iRamadan

I had to share these two iPhone/iPad apps I came across…hope they help you during the last few days of Ramadan!

1. Ihsaan Fusion: This is basically the app version of the book “Fortress of a Muslim,” which is a book containing many duas (www.fortressofamuslim.com) This app contains every possible duah/invocation you can imagine, it would bey very convenient to have this at our finger tips.  Normally this application costs money but they have made it FREE for the last 10 days of Ramadan.  Jump on this amazing offer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Quran Works: This is basically a very high quality Quran application.  The commercial for it is awesome so I’ll let you watch it so you can see what its all about.

 

Something to app shop about….

10 Tips for the 10 Nights

The last blessed nights of Ramadan are upon us! Sadly, I have not been making the most of this Ramadan.
In between moving, work and running after my active tarzan toddler, I can’t seem to be very productive.  After talking with other moms, I guess they too feel the same frustration. I have  tried to compile some easy  ways in which we can try to make the most of these last few days/nights of Ramadan.

*Indicates things that can even be done when a woman can’t pray.

*1. Iftar: When preparing Iftar, make a little more and drop it off at the masjid.  The people sitting in itikaaf or spending the night in Qiyam-ul-layl can have food to munch on.  You can even leave energetic food items such as gatorade, granola bars and fruits to give them the energy to spend the night in ibadah.  For suhoor: You can buy breakfast items such as bread, butter, juice and bagels and leave them in the refrigerator in the masjid.

*2. Bathing Every Night: Ibn Jarīr al-Ṭabari mentioned that of the Salaf who used to encourage bathing every night of the last ten nights of Ramadan, and Ibrāhīm al-Nakha’i was among those who bathed every night. Others used to bathe on those nights which they expected was laylat’l-qadr. It was reported that Anas b. Mālik would bathe, apply perfume and dress in his finest on the night of the 24th of Ramadan and every night. Ayyūb al-Sukhtiyāni would bathe on the nights of the 23rd and 24th and wear new clothes for these nights and fragrance himself with incense. It was also transmitted that Thābit al-Banāni and Hamid al-Tawil would dress in their best and apply fragrance during these ten nights.

*3.  Clean-up: Depending on your children, if you can manage to go to the masjid during the day then try to do a quick clean up of the musallah, hallways and bathroom.  Usually during this time the bathrooms are trashed, so it would be a big help to just throw away any paper towels or tissues.  On that note, it may even be a good idea to donate bottles of soap, paper towels or tissue.  Not all masjids are good about refilling, therefore us spending a few dollars can go a long way.

*4. Quran: Either before or after Fajr is a nice quiet time to sit and recite Quran.  Even during the day you can play the Quran while performing other tasks.

5. Sunnah or Nafil prayers: This may be easier to do since a person can pray before or after the obligatory prayers. Narrated by Muslim, “A house will be built in paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve Rak’ah of optional salah other than the obligatory salah in day and night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” Here is a source on the excellence of praying Sunnah.http://islamqa.info/en/ref/12844

6. Tahajjud: All it takes is 5 minutes (depending on the Surah), just get up 5 minutes before and do Tahajjud.  Abu Hurayrah (RA), related that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth & proclaims: Who is that who supplicates for Me, & I grant his supplication? Who is that who begs Me for anything & I grant it to him? And who is that who seeks My forgiveness, & I forgive him? (Bukhari, Muslim).

7. Qiyam ul Layl: Spending the night in worship, If you can manage to squeeze in a nap during the day then do so that way you can have some energy to stay up at least even a portion of the night.  What works for me is to let my child watch television while I take a quick power nap on the couch.

*8. Adhan: download the adhan apps or listen to it on youtube (at the designated prayer times) and repeat the adhan and make du’a between the adhaan and iqaama. Duah during this time is not rejected.

9. Tahiyyatul Wudu – 2 Raka’ahs Sunnah after doing Wudu (Ablution)
Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying to Bilal (RA): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (RA) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)”

*10. Dhikr: As mention in a previous post, reciting these short words are extremely beneficial.
1. Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee – Recite this abundantly during the last ten nights of Ramadan.
2. Subhaanallah
3. Alhamdulillah
4. Allahu Akbar
5. Laa ilaaha illallah
6. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH-HIL ALIYYIL ADHEEM
7. AstaghfurAllah

You can even print out the Ramadhaan Planner to plan your time effectively.

May Allah SWT accept our fasts and good deeds Ameen

Something to be active about….

Soul Food

Motherhood… ah good old motherhood.  It is most certainly a blessing and one of the greatest joys a woman can ever experience Alhumdulilah.  However, I’m sure I’m not the only mommy who feels exhausted, stressed, and deprived.  Deprived? well ya…of food, sleep, and pampering (not talking about diapering her babies!)  Not only do we deprive ourselves of worldly things, but also of spirituality.  Just like our body needs sleep and food, we also need soul food.

My body, mind, and soul get the most amount of nourishment when I turn to Allah SWT.  Whether it be 5 minutes or 50 minutes, the result of that worship is far greater than anything ever imaginable.  If you are having the blues, or just one of those really chaotic days, manage to squeeze out some time for Allah SWT, for indeed Allah SWT is the only One, who can help you.

“Those who believe, and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” {13:28}

Motherhood has given me a million reasons to thank Allah SWT.  Sadly, that gratitude does not come into play as much as it should.

Here are a few tips that I try to follow and I hope they will help you too insha’Allah.

1.  Listening: While cooking, cleaning, or even folding laundry put on Quran or a lecture.  You may not be fully listening, but even catching a line or two here and there from a lecture is more beneficial than not listening to it at all.  Quran is very soothing, so listening to it while doing chores would not only be relaxing but can earn you some ajr (rewards) as well insha’Allah. For Quran I go to www.halaltunes.com and for lectures I go to www.halaltube.com

2.  Prayers:  If you manage to find an extra two minutes while your children are napping or busy playing, than try to pray the Sunnah prayers.  Narrated by Muslim, “A house will be built in paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve Rak’ah of optional salah other than the obligatory salah in day and night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” Here is a source on the excellence of praying Sunnah. http://islamqa.info/en/ref/12844

3.  Dua: Remember Him, so He will remember you. Print out the common every day duas, such as when waking up or entering the restroom and tape/pin them in visible areas that can serve as reminders to read them.  Here is a good site with duas for almost everything, http://www.fortressofamuslim.com

4.  Quran: This is one of the most important and beneficial things you can do for your iman. We all struggle with sadness, pain, fear,  anxiety and depression.  Allah SWT has sent us His book to cure us from these.  Our hearts will be full of love for Him through His words.  Now, I know not all of us have time to read many pages, but I know we can manage to read at least ONE line  a day.  
For me personally, the ideal time to read is after Isha, usually my son is sleeping or getting ready to sleep.  If he is drowsy I consider this to be a good time to recite out loud so he can hear it too.  Find that moment in your day that you can read at least one line.  Don’t worry about it not being enough, because the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said “The deeds most loved by Allah(SWT) are those done regularly, even if they are small.” (Bukhari).  So let us get in the habit of reading Quran daily.

5.  Dhikr: Allah SWT has given us endless opportunities to remember Him throughout our day.  The Prophet (PBUH) said the most beloved words to Allah are four:

Subhan-Allah (Glorified is Allah),

Walhamdu-lillah (Praise is for Allah),

W laa-ilaaha’illallah (there is none worthy of worship but Allah),

Wallahu’Akbar (Allah is the Most Great).

So we can say these four words while we’re washing dishes, driving, putting our children to sleep or absolutely WHENEVER! I consider this to be one of the most simplest ways to please Allah SWT.

These are easy and small efforts that will grant us big rewards (insha’Allah ta’Allah).  We must constantly renew our intentions and make dua that all our efforts are accepted.

However, We must not undermine our roles as mothers or wives.  If these duties are done with the intention of pleasing Allah SWT, then they too will be rewarding and fulfilling.  Whether it be cooking for your husband or caring for your child, one can seek Allah’s SWT pleasure if done with the right intention.

May Allah SWT reward all mothers, and allow them to stay strong on the siratul mustaqeem Ameen.

Something to ponder about…