Al-Azeez- The All Mighty

{99 Names Series}Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh. I sincerely hope that we are all in the best state of iman and taqwa.

Al-Azeez- The All Mighty

Al-‘Azeez Himself says: And know that Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise [Quran, 2:260] And . . . Allah is All-Mighty, All-Able of Retribution [Quran, 3:4] . . . And verily, your Lord! He is truly the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful. [Quran, 26:68]

Linguistically, al-‘izz originally means strength (quwwah), severity (shiddah), 

Azeez points to three concepts: ya’izzu, which means nobility, ya’uzzu, which means to prevail and be dominant, and ya’azzu, which means being mighty and powerful. Al-‘Azeez is the Noble One, no one is like Him, He is ghaalib and has overcome everything in that He has subdued it [Ibn Katheer] and He is the Invincible who cannot be reached and overcome. [Al-Qurtubi

He is the One who overcomes everything. Al-‘Azeez is the incomparable source of all strength and might, and His power cannot be overcome or resisted. He gives honour, dignity, and strength to whomever He wills!

our honor does not lie in money, power, or looks; rather your honor is only in Islam. How many seek honor from other things or people? Al-‘Azeez said: Those who take disbelievers for protectors (or helpers or friends) instead of believers, do they seek honor, power and glory with them? Verily, then to Allah belongs all honour, power and glory. [Quran, 4: 139] Seek your honor in this life and the next from Al-‘Azeez only, by obeying Him and following His Messenger.

Having faith in Al-‘Azeez gives you courage because you know Your Lord is unbeatable. Whatever He wills happens, even if the people will otherwise, and whatever He wills not to happen won’t, even if the people will it. So only work to seek His pleasure and be confident He will help you. He has power over all things, so accept whatever happens to you and show sabr (perseverance) and shukr (gratefulness) for whatever befalls on you. When you feel weak or overpowered, turn to Al-‘Azeez for strength.

May Allah increase our iman and taqwa, to always have faith in His Might. Ameen!

Freeing ten slaves, 100 hasanaat, 100 bad deeds erased and protection from the shaytaan.

*Learn a Du’aa*Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu
I hope you are all in best state of health and imaan. 

Today, we would be learning a great du’a, that has enormous benefits. This du’a is probably known by most of us but we undermine its importance and probably only do it only once in a while, missing out on a great deal of reward and protection we will derive from it. The du’a I am referring to is

*La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharikalahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa ala kulli shay’in qadiiir*. 

The reference of this du’a is a hadith narrated by Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, 

“Whoever says ‘Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadeer (There is no god but Allaah Alone, with no partner or associate; His is the Dominion and His is the Praise, and He is Able to do all things), one hundred times in a day, it will be equivalent (in reward) to freeing ten slaves, and a hundred hasanaat (good deeds) will be recorded for him, and one hundred sayi’aat (bad deeds) will be erased from his record; it will be a protection for him from the Shaytaan all that day until evening comes, and nobody can do any better than that except one who does more than that.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 3050).
*freeing ten slaves, 100 hasanaat, 100 bad deeds erased and protection from the shaytaan* I have no doubt we all want these, I pray Allah gives us the ability to be consistent with our adhkar ameen.

Islamic Ruling Regarding False Eyelashes 

*Q*💬 *Is it permissible for a woman to use false eyelashes?.*

*A*💬 Praise be to Allaah.

*It is haraam* for a woman to wear false eyelashes because they come under the heading of hair extensions, for which the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed those who do that.

Al-Bukhaari and Muslim (2122) narrated that Asma’ bint Abi Bakr said: A woman came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: *“O Messenger of Allaah, I have a daughter who is newly married, and she had the measles and her hair fell out. Can I give her hair extensions?”* He said: *“Allaah has cursed the one who fixes hair extensions and the one who has that done.”*

Al-Bukhaari (5205) and Muslim (2123) narrated from ‘Aa’ishah that a girl from among the Ansaar got married and she became sick and her hair fell out. They wanted to give her hair extensions, so they asked the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about that, and he cursed the one who fixes hair extensions and the one who has that done.

Al-Nawawi said:

*The one who fixes hair extensions is the one who joins the other hair to the woman’s hair. The one who has that done is the woman who asks someone else to do that for her.* These ahaadeeth clearly state that it is haraam to fix hair extensions, and the one who fixes hair extensions and the one who has that done are both cursed in general terms. This is the more correct meaning.

End quote.

False eyelashes come under the same heading, because the real eyelashes are extended with the false ones.

Moreover some doctors have mentioned that false eyelashes lead to chronic allergies in the skin and eyes, and to infection in the eyelids, and may cause the eyelashes to fall out. So using them is harmful, and the Lawgiver forbids that as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: *“There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.”*

See Zeenat al-Mar’ah bayna al-Tibb wa’l-Shar’ . P. 33.

The Muslim woman should note that paying too much attention to such matters may be a kind of over-indulgence in leisure and luxury, and a waste of time and money which she could have used for something more beneficial to the Muslims, especially nowadays when people have no drive to do good and women have been distracted from their basic role which is to raise the next generation, and instead they are paying too much attention to these matters.

And Allaah knows best.

Islam Q&A

Umm Waraqah Bint Abdullah Bint Harith 

Umm Waraqah bint Abdullah bint Harith Ansariah(R.A)

She was among the Ansari women that burst into a song of praise of Allah and a welcome to His Messenger(S.A.W) upon his arrival to Madina. 

Men, women, girls and boys, the young and the old were waiting for the arrival of their beloved prophet(S.A.W) who was migrating from his city to theirs at their invitation and the command of Allah(SWT). 

She was a learned, scholarly, pious and modest lady, who was well known among the women companions as one who spent her nights and days in prayer and meditation. 

She used to recite the noble Qur’an beautifully; it was 2nd nature for  her to spend a lot of time meditating on the meaning of it’s verses.

The prophet(S.A.W) valued her highly and  told her to lead the family in congressional prayers. She was appointed by the prophet(S.A.W) to be an Imam and lead the prayer for ladies. 

Besides her thirst for knowledge of the Qur’an, Shari’ah and Ahadith, she had a burning desire to die a matyr in the cause of Islam. 

When it was announced that the army should prepare to leave for the battle of Badr, she went to the prophet(S.A.W) and volunteered her services to tend to the wounded in the battlefield. She told him that it was her earnest desire to die in the cause of Islam.

The prophet(S.A.W) could see her enthusiasm but told her to stay at home and she would attain martyrdom there. She went back happily because it was her duty to yield to the command of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W).

The prophet(S.A.W) would sometimes take along some of his companions and visit the house of Umm Waraqah(R.A). He would tell them to accompany him to the house of the lady who was a living martyr.

 He would ask about her wellfare, rest for a while and then offer supplications to Allah(SWT) for her well being and then return.

Allah(SWT) revealed to his beloved Messenger  that Umm Waraqah(R.A) would die the death of a martyr in her own home. 

Nobody could understand how this would take place with her sitting in her house, but they were sure it would definitely happen, as this news had been given to them by their truthful Prophet(S.A.W).

Umm Waraqah(R.A) herself was waiting every moment to see how this auspicious event, which would be the fulfillment of her greatest dream, take place. 

She waited patiently for it would give her eternal life and a place in paradise. The prophet(S.A.W) passed. Abu Bakr Siddique(R.A) succeeded and he also passed away; Umar Farooq(R.A) became the Caliph.

Umm Waraqah(R.A) had two slaves working for her, a girl and a man. She told them that  after her death they shall be free. One day they got together and decided that they were tired of waiting for this old lady to die. 

They planned that  they would kill her While she lay asleep and escape to freedom. They were so tempted by the thought of freedom that they forgot to consider their future as well as life in the Hereafter.

In the dead of night as Umm Waraqah(R.A) lay in a deep sleep, they killed her, covered her body with a sheet and crept away from the house silently. 

As day broke and the sun came up, the neighbors missed the sound of the beautiful recitation of the Qur’an by Umm Waraqah which used to fill the air early in the dawn. 

When they entered the house they were shocked to see her lying in the sleep of Death. Then they saw that both the slaves were missing. They realized that they must be the criminals. 

Umar bin Khattab(R.A) ordered that people should be sent out to find them. When they were brought before the Caliph in the court, the admitted their guilt and were put to death.

Thus the prophet(S.A.W) was proved right , that Umm Waraqah(R.A) would die a martyr’s death in her own home, and attain paradise.

“Verily, the pious will be in the midst of Gardens and Rivers. In a seat of truth, near the Omnipotent King(Allah, the One, the All-Blessed, the Most High, the Owner of Majesty and Honour).” (54:54-55)

The Advice Of All Times

Advice from Abu Bakr, the 1st khalifa of Islam (on his death bed), to Umar, the 2nd khalifa of Islam, may Allah be pleased with both of them:

♢ Fear Allah, O ‘Umar, and know that Allah has deeds to be done for Him in the day which He will not accept if done at night, and He has deeds to be done for Him at night which He will not accept if done during the day.

He will not accept extra (nâfilah) deeds unless you fulfill the obligatory deeds. 

♢ The scales of those whose scales will be weighty on the Day of Resurrection will only be weighty because they followed the truth in this life and it was weighty to them.

And scales in which the truth will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be heavy.

And the scales of those whose scales will be light on the Day of Resurrection will only be light because they followed falsehood in this life and it was a light matter to them.

And scales in which falsehood will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be light.

♢ Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Paradise and mentioned them in the context of their best deeds, and overlooked their evil deeds, so when I remember them I say to myself: I fear that I will not be included with them.

And Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Hell and mentioned them in the context of their worst deeds and rejected their best deeds, so when I remember them I say: I hope I won’t be amongst them. 

Allah’s worshippers should always be in a state of hope and fear, they shouldn’t wish flimsy wishes about Allah and neither should they despair of Allah’s mercy.

♢ If you keep to this advice of mine, no one who is not with you now should be more beloved to you than death – and it is sure to come to you. 

But if you disregard this advice, no one who is not with you now should be more hated to you than death – and you cannot escape it.- Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq on his deathbed to ‘Umar bin khattab (May Allah be pleased with them)

Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud

When he was still a youth, not yet past the age of puberty, he used to roam the mountain trails of Makkah far away from people, tending the flocks of a Quraysh chieftain, Uqbah ibn Muayt. 

People called him “Ibn Umm Abd” The son of the mother of a slave. His real name was Abdullah and his father’s name was Mas’ud. 

The youth had heard the news of the Prophet who had appeared among his people but he did not attach any importance to it both because of his age and because he was usually far away from Makkan society. It was his custom to leave with the flock of Uqbah early in the morning and not return until nightfall. 

One day while tending the flocks, Abdullah saw two men, middle-aged and of dignified bearing, coming towards him from a distance. They were obviously very tired. They were also so thirsty that their lips and throat were quite dry. They came up to him, greeted him and said, “Young man, milk one of these sheep for us that we may quench our thirst and recover our strength.” 

“I cannot,” replied the young man. “The sheep are not mine. I am only responsible for looking after them.” The two men did not argue with him. In fact, although they were so thirsty, they were extremely pleased at the honest reply. The pleasure showed on their faces . . . 

The two men in fact were the blessed Prophet(S.A.W) himself and his companion, Abu Bakr Siddiq. They had gone out on that day to the mountains of Makkah to escape the violent persecution of the Quraysh. The young man in turn was impressed with the Prophet(S.A.W) and his companion and soon became quite attached to them. 

It was not long before Abdullah ibn Mas’ud became a Muslim and offered to be in the service of the Prophet. The Prophet agreed and from that day the fortunate Abdullah ibn Mas’ud gave up tending sheep in exchange for looking after the needs of the blessed Prophet(S.A.W).

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud remained closely attached to the Prophet. He would attend to his needs both inside and outside the house. He would accompany him on journeys and expeditions. He would wake him when he slept. He would shield him when he washed. He would carry his staff and his siwak (toothbrush) and attend to his other personal needs. 

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud received a unique training in the household of the Prophet. He was under the guidance of the Prophet, he adopted his manner and followed his every trait until it was said of him, “He was the closest to the Prophet in character.” 

Abdullah was taught in the “school” of the Prophet. He was the best reciter of the Qur’an among the companions and he understood it better than them all. He was therefore the most knowledgeable on the Shariah. Nothing can illustrate this better than the story of the man who came to Umar ibn al-Khattab as he was standing on the plain of Arafat and said: 

“I have come, O Amir al-Mu’mineen, from Kufah where I left a man filling copies of the Qur’an from memory.” Umar became very angry and paced up and down beside his camel, fuming. “Who is he?” he asked.

“Abdullah ibn Masiud,” replied the man.

Umar’s anger subsided and he regained his composure. 

“Woe to you,” he said to the man. “By God, I don’t know of any person left who is more qualified in this matter than he is. Let me tell you about this.” Umar continued: 
“One night the Messenger of God(S.A.W), was having a conversation with Abu Bakr about the situation of Muslims. I was with them. When the Prophet left, we left with him also and as we passed through the mosque, there was a man standing in Prayer whom we did not recognise. 
The Prophet stood and listened to him, then turned to us and said, ‘Whoever wants to read the Qur’an as fresh as when it was revealed, then let him read according to the recitation of Ibn Umm Abd.’ 

After the Prayer, as Abdullah sat making supplications, the Prophet, peace be on him, said, “Ask and it will be given to you. Ask and it will be given to you.” 
Umar continued: “I said to myself I shall go to Abdullah ibn Mas’ud straight away and tell him the good news of the Prophet’s(S.A.W) ensuring acceptance of his supplications. I went and did so but found that Abu Bakr had gone before me and conveyed the good news to him. By God, I have never yet beaten Abu Bakr in the doing of any good.” 
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud attained such a knowledge of the Qur’an that he would say, “By Him besides Whom there is no god, no verse of the book of God has been revealed without my knowing where it was revealed and the circumstances of its revelation. By God, if I know there was anyone who knew more of the Book of Allah, I will do whatever is in my power to be with him.” 
Abdullah was not exaggerating in what he said about himself. Once Umar ibn al-Khattab met a caravan on one of his Journeys as caliph. It was pitch dark and the caravan could not be seen properly. Umar ordered someone to hail the caravan. It happened that Abdullah ibn Mas’ud was in it. 

“From where do you come?” asked Umar. 

“From a deep valley,” came the reply. (The expresion used fadj amiq deep valley is a Qur’anic one). 

“And where are you going?” asked Umar. 

To the ancient house,” came the reply. (The expression used al-bayt al-atiq the ancient house is a Qur’anic one.) 

There is a learned person (alim) among them,” said Umar and he commanded someone to ask the person:

“Which part of the Qur’an is the greatest?” –

” ‘God. There is no god except Him, the Living, the Selfsubsisting. Neither slumber overtakes Him nor sleep,’ ” replied the person answering, quoting the Ayat al-Kursi (the verse of the Throne). 

“Which part of the Qur’an is the most clear on justice?”

” ‘God commands what is just and fair, the feeding of relatives . . .’ ” came the answer. 

“What is the most comprehensive statement of the Qur’an?” ” ‘Whoever does an atom’s weight of good shall see it, and whoever does an atom’s weight of evil shall see it.’ ” 

“Which part of the Qur’an gives rise to the greatest hope?” -” ‘Say, O my servants who have wasted their resources, do not despair of the mercy of God. Indeed, God forgives all sins. He is the Forgiving, the Compassionate.’ ” 
Thereupon Umar asked: “Is Abdullah ibn Masiud among you?” “Yes, by God,” the men in the caravan replied. 
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud was not only a reciter of the Qur’an, a learned man or a fervent worshipper. He was in addition a strong and courageous fighter, one who became deadly serious when the occasion demanded it. 
The companions of the Prophet were together one day in Makkah. They were still few in number, weak and oppressed. They said, “The Quraysh have not yet heard the Qur’an being recited openly and loudly. Who is the man who could recite it for them?” 

“I shall recite it for them,” volunteered Abdullah ibn Mas’ud. “We are afraid for you,” they said. “We only want someone who has a clan who would protect him 

“Let me,” Abdullah ibn Mas’ud insisted, “Allah shall protect me and keep me away from their evil.”

 He then went out to the mosque until he reached Maqam Ibrahim (a few metres from the Ka’bah). It was dawn and the Quraysh were sitting around the Ka’bah. Abdullah stopped at the Maqam and began to recite: 
” ‘Bismillahir Rahmani-r Rahim. ArRahman. Allama-l | Qur’an. Khalaqa-l insan. Allamahu-l bayan 

He went on reciting. The Quraysh looked at him intently and some of them asked: “What is Ibn Umm Abd saying?”

“Damn him! He is reciting some of what Muhammad brought!” they realized. 
They went up to him and began beating his face as he continued reciting. When he went back to his companions, the blood was flowing from his face. “This is what we feared for you,” they said. 

“By God,” replied Abdullah, “the enemies of God are not more comfortable than I at this moment. If you wish. I shall go out tomorrow and do the same.” “You have done enough,” they said. “You have made them hear what they dislike.” 
Abdullah ibn Masiud lived to the time of Khalifah Uthman(R.A). When he was sick and on his death-bed, Uthman came to visit him and said: 

“What is your ailment?”

“My sins.”

“And what do you desire?”

“The mercy of my Lord.”

“Shall I not give you your stipend which you have refused to take for years now?” “I have no need of it.” 

“Let it be for your daughters after you.” 
“Do you fear poverty for my children? I have commanded them to read Surah Al-Waqi’ah every night for I have heard the Prophet saying, ‘Whoever reads Al-Waqi’ah every night shall not be effected by poverty ever.'” 

That night, Abdullah passed away to the company of his Lord, his thoughts moist with the remembrance of God and with the recitation of the verses of His Book

Sudan Hospital Visit (1)

On the 18th of March 2017, Deensisters sisters visited al Ghanza health center which is located in darsalam, Omdurman.

Al Ghanza is a small health center providing mainly outpatient services and inpatient services if the need arises.

We prepared 20 packages targeting 20 patients.
The doctor working there was informed of our arrival prior to the date.

The health center is small with one doctor’s office, a lab, 2 rooms for admission, and a store room.

The doctor informed the patients of the area he knew to come. Most of them who are seriously ill and need admission never stay. They prefer staying at home. He informed them all to come on the visit day. The patients started to arrive at We waited till they reached almost our target number before we addressed them. They included old women and men, and middle aged women and men.

We started by introducing ourselves and what we represent. The doctor translated as we spoke. We told them of the mercy that lies in sickness if one is patient. And advised them to be patient. We advised them to try and adhere to their medications and also seek medical help when the need arises. We told them of the importance of salat, of it been obligatory even if one is sick. We told them though, of the way Allah made it easier if you were sick. The different ways to offer salat according to the circumstance.
After the talk we shared the packages amongst them. 4 was remaining. We told the doctor to give them to any needy sick person that came while we left. 

We did not however find any critical case which needed support. But we left a member’s phone number with the doctor in case anything comes up.

Overall the visit was ok. It wasn’t how we  expected it to be. We found out it wasn’t a hospital but a health center when we arrived. But alhamdulilah the intention mattered I guess. And next time will do  better in sha Allah since this is our first time.

Thank you for all those who donated and contributed, May Allah accept from us all, ameen.

Deensisters…Together For The Pleasure Of Allah.