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Surah Yaseen​

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 07:54

(Four Surahs’ Series – Part One)

Surah Yaseen is indeed a unique surah, as it has been termed the ‘heart’ of the Quraan Majeed. Furthermore, reciting it once equals the reward of reciting the Quraan Majeed ten times. (Sunan Tirmizi #2887)

The importance of this surah, in the life of every believer, can be gauged by the fact that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) expressed his desire for every Muslim to memorise this surah mentioning, “I wish that it (Surah Yaseen) be in the heart of every individual of my Ummah.” (Bazzaar - Kashful Astaar #2305)

Some of the virtues and benefits for reciting Surah Yaseen are:

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Ramadhaan and Reformation

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Monday, 06 May 2019 10:09

Multiplied rewards for good actions, an increase in one’s sustenance, the showering down of the mercy and forgiveness of Allah Ta‘ala… and many other bounties. These are all bonuses and gifts from Allah Ta‘ala during the great month of Ramadhaan. However, the object of Ramadhaan is to acquire taqwa (piety) as has been clearly explained in the Quraan Majeed. Taqwa can be explained in many ways. In short, it refers to becoming the true servants of Allah Ta‘ala. Transforming oneself to become the true servant of Allah Ta‘ala is what is termed as spiritual reformation.

The month of Ramadhaan is the ideal time for this reformation — wherein we have the opportunity to change our lives change for the better forever, not just for the month of Ramadhaan. In order to achieve this reformation, the vital issue is to appreciate this mubaarak month and use every moment correctly.

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​The Four Surahs

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 10:00

(Four Surahs’ Series – Introduction)

“BOOOOOM!!!” It was an explosion of unimaginable proportions and far reaching consequences. It was not a bomb explosion, but a far more powerful explosion – an information explosion.

Today, there is no shortage of literature and reading material. Whether in hard copy (novels, newspapers, magazines, etc.) or soft copy (eBooks, PDF’s, websites, blogs, etc.), we are ‘up to our ears’ in literature. If it is not reading literature that takes our time, it could be listening to nasheeds, or clips, or anything else that we enjoy.

The point, however, is that the more these things increase in abundance, the more we ‘connect’ with them. While some of these things may be beneficial (e.g. listening to a bayaan clip), ‘connecting’ with them has, in most cases, caused us to ‘disconnect’ from the Quraan Majeed. In other words, we spend the bulk of our time with these things and no longer have or make time to recite the Quraan Majeed. Obviously, in doing so, we are depriving ourselves of tremendous rewards and benefits and are leaving a void in our lives which can never be filled by anything else.

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Lailatul Baraa-ah Every Night

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Friday, 19 April 2019 18:47

One of the great virtues of the fifteenth night of Sha’baan is that Allah Ta‘ala descends to the lowest Heaven. Thereafter a proclaimer proclaims: “Is there anyone seeking forgiveness that I may forgive him? Is there anyone who desires anything so that I may grant his wishes?” Thus, Allah Ta’ala fulfils the requests of those who seek of Him on this great night. This virtue is attained from the beginning of the night until the break of dawn.

However, during the last portion of every night the same virtue is attained. Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam) said: “Allah Ta‘ala descends to the nearest heaven during the last third of every night. He then proclaims: “Is there anyone who will make du‘aa unto me that I may accept his du‘aa? Is there anyone who will ask of me that I may grant him? Is there anyone who desires forgiveness that I may forgive him?” (Saheeh Bukhaari #1145)

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Speaking to Allah Ta‘ala

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Monday, 08 April 2019 09:08

In this era of advanced technology, we can easily connect and communicate with the entire world. However, when last did we communicate with the Creator of the world? We speak to people about the different problems and challenges that we go through. Yet, when will we speak to our All-Hearing Allah Ta‘ala, the only Being who can resolve our problems?

If we ask people to fulfil some of our basic needs, we are humiliated and are regarded as beggars. However, if we ask Allah Ta‘ala for our needs, then we are honoured and we become the beloved of Allah Ta‘ala. Our duty is to turn to Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa (supplication) over and over again. Allah Ta‘ala, in his divine wisdom, will definitely answer our du‘aas in unique ways.

At times our minds are so anchored in wanting to see our du‘aas answered in a certain way, that we completely fail to see and appreciate that our du‘aas have been answered, but in many other ways. Allah Ta‘ala knows best when to give us, how to give us and how much to give us. All we need to do is to keep on asking Allah Ta‘ala.

   

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