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    Happy Iftar..

    As-Salaam alaikum, Says the Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam:-- "Anyone who fasts for one day for Allah's sake, Allah will keep his face away from the Hellfire for ( a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years." (Bukhari and Muslim).
  2. As-Salaam alaikum, Thanks for the above post... quite a reminder to us all. Indeed, keeping the heart such that it is always Remembering Allah Ta'ala should be every Muslim's concern and/or priority. To make Zikr in our heart, to read Holy Qur'an and Holy Hadith, to remember Allah's Name, to visit the sick or homeless is all Zikrullah; any good amal is Zikrullah....
  3. As-Salaam alaikum, About the Noble Companions (Sahaaba) of the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, may Allah be pleased with them all, Allah Ta'ala says in the Holy Qur'an:-- "You are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah..." (3:110) "The vanguard (of Islam)- the first of those who forsook (their homes) and of those who gave them aid, and (also) those who follow them in (all) good deeds, - well pleased is Allah with them, as are they with Him: For them has He prepared Gardens under which rivers flow; to dwell therein for ever: That is the supreme Felicity." (9:100) In many other places in the Qur'an, Allah Ta'ala praises and shows His Pleasure for the companions of the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam. Their behavior and actions were witnessed by the Prophet and approved by him..... meaning that their behavior was also approved by Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala as it is an acceptable principle that the Prophet is not allowed to approve of something which is essentially wrong. So, we must emulate the Sahaaba in our behavior and actions, particularly minding:-- (1) That any action we take is correct in accordance with the Shari'a (2) To remember and think about death often, as this helps in detaching ourselves to worldly pleasures. (3) Learning to forgive others who may have offended us in mu'amalat (4) We should have high respect for all Muslims and desire good for them, noting that every Muslim is inviolable to another Muslim- his blood, wealth and honour. (5) Performance of the late night prayers (Tahajjud), as the Prophet, alaihi salaat wassalaam, said:-- "Stick to the late-night prayer for it was the custom of the pious people before you, it is also a means of getting closer to your Lord; it wipes away your evil deeds, and keeps one from committing sins." (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Al-Hakim and others) al-Jami as-Saghir, vol. 2 Hadith No. 4079.
  4. As-Salaam alaikum, In more ways than one, we can find peace only in the love of Allah Ta'ala and this is reflected in Sallah... Yes, the 5 daily Sallah Muslims offer daily being one of the pillars upon which Islam is built. Nowadays some focus on offering Sallah like some physical exercise to get reward in Paradise; they are unaware of its spiritual reality. Sallah is in fact, the presence of heart and soul before Allah... When a person gets annihilated in Allah completely, only then would his/her Sallah become Me'iraj. Allah Ta'ala created us of His Ishq and for His Ishq... we are sent to this planet earth to prove our love to Him, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala. If any of our acts are without the love of Allah, then it is useless because He does not need such prayers. Afterall, He has lots of angels for this purpose. Actually, when a Momin bows before Allah, it means he has given up everything... he is like a slave before Him and considers Allah the One and Only Entity (the Best) and himself as the worst. In his 'Risala al-Ghausia', Sheikh Abdulqadir al-Jilani, may Allah be pleased with him, says: I said: 'Oh Lord, which Sallah is closet to you?' It was replied: ''The Sallah in which there is no one except Me, even the person offering the Sallah is esoterically absent from it''.
  5. As-Salaam alaikum, Says Allah Ta'ala in ayat 28 of Surat Ra'ad of the Holy Qur'an:-- "Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest/satisfaction." (13:28) And in Hadith, we have learnt it that the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:- "There is a piece of flesh in the body, if it becomes good (reformed), the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoiled, the whole body gets spoiled and that is the heart." Sheikh Abu Abdullah at-Tirmidhi Hakeem, may Allah be Merciful to him, said:-- "The Zikr [Remembrance ] of Allah moistens the heart and cultivates tenderness in it. When the heart is bereft of Zikrullah, the heat of the nafs overtakes it; the fire of lust reaches it; and it becomes barren and hard." Indeed, the life of the heart (qalb) is related to Allah's Remembrance. Man has only to implant Allah's Name firmly in his heart, what follows is amazing. So, be engaged in Zikr always... or most of the time. With that, you find out that even though our hands cannot feel Allah Ta'ala, the mind cannot grasp Him but the heart would vividly recognize Him... Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala. With regular, constant Zikr, the heart can discern Allah, Jallah-Jalalahu, hear Him, entreat, Obey and act according to His Will.
  6. As-Salaam alaikum, I join Sayyada Bint -e A'isha in her Du'a at the end of her topic above, and also say ameen. May Allah Ta'ala Grant us His Gift of Light (Noor) in our heart and our Sirr...so that we will constantly be vividly recognizing Him, entreat Him, Obey and act in accordance to His Will.... Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala... ameen. Many Regards.
  7. As-Salaam alaikum, In ayat 13 of Surat Saba' of the Holy Qur'an (34:13), Allah Ta'ala says:-- ".....Only a few of My Worshipers are thankful". Allah Ta'ala said, ''very few of My Servants are thankful''. Qaleel...means very few, compared to millions or billions it means nothing. We should be among those few who are thankful, then Allah will not put us down but will raise us up. But we need faith (Imaan), as without it neither patience nor thankfulness comes. Faith brings everything. Many Regards.
  8. As-Salaam alaikum, Indeed our Lord, Allahu Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, is Generous. Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:--- "On every joint of man, there is charity everyday when the sun rises: doing justice between 2 persons is charity, and assisting a man to ride an animal or to load his luggage on it is charity; and a good word is charity; every step one takes towards (masjid for) Sallat is charity, and removing harmful things from the street is charity." [Bukhari and Muslim].
  9. As-Salaam alaikum, I wish to remind us, brothers and sisters in Islam, that the conditions to be Righteous and be among the pious servants of Allah Ta'ala are:-- (a) Have the correct beliefs as prescribed in the Holy Qur'an and Sunnah. (b) Learn the obligatory Fiqh (Jurisprudence)- the dos and don't (s). (c) Make sincere repentance/Taubah and (d) Strive in doing good until death. May our Lord, Allah Ta'ala, Help us in/on this at all times... ameen.
  10. As-Salaam alaikum, The Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "The life of this world compared to the Hereafter is as if one of you were to put his finger in the ocean and take it out again; then compare the water that remains on his finger to the water that remains in the ocean." [Sahih Muslim]. Do we need to say more, other than resolve to work hard for life in the Hereafter....while hoping for Allah's Guidance and Assistance all the way...... Best Regards.
  11. As-Salaam alaikum, In Islam, virtuous deeds... good deeds always carry blessings or baraka that benefit the one who performs such deeds. In his book titled: 'The Sharhus Sudoor (Analysing Condition of the Deceased and Graves)', Imam Jalaluddeen Suyuti, may Allah be Merciful to him, informed us that Abu Bukra, may Allah be pleased with him, says:- "When the time of a person's death nears, Malak ul Maut is commanded to smell his head and after smelling his head, he says, 'I am receiving the fragrance of the Qur'an from his head.' It is then said, 'Smell his heart. He says, 'His heart contains the fragrance of fasting.' It is then said to him, 'Smell his feet.' He says, 'The fragrance of qiyaam (standing in Ibadaat) is evident in his feet.' It is then said, 'he has protected his soul (himself), and so Allah has protected him.' Dawud Ibn Hind, may Allah be pleased with him, reported a narration wherein he mentioned, 'I was afflicted by plague and due to this I became unconscious. When I regained consciousness, 2 Angels appeared to me. One said to the other, 'What do you sense?' He said, 'Tasbeeh, Takbeer, Walking towards Masjid and some recitation of the Qur'an.'
  12. As-Salaam alaikum, Sayyadi Sa'ad Ibn Abi Waqqas, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:--- "Should I tell you what 'Ism e Azam is? The Ism e Azam is the Du'a of Yunus, alaihi-s-Salaam: LA ILAHA ILLA ANTA, SUBHANAKA, INNI KUNTU MINAZZALIMEEN (There is none worthy of worship except You, Undoubtedly, I have been of the wrongdoers: 21:87) If one recites this Du'a 40 times in his illness, then he shall receive the Thawaab of a Shaheed (martyr). If he regains his health then he shall be cleansed from his sins." Source: "The Sharhus Sudoor (Analysing Condition of the Deceased and the Graves)", by Imam Jalaludden Suyuti.
  13. As-Salaam alaikum, Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported:-- "When a deceased starts to experience the intensity (of death), do not force him to read the Kalima, but give him Talqeen (ie read the Kalima and let him hear you and this will remind him/her of it), because no munafiq (hypocrite) has died on this Kalima." Source: "The Sharhus Sudoor", by Imam Jalaludden Suyuti.
  14. As-Salaam alaikum, The most essential names of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, are: Abd Allah, Servant of Allah, Ahmadun, the best of glorifiers, and Muhammadun, the best of the glorified. Ahmadun is considered as the esoteric aspect of Muhammadun. Sayyadi Hassan al-Basri, may Allah be Merciful to him, relates that a group of individuals claimed to love Allah and so Allah tested their love by revealing the verses:-- "Say, if you love Allah, then follow me and Allah will love you and forgive you your sins." (3:31) Sayyadi Junaid al-Baghdadi, may Allah be Merciful to him, said: "No one has reached Allah except through Allah. And the path to reaching Allah is following the Chosen One, al-Mustafa, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam." Reaching Allah (al-wusul ila' Allah) means attaining a state in which Allah is pleased with one. It is based on this perspective that the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "All of my community will enter Paradise except those who refuse." It was asked, "O Messenger of Allah, who refuses?" He said, "Whoever obeys me will enter Heaven. Whoever disobeys me has refused." [Bukhari, vol. 6].
  15. As-Salaam alaykum, The Noble Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said: "The son of Adam never fills a vessel worse than his stomach. The son of Adam only needs a few bites that would sustain him; but if he insists, one third should be reserved for his food, another third for his drink and the last third for his breathing." Ailments attack and harm our bodies and alter its normal functions due to excess amount of substances we consume.... traceable to overeating or consuming more than what the body needs. When we habitually fill our stomachs with all types of food, some of which may not easily be digestable, we end up with various types of illnesses. On the other-hand, when one eats moderately, the body will get maximum benefit from such moderate diet, as opposed to when one overeats. So, mind the quality and level of that food and drink you eat/consume. Many Regards.
  16. As-Salaam alaikum, It is my pleasure to share with you a copy of the attached 'Du'a for Khayrat... Du'a for all Kinds of Good Fortunes' courtesy of Sheikh Salih Ja'afar, may Allah be Merciful to him. It is recommended to all those who seek good fortunes, Spiritual and Material... a very auspicious Du'a indeed. Use it and see wonders. Many Regards. dua-for-khayrat1.pdf
  17. Be Contented As-Salaam alaikum, The Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Know that even if the whole community were to gather together to benefit [you] with something, they would not benefit you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded for you; and that if they gather together to harm you with something, they would not be able to harm you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded against you." [at-Tirmidhi].
  18. Answered Du'a... As-Salaam alaykum, The Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Three (3) types of Du'a are undoubtedly granted: a parent's Du'a for his children; Du'a for a fasting person, and Du'a of the traveller". [Abu Dawud]
  19. Of Zikr, Gratitude and Patience. As-Salaam alaikum, Hammad Ibn Salama reported that on the authority of Talqa Ibn Habib, Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him said:-- "The Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said: 4 matters are such that whoever is given them is given the good of this world and the Hereafter: a grateful heart, a tongue busy with remembrance of Allah [Zikr], a body patient with trial, and faith in that which Allah has guaranteed." [ Abu Na'im, in his book.. Hilyat al-Awliya].
  20. Laugh but a little.. As-Salaam alaikum, Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, told me: "O Abu Hurairah, be scrupulous and you will be the most devoted of people; be content and you will be the most grateful of people; Love for people what you love for yourself and you will be a believer; be a good companion to those in your company and you will be a Muslim; and decrease laughter, for truly, a lot of laughter kills the heart." [ibn Majah].
  21. "Sometimes in order to help He makes us cry. Happy is the eye that sheds tears for His sake. Fortunate the heart that burns for His sake, Laughter always follows tears Blessed are those who understand. Life blossoms wherever water flows, Where tears are shed, Divine Mercy is shown." Maulana Jalaludden Rumi.
  22. As-Salaam alaikum, In Ayat 46 of Surat Kahfi of the Holy Qur'an, Allah Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala says:--- "Wealth and children are the embellishment of worldly life, and the good things that last (al-baqiyat-as-salihat ) are greater with your Lord and greater in expectation." About this Noble Ayat, the Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, told us what the baqiyat-salihat (the good things that last) are in a certain Hadith where one of his companions, Abu Sa'id al-Khudri, may Allah be pleased with him, reported from the Messenger of Allah, alaihis-Salaat Was-Salaam, that he said:-- "Make plenty of 'the good things that last (al-baqiyat salihat)'. It was said: And what are O Messenger of Allah?" He said: "TAKBIR (Saying: ALLAHU AKBAR), TAHLIL (Saying: LA-ILAHA ILLALLAH), TAHMID (Saying: ALHAMDU-LILLAH) and Saying: LA-HAWLA WALA QUWATA ILLA BILLAH." [bukhari, Muslim].
  23. The Sign Of Imaan As-Salaam alaikum, A man asked the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, "O Messenger of Allah! What is Imaan?" He replied:-- "When your good deeds please you and your evil deeds grieve you, then you are a believer." The man [further] asked, "O Messenger of Allah, then what is sin?" The Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, replied: "When something causes a doubt in your heart, leave it out." Musnad Ahmad, No. 22166
  24. As-Salaam alaikum, The Noble Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, was the first of the lights emanating from the Immense Ocean of Divine Being. From this we come to know that he is the primal created light out of which flowed the springs of all created manifestations. It is reported by Jabir Ibn Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with him, that he, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said: "The first thing that Allah created was my light.." (Bukhari and Muslim). From that light all other lights came to be, and by it the various levels and degrees of existence became established. The word 'light' is an expression for that meaning which illuminates all things it comes into contact with, material or non-material thing. Says Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, in the Qur'an: "From Allah has come to you a Light and a Book manifest." (5:15) Qari 'Iyad, may Allah be Merciful to him, said: "The Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, was named a Light because of the clarity of his case and the fact that his Prophecy was made manifest, and also because of the illumination of the hearts of the believers and the knowers of Allah with what he brought." ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALAA SAYYADUNA MUHAMMAD, ANNABIYY-'UMMUYYU, WA ALAA AHLIHI, WA SAHBIHI, WASALLIM.
  25. As-Salaam alaikum, In his book titled 'Epistle On Sufism', Imam al-Qushayri, may Allah be Merciful to him, related this wonderful story... that a Magian (follower of Zoroastrian religion) sought the hospitality of Prophet Ibrahim, alaihis-Salaat Was-Salaam, and Nabiy Ibrahim told him: "I will be your host, only if you embrace Islam." To which the Magian replied: "If I were to embrace Islam, there would be no benefit for you in [hosting] me"....since it will be a duty for a believer to host a fellow believer, anyway! When the Magian went away, Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, revealed to Ibrahim, alaihis-Salaam: "Ya Ibrahim, you will not feed him unless he changes his religion, whereas We have fed him for 70 years despite his unbelief! If you were to be his host for just one night, what would it be to you?" Sayyiduna Ibrahim, peace be upon him, rushed after the Magian and invited him to stay with him. The Magian asked him what caused him to change his mind. Ibrahim told him what happened to him. The Magian said: "So that is how He treats me"! He then said: "Present [your] Islam to me", and he became a Muslim.
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