Archive – Become a Better Muslim Project
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What is this Become A Better Muslim Project all about?
Answer : A Project to discipline our nafs (soul); leave sins, engage in more good deeds and race towards the Forgiveness and Mercy of Allah (Subhanahuwatala). During this project we posted motivational articles, books, lectures and videos on our page to help you and encourage you to stay firm and steadfast!We have created a checklist of good deeds to make this project 'Become a better Muslim' easier for you insha'Allah. You can download the checklist from here - http://www.iloveallaah.com/project/bbm_checklist.pdf. After download, you can print the checklist. Please share this with your friends and family and encourage them to become better Muslims.
We would like to say our gratitude to all of our fans who join and encourage this project. It was not possible for us to discuss all the topic regarding "Become A Better Muslim" within 15 days on our page. For that reason, we request you all to search all the related articles on our blog which inshaAllah will help you to become a Better Muslim.
In this archive article, we have put all the previous posted articles, short reminders, audio lectures, books etc on the page for last 15 days.
Books: In the Early Hours: Reflections on Spiritual and Self Development - Download
Day 1 - Obeying and being dutiful to parents!
Short Reminder: "And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your PARENTS. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour." (The Qur'an 17:23)
Article: Our Parents: Our Masters
Day 2 - Repentance
Short Reminder: "Say O My slaves who have transgressed against themselves! Despair not of the Mercy of Allâh, verily Allâh forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." [Qur'an 39: 53] Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be Upon Him] said, "Whoever says, 'SubhanAllah wa Bihamdihi' one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea." (Sahih Bukhari Volume 8 Book 75 #414) Translation = "I deem Allah free of any resemblance to anything whatsoever in any respect, and I celebrate His Praises."
Video: Is It Time To Repent?
Article: Al-Istighfaar (Seeking Repentance)
Day 3 - Salah
Short Reminder: Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be Upon Him] said: "The covenant between us and them is PRAYER, so if anyone abandons it he has become a disbeliever." (Ahmad, Tirmidhi & Nasa'ee agreed to be authentic) "The similitude of five PRAYERS is like an overflowing river passing by the gate of one of you in which he washes five times daily - No filthiness can remain on him." (Sahih Muslim Book 4 #1411)
Day 4 - Qur'an
Short Reminder: "And We have indeed made the Qur'an easy to understand and remember, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)? " (Qur'an, 54:17). Quran is a guide to humanity which also includes you. Since none of us want to be misguided, it is paramount not only to read or recite Quran, but to understand and implement it in our lives as well. Click Here to Read Quran Online. Click Here to Download Quran.
Day 5 - Easy Good Deeds
Short Reminder: There are two acts that no Muslim worshiper does consistently but that he will enter Jannah. And though they are easy , only few people perform them. Click Here to know more! One easy way to earn THIRTY hasanaat [i.e. good deeds] instead of just TEN, is to say the complete greeting “As-Salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmat-Allaahi wa barakaatuhu (peace be upon you and the mercy of Allaah and His blessings) instead of just “As-Salaamu ‘alaykum (peace be upon you).” [Hadith - reported by al-Bukhaari in al-Adab al-Mufrad (586) and by Ibn Hibban (493)]
Article: What Can You Do In Ten Minutes?
Day 6 - Fighting (evil) Desires
Short Reminder: "And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaitân (Satan) then seek refuge with Allâh. Verily, He is All-Hearer, All-Knower." (The Qur'an 7:200) At such times, always remember to say: “A’oodhu Billaahi min al-Shaytaan ir-rajeem" (I seek refuge with Allâh from the accursed Shaitân).
Video: Over Coming Your Desires and Gaining Self Control - Abdur Raheem Green
Article: The Dispraise of Hawaa (Desires)
Day 7 - Lowering Our Gaze
Short Reminder: Strive with your self and train yourself to lower your gaze and be patient in doing so, and not giving up. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our paths (i.e. Allaah’s religion — Islamic Monotheism)” [al-‘Ankaboot 29:69] "Just as lowering the gaze includes not looking at the ‘awrahs of other people and other haraam things, it also includes refraining from looking into people’s houses. Allah has mentioned lowering the gaze and guarding one’s private parts after the verse about asking for permission to enter, because the house covers a person just as the clothes on his body do." [Ibn Taymiyah said in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (15/379)]
Article: Twenty Tips for Lowering the Gaze
Day 8 - Sins Committed by Tongue
Short Reminder: Sins committed by tongue which people take often lightly are gheebah (backbiting), buhtaan (slander) and nameemah (malicious gossip). I Have Committed the Major Sins of Backbiting/Slander/Evil Gossip...What Should I Do Now? "O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting) . And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful." [al-Hujuraat 49:12]
Day 9 - Viewing Pornography
Short Reminder: "Looking is the origin of most of the problems that befall man, because looking generates thoughts, then thoughts generate ideas, and ideas generate desires, and desires generate will, which then becomes stronger and becomes firm resolve, in which case the deed will inevitably be done unless there is something to prevent it." [Ibn al-Qayyim, Al-Jawaab al-Kaafi, p. 106]
Day 10 - Haraam Relationships
Short Reminder: Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be Upon Him] said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him not be alone with a woman who has no mahram present, for the third one present will be the shaytaan.” [Narrated by Ahmad and classed as saheeh by al-Hakaim, and al-Dhahabi agreed with him; it was also classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Ghaayat al-Maraam (180).]
Day 11 - Observing Hijab
Short Reminder: ~*Motivational Post: Why Should I Wear Hijaab? ILA's member Sister Rameeza commented: "to all dear sisters who do not wear hijab yet...i wanna say from my personel experience n i believe all those who wear hijab will agree with me on this..hijab gives u liberty..increases confidence..gives freedom..n u wont understand it unless u practise it...so my good advise to u all is...trust Allah(swt) n start wearing hijab...after all its Allah who knows wats best for us!"
Article: The Hijab is Beautiful!
Day 12 - Sabr (Patience)
Short Reminder: Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be Upon Him] said, "...and he who remains patient, Allah will bestow patience upon him, and he who is satisfied with what he has, Allah will make him self-sufficient. And there is no gift better and vast (you may be given) than PATIENCE." [Sahih Bukhari Volume 8, Book 76, Number 477]
Video: Patience - Dr. Bilal Philips
Day 13 - Shukr (Gratitude)
Short Reminder: Brothers and Sisters, how many times have you counted the blessings you do NOT have in life? How about counting the blessings you DO have? Starting with the greatest: Islam! Allah Azza wa Jal says: “…and if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them…” [14: 34]
Day 14 - Jihâd an-Nafs (Striving against the Soul).
Short Reminder: "Jihâd an-Nafs (Striving against the Soul) means  striving to make oneself LEARN true guidance, and  to FOLLOW it after coming to know it,  CALLING OTHERS to it, and  BEARING WITH PATIENCE the difficulties of calling others to Allah." Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) has mentioned four ways to strive against the soul and they are as follows: Firstly: By holding the soul to account, Secondly: By opposing it and not following its whims and desires, Thirdly: By making it patient in Allaah's obedience and Fourthly: By making it patient in refraining Allaah's disobedience."
Day 15 - Istiqamah (Steadfastness)
Short Reminder: Let's make du'aa together on this last day of the challenge. ★ رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغۡ قُلُوۡبَنَا بَعۡدَ اِذۡ هَدَيۡتَنَا وَهَبۡ لَنَا مِنۡ لَّدُنۡكَ رَحۡمَةً ۚ اِنَّكَ اَنۡتَ الۡوَهَّابُ "Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower," (The Qur'an 3:8) - Ameen.
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