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There was once a time

Posted by nuruliman45 on September 27, 2008

Wow, long time no update……….sorry folks!

Well, a few days ago I was just sitting around and for some reason or another I felt like writing a poem.  It wasn’t much at all – quite simple actually – but I wanted to express something out of me at that time.  Recalling back memories of what my family had to go through once upon a time drove me to write what I wrote.

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Hope you all can benefit something from this!  Enjoy….  🙂

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There Was Once a Time

by subtle_fortitude

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Gazing in the sky I see

twinkling stars smiling freely.

The air cool and serene.

I know the LORD is watching down on me.

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There was once a time of grief,

There was once a time of pain.

But who knew?

Not you, not anyone sane.

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There was once a time of hurt,

There was once a time of sorrow.

But who cared?

Not you, not anyone wanted to know.

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Day by day,

I faced challenges,

Day by day,

I fought savages.

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and,

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Day by day,

I sought strength,

Day by day,

I sought fortitude.

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In the end,

Storms slowly became sprinkles,

Waves gradually became ripples.

You know why?

Because I know the LORD is always watching down on me. 🙂

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How Soothing…

Posted by nuruliman45 on September 9, 2008

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A Sunrise in Ramadhan

Posted by nuruliman45 on September 9, 2008

The darkness of Fajr seeps to a haze of faint light in the mid air sky. It’s mesmerizing how such a vast body can quickly change colour. Black to grey. Grey to purplish. A few minutes later transforms from purple to blue. Blue to a light blue. Strokes of white are beginning to appear replacing the shiny glittering ‘light bulbs’ of last night’s sky background. It’s hard to believe that the Earth’s actually moving because every thing happens in such a gradual way. SUBHANALLAH. The air is calm. Subtle. Serene. The birds in the trees are probably just arising for another new day. How beautiful HE creates HIS mornings; grants this light show to those who awaits HIS mornings. This morning, I’m among the millions of the show’s audience.

Watching the sunrise reminds me today’s a new day. a fresh start. And that I’m still being given the chance (by HIM) to enhance myself in all aspects. This isn’t just any day but a day in the month of Ramadhan Al-Mubarak – the month all Muslims await every year; the month where all good is brought forth; not to forget, the month where ALLAH’s words of guidance (Al-Qur’an al-kareem) was lowered to our inferior level here on Earth…

Not long from now would this sunrise repeat itself and expect that I have become a better person… Expect that I had learned something new, expect that I had contributed something to those around me, expect that I had done something for Islam, expect that I had fulfilled my responsibilities of the former day, expect that I had made an addition to my collection of ‘amal, and much more. There’s 24 hours left till the next sunrise. Haste! There’s not a second to waste!

always effort for today, as to be better than yesterday. Don’t let yourself today be the same as you were yesterday.

Words of an Ustaz stay carved on a thin plaque in my mind when he reminded several others and me, a few days ago, to always effort for today, as to be better than yesterday. Don’t let yourself today be the same as you were yesterday. With sincerity gleaming in his eyes he advised us to benefit the time we have while we’re still young, still in good health because time does not wait for us. We all listened and gazed into his face full of genuineness as he said that once you face an obstacle in life, that you cannot change, you will regret for not using time wisely; Once you fall ill and your ability to contribute has drastically lessen, you will regret if you had not occupy the time you had with beneficial practices, when you could have done so much more. TIME DOESN’T WAIT FOR YOU, my friends.

Over and over are we constantly reminded about appreciating time. Even ALLAH has ordered us to be careful with the time we have in this lifetime. ALLAH the Almighty has advised us about time in Surah al-Asr, which means:


In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
Verily Man is in loss,
Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds,
and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth,
and of Patience and Constancy.

It is emphasized that humans are in loss – are nothing but fools – except those who use their time to do righteous deeds… Thank you, Ustaz, for reminding us to appreciate time :-).

“Oh ALLAH, please don’t let me be a fool in Your Eyes. Help me become a servant worth looking at by the day of tomorrow.”

Well … Tomorrow’s sunrise will appear, whether or not I am ready for it… WILL YOU BE READY?

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Ramadhan Al-Mubarak to All Muslims!!!

Posted by nuruliman45 on September 6, 2008

 

Alhamdulillah… We are all given the opportunity to see the light of another month of Ramadhan… to all Muslims, where ever you may be… Ramadhan Kareem!

May this Ramadhan be better than last years’.  May ALLAH The AlMighty pour his blessings upon us…

Below is an article I just stumbled upon.  I think we can all benefit from it….

P/S: have more to say actually…to be continued 🙂

 

The Virtues of Night Prayer During Ramadhan

Fri, September 5, 2008 by Md Radzi Ahmad

Praise is to Allah.

Previous Sins Will Be Forgiven

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to encourage us to pray at night in Ramadhan, without making it obligatory. Then he said, ‘Whoever prays at night in Ramadhan out of faith and the hope of reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.’ When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) died, this is how things were (i.e., Tarawih was not prayed in congregation), and this is how they remained during the khalifah of Abu Bakar (may Allah be pleased with him), until the beginning of the khalifah of ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him).”

‘Amr Ibn Murrah Al-Juhani said: “A man from Quda’ah came to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! What do you think if I testify that there is no god except Allah, and that you, Muhammad, are His Messenger, and I pray the five daily prayers, and fast in the month (of Ramadhan), and pray at night in Ramadhan, and pay zakah?’ The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever dies on that will be among the Siddiqin (those who tell the truth) and the martyrs.’”

Lailatul Qadar.

The best of its nights is Lailatul Qadar, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays at night during Lailatul Qadar [and manages to “meet” it] out of faith and the hope of reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

According to the most correct opinion, it may fall on one of the odd nights of last ten night of Ramadhan [i.e 21, 23, 25, 27, and 29]. The hadith of Zurr Ibn Hubaish, who said: “I heard Ubayy Ibn Ka’ab saying – and it was said to him that ‘Abdallah Ibn Mas’ud said: ‘Whoever follows the Sunnah will ‘meet’ Lailatul Qadar!’ – Ubayy (may Allah be pleased with him) said: ‘May Allah have mercy on him, he did not want people to take it for granted and only stay up to pray on one night. By the One besides Whom there is no other god, it is in Ramadhan – he was swearing without a doubt – and by Allah, I do know which night it is. It is the night in which the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) commanded us to pray (qiyam). It is the night the morning of which is the twenty seventh, and the sign of it is that the sun rises on that morning white and without rays.’”

In another report, this was attributed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). (Reported by Muslim and others).

Praying Qiyam In Congregation

It is allowed to pray qiyam in congregation, indeed it is better than praying individually, because this is what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did himself and explained its virtues. Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “We fast Ramadhan with the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and he did not lead us in qiyam at all until there were only seven days left, when he led us in prayer until a third of the night had passed. When there were six days left, he did not lead us in qiyam. When there were five days left, he led us in prayer until half the night had passed. I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, I wish that you had continued until the end of the night.’ He said, ‘If a man prays with the imam until he finishes, it will be counted as if he prayed the whole night.’ When there were four nights left, he did not lead us in qiyam. When there were three nights left, he brought together his family, his wives and the people, and led us in qiyam until we were afraid that we would miss al-falah. I asked, ‘What is al-falah?’ he said, ‘Sahur. Then he did not lead us in qiyam for the rest of the month.’” [Sahih hadith reported by the authors of Sunan].

The reason why the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not continually lead the people in praying qiyam in congregation

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not lead them in qiyam for the rest of the month because he feared that it would then become obligatory, and they would not be able to do it, as is stated in the hadith of ‘Aishah reported in Al-Saheehayn and elsewhere. Following the death of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), that fear was no longer a factor, because Allah had completed the religion. The reason for not praying qiyam in congregation during Ramadhan no longer applied, and the previous ruling, that congregational prayer is something prescribed in Islam, remained in effect. So ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) revived the practice, as is recorded in Sahih Al-Bukhari and elsewhere.

Women Can Pray Qiyam In Congregation

Women can attend the prayers too, as is stated in the hadith of Abu Dharr referred to above. Indeed, it is permissible to appoint an imam just for them, apart from the imam of the men. It was proven that when ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) gathered the people to pray qiyam, he appointed Ubayy Ibn Ka’ab to lead the men and Sulayman Ibn Abi Hathmah to lead the women. ‘Arfajah Al-Thaqafi said: “‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) used to command the people to pray during the night in Ramadhan, and he would appoint an imam for the men and an imam for the women. I was the imam for the women.”

I say: this is fine in my view so long as the mosque is big enough so that they will not disturb one another.

Number Of Raka’ahs Of Qiyam

The number of raka’ahs is eleven, and it is preferable in our opinion not to exceed this number, following the practice of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), because he never did more than that in his life. ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) was asked about how he prayed in Ramadhan. She said, “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) never prayed more than eleven rak’ahs (of qiyam), whether during Ramadhan or any other time. He would pray four, and don’t ask me how beautiful or how long they were. Then he would pray four, and don’t ask me how beautiful or how long they were. Then he would pray three[witir].” [Reported by Al-Bukhari, Muslim and others].

A person may do less than that, even if it is only one raka’ah of witir, because of the evidence that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did this and spoke about it.

With regard to him doing it: ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) was asked how many raka’ahs the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to pray in witir? She said, “He used to pray four and three, or six and three, or ten and three. He never used to pray less than seven, or more than thirteen.” [Reported by Abu Dawud, Ahmad and others].

With regard to him speaking about it, he said: “Witir is true, so whoever wishes can pray five, and whoever wishes can pray three, and whoever wishes can pray one.”

Reciting Qur’an In Qiyam

As regards reciting from the Qur’an during qiyam, whether in Ramadhan or at other times, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not set a limit or state what was too much or too little. His recitation used to vary; sometimes it would be long, at other times short. Sometimes in every raka’ah he would recite the equivalent of ‘Yaa ayyuha’l-muzammil, which is twenty ayat; sometimes he would recite the equivalent of fifty ayat. He used to say, “Whoever prays at night and reads one hundred ayat will not be recorded as one of the negligent.” According to another hadeeth: “…and reads two hundred ayat will be recorded as one of the devout and sincere believers.”

When he was sick, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) recited the seven long surahs in his night prayers, i.e., Al-Baqarah, Al ‘Imran, Al-Nisa’, Al-Ma’idah, Al-An’am, Al-A’raf and Al-Tawbah.

In the account of Hudhaifah Ibn Al-Yaman praying behind the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), in one raka’ah he recited Al-Baqarah, Al-Nisa’ and Al ‘Imran, and he recited them in a slow and measured tone. It is proven with the soundest (most sahih) of isnads that when ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) appointed Ubayy Ibn Ka’b to lead the people in praying eleven raka’ahs in Ramadhan, Ubayy used to recite ayat by the hundreds, so that the people behind him would be leaning on sticks because the prayers were so long, and they did not finish until just before fajar.

It is also reported in a sahih account that ‘Umar called the readers during Ramadhan, and told the fastest of them to recite thirty ayat, the moderate ones to recite twenty-five ayat, and the slowest ones to recite twenty ayat.

However, is a person is praying qiyam by himself; he can make it as long as he wishes; if others agree with the imam, and he may also make it as long as he wishes. The longer it is, the better, but a person should not go to extremes and spend the whole night in qiyam, except on rare occasions, following the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who said: “The best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad.” If a person is praying as an imam, he should make it only as long as is easy for the people behind him, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “If any of you leads the people in prayer, let him make it short, because among them are the young and the old, the weak, and those who have pressing needs. But if he is praying alone, let him make it as long as he likes.”

The Timing of Qiyam

The time for praying qiyam is from after ‘Isha until Fajar, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah has added one more prayer for you, which is witir, so pray it between Salat Al-‘Isha’ and Salat Al-Fajar.”

Praying at the end of the night is better, for those who can manage it, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever is afraid that he will not get up at the end of the night, let him pray witir at the beginning of the night, but whoever feels that he will be able to get up at the end of the night, let him pray witir at the end of the night, for prayer at the end of the night is witnessed [by the angels?], and that is better.”

If it is the matter of choosing between praying in congregation at the beginning of the night and praying alone at the end of the night, it is preferable to pray with the jama’ah, because that is counted as if one had prayed the whole night through.

This is what the Sahabah did at the time of ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him). ‘Abd Al-Rahman Ibn ‘Abd Al-Qari said: “I went out with ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattab to the mosque one night during Ramadhan, and saw the people scattered throughout the mosque, some praying individually, and some praying in small groups. He said, ‘By Allah, I think that if I gathered all of them behind one reader it would be better.’ So he resolved to do that, and he gathered them behind Ubayy Ibn Ka’ab. Then I went with him on another night, and the people were all praying behind their reader, and ‘Umar said, ‘What a good innovation this is. What they sleep and miss – meaning the latter part of the night – is better than what they are doing,’ – the people used to pray qiyam at the beginning of the night.”

Zayd Ibn Wahab said: “‘Abdallah used to lead us in prayer in Ramadhan, and he used to finish at night.”

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) forbade praying witir as three raka’ahs, and explained this by saying: “Do not make it resemble Salat Al-Maghrib.” Therefore the person who wants to pray three raka’ahs for witir must find a way to make it different (from Maghrib). There are two ways he can do this: either by giving salam after the first two raka’ahs, which is the best way; or by not sitting after the first two raka’ahs (i.e., praying three raka’ahs non-stops). And Allah knows best.

Recitation During Three Rak’ahs Of Witir

It is Sunnah to recite Sabbih bi ismi Rabbika al-‘A’laa in the first raka’ahs, Qul Yaa ayyuha’l-Kafirun in the second raka’ah, and Qul Huwa Allahu ahad in the third raka’ah. Sometimes Qul a’udzu bi Rabbi’l-Falaq and Qul a’udzu bi Rabbi’l-Nas may be added as well.

It was reported in a saheeh report that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) once recited one hundred ayat of Surah al-Nisa’ in one raka’ah of witir.

Du’a Al-Qunut

A person may also humble himself before Allah by reciting the du’a which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught to his grandson Al-Hasan Ibn ‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), which is:

“Allahummahdini fiman hadaita wa ‘aafini fiman ‘aafayta wa tawallani fiman tawallayta wa baarik lee fima a’tayta wa qini sharra maa qadayt, fa innaka taqdi wa laa yuqda ‘alayk. Wa innahu laa yadhillu man waalayta wa laa ya’izzu man ‘aadayt. Tabarakta Rabbanaa wa ta’alayt. Laa majaa minka illa ilayk “(O Allah, guide me along with those whom You have guided, pardon me along with those whom You have pardoned, be an ally to me along with those whom You are an ally to, and bless for me that which You have bestowed. Protect me from the evil You have decreed for verily You decree and none can decree over You. For surety, he whom You show allegiance to is never abased and he whom You take an enemy is never honored and mighty. O our Lord, Blessed and Exalted are You. There is no refuge from You except with You).”

Sometimes one may send blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and there is nothing wrong with adding other du’a’s that are known from the Sunnah.

There is nothing wrong with reciting Qunut after ruku’, or with adding curses against the kuffar, sending blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) or praying for the Muslims in the second half of Ramadhan, because it is proven that the imam used to do this at the time of ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him). At the end of the hadeeth of ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn ‘Ubayd al-Qari mentioned above, it says: “… They used to curse the kuffar in the middle, saying, ‘Allahumma qaatil al-kafarata alladheena yasudduuna ‘an sabeelik wa yukadhdhibuna rusulak wa laa yu’minoona bi wa’dik. Wa khalif bayna kalimatihim wa alqi fi qulubihim al-ru’b wa alqi ‘alayhim rijzaka wa ‘adhabak ilaah al-haqq ‘(O Allah, destroy the kuffar who are trying to prevent people from following Your path, who deny Your Messengers and who do not believe in Your promise (the Day of Judgement). Make them disunited, fill their hearts with terror and send Your wrath and punishment against them, O God of Truth).” Then he would send blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and pray for good for the Muslims as much as he could, and seek forgiveness for the believers.

After he had finished cursing the kuffar, sending blessings on the Prophet, seeking forgiveness for the believing men and women and asking for his own needs, he would say: “Allahumma iyyaaka na’bud wa laka nusalli wa najud, wa ilayka nas’aa wa nahfud, wa narju rahmataka rabbanaa wa nakhaafu ‘adhaabak al-jadd. Inna ‘adzabaka liman ‘aadayta mulhaq (O Allah, You do we worship, to You do we pray and prostrate, for Your sake we strive and toil. We place our hope in Your Mercy, O our Lord, and we fear Your mighty punishment, for Your punishment will certainly overtake the one whom You have taken as an enemy.” Then he would say “Allahu akbar” and go down in sujud.

What Should Be Said At The End Of Witir

It is Sunnah to say at the end of witir (before or after the salam):

“Allahumma innee a’udzu bi ridaaka min sakhatika wa bi mu’afatika min ‘aqubatika, wa a’udzu bika minka. La uhsee thanaa’an ‘alayka, anta kama athnaita ‘ala nafsik (O Allah, I seek refuge in Your good pleasure from Your wrath, and in Your protection from Your punishment. I seek refuge with You from You. I cannot praise You enough, and You are as You have praised Yourself.”

When he gave salaam at the end of witir, he said: “Subhaan il-Malik il-Quddus, subhaan il-Malik il-Quddus, subhaan il-Malik il-Quddus (Glory be to the Sovereign, the Most Holy), elongating the syllables, and raising his voice the third time.

Two Raka’ahs After Witir

A person may pray two raka’ahs after witir if he wishes; because it is proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did this. Indeed, he said, “This travelling is exhausting and difficult, so after any one of you prays witir, let him pray two raka’ahs. If he wakes up, this is fine; otherwise these two rak’ahs will be counted for him.

It is Sunnah to recite Idza zulzilat al-ard and Qul yaa ayyuha’l-kaafirun in these two raka’ahs.

 

 

 

Source: The Preferred Path

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