Who are the fools?

**Who are the fools?**

A “fool” in (some of) our eyes is perhaps someone who fails at school, is unable or unwilling to hold a job, keeps forgetting things, is clumsy, or so on. But, to Allah, who’s the fool?

The Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:

ما تستقل الشمس فيبقى شيءٌ من خلق الله إلا سبح الله بحمده إلا ما كان من الشياطين وأغبياء بني آدم

“Every morning when the sun rises, there isn’t anything from Allah’s creation except that it is in a state of His remembrance, with the exception to the devils, as well as the fools from humanity.”

(Narrated by Ibnu As-Sunni)

Something to think about tomorrow morning after Fajr.

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Day of ‘Arafah

Allah ‘azza wa jall never descends to the lowest heaven during the day except for today, the Day of ‘Arafah. He is close to you and wants to hear your prayers and worship. He is close and has left the door open.

“Allah draws close on the ‘ashiyyah (time between ‘Asr and Maghrib) of ‘Arafah and boasts to the angels” –Narrated by Ahmad

And the prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “The best thing that I have uttered, I and the prophets before me is ‘There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah alone, having no partners. To Him is the Dominion and to Him is the praise. And He is able to do all things.”- Narrated by Al-Tirmidhi

Umar ibn Al-Ward said, “ Ataa Al-Khurasani said to me,

‘If you have the ability to seclude yourself in the after ‘Asr period on the day of ‘Arafah then do so.’ “

Abdullah ibn ‘Umar would raise his voice at the after ‘Asr period on the day of ‘Arafah and say, “There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah alone, having no partners. To Him is the Dominion and to Him is the praise. And He is able to do all things. Oh Allah! Guide us by Guidance and beautify us by Taqwa and forgive us in first life and the hereafter.”

Then he would lower his voice and say, “ Oh Allah I ask You from Your Grace and Generosity provision that is pure and blessed. Oh Allah You have commanded supplication and have decreed upon Yourself to respond, and You do not break Your promise or betray Your covenant. Oh Allah what You love of goodness make beloved to us and facilitate for us. And what You dislike of something then make it disliked to us and divert away from us. And don’t take away Islam from us after you have granted it to us.”

‘Abdullah ibn Al-Mubarak said, “I came to Sufyan Al-Thawri at the after ‘Asr period of Arafah, he was on his knees and teary eyed. I asked him, ‘who is the worst state on this day?’

He responded, ‘The one who does not think that they will be forgiven.’”

Ibn Taymiyyah said in his Majmu’ Al-Fatawa “It may be that the mercy that descends upon the pilgrims at the after ‘Asr period of ‘Arafah and upon those who attended the gathering, that its blessings spread out to encompass those who were not in attendance (due to legitimate reason) so that they would also have a portion of accepted supplication and a share along with those who are present (there).

Abu ‘Uwana said, “I saw Al-Hassan Al-Basri on the day of ‘Arafah after ‘Asr sit and supplicate and make remembrance of Allah.”

One of the righteous said, “By Allah I never made a supplication on the day of ‘Arafah except that it would become manifested before a year would be completed.”

So show Allah from yourself goodness today.

10 comprehensive supplications

1) Oh Allah! Grant us goodness in this world and in the hereafter goodness, and protect us from the hellfire.
2) Oh Allah forgive all of my sins; the small of them and the great, the first of them and the last of them, the hidden of them and the apparent of them.
3) Oh Allah I ask you for guidance, tawa, chastity and self sufficiency.
4) Oh Allah I seek refuge in you against the turmoils, attacks of misfortunes, and evil of judgement and joys of the enemies.”
5) O Allah! I seek refuge in You against the declining of Your Favours, passing of safety, the suddenness of Your punishment and all that which displeases You
6) O Allah, I seek refuge with You from knowledge that is of no benefit, a heart that is not humble, a supplication that is not heard and a soul that is not satisfied
7) O Allah, make my religion easy for me by virtue of which my affairs are protected, set right for me my world where my life exists, make good for me my Hereafter which is my resort to which I have to return, and make my life prone to perform all types of good, and make death a comfort for me from every evil
8) O Allah! I seek refuge in You from helplessness (to do good), laziness, cowardice, senility, and miserliness; and I seek Your Protection against the torment of the grave and the trials of life and death].” Another narration adds: “wa dala’id-daini wa ghalabatir-rijal (And from the burden of indebtedness and the tyranny of men
9) O Allah! Forgive my errors, ignorance and immoderation in my affairs. You are better aware of my faults than myself. O Allah! Forgive my faults which I committed in seriousness or in fun deliberately or inadvertently. O Allah! Grant me pardon for those sins which I committed in the past and I may commit in future, which I committed in privacy or in public and all those sins of which You are better aware than me. You Alone can send whomever You will to Jannah, and You Alone can send whomever You will to Hell-fire and You are able to do all things.
10) Oh Allah You are the King, O Allah, You are the Sovereign and there is none worthy of worship but You. I am Your slave, I have wronged myself and I acknowledge my sin. Forgive me all my sins for no one forgives sins but You. Guide me to the best of manners for none can guide to the best of them but You. Protect me from bad manners for none can protect against them but You. I am at Your service, all goodness is in Your hands, and evil is not attributed to You. I rely on You and turn to You, blessed and exalted are You, I seek Your forgiveness and repent to You

Recite these supplications and share with your loved ones.

Soft spot

“They cry out to [the believers, saying], ‘Weren’t we with you?!’ They (the believers) will say, ‘Yes, but you *subjected yourselves* to temptations / trials…’” {57:14}

يُنَادُونَهُمْ أَلَمْ نَكُنْ مَعَكُمْ ۖ قَالُوا بَلَىٰ وَلَٰكِنَّكُمْ فَتَنْتُمْ أَنْفُسَكُمْ

“Each of us has a point of vulnerability in our personality; a soft spot that when pressed lightly brings us to the brink of defeat and the abandonment of our principles. A person’s success depends on identifying that “soft-spot”, concealing it, and surrounding it with fences of great caution, so that you do not subject your fortress to being conquered from its weakest wall. Some people unravel in fear, others compromise in greed, others when their emotions are stirred, others when praised, others when guilted, and so forth.”

‎لكل منّا خاصرة ضعيفة في شخصيته؛ تجعله مع الضغط عليها أقرب للانهزام وهجر مبادئه، والخير كل الخير أن تسترها، وتحوطها بأسوار من الحذر؛ فمن الناس من يتراخى عند الخوف، ومنهم من يتنازل عند الطمع، وآخرون عند تحريك العواطف، وقوم عند التبجيل، وأناس عند الحرب النفسية . – كتبه بدر الثوعي

And as our Prophet (sAws) said, “…just like the shepherd who grazes around a preserve; very soon he will trespass into it.” [al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Master Your Sleep

1. Master Your Sleep Routine:

Do you have a sleep routine? In this ProductiveMuslim.com article the ‘ideal’ ProductiveMuslim sleep routine is described that starts 90 minutes before you actually hit the bed. It goes like this:

9:30 P.M. – Wudhu & Witr
10:00 P.M. – Reading (Optional)
10:30 P.M. – Sleep Duas & Recitation of Quran
11:00 P.M. – Shut Eye!

The routine above helps you prepare for sleep both physically and spiritually and is from the guidance of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and from certain personal development science findings. Try the above routine and let me know how you feel.

2. Master Your Sleep Cycle:

If you want to be a true sleep master, you need to understand and master your sleep cycle. We’ve described the sleep pattern in brief and different stages that one goes through when he/she sleeps. As a starting point, most people go through their entire sleep cycles in one hour and a half periods. Do your best to sleep a multiple of this, e.g. If you sleep at 11 P.M. and need to wake up at 4:00 A.M. for Suhoor, you should technically sleep for 3×1.5 hours and wake up at 3.30 AM.

Now sometimes, you wake up a bit too early from the intended time. In the example above, you wake up at 3:30 A.M. when you really need to wake up at 4 A.M. Rather than ignoring your sleep pattern and trying to sleep right through to 4 A.M. and thus waking up in the middle of your sleep cycle – which can be difficult, my suggestion would be to wake up at 3:30 A.M., get out of bed, move around a bit, then go back to sleep for another 20 minute nap till 4 A.M. What you’re doing here is: completely disconnecting one sleep pattern from the other.

3. Master Power Naps:

Nothing beats a ‘20 minute nap’ for a true energy booster, and this works in Ramadan and outside Ramadan. If you’re ever tired and need some rest but don’t want to sleep too much, take a 20 minute nap (make sure you stick to 20 minutes!) and you’ll wake up totally refreshed. I’ll be honest, there’s only 1 way to master ‘20 minute naps’: practice, practice, practice! The more you practice, the better you’ll become at it. There are certain softwares and audio files that can help you practice this (e.g. www.pzizz.com) but once you master this technique, you wouldn’t need any software or audio files.

Regarding the best time to nap, there’s a couple of time slots that are known from the Sunnah:

1. Between Azan and Iqama of Fajr
2. Before/After Dhuhur

4. Master Your Body:

Mastering sleep is all about mastering the relationship between you and your body and what it needs. Make sure you’re not too strict upon your body that it shuts down or gets ill, thus refusing to work with you (happens at times!) or too relaxed with your body that sleep simply takes over your life. Treat your body as you treat a child: always listen to it, but never do what it always tells you to do but do what’s right for it.

Few other pointers regarding sleep, the following pointers would help improve your quality of sleep, which is very important during Ramadan and beyond:

When NOT to sleep!

The following times have been advised for us NOT to sleep in, either from the hadith of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) or scholars: between true dawn (when the time for Fajr salah sets in) and sunrise, between Maghrib and Isha, and after Asr prayer.

Sleep positions

It is recommended to sleep on the right side while facing the Qibla and keeping the right hand placed under the right cheek as per the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Sleeping on the left side or lying on the stomach is disliked and thus should be avoided.

Always sleep with wudhu

It is also important to maintain cleanliness when sleeping. We should: ”Sweep the beds at the time of sleeping, so that any harmful insects settled in it may be thrown away and you may remain safe from harm.” It is a good idea to sweep your pillow. Also:

– Brush your teeth
– Go to the bathroom
– Cleanse yourself from sweat and unpleasant odors before sleeping
– Make wudhu

Author “The Productive Muslim: Where Faith Meets Productivity”