Thursday, 27 September 2012


thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Eid-ul-Adha Qurbani;
Aa'isha (radhiallahu anhaa) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "There is nothing dearer to Allah in the days of Qurbani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Judgement with its horns, hair and hooves (to be weighed). The scarifice is accepted by Allah (SWT) before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart." 
[Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah]

Eid-ul-Adha is the Eid of sacrifice, and commitment to Allah's orders. Offering sacrfice on this blessed day is a confirmed Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), as a show of glorification of Allah (SWT), and acceptance that there is no deity worthy of worship but He (SWT). Alhamdulillah most of us are mukallaf, i.e, morally responsible muslims who are able enough to offer sacrifice. While we enjoy Eid with our families insha'Allah, let us remember our needy brothers and sisters and take it upon ourselves to do whatever we can in order to help them on this blessed day by being generous in our sacrifice and ensuring that they benefit from this. As is outlined in the above words of Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), the reward for this will undoubtedly lie with our Creator, Al-Mughni (SWT).

Pearls of Wisdom; 
"I advise you to fear Allâh and obey Him (taqwâ) and I advise you to adhere to the Quran, for it is a light in the dark night and a guidance during the day, so implement it no matter how much struggle and poverty you have to face. If a calamity befalls you, put your wealth forward to protect your religion, and if the calamity continues, put forward your wealth and your life to save your religion [but never risk your religion], for the ruined is he whose religion is ruined, and the looted is he whose religion is taken. And know that there is no poverty after Paradise, and no riches after the Fire."
[ Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ` 3:174]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. Can you please specify the correct rites associated with sacrificing and distributing meat on Eid-ul-Adha?

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

1. It is necessary to have the Qurbani take place within the three days of "Ayyam al-Nahr" (10, 11, 12 of Dhu 'l-Hijja). It will not be valid before this time not after these dates.

2. It is best to distribute the meat as soon as possible, but not necessary. Therefore, for the sake of canning or other arrangements, it could be distributed after three months.

3. The meat could be distributed raw or cooked. Normally, whatever is more beneficial for the recipients is considered the superior option.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Know Recite the Takbeer; 
This is one of the greatest Sunnahs on the day of Eid because Allah (SWT) says, "(He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allaah [i.e. to say Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar: Allaah is the Most Great)] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him” [al-Baqarah 2:185]

In the case of Eid al-Adha, the takbeer begins on the first day of Dhu’l-Hijjah and lasts until sunset on the last of the days of tashreeq (i.e, the 11th, 12th and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah) , and this is confirmed in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah with a saheeh isnaad from Ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) that he used to recite takbeer during the days of tashreeq.

The takbeer which can be recited is as follows: Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd (Allah is Most Great, Allaah is most Great, there is no god but Allah, Allah is Most great, Allah is most great, and to Allah be praise).

It is recommended for men to repeat this loudly in their homes, streets and marketplaces, and for women to recite this to themselves as often as possible.

Dua of the Week;
Supplication for the  remeberence of Allah(SWT) after the completion of Salah

Astaghfirul-lah (three times). 
Allahumma antas-salam waminkas-salam, tabarakta ya dhal-jalali wal-ikram

‘O Allah, You are As-Salam and from You is all peace, blessed are You, O Possessor of majesty and honour.’
[Muslim, 414:1]

As-Salam is one of Allah's (SWT) beautiful attributes, and it refers to One who is a source of all Peace. This supplication should be made as rememberance of Allah (SWT) after completing salam in the obligatory salah.


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Knowledge, Remembering Allah, Sins, Surah Meaning and Duah for Allah's Protection

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Disappearing Knowledge;
Abdullah ibne-Amr ibnil 'As (radhiAllahu anhu) narrated that The Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah will not take knowledge of the Deen from people at once, but will withdraw knowledge by the death of the Ulama, until no Alim will be left, people will take ignorant men as their leaders. They will be asked questions relating to Deen and they will give verdict without knowledge. They being astray, will lead others astray.”

As Muslims living in the West, we will always face dilemmas and may need guidance from those of knowledge on how to react appropriately in certain situations without compromising on our Deen. Therefore we are particularly prone to taking advice regarding the precedents of Islam from others around us, but we must be careful not to take the word of just anyone.
If the knowledge that is passed to us is inaccurate, then we may end up passing this to others, thus distorting the correct practice and inevitably our beautiful Deen.
One should always endeavour to be comprehensive while seeking advice on a subject and educate themselves thoroughly on the injunctions of the Qur'an and Sunnah on that particular topic.
A good Muslim will also refrain from advising others unless they are absolutely sure about their knowledge on a particular issue, as otherwise we will be stepping into dangerous territory. May al-Hafeez, al-Muhaymin (SWT) enable us all to preserve and protect our flawless religion in the immaculate form that it was initially revealed to our beloved Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), Ameen.

Pearls of Wisdom; 
"Remember Allah when you are comfortable, He will remember you when you are in difficulty, and when you set your eyes upon something in this world, think about how it will end"
 Abu-d-Darda (RadiAllahu anhu)

Weekly Q&A;
Q.  Should one conceal their past sins, or reveal their past sins to others, e.g, a ruler?

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

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

Sins are of two kinds:
(1) Those that only violate the rights of Allah, and
(2) Those that violate the rights of other people as well

Examples of sins that only violate the rights of Allah include fornication or drinking alcohol. It is obligatory to conceal such sins and not to tell anyone about them, not even a ruler. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, "Whoever commits one of these reprehensible sins must conceal himself with Allah's concealment, for verily, whoever exposes himself to us, we will punish." (Hakim, Bayhaqi)

Examples of sins that violate the rights of other people include, for example, murder and falsely accusing someone of adultery. Concealing such sins would constitute wrongdoing because the rights of other people will thereby continue to be violated. In order to ensure that the people one has wronged are able to get their rights, such sins need to be confessed to a ruler.

Outside of this context, talking about sins that one has committed in the past in jest or boldness (for example to one's family or friends) is absolutely unlawful because of rigorously authenticated hadiths that have come about the matter.
May al-Ghafoor, the Most Forgiving, forgive us all our sins and conceal them on the Day of Reckoning, Ameen.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Know What You Are Saying; 
Masha'Allah many bothers and sisters are steadfast in offering their salah regularly, but there are a few of us who are not fluent in Arabic and hence may not know what we are actually reciting.
It hence can become an exercise of just completing a formality and 'going through the motions' so to speak, and May Allah (SWT) save us all from this predicament.
A way of preserving and improving one's salah is to know what we are saying when we stand before Allah (SWT), so that we can supplicate with more sincerity. This will also enhance our concentration and avoid our thoughts from wavering, thus we will enjoy every supplication we make insha'Allah. May Allah (SWT) enable us all to submit ourselves to Him in the way that he has decreed, and accept from us our Salah and all our efforts to please Him,

Dua of the Week;
Duah to seek refuge in the Protector, al-Muhaymin

“Bismillah (3 times) 
A'udhu bi'izzatil-Lahi waqudratihi min sharri ma ajidu wa'ohadhir (7 times)"

“In the Name of Allah (3 times) I seek Refuge in Exalted Power and Glory of Allah from that which I feel and fear (7 times)."

This supplication was recited by the Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). The duah can be made to seek refuge in al-Muhaymin, the Protector, from fear of the unknown, and fear of any kind that one may carry in one's heart.


Thursday, 13 September 2012

Avoiding Anger, Controlling Anger, Be Inspired, Duah for removing anger

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Avoiding Arguing;
The Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever does not argue when he is in the wrong will have a home built for him on the edge of Paradise. Whoever avoids it when he in the right will have a home built for him in the middle of Paradise. And whoever improves his own character, a home will be built for him in the highest part of Paradise.”

Arguing with people is strongly discouraged in Islam. We are to state our point of view and then leave it at that. Nor are we to involve ourselves in matters that do not affect a person’s deen. Note that a person is to shun argument whether he is in the right or whether his stand is wrong. Both get houses built for them in Paradise. But since the person who knows that he is right finds it more difficult to leave the argument and let things be, he/she is promised a greater reward.

Arguing with people rarely gets anyone to change their minds. It usually only produces defensiveness and creates ill feelings between people. The issue becomes a matter of one’s ego and makes it more difficult for a person to change their stance. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) loves to have Muslims live harmoniously with each other. Try this hadith out in practice, and you will see that your relations improve with people and that you have greater peace of mind.

Pearls of Wisdom; 
"The person I like the most is one who points out my defects"
[Umar Ibn Khattab (radhiAllahu anhu)]

Weekly Q&A;
Q.  I get angry very quickly. What can I do to rid myself of this awful trait?

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

Anger is something both the Shariah and the sound intellect regard as generally blameworthy. This is why the Beloved of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) told the one who sought his counsel, "Don’t get angry," repeatedly.

The scholars recommend many measures to deal with anger, including:

1. Turn to Allah in supplication, in order to control one's anger. One should turn to Allah with one's heart and tongue, asking him to rid one of anger, and all other lowly traits. If you can do this using the supplications of the Beloved of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), it is even more beloved to Allah.
A'isha (Allah be pleased with her) reports that, the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) entered while she was angry. 'So he rubbed the tip of my nose and said, "My little A'isha. Say, O' Allah, forgive my sin, remove the anger in my heart, and protect me from Satan." (Allahumma'Ghfirli dhanbi, wa adhhib ghaydha qalbi, wa aajirni min ash-shaytan)".
[Ibn al-Sunni, as mentioned in Barkawi's Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya] 
2. Silence - Do not say anything when angry, lest it contravene the Sacred Law, or go against your personal or social interests.
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, "If you get angry, stay silent."
3. Change your physical posture - The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) is reported to have said, "If you get angry while standing, sit down. If you get angry while sitting, lie down." The wisdom in this is that it prevents one from doing that which one's anger would have made one do in that posture.
4. Perform ritual ablutions - The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) informed us that anger is from Satan, and he was created from fire, so we should extinguish anger with ritual ablutions.
[Abu Dawud]
5. Follow the counsel of the Best of Creation (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) - His repeated counsel for the one who sought advice was, "Do not get angry."
6. Remember the great reward mentioned by Allah for those who control their anger - "And vie with one another for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for those fear Allah (al-muttaqin); Those who spend (of that which Allah has given them) in ease and in adversity, those who control their wrath, and are forgiving toward mankind; and Allah loves the good. And those who, when they do an evil deep or wrong themselves, remember Allah and implore forgiveness for their sins. And who forgives sins but Allah?..."
[Qur’an, 3: 133-135]
7. Remember that true strength is not physical, but spiritual and moral - The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, "The strong one is not one who can out-wrestle others. Rather, the strong one is one who can restrain themselves when angry.
[Bukhari& Muslim]
8. Remember the example of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) - Remember the clemency, forbearance, and easy-going nature of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) with others, and did not get angry unless the anger was for the sake of Allah. The examples of this from his life are numerous. The scholars say that every Muslim should strive to read about the life and example of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) daily.
9. Remember the harms of anger - Be aware of the harms of anger, which include falling into that which Allah deems impermissible of words or actions, and acting in a way unbefitting of a believer. Would we act like this if we were aware that Allah sees all our actions? Would we act like this in the presence of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)?

May Allah Almighty keep us all steadfast on his Deen and shelter us from the evil of the shaytan, Ameen.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Be Inspired; 
There are many well recognised books which provide a wealth of detail on the life of the Prophet of Islam (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). These include:
1.       'Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtoom' (The Sealed Nectar, by Safiur Rahman Mubarakpuri);  
2.       'The Noble Life of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) ' (Dr.Ali Muhammad As-Sallaabee, 3 vols); 
3.       'Our Master Muhammad (SAW)'(Sh.Muhammad Yahya al-Ninowy);
4.       'As Seerah an-Nabawiyyah' (Ibn Hishaam),

amongst many others, which are all readily available in bookshops and on the internet. 
So we should try and make an effort to get hold of these priceless resources and educate ourselves regarding the Seerah of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).
The Noble Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was the best and most complete role-model, sent down as a blessing  from Allah (SWT) to all of humanity. He was the true personification of the Word of Allah (SWT). The more we learn about his immaculate character and ettiquettes, and endeavour to implement these to ourselves, the closer we will bring ourselves to Allah (SWT), thus resulting in inevitable succeess in this world and the Hereafter insha'Allah.  

Dua of the Week;

“'Aootho bilahee mina shaytaan irajeem"

“ I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the rejected one."

This supplication was recommended by the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) to remove anger from one's heart.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Trials, Compensation, Purify Heart, Khushu Focus in Salah and Kids

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Compensation for Trials;
Abu Sai'd Al-Khudri (radhiAllahu anhu) narrated that The Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whenever a Muslim faces fatigue, illness, worry ,grief, hurt and sorrow, even gets pricked by a thorn, Allah (SWT) in lieu of his sufferings removes his sins.”

On being stricken with any sort of calamity or adverse fortune, it is in the nature of man to complain profusely, and in some extreme cases even to question his/her faith. Very few are those who will take a step back to think about why they may have been put in such a condition by Allah (SWT). All forms of infliction test the robustness of a believers Imaan, and as per a separate Hadith of our beloved Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), it is those closest to Allah (SWT) that are tested in the most severest of ways. If one remains steadfast in their faith and conviction even during those challenging times, they will undoubtedly be compensated abundantly by their Rabb, both in this temporary life, and the true life in the Hereafter insha'Allah. May Allah (SWT) make us all from amongst those that are absolute and infallible in our Imaan under any circumstances, Ameen.

Pearls of Wisdom – Purify your Heart; 
"Whoever desires to purify their heart, then let him prefer Allah to his desires"
[Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimullah)]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. I feel that my ibaadah is not accepted because I have problems with keeping focused during my salah. How can I purify my ibaadah and intentions? 

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

It is a given fact that our worship is not perfect. This is among the wisdoms of the sunnah of saying Astaghfirullah (‘I seek the forgiveness of Allah’) three times right after praying one realizes one's shortcomings in fulfilling the rights of Allah.

At the same time, Allah has told us that,
"Allah does not burden a soul with more than it can bear."
[Qur'an, end of Baqarah]

Among the things scholars mention about presence of heart in prayer are:

The way of having presence of heart during prayer is to realize that presence of heart with Allah is something sought during every moment in one's life, and that the means to it is doing dhikr as much as one possibly can. Not to churn up the reward alone, but in order to be thankful of Allah, in order to express one's love of Allah, in order to attain unto closeness with Allah, and in order to strive to fulfil the duties of slavehood to Allah Most High.

This, coupled with avoiding the haram, outwardly and inwardly, are keys to presence of heart with Allah.

Also, we shouldn't just "jump" into prayer; focus your heart on Allah before starting for a moment, and then start. Before starting, make a quick heart-felt duah that Allah grant you love, thankfulness, sincerity...

Allah has promised us in the Qur'an:

"As for those who strive in Us, We surely guide them to Our paths, and lo! Allah is with the good." [29.69]

May Allah Almighty accept any actions that we do to strive in His way, and induce sincerity in our hearts towards Him, Ameen.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Spend time with Kids; 
We should all aim to spend quality time with children within our families. It is from within the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) to give time and attention to children, and be good to them.
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wasallam) would be the first to give salaam to children as he would pass them, thereby teaching them Islamic manners with his own example.
He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would have sweets and dates for them, and would give rides to his Grandsons. Thus we should do the same, and through our attention and care, instil the value of our beatiful Deen within their young hearts from an early age.
May Allah (SWT) shield the Muslims of tomorrow from the vices within this world, and shape them to be worthy leaders and ambassadors of Islam, Ameen.

Dua of the Week;
Duah for Distress:

“Anni massani-yadh- urru wa 'anta arhamur-Raahimeen"
[Surah al-Anbiya; 21:83]

“O my Rubb, surely, distress has touched me, and You are the most Merciful of the merciful ones"

This is the supplication of Prophet Ayyub (alayhis salam). The inspirational story behind his recitation of this dua was related by Br.Ahmer in his Khutbah two weeks ago. The dua is one of the most powerful supplications for one who is afflicated with distress, anguish, and can also be used for improvement in health and well-being.