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Advice from Abu Bakr(R.A) to Umar(R.A)

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Advice from Abu Bakr(R.A) to Umar(R.A)

☆Advice from Abu Bakr, the 1st khalifa of Islam, 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)

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Al-Kabir

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Al-Kabir

*{99 Names of Allah Series}*

Al-Kabir – The Great

Kabeer comes from the root kaaf-baa-raa, which points to three main meanings. The first is to be great in rank and nobility and the second to be great in size. The third main meaning is to be great in age and the fourth to be great in learning and knowledge. The fifth main meaning is to have rights above all others.

Linguistically, kibriyyah refers to the concept of greatness. One who is kabeer is someone great in rank or skill. Allah is Al-Kabeer—The All-Great and The Most Great; for each of His attributes He is the greatest.

Al-Kabeer Himself says: So the judgment is with Allah, the Most High, the Grand [Quran, 40:12], . . . because Allah is the Most High, the Grand [Quran, 22:62], and . . . Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand [Quran, 4:34].

Allah ‘azza wa jall instructs you: And magnify Your Lord [Quran, 74:3]. Words to magnify Al-Kabeer, like the tahleel (laa ilaaha illAllah) tahmeed (Alhamdulillah), tasbeeh (subhanAllah) and takbeer (Allahu akbar), have great meanings; ponder their true meanings, increase in saying them and be careful not to misuse them.

What is really akbar in your life? The Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam taught you to say Allahu akbar at the start and during your whole salah. Whenever you say, or hear, Allahu Akbar in prayer or the adhaan (call to Prayer), know what it really means. Know that Al-Kabeer is far greater than anything that you could ever imagine or think of. When you raise your hands to start your prayer, imagine you’re throwing the whole world behind you and all is about Allahu akbar.

Glorify Him alone and be humble in life in order to be great in the sight of Al-Kabeer. If Allah Al-Kabeer blessed you with being kabeer in this world in knowledge, job position, or any other skill, make others benefit and truly become kabeer to Him in the Hereafter.

May Al-Kabeer make our religion greater. Forgive us, as we forget His greatness. Make us people that understand His might and greatness. Ameen!

*HADITH 2*

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*HADITH 2*

*The hadith of Angel Jibril*

One day while we were sitting with the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), there came before us a man with extremely white clothing and extremely black hair. There were no signs of travel on him and none of us knew him. He [came and] sat next to the Prophet (peace be upon him). He supported his knees up against the knees of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and put his hands on his thighs. He said, “O Muhammad, tell me about Islam.” The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Islam is to testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, to establish the prayers, to pay the zakat, to fast [the month of] Ramadhaan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you have the means to do so.” He said, “You have spoken truthfully [or correctly].” We were amazed that he asks the question and then he says that he had spoken truthfully. He said, “Tell me about Imaan (faith).” He [the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)] responded, “It is to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, the Last Day and to believe in the divine decree, [both] the good and the evil thereof.” He said, “You have spoken truthfully.” He said, “Tell me about al-Ihsaan (goodness).” He [the Prophet] answered, “It is that you worship Allah as if you see Him. And even though you do not see Him, [you know] He sees you.” He said, “Tell me about [the time of] the Hour.” He [the Prophet (peace be upon him)] answered, “The one being asked does not know more than the one asking.” He said, “Tell me about its signs.” He answered, “The slave-girl shall give birth to her master, and you will see the barefooted, scantily-clothed, destitute shepherds competing in constructing lofty buildings.” Then he went away. I stayed for a long time. Then he [the Prophet (peace be upon him)] said, “O Umar, do you know who the questioner was?” I said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said, “It was [the Angel] Gabriel who came to teach you your religion.” Recorded by Muslim.

*Brief commentary*

The pillars or foundation upon which Islam, the submission to Allah, rests are five:

the declaration of the testimony of faith, the establishment of the prayers, the paying of Zakat, the fasting of Ramadhaan and the pilgrimage.

The articles of faith in which all Muslims must believe are six:

belief in Allah, the angels, the messengers, the books, the Day of Resurrection and Divine Decree.

As for ihsaan, Al-Nawawi’s following statement provides an excellent summary of the Messenger of Allah’s (peace be upon him) answer to the meaning of ihsaan:

“This is one of the comprehensive expressions that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was given. This is because if anyone of us could stand in worship while he is seeing Allah, then he would not leave anything that would be in his ability of submission, humility, fear, beautiful features, and combine them all both outwardly and inwardly. One would take care to complete the act in the best possible way…. Hence, the purpose of these words is to encourage purity in worship and recognition by the person that his Lord is watching him, so that he will be as complete as possible when it comes to submission, humility and fear.”

The religion or deen is comprised of the three different levels of islaam, imaan and ihsaan. The one who continues only at the level of Islam until he dies will be saved from being forever in the Hell-fire, although he may enter it due to his sins. On the other end, the one who continues in ihsaan

until he dies will go directly to Paradise and will have the pleasure of seeing Allah in the Hereafter.

The knowledge of when the Hour will be established is known only to Allah. The noblest of mankind and the noblest of the angels demonstrated that they have no knowledge of when it will occur. Some Shiites and Sufis make outlandish claims that their Imams and saints have knowledge of the Unseen — some even say that the saints look at the Preserved Tablet. In fact, some even claim that their Imams or saints have all the knowledge, just like Allah. These beliefs go against the Quran and sunnah and if a person insists on them even after being shown their falsehood, the insistence on this belief takes him out of the fold of Islam.

Allah has blessed mankind with the knowledge of some of the signs of the Hour. These signs that occur around the person should act as reminders of the coming Hour and Judgment. This should also remind him that Allah sees and knows all things, including what the person himself is doing at any moment.

May Allah increase us in iman and taqwa.

Wishing for death due to Harm

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Wishing for death due to Harm

🌸 *Fatwa* 🌸

*The Ruling Concerning Wishing for Death due to Harm that Has Come.*

*Question:*

I have faced so many difficulties in my life that it has made me hate this life. Every time I turned to Allah, I pleaded for Him to take my life away from me at the earliest. This is my wish until now as I do not see any solutions to my problems except death; it is the only thing that can save me from this punishment. Is this behaviour forbidden for me?

*Answer:*

When a person wishes for death because of something that has afflicted him, he is doing something that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi-wasallam) said,

*”None of you should hope for death because of some harm that has come to him. If he has wish such, he should say, ‘O Allah, give me life if You know that life is better for me. And give me death if You that death is better is better for me.’”* [1]

Therefore, It is not allowed for anyone to wish for death because of some harm, hardship or difficulty that has come to him. Infact, he should be patient and expect a reward from Allah for what he is passing through. He should also wait for relief to come, as the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi-wasallam) has said,

*“Know that victory comes with patience, relief with distress, and ease with hardship.”* [2]

The one who is afflicted with any affliction should know that those afflictions expiate some of his sins that he has committed. No believer is afflicted with any kind of worry, grief or pain except that Allah expiates sins from him due to that, even the pricking of a thorn. When the person is patient and expects rewards from Allah, he reaches the stage of being patient. This stage is a very elevated stage. Allah has stated about its inhabitants,

*”And give glad tidings to the patient. Who, when afflicted with calamity, say, ‘Truly, to Allah we belong and, truly, to Him we shall return.’”* (Surah al-baqarah 155 -156)

The women in the question feels that there is no solution for her problems except death. I believe this is a mistaken view. *Death does not solve any problems. Infact, the situation of adversity may get even worse.* How many humans die while being afflicted with pain and problems but they had been wronging themselves and did not give up their sins and repent to Allah. Then his death is just a quicker coming of his punishment. If he remained alive, perhaps Allah would have guided him to repentance, seeking forgiveness, patience, facing the problems and expecting the relief. This all would have been good for him.

Therefore, you the questioner must be patient and expect relief from Allah. Allah says in His Book,

*”So verily with hardship there is relief. Verily with the hardship there is relief.”* (Surah al- Sharh 5-6)

The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi-wasallam) stated in an authentic narration,

*”Know that victory comes with patience, relief with distress, and ease with hardship.”* [3]

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[1] Recorded by al-Bukhari, and Muslim.

[2] According to al- Albani, it is an authentic hadith. See al- Albani Sahih al- Jami al- Sagheer, Vol. 2, p. 1151

[3] According to al- Albani, it is an authentic hadith. See al- Albani Sahih al- Jami al- Sagheer, Vol. 2, p. 1151

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`UthaymeenIslamic Fatawa Regarding Women – Darussalam Pg.48-50

Story of the believer and the disbeliever

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Story of the believer and the disbeliever

وَاضْرِبْ لَهُمْ مَثَلًا رَجُلَيْنِ جَعَلْنَا لِأَحَدِهِمَا جَنَّتَيْنِ مِنْ أَعْنَابٍ وَحَفَفْنَاهُمَا بِنَخْلٍ وَجَعَلْنَا بَيْنَهُمَا زَرْعًا

And present to them an example of two men: We granted to one of them two gardens of grapevines, and We bordered them with palm trees and placed between them [fields of] crops.

-Sura Al-Kahf, Ayah 32

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Allah gives a parable of two men, one of whom Allah gave two gardens of grapes, surrounded with palm trees and cultivated with crops throughout. All of the trees and plants were abundantly fruitful, providing readily accessible, good quality produce.

One day, the owner of the two gardens was boasting and showing off to his friend. “I am greater than you in wealth and have a mightier entourage.” He said. “And he went into his garden having been unjust to himself.”

He said: “I do not think this will ever perish.” Thus he was allowing himself to be deceived because of the plants, fruits and trees that he saw, and the rivers flowing through the different parts of his gardens. He thought that it could never come to an end or cease or be destroyed. This was because of his lack of understanding and the weakness of his faith in Allah, and because he was enamored with this world and its adornments, and because he disbelieved in the Hereafter.

The rich man’s believing companion replied to him, warning and rebuking him for his disbelief in Allah and allowing himself to be deceived. And said to him “When you entered your garden and looked at it and liked it, why would’nt you praise Allah for the blessings He gave you and the wealth and children that He has given to you and not to others Why did you not say `That which Allah wills! There is no power but with Allah!”’

One of the Salaf said, “Whoever is delighted with something in his circumstances or his wealth or his children, let him say, “Ma Sha Allah la quwwata illa billah (`That which Allah wills! There is no power but with Allah!’)”

What this disbeliever was afraid of and what the believer had terrified him actually had happened. A storm struck his garden, a garden which he had erroneously thought would last forever, distracting him from thoughts of Allah, and he lost everything.

And he could only say: “Would that I had ascribed no partners to my Lord!”

The Story of the Believer and the Disbeliever, as given in Surah Al-Kahf (18:32-44), is the story about the mistake people repeatedly make of taking for granted Allah’s Generosity and the wealth He (SWT) bestows upon them. Such was the case of the disbeliever who, proud of his good fortune, ignored the believer’s reminders to thank Allah. The disbeliever only regretted his mistake when Allah’s Decree took effect, depriving the ungrateful man of all he had. But by then it was too late.

Taqwa: Our Greatest Possession

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Taqwa: Our Greatest Possession

Alhamdulillah we were amongst the opportuned people to witness the blessed month of ramadan. A month wherein we got to engage in extra ibadaats, getting an increase in taqwa and eeman and hopefully got closer to Allah. Now it is left for us to find ways to nourish this taqwa.

Taqwa which is God consciousness is the greatest thing we can possess. The Qur’an says the one with the greater taqwa of Allah is the most honourable in the sight of Allah (Q49:13).

Taqwa of Allah is that consciousness that drives us to do what Allah (subhanahu wata aala) prefers at all times and to desist from that which He (subhanahu wata aala) dislikes.

Alhamdulillah, in ramadan it is usually easier for us to maintain a consistent level of taqwa but outside the month, it becomes harder. But taqwa being our greatest possession, we ought to try our utmost to sustain it.

Of the best means we can increase taqwa sisters is by sincerely seeking knowledge of the deen for the sake of practicing what you learn. Because the more we knowledge of Allah we have, the more we would be conscious of Him.

I admonish myself first and i encourage each one of us to admonish herself to obey Allah. By obeying Him, we have everything to gain in terms of this world and the hereafter. We all know that which we might be doing wrong, we all know where we disobey Allah. Be it in our hijabs, our tongues, our character e.t.c

Let us try to do the right thing and Allah Ash shakur would appreciate and even increase us in guidance. We should also encourage one another where we see one of us falling short as that is what sisterhood is all about. Let us make ourselves accustomed to obeying Allah against following our desires and our taqwa of Him will in shaa Allah increase by the day.

Another very effective method is that of reciting the Qur’an with contemplation. Our Lord the Most Merciful atimes praises the actions of some people, relates to us stories filled with wisdom, while other times tells us about Himself through his beautiful names and attributes in the Qur’an. And thus by reading the Qur’an with contemplation i.e internilizing the meaning of the verses, we inevitably get to know our Lord better, get to know what He expects from us, what we should and what we shouldn’t.

Let us try to make reading the Qur’an with contemplation a part of our daily lives sisters, even if it is just for 10 minutes, as to do so is better than even an hour long recitation without knowing it’s meaning.

O Allah, fill our hearts with taqwa of You, and cause it to be a light that would lead us to jannah, ameen thumma ameen.

Homecoming

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Homecoming

The Entry

If you’ve ever had a long day, like a really long day,

like a really really long day,

when your bones are hurting and you feel exhausted and the sweetest

sight in the world to you is that of your home, your bed.

You may begin to empathize just a little bit with that of a person who

has been standing for 50,000 years.

Or maybe not.

Maybe you can’t empathize with someone who has just had the longest

day since their souls merged with flesh.

A day in which they saw the stars fall, and the mountains crumble,

and the earth split and the people stumble

as if they were drunken but they were not drunken, its just the

punishment of their lord was severe.

A day in which the oceans were a blaze and a trumpet blown,

and they walked over a fire fueled by men and stones

and their prayer was rabbi sallim sallim.

Some began the day with light and some people’s light was then

extinguished,

and all the while they were hoping for the day to finish,

And finally when a siraat is crossed, and a qantarah is traversed,

They stand at the gates,

and the sweetest sight in the world is their home,

ﻭَﺳِﻴﻖَ ﺍﻟَّﺬِﻳﻦَ ﺍﺗَّﻘَﻮْﺍ ﺭَﺑَّﻬُﻢْ ﺇِﻟَﻰ ﺍﻟْﺠَﻨَّﺔِ ﺯُﻣَﺮًﺍ ۖ ﺣَﺘَّﻰٰ ﺇِﺫَﺍ ﺟَﺎﺀُﻭﻫَﺎ ﻭَﻓُﺘِﺤَﺖْ ﺃَﺑْﻮَﺍﺑُﻬَﺎ ﻭَﻗَﺎﻝَ ﻟَﻬُﻢْ ﺧَﺰَﻧَﺘُﻬَﺎ

ﺳَﻠَﺎﻡٌ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻜُﻢْ ﻃِﺒْﺘُﻢْ ﻓَﺎﺩْﺧُﻠُﻮﻫَﺎ ﺧَﺎﻟِﺪِﻳﻦَ

But those who feared their Lord will be driven to Paradise in groups

until, when they reach it while its gates have been opened and its

keepers say, “Peace be upon you; you have become pure; so enter it to

abide eternally therein,” [they will enter]. (Al-Zumar v. 73)

Allahummainni as-aluka Al-Jannah wa ajirni minan-naar.

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