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IMAGINE

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IMAGINE

🍁 Poetic Saturday 🍁

IMAGINE

Imagine yourself after you pass away…

Imagine your grave through night and through day…

Wishing that you did not do as they say….

Wishing that you had got up and had prayed.

Imagine, my friends, the day that you died…

Imagine all of the tears that they cried….

Remember how it felt when your body was tied….

Remember how it felt in the grave which you lied….

Imagine the day you’ll be called to account…

Imagine the sum to which your life will amount…

Think for a moment of the deeds which you mount….

Think for a moment how much they will count….

What will they say of you when you are dead?

What will they say, what will be said?

Will they speak of all the poor who you fed?

Will they remember all the Qu’ran that you read?

Think not of them, but of Allah, Lord of mankind and jinn….

Think of Allah when tempted to sin….

Think of the paradise which you will dwell in….

Don’t wait till later to think what might have been….

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This week’s Dua

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This week’s Dua

Assalaam alaikum Wa rahmatullah Wa barakatuh.

ﺍﻟﻠَّﻬُﻢَّ ﺇِﻧِّﻲ ﺃَﻋُﻮﺫُ ﺑِﻚَ ﻣِﻦَ ﺍﻟْﻜَﺴَﻞِ ﻭَﺍﻟْﻬَﺮَﻡِ، ﻭَﺍﻟْﻤَﺄْﺛَﻢِ ﻭَﺍﻟْﻤَﻐْﺮَﻡِ،

ﻭَﻣِﻦْ ﻓِﺘْﻨَﺔِ ﺍﻟْﻘَﺒْﺮِ ﻭَﻋَﺬَﺍﺏِﺍﻟْﻘَﺒْﺮِ، ﻭَﻣِﻦْ ﻓِﺘْﻨَﺔِ ﺍﻟﻨَّﺎﺭِ ﻭَﻋَﺬَﺍﺏِ ﺍﻟﻨَّﺎﺭِ،

ﻭَﻣِﻦْ ﺷَﺮِّ ﻓِﺘْﻨَﺔِ ﺍﻟْﻐِﻨَﻰ، ﻭَﺃَﻋُﻮﺫُ ﺑِﻚَ ﻣِﻦْ ﻓِﺘْﻨَﺔِ ﺍﻟْﻔَﻘْﺮِ،

ﻭَﺃَﻋُﻮﺫُ ﺑِﻚَ ﻣِﻦْ ﻓِﺘْﻨَﺔِ ﺍﻟْﻤَﺴِﻴﺢِ ﺍﻟﺪَّﺟَّﺎﻝِ،

ﺍﻟﻠَّﻬُﻢَّ ﺍﻏْﺴِﻞْ ﻋَﻨِّﻲ ﺧَﻄَﺎﻳَﺎﻯَ ﺑِﻤَﺎﺀِ ﺍﻟﺜَّﻠْﺞِ ﻭَﺍﻟْﺒَﺮَﺩِ،

ﻭَﻧَﻖِّ ﻗَﻠْﺒِﻲ ﻣِﻦَ ﺍﻟْﺨَﻄَﺎﻳَﺎ، ﻛَﻤَﺎ ﻧَﻘَّﻴْﺖَ ﺍﻟﺜَّﻮْﺏَ ﺍﻷَﺑْﻴَﺾَ ﻣِﻦَ ﺍﻟﺪَّﻧَﺲِ،.

ﻭَﺑَﺎﻋِﺪْ ﺑَﻴْﻨِﻲ ﻭَﺑَﻴْﻦَ ﺧَﻄَﺎﻳَﺎﻯَ ﻛَﻤَﺎ ﺑَﺎﻋَﺪْﺕَ ﺑَﻴْﻦَ ﺍﻟْﻤَﺸْﺮِﻕِ ﻭَﺍﻟْﻤَﻐْﺮِﺏِ

TRANSLITERATION :

Allahumma inni a’udhu bika minal kasali wa harami, wal ma’thami wal maghrami,

Wa min fitnatil qabir wa azabil qabir, Wa min fitnatin naar wa azabin naar,

Wa min sharri fitnatil ginaa Wa a’udhu bika min fitnatil faqri,

Wa a’udhu bika min fitnatil maseeh addajjal,

Allahumma igsil Anni khadayaya bi mai’ alsalji wal barid,

Wa naqqi qalbi minal khadayaya Kama naqqayta ath thaubil abyad minad dans,

Wa baa’id bayni Wa bayna khadayaya Kama baa adta baynal mashriqi wal maghrib.

TRANSLATION:

O Allah! I seek refuge with You from laziness and geriatric old age, from all kinds of sins and from being in debt;

From the trial of the grave and the punishments in the grave, and from the affliction of the Fire and the punishment of the Fire

And from the evil of the affliction of wealth; and I seek refuge with You from the affliction of poverty,

And I seek refuge with You from the affliction of Al- Mesiah Ad-Dajjal.

O Allah! Wash away my sins with the water of snow and hail,

And cleanse my heart from all the sins as a white garment is cleansed from the filth,

And let there be along distance between me and my sins, as You made East and West far from each other.

Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 6368

In-book reference : Book 80, Hadith 65

Ruling on celebrating Valentine’s Day

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Ruling on celebrating Valentine’s Day

🌸 *FaTwA rEgArDiNg WoMeN* 🌸

*Topic: Ruling on celebrating Valentine’s Day*

*Q*💬What is the ruling on Valentine’s Day?

*A*💬Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

Valentine’s Day is a jaahili Roman festival, which continued to be celebrated until after the Romans became Christian. This festival became connected with the saint known as Valentine who was sentenced to death on 14 February 270 CE. The kuffaar still celebrate this festival, during which immorality and evil are practised widely.

Secondly:

It is not permissible for a Muslim to celebrate any of the festivals of the kuffaar, because festivals come under the heading of shar’i issues which are to be based on the sound texts.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Festivals are part of sharee’ah, clear way and rituals of which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way”

[al-Maa’idah 5:48]

“For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies which they must follow”

[al-Hajj 22:67]

— such as the qiblah (direction faced in prayer), prayer and fasting. There is no difference between their participating in the festival and their participating in all other rituals. Joining in fully with the festival is joining in with kufr, and joining in with some of its minor issues is joining in with some of the branches of kufr. Indeed, festivals are one of the most unique features that distinguish various religions and among their most prominent symbols, so joining in with them is joining in with the most characteristic and prominent symbols of kufr. No doubt joining in with this may lead to complete kufr.

Partially joining in, at the very least, is disobedience and sin. This was indicated by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when he said: “Every people has its festival and this is our festival.” This is worse than joining them in wearing the zinaar (a garment that was worn only by ahl al-dhimmah) and other characteristics of theirs, for those characteristics are man-made and are not part of their religion, rather the purpose behind them is simply to distinguish between a Muslim and a kaafir. As for the festival and its rituals, this is part of the religion which is cursed along with its followers, so joining in with it is joining in with something that is a cause of incurring the wrath and punishment of Allaah. End quote from Iqtida’ al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem (1/207).

He also said (may Allaah have mercy on him): It is not permissible for the Muslims to imitate them in anything that is uniquely a part of their festivals, whether it be food, clothing, bathing, lighting fires, refraining from a regular habit, doing acts of worship or anything else. It is not permissible to give a feast or to give gifts, or to sell anything that will help them to do that for that purpose, or to allow children and others to play games that are part of the festivals, or to wear one’s adornments.

To conclude: the Mulsims should not do any of their rituals at the time of their festivals; rather the day of their festival should be like any other day for the Muslims. The Muslims should not do anything specific in imitation of them. End quote from Majmoo al-Fataawa (25/329).

Al-Haafiz al-Dhahabi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: If the Christians have a festival, and the Jews have a festival, it is only for them, so no Muslim should join them in that, just as no Muslim should join them in their religion or their direction of prayer. End quote from Tashabbuh al-Khasees bi Ahl al-Khamees, published in Majallat al-Hikmah (4/193)

The hadeeth to which Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah referred was narrated by al-Bukhaari (952) and Muslim (892) from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said: Abu Bakr came in and there were two young girls of the Ansaar with me who were singing about what had happened to the Ansaar on the day of Bu’aath. She said: And they were not (professional) singing girls. Abu Bakr said: “Musical instruments of the shaytaan in the house of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)?!” and that was on the day of Eid. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “O Abu Bakr, every people has a festival and this is our festival.”

Abu Dawood (1134) narrated that Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Madeenah, they had two days when they would play. He said: “What are these two days?” They said: “We used to play on these days during the Jaahiliyyah.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah has given you instead of them two days that are better than them: the day of al-Adha and the day of al-Fitr.” This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.

This indicates that festivals are among the characteristics by which nations are distinguished, and it is not permissible to celebrate the festivals of the ignorant and the mushrikeen (polytheists).

The scholars have issued fatwas stating that it is haraam to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

1 –Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:

In recent times the celebration of Valentine’s Day has become widespread, especially among female students. It is a Christian festival where people dress completely in red, including clothes and shoes, and they exchange red flowers. We hope that you can explain the ruling on celebrating this festival, and what your advice is to Muslims with regard to such matters; may Allaah bless you and take care of you.

He replied:

Celebrating Valentine’s Day is not permissible for a number of reasons.

1-     It is an innovated festival for which there is no basis in Islam.

2-     It promotes love and infatuation.

3-     It calls for hearts to be preoccupied with foolish matters that are contrary to the way of the righteous salaf (may Allaah be pleased with them).

It is not permissible on this day to do any of the things that are characteristic of this festival, whether that has to do with food, drinks, clothing, exchanging gifts or anything else.

The Muslim should be proud of his religion and should not be a weak character who follows every Tom, Dick and Harry. I ask Allaah to protect the Muslims from all temptations, visible and invisible, and to protect us and guide us.

End quote from Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (16/199)

2 – The Standing Committee was asked: Some people celebrate Valentine’s Day on the fourteenth of February every year. They exchange gifts of red roses and wear red clothes and congratulate one another. Some bakeries make red coloured sweets and draw hearts on them, and some stores advertise products that are especially for this day. What is your opinion on the following:

1-     Celebrating this day

2-     Buying things from the stores on this day

3-     Storekeepers who are not celebrating it selling things that may be given as gifts to people who are celebrating it?

They replied:

The clear evidence of the Qur’aan and Sunnah – and the consensus of the early generations of this ummah – indicates that there are only two festivals in Islam: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Any other festivals that have to do with a person, a group, an event or anything else are innovated festivals, which it is not permissible for Muslims to observe, approve of or express joy on those occasions, or to help others to celebrate them in any way, because that is transgressing the sacred limits of Allaah, and whoever transgresses the sacred limits of Allaah has wronged himself. If the fabricated festival is also a festival of the kuffaar, then the sin is even greater, because this is imitating them and it is a kind of taking them as close friends, and Allaah has forbidden the believers to imitate them and take them as close friends in His Holy Book. And it is proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Valentine’s Day comes under this heading because it is an idolatrous Christian festival, so it is not permissible for a Muslim who believes in Allaah and the Last Day to observe it or approve of it or congratulate people on it. Rather he has to ignore it and avoid it, in obedience to Allaah and His Messenger, and so as to keep away from the causes that incur the wrath and punishment of Allaah. It is also haraam for the Muslim to help people to celebrate this or any other haraam festival by supplying any kind of food or drink, or buying or selling or manufacturing or giving or advertising etc., because all of that is cooperating in sin and transgression and is disobedience towards Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment”

[al-Maa’idah 5:2]

The Muslim must adhere to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah in all his affairs, especially at times of fitnah when evil is widespread. He should be smart and avoid falling into the misguidance of those who have earned Allaah’s anger and who have gone astray, and the evildoers who have no fear of Allaah and who do not have any pride in being Muslims. The Muslim must turn to Allaah and seek His guidance and remain steadfast in following it, for there is no Guide except Allaah and no one can make a person steadfast but Him. And Allaah is the source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions. End quote.

3 – Shaykh Ibn Jibreen (may Allaah preserve him) was asked:

Among our young men and women it has become common to celebrate Valentine’s Day, which is named after a saint who is venerated by the Christians, who celebrate it every year on February 14, when they exchange gifts and red roses, and they wear red clothes. What is the ruling on celebrating this day and exchanging gifts?

He replied:

Firstly: it is not permissible to celebrate these innovated festivals, because it is an innovation for which there is no basis in Islam. It comes under the heading of the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her), according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours that is not part of it will have it rejected.”

Secondly: it involves imitating the kuffaar and copying them by venerating that which they venerate and respecting their festivals and rituals, and imitating them in something that is part of their religion. In the hadeeth it says: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”

Thirdly: it results in evils and haraam things such as wasting time, singing, music, extravagance, unveiling, wanton display, men mixing with women, women appearing before men other than their mahrams, and other haraam things, or things that are a means that leads to immorality. That cannot be excused by the claim that this is a kind of entertainment and fun. The one who is sincere towards himself should keep away from sin and the means that lead to it.

And he said:

Based on this, it is not permissible to sell these gifts and roses, if it is known that the purchaser celebrates these festivals or will give these things as gifts on those days, so that the seller will not be a partner of the one who does those innovations. And Allaah knows best. End quote.

And Allaah knows best.

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Sa’d Ibn Abi Waqqas

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Sa’d Ibn Abi Waqqas

We are now in a small town in a narrow valley. There is no vegetation, no livestock, no gardens, no rivers. Desert after desert separates the town from the rest of the world. During the day the heat of the sun is unbearable and the nights are still and lonely. Tribes flock to it like animals in the open country flock to a water-hole. No government rules. There is no religion to guide people except one which promotes the worship of stone idols. There is no knowledge except priestcraft and a love for elegant poetry. This is Makkah and these are the Arabs.

In this town lies a young man who has not yet seen twenty summers. He is short and well-built and has a very heavy crop of hair. People compare him to a young lion. He comes from a rich and noble family. He is very attached to his parents and is particularly fond of his mother. He spends much of his time making and repairing bows and arrows and practising archery as if preparing himself for some great encounter. People recognize him as a serious and intelligent young man. He finds no satisfaction in the religion and way of life of his people, their corrupt beliefs and disagreeable practices. His name is Sad ibn Abi Waqqas.

One morning at about this time in his life the genial Abu Bakr came up and spoke softly to him. He explained that Muhammad ibn Abdullah the son of his late cousin Aminah bint Wahb had been given Revelations and sent with the religion of guidance and truth. Abu Bakr then took him to Muhammad in one of the valleys of Makkah. It was late afternoon by this time and the Prophet(S.A.W) had just prayed Salat al- Asr. Sa’d was excited and overwhelmed and responded readily to the invitation to truth and the religion of One God. The fact that he was one of the first persons to accept Islam was something that pleased him greatly.

The Prophet, peace be on him, was also greatly pleased when Sad became a Muslim. He saw in him signs of excellence. The fact that he was still in his youth promised great things to come. It was as if this glowing crescent would become a shining full moon before long. Perhaps other young people of Makkah would follow his example, including some of his relations. For Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas was in fact a maternal uncle of the Prophet(S.A.W) since he belonged to the Bani Zuhrah, the clan of Aminah bint Wahb, the mother of the Prophet, peace be upon him. For this reason he is sometimes referred to as Sa’d of Zuhrah, to distinguish him from several others whose first name was Sad.

The Prophet(S.A.W) is reported to have been pleased with his family relationship to Sa’d. Once as he was sitting with his companions, he saw Sad approaching and he said to them: “This is my maternal uncle. Let a man see his maternal uncle!”

While the Prophet(S.A.W) was delighted with Sad’s acceptance of Islam, others including and especially his mother were not. Sad relates: “When my mother heard the news of my Islam, she flew into a rage. She came up to me and said:

“O Sa’d! What is this religion that you have embraced which has taken you away from the religion of your mother and father…? By God, either you forsake your new religion or I would not eat or drink until I die. Your heart would be broken with grief for me and remorse would consume you on account of the deed which you have done and people would censure you forever more.’

‘Don’t do (such a thing), my mother,’ I said, ‘for I would not give up my religion for anything.’

However, she went on with her threat… For days she neither ate nor drank. She became emaciated and weak. Hour after hour, I went to her asking whether I should bring her some food or something to drink but she persistently refused, insisting that she would neither eat nor drink until she died or I abandoned my religion. I said to her:

‘Yaa Ummaah! In spite of my strong love for you, my love for God and His Messenger is indeed stronger. By God, if you had a thousand souls and one soul after another were to depart, I would not abandon this my religion for anything.’ When she saw that I was determined she relented unwillingly and ate and drank.”

It was concerning Sa’d’s relationship with his mother and her attempt to force him to recant his faith that the words of the Quran were revealed: “And we enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents. In pain upon pain did his mother bear him and his weaning took two years. So show gratitude to Me and to your parents. To Me is the final destiny. “But if they strive to make you join in worship with Me things of which you have no knowledge, obey them not. Yet bear them company in this life with justice and consideration and follow the way of those who turn to Me. In the end, the return of you all is to Me and I shall tell you (the truth and meaning of) all that you used to do.” (Surah Luqman, 31: 14-15).

In these early days of Islam, the Muslims were careful not to arouse the sensibilities of the Quraysh. They would often go out together in groups to the glens outside Makkah where they could pray together without being seen. But one day a number of idolaters came upon them while they were praying and rudely interrupted them with ridicule. The Muslims felt they could not suffer these indignities passively and they came to blows with the idolaters. Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas struck one of the disbelievers with the jawbone of a camel and wounded him. This was the first blood shed in the conflict between Islam and kufr – a conflict that was later to escalate and test the patience and courage of the Muslims.

After the incident, however, the Prophet(S.A.W) enjoined his companions to be patient and forbearing for this was the command of God: “And bear with patience what they say and avoid them with noble dignity. And leave Me alone to deal with those who give the lie to the Truth, those who enjoy the blessings of life (without any thought of God) and bear with them for a little while.”

(The Quran, Surah al Muzzammil, 71: 10).

More than a decade later when permission was given for the Muslims to fight. Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas was to play a distinguished role in many of the engagements that took place both during the time of the Prophet(S.A.W) and after. He fought at Badr together with his young brother Umayr who had cried to be allowed to accompany the Muslim army for he was only in his early teens. Sa’d returned to Madinah alone for Umayr was one of the fourteen Muslim martyrs who fell in the battle.

At the Battle of Uhud, Sad was specially chosen as one of the best archers together with Zayd, Saib the son of Uthman ibn Mazun and others. Sa’d was one of those who fought vigorously in defence of the Prophet(S.A.W) after some Muslims had deserted their positions. To urge him on, the Prophet, peace be on him, said: “Irmi Sa’d…Fidaaka Abi wa Ummi ” Shoot, Sa’d …may my mother and father be your ransom.”

Of this occasion, Ali ibn Abi Talib said that he had not yet heard the Prophet, peace be on him, promising such a ransom to anyone except Sad. Sad is also known as the first companion to have shot an arrow in defence of Islam. And the Prophet(S.A.W) once prayed for him:

“O Lord, direct his shooting and respond to his prayer.” Sa’d was one of the companions of the Prophet(S.A.W) who was blessed with great wealth. Just as he was known for his bravery, so he was known for his generosity. During the Farewell Pilgrimage with the Prophet(S.A.W) he fell ill. The Prophet(S.A.W) came to visit him and Sa’d said:

“O Messenger of God. I have wealth and I only have one daughter to inherit from me. Shall I give two thirds of my wealth as sadaqah?”

“No,” replied the Prophet.

“Then, (shall I give) a half?” asked Sad and the Prophet again said ‘no’. “Then, (shall I give) a third?’ asked Sa’d.

“Yes,” said the Prophet. “The third is much. Indeed to leave your heirs well-off’ is better than that you should leave them dependent on and to beg from people. If you spend anything seeking to gain thereby the pleasure of God, you will be rewarded for it even if it is a morsel which you place in your wife’s mouth.”

Sa’d did not remain the father of just one child but was blessed thereafter with many children.

Sad is mainly renowned as the commander-in-chief of the strong Muslim army which Umar despatched to confront the Persians at Qadisiyyah. Umar wanted nothing less than an end to Sasanian power which for centuries had dominated the region.

To confront the numerous and well-equipped Persians was a most daunting task. The most powerful force had to be mustered. Umar sent despatches to Muslim governors throughout the state to mobilize all able-bodied persons who had weapons or mounts, or who had talents of oratory and other skills to place at the service of the battle.

Bands of Mujahidin then converged on Madinah from every part of the Muslim domain. When they had all gathered, Umar consulted the leading Muslims about the appointment of a commander-in-chief over the mighty army. Umar himself thought of leading the army but Ali suggested that the Muslims were in great need of him and he should not endanger his life. Sa’d was then chosen as commander and Abdur- Rahman ibn Awl, one of the veterans among the Sahabah said:

“You have chosen well! Who is there like Sa’d?” Umar stood before the great army and bade farewell to them. To the commander-in-chief he said:

“O Sa’d! Let not any statement that you are the uncle of the Messenger of God or that you are the companion of the Messenger of God distract you from God. God Almighty does not obliterate evil with evil but he wipes out evil with good.

“O Sa’d! There is no connection between God and anyone except obedience to Him. In the sight of God all people whether nobleman or commoner are the same. Allah is their Lord and they are His servants seeking elevation through taqwa and seeking to obtain what is with God through obedience.

Consider how the Messenger of God used to act with the Muslims and act accordingly…”

Umar thus made it clear that the army was not to seek conquest for the sake of it and that the expedition was not for seeking personal glory and fame.

The three thousand strong army set off. Among them were ninety nine veterans of Badr, more than three hundred of those who took the Pledge of Riffwan (Satisfaction) at Hudaybiyyah and three hundred of those who had participated in the liberation of Makkah with the noble Prophet. There were seven hundred sons of the companions. Thousands of women also went on to battle as auxiliaries and nurses and to urge the men on to battle.

The army camped at Qadisiyyah near Hira. Against them the Persians had mobilized a force of 12O,OOO men under the leadership of their most brilliant commander, Rustam.

Umar had instructed Sa’d to send him regular despatches about the condition and movements of the Muslim forces, and of the deployment of the enemy’s forces. Sa’d wrote to Umar about the unprecedented force that the Persians were mobilizing and Umar wrote to him:

“Do not be troubled by what you hear about them nor about the (forces, equipment and methods) they would deploy against you. Seek help with God and put your trust in Him and send men of insight, knowledge and toughness to him (the Chosroes) to invite him to God… And write to me daily.”

Sa’d understood well the gravity of the impending battle and kept in close contact with the military high command in Madinah. Although commander-in-chief, he understood the importance of shura.

Sa’d did as Umar instructed and sent delegations of Muslims first to Yazdagird and then to Rustam, inviting them to accept Islam or to pay the jizyah to guarantee their protection and peaceful existence or to choose war if they so desired.

The first Muslim delegation which included Numan ibn Muqarrin was ridiculed by the Persian Emperor, Yazdagird. Sa’d sent a delegation to Rustum, the commander of the Persian forces. This was led by Rubiy ibn Aamir who, with spear in hand, went directly to Rustam’s encampment. Rustum said to him:

“Rubiy! What do you want from us? If you want wealth we would give you. We would provide you with provisions until you are sated. We would clothe you. We would make you become rich and happy. Look, Rubiy! What do you see in this assembly of mine? No doubt you see signs of richness and luxury, these lush carpets, fine curtains, gold embroidered wails, carpets of silk…Do you have any desire that we should bestow some of these riches which we have on you?”

Rustum thus wanted to impress the Muslim and allure him from his purpose by this show of opulence and grandeur. Rubiy looked and listened unmoved and then said:

“Listen, O commander! Certainly God has chosen us that through us those of His creation whom He so desires could be drawn away from the worship of idols to Tawhid (the affirmation of the unity of God), from the narrow confines of preoccupation with this world to its boundless expanse and from the tyranny of rulers to justice of Islam.

“Whoever accepts that from us we are prepared to welcome him. And whoever fights us, we would fight him until the promise of God comes to pass.”

“And what is the promise of God to you?” asked Rustum.

“Paradise for our martyrs and victory for those who live.”

Rustum of course was not inclined to listen to such talk from a seemingly wretched person the likes of whom the Persians regarded as barbaric and uncivilized and whom they had conquered and subjugated for centuries.

The Muslim delegation returned to their commander in-chief. It was clear that war was now inevitable. Sa’d’s eyes filled with tears. He wished that the battle could be delayed a little or indeed that it might have been somewhat earlier. For on this particular day he was seriously ill and could hardly move. He was suffering from sciatica and he could not even sit upright for the pain.

Sa’d knew that this was going to be a bitter, harsh and bloody battle. And for a brief moment he thought, if only… but no! The Messenger of God had taught the Muslims that none of them should say, “If…..” To say “If…..” implied a lack of will and determination and wishing that a situation might have been different was not the characteristic of a firm believer. So, despite his illness, Sa’d got up and stood before his army and addressed them. He began his speech with a verse from the glorious Quran:

“And indeed after having exhorted (man), We have laid it down in all the books of Divine wisdom that My righteous servants shall inherit the earth.”

(Surah al-Anbiyaa, 21:1O5).

The address over, Sad performed Salat az-Zuhr with the army. Facing them once again, he shouted the Muslim battle cry “Allahu Akbar” four times and directed the fighters to attack with the words:

“Hayya ala barakatillah Charge, with the blessings of God.” Standing in front of his tent, Sa’d directed his soldiers and spurred them on with shouts of Allahu Akbar (God is Most Great) and La hawla wa la quwwata ilia billah (there is no power or might save with God). For four days the battle raged.

The Muslims displayed valor and skill. But a Persian elephant corps wrought havoc in the ranks of the Muslims. The ferocious battle was only resolved when several renowned Muslim warriors made a rush in the direction of the Persian commander. A storm arose and the canopy of Rustam was blown into the river. As he tried to flee he was detected and slain. Complete confusion reigned among the Persians and they fled in disarray.

Just how ferocious the battle was can be imagined when it is known that some thirty thousand persons on both sides fell in the course of four days’ fighting. In one day alone, some two thousand Muslims and about ten thousand Persians lost their lives.

The Battle of Qadisiyyah is one of the major decisive battles of world history. It sealed the fate of the Sasanian Empire just as the Battle of Yarmuk had sealed the fate of the Byzantine Empire in the east.

Two years after Qadisiyyah, Sa’d went on to take the Sasanian capital. By then he had recovered his health. The taking of Ctesiphon was accomplished after a brilliant crossing of the Tigris river while it was in flood. Sa’d has thus gone down in the annals of history as the Hero of Qadisiyyah and the Conqueror of Ctesiphon.

He lived until he was almost eighty years old. He was blessed with much influence and wealth but as the time of death approached in the year 54 AH, he asked his son to open a box in which he had kept a course woolen jubbah and said: “Shroud me in this, for in this (jubbah) I met the Mushrikin on the day of Badr and in it I desire to meet God Almighty.”

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This week’s Dua

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This week’s Dua

Assalaam alaikum Wa rahmatullah Wa barakatuh

This week’s Dua :

أللَّهُمَّ ﺍﺟْﻌَﻞْ ﺳَﺮِﻳﺮَﺗِﻲ ﺧَﻴْﺮًﺍ ﻣِﻦْ ﻋَﻼَﻧِﻴَﺘِﻲ.

ﻭَﺍﺟْﻌَﻞْ ﻋَﻼَﻧِﻴَﺘِﻲ ﺻَﺎﻟِﺤَﺔً

ﺍﻟﻠَّﻬُﻢَّ ﺇِﻧِّﻲ ﺃَﺳْﺄَﻟُﻚَ ﻣِﻦْ ﺻَﺎﻟِﺢِ ﻣَﺎﺗُﺆْﺗِﻲ ﺍﻟﻨَّﺎﺱَ

ﻣِﻦَ ﺍﻟْﻤَﺎﻝِ ﻭَﺍﻷَﻫْﻞِ ﻭَﺍﻟْﻮَﻟَﺪِ، ﻏَﻴْﺮِ ﺍﻟﻀَّﺎﻝِّ ﻭَﻻَ ﺍﻟْﻤُﻀِلِّ.

TRANSLITERATION:

Allāhummaj`al sarīratī khairan min `alāniyatī

Wan `al `alāniyatī ṣāliha.

Allāhumma innī as’aluka min ṣālihi mā tu’tin-nāsa:

Minal māli, wal-ahli, wal waladi,

Ghairad-ḍāli wa lal-muḍil.

TRANSLATION:

O Allah, make my secrets better than my apparent condition,

And make my apparent condition righteous.

O Allah, I ask You for the righteous of what you give to the people:

Of wealth, wives, and children,

Not (to be) misguided, nor misguiding.

Reference : Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3586

In-book reference : Book 48, Hadith 217

English translation : Vol. 6, Book 46, Hadith 3586

Ruling On Discharge From Uterus

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Ruling On Discharge From Uterus

*ToPiC:* *Ruling on the discharges that come out from the woman’s uterus*

*Q*💬A girl noticed some thin discharge on her underwear but she had not felt it come out. Is it permissible for her to pray with her underwear on which this discharge has gotten? If it is not permissible, then does she have to repeat her wudoo’ and change her underwear?.

*A*💬Praise be to Allaah.

The discussion on such discharges focuses on two issues:

1 – Is it taahir (pure) or naajis (impure)?

The view of Abu Haneefah and Ahmad, and one of the two views narrated from al-Shaafa’i – which al-Nawawi classed as correct – is that it is pure. This view was also favoured by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, who said in al-Sharh al-Mumti’ (1/392):

If these discharges come as the result of intimacy then they are pure, because they are not the waste products of eating and drinking, thus they are not urine. The basic principle is that there is no impurity unless there is evidence that something is impure. Because a man is not obliged to wash his penis if he has intercourse with his wife nor to wash his garment if anything gets onto it; if it were impure then the maniy (sememn – which is pure) would become impure (through contamination with these discharges).

See al-Majmoo’, 1/406; al-Mughni, 2/88

Based on this, she does not have to wash her underwear or change them if these discharges get on them.

2 – Is wudoo’ invalidated as a result of these discharges or not?

The view of most of the scholars is that this does invalidate wudoo’.

This is the view favoured by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, who said:

Anyone who attributes to me the view that this does not invalidate wudoo’ is not correct. It seems that he understood from my words that it is pure and does not invalidate wudoo’.

Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 11/287

And he also said (11/285):

With regard to the belief of some women, that (these discharges) do not invalidate wudoo’, I do not know of any basis for that except the view of Ibn Hazm.

But, if a woman experiences this wetness constantly, then she should do wudoo’ for every prayer after the time for the prayer begins, and it will not matter if this wetness if discharged after that, even if that happens whilst she is praying.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

If the wetness described happens continually, most of the time, then every woman who experiences that must do wudoo’ for every prayer when the time begins. This is similar to the case of a woman who suffers from istihaadah (ongoing non-menstrual vaginal bleeding) or one who suffers from urinary incontinence.

But if this wetness only happens sometimes, and is not ongoing, then it comes under the same rulings as urine – when it happens it invalidates purity, even during the prayer.

Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn Baaz, 10/130

And Allaah knows best.

Islam Q&A

Rabiah Ibn Kab

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Rabiah Ibn Kab

Here is the story of Rabiah told in his own words: “I was still quite young when the light of iman shone through me and my heart was opened to the teachings of Islam. And when my eyes beheld the Messenger of God(S.A.W), for the first time, I loved him with a love that possessed my entire being. I loved him to the exclusion of everyone else.

One day I said to myself:

‘Woe to you, Rabi’ah. Why don’t you put yourself completely in the service of the Messenger of God, peace be on him. Go and suggest this to him. If he is pleased with you, you would find happiness in being near him. You will be successful through love for him and you will have the good fortune of obtaining the good in this world and the good in the next.’

This I did hoping that he would accept me in his service. He did not dash my hopes. He was pleased that I should be his servant. From that day, I lived in the shadow of the noble Prophet (S.A.W). I went with him wherever he went. I moved in his orbit whenever and wherever he turned. Whenever he cast a glance in my direction, I would leap to stand in his presence. Whenever he expressed a need, he would find me hurrying to fulfil it.

I would serve him throughout the day. When the day was over and he had prayed Salat al-Isha and retired to his home, I would think about leaving. But I would soon say to myself:

‘Where would you go, Rabi’ah? Perhaps you may be required to do something for the Prophet (S.A.W) during the night.’

So I would remain seated at his door and would not leave the threshold of his house. The Prophet (S.A.W) would spend part of his night engaged in Salat. I would hear him reciting the opening chapter of the Quran and he would continue reciting sometimes for a third or a half of the night. I would become tired and leave or my eyes would get the better of me and I would fall asleep.

It was the habit of the Prophet, peace be on him, that if someone did him a good turn, he loved to repay that person with something more excellent. He wanted to do something for me too in return for my service to him. So one day he came up to me and said: ‘O Rabi’ah ibn Kab.’ ‘Labbayk ya rasulullah wa Sadark – At your command, O Messenger of God and may God grant you happiness,’ I responded. ‘Ask of me anything and I will give it to you.’

I thought a little and then said: ‘Give me some time, O Messenger of God, to think about what I should ask of you. Then I will let you know.’ He agreed. At that time, I was a young man and poor. I had neither family, nor wealth, nor place of abode. I used to shelter in the Suffah of the mosque with other poor Muslims like myself. People used to call us the “guests of Islam”. Whenever any Muslim brought something in charity to the Prophet(S.A.W) he would send it all to us. And if someone gave him a gift he would take some of it and leave the rest for us.

So, it occurred to me to ask the Prophet(S.A.W) for some worldly good that would save me from poverty and make me like others who had wealth, wife and children. Soon, however, I said: ‘May you perish Rabi’ah. The world is temporary and will pass away. You have your share of sustenance in it which God has guaranteed and which must come to you. The Prophet, peace be on him, has a place with his Lord and no request would be refused him. Request him therefore, to ask Allah to grant you something of the bounty of the hereafter.’

I felt pleased and satisfied with this thought. I went to the Prophet and he asked: ‘What do you say, O Rabi’ah?’ ‘O Messenger of God,’ I said, ‘I ask you to beseech God most High on my behalf to make me your companion in Paradise.’

‘Who has advised you thus?’ asked the Prophet.

‘No by God,’ I said, ‘No one has advise me. But when you told me ‘Ask of me anything and I will give to you,’ I thought of asking you for something of the goodness of this world. But before long, I was guided to choose what is permanent and lasting against what is temporary and perishable.

And so I have asked you to beseech God on my behalf that I may be your companion in Paradise.’

The Prophet(S.A.W) remained silent for a long while and then asked: ‘Any other request besides that, Rabi’ah?’ ‘No, O Messenger of God, Nothing can match what I have asked you.’ ‘Then, in that case, assist me for your sake by performing much prostration to God.’

So I began to exert myself in worship in order to attain the good fortune of being with the Prophet(S.A.W) in Paradise just as I had the good fortune of being in his service and being his companion in this world.

Not long afterwards, the Prophet(S.A.W) called me and asked: ‘Don’t you want to get married, Rabi’ah?’ ‘I do not want anything to distract me from your service,’ I replied. ‘Moreover, I don’t have anything to give as mahr (dowry) to a wife nor any place where I can accommodate a wife.’

The Prophet(S.A.W) remained silent. When he saw me again he asked: ‘Don’t you want to get married, Rabi’ah?’ I gave him the same reply as before. Left to myself again, I regretted what I had said and chided myself: ‘Woe to you, Rabi’ah. By God, the Prophet(S.A.W) knows better than you what is good for you in this world and the next and he also knows better than you what you possess. By God, if the Prophet, peace be on him, should ask me again to marry, I would reply positively.’

Before long, the Prophet asked me again: ‘Don’t you want to get married ‘Rabi’ah?’

‘Oh yes, Messenger of God,’ I replied, ‘but who will marry me when I am in the state you know.’ ‘Go to the family of so-and-so and say to them: the Prophet(S.A.W) has instructed you to give your daughter in marriage to me.’

Timidly, I went to the family and said: ‘The Messenger of God, peace be on him, has sent me to you to ask you to give your daughter in marriage to me.’ ‘Our daughter?’ they asked, incredulously at first. ‘Yes,’ i replied.

‘Welcome to the Messenger of God, and welcome to his messenger. By God, the messenger of God’s Messenger shall only return with his mission fulfilled. ‘So they made a marriage contract between me and her. I went back to the Prophet and reported:

‘O Messenger of Allah. I have come from the best of homes. They believed me, they welcomed me, and they made a marriage contract between me and their daughter. But from where do I get the mahr for her?’

The Prophet then sent for Buraydah ibn al-Khasib, one of the leading persons in my tribe, the Banu Asiam, and said to him: ‘O Buraydah, collect a nuwat’s weight in gold for Rabi’ah.

This they did and the Prophet(S.A.W) said to me: ‘Take this to them and say, this is the sadaq of your daughter.’ I did so and they accepted it. They were pleased and said, This is much and good.’ I went back to the Prophet(S.A.W) and told him: ‘I have never yet seen a people more generous than they. They were pleased with what I gave them in spite of its being little…Where can I get something for the walimah (marriage feast), O Prophet of God?’

The Prophet(S.A.W) said to Buraydah ‘Collect the price of a ram for Rabi’ah.’ They bought a big fat ram for me and then the Prophet(S.A.W) told me: ‘Go to Aishah and tell her to give you whatever barley she has.’

Aishah gave me a bag with seven saas of barley and said: ‘By God, we do not have any other food.’ I set off with the ram and the barley to my wife’s family. They said: ‘We will prepare the barley but get your friends to prepare the ram for you.’

We slaughtered, skinned and cooked the ram. So we had bread and meat for the walimah. I invited the Prophet(S.A.W) and he accepted my invitation.

The Prophet(S.A.W) then gave me a piece of land near Abu Bakr’s.

From then I became concerned with the dunya, with material things. I had a dispute with Abu Bakr over a palm tree.

‘It is in my land,’ I insisted. ‘No, it is in my land,’ Abu Bakr countered. We started to argue. Abu Bakr cursed me, but as soon as he had uttered the offending word he felt sorry and said to me: ‘Rabiah, say the same word to me so that it could be considered as qisas -just retaliation.’ ‘No by God, I shall not,’ I said.

‘In that case, replied Abu Bakr. ‘I shall go the Messenger of God and complain to him about your refusal to retaliate against me measure for measure.’

He set off and I followed him. My tribe, the Banu Asiam, also set off behind me protesting indignantly: ‘He’s the one who cursed you first and then he goes off to the Prophet(S.A.W) before you to complain about you!’ I turned to them and said: ‘Woe to you! Do you know who this is? This is As-Siddiq… and he is the respected elder of the Muslims.

Go back before he turns around, sees you and thinks that you have come to help me against him. He would then be more incensed and go to the Prophet(S.A.W) in anger. The Prophet(S.A.W) would get angry on his account. Then Allah would be angry on their account and Rabi’ah would be finished.’ They turned back.

Abu Bakr went to the Prophet(S.A.W) and related the incident as it had happened. The Prophet (S.A.W) raised his head and said to me:

‘O Rabi’ah, what’s wrong with you and as-Siddiq?’ ‘Messenger of God, he wanted me to say the same words to him as he had said to me and I did not.’

‘Yes, don’t say the same word to him as he had said to you. Instead say: ‘May God forgive you Abu Bakr.’ With tears in his eyes, Abu Bakr went away while saying: ‘May God reward you with goodness for my sake, O Rabiah ibn Kab… ‘May God reward you with goodness for my sake, O Rabiah ibn

Kaab…”