Fuck Time Magazine, but this is beautiful.
Iftar in Kabul, Nairobi, Casablanca, Khartoum, Tehran, Beijing, Sanaa, Istanbul, Tunis, & Kano
See more here
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
(Narrated By Abu Huraira. Sahih Bukhari: Volume 003, Book 031, Hadith Number 125.)
Ok so last Ramadhan I made the most of this dua that is mentioned in the video link below (also in my last post about Lailatul Qadr). I really felt like this dua helped me so much. It’s a long story as to how/why it helped but trust me, I can’t stress how important this is. You have to watch the video on the link at the end and seriously take it in. There are so many different duas that are going around and most of them we don’t even know the meaning of (I’m sure they’re all great). The video explains that when the Prophet pbuh’s wife asked him what she should say if she feels she has found that night (Lailatul Qadr), his reply to her was this once simple dua. The meaning of the dua is explained in detail in the video so you have to watch it. Such a short dua was the reply to such a big question, there has to be something really special about it.
Generally over the last 10 days of Ramadhan, we should try much much harder. The Prophet pbuh would also do this. And of course, the night is a blessed time for prayer and dua, so that includes even more effort in the last 10 nights. Stick to simple things with extra voluntary (nafil) prayers and lots of dua. Seek forgiveness and protection from the hell fire in your dua as much as you can. It’s better for us if we make dua for the akhirah and avoid thinking too much about worldly things (don’t worry Allah will always have your back in the world too inshaAllah).
So here’s my plan:
1. In the night, no distractions. Purify yourself with wudu and make the intention that you’re washing away your sins (inshaAllah). Take your time and do it properly (it’s very important, not only is it considered a form of worship but the psychological effects of this will help you find the right mindset to pray deeper).
2. Again, no distractions. Switch off your phone (just do it) and anything else. Take a minute to let it sink in that you are completely alone and disconnected from everyone. Some people like to keep the lighting dim just to make it a more relaxed mood.
3. Pray some voluntary (nafil) rakat. Take your time and pray slowly. Don’t think about anything but Allah. Spend longer in ruku and sujood than you might normally.
4. Now it’s serious dua time. I’d recommend being in sujood when you make your extra long dua or at least make lots of sujood. The Prophet pbuh said sujood is the closest we can get to Allah. In your dua, you need to make the dua mentioned in the video link at the end. The dua is:
اللْهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
Allahumma innaka `Afuwwun TuHibbul `Afwa Fa`fu `Annii.
It means ‘O Allah, you are the Forgiver, You love to forgive, so forgive me’ (but make sure you listen to the full explanation of the dua in the video because this translation does not do it justice).
5. Ask for forgiveness for sins and make any other dua you want to but remember your objective is to seek forgiveness and protection from the consequences of your sins and the hell fire (we all have them - may Allah protect us all). Keep praying and don’t stop until you have been brought to tears and you genuinely feel you have asked and begged as much as you can. I like to stay in sujood sometimes so long and just beg and beg that Allah accepts my dua and I don’t take my head off the ground until I feel that He has accepted my dua. Use your own words too, speak to Allah in a loving and respectful way, the way you would speak to a close friend.
6. Please remember me in your duas and please pray for all the people suffering in the world, they need our duas!
Imagine one day waking up to a sea of news headlines, tweets, and videos.
"The sun has risen from the west."
May Allah save us from any regrets that day.