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Fearing the Fire

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Monday, 18 April 2022 07:33

Mansoor bin ‘Ammaar (rahimahullah) who lived in Baghdad in the 2nd century of Islam was famous for his inspirational lectures and motivational advices. He narrates the following incident:

I came out (of my home) one night thinking it to be morning, whereas it was still night. (When I had realized this,) I sat down by a small door. Suddenly, I heard the voice of a youngster crying and saying, “By Your honour and splendour! I do not intend Your defiance by me disobeying you. Whenever I disobeyed you, neither was it because I was ignorant of Your warning, nor was it due to being bold before Your punishment, nor was it out of disregarding Your (affectionate) gaze upon me. Rather, (the reason for my disobedience was that) my inner desires tempted me, my wretchedness overcame me and Your drawn veil (over my sins) deluded me. I disobeyed You out of my own ignorance and I opposed You voluntarily. But now, who is there to save me from Your punishment? Whose rope can I cling to if You have cut off Your rope from me? How evil are the days of my life that have passed in the disobedience of my Rabb! Woe to me! How many times will I make taubah and (yet again) relapse (into sin)? The time has come for me to have shame before my Rabb!”

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Burfee Tre Leches Cake

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Friday, 15 April 2022 07:25

Ingredients:

5 eggs

1 cup sugar separated

1/3 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 cup flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

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Starting One’s Day on a Good Note

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Wednesday, 13 April 2022 07:10

(Series on Nafl Salaahs #3 – Ishraaq Salaah)

Among the various nafl salaah, through which a believer is able to acquire tremendous rewards from Allah Ta‘ala, is the Ishraaq Salaah.

The time of ishraaq commences after sunrise (i.e. fifteen to twenty minutes after sunrise) until zawaal. However, it is better to perform Ishraaq Salaah in the first half of the morning. One may perform two or four rakaats for Ishraaq Salaah.

In regard to the immense reward for performing Ishraaq Salaah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever performs Fajr Salaah with jamaat (in the masjid), and thereafter remains seated (in his place), engaged in the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala until the sun rises, and thereafter, he (stands and) performs two rakaats of salaah, he will receive the reward of hajj and ‘umrah.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then said, “Complete! Complete! Complete! (i.e. Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] emphasized that one will receive the reward of a complete hajj and a complete ‘umrah for performing two rakaats of Ishraaq Salaah).” (Sunan Tirmizi #586)

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Enduring for Deen

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Sunday, 10 April 2022 13:34

(Sayyidah Zainab [radhiyallahu ‘anha] bintu Rasulillah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] – Part One)

Among the respected daughters of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) enjoyed the privilege of being the eldest. She was born when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was approximately 30 years of age. (Al-Istee‘aab vol. 4, pg. 409 and Al-Isaabah vol. 8, pg. 151)

Hence, when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was blessed with nubuwwah (prophethood), Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was 10 years old. She could thus understand and comprehend the difficulties and persecution that her father (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was undergoing. Furthermore, being the daughter of the Nabi, she too suffered social persecution by the enemies of Islam. Her childhood and teens were thus a very challenging period as can be gauged by the following incident:

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Special Moments with the Most Beloved

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Wednesday, 06 April 2022 06:47

(Series on Nafl Salaahs #2 – Tahajjud Salaah)

When a person is in love, then his greatest yearning and desire is to meet and spend time in the company of his beloved. If he has arranged to meet his beloved at a certain time, then he will excitedly await the moment when he will be united with his love, and with every passing moment, he will find his eagerness increasing.

For a believer, whose goal is the true love of Allah Ta‘ala, one of the special moments when he will connect with his beloved Rabb are the moments of tahajjud. Hence, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned in the blessed hadeeth that the time when Allah Ta‘ala is closest to his slaves, and directs His special mercy and blessings towards them, is during the last third of the night before subah saadiq. (Saheeh Bukhaari #1145 & Sunan Tirmizi #3579) Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) further mentioned, “If you are able to be from among those who engage in the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala at this time, then do so.” (Sunan Tirmizi #3579)

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