Good Sleep, Good Health, and Tahajjud: Sh. Yaser Birjas

Alhamdulillah, Monday officially marked 3 months into the Bayyinah Dream program!  Even though it’s been 3 months now, I still can’t believe that I’m in Dallas learning Arabic, away from my family and taking a year off of school. This all still feels like a Dream that’s been too good to be come true, alhamdulillah, All praise is for God. Thank you to the people who helped me get here, jazakum Allahu khayran!!

Dream applications for the 2012-2013 year are coming out soon insha’Allah!  I would suggest this program to any and everyone who is serious about learning Qur’anic Arabic and there shall be more news to come as soon as we hear that the applications are going out.  I plan on writing a post this weekend based off of my experience from the last 3 months for anyone who’s interested in the program and would like to know a little more about it, so keep an eye out insha’Allah!

In the meantime, a good mentor and friend of mine sent me this video, which I thought was a reminder important enough to share.

The Prophet SAWS said, “The best salah after the obligatory/fard salah is the qiyam ul layl.

Short days. Long nights. We all have something to pray for.

“Good Sleep, Good Health, and Tahajjud” In 3 Minutes!! By Shaykh Yaser Birjas

I took Fiqh of Salah with Shaykh Yaser Birjas last year, and a convert asked the question, “How can I make qiyam ul layl when I only know one or two surahs?” His response was, “Stand there and read ‘Qul huwa Allahu ahad‘ 50 times in one rakah if you have to.”

We shouldn’t let the amount of Qur’an we’ve memorized keep us from making tahajjud/qiyam ul layl/night prayer. The important thing to remember is that with making qiyam, we are supposed to stand for a long time and recite whatever we know, and even if it’s just a few surahs on repeat. Imagine how much Allah would love for us to be so excited to make qiyam and to stand there in front of Him, even if it means that we just end up reading that surah (or any other surah) over and over again!!

Bilal (RA) was asked by one of the Sahabi, “When you were being tortured, why did you keep saying ‘ahadun, ahadun (one, one)’?”  He responded by saying, “If I had known anything else at the time, I would have said it.

Bilal (RA) was one of the greatest companions of the Prophet SAWS and one of the men who left behind one of his own practice in salah that earned him a special place in Jannah and one that the Prophet SAWS himself asked him about and accepted into his own Prophetic Sunnah that we still follow today (making 2 rakah salah every time after making wudu)

…If Bilal (RA) had to put to use what little he had at the beginnings of his growth in Islam, who are we to feel too insignificant or not good enough or not qualified enough and not use what we’ve got? And who are we to not continue to keep growing, to not want to grow into the kind of Muslim that Bilal (RA) was?

Stay tuned for the upcoming post about my first 3 months of Dream, posting this weekend insha’Allah!!

Horseback Riding, 12/10/11


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