Advice to the Seekers – New Years Resolutions


Ustadha Anse Tamara Gray’s advice to the students at SeekersHub Toronto (Ayah and Hadith additions in italic below are mine and not of Ustadha Anse Tamara Gray):

  1. Be people of the Night Prayer (Tahajjud)

‘And during the night, wake up for Salāh of Tahajjud , an additional prayer for you. It is very likely that your Lord will place you at Praised Station.’ [Qur’an 17:79]

The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “The best prayer after the obligatory prayers is the night prayer.” [Muslim]

  1. Devote at least one hour per week to Seeking Knowledge (‘ilm)

‘So High above all is Allah, the True King! And do not hasten with (reciting) the Qur’ān before its revelation to you is concluded, and say, “My Lord, improve me in knowledge.”’ [Qur’an 20:114]

The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “He for whom Allâh desires great good, He grants him (superlative) understanding in the Religion.” [Part of a longer Hadith from Bukhari and Muslim]

  1. Spend at least one hour per week giving to the community (Khidmah)

‘The believers, male and female, are friends to each other. They bid virtue and forbid vice and establish Salāh and pay Zakāh and obey Allah and His Messenger. Those are the ones whom Allah will bless with mercy. Surely, Allah is Powerful, Wise.’ [Qur’an 9:71]

The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “Allah will relieve anyone who relieves a believer of one of the afflictions of this world, of one of the afflictions of the Day of Rising. Allah will give ease in this world and the Next to anyone who eases the hardship of another. Allah will veil anyone who veils another Muslim in this world and the Next. Allah will help His slave as long as His slave is helping his brother.” [Muslim]

What better way to start the New Year than to pledge to commit to each of the above. Imagine if we all made the small steps mentioned above, what difference it could make to our lives and the lives of those around us.

May Allah give us Tawfiq – Ameen

Abu Zaynah

Source: https://www.facebook.com/iffat.syed.10/posts/10101218911309487

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