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Welcome to Al Misbaah Students' Blog: Where Your Reflections Matter"

Welcome to Al Misbaah Students' Blog, an open sanctuary where your thoughts, reflections, and personal journey with the Quran find their voice. Here, we invite you to share the depth of your feelings, insights, and experiences as you engage with the sacred text.

This blog is your canvas—a space where every emotion, realization, and contemplation inspired by the Quran can be articulated freely and respectfully. We encourage you to pour your heart onto these digital pages, expressing what the Quran means to you personally.

Your contributions, whether profound or poignant, joyous or thought-provoking, are the threads that weave our collective tapestry of understanding and connection. Let this be a platform where your voice resonates, where your thoughts are cherished, and where your journey enriches the broader discourse on Quranic study.

Join us in this enlightened space, where your reflections find a home, your expressions are valued, and your journey with the Quran is celebrated!

Knocking at Ramadan's door- Sundus Naeem (QI2016)




Iftaar parties, food and extra sleep. More often than not, we think these words when we think Ramadan.Taqwa, forgiveness and good deeds. Seldom do we realize that these words are what Ramadan really is all about.


Allah (SWT) has beautifully placed purpose in everything a Muslim is commanded to do in his/her life. Then it goes without saying that one of the core pillars on which Islam stands would have rich purpose and meaning to it. Allah (SWT) reveals the purpose of fasting in Ramadan in the following ayah:


“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.”[Al-Qur’an-Surah Al-Baqarah:183]


Taqwa. Our Creator is telling us that this is what we need to achieve by the end of thirty whole days of training in Ramadan. This is why, at the threshold of this Ramadan, each of us needs to take a moment to assess the level of Taqwa within us today and where we want it to be at the end of Ramadan.


Forgiveness. Let’s each peek into our own bags. Let’s think of how many sins we have and continue to carry each day. Is He not truly a Merciful Lord to give us free chances to forgiveness throughout our lives, the best one being the ability to live through the month of Ramadan each year. The Prophet (SAW) cursed the one who has the opportunity to see the month of Ramadan and it comes to an end without his securing pardon for himself (Tirmidhi Hadith 927)


 Good deeds. We all have a mental list of deeds that we want to achieve one fine day, that day being far far off in the future. There is no better time in a believer’s life to do away with bad habits and adorn oneself with good ones than the blessed month of Ramadan.


Together, let’s go over a few things that each of us should keep in mind in hopes that this Ramadan will catapult us to higher levels of Taqwa, forgiveness and good deeds:

Prep time:

It takes months of preparation to kick start an important project. Ramadan is a major project in a Muslim’s life and thus requires much preparation. Use Sha’aban to get into the mode of fasting. It was the Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu alayhi wasalam)’s sunnah to fast in Sha’ban in preparation of Ramadan.


Prepare as much as you can for the iftaars that are coming ahead before Ramadan starts. Chop up the onions, freeze away the spring rolls – you want to make sure you don’t want to waste away your Ramadan in the kitchen while still being able to feed the family their iftaars! Stock up on Islamic lectures and good Islamic books that you want to read and listen to during Ramadan. Also, use this time to finish your Eid shopping.

Quran in the spotlight:

“Ramadan is the (month) in which was

sent down Al-Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for

guidance and judgement (Between right and wrong)”. (Al-Qur’an 2:185)


What better month to tighten your hold to the “rope of Allah” than the month in which it was revealed? Spend most of your time with your copy of the Quran. Set a goal of how much you want to recite each day and distribute the recitation throughout your day. Keep up with what is being recited in Taraweeh each day by reading the translation of the ayahs the imam will read each day, ahead of time. Read or listen to the tafaseer of the Quran – there is no better way to connect yourself to the Word of your Creator than to learn and reflect on the meanings of these Words.


Shed off old skin:

Research indicates that it takes 21 days for a new habit to develop. You have 30. Use this month to shed off old bad habits and develop good ones. Replace oversleeping, overeating, wasting time in front of the TV, with staying up after Fajr, not eating to your fill and using time to do productive things. This is a Muslim’s time to make resolutions and live up to them.


Plan:

Plan out an entire schedule for this fruitful month. Each one of us has different goals that we want to achieve in this month, so make your schedule according to what you aim to achieve by the end of Ramadan. Go traditional with a handwritten schedule or have a digital one – whatever works for you! The idea is to waste minimal time during this precious month while using each minute towards achieving your goals.


Morning: your new friend:

The early hours of the day are the most beautiful and refreshing hours to connect yourself to your Creator. Use this blessed time for ibadah – pray, have conversations with your Lord, increase your duaa and recite portions of the Quran. Staying up after Fajr to read the Quran and do dhikr will help keep you spiritually uplifted throughout the day inshAllah.


Every minute counts:

Try to use each moment to increase rewards. Use time spent on the road or while cooking in the kitchen to do dhikr or listen to good Islamic lectures. The time spent preparing suhoor and iftaar in the kitchen is conveniently timed to recite your morning and evening duaas!


Spread the love:

It is an incomparable sight when one sees masjids overflowing with people during Taraweeh, smiles and assalamualikums everywhere, people breaking their fast together. Ramadan is a time when one can truly see the Muslim ummah come together. With the accursed Shaytan being chained away, individual as well as communal spirits are on an imaan high. Use this time wisely for da’wah. Help friends that don’t usually take interest in Islamic talks and lectures by taking them along to attend some of these. Offer to take friends and neighbors to the masjid for taraweeh. Use the absence of the Shayateen and the presence of an extraordinary atmosphere of imaan to do da’wah to friends, family and neighbors!


Channelize your energies:

Abandon that TV couch and log off your facebook, its time to utilize all your potential to earn rewards during this month. Take part in organizing lectures and halaqas, help teach children in the neighborhood a thing or two that they may use in Ramadan or teach a friend a duaa to recite in prayer. More importantly, start with the family – sit with them for a daily halaqa to discuss Islamic stories, verses of the Quran or just about anything that connects all of you Allah (SWT)!


Watch the tongue:

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “”Whoever does not give up forged speech

and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink

(i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)”

(Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 31, Number 127)


Don’t waste your efforts in Ramadan. Say things that spread goodness and benefit.


No outcasts:

Women have the tendency to experience a low during Ramadan when their menses begin. With the absence of fasts and prayers, Ramadan begins to feel hollow. But Ramadan is blessed all the way through, for everyone. Try to utilize this period of time to do the ibadah that is permissible – boost your duaas, listen to lectures, attend halaqas and read beneficial Islamic books. What’s more, use this time to do some extra work in the kitchen for the coming iftaars or work on your schoolwork ahead of time, so that once your periods end, you can get back on track with more time for ibadah!


Boost the Sunnah in your life:

Often we know of certain acts of sunnah that we should integrate into our daily lives, yet we continue neglecting them. Ramadan is the best time to work on integrating these sunnahs into your daily routine. Integrate it into your sleep routine by avoiding sleeping late and doing qailoola (siesta) during the noon. Integrate it into your eating by breaking the fast with masnoon duaas and dates or water as well as keeping your meals light. Start basic and begin integrating the sunnah into more complex areas of life. With 30 days of training, these sunnahs are then inshAllah sure to stay with you permanently!


Forget-me-not:

In all the hustle bustle of iftaars, suhoors and taraweehs, we should not forget that underlying all these acts is the idea of connecting oneself to Allah (SWT). Look for times to reflect and ponder, whether in the early hours of the day or when going to bed at night.


Let’s each pray for a Ramadan which cleanses us of sins, blesses us with His Mercy and saves us from the fire of Hell. Ameen.

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