Posts Tagged ‘Spiritual’

Hamza Yusuf Video: Eid Al-Fitr ’08 Khutbah

// October 14th, 2008 // 3 Comments » // Blog

Jazakallah khair brother Yusuf (not Hamza Yusuf; though thanks to him too!). I really needed this.

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Ramadan Entry – Losing Track!

// October 7th, 2008 // 4 Comments » // Blog

I forgot to mention my follow-up entry to Ramadan: The Ultimate Sin-O-Meter, titled: Ramadan Sin-O-Meter: The Results. Check it out!

When Your Prayers Are Answered

// October 6th, 2008 // 9 Comments » // Blog

How do you react?

How do you even know?

Something extremely curious has happened to me recently. If I had been informed several months ago that this thing – being a change in someone's opinion on a matter that significantly affects my life – would take place, I would have been gobsmacked.

I'd have been all: “Subhanallah! What a freakin' miracle!”.

And indeed, I have been praying for such a miracle for a long, long time.

And yet, now that it seems to have been granted – where is the joy? The jumping up and down, and general excitedness? It's almost like I'm in denial.

Maybe I'll wake up soon. I'd hate to be ungrateful for any blessing; especially one that I have been begging for, for so, so long.

Isn't it strange that after all this time, after all the signs, after all the answered prayers, and innumerable blessings… Isn't it strange that we should still be surprised by the generosity of our Lord, Most Gracious?

Allahu Akbar.

Understand Qur’an the Easy Way

// September 25th, 2008 // 4 Comments » // Blog

This was worth breaking the hiatus for…

The Understand Qur'an course has been around for a while… but now level 1 is available in a easily-accessible, browser-based, flash version, māshā’Allāh.

Summary of objectives:

  • Learn 100 Arabic words that are repeated around 40,000 times in the Qur'an.
  • The Qur'an consists of approximately 78,000 words.
  • Thus you are learning 50% of the Qur'an!

I've been meaning to take this FREE course for so long, and now I really have no excuse! I pray that you join me in this learning journey. Maybe we can travel together?

The Last Ten Days of Ramadan

// September 20th, 2008 // 7 Comments » // Blog

They are here… Well, for most of us. Some lazy North Americans are still in yesterday… catch up already!

I will be attempting a life of severely reduced net access during this time, as part of my own lesser version of i'tikaaf. I would say, “no net access”, except that I expect some errands to pop up during the course of the week.

I'm a little nervous. Not about leaving the internet – I'm not that bad (famous last words).

I have no excuse to mess up this Ramadan. I have no job, no spouse, no kids, no real responsibilities to distract me greatly, or tire me out.

It's just me, my nafs… and my Creator.

And as I wrote on Facebook yesterday, I'd really like a break from my nafs.

If I fail this Ramadan… what does that say about me? “Loser” is not the word.

Please God, don't let me fail. Don't let any of us fail. They have excuses; I have none. Please ya Allāh: make up for our inadequacies with Your Perfection. Allow us to reap the full benefits of Laylatul Qadr. Don't let us be “Ramadan Muslims”. Let this be the beginning of the journey to You; not the end. Let us only get better and better. We are so far from being amongst your Awliyah, but if we don't even pray for this status, how will we ever hope to achieve it?

Oh Allāh you are the Forgiver. You love to forgive. Forgive us.

āmīn, ya Rabbul 'Alameen.

I won't be answering comments till '‘Īd. May Allāh bless you all, and grant you the best Ramadan ever. Āmīn.

Picture credit: marcopesavento

Peace Be With You

// September 15th, 2008 // 10 Comments » // Blog

A place of peace.

Lying on an open plain.
Cool grass beneath bare feet.
Arms outstretched above your head.
One hand playfully fiddles with smooth blades.
The other strokes long, soft, silky strands of hair.
A slight smile rests gently on your lips.

Eyes closed, but filled with light.
A light that shines so brightly.
But doesn't burn your eyes.
It bathes your face like a warm embrace.

Imagine this moment…
A moment of peace.

Not a care.
Not a worry.
Not an ounce of stress.

The light envelopes you.
Makes you.
Loves you.

Then you realise…

The sky is not a canopy of blue atmosphere.
But the Throne of Ar-Rahman.

And the light is not that of a brilliant star.
But the Noor of the One that you have craved for all eternity.

And that this is no ordinary garden.
But it is the only place of true peace.

Your real home.

Your Jannah.

Waiting for you to return…

Photo Credit: Jo and Paul's pics

This World vs The Hereafter

// September 11th, 2008 // 2 Comments » // Blog

Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi (May Allāh have mercy upon him) said, “If you look deeply into worldly matters you will become melancholy and will end up reflecting upon the ephemeral nature of everything here below, and the fact that truth lies only in striving for the hereafter, since every ambition to which you might cling will end in tears; either the goal is snatched from you, or you have to give the attempt up before you reach it. One of these two endings is inevitable except the search for God the Almighty the Powerful. Then the result is always joy, both immediate and eternal. The immediate joy is because you stop worrying about things which usually worry people; this leads to an increase in the respect paid to you by friends and enemies alike. The eternal joy is the joy of paradise.” In pursuit of virtue.

Image Credit: *Muhammad*
Source of quote: I was forwarded this via e-mail. I can't claim that it is a genuine quote… plus the translation and transcription might be off… but I still found truth in it, māshā’Allāh. [/ end disclaimer]

NISAA Podcast: Ramadan Special 2008

// September 3rd, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog

The relaunch of the beautifully made-over Nisaa website, and the arrival of the sacred month, inspired Organica and I to reflect over our best and worst Ramadan moments for a new episode of the NISAA podcast.

Important Note for Sisters

// September 1st, 2008 // 11 Comments » // Blog

Anonymouse An anonymous commentator (how embarrassing a mistake?) left a handy tip on my last entry about how we can easily complete the Qur'an during Ramadan by reading four pages after every fardh prayer:

600 pages in the mushaf…
600/30 = 20 pages a day
20/5 = 4 pages after each salat

BUT as women, this is not going to work because (depending on your own biology) many of us will not be able to recite the Quran for an average of 7 days during the coming month.

So what I plan to do is aim to complete the Quran in 20 days instead, inshā’Allāh. It works out at 6 pages after every salat – only 2 more than originally suggested. Alhamdulillah!

While we're on the subject of the monthly visitor… What advice do my female readers have to offer about how to effectively keep your emaan going during that dreaded week of isolation, when we're not fasting & praying with everyone else?

Ramadan: The Ultimate Sin-o-Meter

// August 31st, 2008 // 3 Comments » // Blog

Want to know for sure something is a sin?

I don't mean missing Fajr prayer, or back-biting. These are clearly bad.

No, I mean the things you habitually do, that you kinda know might, perhaps, just maaaaybe wrong… but your mind somehow makes okay.

The litmus test: the month of Ramadan.