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LESSON FIVE | 40 Ahâdeeth | Arba’een | of Imaam Nawawi رحمة الله عليه

March 5, 2017

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Lessons from Ahâdeeth Shareef by Moulana Naeem Motala  | Commentary on 40 Ahâdeeth | Arba’een | of Imaam Nawawi رحمة الله عليه with emphasis on perfecting one’s character

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اَلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُهُ وَنُؤمِنُ بِهِ وَ نَتَوَ كَّلُ عَلَيهِ ، وَنَعُوْذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنْ شُرُوْرِ أَنْفُسِنَا وَمِنْ سَيِّئَاتِ أَعْمَالِنَا، مَنْ يَهْدِهِ اللَّهُ فَلاَ مُضِلَّ لَهُ وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلاَ هَادِيَ لَهُ ، وَنَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ ، وَنَشْهَدُ أَنَّ سَيِّدَناَ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ 

Verily all praise is for Allah, we praise Him and seek His aid and ask for His forgiveness and we believe in Him and we place our trust upon Him, and we seek refuge with Allah from the evils of ourselves and our evil actions. Whomsoever Allah guides there is none who can misguide him, and whomsoever Allah misguides there is none who can guide him, and we bear witness that none has the right to be worshiped except Allah alone, having no partner, and we bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى سَيِّدِناَ مُحَمَّدٍ ، وَعَلَى آلِ سَيِّدِناَ مُحَمَّدٍ وَبَارِكْ وَسَلِّمْ

Allahumma Salli ‘ala Sayyidina Muhammad Wa’ala Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa Baarik Wa Sallim | Oh Allah shower blessings and peace upon our Master Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam and upon the family of Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam


|  HADITH 4  |

 DEEDS ARE BY THEIR FINAL ACTIONS


عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه و سلم -وَهُوَ الصَّادِقُ الْمَصْدُوقُ-: “إنَّ أَحَدَكُمْ يُجْمَعُ خَلْقُهُ فِي بَطْنِ أُمِّهِ أَرْبَعِينَ يَوْمًا نُطْفَةً، ثُمَّ يَكُونُ عَلَقَةً مِثْلَ ذَلِكَ، ثُمَّ يَكُونُ مُضْغَةً مِثْلَ ذَلِكَ، ثُمَّ يُرْسَلُ إلَيْهِ الْمَلَكُ فَيَنْفُخُ فِيهِ الرُّوحَ، وَيُؤْمَرُ بِأَرْبَعِ كَلِمَاتٍ: بِكَتْبِ رِزْقِهِ، وَأَجَلِهِ، وَعَمَلِهِ، وَشَقِيٌّ أَمْ سَعِيدٌّ ؛ فَوَاَللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا إلَهَ غَيْرُهُ إنَّ أَحَدَكُمْ لَيَعْمَلُ بِعَمَلِ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ حَتَّى مَا يَكُونُ بَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنَهَا إلَّا ذِرَاعٌ فَيَسْبِقُ عَلَيْهِ الْكِتَابُ فَيَعْمَلُ بِعَمَلِ أَهْلِ النَّارِ فَيَدْخُلُهَا. وَإِنَّ أَحَدَكُمْ لَيَعْمَلُ بِعَمَلِ أَهْلِ النَّارِ حَتَّى مَا يَكُونُ بَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنَهَا إلَّا ذِرَاعٌ فَيَسْبِقُ عَلَيْهِ الْكِتَابُ فَيَعْمَلُ بِعَمَلِ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ فَيَدْخُلُهَا

[رَوَاهُ الْبُخَارِيُّ] ، [رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ]

 Hazrat Abdullah ibn Masood Radiallahu Anhu narrates : that Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, the truthful, the believed, said :

“The creation of any one of you is gathered in the womb of his mother for forty days as a drop (نُطْفَةً nutfah), then later a blood clot (عَلَقَةً alaqah) for the like of that (for 40 days), then later a morsel of flesh (مُضْغَةً mudghah) for the like of that (40 days). Then the angel is sent to him and breathes the Ruh (spirit) into him, and he is commanded with four words : with writing his provision ; his life-span ; his action ; and whether he is fortunate or unfortunate. By Allah the One other than Whom there is no god, one of you will do the actions of people of Jannah until there is only a ‘cubit’ between him and it, then the decree will overtake him, he will do the actions of the people of the fire and thus enter it. Verily, one of you will do the actions of the people of the Fire until there only remains a cubit between him and it, then the decree will overtake him, he will do the actions of the people of Jannah and so enter it”.

[Saheeh Buhkaari] [Saheeh Muslim]

 

 

|  BRIEF EXPLANTION  |


  • This Hadith discusses the three stages of human foetal development, ie : ‘from a drop of sperm till the Ruh (life) is blown into the foetus’.

 

  • The first stage of development, is when the drop is deposited into the ovum, and remains as a liquid (نُطْفَةً nutfah) for 40 days. During the next stage, a further 40 days, it then transforms into a clot of congealed blood (عَلَقَةً alaqah). And finally, in the next period of 40 days it becomes an embryonic lump (مُضْغَةً mudghah). At this ending stage, life is then put into the foetus.

 

  • This Hadith then discusses the decree of each child with regard to it’s :

(1) Sustenance (Rizq) ; (2) Action (‘Amal) ; (3) Life-span (Ajal) ; (4) Success or failure (Shaqiyyun or Saeed) in the Hereafter

 

|  SOME IMPORTANT LESSONS DERIVED FROM THIS HADITH  |

(1) Meditation upon one’s origin.

(2) No person can claim with certainty that he/she is a Jannati (destined for paradise), nor be over-confident and boast over his/her righteous deeds and actions, because their ‘end condition’ is not known, ie : whether the person will die on Imaan or not.

(3) Actions are dependant upon the end conditions, which is termed as ‘Al Khaatamah’ (a good ending).

(4) A Muslim should not relax, but strive in doing good deeds till the very last moments of his/her life.

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Daughters are a Blessing

November 26, 2016

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Daughters are a Blessing

EXTRACTED from a Majlis of Moulana Naeem Motala

29/06/2016 (After Taraweeh /Ramadan 1437) Musjid e Noor

وَإِذَا بُشِّرَ أَحَدُهُم بِمَا ضَرَبَ لِلرَّحْمَٰنِ مَثَلًا ظَلَّ وَجْهُهُ مُسْوَدًّا وَهُوَ كَظِيمٌ
And when one of them is given good tidings of that which he attributes to the Most Merciful in comparison (ie: he is given the news of the birth of a daughter), his face becomes dark, and he suppresses grief. ~ Surah Az-Zukhruf 43:17

In Islam, daughters are undoubtedly a great blessing from Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and a means of entry into Jannah for parents who raise them with the correct Tarbiyah (upbringing in the obedience of Allah Ta’ala).

In the verse mentioned, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, refers to the period of Jahiliyyah (pre-Islamic era), when a father would deem it below his dignity if his wife bore a female child. The birth of a daughter had been a source of anger and an embarrassment to fathers, to the extent that they would  bury their innocent daughters alive.

Allah Taala mentions:

لِّلَّهِ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۚ يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَاءُ ۚ يَهَبُ لِمَن يَشَاءُ إِنَاثًا وَيَهَبُ لِمَن يَشَاءُ الذُّكُورَ
To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; He creates what he wills. He bestows to whom He wills female (children), and He bestows to whom He wills males.

أَوْ يُزَوِّجُهُمْ ذُكْرَانًا وَإِنَاثًا ۖ وَيَجْعَلُ مَن يَشَاءُ عَقِيمًا ۚ إِنَّهُ عَلِيمٌ قَدِيرٌ
Or He makes them [both] males and females, and He renders whom He wills barren. Indeed, He is full of Knowledge and Power.  Surah Ash-Shooraa 42: 49/50

Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, the Creator and Owner of every single creation, through His Hikmah (wisdom) and Qudrat (power), bestows offspring to whomsoever He Desires. Some are blessed with daughters, others with sons, yet some are granted none (childless). (Those that are not favoured with the boon of being granted offspring should be content with the Divine decree of Allah Ta’ala.)

Scholars have highlighted the fact that in the above verses, mention was made of ‘daughters‘ first, thus showing to us the significance of having daughters.

The Ahadeeth of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam are replete with great blessings mentioned for the one who is granted a daughter. Hence, in Islam daughters are regarded a great N’imat (bounty) and NOT considered a misfortune.

Hazrat Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri Radiallahu Anhu has narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said :

لاَ يَكُونُ لأَحَدِكُمْ ثَلاَثُ بَنَاتٍ أَوْ ثَلاَثُ أَخَوَاتٍ فَيُحْسِنُ إِلَيْهِنَّ إِلاَّ دَخَلَ الْجَنَّةَ
“If anyone cares for (his) three daughters, inculcates in them good manners, gets them married, and is kind to them, then for him is Paradise.” [Tirmidhi]

Daughters are a blessing and not a misfortune! Take delight on the birth of a daughter!

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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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‘Total Submission’ to the Will of Allah

September 3, 2016

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 25~08~16

August 26, 2016

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

• Short Advices

 • Zikrullah •  Dua

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5 Questions Man will be Asked on The Day of Qiyamah

August 6, 2016

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5 Questions Man will be Asked on The Day of Qiyamah

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

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

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

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

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

~ Tirmidhi

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 21~4~16

April 22, 2016

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

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Dua to be Recited After Azaan

April 13, 2016

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Dua to be Recited After Azaan

اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ هَذِهِ الدَّعْوَةِ التَّامَّةِ وَالصَّلَاةِ الْقَائِمَةِ آتِ مُحَمَّدَاً الْوَسِيلَةَ وَالْفَضِيلَةَ وَابْعَثْهُ مَقَامَاً مَحْمُودَاً الَّذِي وَعَدْتَهُ إِنَّكَ لَا تُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَادَ 

Allahumma Rabba hazihid da’watit taamati wassalaatil qaaimati Aati Muhammadanil Waseelata wal fadheelata wab’ath hu maqaamam mahmoodanilazi wa ‘adtahu. Innaka laa tukhliful mee’aad.

“O Allah! Rabb of this perfect call and of the prayer that is going to be performed, bestow upon Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam the right of intercession and the honoured position You have promised him. ” ~Tirmidhi

عَنْ جَابِرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ مَنْ قَالَ حِينَ يَسْمَعُ النِّدَاءَ ~ Bukhari اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ هَذِهِ الدَّعْوَةِ التَّامَّةِ وَالصَّلاَةِ الْقَائِمَةِ آتِ مُحَمَّدًا الْوَسِيلَةَ وَالْفَضِيلَةَ وَابْعَثْهُ مَقَامًا مَحْمُودًا الَّذِي وَعَدْتَهُ، حَلَّتْ لَهُ شَفَاعَتِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ‏”‏‏ … and Baihaqi adds : إِنَّكَ لَا تُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَاد

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Rasulullah ﷺ said : “Whoever after listening to the Azaan says, this Dua, then my intercession becomes neccesary for him, on the Day of Resurrection ~ Bukhari

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor 31~3~16

April 1, 2016

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• Recitation of 40 Durood and Salaam Upon Nabi Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam 

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The Leader of Mankind ~ Our Beloved Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam

December 24, 2015

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Fasting on the 9th of ZulHijjah

September 21, 2015

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:عَنْ أَبِي قَتَادَةَ، أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏

 صِيَامُ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ إِنِّي أَحْتَسِبُ عَلَى اللَّهِ أَنْ يُكَفِّرَ السَّنَةَ الَّتِي قَبْلَهُ وَالسَّنَةَ الَّتِي بَعْدَهُ ‏ ‏

Hazrat Abu Qatadah Radiallahu Anhu narrated that

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said:

“Fast on the Day of Arafah (9th of Zulhijjah), for indeed I anticipate that Allah will forgive (one’s minor sins) of the year after it, and the year before it.”

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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 ~ 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 ~ Preserving One’s Modesty and Chastity in Islam

November 28, 2014

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حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ بَشَّارٍ، حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ سَعِيدٍ الْقَطَّانُ، عَنْ ثَابِتِ بْنِ عِمَارَةَ الْحَنَفِيِّ، عَنْ غُنَيْمِ بْنِ قَيْسٍ، عَنْ أَبِي مُوسَى، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ كُلُّ عَيْنٍ زَانِيَةٌ وَالْمَرْأَةُ إِذَا اسْتَعْطَرَتْ فَمَرَّتْ بِالْمَجْلِسِ فَهِيَ كَذَا وَكَذَا يَعْنِي زَانِيَةً ‏“‏ ‏.‏ وَفِي الْبَابِ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ ‏

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Narrated by Hazrat Abu Musa Radiyallaahu Anhu : Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alaihi wa Sallam said, “Every eye can commit adultery, and the woman who adorns herself with fragrances and passes by an assembly of men is such-and-such,” (meaning an adulteress) … ~ Tirmidhi

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor ~ 13~11~14

November 15, 2014

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لاَ يَزَالُ لِسَانُكَ رَطْبًا مِنْ ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: ‘Always keep your tongue moist with the remembrance (Zikr) of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime.’ Sunan Ibn Majah

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

November 12, 2014

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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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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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Loving the Creation of Allah

October 21, 2014

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Hadith

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه و سلم قَالَ: “مَنْ نَفَّسَ عَنْ مُؤْمِنٍ كُرْبَةً مِنْ كُرَبِ الدُّنْيَا نَفَّسَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ كُرْبَةً مِنْ كُرَبِ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ، وَمَنْ يَسَّرَ عَلَى مُعْسِرٍ، يَسَّرَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ، وَمَنْ سَتَرَ مُسْلِما سَتَرَهُ اللهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ ، وَاَللَّهُ فِي عَوْنِ الْعَبْدِ مَا كَانَ الْعَبْدُ فِي عَوْنِ أَخِيهِ، وَمَنْ سَلَكَ طَرِيقًا يَلْتَمِسُ فِيهِ عِلْمًا سَهَّلَ اللَّهُ لَهُ بِهِ طَرِيقًا إلَى الْجَنَّةِ، وَمَا اجْتَمَعَ قَوْمٌ فِي بَيْتٍ مِنْ بُيُوتِ اللَّهِ يَتْلُونَ كِتَابَ اللَّهِ، وَيَتَدَارَسُونَهُ فِيمَا بَيْنَهُمْ؛ إلَّا نَزَلَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ السَّكِينَةُ، وَغَشِيَتْهُمْ الرَّحْمَةُ، وَ حَفَّتهُمُ المَلاَئِكَة، وَذَكَرَهُمْ اللَّهُ فِيمَنْ عِنْدَهُ، وَمَنْ أَبَطْأَ بِهِ عَمَلُهُ لَمْ يُسْرِعْ بِهِ نَسَبُهُ”. 

[رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ]

Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiahallahu Anhu reported that : Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said :

“He who removes from a believer one of his difficulties of this world, Allah will remove one of his troubles on the Day of Resurrection; and he who finds relief for a hard-pressed person, Allah will make things easy for him on the Day of Resurrection; he who covers up (the faults and sins) of a Muslim, Allah will cover up (his faults and sins) in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah supports His slave as long as the slave is supportive of his brother; and he who treads the path in search of knowledge, Allah makes that path easy, leading to Jannah for him; the people who assemble in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah, learning it and teaching, there descends upon them the tranquillity, and mercy covers them, the angels flock around them, and Allah mentions them in the presence of those near Him; and he who lags behind in doing good deeds, his noble lineage will not make him go ahead.”

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The Harms of Sins

October 18, 2014

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ۚ وَقِهِمُ السَّيِّئَاتِ ۚ وَمَن تَقِ السَّيِّئَاتِ يَوْمَئِذٍ فَقَدْ رَحِمْتَهُ

And protect them from the evil consequences [of their deeds]. And he whom You protect from the evil consequences (of his sins) that Day then most surely You have taken him into Mercy ~ Surah Ghaafir 40:9

: وقال تعالي

نَسُوا اللَّهَ فَنَسِيَهُمْ

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

: وقال تعالي

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

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

The Harms of Sins

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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

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• 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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The Abounding Mercy of Allah Ta’ala and a Recipe for Combating Depression

September 3, 2014

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In Surah Al-Fatir :

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, after Praising Himself (and Only Allah deserves all Praise and is worthy of all Praise), mentions :

مَّا يَفْتَحِ اللَّهُ لِلنَّاسِ مِن رَّحْمَةٍ فَلَا مُمْسِكَ لَهَا ۖ وَمَا يُمْسِكْ فَلَا مُرْسِلَ لَهُ مِن بَعْدِهِ ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ

Whatever Allah grants to people of mercy  – none can withhold it;
and whatever He withholds – none can release it thereafter. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise
~ Surah Al’Fatir 35:2

When Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala opens His doors of Mercy, then there can be no person that can hold back that Mercy from coming down… no person in the world, no person on the earth, no being (Angel or jinn) in the skies, can hold back that Mercy from coming upon that person. And, when Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, withholds that Mercy from coming down upon any person, then nobody can bring that Mercy down.

• All Power and Qudrat (Might) lies with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala alone.

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In another verse :

 لَا يَعْزُبُ عَنْهُ مِثْقَالُ ذَرَّةٍ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَلَا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا أَصْغَرُ مِن ذَٰلِكَ وَلَا أَكْبَرُ إِلَّا فِي كِتَابٍ مُّبِينٍ

Not hidden from Him is an atom’s weight within the heavens or within the earth or [what is] smaller than that or greater, except that it is in a clear register ~ Surah Saba 34:3

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala’s knowledge is All-Encompassing and Infinite. A tiny particle, be it in the earth, above the earth, below the earth, above the skies, between the skies and the earth, no matter how big, no matter how small is all recorded in a Book and in the knowledge of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala …Nothing is hidden from Allah.

Man may need a binoculars, or a microscope to see tiny particles, but Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala requires none of these. Even the thoughts that run through our mind … the thoughts that are contained in our heart … the evil thoughts and intentions that go through our mind, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is well aware of them all.

• We are all dependant upon Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.

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Allah has conferred a title upon all of us. Allah has called us Fuqaraa (beggars).

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions :

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ أَنتُمُ الْفُقَرَاءُ إِلَى اللَّهِ ۖ وَاللَّهُ هُوَ الْغَنِيُّ الْحَمِيدُ

O mankind, you are those in need of Allah, while Allah is the Free of need, the Praiseworthy ~ Surah Fatir 35:15

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says, Oh people, every single one of you are beggars. You are totally dependant upon Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. But Allah Himself is  Al-Ghani (Independent), and Al-Hameed (full of Praise). Allah does not need our praises. Allah has many other creation of His to praise Him. He has Angels to Praise Him …

The Riwayaat (Narrations of Hadith) mention that from the time Allah created certain Angels, some are in the Ruku (bowing) position (reading the tasbeeh of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala), others in Sujood (prostration), some in the Qiyaam (standing) position … Allah is infact not even in need of these Angels to praise him!

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions :

وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلَّا يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَلَٰكِن لَّا تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّهُ كَانَ حَلِيمًا غَفُورًا

And there is not a thing except that it exalts [ Allah ] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of] exalting. Indeed, He is ever Forbearing and Forgiving
~ Surah Isra ~ 17:44

Every single thing that Allah has created Glorifies HIM and makes HIS Tasbeeh, but man will not understand their Praises of Allah. Allah does not need anyone to Praise Him. Allah is absolutely Independent! We require Allah every second of our life … And therefore we should make Dua to Allah to bless us with His Mercy.

Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel RA, gave a very simple example saying that in the month of Ramdaan, the mercies of Allah begin descending like torrential rains. We do not have the type of hearts to ‘see’ those mercies descending, because of our sins. Everyone goes out with buckets to fill his bucket with water, but, one person decides to go out with his bucket turned upside down. He will deprive himself and never fill that bucket with any water. Similarly, Allah’s Mercy comes down like torrential rains … Let us not deprive ourselves of this Mercy of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala …

All of us know deep down what sins we have committed. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is so kind and so Sattaar (concealing) that He hides our faults and does not expose us. In the time of the Bani Israeel, if any person committed a sin at night, then the following morning, it would be written on his front door, that last night this person has committed such and such sin …. Allah has not done this to the Ummat of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. We commit sins and Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala hides those sins. Allah looks for opportunities to forgive us! When we make Taubah and Istighfaar, Allah completely washes away those sins. We sin again and again and Allah repeatedly hides those sins from mankind … We make Taubah and Allah washes it away again and again … Allah continues to be so Kareem, so Merciful.

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A RECIPE FOR COMBATING DEPRESSION

Allama Aalusi RA, (in his Tafsir of the Qur’an, Ruh al-Ma’ani) mentions a remedy/recipe for all those who suffer from depression, distress, anxiety, fear, and various worries of Dunya. All of us (professionals and the ordinary laymen), go through different worries. Peoples natures differ … some people become extremely stressed and anxious. They become overwhelmed with worries, fears etc …

So he mentions that : “Every morning he contemplates on four verses of the Quraan Shareef, and through the blessings of these verses, Allah removes all his worries and gives him such strength and conviction in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, that he does not bother about anything thereafter” …

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* These verses are :

1

مَّا يَفْتَحِ اللَّهُ لِلنَّاسِ مِن رَّحْمَةٍ فَلَا مُمْسِكَ لَهَا ۖ وَمَا يُمْسِكْ فَلَا مُرْسِلَ لَهُ مِن بَعْدِهِ ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
Whatever Allah grants to people of mercy- none can withhold it; and whatever He withholds – none can release it thereafter. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise
~ Surah Fatir 35:2

Whatever Mercy Allah opens and sends down… there can be no person that can withhold that Mercy from coming down; and when Allah decides to hold back that Mercy then there can be nobody that can force it down … If this is the decision of my Allah, then I am happy. If i am going to be prosperous today, then it is the Mercy of Allah and if Allah is going to hold back His Mercy, then there is no need for me to become distressed.

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2

وَإِن يَمْسَسْكَ اللَّهُ بِضُرٍّ فَلَا كَاشِفَ لَهُ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ وَإِن يُرِدْكَ بِخَيْرٍ فَلَا رَادَّ لِفَضْلِهِ ۚ يُصِيبُ بِهِ مَن يَشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ ۚ وَهُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
And if Allah should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him; and if He intends for you good, then there is no repeller of His bounty. He causes it to reach whom He wills of His servants. And He is the Forgiving, the Merciful
~ Surah Yunus 10:107

When Allah sends some pain or suffering upon anyone, then there is no person who can remove that harm and pain from him, besides Allah. If Allah decides Khayr (good) for any person then nobody can repel that good. No power can repel that good because Allah has decreed good for that person. And Allah is most powerful.

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3

إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا

Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease
~ Surah Ash-Sharh ~ 94:6

After every difficulty, there is always ease and comfort. Many people go through some challenges in life and when it seems as though it is just increasing and not decreasing, they begin to lose hope. They become frustrated …

However, in reality, Allah loves those whom He tests. Ambiya AS encountered the most difficult tests, and then those after them who were close to Allah faced difficulties in life.
Remember, after every difficulty there must be an opening … This is the promise of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala does not send tests upon tests and gives one no comfort or relief whatsoever. We sometimes feel that these difficulties are coming in succession, yet we don’t ponder and reflect that there were indeed intervals of ease that we enjoyed as well, which we overlook and take no notice of. Perhaps one may have experienced some financial difficulty or ill health, BUT was also able to breathe, see, hear and move one’s limbs….

Allah Ta’ala Tests Those Who HE Loves:

An example : A father loves his child most dearly … and this child wants a sweet or chocolate from the father … The father will give it to him…..But before he gives it to him, he picks up the chocolate higher and higher and makes the child jump for it. The child is desperate for the chocolate and tries to jump higher .. But after a while, the child’s face changes colour and is almost tearing. It  tries again harder and harder to aim and reach for the chocolate. Then suddenly the child bursts into tears and begins to scream and cry …The father feels pity  and then quickly gives the child the chocolate …

Similarly, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala loves us and does the same to us. We have read in the Quraan and Hadith, about how loving Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is and how Allah loves every single one of us. We all require to have hope in the mercy of Allah. Tests will prevail … but there is always ease thereafter. After every difficulty must come ease and we are required to put all our hopes in Allah.

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4

وَمَا مِن دَابَّةٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ إِلَّا عَلَى اللَّهِ رِزْقُهَا وَيَعْلَمُ مُسْتَقَرَّهَا وَمُسْتَوْدَعَهَا ۚ كُلٌّ فِي كِتَابٍ مُّبِينٍ
And there is no creature on earth but that upon Allah is its provision, and He knows its place of dwelling and place of storage. All is in a clear register ~ Surah Hud ~ 11:6

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has taken it upon Himself to sustain and feed His Makhlooq (Creation), whether it is a human being, animal, jinn, insect, bird. Of course, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala wants us to make an effort and acquire our sustenance in a halaal way.  After making a halaal effort, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala will most assuredly grant us halaal rozi (sustenance). So, there is no need for stress that will ultimately lead us to depression.

• Whatever is allotted to you will most definitely be yours.

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If a person ponders over these “four verses”, he will discover that it is a prescription/ recipe from all types of Depression Insha-Allah.

… Why should one stress then?

Beg from Allah and place our reliance only upon Him!

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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 ~ 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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The Virtue of the Gathering of Zikrullah

August 14, 2014

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Hadith 

عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ، قَالَ خَرَجَ مُعَاوِيَةُ عَلَى حَلْقَةٍ فِي الْمَسْجِدِ فَقَالَ مَا أَجْلَسَكُمْ قَالُوا جَلَسْنَا نَذْكُرُ اللَّهَ ‏.‏ قَالَ آللَّهِ مَا أَجْلَسَكُمْ إِلاَّ ذَاكَ قَالُوا وَاللَّهِ مَا أَجْلَسَنَا إِلاَّ ذَاكَ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَمَا إِنِّي لَمْ أَسْتَحْلِفْكُمْ تُهْمَةً لَكُمْ وَمَا كَانَ أَحَدٌ بِمَنْزِلَتِي مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَقَلَّ عَنْهُ حَدِيثًا مِنِّي وَإِنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم خَرَجَ عَلَى حَلْقَةٍ مِنْ أَصْحَابِهِ فَقَالَ ‏”‏ مَا أَجْلَسَكُمْ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا جَلَسْنَا نَذْكُرُ اللَّهَ وَنَحْمَدُهُ عَلَى مَا هَدَانَا لِلإِسْلاَمِ وَمَنَّ بِهِ عَلَيْنَا ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ آللَّهِ مَا أَجْلَسَكُمْ إِلاَّ ذَاكَ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا وَاللَّهِ مَا أَجْلَسَنَا إِلاَّ ذَاكَ ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ أَمَا إِنِّي لَمْ أَسْتَحْلِفْكُمْ تُهْمَةً لَكُمْ وَلَكِنَّهُ أَتَانِي جِبْرِيلُ فَأَخْبَرَنِي أَنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ يُبَاهِي بِكُمُ الْمَلاَئِكَةَ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

Hazrat Abu Sa’eed Khudri RA reported that Hazrat Mu’awiya RA went to a gathering in the mosque and said:

What makes you sit here? They said: We are sitting here in order to remember Allah. He said: I adjure you by Allah (to tell me whether you are sitting here for this very purpose)? They said: By Allah, we are sitting here for this very purpose.

Thereupon, he said: I have not demanded you to take an oath, because of any allegation against you. And no one in my rank, being so close to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) has narrated so few Ahadith as I have. The fact is that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) went out to the circle of his Companions and said: What makes you sit here? They said: We are sitting here in order to remember Allah and to praise Him for He guided us to the path of Islam and He conferred favours upon us.

Thereupon he adjured by Allah and asked if that only was the purpose of their sitting there. They said: By Allah, we are not sitting here but for this very purpose, whereupon he (the Messenger ﷺ) said: I am not asking you to take an oath because of any allegation against you but for the fact that Jibra’eel AS came to me and he informed me that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, was boasting to the Angels about your magnificence. 

(Sahih Muslim)

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ 5 Advices of Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam

August 14, 2014

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Hadith

عن أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه ، قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ :
( مَنْ يَأْخُذُ عَنِّي هَؤُلاَءِ الكَلِمَاتِ فَيَعْمَلُ بِهِنَّ أَوْ يُعَلِّمُ مَنْ يَعْمَلُ بِهِنَّ ؟ فَقَالَ أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ : فَقُلْتُ : أَنَا يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ !
فَأَخَذَ بِيَدِي فَعَدَّ خَمْسًا وَقَالَ :
اتَّقِ الْمَحَارِمَ تَكُنْ أَعْبَدَ النَّاسِ ، وَارْضَ بِمَا قَسَمَ اللَّهُ لَكَ تَكُنْ أَغْنَى النَّاسِ ، وَأَحْسِنْ إِلَى جَارِكَ تَكُنْ مُؤْمِنًا ، وَأَحِبَّ لِلنَّاسِ مَا تُحِبُّ لِنَفْسِكَ تَكُنْ مُسْلِمًا ، وَلاَ تُكْثِرِ الضَّحِكَ ، فَإِنَّ كَثْرَةَ الضَّحِكِ تُمِيتُ القَلْبَ ) .
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Hazrat Abu Hurairah RA said : that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “Who among you will learn from me these five advices and practise upon these advices, or teach it to somebody who will practice upon them? ”

Hazrat Abu Hurairah RA replied, “I will do so, Oh Rasulullah!”

Hazrat Abu Hurairah RA said, “So he (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) held my hand and mentioned five advices : 

1. Save yourself from all those things that Allah has made Haraam upon you, then you will be the greatest of worshippers.

2. Be content with whatever Allah has decreed for you, and you will be the richest of people.

3. Be kind to your neighbour, then you will be a true believer.

4. Love for makind what you love for yourself and you will be a (true) Muslim.

5. Do not laugh in abundance, for excessive laughter kills (destroys the spirituality of) the heart.”

(Recorded by Ahmad and Al-Tirmidhi)

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Going Early for Salaatul Jumuah and Listening to the Khutbah

April 24, 2014

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Hadith

، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم

‏ “‏ إِذَا كَانَ يَوْمُ الْجُمُعَةِ، وَقَفَتِ الْمَلاَئِكَةُ عَلَى باب الْمَسْجِدِ يَكْتُبُونَ الأَوَّلَ فَالأَوَّلَ، وَمَثَلُ الْمُهَجِّرِ كَمَثَلِ الَّذِي يُهْدِي بَدَنَةً،

ثُمَّ كَالَّذِي يُهْدِي بَقَرَةً، ثُمَّ كَبْشًا، ثُمَّ دَجَاجَةً، ثُمَّ بَيْضَةً، فَإِذَا خَرَجَ الإِمَامُ طَوَوْا صُحُفَهُمْ، وَيَسْتَمِعُونَ الذِّكْرَ ‏”‏‏‏

Narrated by Hazrat Abu Hurairah RA

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said, “When it is a Friday, the angels stand at the gate of the mosque and keep on writing the names of the persons coming to the mosque in succession according to their arrivals. The example of the one who enters the mosque in the earliest hour is that of one offering a camel (in sacrifice). The one coming next is like one offering a cow and then a ram (with horns) and then a chicken and then an egg respectively. When the Imam comes out (for Jumuah prayer) they (i.e. angels) they fold up their scrolls and get ready to listen to the Khutbah.” ~ Sahih al-Bukhari

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Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat ~ Everlasting Deeds of Virtue

February 14, 2014

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Extracted from a Tafseer Lesson An explanation of Ayat 18:46Surah Al Kahf

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الْمَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلًا

Wealth and children are the embellishment of the worldly life and the everlasting virtues are better with your Lord in respect of reward and better to hope for  ~ Surah Al Kahf 18:46

Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat

The wealth and children that a person possesses, are but a ‘Zeenat’ (decoration/adornment) of this worldly life. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala  has ‘decorated’ this Dunya by giving man a wealth of material treasures and also blessings of beautiful children. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says : These are embellishments of this world and reminds us that all that we possess, ultimately turns towards Fana (annihilation), towards Zawaal (termination). We should not become deceived by the Zeenat (glitter and glamour) of this world. Everything comes to an end.

But, what remains is “Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat“. These are the good righteous, remaining deeds (A’maal Sawlehaat) whose blessings will be perpetual. The effects of these deeds will continue in the Hereafter. That is Khayrun inda Rabbik (better by Allah), and Sawaaban (full of reward). Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says : In respect of reward and having hopes and aspirations, we should have Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat in our lives. These deeds will remain forever and all other deeds will come to an end when we die.

It is mentioned in a Hadith : Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said: “The dead person is followed (to his grave) by three: His family, his wealth and his actions. Two of them return and only one remains. His family and wealth return, but his actions remain.” ~ Related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim. The only thing man can take in his Qabr (Grave) with him, are his ‘deeds’. If it was good it will benefit him. If it was evil it will cause him harm in his grave.

So, if we want to be rewarded by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, then we have to bring good deeds into our lives. Whatever good actions a person does : Salaat, Zakaat, Hajj, Umrah, I’tikaaf, Roza, Akhlaaq, Zikr, Tilawat of the Quraan, Duas, Charity, Kindness, Generosity, Affection, Hospitality are all Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat.

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Accumulate Everlasting Virtues

Reciting Tasbeeh (SubhanAllah), Tahmeed (Alhumdulilah), Takbeer (Allahu Akbar),  Tahleel (La illaha illAllah) are also known as Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat (good remaining deeds). When we recite them, we are Glorifying and Praising Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. We are turning towards His Qudrat. We are not looking towards our own strength or power. We are weak. The source of all strength is Allah. 

سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ ، والْحَمْدُللّهِ ، وَ لا اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ ، وَ اللّهُ اَكْبَرُ ، وَ لا حَوْلَ وَ لا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِاللّهِ

SubhanAllah, walHamdulillah, wa La illaha illAllahu, waAllahu Akbar, wa la Hawla wa la quwwata illa billa

(Glory be to Allah, All Praise is for Allah, There is No Deity but Allah, Allah is the Greatest, There is no might or any power Except with Allah)

Hazrat Abu Sa`id Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said, “Perform the enduring goods deeds (Al Baaqiyaatus Sawlehaat) more frequently.” They asked, “What are these enduring good deeds?” Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam replied: Takbir [Allahu Akbar], Tahlil [La ilaha illallah], Tasbih [Subhan’Allah], Alhamdulillah, and La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah ~ Haakim

لا حول ولاقوة إلا بالله

 La Hawla Wa la Quwwata illaah Billaah
 ~ There is no Might nor Power except with Allah

لا حَوْلَ وَ لا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِاللّهِ -
La Hawla wa  la Quwatta illa Billah (There is no Might or Power except with Allah) is a treasure from the treasures of Paradise ~ 
Bukhari

Hazrat Jabir Radiyallahu Anhu narrated that that Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said , “Recite:  (La haula wa laquwwata illa bil-lah: There is no power and there is no strength except with Allah) a lot, because it removes ninety nine types of ailments out of which anxiety is the least painful.” 
~ Tabraani

Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu Anhu reported:
Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said : “There are two statements that are light on the tongue,
heavy on the Scales, and are most dear to the Most Merciful :
 سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ الْعَظِيمِ   SubhaanAllahi Wa Bihamdihi, SubhaanAllahil-Azeem ~ Bukhari and Muslim

 

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