…crawling or running?…

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…are we crawling or running to Allah Ta’ala and His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam during these most blessed days? …how fast are you running?…running full speed…??…seriously check your speed…your destination…your intention for running…time is running out…a mere few days left of a time we are offered so much…these days skies are filled with Angels…Allah Ta’ala even commands Jibreel Alaihis Salam to descend…SubhanAllah!!! SUBHANALLAH!! Jannah is decorated…SubhanAllah! and so much more…so RUN at top speed…RUN…

Insha’Allah a quick scroll through these photos will boost the speed of your heart as it runs to Allah Ta’ala…

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…so target your destination as you run to our Merciful Rabb Subanahu wa Ta’ala and His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…this is all we have…so why be deluded thinking otherwise…run…throw all distractions to the wind as you run faster and faster…set the GPS of your heart ONLY on this destination…steer clear of diversions…avoid detours…these fleeting great moments of opportunity are zooming by…run to Allah Ta’ala and He surely is waiting for us to Run to Him…to His Open Arms…to His Succour…to His Salvation and Mercy and Forgiveness…RUN…with the utmost effort…RUN…as you have never run before…RUN…and as you run release all detritus from the heart…see it flying away…and instead see and FEEL the Sakinah and Peace…watch as your Iman strengthens…flowing from this renewed heart, throughout your entire body, and then beyond, filling the space around you…so all can feel the same and be uplifted by your efforts of RUNNING and not crawling…Insha’Allah Ameen Ameen Ameen…may we all RUN as we have never run before…

…JazakiLlahu khaira to a precious sister for sharing her photos…Insha’Allah please make, even if only once, Du’a during Iftar and/or Sehri for the residents of Madinatun Nabi…for the Haramain…and for all suffering…

…AND…RUN to donate…to help feed Syrian families the basics of bread…to reap the multiple rewards of giving charity in this Mubarak month and to gaze upon the amazing entry in your Kitab on that Fateful Day when Amal Salih will be shining from your account…Insha’Allah assist the noble effort of compassion and love by Sister Javeria for establishing this opportunity for you to GIVE…Insha’Allah your donation will weight heavily on the scales and bring the desired total to 100%…and relief to many suffering in oppressive conditions…Ya Rabb give them the best in their Akhirah Ameen…#1000BreadChallenge

…so no more crawling…this is not the time for crawling…only RUNNING to Allah Ta’ala with all He loves watching us do in His Name during these days…RUN RUN RUN…Insha’Allah…RUN RUN RUN…and RUN some more…

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.

…seeking power…

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…seeking the power of reconnecting…these final ten days are supreme…supreme because Allah Ta’ala is offering us all the means to reconnect to Him…His Word…His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his Sunnah…the priority in these days should be seeking power…the power of Iman intensifying within…the power of knowing Allah Ta’ala more intimately…the power of bringing the Deen more fully into our lives…the power of knowing what will be recorded in our Books…the power of renewal glowing from within…Insha’Allah continue seeking power during these last Blessed ten days with these powerful tips from Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury…

1. Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better – Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!

2. Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!

3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all”. The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance”?

4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

5. Memorize and keep asking the dua’ taught by Rasulullah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).

6. Prepare a short dua’ list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!

7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed ‘isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get. ready for ibadah.

8. Don’t neglect your family! Rasulullah made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night – if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

 9. Look the Part: The way we dress and prepare.has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy!

10. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.

11. IMP: This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb! So switch off those phones, wifi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-’Afuww!

12. If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of ibadah . Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt dua’a, reading the Qur’an. Do not spend the entire night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on!

13. Patience is the Key: The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm sabr. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last Ramadan , if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?

14. This is most important: Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allah (good expectations from Allah). When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from ar-
Rahman, ar-Raheem!

Allahumma ballighna laylatal qadr..Ameen 

…JazakiLLahu khaira for a Muttaqi for sharing theses tips…may blessings be pouring on her and all her family Ameen…

 All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.

…flowing…

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…flowing…time is flowing…the passing light is flowing…all is flowing…as a gentle babbling brook of crystal rainbows…the soft afternoon light gradually begins to merge into night…a light that not only brightens the Dome of Peace but inflames a dazzling light that seems to burst the heart because of the nearness our Beloved resident SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…hearts tremble as love is flowing…flowing from this Mubarak sacred place in this Mubarak month to every corner of the Universe…take a deep breath and feel it flowing through you right NOW…increased Mercy and Forgiveness have been flowing…flowing into the last ten days when our Rabb Subhanahu wa Ta’ala grants us freedom from the Fire…the sun’s sinking dance is flowing into the heartening and hopeful time we Insha’Allah become Jannatis…Ameen Ameen Ameen…

…Insha’Allah you are seeing change flowing within…this is the month of fasting in order to change…is there more Noor flowing in your heart…are you feeling an increase in the flowing of Taqwa…is there a sense of intimacy and proximity to Allah Ta’ala flowing through your veins…maximize these last days…especially the odd nights…to be open to all the Barakah flowing…the Hidayah flowing…Mercy flowing…SubhanAllah…allow yourself to be swept away in this flowing surge from Allah Ta’ala…

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JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

…pre-Iftar photos on the eve of the 20th day…Insha’Allah there will be a series of Ramadhan reflections to share so many other impressions and images…including Makkah…but the flowing Ramadhan moments are speeding by at such a pace that this space is given over to other flowing worships…Alhumdulillah…

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.