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Thursday, 30 June 2022 12:30

Man’s Desire to Live Forever

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عن أنس قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: يهرم ابن آدم وتشب منه اثنتان: الحرص على المال والحرص على العمر (صحيح مسلم، الرقم: 1047)

Hazrat Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The son of Nabi Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) (i.e. man) grows old, yet two qualities within him remain young; (these two qualities are) the desire for (acquiring more) wealth, and the desire to live longer (i.e. in order to fulfil his lengthy, worldly aspirations and ambitions).”

Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) attended the janaazah of a certain Sahaabi. He then addressed the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who were present and said, “Who among you will go back to Madinah Munawwarah, and wherever he sees any idol or statue (of the disbelievers), he will break it, and wherever he sees any grave which is raised (high above the ground, or has a structure built on it), he will level it (to the normal height), and wherever he sees any picture (of animate objects), then he will immediately erase it?”

During the Mi’raaj, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) met Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) and Nabi Yahya (‘alaihis salaam) in the second heaven.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned in the mubaarak Hadith:

أنا أقرب الناس بعيسى بن مريم ليس بيني وبينه نبي

“(From all the Ambiyaa,) I am closest to ‘Isa bin Maryam. There is no Nabi between him and me.”

Monday, 27 June 2022 13:24

Sunnats and Aadaab of Zul Hijjah – Part Two

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7. On the day of Arafah, one should engage in dua. This day is a mubaarak day, even more blessed than the other ten days of Zul Hijjah. It is reported that Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentioned that on this day, Allah Ta‘ala emancipates more people from the fire of Jahannum than on any other day. Hazrat Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would also make the following dua on the day of Arafah and encouraged some of his companions to make the same dua:

اَللّٰهُمَّ أَعْتِقْ رَقَبَتِيْ مِنَ النَّارِ وَأَوْسِعْ لِيْ مِنَ الرِّزْقِ الْحَلالِ وَاصْرِفْ عَنِّيْ فَسَقَةَ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنْسِ

O Allah! Free my neck from the fire of Jahannum, bless me with abundant halaal sustenance, and repel from me the evil and transgressive jinn and people. [1]

On one occasion, Imaam Abu Dawood (rahimahullah) was aboard a ship when he heard a person on the shore sneeze and recite the sunnah du‘aa saying, “Alhamdulillah”.

On hearing the person sneeze and recite the sunnah du‘aa “Alhamdulillah”, Imaam Abu Dawood (rahimahullah) immediately hired a small boat, for the fee of one dirham (silver coin), and requested to be taken from the ship to the shore. When he arrived at the shore, he went to the person who had sneezed and replied to his sneeze in the sunnah manner by saying, “Yarhamukallah”, and thereafter returned to the ship. 

Allaamah Samhoodi (rahimahullah) is an illustrious aalim of the 10th century who resided in the blessed city of Madinah Munawwarah. He mentions the following incident. He says:

On one occasion, I was in Musjid-e-Nabawi when the Egyptian haajis were arriving. At that time, I had in my hand the key to the private room in Musjid-e-Nabawi in which I would keep my kitaabs. One of the Egyptian Ulama, who was also learning under one of my Ustaads, passed by so I greeted him with salaam. On meeting me, he requested me to walk with him to the Rawdhah Mubaarak and stand with him before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) while he conveyed his salaam. I acceded to his request and thus accompanied him to make salaam.

عن معاذ بن جبل قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من عير أخاه بذنب لم يمت حتى يعمله (سنن الترمذي، الرقم: 2505)

Hazrat Mu’aaz bin Jabal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever taunts (and insults) his (Muslim) brother for a sin (which he has repented from), he will not pass away until he (himself) commits that sin.”

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 11:06

The Miracle of Stalling the Sun

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After returning from the Mi’raaj, when the Quraish had asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to inform them of something that he had seen on the road while returning from Bayt-ul-Muqaddas, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had informed them of the trade caravan that he had seen returning from Syria and had mentioned that it would reach Makkah by Wednesday evening before sunset.

However, by Wednesday evening, the caravan did not appear and the sun was about to set. At that time, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made dua to Allah Ta‘ala. Allah Ta‘ala then delayed the setting of the sun for a little while until the caravan entered Makkah the same evening before sunset, in accordance with Rasulullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) prophesy.

Monday, 20 June 2022 11:14

Zul Hijjah

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Zul Hijjah is from the four sacred months of the Islamic calendar. The four sacred months are Zul Qa’dah, Zul Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab. [1] The rewards of good deeds carried out in these months are multiplied, and the sins committed in these months are also regarded as more serious. [2] Allah Ta‘ala says:

اِنَّ عِدَّۃَ الشُّہُوۡرِ عِنۡدَ اللّٰہِ اثۡنَا عَشَرَ شَہۡرًا فِیۡ کِتٰبِ اللّٰہِ یَوۡمَ خَلَقَ السَّمٰوٰتِ وَ الۡاَرۡضَ مِنۡہَاۤ اَرۡبَعَۃٌ حُرُمٌ

The number of months in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala is twelve (in a year), so ordained by Him the day He created the heavens and the earth; from among them four are sacred. [3]

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]