As usual my mom cooked a lot of foods. I had requested mom to keep things simple, but she cooked anyways.
Allah blessed me with the opportunity to perform umrah in Ramadan. Here are some pictures:
This Pakistani boy in our bus stole my heart. His name is Erham. He is a class 1 student. He came to Qatar with his mom on a visit visa. I had asked him, “Which place do you like more? Qatar or Pakistan?” “Qatar,” Erham replied.
“Udhar garmi jada hay 😦“
Erham is feeling sleepy. In my opinion, children of four nations are the most cute and the most beautiful: Arab, Turk, Pakistani, and South-east Asian. Hearing this, one of my colleagues once told me, “Khallas, Allah has allowed us to marry four, so marry one from each of those nations and have a lot of beautiful children.” I can only dream 🙂
“Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Makkah – blessed and a guidance for the worlds.” [The Noble Quran 3:96]
“Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life.” [The Noble Quran 18:46]
“It is He who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to manifest it over all religion. And sufficient is Allah as Witness.” [The Noble Quran 48:28]
So what if someone refuses to follow and obey our Prophet (ﷺ)? Allah has testified that Muhammad (ﷺ) is His Messenger, and after this testimony, even if all the humans and the jinns refuse to follow him (ﷺ), it would not diminish anything from the profile of our Prophet (ﷺ).
Here are some clips I recorded during Ramadan. Please note that these clips have been recorded with a cell phone. Therefore, please use your head phone while listening to them.
Shaykh Abdul Karim
Shaykh Abdul Karim was invited to lead taraweeh for a few nights at Qatar State Mosque. I am not a fan of Shaykh Abdul Karim’s recitation, but this year, he lead a few rakahs of taraweeh where he recited in a different tone. I liked his other tone of recitation.
Abdul Karim-Taraweeh-7 Ramadan 1435-Qatar State Mosque
Abdul Karim-Taraweeh-12 Ramadan 1435-Qatar State Mosque
Abdul Karim-Taraweeh-13 Ramadan 1435-Qatar State Mosque
Abdul Karim-Witr-13 Ramadan 1435-Qatar State Mosque
Shaykh S’aud Shuraim
In my book, he is the best reciter of the Book of Allah. Recordings actually cannot capture the beauty of his recitation. To fully appreciate his recitation, one must listen to his recitation live at the Haram.
Shaykh Abdullah Awwad Al-Juhany: Shaykh Juhany is another very prolific reciter of the Quran. Again, recordings cannot capture the beauty of his recitation. You have got to listen to him live in the Haram.
Shaykh Juhany-23 Ramadan-Taraweeh-Masjidul Haram
Shaykh Juhany-24 Ramadan-Taraweeh-Masjidul Haram
Shaykh Juhany-26 Ramadan-Taraweeh-Masjidul Haram
Shaykh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais: Shaykh Sudais was also very prolific this year. He recited beautifully most of the nights.
O Allah! All praise is for You!
You have allowed us to experience another Ramadan.
You have honored us by sending your Messenger and sending down Your revelation upon him.
O Allah! All praise is for You, for You have made belief and good deeds beloved in our hearts.
O Allah! We have not worshiped You as You should be worshiped.
O Allah! We have not thanked You as You should be thanked.
O Allah! We have not given You the measure that is due to You.
O Allah! You are as You have praised Yourself.
O Allah! We seek refuge with You in Your Pleasure from Your Wrath.
O Allah! We seek refuge with You in Your Mercy from Your Punishment.
O Allah! We seek refuge with You from You.
O Allah! Forgive our sins and accept our good deeds, which we were able to perform because of Your mercy.
O Allah! Increase us in obedience to You and Your Messenger.
O Allah! Make us witness many more Ramadans.
Allahumma Salli Ala Sayyidina Muhammad, Wa Ala Alihi Wa Sahbihi Wa Sallim.