Sunday, August 9, 2015

Final Twenty Five!

Assalam Aleykum Warahmatullahy Wabarakatuhu
Hey guys!!!



First of all,i would just like to mention that i am aware of the fact that i am probably the only human being on the planet earth still wishing people a happy Eid Mubarak.Furthermore,i have accepted the title of 'queen of procrastination' because the epic fail that was the Ramadhan challenge,but hey...i think i deserve an A for effort right?That being said,happy belated Eid Mubarak guys!

Don't judge me ok i'm unique like that. 

Here are the final twenty five questions that were to be done during Ramadhan but did not make it then because of various issues.I however did tweak some of the questions a little bit so that they could fit into the post Ramadhan context.Hope you guys enjoy in shaa Allah!



Favourite Hadith about Allah (sw)’s mercy.
 In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (SAW) said: "Allah,blessed is He and Most High says: 'O son of Adam,indeed,you will not supplicate to Me and hope from Me except that i will forgive you,in proportion to what came from you (i.e your level of sincerity),and i won't mind. O son of Adam,if your sins were to reach in magnitude the height of the heavens,and then you were to ask Me for forgiveness, I would forgive you, and i won't mind. O son of Adam,were you to come to Me with sins that (in their size) almost fill the earth,and you met Me without ascribing to Me any partners,I would come to you with its size in forgiveness."
I mean how amazing is this Hadith and how Merciful is Allah (sw)!!!

1 Surah you want to learn.
I’m going to assume this means which Surah (chapter) I want to learn about in terms of interpretation of its contents,that would be Surah Yaseen.

3 favourite sahabas and why.

1.Umar Ibn Khattab (ra)
I find it extremely admirable how he owned his Islam.He (ra) was ready to openly declare that he was a muslim at a time when people were losing their lives just for being associated with muslims.He was neither ashamed of being muslim nor fearful of the consequences of being muslim.His trust in Allah sw and his unshakable belief in following the path of truth is definitely an inspiration to me.

2.Bilal Ibn Rabba (ra)
At a time when muslim youth are suffering from identity crisis and various issues pertaining to identity,having a role model who’s black just resonates with me so much.I'm not racist and don't have anything against any skin colour because i don't even believe in race as a matter of fact, i think it is just a social construction.But it is a fact that the colour of one's skin still plays a part in our society unfortunately, and I still struggle with identity issues because I constantly have to take a step back and ask myself ok,what does it mean to be Muslim in this African context. It is true that most people identify Islam with aspects of  Semitic culture and I get people constantly asking me how i became muslim,not realizing that i am a born muslim, just because i am Bantu and not Arab,Somali or Indian.

And while I realize that Islam is not a culture rather a way of life,culture is still part of what makes me me.Bilal Ibn Rabba (ra) reminds me that Islam doesn’t focus on the physical appearance of a person,rather an individual’s character.He (ra) attained one of the highest positions in Islam being the first muadhin in the history of Islam,yet his skin was as black as mine.He was loved by the Prophet (saw) so much which I find to be amazingly inspiring.

3.Umm Ayman
She was a woman from Africa, a freed slave and one of the first women to embrace Islam after our beloved mother Khadija (RA).The Prophet (SAW) made an announcement one time and said: Whoever wants to marry a woman from Jannah, they should marry Umm Ayman. So Zaid bin Harith who was much younger than she was, married her.And guess who their son was?One of the youngest leaders of the muslim armies: Usama bin Zaid.HOW AMAZING AND COOL IS THAT OH EM G I CAN’T EVEN DEAL.

Your 3 strongest traits.
I would say my optimism,determination and friendliness.

Top 3 favourite reciters.
Salaah Bukhatir, Mishary Al Afasy and Abubakar Al –Shatri.

Biggest post Ramadhan goal
Keeping up with Tahajjud and studying of Juzuu Amma and Tabarak.

3 favourite Sunnah foods
I’m not very conversant with sunnah foods but dates definitely top the list.

4 things you love about being a Muslimah.
1.Our flowy dresses...DUH.
2.The level of concern that Islam ascribes to women even though some people may not adhere to that.
3.Boundaries.Personally,I am such a wild child and I thank Allah sw for the limits set because only He (sw) knows how many things I would’ve involved myself in if it were not for these limits set.
4.I have Allah (sw) in my life.

2 things you would tell your younger self.
1.You are good enough.
2.Everything is going to be ok.Chill.

1 Ayah of the Qur’an that affects you most from a recent Juz
I chose this ayah (verses) from the recent surah I've been reading which is Surahs 28 (The Story, Qasas).

"Then, is he whom We have promised a good promise which he will meet (i.e obtain) like he for whom We have provided enjoyment of worldly life (but) then he is, on the Day of Resurrection, among those presented (for punishment in Hell)?"       [Surah 28-Al- Qasas verse 61]

3 things you struggle with.
Life in general.I mean everyday is a struggle to be better and to fight against your own demons.Especially when you are dealing with anxiety.

Choose one sahabiyat and write a summary of them.
Hmmm…I pick Asma bint Abubakar.Keep a look out for the summary.

3 ways you can share your food with people in need.
1.Invite them over for a meal.
2.Prepare the food and take it to them.
3.You could buy them food.

Favourite part of the day during  Ramadhan.
Iftar time and Taraweeh.

General Ramadhan routine.
Right, so this is basically my Ramadhan morning routine which I have tried to emulate on a regular basis however…it has proven to be much harder than I had anticipated.But I’m staying strong people!!I’m staying strong!
I start my morning by waking up at 4 a.m. And then I struggle to get out of bed for another fifteen minutes. I then read the morning dua’s, make wudhu and pray my Tahajjud until about 4.50 a.m. After that I eat suhoor,but if it is not during Ramadhan I will eat something light like a fruit or a sandwich and then drink a glass of water.After that I will make my fajr prayers and then read some Qur’an and some translation. Next I will read a hadith and then watch a video of my choice from Qur’an weekly on Youtube or any other Islamic channel of my choice, just for some morning motivation.

At this point it’s usually about 6.30a.m.Sometimes I get carried away and start watching other videos on Youtube and end up staying in bed until about 8a.m - lol don’t be like me. However, when I’m being a good cookie, I will exercise and then shower and have breakfast.After that I just handle any unfinished business I may have before getting ready for class of which most times starts at 11.am.This routine is however not written in stone,i usually change it up just to prevent monotony and avoid getting into a funk where i'm just doing things because its part of my routine,but i like to do them because i see benefit in it.

3 characteristics you want to remove this Ramadhan.
I honestly had only one thing I wanted to remove or rather reduce, which was speaking in a loud tone. You guys have no idea how loud I can be and I promise I don’t do it intentionally, it just happens, until someone whispers, ‘you don’t have to shout you know I’m right next to you’. Then I’m like O.o. All in all I had more that I wanted to inculcate in myself rather than remove.

Current Islamic book you’re reading.
I recently finished ‘You can be the Happiest Woman in the World’ by Dr. Aidh al-Qarni but have yet to get into any new books.I have been reading "Don't be Sad' by the same author for a while now.It's not exactly the kind of book where you read it once and put it down,rather it's the kind where anytime you feel you need some motivation or inspiration you could just pick it up and it does the job for you.I highly recommend it.

3 ways you can worship while on your periods.
1.Listen to lectures.
2.Read and study tafsir of the Qur’an.
3.Read stories from the Qur’an.

1 reminder for your dear sisters.
Don’t ever despair in the mercy of Allah (sw) no matter how bad  things get,how sinful you think you have become, don’t ever let shaytaan trick you into thinking you are done for and Allah sw will never forgive you. You are still special and you will always be special in the sight of Allah sw. And that’s all that matters really.

1 Hadith that helps you  when you feel low.
The Prophet (saw) said: "whosoever seeks forgiveness (from Allah) often, then Allah makes for him a good ending for every matter of concern and provides for him a way out of every tight situation."

1 story from the Seerah that touched your heart the most.
The story of Taif. It is by far one of the most inspiring stories i have ever read subhanallah and there are so many lessons in it and it just shows what exemplary character our beloved Rasulullah (saw) had, i mean it's just amazing.

Favourite dua from the Qur’an.
 This Dua is from the eighth Ayah of surah Al - Imran.



رَبَّنَا لا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِنْ لَدُنْكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ اَنْتَ الْوَهَّابُ

Rabbana la tuzigh quloobana ba'da idh hadaytana wa hab lana milladunka rahmah innaka antal Wahhab
Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate after you have guided us and grant us from yourself mercy. Indeed, you are the Bestower. (Al-'Imran:8)

1 way you made your days more productive.
I would probably say,listening to lectures and sticking to the plans I made.

1 quote you want to share.
'No matter what happens, always be yourself.You are something new in this world.Be glad of it.Make the most of what nature gave you.In the last analysis, all art is autobiographical.You can sing only what you are.You can paint only what you are.You must be what your experiences,your environment and your heredity have made you.For better or for worse, you must cultivate your own little garden.We must play our own little instrument in the orchestra of life.'

[I have no idea who said this, i think i got it from a book i read a few years back...if you know leave it in the comment section!! :P ] 

3 things you want to continue after Ramadhan.
My morning routine.
Tahajjud and witr.
Constantly renewing my intentions.
 

3 comments:

  1. Great tips and I love the post! It is a little late though lmaoo! But thats okay!

    Jenan
    http://lavieenmauve-jj.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thanks Jenan!They said better late than never lol!Maybe i took it too seriously! :P

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