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  3. In sh a Allah in about 20 days, can not wait to receive Ramadan In sh a Allah!
  4. As-Salaam alaikum, In ayat 23 of Surat Anbiya of the Holy Qur'an (21:23), Allah Ta'ala says:-- "La yus'alu anma yaf'alu... He cannot be questioned about what He does." As observed by Sayyadi Ibn Arabi, may Allah be pleased with him, in his Kitab al-Jalal wa-l Jamal, this ayat/verse is connected to irresistible force, the plane of Allah's transcendent power, and the establishment of Divine Sovereignty over the world. When these attributes become fixed in the servant's heart, it is impossible for him to seek the reason for an occurrence or to raise any objection to it.... the remaining part of the verse reads.. "wa hum yus'aluun... but they will be questioned.." Yes, we will be questioned for our acts, because as His creatures and servants, we are dependent and responsible to Allah Ta'ala... that basically we must live life on planet earth in accordance with the provisions of His Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of His Last Messenger sent to the Universe.
  5. As-Salaam alaikum, To be successful in this worldly life and life in the Hereafter, get to know and firmly hold on to these 4 vital things, namely:-- (1) There is nothing that can oppose the Power of Allah, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala. (2) Allah Ta'ala has knowledge of everything. (3) Allah is very tender and the Most Merciful. (4) Allocations of Allah are good. Contemplate the meanings of these 4 things/issues... be truthful in your turning to Allah, and do not turn to anything that does not concern you. Holding on to these 4 principles increases our himma (spiritual striving) and establish us in the station of reliance on Allah, yearning, acceptance and love of Allah and His Decrees.
  6. As-Salaam alaikum, May I have the pleasure of reminding us all that the Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, mentioned that:-- "The most beloved words to Allah are four:- SUBHAAN-ALLAH; ALHAMDULILLAH; LA-ILAHA ILLALLAH and ALLAHU AKBAR. It makes no difference with which one you begin." [reciting]. (Sahih Muslim) And very much related to this is the Prophet's saying:-- "To say 'Subhanallah' and 'Alhamdulillah' and 'Laa-ilaha illallah' and 'Allahu Akbar' is more beloved to me than that from which the sun rises." (Sahih Muslim). In otherwords, reciting these Noble phrases/words is more valuable than all this dunya and the universe. Indeed, this dunya does NOT weigh more than a wing of a mosquito in Allah's eyes as we learnt in the Hadith where the Prophet, alaihis-Salaat Was-Salaam, said:-- "If the value of this dunya weighed the wing of a mosquito, Allah would never give a cup of water for the unbelievers to drink." (Tirmidhi) In view of this, we should include the recital of these words that Allah Ta'ala loves, in our daily Zikr.... mornings and evenings...several times over (may be 100 times each), when we sit to Remember Allah. Best Wishes.
  7. As-Salaam alaikum, From whatever angle you examine it, Tawheed (the Absolute Oneness of Allah) in Islam is contained in 4 phrases as follows:-- Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah) Alhamdulillah (All Thanks be to Allah) La ilaha illallah (None is worthy of worship but Allah) Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest) and La hawla wala quwwata illa billah ( we have strength or power to do anything, except with Allah's leave) Taken together these encompass Tawheed (worshipping Allah alone) and qadr (pre-decree). Ibn Awfaa said that a man came to the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, and said: "I cannot learn the Qur'an, so teach me something that will suffice me. He said, [recite] Subhanallah, Walhamdulillah, Wa laa ilaha illallah, Wallahu akbar, Wala hawla walaa quwwata illa billah..." (Abu Dawud 832, Nisa'ee 2/143) Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him reported: "Shall I inform you of a phrase which is under the throne and from amongst the treasures of Paradise?" Say, 'La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah', Allah will say: 'My Servant has submitted himself in intention, action and worship'. (Hakim, Darabi, Fath al Baari 11/501) A servant does not control any of his/her affairs; he does not have the means to repel harm or the ability to attain goodness except by Allah's Will. A servant cannot change disobedience to obedience, sickness to health, weakness to strength, deficiency to perfection except by Allah's Help. What Allah wills happens and what He does not will won't happen. The affairs of creation are tied to His Decree and Pre-Destination, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala.
  8. As-Salaam alaikum, In ayat 18 0f Surat Muhammad of the Holy Qur'an (47:18), we have read it where Allah Ta'ala says:-- "Faqad ja'a ashraatuha..." meaning: "But some of its signs (of the Last Hour) have already come". When mercy leaves hearts, people begin to fight, destroy and kill. Today we seem to be in that era, everywhere people are fighting among themselves and a whip comes from Heaven with unexpected terrible events like earthquakes, storms, floods and hurricanes. All of these are Signs of the Last Day... the Last Hour, but majority of people still do not go back to Allah, the Lord of Mankind and Jinn. Instead, they say 'It is nature'. As long as they say this, 'nature' will come against them every now and then.... Subhanallah!!
  9. 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)
  10. 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].
  11. 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.
  12. as salam alykom It is the best ten days again, may Allah Support us to achieve optimal benefit ameen!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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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  17. 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
  18. The Best Days in the World Based on "Al-A`yaad fil Islaam" [by Muhammad. al-Jibaly, published by QSS] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Blessed Days of Dhul Hijjah In what follows, we will highlight some of the Sunnah regarding these days, hoping by this to provide an incentive to make the best out of them and gain Allaah's reward, in shaa' Allaah. The First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah "The best days in the world are the Ten days." [ibn Hibbaan, al-Bazzaar, authenticated in Saheeh Jaami` us-Sagheer #1133] "There are no days during which good deeds are more beloved by Allaah than these (ten) days." [al-Bukhaaree, at-Tirmidhee and others] The Prophet, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, was then asked: "Not even Jihaad in Allaah's way?" He replied: "Not even Jihaad in Allaah's way; except for a person who went out (for Jihaad) with his self and wealth and came back with none (i.e. lost all for Allaah)." [at-Tirmidhee, authenticated in al-Albaanee's Irwaa' ul-Ghaleel, #953] All good deeds can be done during these days and the early generations of Muslims used to exert themselves excessively in worshipping Allaah. In particular, fasting and dhikr (mentioning and remembering Allaah) are to be done in plenty on these days. Dhikr Ibn `Abbaas commented on the verse <<.and to mention Allaah's name [plentifully] on Known days>> [22:28] by saying: <.these known days are the ten days [of Dhul Hijjah].> [Tafseer ibn Katheer] Fasting One of the wives of the Prophet, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, said: "Allaah's Messenger used to fast the (first) nine days of Dhul Hijjah, the day of `Ashooraa', and three days of each month. [saheeh Sunan Abee Daawood #2129] Fasting on all these days, however, is not a waajib (compulsory), nor is it a constant sunnah that the Messenger, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, never dropped. `Aa'ishah said: "I never saw the Messenger, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, fast the ten days." [Muslim] The Day of `Arafah - The Best Day of the Whole Year The day of `Arafah is the day when the pilgrims stand in worship on the Mountain of `Arafah. "Fasting the day of `Arafah expiates the [minor] sins of two years: a past one and a coming one. And fasting the day of `Aashooraa' expiates the sins of the past year." [Muslim] "There is no day on which Allaah `azza wa jall frees people from the Fire as He does no the day of `Arafah. He comes close (to those standing on `Arafah) and then revels before His angels, saying: "What are these people seeking?" [Muslim] The Day of al-`Ad-haa The tenth of Dhul-Hijjah is `Eed ul- Ad-haa or the day of an-Nahr (slaughtering). It marks the conclusion of the major rites of Hajj, and commemorates Allaah's bounty on His Messenger Ibraaheem, when He gave him a ram to sacrifice as ransom for his son Ismaa`eel, `alayhimassalaam. "The day of al-Fitr [i.e. `Eed ul-Fitr], the day of an-Nahr, and the days of Tashreeq are `Eed days for us Muslims. They are days of eating and drinking." [Ahmad, an-Nasaa'ee, Saheeh ul-Jaami` #8192] The Three Days Following `Eed ul-`Ad-haa On these days, the pilgrims complete their rites, Muslims continue with their `Eed celebrations, and are prohibited to fast. "The days of tashreeq are days of eating, drinking and mentioning Allaah." [Muslim] The Sacrifice Allaah `azza wa jall mentioned the sacrifice together with the first and foremost worship in Islaam: prayer. This is a clear indication of its great importance. Thus He ordered His Messenger, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, to slaughter sacrifices by saying: <<.Pray unto your Lord and slaughter [your sacrifice]." [109:2] Ruling The general concensus of the Muslim scholars is that the sacrifice is an important sunnah, and a worship called for in the Law of Allaah. However, they differ as to whether it is nafl (voluntary) or waajib (mandatory) for those who can afford it. Some scholars have explained the different ahaadeeth on the subject by stating that the sacrifice is obligatory on those who can afford it and not obligatory on those who cannot. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, said: "He who has the capacity, and does not sacrifice, may not approach our musallaa (place of prayer - on the `Eed)." [ibn Maajah, Ahmad and others, authenticated by Al-Albaanee in Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah, #2533] Regarding this hadeeth, Imaam ash-Shaukaanee said: "Prohibiting the one who could afford to sacrifice, but did not do so, from approaching the musallaa indicates that he must have left off a waajib, as it becomes useless to offer the salaah without this waajib [obligation]." [Nayl ul-Awtaar] Avoid Cutting Hair or Nails The one who plans to sacrifice (normally, the head of household) is prohibited to cut his hair or nails from the first Dhul Hijjah until he offers the sacrifice. "For the one who has a slaughtering to perform (on `Eed then, once the hilaal (crescent) of Dhul Hijjah is observed, let him not cut any of his hair or nails until he sacrifices." And in another narration: "Once the ten days start, for those of you who havethe intention to sacrifice, let them not cut any of their hair or nails (until they sacrifice)." [Muslim] This prohibition is the opinion of the majority of the scholars of the early generations of Muslims. Allaahu A`lam Our last call is all praise is to Allaah and may His salaah and salaam be upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family. from: http://www.islaam.com/ilm/bestdays.htm
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