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Contemplation ….

July 26, 2013

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Excerpts from Ramadaan 1434 Programmes  

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What is the purpose of our Creation?
What is our Destination?
What Preparation have we made to reach our destination?

Alhamdulilah, through the Fadhl and Karam of ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala, we have heard many talks during Ramadaan. The essence of what we have heard includes:

1. Tauheed & Supremacy of Allah :

There is NONE WORTHY OF WORSHIP BESIDES ALLAH. Everything in the Universe has been created by and belongs to ALLAH. Everything is in the Supreme Control of ALLAH ALONE.

2. Reality of The Day of Qiyamah :

That Day on which every deed shall be brought forth and weighed, is an INDISPUTABLE Reality. ALLAH does not oppress a single soul, every being will have to account for their deeds. The successful will be admitted into Paradise and he who habitually disobeyed the commands of ALLAH and failed to seek forgiveness will be condemned to the Fire.

3. Gratitude

We need to be grateful servants of ALLAH. Indeed the bounties and favours showered upon us by HIM are innumerable. Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) would make lengthy prostrations demonstrating gratitude and he would cry out of gratitude.

4. Obedience :

What type of bond do we have with ALLAH? Indeed, the preparation we have made for the Qabr and Aakhirah is indicative of our obedience to ALLAH. We need to establish a Connection (Ta’alluq) with ALLAH – develope a penitent heart having remorse for a life of disobedience.

Make a firm intention to change ones life for the better by engaging in righteous deeds and treading on Siraat e Mustaqeem.

5.  Stay in the company of the righteous and pious :

The company one keeps has a colossal effect upon the kinds of deeds one engages in. It is of paramount importance that one stays away from company which leads one away from ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala.
Drugs, Gambling, Illicit relationships, Lying, Cheating, Stealing etc all lead to a quagmire of sins and a life of misery and restlessness. A person steeped in sins drifts further and further away from ALLAH and his heart gets very corroded and heavy. As such, he does not enjoy his Ibaadat and ends up leading a life of ghaflat (negligence).

6. Repentence :

Before overtaken by Sakraat ul Mauth or the rising of the sun from the West.
Despite the magnitude and intensity of our sins, if we make sincere taubah (Taubatun Nasuha), and shed tears of repentance, we will be forgiven by ALLAH. The moment we turn to ALLAH and seek from HIM, HE becomes Pleased and ‘comes running to us’ to assist us for HE does not wish to punish the Believer. ALLAH LOVES and has more Compassion for the Believer than a doting mother has for her child.

 7. Humility :

A Believer has no place in his heart for pride and arrogance. We are all Totally dependant on ALLAH for EVERYTHING. The obstinate, proud, arrogant ones are those who disobey the commands of ALLAH. THESE are the ones who will be punished in the Blazing Fire.

~ The Mubarak month of Ramadaan abounded with mass deeni activities and because everybody engaged collectively, proved ease to practice upon the Quran and Sunnah. The challenge for each one of us is to maintain this after Ramadaan. It is up to us to make a firm resolution to persevere on Siraat e Mustaqeem. ALLAH WILL CERTAINLY HELP US but we need to make the first step. 

~ May ALLAH Azza wa Jalla pull us with HIS Power of Jazb and make us from amongst HIS True friends.

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A Mercy Unto All Of Creation ~ Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم

July 25, 2013

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Excerpts from Ramadaan 1434 Programmes  

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وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ

And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds ~ Surah Al Ambiya 21:107

~ ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala sent HIS Final Messenger and Beloved as a Mercy unto all of Creation. Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was Rahmatul Iil Aalameen .. He was a mercy to the believers, even to the disbelievers, the men, women, orphans, prisoners, the young, the elderly, the weak, animals, nature, jinn.. All of the Creation.

~ Several incidents highlighted in Quran, seerah and hadith demonstrate the softness of the heart of The Beloved of ALLAH. To enumerate a few, the description of the occasions when Rasulullah (Sallalaahu alayhi wa salam) shed tears, will be described. The crying of Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was neither sobbing nor wailing – never was his Mubarak voice raised. Similarly, the laughing of Rasulullaah was not loud nor excessive. Muhaditheen describe both the crying and laughing of RasulUllah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) both moderate and restrained.

~ Rasulullaah  (صلى الله عليه و سلم) used to cry-:

– when he feared evil would befall his Ummat,
– during moments of intense spiritual introspection,
– while reading or listening to the Quran e Majeed. His mubarak tears were thus prompted by Love, Longing, and an Intense Feeling to Glorify ALLAH Subhaana wa Ta’aala.

~ Once Hazrat Bilal (RA) asked Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) why he cried so much, when he knew that his past and present sins were forgiven. Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) replied saying that why should he not be a grateful servant of Allah (his crying was out of Gratitude to ALLAH for His innumerable favours) … Then He said that the verse, ‘The Creation of the Heavens and the Earth and the alternation of the Night and Day are signs for those who ponder’, was revealed to him Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: woe unto those who do not take heed and ponder.

~ The sound emanating from the mubarak chest of RasulUllah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) when he cried was described by the Sahaba (RA) as ‘a wheezing sound from a boiler’

~ Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) once asked Hazrat Abdullah bin Masood (RA) to recite Quran Sharief so that he may listen. When the verse in the 5th Juz ‘How will it be when WE bring from each nation a witness and WE bring you O Muhammad as witness before them’ was recited, Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) cried out ‘Hasbuk! Hasbuk!’ (Stop the recitation now. That was sufficient) and his eyes were overflowing with tears. This was his love for us!

~ On several occasions at the death of a family member or Sahabi, Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) cried:

* When Ebrahim (RA), the beloved son of RasulUllah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) passed away and he cried and was questioned by Hazrat Abdurahman bin Auf (RA) about this, Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said that it was Mercy making him cry and that crying is natural, at a loss of a loved one but a believer NEVER utters that which is displeasing to ALLAH. This is when a person must exercise complete Sabr and be pleased with the Decision of ALLAH ( Ridha bil Qadha).

* When the daughter (Umme Kulsum) of RasulUllah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) passed away, he perched over her qabr and cried. Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) has said that ‘Verily the Believer is in a state of complete goodness in every situation’ … Even at the time of Death, the Believer praises ALLAH Rabbul Izzat.

* At the death of his infant grandson, Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) cried while holding the frail infant and described his mubarak tears as ‘Mercy which ALLAH has placed in the hearts of his slaves’. ‘Verily ALLAH has Mercy on all of HIS slaves that are merciful to others’. ‘ Verily what ALLAH takes and gives belongs to HIM and everything has its appointed time’.

~ Aarifbillah Hazrath Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (RA) once mentioned, that sometimes when one remains ‘pent-up’ and does not allow oneself to cry and let out the sorrow over a loss, could cause the person to become ill.

~ Whilst remembering the martyrs of Muta (near Jordan), Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) cried. He was informed by ALLAH of their situation and described as he cried, the scenario on the battle field, how Zaid (RA), then Ja’far (RA), then Abdullah bin Rawaha (RA) one by one became shaheed and how the banner of the Muslims was then taken up by Khalid bin Waleed (RA).

~ Once, whilst crying at a qabr the soil below his mubarak feet became soaked with his tears, Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) reminded the Sahaba (RA) to remember death and prepare for the Aakhirat.

~ The night before the Battle of Badr, every Sahabi who participated, slept soundly. Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) however spent the entire night praying and crying before ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala.

~ At the time of a solar or lunar eclipse, RasulUllah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) would perform a special salaah. On one such occasion, he prostrated so long and cried, then blew as he stood up and Praised ALLAH. He explained how Jahanam had appeared before him and he blew it, fearing that it may descend upon the people and punish them! 

~ What Love! Not a day went by in the life of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) that he did not cry ‘Allahuma Ummati, Ummati!’. On one such occasion ALLAH (Despite knowing why), sent Jibraeel (AS) to ask Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) why he was crying. His reply was that he was crying out of mercy and compassion for his nation, as he was worried what their condition and plight would be on the Day of Qiyaamah…… ALLAH sent a message informing Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) ‘Verily WE will please you regarding your Ummah and WE will not give you cause to be grieved about them’

HOW HAVE WE SHOWN APPRECIATION FOR OUR Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم)!!! He cried for EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US, right upto the Day of Qiyamah……Do we have softness in our hearts? Do we emulate his pristine example? How much of the Sunnah is in our lives?

~ Rasulullaah  (صلى الله عليه و سلم) used to make dua for eyes that shed tears……. as such eyes cannot be touched by the Blazing Fire of Jahanam.

May ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala bless us with soft, merciful hearts and enable us to show compassion to mankind….

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Ramadaan 1434 ~ Programmes

July 23, 2013

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AFTER FAJR Lessons From Hadith Shareef

AFTER TARAWEEH | SESSION 1 Tafseer Of Selected Ayaat Read In Taraweeh ~ Zikr ~ Du’aa

AFTER TARAWEEH | SESSION 2 ~ Recitation of Surahs ~ 40 Durood and Salaam ~ Du’aa

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21ST NIGHT _ Monday 29 July _ After Taraweeh1  > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses | Surahs of the 25th Juz
21ST NIGHT _ Monday 29 July _ After Taraweeh2  > 40 Durood & Salaam | Istighfaar | Dua
Tuesday 30 July _ After Fajr  > Virtues of Surah Faatihah | Ikhlaas
Tuesday 30 July _ After Taraweeh  > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Qaf
Wednesday 31 July _ After Fajr  > Virtues of Surah Mulk | Surah Baqarah
23RD NIGHT _ Wednesday 31 July _ After Taraweeh1  > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Az Zaariyaat | Surah Al Hadeed
23RD NIGHT _ Wednesday 31 July _ After Taraweeh2  > Recitation of 40 Durood and Salaam
23RD NIGHT _ Wednesday 31 July _ After Taraweeh3  > Various Duroods Shareef | Istighfaar | Dua
Thursday 1 August _ After Fajr  > Virtues of Ayatul Kursi
Thursday 1 August_ After Taraweeh  > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Tahreem
Friday 2 August _ After Fajr  > Virtues of Surah Kahaf
25TH NIGHT _ Friday 2 August _ After Taraweeh1  > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Al Qalam | Dua
25TH NIGHT _ Friday 2 August _ After Taraweeh2  > Recitation of 40 Durood and Salaam
25TH NIGHT _ Friday 2 August _ After Taraweeh3  > Advices | Istighfaar | Dua
Saturday 3 August _ After Fajr > Hadith | Sunnah of Eating
Saturday 3 August_ After Taraweeh > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of the 30th Juz | Zikr | Dua
Sunday 4 August _ After Fajr > Hadith | Sunnah of Eating 2
Sunday 4 August _ After Zuhr > Solutions to Spiritual Maladies
27TH NIGHT _ Sunday 4 August _ After Taraweeh1  > Lecture | Zikr | Dua
27TH NIGHT _ Sunday 4 August _ After Taraweeh2  > Recitation of 40 Durood and Salaam | Lecture | Istighfaar | Dua
Monday 5 August _ After Fajr > Hadith | Sunnah of Eating 3
Monday 5 August_ After Taraweeh > Lecture | Zikr | Dua
Tuesday 6 August _ After Fajr > Hadith | Etiquette of Visiting the Sick
29TH NIGHT _ Tuesday 6 August _ After Taraweeh1  Recitation of 40 Durood and Salaam | Zikr | Dua
29TH NIGHT _ Tuesday 6 August _ After Taraweeh2  > Lecture | Isitghfaar | Dua
Wednesday 7 August _ After Fajr > Hadith | Etiquette of Visiting the Sick 2
Wednesday 7 August_ After Taraweeh > Recitation of 40 Durood and Salaam | Zikr | Dua
Thursday 8 August _ After Fajr > Hadith | Concise Duas of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam
Thursday 8 August _ After Esha > Eid Night Majlis | Lailatul Jaa’iza
Friday 9 August > Eid Lecture

 

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AFTER FAJR ~ Lessons From Hadith Shareef

AFTER TARAWEEH ~ Tafseer Of Selected Ayaat Read In Taraweeh

 

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Monday 22 July _ After Fajr  > Mujahadah | Making and Effort in the Cause of Allah
Monday 22 July _ After Taraweeh  > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Al Ambiya
Tuesday 23 July _ After Fajr  Mujahadah | Making and Effort in the Cause of Allah 2
Tuesday 23 July _ After Taraweeh  > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah An Noor and Surah Al Furqaan
Wednesday 24th July _ After Fajr  > Sadaqah | Numerous Ways of Doing Good Deeds
Wednesday 24th July _ After Taraweeh > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah An Naml
Thursday 25th July _ After Fajr  > Sadaqah | Numerous Ways of Doing Good Deeds 2
Thursday 25th July _ After Taraweeh > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses | The Advices of  Luqmaan AS to his Son
Friday 26th July _ After Fajr  > Sabr | Exercising Patience
Friday 26th July _  Jummuah > The Benefits of Taqwa and the Forgiving Quality of Allah
Friday 26th July _ After Taraweeh > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Ahzaab and Surah Saba
Saturday 27th July _ After Fajr  > Sabr | Exercising Patience 2
Saturday 27th July _ After Taraweeh > Recitation of 40 Durood and Salaam
Saturday 27th July _ After Taraweeh > Zikrullah
Saturday 27th July _ After Fajr > Sabr | Exercising Patience 3
Sunday 28th July _ After Taraweeh > Brief Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Mu’min
Monday 29th July _ After Fajr > Sabr | Exercising Patience 4

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Al Qadr and of the 30th Juz

July 22, 2013

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Excerpts from Ramadaan 1434 Programmes  

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إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ
Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree
وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ
And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree?
لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ
The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.
تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍ
The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter.
سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ
Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.
Surah Al Qadr 97

~ We, the Ummah of Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi wa salam have been given Ramadaan. It has been the experience of many of the Ahlullah and Mashaaikh that Lailatul Qadr happened on the 27th night of this Mubarak month. As the exact date is known Only to ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala (and it could be any of the odd nights of the last 10 days of  Ramadaan) … Tonight we may have reached the climax of Ramadaan wherein lies ‘a night better than a  thousand months’ Allah knows best!

~ All Praise is Only for ALLAH who has permitted us to fast, to
engage in Ibaadat, to listen to the  ilaawat of the Quran Sharief in Taraaweeh. Although, khatam of Quran-e-Majeed was completed today, recitation of the next khatam was initiated immediately because this is our Guide till the Day of Qiyamah and we must ‘hold fast to ‘The Rope of ALLAH’. We need to demonstrate sincerity and gratitude for all with which we have been blessed.

~ This most honorable Kitaab (Ashraful Kutub) was revealed upon the heart of Hazrat Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wa salam – The most Honorable of the Ambiyaa, brought by the most Honorable Angel (Jibraeel AS), in the most Honorable of Cities (Makkah Mukarramah) in the most Honourable night -Lailatul Qadr (The Night of Power).

~ Once again, in the 30th Juz, ALLAH Rabbul Izzat directs our attention to the “Aakhirah” which is our final destination. In most of our recent talks we have highlighted the importance of gratitude and turning our attention towards ALLAH Ta’aala, the Rabb of The Universe.  ALLAH is the One who Nurtures, Nourishes, Cares for and Loves us all. HE has made us in the Best of Forms and most beautiful. All HE wants is for us to have firm belief in His Oneness (Tauheed) and to do righteous deeds. When we slip and oppress ourselves by sinning, HE desires that we turn to Him and repent.

Whilst the following is not a Tafseer of all the surahs we heard tonight ie : from Surah Dhuha till Naas, but we see in each Surah a verse drawing our attention to the same theme we have been explaining the past few nights :

Allahs supremacy, His Oneness, preparing for Aakhirah, not amassing wealth, the Day of Reckoning, weighing of our deeds, the importance of time, doing righteous deeds etc …

We are informed, advised, admonished:

In Surah Dhuha Verse 4….that the Akhirah is better than the Dunya,

In Surah Inshiraah Verse 8….to turn towards our Rabb

In Surah Teen Verse 6….the importance of Imaan and righteous deeds

In Surah Alaq Verse 1….reading in the name of our Rabb

In Surah Qadar Verse 1.the importance of Quraan and the Night of power

In Surah Bayyinah Verse 8….Jannat is for the one fearing Allah

In Surah Zilzaal Verse 7….All our actions will be presented to us on the Day of Qiyaamah

In Surah Al-Aadiyaat Verse 6….being loyal and grateful to Allah.

In Surah Al-Qaari’ah Verse 8….the weighing of our deeds

In Suah At takaathur Verse 1….obsession of wealth causes negligence of the Hereafter

In Surah Asr Verse 1….the value and importance  of time

In Surah Humaza Verse 2….the harms of amassing wealth

In Surah Feel.the might and power of Allah

In Surah Quraish…..the ease & comfort we enjoy, and we should worship only Allah

In Surah Kauthar…..the reward of drinking from the fountain of Kauthar from the hands of Rasulullah salalahu alayhi wasalam.

In Surah Kaafiroon….not compromising our Deen

In Surah Nasr…..the importance of Istighfaar

In Surah Lahab…..the consequence of rejecting Deen

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~ In the final three Surahs of Quran-e-Majeed (Surah Ahad, Surah Falaq, Surah Naas) … The Oneness and Power of Allah

* During Ramadaan we focussed extensively on :
Tilawat, Taqwa and Taubah. (3 T’s)

As a result of these, we have accumulated Noor in our hearts. The way forward, after the moon of Shawaal is sighted, is to preserve and add to this Noor. We should not be foolish and fail to nurture it.

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surahs of the 30th Juz

July 21, 2013

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 : An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surahs of the 30th Juz

  : The Central Theme Throughout

The 30th Juz of Quraan-e-Majeed is the Tauheed (Oneness) of ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala, His Supremacy, Grandeur which is manifest in His creation, and also resurrection of mankind and the reality of Qiyaamah.

~ The Day of Qiyaamah is mentioned throughout the entire Quran Sharief by various descriptions: The Day of Catastrophe, The Day of the Deafening sound, The Overwhelming Event.

The Horrors of Qiyaamah are Evident in these Verses :

The Surahs of the 30th Juz of the Quran-e-Majeed are short and abound with stern warnings. Mufassireen say it is like the sharp wrapping at the door of one who is in a deep slumber … In order to jolt him into an awake and alert state to take heed of the Reality that EVERY SINGLE BEING will have to present himself and account for his deeds to ALLAH, LORD and MASTER of the UNIVERSE

 

Allah Ta’ala says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الْإِنسَانُ مَا غَرَّكَ بِرَبِّكَ الْكَرِيمِ
O mankind, what has deceived you concerning your Lord, the Generous,
الَّذِي خَلَقَكَ فَسَوَّاكَ فَعَدَلَكَ
Who created you, proportioned you, and balanced you?
فِي أَيِّ صُورَةٍ مَّا شَاءَ رَكَّبَكَ
In whatever form He willed has He assembled you.
 Surah Al Infitaar 82: 6/7/8

~ Despite all of us being totally unworthy, ALLAH has bestowed upon us so many favours (our Imaan, our health, our wealth, our intelligence, our beauty, being from the Ummat of His Greatest Creation and Beloved … To enumerate only a few)

~ ALLAH is FULL of Justice and will reward everybody according to what they used to do. The Believer will be rewarded with Jannah and the obstinate disbelievers will be admitted to Jahannum to reside there permanently.

أَفَلَا يَنظُرُونَ إِلَى الْإِبِلِ كَيْفَ خُلِقَتْ
Then do they not look at the camels – how they are created?
وَإِلَى السَّمَاءِ كَيْفَ رُفِعَتْ
And at the sky – how it is raised?
وَإِلَى الْجِبَالِ كَيْفَ نُصِبَتْ
And at the mountains – how they are erected?
وَإِلَى الْأَرْضِ كَيْفَ سُطِحَتْ
And at the earth – how it is spread out?
Surah Al Ghaashiyah 88: 17-20

~ ALLAH exhorts mankind to look at the creation of ALLAH AND TAKE HEED? ….Do they not look at the camel (their conveyance). Do they not look up at the sky and reflect … Are there any defects (fissure/ flaws/ cracks) in the sky which has been raised up above them? Do the disbelievers think that they are stronger than the sky? If they have not seen clearly, they are advised to look again. What of the land and scenery (mountains)… Do they not reflect?

~ Indeed the sky is beautiful and fortified and the land levelled and the mountains firmly erected by ONE RABB!

~ These warnings apply to us as Believers too, for our condition is such that we believe in The Day of Qiyaamah but our behaviour is contrary to our belief. On That Day when there will be NO interpreter between us and ALLAH, and each of us will have to come alone and account for every deed … Have we prepared?

~ A Believer who prepares for That Day of Horror, by obeying the commands of ALLAH and Rasulullaah Sallallaahu alayhi wa salam, ALLAH expands his heart and fills it with Noor. A sign of this (as mentioned in Hadith Sharief) is that the person detaches himself from the World and its Deception and focuses on Aakhirat.

~ When death occurs, it is as if Qiyamah has already begun for the deceased because he has to answer the questions of the Qabr and remain in Aalam e Barzakh until the Day of Ressurection. That Day, when the trumpet is blown and everyone proceeds for Reckoning, is Horrifying indeed.

فَأَمَّا مَن طَغَىٰ

So as for he who transgressed

وَآثَرَ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا
And preferred the life of the world,
فَإِنَّ الْجَحِيمَ هِيَ الْمَأْوَىٰ
Then indeed, Hellfire will be [his] refuge.
وَأَمَّا مَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّهِ وَنَهَى النَّفْسَ عَنِ الْهَوَىٰ
But as for he who feared the position of his Lord and prevented the soul from [unlawful] inclination,
فَإِنَّ الْجَنَّةَ هِيَ الْمَأْوَىٰ
Then indeed, Paradise will be [his] refuge.
Surah An Naziaat 79: 37-41

~  ALLAH says that for the one who transgresses and prefers Dunya over Aakhirat, his abode will be Jahannum. For the one fears ALLAH and restrains himself (not submitting to his base desires), Jannat will be his abode.

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A Transformation in our Lives

July 21, 2013

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No person is perfect!

But, when Allah wishes to select a person and draws him towards Himself, and wishes to grant him Hidaayat, then nobody can stop that …

A transformation had taken place in the lives of many sinners when they pondered and reflected over this verse from Surah Al-Hadid …

 

Allah says : 

أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَمَا نَزَلَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ

Has the time not come for those who have believed, that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah ~ Surah Al Hadid 57:16  

 

Therefore, people of Imaan should devote themselves to the Zikr of Allah and the recitation of Quraan. One’s Imaan becomes strengthened when the heart submits to Allah. That heart which is void of Allah’s Zikr will begin to harden. As the heart hardens, a person becomes more inclined towards the World and the concern for the Hereafter is then lost… 

So many people are just caught up in ‘leisure and pleasure’ and are totally heedless in their lives. They may be Muslim by name, but their is no Ibadat (worship) found in their lives, there is no Taubah (repentance), there is no Khauf (fear) of Allah Ta’ala … So for them, their hearts become very hard and to live a life filled with Haraam, means nothing! Such a person, will then move towards Dunya and have no fikr for Aakhirat. Such a person will be dis-inclined towards Ibadat, Salaah and the Zikr of Allah…

 

PONDER! 

 

We are all believers with the Mercy of Allah, but if we make an introspection of our lives … 

• How are we spending our lives? 

• How much of Ibadat are we making in our lives? 

• How much of Zikrullah do we make daily?

• What type of Tilawat of Quraan do we make? 

• What type of Roza’s do we keep?

• What type of Ta’alluq(bond) do we have with Allah Ta’ala?

• How much of Durood and Salaam do we send upon Rasullulah Sallalahu alayhi Wa Sallam?

• What type of Akhlaaq and character do we have?

  • How do we behave at home with our wives, children, parents, neighbours, on the road, in public, in privacy, in our factories, with our workers, with fellow human beings?

 

Has the time not come to submit and surrender to the Shariah of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala?

 Has the time not come to surrender to the commands of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and follow His rules and regulations?

Has the time not come for the believers that they should humble themselves before Allah Ta’ala?

  

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Al Qalam

July 20, 2013

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:An Explanation of Verses of Surah Al Qalam

إِنَّا بَلَوْنَاهُمْ كَمَا بَلَوْنَا أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ إِذْ أَقْسَمُوا لَيَصْرِمُنَّهَا مُصْبِحِينَ
Indeed, We have tried them as We tried the companions of the garden, when they swore to cut its fruit in the [early] morning
وَلَا يَسْتَثْنُونَ
 Without making exception.
فَطَافَ عَلَيْهَا طَائِفٌ مِّن رَّبِّكَ وَهُمْ نَائِمُونَ
So there came upon the garden an affliction from your Lord while they were asleep.
فَأَصْبَحَتْ كَالصَّرِيمِ
And it became as though reaped.
فَتَنَادَوْا مُصْبِحِينَ
And they called one another at morning,
أَنِ اغْدُوا عَلَىٰ حَرْثِكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ صَارِمِينَ
[Saying], “Go early to your crop if you would cut the fruit.”
فَانطَلَقُوا وَهُمْ يَتَخَافَتُونَ
So they set out, while lowering their voices,
أَن لَّا يَدْخُلَنَّهَا الْيَوْمَ عَلَيْكُم مِّسْكِينٌ
[Saying], “There will surely not enter it today upon you [any] poor person.”
وَغَدَوْا عَلَىٰ حَرْدٍ قَادِرِينَ
And they went early in determination, [assuming themselves] able.
فَلَمَّا رَأَوْهَا قَالُوا إِنَّا لَضَالُّونَ
But when they saw it, they said, “Indeed, we are lost;
بَلْ نَحْنُ مَحْرُومُونَ
Rather, we have been deprived.”
قَالَ أَوْسَطُهُمْ أَلَمْ أَقُل لَّكُمْ لَوْلَا تُسَبِّحُونَ
The most moderate of them said, “Did I not say to you, ‘Why do you not exalt [ Allah ]?’ “
Surah Al Qalam ~ 68:17 – 68:28

~ ALLAH Ta’aala informs us of how HE tested the Disbelievers of Makka as HE had tested the people of the “Orchard”. He makes mention of an incident of the past.

 ~ There was an extremely wealthy old man of Yemen who was blessed with abundant plantations filled with copious fruit and crops. He was a very generous man and he used to share his produce with the poor and the needy even permitting them to take whatever fell to the ground. After his demise, his three sons decided and agreed that their father was a fool to have been so generous and since their families had become larger, they resolved to harvest and keep all the produce exclusively for themselves. They pledged to harvest their plantations at the break of Dawn, before anybody else was around, but forgot their Lord and did not say “INSHA ALLAH”.

~ Indeed their plan was not good as they intended to deprive the poor. They planned, but ALLAH also Planned and ALLAH is The Best of Planners … As they slept unaware of their surroundings, ALLAH sent a forceful wind to completely destroy their plantations. They awoke early as planned and went out to fulfill their intent, proceeding secretly and swiftly. When they reached their plantations and saw the ravaged land, they thought that they had come to the wrong area and retraced their steps. When they finally realized their folly they lamented that they were ‘deprived totally’. The middle brother reminded them that he had said that they should Glorify ALLAH, but because he himself participated in the act of attempting to deprive the needy, he too was punished. 

~ After initially blaming one another, they then repented over their blunder and admitted that they had been their own oppressors. They then made sincere Taubah (Taubatun Nasooha) and made dua that ALLAH give them something in lieu of their huge loss. (Commentators write that ALLAH Azza wa Jal blessed them with even more than what they had lost, for they repented sincerely.) 

~ As human beings we are similar to the brothers above, ie : we make mistakes and upon realization thereof quickly blame others. What is important is that full acknowledgement and admission of our sins accompany our penitence. By feeling truly remorseful one resolves never to return to the sin again. THIS is Taubatun Nasooha.

 ~ By making abundant Taubah and istighfaar, ALLAH Rabbul Izzat blesses HIS makhlooq with rain, abundance in wealth and children….

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Some Virtues of Surah Kahaf

July 15, 2013

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Some Virtues of Surah Kahaf :

1. Hazrat Abu Darda’ Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam said: The one who recites the three verses of the beginning of Surah Al-Kahf will be protected from the trial of Dajjal ~ (Tirmidhi)

 

2. Hazrat Abu Darda’ Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam said: He who memorizes the first ten verses of Surah Al-Kahf will be protected from the trial of Dajjal. In another narration, it is the last ten verses of Surah Al-Kahf ~ (Muslim)

 

3. Hazrat Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam said: The one who recites Surah Al-Kahf as it was revealed, it will become a Nur for him on the Day of Resurrection, from his place to Makkah. And the one who recites the last ten verses of it, even if the Dajjal appears, the Dajjal will not be able to overpower him. ~ (Mustadrak Hakim)

 

4. Hazrat Ibn ‘Umar (RA) narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam said: ‘Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.’” (At Targheeb)

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Tahreem

July 13, 2013

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An Explanation of Verses of Surah Tahreem

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ عَلَيْهَا مَلَائِكَةٌ غِلَاظٌ شِدَادٌ لَّا يَعْصُونَ اللَّهَ مَا أَمَرَهُمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ
O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَا تَعْتَذِرُوا الْيَوْمَ ۖ إِنَّمَا تُجْزَوْنَ مَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ
O you who have disbelieved, make no excuses that Day. You will only be recompensed for what you used to do.
~ Surah Tahreem 66:6/7

‘ O you who have Imaan! Save yourselves and your families from the Fire, the fuel of which is people and stones. Stern and strong angels are appointed over it, who never disobey what ALLAH commands them and who carry out exactly what they are instructed.’

~ In Surah Tahreem ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala warns the Believer that it is incumbent upon him to protect himself AND his family from Jahanam. This implies that a proper upbringing and Deeni taleem is essential. Food that is consumed must also be halaal because it has a direct effect on the body. The Sahaabiyaat (RA) used to tell their husbands to go out and seek halaal, as their bodies could endure hunger but Never the Fire of Jahanam.

~ Nowadays it is commonplace that emphasis is placed on Secular rather than Deeni Education. The basic taleem on Quran Sharief, Masaa’il of Deen and Sharaiah  is regarded as unimportant. Consequently our youth mature into adults with very little or no Deeni knowledge, the home is no longer a deeni environment, children in such households have weak Imaan and serious problems abound in society. This is just the consequence in the fleeting Dunya … What then of the Eternal Aakhirah?

~ ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala warns that the blazing fire is extremely severe and the uncompromising, stern angels guarding  the inhabitants of Jahanam NEVER disobey ALLAH. The disbelievers are warned that NO excuses will be accepted on THAT Day for they received clear warnings but remained haughty and obstinate, preferring to disobey the commands of ALLAH

Taubatun Nasooha ~ Sincere Repentance :

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا تُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ تَوْبَةً نَّصُوحًا عَسَىٰ رَبُّكُمْ أَن يُكَفِّرَ عَنكُمْ سَيِّئَاتِكُمْ وَيُدْخِلَكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ يَوْمَ لَا يُخْزِي اللَّهُ النَّبِيَّ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَعَهُ ۖ نُورُهُمْ يَسْعَىٰ بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَبِأَيْمَانِهِمْ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا أَتْمِمْ لَنَا نُورَنَا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
O you who have believed, repent to Allah with sincere repentance. Perhaps your Lord will remove from you your misdeeds and admit you into gardens beneath which rivers flow [on] the Day when Allah will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believed with him. Their light will proceed before them and on their right; they will say, “Our Lord, perfect for us our light and forgive us. Indeed, You are over all things competent.”
~ Surah Tahreem 66:8

~ Immediately thereafter, the Believers are addressed and advised to make ‘sincere repentance’ (Taubatun Nasooha). Just as mending holes in a torn garment, holes in our A’maal are mended with sincere taubah.

Hazrat Muaaz ibn Jabal (RA) has been quoted to have said that in the same manner in which milk drawn from the udder of a cow cannot be returned to the udder, in the same way, one who makes sincere taubah does not return to the sin.

Yes, if one accidentally slips and commits the sin again despite a firm reslove not to return to it, ‘sincere taubah’ must be made again. ALLAH is Ar-Rahmaan and forgives ALL SINS right up until the pangs of death (sakraat) and until the sun rises from the West before Qiyaamah. Under these two circumstances, taubah is no longer accepted.

~ For the believer who makes sincere taubah, ALLAH will wipe out ALL sins and enter him into ‘Gardens beneath which rivers flow’ (Jannah).

ALLAH will never disgrace his Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam and the Believers. On that Day of Darkness, ALLAH will fortify them with Light ahead off and alongside them to guide them over “pul-siraat”.

~ For the Munafiqeen there will be no light and a barrier will be placed between the Munafiqeen and the Believers with Azaab on the side of the former and Rahmah on the side of the latter. When the munafiqeen question the believers claiming to have been with them, ALLAH will expose that the Munafiqeen had false hopes and selfish desires and always willed harm upon the believers …

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Az-Zaariyaat and Surah Al-Hadeed

July 11, 2013

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An Explanation of Verse 51:55 of Surah Az Zaariyaat :

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ
And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me ~ Surah Az-Zaariyaat 51:55

~ ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala says in the Quran e Majeed that verily HE has not Created jinn and mankind except for His Worship

~ Indeed the purpose of our creation is made very clear in the above verse.

An Explanation of Verse 57::20 of Surah Al Hadeed : 

اعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ وَزِينَةٌ وَتَفَاخُرٌ بَيْنَكُمْ وَتَكَاثُرٌ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ ۖ كَمَثَلِ غَيْثٍ أَعْجَبَ الْكُفَّارَ نَبَاتُهُ ثُمَّ يَهِيجُ فَتَرَاهُ مُصْفَرًّا ثُمَّ يَكُونُ حُطَامًا ۖ وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانٌ ۚ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ
Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children – like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion ~ Surah Hadeed 57:20 

~ ALLAH says that this worldly life is nothing but ‘play’ or amusement. It is nothing but futility, a decoration, a rivalry between man where he competes to acquire Dunya.

~ When a child is little, enjoyment comes from playing with a simple toy. As the child gets older, more advanced toys are sought for pleasure and enjoyment and attention to self-beautification (decoration) is apparent. In adulthood, enjoyment is sought and comes from acquisition of assets and material possessions. The focus and enjoyment comes from investments, properties and amassing wealth. Indeed this world is Nothing but a ‘play’ ground. This entire Dunya is fleeting and will come to an end.

~ ALLAH Ta’aala gives the parable of a farmer who plants and watches crops grow as an example to understand this world. The rain which falls upon the land amazes the farmers who see their crops flourish as a result. After a while, however, the crops wither, become dry and yellow. Later, the crops become like chaff and destroyed. This is exactly how the Dunya is i.e. it will wither and be destroyed … it is not everlasting.

~ A person who becomes a slave of his passions and loses the purpose of his Creation by becoming absorbed, consumed and engrossed in this world, is warned of the Punishment of the Hereafter. One’s attention is therefore drawn to recognize ALLAH, obey His Commands and prepare for the Aakhirah … For him, ALLAH has Promised two things: HIS Maghfirat and Pleasure.

~ The Believers will be enjoying the bounties of Jannah when suddenly a Noor will cover them. When they look up, they will behold THE LORD and MASTER of the Universe ALLAH Azza wa Jal in ALL HIS MAJESTY. This sight will be SO BEAUTIFUL that all other bounties will be forgotten. The Believers in Jannah will then be asked if there is anything they require to which they will reply that there is nothing of which they are short in Jannah. ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala will then say that He has one more thing left to give the Jannatis and HE will announce His Eternal Pleasure and Happiness with every Jannati. This is the ultimate Bounty.

~ This Dunya is a prison for the Believer. Believers cannot be consumed by the Dunya else greed sets in and when this occurs then one becomes blind to haq and the commands of ALLAH. It is in such a state of ghaflat that a person engages in anything whatsoever (stealing, interest, gambling, cheating) in order to acquire more. ALLAH does not want this for us.

We are advised to ‘race’ and vie with one another for good deeds and the Mercy of ALLAH. This world is the playground for competing and gathering the maximum Maghfirat of ALLAH and Jannat in the Aakhira.

All Favours and Bounties are from ALLAH and we get them in BOTH Dunya and Aakhirah … All we have to do is NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE PURPOSE OF OUR CREATION

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~Virtues of Surah Faathiha | Surah Ikhlaas

July 9, 2013

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قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ  ~  اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ  ~  لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ  ~  وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ

Bismillaahir-Rahman ir-Raheem
Qul huwallaahu ahad Allahus samad Lam yalid wa lam yuulad Wa lam yakun lahu kufuwan ahad
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He  begotten; And there is none like unto Him ~ Surah Ikhlaas 112
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Hadith pertaining to Surah Ikhlaas :

1. Hazrat Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri RA said: “Nabi Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam said to his Companions: ‘Could any one of you not recite one third of the Qur’aan in one night?’ They found the idea difficult, and said, ‘Who among us could do that, O Messenger of Allaah?’ He said, ‘Qul huwaAllaahu -ahad, Allahus samad [i.e., Soorat ul-Ikhlaas] is one third of the Qur’aan.’” ~Al-Bukhaari-4628

Virtues of Surah Ikhlaas :

• Whoever recites Qul huwa Allaahu ahad ten times, Allaah will build for him a house in Paradise.

• Surah Qul Huwa Allahu Ahad equals a third of the Qur’an 

• Reciting Surah Ikhlas, and the two last chapters of the Qur’an (Surah Falaq / Surah Naas) in the
morning and evening 3 times, will protect you from all evil.

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Hadith pertaining to Surah Al – Faatihah :

1. Hazrat Abu Sa’ad ibn Al-Mu’alla who said (in part of the hadith) that Nabi Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam said, “…I will teach a Surah which is the greatest Surah in the Quran before you leave the Masjid.’ Then he took hold of my hand and when he intended to leave [the Masjid], I asked him, “Did you not say that you would teach me a Surah which is the greatest Surah in the Qur’an?” He replied, ‘Yes. It is [the Surah commencing with], “All praise and thanks are due to Allah. (Al Fatihah)” It is the Seven Oft-Repeated verses and the Great Qur’an that has been given to me.’ “ – Tirmidhi

2. Hazrat Abu Hurayrah RA said that Nabi Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam said, [The chapter commencing with],”All praises and thanks are due to Allah the Lord of the worlds” is the Mother of the Quran, the Mother of the Book, the Seven Oft Repeated Verses and the Great Qur’an.” – Tirmidhi

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Qaf

July 8, 2013

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An Explanation of Verses of Surah Qaf  50:15 – 50:34 :

أَفَعَيِينَا بِالْخَلْقِ الْأَوَّلِ ۚ بَلْ هُمْ فِي لَبْسٍ مِّنْ خَلْقٍ جَدِيدٍ~ وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ وَنَعْلَمُ مَا تُوَسْوِسُ بِهِ نَفْسُهُ ۖ وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ حَبْلِ الْوَرِيدِ ~ إِذْ يَتَلَقَّى الْمُتَلَقِّيَانِ عَنِ الْيَمِينِ وَعَنِ الشِّمَالِ قَعِيدٌ ~ مَّا يَلْفِظُ مِن قَوْلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ ~ وَجَاءَتْ سَكْرَةُ الْمَوْتِ بِالْحَقِّ ۖ ~ ذَٰلِكَ مَا كُنتَ مِنْهُ تَحِيدُ ~ وَنُفِخَ فِي الصُّورِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ يَوْمُ الْوَعِيدِ ~ وَجَاءَتْ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ مَّعَهَا سَائِقٌ وَشَهِيدٌ ~ لَّقَدْ كُنتَ فِي غَفْلَةٍ مِّنْ هَٰذَا ~ فَكَشَفْنَا عَنكَ غِطَاءَكَ فَبَصَرُكَ الْيَوْمَ حَدِيدٌ ~ وَقَالَ قَرِينُهُ هَٰذَا مَا لَدَيَّ عَتِيدٌ ~ أَلْقِيَا فِي جَهَنَّمَ كُلَّ كَفَّارٍ عَنِيدٍ ~ مَّنَّاعٍ لِّلْخَيْرِ مُعْتَدٍ مُّرِيبٍ ~ الَّذِي جَعَلَ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَٰهًا آخَرَ فَأَلْقِيَاهُ فِي الْعَذَابِ الشَّدِيدِ ~ قَالَ قَرِينُهُ رَبَّنَا مَا أَطْغَيْتُهُ وَلَٰكِن كَانَ فِي ضَلَالٍ بَعِيدٍ ~ قَالَ لَا ~ تَخْتَصِمُوا لَدَيَّ وَقَدْ قَدَّمْتُ إِلَيْكُم بِالْوَعِيدِ ~ مَا يُبَدَّلُ الْقَوْلُ لَدَيَّ وَمَا أَنَا بِظَلَّامٍ لِّلْعَبِيدِ ~ يَوْمَ نَقُولُ لِجَهَنَّمَ هَلِ امْتَلَأْتِ وَتَقُولُ هَلْ مِن مَّزِيدٍ ~ وَأُزْلِفَتِ الْجَنَّةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ غَيْرَ بَعِيدٍ ~ هَٰذَا مَا تُوعَدُونَ لِكُلِّ أَوَّابٍ حَفِيظٍ ~ مَّنْ خَشِيَ الرَّحْمَٰنَ بِالْغَيْبِ وَجَاءَ بِقَلْبٍ مُّنِيبٍ ~ ادْخُلُوهَا بِسَلَامٍ ۖ ذَٰلِكَ يَوْمُ الْخُلُودِ
When the two receivers receive, seated on the right and on the left.~ Man does not utter any word except that with him is an observer prepared [to record]. ~ And the intoxication of death will bring the truth; that is what you were trying to avoid. ~And the Horn will be blown. That is the Day of [carrying out] the threat.~ And every soul will come, with it a driver and a witness. ~[It will be said], “You were certainly in unmindfulness of this, and We have removed from you your cover, so your sight, this Day, is sharp.”~ his companion, [the angel], will say, “This [record] is what is with me, prepared.”~ Allah will say], “Throw into Hell every obstinate disbeliever, ~ Preventer of good, aggressor, and doubter,~ made [as equal] with Allah another deity; then throw him into the severe punishment.”~ His [devil] companion will say, “Our Lord, I did not make him transgress, but he [himself] was in extreme error.”~ [ Allah ] will say, “Do not dispute before Me, while I had already presented to you the warning.~ The word will not be changed with Me, and never will I be unjust to the servants” ~ On the Day We will say to Hell, “Have you been filled?” and it will say, “Are there some more,” ~ And Paradise will be brought near to the righteous, not far, ~ [It will be said], “This is what you were promised – for every returner [to Allah ] and keeper [of His covenant] ~ Who feared the Most Merciful unseen and came with a heart returning [in repentance]. ~ Enter it in peace. This is the Day of Eternity.” ~ SURAH QAF 50:15 ~ 50:34
 

~ In this Surah ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala details aspects of Resurrection, Jannah and Jahannum, and Mauth which is a truth that cannot be evaded.

~ Every statement uttered by every slave of ALLAH is recorded by two extremely vigilant angels. The angel on the right hand side records all the persons good deeds and the angel on the left records all the bad deeds. Indeed ALLAH does not oppress anyone and the records are proofs clear and concise and everyone will be rewarded according to his A’maal.

~ On the Day of Qiyamah when the trumpet is blown, each person will be brought forward by two angels, one of whom will serve as a witness. 

~ Man will be reminded of his heedlessness and ALLAH says that on that day, one’s sight will be strong. When the curtain is removed, the reality will be stark and apparent.

~ Deeds will be weighed on the scale and if the person was a kaafir , obstinate, in doubt, disobeyed and associated partners with ALLAH, then ALLAH will tell the Angels to throw him into Jahannum. The Shaytaan who was the sole-mate of the disbeliever will protest, arguing that he did not mislead the person. At this, ALLAH will say that on that Day, there will be no argument and no excuses will be accepted because clear warnings were sent forth. 

Jahannum will be asked if it is full. To this, Jahannum will reply that if there are any more, there is plenty of space.

~ ALLAH Azza wa Jal, is SO Raheem, SO Kareem. Whenever Jahannum is mentioned in Quran Sharief, then Jannat too is also mentioned, to give hope to the Believers. On the Day of Qiyaamat, Jannat will be brought forward for the penitent Believer.

~ He who is conscientious about his a’maal, who ‘believes in the unseen’ (ALLAH, Jannat, Jahannum, Life after Death, the Day of Reckoning), brings a ‘muneeb’ heart focused toward ALLAH, and comes sincerely toward ALLAH … such a person will be told to enter Jannat with peace, ease and tranquility, to remain therein eternally. In Jannah, the believer will get WHATEVER he desires as well as ‘something extra’ ie. the ultimate reward where ALLAH THE SUPREME will remove the veil and we will see HIM with our own eyes.

An Explanation of Verse 50:37 of Surah Qaf : 

إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَذِكْرَىٰ لِمَن كَانَ لَهُ قَلْبٌ أَوْ أَلْقَى السَّمْعَ وَهُوَ شَهِيدٌ
Indeed in that is a reminder for whoever has a heart or who listens while he is present [in mind] ~ Surah Qaf 50:37

For the person who has an attentive heart, who lends an attentive ear and attempts to comprehend, the Quran will be beneficial..

One should ponder over the examples of the Nations of the past (who were mightier and stronger than the people of Makkah) and realize that despite their might, when punishment came (because they were arrogant and disobedient) there was NO ESCAPE! 

None can escape ALLAH. HE is ALL MIGHTY, ALL POWERFUL. EVERYTHING is in HIS Control. 

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Make Istighfaar in Abundance ~ Seek the Forgiveness of Allah

July 8, 2013

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Excerpts from Ramadaan 1434 Programmes 

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Ponder on what type of life do we want to enjoy? A heedless life of committing sinful haraam acts or a life of taqwa and piety? … When we are weak and feeble in our obedience to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, the word Taqwa (piety) that we so often hear, seems so difficult to attain … However, when we decide to take that baby step towards Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, He will most definitely come running towards us! … Through regular Taubah (repentance) and Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness), one can gain the enjoyment of Taqwa… [Moulana Naeem Motala – Daamat Barakaatuhum]

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Rasulullah Sallalahu alayhi wa Sallam used to recite :

أستغفرالله ~ Astagfirullah (I seek forgiveness of Allah)

at least 100 times a day.

عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ، رضى الله عنه عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏:‏ مَنْ قَالَ حِينَ يَأْوِي إِلَى فِرَاشِهِ أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ الَّذِي لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَىَّ الْقَيُّومَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ. ثَلاَثَ مَرَّاتٍ غَفَرَ اللَّهُ ذُنُوبَهُ وَإِنْ كَانَتْ مِثْلَ زَبَدِ الْبَحْرِ

Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:The one who [regularly] says Istighfaar,  Allah Azza Wa-Jal will open a path for him from all difficulties, remove him from all sorrow, and grant him sustenance from unimagined and unexpected sources. ~ [Abu Dawud]

A person who says :

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ الَّذِي لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْْقَيُّومُ وَ أَتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ

“Astaghfirullah al-’Azeem al-lazi la ilaha illa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyum wa atubu ilaih ”

 [I seek the forgiveness of Allah the Mighty, Whom there is none worthy of worship except Him, The Living, The Eternal, and I repent unto Him] … even if he has committed sins as much as the the foam of an ocean, still he will be forgiven. [Abu Dawud- 2:85/ Tirmidhi 5:569]

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عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم 

مَنْ لَزِمَ الاِسْتِغْفَارَ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لَهُ مِنْ كُلِّ هَمٍّ فَرَجًا وَمِنْ كُلِّ ضِيقٍ مَخْرَجًا وَرَزَقَهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لاَ يَحْتَسِبُ ‏‏

Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said : The one who (regularly) says Istighfaar, then Allah Ta’ala

> will open a path for him from all difficulties

> remove him from all sorrow,

> grant him sustenance from unimagined and  unexpected sources

~ Sunan Abi Dawud

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~Virtues of Surah Mulk | Surah Baqarah

July 8, 2013

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Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes

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Hadith pertaining to Surah Mulk :

1. Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: Indeed, there is a Surah in the Qur’an having thirty verses, which intercedes for its reciter until he is forgiven. And that Surah is: Tabarakalladhl biyadihil mulk ~ Surah 67 ~Tirmidhi

2. Hazrat Jabir Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam did not use to sleep until he recited Alif Lam Mim Sajdah, (Surah 32) and Tabarakalladhl biyadihil mulk (Surah 67) ~ (Tirmidhi)

Hadith pertaining to Surah Baqarah :

1. Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu ‘anhu reported that Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said, “Do not turn your houses into graves. Shaitaan flees from the house in which Surah Al-Baqarah is recited.” [Sahih Muslim]

2. Hazrat Abu Mas`ud said that Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam  said, Whoever recites the last two Ayaat in Surat Al-Baqarah (2:285 – 2:286) at night, they will suffice for him (will protect him against all evils) ~ Bukhari

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surahs of the 25th Juz

July 7, 2013

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21st Night of Ramadaan 1434

This is the first of the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadaan. We have heard of the significance of the odd nights on several occasions. It is within these nights that Laylatul Qadr (a night better than a thousand months) remains hidden as Mercy and a Gift to the Ummah of our Beloved Nabi Muhammad Mustapha Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam.

Allah, The King of All Kings is prepared to give us whatever we desire. Tonight, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is prepared to forgive ALL sins and make our dark hearts shine bright.

 We are the beggars tapping at Allah’s door and we should continue to shed tears of repentance till we are granted forgiveness, peace and tranquility.

 The ‘first flight’  has taken off. We must brace ourselves for the journey from the Farsh to the Arsh. We seek the Rahmah, the Maghfirat, the Pleasure of ALLAH Rabbul Izzat

 

  

An Explanation of a Selected Verse of Surah Fussilat : 

لَّا يَسْأَمُ الْإِنسَانُ مِن دُعَاءِ الْخَيْرِ وَإِن مَّسَّهُ الشَّرُّ فَيَئُوسٌ قَنُوطٌ
Man is not weary of supplication for good [things], but if evil touches him, he is hopeless and despairing ~ Surah Fussilat 41:49

• It is the nature of man to make dua and seek from ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala but the moment calamity befalls, immediately he becomes despondent. 

• EVERYTHING is from ALLAH. ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala sends good and also bestows affliction. HE is Hakeem (ALL-WISE).

 • Whilst we may do things insensibly, ALLAH Azza wa Jal never does anything without Wisdom, Purpose and Reason. 

• ALLAH Alone knows What He is Doing, Why He is doing, to whom He is doing and When He is doing. When a person experiences affliction (grief/pain/sorrow) ALLAH wants us to turn to Him and beg from Him Alone. ALLAH never gets tired, we must not become ‘maayoos’ (lose hope). 

• ALLAH Solves ALL problems. Nothing is impossible for ALLAH, as everything is in His control. This must be borne in mind and a person must maintain full conviction in ALLAH at all times and in every condition. When and how ALLAH will open a door and make a way out, HE Alone knows. We must continue praising and begging off our ALLAH 

• When man is blessed with sufficiency (health, wealth, abundance), then he forgets ALLAH, but in times of need he turns to ALLAH. We must turn to ALLAH our Khaaliq always because we are ‘muhtaaj’ (dependant) on Him every second.

An Explanation of a Selected Verse of Surah Al Jaathiyah : 

 أَفَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَٰهَهُ هَوَاهُ
Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire ~ Surah Al Jaathiyah 45:23

• The person who has taken his passions as his Deity ie. obeying and fulfilling all his desires, and disobeying and ignoring the commands of ALLAH, to that person ALLAH entrusts a shaytaan as a partner or sole companion. This shaytaan will be thrown into hellfire with the disobedient person, but the punishment will not seem lighter in the least.

• All Greatness (Kibriyaa) belongs ONLY to ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala. 

Firoun, who arrogantly claimed to be “ilaah”, realized too late that Loftiness and Pride did not belong to him at all.  

May ALLAH bless us with humility and strong conviction in HIM Alone. May ALLAH bless us with His Divine Forgiveness and Pleasure.

 

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Mu’min

July 6, 2013

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 Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes

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Merits of the First Verses of Surah Mu’min :

حم . تَنزِيلُ الْكِتَابِ مِنَ اللَّهِ الْعَزِيزِ الْعَلِيمِ . غَافِرِ الذَّنبِ وَقَابِلِ التَّوْبِ شَدِيدِ الْعِقَابِ ذِي الطَّوْلِ ۖ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ إِلَيْهِ الْمَصِيرُ
Ha, Meem. The revelation of the Book is from Allah , the Exalted in Might, the Knowing. The forgiver of sin, acceptor of repentance, severe in punishment, owner of abundance. There is no deity except Him; to Him is the destination ~ Surah Mu’min 40: 1/2/3

• Hazrat Abdullah ibn Mas’ood RA used to say that the Surahs in the Quran beginning with ‘Haa Meem’ are like embellishments -beautifully decorate the Quraan and bring much delight to the reader.

• The meaning of the letters  ‘Haa Meem’ are known only to ALLAH 
Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala 

•  The beginning verses of Surah Mu’min highlight that ALLAH is All Mighty and All Knowing

•  ALLAH is also The Forgiver of sins, Acceptor of Repentance, Severe in Punishment and All Powerful. There is None Worthy of Worship but Him and all shall return to Him.

•  The one who recites the above verses of Surah Mu’min together with Ayatul Kursi every morning will be in the Protection of ALLAH all day.

• These verses give us deep hope but also caution against the swift and severe punishment of ALLAH.

• They also are a very powerful means of one reforming oneself if one ponders deeply. Hazrath Umar RA sent these verses to a Syrian friend who became a drunkard, to read when in a sober state, and it served as a means of reformation for him.

Angels carrying the Throne of Allah seek Forgiveness for the Believers :

الَّذِينَ يَحْمِلُونَ الْعَرْشَ وَمَنْ حَوْلَهُ يُسَبِّحُونَ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّهِمْ وَيُؤْمِنُونَ بِهِ وَيَسْتَغْفِرُونَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا رَبَّنَا وَسِعْتَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ رَّحْمَةً وَعِلْمًا فَاغْفِرْ لِلَّذِينَ تَابُوا وَاتَّبَعُوا سَبِيلَكَ وَقِهِمْ عَذَابَ الْجَحِيمِ .رَبَّنَا وَأَدْخِلْهُمْ جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ الَّتِي وَعَدتَّهُمْ وَمَن صَلَحَ مِنْ آبَائِهِمْ وَأَزْوَاجِهِمْ وَذُرِّيَّاتِهِمْ ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُوَقِهِمُ السَّيِّئَاتِ ۚ وَمَن تَقِ السَّيِّئَاتِ يَوْمَئِذٍ فَقَدْ رَحِمْتَهُ ۚ وَذَٰلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ
Those [angels] who carry the Throne and those around it exalt [ Allah ] with praise of their Lord and believe in Him and ask forgiveness for those who have believed, [saying], “Our Lord, You have encompassed all things in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who have repented and followed Your way and protect them from the punishment of Hellfire – Our Lord, and admit them to gardens of perpetual residence which You have promised them and whoever was righteous among their fathers, their spouses and their offspring. Indeed, it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise – And protect them from the evil consequences [of their deeds]. And he whom You protect from evil consequences that Day – You will have given him mercy. And that is the great attainment.” ~ Surah Mu’min 40:7/8/9

• The angels carrying the Arsh of ALLAH and those surrounding the Arsh are in a constant state of Glorifying ALLAH Azza wa Jal. In addition to Glorifying ALLAH, they are also seeking forgiveness for the Believers. They implore Allah to forgive them, to save them from the punishment of Jahannum and to admit them to the everlasting gardens of Jannah. Along with it, they also make dua that their family members who have Imaan also to be joined with them.

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How Much of Zikrullah do we Make Daily?

July 5, 2013

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Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes

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Allah Taala has created us so that we make His ibaadat and we remember Him.
The true believing men and the believing woman make the Zikr of Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala in abundance. 

Although it is such a simple ibaadat, how much of it do we
engage in daily? 

May Allah grant us the Taufeeq of bringing the Zikr of Allah alive in our homes and lives. Our tongues must become moist in the Zikr of Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala …

When we make the Zikr of Allah, we should ponder over the Greatness of Allah, the Kindness of Allah, that Allah is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful …

Allah loves us!

Allah has created us…

He is our Khaaliq … We are his Makhlooq …

Allah is Raaziq … We are Murzooq …

We must bring in our hearts the Greatness of Allah …

The Azmat of Allah … The Kibriyaa of Allah …

La ilaha illallah ~ لا اله الا الله

How powerful this Kalimah is ~ There is no Deity worthy of worship but Allah!

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When we say ‘La ilaha’ we negate everything else besides Allah …

There is none worthy of worship besides Allah. Remove everything else from our hearts.

The malice we have … The anger we have … The jealousy we have …

The love for haraam we have in our hearts that has caused our hearts to become blackened and corroded!

When we say : “illAllah” then, fill in our hearts Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala and imagine that Noor is entering our hearts right from the Arsh of Allah, and all our sins are being washed away!

May Allah Ta’ala make us true Zaakireen and Shaakireen

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The Benefits of Taqwa and the ‘Forgiving’ Quality of Allah Taala

July 5, 2013

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‎وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يُكَفِّرْ عَنْهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِ وَيُعْظِمْ لَهُ أَجْرًا
And whoever fears Allah – He will remove from him his misdeeds
and make great for him his reward ~Surah Talaq 65:5

Ulema have enumerated numerous benefits of Taqwa.

The most honorable person in the sight of Allah is that person who has most Taqwa.

When a person has Taqwa, Allah gives him the Noor in his heart and the criteria (Furqaan) which will enable him to discern between right and wrong.

The purpose and object of Ramadaan is to strive towards attaining Taqwa…

The word Taqwa is derived from the word “Wiqaayah”. 
Wiqaayah means a ‘shield’…We have armed and protected ourselves with this ‘Shield of Taqwa’ against the onslaughts of Nafs and shaytaan… They prompt us all the time and we have to defend ourselves with this shield ~ Moulana Naeem Motala SB

One who has Taqwa enjoys some of the ffg Benefits / Virtues/ Blessings:

• Kaafara tu Zunoob ~ Allah Ta’ala will wipe out one’s Sins

• Allah Ta’ala will grant one abundant reward (increase in sawaab)

• Allah will make an opening for him from all difficulties

• Allah will grant one sustenance (rizq) from unseen sources

• One becomes Honorable and beloved in the sight of Allah

• Allah will give one the the criteria
to discern between right and wrong (Furqaan)

• Will be granted success in both worlds

• He will be saved from the fire of
Jahannum

• Will remain perpetually in Jannah (Khulood fil Jannah)

• At the time of Death one will get glad tidings of Jannah

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An Explanation of Selected Verses of Surah Ahzaab and Surah Saba

July 5, 2013

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Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful. Throughout the Quran-E-Majeed it is mentioned how Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala forgives, overlooks and wipes out sins. All that is required from the Believing ones, is that we demonstrate gratitude to Him, by acknowledging that all bounties are bestowed to us by Him alone, and together with verbal expression of gratitude we are expected to be totally obedient to Him with all our limbs.

The Consequence of Ungratefulness” as in Surah Saba

لَقَدْ كَانَ لِسَبَإٍ فِي مَسْكَنِهِمْ آيَةٌ ۖ جَنَّتَانِ عَن يَمِينٍ وَشِمَالٍ ۖ كُلُوا مِن رِّزْقِ رَبِّكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لَهُ ۚ بَلْدَةٌ طَيِّبَةٌ وَرَبٌّ غَفُورٌفَأَعْرَضُوا فَأَرْسَلْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ سَيْلَ الْعَرِمِ وَبَدَّلْنَاهُم بِجَنَّتَيْهِمْ جَنَّتَيْنِ ذَوَاتَيْ أُكُلٍ خَمْطٍ وَأَثْلٍ وَشَيْءٍ مِّن سِدْرٍ قَلِيلٍذَٰلِكَ جَزَيْنَاهُم بِمَا كَفَرُوا ۖ وَهَلْ نُجَازِي إِلَّا الْكَفُورَ
There was for [the tribe of] Saba’ in their dwelling place a sign: two [fields of] gardens on the right and on the left. [They were told], “Eat from the provisions of your Lord and be grateful to Him. A good land [have you], and a forgiving Lord. But they turned away [refusing], so We sent upon them the flood of the dam, and We replaced their two [fields of] gardens with gardens of bitter fruit, tamarisks and something of sparse lote trees. [By] that We repaid them because they disbelieved. And do We [thus] repay except the ungrateful?
~ Surah Saba 34:15/16/17

In Surah Saba Allah discusses the example of the people of Saba who were blessed with numerous bounties. They were blessed with gardens laden with fruit, rivers, pure air, comfort and their journeys were made easy for them. They had a “pure city” and a  “Most Forgiving Allah” to turn to. They however, were ungrateful and were thus destroyed by floods due to their arrogance and lack of gratitude. ….They were ‘broken’ to pieces….

May ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala make us from amongst those who are truly grateful and devout.

Qualities of the Believing Men and Women mentioned in Surah Ahzaab

إِنَّ الْمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ وَالْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَالْقَانِتِينَ وَالْقَانِتَاتِ وَالصَّادِقِينَ وَالصَّادِقَاتِ وَالصَّابِرِينَ وَالصَّابِرَاتِ وَالْخَاشِعِينَ وَالْخَاشِعَاتِ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقِينَ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقَاتِ وَالصَّائِمِينَ وَالصَّائِمَاتِ وَالْحَافِظِينَ فُرُوجَهُمْ وَالْحَافِظَاتِ وَالذَّاكِرِينَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَالذَّاكِرَاتِ أَعَدَّ اللَّهُ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرًا عَظِيمًا
Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward
~ Surah Ahzaab 33:35

Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala details in Surah Ahzaab that Forgiveness and Great Reward has been prepared for the believing men AND women. 

Allah Rabbul Izzat mentions that the qualities possessed by these believing men and women are that they are: devout/obedient muslims, honest, patient, have humility and fear of ALLAH, give charity, fast and protect their private parts, make Zikr in abundance. We have been exhorted to make Zikrullah in abundance as this is the easiest form of ibaadat which can be made even in an unclean state (eg when requiring wudhu or ghusl), and anytime and anywhere. It does not require much effort and is easy on the tongue.

Etiquette’s When Invited at Someone’s Home for a Meal

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَدْخُلُوا بُيُوتَ النَّبِيِّ إِلَّا أَن يُؤْذَنَ لَكُمْ إِلَىٰ طَعَامٍ غَيْرَ نَاظِرِينَ إِنَاهُ وَلَٰكِنْ إِذَا دُعِيتُمْ فَادْخُلُوا فَإِذَا طَعِمْتُمْ فَانتَشِرُوا وَلَا مُسْتَأْنِسِينَ لِحَدِيثٍ 
O you who have believed, do not enter the houses of the Prophet except when you are permitted for a meal, without awaiting its readiness. But when you are invited, then enter; and when you have eaten, disperse without seeking to remain for conversation
~ Surah Ahzaab 33:53

Amongst many other important issues, reference is made to the incident of Hazrat Zainab bint Jahsh (RA) walima when Rasulullaah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam was married to her and the Believers were instructed to adopt consideration and not to cause any takleef to Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam by remaining in his house after meals and not dispersing. 

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The Noor of a Believer

July 4, 2013

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Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes
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noorAllah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things ~ Surah An Noor 24:35.

In Surah Noor, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions His Manifestation of Noor, which brightens up the skies and earth and extends to all His creation…

According to some Mufassireen, the verse refers to The Noor of a Believer which is bestowed to him by Allah Taala.

It is similar to a niche, in which there is a lantern. The oil used to burn the lantern is from the olive tree (olive oil), on which the sun rays have been shining on perpetually.  This lantern is placed in a very bright, illuminated, crystal clear glass case, throwing out radiant rays of light that brightens up everything surrounding it. This is the “Noor of a Believer”!

In contrast to that, Allah talks about the condition of the disbeliever who’s deeds and actions are devoid of Noor. He looks for Guidance but does not take the path of Guidance. The disbelievers deeds and actions are like a mirage’. When a person travels on a road on a hot day, he sees a reflection of water in the distance. The faster he tries to approach it, the further and further it goes away… Similarly, the disbeliever thinks he is doing good but he does not see the effect of the deeds… In reality they are all disappearing, leaving him in darkness…

Or like the darknesses in the depth of an ocean, with waves upon waves (absolutely dark), to such an extent that one caught in this dark sea is unable to see his own hand even. The disbeliever is trapped in the darkness of his kufr – devoid of Noor…. He has no sense of direction.


May Allah grant us the Noor of Imaan, the Noor of Quraan and Hadeeth and may Allah make us Lanterns that will spread this Noor to the four corners of the Globe….

  

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Hidaayat is in the Hands of Allah

July 4, 2013

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Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes
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إِنَّكَ لَا تَهْدِي مَنْ أَحْبَبْتَ وَلَٰكِنَّ اللَّهَ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ 
Indeed, [O Muhammad], you do not guide whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He is most knowing of the [rightly] guided ~ Surah Al Qasas 28:56

Imaan and Hidayat are in the Hands of Allah and Allah guides whomsoever He wishes…

We must make so much of Shukr that Allah made us Muslims. Today, the challenges are such that it takes just a few seconds, and a person can lose his Imaan… 

What does Allah expect from us? 

We have to preserve this Imaan and surrender and submit to Allah Ta’ala’s laws and commandments all the time.

Pride and arrogance, can lead a believing person to utter blasphemous statements and make him lose his Imaan… 

Therefore :

1. Adopt humility

2. Be grateful for the bounties of Allah

3. Sit in gatherings of Imaan and stay in the company of the Pious

In doing so, we will be able to safeguard this Imaan we have been blessed with…

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The Advices of Luqmaan AS to his Son

July 4, 2013

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وَلَقَدْ آتَيْنَا لُقْمَانَ الْحِكْمَةَ أَنِ اشْكُرْ لِلَّهِ ۚ وَمَن يَشْكُرْ فَإِنَّمَا يَشْكُرُ لِنَفْسِهِ ۖ وَمَن كَفَرَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَنِيٌّ حَمِيدٌ
 And We had certainly given Luqman wisdom [and said], “Be grateful to Allah .” And whoever is grateful is grateful for [the benefit of] himself. And whoever denies [His favor] – then indeed, Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy.
 وَإِذْ قَالَ لُقْمَانُ لِابْنِهِ وَهُوَ يَعِظُهُ يَا بُنَيَّ لَا تُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ ۖ إِنَّ الشِّرْكَ لَظُلْمٌ عَظِيمٌ
 And [mention, O Muhammad], when Luqman said to his son while he was instructing him, “O my son, do not associate [anything] with Allah . Indeed, association [with him] is great injustice.”
Surah Luqman 31:12~13
 

The majority of the Mufasireen are unanimous that Luqmaan AS was a sage imbued with ‘hikmah’ or wisdom by Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. The statements  of one imbued with ‘hikmah’ are precise, accurate and beneficial i.e: full of guidance, meaning and light. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala states in the Quran that a person bestowed with ‘hikmah’ has been given ‘abundance’. The verses outline the wise advices Luqmaan AS imparts to his son in the most compassionate manner.

 

The Advices of Luqmaan AS to his Son :

• Not to associate partners with ALLAH Subhana wa Ta’ala. It is a great zulm to associate partners with ALLAH Subhanahu wa Ta’ala as none can match HIM. 

 • The importance of gratitude and obedience to ones parents in all matters except if they force one to commit shirk, but even then kindness and compassion toward them must remain. 

 • ALLAH IS aware of EVERYTHING, be it in the heavens or the earth and even if ones deed is the minute size of a mustard seed, Allah will bring it forth and one will be shown his deed.

 • The importance of establishing salaah and consistency therein. Salaah done correctly, serves as a barrier to committing evil deeds. 

• Enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil.  

• Do not walk with pomp and arrogance upon the surface of the earth. Walk moderately! 

• Do not raise the voice and speak. This is likened to a donkey braying which is the ugliest of sounds.

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Sadaqah ~ Numerous Ways of Doing Good Deeds

July 3, 2013

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وَمَا تَفْعَلُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ يَعْلَمْهُ اللَّهُ ۗ
And whatever good you do – Allah knows it. ~ 2:197

Apart from the Faraa’idh acts of Ibadat (Salaah, Fasting, Hajj, Zakaat etc), there are numerous simple good deeds that one can perform on a daily basis to gain the closeness of Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala. These effortless acts (with the intention of Sadaqah) seem small in our eyes, but are significant in Shariah and by fulfilling them, tremendous reward is attained…

Ahadeeth pertaining to Sadaqah :

1. Hazrat Abu Zar RA reported: Nabi Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam said, “When you get up in the morning, charity is due from every one of your joints. There is charity in every ascription of glory to Allah; there is charity in every declaration of His Greatness; there is charity in every utterance of praise of Him; there is charity in every declaration that He is the Only True God (worthy of worship); there is charity in enjoining good; there is charity in forbidding evil. Two Rak`ah of Duha (Forenoon prayer) suffices all this .” ~ Muslim

2. Hazrat ‘Adi bin Hatim RA reported: I heard Nabi Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam saying, “Protect yourself from (Hell) Fire, even by giving just half of a date (in charity)” ~ Al-Bukhari and Muslim

 

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The Powerful Dua of Hazrat Yunus A.S

July 3, 2013

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لا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

La ilaa ha illa anta subhaanaka inni kuntu minazzaalimeen

“There is no deity besides You ; You are free from any imperfection. Verily, I am of the wrongdoers ”

Surah Al-Anbiya 21:87

 

Nabi Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam said: The invocation of my brother Dhun-Nun : “There is no deity besides You ; You are free from any imperfection. Verily, I am of the wrongdoers ” … None who is experiencing difficulty employs it except that Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala would relieve him of his difficulty ~Tirmidhi

• A Powerful Dua for one afflicted with Difficulty or Depression

 • If recited 40 times daily and one passes away from an illness, one will die as a Shaheed (Martyr) – If one recovers, then all one’s minor sins will be forgiven ~ (Durre Manthoor) 

 

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Mujaahadah ~ Making an Effort in the Cause of Allah

July 2, 2013

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 وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

And those who strive in Our (cause),- We will certainly guide them to our Paths: For verily Allah is with those who do good ~ Surah Al Ankaboot 29:69

When a person makes an effort (Mujaahadah) towards reaching Allah Subhaananhu wa Ta’ala, then Allah opens many roads that lead a person to Him. Any action that one does which is in conformance to the Shariah, links and reaches one to Allah Subhaananhu wa Ta’ala.

Allah Taala has created Jinn and mankind for His Ibaadah.This Ibaadah is not just for one or two days or months. A person has to make the Ibaadat of Allah Ta’ala right until the time of death. 

An atoms weight of good deed (no matter how small it may seem), the reward of it will be seen on the day of Qiyamah. Also, any evil deed (no matter how small it may be), the result of it will be seen on the day of Qiyamah.

Allah has created Jahannum and has surrounded and covered it in a veil (of evil desires). The moment a person does something evil then he tears open that veil and plunges into Jahannum … Similarly, Jannah is so beautiful, but has been covered in a veil of adversities (Makaarih). Hence, a person has to struggle in the cause of Allah (fight his nafs), endure it and indulge in good deeds … He then opens that veil and thereby enters Jannah …

Ahaadeeth pertaining to Mujaahadah :

 

1. Hazrat Aishah RA said: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, Nabi Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam would pray all the night, and would awaken his family for making ibaadah. He tied his lower garment (i.e: avoided sleeping with his wives) and devoted himself entirely to prayer and supplication. ~ [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

2. Hazrat Aishah RA said: Nabi Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam  would stand (in prayer) so long that the skin of his feet would crack. I asked him, “Why do you do this while your past and future sins have been forgiven?” He said, “Should I not be a grateful slave of Allah?” ~ [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

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3. Hazrat Rabi`ah bin Ka`b Al-Aslami RA (an attendant of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam and also one of the people of As-Suffah) said: I used to spend my night in the company of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam and used to put up water for his ablutions. One day he said to me, “Ask something of me. ” I said: “I request for your companionship in Jannah”. He inquired, “Is there anything else ?” I said, “That is all.” He said, “Then help me in your request by increasing your prostrations (nafl salaat) ~ [Muslim]

 4. Hazrat Abu Mas`ud `Uqbah bin `Amr Al-Ansari RA said: When the Aayah enjoining Sadaqah (charity) was revealed, we used to carry loads on our backs to earn something that we could give away in charity. One person presented a considerable amount for charity and the hypocrites said: “He has done it to show off.” Another one gave away a few Saa` of dates and they said: “Allah does not stand in need of this person’s dates” then the verse was revealed … ~ [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

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5. Hazrat Abu Hurairah RA reported: Nabi Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam said. “The (Hell) Fire is surrounded with all kinds of desires and passions, while Jannah is surrounded with adversities.” ~ [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

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Significance of Ramadaan

July 1, 2013

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