Friday, October 15, 2004


Ramadhan Reminder Scheme :)

Asalamalaikum, Greetings of Peace from the heart and soul of this nomad. And a grand Ramadhan Mubarak! And many more to come! Hope everyone will find this scheme useful.

Please read this before you start to email these reminders:

Peace & Prayers - any probs - email me.
*camel attended his first taraweeh at the Grand Mosque today ;)

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Ramadan Thought 1

The doors of Jannah are opened up on the first night of Ramadhaan.

Not a single door is closed until the last night of Ramadhaan.

(Imam Bayhaqee)

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Ramadan Thought - 2

"The first part of this month is (Allah's) mercy,

the middle part His forgiveness,

and the last part is salvation and release from the fire of Hell."


More reminders about Ramadhan:

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Ramadan Thought - 3

The Prophet Alaisalam said:

"Umrah in Ramadhan is equal to a Hajj with me."

(Imam Bukhari)

Easy Actions for which rewards are multiplied:

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Ramadan Thought - 4

Hadhrat Ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with him) narrates, in a lengthy hadith, that Prophet Muhammad (AlaiSalam) said:

"Fasting is exclusively for Allah Ta'ala.
The thawaab of it (being limitless) no one knows besides Allah Ta'ala."

(Tibrani, Baihaqi)

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Ramadhan Thought - 5

For every Salaat performed during the nights of Ramadhaan (that is Taraaweeh, etc.), Allah ta'ala records one and a half thousand good deeds for every sajdah (prostration).

(Imam Bayhaqee)

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Ramadhan Thought – 6

Whoever gave a person, who fasted, water to drink, Allah shall give him a drink from my fountain where after he shall never again feel thirsty until he enters Jannah.

(Ibne Khuzaymah)

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Ramadhan Thought - 7

"Remember me, I shall remember you."

(Qur'an, surah al-Baqarah; 2:152)

Info on dhikr:

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Thursday, October 14, 2004


Ramadhan Thought - 8

'Abdullah ibn Busr reported a man said,

"Messenger of Allah, the laws of Islam are too much for me. Tell me something I can cling to."

He said,

"Your tongue should remain moist with the remembrance of Allah."


Info on remembrance:

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Ramadhan Thought - 9

Salman ibn Amir Dhabi related that the Prophet said:

Break your fast with dates, or else with water, for it is pure.

(Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi).

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Ramadhan Thought - 10

"After the Fast has been broken, the heart should swing like a pendulum between fear and hope.

For one does not know if one's Fast will be accepted, so that one will find favour with God, or whether it will be rejected, leaving one among those He abhors.

This is how one should be at the end of any act of worship one performs."

Taken from: The Inner Dimensions of Fasting
By Imam al-Ghazali (may Allah be pleased with him) pg 79

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Ramadhan Thought - 11

"When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them):

I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me: that they may walk in the right way."

(Quran 2:188)

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Ramadhan Thought - 12

Ishraq Prayer is a nafl prayer which is performed about 12 minutes after sunrise.

It has only 2 rakaats but Hadiths are replete with the high merits of this prayer.

Abu Hurairah relates that our Prophet - upon whom be eternal Peace – has said that

"He who says Ishraq prayers without fail shall have his lesser sins forgiven even though they may be as numerous as foam specks on the surface of the sea."

(Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)

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Ramadhan Thought - 13

Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Prophet (PBUH) said,

"In the morning, charity is due on every joint bone of the body of everyone of you.

Every utterance of Allah's Glorification (i.e., saying Subhan Allah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of His Praise (i.e., saying Al-hamdu lillah) is an act of charity and every utterance of declaration of His Greatness (i.e., saying La ilaha illAllah) is an act of charity; and enjoining M`aruf (good) is an act of charity, and forbidding Munkar (evil) is an act of charity, and two Rak`ah Duha prayers which one performs in the forenoon is equal to all this (in reward).''

(Imam Muslim)

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Ramadhan Thought - 14

The voluntary prayer of Awabeen (6 rakahs) is prayed after the Maghrib prayer:

One Tradition states that performing of 6 rakaats without indulging in worldly affairs will derive Reward equivalent to 12 years Nafil prayers.

(Ref: Tirmizi Sharif).

The Tradition in Tibrani says the performer of 6 rakaats will have all his sins wiped away even though they may have been equal to the foam on the waves of the sea.

Another Hadith in Tirmizi Sharif says that the performer of 20 rakaats will have a house for himself in Paradise.

More info:

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Ramadhan Thought - 15

Tahajud prayers are prayed in the darkness of night, after waking up.
The minimum rakahs are 2 and maximum is 12.

"Every night, when the last third of it remains, Allah, our Sustainer, the Blessed, the Superior, descends to the lowest heaven saying,

'Is there anyone to ask Me so that I may grant him his request?
Is there anyone to invoke Me so that I may respond to his invocation?
Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness so that I may forgive him?'"

(Narrated by Imam Muslim)

More info:

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Ramadhan Thought - 16

Narrated Jarir bin 'Abdullah:

"Allah's Apostle said,

'Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to mankind.'

(Translation of Sahih Bukhari, ONENESS, UNIQUENESS OF ALLAH (TAWHEED), Volume 9, Book 93, Number 473)"

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Ramadhan Thought - 17

17th Ramadhan is Battle of Badr

"And God did certainly assist you at Badr when you were weak ; be careful of your duty to God then, that you may give thanks."

Quran (13:122)

Info on Battle of Badr:

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Ramadhan Thought - 18

On the authority of Abu Malik al-Harith bin 'Asim al-Ash'ari, radiyallahu 'anhu, who said:

The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, said:

"Purification is half of iman (faith).

Saying 'Al-Hamdulillah' (Praise be to Allah) fills the scales.

Saying 'Subhanallah wa al-Hamdulillahi' (Exhalted be Allah and Praise be to Allah) fills the space between the heavens and the earth.

Salah (prayer) is a light.

Sadaqah (charity) is a proof.

Sabr (patience) is a shining glory.

The Qur'an is an argument either for you or against you.

Everybody goes out in the morning and sell themselves, thereby setting themselves free or destroying themselves."

(Imam Muslim)

More info:

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Ramadhan Thought - 19

Bismillah - In The Name Of Allah

"Every good action or deed should be started with reciting Bismillah "

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Ramadhan Thought - 20

It is related on the authority of Ayesha (RA) that

"The Apostle of Allah (saw) observed I'tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadhan, till the end of his life. After his death his wives continued with it."

More info

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Ramadhan Thought - 21

'Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) related that the Prophet (AlaiSalam) said:

Look for Lailat al-Qadr on an odd-numbered night during the last ten nights of Ramadan.

(Imam Bukhari)

More info:

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Ramadhan Thought - 22

Reward for performing the five daily prayers:

The Prophet AlaiSalam said:

"There is no Muslim who, at the time of prayer, performs ablution properly, then performs the prayer in humility before Allah T'ala and perfects its pillars; except that will expiate all his past minor sins. This is for every prayer throughout his life."

(Imam Muslim)

More info:

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Ramadhan Thought - 23

The Prophet AlaiSalam said:

"On the Day of Resurrection, Allah (swt) will cheer up (by His forgiveness) He who cheers up his fellow Muslim."


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Ramadhan Thought - 24

Zakat is the third pillar of Islam.

for more info:

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'Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:
I asked:

"O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?''

He (PBUH) replied,
"You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka `afuwwun, tuhibbul-`afwa, fa`fu `anni

(O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).''


ps - don't forget the Night of Decree is "better than a 1000 months"

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Ramadhan Thought - 26

Anas ibn Malik related that the Prophet AlaiSalam said:

When Lailat al-Qadr comes Gabriel descends with a company of angels who ask for blessings on everyone who is remembering Allah, whether they are sittingor standing.


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Ramadhan Thought - 27

The Prophet AlaiSalam said:

"Whoever stands in (Prayer) in Lailatul-Qadr out of Eemaan and seeking reward then his previous sins are forgiven."

(Imam Bukhari)

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Ramadhan Thought - 28

Zakat al-fitr (fitrana) Ibn Abbaas reported,

"The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) made Zakaah al-Fitr compulsory so that those who fasted may be purified of their idle deeds and shameful talk (committed during Ramadaan) and so that the poor may be fed. Whoever gives it before Salaah will have it accepted as Zakaah, while he who gives it after the Salaah has given Sadaqah."

(Abu Dawood)

For more info:

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Friday, October 08, 2004


I love those traffic lights :) The peaks of the Sierra Nevada at the back. We are on the tour bus.
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Seeing Granada from a little higher :) A lovely windy tour. The tour staff are excellent - warm and pleasant people. The open tour bus goes around Granada. Then a smaller 8-seater is caught to get to Albaicin and the Caves of Sacro-monte.
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Opposite the cathedral is the old Madrasa of Yusaf. It is between this road that we always saw the artists and calligraphers, and where we met al-Baghdadi.
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We are near the Caves of Sacro-monte. I am inside the Abbey. Unfortunately I accidently deleted all the pictures that I took around this place. There were some interesting ones I took of the 'Seal of Solomon' or better known as 'Star of David' - - - - yes, my fears were uleashed during the visit...
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A view from where we stood. Companion drew up all sorts of theories as to why the trees were planted in rows... amongst them - the one she stuck with was due to logging - hey did I mention companion is a geography teacher?!
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Green, green, green like the green grassy green - SubhanAllah this tall Mr Tree was hanging above us. It was beneath its shade that I found my dear companion having a snooze ;)
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This really reminded me of the courtyard in the Great Mosque of Cordoba. Amazing how the styles are so interwoven.
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I love that white fluffy cloud in the middle. It was so quiet here I could hear myself breath! Wonderful stuff :)
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Ahaaaa ... what a view.
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