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Sayyida Fozia Bora (may Allah reward her) posted a beautiful message on Deenport last year about Motherhood by Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller (may Allah bless and increase his rank):

“When she has her first baby, she must manage for another life even more dependent on her personal sacrifices. By the second, third, or fourth child, her days and nights belong almost entirely to others. Whether she has a spiritual path or not, such a mother can seldom resist a glance at the past, when there were more prayers, more meanings, more spiritual company, and more serenity. When Allah opens her understanding, she will see that she is engaged in one of the highest forms of worship, that of producing new believers who love and worship Allah. She is effectively worshipping Allah for as many lifetimes she has children, for the reward of every spiritual work her children do will be hers, without this diminishing anything of their own rewards: every ablution, every prayer, every Ramadan, every hajj, and even the works her children will in turn pass on to their offspring, and, so on till the end of time. Even if her children do not turn out as she wishes, she shall be requited in paradise forever according to her intention in raising them, which was that they should be godly.

Aside from the tremendous reward, within the path itself it is noticeable that many of those who benefit most from khalwa or ‘solitary retreat of dhikr’ are women who have raised children. With only a little daily dhikr and worship over the years, but much toil and sacrifice for others, they surpass many a younger person who has had more free time, effort, and ‘spiritual works.’ What they find is greater because their state with Allah is greater; namely, the awe, hope, and love of the Divine they have realized by years of sincerity to Him.” Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

Recently, two of my beloved friends have given birth to their first child, so this blog entry is dedicated to them and to all readers who are already mothers, or mothers to be one day inshaAllah ta’ala!

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“Whoever Allah destines for endless bliss and endless happiness, He teaches two things:

1- Happiness that lasts forever is more important and more significant than happiness that passes away.

2. You will never be happy so long as you condition with your happiness with something that is bound to perish”

Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

As the beautiful month of Ramadan approaches, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very blessed month ahead!

May we all be blessed with His gaze on the first night of this month, may He forgive all of our sins, accept all of our fasts and worship, and may this month be a means of gaining nearness to Him and His beloved salla’Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam.  Amin ya Rabb! Please keep me and my loved ones in your blessed prayers.

(Picture by Peter Gould)

Some very useful and beneficial links about Ramadan below:

Moonsighting

The Moon sighting papers from Zaytuna. Very important as it teaches one the basics of usul al-fiqh (legal methodology).

Cesarean Moon Births Part 1

Cesarean Moon Births Part 2

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Moonsighting- audio

Imam Zaid on the Crescentwatch Policy change


Articles:

Inner Dimensions of Fasting by Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, trans. from the Ihya’ by Mukhtar Holland

Ramadan Mubarak! A Message From Imam Zaid

Ramadan Address by Habib Ali Jifri

Approaching Ramadan By Imam Zaid Shakir

Chapter from al-Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya

Chapter from al-Imam al-Haddad’s Nasa’ih ad-Diniyyah

Blessings Exclusive to Ramadan

Seeking His gaze in Ramadan by Shaykh Abdulkarim Yahya

Pre-Ramadan reminder :: Sheikh Ibrahim Osi-Efa(You need a Facebook account to access these notes by sister Fadhila Bux)

Fiqh:

The Fiqh Of Fasting In the Hanafi Madhhab

Maliki Fiqh on Ramadan (click on the relevant links)

Shafi`i Fiqh of Ramadan

Audio:

Ramadan advice by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

What do we do in Ramadan Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

Ramadan by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Imam Al-Haddad On Fasting By Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ahmed.

Khutba: Ramadan: The Month of Seeking Closeness to Allah by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Video:

Ramadan Advice – Where is Your Heart? by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Ramadan lectures by Shaykh Faisal Abdur-Razak

Ramadan and Charity by Imam Zaid Shakir

The Fast of Ramadan & the Furious Shaitan by Imam Zaid Shakir

Ramadan Resolutions by Imam Suhaib Webb

Many thanks to A.Tariq, S.Aslam and S. AlMuslim for their assistance in helping me collate the list above. May Allah reward them in abundance. Please keep them and their families in your blessed du’as also in this month.

Yours in peace,

Sidra

….Salla’Allahu ‘alayhi wasalam…..

According to the most accepted opinion, when nine lunar months of the pregnancy had been completed, the moment for Time’s thirst to be quenched drew near.

On the night of the noble birth, Asiya (the wife of Pharaoh) and Maryam (the mother of Jesus) came to his mother along with the women of Paradise. Her labour pains began and she gave birth to him in luminosity, his splendour radiating:

His face shining like the sun. A clear moonlit night
unveiled him;
a night of a birth that, along with its day, was a joy and a
blossoming for religion.
A birth that brought grief and a plague to the disbelief
that was rising.
A day that the daughter of
Wahb (Amina) became a proud mother, the like
of which no woman had ever attained.
She brought forth to her people he who was more
excellent than the one carried by the Virgin Mary in a
previous era.
Exclamations of the joyous news came in quick succession
“The chosen one has indeed been born and happiness has established itself.”


O Allah, perfume his noble grave with the fragrant scent of blessings and peace!

The above is an extract from the Barzanji Mawlid, which has been eloquently translated and produced by Manaqib Productions.

The Barzanji Mawlid describes the blessed birth of the beloved Prophet sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam, his lineage, his childhood, his adulthood, his marriage, beginning of Prophethood, the night journey the seal of Prophethood and so on. It is recited throughout the world, especially at Mawlids. There really is no better way to celebrate the blessed birth of the beloved Prophet, than to recite the Barzanji Mawlid, especially in the month of Rabi al-Awal. Order your copy now!!


Shaykh Nuh (may Allah elevate his rank) said that:

“Having a copy [of this Mawlid] in your house will bring baraka”

May our hearts be filled with the love of the beloved Prophet sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam, and may we take every opportunity to draw closer to him sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam, and by being close to him, may we draw closer to Allah ta’ala.

* The above extract has been posted with permission from Manaqib Productions, therefore please do not use or re-post elsewhere without prior permission from Manaqib Productions.

“Sit with those of this world, and you become a speck in its sea. Sit with those of Allah, and the world becomes a speck in your sea.”

Taken from Shaykh Nuh’s article (May Allah preserve and increase his rank)

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