Du’a Upon Sighting the New Moon & The First 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah


The Darussalam newsletter is awesome…ever since I’ve subscribed to it, I get event announcements, du’as and new lectures by Imam Safi Khan delivered straight to my inbox.

Here’s an absolutely beautiful du’a that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) used to recite upon sighting the new moon:


‘Allaah is the greatest. O Allaah, let the crescent loom above us in safety, faith, peace, and Islaam, and bless us with the ability to succeed in all that you love and are pleased with. (O Moon) Our Lord and your Lord is Allaah.’   Tirmidhi    

اللهُ أَكْـبَر، اللّهُمَّ أَهِلَّـهُ عَلَيْـنا بِالأمْـنِ وَالإيمـان، والسَّلامَـةِ والإسْلامِ، وَالتَّـوْفيـقِ لِما تُحِـبُّ وَتَـرْضَـى، رَبُّنـا وَرَبُّكَ اللهُ


October 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm Leave a comment

Why Love the Messenger (SAW)?

So why are we obligated to love Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)? 

1) Allah has obligated us to love him.

2) Allah loves him.

3) He had a beautiful character and impeccable manners.

4) None of us will be able to truly emulate him until we love him.

5) He went through countless struggles to make sure Islam would reach us today.

6) He had immense love and concern for us.

7) A person will be raised with those whom he loves.

8) To relish the sweetness of faith. 

October 17, 2011 at 1:58 am Leave a comment

Hajj Workshop Resources by Darussalam

On October 9th, Imam Safi Khan of Darussalam had a Hajj Workshop. I wasn’t able to make it but I emailed them asking for a recording of the workshop and they sent me a link that had all the  audio and power point files. So here’s the link; share the khayr and earn some Sadaqah Jari’ah for yourself!


October 12, 2011 at 12:47 am Leave a comment

Darkness to Light

There is water

The Al-Maghrib "Darkness to Light" class flyer that inspired me to write this post

It looks like a tunnel…

Or a well

There is a light at the end

The light has words

The words mean something

I learned them a lifetime ago and I know what they mean

But I didn’t know that I don’t understand them

It’s distressing to find out you knew but when you set out to act, you were left behind

Lack of belief or lack of Iman?

I don’t know but I continued on.

Forgetting sometimes yet repeating the words, I walked in darkness and called for light

Then He decided to give me the answer

I was walking along as I always do,

Asking, wondering, sinning, repenting, loving, fearing, hating, tired from myself, angry at myself

Finally, I jumped in.

The water weighed me down and I didn’t know how to swim.

I needed help but I started despairing.

Then I started calling…

I called in the evening, day, night, and morning.

I called in bed when I lay awake and I called when my eyes closed to tired sleep.

I called when the sun rose up and I started my day.

I called while bowing, prostrating, and doubting He was listening to me.

I called because it was too dark to see, the shapes were there but there was no conformity

I called because now my breath was too heavy and because the suffocation wouldn’t let me free

I called upon Him Who I knew was there and I tried to convince myself I wasn’t gone because I still cared.

I still cared for light even though I had electricity.

Because if the fuse blew out, how would I see?

Finally my calling began to give rise…

I saw the light at the end of the tunnel or the well or whatever it was. But I took a closer look-it wasn’t a means to get from point A to point B nor from up to down into a deep, black hole.

I was going up to the light-the darkness would finally leave me because…

“Allahu nur-us-samaawati wal ‘ard… -Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things.” (An-Nur-24:35)

Then I fell with my hands on the ground and remembered when Allah said He is Near, so I’ve no fear, and with affirmation to be sincere,

I’ll say the words loud and clear: “La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad ur-Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).”

September 26, 2011 at 2:04 am Leave a comment

Mistakes Made Simple

We all make mistakes in life. Do you remember the last time you did something that you regretted? Maybe it had to do with your inner self. Maybe it had to do with relations with others. Maybe it had to do with violating someone’s rights, or being unjust, or disobeying Allah.

Most of the mistakes we make in life can be atoned for. And only some can be forgotten. But none can be reversed. If something’s done, it’s done-you can’t do much about it.

When you disobey Allah, you must repent. When you violate someone’s rights, you must apologize and make it up to them. When you wrong yourself, well, again, you repent because you are an Amanah of Allah yourself.

Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (Az-Zumar-39:53)

In Ramadan, I wronged myself. I wrote a frustrating blog post titled, “Frustrated in Ramadan” and then a few days later, I was on suhaibwebb.com and I came across this post: http://www.suhaibwebb.com/personaldvlpt/character/spiritual-pitfalls-for-the-muslim-blogger/ and I learned blogging etiquettes! Can you believe that? It was amazingly, shockingly helpful. So I decided to remove my “Frustrated in Ramadan” post because it violated one of the points mentioned in the article. So the lesson learned was that I made a mistake and I was able to atone for it. And although I am not reversing the process, I kind of am because I’m removing the post but then people still read it so I’m not really reversing it…oh well, you get the point!

So remember, when you make a mistake in life, there’s always a way to fix it and learn from it. Humans are not immune to mistakes and Allah is Ar-Raheem, (the Most Merciful).

btw, Surah Az-Zumar became my new favorite surah at the moment. Any surah that I read and/or listen to in times of difficulty or frustration becomes my new favorite surah. That’s kind of what happened with Surah Az-Zumar and its recitation by Mishary is just breathtaking-subhanAllah!

So long until next time when I find something else interesting to share!


September 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

First Day of College

I sat in the car feeling a little confident but also a little skeptical. Last week, I was worried about people being terrified of me (in my abaya) but after attending the Orientation, I discovered through my short conversation with a few girls that Muslims are not actually objects of terror. But they may be objects of humor, came the realization today as I was waiting for us to pull out of the driveway. My little brother, Abdullah was coming along with my stepmom to drop me off as the 3rd not-so-important-but-necessary-for-the-HOV person. I was sitting in the backseat, staring at the neighbor’s lawn and said the following du’a: “Ya Allah, please protect me from Fitnah, from prowling strangers, from evil eyes (of men), and from getting lost. Ameen”. I don’t know how I made it up. The words just kinda flew out of my mouth and I ended up adding to them. Abdullah decided to freak me out a little by saying, “Hey didi, do you remember-It’s a Mooz-lum name!” I laughed and told him to be quiet but I was thrown into a state of worry thinking about the stories I heard of abaya-girls getting picked on in college. I was suddenly surrounded by the anxiety that I worked so hard to overcome over the last few weeks. Anyways, we reached the college and I told my stepmom to pick me up around 2:00pm. I exited the car and looked around. On my left was a group of guys chatting and ahead of me were a few students having an intense conversation. As soon as I started walking towards the entrance of the building, they all stared.  They observed my abaya like they had never seen a witch’s robe on Halloween before. I re-assured myself by thinking about Allah and pulled open the heavy door. I was ‘somewhat’ panicking cause I had left my class schedule at home. Luckily, the lady at the information desk was nice enough to give me a catalog and I was able to find my way through.

I went upstairs to my biology class, which was fairly easy to spot and it was already more than half-full. I got my dream spot-first seat in the first row. When the teacher walked in 5 minutes later, I could swear she was just an older student. With her khaki capris and a pink T-shirt, I could never have guessed that she was the teacher. I think that was mainly due to the fact that I always expected college professors to be strict and professional-looking. Oh well, contrary to my presumed notions, anything goes! She apologized for being late and introduced herself. I didn’t notice her slight southern accent until she decided to reveal to us that she is fairly new to VA, after having taught in Oklahoma and Texas for 12 years.

From her intro about herself, her intro to the syllabus, and finally, her lengthy intro to biology itself, I concluded that this woman loves to talk. My goal of choosing as many female professors as possible was going great. She told us that she loves to interact with students and help them out. Can anyone ask for a better professor? Then, in the last 15 minutes that were left of class, she decided to go over the first chapter of our BIO book, which most of us don’t have yet. When she talked, I understood everything, and not just me, the whole class easily picked up on what she was talking about. In her PowerPoint slides, there would occasionally be a question that would pop up, which kinda reminded me of Shaykh Waleed’s  Last Breath class, the only difference being that his questions would come up before the material was covered. Anyhow, it was still helpful. When the teacher started talking about evolution, my ears opened up. In 11th grade, I had done a thorough research paper on Creationism vs. Evolution but the way this lady was explaining it, it made sense. And I’m thinking, no, evolution CANNOT make sense, it’s not supposed to. I gotta read up on Harun Yahya again in order to not get myself caught up in this  very specific biology trap.  Well, I hope the new research helps me understand the fact of the matter better. I write this as I sit here in the library waiting for Math class which begins at 12:30pm. Oh, it’s 12:10-got to go.

August 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm Leave a comment

How to Memorize the Quran | Shaykh Umar Badahdah | MuslimMatters.org

How to Memorize the Quran | Shaykh Umar Badahdah | MuslimMatters.org.

August 18, 2011 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

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