Monthly Archives: March 2015

Our hadith of the day; Repentance★

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Anas bin Malik Al-Ansari (MayAllah be p Our hadith of the day; Repentance★ leased with him) the servant of the Messenger of Allah narrated: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Verily, Allah is more delighted with the repentance of His slave than a person who lost his

camel in a desert land and then finds it (unexpectedly)”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Scholars said: it is necessary to repent from every sin. Of the offense involves the Right of Allah, not a human, then there are three condition to be met in order that repentance be accepted by Allah:
1. To desist from committing it.
2. To feel sorry  for commiting it.
3. To decide not to recommit it.
Any repentance failing to meet any of these three conditions, would not be
sound. But if the sin involves a human’s right, it requires a 4th condition I.e to absolve oneself from such right. If it is a property, he should return it to its rightful owner. If it is slandering  or backbiting, one should ask the pardon of the offended.
[Riyadh-us Saaliheen
Book 01, Chapter 02, Hadith 15]

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★The Purpose Of Life

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In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficial, The Most Merciful.

THE PURPOSE OF LIFE

What is the purpose of this life? Why were we created? What is the reason for our existence?

Sadly these are questions that most people shy away from and instead prefer to do what everyone else is doing; ‘make money and maximise pleasure’. As muslims, it is of utmost importance we remind ourselves daily the purpose of our lives in order not to stray off the right path.

As we already know, we didn’t accidentally appear on planet earth; we were created by God, The Almighty. But it is the reason of being created that most people are not aware of. Though Our Creator never left us to find it out ourselves, it has always been there in the manual He gave us for this life.

The Quran says:
And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone) (Q51:56)

“Who (Allah) has created death & life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed”. (Q67:2)

So it is that and nothing else. Our only purpose of been on this earth is to worship God i.e strive with everything we have & through every means to come closer to Him. And by His infinite mercy, He promised to reward us according to how we worship Him, in the next life.

“Allah has promised those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, that for them there is forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise). And (as for) those who disbelieve and reject our communications, these are the companions of the hell-fire”. (Q5:9-10)

One may ask how then should we act accordingly? How do we spend our entire lives worshipping God? “By dedicating our whole life in servitude to Him”. This means we would not do except that which pleases Him, and we are quick to repent if perchance we do the opposite.

In these times, what we see of how muslims spend their lives is indeed very troubling. Many waste their lives in sins, all in the name of maximising pleasure; watching & listening to that which is displeasing to Allah for endless hours, chasing after women and wealth through all sort of bad means, copying the west in every haram thing they do, following every low evil desire their soul whispers to them…to mention but a few.
And God has said:

“Does man think that he will be left suda [neglected without being punished or rewarded for the obligatory duties enjoined by his Lord on Him]?” (Q75:36)

“Or do those who earn evil deeds think that We shall hold them equal with those who believe and do righteous good deeds, in their present life and after their death? Worst is the judgement that they make.”  (Q45:21)

What would they miss if they follow Gods commandment? Do they fear hardships? Then surely they are not conversant with their life manual because God has made it clear that this life will be filled with both good and bad “Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us you will be returned.”(Q31:35) And as believers, our hardships are only ladders that take us closer to God by reminding us of our need for Him. How regretful would they be if they end up being asked this question on the day of no pardoning?

“Did you think We  had created you in play (without any purpose) and that you will not be brought back to Us.?” (Q23:115)

So I ask myself first and the one reading this right now; “what will we lose if we spend a lifetime studying our glorious Quran? Our God sent message that tells us about all that is in this world and beyond. “What will we miss out on if we spend the rest of our lives seeking to come closer to God through every means in our homes & in our work places?” “Aren’t we aware of that which awaits us?” Paradise; the land of everlating pleasure!

Surely, there is an ardent need for reminding ourselves daily our purpose of life, for it is only by doing that, we would not fall prey to this deceiving world. And we ask Allah earnestly to keep us firm on the straight path for the rest of our lives, ameen.

“And this life of the world is only amusement and play! Verily, the home of the Hereafter, that is the life indeed (i.e. the eternal life that will never end), if they but knew”.(Q29:65)

By Umm muh’d
http://www.themuslimh.wordpress.com

TWO AMAZING DUAS DURING HARDSHIPS OR STRESS :)

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Dua 1 :
Umm Salamah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:
I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “When a person suffers from a calamity and utters: ‘Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un. Allahumma ujurni fi musibati, wakhluf li khairan minha (We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return. O Allah! Compensate me in my affliction, recompense my loss and give me something better in exchange for it), then Allah surely compensates him with reward and better substitute.” Umm Salamah (May Allah be pleased with her) said: When Abu Salamah (May Allah be pleased with him) died, I repeated the same supplication as the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) had commanded me (to do). So Allah bestowed upon me a better substitute than him (I was married to Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ)).
[Muslim].
For Arabic and Evidence – http://sunnah.com/riyadussaliheen/7/28

DUA 2:
Ibn ‘Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) said:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to say when he was in distress: “La ilaha illallahul-Azimul-Halim. La ilaha illallahu Rabbul-‘Arshil-‘Azim. La ilaha illallahu Rabbus-samawati, wa Rabbul-ardi, wa Rabbul-‘Arshil- Karim. (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah the Incomparably Great, the Compassionate. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah the Rubb of the Mighty Throne. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah the Rubb of the heavens, the Rubb of the earth, and the Rubb of the Honourable Throne).”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
For Arabic and Evidence – http://sunnah.com/riyadussaliheen/17/38

♥Beautiful words of advice

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Aaidh al-Qarnee’s beautiful words of advice (Author of the famous  ‘Don’t be sad’ & ‘You can be the happiest woman in the world’)                          

1.Your gold is your religion, your adornment is your moral attitude,  and your wealth is your good manners.

2. Soon the flowers will bloom, grief will depart and happiness will prevail.

3. Be optimistic, even if you are in the eye of the storm.

4. Leave the wrong doer to the court of Allah, where there will be no judge but Allah Himself.

5. Futile arguments & trivial discussions take away the sense of peace & tranquility.
  
6. Check your past and your present, for life is a sequence of experiences from which one should emerge victorious.

7.Prepare for the worst, then u will feel that things are getting better.                           
8. Control your thoughts and u will be happy.

9. Your life is a product of your thoughts.

10. Real beauty lies in beautiful behavior, manners and mind.             

11. Avoid slander as you would avoid the plague.

12. Whoever is unable to fast without any good reason, will never to able to master his self or conquer his desires.

Fruits of Knowledge

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Here are some quotes from the famous book Jaami’ul Bayaan al-’ilm wa fadhlihi by the great scholar Ibn ‘AbdilBar

1. Aboo Hurayrah: ”It is more beloved for me to sit a little while, learning my religion, than for me to pray the entire night up until dawn” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1. page 60]

2. al-Hasan al-Basree: ”The scholar is better than the one who is Zaahid (very religious) and worships a lot” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1. page 61]

3.‘Umar bin al-Khattaab: ”That one thousand worshippers who fast during the day and pray during the night, all die, is easier to bare than the death of one single scholar who understands the halaal from the haraam.” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1. page 65]

4. Sufyaan ath-Thawree: ”There is no deed better than seeking knowledge – if the intentions are pure” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1. page 63]

5. al-Azdi: ”I asked Ibn ‘Abbaas about Jihaad whereupon he replied ‘Do you wish to know something better than Jihaad? Build a Masjid and teach the people their obligations in Islaam and the Sunnah’ “‘ [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 76]

6. ‘Umar bin ‘AbdilAzeez: ”He who acts without knowledge, causes more harm than benefit” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 66]

7. ‘Abdullaah bin al-Mubaarak: ”Allaah gave Prophet Suleymaan a choice between either knowledge or power, and he chose knowledge above power. And because he did that Allaah granted him power as well.” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 114]

8. al-Hasan al-Basree: ”The entire world is a place of darkness except the gatherings of the scholars!” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 114]

9. Luqmaan al-Hakeem: ”O my dear son, seek knowledge whilst you are still young, seeking knowledge at an old age is difficult” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 174]

10. Sufyaan ath-Thawree: ”Knowledge will bring honour to you in this world and the hereafter” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 118]

11. az-Zuhree: ”Knowledge is a treasure, the key to that treasure is asking questions” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 176]

12. Sa’eed bin al-Mussayib: ”I would travel days and nights in search of one single hadeeth” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 188]

13. Imaam Maalik: ”Knowledge is not gained until one tastes poverty (ie seeking knowledge is not easy)” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 194]

14. Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee: ”I was born an orphan (without a father) and my mother was poor so she did not have money to buy paper for me, so I would look for bones of dead animals to write on” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 157]

15. ‘Abdullaah bin Mas’ood: ”No one is born a scholar, knowledge comes with studies” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 200]

16. az-Zuhree: ”Whoever wishes to gain ALL knowledge at once and become a scholar over night, that knowledge will leave him quickly, rather take things one step at a time” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 206]

17. az-Zuhree: ”Knowledge is lost through forgetfulness and no revision” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 213]

18. Aboo Dardaa’: ”The one thing I fear the most about being questioned on the day of Judgment is that it will be said ‘You had the knowledge, but what did you do with it?’ ” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 5]

19. Aboo Dardaa’: ”Why do I see you hungry for food but fed up with knowledge?” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 1 page 305]

20. Qaasim bin Muhammad; ”That my tongue is cut off is more beloved to me that for me to speak without knowledge” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 114]

21. Aboo Bakr as-Sideeq: ”Which sky will shield me and which earth will bare me, if I was to say about the Book of Allaah, that which I had no knowledge of?” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 111]

22. ‘Umar bin al-Khattaab: ”Learn the Sunnah and learn the Arabic language” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 322]

23. Ibn ‘Abbaas: ”He who answers ALL questions is insane! [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 315]

24. Ibn ‘AbdilBar: ”None of the people of innovation interpreted the Qur’aan based upon the Sunnah, this is why they went astray and led others astray too” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 369]

25. al-Hasan al-Basree: ”Few actions according to the Sunnah will always be better than many actions based upon innovation” [Jaami’ul Bayaan al-‘ilm wa fadhlihi volume 2 page 372

Salaf weekend- Imam Ibn Jawzee

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♥Salaf weekend featuring the wise and noble imam ibn jawzi (rahimahullah)

Imam Ibn jawzi (rahimahullah) who is often confused with ibn al-Qayyim, is yet another scholar who has popular works on the heart and soul. Outside of books on purification, ibn al-Jawzi wrote extensively on tafsir (exegesis), fiqh (jurisprudence), and hadith (prophetic narrations). He was born in 1114CE in Baghdad. After his father passed away, he was under the care of his mother and aunt. They brought him to the masjid to learn from the scholars at the tender age of six. He became a jurist in Baghdad and wrote his first book at the age of thirteen. He was a prolific writer, having written a total of 700 books.

~If  you find a darkness in your heart after you sinned, know then that in your heart there is light, because of this light you felt the darkness.

~Always call for knowledge, because knowledge is the light one is guided with… I have however seen that the women are in greater need to wake up from this nightmare than the men! They are so far away from knowledge and they let themselves be driven by desires.

~Whoever wants to have everlasting peace and well-being with no affliction does not understand the meaning of Allah’s commandments, nor does he perceive the meaning of submission to Allah. Every soul (either believing or disbelieving) shall inevitably taste suffering in this world, for this life is based on hardships.
Man lives between comfort and suffering.

~Be aware of every hour and how it passes and only spend it in the best possible way; do not neglect yourself, but keep accustomed to the noblest and best of actions, and send to your grave that which will please you when you arrive to it.

~Where are you O’ fasting one, who prays by night? Come forth to goodness and you shall triumph with everlasting happiness! Trade with your Lord and you shall profit, work with Him and you shall be successful, apologize and He shall accept your apology, seek His forgiveness and He shall forgive your sins, draw close to Him and He shall alleviate your suffering, ask Him from His Bounties and He shall expand your provisions, repent to Him and He shall increase your portion (in life).” Know, my son, that days consist of hours and hours are made of the breaths you take. Every breath is a treasure chest, so beware of letting a breath pass by with no benefit. You do not want to find an empty treasure chest on the Day of Judgement and regret.

~When your companion becomes angry and says something that is unwarranted, you should not take it too hard. His situation is that of a drunken person who is not aware of what is taking place. Instead, be patient, even if it means only for a little while. If you reciprocate his words with harsh words of your own, you become like the sane person who seeks revenge on a madman, or the conscious person who seeks retribution from an unconscious one. Look at him with a merciful eye and pity him for his actions.

~I found myself in trouble, and so I made du’a consistently, all the while requesting relief and comfort. The response to my du’a seemed to be delayed, and so my soul became disturbed and worried. However, I rebuked it saying, “Woe unto you; look attentively at yourself, are you the one possessed or are you The Possessor? Are you the one that is controlled or are you The Controller? Are you not aware that this world is the abode of tests for you?

~The planning of The Almighty is better for you than your own planning, and He could deprive you from what you ask to test your patience. So let Him see from you a determined patience and you will soon see from Him what will give you joy. And when you have cleaned the paths of answering (supplication) from the stains of sin and have been patient about what He has chosen for you, then everything that happens to you is better for you whether you were given or deprived of what you have requested.

~Know, my son, that days consist of hours and hours are made of the breaths you take. Every breath is a treasure chest, so beware of letting a breath pass by with no benefit. You do not want to find an empty treasure chest on the Day of Judgement and regret.

~Know that if people are impressed with you, in reality they are impressed with the beauty of Allah’s covering of your sins.

~O you who are turned away, O you who are deprived of meeting your loved ones, if you want to know how you stand before the king, then look at how you are spending your time and what work you are assigned to do. How many people stand at the door of the king, but no one enters except the one whom he cares for. Not every heart is fit to draw close, not every heart can be filled with love, not every wind is like the morning breeze.

~Whoever does not read the stories of the Salaf and the path that they tread, he can never tread that path. It is befitting for a person to know and understand that the nature of an individual (character) is a thief. If a person leaves his nature with the people of his time, his nature will steal from theirs and he will become similar to them. But if he reads into the lives of the Salaf his nature will join theirs and he will learn from their character…. Whoever does not read the stories of the Salaf and the path that they tread, he can never tread that path. It is befitting for a person to know and understand that the nature of an individual (character) is a thief.

~Whenever a new matter is firmly based on a principle in Sharee`ah, it is acceptable. However, any innovation which attempts to complete some aspect of the religion, is wrong because it implies deficiency in the religion. And, if the innovation is one which is contradictory to the Sharee`ah, it is even worse.

~The intellectual one is he who pictures that hour and acts according to what it requires.  And if he is not able to do that, then he visualises it as much as he is able to, for it will prevent desire’s hand, and will arouse seriousness/earnestness [in him].

~Ibn al-Jawzi, said, “And it has been reported that Ibn Abbaas said, ‘Allaah the Mighty and Majestic never mentioned desires in any place in His Book except that He disparaged it.

~I have reflected over an interesting situation: that a calamity may befall a believer and so he supplicates, going to great lengths in doing so, but he sees no
sign of an answer.  So when despair comes close, at that time his heart is looked at, thus if it is acceptant of the [many] decrees of fate, not having despaired of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic’s Bounty, then in most cases at that time the response is hastened, for it is there that eemaan is qualified, and the devil vanquished, and it is there that a man’s worth is shown.

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A Prescribed Injection

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Each difficulty in life, each pain and each tear we shed is a form of MERCY. I like to look at it as an injection prescribed by our creator to be cured of the diseases of our hearts. It is through the hardships that we gain strength, patience and new insights. The trials and tribulations chip away at our flaws and shortcomings leaving us purified and ever more aware. This awareness leads us to be more grateful, more cautious and more wise. Embrace the difficulties with the anticipation of becoming a better person! -Haleh Banani