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The articles and advices listed herewith, consist of the guidance and teachings transcribed from the lectures of Moulana Naeem Motala Saheb DB

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• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Sincerity of Intention
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Being ‘Sadooqul Lisaan’ (Truthful of Tongue) and ‘Makhmumul Qalb’ (Pure of Heart)
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Patience (Sabr) and Perseverance
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef  ~  3 Things Regarding which Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam took an Oath Upon and the Hadith on the 4 Types of People in this World
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Rewards for Patience at the Time of Calamity
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Dua (Supplication) ~ Ask from Allah Alone
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Establishing Salaah
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Masnoon Tasbeeh after Salaah
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ 7 Types of People who will Enjoy the Shade of Allah Ta’ala on the Day of Qiyamah
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Fountain (Al~Haudh) Of Al~Kauthar
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Great Rewards of Performing Whudu (Ablution)
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Keep your Tongue Moist with the Remembrance of Allah
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ 5 Rights of a Muslim over another Muslim
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Earning a Halaal Livelihood and Refraining from Being Nourished with Haraam
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Harms of Ostentation and Harming the Friend of Allah
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Simplicity of Sahaba Radiyallahu Anhu and the Incident of Hazrat Mus’ab bin Umair Radiyallahu Anhu
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam’s Precious Advices to Abu Zarr Al Ghifaari Radiahallahu Anhu
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Reciting Durood Shareef in Abundance on a Friday
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Take Advantage of Five before Five
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Bounties of Safety, Health and Daily Provision
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Controlling One’s Anger
• Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is the Knower of the Unseen and the Seen
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Hastening Towards Khayraat (Righteous Deeds)
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Meaning of Sunnah and its Importance
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Tolerating Hardships and Forgiving Others for the ​S​ake of Allah
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Friday (Jumu’ah) The Best Day of the Week
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Tawakkul (Trust) in Allah Alone
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Virtues and Benefits of Using the Miswaak
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ 5 Advices of Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Going Early for Salaatul Jumuah and Listening to the Khutbah
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Oppression in Islam
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Love of the World and Dislike of Death
• Lesson from Hadith Shareef ~ Holding Firmly onto the Sunnah and Abstaining from Bid’ah
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Virtues and Excellence of Being a Mua’zzin
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Etiquettes of Seeking Permission when Entering the Home
• Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Consuming Only Halaal and Abstaining from Haraam and Doubtful Sources of Earning

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Controlling One’s Anger

November 13, 2016

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Controlling One’s Anger

Adapted from a Majlis of Moulana Naeem Motala

28/06/2016 (After Fajr /Ramadan 1437) Musjid e Noor ~ Durban ~ South Africa

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Anger is a deceptive tool of Shaytaan that only leads to more evil and destruction, ultimately resulting in the spoiling of a Believer’s Imaan …

Shaytaan snatches away the intelligence of a person when he does not control his anger. He thus, loses control of his mind, becomes abusive and perpetrates such crimes that he later terribly regrets.

Therefore, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has said,

 لَيْسَ الشَّدِيدُ بِالصُّرَعَةِ، إِنَّمَا الشَّدِيدُ الَّذِي يَمْلِكُ نَفْسَهُ عِنْدَ الْغَضَبِ
“The strong person is not the one who overpowers and brings his opponent to the ground; but the strong one is he who controls himself when he becomes angry.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]

Perhaps in the eyes of society a strong person is the one who is able to wrestle his opponent and pin him to the ground; but according to the Shari’ah, a strong person is that person who is able to control himself at the time of anger. He manages and controls his anger. He does not give vent to his anger by becoming verbally or physically abusive. He supresses and swallows his anger.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has mentioned :

مَا مِنْ جُرْعَةٍ أَعْظَمُ أَجْرًا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ مِنْ جُرْعَةِ غَيْظٍ كَظَمَهَا عَبْدٌ ابْتِغَاءَ وَجْهِ اللَّهِ ‏
“There is no gulp that brings greater reward with Allah than a gulp of anger that a man swallows (suppresses), seeking thereby the Pleasure of Allah” [Sunan Ibn Majah]
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Some Benefits of a Person who Controls and Suppresses his Anger :

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala will fill his heart with peace, tranquility, serenity and Imaan.

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala will remove ‘His’ anger away from this person on the day of Qiyamah.

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala will call him in front of the entire mankind on the day of Qiyamah and give him the choice of ‘Hoorul Een’ that he wishes to have.

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala will hold back His Punishment from him on the day of Qiyamah.

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Anger Management ~ Some Solutions and Remedies

1. Seeking refuge in Allah from the Shaytaan. One should read: A’oozu Billaahi Minashaytaanir Rajeem

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has said,
إِنِّي لأَعْلَمُ كَلِمَةً لَوْ قَالَهَا لَذَهَبَ غَضَبُهُ أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ
Verily, I know a statement, that if he were to say it, his anger would leave: “I seek refuge in Allah from Shaitan, the rejected” [Tirmidhi]


2. Remain Silent

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has said,
وَإِذَا غَضِبَ أَحَدُكُمْ فَلْيَسْكُتْ‏.‏
“When one of you is angry, he should be silent.” [Al-Adab Al-Mufrad]


3. Make Whudu

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has said,
إِنَّ الْغَضَبَ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ وَإِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ خُلِقَ مِنَ النَّارِ وَإِنَّمَا تُطْفَأُ النَّارُ بِالْمَاءِ فَإِذَا غَضِبَ أَحَدُكُمْ فَلْيَتَوَضَّأْ ‏‏ ‏
“Anger comes from the devil, the devil was created of fire, and fire is extinguished only with water; so when one of you becomes angry, he should perform ablution.” [Sunan Abi Dawood]


4. Sit or Lie Down

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has said:
إِذَا غَضِبَ أَحَدُكُمْ وَهُوَ قَائِمٌ فَلْيَجْلِسْ فَإِنْ ذَهَبَ عَنْهُ الْغَضَبُ وَإِلاَّ فَلْيَضْطَجِعْ ‏
“When one of you becomes angry while standing, he should sit down. If the anger leaves him, well and good; otherwise he should lie down”. [Sunan Abi Dawood]

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Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is the Knower of the Unseen and the Seen

November 1, 2016

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Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is the Knower of the Unseen and the Seen

EXTRACTED from a Majlis of Moulana Naeem Motala
25/06/2016 (After Taraweeh /Ramadan 1437) Musjid e Noor ~ Durban ~ South Africa

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Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is Aalim-ul-Ghayb Wash-Shahadah   عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ  (Knower of the unseen and the seen). Nothing (not even a particle) can be hidden from the infinite and limitless knowledge that belongs to Him alone. Even the thoughts that run through our mind and intentions that are contained in our heart, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is well aware of them all.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said : 

‏” مَفَاتِحُ الْغَيْبِ خَمْسٌ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عِنْدَهُ عِلْمُ السَّاعَةِ، وَيُنَزِّلُ الْغَيْثَ، وَيَعْلَمُ مَا فِي الأَرْحَامِ، وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ مَاذَا تَكْسِبُ غَدًا، وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ بِأَىِّ أَرْضٍ تَمُوتُ، إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ “‏‏‏

“The key of the Unseen are five: “Verily with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour, He sends down the rain and knows what is in the wombs. No soul knows what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul knows in what land it will die. Verily, Allah is All-Knower, All-Aware.” [Surah Luqman 31:34[Bukhari]

This pivotal verse, in which five matters, referred to as Mafaatih al-Ghayb (the keys of the unseen) are mentioned in the Quraan Shareef and Hadith and reveal that Divine Knowledge of these affairs remain with Al Aleemu, Al Khabeeru (The All-Knower, The All-Aware). Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has made Himself exclusive to this hidden realm of Al-ghayb (the unseen) and has not informed any of the Angels nor the Prophets about it.

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Five Things That Only Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has Exclusive Knowledge Of ~ Mafaatih al-Ghayb (The Keys of the Unseen)

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(1) Knowledge of the Hour (Qiyamah)

The actual moment (hour/day/year) of Qiyamah is exclusively known to Allah Ta’ala alone. People asked Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, when is Qiyamah? To which he replied : “The one who is asked knows not more than the one who is asking”. [Hadith-e-Jibra’eel]

(2)  Knowledge of the time Allah will send rain

The knowledge of rainfall lies with Allah Ta’ala alone. No one knows when it will rain but Allah Ta’ala. The time of rain, amount of rain and location of where rain will fall, is all determined by Allah Ta’ala.  It is only Allah Ta’ala that sends down rain and spreads His Mercy.

(3)  Knowledge of what is in the wombs

Only Allah Ta’ala alone has all the knowledge of what is contained in the wombs of mothers. Today, science has invented ultrasound equipment that could possibly ‘predict’ the gender of a foetus. However, despite these technological advancements, one cannot determine the precise features of an unborn child (eye colour, hair type), nor can one predict whether this soul will be a Mu’min (believer) or a Kaafir (disbeliever), nor can one predict the sustenance that will be meted out to this yet to be born baby. Beyond gender predictions, can the lifespan of this soul be predicted? 

(4)  Knowledge of what one will gain tomorrow

The knowledge of Rizq (sustenance) lies solely with Allah Ta’ala. None of us knows exactly how much we will earn tomorrow or whether one will have life to even see the next day. What could be and what could have been, is again known uniquely to Allah alone.  

(5)  Knowledge of the land in which one will die

No soul knows in which land, death will overtake them. A person may be in one country today, unbeknown that death awaits him in another country tomorrow. Only Allah Ta’ala knows where a soul’s last moments are destined for. There is no escape from death and the exact time when Malakul Maut (The Angel of Death) is commanded to take a persons Rooh (soul) is only when Allah Ta’ala instructs it’s departure.

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As Believers, we need to understand the inexhaustible and boundless knowledge and Greatness of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala. The Hadith says, “Do not look at the Zaath (Being) of Allah, but look to the Siffaat (Attributes) of Allah”. Through knowing His beautiful qualities, one will develop a strong connection with Him, and He will open the door to His Maarifat (recognition).

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Hastening Towards Khayraat (Righteous Deeds)

October 29, 2016

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Adapted from a Majlis of Moulana Naeem Motala
23/06/2016 ( After Fajr /Ramadan 1437) Musjid e Noor ~ Durban ~ South Africa

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 قَالَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ : بَادِرُوا بِالْأَعْمَالِ فِتَنًا كَقِطَعِ اللَّيْلِ الْمُظْلِمِ يُصْبِحُ الرَّجُلُ مُؤْمِنًا وَيُمْسِي كَافِرًا أَوْ يُمْسِي مُؤْمِنًا وَيُصْبِحُ كَافِرًا يَبِيعُ دِينَهُ بِعَرَضٍ مِنْ الدُّنْيَا ~ رواه مسلم

Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radhiallahu Anhu reported: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Hasten with righteous deeds before you are overtaken by trials and tribulations, which would be like huge chunks of a ‘dark night’. A man would be a believer in the morning and turn to disbelief in the evening, or he would be a believer in the evening and turn a disbeliever in the morning. He would sell his Faith for worldly goods.” – [Muslim]

In Arabic, Baadiroo بادروا comes from the word Mubadara  مبادرة  which means to ‘rush’ or ‘hasten’. In this Hadith of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, the Believers are encouraged to ‘rush towards’ and not to procrastinate with righteous deeds. When the inclination to do good deeds comes very strongly in one’s heart, then one should not delay, but should immediately do the good deed that he is prompted towards.

The Hadith further explains that a time will draw closer (before Qiyamah) where abounding trials and tribulations will increase and appear in quick succession (one after another) and it will render righteous deeds that a person had intentions of performing, impossible. One will be overwhelmed and overcome by different types of severe tests and difficulties and will not get the chance, nor the time to pursue one’s virtuous aspirations.

Like a traveller that encounters the pervading and ever-increasing darkness of the evening… similar will be the adversities and hardships of a Believer at this time. Each time he overcomes one darkness (trial), suddenly there is another piece or chunk of darkness (another trial) awaiting him, so in this way, the person will not be able to do the good deeds that he desired.

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Selling One’s Faith

In these times of Fitan, a person will sell his Deen for the sake of Dunya. Layers upon layers of darkness will engulf a persons heart to such an extent that the heart will become extremely hard and completely Ghaafil (heedless and negligent of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala). A person will find it extremely difficult to differentiate between truth and falsehood and right and wrong and this will become the reason for his wretchedness and pitiable condition.

(1) One will have Imaan in the morning but he will sell his Imaan in lieu of a few coins (worldly gain). (2) One will regard the usurping of his brothers rights and wealth as Halaal (permissible). (3) One will regard the prohibition of Riba (interest) to be Halaal and will not be bothered about the command of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala.

When occurrences like these become prevalent, then, a person will not be able to safeguard his Deen and will release his Imaan. This is what Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam refers to as : “A person will be a Believer in the morning and a disbeliever by the evening” …

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Fastabiqul Khayraat ~ Competing in Goodness

Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala (the Most Kind and the Most Merciful) mentions, selected verses in the Quraan Shareef regarding Fastabiqul Khayraat  فَاسْتَبِقُوا الْخَيْرَاتِ   which motivate and encourage the Believers to race each other in all things that are good and full of reward  :

فَاسْتَبِقُوا الْخَيْرَاتِ
So race to [all that is] good. ~ Surah Al Baqarah 2:148

وَسَارِعُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ
Hasten towards the forgiveness from your Lord, and a Garden whose width is that of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous ~ Surah Al Imraan 3:133

أُولَٰئِكَ يُسَارِعُونَ فِي الْخَيْرَاتِ وَهُمْ لَهَا سَابِقُونَ
It is those who hasten to good deeds, and they outstrip [others] therein ~ Surah Al Mu’minun 23:61

When Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala says “Hasten towards good deeds”, the person will actually be ‘responding to the call of Allah‘ and in return, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala will grant the person the Taufeeq (ability) of doing more and more praiseworthy deeds and this will be a Daleel (proof) of his strong Imaan.

The moment Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala grants a person the Taufeeq (ability) to perform A’maal e Sawlihah (righteous deeds), then one must inculcate Istiqaamat (be steadfast) on the deed, and safeguard oneself from the ever increasing and intensifying Fitan. The fruits of hastening towards A’maal e Sawlihah (righteous deeds), is that Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala will become the Beloved of this person and will open and pave the way towards Jannah.

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How Does A Person Hasten Towards Good Deeds?

(1) Aquire knowledge regarding the virtues of good deeds

Ulema explain, that to create within oneself the Shawq (the desire and yearning) to perform A’maal e Sawlihah (righteous deeds), one should acquire knowledge regarding the significance and virtues of the different good deeds (eg : nafl salaah, zikrullah, nafl fasts, giving sadaqah). When one reads the virtues of these good deeds and when the desire is created, then do not delay and immediately plunge into that righteous deed and perform it!

Nafs and Shaytaan have different ways of luring and enticing a person, deceiving him, ie : by causing him to delay and not perform the good deed. A person who is aware of the virtues of Tahajjud Salaah, may wake up at night and have the desire to perform this noble act. However, Nafs and Shaytaan will play games with one’s mind and tell a person, “it’s a bit cold”, “read later”, “lie down for a little while”, “ there’s still time before Fajr”… No! This is the time when a person should make Mubadara (make an initiative and rush towards the good deed).

(2) Giving Da’wah (invite others) towards good deeds

A Believer ought to invite others towards good A’maal (actions). The more a person propagates, teaches and spreads meritorious deeds, then Allah Ta’ala will also accord this person the Taufeeq of doing those A’maal.

(3) Make Dua to Allah Ta’ala

Dua is the weapon of the Believer. Make Dua to Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala with your intentions of performing these good deeds and seek refuge in Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala from all Fitan (trials, tribulations, suffering, calamities, punishment, difficulties, sins, tests).

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Meaning of Sunnah and its Importance

October 23, 2016

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Meaning of Sunnah and its Importance

Adapted from a Majlis of Moulana Naeem Motala
(22/06/2016  After Fajr /Ramadan 1437)  Musjid e Noor ~ Durban ~ South Africa

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‎ عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏  ‏”‏كل أمتي يدخلون الجنة إلا من أبى ‏”‏‏

قيل‏:‏ ومن يأبى يا رسول الله قال‏:‏  ‏”‏ من أطاعني دخل الجنة، ومن عصاني فقد أبى‏”‏ ‏‏‏(‏رواه البخاري‏)‏‏‏

Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radhiallahu Anhu reported:  Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Everyone of my Ummah will enter Jannah except those who refuse”. He was asked: “Who will refuse?” Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Whoever obeys me, shall enter Jannah, and whosoever disobeys me, refuses to (enter Jannah)” ~ [Bukhari]

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Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has indeed favoured mankind by sending them the best of creation and the most perfect example of His message, Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. To protect, preserve and emulate the Sunnah way of life of such a lofty and distinguished role model, is our pathway to success, in this world and the hereafter. One of the scholars of the past, Imam Malik Rahmatullah Alayh said: “The Sunnah is like the ark of Nuh (Alayhis Salaam). Whoever embarks upon it achieves salvation and whoever rejects it, is drowned”

What is the meaning of Sunnah  سنة ? In Arabic, Sunnah means a ‘pathway’. Be it our Aqeedah (beliefs in Allah), our speech, our actions, our Akhlaaq (character), our Ma’mulaat (daily routines), or our Mu’asharaat (social ethics)’… “As Seerah Wa-Tareeqah” is a complete way of life for every Believer. We should never say : “It is only a Sunnah!”… This way of life of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, is Akmal اکمل (most perfect), Ajmal اجمل (most beautiful) and As-hal اسہل (most easy) …

 Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam gives glad tidings to those who comply with the Sunnah من أحب سنتي فقد أحبني، ومن أحبني، كان معي في الجنة … “Whoever gives life to my Sunnah certainly loves me, and whoever loves me is with me in Paradise.” [Tirmidhi].

Those who reject the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and oppose him, are warned of Allah Ta’ala’s wrath, disapproval and punishment. Once, a man ate with his left hand in the presence of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, whereupon he (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ” كُلْ بِيَمِينِكَ Eat with your right hand.” The man said: ” لا أسْتَطِيعُ I cannot do that.” Thereupon Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, ” لا اسْتَطَعْتَ May you not be able to do that (eat with your right hand).” It was Kibr (pride) that held him back from following the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and he was never then able to raise his right hand to his mouth to partake of food again [Muslim].

The Obedience of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is the Obedience of Allah Ta’ala

The Sunnah is undoubtedly indivisible from the Qur’aan, and Ulema have mentioned that Allah Ta’ala has commanded the Believers to “Obey Allah and the Messenger” in more than twenty-five Ayaats in the Quraan Shareef. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala states  :


قُلْ أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُول
Say, “Obey Allah and the Messenger ~ Surah Al Imraan 3:32

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ ۗ
Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins ~Surah Al Imraan 3:31
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وَمَا آتَاكُمُ الرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ فَانتَهُو
And whatever the Messenger has given you – take; and what he has forbidden you – refrain from ~Surah Hashr 59:7
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وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُون
And obey Allah and the Messenger that you may obtain mercy ~ Surah Al Imraan 3:132
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مَّن يُطِعِ الرَّسُولَ فَقَدْ أَطَاعَ اللَّهَ
He who obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah ; ~Surah An Nisaa 4:80

Therefore, it is compulsory for every believer to obey and follow in the footsteps of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. The obedience of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is, in fact, the obedience of Allah Ta’ala. Obedience to Allah Ta’ala and His Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is an indication of one`s love for Allah. If a person claims he loves Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, then he must follow the Sunnah way of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, the result of which will be, that a person will (1) gain the Muhabbah (love and recognition) of Allah Ta’ala (2) Allah Ta’ala will forgive his sins (3) Allah Ta’ala will grant him Najaat (salvation) in the Aakhirah (hereafter).

 

Preserving and Protecting the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam

Obeying, respecting and loving Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, in addition to imitating his lifestyle and abiding by his Sunnah, are responsibilities that all Believers must try to fulfill. We should hold onto whatever Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has commanded us to do and bring that particular instruction into action (obey and follow him), and whatever Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has prohibited us from, then we should refrain from those things.

Sahaba Radiallahu Anhum and the Salaf-e-Sauliheen (pious predecessors) would see every Sunnah (action) of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and they would without hesitation emulate him at every opportunity. When Hazrat Umar bin Khataab Radiallahu Anhu was on Hajj, he came to stand before the Black Stone of the Kaabah and addressed it with these words, “O Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, no doubt, you are but a stone and can neither harm anyone nor benefit anyone … Had I not seen Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam kissing you, I would not have kissed you” [Bukhari]. Apart from kissing this stone from Jannah as an act of worship and an expiation for sins, Hazrat Umar bin Khataab Radiallahu Anhu adopted this act of obedience as an expression of love for the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. 

Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar Radiallahu Anhu (the son of Hazrat Umar bin Khataab Radiallahu Anhu) was noted for his love and obedience to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. No one followed in the footsteps of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam more closely than Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar Radiallahu Anhu. He diligently continued to demonstrate this love for Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam even after his demise. Once, he embarked on a hajj journey, accompanied by a group of people and whilst walking, suddenly lowered his head. There was no branch nor tree but he lowered his head. After sometime, despite not having the urge to urinate, he goes to a specific spot and pretends like he is relieving himself. His travel companions asked him why is he doing such things, to which he replied : “When I travelled with Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam during his lifetime, I observed him coming past this particular tree and there was a branch here and he lowered his head. And similarly, when passing by this particular spot he relieved himself … and so my love for the Messenger of Allah causes me to imitate and follow this example”.

 Hazrat ‘Irbaad bin Saariyah RadhiyAllahu Anhu narrates: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam preached to us one day after Fajr with utmost eloquence which caused the eyes to tear and the hearts to tremble. A man then said: “Definitely this is the advice of a person bidding farewell, hence what do you command us with O Messenger of Allah?” He (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “I command you with Taqwa (the fear of Allah) and I advise you to obey the Ameer (leader) of your time (even if it were a slave) … for those of you who live after me will see great disagreement. Whosoever reaches that era from amongst you then hold on to my Sunnah (Fa alaykum bi sunnati) and Sunnah of the rightly guided Khulafa (Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique RA / Hazrat Umar Farouk RA / Hazrat Uthmaan Ghani RA / Hazrat Ali Murtadha RA) and save yourself from innovations because every innovation will lead you astray. Bite upon it (the Sunnah) with the molars (i.e. cling on to it)”. [Tirmidhi].

 From these incidents, we can understand that Believers should surrender one’s freedom of opinion and action before Allah and His Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and adopt the Sunnah in one’s daily life. Whether the Sunnah makes any sense to us or not, whether we understand the wisdom behind any particular Sunnah or not, it is the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and should be revered. The Sunnah is an ultimate guidance that links a person to Allah Ta’ala, but the reality is such, that by us rejecting this divine institution, we have taken ourselves down the slippery road of destruction and misery. 

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Naqshe qadam Nabi ke he Jannat ke raaste ~ Allah se milate he Sunnat ke raste

نقش قدم نبی کے ہیں جنت کے راستے

اللہ سے ملاتے ہیں سنت کے راستے

A person will reach Jannat by following the footsteps of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam,

A person will reach Allah by following the path of Sunnah

 

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Qur’aanic Treasures ~ Virtues of Surah Al Kahf

May 5, 2016

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عَنْ ِ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏:‏

مَنْ حَفِظَ عَشْرَ آيَاتٍ مِنْ أَوَّلِ سُورَةِ الْكَهْفِ عُصِمَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الدَّجَّالِ ‏. ‏ وَقَالَ شُعْبَةُ عَنْ قَتَادَةَ: ‘ مِنْ آخِرِ الْكَهْفِ‏’

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

وعن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم :

من قرأ سورة الكهف في يوم الجمعة سطع له نور من تحت قدمه إلى عنان السماء يضيء له يوم القيامة ، وغفر له ما بين  الجمعتين  ~  الترغيب والترهيب | 1 / 298 

Hazrat Umar Radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam said:  Whoever reads Surah 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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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 14~4~16

April 15, 2016

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عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه : أَنَّ فُقَرَاءَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ أَتَوْا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالُوا : يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ , قَدْ ذَهَبَ أَهْلُ الدُّثُورِ بِالدَّرَجَاتِ الْعُلَى وَالنَّعِيمِ الْمُقِيمِ . قَالَ : وَمَا ذَاكَ ؟ قَالُوا : يُصَلُّونَ كَمَا نُصَلِّي , وَيَصُومُونَ كَمَا نَصُومُ , وَيَتَصَدَّقُونَ وَلا نَتَصَدَّقُ ، وَيُعْتِقُونَ وَلا نُعْتِقُ . فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم : أَفَلا أُعَلِّمُكُمْ شَيْئًا تُدْرِكُونَ بِهِ مَنْ سَبَقَكُمْ , وَتَسْبِقُونَ مَنْ بَعْدَكُمْ ، وَلا يَكُونُ أَحَدٌ أَفْضَلَ مِنْكُمْ , إلاَّ مَنْ صَنَعَ مِثْلَ مَا صَنَعْتُمْ ؟ قَالُوا : بَلَى , يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ . قَالَ : تُسَبِّحُونَ وَتُكَبِّرُونَ وَتَحْمَدُونَ دُبُرَ كُلِّ صَلاةٍ : ثَلاثاً وَثَلاثِينَ مَرَّةً . قَالَ أَبُو صَالِحٍ : فَرَجَعَ فُقَرَاءُ الْمُهَاجِرِينَ , فَقَالُوا : سَمِعَ إخْوَانُنَا أَهْلُ الأَمْوَالِ بِمَا فَعَلْنَا , فَفَعَلُوا مِثْلَهُ . فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم : ذَلِكَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ يُؤْتِيهِ مَنْ يَشَاءُ 

Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu reported: Some of the poor Emigrants came to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam and said to him, “The wealthy have obtained all high ranks and everlasting bliss.” He asked, “How is that?” They replied: “They offer Salat as we do, and observe Saum (fasting) as we do, but they give in Sadaqah (charity) and we do not, and they emancipate slaves and we cannot.” He (Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Shall I not teach you something whereby you will catch up with those who have preceded you and will get ahead of those who follow you, and no one will surpass you unless he does the same as you do?” They said, “Surely, O Messenger of Allah.” He said, Say:  Subhan Allah, Allahu Akbar, and  Alhamdulillah, thirty-three times at the end of every Salat.” They returned to him and said: “Our brothers, the possessors of wealth, having heard what we are doing, have started doing the same.” Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, This is Grace of Allah which He gives to whom He wishes. [Al- Bukhari and Muslim]

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Tolerating Hardships and Forgiving Others for the ​S​ake of Allah

March 19, 2016

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We learn from the Ahaadeeth, that despite being harmed by others, we should be able to overlook, forgive and pardon. The forbearance and tolerance displayed by the Ambiya AS, increased their high stages and blessings in Jannah.

: عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ قَال
كَأَنِّي أَنْظُرُ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَحْكِى نَبِيًّا مِنَ الأَنْبِيَاءِ ضَرَبَهُ قَوْمُهُ فَأَدْمَوْهُ ، وَهْوَ يَمْسَحُ الدَّمَ عَنْ وَجْهِهِ ، وَيَقُولُ :
« اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِقَوْمِي فَإِنَّهُمْ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ »

Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ud  Radiyallahu Anhu reported : I can still recall as if I am seeing Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam describing one of the Prophets whose people injured him and shed his blood, while he wiped the blood off his face, and said: “O Allah! Forgive my people, because they certainly do not know”~ [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

In this Hadith, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam was describing to the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum about a Nabi of the Ambiya, (either referring to himself or to Hazrat Nuh AS), who was quickly wiping off the blood from his own face, so that his people who were beating him, could be saved from the punishment and wrath of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, because if perchance the blood had fallen off the face of the Nabi and touched the ground, then Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala’s punishment would have befallen them immediately.

This unparalleled forgiveness for the sake of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala was displayed numerous times in the life of Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, and is so vivid in the incident of Ta’if.

After much effort in giving Dawah of Islam to the people of Makkah, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam did not get the desired results and was being continously persecuted. He hence then made his way on foot, through mountainous regions to the city of Ta’if, solely to preach the Oneness of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.

The leaders there, were unwelcoming and rejected his call to Islam and chased Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam out of Ta’if, throwing rocks and stones at him. In this wounded and distressed condition, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, took shade under a tree and supplicated to Allah Ta’ala :

اللهم إني أشكو إليك ضعف قوتي وهواني على الناس أنت أرحم الراحمين إلى من تكلني إلى عدو يتجهمني أم إلى قريب ملكته أمري إن لم تكن غضبان علي فلا أبالي غير أن عافيتك أوسع لي أعوذ بوجهك الذي أشرقت له الظلمات وصلح عليه أمر الدنيا والآخرة أن ينزل بي غضبك أو يحل بي سخطك لك العتبى حتى ترضى ولا قوة إلا بالله

“O Allah! Unto You do I complain of my weakness, of my helplessness and of my lowliness before men.  O most Merciful of the merciful. O Lord of the weak and my Lord too. Into whose hands have you entrusted me?  Unto some far off stranger who receives me with hostility? Or unto a foe whom you have empowered against me? I care not, so long as You are not angry with me.  But Your favouring help, that were for me the broader way and the wider scope.  I take refuge in the light of Your countenance whereby all darknesses are illuminated and all things of this world and the next are rightly ordered, lest You make Your anger descend upon me or lest Your wrath beset me. Yet it is Yours to reproach until You are well pleased. There is no power and no might except through Thee.”

Hazrat Jibraeel (AS) came down to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam and said : “Allah has heard and seen what has occurred, and your Dua has shaken the heavens! If you want, we can command these mountains to collide and crush the people that live between them.” 
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam replied : “I have no ill will toward these people. I hope that Allah will bring forth a progeny from these people who will worship Allah alone and will not associate any partners with Allah.”

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam forgave them …

These Ahaadith and incidents, provide strength and encouragement to those who have to endure difficulties and trials with patience.  Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam clearly illustrated to us how to exercise patience at all times and how to overlook and forgive our opponents.

Hardships may be difficult tests, but a true Believer faces his difficulties with a positive state of mind, by being patient and hoping for rewards from Allah.

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Friday (Jumu’ah) The Best Day of the Week

March 12, 2016

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عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏
خَيْرُ يَوْمٍ طَلَعَتْ فِيهِ الشَّمْسُ يَوْمُ الْجُمُعَةِ فِيهِ خُلِقَ آدَمُ وَفِيهِ أُدْخِلَ الْجَنَّةَ وَفِيهِ أُخْرِجَ مِنْهَا وَلاَ تَقُومُ السَّاعَةُ إِلاَّ فِي يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ :

Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “The best day that the sun has risen upon, is Friday. On it Adam (AS) was created, on it he entered Paradise, and on that day, he was expelled from Paradise. And the Hour of Qiyaamah will not be established except on Friday.” ~ (Tirmidhi)

From all the months of the year, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala chose Ramadaan to be the best of months, and from all the days of the week, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala chose Jumu’ah (Friday) as ‘Sayyidul Ayyaam’ (the leader of all days).

Furthermore, the superiority of Sadaqah that is given in Ramadan, reaps more rewards, than charity given in any other month of the year. Similarly, Sadaqah that is given on a Friday, is better and reaps more rewards, than charity given on any other day of the week.

In addition to this, being a blessed day, great emphasis has been put on ‘Salaatul Jummah’  which is the largest and best congregational Salaah of ​all ​the​ days of the​ week. Whomsoever is neglectful of this virtuous prayer on a Friday and avoids praying it, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala will place a seal over their hearts and they will be counted amongst the heedless.

Moments of Acceptance of Duas on a Friday

Amongst the numerous virtues of Jumu’ah, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has kept a certain unspecified hour on the day of Friday, wherein a Believer’s supplications (Duas) are accepted. According to various Ahadeeth, the majority of the Ulema mention, that, these moments of guaranteed acceptance, are on a Friday, after the Asr Salaah (ie the time before the Maghrib Salaah). The fervent supplications of a servant to Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala are answered during this blessed time.

عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَنَّهُ قَالَ ‏
 الْتَمِسُوا السَّاعَةَ الَّتِي تُرْجَى فِي يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ بَعْدَ الْعَصْرِ إِلَى غَيْبُوبَةِ الشَّمْسِ ‏‏

Hazrat Anas bin Malik Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that : Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “Seek out the hour that is hoped for on Friday (for dua), after Asr until the sun has set” ~ (Tirmidhi)

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Tawakkul (Trust) in Allah Alone

March 5, 2016

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عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم
مَنْ قَالَ – يَعْنِي إِذَا خَرَجَ مِنْ بَيْتِهِ –  بِسْمِ اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللَّهِ لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ ‏.‏ يُقَالُ لَهُ هُدِيتَ كُفِيتَ وَوُقِيت  وَتَنَحَّى عَنْهُ الشَّيْطَانُ ‏

 Hazrat Anas bin Malik Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: Whoever says when he leaves his house :

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللَّهِ لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ

Bismillāh, tawakkaltu `alAllāh, la ḥawla wa la quwwata illa billāh **

“In the Name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah, there is no might or power except by Allah” ; then it will be said to him : “You have been guided, you have been sufficed, you have been protected, and Shaytaan distances himself away from the person.”
( Tirmidhi)


** There are four benefits in reading this Dua:
1) One is granted Hidaayah (guidance)
2) One’s needs will be fulfilled
3) One is granted protection from harm
4) One is granted safety from Shaytaan.

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Tawakkul means having complete trust and firm reliance in Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala alone. Allah Ta’ala is Al-Wakeel (the Disposer of Affairs) and upon whom one should place one’s trust in.

Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has placed us into Darul Asbaab (a world of means). We have been commanded to make use of all the permissible means that Allah has provided us with, BUT our reliance must NEVER be upon those means.

One must make use of means, believing that the “means” cannot produce any effect on its own. It is only Allah Taala who causes effect.

Sayiddina Umar ibnul-Khattaab (RA) was once passing by a group of farmers, sitting with some spades and shovels. He enquired from them, as to what were they doing there. They replied that they are waiting there, for their crops to grow ( without making any necessary effort for the sowing of seeds etc)….We are those who have Tawakkul upon Allah! He then enquired from them, as to whether they had sowed the seeds? They replied in the negative. He replied that they are then, not people of Tawwakul, as one has to tie one’s camel first (make an effort himself,) and then place reliance ONLY on Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala to obtain the desired results.

In the battle of Uhud, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, wore two armours! This was not against Tawwakkul . Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam took the necessary means and thereafter made Dua to Allah Ta’ala to protect them from the enemy and grant them victory.

There are numerous Ayaat in the Quraan Shareef that clearly establish the Tawakkul of the Believer. When Hazrat Ibraheem (Alayhis Salaam) was thrown in the fire by the idol worshippers of his time, the Angels came down offering their assistance to him. He replied to them that He is seeking the assistance of Allah Ta’ala alone and relies on Him alone … He cried out : حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ …. Sufficient for us is Allah, and He is the best Disposer of affairs.

Those who firmly place their trust in Allah, He makes all matters easy for them.

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Virtues and Benefits of Using the Miswaak

February 27, 2016

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: وَعَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ
قَالَ :  السِّوَاكُ مطْهَرَةٌ لِلْفَمِ مَرْضَاةٌ لِلرَّبِّ ‏‏

Hazrat Aishah Radiallahu Anha reported: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “The Miswaak (tooth-stick) cleanses and purifies the mouth and pleases the Rabb.” ~
( An-Nasa’i and Ibn Khuzaimah)

The implementation of the Miswaak (a natural toothbrush prepared from the roots of the Arak tree), is a means of purifying the mouth and has many physical and spiritual benefits. Most importantly it is a means of pleasing Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala.

It is a very highly emphasised Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. The way of life of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, is Akmal (most perfect), Ajmal (most beautiful) and As-hal (most easy). It is the pathway that leads a person to Jannah.

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Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has mentioned in a Hadith :

  ‏ ‏ لَوْلاَ أَنْ أَشُقَّ عَلَى أُمَّتِي لأَمَرْتُهُمْ بِالسِّوَاكِ عِنْدَ كُلِّ صَلاَةٍ

“Were it not for the fear of over-burdening my Ummah, I would have ordered them to make Miswaak at (the time of) every Salaah.” ~ Sahih Muslim

From this Hadith we can gage, that although making Miswaak is not a compulsory act of Ibaadah, but Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam had strongly stressed on observing this Sunnah practice. It was his compassion for the Ummah and fear of them being rendered sinful (if left out), that he did not command it at every Whudu and Salaah. The reward of Salaah (Prayers) is multiplied 70 times if Miswaak was used before it.

The Ulama have mentioned as many as seventy virtues of utilizing the Miswaak, some of which are:

1. It strengthens the gums and prevents tooth decay.
2. It creates a fragrance in the mouth ;
3. It is a cure for illness ;
4. It eliminates bad odours and improves the sense of taste ;
5. It sharpens the memory ;
6. It is a cure for headaches ;
7. It creates lustre (noor) on the face of the one who continually uses it ;
8. It causes the teeth to glow;
9. It strengthens the eyesight ;
10. It assists in digestion
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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Sincerity of Intention

September 5, 2015

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Actions are Dependent upon their Intentions

عَنْ عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ، – رضى الله عنه – قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏“‏ إِنَّمَا الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّةِ وَإِنَّمَا لاِمْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى فَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَإِلَى رَسُولِهِ فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَإِلَى رَسُولِهِ وَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى دُنْيَا يُصِيبُهَا أَوِ امْرَأَةٍ يَنْكِحُهَا فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى مَا هَاجَرَ إِلَيْهِ ‏“‏ ‏.‏

Hazrat Umar ibnul-Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu narrated: I heard Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam say : “Actions are but by intention and every man shall have but that which he intended. Thus he whose migration was for Allah and His Messenger, then his migration was for Allah and His messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to marry some woman, then his migration was for the purpose that  he migrated.” ~ Bukhari and Muslim

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Imam Bukhari Rahmatullah Alayhi  selected the first Hadith, ‘Innamal a’amaalu binniyaat’ of Sahih Bukhari Shareef, as an introduction to the whole collection, emphasising the importance of sincerity of one’s intention, and that good and noble deeds will only bear fruit if there is sincerity attached to one’s intentions. The beginning of all actions is Sincerity (Ikhlaas).

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم :‏
إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يَنْظُرُ إِلَى صُوَرِكُمْ وَأَمْوَالِكُمْ وَلَكِنْ يَنْظُرُ إِلَى قُلُوبِكُمْ وَأَعْمَالِكُمْ ‏‏

Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu Anhu reported Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam as saying : Verily Allah does not look at your faces (outward appearances) and your wealth, but He looks to your heart and to your deeds.~ Sahih Muslim

Sincerity is a vitally important aspect that one should inculcate and build within oneself. The reward of deeds depend upon one’s intentions. When Allah judges a person, it is the person’s intention and his actions that Allah looks at. Allah Ta’ala does not look at a persons outward appearance (one’s beauty/features), nor does He look to a persons wealth.

Allah is well aware of what is in our hearts. There must not be a speck of insincerity in our heart. The nature of our intentions should be purely and solely for the pleasure of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.

Ikhlaas means ‘to free something’ ~ Free your heart and free your intention from everybody else besides Allah. Any action that we do, must be pleasing to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam ie. in conformity with the Shariah. The two important ingredients of any action performed are, adhering to the Sunnah and implementing Sincerity.

Doing Actions Solely for the Pleasure of Allah

عَنْ عَبْدِ الْوَهَّابِ بْنِ الْوَرْدِ، عَنْ رَجُلٍ، مِنْ أَهْلِ الْمَدِينَةِ قَالَ كَتَبَ مُعَاوِيَةُ إِلَى عَائِشَةَ أُمِّ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رضى الله عنها أَنِ اكْتُبِي إِلَىَّ كِتَابًا تُوصِينِي فِيهِ وَلاَ تُكْثِرِي عَلَىَّ ‏.‏ فَكَتَبَتْ عَائِشَةُ رضى الله عنها إِلَى مُعَاوِيَةَ سَلاَمٌ عَلَيْكَ أَمَّا بَعْدُ فَإِنِّي سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ “‏ مَنِ الْتَمَسَ رِضَاءَ اللَّهِ بِسَخَطِ النَّاسِ كَفَاهُ اللَّهُ مُؤْنَةَ النَّاسِ وَمَنِ الْتَمَسَ رِضَاءَ النَّاسِ بِسَخَطِ اللَّهِ وَكَلَهُ اللَّهُ إِلَى النَّاسِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ وَالسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ ‏.‏

‘Abdul-Wahhab bin Al-Ward narrated from a man among the inhabitants of Madinah, that Hazrat Mu’awiyah Radiyallahu Anhu wrote a letter to Hazrat A’ishah Radiyallahu Anha asking her: Write me an advise, but do not make it lengthy. So, Hazrat A’ishah Radiyallahu ‘anha wrote to Hazrat Mu’awiyah Radiyallahu ‘anhu. After writing Salam she wrote: I have indeed heard Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam saying: He who seeks Allah’s pleasure at the cost of people’s anger, Allah will suffice him against the trouble caused by people and he who seeks the pleasure of men at the cost of Allah’s anger, Allah will leave him to the (mercy) of people … Wassalamu- ‘Alaik (May Allah’s peace be upon you ). ~ Tirmidhi

We have been exhorted to do actions solely for the pleasure of Allah. The greatest honour man can attain is Allah’s pleasure. Our actions should be free from ostentation.

A Hadith mentions :

Hazrat Abu Umamah Al-Bahili Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam said: Verily, Allah does not accept any deed, except that which is done sincerely for Him and to obtain His pleasure. ~ Nasai

Our intention should not be to please people. When we intend doing some good deed then we should not be concerned as to what people may say. Some times a person wishes to implement a certain Sunnah in his life, but he is concerned of what his family and friends will say, so he refrains from performing the particular Sunnah act. Do not worry what people will say… Please only Allah.

Check your intention before doing any action. Ask yourself … For who am i doing it? … Am i doing it solely for the pleasure of Allah or is it for show and ostentation?

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Rewards for Patience at the Time of Calamity

August 28, 2015

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Being patient is a great virtue and comes with a great reward. Allah Ta’ala is with the patient ones. Allah Ta’ala makes one go through some difficulty or trial in life. Upon enduring this suffering with Sabr, one’s minor sins are expiated and one’s rewards are increased.

Patience when facing difficulties raises our status in front of Allah, and leads to the forgiveness of sins. A believing man and woman continue to remain under trials and afflictions, either regarding himself, or his children, or his wealth, or his property, until he meets Allah Ta’ala in a condition, that not a single sin remains with him. So, a true believer should face his difficulties with a positive state of mind, hoping for rewards from Allah Ta’ala.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has mentioned in a Hadith :

عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ، وَعَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ مَا يُصِيبُ الْمُسْلِمَ مِنْ نَصَبٍ وَلاَ وَصَبٍ وَلاَ هَمٍّ وَلاَ حُزْنٍ وَلاَ أَذًى وَلاَ غَمٍّ حَتَّى الشَّوْكَةِ يُشَاكُهَا، إِلاَّ كَفَّرَ اللَّهُ بِهَا مِنْ خَطَايَاهُ ‏“‏‏.‏

” No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor grief, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.” ~ (Sahih al-Bukhari)

Another Hadith mentions :

عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ أَنَّهُ قَالَ ‏ “‏ عِظَمُ الْجَزَاءِ مَعَ عِظَمِ الْبَلاَءِ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ إِذَا أَحَبَّ قَوْمًا ابْتَلاَهُمْ فَمَنْ رَضِيَ فَلَهُ الرِّضَا وَمَنْ سَخِطَ فَلَهُ السُّخْطُ ‏ .‏

It was narrated from Hazrat Anas bin Malik Radiyallahu Anhu that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “The greatest reward comes with the greatest trial. When Allah loves a people He tests them. Whoever accepts that wins His pleasure but whoever is discontent with that, earns His wrath.” ~ (Sunan Ibn Majah)

Therefore, when Allah loves any people, He puts them through tests and afflicts them with trials. And, anyone who experiences these tests and bears them patiently, gets the reward for patience.

Allah Ta’ala mentions the reward for patience in the Noble Quraan :

ۗ إِنَّمَا يُوَفَّى الصَّابِرُونَ أَجْرَهُم بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ


Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account (limitless) ~ Surah Az-Zumar 39:10

Sometimes Allah Ta’ala wishes to grant a person a very high status, but his actions are weak and his deeds do not entitle him to such a status,  so Allah Ta’ala continues to afflict him with trials and tribulations,  due to which he will ultimately reach that ‘high status’. Through these difficulties, his sins are forgiven and he is granted a high position in the eyes of Allah, which will manifest in the Aakhirah…

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Dua (Supplication) ~ Ask from Allah Alone

August 21, 2015

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bismillahhAllah Ta’ala mentions in the Noble Quraan:

وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ

“And your Rabb said: ‘Invoke Me, [i.e supplicate to me] I will respond to your invocation.

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِي سَيَدْخُلُونَ جَهَنَّمَ دَاخِرِينَ

Verily those who are too arrogant to invoke Me, will surely enter into Hell in humiliation.”

~ [Surah Ghaafir 40:60]

Allah  سبحانه و تعالى has exhorted us to earnestly supplicate to Him. Allah says اُدْعُونِي [Call Upon me] and I will respond! Hence, it is imperative that we should always turn to Allah, when engaging in Duas. Allah loves those who supplicate to Him. Allah سبحانه و تعالى grants beyond expectations. Those who are arrogant and proud of supplicating to Him, and do not ask Allah for their needs, He will be displeased with them. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has mentioned in a Hadith : “Ask Allah for everything, even the lace of your shoes. If Allah does not provide, it will never be available.” 

عَنْ أَبِي أُمَامَةَ، قَالَ قِيلَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أَىُّ الدُّعَاءِ أَسْمَعُ قَالَ ‏” جَوْفُ اللَّيْلِ الآخِرُ وَدُبُرَ الصَّلَوَاتِ الْمَكْتُوبَاتِ ‏

Hazrat Abu Umamah Radiyallahu Anhu narrated: It was said: ‘O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), which supplication is most likely to be accepted?’ He said: ‘ The Dua made in the latter part of the night, and after the obligatory (Fard) prayers.’”~ Tirmidhi

In Dunya, when we ask a person several times for our needs, the person becomes frustrated and angry with us … but Allah Ta’ala never becomes angry with us when we ask of Him, no matter how many times we ask of Him!Therefore, one should continue knocking and begging at the door of Allah.

Sometimes, one may not see an immediate result of what he is supplicating, but after several times of earnest begging from Allah, HE opens His doors widely for him. Allah Ta’ala knows exactly when to open that door! The problem is, that we become hasty and very easily abandon Dua.

Be mindful of Allah in prosperity, and He will remember you in adversity.” ~  Tirmidhi

Allah tests our reliance on Him, and puts us through various ‘examinations’. That person who in times of prosperity, enjoys plentiful (good health, wealth, comfort), yet still engages in Dua and begs from Allah only, then Allah will most certainly help him, in his times of difficulty.

A Dua of a believer is never wasted. A person’s supplications are accepted as long as he does not demand things that are considered haram or sinful. If our dua is not accepted (in Dunya), then Allah Ta’ala, either turns away some evil that was going to inflict one; or Allah Ta’ala reserves its rewards for the hereafter. On the day of judgement when one sees the huge rewards one receives for his unanswered Dua’s, one will wish none of his Dua’s got accepted in Dunya! SubhanAllah!  So even if our Dua is not answered in this life we should hope for its rewards in the next.

A persons Dua is answered by Allah. There are however conditions for the acceptance of these Duas.

Some Pre-conditions for the Acceptance of Duas:

1. One may not ask for anything deemed sinful or Haraam.

2. Not being hasty in the acceptance of Duas … and then giving up making Dua.

3. Supplicate with an attentive and sincere heart.

4. Ensure that one’s Earnings are Halaal and one consumes only Halaal.

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Establishing Salaah

August 18, 2015

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عَنْ جَابِرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، رضى الله عنهما قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم،

مِفْتَاحُ الْجَنَّةِ الصَّلاَةُ وَمِفْتَاحُ الصَّلاَةِ الْوُضُوءُ

Hazrat Jabir bin ‘Abdullah Radiyallahu Anhu narrated:  Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: The key to Paradise (Jannah) is Salaah, and the key to Salaah is Wudhu.

Islam is built on five pillars. After the Kalima, the next most important pillar of this structure of Deen, is Salaah. The implementation of Salaah becomes a great shield against sins and acts of disobedience. The very first A’mal (deed) concerning Huququllah (the rights of Allah), of which man will be questioned on the day of Qiyamah, will be Salaah.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam had given a very stern warning regarding the person who abstains from performing Salaah. The Hadith mentions: “For the person who adheres to Salaah, on the Day of Resurrection, his Salaah will become a means of his Nur (light), Burhan (proof) and Najaat (salvation). And, for the person who discards it , there will be no Nur, no Burhan and no Najaat on that day. He will be (resurrected) with (evil ones like) Qaroon, Firoun, Hamaan and Ubay bin Khalaf”. [Ibn Hibban, Ahmed, Daarimi]

Hence we learn, that the one who fulfills the obligation of Salaat, will be immersed and surrounded by Noor (light) and glad tidings on the day of Qiyamah, BUT the one who discards this important pillar and foundation of Deen, will be in total darkness on that day and in the company of disbelievers.

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Be Mindful of Your Salaah

Hazrat Ali Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that  the final words of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam when departing from this world were :

الصَّلاَةَ الصَّلاَةَ اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ فِيمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ “‏”
(Sunan Abu Dawud)

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam mentioned “  الصَّلاَةَ الصَّلاَةَ” … “As-Salaat , As-Salaat” twice … be mindful of your Salaah …  be mindful of your Salaah. Many are hasty in performing the postures of their Salaah. 

Therefore, one should guard his Salaah by :

● Performing Wudhu correctly

Performing the Salaah at its prescribed time and being punctual.

● Performing the Salaah with Khushu and Khudoo (concentration and devotion) and great care should be taken not to be heedless and negligent in carrying out of the various postures (Qaumah, Ruku, Sujood, etc) of the Salaah.​ Many people ​rush through their Salaah…they barely stand up erect for Qaumah, after making Ruku’, and rush down into Sujood.

● Making a concerted effort in perfecting the Faraa’idh (compulsory actions), Sunnan (Sunnah actions), Mustahabbat (desirable acts) and Aadaab (etiquettes) of Salaah.

● Not discarding one’s Salaah during the day due to work activities, and then at night, cover up and read Qadha of all the missed Salaah of that day, at home.. Rather, one should read one’s Salaah at its prescribed times.

Salaah teaches one discipline, and if the Salaah becomes correct, then all other A’maal (deeds and actions) will automatically become correct.

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Masnoon Tasbeeh after Salaah

August 5, 2015

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This simple Tasbihaat, if recited after every Fard Salaah and at night (before sleeping), reap tremendous rewards from Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala. The Hadith of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam mentions :

عَنْ كَعْبِ بْنِ عُجْرَةَ، عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏: مُعَقِّبَاتٌ لاَ يَخِيبُ قَائِلُهُنَّ – أَوْ فَاعِلُهُنَّ – ثَلاَثٌ وَثَلاَثُونَ تَسْبِيحَةً وَثَلاَثٌ وَثَلاَثُونَ تَحْمِيدَةً وَأَرْبَعٌ وَثَلاَثُونَ تَكْبِيرَةً فِي دُبُرِ كُلِّ صَلاَةٍ

Hazrat Ka’b bin ‘Ujrah Radiyallahu Anhu reported: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said
“There are some words, the reciters of which will never be disappointed. These are:

 
Tasbih  سُبْحَانَ اللهِ 
saying ‘Subhan-Allah’ (Allah is free from imperfection), thirty-three times,
 
 
Tahmid الحَمْدُ لله
saying ‘Al-hamdu lillah’ (Praise be to Allah) thirty-three times

and

Takbir اللّهُ أَكْبَر
saying ‘Allahu Akbar’ (Allah is Greatest) thirty-four times;

and these should be recited after the conclusion of every prescribed prayer.”
~ Muslim

and in a similar Hadith ….

Hazrat Abu Hurayrah Radiyallahu Anhu reported :  Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said,: “Whoever glorifies Allah (says Subhaan Allah) thirty-three times immediately after each prayer, and praises Allah (says Al-hamdu Lillaah) thirty-three times, and magnifies Allah (says Allah hu akbar) thirty-three times, this makes ninety-nine, then to complete one hundred says Laa ilaaha ill-Allah wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no god except Allah Alone, with no partner, His is the power and His is the praise, and He is Able to do all things) ~ his sins will be forgiven even if they are like the foam of the sea.” ~ Muslim

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Great Rewards of Performing Whudu (Ablution)

August 2, 2015

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Wudhu is a means of purification of the body as well as a means of expiation of one’s minor sins.

عَنْ عُثْمَانَ بْنِ عَفَّانَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى عَنْهُ ، قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ

 مَنْ تَوَضَّأَ فَأَحْسَنَ الوُضُوءَ، خَرَجَتْ خَطَايَاهُ مِنْ جَسَدِهِ حَتَّى تَخْرُجَ مِنْ تَحْتِ أَظْفَارِهِ  ‏(‏‏‏رواه مسلم‏‏‏)‏‏ :

Hazrat ’Uthman bin ‘Affan Radiyallahu Anhu reported: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “He who performs the Wudhu’ perfectly (i.e., according to Sunnah), his sins will depart from his body, even from under his nails.” ~ Muslim

The Hadith mentions, whoever makes a “proper, correct , perfect” Wudhu, i.e. : He observes all the Faraa’idh (compulsory actions), Sunnan (Sunnah actions), Mustahabbat (desirable acts) and Aadaab (etiquettes) of Wudhu, then all his (minor) sins will be forgiven. Ulema explain : that ‘sins being forgiven’ refers to the ‘minor sins’ being forgiven … For major sins a person has to make sincere Taubah and Istighfaar.

In a similar Hadith, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam mentions, all his past minor sins are forgiven and even his future minor sins are forgiven!

On the day of Qiyamah, the Believers will be distinguished from others, by the  radiance on the limbs that were washed in Wudhu. These limbs will be shining and radiant (like ornaments and jewellery) because of the traces of Wudhu. Hence great care should be taken as not to leave any portion of the skin dry (during Wudhu).

عن أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قال: سَمِعْتُ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ

إِنَّ أُمَّتِي يُدْعَوْنَ يَوْمَ القِيَامَةِ غُرًّا مُحَجَّلِينَ مِنْ آثَارِ الوُضُوءِ، فَمَنِ اسْتَطَاعَ مِنْكُمْ أَنْ يُطِيلَ غُرَّتَهُ فَلْيَفْعَلْ

Hazrat ’Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu Anhu reported: I heard Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam saying: “On the Day of Resurrection, my followers (or Ummah) will be summoned ‘Al-Ghurr Al-Muhajjalun’ from the traces of Whudu’. Whoever can increase the area of his radiance should do so.” ~ Al-Bukhari

Dua to be Read after Whudu

عَنْ عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏

مَنْ تَوَضَّأَ فَأَحْسَنَ الْوُضُوءَ ثُمَّ قَال :

أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ

اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِي مِنَ التَّوَّابِينَ وَاجْعَلْنِي مِنَ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ ،

فُتِحَتْ لَهُ ثَمَانِيَةُ أَبْوَابِ الْجَنَّةِ يَدْخُلُ مِنْ أَيِّهَا شَاءَ ‏

Hazrat ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that : Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: ‘Whoever performs Whudu, making Whudu well, then says:

Ashhadu an la ilaha illallah, wahdahu la sharika lahu, wa ash hadu anna Muhammadan-abduhu wa rasuluhu, Allahummaj ‘alni minat tawwabina, waj’alni minal mutatahhireen

‘I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah Alone, there are no partners for Him. And I testify that Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is His servant and Messenger.
O Allah! Make me among the repentant, and make me among those who purify themselves.’

Then … the eight gates of Paradise are opened for him, he may enter by whichever of them wishes.”  ~ Tirmidhi


Whilst making wudhu, one should conscientize and remind oneself of the great rewards of performing this noble act of Ibaadah.

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Keep your Tongue Moist with the Remembrance of Allah

January 27, 2015

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وقد أخرج الطبراني وغيره من حديث معاذ بن جبل قال آخر كلام فارقت عليه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

 أن قلت له: أي الأعمال أحب إلى الله، قال: “أن تموت ولسانك رطب من ذكر الله” 

Hazrat Mu’adh bin Jabal (RA) said that the last words I heard from the Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) were, when I asked him: Which deeds are most favoured by Allah, He said: “To die and your tongue is moist with remembrance of Allah.” [Tabarani]

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This Hadith highlights the importance of engaging in Zikrullah at all times. 

Instead of futile and indecent talks one should engage in Zikrullah.

When a person is going to making the Zikr of Allah, in abundance, with dedication and Yaqeen (conviction) in Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala … then the Noor of that Zikr is going to settle into his heart and move into every part of his body …

And then ….

When he will “see”, he will refrain from Haraam and look at “Halaal” only …

When he will “touch”, he will refrain from Haraam and he will touch Halaal only …

He will “walk” towards Halaal only and not towards Haraam …

His “thoughts” will be of that which is permissible and Halaal …

All this is because of the effect of Zikrullah!

So, the more Zikr a person makes, the more Noor permeates into his body, and this will enable him to do righteous and good actions throughout his life . . . till his Maut (death).

May Allah Ta’ala give us Taufeeq and Hidayat to make Amal.

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ 5 Rights of a Muslim over another Muslim

November 12, 2014

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Hadith

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ ‏”‏حق المسلم علي المسلم خمس‏:‏ رد السلام، وعيادة المريض، واتباع الجنائز، وإجابة الدعوة، وتشميت العاطس” ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏ ‏.‏

Hazrat Abu Hurairah RadhiAllahu Anhu reported: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: 

“Every Muslim has five rights over another Muslim

(i.e., he has to perform five duties for another Muslim):

 
1. To return the Salaam
2. To visit the sick
3. To attend the Janaazah (funeral)
4. To accept an invitation
5. To respond to the sneezer
[i.e., to say: `Yarhamuk-Allah (may Allah bestow His Mercy on you),’ when the sneezer praises Allah].”
 
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
 
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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Earning a Halaal Livelihood and Refraining from Being Nourished with Haraam

November 5, 2014

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Ahadeeth

Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: He who seeks the Dunya in a lawful way, refraining from begging, striving for his family and being kind towards his neighbours, will meet Allah Ta’ala on the Day of Resurrection with his face shining like the full moon. And he who seeks worldly things, in a lawful way, boasting,  seeking abundance, showing off, will meet Allah such that Allah will be very angry with him. (Baihaqi)

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Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “An honest and sincere trader will be raised with the Messengers, the Siddiqeen and the Shuhada.” (Tirmidhi)

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Hazrat Abu Huraira Radiyallahu Anhu said that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam once came upon a heap of grain, and when he put his hand into it, his fingers felt some dampness, so he asked the owner of the grain how that came about. On being told that rain had fallen on it he said, “Why did you not put the damp part on the top of the grain so that people might see it? He who deceives has nothing to do with me.” (Muslim)

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Narrated by Hazrat Hakim bin Hizam Radiyallahu Anhu : Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said; “The seller and the buyer have the right to keep or return the goods so long as they have not parted or till they part; and if both the parties spoke the truth and described the defects and qualities (of the goods), then they would be blessed in their transaction; and if they told lies or hid something, then the blessings of their transaction would be lost.” (Bukhari)

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Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam also cautioned the dishonest merchants when he said: “The merchants will be raised on the day of Resurrection as “Fujjaar” sinful, except the merchant who fears Allah and is pious and truthful.” (Tirmidhi)

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Harms of Ostentation and Harming the Friend of Allah

November 1, 2014

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Hadith

، عَنْ عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ، أَنَّهُ خَرَجَ يَوْمًا إِلَى مَسْجِدِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ فَوَجَدَ مُعَاذَ بْنَ جَبَلٍ قَاعِدًا عِنْدَ قَبْرِ النَّبِيِّ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ يَبْكِي فَقَالَ مَا يُبْكِيكَ قَالَ يُبْكِينِي شَىْءٌ سَمِعْتُهُ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ يَقُولُ ‏ “‏ إِنَّ يَسِيرَ الرِّيَاءِ شِرْكٌ وَإِنَّ مَنْ عَادَى لِلَّهِ وَلِيًّا فَقَدْ بَارَزَ اللَّهَ بِالْمُحَارَبَةِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الأَبْرَارَ الأَتْقِيَاءَ الأَخْفِيَاءَ الَّذِينَ إِذَا غَابُوا لَمْ يُفْتَقَدُوا وَإِنْ حَضَرُوا لَمْ يُدْعَوْا وَلَمْ يُعْرَفُوا قُلُوبُهُمْ مَصَابِيحُ الْهُدَى يَخْرُجُونَ مِنْ كُلِّ غَبْرَاءَ مُظْلِمَةٍ ‏“‏ ‏.‏ 

Sunan Ibn Majah ~ 3989

It was narrated from Hazrat Umar bin Khattab (RA) that he went out one day to the mosque of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, and he found Hazrat Mu’adh bin Jabal (RA) sitting by the grave of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, weeping.

Hazrat Umar bin Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu asked: “Why are you weeping?”

Hazrat Mu’adh bin Jabal Radiyallahu Anhu said: “I am weeping because of something that I heard from Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.

I heard Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam say: *(1) A little showing off (Riya) is polytheism (Shirk) and *(2) whoever shows enmity towards a friend of Allah has declared war on Allah. *(3) Allah loves those who are pious, righteous, and keep a low profile (unostentatious);  those who, if they are absent, are not missed, and if they are present, they are not invited or acknowledged. Their hearts are lamps of guidance and they emerge from every dark and remote place’”

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*(1) Riya ~ Ostentation

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam mentioned :Verily, a little bit of RIya (show/ostentation) tantamounts to Shirk (polytheism). When ever we do any actions (Salaah, Zakaat, Hajj, fasting, or any good deed) it should be done ‘solely for the pleasure of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala. It should not be done to show people, that we get some praises from them.

In a Hadith of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, Riya has been termed as ‘Ash Shirk-ul-Khafi’.

• Ash Shirk-ul -Jali (Major Shirk) ~ When a person knowingly, deliberately associates partners with Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala … He believes in Allah and believes that Allah has got partners … He does not believe in the “oneness” of Allah.

• Ash Shirk-ul-Khafi (Minor Shirk) : Although not minor in the true sense, it is a very serious offence. It is minor as compared to Ash Shirk Ul Jali.

When a person does believe only in Allah and he is praying to Allah, but he also does these good actions so that others may observe him and think him to be pious and praise him. He is ostentatious.

It is mentioned in a Hadith :

Hazrat Abu Huraira RA reported: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: Allah Almighty said:

أَنَا أَغْنَى الشُّرَكَاءِ عَنْ الشِّرْكِ مَنْ عَمِلَ عَمَلًا أَشْرَكَ فِيهِ مَعِي غَيْرِي تَرَكْتُهُ وَشِرْكَهُ

Allah the Exalted said: Verily, I am most independent of any partner. Whoever performs a deed in which he associates someone with me, I will leave it to his partner (I will not accept the deed as done solely for me) ~ Sahih Muslim 2985

Allah Ta’ala says : I am the most independent from any type of partnership. i do not require any partners. If anyone did any action for me and partnered me with somebody else (in any action), (whereas i did not require any partner), then on the day of Qiyamah, Allah will tell the person that in reality he did those actions for others … now he should go and collect his rewards from them … and not from Allah Ta’ala.

In another Hadith it is mentioned :

Hazrat Abu Sa’eed RA reported that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam came to us while we were discussing about Dajjaal and said: “Should I inform you of that which I fear for you even more than the dangers of  Dajjaal? It is “hidden Shirk”: A person stands to pray, and he beautifies his prayer because he sees the people looking at him.” ~( Sunan ibn Maajah)

Some times people go for Umrah and Hajj and want people to know how long they spent in the Haram Shareef, how many Tawaafs they made, and how much of Ibadat they made, and how much of Tilawat they made … all for people to praise them. This tantamounts to Shirk Al Khafi.

A person who fasts for people to praise him … then he too has committed shirk.

These are important things that we should refrain from. We should rather develop in ourselves Ikhlaas (sincerity) … ie : doing something only for the pleasure of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala

Ikhaas : Sincerity

Ikhlaas is the root of all our deeds and actions (A’maal). Ulema give the analogy of the roots of a tree : The roots of a tree are hidden beneath the soil. If the roots are good and they are cared for, then the tree will also grow well and bear good fruit. If the roots are destroyed, the entire tree will decay and become decomposed and will not flourish. Similarly, the roots of the tree represent Ikhlaas … One must conceal one’s deeds (like the roots of a tree) to develop Ikhlaas …

In Deen we require this “Ikhfaa” (concealment) and should hide our deeds, and not do things for show and ostentation. Deeds performed privately and in public done solely for the pleasure of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala ie Ikhlaas (the concealed ‘roots’) brings about the beauty of Islam.

No matter what achievements we may achieve in this world, always think and reflect that whatever achievements we have, whatever bounties we possess, (eg: intelligence or a certain skill) all this is only from Allah.

Ibn Al-Qayyim (Rahimahullaah) said, “Deeds without sincerity are like a traveler who carries ‘sand’ in his leather bag instead of provisions (food and drink). The carrying of it only burdens him and it brings him no benefit whatsoever. ”

Like that, a person may do actions in this world and get praises of people in this world but in the Aakhirah he only gets Azhaab (punishment) for this because he did not do it for the sake of Allah.

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*(2) Declaration of War

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam then mentioned : That person who becomes an enemy of any friend of Allah…ie : He opposes a Wali (friend) of Allah, then in reality he is challenging Allah with war. He is waging war against Allah! Can anybody wage war against Allah? Therefore, we should be extremely cautious when dealing with the friends of Allah … We should not harbour malice against them … nor make any blasphemous statements against them,  nor oppose them in any way …because Allah Ta’ala will take revenge on their behalf…and we will be destroyed …

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*(3) Allah Loves those who are Righteous and Pious

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam then mentioned : Allah loves the pious and those who are ‘hidden’ and have a low profile. They are not prominent people in society. They are inconspicuous, low profile people. Such people, when they are not present, they are not even asked about, i.e. : No one checks or enquires about this person and his whereabouts. Even if they are in the town, they are not invited for any function or meal. If they are present in any gathering, then they are not called closer or given any special treatment. They are quiet, modest, unnoticeable,  low profile people.

But, their condition is such that Allah loves them! Why? They are pious … They may not be well known and famous in society but, they are ‘well known’ in the eyes of Allah. Their hearts are lanterns and lamps of guidance. They are the true Guides that emerge from every dark place (dwelling). Their homes are dark but their hearts are illuminated … and such people are close to Allah.

Mullah Ali Qari RA has given another explanation (in which he explains) : These people emerge (come out) of every difficulty no matter what they are burdened with or entrusted with. They are able to fulfil all those tasks because they have illuminated hearts …

Others have explained : Even though they are born in an evil environment, they are not affected by that environment because their hearts are full of light and noor and they move out and guide the rest of mankind.

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Simplicity of Sahaba Radiyallahu Anhu and the Incident of Hazrat Mus’ab bin Umair Radiyallahu Anhu

October 13, 2014

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عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ كَعْبٍ الْقُرَظِيِّ، حَدَّثَنِي مَنْ، سَمِعَ عَلِيَّ بْنَ أَبِي طَالِبٍ، يَقُولُ إِنَّا لَجُلُوسٌ مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فِي الْمَسْجِدِ إِذْ طَلَعَ عَلَيْنَا مُصْعَبُ بْنُ عُمَيْرٍ مَا عَلَيْهِ إِلاَّ بُرْدَةٌ لَهُ مَرْقُوعَةٌ بِفَرْوٍ فَلَمَّا رَآهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم بَكَى لِلَّذِي كَانَ فِيهِ مِنَ النِّعْمَةِ وَالَّذِي هُوَ الْيَوْمَ فِيهِ ثُمَّ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏“‏ كَيْفَ بِكُمْ إِذَا غَدَا أَحَدُكُمْ فِي حُلَّةٍ وَرَاحَ فِي حُلَّةٍ وَوُضِعَتْ بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ صَحْفَةٌ وَرُفِعَتْ أُخْرَى وَسَتَرْتُمْ بُيُوتَكُمْ كَمَا تُسْتَرُ الْكَعْبَةُ ‏“‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ نَحْنُ يَوْمَئِذٍ خَيْرٌ مِنَّا الْيَوْمَ نَتَفَرَّغُ لِلْعِبَادَةِ وَنُكْفَى الْمُؤْنَةَ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏“‏ لأَنْتُمُ الْيَوْمَ خَيْرٌ مِنْكُمْ يَوْمَئِذٍ ‏“‏‏

Hazrat Ali Radiyallahu Anhu narrated:

‘I was sitting in a gathering with Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam when Mus’ab bin ‘Umair appeared before us, wearing nothing but a sheet patched with some furs.

When Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam saw him, He began crying because of the good life Mus’ab previously had compared to the (simple) state that he was on that day.

Then Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: ‘How will you people be, when one of you will wear a garment in the morning, and at the end of the day another one. And when a platter of food will be placed in front of him while another is removed, and you will cover your houses just as the Ka’bah is covered?’ 

They said: ‘O Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) ! On that day we will be better than we are today. We will be able to devote ourselves completely in worship, as our expenses will be sufficed (due to having abundance then).

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: ‘No, today you are better than you will be on that day.’

~ Tirmidhi

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam’s Precious Advices to Abu Zarr Al Ghifaari Radiahallahu Anhu

October 12, 2014

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Hazrat Abu Zarr Al Ghifaari Radiahallahu Anhu is one of the most well-known Sahabah (Radiallahu anhu). There is a lengthy Hadeeth reported by him at the end of which is the following.

Hazrat Abu Zarr Al Ghifaari Radiahallahu Anhu requested Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) to give him advice …

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said to him in reply: “I advice you to have Taqwa (the fear of Allah at all times). It is an adornment for all things.

Hazrat Abu Zarr Al Ghifaari Radiahallahu Anhu asked: “Advise me more.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied: “Recite the Holy Quran and remember Allah (in Zikr) excessively. This will cause you to be remembered in the heavens and will be a cause for light for you on earth.”

Hazrat Abu Zarr Al Ghifaari Radiahallahu Anhu again asked: “Advise me more.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: Observe silence often for this wards off the Shaytaan (as man is often involved in problems through his tongue). Silence assists in the observance of deeni affairs (and whomsoever suffers from the disease of excessive talk deprives himself of good works).”

Hazrat Abu Zarr Al Ghifaari Radiahallahu Anhu again asked: “Advise me more.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied: “Refrain from excessive laughter for that kills the (spiritual) heart and causes the light of the face to depart.”

Again Hazrat Abu Zarr Al Ghifaari Radiahallahu Anhu asked: “Advise me more.”

Rasulullali (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Speak the truth at all times even though it be bitter.”

Hadhrat Abu Zarr Al Ghifaari Radiahallahu Anhu asked for more, and  Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: Do not fear the reproaching of a reproacher or the rebuking of a rebuker (regarding matters of Shariah and Deen of Allah).”

When Hazrat Abu Zarr Al Ghifaari Radiahallahu Anhu again asked for more Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Take notice of your faults for this will prevent you from noticing the faults of others.”

 ~ Mishkaat

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Reciting Durood Shareef in Abundance on a Friday

September 23, 2014

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Hadith

عَنْ أَوْسِ بْنِ أَوْسٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ مِنْ أَفْضَلِ أَيَّامِكُمْ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ فِيهِ خُلِقَ آدَمُ وَفِيهِ قُبِضَ وَفِيهِ النَّفْخَةُ وَفِيهِ الصَّعْقَةُ فَأَكْثِرُوا عَلَيَّ مِنْ الصَّلَاةِ فِيهِ فَإِنَّ صَلَاتَكُمْ مَعْرُوضَةٌ عَلَيَّ قَالَ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَكَيْفَ تُعْرَضُ صَلَاتُنَا عَلَيْكَ وَقَدْ أَرِمْتَ يَقُولُونَ بَلِيتَ فَقَالَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ حَرَّمَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ أَجْسَادَ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ

Hazrat Aws ibn Aws Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:

Among the most excellent of your days is Friday; on it Adam (AS) was created, on it (Friday) he (AS) passed away, on it the last trumpet will be blown, and on it will be the deafening sound. So invoke more Salutations on me on a Friday, for your salutations will be submitted to me.

The people asked: Apostle of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), how can it be that our blessings will be submitted to you while your body is decayed? He (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied: Allah, the Exalted, has prohibited the earth from consuming the bodies of Prophets.

~ Abu Dawud ~

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The Virtues and Blessings of Reciting Durood Upon Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam :

 

• Allah will send ten mercies upon the one who recites Durood just once upon Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam

• Allah will forgive ten of his sins

• Allah will raise his rank ten times higher in Paradise

• Allah will grant him ten rewards

• The recitation of Durood before Du‘aa brings hope of its acceptance

• It will be a means of gaining the intercession of Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam on the Day of Qiyaamah

• It is a cause of forgiveness

• It draws the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. 

• It will bring the reciter close to Rasullulah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam on the Day of Qiyaamah

 

Some Virtues and Rewards that are mentioned in the Ahâdith pertaining to Reciting Durood Shareef upon our Beloved Rasullullah Salallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam :

Hazrat Ubay bin Ka`b Radiyallaahu Anhu relates: 
I said, “O Messenger of Allah, I send much blessings on you. What proportion of my dua should I devote to sending Salutations upon you?” Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alaihi wa Sallam said, “As much as you like.” I said, “A quarter?” He said, “As much as you like, and if you increased it would only be better for you.” I said, “Then a half?” He said, “As much as you like and if you increased then it would only be better for you.” I said, “Then two thirds?” He said, “As much as you like and if you increased it would only be better for you.” I said, “I’ll devote all of my Dua to sending blessings on you.” Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said, “In that case it will suffice you from your worries and your sins will be forgiven.” ~ Tirmidhi

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Hazrat Abdullah ibn Ma’sud Radiyallaahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said: “On the day of Qiyamah, the closest to me from among the people will be those who have read the most amount of Durood” ~ Tirmidhi

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Hazrat Anas Radiyallaahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said: “He who reads a single Durood upon me, Almighty Allah blesses him ten times, ten of his sins are forgiven, and he is increased ten times in rank.” ~ Mishkaat

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Hazrat Abdullah ibn Mas’ood Radiyallaahu Anhu said : that Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said: “Allah has angels who go around on earth, conveying to me the salaam of my Ummah.”  ~ Sunan An Nasaa’i

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Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said: ”On Fridays, send Durood abundantly on me, as it is presented before me. ” ~ Abu Dawud

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Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said: “Whosoever recites Durood on me 10 times in the morning and evening, I will intercede for him on the day of Qiyamah.” ~ Tabrani

 

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Take Advantage of Five before Five

September 21, 2014

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Hadith

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لرجل وهو يعظه : اغتنم خمسا قبل خمس : شبابك قبل هرمك ، وصحتك قبل سقمك ، وغناك قبل فقرك ، وفراغك قبل شغلك ، وحياتك قبل موتك

رواه الترمذي ~

 : Hazrat Amr bin Maimun RA narrated : Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam advised a man

“Appreciate five things before (you are overcome) by five things 

• youth before old age,

• health before sickness,

• wealth before poverty

• free time before becoming preoccupied

and

• life before death.

Every person has these opportunities and times in which he should take maximum benefit from. When a person is young, has health, has wealth, has free time, etc,  then, he has the ability to do good deeds (perform Salaah, discharge Zakaat, go for Hajj, keep Fasts, and other Deeni activities) …

… but the moment the person becomes old, loses his health, has decreased wealth, no free time, and finally death overtakes him…… he loses the ability to do good deeds.

Therefore Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said that whilst you have these five advantages, then take maximum benefit of these bounties and please Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala… 

Do not procrastinate! 

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Bounties of Safety, Health and Daily Provision

September 19, 2014

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Hadith

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَنْ أَصْبَحَ مِنْكُمْ آمِنًا فِي سِرْبِهِ مُعَافًى فِي جَسَدِهِ عِنْدَهُ قُوتُ يَوْمِهِ فَكَأَنَّمَا حِيزَتْ لَهُ الدُّنْيَا
    ~  رواه الترمذي

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Whoever amongst you rises in the morning, secured (having safety, security, peace) in his self / family / path; healthy in his body (from deadly diseases); having sufficient food for the day; then it is as if the world has been gathered for him.” ~ Tirmidhi

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Just by having these 3 bounties, it is as though a person is the owner of the whole world! The entire world has been gathered for him.

Ulema say, that only when we become ‘deprived’ of these bounties that we truly appreciate them.  We do not realise the value of these bounties because we are always looking at people “above” us (as far as Dunya is concerned). Hence, these are treated insignificantly…

Hazrat Abu Hurairah RA narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:

انْظُرُوا إِلَى مَنْ هُوَ أَسْفَلَ مِنْكُمْ وَلاَ تَنْظُرُوا إِلَى مَنْ هُوَ فَوْقَكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ أَجْدَرُ أَنْ لاَ تَزْدَرُوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُم

“Look to one who is lower than you(in Dunya), and do not look to one who is above you. For indeed that is more worthy (so that you will) not belittle Allah’s favours upon you.”  ~ Tirmidhi

**However, as far as Deen is concerned, a person should not look at one who is lower than him, but rather at that person who is above him (making so much of ibaadah, tilawat, salaah), and he should aspire to be like him …

Aafiyat

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam would repeatedly exhort the Sahaba RA to make dua for Aafiyat … What is the meaning of Aafiyat? It simply means possessing safety and peace from all types of calamities, trials, tribulations …. We have been blessed with the Nimats of safety, good health and sustenance and should make sincere Shukr to Allah Ta’ala and appreciate all these bounties …

__Dua for Aafiyat__

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ،

Allaahumma ‘innee ‘as’alukal-‘afwa wal’aafiyata fid-dunyaa wal’aakhira

O Allah, I seek Your forgiveness and Your protection in this world and the next
~ Sahih Ibn Majah and Abu Dawud

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5 Golden Advices of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam

September 7, 2014

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Hadith

وعن أبى جرى جابر بن سليم رضى الله عنه قال‏:‏ رأيت رجلا يصدر الناس عن رأيه ؛ لا يقول شيئاً إلا صدروا عنه؛ قلت‏:‏ من هذا قالوا‏:‏ رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم‏.‏قلت‏:‏ عليك السلام يا رسول الله – مرتين- قال‏:‏ ‏”‏لا تقل عليك السلام، عليك السلام تحية الموتى -قلت ‏:‏ السلام عليك‏”‏ قال‏:‏ قلت‏:‏ أنت رسول الله ‏؟‏ قال‏:‏ ‏”‏أنا رسول الله إذا أصابك ضر فدعوته كشفه عنك،وإذا أصابك عام سنة فدعوته أنبتها لك، وإذا كنت بأرض قفر أو فلاة، فضلت راحلتك، فدعوته ردها عليك‏”‏ قال‏:‏ قلت‏:‏ اعهد إلى‏.‏ قال‏:‏ ‏”‏لا تسبن أحداً‏”‏ قال‏:‏ فما سببت بعده حراً، ولا عبداً، ولا بعيراً، ولا شاة ‏”‏ولا تحقرن من المعروف شيئاً، وأن تكلم أخاك وأنت منبسط إليه وجهك؛ إن ذلك من المعروف‏.‏ وارفع إزارك إلى نصف الساق، فإن أبيت فإلى الكعبين، وإياك وإسبال الإزار فإنها من المخيلة وإن الله لا يحب المخيلة، وإن امرؤا شتمك وعيرك، بما يعلم فيك فلا تعيره بما تعلم فيه، فإنما وبال ذلك عليه‏”‏ ‏.‏

Hazrat Abu Juraiy Jabir bin Sulaim RA reported: I noticed a man whose opinion was followed by every body, and no one acted contrary to what he said. I asked who he was, and I was informed that he was Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam…

I said to him twice: “Alaikas-salam ya Rasul-Allah”. He said, “Do not say: `Alaikas-salam.’ This is the salutation to the dead (in Jahiliyyah times). Say, instead: `As-salamu ‘alaikum’

I asked: “Are you the Messenger of Allah?” He replied, “(Yes) I am the Messenger of that Allah, Who will remove your affliction when you are in trouble and call to Him, Who will cause food to grow for you when you are famine-stricken and call to Him, and Who will restore to you your lost riding beast in the desert when you call upon Him.”

I said to him: “Give me instructions (to act upon).’

He (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said,

1 • “Do not abuse anyone.” (Since then I have never abused anyone, neither a freeman, nor a slave, nor a camel, nor a sheep).

He (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) continued,

2 •  “Do not hold in contempt even an insignificant act of goodness.


3 • Talk to your brother with a cheerful countenance, as this is an act of goodness.


4 • Hold up your lower garment half way to the leg, or at least above the ankles; for trailing it, is arrogance, and Allah dislikes pride.


5 • If a man imputes to you of bad things he knows you possess, do not impute to him bad things that you know he has, for he will assume the evil consequences of his abuse.”

~ Abu Dawood, Tirmizi ~

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ 7 Types of People who will Enjoy the Shade of Allah Ta’ala on the Day of Qiyamah

September 1, 2014

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Hadith

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ سَبْعَةٌ يُظِلُّهُمُ اللَّهُ فِي ظِلِّهِ يَوْمَ لاَ ظِلَّ إِلاَّ ظِلُّهُ الإِمَامُ الْعَادِلُ، وَشَابٌّ نَشَأَ فِي عِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ، وَرَجُلٌ قَلْبُهُ مُعَلَّقٌ فِي الْمَسَاجِدِ، وَرَجُلاَنِ تَحَابَّا فِي اللَّهِ اجْتَمَعَا عَلَيْهِ وَتَفَرَّقَا عَلَيْهِ، وَرَجُلٌ طَلَبَتْهُ امْرَأَةٌ ذَاتُ مَنْصِبٍ وَجَمَالٍ فَقَالَ إِنِّي أَخَافُ اللَّهَ‏.‏ وَرَجُلٌ تَصَدَّقَ أَخْفَى حَتَّى لاَ تَعْلَمَ شِمَالُهُ مَا تُنْفِقُ يَمِينُهُ، وَرَجُلٌ ذَكَرَ اللَّهَ خَالِيًا فَفَاضَتْ عَيْنَاهُ ‏”‏‏.‏

Hazrat Abu Huraira RA narrates:

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Allah will give shade, to seven, on the Day when there will be no shade but His”. (These seven persons are) :

1. A just ruler.

2. A youth who has been brought up in the worship of Allah.

3. A man whose heart is attached to the Masaajid.

4. Two persons who love each other only for Allah’s sake and they meet and part in Allah’s love.

5. A man who refuses the invitation of a charming woman of noble birth (for illicit intercourse with her) and says: I fear Allah!

6. A man who gives charity so secretly that his left hand even, does not know what his right hand has given.

7. And a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes are then flooded with tears.”

~ BUKHARI

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ The Fountain (Al~Haudh) Of Al~Kauthar

August 26, 2014

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When making Dua, we should Ask Allah Ta’ala to grant us the intercession of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam on the day of Qiyamah and bless us with the water of Haudh-e-Kauthar from his Mubaruk hands … If we bring the True Sunnats into our lives, together with making a proper Whudu and performing Salaah, we will acquire a brightness on our faces on the day of Qiyamah and Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam will very easily recognise us and give us the water of Haudh-e-Kauthar from his Mubaruk hands to drink….

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Ahadeeth

قَالَ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عَمْرٍو قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ حَوْضِي مَسِيرَةُ شَهْرٍ، مَاؤُهُ أَبْيَضُ مِنَ اللَّبَنِ، وَرِيحُهُ أَطْيَبُ مِنَ الْمِسْكِ، وَكِيزَانُهُ كَنُجُومِ السَّمَاءِ، مَنْ شَرِبَ مِنْهَا فَلاَ يَظْمَأُ أَبَدًا ‏”‏‏.‏

Narrated by Hazrat Abdullah bin Amr RA: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said :

“My Fountain (Kauthar) is so long that it takes a month’s journey to cross it. Its water is whiter than milk, and its smell is more fragrant than musk, and its drinking cups are (as numerous) as the (number of) stars in the sky; and whoever drinks from it, will never be thirsty.” 

~ Bukhari

عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ ‏ “‏ الْكَوْثَرُ نَهَرٌ فِي الْجَنَّةِ حَافَتَاهُ مِنْ ذَهَبٍ مَجْرَاهُ عَلَى الْيَاقُوتِ وَالدُّرِّ تُرْبَتُهُ أَطْيَبُ مِنَ الْمِسْكِ وَمَاؤُهُ أَحْلَى مِنَ الْعَسَلِ وَأَشَدُّ بَيَاضًا مِنَ الثَّلْجِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

 : Narrated from Hazrat Ibn ‘Umar RA that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said

“Kauthar is a river in Paradise whose banks are of gold and its bed is of rubies and pearls. Its soil is more fragrant than musk, its water is sweeter than honey and whiter than snow.”

Sunan Ibn Majah ~

Narrated by Hazrat Al-Musaiyab RA: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said : 

“Some men from my companions will come to my Al-haud (Lake-Fount) and they will be driven away from it, and I will say, ‘O Lord, my companions!’ It will be said, ‘You have no knowledge of what they innovated after you left: they turned apostate as renegades (reverted from Islam). 

~ Bukhari

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Being ‘Sadooqul Lisaan’ (Truthful of Tongue) and ‘Makhmumul Qalb’ (Pure of Heart)

August 21, 2014

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Hadith

 عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو، قَالَ قِيلَ لِرَسُولِ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ أَىُّ النَّاسِ أَفْضَلُ قَالَ ‏”‏ كُلُّ مَخْمُومِ الْقَلْبِ صَدُوقِ اللِّسَانِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا صَدُوقُ اللِّسَانِ نَعْرِفُهُ فَمَا مَخْمُومُ الْقَلْبِ ?  قَالَ ‏”‏ هُوَ التَّقِيُّ النَّقِيُّ لاَ إِثْمَ فِيهِ وَلاَ بَغْىَ وَلاَ غِلَّ وَلاَ حَسَدَ‏”‏ ‏

Hazrat Abdullah bin Amr RA says that Rasulullah ﷺ was asked: “Who among men is the best?” He (ﷺ) replied: “Everyone who is pure of heart (**Makhmumul Qalb) and truthful of tongue (*Sadooqul Lisaan).” They enquired: “Truthful of Tongue“—we know what this is. But what is “Makhmumul Qalb”? He (ﷺ) said : “It is (the heart) that is pure and pious upon which there is no sin, transgression, deceit, malice or envy in it.”

~ Sunan Ibn Majah

We find in the Ahadeeth of Rasulullah  ﷺ, there is great emphasis on speaking the truth and having a Qalbe-Saleem (pure clean heart).

These two Arabic words in this Hadith : Sadooqul Lisaan and Makhmumul Qalb, highlight the importance of these characteristics.

 *Sadooqul Lisaan : A person who is truthful and who’s tongue always utters that which is correct (not false).

When a person speaks lies, then those angels that are around him, move far away from him, because of the odour and the stench that emanates from the persons mouth.

**Makhmumul Qalb : Literally, the word means, ‘the heart must be swept’ (cleansed). That heart which is pure, clean, pious, righteous. It has no sin on it. There are no black spots on this heart. There are no traces of malice in it.

• Rasulullah ﷺ said, “Whosoever gives me a guarantee that he will safeguard what is between his jaws (the tongue) and what is between his legs (the private parts), I shall guarantee him Jannah.” (Bukhari)

Concerning malice and jealousy, our good A’amaal are destroyed because of these traits.

• Rasulullah ﷺ said, “Beware of jealousy, for indeed jealousy consumes one’s good deeds like fire consumes wood.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)

• Hazrat Anas bin Malik reported: Rasulullah ﷺ said to me, “O boy, if you are able every morning and evening to remove any rancor from your heart towards anyone, then do so.” Then Rasulullah  ﷺ  said to me, “O boy, that is my tradition (sunnah) and whoever revives my tradition has loved me, and whoever loves me will be with me in Paradise.”(Tirmidhi)

Let us talk less…  Control our tongues …  Speak the truth … Be honest … and reach our Allah with a Qalbe-Saleem (pure clean heart)

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef  ~  3 Things Regarding which Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam took an Oath Upon and the Hadith on the 4 Types of People in this World

August 20, 2014

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Hadith

وعن أبي كبشة الأنماري أنه سمع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول : ” ثلاث أقسم عليهن وأحدثكم حديثا فاحفظوه فأما الذي أقسم عليهن فإنه ما نقص مال عبد من صدقة ولا ظلم عبد مظلمة صبر عليها إلا زاده الله بها عزا ولا فتح عبد باب مسألة إلا فتح الله عليه باب فقر وأما الذي أحدثكم فاحفظوه ” فقال : ” إنما الدنيا لأربعة نفر : عبد رزقه الله مالا وعلما فهو يتقي فيه ربه ويصل رحمه ويعمل لله فيه بحقه فهذا بأفضل المنازل . وعبد رزقه الله علما ولم يرزقه مالا فهو صادق النية ويقول : لو أن لي مالا لعملت بعمل فلان فأجرهما سواء . وعبد رزقه الله مالا ولم يرزقه علما فهو يتخبط في ماله بغير علم لا يتقي فيه ربه ولا يصل فيه رحمه ولا يعمل فيه بحق فهذا بأخبث المنازل وعبد لم يرزقه الله مالا ولا علما فهو يقول : لو أن لي مالا لعملت فيه بعمل فلان فهو نيته ووزرهما سواء “. ~ رواه الترمذي وقال : هذا حديث صحيح

 صلى الله عليه وسلم Hazrat Abu Kabshah al-Anmari RA narrates that Rasulullah

said, “There are three things which I swear to be true, and I shall tell you a Hadith, so keep it in mind

The Three things which I swear to be true are ;

(1) Giving Sadaqah (charity) does not reduce one’s wealth ;

(2) If anyone is oppressed and he faces it with patience, Allah Ta’ala will increase his honour ;

(3) If anyone begins to beg (from people), Allah Ta’ala opens up the doors of poverty on him…

And the Hadith that I am going to tell you to keep in mind, is that the World has only Four types of people:

1) A man whom Allah provides with wealth and knowledge, in which he fears his Lord and joins ties of relationship, acting in it as is due to Him for the sake of Allah,  is in the most excellent position.

2) A man whom Allah provides with knowledge but not with wealth, who says with a sincere intention that if, he had wealth he would act as so and so does, their reward will be equal.

3) A man whom Allah provides with wealth but not with knowledge, in which he acts in a random manner ignorantly, not fearing his Lord regarding it, or using it to join ties of relationship, or dealing with it in a right way, this man is in the worst condition.

4) A man whom Allah provides with neither wealth nor knowledge, who says that if he had wealth he would deal with it as so and so does and has the above mentioned evil intention, the sin they have to bear being equal.”

(Tirmidhi)

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