Thursday, 4 October 2012

Peace, Pride, Grave, Men Clothing, Fridays and Anguish

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Peace and Salvation;
Uqbah ibn Amir (radiAllahu anhu) narrates, "Upon meeting the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), I asked him 'Where does salvation lie?' He answered, 'Control your tongue, let your home contain you, and weep over your sins'"
[Tirmidhi, Ahmad, Bukhari]

This hadith offers three simple acts by which one can remain at peace in this world and attain salvation in the Hereafter. Firstly, by the control of ones tongue, a person will speak only when necessary, and thereby refrain from many sins like the use of foul language, backbiting and slandering.
Secondly, by remaining in ones home and leaving only when necessary, a person will be safeguarded from the many trials prevalent outside.
Finally, by showing remorse through shedding tears before al-Ghafoor (SWT), a person will be allowed to realise the nature of his actions, reflect on them and rectify them, making him more conscious of what he does in future. Among the 99 beautiful characteristics of our Rabb is the fact that he is al-Mu'min, the Giver of Security, and al-Muhaymin, the Protector.
May He (SWT) shield us all from vices which are so easy to fall into, and help us in correcting our ways, Ameen.

Pearls of Wisdom; 
"Put aside your pride, set down your arrogance, and remember your grave."
[Ali ibn Abu Talib (radiAllhu anhu)]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. What are the proper manners (adab) of clothing for men?

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

Certain manners related to dress are obligatory and others are recommended. What is obligatory is to cover the nakedness which, for men, is everything between the navel and knee. That which covers the nakedness must be something that conceals the colour of the nakedness, [i.e., one must not be able to tell whether the underlying skin is black or white], so a thin cloth through which the colour of one's nakedness can be seen is insufficient.

As for the recommended manners, it is that the clothing be loose-fitting and that it not reveals the shape of one's nakedness. Whenever a Muslim man achieves these three manners with regard to his clothing, they suffice him even if the clothing is Western, such as a Western suit.

It is sunnah for everyone and an emphasized sunnah for someone who is an exemplar for others to beautify their appearance and garments and to look extremely handsome and clean.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Recite Surah Al-Kahf (The Cave) on Fridays (Surah No.18); 
There are many virtues of reciting Surah Al-Kahf on Friday, which have been confirmed and recommended by the Holy Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) himself. Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri (radiAllahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, 'Whoever recites Surah Al-Kahf on the day of Jum'uah, then he will be given a light between the two Jum'uah's (that Friday and the following Friday)'
[Al-Baihaqi, 3:249]

 Scholars have explained this by saying that all minor sins of a believer will be forgiven in between the two Jum'uahs if Al-Kahf is recited as recommended.
Further to this, Abu Ad-Darda (radiAllahu anhu) has also narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said,'Whoever memorises ten verses from the beginning of Surah Al-Kahf, he will be saved from the trials of the Anti-Christ (Ad-Dajjal)',
[Muslim no.809]

The boundless mercy of the Lord and Creator of the worlds, manifests itself in these concessions that He (SWT) has put forward for us, since the minimal amount of effort put into reciting some of His exalted Words, rewards us so abundantly. Hence, we should all insha'Allah make a conscious and concerted effort to take advantage of all the leniency that al-Rahim (SWT) extends to us by fulfilling actions through which it will be attained.

Dua of the Week;
Supplication for one in anguish

"Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyoom bi Rahmatika astagheeth"

" Oh Ever-living, oh Eternal, by your Mercy I seek help".

It was reported by Anas (radiAllahu anhu) that when the  Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) was distressed by something, he would say the above Du'a.
[Sahih Al-Hakim 1/545, Sahi Al-Jami 4791, At-Tirmidhi Sahih]

May Allah (SWT) accept it from us as he accepted it from his Beloved Nabeeh (salAllahu alayhi wasalam). Ameen


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