Inspiration to keep Studying…

Some of the ‘Ulema of the past used to say that those who do not believe that the Talibul ‘Ilm, that the scholar is a warrior, is a Mujahid then he has no intellect. The scholar, the talibul ‘ilm, is defending the borders and the lines of Islam just like a Mujahid is fighting and defending Islam with his body and blood. He’s fighting it with his pen and lectures, his teachings and his classes. You know? That Mujahid wouldn’t be there unless he had a good teacher, right? So it’s tough to get up everyday and recite 10 pages of Quraan, and memorize, and review, and then study this. It’s tough! Those people don’t have the stomach to study or the discipline , or the humility to sit between somebody’s legs under their feet and study. They just want a fatwa. They, as the scholars say, want the taste of knowledge but they don’t want to eat the meal. They say the introduction is too long and the teacher is not getting to the point. But the introduction has its place. If they would stick to the first five lessons, they would get somewhere, you know?

– Ustadh

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The Silent Empty Cup



As a woman with the heaviness of responsibilities, she sighs. She sighs when putting the kettle on. She sighs, lest her tears make way into her eyes. She sighs for that is what she can only do sometimes to comfort the burden her body carries. Islam has given a woman several rights but if only the institutions catered to a Muslim woman’s spiritual, intellectual and physical need. Needs which are often neglected under the guise of ‘Islam’ but that is a different topic altogether.

As a wife, you are expected to take on everything and wince not once, silently, daily. As a mother of one, two or more: you are expected to show up at every second of the day to your children’s needs. Almost all of the time, alone. Alone, so very alone.

The weeks crash onto numerous months and you try hard but giving all the time, withers your spirit.It especially withers away the spirit of those souls which feel too much, want to love with all their heart and yet, want sometimes the trickle of pure genuine free-love into their always-empty cup. She keeps pouring into others’ cups but her cup, well, is only hers to see. Maybe it does not even exist for others.

It is important to sometimes, just sometimes, let the pile of dishes and the unfolded laundry peacefully watch you attend to yourself. For once, bask in the Magnificence of His Beautiful Names and Attributes as it lifts away your burdens. As a woman, you matter to Allah swt and while you may have endless tasks, He swt created you so that you can live to enjoy being His Slave. Your cup may not exist to the creations but it does exist to Allah swt so fill it with learning about Him.

As you teach your little ones His Oneness, do not forget, He swt truly is the One from whom we should expect. Expect warmth from Him. Expect consolation from Him alone. Expect appreciation from Him. Let Him take your hand and lead to the Threshold where you can rest your head. Where you can rest your soul and cry your heart out. Let Him wash your heart with His Tawakul.

Things will change inshaa’Allah.

And finally, keep working hard, expecting reward from Him, purifying your intention all the time. What He swt has saved for His female slaves of reward for the rigorousness of mothering is something no male servant will get. Convert your weak moments into strengthening moments by making duaa to Him and asking Him to unveil the beauty of His Names and Attributes to you. Seek knowledge not through your ‘free’ time but rather through your Rabb for He swt does not need asbaab to gift you something divine. Allah swt surely gifts to a seeking heart.

O Allah swt, make us eligible for raising a generation beloved to You. Bless us with hikmah to keep on creating warmth in our homes in which Your Praise is celebrated. And let not our good deeds go to waste by the recklessness of our tongue, stinginess of our hearts and lack of patience of our souls. O Allah swt, bless us with the rizq of beneficial knowledge. Fill our empty cups with your love and free us from the dependency on your creations. Ameen!

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Respond to the Quraan!

Source: Tafseer ibn Katheer



Abu `Isa At-Tirmidhi recorded that Jabir said, “The Messenger of Allah went to his Companions and recited Surat Ar-Rahman from beginning to end for them, but they did not say anything. The Prophet said,

لَقَدْ قَرَأْتُهَا عَلَى الْجِنِّ لَيْلَةَ الْجِنِّ فَكَانُوا أَحْسَنَ مَرْدُودًا مِنْكُمْ، كُنْتُ كُلَّمَا أَتَيْتُ عَلَى قَوْلِهِ
فَبِأَىِّ ءَالَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ
قَالُوا: لَا بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ نِعَمِكَ رَبَّنَا نُكَذِّبُ فَلَكَ الْحَمْد

(I recited it to the Jinns, on the night of the Jinns and their response was better than yours! Whenever I recited Allah’s statement: (Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you both deny) (They said, “None of Your favors do we deny, our Lord! All praise is due to you.”) At-Tirmidhi recorded it and he said, “This Hadith is Gharib.” Al-Hafiz Abu Bakr Al-Bazzar also collected this Hadith.

Abu Ja`far Ibn Jarir recorded that `Abdullah bin `Umar said that the Messenger of Allah recited Surat Ar-Rahman, or it was recited before him, and he said,

«مَا لِيَ أَسْمَعُ الْجِنَّ أَحْسَنَ جَوَابًا لِرَبِّهَا مِنْكُمْ؟»

(Why do I hear the Jinn giving a better response to their Lord than you) They said, “Why is that, O Allah’s Messenger?)” He said,

:مَا أَتَيْتُ عَلَى قَوْلِ اللهِ تَعَالَى
فَبِأَىِّ ءَالَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ
إِلَّا قَالَتِ الْجِنُّ: لَا بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ نِعَمِ رَبِّنَا نُكَذِّب

(Whenever I recited the statement of Allah the Exalted, (Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you both deny) (The Jinn responded by saying, “None of the favors of our Lord do we deny.”)” Al-Hafiz Al-Bazzar also collected this Hadith.

And Allah swt knows best.

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Suwar Series: Unveiling the Beauty that Lies Within – Part 1: The Greatest Name

Bismillah: Asalamo’alaykum warahmatullah,

I am beginning a series to collect the beautiful narrations related to the virtues of the beautiful Surahs in the Quraan. I will only share super authentic ones and will not be collecting any da’eef ones even for the sake of their fadaa-il. You can get better updates through my facebook page if you like.

This series is dedicated to my (almost) 1.5 year old son, Ibraheem, for whom I make regular duaa to be from the ahl of Quraan by giving it haqqah tilawatih. Ameen for him, me and all of us. He inspires me to keep learning despite come what may, alhamdolilah.

We cannot love the Quraan if we do not know the specialities of different Surahs. I am on a mission to make its love more accessible to myself and whoever reads this inshaa’Allah.

-Umm S.

P.S. I am not working on my laptop and have limited time, therefore, excuse the lack of formatting.


The Greatest Name~*

It was narrated from Abu Umamah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The greatest name of Allah appears in three surahs of the Quran: in al-Baqarah, Al ‘Imran and Taha.”

[Narrated by Ibn Majah (3856) and al-Hakim (1/686); classed as hasan (sound) by al-Albani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (746).]


He (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

With regard to the words of al-Qasim ibn ‘Abd al-Rahman (the one who narrated it from Abu Umamah) that the greatest name is found in the verse (interpretation of the meaning): “And (all) faces shall be humbled before (Allah), Al-Hayyul-Qayyum (the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists)” [Taha20:111] in Surah Taha, I could not find anything to support it. It is more likely in my view that it is in the verse at the beginning of the surah: “Verily, I am Allah! La ilaha illa Ana (none has the right to be worshipped but I)” [Taha 20:14], and that is in accordance with some saheeh hadeeths (authentic narrations. See: al-Fath (11/225) and Saheeh Abi Dawood (1341).

Reference: Islamqa.com

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين


It’s been His methodology. His Way. To collect the strongest of his armies to destroy the idols.

That is their fate.

Them idols.

They are destined to break. Eventually.

In the dusty annals of history, those idols can be found around the glorious Ka’bah, the landmark that commemorates the rituals of Tawheed today. And today too, like in the past, such idols can be found tucked away in the dark concave corners of our hearts where we wouldn’t let anyone in. Hidden and guarded, fiercely.

Our idols could be any deterrent of attaining true ‘Uboodiyah. It could be a prestigious job/university offer we’re chasing, a potential spouse, love of our child, sleep, any bad habit or any favourite sport.

Anything that predominantly orbits your mind in your waking hours could be described as your idol.

We foolishly decorate the idols in our hearts year after year with a new hope and expectation not realizing that we are setting ourselves up for disaster because truly when those idols break (and they have to break), our hearts scream with the stab.

That broken expectation you blame your child, spouse, parent for…well, it was your attachment to His Creations more than the Creator.

That sinking empty feeling? Yes, that sums it up well.

I didn’t realize but for the past few years, I had set up a few idols in my heart. Allah swt broke them one by one until my heart was completely empty to receive His Nourishing Love. But then I lost my way again and set up few more idols and after a major rude awakening, I’ve come back to my senses.

Every broken expectation that brought on a series of stormy life’s events have made me understand His Words better. Each one of them was worth it because they helped me internalize the following golden ayah from His Beautiful Book:

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَتَّخِذُ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَندَادًا يُحِبُّونَهُمْ كَحُبِّ اللَّهِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَّهِ

“And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah . But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah…”

[Surat’l Baqarah, 2:part of ayah 165]


The next ayaat after the one quoted above talk about the dissociation of the ones people followed and loved. Allah swt talks about the regret. Nobody would want that regret.

After every broken expectation, we regret wasting our emotions on something that wasn’t worth investing in. Isn’t it better to dissociate ourselves before we regret?

Don’t get me wrong: there’s nothing wrong with loving your child, spouse and parent. Even our Muslim brothers and sisters anywhere in the world.

But the intensity should be greater for Him. For anything that disrupts that balance becomes an idol in our hearts and if we don’t destroy it, then Allah swt takes it upon Himself to do so…even if it involves a major blow or heartache.

Allah swt wills no harm. We are usually our own enemies, making our otherwise beautiful lives, chaotic by sculpting our idols in the mold of emotions and improperly placing them on a pedestal.

We must define our idols, break them, and let our heart orbit around the Only One Supreme being. None of these idols will hasten our affairs in the next world. None of these idols will lead to long lasting happiness in either world.

Once you stop loving Allah swt, you start loving anything. Keep monitoring the level of your love for Him. Perhaps one day, our struggle will win us His Love too.


Listen, it doesn’t matter even if it means breaking the very idols you are grappling onto to just stand. It’s going to hurt but it’s going to be so worth it inshaa’Allah for He swt will walk with you in your hard times of loneliness.

Every idol is a burden you carry. A seed of regret you’re sowing.

Get rid of it.

When others are drowning in their own sweat, wouldn’t it be beautiful that Allah swt boasts about you and me…and our epic tales of us willingly breaking our own idols?

Take charge of your tazkiyah today because:

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن زَكَّـهَا

وَقَدْ خَابَ مَن دَسَّـهَا

And Allah swt knows best.

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First Muhaajir Child Born Post-Hijrah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين


Narrated Asma’ bint Abu Bakr RA:

I conceived ‘Abdullah bin Az-Zubayr at Makkah and went out (of Makkah) while I was about to give birth. I came to Madinah and encamped at Quba’, and gave birth at Quba’. Then I brought the child to Allah’s Apostle salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam and placed him (on his lap). He asked for a date, chewed it, and put his saliva in the mouth of the child. So the first thing to enter its stomach was the saliva of Allah’s Apostle. Then he did his Tahneek with a date, and invoked Allah to bless him. It was the first child born in the Islamic era, therefore they (Muslims) were very happy with his birth, for it had been said to them that the Jews (of that time) had bewitched them, and so they would not produce any offspring.

[Sahih al Bukhari; Book #66, Hadith #378]

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Thought-Provoking Quotes: Importance & Purity of Intentions

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين


It is reported that Zayd al Yamy (R) said,

“I would always like to observe good intention in every deed, even eating and drinking.”


It is reported that Yahya ibn Abi Kathir (R) said,

“Keep having good intentions, for they are higher than undertaking good deeds.”


It is reported that Yusuf ibn Asbat (R) has said,

“Keeping one’s intention always good is more difficult for doers of good  deeds than perseverance in a good course!”


It was asked of Nafi’ bin Jubayr (R), “Won’t you attend the funeral?”

He replied, “Stay as you are until I revive my intention.”

Then he thought for a while and said, “Go on!”


It is reported that ‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak (R) has said,

“A small deed may be great because of the intention behind it;

and a great deed may be insignificant due to the intention behind it.”


It is reported that Fudayl ibn ‘Iyad (R) has said,

“What Allah swt wants from you is your intention and will.”


A knowledgeable scholar (R) once said,

“They are superior to each other by virtue of their intentions,

not by virtue of performing prayer and observing fasting.”


(may Allah swt be pleased with them all, ameen)

[Collected from Ibn Rajab(R)’s Jami’ al ‘Uloom wal Hikam, pp.13 of the English translation]

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List of Ayaat of Quraanic Du’aas that Begin with قل

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين


With every new bit of information we learn about the Quraan, doesn’t that do something to your heart?

It makes that poor thing flutter with happiness and soar into the skies of bliss…subhanAllah.

Beautiful is His Speech, how beautiful must be its Lord?

There are various beautiful Qursanic du’aas but there are a few that begin with قل.  It is said that they are important in that, it is Allah swt mandating the du’aa’s utterance by us. It is He swt ordering us to ‘say’ them. In other words, we should pay special attention to them, understand their hidden gems with context, memorize them and use the content and/or mannerisms implied within them diligently in our daily conversations with Allah swt.

As soon as I got to know the above, I wanted to collect them for my reference and inshaa’Allah this should be a topic of great interest and tadabbur (contemplation) for the student of Quraan. And Allah swt knows best.


1. Surat Ale ‘Imraan, ayah 26



2. Surat’l Israa, ayah 24



3. Surat’l Israa, ayah 80

17, 80



4. Surat TaaHaa, ayah 114

20, 114


5. Surat’l Mo’minoon, ayah 29





6. Surat’l Mo’minoon, ayah 93 (ayah 94 placed for completion of du’aa and context)




7. Surat’l Mo’minoon, ayah 97

23, 97



8. Surat’l Mo’minoon, ayah 118



9. Surat az-Zumar, ayah 46


10. Last 2 Surahs of the Quraan. These are memorized by all and given very little importance. However, Allah swt willed them to be important and asked us to recite them as du’aas for protection.


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