23: Grand Investment

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This Ramadan…

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This Ramadan… I will invest in my hereafter.

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When a man insulted the life of this world in the presence of ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib, Ali radiya Allahu anhu responded by saying,

The dunya is an abode of truth for the one who is truthful in it; and it is an abode of safety for the one who understands it perfectly; and it is an abode of richness for the one who prepares his provisions in it. This dunya is the place where Allah’s revelation came down. And it’s the place where Allah’s Prophets prayed and bowed down. And it’s the marketplace for the allies of Allah… in this marketplace, they received Allah’s mercy, and earned His jannah.

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We need to understand this word for what it truly is: Temporary, yes. Insignificant compared to the next life, yes. But this world is also our only chance to work for a better hereafter, and we should embrace the blessings Allah has given us and treat it as such.

This Ramadan, invest in your hereafter by building your home in jannah. Here are some simple, easy phrases and words everyone can take advantage of.  Say them on the nights of Ramadan for multiplied reward, especially if it lands on the night that is greater than a thousand months. The Messenger salla Allahu alayhi wasallam said:

1. “Whoever recites “Qul huwa Allahu ahad” [the entire Surah] ten times, Allah will build for him a house in Paradise.”

[Sahih al-Jami’ as-Sagheer]

2. “Whoever says: ‘Glorified is Allah, the Most Great, and praised is He’ [Subhan Allah al-‘Adhim wa bi-Hamdih] will have a date palm planted for him in Paradise.”

[Sahih al-Jami; # 5531]

3. “I met Ibrahim alayhi assalam on al-Israa’, and he said to me: ‘O Muhammad, convey my greetings to your Ummah, and tell them that Jannah is of pure land and sweet water. It’s expanse is vast and levelled, and its plants are, Subhan Allah, wal-hamdu-lillah, wa la illaha illa Allah, wa Allahu akbar.‘”

[Sahih at-Tirmithi]

4. “Shall I not point you to one of the treasures of Paradise? [It is], ‘There is no power and no might except in Allah’ [La hawla wa la quwatta illa billah].”

[Bukhari]

5. “Whoever is stricken with sadness, grief, sickness or hardship and says: ‘Allah is my Lord, without any partners’ [Allahu Rabbi, la sharika lah], then it will be removed from him.”

[Sahih al-Jami’; # 6040]

6. “Whoever ate something, then said: ‘Praise be to Allah who has fed me this food and provided it for me, without any strength or power on my part’ [al-Hamdu lillah aladhi at’amani hadha wa Razaqnih bi ghayr hawlin minni wa la quwwa] is forgiven his past and future sins. And whoever wears a garment and says: ‘Praise be to Allah who has clothed me with this garment and provided it for me without any strength or power on my part’ [al-Hamdu lillah aladhi kasani hadha at-thawb wa Razaqnih bi ghayr hawlin minni wa la quwwa] is forgiven his past and future sins.”

[Sahih al-Jami; # 6086]

7. “Whoever enters the marketplace and says: ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah who has no partners, for Him is the Dominion, and for Him is all Praise, He brings life and He causes death, and He is Alive and does not die, in His Hand is all good, and He is able to do all things,’ [La ilaha ill-Allah, Wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-Mulk, wa lahul-Hamd, yuhyiyy wa yumit, wa Huwa Hayyun la yamut, bi Yadihil-Khayr wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadir] then Allah will write one million good deeds for him, and will wipe away one million of his bad deeds, and will raise him one million levels and will build a home for him in Paradise.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami’; # 6231]

8. “Whoever asks Allah for Paradise three times [Allahumma inni as’aluk al-Jannah], then Paradise will say: “O Allah! Enter him into Paradise!” And whoever seeks protection with Allah from the Fire three times [Allahumma najjini min an-Nar], the Fire will say: “O Allah! Protect him from the Fire!“”

[Reported by at-Tirmidhi, and it is authentic]

9. “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and the believing women, Allah writes for him – for every believing man and woman – a good deed.”

[Reported by at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and Ahmad, and it is authentic]

10. “Whoever asks Allah sincerely for martyrdom [Allahumma inni as’aluk ash-shahadah], Allah will cause him to reach the status of the martyrs even if he dies in his bed.”

[Bukhari; # 1909]

11. “No one witnesses that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and that I am Allah’s Messenger – truthfully, from his heart – except that Allah makes the Fire of Hell forbidden to touch him.”

[Reported by Muslim, Ahmad, and al-Bayhaqi]

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List largely taken from http://iskandrani.wordpress.com, which contains a few more phrases; make sure you check out the original post!

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