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In a lifetime the average person spends… (IMAGE)

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Save Your Time!

Eat. Sleep. Work.  Is there more to life than this? We human beings have been thrown into existence without any choice, so questions such as Where did I come from? What am I doing here? and Where am I going after I die? keep popping up in our minds. We forget these basic questions in our daily routines, but ignoring them will not make them go away.


Q&A: What Will the Grave Be Like?

Question and answer details
Name of Questioner: Khan
Reply date: 2014/07/07
Question: I had a discussion with my friend about punishment in the grave (adhab al-qabar). He quotes Surat Ya-Sin, the verse that says what means: {They will say who arose us from our peaceful sleep?} He says that if the dead receive punishment in their graves then how can they sleep in peace? If rewards or punishments are given in graves then what about the Day of Judgment? Is adhab al-qabar mentioned in the Quran?
consultant: Waleed Ahmed Najmeddine

Salam Dear Khan, 

Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.

Regarding this verse, which says what means:

{They will say: “Woe to us! Who has raised us up from our place of sleep?”}

Ibn Kathir says:

This does not contradict the fact that they will be punished in their graves, because in comparison to what is to come afterwards, that will seem like a nap. Ubayy ibn Ka`b (may Allah be pleased with him), Mujahid, Al-Hasan, and Qatadah said, “They will sleep before the Resurrection.” Qatadah said, “That will be between the two trumpet blasts, they will say, ‘Who has raised us up from our place of sleep?’ When they say that, the believers will respond (as theayah mentions). This was the view of more than one of the Salaf (early generation).”

Ibn Kathir has not mentioned the word “peaceful” in his interpretation of thisayah.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has been quoted in many hadiths that inform us about what is in store for people in their graves. He (peace be upon him) mentioned that “sleep is the brother of death.” This is an excellent way of looking at what we will experience in our graves.

Sleep may be restful and peaceful or it may be frightening and tormenting as in a nightmare. The grave we reside in after death will be similar. It is understood among the scholars that the grave will either be a pleasant experience or it may be a frightening one, depending on our beliefs and deeds in this life.

There are minor rewards in the grave in that, for the believer, it will be spacious and well lit. Our deeds in this life will appear to us in the form of a kind companion who will keep us company until the Day of Judgment. We will be shown our place in Paradise, in sha’ Allah, through an opening in the side of the grave.

For those who were not believers or led a sinful life, their deeds will appear to them in the form of an ugly and mean companion who beats and torments them until the Day of Judgment. The grave will be dark and constricting, and the punishments will be minor compared to what is waiting for them in the Hellfire, their place in which will be shown to them through an opening in their grave.

The real rewards and punishments will be reserved for Hellfire and Paradise. The Day of Judgment is a fixed point in time in the future, the exact date of which is known only to Allah. Those who have gone to their graves before us are presently waiting in their graves for that Day.

The grave is really a resting place, either comfortable or not, until that time. We can seek Allah’s help by following the Prophet’s example. He informed his followers that they can make du`aa’ (supplications) just before finishing their prayers with the words that mean the following:

“O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the punishment of the Hellfire, and from the torment of the grave, and from the trials of life and death and from the trials of the Dajjal (False Messiah).”

I hope this helps you with your question. Thank you and please keep in touch.



Three simple health tips for Ramadan



By: Mohamad Kadry

Fasting during the month of Ramadan can bring out many changes in those who observe it, but gluttony and laziness should not be among them.

These are problems that many people face each year when fasting from sunrise to sunset, tempted by copious amounts of food at Iftar combined with little to no physical activity throughout the day. But Ramadan should never be an excuse to overindulge.

While fasting, your body’s metabolism essentially slows down which can make you feel lethargic and help pack on unwanted weight. But with some careful planning there are a number of things you can implement into your daily schedule that will help you remain fit and strong throughout the month.


Sharing a meal with friends and family is a vital component of the Holy Month, but that doesn’t mean you should be stuffing your face with unhealthy amounts of food. The temptation to overindulge is so great this month that most people dismiss it as unavoidable, but Ramadan can also be a great time to forge new eating habits. For Suhoor (pre-dawn meal), stick to wholesome foods that will provide enough energy to last during the long hours of fasting. These include a combination of fruits and vegetables that are rich in fibre, slow digesting foods like brown rice and wholemeal bread, and low-fat dairy products. In reality, most people are committing gluttony during Iftar (post-sunset) where fried food and sugary sweets dominate the menu. When your body has been deprived of food and drink all day, it only takes a few minutes of eating to start feeling sick in your stomach. Rather than filling up your plate at dinner time, try eating a few dates and a glass of water to help jump-start your system and replenish your energy levels. This can be followed by a bowl of lentil soup and a slice from all the major food groups including a piece of fruit, a serving of vegetable, brown rice or noodles and a protein like grilled fish or chicken. The most important thing to remember is that your body is in a somewhat fragile condition during this month, so feeding it the right types of nutrients is vital to keeping things running smoothly.


Focusing on your spiritual needs during the Holy Month doesn’t mean neglecting the physical ones. If you already have a workout routine then the most important thing to do is maintain it. That usually means altering your normal workout schedule to a few hours after you break your fast. Make sure you have lean proteins, complex carbs and lots of vegetables. A brisk 45-minute session of low-intensity cardio and weight lifting will make a world of difference for your energy levels and waistline. If you don’t have the time for a gym session, then go for a long walk after Iftar. It’s vital that you do not stop being active, because you’ll regret it once Ramadan is over.


Your sleep schedule risks falling into disarray during Ramadan for a variety of reasons that include staying up all night until Suhoor only to spend the rest of the morning and afternoon in bed. The Holy Month does not give you permission to waste away your days when you could otherwise be productive. While catching up with family and friends during the evening hours is a beautiful tradition for many people, you should end social gatherings at a decent hour and continue to get a full night’s rest. Messing with your body’s natural rhythm will have repercussions long after the month is over.

Medical benefits of Fasting (IMAGE)



info-pictogram1 Fasting Ramadhan is useful as it has a restraining power over the soul’s whimsies, and an urge to abandon bad habits, specially when the smoker is obliged to abstain from smoking even if for a temporary period, on the hope such abandon will be permanent. This is also applied to drinking too much coffee and tea.

⇨Fasting promotes elimination of toxins from the body, reduces blood sugar ans fat stores. It promotes healthy eating habits and boost immunity. Fat is burnt during fasting, especially when it is prolonged. And the toxins are released. The liver, kidneys and other organs in the body are involved in detoxification.

Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph glands, and skin.

⇨During fasting, the consumption of sugars decreases, and so does the level of sugar in blood. This makes the body rely on providing the needed calories for metabolism by burning sugar stored in the body.

Glycogen stored in the liver, and fats in tissues are decomposed and transferred into calories and energy needed by the body. This results in moderate shortage of body weight. Therefore, fasting is considered of great value for overweight persons and stable non-insulin diabetes.

Allah says: “and fast, it is better for you, if only you knew” [al-Baqarah, 2:184]

→The psychological benefits are numerous.

Quick Health Benefits of Fasting:-

1- Fasting initiates rapid weight loss with little or no hunger. Once the ‘ketosis’ of fasting sets in, it becomes quite easy to go without food.

2- Fasting promotes detoxification. As the body breaks down its fat reserves, it mobilizes and eliminates stored toxins.

3- Fasting gives the digestive system a much needed rest. After fasting, both digestion and elimination process are rejuvenated.

4- Fasting promotes the resolving of inflammatory processes such as rheumatoid arthritis.

5- Fasting helps in controlling allergic reactions, including asthma and hay fever.

6- Fasting promotes the drying up of abnormal fluid accumulations, such as edema in the ankles and legs and swelling in the abdomen.

7- Fasting corrects high blood pressure without drugs. Fasting will reduce blood pressure to a safe range within two weeks or less in the vast majority of cases. And the blood pressure will remain low after the fast if the person eats correctly and lives healthily.

8- Fasting makes it easy to overcome bad habits and addictions. Many people have overcome tobacco and alcohol addictions by fasting, and even drug addictions. Fasting rapidly dissipates the craving for nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and other drugs.

9- Fasting clears the skin and whitens the eyes. It is common to see skin eruptions clear while fasting, and the whites of the eyes never look so clear and bright as they do after a fast.

10- Fasting restores taste appreciation for wholesome natural foods. People say that their taste buds come alive after fasting and that food never tasted so good.

11- Fasting is the perfect gateway to a healthful diet and lifestyle. Going on a fast gives you the motivation and enthusiasm to make a fresh start and commit yourself to a new and better way of life.

12- Fasting actually shrinks the stomach – not in a harmful way, but restoring it to its normal size. People tend to be satisfied with less food after fasting.

⇨The fasting person feels complacent, attains mental and psychological rest, refrains from all that disturbs the integrity of his fasting, and maintains the proper behavior controls, that all reflect positively on the general community.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said; “Fasting is restraining. When anyone of you is fasting, he should refrain from obscene language or any acts of ignorance. And if anyone slanders him or quarrels with him, he should say; ‘I am fasting, I am fasting.'”

Several studies revealed that crime rate in Islamic countries decreases during Ramadhan. Yes Ramadhan is a month of practice and training.

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Staying up late: A disease of modern Youth

As Salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,
Here’s a beautiful article, of Asma Bint Shameem. Happened to read it over a site of Farhat Hashmi.
They roam the streets when everyone is asleep. Or they may hang out with friends all night at the local ‘hookah place’. Or if they have nothing to do, some of them may even ‘egg’ some poor unsuspecting person’s house….’just because’. And if they are not ‘out there’, they are indoors, up until the wee hours of the morning, watching movies, listening to music, playing video games or chatting on the Internet, just because it’s ‘summer vacation’.
Yes, that’s right, brothers and sisters, that’s our youth during the summer.

And even when it is not summer, they stay up late even then. They think it is ‘cool’ to do so.

And, unfortunately, this ‘disease of late nights’ has become so widespread that we, as parents, don’t think much of it either. In fact, many of us adults are afflicted with this same disease ourselves. We come back from parties and dinners late at night and we let our kids do the same.

However what we don’t realize is….. that’s not how Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala intended the order of things. In fact, it is quite contrary to the natural rhythm which Allaah has created in the universe and in mankind. Allaah says:

“It is He who has appointed the night a covering for you and sleep for a rest. The day He has appointed for rising.” (Surah Furqaan: 47)

Thus, the night is created for rest and the day for work and for seeking provision. Yet we do the exact opposite. We are up at night and sleep late into the day, sometimes, up to or even beyond Dhuhr time, and waste much precious time. ‘Umar Radhi Allaahu Anhu used to punish people the people who did this and say: ‘You stay up for the first part of the night, then sleep for the last part of it?'”.

If we look at how the righteous before us spent their nights, we realize that they used their nights as a means to earning Jannah; praying, reciting the Qur’aan, crying and supplicating to Allaah. However, some of us Muslims, today take their nights as a means of entertainment and fun and even, aaoodhu billaah, a means of haraam and sin.

Actually, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) himself, did not like to stay up or even speak after Ishaa.

“The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) used to like to delay the ‘Ishaa’ prayer and he hated to sleep before it or talk after it”. (Bukhaari).

He also disapproved of staying up late and warned against it.He (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Beware of staying up after people’s movements settle.” 

Why did he do that? Because staying up late might cause many harms. Some of them are:

1. It may cause one to totally miss the Fajr prayer
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Between a man and kufr and shirk, there stands his giving up prayer.” (Muslim)

2. Even if you do wake up for Fajr, it is extremely hard to concentrate in the prayer or even know what one is saying.

3. Staying up late causes health problems, exhaustion, weakness, and loss of enthusiasm.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Staying up late is tiring and burdensome.” (Daarimi, Tabaraani, others)4. It also leads to lack of responsibility and laziness, as it is extremely difficult to wake up early for school, job, etc. if you are up half the night. The person ends up sleeping late into the day, missing his work, and slacking in responsibility.

Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad said: There are two qualities that harden the heart: sleeping too much and eating too much.5. We also miss out on the most blessed part of the day is the early morning. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) said:

“The early morning has been blessed for my Ummah.”(Saheeh al-Jaami’).
That’s why whenever the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) sent out troops or an army, he would send them at the beginning of the day. But by sleeping late, we lose the blessings of this time and the profits we could have gained.



6. If we don’t sleep early, we can’t wake up in time for qiyaam ul-lail, a time for prayer, making dua and seeking forgiveness from Allaah, as the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“Our Lord descends every night to the heavens when there is only one third of the night remaining and says: Who is supplicating to me so that I can respond to him? Who is asking Me for something so that I can grant him that which he is asking for? Who is seeking My forgiveness so that I can forgive him”(Bukhaari, Muslim)Is it befitting that we, as Muslims, miss this honorable and virtuous time and waste it either sleeping or  following our desires?
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Dolphins sleep with one eye open (IMAGE/VIDEO)


info-pictogram1 Dolphins sleep only with one half of their brain at a time. Dolphins are conscious breathers. Should they sleep and go unconscious as we do they would simply suffocate or drown. Sleeping dolphins can be seen as resting, floating at the surface, with one eye open. After a time, they will close the one eye and open the other one. They alternate like this throughout their entire nap.

You must awaken to life, those who sleep are led by illusions, those who truly live, feel & see into the soul of each of us.

gb copy You must awaken to life, those who sleep are led by illusions, those who truly live, feel & see into the soul of each of us.
es copy Debe despertar a la vida, los que duermen son guiados por las ilusiones, los que verdaderamente viven, sienten y ven en el alma de cada uno de nosotros.
nl copy Je moet ontwaken tot leven, die slapen worden geleid door illusies, zij die echt leven, voelen en zien in de ziel van ieder van ons.
fr copy Vous devez éveiller à la vie, ceux qui dorment sont dirigés par des illusions, ceux qui vivent vraiment, sentir et à voir dans l’âme de chacun de nous.
de copy Sie müssen zum Leben zu erwecken, sind die, die schlafen durch Illusionen geführt, diejenigen, die wirklich leben, fühlen und sehen, in die Seele eines jeden von uns.
CN67867 Nǐ bìxū juéxǐng de shēngmìng, nàxiē shuí shuìjiào shì yóu huànxiǎng lǐngdǎo, nàxiē shuí zhēnzhèng zhù, gǎnjué hé kàn dào dào wǒmen měi gèrén de línghún.
Sweden Du måste vakna till liv, är de som sover leds av illusioner, de som verkligen lever, känner och ser in i själen för var och en av oss.
rus7897 Vy dolzhny probudit’sya k zhizni , te, kto spit vo glave s illyuziyami , tekh, kto deystvitel’no zhivet , chuvstvovat’ i videt’ v dushu kazhdogo iz nas.
4523turkey Hayatta için uyandırmak gerekir, uyku olanların yanılsamalar tarafından yürütülen, gerçekten yaşayanlar, hissediyorum ve her birimizin ruhuna bakın.
images È necessario risvegliare alla vita, coloro che dormono sono condotti da illusioni, quelli che veramente vivono, sentono e vedono nell’anima di ciascuno di noi.
indonesiaID Anda harus membangkitkan kehidupan, mereka yang tidur dipimpin oleh ilusi, orang-orang yang benar-benar hidup, merasa & melihat ke dalam jiwa kita masing-masing.

A snail can sleep for three years (IMAGE)





Most dream interpretation on is attributed to Muhammad Ibn Siren (653-729 CE). However, Ibn Siren, without a shadow of a doubt, did not write any book on dream interpretation. He did, however, write a compilation of Abu Huraira’s (ra) narrations from the Prophet (pbuh) along with the opinions of Abu Huraira (ra). This text was kept by his brother, Yahyaa Ibn Siren, because Muhammed Ibn Siren, in his later days, did not like to keep books.

In the below narrations there was mention of the Prophets (pbuh), may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all; mentioning of the companions (male and female), may Allah be pleased with them; and of course mentioning of dreams. We should be careful to realise that in many of the explanations above the reference is to ‘may’, that is, seeing such a thing in a dream ‘MAY’ indicate that ‘such and such’ was seen. Thus as none of us have the fortune of being a Prophet, nor do we have the fortune of being in the company of Prophet Joseph – who excelled in dream interpretation – we should consider the matters above with caution.

It should be noted that when relating a dream it should be done without adding anything to it or subtracting anything from it. If a person does this he spoils and corrupts the dream. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has strongly prohibited anyone from doing this.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Indeed the worst of lies is that of a person who falsely claims to have dream.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari). Also ‘Whoever claims to have dream which he did not have, will be ordered to tie two barley grains together, which he will never be able to do; and if somebody eavesdrop on some people’s conversation which they didn’t want him to hear or they tried to keep away from him, then molten lead will be poured into his ears on the Day of Resurrection; and whosoever makes a picture (of a being with a soul) will be punished on the Day of Resurrection and (will) be ordered to put a soul in it, which he will not be able to do.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari).

His also reported as saying that anyone who invents a lie linking it to him or his own father or friend, he will not even smell the sweet fragrance of Jannah.

His also reported as saying: “There are three persons whom Allah will punish severely on the Day of Qiyaamah:
1. A person who relates a false dream, he will be made to tie a knot between two grains of barley which he will never be able to do.
2. A man who paints a picture of animate objects; he will be made to put life into them which he will never be able to do.
3. A man who leads a people in Saalah while they dislike him”.

It is advisable for a person who sees an unpleasant or disturbing dream that he spits thrice on his left side as soon as he wakes up and thereafter seek Allah’s protection from the accursed devil. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers used to do likewise.

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