Ramadan

أعوذ بالله السميع العليم من الشيطان الرجيم. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

ياايهاالذين ءامنو كتب عليكم الصيام كما كتب على الذين من قبلكم لعلكم تتقون. أَيَّامًا مَّعْدُودَاتٍ ۚ فَمَن كَانَ مِنكُم مَّرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۚ وَعَلَى الَّذِينَ يُطِيقُونَهُ فِدْيَةٌ طَعَامُ مِسْكِينٍ ۖ فَمَن تَطَوَّعَ خَيْرًا فَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّهُ ۚ وَأَن تَصُومُوا خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ [البقرة : 183-184]

O ye who believe, fasting has been prescribed upon you, as it was prescribed upon those before you. So that, you may learn self-restraint. [Fasting for] a limited number of days. So whoever among you is ill or on a journey [during them] – then an equal number of days [are to be made up]. And upon those who are able [to fast, but with hardship] – a ransom [as substitute] of feeding a poor person [each day]. And whoever volunteers excess – it is better for him. But to fast is best for you, if you only knew.

رمضان كريم وكل عام وانتم بخير. تقبل الله منا ومنكم صالح الأعمال.

اللهم إني أعوذ بك من الرياء و رء وأعوذ بك من شر ما خلق ومن شر النفوس

I said those prayers ☝️because I am not a knowledgeable expert or a scholar and lest I fall into the trap of رء and رياء.

To listen to the experts and people of knowledge and to especially understand the context of the current circumstances and how it relates to Fasting watch this lecture.

These are the verses commanding Siyaam (fasting) for the month of Ramadan. In this month was revealed the Quran. From Loh-e-Mafooz (The Preserved Tablet) to the lowest heaven. Then from the lowest heaven it was revealed part by part through Angel Jibreel عليه السلام (Gabriel) to the heart of Prohet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم. May God bless us with hearts that preserve the Quran.

Once more, I do not intend to preach. Rather just wanted to share something good I stumbled upon. Found this biography of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم by Martin Lings. It’s also available on Amazon in hard copy and audiobook form. Sussex university library and Leeds have a copy available too. The reason I am sharing it, is because Shaykh Hamza Yusuf has delivered lectures on this book covering the seerah(life) of Prophet Muhammad pbuh. I ask Allah for sincerity and lasting guidance so that I can study this book with lectures this month.

It’s a blessed month in a blessed time. Although, we cannot gather for Taraweeh, Itikaaf and other community worships this month. The practice continues in the homes of many muslims. The practice continues for the individuals and families. It’s a great time to meditate more, reflect more, ponder more, study more, memorize more, read more, recite more. Listen to this lecture on 17 benefits of tribulations.

With quarantine measures in place, it’s a perfect opportunity to cleanse our hearts. Cleanse yourself from the diseases of the heart; anger, rage, resentment, envy, jealousy, lying, foul language.

One of the reasons we have been ordered to fast is, so that, we can feel the suffering of the poor people. There will be many people struggling all over the world because many people live pay cheque to pay cheque. The labourers, the daily wage workers, and they will not be able to benefit from iftaar (breaking fast) gatherings in the masjids(mosques). How will those people get by and have enough to eat without the generous support that’s provided every Ramadan? These times are full of blessings and trials. Make sure you go out of your way to donate to charities who are on the frontline providing the necessities and food supply to the needy. Feed as many people as you can around you. Check on your neighbours if they have enough. Remember the best of us are those who feed others, and the best of us are those who are most beneficial to others. Keep others safe from your tongue and hands.

It’s a great start to Ramadan as the first day is Friday. A blessed day and a blessed month. We may be missing Friday prayers. However, there are still many acts of worship that we can perform on a Friday. Make the most of them. Recite the story of people of The Cave سورة الكهف Send صلوات وسلام upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. Remember ساعة استجابة: أي الوقت بعد العصر (time of supplication after Asr). Pray for the whole world and that we may find peace and ease.

Until then,

Receive a light till following Friday.

A Good Friday

The best day the sun rises is Friday. According to Islamic tradition, Adam and the universe got created on Friday. 

Tomorrow is Good Friday followed by Easter on Sunday. Let’s all come together in solidarity, spread love, remove hatred and work together in these times of global crisis. 

We are not fighting each other during this crisis. Consider this crisis ‘An Alien Invasion’. Covid-19 being the aliens obviously, unless some of you thought otherwise

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As much as I would like to believe in Elon Musk’s dreams of colonizing Moon and Mars. Even if we were to make that possible, something like that reminds of Cowboy Bebop. Because if that really happens and once the technology is widely available and affordable. It will be a world full of cowboys. Watch Cowboy Bebop to know what am referring to.

Our earth is the only one we got, unless you believe in multi-verse theory and parallel  universes. Even if that were a reality, there are no facts that prove it is actually possible. E=mc^2 is a theory. Theory of Relativity, where E stands for Energy, M for Mass and C for speed of light, which if my memory serves me right is equal to 3.0× 10^8 m/s. 299 792 458 m/s?? I am going to Google this to make sure haha. I was wrong, didn’t remember it correctly. But, I am not trying to make myself look stupid by blatantly writing out the wrong value there. Duh

Oops ! I couldn’t keep my mouth zipped though. haha or more like, my hands and fingers from typing out my blunder. 

Haha, not really a blunder. My self-worth is still the same despite not being able to recall what the value of speed of light is? 

I once had this crazy thought when I was younger, then my favourite subjects were Physics and Mathematics, to prove to you that I was actually brilliant at Mathematics and Physics, I scored 100% in Mechanics, and averaged 92% in Physics. In Core Mathematics I averaged 95% and Statistics 90% (seems all so long ago). Over a decade, when I was in college and doing A-levels. 

Anyhow, this thought is older than my A-levels days and apparently Einstein had this thought too. Do you see my point that I am trying to get to? 

It’s all about me and how great I am…. muahahaha.

Great minds think alike. 

Oh, too busy mentioning how great I am and what not, I forgot  to relate that thought. So, the silly thought was, ” What if I was a particle of light? Will I transcend Space and Time?” Ok, I just made it sound cool sentencing it that way. My actual thought was, “What if I am able to travel at the speed of light? Will I be able to see particles of light? Will I be able to time travel?” Because, apparently you know, the light that we receive from galaxies far far away, is light from the past, it just takes light years to travel to us. That’s reflected in the make-up of the shift in the spectrum. The wavelengths and what not? I actually can’t believe, how much of my dormant memory I am tapping into. When I started writing this, I thought my memory had turned poor and that I had forgotten most of my A-Levels Physics. Although, that is basic knowledge compared to Theoretical physics, Particle physics, Quantum mechanics, Nuclear physics and what not, I still have a good base and can recall so much of it already. 

I am amazed to be able to recall F=Gm1×m2/r^2, Newtons Law of Gravitational force. F=ma this being the 2nd Law of motion.

Voltage is Directly proportional to I (Current), and thus V=IR 

V is directly proportional to d and thus, V=Hd where H is Hubble’s constant. Doppler Effect. Gotta google this one to make sure if it’s correct haha, after all, I am trying to do my best to look great 😉

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Just look at my approval ratings, you seen how well have I done so far, recalling those difficult formulae? Oh, I was right this time. Well, you gotta take my word for it, otherwise why would I have not done the same, when I was wrong recalling 299 792 458 m/s? 

I am giving you obvious reasons to put your trust in my writing. Or am I writing to make you trust me? 

Haha, don’t worry, this is not Cowboy bebop and I am not here to tell you my tragic backstory. I never died 10 years ago and was frozen and preserved like a pharaoh to be revived in 2019. Or did I? 

Hmmm, maybe I have an agenda to spread. A propaganda to sell. Shall I reveal my Trump card? 

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That was literally my Trump card, Don’t sue for copyright, pleaseeee !! Except the hair and face is not orange hahaha. Just in case, image by Snopes.com

My Lord! I don’t even remember why I started writing this blog???🤔 Let me go back to the top and read, that must have been the reason to write out the blog.

Ok! back to the topic of the blog, at this point all I wanted to say is, let’s make this Friday a Great Friday and spread love, no propagandas, no agendas, no ulterior motives, no germs, no coronaviruses and definitely no aliens. haha

I usually don’t like to brag, especially my good deeds but maybe, just this once, it may inspire some of you to do extra good too. If anything go beyond it and feed a whole lot of hungry people. According to our tradition, it is said, the best of you are those who feed the hungry. Another tradition mentions, the best of you are those, who are most beneficial to others.

I went out to grab some thing to eat earlier. While, in the takeaway shop, a man asked me for money. My reply, “What for?”(In a polite way). He said, food. So I replied, “Order it, and I will pay,” he thanked me after getting the food and said that he will pay me back someday. I smiled back and replied, “My reward is with the Creator who sustains us all, just pay it forward.” He left happy, which in turn made me happy.

I hope you all don’t forget the needy and the hungry and the less fortunate this Easter. Because I am telling you, Ramadan is only a month away and there won’t be a hungry person on road anywhere, because 1) most of us will be fasting and, 2) we are extra generous during Ramadan because the satan is locked away. This is all of y’all time to get giving and be extra generous 🙂


That said, I wish all those celebrating Easter a good one. Get together but remember to stay 2 metres apart and 2 meters apart for my fellows and readers who spell it that way haha.

Until next week,

I leave you with a question

What is 1 + 1= ?