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I was reading the chapter of good manners in the sahih bukhari collection when i came across these sayings of the Prophet.

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 38 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira
Allah’s Apostle said, “While a man was walking on a road. he became very thirsty. Then he came across a well, got down into it, drank (of its water) and then came out. Meanwhile he saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. The man said to himself “This dog is suffering from the same state of thirst as I did.” So he went down the well (again) and filled his shoe (with water) and held it in his mouth and watered the dog. Allah thanked him for that deed and forgave him.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals?” He said, “(Yes) There is a reward for serving any animate (living being).”

 

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 41 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik
The Prophet said, “If any Muslim plants any plant and a human being or an animal eats of it, he will be rewarded as if he had given that much in charity.”

 

This person, his vision, mentality, hard work and contribution to humanity is very inspiring and heart touching. This video about him bought tears in my eyes. I wish to meet this person and to volunteer with him someday.

 

Check it out – A Five Year Old Gets It, We Don’t

 

I accepted a challenge at a blog that i visit sometimes – http://hanamkhan.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/99-names-challenge/. The challenge was to memorize 99 names of God in Ramadan. Though Ramadan got over and i am running a little late, i am very close to finishing them all.

For those who want to do this, this site  is what i used to learn. It also has the corresponding verse(s) from the Quran for each name. Good Luck!

 

http://hanamkhan.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/99-names-challenge/

I was reading the books of hadith, when i came across the fact that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to drink a drink made by steeping dates or raisins. Being a student of culinary arts, it interested me, and inshallah, i am planning to give it a shot soon.


Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:

Safiyyah, daughter of Atiyyah, said: I entered upon Aisha with some women of AbdulQays, and asked her about mixing dried dates and raisins (for drink). She replied: I used to take a handful of dried dates and a handful or raisins and put them in a vessel, and then crush them (and soak in water). Then I would give it to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) to drink.
(Abu Dawood, Book 26 (Book of Drinks), Number 3699)

 

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:

Amrah said on the authority of Aisha that she would steep dates for the Apostle of God (peace be upon him) in the morning. When the evening came, he took his dinner and drank it after his dinner. If anything remained, she poured it out. She then would steep for him at night. When the morning came, he took his morning meal and drank it after his morning meal. She said: The skin vessel was washed in the morning and in the evening. My father (Hayyan) said to her: Twice a day? She said: Yes.
(Abu Dawood, Book 26 (Book of Drinks), Number 3703)


Ibn Abbas reported that raisins were steeped in water for the Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) and he would drink it on that day and on the next day and on the following day until the evening of the third day. He would then order it to be drunk by (other people) or to be thrown away.
(Sahih Muslim,Book 023 (Book of Drinks), Number 4973)

 

Note: It should not be steeped for so less time that there is no taste. It should not be steeped for too long that fermentation takes place and makes it an intoxicant :). I think few hours to  2-3 days should be good as we learn from the hadith.

Last week, i went to montreal for a few days to explore the city. The main difference that i saw apart from the primary language which is french there, was lots of old historic buildings (montreal is relatively old city with lots of history). Going from Toronto, another major change i felt was very less number of asians there. The only minorty was french speaking arabs, haitians, latinos.

The place where i lived was quite busy area sort of like downtown. There was a mosque at about 10mins walking distance which used to close after isha. I used to go there often. One night, I thought of going there for isha prayer and for some reason I thought I was late and the mosque would have been closed. So I went out but started walking in another direction because I thought the mosque would be closed. After sometime, I felt regretful for missing the prayer so I just thought of going to the masjid and I thought what If they didn’t close it? I will atleast pray myself. The whole area where I lived and the area around the mosque had a lot of bars. Since it was a weekend, that streets were very busy, with noise, drunk and weird people. Walking through all that crap to get to masjid was like walking through hell to reach paradise. As I reached the masjid, to my surprise, I found the people bowing in prayer. The prayer was still going on and I was not late! The happiness and peace of mind I felt there, I can’t describe in words. I was thinking about contrast between what was outside the mosque and what was inside, and how I had given up hope of catching the prayer but God made it happen. I rushed to make ablution and joined the prayer. After the prayer, I left the masjid again going through all the mess but with a smile on my face realizing how lucky I was to be among a few handful people who prayed.

I learnt that if your intentions are right, God, by his mercy can guide you make you do good even in the most contrary situations. And if your intentions are bad, then you could be in the holiest place and still be misguided.

Volunteering at Sandwich Run & Socks for the Homeless

I recently volunteered with a group (Project 417) i found at meetup.com which distributes lunch bags and socks to the homeless. It was an amaazing experience! I have volunteered before in a similar event of distributing stuff to homeless people hosted by muslim welfare center which was great, but i wanted to get involved with non muslims too so i can show them that muslims care for everyone, and are open minded, not confined to our own community, portray a better image of islam and clear misconceptions (if any). Giving charities & Social work is not just a religious duty, but i feel a moral and social obligation as well, and a way to thank God for all the blessings we have that are taken for granted.

We walked in the streets of downtown toronto passing by homeless shelters and places where street people are seen. We handed sanwhiches and socks which we brought. The smile on peoples faces left our hearts with a feeling of happiness and satisfaction. I have spent alot of time shopping, buying and consuming but never did i find that satisfaction that i do in giving. It was strange to see 5 star hotels, high end restaurants, limousines, brand name clothing stores and homeless people on the same streets. I found this experience spiritually uplifting. At the end, we went to a tim hortons(for those not familiar, tim hortons is a coffee shop franchise in canada), had discussions on various topics & got to know everyone better. It was an amazing experience and i would recommend it to any one living in toronto. At the end of the day, i had made a difference in peoples lives as well as my own life!

Recently while praying, I realized that I forgot the meanings of many things we say in prayer. And I am sure many of us have the same problem, specially whose mother tongue is not Arabic. Prayer is basically a communication between us and God and how can we talk to God, the Most High, without even knowing what we say. How can we mean something without knowing the meaning of it?  Would you ever say something to your loved ones words whose meaning you yourself don’t know?

Moreover, I thought what if a non-muslim person approached me and asked what we recite in prayer. I would be able to tell him what we recite in Arabic but I might not be able to explain the meaning of everything. How stupid will such a person consider me then? I realized how we are always busy in rituals, actions, rules of how to worship while the original spirit of worship is lost.

Therefore, I found the meanings of the duas we recite to teach and remind myself. Try to learn these meanings and recall them in prayer and If God wills, not only will the quality of your prayer improve, but you will experience a growth in your faith everytime you pray.

Starting the Prayer by saying Takbir Tahrimah

Transliteration: Alla-hu Akbar

Translation: God is the greatest

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Dua Al-Istiftah (Supplication of Starting) Recited only in the first Rakath

Transliteration: Subhana Kal-lah hum-ma wabi hamdika wata-bara kasmuka wata’ala jad-duka wala ilaha ghyruka.

Translation: Glory be to you, O God, and all praises are due unto you, and blessed is your name and high is your majesty and none is worthy of worship but you.

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Next recitation is called Ta’awwuz (Also recited only in the first Rakath)

Transliteration: A’uzu bil-lahi minash Shayta-nir-rajeem

Translation: I seek God’s protection from Satan who is accursed.

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After this, recite the Tasmiah (Should be recited in every Rakath before starting a Surah)

Transliteration: Bismillah hir-Rahma nir-Raheem

Translation: In the name of God, the most Kind and the most Merciful.

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Surah Fatiha (Recited in every Rakath, very important to memorize)

Transliteration:

Alhamdul lil-lahi rab-bil ‘alameen
Ar rahma nir-raheem
Maliki yawmid-deen
Iyyaka na’budu wa iyyaka nasta’een
Ihdinas siratal mustaqeem
Siratal Lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim
Ghai-ril maghdubi ‘alayhim
Walad dal-leen. Ameen

Translation:

Praise is only for God, Lord of the Universe.
The most Kind, the most Merciful.
The master of the Day of Judgement.
You alone we worship and to you alone we pray for help.
Show us the straight way,
The way of those whom you have blessed.
Who have not deserved your anger,
Nor gone astray.

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Supplication in Ruku (Bowing)

Recite Alla-hu Akbar before going to Ruku. While in Ruku, recite the following supplication 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 or more times. Make it an odd number.

Transliteration: Sub-hana Rabbi-al ‘ajeem.

Translation: Glory to my Lord the Exalted.

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Qawmah (Standing After Ruku)

Transliteration: Sami ‘allah hu liman hamida. Rab-bana lakal hamd.

Translation: Verily God listens to one who praises Him. Oh our Lord, all praises be to you.

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First Sajdah (Prostration)

Before going to the Sajdah, recite Alla-hu Akbar. While in Sajdah, recite the following supplication 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 or more times. Make it an odd number.

Transliteration: Sub-hana Rabbi yal a’la

Translation: Oh God, glory be to you, the most High.

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Jalsah (Sitting between two Sajdah)

To rise and sit from the first Sajdah, recite Alla-hu Akbar. Sit for a short while and recite the following:

Transliteration: Allah hum maghfirlee war-ham nee

Translation: Oh God, forgive me, and have mercy on me

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Tashahud (When you sit in 2nd & 4th Rakah)

Transliteration:

At-tahiy-yatu lil-lahi was sala-watu wat-tay yibatu
As-salamu ‘alayka ay-yuhan-nabiy-yu
wa rahma tullahi wa bara-katuhu
As-salamu ‘alayna wa’ala ‘ibadil-la his-sali-heen
Ash hadu al-la ilaha il-lal lahu
wa ash hadu an-na Muhammadan
‘ab-duhu wa rasuluh.

Translation:

All compliments, all physical prayer,
and all good deeds are for God.
Peace be upon you, Oh Prophet,
and God’s mercy and blessings.
Peace be on us and on all righteous slaves of  God.
I bear witness that no one is worthy of worship except God
And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

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Salat Alan-Nabi (Darud) – Salutation to the Prophet

Transliteration:

Allah humma sal-li ‘ala Muhammadin
wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin,
Kama sal-layta ‘ala Ibraheema
Wa’ala ali Ibraheema
innaka Hameedum Majeed

Allah humma barik ‘ala Muhammadin
wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin,
Kama barakta ‘ala Ibraheema
Wa ‘ala ali Ibraheema
innaka Hameedum Majeed.

Translation:

Oh God, send grace and honour on Muhammad and
On the family and true followers of Muhammad
just as you sent Grace and Honour on Ibrahim
and on the family and true followers of Ibrahim
Surely, you are praiseworthy, the Great.

Oh God, send your blessing on Muhammad and
the true followers of Muhammad, just
as you sent blessings on Ibrahim
and his true followers
Surely, you are praiseworthy, the Great.

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After Salat Alan-Nabi, recite the following:

Transliteration:

Rab bij’alnee muqeemas salati wa min
zur-riy yatee rab-bana wata qab-bal du’a,
rab-ba nagh-firlee wali waliday-ya
wa lil mu-mineena yawma yaqumul hisab.

Translation:

Oh Lord, make me and my children keep up prayers,
Our Lord, accept our prayer,
Our Lord, forgive me and my parents
and all the Believers on the Day of Judgement.

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Finishing the prayer by saying Salam.

Transliteration:

As-salamu ‘alaykum wa rah-matul lah

Translation:

Peace be on you and the mercy of God.

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Dua Qunut (to be recited in Witr Prayer)

Transliteration:

Allah hum mahdinee feeman hadayta,
Wa ‘afinee feeman ‘afayta,
wata wal-lane feeman twal-layta
wa barik lee feema a’taita,
waqinee shar-ra ma qadayta,
fa-innaka taqdee wala yuqda ‘alayk,
innahu laa Yazil-lu man walayt,
wala ya’iz-zu man ‘adaita,
tabarakta rabbana wata ‘alaita,
nastaghfiruka wanatubu ilayka,
Wa sal-lal lahu alan-nabee.

Translation:

Oh God, make me among those whom You have guided,
and make me among those whom You have saved, and make
me among those whom You have chosen, and bless whatever
you have given me, and protect me from the evil which you have decreed; verily, You decide the things and nobody can decide against You; and none whom You have committed to Your care shall be humiliated and none whom You have taken as an enemy shall taste glory. You are blessed, our Lord, and Exalted, we ask for Your forgiveness and turn to You. Peace and mercy of God be upon the Prophet.

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Source: http://islam-voice.net/how-to-pray-in-islam.html

God bless everyone. Keep sharing your comments 🙂

havis-e-duniya main giraftar
aur waqt ki ye tez raftar..
duniya to shayad mil gayee,
magar najanay kahan guzaar di zindagi

bechain mareez, marz say bekhabar,
najaanay kis marham ki talash main hai zindagi..

waqt ki keemat tunay na pehchani
khwaishon ke peechay neelam howee zindagi

khuda say bekhabar, ilm say wa bastaah
is gumraahi ko na pukar zindagi

duniya k shor say nikalkar,
badalon mai chupay chehron mai dhond zindagi

suraj ko dhaltay dekh kabhi..
pholun ki khoshboo mai suong zindagi

duniya ki esharon par to naachtay hain sab,
apni marzi say bhi kabhi guzaar zindagi.

tijarat siasat ki baton say nikal,
masoomon ki ankhon mai dekh zindagi

paison gi gintee main ghumshuda,
asmaan par taaron ko gin kar dekh zindagi

muththi may na sama sakay
samandar kinaray hai jaisay raith zindagi
maut ki leher anay se pehlay mitti kay ghar bana lay
itna mukhtasir sa hai khel zindagi


– Aamer Saadi

I have been a  fan of zenhabits – a blog about making life simple and focusing on what’s important. While there are many people working on simplifying their life who write articles and have blogs, this guy (Leo Babauta) writes the best stuff. Its easy to read, effective and his blog is one of the Top 25 blogs of the world!

I myself have been inspired by many of his articles and another book of his called “the power of less”.  I actually started making changes in my life basically reducing distractions and focusing on things I want to do in my life, and it’s going goooood so far (btw, quitting facebook was one of them :D..I will post about my personal story later in details)

Anyhow….I would recommend everyone to read these tips and try atleast a few of them: http://zenhabits.net/simple-living-manifesto-72-ideas-to-simplify-your-life/

Since, this blog is about spiritual improvement, simplifying life is one of theeee most important things in attaining a better spiritual level. Honestly, I wanted to write about all these things myself, but since such an article is already available, I thought I’d just direct you guyz to it. Enjoy 🙂


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