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.”
[Bukhari]

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,
Ameen.

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

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

Translation:
“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)."
[Muslim]

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.



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