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Thursday, 25 July 2019 14:42

The Punishment of those who Make Pictures

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عن عبد الله قال: سمعت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: إن أشد الناس عذابا عند الله يوم القيامة المصورون (صحيح البخاري رقم 5950)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports, “I heard Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mention, ‘Indeed the people who will suffer the worst punishment from Allah on the Day of Qiyaamah will be all those who were involved in (the sin of) picture making.’”

Thursday, 25 July 2019 14:37

Reciting Durood When Awakening for Tahajjud Salaah

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عن ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه قال: يضحك الله إلى رجلين رجل لقي العدو وهو على فرس من أمثل خيل أصحابه فانهزموا وثبت فإن قتل استشهد وإن بقي فذاك الذي يضحك الله إليه ورجل قام في جوف الليل لا يعلم به أحد فتوضأ فأسبغ الوضوء ثم حمد الله ومجده وصلى على النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم واستفتح القرآن فذاك الذي يضحك الله إليه يقول: انظروا إلى عبدي قائما لا يراه أحد غيري أخرجه النسائي في عمل اليوم والليلة وعبد الرواق بسند صحيح (القول البديع ص376)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentioned, “Allah Ta‘ala becomes pleased with two people. The first is the person who encounters the enemy while mounted on the best of horses among his companions. His companions are then defeated while he remains firm and he perseveres. If he is killed then he attains martyrdom, and if he survives then he is the person with whom Allah Ta‘ala is pleased. The second is the person who stands during the night (before Allah Ta‘ala to perform tahajjud salaah) without anyone aware of him waking up to perform salaah. He performs a complete and perfect wudhu and thereafter praises Allah Ta‘ala and glorifies Him, and recites durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He then commences the recitation of the Qur’aan Majeed. This is the person with whom Allah Ta‘ala becomes pleased. Allah Ta‘ala says regarding him, “Look at My servant who is standing (in salaah) while nobody is seeing him (perform salaah) besides Me.””

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 17:53

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Five

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Incident regarding his accepting Islam

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) relates:

Prior to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) being blessed with prophethood, I set out on a journey to Yemen. On arriving in Yemen, I came across a learned sheikh from the tribe of Azd who possessed great knowledge regarding the previous scriptures, and was also knowledgeable in regard to the ways and mannerisms of the various tribes of people. Upon seeing me, the following dialogue ensued between us:

The learned sheikh: “It seems to me that you are from the residents of the Haram.”

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu): “Yes, I am from the people of the Haram.”

The learned sheikh: “It seems like you are from the Quraish tribe.”

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu): “Yes, I am from the Quraish.”

The learned sheikh: “It seems like you belong to the Banu Taim clan (i.e. from the descendants of Taim bin Murrah).”

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq rad: “Yes, I am from the progeny of Taim bin Murrah. I am ‘Abdullah bin ‘Uthmaan, from the progeny of Ka’b bin Sa’d bin Taim bin Murrah.”

According to the narration of Mustadrak Haakim, when Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) appeared before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he declared:

أشهد أنك لصادق شهادة المصدق والعارف

I give the testimony of one who has belief and knows what he is testifying to that you are definitely the true Nabi.

He then said, “O my nephew! You may proclaim your deen in public. By Allah! Even if I am offered the whole world and whatever is contained in it, I will not renounce your religion and prefer the religion of my forefathers.”

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/183-184)

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 06:09

Sunnats of Greeting – Part Four

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4. If one is greeted with salaam, it is waajib for one to reply to the salaam.

5. When replying to the salaam, it is permissible for one to reply equally to the greeting received. However, if one increases the words in the greeting, it will be better and more rewarding e.g. if one was greeted with the words “Assalaamu ‘Alaikum”, then one may reply by saying “wa ‘alaikumus salaam”. However, it is better and more rewarding for one to say “wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullah” or “wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu.”

Muhammed bin ‘Abdillah bin ‘Abdil Hakam (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

On one occasion, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) came to our home. On arriving at our home, he presented his animal to me and said, “Ride this conveyance of mine.” I thus mounted the animal and rode it a little. He then said to me, “Ride it forwards and backwards (to see if you are comfortable riding it).” Accordingly, I rode it forwards and backwards, as he instructed.

Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) then said, “I feel that this animal is suitable for you. Take it, for it is a gift from me to you.”

Muhammed bin ‘Abdillah bin ‘Abdil Hakam (rahimahullah) thereafter remarked, “Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) was among the most generous of people.”

(Manaaqib-ush-Shaafi‘ee lil-Bayhaqi pg. 2/223)

Thursday, 18 July 2019 10:59

Concern for remaining Safe from the Nafs and Shaitaan

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عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من خاف أدلج ومن أدلج بلغ المنزل ألا إن سلعة الله غالية ألا إن سلعة الله الجنة (سنن الترمذي رقم 2450)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who fears (the attack of the enemy) will set out at the beginning of the night (and travel through the night), and the one who sets out at the beginning of the night (and travels through the night) will reach his destination safely (and gain protection from the enemy). Remember! The goods of Allah Ta‘ala are extremely valuable! Remember! The goods of Allah Ta‘ala are Jannah!”

Thursday, 18 July 2019 10:55

Reciting One Hundred Durood after Fajr and Maghrib

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عن جابر رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من صلى علي مئة صلاة حين يصلي الصبح قبل أن يتكلم قضى الله تعالى له مئة حاجة يعجل له منها ثلاثين ويدخر له سبعين وفي المغرب مثل ذلك قالوا: وكيف الصلاة عليك يا رسول الله قال: إن الله وملئٰكته يصلون على النبي يأيها الذين آمنوا صلوا عليه وسلموا تسليما اللهم صل على محمد حتى تعد مئة (القول البديع ص364)

Hazrat Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who recites one hundred durood upon me immediately after performing the fajr salaah, before speaking, Allah Ta‘ala will fulfill one hundred of his needs. Allah Ta‘ala will hasten the fulfillment of thirty needs (in this world), Allah Ta‘ala will keep the fulfillment of seventy in store for the Hereafter, and similar will be the case if one recites the durood after the maghrib salaah (i.e. one will receive the same virtue).” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) enquired, “How should we recite durood upon you, O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to recite the following durood one hundred times:

إِنَّ الله وَمَلئِٰكَتَهُ يُصَلُّوْنَ عَلٰى النِّبِيِّ يٰأَيُّهَا الَّذِيْنَ آمَنُوْا صَلُّوْا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوْا تَسْلِيْمًا اَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰى مُحَمَّد

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 16:32

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Four

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Inviting to Islam

Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a person with whom his people were well acquainted. He was beloved to his people and he was also soft and gentle in nature. He was the most knowledgeable regarding the lineage of the various tribes that were part of the Quraish. Similarly, he was the most knowledgeable regarding the conditions and history of the Quraish and the good and bad that transpired among the Quraish. He was a businessman who possessed excellent character and virtue. His people would come to him and confide in him regarding various affairs, due to his knowledge, business acumen and the benefit of sitting in his company.

When Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) returned home, shaitaan began to instil doubts in his mind telling him, “O Hamzah! You are one of the leaders of the Quraish! How could you have followed this saabi (one who abandoned the religion of his forefathers)? Why have you abandoned the religion of your forefathers? It would have been better for you to die than to do this!”

Due to the attacks of shaitaan, Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) fell into some uncertainty and doubt. Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) relates, “I then turned to Allah Ta‘ala and made the following du‘aa:

اللهم إن كان رشدا فاجعل تصديقه في قلبي وإلا فاجعل لي مما وقعت فيه مخرجا

O Allah! If this religion that I have accepted is guidance, place its conviction into the depths of my heart! If it is not guidance then make a way for me to come out of it!”

According to another narration, Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) passed the night in this state of anxiety and restlessness. He was unable to sleep for even a moment. When this anxiety persisted and did not cease, he proceeded to the haram and made the following du‘aa with utmost humility, “O Allah! Open my heart to accept the truth and remove these doubts from my heart!”