The Must Do’s during the day of Arafat

بِسْمِ الله الرَّحْمانِ الرَّحِيمِ

Alhamdulillah for these best days!

In Shaa ALLAH many of us will be blessed to witness the day of Arafat tomorrow. May Allah make us among them. Aameen. A day filled with blessings and Barakah and though we have not been chosen to be at Hajj this year, we can still seek  the blessings of that day. This day is all about the Tawheed of Allah Azza Wajal.

Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The best remembrance is to declare there is no God but Allah. The best supplication is to declare all praise is due to Allah.

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 3383

عن جابر بن عبد الله قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَفْضَلُ الذِّكْرِ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَأَفْضَلُ الدُّعَاءِ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ

3383 سنن الترمذي كتاب الدعوات باب ما جاء أن دعوة المسلم مستجابة

Here are some virtues of the Day of Arafat:

It was reported from Abu Qutaadah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of ‘Arafaah. He said, “It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” Narrated by Muslim. 

This (fasting) is highly recommended for those who are not on Hajj. In the case of the one who is on Hajj, it is not Sunnah for him to fast on the Day of ‘Arafaah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not fast on this day in ‘Arafaah. It was narrated that he forbade fasting on the Day of ‘Arafaah in ‘Arafaah. 

In Al-Saheehayn it was reported from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen, there is an aayah in your Book which you recite; if it had come to us Jews, we would have taken that day as an ‘Eid (festival).” ‘Umar said, “Which aayah?” He said: This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. [al-Maa’idah 5:3 – interpretation of the meaning]. ‘Umar said, “We know on which day and in which place that was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It was when he was standing in ‘Arafaah on a Friday.” 

It was reported that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah took the covenant from the loins of Adam in Na’maan, i.e., ‘Arafaah. He brought forth from his loins all his offspring and spread them before Him, then He addressed them, and said: Am I not your Lord? They said, ‘Yes, we testify,’ lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: ‘Verily, we have been unaware of this.’ Or lest you should say: ‘It was only our fathers aforetime who took others as partners in worship along with Allaah, and we were (merely their) descendents after them; will You then destroy us because of the deeds of men who practised Al-Baatil (i.e., ploytheism and committing crimes and sins, invoking and worshipping others besides Allaah)? [al-A’raaf 7:172-173 – interpretation of the meaning].” Narrated by Ahmad and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

After reading the above virtues of that day, we understand why the  best thikr that day is the one below as in it we renew our covenant with Allah Azza Wajal. 

‘Amr ibn Shu’ayb reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The best supplication is that which is made on the day of Arafat. The best of it is what was said by myself and the prophets before me: There is no God but Allah alone, without any partners, unto Him belong the dominion and all praise and He has power over all things.” Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 3585

لَا إِلهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa Huwa ‘alaa kulli shay’in Qadeer. 

None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, alone, without any partner, to Him belong all sovereignty and praise and He is over all things omnipotent.

The above dhikr is also a mighty protection against the jinns and evil.

Thus on this great day we are reminded that we should worship Allah alone sincerely. 

In Surah Zumar, ayah 3, Allah Azza Wajal reminds us that:

أَلَا لِلَّهِ الدِّينُ الْخَالِصُ

Surely, the religion is for Allah only. (39:3)

Tafsir: meaning, He will not accept any deed unless it is done purely and sincerely for Him Alone, with no partner or associate.

Let’s ask Allah to help us do deeds that are purely for HIM. The Du’a below helps us to be protected from acts of worship that are not sincere.

اللّهُـمَّ إِنّـي أَعـوذُبِكَ أَنْ أُشْـرِكَ بِكَ وَأَنا أَعْـلَمْ، وَأَسْتَـغْفِرُكَ لِما لا أَعْـلَم

Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oodhu bika ‘an ‘ushrika bika wa ‘anaa ‘a’lamu, wa ‘astaghfiruka limaa laa ‘a’lamu.

O Allah, I seek refuge in You lest I associate anything with You knowingly, and I seek Your forgiveness for what I know not.

To sum up the above dear sisters, spend the day of Arafat renewing the tawheed of Allah by calling on Him sincerely in du’as, doing the Dhikr of that day as explained above, seeking His forgiveness and fasting if you are able to.

He is Ash Shakur, The Most Appreciative of any effort we make for His pleasure. If you know HIM better, you can not help but love HIM and strive for His pleasure. We teach the 99 names of Allah in detail at Al An 4 U if you are interested in getting to know HIM better. You can find all the courses on the names of Allah at this link. It is our student’s favorite course Alhamdulillah. May Allah Azza Wajal bring us closer to HIM every day that He blesses us with. May we be among those whose sins of two years will be forgiven. Aameen!!

May Allah Ash Shakur accept from us all and may He Al Qadeer (The Most Able) give us tawfeeq i.e. the ability to make the best of the day of Arafat Aameen.

And Allah knows best.

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Binta Umm Yahya is the owner of Al An 4 U Online Coaching which is an online platform for Qur’an lessons, Islamic studies and Lifecoaching for Muslimas and women interested in Islam. She has an ijazah in teaching Qur’an with Tajwid and  has been teaching Qur’an for over 7 years now and is an ongoing student of Qur’an with her husband imam Ahmed Abu Suhailah. She loves reciting, teaching and reflecting on the Qur’an. She is a Certified Master Lifecoach and a NLP Practitioner who absolutely enjoys coaching her sisters in faith to help them gain clarity, focus and understanding of their religion so they live their best life and connect to their Maker. Whenever she is not teaching or coaching, you can find her staring at the sky, reading or journaling with a big cup of tea. 🙂

Are we being deprived?

بِسْمِ الله الرَّحْمانِ الرَّحِيمِ

Alhamdulillah we are in the blessed days of Dhul Hijjah, the best days of the year!!! Many posts are published about what we could be doing, reminders about the takbirat are posted and forwarded yet some people don’t even know about these days and they are Muslims.

I was talking to some of my relatives who are Muslims yesterday and they didn’t know that we entered Dhul Hijjah. They also didn’t know that good deeds during this time were multiplied. It seems odd because on my FB feed, on my instagram feed, even on the statuses in whatsApp that is all I am seeing but off course these statuses and posts are also indicative of my interests.

If a person does not follow an Islamic page, does not have friends who are interested in the deen, then their wall will be very different and the reminders they will see will be very different. This made me think of the fact that I should not be taking for granted the surrounding that I have, the knowledge that Allah Azza Wajal is helping me to access. It is in fact a HUGE blessing!

Knowing that we are in the best days, striving to increase in good during these days, being able to open the Mushaf, recite and ponder over the book of Allah all of that is not given to everyone and we have to acknowledge it! We think it’s in our hands to read the Qur’an whenever we want to, but nope that is an illusion.

It is from His favours upon us that we were able to read today, recite His words and study them. Never take this blessing for granted. Just like we are supposed to say ‘Laa howla wala quwwata illa billah’ after the mu’adhin when he calls us to Salah, we should understand that the same applies with all acts of worship. This is why right after we say ‘iyyaka na’budu’ (You alone we worship/we enslave ourselves to) we say ‘wa iyyaaka nasta’in’ (and You Alone we seek help from!)

This is also why we say after Salah “Oh Allah aid me to remember You, to thank You and to worship You in the best manner.”

What is scary in this is when we don’t open the Qur’an and we think that it’s because we had such a busy week, day etc… we should instead realize that we were deprived, that we were denied the opportunity to do this very act of worship. This should humble us, push us to repent and push us to ask for His help so that tomorrow He favors us with salah, sadaqah, tilawah, tadabbur and any other good deed that will bring us closer to Him.

In my coaching program, I coach on the fact that the situation is not the reason for our actions, our actions come from the way we think. We think a thought which generates an emotion and that emotion drives us to act a certain way.

Let me explain, a person says she wants to attend a Qur’an class to get closer to Allah but she has thoughts that are unhealthy such as ‘I am too dumb, I am not worthy, I will be the worst student, others will make fun of me, I can’t do it’. These thoughts are stronger than her thought ‘I want to read to please Allah Azza Wajal’ and thus, she will not enroll, she will not give it a try and will spend years and years not reading the book of Allah. If you ask her why she didn’t enroll, she may say, I didn’t finish school, I am so busy with the kids right now, I will wait until things slow down, I am working long hours, the business is so demanding etc.. but deep down she is afraid to try because she lacks confidence. Her focus needs to be redirected to Allah Azza Wajal and away from herself. Once Allah is her main focus, she will think differently bi idhnillah and act accordingly in spite of the demanding business, the kids, the long hours at work, the lack of education etc..

I will in shaa Allah explain it further this month in our membership club as our theme this month is ‘curtailing distractions’.

This is part one of this topic in shaa Allah. I plan on sharing some of my Tadabbur/reflections on the word ‘busy’ in the Qur’an in the next post in shaa Allah because many of us say ‘we are so busy’ to justify our actions or lack of action. This thought of being so busy makes us feel good because we live in a society that praises ‘the busy life’ and therefore we stay in our comfort zone of ‘being too busy’ and are not motivated to change.

In the Qur’an, we see two types of busy people, one type is praiseworthy and the other one is blameworthy. For the blameworthy type, what if we reframe the thought “I am too busy” to ‘I have been deprived from the blessing of reading Qur’an today or this week’ for instance, how would we feel then?

Definitely not good right?!

Dear sister, if we are busy in things that do not bring us closer to Allah then we need to feel this feeling of remorse because that may lead us to repent and seek the aid of Allah. Tawbah is exactly what we need for the barakah to come back in the way we spend our time. More about that in the next post in sha Allah…

May Allah bless us and not deprive us. May He never replace us, may He bless us with more and more opportunities to get closer to Him and may we act upon these opportunities in the best manner.

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Binta Umm Yahya is the owner of Al An 4 U Online Coaching which is an online platform for Qur’an lessons, Islamic studies and Lifecoaching for Muslimas and women interested in Islam. She has an ijazah in teaching Qur’an with Tajwid and  has been teaching Qur’an for over 7 years now and is an ongoing student of Qur’an with her husband imam Ahmed Abu Suhailah. She loves reciting, teaching and reflecting on the Qur’an. She is a Certified Master Lifecoach and a NLP Practitioner who absolutely enjoys coaching her sisters in faith to help them gain clarity, focus and understanding of their religion so they live their best life and connect to their Maker. Whenever she is not teaching or coaching, you can find her staring at the sky, reading or journaling with a big cup of tea. 🙂

How my baking (a banana nut bread) reminded me of the importance of following Qur’an and Sunnah.

بِسْمِ الله الرَّحْمانِ الرَّحِيمِ

Dear sis’ let me quickly confess that I don’t bake. I can’t recall the last time I baked something… that is before my recent experience with the banana nut bread.

I was taking a course on the Ta’leem of Qur’an and many of the sessions discussed the importance of blessings and making sure we use them well, making sure we show proper gratitude. As we talked about manna and salwa sent to bani israil in the desert, I reflected on how I could be more grateful for what I already had and what I could do at home to waste less. I looked at my ripe bananas in the fruit basket and cringed because I knew my husband and I would not be eating them. We both do not like bananas that are ripe.

This is when the idea of baking a banana nut bread came to mind as we both love banana bread. I quickly googled a recipe but then decided to just do it my own way by substituting ingredients and leaving some out. I have no experience in baking, I was just arrogantly, yes arrogantly and ignorantly choosing to bake something I didn’t know how to bake ‘my own way’. It was a disaster and I was quickly humbled. I asked myself ‘why didn’t you just follow the recipe?’ People who posted the recipes are bakers and they already tried it and are sharing to make it easier on others to succeed as well. (Do you see where I am going with this..).

Allah Azza Wajal chose a Prophet Salallahu Alayhi wa salaam for us to follow, for us to understand how we should worship Allah. His Sunnah is detailed and well preserved. We even know how he used the restroom, we know how he ate, how he slept, how he started his day, how he prayed, how he invoked His Lord, how he dealt with trials and challenges, how he interacted with his wives, how he was as a father, as a leader. We have the perfect recipe for success in the life of Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi wa salaam. However, when we arrogantly and ignorantly think that we will do things our own way, we will worship Allah the way we think we should worship Him, we will follow our own logic over the sunnah, we are just setting ourselves up for failure. All these efforts we put in ‘doing our own things’ completely rendered void. May Allah save us from that state. Aameen.

Allah Azza Wajal says in suratul Muhammad:

Indeed, those who reverted back [to disbelief] after guidance had become clear to them – Satan enticed them and prolonged hope for them. (47:25)

That is because they said to those who disliked what Allah sent down,1 “We will obey you in part of the matter.” And Allah knows what they conceal. (47:26)

That is because they followed what angered Allah and disliked [what earns] His pleasure, so He rendered worthless their deeds. (47:28)


See Satan is an expert at making the haram, the wrong actions look good. If we go back to my baking story, the first cake’s batter looked really good and full of potential, I was already rejoicing at how it would turn out. I was feeling so clever that I was able to use different ingredients, follow some of the recipe and leave some out and still it looked good.

Yep the batter looked good but the baking told a whole other story. The heat revealed the reality of the situation.

After this disaster of a banana bread that in the end I could not eat (though I tried for a few days as per my plate in the picture above) I decided to try again as more ripe bananas were looking at me as if saying ‘would you dare again?’. Yep I would! Never quit when it comes to right a wrong!

I looked up another recipe with oat flour and followed it to the T this time (or almost… I didn’t use the same amount of sugar because we are reducing our sugar intake). I knew that sugar was just a bonus ingredient as ripe bananas are already sweet. Alhamdulillah, this time, the bread came out beautifully and I definitely learned a big lesson.

O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and do not invalidate your deeds. (47:33)

It is in my own best interest to follow to the T the path of those whom Allah has blessed. We make this du’a in suratul Fatiha at least 17 times a day. We ask Allah to guide us to the straight path, the path of those He has blessed (an’amta Alayhim). I only harm myself, when I try to do my own thing and make decisions based on ignorance and arrogance.

May Allah bless us with beautiful understanding of His Deen. May we be among those who obey Him and His Messenger and may He save us from actions that may look good but will be in the end void of any benefit. May He preserve our deeds for us and may He accept and bless our efforts. Allahumma Aameen.

Here is the recipe that I ended up following completely (except for the sugar).

Banana nut bread

Ingredients:

-2 cups of oat flour

-1/2 cup brown sugar ( I used less than a 1/4 cup of white sugar that someone gave us)

-2 eggs

-6 tbsp butter (unsalted and melted)

-1 and 1/2 tsp baking soda ( about 7 ml)

  • 3/4 cup walnuts (crushed)

-4 ripe bananas (that you will mash with a fourk)

-1/4 tsp of salt (i just sprinkled a little)

Instructions:

Start with Bismillah for barakah. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter your baking pan so it’s easier to take out the bread.

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl (flour, baking soda, salt)

Mix in another bowl (mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter and sugar)

Incorporate the liquid mix in the dry mix and then add the walnuts.

Stir until the flour is well incorporated i.e you no longer see dry bits of flour.

Pour the batter in your baking pan and let it bake for about 60 minutes. Insert a knife to see if the inside is cooked. The knife should come out clean, if it does, it is ready!.

Let it cool for about 15-30 minutes before cutting it. Wrap it well and you can keep it at room temperature for about 5 days.

Enjoy and remember to say Alhamdulillah when you done eating.😋

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Binta Umm Yahya is the owner of Al An 4 U Online Coaching which is an online platform for Qur’an lessons, Islamic studies and Lifecoaching for Muslimas and women interested in Islam. She has an ijazah in teaching Qur’an and tajwid and has been teaching Qur’an for over 7 years now while being an ongoing student of Qur’an with her husband imam Ahmed Abu Suhailah. She loves reciting, teaching and reflecting on the Qur’an. She is a Certified Master Lifecoach and a NLP Practitioner who absolutely enjoys coaching her sisters in faith to help them gain clarity, focus and understanding of their religion so they live their best life and connect to their Maker. Whenever she is not teaching or coaching, you can find her staring at the sky, reading or journaling with a big cup of tea. 🙂

Time to retrospect 🪞💭

Bismillah

I think these days and nights are perfect timing for some retrospection and looking at ourselves in the 🪞 for growth bi idhnillah.
Ibn Jawzy Rahimahullah said it in his book “Talbis Iblis” that the biggest weapon Satan has on us is our own ignorance of the Deen. I see so many of us born Muslims, parents, grand parents even, highly educated in the worldly sense, yet we remain ‘unlettered’ when it comes to the Qur’an. Why?
We remain vastly ‘unaware’ and ‘uninformed’ when it comes to the basics of our faith such as the reading of the Qur’an, tajwid, prayer, ablution, the basic rulings regarding the pillars of Islam and of Eeman.

This lack of knowledge is a choice we make because no one can remain in the dark nowadays with all the technology. Learning how to read the Book of Allah has never been made so accessible to all.

You can have someone come to your home and teach you, you can get online and take a class, you can go to the Masjid and learn.

So many ways to learn yet we don’t make the time and we sit comfortably in our ignorance 😓.

The excellence we bring to the Dunya we don’t bring a tenth of that to the Deen of Allah! Why?


Let’s answer these questions below for ourselves, repent and ask Allah for help to make better choices coming out of Ramadan. May Allah give us the ability to do so. (Tawfeeq). Aameen!🤲🏽✨

💭 Can we get closer to Allah Azza Wajal without reading and reflecting on His final message to mankind?

💭 Can we hope for Jannah when we don’t take time out of our ‘busy’ schedule to learn how to read the Book of Allah, the Speech of Allah, the Words of Allah sent to us as a sign of His infinite Mercy?

💭 Can we be at peace and spiritually healed when we don’t go for the biggest source of healing and guidance that is the Qur’an?

💭 Can we really stand in front of Allah on that Tremendous Day and say to Allah Azza Wajal that though we had the chance and time and energy to learn other languages, study many years about various topics of interests, go for many certifications and degrees, we still were ‘unlettered’ when it came to the book of Allah?

If the answer is no then let’s do something about it now, while the gates of Jannah are opened and the shayateen are chained. Make a move now, make du’a about it now, enroll in a class now, find a way now. You are worth it, your Akhirah self is worth it. And Allah Al ‘Aleem knows best.

Time to do good is now!!!
You got this bi idhnillah 🤲🏽✨

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Binta Umm Yahya is the owner of Al An 4 U Online Coaching which is an online platform for Qur’an lessons, Islamic studies and Lifecoaching for Muslimas and women interested in Islam. She has been teaching Qur’an for over 7 years now and is an ongoing student of Qur’an with her husband imam Ahmed Abu Suhailah. She loves reciting, teaching and reflecting on the Qur’an. She is a Certified Master Lifecoach and a NLP Practitioner who absolutely enjoys coaching her sisters in faith to help them gain clarity, focus and understanding of their religion so they live their best life and connect to their Maker. Whenever she is not teaching or coaching, you can find her staring at the sky, reading or journaling with a big cup of tea. 🙂

Tips on finishing strong 💪🏽

Tips on Finishing Strong!

Bismillah,
Allah Azza Wajal told us in surah Baqarah in  Ayaat 183 and 184 about fasting for “Ayaaman Ma’doodat” ( A fixed number of days). Today I am reminded of how quickly this fixed number of days is going by. Subhannallah in about three or four days, we enter the 20th night in shaa Allah. This is the time when our beloved prophet peace and blessings be upon him, would  intensify his worship even more and would encourage his family to do the same.
“The start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (ﷺ) used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work hard) and used to pray all the night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers.” Sahih al-Bukhari 2024.
He (ﷺ)  intensified his worship when he was already guaranteed Jannah! How about us? What are we going to do to make sure we take our worship to another level?

Here are some tips I wanted to share with you. 

Clean your home 

Allah Azza Wajal is Al Quddoos and He loves those who purify themselves physically and spiritually. Angels love cleanliness and good smells. Have a beautiful intention when cleaning your home and make du’a that many angels gather in your home tonight and every night in the last ten. May your home welcome the heavenly slaves of Allah Azza Wajal.

Stay up for worship!


Allah Azza Wajal tells us in the Qur’an that He has made the night for rest and worship. When seeking Laylatul Qadr, we need to make sure our night is turned into worship. Even a power nap can be turned into worship with the right intention. Have a plan for it. Commit some time to long standing in prayer. It’s ok if all you know is suratul Ikhlas, keep reciting it until you feel  you have stood a good while then go in rukoo’. Suratul Ikhlas may be only three ayaat but it is a powerful surah which in weight equals a third of the entire Qur’an! 

Take advantage of the sujood moments to pour your heart out to Allah Azza Wajal as He is Al Qareeb and the closest to you in sujood.

“Wa’sjood waqtarib” – prostrate and draw near [to Allah  (96:19).

Read some Qur’an and engage in Tadabbur.

If you are not praying still spend time with the Qur’an by engaging in some tadabbur. Did you know that the Qur’an was revealed for the first time on the 21st night of Ramadan (refer to the Sealed Nectar book of Seerah)? Did you know that its main purpose is for us to reflect i.e Tadabbur? In surah Sad, we learn the reason for the revelation of the Qur’an. 

[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded. (38:29).

 So my dear sisters do not underestimate the powerful impact of Tadabbur as you seek Laylatul Qadr. We have several classes of Tadabbur  on our site and one coming up on May 28th in shaa Allah. The upcoming class  will cover the last ten suwar of the Qur’an along with Suratul Fatiha. There are two ways you can join the class, either you join our membership club where you have access to the tadabbur class for free or you enroll directly in the class. Either way we would love to recite reflect and journey through the Qur’an with you. Click here to join our membership club or here to enroll directly in the Tadabbur class. Alhamdulillah, even without being able to pray, we can still reflect on the meaning of the Qur’an and partake in a lot of worship during these blessed nights.

Increase in Charity

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever gives charity equal to a date from good (halal) earnings – for Allaah does not accept anything but that which is good – Allaah will take it in His right hand and tend it for the one who gave it as any one of you tends his foal, until it becomes like a mountain.”

 Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1344; Muslim, 1014. 

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no day on which the people get up but two angels come down and one of them says, ‘O Allaah, give in compensation to the one who spends (in charity),’ and the other says, ‘O Allaah, destroy the one who withholds.’”  

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1374; Muslim, 1010.

Especially we women, should do our best to be constant in charity. Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi wa salaam said in an authentic hadith: “O women, give in charity for I have seen that you are the majority of the people of Hell.” 

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1393; Muslim, 80. 


Increase in Dhikr
One of the most important deeds during these blessed nights is the remembrance of Allah and standing in Salah is not the only way we can remember Allah Azza Wajal.
One of the most powerful act of remembrance during these nights is the du’a for complete pardon.

Seek His Pardon!


Memorize the above du’a and keep saying it every chance you get in shaa Allah.

Let’s also spend some time going over our goals, our intentions for the year. Do some soul search, review your year, ask for forgiveness, set up a plan to improve your ibadah and your relationship with Allah Azza Wajal. Know that during this blessed night, the Qadr for the upcoming year comes down, what a beautiful time to make beautiful intentions and du’as for the upcoming year until the next Ramadan!

May these few tips listed help us to have a beautiful end of Ramadan.

The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) said that actions are judged by their ending [Bukhari]. 

May Allah give us the tawfeeq to finish strong 🏁.

 May we come out of Ramadan fully pardoned and may we be granted many more beautiful Ramadans in our life span. Aameen.

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Warnings are signs of His Rahma/Mercy Love and Care

Warnings in the Qur’an are actually showing Allah Azza Wajal’s Mercy and care for us. He really does not have to give any warnings right?

Sister Taymiyyah in her tafsir of ayah 6 of suratul Baqarah said that if you see a child with dirty hands about to eat and you warn him or her that they should wash their hands first otherwise they may get sick does that mean you want them to get sick? Off course not.

Allah Azza Wajal warning His creation does not mean He wants to harm them… far from it. Why do we have warning ⚠️ signs on the road, is it to cause more accidents or to prevent harm?

إِنَّ ٱلَّذِینَ كَفَرُوا۟ سَوَاۤءٌ عَلَیۡهِمۡ ءَأَنذَرۡتَهُمۡ أَمۡ لَمۡ تُنذِرۡهُمۡ لَا یُؤۡمِنُونَ ﴿ ٦ ﴾

• Muhsin Khan and Taqi-ud-Din al-Hilali:
Verily, those who disbelieve, it is the same to them whether you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him) warn them or do not warn them, they will not believe. (6)

Al-Baqarah, Ayah 6

May Allah save us from being people who do not benefit from the warnings of the Qur’an and may He aid us to act upon what we will benefit us in this life and the next. Aameen.

I wrote a bit on the topic last year in this blogpost.

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Three reasons why you should enact your Ramadan goals now!

Bismillah!

Are you excited about Ramadan being around the corner! May Allah give us Ramadan Aameen!

I know there are a LOT of webinars, blogs, and videos on preparing for Ramadan and I am really glad about it because it shows that we value Ramadan. When you expect an important guest, do you just wait for them without any sort of preparation? Of course not, you would probably clean the home, order more expensive food items or just buy more groceries in general. You would probably cook one of your best dishes, you would wash and change the bed sheets and prepare their room, you might even buy some flowers to welcome them. Maa shaa Allah. Our beautiful guest Ramadan deserves no less! Let’s welcome it with beautiful ibadah, beautiful acts of worship. Indeed, the month of Sha’ban is a month Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi wa salaam doesn’t want us to neglect:

Usamah ibn Zayd reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting any month as much as you fast during Sha’ban.” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “It is a month people neglect between the months of Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are raised to the Lord of the worlds and I like for my deeds to be raised while I am fasting.”

Source: Sunan al-Nasā’ī 2357

Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Albani

In our membership club, we just completed the challenge of March which was to prepare for Ramadan. We had a 7 day challenge resulting in us having clear goals for Ramadan. Alhamdulillah! The final task, the task for day 7 was to start enacting our ideal Ramadan day now. Here are three reasons I want to share with you as to why you too should be thinking of enacting to some extent your ideal Ramadan day Al AN (now):

Reason#1

Setting up a sincere intention in the hope that the full reward of a day in Ramadan is granted if we return to Allah before Ramadan.

(4:100) “And whosoever leaves his home as an emigrant unto Allah and His Messenger, and death overtakes him, his reward is then surely, incumbent upon Allah. “

Ibn Kathir explains this ayah saying that it means, whoever starts emigrating and dies on the way, he will acquire the reward of those who emigrate for Allah. The Two Sahihs, along with the Musnad and Sunan compilers, recorded that `Umar bin Al-Khattab said that the Messenger of Allah, Salallahu Alayhi wa salaam, said:

The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions, and every person will be rewarded according to what he has intended. So, whoever emigrated to Allah and His Messenger, then his emigration is for Allah and His Messenger. And whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration is for what he emigrated for.)

This Hadith is general, it applies to Hijrah as well as every other deed. Thus, reason number 1 is to confirm our intentions since tomorrow is not guaranteed. If it is decreed that we will go back to Allah before Ramadan but on that day, we got up and prepared for Ramadan by reading more Qur’an, fasting, freeing up our schedule, requesting days off for the last ten days, meal prepping, giving sadaqah etc…, we hope that these deeds are accepted as deeds of Ramadan. Aameen.

Reason#2:

Building Ramadan habits before Ramadan so our body is less shocked by the change. I learned this the hard way, years ago when I was a regular coffee drinker and didn’t change my habits right before Ramadan. It was a brutal awakening literally! So if you plan to read 5 pages of Qur’an a day, start figuring out when you will do it and start reading before Ramadan. This will also help you see potential obstacles to your goal and allow you to readjust things before Ramadan. You can also fast or reduce your food intake during the day now so your body adjusts in time for Ramadan. These are just examples to get you thinking. 🙂 What else can you think of? Brainstorm and use these next two weeks to implement and readjust.

Reason#3

Increasing in worship now before the shayateen are chained is also a beautiful way to protect ourselves from their attacks. If you increase your reading of Qur’an, your fasting, your adhkar, guess who will be pushed away?! Yep you guessed right! Shayton can not stand the dhikr of Allah, so dhikr away dear sis! Plus remember that our deeds of the year are being presented to Allah as per the above hadith.

This tip is also to be applied right after Ramadan, during the month of Shawwal because the Shayateen are released and we know they won’t just ignore us right! Alhamdulillah the Sunnah helps us there to with the fast of Shawwal.

Talking about dhikr, this Ramadan in the membership club, I will in shaa Allah teach the morning and evening adhkar daily starting on April 13th. If you want to join us, click on the picture below to be on the waiting list in shaa Allah. Those on the waiting list will be the first informed about the open enrollment and will be given a special bonus in shaa Allah.

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Binta Umm Yahya is the owner of Al An 4 U Online Coaching which is an online platform for Qur’an lessons, Islamic studies and Lifecoaching for Muslimas and women interested in Islam. She has been teaching Qur’an for over 7 years now and is an ongoing student of Qur’an with her husband imam Ahmed Abu Suhailah. She loves reciting, teaching and reflecting on the Qur’an. She is a Certified Master Lifecoach and a NLP Practitioner who absolutely enjoys coaching her sisters in faith to help them gain clarity, focus and understanding of their religion so they live their best life and connect to their Maker. Whenever she is not teaching or coaching, you can find her staring at the sky, reading or journaling with a big cup of tea. 🙂

Are you seeking the light?

Bismillah,

How are you my dear sister?

Alhamdulillah, lately, I have been in awe of the name of Allah An Nur and the question I am asking myself now is: “How am I seeking the Nur of Allah in my daily activities?”.

This is a vital question to reflect on and answer right now because:

  • We have the sacred month of Rajab fast approaching.
  • Sins during the sacred month are more serious.
  • We are facing a pandemic reminding us that death is very near and therefore we should make the most of our NOW. Just today we buried yet another member of our community. May Allah have mercy upon our dead. Aameen.

Are we seeking the light of Allah that we will need in our grave, on the Day of Judgment, on the sirat?

On the Day of Judgment, the hypocrites will be asking the believers for light and the believers will tell them to go back to Dunya to get the light. That light they failed to seek in Dunya was the light of obedience, of salah, of reading and implementing the book of Allah, of staying away from sins, of tawbah, of sadaqah, of striving to please Allah, of tawheed, of eeman…

This is the light they failed to seek in this world and so they were deprived of it on the Day of Judgment even though in this life, they were seen and considered as Muslims. They even say to the believers in the Qur’an “Were we not with you?” Ya Rabb this question really scares me.

“On the Day you see the believing men and believing women, their light proceeding before them and on their right, [it will be said], “Your good tidings today are [of] gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein you will abide eternally.” That is what is the great attainment.On the [same] Day the hypocrite men and hypocrite women will say to those who believed, “Wait for us that we may acquire some of your light.” It will be said, “Go back behind you and seek light.”

And a wall will be placed between them with a door, its interior containing mercy, but on the outside of it is torment.The hypocrites will call to the believers, “Were we not with you?” They will say, “Yes, but you afflicted yourselves and awaited [misfortune for us] and doubted, and wishful thinking deluded you until there came the command of Allah. And the Deceiver deceived you concerning AllahSo today no ransom will be taken from you or from those who disbelieved. Your refuge is the Fire. It is most worthy of you, and wretched is the destination.”

(Surah Hadid 57: 12-15)

Save us from hypocrisy Ya Mu’meen!

In suratul An Nur, we see the beautiful ayah in which Allah Azza Wajal tells us that He is the Nur of the heavens and the earth (24:35). The Scholars of Tafsir state that this ayah also shows how the Nur of Allah touches the heart of the believer and strengthens his or her faith. A few ayaat later (24:40) we see the opposite, we see what happens with the disbelievers and transgressors. For them, there is no light and they are in darkness upon darkness. In the tafsir of Ibn Kathir, there is this powerful and scary quote:

Sisters, we need to be busy building our light daily until Allah Azza Wajal calls us back to Him. I can’t stress this enough. May Allah grant us tawfeeq.

The sacred month Rajab is about 4 days away in shaa Allah. How do we make sure we don’t wrong ourselves in the sacred month?! How do we preserve and build our light?

Below are my suggestions:

🤲🏽 Du’a!!! First and foremost as we can’t worship Allah without His aid! Ask Ad Dayaan, Al Hakam, An Nur to help you submit to Him and to help you avoid what displeases Him. Ask Him to put Nur in your speech, in your sight, in your hearing, in your heart and all around you. (see the du’a of going to the masjid for the full du’a).

📖 Study what is prohibited so you know what to avoid and how to save yourself and your family.
In the membership club we are revisiting the book Al Kabair. The challenge is to cover one major sin every day until Ramadan and the book goes over 70 major sins!

🕐🕕 Schedule every hour of your day with beneficial activities so you don’t let boredom tempt you to waste your time on things that would go against you.

🚭🌸 If you have not done so yet, filter your company so that you are surrounded by perfumers and are far removed from the blacksmiths as per the hadith of Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi wa salaam.

💭 Manage your thoughts, reframe negative ones and understand yourself a bit better so you are able to fight off your worst enemy who studies you so closely (shayton).

💭🤲🏽 Dhikr, remember Allah often, listen to lectures, cut out distractions and vain speech as much as you can.

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Now is the time to get more serious sisters, a sacred month is nothing to play with. May Allah give us tawfeeq and grant us Ramadan. Laa howla wala quwaata illa billah.

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Binta Umm Yahya is the owner of Al An 4 U Online Coaching which is an online platform for Qur’an lessons, Islamic studies and Lifecoaching for Muslimas and women interested in Islam. She has been teaching Qur’an for over 7 years now and is an ongoing student of Qur’an with her husband imam Ahmed Abu Suhailah. She loves reciting, teaching and reflecting on the Qur’an. She is a Certified Master Lifecoach and a NLP Practitioner who absolutely enjoys coaching her sisters in faith to help them gain clarity, focus and understanding of their religion so they live their best life and connect to their Maker. Whenever she is not teaching or coaching, you can find her staring at the sky, reading or journaling with a big cup of tea. 🙂

The difference between being busy and being efficient…

Bismillah

We always say “I am too busy” but have we paused to think and ask ourselves if we are busy with the right things? Are we busy doing something and nothing at the same time?! I mean, are we busy doing things that in the long run will not make a difference in our dunya and akhirah? Is there a way we can get more done and still have time for ourselves? In shaa Allah yes there is! When we study the righteous, we notice that one of the ways the righteous predecessors made the most of their now was by building great awareness of how their time was spent and making sure that their day was filled with good deeds.

We learn from our beloved prophet, peace and blessings be upon him to hasten to do good while we still can. Busying oneself with good deeds is the habit of the believer.

“Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the dark night. A man would be a believer in the morning and turn to disbelief in the evening, or he would be a believer in the evening and turn disbeliever in the morning, and would sell his Faith for worldly goods.”
[Muslim]

One great and easy way to ensure that we have a day filled with good deeds is by scheduling every hour of our day! Think about it! There are so many benefits in doing so:

  • Better focus and productivity. ✅
  • Good intentions. ✅
  • Rewards at the close of the day even if we did not get a chance to do what we intended. ✅

Let’s say you had scheduled the night before to revise a surah the next day at 6 a.m but were not feeling well and remained in bed, you still gained by scheduling it, by intending for it. Because you had a good intention, you still received a reward for your good intention.
Isn’t this deen beautiful! 😎

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, related from his Lord the Blessed and Exalted,

“Verily, Allah has recorded good and bad deeds and he made them clear. Whoever intends to perform a good deed but does not do it, then Allah will record it as a complete good deed. If he intends to do it and does so, then Allah the Exalted will record it as ten good deeds up to seven hundred times as much or even more. If he intends to do a bad deed and does not do it, then Allah will record for him one complete good deed. If he does it, then Allah will record for him a single bad deed.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6126, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 131

So my dear sisters, schedule your entire day with good intentions and you will never lose bi idhnillah! Indeed everything is good for the believer!

As you schedule away dear sis, also be aware of distractions and obstacles which can come in the way of you fulfilling your intentions.

Here is a list of some of the major time wasters which we should avoid/reduce as soon as possible. This list is also a great list to keep in mind as you get ready for Ramadan. Changing our bad habits now will help us be ready for a productive Ramadan bi idhnillah. May Allah grant us Ramadan. Aameen.

  • Television
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Facebook (mindless scrolling)
  • Twitter (mindless browsing)
  • Instagram (mindless scrolling)
  • Games
  • Long phone calls
  • Having useless hobbies
  • Shopping trips (unplanned and unorganized)
  • Time consuming food dishes (no prep work or meal prep)
  • Bad company (not beneficial to your Akhirah)
  • Too much clutter requiring much time to maintain
  • Not having systems in place to help you be more efficient
  • Not planning ahead
  • Phone notifications which affect one’s focus.

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Be patient when planting the seeds of Akhirah!

Bismillah!

How are you dear sisters? I have missed posting on this platform. I took a quick break from writing because of some health issues I was dealing with. I am now recovering from it all Alhamdulillah. Part of recovery for me when dealing with a difficult situation is to write, reflect and learn from my qadr. I was reflecting on this past year, on my life, on what happened with me, around me, with my loved ones, with Al An 4 U, with my goals and noted that overall, it had been a tremendous year of growth maa shaa Allah.

For a while now, I have chosen the word ‘growth’ to focus on to better myself. SubhannAllah, growth it has been!

I think at the time when I chose that word, I only thought of growing Al An 4 U, of growing the positive impact, growing in knowledge, in eeman etc… What I didn’t think of, was the fact that with growth, there is pain, there is discomfort, there is risk, there is loss, there is resilience, there is patience…

Life being an excellent teacher, I now have a better idea of what growth entails. Alhamdulillah I embrace it all because I have seen how good it has been for me maa shaa Allah. I just pray Allah Azza Wajal forgive the shortcomings and accept the good. Aameen.

During this time of growth, I’ve learned to face some of my fears, say Bismillah and act seeking Allah’s help. What I noted from that is that the fear was often greater than the reality of the situation.

Fear of Dunya paralyzes us sisters, it stops us from growing, it stops us from reaching our highest potential, it is a barrier between us and complete reliance in Allah Azza Wajal. Instead, let’s worry about the pleasure of Allah, fear the displeasure of Allah, say Bismillah and proceed. If what we want to do is good for our Akhirah, let’s plant the seed now, today. Never delay planting that seed of Akhirah! Time to do good is always NOW!

I have also learned about growth from the loss of my dear friend and sister, Lateefah, may Allah forgive her and have mercy on her soul. She passed earlier this year, and her death contributed to so much growth for me subhannAllah. Whenever I procrastinate, I think of how she spent the last days of her life, planting the seeds of Akhirah. She would enroll in all the classes Al An 4 U offered, she would participate in class, she would do the homework and at times, she would just join the class to listen because she was in too much pain to do anything else. I remember her and ask myself: “am I busy planting the seeds of Akhirah with the time I have left”?

I have learned to look for the ease in difficult and painful situations and learned that when you focus on the ease, the pain lessens.

I have learned that I can not grow on my own, I need to be in the right environment and surround myself with the right people. This is huge when seeking to grow. The right soil for the right seed is key!

I have learned that growth also requires a lot of patience and prayers because the results will never be in my hands. We can plant seeds all day, but Allah Azza Wajal is the Only One who can make that seed grow into something beautiful for you to harvest. Alhamdulillah in our beautiful deen, intentions count even more than the result, so I learned that the planting of the seed also starts with having the right intentions.

Even though we have no control over the results, it is still on us to plant. If we plant the seed of Akhirah with beautiful intentions, the harvest is guaranteed in this life and/or in the next so never quit planting, never quit hoping in His Mercy and in His promise. May we all witness many beautiful harvest in this life and most importantly in the Akhirah. Allahumma Aameen!

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Binta Umm Yahya is the owner of Al An 4 U Online Coaching which is an online platform for Qur’an lessons, Islamic studies and Lifecoaching for Muslimas and women interested in Islam. She has been teaching Qur’an for over 7 years now and is an ongoing student of Qur’an with her husband imam Ahmed Abu Suhailah. She loves reciting, teaching and reflecting on the Qur’an. She is a Certified Master Lifecoach and a NLP Practitioner who absolutely enjoys coaching her sisters in faith to help them gain clarity, focus and understanding of their religion so they live their best life and connect to their Maker. Whenever she is not teaching or coaching, you can find her staring at the sky, reading or journaling with a big cup of tea. 🙂