Sunday, August 29, 2010

So Behind



So an update: I got a job alhamdulillah but now I'm super duper busy. I'm currently doing the job of about 4 people (as in the University could have legitimately hired 4 different people to do the stuff I do there, but decided not to).

I'm only getting a couple of hours of sleep a night, but I'm hoping that things will even out once we get into the swing of school again.

Anyway, InshaAllah I will be resuming posts again once things cool off a bit.

As for my goals, as you can probably tell I am horribly behind astaghfirullah, but I'm hoping to put in a lot of real effort for the last 10 days/nights inshaAllah.

Keep me in your du'as!

much love.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

99 Names Part IX



81المنتقمAl-MuntaqimThe Avenger
82العفوAl-AfuwwThe Pardoner, The Effacer
83الرؤوفAr-Ra'ūfThe Kind, The Pitying
84مالك الملكMālik-ul-MulkThe Owner of all Sovereignty
85ذو الجلال والإكرامDhū-l-Jalāli
The Lord of Majesty and Generosity
86المقسطAl-MuqsiţThe Equitable, The Requiter
87الجامعAl-JāmiThe Gatherer, The Unifier
88الغنيAl-GhaniyyThe Rich, The Independent
89المغنيAl-MughniThe Enricher, The Emancipator
90المانعAl-Māni'The Withholder, The Shielder, the Defender

99 Names Part VIII



70المقتدرAl-MuqtadirThe Determiner, The Dominant
71المقدمAl-MuqaddimThe Expediter, He Who Brings Forward
72المؤخرAl-Mu'akhkhirThe Delayer, He Who Puts Far Away
73الأولAl-'AwwalThe First (Alpha)
74الأخرAl-'AkhirThe Last (Omega)
75الظاهرAdh-DhāhirThe Manifest, The Evident, The Outer
76الباطنAl-BātinThe Hidden, The Unmanifest, The Inner
77الواليAl-WāliThe Patron
78المتعاليAl-Mutā'aliThe Exalted
79البرAl-BarrThe Good
80التوابAt-TawwābThe Ever Returning, Ever Relenting

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Week 2



So summary of week one achievements: Alhamdulillah I made it through pretty much all of my weekly goals except for keeping my 1 new sunnah which was miswak. I never really got the hang of using it... but inshaAllah I will keep trying through Ramadhan! Also I jumped ahead a little by learning Al-Kafirun in English and in Arabic in the same week instead of splitting it.

Here is installment #2!!!

1. Du'a (بالعربية and English): Ayat Al-Kursi

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Allah! There is no deity except He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber, nor sleep overtake Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter . And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.

[This Verse 2:255 is called Ayat-ul-Kursî.]

2. Hadith (بالعربية):

عن ابي رقية تميم بن أوس الداري راضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال:

"الدين النصيحة. قلنا: لمن؟ قال: لله ولكتاب ولرسوله ولائمة المسلمين وعامتهم". رواه مسلم.

3. Sunnnah: to sit with right knee up when on the floor, especially when eating.

4. Surah (in English): Al-Falaq

1 Say, `I seek refuge in the Lord of the day break,
2 `From the evil of that which He has created,
3 `And from the evil (that usually prevails in the times) of darkness when it overspreads (at night),
4 `And from the evil of those who blow on knots,
5 `And from the evil of the envier when he envies.'

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

99 Names Part VI and VII and NEWS



I'm so sorry that I missed yesterday's post! I was totally distracted :-P

Yesterday alhamdulillah! after searching all summer I finally, by the grace of Allah, got a job on campus in an office/ teaching.

ALSO! A few hours later I found out that my sister in law is PREGNANT! mashaAllah!!!! please please say mashaAllah you guys. This inshaAllah will be my brother's first child and my sister in law's second. May Allah guide them ameen.

So on to the post!

51. الحق Al-Haqq: The Truth, The Real

52. الوكيل Al-Wakīl: The Trustee, The Dependable

53. القوى Al-Qawwiyy: The Strong

54. المتين Al-Matīn: The Firm, The Steadfast

55. الولى Al-Waliyy: The Friend, Patron and Helper

56. الحميد Al-Hamīd: The All Praiseworthy

57. المحصى Al-Muhsi: The Accounter, The Numberer of All

58. المبدئ Al-Mubdi': The Originator, The Producer, The Initiator

59. المعيد Al-Mu'īd: The Restorer, The Reinstater Who Brings Back All

60. المحيى Al-Muhyi: The Giver of Life

61. المميت Al-Mumīt: The Destroyer, The Bringer of Death

62. الحي Al-Hayy: The Living

63. القيوم Al-Qayyūm: The Subsisting

64. الواجد Al-Wājid: The Perceiver, The Finder, The Unfailing

65. الماجد Al-Mājid: The Illustrious, The Magnificent

66. الواحد Al-Wāhid: The One, The Unique

67. الاحد Al-'Ahad: The Unity, The Indivisible

68. الصمد As-Samad: The Eternal, The Absolute, The Self-Sufficient

69. القادر Al-Qādir: The Omnipotent, The All Able

70. المقتدر Al-Muqtadir: The Determiner, The Dominant

Sunday, August 15, 2010

99 Names Part V



41. الجليل Al-Jalīl: The Majestic

42. الكريم Al-Karīm: The Bountiful, The Generous

43. الرقيب Ar-Raqīb: The Watchful

44. المجيب Al-Mujīb: The Responsive, The Answer

45. الواسع Al-Wāsi': The Vast, The All-Embracing, The Omnipresent, The Boundless

46. الحكيم Al-Hakīm: The Wise

47. الودود Al-Wadūd: The Loving

48. المجيد Al-Majīd: The Glorious

49. الباعث Al-Bā'ith: The Resurrecter

50. الشهيد Ash-Shahīd: The Witness

99 Names Part IV



Today I didn't wake up for sahoor... subhanAllah it was like a totally different kind of fasting today than every other time I fasted before!!!

Don't forget sahoor you guys!

31. الخبير Al-Khabīr: The All Aware

32. الحليم Al-Halīm: The Forbearing, The Indulgent

33. العظيم Al-'Azīm: The Magnificent

34. الغفور Al-Ghafūr: The All Forgiving

35. الشكور Ash-Shakūr: The Grateful

36. العلي Al-'Aliyy: The Sublime

37. الكبير Al-Kabīr: The Great

38. الحفيظ Al-Hafīz: The Preserver

39. المقيت Al-Muqīt: The Nourisher

40. الحسيب Al-Hasīb: The Bringer of Judgment

Friday, August 13, 2010

99 Names Part III



"The Most Excellent Names belong to Allah: use them to call on Him, and keep away from those who abuse them..."
Al-Qur'an, Al-A3raaf 7:180

21. الباسط Al-Bāsit: The Extender / Expander

22. الخافض Al-Khāfid: The Abaser

23. الرافع Ar-Rāfi': The Exalter

24. المعز Al-Mu'izz: The Giver of Honour

25. المذل Al-Mu'dhell: The Giver of Dishonour

26. السميع As-Samī': The All Hearing

27. البصير Al-Basīr: The All Seeing

28. الحكم Al-Hakam: The Judge, The Arbitrator

29. العدل Al-`Adl: The Utterly Just

30. اللطيف Al-Latīf: The Gentle, The Subtly Kind

Thursday, August 12, 2010

99 Names Part II



So I think I will move the schedule up for the 99 names. Instead of 5, inshaAllah I will do 10 so that we have more time toward the end of the month for other topics :-)

So today I will catch up and do 15 :-D

6. المؤمن Al-Mu'min: The Guarantor, The Affirming

7. المهيمن Al-Muhaymin: The Guardian, The Protector

8. العزيز Al-Aziz: The Almighty, The Sufficient, The Honorable

9. الجبار Al-Jabbar: The Irresistible, The Compeller, The Lofty

10. المتكبر Al-Mutakabbir: The Highest, The Greatest

11. الخالق Al-Khāliq: The Creator

12. البارئ Al-Bāri': The Rightful

13. المصور Al-Musawwir: The Evolver, The Fashioner of Forms

14. الغفار Al-Ghaffār: The Forgiving

15. القهار Al-Qahhār: The Subduer

16. الوهاب Al-Wahhāb: The Bestower

17. الرزاق Ar-Razzāq: The Provider

18. الفتاح Al-Fattāh: The Opener, The Victory Giver

19. العليم Al-'Alīm: The All Knowing, The Omniscient

20. القابض Al-Qābid: The Restrainer, The Straightener

Try to incorporate these beautiful names into your du'as!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

99 Names Part I



I was planning to start one of my goals for Ramadhan of posting something useful each day to the blog. I will start inshaAllah with the 99 names of Allah, five each day. That will leave the last ten days for other posts inshaAllah.

"Say, 'Call on Allah, or on Ar-Rahman- whatever names you call Him, the best names belong to Him..." Al-Qur'an 17:110

1. الرحمن Ar-Rahman: The Most Compassionate

2. الرحيم Ar-Raheem: The Merciful

3. الملك Al-Malik: The King

4. القدوس Al-Quddoos: The Most Holy

5. السلام As-Salaam: The Most Peaceful, The Source of Peace and Safety

Week 1



Each week (hopefully each Wednesday) during Ramadhan I am planning inshaAllah to update you on my du'a surah, sunnah, and hadith of the week.

This is the first installment!

1. Du'a (بالعربية and English): When leaving the home
"In the name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah and there is no might or power except with Allah."
Dua in Arabic

2. Hadith (in English):
"On the authority of Abu Ruqayya Tamim ibn Aus Ad-Dari (radhiAllahu 'anhum), that the Prophet (salAllahu 'alayhi wa salam) said:
Religion is sincerity. We said: To whom? He said: To Allah and His Book, and His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk."
Related by Muslim

3. Sunnah:
Miswak!! :-)

4. Surah (بالعربية): Al-Kafirun, 109

قُلۡ يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلۡڪَـٰفِرُونَ

Say (O Prophet): O ye who reject faith! (1)

لَآ أَعۡبُدُ مَا تَعۡبُدُونَ

I worship not that which ye worship; (2)

وَلَآ أَنتُمۡ عَـٰبِدُونَ مَآ أَعۡبُدُ

Nor worship ye that which I worship. (3)

وَلَآ أَنَا۟ عَابِدٌ۬ مَّا عَبَدتُّمۡ

And I shall not worship that which ye worship. (4)

وَلَآ أَنتُمۡ عَـٰبِدُونَ مَآ أَعۡبُدُ

Nor will ye worship that which I worship. (5)

لَكُمۡ دِينُكُمۡ وَلِىَ دِينِ

Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion. (6)

(from wikipedia)





We start fasting tomorrow, so tonight was our first tarawih prayer :-D

Allah make this Ramadhan blessed and accepted for you all!!!

Saturday, August 7, 2010




I finally cracked to the pressure and started up a facebook account for this blog! I really really wanted to join in the iRamadan group :-)

Anyway, now that it is open if you guys want to add me my name is Finding Guidance and my e-mail is findingguidance (at) hotmail (dot) com

Please just add that personal note thing to the invite letting me know who you are, like your user name here or your blog address/name so I can recognize you.

I wont add people that I don't recognize from somewhere (like iRamadan or the blog), nor will I be adding any brothers.

hope to see you there inshaAllah!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ramadhan Objectives 2010



This is my list of objectives for my second Ramadhan inshaAllah! I am planning to post later which du'a, surah, and sunnah I am working on at the time.

Let me know what you think and your goals as well :-D

1. Pray all 5 prayers promptly with sunnah: Alahmdulillah I am close to this as I have been working year round on it. I need to start adding the Dhuhr sunnah.

2. Eat sahoor every morning: This means waking up! I'm trying to find foods I can pre-assemble and freeze, then cook quickly.

3. Pray tarawih each night, at the masjid if possible: This means carefully arranging school and work schedules.

4. Memorize 2 new surahs: My plan is to memorize in English and Arabic two of the relatively shorter surahs. That gives me 4 weeks total if I switch surah or language each week.

5. Memorize 2 new hadith: Same as surah plan.

6. Finish Qur'an in English each week (4 times total): Alhamdulillah I read English quickly, so I want to take advantage of that. I may not be able to read Arabic that quickly, but I want to make sure I am reading something with understanding.

7. Read at least 2 pages of Qur'an بالعربية each day: Reading in Arabic can become physically tiring for me, so I am setting my goal relatively small, but hoping to read much more than this inshaAllah!

8. Avoid TV, movies, gossip, idle talk: This means keeping in mind the spirit of Ramadhan at all times. Ramadhan is not for socializing, watching nifty new tv series or catching the Barca game.

9. Post something useful/religious to the blog each day: This will encourage me to learn more and also to share it with you all inshaAllah :-D

10. Incorporate a new sunnah each week (4 new sunan total): I feel like I am not very knowledgeable about a lot of sunnahs that would be very beneficial for me.

11. Keep a daily checklist and journal of spiritual progress: This inshaAllah will help keep me motivated. It will be sort of a mash between checklist and heart wheel journal with a lot of contemplation on the state of my iman. InshaAllah I will give you guys a better idea of what this will look like later.

12. Work on making the intention before taking action: This is something I lack right now. I try to do the right thing always, but rarely take the time to form an actual intention in my heart and mind if that makes sense. I feel like I am missing on the blessing because I do not make the intention. For example when I get dressed and throw on my abaya and scarf. I do it because it is right to dress this way and it is automatic now, but I don't usually remember to make the intention to use this as an opportunity for worship through obeying Allah subhana wa ta'ala.

13. Help provide food for sahoor/iftar for someone/group once per week: We have iftar each day at the masjid and I am planning to try to take sahoor frequently with some of my friends inshaAllah.

14. Memorize one du'a per week (4 total): I want to be more knowledgeable about the du'a from Qur'an and Sunnah especially.

Last Ramadhan



These are some of my posts from last Ramadhan that I thought might be helpful to post up again inshaAllah.

If you have questions, my e-mail is findingguidance (at) hotmail (dot) com

Las Tapadas Limenas



I saw an article about tapadas limenas and I was so excited! Tapadas Limenas (there should be a tilde over the n but I don't know how to do that on my keyboard) literally translates to "Covered Women from Lima." Lima is in Peru :-)

Look, one eye! They follow the sunnah!

So these ladies in Peru covered everything but one eye using a shawl. Why did they do this? For freedom and protection :-D

From the article:

The attire [of clothing] “was clearly intended to serve as a cover, to protect women’s virtue and ward off temptation,” explained Alicia del Aguila, a sociologist who has studied and written about the subject.

Over time, the bourgeoisie and the middle class appropriated the saya and the manto, which became a way for women to hide from unwanted male attention, cover their faces and also conceal their social rank and skin color.

The modest clothes provided “more freedom to those who wore them than ordinary women,” argued del Aguila.

Such an approach is a far cry from the controversy stirred by the veil throughout Europe, where it is seen as a sign of the perceived Muslim oppression of women.

The lower house of Parliament in France, where rundown city suburbs are home to Europe’s biggest Muslim minority, has voted overwhelming to ban full Islamic veils in public spaces, and similar laws are pending in Belgium, Spain and some Italian municipalities.

But in Lima, the tapada loosened the stranglehold on women, giving women a level of greater freedom while protecting their honor.


There is no place on Earth were women have more freedom than in Lima,” Franco-Peruvian socialist and feminist Flora Tristan said in 1837 as she enthused about the women who, while covered, were free to stroll in the streets, at amphitheaters and even in Congress.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ramadhan Reminder



Just a reminder (for myself and you lovely ladies ;-)

Use your time in Ramadhan wisely.

There will be reruns of Bab Al-Hara but there WONT be reruns of Ramadhan.

Choose what is really important to you and focus on it, grip it, don't let it go.

Concentrate as if your life depends on it... because it does.

much love.
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