فَاذْكُرُوْنِىْٓ اَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوْا لِىْ وَلَا تَكْفُرُوْنِ
“So remember me, I will remember you. And be grateful to me and do not deny me” (Surah Baqara Verse 152)
Hasan Al Basri (RA) says this statement means, “Remember me regarding what I have commanded you and I will remember you regarding what I have compelled myself to do for your benefit i.e His reward and forgiveness.
We should make an effort to always remember Allah and his commandments and be grateful to Allah for his countless bounties inshaAllah.
الإِيمَانُ بِضْعٌ وَسِتُّونَ شُعْبَةً، وَالْحَيَاءُ شُعْبَةٌ مِنَ الإِيمَانِ
“Faith is more than 60 branches, and modesty is a branch of faith.”
This Ramadan, make a firm intention to better an aspect of modesty. Whether it means to wear hijab in public, in front of ghayr mahrams at home or covering all your satar i.e including arms and legs etc. Or whether it’s to wear an abaya, or loose clothing. Or if you have a tendency to speak loudly outside on the streets or in front of ghayr mahram, then to lower your voice. Or to lower your gaze outside.
رَبِّ اَعِنِّىْ عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ
“My Lord, help me in your remembrance, showing gratitude to you and performing the best of your worship”. (Nasa’i)
Today, do something for your parents. If your parents are alive and close by, visit them and help them, or make something for their iftaar/suhoor. If they aren’t close by, then call them and speak to them. And if your parents have passed on, then give charity (sadaqah jariya) on their behalf for their reward.
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of two, qualified solicitor and an Alimiyyah student.