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  1. Allahu Akbar, Walillahil-Hamd First Taraweeh in 88 years will be led by (Maulana) Professor Ali Erbas (HA), himself tonight
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  2. As-Salaam alaikum, Have you ever considered the acquisition of the sweetness of faith (Imaan) and that immense enjoyment in the worship (Ibaadah) we do? The pleasure a person finds in his Sallaah impels him to delay his Sajdas. His Zikr of Allah Ta'ala emanates from the deep recesses of his heart... intoxicating him. The requirement for this intoxication and ecstasy is not wine or worldly love; the requirement for this 'high' is neither heroine nor cocaine, it is the Remembrance of his Beloved Lord (Allahu). When he recites the Holy Qur'an, it is as if he is conversing with his Rabb. The Speech of Allah Ta'ala, which he recites, deeply impresses upon his heart and establishes a profound and strong Imaan within him. With a deep hearted enjoyment, he believes that his Lord, Allah, is listening to His Own Kalaam (Speech) from the tongue of His sinful servant. Allahu Akbar! Wa Lillahil-Hamd!!
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  3. (An Essential Hospital Guide) Being admitted to hospital, particularly for those undergoing surgical procedures, can be a challenging experience. Muslim patients may erroneously assume that being in hospital absolves them from performing Salaah. This may be due to ignorance of the Islamic aspects of Purity and Salaah as well as the various relaxations that Islam affords to the patient. The attached booklet seeks to explain the most convenient manner in which the obligation of Salaah can be fulfilled and is written with the hospitalised patient in the mind. It is meant to be simple to understand yet comprehensive in its reach. The book covers the central concepts of Fiqh, pre-admission advice as well as specific health conditions and common surgical procedures. It provides general guidelines that are applicable to most patients on aspects that would enable them to be not only regular in their Salaah but comfortable in its practice. We make Du’aa that Allah Ta'ala accepts this contribution solely for His pleasure and uses it as a means to enable Muslim patients to uphold and fulfil the cardinal pillar of Salaah, Ameen. The e-book can be downloaded here. Shukran Was Salaam Mufti Moosa Salie Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) - Fatwa Department Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Council of Muslim Theologians Purity-and-Salaah-for-Muslim-Patients-E-Book-FINAL.pdf
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  4. 7: Reciting Qur’an Once you have recited you opening duʿā’, you will now recite Sūrah al-Fātiḥah, followed on by a sūrah or a selection of āyāt from the Qur’ān. A summary of how to recite the Qur’an in your salah: 1. Always recall that you are standing in front of Allah (ʿazza wa jall) and that you are conversing with Him. 2. Recite slowly and beautifully. 3. Reflect on the words you are reciting. Fill your heart with love, hope and fear according to the words you are reciting. 4. When you come across an āyah about mercy, stop and ask Allah for His mercy. When you come across an āyah about punishment, stop and ask Allah’s protection. When you come across an āyah where you can make a duʿā’, stop and ask Allah. 5. Whilst reciting, try to visualise and interact with what you are saying. 6. Alternate between what you recite. Read the more detailed article Recite and Reflect on the Qur’an for how you should recite in ṣalāh.
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  5. As-Salaam alaikum, Verse/ayat 37 of chapter 50 of the Holy Qur'an reads:-- "VERILY IN THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR ANY THAT HAS A HEART AND UNDERSTANDING; OR WHO GIVES EAR [listens] AND EARNESTLY WITNESSES (the truth)" (Qaf- 50:37) In the Islamic Tradition, listening is not only a sensory or mental act, but also a contemplative practice. Much about this, Imam al-Harith Ibn Asad al-Muhasibi (d. 243/857) may Allah be Merciful to him, in his book, 'Watchfulness In Observing God's Duties', observes:-- "He who, out of yearning for God, listens to God's Book, or to a word of wisdom, or to a portion of knowledge, or to a piece of counsel while not conversing with his self at all but [concentrating] his attention and allowing his heart to see what he hears, such a one will drive counsel and remembrances (from the words he hears), for they are God's words. God described the believers (as listeners) and Commanded them [to listen] saying:-- "My Servants who give ear to the Word and follow the fairest of it. Those are whom God has guided: those--they are men possessed of minds." (Zumara- 39:18) In other words, with our attentive hearing sense we can listen to Allah's words when reciting the Holy Qur'an, for example.... and with our heart we can witness what we hear from Him, Jallah-Jalalahu, who witnesses us at all times.
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  6. The Best Days Of Your Life – Journey To Allah In The Days Of Dhul Hijjah From His infinite mercy, Allah has made certain periods of time superior to others. In these periods, He multiplies the rewards of good deeds and forgives abundant sins. The first 10 days of Dhul Ḥijjah are amongst these special periods. Unlike Ramaḍān, this season of worship is often overlooked and neglected by many of us. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ however described these days as the best days in the sight of Allah (Ibn Ḥibbān). The subsequent three days are also of great significance: days of eating, drinking and remembering Allah. ‘The Best Days of Your Life’ is a short book compiled to help you make the most of these blessed days. The book gives a detailed explanation on: The virtues of these blessed days How to deepen your connection with Allah The Day of ʿArafah The significance of qurbānī The Days of Tashrīq We ask Allah to make this book is a means of cultivating an atmosphere of worship and dhikr in our homes and communities in the blessed month of Dhul Ḥijjah. DOWNLOAD NOW
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  7. As-Salaam alaikum, As we know it in Islam, Riya' (hypocrisy) is one of the secret sins of the heart, and often the perpetrator of riya' is self-deluded and hardly realizes his hypocrisy. Hypocrisy means that the state of the heart, in its intention and desires, does not correspond to the virtue of the outward act; it is the desire for something beside Allah Ta'ala, in serving Him, and the desire to gain something from men by that service to Allah; it is to do an action, outwardly for the glory of Allah, but with the intention of having glory of men. The Noble Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "The thing most to be feared for my community is hypocrisy and secret desire." If man is not heedful of the direction of his secret desires, they will corrupt his service of Allah. In its most open form, hypocrisy is falsehood and in its most hidden form, it is guile. It is hidden from him who is neglectful and is manifest to him who searches for it with understanding knowledge; and he who knows the gravity of his need of it cleaves to sincerity, out of fear of hypocrisy.
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  8. Bismillah Words of Praise Serving mankind is an excellent worship. “Khairunnas Anfa’uhum Linnas” – “The best person is the who benefits all human beings”. A person is best when he becomes a means for serving mankind, and it is an excellent worship. It is not necessary that you give money or funding in charity, but charity is also to give comfort to the distressed person, to give courage to the troubled person and to conduct with love and kindness. This makes the heart big. Sometimes a person gives a lot of charity, but his behavior ruins them all. On the flip side, a person might not have anything to give, but if he gives a distressed person the gift of comforting words, he has then given him the best gift that he can ever get. You present a diamond ring to your wife, but you also say rudely to her, “Have it. Are you happy now?”, then you have ruined it. On the contrary, you may not afford getting your wife a diamond ring, but you are saying to her, “You are a diamond by yourself and why do you need a diamond??”, you then have highlighted her goodness, praised, and appreciated her. It is the greatest gift for her if you appreciate her by bringing out all her goodness with words of admiration. You give everything to your wife that you can afford, and you provide her for years but in the end, you speak so rudely to her then everything becomes null. So, it is not necessary that you give only money when you can also speak good words and behave well as these can also increase courage in a person and make him happy. The easiest formula to enter a person’s heart is to bring out his goodness with words of praise. He will have many good traits in him. Find them out and speak good about him. You will create for yourself a place of love in his heart. What do you think is the source of illegal love between couples that you see around? They have built a bridge of sweet words of praise between them. A person gives up his religion, parents, family, and he never agrees to give up his love by any means. You don’t praise where Allah SWT wants you to praise, and you show your stinginess in praising. Be Well-Wishers of Each Other Serving mankind is the best worship. People get benefited from the one who has means of benefit. As said, it is not necessary to have money to benefit people. Charity encompasses everything as it comes in a Hadith that showing path to someone is charity, smiling is charity and to help someone unburden his burden is charity. Charity is to do good. Just do good as charity can be through your tongue, physique, money, or any resource. It comes in a hadith, when a new Muslim gives his pledge of allegiance to the Prophet SAW, he SAW used to take three oaths from him: 1) Praying Salah 2) Giving Zakah and 3) Being a well-wisher of every single Muslim. Demonstrate well wishing to all Muslims. Let your connection with Muslims be sincere. What an emphasis! And this should be with every single Muslim. The Prophet SAW has emphasized its importance by mentioning it along with the importance given to salah and zakah. Now tell me how it would be if this develops in Muslims! If it occurs just in a house, it will become Jannat where all the members of the house are well-wishers of each other. Now imagine what will happen if this life of house sets outside the house? The selfish person has ruined this spirit. Every person is indulged in his own selfishness that only he wants to get benefited. Where there is selfishness, it is not the human that clashes with another human but their desires and motives that clash with each other. When there is a clash between the father and son, the husband and wife, it is their desires and aims that clash with each other. Say there are thousands of vehicles moving correctly on their lane, there won’t be any collision, and this is how it will be if everyone becomes a well-wisher of each other. Now what will happen if two or three vehicles leave their lane and cross others’ lane? There will be traffic jam. Today every individual’s state is like this. He has come across others lane as his desires are not fulfilled. Even though there are only two people, they clash each other. Aforetime there used to be thousands of people but there was no clash. Find Peace in Good Company It is a great worship if Allah SWT makes us the means of benefiting people. It is not incumbent on you to give money or charity when you don’t have but you can come across with good attitude. It is enough if you do this. You can give money or charity or any material to a person but if you consider him to be worthless, you ruined and wasted everything. Finding peace in the company and visitation of Murabbi (A pious, wise, and knowledgeable person) is a sign of compatibility and the key to prosperity. If a person goes to a gathering for his reformation and to learn deen (religion) and finds peace in doing so, then this is the sign of compatibility. Sometimes it so occurs that what is being said seems exclusive to him as he needed it. He feels that the sheikh knows all about him. One companion told me that his family asks him if he tells me everything about them as they could hear me saying related to that in my discourse. Be Worry Proof SubhanAllah! It is said that the one who is blessed with the wealth of complete trust and conviction in Allah SWT never gets worried. What a great saying! Waman Yatawakkal Alallah Fahuwa Hasbuhu-And whoever puts all his trust in Allah, He will be enough for him (Qur’an 65:3). The attachment with Allah SWT, contemplation, and the trust in Him SWT weakens due to the evil effects of sins. The more you have attachment with Allah SWT and trust in Him SWT, the more you will be relieved from worries. It is not that a believer will never get troubles because this is dunya (world) and not Jannah, but he will remain worry proof. This is like a waterproof watch that is thrown in a pot full of water. Though the water surrounds the watch, it cannot enter the watch. He might be surrounded by troubles from all sides, but his heart remains worry proof. He will fall sick, he will lose people, he will find unpleasant moments, but when he gets the recognition of Allah, trust, and conviction in Him SWT, he won’t become worried. Even after having complete trust and conviction in Allah SWT, if you still feel disturbed, then turn to Allah SWT in repentance and seek His forgiveness for your sins with much regret so you annul the evil effect of the sin. Our beloved Prophet SAW gave a remedy saying that Allah SWT makes a way out for the one who abundantly seeks forgiveness. Allah SWT relieves him from every single worry and He SWT fulfills his needs by means he could never imagine. We are people who make mistakes, keep making mistakes and commit sins through tongue, eyes, heart and what not. Certainly, we will get worried but the solution for this is to seek forgiveness from Allah with much regret and attention. Allah SWT will show us the way and ease the way. Above all, Allah SWT will grant us the tranquil heart and peace. Be Mindful of Creations’ Rights Whoever comes for their reformation, I tell them to pray salaah attentively, fast, repent more, be watchful of your eyes, be mindful of your death, ponder over death, take good care of others’ rights, don’t increase contacts unless necessary, manage to pray four units, 8 units or 12 units of Tahajjud salah (qayam-al-lyl) as much as you can and InshaaAllah, you will be well reformed, and you will receive much goodness. The creations are a family of Allah SWT. His SWT slaves are His SWT family. Misconduct with them leads to the anger of the Creator. When a creation has already right as a family of Allah SWT, his rights can further increase because of his family relationship, blood relationship, neighborhood or by any association with you. Now, when you deprive his rights and misconduct with him, tell me how angry would be the Creator? How angry would be the Magnificent Creator? Sometimes when a person doesn’t get good company, the company of pious people and doesn’t learn deen in such a company, he thinks that deen is to do with few rites and rituals. His contemplation about deen becomes very limited. He fulfills few rituals and thinks that to be piety, religiousness, and Islam in its entirety. And when he doesn’t receive the blessings of deen, he whines that he is facing such a state despite being pious when there is no sign of piety. He molded Islam by his own mold, he descended in that mold and is very complacent! Educating oneself in a pious company will at least make him realize what is piety. When there is realization, there is a hope in Allah SWT that his mistakes get rectified, he gets divine help and to the least, he will have the regret before Allah SWT and seek His SWT forgiveness. He will have the realization that he is not right. So, misconduct and misbehavior with the creation of Allah SWT leads to anger of the Creator. We emphasize more on worrying about the rights of creations to all those who come for islaah (reformation). Be mindful of rights of creations. Aim Only for Allah’s Pleasure If the only one concern in a person is to please Allah SWT and if seeking pleasure of Allah is his only greatest wish and desire, then it is a sign that Allah SWT has granted him the knowledge of distinguishing right from wrong. He has indeed reached the truth. The fact is when Allah SWT becomes pleased, good-natured people automatically starts loving him. There is a kind of respect that stems from money, position, profession or holding any worldly possessions. Such a respect is temporary. You lose respect when you lose a position, and you lose contacts when you lose money. There is another kind of love and respect that comes from the heavens. When Allah SWT loves you, the angels, and the beloved people of Allah SWT on the earth love you. Even when he dies, they keep loving him. This kind of love and respect is permanent, and this is the true respect. We hear people exclaim, “What a fame and respect this man has!” and this is not really respect. The real respect is that which comes from the heavens. We see a man has fame while he was playing and once, he retires, he gets into depression and commits suicide because no one enquires him. A government officer known to me went into depression and when enquired, he said that he used to get so many invitations for banquets every week while he was working and today no one calls him. The person for whom he got a job doesn’t even greet him while passing by him. The respect that he had was for his position and rank and not for him. The love and respect that comes from Allah SWT is permanent that continues even after death. Even today when we address such people, we say, “RadhiAllahu anhum”- “May Allah be pleased with them”, “Rahmatullaahi Alaih”- “May Allah SWT shower His mercy on him”. We make duaa till this day whenever we remember them. We never saw them or met them in our lives, but still we respect them because that respect came from the heavens. So, desiring only the pleasure of Allah SWT is conscientiousness. If one gets the divine help to be heedful of committing sins because of sins, then do not worry about any condition. You received sainthood. Just save yourself from sins. Today our society has greatly constricted the list of sins. Some have remained as sins and the rest have become part of the life. As everyone is doing, we also do. Murder, prostitution, consuming alcohol, theft are few acts that are seen as sins while the rest have become normal. So, you don’t have to worry about any condition if you get the divine help to save from sins defined by Shariah. This is a great grace from Allah SWT. May Allah SWT grant us all His grace, understanding of deen, progress in deen and steadfastness in deen. Aameen -Maulana Abdus Sattar (hafizahullah) Tarbiati Majlis 13/03/2022 https://theheartopener.wordpress.com/2022/04/26/serve-the-mankind-and-please-allah-swt/
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  9. I think it is "judaagaana halaat" which means "different/separate circumstances". "Sifaat e Razeela" means "contemptible qualities".
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  10. Walaikumus Salam One correction: it is actually alam bardaar (flag bearer) "Anyone who is a flag bearer of any evil will be disrespectful."
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  11. The Arabic word for punishment is "ta'zir - support". This is "because the idea underlying punishment is to give real help to the criminal by punishing him." —Ma'ariful Qur'an V8 pg 84 with the reference of Mufradat al-Qur'an by Raghib
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  12. Not just neglect but too much pushing towards deen (especially with harshnesss) also leads children away from the right path
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  15. As-Salaam alaikum, Imam al-Qushayri recounted the following story in his book, 'Epistle On Sufism' , where he said that Ibn al-Maliki related that Abu Hamza al-Khurasani said:-- "One year I went on the pilgrimage (to Makka on Hajj). As I was walking along the road, I fell into a well. My soul prompted me to cry for help. However, I said to myself: 'No, by Allah I will never cry for help! Before I could finish with this thought, 2 men passed by the mouth of the well. One of them said to the other: 'Come on let us cover the mouth of this well lest someone falls into it.' They brought some reed and mats and blocked off the mouth of the well. I wanted to cry out, then said to myself: 'I will cry to the One who is nearer to me than they! So I did not say a word. After a while, something came by, opened the mouth of the well, and lowered its leg into the pit, as if it wanted to tell me in a growl: 'Hold on to me'! When I realized that this [invitation] came from Him, I grabbed hold of it and it pulled me out. And lo! It turned out to be a lion. Then it went away. Suddenly [I heard] a voice, saying: 'Abu Hamza, isn't this better!? I have saved you from one peril with another one.!"
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  16. Bridal and Baby Showers by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh) There are many customs and trends which have their affiliation with the non-Muslim culture and lifestyle. Many Muslims, due to being afflicted with what appears to be a truly insecure and inferior complex, look towards and choose the customs and trends of the non-Muslims over that of the beautiful Sunnah. It seems as if the need is to secure a kind of acceptance in a non-Muslim society and just blend in with them – so that we are not recognized as Muslims. Bridal Showers and Baby Showers have become synonymous with the Muslim lifestyle as it is with the rest of the non-Muslim lifestyle. Many may ask: What’s wrong with giving gifts, congratulating the bride-to-be or the new mother, or having a get together with friends? There is nothing wrong with giving the bride or the new mother, a gift, or congratulating the person. To give a gift and congratulate are from the teachings of Islam – and would draw rewards … but there are conditions to be met in even these noble deeds. What is extremely wrong and objectionable is the background to these good deeds. They are not within the parameters of Shari’ah. The picture of a typical bridal shower and baby shower is not typical with the Sunnah. It is typical of the non-Muslim way of life. By following suit, we fall into the sin of “Tashabbu bil Kuffaar” (emulating the disbelievers). It is aligning oneself with those who have rejected Allah Ta’ala, who live their lives in immorality and disobedience. Nikah is a great Ibaadah. Pregnancy and the birth of a child also have their requisites in Islam. However, the west has commercialized all of these noble occasions, and made them into money-making events. The sacredness of these occasions is forgotten. …Today, Nikahs have taken on a distinct mould of a Hollywood or Bollywood style wedding – where the bride is dressed to look like a Christian bride or a Bollywood actress – with no sign of Islam on her; and the groom is dressed in a suit and tie, looking like a typical Christian groom. Adding insult to injury is the extravagance and open sin at the time of the wedding and Walimah. One’s mind moves in the direction of the millions and millions who are suffering famine and starvation, who have no home, no water, no food, no clothing – but the Muslim ignores all that suffering just for some fleeting attention and praise. All those hundreds of thousands of Rands wasted on draping a hall, on dressing the chairs, on wine glasses, on musicians, photography, on wedding cards that are thrown away, etc. is money, which could have been the means of alleviating the plight of so many suffering people. One brother handed me an elaborate invitation card for his daughter’s wedding. I enquired as to the cost of the wedding card, and was told that each card cost R50. Advising him, I told him that almost all people throw away wedding cards. People generally dispose of them. So he should regard that as people throwing away hundreds of his R50 notes. Would he throw R50 notes into a bin? No. However, the throwing away of those cards is equal to throwing away R50 notes. That same money could have been used in making the Aakhirah. Even those who are known to be religious will waste thousands on halls, on décor, etc. sacrificing the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). Those who were meant to set the noble example of the Sunnah, who we expect are living the Sunnah – knowingly choose to forsake the Sunnah. Simplicity, which is part of Imaan, is a rare sight in these times. Hazrat ‘Ayesha (Radhiyallahu ‘anha) related that Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: ‘Verily, the most blessed Nikah is that which involves the least difficulty (expenditure).’ We have a perfect Sunnah – a perfect way of life in the life of our Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) and in the lives of his companions, men and women. We have what is superior to all other cultures yet we consider everything else. It shows great weakness if we give preference to the culture of the Christians, Jews and Idolators over the noble Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam). We are exchanging diamonds for stones… and what an unprofitable exchange this is! What a great loss! Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) said: “Whoever emulates a nation is from amongst them.” In another Hadith, it is stated: “A person is with whom he loves.” Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) also said that we will be raised on the Day of Judgment with those whom we imitate in this worldly life. (May Allah Ta’ala save us from such disgrace and humiliation.) Emulating the non-Muslim culture is one downfall but there are many more that are found in the Bridal and Baby Showers. The non-Muslims have coined a novel concept of begging – especially amongst the upper-class. It seems as if some, from amongst the wealthy, have developed an art to begging. They even have a name for it. In the name of Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, Registries, people gracefully and politely extend their hands, and they ask and take from others. The bride-to-be chooses her gifts from exclusive stores that offer a “registry” or she unashamedly hands out a list of those items she wants gifted to her. In the process, she places pressure and financial difficulty and sometimes a great burden on others - to purchase those gifts that she has chosen. At the get-together, these gifts and other gifts are presented to the bride-to-be, who opens them and shows them to all present – and each person can assess the kind of money that was spent on the gift given. Let us now consider the various wrongs in this act: A person is forced to purchase gifts that the bride has chosen – which may be beyond her budget in spending. A person who gives something simple or inexpensive will feel ashamed and embarrassed, considering the manner in which gifts are being received and shown to others. The Hadith encourages giving gifts because giving gifts creates Muhabbah (love). If Muhabbah is not created then this proves that either the giver or receiver in insincere. Sometimes, people give with intentions other than expressing their Muhabbah. However, there are many who request or are desirous of receiving and there is a kind of greed from the receiving side. This request or expectation (Ishraaf) reveals insincerity from the one who is receiving. A gift must be given happily and willingly – and should be received graciously and thankfully. This is the Sunnah. However, when we ask of people, as in the case of registries, etc. – people will give, but they give unhappily and unwillingly. And if some gift is given, which is not to our liking, then we receive it without any appreciation and thanks. This is our lamentable condition. Another aspect that has also been brought to attention is the immorality and shamelessness at such gatherings – with indecent talk, shameless dressing by Muslim women, inappropriate games, music, dancing and such filthy entertainment, that we would not want to bring on to our tongues. It is not permissible for a person to attend such gatherings. The Shari'ah instructs us: ‘IT IS NOT PERMISSIBLE TO BE PRESENT IN A GATHERING WHERE ALLAH TA’ALA IS BEING DISOBEYED.’ Moreover, a person's presence is aiding in promoting and glorifying what is not permissible. We are told not to assist each other in sin; rather to assist in what is righteous: "Help each other in righteousness and piety, and do not help each other in sin and aggression." [Surah Al-Maa'idah 5 : 2] A bride-to-be is known for her modesty and shyness – but all of this is lost in adopting the culture of the non-Muslims. Their dressing and their fashion nurtures immodesty. Added to this, these sins are publicized and photographs are taken and uploaded on social media – for all and sundry to view the level of our degeneration. The heart bleeds at this miscarriage of the Sunnah. …Nay, this abortion of the Sunnah. How will we meet our Beloved Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) on the Day of Judgment? How will we show our faces to the one whose entire life was sacrificed so that today we be the reciters of the Kalimah? May Allah Ta’ala have mercy upon us since we stand to lose by adopting this culture. If we continue in this line and direction, we will lose the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala and we will lose the great rewards for enlivening and practising the Sunnah. We also stand to lose the companionship of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayh wasallam) at the fountain of Kauthar on the Day of Judgment and even stand to lose the success of our marriages due to having sacrificed the beautiful, noble Sunnah by means of our emulation of the Hollywood and Bollywood culture. If our allegiance is to Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), then there should be no delay in repentance and mending our ways and coming back to what is pure and beautiful – Islam and the Sunnah. In this, is the success of both worlds. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the understanding, the concern and the Taufeeq of Aml. http://yunuspatel.co.za/articles-bridal-and-baby-showers.php
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  17. As-Salaam alaikum, Says the Noble Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam:-- "Surely Allah has chosen 4 sentences from all speech- (1) Subhanallah (2) Alhamdulillah (3) La-ilaha il-Lallah (4) Allahu Akbar So whoever says 'Subhanallah' 20 good deeds are written for him (her) and 20 bad deeds are omitted from his account. And likewise for 'Allahu Akbar' and La-ilaha il-lallah.' And whoever sincerely says 'Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen' 30 good deeds are written for him and 30 bad deeds are omitted from his account.'' (Reported in Musnad Imam Ahmad).
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  18. When there are heavy winds together with intense darkness, one should recite Surah Falaq and Surah Naas. عن عقبة بن عامر، قال: بينا أنا أسير مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم بين الجحفة، والأبواء، إذ غشيتنا ريح، وظلمة شديدة، فجعل رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يتعوذ بأعوذ برب الفلق، وأعوذ برب الناس، ويقول: يا عقبة، تعوذ بهما فما تعوذ متعوذ بمثلهما (سنن أبي داود، الرقم: 1463) Hazrat Uqbah ibn Aamir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports: “While I was travelling with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) between Juhfah and Abwa, a strong wind and intense darkness enveloped us. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) began to seek refuge with Allah Ta’ala by reciting Surah Falaq and Surah Naas. He then said, ‘Uqbah, seek refuge with Allah Ta’ala through these two Surahs for none can seek refuge with anything like these two Surahs.’” ihyauddeen.co.za
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  19. At The Approach of Rajab and Sha’ban With the sighting of the crescent of Rajab, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would anticipate and begin preparations for the month of Ramadan. This is two months in advance! People "live to see" various accomplishments in their lives, but a Believer "lives for" and yearns to witness sacred days like these. Rajab Du'a Sayyiduna Anas Ibn Malik (radiyallahu'anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would recite the following supplication when the Month of Rajab would commence: اَللّٰهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَناَ فِيْ رَجَبٍ وَشَعْبانَ وَبَلّغْنَا رَمَضَانْ Allahumma barik lana fi Rajabuw wa Sha'bana wa balligh na Ramadan Translation: Oh Allah! Grant us Barakah (Blessing) during (the months of) Rajab and Sha'ban, and allow us to reach Ramadan. Darul Hadith Research Centre
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