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In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most …

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

RAMADHAN

“O ye who believe,
fasting has been prescribed upon you
as it was prescribed upon those before you,
so that ye may learn self-restraint”

(Chapter:2, Verse:183)

General Recommendations

It is strongly recommended by Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) to observe these practices during Ramadan:

  • To have a light meal before the break of the dawn, known as Suhoor.

  • To eat three dates and have a drink of water right after sunset, saying this prayer: “O God! For Your sake we have fasted and now we break the fast with the food You have given us”.

  • To make your meals as light as possible because, as the Prophet put it, “The worst thing man can fill is his stomach”. (Al-Tirmidhi, no. 2380)

  • To exchange social visits and intensify humanitarian services.

  • To observe the supererogatory prayers known as Taraweeh.

  • To increase study and recitation of the Quran.

  • To exert the utmost in patience and humbleness.

  • To be extraordinarily cautious in using the senses, the mind and, especially, the tongue; to abstain from careless and gossipy chats & avoid all suspicious motions.

Reward for Fasting

Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) said,
that Allah Subhanahu-wa-Ta’ala said:

“All the deeds of man are for himself, except for fasting,
which is for Me and I shall reward it, Myself ”
(Al-Bukhaari, Al-Fath, no. 1904)

Virtues and Benefits of Fasting

Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) said,

“Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and with the hope of reward,
all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
(Al-Bukhari, Fath, no. 37)

Fasting will intercede for a person on the Day of Judgment,
and will say,
O Lord! I prevented him from
his food and physical desires during the day,
so let me intercede for him.
(Reported by Ahmad, 2/174)

The smell that comes from the mouth of a fasting person
is preferred by Allah than the scent of musk.
(Muslim, 2/807)

Whoever fasts one day for the sake of Allah,
Allah will remove him a distance of seventy years’ from the Hell-fire.
(Muslim, 2/808)

Whoever fasts one day, seeking the pleasure of Allah,
if that is the last day of his life,
he will enter Paradise.
(Reported by Ahmad, 5/391)

In Paradise there is a gate called al-Rayyaan,
through which those who fast will enter,
and no one will enter it except them;
when they have entered,
it will be locked,
and no-one else will enter through it.
(Al-Bukhari, Fath, no. 1797)

The Night of Glory/Power

Verily, We have sent it (this Quran) down in the night of Al-Qadr.
(Decree)

The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months
{i.e. worshipping Allah in that night
is better than worshipping Him
a thousand months,which is 83 years & 4 months.}

Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [ Jibrael (Gabrial)]
by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees.
(All that night), there is Peace
and Goodness from Allah to his believing slaves)
until the appearance of dawn.
(Chapter: 97)

What to do in the Night of Glory/Power

Narrated Aisha (r.a.a.), Allah’s messenger (s.a.w.) said,

“Search for the night of Qadr
in the odd nights of
the last ten nights of Ramadan.”
(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol: 3, Hadith no: 234)

Aisha (r.a.a.) narrated, I asked Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.),

“What should I do if I find the night of Qadr”

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) replied,

“Pray to Allah: O our Lord!
You are the most Forgiving,
You love to forgive, so forgive us.”
(Al-Bukhari & Muslim)

May Allah

Give us the strength & patience
to fast during the whole month of Ramadan.

Accept all our fasts in this holy month.

Give us the opportunity
to worship in the night of Qadr
and accept our worshipping.

Help us to continue all the good deeds
we do in this holy month.

Aameen!

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How To Stay Employed

Never Walk Without A Document In Your Hands
People with documents in their hands look like hard working employees heading for important meetings. People with nothing in their hands look like they are heading for the canteen. People with a newspaper in their hands look like they are heading for the toilets. Above all make sure you carry loads of stuff home with you at night, thus generating the false impression that you work longer hours than you do.

Use Computers To Look Busy
Any time you use the computer, it looks like “work” to the casual observer. You can send and receive personal emails, chat and generally have a blast without doing anything remotely related to work. These aren’t exactly the societal that the proponents of the computer would like to talk about but they’re not bad either. When you get caught by your boss – and you *will* get caught – your best defense is to claim your teaching yourself to use new software, thus saving valuable training expenses.

Messy Desk
Top management can get away with a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks like we’re not working hard enough. Build huge piles of documents around your work space. To the observer, last year’s work looks the same as today’s work; it’s volume that counts. Pile them high and wide. If you know somebody is coming to your desk, bury the document you need half way down in an existing stack and rummage for it when he/she arrives.

Voice Mail
Never answer your phone if you have voice mail. People don’t call you just because they want to give you something for nothing – they call because they want YOU to do work for THEM. That’s no way to live! Screen all your calls through voice mail. If somebody leaves a voice mail for you and it sounds like impending work, respond during lunch hour when you know they’re not there – it looks like you’re hardworking and conscientious even though your being a devious weasel.

Looking Impatient And Annoyed
Always try to look impatient and annoyed to give your boss the impression that you are always busy.

Leave The Office Late
Always leave the office late, especially when your boss is still around. You could read magazines and storybooks that you always wanted to read but no time until late before leaving. Make sure you walk past the boss’s room on your way out. Send important emails at unearthly hours (e.g. 9:30 pm, 07:05 am, etc.) and during public holidays.

Creative Sighing For Effect
Sigh loudly when there are many people around, giving the impression that you are under extreme pressure.

Stacking Strategy
It is not enough to pile loots of documents on the table. Put lots of books on the floor – thick computer manuals are the best.

Build Vocabulary
Read up on some computer magazines and pick out all the jargon and new products. Use the phrases freely when in conversation with bosses. Remember: They don’t have to understand what you say, but you will sound impressive.

Have Two Jackets
If you work in a big open plan office, always leave a spare jacket draped over the back of your seat. This gives the impression that you are still on the premises. The second jacket should be worn while swanking around elsewhere.

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Stay Out Of Trouble

That’s what the post script of an email I got from a friend today said. I laughed quite a bit at that. But when I thought about it, I realized that was also the last thing my dahling said to me when she left on her short (thank God!) vacation two days back. And that’s exactly what Mugen prays for…

Well it’s not that I go out of my way to ensure that I get into sufficient trouble to have things to talk about…as much as it seems like that it’s hardly the case – Really! Somehow I just manage to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Actually with the sort of restrictions that I have any where is the wrong place and any time is the wrong time.

Funnily I am not supposed to be exactly where I am right at this minute either. Hehehe.

Oh what am I going to do?

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Men Are Like…

Laxatives…They irritate the shit out of you.
Bananas…The older they get, the less firm they are.
The Weather …Nothing can be done to change them.
Blenders …You need One, but you’re not quite sure why.
Chocolate Bars…Sweet, smooth, & they usually head right for your hips.
Commercials …You can’t believe a word they say.
Department Stores…Their clothes are always 1/2 off.
Government Bonds…They take soooooooo long to mature.
Mascara…They usually run at the first sign of emotion.
Popcorn … They satisfy you, but only for a little while.
Snowstorms…You never know when they’re coming, how many inches you’ll get or how long it will last.
Lava Lamps…Fun to look at, but not very bright.
Parking Spots…the good ones are taken, the rest are handicapped.

SiigggGGgggHHhhhh!!!!

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