18 September 2014

"He is none of us" ???

"He is none of us" ???

Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said,
He who (on befalling a calamity) slaps his cheeks, tears his clothes and follows the ways and traditions of the Days of Ignorance is none of us.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:  "He is none of us" here signifies that he is not following the ways of Muslims. "The ways and traditions of the Days of Ignorance'' means here wailing, i.e., `Alas! my lion, my moon, my support, one whose death has rendered his children orphan etc., etc.' This is a grave sin and there is a stern warning that one who does it, is in danger of losing his Faith because by doing so one, in fact, expresses resentment against Allah's Command.

Ref.: Imam Al-Nawawi's Riyad-us-Saliheen # 1658.

Asma the sister of Aishah, was advised by the Prophet ﷺ to give charity so that Allah would give more of His bounty.
She said: "The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said to me:
'Do not withhold charity lest Allah would withhold rizq (provision) from you."
Sahih Al Bukhari, Vol 3, Book 47, No. 764

Extreme piety, contentment and simplicity of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam)

Extreme piety, contentment and simplicity of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) 

Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The family of Muhammad (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) never ate to the fill the bread of barley for two successive days until he died. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Another narration is: Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) said: Never did the family of Muhammad (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) eat to the fill, since their arrival to Al-Madinah, the bread of wheat for three successive nights until his death.

Commentary:  This Hadith tells us about the extreme piety, contentment and simplicity of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam). This mode of his life continued to his last days when he had started storing provision for one year for the maintenance of his wives. But he would always distribute it among the needy, so much so that nothing was left with him. Thus, the statement of the wives of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) that the family of Muhammad (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) had never taken bellyful of food for two days is absolutely true. If they had it on one day they did not have it on the next day. This is how they lived their whole life in the companionship of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam)
Ref.: Imam Al-Nawawi's Riyad-us-Saliheen # 491. 

Forget the past and all that it contained, focus on the present.

Wealth does not diminish by giving Sadaqah (charity)

Wealth does not diminish by giving Sadaqah (charity)

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, "Wealth does not diminish by giving Sadaqah (charity). Allah augments the honour of one who forgives; and one who serves another seeking the pleasure of Allah, Allah will exalt him in ranks." [Muslim]

Commentary:  Apparently giving in Sadaqah (charity) decreases wealth, but Allah fairly compensates an alms giver by increasing his wealth. Otherwise, he is sure to receive the best recompense in the Hereafter which will make good his loss. Or, Allah blesses the rest of his wealth in such a way that the sense of loss is removed from his mind. As for a lenient and humble attitude, it is sometimes mistaken by man for his humiliation. But Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) calls such an impression as erroneous. Indeed, humility increases his honour and dignity. And as regards the Hereafter, the best reward is bound to accrue to him when he will be blessed with spiritual heights. 
Ref.: Imam Al-Nawawi's Riyad-us-Saliheen # 603.

The Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, 
"There was a merchant who used to lend to the people and whenever his debtor was in straitened circumstances he would say to his employees, 
forgive him so that Allah may forgive us. So Allah forgave him." 
[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

17 September 2014

Excellence of greeting at the time of entry into the house

Excellence of greeting at the time of entry into the house 

Allah, the Exalted, says: 

But when you enter the houses, greet one another with a greeting from Allah (i.e. say: As-Salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu - peace be on you and Allah's Mercy and His Blessings), blessed and good. [24:61] 

Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said to me, "Dear son, when you enter your house, say As-Salamu `Alaikum to your family, for it will be a blessing both to you and to your family." [At-Tirmidhi]
Commentary: Many people, on returning home, feel belittled in saying As-Salamu Alaikum to their household. In fact, As-Salam is a prayer for goodness, blessing and peace, and one should have no complex about it. 
Ref.: Imam Al-Nawawi's Riyad-us-Saliheen # 861. 

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It is reported that Al-Fudayl b. Ayyad - Allah have mercy on him - said: 
The believer speaks little and does a lot whereas the hypocrite (munafiq) speaks a lot and does little. 
When the believer speaks it is with wisdom, when he is silent it is in deep thought, 
when he sees he takes lessons and when he acts it is a cure. 
If this is the way you are then you are in the constant worship [of your Lord]. 
Abu Nu’aym, Hilyatu Al-Awliya 8:98

One Who Attempts To Bring Together Water & Fire, and A Reptile & Fish

One Who Attempts To Bring Together Water & Fire, and A Reptile & Fish 

The Likeness Of Those Who Seek To Unite The Muslims Even Though They Are Upon Divergent Beliefs, Is The Likeness Of One Who Attempts To Bring Together Water And Fire, And A Reptile And Fish

Sheikh Saaleh al Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him) said:

As long as the Aqeedah is shaky and blemished, the Muslims cannot be united.  It is not possible to unite the one upon Bidah with the one upon the Sunnah, abadan.
It is not possible to unite the person of corrupted aqeedah with the person of sound aqeedah, even though they share the same name (i.e. they are both called Muslims).
It is inevitable to unite the word of the Muslims upon Tawheed, upon the correct aqeedah, upon the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (Muhammad-sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam).
The Muslims must be together.  They are to be united, and that they follow that which comes from that (bond and unity), as long as this does not depart from obedience to Allaah and His Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam)

For that reason the Messenger (sallal-laahu alayhi wasallam) said:

"Allaah is pleased for you with three things: 'that you worship Him (alone) and not to associate anything with Him; and that you (all) hold unto the Rope of Allaah and not to be divided; and that you give sincere advise to the one placed in charge over your affairs (i.e. the Muslim Ruler)
As for the one who calls to the unity of the Muslims, even though they differ in their aqeedah, this indeed cannot be possible.  The one who wants to unite the Muslims, even though they are upon divergent beliefs, even though they are upon shaky beliefs, this is but inconceivable like the one who attempts to bring together water and fire (This is not  possible);  Or bring together (as it is said) a reptile and a fish.   This is not possible ever, because the reptile lives on land and the fish lives in the sea...
[Source: Excerpt from a lecture delivered by sheikh Saaleh al Fawzaan at Masjid At-Tawheed in Taa-if.  Title of lecture: At Tahdeer Minal Furqati Wal Ikhtilaaf]  

Work hard at something that is productive and cast off idleness.

Emphasis has been laid on keeping a secret

Emphasis has been laid on keeping a secret 

Thabit (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) said: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) came to me while I was playing with the boys. He greeted us and sent me on an errand. This delayed my return to my mother. When I came to her, she asked, "What detained you?" I said; "Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) sent me on an errand." She asked, "What was it?'' I said, "It is a secret." My mother said; "Do not disclose to anyone the secret of Messenger of Allah(sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam)." Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) said to Thabit (May Allah be pleased with him): By Allah, were I to tell it to anyone I would have told you. [Muslim]

Commentary:  Here, too, an emphasis has been laid on keeping a secret. When Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) told his mother about the cause of secrecy, she refrained from insisting that the secret should be disclosed to her. Rather, she lent support to her son's standpoint and advised him to conceal the secret. To be sure, it is part of moral teaching that we should keep the secrets of friends in our hearts. Unless we receive a go-ahead from a friend, we must not make his secret public. 
Ref.: Imam Al-Nawawi's Riyad-us-Saliheen # 688. 

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Stay Focused - Have Faith in Allah
"An entire sea of water cant sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship.
Similarly, the negativity of the world can't put you down unless you allow it to get inside you."

16 September 2014

The Integrity of a Man and his Prayer

The Integrity of a Man and his Prayer 

It is reported that Abu Al-Aliyah - Allah have mercy on him - said: 
I would travel for days to a man to hear [knowledge hadith] from him, and the first thing I would check about him is his prayer: if he performed it properly I would stay and hear [knowledge] from him, but if he neglected it, I would return without hearing from him, and I would say, 'He will be even more neglectful of other matters'. 
Al-Khatib Al-Baghdadi, Al-Rihlah fi Talab Al-Hadith article 22; Al-Dhahabi, Siyar Alam Al-Nubala 4:209. 

"If Allah has written for you happiness, no one can steal that from you and if He has written for your heart to break, then no one can mend it but He, so always put your trust in Allah."

Tips to Maintain Good Company

Tips to Maintain Good Company 

Life in this world is short and soon we have to answer for our every action, including the company we keep. Ask yourself: is the company you are currently keeping diverting you from Islam or keeping you on the straight path? 

Here are some ways in which you can maintain productive ties in your life:
  • Keeping the Hereafter in mind, we should prioritize befriending righteous and virtuous individuals who will help us stay on the straight path. Inevitably, throughout life, there will be people in our environment from various backgrounds and those who do not share our values and aims in life. We should respect all individuals regardless of their background, but ensure that we are in the company of those who will help us stay on the straight path and not divert us away from the path of Allah tabaarak ta wa ta’aala

  • Respect everyone at home and at work. Deal with everyone kindly and justly. Allah tabaarak ta wa ta’aala has created us all with different personalities, qualities and character traits and therefore there may be times when we do not share the same opinions with our fellow sisters and brothers. Yet, Allah tabaarak ta wa ta’aala is All-Merciful and if we maintain good relationships with our family and friends, adhering to the principles of Islam we can ensure that we are on the right track to a rewarding afterlife. 

  • Listen to people attentively. Pay attention when someone is speaking to you and make sure you gather the full extent of their message. Give sincere advice that will benefit them, but do not rush to do so in an overbearing manner. Abu Hurayra said, "When he (the Prophet sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) faced someone, he faced him completely. When he turned away, he turned away completely. I have never seen anyone like him and I will never see anyone like them." [Al-Adab Al-Mufrad

  • Give gifts frequently. You don’t need a reason to exchange presents. Surprise your friends and loved ones by doing something nice every so often!  Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam said, "Give gifts and you will love one another." [Al-Adab Al-Mufrad

  • Keep in touch with friends and relatives by visiting or calling to inquire about their well-being. Be there for them, at least by way of moral support during times of hardship. Accept their invitations and invite them in return. Abu Dharr reported Allah’s Messenger sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam as saying: "Abu Dharr, when you prepare the broth, add water to that and give that (as a present) to your neighbor." [Sahih Muslim

  • Visit them when they are sick and supplicate for them. Thauban, the freed slave of Allah’s Messenger sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam, reported that Allah’s Messenger sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam said: "He who visits the sick continues to remain in the fruit garden of Paradise until he returns." [Sahih Muslim

As the saying goes, it is better to be alone than to fall into bad company. So if you are unable to find good companionship, keep yourself from falling under negative influences by engaging in other productive activities by yourself. 

Insha’Allah I hope that we all can maintain fruitful relations which will benefit us in this life and the next and most importantly please Allah tabaarak ta wa ta’aala. 

Reward of 1 Year Fasting & Standing in Night Prayer

Reward of 1 Year Fasting & Standing in Night Prayer

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said that whoever performs Ghusl on Friday, and bathes completely, and goes early, arriving early, gets close and listens (Friday sermon) and is silent, there will be for him in every step he takes a reward of a year of fasting and standing (in prayer).

[Jami At-Tirmidhi, Al-Jumu’ah, Hadith: 496]

O you who believe (Muslims)! When the call is proclaimed for the Salat (prayer) on Friday (Jumu'ah prayer), come to the remembrance of Allah [Jumu'ah religious talk (Khutbah) and Salat (prayer)] and leave off business (and every other thing). That is better for you if you did but know!
Then when the (Jumu'ah) Salat (prayer) is ended, you may disperse through the land, and seek the bounty of Allah (by working), and remember Allah much, that you may be successful. [Soorah al-Jumu'ah 62:09-10]

Khalid bin M'idan rahimahullah:
"If the door to good is opened for any one of you, then let him rush to it. For indeed he does not know when it will be closed upon him."