What you should do when you have nightmares

A couple of nights ago, I woke up to a nightmare that I have not encountered for quite a long time. I realised I was sleeping very still on my left ribs. All my body was quite numb. At that moment, I quickly grabbed my small du’a book to look for what to do. Yes, I’ve never thought I would face this situation in a sudden, so I was not prepared (even I have read about it before).

After reading the du’a, I spitted 3 times to the left and seek refuge in Allah from the devil. Then, I changed my position, sleeping on my right ribs.

A few days later, I came across a video shared by a friend in Facebook about sleeping position which can caused nightmares. It was brilliantly showed that the research these Westerners made proven what have been told by our Prophet Muhammad (sallalahualaihiwassalam) more than a thousand years ago.

There are four steps you have to do when you have a nightmare:

  1. Spit 3 times to your left. (Hadith Muslim). Just pretend spitting, without spitting actual saliva.
  2. Seek refuge in Allah from the devil and from the evil you have seen – 3 times. (Hadith Muslim)
  3. Do not tell anyone about your dream. (Hadith Muslim)
  4. Change your position to the other side. (Hadith Muslim)

However, that night, I supplicated this du’a too:

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It’s very important for every Muslims to prepare themselves to sleep in following the sunnah way to prevent from any evil or disturbance during our sleeps. I have not been practising the adhkar before sleeps for many months, I think I should get back to it soon. Remember, our sleeps are considered equal to death, maybe small death. May Allah protect us all.

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3 Ways to Protect Yourself from the Evil Eye

I came across a few posts and articles about Al-A’in or the Evil Eye. At first, I don’t really bother about it. I mean, just because I don’t know what it is, I tend to ignore it and pretend it has nothing to do with me. But a tweet from Shaykh Sajid Umar on evil eye got my attention instantly:

“The evil eye is a real phenomenon. Think about that the next time you post a picture of your children online. May Allah protect us all.”

What is it so harmful about the evil eye which can turn into a mishap if people post a picture of their children online? I was curious. This must be something serious till Shaykh Sajid Umar would tweet about it right?

So I began to do some research to understand more about Al-A’in. Surprisingly, I was shocked with my findings about Al-A’in. I then realised that it can happen to anyone whether they realised it or not.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) mentioned and narrated by Abu Huraira:

The effect of an evil eye is real. (Sahih Bukhari)

What actually is the evil eye or Al-A’in? A’in is defined as the eye in arabic. But, this syndrome does not necessarily involve the eyes only. It is mainly related to the heart. When you see or hear something which makes you feel impressed, the feeling might develop into jealousy and hasad. Once jealousy penetrated into one’s heart, it could caused illness or even death to the victim.

For example, a man A posted a picture of him went on a yearly vacation oversea on social media. But, without him knowing, someone else B felt impressed with him joyfulness and slowly developed the feeling of jealousy inside of him. B kept praising him and do not seek refuge from Allah that the happiness A attained was from Allah. Thus, the shaytan will eventually blow the fire of jealousy into B and the evil eye will effect A’s health.

Hence, we need to ensure we are always protected against other’s hasad and there are few methods in doing so:

1. Applying supplication (du’a) as follows:

Ibn Abbas narrated that Rasulullah (peace be upon him) seek refuge for his grandchildren, Hassan and  Hussain:

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I seek protection for you two by the perfect words of Allah from every shaytan, and dangerous creature, and from every eye that is evil. 

2. When we see someone with good fortune, we need to pray to Allah to bless the person. 

This was advised in a hadith recorded by Imam Ahmad about a story of two men who went for a trip and stopped by to take a bath when one of them saw the other’s skin and found it so beautiful. When the evil eye affected the man, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told him that he needs to ask Allah to bless him instead (whenever you see something which pleases you).

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,”

“Why would one of you kill his brother? If you see something you like, then pray for blessing for him.” (Imam Ahmad)

Therefore, when we come across anything or anyone we like or adore, it is advisable to pray to Allah to bless him/her/it. One of the simple du’as is Allahumma bariklahu (for man) which means May Allah bless him or Barakallahu feek (May Allah bless you). And always equip ourselves with these surahs: Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq and An-Nas.

Sometimes, evil eye can occur even if we have no intention to show off our happiness and success. It can happen if we are not careful enough to protect ourselves with the remembrance of Allah.

3. Do Ruqyah

However, for those who have afflicted with the evil eye, one of the ways to cure it, is by doing ruqyah. Ruqyah is the recitation of the Quran seeking the refuge in Allah, remembrance and supplications that are used as a means of treating sicknesses and other problems as the Quran is the source of healing (www.assimalhakeem.net). There are few hadith mentioning about the Ruqyah on evil eye:

Umm Salamah narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) saw in her house a girl whose face had a black spot. He said,”She is under the effect of the evil eye, so treat her with a Ruqyah.” (Sahih Bukhari)

A’ishah R.A narrated,” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) ordered me or somebody else to do Ruqyah (if there was a danger) from an evil eye.” (Sahih Bukhari)

Apparently, evil eye is widely known to other races and religions too. There are many names being addressed to the evil eye. Perhaps this syndrome or sickness has gotten many people to be really careful with their contentments. But I’m not saying we can’t share our good stories with others like birth of our children, weddings or even vacations. The rule of thumb is to be extra careful and learn how to protect ourselves by remembering Allah. It is more appropriate if we share our good news with people who care for us and would pray for our blessings.

This article is meant to educate others to safeguard our eyes and hearts with good intentions so that we will not create the evil eye unintentionally. Although this article is quite brief, I hope you will get some benefit from it, InshaAllah. You may search for more information regarding this. May Allah protect us from the Al-A’in and any sort of evil out there.

Taking small steps at a time

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Ramadhan has passed but I kept questioning myself if the Holy month did leave me with any good changes within me. Have I truly become a better Muslim? Have I changed my old, bad attitudes? What have I gained during the month? Am I still the same old me with no tiny good change inside of me?

 

Speaking of changes, I remember a hadith mentioned by Sheikh Hussain Yee at Al-Khaadem a few weeks ago:

 

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

 

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) ascended the minbar and said: “Ameen, ameen, ameen.” It was said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you ascended the minbar and said, ‘Ameen, ameen, ameen.”

 

He said: “Jibreel (peace be upon him) came to me and said: ‘If Ramadhan comes and a person is not forgiven, he will enter Hell and Allah will cast him far away. Say Ameen.’ So I said Ameen. 

He said: ‘O Muhammad, if both or one of a person’s parents are alive and he does not honour them and he dies, he will enter Hell and Allah will cast him far away. Say Ameen.’ So I said Ameen. 

He said: ‘If you are mentioned in a person’s presence and he does not send blessings upon you and he dies, he will enter Hell and Allah will cast him far away. Say Ameen.’ So I said Ameen.”

[Narrated by Ibn Hibbaan, 3/188; classed as saheeh by al-Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1679.]

 

I came back home thinking of the hadith especially about being forgiven by Allah once Ramadhan leaves. Have I done enough to allow myself to be forgiven with the handful of deeds that I merely acted in the month? Astaghfirullahalazim… I just don’t know.

Once Syawal is here, it’s time to start evaluate ourselves on the persons we are becoming now. I would like to call this phase as ‘the post-mortem time’.

But I guess doing post-mortem will not do justice if things that we have done abundantly in Ramadhan just stay in Ramadhan. For example, we recite Quran every day in Ramadhan without fail. But after Ramadhan, the Quran is left on our rack purposely. Moreover, we became one of the bounteous donors when we spent hundreds of ringgits on charity during Ramadhan. But after the Holy month is over, we can’t even spend a Ringgit to a fakir by the road side. Things like these are somewhat common to most of us and being steadfast in acting good is not that easy.

Truthfully, we want to do as much ibadaah as we could but in the end of the day, those ibadaah will only stay for a month or less because there is no istiqamah or steadfast towards the actions.

 

Narrated by `Aisha: Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)  said, “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah’s is the most regular and constant even though it were little.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari 6464 Book 81, Hadith 53]

 

The key to being istiqamah is taking small steps at a time. Do start with a simple act or ibadaah which we can continue doing it every day. It may not be something big, but if we keep doing it every day, inshaAllah it will be a norm to us and we will be comfortable performing it without any compulsion.

 

Let’s say you want to make the Quran as your best friend. Best friends do stick together and always be for each other, don’t they? Thus, have a small Quran with translation with you all the time. All the time here means whenever you go out, bring it along. However, nowadays most smart phones are able to download the Quran application, so it is not a problem to access to the Quran whenever you are, right? Next, try to discipline yourself by reciting minimal one ayah or one page a day. Perhaps you might want to rectify which is the most suitable time for you to recite the Quran, in the morning before you start your daily tasks or before your bedtime or any other 10 minutes of your 1440 minutes a day. It sounds easy but keeping yourself steadfast in doing it every day needs strong determination. After some time of doing this, you might find yourself getting hooked up with the Quran and a day without Quran will make your heart feels empty and dull.

 

Small deeds which are carried out consistently and with good intention are better than doing something huge, but only once. Take the small steps first and keep up the momentum. But it must start with a single step. So go for it!

Speak Good or Keep Silent

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When I went to iMuslim course called Hadith 40 Imam Nawawi couple of months ago, I learned about the above hadith. It was Hadith no 15 but it made a huge impact on me. Truthfully, we are all very forgetful on things we do and at times, we are unaware of our actions, neither by speaking nor anything else.

 

But anything coming out from our mouth unfortunately can’t be taken back. Things which have been said can’t be undone.

 

Therefore, choose your words wisely or else, just be silent.