Am I Supposed to Keep Everything to Myself Now?!

I’ve been on a Twitter break these last few days and the urge to use it hasn’t been because I want to read what others are talking about, but because I have no outlet for my own random thoughts. Is that sad? Vain? I don’t know. But it’s just like, “Am I supposed to keep everything to myself now?!”, even though that’s what normal people do. It is strange that sometimes I feel the need to share certain thoughts in some form, yet I don’t think it necessary to just say out loud. I mean what’s the point of putting them “out there” at all?

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Are You Lucky?

Rasul Allah (ﷺ) said: “How lucky is that man who adopts humbleness without having scarcity, who considers himself inferior without having to beg for anything, who spends his own earned money in the right causes without disobeying Allāh (ﷻ), who is kind to those having little means, and who remains in the company of learned men.” [Tibrani]

In this hadith we are told who an enviable person is:

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I’m Not Fasting and It’s Awkward

A month or so ago, my colleagues started asking when Ramadan was. The conversation made me think about how I would respond when, being a girl, I wouldn’t be able to fast everyday in Ramadan. I’m not the kind of person who’d happily say why not, but at the same time I’d want to avoid lying. I took to Twitter to ask my followers how they would deal with such a situation. but I think only about 10 of my followers actually read my tweets and none of them helped me out.

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A Checklist for Ramadan

1. Ask Allāh (ﷻ) to enable you to reach Ramadan and to get the most out of it as the Salaf (early generation of pious people) used to do.

2. Intend to fast every day with Iman and pure intention seeking the reward from Allāh (ﷻ) alone. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever fasts in Ramadan with Iman and seeking reward (from Allah) his past sins will be forgiven”. (Bukhari)

3. Read the whole Qur’an at least once as the Prophet (ﷺ) did.
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Ramadan Reality Check: Burnout or Speed Up

For me, the weeks and days leading up to Ramadan are filled with hope, enthusiasm and determination. I look forward to the days and nights of tranquility, and a sense of unity among the ummah, worldwide. I long for the shayateen to be locked up, so that I can begin my soul searching and be steadfast in my worship. Just the thought of having the chance to improve myself and gain both reward and forgiveness seems to relieve my heart and make me happy.

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If Only O Man You Believed!

If only O man you believed!
The kalimah He lovingly sent!
The La ilaaha illal-lahu,
Muhammadur Rasulullah!
He asks you to bow down to Him,
And He will make all bow down to you.
He asks nothing,
In return from you,
But promises a gazillion things,
Count to them,
And remain counting,
The nth blessings will never end.
If only O man you believed!
The kalimah He lovingly sent!
The La ilaaha illal-lahu,
Muhammadur Rasulullah!

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Don’t Lose Your Strength When You Find Ramdan

So, it’s about that time. We’re finally reaching the blessed month of Ramadan, and we are all excited. Many of us will be setting goals for ourselves in terms of gaining more in a spiritual sense, doing more good deeds, helping family, friends, those in need and ultimately making the most of this Ramadan. However, some of us will do all that, while also trying to juggle our own training routines alongside long nights in the Masjid praying Tarawih. So, what is the best way to train during Ramadan?

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