Introduction To Allaah SWT (Part 1)

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Today I want to bring some happiness into your life…. I want to give you a feeling of comfort and relaxation…. I want to take few minutes from your time to introduce you to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

Unfortunately most of us if not all were introduced to Allah with a feeling of fear instead of Love….. We repeat the same mistake and introduce him to our children with a feeling of fear more than love….. If you do so and so Allah will put you in hell fire…… so and so is haram and you will go to hell if you do them…… !!!…. how many times did you sit down and tell your children about the love of Allah for us?!!

Well if someone fears something they will either avoid it without understanding or they will rebel against it because they don’t understand….. But if they love something or someone they will follow them happily and will never want to go against them or upset the one they love.

Today I want to introduce you to Allah SWT differently…. I want to introduce you properly….I want us all to learn who is Allah and how he feels towards us. Allah named himself 99 names….. Have you ever sat down and thought why? Or have you ever felt the meaning of those names in your life? I am sure you have felt them you just don’t remember or didn’t pay attention.

Al Rahman Al Raheem

Happiness is that Allah SWT is Al Rahman Al Raheem….. Have you ever worshiped Allah with happiness?
Allah says in Surat Yunus ayah 58: Say, “In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy – in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate.”

The name Al Rahman means a general mercy from Allah to all his creations, Allah says in surat Al Anbya’a ayah 42: (Say, “Who can protect you at night or by day from the Most Merciful?” )

Al Raheem is a special mercy only for the believers, Allah SWT says in surat Al Ahzab ayah 43: (and He has been Ever-Merciful to the believers.)

How lucky are we? A special mercy just for us…. Subhana Allah

How do we feel happy and live with the name of Allah Al Rahman Al Raheem?

This happiness started since the beginning of the Universe and it will last until the end…. When Allah SWT created the heavens and earths he wrote a word on the top of his thrown “My Mercy preceded my anger”

Allah also says in surat Al Araaf ayah 156: “but My mercy encompasses all things”
And in surat Al Ana’am ayah 12 he says: “He has decreed upon Himself mercy”

He has not decreed upon himself anger
Mercy is more loveable to Allah SWT than punishment and forgiveness is more desirable than revenge

Allah SWT says in surat Taha aya 129: (And if not for a word that preceded from your Lord, punishment would have been an obligation [due immediately], and [if not for] a specified term [decreed].)
What is the word? “My Mercy preceded my anger”

A beautiful hadith narrated by Al Tirmithy: When Allah SWT created Adam, he breathed into Adam and the soul reached his head, he sneezed and the angels told him to say: “Alhamdulillahi Rabbil-’Alamin (Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds). And he said it and ” Allah answered him by saying: “Yarhamuk-Rabbuk (Your lord bestows His mercy upon you).” And that was the first word Allah SWT said to Adam.

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: There are one hundred (parts of) mercy for Allah and He has sent down out of these one part of mercy upon the jinn and human beings and the insects and it is because of this (one part) that they love one another, show kindness to one another and even the beast treats its young one with affection, and Allah has reserved ninety nine parts of mercy with which He would treat His servants on the Day of Resurrection.

Can you feel the happiness!!? How lucky are you?

Allah SWT started the universe with Rahma and started the creation of Adam with Rahma and started the Quran and its verses with Rahma…

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “No one of you will be saved because of his deeds.”
They (the companions) said: “Not even you, O Messenger of Allah?”
He said: “Not even me, unless Allah bestows mercy upon me.

The day and night is a mercy from Allah….imagine if there was only day or only night….what will happen to our bodies?!! Imagine if the night wouldn’t come gradually instead it would happen all of a sudden…what will happen to us and how will we live our lives?

Another mercy from Allah SWT is that he made all the necessities in our lives which we cannot live without in the hands of no one but him….. like air, rain and rizq….. so no one can control your life…..Alhamdulilah

Another mercy from Allah is the mercy in the social relationships … who is the one who planted the love in the hearts of the fathers and the mothers to love and care for their children despite the difficulty of giving birth and raising them…. The place where the fetus is stored is called Rahim which is taken from the word Rahmah and Allah SWT says: “Allah, the Almighty and Exalted, said, ‘I am the Merciful (ar-Rahman). I have created ties of kinship and derive a name for it from My Name. If anyone maintains ties of kinship, I maintain connection with him, and I shall cut off anyone who cuts them off.'”

Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Allah is more kind to His servants than a compassionate mother to her child.

One of Allah’s mercy is that no matter how much our sins are, he promised to forgive us: (And your Lord is the Forgiving, full of mercy. If He were to impose blame upon them for what they earned, He would have hastened for them the punishment.) surat Al Kahf aya 58

From his mercy is the mercy between married couples, Allah says: (And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy)surat Al Rum ayah 21

Some might say where is the Rahma (mercy) in the middle of all these problems and hardships?

Allah SWT wants to make you happy because he is the most merciful …. This happiness will be complete in heaven not in this dunia…. so if you miss the happiness in this dunia, don’t worry Allah SWT is preparing you for what is better. Allah SWT says: (But you prefer the worldly life, While the Hereafter is better and more enduring.) surat Al A’la ayah 16 & 17

The Prophet PBUH said: The Dunya is like a Prison for the Believer (Mu’min) and a heaven to the none believer”

It is mentioned that when al-Hafidh Ibn Hajr was the chief justice (of Egypt), One day he was passing through the market with a caravan, looking well groomed.
So a Jew who was selling hot oil, looking very disheveled and dirty because of the oil, accosted him by grabbing the reins of his (ibn Hajr’s) mule saying,
“Yaa Shaykhul-Islaam, you claim that your prophet said that the dunyaa is a prison for the mu’min and a jannah for the kaafir; so what type of prison are you in and what type of jannah am I in?”
He (Ibn Hajr -rahimahullah) replied,

“Regarding what Allaah has prepared for me in the hereafter from its bliss, then it is as if I am in prison, and with regards to what Allaah has prepared for you in the hereafter from its punishment, then it is as if you are in jannah.”

At which point the Jew became a Muslim.

V. Special blessings and mercy during the month of Ramadan Allah loves his servant that is why he grants us special blessings like this month. Other blessings during this month could be to shed a tear or to perform a prayer of two raka’a during the night. These are just examples of those special blessings that He has bestowed upon us. If others are rejoicing the present life, then you better rejoice having Allah The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful.

And now I am going to make you hear him SWT in the hadith Al Qudsi….. hear him talk to you….feel his love and mercy….

On the authority of Abu Dharr al-Ghifari (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is that among the sayings he relates from his Lord (may He be glorified) is that He said:

“‘O My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another. O My servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance of Me and I shall guide you. O My servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed, so seek food of Me and I shall feed you. O My servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed, so seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you. O My servants, you sin by night and by day, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you. O My servants, you will not attain harming Me so as to harm Me, and you will not attain benefiting Me so as to benefit Me. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as pious as the most pious heart of any one man of you, that would not increase My kingdom in anything. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as wicked as the most wicked heart of any one man of you, that would not decrease My kingdom in anything. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request of Me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not decrease what I have, any more than a needle decreases the sea if put into it. O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon up for you and then recompense you for, so let him who finds good praise Allah and let him who finds other than that blame no one but himself.'”

[Muslim (also by at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah).]

On the authority of Anas (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say:
“Allah the Almighty said:

‘O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it.'”

[At-Tirmidhi (also by Ahmad ibn Hanbal). Its chain of authorities is sound.]

Let’s from today start worshiping him with love and let’s get to know him better….. We will continue in shaa Allah soon.

Introduction to Allaah SWT (part 2)

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Al Tawaab

This name of Allah SWT gives you hope

What is the meaning of Tawaab:

It derives from the verb Taab which means came back….regretted and came back…repented and Allah SWT is Al Tawaab….the one who always accepts you back and never sends you away or let you down when you go back to him. Allah SWT says in surat Al Shura ayah 25 (And it is He who accepts repentance from his servants and pardons misdeeds..)

This is a very beautiful ayah…..it is possible that you apologize to someone your wronged and they refuse your apology because of the size of your mistake but with Allah SWT….whenever you go back he accepts you. Sometimes you feel ashamed to apologize to someone for a mistake you committed because you feel they might embarrass you and refuse your apology but Allah SWT tells you in this ayah don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed come back and you will always be accepted….what more than this do you want….. Are you ready to go back and repent from your sins!!?

We always find the word accept with the word repent in the Quran as in this beautiful ayah in surat Ghafir ayah 3: (The forgiver of sin, acceptor of repentance) and in surat Al Tawabah ayah 104: (Do they not know that it is Allah who accepts repentance from His servants)….. so Allah will never let you down.

To whom is the Tawba?

To everyone…..not just to those who committed major sins like adultery but to everyone including the believers….Allah SWT says in surat Al Noor ayah 31: (…And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.).

Repentance is for those who wronged their parents, those who deal with bribery (whether taking or giving…they are both in hell), for those who drink or sell drinks, for those who don’t pray or miss some prayers like the prayer of fajr which is a part of the five daily prayers, for the rich who don’t give charity and help others, for the policeman who uses his power to mistreat people, for those who do injustice to their house maids and drivers, did they forget that one Thulm (injustice) is considered thulumat (many) on the day of judgment, for the women who don’t wear proper hijab and cause fitnah to the men, for the men who don’t lower their gaze and keep looking at the maharim of their brothers….for those who eat the money of the orphans….. Don’t all these need repentance!!?

And if we leave the big sins, don’t the smaller sins which we commit every day also need repentance!!?

There are some of us who is Ghafil (oblivious) from Allah SWT….sometimes it is harder for the oblivious to repent than the sinner!! Because the sinner feels sick of his sin after sometimes and they start to hate it and regret it so it is easier for them to repent than it is on the oblivious who think they are fine and the Shaytaan keeps telling them you are a good person and you are fine….so when will the oblivious wake up?

Allah SWT says:(So will they not repent to Allah and seek His forgiveness?…) surat Al Ma’aidah ayah 74

Don’t you feel the kindness of Allah from this ayah?

Even the good pious youth who is filled with energy but are not doing anything for this deen need to repent…. Even the life time that passed while you are away from Allah SWT needs repentance and the blessings of Allah SWT which you did not thank him for needs repentance and gratitude.

Sufyan Al Thawri (one of the famous Muslim imams) said: I sat down one day and started counting my sins and they reached 21,000 sins and I said to myself: Will you meet your lord with 21,000 sins and he will ask you about each and every sin….you stand before him with no interpreter between you and he asks you for a sin after a sin!!! He said: So I sat down and started to count and repent, count and repent until I finished.

Dr. Amr Khaled said he told a friend of his this story and the friend implemented the same and came back to Dr. Amr Khaled saying he felt so good, so relaxed and filled with energy and happiness after he was done.

Tawbah in the Quran and Sunnah

I will mention few ayat and ahadeeth about tawbah, may be they will help to move the hearts and softens them to a new beginning in shaa Allah.

Allah says in Surat Al Zumur ayah 53: (Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”)

This ayah brings comfort and soothing to the heart…. It’s like Allah SWT is telling us no matter how big are your sins…never lose hope in Allah SWT.

And look at the way he addresses us….he calls us O My servants….he did not call us O sinners or O criminals and he said: who have transgressed against themselves…he did not say sinned so he does not expose us Subhanahu wa ta’lah that is how he wants us to go back and repent.

Allah SWT tells you and shows you that he will forgive you and that he loves you in surat Al Baqara ayah 222: (Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves.”)

And he said in surat Al Nissa’a ayah 27 and 28: (Allah wants to accept your repentance, but those who follow [their] passions want you to digress [into] a great deviation, And Allah wants to lighten for you [your difficulties]; and mankind was created weak)

The Prophet PBUH used to seek forgiveness from Allah 100 times a day and he was the Prophet PBUH who all his deeds were good.

Have you ever said O Allah I seek forgiveness and I repent a complete and inclusive repentance from all the previous sins I committed!!?
Do it every night.
You also have Ramadan as a new page so make sure you utilize it.

The Prophet PBUH said: Allah SWT created a door when he created heavens and earths and he left it open, the door is from the East, the width of the door is a distance of someone riding for 70 years and he still could not reach it, then the Prophet PBUH said: do you know what is this door?, they said: No O Prophet of Allah, he said: The door of Tawbah ( Repentance)…. The door is so wide and open more than your sins….”if the sun rises from the west the door will be closed”….so why don’t you repent?

the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Allah Almighty will stretch out His hand during the night, turning towards the one who did wrong during the day, and stretch out His hand during the day, turning towards the one who did wrong during the night, until the day the sun rises from the place it set.” [Muslim]

Tawbah (Repentance) takes you to the highest levels of closeness to Allah SWT…the moment you repent you become habib Al Rahman…..There is another matter that will encourage you to repent and that is: When Iblis refused to do the sujood when he was asked by Allah and he was kicked out of heaven he said:
I swear by Your might! “I will be tempting them till their souls remain within their bodies”. Allah then said: By My majesty and My might I shall then be forgiving them whenever they seek forgiveness from Me’.

Sometimes the Shaytaan comes to you and makes you feel guilty…he tells you…you have sinned…how can you pray and make dua…. Don’t you feel ashamed?… you have no face to ask Allah for anything because you did bad. Please don’t listen to him, this is his trick to keep you away because he knows if you go back Allah will always accept you so he doesn’t want you to go back and he plays the game of guilt with you.

And finally listen to Allah SWT talking to you in this Hadith Qudsi and feel his love for us.

The Prophet (PBUH) mentioned that Allah (SWT) said,“Myself, Mankind and Jinn are in a great serious state. I create them, then they worship other gods that they make for themselves; I bless them with my bounties, then they thank someone else for what I sent them; My Mercy descends to them while their evil deeds ascend to Me; I endear them with my gifts even though I have no need to any of them while they alienate themselves from Me with their sins even though they are desperate for my help. Whoever returns to Me, I accept him no matter how far he is; and whoever turns away from Me, I approach him and call on him. Whoever leaves a sin for my sake, I reward him with many gifts and whoever seeks to please Me, I seek to please him. Whoever acknowledges My Will and Power in whatever he does, I make the iron bend for his sake. My dear people are those who are with Me (i.e. whoever would like to be with Me, let him supplicate to Me and remember Me).

Whoever thanks Me, I grant him more blessings; whoever obeys Me, I raise him and endear him more. Whoever disobeys Me, I keep the doors of My Mercy open for him; if he returns to Me, I bestow him with My Love since I love those who repent and purify themselves for My Sake. If he does not repent, I still treat him by putting them in hardship to purify him. Whoever favors Me over others, I favor them over others. I reward every single good deed ten times over or seven hundred times over to countless times over. I count every single bad deed as one unless the person repents and ask for My Forgiveness in which case I forgive even that one. I take into account any little good deed and I forgive even major sins. My Mercy supersedes My Anger; My Tolerance supersedes My Blame; My Forgiveness supersedes My Punishment as I am more merciful with My slaves than a mother with her child.”

SALAAM AND ITS IMPORTANCE

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Assalamu Alaikum WarahmatuAllah wa barakatuhu

What we will talk about today is a project, a very simple and easy project to implement and the pay back is huge but unfortunately many people underestimate it or don’t even know about it.

When Allah SWT created Adam Peace be upon him, he taught him how to greet. He taught him to say Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatu Allah wa Barkatuhu to the angels and they answered him back.

The salam which we say to each other today is actually the greeting of the people of (heaven) Jannah…..you will wonder …. Are all the people of Jannah Arabs!!?….No but their greeting will be Assalam Alaikum as Allah SWT said in surat Yunus ayah 10: وَتَحِيَّتُهُمْ فِيهَا سَلَامٌ (and their greeting therein will be, “Peace.”…)
And in Surat Al Waqia’ah ayah 26: إِلَّا قِيلًا سَلَامًا سَلَامًا (Only a saying: “Peace, peace.”)

That is why the Prophet PBUH always advised people to start any conversation with salaam, he even said if someone starts talking to you without beginning with Salam don’t respond to him until he says Salaam.

Once the Prophet PBUH was sitting with his companions and a man entered and the Prophet PBUH said: Ten, then a second man entered and the Prophet PBUH said: Twenty!! Then a third person entered and the Prophet PBUH said: Thirty…. His companions were surprised and asked him why did you say that?
The Prophet PBUH responded: the first one entered and said Assalam Alikum and I said: Ten and that is 10 hasanaat and the second one entered and said: Assalam Alikum Wa Rahmatu Allah and I said: 20 which is 20 hasanah and the third one entered and said: Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatu Allah wa Barkatouh and I said: 30 which is 30 hasanah….

Now will this cost you anything?!!
You are losing a lot of hasanaat when you enter a majlis or pass by people and you don’t say Assalam Alikum… You and I are in need of those hasanaat.

I know people are not used to this these days but you have to practice and you have to get them used to it….some people enter a majlis and say Good morning or Sabah Al Khair and when he is leaving some even say Bye!!! Which is not even an Arabic word….. How can you substitute the greeting of the people of heaven with Good morning or bye? You should say Assalaam when you greet and when you are leaving too.

It is sunnah to greet those you know and those whom you don’t know…. Some people if they see someone they know they would say Salam but if they pass people whom they don’t know, they wouldn’t say anything…… well think of it as a reward…. Imagine if you were to pass on a street full of shops and as you pass you say Assalam Alikum or Assalam Alaikum wa Rahmatu Allah or Assalam Aalikum wa Rahmau Allah wa Barakatuhu to each person standing in front of the shop…. Imagine you pass 10 shops on your way going and 10 shops on your way coming back….count how many hasanah you will gain…… Subhana Allah how easy is that?

This can be a habit…. Let’s start today….let’s call today the day of Salam….. Every time you enter the house say Assalam Alaikum and when you leave the house say Assalam Alaikum…. When you see a child or an adult or when you see an Arab or none Arab……. Say Assalam Alaikum….. For the people who are not in Muslim countries, when you see a sister with a headscarf you know she is Muslim say Assalam Alaikum whether you know her or you don’t know her. But I want to raise an important subject here and is can a Muslim Man greet a Muslim woman who is a none Mahrim to him??

The answer
There is nothing wrong with a man greeting a non-mahram woman with salaam, without shaking hands with her, if she is elderly, but he should not greet a young woman with salaams when there is no guarantee that there will be no fitnah (temptation). This is what is indicated by the comments of the scholars, may Allaah have mercy on them.

Imam Maalik was asked: Can a woman be greeted with salaam? He said: With regard to the elderly woman, I do not regard that as makrooh, but with regard to the young woman, I do not like that.

Sheikh Nabil Al Awadi told this story of a man he knew. The man said: before I start praying, there was a man who used to pass me every day going to the masjid and he would greet me with Assalam Alaikum and when he is coming back from the masjid he would also greet me with Assalamu Alaikum ….. With time my heart started liking this man and I started liking the place he was heading to which was the masjid and I started going to the masjid too and pray and when I finish I look for him so I can greet him….. Subhana Allah, that man did not tell him pray and why you are standing and not going to the masjid, instead he smiled and greeted him every day…..and with his greeting…he did a dawah and caused the man to pray.

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “You will not enter Paradise until you believe and you will not believe until you love each other. Shall I show you something that, if you did, you would love each other? Spread Salam between yourselves.”

In Imaam Ahmad’s narration there is, “The closest to Allah, the most glorious and eminent one, from amongst all the people is the one who commences salaam.”

Similarly Tabrani narrates from Abu Darda, who says that we asked the Holy Prophet Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him, “O Prophet of Allah, we meet each other, so who from amongst us should give salaam first?” The Holy Prophet Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him replied, “The one who is the most obedient to Allah from amongst you.”

Assalam is one of the name of Allah SWT. So from today whoever calls you and starts talking, tell them say Assalam first…. I know people will be surprised at the beginning but they will get used to it with time and you will have the ajr in shaa Allah….. Someone walks into a majlis and sits down without saying Salaam; remind them.

Let’s revive the sunnah of Assalam from today with our kids, our family, friends and those we don’t know.

Assalam Alaikum Wa Rahmatu Allah wa Barakatuhu

The etiquette of making Dua’a (How should you make dua’a)

Duaa

Dua’a reverts what has been destined. Although Allah decrees all things, He has given us the ability to make changes through Dua’a. The Holy Prophet (s) has said: What is destined cannot be averted except through Dua’a. Another Hadith says: Indeed caution cannot save you from what is destined, but what can save you from it is Dua. Imam `Ali

” dua’a is the essence of Ibadah (worship).” [at Tirmdhi, Ahmad]

“O my servants, were the first of you and last of you, the human of you and jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request from me, and were I to give everyone what they requested, that would not decrease what I have any more than a needle decreases the sea if put into it.”

Hadith Qudsi [Sahih Muslim] Many of us may not know this but there are etiquettes which we must follow while making dua’a and they are very simple :

1. You start by praising Allah SWT, calling him with his name, example: Ya Allah, Ya Latif, Ya Kareem, Ya Rahman, Ya Raheem, Ya Thal Jalali Wal Ikram, Ya Mujeeb…etc. Praise him and call him with his names which he taught us in the Quran. Allah says in Surat Al Araaf aya 180

وَلله الأَسْمَاء الْحُسْنَى فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا وَذَرُواْ الَّذِينَ يُلْحِدُونَ فِي أَسْمَآئِهِ} And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them. And leave [the company of] those who practice deviation concerning His names. 2. Pray and praise the Prophet PBUH after praising Allah SWT. Most of us do not know that duaa is suspended between the heavens and earth until we send salawat on the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Umar radi Allahu anhu said, “Duaa is suspended between heaven and earth and none of it is taken up until you send blessings upon your Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam.” [At-Tirmidhi, Hasan Al-Albani] 3. It is important to pray emotionally, make dua with humiliation, after all there is no one who deserves your humiliation like the one who created you and gave you all the blessings you have. A soft heart and tears are the best weapons of a human being in his quest to achieve nearness to Allah. When one prays emotionally, the Dua is very sincere and acceptance is assured in shaa Allah. 4. Ask for Afu and Maghfirah for yourself, your parents and the whole Muslim Ummah. If you pray Maghfirah for all the Muslims, Allah SWT will grant you ajr and thawab for every Muslim and Muslimah, so don’t forget your brothers and sisters in Islam out there. The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Whenever a Muslim supplicates for his (Muslim) brother in his absence, the angels say: `May the same be for you too’.”

[Muslim]

And ask for Rahma, ask for the Jannah and the protection from Hell fire, ask for Hedaya and thabat and ask Allah to help you stay on the right path and help you in Khoushou3 and ask him to help you read and understand the Quran. And always remember it is not you, it is him will help you stay on the right path and guide you so ask him sincerely. Remember we enter Jannah with his mercy not with our deeds as the Prophet PBUH told us. 5. Ask for your personal needs of this dunia. Many problems and difficulties in life can be avoided by praying to Allah. He is in complete control, and can keep away all afflictions from those who ask Him for that. There is nothing like Dua to get you closer to Allah, and do not leave out your minor needs, for the One who is the Master of the major needs is also the Master of the minor ones. 6. Have confidence that Allah will answer your prayers : When praying, the supplicant must have trust that Allah will answer his prayers. A Hadith says, Whenever you recite Dua, assume that what you need is at the door.

Dua’a is always answered

Whoever asks something from Allah, his du`a is always heard and answered. Sometimes it is not answered in the way the supplicant expects. No du`a is rejected. Allah is more noble than to tell His servants to ask from Him, and then reject their du`a. Many Ahadith tell us of how Allah always answers the supplicant, and is pleased with Him. A believer who prays and asks from Allah, is guaranteed one of three things:

either her/ his dua’a is answered immediately

Or he is given a reward for it for the Hereafter

Or a difficulty is averted from him

“Aisha radhiallaahu anha said, “No believer makes dua and it is wasted. Either it is granted here in this world or deposited for him in the Hereafter as long as he does not get frustrated.”

Salatul Estikhara (The misconception, how to pray it and what to expect from it)

So many people miss understand Salatul Estikharah and what is the purpose for it. Today I want to cover with you the important facts of Salatul Estikharah.

The purpose of Istikhara:

When you want to ask Allah SWT to guide you to the right path and grant you what is khair for you in dunia and Akherah.
So many of us ask our fellow humans for advice when we want to do something important in our lives like getting married or relocating or changing a job or buying a house…etc.
Estikhara is actually asking Allah SWT to guide you to what is khair, its good to ask those with life experience to give you advice but we are all humans and we do not know 3ilm Al Ghayb but asking Allah SWT is the best solution to any matter in our life.

How do you pray Istikhara:

Before you pray istikhara you must first decide what you want, e.g. if someone comes to propose to you, you must do all the necessary things you need to do to ask about him and once you have decided you want to consider this person that is when you pray istikharah.
So many people make the mistake of praying istikharah on two things when they have not yet made up their mind. Istikharah cannot be done for two things (if this or this) No. You must decide first what you want then you pray Istikharah and mention your issue whether it is a husband/Wife or a job or travel.

You pray two raka’as, you read Al Fatiha and Al Kafiroun in the first raka’a and Al Fatiha and Al Ekhlaas in the second raka’a. After tashahoud and salam you read the dua of Estikhara.

Dua’a Al Istikhara

اللهم إني استخيرك بعلمك واستقدرك بقدرتك وأسألك من فضلك العظيم فإنك تقدر ولا أقدر وتعلم ولا أعلم وأنت علاّم الغيوب

Allahumma inni astakhiru-ka bi-‘ilmi-ka wa astaqdiru-ka bi-qudrati-ka wa as’alu-ka min fadli-ka ‘l-‘atheem fa-inna-ka taqdiru wa la aqdiru wa ta’lamu wa la a’lamu wa Anta ‘Allamu ‘l-ghuyub :

O Allah, I ask You to show me what is best, through Your knowledge, and I ask You to empower me, through Your power, and I beg You to grant me Your tremendous favor, for You have power, while I am without power, and You have knowledge, while I am without knowledge, and You are the One who knows all things invisible.

اللهم ان كنت تعلم ان هذا الأمر (يذكر الأمر) خير لي في ديني ومغاشي وعاقبة أمري فأقدره لي ويسره لي ثم بارك لي فيه

Allahumma in kunta ta’lamu anna hadha ‘l-amra (You mention your matter e.g. marrying so and so) khairun li fi dini wa dunyaya wa akhirati wa ‘aqibati amri fa-‘qdir-hu li wa yassir-hu li thumma barik li fi-h :

O Allah, if You know that this matter is in the best interests of my religion, my life in this world, and my life in the Hereafter, and can yield successful results in both the short term and the long term, then make it possible for me and make it easy for me, and then bless me in it.

وإن كنت تعلم أن هذا الأمر شر لي في ديني وعاشي وعاقبة أمري فاصرفه عني واصرفني عنه واقدر لي الخير حيث كان ثم أرضني به

Wa in kunta ta’lamu anna hadha ‘l-amra (You mention your matter e.g. marrying so and so) sharroun li fi dini wa dunyaya wa akhirati wa ‘aqibati amri:fa- asrifhu a’ani wa-asrifni a’an-hou wa aqdir lial khairu haythu kaan thuma ardini behi

And if you know that this matter is not in the best interest of my religion, my life in this world and the hereafter, keep it away from me and keep me away from it and grant me what is khair for me and make me satisfied with it.

What to expect after Istikhara:

So many people believe a wrong myth that they will dream the answer. That is not true. When you pray istikhara you will not dream. Instead if that option is khair you will see everything moving so smooth and you will feel comfortable about it and if it’s not khair something major will happen which will change your mind and feelings towards it and Allah will ease your heart towards leaving this thing.

Important note:

If for example you decided to travel and when you went to the airport the flight was cancelled that does not mean your trip is not khair!! You must continue to plan for your trip, may be it was not khair on that specific day but don’t let this small hurdles stop you from moving forward. So many people make this mistake thinking that is a sign it’s not khair!!!

Another example you have already planned the wedding but last minute the owners of the wedding hall cancelled the booking for any reason!! That is not a sign that this marriage is not khair!! Its just a hurdle. Continue with your plans and set another date or look for another place. If it’s not khair and you already prayed istikharah it will not happen, something major will stop it and change your mind and Allah SWT will protect you and will grant you something better and sooth your heart..

Zakaatul Maal.

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Today  something drew my attention to this topic….which many people either don’t know about it, or know but not taking it seriously or find it confusing and can’t be bothered.

The subject is: Zakaatul Maal

You could be doing everything right, praying, fasting Ramadan, doing so many sunnahs and you could end up in hell…why? Because you are simply not paying your zakah.

Remember it is one of the pillars of Islam so without it, your islam is incomplete.

The one who does not pay zakaah either believes that it is obligatory or he does not. If he does not believe that it is obligatory, then he is a kaafir according to the consensus of the Muslims, because he is denying something that no Muslim has any excuse for not knowing. If he believes that it is obligatory but he does not pay it because he is stingy, then he is not a kaafir according to the majority of scholars, but some of the scholars are of the view that he is a kaafir.

Ibn Qudaamah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Mughni (2/228): Whoever denies it out of ignorance, and he is ignorant of it because he is new in Islam or because he grew up in a remote area far from the cities, should be informed that it is obligatory and should not be regarded as a kaafir, because he is excused. But if he is a Muslim who grew up in a Muslim land where there are a lot of scholars, then he is an apostate to whom the rulings on apostates apply: he should be asked to repent three times; if he repents, all well and good, otherwise he is to be executed, because the evidence that zakaah is obligatory is clearly stated in the Qur’aan and Sunnah and the consensus of the ummah, and it can hardly be unknown by someone in his situation. If he denies it, that can only be because he is denying the Qur’aan and Sunnah and does not believe in them.

If he withholds it although he believes it is obligatory, and the ruler is able to take it from him, then he should take it and punish him (ta’zeer), but he should not take any more than the zakaah that is due, according to the view of the majority of scholars, including Abu Haneefah, Maalik, al-Shaafa’i and their companions.

Ishaaq ibn Raahawayh and Abu Bakr ‘Abd al-‘Azeez said: He should take it and half of his wealth. …

But if the one who is withholding zakaah is beyond the ruler’s reach, he should fight him, because the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) fought those who withheld it. Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: If they withhold from me a rope that they used to give to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) (in zakaah), I will fight them for it. End quote.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said concerning zakaah: It is obligatory according to the consensus of the Muslims. Whoever denies that it is obligatory is a kaafir, unless he is new in Islam or grew up in a remote area far from knowledge and scholars, in which case he is excused, but he should be told. If after he is told about it he still denies it, then he is a kaafir and an apostate. As for the one who withholds it out of stinginess and carelessness, there is a difference of opinion among the scholars. Some of them said that he is a kaafir, and this was one of the two views narrated from Imam Ahmad.
Others said that he is not a kaafir, and this is the correct opinion, but he has committed a major sin. The evidence that he is not a kaafir is the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) mentioned the punishment of the one who withholds zakaah on gold and silver, then he said: “… until judgement has been passed among all people, then he will be shown his path, either to Paradise or to Hell.” If it is possible that he may be shown his path to Paradise, then he is not a kaafir, because the kaafir cannot be shown his path to Paradise. But the one who withholds it out of stinginess or carelessness is committing a great sin which Allaah mentions in the verse (interpretation of the meaning):

“And let not those who covetously withhold of that which Allaah has bestowed on them of His Bounty (wealth) think that it is good for them (and so they do not pay the obligatory Zakaah). Nay, it will be worse for them; the things which they covetously withheld, shall be tied to their necks like a collar on the Day of Resurrection. And to Allaah belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth; and Allaah is Well‑Acquainted with all that you do”

[Aal ‘Imraan 3:180]

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“And those who hoard up gold and silver (Al‑Kanz: the money, the Zakaah of which has not been paid) and spend them not in the way of Allaah, announce unto them a painful torment.

So my dear fellow Muslims , after reading all this please make sure you take this matter so seriously. We have Gold in our cabinets and we have money in our banks and safes, all this we will be accountable for. Teach your children from now how to calculate zakah and put it on the calendar, set a certain month, this is the month that my money completed a year and I need to pay zakah and it becomes a habit just like salah. Weigh your gold once and for all and know the weight and pay zakah for it every year and repent for the years you missed. Talk to your husbands,wives, your sisters, brother and parents and make sure to explain to them the importance and the way to calculate.

If you want to know how to claculate your zakah, read the comments below

Allahuma Ajirna mina Naar

35. On the Day when that (Al‑Kanz: money, gold and silver, the Zakaah of which has not been paid) will be heated in the fire of Hell and with it will be branded their foreheads, their flanks, and their backs, (and it will be said unto them:) ‘This is the treasure which you hoarded for yourselves. Now taste of what you used to hoard’”

[al-Tawbah 9:34, 35]

End quote from Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (918/14).

Those who are careless about paying zakaah should be advised and reminded of how important it is, and should be told of the texts which warn against being stingy in paying it.

EASY WAY TO DO DHIKR THE WHOLE DAY.

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It’s very simple…

After each prayer….specify one thikr and repeat it 100 times

1. After Fajr prayer repeat: ” Subhana Allah wa bihamdihi” سبحان الله وبحمده 100 times and in shaa Allah your sins will be forgiven even if they were as many as the foam of the sea.

The Prophet PBUH said: Whoever says “SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi” a hundred times during the day, his sins are wiped away, even if they are like the foam of the sea. [Sahih al-Bukhari; #7:168, Sahih Muslim; #4:2071]

2. After Duhur prayer repeat: “ Astaghfiru Allah” أستغفر الله 100 times and in shaa Allah you will be relieved from stress and poverty and Allah will accept your dua and grant you maghfirah.

Sayyidina Abdullah bin Abbas (radhiallahu anho) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “The one who (regularly) says Istighfaar, that is, frequently repent to Allah Ta’aala for sins committed, Allah Azza Wa-Jal will open a path from poverty and difficulties. All sorrow and hardship will be removed, and in its place prosperity and contentment granted. One will receive sustenance from unimagined and unexpected sources.”

3. After Asir repeat: “Subhana Allah, Wal HamduliLLAH, Wala Ellaha Ella Allah, WaLLAH Akbar” سبحان الله والحمد لله ولا اله الا الله والله أكبر 100 times.

The Messenger of Allah said,
“Shall I not teach you something with which you may overtake those who surpassed you and with which you will surpass those who will come after you?
None will excel you unless he who does which you do.”
They said: “Yes, please do, O Messenger of Allah”
He said, “You should recite: Tasbih (SubhanAllah), Takbir (Allahahuakbar), Tahmid (Alhamdulillah) 33 times after each Salat.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Prophet Muhammad PBUH said: “For me to say ” Subhana Allah, Wal hamdulilah, wa La ILAHA Ella Allah, wa Allahu Akbar” سبحان الله والحمد لله ولا اله الا الله والله اكبر is dearer to me and all that the sun rises upon (ie the whole world).

4. After Maghrib repeat: Praise the Prophet PBUH اللهم صلي وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم You will be the closest to the Prophet PBUH in shaa Allah on the day of Judgment and you will have ten times good deeds recorded in your book of deeds in shaa Allah and all your dreams will come true in shaa Allah.

Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, “He who sends a single Durood upon me, Almighty Allah rewards him ten times and ten good deeds are recorded in his book of good deeds”. (Tirmidhi).

hadith by Al-Tirmidhi (484) narrated from ‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ood that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

The closest of people to me on the Day of Resurrection will be those who send the most blessings on me.” [Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb.]

5. After Eisha prayer repeat: “`La ilaha illallahu, wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa `ala kulli sha’in Qadir”

لا اله الا الله وحده لا شريك له، له الملك وله الحمد يحي ويميت وهو على كل شيء قدير

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “He who utters a hundred times in a day these words: `La ilaha illallahu, wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa `ala kulli sha’in Qadir (there is no true god except Allah. He is One and He has no partner with Him; His is the sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Omnipotent),’ he will have a reward equivalent to that for emancipating ten slaves, a hundred good deeds will be recorded to his credit, hundred of his sins will be blotted out from his scroll, and he will be safeguarded against the devil on that day till the evening; and no one will exceed him in doing more excellent good deeds except someone who has recited these words more often than him.

And during your free times repeat: La Hawla Wala Quwata Ella BiLLAH لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله 100 times and in shaa Allah you will have for each of them a treasure in Jannah.

Abdullah Bing Qais narrated that the Prophet PBUH said, to me, “O ‘Abdullah bin Qais! Say, ‘La hawla wala quwwata illa billah (There is neither might nor power but with Allah), for it is one of the treasures of Paradise.” Or said, “Shall I tell you of it?”

And La Ellaha Ellah Allah لا اله الا الله to help you say the shahadah when in shaa Allah when you die.

Continue with this for a while and see how your life and your mood will change and don’t forget to share it with your loved ones and you will have the ajr in shaa Allah.

Brotherhood and Sisterhood for the sake of Allaah

Today I want to tell you about something that will raise your rank and make you become closer to Allah.
Some of us may be born as an orphan and some may be their parents died when they were young and some have one parent while the other one died but what we all have Subhana Allah is friends.

Let’s talk about sisterhood and brotherhood for the sake of Allah and let’s find out how much Allah SWT loves this relation between Muslims.

On the Day of Judgment during the 50,000 years while we are all standing and waiting in the highest level of heat….Allah SWT will come and will ask: ‘Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My glory? Today, – on a day when there is no shade but mine – I shall shade them with My shade.” [Sahîh Muslim (2566)]

As simple as that…Subhana Allah

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Among Allah’s servants are people who are neither Prophets nor martyrs, but whom the Prophets and martyrs will deem fortunate because of their high status with Allah.”

They asked: “O Messenger of Allah! Inform us of who they are.”

He said: “They are people who loved each other for Allah’s sake, without being related to one another or being tied to one another by the exchange of wealth. By Allah, theur faces will be luminous and they will be upon light. They will feel no fear when the people will be feeling fear and they will feel no grief when the people will be grieving.”

Then we have the famous hadîth that enumerates the seven people who will enjoy Allah’s shade on a day when there is no shade but His. One of those mentioned are: “two men who love each other for the sake of Allah alone, meeting for that reason and parting for that reason.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (660) and Sahîh Muslim (1031)]

Here there is a very important question we all should ask ourselves about it……….Why dose Allah SWT love brotherhood and sisterhood for his sake?

Because by you being good to your fellow Muslim brother or sister you are actually being good to a soul which Allah chose for you before you were even born or come to this world…..how?

(When Allah created Adam, He wiped Adam’s back and every person that He will create from him until the Day of Resurrection fell out from his back…. Allah then asked us if we testify that he is our lord and creator and we all agreed to it and testified……

﴿وَأَشْهَدَهُمْ عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ أَلَسْتَ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُواْ بَلَى﴾

(and made them testify as to themselves (saying): “Am I not your Lord” They said: “Yes!”)

This is what we call (3alam Al Arwaah) or (the world of souls), this world was before the world we are in now. Allah spoke to our souls not our bodies. In that world our souls met with our friends from this world and we liked each other then before we meet here in this dunia…..that is why sometimes you meet someone for a very short time and you feel like you know them for a long time, it’s because you have met them before in Alaam Al Arwah Subhana Allah.

The Prophet PBUH said: “Souls are like conscripted soldiers; those whom they recognize, they get along with, and those whom they do not recognize, they will not get along with”

And the scholars explained it that it means the souls which met and liked it each other in the first world before this dunia, end up liking and recognizing each other in this dunia and the opposite.

So by you loving your fellow Muslim sister if you are female and brother if you are a male for the sake of Allah, you are actually cherishing Allah’s choice for you.

Loving one another for the sake of Allah and brotherhood in faith are among the most excellent acts of worship. This worship comes with conditions upon those who would love for the sake of Allah. This love has its duties that must be fulfilled so that the relationship will be pure and free of base undercurrents. Upholding these duties brings a servant nearer to Allah and to His pleasure and, over time, it can bring about a greater nobility of person.

Among the duties of this love are the following:

1. They must truly love to extend support and assistance to each other and must love good for one another. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “None of you believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (13) and Sahîh Muslim (45)]

2. They must enjoin each other to truth and patience and give each other sincere advice. They must enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and guide each other. They must help one another in carrying out works of righteousness.

Allah says: “By time! Surely the human being is at loss. Except for those who have faith and do righteous deeds and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to patience.” [Sûrah al-`Asr]

Allah also says: “The believing men and women are protecting friends of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong.” [Sûrah al-Tawbah: 71]

3. They must engage in the things that cultivate this love, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and facilitate the fulfilling of their duties to one another.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A Muslim has six rights over another Muslim.”

They asked: “What are they, O Messenger of Allah?”

He said: “When you meet him, greet him with peace. When he invites you, accept his invitation. When he seeks your advice, advise him. When he sneezes and them praises Allah, invoke Allah’s blessings upon him. When he falls ill, visit him. When he dies, follow his funeral.” [Sahîh Muslim (2162)]

4. A Muslim has the right to kind treatment from his fellow Muslim. He should be greeted with a smile and given a pleasant reception.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Do not view any good act as insignificant, even the act of greeting your brother with a smile on your face.” [Sahîh Muslim (2626)]

Discord and division should be avoided. Ibn Taymiyah said: “If every time two Muslims disagreed they shunned each another, then there would be no cooperation or brotherhood among Muslims.”

5. They must guide each other to what is good and help each other in acts of obedience. Likewise, they must prevent and discourage one another from falling into sin and iniquity.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “One should help his brother whether he is an oppressor or the one being oppressed. If he is an oppressor, forbid him from his oppression and in that way you help him. If he is being oppressed, then come to his aid.” [Sahîh Muslim (2584)]

6. The love between believers completes itself in a most wonderful and genuine manner when the two are away from each other, and each of them in secret prays to Allah for the other. This continues for the living one even after the other has departed from the Earth.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A Muslim’s supplication for his brother in secret is answered. At his head an angel is appointed, and whenever he supplicates for his brother with something good, the angel appointed to him says: ‘Amîn, and likewise for you’.” [Sahîh Muslim (2733)]

7. They must excuse one another’s mistakes and defend each other’s honor, never speaking ill of or deriding one another. They should keep each other’s secrets, advise one another sincerely, and never abuse each other.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “It is not permissible for one Muslim to distress a another.” [Sunan Abî Dâwûd (5004) and Musnad Ahmad (23064)]

I love you all for the sake of Allah in shaa Allah.

Nifaq(Hypocrisy)The Hidden Enemy

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This individual may be your brother,your cousin,your favorite aunt,or your friend next door,and yet you may not have the slightest clue of his/her dangerous harmful schemes..He will attack you with the most conniving weapons: his sweet,Loving speech,his fierce anger,his alluring lifestyle or his pleasing outward personality..He is a treacherous and wicked and his hidden enmity is worse than an announcing disbeliever is..He eats with you.laughs with you,lives with you and yet despises you and your deeds.He is Munafiq-a hypocrite- your worst enemy in disguise of a trusted Muslim brother/sister.

Wait a minute…..We forgot one likely victim of this deadly disease:YOU! Can we also belong to the list of the hypocrite?Do we also fill the above description?Be wary! We  may spend our lives thinking that we are true believers  but Allaah’s eyes,our deeds and our speech may makes us amongst the worst of people.May Allaah (SWT) protect us from such occurrence!

Despite being one of the most noble and closest companion of the holy Prophet(pbuh),Umar bin Al Khattab(RA) feared that he belonged to the list of Munafiqin.When he heard that Our Prophet(Pbuh) has disclosed names of the munafiqin to Hudhayfah Ibn al-Yamman,he rushed to him in anguish and asked “Am i in the list”? Hudhayfah did not reply.Umar (RA) asked again and yet again Hudhayfah did not respond.The third time Umar ( RA) asked,Hudhayfah replied”No, your name is not on the list of the Munafiqin and i will not release other names”On hearing his response,Umar(RA) was relieved.He had such immense fear.do we? We have not even acknowledged the straight path and yet we dream about going to Jannat-ul-Firdaus!Where is our fear?

Hasan Al Basri once said “A believer keeps himself away from all evil  or things that are forbidden by Allaah(SWT)?but still fears Nifaq”

Numerous verses in the Qur’an speaks about the traits of the Munafiqin.in fact Allaah(SWT) has named three surahs  on the three groups of people that exist: Muminoon,Munafiqoon,and Kafiroon. Surah Munafiqoon perfectly placed in the middle of the three as this group belongs to neither of the Muminoon(true believers) nor the Kafiroon(disbelievers)
“They are swaying between this and that,belonging neither to these nor to those;and he whom Allaah sends astray,you will not find for him a way to Islam” [Qur'an 4:143]
Their severe danger and harm to muslims is apparent as in the Qur’an, Allaah(SWT) has repeatedly described their schemes.For instance,in Surah Al-Baqara 13 ayat mentioned the traits of a munafiq wheres only two ayat claims the trait of kuffar and five ayats that of believers.
“Verily! The hupocrites will be in the lowest depths of the fire”[4:145]

★Nifaq is the disease of the heart….

“And behold!The hypocrites and those in whose heart is a disease say: Allaah and his messenger promise us nothing but delusion!”[33:12]

“But those in whose hearts are disease,it will add doubt to their doubts,and they will die in a state of unbelief.”[9:125]

“In their heart is a disease;and Allaah has increased their disease:and grievous is the chastisement they (incur) because they lied(to themselves).”[2:10]

Characteristics of a Munafiq(hypocrite) are as follows:
1)Liar: The most obvious sign of a hupocrite is lying…Dishonesty is sign of lack of good character,which in turn is due to lack of faith “In their hearts is a disease;and Allaah has increased their disease; any grievous is the chastitement they(incur because they lied(to themselves).”[2:10]….Most of us who claim to be ‘righteous’ lie with ease casually.Reveal on the amount of fabrication you uttered today and decide yourself whether you hold this evil trait. Hypocrite’s speech and actions contradict..”When the hypocrites come to us they say,’We bear witness that you are indeed the messenger of Allaah’.Allaah knows that you are indeed His messenger and Allaah bears witness that the hypocrites are indeed liars”.

2)Betrayer: When people trust a hypocrite with ab afair,he/she deceives and betrays them.”They (think to)deceive Allaah and those who believe,while they only deceive themselves,and perceive(it)not!”[2:9]

3)Quarrelsome of the opponents: “And of mankind there is he whose speech may please you(O Muhammad(pbuh),in this worldly life,and he calls Allaah to witness as to that which is in his heart,yet he is the most quarrelsome of the opponents”[2:204]

4)Promise Breaker: A hypocrite promises frequently,yet breaks them regularly with ease.One of the Munafiq signs that The Prophet(pbuh) mentioned was that whenever he promises,he breaks it..We should be extremely careful before we make a promise.If we do not think we can fulfill it then better not to commit in the first place!

5)Lethargic for Good Deeds: “And when they stand up for As-salat(the prayer)they stand with laziness”[4:142].A hypocrite clearly hears the adhan declaring success in both this world as well as the next and yet he remains oblivious and ignores the call untill the last minute.His mind is busy with the pomp and glitters of this world;his efforts used solely for seeking success in the business world etc…prayer and other acts of worship are minor concern in his mind.they are the lesser of his priorities.
The Prophet(Pbuh) said,”No prayer is harder for the hypocrites than the Fajr and the Isha prayers and if they knew the reward for these prayers at tgeir respective times,they would certainly present themselves(in the mosques)even if they had to crawl.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

6)Seeker of Peoples Approval:They are perhaps the life of the party,the centre of attention at all places and you will see them hungry for people’s approval and without it they feel worthless.

7)Shows Off Good Deeds: Infront of the righteous,a hypocrite will appear to be virtuous.He prays with concetration and humility,his charity is abundant and the rest of his deeds  are in accordance with the Islamic laws..Hence one is alone or in the company of disbelievers or other hypocrites,this individual will indulge himself in wrongdoings.All his righeteous deeds will be of no benefit as they were simply for peoples applause.

8)Remembers Allaah(SWT)Little:”…..and they do not remember Allaah but little.” Allaah’s remembrance does not occupy much of a hypocrite’s mind.He remembers Allaah but only on certain occasions.

9)Mocker of the righteous:”Those in sin used to laugh at those who believed,and whenever they passes by them,used to wink at each other(in mockery) and when they returned to their own people,they would return jesting; And whenever they saw them,they would say “behold!this are the people truly astray!”[83:29-32]….Hypocrites are interested in consuming the flesh of the righteous.Mockery,backbiting,slanders of the virtuous are a common part of their speech.

10)Ridicule of Allaah(SWT) and The Holy Prophet(pbuh)’s words: “If you ask them (about this),they declare:We were only talking idly and joking.” Say:”Was it Allaah(SWT) and His messenger(pbuh)that you were mocking?”[2:13]

11)Doubtfull in Allaah’s Sharia’h (Laws): Hypocrites ask the most weirdest and trivial questions about Islam.Why does islam permits this?why does islam forbids that? These matters show their weak faith and lack of yaqeen(certainity).However a believer seldom wastes time in such useless questions.He/She may not comprehend some matters but still surrenders himself,as they are commands from Ar-Rubb.the Lord of all the worlds.

12)Friends of Disbelievers.” Have you (O Muhammad(pbuh)not seem those (hypocrites) who takes as friends a people upon whom the wrath of Allaah (ie Jews)? They are neither of you(muslims)nor of them(Jews?…”[58:14]. They admire the lifestyle and luxury of disbelievers and look down upon the ways of muslims.If a conflict arises,They readily side with non Muslims and believe that victory is in their hands.

13)Frequently Swears: A hypocrite swears with ease using Allaah’s name as a tool to show his sincerity.An honest person does not need guarantees.

14)Spreads Evil:”When it is said to them make no mischief on earth”They say:”we are only ones that put things right.Out of surety they are the ones who make mischief,but they realize it not”[2:11-12]

“When he turns his back,his aim everywhere is to spread mischief through the earth and destroy crops and progeny,but Allaah loves not mischief”.[2:205]

15)Double-Faced: “….When they meet those who believe,they say:”we believe”but when they are alone with their shayatin(devils-polytheists,hypocrites),they say”Truly,we are with you;verily,we were but mocking.”[2:14]

Narrated Abu Huraira (RA):The Holy Prophet(pbuh)said,”The worst people before Allaah on the day of ressurection will be the double-faced people who appear to some people with one face and to other people with another face”.

16)Coward: If a war fought in the farthest corners of the world and they will be scared and terrified from it.They being scared and paranoid individual who “…think that every cry is against them”[63:4]
“They seek to hide themselves from the people but they cannot hide fr Allaah,while He is with them when they plot by night in words that He cannot approve:and Allaah compasses round all that they do.”[4:108]

17)Barrier to every good;platform for every evil:”The hypocrites,men and women,are one from another,they enjoin(on people) Al-Munkar(i.e.disbelif and polytheism of all kinds and all that islam has forbidden), and forbids(people)from Al-Ma’ruf(i.e Islamic monotheism and all the Islam orders one to do)..”[9:67].
“Thus they hinder(men) from the path of Allaah.Verily,evil is what they use to do.”[63:2]

18)Beautiful from outside,Hollow from inside:”When you look at them,their bodies please you;and when they speak,you listen to their words.They are as(worthless as hollow)pieces of timber propped up,(unable to stand on their own)they think that every cry is against them.”[63:4]. If you converse with them,you shall be awestruck by their vast sophisticated knowledge.Alternatavely,if you ask them anything about islam,they barely knows basics.They are like decorative piece of wood-their speech,their personality and their body may be pleasing but internally they are of no advantage to anyone.

19)Tongues as sharp as scissors: Allaah(SWT)says”…then when fear comes you will see them looking to you,their eyes revolving like one who faints from death: but when the fear is past,they smite you with sharp tongues,misery towards (spending anything in any)good (and only covetous of booty and wealth)” Surah Al-Ahzab[33:19]

20)Miser: “…and they close their hands[from giving(spending)in Allaah's cause alms].” [9:67].

21)Arrogant: “And when it is said to them: Come,so that the messenger of Allaah may ask forgiveness from Allaah for you,they twist their heads,and you would see them turning away their faces in pride.” [63:5].

WHERE DO YOU STAND???

After reading about the major siffat of a Munafiq,can we confidently declare we are free from them? Some of these traits may seem harmless and insignificant to us,but they are the most hateful in the sight of Allaah(SWT).The decision is in your hands whether we choose to purify our souls from all the hupocritical traits or simply ignore them by misleading ourselves with the belief that we do not and cannot possibly belong to this wicked category.

Do not be fooled into thinking your piety today can save you from falling into this tracherous trap. There have been numerous examples in our lives as well as in the history of Islam where seemingly pious Muslims sold their faith and ended up as hypocrites/disbelivers. Whe should never feel secured that our faith will always be intact in this illusory world.Remember that eternal peace and serenity is merely inJannah whereas in this life there is constant struggle.We must soundly understand this fact so that our greatest enemy,Satan, cannot succeed in fooling us.

Ponder Upon
■The lifestyle and traits of your friends,family and relatives.
■Your own doings and shortcomings
■Do not be naive.This world is full of deceptions,hypocrisy and wickedness.Open your eyes and know your hidden enemies.Take heed and wake up before its too late.

CURE IT BEFORE IT SPREADS!!!!!

Stop the disease of Nifaq before it kills your heart! It still not too late.Cure yourself today by sprinkling iman(faith) and taqwa(consious of Allaah(SWT) in your hearts. Clean your heart regularly with remembrance of Allaah(SWT),and by reading,pondering and acting upon the beautiful words of Allaah(SWT) and the wisdom of the Holy Prophet(pbuh).

Why You Should Never Commit Suicide.

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If someone commits sucide while they are sane in their complete mind (Not mental) they die as kaffir. Suicide is a major sin, and the one who does that is faced with a warning of eternity in the Fire of Hell, where Allaah will punish him with the means that he used to commit suicide. It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever throws himself down from a mountain and kills himself will be throwing himself down in the Fire of Hell for ever and ever. Whoever drinks poison and kills himself will be sipping it in the Fire of Hell for ever and ever. Whoever kills himself with a piece of iron will have that iron in his hand, thrusting it into his belly in the Fire of Hell for ever and ever.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5442) and Muslim (109),

It was narrated from Thaabit ibn Dahhaak (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever kills himself with something will be punished with it on the Day of Resurrection.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5700) and Muslim (110).

It was narrated that Jundub ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “A man among those who came before you was wounded. He panicked and took a knife and cut his hand, and the bleeding did not stop until he died. Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, said: ‘My slave hastened his death; I have forbidden Paradise to him.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3276) and Muslim (113).

The believer has to be patient and to seek the help of Allaah, may He be exalted, and understand that no matter what hardship befalls him in this world — no matter how severe it is — the punishment of the Hereafter is worse than it. It is not acceptable according to anyone who is of right mind to run away from the heat of the desert and throw himself into the fire. How can he flee from temporary hardship and difficulty — which inevitably will come to an end — to an eternal punishment which has no end?

The Muslim should ponder and realise that he is not the only one in this world who is affected by calamity and hardship. Calamities befell the greatest of mankind, namely the Prophets, Messengers and the righteous. They also befell the worst of mankind, namely the disbelievers and atheists.

Calamity is part of the natural order of things and hardly anyone is safe from it.

If the believer handles it well and is patient, and it becomes a means that makes him turn back to Allaah and strive hard in worship and righteous deeds, then the calamity will have been good for him and will be expiation for his sins, and perhaps he will meet Allaah with no burden of sin.

The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “No pain, hardship, sickness or grief befalls a believer, not even worry that befalls him, but some of his bad deeds will be expiated.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5642) and Muslim (2573).

Al-Tirmidhi (2399) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “Calamities will continue to befall believing men and women in themselves, their children and their wealth, until they meet Allaah with no burden of sin.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth al-Saheehah (2280).