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Apologies! Didn't know there was a caption limit... 😣 Please see PART 2 below of Sunnah actions for Eid Al Fitr inshaAllaah: __________ 5) EATING AN ODD NUMBER OF DATES: The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ would eat an odd number of dates before leaving his home for the Eid prayer. One of the wisdoms behind this, is to show that the fasting of Ramadhan is now complete, and the day of Eid is for eating and celebrating. 6) ATTENDING THE EID SALAAH; OUTSIDE IF POSSIBLE: The Eid Salaah/prayer is one of the beautiful highlights of Eid. It is a prayer that is performed before midday, consisting of two units with a short Khutbah to follow. The Sunnah is to perform the prayer outside, and there are many masjids today that have revived this act by performing it in their local parks. However if unable, you may perform it indoors at the masjid. 7) ATTENDING THE EID PRAYER, EVEN IF YOU ARE A MENSTURATING WOMAN It is a sad reality of our times, that many sisters do not come out on the day of Eid to pray and celebrate with the wider community. Many are left at home to cook and clean all alone, and this is not from the Sunnah! The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ encouraged the young, old, married, unmarried, men and women (menstruating or not) to attend the Eid gathering of the wider community. Although the menstruating women is unable to pray, she can still celebrate and be included amongst the other Muslims and say the Eid Takbeer. 8) TAKING TWO DIFFERENT ROUTES TO AND FROM THE PLACE OF EID PRAYER: The scholars have differed over the wisdom behind this. Some have noted, this way you are able to meet the Muslims from different areas, greet one another and spread peace and affection on that day to each other. _______________ #Eid2018 #Eid #EidulFitr #EidAlFitr #Celebrate #Takbeer #AllaahuAkbar #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #Reminders #MuslimReminders #Islam #Deen #Ummah #OneUmmah #Sunnah #Quran #Muslim #Muslimah #Allaah #Allah #God #MusingsOfASister

EID MUBARAK! We have reached the end of another blessed month of Ramadhan. May Allaah accept it from us and from you - aameen. ♥️ ______________ In preparation for Eid inshaAllaah, we would like to share some Sunnah (recommended) acts to do on the day of Eid [PART 1] 1) THE EID TAKBEER The Eid Takbeer is a special type of dhikr that one is highly recommended to say during the days of Eid. The Eid Takbeer begins at sunset of the 1st Shawwal, and ends once the Eid Salaah has started Authentic Eid Takbeer: الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبر لا إله إلا الله الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبر و لله الحمد Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar. Laa ilaaha illAllaah. Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar. Wa Lillaahil hamd (Allaah is the Greatest x3, There is no true god but Allaah. Allaah is the Greatest x3, and to Him belongs The praise) 2) PAYING ZAKATUL FITR: Zakatul Fitr, is a charitable donation that is given before the Eid prayer is performed. It is obligatory upon the Muslims to give Zakatul Fitr. The donation should be given as a staple food item, enough to feed one person. This is the best way to do this. However, it is also permissible to donate money to an organisation who will take charge of purchasing the food on your behalf. Typically, the head of the household would pay Zakatul Fitr for themselves and their dependents, even an unborn child is included under this. If you live alone, you will pay it on your behalf only. For further info please see: https://islamqa.info/en/49793 3) PERFORMING GHUSL (RITUAL BATH) 4) WEARING NEW CLOTHES FOR EID We should also take note, not to wear clothing with the intention of showing off or for pride, as Allaah dislikes this. We must be humble with our attire but beautiful within the limits set by Allaah. This also means, we must dress in a way that does not compromise our hijab (for both men and women) [PART 2 NEXT POST] ___________ #Eid2018 #Eid #EidulFitr #EidAlFitr #Celebrate #Takbeer #AllaahuAkbar #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #Reminders #MuslimReminders #Islam #Deen #Ummah #OneUmmah #Sunnah #Quran #Muslim #Muslimah #Allaah #Allah #God #MusingsOfASister

RAMADHAN MUBARAK FROM @musingsofasister رمضان مبارك 🕋 🕌 ______________ May الله make this the month we are blessed with His love, mercy & forgiveness. May الله heal us from the darkness of the dunya with His endless Light, and increase our hearts with emaan & taqwa. May He grant us the companionship of His beloved Muhammad ﷺ in the Gardens of Jannah. اللهم آمين ______________ Please remember the Ummah this month in your du'as, wherever the Muslimeen and oppressed may be. May Allaah protect them and liberate them aameen. Please remember me in your du'as also InshaAllaah. @musingsofasister will be taking a break this month, but we wish you all the best this blessed month, and hope you benefited greatly from the #RamadhanReminders السلام عليكم ورحمة لله وبركاته ♥️ ________________ #RamadanMubarak #RamadhanMubarak #Ramadan2018 #Dua #Prayer #Fasting #Siyam #Saum #Fast #Forgiveness #Mercy #IslamicReminders #MusingsOfASister #IslamicQuotes #God #Allaah #Allah #Religion #Deen #Islam #Muslim #Muslimah #Quran #Sunnah #Ummah #رمضان_مبارك #رمضان

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) is a blessed meal, so do not omit it, even if one of you only takes a sip of water, for Allaah and His angels send blessings on those who eat suhoor.” - Hadeeth; Ahmad ______________ RAMADHAN TIP: If you find it difficult to wake up for Suhoor, no stress! Simply place a bottle of water next to your bed and one date. Just before Fajr (Dawn) have your suhoor right from your bed. InshaAllaah you will be included amongst those who receive the blessings of Allaah and the angels. ____________ #RamadanReminders #Ramadan2018 #RamadanIsComing #Fasting #Siyam #Saum #Fast #Suhoor #Suhur #Food #Water #Dates #Fajr #PreDawn #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #God #Allaah #Allah #Religion #Deen #Islam #Muslim #Muslimah #Hadeeth #Hadith #Quran #Sunnah #MusingsOfASister

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: "The best Suhoor (pre-dawn) meal for the believer is dates." - Hadeeth; Abu Dawud ____________ It is the Sunnah of our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to have Suhoor before beginning the fast. This blessed meal will help to inshaAllaah keep the long hours of fasting. The best meal recommended is dates. It is also important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water during Suhoor. Be sure to buy dates that are ethically sourced, especially Palestinian Medjoul dates that are from Palestine, and not occupied land. ______________ #RamadanReminders #Ramadan2018 #RamadanIsComing #Fasting #Siyam #Saum #Fast #Suhoor #Suhur #Food #Dates #Fajr #PreDawn #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #God #Allaah #Allah #Religion #Deen #Islam #Muslim #Muslimah #Hadeeth #Hadith #Quran #Sunnah #MusingsOfASister

بسم لله الرحمن الرحيم Official announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia: 1st day of Ramadhan 1439/2018 is; Wed 16th May (1st Taraweeh) Thurs 17th May (1st Fast) __________ The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said; "If the moon is not sighted, then complete Sha'baan as 30 days." __________ #Moon #MoonSighting #RamadanAnnouncement #Ramadan #Ramadhan #Ramadan2018 #RamadanIsComing #Fasting #Fast #Siyam #Saum #Dua #Deen #Prayer #Salah #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #God #Allaah #Allah #Religion #Muslim #Muslimah #MusingsOfASister #Hadeeth

Jaabir Ibn Abdullaah رضي الله عنه said: “When you fast, then let your hearing, your sight and your tongue fast from lying and sin, stop abusing servants and be tranquil and dignified on the day when you fast. Do not let the day when you do not fast and the day when you fast be the same.” __________ Fasting is far more than suppressing the physical/lowly desires of the body from food and intimacy; it's also fasting of the heart and character from bad manners, cursing, slandering or backbiting etc. __________ The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: "Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it, Allah has no need of him giving up his food and drink." - Bukhari _________ A minority of Scholars take the view that backbiting and cursing invalidates one's fast. However, the strongest opinion is that it diminishes the reward greatly, but doesn't break the fast itself. And Allaah knows best. #RamadanReminders #Ramadan2018 #RamadanIsComing #Fasting #Siyam #Saum #Fast #Ramadan #Ramadhan #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #Reminders #Quotes #Deen #Religion #Islam #Muslim #Muslimah #Allaah #Allah #God #Ummah #MusingsOfASister

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “He who fasts has two joys; a joy when he breaks his fast and a joy when he meets his Lord. The change in the breath of the mouth of the one who fasts is sweeter to Allaah than the smell of musk.” - Hadeeth; Bukhari & Muslim ____________ #Ramadhan #Ramadan2018 #RamadanIsComing #Ramadan #Siyam #Siyaam #Saum #Fast #Fasting #Hadeeth #Hadith #Quran #Sunnah #Allaah #Allah #God #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #RamadanReminders #Islam #Deen #Muslim #Muslimah #Ummah #MusingsOfASister #Musk

Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنه narrated: The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said; "When the month of Ramadhan begins, the gates of the Heaven are opened, and the gates of the Hellfire are closed, and the devils are chained up." - Hadeeth, Bukhari & Muslim ______________ #Ramadan #Ramadhan #Ramadan2018 #RamadanIsComing #RamadanReminders #Fasting #Saum #Siyam #Siyaam #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #Reminders #Quotes #Hadeeth #Hadith #Quran #Sunnah #Allaah #Allah #God #Heaven #Hell #Jannah #Jahannam #Muslim #Muslimah #MusingsOfASister

أَفَلَمْ يَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَتَكُونَ لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌ يَعْقِلُونَ بِهَا أَوْ آذَانٌ يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا ۖ فَإِنَّهَا لَا تَعْمَى الْأَبْصَارُ وَلَٰكِنْ تَعْمَى الْقُلُوبُ الَّتِي فِي الصُّدُورِ Have they not travelled through the land, and have they hearts wherewith to understand and ears wherewith to hear? Verily, it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts which are in the breasts that grow blind. - The Qur'an; 22:46, سورة الحجّ ________ The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to make this du'a for protection of the heart; يا مُقلِّبَ القُلُوْبِ ثَبِّت قَلْبِي عَلَى دِيْنِكَ Yaa muqallibal quloob, thabbit qalbee 'alaa deenik (O Turner of the hearts, keep my heart firm upon Your religion) Anas رضي الله عنه said: "O Messenger of Allaah ﷺ, we have believed in you and believed in everything you have been sent with, so are you afraid for us?" He ﷺ said: “Yes. Indeed the hearts are between two fingers from the fingers of Allaah – He turns them however He wills." - Saheeh hadeeth; At Tirmidhi _________ #Heart #HeartSoftners #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #Reminders #Quotes #Hadeeth #Hadith #Quran #Sunnah #Allaah #Allah #God #ProphetMuhammad #Muslim #Muslimah #Dua #Steadfastness #Deen #Religion #Islam #MusingsOfASister

"If you could hear the sound of the pen of the Angels, writing your name among those who remember Allaah, you would die out of happiness." - Ibnul Qayyim Al Jawziyyah رحمه الله ______ May Allaah make us of those who remember Him always aameen. #Remembrance #Dhikr #Thikr #RememberAllah #RememberGod #Allaah #Allah #God #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #Reminders #Quotes #IbnulQayyim #Angel #Angels #Malaikah #Wings #Muslimah #Muslim #Religion #Deen #Quran #Sunnah #Ummah #MusingsOfASister #Hadeeth #Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: "Whoever fasts the month of Ramadhan due to faith and seeking reward, then Allaah will forgive all of his previous sins.Whoever stands in prayer during the Night of Decree due to faith and seeking reward, then Allaah will forgive all of his previous sins.” - Saheeh hadeeth; Bukhari & Muslim ________ #Ramadhan #Ramadan2018 #RamadanIsComing #Ramadan #Siyam #Siyaam #Saum #Fast #Fasting #Hadeeth #Hadith #Sins #Forgiveness #Bukhari #Sahih #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #Reminders #Allaah #Allah #God #Islam #Deen #Muslim #Muslimah #Ummah #Quran #Sunnah #MusingsOfASister

Full hadeeth: Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنه reported: The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ ascended the pulpit and he said, “Ameen, ameen, ameen.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allaah ﷺ, you ascended the pulpit and said ameen, ameen, ameen.” The Prophet said; “Verily, Jibreel عليه السلام came to me and he said: 'Whoever reaches the month of Ramadhan and he is not forgiven, then he will enter Hellfire and Allaah will cast him far away, so say ameen'. I said 'ameen'. 'Whoever sees his parents in their old age, one or both of them, and he does not honor them and he dies, then he will enter Hellfire and Allaah will cast him far away, so say ameen'. I said 'ameen'. 'Whoever has your name mentioned in his presence and he does not send blessings upon you and he dies, then he will enter Hellfire and Allaah will cast him far away, so say ameen'. I said 'ameen'.” - Ibn Hibban; graded as Saheeh by Shaykh Al Albaani رحمه الله _________________ Ramadhan is a month of Allaah's endless mercy and forgiveness. To be far, far away from these two blessings during this blessed month, shows just how evil a person someone is. It is a month where Allaah has sealed the gates of Hell, opened wide the gates of the Heavens and chained the devils up. His mercy descends throughout the month and countless are saved from eternal punishment by His forgiveness. So, how can one not be forgiven by Him, except they are truly heedless and misguided? May Allaah protect us from the du'a of Jibreel عليه السلام, and from the "aameen" of the Messenger ﷺ. What a heavy du'a this is! May Allaah protect us from it being a witness against us on the Day of Judgment - aameen. #Ramadan #Ramadhan #RamadanReminders #Ramadan2018 #RamadanIsComing #Fasting #Siyam #Saum #Fast #Forgiveness #Mercy #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #God #Allaah #Allah #Religion #Deen #Islam #Muslim #Muslimah #MusingsOfASister #Hadeeth #Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: "May his nose be rubbed in dust (humiliated), a man whom Ramadhan comes and goes, and he is not forgiven." - At Tirmidhi ______________ Ramadhan is a month of Allaah's mercy and forgiveness. He has made this month an opportunity to easily be forgiven and gain great rewards. So if one were to miss out on this, how can he not be humiliated? For if he cannot attain His forgiveness during Ramadhan, when will he ever attain it? ______________ In another narration: Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنه reported: The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, ascended the pulpit and he said, “Ameen, ameen, ameen.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allaah, you ascended the pulpit and said ameen, ameen, ameen.” The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said; “Verily, Jibreel عليه السلام came to me and he said: 'Whoever reaches the month of Ramadhan and he is not forgiven, then he will enter Hellfire and Allaah will cast him far away, so say amīn'. I said amīn. 'Whoever sees his parents in their old age, one or both of them, and he does not honor them and he dies, then he will enter Hellfire and Allaah will cast him far away, so say amīn'. I said amīn. 'Whoever has your name mentioned in his presence and he does not send blessings upon you and he dies, then he will enter Hellfire and Allaah will cast him far away, so say amīn'. I said amīn.” - Ibn Hibban (graded authentic by Shaykh Al Albaani رحمه الله). ________________ May Allaah protect us from being such people who don't make the most of Ramadhan. May Allaah accept it from us and forgive us aameen. #Hadeeth #Hadith #RamadanReminders #Ramadhan #Ramadan #Ramadan2018 #Fasting #Saum #Siyam #Siyaam #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #Reminders #Quotes #Muslim #Muslimah #Deen #Religion #Islam #Allaah #Allah #God #MusingsOfASister

Fasting belongs to Allaah, and He rewards for it however many times He wills out of His mercy and forgiveness for us ♥️. _________ Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) said: The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “Every deed of the son of Adam will be multiplied between ten and seven hundred times. Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, said: 'Except fasting. It is for Me and I shall reward for it. He gives up his desires and his food for My sake'". - Saheeh Muslim _________ The Scholars have mentioned numerous points as to why Allaah has singled out fasting amongst other acts of worship. To mention a few: 1) It is an act that is easily done without showing off. For no one can know if you are fasting unless you inform them. 2) It is an act that combines all 3 forms of patience - patience is of 3 types; patience in obeying Allaah, patience in refraining from that which Allaah has prohibited, and patience in accepting the decree of Allaah when it is hurtful. All three types of patience are combined in fasting. 3) Fasting is half of patience. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said; "Fasting is half of patience" - At Tirmidhi. Allaah has also said regarding patience: “Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning” [The Qur'an, 39:10]. ________________ #RamadanIsComing #Ramadhan #Ramadan #Ramadan2018 #Siyam #Saum #Fasting #Fast #Patience #Sabr #Sabiroon #Rewards #Ajr #ForAllaah #Islam #Deen #Religion #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #Reminders #Hadeeth #Hadith #Quran #Sunnah #Allaah #Allah #God #Muslim #Muslimah #MusingsOfASister

"And eat and drink until the white thread of Dawn becomes distinct to you from the black thread (of Night). Then complete the fast until the Sunset". - The Qur'an; 2:187, سورة البقرة ______________________ Allaah commands us in this verse to keep the fasting from Dawn (Fajr Prayer) until Sunset (Maghrib Prayer). The eloquence and beauty of the Arabic language describes these times as threads of darkness and light becoming distinct from each other. In an amusing incident from the Seerah (life of the Prophet ﷺ), a Companion of his had a different understanding: ______________________ ‘Adiyy ibn Haatim (رضي الله عنه) said: “When the words ‘until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night)’ [Al-Baqarah 2:187] were revealed, I took a black rope and a white rope and put them beneath my pillow, and I started to look at them during the night, but I could not see any distinction between them. The next morning I went to the Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) and told him about that. He said; ‘Rather that is the blackness of the night and the whiteness of the day.’” - Hadeeth collected by Al Bukhari. _______________________ #Ramadan #Ramadhan #Ramadan2018 #رمضان #Fasting #Siyaaam #Saum #Siyam #Hadith #Hadeeth #Fiqh #Islam #Muslim #Muslimah #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #Reminders #Quran #Sunnah #AlBaqarah #Sahabah #ProphetMuhammad #ﷺ #Fiqh #Allaah #Allah #God #Deen #RamadanIsComing #MusingsOfASister

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous - The Qur'an; سورة البقرة, 2:183 __________________________ Allaah tells us in The Qur'an that the purpose behind fasting is to obtain 'taqwa تقوى'. Taqwa is usually translated into English as righteousness or God consciousness. Fasting is a means of purifying the soul of lowly desires such as the desire for food, drink, intimacy etc, so one's mind and soul is focused on Allaah alone. To increase in one's awareness of Allaah and gain closeness to Him by abstaining from things He once made halaal (permissible) now haraam (forbidden) upon you. _________________________ There are numerous things that breaks one's fast; 1) Eating or drinking intentionally 2) Taking anything that constitutes to eating or drinking e.g. oral medication. 3) Intercourse 4) Masturbation (which is already haraam) 5) Mensturation (for women) 6) Post Partum bleeding following birth (for women) 7) Vomiting intentionally 8) Hijamah (Cupping, also includes donating blood) 9) Performing Hijamah on someone For further info please see; https://islamqa.info/en/38023 _______________________ If you are travelling, elderly, sick, pregnant or breastfeeding; fasting is not obligatory upon you. ***If in doubt about your specific situation, always ask your local Imam or Shaykh for guidance InshaAllaah*** ________________________ #Ramadhan #Ramadan #Ramadan2018 #2018 #Fasting #رمضان #Siyam #Siyaam #Saum #AlBaqarah #Islam #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #God #Allaah #Allah #Religion #Taqwa #GodConsciousness #Reminders #Quran #Sunnah #MusingsOfASister

Imagine this... After enduring the life of this world with all its tests and trials; committing sin after sin, with only a handful of good deeds to your name. Eventually, through Allaah's mercy alone, you are entered into the gardens of Jannah. Your final abode, to abide therein eternally. Forever at peace, roaming its palaces wearing the finest of clothes. The fruits of which taste even greater with each bite. Your body young and beautiful in its most pristine form. The smell of musk emitting from it, whilst your form is draped with the jewels of Paradise and the softest of silk. And your companions; the fellow believers from the Dunya who helped you to reach this day, let alone the Sahaabah and the Prophets themselves. After all of this, is there really anything greater? _______________ The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “When the inhabitants of Paradise enter Paradise, Allaah will say to them, ‘Do you want Me to give you anything more?’ They will reply, ‘Have You not made our faces bright? Have You not brought us into Paradise and moved us from Hell?’ Allaah will then remove the Veil and they will feel that they have not been awarded anything dearer to them than looking at their Lord.” [Sahih Muslim] ________________ In another narration; "We were sitting with the Prophet ﷺ, looking at the moon on the night of the 14th (of the month). He ﷺ said; ‘You will see your Lord with your own eyes just as you are looking at this (moon), without any doubt that you are seeing Him.’" [Bukhari & Muslim] ________________ May Allaah reward us with the eternal bliss of Paradise, and the ultimate reward of looking upon His Majestic Face. May He make us of those people Whom He described in The Qur'an; وُجُوهٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ نَاضِرَةٌ. إِلَىٰ رَبِّهَا نَاظِرَةٌ Some faces that Day shall be Naadirah (shining and radiant). Looking at their Lord (Allaah). - The Qur'an, 75:22-23 ________________ #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #Reminders #Quotes #MuslimReminders #Hadeeth #Hadith #Moon #FullMoon #ProphetMuhammad #ﷺ #Quran #Sunnah #QuranAndSunnah #Sahabah #Jannah #Paradise #Heaven #Rabb #Lord #God #Allaah #Allah #Deen #Religion #Islam #Muslim #Muslimah #MusingsOfASister

وَاضْرِبْ لَهُمْ مَثَلَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا كَمَاءٍ أَنْزَلْنَاهُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ فَاخْتَلَطَ بِهِ نَبَاتُ الْأَرْضِ فَأَصْبَحَ هَشِيمًا تَذْرُوهُ الرِّيَاحُ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ مُقْتَدِرًا And coin for them the similitude of the life of the world as water which We (Allaah) send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingles with it and then becomes dry twigs that the winds scatter. And Allaah is able to do all things. - The Qur'an; سورة الكهف, 18:45 ________________________ #Dunya #Life #Hayatuldunya #NothingLasts #NothingLastsForever #Signs #SignsOfGod #God #Allaah #Allah #Deen #Islam #Muslimah #Muslim #Religion #Quran #Sunnah #SurahAlKahf #AlKahf #Ayah #Ayat #IslamicReminders #IslamicQuotes #Reminders #Quotes #MusingsOfASister