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  2. حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ أَبِي أُوَيْسٍ قَالَ‏:‏ حَدَّثَنِي أَخِي، عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنِ بِلاَلٍ، عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ بْنِ أَبِي أُسَيْدٍ، عَنْ جَدِّهِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ‏:‏ وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ، لاَ تَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ حَتَّى تُسْلِمُوا، وَلاَ تُسْلِمُوا حَتَّى تَحَابُّوا، وَأَفْشُوا السَّلاَمَ تَحَابُّوا، وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَالْبُغْضَةَ، فَإِنَّهَا هِيَ الْحَالِقَةُ، لاَ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ‏:‏ تَحْلِقُ الشَّعْرَ، وَلَكِنْ تَحْلِقُ الدِّينَ‏.‏ Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "By the One in Whose Hand my soul is, you will not enter Paradise until you submit to Islam. And, you will not submit to Islam until you love one another. Extend the greeting to one another and you will love one another. Beware of hatred, for it is the razor. I do not tell you that it shaves the hair, but it shaves away the deen." Grade: Hasan (li ghairih) (Al-Albani) This hadith reveals that those Muslims will enter Paradise who are excellence in character. because The Holy Prophet PBUH said this after saying “ “By the One in Whose Hand my soul is” It means they have the same characteristics as”- (1) good morality, good behavior and excellence in service etc. (2) They extend greetings to everyone whether they know them or not (3) They love to every Muslim (4) Their hearts are clean from hatred, grudge, enmity, malice etc. Because these qualities remove up all the good actions of the Muslim and he does not feel it. May Allah Almighty give us ‘ taufiq, to act upon this hadith, Amin.
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  4. Question and Answer: Q. Please let me know the ruling on spray bottles and mist bottles for Wudhu? There are a variety of them available on the market. Is it acceptable to use for daily use, or hajj or umrah? A. It is permissible to perform Wudhu with a spray or mist bottle in the following manner: 1. Spray the face a few times so that droplets of water begin to bead and trickle down. Use your hands to rub the moisture across the entire face as well as over the beard for men. 2. Use the same procedure for the limbs - spray water across the length of the forearms and use your hands to rub the moisture over the entire surface from fingertips to elbows. 3. Spray water onto your palms and make Masah (passing wet hands) over the head. 4. Spray water onto the feet and use your hands to rub the moisture over the entire feet, including between the toes and the ankles. (It is a condition that when washing any limb, water must bead and trickle off that limb for the Wudhu to be valid. If sufficient water is not sprayed and water does not drip off the limb, the Wudhu will not be considered valid.) The Wudhu is now complete with these Fard (obligatory) actions. (Hindiyyah 1: 3) However, it should be noted that this method comprising just the Fard actions should be undertaken only when performing a full Sunnah Wudhu is inconvenient or difficult. Under normal circumstances, one should perform the full Sunnah Wudhu which includes washing the limbs thrice, using a miswak (tooth-stick), and rinsing the mouth and nostrils. And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best Mufti Moosa Salie Mufti Taahir Hansa (The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) Fatwa Department Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Council of Muslim Theologians
  5. As-Salaam alaikum, According to Sheikh Najm al-Din al-Kubra, may Allah be Merciful to him, "Whoever wishes to follow the path of the Hereafter must adhere to 8 conditions : (1) Persistent ritual purity in as much as possible. (2) Constant fasting. (3) Uninterrupted silence. (4) Assiduous seclusion (5) Abiding recollection of 'there is no god but God (La ilaha illallah)' (6) Enduring submission to God and abandoning any resistence to God Most High. (7) Repelling of thoughts that obstruct following the path of the world to come and (8) Bonding of one's heart with the Sheikh in solving spiritual problems and interpreting visionary experiences that may occur. " See the SHEIKH's work titled " A Treatise On Spiritual Retreat (Risala fi'l-Khalwa) ", by Najm al-Din al-Kubra for further reading. Best Wishes.
  6. By Mohammad Rafique Etesame Ramazan-ul-Mubarak is a most sacred and holy month of the Muslim calendar. It brings good fortune and endless blessings of Allah Almighty. It is a month of forbearance that’s rewards is only Heaven. (Bokhari) Act of fasting was prescribed in all the Shriah of the Holy Prophets (May peace and Mercy of Allah be upon them) and its main purpose is to make Muslims pious and God-fearing as mentioned in the Holy Qura,n “O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that ye may ward off (evil),(The Cow: 183). The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that the first ten days of Ramazan-nul-Mubarak are for the bounty of Allah , second ten days are for the forgiveness, and the last ten days declare the salvation from Hell to those who keep fasting. (Bokhari, Mishkat-ul-Masabeeh ) He (PBUH) said the former sins of the believers are forgiven who keeps fasting with faith and a sense of accountability. And when the first night of Ramazan falls, an announcement made on behalf of Allah that He Loves him who loves He and He meets him who try to meet He, and Allah will forgive him who seeks forgiveness. Then Allah Orders the twin recording angels to write only virtues and not to write evils and to rub off their former sins .(Zubda-tul-Waizeen) A distinctive feature of Ramazan is that the Holy Quran was revealed in this month from the “Lauh-e-Mahfooz” to the first sky. Whence, it was revealed on the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in the period of 23 years according to the need of the time. Allah Almighty Orddains,” The month of Ramazan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, (let him fast the same) number of other days. (The Cow:185) Qur’an is an authentic source of Islamic dogmas, worships, affairs and lays the foundation stone of Islamic legislation. It reveals an abridged outline for individual and social life and guides to all aspects of life in principle. Recitation of the Holy Qur’an gives the mental and spiritual peace and tranquility. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that when the month of Ramazan falls all of the evil design, Satans and Jinns tightened in the chains and doors of Hell closed, and a voice from the Heaven calls “O ye who committing evils stop yourself !and O the well wisher! Increase yourself in virtues. And a large number of the people deserving for Hell, are Freed every night. (Tirmadhi, Nasai, Ibn-e-Maja) Ramzan-ul-Mubark is going on. So We should count for such a blessed month and keep fasting
  7. As-Salaam alaikum, The Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said : "The Angels keep on asking Allah's Forgiveness for anyone of you, as long as he is at his Musalla (praying place) and does not pass wind (hadath). They say, 'O Allah! Forgive him, O Allah! be Merciful to him." (Sahih Bukhari, 445).
  8. Many of us see Ramadan as an opportunity to gain some extra reward by fasting, reciting more Qur’an and offering night prayers in the form of tahajjud salat. But Ramadan holds a much deeper significance transcending mere rituals. Allah Most High tells us: يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may adopt taqwa. (Quran 2:183) Here lies the key to understanding the true essence of Ramadan. Taqwa, often simplified to 'fear of Allah,' is a concept that encompasses far more than trepidation. It serves as the cornerstone of our faith, embodying self-discipline, heightened spiritual awareness, and profound reflection. But what does it truly mean to embody taqwa? In essence, taqwa is to carefully guard oneself against anything in speech or action that may lead to displeasure or punishment from Allah. It encompasses not only avoiding major sins but also steering clear of the 'grey' areas that may compromise or jeopardise our relationship with the Divine. It's about navigating the path of Shari'ah with caution, always choosing the safer option in matters of the Deen. Taqwa calls for a conscientious effort in every action and word, ensuring they align with the principles of righteousness and piety while fostering a deep awareness of Allah's presence in every moment of our lives. Now, how does Ramadan serve as a catalyst for attaining taqwa? Firstly, by abstaining from permissible acts (eating, drinking and sexual intimacy) during the fasting window, we are able to take control of our nafs and desires. This rigorous training of abstinence for one month of the year not only builds our willpower but also bolsters our resilience against temptations, instilling within us the discipline necessary to resist the impermissible throughout the rest of the year. Willpower is like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger and easier it becomes. Furthermore, Ramadan facilitates a profound realisation of our inherent weaknesses. As we experience hunger and thirst for just a few hours of the day, we become lethargic and cranky, humbling us before Allah the Supreme Power, the greatest, transcendent above any weaknesses. We realise our dependance on Allah and foster gratitude for the countless blessings He bestows on us without even being deserving of them. The happiness we experience while drinking a glass of water during iftar is incomparable to any other time of the year when we mindlessly quench our thirst. Through these spiritual exercises, Ramadan becomes a transformative journey towards eternal success by nurturing the essence of taqwa in our hearts and actions. وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ Be mindful of Allah so you may be successful. (Qur’an 2:189) فَمَنِ ٱتَّقَىٰ وَأَصْلَحَ فَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ Those who are mindful of Allah and correct themselves will have no fear, nor will they grieve. (Qur’an 7:35) May this Ramadan be a source of immense blessings and spiritual growth for us all. whitetreadpress
  9. By Mohammad Rafique Etesame Month of Ramadan is a very blessed and great month, Allah Almighty Grants His unlimited mercy to the faithful believers. There are many joys for the believers but two are very noteworthy. Abu Hurairah (R.A.) narrated from the messenger of Allah he said: "There are two joys for the fasting person: the joy when he breaks his fast, and the joy when he will meet his Lord" (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 766). As detail firs is that, when the believer has observed fast and now it is evening and various types of food and drinking are placed before him. And when time is over then the believer breaks his fast, and he feels a great pleasure when he eats and drinks. And second is that when he will meet to Allah Almighty at the day of Resurrection and will see to Him as he sees to a full moon, and then he will become a great lighthearted and happy and these are proved by the holy Qur’an and sayings of the holy Prophet PBUH. As regard the holy Qur’an, so it makes mention,” On the day when it befalls in earnest, and they are ordered to prostrate themselves but are not able”, (Surah al-Qalam: 42). It means that Allah Almighty will show off His special manifestation at the Day of Resurrection and the people will be called to fall prostrate before Him, but the infidels, polytheists and the hypocrites will not be able to prostrate and their backs will become hard like iron. And according to the hadith, the holy Prophet PBUH said,” Do you crowd one another in order to see the moon on the night of a full moon? Do you crowd one another in order to see the sun?" They said: "No." He said: "So verily, you shall see your Lord as you see the moon on the night of a full moon, you shall not crowd one another to see Him."(Al-Mishkat) So, due to His unlimited mercy the faithful believers will see to their Lord at the Day of Resurrection and feel great pleasure.
  10. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Whoever fasts Ramadān with īmān and iḥtisāb (hoping for reward), all his previous sins will be forgiven. Whoever performs qiyām in Laylat al-Qadr with īmān and iḥtisāb, all his previous sins will be forgiven. Whoever performs qiyām in the month of Ramaḍān with īmān and iḥtisāb, all his previous sins will be forgiven” (Bukhārī). Notice the caveat of ‘īmān’ and ‘iḥtisāb’ with these actions of Ramaḍān. When you fast in Ramaḍān, it cannot be because of habit, or because it’s what your family does and is deemed ‘culturally’ the right thing to do. The repetition of īmān and iḥtisāb in the above ḥadīth reminds us that all our good deeds should be an expression of our servitude (ʿubūdiyyah) and obedience to Allah. Fasting must be accompanied by īmān. It cannot merely be a physical act. It is deeply tied to the state of your heart. Fasting with īmān means to firmly believe that this is a command from Allah: He has made it compulsory, and He will reward you for it. Fasting with iḥtisāb means to fast hoping for reward only from Him; to not feel that you are being forced to fast, or that the fast is too long and feels like a burden. It is simply and purely for Him. A person who fasts with īmān and iḥtisāb is not only content and peaceful, but he is happy that Allah gave him an opportunity to fast. The Goal of Ramadan: Strengthen Your Iman The Prophet ﷺ said, “Indeed īmān wears out in the heart just as clothes wear out — so renew your īmān” (Ṭabarānī). Īmān is like a tree. If it isn’t tended to, it will wither and die. It has to be constantly watered with beneficial knowledge, righteous deeds and the remembrance of Allah. And just as a strong healthy tree must be protected from pests and weeds, we must protect our hearts from sins, desires, and doubts for our īmān to be strong. The purpose of the acts of worship is to revive the hearts with īmān. The month of Ramaḍān is a perfect opportunity to rejuvenate our īmān and kickstart our journey to Allah. This is because we combine some of the greatest acts of worship such as fasting, ṣalāh, the night prayer, charity, iʿtikāf, dhikr etc. for thirty consecutive days. We also try our best to stay away from sins and we try to have excellent character (akhlāq) in our interactions with people. If someone manages to do all of the above well, it will have a huge impact on reviving his heart, filling it with the light (nūr) of īmān, ready to thrive in its journey to Allah. Let us make it our goal this Ramaḍān to ensure that everything we do will increase our īmān. The goal should not be to just perform x number of good deeds. Rather than focusing on quantity, let us focus on quality by learning about the inner dimensions of worship. Ibn al-Qayyim (raḥimahullāh) writes, “You may find a person who fasts, prays, does dhikr and recites Qur’ān abundantly, but nothing from his actions reach his heart: no fear, no hope, no love, no conviction in Allah and no happiness with Him.” Our īmān will only be strengthened if we combine the external physical acts of obedience with the internal ‘actions of the heart’. The actions of the heart include: knowledge of Allah (maʿrifah), sincerity (ikhlāṣ), piety and mindfulness (taqwā), repentance (tawbah), trust in Allah (tawakkul), hope (rajā’), fear (khawf ), gratitude (shukr), patience (ṣabr), love (ḥubb), yearning for Allah (shawq) and certainty (yaqīn). Taste the Sweetness of Iman & Worship in Ramadan One of Allah’s greatest blessings upon the servant is that He makes īmān beloved to him, He adorns his heart with the beauty of īmān and He makes him taste its sweetness. The Prophet ﷺ said, “There are three [qualities] which, if they are found in anyone, shall cause him to experience the sweetness of īmān: that Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to him than everything else; that he loves a person only for Allah’s sake; and that he hates to return to disbelief after Allah had saved him, just as he would hate being thrown into the fire” (Bukhārī). The sweetness of īmān refers to feeling joy in doing good deeds and in undergoing difficulties for the sake of Allah. The servant worships and undergoes difficulties, forsaking worldly pleasures in pursuit of the eternal pleasures of the hereafter. It is a contentment experienced by those who worship Allah sincerely. Instead of ʿibādah feeling like a burden or a chore, you rush to and relish to worship Allah and serve His creation. Ibn Rajab (raḥimahullāh) writes, “Īmān has a flavour and a sweetness which is tasted by the heart just as the sweetness of food and drink is tasted by the mouth; for indeed īmān is the sustenance of the hearts, just as food and drink are the sustenance of the body.” Many of us exert ourselves in acts of worship, and yet do not experience this sweetness and happiness. The reason is because we focus solely on the outer physical actions, and we neglect the actions of the heart. Likewise, if our hearts are sick and diseased due to committing sins and following desires, we cannot enjoy the ‘sweetness of īmān’. When we are sick, we do not enjoy the taste of food. Sometimes we cannot even taste the flavour of the food. If we are feeling nauseous, even the most expensive meal would not entice us to eat. In order to taste the sweetness of īmān, we have to purify our hearts from its diseases (pride, envy, greed, heedlessness, hypocrisy etc). The Prophet ﷺ said, “Whoever does three things will experience the taste of īmān: …a servant who purifies himself. A man asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah! What does it mean for a person to purify himself?’ He replied, ‘He knows that Allah is with him wherever he may be’” (Bayhaqī). The Worldly Paradise Experiencing the sweetness of īmān and acts of worship is life-changing. It is what makes the journey to Allah beautiful. Once you have experienced it, you will know real happiness and forever crave its delight. You will realise that no other blessing can compare, and become protective over it. It is something you can read about extensively, but cannot fully appreciate it until you experience it. A saint of Allah said, “There are times when I say: if the people of Paradise have anything like this, then how blissful must their lives be!” Another stated, “There are times when the heart bursts in joy (out of the love for Allah).” After quoting the above, Ibn al-Qayyim (raḥimahullāh) writes, “Glorified is the One who lets His slaves witness His Paradise well before they meet Him, who opens its doors to them in this world of deeds; and who gives them some of its joy, its breeze and its perfume, so that they may seek it and hasten towards it with all their strength.” Begin Your Journey to Allah The month of Ramaḍān is a perfect opportunity to experience the joy of īmān and worship: to deeply connect with Allah, to live a life with Him. In our journey to Allah, the initial stages will feel very difficult at times. We have to fight against the nafs, persevere and keep going, until our hearts become attached to Allah. Once our hearts are attached to Allah, the acts of worship will no longer feel difficult and we will begin to enjoy them. Abū Zayd (raḥimahullāh) said, “I forced my nafs (inner self ) to go to Allah whilst it was crying, until I was able to take it to Him whilst it was laughing.” This Ramaḍān, start your journey to Allah with sincere repentance (tawbah), and revel in the joy of reuniting with your Creator after having been away. This Ramaḍān, feel the joy of hunger when fasting, and give up your desires (which you love) for your Beloved, who you love much more. This Ramaḍān, relish the sweetness of ṣalāh. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ said, “My utmost joy has been put in ṣalāh” (Nasā’ī). Soothe your heart by conversing and crying to your Lord in the stillness of the night, alone. Make the Qur’ān your best friend, and find immense peace in its recitation as, “There is nothing sweeter to the lover than the words of his beloved, for it is the joy of their hearts and their utmost desire” (Ibn Rajab (raḥimahullāh)). This Ramaḍān, serve your family, neighbours and the creation of Allah selflessly and happily. Overcome your ego and emulate the sublime character of Allah’s beloved, Muḥammad ﷺ. Feel greater joy in giving charity and helping others than the recipients of the charity themselves. Let us always ask Allah with the words of His Beloved ﷺ: اَللّٰهُمَّ زَيِّنَّا بِزِيْنَةِ الْإِيْمَانِ ، وَاجْعَلْنَا هُدَاةً مُّهْتَدِيْنَ O Allah, adorn us with the beauty of īmān and make us those who guide others and are guided themselves. May Allah al-Mu’min (The Giver of īmān and safety) make our īmān firm in our hearts and may He make us die on īmān. May He grant us the bliss of īmān and worship in this world, and the bliss of His company in Paradise. lifewithallah
  11. Reward of the removing a worldly grief from a believer? On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Whoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Resurrection. And whoever alleviates the need of a needy person, Allah will alleviate his needs in this world and the Hereafter. Whoever shields [or hides the misdeeds of] a Muslim, Allah will shield him in this world and the Hereafter. And Allah will aid His slave so long as he aids his brother. And whoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the Houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except that sakeenah (tranquility) descends upon them, and mercy envelops them, and the angels surround them, and Allah mentions them amongst those who are with Him. And whoever is slowed down by his actions, will not be hastened forward by his lineage. Related by [Muslim] in these words. May Allah Almighty give us ,taufiq, to act upon this hagith , Amin. Reference : Hadith 36, 40 Hadith an-Nawawi
  12. 40 Hadith on the Virtues of Ramadan A concise PDF that highlights the virtues and merits of Ramaḍān mentioned in authentic aḥādīth. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The month of Ramaḍān has come to you, a blessed month in which Allah – Exalted and Majestic is He – has obligated (its) fasting upon you. In it the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell-fire are closed, and the rebellious devils are chained. In it, Allah has a night which is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good is truly deprived!” (Nasā’ī) We ask Allah The Most Exalted to make Ramaḍān the means of forgiveness for our sins, and to attain His love and mercy. Download, read, print and share with family and friends
  13. In one of the nations of the past, there was a king who had a magician. When this magician reached old age, he said to the king, “Search for an intelligent youngster for me so that I may teach him my knowledge. I fear that I may pass away thereby causing this knowledge (of magic) to terminate without there being anyone among you who can teach it (to others).” The king thus sent to him a youngster so that he may teach him. The youngster began attending his classes. On his way to the magician lived a monk. At that time Christianity was the true religion. The youngster once sat in the monk’s company and was impressed with what he had to say. Hence, thereafter, whenever he would go to the magician, he would first visit the monk. When he would reach the magician, he would beat him for arriving late. He thus complained to the monk regarding the dilemma he faced. The monk said, “When you fear the magician, say (to him), ‘My family delayed me.’ And when you fear your family, say (to them), ‘The magician has delayed me.’” This continued for some time, until one day he came across a lion that was blocking the people’s path. He said to himself, “Today I will find out who is better – the magician or the monk.” He thus picked up a rock and said, “O Allah, if the monk’s ways are more beloved to you than that of the magician, kill this animal so that the people may pass.” He then threw the rock at the animal and killed it, after which he went to the monk and informed him of what had happened. The monk said to him, “O my son! Today you are better than me, as you have reached such a level that I can see. You will certainly be put through trials. Hence, when you are tested, do not disclose my identity.” Allah Ta‘ala had also blessed this youngster by allowing him to cure the blind and lepers among many other sicknesses. Thus, a courtier of the king who had become blind heard of the youngster and brought him many gifts. He told him that if he is able to cure him, all these gifts will be his. The youngster replied, “I do not cure anyone. It is only Allah Who cures. If you believe in Allah, I will supplicate to Allah to cure you.” So the courtier brought faith in Allah Ta‘ala and Allah Ta‘ala cured him. The courtier then returned to the king and sat near him as per his habit. The king asked him, “Who returned your eyesight?” He replied, “My Rabb.” The king asked, “Do you have a lord besides me?” He replied, “My Rabb and your Rabb is Allah.” The king was enraged by this and thus seized him and continued torturing him until he informed him of the youngster. When the youngster was brought before the king, he asked him, “O my son! Your magic has reached such a level that you are able to cure the blind, the lepers, and you do such and such things!” The youngster replied, “I do not cure anyone. It is only Allah Who cures.” The king thus seized him as well and continued torturing him until he informed him of the monk. In this manner, the monk was also brought before the king. The king ordered him to renounce his religion. However, he remained firm and refused to do so. The king thus asked for a saw, which was then placed at the centre of the monk’s head. He was then mercilessly cut until both halves of his body fell apart. The king’s courtier was thereafter summoned and ordered, “Renounce your religion.” However, he too refused. A saw was also placed at the centre of his head and he was cut until both halves of his body fell apart. Finally, the youngster was summoned and ordered to renounce his religion. However, like his two companions, he also refused to do so. The king thus handed him over to some of his people and instructed them to take him to the summit of a mountain. His instructions were that if they reach the summit and he has not yet renounced his religion, they should throw him off the mountain. They thus set off and took him to the top of the mountain. The youngster turned to Allah Ta‘ala and supplicated, “O Allah, save me from them in whichever way You wish.” Allah Ta‘ala caused the mountain to shake and they all fell off, but the youngster was saved. He then returned to the king who asked him what had happened to the others. He replied, “Allah saved me from them.” The king then handed him over to another group. He instructed them to take him in a ship and set sail to the middle of the ocean. If he does not renounce his religion by then, they should cast him in the ocean. When this group set off with him, the youngster turned to Allah Ta‘ala and implored him just as he had done before. Allah Ta‘ala caused the ship to capsize and they all drowned, but the youngster survived. He then returned to the king who asked him what had happened to the others. He replied, “Allah saved me from them.” The youngster eventually told the king, “You will never be able to kill me unless you do as I say.” The king asked what he should do. The youngster explained, “You should assemble all the people on a single plain and suspend me from a branch of a tree. You should then take an arrow from my quiver, place it in the centre of your bow and say, ‘In the name of Allah, the Rabb of the youngster.’ You should then shoot me. If you do so, you will kill me.” Having no other option, the king agreed to do as the youngster suggested, just so that he may kill him, not realizing the outcome of his action. He thus assembled all the people in an open field. He then suspended the youngster from a tree, took an arrow from his quiver, placed it in the centre of the bow and said, “In the name of Allah, the Rabb of the youngster.” He then shot the arrow which struck the youngster’s temple. The youngster placed his hand on his temple and passed away just as he foretold. On seeing this, the people realized that the religion of the youngster was indeed true and they proclaimed thrice, “We believe in the Rabb of the youngster.” In this manner, the king’s plan backfired and what he feared became a reality – the people had brought imaan. The king was obviously enraged and ordered trenches to be dug on the roads. Fires were ignited therein. He then instructed his men to cast anyone who does not renounce his Deen in the fire. They obeyed his order and began casting them into the fire. In their anxiousness to give their life for Allah Ta‘ala, the believers were actually rushing to leap in the fire. Among them was a woman who had an infant child. She was naturally overcome with concern for her child and thus hesitated to jump in. The small infant (who was not able to speak previously) addressed her saying, “O my mother! Exercise patience, for you are on the truth.” In reference to these trenches and the perpetrators of this heinous crime, Allah Ta‘ala states, “Cursed were the people of the trenches, the (people of the) fire that was rich with fuel, when they were sitting by it, and were watching what they were doing with the believers. They punished them for nothing but that they believed in Allah, the All-Mighty, Worthy of All Praise.” (Surah Burooj v4-8) According to one narration, many years later, in the time of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), this youngster’s body was uncovered and surprisingly, his finger was still on his temple just as it was when he passed away. (Saheeh Muslim #7511, Musnad Ahmad #23931 and Sunan Tirmizi #3340) Lessons: 1. The people of imaan have always been, and will always be, tested, persecuted and oppressed. Their only ‘crime’ is that they have brought imaan in Allah Ta‘ala. However, in the face of these tests, these people of true imaan persevere and remain firm on their imaan, thereby securing the eternal pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala and the everlasting bliss of Jannah. Hence, although the suffering of the Ummah, especially our brethren in Gaza currently, greatly pains and hurts us, we should understand that this has always been the situation with the people of true imaan, and the end result will definitely be in their favour – if not in this world, then definitely in the Hereafter. 2. Outwardly, it seemed as though the youngster was presenting himself to be killed. However, his plan was to sacrifice his own life for the guidance of thousands of others. Exactly as he had planned, Allah Ta‘ala made it transpire. In light of the current situation in Gaza, daily, dozens of innocent people are being massacred in cold blood. However, numerous reports bear testimony to the fact that their blood has not been shed in vain. Besides earning their own Jannah, their resilience and imaan have been what may be termed as one of the largest da’wah campaigns of the modern era, since it has become a means of many people accepting Islam. alhaadi.org.za
  14. In the company and words of the pious people, there is mercy and guidance. Below is a short book containing advices from the great saintly scholar Shaykh-ul-Hadith Hadhrat Shaykh Maulana Adam ibn Yusuf Lunat (rahimahullah wa adāma barākatuhu). When we describe the atmosphere at the departure of our respected Shaykh (rahimahullah) from this ephemeral abode, these words from Qasas-un-Nabiyyeen comes to mind: وبعد مدة مات يوسف أيضا فكان يوما على أهل مصر شديدا وحزن عليه أهل مصر حزنا شديدا وبكوا عليه بكاء طويلا ونسي الناس أحزانهم وكأنهم لم تصبهم مصيبة قبل هذا اليوم ودفنوا يوسف وعزى بعضهم بعضا فكانوا في يوسف سواء كل صغير فقد أباه وكل كبير فقد أخاه ومشى الناس إلى اخوة يوسف وابنائهم يعزونهم ويقولون لهم أيها السادة ليست خسارة لكم اليوم اكبر من خسارتنا نحن فقد فقدنا في دفين اليوم أخا شفيقا وسيدا رحيما وملكا عادلا هو الذي هدانا إلى الحق ودعانا إلى الله وكنا قبل قدومه لا نعرف الله ولا نعرف الآخرة انا لا ننسى ملكنا الكريم أبدا ولا ننسى أيها السادة انكم اخوته واهل بيته وانا لكم أيها السادة كما كنا في حياة سيدنا pages-of-pearls.pdf Taken from here
  15. Mohammad Rafique Etesame Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "By the One in Whose Hand my soul is, you will not enter Paradise until you submit to Islam. And, you will not submit to Islam until you love one another. Extend the greeting to one another and you will love one another. Beware of hatred, for it is the razor. I do not tell you that it shaves the hair, but it shaves away the deen." حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ أَبِي أُوَيْسٍ قَالَ‏:‏ حَدَّثَنِي أَخِي، عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنِ بِلاَلٍ، عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ بْنِ أَبِي أُسَيْدٍ، عَنْ جَدِّهِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ‏:‏ وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ، لاَ تَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ حَتَّى تُسْلِمُوا، وَلاَ تُسْلِمُوا حَتَّى تَحَابُّوا، وَأَفْشُوا السَّلاَمَ تَحَابُّوا، وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَالْبُغْضَةَ، فَإِنَّهَا هِيَ الْحَالِقَةُ، لاَ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ‏:‏ تَحْلِقُ الشَّعْرَ، وَلَكِنْ تَحْلِقُ الدِّينَ‏.‏ (الألباني حسن لغيره) Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "By the One in Whose Hand my soul is, you will not enter Paradise until you submit to Islam. And, you will not submit to Islam until you love one another. Extend the greeting to one another and you will love one another. Beware of hatred, for it is the razor. I do not tell you that it shaves the hair, but it shaves away the deen." This hadith reveals three things, first is that nobody can enter Paradise until he/she accepts Islam, because no other religion except Islam will be accepted in the Day of Resurrection. Second is that, despite acceptance Islam, it is necessary that there should be love, affection and sympathy among the Muslims also. And, to achieve this purpose, greeting should be extended among themselves. And the third is most important, it means that abhorrence, loathing, or abomination etc. should not be among the faithful believer and heart should be clean from malice, ill feeling bitterness and arrogance from others. The holy Prophet PBUH said,” Anyone has an atom's weight of arrogance in his heart will not enter Paradise." A man said:" What if one likes his clothes and shoes to look good?" He said: "Verily, Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty. Arrogance is to reject the truth and look down on people." Sahih/Authentic. - [Muslim] So, in order to entering Paradise, every faithful believer should arrange to act upon this hadith, amin.
  16. It has been said that whilst the primary purpose of fasting is to gain taqwā, the purpose of Ramaḍān is to connect with the Qur’ān. Indeed, Ramaḍān is the month of the Qur’ān. We know from the authentic Sunnah that every Ramaḍān, in the best month of the year, the best of mankind, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ would revise the Qur’ān, the best of words, with the best of angels, Jibrīl (‘alayhis salām). Here are 10 practical ways you can connect to the Qur’ān in this blessed month: 1. Recite as much Qur’ān as you can. Try to complete at least one khatmah/khatam of the Qur’ān. However, if you managed to complete one last year, aim to increase your khatmah by one and complete two this year. This may seem ambitious, but make du‘ā’ to Allah (subḥānahū wa ta‘ālā) to help you accomplish this as du‘ā’ makes the impossible possible. The charts here are an excellent guide to help you to plan your daily recitation in order to achieve your goals. 2. Read the tafsīr of a chosen sūrah. Pick a sūrah or a collection of sūrahs, and then read or listen to the tafsīr (explanation) of these sūrahs. Focus on them in this month. English translations of tafsīr works, some of which are available online include: Tafsīr al-Jalālayn, Tafsīr Ibn Kathīr, Ma‘āriful-Qur’ān, In the Shade of the Qur‘ān, and Tafsīr al-Sa‘dī. 3. Ponder and reflect on the Qur’ān (tadabbur). Recitation of the Qur’ān is not enough. Allah (subḥānahū wa ta‘ālā) tells us: “This is a blessed Book which We revealed to you, that they may reflect upon its verses, and those with understanding may take heed.” (38:29) Reflecting upon the Qur’ān entails thinking over the meaning and the purpose behind an āyah: what is Allah (subḥānahū wa ta‘ālā) asking me to do here? Deep thinking and reflection allow us to develop a deeper connection with the Qur’ān and will catalyse us to act upon the Qur’ān inshā’Allah. Suggestion: Qur’ān Journaling (i.e. jotting down thoughts and reflections) may be a useful means for staying consistent with tadabbur. 4. Listen to the Qur’ān. Although there is more reward in reciting the Qur’ān, listen to it when you are not able to recite it. The benefits of listening to the Qur’ān are (though not limited to): improving your tajwīd, aiding your memorisation and providing you with the chance to absorb the beauty of the Qur’ān. Here are a collection of long and short recitation clips which you may listen to. Suggestion: download your favourite clips to avoid the inescapable YouTube adverts or alternatively, use an ad-free Qur’ān app. 5. Choose a story from the Qur’ān and share it with your families and friends. The Qur’ān is full of stories which are filled with deep wisdom. Choose a story from the Qur’ān which inspires you and share this story with your families, friends and children. From the talking ant to the golden cow; from the baby which spoke to the snake which turned into a stick; make the Qur’ān a part of your families’ lives. 6. Select 30 du‘ās from the Qur’ān and focus on one each day. Select one Qur‘ānic du‘ā’ for each day of the month and repeat this du‘ā’ throughout the entire day. Choose as many moments as possible from the special times in which du‘ā’ is accepted to make this du‘ā’. Suggestion: reflect on the background of each du‘ā’ and learn the translation of the du‘ā’. 7. Memorise as much as you can. Fix an amount to memorise every day. Even if you do two lines a day, with consistency you will have memorised 60 lines by the end of the month inshā’Allāh. Just imagine that you are in the hereafter and you are being told: “Read, ascend, and recite slowly and distinctly as you used to recite in the world…” (Abū Dāwūd) and depending on how much you’ve memorised, that is where you will have to stop. The more you’ve memorised, the higher you will be able to go. Aim high this Ramaḍān! 8. Interact with what you recite. In your night prayers, interact with the āyāt you are reciting like the Messenger of Allah ﷺ did. When you come across an ayah of mercy, stop and supplicate to Allah. When you come across an āyah of punishment, stop and ask for Allah’s protection. 9. Vary what you read in Ṣalāh. Rather than sticking to what you always read, try to vary between the different sūrahs you have memorized. This will help you to perform Ṣalāh with more khushū’ (humility and concentration) and you will start to feel the sweetness of Ṣalāh. 10. Implement the Qur’ān in your life. Allah (subḥānahū wa ta‘ālā) has described specific qualities that we should embody as believers: these are the People of the Qur’ān. To help you become such people of the Qur’ān, who are the chosen people of Allah, here is a selected list of Qur’ānic qualities. a) Select one of the qualities from the list and make it your focus for this month. b) Reflect on the related āyāt (which are in the pdf document). c) Work on developing the quality consistently throughout Ramaḍān, so that it becomes a part of you and lives on in you beyond Ramaḍān. Suggestion: write down this quality on a piece of paper and stick it on your fridge or somewhere where you are likely to see it every day to remind yourself. May Allāh make us from the People of the Qur’ān. Source
  17. With Ramadan swiftly approaching, our hearts are inclined towards deepening our understanding of our faith and its teachings. Whether you are studying the fiqh of fasting, delving into the depths of the tafsir of the Qur’an or engaging with hadiths, let us remind ourselves of the profound importance of intention and the diverse motivations that drive seekers of knowledge. Imam Ghazali delineates three distinct classes of individuals who seek knowledge in his timeless work, “The Beginning of Guidance”, each with their own intentions and outcomes. Take a moment to reflect, which category do you find yourself in? The first class comprises those noble souls who pursue knowledge solely for the sake of Allah, seeking to adorn their hearts with the light of wisdom and righteousness. Their aim is none other than the pleasure of Allah Most High and the rewards of the Hereafter. They are the true winners, blessed with sincerity and steadfastness in their quest for divine wisdom. In contrast, the second class consists of individuals whose pursuit of knowledge is tainted by worldly aspirations. They seek knowledge to elevate their status, amass wealth, or gain recognition in society. Despite their awareness of their misguided intentions, they remain ensnared by the allure of worldly desires. Yet, there remains hope for repentance and redemption for those who sincerely turn back to Allah, seeking forgiveness and striving to rectify their intentions. “For truly, one who repents from a sin is like one who has no sin” (Ibn Maja). The third class, however, represents a perilous path of spiritual ruin. These individuals, consumed by greed and vanity, exploit their knowledge for personal gain and self-aggrandisement. Their actions serve only to lead others astray, as they succumb to the temptations of the world, despite adorning themselves with the semblance of piety. Their hearts are veiled from the truth, and their fate is one of utter loss, devoid of hope for salvation. Imam Ghazali's words serve as a stark reminder of the importance of purifying our intentions and seeking knowledge with sincerity and humility. As we immerse ourselves in deepening our connection with the teachings of our faith, let us strive to emulate the virtues of the first class of seekers – those whose hearts are firmly set on the Hereafter and whose actions are guided by a sincere devotion to Allah. Let us not be swayed by the allure of worldly gains or fall prey to the pitfalls of ego and arrogance. Ramadan presents us with a unique opportunity to seek knowledge that elevates our souls and draws us closer to our Creator. Let us seize this blessed month as a time for introspection, self-improvement, and spiritual renewal. May our pursuit of knowledge be a means of drawing nearer to Allah, and may He grant us the wisdom to tread the path of righteousness. In the words of Imam Ghazali, "O seeker, be among the first class of seekers. Dare not to be of the second class, for how many a procrastinator dies before he repents and forfeits everything. Above all, beware not to allow yourself by any means to be of the third class, and end your life wretchedly, utterly bereft of hope for success or salvation." whitethreadpress
  18. We live in a world of import and export, a world in which most goods and commodities are available in most countries for most of the year. However, despite the year-round availability, there are many goods that enjoy a ‘peak season’. Astute businessmen are those who identify this period and utilize it to their advantage. A Golden Opportunity The season presents a golden opportunity for one to secure tremendous profits in a minimal period of time. Hence, during the month of December, even if the rest of the world is on vacation, it is practically unimaginable for one to find the serious businessman on holiday. He understands the pivotal role that the season plays in his success; if he remains focused and committed, he will reap the profits, and if he allows himself to become distracted or while away his time, he alone will suffer the consequences. The Season of Taqwa Just as other things have a special season; taqwa also has a special season – the month of Ramadaan. From fasting during the day to performing Taraaweeh during the night, the entire month has been specially designed to assist a believer in harvesting a bumper crop of fruit, from the tree of taqwa, which he will continue to enjoy long after the blessed month has expired. However, just as with other seasons, this will only be possible if one avails himself for this blessed month and expends all his energies in striving to secure the bargains it has on offer. More than Money If the shop owner arrives at work two hours late, he will regret the business that he lost and lament the money that he could have made. For every minute of the two hours, he could have been serving customers and turning the numbers. We often hear the adage ‘time is money’. However, contrary to popular belief, time is NOT money — it is far more valuable than money. Whereas money can always be later recovered if lost, time can never be recovered — and it is for this reason that time is our single greatest asset. In the race to secure the rewards of Ramadaan, it is those who are particular regarding their time that profit the most. Destructive Distractions In this regard, along with the ready-made opportunities to benefit are a host of ready-made distractions. After - Taraaweeh braais, meeting friends for a chat, an ‘Eid bargain-hunting’ excursion – these are all seemingly innocent activities. However, when thoroughly scrutinized, we realize that the braai ‘burnt’ two or three hours of our time, whereas a normal supper would have been concluded in a maximum of thirty minutes. The excursion to purchase ‘Eid-goods at the best prices may have saved us a few valuable rands but undoubtedly cost us invaluable hours and minutes. Media ‘Mania’ In the opinion of many, the uncrowned yet undisputed champion of ‘killing time’ is social media in all its various guises and forms. Whether in the masjid, while attending a program for spiritual upliftment, or at the time of sehri when du‘aas are accepted – instead of maximizing and benefiting from these opportunities, there are many who become Media ‘Maniacs’ and wile away the irrecoverable moments on their smart phones. For this purpose, just as we fast by shunning food and drink from dawn to sunset, let us make a resolution to ‘fast’ from all forms of media for all the 24 hours of every day in the Month of Ramadhan. We should initiate a complete ’fast’ from all these time-consumers during this blessed period and afterwards as well. Thus let us make this Ramadaan very profitable by correctly investing the capital of time that we have been blessed with. Insha-Allah we will reap the rewards in this world and the Hereafter. alhaadi.org.za
  19. Tadabbur - Reflecting upon the Qur'an - The Importance of Tadabbur - Tips for Reflecting Upon the Qur'an - Tadabbur and 'Living' the Qur'an - Recite the Qur'an Slowly and Beautifully Tadabbur-Reflecting-Upon-the-Quran-by-Life-With-Allah-2.pdf
  20. By Mohammad rafique Etesame The holy Quran reveals, “God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His light is, as it were, that of a niche containing a lamp; the lamp is [enclosed] in glass, the glass [shining] like a radiant star: [a lamp] lit from a blessed tree - an olive-tree that is neither of the east nor of the west the oil whereof [is so bright that it] would well-nigh give light [of itself] even though fire had not touched it: light upon light! God guides unto His light him that wills [to be guided]; and [to this end] God propounds parables unto men, since God [alone] has full knowledge of all things”. ( Al-Nour (The Light) 24:35) These verses reveal that Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth and then its quality has been Mentioned. According to the tafseer… Allah is the real source of all creatures lives whether they are human beings, jinns, animals and plants etc. And the flash of light in the Sun, Moon, Stars, galaxies and in all the Planets, it comes from the light His of Highness’s existence, and If it is not so, then all will be deserted Also, the whole lights of guidance found in all the Holy Prophets, good human beings, pious and piety men, is borrowed from the light of guidance of Allah-Almighty. And all the movements in all the creatures particularly the human beings, regarding profits and losses etc., are only by the will and commands of Allah-Almighty because nothing can move without it as the holy Quran reveals, God rests all power of decision, first and last. And on that day will the believers [too, have cause to] rejoice. Ar-Rum (The Romans) 30:4 If it is not so, then all will be deserted Everything is done only by Allah’s will and not by man’s will as he holy Quran reveals,”AND NEVER say about anything, 'Behold, I shall do this tomorrow unless God so willed Al-Kahf (The Cave) 18:23 All the plans and programs made by man, cannot be fulfilled and failed unless Allah so willed. If anyone wants to check this reality, then he should check it up by high quality whether anything or any of his plans or programs successfully meet to their ends? Because many obstacles will stop its way. And he will find that nothing can be done by his own authority and will but only by Allah’s will, the holy Quran clearly mentions that,” But you cannot will it unless God wills [to show you that way]: for, behold, God is indeed all-seeing, wise” (At-Takwir (The Folding Up) 81:29 ). Main idea of this article is that, when Allah is the light of the universe, and in whose hand is the authority and power to run everything and man is totally helpless, then man should flee to God in order to be ever-living and ever- successful one, because according to the holy Quran,” He is the First and the Last, and the Outward as well as the Inward: and He has full knowledge of everything. .( Al-Hadid (Iron) 57:3).
  21. مَالِكُ ٱلْمُلْكُ Translation The Eternal Owner of Sovereignty, The Master of The Kingdom. Definition This name has two definitions: 1. Allah is the Owner of all things and He controls them without any hindrance or opposition. 2. Imam Laith (may Allah have mercy on him) said: "Allah, the Almighty, He is the Allah, blessed and exalted is He, He is the King of all kings, kingship belongs to Him, and He is the Owner of the Day of Judgment." So, a person who resides in a house and considers it his property without any association, think about it, nearly fifty-sixty years ago, whose property was it and where is it today? What was the outcome of his claimed ownership? Mutannabi said it well: "The one who comes to this world takes ownership of it like a usurper seizing someone else's property, and the one who leaves it, departs from the world as if someone has looted his wealth." In the Qur'an قُلِ ٱللَّهُمَّ مَـٰلِكَ ٱلْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِى ٱلْمُلْكَ مَن تَشَآءُ وَتَنزِعُ ٱلْمُلْكَ مِمَّن تَشَآءُ وَتُعِزُّ مَن تَشَآءُ وَتُذِلُّ مَن تَشَآءُ ۖ بِيَدِكَ ٱلْخَيْرُ ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَىْءٍۢ قَدِيرٌۭ Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “O Allah! Lord over all authorities! You give authority to whoever You please and remove it from who You please; You honour whoever You please and disgrace who You please—all good is in Your Hands. Surely You ˹alone˺ are Most Capable of everything. (Surah Ali 'Imran: 26) تُولِجُ اللَّيْلَ فِي الْنَّهَارِ وَتُولِجُ النَّهَارَ فِي اللَّيْلِ وَتُخْرِجُ الْحَيَّ مِنَ الْمَيِّتِ وَتُخْرِجُ الَمَيَّتَ مِنَ الْحَيِّ وَتَرْزُقُ مَن تَشَاء بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ You cause the night to pass into the day and the day into the night. You bring forth the living from the dead and the dead from the living. And You provide for whoever You will without limit.” (Surah Ali 'Imran: 27) لِّلَّهِ مُلْكُ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ ۚ يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَآءُ ۚ يَهَبُ لِمَن يَشَآءُ إِنَـٰثًۭا وَيَهَبُ لِمَن يَشَآءُ ٱلذُّكُورَ To Allah ˹alone˺ belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. He creates whatever He wills. He blesses whoever He wills with daughters, and blesses whoever He wills with sons (Surah Ash-Shuraa: 49) In Du'a The Virtue of Supplicating Through This Blessed Name There is a narration that if supplication is made with the Ism Azam (the Greatest Name of Allah), then that supplication is accepted. قُلِ ٱللَّهُمَّ مَـٰلِكَ ٱلْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِى ٱلْمُلْكَ مَن تَشَآءُ وَتَنزِعُ ٱلْمُلْكَ مِمَّن تَشَآءُ "Say, 'O Allah, Owner of Sovereignty, You give kingship to whom You will and take it away from whom You will.'" (Quran, Surah Al Imran, 3:26) In this verse, the boundless power and might of Allah are expressed; He can make a king into a beggar and a beggar into a king. He is the owner of all authority, and all goodness lies solely in the hands of Allah; besides Allah, there is no bestower of goodness. Imam Baghawi (may Allah have mercy on him) has narrated a hadith that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: It is the command of Allah that whoever recites after every prayer Surah Al-Fatihah, Ayat al-Kursi, and two verses of Al-Imran, one verse: شَهِدَ ٱللَّهُ أَنَّهُۥ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ until the end, and the other verse: قُلِ ٱللَّهُمَّ مَـٰلِكَ ٱلْمُلْكِ till بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ , then I will build a house for him in Paradise ... And I will bestow my mercy upon him every day ... And I will fulfill all his needs ... And I will grant him refuge from every envious person and enemy ..." The true King is Allah After detailing Allah's glory and His blessings upon His servants in Surah Fatir, it is stated: "That is Allah—your Lord! All authority belongs to Him. But those ˹idols˺ you invoke besides Him do not possess even the skin of a date stone. If you call upon them, they cannot hear your calls. And if they were to hear, they could not respond to you. On the Day of Judgment they will disown your worship ˹of them˺. And no one can inform you ˹O Prophet˺ like the All-Knowledgeable. O humanity! It is you who stand in need of Allah, but Allah ˹alone˺ is the Self-Sufficient, Praiseworthy. If He willed, He could eliminate you and produce a new creation. And that is not difficult for Allah ˹at all˺." (Quran, Surah Fatir) When you believe in the original Creator and Master, the one who controls and sustains the entire universe, then you should not fear anyone besides Him and should not turn back to others as objects of worship. When the True One is there, what remains after truth except falsehood? Leaving truth and indulging in false illusions, making someone else a deity besides the Creator, the Owner, the Absolute Lord, and the Sovereign is not the act of a wise person. How can someone who relies on Allah be troubled? There was once a severe drought in Balkh, to the extent that people started eating every kind of withered grass. Everyone was deeply distressed and despondent, but a servant continued to happily sell in the market. When people reproached him, he replied: Translation: "I have no sorrow because the owner of an entire village (without any partnership) is my master. (This thing has freed my heart from all kinds of worries and relieved all my sorrows)." Upon hearing this, Abu Ali Shafiq bin Ibrahim Azdi (may Allah have mercy on him) opened his eyes, feeling deeply ashamed, and turned towards Allah, saying: "O Allah, this servant belongs to a person whose possession is only one village, yet he is so happy, and we too call You our Lord and are concerned about our sustenance to such an extent that it has no bounds." So, when this thought came to his mind he turned away from the affairs of the world and futile thoughts, and adopted worldly means with moderation while engaging in religious matters. From that day on, he mentions that he never felt distressed about sustenance. Counsel (1) Those who have a connection with this blessed name should consider themselves as humble servants. The true owner of everything, the true owner of every person, is the one whose sovereignty is eternal and absolute. He who crowns the poor and makes thrones dust for kings. (2) One should repeatedly ponder that besides Allah, there is no creator, no provider of sustenance, nor does anyone have the power to grant or prevent, to give life or to cause death. Not even a particle can move without His will. Therefore, one should engage in worship and supplication only to Him. (3) One should refrain from asking anything from others, while keeping in mind the virtue of supplicating through this blessed name and make arrangements for supplication. (4) Sit alone and contemplate, and invite people in gatherings that the sole owner of the entire universe is only Allah, and whatever is in the universe, its owner is also only Allah. A person who has acquired knowledge of this name will not argue with people saying, "So and so took away my thing, so and so did not give it to me"; rather, he will believe that "I will take more of this from Malikul Mulk, if Allah intends to give it to me, no one can stop it, if Allah does not intend, no one can give it, then why complain to the creation?" And consider oneself and whatever is in one's possession as owned, that this is temporary ownership for me, so I should spend these blessings in the way of Allah. Life, time, wealth, everything, man deceives himself about these worldly blessings, thinking they are mine! Whereas, all this is entrusted by Allah. *~~*~~*
  22. Wa'alaykumus salaam Brother the references for the verses in the beginning of the the post are incorrect 2:220: upon this world and the Hereafter. And they ask you ˹O Prophet˺ concerning orphans. Say, “Improving their condition is best. And if you partner with them, they are bonded with you ˹in faith˺.1 And Allah knows who intends harm and who intends good. Had Allah willed, He could have made it difficult for you.2 Surely Allah is Almighty, All-Wise.” 7:204: When the Quran is recited, listen to it attentively and be silent, so you may be shown mercy. I have edited your post and highlighted the verses. Please correct
  23. Ramadan Publications (livewithallah.com) Short Summary This Ramaḍān, raise the bar by learning and reflecting about the inner dimensions of fasting, the night prayer, iʿtikāf, Laylat al-Qadr and much more. Journey to Allah in Ramadan (Detailed Book) Deepen your relationship with Allah and accelerate your journey to Him 30+ reminders to taste the sweetness of iman and worship Just 7 minutes a day to read! My Ramadan Companion (Summary Book) 30 easy-to-read daily reminders and reflection exercises ‘Reflect and Act’ prompts to help you cultivate new habits An abridged version of ‘Journey to Allah in Ramadan’ Just 4 minutes a day to read! My-Ramadan-Companion-v2-by-Life-With-Allah.pdf Journey-to-Allah-in-Ramadan-by-Life-With-Allah-1.pdf
  24. As-Salaam alaikum, Allah Ta'ala says : "MAKE REMEMBRANCE OF GOD (Zikrullah) AS YOU DO OF YOUR FATHERS, OR WITH MORE LIVELY REMEMBRANCE" (2:220). He also said: "MAKE REMEMBRANCE OF THY LORD IN THY SOUL, IN SUPPLICATION AND FEAR, WITHOUT THY WORD BEING AUDIBLE, AT MORNING AND EVENING." (7:204). The Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said :- "Go forth, for the unattached have preceded you." He was asked, "Who are the unattached, O Messenger of Allah"? He said, "Those who tremble with the Remembrance of God, until the Zikr removes their burdens from them and they come to resurrection lightly laden." (Sahih Muslim, Tirmidhi and Ibn Hanbal). The sincere mureed who sits to remember Almighty Allah, reciting known phrases of Zikr, especially the Zikr of LA ILAHA ILLALLAHU, should negate any stray thoughts that enter his heart, saying to himself : 'I desire nothing and seek nothing, and have no aim or object of love, ILLALLAH--other than God.' Having negated all stray thoughts with La-ilaha, he affirms the Mighty Presence as his sole aim, purpose and object of love with illallah. This form of attentive Zikr makes one unattached : it removes all obstacles in his path and all attachments, and conveys him lightly laden from this world of corporeality to the Hereafter of spirituality. It is to this that the Tradition, "Go forth, for the unattached have preceded you", refers.
  25. By Mohammad Rafique Etesame Off course, every Muslim’s deadly wish is same that, he should again meet his lovely ones i.e. a lovely father, mother, his lovely children etc. And this is not mere an imagine, but its authenticity is proved by the holy Quran as”: - And as for those who have attained to faith and whose offspring will have followed them in faith, We shall unite them with their offspring; and We shall not let aught of their deeds go to waste: [but] every human being will be held in pledge for whatever he has earned. (asad) ⟶ At-Tur (The Mount) 52:21 These verses reveal that if some people’s parents are true Muslims i.e. they believe in the oneness of God and do not ascribe partners to Him and love the holy Prophet PBUH, and follow his good example in their whole lives, and similarly their children’s obey their parents. Then Allah Almighty ordains that “We shall join their seeds to their parents” (they will again be a joint family). But there may some obstacles to do so as: - If the children are infidels or mushriks (i.e. ascribing partners to Allah Al mighty), or their beliefs are mixed with the shirk or innovation, then they will not be joined to their parent at all because Allah will not forgive to them as the holy Quran reveals” Allah forgives not (The sin of) joining other gods with Him; but He forgiveth whom He pleaseth other sins than this: one who joins other gods with Allah, Hath strayed far, far away (from the right). (An-Nisaa | 176) If the children disobey to their parent’s ant and make Rude attitude to them, (3) If the children, for example, stand any dispute regarding property, or give and take etc., or personal differences etc. And if their parents divided the property among them with justice and same did in other matters, then usually, the children cut-off the relations with them. And if it will be so, then it is quite impossible to be joined the children to their parents until they apologize to them. Because the holy Quran reveals, “for thy Sustainer has ordained that you shall worship none but Him. And do good unto [thy] parents. Should one of them, or both, attain to old age in thy care, never say 'Ugh' to them or scold them, but [always] speak unto them with reverent speech, (The Journey by Night) 17:23). Also,” My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small." . (Surah Al-Isra 17-24). May Allah make us look after our parents and treat them with kindness! So, if the children are sincere to meet to them in Paradise, then they should deal with them politely and do not cut-off to them. May Allah Al-Mighty five us ,taufeeq, to do so, Amin.
  26. Weapons of various types have existed throughout human history. Bows and arrows, spears, swords, clubs, maces, axes and the like were the typical weapons found in the past, while the weapon of choice for most in the modern world is the firearm. Nevertheless, whatever the situation may be, a person’s ability to defend himself effectively will depend on two main factors; selecting the correct weapon, and having the skill/strength to wield it. For example, a shotgun is an effective weapon, but due to its powerful recoil, it would not be effective for a weak and frail woman in her eighties. In fact, the recoil may even dislocate her shoulder or at least dislodge her dentures! Thus, for such a woman, a small handgun would be better suited. At the same time, some level of skill and strength is required, for even the best handgun will be useless if placed in the hand of a paralyzed person. In the very same way, when defending ourselves against the evil shayaateen, then these two factors must be taken into consideration as well – the correct ‘weapon’ must be selected, and we must ‘wield’ it with strength. Haafiz Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullah) has discussed the above two points saying, “That which is required from the person afflicted (for his cure) is that he should be strong, and turn his attention and focus to the One who has created these evil shayaateen (i.e. he should turn his attention to Allah Ta‘ala, place his hopes in Him and beg Him in du‘aa). “The correct method of (reciting) the du‘aas of protection is (for one to recite them with) the heart conforming to the tongue (i.e. just as his tongue is begging Allah Ta‘ala for protection, his heart must be focused towards Allah Ta‘ala, and it must be filled with the firm conviction that it is Allah Ta‘ala alone who will cure him). “The reason is that this (struggle against evil shayaateen) is a form of battle, and the person engaged in a battle will not be able to defeat his enemy with his weapon unless two requirements are met; (1) the weapon must be correct and effective, and (2) the arm wielding the weapon must be strong. “Whenever one of the two requirements is not found, the weapon will not prove to be of much benefit. So, imagine how dire the situation will be when both requirements are not found – the heart is devoid of (strong) imaan, tawakkul, taqwa and turning to Allah Ta‘ala, and furthermore, one does not have a weapon (i.e. one does not recite any du‘aas for protection)!” (At-Tibb An-Nabawi pg. 52) In regard to selecting the correct weapon, then the safest and best weapon is the verses of the Quraan Majeed (e.g. the manzil which can be downloaded here) and sunnah du‘aas which have been reported in the blessed ahaadeeth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). For a layman, dabbling in different ‘amals and ta’weez on his own, without expert guidance, is not recommended as one risks suffering the severe consequences and adverse side-effects. In this regard, Shaikhul Hadeeth, Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahimahullah) – the author of Fazaail-e-Aa’maal, had written the following advice to a person who was afflicted with problems relating to evil jinn: “The reason why I prevented you from carrying out an ‘amal for the jinn is that at times, when a person lacks complete expertise (in the field of ‘amaliyyaat), then repelling the jinn becomes difficult. I have already seen many examples, in India, of the various harms that arise from carrying out ‘amals after merely looking into a kitaab (of ‘amals) or using other people’s ta’weez. However, the du‘aas of the Quraan and hadeeth are free from harm.” (Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya pg. 550) Shaikhul Hadeeth (rahimahullah) recommended that the person recite the following daily after Fajr, after Maghrib and before sleeping: Durood shareef 3 times, followed by the following 3 times each: (1) Surah Faatihah with bismillah, (2) Aayatul Kursi, (3) Surah Falaq, and (4) Surah Naas, followed by durood shareef 3 times in the end. (Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya pg. 548) In regard to wielding the weapon with strength, then as Haafiz Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullah) mentioned above, it refers to one’s heart possessing strong imaan and yaqeen (conviction in the promises of Allah Ta‘ala), leading a life of taqwa (refraining from all sins) and turning his attention and hopes towards Allah Ta‘ala while begging Him in du‘aa. Therefore, if we are afflicted with such a problem, then we should strive to strengthen our imaan and tawakkul, bring more piety into our lives, ensure that we recite the verses and du‘aas of protection regularly, and turn to Allah Ta‘ala in earnest du‘aa. May Allah Ta‘ala grant cure to all those who are suffering in the Ummah, aameen. UswatulMuslimah
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