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SPRING’S GIFT

I envy the sand that met his feet

I’m jealous of honey he tasted sweet

Of birds that hovered above his head

Of spiders who spun their sacred web

To save him from his enemies

I envy clouds formed from the seas

That gave him cover from the heat

Of a sun whose light could not compete

With his, whose face did shine so bright

That all was clear in blinding night

I envy sightless trees that gazed

Upon his form completely dazed

Not knowing if the sun had risen

But felt themselves in unison

With those who prayed, and fasted too

Simply because he told them to

With truth and kindness, charity

From God who gave such clarity

His mercy comes in one He sent

To mold our hearts more heaven bent

I envy all there at his side

Who watched the turning of the tide

As truth prevailed and falsehood fled

And hope restored life to the dead

Men and Women through him found grace

To seek together God’s noble face

I envy the cup that gave him drink

His thoughts that helped us all to think

To be one thought that passed his mind

Inspiring him to act so kind

For me this world is not one jot

If I could simply be a thought

From him to God throughout the ages

As revelation came in stages

I pity all who think it odd

To hear him say there is one God

Or he was sent by God to men

To hone their spirits’ acumen

It’s pride that blinds us from the sight

That helps good men to see his light

He taught us all to be God’s slaves

And he will be the one who saves

Humanity from sinful pride

Muhammad has God on his side

So on this day be blessed and sing

For he was born to grace our Spring

With lilies, flowers, life’s rebirth

In a dome of green like his on earth

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-Hamza Yusuf
الحمدل الله

Sometimes as Muslimahs we don’t realise how profoundly blessed we are. Given the gift of اسلام، we as Muslimahs are blessed with حجاب and حيا. We don’t have to exploit ourselves to get attention. A women, who took photographs of her behind got 1.3 million Instagram followers. We should all make du’a for both ourselves and the aforementioned woman for حيا and إيمان. We should also realise that exploitation is never an option. A women is precious like a pearl in its shell, she should not want to wear her beauty out but rather leave it in its shell where it will remain perfectly.

"For Allah, the Noble and Grand, there are 120 parts of Mercy around the Ka’aba. From these, sixty are for those performing the Tawaaf around the Ka’aba; forty are for those performing the prayers; and twenty are for those just looking (at the Ka’aba)"
-Imam Jaʿfar ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (alayhum as-salam) | Biharul Anwar, Vol. 96, Page 202 (via artapparent)
"Umm `Atiyyah said: “The Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, commanded us to bring out to the `Eed prayers the adolescent and prepubescent girls, those who usually remained in seclusion, and virgins, and he ordered those who were menstruating to keep away from the prayer-place."
-Bukhaari and Muslim. See Riyadh al-Salihin, 363, Kitab al-adab, bab fi’l-haya’ wa fadluhu.
"1. Aboo Umarah radiyallahu anhu related that ‘Ã’ishah radiyallahu anhaa reports that Rasoolullah sallalahu alayhi wasallam said, “Whosoever stays awake and performs ‘ibãdah (worship) on the nights of the two ‘Eed, with hope for abundant reward (from Allah), his heart will not die on the day (i.e. Qiyãmah) when all hearts will be dead.”"
-Targheeb
"Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer and worship out of faith and hope of reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven."
-Sahih Muslim, 1/73, Introduction, Bab al-nahy ‘an al-Hadeeth bi kulli ma sami’a.
The Last Ten Days of Ramadan

The Prophet, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, used to strive to do more good deeds during Ramadan than at other times, especially during the last ten days of it: `Aa’ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, said: “The Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, used to strive during Ramadan, and especially the last ten days of it, more than he used to at other times.”Aa’ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, also said: “When the last ten days of Ramadhaan began, the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu`alayhi wa sallam, would stay up for the whole night, wake his family up, strive extra hard, and abstain from marital relations.” The Prophet, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, used to command the Muslims to seek Laylat al-Qadr, and encouraged them to spend that night in prayer: “Seek Laylat al-Qadr during the last ten days of Ramadhaan.”