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« on: Oct 10, 2008 10:57 AM »


Bismillahir
Rahmanir Raheem

 

FRIDAY KHUTBAH

 

Is
Allah Pleased with Me?

 |by Sheikh Sâlih
al-Zahrânî|

It should be known that obedience to Allah is one of the
chief reasons for attaining Allah’s pleasure, while disobedience to Him is a
reason for being subject to His wrath. This point is emphasized repeatedly in
the Qur’ân and Sunnah.

Allah says: “And He is pleased with Islam for you as a
religion.” [Sûrah al-Mâ’idah: 3]

He says: “And He is not pleased with ingratitude in His
servants; and if you are grateful, He is pleased with this in you.” [Sûrah
al-Zumar: 7]

Allah is pleased with those who are truthful. Allah says:
“Allah will say: This is the day when their truth shall benefit the truthful
ones; they shall have gardens beneath which rivers flow to abide therein for
ever: Allah is well pleased with them and they are well pleased with Allah;
this is the mighty achievement.” [Sûrah al-Mâ’idah: 119]

He is pleased with the believers. Allah says: “Their reward
with their Lord is gardens of perpetuity beneath which rivers flow, abiding
therein for ever; Allah is well pleased with them and they are well pleased
with Him; that is for those who fear their Lord.” [Sûrah al-Bayyinah: 8].

Allah is pleased with the soul that is firm on faith. Such a
soul will be addressed in the Hereafter by the words: “Return to your Lord,
well-pleased (with him), well-pleasing (to Him)” [Sûrah al-Fajr: 28]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah’s being pleased
is in the parent’s pleasure, and His displeasure is in the parent’s
displeasure.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhî (1899)]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said about the person being
pleased with Allah’s decree: “Whoever is pleased, He will be pleased with him;
and whoever is displeased, His displeasure will be upon him.” [Sunan
al-Tirmidhî (2396)]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: “The mostly hated
among men to Allah is the one who is severe, facing others with enmity.” [Sahîh
al-Bukhârî (2457) and Sahîh Muslim (2668)]

Allah is pleased with belief, with Islam, and with our acts
of obedience. He likes the believers who obey Him and is pleased with them.

Allah hates and condemns unbelief, hypocrisy and all other
forms of disobedience. He is displeased with the unbelievers and hypocrites in
all of their guises.

This is the overarching principle with respect to Allah being
pleased or displeased with us. However, we should not think it is easy to use
this principle to make assessments about actual people.

We cannot describe an individual by saying that Allah is
pleased with him or displeased with him on the basis of our assessment of that
person’s obedience or disobedience. Such a statement cannot be made about
someone without direct evidence from the Islamic sources. By making such an
audacious statement about someone without direct evidence from the Qur’ân and
Sunnah, we are making a claim about the Unseen and giving a ruling from
ourselves that is only for Allah to give.

A person may do what appears to the people to be good, but he
may face an evil end. In this case Allah is not pleased with him. Another
person may do what appears to the people to be evil, but he may face a good
end. Then Allah will be pleased with him.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “By Him besides whom
there is no god, one of you will act like the people of Paradise until between
him and Paradise there remains but the distance of a cubit, when what is
written overtakes him and he begins to act like the denizens of Hell and thus
enters Hell. And another amongst will act in the way of the denizens of Hell,
until there remains between him and Hell a distance of a cubit, then what is
written overtakes him and then he begins to act like the people of Paradise and
enters Paradise.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (3208)
and Sahîh Muslim (2643)]

We cannot make any declaration about the fate of someone in
particular. However, we hope for the person whom we see performing good deeds
and obeying Allah that Allah is pleased with him. Likewise, we fear for the
person whom we see committing evil deeds and acts of disobedience that he is
earning Allah’s displeasure.

It is worth saying that works alone are not sufficient to
earn Allah’s pleasure. Works need to be accompanied by true belief and faith in
Allah.

Allah says about the deeds of the unbelievers: “And We shall
turn to whatever deeds they did (in the worldly life), and We shall make such
deeds as floating dust scattered about.” [Sûrah al-Furqân: 23]

When the Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked about one of
the polytheists who died on unbelief, whether or not his good deeds and the
help he gave to poor and needy will be of any benefit to him before Allah, he
replied: “No. He had never said ‘Allah is my Lord’.”

A person should never be proud of his acts and think that
Allah is pleased with him and has accepted his good deeds. Our deeds are
assessed in the final outcome.

The Pious Predecessors used to fear that Allah would be
displeased with them and would not accept their good works. One of them said:
“If Allah accepts my work, I would like to die, because Allah says: ‘Allah only
accepts from those who guard (against evil)’.” (The verse he quoted was to
Sûrah al-Mâ’idah: 27.)

Likewise, we should not give a decision on behalf of Allah
and decide for ourselves that Allah is displeased with a particular person or
that He will not forgive that person.

The exception to this is where we have direct textual
evidence attesting to Allah’s pleasure or displeasure at a certain individual.

For instance, we have clear evidence that Allah is pleased
with the Companions. Allah says: “And (as for) the foremost, the first of the
Muhâjirîn and the Ansâr, and those who followed them in goodness, Allah is well
pleased with them and they are well pleased with Him, and He has prepared for
them gardens beneath which rivers flow, to abide in them for ever; that is the
mighty achievement.” [Sûrah al-Tawbah: 100]

The same applies particularly to the Companions who
participated in the oath of Ridwân under the
tree at Hudaybiyah. Allah says: “Certainly Allah was well pleased with the
believers when they swore allegiance to you under the tree, and He knew what
was in their hearts, so He sent down tranquility on them and rewarded them with
a near victory.” [Sûrah al-Fath: 18]

Allah declares that he is pleased with His Prophet Ishmael
(peace be upon him). Allah says: “And he enjoined on his family prayer and
almsgiving, and was one in whom his Lord was well pleased” [Sûrah
Maryam: 55]

And some of those whom Allah is displeased with and whom He
has openly cursed are: Satan, Pharaoh, Hâmân, Qârûn and Abû Lahab.

We ask refuge with Allah from displeasing Him and beseech Him
to guide us aright and bless us to attain his pleasure.

 

 

And whoever obeys
Allah and the Messenger, these are with those upon whom Allah has bestowed favors
from among the prophets and the truthful and the martyrs and the good, and a
goodly company are they! (4:69)

"The answer of
the believers, when summoned to Allah and His Messenger in order that he may
judge between them, is no other than this: they say, 'We hear and we obey'. It
is such as these who will attain success." (Surah Al-Nur 24:51)

 

"So take
whatever the Messenger gives you and keep away from what he forbids you."
(Surah Al-Hashr 59:7)

 

"You have indeed
in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for anyone whose
hope is in Allah." (33:21)

 

"He who obeys
the Messenger, obeys Allah." (4:80)

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 17, 2008 11:37 AM »

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Nor does anyone know what he will earn tomorrow' –
Making Predictions
| Sheikh `Alî b. `Umar al-Suhaybânî|


Allah says: "Verily the knowledge of the Hour is with
Allah (alone). It is He Who sends down rain, and He Who knows what is in the
wombs. Nor does anyone know what he will earn tomorrow: Nor does any one know
in what land he is to die. Verily with Allah is full knowledge and He is
acquainted (with all things)."
[Sûrah Luqmân: 34]

This is one of the verses telling us that
knowledge of what is to unfold in the future is something that Allah has
reserved to Himself. It is, in other words, part of the Unseen.

Allah also says: " Say (O Muhammad): No one in the
heavens and the earth knows the Unseen but Allah; and they know not when they
will be raised (again)." [
Sûrah al-Naml: 65]

This does not mean people cannot make informed judgments
about what to expect from the data available at present. That has nothing to do
with the Unseen. Such predictions and estimates may or may not come to pass.

This is the type of information that meteorologists work with
when they give a weather forecast. When a meteorologist says that it is going
to rain tomorrow, she relies on measurements of current weather conditions and
images of cloud movements. With this information, they can say with reasonable
certainty that a rainstorm is coming to a particular locality.

This kind of prediction is not part of the Unseen, since it
is based on empirical data. The forecast is merely a deduction from what is
being observed in the physical world. That which is grounded in observation is
– by definition – not part of the Unseen, since the Unseen is that which cannot
be ascertained through observation and experience.

Though the weather forecast for the week requires complex
analysis and sensitive instruments, it is no different than the commonsense
predictions and judgments that we make every day. If you drop an egg from the
roof of a building, you can safely predict that it will crack and splatter on the
pavement below. It has not happened yet, but present conditions and past
experience give you enough information to make an accurate forecast.

The same can be said for weather forecasts, though they
require satellite imagery and careful measurements. It is merely a difference
in complexity. Knowledge of the Unseen does not come by way of sensitive
instruments and calculations. The only access human being have to knowledge of
the Unseen is prophecy, and that was reserved for the prophets (peace be upon them
all).

Still, it behooves a meteorologist, doctor, or other
specialist who speaks about the future on the basis of empirical evidence, to
keep in mind that what she predicts does not necessarily have to come to pass.
It does not matter how much evidence there is for the forecast or how certain
it might seem. The matter still rests ultimately with Allah's will
. Whatever
Allah wills to happen will come to pass, and whatever He wills not to happen
will never be.


Allah says: " And in the heaven is your providence
and that which you are promised;."
[Sûrah al-Dhâriyât: 22]

Allah is telling us that our worldly and spiritual sustenance
– the rains and everything else – is determined by His will.

And Allah knows best.

Rasulullah
(salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) said: “Allah has shared out your attitudes among
you just as He has shared out your provisions. Allah gives worldly provision to
those whom He loves and those whom He does not love, but He gives religion only
to those whom He loves. So whoever is given religion, Allah loves him…”

(Ahmad sahih)

The Messenger
of Allaah (salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) said: “How wonderful is the affair of
the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the
believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is
good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and
that is good for him.” (
Narrated by Muslim, 2999).


Our Lord! Pour
out on us patience and constancy, and make us die as those who have surrendered
themselves unto You.
(7:126)

Our Lord! In
You we have placed our trust, and to You do we turn in repentance, for unto You
is the end of all journeys.
(60:4)

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 24, 2008 11:13 AM »

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

'Keep them good company in this
world'
| Sheikh Muhammad al-Hamad|

Allah says, regarding our parents: "If they strive to
make you join in worship with Me things of which you have no knowledge, obey
them not; but keep them good company in this world, and follow the way of those
who turn to Me. In the end, the return of you all is to Me, and I will tell you
the truth (and meaning) of all that you did." [Sûrah Luqmân:
15]


I was thinking about this verse, and
realized just how eloquently and gently it exhorts us to honor our parents. The
command is a gentle one – "keep them good company" – but what we must
do to uphold this command is great indeed.

Keeping our parents company means having to spend a lot of
time with them, and to do so over the long-term. This means staying with them
through thick and thin. Also, long-term companionship can grow tedious, but the
child must bear that tedium with honor and kindness. When we realize what we
are being asked to do in this verse, we realize just how great a right our
parents have over us. No one on Earth has a greater right to our good company.

What does our "good company" mean? It means to be
kind and attentive. It means to consult them in all matters that concern them.
It means to show impeccable manners in speaking with them, and to never let our
speech betray any sense of weariness or irritation. It means to listen
attentively to what they have to say – and if they are repeating the same thing
for the umpteenth time, we must react to it with as much interest and delight
as if we had never heard it before in our lives.

It means to be generous with our wealth, especially if our
parents are in need. How many children these days are neglectful of this fact!
How many more deceive themselves by saying "my parents are not in
need" and therefore lose out on the blessings of spending on their
parents.

How many self-centered children foist responsibility to take
care of their parents onto the shoulders of their sisters and brothers. In many
cases, every son and daughter think the same way, and as a consequence, they
collectively leave their parents in the lurch!

Our attitude should be to make sure we get our share of the blessings
in taking care of our parents, even if they are not in need of us. If we have
brothers and sisters, we should compete with them in doing so. Allah says about
our good deeds: "And it is in such things that those who compete should
vie with one another."

When our parents ask us to do something for them instead of
asking our brothers and sisters, we should not feel resentment. We should feel
happy about it. We should, after all, be trying to anticipate their needs
before our siblings do.

Part of our "good company" is to gently encourage
our parents to do good deeds and seek nearness to Allah. Believe it or not,
some children do the opposite, especially when their own vested interests are
at stake.

For instance, a child may be blessed with wealthy, pious
parents. Those parents may wish to engage in a philanthropic project or set us up
a public trust. The child tells his parents, feigning genuine concern: "Be
careful. Think about this, my beloved parents, you do not want to put
yourselves into financial difficulty." Of course, that
"well-meaning" child is only interested in making sure his
inheritance is larger when his parents die!

Part of our "good company" is to accompany them
when they travel – or better yet – to take them out on an excursion or
vacation. Many of us are all too willing to go out with our friends, but how
often do we think about taking our parents somewhere nice?

In brief, our "good company" means to make our
parents as happy as possible. Indeed, this verse is giving us a weighty
command.


Rasulullah (salla
Allahu alihi wa sallam) said: “Allah has shared out your attitudes among you
just as He has shared out your provisions. Allah gives worldly provision to
those whom He loves and those whom He does not love, but He gives religion only
to those whom He loves. So whoever is given religion, Allah loves him…” (Ahmad sahih)

The Messenger of
Allaah (salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) said: “How wonderful is the affair of the
believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the
believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is
good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and
that is good for him.” (Narrated by Muslim, 2999).

Our Lord! Pour
out on us patience and constancy, and make us die as those who have surrendered
themselves unto You. (7:126)

Our Lord! In You
we have placed our trust, and to You do we turn in repentance, for unto You is
the end of all journeys. (60:4)

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 09, 2009 12:41 PM »

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

FRIDAY KHUTBAH
Assalaamu alaykum Wa rahamatulahi Wa barakaatahu!

Who are You to Judge?
[Written by Amatullah]

In
many ayaat of the Qur´an, Allah subhanahu wa ta´ala calls the Qur´an a
"huda", a guidance, for the believers. We may think this guidance
refers to guidance in religion, but the Qur´an is a guidance for all
aspects of our life, however it´s up to us to extract these lessons and
implement them. Many Muslims read the Qur´an with the intention of
reward, yet we forget that the main purpose of the Qur´an is to guide
us, to be our huda. From the richness of the Arabic language, we learn
that huda or hidaayah has three meanings:

To show one the pathTo help them `walk´ on that pathTo guide them until they reach their destination.
So this guidance, this Qur´an, contains innumerable lessons for the
believers.One that I would like to share is from an incident that
happened with the Companions, that we can extract many benefits from
for our communities today.

Allah ta´ala says, O
you who have believed, when you went forth in the cause of Allah,
investigate; and do not say to one who gives you [a greeting of] peace,
"you are not a believer," aspiring for the goods of worldly life; for
with Allah are many acquisitions. You [yourselves] were like that before,
then Allah conferred His favor upon you, so investigate. Indeed Allah
is ever, with what you do, Acquainted. (Suratul Nisaa: 94)

Allah is addressing the
believers who accepted Islam at the time of the Prophet sal Allahu
alayhi wa sallam but did not declare their faith openly so they mixed
with the people. Since one could not tell who was a Muslim or not, the
way to recognize a believer was by the greetings of Salaam.

There are many Asbaab (reasons for revelation) for this ayah related by the Companions and scholars of tafseer.  One of the main reasons that
this verse was revealed after Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam
sent a delegation led by Al-Miqdad ibn Al-Aswad radi Allahu anhu. Imam
Ibn Katheer narrates in his famous work of tafseer:
"Ibn `Abbas said, "The
Messenger of Allah sent a military expedition under the authority of
Al-Miqdad bin Al-Aswad and when they reached the designated area, they
found the people had dispersed. However, a man with a lot of wealth did
not leave and said, `I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of
worship except Allah.´ Yet, Al-Miqdad killed him, and a man said to
him, `You killed a man after he proclaimed: "There is no deity worthy
of worship except Allah. By Allah I will mention what you did to the
Prophet .´ When they went back to the Messenger of Allah, they said, `O
Messenger of Allah! Al-Miqdad killed a man who testified that there is
no deity worthy of worship except Allah.´ He said, Summon Al-Miqdad before
me. O Miqdad! Did you kill a man who proclaimed, "There is no deity
worthy of worship except Allah" What would you do when you face, "There
is no deity worthy of worship except Allah tomorrow" Allah then
revealed [this verse]. The Messenger of Allah said to Al-Miqdad, He was
a believing man who hid his faith among disbelieving people, and he
announced his faith to you, but you killed him, although you used to
hide your faith before, in Makkah." (Narrated in Bukhari, Al-Bazzaar)

Allah ta´ala says in the ayah, do not seek the " `arada of
this dunya, which literally means: everything that doesn´t have
stability and anything that is transient. Allah is reminding us that
anything from this dunya will leave us and nothing of it will be
everlasting. But when it comes to the hereafter, Allah says with Him
are " many magaanim which literally means: to obtain good
without any difficulty. Notice that this word is plural, while `arada
is singular.The reason that the sahaabi killed the man was for his
riches but Allah is telling the believers that He will provide them
with riches. Allah reminds the believers, that before when they were in
Makkah, they were also hiding their faith and they should,(notice this word is a command) investigate before they take action.

Now, fast forward to our times...what do we learn from this ayah?

Remember your Makkan period. Many of us, back in our
"jaahiliyyah" days,  had a time in our life where we might not have
prayed, or wore hijaab/niqaab or had a beard. Yet, how come we act
snooty to a brother or sister who is struggling with their faith, and
we look down upon them, as if we were born saints? How come we treat
others who may not wear niqaab, or who may not wear a thobe with
disdain, like we are better than them? Many of us had a point in our
lives where we were embarrassed to say that we were Muslim, and we hid
our faith, just as the Companions did in Makkah. Allah azza wa jal is
reminding us in this verse, YOU were like that before
and that He is Khabeer (All-Aware) of what we are thinking and that He
is Khabeer (All-Aware) of what we are doing. If you treat your fellow
Muslim differently because of their appearance, Allah Knows. If you
snicker behind their back, Allah Knows. We were like that before
brothers and sisters, until Allah "manna, conferred His favor" upon
us-the favor of guidance, of baseerah (insight), of learning, of love
for the Qur´an, of taqwa-we were in that same situation. He is the One
who favored us, we did not will guidance for ourselves, so do not claim
purity. Remember that.

We cannot base our actions on opinions or appearances.
Remind yourself  the story of the
pious monk Barseesah who
ended his life in prostration to Shaytan. Looks can be deceiving, so
know that only Allah is All-Aware of what is in the chests of mankind,
and we do not have the right to say who is a good Muslim or a bad one.
The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, "I have not been ordered (by Allah) to search the hearts of the people or cut open their bellies.."
(Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim) In another incident when Usama ibn
Zayd radi Allahu anhuma killed a man though he had confessed that there
is no deity worthy of being worshiped but Allah, claiming that the man
had said so out of fear of weapon, the Prophet, peace and blessings be
upon him observed: "Did you tear his heart in order to find out whether it had professed that or not?" (Reported by Muslim)

We should not act without confirming and investigating.
Allah commands us to do "bayyan" (to verify, clarify, investigate) in
this ayah-we must find out both sides of the story, and confirm it
before we act. Think through the times where we held a negative opinion
about someone based on a little of what we saw of them. Did we go
further and confirm with them or were we quick in judging them?

Taqwa is not in the length of your beard, or in the layers of cloth you wear. The prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, "Taqwa is here," and he pointed to his chest. (Reported by Muslim) Remember that the best in the sight of Allah is the one who fears Allah and is conscious of Him.

Allah is The Judge, so know your role.  Verily, your Lord knows better, who (among men) has gone astray from His Path, and He knows better those who are guided. (Surah Qalam:7)

If we as an Ummah followed the simple command in this ayah, and
surely Allah knows best, our situation may have been different. If we,
ourselves, now implement this ayah  into our lives, inshaAllah our
community will be different. Be the change you want to be! The Prophet
sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said that ALL of the children of Aadam make
mistakes! Who are we to take them to account? Who are you to judge?

And Allah ta´ala knows best, O Turner of Hearts, make our hearts
firm upon your deen, unite our hearts, beautify our hearts with taqwa
and emaan and bless us with husn ath-thann (good thoughts) about our
brothers and sisters. Ameen
____________ _________ __

And put thy trust in Allah, and enough is Allah as a disposer of affairs.(Holy Qu'ran 33:3)


Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 15, 2009 06:30 PM »

 salaam
 bisms

By Muhammad Alshareef
A police officer in a Muslim country wrote the following letter to a shaykh describing the events that led to his return to Allah. He recalls:
Seeing accidents and crash victims was a normal part of my day, but one incident was different.
My partner and I had parked on the shoulder of the highway and began to chat. In a random second, the scene shattered to the hideous sound of metal bodies becoming one. We threw our heads back to see what had happened. It was a head-on collision, the result of a vehicle slipping into the lane of the oncoming traffic.
We couldn't describe the carnage. Two young men sprawled in the first car, both in critical condition. We carried them gently away from the car and rested them on the ground.
Quickly we returned to assist the owner of the second car. He was dead. Back we went to the two young men lying side by side on the pavement.
My partner began dictating the Shahaadah to them. "Say la ilaaha illAllah (There is no god but Allah), la ilaaha illAllah..."
Their tongues wouldn't acknowledge it. They started humming the hypnotic lyrics of some song. I was terrified. My partner had experience however, and he kept repeating his instruction.
I stood up watching, no movement, eyes locked. Never in my life had I seen anything similar to what was going on before me. In fact, I've never actually seen someone die, and never, in such a satanic way.
My partner continued to instruct them to say the Shahaadah but there was no use. The hum of their song came to a slow silence, slowly. The first one stopped and then the other. Not a stir---Dead.
We carried them to our patrol car; my partner made no effort to speak. Not a whisper between us two as we carried the corpses to the nearest hospital.

PART II
Dear brothers and sisters, Ubayy Ibn Khalaf confronted RasulAllah sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam one day with a rotted bone in his hand. He crushed it in his hands, let the wind blow it away and asked, "Muhammad, do you claim that Allah will bring these ashes to life?"
Allah replied to Ubayy and everyone else who dares ask the same question:
Has not man considered how We created him from a drop of semen? Yet he is an open adversary! He makes something up to be compared with Us and forgets how he was created. He says, "Who will revive [our] bones after they have rotted away? / Say: The one Who raised them up in the first place will revive them. He is aware of all creation (Ya-Seen 36/77-79).
Reflecting over the topic of this khutbah, I came across a website where readers submit stories of their biggest regrets. For some, it was a lost love, for others it was a job they passed up, and for still others, it was a flip of fate that ended in a horrific way.
But in all, the regrets were worldly candies that had been lost - short-lived pleasures of life. This is the world in which Allah decreed that summers always come to an end.
Those stories were of living beings recalling their regrets. However, what I would like to see is a website where the dead would recall their regrets! They would not regret the lost love, or the silly job or the twist of fate; they would regret every second that they did not spend worshiping Allah.
We are all here today because we claim that la ilaaha illAllah Muhammad ur RasulAllah is what we believe in. Nevertheless, the problem is that for many it is a belief that dropped its bags, sat down on the tongue, and did not move on to penetrate the heart.
There are many men and women of our deen for whom this was not the case. Muhammad Ibn Abi Imran narrates that he heard someone ask Shaykh Hatim al-Asum how he reached to his level of reliance upon Allah. Shaykh Hatim al-Asum replied, "I became convinced in four things (i.e. that these four things penetrated my heart). One, I am convinced that no one else will eat the provision Allah has decreed for me, so I am content. Two, I am convinced that no one else is going to do good works except me, so I am busy doing them myself. Three, I am certain death shall come unexpectedly, so I am busying myself in expectation of it. And four, I am certain I shall never escape the sight of Allah, so I am shy to disobey Him while He is watching."
Even though we all claim to believe what Hatim al-Asum is convinced of, how many of us have carried it past their tongue and allowed it a space in their hearts?
We all know what the media does to distort facts on the nightly news. They take a long speech, cut and paste, and take words out of context. Well, the media is not the only one that takes things out of context. Consider the following verse:
Say: My servants who have acted extravagantly against themselves still do not despair of Allah's mercy. Allah forgives all offences; He is the Forgiving, the Merciful (Az-Zumar 39/53).
So many of us have heard this verse out of context. It may seem like a human can do all the bad that they want, and when they die, they will go to Heaven. But read on.
And turn in repentance towards your Lord and commit yourselves peacefully to Him before torment comes to you; then you will not be supported. / Follow the finest part of whatever has been sent down to you from your Lord before torment comes upon you suddenly while you do not notice it / Lest some soul should say: Alas my grief that I was undutiful to Allah and I was indeed among those who scoffed [at the truth]  (Az-Zumar 39/54-56).
This last verse is the proof that the Qur'an cannot be translated. How do you explain the grief of ya hasrataa? Imam At-Taahir Ibn Aashoor tries explaining hasrah as an extreme violent intoxicated regret. It is like a servant boy whose master charged him with the care of a flock. Thinking that the master was not watching, he slept and played, leaving the flock unattended. The flock went further and further away until a pack of wolves came and devoured every one. The regret is the regret that boy had to his master.
Yahya Ibn Mu'aadh rahimahullah said, "The most naïve thing in my eyes is to linger in sin - with no regrets - hoping for a far off pardon and to come closer to Allah without doing anything and to wait for the harvest of Jannah with the seeds of Hell - waiting for reward without any deeds."


PART III
The police officer that we mentioned earlier fell back into routine, as he narrates, and started to drift away from Allah. But another event happened to him that sealed the return. He continues:
What an odd world. After some time, about six months, a strange accident took place. A young man was moving along the highway normally, but within one of the tunnels leading to the city, he got a flat tire.
To the side of the tunnel he parked, and stepped to the back to remove the spare tire. The whistle of a speeding car could be heard from behind. In a second, it collided with the crippled car, with the young man in-between. He fell to the ground with critical injuries.
I rushed to the scene, myself and another partner other than the first. Together we carried the young man's body into our patrol car and phoned the hospital to prepare for his arrival.
He was a young adult in his blossom years. Religious, as you could tell from his appearance. He was mumbling when we carried him, but in our rush, we had not paid attention to what he was saying.
However, when we placed him on his back in the patrol car, we could make it out. Through the pain, his heart was reciting Qur'an! He was so immersed in the recitation. Subhan Allah, you would have never said that this person was in intense pain.
Blood had soaked his clothes crimson red, his bones had clearly snapped in several places. To tell the truth, he looked like he was staring into the eyes of death.
He continued to read in his unique, tender voice, reciting each verse in proper rhythm. In my entire life, I had never heard any recitations like it. I said to myself, "I'm going to instruct him to say the Shahaadah just like I saw my friend doing," especially since I had previous experience."
My partner and I listened intently to that soft voice. I felt a shiver shock my back and up my arm the hair stood.
Suddenly, the hymn ceased. I watched silently as his hand rose softly. He had his index finger pointed upward to the Heaven, saying the Shahaadah (La ilaaha illAllah - There is no God but Allah). Then, his head slumped.
I jumped to the back seat, felt his hand, his heart, his breathing. He was dead!
I couldn't stop staring at him. A tear fell but I hid it in shame. I turned back to my partner and told him that the boy's life had ceased. He burst out loud crying. Seeing a man cry like that, I could not control myself, and my partner faded away behind the fall of my own tears. The patrol car fogged from the emotions.
We arrived at the hospital. As we rushed through the corridors, we told all the doctors, nurses, and onlookers what had happened. So many people were affected by what we said, some stood there speechless and tearful.
No one wanted to lose sight of the boy, until they had been assured of the time and place he would be buried.
One of the hospital staffs phoned the boy's home. His brother picked it up and was told of the accident. His brother told us about him:
He used to go out every Monday to visit his only grandmother outside of town. Whenever he visited her, he made sure to spend time with the poor children idling on the streets, and the orphans. The town knew him; he was the one that would bring them the Islamic books and tapes. His dusty Mazda would be filled with rice and sugar and even candies - couldn't forget the candies - for those families who were in need.
He would not stand for anyone to discourage him from the long journey to that town. He would always politely reply that the long drive gave him time to review his Qur'an and to listen to Islamic lectures on his cassette deck and that with every step to the town, he hoped for the reward he would find with Allah.


PART IV
It is true brothers and sisters that Allah is Merciful and forgives and forgives, as He says:
Yet I am quite forgiving...
But to whom?
... towards anyone who turns [in repentance] and believes and acts honorable; then he will be guided (Taha 20/82).
Just like we reply someone's call when they phone us, this is Allah and His Messenger calling us:
O our people! Respond to Allah's caller (Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) and believe in him. Allah will forgive you of your sins and will save your from a painful torment (Al-Ahqaf 46/31).
Let us answer!
There is a verse in the Qur'an that when Shaytaan read it, he cried and felt regret. Read this verse, as it is the door to our happiness in this life and the next:
And those who, if they commit an immorality or wrong themselves, remember Allah and seek forgiveness for their sins - and who can forgive sins except Allah? - And who do not persist in what they have done while they know / for those, their reward is forgiveness from their Lord and gardens beneath which rivers flow [in Jannah], wherein they shall abide eternally. Excellent is the reward of the [righteous] workers (A'le-Imran 3/135-136).
Allah sent the Prophets and the Books; He sent the warnings and glad tidings; and He sent the reminders. And atop all that, Allah comes down to Samaa' ad-Dunya - in a way befitting of His Majesty - in the third portion of the night of every night, calling to every one of His servants, "Is there anyone who shall make du'a so that I shall accept His du'a? Is there anyone who shall ask for pardon so that I may pardon him?"
Dear brothers and sisters let us make a pledge tonight to set our alarm clocks for 2 am in the morning. We all know that if there were some special sports event on TV or someone had to catch a plane at that time, they would be capable of waking up.
Let's set the alarm to pray only 2 rakaat to Allah. And in sajdah, recall just one sin - just one - between us and Allah and ask Allah subhaanahu wa ta'aala to forgive us for that sin, pledging that we shall never return to it.
RasulAllah sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam gave the example of a man who loses his camel in the desert and in that wasteland loses hope of life. In that state, he sits down awaiting death to come. Then, he opens his eyes and finds his camel standing beside him with all the provisions to take him home. In his extreme happiness he cries out, "O Allah, You are my servant and I am your Lord!" He says it wrong from the bliss of happiness.
RasulAllah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said that verily Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His servant than this man is upon finding his camel!
Tonight, at 2 am, let's all try to make Allah happy with us. Believe me, we won't regret it.

Courtesy: This mail was received from Br Dr Benil Hafeeq K.P, Consultant Nephrologist, MIMS and IQRAA Hospital , Calicut , INDIA

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 23, 2009 07:56 AM »

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FRIDAY KHUTBAH

Be Just Among Your
Children
| Sheikh Sa`d al-Durayhim|


The heavens and Earth are established in justice. Allah, in
his wisdom and knowledge, governs all of creation in justice. Everything seen
and unseen emanates from His justice. Allah alone is absolutely and perfectly
just. Justice is one of Allah's eternal divine attributes.

When Allah attributes justice to Himself, He is
simultaneously negating oppression. Indeed, Allah has forbidden oppression and
injustice upon Himself.

Allah says in the Qur'ân, while speaking about the day of
Judgment
: " This day every soul shall be rewarded for what it has earned;
no injustice (shall be done) this day; surely Allah is quick in
reckoning."
[Sûrah Ghâfir: 17]

Likewise, the Prophet (peace be upon him) relates that Allah
said:
"O my servants! I have forbidden myself from ever engaging in
injustice and have forbidden you to be unjust among yourselves. So never act
unjustly or oppress one another.
" [Sahîh Muslim(4674) ]

Justice is a prerequisite of piety. No one can be truly
God-fearing without being just. No believer can be said to have true certainty
of faith until he or she aims to be just in every aspect of his or her life:
with Allah and with all humanity, and in every dealing and transaction.

Someone who does not aim to be just can never be ranked among
the pious. Allah says:
"O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah as
witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you
swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and
fear Allah. For Allah is well acquainted with all that you do."
[Sûrah
al-Mâ'idah: 8]


All people – regardless of their cultural backgrounds and regardless
of their religious beliefs – love and revere justice. Even people who engage in
injustice in their lives are enamored of the concept and respond positively in
their hearts whenever they hear the word "justice" being mentioned.
This is because we as human beings have an instinctive love for justice, and
this remains in our hearts regardless of our circumstances.

Some people strive to be just, but unfortunately miss the
mark. This is because they either do not understand some aspects of what it
means to act justly or they allow their judgment to be influenced by their
sentiments and base desires. This makes them see their deeds as proper when in
reality they are behaving unjustly.

We quite often see a pattern among people who strive to be
just. When we see them in their public lives, they are scrupulous in their
dealings, never giving short measure or taking what they do not deserve. They
are fair in their dealings with their colleagues, their customers, their
superiors, and their subordinates. However, when we look at how they are with
their families, the picture is strikingly different.

Such a person is in grave danger, since he or she fancies
himself or herself to be a just and upright person. All the while, this person
is in danger of being resurrected in the Hereafter in a twisted and unbalanced
state. This fate could be avoided if he or she only know how to act justly at
home as well as in public.

Nothing can be more unjust than being unfair between our
children in our gifts, in the kindness that we show them, and in the support
that we give them. Consider the following account related in Sahîh
al-Bukhârî(2456) and Sahîh Muslim(3056) :

Bashîr b. Sa`d once approached the Prophet (peace be upon
him) to have him act as a witness to a substantial gift he was giving to his
son al-Nu`mân. The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked him: "Are you giving
likewise to all of your children?"

Bashîr said: "No."

So the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "I do not act as a witness for
injustice."
Upon hearing this, Bashîr revoked his
gift.

In this hadîth, we see that the Prophet (peace be upon him)
declared it an act of injustice to favor some of our children with gifts more
gifts than we give to our other children.

The Pious Predecessors were very careful about this matter.
Some of them would even be careful when it came to kissing their children to
make sure to kiss them all, so as not to allow jealousy or envy to creep into
their children's hearts. Or this reason, they were able to maintain harmony in
their homes and as a consequence bring about a community life where love and
affection were widespread.

Parents need to support one another in achieving this goal.

In the story of Bashîr b. Sa`d related above, it was Bashîr's wife who insisted
that he had the Prophet (peace be upon him) act as witness to the substantial
gift that Bashîr wished to give to al-Nu`mân. As al-Nu`mân's mother, she
doubted whether her husband was acting properly by favoring that one son with
such a gift, and she was concerned that her son should not receive anything
except what was good and wholesome for him. In this way, she helped her husband
in the proper upbringing of their son.

Likewise, brothers and sisters need to show justice towards
each other. This is especially the case with older siblings towards younger
ones, and it becomes vital when an older sibling becomes the primary supporter
or caregiver, as is often the case when a parent dies.

It is important to mention that justice does not always mean
absolute equality in spending. The needs of each child must be taken into
careful consideration. For instance, a student in college obviously needs more
financial support for his or her education than one in high school. The high
school student, in turn, will need more than a child attending elementary
school or kindergarten. The toy that we buy for a two-year-old will usually not
be as expensive as the toy we buy for a ten year old. When we buy gold jewelry
for our daughters, we will have to buy something different for our sons who are
not allowed by Islam to wear gold. In short, we must provide each child
according to his or her needs at the time without any unfairness. In the event
that their needs are the same, then they will be given equally.

And Allah knows best.


The Messenger of Allaah
(salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) said: “The best day on which the sun rises is
Friday. On this day Adam was created, on this day he entered Paradiseand on this day he was
expelled from it.” (Narrated by Muslim, al-Jumu’ah, 1410)

The Messenger of Allaah
(salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) said: “Each of the five daily prayers and from
one Jumu’ah prayer to the next is an expiation for the time in between, so long
as one does not commit any major sin.” (al-Tahaarah,
342).

The Messenger of Allaah
(salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) mentioned Friday and said: “On this day there is
an hour when no Muslim slave stands and prays and asks Allaah for something,
but Allaah will give it to him,” and he gestured with his hand to indicate that
whatever he asks of, is as nothing to Allaah. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Jumu’ah,
883)

The Prophet (salla
Allahu alihi wa sallam) said: “Seek the hour in which there is hope that
prayers will be answered, on Friday after ‘Asr (mid-afternoon) prayer, until
the sun goes down.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani
in Saheeh al-Targheebwa’ l-Tarheeb, no. 700).
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 30, 2009 07:54 AM »

Bismillah ir Rahmaan ir Raheem

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu

The Disease of Late Nights

SubhaanAllah, such a potent reminder & beneficial khutbah. I hope inshaaAllah you all have the chance to read it as it discussing the issue, or rather, disease of late nights. It was delivered by Shaykh Saleh al-Budayr, hafidhahullah.


The favours of Allaah upon His slaves cannot be enumerated. Among these favours is that He has created sleep, and He has created the night so that we may rest in it. Allaah, the Bestower of Favours, says that which translates as: “And [We] made your sleep [a means for] rest, and made the night as clothing.” (An-Naba’: 9-10). And also: “[He is] the cleaver of daybreak and has made the night for rest and the sun and moon for calculation. That is the determination of the Exalted in Might, the Knowing.” (Al-An’aam: 96) During the night, people are calm and their bodies and minds are relaxed, which results in the required rest. Allaah created this time for people to unwind, calm down and rest in, and this is from His mercy. Allaah says that which translates as: “And out of His mercy He made for you the night and day that you may rest therein and [by day] seek from His bounty and [that] perhaps you will be grateful.” (Al-Qasas: 73).

O Muslims! In the past, the nights were a field of competition and hard work; during them one would only see people praying, crying, supplicating or reciting the Qur’aan. Our Salaf, may Allaah have mercy upon them, used to view the nights as the best means that lead one to Paradise. However, the Muslims of today take their nights as a means of entertainment and frivolity. Satan dispatches his followers and spreads his evil ideas, and this has led to late nights being a source of immorality, corrupt behaviour, and a path that leads to ones destruction, as well as a period in which the evilest of prohibited television programs are broadcast.

Late nights ruin the bodies; they enter upon us as a terrifying intruding stranger and are a shelter for every sinful and sick-hearted person. They are the source of all evil and any objective person will testify to this. They earn the wrath of Allaah and His punishment and cause the hearts to become sick as well as encouraging wrong doing.

All of these evils are a direct result of the Muslim nation feeding in western ideology and its associated lifestyle. The Muslims have fed from the fruits of this bitter tree (i.e., the western ideology) which promotes a lifestyle which is by its nature far away from the religion of Allaah and rebellious against all spiritual morals. It encourages the following of ones lusts and desires, just like as animals do. This is nothing but poison which the disbelieving and evil ideas of secularism have fed us. It is mandatory upon the Muslims from all walks of life, and especially the leaders and those in authority, to protect the younger generation from this destructive volcano of secularism which destroys everything that it comes across.

O Muslims! During vacations and holidays, late nights become a serious problem which is widespread, and most people who practice this habit forego sleep and all other important activities in their lives and immerse themselves in wrongdoing and sinful acts. They seem to forget that the days of summer are temporary, just like a guest, and that these days and nights will quickly come to an end.

Successful are those who ponder upon the heat of summer and the hot water it produces and reflect thereby on the Hereafter and the Hellfire. This is a preventive remembrance which would stop them from spending their nights sinfully; wasting time by indulging in prohibitions; and killing hours whilst partaking in immorality and corruption - which destroys families and the next generation. Glad tidings are due for the slaves who restrain themselves from straying, and spend their time beneficially in matters such as, Qur’aan circles, lectures, courses, developing their mental abilities and permitted wholesome entertainment which is free from any prohibitions.

Staying up until the last hours of the night and resisting sleep when the body is in desperate need of it, or consuming prohibited medication that keeps one awake, results in serious problems such as health diseases, psychological disturbances, bad tempers and loss of enthusiasm; one would thereby become physically weak, lazy and apathetic to the extent that one can no longer shoulder any responsibilities nor fulfil any duties which one has during the day, because staying up late is tiring and burdensome. Thawbaan, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Staying up late is tiring and burdensome.” (Daarimi, Tabaraani and others). A person may resist sleep to stay up for an extra hour and lose as a result many hours if not days.

Slaves of Allaah! Staying up late is a major reason behind many of the moral crimes, community problems, car accidents and instability in national security that currently exists.

O Muslims! Let us look at the household of the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to see the Prophetic methodology and guidance, so that we can follow in his footsteps and protect ourselves with his Sunnah from the finely decorated evil of Satan and the sweet words of the corrupt.

 ‘Aa’ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, said: “The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), never slept before the ‘Ishaa’ prayer and never stayed up after it.” (Ibn Maajah) And when she heard ‘Urwah, may Allaah be pleased with him, talking after the ‘Ishaa’ prayer she remarked: “What is this talk after dark? I have never seen the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) sleeping before this prayer or talking after it. He was either praying and gaining (reward) or sleeping and saved (from evil)” (Abdur-Razzaaq). Al-Aswad, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: “I asked ‘Aa’ishah how was the (night) prayer of the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)?” She, may Allaah be pleased with her, replied: “He slept for the first part of the night and prayed at the end of it.” (Bukhaaree & Muslim)

O Muslims! Sleeping in the first part of the night has many benefits. Those who follow the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in doing this find that their body has been properly rested.

Abdullaah Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “Once I spent the night at the house of my aunt Maymoonah, the wife of the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). I put my head on a pillow while lying down sideways while the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his wife lay down lengthways. The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) slept until midnight, or just before or right after it. Then he woke up and wiped the sleep from his face by rubbing his face with his hands and then he recited the last ten verses from Soorah Aal ‘Imraan. Then he performed a perfect Wudhoo’ and stood up for prayer.” (Bukhaaree & Muslim). This is how his night was, but where are those who imitate him?

O Muslims! You have two angels accompanying you all your lives and they record all the deeds that you perform.

 ‘Urwah, may Allaah be pleased with him, said “I was talking once after the ‘Ishaa’ prayer and ‘Aa’ishah heard me, so she said: ‘Why don’t you give your record keepers a rest? The Prophet never slept before this prayer nor did he stay up after it’” (Ibn Hibbaan). Imaam Maalik, may Allaah have mercy upon him, reported that ‘Aa’ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, used to send some of her family members after ‘Ishaa’ prayer to say to the people: “Why don’t you give your record keepers a rest?” Az-Zarqaani, may Allaah have mercy upon him, reported that Abu ‘Abdul Maalik, may Allaah have mercy upon him, commented on this by saying: “She meant the one who records evil deeds, and if people refrain from evil then he will rest and not record anything, and this was because of the hatred that she had for the evil that people did.”

The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), dispraised staying up late and warned against it as Ibn Mas’ud, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), used to dispraise and warn against staying up after ‘Ishaa” (Ahmad).

The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Beware of staying up after people’s movements settle” and in another narration: “Beware of staying up after the night has settled, because you do not know what spreads out on the earth from the creatures of Allaah” (Al-Haakim).
Abu Barzah Al-Aslami, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to like to delay the ‘Ishaa’ prayer and he hated to sleep before it or talk after it”.
Imaam Ibn Hajar, may Allaah have mercy upon him, commented on this by saying: “This is because sleeping before it might make a person pray it after its due time, and staying up late might cause one to miss the Fajr prayer, or make a person miss out on the (optional) night prayer.
 ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, used to punish people the people who did this and say: ‘You stay up for the first part of the night, then sleep for the last part of it?’”. Ibn Hajar, may Allaah have mercy upon him, continued by saying: “Some people may differentiate between the seasons where the nights are long and those whose nights are short, but in order to settle this issue, we must realise that the advice of the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was general and applicable at all times”.
Imaam An-Nawawee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: “The scholars have agreed that staying up after ‘Ishaa’ is dispraised, unless it is for the purpose of doing something (religiously) beneficial”.


The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did stay up late on some occasions in order to fulfil some needs or accomplish some tasks for the benefit of the Muslims, as ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and I used to stay up late at night at the house of Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him, discussing the affairs of the Muslims.” (Ahmad & Tirmidhee). Ibn Mas’ud, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Staying up late is permitted for one of two categories of people; either those travelling, or those praying.” (Ahmad). ‘Aa’ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, narrated that the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Staying up late is for one of three categories of people; those travelling, those praying the night prayers, or those on their wedding night.” (Abu Ya’laa).

Therefore, the summary of the ruling regarding staying up late is that staying up after the ‘Ishaa’ prayer is dispraised unless it is due to necessity or for a religiously beneficial purpose. If it is the case that staying up late results in abandoning or missing out on an obligatory act of worship then it becomes prohibited, even if the reason for staying up was to perform a religiously beneficial deed or act in obedience to Allaah; anything that leads one to commit a prohibition is itself prohibited. As a consequence, we know that staying up late doing religiously beneficial acts is praised only if none of the above mentioned prohibitions take place.

O Muslims! Many people slight the prohibited type of staying up late, which leads many of them to miss their Fajr prayer, and this has become such a chronic problem that those who attend this prayer in congregation are very few in number. This phenomenon has became very natural, so much so that people do not feel any resentment towards it, despite the fact that the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The most burdensome prayers for a hypocrite are ‘Ishaa’ and Fajr, and if only they (i.e., the hypocrites) knew what virtues they have, then they would have attended them, even if they would have had to crawl to the mosque.” (Bukhaaree & Muslim). Ibn Mas’ud, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “Only a known hypocrite would miss out on these two prayers.” (Muslim).

Slaves of Allaah! Fear Allaah and do not practice such a dispraised deed which has very evil consequences. If you have forgotten or become absent minded, then remember that Allaah says that which translates as: “…And if Satan should cause you to forget, then do not remain after the reminder with the wrongdoing people.” (Al-An’aam: 68). Beware that the nights of your life will pass you by whilst you are heedless and becoming more and more astray. Know that during every second of your life, your every word, thought and deed are recorded and exposed to Allaah; nothing can be concealed from Him. Just ponder over the saying of Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam): “Any People who sit in a gathering during which they do not mention the name of Allaah, it will be as if they ate from a dead donkey, and they will bitterly regret it.” (Abu Daawood) The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), also said: “Any People who sit in a gathering during which they do not mention the name of Allaah nor exalt the mention of His Prophet will regret it, then it is up to Allaah to punish them for it or forgive them.” (Ahmad).

O Muslims! The time that precedes dawn is the time for supplicating and seeking forgiveness and repentance, as the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Our Lord descends (in a way which befits His Majesty) every night to the heavens when there is only one third of the night remaining and says: Who is supplicating to me so that I can respond to him? Who is asking Me for something so that I can grant him that which he is asking for? Who is seeking My forgiveness so that I can forgive him” (Bukhaaree & Muslim) and the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), also said: “The closest Allaah is to His slave is during the last part of the night, so if you can be amongst those who mention Allaah’s name during this time, then do so.” (Tirmidhee).

O Muslims! Is it befitting to a Muslim to spend these honourable and virtuous times with music and lusts?

O fathers and guardians! You are commanded to prevent your children from going out whenever darkness falls, as the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), said: “Prevent your children from going outside after dark, because this is the time during which Satan emerges.” (Al-Haakim) The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), also said: “When it is getting dark then prevent your children from going outside, because the devils spread out at that time. After this time, you may set them (i.e., your children) loose.” (Bukhaaree & Muslim) In addition to this, the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), also said: “Do not allow your children to go outside from sunset until it becomes dark, because devils are sent from the time the sun sets until darkness falls.” in another narration: “Because Jinn’s spread out and possess people.”

O Muslims! If it is a must that children are prevented from going outside due to devils being widespread during this time, then we must also know that the devils from amongst mankind also spread themselves out throughout the night, aiming to attract and corrupt our youth, and the temptations are countless, which necessitates that we be alert and cautious, for only he who is cautious will survive. Protect your children from becoming misguided and lost due to the fact that they are young and easily tempted inexperienced in life; be trustworthy guardians, faithful, wise and alert. Do not be negligent because that this is harmful and yields bitter results. Allaah says that which translates as: “Indeed this is a reminder, so whoever wills may take to his Lord a way.” (Al-Muzzammil: 19).

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 24, 2009 08:39 AM »

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Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
FRIDAY KHUTBAH
Women of Paradise:
The Black Woman

Paradise is for believing men and women
We often hear speakers in Friday prayer or in admonitions
talking about Paradise and all of us find our hearts,
minds and thoughts tuned on to that 'frequency'. However, majority of the
speakers talk about Paradise as if it were a house for
men only. Reality is not like that. Paradise is for the
believing men and women. The only price for it is sound belief in Allaah, love
of Allaah and His Messenger salla Allaahu alaihi wa sallam, and obedience to
Allaah and His Messenger salla Allaahu alaihi wa sallam.

In what follows are the glad tidings given by the Messenger of Allaah salla
Allaahu alaihi wa sallam, to some of the women among his companions.

Narrated 'Aisha radhiya Allaahu anha: I did not feel jealous
of any of the wives of the Prophet as much as I did of Khadija (although) she
died before he married me, for I often heard him mentioning her, and Allaah had
told him to give her the good tidings that she would have a palace of Qasab
(i.e. pipes of precious stones and pearls in Paradise), and whenever he
slaughtered a sheep, he would send her women-friends a good share of it. [Sahih
al-Bukhari]


Anas reports that the Messenger of Allaah, salla Allaahu
alaihi wa sallam, said: 'The best women of mankind are four:
Mariam daughter of `Imraan, Assiya wife of Pharaoh, Khadija daughter of
Khuwailid, and Fatima the daughter of the Messenger of Allaah.' [Bukhari
and Muslim]


Narrated Abu Huraira: Jibreel (Gabriel) came to the Prophet
and said, 'O Allaah's Apostle! This is Khadija coming to you with a dish having
meat soup (or some food or drink). When she reaches you, greet her on behalf of
her Lord (i.e. Allaah) and on my behalf, and give her the glad tidings of
having a Qasab (palace in Paradise) wherein there will
be neither any noise nor any fatigue (trouble).' [al-Bukhari]

Narrated 'Ata bin Abi Rabah: Ibn 'Abbas said to me, 'Shall I
show you a woman of the people of Paradise?' I said,
'Yes.' He said, 'This black woman came to the Prophet and said, 'I get attacks
of epilepsy and my body becomes uncovered; please invoke Allaah for me.' The
Prophet said (to her), 'If you wish, be patient and you will
have (enter) Paradise; and if you wish, I will invoke Allaah to cure you.' She
said, 'I will remain patient,' and added, 'but I become uncovered, so please
invoke Allaah for me that I may not become uncovered.' So he invoked Allaah for
her.' [al-Bukhari]

The aforementioned ahadeeth clearly state the stature of some of the women
given the glad tidings of Jannah (Paradise). What can
the women of today do in order to achieve that pinnacle of success, Paradise?

To do so one MUST learn how these women lived, how they behaved, how they
spoke, how they dressed, how they walked, etc. In this issue of al-Mu'minah we
will try to learn from the black woman mentioned in the last Hadith,
insha'Allaah. The black woman is not even known by her name, or her exact
whereabouts, rather she is known by her deeds, her faith, her modesty, her
chastity, and for her being an inmate of Paradise. And,
in the end, that is what matters most. When Abdullah Ibn Abbas radhiya Allaahu
anhu said 'this black woman', he did not mean to point
at her race or to belittle her in any way. Indeed, he but meant to teach the
people around him a great principle of Islam which is mentioned in the verse,
[in the meaning of] :

'O people! We have created you from a man and a woman and
made you into peoples and tribes so that you may know each other, verily the
most honorable among you in the sight of Allaah are the most pious.'

The same principle is mentioned in the Hadith:

'Allaah does not look at your pictures (shapes) and bodies
but He looks at your hearts (and your deeds).' [Muslim]

She (the black woman) was physically sick, yet she sought cure in the du`a
of the Messenger of Allaah, salla Allaahu alaihi wa sallam. She knew that the
one who cures, ash-Shaafee, is Allaah, and Allaah would answer the du`a of His
Messenger salla Allaahu alaihi wa sallam. We conclude from that that du`a heals
all diseases be they of the body or of the heart. When commenting on this
Hadith, al-Hafidh Ibn Hajar said:

'It is inferred from this hadith that the cure of diseases
through du`a and supplication to Allaah (wa al-iltijaa' ilaa Allaah) is the
most successful way of healing, but this cannot be fulfilled unless two
conditions are satisfied: pure intention and sincere trust in the effectiveness
of the du`a, and righteousness and reliance on Allaah.
The fact that the Prophet salla Allaahu alaihi wa sallam said:

'If you wish, be patient and you will have (enter) Paradise' is a proof for the virtue and reward of patience during sickness. In another
Hadith, he, salla Allaahu alaihi wa sallam, says:

'Whenever a hardship affects the Muslim, he will be forgiven
for it even when he is picked by a spike.' [Muslim]

And in another Hadith, also narrated by Muslim, Ummu as-Sa'ib cursed fever,
to which the Prophet salla Allaahu alaihi wa sallam told her:

'Do not curse fever, for it takes away the sins like the
blaze [fire] takes away the impurities of iron.'

The black women preferred the suffering of this world to getting the eternal
reward of Paradise! She suffered from sickness, yet her
pain and discomfort did not force her to forego pleasing Allaah! And no matter
who one is, if one is in the path of Allaah, one will encounter difficulties,
because Paradise is surrounded by hardships. If things
are easy and life is rosy, then one must check oneself; are we following the
true Islam? Especially in this western environment it may be difficult for a
young woman to wear the dress of modesty, the hijab (even though it is
mandatory), not to talk to men and keep away from them (which is also
mandatory), except if necessary.

All these may be difficult to achieve for some in the beginning, but when one
overcomes herself for the sake of Allaah, then all the other obstacles become
baseless. So, how to overcome oneself? By knowing Allaah by His names and
attributes; by loving and obeying Allaah and His Messenger, salla Allaahu
alaihi wa sallam; and then the help of Allaah will come, insha'Allaah. She (the
black woman) preferred being patient, but could not tolerate that her honor,
her modesty and her chastity be damaged or even touched, nor that any part of
her body be uncovered, though she had no control over it. Indeed she was a real
slave and servant of Allaah; she was a faithful, a believer, a Muslimah, a
righteous and pious woman, a truthful woman, and she was loyal to Allaah and
His Messenger, salla Allaahu alaihi wa sallam. Not only having these
awe-inspiring qualities, she was also a wise and a great woman, as her
memorable words rang ...:

'... but I become uncovered, so please invoke Allaah for me
that I may not become uncovered.'

If words are to be written in Gold, these words should be written in gold ...

Remember this simple equation:

Iman + Suffering + Patience = Paradise

It can also be inferred that the righteous Muslim woman inherently loves to be
covered, loves modesty and chastity and hates revealing her body and her
beauty. The black woman, radhiya Allaahu `anha could sustain being so sick but
could not bear to be uncovered in front of people.

The issue, one must understand, is not of black or white or Arab or non-Arab,
rich or poor, noble [with lineage] or not, it is rather of a creed so deeply
rooted in the hearts of Muslims like blood flows in the arteries and veins of
people. They are those who are totally committed to Islam. Fourteen Hundred
years of history showed that Muslim women could sustain hunger, poverty,
sickness but could never sustain disobeying Allaah. The wife would tell her
husband when leaving for work:

'Fear Allaah in us, for we can sustain hunger and thirst but
we cannot sustain Hell fire [i.e. do not acquire unlawful earning].'

Dear sisters, ask yourself what made Khadija
radhiya Allaahu `anha be greeted by Allaah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala and by Jibreel
alaihi as-Salaam. Ask yourself what made Khadija be rewarded a Palace in Jannah
as no one can imagine. Reading the biography of Khadija and others like her in
greatness, one would wish to be at their service; to carry their shoes, wash
their clothes, to serve them in any possible way and get du`a from them. It is
sad that we just don't know the great personalities of this Ummah. If only we
strive to study the lives of the righteous that preceded us, we would find in
them immense guidance for our existence, and if we know them and follow them we
could be in the forefront of mankind ...

It is said, 'Iman (faith) is not by hope, it is rather what occurs in the heart
and is proved by the deeds [maa waqa`a fil qalbi wa saddaqahul-` amal].' We
leave you to think about this and pray to Allaah to make us all among the
dwellers of Paradise and to bestow upon us the faith and
the patience that lead us to Paradise. And to bless the
present Muslim Ummah with many women like the black woman, radhiya Allaahu
`anha (may Allaah be pleased with her), who help us focus on the straight path
...


Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2009 08:18 AM »

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

FRIDAY KHUTBAH

TAKE BENEFIT OF FIVE THINGS BEFORE
YOUR DEATH
By Shaykh Abdul AtheemBadwifrom the magazine Al- Isaalah
Translated and Abridged by Abu SaifillahAbdul Qadir
http://calltoislam. com/main_ files/tafsiya/ five%20things% 20before% 20death.htm



Ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) said:
The Prophet (salalahu alahi wa salam) was giving an exhortation or advice to a man, so
he said to him

"Take benefit from five before
five: your life before your death, your health before your illness, your spare time
before you get busy, your youth before your old age and your wealth before your
times of poverty." (Haakim 4/306)

This is a comprehensive warning,
exhortation, or advice. It is indeed full of richness from the Prophet of Allah
(salalahu alahi wa salam) From the Prophet who Allah
described as:

"Withthe believers he is always
watching over them and full of mercy for them"

We listen to this warning but
without taking heed - days pass us by, years are spent, but many of us have not
increased in good deeds except very little. We are too busy enjoying our lives
in play and amusement. We spent our youth chasing after our lusts and most
hidden desires...listen to what Allah (swt) says

"...Before one of you comes to death and then he will
say. Oh my Lord if only you would give me respite for a few more days then I
will indeed give sadaqah and be of the righteous, but Allah will not delay a
persons appointed time of death if its time has come. Allah is all aware of
what you do."

The Messenger (salalahu alahi wa salam) advised the man to take benefit, to take heed, of
his life before his death.... Yes his life before his death. Because
life is indeed a great blessing, a huge blessing from Allah (swt). Every day of it is a
blessing, every week of it is a blessing.

As the Prophet (salalahu alahi wa salam) use to say when Allah would return his soul after
sleep:

"Praise be to Allah who gave
me life after death and to him is the final return." (Bukhari 11/113)

This is because each day is another
day possible for us to repent, do righteous deeds, worship Allah, and change
our lives from the evil that we do, and get closer to our lord.

The Prophet (salalahu alahi wa salam) said

"The best of you is the one
who lives the longest and does many good deeds." ( Tirmidi3/387, 2432).

So this long age with lots of
righteous deeds will raise you to a very high and blessed station.

The Prophet (salalahu alahi wa salam) differentiated between one who died after another
by one week.

From Abdullah bin khalid as-salami he said: that the Messenger of Allah made
two companions into brothers. One of them was killed in battle whilst the other
died the following jummah one week later. So we prayed over him and the Prophet
(salalahu alahi wa salam) said "
What did you say in your prayers?" they said " We ask
Allah to forgive him and place him with his companion" Then the Prophet
(salalahu alahi wa salam) said "Were
is his prayers in comparison to his, his fasting in comparison to his, his
deeds in comparison to his. The difference between them is like that of the
skies and the earth." (Abu Dawood7/198, 2507)

So look at this, may Allah have
mercy on you all, look how this brother who died on his bed had proceeded his brother who died shaheed and how his station
was higher than that of his brother because of one week, yes one week. One week
which Allah gave him the pleasure to live. So how
would it have been if he lived after him by one month or one year or more...? So
take benefit, take heed, and use this opportunity of life which Allah as given
you. For indeed death will come upon you suddenly.

Indeed the ummah has agreed
unanimously that death does not have a fixed year, or a fixed time, and neither
does it have a particular disease. Rather death comes at any time so a person
should be prepared for this.

My brothers by Allah, do not take your religion as just play and amusement and do not let this
pompous world deceive you rather do not let the chief deceiver (shaytaan)
deceive you, and turn you away from Allah.

"Verily Allah has the
knowledge of the last hour, and he sends down the rain and he knows what is in
the wombs of the women, and no soul knows what it is going to earn tomorrow,
and no soul knows which land it is going to die in. Verily Allah is the knower of
all things."

So take benefit from your life
before your death, because Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala)
has informed us that the deceased will ask to be returned to the dunya at the
time of death, for he will indeed at that time see the real value of life and
the great benefit of being alive. Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala)
said

"Untildeath comes to one of them he
says, Oh my Lord return me to the world then maybe I will do righteous deeds in
that which I left."

Qatadasaid regarding this verse; "
By Allah they will not be prohibited from returning to their family, or
returning to their kindred nor to gather wealth, or to fulfill their desires rather they will be prohibited from returning to
the world so they can do righteous deeds and be obedient to Allah.( Ibn Katheer
3/255)
Allah (subhanahu
wa ta'ala) said

"Ohyou who believe do not let your
wealth nor your children destroy you and turn you away from the remembrance of
Allah. Whosoever does that will indeed be a loser. And give from that which We
have sustained you from before death comes, because then you will say, Oh my
Lord if only you would delay me for a little time I will give sadaqah and be of
the righteous."

So every loser will ask to be
returned, even for a short period, so he can catch up on what he left, so he
could make up some good deeds. If only, if only, that could happen. But truly
what is going to come to you will indeed come to you.

"Warn the people of the day
that the punishment will come where those oppressors will say oh Allah delay us
for just a short period we will indeed answer your call, and follow the
messenger. Did I not promise you from before? That promise has not disappeared,
you resided amongst those that oppressed themselves, and we made clear to you
what we done to them, and we did indeed give you similitudes. "

And from that which the Prophet
(salalahu alahi wa salam) ordered us to take benefit
from is your health before your illness, and your spare time before you get
busy.

So health is like a crown, one who
wears it is like a king. Non else but an ill person will see that. Spare time
is like treasure on else can see that but one who is busy.

This is why when the great scholar
of Shaam Jamaal ud Deen Al-Qaasimi may Allah have mercy on him was walking with
his colleages he saw a people playing in an open
house, so he knocked on their door. He was asked about that and he replied "If these people would sell me their time I would have
purchased it.!!"

So take benefit my dear brothers of
your health also, and seek aid from it to fast, and pray at night, and fight the
enemies, and walk to the mosques, and seek knowledge. Do all this and more
before you are tested with illness. Because then you will wish you could fast
but you will not have the ability, you will wish to pray at night, but it will
not be possible for you, you will want to walk to the mosque but your legs will
not carry you. That day you will regret and remember the days when you were
able to do all these things but you left them.

So fill your time with things that
will benefit you before you get too busy. And know my dear brothers, that if
you did good deeds whilst you had good health, and if you became ill and were
unable to do them, it would be written for you as though you did them. As the
Prophet (salalahu alahi wa salam) said

"If the slave becomes ill
reward will be written for him, for all that he used to do when he had health."(Bukhari 6/136,2996)

The Prophet (salalahu alahi wa salam) also said

"Two blessings that most
people do not take heed of, health and spare time."(Bukhari 11/229,6412)

The word "take heed of " in
this hadeeth as it is in arabic "
Al-Magboon" is from the word " Al- Gabnu" this word is used in
sale and purchase. It means "Cheat" like so and so cheated him. The
Prophet (salalahu alahi wa salam) used this word deliberately he wanted to
express that the one who does not take heed of health and free timing is like
one who has been cheated and did not benefit from the two. Like one who has a
pure jewel but sold it for an animal that has no value whatsoever.

Ibn Batta said: "The meaning
of the hadith is that a person never has spare time
until his body is healthy so whoever attains that should be careful not to be
"cheated" (or not take heed of) by abandoning thankfulness to Allah
for all the blessings he bestowed. And from thanking him is obeying all his
commands and abstaining from all his prohibitions. So whoever falls short in
that is "Magboon" or one that has been cheated.

And Ibn Jawzi said:

"A person´s
health can be good and he does not have much spare time because of his
busyness, or he may have plenty of free time but unhealthy. So if they are
both in a person at the same time laziness in obedience to Allah over whelms
him. So he is then "Magboon". The dunya is like an agricultural
ground for the hereafter. And this world is a place to do business where the
profit is returned to you in the hereafter. So whoever uses his time and his
health in obedience to Allah then he is "Magbooth"
and whoever uses it in sin and disobedience to Allah then he is "Magboon"
because free time is wasted by work and health is wasted by illness.


"O my Sustainer! Increase
my knowledge." (20:114)

Allah says, "...it
is only those who have knowledge (ilm) among his slaves that fear Allah..."
[35:28]

He [Allah] grants
wisdom to whom He pleases; and he to whom wisdom is granted indeed receives a
benefit overflowing. But none will grasp the Message except men of
understanding. (2:269)

Mu´ath bin Jabal (May
Allah be pleased with him) said: " Seeking knowledge for the Sake of Allah is a
khashyah (meaning directs one to fear Allah), and an act of worship; studying
the knowledge is Tasbih (praising Allah); searching for it is jihad; teaching
it is a sadaqah (charity) to those who do not have it; conveying it to those
who deserve to learn it is Qurbah (a good deed); and knowledge is the companion
and the friend when one is alone."

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2009 09:30 AM »

   Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
  FRIDAY KHUTBAH

May Allah's Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him |Sheikh Salman al-Oadah|

 
There is no one whose memory is better preserved in writing than the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Volumes have been written about his life. Numerous poems have been written in his praise. Countless gatherings throughout the ages have been devoted to the retelling of his life and his deeds.

In his life, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) knew the utmost strength and the most debilitating weakness, he knew the limits of happiness and grief. Yet, under all circumstances, he remained the best role-model. He was always constant in his devotion to his Lord.

For thirteen years, he held out in Mecca with almost no one heeding his call. He never complained. He never became disgruntled. His few followers would come to him complaining, asking him to beseech his Lord to help them. He swore to them that Allah would help His religion and told them that they were wrong for being impatient. And in the end, Allah fulfilled His promise, and it was a sign of Muhammad's prophethood. It was a victory for Allah's word, and not a personal triumph for any human being.

We can see this success in how the delegations from all the tribes of Arabia converged on him to give him their pledge of allegiance as Muslims. Even then, at his moment of triumph, his temperament did not change. He showed not an ounce of pride. He never came to his own defense when anyone assailed him or abused him or haughtily scoffed at the faith.

This is how enmity faded away, hatred came to an end, and everyone became reconciled once again. His enemies knew even before his friends that he was truly a prophet, and that he had no ulterior motives or personal ambitions. They were astonished by his easygoing nature, how he avoided making things difficult, and how he kept himself composed and balanced under all circumstances no matter what the difficulties were.

Most people, by nature, show their best at certain times. At other times or in other circumstances, they are unremarkable. They might be very good examples for some people, but not for everyone.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was different. He had time for everyone. He knew how to speak to all people on their own level so they could understand him. He would be most kind and considerate to everyone, and was equally compassionate, as long as those people were not armed assailants coming to attack the faith.

He voiced no objection to any lawful food, no matter how plain. He would not disdain the humblest of seats. Everyone could sit in his company. He never turned anyone away nor criticized anything that was served to him. Nor would he pretentiously forbid himself a delicacy. He liked nice things, but did not demand them or seek after them.

His life story is an open book to everyone – to those who love him and those who would disparage him. His every feature is described to us, his manner of speaking, and even the way he gestured with his hands. His eating habits, sleeping habits, traveling habits, likes and dislikes are all duly recorded. His family life is described to us, the kinds of jokes he would tell, and how he behaved when he was serious.

Anyone who studies his biography today – 1400 years after his time – will know more about him than they know about the people they follow today who are living among them.

Anyone who reads his biography today will know more about him than most people know about their spouses or their closest of friends. The prophets of the past were less well known to their people during their lifetimes than Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is known to us today. The reason for this is that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is meant to be an example for all people in all aspects of their lives.

The head of state, the business executive, the scholar, the spouse, the parent, the educator, the rich, the poor… they all find in the Prophet (peace be upon him) a complete example to guide them in all the affairs of their lives. All of us, without exception, can take him as our role model regardless of what challenges we might face.

When we read about the lives of other great people, we can find they made some remarkable achievements and had some admirable traits. We find pious people who were steadfast in their worship, scholars who were devoted to the pursuit of knowledge, ascetics who eschewed the world – people whose lives seem too difficult or remote to be practical examples for us. When we read about the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), we feel his life to be close to ours, someone we can easily emulate, someone whose impeccable virtues we can indeed inculcate into our own lives.

He taught his Companions: “This religion is easy. No one becomes harsh and strict in the religion without it overwhelming him. So fulfill your duties as best you can, and rejoice. Rely upon the efforts of the morning and the evening and a little at night and you will reach your goal.” [Sahîh al-Bukharî (6463) and Sahîh Muslim (2816)]

Those who wish to follow the path of guidance are best advised to study the Prophet's life carefully, learn its lessons and adopt them in full.

Allah has given this unique and honored status to no one else. This is because Allah gathered within the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) the guidance of all the previous prophets whom He commanded humanity to follow. Allah says about the earlier Prophets " Those were the (prophets) who received Allah's guidance: so follow the guidance they received." [Sûrah al-An`âm: 90]

Then Allah says specifically about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): "You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern of conduct for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day, and who engages much in the praise of Allah." [Sûrah al-Ahzâb: 21]

Many Muslims manage to emulate the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the outward aspects of worship and follow him, for instance, in their manner of performing their prayers and in observing their pilgrimage rites. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Pray as you have seen me praying." He also said: "Take from me your pilgrimage rites."

They also emulate the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the etiquettes of entering and leaving a building and in the etiquettes of dress, and other similar matters.

This is part of what it means to follow the Prophet's example, but it is certainly not all that it means, nor is it more important than other aspects of emulating the Prophet's example. We must emulate our Prophet's example in how we relate to our Lord – in our sincerity and devotion to Allah. We need to do so in how we judge ourselves and appraise our actions, and in how we love Allah, pin our hopes on Allah, and fear Allah. These matters are more worthy of our concern, though we may be less conscious about them because they are inconspicuous. People are naturally encouraged to vie in things which are visible, things which solicit the praise and esteem of others. This is unfortunately not the case for matters that are seen by Allah alone.

This is why sometimes a person will take so much care in emulating the Prophet's conduct in an outward aspect of worship or an outward habitual act and exaggerate the matter so much that he actually deviates from what is enjoined upon him by Islam. At the same time, he neglects to contemplate on the wisdom behind that outward action or what effect it is supposed to have upon his character.

All of these matters – even those related to aspects of pure worship – are enjoined upon us for some benefit in this world or in the next. They are not merely an end in themselves, but rather a means to bring about an effect upon the person who puts them into practice – a positive effect that can be seen by that person and by others.

May Allah bless us to love our Prophet and follow his example in both outward and inward matters. May Allah gather us together with him along with the prophets, the righteous, and the foremost in faith. Indeed they are the best of company.

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2009 10:51 AM »

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

 

FRIDAY KHUTBAH

 



Promises, Promises...

by Sumayyah bint Joan

 

 

No two words can invoke as much hope and confidence as, "I promise." As children we are taught that promises are unbreakable pledges which cannot be defaulted on under any circumstances. But, as we grow older, the old adage of, "promises were meant to be broken," more often justifies the lack of commitment and follow-through placed behind these two words. Sometimes we forget that a promise, is like a pledge or a vow, and that it should be given only if we are absolutely sure that we can fulfill it.  As Muslims, our word should be our bond, and if we make promises, then we should also make sure that we keep them, for Allah says,  "...surely every promise shall be questioned about." [17:39]

 

How many times have we heard brothers and sisters who have just gotten married talk of the promises they have made to each other? She promises that she will always look her best when he's at home, that the house will be immaculate at all times and that she will be the model of obedience. He promises that he will help her maintain their home, help her with the children and that he will practically be the poster boy for "Great Husbands Inc."

 

If we revisit these very couples six-to-eight months later, we find a much different picture than the one painted only a few short months ago. We often find neither of them living up to the promises that they made, and this is usually the cause of much conflict and tension in many new marriages. Brothers and sisters, we must be careful to guard the promises we make to each other for Allah says, "whoever fulfills his promise and guards (against evil), surely Allah loves those who guard (against evil)." [3:76] Broken promises in a marital relationship can lead to many problems.

 

When promises are broken, it breaks down the fragile walls of trust and confidence that must be maintained in order for the relationship to flourish. Sisters, if you promised that the dinner would be ready by the time he got home, then make sure that it is. Brothers, if you promised to cut the grass, then make sure you do that, before you go off to do something else. What may seem like a little thing to you, may be something quite big to someone else. By guarding our promises, we also guard the integrity of our relationships. This in turn fosters a more secure sense of reliability, trust and confidence, and serves to diffuse tensions and conflicts.

 

Allah says, "They fulfill vows and fear a day the evil of which shall be spreading far and wide." [76:7]  Let us fulfill our vows with this fear in mind. Let us not forget that even though we are neglectful, our scribe angels are not. If a brother comes to you in the mosque and asks a favor of you, and you say yes, just because you said inshaAllah, that does not give you permission to break that verbal agreement. So many of us use inshaAllah, as a way to get out of implicit or explicit verbal agreements we have made with each other. Many of us use inshaAllah to say yes, when in our hearts we actually mean no. As Muslims, we are honour-bound to be truthful with each other, and we should always say what we mean, and mean what we say.

 

To no other group of individuals are broken promises more devastating, than to children. Children are like elephants, they almost never forget. If you promise a child something, they will remember that promise, even though they may not verbalize it to you. When a child knows that you are a person of your word, then it comes to trust and depend on you in a secure way. But, when a child finds out that you are not a person of your word, this can leave numerous hidden scars that can lead to a number of behavioral and disciplinary problems.

 

Abdullah said, "Lies are of no use in either seriousness or jest. Also, it is not right for someone to promise something to his/her child/children and then fail to fulfill that promise." Related by Abu Dawood. By keeping our promises to our children, we are also teaching them the importance of honour and commitment. By keeping our word to them, they will in turn learn to keep promises made to us and to their peers. As parents, we must always remember that the old saying, "do as I say, not as I do," does not work. Children model themselves after behavior, and they will always do what they see their parents doing. By keeping our promises to our children, we also reinforce in them a sense of importance and belonging, and a knowledge that their feelings count too.

 

Allah says, "And whatever alms you give or (whatever) vow you vow, surely Allah knows and the unjust shall have no helper." [2:270]

 

So, let us then not be among the unjust. Let us be always mindful of the vows and promises we make to each other, so that through them we can tighten the bonds that hold us together.

 

 

“Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope” [al-Baqarah 2:286]

 

And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And  whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.  [At-Talaaq(65) Ayah 2-3]

 

The Prophet (salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) said, “Whatever befalls the believer: thirst, fatigue, worry, sadness, depression, harm, even if a thorn pierces his body, but a forgiveness from Allah follows that.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim].


Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #11 on: Jul 10, 2009 09:41 AM »

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
FRIDAY KHUTBAH
Trials
by Imâm al-Madîna al-Munawarrah
'Abdul Muhsin Ibn Muhammad al-Qâsim
Friday Sermon from
the Prophet's Mosque in Madina, on 5th Muharram 1422AH
http://www.islaam. net

Al-Jum'ah
5 Muharram, 1422 (20 March, 2001)
All praise is due to Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger, salla
Allahu alihi wa sallam, his household and companions.

Fellow Muslims! Fear Allaah as he should be feared, for fear of Allaah
brings more blessings and prevents afflictions.

Dear Muslims! Allaah has foreordained the fate of all creatures, written
down their impacts and deeds, portioned out between them their livelihood and
wealth and created death and life that He may test them which of them is best
in deed. Indeed, belief in Allaah's decree and preordainment is one of the
pillars of faith. Nothing happens in this universe except by His will.

This life is full of misfortune and sorrow. It is destined to be a place of
hardships and trouble. Trials and tribulations are as inevitable in this life
as cold and heat. Allaah says,

"And certainly We shall test you with something of
fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to those
who are patient."

Pre-destination is a test by which the truthful ones are distinguished from
untruthful ones. Allaah says,

"Do people think that they will be left alone because
they say, 'We believe,' and will not be tested." (29: 2)

The human soul does not become pure except through trials, and it is during
tribulations that real men are known. Ibn Jawzee said,

"Whoever wants to have everlasting peace and well-being
with no affliction does not understand the meaning of Allaah's commandments,
nor does he perceive the meaning of submission to Allaah. Every soul (either
believing or disbelieving) shall inevitably taste suffering in this world, for
this life is based on hardships. Man lives between comfort and suffering.”

Prophet Aadam, for instance, had the angels prostrated before him and yet
was soon after expelled from paradise. A believer is afflicted with trials in
order to refine him, not to punish him. He is tested in ease as well as in
hardship. Allaah says,

"And We tried them with good (blessings) and evil
(calamities) in order that they might turn (to Allaah's obedience)."
(Al-A'raaf 7: 168).

Brothers in faith! Something undesireable may sometimes have a pleasant
result, while something seemingly desirable may turn out to have an unpleasant
and abominable result. Do not therefore feel that harmful things cannot come to
you through hardship. Allaah says,

"…And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good
for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allaah knows, and you
do not know." (Al-Baqarah 2: 216).

Prepare yourself mentally for afflictions before they occur so as to make
their occurrence light on you. Do not be worried because of tribulations, for
they have their limits, and watch what you utter during your hard times for
many a word has ruined its utterer. A resolute Muslim stands firm during
hardships, his heart does not change and he does not complain. Console yourself
whenever afflicted with a promise of reward from Allaah. Wise people show
endurance whenever they are stricken with misfortune so as not to add to their
misfortune the malicious joy of their enemies, for whenever your enemies know
of your misfortune they are overjoyed.

Brothers in Islaam! Endeavour to keep your misfortunes and pains to yourself,
for concealment of afflictions and pains are of the qualities of noble people.
Be patient over afflictions, they will soon be removed from you. Those who
perished only suffered that because of their impatience while the patient ones
are being recompensed with good rewards. Allaah says,

"And those who are patient, we will certainly pay them
a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do." (Al-Anaam
16:96).

The reward of the patient ones will be doubled for their patience and Allaah
will be with them, remove their afflictions and make them victorious.

O afflicted one! Your Lord does not deny you what you want except what is
better than that, He does not test you but for your well-being and He does not
subject you to tribulations but to purify you. He tries His slaves with pleasure
as he blesses them with calamity. Do not therefore waste your time thinking
over what has already been guaranteed for you. As long as one is still alive
his provision will no doubt come to him. Allaah ta'ala says,

"And no (moving) living creature is there on earth but
its provision is due from Allaah." (Hood 11:6).

Further, if Allaah – out of His wisdom – closes a door against you, He opens
out of His mercy a door better for you than the closed one. It is by
afflictions that righteous and understanding people are increased in rank and
reward. Sa'ad bin Abee Waqqaas said:

I said, "O Messenger of Allaah, who are the most afflicted of all
people? He replied, salla Allahu alihi wa sallam, "The Prophets, then the
righteous people, then those who are nearest to them in perfection and those
who are nearest to them. Man is tested according to his religiosity; if he is
strong religiously, his test is increased and if he is weak in religion, his
test is reduced And a believer will be tested until he walks on the earth
sinless [i.e. his sins have been erased by series of afflictions that he
endured.]" (Al-Bukhari)

Fellow Muslims! Prophet Aadam laboured along difficult paths beset with
affliction; Prophet Ibraheem was thrown into a blazing fire; Ismaeel was laid
down for slaughter; Yoonus was swallowed by a whale; Prophet Aayoob suffered
from a severe illness; Yoosuf was sold for a pittance, thrown into a well and
wrongfully jailed and Muhammed, salla Allahu alihi wa sallam, suffered
different kinds of injury. You also are in path of calamities moving, for the
life does not give pleasure only to anyone. The Prophet, salla Allahu alihi wa
sallam, said,

"If Allaah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts
him with trials." (Al-Bukharee) .

Some people of knowledge said,

"Whoever Allaah creates for paradise will be having
trials and undesirable things."

Real trial, dear brothers, is the trial in one's religion and whatever trial
besides that is regarded as well being, for it raises one in the rank and
erases ones sins. Also all comforts that do not bring one closer to Allaah is a
tribulation. Do not therefore grieve over what you miss in worldly materials,
for worldly pleasure begets pain and disobedience. Aboo Dardaa said,

"Of the insignificance of this world to Allaah is that
He is not disobeyed except in it, while what is with Him cannot be obtained
except by abstaining from it. Engage yourself in what will benefit you more.
Keep away from what is in peoples' hands you will be the wealthiest of them; do
not lose hope in Allaah's mercy lest you are disgraced; always remember
Allaah's favour on you and drive away your distress by being pleased with
Allaah's decree, for however long the night may be, it will be followed by the
dawn. Supplicate to Allaah. He will give you relief and if you are patient
Allaah will provide a way out for you. Ponder over the story of Prophet Ya'qoob
who lost a son for a long period and yet did not lose hope of relief from the
Almighty One, but rather said, "Maybe Allaah will bring them all (back) to
me."

Dear brother! It is only Allaah who deserves all praise and is capable of
attending to all complaints. It is only Him you must beseech to remove your
misfortunes. Pray to Him during the night with submission and humbleness and
request Him to make your affairs easy for you. He says,

"Is it not He who responds to the distressed one when
he calls Him (better than your gods.)" (27: 62)

Put your trust in the Omnipotent Lord and take refuge with Him with a humble
heart, He will open the doors of His mercy for you. Fudayl ben 'Iyaadh said,

"If you lose hope in all people and you do not ask
anything from them, your Lord will give you all that you want."
Whoever leaves his affairs to the hands of Allaah will achieve what he
aspires: Always recite the prayer of Prophet Yoonus:

لا إله إلا أنت سبحانك إني كنت من الظالمين

"None has the right to worshipped except You (O Allaah)
Glorifed (and exalted) are You (above all that they associate with You) Truly I
have been of the wrong doers."

The 'Ulamaa said,

"No one In distress recites this prayer except that
Allaah gives him relief from his distress."
Ibn al-Qayyim said, "It has been tested that whoever says:

إني مسني الضر و أنت أرحم الراحمين

"Verily distress has seized me and You are the most
merciful of all those who show mercy!"

Seven times Allaah relieves him of his distress! Put then yourself under the
protection of Allaah, depend upon Him, submit your affairs to Him and ask Him
for relief. Try to supplicate in the most appropriate periods like during
prostration and the last hour of the night. Do not feel uneasy if your
supplications have not yet been answered, and do not lose hope of Allaah's
mercy even though the period of your affliction may seem long, for relief is
near, and continue to pray to Allaah. Also know that when Allaah afflicts you
no one except Him is capable of removing that affliction for He does whatever
He wills.

If your provision seems delayed, do a lot of istighfar, for misdeeds
necessitate punishment; and if it does not seem that your supplications are
having any impact, then examine yourself, for it may be that you have not been
sincere in your repentance. Endeavour also, to give charity to the needy, for
charity prevents and removes affliction. However, if your affliction is
removed, give a lot of thanks and praise to your Lord and know that a false
sense of safety is a big trial. Allaah says,

"Say: Nothing shall ever happen to us except what
Allaah has ordained for us. He is our Lord and Protector, and in Allaah let the
believers put their trust." (At-Taubah 9: 51).

Dear Muslims! No condition is permanent. Fortunate is he who is always
God-conscious. Fear Allaah in any condition you may find yourself. You can do
nothing to prevent what has been destined to happen as you do nothing to attain
what has not been pre-ordained. The ability to choose and control is with
Allaah alone and His choice for His slave is better for him than his choice for
himself. Dawood bin Sulaymaan said,

"Three things indicate the piety of a believer; his
trust in Allah in what he has not attained; his satisfaction with whatever he
has attained and his patience over what he has missed."

A wise man was asked,

"What is wealth?" He replied, "Fewness of
one's mundane desires and one's contentment with what suffices him."

Shurayh said,

"A slave will not be afflicted by a trial except that
he finds three blessings therein, (1) that the trial has
nothing to do with his religion, (2) that the trial was
not bigger than it is, and (3) that Allaah gives him
patience to bear it."


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The
Prophet (salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) said: “No person who spreads nameemah (gossip)
will enter Paradise.” According to another report, “No
eavesdropper (qattaat)…” [Al-Bukhaari, Muslim]

The
Prophet (salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) said: ‘Beware of suspicion, for
suspicion is the falsest of speech. Do not eavesdrop; do not spy on one
another; do not envy one another; do not forsake one another; do not hate one
another. Be, O slaves of Allaah, brothers.” [Al-Bukhaari, Muslim]

The
Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) said, what translated means, “The
believer neither heralds false accusations, nor curse (others), nor rude, nor
uses obscene language.” [Al-Bukhari] .

The
Prophet (salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) said: “It is not suitable for a truthful
(person) to curse.” [Muslim] “Those (whose habit is to) curse will not be
granted the right of intercession or be Witnesses on the Day of Resurrection.” [Muslim]

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #12 on: Aug 28, 2009 12:40 AM »

B i s m i l l a a h i r   R a h m a a n i r   R a h e e m

As Salaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barkaatuh!




Friday Nasiha:

Lets us do more than just praying the Jumuah Salah.



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam ,

 
Let us Thank and Praise Allah for giving us yet another opportunity to attend this Jummah today and to listen to his message of Truth.
Indeed we must be Grateful to Allah who has granted us another chance to benefit from the numerous blessings of Yaum-ul-Jummah.
 
 
 Allah says in  S62:V9

 
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا نُودِي لِلصَّلَاةِ مِن يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ
“O you who believe! when the call is made for prayer on Friday,
 
فَاسْعَوْا إِلَى ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَذَرُوا الْبَيْعَ
“Hasten to the Remembrance of Allah ( i.e Th Khutbah and the Friday Salah) and leave off business ( and every other thing) 62:9
 
ذَلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
 
“ that is better for you, if you  did know”
 
What does Allah mean when He says:
“that is better for you , if you did know”
 
Most of us are unaware of what the etiquette of a Muslim should be on Friday and do not realise its significance .
Some of us come to the prayer when the Prayer is about to start or has already started out of negligence or out of ignorance.
Do we understand the importance of the Friday prayer and its Sermon?
Do we really know what is required of a Muslim before and after the Friday prayers?
Do we know what are Virtues and Merits of Blessed Day of Yaum- ul- Jummah?
 
First of all
·       Friday is the best Day of the week. It is the Mothers of all days and the most virtuous in the sight of Allah.
 
·       In the sight of Allah it has more greatness than Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid –ul-Adha (Reported in Ibn Majah)
 
 
 Imam Muslim and At-Tirmidhi narrated that the  Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa'sallam) said that;
خَيْرُ يَوْمٍ طَلَعَتْ عَلَيْهِ الشَمْسُ يُوْمُ الْجُمْعَةِ
فِيْهِ خُلِقَ آدَمَ‘ وَفِيْهِ أُدْخِلَ الْجَنَةَ، وَفِيْهِ أُخْرِجَ
 
·       “ Friday is the best day the sun has risen on.  In it Allah has created Adam AS, entered him in Paradise and driven him out of it”
 
 
·        It is also said that Allah finished the creation on  a Friday
 
 
·       The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa'sallam) said that of all days, Friday is the most virtuous. Send abundant Durood on me on Fridays because they are presented to me on that day.
 
·        The Day of Qiyamah will be on a Friday. It is on this day that the Trumpet will be blown.
 
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa'sallam) said that
“On that day will occur the Resurrection. There is neither any angels nearest to Allah nor any heaven nor the earth nor the wind and a sea but all of them fear the Day of Jummah”
 
 Abdullah bin Amr RA reported that The  Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wa'sallam) said:
 
مَا مِنْ مُسْلِمٍ يَمُوْتُ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ أَوْ لَيْلَةَ الْجُمُعَةِ إِﻻ وَقَاهُ اﷲُ فِتْنَةَ الْقَبْرِ
 
·       If any Muslim dies on the night or during the day of Friday, Allah saves him from the punishment of the Grave. (Tirmidhi)
 
The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa'sallam) said :
 
سَاعَةٌ مَنْ دَعَا اﷲَ فِيْحاَ اسْتُجِيْبَ لَهُ
 
·       “There is an hour during which Allah accepts the invocation 0f those who invoke Him” (Sahih- Al-Bukhari)
The Ulama has differed in specifying that hour. However ther are two  preferred  opinions :
1.     That time from the commencement of the Khutbah till the end of the salaat
2.     That time is towards the end of the Day
 
 
·       Once Ibn Abbas RA was reciting the following verse “This Day I have completed your religion for you”.  A Jew was sitting near him. On hearing this verse being recited he remarked: “ If this verse was revealed to us , we would have celebrated that day as an Eid. Ibn Abbas RA replied “ This verse was revealed on two Eid , that is the Day of Jummuah and the Day of Arafah”
 
·       Every afternoon the heat of Jahannam is increased . However through the Blessings of Yaum-ul- Jummah, this does not happen on a Friday
 
 
·       Abu Huraira RA  reported that the Messenger of Allah said “Allah led those who came before us away from Friday. The Jews had Saturday and the Christians had Sunday. Then Allah brought us and guided us to Friday. So there is Friday, Saturday and Sunday thus they will follow us on the Day of Resurrection. We are the last of the people of this world but we will be the first one on the Day of Resurrection, and we will be dealt with before all others.
 
 
·       The five  daily prayers and from one Jummah  to the other is an expiation for whatever sins come in between them, so long as one does not commit a major sin.
 
·        Ibn Umar RA reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa'sallam) said
 
“Praying Fajar prayer in congregation on Fridays is the best prayer that a Muslim can pray during the week”
 
 
 
·       We should make preparations for Jummah from Thursday. The person who will receive the most benefit on Friday will be that person who waits for it and makes preparations for it from Thursday.
 
 
·       The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa'sallam) said:
 
“Taking a bath on Friday is mandatory upon every adult Muslim, so is using the Miswak  (tooth  sick). As for perfume, he puts it on if available.
Abu Hurayrah narrated that Allah's Messenger said,
حَقٌّ لله عَلى كُلِّ مُسْلِمٍ أَنْ يَغْتَسِلَ فِي كُلِّ سَبْعَةِ أَيَّامٍ، يَغْسِلُ رَأْسَهُ وَجَسَدَهُ
“It is Allah's right on every Muslim to bathe during every seven days, by washing his head and body”
 
 
·       It is also  recommended  that one should clip his nails for Jummah..
·       The Messenger of Allah insisted on wearing his best clothes on Friday therefore we should do likewise.
 
 And when it is time for the Jummah prayer
 
فَاسْعَوْا إِلَى ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَذَرُوا الْبَيْعَ
 “ Hasten to the Remembrance of Allah and leave off business”
 
Buying and selling absolutely prohibited for the Muslims from the time of the first call to prayers on Friday.  The true believer will never delay his prayers and will try his best to go as early as possible to the Friday prayer..
The Good businessmen are those who truly fear Allah in their heart and will never miss their prayers. They know a good deal when they see one.
 
The Holy Quran has praised those who leave and close their businesses after the Adhaan and Hasten to the Friday prayer.
Because they are concerned about the Day of Judgment
 
رِجَالٌ لَّا تُلْهِيهِمْ تِجَارَةٌ وَلَا بَيْعٌ عَن ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَإِقَامِ الصَّلَاةِ وَإِيتَاء الزَّكَاةِ يَخَافُونَ يَوْمًا تَتَقَلَّبُ فِيهِ الْقُلُوبُ وَالْأَبْصَارُ
 “Men whom neither merchandise nor sale  diverts from the remembrance of Allah ( with their hearts and their tongues) nor for offering the prayers perfectly prayer nor from giving the Zakaah. They fear a day in which the hearts and eyes will be overturned ( from the horror of the Torment of the Day of Judgement) [ 24:37]
 
لِيَجْزِيَهُمُ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنَ مَا عَمِلُوا وَيَزِيدَهُم مِّن فَضْلِهِ وَاللَّهُ يَرْزُقُ مَن يَشَاء بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ
 
That Allah may reward  them according to the best of their Deeds, and add even more for them out of His Grace. And Allah provides for those whom He will, without measure. [ 24:38]
 
.  The Friday Congregational prayer is obligatory upon every Muslim except women, children, slaves, travellers and sick people If we ignore and neglect it Allah will cause our hearts to be sealed .
 
 
To the effect the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa'sallam) warned us:
 
مَنْ تَرَكَ ثَلَاُثَ جُمَعٍ مُتَحَاوِنًا طَبَعَ اﷲُ عَلَى قَلْبِهِ
 
“Allah will seal the heart of the man, who does not pray three Friday prayers out of negligence”
 
·       By walking to the Mosque for Jummah salah one gets the reward of Fasting for one year for every step that he takes (Tirmidhi)
 
·       We should try to arrive early at the Mosque. The earlier a person arrives the more reward he will receive.
 
 
·       The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa'sallam) said :
 
“ On the Day of Jummah, the Angels stand  at the entrance of the Masjid in which is to be offered. They write down the name of the person who enters the masjid first and thereafter the name of that person who follows and they continue to do this. The person who enters first will receive the reward of sacrificing a camel in the path of Allah, the one who followed him get the reward of sacrificing a cow, thereafter a chicken, thereafter the reward of giving an egg as charity in the path of Allah. Once the Khutbah commences , the angels close the register and begin listening to the Khutbah.
  (Bukhari & Muslim)
 
 
 
·       The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa'sallam) said that “ The person who recites Surah Kahf on Fridays, a light will appear for him from below the skies . This light will help him in the darkness of the Day of Resurrection. And all his minor sins which he may have committed from the last Friday till this Friday will be forgiven.”
 
 
During the Khubah do not allow anything to divert your attention. Do not miss the opportunity to learn something that will benefit you.
Do not say I already know this. Part of the benefit is that we are maintaining the practice of reminding and correcting one another so as to achieve the happiness of this world and the Hereafter.
So listen carefully with your ears and your hearts.
 
 
 
Beware of talking while the Imaam is delivering his speech.  The Khutbah is an  integral part of the Jummah Salah. You would not talk  during the salah therefore do not do so while the Imaam is delivering his Khutbah
 
 For the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa'sallam) said:
 
مَنْ تَكَلَمَ وَالإِمَامُ يَخْطُبُ فَﻬُوَ كَمَثَلِ الْحِمَارِ يَحْمِلُ أَسْفَارٍ ، وَالَﺫِي يَقُوْلُ لَهُ : أَنْصَتْ لَيْسَتْ لَهُ جُمُعَةٌ
“Whoever speaks while the Imaam is delivering his speech is like a donkey carrying books, and whoever tells him to listen shall have no Friday prayers”
 
·       It is Haraam to make another person get up and sit in his place.
·       We must sit wherever we find room in the mosque. It is also Haraam to jump over the shoulders of others to get a seat in the front row. If one want to sit in the front row one should come early
 

 
Allah has prohibited us to leave the Mosque while the Imaam is delivering the Friday Sermon
Allah criticizes what happened during one Friday sermon, when a caravan arrived at Al-Madinah and the people rushed out to the merchandise.  Jabir reported that , "Once, a caravan arrived at Al-Madinah while Allah's Messenger was giving a Khutbah.  There was drums beating So, the people rushed out to see leaving Allah's Messenger standing on the Minbar, and only twelve men remained with the Messenger .
Then Allah revealed this Ayah,
وَإِذَا رَأَوْاْ تِجَـرَةً أَوْ لَهْواً انفَضُّواْ إِلَيْهَا
“And when they see some merchandise or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it,”
وَتَرَكُوكَ قَآئِما  ً And leave you standing
This verse also proves that the Imam should deliver the speech on Friday while standing and it is prohibited to leave the Mosque while the Imaam is delivering the Khutbah
 
The Prophet would recite the Qur'an and remind the people (of Allah).'' Allah's statement,
قُلْ مَا عِندَ اللَّهِ
Say: "That which Allah has...''
meaning the reward that is with Allah in the Hereafter,
خَيْرٌ مِّنَ اللَّهْوِ وَمِنَ التِّجَـرَةِ
“…is better than any amusement or merchandise
 وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الرَزِقِينَ
! And Allah is the best of providers”
 
meaning, for those who trust in Him and seek His provisions when they are allowed to do so.
 
 
 
Allah does not tell us to spend 24 hr in His Worship . He is fully aware that we have to earn a Halal living. We have to work  ,we have businesses to run , and we have the responsibility to feed  and clothe our families.
This is why in the following verses He says
 
فَإِذَا قُضِيَتِ الصَّلَاةُ فَانتَشِرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَابْتَغُوا مِن فَضْلِ اللَّهِ
 
62:10 But when the prayer is ended, then disperse through  the land and seek the Bounty of Allah (by working),
 
 وَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ كَثِيراً لَّعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
and remember Allah much, that you may be successful.
 
Brothers and Sisters there are many rewards to be earned on Yaum-ul-Jummah.
It is much more than just attending the Jummah prayer.
Allah is very generous towards all of us . He wants us to make the most of Yaum-ul-Jummah and earn as much reward as possible.
 
 
Lets us do more than just praying the Jumuah Salah.
 
 Remember Allah says
 
ذَلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
 
“ that is better for you, if you  did know”
 
And Alhamdullilah we now can say that we do know
What Allah means by
 
“that is better for you”
 
May Allah give us the motivation, devotion and commitment to act on what has been said today.
 
(Ameen- Ya Rabbul Aalameen)

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« Reply #13 on: Sep 04, 2009 09:03 AM »

Friday Khutbah (07 August 2009) Ramadan: The month of Quran by Imam Al-Haramain Sa’ud ash-Shuraim


All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his household and companions.

Fellow Muslims! I implore myself and you all to fear Allah; this honours the soul and brings it close to its Lord. No God-fearing person will ever fail and anyone who disregards the importance of piety will never be successful.

Dear Muslims! Whoever observes the condition of people in light of the current trials, tribulations and calamities that are occurring all over the world will see that the Muslims are in dire need of a generous guest that brings with it relief and progress. They are in need of this grand guest with whom they hope to be strengthened after a series of indescribable calamities and weakening incidents; hence their need for this great month of tranquility and spiritual development. It is the month of self-examination, conscience reawakening and freedom from selfishness and lustful desires. Allah says that which translates as:
“O you who have believed! Decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you, that you may become righteous.”
–  (Surah Al Baqarah 2:183)


Fellow Muslims! The month of Ramadan is the month of the Quran; a Book whose light will never fade and which is a path that never leads one astray. The Glorious Quran is to man as the soul is to the body; it is a light for guidance. Whoever does not read the Quran or put its injunctions into practice is dead, despite the fact that they may speak and move. Whoever does not put it into practice has gone far astray even if they are apparently successful in all areas of life. Allah says that which translates as:

“Is one who is dead and We gave him life and made for him light by which to walk among the people like one who is in darkness, never to emerge therefrom?”
– (Surah Al An’am 6:122)


A human being without the guidance of the Quran is like any living being without air or water; all their endeavors will end up in bankruptcy. Allah says that which translates as:

“Say: ‘It is for those who believe, a guidance and a cure’ And those who do not believe – in their ears is deafness, and it (i.e. the Quran) is upon them blindness. Those are being called from a distant place.”
– (Surah Fussilat 41:44)


Fellow Muslims! There is no doubt that the relationship of many Muslims with the Quran is one of abandonment of either its recitation or implementation of its injunctions. It is no exaggeration to say that the diseases of past nations have affected the Muslims, while they are unaware of this. Allah says that which translates as:

“And there are among them unlettered people who do not know not the Scripture except (indulgement in) wishful thinking, but they are only assuming.”
– (Surah Al Baqarah 2:78)


The scholars of Tafsir say about this verse: ‘It means: they know nothing about the Book except for its recitation, for it never passed their lungs and throats. This is because of the fact that there was a spiritual absence in their recitation and therefore, they were unable to ponder over its meanings’.

Among the causes of the absence of reflection on the meanings of the Quran is the failure to explore and understand the laws of Allah in relation to human-beings and natural phenomena. Also to blame is the sanctification of erroneous concepts and wrong interpretations of life that have become widespread among people and which are caused by unrestrained love for this world and the hatred of death. Ziyad Ibn Labid Al-Ansari, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam mentioned something and then said:

‘… and that is when there will be no more knowledge.’ We said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! How will knowledge disappear while we have the Quran with us and we teach it to our children and while they will also teach it to theirs?’ The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam retorted: ‘I thought you were one of the most knowledgeable of the people of Madinah! Are there not Jews and Christians who have their scriptures with them and yet they take no benefit from what is inside them?’
– (At-Tirmidhi and others)


One is stricken with grief and shock when they see the stance that many Muslims have adopted with regard to the Book of their Lord. They have been covered by darkness and wander aimlessly; the foreign systems and ideologies that they have embraced have done nothing for them. How can it be that we have the light and yet follow the paths of other nations?

The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam lived for sixty-three years; we are used to believing that old age and the vicissitudes of life cause hair to turn grey. What then will you think of a man who attributed grey hair to some verses of the glorious Quran that he used to recite? Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, asked the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam about what caused some of his beard to become grey, he sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam replied: ‘It was caused by Surah Hud, Surah Al-Waqi’ah, Surah An-Naba’ and Surah At-Takwir.”
– (At-Tirmidhi)

Brothers in faith! The blessed month of Ramadan should be regarded as a wonderful opportunity for every Muslim to save himself from destruction and to purify their soul in preparation for the Quranic guidance that is inherent in night prayer. Allah says that which translates as:

Indeed, the hours of the night (i.e. the rising for Tahajjud prayer) are more effective for concurrence (of heart and tongue) and more suitable for words (i.e. for recitation of the Quran and for hearing and understanding it).”
– (Surah Al Muzzammil 73:6)


Brothers in faith! The blessed month of Ramadan is a great opportunity for the Muslims to wake up for night prayers, seek refuge with Allah and turn to Him for their needs, for none has the power to answer their call except Allah alone. The Lord descends to the nearest heaven, in a way that befits his majesty, in the last third of the night and asks: “Is there anyone who seeks My forgiveness so that I can forgive him?” Do any of us ever reflect upon and appreciate this great period which is one of those in which supplications are answered? Tell me, what are the people doing in this last part of the night? Many a miserable soul missed this blessed period! Many people are in deep slumber at this time. It is saddening that some of those who are negligent of this great period are however, ready to go anywhere where they can lodge their complaints and seek solutions to their problems – from their fellow human beings, forgetting that it is only Allah who is capable of removing sorrow and distress. He says that which translates as:

“What is (the matter) with you that you do not attribute to Allah (due) grandeur while He has created you in stages?”
– (Surah Nuh 71:13-14)


Imam Tirmidhi reported that the Prophet of Allah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said:
‘There are three persons whose supplications are never rejected: The just leader, the fasting person when he breaks his fast and the oppressed when he supplicates and whose supplication is raised above the clouds and the gates of heaven are opened for it and Allah will say, “By My Glory! I shall assist you even if it is after a while.”’

Brothers in faith! There are however, some people who raise their hands in prayer and are impatient for a rapid answer; they may even feel despair if their supplications are not speedily answered. The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said:
“Allah will answer the supplication of any one of you as long as he is not hasty and says: ‘I called my Lord and He did not answer.’”

The delay may also be caused by sins such as the failure to uphold the rights of kinship, or perhaps it may be due to the fact that the prayer emanated only from the tongue and was not rooted in the heart. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said: ‘Allah does not accept the supplications from an inattentive heart.’ The heart is not free from turning to the desires of this life and we all know that one who always looks back does not reach his goal in time.
Therefore, I implore you O Muslims, to make plentiful supplications to Allah, for supplication is the essence of worship. Let nobody slight their requirements however great or small they may be. Allah says that which translates as:

“And your Lord says: ‘Call upon Me; I will respond to you.’ Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell (rendered) contemptible.”
– (Surah Ghafir 40:60)


Here is an example for those in sorrow and distress: The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam entered the mosque one day and saw an Ansari (a resident of Madinah) man there by the name of Abu Umamah. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam asked him,

O Abu Umamah, why are you sitting in the mosque at a time that is not a prayer time?’ He replied: ‘I was forced to do so by sorrow and debt.’ The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam then asked: ‘Shall I teach you a supplication by which Allah will remove your sorrow and pay for you your debts?’ He answered: ‘O yes, Messenger of Allah!’ The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam then said: ‘Say every morning and evening: Allahumma inni a’udhu bikka minal-hammi wal hazan, wa a’udhu bika minal-‘ajzi wal-kasal wa a’udhu bika minal-jubni wal-bukhul wa a’udhu bika min ghalabatid-dayn wa qahrir-rijal.’ (Meaning: O Allah, I seek refuge with You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men.) Abu Umamah said: ‘I did that and Allah removed my distress and paid for me my debt.’
– (Abu Dawud)


Fellow Muslims! The month of Ramadan is a month of generosity and spending in ways that are virtuous. Let every Muslim take part in the generosity of this month and not hesitate to wipe the tears off the faces of orphans, widows and the destitute. Let everyone keep away from stinginess and covetousness for these are two of the bad qualities from which the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam sought refuge with his Lord from. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam was the most generous of mankind and his generosity multiplied during the month of Ramadan. He would never say ‘no’ when he was asked of anything.

Further, the benefits of charity are not restricted to the beneficiary; the donor also has a share. An example of this is when a generous person gives in charity, their heart becomes gladdened and they become pleased with that. Therefore, this person will be encouraged to give more and gain extra rewards. As for the miser, whenever he thinks of giving in charity his heart feels constrained; he feels as if he is giving away a chunk of his life!, this in turn leads to his whole life feeling constrained. However, nothing destroys the tricks and insinuations of Satan more than giving sincerely in charity. Allah says that which translates as:

“Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty. And Allah is All-Encompassing and Knowing.”
– (Surah Al Baqarah 2:268)


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Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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Friday Khutbah (Sermons) : The Noble Month of Ramadan
- by Imam Al-Madinah al-Munawarrah ‘Abdul Muhsin Ibn Muhammad al-Qasim
from the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Al-Jum‘ah, Ramadan 5 , 1421 A.H. (December 1, 2000)


 In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

All praise is due to Allah Who made the succession of day and night a lesson for those who reflect. I thank him for his bountiful blessings and I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah. I equally testify that Muhammad e is His Servant and Messenger. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his household and companions who are the people of righteousness and piety.

Dear muslims, fear Allah as He should be feared, for whoever fears Him earns his protection and he who follows his desires is doomed. It should be known that physical and spiritual felicity can only be attained by subjecting ones heart and body to the worship of Allah and that it is through worshipping Allah in complete sincerity that this mundane world can be of no importance.

Dear muslims, it is a manifestation of Allah’s mercy on His slaves that He ordained fasting for them in order to purify them from excessive tastes and to cleanse their hearts from lustful things. These days, Muslims all over the world are receiving the month of Ramadan; leader of all months; the month of forgiveness, merits and gifts; the month that gladdens the hearts of righteous people. No wonder that a pious man said in his death bed giving a reason for his weeping:

“I am only weeping for the fact that people will continue to be fasting and performing prayers after my death while I will no longer be in a position to do likewise.”

Ramadan is the month that contains the leader of all nights; a night that is better than a thousand months. Whoever spends the night in prayers with faith and hoping for Allah’s reward will have all his past sins forgiven. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said:

“When the month of Ramadan enters, gates of Paradise are opened, gates of Hell are closed and devils are chained.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Dear muslims, whoever wants eternal prosperity should endeavor to worship Allah and do good deeds sincerely. For, good deeds without sincere intention is of no use. Also, it is a glory for a believer to wake up in the night and perform prayers for, the best prayer after the obligatory ones are the prayers performed in the night. In fact, righteous people do compete with each other to make use of its darkness for doing acts of Ibaadah that bring them closer to Allah and they loved this world only because of its nights. Abu Sulaiman Ad-Daraani said:

“By Allah! If not because of waking up in the night and performing prayers, I would not have loved this world; for, the night is precious because of its darkness and performing the prayers during the night is one of the characteristics of righteous people.”

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“Nobody abandons night prayers except that it is regarded as a punishment for a sin he has committed.”

You should also endeavor to supplicate to Allah during the nights of this noble month because, supplication is the link between man and his Lord; it is an effortlessly clear profit and easy booty; it prevents calamities and brings forth Allah’s treasures and bounties. By supplicating to Allah during the night, He answers by granting the request generously for, His Hands never get tired of giving.

Dear Muslims, the Quran is Allah’s message to His servants and a light for the mankind. There is no way to Allah’s pleasure except through it. It is revealed in the best of all months. The best way you can spend your time during this month is to recite the Quran as frequently as possible. Read it, reflect on its meaning and work by its injunctions. This is because the Quran contains admonitions and lessons that increase one’s humility and humbleness.

As regards charity, the Prophet was the most generous of all people and his generosity manifested most during the month of Ramadan. Whenever he gave, he gave in plenty as if he had no fear of poverty. He would never be asked of anything except that he gave it unless if he did not have it.

Charity, dear muslims, has its positive effects on the giver. It causes blessings to his wealth and children, prevents calamities and brings forth bliss. Ramadan is a month of charity. Spend out of your wealth for the poor and needy and be aware that avarice and stinginess does not keep the wealth for eternal just as charity does not decrease it. Ibn-ul-Qayyim said:

“Nothing brings Allah’s blessings and prevents His punishment than obeying Him, moving closer to Him through acts of Ibaadah and being kind to His creatures.”

Therefore, spend in charity for, charity elevates one’s rank in front of Allah and know that, man is going to stay under the shade of his charity on the Day of Resurrection.

Dear muslims, make good preparation for this honorable month because it is a transient visitor. Receive it with a sincere repentance and spend your time during the month is acts of obedience to your Lord.

Further, try to perform ‘Umrah during Ramadan for, a ‘Umrah during Ramadan is equivalent in reward to a Hajj performed with the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Also, provide food for fasting Muslims for whoever does that gets an equivalent of their reward without causing any deduction to the reward of the fasting Muslims.

I‘tikaaf (seclusion in a mosque for the purpose of worshipping Allah alone) is also a Sunnah that should be kept during the last ten days of Ramadan. Ibn Shihaab said:

“It is a strange thing that Muslims should abandon I‘tikaaf while the Messenger of Allah e never skipped it right from the time he entered Madinah until his death.”

Use the period of this noble month to join the cord of kinship (by keeping good relations with your kith and kin). Also repent sincerely to Allah as long as the door of repentance is still open. Be cautious of undesirable end because leaving this world is actually painful

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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B i s m i l l a a h i r   R a h m a a n i r   R a h e e m


As Salaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barkaatuh


~Friday Khutbah~

Farewell Ramadaan



by

'Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sudais


 

 

All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his household and companions.

 

Fellow Muslims! Fear Allaah, for that is the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. It is the best provision for the Abode of Peace and whoever possesses it will prosper and be saved from all evils.

 

Fellow Muslims! When one ponders over the history of nations, they will realise that all are in the process of constant change. This is the course destined for them by Allaah and nothing can change that.

 

Brothers in Islaam! Tell me, if an honourable guest visits you in your dwellings, showers you with goodness and loves you – which you reciprocate; then the time for his departure arrives, how are you going to bid him farewell and how are you going to feel? What separation is then greater and more emotional than that from the beloved guest of the Muslims, the blessed month of Ramadaan?

 

Ramadaan is the month righteousness and generosity, the month of forgiveness and liberation from Hell. It is all but gone now and nothing remains of it but a few moments. Yesterday, we were congratulating each other on the arrival of the month; today we are consoling one another over its departure and invoking Allaah to accept all our acts of worship.

 

In this noble month, many have done good deeds while others have done the opposite. These are going to testify for or against us on the Day of Reckoning. We do not know whether we are going to live to witness this glorious month again or not. Therefore, the fortunate Muslim during this month was the one who was able to perfect their acts of worship with sincerity and self-examination and end it with sincere repentance, for acts are judged according to their ends.

 

Brothers in faith! Our righteous predecessors used to exert maximum effort in perfecting their acts of worship and had grave concerns regarding their acceptance or rejection. 'Ali Ibn Abi Taalib warned: "Have a greater concern for the acceptance of your deeds than you do for the amount of deeds you have performed. Do not you hear the saying of Allaah: 'Indeed, Allaah accepts only from the righteous" (Al Maa'idah: 27).

 

Fudhaalah ibn 'Ubayd said, "To know that Allaah has accepted a single act of righteousness from me would be dearer to me than this world all that it contains." This is how our diligent predecessors were. O Allaah! Forgive our negligence and have mercy on us all.

 

May the peace of Allaah be upon the month of fasting and night prayers! May the peace of Allaah be upon the month of the Qur'aan and the remembrance of Allaah! It has now passed like the twinkling of an eye, yet while it was here it was an arena for those who race to do good deeds. Endeavour then, to utilise the remaining hours of it by performing good deeds for Ramadaan can never be substituted by any other any month. It is a month in which hearts are refined and sins are forgiven. It is a month of security and peace for the frightened. In this great month, many hands have been raised in supplication, many a tear has been shed and many a heart has been struck with the fear of Allaah. Allaah has showered His Mercy and Favour on many of His slaves in this month - particularly in the last ten days of it.

 

Brothers in faith! When will one who has not been forgiven his sins in this month ever be forgiven? When will the one whose supplication is rejected in Lailatul Qadr (the Night of Power) ever have it accepted? Ibn Rajab narrated that 'Ali bin Abi Taalib used to proclaim in the last night of Ramadaan: 'How I wish I knew those whose acts of worship have been accepted so that I could congratulate them; and how I wish I knew those whose acts of worship have been rejected so that I could commiserate with  them!'

 

Whose loss is greater than he who missed the blessings of Ramadaan? When will the one who did not reform himself during the month of Ramadaan ever do so? When will the one who was not cured from the sickness of ignorance and heedlessness in this month ever get cured?

 

O you who have committed great sins! These few remaining blessed days are an opportunity for you to repent, for whoever is librated from Hell has indeed won a great reward. As for you, who have been liberated from Hell by your Lord; do not shackle yourself in sins again. Is it rational to be moving closer to Hell after your Lord has pardoned you from it? Hasten therefore, dear brothers to do more good deeds, for some of you may not live to see the end of this year. Let the negligent ones among you seize the opportunity of this outgoing month in doing righteous deeds before it is too late. Let the heedless ones wake up and remember the terrible fate that awaits them; let them try to spend the rest of their lives doing good deeds.

 

Fellow Muslims! Let us look at our present condition in light of the effects Ramadaan had on us. Let us compare our condition at the start of Ramadaan to our condition now: Was the advent of Ramadaan something that made us become pious? Did it reform our actions and conduct? Did it unify our ranks against our enemies? Did it remove the hatred and rancour between us? Did it eliminate the evil deeds committed by our communities?

 

Brothers in faith! You have responded to the call of your Lord by fasting so respond to His command in all other matters and at all times. Humble your hearts for the remembrance of Allaah and be united in adherence to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam so that the Muslim nation may be saved from calamities.

 

Brothers in Islaam! It is appropriate for us, while we are bidding farewell to this blessed month, to also try to bid farewell to all the calamities that have come to characterise the very essence of this nation. We must take serious steps to put an immediate end to the shedding of Muslim blood that is taking place in the blessed land of Palestine, Kashmir and Chechnya with impunity. Is it credible that the Muslims who are more than a billion in number can be so powerless in failing to protect the blood of their brothers and win them back their security and glory? Will the Muslims, while bidding farewell to Ramadaan, spurn the weakness and disunity that characterises their position on the issue of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the Al-Aqsaa Mosque – which are under the occupation of the Zionist devils?!

 

With regard to the Afghan issue, let the different Afghan groups bury their differences and lend their support to those who will govern them by the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam in order to protect the lives of the Muslims, the security of their land and the safety of the Afghan people. Let us do more to alleviate the pain and suffering of the Muslim minorities throughout the world. Let the leaders of the Muslim countries and their scholars champion this cause by exerting more efforts to exalt the religion of Allaah and help the cause of Islaam everywhere. This is especially important given the current global situation that is having adverse effects on the lives of the Muslims worldwide. Will the Muslims not put an end to the vicious campaign of the mass media against Islaam, the Muslims, and their lands - particularly the land of the two Holy Mosques? Has the time not come for the Muslims to make positive use of all the intellectual Da'wah capabilities and modern information technology at their disposal? Why don't they use these to propagate the beauty of Islaam, its provision for human rights, its firm establishment upon the real concepts of truth, justice and peace and its abhorrence of violence and terrorism - especially in this time of vicious globalization and the so-called clash of civilizations? Will the meaning of terrorism be based on the whims of the Zionists who themselves are known terrorists, O world leaders?

 

O Ummah of Muhammad sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam! We are a nation known by our outstanding history of glory and strength. We must desert the degradation and humiliation which has now become our lot and assume our divine role by liberating the oppressed from error, misery, materialism and anarchy to the truth, justice and peace. In fact this is our duty, for this is from our obligation toward the correct faith, truth and piety. It is our duty to nurture the youth on moderation and lay down a strategy for elevating Islamic propagation and protecting the Muslim communities from the scourge of petty disagreements, - which have plagued us for ages.

 

It is time for the Muslims to realise that their present condition will never improve unless they hold on to the correct Islamic belief, in an age where atheism and paganism are the order of the day. I swear by Allaah! Degenerated nations and communities did not become so except as a result of their religious and moral decline and their abandonment of the divine teachings. Will the Muslims now recognise the value of their belief and unite on the path of their righteous predecessors in order to attain blessings for the whole world and its inhabitants?   

 

Fellow Muslims! Bid farewell to the month of Ramadaan with good deeds that will testify in your favour on the day of Resurrection.

 

Brothers in faith! Allaah has prescribed for you at the end of Ramadaan a great deed with which you can make amends for your deficiencies within that month. By doing this, you can also gain immense rewards; Allaah says that which translates to: "He wants for you to complete the period and to magnify Allaah for that (to) which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful." (Al-Baqarah: 185).



Therefore, Allaah also prescribed the Zakaatul-Fitr [end of Ramadaan alms-giving] for you as a sign of gratitude to Him for facilitating fasting and night prayers for you, to purify you from any obscenity you may have uttered and as a feeding for the poor and the needy in order to promote the brotherhood and unity among the Muslims. The amount to be given is one Saa' [approximately 3 kg.] of wheat, rice or any other staple food of the land. It is to be given by every Muslim, be they young, old, male or female. It is also rewardable if it is given on behalf of the unborn foetus. It is best given between the Fajr and 'Eid prayers (on the day of 'Eid) but there is no harm if it is given a day of two before 'Eid.

 

The Sunnah is to give it out in foodstuff as it has been explicitly explained in the Hadeeth and in accordance with the practice of our righteous predecessors. So give this charity out, for Allaah has only asked you to give a negligible amount of the huge bounty that He has bestowed upon you.

 

Brothers in Islaam! Continue in your good deeds even after Ramadaan. Be constant in observing the five obligatory prayers and other acts of worship. Know that, among the signs of the acceptance of a good deed is to continue and be steadfast in performing that deed. Know also that it is only the evil people who know and worship Allaah in Ramadaan only.

 




***
Alahumma infa`ni bima `allamtani
wa `allamni ma yanfa`uni!

OH ALLAH! Make useful for me what You taught me
and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me!

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
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Friday Khutbah (02 May 2008): Hasten To Do Good
Posted by Azizur Rahman September 4, 2009
 

Friday Khutbah (02 May 2008): Hasten To Do Good
- by Imam Al-Madinah Al-Munawarrah Sheikh ‘Alee al Hudaify
from the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, on Rabee ath Thaani 26, 1429


The Transcript:
All praise is due to Allah. We praise Allah, and seek His help and guidance. We turn to Him in repentance and we put all our affairs in His hands. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and the evil of our bad deeds. Indeed, whoever Allah guides, none can misguide, and whomever Allah allows to fall astray, there is none who can guide him. I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, the one true God who has no partner. I also testify that Muhammad (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is Allah’s servant and messenger. Oh Allah, send your abundant peace and blessing upon your servant and prophet Muhammad (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam), his family, his companions, and whoever follows his guidance until the last day.

Oh servants of Allah, fear Allah so that you please Him. It is the fear of Allah that purifies hearts and souls and causes you to succeed in the hereafter. Allah says
“…And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out. And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine… whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make his matter easy for him… and whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will expiate from him his sins, and will enlarge his reward.”
– [Surah Talaaq : Ayaah 2-5]

Fellow Muslims, through righteousness one attains all that is good and through disobedience one attains all that is evil. You will never see anyone who disobeys Allah and is happy, or anyone who obeys Him and is miserable. So Allah makes Jannah a reward for righteousness and avoiding evil, and He makes Jahannam a punishment for committing evil and avoiding righteousness.

Allah says:
“As for him who gives (in charity) and keeps his duty to Allah and fears Him, And believes in Al-Husna. We will make smooth for him the path of ease (goodness). But he who is greedy miser and thinks himself self-sufficient. And gives belies Al-Husna; We will make smooth for him the path for evil;”
– [Surah Layl : Ayaah 5-7]
It is Jannah that believers will receive as a reward for their good doings. Allah says:
“Then, for him who transgressed all bounds And preferred the life of this world, Verily, his abode will be Hell-fire;”
– [Surah Naziat : Ayaah 37-39]

Allah makes righteous deeds a means of attaining all that is good. So let every Muslim not belittle any good deed and let him be willing to do all that is righteous whenever possible for him to do so. Maybe a good deed that is small will weigh the heaviest in Allah’s scale and causes him to be accepted by Allah the Almighty in the hereafter. Allah says:

“Then as for him whose balance (of good deeds) will be heavy, He will live a pleasant life (in Paradise).”
– [Surah Qari'ah : Ayaah 6-7]

Doing more righteous deeds, even if they are small has a great effect in the hereafter. Allah says:

“Surely! Allah wrongs not even of the weight of an atom (or a small ant), but if there is any good (done), He doubles it, and gives from Him a great reward.”
– [Surah Nisaa : Ayaah 40]

There will be glad tidings for those who do different kinds of righteous deeds if the Muslim abides by what is obligated of and does many righteous deeds as he can then he is walking along path of salvation and success. Indeed there are many ways of righteousness and they are all easy.

Allah says:
“And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for Al-Muttaqun.”
– [Surah Ale 'Imraan : Ayaah 133]

And Allah says:
“Race with one another in hastening towards forgiveness from your Lord (Allah), and Paradise the width whereof is as the width of the heaven and the earth, prepared for those who believe in Allah and His Messengers. That is the Grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He is pleased with. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty.”
– [Surah Hadeed : Ayaah 21]

Allah also says:
“… so compete in good deeds. The return of you (all) is to Allah; then He will inform you about that in which you used to differ.”
– [Surah Ma'idah : Ayaah 48]

Just as the Muslim should be willing to do every righteous deed even if it is small, he is also to avoid every sin even if it seems trivial. In this regard, the Prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) warned us against this in a narration saying “Beware of small sins, as they may be so many that may cause their doer to perish in disgrace.”

There are three categories of righteous deeds. The first includes acts of worship that only benefit the person who does them, such as salaah, fasting, and the like. The Prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) encouraged Muslims to exert effort in this area. Abu Hurayrah (Radiallahu Anhu) has narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

“The best prayer after the obligatory one is that which is done at night. And the best fast after those of Ramadan are those performed during the month of Muharram.”
– [Nawawi]

Anas ibn Maalik (Radiallahu Anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
“Whoever prays the Fajr salaah in congregation and then engages himself in devotion until sunrise and then concludes this state of devotion with a 2 rak’ah prayer, Allah will give him the reward of Hajj and ‘Umrah.”
– [Tirmidhi and Tabarani]

Every day everyone is required to give charity for every joint in his body. A two rak’ah prayer in the forenoon is enough to exempt him [as it is equivalent]. The narration states that every joint in a persons body is a blessing for which he must express gratitude to Allah by giving charity for every joint every day. However, if a person does not have the means of giving in charity, he can just perform a two rak’ah prayer in the forenoon. It is also narrated by Abu Darda (Radiallahu Anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
“Allahs says, “Oh son of Adam! Perform a four rak’ah prayer in the beginning of the day and I will protect you the rest of the day.”
– [Tirmidhi]

This four rak’ah prayer is different from the Fajr salaah and it is an optional prayer. It is narrated by Abu Dharr (Radiallahu Anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) was reported to have said:
“No one does a prostration to Allah but He gives him a reward and forgives him a sin.”
Abu Darda (Radiallahu Anhu) has narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) once said to his companions:
“Shall I tell you of the best of righteous deeds in Allah’s sight and the most likely to raise your rank in the hereafter? Such deeds which are better than spending gold and silver in charity and fighting in the cause of Allah.” The companions said “Yes, oh Rasulullah.” The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “It is the remberance of Allah.”
– [Ahmad, Tirdmidhi, and Haakim]

Abu Hurayrah (Radiallahu Anhu) has narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
“Whoever says one hundred times La illaha illallah wahdahu la sharikalah lahul mulk walahul hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shayin qadeer will be given the reward of setting ten slaves free and a reward of one hundred good deeds. In addition, he will have one hundred of his sins forgiven and he will be protected from the temptation of Shaytaan until the end of the day. No one will be like him in the hereafter except another who did the same or more than that.”
– [Sahih Bukhari wa Muslim]

It is narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said
“Whoever says one hundred times Subhanallahi wa bihamdi in the day no one will be better than him in the hereafter.”
– [Sahih Muslim]

The best kinds of invocations is that which is said immediately after performance of the five daily prayers. Such invocations are a means of attaining all that is good and being protected from all that is evil. Another way of righteousness exists in the Messenger of Allah’s (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) instruction where ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (Radiallahu Anhum) has narrated
“Fast three days of every month, then you will have the reward of fasting an entire year.”

The second category of righteousness includes deeds and acts of worship that involves benefits for other people. Such deeds are good for oneself as well as for others. This is a great field of competition in which whoever wins attains real success in this life and in the hereafter. ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (Radiallahu Anhum) has narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said

“There are forty good deeds, the best of which is giving milk in charity. Whoever does any of these deeds seeking Allah’s reward and believing in in the Prophets promise of such reward will enter Jannah.”
– [Bukhari]
Jaabir (Radiallahu Anhu) has narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said
“Every good deed is a charity and among the good deeds are that you smile at others and help people when they are in need.”
– [Ahmad]
Abu Dharr (Radiallahu Anhu) once asked the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam)

“Oh Rasulullah tell me about a deed that will enable me to enter Jannah.” The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said to him “Believe in Allah.” Abu Dharr then said “Oh Rasulullah, belief requires practice to prove it.” The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) then said to him “You can give in charity.” Abu Dharr then said “Oh Rasulullah, what if I am not that good to do such a job?” The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said to him “Then you can support an oppressed person.” Abu Dharr then said “Oh Rasulullah, suppose I am weak.” The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said to him “You can work for the one who is disabled.” Abu Dharr then replied “Oh Rasulullah, suppose I cannot do that.” The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said to him “If you do not have the means of doing that which is good, then refrain from doing what is evil.” Abu Dharr then replied “Oh Rasulullah, all that you have mentioned is easy to be done.” The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said to him “If anyone does any of the good deeds I have mentioned while seeking only Allah’s satisfaction he will be saved on the Day of Qiyaamah and will attain Jannah.”
– [Ibn Hibban]

In the same regard, Abu Hurayrah (Radiallahu Anhu) narrated the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayh Wasallam) said
“A prostitute was forgiven by Allah, because, passing by a panting dog near a well and seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took off her shoe, and tying it with her head-cover she drew out some water for it. So, Allah forgave her because of that.”
– [Sahih Bukhari wa Muslim]

The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also stated
“Kindness with any living thing is a good deed for which one is rewarded.”
– [Bukhari wa Muslim]

The third category of righteousness is to refrain from doing evil or harm to others. The Muslim is to keep his tongue and all parts of his body from doing evil to others. In this way, he will retain the reward of his good deeds and relieve others from his evil.

Abu Dharr (Radiallahu Anhu) asked the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) “Ya Rasulullah, which deed is the best?” The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied “It is to have belief in Allah and fight in His cause.” Abu Dharr then asked “What if I cannot fight?” The Messenger of Allah replied “Help a laboror or work for the one who is disabled.” Abu Dharr then said “Ya Rasulullah, suppose I cannot do that?” The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) “Desist from doing mischief to the people. That is your own charity for your self.”
– [Sahih Bukhari wa Muslim]

Allah the Almighty says:
“Whosoever does a good deed, it is for his own-self, and whosoever does evil, it is against (his own-self). Then to your Lord you will be made to return.”
– [Surah Jathiya : Ayaah 15]
Allah also says:
“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.”
– [Surah Zalzala : Ayaah 7-8]

And Allah says:
“If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, We shall expiate from you your (small) sins, and admit you to a Noble Entrance (i.e. Paradise).”
– [Surah Nisaa : Ayaah 31]

I ask Allah to benefit us all from the Quran and Sunnah and benefit us from its clear signs, judicious speech, and wisdom. I seek the forgiveness of Allah for myself, you, and all the Muslims, so seek His forgiveness for He is the Oft Forgiver, Most Merciful.

All praise is due to Allah and I testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allah the One true God who has no partner. Allah is the Supporter of those who are righteous. I also testify that Muhammad is Allah’s servant and messenger. Muhammad is the leader of those who came earlier and those who came later. Oh Allah, send your abundant peace and blessing upon your servant and prophet Muhammad, his family, and his companions.
Oh Muslims, fear Allah, for fearing Allah is a means of felicity, while following one’s desires is way to misery.

Fellow Muslims, keep your duty to Allah in the most proper way. Perform acts of worship in the way that the Prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) taught us so that you will be accepted by Allah the Almighty. Beware of things that may render your righteous deeds void, things which happen when a person follows good deeds with bad deeds. Beware of Shaytaan and his temptations. Keep in mind the advice of the Prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) where he
said
“Indeed Allah obligated you to do some things, so do not neglect these obligations. He also set laws, so do not violate them, and forbade some things, so do not approach them. And He remained silent about other things out of His grace, so do not ask about them.”

Oh Muslims, do more righteous deeds, as Allah says:
“O you who have believed! Bow down, and prostrate yourselves, and worship your Lord and do good that you may be successful.”
– [Surah Hajj : Ayaah 77]

Hold yourselves to account before you are taken to account, and let everyone turn unto Allah in repentance from every sin committed. Mu’aadh ibn Jabal (Radiallahu Anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayh Wasallam) said:

“Fear Allah wherever you are. Follow a bad deed with a good one, then what is good will erase what is bad. And have good morality with people.”
Fellow Muslims, fill your hearts with sincerity towards Allah, then your deeds will come sincere and will be accepted. The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said
“Indeed Allah does not look at your appearance or your deeds, He looks at your heart.”
– [Sahih Muslim]

He (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also said
“Fasting, giving in charity, attending funerals, and visiting the sick, if anyone happens to these deeds all in one day, he will enter into Jannah.”

Servants of Allah, Allah says:
“Allah and His angels send Salat on the Prophet. O you who believe! Send your Salat on him, and greet him with the Islamic way of greeting.”
– [Surah Ahzaab : Ayaah 56]

The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also says
“Whoever invokes Allah to send a single blessing on me, Allah will send ten blessings on him in return.”

Oh Allah, bestow your favor on Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have bestowed favors on Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim. Indeed you are Praise worthy and Glorious. And bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as you have blessed Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim. Indeed you are Praise worthy and Glorious. Peace and blessings be upon them all.
Oh Allah, be pleased with his four rightly guided khulafa, Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, Uthmaan, and ‘Ali, the Prophet’s household, all the venerable companions, tabi’een, and those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement.

Oh Allah, be pleased with us along with them, out of your Favor, Mercy, and Beneficience. Indeed you are the Most Merciful of those who show mercy.

Oh Allah, cause Islam and the Muslims to triumph.

Oh Allah, support your religion, your book, and the sunnah of your prophet.

You are the Lord of the universe.

Oh Allah, let us recognize the truth and follow it, and let us recognize falsehood and avoid it. Oh Allah, we seek your protection from being confused in religion. Oh Allah, you are the Lord of the hearts, so make our hearts steadfast upon your religion…

 ameen

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« Reply #17 on: Oct 02, 2009 06:16 PM »

All praise be to Allah. We thank Him, seek His help and take recourse to Him from our bad deeds and the sins we have committed. When Allah guides a person, he is never misguided. When He has caused somebody to go astray, he is never guided.
 
I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah and I testify that Muhammad (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) is His slave and Messenger. O Allah, have mercy on him, his family, his companions and all who follows their path till the Day of Judgment.
 
Allah says which translates as:
"O Mankind! Revere your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single Person, created, of like nature, his mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women; fear Allah, through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (that bore you): for Allah ever watches over you." "O you who believe, fear Allah, and (always) say a word directed to the Right: That He may make your conduct whole and sound and forgive you your sins: he that obeys Allah and His Messenger, has already attained the highest Achievement" (An-Nisa’: 1).

The Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used many methods in order to call people to Islam. For example, he used to tell them true realistic stories as well as the stories of the earlier nations so that they would deduce lessons from them. In these stories, Allah says which translates as: "there is a message for any that has a heart and understanding or who gives ear and earnestly witnesses the truth" (Qaaf: 37).
 
Stories have an undeniable effect on people. Let's mention, brothers in Islam, one of the stories about one of the earlier nations as narrated by the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) so that we can deduce useful lessons. Bukhari and Muslim reported that `Abdullah bin `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) say: “While three persons were traveling, the night fell and they had to enter a cave in a mountain in order to spend the night. A big rock rolled over and blocked the mouth of the cave. They said to each other: Nothing could rescue you but invoking Allah with the best deed you have performed (so Allah might remove the rock)”. One of them said, 'O Allah! My parents were old and I used to go out  to collect  wood. On my return I would  milk  (the animals) and take  the milk in a vessel to my parents to drink. After they had drunk from it, I would give it to my children, family and wife. One day I was delayed and on my return I found my parents sleeping, but I disliked to wake them up, or to feed my family before them. I waited with the vessel in my hand with my children crying at my feet (because of hunger) until dawn when they woke up and drank their share of the milk. O Allah! If You regard that I did it for Your sake, then please remove this rock so that we may see the sky.' So, the rock was moved a bit but it was too small for them to get out.
 
The second said, 'O Allah! You know that I was in love with a cousin of mine, like the deepest love a man may have for a woman, and I tried to seduce her but she refused, until one day she became in need of money, and she came to me for help, so I offered her one hundred and twenty Dinaars (gold currency) provided she gives in to my desire, and she accepted. When I sat in between her legs, she said to me: Fear  Allah, and asked me not to deflower her except rightfully (by marriage). So, I got up and left her, though she was the most desired and beloved to me, and made her keep the money. O Allah! If You regard that I did it for Your sake, kindly remove this rock.' So, the rock was moved a bit  but it was to small for them to get out.
 
Then the third man said,  “O Allah! Once I employed workers, and I paid them, except one who left with out taking his due share, so I invested it and from it great wealth developed. After some time that man came and demanded his money. I said to him: Go to those camels, cows and the shepherd and take them for they are all for you. He asked me not to mock him. I told him that I was not mocking him, so he took it all and left nothing behind. O Allah! If You regard that I did it sincerely for Your sake, then please remove the rock. So, the rock was removed completely from the mouth of the cave, and they came out walking”.
 
Servants of Allah! Think over this great story. These three persons remembered Allah and followed his commands when they were free from any troubles and Allah saved them when they were in distress. Hence, whenever a man fulfills his duties towards Allah during times of ease, Allah will support him in times of worry, trouble and distress; He will be Most Gracious to him and facilitate maters for him. Allah says which translates as: " … And whosoever fears Allah, He will make for him a way out ( from hardships). And will provide him from sources he could never imagine" (At-Talaaq: 2-3). He also said which translates as: "And whosoever fears Allah, He will make his matter easy for him" (At- Talaaq: 4).
The first man in the cave gave a great example of dutifulness towards his parents. Throughout the whole night, he was holding the vessel of milk not allowing his children nor himself to drink (until his parents had drunk their share). He did not even disturb his parents by waking them up until dawn. This indicates the excellence of having and showing dutifulness to parents and that it is a means for facilitating one's affairs and avoiding distress. Dutifulness to one's parents is the best act of keeping relations with one's family and relatives. The Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: "Whoever would like to have wider provisions and prolong his life, should keep good relations with his kith and kin" (Al-Bukhari & Muslim).
 
This is an advanced reward in this worldly life. His provisions are lavish and his life is prolonged, let aside the reward in the Hereafter. Allah highly honors parents to an extent that He prohibited the son to utter even the smallest word that indicates annoyance as He says which translates as: "Thy Lord has decreed that you worship none but him, and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: my Lord bestow on them thy mercy even as they cherished me in childhood" (Al-Isra’: 23-24).
 
The Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) told us that the best type of goodness is having good relations with the friends of one's father. Imam Muslim reported that `Abdullah bin `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: "The best type of goodness is having good relations with the friends of one's father".
In contrast, Islam warned against undutifulness to one's parents and made it one of the gravest sins. Abu Bakr narrated that The Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: "Should I not inform you about the most grievous of the grave sins?" We (the companions) said: Indeed O messenger of Allah. He said: "Associating anyone with Allah, undutifulness to parents,(he was reclining then he sat up saying ): (beware of) false testimony or false utterance, and he repeated it so many times that we wished that he should become silent" (Al-Bukhari & Muslim).
 
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) also said: "Let him be humiliated, let him be humiliated, let him be humiliated. It was said: Allah's Messenger, who is he? He said: “He who finds his parents in old age, either one or both of them, and does not enter Paradise (due to his dutifulness to them)”. (Muslim).
 
Scholars said that the Hadith indicates that dutifulness to parents when they are old and weak (by serving them, financially supporting them, or any other means), are the gates to Paradise. If a person does not assume such duties, Allah will humble him and humiliate him.
 
Servants of Allah! Some people pay little attention to dutifulness towards their parents. They may be ungrateful to them in both words and actions. They may avoid them and abandon them. Abandoning one's parents, even if one had not been ungrateful to them, in reality is a sort of undutifulness towards them.
 
At-Tabarani reported: "A man came to the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and said: Messenger of Allah! My father has taken away my money. The Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: Go and bring him to me. Gabriel came down to the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and said: Allah conveys His Sallam (peace) upon you and says: When the old man comes before you, ask him about something he said to himself, which he did not utter for his ears to hear. When the old man came, the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) asked him: Why is your son complaining, do you want to take his money? The old man said: Ask him (my son) whether I spend such money on his paternal and maternal aunts or on myself. The Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: Forget about it and tell me about something you said to yourself and you have not even uttered it. The man said: I swear by Allah, O Messenger of Allah, that through you, Allah increases our faith. I have said to myself  which I did not utter for my ears to hear. The Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: Say it and I will listen.

The man said:  I have provided you with food when you were a baby and child and you made the best use of these provisions.  If you became ill for a night, I would spend it very worried and concerned. It was as if I had been the ill person instead of you,  And my eyes poured out tears. I feared that you may die, although I knew that death is an inevitable end.   When you reached of age and attained the status for which I had long yearned, you  rewarded me with roughness and rudeness, as  if you had been the one who grants me graces and favors.  As long as you have not fulfilled your duties towards your father, I wished that you would at least behaved towards me like you behave towards our quarellsome neighbour. As a result, the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said to his son: "You and your money are (the property) of your father.

Servants of Allah! The second person of the three in the story gave a great example of unmitigated virtuousness. He almost managed to fulfil his desire with this woman who was the most beloved person to him. Yet, when she reminded him to fear Allah, he left her in spite of his love and did not even take back his money.
 
Bukhari and Muslim reported a Hadith that there are seven people whom Allah will give shade on the Day when there will be no shade but His,  one of these is "a man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for illicit intercourse with her and says: I fear Allah".
 
What a great difference it is between this man and the man who travels to countries where adultery is practiced openly! He travels in order to commit adultery with prostitutes. I seek refuge in Allah from such an act. Travelers to such countries should know that Allah sees them and that He is All-Knowing. He knows all about them in this country as well as in 0themselves with destruction if they do not repented. Allah says which translates as: "Those who invoke not, with Allah, any other god, nor slay such life as Allah has made sacred, except for just cause, nor commit fornication; and any that does this (not only) meets punishment.  (But) the Penalty on the Day of Judgment will be doubled to him, and he will dwell therein in ignominy. Except he who, repents, believes, and works righteous deeds, for Allah will change the evil of such persons into good, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful" (Al-Furqan: 68).
 
In order to know how disgraceful adultery is, it is enough to think over the legal penalty of it in this worldly life. An unmarried adulterer (adulteress) is to be lashed one hundred times and exiled for a year. A married adulterer (adulteress) is to be put to death, but in a most horrible manner - stoning till death.
 
I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan, Allah says which translates as: "Nor come close to adultery: for it is a shameful (deed) and an evil, opening the road (to other evils)" (Al-Isra’: 32).
 
May Allah guide us through the Holy Qur'an and make its verses of benefit to you and me.  I hereby end my sermon and I ask Allah to forgive you and I, and all Muslims. So, ask Allah for forgiveness, for He is All Merciful and Most Gracious.

Servants of Allah! The third person mentioned in this story was a man who gave the best example of honesty and sincerity. He invested the employee's wages and increased it greatly, he gave it (the accumulated wealth) to him and refused to take anything in return. What a great difference between this man and those who treat their employees unjustly and devour their wages, especially if such employees are from different countries!  Such employers are very near to the people mentioned in Allah's saying which translates as: "Woe to those that deal in fraud, Those who, when they have to receive by measure from men, exact full measure, But when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due. Do they not think that they will be called to account?" (Al- Mutaffifeen: 1-4).
 
They want the employees to perform their work as best as they can, but they do not give them their due wages or procrastinate in giving them. Some employees may return home without getting all their wages. Let those employers who hire an employee and deny him his wages, be aware that this helpless employee will not be their adversary; it will be Allah the Lord of the Worlds. The Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said that Allah has said: "There are three people whom I will litigate against on the Day of Judgment, and whosoever I litigate against will lose" Out of them, the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) mentioned: "A man who hires a worker who fulfilled his duties, but he did not give him his wages".
 
Servants of Allah! This Hadith indicates that It is permissible to supplicate to Allah by mentioning good deeds. Such supplication is a means of relieving distress. Think about these three people who supplicated to Allah by mentioning their best deeds when they were in distress and how Allah relieved it.

 


Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #18 on: Oct 09, 2009 12:21 PM »

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“Allah Almighty has granted intellect to human beings. The intellect entails responsibility. The more intellect a person has the more he/she is responsible. When the intellect is missing, the responsibility is also not there. Little children are not held responsible, because their intellect has not yet developed. The insane are not responsible, because they have lost the intellectual capacity.

However, part of our being human is also that we make mistakes. Sometime, we make mistakes without deliberation and intention. But sometime we knowingly and deliberately sin and do wrong to others. It is said, “to err is human and to forgive is divine.” Both parts of this statement are very true. As human beings we are responsible, but we do also make mistakes and we are constantly in need of forgiveness. Islam speaks about two aspects of forgiveness: a) Allah’s forgiveness; b) Human forgiveness. We need both, because we do wrong in our relations to Allah as well as in our relations to each other.

A. Allah’s Forgiveness:

Allah Almighty is the Oft-Forgiving. There are many Names of Allah given in the Qur’an. Some of these Names are related to His mercy and forgiveness. Let me mention some of these names:

1-Al-Ghafoor (The Oft-Forgiving): This name occurs in the Qur’an more than seventy times. There are other names from the same root, such as Ghafir andGhaffar. The meaning of the Arabic word “ghafara” is to cover, to hide and from it comes the meaning “to excuse”, “to pardon”, “to remit” and “to forgive”. Allah Almighty does all these things. In the Qur’an, it is mentioned that Allah does not forgive the Shirk (without repentance) but He may forgive every other sin for whomsoever He wills. (al-Nisa’ 4:116) We must turn to Allah to seek His forgiveness.

2-Al-`Afuw (The Pardoning): This has another aspect of forgiveness. This Name occurs in the Qur’an five times. Literally the Arabic word `Afw means “to release”, “to heal”, “to restore”, “to remit”. Thus in relation to Allah it means “to release us from the burden of punishment due to our sins and mistakes”, “to restore our honor after we have dishonored ourselves by committing sins and making mistakes.” Sometimes in the Qur’an both names: `Afuw and Ghafoor come together.

3-Al-Tawwab (The Acceptor of repentance): This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qur’an about 11 times. Allah accepts the repentance of those who sincerely repent and turn to him. The Arabic word “tawwab” gives the sense of “oft-returning” which means that Allah again and again accepts the repentance. We make sins and mistakes then we repent, He accepts our repentance. Then again we commit sins and make mistakes and when we repent, He again very kindly accepts us and gives us another chance.

4-Al-Haleem (The Clement): This Name is mentioned fifteen times in the Qur’an, and it means that Allah Almighty is not quick to judgment. He gives time. He forebears and is patient to see His servant returning to Him.

5-Ar-Rahman and ar-Raheem (Most Gracious and Most Merciful). These Names are the most frequent in the Qur’an. Ar-Rahman is mentioned 57 times and ar-Raheem is mentioned 115 times. Ar-Rahman indicates that Allah’s grace is abundant and plenty and al-Raheem indicates that this is always the case with Allah. He is full of love and mercy and He is ever Merciful.

The Qur’an teaches that Allah is a Judge and He also punishes, but Allah is not bound to punish. The justice of Allah, according to Qur’an is that Allah does not and will not inflict undue punishment on any person. He will not ignore the good of any person. But if He wishes to forgive any sinner, He has full freedom to do that. His mercy is unlimited and His love is infinite.

There are many verses in the Qur’an and Hadiths of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, on the love, mercy and forgiveness of Allah. In one of the prayers that the Prophet taught, he said, “O Allah, You are Most Forgiving One, You love to forgive, so forgive me.” (reported by at-Trimidhi and Ibn Majah). We need Allah’s mercy and forgiveness all the time. It is wrong to assume at any time that one will find eternal salvation without the forgiveness of Allah.

B. Human Forgiveness in Islam:

Just as it is important to believe in the mercy and forgiveness of Allah, it is also necessary to base human relations on forgiveness. We cannot expect Allah’s forgiveness unless we also forgive those who do wrong to us. Forgiving each other, even forgiving one’s enemies is one of the most important Islamic teachings. In the Qur’an Allah has described the Believers as “those who avoid major sins and acts of indecencies and when they are angry they forgive.” (ash-Shura 42: 37) Later in the same Surah Allah says, “The reward of the evil is the evil thereof, but whosoever forgives and makes amends, his reward is upon Allah.” (al-Shura 42: 40) In another place the Qur’an says, “If you punish, then punish with the like of that wherewith you were afflicted. But if you endure patiently, indeed it is better for the patient. Endure you patiently. Your patience is not except through the help of Allah.” (an-Nahl:126-127)

In one Hadith, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said that Allah has commanded him about nine things; one of them he mentioned was “that I forgive those who do wrong to me.”

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was the most forgiving person. He was ever ready to forgive his enemies. When he went to Ta’if to call the people to Islam, its people mistreated him. They abused him and hit him with stones.

He left the city humiliated and wounded. When he took shelter under a tree, the angel of Allah visited him and told him that Allah sent him to destroy the people of Ta’if because of their sin of mistreating their Prophet. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, prayed to Allah to save the people of Taif, because what they did was out of their ignorance. He said, “O Allah, guide these people, because they did not know what they were doing.”

When he entered the city of Makkah after the victory, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, had in front of him some of his staunchest enemies. Those who fought him for many years, persecuted his followers and killed many of them. Now he had full power to do whatever he wanted to punish them for their crimes. It is reported that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, asked them, “What do you think I shall do to you now?” They pleaded for mercy. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Today I shall say to you what Joseph…” (referring to Prophet Yusuf, peace be upon him, as mentioned in the Qur’an, Yusuf 12:92) “…said to his brothers, ‘No blame on you today. Go, you are all free.” Soon they all came and accepted Islam at his hands. He forgave even Hind who had caused the murder of his uncle Hamza, may Allah be pleased with him. After killing him she had his body mutilated and chewed his liver. When she accepted Islam, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, even forgave her.

A very striking example of forgiveness we find in the Qur’an in reference to the most unfortunate event of “Slander of Sayyidah A’isha”. Some hypocrites of Madinah accused her. They tried to put dirt on her noble character. One of the slanderers turned out to be Mistah, the cousin of ‘Aisha’s father, Abu Bakr. Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, used to give financial help to this young man. After he slandered his daughter, Abu Bakr vowed not to help him any more. But Allah reminded Abu Bakr and through him all the Believers, “Let not those among you who are endued with grace and amplitude of means resolve by oath against helping their kinsmen, those in want and those who migrated in the path of Allah. Let them forgive and overlook. Do you not wish that Allah should forgive you? Indeed Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Al-Nur 24:22) Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, came out of his home and said, “Yes, indeed, I want Allah’s forgiveness.” He not only continued to help him but he gave him more.

Islam emphasizes justice and punishment of the wrong doers, but it equally strongly emphasizes mercy, kindness and love. Justice, law and order are necessary for the maintenance of a social order, but there is also a need for forgiveness to heal the wounds and to restore good relations between the people. We must keep in mind that as much as we need Allah’s forgiveness for our own sins and mistakes, we must also practice forgiveness towards those who do wrong to us.”

Source: IslamOnline

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #19 on: Oct 16, 2009 12:11 PM »

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KHUTBAH: Be Proud to be a Muslim

(Delivered by Hajj Talib Fehlhaber on Friday 13th of May 2005)
1st Part:
“As-salįmu 'alaikum wa rahmatul lįhi wa barakįtuh!” [Wait for adhan]
Al hamdu lillahi nahmaduhu wanasta’eenahu, wanastagh-firuhu, wanatoobu ilayhi,
wana’oothu Billaahi min shuroori an-fusinaa, wamin sayyi aati a’maalinaa
All Praise is for Allah. We too praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. We have Faith
and Trust in Him. We seek Allah’s refuge against evil tendencies of our Selves and our bad
deeds. He whom Allah guides no one can lead him astray. And he whom Allah lets go astray
there is none to guide him. We bear witness that there is no deity except Allah, the One and
without any Partner; and we also bear witness that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His
servant and Messenger., Allah had sent him with Truth, to give good tidings and to warn
before the Doomsday. Whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger will be successful and well
guided. And whosoever disobeys either of them has gone astray. Such a person harms none
save himself, he does no harm to Allah. The best Word is the Book of Allah. And the best
Guidance is that given by Muhammad (peace be upon him). Good things are the firm
(original) ones, and Bad things are those introduced later on. And everything introduced later
(in religion) is innovation. And every innovation is a deviation and every deviation is bound
to Hell Fire.

Say: ``This is my way: I invite you unto Allah with sure knowledge, I and those who follow me
in calling to Allah. And glorified and exalted be Allah. And I am not of the mushrikeen.''
Surah Yusuf Verse 108

Invite to the Way of your Lord with wisdom, and good, well behaved teaching, and discuss
with them in the best way possible. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from his
path, and He is the best aware of those who are guided.
Surah An-Nahl Verse 125
And invite them to your Lord. Verily you are indeed on the straight guidance.
Surah Al-Hajj Verse 67
These are but a few of the verses that mention the importance of Da'wah - calling people to
the path of Allah. There are similar ahadith, many that mention that if someone becomes a
Muslim at your hands, then it is better than the world and its contents.
We can see from this that Da'wah is an obligation on the Muslim community. It is up to us to
ensure that every person today hears about Islam. Otherwise, on the Day of Judgment, they
will tell Allah that we did not tell them about Islam, and it was not their fault. We must
therefore do da'wah, at the very least, to safeguard ourselves of this accusation.
But even without this reason, Da'wah is a very important aspect to Islam; it is the foundation
of Islam as we see it today. Islam was not spread, as many Western scholars would like you to
believe, spread by the sword, but by Da'wah - people who spread word of Islam. The biggest
Muslim country now, Indonesia, never fought with the Muslims, but became Muslim through
peaceful means.
Early Islam spread in this manner. The Prophet sent no-one to attack Madinah, people there
heard about Islam and embraced it whole-heartedly.
We all know that the more well-educated, religiously-aware Muslims there are, the better we
will be able to achieve the goals that Allah has set us. And Da'wah is the easiest way to
achieve this end.
No matter what we say, we really can not emphasise the importance of Da'wah enough. Some
scholars have gone so far as to say that there is no justification for Muslims to live in non-
Muslim countries, unless they do Da'wah. And it is true. We certainly have the greatest
opportunity for Da'wah here.
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To whom do we make Da'wah? Here we can focus on two main groups: Muslims who have
become misguided, and non-Muslims who have not heard about Islam. The former is easier,
but we cannot at the same time ignore the latter; since it is our responsibility to tell all people
about the beauty of Islam. In either case, the goal is the same: to illustrate to them the
unsurpassed beauty of Islam, its simplicity, and its implications on our actions. We want them
to be attracted to Islam, in the same way that we are, or I hope we are - after all, we claim we
are. After each meal we say, ``Thanks to Allah who has given us food and drink and made us
Muslims.'' I mean we say it so much - do we really think about it? Do we mean it?
Da'wah can take many forms, but I want to highlight what I think are some important forms
that are often ignored. Basically, we can divide Da'wah into things that we can do as
individuals and things we can do as groups.
Let's start with what we can do as individuals. Now, we often forget that as Muslims in this
country, we are walking emissaries. Each one of us represents Islam, whether we like it or
not. People will associate Islam with us. So, we should be models of Islamic behavior; and
this is in itself a form of Da'wah. What does this mean?
It means that at all times we should behave as Muslims. This means being polite, wellmannered,
clean, honest, and sincere and all those other characteristics that Islam teaches us.
It means we should be proud to be Muslim and should be openly Muslim. When I say proud, I
don’t mean in any arrogant way. Be proud and not ashamed to be a Muslim. There are some
people I had known for several years, and would never have guessed that they were Muslim.
Wear a Muslim T-shirt, put Islamic bumper stickers on your cars, begin your assignments
with Bismillah. This has two effects.
Firstly, it will cause other Muslims to feel pride in the fact that you are unabashedly
displaying the fact that you are Muslim. When you see someone wearing an ISOC T-shirt in
the University, don't you feel it? You know sort of like ``Hey, look! There's another Muslim
brother! I'm not the only one! Look how many of us there are.'' This, obviously, increases
Muslim pride and improves the strength of the Islamic brotherhood.
Secondly, it will evoke curiosity in the non-Muslims who you interact with, and they might
ask questions - and when they ask questions, it is an opportunity for you to tell them about
Islam; and that's just what you've been waiting for!
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We should also be open about why we do something. When you need to pray, and you need to
excuse yourself, don't lie and say I need to use the washroom, or I'm meeting somebody or
some other lame excuse. Be honest, say ``Excuse me for a few moments, I need to pray.'' Or
when someone invites you to lunch and you are fasting, say proudly, “unfortunately I can't. I
am fasting. ”
You may get a strange look the first few times, but having done this myself, I have not
regretted it once. Responses do vary. When I told one person I needed to go pray, he asked,
``Can I watch?'', which I was most happy to allow. Other people just excuse themselves and
apologise. People, even though they may be atheistic, still have a respect for religion, for
some reason. If you tell them you have gone to pray, they will, most likely, respect you for
being so diligent. And again, it evokes a great deal of curiosity.
And just by being Muslim, you will find that situations where you are asked about your Islam
will arise.
In these situations, it is important to remember the verse I read above: Invite to the Way of
your Lord with wisdom, and good, well behaved explanation, and discuss with them in the
best way possible. Don't argue in a violent or aggressive manner, it is likely to backfire.
Do not expect that the people you will have met with will become Muslim, although Allah
guides whom he wills, and nobody is saying it is impossible. But at least this way, you would
have fulfilled your religious obligation for Da'wah; and those you have met with can no
longer claim that they did not know about Islam.
What about at a community level? Well, we have mosques; we can invite misguided Muslims
to the mosque, and teach them about prayer and the fundamentals of Islam. For non-Muslims,
we can arrange talks specifically for them. We can also provide information about Islam via
whatever technologies exist: fax, phone, e-mail, whatever. But this is just one part.
We also do Da'wah by acting responsibly as a community, and as representatives of the
Islamic viewpoint. The same general principles apply as did for the individual: If we appear
as proud of being Muslim as a community, and act in a way that is representative of true
Islam, people will be attracted.
Unfortunately, this is not the case as you well know. The Muslim Ummah is in a mess, with
personal rivalries and ethnic cultures causing disunity and chaos. Furthermore, the Muslim
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Ummah is closed in on itself, with an inferiority complex. One non-Muslim told me that
Muslims could not organise a booze-up in a brewery. Look at other groups; at our enemies
and those that would like to see us defeated. Look how far they have come: whether it be
Zionists, Gays and Lesbians or Secularists.
They are not much larger than our own communities, yet look what they have achieved:
widespread acceptance of their illegitimate activities in less than 20 years. Why? Because
they are proud of who they are, and they act as a community.
Now then, I seek Allah’s refuge against Satan the outcast. I start in the name of Allah, most
Gracious, most Merciful. Allah, in His Glorious Book, says, "O Believers, when a call is
given for Friday prayers then hurry up for Allah’s remembrance, leaving aside all business.
This is better for you if you knew it. Then, when the prayer is finished disperse in the land to
seek Allah’s Favours (livelihood); and keep on remembering Allah frequently so that you
may succeed. When these people see a trade opportunity or a sportive event they walk
towards it, leaving you (Prophet) standing alone. Tell them that what (reward) is with Allah is
better than sport or trade, and Allah is the best Provider of livelihood.
Allah, the Supreme and Great, has spoken the Truth. May He benefit me and you with His
verses and wise advice. Verily He is Supreme, Magnanimous, Bountiful, the Master, Gooddoing,
Kind and Merciful.


Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #20 on: Oct 23, 2009 01:10 PM »

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Fellow Muslims! Fear Allaah, for you are now in a holy land and holy season; avail yourself of these two privileges so that you may prosper.
 
Brethren in faith! Social gatherings and assemblies, however high and noble their objectives may be, can never reach the sublimity of the goal of this gathering of pilgrimage to the House of Allaah in this sacred land, which Allaah has sanctified, protected and bestowed with complete and comprehensive security in which men, animals and plants are all guaranteed protection; (this land) in which tranquility has descended and the banner of Islaam is raised. Allaah says which means, “Indeed, the first House (of worship) established for mankind was that at Bakkah (i.e., Makkah) – blessed and a guidance for the worlds. In it are clear signs (such as) the standing place of Abraham. And whoever enters it (i.e., the Haram) shall be safe. And (due) to Allaah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House – for whoever is able to find thereto a way. But whoever disbelieves (i.e., refuses) – then indeed, Allaah is free from need of the worlds.'” (Aal-‘Imraan: 96-97)

Hajj is ordained so that it can serve as a meeting point for the brothers (in faith), a gathering for devotees and a refuge for the believers. They assemble there in answer to the call of Prophet Ibraaheem whom Allaah commanded thus, “…’Do not associate anything with Me and purify My House for those who perform tawaaf (circumambulation of the Ka’bah) and those who stand (in prayer) and those who bow and prostrate. And proclaim to the people the Hajj (pilgrimage); they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass – That they may witness (i.e., attend) benefits for themselves and mention the name of Allaah on known (i.e., specific) days over what He has provided for them of (sacrificial) animals. So eat of them and feed the miserable and poor.’” (Al-Hajj: 26-28)
 
Witnessing things that are of benefit, which is among the most prominent goals of Hajj, is an issue firmly linked with this obligation as it is one of its fruits. There are indeed countless benefits which all relate to the realization of the improvement of one’s life in this world and the next, elevation of the Muslim nation and the achievement of the pleasure of Allaah. Promoting solidarity amongst Muslims, working towards their unity and mending the broken relationships among them are some of the greatest benefits of Hajj, which plays a great role in preserving the Islaamic brotherhood that is highly extolled and blessed by Allaah when He says which means, “The believers are but brothers…” (Al-Hujuraat: 10)
 
Indeed, safeguarding this brotherhood and fulfilling its obligations are the major means of protecting the unity of this Ummah so that it can stand strong and formidable in the face of tribulations and in order to achieve glory, power and succession in the land as promised by Allaah, when He says which means, “Allaah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession (to authority) upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them and that He will surely establish for them (therein) their religion which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their feat, security, (for) they worship Me, not associating anything with Me. But whoever disbelieves after that – then those the defiantly disobedient.” (An-Noor: 55)
 
Brethren in Islaam! The source of power of the Muslim nation that the pilgrim feels, stems from (their belief in) the Oneness of Allaah, which is evident in every ritual of Hajj. This feeling should then make him follow the ways that will lead to the preservation of that power by means of deep understanding of Islaam, sincerity and unrelenting efforts (for the sake of their religion). Therefore, when the pilgrims are coming to perform Hajj, it is essential for them to broaden their perspectives and sense of understanding, in order to have true perception of the benefits of Hajj and so that they may transform them from mere theories and wishes into realities that will leave its positive and everlasting impacts on their lives. Thus, the pilgrim should, while reciting the Talbiyah (a prayer recited by pilgrims going to Makkah), feel the real sense of liberation from the worship of fellow creatures to the worship of the Creator alone, by answering Allaah’s call and submitting to His authority.
 
It is not proper for a Muslim, after he has responded to the call of Allaah (which He proclaimed) through His friend Ibraaheem, to, then, respond to the call of Satan who (only) invites to disunity among Muslims. It is also not suitable for a Muslim to adopt the rites of other than those of the Islaamic Faith, which he proclaimed in the sites of forgiveness and mercy and by the House of Allaah, lest he be like the one who apostatizes and breaks his covenant with Him.
 
Fear Allaah and benefit from this great opportunity by fulfilling the goals of this deed. Endeavor to make the best use of this period by witnessing the real benefits of Hajj that are embodied in acts of worship. This will bring you closer to your Lord and promote unity among Muslims and, as a result, remove the aggression that Muslims in many countries are experiencing nowadays. Allaah says which means, “Hajj is (during) well-known months, so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein (by entering the state of Ihraam), there is (to be for him) no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj. And whatever good you do – Allaah knows it. And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allaah. And fear Me, O you of understanding.” (Al-Baqarah: 197)
 
Brethren in faith! Observing the benefits of Hajj is a great chance that must not be neglected. This is so because Allaah ordained Hajj and ordered His companion Ibraaheem to proclaim it amongst people so that they may witness its benefits; how can the purpose, then, be disregarded? When (and how) will the Muslim nation achieve its desired objectives if it turns away from the benefits of this great obligation?
 
Therefore, fear Allaah and make good use of the opportunity of this great pillar of Islaam and this blessed assembly, so as to be among the prosperous and victorious people.

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #21 on: Oct 30, 2009 08:33 AM »

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Du'a and Its Relationship with Destiny*
by Yasir Qadhi


The topic of du'a and its relationship with destiny (qadr) is a very important one, and one around which much confusion exists. Many people ask, "If everything has already been destined to occur, then of what use is du'a? If Allah has written what I want, I will get it without making du'a. And if it is not written for me, then I will never get it no matter how much du'a I make."

The response to this question lies in understanding that the outcome of anything is dependent on the performance of the efforts that are necessary to procure it. In other words, it has already been decreed, for example, that a seed will give fruit if planted, but this will not occur unless the farmer takes the appropriate efforts in irrigating the crop, maintaining it, protecting the seedling as it grows, and ensuring as much as he can that the factors are amenable for the plant to give fruit.

So even though a person believes in divine decree, he must at the same time strive all he can to ensure that the desired goal occurs. And du'a is the means that one uses to achieve the desired goal that one has, and this in no way contradicts the destiny that has been written for that person. This stance is clarified by the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam's hadith reported by Thawban, that he, sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said:
"Nothing increases one's lifespan except good deeds, and nothing repels divine decree except du’a. A person may be deprived of sustenance due to a sin that he does" (Ibn Majah)!

 In other words, the performance of good deeds is a cause of increasing one's lifespan. So if a person puts in the necessary effort, the results will be achieved, and this is also destined. So both the means to achieve a goal, and the fulfillment of the goal itself, are already decreed.

If someone were to ask, "How can du'a repel divine decree?" we would respond, "The fact that you may be ill has already been decreed by Allah for you, as has the fact that you will ask Allah to cure you of this illness (i.e. both the illness and your asking to cure the illness has been decreed). In a similar manner, a person may be deprived of his sustenance that was decreed for him, since Allah's eternal knowledge encompasses the fact that this person would perform a sinful deed that would cause the deprivation of his sustenance. All of this, then, is from the decree of Allah, all glory and praise be to Him." There are a number of ahadith that clarify this point.
For example, Mu'adh ibn Jabal reported that the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said:
"Caution will be of no benefit against divine decree, but du' a benefits all things, whether they come down or not. I therefore advise you to make du'a, O servants of Allah" (Ahmad, Abu Ya'la and al-Tabarani)!


So no matter how cautious a person is, he cannot escape what is written for him, simply because Allah controls everything, and nothing escapes His knowledge or power. However, by turning to Allah through du'a , it is possible to avert something that might have been decreed.
Salman al-Farsi narrated that the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said:
"Nothing repels divine decree except du'a, and nothing increases one's lifespan except good deeds" (Al-Tirmidhi and Al-Hakim).


This hadith informs us in no uncertain terms that the only way we can repel some divine decree is through du'a. So it is possible that some unpleasant matter has been preordained for us, but only if we do not make du'a to avert it from us. So if du'a is made, then this matter will not occur or be fulfilled, whereas if du'a is left, the misfortune will occur.
Another narration in al-Tirmidhi also supports this.
The Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said:
"There is no Muslim on the face of the earth that asks Allah for anything except that Allah gives it to him, or averts from him a similar evil, as long as he does not ask for something evil or for breaking the ties of kinship" (Al-Tirmidhi).


From this narration, the benefits of du'a are made clear, and its value is understood. For not only is a person rewarded for making a du'a, but it is also a cause of repelling an evil that was destined for him, and in obtaining the good that he was expecting.

Ibn Hajr, commenting on the benefits of du'a, said:
"And the benefit of performing du'a is the attainment of reward by obeying the command (of Allah to make du'a), and also by the attainment of what is asked for, for there is a possibility that the request is dependent on the du'a, since Allah is the Creator of both the effort and result of the effort" (Fath Al-Bari)!


Therefore, the proper response to the question posed earlier is, in the words of Ibn al-Qayyim, as follows:
"The logical consequences of such a reasoning leads to a rejection of all efforts. It can, therefore, be said to a person who holds this view, 'If the satisfaction of your hunger and thirst has already been destined for you, then it will be fulfilled, whether you eat or not. On the other hand, if it has not been destined for you, it will never occur, whether you eat or not. And, if a son has been destined for you, then you will be granted one, whether you have intercourse with your wife or not. On the other hand, if a son has not been destined for you, then you will never be granted one. In this case, there is no point in you getting married...!' Now, will any sane person agree with all of these conclusions" (Al-Jawab Al-Kafi)?

To summarise, then, divine decree (qadr) cannot be used as an excuse not to make du'a. For, just as one strives to ensure that one attains worldly needs, of food, drink and family, so too must one strive in one’s religious deeds to attain the desired goal. Du'a is intrinsically related to qadr; in fact, it is a part of one's qadr. Allah has already decreed that a certain matter will be granted to a servant, or an evil averted from him, if he makes du'a. And if he were to leave du'a, then the desired goal would not be reached. Hence it is the Sunnah of the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam to make the following du'a during the witr prayer:
"...Bless me in what You have given me. And avert and turn away from me the evil that has been decreed for me, for verily You decree (all things), and none can decree against You..." (Al-Tirmidhi and Al-Nasa'i)

So the Muslim turns to Allah and prays to Him so that any and all evil can be averted from him.

Additionally, it should be remembered that the concept of divine decree is one that a human can never fully understand, due to his limited intellect and finite capabilities. The true Muslim does not delve too deeply into the philosophical ramifications of divine decree. Rather, he accepts all that has occurred to him in the past as having been destined for him, and he strives to obtain what he desires in the future (as long as it is permissible for him). Since he does not know what has been written for him in the future, he expects the best from Allah, and does everything in his power to ensure that what he wants is granted him. Just like going to work every day will ensure, if Allah wills, that he gets his pay-cheque at the end of the month, so too does making du'a ensure, if Allah wills, that he achieves his desired goal.
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*Excerpted and edited further from: Qadhi, Abu Ammaar Yasir (2003). Du'a: The Weapon of the Believer: A Treatise on the Status and Etiquette of Du'a in Islam. Birmingham: Al-Hidaayah.

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
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« Reply #22 on: Nov 06, 2009 08:18 AM »

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barkatuh!

~ Smiling is Charity ~

[Khurram Jah Murad]

 

        Prophet Muhammad, (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), is reported to have said:

        "There is no person who does not have the obligation of (doing) charity every day that the sun rises."

        Whereupon he was asked:
"O messenger of Allah, wherefrom would we get something to give in charity (so often)?"

To which he, (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), replied:

        "Indeed the gates to goodness are many:

Glorifying Allah, praising Him, magnifying Him, saying 'There is no God but Allah', enjoining the good and forbidding the wrong, removing (any source of harm from the road, listening to the aggrieved, guiding the blind, showing the seeker his need, striving as far as your two legs could carry you and with deep concern to give succour to him who asks, carrying with the strength of your arms (the burdens of) the weak. All these are (acts of) charity which are an obligation on you."

And he added:

        "And your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, your removing of stones and thorns from people's paths is charity, and your guiding a man gone astray in the world is charity for you."

        Any person who comes across this beautiful saying must pause for some moments to consider some of its meanings and implications.

        The saying (Arabic: hadith) has two main concerns:

        (1) Awakening the springs of goodness in the human heart
        (2) Strengthening the society with the bond of love, affection and brotherhood.

        Charity, as it is traditionally understood, consists of money or various objects given by the rich to help the poor or by the strong to help the weak. Charity, according to this understanding, is extremely narrow and its effects on the life of society is limited.

The saying of the Prophet, however, takes charity out of this narrow, physical meaning and on to a spiritual plane that opens up a vast and limitless world by emphasizing that every good is charity. And on every person is the obligation of charity. This is a unique concept of charity.

        What is charity? Isn't it "giving"? Indeed, so it is. Then let every act of giving be charity-even a smile in the face of your brother. Charity has a physical and a spiritual dimension which are thus fused into one so that a person can say in giving charity:

        Take this penny, or take this helping hand or take this feeling!

        It is all one practical method proceeding from the depths of the soul but we do not always realise the essence of it. The noble Prophet makes us realise the single spiritual essence which lies behind every act of goodness. But the Prophet, peace be upon him, does not want us merely to know. Knowledge is not an end in itself. He wants to make us return to goodness, goodness which is the very word of Allah, and the word of Allah is supreme. He wants that each of us should move and stir ourselves from within into goodness so that giving would become a habit of life, and that this habit would pass from person to person and prove infectious throughout society.

        The wisdom of the prophet lies in expanding the scope of goodness so that it becomes within the scope of each individual. If charity or goodness were to remain restricted to tangible things or to money, many persons would be prevented from doing humanitarian deeds and much wealth would remain locked up within individuals with no one benefiting and no one discovering its rich and abundant meaning.

        The noble Prophet himself acted in a kind and concerned manner in all his human relationships just as a kind and concerned father would behave towards his son. He showed the way to people-step by step-and identified himself with their problems tirelessly and whatever the obstacles were. He showed in so doing the best way to train people and to win their hearts. That is why he made actions which seem to be quite a significant part of charity. That is why he was able to say;

        "Smiling in the face of your brother is charity and pouring out from your bucket into your brother's bucket is charity."

        There are some people who do not ever smile and they do not ever open up their facial features when they meet others. There are people who are even stingy with a drop of water, a drop of Allah-given water! They may be malicious or within them there is a disease which has blocked the springs of goodness in their souls. The problem is not merely a smile, or a drop of water. It concerns the act of giving. Giving is movement from within which opens up the locked doors of the self, stirring the spiritual hand and making it open freely and widely. Giving is a positive movement and the soul that is conditioned by positive impulses is a living, stirring, active soul which stands in marked contrast to the negative, cramped and feeble soul.

        Charity in its tangible, narrow sense divides people into the receivers on the one hand and the givers on the other. This division inspires among the receivers feelings of weakness and even of error, and among those who give feelings of pride and conceit. Such a division, for society, is extremely evil.

        But the comprehensive Islamic concept of charity which includes all good actions how- ever small they may be, allows every person whether rich or poor, to become givers and receivers on an equal basis. This points to another basic principle of Islamic thought and behaviour-that the standard on which life is judged is not the materialistic or the economic standard alone but one based on faith, feeling and sensitivity which form the core of human relations.

        Mankind has always been absorbed with and infatuated by amassing wealth and possessions, and often considers such materialism to be the very mainstay of life. But a society based on economic and materialistic considerations alone is often dry and hard and callous and is eaten up by hatred and envy. Of course, Islam does not neglect the material world and the needs of life. Indeed it gives it due attention. But it does not merely stop there, because life in actuality does not stop there. Instead it carries it on to wider and varied horizons, to greater and higher levels. For Islam is the religion of life complete. And from it comes the ties of faith, affection and love to bind hearts and the society together.

        Allah says in the Qur'an:

        "And (as for the believers) Allah has brought their hearts together. And if you had spent all that is in the earth you could not have brought their hearts together."

        [surah 8:63].

        The Prophet, (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), has said:

        "No one of you believes untill he loves for his brother what he loves for himself."

        This is the essense of charity. So begin by meeting your brother with a smile. This would open up locked souls, penetrate to the depths of the heart and exert a magnetic bond on society.

        Read the hadith again and see how it reaches into the depths of the soul, the essence of existence and creates hearts that are tender, pure, radiant and beautiful.

        Adapted from Muhammad Outb's Qubusat minar-r-rasul by Abdul Wahid Hamid.

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #23 on: Nov 13, 2009 05:19 AM »

Valuing Life


By: Br. Sadullah Khan



Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said,

"Value five things before five;
Value youth before old age,
Health before sickness,
Free time before being occupied,
Wealth before poverty,
and
Life before death."

(Tirmidhi)



Life is an amaanah, a trust and a test of deeds
   
* Allah has granted us death and life in order to test us through our deeds (Q 67:2)
      and remember
      that the test of life may incorporate fear, hunger, loss of property, loss of life and loss in the fruits of labor;
      all of which can be borne by those who patiently persevere; acknowledging that we are from Allah and unto Him is our return.(Q 2:155)

 

Death is Inevitable
   
 * Each living thing must eventually die (Qur'an 3:185)
      There is no avoidance of birth or death except to utilize the interval effectively. Our existence in this world seems like a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Death is certain and wherever you are death will reach you
      But as certain as we are about the occurrence of death, so uncertain are we about its timing and we are instructed to act as if every act could be our last

 

We are fully accountable for our lives
   
* If we do good, it is to our own benefit; if we do wrong, it is to our own detriment (Q 17:7),
      and we will be rewarded according to our deeds (Q 99: 7-8).
      Deeds are of course dependent upon intentions
      Of all the things in life it is sincere, good deeds that are most beneficial and in fact most valuable (Q 18:46)
     
The Prophet (pbuh) said:
      "Three things follow the deceased to his grave; his family, his wealth and his deeds; his family and wealth return, only his deeds remain with him."
      Our accountability extends to all dimensions of our lives; whether it be ...
           Our responsibility towards those in our care
            "Each one of you is a caretaker and each will be held responsible for those under his/her care."
          Our responsibilities regarding ourselves
            "Each person will be held accountable regarding how life was spent, how knowledge was utilized, how wealth was acquired and spent, and how the body was used or abused."


Let not materialism divert you
from your purpose in life
   
 * We are so caught up in the pursuits of the material until we reach the grave
      and seem to be fast asleep until awakened by the reality of death.

 

Part of a story
   
 * Our lives are but footnotes on the page of history; each has his/her own life and each life is a unique story. Sometimes we enter into each other's lives and become a temporary or permanent part of each other's stories. All our lives are but part of a larger story.
      The fundamental question remains: How do we contribute to the larger story?

      Hadrat 'Ali advised:
      " Socialize with people in such a way that when you die, they mourn for you and when you live, they desire your company."

 
Do not wish for death
   
* Life could be meaningful, death is certain yet peaceful; it is the transition from life to death (dying) that is traumatic.
      Living a righteous life makes death much easier.

      For as the Prophet said :
      "the best of lives are those long ones filled with goodness."
     
None should wish for death.

      "None should wish for death; if you are good it is possible that you may increase in goodness; and if you are sinful you may rectify your ways and improve yourself."

 Rather pray

      "O Allah, make life for me a means for increased goodness and make death for me a prevention from doing any evil."



By: Br. Sadullah Khan
Director of Muslim Affairs at the University of Southern California

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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