Thursday, 30 August 2012

Prayer Significance, Pray as if Last Prayer, Laziness in Prayer, Reflect, Remove Anxiety

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Significance of Prayer;
The Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: ""If people knew what was in the call to prayer and the first row, and they could find no other way to it than to draw lots for it, they would draw lots for it. And if they knew what was in doing Dhuhr at its time, they would race each other to it. And if they knew what was in the prayers of 'Isha' and Fajr, they would come to them even if they had to crawl."
[Bukhari, Book 8:6]

Salah is one of the many blessings and gifts that Allah (SWT) has granted to the Believers, and it is they who are in need of performing it, as Allah the Exalted has no need for our ibaadah, and hence it is only for our own benefit that we are steadfast in establishing prayer. Our beloved Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) has also stated that praying in congregation is twenty-seven times better than the prayer of a man by himself.
[Bukhari, Book 8:1]

Alhamdulillah it is through Allah's (SWT) mercy that we have the facility to offer all prayers in congregation during our working hours, while others have to go to great lengths to achieve this. May He give us the ability to maximise the use of this opportunity on a regular basis, and accept whatever efforts we put in towards being regular in our salah, Ameen.

Pearls of Wisdom – Pray as if it is you Last Prayer; 
"My son, when you pray, do it like a person who is forbidding farewell to this world, and don't assume that you will have another chance to pray again. My son, know that a believer dies between two deeds, one he offers for today, where he will get immediate blessings, and the second is what he offers towards the Day of Resurrection, and that is where he will gain the ultimate benefit" 
[Muadh Ibn Jabal (radhiAllahu anhu)]

Weekly Q&A;
Q.  I often miss my Salah through laziness or excessive work committments. What is the true relevance and importance of establishing Salah to a Muslim? 

 Praise be to Allaah. 
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,

The importance of Salat for a believer is something that is known to all. It is the second fundamental pillar of Islam. The Qur'an and Sunnah have greatly emphasized the observance of Salat.

Allah Most High says:

 "O Prophet (may Allah bless him & gives him peace): Say to My servants who believe that they should establish prayers" 
[Surah Ibrahim, 31]


 "And establish prayers and pay Zakat and bow down with those who bow".
[Surah al-Baqarah, 43]

Sayyiduna Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said, "Between a man and disbelief is the abandonment of Salat (prayer)"  
[Sahih Muslim]

Salat (prayer) is by far the most important thing for a Muslim. It will be the first aspect that will be reckoned on the Day of Judgment. It is a distinctive sign of a believer. It creates that unique relationship between the servant and his/her Creator.

Therefore, your first and foremost priority must be Salat. If you are slackening due to tiredness and the abundance of work, then you must do something to change that.  Think about how you can possibly bring about a change.

One should always remember that to forego religious injunctions in order to accumulate worldly possessions is too higher of a price to pay. One must always adhere to the laws of Islam, even if that means facing hardships in this world. This world is temporary, and the hereafter is eternal. One’s main objective should be the pleasures of the hereafter and not this world.

Finally, turn to Allah Almighty with full devotion and sincerity, for it is only through His help that the servant is able to overcome difficulties. Supplicate to Him and ask Him to make it easy for you to establish Salat in a manner that is most pleasing to Him, for surely, He answers the prayers of those who turn to Him.

May Allah Almighty keep us all steadfast on his Deen and that we pass away from this world in the state of Imaan, Ameen.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Reflect on your Status; 
A great scholar once said that in order for us to know how close we are to Allah (SWT), we must reflect upon ourselves and consider how highly we rank the seeking of His pleasure amongst our priorities, therefore measuring how close He is to our hearts.
This inevitably will be the best yard-stick to go by. The mercy of our Rabb is so vast that He has promised, "If you walk towards Me, I will run towards you". Insha'Allah we should all take a few moments to think about where we stand in this regard. May He (SWT) give us the tawfeeq to seek out all those vices that push us away from Him, and remove these from within ourselves, Ameen.

Dua of the Week;
Duah for removing difficulties/anxiety from ones heart:

“Allahumma inni a'udhubika minal hammi wal hazan, wal 'ajzi wal kasal, wal bukhli wal jubn, wa dhala'id-dayni wa ghalabatir rijaal"

“O Allah! I seek refuge in You from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, from miserliness and from cowardice, from being overcome by debt and from being overpowered by men (other people)
[Sahih al-Bukhari 7:158]


Thursday, 16 August 2012

Raise Your Hands, Allah's Reply is Guaranteed, Laylatul Qadr, Last 10 days

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Raise Your Hands;
Salman al-Farsi (RA) narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "Your Lord is Ever-Living and Generous, and is ashamed to turn away empty handed His servant when he raises his hands to Him."
[Sunan Abu Dawood: Book 8, Number 1483]

As we are in the last 10 days of Ramadan, we should try to take advantage of what remains of the month in which prayers are most accepted and deeds are most highly rewarded. May this blessed month insha'Allah, enable us to make a lasting difference to our lives, in this world and in the Hereafter.

Pearls of Wisdom – Allah’s Reply is Guaranteed; 
“ If you make intense supplication and the timing of the answer is delayed, do not despair of it. His reply to you is guaranteed; But in the way He chooses, not the way you choose, and at the moment He desires, not the moment you desire"
[ Ibn Ata'Illah Iskandari]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. What is the best form of worship on Laylatul Qadr?

 Praise be to Allaah. 
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,

One attains unto the reward of worshipping on Laylatul Qadr through any worship one does on that night. The most important thing is to strive ones utmost to perform Isha and Fajr in congregation. After that, the most important of spiritual actions on the night is sincere repentance: one should seek to return to one's Lord through making a firm commitment to leaving ones state of heedlessness and disobedience, and make the commitment to turn ones heart in the direction of Divine Pleasure.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Make Most of Last Ten Days; 
Observe Qiyam-al-Layl, and extract as much ajr as is possible from the remaining blessed days.

Dua of the Week;
Duah for Ramadan:

“Allahumma innee as-alukal-jannata wa na’eemahaa wa bahjatahaa wa a’oodhu bika minan-naari wa salaasilihaa wa aghlaalihaa."...

“O Allah! I ask for heaven and its bounties and its joy and I seek Your protection from the Fire, its chains and its shackles."
[Abu Dawud, Ahmad]

This is a supplication that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) recited in the first 10 days of Ramadan, as these are the days of Mercy. The second 10 days are the days of Forgiveness and the third 10 days are the days of Salvation from the Hellfire.

We have duahs for Ramadan:

We also have a post about virtues and hadiths on Laylatul Qadr:


Thursday, 9 August 2012

Ramadan, Sins, Iftar, Ramadan Duahs

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith - Ramadan;
Salman (RA) reports, "On the last day of Sha'baan, Rasulullah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)  addressed us and said: “ O people, there comes over you now a great month, a most blessed month in which lies a night more greater in virtue than a thousand months. It is a month in which Allah has made fasting compulsory by day. And has made Sunnah the Taraweeh by night. Whosoever intends drawing near to Allah by performing any virtuous deed, for such person shall be the reward like the one who had performed a fardh in any other time. And whoever performs a fardh, shall be blessed with the reward of seventy faraa-idh at any other time.

"This is indeed the month of patience, and the reward for true patience is Jannah (paradise). It is the month of sympathy with one's fellowmen. It is the month wherein a true believer's rizq is increased. Whosoever feeds another who fasted,, in order to break the fast at sunset, fir the feeder there shall be forgiveness of sins and emancipation from the fire of Jahannam (hell), and for such feeder will be the same reward as the one who fasted (who he fed) without that persons reward being decreased in the least. "

Thereupon we said, "O Messenger of Allah, not all of us possess the means whereby we can give a person to break his fast..". Rasulullah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied, "Allah Grants the same reward to the one who gives a person to break the fast a mere date, or a drink of water, or a sip of milk."  

Pearls of Wisdom; 
" Cease to sin, because you will not meet Allah (SWT) with anything (as valuable) as few sins" 
[A'isha (radiAllahu anha]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. Is it obligatory to renew the intention to fast Ramadan, each and every day, or is it sufficient to intend on the first day to fast the entire month, without renewing it each day?

 Praise be to Allaah. 
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,

According to the position of most scholars, it is obligatory to renew the intention in Ramadan each day. This is because every day is considered to be a independent act of worship. The proof of this is that if one day of fasting happened to be invalid, it does not invalidate any other fasts, and that one day is the only one you have to make up. 

However in the Maliki school, it is permissible to intend to fast the whole month. This is also a narrated position from Imam Ahmad. Therefore, the fasting person can, out of precaution, make the intention to fast the whole month on the first day, but he also has to renew the intention every day. Then, if he forgets one day to renew it, the intention he made at the beginning of the month will suffice him, according to the Malikis. And he is allowed to follow them in this point, as was pointed out by Shaykh Ibn Hajar, in Fath al-Jawad and other books.

And Allaah knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Have patience at iftar; 
Avoid eating too much and try not to over-fill your stomach as this can lead to dietary complications and most importantly, pretty much contradicts the principal aims and spirit of Ramadan

Dua of the Week;
Duahs for Ramadan:
“Allahummaghfir lee warhamnee wajburnee wahdinee warzuqnee.”

“O Allah! Forgive me, have mercy on me, help me, guide me and sustain me.”
[at-Tirmidhi al Tabarani]

This is a supplication that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) recited in the first 10 days of Ramadan, as these are the days of Mercy. The second 10 days are the days of Forgiveness and the third 10 days are the days of Salvation from the Hellfire.

We have duahs for Ramadan:

We also have a post about virtues and hadiths on Laylatul Qadr:


Monday, 6 August 2012

Laylatul Qadr - Ramadan

thefinalmessage|THE RAMADAN NOTE
The Ramadan Note - Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power)

When is Laylatul Qadr
Seek Laylatul Qadr, the night that is better than a thousand months, as the Prophet (BPUH) said:

"Search for the Blessed Night in the odd (nights) from the last ten (nights) of Ramadan"

As far as determining the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr) is concerned, it has been reported to be during one of the odd-numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan as you can see from the hadith above, and this is the safest method to follow i.e.

The nights to make the extra effort in Dhikr, Quran and Salah are:
21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th AND 29th Night of Ramadan.

Virtues of Night of Power
Allah says in the Qur'an in Surah Al-Qadr:

"We have indeed revealed this (message) in the Night of Power. And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
The Angels and Jibreel descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair. Peace! it is till the break of the morning"
Qur’an [97:1-5]

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said about Lailatul-Qadr:
It was narrated by Abu Hurayra that Prophet (PBUH) said,

"Anyone who stays awake for the Night of Power with belief and for the pleasure of Allah, all his previous sins will be forgiven."
[Bukhari and Muslim]

How We Should Approach This Blessed Night
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to strive hard in worship during the last ten days of Ramadaan as he never did at any other time, praying, reading Qur’aan and making du’aa’.

Al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that when the last ten days of Ramadaan came, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would stay up at night and would wake his family up, and would abstain from marital relations.

Ahmad and Muslim narrated that he used to used to strive hard in worship during the last ten days of Ramadaan as he never did at any other time.
[Bukhari, Ahmad and Muslim]

Duah and Best Actions For Night
DUA for LAYLA-tul-QADR (to be read in the last ten days):

Allahumma innaka 'affuwan tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu'-anni
Translation: O Allah, indeed You are the Forgiver, You love forgiveness, so forgive me.

The ways to benefit from the blessings of Laylatul Qadr:
a. Recitation of the Qur'an.
b. Prayers – Nafl/Tahajood after Taraweeh.
c. Remembrance of Allah and Dhikr
d. Supplication or Du'a for yourself and for others, make sincere duah for guidance and taqwa in this
dunyah and for Jannah in the Akhirah and to be saved from punishment and hellfire.

The Night of Power is a very important occasion in Islam. This Night is a Night of Mercy, Night of
Blessing, Night of Peace, Night of Guidance.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Feed the Fasting, Iftar Help, Eating by Mistake and Duah for Second Ten Days of Ramadan

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith;
The Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said "Whoever provides food for a fasting Muslim to break his fast, he will have the same reward as that of the fasting Muslim, without reducing anything of his own reward".

Among the many virtues of this blessed month is the fact that any good deeds that we do are multiplied, and prayers are accepted. Hence we should try and be the first to avail any opportunities of pleasing Allah (SWT), as the simplest of things will insha'Allah go a long way.

Pearls of Wisdom; 
"The World is three days - As for yesterday, it has vanished, along with all that was in it. As for tomorrow, you may never see it. As for today, it is yours so work on it " 
[ Iman Hasan Al-Basri]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. I forgot that I was fasting and accidentally ate something. Does this invalidate my fast?

 Praise be to Allaah. 
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, "Whoever forgets that he is fasting and then eats or drinks, let him complete his fast, for verily, it was Allah who gave him to eat and drink" [Bukhari and Muslim]

The scholars of the Shafi`i school deduced from this hadith that if one forgetfully does something that invalidates the fast, then one's fast is not thereby invalidated (cf. Minhaj al-Talibin). So if you eat or drink something during the day because you forgot that you were fasting, your fast is not invalidated. The moment you remember that you are fasting, however, you must spit out the food or drink that is still in your mouth. If you continue eating or drinking after remembering that you are fasting, your fast will be invalidated.

And Allaah knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Help Out With Preparation of Iftar; 
Think of whoever has prepared all the food for you, it is quite likely that person was fasting as well. So offer your help in the kitchen and make sure that you remember them in your duahs.

Dua of the Week;
Duahs for Second Ten Days of Ramadan:

“Allahumma innee as-aluka bini’matika-assaabighati allatee an’amta bihaa ‘alaiyya wa balaa-ikal-ladhee ibtalaitanee wa bifadlikal-ladhee afdalta ‘alayya an tudkhilaniyal-jannah. Allahumma adkhilnee aljannata bifadlika wa mannika wa rahmatika.”

“O Allah! I ask You by medium of Your abundant blessings that You have blessed me with and by medium of Your trials that You have tested me with and by medium of Your trials that You have favoured me with that You enter me in Paradise. O Allah! enter me into paradise with Your favour, boon and mercy.”