Thursday, 21 March 2013

Fear Death, Love Allah, Talking while Eating, Memorise Qur'an, Chief of Repentance

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Fear Death;
Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) says in His Perfect Word, “No doubt! Verily, the Awliya’ [close friends] of Allaah, no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve. Those who believed, and used to fear Allah much (by abstaining from evil deeds and sins and by doing righteous deeds). for them are glad tidings, in the life of the present world, and in the Hereafter. No change can there be in the Words of Allaah. This is indeed the supreme success”
[Yunus 10:62-64]
The Messenger of Allah   said, “When the believer is dying, he is given the glad tidings of the pleasure and honour of Allah, and nothing is dearer to him than that, which is ahead of him, and he loves to meet Allah and Allah loves to meet him. But when the disbeliever is dying, he is given tidings of the punishment and wrath of Allah, and nothing is more hated to him than what is ahead of him, and he hates to meet Allah and Allah hates to meet him.”
[Narrated by al-Bukhaari (6507) and Muslim (2683)]

Fear of death is a feeling that affects most people. Allah has created man in such a way that he loves life and fears the unknown, and He has made death part of the world of the unseen which cannot be fully understood except by the one who enters it. In the course of our regular busy lives, it is easy to completely forget the fact that death is a certainty upon us all, as much as we may want to escape its inevitability. Equally, when a person does think of it, he cannot help but feel emotions of loneliness and fear or anxiety about that unknown future. But the believer who submits to the will and decree of Allah, and in whose heart love of his Creator is instilled, and who thinks positively of Allah, realises that by his death he is returning to a generous Lord and a merciful God, Who will reward him for good deeds with good things and Who will pardon his bad deeds by His mercy and forgiveness. That is only for the believer who puts his trust in Allah and whose heart is humble before Him, as undoubtedly He is the Accepter of repentance.
There is a great promise in the above given Words of Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) of His unlimited Mercy, as long as we conduct ourselves in accordance with the precedents He has set out. Therefore, we should remember death often, prepare ourselves accordingly by adhering to that which pleases Allah, and through those actions inn shaa Allah remain optimistic of receiving His forgiveness. 
May Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) give us all the sense and commitment to correct ourselves and strive in His way, and use the time that He has given us in this world to win success in the Hereafter. Indeed, it will be too late if this realisation dawns upon one at the point of his inevitable meeting with Malak-ul Maut (the Angel of Death).

Pearls of Wisdom – Love Allah; 
"Love is a treasure incomparable. He who loves Allah has Allah for his own, and whoever has Allah has everything."
[Prophet Isa (Jesus), upon him be peace]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. Is conversation permissible while eating?

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

There is nothing in the Prophet’s Sunnah to indicate that it is not allowed to speak whilst eating. The popular saying among some, that there is “no greeting and no talking over food” has no basis in sharee‘ah.

It is proven that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) talked whilst eating.
It is narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: One day some meat was brought to the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam) and the foreleg, which he used to like, was offered to him. He took a bite, then he said: “I will be the leader of mankind on the Day of Resurrection. Do you know why that is? … Then he quoted the lengthy hadeeth about intercession.
[al-Bukhaari (3340) and Muslim (194)]

It is narrated from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allah that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) asked his family for condiments and they said: We do not have anything but vinegar. He called for it and he started eating it, saying: “What a good condiment vinegar is, what a good condiment vinegar is.”
[Saheeh Muslim (2052)/(14/7)]

Al-Nawawi said: This shows that it is mustahabb to talk whilst eating, so as to put the diners at ease.
Putting diners at ease, which is mentioned by Imam al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) here, is something that is well known and prevalent among the Arabs, because it is part of honouring the guest and showing generosity to talk to people whilst they are eating, especially guests.

Ibn al-Qayyim said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to speak whilst eating, as seen above in the hadeeth about vinegar, and as he said to his stepson ‘Umar ibn Abi Salamah, who was eating with him: “Mention the name of Allah and eat from that which is closest to you.”
[End quote from Zaad al-Ma‘aad, 2/366]

In these hadeeths there is evidence that it is permissible to speak whilst eating. As for the hadeeths that mention the command to speak whilst eating or that forbid doing so, none of them are saheeh.
Al-Haafiz al-Sakhaawi said: I do not know anything about it, either forbidding it or approving it. 
Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Talking whilst eating is like talking whilst not eating: good talk is good and bad talk is bad.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Memorise Qur’an to Increase Rank in Jannah;
Ibn 'Amr (radiAllahu anhuma) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said, "It will be said to the companion of the Qur'aan after he has entered Paradise, 'Recite, and rise!' For every verse he recites he will rise one level (in Paradise), until he recites the last verse with him (i.e., in his memory)."
[Abu Dawood]

Many of us may not know more than a few short Surah’s, and have probably never made the effort to try and learn more of Allah’s Perfect Word. Through evidence in the Qur’an and Sunnah, we know that there are a vast amount of virtues of memorizing the Qur’an, including it's role as an intercessor for us on the Day of Resurrection, and it also helps us to abstain from sins in this world. The excuse often used is that Arabic may not be our first language, but we have many sources where the text has been transliterated into English, and so this self-warranted exemption is also no longer plausible. So inn shaa Allah we should select at least one Surah and make an effort to learn it over the course of this week, and build on this practice over time for our own benefit. In addition, we should also try to understand the explanation/Tafsir of the chapter in order to truly appreciate the beauty and wisdom of the guidance given within it. A great article with tips of how to make memorization of the Qur’an easier is at the following link:

Dua of the Week;
Supplication for Forgiveness through the highest form of Repentance (Sayyidul Istighfar)                 

On the authority of Shaddad ibn Aws, (may Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet, (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam), said, “The chief of prayers for forgiveness is (and then he recited the dua for Sayyidul Istighfar) ...He then added, “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it and dies before the morning he will be from the people of Paradise.”
[Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 75, Number 318]

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لّا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْت،
خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ،
وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْت،
أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْت،
أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ
عَلَيَّ، وَأَبُوءُ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِر لِي فَإِنَّهُ لَا يَغْفِرُ
الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

Allahumma anta rabbee la ilaha illa ant, khalaqtanee wa-ana AAabduk, wa-ana AAala AAahdika wawaAAdika mas-tataAAt, aAAoothu bika min sharri ma sanaAAt, aboo-o laka biniAAmatika AAalay, wa-aboo-o bithanbee, faghfir lee fa-innahu la yaghfiruth-thunooba illa ant.

‘O Allaah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshipped except You, You created me and I am Your servant and I abide to Your covenant and promise as best I can, I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed. I acknowledge Your favour upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sin except You.’

Thursday, 14 March 2013

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Thursday, 7 March 2013

Predetermined Rizq, Work for your own Rewards, Why Allah grants Rizq more to others, Bringing about change, Duah for Sustenance

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Predetermined Rizq;
Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) says in His Perfect Word,
“And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allaah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allaah has set a measure for all things”
[al-Talaaq 65:2-3] 

Abdullah ibn Masood (radiAllahu anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (SAW), who is the most truthful (of human beings) and his being truthful (is a fact) told us: ‘The constituents of one of you is gathered in his mother’s womb for forty days, then it becomes an Alaqah within another period of forty days. Then it becomes a Mudghah, and forty days later, Allaah sends His angel to it to breathe into it the Ruh. The angel comes with instructions concerning four things, so the angel writes down his livelihood, his death, his deeds and whether he will be doomed or blessed.”
[Sahih Muslim Book 33, #6893]

We are often tested by Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) in many different ways. Over the past couple of years, due to the turbulent economic climate, many brothers and sisters may have had to endure the challenges put forward by various forms of financial restrictions, possibly due to redundancy or even pay cut policies, which were adopted by many employers. Naturally, this can prove to be quite distressing, especially for those of us who are primary bread-winners for our families. However, the Promise of our Rabb, ar-Razzaq, regarding our rizq is clear in the above aayahs from Surah Talaaq, and they have been perfectly complemented through the given hadith of our Beloved Prophet   . Our sustenance has been set by Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) even before we entered this world, hence we will not earn a penny more, or a penny less than what we are meant to. It is paramount for a good Muslim to always bear this fact in mind, and have tawaqqal in Allah.
This will undoubtedly result in contentment in all circumstances, as our hearts will remain firm in the belief that as long as we maintain our Imaan and sabr, Allah will always ensure that we are provided for.

May Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) provide for us all abundantly from halal sources; may He help us to spend it in a fashion He Deem's best, and in a way that will benefit our Aakhirah, Ameen.

Pearls of Wisdom – Work for your own rewards; 
“One, I believe that my sustenance will never be hijacked by anybody (so I work to attain it). Two, I know that a work that is mine must be performed by me, so I do not decrease my efforts in performing it. Three, I believe that my Lord is Omnipresent (watching me), so I do not like Him seeing me committing sins. Four, I know that death is somewhere waiting for me, so I prepare for it (through good deeds).” 
[Imam Hasan Al-Basri (rahimAllah), on being asked the secret behind his asceticism]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. Why are some people granted more Rizq (sustenance) than others?

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

Allaah is al-Razzaaq (the Provider) and the best of those who give provision.

“And no moving (living) creature is there on earth but its provision is due from Allaah”
[Hood 11:6 – interpretation of the meaning]

The rizq (provision) of Allaah will not be brought by the carefulness of the miser, nor will it be prevented by the hostility of one who does not want it to come to another. It is part of the Wisdom of Allaah that He differentiates between His slaves in their provision just as He differentiates between them in their physical creation and their attitudes.
So He gives in abundance to whomever He wills and gives little to whomever He wills. He may give plenty to some people and little to others. He is the One Who guarantees the provision of His slaves according to His prior knowledge and decree. Allaah knows and decrees that some of His slaves will be given plenty and some will be given little; He has reasons for that which are beyond our comprehension. In His wisdom, He gives plenty or gives little as a test for His slaves, testing them with blessings or with calamities, as He says:

“and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good”
[al-Anbiya’ 21:35]

Allâh says (interpretation of the meaning):
“But when He tries him be straitening his means of life, he says: ‘My Lord has humiliated me!”
[al-Fajr 89:16]

But then Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Nay!...” [al-Fajr 89:16/17], meaning, it is not as he thinks; Allaah blesses whoever He wills and makes things difficult for whomever He wills, and this is a test, not a sign of honour or humiliation. By means of this test, it becomes apparent who is grateful and patient, and who is the opposite.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – If You Don't Like it, Do Something to Change it;
The Prophet   said, '‘He who amongst you sees something abominable should modify it with the help of his hand; and if he has not strength enough to do it, then he should do it with his tongue (by speaking out against it ), and if he has not strength enough to do it, (even) then he should (abhor it) from his heart (by always disliking what is evil or harmful), and that is the least of faith’
[Muslim: Book 1: Hadith 79 & 81]

It is clear from the above hadith that as Muslims we are encouraged to do our best to rectify a situation, and oppose any direct or indirect acts of injustice/oppression wherever we see them being committed (through rational and prescribed means). So inn shaa Allah we should all make it a point to participate in voicing our  concerns and opposition to anything which is wrong for the Muslim Ummah, and the wider society in general. Inn shaa Allah  if we make sure that we do our bit, our Rabb al-Mujeeb will respond to our efforts and rectify our affairs.

Dua of the Week;
Supplication for Sustenance                                                                                                                                            اللَّهُ لَطِيفٌ بِعِبَادِهِ يَرْزُقُ مَنْ يَشَاءُ وَهُوَ الْقَوِيُّ العَزِيزُ 

‘Al-laahu laTiyfum bi 'Ibaadihii yarzuqu may yashaa'u wa huwal qawiy-yul 'Aziyz’

'Allah is kind to His servants. He gives provision to whom He wills, and He is the Strong, the Mighty’ [ash-Shura; 19]