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Imam Ahmad narrated in al-Musnad (5384) from Hudhayfah (may Allaah be pleased with him), describing the recitation of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in the night prayer. He said: “When he came to a verse which spoke of Allaah being above any fault or defect, he said Subhaan Allaah.” [Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (4782) and by the editors of al-Musnad]

Imam al-Tabaraani narrated in his book al-Du’aa’ a number of reports explaining this meaning of this word, which he compiled in a chapter entitled Tafseer al-Tasbeeh (explanation of the phrase Subhaan Allaah) (p. 498-500). Among the reports that he quoted in this chapter are the following:

It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him):

Subhaan Allaah means declaring Allaah to be above every bad thing.

It was narrated that Yazeed ibn al-Asamm said:

A man came to Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) and said:

“Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah” we know: there is no god other than Him. “Al-hamdu Lillaah” we know: all blessings come from Him and He is the One Who to be praised for them. “Allaahu akbar” we know: there is nothing greater than Him. But what does “Subhaan Allaah” mean?

He said: This is a word that Allaah has approved for Himself, and has enjoined His angels to say, and inspired the elite of His creation to utter.

It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Buraydah narrated that a man asked ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him) about the phrase “Subhaan Allaah” and he said: It is veneration of the majesty of Allaah.

It was narrated that Mujaahid said:

Tasbeeh means to declare that Allaah is free of anything bad.

It was narrated that Maymoon ibn Mahraam said:

Subhaan Allaah is veneration of Allaah and is a phrase by which Allaah is venerated.

It was narrated that al-Hasan said:

Subhaan Allaah is a restricted phrase that cannot be used with reference to any of creation.

It was narrated that Abu ‘Ubaydah Mu’ammar ibn al-Mathanna said:

Subhaan Allaah is declaring Allaah to be above (all defects).

Al-Tabaraani said: al-Fadl ibn al-Habbaab told us: I heard Ibn ‘Aa’ishah say:

When the Arabs find something objectionable and regard it as very serius, they say “Subhaan”. It is as if it is declaring Allaah to be above every bad thing that it is inappropriate to attribute to Him.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

The command to glorify Him (by saying Subhaan Allaah) also implies declaring Him to be above every fault and shortcoming, and affirming the attributes of perfection for Him. Tasbeeh implies declaring Him to be above any fault and venerating Him, and veneration implies affirming praiseworthy attributes for which He is praised, and that implies declaring Him to be above any faults, praising Him, magnifying Him and affirming His Oneness. End quote.

Majmoo’ al-Fataawa 16/125

Making Du’aa for Children


Abu Hurayrah said that RasoolAllah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said about ayah 36 in Surah Ale Imran:”Every newly born baby is touched by Shaytan when it is born, and the baby starts crying because of this touch, except Maryam & her son. Abu Hurayrah then said, “Read if you will:

وِإِنِّى أُعِيذُهَا بِكَ وَذُرِّيَّتَهَا مِنَ الشَّيْطَـنِ الرَّجِيمِ
(And I seek refuge with You for her and for her offspring from Shaytan, the outcast).” ”
‎(The Two Sahihs recorded this Hadith.)[Muslim :: Book 33 : Hadith 6429]

This ayah shows us how Maryam’s mother made duáa for Maryam & her Children even before they were born! And it shows us how Allah responded to her du’as…

It teaches us how important it is for us to make du’a for our children. Today we ask Allah for everything for our kids but forget to ask Him to protect them from our biggest enemy, shaytan  — who has promised Allah that he will lead everyone to the Hell Fire!

 

Ibn Abbas related that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to seek protection for Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn by saying:

أُعِيذُكُمَا بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ ، وَهَامَّةٍ ، وَمِنْ كُلِّ عَيْنٍ لَامَّةٍ 

“I seek protection for you in the Perfect Words of Allah from every devil, and every beast and every envious blameworthy eye.”

(Al Bukhari 4/119) 

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Let’s follow his sunnah, insha Allah!

May Allah keep us and our progeny under His special protection and care! Aameen!

 

 

I will give….


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“More generous than the strong, uncontrollable wind, he was,” you mouth the words to yourself lovingly, reverently. “SalAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam…” (Al Bukhari)

This Ramadan, I will give sadaqah daily, you decide…

But a worry settles in: How will you keep it up? If tonight you gave freely without hesitating, what will you do tomorrow? Do you empty your pockets daily for the sake of Allah? Where will you get the money? If you do what you just did tonight, you’ll be broke in no time…

Your heart aches because you want so much — in your own, small way — to resemble a generous wind… Maybe you can just be a zephyr, small, gentle breeze that it is. But with so little to give, how do you compete with the generosity of the generous? How do you vie for a similar reward?

Allah tabaraka wa ta’ala is so Gracious, and so Appreciative… He doesn’t ask much of us. He doesn’t burden us with more than we can bear. He’s not in need of our charity, but He asks us to give for our own good, our own purity. And He loves that when we do something, we keep it up and do it consistently.

Your sadaqah doesn’t have to be immense. And when times are tight, remember that it doesn’t have to be just monetary. If half a date can save you from Hell-fire, then don’t be shy to give half a date. If smiling in the face of your sister can be charity, then smile once with the hope that Allah will accept it, the hope that this one act will leave you smiling eternally in the Hereafter.

If you can’t spend much, then give a little, but give consistently. Give a little, but give sincerely. Give what you can now with the intention of giving more when times are easier. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala doesn’t look at our pockets, but at your hearts. All He asks us is to be sincere to Him and truly seek His Face and His Pleasure.

Give of your time. Give of your skills. Give whatever you can, but give. And do it daily.

“If you have much, give from the bottom of your heart… and if you don’t, give of your heart.“ – Sheikh Abdulbary Yahya

Perspective:

This Ramadan, change your perspective on sadaqah.

Sadaqah list:

– Put a bit of change in the sadaqah box on your way out from taraweeh. Whenever you receive a gift of money, or your salary, or any monetary benefit, take out a portion from it out of gratefulness to Allah.

– Donate a few volunteer hours to help out at the masjid.

– Help out with local projects such as food drives, volunteer at soup kitchens, etc.

– Share a good word, spread some knowledge, impart beneficial advice, lend an ear.

– After iftar, help clean up and pick up leftover litter if you’re at the masjid.

– You’re fasting. Consider all the coffee/tea/snack breaks you would take on a normal basis, and donate that amount for the sake of Allah.

– Smile. Sincerely. At everyone you meet at the masjid. And greet them well.

– Set up water bottles at taraweeh prayer for the worshippers so they can quench their thirst and make du’a for you.

– Prepare food for others and partake in the extra reward, not only for that of charity but for their fast as well.

– Donate your time to your loved ones, and those that you may have been neglecting throughout the year.

– Pray Salat ad-Duha. The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Each morning, there is a charity due from every bone in the body of every one of you. Each utterance of Allah’s glorification (subhan Allah) is an act of charity; every utterance of praise (ahumdulillah) is an act of charity; every utterance of affirmation of His Oneness (la ilaha illa Allah) is an act of charity; every utterance of affirmation of His Greatness (Allahu Akbar) is an act of charity; enjoining good and forbidding evil is an act of charity. And it’s enough for all of this to offer two rak’ahs of Duha.” [Sahih Muslim]

This Ramadan, give charity daily… Look for unique ways to be charitable and make the lives of those around you even a tiny bit better. Consider sadaqah an amazing and exciting opportunity for you to draw closer to your Lord.

Originally published at I Got it Covered.

The Forgotten Sunnah – Standing in the Rain


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An unusual sound penetrated my train of thought as I sat studying at my desk. I looked up pensively from my book and a few moments passed before I realised that what I was hearing was the sound of pouring rain. A sound so common back in my hometown, Cape Town, was now so foreign to me in the desert city of Madinah.

I rushed out onto the balcony to admire the rainfall. As I stood, witnessing Allah’s answer to the prayers of the community, a strange sight caught my eye down below. A man, instead of running for cover, walked calmly to and into his building. He reappeared shortly carrying a chair. Still in a state of composure, he placed the chair out in the pouring rain and just sat down! He appeared to be enjoying the sensation of the raindrops falling on his skin. I was intrigued.

Back home, many people become grumpy at the first sign of rain or run frantically from it when it catches them unawares. I just kept staring. I then made an intention to find out more about what I had witnessed and soon discovered that spending time in the rain was a practice of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and His Companions (may Allah honour them), based on these findings:

It is Sunnah (A practice of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to stand in the rain and to expose a portion of your body to it.

Its narrated by Imaam Muslim in his authentic compilation from the hadith of Anas, He said: It rained upon us as we were with the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him). The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) unveiled his garment (from a part of his body) until the rain fell on him. We said: Messenger of Allah, why did you do this? He said: Because it (the rainfall) has just come from the Exalted Lord.

And Haakim in his book Al-Mustadrak narrates this hadith with the following words: “When the rain came down from the heavens He (The Prophet May peace be upon him) used to remove his garment from his back until the rain fell on it (his back).”

The scholars have taken proof from this hadith that it is Sunnah (recommended) to expose your body and clothing to the falling rain. Out of happiness that Allah is sending down his blessing and moreover rejoicing that its falling down on us.

And the meaning of the phrase: “Because it (the rainfall) has just come from the Exalted Lord.” is mentioned in the explanation of Sahih Muslim of Imaam Nawawiy by saying: That the rainfall is a mercy which Allah has just created, therefore use it as a blessing.

Imaam Ashafi’ee mentions in his book Al-Umm: It is narrated by Ibn Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him): That the rain fell from the heavens so he told his servant to bring out his mattress and saddle so that the rain may fall on it. Abu Jawzaa’ then asked Ibn Abbas: Why are you doing that, may Allah have mercy on you? He (Ibn Abbas) then said: Do you not read the book of Allah:

“And we have sent down from the heavens water that is blessed” [Surah 50, Verse 9]

Therefore I would like the blessing to fall (incur) on it.

Scholars of jurisprudence have mention the following regarding standing in the rain:

1. The Sunnah of exposing oneself to the rain can be obtained by unveiling any portion of one’s body no matter how small the portion may be like one’s head or arms.

2. One should not expose one’s Awrah.

3. It is recommended by some scholars to take Wudu (ablution) and Ghusl (wash) from the rainfall. And they based their deduction on the following Hadith: It is narrated from the Prophet (may peace be upon him) that when stream used to flow he (Prophet) would say: “Leave with us to that which Allah has made pure so that we may purify ourselves from it and praise Allah most exalted.”

Imaam Al bayhaqee states that this is a narration from Umar (may Allah honour him) and not from the Prophet (may peace be upon him).

Imaam Nawawiy also mentions in Al-Majmoo’ that: “Its recommended that when the gorge flows (with rain water) to perform wudu (ablution) and ghusl (washing) from it. And if he or she is not able to do both then at least to perform wudu (ablution) from it.

And Allah knows best.

–Written by Khalid Abduroaf

Get your past sins forgiven!


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Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) observed Saum (fasting) on the day of `Ashura’ and commanded us to fast on this day. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: `Ashoora’ 10th of Muharram. In another Hadith, it is stated that when the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) emigrated from Makkah to Al-Madinah, he saw that the Jews were fasting on this day. He asked them why they did this on that day, and they told him that they did it for the reason that Allah granted Prophet Musa emancipation from Pharaoh on this day, and so they observed Saum in token of their joy. On this, he (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said that in this happiness of Prophet Musa, Muslims have a greater right to observe Saum than the Jews. Consequently, he also observed Saum on 10th of Muharram. Then, he said that if he lived the following year, he would observe Saum on 9th of Muharram also so that they would make themselves different from the Jews. According to another Hadith, he (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) ordained the Muslims to observe Saum on `Ashura’ and in addition one more Saum on 9th or 11th of Muharram in opposition to the Jews.

(Musnad Ahmad, Vol.4, P-21, edited by Ahmad Shakir; and Mujamma` Az-Zawaid, Vol.3, P-188).

Thus observance of two Saum on this occasion is a Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam). These two Saum can be observed either on 9th and 10th or 10th and 11th of Muharram.

Abu Qatadah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was asked about observing As-Saum (the fast) on the tenth day of Muharram, and he replied, “It is an expiation for the sins of the preceding year.” [Muslim].

Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “If I remain alive till the next year, I shall also observe fast on the ninth of Muharram.” [Muslim].

The DAY of ARAFAH


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✦ The DAY of ARAFAH! ✦

• The Day, by which Allah SWORE an Oath.
• The Day of FORGIVENESS of sins, and FREEDOM from Fire.
• The Day, on which Allah PERFECTED the religion, and completed His FAVOR.
• The Day, on which Allah took the COVENANT from the progeny of Adam.
• The Day, fasting on which is an EXPIATION for the SINS of the previous year, and the coming year.

A BARGAIN YOU CAN’T MISS OUT ON: “Fasting the Day of `Arafah expiates for two years, one prior and one forthcoming.”

[Saheeh Muslim]

*-Get tens and even hundreds of bonus years on top of that by sharing and informing others!

*-Sisters:
If you sincerely intended on fasting and would have fasted, yet couldn’t due to your menstrual cycle, don’t be sad!
You’ll get the same reward as if you fasted, not a tiny bit less -insha Allah! (I spoke on that issue in: ‘Ramadan Gems #5′)
[~Shaykh Ahmad Musa Jibril]

May Allah accept from us…Aameen!

The Two Important Signs


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The creation of the Sun and Moon is one of the greatest signs given to humans by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala of His existence. No doubt the absence of both these created blessings would create havoc in any living being’s life.

“Blessed is He who has placed in the sky great stars and placed therein a [burning] lamp and luminous moon.”(25:61)

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala also shows us His great power and control over the universe by the solar eclipse and the lunar eclipse happening every few months. These major events, when the unusual happens in the well balanced system of the universe, demand more from us than merepublicizing on media or thousands of people coming out to witness it.

The eclipse of the sun or moon is one of the signs of the Day of Judgment and the fact that it occurs every few months requires our serious attention. Few might know that the solar or the lunar eclipses are actually great reminders and alarms given to us by the Lord of the worlds, to check ourselves, to repent and return to Him with a humble heart.

In the Quran, Allah Ta’ala says:

“He (man) asks, ‘ When is the Day of Resurrection?’ So when the vision is dazzled. And the moon darkens. And the sun and moon are joined.” (75:6-9)

“…when the sun will be wound round and will lose its light and be overthrown and the stars will fall.” (Surah at-Takweer 81:1)

This is why Muslims should be alarmed by eclipses.

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) used to fear Allaah very much, and one day he came out in an agitated state, thinking that the Hour had begun, when the sun was eclipsed during his lifetime… This is indicative of the great extent to which he kept the Hour in mind and feared it, even though Allah had forgiven all his sins and promised him paradise.

We, on the other hand, have become negligent and most of us no longer think of eclipses as anything other than a natural phenomenon which we go out to watch with special glasses, carrying cameras. We limit themselves to the worldly scientific explanation without understanding the reminder of the Hereafter which it brings. This is one of the signs of hard-heartedness and a lack of concern about the matters of the Hereafter. It reflects a lack of fear of the onset of the Day of Judgment, and ignorance of the aims of sharee’ah and the reports that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to feel fear when these eclipses happened. The Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) used to stand to pray the eclipse prayer, because they believed that if indeed the Hour had come, they would not then be counted negligent of their prayer, and if this eclipse was nothing to do with the Hour, then they would not lose anything by praying, for they would have earned a great reward!!!

In the early Islamic period, the solar eclipse (kusoof As Shams) happened just once in the life-time of our beloved Prophet Muhammad. (sallallahu alayhi wassallam)

It was narrated by Al Mughira bin Shuba that,

The Solar eclipse occurred on the day when the prophet’s son Ibrahim passed away. When he (sallallahu alayhi wassallam) saw the sun turn dark.., he was terrified and thought the Hour had come.(Bukhari)

Narrated Abu Bakr (may Allah have mercy on him)

The solar eclipse occurred while we were sitting with the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wassallam). He got up dragging his garment (on the ground) hurriedly, till he reached the mosque. There, he offered a two-Rak’ah prayer until the eclipse was over and said, “The sun and the moon are two signs among the signs of Allah, so if you see a thing like this (eclipse) then offer the prayer and invoke Allah until He removes that state.”

Al-Bukhari and Muslim record from’Aishah that the Messenger of Allah (sallalahu alayhi wassallam) said:

“The sun and the moon are two signs from among Allah’s signs and there is no eclipse due to the life or death of anyone. If you see that [an eclipse] [lunar or solar] supplicate to Allah, extol His greatness, give charity and pray.”

They also record from Abu Musa that there was a solar eclipse and the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wassallam) said:

“If you see something of this nature, rush to the remembrance of Allah, supplicating Him and asking His forgiveness.”

 

Salaat Al Kusoof

Narrated Aisha (may Allah have mercy on her) On the day of a solar eclipse, Allah’s Messenger (sallalahu alayhi wassallam) rushed to offer the eclipse prayer. He called out: “”Salat-ul-jami’ah “” and started the prayer, 

* he recited Surah al Fatiha and then Surah al Baqarah till the end,  

* then he bowed down for Ruku’,

* and then he raised his head saying.

“Sami’Allah-u-liman hamida”

“Allah hears him who sends his praises to Him.”

Then he again recited Surah Fatiha and began reciting surah al Imran,

* then bowed down for a second ruku’, raised himself and recited,

“Sami’Allah-u-liman hamida”

“Allah hears him who sends his praises to Him.”

* Then he performed two long sujood

* and then performed the second Rakah in the same way as he had done the first.

By the time he had finished his prayer with Taslim, the solar eclipse had been over!

Then he addressed the people referring to the solar and lunar eclipses saying,

 “These are two signs amongst the Signs of Allah, and they do not eclipse because of anyone’s death or life. So, if you see them, hasten for the Prayer.” (Al Bukhari)

According to these hadeeths this prayer consists of two rakahs, four qiyams, four rukus and four sujood.

It is not compulsory to recite Surah al Baqarah or Surah Al Imran in this prayer. We can recite any surah that we wish. According to various scholars this prayer is wajib on Muslims.

It is preferred to make Dhikr, duas, to give charity, make serious repentance, try to mend our ways and ask Allah to guide us and our families and also to save us all from the punishment of the grave as the darkness in the grave would be more than the darkness of the day of solar eclipse.

May Allah forgive us, bless us with the knowledge of His religion and make us practising Muslims.

And all praise belongs to Allah, Who guided us to this precious information. May the best of peace and blessings of Allah be on Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those who follow them in righteousness.

 

-Written by Mariam Anwer