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Salams,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a Ramadan Mubarak. During this blessed month, I pray that your relationship with our creator is stronger than ever, that your duas are accepted and your good deeds stand in your favour on the Day of Judgement.

Do *try* and stay away from sinful acts (a note to myself, first and foremost) and work on trying to get closer to Allah (swt) and that you want to achieve his mercy and blessings.

Insha’Allah I want this Ramadan to be my best Ramadan. I will be spending the second week of Ramadan in Spain with other Muslims from around the world learning about the great Islamic scholar Al Ghazali. I will be in the company of Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad and Dr Umar Faruq AbdAllah. May Allah (swt) preserve them both. Insha’Allah I will try and share the ilm with you all. For those on instagram, I have an account under the name RARAWNA if you wish to follow my travel diary.

Remember me in your duas brother and sisters.

Love you all for the sake of Allah (swt)

Ramadan
Ramadaan is distinguished from the other months by a number of characteristics and virtues, including the following:

1) Allah has made fasting this month the fourth pillar of Islam.

2) Allah revealed the Quran in this month [refer Surah Baqarah 2:185]

3) Allah has made Laylat al-Qadr in this month, which is better than a thousand months [refer Surah-Qadar 97:1-5]

4) Allah has made fasting …Ramadaan and spending its nights in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward a means of forgiveness of sins [refer Bukhari (2014) & Muslim (760)]

5) In this month, Allah opens the gates of Paradise and closes the gates of Hell, and chains up the devils, as is stated in al-Sahihayn. [refer Bukhari (1898) & Muslim (1079)]

6) Every night Allah has people whom He redeems from the Fire. [refer Ahmad (5/256) classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Sahih]

7) Fasting Ramadaan is a means of expiation for the sins committed since the previous Ramadaan, so long as one avoids major sins. [refer Sahih Muslim (233)]
Fasting in Ramadaan is equivalent to fasting ten months. [refer Sahih Muslim (1164)]

9) Whoever prays qiyaam in Ramadaan with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded for him that he spent the whole night in prayer. [refer Abu Dawood (1370); classed sahih by Al-albaani]

10) Umrah in Ramadaan is equivalent to Hajj. [refer Bukhari (1782) & Muslim (1256)

11) It is Sunnah to observe i’tikaaf (retreat for the purpose of worship) in Ramadaan, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) always did that. [refer Bukhaari (1922) & Muslim (1172)].

12) It is mustahabb in the sense of being strongly recommended in Ramadaan to study the Qur’aan together and to read it a great deal. You may study the Qur’aan together by reciting it to someone else and by having someone else recite it to you. [refer Bukhaari (6) & Muslim (2308).

13) It is mustahabb in Ramadaan to offer iftaar to those who are fasting. [refer al-Tirmidhi (807) & Ibn Maajah (1746); classed as sahih by al-Albaani]

Life lessons from Monopoly:

1- When you are done playing everything eventually goes back into the box. When you are done living you too will be placed in a box, and your wealth and properties will be of no avail to you.

2- In pure capitalism the strong will prey on the weak. When you facilitate such models you don’t give the weak a fighting chance.

3- When it comes to business there are no friends. Even the allies become enemies.

4- There are clear indicators for certain investments that they will be profitable or not, you must learn to read the signs.

5- Even though you may hold the dice, don’t actually control what you will roll. In life you must take the action and leave the results up to Allah.

Navaid Aziz
When a bird is alive it eats ants, yet when it dies, the ants eats it. Circumstances can change at any time and the tables usually turn over a period of time.
Do not oppress, despise or hurt anyone during your lifetime. You may be powerful today but remember, time is more powerful than you!
Just like one tree makes a million match sticks, yet when the time comes, only a single match is needed to burn a million trees.
Mufti Menk
Narrated Anas: Whenever a strong wind blew, anxiety appeared on the face of the Prophet (ﷺ) (fearing that wind might be a sign of Allah’s wrath).
Bukhari
Sometimes you wish you never met certain people, then you grow and realize that they were a gift in disguise and contributed to making you the person you are.
Omar Suleiman
In trying to resolve a conflict with someone one of the biggest mistakes you can make is judging their feelings based off of how you feel.
Saad Tasleem

Islamic Brotherhood by Shaykh Tawfique Chowdhury

An inspirational lecture on striving for the Akhirah.

“Is not Allah Sufficient for His slave?” [al-Zumar 39:36]

Is it not enough for you, o servants of Allah, that al-Haseeb is taking care of your affairs?

Who is al-Haseeb? It is a wonderful Name of Allah by which worries of the future are dispelled and quietened! Ask al-Haseeb who surely does not discard His slaves!

Imam ibn al Qayyim said: “He is al-Haseeb, the Sufficient, He fulfils [His slaves’] needs and protects [them], and He takes care of His slaves at every moment.”

Tawfique Chowdhury

Call to good, and be patient if they don’t listen. Strive to be humble and remember the time when you were lost and misguided, and it was purely by His Mercy & Grace that you could walk on the Path of Light.

Most of all, refrain from passing conclusive judgements on others! We have not been made lords over others to decide their fate on the Day of Judgement.

It says in al-Saheeh that a man said: “By Allah, Allah will not forgive So and so. Allah said: ‘Who is the one who swore by Me that I will not forgive So and so? I have forgiven So and so and I have cancelled out your good deeds.”

(Muslim)

Tawfique Chowdhury

“You will never give up a thing for the sake of Allah (swt), but that Allah will replace it for you with something that is better for you than it.”

(Ahmad)

The more you give in to desires, the more difficult and cumbersome this dunya becomes. By Allah, there is dignity in halaal. By Allah, there is peace in sacrificing for the sake of Allah. By Allah, there is happiness in giving up the doubtful for the love of your Lord!

Tawfique Chowdhury

Never take your faith for granted. We have been guided by His Mercy, we have been given the gift of Islam by His Mercy. Don’t play a game of give-and-take with your Creator. When good happens, praise Him. And when trials touch you, be patient for by Allah, His Word and His Promise is true. Islam is the Haqq (the Truth) and its validity does not depend on the acknowledgement or support of any huma…n being or group or nation.

Remember to ask Him to protect your faith & heart!

رَبَّنا لا تُزِغ قُلوبَنا بَعدَ إِذ هَدَيتَنا وَهَب لَنا مِن لَدُنكَ رَحمَةً ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الوَهّابُ

"Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower."

يا مقلب القلوب ثبت قلبي على دينك

"O Turner of Hearts! Make my heart firm upon your Deen."

Tawfique Chowdhury

The entire religion revolves around four principles:

Love and Hatred, and stemming from them, Action and Abstinence.

The person whose love and hatred, action and abstinence, are all for the sake of Allah, has perfected his faith so that when he loves, he loves for the sake of Allah, when he hates, he hates for the sake of Allah. When he does something, he does it for the sake of Allah, and when he abstains from something, he abstains for the sake of Allah.

Ibn al Qayyim (rahimahullah)
A sin causing submission is preferable in the Sight of Allāh, than a good deed that causes pride.
 Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (R)
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Allah the Most Superior said, “The son of Adam slights Me, and he should not slight Me, and he disbelieves in Me, and he ought not to do so. As for his slighting Me, it is that he says that I have a son; and his disbelief in Me is his statement that I shall not recreate him as I have created (him) before.
 Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 59, Hadith 4