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Sunday, 22 May 2022 07:58

Duas Pertaining to Travel – Part One

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1. When the traveller is departing, then he should bid farewell to his family through reciting the following dua:

أَسْتَوْدِعُكَ اللهَ الَّذِيْ لَا تَضِيْعَ وَدَائِعُهُ

I entrust you to Allah, the One whose trusts are never destroyed. [1]

2. The family of the traveller should recite the following dua when bidding him farewell:

أَسْتَوْدِعُ اللهَ دِيْنَكَ وَأَمَانَتَكَ وَخَوَاتِيْمَ عَمَلِكَ

I place your Deen, your trust (wife, children and subordinates) and your final actions (at the time of death) in the care and trust of Allah Ta‘ala. [2]

Sheikh Abu Abdillah, Muhammed bin Abil Yamaan (rahimahullah), reports the following incident:

On one occasion, I was in the blessed city of Madinah Munawwarah. While in Madinah Munawwarah, I went to the musjid of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). I stood at a place near the mihraab. (This was the place where the home of Hazrat Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) used to be, next to the home of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), during the time of Rasulullah (sallallahu‘alaihiwasallam), and was thereafter included in the musjid.) At that time, a noble man named Mukthir Al-Qaasimi was also behind the same mihraab.

Before Fat-he-Makkah (the conquest of Makkah Mukarramah), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had sent Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to Yemen as his governor over the people of Yemen. During the period when Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was in Yemen, a group of people in Yemen dug a pit in order to trap a lion.

Sometime thereafter, a lion fell into the pit and was trapped. After the lion was trapped, a few people came and stood around the pit, looking at the lion. However, the people around the pit began to push one another in order to see the lion. In this way, one of the men around the pit accidentally fell into the pit. As he fell in, in an attempt to save his life, he held onto the man next to him. However, this caused the second man to fall into the pit as well. As the second man fell, he held onto a third man, and he held onto a fourth man, and in this way, all four men fell into the pit.

عن أبي أيوب الأنصاري قال: جاء رجل إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال: يا رسول الله عظني وأوجز قال: إذا قمت إلى صلاتك فصل صلاة مودع ولا تكلم بكلام تعتذر منه غدا وأجمع الإياس مما في أيدي الناس (مسند أحمد، الرقم: 23498)

Hazrat Abu Ayyoob (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, a Sahaabi came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Give me some advice, and keep the advice brief (so that it will be easy for me to remember it and practice upon it).” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “When you stand up to perform your salaah, then perform the salaah of one who is departing (i.e. as though it is the salaah of a person who is about to depart from the world and is performing his last salaah in this world), and do not utter any statement for which you will have to present an excuse tomorrow (on the Day of Qiyaamah), and make a firm resolve that you will not have any expectation and hopes in that (wealth) which is in the hands of others (i.e. become content with that which you possess, and do not aspire for those worldly possessions which are by others).”

In the same order, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) returned from the heavens and landed first at Bayt-ul-Muqaddas. From here, he mounted the Buraaq and reached Makkah Mukarramah before the break of dawn.

The same morning, he recounted this incident to the Quraish. On hearing the incident, they were left shocked. Some of them held their hands over their heads in astonishment whilst others scornfully started clapping their hands. In surprise, they began to exclaim, “How could it be possible for him to go to Bayt-ul-Muqaddas and return in just a single night!”

21. Keep necessary personal information on yourself, as well as any documents that you may require on your journey (e.g. passport, ID. etc.).

22. Find out the route before embarking on the journey. [1]

23. When using the toilet or bathroom in any place, then be considerate and leave the place in a clean state. Do not leave it in a dirty condition as this will inconvenience others. [2]

Monday, 28 March 2022 05:23

The Gift of the Five Daily Salaah

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On the occasion of mi’raaj, when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) met Allah Ta‘ala, then Allah Ta‘ala bestowed him with many special bounties, bestowed glad tidings to him that made him pleased and happy, and gave him various commands and injunctions. From all these injunctions and commands, the most important command was for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and his ummah to perform fifty salaah daily.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) accepted these injunctions and commands with great happiness, and thereafter, as he returned, he first met Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam). On meeting Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam), Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) did not mention anything regarding the commands and the fifty salaah which Allah Ta‘ala had prescribed.

According to a lengthy narration reported by Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Allah Ta‘ala addressed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the following words while conversing with him:

قد اتخذتك خليلا وحبيبا وأرسلتك إلى الناس كافة بشيرا ونذيرا وشرحت لك صدرك ووضعت عنك وزرك ورفعت لك ذكرك فلا أذكر إلاذكرت معي وجعلت أمتك خير أمة أخرجت للناس وجعلت أمتك وسطا وجعلت أمتك هم الأولين والآخرين وجعلت من أمتك أقواما قلوبهم أناجيلهم وجعلتك أول النبيين خلقا وآخرهم بعثا وأعطيتك سبعا من المثاني لم أعطها نبيا قبلك وأعطيتك خواتيم سورة البقرة من كنز تحت العرش لم أعطها نبيا قبلك وأعطيتك الكوثر وأعطيتك ثمانية أسهم الإسلام والهجرة والجهاد والصلاة والصدقة وصوم رمضان والأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر وجعلتك فاتحا وخاتما

I have taken you as my close friend and My beloved. I have sent you to all of mankind as a bearer of glad tidings and as a warner. I have expanded for you your chest (so that you can manage the weight of the wahi revealed to you), and removed from you your burden (i.e. Allah Ta‘ala assisted you in bearing the responsibility of conveying deen to the ummah). I have exalted for you your esteem (i.e. your name and position), so whenever My name will be taken, your name will also be taken with My name. I have made your ummah the best of ummats taken out for the benefit of mankind, and I have made your ummah a moderate ummah. I have made your ummah the first (to enter Jannah) and the last (to come in this world). I have made from your ummah such people whose hearts are their Injeels (Bibles i.e. their hearts will contain the divine kitaab of Allah Ta‘ala – the Qur’aan Majeed). I have made you the first of the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) to be created, and the last of them to come to the world. I have bestowed you with Surah Faatihah, which I have not bestowed to any Nabi before you, and I have bestowed you with the concluding verses of Surah Baqarah, which are from a treasure beneath the throne and which I did not bestow to any Nabi before you. I blessed you with the Howdh-e-Kawthar, and I blessed you (and your ummah) with eight special favors; Islam (i.e. the title of being Muslims), hijrah, jihaad, salaah, sadaqah, the fast of Ramadhaan, amr bil ma’roof (enjoining with good) and nahy anil munkar (forbidding from evil). I have made you the one who opens (the one who will open and commence the reckoning on the Day of Qiyaamah through his intercession) and the seal (of all the Ambiyaa [‘alaihimus salaam]).

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/308-309)

Monday, 28 March 2022 05:16

The Three Gifts of Allah Ta‘ala

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When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) met Allah Ta‘ala, then on this great occasion, Allah Ta‘ala conversed with him directly and bestowed three gifts upon him. The first gift was the five daily salaah.

The second gift was the concluding verses of Surah Baqarah which include mention of the complete mercy, kindness and compassion of Allah Ta‘ala upon this ummah, together with the ease, concession, overlooking faults and forgiveness with which Allah Ta‘ala has favored this ummah, and the assistance and victory against the disbelievers that the ummah will receive from Allah Ta‘ala.

Monday, 28 March 2022 05:13

Meeting Allah Ta‘ala

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From the Sidratul Muntaha, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) ascended even further until he reached such a high place where he was able to hear the sounds made by the pens (recording predestination). The sound produced by the writing of these pens of predestination is referred to as Sareeful-Aqlaam.  

This is the location where the pens of taqdeer were engaged in recording everything that will transpire in the future. The angels were busy writing the divine decisions and religious commandments from the Lowh-e-Mahfooz.

From the place of Sareef-ul-Aqlaam, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) proceeded and passed through many veils until he arrived in the sacred presence of Allah Ta‘ala.