Thursday, 29 November 2012

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

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

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:

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

"...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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