The last third of the night, here in London, will be starting at approximately 1:33am (on the night of Saturday 19 April/Sunday 20 April ‘14).

Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“Our Lord descends to the heaven on the last third of every night, and He says: Who is calling upon Me that I may answer him? Who is asking from Me that I may give him? Who is seeking My forgiveness that I may forgive him?”

(Sahih Bukhari 1094, Sahih ‘authentic’ according to Al-Bukhari)

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضى الله عنه أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ يَنْزِلُ رَبُّنَا تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى كُلَّ لَيْلَةٍ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا حِينَ يَبْقَى ثُلُثُ اللَّيْلِ الآخِرُ يَقُولُ مَنْ يَدْعُونِي فَأَسْتَجِيبَ لَهُ مَنْ يَسْأَلُنِي فَأُعْطِيَهُ مَنْ يَسْتَغْفِرُنِي فَأَغْفِرَ لَهُ

1094 صحيح البخاري كتاب التَّهَجُّد بَاب الدُّعَاءِ فِي الصَّلَاةِ مِنْ آخِرِ اللَّيْلِ

For those of your in London/England. The last third of the night has entered and this blessed month is slipping away from our clutching hands. Make the most of it. Whatever you are doing now, think, what will be more beneficial for me? To go and pray to Allah, in this blessed time on this blessed night, of what could be my last night, to make du’aa to him, to ask for him mercy and forgiveness-or to carry on doing what I am doing. Sincerely, people are leaving this world as we speak. They are taking their last breaths. Their soul is leaving their body. 

But Allah has blessed you and is giving you more time, and with that a blessed time to turn to Him, to remember Him, to become close to Him through worship and remembrance. Make the most of it. Time will not wait for you and these moments will never return. May Allah grant us all sincerity! 

Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwan tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu anna!

Trying to find urgently a strong faith, a new place to live and my mom improves her fragile health

I’ve been unable to find a new condo for me and my mom and dad very old (87 and 92 respectively),  in a neighborhood with all infrastructure, affordable, reformed. My mom is very ill with severe post polio syndrome, probably one of the oldest people living in the world with a so painful and incapacitating sequels. 

Culturally I’m Roman Catholic.  Please make dua for me in order I can find the new condo and move up in the next weeks and my mom can feel better. The apartment where we live needs immediate reform and we can’t do that living here. 

Allah is so powerful and all I need is just  His mercy on me and my family. I want to study Qu’ran despite the fact I don’t know any word in Arabic. I need a strong faith and am sure you can offer me support. 

Please make dua that I get the job. 

I pray that Allah makes things easy for you and blesses you with strong faith! I have your email now so I’ll drop you one about how to get a Qur’an etc. Everyone please make du’aa for this sister. 

Hope to hear from you soon. 

i've been considering a conversion. I'm Christian (non-denominational) and I've been reading your blog and have begun readin the Qu'ran a tiny over the past couple of months and i really like the message of Islam. My question is if it's possible to muslim without regularly attending worship/praying. Because although i love the message of the Qu'ran and Islam, i'm not really one for rituals, thanks for your time. Sorry for not using the proper muslim addresses

Hiya, and no worries!

Sorry for the late reply, just had a lot of backlogging in my inbox, but slowly sifting through! 

I think it’s great that you’ve been reading into Islam, and I’d love to know what your updates are because you sent this more than a week ago I think. 

What I would say is that it seems you have a perception of ‘rituals’ to be something negative, and I’m not so sure I would describe prayer in Islam as a ritual. It’s not something elaborated or exaggerated, rather it is something essential to our faith. And it’s very simple too, not difficult and it doesn’t take huge amounts of time, rather it fits into the day perfectly.

Firstly, just to clarify, prayer is a direct command from God, and not something created from our own whims. It is mentioned numerous times in Qur’an and Hadith (sayings of the Prophet), for example Allah says in Chp 2, Verse 110:

“And establish prayer and give zakah, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves - you will find it with Allah. Indeed, Allah of what you do, is Seeing.”

Therefore we must understand that if God has commanded something for us, it is for our own benefit, for Allah knows us better than we know ourselves, and He knows what is best for us. 

Secondly, our five daily prayers are not a burden, rather it is a freedom from the daily constraints, problems and worries of life, it is a chance to communicate with your Lord in a manner that you know He would love. This point is essential, because to others it may look like we are just performing some strange actions, but rather out prayer has been shown to us by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who was the best worshipper, and we know that anything he showed us and guided us towards was towards good and to the Pleasure of Allah. So the best way to worship God, is the way he taught us, as that is most pleasing and approved by God. 

The prayer also removes sins, if performed properly and with the right intention, and again there are many evidences to show this. For example, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said (Sahih Bukhari 505)

Abu Huraira reported: I heard The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, saying, “If there was a river at the door of anyone of you and he took a bath in it five times a day, would you notice any dirt on him?” They said, “Not a trace of dirt would be left.” He said, “That is the example of the five prayers with which Allah wipes out evil deeds/sins.

There are countless benefits and wisdoms behind the prayer, but what I can truly say is that you will know the feeling and beauty of it, once you yourself place your head on the ground and prostrate, knowing that you are doing so only to your Lord, the Owner of the Heavens and the Earths, the Most Merciful, The All Knowing. It is truly a liberating feeling. 

And Allah says in the Qur’an: “O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.” (2:208) 

Take note of this command and remember that if you know that the fundamentals and foundations of this religion are correct and that it is the truth-than naturally the building too will be sound in teachings and wisdom. 

May Allah make things easy for you and bless you. Hope this was of help insha’Allah.