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

ZAMZAM: Verily, it is blessed, it is food that nourishes…


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Imaam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

Zamzam water is the best and noblest of all waters, the highest in status, the dearest to people, the most precious and valuable to them. It was dug by Jibreel and is the water with which Allaah quenched the thirst of Ismaa’eel.

It was reported in Saheeh Muslim that the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said to Abu Dharr, who had stayed near the Ka’bah and its coverings for forty days and nights with no food or drink other than (Zamzam): “How long have you been here?” Abu Dharr said: “I have been here for thirty days and nights.” The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Who has been feeding you?” He said, “I have had nothing but Zamzam water, and I have gotten so fat that I have folds of fat on my stomach. I do not feel any of the tiredness or weakness of hunger and I have not become thin.” The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily, it is blessed, it is food that nourishes.” (Narrated by Imaam Muslim, 2473).

Other scholars added, with their own isnaads, “… and a healing for sickness.” This was narrated by al-Bazzaar (1171, 1172) and al-Tabaraani in al-Sagheer (295).In Sunan Ibn Maajah (al-Manaasik, 3062) it was reported from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah that the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said •►“The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for.”

The Salaf and ‘ulamaa’ acted upon this Hadeeth. When ‘Abd-Allaah ibn al-Mubaarak went for Hajj, he came to Zamzam and said •►“O Allaah, Ibn Abi’l-Mawaali told us from Muhammad ibn al-Munkadir from Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) that Your Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, ‘The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for.’ I am drinking it to ward off thirst on the Day of Resurrection.” ♥

[Ibn Abi’l-Mawaali is thiqah (trustworthy) so the hadeeth is hasan (good)]

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

Myself and others tried seeking healing with Zamzam water and saw wondrous things. I sought healing with it from a number of illnesses, and I was healed by the permission of Allaah. I saw someone who nourished himself with it for a number of days, half a month or more, and he did not feel hunger; he performed Tawaaf along with the other people just as they did. And he told me that he consumed nothing but Zamzam water for forty days and he had the strength to have intercourse with his wife, to fast and to perform Tawaaf numerous times.

Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/319, 320.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah preserve him) said:

So you should have the intention of what you want to gain by drinking this water. He should drink his fill, i.e., fill his stomach with it until it is filled to the ribs, because this water is good. A hadeeth has been narrated concerning this: the difference between the believers and the hypocrites is drinking one’s fill of Zamzam water. (Narrated by Ibn Maajah in al-Manaasik, 1017; al-Haakim, 1/472).

Al-Boosairi said: this is a saheeh isnaad; its men are mawthooqoon [trustworthy].

This is because Zamzam water is not sweet; it is somewhat salty, and the believer only drinks this somewhat salty water out of faith, believing that there is barakah (blessing) in it. So when he drinks his fill of it, this is a sign of faith.

(Sharh al-Mumti’, 7/377, 378, 379).

Perhaps Allaah did not make it sweet so that people would not forget that the meaning of drinking it is an act of worship. Whatever the case, its taste is fine and there is nothing wrong with it. We ask Allaah to quench our thirst from the Cistern (al-Hawd) of His Prophet on the Day of the greatest thirst. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad!

Be Gentle! :)


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Reported from Ibn ’Abbaas (radi Allahu ‘anhu), in marfoo’ form, that Prophet Muhammad (sallAllahu ‘alyhi wasallam) said:

“Be gentle/forgiving, and gentleness/forgiveness shall be rendered to you.”

(Saheeh | As-Saheehah | 1456)

Explaining it, al-Manawi said in al-Faid,“Deal with Allaah’s creation who are [all] dependent on Him and are His slaves with gentleness and ease, and their Lord will render (do) the same to you in this world and the Hereafter.” :)

(Al-Manawi in Faid al-Qadir, vol. 1, p. 512)

When the Sea Parted…,Thousands of Years Ago


A big day for the Children of Israel..?

A miracle to witness..?

A victory from Allah – the Great..?

What..? When..?

How does it concern us — the followers of Muhammad [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] ??

Let us take a Dive in the Ocean of our awesome Islamic History and find out for ourselves!!

Allah (subhanahu wa taála) says in His Glorious Book:

And We inspired to Moses, “Travel by night with My servants; indeed, you will be pursued.”

Then Pharaoh sent among the cities gatherers [Recruiters of an army to prevent the Children of Israel]

[And said], “Indeed, those are but a small band,

And indeed, they are enraging us,

And indeed, we are a cautious society… ”

So We removed them from gardens and springs

And treasures and honorable station –
[Allah caused them to abandon their wealth and property in pursuit of the Children of Israel]

Thus. And We caused to inherit it the Children of Israel.

So they pursued them at sunrise.

And when the two companies saw one another, the companions of Moses said, “Indeed, we are to be overtaken!”

[Moses] said, “No! Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.”

Then We inspired to Moses, “Strike with your staff the sea,” and it parted, and each portion was like a great towering mountain.

And We advanced thereto the pursuers.

And We saved Moses and those with him, all together.

Then We drowned the others.

Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers.

And indeed, your Lord – He is the Exalted in Might, the Merciful. ”

{Surah As Shu’araa 52-68}

 

“And indeed Allah is over all things Competent.”

SubhanAllahi Wa bihamdihi! That was the day when Allah Taála saved Moosa [alayhissalam] and the children of Israeel from Fir’awn and his followers.  Moosa [Alayhissalam] fasted on that day each year to thank Allah…and so did the Jews, at the time of Muhammad [sallallahu alyhi wasallam].

How Does it Conern us?

The Aáshoora: 

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:

“The Prophet [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] came to Madeenah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Aashooraa’. He said, ‘What is this?’ 

They said, ‘This is a righteous day,It is the day when Allaah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Moosa fasted on this day.’ 
He said, ‘We have more right to Moosa than you,’ so he fasted on that day and commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day.” 

(Reported by al-Bukhaari, 1865).

In a report narrated by Muslim, [the Jews said:]

“This is a great day, on which Allaah saved Moosa and his people, and drowned Pharaoh and his people. Moosa fasted on this day” – a report narrated by Muslim adds: “… in thanksgiving to Allaah, so we fast on this day.”

According to a report narrated by al-Bukhaari: “… so we fast on this day to respect it.”

The Prophet (sallallahu alyhi wasallam) said: “For fasting the day of ‘Aashooraa’, I hope that Allaah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” (Reported by Muslim).

This is from the bounty of Allaah towards us: for fasting one day He gives us expiation for the sins of a whole year. And Allaah is the Owner of Great Bounty.

So come dear sisters and brothers let us follow this sunnah of Rasoolullah (sallallahu alyhi wasallam), and remember how Allah granted victory to Prophet Moosa [alayhissalam] and his followers.
Let us fast the Aáshoora i.e., the tenth of Muharram and couple it by fasting on the ninth or the eleventh….to be different from the Jews, Insha Allah, like Rasoolullah [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] commanded and by doing that, let us gain the love, mercy, forgiveness and pleasure of Allah – the Lord of all that exists, the Lord who grants peace and victory. :)

May Allah accept our righteous deeds and reward us abundantly! Aameen!

~Mariam

Witr Prayer


Witr prayer is one of the greatest acts of worship that draws one closer to Allaah.

`Ali (bin Abu Talib) (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Witr prayer is not obligatory as the prescribed Salat (prayers), but the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) observed it as his regular practice (Sunnah). He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said,

Allah is Witr (single, odd) and loves what is Witr. So perform Witr prayer. O followers of Qur’an, observe Witr (prayer).”

(At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud)

 

Thus, we learn from this Hadith that Witr is not Fard and Wajib but Sunnah Mu’akkadah (compulsory). But it would not be correct to show any slackness in performing them to this reason because every Muslim should do his level best to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam).

 

———————————–Timings of Salatul Witr——————————

 It starts when a person has prayed ‘Isha’ until dawn begins, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Allaah has prescribed for you a prayer (by which He may increase your reward), which is Witr; Allaah has enjoined it for you during the time between ‘Isha’ prayer until dawn begins.”

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 425; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

Is it better to offer this prayer at the beginning of its time or to delay it?

The Sunnah indicates that if a person thinks he will be able to get up at the end of the night, it is better to delay it, because prayer at the end of the night is BETTER and is witnessed (by the angels). But whoever fears that he will not get up at the end of the night should pray Witr before he goes to sleep, because of the hadeeth of Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Whoever fears that he will not get up at the end of the night, let him pray Witr at the beginning of the night,but whoever thinks that he will be able to get up at the end of the night, let him pray Witr at the end of the night, for prayer at the end of the night is witnessed (by the angels) and that is better.”

— Narrated by Muslim, 755. 

——————————–The number of rak’ahs in Witr:——————————

The minimum number of rak’ahs for Witr is one rak’ah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Witr is one rak’ah at the end of the night.”

–Narrated by Muslim, 752.

And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“The night prayers are two (rak’ahs) by two, but if one of you fears that dawn is about to break, let him pray one rak’ah to make what he has prayed odd-numbered.”

— Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 911; Muslim, 749.

If a person limits himself to praying one rak’ah, then he has performed the Sunnah. But Witr may also be three or five or seven or nine.

—————————————–Ways of Offering————————————

*****IF THREE RAK’AH :

If a person prays three rak’ahs of Witr this may be done in two ways, both of which are prescribed in sharee’ah:

1 – To pray them one after another, WITH ONE TASHAHHUD, because of the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said:

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used not to say the tasleem in the (first) two rakahs of Witr. According to another version: “He used to pray Witr with three rak’ahs and he did not sit except in the last of them.”

— Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 3/234; al-Bayhaqi, 3/31. al-Nawawi said in al-Majmoo’ (4/7): it was narrated by al-Nasaa’i with a hasan isnaad, and by al-Bayhaqi with a saheeh isnaad. 

2 – Saying the tasleem after two rak’ahs, then praying one rak’ah on its own, because of the report narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him), that he used to separate the two rak’ahs from the single rak’ah with a tasleem, and he said that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do that.

— Narrated by Ibn Hibbaan (2435); Ibn Hajar said in al-Fath (2/482): its isnaad is qawiy (strong). 

*****IF FIVE OR SEVEN RAK’AH :

BUT IF HE PRAYS WITR WITH FIVE OR SEVEN RAK’AHS, THEN THEY SHOULD BE CONTINUOUS, and he should only recite one tashahhud in the last of them and say the tasleem, because of the report narrated by ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said:

“The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray thirteen rak’ahs at night, praying five rak’ahs of Witr, in which he would not sit except in the last rak’ah.

— Narrated by Muslim, 737. 

And it was narrated that Umm Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said:

“The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray Witr with five or seven (rak’ahs) and he did not separate between them with any salaam or words.”

— Narrated by Ahmad, 6/290; al-Nasaa’i, 1714. al-Nawawi said: Its isnaad is jayyid. Al-Fath al-Rabbaani, 2/297. and it was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i. 

***** IF NINE RAK’AH :

If he prays Witr with nine rak’ahs, then they should be continuous and he should sit to recite the tashahhud in the eighth rak’ah, then stand up and not say the tasleem, then he should recite the tashahhud in the ninth rak’ah and then say the tasleem.

It was narrated  from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray nine rak’ahs in which he did not sit except in the eighth, when he would remember Allaah, praise Him and call upon Him, then he would get up and not say the tasleem, and he would stand up and pray the ninth (rak’ah), then he would sit and remember Allaah and praise Him and call upon Him, then he would say a tasleem that we could hear.

— Muslim (746)

***** IF ELEVEN RAK”AH

If he prayed Witr with eleven rak’ahs, he would say the tasleem after each two rak’ahs, then pray one rak’ah at the end.

————————————Sunnah Recitation in Witr——————————–

In the first rak’ah one should recite Sabbih isma rabbika al-‘a’la (“Glorify the name of your Lord, the Most High” – Soorat al-A’la 87).

In the second one should recite Soorat al-Kaafiroon (109), and in the third Soorat al-Ikhlaas (112).

Ubayy ibn Ka’b said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to recite in Witr Sabbih isma rabbika al-‘a’la (“Glorify the name of your Lord, the Most High” – Soorat al-A’la 87), Qul yaa ayyuha’l-kaafiroon (“Say: O disbeliever…” – Soorat al-Kaafiroon 109) and Qul Huwa Allaahu ahad (“Say: He is Allaah, the One” – Soorat al-Ikhlaas 112).

– Al-Nasaa’i (1729), classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i. 

———————————–Reciting Qunoot in Witr———————————–

Du’a’ al-Qunoot is recited in the LAST RAK’AH of Witr prayer, after bowing, but if one recites it before bowing it doesn’t matter. But reciting it AFTER BOWING IS BETTER.

The worshipper should raise his hands to chest height and no more, because this du’aa’ is not a duaa of supplication in which a person needs to raise his hands high.

It is better not to recite qunoot in witr all the time, rather it should be done sometimes, because there is no evidence that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did it all the time.

The du’aa’ of qunoot was narrated from al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught me some words to say in qunoot al-witr:

Allâhumma hdinî fîman hadayta wa câfinî fîman câfayta, wa tawallanî fîman tawallayta, wa bârik lî fîmâ actayta, wa qinî sharra mâ qadayta. Fa-innaka taqdî wa lâ yuqdâ calayka. Innahu lâ yadhillu man wâlayta [wa lâ yacizzu man câdayta]. Tabârakata rabbanâ wa tacâlayta.

‘O Allaah, guide me along with those whom You have guided, pardon me along with those whom You have pardoned, be an ally to me along with those whom You are an ally to and bless for me that which You have bestowed. Protect me from the evil You have decreed for verily You decree and none can decree over You. For surety, he whom You show allegiance to is never abased and he whom You take as an enemy is never honoured and mighty. O our Lord, Blessed and Exalted are You.’

Abu Dawood (1425), al-Tirmidhi (464), and al-Nasaa’i (1746)

Then he should send blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

———————————– After finishing Witr—————————————

It is mustahabb to say after the tasleem:

سُـبْحانَ المَلِكِ القُدّوس , ربِّ الملائكةِ والرّوح

Subhâna-l-maliki-l-quddûsi. (Prophet [sallAllahu ‘alyhi wasallam] would recite this thrice, and while reciting it the third time he would raise his voice, elongate it and add:

[Rabbi-l-malâ’ikati wa r-rûhi.]

‘How perfect The King, The Holy One is.’ (Three Times) ‘Lord of the angels and the Ruuh (i.e. Jibraa’eel).

—  narrated by al-Nasaa’i (1699) and classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Nasaa’i.

—————————————————————————————————————————

All these ways of offering Witr prayer have been mentioned in the Sunnah, but the best way is not to stick to one particular way; rather one should do it ONE WAY ONE TIME AND ANOTHER WAY ANOTHER TIME, so that one will have done all the Sunnahs.

And Allah Ta’ala alone knows best.

-Compiled by Faizan Shaikh

Do you want to respond to the insults?


 

~Dr. Bilal Philips said: “It is not strange for a civilization which holds nothing sacred (besides the Holocaust) to make fun of the Prophet of Islam – may God’s peace and blessings be upon him.
The buttons are once again being pushed and Muslims’ feelings are hurt. Consequently, some are angrily lashing out and harming innocent people in their ignorance. However, this is only further distorts the image of Islam which was the intention of those who made that evil film. Let us, instead, follow the prophetic way, and convey the message of Islam positively and with greater vigor, while patiently bearing the harm of our enemies.”

~Assim Alhakeem said: No matter what they say or do, the name of our Prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) will always be exalted. Whether they make cartoons or films depicting him in a negative way, his name will still be mentioned 5 times a day (in adhan) all over the world. What has happened in Libya and what is happening in Egypt and elsewhere do not serve Islam and it is unislamic. These protests and hooliganism serve the enemy of Islam. They will never stop making fun of our religion and our religion will excel despite their efforts.

•►Let us abide by our Quran and Sunnah and this is what hurts them most.

Preserve your Treasure in Paradise


Upon the authority of Abu Hurairah – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu – who said: “The Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alaihi wa Salam said to me:

Say ‘Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwataa Illaa Billaah’ (There is no might or power except with Allah) in abundance, for indeed it is from the treasures of Jannah

(Collected by Bukhaari (6952) and At Tirmidhi (3601) upon the authority of Abu Musaa Al Ash’aree -Radhiyallahu Anhu)

Meaning this is a treasure that will be preserved and rewarded to the servant in Jannah if he says it!

As far as its meaning is concerned then ‘Laa Haula’  meaning ‘Laa Tahweel’ which is to change from one affair to another. That is there is no ability to change and turn from disobediance and sin except with Allah. As for ‘Laa Quwwata’ then it literally means no power or might, that is one has no power or ability to carry out acts of obediance except with the aid of Allah. Thus the statement is one that bonds and connects the servant to his lord if it is understood.

Upon the authority of Qais ibn Sa’d – Radhiyallahu ‘anhu – who said that the messenger of Allah said:

Should i not indicate to you a door from the doors of Jannah?” I said: “Of course!” he said: “Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata Illaa Billah!

(Collected by At Tirmidhi (3581) and declared ‘Saheeh’ by Shaikh Al Albaani – Rahimahullah)

Upon the authority of Abu Huraira who said that the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam – said:

Should i not teach you (or he said) indicate to you a statement from beneath the throne of Allah from the treasures of Jannah?” Say: “Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata Illaah Billah” So Allah says (i.e. when the servant says that) My servant has submitted and surrendered

(Collected by Al Haakim (54) and declared ‘Saheeh’ By Shaikh Al Albaani in ‘Saheehul Jaami’ 2614)

Indeed when the Messenger went upon the night journey he met the father of the prophets and messengers Ibraaheem who commanded him to convey some advice to his Ummah

Upon the authority of Ibn Mas’ood – Radhiyallahu Anhu – from the messenger who said:

” When it was the night that I went upon the night journey I met Ibraaheem in the seventh heaven- who said to me: “Oh Muhammad! Convey my salaams to your Ummah and inform them that the soil of Jannah is good and its water is sweet and fresh and it is ‘Qee’aan’ (i.e. a beautiful open plain, perfect for cultivating) and that it is cultivated with: ‘Subhaanallah’ and ‘Al Hamdullillah’ and ‘Laa illaaha illallah’ and ‘Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata Ilaa Billah’

(Collected by At Tabaraani in ’Al Mu’jam al Kabeer’ and declared ‘Hasan’ by  Shaikh Al Al baani in Saheehul Jaami’)

The Messenger theronafter advised his ummah generally with it and specifically:

Upon the authority of Ibn Umar – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhumaa who said: The messenger of Allah – Sallallahu Alaihi wa Salam – said:

” Be plentiful in sowing the seeds of paradise, for indeed its water is sweet and fresh, and its soil is good, thus be plentiful in planting it’s seedlings ‘Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata illaa Billah

(Collected by At Tabaraani in ‘Al Mu’jam Al kabeer’ (13354) and declared ‘Hasan’ by Shaikh Al Albaani in Saheehul Jaami’ (1213)

As far as him advising specific individuals then:

His advise to Abu Dharr Al Ghifaari – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu:

Upon the authority of Abi Dharr:

Oh Abaa Dharr! Should I not indicate to you a treasure from the treasures of Jannah?: “Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwataa Ilaa Billah

(Collected by Ahmad in his Musnad and declared ‘Saheeh’ by Shaikh Naasir in ‘Saheeh Targheeb’ 1585)

His advise to Haazim ibn Harmalah Al Aslami:

Oh Haazim! Say ‘Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata Illaa Billah’ plentifully, for indeed it is a treasure from the treasures of Jannah”

His advise to Abdullah ibn Qais – Radhiyallahu ‘anhu

“Oh Abdullah ibn Qais! Should I not indicate to you a statement that is a treasure from the treasures of Jannah? “Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata Illaah Billah”

(Agreed Upon)

His advice to Abu Hurairah – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu

Upon the authority of Abu Hurairah – Radhiyallahu anhu – who said:

“We were walking with the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Was Salam – in a garden in Madina when he  said: “Oh Abaa Hurairah” so i responded “I am here at your service Oh Messenger of Allah! so he said: “Indeed those who indulge much (in the life of this world) they will have the least (on the day of Judgement) except one that who does like this and this with his wealth” and he gestured with his hand to the left and the right (ie that he gives his wealth to the left and to the right) “and they indeed are few” then he said: “Oh Abaa Hurairah Should i not indicate to you a treasure from the treasures of Jannah?” so i said: “Certainly Oh Messenger of Allah!” he said:”You should say: “Laa Haula Wa Laa Quwwata ilaa Billah wa Laa Malja’a wa laa manjaa illaa ilaihi” (There is no ability to turn from disobediance nor power to carry out acts of obedience except with Allah. And there is no one protection from evil is sought from, nor one that grants salvation except him.). Then he said “Oh Abaa Hurairah! Do you know what the right of Allah upon his servants is and his servants right upon Allah?” So i said: “Allah and his Messenger know best” He said: “The right of Allah upon his servant is that they worship him and do not ascribe partners with him, and the servants right upon Allah is that he will not punish one who does not acsribe partners with him

(Collected by Al Haakim in his ‘Mustadrak’ and declared ‘Saheeh’ by Shaikh Al Albaani in Saheeh Targheeb 3261 and As Saheehah: 1766)

 

What’s the Point in Studying Islam?


By AFIFA JABEEN | Saudi Life

DRIVING back from my last final exam of the semester, my thoughts were quickly arranging themselves into a list of all the ‘to-do’ things and ‘to-read’ books that I can now give attention to. But before that, the elder with whom I was riding home had a very peculiar question for me. It all began with him simply enquiring about how I did my paper, when do I have my next semester and then, how long is the course. “Four years?” was his startled response on being told the course duration. Then came the bomb. “Why are you studying this? Will it get you a job?”

I have found myself in this spot a few times before, having to explain to people what good a four-year Bachelors degree in Islamic Studies would do for me. I fail to understand why the answer to this—which appears as rather obvious to me —is not so easily comprehensible for others. Clearing my throat, I gave him two answers, one to convince him and another to convince myself. “Of course, you could get a job. Any school would be ardent to get me on board as an Islamic Studies teacher,” I said quietly, remembering when a few months back I ended up in a small school for an interview for an Islamic Studies teaching job. I hadn’t brought along my CV, but on learning that I was doing a course in Islamic Studies, the school’s owner looked sufficiently pleased at her discovery and handed me books to prepare myself for class next day. I never returned the next day, given that I considered teaching as “not my cup of tea.”

Next, I stated the obvious to my relative, who by now appeared slightly more convinced. “See, when you are studying such wonderful subjects like Aqeedah, Seerah, Hadith, Tajweed, isn’t it great to derive so much knowledge about Allah SWT and His religion out of it?”

More often than not, we measure the suitability of an academic program in terms of profit and loss – financial at that – and/or our own interests. Will it get me a good job? What does the industry look like in the next 10 years? Does the subject interest me? Is it my passion?

Talking of interests, Islam is our Fitrah, which we are born with. So by default, we should be naturally inclined to improve our practice of the Deen by studying and perfecting it.

As for profit and loss, Ibn Al-Jawzi رحمه الله said: “It happens that a person has good health, but does not have free time because of his being engaged in earning his livelihood; or he is rich but has no good health. So, if these two (good health and free time) are gathered in a person, but laziness overtakes him from fulfilling his duties, then he is a loser. (Know that) this world is the harvest field of the hereafter; and in it there is business, the profit of which will be visible in the Hereafter. So, whoever utilizes his free time and good health in the obedience of Allah, he is the blessed one. And he who utilizes them in the disobedience of Allah, he is the one who is unjust to himself, because the leisure time is affected by business and health is affected by sickness.” [Fath al-Bari 11/23]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) made seeking knowledge an obligation upon every Muslim. (Ibn Majah and Bayhaqi) It is true that gaining detailed Islamic knowledge is a responsibility of a few in society (Fard Kifaayah), and when they (scholars) pursue it, others are not obliged to. However, it is in the interest of each one of us to study the practical aspects of our Deen – be it ourAqeedah (The Prophet (peace be upon him) preached only matters of Aqeedah for thirteen years in Makkah, this is how important Aqeedah is!), or Fiqh issues, such as those related to our prayer (Can we pray Isha after midnight? Or knees first or hands first in Sujood?), or just who wouldn’t want to acquire a beautiful Tilawah (recitation) of the Qur’an, knowing where to pause at the right places and with the right intonation and teach it to our children?

These issues are even more important to most of us because our belief systems, methods of prayer, Qur’anic recitation, and so on are so culturally influenced that they may contradict true Islamic teachings. Therefore, this is all the more reason to strive to correct ourselves.

The contemporary seeker of Islamic knowledge is probably seeing one of the best times in recent history, as authentic knowledge is now easily available at the click of a button and just a website away, no matter in where he or she resides. Every now and then I receive online invites to ‘live sessions’ by well-known scholars on Aqeedah, Tajweed and various other Islamic sciences. The best part is that most of these are free and short-term, making it easy for busy individuals to take advantage of them.

I see a lot of interest among my friends, some working mothers, some stay-at-home moms, and some students, who whenever I share an update on Facebook or Twitter about an impending exam or an assignment, enquire about the course.  It pleases me that so many find the prospect of studying Islam in a well-organized academic manner as practical, yet I don’t know how many of those queries actually translate into enrolment. I have now drafted a document with all details of my course of study so that whenever someone asks me about it, I simply copy-paste the document to share with them—and I add that I would be more than happy to share more if they like.

However, some of these Islamic university programs may not be accredited (though many are in the process of gaining accreditation). I went into one such program knowing this, and so are many other seekers of knowledge, who enrol in these courses only for the wealth of knowledge that can be gained even without any ‘official’ recognition.

It is important to remember that your intention to study is to please Allah SWT, for He will ask about the knowledge you attained and how you used it (in your actions) and not about your worldy ijaazahs or certificates.

Imam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah), one of the great Islamic scholars, said: “Seek knowledge because seeking it for the sake of Allah is worship. And knowing it makes you more God-fearing; and searching for it is jihad, teaching it to those who do not know is charity, reviewing and learning it more is like tasbeeh (glorifying Allah). Through knowledge, Allah will be known and worshipped. With knowledge, Allah will elevate people and make them leaders and imams, who will in turn guide other people.”

How do we know if a Sheikh is holding an online course or if a university is open for admissions now? A common grumble among many is that they simply are not aware of online classes, institutes or schools that they can benefit from. Well, to be acquainted with all the necessary information, I say surround yourselves with (i.e. “friend” and “follow”) all the right people on Facebook and Twitter. Just like a friend would share a latest Rihanna song, these friends love to share with you beneficial information. And it goes beyond copy-pasting Qur’anic verses andahadith with or without pondering over them. So when I scroll down my Facebook newsfeed, it’s not unusual to find myself tagged in a sisters’ Tajweed class or an Islamic lesson taking place somewhere in the city and so on.

Thus, there remains no excuse to deprive your soul of its essence – enrich it with the knowledge of your Deen, of your Lord. It is sweet and gratifying. Alhumdulillah.

As for my elder relative who asked what’s the point of me studying Islam, despite his busy schedule, he continues to volunteer to take me to my exam center, which is on the other end of the city. Perhaps, if I am able to show signs of better behaviour (READ: more humble, patient, respectful and less-ranting), then I am sure he would see the good in furthering his Islamic knowledge. After all, knowledge that is not acted upon is non-beneficial knowledge—and actually becoming a better person is the point of studying Islam.

Saying ‘Aameen’ after making Du’aa


♥ Facts I learned recently about saying ‘Ameen’ after making Du’aa ♥

In shaa’ Allaah you all know the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah, when she heard the Jew saying “As-Saam ‘alaykum” (Death be unto you) to the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam). If not, review it, it is mentioned in the following article:
http://www.bakkah.net/articles/salaamstojews.htm

Ibn Khuzaymah brings an additional wording to the story, that when the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) rebuked ‘Aa’ishah for what she said to the Jews, he then said:
•►”Verily the Jews are a envious group of people,
and they do not envy us over anything more
than they envy us over the salaam and ‘Aameen’.”

The hadeeth is found in Ibn Khuzaymah in his Saheeh (1/73/2), according to Al-Albaanee, who declared its chain to be saheeh in the Silsilah (#691).

It is also found in Ibn Maajah (#856 of Ma’rifah’s printing) with a similar wording.

As-Sindee [d.1138] said,•► “(They are jealous) over the salaam and the aameen due to what they know about their virtues and blessings. So the meaning is: So what is befitting for you is to use them both a lot.”

(Sharh As-Sindee 1/466)

And if someone was to say: “This is only referring to the congregation saying aameen with their imaam during the salaah.” Then it can be said to him: What is your proof to restrict this text to that meaning? Especially since the “salaam” mentioned in the hadeeth is something we say in salaah, yet the sabab wurood (reason for the saying) of the hadeeth shows that it is in reference to the salaams said outside of salaah specifically.

Imaam Muslim brings a hadeeth in his Saheeh (#6865), on the authority of Aboo Ad-Dardaa’, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said:

“Whoever supplicates for his brother in his absence, then the Angel responsible for it (the supplication) says: Aameen and to you likewise.”

•►This shows that saying ‘Aameen’ to supplications is from the Sunnah of the angels as well.

-Moosaa Richardson
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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. AMEEN!!