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His name was Mukhtar. 
I haven’t spoken to him for about a year now, but a recent incident brought him to my mind again. Without a doubt, he has certainly left an indelible mark on me. Rare indeed are those like him MashaAllah. 
I first met him when I heard about his plight and went to pay him a visit. At 19, he had fled Somalia to come to the safety of Malaysia. A Hafiz, he taught children the Quran at the local mosque while pursuing studies. 
Then in 2012, tragedy struck. He contracted tuberculosis and fell into a coma. While still unconscious, complications set in and doctors needed to amputate both his legs. Unfortunately, by the time the necessary consent was obtained from his family, the gangrene had spread above his knees. And so, when Mukhtar finally awoke from his coma, he found that he had lost both his legs…. With tubes inserted down his throat, he recalls not being able to speak but just muttering “innaa lillahi wa innaa ilayhi raajioon” (from Allah will be come and to Him we will return) with tears rolling down his cheeks. 
But his faith in Allah remained intact and as he regained his voice a few months later, he started to recite Quran again, this time learning proper tajweed, and went on to receive a certificate for Quran memorization with tajweed in Malaysia.  
What struck me the most is that as he recounted what had happened to him, he didn’t complain even once. He even seemed happy, content with what Allah had ordained for him. He reminded us that our legs (like everything else) are from Allah and He can therefore take them back anytime He wants. 
Not despairing over his loss, and despite not being well off and being unable to fend for himself while his family was on the other side of the globe, he kept his faith in Allah and knew that Allah would take care of him. In response, Allah showered him with unimaginable kindness from the people around him. His hospital bills were paid for by a Muslim couple and his non Muslim lecturer even bought him a pair of prosthetic legs worth RM10,000. His neighbours shared their food with him. 
Always smiling, he was such an inspiration! He visited a school and shared his experience with the teenaged students, and I remember them surrounding him, clamouring to shake his hand. This man without legs was a hero to them, because he showed them what tawakkal and shukr (reliance and gratitude) truly meant. The last I heard from him, he was in Indonesia having been invited to do dawah work for the people there. In no way did he let his loss stop him from continuing to serve Allah and to help others. May Allah bless him immensely and continue to make him a beacon of hope and inspiration to those around him. 
I still recall distinctly that just before we left that day when we visited Mukhtar, we asked him to recite his favourite Ayat from the Quran. And this then is the Ayat he chose:
“O you who believe! Seek assistance through patience and prayer; 
Surely Allah is with the patient. And do not speak of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead; nay, (they are) alive, but you do not perceive.  
And We will most certainly try you with somewhat of fear and hunger and loss of property and lives and fruits; and give good news to the patient.” (2:153-155 Al Quran) 💗💗💗
By: Sister MaryAnn
Life is never a bed of roses. We suffer from heartbreak, pain, and calamity, any of which might drive us to depression. However, at times depression can just be there for no specific reason at all, and when this happens it is imperative that we seek help for it. Allah subhana wa ta’ala has revealed the Quran as a guide for mankind till the end of time, giving us a guide to help us through depression.Some surahs of the Quran are valuable reading during DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY, as their meanings and messages could help alleviate depression, inshaa Allah.
Surah Inshirah
Along with Surah Duha, Allah also revealed Surah Inshirah, Surah 94, in the Quran. Allah tells the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam about how Allah had eased the pain that the prophet felt internally by revealing to him the Quran. Allah mentions how He will raise the mention of His prophet around the world, and today every second somewhere on earth the adhaan is going on and someone somewhere is saying Ashadu anna Muhammadar Rasulullah. Allah also mentions that both before hardship and after hardship is ease. Then He instructs the prophet to pray to His Lord after he is done with his duties to the people.
Surah Yusuf
Among the early surahs revealed to the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam was Surah Yusuf. This is a unique surah in the Quran in that most of it relates just the story of one prophet of Allah, Yusuf. Countless lessons can be derived from this surah and a lot of it has to do with dealing with hardship— how Yaqub alayhi salam and Yusuf alayhi salam dealt with pain and suffering in this world and how Allah elevated both of them due to their patience. This was also a surah revealed to the prophet to console him, and this should work brilliantly for us too!
Surah Isra, Kahf, Maryam, Taha, Anbiya
The eminent companion of the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, Abdullah ibn Mas’ood radi Allahu anhu said concerning these surahs (Surahs 17, 18, 19, 20, 21), “They were among the first chapters to be revealed and they are my treasures.” [1] Imam al-Bayhaqi mentions about this narration, “He was referring to the superiority of these surahs because of what they contain of stories of the Prophets alayhimussalam and the nations. And they were among the first surahs to be revealed at the beginning of Islam, because they are Makkan surahs, and they were among the first parts of the Quran to be recited and memorized.” All of these Surahs contain lots of stories of the prophets, of the nations of old, and of Bani Israeel in particular. All of these stories help with DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY and help us feel the power and majesty of Allah.
Surah Ar-Rahman
Surah Ar-Rahman probably has the most vivid imagery of both Paradise and Hellfire. It also tells us of so many blessings of Allah that are mentioned within it. It is a surah that is soothing to the ears, calming on the heart, and food for the soul. With its beautiful imagery, description of Paradise, and a mention of the blessings of our Lord, it can take us out of depression.
Surah Naas
A lot of times depression has a lot to do with low self-esteem and self-doubt. A lot of it is exaggerated by the whisperings of Shaytan who has sworn to deviate every last human being he can on planet Earth. However, Allah is The Most Merciful and among the surahs he has revealed to combat the whispers of Shaytan is Surah Nas. Reciting it often can help in removing doubts and whisperings and is a surah which brings protection from Allah.
My daughter was memorizing Surah Al-Ahqaf, and one day I was surprised when she asked me: “My father how old are you?”
I said to her smiling: “Sure, there is something behind your question.”
She said: “My father tell me how old are you?”
I said: “44 years old, my daughter.”
She said: “That means you have reached 40 years four years ago, do you say the Du’aa of those after forty say?”
I said: “Is there a special Du’aa at the age of forty years?”
She said while acting like a teacher: “In Surah Al-Ahqaf, Allah Ta’ala Says.”
        
‎ وَوَصَّيْنَا الْإِنسَانَ بِوَالِدَيْهِ إِحْسَانًا ۖ حَمَلَتْهُ أُمُّهُ كُرْهًا وَوَضَعَتْهُ كُرْهًا ۖ وَحَمْلُهُ وَفِصَالُهُ ثَلَاثُونَ شَهْرًا ۚ حَتَّىٰ إِذَا بَلَغَ أَشُدَّهُ وَبَلَغَ أَرْبَعِينَ سَنَةً قَالَ رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِي أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيَّ وَعَلَىٰ وَالِدَيَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَالِحًا تَرْضَاهُ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي فِي ذُرِّيَّتِي ۖ إِنِّي تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَإِنِّي مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ (15) أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ نَتَقَبَّلُ عَنْهُمْ أَحْسَنَ مَا عَملوا وَنَتَجَاوَزُ عَن سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ فِي أَصْحَابِ الْجَنَّةِ ۖ وَعْدَ الصِّدْقِ الَّذِي كَانُوا يُوعَدُونَ (16)
{And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, good treatment. His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship, and his gestation and weaning [period] is thirty months. [He grows] until, when he reaches maturity and reaches [the age of] forty years, he says, “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to work righteousness of which You will approve and make righteous for me my offspring. Indeed, I have repented to You, and indeed I am of the Muslims”} (15) {Those are the ones from whom We will accept the best of what they did and overlook their misdeeds, [their being] among the companions of Paradise. [That is] the promise of truth which they had been promised} (16)    
“My teacher told me that her father says this Du’aa for more than twenty years, he is now over sixty.
My teacher told us whoever love his parents should let them know about this beautiful Du’aa. I am telling you father because I love you.”
I thanked my daughter so much for her wonderful words and precious advice.
I kissed her head and thanked Allah for giving me a daughter who can make me learn.
My daughter was very happy, she hurried and brought a paper and a pencil and wrote the Du’aa.
She said: “Put this paper in your wallet, so as you can say the Du’aa every day whenever you pull your money out of your wallet.”
Subhana Allah, Days later my daughter asked me about the Du’aa. I told her: “I have memorized it.”
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Have we told our parents, uncles, aunties, brothers and sisters who are above forty this du’ã?
If yes, bãrakallãhu feek, and if not,hasten to do that.
May Allah grant us good ending. Aameen.
[Message as received: author unknown]

“In short, there is nothing more beneficial for the heart than reading the Qur’aan and with contemplation and reflection.

The Qur’aan encompasses all the levels of the travellers, the conditions of the workers, and stations of those possessing knowledge.

It is the Qur’aan that generates love, desire, fear, hope, repentance, reliance, pleasure, entrustment, gratitude, patience, and the rest of the different states that are life to the heart and perfection of it.

Likewise, it repels all the rebuked characteristics and actions that cause the corruption and ruin of the heart.

If people were to possess a realization of what recitation of the Qur’aan with contemplation contains, they would devote themselves to it at the expense of anything else.

When the person reads it with reflection and he comes across an aayah that he is in need of, for the cure of his heart, he repeats it, even if he does so a hundred times or the whole night. Hence, to recite a single aayah of the Qur’aan with contemplation and reflection is better than reciting the Qur’aan to completion without any contemplation or reflection.

It is also more beneficial for the heart and more conducive to attaining eemaan and tasting the sweetness of the Qur’aan”

[Source: Miftaah Daar as-Sa’aaadah, pg. 204, Transcribed from: Causes Behind the Increase and Decrease of Eemaan | Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq al-‘Abbaad]

*An Abandoned Sunnah After Reciting the Quraan.*
A Sunnah which a great deal of people abandon after reciting the Quraan…
It is preferred, on finishing the recitation of the Quraan to say:
‎سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَبِحَمْدِكَ، أشهد أن لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ، أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْكَ
“SunhaanakaLlaahumma wabihamdik ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illaa anta astaghfiruka wa atuubu ilayk”.
The evidence for this is as follows:
‘Aaishah, may Allaah be pleased with her mentioned that:
The Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu `alayhi wasallam)  was never in a sitting, never recited the Quraan, nor did he ever offer a prayer, except that he ended them all with certain words.
She added that: So i said to him, O Messenger of Allaah, I noticed that you never are in a sitting, nor do you ever recite the quraan, nor observe a solaat, except that you end it off with these words ?
Yes, he replied. Whoever has said good (words) would have them placed as a seal over the good he has done and whoever has said evil (words) would have them used as an expiation for the evil he uttered.
(They are)
‎سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَبِحَمْدِكَ، أشهد أن لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ، أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْكَ).
Subhaanakallaahumma wabihamdik ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illaa anta astaghfiruka wa atuubu ilayk.
Unfortunately, these days, majority of the people (except those Allaah blesses) have abandoned this sunnah (either due to ignorance of it or due to forgetfulness). After reciting the Qur-aan, they replaced this sunnah with:
Sadaqallaahul adheem,
Or kissing the Qur-an.
Thus, it is incumbent upon us to spread this sunnah so it can be established once again.
Imaam An-Nasaa’ee named the chapter of this hadeeth in his book as,”What to conclude the recitation of the Quraan with.”
Its isnaad is authentic as explained by An-Nasaa’ee in “As-Sunanul kubraa”.
Ibn Hajar also mentioned in “An-Nukat” (733/2) that its chain of narration is authentic.
Al-Albaanee equally said in “Silsilatu Saheehah” (495/7) that,”this is also an authentic chain that conforms with the conditions of Imaam Muslim”
Shaykh Muqbil Al-Waadi’ee mentioned in “Al-Jaami’u Saheeh Mimmaa Laysa Fee Saheehayn” (128/2) that “this is an authentic narration”.
Today, our beloved Qari Ismail Abdul Aziz advised us students ,using  a beguiling lesson and analogy, on the outlook and attitude of a student towards our studies.
The first word revealed to Nabi SAW was  إقرا.
Hidden in the tajweed of this word is a comprehensive lesson for students.
The first letter(إ) emanates from the deepest part of the throat.
Deepest indicating that firstly a student should study in depth  whatever he is studying.
The second letter (ق) possesses the quality of qalqalah. Qalqalah literally means to echo.
Echo indicating that whatever a student studies should rub of on him in form of practice.
The third letter (ر) possesses the quality of takreer. Takreer literally means repetition.
Repetition indicating that whatever a student studies, it is incumbent upon him to repeat in order to remember.
The fourth letter is a hamza in the state of saakin. A hamza is strongest in the state of saakin.
Indicating that after a student studies in depth, then practises and repeats at all times, he then stands firm and strong and will be equipped with the confidence to face any challenge to protect and propagate our noble deen
Qari saheb then concluded the analogy by explaining that the entire word إقرا. When translated means READ which is a vital ingredient to becoming a successful student. 
For a hifdh student recite  and read the Quraan as much as possible,
For a kitaab student read and research as much as possible.
May Allah grant each and every student of deen success in his studies and make it a means of gaining the pleasure of Allah and accept one and all of you all as true  flag bearers of our noble deen. Aameen
(Transcribed by a student of Madrasah Tarteelul Quraan.)