Top 10⭐

✨ My Top 10 blog posts ✨

🍃1. Sweetness of Iman:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/sweetness-of-iman/

📖2. Surah Al Kahf 💎:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/surah-al-kahf-%f0%9f%92%8e/

⏳3. Turning Habits into Worship:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/turning-habits-into-worship-2/

😇4. The Barakah Effect:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/the-barakah-mindset-2/

😕5. Mastering the Art of Patience:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/mastering-the-art-of-patience/

💕6. Devotion with Certainty:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2017/12/29/devotion-with-certainty/

✔7. 10 things to *be* in the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/10-things-to-be-in-the-10-days-of-dhul-hijjah/

✨8. Blessings of Tahajjud Prayer:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/blessings-of-tahajjud-prayer/

👑9. Ramadan Reflections #19:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/ramadan-reflections-19/

🌹10. The Real Challenge:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/the-real-challenge/

😊Bonus!

Our Love of Beauty a Sign:

https://liveforallah.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/1407/

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Sweetness of Iman

Imam AlShafi’ee said, “Journey to Allah limping and broken and don’t wait for wellness, because waiting for wellness is inability.”

What is the meaning of journey to Allah broken?

It means, for example, that you get up to pray but your prayer is still without focus, you recite the quran but it is a broken recitation far from perfection…

Don’t worry, continue and seek out who will teach you to recite.

You begin to live your life in a way that is pleasing to Allah but at times your soul and desires overpower you…

Continue journeying to Allah and don’t delay. Don’t wait for the right moment to turn towards Allah. The moment your heart is inclined to Allah then go to Him Immediately.

Ibn AlQayyim said, “A person will continue to struggle with obedience until it becomes beloved to them. And so Allah will send angels that will inspire them and push them.

They will awaken him from his sleep for it, and from his gatherings for it. Allah said, “And those who strive in our path, we will certainly guide them to our path.”

Strive. Try. Endure. Persevere. And ask Allah.

However much a person comes closer to Allah they are gifted to experience a sweetness that they taste in their wakefulness, in their sleep and in their food. Until they experience what Allah has promised, “We will give them a beautiful life.”

Oh Allah grant us the sweetness of iman.

– Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

Sūrah Al-Kahf 💎

Whoever reflects upon Surat Al-Kahf will know that its meanings carry what would be incredibly beneficial for them in protecting them from the trials of this world and security from the dajjal. That is why its recitation was legislated every Friday out of Allah’s wisdom and mercy.

Surat Al-Kahf encompasses four stories, four different types of trials (fitan) and four causes of salvation:

1) The companions of the cave: The fitnah of religion.

Their story was of believing youth who were living amongst disbelievers and committed to migrate and flee with their religion after a clash between them and their people. Allah sufficed them with the mercy of the cave. When they awoke they found their entire community had become believers.

Their salvation: Righteous companionship.

2) The owner of the two gardens: The fitnah of wealth and children

The story of a man whom Allah blessed but forgot that blessing and belittled it. He was arrogant and didnt thank Allah for the blessings though his companion reminded him. When his wealth was destroyed he was remorseful when remorse didn’t count!

Salvation from that trial: Knowing the reality of the dunya

3) Musa and Khidr: The fitnah of knowledge.

The story of Musa when he was asked about who the most knowledgable person on earth was and he responded saying “me,” without referring that knowledge back to Allah, and so Allah revealed to him that indeed there was. Musa then traveled to learn from that person that the Divine Wisdom could be incomprehensible at times, but the One designing it is All-Wise. Like the harming of the ship for example.

Salvation from that trial: Humility

4) The story of Dhul Qarnain: The fitnah of power

The story of a great ruler who was given both knowledge and power and traveled the earth relieving hardship and spreading goodness. He solved the problem of Yajuj and Majuj by sealing them in the earth and in doing so was able to mobilize the resources of a people who could hardly understand his speech!

Salvation from that trial: Sincerity

Ibn Taymiyah Gems

Ibn al-Qayyim (rA) writes: Shaykh al-Islam (may Allah be pleased with him) once said to me, as I presented him with one antagonist’s argument after another:

“Do not allow your heart to become like a sponge towards the arguments and doubts [posed by others], soaking them up and then becoming unable to champion anything but them. Instead, let it be like solid glass, whereby the doubts pass by it without ever settling in it. It sees [the doubt] by virtue of its pure transparency yet also rejects it by virtue of its toughness. Otherwise, if your heart soaks up every doubt presented before it, it will became a nesting ground for all doubts.”

His words were something to this effect, and I do not know that I’ve benefited from any advice with regards to repelling doubts as much as I have befitted from this one. [Miftar Dar as-Sa’adah: 1/443]

قال لي شيخ الإسلام – رضي الله عنه – وقد جعلت أورد عليه إيراد بعد إيراد: لا تجعل قلبك للإيرادات والشبهات مثل السفنجة، فيتشربها؛ فلا ينضح إلا بها ولكن اجعله كالزجاجة المصمتة، تمر الشبهات بظاهرها ولا تستقر فيها؛ فيراها بصفائه ويدفعها بصلابته، وإلا فإذا أَشربت قلبك كل شبهة تمر عليها صار مقراً للشبهات، أو كما قال، وما أعلم أني انتفعت بوصية في دفع الشبهات كانتفاعي بذلك) ((مفتاح دار السعادة)) (1/ 443).

Al-Kawthar

We have Given you Al-Kawthar (Surat AlKawthar v. 1)

“Al-Kawthar is a pool that his nation will drink from,
On the day of Judgment,
And the one who drinks from it will never be thirsty again,
And so everytime they sip on something in paradise,
It will never be to quench their thirst,
But always for the pleasure of the drink,
Some said that Al-Kawthar is Islam,
Or Al-Kawthar is prophethood, or Al-Kawthar’s the Quran,
Or al-kawthar’s the greatness of his nation,
Their numbers and population,
And some said that all of this can be understood,
By saying that Al-Kawthar is simply great good,
And in every way that’s what the prophet was given;
The raising of his remembrance, or his sins that were forgiven,
the blessed Night of Power, or mankind being his mission,
the entire earth a place of prayer, concise expressive diction”

~Sh. Ammar AlShukry

Ramadan-a metaphor of life

I’ve learned something amazing. Ramadan is such a powerful and comprehensive metaphor of life. As with life, in Ramadan we must struggle hard. We must let go of things we love (food, drink, intimacy) in order to attain things we love more (mercy and pleasure of God). Our greatest day of joy is at the End–at the Final breaking of the fast. In Ramadan, that day is Eid. In life, that day is in the hereafter. And although this greatest day of joy is at the end, Allah allows us small joys along the way. In Ramadan, He gives us daily celebrations at iftar, before the Final celebration at Eid. In life, He gives us glimpses of pleasure, before the Real joy in the hereafter. In this life, He gives us the peace of prayer, the coolness of the eyes of family. A loyal friend. The beauty of a sunset, or full moon. Majestic trees. These are the small iftars, before the True Feast.
And this is why we know that for the one who fasts (from both food and what displeases Allah), there are two joys. One joy is at the time of breaking the minor fast (from food) at iftar. And the other joy is at the breaking of the major fast (from haram) at the meeting with Allah.
But, of all the life lessons of Ramadan, there is one we forget most. When we mess up the beginning, when we feel suffocated by the weight of wasted opportunities and unfulfilled plans, we still have a chance. A chance to come back. A chance to rise up from our spiritual crawl, and walk–maybe even run–to the finish line.
No matter what we’ve done, He still gives a chance to leave strong, by giving us the mercy of the night of power and the last 10 nights.
And in life, the same.
No matter how much suffering you see around you, there is also joy. No matter how dark it is for you right now, this isn’t the end; you can still leave strong. You can still rise up.
May Allah make us among those who, despite our beginnings, leave only with strong endings.

Husn ul khaatima, ya Allah.

Devotion with Certainty

Once, all the people in a certain village decided to pray for rain. On the day of the prayer, all the people gathered but only one boy came with an umbrella – that’s faith.

 I love the above anecdote as it illustrates an immense level of confidence, certainty and trust in Allah. The fact the boy walked out to the prayer gathering with an umbrella clearly shows that he had the utmost certainty and trust that after making du’a, Allah will send rain to the village! He went prepared for the rain with an umbrella!

Just like the boy had his umbrella ready to receive what was being prayed for, we should also be prepared to receive the gifts and blessings we are asking for from Allah after making du’a. Be confident and have that complete certainty that Allah will answer our du’a. Allah most High Himself states, “I am in the opinion of My servant.” [Bukhari]; therefore if we believe Allah will answer our du’a, He will!

The great Gnostic, Ibn Ata’Allah al-Iskandari wrote in his Hikam:

“When Allah inspires your tongue to ask, know that He wants to give” 

Allah is the One who places a need in our hearts and wants us to seek that need out by asking Him. He loves it when we ask Him; our asking is His giving. Petition with Allah; place your need in front of Him and have complete certainty and trust that He will answer.

Sayyidina Umar ibn Al-Khattab -radiaAllahu anh- said, “I do not worry about an answer to my supplication, rather I worry about making supplication! I know that if I am inspired [by Allah] to supplicate, then the answer will come with it.”

Keep the faith and keep making du’a fervently!  

Be different to see a difference!

Most Muslim parents will naturally, upon hearing of some kid’s misguidance or misfortune, say from the bottom of their heart, “Ya Allah, don’t let that be my kid one day.”


However, if you’re not willing to be a little different in your parenting, be certain your children will most likely not be any different in their outcome.


Yes, believe from the core of your heart in destiny, but also commit with all your might to the Sharia. Otherwise, you’ve basically bought into into the modern secular notion of God being some cosmic superbuddy that will magically intervene in your favor no matter how many times you kick His instructions aside; you will be disappointed.


Don’t do that to your children. Don’t sell yourself a lie. Be different to see a difference. It will not be free. It will be received with some criticism. It will sometimes cause awkwardness. But you know what? “Glad tidings to the strangers.”

-Sh. Muhammad elshinawy 

WINTER, THE BELIEVER’S SEASON 

⛈WINTER, THE BELIEVER’S SEASON ⛈

“It is said that winter is a time when people suffer fromSeasonal Affective Disorder, also known as ‘the Winter Blues’ or winter depression. 
However, it is interesting to see how the early Muslims welcomed winter, as it is clear that they saw it in a totally different light.
[One of the ways] they would benefit from winter is through [Qiyamul-Layl and Siyam]
It was reported by al-Haythami in ‘Majma’ az-Zawa’id’ (3/203) with a hasan chain that the Prophet (pbuh) said:
🍃 “Winter is the best season for the believer. Its nights are long for him to pray in, and its days are short for him to fast in.”
And Ahmad reported in ‘az-Zuhd’ (p. 118) with an authentic chain that ‘Umar bin al-Khattab said: 
🍃“Winter is the prize (Ghaneema) of the worshippers.”
Ibn Rajab al-Hambali said in ‘Lata’if al-Ma’arif’ (p. 276):
“🍃Winter is the best season for the believer because…Allah strengthens his practice in it by making worship easy for him. 
This is because in winter, the believer can fast during the day with ease without suffering from hunger and thirst. The days are short and cold, and he therefore doesn’t feel the hardship of fasting…
PRAYING AT NIGHT

As for praying at night in the winter due to its long nights, one can have his share of sleep and then get up to pray afterwards and recite all that he usually recites of the Qur’an while he has had enough sleep. 
So, he can combine between the sleep that he needs and the usual amount of recitation of the Qur’an that he completes in a day. So, he fulfills the interests of both his religion and the comfort of his body…
And it was narrated that Ibn Mas’ud said: 
🍃“Welcome to winter! Blessings descend in it, its nights are long to pray in, and its days are short to fast in.” 

It is also narrated from him and al-Hasan: 
🍃“Winter is a wonderful time for the believer. Its nights are long to pray in, and its days are short to fast in.” 
When it was winter time, ‘Ubayd bin ‘Umayr would say: 
🍃“O people of the Qur’an! Your nights are now long for you to recite in. So, recite! Your days are now short for you to fast in. So, fast! Night prayer in the winter equals fasting during the day in the summer.” 
This is why Mu’adh wept on his deathbed and said: 
🍃“I weep because I will miss the thirst I felt when I fasted, praying at night during the winter, and sitting knee to knee with the scholars during the gatherings of knowledge.””
It was reported by Ahmad (4/335) with a chain authenticated by al-Albani in ‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’ (1922) that the Prophet said: 

🍃“Fasting in the winter is the easy prize.”
Ibn Rajab commented on this in ‘Lata’if al-Ma’arif’ (p. 276):
“🍃And the meaning of it being an easy prize is that it is a prize obtained without any battle or effort or hardship. So, the owner of this prize has been given it as a favor without any effort on his part.”
🍃✨🍃

Actions & Intentions 

Allah SWT will reward a person for what they intend and what they act upon. In the following hadith, the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

“[People] in this world are of four types:

1) A person to whom Allah grants wealth and knowledge, so he fears his Lord with regard to it, upholds his ties of kinship with it, and acknowledges the rights of Allah concerning it – he is of the highest status.

2) A person to whom Allah grants knowledge but He does not grant him wealth, so he is sincere in his intention and says: If I had wealth, I would do the same as So and so does. He will be rewarded according to his intention and their reward will be the same.

3) A person to whom Allah grants wealth, but He does not grant him knowledge, so he squanders his wealth without knowledge; he does not fear his Lord concerning it, he does not uphold his ties of kinship with it and he does not acknowledge the rights of Allah concerning it – he is of the worst status.

4) A person to whom Allah does not grant either wealth or knowledge, so he says: If I had wealth, I would do the same as So and so does. He will be requited according to his intention and their burden of sin will be the same.”

[Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah – Classed as saheeh by Sheikh Albaani]

“Their reward will be the same” refers to the reward which is the basic reward for actions, but not with regard to the multiplication of that reward. Multiplication of reward is only for the one who actually does the deed.

Allah SWT says in the Quran: “Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward” [an-Nisa’ 4:95]

Ibn ‘Abbaas and others said: Those who sit (at home), above whom those who strive hard are preferred in grades are those who have excuses, and those who sit (at home), above whom those who strive hard are preferred by a huge reward, are those who do not have excuses.

Furthermore, Allah SWT will reward you for what you intend as mentioned in Surah Baqrah:

“but He will call you to account for that which your hearts have earned”

[al-Baqarah 2:225]

In another hadith, the Prophet SAW said:

“Verily Allah has written down the good deeds and the evil deeds”, and then explained it [by saying]: “Whosoever intended to perform a good deed, but did not do it, then Allah writes it down with Himself as a complete good deed. And if he intended to perform it and did perform it, then Allah writes it down with Himself as from ten good deeds up to seven hundred fold, up to many times multiplied. And if he intended to perform an evil deed, but did not do it, then Allah writes it down with Himself as a complete good deed. And if he intended it [i.e., the evil deed] and then performed it, then Allah writes it down as one evil deed.”

[Reported by Bukhari & Muslim]

Therefore, always be sincere in your intentions when you wish to do a deed, so that you may receive the reward for it, even if you don’t get the chance to actually take action on it.

May Allah SWT make us from those who are sincere in faith ameen.

​Who is a Scholar?

Who is a scholar?
We often translate the word Alim as a religious scholar or simply a scholar. But there is more to it than just the process of retaining or even analyzing information that say an academic scholar would be good at. 
We even demoted the requirement of a religious scholar in the last decade or two. If someone is able to tell a story (granted from Quran or authentic Sunnah), we call him/her a scholar. In the old days, they called those people Qussas (you guessed right, storytellers). Mind you, those people weren’t taken seriously at all. In fact, in many cases they were avoided altogether esp. by the Muhadithoon (scholars of Hadith)
Or we may think a scholar is someone who’s able to pull anecdotes from the Quran. Oh look if you add the letters here, look what you get. If you read this verse backwards, look what you get. I’m not denying the numerical miracles of the Quran, but I wouldn’t call something a computer can do better than me knowledge. 
In fact, if you were to ask me for a good definition of Islamic knowledge I would say, anything that Google cannot find. Yes you read it right, CANNOT!  This could take an article, but let me try to explain briefly. 
Sacred knowledge trickles in very slowly. This is why our predecessors used to say, “if you seek knowledge at once, you will lose it at once. Knowledge comes through countless days and nights”.  This is because it takes time to think through something. It takes time for a critical concept to sink in. Imagine if you have been thinking about the same verse for 30 or 40 years?  Many so called scholars haven’t even lived that long!!
Sacred knowledge is something you internalize.  It becomes part of you. This is why when you read the description of a “true” scholar of the past, your see something like “اختلط العلم بلحمه ودمه”. Knowledge became his flesh and blood. This is a far cry from knowledge on the tongue, which the Prophet AS even warned from ” منافق عليم اللسان”. 
In fact, have you noticed how some Companions faith and knowledge (because they’re not that much separate) were described?  They would say “بشيئ وقر في قلبه” or “Something settled in their hearts”.  Yes, knowledge eventually settles in the heart and turns into wisdom. It gives you peace and coolness of the heart. But we don’t even have the patience to wait. Like everything else, we want knowledge as immediate gratification.
Knowledge and fame don’t have to go hand in hand. Some scholars became famous only after their death. Take for example ibn Taymiyah. His books were banned during his lifetime. His students had to write his articles in other books in order to hide them. Imam Sarkhasi wrote an entire book while he was jailed down a dried well.  Many stories like that BTW. 
I hope from this post (or short article) you have gathered some idea about what true scholarship in Islam is. To sum it up, I can’t think of anything better than what Imam Ahmad said, “رأس العلم خشية الله”.   Something to the effect, “the peak of knowledge is fear of Allah”.  So when you see someone who’s called a scholar but doesn’t fear Allah, I hope you now have a better answer than just getting all confused.

-Sh. Anas Hlayhel

Salah n Sabr

Read carefully… Allah revealed: “Guard strictly the (five obligatory) prayers, especially the middle Salah and stand before Allah in obedience.” (alBaqarah 2:238)

حَافِظُوا عَلَى الصَّلَوَاتِ وَالصَّلَاةِ الْوُسْطَىٰ وَقُومُوا لِلَّهِ قَانِتِينَ

The verses before deal with divorce. The verses after it deal with divorce. Why was this verse placed in the middle? The Ulama’ have suggested, Wa Allaahu a’lam, that in the hard times that a person goes through, they should not forget the remembrance of Allah – the Salah. And it is that Salah coupled with Sabr that will pull them through. (Al Baqarah 2/153)

-Sh. Muhammad Alshareef