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Alhamdulillah

O Allah,
I ask You to strengthen my iman and those around me.
I ask You to soften my heart
And to soften the hearts of the believers.
O Allah,
Forgive me for my shortcomings, for only You are perfect.
O Allah,
Please forgive me if I ever got too wrapped in a matter
That I didn’t have time to utter Your name.
O Allah,
Please forgive me for all the salat I missed
Because of ignorance or laziness,
Please forgive me for all the fasts I didn’t make up,
Thinking it was alright, since I fasted most of the days anyway.
O Allah,
Please forgive me for the sins I committed in the past
And those I will commit in the future.
O Allah,
Have mercy on all the Muslimeen,
And guide them.
Guide me O Allah,

Ya Allah,

I am thankful for giving me another day!

Ameen

A Word: Multiple Meanings

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What is the meaning of Alhamdulillah? 

It is usually translated as, “All praise is due to Allah.”  In the reality of our lives, what does it truly mean? Depends from an individual perspective I think. However, it is not just a word on our lips. I believe that it is a genuine feeling in our hearts.  Once, I read that “Alhamdulillah” means when you don’t have something you need or want, you are content with your fate; when you have a limited quantity of that thing, you are content with it, and you try to share it when you have a lot, or when you are content that youa re searching for ways to share it more. Therefore, no matter what your condition, you are grateful to Allah for that condition. In another words, I believe it is a recognition that all that Allah has given us or taken from us id the best for us.

For Allah mentions, “This is of the grace of my Lord that He try me whether I am grateful or ungrateful; and whoever is grateful, he is grateful only for his own soul, and whoever, is ungrateful, then surely my Lord is Self-sufficient, Honored. (27:40)

A Hadith that was found by Ibin Qayim Al Jawziyyah, p.70

Allah had given us so much, and our duty as Muslims is to be grateful for those many blessings. Ibin Abid-Dunya mentioned that Dawud asked Allah, “What is the least of your blessings?” Allah revealed to him to take a breath. Dawud did so, and Allah told him, This is the least of my blessings on you.” 

 When I read this I was like “WOW” to just take an involuntary action such as a simple breath that basically sustains us is quite a blessing from Allah.

The blessings of ALahmudlillah are many in itself.

Narrated Samurah ibn Jundab: The dearest words to Allah are four: SubhanAllah (Hallowed be Allah), Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah), La ilaha illallah (There is no god but Allah), and AllahuAkbar (God is the Greatest)… Sahih Muslim: Book 24, Number 5329.

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: Allah’s Apostle (peace_be_upon_him) said: Allah is pleased with His servant who says: Alhamdulillah while taking a morsel of food and while drinking. Sahih Muslim: Book 34, Number 6592.

I pray that ALlah gives me and everyone the faith, patience and gratitude to implement “Alhamdulilah” into our lives as true and pious slaves of Allah. May He forgive me, us, we as He guides us and provides the best in this life and the next.

Ameen

Personal change

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A couple of days ago, I found an article that suggested or encouraged people reading the Quran to write down what was read in order to have a stronger connection to what we live and better persepective to why we are reading the Quran. What I have been writing are basically verses that I have found to be helpful and as instructional tools for guidance in my everyday life. What I have found by  just writing some verses in just a few days is that it has helped me improve my character as a person and knowledge of what can allow me to share with my husband, child or friend(s). However, one thing I have found in just this week that it needs to be constant in order for learning to take place. For example, some verses in Surah Nisa after reading them helped me write down and connect them to personal experiences of being a mother and a wife. Difficult moments that I have gone through that I have found answers to now vs. then when I most needed it when I had no answers or understanding. My goal is to keep up with reading through reflective writing in this journal I have started to actually see it as a motivator for personal change in my role as a mother. The best time for me to get this done has been in the morning when it is quiet, no distractions or other commitments to think about.

Just on the side: Studies have shown that the more children read the better readers and writers they become. Well, I am sure the more we can crunch time to spend for ourselves in trying to read the Quran we can not only gain more knowledge but set examples for our children to pick up a book and read for meaning and personal connections.