Ramadhan- Your Rehab Time

The Holy Month of Ramadhan tends to possess an aura of its own, whilst people embrace the message of God with much attention and care, there also seems to be love flying in the air, people are willing to sacrifice things they wouldn’t on a normal day, the mosques are full with people, streets are livelier than ever and there seems to be an Islamic feeling around you. It is refreshing to see all of this, sometimes, I sit down and say to myself, perhaps Ramadhan should be much longer than it is, but then the thought of twenty hour fasts crosses my mind and I wonder what I am wishing for! But there’s a reason behind everything, and the reason I wish Ramadhan lasted longer was because I love the scenes during the Holy Month, I love to see people coming together to give time to their families, to the less fortunate, to the forgotten ones, time to go to mosque and most of all time to spread love to everyone.

This week, we will be approaching the 10th fast, which marks the completion of a third of this Holy Month, and the scenes across the globe have been overwhelming. People tend to get a lot of work done during the Holy Month, the excuse of “There is no time” is hardly heard, and this is what has prompted me to write this article.

It is amazing how we tend to get so much done despite the long fasts, the decrease in the level of energy due to the absence of food and drinks, the mosque rounds, late nights and of course the lack of sleep. It is here when I realised, that the excuse of “There is no time” is a myth created by us Humans to use it at our convenience and also in a bid to avoid doing things we less admire.

I tend to observe the change in timings and attitude amongst the people around me, mosque attendances tend to increase daily, support towards the less fortunate is overwhelming and the number of charitable events and timeless dedication of volunteers and people is exciting. This is why I love Ramadhan, the coming together of people, the love is spread and there seems to be faith restored in humanity.

The next twenty days will be one to cherish, it feels like a carnival, the atmosphere can be likened to that of the World Cup, people of various backgrounds willing to meet each other, to sacrifice in a bid to make sure the other person gets the best and for once, the world feels like a great place to live in.

However, I fear, I fear the post Ramadhan effect, will we ever experience this atmosphere again or will we have to wait for a year again? Will charity be given like it was during this month? Will the less fortunate be catered for, what happens to the hungry ones who were fed immensely during the thirty days, will the walls of the mosques be blessed with our presence and will the people around us feel the love they felt throughout the holy month?

 Whilst many of us tend to use this Holy Month to uplift our spirituality level, to accomplish tasks which aren’t on our priority list throughout the year and also to use it as a means of losing weight, perhaps we should take this as the platform to exercise time management.

This is the perfect month to set our priorities, to change our life style, to ensure that throughout the year we strive in the same manner as we do during the Holy Month, in a bid to ensure that when the next Holy Ramadhan comes to us, we are a better individual and have other objectives.

What else can stop us from ensuring we serve humanity and cater for the less fortunate, what can necessarily be our excuse for not being able to attend mosque? If we would do a particular act during the Holy Month, why not do it throughout the year? Why would you not do an unlawful act during the Holy Month but would willingly do it throughout the year?

We need not to have an excuse for everything, time is of great essence and we ought to manage it in the same manner as we do it during Ramadhan. Flourish the whole year with kindness, charity, love and compassion and see how the world changes with you.

I end with a famous quote by Lau Tzu who said “Time is a created thing. To say, “I don’t have time” is like saying “I don’t want to.” The choice therefore is yours, yes time does fly, but what we tend to forget is that we are the pilots of our flight. Manage your time, set up your priorities, before someone else does it for you…

From A Foetus To Ashes: My conversation with God.

“Verily We created man from a product of wet earth; then placed him as a drop (of seed) in a safe lodging; then We fashioned the drop into a clot, then We fashioned the clot into a little lump, then We fashioned the little lump into bones, then clothed the bones with flesh, and then produced it another creation. So blessed be Allāh, the Best of Creators!” [23:12-14]

As I kept evolving inside what is now known to me as a womb, I wondered where I was, in a place so comfortable with food coming in and warmth of the highest level, yet I always overheard a conversation between two individuals, as they kept getting anxious about my gender and how they would prepare for my arrival, I asked God to end their anxiety and tell them my gender, upon which he replied:

“To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; He creates what he wills. He gives to whom He wills female [children], and He gives to whom He wills males.” [42:49]

As days went by, I was amazed at the transformation I had gone through, from a small foetus to a being with bones covered in flesh, I heard the same sound of the two voices saying I would be in their hands in the next few days, and they would be a Mother and a Father to a baby. I asked God, who are these people, how do I know who is a mother and who is a father? To which God replied:

“Mothers may breastfeed their children two complete years for whoever wishes to complete the nursing [period]. Upon the father is the mothers’ provision and their clothing according to what is acceptable.” [2:233]

And so, I prepared for my departure from the most comfortable of places, and was now en route to the real world. But, a thought always crossed my mind: why did God create me? What do I have to go and do out there? It wasn’t long till God spoke to me once again:

“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” [51;56]

I was puzzled, how did God know what was in my mind? And he responded:

“And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein.” [50:16]

As my arrival to the world was announced, I was ready to embrace a new challenge and to fulfil the covenant by God in regards to my creation. Hence, I began my growing up journey…

“And his gestation and weaning [period] is thirty months. [He grows] until, when he reaches maturity and reaches [the age of] forty years.” [46:15]

And so I sat and pondered, I questioned myself as to what I am supposed to do from the age of maturity, what is my responsibility? And once again, God responded:

“The believing men and believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give zakah and obey Allah and His Messenger.” [9:71]

But then He also warned me about the evil spirit who will try to misguide me:

“Surely the Shaitaan is your enemy, so take him for an enemy; he only invites his party that they may be inmates of the burning.” [35:6]

I was shocked! Why would someone want to take me away from God? What do I do when he comes to me? Who will help me overcome this difficulty? And a voice from the sky responded saying,

“And when My slaves ask you concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me. So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.” [2:186]

Now that I had gotten hold of my life, my actions, I knew my ways and I was now earning a fortune. For me, all that mattered was my children and the wealth I have, God was a name I only called upon when faced with difficulties. Life had a new purpose to me, it was nothing but pleasure. But only then, did God remind me of his existence when he whispered:

“Your wealth and your children are only a trial, whereas Allah! With Him is a great reward (Paradise).” [64:15]

I was astonished! Where am I? Why am I lost in this world of pleasures! Was it not the time to head back to my Guardian Angel? What happened to all those conversations with God? Will he forgive me? Will he answer me? And he then proclaimed:

“Say: O My servants who have acted extravagantly against their own souls, do not despair of the mercy of Allah; surely Allah forgives all sins; surely He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [39:53]

This was a relief; I sat down on my prayer mat, raised my hands towards the sky and said:

“O our Lord! Forgive me and my parents and believers on the day when the reckoning shall come to pass!” [14:41]

From there on, I went back to daily routines, to earn a living for my family and to enjoy the pleasures of the world. I knew God would forgive, so I would go back to him when I needed, I had no reason to depend on him, I had all that I wanted.

“And of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil deeds until death faces one of them and he says, “Now I repent,”…for them We have prepared a painful torment.” [4:18]

I was now a big man, with my children all grown up, living the luxurious life, all of which were a reason of my own efforts, no one helped me, I don’t think God did either. Just like every other day, I prepared for my evening nap, when I saw a creature, with an angry face approach me, holding me by my neck, wanting to take my life away.

In a terrified voice, I asked? Who are you?

To which he fiercely replied:

Angel: Oh Man, God has sent me to accomplish the task I have been created for. I have been told to inform you that your “appointed term” has come to an end, and today, is your return to God.

I screamed, I tried pushing him away, I called upon God for help! I wasn’t ready for death. The angel replied: “[Death] is what you have been avoiding!” [50:19]

I desperately pleaded the angel to give me some time, so that I may ask God for forgiveness, to which he replied:

“By no means! It is a (mere) word that [you speak]” [23:100]

As he snatched my soul from me, he said:

“So, whoever does an atom’s weight of good shall see it; and whoever does an atom’s weight of evil shall see it.” [99:7-8]

As my soul approached its final exit, and my journey back to my lord befell upon me, God said:

“Inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi raajeooon” (“Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” [2:156]

I could feel the promised blazing fire and this is when I realized God was right when He promised:

“Until when death overtakes one of them, he says: Send me back, my Lord, send me back.” [23:99]

Oh man! Remember, “Every soul shall taste death. And only on the Day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full. And whoever is removed away from the fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception.” [2:185]

Better late, than never….

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Muharram Art Competition

Salaam Alaykum everyone!

We are proud to present to you… the first Muharram Art Competition!
Open to everyone, anywhere, and of all ages!
We hope you all take this opportunity to express your connection with the family of the Prophet (saw).

We will be posting your submissions on our Facebook, twitter and Instagram pages as well!

In order to make the judgment fair, we have divided the competition into 4 categories
o Painting
o Drawings
o Photographs
o Digital art

Deadline: November 16, 2013
Send us your work on perfection.seek@gmail.com
Give us your name, where you are from, your age and contact details

Rules for the competition:
• Submit a clear photograph/scan of the work
• Should be done by yourself
• Tell us what materials you used
• Submit a paragraph with the work
o At least 200 words, not more than 250 words
o What does the art mean? – How does it relate to your relationship with Imam (as) or Muharram

Let us know if you have any questions and spread the word!

Prayers For The Oppressed

On Thursday, 05th September 2013, Seekperfection in Collaboration with the Bilal Muslim Mission Tanzania organised “Prayers For The Oppressed” program, which was aimed at gathering members of the community to pray for the people oppressed around the world.

The program was held at Udowe Mosque, Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at 8pm. The Chief Guest for the event was H.E The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

To View The Event Pictures, Please Click here

You Can Watch The Event Below:


We recently got an e-mail from brother Mustafa Karim, he was in the process of putting together a magazine for UMAA for its annual convention. UMMA America holds a convention on an annual basis and this year it will be in Michigan and the theme is Imam Ali (as) – Meeting the challenges of the 21st Century.

Brother Mustafa was requesting to use an artwork created by the Seekperfection team that would feature in the magazine, we were more than overwhelmed with the hearing. The art work in question was Kofi Annan’s quote on Imam Ali (a.s).

Below is the picture sent to us before printing;

UMMA magazine

UMMA magazine

Relationship Between Lady Fatemah (pbuh) and Surah al-Qadr

What a very close relationship there is between the existence of this exalted lady and the Laylatul Qadr.

Some of them are:

1) Qadr is the Divine decree. On the night of Laylatul Qadr we all strive to seek the Divine pleasure and safeguard from the Divine displeasure.

“Fatima is a part of me. Whosoever angers her has angered me. Whatever hurts her hurts me and whatever angers her has angered me.”

“Surely Allah is angered with Fatima’s anger and is pleased with her pleasure.” Holy prophet (saww)

2) Actual date of Laylatul Qadr is hidden. Ahlul Bayt have given clues such as it being in the last ten nights of Holy Ramadhan. Why?

The exact location of the grave of this exalted lady is unknown. The grave of the only daughter of holy prophet is unknown whereas the graves of other holy personalities, including the martyrs of the massacre at Karbala are known.

3) The night of Qadr is better than 1000 months which is equivalent to 80 years. The virtue of observing the rites of this night is greater than a long life span of 80 years.

The status and virtues of this lady is greater than thousands of virtuous persons as she has been Divinely chosen over the ladies of the worlds.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (as) mentions that angels came and addressed Bibi Fatima (sa), as they had addressed Maryam, saying : O Fatima! Indeed Allah has chosen you to be above all women of the world.

4) The holy Qur’an was descended upon the holy prophet on the night of Qadr.

Bibi Fatima Zahra, the daughter of the prophet, is the one from whom Eleven Qur’an Natiq (speaking Qur’an) descended. These are the 11 Imams after Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s).

“And what will make you know what Laylatul Qadr is?” Suratul Qadr 97:3

Likewise the Muslim community is addressed “…..a person who has truly grasped a deep understanding of Fatima (and who she is) has actually witnessed and experienced Laylatul Qadr….” Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s).

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