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Celebrating Mother’s Day is an innovated matter which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) did not do. It is also an imitation of the kuffaar from whom we have been commanded to differ. Hence it is not permissible to celebrate it or to obey one's mother in that, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no obedience if it involves sin; obedience is only in that which is right and proper.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 7257; Muslim, 1840. 

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And I shall turn away from you and from those whom you invoke besides Allah. And I shall call on my Lord; and I hope that I shall not be unblest in my invocation to my Lord." )Quran 19:48

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Say: "The spoils are for Allah and the Messenger." So fear Allah and adjust all matters of difference among you, and obey Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), if you are believers.* The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses (this Quran) are recited unto them, they (i.e. the Verses) increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone); Who perform the payer and spend out of that We have provided them.(Quran 8:1-3)

From the above mentioned noble Ayah we derive the following:

The Divine Command here is:

1. Fear Allah.

2. Adjust all matters of difference among you.

3. Obey Allah and His Messenger.

However, this would be only done upon the condition, if you are believers.

The Ayah defines the believers as:

[color="#FF8C00"]1. When Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts.

2. When His Verses (this Quran) are recited unto them, they (i.e. the Verses) increase their Faith.

3. They put their trust in their Lord (Alone)

4. Who perform the payer

5. Spend out of that We have provided them.[/color]

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“Yearning for Allah and His meeting is like the gentle breeze blowing upon the heart, extinguishing the blaze of the Dunya. Whosoever caused his heart to settle with his Lord shall be in a state, calm and tranquility, and whosoever sent it amongst the people shall be disturbed and excessively perturbed.”

[ibn al Qayyim al Jawziyyah]

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Say (O Muhammad): "This is my way; I invite unto Allah (i.e. to the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism) with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me (also must invite others to Allah i.e to the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism) with sure knowledge. And Glorified and Exalted be Allah (above all that they associate as partners with Him). And I am not of the polytheists."

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Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983.

From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: "Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease"?

To this Arthur Ashe replied: ... "The world over -- 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis,50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD 'Why me?'. And today in pain I should not be asking GOD 'Why me?' "

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The meaning of enslavement to Allah versus owning slaves.

Alright, now what are the features of a master - slave relation?

The master purchases the slave in return for a certain amount of money, whereby, the slave becomes of a monetary value to the master in the sense that master may re sell the slave and invest the money. Slave performs whatever duties assigned by master. Master is not obliged to provide food and shelter, but he /she does of course according to minimum requirements. Slave is not allowed to go out, marry, entertain, object to heavy duty, ..etc. Master is not obliged to provide means to facilitate slave's duties, but it is the other way around, slave has to work under any condition.

I had met so many non Muslims specially atheists or agnostics who face major problem on this particular point. They criticise the idea of Muslims being enslaved to Allah, or called as Allah's Slaves in Quran. They argue that what type of a god is this who requires from those who believe in him to be slaves?

Now let us examine the Muslim (or more to say) Allah's slave, because not every Muslim or even Mu`min is enslaved to Allah. Allah Had Created this whole universe to be in the service of mankind (who the slave), Allah Subjected the whole universe, and in this I mean whole universe, skies, land, seas, rives, plants, animals, for the service of mankind. Allah Provides all possible means for mankind to perform their needed duties, provides what is needed to sustain themselves, enables them to sleep and rest, whenever they feel like, Allah Does not even compel mankind to believe in Him, and Allah Does this, I mean the subjection of universe for those who believe in Him or not. Instead of providing either monetary or physical benefit from the slave to the master, the master not only provides for the slave, but also protects him, cares for him, listens and grants the slave his needs, requests ..etc. Moreover, whenever the slave needs to speak to the Master who happens to be King of the Kings, Allah Is never occupied, sets forth a secretary to prevent or grant appoints, unlike the normal master - slave case of course, no need to elaborate, I am sure you understand. What kind of a Master is this? Isn't this Master is worthy that one willingly enslaves him/herself to Him????

When one does this, in addition to the aforementioned benefits that are even granted to those who do not believe, one feels honoured by being protected, and when you speak to Allah secretly, your secrets are not revealed, or scandalised. In addition, unlike the normal master - slave (who work for free), the master, in this case as we said does not receive neither monetary or physical benefit, but rather gives out in return for the manifestation of enslavement either in this Dunia or the Hereafter. But then of course those who are capable of enslaving themselves only to Allah shall receive different rank and treatment that no one can imagine but them and nothing in this whole world matters to them.

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Hazrat Abud-Darda (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah [sAWW](PBUH) said, "Seek among your weak ones, for you are given provision and help only because of the weak amongst you.''

[Abu Dawud Hadith # 2594].

Lesson : as mentioned above in Surah Al-Isra Ayat 30."Truly, your Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills" This Hadith mentions the reason for the acceptance of the invocations of the weak and poor. Since their hearts are free from the worldly vices and are gifted with greater sincerity and fear of Allah, their prayers are more acceptable to Him. This point has been mentioned more explicitly in Nasa'i which says: "Almighty Allah helps the Ummah because of the prayers, worship and devotion of its weak people". (Aun-ul-Ma`bud, Vol. No. 2, chapter Al-Jihad). The words which occur in most of the manuscripts of Riyad-us-Saliheen are (Abghow fi ad-duafa') and the translation quoted here follows these words. But in the manuscripts of Abu Dawud, the word (fi) does not figure in the text. In one manuscript, however, we find the words (Abghow fi ad-duafa') which means "For me search Muslims who are weak so that I find reason to support you with their prayers".

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And this life of the world is only amusement and play! Verily, the home of the Hereafter, that is the life indeed (i.e. the eternal life that will never end), if they but knew.(Quran 29:64 )

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Salman Al Faresy may Allah Be Pleased with him. Salman cried while dying, they asked him: what makes you cry. He said: the Messenger of Alalh salla Allah a`lyhee wa sallam adviced us to only maintain provision similar to that maintained by a traveller, and I am dying now while surrounded by such supplies and provision. Those who were attending explained the items as a container to collect water, another bowl for water and food and a third container used for purification.

when Salman said the provision of a traveler, of course he meant the traveler according to the advice of our Messenger, mentor, and leader Mohammad Ibn Abdullah, he means here the least provisions that may be easily carried, unlike our situation when we travel carrying luggage large enough and pay excess to the airlines, may Allah Bestow Mercy on us ameen

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Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, "When (will come) the Help of Allah?" Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near! ) (Quran 2:214

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"Remember) when your Lord said to the angels: "Truly, I am going to create man from clay"*So when I have fashioned him and breathed into him (his) soul created by Me, then you fall down prostrate to him."So the angels prostrated themselves, all of them:*Except Iblees (Satan) he was proud and was one of the disbelievers.*Allah) said: "O Iblees (Satan)! What prevents you from prostrating yourself to one whom I have created with Both My Hands. Are you too proud (to fall prostrate to Adam) or are you one of the high exalted[color"*[iblees (Satan)] said: "I am better than he, You created me from fire, and You created him from clay."*Allah) said: "Then get out from here, for verily, you are outcast.*"And verily!, My Curse is on you till the Day of Recompense."*[iblees (Satan)] said: "My Lord! Give me then respite till the Day the (dead) are resurrected."*(Allah) said: "Verily! You are of those allowed respite*Till the Day of the time appointed."*[iblees (Satan)] said: "By Your Might, then I will surely mislead them all,*"Except Your chosen slaves amongst them (faithful, obedient, true believers of Islamic Monotheism)."(Sad: 71-85 )

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And we still follow our fierce enemy who vowed by Allah's Mighty to tempt us??! Will you still follow him???? May Allah Curse him!

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And walk not on the earth with...conceit and arrogance. Verily, you can neither rend nor penetrate the earth, nor can you attain a stature like the mountains in height. (Isra:37)

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And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allah likes not each arrogant boaster. (Luqman: 18)

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And the slaves of the Most Beneficent (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness. (Furqan: 63)

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Narrated 'Umar bin Al-Khattab:

I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for." (reported by consensus)

Narrated `Umar bin Al-Khattab:

The Prophet said, "The rewards (of deeds) are according to the intention, and everybody will get the reward for what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for Allah's and His Apostle's sake, his emigration was for Allah and His Apostle; and whoever emigrated for worldly benefits, or to marry a woman, then his emigration was for the thing for what he emigrated for." (1)

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Narrated 'Umar bin Al-Khattab:

I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for." (reported by consensus)

Narrated `Umar bin Al-Khattab:

The Prophet said, "The rewards (of deeds) are according to the intention, and everybody will get the reward for what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for Allah's and His Apostle's sake, his emigration was for Allah and His Apostle; and whoever emigrated for worldly benefits, or to marry a woman, then his emigration was for the thing for what he emigrated for." (1)

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حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ، حَدَّثَنَا حَمَّادُ بْنُ زَيْدٍ، عَنْ عَاصِمِ بْنِ بَهْدَلَةَ، عَنْ مُصْعَبِ بْنِ سَعْدٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، قَالَ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أَىُّ النَّاسِ أَشَدُّ بَلاَءً قَالَ " الأَنْبِيَاءُ ثُمَّ الأَمْثَلُ فَالأَمْثَلُ فَيُبْتَلَى الرَّجُلُ عَلَى حَسَبِ دِينِهِ فَإِنْ كَانَ دِينُهُ صُلْبًا اشْتَدَّ بَلاَؤُهُ وَإِنْ كَانَ فِي دِينِهِ رِقَّةٌ ابْتُلِيَ عَلَى حَسَبِ دِينِهِ فَ...مَا يَبْرَحُ الْبَلاَءُ بِالْعَبْدِ حَتَّى يَتْرُكَهُ يَمْشِي عَلَى الأَرْضِ مَا عَلَيْهِ خَطِيئَةٌ " . قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ . وَفِي الْبَابِ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ وَأُخْتِ حُذَيْفَةَ بْنِ الْيَمَانِ

. ...Mus'ab bin Sa'd narrated from his father that a man said: "O Messenger of Allah(s.a.w)! Which of the people is tried most severely?" He said: "The Prophets, then those nearest to them, then those nearest to them. A man is tried according to his religion; if he is firm in his religion, then his trials are more severe, and if he is frail in his religion, then he is tried according to the strength of his religion. The servant shall continue to be tried until he is left walking upon the earth without any sins." (Hasan

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عَنْ أَبِي زُرْعَةَ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ جَرِيرٍ، أَنَّ عُمَرَ بْنَ الْخَطَّابِ، قَالَ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم " إِنَّ مِنْ عِبَادِ اللَّهِ لأُنَاسًا مَا هُمْ بِأَنْبِيَاءَ وَلاَ شُهَدَاءَ يَغْبِطُهُمُ الأَنْبِيَاءُ وَالشُّهَدَاءُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ بِمَكَانِهِمْ مِنَ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى " . قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ تُخْبِرُنَا مَنْ هُمْ . قَالَ " هُمْ قَوْمٌ تَحَابُّوا بِرُوحِ اللَّهِ ع...َلَى غَيْرِ أَرْحَامٍ بَيْنَهُمْ وَلاَ أَمْوَالٍ يَتَعَاطَوْنَهَا فَوَاللَّهِ إِنَّ وُجُوهَهُمْ لَنُورٌ وَإِنَّهُمْ عَلَى نُورٍ لاَ يَخَافُونَ إِذَا خَافَ النَّاسُ وَلاَ يَحْزَنُونَ إِذَا حَزِنَ النَّاسُ " . وَقَرَأَ هَذِهِ الآيَةَ { أَلاَ إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاءَ اللَّهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ } . ...Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab:

reported the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) as saying: There are people from the servants of Allah who are neither prophets nor martyrs; the prophets and martyrs will envy them on the Day of Resurrection for their rank from Allah, the Most High.

They (the people) asked: Tell us, Messenger of Allah, who are they? He replied: They are people who love one another for the spirit of Allah (i.e. the Qur'an), without having any mutual kinship and giving property to one. I swear by Allah, their faces will glow and they will be (sitting) in (pulpits of) light. They will have no fear (on the Day) when the people will have fear, and they will not grieve when the people will grieve.

He then recited the following Qur'anic verse: "Behold! Verily for the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve

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يَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ السَّاعَةِ أَيَّانَ مُرْسَاهَا قُلْ إِنَّمَا عِلْمُهَا عِندَ رَبِّي لاَ يُجَلِّيهَا لِوَقْتِهَا إِلاَّ هُوَ ثَقُلَتْ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ لاَ تَأْتِيكُمْ إِلاَّ بَغْتَةً يَسْأَلُونَكَ كَأَنَّكَ حَفِيٌّ عَنْهَا قُلْ إِنَّمَا عِلْمُهَا عِندَ اللّهِ وَلَـكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ }الأعراف187

They ask you about the Hour (Day of Resurrection): "When will be it...s appointed time?" Say: "The knowledge thereof is with my Lord (Alone). None can reveal its time but He. Heavy is its burden through the heavens and the earth. It shall not come upon you except all of a sudden." They ask you as if you have a good knowledge of it. Say: "The knowledge thereof is with Allah (Alone) but most of humankind know not." (Quran 7:187

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"For everything that a slave loses there is a

substitute,

but the one who loses Allah will never find anything to

replace Him.''

- Ibn al-Qayyim

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Rabi`ah bin Ka`b Al-Aslami


(May Allah be pleased with him)




{a servant of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)


& also one of the people of As-Suffah}.... said:-




'I used to spend my night in the company of
Messenger of Allah



(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)
and used to put up water for his Ablutions.




One day Prophet


(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)



said to me:-



"Ask something of me.''





I said:-




*'I Request for your companionship in Jannah'*



Prophet


(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) inquired~



"Is there anything else"{?}



I said, "That is all.''



Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:-



"Then help me in your request by multiplying your prostrations"{!!!}





[source:- S.Muslim].



***************************************



Thauban (May Allah be pleased with him) said: -




I heard Messenger of Allah


(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying:-




'Perform Salah more often.


For every prostration that you perform... Allah will raise your position one degree and will remit one of your sins'.




[source:- S.Muslim].



~A Lil Note ~




Abundance of prostrations means
strict observance
of Salat and performance of
obligatory optional
&
voluntary prayer !


~
it is a means for atonement of sins and the elevation of one's status in this life and the Hereafter{!!!}




May Allah {Aza Wa Jall} help us to acheive this Status !



{~'Insha Allah'~ 'Allah Humma Aameen'

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Rabi`ah bin Ka`b Al-Aslami


(May Allah be pleased with him)




{a servant of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)


& also one of the people of As-Suffah}.... said:-




'I used to spend my night in the company of
Messenger of Allah



(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)
and used to put up water for his Ablutions.




One day Prophet


(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)



said to me:-



"Ask something of me.''





I said:-




*'I Request for your companionship in Jannah'*



Prophet


(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) inquired~



"Is there anything else"{?}



I said, "That is all.''



Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:-



"Then help me in your request by multiplying your prostrations"{!!!}





[source:- S.Muslim].



***************************************



Thauban (May Allah be pleased with him) said: -




I heard Messenger of Allah


(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying:-




'Perform Salah more often.


For every prostration that you perform... Allah will raise your position one degree and will remit one of your sins'.




[source:- S.Muslim].



~A Lil Note ~




Abundance of prostrations means
strict observance
of Salat and performance of
obligatory optional
&
voluntary prayer !


~
it is a means for atonement of sins and the elevation of one's status in this life and the Hereafter{!!!}




May Allah {Aza Wa Jall} help us to acheive this Status !



{~'Insha Allah'~ 'Allah Humma Aameen'

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