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Benefits of “Assalaamu ‘alaykum” #3

3. “Assalaamu ‘alaykum” is a means of entering Jannah

The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I not tell you about something which, if you do it, you will love one another? Spread salaam (the greeting of peace) among you.”

[Muslim]

 

Ten Things We Waste

Ten Things We Waste

By: Shaikh Mokhtar Maghroui

Based on a lesson of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

 

1 – Our Knowledge

Wasted by not taking action with it.

 

2 – Our Actions

Wasted by committing them with out sincerity.

 

3 – Our Wealth

Wasted by using on things that will not bring us ajr. We waste our money, our status, our authority, on things which have no benefit in this life or in akhirah.

 

4 – Our Hearts

Wasted because they are empty from the love of Allaah, and the feeling of longing to go to Him, and a feeling of peace and contentment. In it’s place, our hearts are filled with something or someone else.

 

5 – Our Bodies

Wasted because we don’t use them in ‘ibaadah and service of Allaah.

 

6 – Our Love

Our emotional love is misdirected, not towards Allaah, but towards something/someone else.

 

7 – Our Time

Wasted, not used properly, to compensate for that which has passed, by doing what is righteous to make up for past deeds.

 

8 – Our Intellect

Wasted on things that are not beneficial, that are detremental to society and the individual, not in contemplation or reflection.

 

9 – Our Service

Wasted in service of someone who will not bring us closer to Allaah, or benefit in dunyaa.

 

10 – Our Dhikr

Wasted, because it does not effect us or our hearts.

More Ramadaan Naseeha From IslamQA

5 – Seeking knowledge in order to be able to follow the rulings on fasting and to understand the virtues of Ramadaan.

 

6 – Hastening to complete any tasks that may distract the Muslim from doing acts of worship.

 

7 – Sitting with one’s family members – wife and children – to tell them of the rulings on fasting and encourage the young ones to fast.

 

8 – Preparing authentic books based on Qur’aan and hadith which can be read at home or given to the imam of the masjid to read to the people during Ramadaan.

 

9 – Fasting some of the month of Sha’baan in preparation for fasting Ramadaan.

 

It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said:

 The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast until we said: He will not break his fast, and he used not to fast until we said: He will not fast. And I never saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) complete a month of fasting except Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more in any month than in Sha’baan.

Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1868) and Muslim (1156).

 

It was narrated that Usaamah ibn Zayd said:

I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any month as you fast in Sha’baan? He said: “That is a month that people neglect between Rajab and Ramadaan, but it is a month in which people’s deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds and I would like my deeds to be taken up when I am fasting.”

Narrated by al-Nasaa’i (2357); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i.

 

These ahadeeth explain the wisdom behind fasting in Sha’baan, which is that it is a month in which deeds are taken up (to Allaah). Some of the scholars mentioned another reason, which is that this fasting is like Sunnah prayers offered beforehand in relation to the obligatory prayer; they prepare the soul for performing the obligatory action, and the same may be said of fasting Sha’baan before Ramadaan.

 

10 – Reading Qur’aan

 

The month of Rajab is the month for planting, the month of Sha’baan is the month of irrigating the crops, and the month of Ramadaan is the month of harvesting the crops.

The likeness of the month of Rajab is that of the wind, the likeness of Sha’baan is that of the clouds and the likeness of Ramadaan is that of the rain; whoever does not plant and sow in Rajab, and does not irrigate in Sha’baan, how can he reap in Ramadaan?

Now Rajab has passed, and we are in Sha’baan – and we will soon be entering into the blessed month of Ramadaan. Let us follow in the footsteps of our Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and the early generations of the ummah as they strove hard this blessed month seeking Allaah’s pleasure.

So, this leads me to ask you and myself – what good will we do this Ramadaan?

 

And Allaah is the Source of strength.

Adapted from: http://www.islamqa.com

Fasting in Sha’baan

As we are now in the month of Sha’baan, it means Ramadaan is drawing closer by the day.

But don’t wait till Ramadaan to start fasting, why not build up the momentum now?

The Prophet sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam would fast more in this month than any other month (except Ramadaan).

This would be the perfect time to start making up any owed fasts from last Ramadaan if you still have any.

Usaamah bin Zayd (radiAllaahu ‘anhumaa) relates: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), I do not see you fasting in any other month like you fast in Sha’baan.’

He said, ‘That is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadaan, and it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of the Worlds. I like for my deeds to be lifted up when I am fasting.

[Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i, 2221.]

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’]

The Stages of Knowledge

Al-Mahdee Abu ‘Abdullaah reported that he once heard Sufyaan Ath-Thawree [rahimahullaah] say,

The first stage of knowledge is silence;

the second is listening and memorizing;

the third is applying what one learned;

and the fourth is teaching and spreading the knowledge that one learned.”

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

Enduring with Patience

Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aalaa) says in the twice in the Qur’aan: “Indeed Allaah is with As-Saabireen (those who are patient)”[1] and mentions the word ‘sabr’ 90 times in the Qur’aan[2]. In our lives we go through periods of joy and periods of sorrow. A true Mu’min is the one who remains patient through these periods of sorrow seeking the reward and pleasure of Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’aalaa, turning to Him to and complaining only to Him as Ya’qoob (‘alayhis-salaam) did as mentioned in Surat Yusuf  “He (Ya’qoob) said, “I only complain of my suffering and my grief to Allaah…”[3]

The word patience is a word with a very vast meaning, what in particular does it mean to be patient? One aspect of being patient is ‘restraining the soul from panic and anger’, another aspect is ‘restraining the tongue from complaint when something happens to you’, another aspect is ‘being aware that Allaah is with you’. He is the One that you should complain to and seek help from.

Being patient carries immense rewards, Allaah says in the Qur’aan in Surat Az-Zumar[4]: “Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning.” Allaah also says in the Qur’aan in Surat Huud[5]: “And be patient, for indeed, Allaah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good.

There are also many ahadeeth about the virtues of being patient: Abu Yahya Suhaib bin Sinan (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) reported that: The Messenger of Allaah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allaah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him“.[6]

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) reported that: Certain people of the Ansaar asked the Messenger of Allaah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and he gave them; then they again asked him and he gave them until all what he possessed was exhausted. Then the Prophet (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Whatever wealth I have, I will not withhold from you. Whosoever would be chaste and modest; Allah will keep him chaste and modest and whosoever would seek self-sufficiency, Allah will make him self-sufficient; and whosoever would be patient, Allah will give him patience, and no one is granted a gift better and more comprehensive than patience.”[7]

Anas (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) saying, “Allaah, the Glorious and Exalted said: “When I afflict my slave in his two dear things (i.e., his eyes), and he endures patiently, I shall compensate him for them with Jannah.”[8]

Abu Sa’eed and Abu Hurayrah (radiAllaahu ‘anhumaa) reported that the Prophet (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “Never a believer is stricken with a discomfort, an illness, an anxiety, a grief or mental worry or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of his patience.[9]

All the Prophets of Allaah (‘alayhimus-salaam) were all tested greatly; by means of their family like Prophet Yusuf (‘alayhis-salaam), by disease like Prophet Ayyub (‘alayhis-salaam) and many by their own people like Prophet Nuuh (‘alayhis-salaam) they all faced their tests with great patience and tawakkul ‘alaa Allaah.

And of course, the trials and tribulations our Prophet Muhammad (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) went through – the incident of Taaif comes to mind. The Prophet (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) went there to preach Islaam to the people, however the leaders rejected the Message and also sent young children to taunt him and throw stones at him (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) as he was chased out. The first thing he (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) did upon leaving was to make du’aa to Allaah. An example to us as to how we should act when we are presented with a trial, turn to Allaah.

Then, Angel Jibreel (‘alayhis-salaam) came to the Prophet (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and offered to make the mountains around Taaif collide together and crush the people or any other punishment that our Prophet (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) desired on its people. However, our Prophet (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) refused to punish the people of Taaif saying, “No, do not destroy them, for I hope that Allaah will bring out of their offspring people who worship Him alone without associating any partner with Him in worship.”

SubhaanAllaah – this was the patience of our Prophet (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam); if we were in the same situation could we do the same? Allaah has described the impeccable character of Prophet Muhammad (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) in the Qur’aan, in Surat Al-Qalam, “And indeed, you are of a great moral character.”[10]

If the Prophet (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) exercised such beautiful patience, who are we not to follow his example? So, a believer should display patience and perseverance during sickness and hardships, hunger or other afflictions, accept that the calamity is from Allaah and should show gratitude and thankfulness for all the wonderful blessings that Allaah grants him and show thanks to Allaah when they are given a trial as it a sign of Allaah’s Love in testing His servants.

And remember, “..fasabrun jameel..” – Patience is BEAUTIFUL 🙂   [Surat Yusuf, verse 18]

"...fasbir sabran jameelan.." Surat Al-Ma'aarij, verse 5


[1] Surat Al-Baqarah, verse 153 & Surat Al-Anfaal, verse 46

[2] Imaam Ahmad, Related by Ibn al Qayyim in Madaarij As-Saalikeen

[3] Surat Yusuf, verse 86

[4] Surat Az-Zumar, verse 10

[5] Surat Huud, verse 115

[6] Muslim

[7] Bukhaari and Muslim

[8] Bukhaari

[9] Bukhaari and Muslim

[10] Surat Al-Qalam, verse 4

Important advice for the student of knowledge from Imām Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen

Important advice for the student of knowledge from Imām Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen

Praise be to Allāh.

It is good if a person focuses on one shaykh and makes him his main source, especially if he is a young beginner, for if the young beginner seeks knowledge from a number of people he will be confused. For people are not all of one opinion, especially nowadays. In the past, here in the Kingdom (Saudi Arabia) people never deviated from [the books] al-Iqnā’ [Book of Hanbalī Fiqh by Al-Buhuti] and al-Muntahā [Book of Hanbalī fiqh by Mar`i bin Yusuf], so their fatāwā were all the same and the bases of their fatāwā were all the same; no one differed from another, except in his delivery and style. But now, everyone who has memorized a hadīth or two says, “I am the Imām to be followed.  Imām Ahmad was a man and we are men.” So now there is chaos. Everyone is issuing fatāwā and sometimes you hear fatāwā from these people which make you weep and laugh at the same time. I was thinking of recording these fatāwā, but I was afraid that this might make me one of those who seek out their faults of their brothers, so I did not do it lest we transmit things that are as far from the truth as the earth is from the Pleiades.

I say: adhering to one scholar is very important when the seeker of knowledge is just starting out, so that he will not be confused. Hence our scholars forbade us to read al-Mughnī and Sharh al-Muhadhdhab and other books which contain numerous opinions when we were starting out. One of our scholars told us that Shaykh ‘AbdAllāh ibn ‘AbdRahmān Bābiteen (May Allāh have mercy on him), who was one of the great scholars of Najd, only read al-Rawd al-Murabba’ [Book of Hanbalī Fiqh by Al-Buhuti] and never read anything else. He read it repeatedly but he discussed it in great detail and in great depth.

If a person has gained a great deal of knowledge, then he should look at the views of the scholars so as to benefit from them in both academic and practical terms. But when one is just starting out, my advice is to focus on one particular scholar and not go to anyone else.

[From Fatāwā al-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Sālih al-‘Uthaymeen, Kitāb al-‘Ilm, page # 107]