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Reciting the Entire Qur’aan Majeed in One Rakaat

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan bin ‘Abdir Rahmaan (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

I once stood behind the Maqaam-e-Ebrahim performing salaah, and it was my intention that no person will surpass me in performing salaah at the Maqaam-e-Ebrahim that night. While I was there, I suddenly perceived that there was a man behind me. The man tapped me, but I did not glance to see who it was. When the man tapped me for a second time, I glanced and saw that he was none other than Hazrat ‘Uthmaan bin ‘Affaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Out of respect for him, I moved and made space for him. Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then came forward. He commenced performing salaah and recited the entire Qur’aan Majeed in a single rakaat. After completing his salaah, he left.

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah #8678)

Monday, 02 July 2018 07:01

The Faraa’idh of Ghusl

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The fardh acts of ghusl are only three:

1. To gargle the mouth in such a way that water reaches everywhere.

2. To wash the nose up to the soft bone.

3. To pour water over the entire body, ensuring that no part of the body is left dry.

Monday, 02 July 2018 06:53

Sunnats of the Home – Part Four

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16. Ensure that there is total segregation between non mahram men and women within the home.

17. Be polite and respectful when speaking, especially to one’s household members.

18. Always remove any foul smell or odor from the mouth or body before entering the home.

19. Discuss deeni matters that were heard in a lecture, etc.

20. If one is idle indoors, then engage in some outdoor activity like gardening, etc.

Monday, 02 July 2018 06:44

Sunnats of the Home – Part Three

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10. When leaving the home, leave with the left foot.

11. Recite the masnoon du‘aa when leaving the home:

بِسْمِ اللهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلىَ اللهِ لاَ حَولَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللهِ

In the name of Allah Ta‘ala. I place my reliance upon Allah Ta‘ala. There is no power (to do good) nor any ability (to refrain from evil) except with Allah Ta’ala.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) returned home after meeting Waraqah bin Nawfal. Thereafter, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not receive wahi for some time. The purpose of wahi being withheld was so that the initial fear that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had perceived could cease and the desire of wahi could further increase.

Saturday, 30 June 2018 15:49

The Generosity of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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Abu Sa‘eed Al-Mu’addib once mentioned the following to ‘Abdullah (rahimahullah), the son of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah):

I would come to your father and he would give me three dirhams. Sometimes he would give me a little more than that and sometimes he would give me a little less than that. He would sit with me and speak to me. On some occasions, he would give me something and would thereafter mention, “I have given you half of what we have with us.”

Friday, 29 June 2018 16:35

Du‘aa for the Cure of the Sick

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عن ابن عباس عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال من عاد مريضا لم يحضر أجله فقال عنده سبع مرار أسأل الله العظيم رب العرش العظيم أن يشفيك إلا عافاه الله من ذلك المرض (سنن أبي داود #3106)

Hazrat Ibn ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever visits a sick person who is not destined to pass away in that illness and recites the following du‘aa upon him seven times, Allah Ta‘ala will cure him from that sickness:

أَسْأَلُ اللهَ الْعَظِيْمْ رَبَّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيْمْ أَنْ يَشْفِيَكْ

I ask Allah Ta‘ala, the Almighty, the Lord of the great throne, to cure you.”

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 07:07

Three Unfortunate People

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عن كعب بن عجرة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم احضروا المنبر فحضرنا فلما ارتقى درجة قال آمين فلما ارتقى الدرجة الثانية قال آمين فلما ارتقى الدرجة الثالثة قال آمين فلما نزل قلنا يا رسول الله لقد سمعنا منك اليوم شيئا ما كنا نسمعه قال إن جبريل عليه السلام عرض لي فقال بعد من أدرك رمضان فلم يغفر له قلت آمين فلما رقيت الثانية قال بعد من ذكرت عنده فلم يصل عليك فقلت آمين فلما رقيت الثالثة قال بعد من أدرك أبويه الكبر عنده أو أحدهما فلم يدخلاه الجنة قلت آمين (الترغيب والترغيب #1479)

Hazrat Ka’b bin ‘Ujrah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports the following: On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) addressed the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) saying, “Come close to the mimbar.” When we came close, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) ascended the mimbar. When he ascended the first step, he said “Aameen”. When he ascended the second step, he said “Aameen”. When he ascended the third step, he said “Aameen”. (When he descended from the mimbar after delivering the khutbah,) The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) enquired, “O Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! We heard you mention something today that we did not hear from you previously (i.e. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying ‘Aameen’ thrice while ascending the mimbar).” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When I ascended the first step of the mimbar, Hazrat Jibra’eel (‘alaihis salaam) appeared before me and said, “Woe to him who witnessed the blessed month of Ramadhaan and let it pass without gaining forgiveness (i.e. he did not fulfill the rights of this month).” Upon that, I said ‘Aameen’. (When I ascended the second step of the mimbar,) he said, “Woe to him in whose presence your name is mentioned and he does not send salutations upon you.” I replied, ‘Aameen’. (When I ascended the third step of the mimbar,) he said, “Woe to that person in whose presence both or one of his parents attain old age and (through failing to serve them and fulfill their rights,) they do not become the means of him entering Jannah.” I said ‘Aameen’ (i.e. due to not serving them, he is deprived of entry into Jannah).”

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ دَائِمًا اَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيْبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 06:43

Sunnats of the Home - Part Two

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5. Keep the home neat and tidy. Do not leave things scattered about.

6. Replace commonly used items to their respective places.

7. When using something that is shared by several people then do not unnecessarily delay in using it, as your prolonging will inconvenience them e.g. the toilet, bathroom, etc.

8. Set aside a time daily for ta’leem, zikr, tilaawat of the Qur’aan etc.

9. If there are pictures of animate objects in the home, you should get rid of them. If the picture is on an object that is being used e.g. on a can, bottle, etc, then you should scratch out the picture.

Glad Tidings of Jannah

Hazrat Abu Moosa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates the following:

I was once in the blessed company of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in one of the orchards of Madinah Munawwarah when a person came and sought permission to enter the orchard. Hearing the person’s request, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to me, “Allow him to enter and give him the glad tidings of a high stage in Jannah.” I thus opened the door for the person and found him to be none other than Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). I conveyed to him the glad tidings which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had mentioned, at which he praised Allah Ta‘ala in gratitude.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 06:18

The Sunrise of Prophethood on Mt Faaraan – Part Six

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Subsequent to going to Waraqah bin Nawfal alone, Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) took Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) with her to see him. She addressed Waraqah saying, “O my cousin! Why don’t you hear what happened to your nephew (in his own words)?”

Waraqah then addressed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying, “O nephew! Tell me, what did you observe?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then narrated the entire incident.