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  1. As-Salaam alaikum, In his book titled 'Al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya..The Meccan Openings', Sheikh Muhyi al-Din Muhammad ibn Ali al-Arabi (A.H 560-638/ A.D 1165-1240) tells of an anecdote in order to cite a hadith that is gharib or unattested by other lines of transmission, but conveys an indisputable spiritual teaching. In this case, the Sheikh makes the point that the believing Jinn were better than people at listening to the Qur'an when the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, recited it:-- "I have recounted a gharib hadith from one of the community of the Jinn. It was narrated to me
  2. As-Salaam alaikum, A Saint states: "Once I was making a circuit of the Holy Ka'aba when I happened to see a girl who carrying a very small child on her shoulder. She was exclaiming: 'O Munificent Lord! Munificent Lord! the past! ( that is how gracious was the Lord to her in the blessed past). I asked her 'What was it that passed between you and the Almighty Allah'. She said: "Once I was traveling on a boat in the company of a group of merchants. A windstorm blew with such intensity that the boat sank and everybody was annihilated. I and this child were stranded on a board; whi
  3. As-Salaam alaikum, The Noble Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, asked Malakul Maut, "Do you not have an envoy (messenger) whom you may send before you present yourself [to a person], so that the people may be forewarned?" So the angel of death said: "By Allah, I have many such envoys, such as causes, sickness, old-age and deficiency in hearing and seeing. Now when people do not pay attention to all of this, then my envoys will not go on coming. Now, I come personally and after me no envoy will come". Related to this, the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said: "IF a person
  4. As-Salaam alaikum, After the Holy Qur'an, Hadith-Nabiy, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, is the second most important source of Law and Guidance in Islam. The universally acclaimed and accepted sources of Hadith are:-- 1. Sahih of Muhammad Ibn Isma'il al-Bukhari (d.870) 2. Sahih of Muslim Ibn al-Hajj (d.875) 3. Abu Dawud al-Sijjistani (d.889) 4. Abu Isa al-Tirmidhi (d.892) 5. Ahmad Ibn Shu'ayb al-Nisa'i (d.915) Even after these, Hadith compilation continued for over a century; for example, Abu Bakr al-Bayhaqi (d.1066), Imam al-Nawawi (Gardens of the Righteous) and
  5. As-Salaam alaikum, The Noble Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said: "Death is a blessing, sin is catastrophe, dependency (poverty) is tranquility, richness is a torment, intelligence is an Allah given gift, ignorance is misleading, tyranny is regrettable, obedience is coolness to the eyes, weeping in the pleasure of Allah is salvation, whilst laughing is (cause for) destruction, and one who (sincerely) repents from his sins is like one who has no sins." Source: "Expanding the Chest in Analysing the Condition of the Deceased and the Graves", by Imam Jalaaluddin
  6. As-Salaam alaikum, Anas Ibn Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, saying:-- "O People! Don't you see those who are taken by surprise and are disturbed while most secure, those who lived in error and followed their lust, until the messenger of their Lord came to them. So they could not accomplish (in their life) what they hoped for, nor could they return to what they lost. Rather they came to what they committed and they regretted what they left behind. However, regret did not h
  7. As-Salaam alaikum, The other day, I found a wonderful piece of soothing entry in a book titled: 'The Drowned Book'--Ecstatic and Earthly Reflections of Bah'uddin, father of the celebrated, Poet, Jalaluddin Rumi. That is where he said/wrote:-- "This is how Allah talked to the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam), saying, "We have given you victory" (48:1) "We have sent down to you a Book" (4:105) "Have We not expanded your heart" (94:1) They spoke like friends. Has anyone else had such an experience? And since the Divine Mystery
  8. As-Salaam alaikum, Allahu Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala says in the Holy Qur'an:-- "Say (O Muhammad): If you love Allah, then follow me. Allah will love you and forgive you your sins." (3:31) "Whatever the Messenger gives you [then] take it and whatsoever he prohibits you from [then] refrain from it." (59:7) As observed by Imam al-Dhahabi in his Siyar A'lam al-Nubala (Beirut: Mu'assasah al-Risala, 1998) in order not to be "empty, hollow, a mere shell without substance, we must each have a serious regime of spiritual practices where prayer, fasting, Zikr and other religiou
  9. As-Salaam alaikum, A contemporary of Sayyadi Hassan Basri, Shaykh Maalik Ibn Dinaar, may Allah be Merciful to them both, once rented a room next to the home of a Jew. His room was adjacent to the entrance of the Jew's home. The Jew spitefully always deposited garbage and filth in Maalik's entrance. Even his musalla would at times be soiled. This continued for a long period, but Maalik Ibn Naadir never complained. One day the Jew came and said: "Does the garbage I deposit in front of your room not distress you?" Maalik: "It does distress me, but I wash and clean the place."
  10. As-Salaam alaikum, Find below some highly inspiring quotes from some fine minds of the Ummah:--- "Allah Ta'ala also has Paradise and Hell on earth. Paradise is safety and Hell is unsafety. Paradise is to assign all affairs to Allah. Hell is to assign all affairs to the Nafs-e-Ammaarah".- Sayyadi Abu Muhammad Ja'far Saadiq "Safety is in solitude. True solitude is that there is no room in the heart for thinking of others [besides Allah]. Solitude in which the mind is occupied with the thoughts of ot
  11. As-Salaam alaikum, If a man is not looking after himself and becomes ill and then says: What can I do, it is Allah's will- he is wrong. You can protect yourself. If one is taking care of the body and then becoming ill anyway, then Allah is sending the illness. A man who leaves his cows on the mountain to be eaten by wolves can't say afterwards:- 'It was Allah's will that my cows die' He must protect them and put them into pens', then if they die it is Allah's will. You have something to do with your willpower. It is not a general will, but it is enough for you, like the headlights of
  12. As-Salaam alaikum, Ayat 47 of Surat Anbiya of the Holy Qur'an reads:-- "We shall set up just scales on the Day of Resurrection..." (21:47) We should note that it is not flour or bread that will be weighed in these scales, but our words uttered with the tongue, what we touch, what we do with our hands and where we go using our feet... our stomach(s).. our genitals. Did we guard them? We must guard our bodily parts/limbs, so that we are not hindered from maintaining fidelity to Allah Almighty. And we can only apply proper discipline to our canal soul and the body by dilige
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    Ameen....

    As-Salaam alaikum, We traditionally say ameen or amin, when the last ayat/verse of Surat al-Fatiha is recited [Nor the path of those who go astray] during the canonical prayer, or as part of other prayers or invocations when one person make a Du'a (supplication) on behalf of and in the presence of others, it is likewise customary for the congregation to say ameen. As noted by Imam Sahl Ibn Abdullah al-Tustari, may Allah be Merciful to him, in his Tafsir al-Tustari, Muhammad Ibn Sawwar related from Ibn Uyayna from 'Amr Ibn Dinar on the authority of Jabir Ibn Abdullah, may Allah be pl
  14. As-Salaam alaikum, Thank you for the rather elaborate explanatory notes/post above on the Ahlul-Bayt... Members of the Household of the Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, may Allah be pleased with them all. Sidi Muhiyidden Ibn Arabi, may Allah be Merciful to him, in his Futuhat Makkiyyah, observed tha "the Prophet's house has 2 doorways: the lower house (baytihi al-adna)- his biological family and his higher house (baytihi al-a'la)- Muhammad's spiritual family". In this regards, Ibn Arabi differentiates between the terms al and ahl: while ahl- points to the
  15. As-Salaam alaikum, The Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "The thing which has obscenity will be spoilt by it and the thing which has modesty will be beautified by it." (Tirmidhi) This hadith informs us of the secret of appearing truly beautiful. We especially need to be reminded of this hadith in current times, when modesty is attacked as lack of confidence and vulgarity is praised as boldness. Subhanallah!! truly, values are inverted as the Day of Judgement approaches.
  16. As-Salaam alaikum, In ayat 41 of Surat Ahzab of the Holy Qur'an, Allah Ta'ala says:-- "O you who believe! Celebrate the Praises of Allah, and do this often." (33:41) ..do this often.. what is meant by abundant Zikr? At all times a person is either lying down, sitting or on his feet. Abundant zikr refers to remembering Allah Ta'ala at all times in these states. A little zikr does us no good.. no benefit. "Little do they hold Allah in remembrance" (4:142)....as a result, "(They are) distracted in mind even in the midst of it, being (sincerely) for neithe
  17. As-Salaam alaikum, Welcome to the Muslim Believers drug store. It is very well stocked with what you need! Pill No. 1-- Say: "La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad-r-Rasulullah" [ I testify that there is no God besides Allah; He is alone, He has no partner, and I (further) testify that Muhammad is indeed His Messenger]. Directions:-- Say it with belief and conviction. Effect:-- It will open for you the door of Power and Mercy. ...................... Pill No. 2-- Say: "La Haula Wala Quwata illa Billah" [There is no strength nor power save
  18. As-Salaam alaikum, In this matter of Remembering Allah always and/or Tazkiyyatu-Nafs, Dhikr (Zikr) is another name for Purification. As the Zakkat (wealth tax in Islam) purifies the wealth, similarly Zikr purifies man's self. As soap cleanses the piece of cloth, so does Zikr cleans the heart. As fire eats away the fuel, so the Zikr takes away the sins of a man who invokes Allah Ta'ala. As the rain makes the withered grass green and olive so does the zikr to man. What light does to darkness, so does zikr to man... it lightens darkness. So, let us be among the Zakirunallah Katiraan. D
  19. As-Salaam alaikum, In his book titled 'Ameer-ul-Kaunain (The Master of Worlds)', Sayyadi Sultan Bahoo, reminded us that Imaan (faith) lies between fear and hope. How do we mean? The Sheikh explains that "fear means that one should keep his attention towards the Doomsday, rather, view it before him with open eyes, and should separate himself from lustful wishes of the nafs. You will understand this if you recall ayat 40/41 of Sura Nazi'aat of the Holy Qur'an:-- "He who prevented his nafs from lustful wishes. Then indeed, Heaven will be (his) abode." (79:40-41) So, it
  20. As-Salaam alaikum, In ayat 112 of Surat Baqra of the Holy Qur'an, we read it that:-- "Whoever surrenders his whole attention to Allah while doing good, his reward is with his Lord. And for them there will be no fear nor will they grieve". (2:112) Islam means surrender. Sufism or Tasawwuf is the way to surrender knowingly, willingly and lovingly in every action. Surrender is an an on-going practice. Just as there is no end to Allah's infinite grandeur, there can be no limit to our willingness to yield to our Maker.
  21. As-Salaam alaikum, The Noble Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Whoever visits me without any intended purpose other than my visit, it is incumbent upon me to be his intercessor on the Day of Rising." (Tabarani No. 13149, Ibn Muqri in his Mu'jam Pg. 80 No. 158). And he, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, was also reported as saying:-- "Whoever [makes pilgrimage then] visits me after my death, it is as if he visited me during my [earthly] life." (Bayhaqi in his Sunan No. 10409).
  22. As-Salaam alaikum, In a Hadith-Qudsi (sacred report), we have it where Allah Ta'ala says:- "Allah created Adam in His image (Khalaqa Allahu Adam Ala suratiHi)", narrated from Abu Hurayrah by both Bukhari & Muslim. The word image (sura) here refers to man's attributes, such as hearing, seeing, knowledge and so on. Hence, Adam was created possessing attributes by which Allah has also attributed to Himself with the difference being that those of Adam are contingent and relative, while the attributes of Allah are eternal and absolute. As we are aware, man in his creatio
  23. As-Salaam alaikum, "O you who believe! Remember Allah! Continue to mention Him without limit, before sunrise and before sunset. He is the One Who encourages, appreciates and supports you all, and replaces darkness and tyranny with Divine Light." (33:41/43)- Surat Ahzab. So, we have to remember our Lord/Creator as much as we can.. Praise Him before and after work (before sunrise & sunset). Today, who remembers Allah when leaving or entering their house? Some do but not many, that is why it is said that everything is perishable except Zikrullah, which goes with you to Paradise.
  24. As-Salaam alaikum, Anas reported that the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, prayed: "O Allah, keep me poor in this life and let me die poor." When A'isha, may Allah be pleased with her, asked the reason for this prayer, the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said: -- "The poor will take 40 year march over others in getting into Paradise. O A'isha, Let no destitute go disappointed from your door; give him something even if it be a date, love the poor and let him come near to you, for then Allah will let you come near to Himself."
  25. As-Salaam alaikum, Abu Fayd Thawban Ibn Ibrahim Dhu'l Nun al-Misri, may Allah be Merciful to him, was asked about love. He responded:-- "It is to love that which Allah loves, to hate that which Allah hates, to perform all good, to reject anything that busies you from Allah, and not to fear any blame for the sake of Allah, while being gentle with believers, stern with disbelievers, and to follow the Messenger of Allah in matters of religion." ( Abu Nu'aym in Hilyatul-Awliya, 9/394)
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