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  2. As-Salaam alaikum, Sayyadi Hassan al-Basri, may Allah be Merciful to him, relates that a group of individuals claimed to love Allah and so Allah tested their love by revealing the Ayat: "Say, If you love Allah, then follow me and Allah will love you and forgive you your sins." (3:31) Al-Junaid Baghdadi, may Allah be Merciful to him, said: "No one has reached Allah except through Allah. And the path to reaching Allah is following the Chosen One, al-Mustafa, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam." Reaching Allah means attaining a state in which Allah is pleased with one. It is based on this perspective that the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:- "All of my community will enter paradise except those who refuse." It was asked, "O Messenger of Allah, who refuses?" He said:- "Whoever obeys me will enter Heaven. Whoever disobeys me has refused." [Bukhari, Vol. 6].
  3. "The one who tries to reach Me, knows Me The one who knows Me, wants Me The one who wants Me, seeks Me The one who seeks Me, finds Me The one who finds Me, serves Me The one who serves Me, remembers Me The one who remembers Me, I remember him with My Mercy". (Hadith Qudsi)
  4. As-Salaam alaikum, In a Hadith Qudsi, Allahu Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala said:-- "For Me, the most blessed of My Friends is the person of faith who is unburdened (by possessions), who takes pleasure in prayer, who carries out well his devotion to his Lord and eagerly serves Him in secret. He is concealed among the people; no one points him out. His sustenance is barely sufficient, and he is content with that. His death comes quickly, there are few mourners, and his estate is small." This Noble Hadith is included, with minor variations, in the canonical collections of Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and Ibn Hanbal.
  5. As-Salaam alaikum, It is my pleasure to invite your attention to the attached booklet compiled by Sheikh Ali Qari, titled: 'MUKHTASAR HIZBUL A'AZAM'. It is a collection of various kinds of Du'as and/or Supplications covering almost every area of life in this world and the Hereafter. You are aware that through Du'a, we fulfill the Order of Allah that we should request, ask/appeal to Him, Jallah-Jalalahu, for all we need... all we want. Also, Du'a ia an expression of our servitude to Allah Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala.... as it indicates our utter poverty and absolute dependence on Him. It helps us recognize Him as Rabb (Lord) and Malik (Owner of Everything). Find time to peruse this booklet and use it in everyday life, and you will see/appreciate what we are saying above.. Best Wishes.. MUKHTASASR-Hizbul-Azam.pdf
  6. As-Salaam alaykum, Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "THERE ARE 2 PHRASES THE ARE LIGHT ON THE TONGUE BUT HEAVY ON THE SCALE OF REWARDS AND ARE DEAR TO (ALLAH) THE GRACIOUS ONE. THESE ARE SUBHANALLAHI WA BI-HAMDIHI [All Glory is to Allah and all Praise to Him]; and SUBHANALLAH AL-AZIM [Glorified is Allah, the Great]." [Muslim, Bukhari, Tirmidhi]. In view of this, we should include the recital of these 2 Noble Phrases in good numbers DAILY in our Zikr... when we come to remember Allah Ta'ala in the mornings and evenings. Many Regards.
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  8. As-Salaam alaikum, In many places of the Holy Qur'an, notably Ayat 110 of Surat Ali-Imran (3:110) and Ayat 100 of Surat Tauba (9:100), Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, praised and showed His Pleasure for the Sahaba, the Companions of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam. They were a people whose actions and behaviors were all in accordance with the Islamic Shari'a... their sense of Generosity, Forgiveness, Justice and Selfless service to Humanity and Worship of Allah were highly exemplary Find hereby attached a compilation of 51 stories from a work titled: 'Companions Of The Prophet', for your perusal and use... as there are certainly lessons to draw therefrom. Best Wishes.. Companions of the Prophet.pdf
  9. As-Salaam alaikum, As a reminder, I wish to invite your attention to the following Ahadith.... all related from the Leader of Mankind and Jinn, Sayyadina Muhammad, the Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, who said:-- ( 1) "Do not drink alcohol, for it is the key to all evil".- Ibn Majah (2) "The beauty of one's Islam requires his leaving what does not concern him".- Ibn Hibban (3) "Livelihood seeks a person out in the same way that his death seeks him out"- Ibn Hibban (4) "All the children of Adam are wrongdoers, but the best wrongdoers are those that repent"- al-Tirmidhi (5) "Feed the hungry, visit the sick and free captives."--Bukhari (6) "The key to Paradise is Sallah, and the key to Sallah is Wudu"- Tirmidhi.
  10. As-Salaam alaikum, When his companions asked: "O Messenger of Allah, what are the most excellent of actions?" The beloved of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, replied:-- "To gladden the heart of human beings, To feed the hungry, To help the afflicted, To lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and To remove the sufferings of the injured." [Sahih Bukhari ]. So, over to us all for guidance and necessary action accordingly.
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  13. The best way to learn about something unfamiliar is to experience it firsthand. If you've never been to a country with a sizable Muslim population, consider booking a trip. Here are 10 destinations that will give you a better perspective on Islam and will just generally make for an awesome trip. Image source: International Link Tours 1. Indonesia Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world — about 87% of the country is Muslim. Besides surfing in Bali, which is just one of Indonesia's more than 13,000 islands, you can explore one of its eight World Heritage Sites, hike in the rainforest, visit active volcanoes, see ancient human fossils and snorkel in the coral reefs. In addition to the Great Mosque of Demak, one of the oldest in Indonesia, you can also see Hindu and Buddhist temples and remnants of the Dutch colonial history. 2. India Although only about 14% of the country is Muslim, India has the second-largest Muslim population in the world. The Taj Mahal is a world-renowned example of Islamic art built during the Mughal Empire and just one of the hundreds of tourist sites in the country. Charminar in Hyderabad is a mosque believed to have one minaret, or tower, for each of the four earliest caliphs, or leaders, of Islam. Pilgrims often travel to visit some of the many Islamic holy sites in India, as well as the Hindu temples. 3. Malaysia About 60% of the population in Malaysia is Muslim. The Prophet Muhammad's birthday is a national holiday, along with the Chinese New Year, Deepavali (the Hindu festival of lights, also called Diwali) and Christmas. In addition to the twin Petronas towers, you can visit the Islamic Art Museum Malaysia, many mosques, caves, beaches and nature reserves, including an elephant orphanage. 4. Morocco Morocco's population is considered 99% Muslim and has the 11th largest Muslim population in the world. From buying all kinds of crafts in the souk, or market, in Marrakesh, to camping with Berbers in the desert, to enjoying the coastal views in Rabat and ancient architecture in the Atlas Mountains, as well as sampling traditional food cooked in a tagine (clay pot), Morocco is enchanting. 5. Oman Oman is 88% Muslim. Check out the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Royal Opera House and enjoy one of the most diverse environments in the Middle East. Oman has beaches, caves and even mountains. The capital, Muscat, was named one of the best cities in the world to visit by Lonely Planet, as well as the capital of Arab tourism in 2012. 7. Turkey Turkey has the seventh-largest Muslim population in the world. While the U.S. State Department has a travel warning issued for Turkey, Istanbul is at the crux of where East meets West. Turkey is home to breathtaking landscapes, such as the World Heritage Site of the fairy-like caves of Cappadocia, and the stunning architecture of the Hagia Sophia and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Cruise down the Bosphorus between two continents, eat delicious Mediterranean food and try the national liquor Raki, made from grapes and aniseed. here it is Best Muslim Countries for Holidays 8. Algeria Algeria has the ninth-largest Muslim population in the world — 98% of the population is Muslim. The Grand Mosque is one of North Africa's most significant Islamic landmarks. You can also see many sites of well-preserved Roman, Byzantine and Phoenician ruins such as Timgad, Djemilia, Tiddis, and Tipasa. Constantine, the "city of bridges," was named the Capital of Arab Culture in 2015. Explore the camel market, sand dunes and ancient Saharan towns historically closed to foreigners. 10. Egypt The land of the Sphinx, the Pyramids and the Nile, Egypt is 90% Muslim. It's also home to Mount Sinai, Al-Azhar University, the Mosque of Amr ibn al-As and the mausoleum of Imam Shafi, along with many more historical sites.
  14. Children are easily influenced by their surroundings. These days, it is extremely difficult to expose our children to an ideal Islamic environment given the influences from media, friends and even other members of the family. With television, radio, Internet, and forms of media mostly touting un-Islamic values, it is up to parents and adults close to the children to set the correct example. It is impossible to shield our children from all the negative forces that can shape their minds and, ultimately, their behavior. However, by our own example and showing them better options, we can set them on the true path, which is to obey the commandments of Allah (SWT) and our Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him). Here are some tips you may want to follow in helping your children grow up with Islamic values. 1. Start by teaching them the importance of Worshipping only Allah: The best thing any Muslim parent could ever teach their children is to emphasize, from the day they can comprehend, that Allah (SWT) is One and no one is worthy of worship except Allah (SWT). This is the fundamental message of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and it is our key to Paradise. 2. Treat them kindly: Kindness begets kindness. If we were kind to our children, they, in turn, would show kindness to others. Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) was the best example of being kind to children. 3. Teach them examples of Muslim heroes: Instead of Batman or Superman, tell them about real heroes such as Ali bin Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) and others Muslims heroes. Tell them how Muslim leaders brought a real peaceful change in the world and won the hearts of Muslims and non-Muslims alike. 4. Let children sit with adults: It is preferable for children to be among adults, especially when listening to Islamic lectures. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) would often put children in the front row when he spoke to the people. 5. Make them feel important: Consult them in family matters. Let them feel they are important members of the family and have a part to play in the growth and well-being of the family. 6. Go out as a family: Take family trips rather than allowing your children to always go out only with their friends. Let your children be around family and friends from whom you want them to pick up their values. Always remember that your children will become who they are around with most of the time. So, watch their company and above all give them YOUR Company. 7. Praise them: Praise is a powerful tool with children, especially in front of others. Children feel a sense of pride when their parents’ praise them and will be keen to perform other good deeds. However, praise must be limited to Islamic deeds and deeds of moral value. 8.Avoid humiliation: Similarly, do not humiliate them in front of others. Children make mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes occur in their efforts to please the parents. If you are unhappy with your children, tell them in private. 9. Sports: The Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) encouraged sports such as swimming, running and horse riding. Other sports that build character and physical strength are also recommended, as long as the children maintain their Islamic identity, wear appropriate clothing and do not engage in unnecessary mixing. 10.Responsibility: Have faith in their abilities to perform tasks. Give them chores to do in line with their age. Convince them that they are performing an important function and you will find them eager to help you out again. 11. Don’t spoil them: Children are easily spoiled. If they receive everything they ask for, they will expect you to oblige on every occasion. Be wise in what you buy for them. Avoid extravagance and unnecessary luxuries. Take them to an orphanage or poor area of your city once in a while so they can see how privileged they are. 12. Don’t be friends: It is common in the West for parents to consider their children as friends. In Islam, it doesn’t work that way. If you have ever heard how friends talk to each other, then you will know that this is not how a parent-child relationship should be. You are the parents, and they should respect you, and this is what you should be teaching them. The friendship part should be limited to you and them keeping an open dialog so they can share their concerns with you and ask you questions when they have any. 13.Pray with them: Involve them in acts of worship. When they are young, let them see you in act of salaah (salat). Soon, they would be trying to imitate you. Wake them up for Fajr and pray as a family. Talk to them about the rewards of salaah so that it doesn’t feel like a burden to them. 14.Emphasize halal: It is not always good to say “this is haraam that is haraam”. While you must educate them on haram things, Islam is full of halaal and tell your children to thank Allah (SWT) for the bounties He has bestowed on them- not just for food and clothes. Tell them to be thankful for having eyes that see, ears that her arms and legs and, the ultimate blessing, Islam in their hearts. Read in details here: HOW TO BE A GOOD CHILD IN ISLAM Set an example: As parents, you are the best example the children can have. If you talk to your parents rudely, expect your children to do the same to you. If you are disrespectful to others, your children will follow too. Islam is filled with Divine advice on the best ways to bring up your children. That makes it an obligation upon parents to be good Muslims so their children will try to emulate them. If you don’t take Islam seriously, neither will your children. It goes back to our third point, which is to give them Islamic heroes. As a parent, you should be their number one hero.
  15. As-Salaam alaikum, In Ayat 21 of Surat Ahzab of the Holy Qur'an (33:21), Allahu Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala says:-- "You have indeed in the Apostle of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct), for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the praise of Allah." So, since our object is Allah Ta'ala and the Final Day, we are charged to follow the Prophetic guidance shown by Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam-- the guidance referred to as "a beautiful example.." that Allah loves. Teachers of old have always taught that the Prophet's beautiful example lies primarily in the inner qualities of his soul... designated by his compassion, justice, generosity, forgiveness etc... We should imitate him in this, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, by obeying the rules of Islamic Shari'a and overcoming everyday forgetfulness of the soul. This is closely related with the teaching in Ayat 31 of Surat Ali-Imran:-- "Say: If you love Allah, follow me, and Allah will forgive you your sins" (3:31) In otherwords, the way to become worthy of Allah's love is to follow Prophetic guidance. The goal of following this guidance is explained by a famous Hadith Qudsi in which the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, quotes the words of Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala:-- "When My Servant approaches Me through good works, then I love him. When I love him, I am the hearing with which he hears, the eye with which he sees, the hand with which he grasps, and the foot with which he walks." [Bukhari, Hadith No. 6502].
  16. As-Salaam alaikum, During his life, Imam Abu abdullah Muhammad Ibn Ahmad al-Qurtubi (d. 671/1273), may Allah be Merciful to him, produced a classic Tafsir of the Holy Qur'an.... which up to now is adjudged as one of the best explanations of the meaning of Allah's Words in the Holy Book. It is my pleasure to share with you the attached English Language translation of his monumental classic work, offered by A'isha Bewley... intended to give us access to the immense learning of Sheikh al-Qurtubi, and illuminate the way of understanding the Holy Qur'an. Do enjoy it. Tafsir_al_Qurtubi_-_Vol_I.pdf
  17. Islam teaches us different ways to attain success. One best way is to seek Islamic knowledge based on the Qur’an and the Sunnah. We need to spend time, money, efforts, emotions and patience to learn authentic knowledge of Islam not only for our own success but also to be able to share it to others, especially to our children. The most important and lasting gift or inheritance that we can give to our children is knowledge of Islam. It is a must that we should educate our children with Islamic knowledge since as parents we are accountable to their success and failure. The Prophet (saws) makes it very clear that we are accountable to our respective families/children: Abdullah ibn Umar reported that he heard the Prophet Muhammad (saws) saying: “Every one of you is a guardian, and responsible for what is in his custody. The ruler is a guardian of his subjects and responsible for them; a husband is a guardian of his family and is responsible for it; a lady is a guardian of her husband’s house and is responsible for it, and a servant is a guardian of his master’s property and is responsible for it. A man is a guardian of his father’s property and is responsible for it so all of you are guardians and responsible for your wards and things under your care).” (Bukhâri 3/592) Malik bin Huwairth narrated: “I came to the Prophet (saws) with some men from my tribe and stayed with him for twenty nights. He was kind and merciful to us. When he realized our longing for our families, he said to us: “Go back and stay with your families and teach them the religion. And offer the prayer and one of you should pronounce the Adhan for the prayer when its time is due. And the oldest one amongst you should lead the prayer.” (Bukhari 1/601) The above authentic Ahâdîth clearly shows how the Prophet (saws) commands us Muslims to be responsible to our respective families. The best way to perform our duty to our children is to teach them, Islam. Allah tells us that our children, just like our wealth and possessions, are but a trial from Him. Allah the highest says: “And know that your possessions and your children are but a trial: and that it is Allah with whom lies your highest reward.” [Qur’an 8:28] “Your riches and your children may be but a trial: whereas Allah, with Him, is the highest Reward.” [Qur’an 64:15] Since our children are but a trial and that the highest reward is with Allah the Almighty, it is then our responsibility to guide our children to Islam. It is only through Islam that they can become righteous and be of service to Allah. We pass Allah’s trial once our children worship and please our Creator. The best thing that we can give to our children is knowledge of Islam. It is the best education and the best means to fight ignorance and drive away evil. The Prophet (saws) says in the following Ahâdîth: Amr bin Sa’id or Sa’id bin Al-‘As t narrated that Allah’ Messenger (saws) said, “A father gives his child nothing better than a good education.” (Tirmidhi 4977 and Baihaqi) ‘Abdullah ibn Abbas narrated that Allah’s Messenger (saws) said: “A single scholar of religion is more formidable against Satan than a thousand devout people.” (Tirmidhi 217 and Ibn Majah) Raising Responsible Children When we teach Islam to our children, we raise them to be righteous and responsible Muslims who will subsequently treat us with kindness and respect. Islam is the only religion that clearly raises the status of the parents to a high degree and honor. In fact, Allah in many ayat of the Qur’an has commanded us to please our parents after pleasing Him. After our firm belief in Him, our Creator has enjoined us to treat our parents with kindness and respect: “…Worship none but Allah and be dutiful and treat with kindness your parents and kindred, and orphans and those in need; speak fair to the people; be steadfast in prayer, and give Zakat…” [Qur’an 2:83] “Serve Allah, and join not any partners with Him; and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbors who are of kin, neighbors who are strangers, the companions by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and what your right hands possess: for Allah loves not the arrogant, vainglorious.” [Qur’an 4:36] “Say: `Come, I will rehearse what Allah has (really) prohibited you from: join not anything with Him; be good to your parents; kill not your children on a plea of want, We provide sustenance for you and for them; come not nigh to indecent deeds, whether open or secret; take not life, which Allah has made sacred, except by way of justice and law. Thus does He command you, that you may learn wisdom.’” [Qur’an 6:151] In line with the above Quranic injunctions is the commonly quoted Hâdîth, which shows how the true Muslim must be more dutiful to his parents than any other person in the world: Abu Hurairah narrated that a man came to Allah’s Messenger (saws) and said, “O Allah’s Messenger! Who is more entitled to be treated with the best companionship by me?” The Prophet (saws) said, “Your mother.” The man said, “Who is next?” The Prophet (saws) said, “Your mother.” The man further said, “Who is next?” The Prophet (saws) said, “Your mother.” The man asked (for the fourth time), “Who is next?” The Prophet (saws) said, “Your father.” (Bukhari 8/ 2 and Muslim 4/ 6180-6183) Allah the All-Knowing and Most Merciful know that parents especially mothers bear hardships in rearing their children. Thus, He commands children to show gratefulness to their parents. Every man, therefore, is expected to be good to his parents, especially when they attain their old age where they need most his care, service, and respect: “Your Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) has decreed that you worship none but Him and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them but address them in terms of honor. And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility and say: O my Rabb (only God and Sustainer) (Only God and Cherisher)! Bestow on them (my parents) Your Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.” [Qur’an 17:23-24] And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command), “Show gratitude to Me and to your parents: to Me is (your final) Goal.” But if they strive to make you join in worship with Me things of which you have no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration), and follow the way of those who turn to Me. In the End, the return of you all is to Me. And I will tell you all that you did. [Qur’an 31:14-15] “We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth.” [Qur’an 46:15] Islam teaches us that it is for our success that we must obey Allah by showing our utmost kindness and respect to our parents. We must also obey them for as long as they do not command us something that disobeys Allah. We have to remember that if we please them, we please Allah. This means, that through our parents we can attain Allah’s rewards in the eternal world: Abdullah ibn Mas’ud narrated: “I asked the Prophet (saws) which deed is the dearest to Allah? He replied, “To offer salaat (the prayers) at there early fixed times.” I asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” He replied, “To be good and dutiful to your parents.” I again asked, “What is the next (in goodness)? “He replied, “To participate in jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s Cause.” (Bukhari 1/505) Abu Hurairah t narrated that Allah’s Messenger said: “Let him be humbled into dust; let him be humbled into dust.” It was said: “Allah’s Messenger, who is he?” He said: “He who sees either of his parents during their old age or he sees both of them, but he does not enter Paradise.” (Muslim 6189) Abu Darda narrated that when a man came to him and said, “I have a wife whom my mother commands me to divorce.” He replied to him that he had heard Allah’s Messenger (saws) say, “A parent is the best of the gates of Paradise; so if you wish, keep to the gate, or lose it.” (Tirmidhi 4928 and Ibn Majah) We learn further that in Islam for every Muslim it is a blessing from Allah if he has parents who are old as it gives him the opportunity to serve them and thus earns Allah’s pleasure because of this we need to teach our children Islam then we realize that how to teach Islam to your child . He will receive success, especially the supreme success in Paradise if he follows Allah’s commandment to be dutiful to his parents. This means that if we can raise our children, teach them knowledge of Islam or give them proper Islamic education, by way of Home Education or sending them to Islamic schools, we will be expecting them to take care of us especially during our old age and at the time when we will be needing them most. They will take care of us when we are weak and old as important members of their families and not let us just stay in other’s houses or at any home of the aged. Most of all, they will include us in their daily prayers, which is the best thing that they can give us. If we raise them to be righteous and they pray for our salvation then we attain ultimate success in the Life-Hereafter. Therefore, we must give importance to the acquisition of Islamic knowledge and impart the same to our children so that they will pray for our success. We must know that Islam teaches us to show goodness to our parents by including them in our daily prayers that Allah will forgive them and grant them Mercy: “O my Rabb! Make me one who performs prayers and (also) from my offspring, our Rabb! And accept my invocation. Our Rabb! Forgive me and my parents, and (all) the believers on the Day when the reckoning will be established.” [Qur’an 14:40-41)] “O my Rabb! Bestow on them (my parents) Your Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.” [Qur’an 17:24)] “My Rabb! Forgive me and my parents and anyone who enters my home as a believer. And to the disbelievers, grant no increase but destruction.” [Qur’an 71:28] When we guide our children to Islam, they become righteous Muslims whose prayers, to Allah, I for our own benefit, continue to reach us even when we die. The Prophet (saws) says in the following Hadith: “A man will be raised some degrees in Paradise and he will say, ‘For what reason I am receiving this?’ He will be told, ‘Because of your son asking forgiveness for you.’” (Bukhari 1613) Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah’ Messenger (saws) said, “When a man dies, accrual of merit in his favor from good deeds ceases except from three actions: 1. A charity which continues after his death; 2. Knowledge left behind from which men continue to benefit, and 3. Righteous offspring who pray for him.” (Muslim 4005) Knowing the importance of Islamic knowledge, it is imperative that we encourage our children to spend time acquiring it. We must remember that one of the characteristics of a believer is love for the search of knowledge. The following Hâdîth should inspire us and our children to continuously seek for Islamic knowledge: Abu Said Al-Khudri narrated: Allah’s Messenger (saws)said, “A believer is never satiated with gainful knowledge; he goes acquiring it till his death and entry into Paradise.” (Tirmidhi 222) We must also guide our children to be prompt in doing good deeds, which will increase our faith and subsequently enable us to gain Allah’s pleasure and mercy. We have to remember that on the Day of Judgment we shall be asked how we spent our lives, wealth, and knowledge. In other words, we will be questioned on how we spent everything that Allah has given us. “A man shall be asked concerning five things on the day of resurrection: concerning his life, how he spent it; concerning his youth, how he grew old; concerning his wealth, whence he acquired it, and in what way he spent it; and what was it that he did with the knowledge that he had.” (Tirmidhi 5197) Abu Barzah Nadlah ibn Ubayd al-Aslami narrated that the Prophet (saws) said: “A servant of Allah will remain standing on the Day of Judgment till he is questioned: about his age and how he spent it; and about his knowledge and how he utilized it; about his wealth from where he acquired it and in what (activities) he spent it; and about his body as to how he used it.” (Tirmidhi 407) With Islamic knowledge that we acquire and subsequently share to our children, Insha Allah, we will be able to answer whatever questions on the Day of Judgment. We and our righteous children will pass the real tests on the Day of Reckoning. This is because Islam teaches us to believe and to do deeds of righteousness and Allah the Almighty promises us everlasting life in Paradise. Our Only Rabb says: “But those who believe and do deeds of righteousness We shall soon admit them to Gardens, with rivers flowing beneath, to dwell therein forever. Allah’s promise is the truth, and whose word can be truer than Allah’s?” [Qur’an 4:122] Conclusion and Recommendations Knowledge of Islam tells us that by guiding our children to Islam, we do not only respond to the duty that Allah and His Messenger (saws) enjoin upon us i.e., to be accountable to our children; but also, we expect subsequent rewards for raising righteous children. If we want our children to be righteous and be successful Muslims, we must learn and teach our children authentic knowledge of Islam, which is one that is based on the Qur’an and the Sunnah (and/or the authentic Hâdîth of the Prophet (saws)). For those of us who can not teach our respective children for some reasons, who find no time or incapable to teach our own children, it is a must that we send them to standard quality Islamic schools where boys are separated from girls. If such schools are not available in our area, then we can opt for Islamic distance schooling or Home Education. This alternative to formal schooling is less expensive. It even gives parents and children to be closer (i.e., binds the bond of relationship with mutual love, respect and understanding) as the parents are expected to give more time to supervise or at least guide their children’s study. Children learn more from their parents as they are spending their full time at home. They avoid mixing with the opposite sex. They also avoid the company of friends, classmates and schoolmates who may have bad influences on them. In this manner, they avoid the recurring problems prevalent among the youths such as school delinquency, drug addiction, smoking, drinking liquor, gambling, illicit sex and other social problems. Another alternative is for us parents to hire competent Muslims teachers who can teach our children Islam during weekends. To minimize cost, we can organize weekend Islamic schools within our community by making use of the existing public schools. All we need is to make a request to the school administrator for the use of some rooms of the school buildings. If this is not possible then, we can make use of the existing mosques in the area. Aside from the formal (English and Madrasah) and/or weekend Islamic schools, we can encourage our children to seek knowledge of Islam by any of the following means: 1) attendance to Islamic lectures, forums and seminars, 2) reading books and other reading materials on Islam, 3) listening to radio and television programs on Islam, 4) buying books, booklets, magazines and other reading materials on Islam, 5) purchasing other learning media (e.g., CDs, Videos and cassette tapes) on Islam, and/or 6) giving them proper access to the Islamic reading materials available in the Internet (i.e., Islamic websites). All these various opportunities to acquiring knowledge of Islam are blessing from Allah, Who bestows knowledge to whom He guides to Islam. Indeed, Allah is Most Gracious, Most Merciful, He has opened for us various ways and means to learn Islam. It is for us Muslims to learn authentic knowledge of Islam so that we please Allah the Almighty. It is only by knowing Islam that we know our Creator and how we can worship Him to the best we can and therefore attain His rewards and be successful in the eternal world to come. Islam teaches us to be accountable to our respective children. The best way is for us to share our authentic knowledge of Islam with them. Let us remember that their success means our ultimate success too.
  18. As-Salaam alaikum, In Ayat 87 of Surat Nisa'i of the Holy Qur'an, Allah Ta'ala says:-- "God! There is no god But He: of a surety He Shall gather you together against the Day of Judgement, about which there is no doubt. And whose word can be truer than God's?" Belief in the Final Day is one of the 6 pillars of fath...Imaan...preached by all Prophets. Belief on/in this Day should make us focus on what is our ultimate best interest and act accordingly. In that respect, find hereby attached a copy of Dr. Umar al-Ashqar's work titled: 'The Final Day in the Light Of the Qur'an and Sunnah'... It is a very well researched work, informative and educative on this subject. Enjoy it. The%20Day%20of%20Resurrection.pdf
  19. As-Salaam alaikum, We all know that death is a necessary end for all of us, it will come when it will. The book: 'Sharhus Sudoor' by Imam Jalaluddin Suyuti, may Allah be Merciful to him, is a very illuminating work/discussion on issues regarding death and the grave. Just what is death, what happens after death before the Day of Mahshar? All these and more are discussed in details in this book, a copy of which is hereby attached. Examine it towards preparation for death...... Best Wishes. 129-1423770807.pdf
  20. As-Salaam alaykum, That popular Tafsir ( explanations ) of the Holy Qur'an titled: Tafsir al-Jalalayn, by Imam Jalaluddin Suyuti and Imam Jalaluddin Mahali, may Allah be Merciful to them both, is/was a 15th Century Tafsir.... a universally acclaimed and respected classic Tafsir work on the Holy Qur'an. Find a copy of this classic Tafsir hereby attached for your perusal and use... share it with others too. May we all be lovers and followers of the Qur'an forever... ameen. My Regards. TafsirAlJalalayn_eng_suyuti.pdf
  21. As-Salaam alaykum, It is my pleasure to share with you a copy, hereby attached, of Imam An-Nawawi's 40 Hadith.... may Allah Ta'ala be Merciful to him.... for your perusal and use. They are all related from the Leader of Mankind and Jinn, Sayyadina Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, covering a wide range of areas including Imaan, Ikhlas, Zikr, Tawheed, and many more. Find time to examine them, you will be glad you did. Many Regards. Forty%20Hadith%20on%20Imam%20An-Nawawi%20Arabic%20and%20English%20PDF.pdf
  22. Right after Hajj season, the Saudi Government allows agencies and countries to open up the Umrah season. It typically takes a few weeks and even months after the Hajj season for the Saudi government to start issuing Umrah visas . Even the hotels, local areas, motels, parks, restaurants, malls and all the civil areas need to be revamped. The massive influx of people has come and it is imperative to ensure that the area remains cleans for the new people arriving. The objective is to clean up and sort out any variance from the Hajj impact. Do realize that millions of people have just visited the most beautiful and holiest cities of the world, and the government needs to prepare for the entire Umrah season. Umrah Season is still very much active. Umrah Packages after Hajj is comparatively cheaper as compared to Umrah during Ramadan. Umrah Visa Opening Dates 2017 after Hajj One needs to know that the Umrah is a comprehensive package given to certain delegates of each country. And each year the government of Saudi Arabia either allows or rejects the visa issuance. Each travel agency is evaluated on merit. Any person that has absconded or has not reached back will be taken notice of. How it works is that each person is registered via its visa office and travel agent. That travel agent has to have bonded with each regional player to ensure that the people return safely. People need to know that the laws in Saudi Arabia are very much different. If you abscond and do not come back, you will not only be deported but can serve time. Hence, Umrah after Hajj season depends on multiple variances. Sometimes the country gets different quota. Some packages will not be offered anymore. Pricing might change. If you find a travel agent quoting you a price prior to the Hajj, this is not possible. And that pricing is not accurate but only an estimate. Travel agents can assurance and cleared out and then the prices are created for every country. The best umrah 5-star packages are also offered after Hajj since the hotels are more than eager to win business. The earlier the bookings the better. Read in details here: Umrah Opening After Hajj 2017 It is recommended that if you are interested in performing Umrah before any Hajj prepares in advance. Umrah after the great Hajj is not like performing the umrah during the holy month of Ramadan. In fact, the prices are now reasonable and not as high as Ramadan Umrah.
  23. Umrah, also known as the lesser pilgrimage (as compared to the Hajj), means a visit, in particular, a visit to the Kaa’ba. The fact that Umrah is the lesser pilgrimage in no way diminishes its significance or reward. An Umrah can be performed anytime during the year – and what better time to perform an Umrah than in the holiest month of the Islamic year. A month where even the simplest of good deeds reap a manifold reward, an Umrah becomes an act of even greater significance. About Hajj and Umrah, Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said: “(The performance of) `Umrah is the expiation for the sins committed (between it and the previous one). And the reward of Hajj Mabrur (the one accepted by Allah) is nothing except Paradise” (Bukhari 26:1). Keeping in mind the general importance of Umrah one can only imagine how much Allah Almighty will appreciate it when we perform it in the month of Ramadan. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and for those Muslim brothers and sisters who can afford it easily, it is mandatory to perform at least once in a lifetime. And those of us who are unable to afford the Hajj or are unable to perform it for any other reason, an Umrah in Ramadan then becomes a great opportunity: According to a hadith reported by Ibn `Abbas: “Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) asked an Ansari woman (Ibn `Abbas named her but `Ata' forgot her name), ‘What prevented you from performing Hajj with us?’ She replied, ‘We have a camel and the father of so-and-so and his son (i.e. her husband and her son) rode it and left one camel for us to use for irrigation.’ He said (to her), ‘Perform `Umrah when Ramadan comes, for `Umrah in Ramadan is equal to Hajj (in reward)” (Bukhari 26:10). Thus, as one can see, Umrah performed during the holy month is synonymous with having performed the Hajj, the ultimate act of total submission to the Lord. Whosoever is unable to perform the Hajj, due to its strenuous physical demands, costs, or other personal reasons, can instead opt for performing Umrah during Ramadan, as this Hadith narrates that it is one in the same thing. Read more authenticated Best Time to Perform Umrah . However, the equivalence to Hajj may only be in terms of the blessings and while it is unable to relieve a Muslim of his or her obligation of Hajj, Umrah is still able to expiate sins and offers us an opportunity to amend our relationship with the Almighty Allah. Ibn-i-Abbas narrates from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that: “Whoever reaches Makkah in the month of Ramadan and fasts and passes his/her night worshipping as much as he can, Allah writes for him/her the reward of a hundred thousand fasting of the month of Ramadan performed outside of Makkah and Allah bestows on him/her for each day and night the reward of freeing a slave. For each day, He writes the reward of a horse's attack against the enemy on the way of Allah. And He writes for the day a hasana (good deed), and for the night a hasana.” (Ibn Majah, Manasik: 106.) So if this Ramadan you want to earn great rewards from Allah, take the opportunity and go to Makkah to perform the Umrah, it not only lessen your sins but also brings you closer to Allah and that is the ultimate reward for any Muslim.
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