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Ramadan 2017 Day #09


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #09 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Attend an Islamic Study Circle

“When a group of people assemble for the remembrance of Allah, the angels surround them (with their wings), (Allah’s) mercy envelops them, Sakinah, or tranquillity descends upon them and Allah makes a mention of them before those who are near Him.” [Muslim]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Utrujj (Citron) Fruit 

‘The example of the believer who reads the Quran is the example of the Utrujj: its taste is delicious and its scent is pleasant.’ [Bukhari and Muslim]

Charity Spotlight: SeekersHub

SeekersHub Global endeavours to nurture individuals to manifest the guidance of the Qur’an and Prophetic teachings in their own life.

SeekersHub is a non-profit Islamic educational portal. It is our mission to make sound knowledge from reliable scholars available anywhere, at any time, through online courses, on-the-ground seminars, engaging and inspiring Islamic media and through our Answers service — completely free of cost, with our Knowledge without Barriers initiative.

What Are Our Services?

Our Online Academy offers a clear curriculum-based path for students of varying needs and aspirations, taught by highly qualified, well-respected scholars. Currently, over 3000 students per term take part in our growing catalog of courses.

Our Podcast and Blog provides interesting news and practical guidance on living the deen of Islam in your daily life.

Our free Answers Service lets you ask our scholars questions of concern to you in your own life, or search for relevant answers in our archives. Our scholars answer around 10,000 answers a year!

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

http://seekershub.org/donate/all/donations.php

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 9

Ramadan 2017 Day #08


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #08 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Make Abundant Du’a

‘And for a part of the night, keep vigil therewith as a supererogatory [devotion] for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to a praiseworthy station.’ [Qur’an 17:79]

Prophetic Food of the Day: The Fig 

‘By the fig and the olive,’  [Qur’an 95:1]

Charity Spotlight: Mauritania’s first Eco-Mahdhara for Women

The Centre for the Mother and Child (Markaz Al-Umm wa al-Tifl) is a traditional educational institute (known as a Mahdhara) for women in Matamoulana, a village in the south east of Mauritania.

While teaching has been taking place for decades, at various venues in the village, in 2004, the institute was officially opened, and a small space was rented. Up until today, we use various venues, even though our classes have grown exponentially.

But we needed a bigger space. With the support of South African NGO, the Gift of the Givers Foundation, we acquired land in October 2015 and construction started in December 2016. We are are now looking for funding to complete the construction of our centre and kindergarten.

The success of this will mark the establishment of the one of the first Mahdharas in Mauritania dedicated to the education of women and children.

You can support the cause by using the link below:

https://www.launchgood.com/project/mauritanias_first_ecofriendly_womens_mahdhara#/

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 8

 

Ramadan 2017 Day #07


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #07 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Make Abundant Du’a

“Supplication is worship itself.” [Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Olives

God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The likeness of His Light is as a niche wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass, the glass as it were a glittering star kindled from a Blessed Tree, an olive neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow forth [of itself], though no fire touched it. Light upon light. God guides to His Light whom He will. And God strikes similitudes for men; and God is Knower of all things.‘ [Qur’an 24:35]

Charity Spotlight: Islamic Human Rights Commission (Eid Prisoner Gift Pack)

The Islamic Human Rights Commission was set up in 1997. We are an independent, not-for-profit, campaign, research and advocacy organization based in London, UK.

We work with different organizations from Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds, to campaign for justice for all peoples regardless of their racial, confessional or political background.

The Islamic Human Rights Commission will be distributing gift packs for Eid al-Fitr 2017 to female prisoners. You can purchase a prisoner pack using the link below:

http://shop.ihrc.org/eid-prisoner-packs-2017

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 7

 

Ramadan 2017 Day #06


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #06 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Begin and Break Your Fast with a Prophetic (Sunnah) Food

‘O messengers, eat of the good things and perform righteous acts. Surely I know what you do.’  [Qur’an 23:51]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Watermelon

A’isha (RA) reports that, “The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) ate watermelon with fresh dates.” [Related by Al-Tirmidhi]

Charity Spotlight: Muslim Charity

Motivated by our faith, Muslim Charity seeks a world of hope, tolerance and social justice where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity.

For almost two decades, we have been delivering aid and development programmes to transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

We serve the poor and impoverished as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people regardless of race, religion or gender.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://www.muslimcharity.org.uk/donate-now

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 6

Ramadan Day #05


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #05 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Teach someone Something Good

 “Indeed, Allah, the angels, the denizens of the heavens and the earth, the ants in their burrows, and the fish in the sea pray for blessings to come upon those who teach good to people.” [Related by At-Tirmidhi]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Lamb Shoulder Meat

Abu Ubayd reports: “I cooked something for the Prophet in a saucepan. Since he liked the shoulder, I handed it to him. He then said to me: ‘Give me the shoulder.’ I said: ‘Messenger of God, how many shoulders does a lamb have?’ He said: ‘By Him who holds my soul in His hand, had you complied, you would have given me as many shoulders as I would have asked for.’” [Related by Ahmad, Al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Saad]

Charity Spotlight: East London Mosque

The East London Mosque Trust has rich a history spanning over 100 years. It is London’s oldest Mosque in the heart of the East End. Our vision is to see a world of God consciousness, respect, dignity and justice. Our mission is to Serve, Educate and Inspire.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

http://www.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/donate-now

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 5

Ramadan Day #04


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #04 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Give some Charity

‘Those who spend their wealth night and day, secretly and openly,- they have their reward with their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.’  [Qur’an 2:274]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Honey

Healing is in three things: A gulp of honey, cupping, and branding with fire (cauterizing).” But I forbid my followers to use (cauterization) branding with fire.” [Bukhari]

Charity Spotlight: Human Aid UK

Human Aid UK promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities from all walks of life. We currently have work undergoing in various regions internationally including Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and the United Kingdom.

We commit to making every effort to ensure that people affected by conflict have access to at least the minimum requirements for life with dignity and security, including adequate water, sanitation, food, nutrition, shelter and healthcare.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://www.human-aid.org/donation/

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 4

 

Ramadan Day #03


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #03 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Pray your obligatory prayers in Congregation

“Offering the prayer in congregation carries 27 times greater reward than offering it alone individually.” [Bukhari, Muslim]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Grapes

‘Then We produce for you therewith gardens of date-palms and grapes, wherein is much fruit for you and whereof ye eat. ‘ [Qur’an 23:19]

Charity Spotlight: Helping Humanity

Helping Humanity is a charitable organisation established in July 2009, based in London. Our fight is to eradicate the cause of poverty by working together with communities.

Our vision is driven by passion and motivation with Islamic ethos at heart to eliminate illitracy through education, generate sustainable employment, promote healthy living, relieve poverty and provide sanctuary to orphans.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/helpinghumanity

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 3

Ramadan Day #02


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #02 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Pray all of your obligatory prayers and pray them on time

“So perform the prayer. Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours.” [Qur’an 4:103]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Cucumber

‘The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam) used to eat qiththa (cucumber) with rutab (fresh dates)’. [Tirmidhi]

Charity Spotlight: Ummah Welfare Trust

Ummah Welfare Trust is a UK-based international relief and development charity established in 2001. Inspired by the Islamic teachings of empathy, generosity and selflessness, the trust aims to alleviate poverty and suffering across the world.

The rights of those who are neglected and oppressed are fulfilled by providing sustainable development solutions relating to shelter, education, health, and spiritual wellbeing.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://donate.uwt.org/Account/Index.aspx

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 2

Ramadan Day #01


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #01 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Recite abundant Qur’an

“Recite the Qur’an. It will appear on the Day of Rising as an intercessor for its people.” [Muslim]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Dates

“Break your fast with a date, or with water because it is pure.” [Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi]

Charity Spotlight: Bangladesh Regeneration Trust (BRT UK)

Bangladesh Regeneration Trust UK (“BRTUK”) is a UK registered charity established to carry out various forms of regeneration work within Bangladesh.

BRTUK provides a platform for young second, third and fourth generation Bangladeshis to support various social development initiatives, primarily within Sylhet but extending to other parts of Bangladesh as well.

BRTUK focuses efforts on the three key areas of development:

  • Promoting education
  • Creating livelihood schemes
  • Supporting healthcare

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1002166

Lessons from the Qu’ran: Juz 1

The Sermon of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) on the last Jumu’ah of Sha’ban


The Sermon of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) on the last Jumu’ah of Sha’ban

On the authority of Salman al Farsi (May Allah be pleased with him) it is narrated that during the last Jumu’ah of the month of Sha’ban the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) delivered a Khutba (sermon) in which he said:

‘O people there comes over you now a great month, a most blessed month in which lies a night more greater in virtue than a thousand months. It is a month in which Allah has made Fasting compulsory by day, and has made Sunnah the Taraweeh by night. Whosoever intends drawing near to Allah by performing any virtuous deed, for such a person shall be the reward like the one who had performed a Fardh (Obligatory act) in any other time. And whoever performs a Fardh, shall be blessed with the reward of seventy Faraa-idh in any other time.

This is indeed the month of patience, and the reward for true patience is Jannah (Paradise). It is the month of sympathy with one’s fellowmen. It is the month wherein a true believer’s rizq (sustenance) is increased. Whosoever feeds another who fasted, in order to break the fast at sunset, for the feeder there shall be forgiveness of sins and freedom from the fire of Jahannum (hellfire), and for such a feeder shall be the same reward as the one who Fasted (who he fed) without that persons reward being decreased in the least.”

Thereupon we said, “O Messenger of Allah, not all of us possess the means whereby we can give a fasting person to break his fast.” (They were at the time under the impression that Rasullulah (peace and blessings be upon him) referred to a full meal). The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) replied: “Allah grants the same reward to the one who gives a fasting person to break the fast a mere date, or a drink of water, or a sip of milk (for Iftar).”

“This is a month, the first of which brings Allah’s mercy (i.e. the first 10 days), the middle of which brings His forgiveness and the last of which brings freedom from the fire of Hell.”

“Whosoever lessens the burden of his servants (or those under his authority) in this month, Allah will forgive him and free him from the fire of Hell.”

“And in this month four things you should continue to perform in great number, two of which shall be to please your Lord, while the other two shall be those without which you cannot do. Those which shall be to please your Lord, are that you should in great quantity bear witness that there is no deity to worship except Allah (i.e. recite the Kalimah Tayyibah Laa ilaha illallah) and make much Istighfaar (repentance, beg Allah’s forgiveness with Astagfirullah). And as for those without which you cannot do, you should beg of Allah, entrance into Paradise and ask refuge in Him from the Hellfire.”

“And whoever gave a person who fasted water to drink, Allah shall grant that giver to drink from My fountain, such a drink where after that a person shall never again feel thirsty until he enters Jannah.”

[Ibn Khuzaimah in his Saheeh]

Source: Adapted from the article on https://dailyreminders.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/the-sermon-of-rasullulahsaw-on-the-last-jumuah-of-shaban/