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  2. As-Salaam alaikum, May I have your attention and remind you/us of Sheikh Abu'l Nasr al-Sarraj's advice that we should, at all times, establish ourselves and dedicate our efforts to:-- Distance yourself from "that which is forbidden, the major and the minor of it. Secondly, fulfill all religious obligations, the easy and the difficult of them. The third is leaving the world (dunya) to the people of the world, the large and the small portions of it; except what is necessary from it for the believer, which is what is narrated from the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, that he said: "Four things are in the dunya but not of it: a portion of food with which you satisfy your hunger; clothing that covers your nakedness; a home that you reside in and a wife that you find repose with." Everything else beside this- from gathering, prohibiting, clinging to, love of increase and boastfulness- all of this is a severing veil that cuts the abd (slave) off from Allah." So, take heed. Life in this world is rather short!!! For further reading on this, see: "Kitab al-Luma (The Book of Flashes)", by Sheikh Abu'l Nasr al-Sarraj (d.378/988)
  3. As-Salaam alaikum, Sayyadina Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "I am the city of knowledge, Abu Bakr is its foundation, Umar is its wall, Usman is its roof and Ali is its portal [gate]." [Musnad-ul-Firdau, vol. 1 Hadith No. 105].
  4. The Leader of Mankind and Jinn and Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Whoever visits me without any intended purpose other than my visit, it is incumbent upon me to be his intercessor on the Day of Rising." [Tabarani No. 13149, Ibn Muqri in his Mu'jam pg. 80]. And the Prophet, alaihis-Salaat Was-Salaam, was also reported as saying:-- "Whoever (makes pilgrimage then) visits me after my death, it is as if he visited me during my (earthly) life." [Baihaqi in his Sunan- No. 10409]. So, make that intention of/to visit him, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, at his house and Masjid in Madina al-Munawwarah.... may Allah Ta'ala afford us the chance and ability to visit His Messenger often... ameen.
  5. as salam alykom It is the best ten days again, may Allah Support us to achieve optimal benefit ameen!
  6. As-Salaam alaikum, The Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:--- "The life of this world compared to the Hereafter is as if one of you were to put his finger in the ocean and take it out again; then compare the water that remains on his finger to the water that remains in the ocean." [Sahih Muslim]. This is a very clear Hadith... that we may not need to say more, other than to resolve to work hard for the permanent life in the Hereafter, by living our lives in accordance with the injunctions/commands of the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah.
  7. As-Salaam alaikum, Ayat 156 of Surat Baqra of the Holy Qur'an (2:156) reads:--- "We belong to Allah, and to Him we shall return." With this, we realize that when we say 'We belong to Him', we are declaring that nothing belongs to us... nothing is deserved. Everything we have is a pure act of grace and blessing of/from Allah, Jallah-Jalalahu. Once this fact reaches our heart, we will be able to break free from pride, arrogance and complaint.
  8. As-Salaam alaikum, In ayat 85 of Surat Bani-Isra'el of the Holy Qur'an (17:85), Allah Ta'ala says:-- "And they ask you concerning the ruh (spirit or soul). Say: the ruh (comes) by command of my Lord: of knowledge it is a little that is communicated to you, (O men!)." With this ayat, we come to understand that the ruh.. the spirit or soul in our body is one of those things that are of high spiritual mysteries, which cannot be explained in terms of our everyday human experiences. It is Allah's secret ocean..... an ocean from which you and I are able to look, feel, walk, touch, smell, speak, hold, hear, taste etc How is it that we are able to do all this, but yet we don not know how we are looking, smelling, hearing, walking, tasting, speaking? You may lift your hand up and let it fall down again; you may catch something, but you do not know how you are catching that thing. You are walking, but you do not know how you are able to walk!! Looking into ourselves, we see a perfect balance. There are 360 organs (internal and external) in our bodies... each has its own function. When one of them works, it does not prevent the other from working. So, it is not possible for you/us to understand about ruh more than this.... other than to acknowledge and/or declare: Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!! La-ilaha illallahu, Allahu Akbar Wa Lillahil-Hamd!!!
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  12. The last ten days already started, tonight is of the 24th!
  13. As-Salaam alaikum, Ayat 257 of Surat Baqra of the Holy Qur'an (2:257) reads:-- "Allah is the Wali of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness into the Light." Allah, may He be Exalted, says He is the Protective Friend of those who believe. Nu'uman Ali Khan explained that Allah Ta'ala did not use the word mu'minoon.. meaning 'the believers'. He said, "those who believed". Who are they? They are the people who have entered into imaan (faith) but it has not settled in their hearts yet. He is the Protective Friend of those people. Not the perfect ones, but the ones who struggle- those who are not there yet. And how is He a Protective Friend? He has the constant attribute of pulling them-- pulling us, those who go up and down in their faith-- out of darkness, and bringing them into Light. Not just one time, but over and over again. Just like He forgives sins over and over. He always has our back, Gafur-Raheem.
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  16. Ramadan Mubarak 1439, we started in Egypt May 17th. May Allah Support us to make optimal benefit of this unique month In sh a Allah.
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  18. As-Salaam alaykum, The Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Three (classes of people) are immune from Iblis and his hordes: those who constantly hold Allah in remembrance by night and day; those who seek forgiveness before dawn; and those who weep for fear of Allah (most Great and Majestic)." Narrated by Abul Shaykh in Kitab al-Thawab, on the authority of Ibn Abbas.
  19. As-Salaam alaikum, Says Allah, Azzah Wa Jallah, in the Holy Qur'an:-- "AND SEEK FORGIVENESS OF ALLAH. INDEED ALLAH IS FORGIVING AND MERCIFUL" (73:29) "SURELY, ALLAH LOVES THOSE PEOPLE WHO CONSTANTLY REPENT TO HIM" (2:222) Note that in above verse/ayat (2:222), Allah did not say, 'Allah loves the Taa'ibeen (those who repent), but He said, Tawwabeen, which means those who constantly... over and over, repent. As humans, we sometimes tend to strap off the path for a while. What should we do when we realize we erred ? How do we ensure that our repentance is sincere, consistent and successful? There are 3 main steps one must take in order to sincerely repent:-- (1) Deeply regret with a sincere heart for the sin committed. (2) Return to Allah Ta'ala for forgiveness: recite lots of Instighfar (3) Make a strong intention never to return to that same sin again. May Allah Ta'ala help us in returning to Him... always... ameen.
  20. As-Salaam alaikum, May I have the pleasure of reminding you/us to always:--- (1) Be scrupulous in all our affairs. Righteousness in the deen depends on Righteousness as the great Imam, Sidi al-Hasan Basri, Rahimahullah, said: "Ascend to Allah by means of your himma (efforts) since what was going to happen has happened and what is decreed will certainly come about. By Allah, turning to creation is hidden shirk. The Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said: 'If someone devotes himself to Allah, Allah will spare him every burden and provide for him from where he does not reckon." Prefer Allah to all things since things are by their nature transitory and vanishing. 'All things are passing except His Face'. (27:88) (2) Keep your tongues still except in Zikrullah. The disasters of the tongue are many. A man may speak one word which he finds inconsequential, but because of it fall into the fire of Jahannam for 70 years, as is related. All words which are not Zikr are a distraction and there is no hour in which a person does not remember Allah, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala, which will not be a regret for him on the Day of Rising, as is related. So, beware of sitting with people of this world and socializing with except out of legal necessity. The Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said: "Do not sit with the dead or your hearts will die." He was asked: "Who are the dead, O Messenger of Allah?". He answered: "Those who love this world and desire it." And Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, says:-- "So turn away from him who turns away from Our Remembrance and desires nothing but the life of this world." (53:29)
  21. As-Salaam alaikum, Ayat or verse 16 of Surat Sajdah of the Holy Qur'an (32:16) reads:-- "THEIR SIDES FORSAKE THEIR BEDS." This is in reference to those servants of Allah, Jallah-Jalalahu, who offer the voluntary night prayer, known as Tahajjud. It is the same Sallah about which the Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Hold fast to night prayer, for it was the way of the righteous before you, a way of drawing closer to your Lord, an expiation for wrong deeds, and a shield from sin." [Tirmidhi]. 'Qiyam' literally means standing up, particularly after sleeping, just as we say... 'YUOM AL-QIYAMAH' for Day of Judegement as we rise to stand before Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, after much rest in our graves. That is why sleep is like a daily death, and Qiyam is to rise from it. Whoever stands in the night in prayer, Allah will make easy for him in standing on the Day of Judgement, as some of our 'Ulama observe. Sayyadi Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, also advised: "Whoever loves to find the long standing of the day of Resurrection less difficult should let him show himself to Allah in the darkness of the night prostrating ( in Sajdah) and standing, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for Mercy of his Lord. In view of this, we should all make it a regular habit to be offering the Tahajjud every day..every night.. of our life. Best Wishes.
  22. The Muslims countries had been inflicted recently with very strange practices, I am speaking at least about where I live, Egypt. Those practices are growing year after another. Rather than preparing for Ramadan by taking serious intention to change, seize the opportunity when Allah Opens wide gates of mercy, forgiveness, repentance, and ponder how will one go about the month, how one can develop a check list of what one wants to gain or refrain from, TV channels mobilise all possible production resources manifested in loads and loads of TV series starring best figures in town, commercials are flooding about those drama every 10 minutes on TV, billboards are installed all over the city in prime location where no one can miss them at all, tempting and triggering the crave to watch. Leave alone normal Egyptian houses are preparing by applying certain style of decorations, including lantern, tent material, also food is stocked like no other time. As if Ramadan had been really summarised into such stuff. How come? they say that decorations help attracting youth and children who always compare our occasions with Christmas ..etc. Saying why dont we have similar attractive manifestations?? Well, our Ramadan, and Eids have totally different connotations and meanings that are not at all relevant to decorations and other material preparations. Leave alone the TV drama which does nothing but help strongly in putting the hearts to death? do we need this? no. Will our fast and Salat be In sh a Allah Accepted even if we didnt watch those drama, decorate our houses..etc. Yes In sh a Allah. Then let us define the goal of Ramadan: to attain at the end forgiveness, acceptance and pardon of Allah. How can we attain this? by focusing on our Ibada. Let us do it.
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  24. Adapted from "The Night Prayers: Qiyam & Tarawih from works by Muhammad Nasir ud- Deen al-Albani (and other scholars)" Compiled by Muhammad al-Jibali Laylat ul-Qadr is the most blessed night. A person who misses it has indeed missed a great amount of good. If a believing person is zealous to obey his Lord and increase the good deeds in his record, he should strive to encounter this night and to pass it in worship and obedience. If this is facilitated for him, all of his previous sins will be forgiven. Praying Qiyaam It is recommended to make a long Qiyaam prayer during the nights on which Laylat ul-Qadr could fall. This is indicated in many hadeeths, such as the following: Abu Tharr (radhiallahu `anhu) relates: "We fasted with Allah's Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) in Ramadaan. He did not lead us (in qiyaam) at all until there were seven (nights of Ramadaan) left. Then he stood with us (that night - in prayer) until one third of the night had passed. He did not pray with us on the sixth. On the fifth night, he prayed with us until half of the night had passed. So we said, 'Allah's Messenger! Wouldn't you pray with us the whole night?' He replied: 'Whoever stands in prayer with the imaam until he (the imaam) concludes the prayer, it is recorded for him that he prayed the whole night.'…" [Recorded by Ibn Abi Shaybah, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmithi (who authenticated it), an-Nasa'i, Ibn Majah, at-Tahawi (in Sharhu Ma`an il-Athar, Ibn Nasr, al-Faryabi, and al-Bayhaqi. Their isnad is authentic.] [Point of benefit: Abu Dawud mentioned: "I heard Ahmad being asked, 'Do you like for a man to pray with the people or by himself during Ramadan?' He replied, 'Pray with the people' I also heard him say, 'I would prefer for one to pray (qiyaam) with the imaam and to pray witr with him as well, for the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said: "When a man prays with the imaam until he concludes, it is recorded that he prayed the rest of that night." [Masaa'il]] Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu `anhu) narrated that the Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said: "Whoever stands (in qiyaam) in Laylat ul-Qadr [and it is facilitated for him] out of faith and expectation (of Allah's reward), will have all of his previous sins forgiven." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim; the addition "and it is facilitated for him" is recorded by Ahmad from the report of `Ubaadah Bin as-Samit; it means that he is permitted to be among the sincere worshippers during that blessed night.] Making Supplications It is also recommended to make extensive supplication on this night. `A'ishah (radhiallahu `anha) reported that she asked Allah's Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), "O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?" And he instructed her to say: "Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuh.ibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee - O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me." [Recorded by Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmithi. Verified to be authentic by Al-Albani] Abandoning Worldly Pleasures for the Sake of Worship It is further recommended to spend more time in worship during the nights on which Laylat ul-Qadr is likely to be. This calls for abandoning many worldly pleasures in order to secure the time and thoughts solely for worshipping Allah. `A'ishah (radhiallahu `anha) reported: "When the (last) ten started, the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) would tighten his izaar (i.e. he stayed away from his wives in order to have more time for worship), spend the whole night awake (in prayer), and wake up his family." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] And she said: "Allah's Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) used to exert more (in worship) on the last ten than on other nights." [Muslim]
  25. Bismillah As salam alykom We already started the last ten days which include Laylatul Qadr which is better than 1000 months according to Quran in terms of worship. It is preferred for the Muslim to repeat on Laylatul Qadr the phrase: Allahum inaka a`fown tohebul a`fw fa`afo a`ni. O Allah You are the All Pardon Who Loves to Pardon, thus, Pardon me. This is based on a hadeeth: Narrated under the authority of A`aesha may Allah be Pleased with her who said: I said: O Messenger of Allah, do you see if I learnt which night is the night of Qader, what do I say? He said: say, Allahum inaka a`fown tohebul a`fw fa`afo a`ni" reported by Termidhi.
  26. Assalamu aleikum, A reminder; ''The Virtue of the Last Ten Days of Ramadan and Laylat Al-Qadr'' http://www.islamonline.net/English/In_Dept...article01.shtml May Allah, SWT be pleased with our efforts during this special month insha'Allah. Wasalam
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