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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.
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Revive a Sunnah: Takbeer During the 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah

November 10, 2010

 

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allah than on these ten days, so recite much Tahleel (saying La ilaha ill-Allah), Takbeer (saying Allahu akbar) and Tahmed (saying Alhamdu Lillah),” or similar words. [al-Musnad]

 

Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with them both) used to go out to the market-place on first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people used to recite Takbeer because of their Takbeer. [Bukhari]

Wa bil walidayni ihsana

November 5, 2010

وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا ۚ إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ

كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ

الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا رَّبُّكُمْ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا فِي نُفُوسِكُمْ

إِن تَكُونُوا صَالِحِينَ فَإِنَّهُ كَانَ لِلْأَوَّابِينَ غَفُورًا

And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: “My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.”Your Lord knows best what is in your inner-selves. If you are righteous, then, verily, He is Ever Most Forgiving to those who turn unto Him again and again in obedience, and in repentance. [Surat al-Isra, 17:23-25]

Ramadhan Projects 2010

September 20, 2010

The start of Ramadhan signals an increase in activity over here at Deen. Last year we managed to organise a number of different projects and alhamdulillah this year we again kept ourselves busy. Here is a brief summary of what’s been going on this Ramadhan.

Ramadhan Packs and Food Drive

Alhamdulillah we managed to continue some of last years projects with the distribution of 17 Ramadhan packs to Asylum Seekers in Sheffield  as well as a food drive for M25 Housing & Support Group. Jazakum’Allah khayr to the YM’s for their support!

Cards to Aafia

As Muslims we should always remember the plight of our brothers and sisters around the world, in particular the case of Aafia Siddiqui who is currently imprisoned in the USA. A number of postcards (from JFAC) were send to her, with Eid greetings and messages of support. A shout out to JFAC for their great work.

* Sister Aafia is due to be sentenced on 23rd September. Please, please remember her in your duas.

Young Muslimahs Iftar

The Young Muslimahs annual Iftar, a chance for all the girls to get together and open their fast.  They also wrote postcards for sister Aafia, with some very heartfelt messages!

Pakistan Floods Appeal Fundraising

We’ve all seen the devastating affects of the floods in Pakistan. Alhamdulillah many Deen members were involved in various fundraising efforts, from spontaneous bake sales and car boots, to fundraising at the masjid. In total we managed to raise almost £1,000!

Also jazakum’Allah khayr to all those who volunteered/contributed to/attended the fundraiser organised by CVS. A massive £2,500 was raised!

* Remember that the people of Pakistan are still in dire need; therefore please continue to donate generously!

A big jazakum’Allah khayr to all those who have supported our work. May Allah accept it from you and us!

RAS 09 – The Night of Power

September 3, 2010

The last ten nights of Ramadan are here, so we need to act now if we want to seek out Laylatul-Qadr – one single night that is better than a thousand months!

Your Previous Sins are Forgiven

There are many virtues of Laylatul-Qadr, not only is this single night better than a thousand months of worship but it is also a night when sins are forgiven.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said:  “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Agreed upon]

Staying up at Night

When the last ten nights came the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) would stay up at night and increase his worship.

A’isha said: The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) would pray and sleep during the twenty days [of Ramadan], then during the ten [last nights] he would stay awake and tighten his belt. [Ahmad]

Dua of Laylatul-Qadr

A’isha said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم), if I know which night is Laylatul-Qadr, what should I say on that night?’ He said, Say:

اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni

O Allah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me

[Tirmidhi]

Other recommended acts include; making lots of dua to Allah, making dhikr, reciting Qur’an, waking up others.

Action Points

  • Make the intention to stay awake during the last ten nights. Not just the 27th night as is common, but at the very least all the odd numbered nights.
  • Implement the various sunnan of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) – wake someone up, recite the Qur’an, pray qiyam.
  • Learn the above dua and recite it as much as you can during the last ten nights. Don’t forget to also make other duas for yourself and others.

RAS 08 – Observing I’tikaf

August 27, 2010

As we are drawing closer to the last ten night of Ramadan, it is essential that we try our utmost to seek out Laylatul-Qadr. One of the best ways to do so is by observing i’tikaf (seclusion in the masjid) and spending the last ten nights of Ramadan in the ibadah of Allah.

I’tikaf – A forgotten Sunnah?

Unfortunately not a lot of people observe this sunnah of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم), be that due to work, busy lifestyles etc. However the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم), the sahabah and those after them were very strict in adhering to this sunnah.

A’ishah said that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) used to observe i’tikaf during the last ten days of Ramadan until Allah took his soul, then his wives observed i’tikaf after he was gone. [Bukhari]

Ibn Shihab al-Zuhri said: It is strange that the Muslims have given up i’tikaf when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) did not give it up from the time he entered Medina until Allah took him (in death).

Purpose of I’tikaf

The Prophet observed i’tikaf to draw closer to Allah and seek out Laylatul-Qadr.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) observed i’tikaf during the first ten days of Ramadan, then he observed i’tikaf during the middle ten days in a small tent at the door of which was a reed mat. He took the mat in his hand and lifted it. Then he put his head out and spoke to the people, and they came close to him. He said: “I observed i’tikaf during the first ten days seeking this night, then I observed i’tikaf during the middle ten days. Then someone came and said to me that it is in the last ten days (i.e Laylatul-Qadr), so whoever among you wishes to observe i’tikaf let him do so.” So the people observed i’tikaf with him[Muslim]

Other reasons include; renewing ones spirituality and increasing in worship of Allah with prayer, reciting Qur’an, making dua and dhikr

Action Points

  • Make intention to observe i’tikaf, even if is just for one hour.
  • Increase your worship during the last ten nights of Ramadan.

RAS 07 – Making Dua Whilst Fasting

August 20, 2010

There are many blessings of the month of Ramadan and so we should all hasten in doing good deeds and spreading the khayr. One blessing of Ramadan that we should take advantage of is that the dua of the fasting person is not rejected. Therefore we should spend our time making dua, for the dunya and akhirah, for ourselves and others.

Three Prayers are not Rejected

It was narrated from Anas that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: “Three prayers are not rejected: the prayer of a father, the prayer of a fasting person, and the prayer of a traveller.” [Bayhaqi]

Dua after Iftar

Ibn ‘Umar said: When the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) broke his fast, he would say:

ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ وَ ابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ، وَ ثَبَتَ الأجْرُ إنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ

Dhahabadh-dhamaa’u wab-tallatil ‘uruuqi, wa thabatal-ajru inshaa’Allah

The thirst is gone, the veins are moistened and the reward is confirmed, if Allah Wills. [Abu Dawud]

Action Points

  • Make a dua list. Repeat these duas throughout Ramadan, especially the last ten night.
  • Make time before and after Iftar to make dua. Many times when Iftar time draws near we are rushing to prepare food etc. Have the food ready ten minutes early and spend some time making dua.
  • Memorise the above dua.

Dutifulness to One’s Parents

August 17, 2010

Abdullah bin Abu Aufa narrated: We were with the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) and someone came to him and said, ‘O Allah’s Messenger! There is a young man who is dying and it was said to him say La ilaha illallah, but he is unable to recite it.’

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) asked, ‘Did he used to pray?’ The man said, ‘Yes.’

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) went to the young man and ordered him, ‘Say: La ilaha illallah!’ He replied, ‘I cannot.’ The Prophet asked him why and he said, ‘My heart is sealed; every time I want to recite it, my heart prevents me from doing so.’ The Prophet asked him, ‘Why?’ The young man said, ‘Because of my ‘Uquq (undutiful treatment) towards my mother.’

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) sent for her and asked, ‘What if I command that a great fire is started and you were asked to invoke Allah to forgive your son, or else he will be thrown in it?’ She said, ‘In that case, I will invoke Allah for him, O Allah’s Messenger!’ The Prophet said, ‘Then bear witness to Allah and then to me that you have forgiven him.’ She said, ‘I bear witness to You (O Allah) and then to Your Messenger that I have forgiven my son,’

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said to the young man, ‘Say: La ilaha illallah!’ That man said, ‘La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lahu’.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said thrice, ‘All praise is due to Allah for saving you from the Fire.’”

Taken from Gems and Jewels.

Compiled by Abdul-Malik Mujahid

RAS 06 – Reciting Surat al-Mulk

August 13, 2010

With the onset of the month of Ramadan, it is time to really step it up with regards to our ibadah. This makes it the perfect time to start implementing some of the various sunnahs of the day. One sunnah is the regular recitation of Surat al-Mulk, a short but very powerful and rewarding surah to read.

It Will Intercede For You

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: “A surah from the Qur’an containing thirty verses will intercede for a man so that he will be forgiven. It is the Surah Tabaarak Aladhi bi yadihi’l-mulk (i.e. Surat al-Mulk).” [Tirmidhi]

Reciting it Every Night

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud said: Whoever reads Tabaarak allaahi bi yadihi’l-mulk (i.e. Surat al-Mulk) every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) we used to call it al-maani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah it is a surah which, whoever recites it every night has done very well. [al-Nasaa’i]

Virtues of Surat al-Mulk

From the above two hadith we see that Surat al-Mulk has the following virtues:

  • It will intercede for you.
  • It will protect you from the grave punishment.

Action Points

  • Recite this surah every night. Allocate yourself a specific time for it to be recited (e.g. straight after Maghrib) so that you get into a routine.
  • Memorise this surah. This will mean that even if you don’t have a mushaf at hand you can still read this surah. If you memorise one ayah a day you will have the complete surah memorised within the month. Set this as one of your Ramadan goals!

RAS 05 – Saying the Shahadah after Wudhu

August 6, 2010

How many times do we make wudhu in a day? If we renew our wudhu before each salah, that would be five times. Therefore that gives us at the very least five chances in the day to implement this simple sunnah, so no excuses!

Saying the Shahadah after Wudhu

It is from the sunnah of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) that you say the shahadah / testification after you complete your wudhu.

أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدَاً عَبْدَهُ وَرَسُولَهُ

Ashhadu al- laa ilaaha illallahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasooluh

I testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and messenger

The Eight Doors of Paradise

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: “There is no one among you who does wudhu and does it properly and does it well, then he says, I testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and messenger except that the eight doors of Paradise will be opened to him and he may enter through whichever of them he wishes.” [Muslim]

Action Points

  • Each time you make wudhu make sure you say the shahadah.
  • Write out the hadith and stick it somewhere that will remind you to implement this sunnah.
  • Remember, the hadith talks about doing wudhu well and then saying the shahadah. Each time you do wudhu, make sure you are doing it properly. DON’T RUSH.
  • Teach others (friends, family) and earn reward!