Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem

The Extremely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

The One Who cares for us, listens to us, answers our prayers, provides for us, nourishes us, strengthens us, gives us and blesses us.

The One Who removes from us our hardships, covers our flaws, comforts us, appreciates our efforts and magnifies our rewards.

The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate, Most Kind, Most Beneficent, Most Gracious.

and My Mercy encompasses all things

Quran Al-A’raaf (The Heights) 7:156

Al-‘Imraan 3:30

If Allah did not love us, He would have left us with the consequences of our actions.

If Allah did not love us, He would not have made His warnings clear and the description of His punishment so vivid and terrifying.

But His warnings never overpower the message and reminders of His Mercy. His Nearness. His Love.

If Allah did not love us, He would not have guided us. He would not have called us to His Forgiveness. To the tranquility that comes with His Remembrance. And the pleasures, delights, blessings that He has prepared for us in this life and in Paradise.

and Allah warns you to be cautious of His punishment; and Allah is full of Kindness to His slaves

Witr du’a

O Allah, grant us fear of You that will be a barrier between us and sin, and grant us obedience of you that will enter us into paradise, and grant us faith that will lighten the weight of calamities that befall us, and allow us to be of sound sight, hearing and strength as long as we live, and make our vengeance not transgress beyond those who oppress us, and give us victory over those who seek to harm us, and don’t make our problems be in our religious commitment and expression, and don’t make the dunya the majority of our expertise or our obsession, and don’t make our destiny the hellfire, and make paradise our destined destination, and do not give authority over us (due to our sins) those who won’t (fear You or) have mercy on us.

O Allah, we are by our sins burdened, and by our mistakes fatigued, blinded by our ignorance, our lust and greed, we call upon You the calling of those humbled and broken, we are in need of Your mercy and You are not in need of punishing us. So free us from the fire, and our loved ones, and our teachers, and those who have rights over us, our brothers and sisters, free us all from the fire. O Allah raise our names to You. O Allah conceal our faults above the earth and beneath it and conceal them on the day we meet you. Make our inner selves better than the outer, and make our outer selves righteous. Make the best of our deeds the last deeds. And the best days, the day we meet You.

How patient are You with us o Allah, we sin against You with the blessings You give us and You forgive. We ask You by every name that You have, raise our ranks, conceal our faults. We have no helper other than You, we are Your slaves. How many a blessing have You given us and we were little in our thanks, how many a test did You give us and we were little in our patience, how many a sin did You witness us committing and You never exposed us. O Allah we believe in You, and think the best of You, have mercy on this ummah, You don’t reject those who ask You, grant us what we ask You. O Allah we love You. O Allah we love You, and we love those who love You, have mercy on those who love You, and forgive those who love You, and overlook the faults of those who love You, and heal those who love You.

O Allah as You’ve allowed us to experience the month of Ramadan, allow us to be forgiven. Forgive us, be with us, don’t punish us. Forgive us, be with us, don’t punish us. There is nothing that allows us to have the ability to stand before You, with all of our shortcomings and faults, except what You’ve taught us of Your Forgiveness. There is nothing that allows our feet to carry us in Your Presence, with all of our sins and our mistakes, except what You’ve taught us of Your Mercy. O Allah if Your Mercy is only for the righteous, then who is for the broken weighed down by their sins, standing before You, seeking forgiveness, repentance, a new journey to begin.

Forgive us and our parents and our children, and all of the believing men and women. Who is the one who asked You and was left wanting, who is the one who depended on You and was not carried, who is the one who had hope in You and was disappointed. O Allah make us people of Paradise and protect us from the Fire. We seek refuge in Your Face from being of the people of the Fire. Protect us, our families and our umma from all evil, and heal the hearts of a believing people. Ameen.

Witr du’a read and translated by Sh. Ammar AlShukry

The one who is wise, rich, near and dear to Allah

Abu Khaithama narrated to us, saying: Jareer reported to us from Qaaboos on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him): When speaking to his Lord, prophet Musaa (upon him be peace) said, ‘My Lord, which of Your slaves is the most beloved to You?’ He said, ‘The ones who remember Me the most.’ He then asked, ‘Which of Your slaves is the wisest?’ He replied, ‘The one who judges himself in the same way he judges others.’ He then said, ‘My Lord, which of Your slaves is the richest?’ He said, ‘The one who is pleased with what I have given him.'” – Kitab al-‘Ilm by al-Hāfidh Abū Khaithama (may Allah have mercy on him)

Al-Mulk 67:1-2

Blessed, exalted is He
who holds all control in His hand
who in His Hand is the dominion
power
authority
and He is over all things
able
competent.
Who created death
and life
so that He may test you
who among you
is indeed
– not most, but –
best in deed
excellent in action
beautiful in character
and He is
the All-Mighty
the Exalted
Most Honorable
the One
deserving of our
best
worship
But if we fall short
If we falter
Know –
that He is
the Oft-Forgiving
the Most Forgiving.

“Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things. Who has created death and life, that He may test you, which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving.”

Far but not forgotten

O Allah, help our brothers and sisters all over the globe. O Allah, have mercy on those who have passed. Heal the sick. Help the needy. Feed the hungry. Clothe the destitute. Lift up the oppressed. Make firm their feet. Strengthen their resolve. Increase them in faith.

Help them. O Allah help them. O Allah, they have no helper other than You. And You are the Best Protector and the Best Supporter. O Allah, You are more Merciful to them than us. So have mercy on them. And forgive us. Accept from us. And join us with them, and those who You love, in Your Gardens of Peace.

The best deeds

Illustrated by @nablinsky

The Messenger of Allah peace and blessings be upon him (pbuh) said in the following narrations:

  • “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even if it were little.” (al-Bukhari 6464)
  • “The most beloved of deeds according to Allah are the prayer in its earliest time, then to treat the parents in an excellent manner, and then jihad (striving) in the path of Allah.” (al-Bukhari 2630; Muslim 85)
  • “The most beloved of deeds to Allah is that you die and yet your tongue is still moist from the remembrance of Allah.” (Ibn Hibban 918)
  • “There is nothing heavier in the scales of the Hereafter than good character.” (at-Tirmidhi 2002)
  • “The best of all deeds is to have faith in Allah alone, then jihad and then an accepted Hajj; they surpass all other deeds like the distance between the rising and setting of the sun.” (al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr 17227)
  • “The best of all deeds is that you bring happiness to your Muslim brother, pay off his debt or feed him bread.” (al-Asbahani 1/214, hasan according to al-Albani)

Bloom

Sometimes I catch myself wishing that I was a child again. Wide-eyed, young, unburdened by my mistakes and without sin. But if I hadn’t grown, I would never have known my Lord. My Kind, Loving, Generous Lord. His Love. His Forgiveness. His Mercy – its vastness, its depth. And for this, I am so grateful.

My Merciful Lord. So many times I’ve stumbled, grumbled, and forgotten His favours. Sinning with the very blessings He has given me. Yet He is always with me, guiding me, showering me with His Blessings, embracing me in His Grace. And for all of this, I am so grateful.

I want to do better, be better.

peace and blessings be upon him

Our Lord says about Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, that surely, he is indeed on an excellent standard of character (68:4). Allah has not sent our Prophet except as a mercy to all the worlds (21:107). Some of his qualities are described in this verse: “Surely, there has come to you, from among yourselves, a Messenger. He feels it very hard on him if you face a hardship (i.e. your suffering distresses him); he is very anxious for your welfare (i.e. he is deeply concerned for you), and towards the faithful he is very kind, full of mercy” (9:128). So take the Prophet as your example, for Allah has said, “There is indeed, in the Messenger of Allah, an excellent role model for you, you who hope for (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah with much remembrance.” (33:21)