Thursday, 29 November 2012

How To Fear Allah, Forgiveness and Punishment, Horoscopes, Three Quls, Supplication of Prophet Yunus



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Weekly Hadith – How To Fear Allah;
The Prophet of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), said: 'Fear Allah wherever you may be; follow up a bad deed with a good one, and it will erase it; and treat people with good character'
[Tirmidhi, Ahmad]

A Muslim's infallible fear of Allah (Subhana wa Ta'ala) should be manifest in his actions. He should ensure that he fulfils all the commandments of his Creator, and refrains from all that has been prohibited. The fear of Allah (Subhana wa Ta'ala) should not only be expressed in front of others, but should rather be intrinsic, so that one fears Him all the time, whether in prosperity, isolation, or otherwise adversity. We should remember that Allah (Subhana wa Ta'ala) is as-Sam'i (the All-Hearing) and al-Baseer (the All-Seeing), and hence is aware of our every move and intention. Surely repenting to our Rabb, al-Ghafoor, is our only saviour and doing good deeds to complement this will act as a form of recompense for our frailty and sins, as has been promised by our Beloved Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) in the above hadith.



Pearls of Wisdom – Forgiveness or Punishment; 
“It is better for one to err in forgiveness than to be right in punishment.”
[Salahuddin Al-Ayyubi, the great Islamic reformer and charitable liberator of Jerusalem] 



Weekly Q&A;
Q. What is the ruling on reading and  believing in horoscopes?

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

Astrology, horoscopes, superstition and fortune-telling are all actions of jaahiliyyah (ignorance) which Islam came to show as false and to explain that they are shirk, because they involve depending on something other than Allaah and believing that benefit and harm come from something other than Him, and believing the words of fortune-tellers and soothsayers who falsely claim to have knowledge of the unseen in order to cheat people of their money and change their beliefs. The evidence (daleel) for that is the hadeeth narrated by Abu Dawood in his Sunan with a saheeh isnaad from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever learns anything of astrology has learned a branch of witchcraft (al-sihr)…” And al-Bazzaar narrated with a jayyid isnaad from ‘Imraan ibn Husayn that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “He is not one of us who practises augury or has it done for him, who tells fortunes or has his fortune told, or who practises witchcraft or has that done for him.” Whoever claims to know some matter of the unseen either is a fortune-teller or is acting like a fortune-teller in some sense, because Allaah is the only One Who has knowledge of the unseen. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning);

“Say: ‘None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah…’” 
[al-Naml 27:65]

My advice to everyone who has anything to do with these matters is to repent to Allaah and ask for His forgiveness, and to depend only on Allaah and to put their trust in Him in all their affairs, whilst following the practical means that are prescribed or permitted in sharee’ah. They should give up these matters of jaahiliyyah, keep away from them and avoid asking the people who practise them or believe what they say, out of obedience to Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and in order to protect his commitment to Islam and his ‘aqeedah (religious belief).

All of these are saheeh and the Muslim may choose whichever of them he wants.
And Allaah (SWT) knows best.


Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Recite the last three Qul's regularly;
Abdullah bin Khubaib (Radhiallaho anha) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to me,”Recite Surat Al-Ikhlas and Al-Mu`awwidhatain (Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An-Nas) three times at dawn and dusk. It will suffice you in all respects.”
[Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi]
Riyad-us-Saliheen – Hadith No: 1456.

Our Beloved Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) used to recite these blessed verses from the Qur’an before sleeping every night, would blow on his hands and rub them over his body three times to seek Allah’s protection while he slept. We should all insha’Allah repeat this Sunnah, as we undoubtedly have much to gain through the recitation of these powerful Words of our Creator (Subhana wa Ta'ala).


Dua of the Week;
Supplication of Yunus (Alayhis Salam) to alleviate difficulty:

Transliteration:
"La ilaha illa Anta Subhanaka inni kuntu minadh dhaalimeen" 
(Al-Anbiya 21:87)

Translation:
"...none has the right to be worshipped but You (O Allâh)], Glorified (and Exalted) are You [above all that (evil) they associate with You]. Truly, I have been of the wrong-doers."

The Prophet (SAW) said in the hadith recorded by At-Tirmithi and others:
"The invocation of my brother Dhu-n-Nun, "None has the right to be worshipped save You; glory be to You, far removed are You from any imperfection; I have been amongst the wrong-doers,". None who is experiencing difficulty employs it except that Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala would relieve him of his difficulty.



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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Ashura

Assalaamualaykum!

Next week back to usual inshaAllah...This week a reminder...

"The best of fasting after Ramadan is fasting Allah's month of Muharram" [Narrated by Abu hurairah, Muslim 1982]

The day of ashura falls on the 10th Muharram.

Ibn 'Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: "The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to Madinah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of 'Ashura'. He said, 'What is this?' They said, 'This is a righteous day, it is the day when Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Musa fasted on this day.' He said, 'We have more right to Musa than you,' so he fasted on that day and commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day." [al-Bukhari, 1865]

Ibn 'Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them both) said: "I never saw the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other than this day, the day of 'Ashura', and this month, meaning Ramadhan."[al-Bukhari, 1867]

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "For fasting the day of 'Ashura', I hope that Allah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before." [Muslim, 1976]

"he then commanded that the Muslims should be different from the Jews by fasting the tenth and the day before it, which is the ninth or the day after it, which is the eleventh. Based upon this, it is preferable to fast on the tenth and to add a day before it or a day after it. Adding the ninth day to it is better than the eleventh"

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen

And Allah knows best.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Weight of the Shahaada, Use of Time, Etiquettes of Sneezing, Exercise and Duah for Acceptance of Deeds



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Weekly Hadith – The Weight Of The Shahaada;
Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that Allah's Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), said:
'Musa (Alayhi Salam) said, 'O my Rabb, teach me something through which I can remember You and supplicate to You.' Allah (SWT) answered, 'Say, O Musa, laa ilaaha ill Allah.'
Musa said, 'O my Rabb, all of Your slaves say these words', to which Allah (SWT) replied, 'O Musa, if the seven Heavens and all that they contain other than Me, and the seven Earths aswell, were all put on one side of a scale and 'laa ilaaha ill Allah' put on the other, the latter would outweight them.' [Ibn Hibaan, Al-Haakim]

In this narration, Allah (SWT) teaches Musa (Alayhi Salam) the great virtue of the saying of Tawheed, and the stature and weight of proclaiming the Shahaada. From a narration of our beloved Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), we know that the Hellfire is forbidden for a person who truly testifies the Shahaada. Hence scholars have deduced that entry to Jannah is a certainty for such an individual, albeit the time and point at which this will happen is dependent on his actions and obedience to Allah (SWT) in this world. Tawheed wipes away one's sins and is described as the key to Jannah.

May our Rabb al-Mateen, enable us to recognise the true power of the Shahaada every time we recite it, keep us away from all forms of Shirk (associating partners), and enhance the rigidity in our hearts and actions with which we affirm to His Oneness. Ameen.


Pearls of Wisdom – Use Your Time For Good Deeds Only; 
“There are many people who are given time (by Allah) through good treatment towards them, and many get into deception because their sinful activities are veiled (by Allah) and many get smitten by good talk about themselves. And Allah does not try anyone as seriously as He tries him whom He allows time (to remain sinful).”
[Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiAllahu anhu)]


Weekly Q&A;
Q. What is the recommended way of addressing one who sneezes and the response?

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

Different forms of the sneezer praising Allaah and responding to the one who says “May Allaah have mercy on you” have been narrated.

[Al-Bukhaari (6224)] narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When one of you sneezes, let him say, ‘Al-hamdu-Lillaah (Praise be to Allaah),’ and let his brother or companion say to him. ‘Yarhamuk Allaah (May Allaah have mercy on you).’ If he says, ‘Yarhamuk-Allaah,’ then let (the sneezer) say, ‘Yahdeekum Allaah wa yuslihu baalakum (May Allaah guide you and rectify your condition).’” 

[Imam al-Bukhaari] narrated in al-Adab al-Mufrad (5033) from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When one of you sneezes, let him say, ‘Al-hamdu-Lillaah ‘ala kulli haal (Praise be to Allaah in all situations),’ and let his brother or companion say to him, ‘Yarhamuk Allaah (May Allaah have mercy on you).’ If he says, ‘Yarhamuk-Allaah,’ then let (the sneezer say, ‘Yahdeekum Allaah wa yuslihu baalakum (May Allaah guide you and rectify your condition).’” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood. 

[Abu Dawood (5031) and al-Tirmidhi (2740)] narrated that Saalim ibn ‘Ubayd (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When one of you sneezes, let him say, ‘Al-hamdu-Lillaah Rabb il-‘Aalameen (Praise be to Allaah the Lord of the Worlds),’ and let the one who responds to him say, ‘Yarhamuk Allaah (May Allaah have mercy on you),’ and let him say, ‘Yaghfir Allaahu lana wa lakum (May Allaah have mercy on us and you.” (Classed as da’eef by al-Albaani in Da’eef Abi Dawood. But he classed it as saheeh in Saheeh al-Adab al-Mufrad (715) with a mawqoof isnaad that stopped at ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him). 

 It was narrated that Abu Hamzah said: I heard Ibn ‘Abbaas saying when someone said ‘Yarhamuk Allaah (May Allaah have mercy on you)’ to him: “ ‘Aafaana Allaah wa iyyaakum min al-naar, yarhamukum Allaah (May Allaah save us and you from the Fire; may Allaah have mercy on you).” [Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Adab al-Mufrad, 955.]

Maalik narrated in al-Muwatta’ (1800) from Naafi’ that if ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) sneezed and it was said to him, “Yarhamuk Allaah (may Allaah have mercy on you),’ he would say, “Yarhamuna Allaahu wa iyyaakum wa yaghfir lana wa lakum (may Allaah have mercy on us and you, may He forgive us and you).” Al-Nawawi said in Sharh Muslim .  

Al-Qaadi said: The scholars differed as to how one should praise Allaah or respond, and there are varying reports concerning that. It was said that he should say, “Al-hamdu Lillaah (praise be to Allaah)”, or “Al-hamdu-Lillaah Rabb il-‘Aalameen (Praise be to Allaah the Lord of the Worlds)”, or “Al-hamdu-Lillaah ‘ala kulli haal (Praise be to Allaah in all situations)”. Ibn Jareer said: He has the choice between all of these. This is the correct view, but they are agreed that he is enjoined to praise Allaah. 

He said: And they differed as to how the sneezer is to respond to the one who says “Yarhamuk Allaah.” It was said that he should say, “Yahdeekum Allaah wa yuslihu baalakum (May Allaah guide you and rectify your condition),” or that he should say, “Yaghfir Allaahu lana wa lakum (May Allaah forgive us and you).” Maalik and al-Shaafa’i said: He has the choice between these two options. This is the correct view, and the ahaadeeth which mention them are saheeh. End quote 

Conclusion: The phrases used to praise Allaah have been narrated in various forms:

Al-hamdu Lillaah (praise be to Allaah)

Al-hamdu-Lillaah ‘ala kulli haal (Praise be to Allaah in all situations)

Al-hamdu-Lillaah Rabb il-‘Aalameen (Praise be to Allaah the Lord of the Worlds)

The phrases used to pray for mercy for the sneezer have also been narrated in various forms:

Yahdeekum Allaah wa yuslihu baalakum (May Allaah guide you and rectify your condition)

Yaghfir Allaahu lana wa lakum (May Allaah forgive us and you)

‘Aafaana Allaah wa iyyaakum min al-naar, yarhamukum Allaah (May Allaah save us and you from the Fire; may Allaah have mercy on you)

Yarhamuna Allaahu wa iyyaakum wa yaghfir lana wa lakum (may Allaah have mercy on us and you, may He forgive us and you)

All of these are saheeh and the Muslim may choose whichever of them he wants.
And Allaah (SWT) knows best.


Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Exercise;
Many of us forget that a significant amount of focus is put on one taking care of their bodies and health in our beautiful deen.
The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and Sahaaba (radiAllahu anhuma) we naturally very physically fit due to the distances that they would cover by foot, and manual work that they undertook in their everyday lives.
Our bodies are a gift from Allah (SWT), and we will be accountable for how we use them. And for those brothers and sister who think that they can use the excuse of having to spending time with their spouses, you may have to think again; for Ayesha (radiAllahu anha) related,

"I raced with the Prophet (peace and blessings be on him) and beat him in the race. Later, when I had put on some weight, we raced again and he won. Then he said, 'This cancels that,' referring to the previous occasion."
[Reported by Ahmad.]

Hence we should establish regular exercise in our routine lives. While bad health and disease is often beyond our control, we must take the precautions available to us to maintain our physical health. Insha'Allah if we 'tie our camel' in our affairs, as our Beloved Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) advised, our Rabb al-Qawi will give us the strength and committment to carry them through insha'Allah.


Dua of the Week;
Supplication recited to request Allah's Acceptance of our Good Deeds:

Transliteration:
"Rabbana taqabbal minnaa innaka antas-samee'ul-'Aleem."

Translation:
"Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Truly! You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.”

This du'a was narrated by Ibrahim (Alayhi Salam) and his son, Isma'il (Alayhi Salam), as they laid the foundations of the Holy Ka'abah at Makkah to have their actions in Allah's (SWT) way accepted. May our Rabb al-'Aziz accept any good that we do to please Him, and in return ease our plight in this Dunyah and Aakhirah, Ameen.



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