Prophet Ibrahim: The Honored one


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Prophet Ibrahim (‘alayhissalam) is the great patriarch of all Abrahamic religions. All the Prophets who came after him descended from him via Ishaaq and Ya‘qoob, apart from Muhammad (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam), who descended from Ismaa‘eel ibn Ibrahim.
So Ibrahim (alayhissalam) is the father of the Arabs and the forefather of the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) in terms of descent. Because of this, Prophet Ibrahim (‘alayhissalam) is the single most respected human being on the face of this earth because every single major religion of this world looks up to him. He was so honorable that the previous nations fought over him and argued that they had more right over him. But Allah says, refuting the Jews and the Christians: “Ibraheem (Abraham) was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was one inclining toward truth, a Muslim [submitting to Allah ]. And he was not of the polytheists. [Aal ‘Imraan 3:67].

Ibrahim (alaihissalam) was the father of the Arabs, and the father of the Israelites, and he called people to pure Tawheed, and when the Jews and the Christians claimed to be his followers, Allah (swt) taught our beloved Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and hence the world in its entirety that the only ones who have a right to claim attribution to Ibrahim (‘alayhissalam) are the Muslims; the ones who are his true followers. Allah Ta’ala says: “Indeed, the most worthy of Ibrahim among the people are those who followed him [in submission to Allah ] and this prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam), and those who believe [in his message]. And Allah is the ally of the believers. ” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:68].

Allah, Master of the worlds, uses the term “Millat – Ibrahim” (the religion/way of Ibrahim) for Islam – the religion of Believers, throughout the Qur’an. He (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) says: “Say, “Indeed, my Lord has guided me to a straight path – a correct religion – the way of Ibrahim, inclining toward truth. And he was not among those who associated others with Allah .” [Al An’aam 6:161]

He also says: “And strive for Allah with the striving due to Him. He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty. [It is] the religion of your father, Ibrahim. Allah named you “Muslims” before [in former scriptures] and in this [revelation] that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you may be witnesses over the people. So establish prayer and give zakah and hold fast to Allah . He is your protector; and excellent is the protector, and excellent is the helper.” [Al Hajj 22:78]

Alhamdulillahi Rabbi Al A’alameen for this amazing blessing! He has certainly blessed us by giving us this claim to Ibrahim (‘alayhissalam). Let us not take this gift for granted. Let us stick to Tawheed and stay far away from Shirk and all that leads us to it.

May Allah guide us to be true followers and gather us with our dear Prophets Ibrahim and Muhammad (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) in the highest levels of Jannah so that we can sit with them and discuss how amazed we were at the lives that they lived! Aameen ya Rabb!

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Lessons from the life of Ibrahim (‘alayhissalam)


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Praise be to Allah Who has created time and has made some times better than others, He created months and made some months and days and nights better than others, when rewards are multiplied many times, as a mercy towards His slaves. Likewise He created mankind and preferred some men over others, made them prophets. He then preferred some prophets over others, chose them and granted them honor. Among them, is our dear Prophet Ibrahim (‘alayhissalam). Ibrahim (‘alayhissalam) is the best of the Prophets and Messengers after our Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam). Insha Allah, in this blessed season that is drawing close, I plan to discuss a few lessons (one or two daily) from the life of this giant who walked this earth before us! He was a giant in every form and meaning of the word. He was a giant in terms of his Tawheed, a giant in terms of his da’wah, a giant in terms of his actions, his character, his achievements, his submission, his wisdom and he was a man who attained an amazing title by the Lord of the worlds – the title of Khaleelullah! A title that Allah granted no one else except Prophet Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam). Allah says: “And Allah did take Ibrahim (Abraham) as a Khaleel (an intimate friend)” [an-Nisa’ 4:125].

Ibrahim is the only person that the Qur’an commands our prophet to look up to as a role model…and hence the one whom the Prophet instructed his community to follow. Allah says: “Then, We have inspired you (O Muhammad): “Follow the religion of Ibrahim (Abraham) Haneefa (Islamic Monotheism – to worship none but Allah)” [an-Nahl 16:123].

So come dear brothers and sisters in faith, in this special season, come let’s take a look at the life of our beloved Prophet Ibrahim (‘alahissalam) – the Friend of Allah, let’s learn from him and try our best to follow him, insha Allah!

When The Sea Parted…


…Thousands of Years Ago!

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A big day for the Children of Israeel..?
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 Ta’la] 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}

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 Concern 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 and reward abundantly our righteous deeds!

–Written by Mariam Anwer

Allah guides whom He wills…


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Arnoud Van Doorn in Hajj, describing that his tear flow hardly stopped, and that he wanted to live in Madinah for the rest of his life and produce an award-winning documentary about Islam, after he produced the famous anti-Islam documentary in 2008, and was the vice-leader of the extremist Anti-Islamic party in the Netherlands up to last year!

Indeed, Allah guides whom He wants, so don’t stop giving Da’wah to anyone, not even the harshest haters of Islam.

 الله أكبر الله أكبر ، الله أكبر لا إله إلا الله ، والله أكبر الله أكبر ولله الحمد

The Ka’bah made me accept Islam.


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Once, while on a visit to Washington, people told me that a woman had accepted Islam and had some questions for me. They told me that many non-practicing Muslim women had started practicing again due to her. At prayer time she would dress in her best clothes as if readying herself for someone special, and would become oblivious to everything around her as soon she started praying.

After a brief question and answer session, I asked her what prompted her to accept Islam.

She sighed and started explaining; “I was a Jew and my husband was a Christian who was posted in Saudi Arabia for some technical work. Everyday I used to see Muslim men and women dressed in white on their way somewhere. I asked my husband where they were going and he told me that they go to perform pilgrimage at the Muslim shrine of Kaa’ba. I expressed a desire to go but he told me that non-Muslims were not allowed. However, I was determined and so we both bought white clothes and set out. Fortunately no one stopped us and we reached Makkah, from where we found directions to the Kaa’ba. Upon seeing the Kaa’ba our eyes froze and time seemed to stand still. When we turned to look at each other after some time, we were both crying. With our eyes we told each other that this was the Truth and we should accept Islam. No one ever told me about Islam, but there were so many blessings descending on that House that they changed my life forever.”

SUBHANALLAH….ALLAHU AKBAR…!! 

Oh ALLAH, keep us firm on the straight path and make us regular visitors of your Magnificent House!  Aameen.

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!!