EID MUBARAK عيد مبارك 🥳💫


It was recorded in a Hadith that Yawm-un-Nahr (The Day of Sacrifice) is the most virtuous day to Allah.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The greatest Day of Hajj (Yawm al-Hajj al-Akbar) is the Day of an-Nahr (Slaughtering).” (Abu Dawud)

The companions of the Prophet used to say to one another on the day of Eid   تَقَبَّلَ اللهُ مِنَّا وَمِنكُم ‘TAQABBAL ALLAHU MINNA WA MINKUM’ (May Allah accept [good deeds] from you and us” or “May Allah accept [this worship] from you and us”) You could also say EID MUBARAK عيد مبارك  (Have a blessed celebration)

The day of An-Nahr is also known as Eid-al-Adha, meaning the festival of Sacrifice and it is one of the two festivals Allah ﷻ has granted to the of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ . Anas رضي الله عنه narrated: ‘Allah’s Messenger came to Madinah and the people of Madinah in the days of Jahiliyyah had two days of play and amusement. So, Allah’s Messenger said: “I came to you and you had in Jahiliyyah, two days of play and amusement. Allah has replaced something better for you; the Day of an-Nahr and the day of al-Fitr.’ [Ahmad]

Nothing is more noble to Allah ﷻ on this day than sacrificing the Qurbani. Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds. Qur’an 6:162 

On this day what should we do:

It was narrated by Al-Bara’: I heard the Prophet delivering a Khutba saying, ‘The first thing to be done on this day (first day of ‘Id-ul-Adha) is to pray; and after returning from the prayer we slaughter our sacrifice (in the name of Allah) and whoever does so, he has acted according to our Sunnah (traditions). (Bukhari).

  • Wake up early and take a Ghusl (bath).
  • dress up nicely.
  • do not eating anything until after the prayer.
  • go to prayer ground early, reciting the Takbir on your way until the beginning of the Salat. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La illaha illa Allah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Walillahi l Hamd (Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great there is no God But Allah, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, and to Allah be praise). (N.B: there are various forms of the Takbir to be recited)
  • if possible walk to the prayer ground using two separate routes to and from the prayer ground reciting the Takbir.
  • offer Eid Salah in congregation in an open place, except when whether it is not permitting due to factors like rain, snow, etc.
  • no Sunnah Salat on the ground of Eid.
  • Slaughter a sacrifice if able.
  • Exchange gifts, food etc with family and friends.
  • Call your Muslim family and friends to wish them Eid Mubarak.

No Muslim is exempted from participating in this festival, (probably except if you are sick) even if you are unable to pray: it was narrated by Um ‘Atiya who said we used to be ordered to come out on the day of ‘Id and even bring out the virgin girls from their houses and menstruating women so that they might stand behind the men and say Takbir along within them and hope for the blessings of that day and for purification of sins. (Bukhari).

This is a day of feasting: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The day of al-Fitr, and the day of an-Nahr, and the days of Tashreeq (the three days after an-Nahr) are our days of Eid (festivity); and they are days of eating, drinking and remembering Allah.” (Al-Albani) “And remember Allah during the appointed Days” [Qur’an 2:203] As believers we should eat, drink and remember Allah. Dhikr (remembering Allah) is enjoined during the days of tashreeq in several ways:

  • After prescribed prayers reciting takbeer individually
  • saying saying Bismillaah and Allaahu akbar when slaughtering the sacrificial animal
  • remembering Allah when eating and drinking. It should be a means that help one to remember Allah ﷻ and obey Him. We should eat good food and thank Allah ﷻ for them
  • by making dua.

Lastly, fasting is forbidden on these days. The Prophet ﷺ forbade fasting on these days: ‘Do not fast on these days, for they are the days of eating, drinking and remembering Allah.’ [Ahmad]

SLAUGHTERING OF ANIMALS

The slaughtering of the sacrifice should be after the prayer

The sharing of the sacrifice: it should be divided into three parts; one for the family, one for relatives and friends, and one for the poor and needy. It is permissible to keep a part of the Qurbani for eating at home, after the end of the Eid. This is supported by the Hadith narrated by Salama bin Al-Aqua’: the Prophet said whoever has slaughtered a sacrifice should not keep anything of its meet after 3 days’ when it was the next year the people said, :’O Allah’s Apostle! ‘Shall we do as we did last year?’ He said, eat of it and feed of it to others and store of it, for in that year [previous] the people were having a hard time and I wanted you to help the needy. [Bukhari].

EID GREETINGS IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

Offering congratulatory greetings is something we are encouraged to do in Islam. Below is a compilation of Eid Mubarak greetings in different languages. Take time out to greet someone in another language to mark the celebration.

Arabic – عيد مبارك Eid Mubarak

English – have a blessed Eid

HausaBarka da Sallah

Iran – Eid muborak shaved

French – Aid Moubarak

Bangladesh – Eider shubheccha

China – Kāizhāi jié kuàilè

Ghana – Ni ti yuun’ palli

Yoruba – A ku odun

Kurdish – Cejna we pîroz be

Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore – Selamat Hari Raya

Turkey – Bayramınız kutlu olsun

Bengali – Īda mōbāraka

Afghanistan – Akhtar de nekmregha sha

Spanish – Feliz Eid

 Albanian – Gëzuar Bajramin

EID MUBARAK IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES 🙂

May Almighty Allah ﷻ keep us alive to witness many more of this celebration, strengthen us in the deen, ease our affairs, count us among the believers who are able to eat, drink and remember Him and reunite us all in Al Jannah. (Amen).

VIRTUES OF ARAFAH DAY


BISMILLAH-RAHMAN-IR-RAHEEM

The day of Arafah is the day the Prophet ﷺ gave the farewell sermon and the day our deen was perfected – Allah ﷻ completed Islam as a religion. ‘This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. [Qur’an 5:3].

Allah ﷻ also swears by this day in the Qur’an – Surah Al-Buruj. Allah ﷻ swears by nothing except that which is great and mighty! “By the sky containing great stars. And [by] the promised Day. And [by] the witness and by the witnessed” [Qur’an 85: 2-3]. ‘And the Promised day’ refers to the Day of Judgement. ‘And by the Witness’ refers to Friday. ‘And by the Witnessed’ refers to the day of Arafah. So this day has great significance.

People from other faith recognise the virtues of this day. Imam Ibn Kathir رَحِمَهُ ٱللّٰهُ‎ in his tafsir writes: “A Jewish man said to Umar bin Al-Khattab رضي الله عنه, `O Leader of the Believers! There is a verse in your Book, which is read by all of you (Muslims), and had it been revealed to us, we would have taken that day (on which it was revealed) as a day of celebration.’ Umar رضي الله عنه asked ‘Which is that verse?’ The Jew replied:  “This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.” Umar رضي الله عنه replied, “By Allah! I know when and where this verse was revealed to Allah’s Messenger. It was the evening on the Day of `Arafah on a Friday.”

MY ARAFAH DAY CHECKLIST

  • PRAY – obligatory and nawafil salah (Tahajjud, Duha, Sunnah Al Rawatib)
  • RECITE QUR’AN
  • ISTIGFAR – “There is no day on which Allahﷻ frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ‘Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ‘Arafah), and then He reveals before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” (Muslim)
  • FASTING – “Fasting on the Day of Arafah expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year.” (Muslim)
  • DUA – The Prophet ﷺ, said: “THE BEST SUPPLICATION IS THAT MADE ON THE DAY OF ‘ARAFAH, and the best thing that I have ever said along with all the previous prophets is:

لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له له الملك وله الحمد وهو على كل قدير (LA ILAAHA ILLA ALLAH WAHDAHU LA SHARIKA LAH, LAHUL MULK WA LAHUL HAMD, WA HUWA ‘ALA KULLI SHAY’IN QADEER (None is worthy of worship but Allah, The Exalted Alone, without any partners. All sovereignty and praise belongs to Him and He is over all things Omnipotent).’” (Tirmidhi)

It is reported that anyone that recites this dua 100 times in the day will receive the reward of freeing 10 slaves, 100 rewards will be written for him and 100 sins wiped away, and he will be protected from Shaytan for the remainder of the day.

  • CHARITY – monetary value, time, etc.
  • HELP SOMEONE OUT –The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to people. [Al-Albani]

The best way to make the most of this day is to renew your intentions and intensify your worship. May Almighty Allah ﷻ accept our act of Ibadah and reward us for our actions.

SIGNIFICANCE OF EID-AL-ADHA: LESSONS FROM PROPHET IBRAHIM عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ SACRIFICE


BISMILLAH-IR-RAHMAN-IR-RAHIM

Alhamdulillah for witnessing the month of Dhul- Hijjah – one of the scared months in Islam.

Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. Qur’an 9:36

Qur’an 9:36

The month of Dhul-Hijjah is the 12th month in the Islamic Calendar and it is symbolic because Muslims engaging in a special form of worship – Hajj (pilgrimage to the Kaabah). The end of the Hajj season is commemorated by Eid Al-Adha festival on the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah.

Due to the Pandemic it is sad that many people are not engaging in pilgrimage this year. We pray Almighty Allah ﷻ alleviates this pandemic from the earth and allow the Pilgrimage take place next year. But there are other forms of worship we can engage in apart from going for Pilgrimage.

The sacredness of this months makes good deeds more meritorious, and at the same time committing sins attract more punishment from Allah ﷻ. Even the Arabs in the period of jahiliyyah (ignorance) recognised these months to be sacred. (The sacred months are Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram and Shaban) This is another blessed season given to us after Ramadan. Click to read a previous post that addresses various forms of worship we can engage in during this month!

The slaughtering of sacrifice in this month is manifested through the obedience of Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ to Allah. The story goes thus. Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ dreamt that he was sacrificing his son. Prophet Ismail عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ.  (Prophet’s dream are genuine because they are a form of revelation and are not affected by Shaytan.) He عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ told his son: “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.” The son (Prophet Ismail عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّل responded: “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast.”  Qur’an 37:102. Thereafter, he عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ took his son to Mount Arafah and was ready to put the knife across his son (subhannallah). Allah ﷻ says: ‘And when they had both submitted and he put him down upon his forehead, We called to him, “O Abraham, You have fulfilled the vision.” Indeed, We thus reward the doers of good. Indeed, this was the clear trial. And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice, And We left for him [favorable mention] among later generations: “Peace upon Abraham.” Indeed, We thus reward the doers of good. Qur’an 37:103-110.

Engaging in the sacrifice is something that is heavy to carry out (This is a Prophet that did not have any other child at the time) but there was no point of question because it was a divine instruction. They both submitted to the will of Allah without hesitation and Allah replaced it with a Ram. This was a trial from Allah ﷻ!

Just as Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ was prepared to engage in the sacrifice to please Allah ﷻ, it is now a recommended tradition that a person who is able, offers Qurbani/Udhiya. Qurbani means an act performed to draw closer and seek Allah’s ﷻ pleasure while Udhiya means ‘blood sacrifice’. This is a practice that the Prophet ﷺ engaged in – ‘The Prophet ﷺ lived in Madinah for 10 years and every year he slaughtered an animal’. [Albani] An animal is slaughtered as a sacrifice with the intention to draw closer to Allah ﷻ.

Relating the story of Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ to our lives. The story informs us to live our lives in obedience to Allah. We should acknowledge that there is wisdom behind every order of Allah and must obey Allah ﷻ without hesitation. Further, we learn that Allah ﷻ will tests the believers (based on their level of Iman) So, when test comes in our direction we should bear in mind the sprit from the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ that if he عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ could put a knife to his son in order to please Allah ﷻ and it was replaced with a Ram. When we sacrifice something for the sake of Allah ﷻ we will definitely get immeasurable reward and a replacement. For this to happen, we must have tawakkul (complete reliance) in Allah ﷻ and accept that if we forsake anything for the sake of pleasing Allah ﷻ it is for our own benefit and for the greater good. We may not be able to obey Allah ﷻ like the Prophets, but we must continually strive to please Allah ﷻ in all our actions and by obeying Him in our lives.

Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ (and Prophet Muhammed ﷺ) are Khalilullah (friends of Allah ﷻ). Allah says: ‘And who is better in religion than one who submits himself to Allah while being a doer of good and follows the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth? And Allah took Abraham as an intimate friend. Qur’an 4:125  We can become close servants of Allah by obeying Allah ﷻ and fulfilling the obligations He ﷻ has enjoined upon us. The Prophetic ﷺ narration reads: Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported that the Messenger of Allah, , said: “Allah the Almighty has said: ‘Whosoever acts with enmity towards a closer servant of Mine (wali), I will indeed declare war against him. Nothing endears My servant to Me than doing of what I have made obligatory upon him to do. And My servant continues to draw nearer to Me with supererogatory (nawafil) prayers so that I shall love him. When I love him, I shall be his hearing with which he shall hear, his sight with which he shall see, his hands with which he shall hold, and his feet with which he shall walk. And if he asks (something) of Me, I shall surely give it to him, and if he takes refuge in Me, I shall certainly grant him it.’” [Sahih Al- Bukhari]

POINT OF REFLECTION: This life is a journey which has an end and we were created with the purpose to worship Allah ﷻ. Allah ﷻ says: ‘And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.’ Qur’an 51:56  We are going to be tried and tested the way Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ was and by being obedient to Allah we pray to pass the test and be rewarded with Jannah! Have the reassurance that whatever you leave for the sake of Allah will be recompensed with something better. You may not see it now but have the certainty it is being replaced. I leave you with an Hadith Qudsi: ‘And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a cubit, and if he draws near to Me a cubit, I draw near to him a fathom. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.’ [Sahih Al-Bukhari] So, know that whenever you leave something to draw closer to Allah ﷻ,  Allah ﷻ  draws closer to you too 😊

Share this post if you found it beneficial. Any good thing I have said is from Allah ﷻ and any wrong is from myself and I seek His ﷻ forgiveness. In Sha Allah I will catch up in my next post to talk about… Till then Fi Amanillah (I leave you in the custody of Allah ﷻ)

PS: follow our Instagram (@thoughtsandreflections_)  page. During this month of Dhul-Hijjah we will be releasing short reminders for the first 9 days exploring and learning about facts from Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ life.

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The journey so far…


Alhamdulillah! Re-reading the article on Self-reflection this morning brought my awareness to the fact that it’s exactly one year ago that the first post was published on this blog 😊

THIS IS A TEAM ACHIEVEMENT.

I wished we could have generated more content and I know that we could. We had big plans when we decided to start. But we plan and Allah ﷻ plans and He ﷻ is the best of planners.

We plan and Allah ﷻ plans and He ﷻ is the best of planners.

Looking at the amount of articles we were able to write in the last year made me realise more could have been done. However, this is the time to celebrate and not undermine the work of me and my team.

Together we have written  6 articles, 1 poem: Self-reflection, Perspective: positive mindset, The role models the youths in the cave, Making the most of the first 10-days of Dhul-Hijjah, Iman dip: what to do?, The Most Beloved to Allah, and My Hijab.

I would like to say, writing this blog has helped in so many ways. One of which is that, it has improved my understanding of the deen. As I try my best to practice what is published.

So now, I express my gratitude to my team who do not want to be mentioned. (In any project the people behind the scene do a lot than people know) They have been supportive! They proofread, edit, assist with the content ideas etc. This could not have been done without you all. May Almighty Allah increase you in wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

Lastly, to my readers. A big thank YOU for engaging with our content, for reading, commenting and sharing. I hope it has had a positive impact in your life?

If you are new to this blog welcome to the community and please take time to read and engage with the contents.

Jazak Allah Khair for taking time out to read and In Sha Allah expect more content! We hope to produce more before next Ramadan … until then Fi Amanillah. We pray that Allah ﷻ accept this work as an act of Ibadah.

IMAN DIP…WHAT TO DO?



BISMILLAH-IR-RAHMAN-IR-RAHIM
 
AS SALAM ALAIKUM WARAMATULLAH WABARAKATU.
 
What is Iman? Iman (Faith) is the first pillar of Islam which is an integral part of our religion. It is the cornerstone which upholds the other pillars. A person must have Iman in order to fulfill the other pillars of Islam (Prayer, Zakat, Fasting and Hajj) effectively. Iman is so crucial that there are 6 articles which are to believe in: Allah, Angels, Holy Books, Prophets, Last Day, and Qadr (destiny).

However, there are moments when we feel low and struggle to feel connected to Allah. Either we begin to get lazy to perform the obligated acts of worship or we perform them but, do not feel the peace and tranquility we should feel. Thereby, we get sad. Don’t be too sad because Iman goes up and down. The Hadith of Hanzala and Abu Bakr (RA) illustrates this.They felt their state of Iman was not at its best as they were in a different state with the Prophet and different when away from him. They reported to the Prophet (SAW) and he responded: ‘By Him in Whose Hand is my life if your state of mind remains the same as it is in my presence and you are always busy in remembrance (of Allah), the angels will shake hands with you in your beds and in your roads; but Hanzala, time should be devoted to the worldly affairs and time should be devoted to prayer. [Muslim] click to read Hadith.

This implies that Iman fluctuates and we should strive to do things that will keep us spiritually high. With regards to Iman the Prophet (SAW) said: ‘Verily, the faith of one of you will wear out within him, just as a shirt becomes worn out, so ask Allah to renew faith in your hearts.’  [Al-Albani]

What do we do when our clothes wear out? We replace them and get new ones. Similarly, we should constantly rejuvenate our Iman by supplicating to Allah and engage in acts of worship to enable us maintain a decent level of spirituality.
 
Since Iman rises and falls, we have to rely on Allah (SWT), work at it and take active steps by doing good deeds to improve our connection with Allah (SWT). Below is a list of things we can engage in to rejuvenate our Iman.
  1.   Seek for forgiveness and make Dua- We commit sins without realizing, we even sin knowingly but we take it too lightly and this can have an adverse effect on our connection/relationship with Allah. Therefore, a black spot is placed in our heart, with more sins the spot enlarges and our heart gets black which sometimes makes us unable to distinguish what is right from what is wrong and we lose our connection with Allah. The Prophet (SAW) said: ‘Verily, when the servant commits a sin, a black mark appears upon his heart. If he abandons the sin, seeks forgiveness, and repents, then his heart will be punished. If he returns to the sin, the blackness will be increased until it overcomes his heart.’ [Tirmidhi]
  2. Seek Knowledge – “Read! In the Name of your Lord Who created.” (Qur’an 96:1). The Prophet (SAW) said: ‘Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.’ [ Ibn Mājah]. A lot of us are ignorant about so many things and it is only by seeking knowledge that we can realize that we are wrong. Seeking knowledge helps us avoid sinning, because it is only when we are knowledgeable that we will realize that some of our acts are wrong, and when we are knowledgeable we will be closer to Allah. Seek knowledge by reading and understanding the Qur’an, study the Seerah, read beneficial books. We should not be detached from the book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW).  Seek knowledge and avoid ignorance. The issue is that people sin but don’t realize that they are sinning, it is when we seek knowledge that we will realize that what we are doing is wrong and seek for forgiveness. Also we shouldn’t be careless with regard to the prohibitions Allah has set. Seeking knowledge prevents us from being careless such as not taking prohibitions lightly.  
  3.   Improve performance with regard to the pillars of Islam. This can’t be overemphasized! We should ensure that the Fard (obligation) Allah (SWT) has made on us is not compromised, by believing in Allah, Praying all our Salah at the right time, (seek knowledge regarding the prayer, know how to fulfill it by studying its pillars. If we fulfilling our Salah in the best way we would be close to the Prophet who finds comfort in Salah.) Fasting during the month of Ramadan, Paying Zakat if we are eligible to pay it, and going for Hajj once in a lifetime if we have the means.
  4.    Surround yourself with good company – Who are your companions? The Prophet (SAW) said:  ‘A person is upon the religion of his close friend, so beware whom you befriend.’  [Abu Daawood and At-Tirmithi] The Hadith of Hanzala (RA) above illustrates this. We see that when they were in the company of the Prophet (SAW) their Iman was at its peak.  We should have friends who remind us of Allah. Have a core circle of friends that you benefit one another. Take account of people who you spend your time with. Nevertheless, surrounding yourself with righteous company is not all effective because either you are benefiting from your friends or they are benefiting from you. We have to do more to benefit ourselves to be spiritually high. Have good company in real life interaction and social media. If we surround ourselves with good people (In Sha Allah) we won’t have regret on the Day of Judgement  saying:  “Ah! Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so-and-so as an intimate friend!” (Qur’an 25:28)
  5. Have secret good deeds and engage in voluntary worship- This ensures that we are sincere as nobody except Allah knows of it.
  6.  Reflect over your life- Check your connection with Allah. How often do we talk to Him to show gratitude? We should check the way we perform our Ibadah. Identify what changed, whether you have changed your company or that you have picked up a bad habit or that youare committing sins. Click to access my article on why we need to engage in Self-reflection 
  7. Set a benchmark-  Have things that you must do in a day. ‘The most beloved actions to Allah are those done consistently, even if they are little.’ [Bukhari and Muslim]. Don’t overburden yourself because you will wear out. Remember change is gradual. Do deeds such as reading the Qur’an, doing daily (morning and evening) Adkhar, reading/listening/watching Islamic lectures and or books, Dhikr etc. make sure there is no compromise with regard to these things.
I hope the above article was beneficial? If you have any tip on how to cope with low Iman share in the comment section below to make others find it beneficial. If you know anyone who will benefit from this article, share to remind and motivate them
 
I will catch up with you all in my next post In Sha Allah.   

MAKING THE MOST OF THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF DHUL HIJJAH


 S SALAM ALAIKUM WARAMATULLAH WABARAKATU
 
 The Prophet (SAW) said ‘No good deeds done on other days are superior on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijjah).’ Then some companions of the Prophet said not even jihad? He replied, ‘not even jihad, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger (for Allah’s sake) and does not return with any of those things.’[Bukhari]
 
This statement encapsulates the virtues of these days. The tenth Day of Dhul Hijjah marks the end of Hajj which is commemorated with the festival of Eid Al Adha. The virtue of this festival is so meritorious that there are rewards before its arrival.
Allah (S.W.T) states in the noble Qur’an. “By the Dawn. And by the ten nights.” (Qur’an 89:1-2) Allah promises upon the ten nights, The Scholars such as Ibn Abbas (RA),  reported that Al-Fajr refers to the day of sacrifice in particular, which is An-Nahr the day of Eid. While, the ten nights refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.
Scholars have sighted that these days are so powerful because all 5 pillars of Islam are incorporated within these ten days, and there is no other time during the entire year that all 5 pillars can be incorporated. During these ten days we:
1.        bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah
2.        engage in Salah
3.        can give Zakat if eligible and we should give out charity (Sadaqah) (Money is not the only form of sadaqah, give your free time to help someone, smile and do good)
4.       should fast during these ten days and it is highly encouraged to fast the 9thday which is the day of Arafah  and
5.        can go for Hajj, which only takes place these days.
Ramadan has the best night of the year while the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah has the best days of the year. In Ramadan we are able to perform 4 pillars, but we cannot perform Hajj. It is only in these 10 days that all the pillars can be acted upon. We should not let these days slip away from us without maximizing them.
Another virtue that makes these days meritorious is that they are not compulsory, unlike the month of Ramadan where it is mandatory to fast. Also, in the month of Ramadan the devils are chained, and this makes a person to perform good deeds easily as there is no restriction. Meanwhile, on the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah there are restrictions to do good deeds because the devils are not chained, the doors of hellfire are not locked, there is no atmosphere like that of Ramadan that keeps a person from striving to do good deeds. So this means whatever good deeds done in these days is purely from your own effort striving against your nafs (self), with the help of Allah.
 DEEDS TO ENGAGE IN DURING THESE 10 DAYS.
DHIKR (REMEMBRANCE OF ALLAH):  “That they may witness things that are of benefit to them, and mention the Name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them. Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor having a hard time.” (Qur’an 22:28) Recite Tahlil, saying: La Ilaha Illallah, and Takbir saying Allahu Akbar and a great deal of Tahmid, saying Allhamdulillah during these days. We should keep our tongue moist with the Talbiya, by reviving the Sunnah  and repeat often:  Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laillahaillah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Walilalihamd (Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is no God but Allah, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, and to Allah be all praise). We should praise Allah (SAW), glorify Him, and thank Allah during these ten days. Talbiya is prescribed from the first day of Dhul Hijjah until the days of Tashrik (3 days after Eid). It should be recited anywhere, wherever and whenever permissible such as, in the Masjid, in the home, when walking, when doing house chores, in the market place, etc. While after Eid it is prescribed to be read only after the 5 daily prayers.
PRAYERS AND NAWAFIL (VOLUNTARY PRAYERS): On the day of Judgement the first deed to be taken into account will be the Salah and if there is deficiency in the Fard prayers, then it will be said that your voluntary prayers be looked into. Therefore if there is a surplus of voluntary prayer it will be used to patch up the Fard prayers. This explains why we have to take our Nawafil serious.
It has been reported that the one who prays twelve rakah in a day will have a reward of a house in Jannah. [Al-Tirmidhi] How beautiful is this reward!
SALATUL DUHA: The Prophet (SAW) is reported to have said there is a charity due upon every joint but by offering two rakah of Salatul Duhathose charity falls off your joint …your responsibility to give out those charity falls off your joint. [Muslim]
ISHRAAQ PRAYER: The Prophet (SAW) said, the one who prays Salatul Fajr and then remains seated remembering Allah (SWT) until the sun rises and after the sun has risen if he were to offer two unit of prayer he gets the reward of a complete Hajj and a complete Umrah. [Al-Tirmidhi]
Abu Huraira said that: My friend (the Prophet) advised me to do three things and I shall not leave them till I die, these are: To fast three days every month, to offer the Duha prayer, and to offer Witr before sleeping. [Bukhari].
ENGAGE IN QIYAMUL LAYL (NIGHT PRAYERS): The fact that it says best days does not mean we should leave the nights out of it. Abu Huraira said that: Allah’s Apostle (SAW) said,: ‘Our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, comes every night down on the nearest Heaven to us when the last third of the night remains, saying: “Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?” [Bukhari].
FASTING: It is recommended to fast in the first nine days, most especially fasting on the day of Arafah (9th  day of Dhul Hijjah) if we are not performing Hajj.  (There is no day on which Allah frees people from the Fire more so than on the Day of Arafah.) ‘The Messenger of Allah was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah, and he said, ‘I hope by Allah that it will be expiation for the previous year and the coming year.’ [Muslim] How amazing is this reward that a day fast gives us the reward for two years, we have to take full advantage of this moment.
RECITE THE QURAN: Recite the Quran and ponder upon the meaning.
DUA: Supplicate to Allah on these days, make use of this opportunity to pray for yourself and your family, seek for forgiveness of sins, ask for paradise, pray for your loved ones, pray for the sick, needy, orphans and helpless people, pray for the whole Muslim Ummah.
SEND SALUTATION ON THE PROPHET: Recite blessings on the Prophet (S.A.W).
TAUBA: Sincere repentance, another moment to repent and seek for forgiveness of your Rabb.
REMEMBER DEATH: It is a good attribute to always remember death. The Prophet said: ‘Remember often the Destroyer of Pleasures’. [Al-Tirmidhi] This makes us strive to do good deeds as we are always kept in a state that we can die anytime.
SACRIFICE: Going for Hajj (pilgrim) to the holy house in Makka is a form of sacrifice. The reward for an accepted Hajj Mabrur is Jannah. Another form of Hajj sacrifice is to send a sacrificial animal to Makkah, even if you yourself are not performing Hajj i.e. to arrange for a sacrifice to be carried out in Makka on the day of Eid. Furthermore, another form of sacrifice that is strongly recommended is that every household that is financially stable should sacrifice one sacrificial animal for the sake of Allah (SWT).
 The slaughtering of Udhiyyah/Qurbaani sacrificing an animal for the sake of Allah (SWT), is a deed through which people feed the poor, the hungry, and the needy. If the head of a family sacrifices an animal that responsibility falls off anyone dependent on him. It is also permissible to give out Udhiyyah for the one who has passed away; you give out Udhiyyah for the sake of Allah on behalf of the one who has passed away.
The general performance of GOOD DEEDS and striving to do more good deeds in these 10 days than you would normally do with regard to fasting, night prayer, charity, repentance, spending quality time with your family and others.
May Almighty Allah (SWT) make it easy for us to make the most of the 10 days and accept it as an act of Ibadah.

THE ROLE MODELS: THE YOUTHS IN THE CAVE


AS SALAM ALAIKUM WARAMATULLAH WABARAKATU
Role models have a huge impact on us and how we view ourselves. They are people whose behavior and character we try to emulate, because we admire and aspire to be like them in a certain way. The Prophet (SAW) is the perfect role model for humanity, as Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an: “Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.” (Qur’an 33:21)
In Surah Khaf Allah (SWT) tells us a story about youths who sought seclusion from persecution in the cave. I find this story inspiring as it serves as a reminder and motivation for us that striving in the path of Allah could come with persecution and that we should not wait till we attain a certain age.
The reason why reference is made to the youths in the cave as role models is because it is often difficult for people to regard youths as role models. Reason being that the stage of youthfulness is when a person is still growing and learning. Allah provides us with examples of righteous youths in the Qur’an through a story in Surah Khaf verse 9-26. This story provides a positive perspective of youths which is contrary to the media portrayal and people’s expectation. It serves as a reminder and gives us hope that we can strive to be like them in the obedience of Allah. (Click to read full Tafsir.)
Narration has it that the youths were children of influential people from noble background. They went out one day to a festival in their land, where the people gather once a year to worship idols and offer sacrifice to them. These youths saw this practice and realized it is wrong as prostration and sacrifice should only be dedicated to Allah (SWT). Individually they withdrew from the festival and met under the shade of a tree, with none knowing the other. Therefore, they were brought together because of their belief in Allah. They disclosed the reason for their retreatment from the people among one another and they all realized they share the same belief. They agreed to be brothers in faith and met in a place to worship Allah (SWT) together.
Their people found out and informed their tyrannical king who commanded and encouraged people to worship idols. They were summoned and they gave Dawah to the king, calling him to believe in Allah (SWT). He refused and threatened them. He commanded them to be stripped of their clothing’s, but gave them time to think about the situation whether they would return to worship idols. It was in this period they were able to flee to the cave from persecution for the sake of their religion.
They went into seclusion and isolation from their people. Allah concealed and protected them from their people as no trace of their whereabouts was known. Allah (SWT) also protected them from the sun as He made the sun enter the cave without touching them. This was Allah(SWT) preserving them. He made them to sleep and preserved them for 300 years and 9 more. We see how Allah (SWT) protected and preserved them by making their story known in the Qur’an and they serve as signs for humanity.
Allah kept and preserve this story to remind and motivate us. This story should make us question ourselves with regard to our Iman. These youths resisted the pressure to worship idols and sought refuge in a cave, by giving up the pleasure of livings a comfortable life. They gave up the Dunya for the Aakhira. Point of reflection: what are you willing to give up for the sake of Allah?
They achieved the status of being remembered till eternity as Allah made them as signs for us. Their consciousness of Allah made them sincere, and Allah (SWT) protected them from persecution. If we are also sincere, Allah will protect and save us from persecution. There are lesson to draw from this story. Such as importance of being surrounded with good company, being sincere in our worship and doing things for the sake of Allah.

These youths took advantage of their youths before their old age. The Prophetic narration goes: ‘Take advantage of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your illness, your riches before your poverty, your free time before your work, and your life before your death.’ [Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani]

The period of youthfulness is when a person is full of energy and is able to learn so many things, able to perform various act of worship before old age. Another blessing youths can take advantage of is Health and Free time for doing good. The Prophet said: ‘there are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good’ [Sahih Bukhari]. As youths we should take advantage of our free time before we get busy. Although, everyone seems to be occupied and most youths are in education busy with studies. However, youths have more time that a person who is old, because they shoulder less responsibility. Yet, youths claim to be occupied. If we are able to schedule and utilize our time effectively we will be able to realize that we have free time. Point of Reflection: What do you do with your free time? Would you like to die doing what you are doing in your free time? Would you like people to know what you are using your free time on?
If we take advantage of our youths we will be rewarded with being under the shade on the Day of Judgement. The Prophet (SAW) said: There are seven persons whom Allah will shade on a day when there is no shade but His. They are a just ruler, a young person who grew up in the worship of Allah, a person whose heart is attached to the mosques, two persons who love each other and who meet and depart from each other for the sake of Allah, a man whom a beautiful woman of high status seduces but he rejects her by saying I fear Allah, a person who spends in charity and conceals it such that his right hand does not know what his left hand has given, and a person who remembered Allah in private and he wept.[Sahih Bukhari]
How rewarding is this! Allah has reserved a reward for a youth who grows up in His obedience. This is a very high status and we should strive to attain this. It is important to realize that for a person to deserve such high status, he/she must have avoided temptations, as the period of youthfulness is when a person is lively and faced with so many temptations. The youth will avoid transgressing against the limits of Allah, engage in seclusion like the people of the cave, be obedient to Allah and his/her parents, have  sincerity and seek knowledge.
 

How can we be productive youths:           

  • Fulfill the right of Allah by fulfilling the Fard (compulsory) act of worship.
  • Respect and be obedient to your parents and family.
  • Seek knowledge and implement it.
  • Be in a good company.                                                                                 
  • Be beneficial to others, such as helping out and speaking kind words to people.
If you are still a youth make the best of it, if you have passed the stage of youthfulness, you can bring other youths or your child up in the obedience of Allah.
I conclude with the Dua that was made by the youths in the cave (Qur’an18:10 
                                                                                                               رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً وَهَيِّىءْ لَنَا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا رَشَدًا  
Rabbana atina min ladunka rahmatan wahayyi lana min amrina rashadan
(Our Lord! Bestow on us mercy from yourself and facilitate our affairs in the right way.)
 
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PERSPECTIVE: POSITIVE MINDSET


AS SALAM ALAIKUM WARAMATULLAH WABARAKATU
The Prophet (S.A.W) said:

 “Allah the most High said: ‘I am as MY slave thinks (expects) I am. [Sahih Bukhari]. (click for commentaries). 

This Hadith illustrates that Islam promotes having positive mindset. Applying this principle to the creation of Allah (S.W.T) helps us to think positive of people and of the situation. Although, we all have different perspectives and how we react to situations, but being positive helps to cope with negativity. It requires seeing things from a different and bright perspective, such as being optimistic and being open to change. Ask yourself, do you find the possible best interpretation of a situation or do you find the worst?
Positive perspective is enjoined upon Muslims as Allah (S.W.T) says in the Quran: “O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion; indeed some suspicion is sin.” (Qur’an 49:12) This requires us to avoid doubts about the conduct of people and wanting to know what is going on in people’s lives. Therefore we should avoid suspicion without foundation. Umar bin Al-Khattab said: ‘Never think ill of the word that comes out of your believing brother’s mouth, as long as you can find a good excuse for it.’ Have a positive attitude towards people. Avoid judging and criticizing others, by preventing your eyes from falling on anything but mistakes. Having negative thoughts of people display the negativity in our minds. If we think negative of others they will think negative of us.
Being positive is a choice we constantly have to be making. It is easier to remain positive when things are going our way. The test is when things are not going our way, and we have a choice to choose between being positive or negative. Choosing the former makes positivity seem to be a natural part of our life and we can easily adapt to it in difficult circumstances. It is not to say we won’t feel sad, get disappointed or be angry in some situations, but our reaction depends on our perspectives. If we cannot change a particular situation, at least we can change our reaction and mindset towards it.
Therefore Allah (S.W.T) reminds us to be positive when things are not going our way “…and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you, Allah knows but you do not know.” (Qur’an, 2:216) Since, it is only Allah (S.W.T) that knows what is good for us, then why do we attach negativity to our situations? I gained more understanding from this phrase whilst reading Reclaim your heart by Yasmin Mogahed. She explains beautifully that anything that brings us closer to Allah (S.W.T), to achieve our purpose is ‘good’. While, anything that takes us from our purpose to worship Allah is ‘bad’. With this, getting rich, or having what you desire will be ‘bad’ if it takes you away from worshipping Allah, while losing something you want may be the greatest blessing if it brings you closer to Allah.
Always have the belief that Allah decrees the best for his servant and you will be content. As the prophetic narration goes: ‘Wondrous is the affair of the believer for there is good for him in every matter and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If he is happy, then he thanks Allah and thus there is good for him, and if he is harmed, then he shows patience and thus there is good for him.’ [Sahih Muslim]
 
Talking about perspectives and positivity, I would like to make reference to the story of Prophet Musa (AS) and Al-Khidr. The story is in Surah Khaf from verse 60- 82 (click to read full Tafsir) Prophet Musa (AS) delivered a speech to Bani Israel, and he was asked who is more knowledgeable, instead of him attributing knowledge to Allah he replied: ‘I am.’ Allah rebuked him and told him that “there is a servant of Ours who is more learned than you.” He met the servant of Allah named Al-Khidr. Upon Al-Khidr meeting Prophet Musa (AS), he said: “you will not be able to have patience with me”. Prophet Musa (AS) responded saying If Allah wills he will bear patience. Thereafter, Al-khidr gave him a condition not to ask about anything until it is mentioned to him.
On their journey, they were given a free ride on a boat and Al-Khidr damaged it. Prophet Musa exclaimed and rebuked Al-Khidr for his actions, thereafter Al-Khidr responded that Prophet Musa (AS) has broken the rule not to mention anything until he is told. Prophet Musa (AS) apologized immediately saying he forgot. Furthermore, Al-Khidr saw a boy who he killed. Prophet Musa (AS) exclaimed saying he has killed an innocent soul. Al-Khidr replied that Prophet Musa (AS) did not have patience with him. Afterward, Prophet Musa (AS) said: “If I ask you anything after this, keep me not in your company; you have received an excuse from me”. They proceeded and they came to a town where they asked for food and the people refused. To Prophet Musa (AS) surprise Al-Khidr found a wall about to collapse and he set it up straight. Prophet Musa (AS) responded to this action saying Al-Khidr could have taken money for repairing the wall, since the people were inhospitable. The impatience of Prophet Musa (AS) responding to these incidents made Al-Khidr tell him that this is the parting between them and he explained reasons for his actions. Destroying part of the boat, prevented it from being seized. Killing the boy was to prevent the parents from being kuffar, and mending the wall was to protect the hidden treasures of the Orphans left by a righteous father.
The reason why this story is mentioned is that it serves as a reminder for us to look at the bright side in unpleasant situations. Prophet Musa neither saw the full picture nor understood the situation, and by the will of Allah he complained and lost his patience. Al-Khidr whom Allah blessed with wisdom and understanding, did something that seems to be wrong, but was for the good. This is what Allah does to our lives. We need to accept and realize that we cannot always understand the decree of Allah.
Our boat may not get capsized and we may not lose a loved one, but we will have setbacks. How many people have missed a flight, and we hear that the plane crashed, or got delayed and was saved from a bigger disaster. In that situation of difficulty we complain of losses, because we are unable to understand what is happening. Be positive and condition yourself to think that everything Allah decrees into your life is for your good to achieve your purpose in life. Looking at the story of Musa and Al-Khidr Allah teaches us that we may see that Al-Khidr is doing something bad, but in reality it was for the ‘good’  This teaches us the importance of trusting the process, because, Allah has a plan for our life.
Just as Al-Khidr told Prophet Musa to not ask him any question and remain patient with him. We also have to learn to trust Allah with his decree and not question Him, but be patient with His decree. For us to see things from a positive perspective, we must remain patient, have perseverance and think positive, with the understanding that Allah is preparing something good for us.
Being positive is not only towards ourselves, we must also be positive of people and have good opinion toward others. Don’t think you are the only good person around, the flawless individual. Thinking that others are against you. We will neither be happy nor achieve contentment if we think that people are against us. We should not allow ourselves to be like the hypocrite Allah describe in the Quran “They think that every cry is against them” (Quran, 63:4)

Tips on how to have a positive perspective:

  • Try to always remember the Hadith: the Affairs of a believer is always good. This enables us to realize that Allah wants the best for us.
  • Condition yourself to think positive by avoiding negative thoughts and have Tawakkul (complete reliance and trust in Allah)
  • Change your language by using positive words and be grateful for little things.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.
  • Go easy on yourself; things happen and we will never understand why. Always try to see the good in a situation, see that it could have been worse and be content with whatever you have. Trust Allah and Make DUA
  • Avoid comparing your situation to others: everyone has a different journey

 

Hence, I conclude with a quote from “How Man Thinks” by James Allen: 

‘Man will come to know that each time he changes his opinions and thoughts concerning things and other people, those same things and people will in their part also change… Therefore, the sacred thing that shapes our goal is our own selves.’ 

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Do you have any tips on how to be positive? I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

SELF-REFLECTION


As Salam Alaikum Waramatullahi Wabarakatu

I am excited to start my first blog with this topic- self-reflection.
I really do not know how to introduce this article other than to start with the conventional saying: look at yourself in the mirror, and ask yourself is the person you see who you want to be? We all want to improve to be better, but how do we identify what we need to improve and change?

Mostly, we do things over and over again, complaining of no positive result. We keep pushing, and moving, without taking the time to reflect on what can be improved. Not asking, what is going wrong? We are clouded with ‘I have no time to waste’. Forgetting that we need to identify what needs to change and what we need to keep doing. We need to determine what we can do differently to improve ourselves and be the person we envision ourselves to be. It is when we are able to reflect and look within ourselves that we will be able to identify what is lacking within us.

Self-reflection is something we don’t tend to do, which is a process of self-discovery. Although, it seems easier said than done.

Here are some motivations to enhance self-reflection.

Self-reflection brings about self-awareness which leads to self-improvement. With this we learn to be proactive not reactive. It makes us have a positive reaction to situation because, we have taken time to understand ourselves. We learn not to respond in the heat of the moment and this helps to guard against regretting our decisions. Self-reflection enables us to cope with personal challenges and we are able to know ourselves better.


To achieve a good self-reflection in ourselves we have to be genuine. It is something personal which is a means of improvement. For us to reflect properly, we have to be truthful to ourselves. Avoid trying to compare yourself to others when you are reflecting, because this is all about you. I say this often: ‘we are different, we want different things’.

Self-reflection from an Islamic perspective can be understood in various ways.

The Prophet’s (S.A.W) lifestyle is a perfect example of this. We know that he (S.A.W) was a man of meditation and reflection prior to Prophethood, because he (S.A.W) goes to reflect in cave Hira before he received revelation. The Prophet (S.A.W) was a man of thought who regularly visit Cave Hira. He goes there in seclusion. This was a means for him to escape from the corruption in the society. He was unhappy but, could do nothing to change the situation. This was a process of detachment. He needed to detach from the world by staying in seclusion to think, and reflect on the signs, greatness and wonder of Allah. This shows us the importance of seclusion when reflecting.


Furthermore, in the Quran Allah says: ‘Those who remember Allah standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): “Our Lord! You have not created this without purpose, glory to You! Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire’. (Quran 3:191) In this way, we are advised to remember Allah and contemplate upon His signs. Looking at the creation of Allah does amazing wonders in our lives. Just contemplating and looking at our surroundings makes us realize how magnificent Allah is: His ability to create so many things at the same time. The verse continues with Allah acknowledging that those who reflect and remember Allah know and say: ’Our Lord you have not created this without a purpose’. These people are able to reflect by looking at the creations of Allah, and they understand that every creation serves a purpose. This reminds us that we are created with a purpose, as we have something to fulfill on earth. It is up to us to engage in self-reflection to search our minds and discover the purpose of our creation. This brings the question, what is our purpose? Allah says: I created not the Jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me. (Quran 51:56) This implies that all we do should be an act of Ibadah. Little acts such as smiling, being kind, and so many more, are examples of how we can worship Allah.


Allah commands us to reflect and look at what deed we have prepared ahead of us. He says: ‘O you who believe! Have Taqwa of Allah and let every person look to what he has sent forth for tomorrow, and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what you do.’ (Quran 59:18) Ahead of us is the day we will be alone in our graves, the Day of Judgment, where only our previous deeds will be of benefit to us. “And on the earth are signs for those who have faith with certainty. 21 And also in yourselves. Will you not then see?” (Quran 51:20-21).

Self-reflection brings about change. How can we change what is within ourselves? Through reflecting. We need to reflect and ponder in our hearts and identify what we need to change within ourselves as Allah says: “…Verily, Allah will not change the (good) condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of (goodness) themselves”. (Quran 13:11) This means that we have to put in an effort to change by reflecting and identifying the issues within ourselves. Thereafter we make Dua with sincerity for change and we take decisive steps to implement the changes.

Umar Ibn Khattab (RA) speaks about self-reflection. He said:

 “Take stock [account] of yourselves before you are brought to account; weigh yourselves before you are weighted, for that will make the reckoning easier for you tomorrow, if you take stock [account] of yourselves today and prepare yourselves for the great presentation on the Day when you will be brought to Judgment, and not a secret of yours will be hidden”. Narrated by Ibn Abi’d-Dunya in Muhaasabat an-Nafs (p.22).


How to self-reflect: 

Choose a time that is suitable for you, and try to be in seclusion.
Ensure to engage in self-reflection at the end of the day or at least once in a week. I advice you write down your thoughts instead of thinking about it. Have a personal journal. There are so many free Apps which can be downloaded on the App store, or preferably get a diary) where you document your day and take account of yourself.

Get questions to reflect on. Here are some questions that can be pondered over:

What are my strength and weakness? are my passion? What do I enjoy doing? What makes me happy?


How sincere are my actions? Why do I do them?

What sin am I committing that I need to change? What sin am I struggling to change? What am I willing to give up for the sake of Allah: knowing that He will replace it with something better. Make Dua to Allah to help you

I hope the above article was beneficial, which will help to engage in self-reflection.

Do you have any other tips on how to maximize self-reflection?

I’d like to hear your thoughts.