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1) Do it now! The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Hasten to do good deedsbefore there come tribulations like pieces of a dark night, when a man will be a believer in the morning and a kaafir by the evening; or he will be a believer in the evening and a kaafir by morning, selling his religious commitment for worldly gain.” (Muslim)

2) If the shaytaan comes to you in the prayer and says, “You are showing off (so cut your prayer short)” then make your prayer lengthy. If he says, “You have broken wudoo” say, “You are lying”. If he says to you that the dead can hear you and benefit you or harm you, tell him, “You are lying.”

3) What more could yoiu want?: A man said to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him): “I heard your dua’ last night and what reached me of it was that you said: ‘O Allah, forgive me my sins, make my house spacious, and bless me in what you provide for me.” He said: “Do you think that there is anything left out?” (Al-Tirmidhi; classed as hasan by al-Albaani)

4) There are five essential conditions for repentance: sincerity, regret for what one has done, giving it up immediately, determination not to repeat it in the future, and repenting during the time when repentance will be accepted. When is that? Before a person dies or before the sun rises in the west. “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….'” [al-Nisa’ 4:18 – interpr. of meaning]

5) Worship at times of hardship and tribulation has a special flavor and a special reward. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Worshiping at times of tribulation and confusion is like migrating to join me.” (Muslim) Al-Nawawi said: The reason why worship at such times is of such great virtue is that people become negligent about worship and are distracted from it, and no one focuses on worship except a few.

6) It is better not to do tasbeeh with the masbahah, but it is not bid’ah. There is a basis for it, which is that some of the Sahabah did tasbeeh with pebbles. But the Messenger (peace be upon him) taught that tasbeeh with the finger is better, as he said: “Count with the fingertips, for they will be made to speak.” Using the masbahah is not haram or bid’ah, but it is better not to do it, because the one who does tasbeeh with the masbahah has shunned something better. (From Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen)

7) Allah’s Knowledge: He is Omniscient and knows what has happened, what is happening, and what is yet to come. Allah knows the believers and the disbelievers: what they will do and what their fate will be in the Hereafter. He has written all of that in al-Lawh al-majfooz (the Preserved tablet): “And all things We have recorded in a Book.” [al-Naba’ 78:29 – intrpr. of meaning]

8) Choosing a good name is a right that the child has over his father. It refers to the person, and it is an adornment and a symbol of the one who is named. He will be called by it in this world and in the Hereafter. People get an impression of the person from his name.

9) Guidance is in the hand of Allah. If He willed, He could guide all of mankind. In His Wisdom, Allah created us with the ability to choose, and He sent down guidance and the Criterion. “Verily, proofs have come to you from your Lord, so whosoever sees, will do so for (the good of) his own self, and whosoever blinds himself, will do so to his own harm, and i (Muhammad) am not a watcher over you.” [al-An’aam 6:104 – interpr. of meaning]

10) Charity on behalf of the deceased: A man said to the Prophet (peace be upon him): ” My mother has passed away and if she could have spoken, she would have given something in charity. Will she recieve a reward if I give something on her behalf?” He said, “Yes.” (al-Bukahri)

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