Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem...

The Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وس) said, "I am leaving you with two murshids." The term murshid refers to the one who guides to the right path. The first is the talking murshid, the Qur'an, the second is the silent murshid, mawt or death. These are the only two things that will lead us to the right path: learning Qur'an and remembering death. If we truly remember death, we realize we have a deadline, and would work towards our goals in an efficient manner. Insha'Allah, the following outlines a recommended routine.


Try to read the Qur'an on a regular basis. It is better to read small portions consistently, rather than large portions occasionally. A good start would be from the interpretation of the 30th juzu: pray qiyam, and read from it at night. Those who say they do not feel submissive prayers should try this and see the results. This way, you truly taste the sweetness of qiyam. Suggested choices for interpretation:

  • Mukhtasar Tafseer Ibn-Katheer (The Abridged Interpretation of Ibn-Katheer).
  • Fee thilal Al Qur’an (In the Shade of the Qur’an) by Sheik Sayyed Kutb (part 6 has the 30th juz interpretation)


Try to observe what time of the week most of the family members are around. Read one topic from a book weekly with them. Even if you cannot cover the full topic, set up the family halaqa to be at least an hour long. You can incorporate this with any picnics or outgoing activities that your family takes part in to make it more enjoyable and rewarding! Some good books include:

  • Riyad As-Saliheen (The Gardens of the Pious) by Al-Imam An-Nawawi. Explains kind treatment towards parents, Qiyam, praying at masjid, etc. and it states all the authentic ahadith only for the specific topics
  • Al-Imam An-Nawawi's 40 Hadith, Commentary by Jamaal al-Din M. Zarabozo


The Prophet (صلي الله عليه وس) said: "None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves himself." [Bukhari]

How many of us claim that we love the Prophet (صلي الله عليه وس) more then ourselves? How much do we know about him? In order to truly love him more then ourselves, we must first learn the seerah, learn about his life, learn about manners, and learn about his sunnah. A good way to do this is to set goals for yourself, to read at least one book that allows you to learn more about the Prophet (صلي الله عليه وس) and derive lessons for yourself. This can be done monthly or bi-monthly, depending on how fast you read. Suggested books:

  • Fiqh As-Seerah (understanding the life of the Prophet) by Sheikh Said Ramadan Al-Buty.
  • Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtoom (The Sealed Nectar), it teaches of the life of prophet as well as lessons that can be taken from it.
  • Fiqh As-Sunnah (Understanding the Tradition of the Prophet, especially part 1) by Sheikh Sayyed Sadek. Outlines how the Prophet performed wudu’ (ablution), prayed, fasted and so on in detail.

May Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) allow us all to make the best use of our limited lifespans, ameen!


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