Tag Archive | Hadeeth

Jannah in Islaam #4

The Rivers of Jannah

 

(Here is) A parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised. In it are rivers of water, incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, delicious to those who drink; and rivers of honey, pure and clear. In it there are for them all kinds of fruits and forgiveness from their Lord. Can those in such bliss be compared to such as shall dwell forever in the Fire? Those whom shall be given boiling water to drink, it will be so hot that it cuts up their bowels to pieces.”

[Surat Muhammad, 47:15]

 

“As for the righteous, they will be in the midst of gardens and rivers, in and assembly of truth, in the presence of a Sovereign Omnipotent.”

[Surat al-Qamar, 54: 54-55]

 

Verily, Allaah will admit those who believe and do righteous deeds to gardens beneath which rivers flow. While those who reject Allaah will enjoy (this world) and eat as cattle eat. The Fire will be their abode.”

[Surah Muhammad, 47: 12]

 

Abu Hurairah [radiAllaahu ‘anhu] reported that the Prophet [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam] said: “The Saihaan, Jaihaan, Euphrates and Nile are all among the rivers of Jannah.”

[Muslim]

 

Adapted from: http://www.jannah.org/frontpage/jannah.html

Jannah in Islaam #3

Jannah – Never Imagined By A Human Being

Be foremost (in seeking) forgiveness from your Lord. And a garden of bliss, the width of the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who believe in Allaah and His messengers – that is the grace of Allaah which He bestows on whom He pleases, and Allaah is the Lord of abounding grace.
[Surat Al Hadeed, 57:21]

Abu Hurairah [radiAllaahu ‘anhu] reported that the Messenger of Allaah [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam] said that Allaaah [subhaanahu wa ta’aalaa] said:
I have prepared for My righteous servants what no eye has seen and no ear has heard, nor has it occurred to the human heart. Thus, recite if you wish, ‘And no soul knows what joy has been kept hidden for them.”’
[Saheeh al-Bukhari, Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, and ibn Majah]

Sahl bin Sa’d [radiAllaahu ‘anhu] narrated Allah’s Messenger [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam] said: “A place in Jannah equal to the size of a lash is better than the whole world and whatever is in it.”
[Saheeh al-Bukhari]

Adapted from: http://www.jannah.org/frontpage/jannah.html

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]

 

Jannah in Islaam #2

The Gates of Jannah

Gardens of perpetual bliss – they shall enter there, as well as the righteous among their fathers, their spouses and their offspring. And angels shall enter upon them from every gate.”
[Surat ar-Ra’d, 13: 23]

This is a reminder. Verily, for the righteous is a beautiful place of final return – garden of eternity, whose doors will always be open to them.”
[Surat Saad, 38: 49-50]

And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds until behold, they arrive there. Its gates will be opened, and its keepers will say, ‘Peace be upon you! Well have you done, enter here, to dwell eternally.’”
[Surat az-Zumar, 39: 73]

Sahl bin Sa’d [radiAllaahu ‘anhu] reported that the Prophet [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam] said:
Jannah has eight gates, and one of them is called ar-Rayyaan, through which none will enter except those who observe fasting.”
[Saheeh al-Bukhari]

Abu Hurayrah [radiAllaahu ‘anhu] narrated that the Prophet [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam] said:
Whoever spends two things in the way of Allaah will be called from the gates of Jannah and will be addressed, ‘O slave of Allaah, here is prosperity!’ So whoever was among the people who used to offer their prayers will be called from the gate of prayer; and whoever was among the people who used to participate in Jihad will be called from the gates of Jihad; and whoever was among those who used to observe fasts will be called from the gate of ar-Rayyaan; and whoever was among those who used to give in charity will be called from the gate of charity.” Abu Bakr [radiAllaahu ‘anhu] said, ‘Let my parents be sacrificed for you, Oh Allaah’s Messenger! No distress or need will befall him one will be called from those gates. Will there by anyone who will be called from all these gates?” The Prophet [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam] replied, “Yes. And I hope you will be one of them.
[Saheeh al-Bukhari]

‘Uqbah bin Amir [radiAllaahu ‘anhu] said: “We were entrusted with the task of tending the camels – On my turn, when I came back in the evening after grazing them in the pastures, I found Allaah’s Messenger [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam] standing and addressing the people. I heard these words of his:
If any Muslim performs ablution well, then stands and prays two rak’ahs, setting about them with his heart as well as his face, Jannah will be guaranteed to him.’ I said, ‘What a fine thing this is!’ A narrator who was before me said, ‘The first was even better than this.’ When I cast a glance, I saw that it was Umar [radiAllaahu ‘anhu] who said, ‘I see that you have just come and observed. If anyone among you performs the ablution, completes the ablution well and says, “I testify that there is no god but Allaah and that Muhammad is the servant of Allaah and His Messenger,” then the eight gates of Jannah will be opened for him and he may enter by whichever of them he wishes.’”
[Saheeh Muslim]

The gates of Jannah will be opened on Mondays and on Thursdays, and every servant of Allaah who associates nothing with Allaah will be forgiven, except for the man who has a grudge against his brother. About them it will be said, ‘Delay these two until they are reconciled. Delay these two until they are reconciled. Delay these two until they are reconciled.’”
[Saheeh Muslim, Malik and Abu Dawud]

Adapted from: http://www.jannah.org/frontpage/jannah.html

10 Points for Fasting

(By Yusuf Estes)

There are important points to understand while fasting the month of Ramadan in order to take the maximum benefit from the wisdom and teachings we gain in this blessed month, in which Allah sent down His last revelation, the Quran.

One of our beloved teachers of Islam, Dr. Tamimi, a student of knowledge of Madinah and Dr. Jafar Idris, produced interesting and beneficial lectures about the importance and rewards of fasting Ramadan. The following is based on some of this excellent knowledge:

POINT 1: Gaining Taqwa

Allah legislated fasting for gaining taqwa,

“O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for those before you, so that you may attain taqwa.” [Al-Baqarah 2:183]

{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ}

البقرة: 183

Transliteration: Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo kutiba AAalaykumu alssiyamu kama kutiba AAala allatheena min qablikum laAAallakum tattaqoona

Taqwa in this case means to make a shield between oneself and Allah’s anger and Hellfire. So we should ask ourselves, when we break our fasts, ‘Has this fasting day made us fear Allah more? Has it resulted that we want to protect ourselves from the hellfire or not?

POINT 2: Drawing closer to Allah

This is achieved by reciting and reflecting on Al-Quran during night and day, attending the taraweeh prayers, remembering Allah, sitting in circles of knowledge and, for those who can, making ‘umrah. Also for those who can, making I’tikaf (seclusion) in the last ten nights of Ramadan, so as to leave all worldly pursuits and seclude oneself in a masjid just thinking of Allah, so as to bring oneself closer to Allah. When one sins, one feels distant from Allah. That is why one might find it hard to read the Quran and come to the masjid. However, the obedient worshipper feels closer to Allah and wants to worship Allah more, because he is not shy from his sins.

POINT 3: Acquiring patience and strong will

Allah has mentioned patience more than seventy times in the Quran and has commanded patience in more than sixteen ways in His Book. So when one fasts, and gives up one’s food and drink, and one’s marital sexual relations for those hours, one learns restraint and patience. This Ummah needs men and women that are strong willed, who can stand upon the Sunnah and the Book of Allah and not waver in front of the enemies of Allah. We do not need emotional people, who just raise slogans and shout, but when the time comes to stand upon something firm, they cannot do so, they waver.

POINT 4: Striving for Ihsan (righteousness and sincerity) and staying away from riya (showing off)

Ihsan means to worship Allah as if one sees Him, and even though one does not see Him, He sees all.

Hasan al-Basri said, By Allah, in the last twenty years, I have not said a word or taken something with my hand or refrained to take something with my hand or stepped forth or stepped back, except that I have thought before I have done any action, ‘Does Allah love this action? Is Allah pleased with this action?’ So when one is fasting, one should gain this quality of watching oneself and also staying away from riya (showing off). That is why Allah said in a hadith qudsi,
“Fasting is for Me and I reward it.” [al-Bukhari]

«…الصيام لي وأنا أجزي به…»

رواه البخاري

POINT 5: Refinement of manners, especially those related to truthfulness and discharging trusts.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever does not abandon falsehood in word and action, then Allah has no need that he should heave his food and drink.” [al-Bukhari]

« من لم يدع قول الزور والعمل به ، فليس لله حاجة في أن يدع طعامه وشرابه»

رواه البخاري

What we learn from this; is that we must pay attention to the purification of our manners. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “I was sent to perfect good manners.” [Malik]

« إنما بعثت لأتمم مكارم (و في رواية صالح) الأخلاق»

رواه مالك

So we must check ourselves, are we following the behavior of the Prophet (peace be upon him)? For example: Do we give salam to those we don’t know and those we do know? Do we follow the manners of Islam, by telling the truth and only telling the truth? Are we sincere? Are we merciful to the creation?

POINT 6: Recognizing that one can change for the better

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Every son of Adam sins and the best of the sinners are those who repent.” [Ibn Majah]

«كل بني آدم خطاء وخير الخطائين التوابون»

رواه ابن ماجه

Allah provides many opportunities to repent to Him and seek His forgiveness. If one was disobedient they can become obedient.

POINT 7: Being more charitable

Ibn ‘Abbas said, “The Prophet (peace be upon him) was the most charitable amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadan when Jibril (angel Gabriel) used to meet him on every night of Ramadan till the end of the month.” [al-Bukhari]

« كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أجود الناس بالخير ، وكان أجود ما يكون في رمضان ، حين يلقاه جبريل ، وكان جبريل عليه السلام يلقاه كل ليلة في رمضان حتى ينسلخ»

رواه البخاري

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “He who gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will receive the same reward as him, without nothing being reduced from the fasting person’s reward.” [At-Tirmidhi]

«من فطر صائما كان له مثل أجره ، غير أنه لا ينقص من أجر الصائم شيئا»

رواه الترمذي

POINT 8: Sensing the unity of the Muslims

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Those of you who will live after me will see many differences. Then you must cling to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided khalifahs (leaders). Hold fast to it and stick to it.” [Abu Dawud]

«…فإنه من يعش منكم بعدي فسيرى اختلافا كثيرا ، فعليكم بسنتي وسنة الخلفاء المهديين الراشدين تمسكوا بها ، وعضوا عليها بالنواجذ…»

رواه ابو داود

In this month we sense that there is a possibility for unity, because we all fast together, we break-fast together, we all worship Allah together, and we pray Salatul-Eid together. Therefore we sense that the unity of Muslims is possible. It is possible for Muslims to be a single body, but this will only be achieved when obedience is only to Allah and His Messenger.
POINT 9: Learning discipline

The Prophet (may Allah send His blessings and peace upon him) made us adhere to discipline and strictness, strictness that does not lead to fanaticism or going outside the bounds that Allah has laid down. One cannot knowingly break the fast before the sunset, as this will not be accepted by Allah. Muslims should learn to be very strict in their lives, because they are people of an important message, which they mold their lives around.

POINT 10: Teaching the young to worship Allah

It was the practice of the people of Madinah, that during the fast of ‘Ashura to get their children to fast with them. When the children would cry of hunger and thirst, their parents would distract their attention by giving them some sort of toy to play with. The children would break their fast with their parents. [As mentioned in al-Bukhari]

«فكنا نصومه بعد ، ونصوم صبياننا ، ونجعل لهم اللعبة من العهن ، فإذا بكى أحدهم على الطعام أعطيناه ذاك حتى يكون عند الإفطار»

رواه البخاري

So the young should be brought to the masjid and they should pray with their parents, so that they are able to get into the habit of becoming worshippers of Allah. If one does not encourage children to fast when they are young, they will find it very difficult to fast for thirty days at the age of puberty.

There is yet another consideration for the fasters of Ramadan, although this is not something we usually consider as the motivation for following Allah’s command and that is the physical and medical advantages usually associated with fasting.

We are ordered to take care of our health and provide our body with its rights over us. Our prophet, (peace be upon him), told us our body has rights on us and in one hadith he said, “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, and there is good in everyone.” [Sahih Muslim]

« المؤمن القوي خير وأحب إلى الله من المؤمن الضعيف . وفي كل خير…»

رواه مسلم


Jannah in Islaam #1

The Creation of Jannah

Abu Hurayrah [radiAllaahu ‘anhu] narrated that the Messenger of Allaah [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam] said:

“When Allaah created Jannah and Hellfire, He sent Jibreel to Jannah, saying, ‘Look at it and at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.’ So Jibreel went to it and looked at it and at what Allaah had prepared therein for its inhabitants.

Then Jibreel returned to Allaah and said, ‘By Your glory, no one hears of it without entering it.’ So Allaah ordered that it be encompassed by forms of hardship, and He said, ‘Return to it and look at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants!’

So, Jibreel returned to it and found that it was surrounded by forms of hardship. Then he returned to Allaah and said, ‘By Your glory, I fear that no one will enter it, Allaah said, ‘Go to Hellfire and look at it and at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.’

Jibreel found that it was in layers, one above the other. Then Jibreel returned to Allaah and said, ‘By Your glory, no one who hears of it will enter it.’ So Allaah ordered that it be surrounded by lusts. Then He said, ‘Return to it’ and Jibreel returned to it and said, ‘By Your glory, I am frightened that no one will escape from entering it.’

[at-Tirmidhi, abu Dawud and An-Nasaa’i]

 

Masruuq [radiAllaahu ‘anhu] said: “We asked ‘Abdullaah bin Mas’uud about this verse: “And do not think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allaah as dead, rather, they are alive with their Lord and are being provided for.”  [Surat Aali ‘Imraan (3), verse 169]

He said, ‘We asked about that and the Prophet [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam] said, “Their souls are inside the bodies of green birds, who live in lanterns suspended from the Throne, roaming freely in Jannah where they please, then taking shelter in those lanterns. Their Lord cast a glance at them and said, ‘Do you wish for anything?’ They said, ‘What more shall we desire when we eat the fruit of Jannah and roam freely in Jannah where we please?’ Their Lord again asked them thrice. When they saw that they would be continued to be asked, they said, ‘Oh Lord! We wish that You would return our souls to our bodies so that we might fight for Your sake once again.’ When Allaah saw that they had no need, they were left (to their joy in Heaven.)

[Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasaa’i and Ibn Majah]

 

Adapted from: http://www.jannah.org/frontpage/jannah.html

Benefits of “Assalaamu ‘alaykum” #1

1. Assalaamu ‘alaykum is a means of immense reward

The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) explained the reward earned by the one who says salaam, as was reported by al-Nisaa’i in ‘Aml al-yawm wa’l-laylah (368) and al-Bukhaari in al-Adab al-Mufrad (586) and by Ibn Hibban (493).

They reported from Abu Hurayrah (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) that a man passed by the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) whilst he was sitting with some others, and said “Assalaamu ‘alaykum (peace be upon you).”

The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “[He will have] ten hasanaat (rewards).”

Another man passed by and said “Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaah (peace be upon you and the mercy of Allaah).”

The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “[He will have] twenty hasanaat.”

Another man passed by and said “Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh (peace be upon you and the mercy of Allaah and His blessings).”

The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “[He will have] thirty hasanaat.”

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