Ramadan Daily Reflections

One of my favourite quotes from the Quran stems from the friendship of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and his companion and best friend Abu Bakr (radiallaahu anhu) when they were drove out of Makkah and were hiding in the caves.

Allah (subhanahu wa taala) mentions  Abu Bakr (radiallaahu anhu) clearly in the Quran, Allah (subhanahu wa taala) says:

 إِلاَّ تَنصُرُوهُ فَقَدْ نَصَرَهُ اللّهُ إِذْ أَخْرَجَهُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ ثَانِيَ اثْنَيْنِ إِذْ هُمَا فِي الْغَارِ إِذْ يَقُولُ لِصَاحِبِهِ لاَ تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللّهَ مَعَنَا فَأَنزَلَ اللّهُ سَكِينَتَهُ عَلَيْهِ وَأَيَّدَهُ بِجُنُودٍ لَّمْ تَرَوْهَا وَجَعَلَ كَلِمَةَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ السُّفْلَى وَكَلِمَةُ اللّهِ هِيَ الْعُلْيَا وَاللّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ 

 If you help him (Muhammad) not (it does not matter), for Allah did indeed help him when the disbelievers drove him out, the second of two, when they both [Muhammad and Abu Bakr] were in the cave, and he said to his companion [Abu Bakr]: “Be not sad (or afraid), surely Allah is with us.” Then Allah sent down His calmness upon him, and strengthened him with forces which you saw not, and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowermost, while it was the Word of Allah that became the uppermost, and Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.” (At-Tawbah 9:40) 

The beauty of this story is that before the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) left Makkah he made a plan, he planned to leave at a certain time, he planned to travel with his certain companion and he planned at the last minute to hide in the cave. Despite his life being at risk he did not improvise, he ultimately made a plan and then put his complete faith and trust in Allah (subhanahu wa taala) although his companion was scared he had full firm belief in Allah (subhanahu wa taala).

Another example of this is in a hadith, Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2517

The Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) was the perfect creation out of mankind and was sent to us as an example. We can learn a lot from the Quran, the Sunnah and the Hadith about being organised, prepared and planning because as a Muslim it our responsibility to be productive and make the most of the time that is given to us but ultimately…

“And Allah is the best of planners” – QURAN 8:30

Every single day is a gift from Allah and to witness Ramadan is even a greater blessing.

To make the most of this blessed month, I personally use a Ramadan Booster Journal by Siratt which I find really helpful and motivating. I’ve created a daily Ramadan Planner for you to print out and try out at home. Inshallah it helps you stay organised and motivated throughout Ramadan making this your most productive one yet!

To download the Daily Planner click this link: Ramadan Daily Reflections

If you want to read more about the biography of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) I would recommend one of my favourites “Muhammad: His life based on Earliest Sources” by Martin Lings.

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New Year 2018 – Islamic Dates 1439

As the New Year in the Gregorian Calendar comes into the Year 2018, not only do we see the whole world celebrating the start of the New Year but also there will be a lot of New Year resolutions made. Some of these resolutions can range from eating healthy to being more organised, everyone has their own goals.

At Sahabiya, this year we want to focus on the Islamic Calendar and the significant dates which take place. The Islamic calendar (known as the Hijri calendar) is a purely lunar calendar. It contains 12 months that are based on the cycle of the moon. Because 12 synodic months are only 12 x 29.53= 354.36 days, the Islamic calendar is consistently shorter than a solar year, and therefore shifts approximately 11 days every year with respect to the Gregorian calendar.

We are currently in the Islamic Year 1439 AH (*After Hijrah) the Islamic New Year began on 21 September 2017 and will end on 10 September 2018. We feel it’s important to highlight the significant dates in the Islamic Calendar for you to jot down in your diaries:

  • Laylat al-Miraj – April 13, 2018
  • Shab-e-Barat – May 1, 2018
  • Ramadan – May 16 to June 14, 2018
  • Laylat al-Qadr – between June 3 and 13, 2018
  • Chaand Raat – June 14 2018
  • Eid al-Fitr – June 15, 2018
  • Hajj – August 19 to 24, 2018
  • Day of Arafah – August 20, 2018
  • Eid al-Adha – August 21, 2018
  • Islamic New Year – September 11, 2018 (1440 AH)
  • Day of Ashura – September 20, 2018
  • Milad-Un-Nabi – November 20 or 25, 2018

*After Hijrah (Hijrah means “migration” in Arabic. This refers to the migration that the Prophet Muhammad made from Mecca to Medina in the year 622 C.E., which marks the beginning of the Islamic Calendar).

Please note: All dates are subject to local moon sightings in your area please confirm with your local Masjid.