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Tawaaf by swimming – Makkah in 1941 (IMAGE)


info-pictogram1 Tawaaf by swimming. Makkah 1941. Absolutely beautiful. Ṭawāf (طواف) is one of the Islamic rituals of pilgrimage. During the Hajj and Umrah, Muslims are tocircumambulate the Kaaba (most sacred site in Islam) seven times, in a counterclockwise direction. The circling is believed to demonstrate the unity of the believers in the worship of the One God, as they move in harmony together around the Kaaba, while supplicating to God.

What Causes Winds


Reported by Abu Hurairah (RA): I heard the Messenger of Allah saying: “The wind is a blessing of Allah. Sometimes it brings His mercy and sometimes it brings His chastisement. When you experience it, do not revile it but beg of Allah its good, and seek Allah’s refuge against its evil.

[Abu Dawud – Riyad us Saliheen Chapter 323, 1728]

info-pictogram1 Wind is caused by differences in atmospheric pressure created, in large part, by the unequal heating of the earth’s surface by the sun. Air moves from a region of higher pressure to one of lower pressure and this movement is wind. Any difference in pressure will cause wind, but the greater the difference the stronger the wind.

The direction that wind takes is influenced by the rotation of the earth. On a nonrotating earth wind would move in a straight path from a high- to a low-pressure area. It is deflected from this path—to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and to the left in the Southern—by the turning of the earth on its axis.

Local winds—those that affect a comparatively small area—are often caused by heat transferred by convection. Direct radiation from the sun does little to heat the air. It is warmed chiefly by heat radiated from the earth. Intense local heating of the land causes air directly above to become greatly heated and to expand. As a result, some of the air aloft flows away, lowering the pressure over the heated area and increasing the pressure around it. The cooler, heavier air near the earth then flows to the heated area.

In mountainous areas, winds tend to blow uphill during the day because the mountainside is heated more than the valley below it. At night, when the mountainside cools, the wind blows downhill. In summer, breezes tend to blow from oceans or large lakes to the warmer land during the day. They blow from the land at night, when the land cools.

Ten-Point Plan For What To Do On The Night Of Power


Photo of a ray-less Sunrise, a sign of Laylat’l-Qadr the night before


We prepare ourselves so well for Laylat’l-Qadr in terms of what it means to us andwhen it will be, but when we get there many of us don’t know what to actually do on the night itself and achieve the success being offered!

So, we came up with a plan as gleaned from the actions of the blessed early generations:

1. Prepare a list before the evening starts listing all of the specific du‘ās you want to make. This is not necessarily a Sunnah of course – this is only because the Muslims of our generation are not so great at ritual worship and making long, detailed meaningful du‘ās by ourselves; thus we need help, direction and structure.

2. Pray ‘Ishā in Jamā‘ah – that’s half the night in prayer achieved as stated by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in Muslim, and that’s a portion of Laylat’l-Qadr achieved as stated by some of the Salaf like Ibn al-Musayyib and al-Shāfi‘ī.

3. Pray with the Imām, don’t leave him after 4 rak‘ah or 8 rak‘ah or whatever. Finish the Tarāwīḥ prayer with him and the Witr prayer as well, even if he prays it early in the night. You have now achieved the reward of praying the full night, which if it is Laylat’l-Qadr, then you’ve in sha Allah achieved the full reward of standingthe night of Laylat’l-Qadr as stated by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

4. Avoid setting up two night prayers, calling them Tarāwīḥ and Tahajjud.Either elongate one of them to last longer in the night, or just pray one of them completely with the Imam with Witr. This is the Sunnah of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in Ramaḍān: a single congregational prayer, not two separate ones, is the action of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

5. Make a HUGE amount of du‘ā during ALL the rest of the time available before Fajr starts.

6. If you feel the need to take little breaks in the night, only do the following in them:

a) Give plenty of Ṣadaqah, carefully and judiciously, to the highest-returning projects as possible, across as many fields and initiatives as possible, as varied as possible, as much as possible. Take advantage of the hugely multiplied rewards on offer. You can plan this in advance online to save time browsing on the night itself.

b) Read or reflect on something beneficial about Allah or read the Qur’ān itself. Focus on His Mercy. And then call upon that Mercy later in your du‘ā.

c) Keep your tongue busy with dhikr. Don’t waste a single second talking, watching or listening to anything from the dunya if possible. It’s just not worth it. It can wait one night.

7. If you want to bank on just one du‘ā to really focus on during this night then choose the best Prophetic one of:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Allāhumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuḥibbul ‘afwa, fa‘fu ‘annī

(O Allah, indeed you are the One who pardons, indeed you love to pardon. So please pardon me.)

8. Reduce the amount of food and time you will spend on eating Suḥūr so that you can spend more time making du‘ā. This night is about standing in prayer, yes, but if you’ve done the above, then that standing is sufficient. Now make the night allabout du‘ā.

9. Pray the Fajr prayer in Jamā‘ah with the Imām. You have just achieved standing the entire night in prayer as stated by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in al-Bukhāri. So that’s all of Laylat’l-Qadr in standing achieved if it was indeed that night. Doing this is like a double guarantee for the night

10. Finally, after your dhikr until Sunrise and your Shurūq prayer, get to sleep quickly so as to not to sleep too much during the day because there’s more ‘ibādah to be done on the 27th day too, to complete a successful night of al-Qadr as per the actions of the Salaf.

The negativity or positivity you bring into the moment, decides the direction your life goes next.

gb copy The negativity or positivity you bring into the moment, decides the direction your life goes next.
es copy La negatividad o positividad te introduzca en el momento, decide la dirección que su vida sigue a continuación.
nl copy De negativiteit of positiviteit u brengen naar het moment, bepaalt de koers van uw leven gaat volgende.
fr copy La négativité ou positivité vous amener dans le moment, la direction décide de votre vie va à côté.
de copy Die Negativität oder Positivität Sie in den Moment zu bringen, entscheidet die Richtung Ihres Lebens geht weiter.
CN67867 Nǐ dài rù nà yīkè de xiāojí huò jījíxìng, juédìng nǐ de rénshēng jìnrù xià yīgè fāngxiàng.
Sweden Den negativitet eller positivitet du sätta i det ögonblicket, bestämmer den riktning ditt liv går nästa.
rus7897 Negativnost’ ili pozitivnost’ vy prinosite v dannyy moment, reshayet napravleniye vasha zhizn’ idet dal’she.
4523turkey Eğer an içine getirmek olumsuzluk veya pozitiflik, hayatınızı bir sonraki gider yönünü karar verir.
images La negatività o positività si mettono in questo momento, decide la direzione vostra vita va prossimo.
indonesiaID The negatif atau positif Anda membawa ke saat ini, memutuskan arah hidup Anda berjalan berikutnya.

Think on things that are noble and good. If you set your thoughts in the right direction, your life will go in the right direction.

gb copy Think on things that are noble and good. If you set your thoughts in the right direction, your life will go in the right direction.
es copy Piense en las cosas que son de noble y bueno. Si establece sus pensamientos en la dirección correcta, su vida va a ir en la dirección correcta.
nl copy Denk aan dingen die nobel en goed zijn. Als je je gedachten in de goede richting zetten, zal je leven gaan in de goede richting.
fr copy Pensez à des choses qui sont noble et bon. Si vous définissez vos pensées dans la bonne direction, votre vie va aller dans la bonne direction.
de copy Denken Sie an Dinge, die edel und gut sind. Wenn Sie Ihre Gedanken in die richtige Richtung, wird Ihr Leben in die richtige Richtung zu gehen.
CN67867 Yī xiǎngqǐ shìqíng shì gāoshàng hé liánghǎo de. Rúguǒ nín zài zhèngquè de fāngxiàng nǐ de xiǎngfǎ, nǐ de shēnghuó jiāng zǒu zài zhèngquè de fāngxiàng.
Sweden Tänk på saker som är ädelt och gott. Om du ställer in dina tankar i rätt riktning, kommer ditt liv att gå i rätt riktning.
rus7897 Podumayte o veshchakh, kotoryye blagorodno i khorosho. Yesli vy ustanovite vashi mysli v pravil’nom napravlenii , vasha zhizn’ budet idti v pravil’nom napravlenii.
4523turkey Asil ve iyi şeyler düşünüyorum. Eğer doğru yönde düşüncelerinizi ayarlarsanız, hayatınızı doğru yönde gidecek.
images Pensare a cose che sono nobile e buono. Se si impostano i vostri pensieri nella giusta direzione, la tua vita andrà nella giusta direzione.
indonesiaID Pikirkan tentang hal-hal yang mulia dan baik. Jika Anda menetapkan pikiran Anda ke arah yang benar, hidup Anda akan pergi ke arah yang benar.

Mecca, The city that never sleeps (IMAGE)



info-pictogram1 The most sacred place in Islam is the Ka’ba in MeccaSaudi ArabiaThe Ka’ba is a mosque (built by Abraham according to Muslim tradition) built around a black stone. The Prophet Muhammad designated Mecca as the holy city of Islam and the direction (qibla) in which all Muslims should offer their prayers.