Benefits: Reading Quran


Salaam Walaikum

Reading Quran has many benefits. Here are some surahs that the prophet Mohammed (pbuh) recommended for us to recite…

Surah al Fatiha (1)Once the Prophet was traveling when he disembarked and began walking alongside a companion. He asked him, ‘Shouldn’t I tell you the best part of the Qur’an?’ then he recited ‘Alhamdu lillahi rabil alameen’ (Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds). (First verse in Surrah Al Fatiha (1:1)Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:”Whoever mastered the first seven (chapters or verses) from the Qur’an is a pontiff.”Also Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:”In the Fatiha of the Qur’an, there is a cure for all maladies (illnesses)”Surah al Baqara (2) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:”The Qur’an and those who committed themselves to it will be presented on the Day of judgment, preceded by Surrah Al Baqara and Surrah Al Imran.”Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) also said:”Learn how to recite Surah Al Baqara for there is a blessing in it, and there is sorrow for abandoning it, and it is unbearable for the idle’ and that Al Baqara and Al Imran are like two flowers which will shade their learner on the day of Judgment, as if there were two large clouds or two flocks of birds.”Also Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:”Recite Surrah Al Baqara in your dwellings and do not keep them as tombs. He also said that whoever recited Surrah Al Baqara at night would be crowned with a crown of paradise.”Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:”Do not make your house as tombs, for Satan averts a dwelling wherein Surrah Al Baqara is recited”Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was asked, ‘Which part of the Qur’an is the best?’. He replied, ‘The Surrah in which the cow is mentioned’. He was then asked ‘Which part of that Surrah?’. He replied, ‘The verse of the Throne and the last part of Surrah Al Baqara came down from under the Throne’Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Whoever recites 4 verses from the first part of Surrah Al Baqara, the verse of the Throne, two verses after the verse of the Throne and three verses from the last part of Surrah Al Baqara, Satan would never come near him or the members of his family on that day, and nothing he despises would come near him or the members of his family, and never are these verses recited over a madman without him regaining his consciousness’Abdullah ibn Masud (may Allah be please with him) said, ‘Whoever recited ten verses from Al-Baqara in the night, Satan shall not have access to that house, during the night till he wakes in the morning. These are: Four from the first part of the Surrah, followed by the verse of the Throne, two verses after the verse of the Throne and three from the last part of the Surrah’.

Surah al Imran (3)

Abdullah ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him) said, ‘What an excellent treasure Surrah Al Imran is to the pauper when he recites it in prayer during the last part of the night’Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Allah’s most magnificent name, which when used to implore Him, He responds, is found in three Surrahs. Al Baqara, Al Imran and Taha’

Surah al An’am (6)

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’This Surah was seen off by as many angels as could block the horizon’Surah Yusuf (12) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Teach your relative the recitation of Surrah Yusuf, for, any Muslim who recites it or teaches it to his family, Allah shall ease for him the agony of death, and give him the strength that will prevent him from envying a fellow Muslim’

Surah al Kahf (18)

The Prophet (PBUH) said:’Whoever recited Surrah Al Kahf on a Friday, Allah will kindle for him abundant light to illuminate the period between the two Fridays (the Friday on which he recited the Surrah and the next Friday)’

Surah al Mu’minun (23)

Ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him recited (Surrah Al Mu’minun from verse 115 to 118) in the ear of an afflicted person and the man was cured.Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’What did you recite in his ear?’ Ibn Masud told him, and the Prophet (PBUH) said, ‘By He in Whose hand lies my soul, Were a believing man to recite it over a mountain, it would have melted’.

Surah as Sajda (32)

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) would not sleep until he recited Surrah Al Sajda.Khalid ibn Ma’dan (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “Recite the Deliverer, which is Alif Laam Tanzeel, for I have heard that a man who had committed many sins used to recite it and nothing else. It spread its wing over him and said, ‘O’ My Lord, forgive him, for he often used to recite me.’ So the Lord Most High made it an intercessor for him and said, ‘Record for him a good deed and raise him a degree in place of every sin.”

Surah Yassin (36)

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Whoever recited Surrah Yassin at night seeking Allah’s pleasure, Allah would forgive him’Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:”Whoever recited Surrah Yassin would seem (in terms of reward) as if he had recited the Qur’an ten times.”

Surah ad Dukhan (44)

Ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him) said, ‘The ‘ha-meems’ are the embellishment of the Qur’anThe ‘ha-meems’ refer to the seven Surrahs which have ha-meem at the start.

Surah al Fath (48)

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’A Surrah of the Qur’an was revealed to me tonight, indeed it is the dearest Surrah to my heart, than anything under the sun’. Then the Prophet recited Surrah al Fath verses 1-5

Surah Al Rahman (55)

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Everything has a bride, and the bride of the Qur’an is Surrah Al Rahman’

Surah al Waqiah (56)

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Whoever recites Surrah al Waqiah at night would never encounter poverty’ Also Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:’Surah al Waqiah is the Surrah of Wealth, so recite it and teach it to your children’

Embracing Ramadan

Take a moment to think about something that you love a lot. What
would happen if you lost it? Now thank Allah you have it and be happy.
This amazing exercise can be applied to everything from your phone, to
your family, to your faith! Now that you are happy you have these things
spend a moment thanking Allah and savoring what you have.
Research shows that savoring has very powerful affects on well-being
and this Ramadan why not take some extra time to be grateful
for the gifts that Allah has given you.

Other quick things you can do to improve well-being are:

1. Take a nap. If you are exhausted your brain won’t process
happy thoughts as effectively.

2. Smile. Not only is it a sunnah, but it can also improve
your well-being as your brain thinks you are feeling good.

3. Give someone a hug. A halal one of course! Research
shows that hugs are powerful for improving well-being and
building connectedness.

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Ramadan Kareem brothers and sisters!!!

Supporting our Single Muslim Mothers

The holy month of Ramadan is  a time in which we try and increase our ibaadah, constantly remembering Allah as well as  to attain better levels of taqwa. This is our opportunity to repent for sins committed. Others embrace Ramadan as a chance to reflect on how they feel stronger and at peace. However, for others this month brings hardships as a real test of faith.

During this holy month no one would ever overlook the poor and struggles of those that are ill. However, has anyone considered that some single mothers struggle as well. Physically tired and taking care of their children alone during the long summer heat while fasting can present challenges.

On July 20th as I welcomed the  first morning of Ramadan and prepared for the day ahead, there was a feeling of nostalgia that overtook me as I sat alone at a table. The sense of being alone where  there was no husband or family by my side waking up for suhoor together. There was no one to talk to about how great this month would be and no one to motivate me. Especially no one to make a lovely breakfast for and no one to pray my salah with. This was the first time during Ramadan that  I had been alone at suhoor, and I wasn’t ready for the pain I felt acknowledging that this would be the moments I was faced in living.

Subhanallah, the positive side is that my son and I started praying together as a family and after explaining to my son with tears in my eyes that we had no man present to lead the Salah, I have tried to teach him how to lead it and from then on he has led us as best as he can. I have had so far bonded with my son a lot during these days. Subhanallah it brought us closer together due to the mercy of Allah swt.

In saying this, I felt a need to seek other single Muslim mothers during this time to open iftar and to share the happiness and spiritual meaning of the day. I found that supporting one another as single mothers of children from ages 2-13 was really an important step to take as we felt the pressures in a way many others may not. For example, there is no one there to alleviate the stress of doing a 2 man job alone, no one to come home from work and take over and play with the children for a while as a father used to do. This was a relief as  I would escape to grab a power nap. Eventually as the day disappears into the night so do our children find their places in  bed.It is then that we can manage sometime to think or enjoy a cup of tea. However, feeling the pangs of loneliness would creep up again. I try to overcome negativity by reading Islamic books, listening to recitations or lectures and my all time favorite is just to simply let my thoughts flow into writing.

I have come to the conclusion that I do not want to allow this entire month to go in this direction of feeling isolated or lonely. As women we have pride too and will not broadcast to the world what we are suffering.  From experience I have known people to say they need help and are brushed off by people telling them to have more sabr and to think of those less fortunate. However,  this same group of people who brush us off  have forgotten that it is their duty too to help the weak and needy. It’s called humanity and you cannot be a good Muslim without it. How well do we really know our neighbor and not just the people living next door to us, but the ones down the road as well?  Maybe one of them is a single Muslim mother, barely coping, on the edge, struggling and alone in need of help and love and support.

There are many ways we can help our fellow sisters. For example, we can offer to baby sit their children for even an hour a day. Sisters within a local community can team up and form a babysitting routine where they take it in turns to help struggling sisters. They can also make food where they take it in turn to deliver food to people for iftar, or they can offer to host iftar at their homes or bring round food to the sister’s home. This will give the sister a sense of both purpose as she is hosting the iftar, and will give her some much needed companionship. Sisters can do their bit to promote awareness too by talking to family and friends and the masjid about this issue.  Organizing regular talks within a sister’s circle with a a sister Muslimah leader (Aalima) can help  boost our eeman (faith).  This is important because our eeman(faith) is the first thing that drops when we are stressed or facing hardship and it’s crucial that we bring our eeman (faith) levels back up so Shaiytaan is not able to influence us. This all counts as a form of sadqa which helps to strengthen our Ummah and the mothers of our future generation and gives them the hope and support that they desperately need.

Ramadan is a busy time for everyone and Insha’Allah I pray that our single Muslim mothers gather around a  social network by meeting sisters from their local masjid.  Take friends up on their offer to babysit even you use this time to relax and read or take a power nap. I know from personal experience that I am so used to doing it alone that I literally feel bad if I  accept help as they may think or say I  can’t manage my child. I learned later that this is not true. As I have known sisters who would like the chance to help others especially in Ramadan and there is no shame in admitting if you are struggling.

Think about it next time you open your fast and ask yourself have you done all you can to help those around you?

Narrated Abu Sa’id (al-Khudri):

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “If any Muslim clothes a Muslim when he is naked, Allah will clothe him with some green garments of Paradise; if any Muslim feeds a Muslim when he is hungry, Allah will feed him with some of the fruits of Paradise; and if any Muslim gives a Muslim drink when he is thirsty, Allah will give him some of the pure wine which is sealed to drink.”

Afterall, we are an Ummah, to protect the people and unify them.

On Choosing

Faith is a complicated and personal matter for most people. Religion is something that is passed down from families. If your family is Catholic, Jewish or Baptist then it is expected for one to follow in those footsteps. Deciding to leave that religious heritage can be very difficult and can often conflict with family ties.

While deciding to convert to Islam I took my time and read about it, asked about it and pondered about it for sometime. Months later, I knew in my heart that Islam held a special spiritual meaning to me. I was drawn to its peacefulness as well as the personal nature of Muslim religious practice. The more I began to learn about the religion of Islam I saw it even more as a community. A religion that focused on the individual with God. Making my prayers everyday, and my intent being right every day made me feel like only Allah knows what I have done.  Part of Islams’ beauty lies in its structure, in its repetition, in the order it can bring to a believers’ life.

Converting to a new religion is never an easy thing. There’s a lot to learn, and so is the issue of how to break the news to family and loved ones.  Most of the time things can be even more complicated for non-Muslim women who convert to Islam. Being from a Catholic background it was difficult to break the news to my family members. They thought that I had lost my mind and that I had lost my Hispanic heritage. Separating culture and religion is very important as one has no direct influence over the other.

In the beginning of my conversion not everyone in my family was amazing. Some of my family members had a difficult time understanding my decision.

Today, some of those same family members have realized just how real my conversion has been to me. I feel really blessed because some of these family members have matured and have begun to react much better.

It’s inevitable when you choose something, you make a decision to reject something else instead. The hardest aspect of choosing a new way of life and rejecting the old is in explaining your reasoning to others without being critical of the path they’re staying on.

One of the tenants of my faith is submission to Allah swt. This sounds fairly simple, if you think of it in context of our pillars of faith – follow the “rules” and you’re on the right path. However, it actually means more than this: Submission to Allah swt means putting your life in His hands, trusting in Him to shape the world you walk within, trusting that the trials you face have a meaning to them, trusting in Him to provide.

Ameen

The five pillars of Islam are:

Shahadah : testimony of faith
Salat : five daily prayers
Zakat : giving of charity
Sawm: fasting during Ramadan
Hajj : pilgrimage to Mecca

Patience

O you who believe, be steadfast; be supreme in steadfastness…

(The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 3, Verse 200)

Patience is truly a virtue that is seldom found in people these days.  I myself, have been in situations where I lost my patience or my temper.  Through a learning process of reading and understanding did I realize that true patience is a characteristic displayed in the face of difficulty and in every moment of life. This would  require a great deal of  determination and consistency during the times of ease and hardship I was living.

  Today, I have accepted that patience is a lifelong endeavour. Probably one that will never go away for any moment that we face in our daily lives.

The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 14, Verse 1, thus drawing attention to the Quran’s attribute of bringing people from darkness to light. The Qur’an defines patience as one of the paths that lead people from darkness to light and as an attribute of morality that is superior to, wide-ranging, and very different from the daily behaviour of many people.

In the Stories of the Prophets, a book that I am currently reading, I ponder on the many moments of patience in the lives of the Prophets. Alhamdulillah, the showed patience while teaching the  religion. Their lives were examples of leading a moral life. They never deviated from their devotion to Allah, and were patient people who sought only His approval.

Reading these stories and seeing how I was able to make reference to their lives to the life we live today is an amazing connection to trying to focus on gaining patience.

May Allah  guide us all to the right path… and may HE give us patience.

Wealth of Blessings

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“……Take what comes to you and give thanks.”(Quran 7:144)

How many things do we own, how much wealth do we possess, how many blessings do we enjoy, how many things do we have that bring us fullfillment?  Is it the beauty that surrounds us, is it the wealth that we have,  maybe our children, the shade that a tree provides us, possibly our home, the light we see, or the air we breathe, or  the water we drink?  Whatever we delight in, we should rejoice and give thanks as things could always be worse in our lives.

When morning comes, you are blessed as the sun is shining upon you.  It is shining on hundreds of hungry people, but you have plenty to eat; it shines on thousands of people who are imprisoned, but you are free. It shines on thousands of poeple who have been stricken with calamity and lost their children, but you are happy and healthy. How many tears flow down a woman’s face, how many mother’s hearts are filled with pain, but you are smiling and happy. So praise Allah,  for His kindness, protection and generosity.

Sit back and think, be honest and ask yourself,  Do I count the blessings that Allah has bestowed on me?

This was a question I once asked myself; however,  I came to the conclusion that even though  our lives are a continuous succession of Allah’s gifts there is wisdom behind our circumstances that we face each day. Allah has made it clear that we will never
be able to count all of His blessings upon us, since they are
innumerable.

The evidence is clear as follows.. “If you were to count Allah’s favors, you would not be able to number
them; most surely humanity is very unjust, very ungrateful.” [Sūrah Ibrāhīm: 34]

In this vast world of competitivenes and high tech, mass media and monotonous routines, I have fallen into a box where I felt trapped and insecure. I turned to feel bitter and ungrateful as I experienced health problems and really could not see this as a moment to reflect on that things could always be worse. I failed to praise Allah for empowering me to do that which others are
incapable of doing. Part of the thanks I owed Allah is to give something of whatever I  was blessed with to those who cannot do for themselves. I learned from that day on that I should remember that every blessing I  enjoy will inevitably come to an end.

Think about how many blessings surround you, whether it be around your family, friends, work,  the connections you have , even your hope and dreams.

Praise be to Allah, who possesses all things and who gives without measure.

Personal Faith

 

Autumn On The Water

‘A good word is like a good tree whose root is firmly fixed, and whose branches reach to heaven; bearing fruit in all seasons by the permission of its Lord’ (Qur’an 14:24-5).

Putting my faith into everyday practice has been difficult. How can I strengthen my faith if I have been lacking it? How did I achieve this once newly founded faith that was encouraging and positive? Was it a process I wnet through? I have reached a very low point in my faith. Yes, there are tests in life and greater than others but what I have yet to figure out is why are these tests an interruption of a person’s personal faith. It is like adding more weight to a scale until it reaches its capacity or like pouring a glass of water and it overflows without any direction.

Has there ever been a time when you have doubted your faith?