Category Archives: Deen Reminders

Golden Advice

Standard
Golden Advice

☆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)

Advertisements

Hayaa

Standard
Hayaa

As salaam alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barkaatuh beloved sisters.
With ardent prayers that we are in an increasing state of eeman and taqwa. 
Todays Deen Reminder is about increasing in Hayaa (Modesty). Hayaa which is also commonly translated as shyness or bashfulness is a very important concept…so much so that our Rasulullah (saw) said about it: “Every religion has a khuluq (manner, trait) and the manner of this religion is hayaa (modesty)”. (Ibn Majah). 
So no doubt as believers we should always try to beautify ourselves with modesty.
Do enjoy reading; may it benefit us all, ameen thumma ameen.
♢ How to Increase in Modesty
Refrain from shameless words or actions, such as foul or evil speech. This will aggravate Satan, who beautifies these actions, and tempts people with them. So, not engaging in such actions would actually make him hopeless, and he would in turn retract in disgrace.
Continuously learn about the benefits of modesty, and expose one’s heart to them repeatedly. Also, making a commitment to gaining the highest levels of modesty, and actively adorning oneself with it.
Strengthen imān and belief in the heart, because modesty is a fruit of imān and knowing Allah, the All-Mighty and Exalted.

Worship Allah (swt) by reflecting on His Beautiful Names and Attributes, which bring about Allah-consciousness and excellent (character and behavior).
Examples of such Names would be: The Witness, The Overseer, The All-Knowing, The All-Hearing, The All-Seeing, The All-Encompassing, and The Protector. Hatim Al-Asam said: “Make a pact with yourself in three (areas): when you do something, remember that Allah sees you, and when you speak, remember that Allah hears you, and when you are silent, remember Allah’s knowledge of your inner (thoughts, feelings, and being).”
Consistently observe the obligatory and recommended worship, like prayer. Allah, the Most-High, said: “Verily, prayer prevents lewdness and evil deeds.” It was said to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ: “So and so prays all night, but when he wakes up he steals!” So, he ﷺ said: “What you mentioned [i.e. his prayers] will [eventually] prevent him from that.” Or he said: “His prayers will prevent him.”Zakah is another example. Allah, Most-Glorified, says regarding zakah: “Take a portion of their wealth as charity [zakah] to purify them and increase them with it.” (Qur’an, 9:103)
Always be truthful and avoid dishonesty. This is because truthfulness will guide a person to righteousness, and modesty is a part of righteousness. The Prophet ﷺ said: “You should be truthful, for truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to paradise…”
Actively practice modesty on a regular basis so that it becomes a natural disposition. This will require beautifying oneself with patience.
See righteous people, intermingle with them, listen to them, and learn from their modesty. Some scholars have said:
 “Enliven your modesty by sitting with those whom you would feel shameful around.” Mujahid said: “If all that a Muslim benefits from his brother is that his feeling of shame with him prevents him from sinning, then that would suffice him.”
Bring to mind the modesty of the greatest example for mankind, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, and learn about his Seerah and his noble traits. Also, bring to mind the modesty of his companions and their lives, especially the righteous caliphs, the ten given glad tidings of paradise, those who witnessed Badr, and the Pledge of Ridwan, and the rest of the Muhajireen and the Ansar, and those who followed in their footsteps from the people of knowledge and faith.
Remove oneself from a corrupted environment that keeps one away from good character. Do not accompany those who show little modesty; befriend righteous people instead. In the Prophetic narration about the man who killed one hundred souls, the knowledgeable man said: “…And who can stand between you and a sincere repentance? Go to so and so land, for you will find people there who worship Allah. So, worship Allah with them, and do not return to your land because it is a land of evil.

♧ Ponder Upon the Qur’an 

Standard
♧ Ponder Upon the Qur’an 

As salaam alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barkaatuh beloved sisters 
How’s our eeman and taqwa? And our striving for jannah? Let’s continue to make sure they are on the increase in shaa Allah.

This weeks deen reminder is on a very crucial topic. It talks about an issue that has affected the muslim community as large and only a few are saved.
Do read on sisters…

Will they not then ponder the Qur’ān or are there locks upon their hearts?
Today we live at a time where the recitation of the Qur’ān has Alhamdulillah become widespread – we are now able to listen to the Qur’ān on the television, computer, radio, CD’s and portable players.
Even our phones now, with a simple touch of a button not only shows different Qur’ānic scripts but also give us access to the Qur’ānic tafsir and translations via the internet. 

And praise to Allāh we’re also now seeing a progressive change in Islamic classes and centres as they exert significant attention to providing Qur’ān memorisation (hifdh) programs for us and our children in various parts of the world.

Through this accessibility the Muslim grows while hearing the words of Allāh and its recitation in its prescribed manner.
The Qur’ān has become so commonplace that we now hear it in the shopping stores and streets especially in the Muslim countries. 

Yet this reality has come with an unforeseen disillusion, hiding from us a grave and important matter that many people have been ignorant of. And this matter, the sahābah gave great importance and concern to as we see when reading about how their relationship with the Qur’ān was.
Reciters are many but only few are engaging in studying and seeking the guidance of the Qur’ān and acting upon its rulings.
It is a Book We have sent down to you, full of blessing, so let people of intelligence ponder (liyaddabbaru) its Signs and take heed.” [Sūrah Sād āya 29]

*The Story that will Shake Your Eeman*

Standard
*The Story that will Shake Your Eeman*

As salaam alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barkaatuh sisters. Hope we are all in the best states of eeman and taqwa.
Today Deen Reminder is on a true life story of a truly pious woman. No doubt this womans story will move every reader and increase the person in eeman. Do enjoy reading.

*The Story that will Shake Your Eeman*
This story was recounted by Prof. Khalid Al-Jubeir, consulting cardiovascular surgeon, in one of his lectures:
Once I operated on a two and a half year old child. It was Tuesday, and on Wednesday the child was in good health. On Thursday at 11:15 am – and I’ll never forget the time because of the shock I experienced – one of the nurses informed me that the heart and breathing of the child had stopped. I hurried to the child and performed cardiac massage for 45 minutes and during that entire time the heart would not work.
Then, ALLAH decreed for the heart to resume function and we thanked HIM. I went to inform the child’s family about his condition. As you know, it is very difficult to inform the patient’s family about his condition when it’s bad. This is one of the most difficult situations a doctor is subjected to but it is necessary. So I looked for the child’s father whom I couldn’t find. Then I found his mother. I told her that the child’s cardiac arrest was due to bleeding in his throat; we don’t know the cause of this bleeding and fear that his brain is dead. So how do you think she responded? Did she cry? Did she blame me? No, nothing of the sort. Instead, she said “Alhamdulillah” (All Praise is due to ALLAH) and left me.
After 10 days, the child started moving. We thanked ALLAH and were happy that his brain condition was reasonable. After 12 days, the heart stopped again because of the same bleeding. We performed another cardiac massage for 45 minutes but this time his heart didn’t respond. I told his mother that there was no hope. So she said: “Alhamdulillah. O ALLAH, if there is good in his recovery, then cure him, O my Lord.”
With the grace of ALLAH, his heart started functioning again. He suffered six similar cardiac arrests till a trachea specialist was able to stop the bleeding and the heart started working properly. Now, three and a half months had passed and the child was recovering but did not move. Then just as he started moving, he was afflicted with a very large and strange pus-filled abscess in his head, the likes of which I had never seen. I informed his mother of the serious development. She said “Alhamdulillah” and left me.
We immediately turned him over to the surgical unit that deals with the brain and nervous system and they took over his treatment. Three weeks later, the boy recovered from this abscess but was still not moving. Two weeks pass and he suffers from a strange blood poisoning and his temperature reaches 41.2°C (106°F). I again informed his mother of the serious development and she said with patience and certainty: “Alhamdulillah. O ALLAH, if there is good in his recovery, then cure him.”
After seeing his mother who was with her child at Bed#5, I went to see another child at Bed#6. I found that child’s mother crying and screaming, “Doctor! Doctor! Do something! The boy’s temperature reached 37.6°C (99.68°F)! He’s going to die! He’s going to die!” I said with surprise, “Look at the mother of that child in Bed#5. Her child’s fever is over 41°C (106°F), yet she is patient and praises ALLAH.” So she replied: “That woman isn’t conscious and has no senses”. At that point, I remembered the great Hadith of the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam): “Blessed are the strangers.” Just two words… but indeed two words that shake a nation! In 23 years of hospital service, I have never seen the likes of this patient sister.
We continued to care for him. Now, six and a half months have passed and the boy finally came out of the recovery unit – not talking, not seeing, not hearing, not moving, not smiling, and with an open chest in which you can see his beating heart. The mother changed the dressing regularly and remained patient and hopeful. Do you know what happened after that? Before I inform you, what do you think are the prospects of a child who has passed through all these dangers, agonies, and diseases? And what do you expect this patient mother to do whose child is at the brink of the grave and who is unable to do anything except supplicate and beseech ALLAH? Do you know what happened two and a half months later? The boy was completely cured by the mercy of ALLAH and as a reward for this pious mother. He now races his mother with his feet as if nothing happened and he became sound and healthy as he was before.
The story doesn’t end here. This is not what moved me and brought tears to my eyes. What filled my eyes with tears is what follows:
One and a half years after the child left the hospital, one of the brothers from the Operations Unit informed me that a man, his wife and two children wanted to see me. I asked who they were and he replied that he didn’t know them. So I went to see them, and I found the parents of the same child whom I operated upon. He was now five years old and like a flower in good health – as if nothing happened to him. With them also was a four-month old newborn. I welcomed them kindly and then jokingly asked the father whether the newborn was the 13th or 14th child. He looked at me with an astonishing smile as if he pitied me. He then said, “This is the second child, and the child upon whom you operated is our first born, bestowed upon us after 17 years of infertility. And after being granted that child, he was afflicted with the conditions that you’ve seen.”
At hearing this, I couldn’t control myself and my eyes filled with tears. I then involuntarily grabbed the man by the arm, and pulling him to my room, asked him about his wife: “Who is this wife of yours who after 17 years of infertility has this much patience with all the fatal conditions that afflict her first born?! Her heart cannot be barren! It must be fertile with Imaan!”Do you know what he said? Listen carefully my dear brothers and sisters. He said, “I was married to this woman for 19 years and for all these years she has never missed the [late] night prayers except due to an authorized excuse. I have never witnessed her backbiting, gossiping, or lying. Whenever I leave home or return, she opens the door, supplicates for me, and receives me hospitably. And in everything she does, she demonstrates the utmost love, care, courtesy, and compassion.” The man completed by saying, “Indeed, doctor, because of all the noble manners and affection with which she treats me, I’m shy to lift up my eyes and look at her. So I said to him: “And the likes of her truly deserve that from you.”
The End…
ALLAH says: And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient; Who, when calamity strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to ALLAH, and indeed to HIM we will return.” Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided. (Surah Al-Baqarah 155-157)
Umm Salamah (the wife of the Prophet) said: I heard the Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) saying: “There is no Muslim who is stricken by a calamity and says what ALLAH has commanded him – ‘Indeed we belong to ALLAH, and indeed to Him we will return; O ALLAH, reward me for my affliction and compensate me with that which is better’ – except that ALLAH will grant him something better in exchange.” When Abu Salamah [her former husband] passed away, I said to myself: “What Muslim is better than Abu Salamah?” I then said the words, and ALLAH gave me the Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) in exchange. (Sahih Muslim)

Seeking Knowledge*

Standard
Seeking Knowledge*

As salaam alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barkaatuh. Hope we are all in an increasing state of eeman and taqwa in shaa Allah. Today’s deen reminder is on seeking knowledge of the deen. May it benefit us all, ameen thumma ameen.
The internet has its part in the revival of Islamic scholarship which we are witnessing today. Millions of young people around the world are utilizing the easy access they are getting to authentic Islamic knowledge: through articles, blogs, books, lectures, short courses and even degrees in Islamic Studies.
This is a blessing that has never been given to any Muslim nations ever in human history. Quran and Hadith sources are within your hand’s reach, with citations and grades of authenticity included. Classical Islamic texts are available with a search option. Imagine how excited Imam Bukhari would be to get his hands on some of these.
But as you know, with great blessing comes great responsibility. Imam Bukhari’s generation would have got hold of this technology and embrace it like a treasure box full of the most expensive diamonds in the world. But where do we stand?
How much time do we give to pursuing Islamic knowledge? Even just reciting and understanding the Quran?
Sometimes we feel the motivation to learn about Islam, and search through the internet to satisfy our curiosities. But then we can’t keep up the motivation enough to make any significant progress.
It takes a lot of willpower to teach yourself. And in order to strengthen that willpower, we need to provide ourselves with good incentives to go on. Why should we seek Islamic knowledge? What will we get out of it? How will it benefit us in this world and the Hereafter?
Let us look at some of the things the Prophet (SAW) told us regarding this.
*Seeking Knowledge is obligatory*
Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.” (Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 224)
One should therefore have a system in place> Specific days or hours, by which one seeks authentic Islamic knowledge, to fulfill the obligation upon him and seek the pleasure of his Lord.
The Blessings of Seeking Knowledge
“And among people and moving creatures and grazing livestock are various colors similarly. Only those fear Allah, from among His servants, who have knowledge. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Forgiving.” (Q35:28)
“The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek forgiveness for him. The superiority of the learned man over the devout worshipper is like that of the full moon to the rest of the stars (i.e., in brightness). 
The learned are the heirs of the Prophets who bequeath neither dinar nor dirham but only that of knowledge; and he who acquires it, has in fact acquired an abundant portion.” (Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi, in Riyad al-Salihin Book 13, Hadith 13)
“When Allah wishes good for someone, He bestows upon him the understanding of Deen.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim, in Riyad al-Salihin Book 13, Hadith 1)
From all these, we gather that a muslim should be one who is adamant with regards to seeking islamic knowledge. It should be at the top of everyones’ to-do list.
O Allah, make us of the seekers knowledge of the deen with all sincerity to learn and implement, and teach those who do not know. And give us refuge from shaitan not to be amongst those who seek knowledge to be praised & admired by others.

♢ The Blessed Month of Muharram

Standard
♢ The Blessed Month of Muharram

“Indeed, the number of months in the sight Allah is twelve months (in a year), as ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are Sacred, (i.e. the 1st, the 7th, the 11th and the 12th months of the Islamic calendar). That is the right religion, so do not wrong yourselves in them.” [Qur’an, 9:36]

You see, in life, we have an inclination towards collecting stuff that adds value to our lives…whether it is securing a job that gives us more pay or being surrounded by people who make us feel happy and nice. We don’t stop collecting these diamonds along our journey.
The same should hold true for our spiritual life as well. If you are praying 5 times a day, that’s great…but if your focus is on collecting as many good deeds as possible, you will not stop at 5 daily prayers. You will go ahead and pray the sunnahs and nawafils (voluntary prayers) too. And the ones who are more ambitious will even get up for tahajjud when the whole world is asleep.
The same could be said about the month of Muharram. See, you fasted the month of Ramadan with hopes of receiving forgiveness, mercy and goodness from Allah swt. But for an ambitious Muslim, that is not sufficient. He will be focused on adding more diamonds to his bank account of good deeds by using this month of Muharram to gain closeness to Allah swt in an incredible manner.
Here’s what he does…and what you can do too:
“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve (in a year): It was so ordained, by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein…” [al-Tawbah 9:36]
Hasten to do Good:
Ibn ‘Abbaas [radi-allahu-anhu] said in the tafseer for the above Ayah, that good deeds done during the four sacred months (including Muharram) bring a greater reward. Therefore, hasten to do maximum good deeds.
Refrain from sins:
Qataadah said, concerning the words “so wrong not yourselves therein” that wrongdoing during the sacred months is more serious and incurs a greater burden of sin than in other months.
Fasting this month especially on Day of Aashoora:

The Messenger of Allah [SAW] said: “The best fasting after Ramadan is the month of Muharram, and the best prayer after the obligatory prayer is prayer at night.”
Fasting on 10th Muharram (Day of Aashoora):
Ibn ‘Abbaas [MALE radi-allahu-anhu] said: The Prophet [SAW] came to Madeenah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Ashoora’. He said, “What is this?” They said, “This is a good day, this is the day when Allah [swt] saved the Children of Israel from their enemy and Moosa fasted on this day.” He said, “We are closer to Moosa than you.” So he fasted on this day and told the people to fast.
Ibn ‘Abbaas [radi-allahu-anhu] also said:“I never saw the Messenger of Allah [SAW] so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other than this day, the day of ‘Aashooraa’.”
Fasting the Day of ‘Aashoora is an expiation of a year of sins:
The Prophet [SAW] said: “Fasting the day of ‘Arafat’ I hope Allah will expiate thereby for the year before it and the year after it, and fasting the day of ‘Ashoora’ I hope Allah will expiate thereby for the year that came before it.”
It is mustahabb to fast on both the ninth and tenth days, because the Prophet [SAW] fasted on the tenth, and intended to fast on the ninth.
Our deen gives us numerous opportunities to do good deeds and collect innumerable diamonds along the way so as to help us cement our place in Jannah. Keep spotting those diamonds and keep collecting them in sha Allah!
I ask Allah to help us seek out the blessings of this sacred month, accept our fasts, and grant us His forgiveness for fasting the day of ‘Aashoora’.
The 9th and 10th of Muharram will coincide with 29th and 30th september 2017 in shaa Allah (though this may differ with other sources).
May Allah (swt) enable ua to perform many good deeds in this blessed month and beyond. Ameeen.

*The Sacred Month of Muharram*

Standard
*The Sacred Month of Muharram*

The month of Allah Muharram is a great and blessed month. It is the first month of the Hijri year and is one of the sacred months concerning which Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred, (i.e. the 1st, the 7th, the 11th and the 12th months of the Islamic calendar). That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein”
[Soorat at-Tawbah 9:36]. 
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said, concerning the words of Allah “so wrong not yourselves therein” [Soorat at-Tawbah 9:36]: (The command not to wrong yourself) applies in all months, then Allah singled out four months and made them sacred, and emphasised their sanctity, and He made sin during these months more grave, and He made righteous deeds and the reward thereof greater. 
👉Qatadah said: Allah has chosen elites from His creation: from among the angels He chose Messengers, from among mankind He chose Messengers, from among speech He chose remembrance of Him (dhikr), from among spaces on earth He chose the mosques, from among the months He chose Ramadan and the sacred months, from among days He chose Friday (Jumu‘ah), and from among nights He chose Laylat al-Qadr. 
So venerate that which has been chosen by Allah, for people of understanding and wisdom respect that which has been chosen by Allah. (End quote Ibn Khatir)
*Recommended Deeds*
1. *Fasting on Tasu’a (9th) and Ashura (10th)*
“I never saw the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other than this day, the day of ‘Ashura’, and this month, meaning Ramadhan.”Reported by Al-Bukhari, 1867
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “For fasting the day of ‘Ashura’, I hope that Allah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” [Reported by Muslim, 1976] 
☆ *Why fast Tasu’a*
Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased withu them both) said: “When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) fasted on ‘Ashura’ and commanded the Muslims to fast as well, they said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, it is a day that is venerated by the Jews and Christians.’ The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘If I live to see the next year, in sha Allah, we will fast on the ninth day too.’ But it so happened that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed away before the next year came.” [Reported by Muslim, 1916]
👉An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
📚”The scholars – our companions and others – mentioned several reasons why it is mustahabb to fast on Tasu’a’: 
🖊The intention behind it is to be different from the Jews, who only venerate the tenth day. 

🖊This opinion was reported from Ibn ‘Abbas …

🖊The intention is to add another day’s fast to ‘Ashura’. This is akin to the prohibition on fasting a Friday by itself, as was mentioned by al-Khattabi and others.

🖊To be on the safe side and make sure that one fasts on the tenth, in case there is some error in sighting the crescent moon at the beginning of Muharram and the ninth is in fact the tenth.”
2. *Fasting on other days of the month*
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The best fast after Ramadan is in the month of Allah Muharram.”
One should therefore try to fast alot of nawafil fasts seeking reward in this holy month. The one already given to fasting twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) as the prophet (saw) used to can make it thrice a week, while others can try to cultivate the sunnah or try to fast once every week (4 times a month) at least fast on the white days (13th, 14th and 15th) as also recommended by the prophet (saw). 
3. *Refraining from bad deeds and increasing in good deeds*
Engaging in bad deeds at any time of the year is sinful and a righteous believer should always try to refrain from it. But muharram being a holy month, sins committed in it are more gravious as mentioned by our righteous predecessors.
So an extra effort should be made to desist from sinful acts while increasing in the performance of good deeds-Nawafil prayers, charity, saying words of praise, teaching and reminding one’s sister or brother about the deen e.t.c since alhamdulillah, they too, incur a greater reward from Allah (swt). 
With excerpts from islamqa.com
O Allah (swt), make us of the doers of good this month and accept it from us, ameen thumma ameen.