Thursday, April 30, 2009

Abu Bakr’s admonition to Umar

Abu Bakr’s admonition to Umar

ABU Bakr Al-Siddiq, on his deathbed, called Umar and said:

Fear Allah, O Umar. Know that there are deeds to be done in the day which Allah will not accept if done at night, and there are deeds to be done at night which He will not accept if done during the day. He will not accept extra (Nafl) deeds unless you fulfill the obligatory ones.

The scales of some will be weighty on the Day of Resurrection only because they followed the truth in this life and it was weighty to them. And the scales on which the truth will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be heavy. The scales of some will be light on the Day of Resurrection only because they followed falsehood in this life and it was a light matter to them. And scales in which falsehood will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be light.

Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Paradise and mentioned them in the context of their best deeds, and overlooked their evil deeds, so when I remember them I say to myself: I fear that I will not be included among them.

And Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Hell and mentioned them in the context of their worst deeds and rejected their best deeds, so when I remember them I say: I hope I won’t be amongst them. Allah’s worshippers should always be in a state of hope and fear, they shouldn’t entertain flimsy wishes about Allah and neither should they despair of Allah’s mercy.

If you keep to this advice of mine, no one who is not with you now should be more beloved to you than death – and it is sure to come to you. But if you disregard this advice, no one who is not with you now should be more hated to you than death – and you cannot escape it.

– Abu Nu’aym, Hilyah Al-Awliya Vol.1 p18; and Ibn Al-Jawzi, Sifah Al-Safwah.

on mercy to mankind

ALLAH’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

“Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to mankind."

Source: Al-Bukhari (vol.9, book 93, no.473)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Prophet's sayings- on mistakes & repents

Prophet's sayings- on mistakes & repents

ALLAH’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

“All children of Adam make mistakes, but the best of those who make mistakes are those who repent.”

Source: (Ibn Majah, Al-Tirmidhi)

Monday, April 20, 2009

IMPORTANCE OF SALAAT

Dear All,

Found the following somewhere on web. Looks really important!

Asalam-u-Alaikum

IMPORTANCE OF SALAAT

HADITH No. 1

Hadhrat Abu Uthman (Radhiyallaho anho) says: "I was once sitting under a tree with Hadhrat Salmaan (Radhiyallaho anho). He caught hold of a dry branch of the tree and shook it till all its leaves fell off. He then said to me, "0, Abu Uthman! (Radhiyallaho anho) Will you not ask me why I am doing this?" "Do tell me," I entreated. He said, "The Apostle (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) of Allah had done exactly like this before me, while I was with him under a tree.

He caught a dry branch of it and shook it, till all its leaves fell off". At this he said: O, Salmaan! (Radhiyallaho anho) will you not ask me why I am doing this?' I replied: 'Do tell me why you are doing this?' He remarked: "Verily when a Muslim takes wudhu properly and then observes his salaat five times a day, his sins fall off just as these leaves have fallen off. He then recited the following verse of the Holy Qur'an:

"Establish salaat at the two ends of the day, and at the approaches of the night. Verily, good deeds annul ill deeds. This is a reminder for the mindful. (XI: 114)"

The behaviour of Hadhrat Salmaan (Radhiyallaho anho) in the above Hadith displays the profound love which the Sahaabah had for the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe

wasallam). They would often cherish the sweet memories of the time when the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was living among them. They would, while quoting him, enact exactly what they had seen him doing at a particular moment.

It is really very difficult to cover all the traditions of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), which deal with the importance of salaat and which declare forgiveness for those who guard it. As had already been said before, the theologians restrict this declaration of forgiveness to saghaa'ir (minor sins) only, but in the text of the Hadith there is no such restriction.

My learned father gave me two reasons for this. Firstly, it does not really become a Muslim to commit any of the kabaa'ir (major sins). If perchance any such sins are committed by him, he cannot rest in peace (due to inherent fear of Allah in him) until he washes them with his tears of repentance in crying before Allah. Secondly, the person who performs his salaat with sincerity and thoroughness is very likely to do istighfaar quite a number of times daily. Look for instance at the closing prayer of salaat itself:

    "O, My Lord! I have wronged my soul a great wrong, and none forgive the sins save Thou alone. Then forgive me and have mercy on me. Verily, Thou art the Forgiving, the Merciful.

In the above Hadith, mention is made of wudhu to be done properly. We should, therefore, be sure of the regulations about wudhu and try to observe all of these. For example, take the case of miswaak. It is sunnat of wudhu, but is very often neglected. It is said in a Hadith that the salaat offered after doing miswaak is seventy times superior to the salaat without miswaak. In another Hadith, use of miswaak has been enjoined very strongly.

Following benefits are attributed to Miswaak:

1. It cleanses and sweetens the mouth and checks its bad smell.

2. It is a cause of Allah's pleasure and a blow to the Devil.

3. Allah and his angels love the person doing miswaak.

4. It strengthens the gums and improves eye-sight.

5. It is a purge against bile and phlegm.

6. To crown all, It is a sunnah i.e. the practice of our beloved Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe asallam).

As many as seventy virtues of the miswaak have been enumerated by the theologians. It is said that a person in the habit of miswaak dies with the Kalimah on his lips. The rewards of taking wudhu properly are very many. It is mentioned in Ahaadith that the parts of body washed in wudhu shall glitter on the Day of Judgment and, by this (distinction), the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) will at once recognize his followers.

Asalam-u-Alaikum

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sayings of Imam Malik…

How they lived: IMAM Malik sayings

From the lives of our pious predecessors:

IMAM Malik said, “I am but a man. I make mistakes sometimes and I am correct sometimes, so examine my opinions and accept anything that agrees with the Book and Sunnah; and leave anything that does not agree with the Book and Sunnah.”

–  Ibn ‘Abd Al-Barr, Jami’ Bayan Al-‘Ilm wa Fadlihi, vol. 2 pg. 465.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Allah controls hearts…

Hadrat Abdullah ibn Amr bin Al-Aas (r.a.) reported: ‘The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) would supplicate: "Allahumma musarrifal-qulubi, sarrif qulubana 'ala ta'atika. (O Allah! Controller of the hearts, direct our hearts to Your obedience)."’
Related by Muslim. Hadith quoted from Riyad-us-Saliheen (Hadith # 1470)

Commentary:

One’s heart is always open to trouble, turmoil, and ordeals as one drifts from one situation or trial to another. If one is not supported by Allah Subhanah, one can easily deviate from the Right Path at any moment.

That is precisely why even the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) would constantly supplicate his Lord Most Gracious to save his heart from turning towards evil and keep it steadfast towards the Path of Allah, for it is Allah Subhanah Alone Who has the Absolute Power to control the hearts of His slaves.

Generosity of Uthman…

Generosity of Uthman (may Allah be pleased with him)

DURING the caliphate of Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) there was a severe famine. The people of Madina were suffering due to shortage of food.

A caravan of a 1000 camels loaded with a large stock of food-grains belonging to Uthman (may Allah be pleased with him) arrived from Shaam (Syria). Several merchants offered to buy all of it.

He asked them what profit they would pay. “Five per cent,” they said. He answered that he could get higher profit than that. They began to argue with him, saying that they did not know of any merchant who would offer him more than their quote.

He said to them, “I know of one who repays a profit of more than seven hundred to a dirham.” He then recited the verse of the Noble Qur’an in which Allah mentioned this profit. “The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.” (Qur’an, 2:261)

“O traders! Bear witness with me that I donate all this to the poor people of Madinah!” Uthman said.

Dear readers, whatever we give for the sake of Allah is really ours and whatever we keep with us will one day be someone else’s. Let us follow the footsteps of our Prophet and the pious Sahabah, with whom Allah was pleased, by helping the needy ones.

Qualities of Muttaqun who will inherit Paradise

“And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Rabb, and for Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth prepared for Al-Muttaqun (the pious).” (Qur’an, 3:133)

ALLAH in this beautiful verse of Surah Al-Imran is urging us to march forth towards His Mercy and Paradise, the final abode prepared specially for “Al-Muttaqeen”. Allah clearly mentions that the distinguished people for whom he created Paradise are the “Muttaqun.”

We all, of course, want this privileged status on the Day Of Judgment Insha Allah. But who are they? How can we be like them? Allah did not leave us wondering about their characteristics, but specified them in the very next verse:

“Those who spend (in Allah’s cause – charity) in prosperity and adversity, who repress anger and who pardon men; verily, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (those who do good).” (Qur’an, 3:134)

• “They spend (in Allah’s cause) in times of prosperity and adversity.”

Allah has mentioned at several places the virtue of charity. Allah said:

“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is as the likeness of a grain (of corn), it grows seven ears and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He wills and Allah is All Sufficient for his creatures needs, All-Knower.” (Qur’an, 2:261)

It is Allah’s promise that spending for His sake will be requited by Allah and that this investment will never be in loss Insha Allah.

• “They repress their anger.”

Allah knows his slaves. He did not make it difficult for us by ordering us not to get angry. Instead, He said that when we get angry we should repress it or swallow it.

Next time when something doesn’t go as planned or someone cuts your lane while driving, don’t burst. These affairs are too trivial for us to be smitten by anger. Let’s try our best to control our anger. We never know, this quality of ours might be the reason for us to be amongst the Muttaqeen who will enter Jannah!

• “Who pardon men.”

Forgiving is yet another admirable quality of the Muttaqeen. Forgiving is not just accepting apologies, but forgiving them from the heart and making Du’a for them that Allah also forgives them.

“...let them pardon and forgive. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an, 24:22)

“...and those who came after them say: “Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith, and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an, 59:10).

The verses of the Qur’an are crystal clear, we just need to strive our utmost to inculcate those qualities in us for achieving the best in this world and in the Hereafter.

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Women…

Today people think that women are liberated in the West and that the women’s liberation movement began in the 20th century. Actually, the women’s liberation movement was not begun by women but was revealed by God to a man in the seventh century by the name of Muhammad (peace be upon him), who is known as the last Prophet of Islam. The Qur'an and the Traditions of the Prophet (Hadith or Sunnah) are the sources from which every Muslim woman derives her rights and duties.

Her position in early Islam was really an exemplary one, one that should be studied and known by every woman as well as every liberationist in the twentieth century--- in America as well as in the Muslim World.  The Muslim woman, if she is true to the principles of her religion, has lessons in equality to teach the Westerner, and her descendants in the East have to learn anew the role demanded of them by their religion.  Orientalists and Orientals zealous for modernization should cease to put the blame on Islam, a blame which instead deserves to fall on their own ignorance of the faith and on the political and social decline which their nations suffered in the past.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

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