Ramadan is just around the corner! Although that often rings bells of fasting during the day and yummy iftaars in the evenings, Ramadan also comes with a beautiful new addition to a Muslim’s daily routine – Taraweeh. It is a breathtaking scene when one sees men, women and children hurrying to the mosques after iftaar, spirits high and ‘assalamualikums’ filling the air.
Nevertheless, often this gift of Taraweeh prayer begins to take a toll on us. After a long day of fasting it often becomes challenging to drive over to the mosque and stand in a crowd of people through long hours of prayer. Here are a few practical steps that highlight some ways in which you can get the most out of your Taraweeh this year, insha’Allah:
How often do you find yourself driving, knowing where you want to go, but unaware of how to get there, what route to take, or what direction you are headed in? Probably not very often.
Then why do we treat Ramadan in the same careless manner? We know that we want to improve ourselves throughout the month, but unless we take proper measures to ensure that we reach our goals by the end, we are letting a valuable opportunity slip by.
This holy month is a special time in which the rewards for both obligatory and voluntary deeds are multiplied exponentially as a mercy from Allah (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He) (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) and so we aim to do as many of both as we can. However, it is, in fact, only a month and therefore it is important that we manage our time wisely. Many of us find ourselves making resolutions and setting goals, but give up in the middle of the month, or even sooner.
I was about ten years old when I decided that I wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. At the time, it was just a childhood fantasy; I’d seen a documentary on TV and somehow decided that it needed to be included on my ‘wish list’. And so the item remained on my list (item number three, to be exact) - I want to climb Kilimanjaro. I would never have guessed that nearly two decades later, that dream would become a reality, and the mountain would be conquered. I often look back and wonder what kept the dream alive for so long and I realize this: with faith, hope and determination, anything is possible if you want it badly enough.
“Give the kinsman his due, and the needy, and the wayfarer, and squander not (your wealth) in wantonness. Lo! The squanderers were ever brothers of the devils, and the devil was ever an ingrate to his Lord” (Quran 17:26-27).
We all spend money: we must take care of our needs, and beyond that, we enjoy spending it! If we are lucky, we are able to save some as well. But more often than not, many people end up spending all that they have without thinking of the consequences, and fret when they really need the money. Money is an important need – especially in these times – and it is natural that you fulfill your basic necessities; however, we must strike a balance so that we are able to pay off our expenses, save some for emergencies, and also have a little extra to indulge.
How to Leave Your Islamic Footprint Behind
Changing the world is a lofty ambition – one that is often scoffed at or dismissed as a juvenile fantasy. The facts are this: Changing-the-World-Ville is a lonely place to be; it’s under populated but its residents also make up the backbone of those coming up with the latest and the greatest. So have no fear it can be done, especially since Allah has provided us with the best model to follow in that regard – Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).
Yeah, sure we say this statement when someone dies. Also some of us may say this sentence when they lose something, suffer a setback or harm. But………..do you know what it means? Sure, everyone knows that it obviously means 'To Allaah we belong and to Him is our return.'But.....….do you REALLY, TRULY understand these words and their implications in a Muslim's life? It means …whatever we have is not really ours. It belongs to Allaah. Take a look around you; everything you see, all that you have and all that there is….in you, on you, around you….belongs to Allaah, alone. It is Allah Who has given you all the property and goods you possess, and that He is the true Owner of them all.
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A Muslim’s first source of guidance in life is the Qur’an, and so we turn to the Book of Allah for our initial inspiration in time management.
Most of us have committed to memory the beautiful, short surah: Al-Asr (Quran 103:1-3). Admittedly, we often choose to recite it in our salah because of its brevity rather than for its profound meanings. And yet Imam Shafi’i asserted that if Allah had revealed only this surah, it would have been enough for the guidance of all humanity!
Allah begins the surah by taking an oath – ’Wa al-‘Asr’ – which means ‘by time’. Anything that Allah the Most High swears by in the Qur’an is a tremendous matter – such as ‘Wa al-Fajr’ (by the dawn) or ‘Wa al-Shams’ (by the sun). In the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), beginning with an oath was a method to draw the attention of the listener. Time is a concept that fascinated and awed the Arabs then, and it still fascinates Muslims now.
I strongly believe that there is a silent revolution going on among the youth of the Islamic world...slowly but surely the deviant elements of the community are retracting and there a band of 'true' Muslims -those youth who want to follow the teachings of our beloved prophet Muhammad (may Almighty Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) are using all their energy to 'spread the word of the true Islam'
I think its high time that all of us jump on the right bandwagon to find success in this world and the next. Leave the urge to 'follow the maddening crowd' who are running a rat race in life.Do we want to end up as an ordinary pack of rats???
An old friend of mine once said to me, “There’s a myth that’s going around these days, the myth says: If you can manage your time, you can do anything!”. Four years from hearing this advice, I don’t believe it’s a myth anymore.
We all hear about time management and it’s importance, and people shout at us from time to time that we should time manage properly, but rarely do we hear a concise methodology of how to time manage!
In order to understand how to time manage, you firstly need to understand what time management is about.