I Longed for Marriage…

by Anonymous

“I longed for marriage”
.. and I got married
But life without children is deserting

Thus “I longed to be blessed with children”
… and I got children
But within no time my small apartment made me uncomfortable..

I therefore longed for bigger house with garden..
well, I got it, though with much efforts
Yes, I possessed a mansion, but my children are grown up by then

Hence, I longed for them to get married…
They are now married, yet official responsibilities give me fatigue

Now I resorted to retirement, to get some rest…
.. I`ve retired, but become single, just as I was after graduation..
.. After graduation I noticed, I approached life, but now,
I bid life farewell..

Still, I do have ambitions..
.. I longed for Quranic memorization..
.. but my memory betrayed me..

.. I longed to frequent fasting…
… yet my health condition won’t allow ..

.. I longed for night devotion “Qiyamul layl”…
.. but my feet can no longer carry me …

VERILY The Prophet (ﷺ) made it categorical that
“Make profit out of five things before five things over take you:

*Youthfulness* before the old age
*Health* before illness
*Wealth* before poverty
*Free time* before busy moment
*Life* before your death”

If your daily routine is empty of the following activities, be quick and insert them NOW…or NEVER:

*Daily Quranic recitation routine
*Qiyamul layl
*Alms giving /supporting the needy
*Spreading good word/nasiha/salam

May Allah SWT guide us all
امييييين يارب العالمين

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The Ongoing Charity of Hazrat Uthman (ra)

by Anonymous

There was a well in a part of Madinah, and it was the only source of water in that part, but the owner insisted on charging for even a handful for water

When ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan came to learn of the Prophet’s declaration of something better than the well in Paradise for whoever can secure it for the community Uthman (ra) offered to buy the well.

The owner declined, at which point ‘Uthman asked him to sell him half of it or rent the well: a day for Muslims and a day for him to sell to whoever he wishes. He agreed. The owner knew Uthman (ra) as a good businessman, and was flattered to have him as a business partner, thinking that this would increase his sales.

The exact opposite happened… no one bought water from him again.

Uthman (ra) opened the well for Allah’s sake, allowing people to fetch as they wanted. The people would fetch two days’ supply on his day and ignore the Jew’s day. Despondently, the owner offerred Uthman (ra) the other half, which Uthman (ra) bought for 20,000 dirhams (really kind of Uthman (ra), if it was me, I would have negotiated it down to a lower price.)

A few years later, another companion of the prophet SAW offered to buy up the well from Uthman (ra). He refused, saying that he had been offered much more. The man kept increasing his offer, and Uthman kept refusing on the ground that he had been offered much more. Baffled, the man asked him who had offered so much, and how much had been offered. Uthman (ra) said…

“Allah has offered ten times the reward for charity given to Muslims”.

The well was kept for the free use of Muslims, up to and after the death of Usman (ra), but the story does not end yet…

During the Ummayyad dynasty, the well and the surrounding ground (still nominally in the name of Usman (ra) since it was charitable and not inherited) were kept for free use by Muslims. Date palms grew on the grounds, and grew numerous overtime. The dates were also harvested and given to charity in the name of Usman bin Affan (ra). This continued during the time of the Abbassid period and later.

In the present history of Saudi Arabia, the decision was made to organise it into a modern plantation. The money was shared into two parts, half to be given in charity, mainly to widows and orphans, the other half to be reinvested.

This plan was (and is still) being carried out. Today, a bank account exists in the name of Usman bin Affan, from which half of all moneys gained from the plantation are remitted, while the other half is still being given out as charity. Out of this money, an amount was invested into purchasing land around the Masjid anNabawi in Madinah. This was developed into a hotel and accomodation for visitors to the mosque, and as per arrangement, half the income was also given out as charity, while half is being remitted to the account to be reinvested.

As at now, disbursements from this charity, started off by the virtuous sahabi, Usman bin Affan (ra), is upwards of SR50million monthly.

The well is known today as Bi’ir Uthman or Bi’ir Rummah. One charitable deed that has earned its giver rewards for over 14centuries.

May Allah reward the Companions of the Prophet (ﷺ), not only for their charitable deeds, but also for the help they provided in aiding our noble Prophet for us, and transmitting his message faithfully down to us for our own benefit. May Allah grant them Jannat al-Ffirdaus and join us with them in the hereafter…Ameen

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My USIC Experience

By Ayyub Ahmed

The transition to university life was something I really did fear. Having never been away from home for more than 2 weeks, the thought of not having the luxuries of home cooked biryani or freshly washed clothes was terrifying. Once you move away from home, you really do appreciate the things your parents do for you, and I don’t just mean laundry and food but rather the support parents give mentally, physically and most importantly spiritually. However, my first week in Sheffield was not as daunting as I had first anticipated. Having said that, driving up to Sheffield in a jam-packed car, which was initially a 5 seater that had now become a 1½ seater car was not the smoothest of rides. The picturesque views I encountered on my way up did help make the journey a little more fruitful but little did I know that all these beautiful hill tops I was in awe of, were going to be my downfall (pardon the pun). One thing I was definitely looking forward to was the USIC Fresher’s events. There was a wide array of events for both brothers and sisters but to be honest it was the trip to Peak District that had really caught my eye. Cycling through the peaks was a true a bashing of my Nafs (ego) having believed that cycling up the hills would be a piece of cake, I couldn’t have been more wrong. But the trip really did show me how strong the brotherhood was in USIC. All the brothers on the committee have been very welcoming and have really helped me settle into Sheffield. When I come to think of it, even though I have left my family, I feel as if I have been welcomed to a new family with USIC, a sense of belonging. The events taking place during the week kept me occupied whilst most of my course friends were going out on a late night binge! This was not really a problem, the hardest aspect since moving to Sheffield would undoubtedly be having to climb Mount Snowden (Glossop Road) every day just to go from my lecture hall back to my flat (Just a note USIC have organised a challenge to climb this mountain for charity). The next hurdle I foresee would be my meal planning once I ran out of my mum’s frozen curries (I am so dreading this moment). Nonetheless, in the little time that I have spent as a fresher in Sheffield, I have learnt that Imran’s on Wicker is the place to be and that joining USIC has been really helpful. In shaa Allah this year is another year that Allah the Almighty bestows blessings and love upon us all and that we can encompass our lives with the love for our master, the Beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

I would like to leave you with a quote by a great Islamic mystic:

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop” – Hazrat Rumi (RA)

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The Sacred Month of Muharram

by Huraira Maneer

إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْرًا فِي كِتَابِ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ مِنْهَا أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ ۚ فَلَا تَظْلِمُوا فِيهِنَّ أَنْفُسَكُمْ ۚ

Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. That is the correct religion, so do not wrong yourselves during them…[9:36]  

As Salaamu Alaikum!

We have reached the blessed month of Muharram, one of the sacred months in Islaam and the first month of the Hijri calendar. With it are virtues and other important facts which I’ve noted below:

Ashura (10th of Muharram) is the day Allah rescued the Prophet Musa and his people, after Musa had called Firaun to Tawheed (To single Allah out in worship). But Fir’aun arrogantly rejected!

Ashura was also the day Pharoah (Fir’aun) and his people were destroyed 1

Muharram is one of the sacred months as well as Dhu’l-Qi’dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah and Rajab. As in the Quraan it says:

Indeed, the number of months with Allah is Twelve (lunar) months in the register of Allah (from) the day he created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. That is the correct religion [i.e.way], so do not wrong yourselves during them…” (At-Tawbah:36)

Good deeds are of greater reward, and wrongdoing is more grave and serious in this month as well in other sacred months2

In order, the Islamic Months are as follows: 

  1. Muharram
  2. Safar
  3. Rabi’ al-awwal
  4. Rabi’ al-thani
  5. Jumada al-awwal
  6. Jumada al-thani
  7. Rajab
  8. Sha’ban
  9. Ramadan
  10.  Shawwal
  11.  Dhu al-Qi’dah
  12.  Dhu al-Hijjah

So what should we DO in this blessed month?

DO more righteous actions! Try harder to leave off prohibitions! Increase in fasting in this month especially the fast of Ashura.

The noble Scholar and Faqeeh Shaykh Uthaymeen advises us with regards to these months:

Respect the limits set by Allāh, carry out the obligations ordained by Allāh, and stay away from His prohibitions. Fulfil the rights with regards to what is between you and your Lord, and with regards to what is between you and His ‘Ibād (servants, slaves, worshippers)3

Abu Qatadah narrated that the Prophet said:

“Fast the Day of Ashura, for indeed I anticipate that Allah will forgive (the sins of) the year before it.”4

Al-Hāfiz Ibn Hajr said:

Fasting ʿĀshūrā is of 3 levels: The lowest is to fast it alone . Above this is to fast the 9th along with it.• Above that is to fast the 9th and the 11th along with it. And Allāh knows best.❞4

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Shaykh Sha’arawiy says…

by Anonymous

Shaykh Sha’arawiy says:

I’m baffled by four persons faced by four situations, but forget four solutions:

  1. Someone in Grief, how does he forget:

۞ لا إلهَ إلاّ أنتَ سُبحانكَ إني كنتُ من الظالمين ۞ (Laa ilaaha illaa anta, sub-haanaka, innii kuntu minadzaalimeen.)

There is none worthy of worship event You. Glory be to You. Indeed, I am from the wrongdoers.

Don’t you see what Allah says afterwards?

۞ فاستجبنا لهُ ونجيناهُ من الغم ۞

“So, we responded to him and saved him from GRIEF…”

  1. Someone in SICKNESS, how does he forget to say

۞ ربي إني مسّنيَ الضرُ وأنتَ أرحمُ الراحمين ۞ (Rabbii innii massaniya-dhurr wa anta Arhamur-Raahimeen.)

Indeed, adversity has touched me, and You are the Most Merciful of the Merciful.

Don’t you see what Allah says afterwards?

۞ فا ستجبنا له وكشفنا ما به من ضر ۞
“So, we responded to him and cured him from all his SICKNESS…”

  1. Someone in FEAR, how does he forget to say

۞ حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل ۞ (Hasbunallaahu wa niimal-wakeel)

Sufficient is Allah and the Best of Protectors.

Don’t you see what Allah says afterwards?

  ۞ فانقلبوا بنعمةٍ من اللهِ وفضلٍ لم يمسسهم سوء ۞

“Therefore, they returned with a great bounty from Allah and a great favour; … no evil had befallen them.”

  1. Someone facing PEOPLE’S EVIL; how does he forget to say

۞ ۞”وَأُفَوِّضُ أَمْرِي إِلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَصِيرٌ بِالْعِبَاد (wa ufawwidu amrii illa-llaah, innallaaha baseerun bil-ibaad.)

I turn my affairs over to Allah. Indeed, Allah is all aware of His slaves.

Don’t you see what Allah says afterwards?

۞ فوقاهُ اللهُ سيئاتِ ما مكروا ۞

“Thus, Allah protected him from the EVIL they had planned…”


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The Beautiful Trait of Equality

by Neelam Hafiz

Allah Ta’ala has given man intellect to think which is what sets us apart from any other species and is the reason why we must learn about the faiths and cultures of other people and make them aware of Islam. This is so that we comprehend each other’s values and by conversing on the subject of mutually shared values, attain mutual confidence and reliance, for the Qur’an has encouraged acting upon and paying attention to mutually shared values. Therefore, rather than propagating conflicts and disputes by focusing on controversial issues, attempts should be made to make the atmosphere more pleasant by stressing commonly shared values and making them the topic of discussion. Where there is mutual understanding, mutual confidence and respect will automatically prevail In Sha Allah!


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Surah Ad-Duha

By Anonymous

So many people are suffering from depression and low moods..
This is a really good read and the next time you feel disconnected, disheartened or depressed with your level of Imaan and your connection with Allah – read Surah Ad Duha and ponder over its meanings – Inshallah it will restore your faith and increase your belief in the greatness of Allah.

Surah Ad-Duha & struggling with low mood & depression

Most of us know this Surah by heart. It was revealed to the Prophet (peace be upon him) at a time when he had not received any revelation for six months. He was in a very disturbed state of mind, feeling negative and depressed and believing that Allah was displeased with him, had forgotten him…

Don’t we have similar feelings in our lives? Times when our level of imaan is low, our khushoo in salah wavers and we feel a drop in our connection with Allah?* We feel like our duas are not being answered, our salah is not having a positive impact on our hearts, and worst of all the feeling that we’re horrible human beings, that Allah doesn’t love us or doesn’t care about us anymore.

Surah Ad-Duha was revealed to the Prophet (sallalahu aleihi wa sallam) to relieve him of these negative feelings and to give him hope, positivity, and the assurance that Allah is with him no matter what.

So what does this surah say?

Wad duhaa— By the morning brightness

This is the first thing you need to hear when you’re depressed: Wake up, look at the sunshine! Everything in life is not doom and gloom– you just have to look up!

Wal laili iza sajaa— And [by] the night when it covers with darkness,

A reminder to us that the night is meant to cover and give us comfort and rest. Generally when we’re depressed, we tend to get into a very bad sleep pattern by staying up at night and sleeping all day, thereby worsening our state of mind. This aayah reminds us to use the night as a comfort to ease our distress.

Ma wad da’aka rabbuka wa ma qalaa -Your Lord has not taken leave of you, [O Muhammad], nor has He detested [you].

This is a very powerful verse from Allah telling us that He doesn’t hate us and hasn’t forgotten us– reminding the depressed person that He is always by his or her side!

Walal-aakhiratu khairul laka minal-oola— And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life].

Many times when we’re depressed we think: Is this all my life is going to be? Is it never going to get better? This aayah serves as a perfect answer to those questions, reminding us that life in this world is temporary and that Aakhira is certainly a better, more permanent place for us than this world could ever be. This makes us look forward to attaining our place in Jannah and helps us look at any problems in our lives as temporary tests of our faith from Allah.

Wa la sawfa y’uteeka rabbuka fatarda— And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be satisfied.

A promise from Allah that very soon he will give us a massive reward (Jannah) and we will be happy! Subhanallah! Isn’t this the best thing to hear when you’re depressed and fed up with this worldly life and the problems you’re facing?

Alam ya jidka yateeman fa aawaa – Did He not find you an orphan and give [you] refuge?

Now many of us may think: how would this aayah about orphans relate to the majority of us? Think about it– weren’t there many times in your life when you were sick or lonely and felt like you had nobody who cared about you? Who was the only one by your side at that time? Allah! It was He who took care of you and guided you out of that stage in life.

Wa wa jadaka daal lan fahada— And He found you lost and guided [you].

How many of us, despite being born Muslims or even reverts after some turbulent events, have found ourselves misguided and straying away from Islam in the past? It was Allah who gave us that hidaya and brought us back to the straight path and to Him and made us practicing Muslims. Alhamdulillah!

Wa wa jadaka ‘aa-ilan fa aghnaa— And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient.

Many of us have probably gone through many periods in our lives when we have been short of money and wealth. Now when we look back we realize that it was only Allah who gave us that rizq in some form and got us through those tough financial times. When a person is depressed, giving him or her examples of how Allah has helped them in the past will strengthen their conviction and belief in the promises Allah makes in this surah for their future.

Fa am mal yateema fala taqhar — So as for the orphan, do not oppress [him].

Depressed people are mostly consumed with their situation and feel that nobody could possibly be in a worse situation. This aayah reminds us to look at people who are in far worse situations than ourselves when we’re feeling hopeless and depressed— Look at the orphans, who have no family or loved ones and nobody to care for them. We have families and parents who love us, a roof over our heads and food on the table and we still think we’re in a bad situation? Subhanallah!

Wa am mas saa-ila fala tanhar— And as for the petitioner, do not repel [him].

Another example is of the beggar – to once again remind us of the many material blessings that Allah has given us that we take for granted – food, clothing and shelter. How many of us have ever gone to sleep hungry? How many of us don’t have clothes to wear? Or don’t have a home to go to? These examples of the orphan and the beggar are ones we should constantly remind ourselves of to be thankful for the numerous blessings Allah has given us, get over our depression and feel connected to Allah again, out of gratitude.

Wa amma bi ne’mati rabbika fahad dith – But as for the favor of your Lord, report [it].

This final aayah is about maintaining that renewed faith and bond with Allah – by pondering, glorifying and talking about the blessings of Allah! Either in terms of halaqas, discussions with family and friends or even da’wah! Dhikr, reading quran and listening to lectures are also great ways to keep the remembrance of Allah close to your heart!

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