Tauba (Repentance)


Akhlaq & Spirituality

Allah Ta’aala says: “O Believers! Make Tauba unto Allah; a pure Taubah.”

Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: “O people! Make Taubah unto Allah.”

We have been informed in the Hadith that the second ten days of Ramadaan are the days of Maghfirat (Forgivenss). These are the days wherein Allah Ta’aala opens His “Arms” and accepts the pleas of those seeking forgiveness and hears the cries of those who repent. These are the days when Allah Ta’aala looks with pity and compassion at the sad hearts of those who are regretting their sins. These are the days when Allah Ta’aala appreciates and accepts the resolve of those who firmly decide to shun past sins and who pledge that they will abstain from the sins in future by controlling their Nafs and combating Shaytaan.

August 29, 2010

Sickness Compensates for sins


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Hadith & Seerah

Sickness and other difficulties that we undergo in this worldly life should not only be seen as a misfortune or as an expression of the displeasure of Allah Ta’ala. For those servants of Allah who enjoy a very special relationship with Him, it is a means of great blessing and a mercy. Is there anyone in this world who is free from sins and mistakes?

June 16, 2010

NASEEHAT FOR THE HUFFAZ AND STUDENTS OF DEEN


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Children, Education, Quran & Tafseer

Hadhrat Fudhail Bin Iyaadh (rahmatullah alayh) said: “It does not behove the Haafiz to involve himself in sport and amusement with those who indulge in such futility. He should not  join in the company of people who are involved in carelessness.”

Futility, sport and amusement are anathema for Ilm-e-Wahi (the Knowledge which stems from Divine Revelation). Indulgence in sport and futility in entirety effaces the Noor of Ilm, and severely contaminates the Noor of Imaan. Minus this Noor, the molvi remains a jaahil. Such jahl camouflaged with textual or book knowledge is compound zulmat (intense spiritual darkness) which will become a great humiliating calamity in the Aakhirah.

June 3, 2010

The Woman who only spoke Quran


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Women & Family

An elderly Arab lady was sitting alone at the trunk of a tree and Abdullah bin Mubarak also happened to pass that way. Seeing this lady in distress, he spoke to her. The discussion is recorded as follows:

Abdullah bin Mubarak: Asalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullah.

The lady: The word from a merciful Lord is peace [Ya Sin 36/58]. She meant that the reply of salaam is from Allah, Most High, Himself. She said further: Those whom Allah sendeth astray, there is no guide for them. [Araaf 7/186]. She meant that she had lost her way.

November 4, 2009

CHILD BIRTH


Women & Family

Childbirth is a momentous occasion in the Muslim home. Allah Ta’ala has ordained woman as the repository of life. She is the sacred receptacle for a sacred Amaanat (Trust) which Allah Ta’ala sends to earth via her medium. She undergoes much travail in the course of bearing and delivering this Amaanat – her child. Thus the Qur’an Majeed says:

“His mother bore him with much difficulty and delivered him with much difficulty.”

November 3, 2009

RASULULLAH (SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM)’S PRAISE FOR THE PIOUS WOMAN


Women & Family

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) spoke highly of women with the following two qualities:

1)   Loving and intelligent care for her children.

2)   Protecting her husband’s wealth.

It is a great pity that most women today, reeling under the impact of the liberal and kufr cult of the west, are sorely deficient in these two qualities so necessary for the Pious Muslim Woman. Babies are assigned to the care of non-Muslim maids who utterly lack any akhlaaq and honor. Muslim children must necessarily suffer great moral harm in the care of non-Muslim maids.

November 2, 2009

EID GREETINGS!


Beliefs & Practices

When Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasallam emigrated from Makkah Mukarramah to Madinah Munawwarah, he learnt of the two days of festivity which the people had inherited from the time of Jahiliyyah (the pre-Islamic era). These two days of festivals were days of sport and amusement associated with evil and immoral customs. Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasallam then announced to the Muslims, “Allah Ta’ala has most certainly substituted these two days for you with two better ones, Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha.” [Sunan Nasai #1556] Both these days have been reserved as days of festivity and celebration; such festivity and celebration that would be within the limits prescribed for joy by the Shariah. It is for this reason that the Úlama state that, expressing one’s delight and joy on these days is not only meritorious but in fact forms part of the salient features of Islam. [Fathul Bari #950]

Greeting and congratulating one another with special wordings is another aspect which enhances the joy of this day. This has been the practice of the honorable Sahabah radi allahu anhum, Tabieen رحمهم الله as well as those coming thereafter. There are several narrations which support this practice of theirs. A few of these are quoted below:

December 7, 2008

EID UL AZHA


Beliefs & Practices, Fiqh

The preparation for the Eid day and salaat should begin the day befor Eid. Fasting on the day before Eid (9th Zulhijja) will fetch the reward of Allah removing our sins from the past year and the upcoming year. When maghrib arrives on that night, this represents the night of Eid. The night of Eid is an auspicious night. It says in hadith: “He who keeps alive the nights of both Eids (Eidul-Fitr and Eidul-Azha), convinced of its reward, then his heart will not die when hearts (of other people) will die.”

In another hadith it is stated: “If anyone keeps alive five nights (through zikr and other worship) then he is assured of entry into paradise. (the five nights are) eighth, ninth, and tenth of zul Hijja, the night of Eidul Fitr, and the fifteenth of Shabaan.”

December 7, 2008

VIRTUES OF THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF ZUL HIJJAH


Beliefs & Practices

The first ten days of the month of Zul Hijjah are significant days in Islam.

The ahadith declare them to be the most excellent and the most significant days, and worship in these days including zikr and recital of the Holy Quran have greater merit.

Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Abbas (ra) reported that Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “There are no days in which a good deed is more pleasing to Allah than these ten days (of Zul Hijjah).” The Sahabah asked: “O Messenger of Allah! Is not jihad equal (to the deeds of these days)? He said, “Yes”, even jihad is not equal (to the deeds performed in these days) except for the one who goes out for jihad with his life and property and he doesn’t return with any of these (that is he becomes shaheed).

December 5, 2008

DREAM INTERPRETATION


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices

Imaam al-Baghawi said:

Know that the interpretation of dreams falls into various categories. Dreams may be interpreted in the light of the Qur’aan or in the light of the Sunnah, or by means of the proverbs that are current among people, or by names and metaphors, or in terms of opposites. (Sharh al-Sunnah, 12/220)

 He gave examples of this, such as:

Interpretation in the light of the Qur’aan: such as a rope meaning a covenant, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allaah…” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:103]

November 15, 2008