Spread the Love

Islam teaches us to be loving to others, regardless if they chose to be evil to us. This teaching also extends having a regulated affection and hatred toward people – finding a middle ground – which arms us for the changing circumstances of this world.

An expert from “Don’t Be Sad” by Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni:

“Lend your attention to each matter in proportion to its importance. In any given situation do not exaggerate mountains from mole hills; rather, keep in mind your objectivity and fairness. Do not follow false suspicion or the deceitful illusion of the mirage, but be balanced. Listen to the balance of love and hate as explained by the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him):

“Love the one who is beloved to you in due moderation, for perhaps the day will come when you will abhor him. And hate the one whom you detest in due moderation, for perhaps the day will arrive when you will come to love him.”

Perhaps Allah will make friendship between you and those whom you hold as enemies. And Allah has power [over all things], and Allah is Of-Forgiving, Most Merciful.  (Qur’an 60: 7)”

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“Don’t Be Sad”

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101 on Lailatul Qadr

Lailatul Qadr, the Night of Power, is better than 1,000 months, roughly 83 years.

The physical night is a journey of spiritual growth for Muslims.

Lailatul Qadr is found on an odd-numbered night during the last 10 days of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims.

The spiritual night has to be sought out through physical signs: a calm night with no shooting stars followed by a serene sighting of the sunrise. The weather will be not cold nor hot.

During the night thousands of angels descend from the heaven, witnessing the deeds of the humans. For those who are well-occupied in worship, the angels are a means of witnessing their good deeds. Angel Gibrael will also come during the night and shake hands with all the believers. Subhanallah.

Lailatul Qadr signifies the time when the Quran was revealed. It was completed after 23 years of revelation.

For Muslims, this spiritual journey can help them earn the forgiveness of previous and future sins, and Allah’s Mercy.

Author’s note: We are in the last 10 nights of Ramadan.

Qiyam Intensive: Inspiration For All

Saturday night the Young Sisters of MUNA had a second Qiyam for the Qiyam Intensive series, “Inspiration For All – Increase Knowledge, Strengthen Faith and Radiate Compassion.”

The all-night Islamic get-together focused on the last 10 nights of Ramadan, the nights of savior from the hellfire. About 24 people attended; 18 girls and 6 women; in simultaneous programs.

The schedule consisted of Quran recitations, Sahi Quran on Surah Al-Qadr, snack time, playing Kalimat, tips on seeking forgiveness and attaining repentance, and downtime for personal reading and prayer.

Some tips from the lectures:

What to do in the last 10 nights?
* Read Quran
* Make Dua
* Seek forgiveness
* Small deeds
* Do deeds that you enjoy/ personalize
* Plan out schedule for last 10

Dua :

“Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee”

O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’ “(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).

Resource: http://www.soundvision.com/info/ramadan/10.16things.asp

Qiyam Intensive: Shower of Mercy

Last week the Young Sisters of MUNA had its first Ramadan Qiyam. The theme was Allah’s mercy, in accordance to the first ten nights of Ramadan.

Allah says people should seek out His Mercy by asking for Forgiveness for sins.

Allah swt said in an authentic hadith narrated by Muhammad sallahu wa alayhi wa sallam, “O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I have forgiven you for what you have done and I do not mind. O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach the clouds of the sky and then you would seek My forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, if you were to come to Me with sins that are close to filling the earth and then you would meet Me without ascribing any partners with Me, I would certainly bring to you forgiveness close to filling it.”

Qiyams, which are informal gatherings for Muslims to worship together during the night, are held especially during Ramadan to help focus and motivate one another to maximize on faith-building.

A sample Qiyam may include personal time to read Quran (Islam’s holy book), lectures, time for prayer, ending with the sahoor, or pre-dawn meal before fasting. Some Qiyams offer time for sleeping in the morning, while others, people leave after the morning prayer, Fajr.

Although people are fasting, Ramadan is known as the “month of Quran”, when Islam was completely revealed to Prophet Muhammad from Allah through Angel Gibrael after 23 years in oral form.

Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, starting with sahoor, and ending with iftar, a post-dusk meal. While fasting Muslims must abstain from food, drink, committing sins, and intercourse.

There are about 6 million Muslims in the U.S. according to the Council on American Islamic Relations, a non-profit civil rights advocacy group for Muslims in North America.