“ Nothing, Everything, Anything, Something: If you have nothing, then you have everything, because you have the freedom to do anything, without the fear of losing something. ”
Jarod Kintz (via leslieseuffert)
Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: Two words are light on the tongue, weigh heavily in the balance, and are loved by the Most Merciful One:
سُبْحانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ ، سُبْحَانَ اللهِ العَظِيمِ
Subhaanal-laahi wa bihamdihi, Subhaanal-laahil-‘Adheem.
Glorified is Allah and praised is He , Glorified is Allah the Most Great.
- Al-Bukhari 7/168, Muslim 4/2072
“ I don’t have a burning desire to go out and document anything. It just happens when it happens. It’s not a conscious effort, nor is it a struggle. Wouldn’t do it if it was. The idea of the suffering artist has never appealed to me. Being here is suffering enough. ”
Ramadan Revelations: Day Twenty Nine
As Ramadan starts to wind down, Here are some things that we can continue to do throughout the year:
The most obvious deed to continue is fasting because despite how long the days have been, fasting has become your second nature by now. So it’s no coincidence that we were encouraged by the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) to follow up a month of fasting in Ramadan with 6 days of fasting in Shawwal.
Now is the time to start fasting Mondays and Thursdays and the 13th, 14th, and 15th of every Islamic month. Your body is used to it and your soul craves it. But here’s something else I would add. Although we really can’t have Ramadan outside of Ramadan, which is why the fasts will feel different, we can try to duplicate the experience as much as possible. What makes Ramadan special ASIDE from fasting is the Taraweeh prayer, Quran recitation, community/family iftars, etc. Obviously the month of Ramadan also has virtues that are completely out of our control like Laylatul Qadr, the gates of paradise opened, the gates of hell shut, etc. But for the first set of things, we should try to create a similar experience. So here are my tips:
- Fast Mondays and Thursdays and the 3 middle days of the Islamic month
- Invite family and friends to fast along with you
- Organize an iftar amongst friends a few days a month that coincide with the sunnah days of fasting. This will continue to encourage one another to not let go of this habit. So rotate amongst yourselves every other Thursday or Monday, etc. This will also help build bonds for the sake of Allah and allow everyone to share in the reward of feeding the fasting.
- Be sure to pray Qiyamul layl on those nights. I’m not attaching any significance to Qiyam on Mondays or Thursdays, but Qiyam is Sunnah EVERY night and fasting is as much about feeding the soul as it is about starving the body.
- And finally on that note, be sure to read an extra amount of Quran on the days you are fasting. A person is undoubtedly more focused on his recitation and more aware while he is fasting.
May Allah allow us to be amongst the slaves of the Lord of Ramadan, and not Ramadan itself. May He grant us entry into Paradise through the Rayyan gate which is reserved only for those who excelled in fasting. Ameen.
Write-up by Omar Suleiman
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“Keep relations with those who cut you off, do good to people even if they harm you, and speak the truth even if it is against yourself.”— Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him)
“ Don’t focus on finding out who you are. Just get rid of the shit that you’re not and your real self will come out. ”
“ and i have always known that nothing really matters and all of a sudden i love it so much. because i have stared into the void and it has given me strength. i know there is nothing, and it makes me strong. i know i am nothing, and this is a major load off my mind. i know i am everything, and this is what i really want. ”
Heiko Julien, I Am Ready to Die a Violent Death (via ljonjivita)
When a test comes to you
1. Know that everything is by Qadr of Allah”
2. Remember that other people have bigger problems than you
3. Remember the death of the Prophet (pbuh), the greatest calamity the Ummah faced
4. Maybe through this trial, Allah has saved you from an even bigger trial.
5. Through this trial Allah will remove some of your sins
6. Through this trial Allah has opened up a huge world of ibadah like sabr, salah, repentance etc
7. With this trial, Allah is putting you on the path of the Prophets. It is a confirmation that Allah loves you. The more Allah loves somebody, the more he tests them.”
Tawfique Chowdhury (via islamicrays)
"How wonderful is the affair of a believer! For his entire affair is good, and this applies only to a believer. When good befalls him, he is thankful and thus, it is good for him, and when evil befalls him, he is patient and thus, it is [also] good for him. And that is for the believer alone."
— The Messenger of Allaah [sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam], reported by Muslim in his Saheeh [4/2295 no.2999] from Suhayb [radiAllaahu `anhu].
“ I will give you one good reason why everything is going to be alright: Allah. ”
“ You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it. ”