Thursday, 21 June 2012

True followers, Charity, Fast, Wudhu

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith - Be a Stranger;

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Allaah will keep firm those who believe, with the word that stands firm in this world and in the Hereafter. And Allaah will cause to go astray those who are zaalimoon (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.), and Allaah does what He wills.” [Ibraaheem 14:27].

Abû Hurayrah relates that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Islam began strange, and it will become strange again just like it was at the beginning, so blessed are the strangers.” [Sahîh Muslim (1/130)] 

The hadîth tells us that a time will come when person, on account of his uprightness in knowledge and in deed, finds few who agree with him but many who disagree with him and ridicule him. When he calls the people to what he is on, he gets few followers. 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) made this meaning clear when, after being asked about the strangers, he said: “They are righteous people among many evil people who disobey them more than they obey them.” 

This estrangement is typified by the small number of those who assist in doing right and the paucity of those who answer the call to Allah. 

We see this regularly in our society, where those who adhere to the rules of our Deen, both overtly and intrinsically, are often seen as outcasts. Rather than ostracise them, we should appreciate and admire the effort they make to keep themselves steadfast, and gain strength within our own selves to correct our ways. Indeed it is a blessing if Allah decides to guide us on His path, as opposed to push us away from drawing close to His perfect commandments.

Pearls of Wisdom;  

"Indeed righteousness illuminates the heart, radiates the face, strengthens the body, increases provision, and produces a love in the hearts of the creation for that person. Whereas sinfulness darkens the heart, greys the face, weakens the body, and produces hatred in the hearts of the creation for that person."  Ibn Abbas (radiAllahu’anhuma)

Weekly Q&A;

Q. When wiping over the hijab I put my hands under its edges so as to reach the edges of the face that must be washed when doing wudoo’. Is that sufficient? Because some people have told me that this is regarded as wiping and not washing the face.

Praise be to Allaah.

What is required in wudoo’ is to wash the face with water, because Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! When you intend to offer As-Salat (the prayer), wash your faces and your hands (forearms) up to the elbows…”
[al-Maa’idah 5:6]. 

Washing means pouring water over the part of the body; just wiping it is not sufficient. 
Al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: It is stipulated when washing the parts of the body that the water should flow over them; if the water touches but does not flow, then his purification is not valid. Our companions are agreed on this.  End quote from Sharh al-Muhadhdhab, 1/491.

And he (may Allah have mercy on him) said: The Muslims are unanimously agreed that the water that is acceptable in wudoo’ and ghusl is not a specific amount; rather a little or a lot may suffice if the condition of washing is met, which is that the water should flow over the parts of the body. End quote from Sharh Saheeh Muslim, 2/20 

Al-Bahooti (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Proper washing means making the water reach all of the part of the body being washed, so that it flows over it; it is not sufficient just to wipe it. End quote from Daqaa’iq Ooli an-Nuha, 1/88 

To sum up: in order for wudoo’ to be valid, the water must flow over the part of the body in question – apart from the head. But if the water does not flow on the part of the body, and he merely transfers what is left on his hand of water, then that is wiping, in which case his wudoo’ is not valid. 

And Allah knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed; - Observing voluntary fasts, visiting the sick and giving charity

We should try to offer voluntary fasts, visit the sick and give charity as much as possible.

For the following week, if we cannot do all three then we should aim to do at least one as the following hadith explains the reward attached to them:

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Who among you is fasting today?” Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “I am.” He said: “Who among you has attended a funeral today?” Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “I have.” He said: “Who among you has fed a poor person today?’ Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “I have.” He said: “Who among you has visited a sick person today?” Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “I have.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “These (traits) are not combined in a person but he will enter Paradise.”

Narrated by Muslim, 1028.

Dua of the Week;

Dua for Entering the Market:
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ يُحْيِي وَيُمِيتُ وَهُوَ حَيٌّ لَا يَمُوتُ بِيَدِهِ الْخَيْرُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٍ 

La illaha ilAllahu wahdahu lashareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa la hul hamdu, yuhyi wa yumeetu wahuwa hayyu la yamootu biyaddihil khayru wahuwa ‘aala kulli shayin qadeer'

"There is none worthy of worship besides Allah. He is all by Himself. He has no partner. His is the Kingdom, to Him is all praise. He gives and takes life. He is all by Himself. He will not die. In His hands is all good and He has control (power) over all things". [Tirmidhi]

NOTE: Apologies if the Arabic appears inverted, was fine upon sending - the transliteration should be accurate insha’Allah.