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Ramadhan will come again

Ramadhan will come again ^^)/
(~^_^)~ ~(^_^~)

Apakah yang sudah kita siapkan?
Ini juga menjadi bahan introspeksi saya pribadi juga #ketampar2.

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Sudahkah meng-on time-kan sholat wajib?
Sudahkah merutinkan sholat dhuha dan malam?
Sudahkan menambah hafalan qur’an?
Sudahkan mentadabburinya?
Sudahkan menyiapkannya dengan menggiatkan amalan puasa sunah?
Sudahkah menargetkan berapa sedekah harian yang kita lakukan?
Sudahkah berbuat baik dan semakin baik kepada orang tua?
Sudahkan semakin bersabar dengan orang lain?
Sudahkah selalu berbaik sangka kepada Allaah?
Sudahkah ….?
Sudahkah?

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Ya Allaah sampaikanlah kami kepada bulan Mu ini.
Ya Allaah semoga Ramadhan ini menjadi bulan ampunanMu, bulan penyucianMu atas dosa-dosa diri.
Ya Allaah berikanlah Lailatul QadarMu.
Aamiin.. Aamiin.

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Posted in Ramadhan di Taiwan

Ramadhan Ceria ala Anak Rantau di Taipei

Alhamdulillaah, akhirnya mendapatkan kesempatan merasakan Ramadhan di negeri orang. Dan di hari pertama untuk pertama kalinya saya dan teman-teman mendapat jatah memasak sahur. Awalnya agak aneh juga karena harus memasak untuk seratusan orang dan sekaligus menjadi PJ untuk yang puteri. Selama ini terbiasa memasak untuk diri sendiri, atau pun untuk mas dan ibuk. Rasanya aneh apalagi memasak di lantai 5 di rumah bu ratna. Alhasil kami harus angkut-angkut barang mulai dari daging, bumbu, panci dsbnya ke lantai 5. Bersyukur bahwa yang putera sami’na wa ato’na ketika saya minta membantu memotong wortel dan kentang (karena ndak mau memotong daging), angkut-angkut panci, sampai mengambil makan sahur di rumah bu ratna. Hehehe #mandorModeOn.

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#adegan balapan motong wortel 😀

Akhirnyaa!! Menu sahoor hari pertama! Done guys! 🙂 Apa? Apa menunya? Continue reading “Ramadhan Ceria ala Anak Rantau di Taipei”

Posted in Catatan Naylaa, Ramadhan di Taiwan

Awkward Feeling Menyambut Ramadhan

Ramadhan, ramadhan, and Syawal.. Rasanya di kepala berputar-putar beberapa nasyid tentang Ramadhan.

Tahun lalu merasakan ramadhan di kota pahlawan. Bersama teman-teman kamar sahur bareng, hunting buka di masjid (sambil me-list menu di segala masjid #khasMahasiswa), tarawih dan i’tikaf bareng, ndak sengaja kekunci sehingga ndak bisa masuk kamar kos an, hingga silaturahim bareng.

Continue reading “Awkward Feeling Menyambut Ramadhan”

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Tiap orang adalah SELEBRITIS

SETIAP SAAT di”shooting” oleh malaikat Roqib & Atid
24 jam sehari,
7 hari seminggu,
Seumur Hidup,
Non Stop !

Nggak pake ganti Baterai,
atau kehabisan kaset,
apalagi pergantian camera-man

Filmnya akan diputar
di bioskop AKHERAT nanti

…UNCENSORED !

nggak nyaman banget
kalau film kita penuh adegan buruknya bukan ?

Yuk !
Perbaiki terus Action kita !
…karena sang SUTRADARA tak pernah lepas pengawasanNYA…

NB : Tolong sampaikan ke artis lainnya ya

Posted in Ramadhan Ceria

10 Effective Tips for Controlling Your Tongue in Ramadan (Part 1)

Many ahadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) have warned us against letting the tongue be free, yet we still find amongst us many struggling to leave back-biting, slander, swearing, cursing, lying and all those traits which are not befitting for the character of a Muslim.

This Ramadan is an opportune time for you to restrain your tongue just as you restrain your body from food and drink and its desires.

Here are some tips to control your tongue and gain the most of your fasting, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (ie. Allah will not accept his fasting.)” [Bukhari]

1. Leave that which does not concern you

The first tip to master is to leave that which does not concern you. Don’t enquire about something that is not necessary like what someone else may have said or done wrong.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “From the excellence of a man’s Islam is leaving that which does not concern him.” [Bukhari]

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2. Remember ‘Silence is golden’

Before you speak, start by asking yourself a few questions: 1. Will this benefit or harm? 2. Is it necessary? Often it takes this mere moment of reflection to identify whether your speaking is necessary or useless. And as the proverb goes: ‘If talk is silver then silence is gold’.

[You can write this and hang it up on your desktop at work!]

3. Conceal faults of others

Covering the faults of others is part of the virtue of safeguarding the honour of Muslims.

Once the Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked: “O Messenger of Allah, which of the Muslims is best?” And he said, “He who the Muslims are safe from his tongue and his hand.” [Riyadh as-Saliheen]

We’re quick to disclose others’ faults and conceal our own, yet we should remind ourselves of the time when we would wish our faults would be concealed. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever conceals (the fault of) a Muslim, Allah will conceal his fault on the day of Judgment.” [Muslim]

Our society is filled with many rumours that create disunity as well as animosity so always presume good of others and be part of the solution.

3. Eliminate unproductive ‘chit-chat’

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We are all culprits of talking rubbish at times, yet as Muslims we know that Allah is always listening to us. Ask yourself what topics often come up in your conversation? Are they about matters which would be pleasing to Allah? or are they just about worldly matters and boastfulness?

We have to ensure it is not always the latter, instead discuss topics that are beneficial, it may be social awareness, about a hadith you have learned, about Muslims who need help. Often I plan mentally in advance what I may say to someone new I am meeting, or consider topic areas of interest we may discuss at gatherings.

4. A slip of the tongue?

Our societies are fragmented and our families sadly ‘not on talking terms’ (See How to Rebuild Kinship Ties this Ramadan) because someone said something without thinking or in a heated moment. We know from the narration of the Prophet (peace be upon him) it is prohibited to stop talking to one who has displeased us for more than 3 days; yet some Muslims go years on end without talking to relatives/family members despite the curse incurred as a result of cutting off such relationships. Often it occurs on the basis of what can be a ‘slip of the tongue’ – so take it upon yourself to say sorry if you wronged someone or forgive them if it was a slip of the tongue.

5. Don’t spend your ‘Free Minutes’ on Talk Talk

Our social culture and major mobile corporation networks tell us that conversing is ‘free’ so we should take advantage of it – but every minute comes at a big price to your deen, dunya and akhirah. Check what your going to say is beneficial and the time spent- otherwise you just fall into the trap of talking without any meaningful purpose.

Cut out your talking time after iftaar and whilst your fasting and don’t let a minute be wasted. Instead, use those minutes to see how your family are, call to speak to those who you have not been in touch with for a while and get in touch with others to invite them to good. Allah (Subahanahu Wa Ta’la] says in Surah Al-Asr: ‘Verily by time, man is in loss, except for those who believe and do righteous deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience’ [103: 1-4]

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18 Tips to Enjoy Taraweeh/Tahajjud!

One of the best experiences of Ramadan is the beauty of the night prayer, standing in Taraweeh/Tahajjud. Yet many people don’t feel the effect of night prayer upon their hearts, and instead complain of aching feet and back pains!

Here are some practical tips that would help you enjoy this experience each night inshaAllah:

1. Dress in your best: dress smart (don’t go in your Pjs); brush your teeth, perfume yourself (anything but smelling like fried food).

2. Eat healthy: Eat light during iftaar, get your tea/coffee or whatever gives you the “punch” so you have the ‘feel good factor’ before you pray.

3. Breath and Relax: During Taraweeh stand with your feet apart. Also, take long deep breaths during Salah. This is very helpful.

4. Read – Take your copy of the Quran and follow the Imam’s recitation. (Note: Please be aware of the difference of opinion, and kindly check with a local scholar)

5. Plan to Donate – Carry Change/Cash and make an intention to drop all of it in the charity box.

6. Distract Children – If you have children who might distract others during prayer, take some ramadan theme coloring activity sheets: See Ramadhan-coloring-pages.

7. Be Positive – go with the mindset that you’re going to enjoy the experience. Many people assume it’s going to be long, monotonous, slow recitation, etc, get rid of such negative thoughts, they won’t help you!

8. Remember the rewards – Refresh your mind of the reward in performing this prayer, it’s exclusivity to Ramadan, and the exciting thoughts of being amongst hundreds of other Muslims.

9. Remember Allah & Your Last Moments Often – Recite adkhar as you walk to the masjid and remind yourself that this may be your last prayer as we never know when our souls will depart from the world.

10. Aim for Ihsan – The best khushu of course, is to pray with being conscious of Allah (Subahanahu Wa Ta’la) – Make Dua that Allah increases your concentration and the ability to focus.

11. Focus on the recitation – One of the many reasons why we can’t gain the heartfelt connection in Taraweeh is due to lack of focus and understanding of the Qur’an, follow the recitation, even if you can’t understand the words, make the effort to listen to the words of your Lord.

12. Translate the verses – To increase your understanding of the Qur’an in Taraweeh, firstly read the translation before the evening’s Taraweeh especially if you know which Surah the Imam is going to recite that day.

13. Search the Arabic words you know – use whatever Arabic you do know to understand certain words from the Quranic recitation. When the Imam recites a verse with the word “naar” (fire) in it, imagine the hellfire, how hot it will be, and how it would feel to be in that fire. When you hear “Jannah” remember Paradise and all the bounties within.

14. Pick up some vocabulary – Similarly, make an effort to learning the more common Arabic words that appear in the Quran, e.g. the Names and Attributes of Allah. Some common words recited in the Quran can be found here: understandquran.com

15. Front Rows – Get your spot in the first row. This minimizes distractions from fidgety people and everything else!

16. Get a Taraweeh Buddy – Encourage someone who doesn’t generally attend taraweeh to go with you or drive them to the masjid if it’s far. This would strengthen your will to go each night inshaAllah.

17. Say Salam – Greet the person on either side of you at the Masjid with Salam and thank Allah for this beautiful religion of Peace.

18. Get up & Stand Up for Allah – Remember when you stand in Salah that you’re standing infront of Allah. So no slouching or fidgeting, you’re standing in front of the King of Kings! Keep that in mind and that should straighten your back and help you focus more!

Try these steps above as you stand in longer night prayers, especially in these final nights of Ramadan and share with us below how you come away feeling next time..

Inspired by: Odd-Wisdom by Humairah Irfan

Posted in Healthy Life, Ramadhan Ceria

MASTER YOUR SLEEP TIME THIS RAMADHAN [PART2]

In order to master your sleep during Ramadan, you need to master 4 main elements of sleep:

Master Your Sleep Routine:

Do you have a sleep routine? If not, get into the habit of one this Ramadan. InProductiveMuslim.com article I described the ‘ideal’ ProductiveMuslim sleep routine that starts 90 minutes before you actually hit the bed. It goes like this:

9:30PM – Wudhu & Witr
10:00PM – Reading (Optional)
10:30PM – Sleep Duas & Recitation of Quran
11:00PM – Shut Eye!

The routine above helps you prepare for sleep both physically and spiritually and is from the guidance of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and from certain personal development science findings. Try the above routine and let me know how you feel.

Master your Sleep Cycle:

If you want to be a true sleep master, you need to understand and master your sleep cycle. We’ve described the sleep pattern in brief and different stages that one goes through when he/she sleeps. As a starting point, most people go through their entire sleep cycles in one hour and a half periods. Do your best to sleep a multiple of this, e.g. If you sleep at 11.00PM and need to wake up at 4.00AM for Suhoor, you should technically sleep for 3×1.5 hrs and wake up at 3.30am.

Now sometimes, you wake up a bit too early from the intended time? Eg. In the example above, you wake up at 3.30am when you really need to wake up at 4.00am. Rather than ignoring your sleep pattern and trying to sleep right through to 4.00am thus waking up in the middle of your sleep cycle which can be difficult, my suggestion would be to wake up at 3.30am, get out of bed, move around a bit, then go back to sleep for another 20 minute nap till 4.00am. What you’re doing here is completely disconnecting one sleep pattern from the other.

Master Power Naps:

Nothing beats a 20 minute nap for a true energy booster, and this works in Ramadan and outside Ramadan. If you’re ever tired and need some rest but don’t want to sleep too much, take a 20 minute nap (and make sure you stick to 20 minutes!) and you’ll wake up totally refreshed. I’ll be honest, there’s only 1 way to master 20 minute naps: practice, practice, practice! The more you practice, the better you’ll become at it. There are certain softwares and audio files that can help you practice this (e.g. www.pzizz.com) but once you master this technique, you wouldn’t need these softwares or audio files.

Regarding when’s best time to nap, there’s a couple of time’s that are known from the Sunnah:

1. Between athan and Iqama of Fajr
2. Before/After Dhuhur

Master Your Body:

Mastering sleep is all about mastering the relationship between you and your body and what it needs. Make sure you’re not too strict upon your body that it shuts down or gets ill thus refusing to work with you (happens at times!) or too relaxed with your body that sleep simply takes over your life.Treat your body as you treat a child: always listen to it, but never do what it always tells you to do but do what’s right for it.

Few other pointers regarding sleep, the following pointers would help improve your quality of sleep, which is very important during Ramadan and beyond:

When NOT to sleep!

The following times have been advised for us NOT to sleep in, either from hadeeths of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) or scholars: between true dawn (when the time for Fajr salah sets in) and sunrise, between Maghrib and Isha, and after Asr prayer.

Sleep Positions

It is recommended to sleep on the right side while facing the Qibla and keeping the right hand placed under the right cheek as per the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Sleeping on the left side or lying on the stomach is disliked and thus should be avoided.

Always sleep with wudhu

It is also important to maintain cleanliness when sleeping. We should: ”Sweep the beds at the time of sleeping, so that any harmful insects settled in it may be thrown away and you may remain safe from harm.” It is a good idea to sweep your pillow, also:

– Brush your teeth
– Go to the bathroom
– Cleanse yourself from sweat and unpleasant odors before sleeping
– Make wuhdu

Try out all these tips to help you master your sleep this ramadan and share the difference it makes to your day below! 🙂

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