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.’

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