Products We're Using

10/2015
We're using this program right now, level 1. My daughter loves it so far.

Sample Products for Free with Smiley360


Smiley360 is a word of mouth program where you can try products for free in exchange for feedback, reviews, and sharing to social networks and person to person. I've been a member of Smiley360 for several months now (as of this writing) and wanted to share my experience as well as tips.


Signing Up

One of the things I like about Smiley is that you can sign up via email, Facebook, or Twitter. Options are great.  I recently locked myself out of another sampling program when I inadvertedly closed my Facebook account and Facebook was the only way to log in! So yeah, multiple ways to log in is great.

When you've created an account, go to your dashboard and fill in all your profile information right away so you can be considered for Smiley missions.

Points System

Smiley has a point system. You get points for completing surveys (that help match you to relevant missions) and you get points for things that you do on your mission. Each mission is assigned a number of points and you complete sharing activities to get points. Usually to complete a mission, you only have to get a certain amount of points, not the total. For example:
The mission score total is 50 points, but as it says on my mission page, only 40 points are needed for you to be considered as having completed the mission.

This graphic also shows the different ways that you share on a mission to get your points. Sometimes the missions contain a required retail review (not shown here)

If you don't complete missions that you've accepted, it hurts your chances of receiving future missions.  

Qualifying for Missions

When a new mission is available that you may qualify for, you should get an email inviting you to the mission.  You should respond as quickly as possible because missions can fill up quickly (you can also just keep checking regularly on the site) If a mission is available, you will have to complete a qualifying survey to see if the mission would be a good match for you. If it is, you have the choice to accept or decline the mission.  If you accept, you're in and you will be taken to your mission page which gives you information about the product and has the Smiley sharing tools and your score tracker (like the one in the picture just above).  

All missions have a deadline, but they tend to give you a generous amount of time to review. Once you accept a mission, you should receive your Smiley kit (with your product or coupons or a gift card to buy the product in a store near you) in about 2-4 weeks.  The neat thing is that you get full sized samples of the products.

Completing Your Missions

Once you get your Smiley kit, you should definitely take pictures of what you got in your kit as you may want to use these when sharing.  Before/After pictures and/or video will make your submissions even better.  Also, try to get pictures with the product container in as well. Try to come up with creative layouts and/or props to use in the pictures.. You may also want to do some photo editing to make collages or add text.  

You complete your missions by sharing a link to the product, posting to Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes you will be required to write a review on a retailer's site.  

What Kinds of Things Can You Sample?

Below are some pictures of Smiley missions that I have either completed or am in the process of completing. I belong to about 3 or so sampling sites right  now and at the present, I've gotten the most campaigns with Smiley. The key is to complete missions and be patient. I remember there were weeks when I didn't hear anything from Smiley or when I would check the website and nothing, no surveys. And then recently, boom, lots of missions came my way.  













Here is my Pinterest Board for my Smiley360 missions.  As I get new missions, in shaa Allah, I'll post them on the board so you can check here to see other products I may have gotten after this post was written.  If you like to get free products (does any one not?) then you should definitely check out Smiley360. I've had fun including the kids in on the missions (taking pictures for me or helping try out the products). It's also neat knowing that your opinion is hear by big companies.

So, if you are interested, hop over to Smiley360 and join today!

Follow TJ HOMESCHOOLING's board SamplingPrograms-Smiley360 on Pinterest.

Sample Products Free with BzzAgent!



BzzAgent is a word of mouth (WOM) marketing company.  Members, or BzzAgents, can try out products for free in exchange for feedback and reviews.  As of this writing, I have been a member of BzzAgent for about 4 or 5 months and I wanted to share my experience.


Of course the first thing to do is to set up an account at BzzAgent.  You can create an account and connect it to Facebook so that you can sign in easier with Facebook if you would like.

One you have an account, you will begin to fill out surveys. You get surveys from time to time and this helps BzzAgent match you with products that are relevant to you.  Be sure to check back frequently in the survey section and complete surveys as soon as possible as this increases your chances of being selected for campaigns.

If you get selected for a campaign, you will a full size sample of the product, or in some cases, a coupon that will cover the purchase price.  Once you receive the product, you are expected to try it and give feedback. The feedback may be in the form of a review, a tweet, a Facebook post, a blog post, a retail review, a Pinterest board, or other creative ways to share your opinion.  Quality, not quantity, is the key.


With BzzAgent, agents earn a score with each activity that they complete, adding to an overall score.

Depending upon how well your submissions are, your score can go up or down.  Agents with higher scores tend to get better campaigns, (at least that is what they say. I had a friend with a perfect score of 10 and she hadn't gotten campaigns in a while so I'm not sure what the deal there was).

When I first started BzzAgent, the campaigns were coming pretty fast when they started, but at the present time they are not as frequent.

A few tips:

  • Take pictures and/or videos of everything you get. These really add to your submissions and possibly your score.  If you have to create a recipe or something from the product you get, try to include the actual product in the picture as well. Before/After pictures are great too. Videos are even better showing the product in use.
  • Try to produce quality reviews. Don't just say you liked a product. Why did you like it?  (or why didn't you). Detail adds value to your submission. As I tell my kids in homeschool, when you make a statement, be prepared to back it up with details, especially sensory ones.  Apply that same principle here.
  • Remember, it's not about the quantity of sharing you do, but about the quality.  More thoughtful and creative submissions fare better. Companies are not giving away products just to be nice, they need your help and expect constructive feedback.


Below you will find pictures of the campaigns I have received since joining BzzAgent and below that, you can find my BzzAgent Pinterest board which showcases everything I have gotten from BzzAgent (so new campaign items will appear in the board that may have been received after this post.)


Opal Apples - Non GMO apples that are a mix of Golden Delicious and Topaz apples and resist oxidation so they are less likely to brown.

Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Airplane/Car - flies and drives. The kids had a blast with this!


Nestle Toll House DelightFulls - filled chocolate morsels (with fillings such as peanut butter, mint, caramel and cherry). These were awesome. We used them in cookies.


Secret Outlast Clear Deodorant. Most campaigns come with coupons for you to share
Lawry's products--couldn't find my pictures from this campaign

As you can see, I've gotten some great products from BzzAgent and have had fun with the campaigns trying new products, taking pictures, and sharing.




Earn Extra Cash with Bing Rewards!

Get Paid to Search with Bing Rewards
Ok, I have to admit it, We're a Google family. Everything in our family is Google. We have Gmail, We have Google Drive. We have Android phones.

And the same pretty much goes for surfing the web. When we talk about searching for information on the internet we tell each other to go Google it. And that's pretty much our go-to search engine.

But, as of this summer, we have ventured a little bit into Bing.  They have this Bing Rewards program where you get rewards points just by using Bing search  Those reward points can be turned into e gift cards such as Starbucks, Burger King, Amazon, Applebee's and more.  And, if you are familiar with Swagbucks, you can turn those points into 500 swagbucks points.

Is it worth it?  


Well, you won't get rich from  Bing Rewards, that's for sure.  The earning potential is limited by the cap of daily searches you can earn points for.

You see, there are two levels, silver and gold.  Each level has its own daily limit of points.  You start off at a basic level and you can advance to silver level by getting 200 Bing credits.  I can't remember the exact daily cap for the silver level, but it is somewhere around 25-30.  You can reach the gold level, where I am now,  after you get 750 Bing credits. At the gold level, the limit is around 40 bing credits a day (update, this varies and they have recently LOWERED it at will--frown), but an added bonus is that you get a 10% discount when redeeming rewards. So, for example, at lower levels it takes 525 Bing credits to get 500 swagbucks, but at the gold level, it only takes 475 bing credits.

So, how much can you make in a month? Well, at the gold level (and depending upon what card you want, they are different prices), you can make at least $5 in gift cards about every 11 days if you search everyday.  

I joined Bing Rewards in June, and to date, I have purchased the equivalent of 12 $5 cards. Now, some of those points did come from referrals, I got about $20 dollars from referral points, but the rest was just from doing daily searches. And before you possibly get excited over referrals, when I started and referred friends and family, I got 200 credits per person.  But, a few weeks ago, they bumped referral credits down to a paltry 5 points.

I've earned about $40 dollars from the search credits alone, so that is still good for me.   I've been able to buy hubby lots of Starbucks cards that he uses for his morning commute so that's a good feeling. He has a physical reloadable Starbucks card and I can just reload it with the Starbucks e gift cards I get.

How Can  You Get In On This?


1. Sign Up


First, you need to go to Bing Rewards and sign up. You will need to sign in with a Microsoft Account. If you don't have a Microsoft Account, you can sign up for one with any email address (I used my Gmail address).

I would love it if you would sign up with my referral link here: Bing Rewards (TJ Homeschooling Referral)


2. Search from your PC.


You are allotted a certain amount of daily points for PC searches and a separate amount of points for mobile searches. For the PC, you get 1 credit for every 2 or 3 searches you do.  Make sure you are signed in (or stay signed in) in order to get your points.  

3. Search from a mobile device


To search from your mobile device, you will need to download the Bing Rewards mobile app (you won't get credit from  searching at Bing.com on your mobile device)


You currently get 1 Bing credit for every 2 mobile searches.

4. Level Up


When you reach 200 Bing credits, you reach the silver level. You get 50 bonus credits when you reach this level. Just be sure that you have taken the tour and selected a goal (card). You won't level  up unless these conditions have been met. And don't worry, you can change your goal at any time.

When. You have reached 750 Bing credits, you can reach the gold level if you have/after you redeem your first card.    To maintain gold status, you must do 150 searches per month, which is not difficult.

5. Redeem


It's super easy to redeem your points once you reach the purchase amount. What I like about Bing Rewards is that you get your card that very same day (they say to allow 24 hours, but I've always gotten it within minutes or at the very latest a couple of  hours).

Bonus


A helpful bonus, is that every so often (not sure how regularly), there are double points weekends, where you can earn double the points on your PC searches (not mobile). They just had one last weekend and are doing it again this weekend. Normally the double points weekends are further apart.  And, the weekend seems to last through Monday evening.


Final Thoughts

So, if you are looking to earn a little extra cash (in the form of e gift cards), I think Bings Rewards is definitely worth trying out. It takes me roughly 5 minutes, maybe less, to do my daily searches on the PC and then about the same or less to do it on my phone.  However, please be aware that they do change point values which can be a little frustrating---but hey, it's still free stuff if you have the time, right?

Earn Money Back from Shopping with Walmart Savings Catcher



I'm no money guru by any stretch of the imagination, but these are small ways I've found to earn money, save money, or get a great deal.

Grocery/Shopping Rewards Programs 

You've got to shop, right? Why not earn money back from your purchases? We're not talking big ticket items, we're talking everyday purchases (bread, milk, mayonnaise).  Swing by here and browse programs and apps where I've earned some money back (mostly in the form of e gift cards, but other ways as well).



Get Paid To Programs 

Got a little spare time? Earn money from home (or on the go) by watching videos, doing surveys, searching, or checking out special offers. They won't make you rich, but can be good for earning extra cash (usually in the form of an e gift card)


Word of Mouth Programs
Who doesn't like FREE stuff? What a rush--receiving FREE products in the mail. One way to earn free products is by word of mouth programs, these programs will send you FREE products to try (usually full size) to get your honest feedback/review. I've scored all kinds of neat products from food to cleaning items to toys. Who doesn't like FREE stuff? What a rush! Check these out today!



Product Reviews

The good, the bad, the ugly (and in between). These are reviews for which I have received compensation (mostly free products) in return for a review (and I'll let you know), OR products that I have tried/purchased without compensation, but just wanted to share my opinion (good or bad).

If you're in a browsing mood, click above to see all my reviews, or click on a category below:


Get Cash Back From Your Groceries with Jingit


Jingit Rewards Program - Earn e gift cards



Want to earn some extra cash for grocery shopping?  Jingit is an online program/mobile app that you can use to earn cash back from shopping. I currently use it and wanted to share my experience as well as tips for using it.



How Do You Earn Money With Jingit?

One way to earn money with Jingit, is to watch videos online and take surveys and give feedback.  I am not familiar yet with these avenues of earning, but I am familiar with the cash back offers. You can earn egift cards with your cash back by submitting store receipts, and now, they have recently started to allow users to link Jingit to their bank account so that earnings can be deposited directly into their bank account.  

Gift Cards

If you want to earn money back in the form of gift cards, they are currently very limited. You can currently get a gift card for Walmart, AMC, Sephora, and Cabela. (UPDATE: They have added Target now!) I recently cashed in my earnings for a $5 Walmart gift card.(They have over denominations as well, but I was anxious to try it out and see if it really worked so I cashed out at 5).



How It Works/Tips

Here are some tips you might find  helpful if you use Jingit for shopping rewards.

1. You must sign up for a Jingit account.  You can do this by signing up using your email address.

2. To get the cash back offers, you must use the mobile app; you can't submit receipts or reserve offers via the website.
3. Jingit is a little different than some of the other rewards programs that work by scanning receipts. With Jingit, you have to "reserve" offers BEFORE you purchase them. Most other similar programs that I use, you can select the offers after your purchase. So be sure to reserve that before you check out.  Also, with Jingit, you only have 24 hours after you reserve the offer to scan your receipt and submit it.  So keep these things in mind.



In a nutshell:

1. Reserve an offer or offers (e.g. $.25 on milk, $.50 on cereal, etc),

2. Buy the items,

3. Scan your receipt

4. Submit.



Make sure to save your receipt until you get confirmation that it has been approved. Sometimes there may be an issue with your scan so they may email you and let you know that it didn't work and that you need to resubmit.




You won't get rich with Jingit, but it is nice to get some money back.  The drawbacks of Jingit for me are that you have to reserve offers before your purchases, which I often forget, and that you only have 24 hours from the time you reserve offers to submit your receipt. The pros for me is that it is pretty easy to use and I racked up money to redeem a little faster than some of the other programs because you don't often have to buy a specific brand of a product and they usually have products that I normally buy (bread, milk, cereal, produce). I recommend giving Jingit a try. 



If you'd like to see more rewards programs I use, visit my Grocery/Shopping Rewards Programs and Apps Pinterest Board:


Follow TJ HOMESCHOOLING's board Money Matters - Grocery/Shopping Rewards on Pinterest.






What to Do When You Miss Salah

 


We had an impromptu lesson on missing and making up salah last week.

It was an eye opener for us.

We were previously under the impression that when a salah was missed for any reason, that salah was to be made up.

We were wrong.

As for the Salah you intentionally abandoned while believing in its obligation, according to the more correct of the two scholarly opinions such an act constitutes major Kufr (disbelief that takes the Muslim out of Islam). Source: AlIfta.Net
..the person who gives up salah intentionally should not make up for what they missed of salah and they have to repent to Allah. (Alifta.net)


SubhanAllah. I've been Muslim for almost 18 years, alhamdulillah, and don't recall that I have ever learned this.  I'm so thankful for having children to teach about their deen because it provides an opportunity for me to learn, as well as to review what I may have forgotten.  

I shared this information we had learned with my husband later that day and he was just as shocked as the kids and I were.  We knew missing salah was not a good thing, was a sin, but this really put things in perspective for us and we have been more mindful of the salah. And I ask Allah to keep us in this mindset.

Below I've put together some links and learning ideas to teach/review about this topic.


What is the rule on abandoning salah in general and congregational prayer in particular?

Missing Salah Due to Oversleeping, forgetfulness


  1. Missing a Salah because of sleep or forgetfulness until its due time is over
  2. Oversleeping and Offering Salah beyond its missed time


Manner of Making Up Salah

What to Do If Salah Was Intentionally Abandoned

  1. Making Up for Missed Salah*
  2. Also, see fatwa number 3 above for what to do when prayer was missed intentionally: (Repent, Seek Allah's Forgiveness, Regret Abandoning it)

Fear of Missing Salah (Running Out of Time)



Learning Checkpoints


  • What should you do if you oversleep for a prayer? 
  • How do you make up salah when you have more than one to make up?
  • What should you do if you miss salah without a valid reason?
  • If you realize you missed a salah, but are in fear of missing the current salah due to time, which one should you pray first?

Supplemental Learning Activities

  • Memorize daleel (evidence) pertaining to the learning checkpoint responses.
  • Reflect upon your current prayer mindset. Are you missing prayers on a regular basis? Come up with a family plan to try to get all members to pray on time. Some  ideas:
    • set alarm clocks or calendar reminders for mobile device users
    • have one person alert others when the pray comes in (or call athan);
    • pray together as a family if you don't already, 
    • remind each other of the consequence for missing a prayer intentionally;
    • make duaa to Allah help you establish the prayer if you struggle




A Quick Update on TJ Homeschooling



As you may or may not know, TJ Homeschooling is a reboot of the Talibiddeen Jr. family of homeschooling sites.  I've been running TJ since 2002 and it's gone through a tremendous amount of changes and location changes.  TJ Homeschooling is my attempt to collate all the TJ resources into one site instead of spread out among many.

As you can imagine, I've got a lot of information that I am trying to cull. I've got well over 1000 blog posts that I migrated here. And it's been quite beastly to work with the old posts and add new content. So, I've decided to just kind of start fresh, move all my posts to a temporary location and then work on migrating them back a little bit at a time in a hopefully more organized fashion because it's just been simply overwhelming to work with all the posts and keep thing organized.

So, a few things I wanted to share with you.

New content.

 As I am adding  new content at the same time as I am updating older posts, I have left the email subscription service up so that email subscribers can get updates as new material is added. If you would like to get those updates and have not already subscribed, please use the email subscription box to the right.

In addition, I will be posting updates to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest if you are in to any of those social outlets., inshaa Allah.


Navigation

As I organize whole sections, I'll add to the main navigation area under the header, in shaa Allah so you can go to the exact area you are interested in. Until then, you can use the Archive Area on the right or Labels sections to find topics you are looking for.  I've got lots of exciting :) topics to share and I didn't want to put up there landing pages until they were ready (as I had previously done).  

Old Content

If you would like to access older material, much of it can still be found at the old TJ sites which will be up and running only until I transfer their content here.

If you just can't find something that you were able to find before, please contact me via email.

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I apologize for any inconvenience my moving around has caused (I admit it, I'm OCD on this) and I look forward to continuing sharing with you, God willing, in a more comprehensive and organized format.

Don't forget to subscribe to get updates of amazing new content as well as oldies but goodies content.!  In addition, you can get updates via TJ Homeschooling's Social Media accounts:




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Try Microsoft Office 2013 Free for 6 Months!

Get Microsoft Office Free for 180 days!


For the past year, we've been using Google Docs a lot in our homeschool. The kids use it to type up a lot of their school work and I can easily check it online  without having to print it out, so we have less paper waste.

But Google Docs can be somewhat limited when you need extra bells and whistles (more advanced formatting options), so we like to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint when we need extra.  In addition, I typically use Office for making my homeschool printables and some graphics and Google Docs is not robust enough for those uses.

At Microsoft's TechNetEvaluation Center, you can download a full working copy of Microsoft Office 2013 which is good for 30 days. Before the 30 day expiration, you can legally rearm your Office Copy using the Office Trial Extender. Each time you rearm Office, you get 30 additional days and you can rearm up to 5 times giving you 180 days total usage of Microsoft Office. 

I first learned of this through BetaNews.com



Salaatul Tawbah (Prayer of Repentance)

Manner of Making Salaatul Tawbah

As for Salaatul Tawbah, it was authentically reported on the authority of Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

Anyone who commits a sin
performs Wudu’ (ablution) properly,
and then offers two Rak’ahs (units of Prayer) wherein he asks Allah to forgive his sins,
Allah will accept his Tawbah.

Fatwa from Shaykh Ibn Baz (AlIfta.net) via AbdurRahman.org

Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him) said the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

"Any person who sins then performs wudu correctly and prays and afterward seeks Allah's forgiveness Allah forgives him."

Source: SalafiTalk.net

Then As-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with ) recited the verse:

"And those who when they commit an indecency or do injustice to their souls
remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their faults--
and who forgives the faults but Allah,
and (who) do not knowingly persist in what they have done."
{ Al-Imran 135}


Ibn Taymeyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said,

"It is a recommended act for every person who sinned to perform Wudu
then pray two Rak'ah


Source:SalafiTalk.net

Hajj and Tawheed

If you are looking for information to put together a unit study on Hajj, you won't want to miss this Hajj and Tawheed, by Dr. Saleh as Saleh (rahimullah).

It includes:

  • rituals of the Hajj (day by day) 
  • invalidators of the Hajj
  • types of Hajj
  • the rewards of Hajj
  • reminders about making Hajj
  • prohibited acts within the Haram and during Ihram
  • contemplations of Hajj (things to think about while you are performing the various rituals, their implications)



Arabic Alphabet Coloring Book and Handwriting Pages

Arabic Alphabet Coloring Book and Handwriting Pages - originally offered from Calgary Islam

Arabic Alphabet Coloring and Tracing Pages


Ten Reasons to Learn Arabic

From Troid.ca,  here are Ten reason you want to learn Arabic:

1. Arabic is the language of the Qur'aan
2. The Qur'aan will increase you in intellect
3. The Qur'aan leads to righteous actions
4. The Qur'aan leads to the preceding messages in the previously revealed texts
5. The elaboration upon the Qur'aan is only known in Arabic
6. The great reward for reciting the Qur'aan—each letter
7. Many obligations in Islam cannot be completed except through utilising Arabic (ex. ash-Shahaadah)
8. The Sunnah is recorded in Arabic likewise
9. Without Arabic, a person remains a blind follower of translated interpretations
10. Deviation and innovation often comes from those who do not understand Arabic properly 

The City of Makkah




"From the places of virtue that Allaah has extolled
and mentioned their excellence
to the exclusion of others
is the city of Makkah..."


The Excellent Virtues of Makkah (AbuKhadeejah.com)
Compilation of 14 reasons why the city of Makkah is sacred with daleel (evidence, proof.)


Map for Kids



Note: If you get an error by clicking on the link, copy and paste it into the URL bar.the URL bar:
http://ik-cb.tripod.com/HTMLobj-112/CP_LoR03sm_IslamicKids.gif



Troubles with Regrouping? Try Partial Sums Addition

If your students have trouble understanding carrying or regrouping when adding, you might consider what they call a "new math" method called Partial Sum Addition.

I've have tried partial products for multiplication with one of my kids who struggles with multiplication and that worked well, so I think I will go back and try this method of addition with her as well as sometimes addition with regrouping is problematic.






It's so crazy to me because I see people blasting new math methods because they take more steps, but if you have a struggling student, sometimes the old school shortcut ways are not so intuitive or easy to understand what is going on. To me, the partial methods are easier to understand what is going on.  I don't think it matters how you get the answer, just that you get it and understand what you are doing.



On a related note, I came across a PDF that shows Five Ways to Add Multi-Digit Whole Numbers.

How can we tell when each prayer time begins?

Ever wonder how to naturally tell when the prayers come in?  We had the question come up recently and I came across a helpful post at SalafiTalk.net about it.

We generally rely on prayer schedules out of necessity in the states as opposed to the blessing of hearing the muadhdahaan call the athaan when we were in the Muslim lands.  But it is beneficial to have the kids learn how to naturally tell when the salaat comes in. In the past, we have learned how to tell the approximate time of day using the sun by going outside at various times of the day and recording where our shadows were.  I'm looking forward to trying to do something similar with the information we've come across below, in shaa Allah.

Below is an excerpt  from a post found at SalafiTalk.net which describes the times of entrance and departure of each of the 5 daily prayers.



The Legislated Times for the Five Daily Prayers


The Muslims have never differed over the fact that the five daily prayers have specific times that have been legislated in the Sharee'ah.(2) Allaah, the Almighty, has said, "Verily, prayers have been prescribed upon the believers at set times."

The following is a listing of the times of the five daily prayers, with a brief reference to their relative proofs from the Book and the Sunnah:(3)

Thuhr ("Noon") Prayer: It begins just after the sun's zenith (or "high noon"), as soon as it begins to decline, as the scholars have unanimously agreed.(4) Its time extends until the entrance of 'Asr Prayer, according to the hadeeth, "The (time of) Thuhr is when the sun has begun to decline, until one's shadow is as long as his height, until the entrance of 'Asr time."(5)

'Asr (Afternoon) Prayer: As mentioned clearly in the previous hadeeth, the time of 'Asr Prayer begins at a mid-way point between Thuhr and Maghrib, when a person's shadow is as long as his height.(6) The time of 'Asr extends until sunset. The Prophet (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) said, "Whoever has prayed one rak'ah (unit) of the 'Asr Prayer before sunset has caught the (time of) 'Asr."(7)

Maghrib ("Sunset") Prayer: It begins after the sun has completely set, according to scholarly concensus.(8) Its time extends until the entrance of 'Eshaa' Prayer. The Prophet (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) said, "And the time of Maghrib Prayer extends so long as there is some glow left on the (Western) horizon."(9) This period of time is usually a little over an hour in most places.

'Eshaa' (Evening) Prayer: It begins after the last glow of the sun has left the Western horizon. Its time extends until half of the night. The Prophet (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) said, "And the (time of) 'Eshaa' extends to half the night."(10)

Fajr (Dawn) or Subh Prayer: It begins at the first light of the dawn of the sun, the first glow on the Eastern horizon where the sun will rise from. This is understood from the Verse, "├ŻUntil the white thread (of the dawn) becomes distinguishable from the black thread."(11) It extends until the sun begins to rise, according to the hadeeth, "And the (time of) Subh Prayer is from the first light of dawn until sunrise."(12) This period of time is usually a little over an hour in most places.

These are the times of the five daily prayers in Islaam, as Jibreel (peace be upon him) taught Muhammad (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace). The times of the prayers are all based on the positions of the sun, in a way that makes it easy for the majority of the people on earth to know them without any difficulty whatsoever.

As stated by the Permanent Committee of Scholars for Research and Fatwaa: "The easy way that is in line with the fitrah (the natural state things are created upon) is to rely on the indications in nature (the positions of the sun) that have been indicated in the Islaamic Legislation to determine the times of the prayers."(13)

Source: SalafiTalk.net

This excerpt is part of a larger beneficial post "Prayer Schedules: Important Rulings, Guidelines, and Cautions" which can be found at the link directly above. You can find references for the above information there as well as more beneficial information, in shaa Allah.





Best Times/Circumstances to Make Duaa


Best Times to Make Duaa


Source: "Best times to make duaa"  http://abdurrahman.org/zikr/best-times-to-make-dua.html

There are certain times dua (supplication) is more likely to be accepted by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) as mentioned by Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam). These times are as follows:

1. The Last Third Of The Night
Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘In the last third of every night our Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) (Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala)) descends to the lowermost heaven and says; “Who is calling Me, so that I may answer him? Who is asking Me so that may I grant him? Who is seeking forgiveness from Me so that I may forgive him?.”‘ [Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith Qudsi]

Amr ibn Absah narrated that the Prophet said: ‘The closest any worshipper can be to His Lord is during the last part of the night, so if you can be amongst those who remember Allah at that time, then do so.’ [at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa'i, al-Hakim - Sahih]

2. Late at night
When people are sleeping and busy with worldly pleasures Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) gives the believers an opportunity, or an answer hour if they can fight sleep and invoke Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) for whatever they need.

The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘There is at night an hour, no Muslim happens to be asking Allah any matter of this world or the Hereafter, except that he will be given it, and this (occurs) every night.’ [Muslim #757]

3. Between Adhan and Iqamah
Anas (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘A supplication made between the Adhan and Iqama is not rejected.’ [Ahmad, abu Dawud #521, at-Tirmidhi #212, Sahih al-Jami #3408, an-Nasai and Ibn Hibban graded it sahih (sound)]

4. An Hour o­n Friday
Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu): Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) talked about Friday and said: ‘There is an hour o­n Friday and if a Muslim gets it while offering Salat (prayer) and asks something from Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala), then Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) will definitely meet his demand.’ And he (the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) pointed out the shortness of that particular time with his hands. [Sahih al-Bukhari]

Some have said that this hour is from the time the Imam (prayer’s leader) enters the mosque o­n Friday’s prayer until the prayer is over (ie between the two khutbahs), whereas others have said that it is the last hour of the day (ie after the Asr prayer until the Maghrib prayer).

(Note: when we say an hour here we do not mean the hour everyone knows (60 minutes) but an unspecified period of time because the time counters which we use today came after the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) had died.

5. While Drinking Zamzam Water
Jaber (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘Zamzam water is for what it is drunk for.’ [Ahmad 3: 357 and Ibn Majah #3062]
This means that when you drink Zamzam water you may ask Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) for anything you like to gain or benefit from this water such as healing from illness…. etc.

6. While Prostrating
Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), said: ‘The nearest a slave can be to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so invoke (supplicate) Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) much in it. [Muslim, abu Dawud, an-Nasa'i and others, Sahih al-Jami #1175]
When a Muslim is in his Salat (prayer) he is facing Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) and when he prostrates he is the nearest he can be to Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) so it is best to invoke Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) at this time. It is said that while in prostration, o­ne should not ask for worldy needs (ie a nice car, a new job, etc), but for the Hereafter.

7. When Waking Up at Night
Narrated Ubada Bin As-Samit that Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘Whomever wakes up at night and says La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la shrika lahu lahulmulku, wa lahul hamdu, wa huwa ala kulli shai’in qadir. Alhamdu lillahi, wa subhanallahi wa la ilaha illallahu, wallah akbir, wa la hawla wala quwata illa billah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) He is the o­nly o­ne who has no partners. His is the kingdom and all the praises are for Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) All the glories are for Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) And none has the right to be worshipped but Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) and Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) is the most Great and there is neither might nor power except with Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) and then says, Allahumma ighfir li (O Allah! Forgive me) or invokes Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala), he will be responded to and if he makes ablution and performs Salat (prayer), his Salat (prayer) will be accepted. [Sahih al-Bukhari]

8. At The End Of The Obligatory Salat:
Narrated Abu Omamah (radiAllahu anhu): that Allah’s Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) was asked, O Messenger of Allah, which supplication is heard (by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala), he said the end of the night and at the end of the obligatory Salat (prayer) [at-Tirmidhi]
This time is after saying ‘At-tahyat’ , and before making Tasleem (finishing prayer)

9. The Night Of ‘Qadr’ (Decree)
This night is the greatest night of the year. This is the night which the almighty Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) said about it, “The night of Al-Qadar (Decree) is better than a thousand months.” [Surah al-Qadr, 97: 3]
The Night of Decree is o­ne of the odd nights of the last ten nights of the blessed month of Ramadan. The angels descend down to the earth, and the earth is overwhelmed with peace and serenity until the break of dawn and when he doors of Paradise are opened, the worshipper is encouraged to turn to Allah to ask for his needs for this world and the Hereafter.

10. During The Rain
Narrated Sahel Ibn Sa’ad (radiAllahu anhu): that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘Two will not be rejected, Supplication when the Adhan (call of prayer) is being called, and at the time of the rain’. [Al-Hakim 2: 114, and Abu Dawud #2540, ibn Majah]

‘Seek the response to your du’as when the armies meet, and the prayer is called, and when rain falls’ [reported by Imam al-Shafi' in al-Umm, al-Sahihah #1469]
The time of the rain is a time of mercy from Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) so, o­ne should take advantage of this time when Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) is having mercy o­n His slaves.

11. At the Adhan
‘Seek the response to your du’as when the armies meet, and the prayer is called, and when rain falls’ [reported by Imam al-Shafi' in al-Umm, al-Sahihah #1469]
In another hadith; ‘When the prayer is called, the doors of the skies are opened, and the du’a is answered’ [al-Tayalisi in his Musnad #2106, al-Sahihah #1413]

12. The o­ne Who Is Suffering Injustice and Opression
The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said to Mua’ad Ibn Jabal (radiAllahu anhu), ‘Beware of the supplication of the unjustly treated, because there is no shelter or veil between it (the supplication of the o­ne who is suffering injustice) and Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala)’ [Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) declared, ‘Three men whose dua is never rejected (by Allah) are: the fasting person until he breaks his fast (in another narration, when he breaks fast), the just ruler and the o­ne who is oppressed.’[Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]

In another hadith; The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) declared: ‘Three du’as are surely answered: The du’a of the oppressed, the du’a of the traveler, and the du’a of the father/mother (upon their child)’
The o­ne who is suffering injustice is heard by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) when he invokes Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) to retain his rights from the unjust o­ne or oppressor. Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) has sworn to help the o­ne who is suffering from injustice sooner or later as the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said.

13. The Traveler
The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said; Three supplications will not be rejected (by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala)), the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the o­ne who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveler. [al-Bayhaqi, at-Tirmidhi - Sahih]

During travel supplication is heard by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) if the trip is for a good reason, but if the trip is for a bad intention or to perform illegal things (making sins) this will not apply to it.

14. The Parent’s Supplication for their Child
The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said; Three supplications will not be rejected (by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala)), the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the o­ne who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveler. [al-Bayhaqi, at-Tirmidhi - Sahih]

15. Dua after praising Allah and giving salat o­n the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) in the tashahhud at the end of salat.
Narrated Faddalah ibn Ubayd (radiAllahu anhu): that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘When anyone of you makes du’a, let him start by glorifying his Lord and praising Him, then let him send blessings upon the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), then let him pray for whatever he wants’ [abu Dawud #1481, at-Tirmidhi #3477]

In another hadith; Baqiy ibn Mukhallid (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘Every du’a is not responded to until o­ne sends blessings upon the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam)’ [al-Bayhaqi]

In another hadith; Umar (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘Du’a is detained between the heavens and the earth and no part of it is taken up until you send blessings upon your Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam)’
[at-Tirmidhi #486]

After a person has finished his tashahhud and before saying the ’salam’, supplication at this time is o­ne likely to be responded to. Ibn Mas’ud narrates: I was o­nce praying, and the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), Abu Bakr and Umar (were all present). When I sat down (in the final tashahhud), I praised Allah, then sent salams o­n the Prophet, then started praying for myself. At this, the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:‘Ask, and you shall be given it! Ask, and you shall be given it!’ [at-Tirmidhi #593 - hasan, Mishkat al-Misbah #931]

16. The dua of a Muslim for his absent brother or sister Muslim stemming from the heart.
The prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
‘There is no believing servant who supplicates for his brother in his absence where the angels do not say, ‘the same be for you” [Muslim]

17. Dua o­n the Day of Arafat
The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘The best supplication is the supplication o­n the day of Arafat’.[at-Tirmidhi and Malik]
The day of Arafat is the essence and pinnacle of Hajj. o­n this great and momentous day, millions of worshippers gather together o­n o­ne plain, from every corner of the world, with o­nly o­ne purpose in mind – to respone to the call of their Creator. During this auspicious day, Allah does not refuse the requests of His worshippers.

18. Dua during the month of Ramadan
Ramadan is month full of many blessings, thus the du’a of Ramadan is a blessed o­ne. This can be inferred from the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) saying: ‘When Ramadan comes, the Doors of Mercy (another narration says Paradise) are opened, and the doors of Hell are closed, and the Sahitans are locked up’ Thus, it is clear that du’a during Ramadan has a greater chance of being accepted, as the Gates of Paradise and Mercy are opened.
[Sahih al-Bukhari #1899, Muslim #1079 and others]

19. Dua when the Armies meet
When the Muslim is facing the enemy in battle, at this critical period, the du’a of a worshipper is accepted.
Sahl ibn Sa’d (radiAllahu anhu) narrtaed the the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
‘Two duas are never rejected, or rarely rejected: the du’a during the call for prayer, and the du’a during the clamity when the two armies attack each other’ [abu Dawud #2540, ibn Majah, al-Hakim]
In another narration: ‘Seek the response to your du’as when the armies meet, and the prayer is called, and when rain falls’[reported by Imam al-Shafi' in al-Umm, al-Sahihah #1469]

20. When Muslims gather for the purpose of invoking and remembering Allah (Dhikrullah) .
The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
If a group of people sit together remembering Allah, the angels will circle them, mercy will shroud them, peace will descend o­nto them and Allah will remember them among those with Him. [Muslim]

21. First Ten days of Dhul-Hijjah
The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
‘There are no days during which good deeds are more beloved to Allah than during these ten days’ [Sahih al-Bukhai #969 and others]

22. Dua when the heart reaches out to Allah and is ready to be totally sincere

23. At Midnight
Abu Umamah (radiAllahu anhu) said, the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) was questioned; ‘Which du’a is heard (by Allah)?’ He answered, ‘At midnight and at the end of every obligatory prayer.’[at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]

25. Dua of people after the death of a person
In a long hadith, Umm Salamah (radiAllahu anha) narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, when Abu Salamah had just passed away, and had closed his eyes,
‘Do not ask for yourselves anything but good, for the angels will say ‘Ameen’ to all that you ask for. O Allah, forgive Abu Salamah, and raise his ranks among those who are guided.’
[Muslim, abu Dawud, Ahmad]

26. Dua of the o­ne fasting until he breaks his fast.
The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said; Three supplications will not be rejected (by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala)), the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the o­ne who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveler. [al-Bayhaqi, at-Tirmidhi - Sahih]

27. Dua of the o­ne fasting at the time of breaking fast
The prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) declared,
‘Three men whose dua is never rejected (by Allah) are: when a fasting person breaks fast (in another narration, the fasting person until he breaks his fast), the just ruler and the o­ne who is oppressed.’ [Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]

29. Dua of a just Ruler
The prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) declared,
‘Three men whose dua is never rejected (by Allah) are: the fasting person until he breaks his fast (in another narration, when he breaks fast), the just ruler and the o­ne who is oppressed.’
[Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]

30. Dua of a son or daughter obedient to his or her parents
It is well known in the story narrated in hadith os three men who were trapped by a huge stone in a cave. o­ne of them who was kind to kis parents asked Allah to remove the stone, and his du’a was answered. [Sahih al-Bukhari 3:36 #472]

31. Dua immediately after wudu
Umar ibn Al-Khattab reported that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
‘There is not o­ne of you that makes wudu, and does it perfectly, then says: I testify that there is no diety worthy of worship except Allah. he is Alone, having no partners. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger’, except that the eight gates of Paradise are opened for him, and he can enter into it through whichever o­ne he pleases’
[Muslim #234, abu Dawud #162, Ahmad, an-Nasa'i]

Saying what has been mentioned in the hadith that is directly related to it (ablution)
32. Dua after stoning the Jamarat at Hajj
The stoning of the small Shaitan (jamrat sugra), or the middle Shaitan (jamrat wusta) pillars during Hajj.

It is narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) would stone the small Jamarah (one of the three pillars that is stoned in the last days of Hajj), then face the qiblah, raise his hands, and make du’a for a long time. He would then stone the middle Jamarah and do the same. When he stoned the large Jamarah, he would depart without making any du’a. [Sahih al-Bukhari #1753 and others]

33. At the Crowing of a Rooster
Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
‘When you hear a rooster crowing, then ask Allah for His bounties, for it has seen an angel, and when you hear a donkey braying, then seek refuge in Allah from Shaitan, for it has seen a Shaitan’ [Sahih al-Bukhari, Muslim, Ahmad, Sahih al-Jami #611]

34. Du’a made inside the Ka’bah
The Ka’bah is a sanctuary that has no comparison in the entire world. The du’a of o­ne who prays inside the hijr is considered as being made inside the ka’bah, as it is part of the house (Baitullah). [This is the semicircle to the right of the Ka'bah if you face the door, opposite to the Yemeni corner and the Black stone wall.]
Usamah ibn Zayd narrated, ‘When the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) entered the House (Ka’bah), he made du’a in all of its corners [Muslim 2: 968 and others]

35. Du’a o­n the mount of Safa or Marwah during Umrah or Hajj
It is narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) would make long du’as at Safa and Marwah. [Muslim #1218 and others]

36. Dua at any of the holy sites.

37. While reciting Surah al-Fatihah
The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said that Allah the Exalted had said:
‘ I have divided the prayer into two halves between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for. When the servant says: Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe, Allah the Most High says: My servant has praised Me. And when he (the servant) says: The Most Compassionate, the Merciful, Allah the Most High says: My servant has lauded Me. When he (the servant) says: Master of the Day of Judgment, He remarks: My servant has glorified Me, and sometimes He will say: My servant entrusted (his affairs) to Me. When he (the worshipper) says: Thee do we worship and of Thee do we ask help, He (Allah) says: This is between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for. Then, when he (the worshipper) says: Guide us to the straight path, the path of those to whom Thou hast been Gracious — not of those who have incurred Thy displeasure, nor of those who have gone astray, He (Allah) says: This is for My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for.
[Muslim 4: 395]

38. Saying ‘Ameen’ during prayer
After finishing the recitation of al-Fatihah, the saying of‘Ameen’ in congregation.
The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘When the Imam says ‘Ameen’, then recite it behind him (as well), because whoever’s Ameen coincides with the Ameen of the angels will have all of his sins forgiven.’ [Sahih al-Bukhari #780, Muslim #410 and others]

39. While visiting the sick, and dua made by the sick
Umm Salamah narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
‘When you visit the sick, or the dead then say good, because the angels say ‘Ameen’ to whatever you say [Muslim #2126]

Ali (radiAllahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
‘When a Muslim visits his sick Muslim brother in the morning, seventy thousand angels make dua for his forgiveness till the evening. And when he visits him in the evening, seventy thousand angels make dua for his forgiveness till the morning, and he will be granted a garden for it in Jannah.’ [at-Tirmidhi, abu Dawud]