger, for Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, describes those who pardon and suppress their anger as ‘Good doers’.

Invoking evil upon unjust people, if prompted by jealousy aroused for the sake of religion, is acceptable and sanctioned. As the invocation of Nûh alaihis salam against his people, and the invocation of Mûsâ alaihis salam against Pharaoh’s people, when he called Allah to, ‘Destroy their wealth, and harden their hearts, so that they will not believe until they see the painful torment,’ (Yûnus, 10: 88). If that is the basis, then invocation is required and will be fulfilled, but if one invokes evil upon others for no reason, or out of envy and spite, the Divine Answer will be, ‘The evil you have prayed to befall others, will befall you.’

Zakia beware of these mistakes in supplication.

• Invoking other than Allah(SWT) such as prophets, pious people, stone, idols ... etc this is "Shirk" (polytheism).

• Wishing to die. Some people when they get sick, and they do not heal soon, or they have some personal problems they start wishing for death.

• Asking Allah(SWT) to hurry or give his punishment in this life.

• Asking Allah(SWT) to break the bond of kind ship.(such as separating one from his parents).

• Supplicating for sins to spread in the Islamic society.

• The "Imam"(prayer's leader) making supplication for himself without including the followers in his supplication.(during group prayer "Attraweh in Ramadan").

• Invoking Allah(SWT) to see if there is a response without a sense of genuine purpose.

• Raising the voice during the supplication. It should be done secretly.

• Saying “Insha Allah" (Allah willing) after the supplication. (Ex. 'Allah forgive my sins if you will) Narrated Abu Huraira RA the Messenger of Allah SAW said "None of you should say: 'Allah forgive me if you wish 'Allah be merciful to me if you wish but he should always appeal to Allah(SWT) with determination, for nobody can force Allah(SWT) to do something against His will. [agreed upon]

• Invoking Allah (SWT) aggressively. (asking Allah[SWT] for impossible things such as asking Him to make you a prophet or immortality) .

• Asking Allah (SWT) to harm a Muslim.

• Asking Allah (SWT) to have a Muslim commit a sin or die as a non-believer.

“O Allah! Protect me with Islam while I am standing, Protect me with Islam while I am sitting and Protect me with Islam while I am lying down. And not let an enemy or a jealous person feel happy over my plight. O Allah! I ask You for all the good and blessings whose treasures are in Your Hands, and I seek refuge in You from all the evil whose treasures are in Your Hands.” (Hakim 1260/217)

Remember me in your duas.

Zakia Usmani