How to Gain Tranquility in Prayer

This article is written by Sister Jihan Anwar & collected from Productive Muslim website :  Part 1 | Part 2 | Part3  | Part4

(Part 1): How to Attain Ultimate Submission

We are quick to say we’ve submitted to the will of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) (glorified and exalted be He), but does our heart completely back our words? Have we submitted ourselves, or found “khushoo” in our prayer, our actions and our daily lives?
“Successful indeed are the believers, those who offer their salaah (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness (Khushoo).” [Surah Al-Muminoon 23:1-2]
Definition of Khushoo
The reasons why we obey someone can be broadly traced under the following categories.
• Fear
• Recognition of superiority or authority
• Acknowledging the orders as just
• Love
If we comply with the commands of human beings based on the cited reasons, how do you think we should carry out our duties towards Allah – the only One we should fear, far superior to anything we could imagine, the One who is full of kindness in rewarding the righteous though being in no need of them. 

Video On The Last Sermon of Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)

A wonderful video is prepared on the collection of the speech about Last Sermon of Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). Eyes becomes watery after watching this one... May Allah bless us to be a good follower of the greatest man in the history of the universe -- Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam).

The Ramadan Early Bird Series!

by Yacoob Manjoo, Collected from Productive Muslim website. May Allah grant their effort

Ramadan is quickly approaching. Instead of waiting for the last minute to prepare, begin today for a fruitful month of blessings and barakah from Allah [SWT].

To fully benefit from a great opportunity, you need to prepare for it – and the more thorough the preparation, the better. As Muslims, we have an annual event that serves as a tremendous opportunity to gather rewards and effect permanent, positive changes in our lives that will help us draw closer and closer to the Almighty. That opportunity is Ramadan.
Usually, it’s only in the two months before Ramadan that we start hearing about how important it is to prepare so that by the time the month arrives, we’re already in the spirit of striving, and we have the momentum to make the most of Ramadan.

Yet You Despair?

Being despair is one of the most common occurrence to our lives. Today I have watched a wonderful slide show in Islamic Tube, which has just told about what goes on with us, how and why. What can we do in such situations and what are the best thinking to get rid of this situation.

We all go through the tough times, but thing is important, how to get rid of them and how to deal them. May Allah bless us all.

Despair Not

A nice reminder collected from sister Nasmira's blog...

“When you are hurt by the people who share blood relations with you, recall Prophet Joseph (Yusuf) [alayhi salaam] who was also betrayed by his brothers.

When you find your parents opposing you (in religion) recall Prophet Abraham (Ibraheem) [alayhi salaam] who was made to jump into a blazing fire by his father.

When you are mocked and abused by your own relatives just because you adopted Islam over duniya, recall Prophet Mohammad [sallalhu alaihi wa sallam] who faced the same.

When you are mocked and abused by your own relatives just because you adopted Islam over duniya, recall Prophet Mohammad [sallalhu alaihi wa sallam] who faced the same.

When you are stuck into some problem and find no way out recall Prophet Jonah (Yunus) [alayhi salaam] who was stuck inside the belly of a whale.

When you fall ill and your whole body cries in pain, recall Prophet Job (Ayoob) [alayhi salaam] who was more ill than you.

When you see some physical fault in yourself, recall Prophet Moses (Musa) [alayhi salam] who could not properly speak.

When someone slanders you, recall Ay’esha [radiallahu anha] who was also slandered throughout the city.

When you can’t see any logic in what’s going on and your heart asks why this is happening, recall Prophet Noah (Nuh) [alayhi salaam] who built the Ark without questioning.

Subhan’Allah! Allah put all those great personalities in trial so that the generations to follow may learn a lesson in patience and perseverance.”

Beautiful..ain’t it?! :)

Sweetest Audios -- Al- Quran Recitation

I have gathered here few sweetest audios I have ever heard in my life. I only know,  these are the sweetest sounds my ears ever heard in my life. I often could not hold my tears listening to these recitations. The audio clips are collected and recited by Sheikh Mishary Al Afasy and Khalid Al Juhaym. Allah Subnahu Wa Ta'ala has blessed him with the sweetest voice...

Khalid Al Juhaym Quran Recitation:
Mishary Al Afasy Quran Recitation:
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I found amazing collection of Quran Recitations. Many Qari's recitations are accumulated there. I was so enchanted. I am sharing the links here. You can download them all and listen.

    1. Abdur Rahman as Sudais (I love his tilawat most)
    2. Mishary al Afasy

      7 Daily Spiritual Productive Habits to Develop

      the article was published in ProductiveMuslim website, written by Abu Productive 
      You should aim to develop the following 7 Spiritually Productive activities into habits so that you can hopefully continue benefitting from them throughout your life. I consider these activities as the spiritual ‘bread and butter’ of any ProductiveMuslim. To develop them as habits is the essence of embarking on your journey towards the love of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) and constantly increasing in your eman, inshaAllah: 

      1) Pray the Sunnah Prayers before and/or after Prayer:

      I know it’s easier to just pray the obligatory prayers and rush out of the mosque! However, when we realise the rewards we’re missing from not praying these Sunnah prayers we won’t leave them. Over the years I have learnt there’s only ONE way of getting yourself to pray these Sunnah prayers constantly: Get into the habit of praying them! They’ll soon become part and parcel of your Salah and your Salah will feel incomplete without performing these acts. 

      Double Up on Good Deeds Before Ramadan

      the following write up is collected from Tayyibaat blog

      We now have the chance to take advantage of two sunnahs of the Prophet (alayhi salaatu wa salaam):

      1- Fasting in Sha'ban
      It was narrated from Abu Salamah that A'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not fast in any month more than Sha'ban, and he used to fast all of Sha'ban and he used to say: "Do as much of good deeds as you can, for Allah does not get tired (of giving reward) until you get tired." And the most beloved of prayers to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was that in which one persists even if it is little. When he offered a prayer he would persist in doing so. [Bukhari and Muslim]
      The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) also said about Sha'ban: "It is a month that
      people neglect, between Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which actions are raised to the Lord of the Worlds and I love for my actions to be raised while I am fasting." [Tirmidhi and Al-Nasa'i]

      2- Fasting in the Summer
      al-Qasim bin Muhammad said that A'ishah (radi Allahu anha) would fast in the intense heat, and he was asked: "What drove her to do this?" He replied: "She would take advantage of the days before death." And some of the righteous women would choose the hottest days and fast them, saying: "If the price is low, everyone will buy," meaning that she wanted to do those actions that only a few were capable of due to how hard it was to do them, and this is indicative of the high aspirations these women had. [ibn Rajab hafidhahullah]
      Abu ad-Darda' (radi Allahu anhu) would say: "Fast the very hot days in anticipation of the Day of Resurrection, and pray two rak'at in the darkness of night in anticipation of the darkness of the grave." And it's reported in the two ' Sahih's that he said: "You have seen us with the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) on some of his journeys on very hot days, and a man would hold his hand against his head due to the intensity of the heat, and none of them would be fasting except the Messenger of Allah and 'Abdullah bin Rawahah." [Bukhari]

      Nicely explained! "Tawakkul (Reliance on Allah)" by Umm Yusuf

      I used to think that tawakkul was just making dua for good to happen in your life and expecting good to happen with certainty (no matter how uncertain the situation may be).  I realize now that tawakkul is also a belief in the Grand Plan of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) and that, in the worst times of your life when you think you have been abandoned, when you are tested, tawakkul is to also believe there is good in the test that you are going through…and even that test is a mercy of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala). Remember Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) loves you more than your mother does and, although you cannot imagine doing this, one day you will thank Him for giving you that test because through it you gained so many blessings.
      "And Allah is predominant over His affair, but most of the people do not know." Qur'an(12:20)

      Modesty and Shame -- Nouman Ali Khan

      I loved the youtube video on modesty and shame. He nicely told how to avoid the shameless activities and how to get rid of such moments while shaitaan easily attacks us.

      This lecture is by Nouman Ali Khan. There are many things to learn in here. Such a nice lecture on how to behave and to think! MashaAllah! :-)

      Modesty and Shame on Youtube

        Objective of Shariah: A Quranic Perspective by Nouman Ali Khan

        A must watch for Muslims! Brother Nouman Ali Khan presented a wonderful speech in ICNA convention on "Objective of Shari'ah: A Quranic Perspective".
        What I learned from it is -- The Shariah's main purpose got two things:
        1. To purify us
        2. To make our lives easy for us
        He also mentioned the difference between the Scholars and Dayee (preachers) in Islam. Some very practical examples has been shared in the speech where he showed how Shari'ah simplifies our lives and living on earth.

        A beautiful, beautiful speech! Click here to watch the youtube video!