Sunday, February 22, 2009

Disease of ‘I will do it tomorrow’

Disease of ‘I will do it tomorrow’

LAZINESS is the lack of desire to act or work in general. Procrastination refers to postponing work and delaying it for future. Basically, procrastination is a result of one’s laziness.

Our greatest enemy, Satan, whispers a love for laziness and procrastination into us.

Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“During your sleep, Satan ties three knots at the back of your decks. He breathes the following into them, ‘The night is long so keep on sleeping.’ If the person wakes up and praises Allah, then one of the knots is unfastened. And if he performs ablution, the second knot is unfastened.

When he prays, all of the knots are unfastened. After that he will be energetic and happy in the morning. Otherwise he would get up listless and grouchy.” (Al-Bukhari)

Ibn Al-Jauzi, writing on this topic, said, “How many Jews or Christians have considered in their hearts love for Islam. But Iblees always hinders them. He says to them, ‘Do not be hasty. Look closely into the matter.’ And they postpone their conversion to Islam until they die as disbelievers. In the same way, sinners postpone their repentance. They set their sight on their desires and hope to repent later. But, as a poet said, “Do not rush to perform sins you would like to. Think about repentance beforehand.”

How many of us are determined to do something, yet we keep postponing it. A scholar may be determined to return to his study but Satan whispers to “rest for a while.” Or a servant is reminded of the night prayer and Satan says to him, “You have plenty of time.” He will not stop seducing people to love laziness and postponing of actions. Satan makes people rely solely on hopes and dreams.

This is how people are in the world. Some are prepared and alert and are not sorrowful when the angel of death comes. Others are deceived into procrastination and they despair when the time of death comes.” (Ibn Al-Jauzi, Talbees Iblees, p. 458)

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, said:

“The perfect remedy for procrastination is to nurture sound faith in the manner of the Salaf As-Salih (pious predecessors). Before Islam, they had no sense of human achievement, but after being exposed to the powerful message of the Qur’an, their lives transformed completely. They became peak performers and high achievers. Whatever they touched was changed anew through their dynamic faith.

The remedy for fighting procrastination, therefore, is to nurture such dynamic faith.

Some of the tips that we can readily apply is rising early in the morning and developing a positive mind by counting the blessings of Allah and praying to Allah to bless the day with success. We must start our work right after Fajr prayers as the Prophet (peace be upon him) prayed, “O Allah, bless my Ummah in their early morning endeavors.”

Last but not least, we should turn to Allah in supplication and seek His help in fighting this disease.

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"In Service To Those Who Serve ALLAH(SWT)"  

Hadith 1:15
Narrated Anas:
The Prophet said, "Whoever possesses the following three qualities will have the sweetness (delight) of faith:
1. The one to whom Allah and His Apostle becomes dearer than anything else.
2. Who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah's sake.
3. Who hates to revert to Atheism (disbelief) as he hates to be thrown into the fire."

Convey from me even if it be one ayah

Convey from me even if it be one ayah

THE Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Convey from me even if one ayah (verse) for it may be that the one being informed will comprehend better that the one listening (at present)." (Al-Bukhari)

We learn from these words of wisdom that this Hadith encompasses the entire religion of Islam with respect to speech, belief and actions. Likewise, from the perspective of acting upon it with knowledge and from the perspective of calling towards it as much as one is able to. The Prophet (peace be upon him) implemented all of this – by speech, action, belief and giving Da'wah, i.e. his entire life was based on knowledge, acting on knowledge, and calling towards it.

Regarding this, Allah said: "Invite (mankind, O Muhammad, peace be upon him) to the way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Revelation and the Qur'an) and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His path, and He is the Best Knower of those who are guided." (Qur'an, 16:125)

Da'wah was the mission of all Prophets, from the first to the last of them. All of them called people to Allah's religion. Their manhaj (methodology) was knowledge, implementation, application, and propagation. They called people by their speech and by their actions, because people are such that if you call them by speech which your actions contradict, they will not accept that Da'wah.

When you give Da`wah and your actions agree with what you are calling to, then people will accept the message.

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Burial…

A’Hadiths

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

Hadrat Abu Hurairah (r.a.) reported: ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) saying, "Hurry up with the dead body (for its burial), for if it is pious, you are speeding it to goodness; and if it is otherwise, you are laying an evil off your necks.''’
Related by Bukhari and Muslim.

Commentary: 

The Messenger of Allah (saws) guided the believers to hasten and not delay the burial, without an absolutely genuine reason, of any deceased….for if the deceased was pious, it would be speeded towards goodness in its grave; and if the deceased was otherwise, a burden would be hastened away from mankind.

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Typing Mistake in post with the Subject of (Belly). JazakAllah Khair; Lot of Brothers & Sisters replied with that Mistake. May Allah Forgive us for our Mistakes & Reward us Jannah. Aameen.

Quoted As: Hadrat An-Nu`man bin Bashir (saws)

Actual:Hadrat An-Nu`man bin Bashir (r.a.)

Response guaranteed

 

And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad, peace be upon him) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.

(Qur'an, 2:186)

Why is Polygamy allowed in Islam

Why is Polygamy allowed in Islam

Dr. Zakir Naik

http://www.islamawa reness.net/ Polygamy/ why.html

  • Only QURAN Says to 'Marry Only One': "Qur'an is the only religious book, on the face of this earth, that contains the phrase 'marry only one'. There is no other religion or religious book that instructs men to have only one wife."
  • POLYGAMY Practice More Among Hindus than Muslims: The report of the 'Committee of The Status of Woman in Islam', published in 1975 mentions [Page Nos 66-67] that the percentage of polygamous marriages between the year 1951-1961 was; 5.06 among the Hindus while only 4.31% among the Muslims.

Polygamy

Question:

Why is a man allowed to marry more than one wife in Islam? Or why is polygamy allowed in Islam?

Answer:

1. Definition of Polygamy: Polygamy means a system of marriage whereby one person has more than one spouse. Polygamy can be of two types. One is polygyny where a man marries more than one woman, and the other is polyandry, where a woman marries more than one man. In Islam, limited polygyny is permitted and polyandry is completely prohibited. Now coming to the original question, why is a man allowed to have more than one wife?

2. Qur'an is the only religious scripture in the world that says 'marry only one': Qur'an is the only religious book, on the face of this earth, that contains the phrase 'marry only one'. There is no other religious book that instructs men to have only one wife. In none of the religious scriptures like the Vedas, the Ramayan, the Mahabharat, the Geeta or the Bible does one find a restriction on the number of wives. According to these scriptures one can marry as many as one wishes. It was only later, that the Hindu priests and the Christian Church restricted the number of wives to one.

Many Hindu religious personalities, according to their scriptures, had multiple wives. King Dashrat, the father of Rama, had more than one wife. Krishna had several wives. In earlier times, Christian men were permitted as many wives as they wished, since the Bible puts no restriction on the number of wives. It was only a couple of centuries ago that the Church restricted the number of wives to one.

Polygyny is permitted in Judaism. According to Talmudic law, Abraham had 2 wives, and Solomon had hundreds of wives. The practice of polygyny continued till Rabbi Gershom ben Yehudah. (960 A.D to 1030 A.D) issued an edict against it. The Jewish Sephardic communities living in Muslim countries continued the practice till as late as 1950, when an Act of the chief Rabbinate of Israel extended the ban on marrying more than one wife.

3. Hindus are more polygamous than Muslims: The report of the 'Committee of The Status of Woman in Islam', published in 1975 mentions on page numbers 66,67 that the percentage of polygamous marriages between the year 1951 -1961 was 5.06 among the Hindus and only 4.31 among the Muslims.

According to Indian law only Muslim men are permitted to have more than one wife. It is illegal for any non-Muslim in India to have more than one wife. Despite it being illegal, Hindus have more multiple wives as compared to the Muslim. One can imagine what would have been the percentage of polygamous marriages among the Hindus if the Indian government had made it legal for them. Earlier, there was no restriction even on Hindu men with respect to the number of wives allowed. It was only in 1954, when the Hindu Marriage Act was passed that it became illegal for a Hindu to have more than one wife. At present it is the Indian Law that restricts a Hindu man from having more than one wife and not the Hindu scriptures. Let us now analyse why Islam allows a man to have more than one wife.

4. Qur'an permits limited polygyny: As mentioned earlier, Qur'an is the only religious book on the face of the earth that says 'marry only one'. The context of this phrase is the following verse from Surah Nisa of the Glorious Qur'an: 'Marry woman of your choice in twos' threes' or fours' but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly, (with them), then only one' [Al-Qur'an 4:3]

Before the Qur'an was revealed, there was no upper limit for polygyny and many men had scores of wives, some even hundreds. Islam put an upper limit of four wives. Islam gives a man permission to marry two, three or four women, only on the condition that he deals with them justly. In the same chapter i.e. Surah Nisa verse 129 says: 'It is very difficult to be just and fair between women'. [Al-Qur'an (4:129)]

Therefore polygyny is not a rule but an exception. Many people are under the misconception that it is compulsory for a Muslim man to marry more than one wife.

Broadly, Islam has five categories of Do's and Dont's.

(i) 'Farz' i.e compulsory

(ii) 'Mustahab' i.e recommended or encouraged

(iii) 'Mubah' i.e permissible

(iv) 'Makruh' i.e 'not recommended' or discouraged

(v) 'Haram' i.e prohibited or forbidden

Polygyny falls in the middle category of things that are permissible. It cannot be said that a Muslim who has two, three or four wives is a better Muslim as compared to a Muslim who has only one wife.

5. Average life span of females is more than that of males: By nature males and females are born in approximately the same ratio. During paediatric age however, in childhood itself a female child has more immunity than a male child. A female child can fight the germs and diseases better than the male child. For this reason, there are more deaths among males as compared to the females during paediatric age.

During wars, there are more men killed as compared to women. More men die due to accidents and diseases than women. The average life span of females is more than that of males, and at any given time one finds more widows in the world than widowers.

6. India has more male population than female due to female foeticide and infanticide: India is one of the few countries, along with the other neighbouring countries, in which the female population is less than the male population. The reason lies in the high rate of female infanticide in India, and the fact that more than one million female foetuses are aborted every year in this country, after they are identified as females. If this evil practice is stopped, then India too will have more females as compared to males.

7. World female population is more than male population: In the USA, women outnumber men by 7.8 million. New York alone has one million more females as compared to the number of males, and of the male population of New York one-third are gays i.e sodomites. The USA as a whole has more than twenty-five million gays. This means that these people do not wish to marry women. Great Britain has four million more females as compared to males. Germany has five million more females as compared to males. Russia has nine million more females than males. God alone knows how many million more females there are in the whole world as compared to males.

8. Restricting each and every man to have only one wife is not practical: Even if every man got married to one woman, there would still be more than thirty million more females in USA who would not be able to get husbands (considering that America has twenty five million gays). There would be more than four million females in Great Britain 5 million females in Germany and nine million females in Russia alone who would not be able to find a husband.

Suppose my sister happens to be one of the unmarried women living in USA, or suppose your sister happens to be one of the unmarried women in USA. The only two options remaining for her are that she either marries a man who already has a wife or becomes public property. There is no other option. I have posed this question to hundreds of non-Muslims and all opted for the first. However a few smart people before accepting, said they would prefer their sisters to remain virgins. Biologically, it is not possible for an average man or a woman to remain celibate throughout life. It may be possible in exceptional cases of one in ten thousand. In the vast majority, the person either gets married or performs illicit sex or indulges in other sexual perversions. Sex hormones are released in the adult body every day. That is the reason why Islam has prohibited monasticism.

In Western society it is common for a man to have mistresses and/or multiple extra-marital affairs, in which case, the woman leads a disgraceful, unprotected life. The same society, however, cannot accept a man having more than one wife, in which women retain their honourable, dignified position in society and lead a protected life.

Thus the only two options before a woman who cannot find a husband is to marry a married man or to become public property. Islam prefers giving women the honourable position by permitting the first option and disallowing the second. There are several other reasons, why Islam has permitted limited polygyny, but it is mainly to protect the modesty of women.

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Why is Polygamy allowed in Islam

Dr. Zakir Naik

http://www.ilovezak irnaik.com/ misconceptions/ a02.htm

If a man is allowed to have more than one wife, then why does Islam prohibit a woman from having more than one husband?

A lot of people, including some Muslims, question the logic of allowing Muslim men to have more than one spouse while denying the same 'right' to women.

Let me first state emphatically, that the foundation of an Islamic society is justice and equity. Allah has created men and women as equal, but with different capabilities and different responsibilities. Men and women are different, physiologically and psychologically. Their roles and responsibilities are different. Men and women are equal in Islam, but not identical.

Surah Nisa' Chapter 4 verses 22 to 24 gives the list of women with who you can not marry and it is further mentions in Surah Nisa' Chapter 4 verse 24 "Also (prohibited are) women already married"

The following points enumerate the reasons why polyandry is prohibited in Islam:

1. If a man has more than one wife, the parents of the children born of such marriages can easily be identified. The father as well as the mother can easily be identified. In case of a woman marrying more than one husband, only the mother of the children born of such marriages will be identified and not the father. Islam gives tremendous importance to the identification of both parents, mother and father. Psychologists tell us that children who do not know their parents, especially their father undergo severe mental trauma and disturbances. Often they have an unhappy childhood. It is for this reason that the children of prostitutes do not have a healthy childhood. If a child born of such wedlock is admitted in school, and when the mother is asked the name of the father, she would have to give two or more names! I am aware that recent advances in science have made it possible for both the mother and father to be identified with the help of genetic testing. Thus this point which was applicable for the past may not be applicable for the present.

2. Man is more polygamous by nature as compared to a woman.

3. Biologically, it is easier for a man to perform his duties as a husband despite having several wives. A woman, in a similar position, having several husbands, will not find it possible to perform her duties as a wife. A woman undergoes several psychological and behavioral changes due to different phases of the menstrual cycle.

4. A woman who has more than one husband will have several sexual partners at the same time and has a high chance of acquiring venereal or sexually transmitted diseases which can also be transmitted back to her husband even if all of them have no extra-marital sex. This is not the case in a man having more than one wife, and none of them having extra-marital sex.

The above reasons are those that one can easily identify. There are probably many more reasons why Allah, in His Infinite Wisdom, has prohibited polyandry.

Why Islam will overwhelm

WHY ISLAM WILL OVERWHELM

The state of our ummah as compared to other religious community is remarkably good in that our basic outlines are intact and the doctrine is still there. The prayers are prayed fives times in the mosque in congregations everywhere. Ramadan is loved and practiced by millions who choose to live as temporary ascetics and the Hajj is still the Hajj of old. The basic bedrock of the faith remains. This is the great miracle in this age that a religion born out of a time so utterly different, but does not make comprises whatsoever. Every other corrupted religion is making comprises giving into the pressures of this age. Just recently the Dalai Lama mentioned that maybe Buddhism isn't against homosexuality after all and how Christians seem to invent new forms of worship every year.

Our beautiful ummah is the last bastion of authentic monotheism and upright religion. And anybody from a different religious faith who really knows what religion is all about rather than just turning it into a woolly minded social service will have nothing but respect for us, s/he might disagree with us, but s/he knows that we still see things as they are.

If the world shouts down to us, we do not change. Aberration is not of us. We are the only one who continues to uphold a complete sacred beautiful vision of life amidst the shouting meaningless of late modernity and the shallowness of consumer, advising, nihilism that is the modern human condition and THAT IS WHY OUR SHIP IS GOING TO PULL THROUGH THESE STORMY WATERS. Everybody else (all forms of religions in the modern era) have given in and let too much water in and are now forced to aboard our ship sooner or later because we're all that's left. Only we have that radiant figure of the centre of our faith, a Prophet who is the perfect role model and an untainted revelation still accessible to the masses. All this should lead us to extraordinary gratefulness to Allah and give us hope despite this changing world in a time where everybody else has given up basically and gone with the secular preoccupation and priorities of the modern world, we continue to be on the straight path. This is the miracle!

Cloak of a true believer…

A’Hadiths

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

Hadrat Muadh bin Anas (r.a.) reported: ‘The Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "Whoever gives up wearing elegant and expensive garments out of humbleness, when he can do so, Allah will call him on the Day of Resurrection and before all the creations, He will give him the choice to wear whichever garment of ‘Iman’ he would like to wear.''
Related by At-Tirmidhi.

Commentary:

The cloak of a true believer who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day should be modesty and humility. If one gives up the wearing of elegant or expensive clothes (or indulging in extravagance and luxury) when one has the ability to do so, Allah Subhanah will bestow honor on such a believer in front of all creation on the Day of Resurrection.

Complete Imaan

Allah O Akbar

Complete Imaan

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

Whoever loves for Allah and hates for Allah, gives for Allah and withholds for Allah, then he has completed Imaan (faith).

                  – Source: Abu Dawood (no. 3664)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Deeds

A’Hadiths

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

Hadrat Abdullah bin Abbas (r.a.) reported: ‘The Messenger of Allah (saws) said that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, Said: "He who intends to do a good deed but he does not do it, then Allah records it for him as a full good deed, but if  he carries out his intention, then Allah the Exalted, writes it down for him as from ten to seven hundred folds, and even more. But if he intends to do an evil act and has not done it, then Allah writes it down with Him as a full good deed, but if he intends it and has done it, Allah writes it down as one bad deed"’.
Related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.

Commentary:

This is how the system of accounts works in the Presence of the Lord Most Gracious Infinitely Merciful:

1. If one merely intends to do a good deed, but does not or is unable to do it; The Lord Most Gracious records a full good deed in one’s ‘Book of Records’.

2. If one actually does the good deed intended, the Lord Most Gracious records the deed from ten to seven-hundred times.

3. If one intends to do an evil deed, nothing is recorded in one’s ‘Book of Records’.

4. If one intends to do an evil deed, and for the fear of Allah does not do it, a full good deed is recorded in one’s ‘Book of Records’.

5. If one does the evil deed intended, one evil deed is recorded.

Request for help…

Dear All,

My 11 year old girl, Noha Waleed El Hoseiny and my little boy 7 year old son Seif El Din Waleed El Hoseiny, are missing.

They have been missing for 8 months now.

Maybe if everyone passes this on, someone will see those children.

That is how many missing children were found by circulation

of their pictures on TV or means of media. The Internet circulates everywhere even overseas,

Please pass this to everyone in your address book.

With GOD on their side they will be found.

'I am asking you all, begging you to please

Forward this email on to anyone and everyone

You know, PLEASE.

It is still not too late. Please help us. If anyone

Knows anything, please contact me at:

helpfindnohaandseif@yahoo.com

I am including their pictures

All prayers are appreciated! ! '

It only takes 2 seconds to forward this.

If they were your children, you would want all the help you could get!

Their desperate mum

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

A’Hadiths

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

Umm Habibah (r.a.) the mother of the believers, reported: ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, "A house will be built in Jannah for every believer who offers twelve Rakah of optional prayer other than the obligatory prayer in a day and a night.''
Related by Muslim.

Commentary:

If one makes it a practice to offer (at least) twelve extra rakahs in addition to the five obligatory prayers, the Messenger of Allah (saws) gave them the glad tiding of a house which would be built for them in Paradise.

The twelve extra (or Nafl) rakahs which the Prophet (saws) never failed to offer, and which are known as Sunnah Muaqqedah are:

1. Two rakahs before the ‘Fajr’ prayer.

2. Four rakahs before the ‘Dhuhr’ prayer and two rakahs after it.

3. Two rakahs after the ‘Magrib’ prayer.

4. Two rakahs after the ‘Isha’ prayer.

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

A’Hadiths

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

Abu Hurairah (r.a.) said: The Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "Verily, Allah likes three things for you and disapproves three things. He likes that you should worship Him Alone, not to associate anything with Him (in worship) and to hold fast to the Rope of Allah and not to be divided among yourselves; and He disapproves for you irrelevant talk, persistent questioning and the squandering of the wealth.''
Related by Muslim.

Commentary:

Allah Subhanah likes three things for mankind:

a. To worship Him Alone as He Alone deserves worship.

b. To not associate anything with Allah Subhanah in worship.

c. To hold fast to the Rope of Allah and not be divided.

Allah Subhanah absolutely disapproves of three things for mankind:

a. Irrelevant, casual, or vain talk or deeds which neither help oneself nor mankind.

b. Persistent questioning or hair-splitting in religion.

c. Extravagance or the squandering of wealth.

Our Hope is betwen our Tears

When trials come, as they do, what will the first words on our lips be? To Umm Zayed, the words of the Istirjaa prayer - to Allah we belong and to Him will we return - helped her to reconcile with a sudden and unexpected loss.

WE are taught that we should not ask for or seek out trials or difficulties in life. In fact, our Prophet (peace be upon him) instructed us to “Seek refuge with Allah from trials and tribulations, both visible and hidden” (Sahih Muslim). Yet, the virtues and rewards of observing patience in the face of adversity is highly extolled in our deen.

In the story of Umm Al-Momineen, Umm Salamah, she narrates the events following the death of her beloved husband, Abu Salamah. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) taught her how best to respond to her trial, by teaching her the beautiful words of the Istirjaa.

She says:

“The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: ‘There is no Muslim who suffers a calamity and says what Allah has commanded: ‘Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raji’oon. Allahummaa ujurni fi musibati w’ukhluf li khayran minha’ (Truly! To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return. O Allah, reward me for my calamity and compensate me with something better than that), but Allah will compensate him with something better.

“When Abu Salamah died, I said, ‘Who among the Muslims could be better than Abu Salamah, the first family to migrate to the Messenger of Allah?’ Then I said (this Du’a) and Allah compensated me with the Messenger of Allah.” (Sahih Muslim).

The inspiring narrative ends on a happy note where she is blessed with a new husband in the person of the Prophet (peace be upon him) – a prospect she could never have imagined. This was the result of her faith, her patience and her Du’a at the time of her loss.

One can feel the emotional turmoil Umm Salamah went through and reflecting on the power of Allah, and make a Du’a: “Oh Allah, don’t put me into any trial. But if and when you do, for You do as You will, according to Your Wisdom, then guide me to remember You when calamity strikes. Guide me to the Istirjaa. Give me the strength of faith and soundness of mind to pray to you for patience and better compensation at that critical moment.”

“Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil).” (Qur’an, 2:155)

Indeed whatever is destined for us, good or bad, will come to pass. Allah can test us and whenever this will happen, don’t forget to say:

“Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raajioon. Allah humma ujurni fi musibati wa ikhlufli khairun minha.”

Indeed, Allah will listen our Du’a. Indeed Allah will guide us. Allah is Most Loving and Most Merciful to His servants.

The scholars have said that if we are guided to patience and to the words of Istirjaa after a disaster hits us, we should thank Allah for this honour. The Qur’an tells us: “… Give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere” (Qur’an, 2:155).

Every traumatic periods are short-lived. We should remind ourselves of the special blessing of Allah on us at hard times.

Only Allah Who took care of us yesterday and will take

“O Allah, if and when you decide to try me again, guide my heart to more than patience. Guide me to the state of Ridha (pleasure in God’s decree and decision).” Ameen.

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Eating with left hand

A’Hadiths

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

Jabir (r.a.) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) as saying: "Do not eat with your left hand, because the Shaytaan eats and drinks with his left hand.''
Related by Muslim.

Commentary

It is absolutely and categorically prohibited for a believer to eat or drink with their left hand as the enemy of Allah Subhanah and mankind, the accursed Shaytaan eats and drinks with his left hand.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rewards for reciting Qur’an

Rewards for reciting Qur’an

THE Qur’an, the final revelation of God to His last prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him), is the only Divine Book in its original state. It will continue to be so till the Day of Judgment as Allah has promised to guard it from corruption. This is because no new prophet will come and no new revelation will be sent. The Qur’an is the final revelation for the guidance of humanity till humans live on earth.

Below are some virtues of reading the Qur’an:

Intercessor

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Study the Qur’an (regularly) for it will act as an intercessor and intercede for its readers on the Day of Judgement. (Sahih Muslim)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “On the Day of Judgment the Qur’an will also be brought along with those who acted upon it in the world. But before it, Surah Al-Baqarah and Al-e-Imran will lead them and plead the cause of those persons who read these Surahs in this life. (Sahih Muslim)

Best among you

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: “The best among you are those who have learnt the Qur’an and teach to (others).”

Company of angels

Ayesha narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “A person who recites the Qur’an and reads it fluently will be in the company of the obedient and noble angels, and he who reads the Qur’an haltingly and with difficulty will have a double recompense.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

In another Hadith, Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) said: Allah will elevate some nations through this book (the Qur’an ) and degrade others with it. (Sahih Muslim)

Reward for each letter

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that when somebody recites one letter from the Qur’an he will get one good deed in recompense and this one recompense will be equal to 10 good deeds. “I do not say that Alif Lam Meem is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter and Meem is a letter (i.e. it is equal to three letters). (Al-Tirmidhi)

The great honor

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A reader of the Qur’an will be called upon on the Day of Judgment: ‘Start reading the Qur’an and ascend the (high) stages of the Heaven, and recite slowly as you had been reciting in the world, as your abode will be where the last verse of your recitation will end.” (Abu Dawood and Tirmidhi)

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The Camel Given In Charity

The Camel Given In Charity

I would like to share this short Story with you which was narrated to us by Dr. Saleh as-Saleh (May Allah Have Mercy upon him) in his room Understanding- islam1. You can listen to the audio The Camel Given In Charity
The Sheikh began:
"Do you want hear this real story which took place here about a hundred years ago. (In Saudi) Tayib. This is real! This is real!"
He continued:
"Bismilaahi Rahmaani Raheem. This story took place here about hundred years ago and it was also broadcasted on the radio stations. It is about a man call Ibn Jad'aan. He (Ibn Jad'aan) said how during Spring times he used to go out. He would see good and healthy fat camels and their udders filled to the extent of almost exploding. Whenever the little offspring (i.e. the calf) came close to the mother camel, her milk would pour forth because of the great abundance of blessings and abundance of goodness.
So I (Ibn Jad'aan) looked at one of my she camels with her calf and I remembered my poor neighbour who had seven young daughters. So I said to myself, by Allah I will give this camel and her calf as Sadaqah (charity) to my neighbour - and he recited the Ayah where Allah said in (Surah Al-imraan: 92):
"By no means Shall you Attain piety righteousness unless you spend in Allah's cause of which that you love"
And the most beloved from amongst my cattle, to me, is this she-camel. So I took her along with her calf and knocked on the door of my neighbour. I told him to accept it as a gift from me. I saw his face glooming with happiness and he was unable to utter anything in response.
So he benefitted from its milk and used to load wood on its back, awaiting for its offspring to grow up in order to sell them. Subsequently, he gained great good from this camel.
After the spring had passed, the dry summer came with its drought, and so the Bedouins began looking for water and grass. We gathered our belongings and left our places looking for water and the duhool (plural of duhul) or 'holes' in the earth, situated underground leading to water traps underneath the ground. Their openings are on top of the ground, as the Bedouins know of very well.
I (i.e. Ibn Jad'aan) entered into one of these holes so as to bring some water to drink...
Dr Saleh continued: "and his (Ibn Jad'aan's) three sons were waiting for him outside the hole. However he did not return. His three sons waited for him for one, two and three days and finally became hopeless.
They said maybe he was stung by a snake and died or he was lost under the earth and destroyed. They (and we seek refuge in Allah from this) waited for his destruction. Why? Due to greed in order to distribute his inheritance.
So they returned home and divided what he had left, amongst themselves. Then they remembered that their father (Ibn Jad'aan) gave a she-camel to their poor neighbour. They went to their neighbour and told him that it is better that he give them back the she-camel and take another camel in replace of it, otherwise they will take it by force and he will be left with nothing.
The neighbour complained that he would report them to their father. So they informed him that he had died. He inquired as to how and where Ibn Jad'aan had died, and why they hadn't told him. They then explained how he entered into one of these holes underground in the desert and did not come out.
The neighbour said: " By Allah take me to this place and take your she-camel and do whatever you do with it and I don't want your camel in return!"
They took him and when he saw the place, he went and brought a rope, lit a candle, tied it outside the duhul (the hole) and then stepped into it crawling on his back until he reached the places whereby he could crawl and roll. Eventually the smell of moisture became closer and then all of sudden he heard the sound of a man by the water groaning and moaning.
He went closer and closer towards this sound in the darkness putting his hand out all over until his hand fell onto the man (Ibn Jad'aan). He checked his breath and he was still breathing after one week! He pulled him out covering his eyes so as to protect him from the sunlight. He took with him some dates, moistened them in water and gave it to him to drink.
He then carried him on his back and took him to his house and life gradually return to this man whilst his sons didn't know. He then asked him: "Tell me, by Allah, one week while you were underground and you didn't die?!"
"I will tell you something strange..." Ibn Jidaan explained: "...when I went down there I got lost and waves took me from all directions and I said to myself I'd better stay close to this water that I have reached. So I started to drink from it, but hunger had no mercy and water does not suffice. Then after three days hunger intensified on me and took me from all parts. While I was lying on my back I surrendered myself to Allah and put all my affairs in his hands and all of the sudden I felt the warmth of milk pouring onto my mouth. So I sat in the midst of the darkness and I saw a pot coming closer to my mouth. I drank from it until I took from what is sufficient and then  it would go! This occurred three times in the day but the last two days it stopped and I didn't know what happened."
His neighbour then informed him:
"If you know the reason you will be amazed! Your sons thought you had died and they came to me and took away the she-camel which Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'Aala) was giving you from its milk!"
The Muslim is in the shade of his Sadaqah (Charity). Allah stated in (Surah At-Talaaq: 2,3): "...and whoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to him, he will make a way for him to get out (from every difficult)" and "...and he will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And who ever puts his trust in Allah, then he will suffice him".

The True meaning of Life is to Plant Trees under whose shade you do not Expect to Sit.

Du’a

A’Hadiths

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

Hadrat An-Nu'man bin Bashir (r.a.) reported: The Prophet (saws) said: "Verily, Du'a (supplication) is worship."
Ahadith No. 1465 quoted from Riyad-us-Saliheen Related by Abu Dawood.

Commentary:

What is a supplication but an expression of one's total and utter humbleness, helplessness, weakness, inferiority and lowliness before the Infinite Power and Might of Allah? Thus the Messenger of Allah (saws) described ‘dua’ or supplication as the very essence of worship (ibaadah) itself! The one who recognize their Lord remain constant in remembering and supplicating him; and the unfortunate ones who recognize not their Lord Creator and His Infinite Power and Might, erroneously assume themselves to be self-sufficient. Allah Subhanah loves those who constantly remember and supplicate Him and Him Alone for all their needs or wants.

How they prayed…

How they prayed: UMAR (may Allah be pleased with him) sayings

From the lives of our pious predecessors:

UMAR (may Allah be pleased with him) became unconscious after he was stabbed, and it was said: “Nothing would wake him up except the call to prayer, if he is still alive.”

They said to him, “The prayer has finished, O Leader of the Believers!”

He woke up and said, “The prayer, by Allah! Verily, there is no share in Islam for whoever abandons the prayer.” He performed the prayer while his wound was bleeding.

(Sifat As-Safwah 2/131, As-Siyar 5/220)

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The Great Companions (May Allah be pleased with Him), that is, the followers of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are those great personalities of the world, who are superior to and greater than anyone except the Prophets and Messengers of Allah (peace be upon him). By their achievements they earned the pleasure of Allah and His Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).

When we read the life histories of the Great Companions, we feel a longing to follow their example. We feel an urge to be from in our beliefs and to establish the faith of Islam. We believe that had not Allah created those wonderful people; our religion would not have come to us in its pristine from. Allah had caused those great Companions of our Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) to safeguard our religion. Next to the lives of the Apostles of Allah (peace be upon him). It is the lives of these sages, which serve as the best models for us.

The manner in which the Great Companions went forward with the Islamic movement, the scarifies which they made in support of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), and the zeal and enthusiasm with which they worked for spreading the message of Islam, carry a good lesson for all human beings of the world, specially the Muslims.

For a long time now there has been a feeling that the life-stories of those torchbearers of Islam should be presented to our children and young persons, boys and girls, for correcting the ills of our present society.

This book is intended to fulfill this need and it is hoped that it will be of benefit to our young generation and shall impart especially to them desirable training on the Islamic way of life.

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Devoted Companions
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You will be happy that you read this all the way through!

You will be happy that you read this all the way through!
As you got up this morning, I watched you, and hoped you would talk to me, even if it was just a few words, asking my opinion or thanking me for something good that happened in your life yesterday. But I noticed you were too busy, trying to find the right outfit to wear. When you ran around the house getting ready, I knew there would be a few minutes for you to stop and say hello, but you were too busy. At one point you had to wait, fifteen minutes with nothing to do except sit in a chair. Then I saw you spring to your feet. I thought you wanted to talk to me, but you ran to the phone and called a friend to get the latest gossip instead. I watched patiently all day long. With all your activities I guess you were too busy to say anything to me.
I noticed that before lunch you looked around, may be you felt embarrassed to talk to me, that is why you didn't bow your head. You glanced three or four tables over and you noticed some of your friends talking to me briefly before they ate, but you didn't. That's okay. There is still more time left, and I hope that you will talk to me yet. You went home and it seems as if you had lots of things to do. After a few of them were done, you turned on the TV. I don't know if you like TV or not, just about anything goes there and you spend lot of time each day in front of it not thinking about anything, just enjoying the show. I waited patiently again as you watched the TV and ate your meal, but again you didn't talk to me.
Bedtime I guess you felt too tired. After you said good night to your family you popped into bed and fell asleep in no time. That's okay because you may not realize that I am always there for you. I've got patience, more than you will ever know. I even want to teach you how to be patient with others as well.
I love you so much that I wait everyday for a nod, prayer or thought or a thankful part of your heart. It is hard to have a one-sided conversation. Well, you are getting up once again. And once again I will wait, with nothing but love for you. Hoping that today you will give me some time. Have a nice day!
Your friend, ALLAH
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Excellence of Knowledge

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

Muawiyah (r.a.) reported: The Messenger of Allah said "When Allah wishes good for someone, He bestows upon him the understanding of ‘deen’ (religion).''
Related by Bukhari and Muslim. Riyah-us-Saliheen hadith 1376

Commentary: 

Knowledge and understanding of the ‘deen’ (religion) here stands for the understanding of the Qur'an and the Hadith, religious injunctions, and knowledge of the lawful and the unlawful. This narration highlights the excellence of knowledge and the fact that it is a sign of Allah's Help to the person who possesses it and acts upon it.

10 things to hand down to your daughter

10 things to hand down to your daughter

* Knowledge of and love for Allah and the Deen. This is one of the most precious and enduring gifts you can pass down to your daughter, one that will benefit her in this life and the next.

* Memorization of the Qur’an. No matter how little you have memorized yourself, push your daughter to memorize as much she can. Encourage her and help her to revise. It will stand her in good stead in her life and will be a source of reward for you after your death as well.

* A good example of Muslim womanhood. Most girls look to their mothers for guidance. Embody the characteristics of a strong, faithful Muslimah and she will be inspired to follow your example.

* A sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Instill a sense of confidence in your child by encouraging her skills, talents and personality to develop. Make her feel secure in her identity and show her that she is loved and appreciated. This will have a positive impact on her future relationships and how she interacts with the world.

* A sense of modesty. Instill a love for Hijab in your daughter and encourage her to be modest, never boastful or conceited, in all areas of her life.

* Your language. If you speak Arabic, be sure to teach it to her so that she has the key to the understanding of the Qur’an. Also, if you have a mother tongue or speak a second language yourself, pass it on: a second or third language is always an asset, whether in study, work or social environment.

* A skill that you have. If you are an avid gardener, knitter or love painting, pass your skill onto your daughter. With so many ‘traditional’ skills being lost in today’s fast-paced world, you owe it to her to share your knowledge and pass it on to the next generation.

* Your favorite recipes. Yes, teach your daughter how to cook! Be it from a cookbook, an original recipe or passed down from your mother or even your grandmother, we all have our own trademark recipes: pass them on to your daughter and encourage her to develop some specialities of her own.

* Housekeeping skills. Instil good housekeeping habits in all your children and encourage them to take pride in a neat and tidy home. Pass any tricks or shortcuts on so that your daughter is well-equipped when she has a home of her own.

* Your family history. Give her a sense of her roots and heritage by sharing your family story with her. Acquaint her with her family tree and teach her the lessons learned by the different generations. Hopefully, she will do the same with her children, Insha Allah.

Pre-dawn meal…

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

Anas ibn Malik (r.a.) reported: The Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "Eat Suhur (predawn meal). Surely, there is a blessing in Suhur.''
Related by Bukhari and Muslim.

Commentary:

To consume the ‘suhur’ (pre-dawn meal), even if it is only a small amount of food and/or drink, when one intends to observe a fast the next day is from amongst the extremely preferred Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).

If one makes it a habit to skip or forego the ‘suhur’ or pre-dawn meal when observing fasts, although that by itself would not effect the validity of the fasts, the skipping of the ‘suhur’ would be against the guidance and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

A’Hadiths

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

Hadrat Abu Hurairah (r.a.) reported: The Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "Whoever follows the funeral procession and offers the funeral prayer for it, will get a reward equal to one Qirat, and whoever attends it till burial, will get a reward equal to two Qirat.'' It was asked, "What are two Qirat?'' He (PBUH) replied, "Equal to two huge mountains.''
Related by Bukhari and Muslim.

Commentary:

The Messenger of Allah (saws) encouraged the believers to attend the burial of their believing brethren stating that one who follows the funeral and offers the prayer would get a reward as huge as a mountain….and if one follows the burial, offers the funeral prayer, and waits till the deceased is buried in the grave one would be entitled to earn a reward of two huge mountains.

How they prayed: Abu Al-Aliyah sayings

How they prayed: Abu Al-Aliyah sayings

From the lives of our pious predecessors:

Abu Al-Aliyah said, "I would travel for days to meet a man and the first thing I would notice about him is his prayer. If he would establish the prayer perfectly and on time, I would stay with him and hear the knowledge he had. If I found him to be careless concerning the prayer, I would leave him and say to myself that for things other than the prayer, he would be even more careless."

(Hilyat Al-Awliya, 2/312)

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Guidance…

A’Hadiths

Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

Hadrat Umar bin Al-Khattab (r.a.) reported: ‘The Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "The deeds are considered by the intentions, and a person will get the reward according to his intention. So whoever emigrated for Allah and His Messenger, his emigration will be for Allah and His Messenger; and whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration would be for what he emigrated for".
Related by Bukhari and Muslim.

Commentary:

The reward of each and every act depends entirely upon the intention which inspired the act. Thus only those deeds which are done with the sole intention to earn the Pleasure and Good Will of Allah Subhanah will be acceptable to the Lord Most Gracious…..but a deed, however noble it may seem, if done with the intention of anything else other than earning the Pleasure and Good Will of the Lord would not be eligible to earn any rewards in the Presence of the Lord on the Day of Judgment.

Relationship

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

Love the one whom you love to a certain degree (moderately), perhaps one day he will be someone for whom you have hatred, and hate the one for whom you have hatred to a certain degree (moderately), perhaps one day he will be one whom you love.

                  – Al-Tirmidhi (no. 1997)

From the lives of our pious predecessors

 

ABU Bakr Bin Abdullah Al-Muzani said: "Who is like you, O son of Adam? Whenever you wish, you use water to make Wudhu, go to the place of worship and thus enter the presence of your Lord (i.e. start praying) without a translator or a barrier between you and Him!"

(Al-Bidayah wa An-Nihayah, 9/256)

Perfection…

Perfection

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

Among the indications of the perfection of a person's Islam is that he leaves alone what does not concern him.

                  – Al-Tirmidhi