Archive | June 2011

Ramadaan Naseeha From IslamQA – Rejoicing at the Approach of the Blessed Month

3 – Rejoicing at the approach of the blessed month

 

The arrival of Ramadaan is one of the great blessings that Allaah bestows upon His Muslim slave, because Ramadaan is one of the occasions of good in which the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed. It is the month of the Qur’aan and it is in this month of Ramadaan decisive battles in the history of our religion took place.

 

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

Say: ‘In the Bounty of Allaah, and in His Mercy (i.e. Islam and the Qur’aan); —therein let them rejoice.’ That is better than what (the wealth) they amass” [Yoonus 10:58]

 

Ramadaan Naseeha From IslamQA – Du’aa

2 – Du’aa (supplication)

It was narrated from some of the salaf that they used to pray to Allaah for six months that they would live until Ramadaan, then they would pray for five months afterwards that He would accept it from them!

The Muslim should ask his Lord to let him live until Ramadaan with a strong religious commitment and good physical health, and he should ask Him to help him obey Him during the month, and ask Him to accept his good deeds from Him.

Ramadaan Naseeha From IslamQA

Bismillaah,

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

Ramadaan is approaching. Today is the 24th Rajab, next is Sha’baan then Ramadaan in shaa Allaah!

In order to make us benefit from this blessed month in the best way that we can, preparation in the coming weeks is a must in shaa Allaah!

Here is some naseeha (advice) adapted from IslamQA regarding how we can prepare for Ramadaan in shaa Allaah:

Praise be to Allaah.

Many people misunderstand the true nature of fasting, and they make it an occasion for eating and drinking, making special sweets and staying up late at night and watching shows on satellite TV. They make such preparations long before Ramadaan, lest they miss out on some food bargains before food prices go up. They prepare by buying food, preparing drinks and looking at the satellite TV guide so they can choose which shows to follow and which to ignore. They are truly unaware of the real nature of fasting in Ramadaan; they take worship and piety out of the month and make it a month to fill up their bellies and keeping themselves busy with worldly entertainments. May Allah protect us from this, ameen.

As for the others (inshaa Allah you and I) – they are aware of the real nature of fasting in the month of Ramadaan, so they start to prepare from Sha’baan, and some of them even start before that. If one has not done so already, now inshaa Allah is the time to start.

 

 

Among the best ways of preparing for the month of Ramadaan are:

1 –Sincere repentance

This is obligatory at all times, but in relation to this great and blessed month of Ramadaan, it is even more important to hasten to repent from sins between you and your Lord, and between you and other people by giving them their rights, so as we step in this blessed month we may busy ourselves with the many acts of worship with a clean heart and peace of mind.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” [al-Noor 24:31]

It was narrated from al-Agharr ibn Yasaar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “O people, repent to Allaah for I repent to Him one hundred times each day.” Narrated by Muslim (2702).

There are 9 other points, each of which I will post daily so that we can benefit successfully from implementing each point one at a time in shaa Allaah.

Qur’aan in MS Word Program

 

Bismillaahir-Rahmaanir-Raheem

Walhamdulillaahi was-salaatu was-salaamu ‘alaa Rasuulillaahi

 

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh!

Been a while since I posted something (sorry!)

But I come with a present 🙂

 

This program allows you to input ayaat from the Qur’aan within word without the Arabic going funny and mixing up the word order.

Once installed, a new tab will appear in your MS Word next to the ‘Help’ tab and it will be named ‘Al Quran’

Here’s the link!

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1AMV1B5T

 

Enjoy 🙂

 

In shaa Allaah in the coming weeks I’ll be uploading some notes from lectures in which I’ve used this program to input the ayaat. Please do install this program as you won’t be able to see the ayaat in the lecture notes without them!

 

مَعَ السَّلَامَةِ

 

Being Practical

Imam Sufyaan had a sound belief in the principle that one has to both trust Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aalaa) and so what is physically necessary to achieve one’s goals. Earning a livelihood is no different; one cannot sit in the masjib 24 hours a day, seven days a week and say, “Allaah will provide for me.” One who does that does not understand the meaning of At-Tawakkul – to have complete trust in Allaah.

Nor should one work all the time for worldly gain and forget the reality that it is Allaah Who provides. The latter is the perennial mistake of worldly people; the former is the perennial mistake of those who are of an ascetic bent.

The principle that one has to work in order to achieve one’s goal is particularly applicable to a student of knowledge. To seek out knowledge properly, one has to dedicate most of one’s time to one’s studies; a student of knowledge has precious little time to work. He must therefore use his spare time effectively and work just enough to get by; such is the life of the seeker of knowledge, but it is a sweet life as long as one seeks knowledge sincerely and earn’s one livelihood instead of being dependent on others. Dependence upon others, Imam Sufyaan understood, breeds poor characteristics and can potentially lead to evil.

 

[Taken from: ‘The Biography of Sufyaan Ath-Thawree [may Allaah have mercy on him] Compiled by: Salaahud-Deen ibn ‘Alee ibn ‘Abdul-Maujood’]

Al-‘Arba‘een [40 Hadeeth An-Nawawi]: Hadeeth 2

Also on the authority of ‘Umar, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said:

 

“While we were one day sitting with the Messenger of Allaah, sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, there appeared before us a man dressed in extremely white clothes and with very black hair. No traces of journeying were visible on him, and none of us knew him.

 

He sat down close by the Prophet, sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, rested his knee against his thighs, and said, O Muhammad! Inform me about Islaam.” Said the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam, “Islaam is that you should testify that there is no deity save Allaah and that Muhammad is His Messenger, that you should perform salaah (ritual prayer), pay the zakah, fast during Ramadaan, and perform Hajj (pilgrimage) to the House (the Ka’bah at Makkah), if you can find a way to it (or find the means for making the journey to it).” Said he (the man), “You have spoken truly.”

 

We were astonished at his thus questioning him and telling him that he was right, but he went on to say, “Inform me about Imaan (faith).” He (the Messenger of Allaah) answered, “It is that you believe in Allaah and His angels and His Books and His Messengers and in the Last Day, and in fate (qadar), both in its good and in its evil aspects.” He said, “You have spoken truly.”

 

Then he (the man) said, “Inform me about Ihsaan.” He (the Messenger of Allaah) answered, ” It is that you should serve Allaah as though you could see Him, for though you cannot see Him yet He sees you.” He said, “Inform me about the Hour.” He (the Messenger of Allaah) said, “About that the one questioned knows no more than the questioner.” So he said, “Well, inform me about the signs thereof (i.e. of its coming).” Said he, “They are that the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress, that you will see the barefooted ones, the naked, the destitute, the herdsmen of the sheep (competing with each other) in raising lofty buildings.” Thereupon the man went off.

 

I waited a while, and then he (the Messenger of Allaah) said, “O ‘Umar, do you know who that questioner was?” I replied, “Allaah and His Messenger know better.” He said, “That was Jibreel. He came to teach you your religion.””

 

[Muslim]

 

Commentary:

This hadeeth contains everything about Islaam, the 5 pillars of Islaam, the beliefs that make up eemaan (inc. the belief of fate/qadar), the attainment of the highest level of Eemaan which is Ihsaan, the adab of seeking knowledge and teaching.

 

This article can be read in full and with more detail at the following link: http://fortyhadith.iiu.edu.my/hadith02.htm

Proprieties [Aadaab] of Jumu‘ah #1

Sitting Motionless During The Sermon

One should sit quietly and motionless during the sermon. Even necessary talk, as mentioned in the hadeeth (below), makes one lose the reward of Jumu’ah. This proves one should remain still and quiet as one does in salaat. If one fiddles with pebbles, his hair or something else during the sermon, his reward for Jumu’ah is destroyed. Sometimes people distribute papers or flyers during the sermon, thus depriving themselves of their rewards. Nowadays its common for people to toy with their cell phones [or fiddle with anything in their hands]. May Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aalaa save us all).

 

It is narrated by Abu Hurayrah (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) that the Blessed Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “If one of you says ‘be quiet’ to another while the imam is delivering the sermon on Jumu’ah, you have lost the reward of Jumu’ah.

[Bukhaari and Muslim]

 

It is narrated by Ibn ‘Abbaas (radiAllaahu ‘anhumaa) that the Blessed Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “The example of a person who talks while the imam delivers the sermon is like a donkey ladened with books on his back; and the one who tells another to be quiet has voided his Jumu’ah.”

[Musnad Ahmad]

 

It is narrated by Abu Hurayrah (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) that the Blessed Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Whoever performs ablution, then comes for Jumu’ah, listens to the sermon and remains quiet, all his sins between the two Jumu’ahs are forgiven, plus the additional three days; and whosoever touches a pebble, has committed a foolish act.

[Muslim]

 

Taken from: “The Essentials of Jumu’a” By Ibrahim Madani, pages 71-72