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.

TMEAG Course Demonstration

I’ve been in the class for almost 3 weeks already and Alhamdulillah it is the most educational and interesting Tajweed class I’ve ever attended. My classmates are from various backgrounds and countries, but we have no excuse to learn in one virtual class. Tajweed Made Easy program is suitable for all as the method is easy to understand. My goal is to recite the Quran as perfect as possible and perhaps in the future, I will be able to teach others especially my family. Shaykhah Wafaa once did say,”Each family must have a ‘black’.” Black here means the colour code given to the highest ranking group – just like the Taekwando, you want to get the black belt, isn’t it?

Ever wonder how an online class is being conducted? Try the Online Demonstration Class organised by Tajweed Made Easy Academy Global where it will help you to understand and experience the virtual class better. Book your slot asap!

TMEAG Course demonstration

Teach

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I cook lunch and dinner mostly every day. Husband prefers to eat at home but occasionally, he ask me out for a date. Just like last night, once he came back with a stress look on his face and the phone was non stop flooding with messages and calls, he told me to get ready after dinner (we had to eat at home first cause I’ve cooked dinner) and went out for a drink at my favourite bakery, The Loaf.

Having ice chocolate overlooking the beautiful bay, it was a jovial evening chit-chatting with husband about my trials and goals in teaching. Even though the conversation was pretty serious and deep, I know one of the reasons was to distract his mind from wandering into his never-ending work issues.

Back to the matter of teaching. It was quite hard for me to adapt to teaching at first, knowing I have no teaching background whatsoever. But as a year passed by, I began to fall for this job. One thing I’m sure most of the teachers might agree with me is that whenever you teach something, you actually learn something. That’s the fun part! Learning!!!

Many times, when students question me about something, I will try to look for the answers eagerly. There was once, when a student asked about Pluto (it was part of the solar system back then when I learned about it in primary years ago) cause it was not in the school text book anymore, both of us joyfully explored the internet to quest for more information about the small planet.

The more I teach, the more I feel that I need to learn as much as I can. It’s an endless process which I now feel immensely attached to it. And I think one of the good ways to share knowledge is too have a good circle of friends who share the same profession too. Anyone here is a teacher?

Spread the khayr

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We’re nearly come to half month of Ramadan and this happened so quickly, I thought it was just yesterday we started the first day fasting. Subhanallah…

They are many new things I encountered and learned in this month. But a good lesson came from a story told by my ustazah about a Muslim woman who passed away a few days ago. She battled with cancer for many years, but she was very determined and positive even she was bedridden in her last few months of her life. According to ustazah, she wanted to learn tajweed and took class from her hospital bed. But the one thing that I truly admired is her determination to keep giving dakwah to others even though she was paralysed. And she did this through her mobile phone. MashaAllah…

I do remember her story when Shaykh Omar Suleiman posted about her in his Facebook a few months ago. He visited her at the hospital and eventually asked everyone to make du’a for the lady. A nicely written post about the sister is available here.

I kept thinking to myself, others are constantly doing good and keep giving back to the communities even they are not healthy and capable to move. Yet, we are still living in sins, talking bad about others and reading gossips. We need to wake up!

A wise words from ustazah,

“Do good for as long as you can. Don’t leave it for tomorrow.” 

A Sisters Ramadan

I’ve been living far away from Kuala Lumpur for the past one year and during that one year I didn’t managed to attend any Islamic conferences, talks or seminars in the main city due to the distance. I was a fan of these events, particularly which are organised by some local and international event organisers like Mercy Mission, Al-Maghrib, Nur A’la Nur Academy, iMuslim, Young Muslim Projects and many more.

But thanks to technology (clap clap internet!), there are conferences and talks which available online, live from the actual events! Alhamdulillah. There is absolutely no excuse for me to say no in joining the conferences as my internet connection is moderately acceptable here.

The next online Islamic conference which will be held soon is ‘A Sisters Ramadan’ by Charity Right on 20 June 2015. Looking at the title, I’m sure you can guess that the conference is merely for women only, thus I encourage all Muslim women to join this event (if situation permits for you). It will be at two different time zones, 1PM – 8 PM (GMT) – United Kingdom; and 1PM – 8PM (PDT) United States. So, you may choose which suitable time applicable you for. Remember, it will be Ramadan by then, thus choose your time wisely. Since I live in Malaysia, I prefer to sign up for United States session (it will be suhoor time, inshaAllah ).

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Another good news! The conference is FREE!!! Please wait no more, it’s a good ladies conference all about things we can do in Ramadan especially in ibadah despite being a woman who has daily chores and responsibilities.

Speakers are Zohra Sarwari, Haleh Banani, Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury, Dr Bilal Philips, Sheikh Alaa El Sayed and Sheikh Sajid Ahmed Umar. An amazing line up, isn’t it? For registration, you may click here and do spread the news to your other girlfriends!

Let’s be mentally and physically prepared to welcome this Ramadan. Gain more knowledge and share it with others. By the way, if you know any other Islamic classes, seminars, talks and conferences, online or onsite, do share with me by commenting below. Would love to share with other knowledge lovers too!

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.

New beginning

Assalammualaikum!

Surprise!!!

Yup, welcome to my new blog in wordpress, I just have to leave blogspot behind this time as it was so frustrating especially on the photos and layout. So after some time playing around with wordpress here, I’ve decided to shift my blog to this new, interesting platform. Yay!!!

I have transferred some recommended posts from my previous blog to here so that you’ll be able to read them again. InshaAllah I will try to write as frequent as I can but I can’t promise anything fast – being a housewife is ain’t that easy and relaxing, ya know – but I will try my best.

So this is my first post in 2015. I’ve started 2015 with so many great things and new spirit, of course. There are things that I will share with you – just as my new blog tagline said (see above) – but mostly it will be on knowledge and advices. I won’t reveal too much on my personal life, it will be between my families and close friends to know but I would love to make new friends from the readers and share beneficial knowledge with all of you.

As some of you already know, I’m currently writing for Zaahara-Writer’s Corner, so you might see duplication articles from there posted here (yeah, I will just post those I submitted to Zaahara at my blog too).

Other than that, feel free to enjoy exploring the blog! May the posts bring goodness to you and family. Spread love spread Islam! 🙂

Your sister,

Nadiah

Supplication during calamity

I came across this video made by The Daily Reminder Network (ohhh, I love all their videos so much!) about what should we recite when we face a tragedy or calamity. Our lives are made to be tough and full of obstacles, thus, the actions we take symbolized the real persons we are.
 
The Prophet S.A.W has advised us on below supplication when tragedy strikes:
“To Allah we belong and unto Him we shall return. O Allah, recompense me for my affliction and replace it for me with something better”
 
Let’s practice this sunnah and inshaAllah He may put us away from sadness of the calamities and reward us with something better.

Where is Allah?

“I want to ask you a basic question,” a friend said to me.

 

“Yes, sure. What is it?”

 

“Where is Allah?”

 

I find it weird when someone suddenly asked that question, thinking that it’s such a simple question which a ten-year-old could answer it without hesitation.

 

“Allah is everywhere, we just can’t see Him,” I answered confidently.

 

“That’s what we learned when we were small. We have not really asked if it’s true.”

 

Then, he told me about below hadith.

 

Mu’awiyah ibn al-Hakam said, “I had a servant girl who used to tend to my sheep in the area of Mount Uhud, near a place called al-Jawwariyah. One day I came to see them only to find that a wolf had made off with a sheep from her flock. Since I, like the rest of Adam’s descendants, am prone to do regrettable acts, I gave her a terrible slap in her face. When I came to Allah’s Messenger with the story, he considered it a grave thing for me to have done. I said, ‘O’ Messenger of Allah, couldn’t I free her?” He replied, “Bring her to me”, so I brought her. He then asked her, “Where is Allah?” and she replied, “Above the sky.” Then he asked her, “Who am I?” and she replied, “You are Allah’s Messenger.” So he said, “Free her, for verily she is a believer.” (Hadith Muslim)

 

From the above sahih hadith, Prophet SAW has no objection in confirming to the girl’s answer that Allah is above the sky, up above the seventh heavens. This is the basic of tawheed, to understand and verify that Allah is The Highest and The Greatest.

 

But the misconception of stating where is Allah nowadays has become somewhat arguable to most people. Truthfully, I once thought Allah is everywhere. That’s what I’ve been taught in school and I carried the belief for many years till I learned more about my true religion and digging more into the Islamic knowledge.

 

Allah is completely separate from His creation. This means that Allah is not part of the created world nor the created world is part of Him. He created the sky, the earth, the moon, the stars, mountains and all other creatures and living things whether they are big or small or unseen from our naked eyes. But, Allah’s attributes work perfectly at everywhere and at anytime. He can hear us, sees what we are doing, knows what in our hearts & He makes things happen when He wants it to happen (Kun Fa Ya Kun).

 

One of the main proof which Allah is up above the heaven is when the Prophet SAW were taken up through the seven skies to meet his Creator, Allah SWT, face to face. The night journey (Isra’) was the journey when Prophet spoke directly to Allah and the compulsory prayer is made to be five times daily for every Muslims. The Isra’ Mi’raj story is a proof that Allah is up at His Arasy where Prophet needed to travel all the way up through the skies to meet Him.

 

There are few ayahs in the Quran saying about Allah’s Throne (Arasy) such as Al-Araf verse 54, Yunus verse 3, Ar- Rad verse 2, Taha verse 5, Al- Furqan verse 59, As- Sajdah verse 4 and Al- Hadid verse 4.

 

“The Most Merciful [who is] above the Throne established.” [Surah Taha verse 5]

 

 “It is He who created the heavens and earth in six days and then established Himself above the Throne. He knows what penetrates into the earth and what emerges from it and what descends from the heaven and what ascends therein; and He is with you wherever you are. And Allah, of what you do, is Seeing.” [Surah Al-Hadid verse 4]

 

I hope the readers especially the Muslims will learn more about Islam and the basic root of the belief which is Tawheed (one God). There are many books out there explaining about this and one of them is The Fundamentals of Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) written by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips. May the knowledge be beneficial to us.

 

Do recite the du’a below for guidance from Allah to provide you with beneficial knowledge.

 

O Allah! I ask You for knowledge that is of benefit, a good provision and deeds that will be accepted. [Ibn Majah]

Writer’s Corner at Zaahara.com

Alhamdulillah for the opportunity given by Zaahara.com allowing me to write some posts for their new da’wah project, WRITER’S CORNER. It’s a platform where Muslims & Muslimahs share their thoughts and experiences about Islam, online.

 

My first article for Zaahara.com is called Where is Allah? It’s a simple article yet something to be carefully understood by all Muslims. I’ll share the article here too, InshaAllah.

 

I’m sure most of you have heard of Zaahara.com before. I’ve shared a post on a book I bought from the website, The Sealed Nectar. Zaahara is an online Islamic Shopping Mall where you can purchase Islamic books for adults and children, Sunnah food like habbatus sauda and sidr honey, DVDs, Islamic art like canvas art, etc. Do check out their products at www.zaahara.com It’s very easy shopping when you just click and they deliver your items to your doorsteps!