If you toss and turn during the night without being able to fall asleep, do the following:
1. Remember Allah with Prophetic supplications or supplications taken from the Qur’an:
Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. (Qur’an 13: 28)
2. Avoid sleeping during the day, except when you have no other choice:
And have made the day for livelihood. (Qur’an 78: 11)
3. Read or write until sleep comes:
And say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge. ‘(Qur’an 20: 114)
4. Work hard during the day:
And [it is He no] makes the day Nushur [i.e. getting up and going about here and there for daily work, etc., after one’s sleep at night or like resurrection after one’s death]. (Qur’an 25: 47)
5. Consume stimulants such as coffee and tea in moderation.
First Jummah – 12.15 – 12.45pm
Second Jummah – 1.15 – 1.45pm
Sahih Bukhari Volume 002, Book 013, Hadith Number 001
Narated By Abu Huraira : I heard Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) saying, “We (Muslims) are the last (to come) but (will be) the foremost on the Day of Resurrection though the former nations were given the Holy Scriptures before us. And this was their day (Friday) the celebration of which was made compulsory for them but they differed about it. So Allah gave us the guidance for it (Friday) and all the other people are behind us in this respect: the Jews’ (holy day is) tomorrow (i.e. Saturday) and the Christians’ (is) the day after tomorrow (i.e. Sunday).”
Ibn `Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
“If Allah removes the light from my eyes,
My tongue and ears still have in them light.
My heart is intelligent and my mind is not crooked, and my tongue is sharp like a warrior’s sword.”
When harm befalls you, perhaps there is a benefit that comes with it, a benefit that you cannot perceive.
And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you… (Qur’an 2: 216)
Bashhar ibn Burd said:
“My enemies disparage me, and the defect is in them, it is not a disgrace to be called defective.
If a person can see gallantry and truth,
Blindness in the eyes will not be a hindrance.
In blindness I see rewards, savings, and protection,
And for these three, I am most needy.”
Observe the difference between what Ibn `Abbaas or Bashhar said and what Saaleh ibn `Abdul Quddoos said when he became blind:
“Farewell to the world; the old man who is blind has no share whatsoever of this life.
He dies and people consider him to be of the living, False hopes have betrayed him from the beginning.”
All Divine decrees will come to pass, both upon the one who accepts them and upon the one who rejects them. The difference is that the former will find reward and happiness while the latter will find only sin and misery.
`Umar ibn `Abdul-`Aziz wrote to Maymoon ibn Mehran:
“You have written to console me for losing `Abdul-Malik. For this matter I had been in waiting, and when it finally came to pass, I had no misgivings about it.”
1. Know that if you do not live within the scope of today, your thoughts will be scattered, your affairs will become confused, and your worrying will increase these realities explain the hadith:
“When you are in the morning, do not expect to see the evening, and when you are in the evening, do not expect to see the morning.”
2. Forget the past and all that it contained. Being absorbed in things that are gone is sheer lunacy.
3. Do not be preoccupied with the future. Because the future is in the world of the unseen, do not let it bother you until it comes.
4. Do not be shaken by criticism; instead, be firm. And know that, in proportion to your worth, the level of people’s criticism rises.
5. Faith in Allah and good deeds: these are the ingredients that make up a good and happy life.
6. Whoever desires peace, tranquility, and comfort can find it all in the remembrance of Allah.
7. You should know with certainty that everything that happens, occurs in accordance with a divine decree.
8. Do not expect gratitude from anyone.
9. Train yourself to be ready and prepared for the worst eventuality.
10. Perhaps what has happened is in your best interest (though you may not comprehend how that is so).
11. Everything that is decreed for the Muslim is best for him.
12. Enumerate the blessings of Allah and be thankful for them.
13. You are better off than many others.
14. Relief comes from one hour to the next.
15. In both times of hardship and ease, one should turn to supplication and prayer.
16. Calamities should strengthen your heart and reshape your outlook in a positive sense.
17. Indeed, with each difficulty there is relief.
18. Do not let trifles be the cause of your destruction.
19. Indeed, your Lord is Of-Forgiving.
20. Do not be angry… Do not be angry… Do not be angry.
21. Life is bread, water, and shade; so do not be perturbed by a lack of any other material thing.
And in the heaven is your provision, and that which you are promised. (Qur’an 51: 22)
22. Most evil that is supposed to happen never occurs.
23. Look at those who are afflicted and be thankful.
24. When Allah loves a people, He makes them endure trials.
25. You should constantly repeat those supplications that the Prophet (bpuh) taught us to say during times of hardship.
26. Work hard at something that is productive, and cast off idleness.
27. Don’t spread rumors and don’t listen to them. If you hear a rumor inadvertently, then don’t believe it.
28. Your malice and your striving to seek revenge are much more harmful to your health than they are to your antagonist.
29. The hardships that befall you atone for your sins.
Verily, the One Who provides sustenance is Allah. He has made it binding upon Himself that whatever provision He has written for His slaves will reach them.
And in the heaven is your provision, and that which you are promised. (Qur’an 51: 22)
If Allah is the One Who provides for the creation, why curry favor with people? And why should one degrade himself in front of another person in the hope of procuring from him his sustenance? Allah said:
And no [moving] living creature is there on earth but its provision is due from Allah. (Qur ‘an 11: 6)
Whatever of mercy i.e. e. of good], Allah may grant to mankind, none can withhold it, and whatever He may withhold, none can grant it thereafter: (Qur’an 35: 2)
Do not be sad, for there are means of making it easier to bear calamity. Among them are the following:
1. Expecting reward and recompense from Allah, the Exalted: only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning.? (Qur’an 39: 1O)
2. Visiting those who are afflicted and seeking comfort in that you are better off than many others.
A poet said:
“If not for the many mourners around me,
Who weep for their brothers, I would have taken my own life.”
So look at those who surround you. There will not be one, except that hardship or affliction has touched him.
10 day MYF trip to Bosnia
Brother Abu Sundus will be supervising a 10 day trip to Bosnia commencing on Monday the 16th of June 2014 & returning on Thursday the 26th of June 2014 inshAllah.
1. The trip is a 10 day trip to Bosnia, commencing on Monday the 16th of June 2014 & returning on Thursday the 26th of June 2014 inshAllah.
2. Brother Abu Sundus will be supervising the trip inshAllah.
3. The cost of the trip is £650 per person (including flights, travel in Bosnia & accommodation but does not include food, drinks, entrance fee to events, exhibitions etc).
4. The outward leg of the trip will be from Manchester (most likely airport) to Zadar in Croatia. Similarly the return leg (from Zadar in Croatia to Manchester inshAllah). The out going airport from the UK has not yet been finalized.
5. The trip will cover the following areas inshAllah:
– arrival in Zadar, Croatia.
– visit to Mostar in Bosnia.
Bosnia Tourism link
– visit to Mostar – visit to City & the famous Mostar Bridge
– visit the Capital of Bosnia – Sarajevo – Sight seeing of City, Sleep in Sarajevo.
– visit Travnik – Sight seeing of Travnik
– visit Tuzla – visit to “Missing Persons Centre” which identifies persons missing from the Bosnian War.
– visit to Srebrenica & the Memorial Centre (in memory of the Srebrenica massacre)
Asalamu’ Alaikum Brothers & Sisters,
We have been posted regularly about the fund raising projects for the blessed month of Ramadan.
Today we’d like to make you aware of Project Four: The Last 10 Nights of Ramadan Qiyam Program
Amount required for each night approx. £250
Amount required for the 27th night approx. £1000
This is an amazing opportunity to in shaa Allah increase your reward in this life and the next. You can contribute in full or as much as you can afford.
DON’T DELAY GIVING IN CHARITY
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once had several coins that he asked his wife to distribute in charity. But due to the Prophet’s illness at the time, she did not have an opportunity to give out the coins. When the Prophet learned of this, he asked for the coins, placed them in his hand, and then said: “What would God’s Prophet think if he were to meet God, who is Great and Glorious, while (still) possessing these?” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 586
The Prophet also said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 589
If one wants to know whether one is climbing upwards toward success, there are certain signs and indications that can help him to determine his progress.
1. As one becomes more knowledgeable, one becomes more humble and merciful to others. Think of an expensive pearl: the more heavy and valuable it is, the deeper it is in the ocean. A wise person knows that though knowledge is a gift, Allah tests the one whom He gives it to. When one is thankful for the gift of knowledge, one will be raised in ranking.
Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe and those who have been granted knowledge. (Qur’an 58: 11)
2. The more one performs good deeds; the more one becomes cautious and fearful, in the sense that he does not feel secure from error, such as a slip of the tongue or a change of heart. He is always in a state of watching over himself and of being wary. He is like a careful bird: each time it lands on a tree, it soon leaves it for another, afraid of the skilled hunter and his bullet.
3. The older one gets the less covetous should one be for this world, for he comes to know with certainty that his time is soon finished.
4. The wealthier one becomes the more generous should one be towards others. The wealthy Muslim must understand that his wealth is a trust given to him, and that Allah is testing him in that wealth.
5. The higher one’s status becomes in society, the closer should he be to ordinary people, showing humility and fulfilling their needs.
But there are also signs that indicate wretchedness:
1. The more knowledge one attains the haughtier and arrogant he becomes. Such a person’s knowledge is not beneficial. His heart is empty and his company is heavy to bear.
2. The more he increases in deeds, the more proud he becomes and the more contemptuous he becomes of others. He doesn’t give the benefit of the doubt to anyone except to his own self. Thus, he deems that he is the only one who achieves salvation while all others are bound for destruction.
3. The older he gets, the more avarice and cupidity become part of his character. He gathers, but he never shares. Calamities and misfortune fail to move him into becoming a benefactor to others.
4. The wealthier he becomes, the more miserly he becomes with his money.
5. The higher his position in society, the higher his level of arrogance and haughtiness. The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:
“The arrogant ones will be gathered on the Day of Judgment in the form of small ants. People will trample on them with their feet.”
In each of the points discussed above, I mentioned some of Allah’s favors, favors by which He tests His slaves: some of those slaves will pass the test while others will fail it.
First Jummah 12.15pm – 12.45pm
Second Jummah 1.15pm – 1.45pm
Jammat Times for May 2014
Maghrib 5 Mins after adhaan
Isha Combined with Maghrib
The Event [the Hour or the punishment of disbelievers and polytheists or the Islamic laws or commandments], ordained by Allah will come to pass, so seek not to hasten it. (Qur’an 16: 1)
Be not hasty and rushed for things that have yet to come to pass. Do you think it is wise to pick fruits before they become ripe? Tomorrow is non-existent, having no reality today, so why should you busy yourself with it? Why should you have apprehensions about future disasters? Why should you be engrossed by their thoughts, especially since you do not know whether you will even see tomorrow?
The important thing to know is that tomorrow is from the world of the unseen, a bridge that we do not cross until it comes. Who knows, perhaps we might never reach the bridge, or the bridge might collapse before we reach it, or we may actually reach it and cross safely.
For us to be engrossed in expectations about the future is looked down upon in our religion since it leads to our having a long-term attachment to this world, an attachment that the good believer shuns. Many people of this world are unduly fearful of future poverty, hunger, disease, and disaster: such thinking is inspired by the Devil.
Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to commit Fahsha [evil deeds, illegal sexual intercourse, sins etc.], whereas Allah promises you Forgiveness from Himself and Bounty… (Qur’an 2: 268)
Many are those who cry because they see themselves starving tomorrow, falling sick after a month, or because they fear that the world will come to an end after a year. Someone who has no clue as to when he wil die (which is all of us) should not busy himself with such thoughts.
Since you ire absorbed in the toils of today, leave tomorrow until it comes. Beware of becoming unduly attached to future prospects in this world.