بِسْمِ اللَّ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu

Here is a post that has been moving through our local whatsapp groups like a travelling ray of light.
It touches those who take the time to read it.

A very real account of a Trinidadian Muslimah who was recently deceased, written by her granddaughter. Inna lilaahi wa inna ilayhi raajioon.
So many death announcements come our way. Do we as often wonder about the person behind the announcement, if we don’t know them personally?
This must have been a very special person, to be remembered like this and to still be inspiring others even after she is gone. May Allah elevate her status, forgive her shortcomings and grant her jannah Ameen
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From granddaughter of deceased Shafirran Khan (Jordan):

“My dear grandmother was a hard working lady, who knew how to step on her nafs and get to work. She was planting rice in the rice field when she went into labour with her first child. She went home, gave birth and then tied the baby on her back the next day and went back to work. Her friends exclaimed “We didn’t know you were expecting!”. She used to tell us this story when we were little and would laugh at the memory.

She was a sweet soft spoken lady whose job later on in life was running a small parlour attached to a part of her house. Every day she would meet customers, giving them words of advice and share her optimism and good opinion of Allah. She was a light to all who knew her. She worked doing this until she became bed ridden two months ago, at almost 83 years old. Around the age of (60?), she started losing sight in one of her eyes due to a cataract. I remember her telling me her biggest lament about it was that she feared that she would not be able to keep up reading her juz of Quran every single day. That year for Ramadan however, she started reading two juz a day and thereafter doubled in what she was doing. She marveled that tawfeeq was from Allah and not necessarily in the means we were given. As she aged and her strength and eyesight weakened, she found her ability to read the Quran increased until it became her joy and companion. During her illness last Ramadan, she was reading ten ajza a day and doing a khatm every three days! SubhanAllah! She buried her parents, husband, brothers and sisters and even her son. Yet still she found no grief in her heart. Instead she would say to me in her broken Trinidadian dialect “Well, chile, what you go do? Allah is in control.”

Last year when the scans revealed secondary tumors in her brain and the doctors gave her three months left to live, she gave the same response. We kept asking her if she was in pain and she would always have the same response “No pain, alhamdulillah”. The doctors were baffled that she had no pain and kept saying “How strange!” My mother would tell me, it is because the Quran is her companion, so she has no grief nor pain.

Two years ago when she was still healthy and going strong, I was leaving Trinidad and was about to bid her farewell when she put one hand on my shoulder and said with a smile to me “Come, I want to tell you something before you leave, a secret. For I do not know if we shall meet again”. She asked me if I was reading the Quran and I mumbled a yes-I-need-to-read-more response. She leaned in close to me and whispered ‘Well I will tell you something. The Quran has the answer to every problem and it is the solution to every trial. Every need I have, that comes in my heart, Allah fulfills it before I can even turn the page of my Quran, even something small such as a longing to see someone or a wish to eat something. Allah just sends it! So make the Quran your companion”

Last year, I had the opportunity to see her another time, a last time alhamdulillah, and for my children to all sit with her. She told them this story:
“When I was about ten years old, I was reading Quran on my bed by the light of a kerosene lamp when the lamp fell on my bed and engulfed the whole bed in flames. I remember my father rushing into the room and picking me up and trying to put out the fire. They were amazed upon examining me that the fire had burnt a circle right around me and had not burnt any of my clothes or any pages of the mushaf I was holding. They kept saying how could it be! How could it be!”
My grandmother went on to tell my children that this was the reality of Allah’s words and the power and magnitude of it was that- it would be a shield for them in this world and in the next life. This is all amazing given that she did not understand or speak any Arabic at all! It was simply her yaqin and love that these were the words of Allah Himself!

Given her sickness, my grandmother still kept increasing in her works. This was in addition to her working 8 hrs a day in her eighties and reading all the masnoon surahs, duas and all her nafl prayers of tahajjud, ishraq, dhuhu, awabeen and saltul tasbeeh every day. These had just become part of her life since the last 30 years alhamdulillah.

Many of my family members inspired by her works, had resolved since her illness to increase in more works as she became bed ridden. One of my aunts started multiple Quran Khatm groups on whatsapp to encourage more istiqama in the quran, where groups of ten ladies each read one juz every day so that together, they would be able to do one khatm in three days while subsequently perform their own khatm in one month. SubhanAllah, what one person was doing, our hope was that ten of us can try to share, and continue in her footsteps.

Allah blessed her and chose her to be of those worthy to recite His words. She was from ahl Quran. May her reciting be her beautiful companion now in her resting place and her noor on the Day of Judgement and her Intercessor. And what better intercessor than Allah’s speech itself! By the days and nights that she spent with it and the solace she found in it, she will surely find what she sent forth!

May Allah bless her, forgive her and elevate her maqam and make her grave spacious and a garden from the gardens of Jannah. May the reality of the power, beauty and magnitude of the Quran dawn on our hearts and may it also be our beloved companion in our final place of rest.”

 

بِسْمِ اللَّ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu

“I’m always amazed at the statement of al-Hasan al-Basri where he says that the hafidh of the Qur’an is not just preserving the Qur’an through his hifdh. No, rather the Qur’an is what is preserving him/her.

The more we surround ourselves with the Qur’an and busy ourselves in its recital and memorisation, the more Allah preserves us and protects us through it.

When we think about how, at times, thousands of Angels descended with just one Surah (e.g. Al-An’am) or one verse, it is no surprise then to know that Angels surround, protect, and walk alongside the huffadh of Qur’an who spend their days in the company of this Book. It is no surprise if – due to their continuous recital – they find their life blossoming, their affairs being taken care of, their illnesses being removed, their heart being settled in peace, things working out for them and so on. When you preserve the Qur’an, realise that the Qur’an preserves you tons more.

May Allah make us from amongst the people of Qur’an, Ameen.”

Stay Inspired!

بِسْمِ اللَّ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu

A 10% discount is now applicable for the first 100 students who purchase my e-book ‘Towards Hifdhul Qur’an: A Journey Of Inspiration’ . Go to: https://payhip.com/b/zp9B and type in coupon code: OSQ4U7EEDQ
Offer expires 01.02.2017

JazakAllahu Khayran

بِسْمِ اللَّ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu

AlHumdulllah,  this digital read is now available…

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بِسْمِ اللَّ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu

AlHumdulillah, this  campaign was inspired by requests from past students and potentil hafidhaat seeking additional, focused review as they approach the end of another academic year.

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Have you worked hard at your Quran this year?
End off the year with an intensive Quran revision program PLUS mentoring & goal setting for the coming year.
For the first 2 weeks of December, Haafidha Rayhaanah (over 15 years of hifdh teaching experience) will be hosting an intensive hifdh program via Skype audio.
Choose between her signature 5, 10, or 14 day learning programs, that are guaranteed to improve hifdh retention and confidence.

The program caters for pre, during, and post hifdh.
Join a flexible program where you can request on specific target areas for higher improvement.

How does the December 2016 hifdh intensive program work?

I work with each student independently, zooming in on your strengths and helping you overcome any challenges you may previously faced with your hifdh.
First,  I need to ascertain your goals and progress in hifdh.  Meaning,  have you memorised already, and are seeking to strengthen your dhor / muraja’ah?  Or,  perhaps you would like to revise your masnoon (morning and evening) surahs or the surahs you recite in salaah?
Then you need to decide now many lessons you wish to commit to.  Each lesson is half an hour.  We have the 5, 10, and 14 day learning programs available, but can also tailor a 1 or 2 day program based on your learning goals and lifestyle commitments.
I’m all about flexibility and helping you feel confident,  comfortable and contented with your hifdh efforts. And so part of the learning program includes online (and offline,  via Whatsapp)  mentoring :  during your lesson program,  you will receive insight, feedback, and advise on how to develop effective strategies in time / stress  management and goal planning, as I believe that this all forms part of your hifdh journey.
All that’s left for you to do, is send me a briefing on the above, and 3 of your preferred days and time. I’ll then reply with a proposed lesson schedule and fee details.

So,  how does the lesson work? 
Once you’ve set up a Skype account and added me (mine is :  hafidha.rayhaanah),  you sign in for your assigned lesson with mushaf and  a notebook next to you.
Lesson begins with a recap or update on your progress, we address any challenges you may be facing with your hifdh, and then we get into that day’s lesson.  I’m hopeful that by the end of your lesson you’re feeling  more confident about your own beautiful hifdh journey.

Direct all queries & lesson bookings to: rayhaanah@gmail.com

Please Note: Limited bookings available, Spaces are filling up quickly!

 

 

Asslaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

AlHumdulillah, it has been brought to our attention that Fee Qalbee had omitted the source of where this article was retrieved. This was not our attention, as we always strive to include full sourcing. Our sincere apologies to the author, as we were unaware of this at the time of post publishing. 

This article is from: Ink of Faith

Ever since I started Qur’an classes, I would hear my Teacher talk about her Ustadha. My teacher was obtaining an Ijaza at that time, so she would recite to the Ustadha once a week over the phone. She would constantly share advices and tips from her teacher and marvel at her knowledge and ability. Her name was Ustadha Maryam, who always seemed like an elderly and experienced wise lady to me.

One day around an hour after class, a middle aged pleasant lady walked into the class, her face wearing a beaming smile. Our teacher introduced her as Ustadha Amina, Ustadha Maryam’s mother. This took me by surprise. Wasn’t Ustadha Maryam supposed to be a wise old lady with so much knowledge? But her mother doesn’t look old either! (May Allah bless them both.)

After a while, the teacher stopped recitation for a while and mentioned that she had especially invited Ustadha Amina to give us motivation. The class I was in was revising the Qur’an and working on the ‘Khatma exam’, which is an exam on the whole of the Qur’an. The students had found the task daunting and felt unprepared. Their children and their home took up too much time and they couldn’t find the time nor energy to revise. They felt it was an impossible feat to accomplish. So our teacher asked Ustadha Amina to tell us her story of the Khatma. She was reluctant at first but started:

“When I was in the revision year like you all, sixteen years ago”, she said “I was pregnant, and delivered a few months before the end of the year. At that time I had 4 older ones and 6 younger ones including the new baby.” Ten children! This was getting more and more unbelievable.

“I took a month off and when I came back I felt lost, I couldn’t remember anything, and I didn’t have the energy to pick myself up, my baby, my children, my home, my body, it was all just too tiring.” She is such a superwoman, Allahumma baarik laha. She surely had more on her plate at that time than any of us.

She continued: “But I was determined, I cried and cried to Allah, increased in Istighfaar and made Dua, because Tawfeeq (success) is only from Him and I did what I could do. Allah opened up my heart and eased my task. When my baby was four months, I did the Khatma exam and was the first of my batch. This is neither my ability nor intelligence. It is just to tell you all that with Allah’s aid, it is possible, so work hard my sisters.”

It is easy for us to complain that we just don’t have the time, and that our lives are too busy. The question is, do we make the time? Do we sincerely beg Allah to help us? Do we cry out to Him? Do we increase in Istighfaar, and do we honestly do all that is in our power for our Qur’an? As I looked at this little lady, my heart felt at peace. Wasn’t she the mother of a great Ustadha? What an example she has been!

I could figure that though a teacher herself, she didn’t continue for long but her oldest daughter Maryam followed her footsteps and was now a teacher of teachers. I eagerly waited for her to talk of her daughter, who she said was always busy with her studying and Qur’an, her days full, between teaching and learning. I felt I was listening to some of the stories of the blessed Salaf of our times.

The conversation then drifted to children and how responsibilities make time scarce. Ustadha Amina smiled: “You know sisters, a few months ago my daughter Maryam was suddenly ill and was taken to the ER. She needed to spend a few hours there. We immediately rushed to see her and after that rushed home to see how the kids were coping and take them home with us. But the house was peaceful. The older kids were taking care of the younger ones and patiently waiting for us. She gives her time and effort to Allah, so in return Allah disciplined her kids. When you do something for Allah, He will Bless your life, your home, your children and your time”

Here was a great mother, citing her daughter as an example. It was such a beautiful thing to witness. I silently prayed that my own daughter, my own Maryam would grow up to be like Ustadha Maryam.

These two ladies are mothers, with many children. They have homes and families. They also work outside the home to teach the Qur’an. Ustadha Maryam was at the prime of her youth, with young children to care for, yet she didn’t let that stop her. Now we DO find such women working as professionals in various fields, yet when it comes to the Qur’an, time is hard to find. There are plenty of excuses. This will be your companion in this world and the next, oh carrier of the Qur’an! So take heed! If Allah decrees that He suddenly takes our life away, we don’t want to be thinking at the last moments: ‘Oh Allah, I haven’t revised my Qur’an!’ Instead we want to feel at peace that we have done our best and hope that it will be our means to an elevated position in Jannah.

May Allah make the Qur’an an evidence for us and not against us, may He not make us of those whom RasulAllah will testify against as mentioned in the Qur’an: “And the Messenger has said, “O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.” [Surah al Furqan]

May Allah Protect us all from this.

By: Aathifa Feroze

Ink of Faith

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