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Our world is all about social networking now. From Hi5 and Myspace to Facebook and Twitter. Blogging on blogspot and wordpress and of course the video-world of Youtube!

They can take a huge amount of our time. You may decide to ‘quickly’ check what’s going on but before you know it, 3 hours have gone by!

You may not be wasting time on these websites per se, since you are reading Hadith reminders, and ayat from the Quran and forming bonds with fellow brothers and sisters in Islam which is all really great Alhamdulilah! But if all those hours are spent online then when are we acting on these tweets and facebook posts?

Ask yourself these questions?

  • How many hours do I spend on Facebook looking at friends’ profiles, the pictures and all the comments?
  • How many hours do I spend reading the profile of Prophet Muhammad (saw) and glancing over the comments about him?
  • How many hours do I spend reading words and quotes that people in the Twittersphere have posted in comparison to the hours spent reading Allah’s words that He posted to us for guidance in this life?
  • How many hours do I spend daily on all these different networking sites in comparison to how long I’ve spent with my family and my friends

Now there’s no harm in using these sites, as long as it is all halal and it’s amazing when we can learn new things on the go! But remember that time is valuable, it is what we can use to build our good deeds for the Akhira. So keep it all in moderation InshAllah.

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Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “There are two blessings which many people lose: health and free time for doing good.” (Sahih Bukhari – The Book of Ar-Riqaq)


Let’s focus on the free time part of this hadith. When we are in an exam hall, and we’ve not yet finished the paper, do we have free time to sit back or get distracted?

As long as we are alive, our life is an ongoing, continuous exam. On Judgement Day, we will be judged on what we did with every moment of it. And our results on that Day will determine our Hereafter, which of course is the rest of our lives forever. Do we have time to get distracted with worldly concerns, and temptations?

If our life exam is still incomplete, can we experience free time?

Quick Tip: Think about where most of your time goes, how many hours do you spend wasting time? How can you then use that time for good, and use it to help you pass the test of this life?

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Five Before Five

“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death.” (Hakim)

Let’s take it one at a time.

1)      ‘Your youth before you become old’

First of all, the word youth doesn’t refer to our adolescent years, it refers to the time we are have the most energy and strength. This can take us up until the age of 40. This is the time we can make use of this energy and enthusiasm to do good in ways that we won’t be able to later when we’ve aged and lost it.

Even Tweety has lost the energy for his usual antics!

When we are older, we may find it more difficult to prostrate in salah, unable to read Quran for long period of time and so on. So we are urged to take advantage of our youth while we still have it.

2)      ‘Your health before you fall sick’

Our health is certainly something we take for granted. We wish for so many things in our day to day life, but when we feel sick or unwell the only thing we want is our health back SubhanAllah. We don’t know what our life has in store for us but we know that with age, our health deteriorates and we might even get a disability la samah Allah. We really mustn’t neglect our health. Words can’t even describe my urgency about this point.

However, the following link captures it perfectly. Please watch this youtube video. Oh, and prepare for some tears.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkEBUC0APMg&list=LLUGsRZ8fNIPacp_hUnx799Q&index=1&feature=plpp_video

Subhanallah, only someone in a similar position to this man could truly understand how that feels, so let’s learn a lesson from him and stop neglecting our prayers and our duties towards Allah (swt).

3) ‘Your richness before you become poor’

Won’t go into too much detail for this one, but use your money wisely. If you are Alhamdulilah blessed with wealth then make donations, give money to those in need. Use your money for good. Mashallah some people put money together to build mosques and to feed families in third world countries. May Allah (swt) bless them and give them more so that they can continue to do amazing things.

4)      ‘Your free time before you become busy’

As with youth, we have more free time than we will later in life, so we should be prompt in doing good with our time before we become busy with more responsibilities, work and families. Of course, these are all parts of life that we can use to gain Allah’s pleasure and mercy with as everything with the right intention can be worship to Allah (swt). However, when we have more time to ourselves, we can really take advantage of that and do great things InshAllah.

5) ‘Your life before your death’

We all know the day we were born, but we will never know the day we will die. We go to sleep each day certain that we will wake up the next day but we shouldn’t. When we sleep, our soul leaves us, and only with Allah’s blessing do we receive our soul again and wake up the following day. We should be thankful we have been given another day on this Earth to make things right and make the most out of it, and refrain from wasting even a second.

As a worldy example – if your boss at work told you that your performance was going to be watched for the next month, and on a random, unspecified day in this month you were going to be told whether you were good enough to keep your job or not, would you not work your hardest everyday to ensure your best performance? Would you waste time surfing the net or would you get on with your tasks?

I’m pretty sure that if any of us were in that situation we would do our very best each day to hold on to our jobs. So why do we waste time every day when we are getting closer and closer to the day we will leave this world, a day that has already been set, but we are just unaware of its proximity. We should be savouring every moment we have for the ultimate goal InshAllah.

I pray that we all take advantage of these 5 matters before we lose them, and that Allah (swt) accepts our efforts and struggles InshAllah.

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How to Wake Up Early?

Common phrases I usually hear are:Oh my! 6am I could never wake that early, ‘I’m more of a night person’, ‘I want to wake up early but I end up staying online til 2am so of course I have to sleep in’, ‘I love my bed too much to leave it’. Let’s be honest, we’re probably all guilty of one of these phrases, if not all of them!

But haven’t you noticed that when you REALLY NEED to be awake early, say – for an interview for your dream job, or your A-Level exams, or to catch an early flight to Barbados, you will wake up early without fail? Whether you stayed up late or not? This is because you mentally noted that you HAVE to wake up or you’re in trouble. You had the drive and the motivation to wake up because otherwise you’d waste an opportunity to secure that job, you’d fail your A-Levels, and you’d either miss out on a sunny vay-kay in Barbados or have to fork up another few hundred quid for a later flight!

In fact, not only did you wake up, but you probably woke up a few times during the night, frantically checking the time, because you were so worried that you’d oversleep.

So why is it then when it comes to waking up for salat al-Fajr, we slack so much? And we don’t have the same drive to wake up in fear that we’ll miss it. Is Fajr not as important as our holiday?

Just because we don’t see a negative consequence immediately after missing Fajr, doesn’t mean we’re not failing to please our Creator (swt). Fajr should be our drive to wake up early, above all the other benefits mentioned in Part 1 of the Early Bird.

Let’s remind ourselves why Fajr is so important, in hope that it will drive us to wake up every day for Fajr without fail InshAllah:-

Fajr is mentioned in both the Quran and Hadith:-

In the Qur’an, Allah Most High says:

“So establish the Prayer after the declining of the sun [from its zenith, for Dhuhr and then Asr] to the dusk of night [Maghrib and then ‘Isha] and the [Quranic]recitation of Fajr [prayer].  Indeed, the [Quranic] recitation of Fajr is witnessed.” (Quran 17:78)

According to Al-Suyuti in his book Tafsir al-Jalalayn, the meaning of witnesses here refers to both the angels of the previous night and the new morning who listen to the Fajr prayer being recited due to its great status with Allah (swt).

For those who fear Hell, and those who want to work towards entering Jannah, the following two hadiths should help:

The Messenger of Allah (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) has said:

“Whoever performs the Prayer before the rising of the sun [Fajr] and before its setting [‘Asr], will not enter the Hell.” (Muslim)

“Whoever prays the two cooler prayer times (i.e., Fajr and `Asr) will enter Paradise.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

This is not to say that the other prayers aren’t obligatory, but to put emphasis on these two prayers, as these are the ones that people usually miss, because they are at difficult times of the day. Fajr requires waking up from deep sleep, and Asr is during time of work. It is unstated but clear that the one who prays these two prayers is praying all five salahs.

So, now we know we must get up for Fajr, let’s have a look at the different ways we can help ourselves to actually get up:

A Few Tips

Fighting off your worst enemy: Shaytaan is our worst enemy, he will try to stop us from doing any good deed, but the more we persist to beat him, the more reward we get, and the more we please Allah (swt) InshAllah.

In the morning, when Shaytaan tells you to snooze for only 5 more minutes, IGNORE. And rest assure that by getting out of bed straight away, you’ve beaten him! So you might as well kick him out of your room while you’re at it, do Wudhu’ and pray salat al-Fajr. That’ll teach him… (actually it won’t teach him, he’ll keep trying to mess with you any chance he gets! But it’s a good start.)

Click here to read a story about beating Shaytaan that we can learn from InshAllah.

Alarm: Place your Radio-alarm, iPhone, Blackberry or whatever device you use to wake yourself up at an UNREACHABLE distance from your bed. This way you have to get up to switch it off. And why not set your alarm tone to something other than that annoying jingle you hate so much, to something more comforting to the ear. The Quran or the Athan are good ideas, as they’ll remind the half-asleep you that it’s time to pray.

Get your family and friends involved:  Make it a fun challenge with your family and friends, to see who will be the first one to wake up and wake the others. PING! or call each other to help waking those who have snoozed automatically!

And the most obvious one –

SLEEP EARLY: My brother asked me what magic I use to get me up at 5am every morning. I told him it wasn’t magic, it was SLEEPING EARLY. If you sleep after the Isha prayer, which is recommended by our Prophet Muhammad (saw), then you will inevitably find it easier to wake up for Fajr. It might take time to get into the routine of sleeping by 10pm and waking up at 5am but slowly try and shift your bedtime earlier and it will become routine.

InshAllah you will have so much Baraka in your day when you’ve woken up early and prayed Fajr at its time, and made Duah. You will feel positive and can shine through the rest of the day!

'Wakey wakey! Rise and shining!

So rise and shine fellow Dynamic Muslims!

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