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

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)

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.

Al-Hijr 15:49

The Forgiver
The Oft-Forgiving
The Most Forgiving
The Repeatedly Forgiving
The One Who loves to forgive
The One Who covers our flaws
The One Who erases our mistakes
as though they were never there
The One Who replaces our bad deeds
with good deeds when we repent
The One Who continuously accepts repentance
The One Who is Most Merciful to His servants
The One Whose Mercy exceeds everything.

“Tell My servants that I am indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.”

re:

Another day
to reflect,
and regret,
and repent,
and return,
and recover,
and rediscover,
and refocus,
and reform,
and remember Him,
and respond to Him,
and rejoice.

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “Do good deeds in the time that you have and take advantage of the moments of gentle breeze from the mercy of Allah. Verily, Allah has moments of gentle breeze from His mercy that He sends upon whomever He wills among His servants. Ask Allah to cover your faults and protect you from your anxieties.” (al-Mu’jam al-Kabir 719; Hasan)

Practice

Allah mentions in the Quran the virtue of intending to be good, striving upon the path of goodness, and keeping to it. And because one treads upon this path, Allah increases their guidance, steadfastness, patience and piety. Whoever practices a good habit, Allah makes it easier for them. And whoever thanks Allah for what He has given, Allah gives them more in return.

“While as for those who accept guidance, He increases their guidance, and bestows on them their piety.” (Quran Surah Muhammad 47:17) And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ (Surah Ibraheem 14:7)

The Prophet peace be upon him said, “Whosoever would be chaste and modest, Allah will keep him chaste and modest, and whosoever would seek self-sufficiency (relying on no one but Allah), Allah will make him self-sufficient, and whosoever would be patient, Allah will give him patience. And no one is granted a gift better and more comprehensive than patience.” (Muttafaqun ‘alayh)

In another narration, the Messenger of Allah pbuh said: “Whoever wants to refrain from asking, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, will help him to do so, and whoever wants to be patient, Allah will help him to be patient. No one is ever given anything better and more far-reaching than patience.” (Sunan an-Nasa’i 2588)

the Book, the Light

Invest in your relationship with the Quran. Recite it. Understand it. Implement it. It is the Book. A guidance (2:2). A clear proof (4:174). A remembrance of God (7:2). A reminder (12:104). A mercy (17:82). A cure (17:82). A light (4:174). Fair warning (20:113). Glad tidings (2:97). Promises of ease. Happiness. Comfort. It increases your faith (8:2). Protects you from committing sins. It is a companion (Ahmad 394). A witness (Muslim 223). An intercessor (Muslim 1757). It is blessed (38:29) and a great blessing. And the reward and benefit from the Quran, is far greater than the effort of our investment.

Indeed, those who recite the Book of Allah, and establish the prayer and give (in charity) secretly and openly from what We have provided for them, they hope for a trade that will never yield a loss. That He may repay them in full their rewards, and give them (even) more from His Grace. Verily He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Appreciative. (Fatir 35:30-31)

how to: live

Profound and beautiful advice by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) on how to live life, and how to live life without regrets: Abu Ayyub ( reported that a man came to the Prophet (pbuh) and said, “O Messenger of Allah, teach me and make it concise.” The Prophet said, “When you stand up for prayer, pray as if you are saying farewell. Do not say anything you’ll have to apologise for, and do not have excessive longing for what people have.” (Ibn Mājah 4169). In a separate narration, Abu Dharr reported that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “Be mindful of Allah wherever you are, follow a bad deed with a good deed and it will erase (the bad deed), and behave towards people with good character.” (al-Tirmidhī 1987)

Guided, sufficed & protected

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) teaches us in a hadith narrated by Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) that if someone leaves their house and says, “In the name of Allah, I trust in Allah, there is no might and no power except with Allah”, an angel will call out to him, saying: O servant of Allah, you have been guided to the straight path, you have been sufficed against your worries, and you have been protected from your enemies. So the devil assigned to him will move away from him, and another devil will say to the former: How can you misguide someone who has been guided, sufficed, and protected from all of the devils! Because he said those words, you cannot overpower him. (Recorded in at-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawood)