By Marlena & Team would like to wish all our Muslim friends a Happy and Prosperous Holy Month of Ramadhan. May Allah (SWT) shower his mercy upon all of us, forgive our deeds and shower his blessings upon us. Amin Here are 5 Great Goals to achieve this month:
“Charity does not decrease wealth, no one forgives another except that Allah increases his honor, and no one humbles himself for the sake of Allah except that Allah raises his status.” Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2588
Nobody has become poorer by giving. What you give, you'll get back more- and that is His promise. It may not be in the form of money, it may be in the form of other ni'mat that we don't immediately see. Everything we do is blessed, and we gain berkat when we give.
How often do we realize that while our income is not much, yet it feels like we can buy everything and still have money to spare? Or how many of us have a higher income but it always feel like it is not enough?
A tip from Dr Azizan Osman that I'd like to share here - allocate 5% of your salary for charity for the month. Keep this aside in your wallet and when you see people in need- Donate some to them. Insha Allah we can cultivate the habit of giving charity as this is part of our investment for the hereafter and make use of this Ramadan where our deeds will be multiplied by 70 times.
By Marlena would also like to give back this coming Ramadhan - We would like to call our ladies who have an Abaya to share with the less fortunate. For more information, please contact us.
2. Gratitude, Syukur
‘If you are grateful, I will surely give you more and more’ (Qur’an 14:7)
Being grateful for what we have. Bersyukur. Say Alhamdulillah to all the blessings that He gives us and surely He'll provide us with more. Our daily lives might have been full of complaints. We complain about the bus being late, we complain about not having enough money or we complain about the food served today.
Have we stopped to think how lucky we are that we have a good transport system that can take us anywhere we need to be? Have we stopped and say Alhamdulillah for having a stable job bringing about income which some people may not have? Have we stopped to think that while we are complaining about the food, there are some people in the world who have not gotten a bite of bread or a sip of a drink?
Let us recall briefly the night of Israa' & Miraj where Allah has commanded us to pray 50 times a day and Nabi Muhammad (s.a.w) perfectly exemplifies the meaning of Gratitude-
Then the prayers were enjoined on me: they were fifty prayers a day.
When I returned, I passed by Moses, who asked (me): 'What have you been ordered to do?'
I replied: 'I have been ordered to offer fifty prayers a day.'
Moses said: 'Your followers cannot bear fifty prayers a day, and by Allah I have tested people before you, and I have tried my level best with Bani Israel (in vain). Go back to your Lord and ask for reduction to lessen your followers' burden.'
So I went back, and Allah reduced ten prayers for me. Then again I came to Moses, but he repeated the same as he had said before. Then again I went back to Allah, and He reduced ten more prayers.
When I came back to Moses he said the same.
I went back to Allah, and He ordered me to observe ten prayers a day.
When I came back to Moses, he repeated the same advice, so I went back to Allah and was ordered to observe five prayers a day.
When I came back to Moses, He said: 'What have you been ordered?'
I replied: 'I have been ordered to observe five prayers a day.'
He said: 'Your followers cannot bear five prayers a day, and no doubt, I have got an experience of the people before you, and I have tried my level best with Bani Israel, so go back to your Lord and ask for reduction to lessen your followers' burden.'
I said: 'I have requested so much of my Lord that I feel ashamed, but I am SATISFIED now and surrender to Allah's Order.'
When I left, I heard a voice saying: 'I have passed My order and have lessened the burden of My worshippers."'
Masya Allah. May the short excerpt be a gentle reminder to us all to be grateful.
From now till the 9th June, take moments to list down 25 things you are GRATEFUL for. By Marlena would love to hear and share your list to our fellow friends and sisters.
Email us your thoughts and we just might have a little something for you.
"Verily, those who recite the Book of Allah and perform Solat, and spend (in charity) out of what We have provided for them, secretly and openly, they hope for a (sure) investment that will never parish. (29)" - Faathir, Chapter 35
Personally, due to work commitments it might have been hard for us solat to pray on time, to solat early or sometimes having to miss it entirely. This month, make it a point to pray early. Make it a point to be on time. Or make it a point not to miss any prayers.
I am embarrassed with Allah.
I do not like to wait for people - waiting even 15 minutes might make me a little angsty, yet I make Allah wait. I make Him wait for me every. single. day and pray only at the last minute. I pray Zohor at 3.59 when Asar is at 4.04. I pray Maghrib at 8.01 when Isya is at 8.05
I hate when people cancel on me yet I miss Allah's call for prayer. Allah doesn't even need us. We need HIM. He doesn't grow less powerful if we solat or we dont. It is to our own benefit, it is for our own good that we take some 5 minutes out to Solat to take ourselves out of this burdensome, problematic world.
Yet we,- I don't put an importance to it.
We want to be successful? We dont even care about the ONE thing that makes us successful - Hayya 'ala-l-Falah (Hurry to success) Allah is calling us to success and here we are blaming Him why we're not rich, why we always fail, why we're not happy and yada yada yada.
This is my greatest goal this month. I want to completely change, i want to take this month to make it a point to solat on time, to not make HIM wait for me. I want to see the difference this does in my life Insya Allah.
I hope you do too. I cant say that I will have the time to change tomorrow, next year or next Ramadhan. Because i for sure don't even know if I will be able to meet Ramadhan next year. So how sure are you that you will be able to?
They say, if standing whilst solat is not a valid option, then he may sit. If he is unable to sit, then he may lie down on his side. If he is unable to move then he may choose to symbolize the movements of Solat using his head or his eyes, or the last option with imagination in his heart. Solat is so important that we are given so many flexibility in performing them.
It is the first deed that will be judged. If our solat is good, insya Allah all our deeds will be considered. But if not?
May this Ramadhan be a turning point for all of us. To improve our Solat.
If we usually have to miss it - try your best not to miss any this time. If we are usually late for prayers - try to pray at the earlier of the period. If we have been praying early, Alhamdulillah - try to complement the solat with sunat rawatib.
There is always ways for us to improve insya Allah. May Allah guide us.
“Have mercy on those on the earth, and the One in heaven will have mercy on you” - Tirmidhi
I personally am guilty of this. Sometimes its harder to forget what others do to us because we have not forgiven them. It's harder to move forward and always have that ill-feeling towards them even though it's been a long time since it happened.
I braved myself, making the first move and apologized first. It felt good. It felt like I am the more mature one, not wanting to drag the problem further and wanting to reconcile. I felt proud of myself for it was the right thing to do. After which, we became close again like the problem never occurred.
I'm more happy now. Like a huge weight has just been lifted off of me. Alhamdulillah. I wish for all of us to try it. Try making the first step even though we are not at fault. Try to be the more mature one. Try to be the one who rushes to get His Reward for apologizing and forging broken ties.
Insha Allah, May Allah ease our affairs and gives the strength in achieving this.
5. Make Dhikr & Dua
"And your Lord says, "Call upon Me; I will respond to you." Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell [rendered] contemptible. "- Surah Ghafir 60
I believe that Dua is the most powerful weapon we have. Allah never says NO. It's only "Yes", "Yes but not now" or "He has better plans for you". So make dua regularly ask Him whatever you want and He will give it to you.
Even though He knows what is in our hearts, He wants us to ASK. You ASK and you shall GET. Insya Allah. When you make dua, be certain that you will get it. When you ask forgiveness, be certain that Allah will forgive you. Because when you are certain, the more likely He is going to fulfill it.
Lastly, I discovered this amazing app in the AppStore, that I would like to share with all of you. It's called Tap Tasbih and it's available at only S$1.45.
I've been using this app for about 3 weeks now, and what I like about it is that I can add the tasbih that I want i.e 'SubhanAllah' and just set the number of times that I want to recite it i.e 1000. So with each tap, it reduce the count. And, at ZERO there will be an alert & vibration and it will prompt you reset back to the original set count = 1000. The opposite also works. I can start from 0 and recite as many times as I want during the day, the counter will increase with each tap.
You can go ahead and google Zikir Harian, to find out more about daily dhikr and insya Allah this helps increase our remembrance with Allah.
I'd like to thank you for taking your time to read. Again, BM wishes you a very blessed Ramadhan insya Allah.