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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. 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].
  6. "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)
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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].
  14. 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
  15. 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