Sunday, March 30, 2008

Stealing in Prayer...

In the name of Allah, the Most-Merciful, the All-Compassionate

"May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon You"

Praise be to Allaah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allaah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam 'ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

"Stealing in Prayer"

Lack of composure in Prayer

Taken from 'Prohibitions that are taken too lightly' - English Translation
Book by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

One of the worst forms of theft or cheating is cheating in prayer. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "The worst type of thief is the one who steals from his prayer." The people asked, "O Messenger of Allaah, how can a person steal from his prayer?" He said: "By not doing rukoo' and sujood properly."

(Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 5/310; see also Saheeh al-Jaami', 997).

This lack of composure and failure to pause in rukoo' and sujood and to stand up straight after rukoo' or sit up properly between sujoods may be observed in many of those who pray, and hardly any mosque is free of examples of people who do not have the proper composure in prayer. Correct composure is one of the pillars of prayer, without which prayer is invalid.

This is a serious matter. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "A man's prayer is not good enough until his back is straight in rukoo' and sujood."

(Reported by Abu Dawud, 1/533; see also Saheeh al-Jaami', 7224).

There is no doubt that lacking the proper composure is bad, and the person who is guilty of this deserves to be reprimanded and threatened with punishment.

Abu 'Abdullaah al-Ash'ari reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) led his Companions in prayer, then he sat with a group of them. A man came in and started to pray, but made his movements rapid like a chicken pecking the ground.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Do you see this? Whoever dies having done this has died outside of the community of Muhammad, and his prayer is like a crow pecking blood. The person who bows then pecks in his sujood is like a hungry man who eats no more than one or two dates - what good will that do him?"

(Reported by Ibn Khuzaymah in his Saheeh 1/332; see also al-Albaani, Sifat Salaat al-Nabi (The Prophet's Prayer described), 131).

Zayd ibn Wahb said: "Hudhayfah saw a man who was not performing rukoo' and sujood properly. He said: 'You have not prayed, and if you were to die, you would die on a way other than that revealed by Allaah to Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).'"

(Reported by al-Bukhaari, see al-Fath, 2/274).

Once a person is aware of this ruling, if he fails to perform prayer with the proper composure, he should repeat it and repent to Allaah for what is past; he does not need to repeat all of his previous prayers, as is indicated by the hadeeth "Repeat your prayer, for you have not prayed."

Some facts about different religions

Some facts about different religions

Judaism: The word 'Bible' is not in the Bible. Moses (PBUH) didn't have any idea about the Bible either! He never preached any religion by the name of 'Judaism'. The word 'Judaism' doesn't even exist in the Bible! If that is the case then where did the words like 'Judaism' and 'Bible' come from? And what religion did Moses preach? If it was not Islam then what is?

Christianity: The word 'New Testament' is not in the New Testament. Jesus (PBUH) didn't have any idea about the New Testament either! He never preached any religion by the name of 'Christianity'. The word 'Christianity' doesn't exist anywhere in the Bible or New Testament! Even Jesus never heard the word 'Jesus' during his lifetime! He never preached absurd Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Ghost)! The word 'Trinity' doesn't exist in the New Testament. Jesus never claimed to be God or the begotten Son of God. It is also an absurdity! He never told his followers to worship him. In fact he used to pray to God. Where did the words like 'Christianity', 'New Testament' and 'Trinity' come from then? And what religion did Jesus preach? If it was not Islam then what is?

Hinduism: The word 'Rig-Veda' is not in the Rig-Veda. The word 'Bhagavad-Gita' cannot be found in the Bhagavad-Gita. The words 'Hindu', 'Hinduism' and 'Sanatana Dharma' do not exist in the Vedas and Bhagavad-Gita. Sri Ram or Sri Krishna never preached any religion by the name of 'Hinduism' either. None of them claimed to be the Creator of the Universe in human form. It is also an absurdity! Sri Ram didn't have any idea about Ramayana. Similarly, Sri Krishna didn't have any idea about Mahabharata and Bhagavad-Gita. The concept of 'Avatar' (God in human form) and 'Samsara' (cycles of birth and death) do not exist in the Vedas. So, where did the words like 'Hindu', 'Hinduism', 'Vedas', 'Bhagavad-Gita', etc. come from? And what religion did Ram and Krishna preach? If it was not Islam then what is?

Buddhism: The word 'Tripitaka' is not in the Tripitaka. The words 'Buddhism' and 'Buddhist' do not exist in the Tripitaka either. Buddha never preached any religion/philosophy by the name of 'Buddhism'. If so, then where did the words like 'Tripitaka' and 'Buddhism' come from?

Islam: The words 'Islam', 'Quran' and 'Muslim' do exist in the Quran [2:185; 4:82; 5:3; 2:128; 2:131; etc.]. Muhammad (PBUH) did indeed claim to be a Messenger of God - a logical and rational claim. He also preached a religion by the name of 'Islam' (Peace and Submission to God). Quran was also written down during his lifetime under his supervision.

Now, if all the religious scriptures are considered to be divine, for the sake of argument, then Islam will be the only divine Religion in the World [Quran 3:19; 3:85]. This is the fact and reality - believe it or not! There is NO compulsion in religion [Quran 2:256; 109:6; 6:104; 18:29; 10:99; 17:15; 76:3].

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Handing over Muslims to others...

Narrated 'Abdullah bin Umar:
Allah's Apostle said, "A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor.
Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs. Whoever brought his brother out of discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection. And whoever hides the faults of a Muslim, Allah will hide his faults on the Day of Resurrection."
Sahih al-Bukhari - Volume 3, Book 43, Number 622

Monday, March 17, 2008

Respecting Parents

PARENTS IN QUR'AN
A Muslim child should respect and appreciate his or her parents every day throughout the year. Allah asked human beings to recognize their parents after recognition Allah Himself. Throughout the Qur'an, we notice that parents are mentioned with appreciation and with respect, even if they are senile. In Surah Al-Isra' (Children of Israel) there is a very beautiful description of how parents are to be treated. Allah (swt) says:
"Your Lord had decreed, that you worship none save Him, and (that you show) kindness to parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age with you, say not "Fie" unto them nor repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word. And lower unto them the wing of submission through mercy, and say: My Lord! Have mercy on them both, as they did care for me when I was young."   [17:23-24]
The recognition and respect of parents is mentioned in the Qur'an eleven times; in every instance, Allah reminds children to recognize and to appreciate the care and love they have received from their parents. In one aspect, Allah demands that children recognize their parents by saying to them:
"We have enjoined on man kindness to parents."  [29:8/46:15]
1.   The demand for recognizing parents is made more emphatic when Allah says in the Qur'an Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow) the following:
"And (remember) when We made a covenant with the children of Israel, (saying): worship none save Allah (only), and be good to parents..."   [2:83]
2.   In Surah Al-Nisaa' (The Women) Allah (swt) emphasized again that children should be kind to their parents.
"And serve Allah. Ascribe nothing as partner unto Him. (Show) Kindness unto parents... "    [4:36]
3.   In Surah Al An'Am (The Cattle), Allah (swt) reemphasized that people should be kind to their parents.
"Say: Come, I will recite unto you that which your Lord has made a sacred duty for you; that you ascribe nothing as partner unto Him and that you do good to parents..."    [6:151]
III.     MOTHERS
Although Islam recognized both parents, mothers are given particular gratitude and respect. This attitude of Islam is understood if we realize the hardships and the suffering that mothers experience in their lives. In this regard, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said:
It was narrated by Abu Hurairah (R) that a man came to the Prophet (pbuh) and asked him, 'Who is to be close to my friendship?' The Prophet (pbuh) answered:
Your mother, your mother, your mother, then your father, then the one closest to your kinship, and the one after.
Islam has endorsed respect for parents by their children even if the parents are non-Muslims. If parents strive very hard to convert their children to non-Islamic beliefs, they don't follow them, but they are to be good to them. In this regard, Allah (swt) says in Surah Luqman:
"And We have enjoined upon man concerning his parents--his mother beareth him in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years--Give thanks unto Me and unto your parents. Unto Me is the journeying. But if they strive with you to make you ascribe unto Me as partner that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not. Consort with them in the world kindly, and follow the part of him who repents unto Me. Then unto Me will you return, and I shall tell you what you used to do.--"     [31:14-15]
IV.     MORE RESPECT
Islam teaches us that respect for parents comes immediately after praying to Allah and before Jihad (struggle and striving in the way of Allah). In this respect, the Prophet (pbuh) said the following:
Narrated by Abi Abder Rahman Abdullah bin Massoud (May Allah be pleased with him) saying: I asked the Prophet (pbuh), "which deed is more liked by Allah?" He replied, "Prayers on time." Then I asked, "Which one is next?" He said, "Goodness to parents." Then I asked, "Then which one is next?" He said, "Jihad in the way of Allah."   (Agreed)
In Islam, respect for parents is so great that the child and his wealth are considered to be the property of the parents. In this regard, the Prophet (pbuh) said:
Narrated by Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) that a person came to the Prophet (pbuh) to resolve his dispute with his father regarding a loan given to the father. The Prophet (pbuh) said to the person,” You and your wealth are to your father."
V.     FINAL REMARKS
We hope and we pray that all of us will respect our parents while they are alive and even after they are dead. You may honor your parents after they died through the following methods:

  1. Make daily Du'a' for them
  2. Give a charity on their behalf
  3. Institute a perpetual charity on their behalf - such as a Masjid, an Islamic Center, an Islamic Library, an Islamic hospital, an orphanage, a senior citizen's home, etc.
  4. Perform Hajj on their behalf or ask someone to do so.
  5. Read Qur'an on their behalf
  6. Distribute Islamic Literature on their behalf

Let us pray to Allah that we will do our best to respect our parents, to honor them, to be kind to them, to help them, and to please them for the love of Allah.
O Allah! Accept our humble prayers and make us obedient servants to you.
O Allah! Help us to be respectful children to our parents. Ameen.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

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Renewing your Iman...

Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu 'anhu narrates that

Rasulullah Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam said:

Renew your Iman! It was asked:

O Rasulallah! (Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam)

How do we renew our Iman?

He  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

Say frequently

La ilaha illallah.

(Musnad Ahmad, Tabarani, Targhib)

A good eye opener to share with...

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Did you ever stop for a while and asked yourself...
What is going to happen to me the first night in my grave?
What have I prepared for death?
Will I be in heaven or Hell fire?
How often do I remember death?
Think about the moment your body is being washed and prepared to enter your grave...
Think about the day people will be carrying you to your grave..
and your families crying.. think about the moment you are put in your grave
Just imagine.. imaging yourself in your grave..down there in that dark hole...
ALONE... it's too DARK... you cry for help, but there is no answer... Nobody can help you...  it's too NARROW.. your bones are squashed...
You regret all the bad things you've done during your life... you regret missing the 5 PRAYERS
you regret listening to music
You regret your disrespectful manners towards everyone, especially your parents..
you regret not wearing your hijab
You regret ignoring the orders of ALLAH..
YOU REGRET IGNORING THE KNOWLEDGE OF ISLAM
YOU REGRET ALL THE BAD THINGS YOU'VE DONE..
THERE IS NO ESCAPE.. YOU WILL FACE YOUR PUNISHMENT FOR EVERY LITTLE THING YOU'VE DONE...
You are ALONE in your grave only with your DEEDS..no money, no jewelries, nothing.. ONLY YOUR DEEDS..
AND WHEN IT IS SHUT,
YOU FEEL LIKE SCREAMING AND TELLING EVERYONE NOT TO GO.. TO STAY BESIDE YOUR GRAVE
BUT, YOU CAN'T BE HEARD. THEY LEAVE YOU AND GO AND YOU HEAR THEIR FOOTSTEPS.. AND HEAR THEM CRYING THEY WALK AWAY ...
YOU THOUGHT YOU WOULD LAST FOREVER IN THIS WORLD, YOU THOUGHT YOU WILL STAY WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES FOREVER... YOU THOUGHT YOU WILL HAVE FUN FOREVER... NO
YOU WERE WRONG!!!
THEY LEFT YOU ALONE...
JUST SPEND FEW MINUTES AND  LOOK AT YOUR FUTURE HOMES... AND SPEND THE WHOLE OF YOUR LIFE PREPARING FOR THEM...
YOU CAN NOT AFFORD TO IGNORE THIS, YOU NEED TO REMEMBER THIS EVERY MINUTE, EVERY HOUR, EVERY DAY..
EVERY TIME YOU ARE ABOUT TO COMMIT A SIN, REMEMBER THE DESTROYER OF PLEASURES:
DEATH

ayat 11وَلَن يُؤَخِّرَ ٱللَّهُ نَفۡسًا إِذَا جَآءَ أَجَلُهَا‌ۚ وَٱللَّهُ خَبِيرُۢ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ  سورة المنَافِقون

اور الله کسی نفس کو ہرگز مہلت نہیں دے گا جب اس کی اجل آجائے گی اور الله اس سے خبردار ہے جو تم کرتے ہو

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Yaa ALLAH ! We are ful of sins. we ignore you in our life don't ignore us  and please guide us towards your path with the help of  Hazrat Muhammad Sallal La ho Alaihay Wassalum Sunnat. And open our hearts to understand our Deen..Ameen
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Don't abuse the dead...

Prophet (peace be upon him said): "Do not abuse the dead, for they have reached the result of what they have done."

Narated By 'Aisha

Sahih Bukhari Volume 008, Book 076, Hadith Number 523.

Marriage...

The Prophet (Sallahu Alayhi Wasalim) said,

"A woman is married for four things, i.e., her wealth, her family status, her beauty and her religion. So you should marry the religious woman (otherwise) you will be a loser." Volume 7, Book 62, Number 27: Narrated Abu Huraira.

Good word...

Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "It is also charity to utter a good word.”

Narrated by Abu Hurairah (r.a.) Al Bukhari and Muslim Hadith reference 694 The book of good manners from Riyad-us-Saliheen Volume 1 Published by Darussalam

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), one can be assured of being led astray.

Poems...

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Al Ghazali Last words

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Beyond the Stars

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Become the Sky

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The Two Seas

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Know Yourself

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Ocean of my dreams

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A thought- LOOK AT YOUR NAILS

LOOK AT YOUR NAILS

Allah, may He be glorified, has created our Nails with total perfection. Look at your nails right now and see the signs of Allah in them. If the nails were hard as the bones, then they would damage our skin when we scratch. At the same time, the nails are not so soft that we can't get rid of the itchy feeling when we scratch. Allah has made the nail in such a way that it doesn't damage our skin when we scratch and at the same time made it hard enough to get rid of the itchy feeling.

Muslim Heritage: alJazari's Scribe Clock

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Want to be saved from Hellfire?

Want to be saved from Hellfire?
by Asma bint Shameem

Then, all you got to do is to reflect on this beautiful saying of our beloved Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) and put it into practice.
If you sincerely do so, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) will take you by the hand and lead you into Paradise, just as he promises at the end of the Hadeeth.

Al-Bayhaqi narrated that Abu Dharr RA said:
I said, “O Messenger of Allaah, what will save a person from Hellfire?”
He said, “Belief in Allaah.”
I said, “O Messenger of Allaah, are there are any deeds that should accompany that belief?”
He said, ‘He should give from that provision which Allaah has granted him.”
I said, “O Messenger of Allaah, what if he is poor and does not have anything to give?”
He said, “He should enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil.”
I said, “O Messenger of Allaah, what if he cannot enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil?”
He said, “He should help the one who is helpless (i.e., has no skills and cannot earn a learning).”
I said, “What if he himself is helpless and cannot do anything?”
He said, “He should help one who has been wronged.”
I said, “What if he is weak and cannot help one who has been wronged?” 
He said, “You do not want to think of your companion as having any good in him. Let him refrain from harming people.”
I said, “O Messenger of Allaah, if he does that, will he enter Paradise?”
He said, “There is no believer who does not strive to acquire one of these characteristics, but I will take him by the hand and lead him into Paradise.”  (Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Targheeb, 876)
Subhaan Allaah! What a beautiful reminder.
Sure, we see such beautiful reminders everywhere. Someone or the other sends us such emails almost every day.
But the big question is....
What do we do when we are reminded?
Who is it that will take heed of this reminder? Are YOU one of them?
"Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah) to be affected by Allaah's Reminder (this Qur'aan), and that which has been revealed of the truth...?" (Surah Hadeed: 16)

Duties Of The Spouses : Right Of The Wife /Justice Maulana Muhammad Taqi Usmani

Duties Of The Spouses : Right Of The Wife

It is evident from a plain study of the relevant material found in the Holy Quran and Sunnah that Islam treats the relationship of marriage as a bilateral contract between Husband and Wife, each one of them having some rights and obligations. The Holy Quran is very much clear on this point when it says:
                       "And the woman have rights similar to their obligations". (2:228)
It is clear from this verse of the Holy Quran that the obligations of a wife towards her husband are not less than the rights she enjoys. The Holy Quran has summarized the obligations of husband towards his wife in a short phrase where the Holy Quran has made it mandatory for a husband To keep her with fairness" (2:229)
At another place, the Holy Quran instructs the husbands in the following words:
"And live with them (wives) in fairness". (4:19)
Therefore, it is not correct that Islam has laid more emphasis on the obligations of a wife than on the obligations of a husband. Conversely, the Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam ) has emphasized on the rights of women in a larger number of his sayings which are probably more than the sayings emphasizing the rights of a husband. Some examples are being quoted here: i) The Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam) has said:

  "The best people from among you are those who are best to their wives". (Tirmidhi)
"No Muslim should hate his Muslim wife. If he dislikes some of her qualities, he may find some other qualities agreeable."

      "Keep to my advice about woman that you should treat them fairly." (Tirmidhi)
These examples are sufficient to disclose the great concern the Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam ) has shown for the rights of a woman, so much so that he dedicated a substantial portion of his Last sermon at the time of Haj-jatul Wida' to explain, elaborate and emphasise on the obligations of a man towards his wife. You have referred to the fact that women today are burdened with the house work like cooking meals, cleaning the house and raising children while their husbands seldom assist them in these matters. Here I would like to mention the correct Islamic standpoint with regard to the obligations of a woman about the household work.
First of all, it is not a legal obligation of a wife, according to Islamic teachings, to cook the meals on serve the house, and if a woman elects to refuse to undertake these works, a husband cannot compel her to do so. However, apart from the legal injunctions, Islam has laid down some moral instructions for both husband and wife according to which they are treated as life-companions who should not restrict themselves to the legal requirements alone, but should join hands to make mutual life as comfortable and peaceful as possible. They are invited to cooperate with each other in solving their day-to-day problems. For this purpose it is advisable that, as cooperating friends, they should devide the necessary works between them according to their mutual convenience. The woman should look after the management of the house while the man should be responsible for outdoor economic activities. This division of work was the practice of the Muslims in the very days of the Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam ).
Even Sayyidah Fatimah, the beloved daughter of the Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam ) used to perform all the household functions with her own hands, while Sayyidna Ali, her noble husband, carried out the economic activities. The Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam ) never objected to it, rather, he encouraged her daughter to perform all these functions.
It is true that from a pure legal point of view, a wife may refuse to cook meals or to do other household works, but on the other hand, the husband may refuse to give her permission to meet her relatives. And if both of them are restricted to such a crude legal relationship, an atmosphere of mutual understanding and bilaterial cooperation cannot develop between them.
Therefore, a wife should not take the household work as a disgrace to her. In fact, her active contribution to her own house work is the basic source of strength for the family system of the society. It is a great servise, not only to her own family but also to the nation as a whole, because the betterment of the whole nation depends on a smooth family system. It is strenge that when an air hostess serves meals to hundreds of strangers in an aeroplane, it has been taken today as a symbol of liberalism, progress and emancipation, but when a housewife renders much lighter services to her own family, it is deemed to be a disgrace or sign of backwardness.
The western countries are facing today a terrible situation of family-break-down. Their leaders are mourning on this draw- back, which is caused by the lack of mutual cooperation between husband and wife and their failure to determine the functions of the spouses according to their natural, biological and religious requirements.
In short, a wife is not legally bound to render the household services, however, it is advisable that she performs these functions as a measured of cooperation with her family and an honorary service to the society as a whole, for which she deserves great reward in the Hereafter.
But at the same time, the husband should always remember that the household work undertaken by his wife is not a legal duty obliged on her, rather, it is a voluntary service she is rendering for the benefit of the family. Therefore, a husband must always appreciate this goodwill of his wife and should not treat it as a legal claim against her. Moreover, he should not leave all the household works on her exclusively. The husband should provide her with servants wherever possible, and should himself assist her in performing these functions. It is reported in a number of authentic ahadith that the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) despite his great outdoor responsibilities, used to render many domestic services with his own hands, like milking his she-goats, washing his clothes etc. We do not find anywhere in his Sunnah that he ever ordered any of his wifves to do such works. However, his sacred wives used to render these services voluntarily without any specific com- mand from the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.).
It is not correct that the books written on this subject stress upon the obligations of a wife only. In fact all the books of Islamic jurisprudence discuss the rights and obligations of both the spouses simultaneously. The husband is required not only to provide maintenance, but he is also required to treat his wife "fairly" as the Holy Quran has put it in express terms, so much so that the Muslim jurists have observed that a husband cannot travel for more than four month at one time without the permission of his wife. But unfortunately many Muslims are not aware of the teachings of their religion and, due to this ignorance, they commit errors in their behaviour towards their wives.

a) By
Justice Maulana Muhammad Taqi Usmani

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Seeking help in patience and prayer by Imam Ibn Kathir


As Salaam o Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barkatuh!
A`uzu billahis Samee`il`Aleem,
minash shaytanir rajeem!
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem!
Wa Salaatu wa Salaam
`alaa Rasulullah-
Salallahu `Alayhi wa Sallam

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Seek Help in Patience and Prayer
(Explanation of 2:153-154)

Imam Ibn Kathir

From "Tafsir Ibn Kathir", Part 2
Abridged by Shaikh Muhammad Nasib Ar-Rifa`I
© 1998 al-Firdous Ltd., London

“O you who believe!
Seek help in patience and prayer.
Truly! Allah is with the patient.
And say not of those who are killed
in the Cause of Allah,
‘They are dead.’
Nay, they are living,
but you perceive not.”

[Soorah al-Baqarah (2):153-154]

Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala proceeds by explaining patience, guidance and seeking help in patience and prayer. The servant is either grateful for a blessing that is bestowed on him or patient for a trial which has been inflicted upon him. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala has explained that the best means that can be sought in enduring disasters are patience and prayer.

It is mentioned in the Hadith that “Whenever something happened to the prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, he would pray” (Sahih).
There are two types of patience: The first is restraint from committing sins and the second type is showing obedience to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala and making sacrifices. The latter is the most rewarding because it is the purpose.
There is a third type of patience, it is the endurance of disasters and crises and includes seeking Allah's Subhanahu wa Ta`ala forgiveness from mistakes.
Ali ibn Al Husain Zin Al `Abidin said:
“When Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala gathers people from the first generations and people from the later generations, an announcer will announce: ‘Where are the patient people, so that they will enter Paradise before trial?’”
This is supported by Allah’s Subhanahu wa Ta`ala statement “Only those who are patient will receive their rewards in full without reckoning.” (39:10)

Sa`id ibn Jubair said
“Patience is the servant’s appreciation of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala for a disaster that has happened to him, considering it as a sacrifice in anticipation of Allah’s Subhanahu wa Ta`ala reward in the Hereafter, and a man may be suffering a great deal but does not show his feelings. Instead, all you can see from him is endurance.

In the verse, “And say not of those who are killed in the Cause of Allah, ‘They are dead.’ Nay they are living.” (2:154) Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala informs us that those who are killed in the Cause of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala are in their Barzakh (period between death and resurrection), finding their sustenance in the presence of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala.
In Sahih Muslim, it is mentioned that: “The souls of the martyrs live in the bodies of green birds who have their nests in chandeliers hung from the `Arsh of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala. At one time their Lord took a glance at them and said: ‘Do you want anything?’ They said: ‘What more can we desire after You have given us that which you have not given to any of Your Servants?’ Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala asked them the same question again. When they realised that they would continue to be asked, they said: ‘We wish that You (Allah) may return us to the Earthly life so that we would be slain in Your Way another time’ – they wanted to do that because of the reward involved in martyrdom – Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala would say: ‘I have prescribed that to it (Earthly life) they shall not return.’” (Sahih Muslim)

On the authority of Ka`b ibn Malik, Imam Ahmad narrated: “The Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Ar-Ruh (the soul) of the believer is a bird sitting in the trees of the Paradise waiting until Allah returns it to his body on the day He resurrects him.’” (Sahih) This also implies that all the believers, though the martyrs were specifically mentioned and honoured in the Qur’an as a recognition of their greatness.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Understanding Islam

Understanding Islam

Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God has revealed to all His prophets throughout history. Islam is the religion which was given to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Jesus, (peace be upon them all) Therefore, Islam is not a new religion but the continuation and culmination of preceding monotheistic religion- For this reason, the Prophet Muhammad was not the founder of a new religion, as many people mistakenly think, rather he is the Final Prophet of Islam.  The Arabic word "Islam" means "submission" and derives from a word meaning "peace".  The Quran proclaims in verse 3:19 "The only religion approved by GOD is Submission." (Islam) -  In a religious context it means complete submission to the will of GOD and anyone who does so is called a "Muslim", "If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to GOD) it will never be accepted of Him" (Quran 3:85)

Jesus told his followers just like the prophets that had come before him that they should surrender their will to the will of GOD; (which is Islam) and GOD warned them to stay away from the false Gods of human imagination. "Jesus replied, ". . . The first of all the commandments is; Hear O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord. You shall love the Lord with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." Mark 12:30
(The "religion" or DEEN of the entire Universe is Islam i.e. submission to the Divine Laws)

The entire Universe is operating according to the physical laws designed and implemented by GOD. When we discover some of these laws, we call them Science. Yet, all the creation that exists cannot defy these laws of nature. We can invent a compass but we cannot invent the law for the magnetic needle to point North. And so, the water will flow down-stream, the apple will fall to the ground, a stone will sink, a boat will float, the day and night will follow each other, the seasons will take their turns, fire will be hot, ice will be cold, the living beings will grow, reproduce and die. Similarly God's Laws in Nature make no distinction between Jews or Gentiles, Hindus or Christians, Muslims or non-Muslims. But, those who submit their free will to His Guidance and try to establish peace, become harmonious with the Divine Plan. He calls those people Muslims. "Islam" embraces both meanings, Submission and Peace.

(Now the Law has been revealed to Prophet Muhammad.) Those who follow the Messenger, the Prophet who is a non-Israelite, and who was unlettered before the Revelation (29:48). They find him well described* in the Torah and the Gospel with them. He enjoins upon them the Right, and forbids them the Wrong. He declares Lawful all good things, and declares Unlawful only the unclean things. He relieves people from the burdens they carried. He breaks the shackles that they used to wear, of mental and physical slavery, and brings them from darkness to Light (5:15-16, 65:11, 76:4). Those who believe in him, honor him, support him, and follow the Light that came with him, are the eternally successful. *(Deuteronomy 18:15-18. Gospel of John 14:16, 15:26, 16:7 PARACLETOS = COMFORTER, from original Greek PERICLYTOS = THE PRAISED ONE. In Aramaic, MAWHAMANA = THE PRAISED ONE)

3:70 O People of the Book! Why do you deny the truth of God's Messages to which you yourselves bear witness? (Wasn't the Scripture revealed to you? And it foretells the advent of this Prophet).

[All this, the advent of Prophet Muhammad from the Ishmaelite descendants of Abraham has been foretold in the Bible. Genesis 21:13-18. Gospel of John 14:16, 15:26, 16:7. Historically, the Gospel of Saint Barnabas, which was accepted and widely read in the churches, had 'Muhammad' in the exact Arabic form. But Pope Gelasius banned that Gospel in 496 C.E., probably because of finding the Arabic term distasteful. It was only in the 16th century C.E. when the Italian translation of Barnabas was discovered in Vienna, Austria. Obviously translations can never be as reliable as the original text.]

The Messiah (Jesus), son of Mary, was no other than a Messenger, like other Messengers before him who passed on. And his mother was a woman of truth. Both of them were human beings who had to eat food (like all other mortals). See how clearly We explain Our verses for them and note how they keep wandering in thought! (Quran 5:75)

Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was an upright man who had surrendered to GOD. He never ascribed divinity to anyone beside the One True God. (Quran 3:67)

Do you claim that Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the Tribal Israelite Prophets were 'Jews' or 'Christians'? Say, "Do you know better, or does GOD?" And who could be more unjust than he who conceals a testimony that he has from GOD? But GOD is not unaware of what you do. ( Quran 2:140)

[Amazingly, the Quran is alluding to a historical fact that was unanimously accepted from research done centuries later! Scholars of the Bible know that the concept of 'Jewry' came into being long after the Patriarchs and after Moses. Likewise, the concept of 'Christianity' was unknown during the life of Jesus.]

3:71 O People of the Book! Why do you cloak the Truth with falsehood, and conceal the Truth that you are so well aware of?

3:98 Say, "O People of the Book! Why do you deny GOD's Messages when GOD Himself is Witness to all that you do (including this denial of yours)?"

5:77 Say, "O People of the Book! Do not overstep the bounds of Truth in your religious beliefs. And do not follow the errant views of people who have gone astray long before, and led a great many others astray, and those who are still straying from the Even Way."

Will they not rather turn to GOD and seek His forgiveness? For GOD is Forgiving, Merciful. (Quran 5:74)

The religion of Submission, whose religious laws are detailed in the Quran, dictates upon each human to worship GOD alone (51:56). This basic law is also known as the first commandment or the greatest commandment in the Old and New Testament. The word Submission is not the name of a religion, but rather it is a description. Submission is the total submission and devotion to GOD ALONE. Thus anyone who can bring himself or herself to believe in GOD within the confines of the first commandment is a submitter (In Arabic: Muslim). The word also implies "peace" which is the natural consequence of total submission to the will of GOD. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the majority have nothing to do with the extremely grave events which have come to be associated with their faith.

Islam is a realistic religion. The word "Islam" means submission. This indicates that the first condition of being a Muslim is to submit to the realities and truths. Islam rejects every kind of obduracy, stubbornness, prejudice, blind imitation, bias and selfishness, and regards all of them as contrary to realism and realistic approach to truth. From the point of view of Islam a man who seeks truth, but fails in his efforts may be excused, but the acceptance of truth by virtue of imitation or heredity by a man who is otherwise stubborn and arrogant has no value. A true Muslim, whether a male or a female, eagerly accepts truth wherever he or she may find it. As far as the acquisition of knowledge is concerned, a Muslim shows no bias. He may go even to the farthest corner of the world for acquiring knowledge. His efforts to gain knowledge and to find truth are not confined to any particular period of his life nor to any territorial region. Nor does he insist to acquire knowledge from any particular person. The Holy Prophet has said that to seek knowledge is the duty of every Muslim, whether a man or a woman. He has also asked the Muslims to receive it even from an idolater.

What do Muslims believe?

Muslims believe in One, Unique, Incomparable God; in the Angels created by Him; in the prophets through whom His revelations were brought to mankind; in the Day of Judgment and individual accountability for actions; in God's complete authority over human destiny and in life after death. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets starting with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Jesus, peace be upon them. But God's final message to man, a reconfirmation of the eternal message and a summing-up of all that has gone before was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad through Gabriel.

What are the Five Pillars of Islam?

They are the framework of the Muslim life: faith, prayer, concern for the needy, self-purification, and the pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able.

Do Islam and Christianity have different origins?

No. Together with Judaism, they go back to the prophet and patriarch Abraham, and their three prophets are directly descended from his sons, Muhammad from the elder son Ishmael, and Moses and Jesus from the younger son Isaac. Abraham established the settlement which today is the city of Makkah, and built the Ka'ba towards which all Muslims turn when they pray.

Source: http://quranwithdvd.com/UnderstandingIslam.html

The Meaning of Shaheed

The Meaning of Shaheed

In fact 'Shaheed', is a specific term, used in the Holy Qur'an and Sunnah. It has certainly a specific meaning and one should be careful before applying this term to a person and you should ascertain whether hi is really qualified to be called a Shaheed.
According to Islamic jurisprudence 'Shaheed' is of two kinds:-
1. Shaheed in the real sense.
2. Shaheed in the constructive sense.
Shaheed in the real sense is a Muslim who has been killed during 'Jihad' or has been killed by any person unjustly. Such a person has two characteristics different from common people who die on their bed. Firstly, he should be buried without giving him ritual bath. However, the prayer of Janazah shall be offered on him and he shall also be given a proper Kafan. Secondly, he will deserve a great reward in the hereafter and it is hoped that Allah Almighty shall forgive his sins and admit him to the Jannah. It is also stated in some of the traditions that the body of such a person remains in the grave protected from contamination or dissolution.
As compared to this kind of 'Shaheed', a Shaheed in a constructive sense is a person who has been promised by the Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam ) to get a reward of Shaheed in the Hereafter but is not taken as Shaheed with regard to the rules of burial. It means that his dead body has to be bathed like a dead body of any other person. The Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam ) has included in this kind of Shaheed a large number of persons such as a person who has died in plague or who has died an unexpected accident, like fire or traffic accident or has been drowned in the water or a woman who has dies during the delivery of her child etc.
Allama Jalaluddin al Suyuti, a well-known scholar of Islamic disciplines, has collected all the Hadiths relating to this kind of Shaheed and has come to the conclusion that there are thirty categories mentioned by the Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam ) who can deserve to be called Shaheed in this sense. But in the normal course, the word 'Shaheed' is applied only for the first kind. However, it is not prohibited to use the word for a person who falls in any one of the categories mentioned in the second kind.
It is evident from the above discussion that the word 'Shaheed' can only be used for a Muslim and it cannot be applied to a non-Muslim at all. Similarly, the term cannot be used for a person who has been rightly killed as a punishment for his own offence.

Source:
Justice Maulana Muhammad Taqi Usmani

(peaceislam@yahoogroups.com)

Minimum Requirement for Entering the Jannah

Q. We understand that entrance to the Heaven will depend on the mercy of Allah, the Most-Merciful, and not on our deeds only. We all the time seek the mercy of the Merciful for here and for the Hereafter. Someone came to the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam)asking him what he was required to do to enter into the Heaven. The Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) narrated the minimum deeds he was required to do it order to enter into the Heaven. Would you be kind enough to give details of the minimum deeds. May Allah reward you for this noble work.
(M.S. Desin, Dammam)
A.
There are a number of Hadiths in which the Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam)has mentioned the requirements for entering the Paradise while answering different questions asked by different Sahabah. The deeds mentioned in such Ahadith have been varying from person to person and from occasion to occasion. The reason is obvious, because Islamic injunctions relate to every walk of life and different persons are required to do different acts according to their respective environments. However, keeping all such Ahadith in view, one can summarise the issue in the following manner :
1) The most fundamental requirements for entering the Paradise are: To have ‘Iman i.e., faith inn the oneness of Allah, the Prophethood of all the Messengers and in the Finality of the Prophethood of Muhammad (Sallallho Alaihi Wasallam) and in the injunctions brought by him, and in the Hereafter. Without having a firm faith in these one cannot expect to enter the Jannah.
2) An instant entry into the Heaven without being subjected to any kind of punishment further requires:
(a) Observance of all the obligations prescribed by the Holy Qur'an and the sunnah of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam)which include "Faraid" such as the five Prayers, Fasts of Ramadan, payment of Zakah for the person who own Nisab, and performance of Hajj for those who can afford it. The obligation also includes "Wajibat" like 'Qurbani' etc.
(b) Abstinence from all the major sins like adultery, fornication, drinking liquor, eating pork, telling lies accepting bribe and committing back-biting, usurping the property of others, etc. etc.
(c) If a Muslim does not fulfil the requirement s mentioned in (b) above or fails to fulfil anyone of them he may be subjected to the punishment of Hell and shall not be entitled to entry into Jannah in the beginning. However, after being subjected to the punishment prescribed for several mis-deeds comitted by him, he will be admitted to the Jannah by virtue of ‘Iman.

By
Justice Maulana Muhammad Taqi Usmani

(muslimah_8342@yahoo.com)

Halal & Haram

HALAL AND HARAM (lawful and unlawful things)

(Source: Ihya-Ulum-Id-Din by Imam Ghazzali (r.a.) Revival of Religious Learnings-
English Translation by Fazlul Karim  Publisher Darul-Ishaat Karachi Pakistan)

Rasulullah (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said : It is compulsory on every Muslim to seek lawful earnings. He termed this compulsory subject as a thing of wisdom for a wise man out of other compulsory things. Lawful things are clear and unlawful things are also clear. between these two , there are doubtful things which are not clear and difficult to know. All things are limited within these three things.

MERITS OF LAWFUL EARNINGS AND CONDEMNATION OF UNLAWFUL

In Holy Quran Allah says:

  • Eat of the good things and do good deeds- 2:168.
  • Allah ordered for eating good things before doing good deeds. The object of this order is eating of lawful things.
  • Don't eat properties of one another unjustly-2:188.
  • O believers, fear Allah and give up what remains of interest (usury) if you are believes-2.278.
  • If you do not do it, then be prepared to fight with Allah and His Prophet-2:289.
  • Then He says : If you repent, then for you is the capital. Then He said: Those who turn away from that are the inmates of Hell. They will abide therein. At first, eating of interest (usury) , then call for fight with Allah and His Apostle and last of all residing in Hell have been mentioned. There are innumerable verses regarding lawful and unlawful things.

Qualities to look for in a friend: Faith, Righteousness, God-fearing, Morals and Good Character, Remembering Allah


B i s m i l l a a h i r   R a h m a a n i r   R a h e e m

As Salam o Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barkatuh

Qualities to look for
in a friend
Faith - Righteousness- God-fearing - Morals and Good Character - Those who remembering Allah

Faith

Faith should be the first criterion for a meaningful friendship.
Allah says,
‘The believers, men and women, are Awliya (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another; they enjoin (on the people) al Maroof (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do), and forbid (people) from al Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islam has forbidden); they perform as-Salaah (Iqamat-as-Salaah), and give the Zakaat, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His Mercy on them. Surely, Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.’
[Soorah Tawbah (9): 71]
Thus, the friendship based on the correct faith aims towards supporting and encouraging one another towards the obedience of Allah. Its goal is much more sublime than the friendship that is done for worldly gain, and amongst its benefits is that it is a means to safeguard one’s Aqeedah from being tainted with incorrect beliefs and practices.

Righteousness, God-fearing

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: '…Men are of two types, a man who is righteous, fearful of Allah and honorable to Allah, or a man who is vicious, miserable and insignificant to Allah, the Exalted,…' [al-Muntakhab by Abd bin Humayd (793)] The best of people to befriend are those who possess Taqwaa (fear of Allah) for, 'Verily, the most honorable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has Taqwa.' [Soorah al-Hujurat (49): 13] and 'Allah loves those who are al-Muttaqin (those who possess Taqwa).' [Soorah Maryam (19): 63]
Islam gives precedence to Taqwa in all matters, for example, in cases of marriage while choosing a life partner - Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) stressed upon choosing a pious spouse, he (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'A women is married for four (reasons); her wealth, her nobility, her beauty and her piety. Choose the pious one and you will be successful.' [Saheeh al-Bukharee (7/27)] He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) also said, 'If a man, whose practice of the religion satisfies you, asks you for your daughter in marriage, you should marry them; otherwise, there will be corruption on the Earth.' [At-Tirmidhee]
Choosing a friend is as important as choosing a life partner, therefore the wise choice are the Muttaqoon (those who possess Taqwa). Ali (radhi allahu anhu) advised, 'Befriend righteous people, for they are a good resource to use in this and the last life. Have you not heard the statement of the people of the Fire, 'Now we have no intercessors. Nor a close friend (to help us). (2): 175' [al-Ihya]
Benefits of accompanying righteous people are numerous, amongst which is improving one's religion. As people are always found to be competitive within friends, associating with righteous individuals inspires competing them in righteous deeds, thus expanding the scope of performing righteous deeds and perfecting the religion. Narrated Abu Musa, it was said to the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), 'A man may love some people but he cannot catch up with their good deeds?' The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'Everyone will be with those whom he loves.' [Saheeh al-Bukharee (8/191)] Allah says, 'and the blessed end is for al-Muttaqin (those who possess Taqwa).' [Soorah al-A'raf (7): 128]....

'O you who believe! Take not for Awliya those who take your religion for a mockery, …'
[Soorah al-Maidah (5): 57]

Morals and Good Character


It is necessary that the friends you choose have good character and possess Islamic morals and etiquettes. Good character is a sign of excellence in Eeman.

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said,
'The most perfect of the believer in faith is the one who is best in conduct and the best of you are those who are best to their wives.' [At-Tirmidhee. Authenticated by Shaikh Al-Albanee. See, Saheeh al-Jamee al-Sageer (1/1232)]
Allah, the Exalted, has encouraged His slaves in the Qur'aan to associate with those who have good characteristics.
Allah says,
'O you who believe! Fear Allah and be with those who are true (in words and in deeds).'
[Soorah at-Tawbah (9): 119]
It is essential that those whom you choose as friends recognize and respect the limits of Allah.
For example, they should understand the Islamic etiquettes of speaking and language, for sometimes talks among friends can go beyond bounds, like one may be involved in sins like Gheebah (backbiting), nick-naming, slandering, etc. which are generally considered to be very insignificant, but can have disastrous affect on one's Hereafter. .....
The importance of good character is also manifest in the Hadeeth of Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) who said,
'Nothing will be heavier on the Day of Resurrection in the scale of the believer than good manners. Allah hates one who utters foul or coarse language.' [At-Tirmidhee]
The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) was asked about the deed, which will be foremost to lead a man to Jannah, he replied, 'Fear of Allah and the good character.' Then he was asked about the indulgence, which will admit a man to Hell and he replied, 'The tongue and the genitals.' [At-Tirmidhee]


Remembering Allah


One's associates and surrounding should help him remember Allah because man is ordered to remember Allah at all times. Remembrance of Allah strengthens the slave's bond with His Lord and prevents his heart and mind from being heedless of divine guidelines and limits.
Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) reported the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) saying, 'If anyone sits in a gathering where he does not remember Allah, he will bring grief upon himself (on the Day of Resurrection), and he who lies down in a place where he does not remember Allah, will bring grief upon himself (on the Day of Resurrection).' [Abu Dawood]
The superiority of the remembrance of Allah was explained by Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), who said:
'The example of the one who remembers his Lord, in comparison to the one who does not remember his Lord, is that of a living creature compared to a dead.'
[Saheeh al-Bukharee]
In the present time of trials and tribulations, it is very easy to be caught up in worldly affairs. Allah warns His slaves against associating with those who busy themselves in worldly pleasures and give no heed to the remembrance of Allah.

Allah says,

'And keep yourself patiently with those who call on their Lord, morning and afternoon, seeking His Face and let not your eyes overlook them, desiring the pomp and glitter of the life of the world; and obey not him whose hearts We have made heedless of Our Remembrance, one who follows his own lust and whose affairs (deeds) have been lost.'
[Soorah al-Kahf (18): 28]

The Qur'aan informs us that on the Day of Judgment there will be people who will bite their hands in regret that they were lead astray because of choosing wrong people as their friends, they would say,
'Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so-and-so as a friend! He indeed led me astray from the Reminder (this Qur'aan) after it had come to me.' [Soorah al-Furqan (25): 27]
Whereas, those who help one another in piety, truth and remembrance of Allah will surely benefit each other in the Hereafter. Allah will grant them His Shade on the Day of Judgment and He says,
'Friends on that day will be foe's one to another except Al-Muttaqoon (pious, righteous).'
[Soorah az-Zukhruf (43): 67]

Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter - http://www.qsep.com

As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 11

Scientific Explanation of Halal vs Haram

Keep time for prayers...

PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS AND FORWARD IT TO THE MUSLIMS YOU KNOW
He remembered his grandmother's warning about praying on time:
'My son, you shouldn't leave prayer to this late time'. His grandmother's
age was 70 but, whenever she heard the Adhan, she got up like an arrow and
performed Salah.
He, however could never win over his ego to get up and pray. Whatever he
did, his Salah was always the last to be offered and he prayed it quickly
to get it in on time.
Thinking of this, he got up and realized that there were only 15 minutes
left before Salat-ul Isha. He quickly made Wudhu and performed Salat-ul
Maghrib.
While making Tasbih, he again remembered his grandmother and was
embarrassed by how he had prayed. His grandmother prayed with such
tranquillity and peace.
He began making Dua and went down to make Sajdah and stayed like that for
a while. He had been at work all day and was tired, very tired. He awoke
abruptly to the sound of noise and shouting.
He was sweating profusely. He looked around. It was very crowded. Every
direction he looked in was filled with people. Some stood frozen looking
around, some were running left and right and some were on their knees with
their heads in their hands just waiting. Pure fear and apprehension filled
him as he realized where he was. His heart was about to burst.
It was the Day of Judgment.
When he was alive, he had heard many things about the questioning on the
Day of Judgment, but that seemed so long ago. Could this be something his
mind made up?
No, the wait and the fear were so great that he could not have imagined
this.  The interrogation was still going on. He began moving frantically
from people to people to ask if his name had been called. No one could
answer him. All of a sudden his name was called and the crowd split into
two and made a passageway for him.
Two angels grabbed his arms and led him forward. He walked with unknowing
eyes through the crowd. The angels brought him to the centre and left him
there. His head was bent down and his whole life was passing in front of
his eyes like a movie. He opened his eyes but saw only another world. The
people were all helping others. He saw his father running from one lecture
to the other, spending his wealth in the way of Islam. His mother invited
guests to their house and one table was being set while the other was
being cleared.  He pleaded his case, 'I too was always on this path. I
helped others. I spread the word of Allah. I performed my Salah. I fasted
in the month of Ramadhan.' 'Whatever Allah ordered us to do, I did.'
'Whatever he ordered us not to do, I did not.'  He began to cry and think
about how much he loved Allah. He knew that whatever he had done in life
would be less than what Allah deserved and his only protector was Allah He
was sweating like never before and was shaking all over. His eyes were
fixed on the scale, waiting for the final decision.
At last, the decision was made.
The two angels with sheets of paper in their hands, turned to the crowd.
His legs felt like they were going to collapse. He closed his eyes as they
began to read the names of those people who were to enter Jahannam.
His name was read first.
He fell on his knees and yelled that this couldn't be, 'How could I go to
Jahannam? I served others all my life, I spread the word of Allah to
others.'  His eyes had become blurry and he was shaking with sweat. The
two angels took him by the arms. As his feet dragged, they went through
the crowd and advanced toward the blazing flames of Jahannam. He was
yelling and wondered if there was any person who was going to help him. He
was yelling of all the good deeds he had done, how he had helped his
father, his fasts, prayers, the Noble Qur'an hat he read, he was asking
if none of them would help him.
The Jahannam angels continued to drag him.
They had gotten closer to the Hellfire. He looked back and these were his
last pleas. Had not Rasulullah [SAW] said, 'How clean would a person be
who bathes in a river five times a day, so too does the Salah performed
five times cleanse someone of their sins?'
He began yelling, 'My prayers? My prayers? My prayers?'
The two angels did not stop, and they came to the edge of the abyss of
Jahannam. The flames of the fire were burning his face. He looked back one
last time, but his eyes were dry of hope and he had nothing left in him.
One of the angels pushed him in. He found himself in the air and falling
towards the flames. He had just fallen five or six feet when a hand
grabbed him by the arm and pulled him back.
He lifted his head and saw an old man with a long white beard.  He wiped
some dust off himself and asked him, 'Who are you?'
The old man replied, 'I am your prayers.'
'Why are you so late?! I was almost in the fire! You rescued me at the
last minute before I fell in.' The old man smiled and shook his head, 'You
always performed me at the last minute, did you forget?'
At that instant, he blinked and lifted his head from Sajdah. He was in a
sweat. He listened to the voices coming from outside. He heard the Adhan
for Salat-ul Isha. He got up quickly and went to perform Wudhu.
Pass this on to your friends and family.......
Maybe, you can help someone open their eyes.
And who knows?
Maybe, this is a good deed that can help you during The Day of Judgment.
(INSHA-ALLAH)
Strictly adhere to the five daily prayers at the fixed times.

Friendship for Allah's sake...


A`uzu billahis Samee`il`Aleem,

minash shaytanir rajeem!
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem!

Wa Salaatu wa Salaam
`alaa Rasulullah-
Salallahu `Alayhi wa Sallam!

As Salaam o Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barkaatuh

Friendship for Allah's Sake

Man is liable to imitate and copy those whom he befriends.
If one's friends engage in virtuous deeds,
this would prompt him to imitate their good qualities.
Whereas, if one's friends indulge in bad practices,
then it is very likely for him to get accustomed with their bad characteristics
and eventually incorporate them in his behavior, knowingly or unknowingly!
Such is also true concerning one's religion and beliefs
as Allah's Messenger * is reported to have said,
'Man is on the religion of his companions,
so let one of you choose whom he befriends.'
[Ahmad, Abu Dawood and Tirmidhee]

We are commanded to be very careful when choosing associates. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) cited an extraordinary comparison between righteous company and evil association.
He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) mentioned,
'Verily, the example of a good companion in comparison to an evil one is like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith's bellow. From the first you would either get a gift of his musk's scent, buy some from him, or enjoy its good smell, while the bellow will either burn your clothes, or give you a bad, nasty smell thereof.' [Agreed upon]
We, thus, find our pious predecessors so concerned and careful about their friends that they would invoke Allah to grant them righteous associates. It is related in Saheeh al-Bukharee that Alqamah said, I went to ash-Shaam and offered two Rak'ahs prayer and then I said, 'O Allah, bless me with a good pious companion.' Then I went to some people and sat with them. An old man came and sat beside me. I asked, 'Who is he?' They replied, 'Abu ad-Darda.' I said to him, 'I prayed to Allah to bless me with a pious companion and He sent you to me. He asked me, 'From where are you?' I replied, 'From the people of al-Koofa.' [Saheeh al-Bukharee (5/86)]
Along these lines, a Muslim should be very much concerned to understand the Islamic perspective of friendship and characteristics of a good companion, in order to choose the right person to associate with. Following are some guidelines deduced from the teachings of the Qur'aan and the Sunnah, which designate the characteristics of a Muslim’s friends.

Friendship for Allah's Sake
A Muslim's primary concern before choosing friends should be to seek the Pleasure of Allah in the friendship. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'Whoever loves for Allah, and hates for Allah, gives for Allah and withholds for Allah, has completed his faith.' [Abu Dawood]
Friendship that is based upon the sincere purpose of seeking Allah's Pleasure brings about the love of Allah for the slave. Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) narrated that Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, 'A man went to visit a brother of his in another village. Allah sent an Angel to wait for him on the road. When the man came, the Angel asked him, 'Where do you intend to go?' He said, 'I am going to visit a brother of mine who lives in this village.' The Angel asked, 'Have you done him any favor (for which you are now seeking repayment)?' He said, 'No, I just love him for the sake of Allah.' The Angel told him, 'I am a messenger to you from Allah, sent to tell you that He (Allah) Loves you as you love your brother for His sake.' [Saheeh Muslim]
From the benefits of such a virtuous friendship is that on the Day of Judgment, when, '…the sky will be like the boiling filth of oil (or molten lead, etc.) and the mountains will be like flakes of wool. And no friend will ask of a friend.' [(70): 8-10] 'That day shall a man flee from his brother. And from his mother and his father, and from his wife and children.' [(81): 34-37] 'Allah, the Exalted, will declare on the Day of Resurrection, 'Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My Grace? This Day, I shall shade them under My Shade, when there is only My Shade.' [Saheeh Muslim]

Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter - http://www.qsep.com

As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 11