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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:37

Sunnats of Safar (Travelling) - Part Four

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One should recite the following masnoon du‘aa of safar:

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ فِي سَفَرِنَا هَذَا البِرَّ وَالتَّقْوَى وَمِن العَمَلِ مَا تَرْضَى اَللَّهُمَّ هَوِّنْ عَلَينَا سَفَرَنَا هَذَا وَاطْوِ عَنَّا بُعْدَهُ اَللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فِي السَّفَرِ وَالخَلِيفَةُ فِي الْأَهْلِ اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِن وَعْثَاءِ السَّفَرِ وَكَآبَةِ المنْظَر وَسُوءِ المنْقَلَبِ فِي الماَلِ وَالأَهْلِ وَالوَلَد

O Allah! We ask You to bless us in this journey with the taufeeq of adopting piety, taqwa and fulfilling such actions that are pleasing to You. O Allah! Make this journey easy for us and fold the earth for us (so that we cover the distance in a short span of time). O Allah! You be my companion on this journey and remain a guardian over my family (in my absence i.e. I place my family in Your special care). O Allah! I seek Your protection from the difficulties of the journey, and the undesirable circumstances and situations which come before me, and (I seek your protection) from a bad return (i.e. witnessing calamities upon my return) in regard to my belongings, wife and children.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:24

Sunnats of Safar (Travelling) - Part Three

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5. One should recite the following masnoon du‘aa of safar.

بِسْمِ اللهِ اَلحَمْدُ لله سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ وَإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ اَلحَمدُ لله اَلحَمْدُ للهِ اَلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبر لا اله الا الله سُبحَانَكَ اَللهُمَّ إِنِّي ظَلَمْتُ نَفسِي فَاغْفِر لِي فَإِنَّهُ لاَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

In the name of Allah Ta‘ala, all praise be to Allah Ta‘ala, glory be to Allah Ta‘ala, who has subjugated this animal (or placed this vehicle under our control) though we were (without His help) unable to control it. Surely, to our Sustainer are we to return. All praise be to Allah Ta‘ala. All praise be to Allah Ta‘ala. All praise be to Allah Ta‘ala. Allah Ta‘ala is the greatest. Allah Ta‘ala is the greatest. Allah Ta‘ala is the greatest. There is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah Ta‘ala. (O Allah!) You are most pure. O Allah! indeed I have oppressed myself so forgive me, for there is none who forgives sins except You.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 09:20

Sunnats of Safar (Travelling) - Part Two

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3. One should inform one’s family members of his destination and place of residence during his journey, so that it will be possible for them to contact him in the case of any emergency.

4. When leaving the home, one should recite the following Du‘aa:

بِسمِ اللهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللهِ لَا حَولَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللهِ ، اَلَّلهُمَّ إِنِّى أَعُوذُ بِكَ أَن أَضِلَّ أَو أُضَلَّ أَو أَزِلَّ أَو أُزَلَّ أَو أَظْلِمَ أَو أُظْلَمَ أَو أَجْهَلَ أَو يُجْهَلَ عَلَيَّ

In the name of Allah Ta‘ala, I place my complete reliance and trust in Him. There is no ability to do any good and no power to restrain from any harm or evil except through the grace of Allah Ta‘ala. O Allah! I seek refuge in You that I be misguided or that I become the victim of somebody else’s misguidance, or that I slip or I be caused to slip (through someone), or that I oppress or I become the victim of someone’s oppression, or I behave in an ignorant manner or I am dealt with by others in an ignorant manner.

Monday, 25 July 2016 12:26

Sunnats of Safar (Travelling) - Part One

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1. Before embarking on a journey (i.e. travelling to a place which is 78 km or more) it is sunnah for one to perform two rakaats of salaat (i.e. Salaat -us-safr).

عن المطعم بن المقدام قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ما خلف عبد على أهله أفضل من ركعتين يركعهما عندهم حين يريد سفرا ( مصنف ابن ابي شيبة #4914 )[1]

Hazrat Mut‘im bin Miqdaam (rahimahullah) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “There is no action that a person can leave behind with his family before setting out on a journey which is more virtuous than the two rakaats (Salaatus Safr) which he performs by them.”

Monday, 25 July 2016 09:07

Sunnats of Eating - Part Ten

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25. When eating, one should eat from the sides of the plate and not the middle, as the blessings descend in the middle of the plate.

عن عبد الله بن بسر رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم أتي بقصعة فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم كلوا من جوانبها ودعوا ذروتها يبارك فيها ( ابن ماجة #3275 )

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Busr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, a plate was brought to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then advised the Sahaabah, “Eat from the sides and not the middle, Allah Ta‘ala will place barakah in the food.”

عن ابن عباس أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال البركة تنزل وسط الطعام فكلوا من حافتيه ولا تأكلوا من وسطه (ترمذي #1805 )

Hazrat ibn ‘Abbaas (radhiallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Barakah descends in the middle of the food. Therefore eat from the sides and do not eat from the middle.”

Monday, 25 July 2016 08:52

Sunnats of Eating - Part Nine

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22. After eating, one should lick his fingers.

عن ابن عباس أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال إذا أكل أحدكم طعاما فلا يمسح يده حتى يلعقها أو يلعقها ( ابن ماجة #3269 )

Hazrat ibn ‘Abbaas (radhiallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When any of you eat any food, then he should not wipe his hands until he does not lick his fingers, or gets someone to lick it for him (e.g. his wife, etc, if they do not mind).”

عن أبي هريرة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم إذا أكل أحدكم فليلعق أصابعه فإنه لا يدري في أيتهن البركة ( ترمذي #1801 )

Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When any of you eat any food, then he should lick his fingers, as he does not know which morsel of food contains the special blessings of Allah Ta‘ala.”

Monday, 25 July 2016 08:42

Sunnats of Eating - Part Eight

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19. Whilst eating, one should not remain completely silent.[1]

20. One should eat with three fingers if possible (i.e. the thumb, index finger and middle finger).

عن كعب بن مالك أن النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم كان يأكل بثلاث أصابع ولا يمسح يده حتى يلعقها ( أبو داود #3850 )

Hazrat Ka’b bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) used to eat with three fingers, and he would not wipe his hands until he licked his fingers.

Monday, 25 July 2016 08:33

Sunnats of Eating - Part Seven

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17. First remove the food before getting up and leaving. When removing the dastarkhaan, the following du‘aa should be read:

اَلحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ حَمْدًا كَثِيرًا طَيِّبًا مُبَارَكًا فِيهِ غَيرَ مَكْفِيٍّ وَلَا مُوَدَّعٍ وَلَا مُسْتَغْنًى عَنهُ رَبَّنَا

All praise is due to Allah Ta‘ala. Such praises that are plentiful, pure and full of blessings. O our Rabb! (we are not lifting up this food from the dastarkhaan and praising You) considering our praises to be sufficient or the last time we are praising You (as we will be in need of this bounty (i.e. food and drink) after a short interval, or considering ourselves not in need of thanking and praising You.

Sunday, 24 July 2016 04:59

Sunnats of Eating - Part Six

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16. One should recite the following du'aas after eating:

اَلحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا وَجَعَلَنَا مُسْلِمِينَ

All praise is due to Allah Ta‘ala who gave us food and drink and made us Muslims.

اَلحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنِي هَذَا الطَّعَامَ وَرَزَقَنِيهِ مِن غَيرِ حَولٍ مِّنِّي وَلَا قُوَّة

All praise is due to Allah Ta‘ala who gave me this food to eat, and He provided me with it without any effort or striving from my side.

Monday, 18 July 2016 08:28

Sunnats of Eating - Part Five

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13. The young should give preference to the old and senior people (Ulama, etc.) among them to commence eating.

عن حذيفة قال كنا إذا حضرنا مع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم طعاما لم نضع أيدينا حتى يبدأ رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فيضع يده (مسلم #2017)

Hazrat Huzaifa (radhiallahu ‘anhu) explains that whenever we ate with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), we would always commence eating after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) began eating.

14. When eating, sit with either both knees on the ground (in the tashahhud posture), or with the right knee raised.[1]