Gratitude Journal #September2019

Let me begin by saying, Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah).

September is a month that marks alot of things for us this year so far.

  • It coincided with the beginning of our new Islamic year.
  • It marked the beginning of Spring here in South Africa.
  • It also marked the beginning of many functions, both indoor as well as outdoors, from proposals, engagements and weddings, to fundraising initiatives and awareness workshops, etc.
  • Today is World Gratitude Day!

These past weekends in particular, have highlighted the plight of so many of our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters in Syria and Lebanon, as well as in Northern Africa. It affected me in such a way, that I needed to check myself, as I seem to easily fall into a depression by feeling useless in helping to assist these men, women and children.

To this end, I have decided to begin a Gratitude Journal to express just what I’m grateful for, which will be updated from time to time. I may not always post it online, but I will definitely be writing it down in my Journal. Below are some of the entries I have written:

  • Alhamdulillah, I woke up this morning.
  • Alhamdulillah, I am blessed to be a Muslimah.
  • Alhamdulillah, I have a comfortable home, with a roof over my head, clean running, drinkable water in the taps, food to eat, and a comfortable and cosy bed.
  • Alhamdulillah, for my body having the agility and ability to move, and do all that I need to do.
  • Alhamdulillah for my health.
  • Alhamdulillah for my family, near and far. May Allah bless them immensely, Aameen.
  • Alhamdulillah, for everything Allah has blessed me with, and for everything Allah has not blessed me with. There is wisdom is not having everything we want, no matter how much we want it.

There is so much more that I could list but for today and right now:

  • I am grateful for the soft, cool breeze flowing through my home.
  • I am grateful for my ears, as I listen to my favourite radio show, while hearing the doves and pigeons cooing outside.
  • I am grateful for the safe environment I am in currently, during this unrestful period in Johannesburg and South Africa in particular.
  • I am grateful for every breath, every touch, every laugh, every hug, every smile, every happiness and every experience that has come my way.

Have you begun your Gratitude Journal? Has it had a positive effect on you or in your life?

We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions on journaling, so do comment below.

Muharram & Aashurah Mubarak

It’s the month Muharram 1441, Alhamdulillah.

The beginning of a New Islamic Year for us.

Happy New Hijri Year!

As I write this, it is the evening of the 6th of Muharram.

Just over halfway to the day of Aashurah.

What is the day of Aashurah, and why is it important?

Here are a few points on why Aashurah is important and significant to us, as Muslims;

• The day of Aashurah is the 10th of Muharram.

  • In the Holy Qur’aan, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’aala mentions 4 sacred months (Surah At – Tawba, Verse 36) , and in the Hadeeth, Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has mentioned:

“The year is Twelve Months, of which four are Sacred. The three consecutive months of Dhul – Qa’dah, Dhul – Hijjah, and Muharram, and Rajab, which comes between Jamadil – Aakhir and Sha’baan.”

(Sahih Al Bukhari)

  • Hazrat Adam Alayhis Salaam’s repentance was accepted by Allah, on this day, after he had eaten from the forbidden tree and was expelled to earth.
  • Nooh Alayhis Salaam’s Arc came to rest on Mount Judi in Iraq, on this day.
  • Moosa Alayhis Salaam and his people were saved on this day, from Firown (Pharaoh), when Allah SWT granted him the miracle of parting the Red Sea, by striking his staff against the sea. Firown and his army were drowned in the sea when they followed Moosa (AS).
  • The Prophet SAW recommended to his followers to fast on this day, as Hazrat Ibn Abbas Radiyallahu Anhu ( May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said:

The Prophet Sallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam came to Madinah and saw the Jews fasting on the Day of Aashurah. He said, “What is this?’ They said, “This is a righteous day, it is the day when Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Moosa (AS) fasted on this day.” He said, “We have more right to Moosa than you,” so he fasted on that day and commanded (the Muslims) to fast on that day.

Sahih Al Bukhari

  • Fasting on this day is also a means of having our minor sins forgiven. Tawbah (repentance) will be required major sins.
    • The Prophet SAW has said, “Fasting the day of Arafah, I hope Allah will expiate thereby for the year before it and the year after it, and fasting the day of Aashurah, I hope Allah will expiate thereby for the year that came before it.” ( Sahih Muslim)
  • In order to differentiate ourselves (Muslims) from the Jews, the Prophet SAW said that we should also fast the day before Aashurah, the 9th of Muharram, or the day after Aashurah, the 11th of Muharram, as the Jews only fasted on the day of Aashurah.
  • The day of A’ashurah is also a day on which we should spend on our families. There are great blessings to be attained throughout the year for the one who spends generously on his family.

The Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam is reported to have said that: “One who generously spends on his family on Aashurah, 10th of Muharram), Allah SWT will be generous on/to him for the entire year.”

(Al Bayhaqi).

To this end, for many women, the next few days will be days of deadlines, ordering or finalizing orders for the decor, theme, food, desserts, & gifts for the day of Aashurah.

I wish you and you family both Muharram and Aashurah Mubarak. May we all be blessed abundantly by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’aala, in the coming year, Aameen.