10 Tips To Make The Most Out Of This Ramadan – 2020

As-salamu-alaykum my dear brothers and sisters. I hope you all are having a wonderful Ramadan.
Yes, some of us may be away from our family but don’t worry, Allah will soon bring us all together In Sha Allah. All we have to do is be patient and make lots and lots of Dua.
During this lockdown and self-isolation, we must stay calm, stay safe, and since we’re all in our homes, we must do as much ibadah (worship) as we can so that we can get most of the rewards which we didn’t get from our previous years.

The kabaah in makkah
The Kaabah in Makkah. May Allah give us all a chance to see His house.

 

Related: A Beautiful Hadith for a Saddened Mother.

Allah the Almighty has given us this chance to worship him even more, to make dua for the things we don’t have, or are in desperate need of and to pray for our Akhirah.
He has given us this chance to turn back to Him, to love Him, to have a deep and touching conversation with Him, and to know that He is the Most Merciful and the Oft-Forgiving.
Laa Ilaaha Illa Huwa meaning none has the right to be worshipped but He.
So brothers and sisters, let’s make this Ramadan the best Ramadan of our lives. You never know when you will die or when you will get ill and be unable to fast so make every day count.

Three women in hijab
Break your fast with fresh dates and water. It’s Sunnah!

Tips For Making The Most Of This Ramadan:

 

1) Read More Quran
2) Be patient. Do not get angry on little things and always have a smile on your face.
3) Sleep less and pray more.

Related: Yawning and Sneezing (Hadith)

4) Help your mother or any other family member in preparing for Iftaar.
5) Make lots of Duas. Make dua for yourself, your parents, and the ummah. Seek forgiveness of Allah repeatedly and never lose hope of Allah’s Mercy.
6) Give in charity.
7) Pray Tahajjud (Night prayer)

Night prayer
You can even hold the Quran while praying so that you can read longer Surahs and attain more Khushu in your Salah
8) Make dua before breaking the fast. Allah will never reject that dua.
9) Always be sincere in your intention. Remember, we’re fasting for Allah only and none else. We are not fasting to show off or to diet. We are fasting because Allah the Almighty has commanded us to.
10) Always be happy, keep a smile on your face, and thank Allah to give you a chance to live in this blessed month because there are so many people out there who haven’t gotten the chance to fast, give charity or ask for repentance.

Related: Those who will be Punished (Hadith)

May Allah make this Ramadan easy for you and us. May He reward us for all our good deeds, forgive us for our bad deeds and may He prevent us from the burning fire and admit us into Jannah. May Allah accept all our fasts and may He cure the ones who are ill and are suffering from illnesses, diseases, and Corona Virus.
Ameen.
Jazakallah Khairun, my dear brothers and sisters, and Ramadan Mubarak.
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Grandpa…I love you.

We all knew that he was going to live no more and yet, when he took his last breath, we all broke into tiny pieces. His memories flashed in my mind and his last smile to me was painted in front of me. It was just that afternoon that I talked to him and told him that I would come. All he could was give a big smile and nod. I thought I would get to see him, whisper my promises to him and serve him more. But just a few hours later, my Grandmother called.

I was filled with guilt and regret that I couldn’t fulfil his last wishes. I cried even more by just thinking about it. However, a piece of me felt a relief because he had suffered so much. So much pain he endured and yet, he never complained. He bore the pain all to himself and smiled. Smiled because he was just happy to see us. It was as though he would forget all his agony by just seeing us move around and laugh and crack jokes.

But what pained me to know was that, in the end, he suffered a little bit more. I wanted to go to him and feed him, talk to him and hug him but our Lord has His own plans and His plans are always Great. Perhaps I wouldn’t have survived if I saw him like that. Perhaps it was for the better that I was away for a while.

I realized that I didn’t do much for him. I didn’t…

Even though everyone is saying that I have done enough, I feel like I have not. I still want to do more for him…I still want to feed him, talk to him and see him laugh at our jokes.

Grandpa…I love you so much. I really love you and I’m sorry for everything…

I feel guilty because I have a feeling that I might have hurt him or caused him to hate me by doing something which he displeased. And no matter how many good memories of him I try to recall, it’s overlapping with his loneliness that he was living in. I guess that’s what pains me…to know that he lived the rest of his life on bed; unable to go to places that he dearly loved or meet the people he dearly cared for.

I keep telling myself that I’m probably overthinking all this stuff and that eventually, everyone has to die. But like I said, what makes me sad isn’t his death but his memories and his suffering.

I just want to hug him tightly and close my eyes and wish that none of what happened is true. But that’s going against God’s Will and with this thinking of mine, I don’t want to displease the Almighty. I don’t want to say or think that it was His fault that Grandpa died because God gives life to whom He wills and takes away the life of whom He wills of His slaves. It’s life and we must move on. Our Lord is Most Knowing of everything and I’m glad that Grandpa died because none of us could see him suffer anymore.

To Allah we belong and to Allah we return.

I pray that our Lord, the Most Merciful admits my Grandfather into Paradise and Forgives all his sins. And I pray that He forgives me as well for my mistakes and shortcomings and for the things I shouldn’t have said to my grandpa and for the wishes I haven’t fulfilled.

Ameen.

Everyone has given me the task to write the funeral speech for him and although I would be happy to, I’m afraid that I won’t be able to because this is the first time someone so close and beloved to me has died…I don’t even know how or what I’m feeling but I pray that I find a way to cope with my grievances and be a support to my Grandma, my brother who is closer to my grandfather than me and my remaining family members.

I hope I do a good job of writing that funeral speech…I also wouldn’t mind a little help so if you’re reading this post, can you help me? What do I write and how do I write…?

Grandpa…I know you can’t hear me or read this article but I love you, okay? I didn’t say it to you before but I don’t regret it because I showed you my love through serving you patiently. I hope you loved me too just as you loved my brother and I hope we meet again in Paradise.

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Tips for Ramadan | 2019

Before I begin talking, I just want to let you guys know that I’m so happy to be able to post on my blog again! A month ago, I attempted something, but it backfired, and my poor blog had to bear the consequences. However, with the help of WordPress support team, I was able to get my blog back and finally post again! I can’t thank them enough. They really helped me so much. I wish I could treat them to a cake or something haha. You guys missed me, didn’t you? I missed you guys too!

Anyway, now that I’m back in business, I’m gonna rock this platform again just like I used to! I kind of lack monetizing my blog… (just waiting for the money…) but once I have the cash in hand, I will kickstart my blog and I promise you that I will write even more interesting and amazing content. I want to share as much of my thoughts, knowledge and emotions with you as much as I can. I hope you guys will stay with me till the end and give me all your love and support because I need it badly.

Okay, so Ramadan has started and just like last year and the year before that, I posted ‘Ramadan Tips’. This year too, I decided to give you all a few beneficial tips that will help you make your Ramadan better and more rewarding and in control. Though this year might be tough for some people since the days are long and the nights are short. There’s a lot of time for Iftaar but only a couple of hours for Sehri. For those newbies who have just promised to fast this Ramadan, I hope the tips I give you will benefit you and I hope I get my reward from my Lord for helping you. Even if one of you read this, I’ll get my reward. So thank you for reading this and if you share this post, then you’ll certainly get your reward too! Isn’t that amazing? Why don’t you start your Ramadan by sharing this post with your friends and family? I know it’s not much, but it’s a start, isn’t it?

The first and foremost thing you must do is thank Allah, the Most High for giving you this month to repent and to change yourselves for the better. He kept you alive, He provided you but most of all, He gave you deen. He guided you to the right path and He promised you a place that will never perish (Paradise). Secondly, make your intention crystal clear and don’t go back on your word. Don’t let your inner desires stray you away from the right path or from the remembrance of Allah (Subhana-wa-Ta’ala). Once you’ve decided to change yourself, then you can’t and mustn’t turn back. Fight with yourself, know that you’re completely control of your decisions and put your trust in the Most Merciful. Make du’a to Allah to keep you, your family and the believers guided aright and make du’a to Allah to keep you firm in your faith.

Now that you’ve done those two things, it’s time to implement acts that will please our Lord, The Most Loving. Do you know what types of worship Allah loves? Not sure? Let me tell you:

  • Allah loves those who repent.
  • Allah loves those who read Quran, understand it and teach it.
  • Allah loves those who give in Charity.
  • Allah loves those who fast for his sake only.
  • Allah loves those who ask Him for help (even if it’s a pair of new jeans)
  • Allah loves those with good manners and behaviors.

Did you see? Allah loves the little things which we so deliberately forget. But, this Ramadan, let’s carry out these things and please our Lord. Let’s earn those rewards so that we won’t have any regrets on the Day of Resurrection when we see the scale of our deeds. Don’t we all want our good deeds to be heavy and our bad deeds to be as light as a feather?

For some of you who are well used to fasting, I’m pretty sure you will not read this post but for those who are looking for some tips that will ease their mind and shun the negative thoughts, then you’re in the right place! Here are a few tips that will help you, your family and your friends this Ramadan.

  • Have a Healthy Sehri
    Sehri will be your breakfast, which means you must start your fast by eating a full and nutritious meal. Don’t forget to have your glass of milk, coffee or protein shake and eat a lot of eggs as they tend to keep you full and feeling energetic for a longer period.
  • Get Enough Sleep –
    Ramadan is a time where we put out beloved technologies aside and turn to our Lord. We pray and read Quran all night and that kind of change will take some time for our body to adjust. Also, the best part about this Ramadan is that it’s vacation time! This is also the best time to teach your kids about Islam and gradually get them to start fasting as well. Be sure to get your 6-7 hours of sleep after Fajr and wake up feeling refreshed and ever ready to prepare for your Iftaar.
  • Make Lots of Du’a –
    Ramadan isn’t just about fasting. It’s about hoping and trusting in Allah’s plan, it’s about praying for the right things, rewriting your destiny because Allah never ignores the prayers of a fasting person. This is your chance to ask for anything and everything (but it should be Halal, okay?) This is your time to pray and pray and pray for things you never knew you needed. You can also make a list of du’as so that you can pray smoothly without having to overthink or forget what you wanted to pray for.
  • Read Quran –Quran was revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) on this month which is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. That’s why we are obliged to read the Quran as much as possible during this month. Quran is the Speech of Allah and it brings us closer to Him and makes us more beloved to Him so what more could you ask for? If you wish to complete the Quran this month, I suggest that you read 4 pages after every Salat.
    • Fajr – 4
    • Zuhur – 4
    • Asr – 4
    • Maghrib – 4
    • Isha – 4
    • And if you’re awake in the night, then you can read 2 or 4 extra pages. (Though it really depends on the type of Quran you’re reading. If it’s a Quran with a big font, you might have to read a few extra pages to reach your goal).
      This way, you can complete reading the entire Quran within 30 days.
  • But, do not force yourself and do not stress your mind because no matter if you complete reading the Quran or couldn’t before Ramadan ends, either way, Allah Azzawajal will reward you and will be pleased with you. It’s not obligatory to finish the Quran but to read it continually, to understand it, to act upon it and to preach it to others.
  •  Watch Islamic Videos and Listen to Lectures –
    This is a great way and time to attain more beneficial knowledge. There are so many amazing scholars out there that will help you understand the Quran and deen easily. Youtube is filled with such respectful             scholars so instead of talking or playing games, watching such impactful videos will revive your soul and mind.
  • Iftaar isn’t a party –
    Many of us start cooking feasts as the time for Iftaar draws near. However, that is not right. Sure, you can look forward to Iftaar but gobbling up dozens of cutlets in one go isn’t healthy. Try to eat healthy food in small portions and limit the intake of sweets and juices directly. Eat slowly and mindfully and eat only until you feel that you’re full. Do not eat just because there’s a lot of food on the table and you gotta finish it before the prayer starts. Make sure to eat 2-3 dates as it’s a Sunnah to break the fast with dates. I love the feeling of eating dates after a long and peaceful day.It makes me really happy and It’s a feeling only the true believers will experience.


Do you know the du’a to after breaking the fast?

Dha’habaz-Zam-Ahu-Wa-batal-Lati-Ooruqu-Wa-Saa-Batal-Ajooru-In-Sha-Allah

  • Read Taraweeh/Tahajjud –
    You can either pray Taraweeh or pray Tahajjud if you want to stay up all night and Glorify the Praises of Your Lord and Talk to Him. But I suggest that you pray Taraweeh and then when the last ten days of Lailatul Qadr nights arrive, you can then pray Tahajjud. It’s up to you, whatever you find easy. Before you begin praying Taraweeh, eat a fruit or drink milk so that you won’t have to worry about your stomach growling in the middle of your prayer. You can also eat a dried fruits and nuts as they are high in protein and will keep your mind active.
  • Give Charity –The more charity you do, the more Allah will Bless you. It’s as simple as that. Allah is Ar-Razzaq, the Provider, so don’t worry about the money and just Zakat without thinking. Allah will give you more than you gave others. Don’t ever stop giving in charity. Even in Ramadan and after Ramadan. Even if you smile at your family members or your friends, your neighbor or to an old man, it’s a form of charity which Allah will take into account. 
  • Give Food to the Orphans, the Needy, and the Poor –There are so many people and children out there who are fasting, but they don’t have the means to break their fast. Help them and know that Allah is watching. Help them and earn greater rewards. Help them with a good intention and know that Allah will wipe your sins away. Trust me, you’ll feel much better and you’ll feel your soul cleansing and becoming pious each day.
  • Workout –Working out for just 10-15 minutes after your Taraweeh will keep you active throughout the night and will keep you feeling sound throughout the day. You can skip the workouts if you want and just eat healthily but even a 5-minute workout can and will do good to your body. Plus, you won’t feel guilty about eating an entire slice of pie.
  • Forget about your Phone –
    I think this point is very important for kids and adults of this generation as phones have become our constant companion. They act as though they literally can’t live without them. That all they need is phone instead of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide. Nevertheless, take this month as an advantage, seize the phones and place them where no one can find or even guess. I’m just kidding though because we obviously need phone to communicate but avoid using your phone too much and concentrate more on Quran and Dikhr.
  • Drink Lots of Water –
    Lastly, after you break your fast, increase your water intake because although you will feel active, your body won’t be able to do function properly unless you give it the missing oxygen that it needs. Also drinking a lot of water will prevent dizziness, nauseous, headaches and cravings.

I really hope these tips will benefit you this Ramadan In Sha Allah, and May Allah forgive you your sins, your mistakes, your shortcomings. May He, the Most Merciful, admit you into Paradise and save you from the Hell-Fire and May Allah accept your prayers, du’as, fasting and answer your invocations. May Allah bless this Ramadan, and May He make us among the righteous.

Ameen.

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I Am Blessed Because Of These 7 Things

I am Blessed because of :-

  1. Family. I have a great and loving family. There are so many out there who are orphans. So many who don’t get the love they deserve. But I thank God for giving me such a caring and affectionate family.
  2. Time. Because I am young, I have plenty of time to correct myself, to make myself a better person. And to be the person my special someone will love.
  3. Health. I don’t like suffering and pain. I pray everyday for people and children and infants who are sick and are on the brink of dying and I can’t be more blessed than to have a good health.
  4. Skills. Skills are a direct gift from God to us and my skill is writing. My hobbies do include arts and crafts and playing games but I’m much more passionate about writing. We must see this as a great blessing as well.
  5. Food. How many people in this world are starving and dying from hunger? But every single day, I’m getting something to eat. I don’t even complain if the food is bad because in the end, our belly is getting what it needs three or four times a day.
  6. House. What scares me most is suddenly becoming homeless…Where will I and my family go if we don’t have a home to take shelter in? God has blessed us with a home and we shouldn’t abuse or insult it or even think of running away from it.
  7. Last but not the least, I am Sane. Insanity can drive people crazy and make them do unimaginable things. But I am blessed to have a straight and right mind. A mind that can distinguish between the right and the wrong. A mind that smiles and learns new things. Being born sane is a blessing in itself.

This is what I think I am blessed by and while writing this post, I couldn’t stop thanking God because Alhumdulillah (Praise be to Allah) We have everything we need to live a simple and happy life.

I pray that whoever is suffering and whoever is lacking these blessings will be cured and blessed soon.

Ameen.

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A Good Week

This week was good for me, because all I got were good news. I am so happy that everything is turning out fine right now. God is always good and I can’t thank him enough.

Although we were in pain, He has finally given us happiness.

Verily, with hardships comes ease.

Quran 94:5

I know that we can’t always have a good life. We live go through so many tests and trials that sometimes we might end up thinking of giving up on our life. But that’s what life is, isn’t it? Life needs to have its ups and downs so that we can understand why we were created in this first place.

We weren’t created for this world. No, we were created to Worship our Lord, so all of these problems are nothing but an obstacle in your final destination which is the Eternal Paradise.

We must leave everything to our Lord. We must put our entire trust in Him and just live without any stresses and tension. We must realize that whatever happens, happens with His Will only. So, why stress over something which is already written in your life?

Just thank God always and see how everyday will turn beautiful and joyful.
I pray that everyone has a good week ahead and please don’t forget that God is always watching. He knows what you’re going through. All you gotta do is pray to Him and everything will work out just fine.

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Hardships (A Poem)

In our lifetime,
we go through so much.
The pain and the trials never end.

God has tested us so many times,
given us so many choices,
between right and wrong;
good and bad.

And yet, I thank him,
because these problems have unknowingly shaped me.
They have made me into something better,
they have made me strong, quick-witted and brave.

Crossing the bridge looked easy,
but then I realized that if it hadn’t been for God,
I wouldn’t have reached the bridge in the first place.

These hardships are nothing but our enemies,
which we must fight to reach our beloved destiny.
An eternal place; called Paradise,
where one never dies.

And frankly, I’m glad that I’m getting these hardships,
because I know that God gives the hardest battles,
to his strongest believers.
He didn’t forget us,
in fact, he is always watching us.

Even now, he’s smiling,
knowing that we remember him,
no matter what we we’re going through.

He isn’t to blame if something evil or bad touches us,
it’s up to us to change the way we live.
He gave us our freedom,
all we have to do is understand how to use it.

Once more, let me tell you,
these hardships are nothing but a rare piece of diamond,
that none but the faithful get.

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My Prayer For Today…

I pray for everyone’s good health,
those who are suffering from illnesses and other diseases.

I pray for the one who is being oppressed,
for the one who is suffering greatly,
for the one who is depressed.

I pray for the people and animals that have no food, water or shelter,
for the ones who are in desperate need.
For the ones who have no family,
and for the ones who have no money.

I pray that everyone’s life is filled with happiness and joy,
that everyone achieves their dreams, their goals and enjoy their life.

I pray that everyone is successful,
that everyone is thankful,
and loving to their parents and their old ones.

I pray for this world to become better,
so that we can live without fear.
I pray that everyone gets what they want,
except those who are in the wrong.

I pray for those who are breathing their last breath,
Those who are afraid,
Those who are careless,
and those who are miserly.

I pray for everyone’s good end.
May The Lord of The Heavens and the Earth answer my Prayers.

Ameen.

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Looking After Widow and Orphans

The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “The one who looks after a widow and a poor person is like the Mujahid in the Cause of Allah, or like the one who fasts all day and stands (in prayer) all the night.” 

[Jami’ at-Tirmidhi 1969]

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When Entering the House and Eating

The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “If a person mentions the Name of Allah (Bismillah) upon entering his house or eating, Satan says, addressing his followers: ‘You will find no where to spend the night and no dinner.’ But if he enters without mentioning the Name of Allah, Satan says (to his followers); ‘You have found (a place) to spend the night in, and if he does not mention the Name of Allah at the time of eating, Satan says, ‘You have found (a place) to spend the night in as well as food’.” 

[Muslim] 

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Walk to the Mosque.

The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “He who purifies (performs Wudu’) himself in his house and then walks to one of the houses of Allah (mosque) for performing an obligatory Salat, one step of his will wipe out his sins and another step will elevate his rank (in Jannah).”

[Muslim, Riyad-as-Saaliheen 1054] 

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