The best of places for I’tikaaf is the Masjidul Haram in Makkah.
The next best is the Masjidun-Nabawiy in Madinah, and the next best is Baytul Muqaddas. Thereafter, comes the Jaama Masjid in one’s own time, and last but not least, the Masjid nearest to one’s home. Imaam Abu Hanifa stipulates that the Masjid should be one wherein the five daily Salaatare regularly performed, while Imaam Abu Yusuf and Imaam Muhammad agree that any Masjid acceptable to the Shari’ah can be entered for I’tikaaf. I’itikaaf even if there is no regular ‘salaah with Jamaa-ah. Read more... (309 words, estimated 1:14 mins reading time)
Abu Hurayrah reports Rasulullah S.W. said, “Whoever stands in prayer and ‘ibaadah on the night of Power with sincere faith and with sincere hope of gaining reward, his previous sins are gorgiven”
Reported in Al Targheeb from Bukhari and Muslim Read more... (571 words, estimated 2:17 mins reading time)
Abu Ubaidah (Radhiallaahu Ánhu) reports: “I have heard RasuluLlah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) saying: “Fasting is a protective Shield for Man, as long as he does not tear up that protection’
“Protective shield” here means just as a man protects himself with a shield, similarly fasting protects him from his well-known enemy – ‘Shataan’. In other Ahaadith, we are told that fasting saves one from Allah’s punishment and Hellfire in the Hereafter. Once somebody inquired from Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam), “What causes the fast to be rent?” He replied: ‘Telling lies and backbiting.’ Read more... (2589 words, estimated 10:21 mins reading time)
She is the daughter of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He loved her very much. She was married to ’Abû al-‘Âs bin ar-Rabî’ radiyallâhu ‘anhu. When she accepted Islam and her husband refused to do so, she severed relations with him and migrated to Madinah. A few days later, her husband also followed her to Madinah and accepted Islam. Read more... (225 words, estimated 54 secs reading time)
She is a very beloved wife of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He married her while she was still a virgin. She was so learned that great Sahâbah used to ask her questions. Once a Sahâbi asked Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam: “Whom do you like the most?” He replied: “‘Â’ishah.” This Sahâbi then asked: “And from among the men?” He replied: “Her father.” That is, ’Abû Bakr radiyallâhu ‘anhu. Many other virtues have been mentioned in her favour. Read more... (146 words, estimated 35 secs reading time)
When Pharaoh began persecuting the Banû Isrâ’îl in Egypt, compelling them into labour, beating them and oppressing them, Allah commanded Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm to leave Egypt together with the Banû Isrâ’îl on that very night so that they may be saved from the oppression of Pharaoh. Consequently, Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm left with the Banû Isrâ’îl. When they reached the Nile river, they forgot the road. No one could recognize the road. He became surprised and shouted out: “Whoever is acquainted with this area should please come forward and show us the way.” Upon this an old woman came forward and said: “When Yûsuf was about to leave this world, he made a bequest to his brothers and nephews that if at any time you have to leave Egypt, you must carry my coffin, in which my body will be, together with you to wherever you are going. As long as you do not take the coffin, you will not find your way.” Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm asked the whereabouts of the coffin. No one knew the place except for that very same old woman. When he asked her, she replied: “I will not show you the place until you guarantee me one thing.” He asked: “What is that? She replied: “You must guarantee me that I will die on îmân and that I will be wherever you are in jannah.” Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm raised his hands and said: “O Allah! That which she is asking me for is not in my power.” Upon this he was ordered: “You give the guarantee, I will fulfil it.” He therefore gave her the guarantee and she showed him the place where the coffin could be found buried in the centre of the river. The moment the coffin was removed, they found the road. Read more... (361 words, estimated 1:27 mins reading time)
And now having come so far i wish to end this book with a few incidents from the lives and Haj of the saintly elders of Islam that these may be examples and warnings to us all. Read more... (1880 words, estimated 7:31 mins reading time)
Q 2. Not uncommon lately, are general gatherings in Western countries where Muslims are also invited. Such gatherings are mixed where liquor is also offered and consumed. If Muslims elect not to attend such functions, they are, on the one hand, alienated from the whole society while, on the other, they remain deprived of benefits that accrue from socialization. Is it permissible for Muslims to attend these gatherings under such circumstances?
A. Participation of Muslims in gatherings which constitute of indulging in drinking, eating of pork and the dancing and singing of women and men is not permissible, specially when there is no other general compulsion except the desire to be socially recognized. It is not proper for Muslims to bow down before such avenues of sin. The challenges to what Islam forbids being experienced by you give you all the more occasion to stay firm on your Faith. And should the Muslims living in non-Muslims countries and they are not that few could get to agree on not participating in such functions, chances are that non-Muslims themselves would be left with no reasonable option but to weed out such disagreeable practices from their functions.
Hadrat Abu Kabsha Ammar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated: I heard the Messenger of ALLAH say, “There are three things about which I make a solemn declaration, and there is also another thing which I would like to tell you. So bear these things well in your mind. The three things that I declare solemnly are: Nobody’s riches are diminished by giving Sadaqa (Charity)
If any one is wronged and bears it with fortitude, ALLAH will exalt him in honor as a recompense for it. No one shall open the door of begging but ALLAH will open the door of poverty on him. Read more... (354 words, estimated 1:25 mins reading time)