Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sunnah of the Eid

 

Bathing, perfume and best clothes

Naaf'i reports: "Abdullah Ibn Umar used to bathe on the day of Fitr before setting out to the Musallaa." (Malik (1/177), Ash-Shaafi'ee (73) and Abdur-Razzaaq (5754) and it has an authentic chain of narration)

Imam Ibn Qudamah said, "It is preferred to purify oneself by bathing for Eid. Ibn Umar used to bathe on the day of Fitr. This is also reported upon Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) and it is the opinion of 'Urwah, 'Ataa, An-Nakhaa'ee, Ash-Sha'bee, Qatadah Abu Zinaad Malik, Ash-Shaafi'ee and Ibn Mundhir..." (Al-Mughnee, 2/370)

Ibn Al-Qayyim said, "He (peace be upon him) would wear his best clothes when proceeding to the two Eids and the day of jum 'ah." (Zaad-ul-Ma'aad, 1/441)

Eating before prayer

Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said, "The Messenger of Allah would not set out in the morning of Eid-Al-Fitr until he had eaten some dates."(Bukhari)

Imam Al-Muhallab said: "The wisdom behind eating before the Eid prayer is so that no person doubts that fasting remains until after the prayer. So it is as if he (peace be upon him) wanted to stop this from occurring."(Fath-ul-Bari, 2/447)

Takbeer in the Eids

The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to emerge on the day of Eid-Al-Fitr and say the Takbeer up until he reached the Musallaa and up until he had performed the prayer. So when he had performed the prayer he stopped saying the Takbeer. (Silsilatul Ahadeeth As-Saheehah, 170)

The scholar of Hadeeth Al-Albani said, "This Hadeeth contains evidence of saying the Takbeer aloud on the way to the Musallaa; even though many Muslims have become negligent of this Sunnah to such an extent that it has nearly become a "thing of the past".

Ibn Mas'ud used to say:

"Allahu-Akbar. Allahu-Akbar. Laa ilaaha illallah. Wa-Allahu Akbar. Allahu-Akbaar. Wa lillaahil-Hamd"

(Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest. There is none who has the right to be worshipped except Allah. Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest and to Allah belongs all praise.)

Salmaan Al-Khair (may Allah Pleased with him): "Make takbeer of Allah: Say:

Allahu-Akbar Allahu-Akbar Allahu-Akbar kabeera (Baihaqee)

Saying the Takbeer aloud does not mean that it is permitted to say it in unison, as some people do. Likewise, all other supplications in which raising the voice has or has not been prescribed, then reciting the supplication in unison is not permissible. So be cautious of this and let us always focus upon the fact that the best guidance is the guidance of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Different route to and fro the Musallaa

Jabir Bin Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) said, "When it was the day of Eid the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to alter his route (of returning)." (Bukhari)

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawzeeyah said, "The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to change his route on the days of Eid, such that he went by one route and returned by another. According to the most correct opinion, he did this to make manifest the rituals of Islam." (Zaad-ul-Ma'aad, 1/449)

Praying Eid Musallaa

Aboo Sa'eed Al-Khudree (may Allah be pleased with him) said: "The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) on the days of Eid-Al-Fitr and 'Adhaa, used to go out to the Musallaa and the first thing that he would begin with was the prayer..." (Bukhari and Muslim)

The aim of the prayer in the Musallaa is to gather the great majority of Muslims in one place.

Greeting

The companions when they met each other on Eid would say:

"Taqabbala Allaaha minnaa wa minkum"

May Allah accept it (the worship) from you and us. (Fath Al-Bari)

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Let him separate himself

 

IN the days when Musa (peace be upon him) wandered with the tribe of Bani Isra'eel in the desert, an intense drought befell them. Together, they raised their hands praying for rain. To the astonishment of Musa (peace be upon him) and all those watching, the few scattered clouds that were in the sky vanished and the heat intensified.

It was revealed to Musa that there was a sinner amongst the tribe who had disobeyed Allah for more than forty years of his life.

"Let him separate himself from the congregation," Allah told Musa (peace be upon him). "Only then shall I shower you all with rain."

Musa (peace be upon him) then called out to his people, "There is a person amongst us who has disobeyed Allah for forty years. Let him separate himself from the congregation and only then shall we be rescued from the drought."

That man waited, looking left and right, hoping that someone else would step forward, but no one did. Sweat poured forth from his brow. He knew that he was the one.

The man knew that if he stayed amongst the congregation all would die of thirst and that if he stepped forward he would be humiliated.

At that moment, he supplicated to Allah with a sincerity he had never known before, with humility he had never tasted, and as tears poured down on both cheeks he said, "O Allah, have mercy on me! O Allah, hide my sins! O Allah, forgive me!"

As Musa (peace be upon him) and the people were waiting for the sinner to come forward, clouds hugged the sky and rain poured.

Musa asked Allah, "O Allah, you blessed us with rain even though the sinner did not come forward."

Allah replied, "O Musa, due to the repentance of that very person I blessed all of Bani Isra'eel with water."

Musa (peace be upon him), wanting to know who this blessed man was, asked, "Show him to me O Allah!"

Allah replied, "O Musa, I hid his sins for forty years, do you think that after his repentance I shall expose him?"

Destiny

There shall be a night, some night in your life, that you shall awaken in Jannah or Hellfire. On his deathbed, Anas Ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) prayed to Allah, "O Allah, protect me from a night whose morning brings a journey to Hellfire." Think about that morning.

Only two more nights remain

Ibn Jareer narrates on the authority of Mujahid, that there was a man from Bani Israeel who used to spend the night in prayer. Then during the day he would fight the enemy in the way of Allah until the evening and he did this for a thousand months.

Allah revealed for us the Surah about the Night of Al-Qadr.

"The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allâh in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months." (Qur'an, 97:3)

Peace shall descend on Laylatul Qadr until the dawn. It may be that we leave the masjid after Fajr in the next few fays forgiven by Allah, Glorious and Most High.

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Tauba

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


 

Allah loves a believer who seeks forgiveness by asking for Tauba and Istaghfar. Tauba is among the most praiseworthy acts of virtue for the believers.

Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His servants than a person who found his lost camel in a waterless desert. In fact, Allah loves to see the believer repent more than He hates to see him sin. The Prophet said “If you were not to commit sins, Allah would have swept you out of existence and would have replaced you by another people who have committed sin, and then asked forgiveness from Allah.”

Allah says: “My mercy predominates my wrath..” Allah accepts the repentance of a believer for as long as he is not at the point of death. He (or she) who repents of a sin is like him who has committed no sin. Indeed Allah loves a believing servant who sins and then realizes his mistake and greatly repents with a true heart and seeks His forgiveness, mercy, and intends with a true heart to never repeat the sin.

When a believer commits a sin and seeks Tauba, Allah becomes so happy and says: "My servant committed a sin and then he came to realize that he has a Lord who holds the sinner responsible and accountable, and also that He has a Lord who forgives the sins if asked for forgiveness: So let him be forgiven"

Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, says: I live in the thought of My servant and I am with him when he remembers Me. When he draws near Me by the span of his hand, I draw near him by the length of a cubit, and when he draws near Me by the length of a cubit I draw near him by the length of a fathom and when he draws near Me walking I draw close to him hurriedly.

Believers are on a path of continual improvement.. People do make mistakes, but believers analyze their mistakes and take positive actions to correct them. This examination is critical for creating purity in every action. In this way, believers develop a lifestyle which is firmly grounded in the principles of faith, and as loved by Allah and His Prophet. All the sons of Adam are sinners, but the best of sinners are those who repent.

Dua: Oh Allah, let us become better Muslims by repenting for our sins, major and minor, intentionally or unintentionally, openly or secretly, and accept our repentance, and save us from repeating our sins. Aameen.


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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Jannah – have you ever tasted, seen it or felt it?

Jannah – have you ever tasted, seen it or felt it?

In Sahih Muslim, Abdullah Ibn Mas'ood narrates from Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) the warming story of the last man to escape Hellfire:

HIS crawl away from Hellfire is filled with his face slipping into the dirt, a tremoring walk, and a fire that licks him until he finally escapes.

When he is past it, he looks back, horrified, and announces with the loudest voice, "All praise is due to Allah Who saved me from you." Then he says, most proud, "Verily I have been rewarded with something that no one from the beginning to the end of creation has been blessed with."

At that moment, a tree catches his eye – a tree that was commanded to be raised for him. He quickly raises his hands, "O Allah! Allow me to draw near to that tree so that I can cool off under its shade and drink from its water."

Then Allah calls him, "O son of Adam! If I grant you what you ask, you shall ask for more."

"Nay, O Allah!" pleads the man and he testifies that he shall ask no more.

As the man basks in the glory of the tree, another tree is raised, one more bounteous and lush than the first. The man pleads, "O Allah! Allow me to draw near to that tree so that I can cool off under its shade and drink from its water.

Allah then says, "Did you not promise me that you would ask no more? Perhaps if I give it to you, you shall ask for yet even more."

The man testifies that he will not, and is permitted that tree.

Just then a tree is raised near the doors of Jannah (paradise), one bigger and lusher than all the rest and the man's heart sinks.

"O Allah, that tree, that tree. I'll ask for nothing else."

"Did you not promise you would ask for nothing more?"

"After that tree, yaa Allah, nothing more!"

He is permitted to draw nearer to the tree and there, as he nears the doors of Jannah, he hears the sounds of its inhabitants and he leaps, "O Allah! Enter me into Jannah!"

"O son of Adam!" Allah announces, "What shall satisfy you and finish your pleading?"

Then Allah offers, "Will it please you if I give you all the treasures and bounty of the entire world and then double it!"

The man's smile shuts off and his eyes lock up. "My Lord, You're the Lord of the universe… Are You mocking me?"

At this point Ibn Mas'ood started laughing. He said to his students, "Ask me why I'm laughing. I'm laughing because Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) laughed when he told us this. And he also asked us, 'Do you know what makes me laugh? I'm laughing for Allah's laughter when the man said, 'You are the lord of the universe… are You mocking me?'"

Allah then tells him, "I am not mocking you, rather I am capable of doing whatever I so wish." Allahu Akbar!

Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) taught us that in Jannah there is that "which no eye has witnessed, no ear has heard, and that which has never been imagined by any human." (Bukhari and Muslim)

"No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do." (Qur'an, 32:17)

Imagine yourself in Jannah

Imagine yourself present on the day when the gates of Jannah will be opened with all of the splendor that lies beyond it. Allah tells us in the Qur'an about when the muttaqoon are escorted to the gates of Jannah by the most handsome of angels.

"And those who kept their duty to their Lord will be led to Paradise in groups, till, when they reach it, and its gates will be opened (before their arrival for their reception) and its keepers will say: Salâmun 'Alaikum (Peace be upon you)! You have done well, so enter here to abide therein." (Qur'an, 39:73)

The Shade in Jannah

"Verily, the Muttaqun (the pious. See V.2:2) shall be admidst shades and springs. And fruits, such as they desire. Eat and drink comfortably for that which you used to do. Verily, thus We reward the Mushsinun (good-doers.)" (Qur'an, 77/41-44)

The Ambience in Jannah

Imagine yourself in Jannah. Your face is shining with joy and you're so glad that you woke up for Fajr all those days, glad you paid your Zakah, glad you wore Hijab all those summer days. This is what the atmosphere is like in Jannah:

"(Other) faces that Day will be joyful, glad with their endeavor (for their good deeds which they did in this world, along with the true Faith of Islamic Monotheism), in a lofty Paradise, Where they shall neither hear harmful speech nor falsehood." (Qur'an, 88/8-11)

Jannah is the fruit of a seed planted in this world. Let's go driving towards Jannah!

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Take advantage of lailatul qadr...

In my neck of the woods, tonight begins the last ten days of Ramadan. In case you didn’t know, Muslims are encouraged to seek out the The Night of Power, during the last ten nights of Ramadan. More specifically, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has stated that the Night of Power falls on one of the odd nights during the last ten days of Ramadan.

Some of the blessings and benefits associated with the Night of Power are:

  • The Quran was revealed during the Night of Power. Allah states in Chapter 97 (Al-Qadr) verse 1: “Verily, We have sent it down during the Night of Power.” According to Ibn Kathir, Allah sent the Quran to the lower heavens during this night.

There is a hadith attributed to Ibn Abbas which states: "Allah sent the Qur'an down all at one time from the Preserved Tablet (Al-Lawh Al-Mahfuz) to the House of Might (Baytul-`Izzah), which is in the heaven of this world. Then it came down in parts to the Messenger of Allah based upon the incidents that occurred over a period of twenty-three years.''

Also, Chapter 44 (Al-Dukhan) verse 4, Allah states: By the manifest Book that makes things clear. We sent it down on a blessed night.

Scholars agree that this blessed night is the Night of Power.

  • This night is greater than 1000 months. Chapter 97 verse 2 states: “The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.” A thousand months is more than 81 years. This means that a Muslim who worships during this night will receive blessings greater than if he/she worshiped Allah for a thousand months made up of regular days.
  • The decrees and orders of all things descends from the heaven during this night. Allah states in Chapter 97 verse 3: Therein descend the Angels and the Spirit with the permission of their Lord, with every matter.

“Every matter” refers to the decrees and orders of Allah including matters pertaining to life, death, and mankind’s provision and sustenance.

  • The Muslim can have all of their sins forgiven, and will experience peace until the morning. Chapter 97 verse 5 states: “Peace therein until the dawn.” During the month of Ramadan, the evil devils are locked up and the gates of Hell are closed. Without the distractions of evil whispers, the Muslim can focus entirely on Allah during this night, and will experience peace until the coming dawn.

Furthermore, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has said that whoever stands for prayer during the Night of Power expecting the reward of Allah, will have their previous sins forgiven.

If you have the means to perform Itikaf (seclusion in the mosque) during these last ten days of Ramadan, then you should do so. This was the practice of Prophet Muhammad, according to his wife Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her). Isolation in the mosque will afford you even more time to devote to worshiping Allah.

But even if you can’t make Itikaf, you can still take advantage of the Night of Power. During this period, you should increase your worship, make extensive dua (supplication) to Allah, get up to make nightly prayers, and recite Quran.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Seek the greatest night of the year

Seek the greatest night of the year

Itikaf

Itikaf means seclusion and staying in the mosque with the intention of worshipping and becoming closer to Allah. Every Ramadan, the Prophet (peace be upon him) would retreat himself in Itikaf for the last 10 days. The year he died, he observed Itikaf for twenty days. (Bukhari)

As the month of blessings and mercy is coming to the end, similarly the recitation of the complete Qur'an is also coming to the Khatam which would be on the 27th night of Ramadan. The last ten nights are very important nights. Ayesha (may Allah be pleased with her) said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to exert himself in night prayer especially during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

Lailat-ul-Qadr

Ayesha (may Allah be pleased with her) said, "Allah's Messenger used to practice Itikaf in the last ten nights and say: 'Seek out Lailat-ul-Qadr in the (odd nights) of the last ten days of Ramadan." (Bukhari and Muslim).

Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree) is the greatest night of the year. It is a night about which Allah revealed a full Surah, Surah Al-Qadr and the verses 3-6 of Surah Al-Dukhan. Allah the Almighty said in the Qur'an,"Verily, We have sent it (his Qur'an) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree). And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr (Decree)is? The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months). Therein desecend the angels and the Ruh [Jibril (Gabril)] by Allah's Permission with all Decrees, (All that night), there is Peace (and Goodness from Allah to His Believing slaves) until the appearence of dawn." (Qur'an, 97:1-5)

Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "...there is a night (during this month) which is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good is really deprived (of something great). (Ahmad, an-Nisai and al-Bayhaqi).

Spend more time with the Qur'an. Read the Qur'an every day. Try to recite the whole Qur'an at least once during this month. Pray on time. Men should try to observe all the prayers with congregation at mosques. Do not ignore the Taraweeh. Make more extra and voluntary prayers.

Do as much worship as you can. Do more Dhikr (remembering Allah) and Du'a (supplication) for yourself and for others. Repent and seek forgiveness for yourself and for others as much as you can. This is the best time for devotion and seeking Allah's forgiveness. Seek the Night of Qadr by special devotion during the last 10 nights of this month.

The month of blessing and forgiveness is passing away very quickly. Do not miss the remaining last ten days and nights. Let us clear our sins. Let us seek the Night of Qadr!

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Miracles of the Qur'an

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


 

Qur'an on Meteorology

Meteorologists will tell you that rain clouds form in the following manner:

  1. The wind pushes the clouds so that they can begin to converge.
  2. The clouds then join and form larger clouds.
  3. Updrafts cause these larger clouds to grow vertically, such that they appear stacked up.
  4. Drops of water start to accumulate in the newly formed upper parts of the clouds, and when they get heavy enough they fall to the earth as rain.

The Qur’an already summarized this process more than 14 centuries ago, with stunning accuracy, and that too in an age of scientific ignorance:

Do you not realize that God drives the clouds, then gathers them together, then piles them on each other, then you see the rain coming out of them?
[Al-Qur'an, 24:43]


Qur'an's Viewpoint On The Big Bang

Advanced methods have recently enabled astronomers to determine that the universe probably started as a very small ball of mass. A violent explosion triggered the gradual and still ongoing expansion of this ball. So what was once together has now been separated. Not too long ago, the microscope enabled us to discover that life cells are composed mainly of water. Allah already told us these facts long before anyone else had a clue.

Do the unbelievers not realize that the heaven and the earth used to be one solid mass that we exploded into existence? And from water we made all living things. Would they believe?
[Al-Qur'an, 21:30]


"Atom and Everything Smaller"

Many centuries before the onset of Muhammad's prophethood, there was a well-known theory of atomism advanced by the Greek philosopher, Democritus. He and the people who came after him assumed that matter consists of tiny, indestructible, indivisible particles called atoms. The Arabs too, used to deal in the same concept; in fact, the Arabic word "dharrah" commonly referred to the smallest particle known to man. Now, modern science has discovered that this smallest unit of matter (i.e., the atom, which has all of the same properties as its element) can be further split into its component parts. This is a new idea, a development of the last century; yet, interestingly enough, this information had already been documented in the Qur'an (Surah Saba', 34:3) which states:

"He [i.e., Allah] is aware of an atom's weight in the heavens and on the earth and even anything smaller than that..."

Undoubtedly, fourteen centuries ago that statement would have looked unusual, even to an Arab. For him, the dharrah was the smallest thing there was. Yet, Qur'an clearly states atom (dharrah)... and everything smaller than the atom itself! (protons, electrons, neutrons etc)


Qur'an's Verdict on Honey Bees
In the 16th chapter (Surah an-Nahl 16:68-69) the Qur'an mentions that the female bee leaves its home to gather food.. Now, a person might guess on that, saying, "The bee that you see flying around - it could be male, or it could be female. I think I will guess female." Certainly, he has a one in two chance of being right. So it happens that the Qur'an is right. But it also happens that that was not what most people believed at the time when the Qur'an was revealed. Can you tell the difference between a male and a female bee? Well, it takes a specialist to do that, but it has been discovered that the male bee never leaves his home to gather food. However, in Shakespeare's play, Henry the Fourth, some of the characters discuss bees and mention that the bees are soldiers and have a king. That is what people thought in Shakespeare's time - that the bees that one sees flying around are male bees and that they go home and answer to a king. However, that is not true at all. The fact is that they are females, and they answer to a queen. Yet it took modern scientific investigations in the last 300 years to discover that this is the case.

The Qur'an had a 50/50 chance of being right, and the odds were one in two. Yet, it makes another Bull's Eye. Right on the dot yet again!!


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What is the Qur'an ?

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful



What is the Qur'an ?

Verily this is a Revelation from the Lord of the Worlds: With it came down the spirit of Faith and Truth- To your heart and mind, that you may admonish. In the perspicuous Arabic language.
(Surah Ash-Shu'ara, Ayahs 192-195)

The word "Qur'an" comes from the root word “qir'a” which means "recitation." The word Qur'an, therefore, may be perceived as the highest superlative form of that verb which symbolizes the text which is most read: The book of Allah.

For Muslims, the Qur'an is the revealed, eternal, and infallible word of God. It is an ultimate authority in all religious, social, and legal issues. The message of the book is straightforward: There is no God but Allah, and He has given His message to Muhammad to be relayed to the people as both a warning and a promise. The warning is to all who refuse to believe in the one God, and the promise is of eternal rewards to those who believe in Allah and do His will.

The Qur'an comprehends the complete code for the Muslims to live a good, chaste, abundant and rewarding life in obedience to the commandments of Allah, in this life and to gain salvation in the next.. It is the "chart of life" for every Muslim, and it is the "constitution" of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

The Qur'an is the guide, the “by-laws” the reference book, the check list, and an eternal contemporary of the Muslims. Each generation of Muslims has found new sources of strength, courage and inspiration in it. It is also, for them, a "compass" in the turbulent voyage of life.

Indeed, there has come to you light and a clear book from Allah; With it Allah guides him who follow His pleasure into the ways of safety and brings them out of utter darkness into light by his will and guides them to the right path.
(5: 15-16)

It deserves the highest praise for its conceptions of Divine nature in reference to the attributes of Power, Knowledge, and Universal Providence and Unity. It is Qur'an which transformed the simple shepherds and wandering Bedouins of Arabia into the founders of empires, the builders of cities, the collectors of libraries. If a system of religious teachings is evaluated by the changes which it introduces into the way of life, the customs and beliefs of its followers, then Qur'an as a code of life is second to none! It is not strange then, that more translations and more commentaries of the Holy Qur'an have been published than that of any other book claimed to be the Divine Revelation.

Tomorrow's Topic: Miracles of the Qur'an


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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ramadan: Benefits of night worship

Ramadan: Benefits of night worship

THE special character, which distinguishes the month of Ramadan from the rest of the year is derived from the type of action we do during this month, be they obligatory or voluntary. We have spoken about fasting and the reasons for making it obligatory, as well as the role it plays in the building of the special character, which the nation of Islam has. We have pointed out that fasting has much to do with the preparation of Muslims for the task assigned to them by God, namely, conveying the divine message of Islam to mankind. Although fasting is the main thing, which we do in Ramadan, it is only the obligatory part. There are other aspects of worship, which we associate with Ramadan in one way or another and which contribute to its distinctive characteristics.

Every Muslim knows that emulating the Prophet (peace be upon him) in any action he did during the 23 years of his mission is strongly recommended. It goes without saying that some of these actions we must do, since they are Islamic duties. What is not obligatory and has been done by the Prophet constitutes a recommended practice, which earns reward if done by any Muslim. When we look at what the Prophet did in Ramadan, we find that he was exceptionally charitable in this blessed month. In order to appreciate his generosity, we need to remember that the Prophet was the most generous of people at all times. He never hesitated to give away whatever he had, trusting always that God will give him more for his charity. In Ramadan, however, he was exceedingly charitable, with no limits to his generosity.

Moreover, prayer, which is the mainstay of Islamic worship, and indeed the Islamic faith, receive even stronger emphasis in Ramadan. When you go anywhere in the Muslim world in Ramadan, you find that mosques witness some unusual activity in this month. Worshippers gather for a late congregational prayer, which is offered after Isha, the night prayer, and takes much longer than any of the five obligatory prayers offered daily. Nevertheless, this worship exercise is not obligatory. We do it, following the guidance of the Prophet. It is authentically reported that he came out into the mosque one night in Ramadan and a group of his companions joined him in a congregational prayer. He did the same on the following two nights with the congregation increasing every night. On the fourth night, the mosque was overcrowded, but the Prophet did not come out. In the morning, when he came out for the obligatory dawn prayer, Fajr, he said to his companions that he was aware of their presence. He simply did not want to come out because he feared that this worship might become obligatory to them. He wanted to keep it voluntary. However, the indication is clear that a congregational night worship in Ramadan is strongly recommended.

This understanding was put into practice by the second Caliph, Umar ibn Al-Khattab. He came out one night in Ramadan to the mosque and found that there were many people praying individually or in small groups. He thought that it was far better if they joined together in one congregation led by an imam who recited the Qur'an well. He chose Ubayy ibn Kaab who was known to be one of the best reciters of the Qur'an among the Prophet's companions. This was how the Taraweeh prayer started in congregation.

Prayers are a devotional practice, which is aptly described as an action, which breathes life into souls. This applies particularly to night prayers. At night, the worshipper feels himself much closer to God. Prayers help him to purify himself and strengthen his resolve to fulfill all the duties God requires of him, especially in relation to the conveyance of the divine message to mankind.

It is noteworthy that such long and late night prayers were obligatory in the very early period of Islam. The Prophet and his few companions in Makkah were required to stay up nearly half the night every night in total devotion to God. After a couple of hours sleep they would rise and offer their devotion. They continued to do so for a whole year. Later, the obligation was relaxed. The action itself remains strongly recommended. It does not require a far stretch of imagination to visualize the strong effect such night prayers have in educating the believers and building their characters. The self-discipline involved, the feeling of proximity to God night prayer imparts, and the acceptance of the supremacy of His will are all important factors which help to shape the character of the Muslim community. Hence, night prayers were made obligatory in the formative period of the first Muslim generation. When we consider the remarkable achievements of that generation, we have to remember that it was a generation molded by the Prophet himself, and that the fact that long hours were spent in worship every night was an essential element of the molding process.

The fact that obligation was later relaxed does not alter anything of the value of spending half of the night in honest worship. Indeed, Muslims have had to resort to this unique method to re-educate themselves in their faith and to rebuild their truly Islamic character every time that character was weakened by any particular set of circumstances. It remains today our invaluable training, which acquires for us the habit of opting for the hard but right course in preference to the wrong one, which may be easy, comfortable or even enjoyable.

There is no doubt that the month of Ramadan with its strong emphasis on night worship, in addition to the day worship of fasting, enables us to maintain our ideological character. It helps us to hold on to the standard of truth and evaluate everything through that standard. Hence, when Muslims say that Ramadan is a month of endless blessings they speak from personal experience, because they see the effects of this blessing in their daily lives. It is only natural, therefore, that we always thank God for giving us the month of Ramadan and for making it what it is in reality for our own benefit.

- By Adil Salahi

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Why Islam?

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Why Islam?

Islam is the second largest religion in the world (after Christianity), the fastest growing religion in the world, and statistics indicate it will soon be the largest religion in America. Islam is extremely tolerant of other religions. The Qur'an clearly and strongly states that "there is to be no compulsion in religion" (2:256), and that God has created not one but many nations and peoples. Many passages underscore the diversity of humankind. The Qur'an teaches that God deliberately created a world of diversity :

"O humankind, We have created you male and female and made you nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another."
(49:13)

Since the consequences of false religion are extremely grave, the true religion of God must be universally understandable and attainable: it should not be confined to any people, place or time. There can not be conditions like baptism, belief in a man, as a savior etc for a believer to enter paradise. Within the central principle of Islam and in its definition, that is to surrender one's will to the will of God, lies the roots of Islam's universality. Whenever man comes to the realization that Allah is one and distinct from His creation, and submits himself to Allah, he becomes a Muslim in body and spirit and is eligible for paradise. Thus, anyone at anytime in the most remote region of the world can become a Muslim, a follower of God's religion, Islam, by merely rejecting the worship of creation and by turning to Allah (God) alone. It should be noted however, that the recognition of and submission to Allah requires that one chooses between right and wrong and such a choice implies accountability and responsibility. Man will be held responsible for his choices, and, as such, he should try his utmost to do good and avoid evil. The ultimate good is the worship of Allah alone and the ultimate evil is the worship of His creation along with or instead of Allah.


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The Philosophy of "Salaah"

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


The Philosophy of "Salaah"

The importance of Salaah (obligatory 5 times prayers) in a Muslim’s life is undeniable, unquestionable, and undisputable. Every Muslim would agree that acts such as recitation of the Qur’an (qirat), giving charity to the poor (zakaat), pilgrimage (Hajj), fasting during Ramadan (fasting), respecting elders, loving the younger ones, abstaining from watching hearing and doing the haraam, and practices such as taqwa, kindness, prostrations (sajda), and supplications (dua) hold extreme importance in a Muslim’s life.

Our Beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallum commanded the Muslims to practice and teach all of the above mentioned devotions to themselves, others, and especially the children. But never has the Prophet stressed so much on any other element, as He has stressed on Salaat. The Prophet has emphasized Salaat so much that a child is to be disciplined from an early tender age and be put into the practice of offering his prayers. If the child does not recite the Qur’an, that’s ok. If he does not fast, that’s ok. But it is not ok for the child to not offer his prayers. The Prophet commanded the believers to condition their children in such a way that Salaat becomes part of his daily activity from as early of an age as 7 and 10 years. Salaat is to be offered 5 times a day irrespective of any excuses, whether in a standing position, in a sitting posture, or even while lying down, but it can not be ignored. The question arises to mind that what is it about Salaat that makes it so different from other pious activities? Why has the Salaat been emphasized so much that it is one of the only few things that are actually commanded for even a child. Why???

Allah says in the Qur’an, “Seek help from Salaat.” Whenever the Prophet happened to face any difficulty, he would immediately resort to Salaat. When a Muslim offers his Salaat to please Allah, his sins are shed away from him just as leaves drop from trees in Autumn. Just as dirt can not remain on a person’s body who bathes five times, exactly similar is the effect of Salaat offered five times a day with the Grace of Allah it washes away all the dirt of the mind and spirit. Accountability of Salaat will be one of the only three questions asked in the grave, and will be the first and the foremost thing to be accounted for on the Day of Judgement. Salaat is the key to Paradise, the pillar of Islam, the light and mai’raaj of a Momin, and disgraces the Devil. The Mercy of Allah descends upon a person so long as he is engaged in Salaat. Of all the practices, Salaat made at fixed hours is most loved by Allah. The place of Salaat in Islam is like the head in a body. Fire of Hell is forbidden and Paradise becomes due to a person who performs his 'Wudhu' properly and says his Salaat keenly and according to its regulations. Salaat encourages promptness in a person’s life and allows him to appreciate the value of time when he promptly offers his prayers 5 times everyday at their respective times. Salaat strengthens faith and Eemaan because it makes a believer feel close to his Creator and makes him realize that even if he can not see Allah, Allah can surely see him. Salaat promotes unity and discipline for, in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side, and it is this subconscious indivisible unity of Islam that makes a man instinctively into a brother.

With these points in mind, one begins to understand the importance of Salaat on an individual’s life, and only now can we begin to understand why Allah and His Messenger emphasized so much on Salaat and wished to embed Salaat as part of every believer’s life, children and adults alike.


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Ramadan – a month of Mercy and Forgiveness

Ramadan – a month of Mercy and Forgiveness

LOOK at the mercy a mother has for her baby she feeds. Can we imagine her ever harming the child? Look at the the elephant, a creature that weighs more than a ton, has so much mercy for its offspring.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Allah divided Mercy into one-hundred parts and He kept its ninety-nine parts with Him and sent down its one part on the earth, and because of that, its one single part, His creations are Merciful to each other, so that even the mare lifts up its hoofs away from its baby animal, lest it should trample on it." (Bukhari)

We should have maximum mercy on each other in this month. This is the month of forgiveness so let us forgive and take maximum benefit from what Allah has promised us.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "A Muslim is the one who avoids harming Muslims with his tongue and hands." (Bukhari)

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Bodily desires

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “A wise person is one who keeps a watch over his bodily desires and passions, and checks himself from that which is harmful and strives for that which will benefit him after death;

and a foolish person is one who subordinates himself to his cravings and desires and expects from God the fulfillments of his futile desires”

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 66 Narrated by AbuYa'la ibn Shaddad ibn Aws

Who I Am !

 


(An Excellent poem about the Muslim Woman)

What do you see
when you look at me
Do you see someone limited,
or someone free

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All some people can do is just look and stare
Simply because they can't see my hair

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Others think I am controlled and uneducated
They think that I am limited and un-liberated

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They are so thankful that they are not me
Because they would like to remain 'free'

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Well free isn't exactly the word I would've used
Describing women who are cheated on and abused

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They think that I do not have opinions or voice
They think that being hooded isn't my choice

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They think that the hood makes me look caged
That my husband or dad are totally outraged

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All they can do is look at me in fear
And in my eye there is a tear

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Not because I have been stared at or made fun of
But because people are ignoring the one up above

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On the day of judgment they will be the fools
Because they were too ashamed to play by their own rules

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Maybe the guys won't think I am a cutie
But at least I am filled with more inner beauty

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See I have declined from being a guy's toy
Because I won't let myself be controlled by a boy

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Real men are able to appreciate my mind
And aren't busy looking at my behind

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Hooded girls are the ones really helping themuslim cause
The role that we play definitely deserves applause

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I will be recognized because I am smart and bright
And because some people are inspired by my sight

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The smart ones are attracted by my tranquility
In the back of their mind they wish they were me

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We have the strength to do what we think is right
Even if it means putting up a life long fight

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You see we are not controlled by a mini skirt and tight shirt
We are given only respect, and never treated like dirt

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So you see, we are the ones that are free and liberated
We are not the ones that are sexually terrorized and violated

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We are the ones that are free and pure
We're free of STD's that have no cure

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So when people ask you how you feel about the hood
Just sum it up by saying 'baby its all good' ;)

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Who Created Allah?

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Who Created Allah?

Question: If everything needs a creator, then who created Allah?

Answer: This is just rhetoric and playing with words. In all practicality this scenario doesn't exist, and here's why:

Assumption: Every thing is created by "A"

Question: Who created "A"?
Answer: "B" created "A"

Question: Who created "B"?
Answer: "C" created "B"

Question: Who created "C"?
Answer: "D" created "C"

And so on and so forth.

You can keep asking this question until we exhaust the chain of creation. Ultimately, we will all have to agree one of 2 things: Either the "creator" is a product of random chance and accident, or some "thing" outside the realm of natural creation exists who is self-existing and doesn't need a creator.

Furthermore, things like "created" and "born" and "died" are physical things which require time and space. If there is an existence which is self-existing, then that means time doesn't affect Him because He doesn't get old, or get born, or dies. If time doesn't affect Him then that means He is outside the realm of time and space. If He is outside the realm of time and space then He lived before everyone else and will live after everyone else.

To understand this better, draw a straight line with blue ink on a piece of paper. Let this blue ink represent time. We know time exists so some "thing" has to initiate this line. So now you would draw a bracket in red ink at the begining of the line. As soon as we draw this bracket in red ink outside the line of time, we right away admit that this "thing" is BEFORE time starts. With time begins all other creation, and this "time" seperates the creation from the Ultimate Creator. Since this Ultimate Creator existed before the measurement of time began, for all factual and empirical purposes that makes Him, quite literally, "Eternal and Absolute."


Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.
Qur'an, 112:1-4

Look after daughters

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

'If anyone cares for three daughters, disciplines them, marries them, and does goodto them, he will go to Paradise.'

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 5128 Narrated by Abu Sa'id al-Khudri

Ramadan experience in Makkah

Ramadan experience in Makkah

THE experience of Ramadan in Makkah is different from all the Islamic countries. Life dramatically changes, eating habits change and even some common dishes are replaced with special food items.

The large congregation for Isha and Taraweeh prayers represent the dynamic unity of all the Muslims. The Imam reciting the Qur'an, bowing and prostrating with thousands following represents a lovely scene of obedience not found in any religion of the world.

The white and the black stand side by side. Islam stands for unity of Muslims as one nation worshipping only one God and following His divine guidance.

Sudanese in their white turban, Egyptians in their long lose shirts, Omanis with their particular headgear, Jordanians in wide trousers, Moroccans in red Turkish caps with their cloaks on, Nigerians with their shirts and trousers of the same cloth, Pakistanis in their Shirt-and-Shalwar, Indonesians in their bush-shirt and long skirt and Malaysians wearing their black caps and long skirts all gathered together in the mosque under the banner of Islam.

For Iftar, only dates and Saudi coffee are allowed inside the Holy Mosque. People distribute dates hoping to earn extra reward. Outside the mosque, aromas of different dishes delight the passer-bys.

Samosas are special attraction and healthy drinks made from yoghurt are seen everywhere.

People have ten minutes for Iftar. Thousands of workers in the Holy Mosque clean the area within seconds after Iftar to prepare for the congregational prayer.

At home, Saudis have a special soup made of broken wheat, meat and spices. It is said that the soup revives the strength lost during fasting. The most common dishes in Makkah during Ramadan are Kabsa, Zurbiyan, Mandi and roasted meat.

After Maghrib prayer, people crowd restaurants for dinner. When the call for Isha prayer is given after a two-hour break, people rush back for their Isha and Taraweeh prayers that last for nearly two hours.

Sleeping habits also change drastically. People stay awake all night for worship and take rest during the day. Working hours are also changed to the effect.

Ramadan here is also known for its charity. Tons and tons of dates are freely distributed.

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"Hardship & Ease"

Bismi Allahir Rahmanir Raheem.


All praise is for Allah, the Most High, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace be upon all the Prophets of Allah, especially our Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa aalihi wa sallam).

"Hardship & Ease"

'Usri Yusra'

"Allah puts no burden on any person beyond what He has given him.
Allah will grant after hardship, ease."
Al- Quran [at-Talaaq, 65:7]

"Surely with every difficulty there is relief.
Surely with every difficulty there is relief."
Al- Quran [Shrah, 94:5-6]

Assalamu 'alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Who would like to purchase the Paradise (al-Jannah)? Here is a way to it, as Allah says in Surah at-Taubah:

"Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties;
for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise."

(Inna Allaha ishtara mina almumineena anfusahum waamwalahum
bianna lahumu aljannata...) [9:111]

Al-Mu'min (a Believer in Allah) is the one who believes in Allah al-Wahid, yet without seeing Him. A believer's faith makes him sell himself to Allah and gets a generous reward. If anyone of us proclaims 'I believe in Allah' then he/she should be prepared for the tests from Allah. Allah says:

Alif Lam M'im. ¤
Do the people think that they will be left alone on saying "We believe,"
and that they will not be tested? ¤
We did test those who have gone before them.
Allah has to see who are the truthful and who are the liars.
[Ankaboot, 29:1-3]

Allah has tested those who were before us, including the Prophets and those who were with them. Allah will make it clear about the one who has really sold himself to Allah and about the one who only says by his mouth 'I believe, I believe' and he lies with these words. Just hold your heart and see the tests through which Allah has tested the former people with:

"Do you think that you will enter Paradise without any trials
while you have known the examples of those who passed away before you?
They were afflicted with suffering and adversity
and were so violently shaken up that even
the Messenger and the believers with him cried out:
"When will Allah's help come?"

Then they were comforted with the words,
Be aware! Allah's help is ever close.
[Al-Baqarah - 2:214]

If a Muslim has really sold himself to Allah then let there be no worry about the trials and hardship because, once we have sold ourselves to Allah, we belong to Him (Inna lillah) and He may deal with us as He likes, He may take away from us anything or everything as He pleases. Such are the Sabireen (who endure with patience). Ar-Rahman says:

"We shall surely test your steadfastness with fear and famine, with loss of property, life and produce.
Give good news to those who endure with patience; ¤
who, when afflicted with calamity, say: "We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return." ¤
Such are the people on whom there are blessings and Mercy from Allah;
and they are the ones that are rightly guided.
[Al-Baqarah, 2:155-157]

Remember that Allah will not afflict anyone more than what he/she can bear. Allahu Ta'ala says "Allah does not burden any human being with more than he can bear." [al-Baqarah, 2:286]. Therefore if anyone is tested with some severe severe tests then according to this ayah, Allah has given him more & more strength than other people! Allah says:

"... Those who endure with patience will be rewarded without measure."
(Innama yuwaffa al-ssabiroona ajrahum bighayri hisabin)
[az-Zumar - 39:10]

Muhammadur Rasul Allah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa aalihi wa ashaabihi wa sallam) said that Allah uplifts the ranks of the people by testing them with tests. Allah says "... And give good news to those who endure with patience" (.. wabashshiri al-ssabireena, 2:155). Rasulullah ('alaihi salato was-salam) said:

"When Allah has previously decreed for a servant a rank which he has not attained by his action,
He afflicts him in his body, or his property or his children."
[ Abu Dawud]

" There is nothing (in the form of trouble) that comes to a believer
even if it is the pricking of a thorn that
there is decreed for him by Allah (something) good or his sins are obliterated."
[Sahih Muslim]

Allah does not put believers in hardship for forever. Remember the story of Prophet Ayyub ('alaihi salam), Quran says:

"Similarly We blessed Job (Ayyub), when he prayed to his Lord saying,
"Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy." ¤
We accepted his prayer and relieved his affliction, and restored not only his family but
also as many more with them as a favour from Us
so that it may serve as a reminder to Our worshippers. ¤
[Anbiyaa, 21:83-84]

"Surely with every difficulty there is relief. ¤
Surely with every difficulty there is relief."
(Fainna ma'a al-'usri yusran
Inna maAAa alAAusri yusran)
[Shrah, 94:5-6]

Allah says "...Allah will ease the hardship of those who fear Him." [65:4]. This world (dunya) and its tiny candies will end one day and this life is not for forever. Whereas, the reward in the Akhirah will never last. So who is prepared for the Paradise? So who is willing to forsake this life for a smile (happiness) of Allah?

"Indeed Allah has purchased from the believers their persons and
their wealth and in return has promised them paradise;
they fight in the cause of Allah and slay and are slain.
This is a true promise which is binding on Him mentioned in
Torah, the Gospel and the Qur'an;
and who is more true in fulfilling his promise than Allah?
Rejoice, therefore, in the bargain which you have made,
and that is a mighty achievement.
[at-Taubah 9:111]

No affliction can happen on earth nor to your souls,
which is not recorded in a Book, before We bring it into existence; surely that is easy for Allah.
[al-Hadeed, 57:22]

No affliction can ever befall except by the leave of Allah. He that believes in Allah,
his heart is guided to the Right Way. Allah has knowledge of all things.
[at-Taghaabun, 64:11]

If Allah afflicts you with a calamity, none can remove it but He;
and if He intends to bestow a favour, none can withhold His bounty.
He bestows it on whomsoever of His servants He pleases; He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.
[Yunus, 10:107]

If Allah afflicts you with any harm, none can relieve you other than Him;
and if He blesses you with happiness, you should know that He has power over everything.
[An'aam, 6:17]

"Glory be to your Lord, the Lord of Honor, He is free from what they ascribe to Him!
Peace be on the Messengers, and praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds."
Al-Quran [37:180-182]

wa Assalamu 'alaikum wa Rahmatullah,

Abdullah ibn Adam

Choosing Your Friends

Choosing Your Friends

Humans have always been social creatures and in need of friends and companions. A good part of our lives is spent in interaction with others. For Muslims like us who are living in a society where we are clearly a minority, the issue of choosing the right companions is essential for preserving our Deen. Befriending righteous and virtuous Muslims is a necessary means for staying on the Straight Path.

In an authentic Hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A person is likely to follow the faith of his friend, so look whom you befriend." [reported by Abu Dawood & Tirmidhee].

Mixing with followers of any way other than that of the Guidance results in a change in one's behaviour, morals and conduct. If we accompany such friends, then we inherit their habits, behaviour and perhaps even their religion. Such a Muslim would find himself in a situation where he is willing to hide his or her Islam in front of those who despise it (those whom he considers as friends) and to separate from the believers. When this situation occurs, a point is reached when there is a very slight difference between the Muslim and his wrong-doing companion. Many times a Muslim is encouraged by his friends to do evil and to forget his duties. The result is that Muslims themselves are often ashamed to leave them to perform prayer, their friends thus causing them to clearly deviate from the Right Path.

Instead of making friends with the misguided ones we should befriend the righteous but still treat everyone else in a gracious and just manner.

In another Hadith, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The example of a good companion and a bad companion is like that of the seller of musk, and the one who blows the blacksmith's bellows (respectively). So as for the seller of musk then either he will grant you some, or you buy some from him, or at least you enjoy a pleasant smell from him. As for the one who blows the blacksmith's bellows then either he will burn your clothes or you will get an offensive smell from him." [Bukhari & Muslim]

In his commentary of this Hadith, Imam an-Nawawi said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) compared a good companion to a seller of musk and spoke of the virtue of having companions who are good, who have noble manners, piety, knowledge and good culture. Such are those who grant us from their virtue. And he (peace be upon him) forbade us to sit with those who do evil, commit a lot of sins and other bad deeds, as well as with innovators, backbiters, and so forth. Another scholar said: "Keeping good company with the pious results in attainment of beneficial knowledge, noble manners and righteous actions, whereas keeping company with the wicked prevents all of that."

Allah the Exalted says in the Qur'an: "And (remember) the Day when the wrong-doer will bite his hands and say: Woe to me! Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger. Woe to me! If only I had not taken so- and-so as a friend! He has led me astray from this Reminder (the Qur'an) after it had come to me." [25:27-29].

He also says: "Friends on that Day will be enemies one to another, except al-Muttaqoon (i.e. those who have Taqwah)." [43:67]

In two authentic narrations of the Prophet (peace be upon him) we were commanded to keep company with a believer only, and told that a person will be with those he loves. So if we love and associate ourselves with those who are misguided, we should fear for our fate. The wise person is the one who prepares himself for the Hereafter, not the one who neglects his faith and falls into the trap of Satan who tells him that he will be forgiven and that he can do whatever he wishes. If we truly believe that the best speech is the Speech of Allah and that the best guidance is the guidance of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), we should act in accordance with them, lest we build a proof against ourselves.

From another perspective, a “believer is the mirror of his brother,” and if he sees any faults in the other believer, he draws his attention to it in an acceptable manner, helps him to give it up and to wipe away any evil that he may have.

We ask Allah to make us of the righteous ones and give us companions who will take us away from His wrath and lead us to His pleasure and Paradise.

5 things about Battle of Badr

5 things about Battle of Badr

The Battle of Badr took place on the seventeenth of Ramadan, two years after Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) Hijrah (emigration) to Madina. Here's more information about the battle, which was the first armed conflict that the Muslims were ever engaged in.

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The Muslims went out of Madina to investigate a caravan which was returning to Makkah from Syria, not intending to engage in battle. The caravan escaped, but its leader Abu Sufyan managed to send word to Makkah, asking for forces to come and protect the caravan.

2

The Makkan tribes marched with an enormous army of 1,000 men, 100 horses, and 700 camels, and luxurious provisions to last for several days, while the Muslims numbered 313 ill-equipped men on 70 camels and a few horses.

3

Led by the Prophet (pbuh), the Muslims marched forward and at the suggestion of a companion, Hubab Bin Mundhir, encamped south on the nearest water well, restricting the Makkans' access to water.

4

The Battle of Badr is one of the few battles explicitly mentioned in the Qur'an: "And Allah has already made you victorious at Badr, when you were a weak little force. So fear Allah much that you may be grateful." Qur'an: 3:123

5

Many important Makkan leaders were killed or taken prisoner in this battle, the most noteworthy of whom was Abu Jahl, the archenemy of Islam. The Battle of Badr strengthened the Muslims' status in Arabia as a strong force and consolidated the Muslims' faith.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ramadhan... Month of Mercy and repentance

Ramadan - The month of mercy and repentance, The month of Qur'an

Ramadan, the month of mercy and repentance, the month of Qur'an. In the second year of Hijrah, Allah made it obligatory to fast during this month upon every mature, sane and healthy Muslim.

Ramadan is the month of seeking forgiveness and protection from the Hell-fire. It is the month of repentance and acceptance of prayers. It is the month when the devils are chained, the gates of Hell are locked and the gates of Paradise are opened.

Ramadan is a month of worship. We should worship Allah sincerely, keep away from sins, spend night and day in prayer, supplication and recitation from the Holy Qur'an.

Fasting is a shield from many sins and with which Muslim protects himself from the Hell-fire. Fasting is more than just abstaining from food. It also means to abstain from any falsehood in speech and action, from any ignorant and indecent speech and from arguments and quarrel. Therefore, fasting also helps to develop good behavior.

Fasting inculcates a sense of brotherhood and solidarity, as a Muslim experiences what his needy and hungry brothers feel. This gives a new sense of togetherness and association.

Allah, the Almighty, said in the Qur'an, "The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs for the guidance, and the criterion (between right and wrong)..." (Qur'an, 2:185)

As Ramadan is the month of the Qur'an, every Muslim should prepare himself to welcome the blessed month of Ramadan by strengthening his relationship with the Qur'an. A Muslim is encouraged to complete a full recitation of the Holy Qur'an during Ramadan.

Ramadan is also a month of charity and sympathy. Lets give generously to the poor and share meals to break the fast together. Most Muslims also pay Zakah in the month of Ramadan.

Ramadan becomes a blessed month of physical, moral and spiritual renewal through fasting, charity and worship.

 

By Shahid Khan

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Inmates of Hell...

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The inmates of Hell are of five types:

the (carefree) who pursue (everything irrespective of the fact that it is good or evil) and who do not have any care for their family or for their wealth
those dishonest people whose greed cannot be concealed even in the case of minor things;

who betrays you morning and evening, in regard to your family and your property. 
the miser
the liar and
those who are in the habit of abusing people,  and using obscene and foul language.

Sahih Muslim Hadith 6853     Narrated by Hadrat Iyad ibn Himar (r.a.)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

99 names of Allah: Al-Wali

AL-WALI
THE PROTECTING FRIEND
THE HOLDER OF AUTHORITY
     And you cannot frustrate the designs of ALLAH in the earth nor in the heaven; nor have you any friend or helper beside ALLAH (Al-Ankabut 29:22)
Allah is the protector of the believers. He is like a family head. Firm like a leader yet easy-going like a friend. We as believers must learn to steer our lives by His commands ensuring that we gain His pleasure. When we are conscious of our rights and obligations towards Him, then He comes close to us and becomes easy going with us. He showers us with His blessings and keeps us from harm’s way.
Messengers and Prophets are commanded to follow the code of conduct laid down by Him.
And thus have We sent it (the Qur'an) down to be a judgement of authority in Arabic. Were you (O Muhammad SAW) to follow their (vain) desires after the knowledge which has come to you, then you will not have any Wali (protector) or defender against ALLAH. (Al-Rad, 13.37)
To steer our lives by His commands we too must live by the Quran. The holy Quran is the fountainhead of all knowledge on Allah. The more we read it, the greater our understanding of our Master. When we increase in our insights we are gripped with awe and by fear of His absolute power.
     And say: "All the praises and thanks be to ALLAH, Who has not begotten a son (nor an offspring), and Who has no partner in (His) Dominion, nor He is low to have a Wali (helper, protector or supporter). And magnify Him with all the magnificence, [Allahu-Akbar (Allah is the Most Great)]." (Al-Isra 17.111)
Guidance and protection to stay on the right path are closely linked. In our daily living we sin so carelessly and so often that we stray off the right path before we realize it. We must constantly appeal to Him to lead us to the right path. By seeking His forgiveness constantly and appealing for guidance we expose our humility to Him.
     “……Such are among the Signs of Allah: He whom Allah, guides is rightly guided; but he whom Allah leaves to stray,- for him wilt thou find no protector to lead him to the Right Way.” (Al-Kahf 18.17)
Often when our lives are going smoothly we become lethargic towards our faith. Since we are cruising along smoothly all is well but often the test of Allah is how strenuously we seek His pleasure during easy times.
And we need Him most when we face opposition to our faith or to our Islamic values. In such times when we are confused we do not know friend from foe. We need reassurance and protection from known and unknown enemies. With our limited knowledge we are unable to judge but He who knows the seen and the unseen is in a better position to protect you from harm.
Allah knows best who your enemies are. Allah suffices as a Protector; Allah suffices as a Helper. (Surat an-Nisa’, 4:45)
Often in the Quran, names of Allah are clubbed together creating a more dynamic relationship that we can have with Him. Al-Wali often comes along with An-Nasir. It tells us that once He becomes our Wali, He will not only protect but also support us so that we may not fail our tests.
It is He Who sends down abundant rain, after they have lost all hope, and unfolds His mercy. He is the Protector, the Praiseworthy. (Surat Ash-Shura, 42:28)
Al-Wali
Kafabillahi Waliya we kafabillahi nasira, He is the Only One we take as our friend and it is His help that we seek. This is a good dua to improve your relationship with parents. Make Allah the intermediary while dealing with anything. When you are interacting with your parent keep praying this in your mind. Slowly any bitterness in the relationship will inshallah vanish because now the relationship has been surrendered to Allah.
Kafabillahi Waliya, make Allah the Wali of your children. Surrender your children to Him and plead that He always does what is right for them. Especially in situations where we find ourselves constrained or helpless to do the right thing for our children we seek Allah’s authority over them.

Who should have right to divorce?

Who should have right to divorce?

ONE of the objections raised against the Islamic Law of divorce or Talaq is that in empowering man to divorce, Islam has been harsh and unjust to the woman. While pondering over the issue, three alternative answers come to the query: who should be given the right to divorce? The first option is that both should have this right. The second is that the husband should be so empowered. And the third option could be that the wife should have this right.

In the first instance, if both have the right to divorce, the multiplicity of divorces shall make family life uncertain and insecure. In the case of both exercising this right there will obviously be a much larger number of "casualties" than with only one armed with this weapon to sever relations.

The second option is that adopted by Islam, which has vested this power in man for the reason that he enjoys a little more dignified position in the family. He is the supervisor of the family, maintainer of the wife and with that bears the heavy burden of children's upkeep, education and upbringing.

Therefore, it is he who should decide whether it is possible to bear the burden of these responsibilities in collaboration with the wife or not? In the Qur'anic terminology "in his hands has been placed the power to tie the marriage knot (contract) or untie it." It would be harsh and unjust to compel him to go on maintaining a woman as the queen of the mini-realm, home, whom he does not like or whose cooperation has been denied to him.

Taking the third option in which the wife will have the right to divorce, it is apparent that in this event the abuse of the right cannot be eliminated. In according the right to the wife, there are some evils associated with it also:

· It would be grave injustice to man to make him bear all the responsibilities toward the woman (dower, gifts, maintenance and the like) and to grant the right to divorce to the woman.

· Divorce is damaging to man entirely, whereas the woman remains immune from any harm. If the right is granted to her, a morally irresponsible wife, whenever she chooses, she shall divorce the husband, and handing over children to him, she will take leave of him with the "booty" of her dower and jewelery and gifts in full triumph, and at the first chance coming her way, she will marry another man getting fresh dower and other privileges.

· It is an obvious fact that woman is much more sentimental than man and can at any time, under the impulse of the moment, sever relations with man. That will go a long way in increasing the rate of divorce under the normal conditions, thus confronting the society with a new crisis.

The way Islam shapes the mind and temperament of man and educates and trains him, divorce can hardly find room in his life and the lurking fear that merely for sexual enjoyment and gratification of abnormal lust he will go on divorcing women most carelessly is only a remote possibility.

– Sayyid Jalaluddin Umri, currently President, India's Jamaat-e-Islami, is an eminent theologian and scholar of Islamic jurisprudence.

The Ummah has 5 special things

The Ummah has 5 special things
My Ummah has been given five special things that were not given to anyone before them. Abu Hurairah relates that Rasulullah (Sallallaho Alaihi wasallam) said
1. The smell from the mouth of a fasting Muslim is sweeter for Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala) than the pleasant smell of musk.
2. The Fish in the sea seeks forgiveness on their behalf until they break their fast.
3. Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala) prepares and decorates His special Jannah every day and then says (to it) : " The time is near when My fruitful servants shall put away the load (of the world) and come to you."
4. In this month, the rebellious shayateen are chained, so as not to cause those evils which they normally do during months other than Ramadhaan.
5. On the last night of Ramadhan., the fasting Muslims are forgiven. The Sahabah there upon inquired O Rasulullah (Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam), is that night "Laylat ul Qadr?" Rasulullah (Sallallaho Alaihi wasallam) replied No, But it is only night that a servant should be given his reward on having completed his duty.