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Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
This is going to be a short one.
I am sometimes guilty of this myself so this is a reminder first and foremost to myself.
After believing in Allah and His Messenger, what is our first priority? SALAH! I have mentioned this before, but seriously – it will be the first thing we are going to be judged about. If it isn’t in order, then the rest of our deeds will not be looked at.
Nothing should come before it – NOTHING! Not our husbands, not our parents, not our children – NOTHING! We need to stop making excuses – I’ll serve my husband his food first. I’ll feed my kids first. We’re out and we say, ‘I’ll pray when I get home’ – when we know that by the time we get home it will be time for the next salah.
When its time to pray, its time to pray and we need to make this our priority before anything else. Just as we’re quick to drop everything and answer the phone or respond to a text message, when the time for salah comes in – we should literally stop everything and just pray. There are no excuses. As I said, it is a reminder to myself first.
Wasalamuu alaikum
Umm Raiyaan



Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
Its freezing cold and we’re at that time of the year again in the UK where everything kinda comes to a standstill because of the snow!
Although it is very cold, I do love the snow. It makes everything look so pretty mashaAllah. And for me, it really reminds me of the Magnificence of our Creator.
A sister sent me this message this morning and subhanAllah, it just seemed to fit in very nicely with the weather conditions at the moment! A good reminder. MashAllah.
“The season of winter is the bounty of the believer, as it has shorter days (so that they could fast) and longer nights (so that they could pray all night in Qiyaam).” [Imam Malik]
SubhanAllah, how very true! Lets make the most of the season of winter and rush to earn the pleasure of Allah.
Wasalamuu alaikum
Umm Raiyaan

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
How many times have we felt as though Allah (Swt) has closed the doors of his Mercy to us. That we feel that he will never forgive us.
Anyone that feels like this truly doesn’t understand Allah’s attribute of Mercy. We know that He is more Merciful than a mother is to her child. We know that His Mercy is 99 parts in contrast to the one part of mercy that He sent down to the earth; seen in the mercy between animals and humankind.
But subhanAllah, there is one hadith that springs to mind that for me makes me think SUBHANA’ALLAH!
The Prophet (saw) said:
“The angel on the left hand raises his pen (i.e. delays writing) for six hours before he records the sinful deed of a Muslim. If he (the Muslim) regrets it (the sin) and seeks Allah’s forgiveness, the deed it not recorded, otherwise it is recorded as one bad deed.”
Al Albaani in Silsilat al-Ahadeeth as-SAheehah, 1209
SubhanaAllah, just think about that for a minute! By the permission of Allah, the angels withold recording a bad deed that we commit in order to provide us time to repent from it and if we do repent then nothing is written! Allahu Akbar!
So, we must never despair of the Mercy of Allah (Swt).
And remember the famous hadith qudsi “I am as My servant thinks I am.” So, if we have positive thoughts of Allah in that He is Merciful and Compassionate than He will be just that in our lives. And if we despair and are always thinking that He will never forgive us, then is it any wonder why the Mercy and Barakah from Allah does not arrive.
Wasalamuu alaikum
Umm Raiyaan


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