Thursday, 31 January 2013

Get Closer To Allah Part Three

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

10 Steps To Get Closer To Allah (Part 3/5);
So what things we can do to draw closer to Him?

5. Building a close relationship with the Qur’an

Recite the Holy Qur’aan as much as we can for It will come as an intercessor for its reciter’ on the Day of Judgement

Learn the Qur’an, recite it and study the Qur’an from the many resources available to us, because these are the specific words that Allah has given to us as guidance. There is much wisdom, mercy and guidance in these beautiful verses and there are many miracles to be experienced and they will all be very clear from studying the Qur’an.

“There is no envy (acceptable) except in two (cases): a person whom Allah has given the Qur’an and recites it throughout the night and throughout the day. And a person whom Allah has given wealth, that he gives out throughout the night and throughout the day.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Virtues of reciting the Qur’an

‘Uthmaan, may Allah be pleased with him, said that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “The best of you are the ones who learn the Qur’an and teach it to others”

“Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will receive a hasanah (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the hasanah is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is (considered as) a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter, and Meem is a letter.”
[At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darimi]

Virtues of Surah Fathiha

The Prophet said, 'In the Fatiha of the Qur'an, there is a cure for all maladies (illnesses)'
[Darimi 3236, also narrated by Ad-Darmi in his Al-Masnad and Al-Bayhaqi in Shu’bul Imaan, Tafseer Mazhari 1:30]

Surah Al-Fatihah is equivalent to two thirds of the Qur'an
[Al-Bayhaqi and Al-Haakim, Tafseer Mazhari 1:31]

Virtues of Surah Mulk

It was narrated that Abdullah ibn Mas’ud said: Whoever reads Tabarakallahi Biyadihil Mulk [i.e. Surah al-Mulk] every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) we used to call it al-mani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah it is a surah which, whoever recites it every night has done very well.

Virtues of Surah Zilzalah, Al Kaafirun and Al Ikhlas

Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas and Anas Ibn Malik (RA) reported that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said, ‘Whoever recited Surah Zilzilah (99) would get the reward of reciting half the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Kaafirun (109) would get a reward as if reading a quarter of the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Ikhlas (112) would get a reward as if reading one third of the Qur’an’.
[At-Tirmidhi 2818/A]

Reading, understanding and implementing the Qur’an in our daily lives

‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr ibn Al-’Aas heard the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) saying: “It will be said to the companion of the Qur’an: Read and elevate (through the levels of the Paradise) and beautify your voice as you used to do when you were in the dunyaa! For verily, your position in the Paradise will be at the last verse you recite!”
[Abu Dawood and At-Tirmithee, saheeh]

We should make a target of reading at least a chapter a day.
If one can’t manage that then at least half a chapter.
If one still can’t manage that then recite at least a page a day.
However much we can manage we should try to recite each day with its meanings and implement what we learn into our daily lives.

*** Reading a little each day is better than reciting a lot once in a while. We should build a close relationship with the Qur’an which is in fact building a close relationship with Allah! ***

“Verily Allah raises nations by this book (the Qur’an) and puts down (i.e. destroys) others by it.” [Muslim]

6. Keeping good company

One of the most important things we must do, which sadly many people neglect, is that we should avoid bad company. People we should avoid taking as friends those who speak too freely, who miss Salah, who do not dress modestly, who backbite, slander etc.

The Prophet (SAW) said, “The case of the good companion and the bad companion is like that of the seller of musk and the blower of the bellows (iron-smith). As for the seller of musk, he will either give you some of the musk, or you will purchase some from him, or at least you will come away having experienced its good smell. Whereas the blower of the bellows will either burn your clothing, or at least you will come away having experienced its repugnant smell.”
[Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]

Rather, we should seek out pious friends who fear Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala and who have the qualities of humility, charity, compassion, modesty and knowledge. If we sit with them we will always benefit and they will be a means for us to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala!

Remember: “All friends will be enemies of one another on that Day (Day of Judgment) except those of the virtuous.”
[al-Qur’an 43:67]

**Come back and check in next week for Part 4 in shaa Allah**

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Get Closer to Allah Part Two

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

10 Steps To Get Closer To Allah (Part 2/5);
So what things we can do to draw closer to Him?

3. Zikr (remembrance of Allah) and glorification of Allah

"…Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest."
[Qur’an, 13:28]

Remembrance of Allah indeed is the greatest virtue.

[Qur’an, 29:46]

O ye who believe, remember Allah much. And glorify Him morning and evening
[Qur’an, 33:42-43]

Remembrance of Allah is the foundation of all good deeds. Whoever succeeds in it is blessed with the close friendship of Allah.

Remembrance of Allah the best of deeds

The Prophet, peace be upon him, would often tell his Companions, "Shall I tell you about the best of deeds, the most pure in the sight of your Lord, about the one that is of the highest order and is far better for you than spending gold and silver, even better for you than meeting your enemies in the battlefield where you strike at their necks and they at yours?"The Companions replied, "Yes, O Messenger of Allah!" The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Remembrance of Allah."

Heart of those who don't remember Allah is dead whereas those who do is alive

Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "The simili
tude of one who remembers his Rabb and one who does not remember Him, is like that of the living and the dead.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Some very rewarding dhikr include:

1. Subhan'Allah- 'Glorious is Allah'
2. Al-Hamdullilah- 'All praise is due to Allah'
3. Allahu Akbar – 'Allah is the Greatest.'
4. La ila ha illallah- There is none diety of worship except Allah

Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "For him who says: `Subhan-Allahi wa bi hamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection, and I begin with praising Him, and to Him),' a palm-tree will be planted in Jannah.''

Zikr can be done anywhere and anytime

A person may ask, ‘How can we do Zikr all the time whilst we have so many things to do in life such as we go to work, feed the family, pay bills, etc.? Well, the answer to this is that, firstly, it is the Sunnah of Allah's Messenger to work and feed the family which is rewarded by Allah and, secondly, that when a person is working or at school or wherever a person may be this does not mean that he
or she should stop remembering Allah while he is working, while he is shopping or while he is travelling.

In fact the heart of the believer should be attached to Allah's remembrance throughout his day to day activities such that he protects himself from falling in love with the materials and temptations of this world and that his love for Allah and his Messenger grows stronger and stronger as time goes by. When a person begins to remember Allah all the time it is then that he becomes conscious of his actions. His heart also gains peace,
tranquillity, contentment and happiness!

"... And the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues. Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e., Jannah).''
[Qur’an, 33:35]

4. Calling upon Allah in Duah (Supplication)

In order to build a close relationship with Allah we should always call upon him in all situations and circumstances whether we are happy or sad and we should ask Him for all of our needs as well as help and guidance in all aspects of our lives.

Allah, the Most Compassionate says in the Holy Qur’an, "Call on Me. I will answer your prayer, but those who are too arrogant to serve me will surely find themselves humiliated in Hell"
[Qur’an, 40:60]

Allah, The Exalted says: "And your Lord says: Pray unto me: and I will hear your prayer"
[Qur’an, 40:60]

"Call upon your Lord Humbly and in secret"
[Qur’an 7:55]

"When My servants question thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me…"
[Qur’an, 2:186]

"Is not He (best) who listens to the (soul) distressed when it calls on Him, and who relieves its suffering"
[Qur’an, 27:62]

Dua’s are never wasted

Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The dua’ of any one of you will be answered so long as he does not seek to hasten it, and does not say, ‘I made dua’ but I had no answer.’”
[Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5865; Muslim, 2735, from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah]

So let us build a close relationship with Allah by making much duah to Him. He loves it when His slave calls upon Him.

In the hadith which was narrated by al-Tirmidhi from Abu Hurayrah, who said:
“The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘There is no man who prays to Allah and makes dua’ to Him, and does not receive a response. Either it will be hastened for him in this world, or it will be stored up for him in the Hereafter, so long as he does not pray for something sinful, or to cut the ties of kinship, or seek a speedy response.’ They said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, what does seeking a speedy response mean?’ He said, ‘Saying, “I prayed to my Lord and He did not answer me.’”
[Al-Tirmidhi, 3859; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 852]

**Come back and check in next week for Part 3 in shaa Allah**

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Get Closer to Allah Part One

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

10 Steps To Get Closer To Allah (Part 1/5);
It should be the desire of every Muslim to draw nearer to the Almighty Allah the Most Compassionate and the Most Merciful. By drawing closer and near to Allah we gain His help in every aspect of our lives in this world and to be merciful to us so that we may gain His mercy for the hereafter in order to enter Jannah.

So what things we can do to draw closer to Him?

1. Fulfilling obligatory duties and abstaining from prohibited matters

The Prophet (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) has guided us. And Allah, the Glorified and the Exalted, has guided us how to draw near to Him. As He said According to Hadith Qudsi:

“Whoever draws near to Me among those drawn near by fulfilling what I have made obligatory on them….

You do not draw near to Allah except by fulfilling the obligatory duties which Allah has made obligatory on you; (that is) the obligatory duties from the obligatory duties (Faraid) such as Prayers, and Zakat (obligatory charity), and Hajj, and Fasting and being good to Parents and all these obligatory duties on you draw you near to Allah, the Glorified and the Exalted.

So the first thing we need to do is fulfil ALL of our obligatory duties and abstain from that which Allah and his messenger have forbidden us from.

2. Nawafil prayers (superogatory prayers)

Allah says in Hadith Qudsi:
….and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (voluntary deeds) until I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My Protection, I will protect him..."

A Source of Elevation for you
The Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said: "Ask (anything)." Rabi'ah said: "I ask of you to be your companion in paradise." The Prophet said: “Anything else?" Rabi'ah said: "That is it." The Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said to him: "Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., supererogatory prayers)."

Praying Tahajjud to get closer to Allah
Allah Most High said, “Establish worship at the going down of the sun until the dark of the night, and (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn. Lo! (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn is ever witnessed. And some part of the night awake for its recital, as voluntary worship for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to a praised estate.”
[Qur’an, 17: 78-79]

Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “The best prayer after the obligatory prayers is the night prayer.”

Abu Umama al-Bahili (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “Hold fast to night prayer, for it was the way of the righteous before you, a way of drawing closer to your Lord, an expiation for wrong deeds, and a shield from sin.”
[Tirmidhi, and others]
In some narrations, there is an addition, “And it repels sickness from the body.”

So let us make the habit of reading as many Nawafil prayers as we can for more prayers means more prostrations and one is truly the closest to Allah in prostration.

….bow down in prostration and bring yourself the closer (to Allah)."
[Qur’an, 96:19]

**Come back and check in next week for Part 2 in shaa Allah**

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Salah Dictionary

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

The meaning of what we say in our Salah (Prayers);
When we pray we should aim to achieve ultimate concentration and respect as we are engaged in a conversation with our Almighty Creator. One of the best methods of showing this respect to Allah is to understand what it is we say when we are praying to Him.

Arabic Transliteration
English Translation
Allahu Akbar
Allah is the Greatest!
Subhana Kal-lah hum-ma wabi hamdika wata-bara kasmukawata'ala jad-duka wala ilaha ghyruka
Glory be to You, O Allah, and all praises are due unto You, and blessed is Your name and high is Your majesty and none is worthy of worship but You
A'udhu bil-lahi minash Shayta-nir-rajeem
I seek Allah's protection from Satan who is accursed.
Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Raheem
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Alhamdul lil-lahi rab-bil 'alameen
Ar rahma nir-raheem
Maliki yawmid-deen
Iyyaka na'budu wa iyyaka nasta'een
Ihdinas siratal mustaqeem
Siratal Ladheena an'amta 'alayhim
Ghai-ril maghdubi 'alayhim
Walad dal-leen.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds;
Most Gracious, Most Merciful;
Master of the Day of Judgment.
Only You do we worship, and only Your help we seek
Keep us on the straight path
The path of those upon whom You bestowed Your favour,
Not the path of those upon whom Your wrath is brought down on  
Nor of those who go astray
Qul huwal lahu ahad.
Allah hus-Samad.
Lam yalid walam yulad.
Walam yakul-lahu Kufuwan ahad.

Say: He is Allah, the only one.
Allah helps and does not need help.
He does not produce a child, and He was not born of anyone.
There is no one equal to Him.
Subhana Rabbi'al Adheem
Glorified is my Lord, the Almighty, the Exalted
Sami 'Allah hu liman hamida
Allah listens to him who praises Him
Rab-bana lakal hamd
Our Lord, praise be for you only
Subhana Rabbi yal A'ala
Glorified is my Lord, the Most High
AttahiyyaatuLillahi Was Salawatu Wattayyibatu AssalamuAlaika Ayyuhannabi 'yu 'Warahmatullahi Wabarka'tuhu Assalamu Alaina Wa'ala'Ibadillahis Saa'liheen, Ash'had'u'al-la ilahaillallahu Wa Ash'hadu Anna MuhammadunAbd'uhuWa Rasooluh
All compliments, all physical prayer and all good deeds are for Allah. Peace be upon you, Oh Prophet, and Allah's mercy and blessings. Peace be on us and on all righteous slaves of Allah. I bear witness that no one is worthy of worship except Allah And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger
Allahumma Salleh Alaa Muhammadin Wa'ala' AaleMuhammadin Kama Sallaiyta Alaa Ibraheema Wa' Ala AaleIbraheema InnakaHameedum Majeed

Oh Allah, send grace and honour on Muhammad and On the family and true followers of Muhammad just as you sent Grace and Honour on Ibrahim and on the family and true followers of Ibrahim. Surely, you are praiseworthy, the Great.
Allahumma Baarak Alaa Muhammadin Wa' Ala AaleMuhammadin Kama Baarakta Alaa Ibraheem Wa' Ala AaleIbraheema Innaka Hameedum Majeed

Oh Allah, send your blessing on Muhammad and the true followers of Muhammad, just
as you sent blessings on Ibrahim and his true followers. Surely, you are praiseworthy, the Great.
Rab bij'alnee muqeemas salati wa minzur-riy yatee rab-bana wata qab-bal du'a,rab-ba nagh-firlee wali waliday-yawa lil mu-mineena yawma yaqumul hisab.
Oh Lord, make me and my children keep up prayers, Our Lord, accept our prayer, Our Lord, forgive me and my parents and all the Believers on the Day of Judgement.
Rabbana Aatina Fid Duniya Hasanataw Wafil AkhiratiHasanataw Wa Qina Azaaban Naar
"Our Lord, grant us the good of this world and that of the Hereafter and save us from the torture of hell.”
Assalamu Alai'kumWarah'matullah

Peace and mercy of Allah be on you".
Dua Qunoot

Allah humma inna nast'eenuka wa nastaghfiruka wa nu'minubika wa natawak-kalu 'alayka wa nuthne 'alayk-al khayr. Wanashkuruka wa laaa nakfuruka wa nakhla'u wa natruku man-y yafjuruka. Allah humma iyyaka na'budu wa laka nusal-leewa nasjudu wa ilayka nas'a wa nahfidu wa narju rahmatakawa nakhsha 'azabaka inna 'azabaka bil kuf-fari mulhiq

Oh Allah, we ask You for help and seek Your forgiveness, and we believe in You and have trust in You, and we praise You in the best way and we thank You and we are not ungrateful to You, and we forsake and turn away from the one who disobeys You. O Allah, we worship You only and pray to You and prostrate ourselves before You, and we run towards You and serve You, and we hope to receive Your mercy, and we fear Your punishment. Surely, the disbelievers will receive Your punishment.