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6
Feb

We still have a chance…

Assalamu Alaikum.

Chance to do what, you ask?

Actually, it’s more like “chance to be”.

Okay, chance to be what, you ask?

Chance to be from amongst the awesome individuals mentioned in these ayaat (verses), of course:

وَالسَّابِقُونَ السَّابِقُونَ

“And those foremost [(in Islamic Faith of Monotheism and in performing righteous deeds) in the life of this world on the very first call for to embrace Islam,] will be foremost (in Paradise).”

أُولَـٰئِكَ الْمُقَرَّبُونَ

“These will be those nearest to Allah.”

فِي جَنَّاتِ النَّعِيمِ

“In the Gardens of delight (Paradise).”

ثُلَّةٌ مِّنَ الْأَوَّلِينَ

“A multitude of those (foremost) will be from the first generations (who embraced Islam).”

وَقَلِيلٌ مِّنَ الْآخِرِينَ

“And a few of those (foremost) will be from the later time (generations).”

[Surah Al-Waaqiah (56) : 10-14]

Imam Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) said in his tafseer:

(A multitude of those will be from the first ones), refers to the earlier generations of this Ummah, while (And a few of those will be from the later ones.), refers to the latter people of this Ummah.

[You may read Imam Ibn Kathir’s tafseer of these ayaat here.]

There’s a hadeeth that shows us that the foremost exist in every era:

في كل قرن من أمتي سابقون

“The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “In every qarn (century/generation) from amongst my ummah (nation), (there are) saabiqoon (the foremost).” [Saheeh Al-Jaami, Hadeeth No. 4267. Graded “hasan” by Al-Albani. You may check the results from Dorar here.]

So, we still have a chance to be …. amongst the foremost.

How can we become from amongst these great people?

Well, to summarise:

1) Dua

2) Starting working for it

Facile, non?

29
Jan

Three things…

Assalamu Alaikum.

What “three things”, you ask?

Well, I was planning to tell you….

You know how we always have this “my life sucks so much, how do I start rectifying it” sort of attitude? We always think: “I will be a great Muslim one day” but we don’t know where to start.

Well, I think we could summarise all the “self-development” points mentioned in the Quran and  the Sunnah into three main categories:

1) Improve our ibaadah

– That includes prayers, charity, fasting, reciting the Quran, reciting the required adhkar (remembrances), doing dua etc.

– It also includes seeking knowledge.

– It also includes actions of the heart such as tawakkul (relying upon Allah), fearing Allah, loving Allah, etc

2) Decrease sinning

Yes, we have to do this. Otherwise, we’ll just cancel out our good deeds with the evil deeds!

– Avoid all major sins. If we stumble, we need to repent immediately.

– Avoid minor sins as much as possible. We need to try to recite the adhkar that expiate for our minor sins.

Note #1: What are the major sins? In order to avoid them, we need to know what  they are.*

[*Want a series on this? After I finish all the pending ones, of course, insha-Allah….]

Note #2: Major sins are not expiated by doing good deeds. That’s just for minor sins. Major sins are only expiated through repentance, and repentance is not accepted if you do not stop doing that major sin.

3) Be helpful to those around us.

– Includes displaying good manners and controlling our tongues.

– Includes social work of any kind.

– Includes dawah as well.

How do we start with making our “great Muslim” vision come true? Well, we could try to improve in each category step by step.

Okay, I should point out that this is the way that I categorise it for myself as it’s easier to think “I need to work on three things” rather than “I need to work on a hundred things”. This is my personal approach so I wouldn’t want anyone to think that I was quoting a scholar.

I’ll explain why I categorised the points in this way in a future post, insha-Allah.

What do you think? Is it an easy way? Or are there some errors in it?

Comments are welcome.*

[*I always say that but nobody comments.]

27
Jan

A Day in Your Life – No. 1: What to do after you open your eyes…

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, I’ve started a new series and yes, I am planning to complete all the other series especially the tennis one, insha-Allah.

What’s this series about? Well, we always seems to have these “Ramadan schedules” floating around just before the greatest month comes.

The sad part about these “Ramadan schedules” is that most of the things in them are meant to be done on a daily basis, not just in Ramadan.

So, this series is a step by step guide on how we can improve ourselves in the “little” aspects that occur from the time we wake up until the time we go to sleep. If we implement these things, then most of our day will resemble those “Ramadan schedule” days, insha-Allah.

So, the first thing that happens in the morning is that we open our eyes and then what?

Well, what usually happens to many people is that they yawn, stretch themselves and then rush towards:

Or if you live in certain parts of the world:

However, that’s not what we are supposed to do.

We’re supposed to remember Allah before we remember to answer the call of nature.

So what do we do?

We do what the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did of course.

لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّـهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّـهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّـهَ كَثِيرًا

“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” [Surah Al-Ahzab (33) : 21]

So, what did he do after he woke up?

كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا أراد أن ينام قال : ( باسمك اللهم أموت وأحيا ) . وإذا استيقظ من منامه قال :  الحمد الله الذي أحيانا بعد ما أماتنا وإليه النشور

Narrated Hudhaifa (radiallahu anhu): Whenever the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) intended to go to bed, he would recite: “Bismika Allahumma amutu wa ahya (With Your name, O Allah, I die and I live).” And when he woke up from his sleep, he would say: “Al-hamdu lil-lahil-ladhi ahyana ba’da ma amaatana; wa ilaihin-nushoor (All the Praises are for Allah Who has made us alive after He made us die (sleep) and unto Him is the Resurrection). [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 8, Hadeeth No. 336]

So, the dua is:

[Courtesy of Make Dua.]

[Note: Sleep is a minor death. When you realise this, both the duas mentioned above will make sense.]

25
Jan

How to supplicate and how NOT to supplicate…

Assalamu Alaikum.

Dua (supplication) is something that we need to do at all times.

[Unfortunately, some people just confine it to Ramadan and that is a disaster!]

Many of us don’t supplicate in the proper manner though.

What is the “proper manner”, you ask?

Well, the proper manner is the way of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) which is the moderate way.

The two improper manners of supplicating are the two extremes.

Confused?

Let me explain.

1) Asking only for this world

This is a mistake, and unfortunately a very common one.

Why is it a mistake?

Because Allah says:

فَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا وَمَا لَهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلَاقٍ

“But of mankind there are some who say: “Our Lord! Give us (Your Bounties) in this world!” and for such there will be no portion in the Hereafter.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 200]

What’s the correct way?

Well, Allah mentions it in the next ayah (verse):

وَمِنْهُم مَّن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

“And of them there are some who say: “Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire![Al-Baqarah (2) : 201]

أُولَـٰئِكَ لَهُمْ نَصِيبٌ مِّمَّا كَسَبُوا ۚ وَاللَّـهُ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ

“For them there will be allotted a share for what they have earned. And Allah is Swift at reckoning.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 202]

The hereafter is more important than the worldly life so how can we forget the former and remember the latter??

2) Asking only for the hereafter

This is also a mistake.

Why?

The following hadeeth tells us why:

أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عاد رجلا من المسلمين قد خفت فصار مثل الفرخ . فقال له رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ” هل كنت تدعو بشيء أو تسأله إياه ؟ ” قال : نعم . كنت أقول : اللهم ! ما كنت معاقبي به في الآخرة ، فعجله لي في الدنيا . فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ” سبحان الله ! لا تطيقه – أو لا تستطيعه – أفلا قلت : اللهم ! آتنا في الدنيا حسنة وفي الآخرة حسنة وقنا عذاب النار ؟ ” قال ، فدعا الله له . فشفاه

Anas (radiallahu anhu) reported that Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) visited a person from amongst the Muslims in order to inquire (about his health) who had grown feeble like the chicken.

Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: Did you supplicate for anything or beg of Him about that?

He said: Yes. I used to utter (these words): Impose punishment upon me earlier in this world, what Thou art going to impose upon me in the Hereafter.

Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: Subhan Allah, you have neither the power nor forbearance to take upon yourself (the burden of His Punishment). Why did you not say this: O Allah, grant us good in the world and good in the Hereafter, and save us from the torment of Fire. He (the Prophet) made this supplication (for him) and he was all right. [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 6501]

Notice that the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) asked the man NOT to ask for punishment.

I’ve noticed that many people seem to have this tendency. They feel great shame at their previous misdeeds and then proceed to make supplications asking Allah to “postpone” all their rewards to the hereafter!

No! We should ask Allah to forgive our misdeeds, rather than asking to be punished for them.

The supplication mentioned above* is something that we need to use on a daily basis.

[*Both of them are the same except for the fact that one of them starts with Rabbana (our Lord) and another starts with Allahuma (O Allah).]

I mentioned the Prophet’s most frequent supplication** in an earlier post. Actually, another narration mentions that this supplication (i.e. asking for the good of this world and the hereafter) was his most frequent one:

سأل قتادة أنسا : أي دعوة كان يدعو بها النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أكثر ؟ قال : كان أكثر دعوة يدعو بها يقول ” اللهم ! آتنا في الدنيا حسنة وفي الآخرة حسنة وقنا عذاب النار ” . قال وكان أنس ، إذا أراد أن يدعو بدعوة ، دعا بها . فإذا أراد أن يدعو بدعاء ، دعا بها فيه .

Qatada asked Anas which supplication Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) frequently made. He said: The supplication that he (the Prophet) made very frequently is this: “O Allah, grant us the good in this world and the good in the Hereafter and save us from the torment of Hell-Fire.” He (Qatada) said that whenever Anas had to supplicate he made this very supplication, and whenever he (intended) to make another supplication he (inserted) this very supplication in that. [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 6506]

[**And no, there’s no contradiction. One was Umm Salamah’s statement and the second was Anas ibn Malik’s. They both stated what they heard the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) saying the most.]

So, we should make sure to say it as much as we can as it is a very comprehensive supplication.

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ

النَّارِ

Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire!

8
Jan

Seriously Short Reminder No. 11: Make sure that you recite…

Assalamu Alaikum.

….the adhkar (remembrance) for the morning and the evening.

They have SO many benefits. In fact, each of these adhkar has some virtue (which is mentioned in the ahadeeth) e.g. protecting you from calamities.

You can find nearly all of them in Hisn ul Muslim (Fortress of the Muslim).

When do you say these adhkar?

Morning adhkar: After the Fajr prayer, before sunrise.

Evening adhkar: After the Asr prayer, before sunset.

[And yes, there is a difference of opinion on their times.]

What if you forget? Can you do them after the time has ended? Yes, according to this fatwa (read the hadeeth at the bottom of the page).

Should you recite them every day?

YES. YES. YES.

Should you recite all of the required adhkar or just some?

ALL. ALL. ALL.

Trust me, you’ll see a lot of improvement in your life if you make reciting these adkhar a daily part of your routine.

7
Jan

Project “Recover Ramadan” – Step 14: Remember to ask Allah to…

Assalamu Alaikum.

…keep your heart steadfast.

Why?

Because the heart is something that can change very fast.

A person could be a believer one day and a disbeliever the next.

So, we need to keep asking Allah to keep us steadfast on this religion.

After all, this is what the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did:

Shahr ibn Hawshab said: “I said to Umm Salamah: ‘O Mother of the Believers! What was the supplication that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said most frequently when he was with you?’

She said: ‘The supplication he said most frequently was: “Yaa Muqallib Al-Quloob Thabbit Qalbee Alaa Deenik (O Changer of Hearts, keep my heart steadfast on Your religion).”‘

She said: ‘So I said: “O Messenger of Allah, why do you supplicate so frequently: ‘O Changer of hearts, keep my heart steadfast on Your religion.’?

He said: ‘O Umm Salamah! Verily, there is no human being except that his heart is between Two Fingers of the Fingers of Allah, so whomever He wills He makes steadfast, and whomever He wills He causes to deviate.”‘

So (one of the narrators) Muadh recited: “O our Lord, do not cause our hearts to deviate after You have guided us. [Surah Aal-Imran (3) : 8]” [Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 3522. Graded ‘saheeh’ by Al-Albani in Saheeh Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 3522]

At these times of great fitnah (trials and tribulations), we need to say this dua more than ever.

Let’s make sure that not a day passes by without us having uttered this dua.

For those of you who want the dua in Arabic, I’ve put the Arabic text as well as the transliteration and translation on my other blog.

6
Jan

Article: Preserving Our Children

Assalamu Alaikum.

“What will happen to our children if we die?’

Sigh. This seems to be the standard line of nearly all the mothers I’ve come across.

Here’s an article that gives us the answer to this question. I’d advise all the parents to read it.

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http://www.subulassalaam.com/articles/article.cfm?article_id=40

Preserving Our Children

Reference: Noor al Iqtibaas : P.12

Author: Ibn Rajab al Hanbalee

Allaah may preserve a servant’s children and grandchildren due to his righteousness, as was said regarding the saying of the Elevated;

{…and their father was a righteous man } [Al Kahf: 82]

That they were preserved due to their father’s righteousness [1].

Muhammad ibn al Munkadir stated: ‘Indeed Allaah preserves the children and grandchildren of a righteous man, even the town that he lives in and the area around it. They continue to be preserved by Allaah.

Ibnul Musayyib said to his son: ‘My son! I will increase my prayers for you, hoping that Allaah will preserve me by preserving you.’ He then recited the saying of Allaah:

{…and their father was a righteous man } [Al Kahf: 82]

‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azees stated: ‘There is not a believer who dies except that Allaah preserves him/her by preserving his/her children and grandchildren.’

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[1] The Ayah reads: “And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town; and there was a treasure under it belonging to them; and their father was a righteous man, and your Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strength and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord. And I did them not of my own accord…”

Ibn Katheer stated: “This verse is evidence that a righteous man is preserved by the preservation of his offspring, and they benefit from the blessings of his worship in the life of this world and the next, they benefit from his intercession for them, raising them to the highest level of Jannah so that they may be the pleasure of his eyes, as is affirmed in the Qur-aan and Sunnah.”

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Note: Remember that one is supposed to worship Allah simply because it is Allah’s right to be worshipped. If one were to worship Allah so that one’s children were to be taken care of after one’s death, then that means worshipping Allah has become the means and that the preservation of the children has become the end, and that is not correct.

The end is always worshipping Allah. Preservation of the children is a result of trying to reach the end.

Here’s an article that will explain this issue in a much better way.

29
Dec

Seriously Short Reminder No. 9: Use your tongue to…

Assalamu Alaikum.

….get you a house in Paradise and not in the Hell-fire.

There are so many ahadeeth that warn us of the dangers caused by misusing our tongues.

There are also ahadeeth that show us the virtues of using our tongues properly:

Abdullah ibn Busr narrated that a man said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, indeed, the legislated acts* have become too much for me, so inform me of a thing which I should stick to.” He said: “Let not your tongue cease to be moist with the remembrance of Allah.” [Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 3375. Graded ‘saheeh’ by Al-Albani in Saheeh Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 3375.]

[*He is referring to the voluntary acts, not the obligatory ones.]

Everyone keeps complaining about not getting enough time to do more ibaadah (worship). Okay, what about at least remembering Allah with our tongues (e.g. saying Subhan Allah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar, Astaghfirullah, etc) while we drive, do housework, work on the PC, etc?

At least this way we’ll keep adding good deeds to our hereafter bank account sand hopefully get a very pleasant surprise on the Day of Judgement , insha-Allah, when we see how many good deeds we have garnered.

And don’t say that these are “little things”. Little things add up, remember?

19
Dec

Article: Islam is the Blessed Religion

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Note: My apologies (again) to the sister who was waiting for the tennis post. I’ve been busy and exhausted. I’ll really try my best to post it soon, insha-Allah.]

Here’s an article that I put up on my other blog. It’s such a great article that I need to make sure that it reaches the largest possible audience (and this blog of all my blogs has the most readers so…)

Do you love tawheed (worshipping Allah alone)? Then you’ll love this article.

Do you hate tawheed? Then there’s is something terribly wrong with you and you NEED to read this article.

Do you like examples? Then please don’t miss the old hag one. It’s a classic.

The article is actually a transcript of a lecture (not that it matters).

Here it is: Islam is the Blessed Religion by  Shaikh Muhammad Al-Aqeel

Please read it. It’s really a concise yet comprehensive explanation of tawheed.