Muslimahs, Get Out Of The Kitchen!

A sisterly reminder for the Muslimahs to make the most of their Ramadan – preferably outside of the kitchen.

It is undeniable that a lot of women are, because of this misplaced notion of women’s role in religion, inevitably left with very few, if any, opportunities to maximize their rewards during Ramadan. But equally, some of us have no one but our self to blame. A lot of us do have the resources, the time and the chance to engage in these activities but yet we consider it wiser to de-prioritise them, and instead waste this unique month, by intentional choice, in either free reign shopping, just for the sake of it socializing or grandiose cooking, and in the process, defeating the whole concept behind fasting in the first place (that of controlling one’s worldly desires).

I’d like to add that some families place this burden on their women, as they feel Ramadan isn’t complete without the mega-iftaris. Breaking the fast with friends and family is highly rewarding and recommended, but don’t overwhelm the sister by expecting her to cook five different dishes for thirty people, single-handedly. So please, if you’re not responsible for cooking the meals, use some common sense, and also lend a hand in the kitchen to get the most reward, inshallah.

Ain’t Yo Momma Worth It?

Hafsa has posted a sweet idea, that we should all get in on, inshallah:

Subhanallah, we feel so helpless seeing our mothers suffer with pain because of some physical illness or the other. Sometimes the pain is so bad, the medicine doesn’t work. I suggest, if you all are up for it, to wake up for tahajjud this Thursday and Friday, and make special duas for our mothers with utmost sincerity.

Hajj, Umrah, and Islamic Revival – Simplified

The True and Good Words blog offers a simple 3-step formula to obtain the reward of Hajj and Umrahevery single day.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever prays the dawn prayer (fajr) in a group and then sits and does dhikr until the sun rises, then prays two rak’as, shall have the like of the reward of a hajj and an ‘umra.” Anas said, “The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: ‘Completely, completely, completely’ “

Also from the same blog are the words of Imam Malik, on the method of revival of this ummah:

The last of this Ummah will not be corrected except by which the first of this Ummah was corrected by and that is the Book and the Sunnah.

The Importance of Du’a

Student of Islam posts a wonderful reminder about the importance of an oft-neglected form of worship – du’a:

Du’ã is asking Allah for help or for the fulfilment of a particular need. It expresses a slave’s helplessness and dependence on Allah, the All-Powerful and Merciful. It is the channel through which one gets directly in touch with one’s Creator…

Nowadays, du’ã has become a mere ritual. It has become a routine practice which one is accustomed to perform at certain times of the day. People raise their hands for a few moments at the time of du’ã, uttering a few words, some consciously, and some without even realising what they are asking for.

Dua For Everyone is a digg-like website, where people can come together to make dua for one another.

The site creator is looking for bloggers to test his ideas:

Alhamdulillah, The main idea I am currently proposing is a “Dua4Me” button that bloggers can put on their posts. This button looks similar to the Dua4Me vote box you see on the website.

I am looking for a few bloggers who are willing to test out this new feature. Insha Allah the bloggers who participate will get the reward of starting something new for the sake of Allah, any duas made from their site, they will insha Allah get rewarded for, and also because they will be the first to use it, insha Allah they will get the most publicity on effectively causing more people to benefit from their wonderful blog.

If you or anyone other bloggers you know would be willing to go forward with this endeavor, I can send you the simple set of instructions to get the duas going…

Jazak Allahu Khairan, May Allah reward you for the time spent in his cause.

If you’re interested, you can contact the brother on[at]gmail[dot]com