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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.

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.

Monday, 25 June 2018 06:21

Sunnats of the Home – Part One

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1. Upon entering the home, make your presence known. There can be one of several situations:

a) Your own private room. For this no permission is required to enter.

b) Another room in the house.

c) A common room where everyone sits e.g. the lounge. For these two, permission is required.

Saturday, 21 April 2018 04:43

Sunnats of Du‘aa – Part Nine

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15. One should not make du‘aa for anything that is impermissible.

عن أبي سعيد الخدري أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال ما من مسلم يدعو بدعوة ليس فيها إثم ولا قطيعة رحم إلا أعطاه الله بها إحدى ثلاث إما أن يعجل له دعوته وإما أن يدخرها له في الآخرة وإما أن يصرف عنه من السوء مثلها قالوا إذن نكثر قال الله أكثر رواه أحمد وأبو يعلى بنحوه والبزار والطبراني في الأوسط ورجال أحمد وأبي يعلى وأحد إسنادي البزار رجاله رجال الصحيح غير علي بن علي الرفاعي وهو ثقة (مجمع الزوائد #17210)

Hazrat Abu Sa‘eed Khudri (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whichever Muslim makes du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala and supplicates to Him, and his du‘aa does not contain any sin (i.e. asking for anything which is impermissible) or the severance of family ties, Allah Ta‘ala will grant him one of three things. Either He will grant him what he had asked for (in this world), or He will keep the reward of the du‘aa for him in the Aakhirah, or He will avert a calamity from him.” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “In that case, we will engage in abundant du‘aa.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Allah Ta‘ala is the more than everything (i.e. His power and treasures are more than what you ask for).”

Monday, 09 April 2018 05:09

Sunnats of Du‘aa – Part Eight

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13. Upon completion of the du‘aa, one should rub the palms over the face.

عن عمر رضي الله عنه قال كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا رفع يديه في الدعاء لم يحطهما حتى يمسح بهما وجهه (سنن الترمذي #3386)

Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that whenever Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would raise his hands in du‘aa, he would not lower them until he wiped his hands over his face.”

Monday, 02 April 2018 05:01

Sunnats of Du‘aa – Part Seven

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11. At the completion of the du‘aa, one should say Aameen.

عن أبي مصبح المقرائي قال كنا نجلس إلى أبي زهير النميرى وكان من الصحابة فيتحدث أحسن الحديث فإذا دعا الرجل منا بدعاء قال اختمه بآمين فإن آمين مثل الطابع على الصحيفة قال أبو زهير أخبركم عن ذلك خرجنا مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ذات ليلة فأتينا على رجل قد ألح فى المسألة فوقف النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يستمع منه فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أوجب إن ختم فقال رجل من القوم بأي شىء يختم قال بآمين فإنه إن ختم بآمين فقد أوجب فانصرف الرجل الذي سأل النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فأتى الرجل فقال اختم يا فلان بآمين وأبشر (سنن أبي داود #939)

Abu Musabbih Al-Maqraaiy relates, “On one occasion, we were seated by Hazrat Abu Zuhayr An-Numayri (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), who was from amongst the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). He was most eloquent in speech. When anyone amongst us used to engage in du‘aa, he would say, ‘Seal the du‘aa with Aameen, for Aameen is like a stamp on the paper.’ He then said further, ‘Should I not inform you regarding this? One night, we came out with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and came across a person who was fervently engaged in du‘aa. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) stopped to listen to him and said, “If he seals his du‘aa, he will make Jannah binding for him.” One of the people asked, “How should he seal it (his du‘aa)?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “He should seal it with Ameen. If he seals it with Aameen, he has made Jannah binding for him.” The one who had asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) went up to the person and said, “O so and so, seal your du‘aa with Aameen and accept the glad tidings (of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)).”

Saturday, 24 March 2018 05:05

Sunnats of Du‘aa – Part Six

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9. While making du‘aa, one’s heart should be turned towards Allah Ta‘ala alone. One should not place one’s hope on anything besides Allah Ta‘ala. One should not think that through a certain person or a certain thing, my need will be fulfilled.

عن عبد الله بن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال كنت خلف النبي صلّى الله عليه وسلم فقال يا غلام إني أعلمك كلمات احفظ الله يحفظك احفظ الله تجده تجاهك إذا سألت فاسأل الله وإذا استعنت فاستعن بالله واعلم أن الأمة لو اجتمعت على أن ينفعوك بشيء لم ينفعوك إلا بشيء قد كتبه الله لك وإن اجتمعوا على أن يضروك بشيء لم يضروك إلا بشيء قد كتبه الله عليك رفعت الأقلام وجفت الصحف (سنن الترمذي #2516)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that on one occasion, I was seated behind Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) when he addressed me saying: “O young lad, I will teach you few important words (lessons). Safeguard (your relationship with) Allah Ta‘ala, Allah Ta‘ala will take care of you. Safeguard (your relationship with) Allah Ta‘ala, you will find Allah Ta‘ala before you (i.e. at all times, Allah Ta‘ala divine assistance will remain with you). When you ask, then ask of Allah Ta‘ala. When you seek assistance, then seek assistance from Allah Ta‘ala. And remember that if the entire ummah had to get together in order to benefit you with something, they cannot benefit you except to the extent that Allah Ta‘ala has decreed, and if they get together to harm you in any way, they cannot harm you except to the extent that Allah Ta‘ala has decreed. The pens (which were used to record taqdeer) have been lifted and the scrolls (used to record the taqdeer) have dried up. (i.e. the ink on the scrolls used for recording taqdeer have dried up. This indicates towards the taqdeer of Allah Ta‘ala that has been decreed).”

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 06:44

Sunnats of Du‘aa – Part Five

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8. The du‘aa should be short and comprehensive e.g.

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِى الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

O my Rabb, grant us goodness in this world and goodness in the Hereafter, and save us from the fire of Jahannum.

اللَّهُمَّ إنِّيْ أَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ خَيْرِ مَا سَأَلَكَ مِنْهُ نَبِيُّكَ مُحَمَّدٌ صَلَى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَأَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا اسْتَعَاذَ مِنْهُ نَبِيُّكَ مُحَمَّدٌ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَأَنْتَ الْمُسْتَعانُ وَعَليْكَ الْبَلاَغُ وَلاَ حَولَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا باللهِ

O Allah, I ask You for the good of what Your messenger, Hazrat Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), asked You for, and I seek Your protection from the evil of what Your messenger, Hazrat Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), sought Your protection from. From You alone is help sought, and fulfilling and completing the need is upon You, and there is no ability (to refrain from evil) nor any power (to do good) except with the help of Allah Ta‘ala.

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 05:11

Sunnats of Du‘aa – Part Four

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6. When making du‘aa, one should beg Allah Ta‘ala for his needs with complete hope that Allah Ta‘ala will answer his du‘aa. One should not adopt an approach of uncertainty. One should not say, “O Allah, if you wish to fulfill my need, then You may fulfill it.”[1]

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال لا يقل أحدكم اللهم اغفر لي إن شئت ارحمني إن شئت ارزقني إن شئت وليعزم مسألته إنه يفعل ما يشاء لا مكره له (صحيح البخاري #7477)

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “(When making du‘aa) one should not say, ‘O Allah, forgive me if You wish, have mercy on me if You wish, provide me with sustenance if You wish.’ Rather, he should beg of Allah Ta‘ala’s mercy with confidence (that Allah Ta‘ala will fulfill his needs), (one should not ask Allah Ta‘ala to grant one His favor if He pleases) because Allah Ta‘ala does as He pleases, none can force and compel Him (over anything).” 

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