Archive for the ‘Islam’ Category

The Sunan of Eid

August 29, 2011

Recommended acts to do on Eid Day

1. Making Ghusl

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar used to take a bath on the day of al-Fitr before coming to the prayer-place. [al-Muwatta’]

2. Wearing your best clothes

Ibn ‘Umar used to wear his best clothes on Eid. [al-Bayhaqi]

3. Eating an odd number of dates

Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Apostle never proceeded (for the prayer) on the Day of Eid-ul-Fitr unless he had eaten some dates. Anas also narrated: The Prophet used to eat odd number of dates. [Bukhari]

4. Making Takbir

Ibn Abi Shaybah reported that al-Zuhri said: “The people used to make takbir on Eid when they came out of their houses until they reached the prayer-place and until the imam came out. When the imam came out, they fell silent, until the imam said takbir, then they said takbir.” [Irwa’]

الله أكبر الله أكبر لا إله إلا الله والله أكبر ولله الحمد

Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, la ilaha ill-Allah, wa Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar wa Lillahi’l-hamd.

Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is none worthy of worship but Allah, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great and to all praise is to Allah.

5. To go out by one route and come back by another

Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to vary his routes on the day of Eid. [Bukhari]

6. Greeting one another

Jubayr ibn Nufayr said: “At the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him), when people met one another on the day of Eid, they would say, Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minka – May Allah accept from us and from you.” [Ibn Hajar. Fath.]

Did he not reach Ramadan, fast and pray…

July 20, 2011

Talha ibn ‘Ubaydallah (radhi Allahu anhu) reported that two men came to the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) who had accepted Islam at the same time. One of them used to partake in Jihad more-so than the other, and so (one day) he fought in a battle and was martyred therein. The other remained behind him for another year, and then he passed away.

Talha said, ‘I saw in my dream that I was at the door of Paradise when behold, I was with both of them (the two men). Someone came out of Paradise and allowed the man who passed away later to enter first. Then he came out again and allowed the martyred one to enter. Then he returned and said to me, ‘Go back, for your time has not come yet.’

Talha woke up and began to inform others about this and they were all surprised. This reached the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and when they informed him of it, he said:

من أي ذلك تعجبون؟ قالوا: يا رسول اللهّ هذا كان أشد الرجلين اجتهاداً ثم استشهد ودخل هذا الآخر الجنة قبله فقال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وسلم) : أليس قد مكث هذا بعده سنة؟ قالوا: بلى. قال: أدرك رمضان فصام وصلى كذا وكذا من سجدة في السنة؟ قالوا: بلى. قال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وسلم): فما بينهما أبعد مما بين السماء والأرض

He (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘What are you surprised about?’  They said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Out of them both, this one strove harder (in Jihad) then he was martyred but this other one was entered into Paradise before him.’ The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘Did he not remain behind him for one year?’ They said, ‘Yes (he did).’ He said, ‘Did he not reach Ramadan, fast and pray with such and such number of prostrations in the year?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘So the difference between them is greater than what is between the heavens and the earth.’

– Sahih narration from Ibn Majah (2/345, 346) and al-Albani’s ‘al-Silsilah al-Sahihah’

Young Boy Leading Tahajjud Prayer

April 5, 2011

Advice to those who want to soften their hearts

March 13, 2011

Verily, each verse is like a date

February 15, 2011

Bishr bin as-Sirri said:

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“Verily, each verse is like a date: the more you chew it, the more of its sweetness is released.” Abu Sulayman heard this and commented: “True. It is the case with one of you that if he begins one chapter of it, he wants to read it to the end.” [al-Hadith fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an, p.70]

Imagine Jannah

February 10, 2011

Allah Honours the Ones who Honour Their Parents

February 8, 2011

Uways al-Qarni was from the tabi’een (i.e. the generation that followed the sahabah). He was kept from meeting the Prophet as he spent his time looking after his mother and so because of this he can not be considered to be from the sahabah. However Allah honoured him, so much so that every time a group of people from Yemen came to Umar ibn al-Khattab, he would ask if  Uways was amongst them.

The Story of Uways al-Qarni

Asir ibn Jabir narrated: Whenever people would come from Yemen, Umar would ask them, “Is Uways Al-Qarni amongst you?” Until, one year, he met Uways.

He said, “Are you Uways al-Qarni?” He said, “Yes.”

Umar continued, “From the branch of Murad and the tribe of Qaran?” He said, “Yes.”

Umar then asked, “Were you once afflicted with leprosy and your skin healed except for a area of a dirham?” Uways said, “Yes.”

Umar finally asked, “Do you have a mother (that is alive)?” He said, “Yes.”

Umar then said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah – sallallahu alayhi wa sallam – say, Uways ibn Aamir will come to you with the delegations from Yemen, from the branch of Murad, and the tribe of Qaran. He was once afflicted with leprosy and his skin healed except for a dirham’s area. He has a mother, and he treats her kindly. If he was to ever swear by Allah (for something) Allah would fulfil his oath. If you can, request that he ask forgiveness for you.”

Umar then requested from Uways, “Ask forgiveness for me.” And Uways al-Qarni did.

Action Points

  • Always honour parents, even though they may keep you from other tasks that you think to be more worthy.
  • Remember that Allah is pleased with you as long as your parents are pleased with you and Allah is displeased with you as long as your parents are displeased with you.
  • Make dua for your parents and ask Allah to give you the tawfiq to treat them with ihsan.

How the Salaf read the Qur’an

January 25, 2011

Imam Nawawi writes in his book at-Tibyan Fi Aadaab Hamalatil-Qur’an:

“It is befitting to make special time for the tilawah of the Qur’an and increase in it.

It was from the practise of the salaf – may Allah be pleased with them – that they used to finish the Qur’an within different periods of time.

Ibn Abi Dawud reports that some of the salaf used to finish one khatam (complete Qur’an) in two months.

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Others use to finish one khatam every month.

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Some used to finish one khatam within ten days the likes of Hasan al-Basri. And some every eighth day such as the noble companion Ubayy bin Ka’b.

A great portion of them used to finish the Qur’an within a week, people such as Abdullah bin Mas’ud and ‘Alqamah bin Qays etc.

Some finished every six days such as al-Asud bin Yazeed and others every five days.

A portion of them used to finish the Qur’an every four days such as Abu Darda’.

And even a greater portion used to finish the Qur’an every three days like ‘Abdullah bin ’Amr.

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Some every two nights such as ‘Ataa bin as-Saa-ib. And a big portion of them used to finish the Qur’an every day like ‘Abdullah bin Zubayr.

Some even finished the Qur’an twice, meaning every night and day! Such as ‘Abdur-Rahman bin al-Qaasim.

Some finished the Qur’an three times a day, whereas others finished the Qur’an eight times a day, four khatams during the day and four during the night.

As for those who used to finish the Qur’aan every day and night were the likes of ‘Uthman bin ’Affan, at-Tameem ad-Daariyy, Sa’eed bin Jubair, Mujahid, ash-Shafi’i amongst others.

Ibn Abi Dawud reports with an authentic chain that Mujahid used to finish the Qur’an once during Ramadan between Magrib and Isha.

Some of the Tabi’een used to finish two khatams between Magrib and Isha during the month of Ramadan.

And it has also been reported that many of the salaf used to finish the entire Qur’an in one raka’ah these were people like ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan, at-Tameem ad-Daareyy and Sa’eed bin Jubair.”

Action Points

  • Set yourself a target –  how long it will take you to finish reading the Qur’an. E.g one khatm every month.
  • How to reach your goal – Figure out how much you need to read each day to reach your target. So if you want to finish once each month, that’s one juzz a day. (Remember be realistic)
  • ‘Make special time for the tilawah of the Qur’an’ – Set out a certain time of the day when you dedicate your time to reciting and understanding the Qur’an.
  • Be consistent in reciting the Qur’an everyday, and then slowly increase it. E.g. start off with one page a day, then as time goes by increase it to two pages etc.

Truly Allah is Pure

January 8, 2011

This is the 10th hadith in Imam an-Nawawi’s collection (read here). This hadith discusses a number of topics, including the issue of purity, halal and. haram. There are a many benefits that can be derived from this hadith.

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‘Truly Allah is pure’

The meaning of the word ‘tayyib‘ (طيب) is something that is pure, clean, good and wholesome.

One of the Names of Allah is at-Tayyib meaning the One far removed from every imperfection and deficiency or weaknesses.

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‘And accepts only that which is pure’

This refers to all good deeds. Allah does not accept any deeds that are not in accordance with the sunnah, or deeds that are spoilt in anyway. For example, when you pray you must ensure that you have khushu’, are not praying to show off etc.

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‘Allah has commanded the believers to do that which He has commanded the Messengers’

Every time Allah addresses the Messengers, then we automatically assume that all Muslims are being addressed. This is because they were sent to pass on the message of Islam, and as an example to be followed.

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‘Eat from the tayyibat (good, pure things)’

Why is there mention of food? This is because food is something that everyone can relate to. Everyone can imagine in their minds what is and isn’t tayyib with regards to food.

This is a very important principle Allah is teaching us. Speak to the people in terms they can understand!

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‘Then he (the Prophet) mentioned a man’

The Prophet then gives us a perfect example to illustrate the point being made.

Everything in the description of the man suggests that when he calls upon Allah his dua will be answered:

  • He is travelling
  • He is weak, poor and tired
  • He raises his hands in the air
  • He calls upon Allah with fervour

However to our shock his dua is rejected. Why? Because his food is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, his clothing is unlawful.

This shows the importance of mu’amalat in Islam, because they affect our Ibadah. This affects our communities is so many ways. E.g. we deal with riba and then give in charity. We have haram jobs (e.g. owning off licences, restaurants with bars etc.) not realising that all money earned from such jobs is haram.

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Lessons

  • Allah is Pure and loves that which is pure – Make sure all your actions are pure and clean and free from any impurity or deviation.
  • Eat from the tayyibat – Be aware of what you eat. You can eat halal food that’s not necessarily tayyib.
  • Mu’amalat matter – Remember not disobey Allah in your mu’amalat. Your everyday dealings and actions have a direct result on your ibadah

One Minute with the Prophet

January 7, 2011

Q: If you could stand in front of the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) for just one minute, what would you say and what gift would you give him ?

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If you could stand in front of the Prophet for just one minute, what would you say and what gift would you give him (salallahu alayhi wa sallam)?

 

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If you could stand in front of the Prophet for just one minute, what would you say and what gift would you give him (salallahu alayhi wa sallam)?