Dua during the Special Hour on Friday


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Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) talked about Friday and said:

‘There is an hour o­n Friday and if a Muslim gets it while offering Salat (prayer) and asks something from Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala), then Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) will definitely meet his demand.’

And he (the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) pointed out the shortness of that particular time with his hands. [Sahih al-Bukhari]

Some have said that this hour is from the time the Imam (prayer’s leader) enters the mosque o­n Friday’s prayer until the prayer is over (ie between the two khutbahs), whereas others have said that it is the last hour of the day (ie after the Asr prayer until the Maghrib prayer).

(Note: when we say an hour here we do not mean the hour everyone knows (60 minutes) but an unspecified period of time because the time counters which we use today came after the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) had died.

3rd October: A Golden Opportunity..


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A Golden Opportunity to Have Your Du’aas Answered!! This coming Friday (9 Dhil Hijjah / 3rd Oct) represents one of THE most amazing opportunities a believer could ask for. Not only are we in the best 10 days of the year, Friday will represent the best of these 10 days, it will also be the best day of the week; within it it will also contain the best hour for making dua, and to top it all off, many will also be fasting!

As for the day of Arafaah:

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no day on which Allaah frees more people from the Fire than the Day of ‘Arafaah. He comes close and expresses His pride to the angels, saying, ‘What do these people want?’”

As for fasting on the day of Arafaah for those not performing Hajj:

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of ‘Arafaah. He said, “It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” Narrated by Muslim.

As for the du’aa of the fasting person:

Our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are three prayers that are not rejected: the prayer of a father for his child, the prayer of the fasting person and the prayer of the traveller.”

As for Du’aa in sa’at al-Istijabah on Friday:

Jâbir (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Prophet Sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Friday is comprised of twelve hours. There is one in which a Muslim who asks Allah for something will have it granted to him. Seek it in the last hour after `Asr.”

My dear brothers and sisters, Allah alone knows whether we will ever get this opportunity again or not. Prepare for it from now. Make a list of du’aas you want to make and spend the final hour before Maghrib this coming Friday sincerely pleading to Allah. This IS one of THE best opportunities we may get for a while.

If Allah helps you…


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“If Allah helps you, none can overcome you; and if He should forsake you, who is there after Him that can help you? And in Allah let believers put their trust.” [Aal ‘Imran: 160]

A very powerful verse. But what places such force behind it is the word Allah uses when he says ‘none can overcome you’. He `azza wa jall says,  فَلاَ غَالِبَ لَكُمْ  ‘Fa-La ghaliba lakum’ – in Arabic grammar this is known as ‘lam al-nafiya lil-jins; meaning that the ‘la’ (none) indicates *a complete and total negation*. And the word ‘ghalib’ means *anything which overcomes a person*. So the verse comes to mean: There is nothing (that has the power to overcome a person) that will overcome that person if he were to be helped by Allah.

It’s very interesting, because Allah didn’t specify and say ‘human being’ for example, or ‘enemy’, or even ‘animal/beast’. He simply said ‘ghalib’. Because you see, our tests are all different. For some, they are overcome and challenged by trials with regards to people, others with wealth, others with health, and yet others with themselves! Your ‘ghalib’ might be different to my ‘ghalib’ and so on. A hundred and one things could overwhelm a person and Allah knows this, hence it is reflected in His Choice of Words in this particular ayah.

So for the believing Mutawakkil (who relies on Allah), everything is rendered powerless when the Help of Allah comes. So seek help in Allah.

-Ramadan Reflections by Fajr Blog

I will pour my heart out in making du’aa..


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This #Ramadan….

– Sit down with pen and paper and create your du’a list. If you have ever done this before, then you know how important it is. If it’s your first time, then don’t delay it. Sit down with pen and paper to write down the things that really matter to you, the things you want to ask Allah for.

– Ask Allah freely in Ramadan, for anything and everything… but also make a list of 5-6 things that you will ask for consistently, every time you get a chance to in Ramadan. Then repeat your du’a for these things in sujood, at iftaar time, throughout your day, and in your night prayer.

– Ask Allah for the good of this world, and for the Hereafter. Ask that He forgives you, and saves you from the Hell-fire, and enters you into the highest levels of Jannah.

– Ask Allah for yourself, and other Muslims.

Allah loves that we make du’a to Him… so earn His love by turning to Him and asking this Ramadan.

“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me and believe in Me that they may be guided.” [2:186]

~Originally published at I Got it Covered

I will L.E.A.P. for every Prayer


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This Ramadan… ———————-I will L.E.A.P. for every salah.

I have fought way too many Nafs vs. Heart wars, and lost way too many times to give in to this anymore. Is not my Rabb the most important aspect in my life? Does He not deserve that we leave everything of our petty dunya activities and hasten to the remembrance of our Grand Creator? What can really be so important that I cannot pause for fifteen minutes to show my true love and dedication to Allah? To really prove that I deserve the blessing of being Muslim and that I value His Deen enough to stand to attention every time the call to prayer is made? To prove to Allah that I deserve the blessing of salah itself — yes, it is a blessing that Allah allows us to stand in front of Him, subhanahu wa ta’ala. How can I show gratitude for this blessing that, for many, isn’t even a reality? Walid bin Aizar narrates that the Prophet (salla Alahu alayhi wa sallam) was asked, “Which deed is loved most by Allah?” He (salla Allahu alayhi wasallam) replied, “To offer prayers at their early (very first) stated times” [Sahih Bukhari, 5970]. We’ve all read this hadith a countless times, but have we ever reflected over the fact that this deed is even more beloved to Allah than some other acts of worship we may engage in? If we’re reciting Qur’an or preparing iftar for our families, or doing something else and the time of Salah enters, the most beloved act to Allah at this moment is that we LEAP. Recall the incident when Musa (‘alayhi salaam) had his appointment with Allah: Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala asked him, “And what made you hasten (away) from your people, O Musa?” He said, “They are close on my footsteps; and I hastened to You, O my Lord, that You might be pleased.“ [TaHa, 21:83-84] If any of us had a single opportunity to converse with the Lord of the Worlds, wouldn’t we rush to this meeting? Wouldn’t we leave everything and consider this the most important task above all? Yet, don’t we all have an appointment to converse with Allah five times a day? How will we respond to His call? Action points: – Set an alarm clock/adhan on your computer to remind you when salah time enters. – Drop everything you’re doing when you hear it and just get up (seriously, it won’t work if you even delay 10-15 min). – If any men in the household are leaving for salah, make that an indicator that it’s time to pray and don’t just let them reap the rewards alone! – If you still find yourself delaying, put a condition on yourself: For every salah I delay without a valid reason, I will fast an extra day or pay X amount in charity. (For this to work, you have to put a condition that will make your nafs understand you’re not playing around). – Constantly remind yourself of the importance and beauty and blessing of salah. Listen to lectures on salah, pick up books on the topic, write out your own thoughts on why this should be important to you. – Ask Allah to make you successful in your efforts. This #Ramadan… may Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala give us the opportunity to LEAP towards His Pleasure and Mercy. Ameen. –Originally published at I Got it Covered

Allah provides for whom He wills…


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“Every time Zakariyya entered her room, he found her supplied with provision. He asked, ‘Oh Maryam, from where is this [coming] to you?” She said, “It is from Allah . Indeed, Allah provides for whom He wills without account.” (Surah Aal-Imran 3:37)

The story of Hanna, her daughter Maryam (Mary) and her son Eesa (Jesus) is central to Surah Aal-Imran, as they are the family of Imran. These stories are so full of lessons, I had a difficult time choosing just one verse.

In this segment of the story, Maryam (Alayhissalam) is living her life in the worship of Allah, under the care of the Prophet Zakariyya (Alayhissalam). Zakariyya is surprised to find off-season fruits in her room whenever he entered it. This was a miracle (Karamat) which Allah bestowed on Maryam.

In this story, Maryam reminds Zakariyya, and teaches us, an important lesson that Rizq (sustenance) is from Allah, and He can provide for us miraculously without any limits. In this age of materialism, this is something we often forget.

Taking this lesson to heart, Zakariyya prays for a son despite being of an old age, and Allah grants it to him. Let us too take a lesson from this, and ask Allah to assist us in obtaining whatever we seek, and never lose hope in his Mercy.

If we work hard, put our trust in Him and ask of Him, then we too can experience Rizq being provided in miraculous ways in our lives. I know many people who can testify to this, including myself.

–Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar