Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware, All-Wise. He knows what is apparent and what is hidden. He knows what is in your heart. He knows your pain, and your anxieties. He knows your burdens, and your fears. He sees you. And He hears and answers you. So put your trust in Allah. Trust in His Knowledge, Wisdom, Power and Care. For nothing is lost, that which is in His care.
be a precursor for reform.
preoccupy your mind with beneficial knowledge,
your heart with remembrance
precede your actions with good intentions
preserve your faith
be predisposed to kindness.
prefer the next life over this one
and prepare for it,
so that you may present
only your best deeds to your Maker.
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Hayaa’ encompasses modesty, shyness, bashfulness, self-respect, honour, shame. The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, every religion has a character and the character of Islam is hayaa’ (modesty).” (Ibn Mājah 4182; Sahih according to Al-Albani). The Messenger of Allah, peace and blesssings be upon him, was also reported to have said: ‘Among the early prophetic teachings that have reached the people is this: if you do not feel shame, then do what you wish.’ (al-Bukhari 2484)
Hayaa’ is one of the branches of imaan (faith; al-Bukhari). Modesty and faith come together. If one of the two is missing, so is the other (Shu’ab al-Imān 7211; Sahih according to Al-Suyuti). From the goodness of hayaa’ is that a believer feels shy of doing anything displeasing to Allah, with the belief that he will have to answer to all of his deeds. And if a believer does, says, or sees anything wrong, he feels extremely bad and embarrassed of what he has done. This instills a high degree of consciousness of Allah (taqwa) and that is what strengthens a believer’s commitment to His obedience. Sa’id ibn Yazid reported: He said to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, “Advise me.” The Prophet said, “I advise you to be modest in front of Allah Almighty as you would be modest in front of a righteous man among your people.” (al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr 5539; Sahih according to Al-Albani).
Indeed, this Quran guides to that which is most correct, and gives glad tidings to the believers, who do good deeds, that they shall have a great reward. (17:9)
This Quran, this miracle that is in your hands, on your tongues, in your hearts. This book that is near, accessible, applicable, keep it close to you.
Allah sent down the Quran, and Allah created us. He knows that this Book is the best for us. So make the Quran your guide, your friend, your refuge, and the solution to your worries.
Increase in the remembrance of Allah, praising Him, glorifying Him, declaring His Oneness and His Might and Majesty. Fast in these nine days and especially on the Day of Arafah. Pray on time. Increase in voluntary acts of worship, for servants draw near to Allah, through their voluntary deeds, until Allah becomes pleased with them. Increase in the recitation of the Quran, its reflection and its application. Give in charity. Join the ties of kinship. Spread goodness and be in the service of others. Repent, and seek the forgiveness of Allah. Supplicate plenty, for Allah is more plentiful (in responding).
So remind, in case the reminder benefits.Surat al-A’laa (The Most High 87:9)
Hold on to imaan
Fulfil your amaanah
Al-Mu’min will give you aman
Hold on to you faith
Fulfil your responsibility
The Protector will grant you safety
Surely those who are mindful of Allah shall be in the midst of gardens and springs:
“Enter them in peace, safely!” (Qur’an 15:45-46)
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 thingsQuran Al-A’raaf (The Heights) 7:156
If Allah did not love us, He would have left us with the consequences of our actions.
If Allah did not love us, He would not have made His warnings clear and the description of His punishment so vivid and terrifying.
But His warnings never overpower the message and reminders of His Mercy. His Nearness. His Love.
If Allah did not love us, He would not have guided us. He would not have called us to His Forgiveness. To the tranquility that comes with His Remembrance. And the pleasures, delights, blessings that He has prepared for us in this life and in Paradise.
and Allah warns you to be cautious of His punishment; and Allah is full of Kindness to His slaves
O Allah, grant us fear of You that will be a barrier between us and sin, and grant us obedience of you that will enter us into paradise, and grant us faith that will lighten the weight of calamities that befall us, and allow us to be of sound sight, hearing and strength as long as we live, and make our vengeance not transgress beyond those who oppress us, and give us victory over those who seek to harm us, and don’t make our problems be in our religious commitment and expression, and don’t make the dunya the majority of our expertise or our obsession, and don’t make our destiny the hellfire, and make paradise our destined destination, and do not give authority over us (due to our sins) those who won’t (fear You or) have mercy on us.
O Allah, we are by our sins burdened, and by our mistakes fatigued, blinded by our ignorance, our lust and greed, we call upon You the calling of those humbled and broken, we are in need of Your mercy and You are not in need of punishing us. So free us from the fire, and our loved ones, and our teachers, and those who have rights over us, our brothers and sisters, free us all from the fire. O Allah raise our names to You. O Allah conceal our faults above the earth and beneath it and conceal them on the day we meet you. Make our inner selves better than the outer, and make our outer selves righteous. Make the best of our deeds the last deeds. And the best days, the day we meet You.
How patient are You with us o Allah, we sin against You with the blessings You give us and You forgive. We ask You by every name that You have, raise our ranks, conceal our faults. We have no helper other than You, we are Your slaves. How many a blessing have You given us and we were little in our thanks, how many a test did You give us and we were little in our patience, how many a sin did You witness us committing and You never exposed us. O Allah we believe in You, and think the best of You, have mercy on this ummah, You don’t reject those who ask You, grant us what we ask You. O Allah we love You. O Allah we love You, and we love those who love You, have mercy on those who love You, and forgive those who love You, and overlook the faults of those who love You, and heal those who love You.
O Allah as You’ve allowed us to experience the month of Ramadan, allow us to be forgiven. Forgive us, be with us, don’t punish us. Forgive us, be with us, don’t punish us. There is nothing that allows us to have the ability to stand before You, with all of our shortcomings and faults, except what You’ve taught us of Your Forgiveness. There is nothing that allows our feet to carry us in Your Presence, with all of our sins and our mistakes, except what You’ve taught us of Your Mercy. O Allah if Your Mercy is only for the righteous, then who is for the broken weighed down by their sins, standing before You, seeking forgiveness, repentance, a new journey to begin.
Forgive us and our parents and our children, and all of the believing men and women. Who is the one who asked You and was left wanting, who is the one who depended on You and was not carried, who is the one who had hope in You and was disappointed. O Allah make us people of Paradise and protect us from the Fire. We seek refuge in Your Face from being of the people of the Fire. Protect us, our families and our umma from all evil, and heal the hearts of a believing people. Ameen.
Witr du’a read and translated by Sh. Ammar AlShukry