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  • Respect the Salient Features of Islam

    Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Sa’eed Ahmad Palanpuri Saheb (Dāmat Barakātuhum) is the Shaikhul Hadīth of Dārul ‘Uloom Deoband. He recently visited South Africa. He gave the Jumu‘ah talk in Masjidus-Saaliheen in Sherwood. Hereunder is the summary of his talk:

     

    إِنَّ الصَّفَا وَالْمَرْوَةَ مِنْ شَعَائِرِ اللَّهِ

    Translation: Safā and Marwā (the two hills) are from the salient signs of Allah Ta‘āla. (2:158)

     

    A salient sign is that which people recognize as part of a religion. For example, a cross is a salient sign of Christianity and associated with Christianity. Likewise, a Minārah of a Masjid is a sign of a Masjid and associated with Muslims.

    Shah Waliyyullah (Rahimahullah) has stated that there are four salient features of Islam.

     

     

     

     

                                                               1- Qur’ān    2- Ka‘bah    3- Salāh    4- Nabi of Allah

     

     

    There are two laws pertaining to the salient features of Islam, one positive and one negative.

     

    1) Allah Ta‘āla says: وَمَنْ يُعَظِّمْ شَعَائِرَ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّهَا مِنْ تَقْوَى الْقُلُوبِ

     

    Translation: That person who respects the salient features of Islam, that is from the piety of the heart. (22:32)

     

    2) The second law pertaining to the salient feature of Islam is mentioned in the verse:                لَا تُحِلُّوا شَعَائِرَ اللَّهِ

     

    Translation: Do not disrespect the salient features of (the Deen) of Allah Ta‘āla. (5:2)

     

    Respect to the Qur’ān is not to simply place the Qur’ān on the head, it is the kalām of Allah Ta‘āla which He revealed. Respect to the Qur’ān is to read the Qur’ān, understand the Qur’ān and propagate the Qur’ān in all languages.

    The former Sheikhul Hadīth of Madrasah Ashrafiyyah (Rander) once stated that one day he was in the haram of Makkah, there was one person who read the Qur’ān and placed the Qur’ān by the shoes. When Hadhrat cautioned him on that, he said: “the shoes are not impure” (implying that there is nothing wrong in placing the Qur’ān by the shoes). Hadhrat stated that the issue is not whether the shoes are impure or pure, rather it is about the ta‘zeem and respect of the Qur’ān.

     

    The second salient feature of Islam is the Ka‘bah.

     

    The third salient feature of Islam is Salāh. When the issue of Babari Masjid in India took place, for almost one month all the Masājid were full. The Hindus were surprised at this saying that we have destroyed one Masjid and the consequences is that many other Masājid are being inhabitated.

     

     The respect of Salāh is to perform the Salāh and to do so with devotion.

     

    The fourth salient feature of Islam is a Nabi of Allah Ta‘āla. Even non-Muslims understand this to be a salient feature of Islam. If they want to evoke the emotions of Muslims, they will make cartoons of Nabi (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Some people equate a Nabi to Allah and thus commit kufr and shirk.

     

    Shah Waliyyullah (Rahimahullah) has explained that there are three ways to show respect to Nabi (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). One is to recite abundant salawāt upon Nabi (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). One benefit of reading salawāt is that it reminds and conscientises that Nabi (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is a human being and slave of Allah Ta‘āla.

    Hadhrat concluded his talk advising the responsible people of Masjidus-Saliheen to put a Minārah for the Masjid.

     

     

  • Seeking forgiveness and earning millions of rewards at the same time

    One of the main impediments in our spiritual progress are the tricks and traps of Shaytan and our own nafs that we often fall prey to.

     

     

     

    Each one of us, regardless of our spiritual station has his own set of weaknesses that we need to overcome. These are sins that we succumb easily to – committing sin after sin until we are either addicted to it, or don’t even consider it a sin anymore.

     

     

     

    Overcoming these hindrances requires us to take a step that can be called as the essence of tasawwuf: We have recognize and admit our own faults and flaws and seek sincere forgiveness.

     

     

     

    Admitting our faults allows us to proceed to the next step of repenting and making a firm determination not to repeat them in the future. This is the first step and it is a blessed step. In a hadith, the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) has said “Glad tidings to the one whose own faults have occupied him from the faults of others…” [i]

     

     

     

    That is why our pious predecessors kept a very close watch on their own nafs. Every decrease in good deeds was carefully gauged against any missteps that might have occurred. Among them were those that noted that they committed a sin and thus were deprived of the tahajjud (qiyam ul-layl) for six months!

     

     

     

    Seeking sincere forgiveness for our sins should be a regular part of our daily routine. It is the vast Mercy and Forgiveness of Allah that is the only ticket to Paradise. The one who thinks that he will enter Paradise by anything other than Mercy and Forgiveness of Allah is delusional.

     

     

     

    In Paradise, there will be a special assembly and meeting with Allah and the inhabitant of Paradise will be reminded how he got in.

     

     

     

    Allah will say to him in that meeting: “Do you remember the day you did such and such?” and remind him of some of the sins the person had committed in the dunya.

     

     

     

    The inhabitant of Paradise will reply: “O’ Rabb, Did you not forgive me?”

     

     

     

    Allah will respond “Yes, because of the vastness of My Forgiveness you gained this position of yours (place in Paradise)”. [ii]

     

     

     

    How can we as flagrant sinners seek forgiveness and at the same time gain a lot of rewards from Allah? Allah in His Infinite Mercy – look at His Mercy: Seek forgiveness and get forgiveness and millions of rewards at the same time.

     

     

     

    That is the Mercy of the Most-Compassionate, the Most-Merciful. In a hadith, it is narrated that the one of seeks forgiveness for the male and female believers, Allah will reward him with a good deed for every male and female believer! [iii]

     

     

     

    Think of all the male and female believers from the time of Adam (alayhis salam) until the last believer to come into this world. This abundant reward is waiting for the one who asks forgiveness from Allah like this:

     

     

     

    اللهم اغفر لى وللمؤمنين والمؤمنات

     

    Transliteration: Allhumma igfirly wa lil mu’mineen wal mu’minaat

     

    Translation: O Allah, forgive me and the believing males and believing females

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    طوبى لمن شغله عيبه عن عيوب الناس، و أنفق الفضل من ماله، و أمسك الفضل من قوله، و وسعته[i]

     

    السنة، فلم يعدل عنها إلى البدعة

     

    الجامع الصغير: ٥٣٠٦

     

    إن أهل الجنة إذا دخلوها نزلوا فيها بفضل أعمالهم فيؤذن لهم في مقدار يوم الجمعة من أيام الدنيا فيزورون [ii]

     

    الله ويبرز لهم عرشه ويتبدى لهم في روضة من رياض الجنة فتوضع لهم منابر من نور ، ومنابر من لؤلؤ ومنابر من ياقوت ، ومنابر من زبرجد ، ومنابر من ذهب ، ومنابر من فضة ، ويجلس أدناهم ، وما فيهم دنيء على كثبان المسك والكافور ما يرون أن أصحاب الكراسي أفضل منهم مجلسا ، قال أبو هريرة : قلت يا رسول الله هل نرى ربنا ؟ قال : هل تتمارون في رؤية ا لشمس والقمر ليلة البدر . قلنا : لا ، قال : كذلك لا تتمارون في رؤية ربكم عز وجل ولا يبقى في ذلك المجلس أحد إلا حاضره الله محاضرة حتى إنه ليقول للرجل منكم : ألا تذكر يا فلان يوم عملت كذا وكذا ؟ يذكره بعض غدراته في الدنيا فيقول يا رب أفلم تغفر لي ؟ فيقول : بلى فبسعة مغفرتي بلغت منزلتك هذه ، فبينما هم كذلك غشيتهم سحابة من فوقهم ، فأمطرت عليهم طيبا لم يجدوا مثل ريحه شيئا قط ، ثم يقول ربنا تبارك وتعالى : قوموا إلى ما أعددت لكم من الكرامة فخذوا ما اشتهيتم قال : فنأتي سوقا قد حفت به الملائكة ، فيه ما لم تنظر العيون إلى مثله ، ولم تسمع الآذان ، ولم يخطر على القلوب ، قال : فيحمل لنا ما اشتهينا ليس يباع فيه شيء ولا يشترى ، وفي ذلك السوق يلقى أهل الجنة بعضهم بعضا . قال : فيقبل الرجل ذو المنزلة المرتفعة فيلقى من دونه وما فيهم دنيء فيروعه ما يرى عليه من اللباس فما ينقضي آخر حديثه حتى يتمثل عليه أحسن منه ، وذلك أنه لا ينبغي لأحد أن يحزن فيها ، قال : ثم ننصرف إلى منازلنا فتتلقانا أزواجنا فيقلن مرحبا وأهلا لقد جئت ، وإن بك من الجمال والطيب أفضل مما فارقتنا عليه ، فيقول : إنا جالسنا اليوم ربنا الجبار عز وجل ، وبحقنا أن ننقلب بمثل ما انقلبنا

     

    الترغيب والترهيب: ٤/ ٣٩٣

     

    من استغفر للمؤمنين والمؤمنات كتب الله له بكل مؤمن ومؤمنة حسنة [iii]

     

    مجمع الزوائد: ١٠/

     

  • Signs of Qiyamah

    The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) foretold 72 signs that would appear near Yawmul  Qiyamah:

     

    1. People will leave prayer

    2. People will usurp Ama’naat

    3. Lying will become an art

    4. There will be murders on the slightest of disagreements

    5. Interest will become common

    6. There will be very tall buildings

    7. People will sell Religion for the world

    8. People will treat relatives badly

    9. Justice will become a rarity

    10. Lies will be considered truth

     

     

    11. Clothes will be of silk

    12. Persecution will become common

    13. Divorces will become common

    14. Sudden deaths will increase

    15. The usurper of Ama’naat will be considered honest and honourable

    16. The keeper of Am’naat will be called an usurper of things given to him for safekeeping

    17. Liars will be thought of as honest

    18. Honest people will be thought of as liars

    19. False accusations will become the norm

    20. It will be hot in spite of rain

     

     

    21. Instead of wishing for children, people will pray that they not have children

    22. People from bad backgrounds and with bad upbringing will live a life of luxury(material, not peaceful)

    23. Good people, when they try to practice, will be cut off from the world

    24. Previously good people will also usurp Ama’naat

    25. Leaders will become persecutors

    26. Ulema and Qaris will commit adultery

    27. People will wear clothes of animal skin

    28. But their hearts will smell and will be dead

    29. And will be bitter

    30. Gold will become common

     

     

    31. Demand for Silver will increase

    32. Sin will increase

    33. Peace will become rare

    34. Ayaats from the Quran will be decorated and calligraphy will become common

    35. Mosques will be decorated

    36. And will have tall minars

    37. But hearts will be empty

    38. Alcoholic drinks will be consumed more than ever

    39. Punishments ordered by the Shariah will be revoked and will no longer be implemented

     

     

    40. Women will order their mothers around

    41. People who are with naked feet, naked bodies and against religion will become kings

    42. Women will trade along with men

    43. Women will imitate men

    44. Men will imitate women

    45. People will swear by things other than Allah and the Quran

    46. Even Muslims will be prepared to give false testimony, without being incited to it

    47. Only people one knows will be greetedwith the salaam

    48. The knowledge of the shariah will be used to earn worldly things

    49. Acts which earn the Akhirah, will be used to earn the world

    50. Assets belonging to the nation will be considered and treated as personal treasures by the rulers

     

     

    51. Ama’naat will be considered ones personal asset

    52. Zakaat will be considered a burden

    53. The lowest and the worst man in the nation will become its leader

    54. People will not obey their fathers

    55. And will mistreat their mothers

    56. And will not hold back from harming their friends

    57. And will obey their wives

    58. And the voices of men who commit adultery will be raised in mosques

    59. Women who sing will be treated with great deference

    60. Instruments of music will be kept with great care

     

     

    61. Alcohol will be drunk on the highways

    62. People will be proud of their acts of persecution

    63. Justice will be sold in the courts

    64. The number of men in the police force will increase

    65. Instead of music, the Quran will be used to gain pleasure for its tune and style (qirat), not for what it preaches, its meaning or for rewards in the Akhirah

    66. Animal fur will be used for clothes

    67. The last of the Ummat will curse thosebefore them. (clearly seen today in peoplewho call the Prophet’s companion’s names)

    68. Either Allah will send a Red Storm upon you

    69. Or Earthquakes

    70. Or your faces will be changed

     

     

     

    71. Or a rain of rocks from the skies. Asteroids, Meteors

    72. Lies will become a habit of the rulers and the rich

     

    The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also said:

     

    1. Alcohol will be called Sherbat, and will be considered Halal

    2. Interest will be called Trade, and will be considered Halal

    3. Bribes will be called Gifts, and will be considered Halal

    4. Women will have hair, like the hump of a camel. (This is the fashion of people today, yet they do not realise they will neither enter Paradise nor even smell its fragrance.)

     

    5. Women will be naked in spite of wearing dresses. (This Hadith has baffled the Ulema for a very long time until now)

     

    The 3 kind of naked women are:

     

    (1) Those who wear see-through dresses

    (2) Those who wear tight dresses and

    (3) Those whose dresses are so short,thatthey expose the body.

     

  • The sunnahs of shopping and dealing

     

     

     

    The most virtuous of the believers is the one who makes things easier in his shopping, paying his debt and demanding his debt. (Tabarani)

     

    Be careful! Some portion of people pay their debt nicely and demand their debt nicely, they do not hurt people. On the other hand, some people pay their debt badly, they hurt people; they demand their debt badly. They will be treated in the same way in the hereafter. Be careful! Some people pay their debt badly and demand their debt badly. Be careful! The most virtuous of them are the ones who pay their debt nicely and demand their debt nicely. The evilest ones are those who pay their debt badly and demand their debt badly. (Tirmidhi)

     

     

    IT IS BETTER TO BREAK A SALE WHEN THE BUYER CHANGES HIS MIND

     

    A person who consents to the breaking of a sale when a Muslim changes his mind will be forgiven in the hereafter by GOD (Abu Dawud

     

     

    HE WHO SHOWS EASINESS WILL BE TREATED WITH EASE

     

    Show easiness in your treatment so that you will be treated with ease. (Ahmad b. Hanbal)

    Calling debtors into one’s presence and making collections has no place in Islam (Ramuz al-Ahadith)

    THE HONOUR OF A PERSON WHO IS ABLE TO PAY HIS DEBT YET HE DOES NOT IS IN DANGER

     

    A person who is able to pay his debt but unable to do so in time makes his honour and property halal; people will gossip about him. (Ibn Hıbban)

     

     

    THE COMMERCE WHICH IS MADE EARLY IS FRUITFUL

     

    Sahr Ibn Wada’a al-Ghamidhi (RA) narrates: The Apostle of God (PBUH) used to pray as follows: “O my God! Bless the earliness of my Ummah” Sahr was a merchant; he used to start business at the very beginning of the day. By doing so, he became rich and his property increased. (Abu Dawud)

    GOODS MUST BE MEASURED AND WEIGHED

     

    When you sell something; weigh it and when you buy something; let it be weighed. (Bukhari)

    Weigh your cereal so that it will get fruitful for you. (Ibn Majah)

     

     

    THE SCALE SHOULD BE MADE HEAVY

     

    When you weigh, make the scale heavy. (Ibn Majah)

    THE DEFECT OF A PROPERTY SHOULD BE INFORMED WHEN SELLING

     

    A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. It is not halal for a person not to inform his Muslim brother about the defect of a thing when selling it. (Ibn Majah)

     

    A person who sells something without informing the defect of something is exposed to the wrath of GOD and curse of angels. (Ibn Majah)

     

     

    PROVOKING THE SALE IS OBJECTIONABLE

     

    If you are not a purchaser, do not intervene between the buyer and the seller for the purpose of increasing the price. (Bukhari)

     

     

    INTERVENING THE ONGOING BARGAIN IS NOT PERMISSIBLE

     

    A person should avoid shopping by intervening the bargain before his brother finalizes the purchase or gives it up completely. (Nasai)

     

     

    LYING AND COMMITTING PERJURY IN BARGAIN IS A GRAVE SIN

     

    O Merchants! Avoid lying. (Tabarani)

    Committing perjury is a sin and remorse. (Ibn Majah)

     

    Abu Said al-Khudri (RA) narrates: “A Bedouin brought a sheep. I asked him, “Will you sell it for three dirhams?” He answered; Wallahi (I swear by God) No! However, then, he sold it for three dirhams. When I informed the Apostle of God (PBUH) about this, he said: “He sold his hereafter in return for wealth.” (Ibn Hibban)

    ADDING BARGAIN PRICE TO THE PRODUCT TO BE SOLD IS OBJECTIONABLE

     

    Qayla Ummu Bani Ammar (RA) narrates: I approached to the apostle of God (PBUH) near mount Marwah in one of his Umrah visits and asked the following: “O apostle of God! I am a merchant woman. When I want to buy something, I usually quote a price lower than I wish. And I slowly increase the price and reach the amount that I want to give. What do you say about this?” He answered: “O Kayla, do not do this. When you want to buy something, say the amount that you wish to give, whether it is accepted or not.” After that the Apostle of God (PBUH) said this: When you want to sell a product, give the price that you want to receive but not the highest” (Ibn Majah)

     

     

    THE RIGHT OF STOLEN GOODS BELONGS TO ITS FIRST OWNER

     

    If a property of someone gets lost or is stolen and if that man sees another person selling it, the right of that property belongs to its first owner. The person can get back his money from the seller. (Ibn Majah)

     

     

    SELLING THE GOODS ON THE WAY BEFORE THEY REACH THE BAZAAR IS INCONVENIENT

     

    Do not start selling goods by meeting customers on the way before sellers bring their goods to the bazaar. (Tirmidhi)

     

     

    AN UNDELIVERED GOOD IS NOT SOLD

     

    When the Apostle of God (PBUH) sent Attab Ibn Asid (RA) to Makkah, He forbad him to take the profit of the property which is bought but not delivered yet. (Ibn Majah)

     

     

    THE DANGER OF BLACK-MARKETING

     

    What a bad person a black marketer is. He gets upset when there is inexpensiveness and becomes happy when there is expensiveness. (Ruzayn)

     

    A person who intervenes in prices in order to generate expensiveness for the disadvantage of Muslims will receive a great punishment of God in the Judgment Day. (Ahmad b. Hanbal)

     

     

    DYING IN DEBT IS UNFAVORABLE

     

    I swear by God, through whose His power and will that I live, a man who is in debt were to be killed in the way of God and then resurrected and killed again, and resurrected but killed again, will not be able to go to paradise unless he pays his debt. (Nasai)

     

     

    WHEN TWO PARTNERS ARE RELIABLE, THE THIRD WILL BE GOD

     

    God said the following: “as long as one partner does not betray the other, I will be the third. However, when one betrays the other, I will leave them on their own.” (Abu Dawud)

     

     

    USURY IS CURSED

     

    The Apostle of Allah (PBUH) cursed the one who accepted usury, the one who paid it, the witness to it and the one who recorded it and said that they are equally sinful. (Muslim)

     

     

    THE PERSON WHO EARNS HALAL SUSTENANCE SHOULD CONTNIUE HIS WORK

     

    The person who earns halal sustenance from a lawful work should continue his work. (Tabarani)

     

     

    THE RIGHT TO SPEAK IN SHOPPING BELONGS TO SELLER

     

    If the two sides who are shopping quarrel, the word of the seller is taken as a basis while the buyer is left free to decide. (Tirmidhi)

     

     

    Source: resulullah.org

     

  • Four great ways to break evil habits

    The first step to breaking the bad habits is to identify them. Only after identifying them can you decide to do something about them. Here are two tips for identifying the bad habits you might have:

     

     

     

    Compare your life with your value system

     

    Do you live according to your value system? Or do you deviate from it here and there? Your value system acts like a compass that guides your life. When you do things that are not according to your life compass, you know that you have a problem. So look for things you consistently do that deviate from your value system. Those are your bad habits. As Muslims, our value system is the Shariah. Any action/s which are contrary to that of the Shariah is evil and Haraam. One should protect oneself from doing acts which go against the dictates of the Shariah and Islam.

     

    Compare your life with a role model

     

    Sometimes it’s easier to compare your life with someone else’s life than to compare it with an abstract value system. So find people whose life you want to emulate and find the details of how they live their life. Is there anything they don’t do that you consistently do? For instance, perhaps they are never late. You, on the other hand, are perpetually late. That’s a bad habit you should stop.

     

     

     

    Here are four tips to stop bad habits:

     

     

     

    1. Quit feeding the bad habit

     

     

     

    There are two “wolves” inside us that fight each other. One wolf represents good habits while the other represents bad habits. Which wolf will win the fight? The answer is the one you feed. So breaking bad habit is actually simple: just stop feeding it. Leave the bad habit starve and you are on your way to get it away from your life.

     

     

     

    2. Replace it with a good habit

     

     

     

    Quit feeding the bad habit is essential but it’s not enough. You must also replace it with a good habit. Otherwise there is an empty space in your life where the bad habit could go back to anytime.

     

     

     

    So develop a good habit to replace the bad habit. For instance, if you have the habit of thinking negative thoughts, you should replace it with the habit of thinking positive thoughts. Whenever negative thoughts come, use it as a trigger to start thinking positive thoughts. Or if you have the habit of eating unhealthy food, you can start developing the habit of eating healthy food. Just don’t leave the space empty.

     

     

     

    3. Press past the initial pain and discomfort

     

     

     

    When breaking a bad habit, the beginning of the process is the most difficult. Just like getting a space shuttle lifted off the Earth takes enormous amount of power, it also takes enormous amount of willpower to break a bad habit. And just like moving a space shuttle that has escaped the Earth’s gravitational pull takes little energy, it also takes only little amount of willpower to continue doing your new habit.

     

     

     

    The initial phase is the most difficult, but it will become easier and easier over time. So whenever you think that it’s too difficult to stay on course, just remember that it won’t be so for long. You just have to keep moving forward.

     

     

     

    4. Make “no exceptions” policy

     

     

     

    Once you decide to break a bad habit, stick with your decision. Make no exceptions to come back to it for whatever reason. I know it’s not easy (at least for me), but this step is essential if you want the process to get easier over time. Making exceptions is like taking a space shuttle back to Earth; you need another enormous amount of power to lift it off again. So be careful not to make exceptions when you are dealing with bad habits. Never become despondent and lose hope, with determination and courage, we can all reach great heights.

     

     

     

  • Problems and how to overcome them

    If a person does not know the answer to the following three questions:

     

    i)        Why is there a problem?

     

    ii)       Where did the problem come from?

     

    iii)      How to deal with the problem?

     

    then the problem will lead to frustration. The person will then make inappropriate statements like “Why did Allah do this to me?” etc. At times during the height of frustration a person may even assault his ownself to give vent to his frustration. He may even assault his wife and children.

     

     

     

    The various challenges of life can be overcome by pondering upon verses 155, 156 of Surah Baqarah. Allah Ta’ala say:

     

    And certainly, We shall test you with some degree of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.) Those who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”

     

    (Qur’an 2:155-156)

     

     

     

    The above verses answer all three questions.

     

    Q. Why is there a problem?

     

    A. Allah put us in various challenges of life to test our Iman and to see how we respond to those challenges.

     

     

     

    Q. Where did the problem come from?

     

    A. If the problem is not due to one’s own shortcomings, sins etc. it just came upon a person, then it is a test from Allah.

     

     

     

    Q. How to overcome the problem?

     

    A. Allah says, Be patient and exercise restraint. Say:

     

     

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna ilayhi Rāji῾ūn.

     

    “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly,

    to Him we shall return.” (Qur’an 2:156)

     

     

    In essence, during difficulties, turn to Allah and make the zikr of Allah. Yunus alayhi salam was trapped in three darknesses. The darkness of the night; the darkness of the huge waves of the sea; and the darkness of the belly of the whale.

     

     

    Outwardly, there was no way Yunus a could be relieved from such a difficulty. Yunus alayhi salam beseeches Allah from within the belly of the fish.

     

     

    …لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ o فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ وَنَجَّيْنَاهُ مِنَ الْغَمِّ…

     

    …‘There is no one worthy of worship except You(Allah). You are pure. I was among the Zalimeen (who went against your orders). ‘We responded his prayer and saved him from grief… (Qur’an 21:87-88)

     

    While we adopt means to address our difficulties, making Zikr is an effective way of invoking the mercy of Allah. It is through the blessing of Zikr, Allah guides a person to the solution of his problems.

     

     

     

    Allah Ta’ala says:

     

    Behold, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find content! (Qur’an 13:28)

     

    An outstanding characteristic in the life of our pious predecessors was making Zikr. This was their shield against all challenges. A person who does not make the Zikr of Allah is uneasy. A poet characterises the heart of such a person:

     

    Forgetting the Zikr of Allah is the death of the hearts of people.

     

    The physical body is a grave before reaching the grave

     

    The poet attributes the empty and miserable feeling of the heart to the absence of Zikr.

     

    Allah says those that confront the challenges of life with the Zikr of Allah invoke the mercy of Allah and such people are guided. (Qur’an 2:157)

     

    Take out some time every day to make the Zikr of Allah and make dua to Allah after the Zikr. Duas after Zikr are most definitely accepted.

     

  • 10 useless matters that cannot be benefited from

    1. Knowledge that is not implemented.

     

    2. An action that is empty of sincerity, and is not based on the correct example.

     

    3. Wealth that is hoarded, as the owner neither enjoys it during this life, nor obtains any reward for it in the  hereafter.

     

    4. The heart that is empty of love and longing for Allāh, and of seeking closeness to Him.

     

    5. A body that does not obey and serve Allāh.

     

    6. Loving Allāh without seeking His pleasure.

     

    7. Time that is not spent in expiating sins or seizing opportunities to perform deeds of righteousness that will bring one closer to Allāh.

     

    8. A mind that thinks about issues which bring about no benefit.

     

    9. Serving those who neither bring you close to Allāh or benefit you in your life.

     

    10. Hoping and fearing one who is under the authority of Allāh, and whose forehead is in His Hand, while he cannot bring any benefit, harm, life, death, or resurrection to himself.

     

    However, the greatest of these matters is the wasting of the heart, and the wasting of time. Wasting the heart is done by preferring this worldly life over the Hereafter, and wasting time is done by having incessant hopes.

    All evil is in following one’s desires and having incessant hopes, while all goodness is found in following the right path and preparing oneself to meet Allāh, and Allāh is the source of Assistance.”

     

  • The rememberance of Allah

    Mu’aadh Ibn Jabal (radi Allahu anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The People of Paradise will not regret anything except one thing alone: the hour that passed them by in which they made no remembrance of Allah.” (Narrated Bayhaqi in Shu`ab al-iman).

     

    We should remember Allah as much as we can and glorify him night and day, not just in Ramadan but until our very last breath. What better time to start remembering Allah more than in this most blessed month.

     

    The Zikr of Allah is something that will not cost you any time. We all have very busy lifestyles and many a times we complain that we do not have enough time. With Zikr ,you do not have to make any time for it. It is something that you could super impose over your regular schedule; be it while at work, whilst cooking, whilst shopping, and even whilst relaxing. Zikr of Allah is something that is extremely easy and extremely rewardable.We may think that just because an act is simple and easy it does not carry weight in it. That is not the case.

     

    Ibnul Jawzi (Rahmatullah alayh) delivers advice in his book Sayd al khatir. This advice is a rule for burglars. Anyone who is in the field of burglary has to learn this rule. This is the most important law and rule for burglary; you cannot graduate from it until you master this rule. What is this rule? You take whatever is very light in weight and very valuable in price. When you walk into a house to steal, you do not carry the couches and chairs, rather you will take with you the gold and jewelry.

     

    In the same way; we need to apply this rule when dealing with the laws of Shari’ah. There are some Ibadaat which are very easy to do and carry a lot of weight. One of them is the Zikr of Allah Azza Wajal.

     

    Zikr of Allah Azza Wajal is just like a tree, the fruit of which is the realization of Allah. The more zikr is done, the stronger shall grow the branches of this tree; and the stronger the root of this tree and the more abundant the fruits it will bear.

     

    Let us set daily targets of doing as much Dhikr as we can. We should remember Allah in our hearts and not just by our tongues. Contemplate over his magnificence and his creations and imagine him in front of us as we glorify and remember Allah Azza Wajal.

     

     

    To Mention a few Virtues of Zikr:

     

    It is the cause of Allah Azza Wajal’s pleasure.

     

    It relieves the mind of anxieties and worries.Allah mentions in the Quraan: “verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts  find  rest.” [13:28]

     

    It produces joy and happiness in the heart.

     

    It brightens the face and the heart.

     

    It helps realization of Allah so that the person reaches a wherein he comes to regard Allah as his sole Cherisher, Guardian and Master, and he turns unto Him, in all afflictions.

     

    It is the key to nearness to Allah; the greater the zikr, the greater the nearness to Allah, and greater the indifference to Zikr, the greater the distance from Him.

     

    It opens the door of Ma’rifat (realization) of Allah.

     

    It makes one realize the greatness and grandeur of Allah Azza Wajal and strengthens the consciousness of his omnipresence.

     

    Zikr of Allah causes one’s mention in the Court of Allah, as said in the Quran: “Remember me, and I will remember you.”

     

    It gives life to the heart; Ibn Taimiyyah (Rahmatullah alaih) says that zikr is as necessary for the heart as water for the fish.

    Imagine the condition of a fish out of water.

     

     

    It is food for the heart and the soul; depriving them of zikr is like depriving the body of its food.

     

    Zikr cleanses the heart of its rust. Everything rusts according to its nature; and the heart rusts with wordly desires and sins, to purify the heart, zikr is necessary.

     

     

     

    The following are forms of Dhikr as mentioned in various Ahadith that we can recite throughout the day and night:

     

    We should try and aim to recite each of these Dhikr a 100 times each which makes a total of 1000 a day minimum.

     

    1. Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee – Recite this abundantly during the last ten nights of Ramadan.

     

    2. Subhanallah.

     

    3. Alhamdulillah.

     

    4. Allahu Akbar.

     

    5. Laa ilaaha illallah.

     

    6. La hawla wala quwwata illa billahil aliyil Azeem.

     

    7. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay.

     

    8. Subhanallahi Wabihamdihi Subhanallahil Azeem.

     

    9. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar,Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm.

     

    10. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu wahdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-hamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa hayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, dū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr.

     

    11. Durood and salawaat upon Rasulullah Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam.

     

     

    What an amazing opportunity we have been given in this blessed month to gain such closeness to Allah as well as his mercy and forgiveness of our past and present sins. There are immense rewards available for us in this blessed month if only we make the little effort required to gain them. Surely on the Day of Judgment we will BEG each other for just one good deed but we will not be able to get anything as we will all be in desperate need on that day. Therefore; the time to prepare for the Hereafter is NOW as tomorrow may never come. What better time to make lifetime changes than to do so in the most blessed of Months – Ramadaan Al Kareem.

     

  • The Noor of Tahajjud

    Someone asked  Hasan Basri(rahmatullahi alayh) ‘’what is the specialty of the people of Tahajjud? Their faces are more radiant than the faces of others’’. Hasan Basri(rahmatullahi alayh) said:’’ They adopt solitude with Allah Ta’ala. Therefore Allah Ta’ala cloaks them with the garment of Noor.’’

  • Procedures and virtues of Salāh at-Tasbīh and Salāh at-Tawbah

    Virtues of Salah at- Tasbih:

     

    Salāh at-Tasbīh is a prayer that carries great reward for the one who prays it.[1] ‘Abdullah bin al-Mubārak (may Allah have mercy on him) has said that Salāh at-Tasbīh is such a prayer that each and every person should make a habit of praying it all the time and never let themselves be distracted from attending to this prayer.[2]

     

    Before teaching his uncle the method of this salāh, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said to him:

     

    يَا عَبَّاسُ، يَا عَمَّاهُ، أَلَا أُعْطِيكَ، أَلَا أَمْنَحُكَ، أَلَا أَحْبُوكَ، أَلَا أَفْعَلُ بِكَ عَشْرَ خِصَالٍ، إِذَا أَنْتَ فَعَلْتَ ذَلِكَ غَفَرَ اللَّهُ لَكَ ذَنْبَكَ أَوَّلَهُ وَآخِرَهُ، قَدِيمَهُ وَحَدِيثَهُ، خَطَأَهُ وَعَمْدَهُ، صَغِيرَهُ وَكَبِيرَهُ، سِرَّهُ وَعَلَانِيَتَهُ (سنن أبي داود، باب صلاة التسبيح)

     

    Oh uncle! Shall I not give you? Shall I not grant you? Shall I not award you? Shall I not do (mercy) on you that when you do ten things Allah will forgive your sins: of the future and of the past; new and old; those you have done by mistake and those you did knowingly; big and small; hidden and revealed. [Sunan Abi Dāwūd]

     

    At the end of the same hadīth, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) remarked:

     

    إِنِ اسْتَطَعْتَ أَنْ تُصَلِّيَهَا فِي كُلِّ يَوْمٍ مَرَّةً فَافْعَلْ، فَإِنْ لَمْ تَفْعَلْ فَفِي كُلِّ جُمُعَةٍ مَرَّةً، فَإِنْ لَمْ تَفْعَلْ فَفِي كُلِّ شَهْرٍ مَرَّةً، فَإِنْ لَمْ تَفْعَلْ فَفِي كُلِّ سَنَةٍ مَرَّةً، فَإِنْ لَمْ تَفْعَلْ، فَفِي عُمُرِكَ مَرَّةً

     

    If you have the ability to pray it once each day then do so. And if you cannot, then once every week. If you cannot, then once each month. If you cannot, then once each year. If you (still) cannot, then (at least) once in your lifetime.

     

     

     

     

     

    Procedure of Salāh at-Tasbīh:

     

    Salāh at-Tasbīh is a four raka’āt nafl salāh in which one recites the following tasbīh 75 times in each rak’ah, which will be 300 tasbīhāt in four raka’āt:

     

    سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ ، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَلَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ ، وَاَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ

     

    Whenever we refer to tasbīh hereafter, it refers to the above mentioned tasbīh.

     

     

     

    There are two methods for performing Salāh at-Tasbīh. One may choose any of the two methods.[3]

     

     

     

    The First Method[4]

     

    (1) Make intention to perform four raka’āt nafl salāh and commence the salāh as you would normally do by beginning with the recitation of the thanā:

     

    سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَ بِحَمْدِكَ وَ تَبَارَكَ اسْمُكَ وَ تَعَالي جَدُّكَ وَ لاَ إِلَهَ غَيْرُكَ

     

    (2) Recite the tasbīh fifteen times.

     

    (3) Continue the salāh as you would normally do by reciting the ta’awwudh

     

    (أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم), tasmiyah (بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم), surah al-Fātihah and then any other surah thereafter.

     

    (4) Recite the tasbīh ten times.

     

    (5) Proceed into rukū‘ and recite the regular tasbīhāt for the rukū‘.

     

    (6) Recite the tasbīh ten times.

     

    (7) Say the tasmī’ (سمع الله لمن حمده) to go into the qawmah position and then say the tahmīd (ربنا لك الحمد) as you would in any regular salāh.

     

    (8) Recite the tasbīh ten times.

     

    (9) Go down for sajdah. Recite the regular tasbīhāt for the sajdah.

     

    (10) Recite the tasbīh ten times.

     

    (11) Go into the sitting position (jalsah) as you would do normally.

     

    (12) Recite the tasbīh ten times while in the sitting position.

     

    (13) Go back down for the second sajdah. Recite the regular tasbīhāt for the sajdah.

     

    (14) Recite the tasbīh ten times.

     

    (15) Repeat the same process for the next three raka’āt the same way; although, unlike the first rak’ah, the next three rak’ah will commence by reciting the tasbīh  fifteen times instead of beginning with the thanā, ta’awwudh, and tasmiyah.

     

     

     

    The Second Method[5]

     

    The second method of praying Salāh at-Tasbīh is the same as the first method with an exception to the following differences:

     

    (1) Do NOT recite the tasbīh at the beginning of each rak’ah. Recite it fifteen times (instead of ten times) AFTER reciting surah al-Fātihah and the surah after it.

     

    (2) At the end of each rak’ah (after the second sajdah), sit up into the jalsah position and recite the tasbīh ten times. At the end of the first and third rak’ah, right before getting up for the next rak’ah, say the takbīr (Allahu Akbar) only once to get up from the rukū’ to the sitting position, i.e., there is no need to repeat the takbīr again to stand up for the second or fourth rak’ah.

     

    (3) While sitting in the second and fourth rak’ah, recite the tasbīh before reciting the tashahhud (the at-tahiyyāt).[6]

     

    Below are some important things to keep in mind while performing Salāh at-Tasbīh:

     

    (1) It is preferable to fold the hands while in the qawmah position, i.e., the standing position after the rukū’.[7]

     

    (2) If one forgets to recite the tasbīh, or did not recite the number of times one was supposed to, one may make them up in the next position where one has to recite the tasbīh again.[8]

     

    (3) Do not count the tasbīhāt out loud, rather count them by putting a little force on each finger and pushing it down as you count each tasbīh.[9]

     

    (4) One may also choose to recite the full tasbīh instead of the shorter version as written below:[10]

     

    سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ ، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَلَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ ، وَاَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ، وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إلَّا بِاَللَّه

     

    (5) One may choose to recite any surah that one pleases; although, there is a narration that states reciting the following surahs for each rak’ah: Surah at-Takāthur in the first rak’ah, Surah al-‘Asr in the second rak’ah, Surah al-Kāfirūn in the third rak’ah, and Surah al-Ikhlās in the fourth rak’ah.[11]

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Salāh at-Tawbah

     

    Procedure:

     

    Salāh at-Tawbah is a simple two rak’āt salāh that is performed in order to secure the forgiveness of Allah Ta’ālā. It is recommended[12] that one should perform this salāh while making tawbah.

     

    When one intends to perform this salāh, he should make his wudu properly.[13] Thereafter, he should make an intention for a two rak’āt salāh. This salāh will be prayed like any regular nafl salāh; therefore, one may choose to recite whichever surah one wants to along with surah al-Fātihah. On completion of the salāh, raise the hands for du’ā, show khushū’ and khudū’ and cry in front of Allah the Almighty while asking Him for forgiveness.[14]

     

     

     

    Virtues:

     

    Sayyiduna ‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) says:

     

    حَدَّثَنِي أَبُو بَكْرٍ وَصَدَقَ أَبُو بَكْرٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ، أَنَّهُ قَالَ: سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ: ” مَا مِنْ عَبْدٍ يُذْنِبُ ذَنْبًا، فَيُحْسِنُ الطُّهُورَ، ثُمَّ يَقُومُ فَيُصَلِّي رَكْعَتَيْنِ، ثُمَّ يَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ، إِلَّا غَفَرَ اللَّهُ لَهُ، ثُمَّ قَرَأَ هَذِهِ الْآيَةَ: {وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا فَعَلُوا فَاحِشَةً أَوْ ظَلَمُوا أَنْفُسَهُمْ ذَكَرُوا اللَّهَ} إِلَى آخِرِ الْآيَةِ (سنن أبي داود، باب في الإستغفار)

     

    Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say: “There is no one who commits a sin then purifies himself well and stands and prays two rak’ahs, then asks Allah for forgiveness, but Allah will forgive him. Then he recited this verse: ‘And those who, when they have committed Fahishah (an indecent act) or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins; — and none can forgive sins but Allah — and do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know’ [Āl ‘Imrān 3:135].” [Sunan Abi Dawūd]

     

    May Allah Ta’ālā grant us all His mercy and relieve us of our sins. Āmīn.

     

     

     

    And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

     

    Checked and Approved by,

    Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    [1] وَفِيهَا ثَوَابٌ لَا يَتَنَاهَى وَمِنْ ثَمَّ قَالَ بَعْضُ الْمُحَقِّقِينَ : لَا يَسْمَعُ بِعَظِيمِ فَضْلِهَا وَيَتْرُكُهَا إلَّا مُتَهَاوِنٌ بِالدِّينِ (رد المحتار علي الدر المختار، ج ٢، ص ٥٧١، ايج ايم سعيد كمبني)

     

    أَمَّا صَلَاةُ التَّسْبِيحِ فَقَدْ أَوْرَدَهَا الثِّقَاتُ وَهِيَ صَلَاةٌ مُبَارَكَةٌ فِيهَا ثَوَابٌ عَظِيمٌ وَمَنَافِعُ كَثِيرَةٌ (البحر الرائق، ج ٢، ص ٢٩، ايج ايم سعيد كمبني)

     

    [2] وقال عبد الله بن المبارك صلاة التسبيح مرغب فيها يستحب أن يعتادها كل حين ولا يتغافل عنها (حاشية الطحطاوي علي مراقي الفلاح، ج ١، ص ٤٨٨، مكتبة الأسد)

     

    [3] فتاوي رحيمية، ج ٥/٦، ص ٢١٤، دار الإشاعت

     

    [4] سنن ابي داود، باب صلاة التسبيح

     

    فتاوي محمودية، ج ٧، ص ٢٥٠، دار الإفتاء جامعة فاروقية

     

    فتاوي رحيمية، ج ٥/٦، ص ٢١٤، دار الإشاعت

     

    جامع الفتاوي، ج ٥، ص ٢٥٩، إدارة تاليفات اشرفية

     

    رد المحتار علي الدر المختار، ج ٢، ص ٥٧١، ايج ايم سعيد كمبني

     

     

     

    [5] فتاوي رحيمية، ج ٥/٦، ص ٢١٤، دار الإشاعت

     

    جامع الفتاوي، ج ٥، ص ٢٥٩، إدارة تاليفات اشرفية

     

    رد المحتار علي الدر المختار، ج ٢، ص ٥٧١، ايج ايم سعيد كمبني

     

    [6] فتاوي رحيمية، ج ٥/٦، ص ٢١٥، دار الإشاعت

     

    [7] احسن الفتاوي، ج ٣، ص ٤٩١، ايج ايم سعيد كمبني

     

     

     

    [8] فتاوي رحيمية، ج ٥/٦، ص ٢١٤، دار الإشاعت

     

    جامع الفتاوي، ج ٥، ص ٢٥٩، إدارة تاليفات اشرفية

     

    قَالَ الْمُلَّا عَلِيٌّ فِي شَرْحِ الْمِشْكَاةِ : مَفْهُومُهُ أَنَّهُ إنْ سَهَا وَنَقَصَ عَدَدًا مِنْ مَحَلٍّ مُعَيَّنٍ ، يَأْتِي بِهِ فِي مَحَلٍّ آخَرَ تَكْمِلَةً لِلْعَدَدِ الْمَطْلُوبِ ا هـ .

     

    قُلْت : وَاسْتُفِيدَ أَنَّهُ لَيْسَ لَهُ الرُّجُوعُ إلَى الْمَحَلِّ الَّذِي سَهَا فِيهِ وَهُوَ ظَاهِرٌ ، وَيَنْبَغِي كَمَا قَالَ بَعْضُ الشَّافِعِيَّةِ أَنْ يَأْتِيَ بِمَا تَرَكَ فِيمَا يَلِيهِ إنْ كَانَ غَيْرَ قَصِيرٍ فَتَسْبِيحُ الِاعْتِدَالِ يَأْتِي بِهِ فِي السُّجُودِ ، أَمَّا تَسْبِيحُ الرُّكُوعِ فَيَأْتِي بِهِ فِي السُّجُودِ أَيْضًا لَا فِي الِاعْتِدَالِ لِأَنَّهُ قَصِيرٌ . (رد المحتار علي الدر المختار، ج ٢، ص ٥٧٢، ايج ايم سعيد كمبني)

     

    [9] فتاوي رحيمية، ج ٥/٦، ص ٢١٤، دار الإشاعت

     

    وَفِي الْقُنْيَةِ : لَا يَعُدُّ التَّسْبِيحَاتِ بِالْأَصَابِعِ إنْ قَدَرَ أَنْ يَحْفَظَ بِالْقَلْبِ وَإِلَّا يَغْمِزُ الْأَصَابِعَ . (رد المحتار علي الدر المختار، ج ٢، ص ٥٧٢، ايج ايم سعيد كمبني)

     

    (قَوْلُهُ وَعَدُّ الْآيِ وَالتَّسْبِيحِ) أَيْ وَيُكْرَهُ عَدُّ الْآيَاتِ مِنْ الْقُرْآنِ وَالتَّسْبِيحِ وَكَذَا السُّوَرُ لِأَنَّهُ لَيْسَ مِنْ أَعْمَالِ الصَّلَاةِ أَطْلَقَهُ فَشَمِلَ الْعَدَّ فِي الْفَرَائِضِ وَالنَّوَافِلِ جَمِيعًا بِاتِّفَاقِ أَصْحَابِنَا فِي ظَاهِرِ الرِّوَايَةِ وَرُوِيَ عَنْهُمَا فِي غَيْرِ ظَاهِرِ الرِّوَايَةِ أَنَّ الْعَدَّ بِالْيَدِ لَا بَأْسَ بِهِ كَذَا فِي الْعِنَايَةِ وَغَيْرِهَا لَكِنْ فِي الْكَافِي وَقَالَا لَا بَأْسَ بِهِ فَجَزَمَ بِهِ عَنْهُمَا وَعَلَّلَ لَهُمَا بِأَنَّ الْمُصَلِّيَ يَضْطَرُّ إلَى ذَلِكَ لِمُرَاعَاةِ سُنَّةِ الْقِرَاءَةِ وَالْعَمَلِ بِمَا جَاءَتْ بِهِ السُّنَّةُ فِي صَلَاةِ التَّسْبِيحِ «وَقَالَ – عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ – لِنِسْوَةٍ سَأَلَتْهُ عَنْ التَّسْبِيحِ اُعْدُدْنَهُ بِالْأَنَامِلِ فَإِنَّهُنَّ مَسْئُولَاتٌ مُسْتَنْطَقَاتٌ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ» وَقَوْلُهُ فِي الْهِدَايَةِ قُلْنَا يُمْكِنُهُ أَنْ يَعُدَّ ذَلِكَ قَبْلَ الشُّرُوعِ إنَّمَا يَأْتِي هَذَا فِي الْآيِ دُونَ التَّسْبِيحَاتِ اهـ.

     

    قَالُوا وَمَحَلُّ الِاخْتِلَافِ هُوَ الْعَدُّ بِالْيَدِ كَمَا وَقَعَ التَّقْيِيدُ بِهِ فِي الْهِدَايَةِ سَوَاءٌ كَانَ بِأَصَابِعِهِ أَوْ بِخَيْطٍ يُمْسِكُهُ أَمَّا الْغَمْزُ بِرُءُوسِ الْأَصَابِعِ أَوْ الْحِفْظُ بِالْقَلْبِ فَهُوَ غَيْرُ مَكْرُوهٍ اتِّفَاقًا وَالْعَدُّ بِاللِّسَانِ مُفْسِدٌ (البحر الرائق، ج ٢، ص ٢٩، ايج ايم سعيد كمبني)

     

    [10] جامع الفتاوي، ج ٥، ص ٢٥٩، إدارة تاليفات اشرفية

     

     

     

    [11] فتاوي رحيمية، ج ٥/٦، ص ٢١٥، دار الإشاعت

     

    قِيلَ لِابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ : هَلْ تَعْلَمُ لِهَذِهِ الصَّلَاةِ سُورَةً قَالَ : التَّكَاثُرُ وَالْعَصْرُ وَالْكَافِرُونَ وَالْإِخْلَاصُ (رد المحتار علي الدر المختار، ج ٢، ص ٥٧١، ايج ايم سعيد كمبني)

     

    [12] وَذَكَرَ الشَّيْخُ إسْمَاعِيلُ عَنْ شَرْحِ الشِّرْعَةِ : مِنْ الْمَنْدُوبَاتِ صَلَاةُ التَّوْبَةِ وَصَلَاةُ الْوَالِدَيْنِ وَصَلَاةُ رَكْعَتَيْنِ عِنْدَ نُزُولِ الْغَيْثِ وَرَكْعَتَيْنِ فِي السِّرِّ لِدَفْعِ النِّفَاقِ وَالصَّلَاةُ حِينَ يَدْخُلُ بَيْتَهُ وَيَخْرُجُ تَوَقِّيًا عَنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَدْخَلِ وَالْمَخْرَجِ ، وَاَللَّهُ أَعْلَمُ . (رد المحتار علي الدر المختار، ج ٢، ص ٥٧٣، دار المعرفة)

     

    [13] سنن أبي داود، باب في الإستغفار

     

    [14] و إذا أراد التوبة يصلي ركعتين صلات التوبة، و يمد يديه الي الله تعالي و يقول: اللهم اني أتوب اليك منها، لا أرجع اليها ابدا…و يتضرع بخشوع و خضوع و حياء و بكاء و حضور… (غنية الناسك في بغية المناسك، ص ٣٤، إدارة القرآن و العلوم الإسلامية)

     

  • The night of the 15th of Sha’ban

    If a person wants to fill a container he will first ensure that the container is clean. If the container is not clean he will first clean the container then he will fill it up. Likewise, if we want to fill his heart with the blessings of Ramadhān then we will first have to clean our hearts. If we are not prepared to fill ordinary water in a dirty glass how then we expect to fill a dirty heart with the pure blessings and mercies of the blessed month of Ramadhān?

     

     

     

    Allāh % through His infinite mercy blessed us with the night of emancipation, the night of the 15th of Sha’bān so that we may clean and purify our hearts so that when Ramadhān comes we are able to fill our hearts with the immense goodness it brings along.

     

     

     

    The night of the 15th of Sha’bān is a night of turning to Allāh  in repentance. It is also an opportunity to patch up with fellow human beings. It is an occasion to clean up our hearts so that when Ramadhān comes we are ready to fill up our hearts and gain maximum benefit from this auspicious month.

     

     

     

    We are thought in the aḥādīth that on this night Allāh  forgives His entire creation except those who ascribe partners unto Him. Another narration mentions that Allāh  forgives so many people on this night as to the amount of wool on the sheep of the tribe named Kalb.

     

     

     

    Du’ā To Be Recited On This Night

     

     

     

    أَعُوْذُ بِعَفْوِكَ مِنْ عِقَابِكَ وَأَعُوْذُ بِرِضَاكَ مِنْ سَخَطِكَ وَأَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْكَ إِلَيْكَ

     

    لَا أُحْصِيْ ثَنَاءً عَلَيْكَ أَنْتَ كَمَا أَثْنَيْتَ عَلىَ نَفْسِكَ

     

    I seek protection in Your forgiveness from Your punishment

     

    And I seek protection in Your happiness from Your anger

     

    And I seek protection in You from You

     

    I am unable to praise You

     

    You are as You praised Yourself.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Written By: Mufti Ishaaq E Moosa (Student of Mufti Ebrahim Desai)

     

     

     

    Checked and Approved by,

     

    Mufti Ebrahim Desai

     

     

     

  • The Prophet Ayub (Alayhi Salam) and his story of hardships

    1. Ayub (Alayhi Salam) was the prophet of Allah during the era between Musa and Yaqub (Alayhimus Salam) which was between 1300-1500 B.C.  [1] Some scholars are of the opinion that he was originally Roman from the bloodline of Ibrahim (Alayhi Salam) whilst others say he was an Arab. It is also mentioned that his mother was the daughter of Lut (Alayhi Salam). Allah Taala blessed him with abundant wealth land, livestock, slaves and many children etc.

     

    Allah tested Ayub (Alayhi Salam) by taking away everything he had to such an extent that even his health was taken away from him. Historians and commentators write that not a single limb of Ayub (Alayhi Salam) was safe from disease except his tongue and his heart through which he would remember Allah Taala.

     

    Difficulties worsened to such an extent that people cut their ties with him due to his illness and had him expelled from the city to a place outside the city. The only person that was there to support him was his wife, Rahmah bint Ifrahim.

     

    Despite all the difficulties, Ayub (Alayhi Salam) was patient, persevering, and grateful. [3]He was also constantly engrossed in the remembrance of Allah Taala day and night. It was after years of forbearance and difficulty that Ayub (Alayhi Salams) wife told him “oh Ayub why don’t you ask Allah to help you”. He replied “I lived for seventy years in prosperity why shouldn’t I be patient for the sake of Allah for seventy years.”  It was after this that Ayub (Alayhi Salam) made the following dua which is in the Quraan: [4]

     

     

    وَأَيُّوبَ إِذْ نَادَى رَبَّهُ أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الضُّرُّ وَأَنْتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ

     

    And when Ayub (Alayhi Salam) prayed to his Rabb saying, “Difficulty has certainly afflicted me and You are the Most Merciful of those who show mercy”. (Surah Ambiya-83)

     

     

     

    Allah Taala mentions in the Quraan how Ayub (Alayhi Salam) was healed:

     

    ارْكُضْ بِرِجْلِكَ هَذَا مُغْتَسَلٌ بَارِدٌ وَشَرَابٌ

     

    (Allah Taala said) Strike your foot on the ground (Allah Taala caused a spring to gush out) This is cool water for bathing and drinking (after which you will be cured) (Surah Saad-42)

     

    Allah Taala then mentions:

     

    وَوَهَبْنَا لَهُ أَهْلَهُ وَمِثْلَهُمْ مَعَهُمْ رَحْمَةً مِنَّا وَذِكْرَى لِأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ

     

    (After curing him)We gifted him with his family and as many of them in addition (twice as many) As a mercy from Us and a reminder for the people of intelligence (to remind them that Allah rewards the patient ones and restores their losses.(Surah Saad-43)

     

     

     

    Lessons from the story of Ayub (Alayhi Salam):

     

    a. Allah tests those that are close to him to elevate their ranks.

     

    b. It is easy to thank Allah Taala in the state of prosperity, but praising and remembering Allah during difficulties and accepting his decree is most beloved to Allah and draws his mercy.

     

    c. No matter the situation, one should never be despondent of the mercy of Allah.

     

    d. Being thankful and humble during prosperity and being steadfast and patient during difficulty are two great bounties a person can have and inculcate.[5]

     

    2. It is advisable to recite the dua of Ayub (Alayhi Salam) when faced with difficulties.

     

     

     

    And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

     

     

     

    Checked and Approved by,

    Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

     

     

     

    قصص القران مولانا حفظ الرحمان سهاروى ص557 دار الاشاعت [1]

     

    [2] عن أبي عبيدة بن حذيفة، عن عمته، قالت: أصاب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، حمى شديدة فأمر بسقاء فعلق بشجرة ثم اضطجع تحته فجعل يقطر على فؤاده قال: «إن أشد الناس بلاء الأنبياء، ثم الأمثل فالأمثل (النسئي-7440(

     

    عن عائشة رضي الله عنها، قالت: «ما رأيت أحدا أشد عليه الوجع من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم»(بخارى-5646(

     

    إِنَّا وَجَدْنَاهُ صَابِرًا نِعْمَ الْعَبْدُ إِنَّهُ أَوَّابٌ(سورة ص-44)[3]

     

    البداية و النهاية ص262 دار ابن كثير[4]

     

     [5] قصص القران مولانا حفظ الرحمان سهاروى ص566 دار الاشاعت

     

  • Glad Tidings for You: O Repentant One!

    My dear brother: Who among us is not tempted to sin and to commit acts of disobedience, and who among us is far above committing slips and errors? Every son of Adam sins and the best amongst them sinners are the repentant.

     

    So repentance is the criterion of righteousness and the guide to success. It is the path which was trodden by the best of mankind; Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. Though, Allah has forgiven all his past and coming sins.

     

    Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, said, I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, saying, “by Allah, I ask Allah for forgiveness and repent to Him in the day more than seventy times.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari]

     

    «والله إني لأستغفر الله وأتوب إليه في اليوم أكثر من سبعين مرة» رواه البخاري

     

    Thus, the repentant are considered from the people of Allah and His elite. He has favored the repentant with His Love and Mercy. Allah Almighty has said, {Truly, Allâh loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers).} [Surat Al-Baqarah 2:222]

     

    {إنَّ اللهَ يُحبُ التَّوابِينَ وَيُحبُ المُتَطَهّرِينَ} البقرة: 222

     

    Transliteration: inna Allaha yuhibbu alttawwabeena wayuhibbu almutatahhireena

     

    It is rather that Allah, Glorified and Exalted, rejoices over the repentance of His slave in compliance of his doing. The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, has said: “Allah is more pleased with the repentance of a servant when he turns towards Him for repentance than anyone amongst you when he is upon a camel in a waterless desert and there is upon (that camel) his provision of food and drink also and it is lost by him, and that he has lost all hope (of finding it); he lies down in the shadow of a tree and is disappointed about his camel. While he is in such a state; there he finds that camel standing before him. He takes hold of its nose string and then out of boundless joy says: O Lord, Thou art my servant and I am Thine Lord. He commits this mistake out of extreme delight.” [Reported by Muslim]

     

    «لله أشد فرحا بتوبة عبده حين يتوب إليه من أحدكم كان على راحلته بأرض فلاة، فانفلتت منه، وعليها طعامه وشرابه، فأيس منها. فأتى شجرة، فاضطجع في ظلها، قد أيس من راحلته. فبينا هو كذلك إذا هو بها، قائمة عنده. فأخذ بخطامها ثم قال من شدة الفرح: اللهم! أنت عبدي وأنا ربك. أخطأ من شدة الفرح» رواه مسلم

     

    O dear brother: return to Allah, Glorified and Exalted, and respond to Him when He calls for you: {And all of you beg Allâh to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful} [Surat An-Nûr 24:31]

     

    {وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ} النور: 31

     

    Transliteration: watooboo ila Allahi jameeAAan ayyuha almuminoona laAAallakum tuflihoona

     

    In the previous verse, Allah Glorified and Exalted, has suspended the success of the believer to repentance. No slave of Allah will be successful if he turns away from returning to Allah in repentance, and goes further in his evil and tyranny, his deviation from right and disobedience.

     

    O brother: O you brother to whom Allah has opened the gate of repentance day and night, whom Allah has told that He is Oft-Forgiving, whom Allah has promised to send rain to you in abundance, and give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.

     

    Return to Allah in repentance. Pour the tears of remorse before your death.

     

    How much have you taken from His bounty? How much have you disobeyed His orders? And how much have you been ungrateful for His bliss?

     

    You are still abiding by what He has deterred and forbidden you from doing. Return to Allah in repentance. The gate of repentance is open. The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, has said: “Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, stretches out His Hand during the night so that the people repent for the fault committed from dawn till dusk and He stretches out His Hand during the day so that the people may repent for the fault committed from dusk to dawn. (He would accept repentance) before the sun rises in the west (before the Day of Resurrection).” [Reported by Muslim]

     

    «إن الله عز وجل يبسط يده بالليل ليتوب مسيء النهار، ويبسط يده بالنهار ليتوب مسيء الليل حتى تطلع الشمس من مغربها» رواه مسلم

     

    Is there an excuse remaining for you in delaying your repentance?

     

    Why do I repent?

     

    Let’s renew our journey with those walking to Allah, Glorified and Exalted, to turn the rejoicing of Satan over your disobedience into regrets; to recognize your significance and that there are evil and ignorance in you that plunge you into sins. {But man bore it. Verily, he was unjust (to himself) and ignorant (of its results).} [Surat Al-Ahzâb 33:72]

     

    {وَحَمَلَهَا الْإِنسَانُ إِنَّهُ كَانَ ظَلُومًا جَهُولًا} الأحزاب: 72

     

    Transliteration: wahamalaha alinsanu innahu kanathalooman jahoolan

     

    And {and man was created weak (cannot be patient to leave sexual intercourse with woman).} [Surat An-Nisâ’ 4:28],

     

    {وَخُلِقَ الإِنسَانُ ضَعِيفًا} النساء: 28

     

    Transliteration: wakhuliqa alinsanu daAAeefan

     

    And {and man is ever hasty [i.e., if he is angry with somebody, he invokes (saying): “O Allâh! Curse him” and that one should not do, but one should be patient].} [Surat Al-Isrâ’ 17:11]

     

    {وَكَانَ الإِنسَانُ عَجُولا} الإسراء: 11

     

    Transliteration: wakana alinsanu AAajoolan

     

    O Muslim brother: O you who Allah has created you, fashioned you perfectly…whom Allah has provided for you, clothed you… whom Allah has supplied with food and water… whatever grace you ask from Him, He bestows upon you… nevertheless, you disobeyed Him and you did not thank Him… you committed sins and never asked for forgiveness… you move from an act of disobedience to another… you move from a sin to another… as if you were to be immortal in this worldly life and that you will never die.

     

    You defy Allah with acts of disobedience and sins… forgetting and heedless about the All-Knower of all that is hidden… I wish I knew when you will repent? Would you repent upon your death? Would you repent when death surprises you? Do you think that your repentance will be accepted at such moments?

     

    Listen to Him Who has bestowed His bliss upon you while talking about those who defied Him with acts of disobedience and sins… they did not fear the day when they will be seized by their forelocks and their feet. Listen to what Allah says about them: {Until, when death comes to one of them (those who join partners with Allâh), he says: “My Lord! Send me back,} [Surat Al-Mu’minûn 23:99]

     

    {حَتَّى إذا جَاءَ أَحَدَهُم المَوتُ قالَ رَبّ ارجعُونَ} المؤمنون: 99

     

    Transliteration: Hatta itha jaa ahadahumu almawtu qala rabbi irjiAAooni

     

    Why do you wish to be send back? {So that I may do good in that which I have left behind!} [Surat Al-Mu’minûn 23:100]

     

    {لَعَلّيِ أَعْمَلُ صَالِحاً فِيمَا تَرَكْت} المؤمنون: 100

     

    Transliteration: LaAAallee aAAmalu salihan feemataraktu

     

    He is responded in reprimand by {No}, yes it is a {No} as We have given you time… {No} We have left you and you went too far and never cared and never returned… no, the time is over. {No! It is but a word that he speaks; and behind them is Barzakh (a barrier) until the Day when they will be resurrected.} [Surat Al-Mu’minûn 23:100]

     

    {كَلاَّ إنَّهّا كَلِمَةٌ هُوَ قَائُلِهَا وَمِنَ وَرَائِهم بَرْزَخٌ إلَى يَوْم يُبْعَثُونَ} المؤمنون: 100

     

    Transliteration: kalla innaha kalimatun huwa qailuha wamin waraihim barzakhun ila yawmi yubAAathoona

     

    You may say: what should I do? What could I do? I have sinned a lot... I have disobeyed a lot... I will say to you: my brother, hurry… Hurry as long as the door is open.

     

    Verily, the door to repentance is still open for you. The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, has said, “Allah accepts the repentance of the servant as long as he is not in his stupor.” [Reported by At-Tirmidhi and declared good by Al-Albani]

     

    «إن الله يقبل توبة العبد ما لم يغرغر» رواه الترمذي وحسنه الألباني

     

    And, “he who repents from a sin is like he who is sinless.” [Reported by Ibn Majah and declared good by Al-Albani]

     

    «التائب من الذنب كمن لا ذنب له» رواه ابن ماجه وحسنه الألباني

     

    And have the glad tidings from Allah; for you and for all the repentant… listen to it in the words of Allah Almighty, {Except those who repent and believe (in Islâmic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for those, Allâh will change their sins into good deeds, and Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful} [Surat Al-Furqân 25:70]

     

    {إِلاَّ مَن تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ عملاً صَالِحاً فَأُوْلَئِكَ يُبَدّلُ اللهُ سَيَئَاتِهِم حَسَنَاتٍ وَكَانَ اللهُ غَفُوراً رَّحيماً} الفرقان: 70

     

    Transliteration: Illa man taba waamana waAAamila AAamalan salihan faolaika yubaddilu Allahu sayyiatihim hasanatin wakana Allahu ghafooran raheeman

     

    So hasten – O slave of Allah! and do not empower Satan over you. Hasten before {Lest a person should say: “Alas, my grief that I was undutiful to Allâh (i.e. I have not done what Allâh has ordered me to do), and I was indeed among those who mocked [at the truth! i.e. Lâ ilâha illallâh (none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh), the Qur’ân, and Muhammad and at the faithful believers] (56) Or (lest) he should say: “If only Allâh had guided me, I should indeed have been among the Muttaqûn (the pious) (57) Or (lest) he should say when he sees the torment: “If only I had another chance (to return to the world), then I should indeed be among the Muhsinûn (good-doers)} [Surat Az-Zumar 39:56-58]

     

    {أن تَقُولَ نَفْسٌ يَا حَسْرَتَى عَلَى مَا فَرَّطتُ فيِ جَنبِ الله وَإن كُنتُ لَمنَ السَّاخرينَ (56) أو تَقُولَ لَو أَنَّ اللهَ هَدَانِي لَكُنتُ مِنَ المُتَّقِينَ (57) أوْ تَقُولَ حَيِنَ تَرَىَ الَعَذَابَ لَو أَن لَيِ كَرَّةً فَأكُونَ منَ المُحْسِنِين} الزمر: 56-58

     

    Transliteration: An taqoola nafsun ya hasrata AAala ma farrattu fee janbi Allahi wain kuntu lamina alssakhireena (56) Aw taqoola law anna Allaha hadanee lakuntu mina almuttaqeena (57) Aw taqoola heena tara alAAathaba law anna lee karratan faakoona mina almuhsineena

     

    And know that Allah rejoices over your repentance; so what are you waiting for?

     

     

    Repentance has conditions:

     

    O dear brother: if you know that repentance from sins is obligatory, you must know that it has conditions without which it is not accepted. If the sin is related to the slave of Allah and Allah Almighty and that it is not related to the rights of people, it has three conditions:

     

    The First: to abandon performing such an act of disobedience.

     

    The Second: to regret doing it

     

    The Third: to set up his mind never to return to doing it again.

     

    If one of these conditions is missed, the repentance then is not accepted. If the act of disobedience is involving the right of a person, whether in money, honors or the like, repentance then has four conditions:

     

    1 – The aforementioned three,

     

    2 – and the fourth: to clear himself from the right of such person. If it is money or the like, it is to be returned. If it is a punishment of calumny and the like, he is to present himself for the punishment or to ask for the victim’s forgiveness. If it is backbiting, he is to confess and ask for his forgiveness. These are the conditions of the sincere accepted repentance. Allah Almighty has said, {O you who believe! Turn to Allâh with sincere repentance!} [Surat At-Tahrîm 66:8]

     

    {يَا أَيُهَا الذيِنَ آمَنُوا تُوبُوا إلَى الله تَوْبَةً نَّصُوحاً} التحريم: 8

     

    Transliteration: Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo tooboo ila Allahi tawbatan nasoohan

     

    O brother, remember that remissness is a standing characteristic of humanity and that imperfection is from the innate disposition of the human being. Every human being has a share of lustrous desires, supremacy of the innate nature and heedlessness that befalls him in remissness. However, the degrees of sins vary according to the degrees of self-struggling and the success from Allah. Hence, the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, has said, “By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if you were not to commit sin, Allah would sweep you out of existence and He would replace you by those people who would commit sin and seek forgiveness from Allah, and He would have pardoned them.” [Reported by Muslim]

     

    «والذي نفسي بيده! لو لم تذنبوا لذهب الله بكم، ولجاء بقوم يذنبون، فيستغفرون الله، فيغفر لهم» رواه مسلم

     

    The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, was the most keen among people on asking Allah for forgiveness and repenting to Him. Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him and his father, said, “we used to count for the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in one council a hundred time saying: O my Lord, forgive me and accept my repentance. Truly, You are the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful.” [Reported by Abu Dawud and authenticated by Al-Albani]

     

    «رب اغفر لي، وتب على إنك أنت التواب الرحيم» رواه أبو داود وصححه الألباني

     

    He used to invoke Allah in his prayers saying, “O Allah, I have wronged myself, with great injustice, and no one forgives sins but You. O forgive me and have mercy on me as You are the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari]

     

    «اللهم إني ظلمت نفسي ظلماً كثيراً، ولا يغفر الذنوب إلا أنت، فاغفر لي مغفرة من عندك وارحمني إنك أنت الغفور الرحيم» رواه البخاري

     

    He, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, used to say during ablution, “I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone, who has no partner, and that Muhammad is His Slave and His Messenger. O Allah make me among those who turn unto You in repentance and among those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers).” [Reported by At-Tirmidhi and authenticated by Al-Albani]

     

    «أشهد أن لا إله الا الله وحده لا شريك له، وأشهد أن محمدا عبده ورسوله. اللهم اجعلني من التوابين، واجعلني من المتطهرين» رواه الترمذي وصححه الألباني

     

    O noble brother: be keen on turning to Allah in repentance and asking Him for forgiveness; they are the means of success, the origin of guidance and the right conduct, and the path of the righteous and the obedient. Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us. O Allah! You direct hearts, direct our hearts to obeying You. You keep the hearts firm, keep ours firm in Your religion. And Allah knows best.

     

    Peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad and upon all his family and companions.

     

     

    Source: Ibn Khuzaymah House

  • Renew your Faith

    1. Observe the five prayers: they are the greatest expiations of sins and the purifiers of the soul of dirt and impurities. Allah, Glorified and Exalted, has said, {Verily, As-Salât (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahshâ’ (i.e. great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse) and Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil wicked deed) and the remembering (praising) of (you by) Allâh (in front of the angels) is greater indeed [than your remembering (praising) of Allâh in prayers.} [Surat Al-’Ankabût 29:45]

     

    {إِنَّ الصَّلَاةَ تَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ ۗ وَلَذِكْرُ اللَّـهِ أَكْبَرُ} العنكبوت: 45

     

    Transliteration: inna alssalata tanhaAAani alfahshai waalmunkari walathikru Allahi akbaru

     

    The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, “If there was a river at the door of anyone of you and he took a bath in it five times a day would there remains any dirt on him?” They said, “Not a trace of dirt would be left.” The Prophet added, “That is the example of the five prayers with which Allah blots out (annuls) evil deeds.” [Reported by Muslim]

     

    «أرأيتم لو أن نهرا بباب أحدكم يغتسل منه كل يوم خمس مرات. هل يبقى من درنه شيء؟ قالوا: لا يبقى من درنه شيء. قال فذلك مثل الصلوات الخمس. يمحو الله بهن الخطايا» رواه مسلم

     

    2. Preserve the remembrances of Allah: The remembrances of Allah are the life of the hearts. The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has shown this in the Hadith, “The resemblance between the one who remembers his Lord and the one who does not remember his Lord is like the resemblance between the living and the dead.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari]

     

    «مثل الذي يذكر ربه والذي لا يذكر ربه مثل الحي والميت» رواه البخاري

     

    He has also said, “Shall I tell you about the best of your deeds, the most pure in the Sight of your Lord, about the one that is of the highest order and is far better for you than spending gold and silver, even better for you than meeting your enemies in the battlefield where you strike at their necks and they at yours?” They replied, “Yes, O Messenger of Allah!” He said, “The Remembrances of Allah, Glorified and Exalted.” [Authenticated by Al-Albani]

     

    «ألا أنبئكم بخير أعمالكم وأزكاها عند مليككم وأرفعها في درجاتكم وخير لكم من إنفاق الذهب والورق وخير لكم من أن تلقوا عدوكم فتضربوا أعناقهم ويضربوا أعناقكم قالوا بلى قال ذكر الله تعالى قال معاذ بن جبل ما شيء أنجى من عذاب الله من ذكر الله» صححه الألباني

     

    3. Persist in your supplication to Allah: true guidance is the guidance of Allah. Our hearts are between His Fingers where He controls them as He wills; He sets that one firm and forsakes the other one. Allah almighty has said in the divine Hadith, “O My slaves, all of you are astray except those whom I have guided, so seek guidance from Me and I shall guide you.” [Reported by Muslim]

     

    «يا عبادي كلكم ضال إلاّ من هديته فاستهدوني أهدكم...» رواه مسلم

     

    Moreover, the believer can never dispense with asking guidance from Allah especially in the last third of the night at the beginning of his night prayer. The Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, “There is an hour during the night in which no Muslim happens to be asking Allah any good from this life or the hereafter, but that He will give it to him, and this (occurs) every night”. [Reported by Muslim]

     

    «إن في الليل لساعة لا يوافقها عبد مسلم، يسأل الله تعالى فيها خيرا من أمر الدنيا والآخرة، إلا أعطاه إياه، و ذلك كل ليلة» رواه مسلم

     

    4. Preserve praying the optional prayers: such as dhuha (forenoon) prayer, confirmed Sunnah prayers, and the optional prayers. Along with the obligatory prayers, the optional prayers cause the Love of Allah. Allah Almighty has said in the divine Hadith, “I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawâfil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him. If I love him, so I will become his sense of hearing with which he hears, his sense of sight with which he sees, his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks. Moreover, if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge).” [Reported by al-Bukhari]

     

    «من عادى لي وليا فقد آذنته بالحرب، وما تقرب إلي عبدي بشيء أحب إلي مما افترضت عليه، وما يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه، فإذا أحببته: كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به، وبصره الذي يبصر به، ويده التي يبطش بها، ورجله التي يمشي بها، وإن سألني لأعطينه، ولئن استعاذني لأعيذنه» رواه البخاري

     

    5. Be pious to Allah so that He protects you: Avoid doing what Allah prohibits, observe His commands and do not contradict your enjoined duties, do not violate His creation; do not be unjust to any one concerning his wealth, his honor, his blood or his soul. If you preserved the Rights of Allah in all the previous, you will be among the pious.

     

    6. Preserve repentance and striving with your soul: Allah Almighty has said, {And all of you beg Allâh to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.} [Surat An-Nûr 24:31]

     

    {وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّـهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ} النور: 31

     

    Transliteration: watooboo ila Allahi jameeAAan ayyuha almuminoona laAAallakum tuflihoona

     

     

    By: Al Watan House

     

     

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