Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Welcoming in the new muslim year.


Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Although this new year hasn't started on a good note for us muslims, as a result of the ongoing airstrikes on Gaza have left hundreds of muslims dead, there are ways in which we as individuals can help ourselves to improve. If we follow these few simple things we can avoid violence and crimes against other people, be them muslim or not.

I pray that Allah S.W.T Stops the violence in the Gaza soon. Ameen.
So far more than 270 muslims killed compared to only 4 on the Israeli side!!! and the air strikes are still ongoing!!! PLZ STOP this Massacre of innocent people!!!

The latest headlines on CNN as follows:

Gaza relief boat 'rammed' by Israeli vessel

An Israeli patrol boat struck a boat carrying doctors and supplies to Gaza early today in the Mediterranean Sea, witnesses and Israeli officials said. CNN correspondent Karl Penhaul was aboard the 60-foot Dignity when the boats collided. It was "very severely rammed" by the Israeli boat, Penhaul said. Also on the Dignity were several human rights activists, including former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney. full story

This is terrorism!!!





On a lighter note, the following are verses from the Quraan, if followed by any nation(esp the Israelis at this time), will bring peace Inshallah!

In the Quraan Surah 49 v 11 and 12 we are told as follows;

O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others:
It may be that the latter are better than the former:
Nor let some women laugh at others:
It may be that the latter are better than the former:
Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other,
Nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames:
...

V12
O we who believe! Avoid suspicion as much as possible: for suspicion in some cases is a sin:
And spy not on each other,
Nor speak ill of each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, ye would abhor it ... But Fear Allah:
For Allah is Oft- Returning, Most Merciful.

Wa'salaam.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Odd proposals

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Today i'll be ranting a bit. I've been gettin some odd proposals from guys who're already married and have kids, and when i ask them why they're considering taking a second wife, none of them seems to give me a straight answer, instead they just change the topic and or walk off.

I know i'm 30 and divorced. But does that mean i qualify only to be a second wife. Those that are single won't even consider me. I'm really upset...
Am i being unrealistic?

Have any of you been thru the same? And
On what conditions would you agree to be a second wife?

crochet necklace!!!

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Here is an easy and beautiful crochet necklace :)




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZMh1YqX8GE&feature=related

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Do Good Deeds Relieve the Pain of Calamities?

Question and Answer Details

Name of Questioner

MA - Canada


Title

Do Good Deeds Relieve the Pain of Calamities?


Question

As-salamu `alaykum. Can any of our good deeds eliminate or reduce the degree of calamities? Please explain.


Date

20/Nov/2008


Name of Mufti

Muzammil Siddiqi


Topic

Morals & Manners, Dhikr & Supplication

Answer

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.


All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Dear brother in Islam, thanks for your interesting question. May Allah Almighty guide us all to the straight path of Islam.


It should be clear that doing good, helping others in distress, observing the religious duties, etc., bring about Allah's mercy and help. So, it is one of Allah's favors and blessings that He helps good people when they are in need or distress.


In his response to your question, Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, President of the Fiqh Council of North America, stated,


Yes, indeed, good deeds, especially the deeds of charity, are very good in removing calamities and difficulties.


Allah has promised in the Qur'an that He will bless those who have faith and do righteous deeds both in this life and in the life to come.


Likewise, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) described three people who took shelter in a cave at night and in the morning they saw a big stone that blocked the mouth of the cave. They were in great distress and feared that they would die inside the cave. They then prayed to Allah and each person remembered some good deeds that he did. They prayed to Allah to bless them, because they did those deeds only for His sake. The hadith says that at every mention of a good deed, they saw that the stone was moving a bit until it finally moved enough for them to get out of the cave.


This is a beautiful illustration of the efficacy of good actions in bringing the mercy of Allah.





Taken from here



Sunday, December 14, 2008

What is Qurbaani?

Qurbani during Eid-ul Adha is an act to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice as mentioned in the Quraan.


And, when he (his son) was old enough to walk with him, he said: "O my son! I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you (offer you in sacrifice to Allah), so look what you think!" He said: "O my father! Do that which you are commanded, Insha' Allah (if Allah will), you shall find me of As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.)." Then, when they had both submitted themselves (to the Will of Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead. And We called out to him: "O Abraham! You have fulfilled the dream (vision)!" Verily! Thus do We reward the Muhsinun (good-doers).Verily, that indeed was a manifest trial. And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice (i.e. a ram). And We left for him (a goodly remembrance) among generations (to come) in later times. (Sura Saffat, verses 102-108.)

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) taught Muslims the way of remembering the act of Ibrahim. He stayed 10 years in Madina and performed sacrifice at Eid-ul-Adha. (Tirmidhi)


Qurbani in Islamic terms means the slaughtering of an animal with the intention of getting close to Allah (SWT) by giving some or all of the meat to the poor and destitute. Animals that can be sacrificed are goats, cows and camels. They are sacrificed on the day of Eid-ul-Adha and also on the three days after (the 11, 12 and 13th of Dhulhijjah).


Benefits of Qurbani

Doing charity to the poor by contributing and distributing the meat to them and the destitute. These acts would spread happiness and cheers amongst them especially during the festival of Eid-ul-Adha where Muslims are in the spirit of festivities.


Who should give Qurbani

Person who possesses Nisab (zakatable asset) should give Qurbani. It is not obligatory (fard) but is highly recommended (wajib)*, according to the Hanafi school of thought. However, Qurbani is a Sunnah act according to the Shafi, Hanbali, Maliki, and Jafari schools of thought.

Requirements of Qurbani

The animals to be slaughtered must be a goat, sheep, cattle (cow, ox, water buffalo), or camel. Goats and sheep have to be at least one year old ( 2 Teeth) .For cows the age must be at least two years old. Camels must be at least five years old. Goats and sheep count as one share per animal. Cattle and camels count as seven shares per animal.

They must be free from any form of handicap such as blind, sick, limp and undernourished. It also must be free of any defects such as a cut-off ear, tail, broken teeth,or broken horn. However, the goat/sheep can be used if only a few teeth are broken and most teeth are still intact. In addition, if its horn is broken midway and not from the root, it is permissible to use such an animal. Injuries sustained during the qurbani do not invalidate the qurbani.

The animals must be slaughtered in the appropriate humane ways. It has to be done by a Muslim adhering to the Islamic way of slaughtering the animal.


Time of Qurbani

The time for Qurbani starts from sunrise after the performance of the Eidul Adha prayers which falls on the 10th of Zhulhijjah till the sunsets on the 12th of Zhulhijjah. The best time is to perform the acts of Qurbani immediately after the completion of the Eid-ul-Adha prayers.

It was reported that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
The first thing that we do on the day of Eid is to perform the prayers. Then we go home and carry out our Qurbani.Thus whoever does those acts has conformed to our sunnah. And for those who slaughtered before it, then the meat is for the family members and not as an act of Qurbani. (Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 2, Book 15, Number 82)

Distribution of the Qurbani meat
It is preferable that the meat from Qurbani be divided in three equal parts: one for the home, one for relatives and friends, and one for the poor and needy. The meat from qurbani can be distributed to the poor, rich, Muslim or non-Muslim.

*Wajib, in the Hanafi school, is an obligation which is almost Fard, except that there is some (margin of uncertainty, which may occur in the form of counter-evidence, which suggests non-obligatory nature of the deed), and the scholars have therefore refrained from pronouncing a decisive verdict of "fard" on it. Nevertheless, for purposes of action, a wajib is treated like a fard, in that it should not be deliberately discarded, and it must be made up if it was missed for some reason. For this reason, 'wajib' of the Hanafi school is also known as "fard `amali" (i.e. an 'action fard') as opposed to fard i`tiqadi ('belief fard'), the normal fard, which one is required not only to act upon, but also to believe with full certainty and conviction that it is without doubt a duty.

It is not their meat, nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him (QURAAN Surah al-Haj 22:37)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Eid Mubarak




















Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu!!

Wishing all my Muslim brothers and sisters a very Blessed EID!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

WHEN IN THE MASJID

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

I've been tagged By ukti Mina over at Humble Muslimah, so here are my three choices for Hadith in the masjid.

The Rules

Link back to the person who tagged you.
List 3 hadith you’d like to pin up in your masjid and why.
Tag some of your fellow bloggers by linking to them in your post and don’t forget to post a comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been tagged.


Three Ahadith:

1) Sahih Bukhari Volume 9, Book 93, Number 485:

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr:

Abu Bakr As-Siddiq said to the Prophet "O Allah's Apostle! Teach me an invocation with which I may invoke Allah in my prayers." The Prophet said, "Say: O Allah! I have wronged my soul very much (oppressed myself), and none forgives the sins but You; so please bestow Your Forgiveness upon me. No doubt, You are the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

I like this hadith, for it's simplicity in gaining Allah Subhannahu wa Ta'ala's mercy.


2)
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 10:

Narrated Abu Musa:

Some people asked Allah's Apostle, "Whose Islam is the best? i.e. (Who is a very good Muslim)?" He replied, "One who avoids harming the Muslims with his tongue and hands."

Often we harm people by what we say, yet we do not even think twice before we speak, and also to to remind people who hit others or use their hands for hurting others, in any form whether it may be with bare hands or hands holding a gun!

3) Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 347:

Narrated Um 'Atiya:

We were ordered to bring out our menstruating women and veiled women in the religious gatherings and invocation of Muslims on the two 'Id festivals. These menstruating women were to keep away from their Musalla. A woman asked, "O Allah's Apostle ' What about one who does not have a veil?" He said, "Let her share the veil of her companion."

This shows that women are not restricted only to the house but are allowed to go to religious gatherings, even when menstruating, but they must be mindful of covering themselves well, either with their own clothes or those borrowed by a friend.

I tag the following sisters:
Washi
Ange
Ek Ajnabia
& Umm Yusuf

Hope none of u sisters have been tagged with the same before ;)
Wa'Salaam

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Departure from Madinah to Makkah Part 3

Assalaamu-Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

I apologize once again for the late post, but here it is!!!

Our Last three days at Madinah were Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday we reached the Mosque in Madinah at 11 am thinking that we're arriving early and we'll find space easily, only to find that even at 11 am it was full from the door till the inside. We made our way to the inside part of the mosque where we hoped we would find some space, and Alhamdo lillah we did find just enough space for us to fit in.
The Khutba was amazing, even though it was in Arabic, we could get the gist of what was being said, we read our Zohr, and then went home till Asr. From Asr till Esha we stayed in the mosque again, as it was already full.

Saturday, most of the people who had arrived from the neighbouring Saudi cities headed back, and there was space in the mosque.

Sunday we did our last Ziyarah, and it was the saddest time for me, knowing that tommorrow i'd be gone from the City of the prophet not knowing when I'd be able to come back again, and it saddened me, I did not feel like leaving, I felt like staying there forever in Madinah, to be an Ummati of Huzoor Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam.

Monday morning around 10 am we left Madinah, after doing Niyah and salaah for Umrah at Masjid Quba, and headed across the dessert towards Makkah, past the sand dunes that were far away from the edge of the road. The Uhud mountains watched as we left Madinah and soon they also were out of sight.
We reached Makkah at around Asar time, thanks to the traffic in Makkah, as it was almost Asar time, and also since it is the main road that passes right in front of the Great mosque.

We finally got to our hotel an hour later, did Wudhu, read asr at the hotel and got ready for Magrib Salaah, and hopefully to do our Umrah after Esha Salaah. Unfortunately that was not possible because we were too tired, so we postponed it till after Fajr, but the crowd was too large after fajr, so we had to do it at 9am since my parents are old(but prefer to do tawaaf and Sa'ii walking rather than in a wheelchair), and cannot perform their Umrah on the first floor or the roof as it would be too long for them.
Luckily we got to do our Sa'ii on the first floor (same size as one below) which was still being completed, but open for people to do their Sa'ii.

On the left is a photo from that floor looking down. please note that the heat was no intense and hence there are so few ppl doing Tawaaf.





The picture below is taken on the ground floor just behind Safa Marwa, facing the Ka'aba.
we rested here a while after our umrah.



The first three days we found it very hard to find a place in the mosque to read magrib and esha, as the people arriving would fill up the back of the Mosque while the front portion of the mosque was relatively uncrowded. The main reason for this was that the front of the Mosque is not air conditioned and the portion behind is.
The second reason was that some people, like us did not realize that there is space in the front as well.


We discovered this two days before leaving Makkah.
Alhamdo lillah it was a good place to read, but it was very very hot there, as it is an open space, the air conditioners cooling effects are not felt.

We arrived at the mosque at 10am on Jummah to get good place for Zohr Jummah Salaah. We made our way to the front of the mosque, joining a long line which was slowly making its way into the heart of the Mosque. Alhamdolillah we found a good space here, and read some Quraan till the Khutba started.

The most annoying thing that I found at this time, was that two male beggers dressed in ehram had made their way into the ladies section, pulled out their mutated limbs from under their ehram and started asking the women for money while swingind their deformed limbs!!! whatever happened to the concept of Pardah, especially at a time when a person is trying to understand what is being said in the Khutba!
First of all before any of you decide to judge my harsh words, and say how can i say this, these guys are pros at this stuff, i've been seeing them at the mosque since i was a small child.
secondly, they can beg outside of the mosque after the Salaah, and i have no problem with that.
Thirdly, they should respect pardah from the women, and ask the men!

Magrib and esha, the mosque was packed full, more than i have ever seen it.
Pictures in next post!!!

Saturday we left makkah for Jeddah after our last Umrah, and back home!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Turning away from ibaadat

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Today i came across this from the Quraan. Sometimes we neglect our ibaadat and become more involved go the reeling and dealing of this dunya. But this made me realize how bad that really is...

If anyone withdraws himself from Remembrance of The Most Gracious, We appoint for him a satan to be an intimate companion to him.

Such (a Satan) really hinder then from the Path, but they think that they are being guided aright!

Verses 36- 37 surah 43

Let ur find the time to do zikr even at work.
May Allah keep us all in His Guidance, and keep us on the siratul Mustaqeem! Ameen!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Part 2: Ziyaarat of out Nabi (P.B.U.H)

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,


Rasulullah

(sallallahu alayhi wasallam)

said: "My Shafa'at (intercession on the Day of Qiyaamah) is Waajib (on me) for the one who visits my grave."


(Right: Door to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) Resting place)

One morning after Fajr prayers we waited for the doors to the Ziyaarat area to open, and much to my delight, the ladies were actually being grouped according to where they came from. The Lady Shurta were holding up boards of different countries so you could easy join the appropriate group. I thought this is good, maybe we won't get squeezed in the Rawda this time round.

Once organized and the doors opened we went in one group at a time towards the old mosque which was built joining the house that hazrat Fatima Radiallahu anhuma lived in, this is also the same place where Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), Hazrat Abu Bakar Siddiq (Father of Hazrat Aisha Radiallhu Anhuma) and Hazrat Omar al Farooq (The 2nd Caliph) are buried.

We entered the doors of the old mosque and with just the side of the raudha showing we sat down again waiting for the other groups that were inside to finish their ziyaarat and come out. While waiting we read some nafl salaah, and as many Salaam as we could while we waited.

We inched slowly forward as groups came out, coming ever closer to the raudha, constantly reciting the Salaams and duaas (to Allah SWT).

Finally our group was taken inside, but it was already packed with people we were not even in front of the raudha yet, just then another group entered into the already packed space, and pushed with all their might, making some ladies fall down while others were squashed. It appeared that the Turkish group had not waited for us to finish and came rushing and PUSHING in!!! what's worse is that they don't care who's infront of them they just PUSH!

I was squashed between a fat Turkish lady and another thin lady in front, and for a few seconds I could not breathe, I had to push myself sideways through the crowd and away from the raudha in order to breath again. I stood a distance away from the Raudha, not being able to see it properly, but read my Salaam, wanting to read my Nafl Salaah on the Green carpet which is said to be a piece of Jannah on the earth, but there was no space. Ladies were doing their sajidas on the backs or between the feet on the ladies in front, because there was just no space!

Luckily i found a corner that i went and stood in and the kind, big,Egyptian lady who was next to me gave me enough space to read my two Nafl. She spotected me so no-one fell on me. May Allah Bless her with all thats good, she really made me very happy that although there are people that will harm you there are always people that will protect you also. Just as i finished my Duaa, the lady shurta came and began to tell me to go out if I had finished. i then left the area and entered into another section of the mosque that had a few people in it. I sat there for a while reading more salaam and a few more rakaats of nafl Salah, and then walked back towards the ladies area, and back to the hotel till zohr Salaah.

Below is a picture of Jannatul Baqi (the graveyard adjacent to Masjid al Nabwi)


This cemetery contains many of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)'s relatives and companions. Its name means "The Garden of Heaven". Many traditions relate Muhammad issuing a prayer every time he passed the cemetery. Prior to the twentieth century, many of the graves were covered with domes or other structures.

After the city of Medina was taken by King Ibn Saud, many of these tombs, originally intended to identify famous companions of Muhammad, were destroyed in 1925 in order to prevent people from visiting them in order to seek a means of approach to Allāh (a request for blessings, in this world or for intercessions in the hereafter). This, (tawassul), along with reading chapters from Islam's holy book, The Qur'an, is considered by some as being Shirk, the sin of idolatry. Namely the governors of two, of the three, of Islam's holy places consider these kinds of visits as Shirk, and therefore it should be eradicated in all forms. This is the reason why there exists a threat to the House where the Prophet of Islam was born, and other such places that some consider sacred.[citation needed]

Taken from here


Trip to Makkah Coming soon Inshallah ....




Friday, October 10, 2008

Part 1: The trip to Madinah, the Prophet Muhammah, Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam's city



Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,



Firstly I must apologize for taking so long to do this post. There have been many many things going on with work that have not allowed me enough time to publish this post.

Today I will just be talking of the first part of my trip to Madinah, yet i fear my words cannot do justice with the feeling of being there,but i shall try my best to describe them and imagining myself as being there with Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

Our arrival at Madinah was just after the Asar Salaah, The weather was absolutely wonderful being overcast and cloudy, reducing some of the heat (up to 48 degrees) that had been the norm for the days prior to our arrival. It was as if Allah (SWT) was gently allowing us to acclimatize to the heat, as it was end of winter when we left home, with temperatures around 10 degrees Celsius, it was almost a thirty degree difference.

We rested for a while then headed off to the Masjid-e-Nabvi for Magrib prayers. The mosque was already full of people when we arrived, but Alhamdo Lillah we found a good place right at the front of the ladies section, and then iftaari time came closer young girls began to spread out long lines of plastics on which they were going to serve dates, yoghurt (laban), water, two varieties of large breads, Dugga, and wonderful smelling Kahwa .... it was Such a wonderful feeling being there at that moment in time. Just then the chandeliers above us lit up and it felt like we were in some castle at a great banquet, it was simply wonderful.

The sad things is i couldn't take pics because they didn't allow me to take my phone in as it had a camera, and apparently (in the ladies section) they don't allow it.
Yet there were ladies who had brought it in, and i was wondering how they managed? Anyhow, i still enjoyed every bit of it.
We read Quraan Until Magrib. As the Azaan was given everyone started eating Iftaari, 10 minutes later the plastics on which the food was served were quickly rolled up and all the disposable plates thrown away in large refuse bags, and the whole place was clean in a matter of minutes, then we all prayed magrib, after which some people left and some stayed till Esha time.

We read Quraan again till esha time, and there were days like our first day there that the Imaam would get so emotional reading some parts of the Quraan, that his voice would quiver, and it was as if he was speaking to Allah (SWT) Subhanallah it was so moving,touching, once you understand what was being read. This really inspired me to learn Arabic, so that i can also understand. I do understand words here and there, but sometimes it's not enough to understand an entire passage.

After Taraweeh we'd go and have dinner, which was usually Schwarma (YUMMMM) and once we were invited by a very nice family staying in Madinah who insisted many days that we have dinner with them, and one night we agreed. I'm glad that we did, the food was great :)

After dinner we'd sleep for about an hour and it would be time for Tahajjud, after which we'd do sehri, read Fajr in the mosque, and come back to the hotel room if we didn't go to the Raodha Mubarak.

This was our routine for the next six days, and Mashallah what lovely six days they were indeed. There is a lot more that is embedded in my memory, and inshallah as I remember it I will post it.

The Visit to the Raudha (Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) burial place.... & Jummah Salaah To be Continued soon Inshallah

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Eid mubarak!


Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rehmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Alhamdolillah, am back safe and sound, and will be posting details of my journey after Eid Inshallah.

Till then wishing you
all Eid Mubarak in advance, and thanking you all for your wonderful support.


Jazakallah khair to all :)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

duaas finally accepted, Alhamdolillah!

Assalaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu!

Alhamdolillah my duaas are accepted, and we're going for Umrah! Yes! We going for Umrah! I'm very happy.

Wil tell u all about my trip when i get back inshallah.
all my sisters are in my duaas :)

Wa Salaam

Monday, September 1, 2008

Ramadaan Mubarak to All!!!

Assalaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Wishing all my readers a Ramadaan filled with Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala's Mercy and Blessing.

Make as much Duaa as you want, for in this month Allah Hears the Duaas of the Mu'mineen and Mu'minaat.
May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala accept your Duaas. Ameen.

Please remember me in your Duaas also.

Be on the lookout for Laylatul Qadr, in the last ten days of Ramadaan, do not let this mighty treasure out of your hands. For reference refer to Surah Qadr (S No.97) in the 30th Book

Copy and paste this link in your browser to see it on the web: http://www.ahlesunnat.biz/holyquran/holyquran097.htm

Wasalaam

Moon

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dreams of Umrah

Assalaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Today i am wishing more than ever, that i can go for Ummrah during this Ramadan. It's been six years since i last went there and every ounce of me wants to be there this Ramadaan. I pray every year and i don't get to go, i hope this year is different, inshallah.
I am praying that Allah grant me this opportunity. Ameen

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Featuring the light within

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Today as i was reading through a couple of blogs I found some really good articles on Ramadaan. Here is the link to Umm Travis's blog.

Lesson one is about Muslim Unity
Lesson two is about aquiring Patience
Lesson three is about cultivating Good Manners
Lesson four is about seeking nearness to Allah
Lesson five is about Gaining Taqwaa

7 Days till Ramadaan!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Duaas for Ramadaan

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

As Ramadaan approaches very fast (9 Days to go) i find myself struggling to keep up with everything.

Here are some important Duaas:

Upon Sighting of the new Moon

اللَّهُ اَكْبَرُ ، اَللَّهُمَّ اَهِلَّهُ عَلَيْنَا بِالآَمْنِ وَلاِيمَانِ ، وَالسَّلَامَةِ وَالاِسْلَامِ ، وَالتَّوْفِيقِ لِمَا تُحِبُّ رَبَّنَا وَتَرْضَى ، رَبُّنَا وَرَبُّكَ اللَّهُ


Allahu Akbar. Allahumma ahillahu 'alayna bil-amni wal-imaani, was-salaamati, wal-Islami, wat-tawfeeqi lima tuhibbu Rabbana wa tardha. Rabbuna wa RabbukAllahu

Allah is the Greatest. O Allah bring us the new moon with security and faith, with peace and in Islam, and in harmony with what our Lord Loves and what pleases Him. Our Lord and your Lord is Allah
[at-Tirmidhi 5:504, ad-Darimi 1:336]


Here are duaas for keeping and breaking the fasts.

When beginning the fast- Suhur






Wa bisawmi ghadinn nawaiytu min shahri ramadan

I intend to keep the fast for tomorrow in the month of Ramadan
[abu Dawud]


When breaking the fast- Iftar

اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّى لَكَ صُمْتُ وَبِكَ امنْتُ [وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ] وَعَلَى رِزْقِكَ اَفْطَرْتُ

Allahumma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu [wa 'alayka tawakkaltu] wa 'ala rizq-ika aftarthu

O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You [and I put my trust in You] and I break my fast with Your sustenance
["wa 'alayka tawakkaltu" is quoted in some books of knowledge - but not all, hence it is in brackets]
[abu Dawud]



to this you can add:

ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ وَ ابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ، وَ ثَبَتَ الأجْرُ إنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ

dhahabadh-dhama'u wab-tallatil 'urūūqi, wa thabatal arju inshaAllah

The thrist is gone, the veins are moistened and the reward is confirmed, if Allah [Ta'ala] Wills
[abu Dawud 2:306]

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسأَلُكَ بِرَحْمَتِكَ الَّتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَنْ تَغْفِرَ لِي

Allaahumma inni as’aluka birahmatika al-lati wasi'at kulli shay’in an taghfira li

O Allah, I ask You by Your mercy which envelopes all things, that You forgive me.
[a du'a that Abdullah ibn Amar (radiAllahu anhu) used to say when breaking his fast - as reported by Ibn abi Mulaykah (radiAllahu anhu)]


When someone offers you food when you are fasting and you decline

When you are invited to eat, then reply to the invitation. if you are fasting, then invoke Allah's blessings (on your host), and if you are not fasting then eat
[Muslim; 2:1054]


When you are fasting, and someone is rude to you

اِنَّيْ صَائِمٌ ، اِنِّيْ صَائمٌ

Inni sa'iimu, inni sa'iimu

I am fasting, I am fasting
[Sahih al-Bukhari, Fath al-Bari of Al-Asqalani; 4:1-3, Muslim; 2:806]


Recited at intervals of taraweeh prayers

سُبْحَانَ ذِى الْمُلْكِ وَ الْمَلَكُوْتِ سُبْحَانَ ذِى الْعِذَّْْةِ وَ الْعظْمَةِ وَ، الْهَيْبَةِ وَ الْقُدُرَةِ ، وَالْكِبْرِيَآءِ وَ الْجَبْرُتِ، سُبْحَانَ الْمَلِكِ الْحَىِّ الَّذِىْ لايُنَامُ وَ لا يَمُوُتُ، سُبُّوحٌ ، قُدُّوْسٌ، رَبُّ الْمَلَئِكَةِ وَ الرُّوُحِ لَآ اِلهَ اِلَّا اللَّهُ نَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهُ ، نَسْئَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَّ وَ نَعُوُذُ بِكَ مِنَ النّارِ


Subhana dhil Mulki wal Malakuti, Subhana dhil izzati wal aDhmati wal haybati wal Qudrati, wal kibriyaa'i wal jabaroot Subhanal Malikil hayyil ladhi, la yunaamu wa la yamūtu, Subbuhun, Quddusun, Rabbul malaa'ikati war-rooh
La ilaha illal lahu, nustugfirullahi
nas 'alukul jannati, wa na udhubika min an-naar


Glorified is the Owner of the Kingdom of the earth and the heavens; Glorified is the Possessor of Honour and Magnificence and Awe, and Power and Greatness and Omnipotence
Glorified is the Sovereign, the Living, Who does neither sleep nor die
O all Glorious, All Holy one, Our lord and the Lord of the Angels, And the soul.
There is no God but You, Forgive us, Grant us Paradise, and save us from (hell) fire.


Upon breaking the fast in someone's home

أفْطَرَ عِنْدَكُمُ الصَّائِمُونَ، وَ أَكَلَ طَعَامَكُمُ الأبْرَارُ، وَ صَلَّتْ عَلَيْكُم ُ الْمَلائِكَةُ

Aftara 'indakumus saa'imuna, wa akala ta'aamakumul-abraaru, wasallat 'alaikumul mala'ikat

May those who are fasting break their fast in your home, and may the dutiful and pious eat your food and may the angels send prayers upon you.
[abu Dawud 3:367, ibn Majah 1:556, an Nasa'i]


On Lailatul Qadr - the Night of Power

Aishah (radhiya Allahu Ta'ala anha), that she said: "O Messenger of Allah! What if I knew which night Lailatul-Qadr was, then what should I say in it?" He said 'Say

اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Allahumma innaka 'affuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'anni' "
O Allah You are The One Who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.
[at Tirmidhi]

What Duaas do you read in Ramadaan?

Wishing you All a Ramadaan filled with Allah (SWT's) Blessings



Monday, August 18, 2008

Alhamdolillah

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Today i was just thinkin about my life and all that's happened in the last few years. Looking closely there are a lot of things that happened that i didn't like, but now i see that it's actually good that they happened that way at that particular time. They have helped me become a better person.
Alhamdo lillah.
Alhamdolillah for all the comforts i have in this life. Alhamdolillah for the health i have, it may not be perfect, but it's a lot better than the sufferings i have seen of other people.
And most of all Alhamdolillah that Allah S.W.T has always helped me every step of the way and guided me, and given me this perfect deen of Islam.

Alhamdolillah!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Night of Baraat

Assalaamu Alaikumwa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

The merits of 15th of Sha'baan are argued among scholars, and some of my friends objected to my previous post on this night.

I however did a lot of reading around, and also checked out the Fatwa on Islam Q & A, but am not 100 % satisfied.
I have therefore turned to the governing Muslim body in my part of the world (South Africa), as they are the ones I prefer to follow.

I agree that the Ahadith about this night are weak, but I personally do not feel that they should be discarded, and neither does the Muslim body here.

All I would like to say is that everyone is responsible for his/her own Akhirah, so if you want you can do Ibaadah on this night, there is no harm in it, as long as you do not connect it to any biddah (innovations) such as distributing sweets on this night, celebrating it using fireworks or any such innovation.
IF you prefer not to do any Ibaadah on this night then that is up to you.

Here are extracts from their site.
To read the full article click here

The Night of Baraat

Allah Ta' ala has, afforded His bondsmen certain selected opportunities whereby they may reap his infinite mercy and forgiveness. Some explicit examples of these occasions are the month of Ramadan and Laylatul Qadr.The night of the fifteenth of Shábaan is one such opportunity. Several Ahadith expound the tremendous merit of this occasion. Amongst them is the fact that countless people are forgiven by Allah Ta' ala during this blessed night. It is due to this reason that it is called "The Night of Bara'at" (i.e. the night wherein judgment of salvation from Jahannam (hell) is passed).

Certain Ahadith prove that it is a meritorious night in which the people of the earth are attended by special divine mercy. However, it should be borne in mind that a vast majority of narrations declaring the benefit and virtue of this night are weak but reliable for purposes of virtue.

Some of these Ahadith are :

1. Ummul-Mu'mineen Aishah (radiyallahu anha) is reported to have said, "Once Rasulullah, (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) performed the Salaah of the night (Tahajjud) and made a very long Sajdah until I feared that he had passed away. When I saw this, I rose (from my bed) and moved his thumb (to ascertain whether he is alive). The thumb moved, and I returned (to my place). Then I heard him saying in Sajdah: 'I seek refuge in Your forgiveness from Your punishment, and I seek refuge in Your pleasure from Your annoyance, and I seek Your refuge from Yourself. I cannot praise You in the manner that You deserve. You are exactly as You have defined Yourself.' Thereafter, when he raised his head from Sajdah and finished his salaah, he said to me: 'Aishah, did you think that the Prophet has betrayed you?' I said, 'No, O Prophet of Allah, but I was afraid that your soul has been taken away because your Sajdah was very long.' He asked me, 'Do you know what night it is ?' I said, 'Allah and His Messenger know best.' He said, 'This is the night of the half of Shábaan. Allah Ta’ala looks upon His slaves in this night and forgives those who seek forgiveness and bestows His mercy upon those who pray for mercy but leaves those who have malice (against a Muslim) as they were before, (and does not forgive them unless they free themselves from malice).'"
Targheeb wat tarheeb(vol 2 pg.119) on the authority of Imam Bayhaqi (rah)

2. In another Tradition, she has reported Rasulullah, Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, to have said, "This is the middle Night of Sha'ban. Allah emancipates in it a large number of the people from the Fire, more than the number of the hair growing on the sheep of the tribe, Kalb. But He does not cast a glance at a person who associates partners with Him, or at a person who harbours malice in his heart (against someone), or at a person who severs family ties, or at a man who leaves his clothes extending below his ankles, or at a person who disobeys his parents, or at a person who has a habit of drinking wine."
Targeeb wat Tarheeb, vol. 2, pg. 118 authority of Imam Bayhaqi (rah)

Kalb was a big tribe the members of which had a very large number of sheep. Therefore, the last sentence of the Hadith indicates the large number of people forgiven on this night by Allah Ta’ala.

3. Sayyiduna Muaz ibn Jabal, Radiyallahu anhu, reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Allah Ta’ala looks upon all those he created in the middle Night of Shábaan and forgives them all, except the one who associates partners with Him or the one who has malice in his heart (against a Muslim)".
Targeeb wat Tarheeb, vol. 2, pg. 118 from Imam Tabrani and Saheeh ibn Hibban

4. Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Amr radiyallahu anhu reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, Allah Ta’ala looks upon his creation on the middle night of Shábaan and forgives them, except one who harbours malice in his heart and a murderer.
Targeeb wat Tarheeb, vol 2 pg. 119 from Imam Ahmad (rah)

Although the chain of narrators of some of these traditions have minor technical defects, when all these traditions are combined and brought together, it becomes clear that this night has some well founded merits, and observing this night as a sacred night is not a baseless as envisaged by some modern scholars who, on the basis of these minor defects, have declined to give any special importance to this night. Certain scholars of Hadith have granted these Ahadith authenticity and consider their defects very minor, which are amended by the variety and manner of narration. It is for this reason that Ulama and pious personalities of the past always observed this night as one of special merits and tremendous benefits.

Below are a few comments and criticism about the ahadith regarding the virtue of this night:

Hazrat Moulana Yusuf Binnori (rah) says:
“ I have not come across any Sahih, Marfoo or, Musnad Hadith regarding the excellence of the night."
Ma'aarifus Sunan, vol. 5, pg. 419.

The Muhaddith, Ibnu-Dihya (rah) has also agreed that neither has anything authentic been narrated regarding the fifteenth night of Shábaan nor has any specific Salaah been prescribed for this night via reliable narrator
Faydhul-Qadeer -Sharhul Jaamis Sagheer, vol. 2, pg. 317

****Whilst even Allamah Ibn Taymiyyah (rah), a scholar notorious for refuting such observances, also accepts the virtue of the night of Bara'at. He says:
" So many Ahadith and reports exist regarding the excellence of the Fifteenth night of Shábaan that one is compelled to accept that this possesses some virtue.”

Some of the pious predecessors used to specially devote this night for Salaah.
Faydhul Qadeer, vol. 2, pg.317*****

Moulana Abdur Rahman Mubarakpuri writes in his commentary of Tirmizi:
" The sheer number of Ahadith regarding this night serves as proof against those people who refute the excellence of this night."
Tuhfatul-Ahwazi, vol. 2, pg. 53

Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri (rah) has written that the significance of the night of Bara'at is proven. There is however, no proof for those weak and unacceptable narrations mentioned in certain books.
Al-Arfus-Shazi, pg. 156

The virtue of this night established from these Ahadith is that from the very beginning of the night Allah Ta' ala turns with special mercy and attention towards the creation and forgives those who repent and seeks forgiveness. Every Muslim should therefore value this night. Turn towards Allah Ta' ala with sincere regret and shame over sins committed and make a promise never to re- turn to sin again and seek forgiveness from Allah Ta'ala. Seek forgiveness for oneself and all Muslims, living and deceased. Have firm hope and resolution in the heart that Allah Ta' ala will surely show mercy and forgiveness.


And Allah knows Best...

Wa'Salaam