Tribute To My Sister Aishat Aliyu Umar On Her Birthday.

Not everyone in the world has a sister. Among those that do, not too many can say they have a really great sister. But I can. Her name is Aisha Aliyu Umar

The Lord gave her to me on 16 July, 1992; when I was just about three and half years old. I wish I could say that I appreciated His gift from the very beginning, but I guess it took me some time to figure the whole sister thing out. There’s a story told in my family which alleges that when Aisha was only a baby, I poked her with a pencil because I was annoyed that she wouldn’t talk to me. All I can say is that I have no recollection of such an incident. But can’t forget the plement of “Karatun Allo” at their resident, that’s were I know her more! my apology to Talatu (Second name unknown).

But even without any pencil-poking, I do know that Aisha has always been a better sister than I deserved. Fortunately for me, she extended grace and kept me on as a family member long enough for me to start getting my act together and become the big brother I should be. Her immerse contribution to my study is meritorious indeed. Only God can payy her for I have nothing much to pay her with. #JazakallahuKhairaan

Over the last several years, the Lord has brought us closer together than we’ve ever been before. I can honestly say that Aisha is my best friend. She’s second only to Halima’s Square (Sokoto &Julde), these three creature gift were the best thing that have ever happened to me. I Thanks thee lord for the blessing!

On my speed-dial list and has always been ready to share my greatest joys and deepest pain. Two words come to mind when I think of my sister Aishat’s character—Simplicity, tender, caring and compassionate.

I’ve found that few people I know are capable of entering into another’s world to listen, comfort, and feel what the other person is feeling quite as readily as Aisha can. In her genuine concern for others, I see reflections of our Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid (RA). (The wife of prophet muhammad) Compassion and yakeen!

If you were to compare her to Sokoto and Julde (Halima), Aisha would definitely take the role of the one who understands the importance of sitting at our Lord’s feet. She has always seemed to be keenly aware of her dependence on her thee lord. I never wish to have her as partner. But I once wish to get somebody like her. probably better than her. Ameen!

Today is a special day; it’s my little sister’s birthday. Not everyone has a sister like Aisha, but I’m so thankful that I do. My prayer for her on this special day is; May God’s awesome blessings Be upon you this day And for the future years ahead, May His blessings never fade In every area of your life, May God abound much more, So you may be a fruitful vine With the abundance of the Lord. Ameen Thumma Ameen!

Happy Birthday Sister Aishat Aliyu Umar
Long Live and Prosperity!

The Virtue of The Night of Majesty (Laylatul Qadr)

Laylat al-Qadr: is a special night mentioned in the Qur’an, with a whole chapter devoted to it. The name means, “The Night of: Power, Destiny, Decree, Predestination, Fate, Majesty, Honour, Glory, Value.” It is the greatest night of the Islamic year.

In a Holy Qur’an Allah says;
Truly, We have sent it down in the Night of Majesty” 

And what will tell you what is the Night of Majesty?

The Night of Majesty is better than a thousand months! 

The angels and the Spirit descend in it, by the permission of their Lord, along with every command.

Peace! … It is, until the rise of Dawn.
~Qur’an 97:1-5

The Night of Majesty is thus a night of intense spirituality and peace: The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, taught, “Whoever stands in prayer during The Night of Majesty, motivated by faith and seeking reward from God, their past and future sins will be forgiven.”
[Bukhari & Muslim].
It” in the first verse is masculine, and refers to the Qur’an but generates a sense of awe for it by not naming it.  The previous surah is precisely “Recite!” (Iqra’, no. 96), so the openings of these two surahs correspond.  “It” in the last verse is feminine, and refers to the night.

The Prophet, peace be upon him, once spent the entire month of Ramadan in I’tikaf (retreat or seclusion in the mosque) in order to find this night.  Traditionally, this night is said to fall on one of the odd nights during the last ten of Ramadan, i.e. the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th nights.  Ibn Hazm argued that the last 10 ten nights depend on whether Ramadan has 29 or 30 days, something not usually known in advance: if Ramadan has 29 days, then the odd nights of the last 10 are the 20th, 22nd, 24th, 26th and 28th, so one should seek for it throughout the last ten nights, not just the odd ones. The commentators further disagree as to whether this special night is on a fixed date every year, or whether it changes from year to year.  The most popular traditional date for the night is the 27th – it is said that the Qur’an indicates this because the 27th word in the above surah is hiya (“It”), referring to the night itself.  Other views are that it occurs on the first or last night of Ramadan, or the 17th or 19th.  Some authorities (eg Ibn Mas’ud) insisted that it may fall on any night of the year. [cf. Tafsir Ibn Kathir for all these views]

But what does it mean to say that it is “better than a thousand months!”?  Traditional commentators often point that, taken literally, this equates to 83 years 4 months, a longer-than-average human lifetime.  Thus, this night’s worship is better than a lifetime of devotion. 

Other commentators, say that the phrase “a thousand months” is metaphorical; it is a bit like saying in English, “It is better than a million years!”  Eg Imam Qurtubi says that it means “better than all of time” (khayrun min al-dahri kullihi).  In other words, it is “better than forever” or “better than eternity” – the Night of Majesty is a search for eternity, for timelessness, for the connection with God that transcends all space and time.  No wonder, then, that this precious night is associated with the angels, with the Cosmic Spirit that permeates all of creation and with the outer and inner peace that we all crave and seek.
 

A Prayer to say that night;

Ayesha, the Prophet’s honoured wife, asked him what prayer to say on this night.  He taught her the following words, that have been repeated billions of times by Muslims since, all of whom who learnt it via the Prophet’s wife from him:

“Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbu l-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni”

Translattion:
Oh Allah, truly: You are Forgiving; You love Forgiveness: so please Forgive me!”

May Allah forgive us all and make the highest level of Jannah as our permanent abode! Ameen Thumma Ameen!

Off-Sallah isn’t Off-Ramadhaan To The Menstruating Sister During Ramadhan By: Firdaus Yakubu

Assalamu Alaykum warahmatullah!

I wrote this Article last Ramadhan but i didn’t publish it and since then, it has been lying in my folder. Basically it’s about the activities a muslimah; should engage in during #Ramadhaan while she is on her period. Many ladies actually think not being able to pray exempts them from earning reaward during #Ramadhaan. In sha Allah, this post is to enlighten the women folk and help set straight the misconception as regards the religious activities to be engaged in while fasting. I hope that this benefits everyone. AMEEN!

Zainab reciting a verse of the Qur’an walked in quietly… She expected to meet no one at home as everyone in the quest to finishing the recitation of the Qur’an in the first 10 days of Ramadan must have gone to the masjid, Contrary to what she presumed, she did meet someone in the house… Ruqayyah!
Ruqayyah was lying on the sofa, watching TV. While everyone thought they barely had any time to spare for un-necessary activities, Ruqayyah was calmly watching “I hate Love Stories”, an Indian film, in the afternoon of Ramadan. Finding this eccentric, zainab couldn’t help but ask..; Zainab: Do you realize it’s Ramadan? You have to fast not only with your taste buds on strike but also with every organ of your body, which vividly include your eyes and ears. Why should you waste your time watching movies?
Ruqayyah: Subhanallah zainab! I am off sallah (in my Period), so there is no act of worship that I can engage in right now and besides it’s just a movie.. In fact, I have planned to watch at least 5 movies before I finish menstruation inshaAllah!”

The truth is this is a perfect example of how we (ladies) spend our menstruation days during the month of Ramadan. If it’s not movies then it’s about music. May Allah protect us all..”AMEEN. 70% of ladies during menstruation see  themselves as been free from all acts of worship and they spend the whole day doing things that are imperceptibly rewarding. Ramadan is a month in which the Qur’an should be the most conspicuous item in virtually every home. There is a distinct moral levitation and a calm atmosphere that usually envelop the whole environment. It is a month of virtue which spares no time for frivolity, in other words, there are numerous acts of worship a menstruation woman can and should engage in during Ramadan at each time of sallah! That’s by Performing wuduu (Ablution), sits and makes Dhikr and as well as perform tasbih (Subhanallah, Lailaha illallah etc) for as long as it usually takes to perform Sallah, she will be given as many rewards as she will get if she had performed Sallah in the best manner.

Listening to the Qur’an is also permitted as it is the perfume for the soul, the calmer of the heart and the food for the spirit. Allah says; “so give good news to my slaves, those who listen to the word and then follow the best of it.” Qur’an 39:17. Listening to the Quran is also prescribed for menstruating  women in Ibn Kathir’s tafsir of suratul a’raf Chapter; 7:179, “the similitude of the one who memorizes the Qur’an but does not act in accordance to it is like a donkey which carries a load of books but does not understand what it  entail.” The menstrual period is indeed an opportunity to take time and reflect upon the Qur’an, just like the sahabahs used to do.

Mu’adh bn Jabal (RA) said; the prophet of Allah (SAW) said: “The people of paradise will not regret anything except one thing alone, the hour that passed them by, which they made no remembrance of Allah.” Narrated by Bayhaqi bn Shu’ab alimran (1:392 512-513). This is proof that a menstruating woman, day and night is permitted to make plenty of dhikr, We should set for ourselves daily targets during our menses, to do as much dhikr as possible throughout the day; at work, while cooking, shopping and even while relaxing. We should ensure we always remember Allah with our. tongue as well as our Hearts.

Moreover, the highest ranks in Jannah are for those who remember Allah the most. Also, be of best manners, character and conduct. The Rasul (pbuh) said: “The best loved by me and the nearest to me in the seats on the day of resurrection are those who have the best manners and conducts amongst you, who are intimate, are on good terms with others and are humble and the most hated by me, who will be on the farthest seats from me are those who are the talkative and arrogant.”
~Tirmidhi.

It is important that a menstruating lady increase in giving out charity, as it eliminates sins and relinquished one from Hell. In a narration, the Rasul (pbuh) said: “charity wipes out sins as water extinguished fire.” In another narration he (SAW) also said: “Righteous deeds protect a person from an evil end; a charity spent in secret extinguished Allah’s wrath; and maintaining good ties of kinship increase one’s lifespan (Tabaran). Remember! Charity doesn’t necessarily mean giving out money or material things. Removing harmful objects from people’s way, providing for one’s family, spreading the message of Al- Islam via texts facebook updates, tweets or thought provoking pictures on instagram are also acts of charity.

In conclusion, a woman on her menses must never feel that she is unable to gain the blessings and rewards of the month of Ramadan, there is virtually  nothing stopping her from gaining immense reward equal to that of a man. All that is required of her is effort. Effort throughout Ramadan, and with the belief that Allah will accept all her supplication. On the inquiry of Aisha (RA), Rasul recommended that we should say “Allahuma innaka afuwun affuwun tuhibul afwa fa ‘fu anee – Oh Allah, you are pardoning and you love to pardon, so pardon me.”

May Allah in His infinite mercy pardon us all and enable us gain the best of rewards in this blessed month. AMEEN!

Sister Firdaus Yakubu is a Graduate of a Nasarawa State University Keffi. May Allah reward her abundantly and increase her knowledge to be a reservoir where we will be fetching from. AMEEN

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