Due to a change in eating habits, some find teeth care confusing. Should I brush before Sahur or after?
Because many also are eating late into the night, time for brushing gets blurry.
Our Prophet disliked people who ate onions and leeks (and other strong-smelling foods) into the mosque so as not to make others uncomfortable. This symbolizes how important oral hygiene is.
He loved the miswak , derived from a root of the Arak tree, used as a toothbrush regularly.
Avoid too much sugars and add more fruits and veg to your diet.
Try hard to brush more than twice. Just don’t swallow toothpaste! Couple this with regular flossing and a mouthwash (remember, alcohol-free)
Push yourself to see a dentist.
So our smiles can be bright and our breaths fresh.
“The smell of the mouth of a fasting person is dearer to Allah than the smell of musk.” Hadith
Let us stop using this as an excuse to treat our teeth bad.
Remember, cleanliness is a huge part of our faith and the mouth is not exempted from this.
Too many wrong things happen. Much of the ill-will that pervades our environment is as a result of grievances sprouting from injustice.
A peaceful world is not sustainable without fairness and justice.
For our own good, we have to push for this
Through charity, we try to correct society’s unfair distribution of wealth. Let this not stop in Ramadhan but be part of your Purpose.
If you have go real clout and power to change things, please do so.
If you can write or speak and move decision-makers , do so.
You can donate and fund positive impact.
You can sit, walk or run. You can fly.
Anything to improve the status quo.
If you are weak, at least reject it in your heart.
Just don’t sit on the fence, aloof, unconcerned.
The world has always been a place where evil and violence exist but never before do events get witnessed by millions without being physically present. Thus it is difficult to ignore what is happening around the world.
Behind the statistics and headlines are people like you and me, most of whom just found themselves at the receiving end of evil.
Remember the Grenfell Tower Fire victims.
The Portugal forest fire.
The China nursery attack.
The Bangladeshi landslide.
The refugees of generations, the ones at sea, the ones in camps.
The unjustly imprisoned.
The sick whether in hospital or on sick beds (or mats)
The victims of war and conflict.
Those affected by famine, drought, disasters(natural and man-made).
The citizens who under oppressive governments.
The women and girls trafficked as work or sex slaves.
The animals that suffer cruelty.
The nameless victims of all kinds of atrocities.
Remember all men, women and children who endure suffering and pain for no reason.
Think of them.
Be aware of going -ons around you.
Do what you can to help them.
Even if all you can do is pray.
For we are all siblings either of faith or humanity.
Today’s ayah is a beautiful reminder for establishing Salaah, five daily obligatory prayers.Guard strictly (five obligatory) As-Salawat (the prayers) especially the middle Salat (i.e. the best prayer – ‘Asr). And stand before Allah with obedience [and do not speak to others during the Salat (prayers)]. (Al Baqarah 2:238)
We Muslims, are blessed with a beautiful gift from Allah swt in the form of five daily prayers. Five times a day, we stand before Allah swt, conversing with Him and pouring our heart out to Him. After a reckless day, a restless day, a happy day, a worried day, when our heads go down in sujood before our Rabb, it is the most peaceful and protected feeling there is. It is when you know, that you are before the Creator of everything that there is, and nothing is hidden from Him swt and also, you know that no one loves you more than He swt does.
And if that feeling is not enough, then, know that for every prayer you make you are rewarded 10 times. As goes the popular hadeeth of the number of prayers having been reduced from 50 to just 5 while the reward remains the same, that of the 50 prayers! Alhamdulillah :) What can be more rewarding than this obligatory act of mercy and kindness from Allah swt. He swt has made it obligatory for us, so that we get these blessings, these rewards. How merciful is our Rabb, swt. And it is a gift from Allah swt to His Messenger (pbuh) on the Night of Ascension to Heaven, which makes it all the more special! :)
In this ayah, Allah swt reminds us to guard our prayers, that is to pray the five daily prayers in their early fixed times and not to miss them. Salaah is the second pillar of Islam. It is an indispensable obligation on us, and rightly so, because once you get into it, your life becomes more rewarding and peaceful. One should be careful, not to neglect our prayers. By negligence is meant, that we should not miss our prayers for whatsoever reasons, and second, that we should pray them in their earlier fixed times.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Verily between man and between Ash Shirk (polytheism) and kufr (unbelief) is the negligence of prayer.” (Muslim; 146)
How severe are the consequences of neglecting our prayers. It leads to kufr! May Allah swt protect us and keep us consistent in our salaah. Ameen.
Strictly we are asked to guard the middle prayer, that is the Asr salaah. There is a very strong emphasis on keeping up the Asr prayer in time. In a hadeeth narrated by Ibn Umar, the Messenger of Allah swt (pbuh) has been reported to have said,
“Whoever misses the Asr prayer (intentionally) then it is as if he lost his family and property.”
( Sahih Bukhari 527)
“Whoever leaves the `Asr prayer, all his (good) deeds will be annulled.”
(Sahih Bukhari 528)
Salaah is among the foremost and most important aspects of your relationship with Allah. The Importance of Salah can be understood by the fact that, “
The first matter that the slave will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is the prayer. If it is sound, then the rest of his deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad.”
Establishing daily prayers and praying regularly in its proper manner with khushoo is a means of purification for your heart and soul.
“Verily, the prayer keeps one from the great sins and evil deeds”
When you turn to Allah in Salah, five times daily, in sincerity, in repentance, in obedience, then Allah swt promises you to make you pure of the minor sins that you might have gained between the prayers. This can be understood by the following hadeeth, wherein the Prophet (pbuh) asked the people,
“If a person had a stream outside his door and he bathed in it five times a day, do you think he would have any filth left on him?” The people said, “No filth would remain on him whatsoever.” The Prophet (pbuh) then said, “That is like the five daily prayers: Allah wipes away the sins by them.” (Recorded by Bukhari and Muslim)
These are just a few benefits of Salah. There are many more which you can see and feel for yourself, once the sweetness of Salah enters your heart. While on this point, there is another aspect of prayer we should be taking care of – the khushoo!
Utmost care should be taken that prayer does not become a monotonous robotic ritual that you do five times a day. Prayer demands khushoo, consciousness and mindfulness from us. Without these, the real blessing and sweetness that Salah has to offer cannot be achieved.
More often than not, the most mundane, silly and sometimes a seeming solution to a problem that has been taking your entire day come up right when we are in prayer. These random thoughts are the waswasa (whispers) of satan, in order to distract us from worshiping Allah in the best of manners. We should train ourselves not to let these thoughts overcome our conversation with Allah swt. As soon as these thoughts come, we should seek refuge with Allah from satan.
Try to be more mindful during prayer, reciting slowly and not rushing through it, sitting, standing and doing all acts in a very calm and peaceful manner is what builds khushoo over time. May Allah swt help us with it. Ameen.
With benefits to Salah, come repercussions of not praying and abandoning the Salah. The most self explanatory among them being the following verses of the Quran.
And Allah says of the people of Hell (interpretation of the meaning):
“‘What has caused you to enter Hell?’
They will say: ‘We were not of those who used to offer the salah (prayers).’”
(Al-Muddaththir 74: 42-43)
In the last part of this ayah, Allah swt forbids us to talk during Salah. Make sure that you don’t talk while in prayer to anyone. This verse is clearly about talking to each other, but personally, I think, it can be applied, to talking to self too while in prayer, which is these random thoughts that chase us in prayers! May Allah swt grant us khushoo in our prayers. Ameen.Ya Allah, help us worship You in the best of manners. Ya Allah, help us with our five daily prayers, make them an ease and comfort for us. Help us to be more mindful in our prayers, and grant us khushoo in our prayers. Accept our prayers, and help us improve them. Ya Rabb ul alameen, write us among those who pray day and night. Write among the believers who are consistent in their Salah. Make Salah the sweetness of our day, and the coolness of our eyes. Ameen.
If you fall into any of the categories exempted from fasting, it is very easy to fill disconnected. It is worse when the people around you are not understanding and they judge you for eating and drinking. Somehow, they make you feel less of a Muslim. But there are so many other avenues to gaining reward. These would help you avoid wasting the whole month.
May Allah reward you as you strive to do your best at worship.
Islam – The Undeniable Truth – A quick lesson in the history of Islam – WS 2015 Brigitte GabrielPublished on Oct 1, 2015
Brigitte Gabriel was born in the Marjeyoun District of Lebanon to a Maronite Christian couple, a first and only child after over twenty years of marriage. She recalls that during the Lebanese Civil War, Islamic militants launched an assault on a Lebanese military base near her family’s house and destroyed her home. Gabriel, who was ten years old at the time, was injured by shrapnel in the attack. She says that she and her parents were forced to live underground in all that remained, an 8-by-10-foot (2.4 by 3.0 m) bomb shelter for seven years, with only a small kerosene heater, no sanitary systems, no electricity or running water, and little food. She says she had to crawl in a roadside ditch to a spring for water to evade Muslim snipers.
According to Gabriel, at one point in the spring of 1978, a bomb explosion caused her and her parents to become trapped in the shelter for two days. They were eventually rescued by three Christian militia fighters, one of whom befriended Gabriel but was later killed by a land mine.
Gabriel wrote that in 1978 a stranger warned her family of an impending attack by the Islamic militias on all Christians. She says that her life was saved when the Israeli army invaded Lebanon in Operation Litani. Later, when her mother was seriously injured and taken to an Israeli hospital, Gabriel was surprised by the humanity shown by the Israelis, in contrast to the constant propaganda against the Jews she saw as a child. She says of the experience:
I was amazed that the Israelis were providing medical treatment to Palestinian and Muslim gunmen…These Palestinians and Muslims were sworn, mortal enemies, dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of Jews. Yet, Israeli doctors and nurses worked feverishly to save their lives. Each patient was treated solely according to the nature of his or her injury. The doctor treated my mother before he treated an Israeli soldier lying next to her because her injury was more severe than his. The Israelis did not see religion, political affiliation, or nationality. They saw only people in need, and they helped.
Opinion editor Michael Young of NOW Lebanon and Franklin Lamb of Al-Ahram Weekly claimed that Gabriel over-simplifies the conflict in South Lebanon as a Muslim war against the Christians. Lamb alleged that she lived relatively normally during the Lebanese Civil War; Young, by contrast, described Gabriel’s account of her experiences as “overdone” and described her persona and campaign as a “con act.”
Who migrates by the stars
Hanging from the sky of Destiny Nights,
I must turn that bird tonight.
Forever needs a little stretch,
The night must not draw on to be the day,
For the journey must be circuitous tonight.
High up the planes of existence,
Higher still to the divine Love Council,
I must transcend the transcendence tonight.
Bound to the chains of worldly fabric,
Desirous to be sinless child again,
This Abd must turn Ubayd tonight.
I stare at my paper. The word neatly written, line by line. Equally spaced, keywords and main points I should remember are nicely highlighted. A minute pass then another. The words starts to blur as my mind takes me to a different world. I am sitting on a fluffy cloud, enjoying the breathtaking view of the earth from above. My hands reach for a handful of cloud and I eat in small bites.
Meowwwwww! A cat shrieks from outside my window. I shake my head and blink. The words that was previously blur is now crystal clear to me. Psychology. Great. I am back to reality. I sigh. Thanks, kitty.
Oh my Rabb. I can’t do this. The exam is tomorrow and I haven’t even started my revision. And by just looking at the first page of my handwritten notes.. I can’t do this. I don’t want to. I feel so lazy. My mind is giving up before the battle even starts. You know what, let’s do this after fajr tomorrow. I will sleep now.
I wake up to a sharp jab at my right abdomen. I whimper. My body curls to the sudden pain. Jab jab jab. There it is again. This happened before but it is getting worse now. It drains the energy out of me. I didn’t realise it but Mum is next to me. I must have screamed. I wince, unable to utter a word. We have gone to see the doctor a couple of times and was given medicine to ease this pain but it never really went away. The worry in mum’s eyes is clear. She calls dad who is down the stairs and we head to the hospital.
I lay in bed and scan around the room. Mum is by my bedside, sleeping. I am sorry, Mum. It was 4am when it all happened and they took me right to the hospital. Dad is sitting on the chair by the corner, leaning to the wall on his left. Asleep too. I am truly sorry. I continue to scan for details of the room. The wall is a faded peach with some paints already peeling off. There is a small window near to where Dad sits but the curtain prevents me from seeing what is outside. Just then, a phone rings and Mum wakes up to the call.
“Assalamu’alaikum?” She says in a raspy voice. She pauses as she silents to the person on the other end.
“Yes, that is my daughter,” she looks at me. Hm? Puzzled. Who would look for me anyway?
And then it occurs to me. Oh my Rabb. I have an exam today! I curse myself for not revising last night. If I did, I could have at least tried to sit for the exam. Well, maybe. The effort counts. I remember saying I will revise after Fajr but just before Fajr, I was taken to the hospital due to the pain in my right abdomen. Guilt seeps into me as Mum explains to the examiner that I am in the hospital and am unable to sit for the paper.
Her face is pale. I wonder if she even had any food for sahur.
“Mum, I am sorry,” I apologised for having caused them so much trouble. Perhaps being sick was inevitable but not revising and preparing for an exam.. I knew I could at least try.
Mum holds my right hand in both of hers. “Hey.. It’s okay,” she smiles faintly.
Knock knock. We both turn to the door. A nurse enters the room, bringing the result of the X-ray done earlier. All these while I have been given different kinds of medicine and we had theories about this pain. One of it is simply being menstrual cramps. A bad one I suppose. But it happened a little too frequent and it was not only during the time when I have my menstruation.
The nurse flips a sheet on her file and fill us in on what is happening. Two things that I hear clearly was appendicitis and surgery. She explains further on how it could possibly happen but I was no longer interested. I am about to tune out from the conversation but I catch a few more things she said to Mum.
“Yes, I am afraid she won’t be able to fast especially after the surgery is done. She will need to consume the medication and will most likely be feeling very weak,” she says.
Mum nods in apprehension.
“Okay, thank you. When is the surgery?”
“Tomorrow afternoon, inshaAllah,” the nurse replies and leave soon after.w
A week has passed since the surgery, my parents would come to visit me during the designated visiting hours. Accompanying me and entertaining me with their stories, bringing books for me to read. I can sense that they are trying hard to help me feel better. Because being in bed the whole time makes me feel sicker. The atmosphere already screams sickness and to be told to stay here for a whole month? And not to mention, the month of Ramadhan. It is hard for me.
This whole thing has made me realise how loving and caring my parents are. And how I have taken them for granted all these while. Each and every day, they would come to visit me and ensure that I am recovering well. I am thankful to have such loving parents and my heart fills with regret for the times that I didn’t listen to them, acted badly towards them. Here, being in the hospital, I made me reflect on how I have not been a good daughter. I hope to become a better one from now on.
My phone beeps, breaking me away from my thoughts. It’s telling me that it’s already ‘Asr. I take a deep breath and remind myself to be thankful of all that He has given me. Especially my family and my health. I smooth my hijab in preparation for the prayer and press the button at the side of the bed to adjust it so that I am in sitting position. It breaks my heart that I never truly appreciate my prayers when I was healthy. Always delaying it for no reason. Astaghfirullah astaghfirullah astaghfirullah. I seek forgiveness from the Lord of the World. I close my eyes and say the takbeer, Allahu Akbar as I begin a beauiful meeting with my Lord.
Ramadan Kareem brothers and sisters, May Allah bless us all.
Today we are going to talk about the unsung warrior princess of the
Battle of Bassorah – Ā’ishah bint Abī Bakr.
Aisha had an important role in early Islamic history, both during Muhammad’s life and after his death. In Islam, Aisha is thought to be scholarly and inquisitive. She contributed to the spread of Muhammad’s message and served the Muslim community for 44 years after his death. She is also known for narrating 2210 hadiths, not just on matters related to the Prophet’s private life, but also on topics such as inheritance, pilgrimage, and eschatology. Her intellect and knowledge in various subjects, including poetry and medicine, were highly praised by early luminaries.
Aisha was born in late 613 or early 614. She was the daughter of Umm Ruman and Abu Bakr of Mecca, two of Muhammad’s most trusted companions. Aisha was the third and youngest wife of Muhammad.
Aisha is described as Muhammad’s most beloved or favored wife after his first wife, Khadija bint Khuwaylid, who died before the migration to Medina took place. There are several hadiths, or stories or sayings of Muhammad, that support this belief. One relates that when a companion asked Muhammad,
“who is the person you love most in the world?” he responded, “Aisha.”
Others relate that Muhammad built Aisha’s apartment so that her door opened directly into the mosque, and that she was the only woman with whom Muhammad received revelations. They bathed in the same water and he prayed while she lay stretched out in front of him.
There are also various traditions that reveal the mutual affection between Muhammad and Aisha. They were close enough that each was able to discern the mood of the other, as many stories relate. It is also important to note that there exists evidence that Muhammad did not view himself as entirely superior to Aisha, at least not enough to prevent Aisha from speaking her mind, even at the risk of angering Muhammad. On one such instance, Muhammad’s “announcement of a revelation permitting him to enter into marriages disallowed to other men drew from her [Aisha] the retort,
“It seems to me your Lord hastens to satisfy your desire!”
Furthermore, Muhammad and Aisha had a strong intellectual relationship. Muhammad valued her keen memory and intelligence and so instructed his companions to draw some of their religious practices from her.
Aisha remained Muhammad’s favorite wife throughout his life. When he became ill and suspected that he was probably going to die, he basked for Aisha’s company only. He remained in Aisha’s apartment until his death, and his last breath was taken as he lay in the arms of Aisha, his most beloved wife.
After Muhammad’s death, which ended Aisha and Muhammad’s 9 year-long marriage, Aisha lived fifty more years in and around Medina. Much of her time was spent learning and acquiring knowledge of the Quran and the sunnah of Muhammad.
Aisha had her own script of the Quran written after Muhammad’s death.
Aisha’s importance to revitalizing the Arab tradition and leadership among the Arab women highlights her magnitude within Islam. Aisha became involved in the politics of early Islam and the first three caliphate reigns: Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, and ‘Uthman.
During a time when women were not expected, or wanted, to contribute outside the household, Aisha delivered public speeches, became directly involved in war and even battles, and helped both men and women to understand the practices of Muhammad.
When Muhammad married Aisha in her youth, she was accessible “…to the values needed to lead and influence the sisterhood of Muslim women.” After the death of Muhammad, Aisha was discovered to be a renowned source of hadiths, due to her qualities of intelligence and memory. Aisha conveyed ideas expressing Muhammad’s practice (sunnah). She expressed herself as a role model to women, which can also be seen within some traditions attributed to her. The traditions regarding Aisha habitually opposed ideas unfavorable to women in efforts to elicit social change.
According to Reza Aslan:
The so-called Muslim women’s movement is predicated on the idea that Muslim men, not Islam, have been responsible for the suppression of women’s rights. For this reason, Muslim feminists throughout the world are advocating a return to the society Muhammad originally envisioned for his followers. Despite differences in culture, nationalities, and beliefs, these women believe that the lesson to be learned from Muhammad in Medina is that Islam is above all an egalitarian religion. Their Medina is a society in which Muhammad designated women like Umm Waraqa as spiritual guides for the Ummah; in which the Prophet himself was sometimes publicly rebuked by his wives; in which women prayed and fought alongside the men; in which women like Aisha and Umm Salamah acted not only as religious but also as political—and on at least one occasion military—leaders; and in which the call to gather for prayer, bellowed from the rooftop of Muhammad’s house, brought men and women together to kneel side by side and be blessed as a single undivided community.
Not only was Aisha supportive of Muhammad, but she contributed scholarly intellect to the development of Islam. She was given the title al-Siddiqah, meaning ‘the one who affirms the truth’. Aisha was known for her “…expertise in the Quran, shares of inheritance, lawful and unlawful matters, poetry, Arabic literature, Arab history, genealogy, and general medicine.” Her intellectual contributions regarding the verbal texts of Islam were in time transcribed into written form, becoming the official history of Islam. After the death of Muhammad, Aisha was regarded as the most reliable source in the teachings of hadith. Aisha’s authentication of Muhammad’s ways of prayer and his recitation of the Qur’an allowed for development of knowledge of his sunnah of praying and reading verses of the Quran.
During Aisha’s entire life she was a strong advocate for the education of Islamic women, especially in law and the teachings of Islam. She was known for establishing the first madrasa for women in her home. Attending Aisha’s classes were various family relatives and orphaned children. Men also attended Aisha’s classes, with a simple curtain separating the male and female students.
During the time of the third caliph Uthman, Aisha had a leading part in the opposition that grew against him, though she did not agree either with those responsible for his assassination nor with the party of Ali. During the reign of Ali, she wanted to avenge Uthman’s death, which she attempted to do in the Battle of the Camel.
She participated in the battle by giving speeches and leading troops on the back of her camel.
She ended up losing the battle, but her involvement and determination left a lasting impression. Afterwards, she lived quietly in Medina for more than twenty years, took no part in politics, became reconciled to Ali and did not oppose caliph Mu’awiya.
Aisha died of disease at her home in Medina on 17 Ramadan 58 AH (16 July 678). She was 64 years old. She and the Prophet (PBUH) stay in the Lord’s house nowadays.
The best women are the women of the Ansār, for their modesty does not prevent them from learning about their religion.
نِعمَ النَّساءُ نِساءُ الأنصار لـَم يَمنَعهُنَّ الحَيَاءُ أنْ يَتَفَقَّهْنَ فِي الدِّين
Du’a in sujood and du’a after tashahud should be prolonged in these nights. If you don’t know Arabic then any du’as you have memorised, the du’a of Laylatul Qadr, istighfar and anything else you know should be used.
Tick tock, tick tock! Running fast is the Ramadan Clock! :D We are a few days away from bidding farewell to Ramadan! And if you still haven’t done much this Ramadan, now is the time to gear up. Don’t think that you didn’t do much in the past three weeks and leave these few days and nights of blessing just on that thought. No! Pick yourself up and get to work! Remember how in the last days of an exam approaching, we did nothing else but focus all our energy on studying for the coming paper. That is how you have to be right now. In sha Allah, you can do it! :)
Moving on to the ayah of the day,Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do. (An Nur 24:30)
This Ayah is an excellent reminder for men, to keep a check on their modesty. Unfortunately in our society, when it comes to modesty, and shyness, it is characterized as a valuable quality of a women with little or no regard, whatsoever to the men. To all those people, who think men have a freehand over matters like shyness, modesty, chastity and they can do whatever they like as long as they believe, this ayah is an answer to their absurdities.
Allah swt in this ayah commands the men, the believing men, men of faith, men who practice their deen in deeds and not in just words, men who fear Allah swt, to lower their gaze and guard their modesty. As believing men, dear brothers, you should always strive not to look at what has been forbidden for you to see. No matter how hard it is, strive to keep your gaze modest and shy from looking at haraam. It is of course going to be hard, no one said it is easy, but then, remind yourself, that it is a trial from Allah swt. The harder you strive against it, the more rewarding shall it be for you, in sha Allah.
We are living in times, when sinning is more easy than upholding the right. Like someone said, fornicating is more easy than getting married in our times. We put the blame on the changing times, on the society, on the modern world that we are living in, but whatever the reason may be, it should by no means become an excuse or worse a means of justification for our own shortcomings. No! It shouldn’t be like that. As Muslims, we should always seek help in patience and prayer. We as Muslims, should stand apart distinguished and strong charactered, humble and modest!
No one is perfect and falling every now and then in errors, is normal for humans, it is second nature to us. But then continuing on this path, is where the problem lies. Justifying your weaknesses for this unacceptable behavior is worse than actually committing the sin itself. Because that way you don’t see the need of repentance. When you know you have done something wrong, you will feel guilty about it, sooner or later will you turn to Allah in repentance. However, if in the first place, you don’t even think that you are doing something wrong, or are finding means to justify it, then you have little chance of seeking any repentance.
Just like modestly beautifies a woman, it beautifies the character of a man too. When you are modest, you can keep your gaze lowered from everything that is forbidden for your eyes. You know then, it is a trick of satan to get you into something that will be difficult to come out from. Many times, we fall into the ‘one time’ trap of satan. One look, just this one time, I will never repeat it again; with these thoughts you take the first step into the forbidden territory. And before you know it, you are half way in there, either lost and struggling to find a way back, or worse indulging into its deceptive charms all the more, thereby leading yourself to a bottomless pit.
Don’t give in to satan, don’t fall into his trap. Yes, it is very difficult at times, with so much immodesty sending open invitations on the roads, but it is not for you, not for the believer in you. You will get tempted, no doubt, but remember, that what is with Allah swt for you is far better than what is out there. Remember a strong believer is more lovable to Allah than a weak believer. Work up your way to become a strong believer by keeping away from such temptations, by turning away from these invitations, by lowering your gaze, be keeping away from what has been forbidden.
If you can’t do it now, at least have the intention of doing it, a sincere one, because Allah swt knows your heart. You will only be deceiving yourself. Seek Allah swt’s help, make duaa and you will see it is not as hard as you think. May Allah swt make it easy for you, for all of us to be among the pure, chaste and modest believers. Ameen :)
We ask Allah swt to beautify for us what is halaal, modest and chaste. Ya Allah, keep us away from temptations. Ya Allah, keep us safe from falling into immodesty and unchastity, keep us safe from falling into sins. Strengthen our imaan, strengthen our will to lower our gaze from all that is forbidden for us. Write us, Ya Rabb, among your humble, modest and chaste believers.
The following is an illustrative conversation between 2 friends, one of them is a skeptic called Amr, and the other is a Muslim student from Al-Azhar called Zein. I designed this conversation a while ago to help the reader find answers for many questions which we hear on daily basis, or even ask ourselves, but sometimes fail to answer, and keep on revolving in their closed loop.
Amr: “If there exists a creator free from any flaws, then how come that His creation is full of them?!”
Zein: “That’s ordinary, this worldly life is nothing but a brick in a high rise building. It’s a test in which we are initially born totally pure, then, while growing up, we learn all sorts of things, some good and some bad, this is why this Creator never forsakes us for our whim and lusts, but He sends us His messages and prophets to teach us how to live rightly. Those who betray, fornicate, rape, steal, lie, kill, etc., are disobeying the laws of this creator and disobeying his messengers. Their sins cause corruption and great evils, which is a horrible defect that shall eventually lead to our destruction. Allah says in the Qur’an: ‘Corruption has appeared throughout the lands and seas by reason of what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of the consequences of their actions that perhaps they will desist.’ [The Qur’an (30:41)]. Prophet Muhammad also said while invoking Allah: ‘Evil is not ascribed to You.’ Every day you can see people complaining from the corruption and evils they face in this world. This worldly life is just a step that we have to take in order to reach a world in which the system is perfect and no one complains anymore. But you have to understand that only those who deserve to live in such a perfect system are the ones who shall be admitted into it. I believe that we can consider this a universal law:
Life of a system α Degree of perfection of that system
This is exactly why this creator has created another place in which everything is perfect, and life is eternal for those who abide by His laws and teachings in this defective worldly life. As for those who decline and turn their backs to His commandments, He created another place in which everything is disgustful. These flaws and iniquities are the result of creating us having free wills, able to choose and select our own deeds and actions. How unfortunate it is that many people choose to satisfy their lusts and indulge into all sorts of sins instead of choosing a righteous life.”
Amr: “But why didn’t this creator create us compelled to obey Him like those creatures you call angels for instance? Why did He create us having lusts and free wills? It’s as if He wants us to make sins!”
Zein: “This was His method in creating the most perfect creatures ever. He granted us the freedom of choice, thereafter, He gave us the chance to perform, and display our characters and real-selves through our choices and actions. Proving whether we deserve to be part of the perfect system or not, is totally up to us. Angels are not tested because they were created compelled to obey the creator, they are His obedient servants. This is why scholars agree that those who follow their intellect and obey Allah, although they were created with lusts and have free wills, they are better than angels. Hence, by means of perfection, those who were given the freedom of choice, and choose to do what’s right, are the most perfect creatures.”
Amr: “If this Creator is Omniscient as you claim, then why didn’t He just use His vast knowledge of everything, and determine who are those who deserve to dwell in His perfect system “Paradise,” and who are those who don’t? Surely He would have spared Himself and us this intermediate step which you call the worldly life?!”
Zein: “Well, this is the pact He took upon Himself; He shall not award or punish anyone before setting his or her own deeds as witnesses upon His retribution; He shall not waste any of people’s good deeds, and if they ask His forgiveness for their sins and repent sincerely, He shall forgive them. Think of this logically, if you were condemned to dwell in the hellfire for eternity without living this worldly life, wouldn’t you have wanted to get a chance to live this life and prove that you could have been among the dwellers of paradise?! This worldly life is the chance that we all need. Indeed, we should seize the opportunity and do our best.”
Amr: “If this claimed Creator was aiming to create the most perfect system from the beginning, then why is there hell? Or are you claiming that this torture pit is also a perfect system?!”
Zein: “The perfect system is the one in which justice is established firmly without any procrastination. If justice was not established, then this could never be a perfect system. Try to imagine a thief stealing your mother’s purse, when your father trys to stop him, he shoots both your parents killing them at site, and he gets away with his crime in this worldly life, would it be fair if he never gets punished for what he has done?! What about Hitler who killed 3,000,000 civilians, many of them burned in furnaces, and he was never punished for it?! What about imperialists and invaders who have killed millions inside their own lands throughout the human history? What about traitors, rapists, thieves, murderers, drug dealers, children abusers, thugs, bullies, and all those who never care about other people’s lives and security? Would you call the system that lets them get away with their crimes a perfect system?! By all means, those who hurt others should receive the appropriate punishment for what they have done either in this life, or the next. As for those who get away with their crimes in this life, Allah has prepared the hell fire for their retribution.”
Amr: “If you are speaking about justice, then how come that hell is eternal and those who were sinners in this life shall dwell inside it forever?! Justice is to punish criminals in the same magnitude of their crimes, not to torture them forever.”
Zein: “Totally agree, and Allah is never unjust, on the contrary He is most Merciful and His mercy precedes His anger. This is why the prophet P.B.U.H. told us that Allah shall bring out many people from the Hell fire, any person with one jot or title of faith shall be saved after receiving the proper punishment for his or her evil deeds. That is also why Allah says in the Qur’an: ‘No soul will bear another’s burden, nor do We punish until We have sent a messenger.’ [The Qur’an (17:15)]. Consequently those who never received a warner or a messenger to teach them about Allah’s laws and righteous path shall be given the choice whether to believe or not on the judgment day. Many scholars say that even those who receive the message of Allah but in a distorted manner shall be treated in a similar way. This is why the main concern of the Qur’an is to make people believe in the existence of the mighty Creator, and warn them of His anger may they desist from disobeying His laws, or at least have the slightest portion of faith that may eventually save them after receiving their punishment. But as for those who deny reason and turn their backs out of arrogance, those who do not intend to repent from their evil deeds ever, their punishment shall be according to their intentions, this is why hell is eternal for those who don’t have any faith, nor do they intend to get to know and fear their Creator ever.”
Amr: “Why is the relation with this creator always built upon fear?! If He were the most merciful as you claim, why should all people fear His wrath and torment?! A relation built upon fear could never be a sound relation.”
Zein: “If this is what you understood from my words, then I apologize, but I believe that the context we were speaking in was about the hell fire, sinners, and the warnings directed to them. By all means the relation with Allah is not solely built upon fear. We all loved our fathers, but still we always had some fear from their anger towards us whenever we did something wrong. This fear was like a driving force that always pushed us towards being better persons. Likewise, the relation with our Creator is also built upon both love and fear. True correct worship is a combination of those two feelings, but building faith on only one of them is incomplete, and has many dangerous traps that people fall into.
Sound, sincere worship = Loving Allah + Fearing Allah
The prophet P.B.U.H. said: ‘If you knew how merciful Allah is you would have relied upon His mercy, and refrain from making any efforts (in obeying Him); and if you knew His anger, nothing of what you do could relieve your fear.’
Hence, the driving force behind the actions of those with sound hearts is always their love towards Allah, and their protection against relapse is their fear from His anger.”
Amr: “Why are you so sure that such a creator does exist though you cannot see him, speak to him, or receive any messages directly from him?!”
Zein: “Have you ever seen a beehive?”
Zein: “Do you think that bees are intellectual creatures?”
Amr: “Well, I’m not sure, maybe they do have some kind of a tiny brain.”
Zein: “Tiny brain! If I were to ask you to draw for me 100 hexagons without a compass, a ruler, a protractor or any external tool but a pen, on the condition that all the 100 hexagons would be similar with exactly 120 degrees angles and equal sides, will you be able to do that?”
Zein: “Now do you think that bees have minds that enable them to build hives with hundreds or thousands of these similar hexagonal shapes and internal chambers without the need for any of those tools that you need to finish the job?”
Amr: “Okay maybe they do, but where is this leading to?!”
Zein: “This leads to understanding that it’s enough to see the signs in order to understand that there exists an effective cause behind them. What about this complex universe with millions of constellations, planets, stars, etc., guided by physical laws that scientists have discovered, are still discovering and writing down in voluminous books? Did it come to exist merely through some kind of creative chaos, without any need for organization and guidance from an intelligent, capable designer, or an Omniscient, Omnipotent Creator?! Creative chaos can for example produce the sand dunes in the deserts, but it cannot produce a huge self-sustaining palace by this sand, or build a pyramid. Complexity is a sign for intelligence and capability. What do you think of a much more complicated thing as the human RNA and DNA?!”
Amr: “Your logic is void, for if complexity is a sign for intelligence, then from where did that most intelligent creator come?! How can you imagine His existence?”
Zein: “The Creator is not a creature to come or happen, or comply with the laws of the creatures that need a cause for their existence. He is the source of all that exists, but our minds always stand incapable of imagining His nature. There is a huge difference between reason and imagination. Reason tells us that complexity cannot happen by coincidence; for example, if I blindfold you, give you 10 darts, and ask you to throw them all into the middle circle of the dart board, can you do this?”
Amr: “If I’m well trained, I can.”
Zein: “True. This means that the more complicated the deed is, the more training and capabilities you will need to acquire in order to accomplish it. What if I number the darts from 1 to 10, and ask you to throw them in their order of numbering?”
Amr: “I shall need to remove the blindfolds in order to see the numbers.”
Zein: “True. This means that the more the obstacles are, and the more complicated things get, the more senses and capabilities you shall need in order to accomplish the mission. Have you ever seen the pyramids?”
Zein: “Do you know that with all of the advanced modern technologies humans have today, they still can’t build a pyramid like Khufu?”
Amr: “Yes I know that. Can you make your point clearer?”
Zein: “Can you say that Khufu was built by a coincidence or by any of the sand storms or natural catastrophes that occurred in Egypt back in time, or by any form of creative chaos without the need for intelligent creatures to design and build it?”
Amr: “Absolutely not.”
Zein: “How be it with something much more complicated like a bee? Can Humans create one bee that lives, reproduces, builds hives and makes honey like the natural bee which we know?”
Amr: “I don’t think they can.”
Zein: “So you cannot draw 100 identical hexagons without geometrical tools. You need training and the use of your eyesight simply to throw 10 darts in the correct order and hit the target prescribed to you. You don’t accept it that the Pyramid could have been built through some kind of creative chaos and agree that it needs intelligent designers having more knowledge than what we have today on earth, but still you accept it that bees that are a million times more complicated, and us as humans, and all of this universe surrounding us have come to exist by coincidence through some kind of blind creative chaos, merely because you cannot imagine how the Creator who has created everything exists; where is the logic in that?!”
Amr: “Science has already proven that matter cannot be created from nothing. This means that matter is eternal, it has always been there and it was not preceded by a creator.”
Zein: “Have you read about nuclear fusion Amr?”
Amr: “Yes, absolutely.”
Zein: “What does the theory say?”
Amr: “It is a nuclear reaction in which two or more atomic nuclei collide at a very high speed and join to form a new type of atomic nucleus. During this process, matter is not conserved because some of the matter of the fusing nuclei is converted to energy.”
Zein: “Great, this means that if matter can be converted into energy, then the reaction can also be reversed, and huge amounts of energy could be changed to matter. Amazingly this is what science has come to realize today. Therefore, assuming that matter was preceded by a powerful mighty Creator does not contradict science.”
Amr: “If this mighty knowledgeable creator does exist and he is perfect as you claim, then how come that he created the universe? What was the urge behind this and why did he need to do it?! He should have been self-sufficient having no need to create anything at all.”
Zein: “He is perfect and self-sufficient, and no one can reach such state except if he can do whatever he wants without having to explain his actions to those who are lesser than him. He is free to create whatever He wants. Not knowing the purpose of creation doesn’t nullify the fact that it happened, or else we will deny our own existence. Not knowing the purpose of creation is like not understanding the purpose for which painters draw paintings, or why musicians make music; it’s a capability which they have and we can’t ask them why do you make beautiful art? So is the case with the Creator, He can create beautiful marvelous things, this is one of His attributes, so why should we ask Him why do you create?! Even if some may say that artists make art so that people will get to know their talent and admire it, then why do you deny this right to the One who has created those artists and granted them their gifts?!”
Amr: “This is apologetic.”
Zein: “If according to your measures, logical reasonable thinking is considered apologetic, then by all means it’s an honor to be an apologist.”
Amr: “I can’t see any reason in your responses, you are just repeating what you were taught since childhood.”
Zein: “Truly amazing how those who deny the existence of God, resurrection, paradise and hell make them the token around which most of their talks revolve, thereafter they dare speak about reason and logic.”
This debate never ends and the two friends don’t intend to back up. Learning about such debates is extremely important. You should make up your mind and decide for yourself what to believe in and what to renounce. Use your reason and intellect in building your faith, don’t suffice with being a follower. Learn how to defend your beliefs and stand firm for what you believe is right.
Written By: Ehab Shawky
In Response To: Loop
In today’s day and age islam is looked up with suspicion, fear and hate. Muslims are attacked at two fronts. A group of extremist misinterpreters of the religion, our Prophet ﷺ warned us against and on the other hand is a band of preposterous and hateful people assaulting muslims in the name of retribution.
The time doesn’t appear favorable to be known as a muslim. Many in the community are anxious about peoples’ misjudgment and are eager to correct it. I, however, have met muslims who themselves speak in an edgy tone about the present state of affairs.
“Why is Allah doing this to us?”
“Why is this happening?”
“I don’t see the help of Allah coming” remarked my own friend once. It isn’t easy to answer questions such as these and more so when people come to you to get them answered. They expect you to have an answer.
Somewhere we feel and fear the same things but are too scared to mention it. Too scared that once they are spoken, they can’t be taken back. So we mumble to ourselves… Why is Allah not doing anything?
The frenzy doesn’t end here. Those portraying our religion as something to be feared of, go on in their way to fearlessly lash out at our noble Prophet ﷺ. They use all sorts of loathsome words against him and contradict their own portrayal.
Muslims on this have divided sentiments. While a group of muslims who are devoted to the faith are angered at the attacks, the other not-so-religious ones silently wish they weren’t born into islam.
As for ‘Why is this happening to us?’ and ‘Why is not Allah doing anything?’, reconsider the rationality of the questions.
Are these questions even relevant? And should we be asking them?
Did you hear about the man who attacked the Prophet ﷺ with brutal words through his poetry? And when he was later captured in the battle of Badr and brought before the Prophet ﷺ, one from the muslims suggested that he should be punished by knocking off his teeth so that his face is disfigured.
And our Prophet ﷺ replied- If I disfigure his limbs, Allah will disfigure mine in retribution.
And the incident when some Jews, when addressing Muslims, would distort the greeting as-salamu alaikum and say it as as-samu alaikum, which meant “death be upon you”. When they once addressed the Holy Prophet in this manner, his wife Aisha retorted back in the same words.
What did Rasool Allah ﷺ say? Did he too respond to the Jews the same way as they did?
Did he ask his companions to attack them or did he attack them himself?
No. Instead, he held back his dear wife and told her that Allah ﷻ doesn’t like harsh words.
He held back his wife from responding to them in the same manner!
And all this while the Prophet ﷺ showed forbearance, and didn’t let the insults sway him from being just and kind. The disbelievers continued to harm him in one way or the other. Whether it be the incident of placing dirty foetus of a she-camel on his back while he was prostrating or throwing filth at his door. The special mention is for the wife of Abu Lahab who went out of her way to scatter thorns on the path the Prophet ﷺ took for his night prayers. So that when he walked out in the dark to say his prayers those thorns would pierce his feet.
Could you imagine this happening to you?
And this, all of this and so much more happened to the Khalil of Allah; Allah’s intimate friend. How would Allah let that happen to him? To his Prophet, his intimate friend?
But, did you hear even a single word of complaint from Rasool Allah ﷺ ?
Instead he tells his beloved wife that Allah ﷻ doesn’t like harsh words. There is a great lesson in it for those who wish to learn.
Those who used to mock him died and their words were silenced with them. While every word the Prophet uttered was kept alive in the hearts of his companions who passed it on to others.
They insulted him. But Allah ﷻ honored his Prophet ﷺ in the Qur’an.
And most surely, you (O Muhammad) have an exalted moral character. (68:4)
And his honor could not be subdued. It was to stay intact in every muslim heart, every place of worship and recited in melodies voices crying out in love for him. It was to shine like a glorious light till the end of time, preserved in the Holy Qur’an.O Prophet, truly We have sent thee as a Witness, and a Bearer of glad tidings, and a Warner, And as a Summoner unto Allah by his command, and as a Lamp that gives bright light. (33:46-47) As for the relevant questions- We should be asking ourselves as to how far the excellence of his character is reflected in us; in his ummah ? How have we followed his example of compassion, forbearance, selflessness and patience? How have we imitated his principle of forgiving and honoring others? Has our hatred blinded us to see nothing beyond ourselves? Allah honored him for his exalted character. If we abandon his Sunnah, we will remain deprived of the honor. So strive, overlook the criticism and hope for your reward from Allah ﷻ alone. BarakAllahu Feekum Wa Assalam Alaykum
Again, the sun, source of our life, has a surface temperature of 12,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and our earth is, just far enough away so that this ‘eternal fire” warms us just enough and not too much! If the sun gave off only one-half its present radiation, we would freeze, and if it gave half as much more, we would roast.
The slant of the earth, tilted at an angle of 23 degrees, gives us our seasons; if it had not been so tilted, vapours from the ocean would move north and south, piling up for us continents of ice. If our moon was, say, only 50 thousand miles away instead of its actual distance, our tides would be so enormous that twice a day all continents would be submerged; even the mountains would soon be eroded away.
If the crust of the earth had been only ten feet thicker, there would be no oxygen without which animal life must die. Had the ocean been a few feet deeper, carbon dioxide and oxygen would have been absorbed and no vegetable life could exist. Or if our atmosphere had been thinner, some of the meteors, now burned in space by the million every day would be striking all parts of the earth, starting fires everywhere.
Because of these, and host of other examples, there is not one chance in millions that life on our planet is an accident.
The following will, insha’Allah, help someone make the absolute most of these blessed nights.
– The time for laylatul Qadr is from Maghrib until Fajr.
– Get rid of distractions during the day including phone calls, bills etc.
– Sleep after Dhuhr so you’re fresh at night.
– Ask family if they need anything before Maghrib and sort it out then so you can dedicate the night to Allah.
– Try to leave the phone off as much as possible: you’re trying to get 1,000 months worth of good deeds!
– Have a quick suhoor with dates and water and if not, then anything else will do.
– Go to the Musjid for salah, home is better for women. Do adkhar after salah fully and then pray the Sunnah.
– Come home after salaah and avoid pleasure eating. Eat less these days and you’ll see you can cry so much more in your du’a and sujood.
A number of the scholars like Anas ibn Malik would say there is a type of night prayer between Maghrib and Esha so pray at that time. Give charity at this time too whether it’s online or some other way. Give someone a reminder even via text and text relatives. These are all good deeds.
Make sure you make the intention to sit in itikaaf, as according to the majority there is no set time, then go to the Musjid and stay there from Esha till tarawih. Concentrate totally in salah and stay with the imam, whether he prays 11, 20 or whatever other amount of rakah so you get the reward for praying the whole night!
Come home and spend the rest of the night in du’a, dhikr, Qur’an and optional prayers.
Dhikr includes salat upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم , SubhanAllah, Alhumdulillah, Allahuakbar, istighfaar, SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi, and everything else you know.
In the time just before Fajr, do lots of istighfar and du’a.
After tarawih, some musjids offer Qiyam Ul layl; go to this if you can, especially if you don’t think you can do the same amount at home or will be lazy.
Do not take a long time with your suhoor and iftar, during these ten days sacrifice your food!
Finally, forgive anyone that has done anything bad to you in your du’a. Imagine if you were to die, what would you have wanted to achieve? Sweetness in the prayer? A legacy? Hajj? In your du’a ask for anything and everything, now is the time to ask.
Please forward as most don’t know what they are supposed to do or end up wasting time doing other things.
Du’a in sujood and du’a after tashahud should be prolonged in these nights. If you don’t know Arabic then any du’as you have memorised, the du’a of Laylatul Qadr, istighfar and anything else you know should be used.
100 direct instructions by Allah in the Quran for mankind with references:
1. Do not be rude in speech (3:159)
2. Restrain Anger (3:134)
3. Be good to others (4:36)
4. Do not be arrogant (7:13)
5. Forgive others for their mistakes (7:199)
6. Speak to people mildly (20:44)
7. Lower your voice (31:19)
8. Do not ridicule others (49:11)
9. Be dutiful to parents(17:23)
10. Do not say a word of disrespect to parents (17:23)
11. Do not enter parents’ private room without asking permission (24:58)
12. Write down the debt (2:282)
13. Do not follow anyone blindly (2:170)
14. Grant more time to repay if the debtor is in hard time (2:280)
15. Don’t consume interest (2:275)
16. Do not engage in bribery (2:188)
17. Do not break the promise (2:177)
18. Keep the trust (2:283)
19. Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42)
20. Judge with justice between people (4:58)
21. Stand out firmly for justice (4:135)
22. Wealth of the dead should be distributed among his family members (4:7)
23. Women also have the right for inheritance (4:7)
24. Do not devour the property of orphans (4:10)
25. Protect orphans (2:220)
26. Do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly (4:29)
27. Try for settlement between people (49:9)
28. Avoid suspicion (49:12)
29. Do not spy and backbite (2:283)
30. Do not spy or backbite (49:12)
31. Spend wealth in charity (57:7)
32. Encourage feeding poor (107:3)
33. Help those in need
by finding them (2:273)
34. Do not spend money extravagantly (17:29)
35. Do not invalidate charity with reminders (2:264)
36. Honor guests (51:26)
37. Order righteousness to people only after practicing it yourself(2:44)
38. Do not commit abuse on the earth (2:60)
39. Do not prevent people from mosques (2:114)
40. Fight only with those who fight you (2:190)
41. Keep the etiquettes of war (2:191)
42. Do not turn back in battle (8:15)
43. No compulsion in religion (2:256)
44. Believe in all prophets (2:285)
45. Do not have sexual intercourse during menstrual period (2:222)
46. Breast feed your children for two complete years (2:233)
47. Do not even approach unlawful sexual intercourse (17:32)
48. Choose rulers by their merit (2:247)
49. Do not burden a person beyond his scope (2:286)
50. Do not become divided (3:103)
51. Think deeply about the wonders and creation of this universe (3:191)
52. Men and Women have equal rewards for their deeds (3:195)
53. Do not marry those in your blood relation (4:23)
54. Family should be led by men (4:34)
55. Do not be miserly (4:37)
56.Do not keep envy (4:54)
57. Do not kill each other (4:92)
58. Do not be an advocate for deceit (4:105)
59. Do not cooperate in sin and aggression (5:2)
60. Cooperate in righteousness (5:2)
61. ’Having majority’ is not a criterion of truth (6:116)
62. Be just (5:8)
63. Punish for crimes in an exemplary way (5:38)
64. Strive against sinful and unlawful acts (5:63)
65. Dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine are prohibited (5:3)
66. Avoid intoxicants and alcohol (5:90)
67. Do not gamble (5:90)
68. Do not insult others’ deities (6:108)
69. Don’t reduce weight or measure to cheat people (6:152)
70. Eat and Drink, But Be Not Excessive (7:31)
71. Wear good cloths during prayer times (7:31)
72. protect and help those who seek protection (9:6)
73. Keep Purity (9:108)
74. Never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy (12:87)
75. Allah will forgive those who have done wrong out of ignorance (16:119)
76. Invitation to God should be with wisdom and good instruction (16:125)
77. No one will bear others’ sins (17:15)
78. Do not kill your children for fear of poverty (17:31)
79. Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge (17:36)
80. Keep aloof from what is vain (23:3)
81. Do not enter others’ houses without seeking permission (24:27)
82. Allah will provide security for those who believe only in Allah (24:55)
83. Walk on earth in humility (25:63)
84. Do not neglect your portion of this world (28:77)
85. Invoke not any other god along with Allah (28:88)
86. Do not engage in homosexuality (29:29)
87. Enjoin good, forbid evil (31:17)
88. Do not walk in insolence through the earth (31:18)
89. Women should not display their finery (33:33)
90. Allah forgives all sins (39:53)
91. Do not despair of the mercy of Allah (39:53)
92. Repel evil by good (41:34)
93. Decide on affairs by consultation (42:38)
94. Most noble of you is the most righteous (49:13)
95. No Monasticism in religion (57:27)
96. Those who have knowledge will be given a higher degree by Allah (58:11)
97. Treat non-Muslims in a kind and fair manner (60:8)
98. Save yourself from covetousness (64:16)
99. Seek forgiveness of Allah. He is Forgiving and Merciful (73:20)
100. Do not repel one who asks (93:10)