Etiquette of Supplications Dua’s is worship

It is also recommended that we praise Allah, and send peace, prayers and blessings on His messengerSAWS before we supplicate our needs to AllahSWT,

Once, the Messenger of AllahSAWS heard a man supplicating to Allah, heSAWS said, “This man has been hasty.” He then called him and said to him and others, “When one of you prays, he should begin with the praise of his Lord, Sublime and Mighty, and his exultation, and then send prayers (in one narration: he should send prayers) on the ProphetSAWS, and then supplicate as he wishes. 3

Another practical etiquette that we need to consider when supplicating to AllahSWT is to be eloquent and artistic in our supplications, seeking the Sunnah of the messengerSAWS in beautifying our speech with AllahSWT,

The prophet SAWS said, “I have been given words which are concise” 4

Also, seeking Allah’s beautiful names in its allocation of the supplication is a part of beautifying ones supplication, so for instance, when seeking Allah’s mercy towards something, then it’s best to seek Him through His names “Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem”.

Ritual Etiquette:

It is significantly important to seek supplications within certain ritual practices as part of the proper etiquette that result in the acceptance and response towards our supplications, such as preceding supplications with any acts of obedience towards AllahSWT. Ritualistic etiquette could be listed, but not limited, to the below list: 5

– Facing the Qiblah when supplicating

– Seeking the best times for answering supplications, such as in sujood, between the Athan and Iqamah, in Tahajjud and so on.

– Doing a charitable act before supplicating.

– Bringing cheerfulness to a fellow Muslim.

– Doing ablution before supplicating.

Ways that AllahSWT answers our supplications:

The ProphetSAWS said: “There is no Muslim who offers supplication in which there is no sin or severing of ties of kinship, but Allah will give him one of three things in return for it: either what he asked for will be hastened for him, or (reward) will be stored up for him in the Hereafter or an equivalent evil will be diverted from him.” 6

Ramadan and Studies: 10 Tips for Hardworking Students

Here are 10 tips for managing your studies and worship in Ramadan.

1. Define your study goals
Everybody is studying for a different reason. You need to understand first and foremost what your own study goals are. Don’t just follow the crowd. People have specific goals to suit their own lifestyle and definition of success.

With that in mind, are you:

Seeking success for both worlds?
Aiming to earn a halal means of livelihood/ create a halal business?
Striving for a career opportunity in a field that is important to the ummah?
Knowing your study goals will help you to purify your intention, even as you face your studies with the aim of gaining Allah’s pleasure.

Action point: Make sure you define your study goals, verbalize and write them out; and place where you can see always.

2. Select your activities carefully
”There is more to life than studies”, you may think. And that’s quite true.

You don’t have to cut off family and community just because of studies. Rather, your spiritual, study, social and personal goals can all intersect with the right intention.

Make sure you invest your time and energy into activities that will complement your learning and not distract you. Remember you have only 24 hours in a day. Just because something is trending, it doesn’t make it OK to spend your time on it. Feel free to drop off all activities that add no value to your life. There’s no excuse to be bored with Ramadan and studies happening.

Action point: Plan your important activities around your 5 daily prayer times.

3. Get some rest and sleep
All work and no rest will get you nowhere. No matter the pressure you feel to catch up or study all day and all night, do not try to ‘cheat nature’ as its popularly said. It will catch up with you ultimately.

Your system needs time to get repaired and rejuvenated. Also, remember your body is an amanah to be cared for and nurtured properly. Take time out to nap during the day and sleep at night.

Action point: Schedule your daily rest time.

4. Cut off excessive social media/ screen time
The time is just right to reduce your use of technology.

How to bring the Qur’an close to their Hearts

Who are their role models? What type of company do they keep? How will they cope out there in the BIG world? Will they be able to maintain their Islamic identity against all odds? Who will they turn to when they are in trouble or need help and support?

It is NOT an easy task trying to nurture them, keep them safe and conscious of their Lord amidst other challenges in life especially in our technology dominated world where gaming and social media have taken over – with its distractions and many negative influences.

Your chief responsibility as the CEO in their upbringing is to guide them using the correct teachings of the Quran; as you aim to link the Qur’an and our youth.

Why the Qur’an?

The Qur’an is the best source of guidance for the whole of mankind – it educates, empowers and inspires. It is a companion and mentor-in-one; a fountain and treasure hold of knowledge and learning from which all knowledge springs.

Understanding and living the message of the Qur’an must be a priority for all families.

”This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah.”(Al-Baqarah, 2:2)

The Qur’an lays down the core principles we need to follow if we are to succeed in both worlds. And the lifestyle of the Prophet  as described by his wife was the Qur’an – he lived it!

‘Aishah   said: The conduct of the Prophet  was entirely according to the Qur’an.(Muslim, in a long Hadith)

It is therefore compulsory to learn how to read the Quran, understand its message as well as the wisdom behind revelation

11 tips to help link the Qur’an and our youth

1. Make it a habit to play the Qur’an (audio) in your car.

This is especially recommended while together with the youth. Choose reciters that are easy to follow along such as Misahry Al- Afasy and Shiekh Huzaify. Choose chapters s/he is familiar with and pause after some verses or entire chapter to reflect on salient points.

2. Recite known chapters together.

Do this whenever you are with them for example while doing chores. You can open the chapter by reciting the first verse, while s/he reads the second and so on. Or recite all the verses together.

Do it with love and mercy; and not as a punishment or with anger. Make your sessions short, concise and qualitative so it is enjoyable and not draining.

3. Let them see you reciting the Qur’an actively and with enjoyment.

Show your youth you love him/her and you love the Qur’an. Be a family where Qur’an is regularly recited and studied with joy and enthusiasm. Busy your tongue and fill your heart and soul with the light of Allah’s words.

4. Discuss age appropriate lessons and critical issues for daily life.

For example, stories of the prophets, advice of Luqman the wise, the description of Jannah, reasons for existence etc. You can spend quality time as a family talking about these lessons and draw out action points to follow.

Teach him/her to consult the Qur’an and contemplate the meanings for guidance.You will be saving him/her from misguidance and going astray. And keeping within the limits of Allah .

5. Be their teacher.

Listen for corrections – do it in a kind, gentle and encouraging way. Praise their effort while reciting whether they are struggling or fluent.

Create a consistent and structured revision schedule, as much as possible. For example, after fajr (morning) or maghrib (sunset) prayers. Even if they have a Qur’an teacher or attend Qur’an school, create time to support their learning at home.

6. Study and follow the sunnah as a family.

Prophet Muhammad’s life  is the best example to follow. And a means of expressing love for Allah .

”Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Ali ‘Imran, 3:31)

Guide the youth to see him  as their top role model in life.

7. Share your personal Qur’an journey.

Let them hear about the joy and challenges of learning the Qur’an through your firsthand experience. Let them understand that learning is a journey and struggles are what make us human.

8. Share beneficial digital tools.

Depending on maturity and family rules, you can introduce them to Qur’an apps (such as Qur’an Majeed) and voice recording tools. If they have access to digital gadgets, they can reap the best reward from their usage. They can listen and practice in their free time.

9. Encourage them to keep a Qur’an journal.

This is to encourage pondering and contemplation on the Qur’an verses (tadabbur), rather than focusing on recitation alone. Each can share/ discuss their reflections with the rest of the family members.

10. Make your home a conducive learning environment.

Create a place where you can teach them and engage in quality activities; whether with siblings, relatives or visiting friends. You can facilitate competitions, quizzes and  projects to boost their knowledge of the Qur’an especially during weekends and holidays.