September 28, 2016

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The Ability to Take the Name of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is a Great Blessing

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The Ability to Take the Name of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is a Great Blessing

Adapted from a Zikr Majlis of Moulana Naeem Motala
15/09/2016 ~ Musjid e Noor ~ Durban ~ South Africa

 

The gatherings of Zikrullah, in which the Name of Allah is taken and conducted solely for the pleasure of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, are a source of one’s spiritual elevation and a key which opens the doors of Ma’arifat (recognition) of Allah Ta’ala. Angels throng such significant gatherings and Allah Ta’ala’s special Mercy and Sakeenah (tranquility) descends upon those engaged in praising HIM.

A person approached Hazrat Haaji Imdaadullah Rahmatullah Alayh and complained that despite engaging in Zikrullah, he senses no faa’idah (benefit) in it. He had expectations of the heart being illuminated with the radiance of Zikr after making Zikrullah and felt he was not benefiting spiritually. Hazrat Haaji Imdaadullah Rahmatullah Alayh immediately replied to him : The mere fact that you are given the opportunity to take the Mubaruk name of Allah is a great Ni’mat (blessing) from Allah.

None of us have the Qudrat (strength and power) to obey Allah Ta’ala, except with Allah’s Mercy upon us. Similarly, none of us have the ability to take the name of Allah Ta’ala with these very same tongues that speak lies, cheat and utter vulgarities, without Him giving us the opportunity and capability to do so! Allah Ta’ala continuously gives us the Taufeeq (ability) to take His Glorious and Majestic name …. this itself is a great benefit and blessing.

Hazrat Haaji Imdaadullah Rahmatullah Alayh further explained : If a person goes to the house of a high ranking personality and his presence is unwanted, then he will be harshly removed. But … if the prominent person is happy with him coming there, he will welcome him in a kind manner and will perhaps even extend his invitation to visit again. 

Likewise, when a person comes to the house of Allah Ta’ala and he gets the opportunity of returning again, or when a person performs Salaah and he gets the opportunity of standing before Allah Ta’ala again, or when a person engages in the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala and he gets the opportunity of remembering Allah Ta’ala again …. then, this is a sign that Allah Ta’ala loves the person and has given him another chance, as though He has invited the person (in His presence) again.

So, being able to do the Itaa’at (obedience) of Allah Ta’ala continuously, is a gateway to His love and a great Ni’mat (bounty) upon us.

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September 22, 2016

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Husne Dhan Billah ~ Having Good Expectations of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala

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Husne Dhan Billah ~ Having Good Expectations of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala

 Adapted from a Zikr Majlis of Moulana Naeem Motala
 11/08/2016 ~ Musjid e Noor ~ Durban ~ South Africa

A Mu’min (Believer) has to always harbour good thoughts of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. Allah has bestowed upon us countless of bounties in the past and present and He continues to favour us, so we should not be pessimistic regarding our future, lest we are considered ungrateful. When a Believer places His trust in Allah, hoping and anticipating good, then Allah Ta’ala in return does good to Him.

Allah Ta’ala says in the Noble Quraan :

وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَجًا • وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ 

And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Surah At-Taalaq (65:2/3)

When a person does not have good thoughts regarding Allah Ta’ala he will not be able to engender the type of love he ought to have for Allah Ta’ala. When this love is not found, then a person slowly drifts away from Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and he becomes overpowered by Shaytaan and succumbs to sins.

Shaytaan will continuously play back the reels of our past and make us feel miserable, but, when a righteous believer inculcates Husne Dhan Billah (has a good expectation of Allah), then Allah Ta’ala creates unlimited avenues for him to seek His forgiveness and gain proximity to Him. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala looks for a thousand excuses to forgive us, and never looks for a thousand excuses to punish us!

Once we have made sincere Taubah and we do not return to our past sins and try our level best to inculcate ‘Taqwa’ (Allah consciousness) in our lives and obey Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah Sallallahu AlayhI Wa Sallam, Allah Ta’ala’s mercy will envelop us and we will InshaAllah, find ourselves in a good condition in the hereafter. 

It is mentioned in a Hadith of Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, reported by Hazrat Ibn Mas’ud Radiallahu Anhu : 

وعن ابن مسعود، رضي الله عنه ، قال‏:‏ قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، 
“الجنة أقرب إلى أحدكم من شراك نعله، والنار مثل ذلك‏”‏ ‏(‏رواه البخاري‏‏‏)‏‏‏

“Jannah is nearer to you than your shoelace, and so is the (Hell) Fire” ~ Al-Bukhari

Just like how a shoelace is tied firmly and is close to a shoe, Jannah is close to us and not unattainable or a far fetched goal. One should always be hopeful and never lose sight of the promises of Allah Ta’ala (The Most Kind and Most Merciful) ) who has mentioned to us that, in the Aakhirah (in Jannah) there will be no depression and no oppression. In Surah Yaseen, Allah Ta’ala has mentioned :  سَلَامٌ قَوْلًا مِّن رَّبٍّ رَّحِيمٍ  Peace! – a word (of salutation) from a Lord Most Merciful! ~ [36:58], that  He, Himself, will make Salaam to the Jannati’s who will be in total peace, tranquility, serenity and enjoyment. 

In a similar way, Jahannum is also close to us … so to attain this friendship of Allah Ta’ala and get the enjoyment of the Aakhirah, one will have to make Mujahadah and exert a force against one’s Nafs, suppress one’s desires and resist the strong temptations of the Dunya when sins present themselves. Striving in the wrong path and expending all our energies in Haraam is not Mujahadah ON the Nafs, but that Mujahadah is for entertainment OF the Nafs. We will make mistakes and be faced with temptations, trials, pain and suffering, but these are all the hurdles of this ‘temporary life’. Having good thoughts of Allah Ta’ala, engenders the love of Allah Ta’ala in our hearts and creates this strong bond with Allah. 

Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, said that Allah the Almighty said, in a Hadith Qudsi:

يَقُولُ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى أَنَا عِنْدَ ظَنِّ عَبْدِي بِي، وَأَنَا مَعَهُ إِذَا ذَكَرَنِي، فَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي نَفْسِهِ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي نَفْسِي، وَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي مَلأٍ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي مَلأٍ خَيْرٍ مِنْهُمْ، وَإِنْ تَقَرَّبَ إِلَىَّ بِشِبْرٍ تَقَرَّبْتُ إِلَيْهِ ذِرَاعًا، وَإِنْ تَقَرَّبَ إِلَىَّ ذِرَاعًا تَقَرَّبْتُ إِلَيْهِ بَاعًا، وَإِنْ أَتَانِي يَمْشِي أَتَيْتُهُ هَرْوَلَةً

‘I am just as My slave thinks I am, (i.e. I am able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him if He remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than they; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.’ “

The fact that Allah Ta’ala gives us the opportunity to obey and worship Him through Salaah, Zikrullah, Tilawat etc … is a proof of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala’s Mercy and kindness upon us. We should always make Shukr to Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and be grateful servants and not of those who are constantly complaining. 

Therefore, inculcating Husne Dhan Billah, a hopeful attitude, together with having good thoughts of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is a distinguishing quality of a Mu’min, which will make the road towards Him very easy InshaAllah.

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September 16, 2016

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 15~09~16

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The mere fact that you are given the opportunity to take the Mubaruk name of Allah is a great blessing (Ni’mat) from Allah ~ Hazrat Haaji Imdaadullah RA

Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 15~09~16

• Recitation of Surah Mulk
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September 11, 2016

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5 Ways of Generating the Love of Allah Ta’ala into Our Hearts

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وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِّلَّهِ
But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah ~ Surah Al Baqarah 2:165

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5 Ways of Generating the Love of Allah Ta’ala into Our Hearts

1 • Abundant remembrance of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala through Zikrullah. The more a person makes the Zikr of Allah, the more HIS love increases in a persons heart.

2 •  Pondering over the innumerable Ni’mats (bounties) that Allah Ta’ala has bestowed upon us.

When one contemplates over the continuous bounties Allah has showered upon him, then the response to Allah would be, that one begins to love Allah, (his BENEFACTOR ) more and more …

3 • Keeping the company of the friends of Allah Ta’ala, in whose companionship, the effects of Allah Ta’ala’s Muhhabbat (love) is engendered into our hearts.

4 • Remaining in the obedience of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. The more one obeys his Beloved, the more his love  increases.

5 • Making Dua to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala to instil HIS love into our heart.

اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّىْ اَسْئَلُكَ حُبَّكَ وَ حُبَّ مَنْ يُّحِبُّكَ وحُبَّ عَمَلٍ يُّقَرِّبُ اِلى حُبِّكَ
Allahumma inni as-aluka hubbaka, wa hubba may-yuhibbuka, wa hubba ‘amalin yuqarribu ila hubbika

O Allah! I ask You for Your love and the love of those who love You, and for the love of every action which will bring me closer to Your love.

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September 10, 2016

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Eid Ul Adha 1437 ~ Talk

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إِنَّ إِبْرَاهِيمَ كَانَ أُمَّةً قَانِتًا لِّلَّهِ حَنِيفًا وَلَمْ يَكُ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ . شَاكِرًا لِّأَنْعُمِهِ ۚ اجْتَبَاهُ وَهَدَاهُ إِلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ

Indeed, Abraham was a [comprehensive] leader, devoutly obedient to Allah , inclining toward truth, and he was not of those who associate others with Allah .[He was] grateful for His favors. Allah chose him and guided him to a straight path. ~ Surah Nahl 16:120/121

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September 10, 2016

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Haj ~ The Journey Of Love ~ A Valuable Reminder for the Haji on Arafaat Day

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 قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ : مَنْ حَجَّ لِلَّهِ فَلَمْ يَرْفُثْ وَلَمْ يَفْسُقْ رَجَعَ كَيَوْمِ وَلَدَتْهُ أُمُّهُ‏‏
Narrated by Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu Anhu : Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Whoever performs Hajj for Allah’s pleasure and does not have sexual relations with his wife, and does not do evil or sins then he will return pure and free from sins as on the day on which his mother gave birth to him.” ~ Sahih Al Bukhari

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September 8, 2016

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 8~09~16

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• Recitation of 40 Durood and Salaam Upon Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم

• Short Advices / Zul Hijjah / Haj

 • Zikrullah •  Dua

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September 7, 2016

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The Farewell Hajj of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam ~ Moulana Naeem Motala Saheb DB

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الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا
This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion ~ Surah Mai’dah 5:3

The Farewell Hajj of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

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September 5, 2016

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Important Lessons drawn from the Incidents of Hazrat Ibrahim AS and Hazrat Ismail AS

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إِنَّ إِبْرَاهِيمَ كَانَ أُمَّةً قَانِتًا لِّلَّهِ حَنِيفًا وَلَمْ يَكُ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ

Indeed, Abraham was a [comprehensive] leader, devoutly obedient to Allah , inclining toward truth, and he was not of those who associate others with Allah .

شَاكِرًا لِّأَنْعُمِهِ ۚ اجْتَبَاهُ وَهَدَاهُ إِلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ

[He was] grateful for His favours. Allah chose him and guided him to a straight path.

وَآتَيْنَاهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً ۖ وَإِنَّهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ لَمِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ
And We gave him good in this world, and indeed, in the Hereafter he will be among the righteous.

Surah Nahl 16: 120/121/122

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September 4, 2016

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The Significance of Haj

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وَلِلَّهِ عَلَى النَّاسِ حِجُّ الْبَيْتِ مَنِ اسْتَطَاعَ إِلَيْهِ سَبِيلًا

And [due] to Allah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House – for whoever is able to find thereto a way ~ Surah Al Imraan 3:97

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The Significance of Haj

The following story is attributed to Junaid al-Baghdadi  regarding an explanation of the essence of Hajj.

Junaid ibn Muhammad Abu al-Qasim al-Khazzaz al-Baghdadi also known as Junaid Baghdadi was born in Baghdad (830-910 AD). He was one of the early Persian scholars and teachers of Islam.

Once Junaid Baghdadi met a man who had returned from Hajj (Hajji). After observing him for a while he asked him, “Have you been to Hajj?”

Hajji: Yes, I have just come back.

Junaid: When you left your home with the intention of Hajj, did you repent from all your sins?

Hajji: I did not think about it.

Junaid: In that case, you did not even depart for Hajj.

Junaid: What about your journey, rest-breaks and stopovers? When covering distances, did you move mentally and spiritually closer to Allah?

Hajji: I was too busy with other details of the journey and did not reflect on that.

Junaid: Then you have not really travelled to the house of Allah.

Junaid: How about while putting on the Ihraam and replacing your usual clothes, did you think about discarding your undesirable habits and attitudes?

Hajji: It did not cross my mind.

Junaid: Alas! You did not even put on the Ihraam.

Junaid: Did you experience the presence of Allah while you were standing in Arafaat as if He was in front of you?

Hajji: No, I did not get that feeling.

Junaid: That means you did not even reach Arafaat.

Junaid: When you went to Muzdalfah, did you think about gathering your your worldly desires and aspirations as you picked up the pebbles so that you can cast them out when you reach the pillars of temptation?

Hajji: I was only thinking about gathering the pebbles.

Junaid: So, you have not even been to Muzdalfah.

Junaid: What about throwing stones at the pillars? When performing that ritual, did you make a pledge to avoid corrupt enticements and cast away your ill deeds?

Hajji: This did not happen either.

Junaid: Unfortunately, you have not performed Ramy (stoning rites) either.

Junaid: How was your Tawaaf (circumambulation)? Did you feel overwhelmed by an ardent attraction towards the perfect Majesty of Allah during Tawaaf?

Hajji: No, I was only counting the number of Tawaaf I was making.

Junaid: It is, then, as if you have not even performed Tawaaf.

Junaid: Perhaps you understood the spirit, wisdom and objective of running between Mounts Safaa and Marwah. Did you think about the struggle of Mother Hajira? Did you think about her faith and devotion to Allah?

Hajji: Not really.

Junaid: In other words, you have not performed Sayee (running between Safaa and Marwah).

Junaid: Tell me about your sacrificial rites. While slaughtering the animal, did you sacrifice for the love of Allah? And did you think about Prophet Ibrahim and his unwavering commitment to Allah?

Hajji: That did not come to my mind.

Junaid: In that case, you have not even offer the sacrifice.

Junaid: Allah is the Most Merciful! You must go back next year and perform the Hajj again with the correct spirit and attitude of becoming God Conscious. You need to re-enact the experiences of Ibrahim AS and contemplate on his example. Remember and reflect on the verse of the Quran that says, “And Ibrahim who fulfilled his commitments.” (53:37)

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September 3, 2016

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‘Total Submission’ to the Will of Allah

The first ten days of Zul Hijjah are among the most auspicious days in the Islamic calendar. Good deeds (Amal-e-Sawleh) that are performed during these ten days are more beloved to Allah than any other time of the year.

The story of Ibraheem AS is greatly associated with Hajj because the origin of Hajj is old as the Kaa’ba (which was built by Ibraheem AS and his son Isma’eel AS). Every act of Hajj reminds us of the noble family of Ibraheem AS and refers back to the righteous actions and struggle of either Ibraheem AS, his wife Hajrah AS or his son Isma’eel AS.

 

The sacrifices they made portrayed great spiritual lessons of ‘complete devotion‘ and ‘total submission‘ to Allah Subhanahu~Wa~Ta’ala …

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•  The Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.”(Bukhari)

• The Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, has said, “One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship of “Lailatul-Qadr”. (Tirmizi)

• It is also narrated from Ibn Abbaas RA that Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: ” No days are as weighty with Allah and so liked by Him for good deeds than the first ten days of Zul-Hijjah “. Therefore in these days increasingly recite: “La ilaha illallah, Allahu Akbar, Al-Hamdu-lillah, Sub-hanallah.” (Tabraani)

• It is reported from Ibn Abbaas RA that Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: ” There is no day wherein any good action is more beloved to Allah Ta’ala than these ten days (the first ten days of Zul Hijjah)”. The Sahaabah RA enquired: ” Not even Jihaad in the path of Allah ? “(i.e. are actions performed in these days more beloved than even the act of Jihaad)”. ” Not even Jihaad in the path of Allah,” replied Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, ”’with the exception of that person who left with his life and wealth (in the path of Allah) and did not return with any of it (i.e. he is martyred)”. (Bukhari, Tabraani)

  Taken from a Majlis of Moulana Naeem Motala …

September 2, 2016

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 1~09~16

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September 1, 2016

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The Essence of Qurbani ~ Annihilation (Fana) of the Nafs

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وَالْفَجْرِ By the dawn

وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ And [by] ten nights

وَالشَّفْعِ وَالْوَتْرِ And [by] the even [number] and the odd

وَاللَّيْلِ إِذَا يَسْرِ And [by] the night when it passes,

هَلْ فِي ذَٰلِكَ قَسَمٌ لِّذِي حِجْرٍ

Is there [not] in [all] that an oath [sufficient] for one of perception?

Surah Al Fajr ~ 89 : 1-5

Alhumdulilah, we are approaching the Mubaaruk days of Zul Hijjah and the auspicious day of Qurbani.

The lesson of Qurbani teaches us to sacrifice for the sake of Allah. It reminds us that we are slaves of Allah and not of our nafs.

When we place the knife on the throat of the animal, then we should ponder, reflect and imagine, that in reality, we are placing the knife on the ‘throat of our Nafs‘ and we are slaughtering this Nafs of ours … We are slaughtering the evil desires and spiritual maladies of our souls- ie the anger, jealousy, malice, pride, egoism, greed etc.

After making Qurbani bearing this in mind, if we are invited by the evil desires of our nafs again, then we should quickly remind ourselves that we have just slaughtered our Nafs and hence  should not become tempted so easily and return to those sins we have given up, not too long ago!

Ask ourselves – If we are true slaves of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and we endeavour to annihilate (Fana) our Nafs, then why do we succumb so easily to the dictates of our nafs and become slaves of the Nafs that we had just subdued and slaughtered?

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Hazrat Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar RA related that Nabi Sallallaahu ‘alayhi Wasallam said: “No days are as weighty with Allah and so liked by Him for good deeds than the first 10 days of Zul Hijjah. So on these days increasingly read:  SubhaanAllah • Laa ilaaha’illallaah • Alhamdulillah and Allahu Akbar.” (Musnad Ahmad)

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August 28, 2016

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Ibaad ur Rahmaan ~ The True Slaves of Allah ~ Moulana Naeem Motala SB

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وَعِبَادُ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ هَوْنًا وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا • وَالَّذِينَ يَبِيتُونَ لِرَبِّهِمْ سُجَّدًا وَقِيَامًا • وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا اصْرِفْ عَنَّا عَذَابَ جَهَنَّمَ ۖ إِنَّ عَذَابَهَا كَانَ غَرَامًا • إِنَّهَا سَاءَتْ مُسْتَقَرًّا وَمُقَامًا • وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا أَنفَقُوا لَمْ يُسْرِفُوا وَلَمْ يَقْتُرُوا وَكَانَ بَيْنَ ذَٰلِكَ قَوَامًا • وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَدْعُونَ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَٰهًا آخَرَ وَلَا يَقْتُلُونَ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَلَا يَزْنُونَ ۚ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ يَلْقَ أَثَامًا • يُضَاعَفْ لَهُ الْعَذَابُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَيَخْلُدْ فِيهِ مُهَانًا • إِلَّا مَن تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا فَأُولَٰئِكَ يُبَدِّلُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ حَسَنَاتٍ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا • وَمَن تَابَ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَإِنَّهُ يَتُوبُ إِلَى اللَّهِ مَتَابًا • وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَشْهَدُونَ الزُّورَ وَإِذَا مَرُّوا بِاللَّغْوِ مَرُّوا كِرَامًا • وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِّرُوا بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ لَمْ يَخِرُّوا عَلَيْهَا صُمًّا وَعُمْيَانًا • وَالَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا

And the slaves of the Rahman are those who walk on the earth humbly and when the ignorant people speak to them, they reply peacefully, [63] and those who pass the night prostrating and standing before their Lord, [64] and those who say, “Our Lord, avert from us the punishment of Jahannam; indeed, its punishment is a persisting affliction. [65] Indeed, evil it is as an abode and a place to dwell in [66] – and those who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor miserly, and it (i.e. their spending) is moderate in between (the two extremes) [67] – and those who do not invoke any other god along with Allah, and do not kill a person whom Allah has given sanctity, except rightfully, nor do they fornicate; and whoever does it, shall face the recompense of his sin, [68] the punishment will be doubled for him and he will remain there disdained, for ever, [69] except the one who repents and believes and does good deeds, then Allah will change the bad deeds of such people into good ones, and Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful. [70] And whoever repents and does righteous deeds turns to Allah truly [71] – and those who do not witness falsehood, and when they pass by the absurd things, Pass by with dignity [72] and those who, when they are reminded of the verses of their Lord, do not fall at them as deaf and blind ones [73] – and those who say, “Our Lord, Give us, from our spouses and our children, coolness of eyes and make us heads of the God-fearing. [74] ~ Surah Furqaan : Verses 63~74

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In these closing verses of Surah Furqaan, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has mentioned and awarded the title of ‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ (True Slaves of Allah) to His honourable and favoured servants. 

In these ‘series’ of discussions and commentary, Moulana Naeem Motala SB, explains in depth and elaborates on the ’12 Qualities’ displayed by these bondsmen which will indeed gain them unique honour in the Court of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala …

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The First Quality

Humility | Tawaadhu’

DOWNLOAD HERE (1) ~  ‘Who are ‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’? / Humility / Pride

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The Second Quality

 Hilm ~ Tolerance ~ ‘Ibaad ur Rahman’ do not entangle themselves in arguments

The Third Quality

Tahajjud Salaah ~ ‘Ibaad ur Rahman’ spend their nights in Sajda and in Ruku

The Fourth Quality

Khauf ~ Fear 

DOWNLOAD HERE (2)Tahajjud Salaah / Virtues and Benefits / Ignorant People and How to respond? / Spending in moderation

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The Fifth Quality

Moderation ~ ‘Ibaad ur Rahman’ spend in moderation and are not miserly

DOWNLOAD HERE (3)Spending in moderation

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The Sixth Quality

Tauheed ~ Oneness of Allah ~ ‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ do not associate partners (shirk) with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala

The Seventh Quality

‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ do not kill anyone unjustly  |  ‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ do not commit Zinna (fornication)

DOWNLOAD HERE (4)Do not associate partners (shirk) with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala / Do not kill anyone unjustly / Effects and Harms of Zinna (Fornication)

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The Eighth Quality

‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ do not commit Zinna (fornication)

DOWNLOAD HERE (5) ~ Effects and Harms of Zinna (Fornication) / Taubah (Repentance) / Repent and Return to Allah (Rujoo’ilallah)

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The Ninth Quality  ~ Repentance (Taubah)

‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ repent and turn to Allah (Rujoo’ilallah)

The Tenth Quality

‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ do not give false testimony

The Eleventh Quality

‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ do not engage themselves in any futile activities and they do not turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to Ayats of Qur’aan and Hadith

DOWNLOAD HERE (6)Taubah (Repentance)/ Righteous Deeds / Huqooq-ul-Ibad / Frivolous Pursuits

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The Twelfth Quality

‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ make Du’aa on behalf of their progeny (wives and children)

DOWNLOAD HERE (7)Du’aa on behalf of offspring and oneself / Tarbiyat of Children / Rights of a Child / Effects and Harms of Incorrect Upbringing

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Summary of Qualities of  ‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’

DOWNLOAD HERE (8) Description of Jannah prepared for the ‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ / Steadfastness on the Ibaadat of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala / Three types of Sabr / Nafs and Shaytaan

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August 26, 2016

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 25~08~16

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 25~08~16

• Recitation of 40 Durood and Salaam Upon Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم

• Short Advices

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August 19, 2016

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 18~08~16

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor  18~08~16

• Recitation of Surah Sajdah

• Recitation of 40 Durood and Salaam Upon Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم

 • Zikrullah •  Dua

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August 16, 2016

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The ‘Magnificent Qualities’ of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and the Significant Characteristics of His ‘Beautiful Names’ (Asma-ul-Husna)

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هُوَ اللهﹸالَّذِيْ لآ إِلٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ هُوَ الرَّحْمٰنُ الرَّحِيْمُ○ هُوَ اللهﹸالَّذِي لآ إِلٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوْسُ السَّلَامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيْزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ سُبْحَانَ اللهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ ○ هُوَ اللهﹸالْخاَلِقُ الْبَارِئُ الْمُصَوِّرُ لَهُ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنٰى يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمٰواتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيْزُ الْحَكِيْمُ

Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god;- Who knows (all things) both secret and open; He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful … Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god;- the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Superior, the Supreme: Glory to Allah! (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him … He is Allah, the Creator, the Evolver, the Bestower of Forms (or Colours). To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, doth declare His Praises and Glory: and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise … (59:22:23:24)

Hazrat Ma’qal bin Yasaar (RadiAllahu Anhu) reports the the Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu Alayhi Wasalam) as saying;“He who recites the last three verses of Surah al-Hashr in the morning after saying; “A’oozu Billaahis -samee’ il-‘aleemi minash-Shaytaan ir-rajeem ” three times (I seek refuge with Allah, the All-Hearing, All-Knowing, from the accursed Shaytaan) for him Allah will appoint seventy-thousand angels to beseech mercy for him until the evening, and if he dies the same day he will be given the status of a martyr, and if he recites the verses in the evening the same will apply to him till morning”[At-Tirmidhi, Daarimi]

“Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala discuses about His Might! … His Perfection! … His Sifaat (Qualities) … He is Allah! … There is no one worthy of worship besides Allah … Allah is the knower of the Unseen (that which is hidden) and the Seen … Allah has knowledge of all those things that have occurred in the past … Allah has knowledge of all that is in the present … Allah has knowledge of all that is going to take place in the future … Allah has knowledge of everything! … Nothing is hidden from Allah”

 He is the King! … The kings of the world are not really kings … They are the creation of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala … and if we call them ‘Kings’, then the ‘King of all Kings‘ is Allah!

 “Allah is most Pure! Allah is free of all defects! Free from imperfection! … Allah is PERFECT!”

Taken from a Majlis of Moulana Naeem Motala SB

 

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Ahaadeeth and Quraanic Ayaat pertaining to the Asma-ul-Husna


Hazrat Abu Huraira Radhiallahu Anhu reported: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, said: “Allah has ninety-nine Names. Whoever memorizes (and acts upon) them will enter Paradise.” (Sahih Muslim)

And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allâh, so call on Him by them, (Surat Al-A’raf 7:180)

Allah! Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He)! To Him belong the Best Names. (Surah Taha 20:8)

He is Allâh, the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms. To Him belong the Best Names . All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. (Surah Al-Hashr 59:24)

Hazrat Abu Huraira Radhiallahu Anhu reported : Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 50:894)

Hazrat Abu Huraira Radhiallahu Anhu reported: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam as saying: Verily, there are ninety-nine names for Allah, i.e. hundred excepting one. He who enumerates them would get into Paradise. And Hammam has made this addition on the authority of Abu Huraira Radhiallahu Anhu who reported it from Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, that he said: “He is Odd (one) and loves odd number.” (Sahih Muslim 35:6476)

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Asma-ul-Husna ~ 99 Beautiful Names of Allah
   Arabic  English Translation
   Allah (الله)  The Greatest Name
1  Ar-Rahman (الرحمن)  The All-Compassionate
2  Ar-Rahim (الرحيم)  The All-Merciful
3  Al-Malik (الملك)  The Absolute Ruler
4  Al-Quddus (القدوس)  The Pure One
5  As-Salaam (السلام)  The Source of Peace
6  Al-Mu’min (المؤمن)  The Inspirer of Faith
7  Al-Muhaymin (المهيمن)  The Guardian
8  Al-Aziz (العزيز)  The Victorious
9  Al-Jabbar (الجبار)  The Compeller
10  Al-Mutakabbir (المتكبر)  The Greatest
11  Al-Khaaliq (الخالق)  The Creator
12  Al-Baari’ (البارئ)  The Maker of Order
13  Al-Musawwir (المصور)  The Shaper of Beauty
14  Al-Ghaffar (الغفار)  The Forgiving
15  Al-Qahhar (القهار)  The Subduer
16  Al-Wahhab (الوهاب)  The Giver of All
17  Ar-Razzaq (الرزاق)  The Sustainer
18  Al-Fattah (الفتاح)  The Opener
19  Al-`Alim (العليم)  The Knower of All
20  Al-Qabid (القابض)  The Constrictor
21  Al-Basit (الباسط)  The Reliever
22  Al-Khafid (الخافض)  The Abaser
23  Ar-Rafi (الرافع)  The Exalter
24  Al-Mu’izz (المعز)  The Bestower of Honors
25  Al-Mudhill (المذل)  The Humiliator
26  As-Sami (السميع)  The Hearer of All
27  Al-Basir (البصير)  The Seer of All
28  Al-Hakam (الحكم)  The Judge
29  Al-`Adl (العدل)  The Just
30  Al-Latif (اللطيف)  The Subtle One
31  Al-Khabir (الخبير)  The All-Aware
32  Al-Halim (الحليم)  The Forbearing
33  Al-Azim (العظيم)  The Magnificent
34  Al-Ghafur (الغفور)  The Forgiver and Hider of Faults
35  Ash-Shakur (الشكور)  The Rewarder of Thankfulness
36  Al-Ali (العلى)  The Highest
37  Al-Kabir (الكبير)  The Greatest
38  Al-Hafiz (الحفيظ)  The Preserver
39  Al-Muqit (المقيت)  The Nourisher
40  Al-Hasib (الحسيب)  The Accounter
41  Al-Jalil (الجليل)  The Mighty
42  Al-Karim (الكريم)  The Generous
43  Ar-Raqib (الرقيب)  The Watchful One
44  Al-Mujib (المجيب)  The Responder to Prayer
45  Al-Wasi (الواسع)  The All-Comprehending
46  Al-Hakim (الحكيم)  The Perfectly Wise
47  Al-Wadud (الودود)  The Loving One
48  Al-Majid (المجيد)  The Majestic One
49  Al-Ba’ith (الباعث)  The Resurrector
50  Ash-Shahid (الشهيد)  The Witness
51  Al-Haqq (الحق)  The Truth
52  Al-Wakil (الوكيل)  The Trustee
53  Al-Qawiyy (القوى)  The Possessor of All Strength
54  Al-Matin (المتين)  The Forceful One
55  Al-Waliyy (الولى)  The Governor
56  Al-Hamid (الحميد)  The Praised One
57  Al-Muhsi (المحصى)  The Appraiser
58  Al-Mubdi’ (المبدئ)  The Originator
59  Al-Mu’id (المعيد)  The Restorer
60  Al-Muhyi (المحيى)  The Giver of Life
61  Al-Mumit (المميت)  The Taker of Life
62  Al-Hayy (الحي)  The Ever Living One
63  Al-Qayyum (القيوم)  The Self-Existing One
64  Al-Wajid (الواجد)  The Finder
65  Al-Majid (الماجد)  The Glorious
66  Al-Wahid (الواحد)  The Unique, The Single
67  Al-Ahad (الاحد)  The One, The Indivisible
68  As-Samad (الصمد)  The Satisfier of All Needs
69  Al-Qadir (القادر)  The All Powerful
70  Al-Muqtadir (المقتدر)  The Creator of All Power
71  Al-Muqaddim (المقدم)  The Expediter
72  Al-Mu’akhkhir (المؤخر)  The Delayer
73  Al-Awwal (الأول)  The First
74  Al-Akhir (الأخر)  The Last
75  Az-Zahir (الظاهر)  The Manifest One
76  Al-Batin (الباطن)  The Hidden One
77  Al-Wali (الوالي)  The Protecting Friend
78  Al-Muta’ali (المتعالي)  The Supreme One
79  Al-Barr (البر)  The Doer of Good
80  At-Tawwab (التواب)  The Guide to Repentance
81  Al-Muntaqim (المنتقم)  The Avenger
82  Al-‘Afuww (العفو)  The Forgiver
83  Ar-Ra’uf (الرؤوف)  The Clement
84  Malik-al-Mulk (مالك الملك)  The Owner of All
85  Dhu-al-Jalal wa-al-Ikram (ذو الجلال و الإكرام)  The Lord of Majesty and Bounty
86  Al-Muqsit (المقسط)  The Equitable One
87  Al-Jaami’ (الجامع)  The Gatherer
88  Al-Ghani (الغنى)  The Rich One
89  Al-Mughni (المغنى)  The Enricher
90  Al-Mani'(المانع)  The Preventer of Harm
91  Ad-Darr (الضار)  The Creator of The Harmful
92  An-Nafi’ (النافع)  The Creator of Good
93  An-Nur (النور)  The Light
94  Al-Haadi (الهادي)  The Guide
95  Al-Badi (البديع)  The Originator
96  Al-Baqi (الباقي)  The Everlasting One
97  Al-Warith (الوارث)  The Inheritor of All
98  Ar-Rashid (الرشيد)  The Righteous Teacher
99  As-Sabur (الصبور)  The Patient One

August 12, 2016

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 11~08~16

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor  11~08~16

• Recitation of Surah Yaseen

• Recitation of 40 Durood and Salaam Upon Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam

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August 6, 2016

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5 Questions Man will be Asked on The Day of Qiyamah

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5 Questions Man will be Asked on The Day of Qiyamah

 : عَنِ ابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ 

“‏ لاَ تَزُولُ قَدَمَا ابْنِ آدَمَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ مِنْ عِنْدِ رَبِّهِ حَتَّى يُسْأَلَ عَنْ خَمْسٍ عَنْ عُمْرِهِ فِيمَا أَفْنَاهُ

وَعَنْ شَبَابِهِ فِيمَا أَبْلاَهُ وَمَالِهِ مِنْ أَيْنَ اكْتَسَبَهُ وَفِيمَ أَنْفَقَهُ وَمَاذَا عَمِلَ فِيمَا عَلِمَ ‏”

Hazrat Ibn Mas’ud Radhiallahu Anhu narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:

“The feet of the son of Adam shall not move from before his Lord on the Day of Judgement, until he is asked about five things : about his life and what he did with it, about his youth and what he wore it out in, about his wealth and how he earned it and spent it upon, and what he did with what he knew (his knowledge).”

~ Tirmidhi

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August 4, 2016

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 04~08~16

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor  04~08~16

• Recitation of Surah Mulk

• Recitation of 40 Durood and Salaam Upon Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم

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July 28, 2016

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Tafseer of Surah As Sajdah ~ The 32nd Surah of the Quraan

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Tafseer of Surah As Sajdah ~ The 32nd Surah of the Quraan

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July 14, 2016

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 14~07~16

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor  14~07~16

• Recitation of 40 Durood and Salaam Upon Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم

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July 7, 2016

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Important Advices for After the Month of Ramadaan

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وَمَن يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَيَخْشَ اللَّهَ وَيَتَّقْهِ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْفَائِزُونَ

And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger and fears Allah and is conscious of Him
– it is those who are the attainers ~ Surah Noor 24:52

During the beautiful month of Ramadaan, we were enjoying our Ibaadat : Quran Tilawat, Taraweeh and other Nawaafil Salaah, Zakaat, Zikrullah, I’tikaaf etc. We sought for and became used to “spiritual nourishment“. We were punctual in seeking our spiritual doses.

In Ramadaan we trained our Nafs to obey Allah Ta’ala, performing righteous deeds, restraining ourselves from Haraam, being generous, displaying good Akhlaaq became part of our lives. Alhamdulillah, we began managing our time very well and began giving preference to our Deeni commitments and duties.

One of the signs that ALLAH loves a person is that ALLAH makes Obedience to HIM very easy for that person.

In Ramadaan we attached and connected ourselves to ALLAH. Indeed after establishing SUCH a strong connection, we would be foolish to abandon our efforts (mujaahadah) and sever that connection! Consider effort put into constructing a ten thousand piece puzzle or a fantastic high-rise building and upon completion, the owner breaking or bull-dozing it …. Certainly this would be inconceivable! Whilst these are examples of Dunya, what then of this bond which has been established with ALLAH?

We have built Spiritual Noor within Our Hearts …

We have through the Fadhl and Karam of ALLAH endeavoured to remove the anger, pride, enmity and jealousy from our hearts and this has been replaced by effulgence of the LOVE of ALLAH and Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم

It is mentioned in the Hadith Shareef that on the Day of Eid, there are Angels deputed in the beginning of the streets who proclaim and shout out :

‘ O Muslims! Proceed now to an ALLAH who is All Gracious; An ALLAH who gives abundant rewards on Good deeds. You were commanded to keep Roza in the Day and you obeyed ALLAH’ Upon the termination of the Eid Salaat, the Angels say: Return to your homes in the condition that Your Rabb has forgiven you. Now come and collect your prizes, today is the Day of prize giving’

Indeed ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala loves us. The Munificence, Kindness, Generosity and Tolerance of ALLAH is incomparable and cannot be matched. Despite our disobedience and sins, HE still overlooks our weaknesses and continues to shower His Ni’mats upon us. ALLAH does not need us. We are desperately in need of HIM and yet we still disobey HIS Commands!

How Loving ALLAH is for HE still calls out ‘… Is there anybody seeking forgiveness that I may forgive him? … Come, I am willing to forgive.’ ALLAH is TOO Kind … Not only does HE Forgive us when we make sincere taubah, but HE actually CHANGES our bad deeds into good deeds!

During Ramadaan :
– we were kind to our brethren, we shared what we had at Iftaar
– we desired to help others and looked for opportunities to do so
– we engaged in giving charity
– we avoided RIBA and Zinaa and made Taubatun Nasuha
– we tried to develop good  akhlaaq and followed the sunnah
– we stayed away from evil company and found ourselves among the pious
– we engaged in many nafl acts of Ibaadat
– we read and listened to recitation of Quran e Majeed
– we stayed up at night, after long days at work, in Taraweeh Salaah and sought forgiveness from ALLAH TA’AALA.

We still have a long way to go … but, we have made a marvellous start and ALLAH will certainly make that distance short and easy for us. When we turn to HIM, HE comes running to us!

Just as we had enjoyment in our ibaadat and obedience in Ramadaan, we will also have enjoyment outside of Ramadaan, Insha-Allah. Indeed the enjoyment in the Path of ALLAH is far more enjoyable than ‘enjoyment’ sought in the path to Shaytaan. The Path to ALLAH brings sweetness and sukoon in the heart … Such beauty that the languages of the world fail to describe. The path to Shaytaan leads to restlessness, anxiety and eventual destruction!

Hence, the lesson in Surah Noor is most apt for us now after Ramadaan ~ Obey Allah, Obey Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam, making sincere Tauba for over past sins, being cautious with our future.

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June 22, 2016

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Ramadaan 1437 ~ Programmes

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AFTER FAJR Lessons From Hadith Shareef

AFTER TARAWEEH ~ Tafseer Of Selected Ayaat Read In Taraweeh

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• Tuesday 21 June _ After Taraweeh   Allah Ta’ala most definitely answers our Dua | The following important lessons were discussed :  How the various Messengers supplicated to Allah for their needs and how Allah Ta’ala responded to their call  |  Allah most definitely responds to all his servants when we supplicate earnestly to Him  |  Allah is our true Master and Helper  |  The Sabr of  Hazrat Ayoob Alayhis Salaam  |  The Dua of Hazrat Yunus Alaihis salaam  |  The importance of making Dua

• Wednesday 22 June _ After Fajr  >  Hadith Lesson | The importance of following the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam

• Wednesday 22 June _ After Taraweeh  > The Exoneration of Hazrat Ayesha RA | A detailed discussion of  the incident of “Ifk” (slandering) of Hazrat Ayesha RA and Hazrat Safwaan RA  |  The evil of the Hypocrites  |  Spreading False Rumours  |  Loving ALL the SAHAABA RA and refraining from reviling any one of them

• Thursday 23 June _ After Fajr  Hadith Lesson |  Hastening towards Righteous deeds

• Thursday 23 June _ After Taraweeh  Importance of having Good friends  |  Special traits of the favoured servants of Allah (Ibaadur Rahmaan)

• Friday 24 June _ After Fajr  Hadith Lesson | The Virtues and benefits of Salaat and Salaam (Durood)

• Friday 24 June _ After Taraweeh Hidaayat ( Guidance) is in the Hands of Allah  |  The consequences of Pride and Vanity

• Saturday 25 June _ After Fajr  Hadith Lesson The Great Reward for Fasting

• Saturday 25 June _ After Taraweeh Allah Ta’ala is (Al Ghani) All Independent,  All Praiseworthy

• Sunday 26 June _ After Fajr   Morning and Evening Duas | Zikrullah | Dua

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• 21ST NIGHT _ Sunday 26 June _ After Taraweeh 1 >  Virtues of Lailatul Qadr | Searching for Lailatul Qadr | Guidelines for I’tikaaf | Dua

• 21ST NIGHT _Sunday 26 June _ After Taraweeh 2 40 Durood & Salaam | Zikrullah | Dua

• Monday 27 June _ After Fajr  Hadith Lesson | The Virtues of Spending in the Path of Allah (Sadaqah) | Forgiveness of others | Adopting Humility

• Monday 27 June _ After Taraweeh Expressing Gratitude (Shukr) to the Favours and Bounties (Ni’mats) of Allah Upon Us | Expansion of the Spiritual Heart | Acquiring the Noor of the Maa’rifat of Allah Ta’ala | The Importance of Zikr

• Tuesday 28 June _ After Fajr  Hadith Lesson | The Harms of Anger

• 23RD NIGHT _ Tuesday 28 June _ After Taraweeh 1 > Never lose hope in the Mercy of Allah

• 23RD NIGHT _Tuesday 28 June _ After Taraweeh 2 40 Durood & Salaam | Zikrullah | Dua

• Wednesday 29 June _ After Fajr  Hadith Lesson | Seven persons under the shade of the Arsh of Allah Ta’ala

• Wednesday 29 June _ After Taraweeh >  Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of the Quraan Shareef | Allah grants children to whom HE wishes;  the blessings of having Daughters | explanation of  “Huda”(Guidance) and “Hawa”(Desires)

• Thursday 30 June _ After Fajr  Hadith Lesson | Earning and Consuming Halaal and Refraining from Being Nourished with Haraam and Doubtful Sources of Earning

• 25TH NIGHT _ Thursday 30 June _ After Taraweeh 1 > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Hujuraat | Importance of Social Etiquettes and Manners | Mocking and denegrading others | Harms of Gheebat (Backbiting) and Suspicion

25TH NIGHT _ Thursday 30 June _ After Taraweeh 2 40 Durood & Salaam | Zikrullah | Dua

• Friday 1 July _ After Fajr  Hadith Lesson | The Value and Blessings of the Kalima

• Friday 1 July _ Jummuah Bayaan Istiqaamat (Steadfastness) after the Month of Ramadaan

• Friday 1 July _ After Taraweeh > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of the Quraan Shareef  | Believers having “light” on the Day of Qiyamah| Munaafiqeen deprived of Noor

• Saturday 2 July _ After Fajr >  Hadith Lesson | The Importance of making Salaam

• 27TH NIGHT _ Saturday 2 July _ After Taraweeh 1 > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of the Quraan Shareef  | Taubah

• 27TH NIGHT _ Saturday 2 July _ After Taraweeh 2 > 40 Durood and Salaam | Zikrullah | Dua

• Sunday 3 July _ After Fajr >  Hadith Lesson | Four Phrases that are Extremely Weighty on the Scales of Good Deeds

• Sunday 3 July _ After Taraweeh Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of the Quraan Sharif | Surah Qalam – Story of The people of the orchard | Tauheed –  the Oneness of Allah | Scenes of Qiyamah

• Monday 4 July _ After Fajr >  Hadith Lesson | Oppression

• 29TH NIGHT _ Monday 4 July _ After Taraweeh 1 Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of the Quraan Shareef |Excellence of the Quraan e Majeed | Surah Aadiyaat – Ungratefulnes of Man and his Greed for wealth.

• 29TH NIGHT _ Monday 4 July _ After Taraweeh> 40 Durood and Salaam | Zikrullah | Dua

• Tuesday 5 July _ After Fajr >  Hadith Lesson | Bounties of Jannah

• Tuesday 5 July _ After Esha >  Lailatul Jaa’iza | Zikrullah | Dua

June 20, 2016

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Ramadaan Reminder ~ Good Deeds of Ramadaan

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Ramadaan Reminder ~ Good Deeds of Ramadaan

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 Fasting 

 Duas at the time of Sehri, whilst fasting and especially at Iftaar  

 Sunnah Dua Upon Opening One’s Fast 

 Increase in Tilaawat of Quraan (At least one complete Qur’aan Khatam during the month) 

 Taraweeh Salaah  

 Tahajjud Salaah 

 Being Generous ~ Feeding the Poor and Needy 

 Giving a fasting person something to make Iftaar ~ Even if it is one Kajoor (date) 

 Making I’tikaaf in the last 10 days of Ramadaan 

 Reciting the First Kalimah in Abundance 

 Seeking Sincere Forgiveness (Taubah) 

 Making Istighfaar excessively 

● Begging Allah Ta’ala for admission into Jannah ✓

 Seeking refuge from Jahannum 

● Searching for Laylatul Qadr in the Odd Nights of the Last 10 Nights / I’tikaf Advices 

 Abstaining from ALL SINS 

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Ramadaan Reminder ~ Valuing every moment of this Great and Blessed Month
Ramadaan Reminder ~ Awareness of Allah Ta’ala and Having Istiqaamat (Steadfastness)
Ramadaan Reminder ~ Restraining One’s Self
Ramadaan Reminder ~ The Three ‘Ashra’s of Ramadaan
Ramadaan Reminder ~ A Fasting Person Should Constantly Be Aware of the Object of Fasting ~ Benefits of Taqwa*
Ramadaan Reminder ~ Deprivation of Allah’s Mercy in the Month of Ramadaan
Ramadaan Reminder ~ The Immense Reward for Fasting
Ramadaan Reminder ~ Rewards of Good Deeds Multiplied in Ramadaan
Ramadaan Reminder ~ Taming the Nafs

June 15, 2016

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Barakah in Ramadaan

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WHAT IS BARAKAH?

Barakah is a Divine Gift from Allah Ta’ala. He is the Bestower of all things. He is the Source of all Barakah.

تَبَارَكَ الَّذِي بِيَدِهِ الْمُلْكُ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ 

Blessed is He in whose hand is the Dominion,

and He is All Able over all things. ~ Surah Mulk 67:1

Definition of Barakah

والبركة ~ هي ثبوت الخير الإلهي في الشيء؛

فإنها إذا حلت في قليل كثرته، وإذا حلت في كثير نفع،

ومن أعظم ثمار البركة في الأمور كلها إستعمالها في طاعة الله عز وجل

Barakah is the establishment of Divine Goodness to a thing,

so if it occurs in something little, it increases it. And if

it occurs in something much, it benefits. And the greatest

fruits of Barakah in all things is to use that Barakah

in the obedience of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala”

BARAKAH IN RAMADAAN

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “Oh people! A very blessed, auspicious and great month dawns over you.

شَهْرٌ عَظِيمٌ مُبَارَكٌ

Shahrun Azeemun Mubaarakun

A month full of blessings, in which there is Barakah in the Rozi (sustenance) and livelihood of the Believer. The Hadith states:

شَهْرٌ يُزَادُ فِيهِ رِزْقُ الْمُؤْمِنِ

Shahrun yuzaadu fihi rizqul mumin”

The Rizq (sustenance) of a Believer is increased (multiplied) in the month of Ramadaan. We see that the moment Ramadaan commences, our dastarkhaans and tables are filled with an abundance of food. We normally don’t see so many different types and quantities of food in other months.

Not only is there Barakah in our sustenance, but there is also an increase in our Ibaadah (worship). Normally it is difficult to engage in extra Nawaafil (optional) Salaah, but in the month of Ramadaan, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has made it such that He gives us the strength and the Himmat (courage) to excel in Ibaadah. We are focussed with Tilaawat (recitation) of the Qur’aan, Zikrullah and Dua (especially at the time of Iftaar, before Maghrib). The atmosphere is filled with Noor (illumination) and one can actually feel and sense the Barakah of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala cascading down.

Furthermore, there is also ‘Barakah in the reward‘, which is significantly multiplied when performing good deeds. One who performs a Nafl act receives the reward equivalent of having performed a Fard act (out of the month of Ramadaan). Then what about the reward of performing a ‘Fard’ in Ramadaan?

The Hadith of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam states :

مَنْ تَقَرَّبَ فِيهِ بِخَصْلَةٍ مِنْ خِصَالِ الْخَيْرِ كَانَ كَمَنْ أَدَّى فَرِيضَةً فِيمَا سِوَاهُ

وَمَنْ أَدَّى فِيهِ فَرِيضَةً كَمَنْ أَدَّى سَبْعِينَ فَرِيضَةً فِيمَا سِوَاهُ ،

Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the optional

good deeds (Nafl) in (this month) shall receive the same reward as

performing an obligatory deed (Fard) at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed (Fard) in (this month) shall receive the

reward of performing seventy obligations (70 Fard) at any other time.
~ Ibn Khuzaymah

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala multiplies any Fard (compulsory) act performed in the month of Ramadaan by seventy times!

SOME WAYS TO ACQUIRE BARAKAH IN RAMADAAN

• 1 ~ By Adopting Imaan and Taqwa 

The fundamental ingredients for Barakah are Imaan (Faith) and Taqwa (Piety).

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says :

وَلَوْ أَنَّ أَهْلَ الْقُرَىٰ امَنُوا وَاتَّقَوْا

“Walow Anna Ahlal Qura Aamanu Wattaqaw”

And if only the people of the cities had believed

and feared Allah, ~ Surah Al A’raaf 7:96

لَفَتَحْنَا عَلَيْهِم بَرَكَاتٍ مِّنَ السَّمَاءِ وَالْأَرْضِ

“Lafatahna Alayhim Barakaatin Minas Samaai Wal Ardhi”

We would have opened upon them Blessings from the

heaven and the earth; ~ Surah Al A’raaf 7:96

The explanation of this is that if the villagers, in all those towns around Makkah brought Imaan, had Taqwa, fulfilled the injunctions of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and refrained from all sins, then they would have received beneficial rain for their crops to grow.

They would have enjoyed a prosperous life with fresh and abundant produce. However, they rejected Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and hence, He punished them. He totally destroyed them.

In a Hadith-e-Qudsi, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says :

إِنَّي إِذَا اُطِعْتُ رَضِيتُ

Inni Iza Uti’tu Radhitu ~

“(O my Servants)! When I am obeyed
I become happy (with you)”

وَإِذَا رَضِيتُ بَارَكْتُ

Wa Iza Radhitu Baaraktu ~

“When I become happy, then I Bless you”

وَلَيْسَ لِبَرَكَتَيْ نِهَايَةٌ 

Wa Laysa Li Barakatee Nihaayah ~

“There is no limit to My Barakah”

When Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala decides to give, then those Blessings come pouring down on a person. There is no limit to those Blessings. This is because Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is the Source of all Blessing. Allah Ta’ala says :

تَبَارَكَ الَّذِي بِيَدِهِ الْمُلْكُ 

“Tabaarakal lazi Biyadihil Mulk”

Blessed is the ONE in whose HANDS is the Sovereignty

and in another verse :

فَتَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنُ الْخَالِقِينَ

“Fatabaarak~Allahu Ahsanul Khaliqeen

 So Most Blessed is Allah, The Best of Creators

Allah Ta’ala is the Source of all Blessing. The ability to grow is only from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. Productivity, being prosperous and having plentiful – not having a life of loss or suffering wretchedness and misery – is a blessing from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala Alone.

He grants it to His Believing, loyal and obedient servants. Imaan, Taqwa and good deeds lead to Barakah in one’s life. A sinful person will live a life void of Barakah. He will suffer wretchedness and misery.

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan :

وَمَنْ أَعْرَضَ عَنْ ذِكْرِي فَإِنَّ لَهُ مَعِيشَةً ضَنْكًا

And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed,

he will have a narrow life ~ Surah Taha 20:124

That person who turns away from the remembrance of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, for him is a miserable, narrow and wretched life. He does not enjoy peace of mind, nor serenity, despite having abundant material possessions in his life. His life is narrow and tight. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala deprives him of true Barakah. He is kept far away from the blessings of Allah Ta’ala. Some `Ulama have explained that the opposite of Barakah is L’anat (Curse), i.e. being far away from Allah’s Mercy and Blessings. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala protect us all.

• 2 ~ Joining FamilyTies

Barakah in one’s sustenance and life is achieved by joining family ties.

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم

 مَنْ أَحَبَّ أَنْ يُبْسَطَ لَهُ فِي رِزْقِهِ، وَيُنْسَأَ لَهُ فِي أَثَرِهِ، فَلْيَصِلْ رَحِمَهُ‏

Whoever loves that he be granted more wealth and that his

lease of life be prolonged then he should keep good relations

with his Kith and kin.“~ Sahih Al Bukhari

The meaning of Barakah in Rozi :

A person may only possess little, but it will suffice all his needs and be of great benefit to him. A little food goes a long way and gives one abundant energy to obey Allah Ta’ala. One will be content and happy with one’s little earnings and not become overwhelmed by greed and avarice.

Remember a person’s earnings could be meagre, but it could bring him abundant happiness and comfort in his life, if he has been blessed with Barakah.

And, Barakah in life span :

This does not necessarily mean an extension in his lifespan, rather he will find blessings in his time. When one is able to obey Allah and make great contributions for His Deen within a short and limited lifespan, then he has been bestowed with Barakah. He is able to achieve in a short life, considerable amount of work, that would normally require one to have a very long life span. The examples of our Salafe Saaliheen are glaring examples of this Barakah.

• 3 ~ Giving Sadaqah (Charity) 

Giving Sadaqah (Charity) is another way of acquiring Barakah. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says in the Holy Qur’aan :

يَمْحَقُ اللَّهُ الرِّبَا وَيُرْبِي الصَّدَقَاتِ

“Yamhaqullaahur Riba Wa Yurbis Sadaqaat”

Allah destroys interest and gives increase for charities

~ Surah Al Baqarah 2:276

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala destroys interest and increases Sadaqah. In other words the effects of Sadaqah is that there is Barakah in the remainder of your wealth. When you took out money and gave it to somebody, your “eyes” saw your bank balance decreasing, but Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala promises Yurbis Sadaqaat, i.e. HE will increase the wealth that you have.

You may not see your money increasing, but Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala will most definitely place Barakah in what you have. So you will be able to fulfill all your expenses, tasks, responsibilities, and requirements with the money that you have.

On the other hand Yamhaqullahur Riba, if you are indulging in usury and interest, outwardly you are gaining in that your bank balance is rising, but Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says that HE will destroy that wealth. You will be deprived of the Barakah of that wealth. How many a rich person has complained: “I have all the material possessions in the world, still whatever money I have got is just going into medical expenses, accidents, operations, sickness … it is just being wasted.”

Such a person does not enjoy his wealth.

• 4 ~ Seeking Repentance

Another way of gaining Barakah is through Istighfaar (Repentance).

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ  صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم 

مَنْ لَزِمَ الاِسْتِغْفَارَ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لَهُ مِنْ كُلِّ ضِيقٍ مَخْرَجًا

 وَمِنْ كُلِّ هَمٍّ فَرَجًا وَرَزَقَهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لاَ يَحْتَسِبُ‏

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: If anyone continually

asks for pardon, Allah will make a way out of every distress,

a relief from every anxiety, and will provide for him

from unseen sources ~ Sunan Abi Dawud

Mun Lazimal Istighfaar : That person who adheres (clings) to Istighfaar, seeks repentance from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, makes Taubah, has a penitent heart, and turns to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala saying Astaghfirullah sincerely – then Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says : “We will make an opening for him from all grief, worry and sorrow and will make an opening for him from all difficult situations”.

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala will even provide for him from unseen sources. We should have full Yaqeen (certitude) in the words of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam.

• 5 ~ Partaking of Sehri

Hazrat Anas bin Malik Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that whenever they were fasting, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam advised :

تَسَحَّرُوا فَإِنَّ فِي السُّحُورِ بَرَكَةً

“Partake of Sehri, for indeed there is a Blessing

in the Sehri.” ~ Tirmidhi

Tasahharu ~ ‘Make Sehri’ … because there is Barakah in partaking of Sehri. Even though we may have eaten just a few dates at Suhoor, the blessings of partaking of Sehri, enable one to keep the fast the entire day without getting hungry.

AN INSIGHTFUL ANALOGY PORTRAYING BARAKAH IN RAMADAAN

Our Salafe Sawliheen (pious predecessors) would prepare for Ramadaan well in advance. They would actually sense the Barakah of Ramadaan approaching and await the coming of Ramadaan, long before it commenced.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam himself, used to recite this Dua when the moon of Rajab was sighted, in anticipation of Ramadaan :

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِي رَجَبَ ، وَشَعْبَانَ ، وَبَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَانَ

Allahumma baa-rik-lanaa fee-rajaba wa Sha’baana

wa bal-lig-naa Ramadhaana”

“O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’baan blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadhan.”~Tabarani

The `Ulama have also mentioned : The effect and Barakah of this one month, when spent properly, is such, that it wipes out all the minor sins of the person since the previous Ramadaan. The doors of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala’s Rahmah, Maghfirah and Barakah are widely opened!

Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Rahmatullahi Alayh gave a beautiful example with respect to Barakah in Ramadaan. He said: “At the time of drought there is scarcity of water and every drop of it is precious. If there is a sudden downpour of rain, people will rush out with their buckets and fill them with this valuable rainwater. However, if any person goes outside with his bucket turned ‘upside-down’, then he will return with a completely ’empty’ bucket. Everyone will ridicule him and call him a fool!”

Similarly, in the month of Ramadaan, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala’s Barakah pours down in torrents. It comes down in full force! We do not possess those spiritual eyes to “see” that Barakah coming down. However, we should treasure and value Ramadaan and not spend a second of it incorrectly, lest the Barakah is lost.

In order to enjoy Barakah, a person must :

~ Have Imaan, Taqwa and do righteous deeds

~ Join family ties

~Give Sadaqah

~ Accomplish his tasks in the early hours of the morning

~ Make Istighfaar

~ Partake of sehri

~ Say Bismillah when eating

~ Eat meals together

~ Eat from the sides of the plate

~ Lick one’s fingers after eating

~ Make Salaam when entering the home

However, staying away from all sins is of paramount importance, because sins obliterate Barakah.

Living our lives according to the commandments of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala will bring us Barakah in our lives, our time, our actions, our dealings, our wealth, our families, and in all our activities Insha Allah.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us Barakah in Dunya and Aakhirah … Aameen

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June 10, 2016

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The Harms of Sins

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HARMS OF SINS

by ~ Moulana Naeem Motala DB

Alhamdulillah, during the blessed month of Ramadaan, most Muslims make a concerted effort to abstain from sins. This is done in order to attain the Pleasure of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and in the hope of reaping the innumerable promised rewards of the Mubarak month. Whilst those who exercise self-restraint and avoid sinning, experience a Noor (light) entering the heart … those who are habitual and irresolute (attached to sinning), find themselves engulfed by the darkness of sin.(May Allah Taala protect us). While many try to give up sin, some believers succeed in doing so immediately and completely, whilst others struggle and give up sinning slowly (in increments) and with difficulty.

Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas Radiyallahu Anhu (an illustrious young Sahabi of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) was once asked:

” رَجُلٌ كَثِيرُ الْعَمَلِ كَثِيرُ الذُّنُوبِ ، وَرَجُلٌ قَلِيلُ الْعَمَلِ قَلِيلُ الذُّنُوبِ ؟” 

Is a man who has performed very little Nafl Ibaadah (over and above his Fardh) and engaged in very few sins, (better) than the one who has performed many good deeds and just as many sins?

Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas Radiyallahu Anhu responded > “لا أَعْدِلُ بِالسَّلامَةِ شَيْئًا “

I can never equate anything to something which is free and void of sins ie. something which is safe from sins  ~ (Baihaqi)

Thus, one who engages in very little Nafl (optional) Ibaadah but is extremely cautious about engaging in sin cannot be compared to the one who is very punctual in Nafl Ibaadah, yet careless about engaging in sin. Whilst the former has earned the Pleasure of ALLAH Ta’ala through obedience and restraint, the latter has angered Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala by lack of concern and violation of major commands.

Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has said :

“ام حَسِبَ الَّذِينَ اجْتَرَحُوا السَّيِّئَاتِ أَن نَّجْعَلَهُمْ كَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ أَمْ سَوَاءً مَّحْيَاهُمْ وَمَمَاتُهُمْ ۚ .سَاءَ مَا يَحْكُمُونَ

Or do those who commit evils think We will make them like those who have believed and done righteous deeds – [make them] equal in their life and their death? Evil is that which they judge ~ Surah Al-Jathiyah 45:21

Although we are all living in the same Dunya (world) and travelling toward the same Aakhirah (Hereafter) – those who perpetrate sins are not equal to those who believe and engage in righteous deeds.  The life and death of an evil sinner is not the same as the life and death of a righteous believer; nor will it ever be!

SINS ARE LIKENED TO THE EFFECTS OF POISON IN THE BODY

Allamah Ibnul Qayyim Rahmatullahi Alayh said:

أن المعاصي تُضعف القلب

“Innal ma’aasi thudh-‘iful quloob”
Sins weaken the heart.

When a person becomes defiant and persists in perpetrating sins, then that person’s desire for disobedience increases, the desire to repent decreases and is eventually removed from the heart completely. Sins weaken the heart and extract from a person the Iraadah of Taubah (intention of repenting). A time comes when his heart is so corroded and engulfed with sins, that the will and resolve of the heart is weakened, to the extent that the desire of turning to Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala never enters a person. In reality, his heart becomes incapacitated and a Hijaab (veil), is put between him and Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala. Thus, he becomes deprived of worshiping Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and is far removed from the Mercy and forgiveness of ALLAH. (May Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala protect us all)

Scholars have thus written that the effect of sins upon the heart is like that of poison upon the body. Just as poison kills a person, sins kill the heart.  When a person knows the harmful effects of a lethal poison he is very unlikely to consume it. Similarly, if one understands the extremely harmful effects of sins, one can make a sincere effort to refrain from engaging in them.

BE IT A KABEERAH (BIG) SIN OR A SAGHEERAH (SMALL) SIN

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ إِيَّاكُمْ وَمُحَقَّرَاتِ الذُّنُوبِ فَإِنَّهُنَّ يَجْتَمِعْنَ عَلَى الرَّجُلِ حَتَّى يُهْلِكْنَهُ

Hazrat Abdullah ibn Mas’ud Radiyallahu Anhu reported that Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Beware of minor sins. Verily, they pile upon a man until he is destroyed.”~ (Musnad Ahmad)

A Mu’min (believer) should never look at how small or great a sin is. Rather, he should look at the Greatness and Might of the One whom he is disobeying … Almighty ALLAH!

Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas Radiyallahu Anhu had also mentioned : “Oh sinner! Do not feel safe from the evil consequence of sins”~(Al Hilya)

Many a times we feel that it is just a “minor” sin. Ulema and Scholars have after categorizing major and minor sins, clearly mentioned :

“لا تنظر إلى صغر المعصية، ولكن انظر إلى عظمة من عصيت”

Do not look at how small your sin may be, but consider the Greatness of the One you are disobeying. ~ Al-Baihaqee’s ‘Shu’abul Eemaan’ (5/430

At the time of transgressing the commands of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, if a person’s heart does not tremble out of the fear of Allah (who is constantly watching him), nor does he feel even a minute amount of shyness for the angels (who are witnessing the transgression), then that which comes along with the sin is greater (in evil) than the sin itself.

At the time of indulging in sin, a person is sometimes so caught up that he forgets that Allah sees him. In his deluded state, he feels some type of achievement or accomplishment as a result of having engaged in the sin. His ecstacy at being able to commit a certain sin blinds him to the consequences and his potential outcome on the day of Qiyamah! We are all aware that sins are punishable but are somehow so deluded and relaxed about it, that we think nothing is going to happen!

In more extreme cases, a person sometimes becomes sad when the opportunity of committing a sin is lost! He exhibits remorse at missing the prospect of disobeying Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala! Further, when he is committing the sin, the type of fear that overcomes him is not fear for Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, but fear that people might catch him red-handed! Verily one has to be a servant and slave of only Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and not anyone or anything else.

When indulging in sin, such a person’s heart is enveloped in Qillatul Haya (having very little modesty) and it is not disturbed by his forgetfulness of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala. The person is unmoved by his forgetfulness of the ONE Who created him – the ONE who provides for, nourishes, sustains, cares for and helps him. Such a person is blinded to the innumerable bounties from Allah Ta’ala and steeped in His disobedience. Certainly, this is not the character of a Mu’mim!

Hadhrat Wahab Radiyallahu Anhu narrates in a Hadith-e-Qudsi that ALLAH Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala said to Bani Israeel :

” اني اذا اطعت رضيت واذا رضيت باركت وليس لبركتي نهاية واني اذا عصيت غضبت واذا غضبت لعنت ولعنتي تبلغ السابع من الولد.”

“O my Bandah (Servants)! When I am Obeyed, I become pleased; when I become pleased I grant Barakah. When I am disobeyed, I become Wrathful and I curse (the disobedient ones). The effect of My La’nat (Curse) extends to seven generations.”~ (Ahmad)

A person who is sinful and who habitually disobeys Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, will thus suffer a life of wretchedness and misery. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is MOST Merciful and continuously overlooks sins and gives us countless opportunities to make amends; but when a person persists in sin, then Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala becomes SO Angry that He curses! … And the curse of AllahSubhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is so severe, that it extends for several generations!

THE ABOUNDING MERCY OF ALLAH SUBHAANAHU WA TA’ALA DESPITE OUR DISOBEDIENCE

No matter how much and how great our sins may seem, the vast and abounding Mercy of Allah knows no limits.

A bedouin once entered the Musjid of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. When the Salaah terminated, he cried out from behind the Sahabah (RA):

“اللَّهُمَّ ارْحَمْنِي وَمُحَمَّدًا وَلاَ تَرْحَمْ مَعَنَا احدا”
Allahummar Hamni Wa Muhammada Wa la Tarham Ma’ana ahada : Oh Allah! Have mercy on me and on Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and do not have mercy on anyone else

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam turned towards him and said: >”‏ لَقَدِ احْتَظَرْتَ وَاسِعًا”

You have narrowed (constricted) something that is vast” ie : the Mercy of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala.

Rasullulah  Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam further explained that Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has divided His Mercy into one hundred parts, of which He retained ninety-nine parts and sent down only one part to earth.

Through the one percent of Mercy that Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has sent down in the world, every living being (mankind, Jinn, animals and insects) all display Muhabbah (mutual love, compassion and kindness for one another), and through it, even wild animals care for their young. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has held back the remaining ninety-nine percent of His Mercy for His slaves on the day of Qiyamah! There is no doubt, that the Mercy of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is vast and Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala will definitely forgive us, provided we sincerely seek His forgiveness.

TURNING TO ALLAH SUBHAANAHU WA TA’ALA WITH TAUBAH AND ISTIGHFAAR ERASES SINS

In another Hadith narrated by Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu, RasulullahSallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said :

كُلُّ أَمَّتِى مُعَافًى إِلاَّ الْمُجَاهِرِينَ ، وَإِنَّ مِنَ الْمَجَانَةِ أَنْ يَعْمَلَ الرَّجُلُ بِاللَّيْلِ عَمَلاً ، ثُمَّ يُصْبِحَ وَقَدْ سَتَرَهُ اللَّهُ ، فَيَقُولَ يَا فُلاَنُ عَمِلْتُ الْبَارِحَةَ كَذَا وَكَذَا ، وَقَدْ بَاتَ يَسْتُرُهُ رَبُّهُ وَيُصْبِحُ يَكْشِفُ سِتْرَ اللهِ عَنْهُ

“Every one of my followers will be forgiven except those who expose (openly) their wrongdoings. An example of this is that of a man who commits a sin at night which Allah has covered for him, and in the morning, he would say (to people) “I committed such and such sin last night,” while Allah had kept it a secret. During the night Allah had covered it up, but in the morning this sinner tears up the ‘cover’ provided by Allah, himself.” ~ Al-Bukhari

Regrettably, we have become very brazen and bold in committing sins openly! When a person indulges in sins, he does not realise the numerous harms and misfortune those sins generate.

Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, out of His Infinite Grace, Kindness and Mercy, conceals and hides the sins of the Mujaahiroon (those bold sinners who commit sinful acts privately and then announce them shamelessly). Nobody had seen him committing a sin, but this foolish person, goes out in the morning and tears the veil placed by Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala concealing the sin from the eyes of the public and society. Essentially, the person ‘brags’ about the very sin which Allah Ta’ala had concealed for him at night. 

When the heart has reached such a low state, then it eventually becomes diseased and weakened and the person will see ‘falsehood as truth’ and ‘truth as falsehood’. Due to his diseased heart he will find flaws in the Hadith and Sunnah, and will be blinded to the sublime way of life of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. The heart actually experiences a change called Khasful Qalb: It sinks lower and lower and becomes debased causing a person to bask in sins. The person will be constantly engaged in clubbing, drinking alchohol, womanizing, gambling and viewing pornography. Sins will manifest in every limb of his body and he will take pleasure remaining immersed in a filthy and immoral life.

When this connection with Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is broken through engaging in a multitude of sins, then a person is overcome with the reality of Wahsha (estrangement): when one feels forlorn and wretched and that special contact with Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is completely lost. Because he has forgotten Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, in turn, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala ignores him. When the soul goes down this dark path, there is no comfort or enjoyment in life, nor enjoyment in one’s Ibaadah. 

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala  mentioned (in the Quran) :

نَسُوا اللَّهَ فَنَسِيَهُمْ

They have forgotten Allah, so He hath forgotten them (ignored them) ~ Surah Taubah 9:67

A person who saved himself from sins in this world deeming nothing to be minor – but rather – out of worry and concern, imagined all sins as major, will earn the Mercy of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala on the day of Qiyamah. On the opposite end of the spectrum, one who is a Faasiq/Faajir (open sinner) and thinks nothing of his sins (major or minor) faces destruction on the Day of Qiyamah. The former is like one who sees every sin as a huge mountain hovering over his head, threatening to crush him, whilst the latter sees every sin as a harmless, minuscule insect which can bring no harm. Foolish indeed is the Faasiq!

Whilst sins are dangerous and lead to destruction, in many instances, the person may have fallen into sin due to misguidance, error, or negligence. Thus it is not appropriate to look down upon a sinner with pride and contempt. One should make abundant Shukr to Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala for protection from falling into that sin and also for concealing whatever sins one has committed!

One can always escape the shackles of sins and be free through sincere repentance. The doors of Taubah are widely open to any person who turns to Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, till before he leaves this world. It is open right until the soul reaches the throat (at the time of death). The Mercy of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is not restricted, and nobody should despair of receiving it. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala will accept the Taubah of every person provided that it is sincere. However great the sin is, it is not greater than the Mercy of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala!

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10 POINT SUMMARY

1 – Abstaining from sin brings Noor in the heart, whereas habitually engaging in sin steeps ones heart in darkness.

2- Engaging in sins increasing the propensity for sinning and decreasing the propensity for repentance – sins are therefore like a poison which kills the heart.

3- Do not be careless about minor sins for they pile up quickly and lead to destruction.

4- Do not look at whether a sin is minor or major but rather look at the Greatness and Might of the ONE Who is being disobeyed: ALLAH Subhaanahu WA Ta’ala 

5- The anger and curse of ALLAH Ta’ala upon the shameless habitual sinner may affect generations to come.

6- ALLAH Ta’ala is Most Merciful and loves to forgive the sinner who turns to HIM in sincere repentance.

7- The Mercy of ALLAH Ta’ala is infinitely vast – and of all HIS Mercy only 1% has reached the Earth and 99% is reserved for the Aakhira.

8 – Persistence in sins causes a veil to be drawn over the heart preventing one from repentance, forgiveness, enjoyment in life.

9- It is inappropriate to look down upon a sinner – it is best to make Shukr for being saved from such sins.

10- The doors of Taubah are always open right till mauth and ALLAH Subhaanahu WA Ta’ala accepts the sincere repentance of every person who turns to HIM. No matter how great the sin, the MERCY of ALLAH is undoubtedly far Greater.

 

June 6, 2016

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Ramadaan Reminder ~ Sunnah Dua Upon Opening One’s Fast

‏ ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ وَابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ وَثَبَتَ الأَجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ ‏‏ ‏

Nabi SallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam used to say:

Zahabaz zama’u wabtallatil urooqu wathabatal ajru insha Allah

The thirst has gone and the veins are moistened, and reward is confirmed, if Allah wills … [Abu Dawud]

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حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ يَحْيَى أَبُو مُحَمَّدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا عَلِيُّ بْنُ الْحَسَنِ، أَخْبَرَنِي الْحُسَيْنُ بْنُ وَاقِدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا مَرْوَانُ، – يَعْنِي ابْنَ سَالِمٍ – الْمُقَفَّعُ – قَالَ رَأَيْتُ ابْنَ عُمَرَ يَقْبِضُ عَلَى لِحْيَتِهِ فَيَقْطَعُ مَا زَادَ عَلَى الْكَفِّ وَقَالَ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم إِذَا أَفْطَرَ قَالَ ‏ “‏ ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ وَابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ وَثَبَتَ الأَجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ ‏”‏ ‏. ~ Sunan Abi Dawud 2357

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