بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
[Here’s Day 20.]
[Note#1: This series started last Ramadan so for those who missed it, here’s Day 1.
Note #2: I made a mistake in yesterday’s post (which I corrected now). The ayah (verse) mentioned after the ayah about Ramadan is the one in Surah Al-Baqarah, not the one in Surah Al-Ghafir. May Allah reward the sister who pointed this out to me.]
9. Why do we need to know about shirk (polytheism) in dua (supplication) if we’re only calling upon Allah alone?
a) A thing is known through its opposite.
We won’t truly understand what “dry” is until we know what “wet” is.
We won’t truly understand what “hot” is until we know what “cold” is.
In the same way, we won’t understand the beauty of tawheed (worshipping Allah alone) if we don’t understand the ugliness of shirk (attributing partners to Allah).
Also, knowing what shirk is, will protect us from falling into it.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
5) To call to it
It’s not enough to just apply the Quran ourselves, rather we also need to invite others to apply the Quran as well.
After all, what was the main role of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)? He was sent to call the people to worship Allah alone. So his primary role was dawah (calling to Islam).
Sadly, in these times, we have become very lax in fulfilling this right.
How does one do dawah?
Well, I hope to discuss that in greater detail in a future post, insha-Allah. For now, the following points should suffice:
a) Start with tawheed (worshipping Allah alone).
And no, not everyone knows about tawheed. If they did, I wouldn’t have come across as many dropped jaws as I did.
Tawheed is the most important thing and everything else is based upon it. Only the people of tawheed will exit Hell and only the people of tawheed will enter Paradise.
b) Talk about what you know
This one sounds obvious but given the amount of people who talk about matters in which they have zero knowledge, I guess it’s not that obvious….
c) Talk with proof
[Yes, I know that this particular post does not have any proof. Forgive me, it’s midnight at the moment.]
“I said”, ” I think”, “My shaikh said”, “My parents said” and “I heard someone say” are not counted as proofs, I’m afraid.
Proof = Allah said, Allah’s Messenger (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) said and the Companions of Allah’s Messenger said. This is what Islam is based on.
d) Be nice.
I repeat: Be nice.
I repeat yet again: BE NICE.
The above might sound like simple steps but they do make a lot of difference.
6) To do the above all the time
This is the last right and it entails fulfilling all the rights of the entire Quran consistently.
Failure to fulfill these rights would mean that we have abandoned the Quran. So we need to make sure that we try our best to do as much as we can.
May Allah make us of those who fulfill the rights of the Quran.
[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.
So, I’m in a better mood today, alhamdulillah. [Read Part 1 and then you’ll understand what I’m talking about.]
I’ll try not to be catty today (at least not as much as yesterday). Yes, I’ll be Umm Muawiyah and not Umm Meowiyah.
[And I’ve learnt my lesson about writing when I’m half-asleep.]
So, where am I headed with these reminders? The first few were on where we should be going (i.e. aiming for the top), the next few will be on where we are today (i.e. our totally sad state of existence) and the ones after that will be some practical tips on how we can go from being the losers that we are today into being the winners that we want to be.
If we want to be the winners in the hereafter, we don’t just dream about it. We need to be obsessed with attaining it, do dua consistently, make a plan for getting there and then stick to the plan as much as possible. As I keep telling my students: “Paradise is not just going to fall into our laps. We have to earn it.”
So, now that 9 days have passed, let’s continue with our Ramadan assessment:
10) The Month of Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness)
Doing istighfaar is something that is a trait of the true believers.
The whole irony is that the more one increases in good deeds and decreases in sins, the more need one will feel to do istighfaar. And the more one increases in sins and decreases in good deeds, the less need one will feel to do istighfaar.
[Note: Sorry for the spotty editing. As you can see, I’m very picky about it. However, sometimes wordpress just has a life of its own….]
Yes, Ramadan is the Month of Dawah. How could it not be? After all, it was the month that the Quran was revealed which is the book of guidance. On of the rights of this Book is that it be called to.
Sadly, we aren’t fulfilling this duty today. Why? Well, some reasons could be:
1) Thinking that one needs a great deal of knowledge to do dawah – False. One just needs to know about that particular issue that he is calling to.
“And Verily, we have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid Taghoot (all false deities).”[Surah An-Nahl (16) : 36]
3) Thinking that there are enough people doing it – False. If this were true, then our ummah wouldn’t be in such bad shape. And EVEN if it were true, so what? Don’t YOU want the reward for doing the dawah?
4) Not being interested – Oh dear. ِِAll I can say is “May Allah guide you”. What do you think of the following surah?
1) Why are we doing dawah?
Is it because it’s “kewl” and everybody is doing it?
No, we do it because it’s an act of worship that we are required to do. Therefore, dawah must be done for the SOLE purpose of seeking Allah’s pleasure.
I would suggest that everyone reads the story of the People of the Sabbath.
2) How do we do dawah?
The same way that we do everything else: the way the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did it.
So, here’s an article encouraging us to do dawah in Ramadan: Ramadan is the season for inviting others to Allah by Shaikh Muhammad Al-Hamad
Yes, Ramadan is the Month of Salah.
And when we pray, we should make sure that we pray PROPERLY.
It’s amazing how many people make mistakes in the salah.
Just a note: If you see someone making a mistake in prayer, you are OBLIGATED to tell them.
One of my classmates had asked one of our teachers if she was sinful if she saw a person (who spoke a different language to hers) making a mistake in prayer and she didn’t correct her. Our teacher pointed out that yes, she was sinful because she could tell the person via movements! Subhan Allah.
And for those who find it embarrassing to correct others, then my teacher’s words should be enough: “It’s better to be embarrassed in this world than to be embarrassed on the Day of Judgment.”
And really, what exactly is so embarrassing about it? We’re just afraid of what this person will think of us. Why should we be worried? We’re telling the person his/her mistake because 1) we want to be able to say (on the Day of Judgement) that we did our duty and 2) so that this sister/brother can worship Allah in a better way.
Remember that dawah is an act of ibaadah. So by correcting them, we are trying to come closer to Allah.
[A word of advice: Please don’t just jump on the person and scream at them. Show wisdom and manners and then you’ll see the good results. Use stupidity and harshness and you won’t know what hit you.]