December 2013

Marriage and observing that which is apparent - Shaykh Uthaymeen.
 
While explaining the hadeeth of Fatimah bint Qaes (may Allah be pleased with her); in which she approached the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and informed him that individuals have approached her for marriage, upon hearing the names of these individuals the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) replied: 
As for Abu Jahil, he does not remove the stick from his shoulder (he beats women), and as for Mu’awiyah, he is poor. Instead, marry Usamah. (Saheeh Muslim) 
Sheikh ‘Uthaymeen commented (in summary):
If it were said: How can the Prophe (peace and blessings be upon him) say: “As for Mu’awiyah, he is poor”, while he (the Prophet) doesn’t know?
It’s possible he (Mu’awiyah) will become wealthy (in the future). And actually, this did take place. Mu’awiyah became a ruler; in fact he became one of the wealthiest rulers.     
Thus, we say: From this hadeeth a vital benefit can be derived, which is: That which should be considered is what is apparent, not what will possibly occur in the future.
Pay close attention to this principle. An individual is not commissioned to (consider) matters of the unseen, but rather, he is responsible for that which is in front of him.
Consequently, we know the answer for a commonly mentioned question (issue). This occurs when a man who is not practicing seeks to marry a practicing female. The female would like to marry him and thus she says: It’s possible that Allah will guide this man by way of me.
This action (him changing) may or may not occur in the future. She does not know, but that which is presently apparent is that this individual is not practicing. If the female was to say: It is possible that Allah will guide him by way of me, we will respond: It is (also) possible that Allah will lead you astray by way of him!
Both of these outcomes are possible, and you (the female) being led astray by way of the man is more likely, due to the fact that the authority and influence of the man over the woman is much greater than her authority and influence over him.
Likewise, how many men put pressure on their wives to perform something that the husband wants, and due to his pressure, the female falls into something she herself dislikes. This is something which is known and proven.
The most important benefit in this issue is that a person is responsible for that which is apparent, not that which will may or may not occur in the future.
Source: Fathul Thee Jalalee wal Ikram bi Sharh Bulough al Maram, Vol. 11, Page 201

how the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum spent their Fajr mornings?
Have you ever thought of how the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum spent their Fajr mornings?

Imâm Al-Awzâ’î RA once said:

"At the time of Fajr, or a while before it, the Salaf would be as if birds were sitting on their heads: (still ) concentrating on themselves [and their worship], so much so that even if one of their closest friends came to them after having been parted from them, they would not notice him.

They would remain in this state until just before sunrise. Then, they would meet each other and sit in the circles.

The first thing they would discuss is the matter of their afterlife and what would become of them in the hereafter. Then they would begin the circles of Quran and Fiqh study.”

Subhan’Allaah look how they were spending the time worthy of praises and glorification of Allaah! Subhan’Allaah!

Indeed, they are the companions of the Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wassalaam, such were their characters, such were their iman, such were men who were chosen by Allaah to be the companions of His Messenger both here in the dunya and in the akhirah, they were shining stars of this Ummah.

They were bodies of iman so full of noor, that they upheld the commands of Allaah saying;

[2] "So be patient over what they say and exalt [ Allah ] with praise of your Lord before the rising of the sun and before its setting; and during periods of the night [exalt Him] and at the ends of the day, that you may be satisfied."

These are the people who we have to look up to, emulate and set as inspirations for us to become better Muslims and that we are able to save our souls and live our lives in proper obedience and guidance to and from Allaah. in sha Allaah.

Don’t we feel so much shame after reading this? When some of us don’t even “try” to have the niyyah to wake up for Fajr? Look at these people, they spent so little less on sleeping, they kept awake praising and glorifying Allaah.

This is not to make you depressed or disappoint you, these stories should rather make you inspired and eager to emulate their characteristics, when we love someone when we adore someone we desire so much to be with them, so if you love the sahabah, if you love Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wassalaam and of course if you love Allaah, then strive to become better, be obedient to Him, so that in the end, you can be with Him at the end of your journey. in sha Allaah.

It’s never too late to repent and ask for His Forgiveness. Start now. in sha Allaah.
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and we pray that Allaah bestows upon us the love and fear for Him that we are able to sincerely abide to His commands and live our lives in proper obedience to Him.

Amin.

Zohayma

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F.N.

[1] Ibn ‘Asâkir, Târîkh Dimishq 35:184, 185.
[2] Qur’an 20:130

Islam honor women and puts her in a very high place. Women in Islam is protected by Quran and by our prophet PBUH Sunnah. We are going to explore how any women can be a very special wife here is the 7 pearls of special wife.
 
1) The Patient: The woman who remains patient in all circumstances, and never whines, moans and complains. When some trouble or affliction hits her, she turns to Allah for help.

2) The Protector: The woman who protects her husband’s wealth & her chastity when he is away from home. When he returns , she does not burden him with the day’s problems, but listens attentively to his needs and does her best to take his tiredness away.

3) The Lover: The women who adores her husband, beautifies herself for him & craves for his children to the extent that whenever her husband glances at her, duaa pours for her from the bottom of his heart.

4) The Good Do-er: The women who has an excellent reputation in society – for being kind, caring & courteous. She is good with her neighbors & relatives & never backbites or displays jealousy.

5) The Content: The women who never casts her eyes at material things and is content with whatever little her husband gives her. She is thankful to him for every morsel that he feeds her, every clothe that he gifts her, including the roof over her head. She makes her gratefulness known to him in words & action and thus, soothes her husband’s heart.

6) The Pious: The women who spends much of her day in dhikr, reading the Quran & Salaah and her nights in praying tahajjud & crying to Allah for forgiveness. She encourages her husband to give daw’ah in his spare time.

7) The Sweet Smiler: The woman who smiles excessively, especially when her husband is at home. She always talks gently that it seems that pearls are dripping from her mouth. She never raises her voice while talking to her husband. If her husband is angry with her for some reason & shouts at her, she does not answer him back but maintains a dignified silence. When he has calmed down , she offers him cool water & apologizes to him even if she wasn’t at fault.

May Allah bless the Muslim women with these characteristics, and bless the men with wives like this.

It was reported from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “No person suffers any anxiety or grief, and says:

للّهُـمَّ إِنِّي عَبْـدُكَ ابْنُ عَبْـدِكَ ابْنُ أَمَتِـكَ نَاصِيَتِي بِيَـدِكَ، مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ، عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاؤكَ أَسْأَلُـكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ هُوَ لَكَ سَمَّـيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ أِوْ أَنْزَلْتَـهُ فِي كِتَابِكَ، أَوْ عَلَّمْـتَهُ أَحَداً مِنْ خَلْقِـكَ أَوِ اسْتَـأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِي عِلْمِ الغَيْـبِ عِنْـدَكَ أَنْ تَجْـعَلَ القُرْآنَ رَبِيـعَ قَلْبِـي، وَنورَ صَـدْرِي وجَلَاءَ حُـزْنِي وذَهَابَ هَمِّـي

You Want Allah To Take Away Your Sorrow And Grief Read This Hadith

‘Allaahumma innee ‘abduka wa ibn ‘abdika wa ibn amatika, naasiyati bi yadika, maadin fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadaa’uka, as’aluka bi kulli ismin huwa laka sammayta bihi nafsaka aw anzaltahu fi kitaabika aw ‘allamtahu ahadan min khalqika aw ista’tharta bihi fi ‘ilm il-ghaybi ‘andak an taj’ala al-Qur’aana rabee’ qalbi wa noor sadri wa jalaa’a huzni wa dhahaaba hammi’

“O Allah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your female slave, my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every Name belonging to You which You named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You, that You make the Qur’aan the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety”

but Allah will take away his sorrow and grief, and give him in their stead joy.” (Ahmad 1/391)

The Beautiful 99 Names of Allah ♥
1 Allah (الله) The Greatest Name
2 Ar-Rahman (الرحمن) The All-Compassionate
3 Ar-Rahim (الرحيم) The All-Merciful
4 Al-Malik (الملك) The Absolute Ruler
5 Al-Quddus (القدوس) The Pure One
6 As-Salam (السلام) The Source of Peace
7 Al-Mu’min (المؤمن) The Inspirer of Faith
8 Al-Muhaymin (المهيمن) The Guardian
9 Al-Aziz (العزيز) The Victorious


10 Al-Jabbar (الجبار) The Compeller
11 Al-Mutakabbir (المتكبر) The Greatest
12 Al-Khaliq (الخالق) The Creator
13 Al-Bari’ (البارئ) The Maker of Order
14 Al-Musawwir (المصور) The Shaper of Beauty
15 Al-Ghaffar (الغفار) The Forgiving
16 Al-Qahhar (القهار) The Subduer
17 Al-Wahhab (الوهاب) The Giver of All
18 Ar-Razzaq (الرزاق) The Sustainer
19 Al-Fattah (الفتاح) The Opener
20 Al-`Alim (العليم) The Knower of All
21 Al-Qabid (القابض) The Constrictor
22 Al-Basit (الباسط) The Reliever
23 Al-Khafid (الخافض) The Abaser
24 Ar-Rafi (الرافع) The Exalter
25 Al-Mu’izz (المعز) The Bestower of Honors
26 Al-Mudhill (المذل) The Humiliator
27 As-Sami (السميع) The Hearer of All
28 Al-Basir (البصير) The Seer of All
29 Al-Hakam (الحكم) The Judge One
30 Al-`Adl (العدل) The Just
31 Al-Latif (اللطيف) The Subtle One
32 Al-Khabir (الخبير) The All-Aware
33 Al-Halim (الحليم) The Forbearing
34 Al-Azim (العظيم) The Magnificent
35 Al-Ghafur (الغفور) The Forgiver and Hider of Faults
36 Ash-Shakur (الشكور) The Rewarder of Thankfulness
37 Al-Ali (العلى) The Highest
38 Al-Kabir (الكبير) The Greatest
39 Al-Hafiz (الحفيظ) The Preserver
40 Al-Muqit (المقيت) The Nourisher
41 Al-Hasib (الحسيب) The Accounter
42 Al-Jalil (الجليل) The Mighty
43 Al-Karim (الكريم) The Generous
44 Ar-Raqib (الرقيب) The Watchful One
45 Al-Mujib (المجيب) The Responder to Prayer
46 Al-Wasi (الواسع) The All-Comprehending
47 Al-Hakim (الحكيم) The Perfectly Wise
48 Al-Wadud (الودود) The Loving One
49 Al-Majid (المجيد) The Majestic One
50 Al-Ba’ith (الباعث) The Resurrector
51 Ash-Shahid (الشهيد) The Witness
52 Al-Haqq (الحق) The Truth
53 Al-Wakil (الوكيل) The Trustee
54 Al-Qawiyy (القوى) The Possessor of All Strength
55 Al-Matin (المتين) The Forceful One
56 Al-Waliyy (الولى) The Governor
57 Al-Hamid (الحميد) The Praised One
58 Al-Muhsi (المحصى) The Appraiser
59 Al-Mubdi’ (المبدئ) The Originator
60 Al-Mu’id (المعيد) The Restorer
61 Al-Muhyi (المحيى) The Giver of Life
62 Al-Mumit (المميت) The Taker of Life
63 Al-Hayy (الحي) The Ever Living One
64 Al-Qayyum (القيوم) The Self-Existing One 65 Al-Wajid (الواجد) The Finder
66 Al-Majid (الماجد) The Glorious
67 Al-Wahid (الواحد) The One, the All Inclusive, The Indivisible
68 As-Samad (الصمد) The Satisfier of All Needs
69 Al-Qadir (القادر) The All Powerful
70 Al-Muqtadir (المقتدر) The Creator of All Power
71 Al-Muqaddim (المقدم) The Expediter
72 Al-Mu’akhkhir (المؤخر) The Delayer
73 Al-Awwal (الأول) The First
74 Al-Akhir (الأخر) The Last
75 Az-Zahir (الظاهر) The Manifest One
76 Al-Batin (الباطن) The Hidden One
77 Al-Wali (الوالي) The Protecting Friend
78 Al-Muta’ali (المتعالي) The Supreme One
79 Al-Barr (البر) The Doer of Good
80 At-Tawwab (التواب) The Guide to Repentance
81 Al-Muntaqim (المنتقم) The Avenger
82 Al-‘Afuww (العفو) The Forgiver
83 Ar-Ra’uf (الرؤوف) The Clement
84 Malik-al-Mulk (مالك الملك) The Owner of All
85 Dhu-al-Jalal wa-al-Ikram (ذو الجلال و الإكرام) The Lord of Majesty and Bounty
86 Al-Muqsit (المقسط) The Equitable One
87 Al-Jami’ (الجامع) The Gatherer
88 Al-Ghani (الغنى) The Rich One
89 Al-Mughni (المغنى) The Enricher
90 Al-Mani’(المانع) The Preventer of Harm
91 Ad-Darr (الضار) The Creator of The Harmful
92 An-Nafi’ (النافع) The Creator of Good
93 An-Nur (النور) The Light
94 Al-Hadi (الهادي) The Guide
95 Al-Badi (البديع) The Originator
96 Al-Baqi (الباقي) The Everlasting One
97 Al-Warith (الوارث) The Inheritor of All
98 Ar-Rashid (الرشيد) The Righteous Teacher
99 As-Sabur (الصبور) The Patient One

Ever wondered why Prophet Muhammad(SAW) asked us to recite Surat Al-Kahf every Friday?
Let’s find out today inshaAllah…

This Surah has Four stories in it,having some morals,lets see them and understand what they are saying to us:


1) The People Of The Cave
Its the story of young men who lived in a disbelieving town, so they decided to migrate for the sake of Allah and run away. -Allah rewards them with mercy in the cave and protection from the sun - They woke up and found the entire village believers.
MORAL:TRIAL OF FAITH.

2) The Owner Of Two Gardens
A story of a man whom Allah blessed with two beautiful gardens, but the man forgot to thank the One who blessed him with everything and he even dared to doubt Allah regarding the afterlife.So His garden was destroyed - He regretted ,but was too late and his regret did not benefit him .
MORAL:TRIAL OF WEALTH.

3) Musa(AS) and Khidr(AS)
When Musa(AS) was asked-“Who’s the most knowledgeable of the people of earth?”” Musa(AS) said:Me…,but Allah revealed to him that there’s someone who Knows more than him.Musa(AS) traveled to the man and learnt how the Divine Wisdom can sometimes be hidden in matters which we perceive as bad.
MORAL:TRIAL OF KNOWLEDGE.

4) Dhul-Qarnayn
Its a story of the great King that was given knowledge and power and was going around the world,helping people and spreading all that’s good.He was able to overcome the problem of Yajooj-Majooj and build a massive dam with the help of people whom he could not even understand.

Duas ( Supplications)
I will answer the questions in my inbox when I am done with my exam, inshaAllah. Can you guys please remember a sincere dua for me. I have exam on Tuesday. I believe that dua is the strongest weapon of a believer. So dua and hard working - inshaAllah Allah will make it easy for all of us.

JazakAllah khairan.


Du`aa’ Before Studying
.اللَّهُمَّ انْفَعْنِي بِمَا عَلَّمْـتَنِي وَ عَلِّمْنِي مَا يَنْفَعُنِي
Allâhumma infa‘nî bimâ ‘allamtanî wa ‘allimnî ma yanfa‘unî.
{Oh Allah! Make useful for me what You taught me and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me.}
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.اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ فَهْمَ النَّ بِيِّينَ وَ حِفْظَ الْمُرْسَلِينَ الْمُقَرَّبِينَ
Allâhumma innî as’aluka fahm an-nabiyyîna wa hifdh al-mursalîn al-muqarrabîn.
{Oh Allah! I ask You for the understanding of the prophets and the memory of the messengers, and those nearest to You.}
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 .اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ لِسَانِي عَامِرًا بِذِكْرِكَ وَ قَلْبِي بِخَشْيَتِكَ
Allâhumma ij‘al lisânî ‘âmiram bi-dhikrika wa qalbî bi-khashyatika
{Oh Allah! Make my tongue full of Your remembrance, and my heart with consciousness of You.}
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 َ.إِنَّكَ عَلَى مَا تَشَاءُ قَدِيرٌ وَ أَنْتَ حَسْـبُنَا اللَّهُ وَ نِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ
Innaka ‘alâ mâ tashâ’u qadîr wa anta hasbuna Llâhu wa ni‘m al-wakîl
{Oh Allah! You do whatever You wish, and You are my Availer and Protector and the best of aid. }
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Du`aa’ After Studying         
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَوْدِعُكَ مَا قَرَأْتُ وَ مَا حَفِظْتُ فَرُدَّهُ عَلَىَّ عِنْدَ حَاجَتِي إِلَيْهِ
إِنَّكَ عَلَى مَا تَشَاءُ قَدِيرٌ وَ أَنْتَ حَسْبِىَ و نِعْمَ الْوَكِيل
Allâhumma innî astawdi‘uka mâ qara’tu wa mâ hafidhtu. Faruddahu ‘alayya ‘inda hâjati ilayhi.
Innaka ‘alâ mâ tashâ’u qadîr wa anta hasbiya wa ni‘m al-wakîl.
{ Oh Allah! I entrust You with what I have read and I have studied. (Oh Allah!) Bring it back to me when I am in need of it. (Oh Allah!) You do whatever You wish, and You are my Availer and Protector and the best of aid. }
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Du`aa’ While Studying Something Difficult
 . َاللَّهُمَّ لاَ سَهْلَ إِلاَّ مَا جَعَلْتَهُ سَهْلاً وَ أَنْتَ تَجْعَلُ الْحَزَنَ إِذَا شِئْتَ سَهْلاً
Allâhumma lâ sahla illâ mâ ja‘altahu sahlâ wa anta taj‘alu al-hazana idhâ shi’ta sahlâ.
{Oh Allah! Nothing is easy except what You have made easy. If You wish, You can make the difficult easy.}
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Du`aa’ for Anxiety
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَ الْحَزَنِ وَ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ العَجْزِ وَ الْكَسَلِ
وَ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْجُبْنِ وَ الْبُخْلِ وَ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ غَلَبَةِ الدَّيْنِ و قَهْرِ الرجال
Allâhumma innî a‘ûdhu bika min al-hammi wa al-hazan. Wa a‘ûdhu bika min al-‘ajzi wa al-kasal.
Wa a‘ûdhu bika min al-jubni wa al-bukhl. Wa a‘ûdhu bika min ghalabat id-dayni wa qahr ir-rijal.
{Oh Allah, I seek refuge in You from worry and grief, from helplessness and laziness, from cowardice and stinginess, and from overpowering of debt and from oppression of men.}

Do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well and that if they do wrong you will do wrong. But (instead) accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong if they do evil.” 
The importance of treating others with good
—  Prophet Muhammad (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) as reported in Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1325

Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah -Rahimullaah- was asked:

‘In what language will the people be spoken to on the Day of Resurrection? Will Allaah Ta’ala speak to the people in Arabic? Is it true that the language of the people of Hell-fire will be Persian and the language of the people of Paradise will be Arabic?’

He -Rahimullaah- answered:

‘All praise belongs to Allaah the Lord of all the worlds, it is not known in what language the people will be spoken to on that day, nor in which language they will hear the address of the Lord –Jala wa Ula’- because Allaah Ta’ala did not inform us of anything about this, nor did His Messenger-sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam.

It is not authentic that Persian is the language of the people of the Hell-fire or that Arabic is the language of the people who will be in eternal blessing.

We do not know of a dispute between the Companions -Radi Allaahu anhum-, rather all of them refrained from this, because speaking about these types of things is from futile speech …  

However, there occurred a dispute between the people who came later so some of them said that: the people will converse in Arabic.  Others said: ‘No, the people of Hell-fire will reply in Persian and it is their language in Hell-fire.’

The Language of the People of Paradise

Others said: ‘They will converse with Syriac (an Eastern Aramaic language) because it is the language of Adam and from it all other languages branched off.’

Others said: ‘No, the people of Paradise will speak Arabic.’

There is no basis any of these opinions by those who hold them, neither intellectual nor transmitted, rather it is a claim devoid of evidence and Allaah – Subhana wa Ta’ala – is most Knowledgeable and most Just.’

Taken from ‘Majmoo’ Fatawa’ 4/300-301

By
Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah -Rahimullaah-
Translated by
Abbas Abu Yahya

    *Adhan being called, door of your room opens…
 then Mama says: “Salah, Habibti. Salah, Habibi”*

How many times do you hear such words from your parents? How many times do you hear people talking about salah, it’s virtues, excellence, it’s rewards and of course the dangers of abandoning it?

In my blog series, i have written a number of entries in regards to both the reward of praying on time, of the importance of the act itself and the dangers of abandoning it.

Yes, a number of people may have read it, but have they reflected? Look, i know that being consistent on your salah is but a struggle, because like you, i face that too.

'O my dear Indeed, it is a struggle, but more than a struggle, it is an honor which is given only to us, Muslims. Subhan'Allaah.

Imagine, amongst the millions of His Creations, He handpicked you of becoming Muslim, of Honoring you of such Blessing from Him, yet do you recognize and heartily accept this Honor? do you even give it a little importance in your lfe?

If you truly accept this, like how it is popping to your mind now, then ask yourself, how do i easily react at such question yet not easily react to this Honor? Then have a moment of silence….then ask yourself again, why do i not pray?

Here i will not quote such beautiful words from our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wassalaam, because nowadays, we just hear and forget, read and not reflect, such beautiful wisdom and sayings from the beloved Lips of the Most Beloved One to Allaah Azza Wa Jall, we just hear it, like it enters the right ear then exits on the left. Astagfirullah.

My dear brother and sister in Islam, have you ever felt that sweetness and strength you get after you have “sincerely” offered the Fajr Salah? When you yourself know that you have answered His Call? Do you for a second think that when you have answered His Call, your du’as will not be answered?

But have you also ever felt that heaviness in your heart each time you have missed a salah? That feeling as if you have hurt someone you love so much that no explanation can be given but just ask for forgiveness?


Have you ever been placed in such a situation that there seems no way out & everything seems so impossible? Such situations like failures upon failures, death of a beloved, calamities, lost of wealth, deteriorating health? My dear, can’t you see that at the very end of all these trials it is to Him that you plead to? And it is Him that makes your life at ease?

Or have you been placed in such a situation that every luxury item in this world is brought to you, yet you do not find happiness in your heart? That this gluttonous heart of yours had taken for granted that importance of family, companionship and have caused you to go up in the social industry but drown in your own private life, then who do you plead to for ease and comfort? Is it not to Allaah Azza Wa Jall?

The problem is, you only find Him at times of trials, tribulations, failures all the negative things that happened & happens to your life. Yet you forget about Him in times when success are piling up in your life, that luxury and fame are just a step away? WHY? Why are you this greedy for this life and neglectful of the next?

For a moment, do you even contemplate at the very words that the Muadhin says as he calls the adhan?

Dear, why do you treat the call of prayer as something just like a music that plays randomly in your playlist? Or no, actually, the songs on the playlists are listened to more thoroughly than the adhan? Right?
You like to listen to music than listening to the athan, just like how you fall for the words of people like they are truly meant than to the words of Allaah Azza Wa Jall which bears nothing but the Truth. Astagfirullah.

Why do you not pray? Why do you not pray? Why do you not pray?
MY DEAR, you are still alive, you are still breathing, you are still able to stand, so what is stopping you from praying?

So when the adhan is called again this time, ask yourself, will i answer the call of Allaah Azza Wa Jall? 
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and we pray that Allaah Azza Wa Jall mends all our broken hearts and enlighten it through His Love, Guidance and Mercy and make our heart attached to our salah.
Amin.
Zohayma

I wanted to ask that while asking ALLAH(swt) for something in the sake of prophet Muhammad ( PBUH) when making duA is right or not.

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
 
ASSALAMUALIKUM WARAHMATULAHI WABARAKATU,
I have two questions and please answer these with the reference of Quran and sahih hadith.
1) I wanted to ask that while asking ALLAH(swt) for something in the sake of prophet Muhammad ( PBUH) when making duA is right or not. for example like, if i ask ALLAH to forgive me then can i say ALLAH plz forgive me for the sake of prophet Muhammad (phub?
2) In pakistan many people have this great gathering (where people meet and make dua, recite Quran and then there is this great feast) after 40 days of the deceased. My question is that is it right to make dua and recite Quran after a specific 40 days as ALLAH has said that dua for deceased should be make everyday? is that anywhere in Quran?
JAZAKALLAH KHAIRAN
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Answer:
Fatiha after forty days deceased
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. 

Your Question: I wanted to ask that while asking ALLAH(swt) for something in the sake of prophet Muhammad ( PBUH) when making duA is right or not. for example like, if i ask ALLAH to forgive me then can i say ALLAH plz forgive me for the sake of prophet Muhammad ( phub )? 

It is permissible and encouraged in Islam to make dua or supplications for the deceased, but to invoke the deceased, or to make a supplication to or through the deceased is a clear and manifest act of the unforgivable and heinous crime of ‘shirk’ in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verse 110:
110    Say: "Call upon Allah or call upon ‘The Rahman’ (The Most Gracious): by whatever Name ye call upon Him (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names.

Beloved Brother in Islam, it is absolutely fine, permissible, acceptable and encouraged to implore and beseech Allah Subhanah through His Noble Names and Attributes when supplicating to Him; but it is absolutely impermissible in Islam to use a creation of Allah (even if that creation happens to be a Prophet, or an Angel, or a Saint, etc.) as an intermediary when supplicating the Lord Most Gracious.  

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 186:
And if  My servants ask you,  O Prophet, concerning Me, tell them that I am quite near to them. I hear and answer the prayer of the suppliant, when he calls on Me.  So let them respond to My call and believe in Me.  (Convey this to them), perhaps they may be guided aright!

Our Lord is indeed the All-Hearing, All-Knowing, and He indeed hears and responds to those who call upon Him in humility and in hope.  The Messenger of Allah (saws) himself called upon His Lord directly and without any intermediary day and night, standing, sitting and lying down; and encouraged the believers to do the same.  Never ever did he encourage or endorse supplicating Allah Subhanah through an intermediary!  In fact, asking or supplicating Allah Subhanah through dead or absent intermediaries is regarded as a form of ‘shirk’ and ‘disbelief’ in Islam.

Instead of adding ‘weight’ to one’s supplication by using the name of a dead or absent creation of Allah, the Messenger of Allah (saws) guided the believers that if indeed they wished to add ‘weight’ to their supplications to their Lord Most Gracious, they should humbly and in fear, indicate some amongst their good deeds which they have done purely for the Sake and Pleasure of Allah Subhanah; for it is one’s own belief and one’s own deeds which indeed add ‘weight’ to one’s supplications in the Presence of the Lord Most Merciful.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.671         Narrated by Ibn Umar
Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Once three persons (from the previous nations) were traveling, and suddenly it started raining and they took shelter in a cave. The entrance of the cave got closed while they were inside. They said to each other, 'O you!  Nothing can save you except the truth, so each of you should ask Allah's help by referring to such a deed as he thinks he did sincerely (i.e. just for gaining Allah's pleasure).'  So one of them said, 'O Allah! You know that I had a laborer who worked for me for one Faraq (i.e. three Sas) of rice, but he departed, leaving it (i.e. his wages). I sowed that Faraq of rice and with its yield I bought cows (for him). Later on when he came to me asking for his wages, I said (to him), 'Go to those cows and drive them away.' He said to me, 'But you have to pay me only a Faraq of rice,' I said to him, 'Go to those cows and take them, for they are the product of that Faraq (of rice).' So he drove them. O Allah! If you consider that I did that for fear of You, then please remove the rock.' The rock shifted a bit from the mouth of the cave. 
Asking ALLAH(swt) for something in the sake of prophet Muhammad ( PBUH)  Halal or not ? 
The second one said, 'O Allah, You know that I had old parents whom I used to provide with the milk of my sheep every night. One night I was delayed and when I came, they had slept, while my wife and children were crying with hunger. I used not to let them (i.e. my family) drink unless my parents had drunk first. So I disliked to wake them up and also disliked that they should sleep without drinking it, I kept on waiting (for them to wake) till it dawned.  O Allah! If You consider that I did that for fear of you, then please remove the rock.' So the rock shifted and they could see the sky through it. 

The (third) one said, 'O Allah! You know that I had a cousin (i.e. my paternal uncle's daughter) who was most beloved to me and I sought to seduce her, but she refused, unless I paid her one-hundred Dinars (i.e. gold pieces). So I collected the amount and brought it to her, and she allowed me to sleep with her. But when I sat between her legs, she said, 'Be afraid of Allah, and do not deflower me but legally. 'I got up and left the hundred Dinars (for her). O Allah! If You consider that I did that for fear of you then please remove the rock. So Allah saved them and they came out (of the cave)."
Allah’s Messenger (saws) guided the believers on how to best supplicate their Lord Most Merciful:

  1. Call upon the Lord Most Merciful through His Noble Attributes and Praise Him.
  2. In absolute humility, fear and hope declare one’s own servitude and utter helplessness in the Presence of their Majestic Lord.
  3. If one wishes, one may, in humility and in fear, indicate one’s own good deeds one may have done for the Sake and Pleasure of Allah Subhanah Alone.
  4. Then, beseech the Lord Most Gracious for whatever one wishes.
  5. And then in conclusion to the supplication, recite the ‘durood’ or salutation to the Noble Prophet and his family.
Ibn Mas'ud reported that the Prophet (saws), said, "If any servant of Allah afflicted with distress or grief makes this supplication, his supplication will be accepted:  'O Allah, I am Your servant, son of Your servant, son of your maidservant.   My forehead is in Your hand.   Your command conceming me prevails, and Your decision concerning me is just.  I call upon You by every one of the beautiful names by which You have described Yourself, or which You have revealed in Your book, or have taught anyone of Your creatures, or which You have chosen to keep in the knowledge of the unseen with You, to make the Qur'an the delight of my heart, the light of my breast, and remover of my griefs, sorrows, and afflictions'." A supplication in these words will be answered.  Allah will remove one's affliction and replace it with joy and happiness. 

Salman reported that the Prophet (saws), said, "Your Lord, the Blessed and the Exalted One, is Modest and Generous, and He loathes to turn away His servant empty-handed when he raises his hands to Him in supplication."
Narrated by Ahmad and Ibn Hibban.

Your Question: …In pakistan many people have this great gathering (where people meet and make dua, recite Quran and then there is this great feast) after 40 days of the deceased. My question is that is it right to make dua and recite Quran after a specific 40 days as ALLAH has said that dua for deceased should be make everyday? is that anywhere in Quran?

Abu Hurairah reported that The Prophet (saws), said, 'When a person dies all his good deeds cease except for three: a continuous act of charity, beneficial knowledge,  and a righteous offspring who prays for him'.'' 

Related by Muslim and Abu Dawood.
For absolutely all acts of worship, it is absolutely imperative that the believers always follow what is Declared by Allah and practiced by His Messenger (saws).  There is absolutely no evidence that the Messenger of Allah (saws),  his noble family,  or any of his noble companions ever gathered people at the house of the deceased after a certain number of days (9, 10, 11, 40, etc.) to make dua, or recite the Glorious Quran, or perform the ‘tasbeeh’, or enjoy a feast in the name of the deceased!  Without an iota of a doubt, such commemorations are no more than innovations which have unfortunately crept into the pure and perfect deen of Islam; and the believers who sincerely fear Allah and the Last Day must strive to absolutely abstain from all such innovations.

Sahih Muslim Hadith 1885     Narrated by Jabir ibn Abdullah
That the Prophet of Allah (saws) said in a sermon:  “The best speech is that which is embodied in the Book of Allah, the Al Quran;  and the best guidance is the guidance given by me, Mohamed (saws).   The most evil affairs are the innovations (bida), and every innovation (bida) is an error.”

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4515  Narrated by Ali ibn AbuTalib
That the Prophet of Allah (saws) said: “If anyone introduces an innovation (bida in religion),  he will be responsible for it.   If anyone introduces an innovation (bida) or gives shelter to a man who introduces an innovation (bida), he is cursed by Allah,  by His Angels,  and by all the people!”

But what one can and must do is make constant supplication for his deceased brother/sister in faith to the Merciful Lord,  and beseech Him to be Merciful on the departed soul, forgive his/her sins and grant them an honorable place in Paradise.   This was the practice and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).

Instead of visiting, consoling, helping, and assisting the family of the deceased to come to terms with their grief, the ignorant amongst the people burden them with such innovations as ‘fatihah’ where the deceased’s family are made to run around to accommodate the gatherers, buy or borrow copies of the Quran which would be read over the deceased, and prepare an enormous amount of food to feed those who gather for the ritual!!  Not satisfied with putting this physical and financial burden upon the bereaved family, some amongst the most ignorant even go to the extent of repeating this innovated ritual on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 30th and 40th day of the death of the deceased!  Allah is our witness, this innovated ritual of what is known today as ‘fatihah’ over the deceased neither helps nor consoles nor lightens the burden of the bereaved family; but rather increases it!!!  

But the ‘deen’ of mercy and the one who was sent as a ‘mercy to the worlds’, Prophet Mohamed (saws) guided the believers to earnestly supplicate the Lord Most Merciful to have mercy on their deceased brother or sister, help and assist the bereaved family in any and every which way they can, feed them during these trying days, share their grief, and help them to bring their lives back to normal as soon as possible.  

If one trusts,  obeys,  and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws),   one can be assured of never ever being misled;   but if one believes,  obeys and follows any other guidance,  other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws),  one can be assured of being led astray.   

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

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I want to know why Islam doesn't allow women to pray when she is having her periods?she cant fast,read quran why is their discrimination but in other religion like Christianity women can read touch the bible pray& fast.please explain the reason.
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Answer:
Why women can pray in periods
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chatper 2 Surah Baqarah verse 222:

222    They ask thee (for a ruling O Prophet (saws)) concerning women's (menstruation) courses.  Say: ‘They (the menstruation) are a pollution; so keep away from (sexual intercourse with) women in their courses and do not approach them (for sexual intercourse) until they are clean.  But when they have purified themselves ye may approach them in any manner time or place ordained for you by Allah.’  For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.
To be in the state of ceremonial purity is an absolute pre-condition for offering one’s conical prayers in Islam, regardless of whether one is a man or a woman.  Even if a man is in the state of ceremonial impurity (post ejaculation, post wet-dream, post sexual-intercourse, etc.), then he would not be eligible to offer his obligatory prayers or touch the Glorious Quran until he has purified himself with a full bath. 

It is in the very nature bestowed by the Lord Creator upon the women that they experience a periodic menstruation; and although the woman herself is absolutely blameless for this natural phenomena, Shariah Law prescribes that in her state of menstruation a woman is exempt from offering her religious duties like the offering of her conical prayers or fasting until she has purified herself from her state of menstruation. 

Although it is considered unlawful in Shariah Law for a menstruating woman to enjoy sexual intercourse, and she is exempted from offering prayers and fasting, she is at liberty to live an absolutely normal life.  She may associate with her husband in every physical way possible except the actual act of intercourse, she may do her normal chores, and she may even remember, glorify, extol, praise and worship her Lord and also recite the Glorious Quran from memory …except that she cannot offer her conical prayers and observe fasts. 

Your Question: …..why is their discrimnitaion but in other religion like christianity women can read touch the bible pray& fast.
Can Women Pray In Periods.

Regardless of what modern day Christians and Jews practice, allow us to quote you a passage from the Old Testament of the Bible regarding the severity of the injunctions of a menstruating woman in their own Scriptures:

Bible: Book of Leviticus Chapter 15, verses 19-31:
  1. And if a woman has a discharge of blood, which is her regular discharge from her body, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the evening.
  1. And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean.
  2. And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening.
  3. And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sat upon shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening.
  1. And if it be on her bed, or on any thing whereon she sitteth, when he toucheth it, he shall be unclean until the evening.
  2. And if any man lie with her at all, and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean.
  3. And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she shall be unclean.
  4. Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as the bed of her separation: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation.
  5. And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening.
  6. But if she be cleansed of her issue, then she shall number to herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean.
  1. And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
  2. And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for her before the LORD for the issue of her uncleanness.
  3. Thus you shall keep the people of Israel separate from their uncleanliness lest they die in their uncleanliness by defiling My Tebernacle that is in their midst.
There is also provision in the “Mishnah” of Judaism as stated in the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Kerithoth 2B Soncino 1961 Edition, page 1 to provide for the death penalty according to Talmudic Law if a man has intercourse with his menstruating wife!
Rabbi Dr. Isidore Epstein, author of the English translation of the Soncino Talmud, presents his reasoning why an impure body  (including the menstruating woman) is disqualified from the worship of God:

….. fundamental to their view of life is the close relationship of body and soul, so that what affects the one affects the other … From this conception it follows that the soul is affected by the uncleanness of the body … In general, bodily uncleanness has a contaminating influence on the soul, disqualifying the person thus affected from approaching the sanctuary of God.

If one compares the Shariah restrictions to almost any law of any other religious doctrine (be it the Old Testament, the Talmud, or even the Hindu Scriptures), one would realize that the restrictions levied upon a menstruating woman in Islamic Shariah Law as compared to the other doctrines are at its absolute minimum!  Other than offering the conical prayers, observing fasts, and abstaining from the actual act of sexual intercourse, the menstruating woman in Islam is at absolute liberty to live an absolutely normal life and do everything that she normally does in religious affairs or otherwise! 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


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