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Signs of Qiyamah Posted on Mon, Apr 23, 2007 13:27
Signs of Qiyamah (Doomsday) Hazart Abu Musa Al Ashari narrates that The Holy Prophet Sallahu Alaihi Wasallam (May Allah send peace and blessings upon him) said: "Qiyamah will come.... * When it will be regarded as a shame to act upon Quranic injunctions. * When untrustworthy people will be regarded as trustworthy and the trustworthy will be regarded as untrustworthy. * When the liars will be regarded as truthful and the truthful will be regarded as liars. * When women with children become displeased (on account of them bearing off-spring) and barren women remain happy (on account of having no responsibility of off-spring). * When decisions will be given on mere conjecture (wild guesses). * When legislation in matters pertaining to my right (religion) is handed over to the worst elements in my Ummah, and if people accept them and are satisfied with their findings, then such persons will not smell the fragrance of Jannah. * When the off-spring become a cause of grief and anger (for their parents). * When Islam will become a stranger (unwanted religion). * When Malice and Hate will become common among people. * When Islamic Knowledge (Ilm) is lifted. * When people will boast upon their palatial mansions. * When oppression, jealousy and greed become the order of the day. * When lies prevail over the truth. * When people dispute over petty issues. * When people blatantly follow their passions and whims. * When immorality overtakes shamelessness and is perpetrated publicly. (Al Hadith) Our Lord! grant us what you promised unto us through your Messengers and disgrace us not on the Qiyamah, for you never break your promise. (Surah 3:194)
Virtues of Salaam Posted on Thu, Nov 16, 2006 15:47
Introduction All praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds and peace and blessing be upon the best of creation who was sent down as a mercy for the worlds His beloved Prophet Muhammad . Here we present a compilation of virtues of the Islamic greeting, Salaam Offering Salaam Is An Islamic Duty It has been narrated from Hazrat Ali(ra) that the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "Commonly in Islam there are six rights of a Muslim upon a Muslim: when he meets him he should give him salaam; when he invites him (to a meal) he should accept it; when he sneezes he should bless him; when he falls ill he should visit him; when he dies he should accompany his funeral and he should prefer for him that which he prefers for himself." Replying To Salaam Is A Duty Of A Muslim Nasai narrates from Hazrat Abu Hurairah(ra) that the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "There are rights of a Muslim over a Muslim: Responding to salaam, visiting the sick, following the bier (A platform upon which the corpse rests), accepting an invitation (to a meal) and blessing a person who sneezes." This narration has been narrated in Sahih Muslim in these words, "There are six rights upon a Muslim". The Prophet(saw) was asked, "What are these O? Prophet of Allah?" The Prophet(saw) replied, "When you meet him, give him salaam, when he invites you, (to a meal) accept it, when he seeks counselling from you give him counselling and when he sneezes and says Alhamdulillah, bless him, when he falls ill visit him and when he dies accompany his funeral." Warning Upon Not Replying To The Salaam It has been narrated from Abdur Rahmaan ibn Shayba(ra) he says the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "A rider should give salaam to a walking person, a walking person should give salaam to a seated person, a small group should give salaam to a larger group, whoever then responds to salaam, it is for his benefit, and he who does not respond to salaam, is not from amongst us." Ibn Sunni has narrated this and also Imaam Bukhari in his book Al Adabul Mufrad. On these bases Allama Nawawi in his commentary of Sahih Muslim has said, "To commence salaam is Sunnah and to reply is Wajib." Similarly Hafiz ibn Abdul Bar(rah) says, "It is an unanimous agreement of the Muslims that to commence Salaam is Sunnah and to reply is Wajib." The Virtue of Commencing Salaam It has been narrated by Abu Umamah(ra) that the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "Whoever commences Salaam is very close to Allah and His Messenger Muhammad(saw)" Ibn Sunni has narrated this. In Imaam Ahmad?s narration there is, "The closest to Allah, the most glorious and eminent one, from amongst all the people is the one who commences salaam." Similarly Tabrani narrates from Abu Darda(ra), who says that we asked the Holy Prophet(saw) , "O Prophet of Allah, we meet each other, so who from amongst us should give salaam first?" The Holy Prophet(saw) replied, "The one who is the most obedient to Allah from amongst you." Reward For Giving Salaam It has been narrated by Saalim(ra) that the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "He who says Assalaamu Alaikum (Peace be upon you) ten rewards are written down for him, and he who says Assalaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullah (Peace be upon you and Allah?s mercy) for him twenty rewards are written down and he who says Assalaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh (Peace be upon you and Allah?s mercy and blessing) thirty rewards are written down (for him)." In support of this Hadith we find a narration by Ibn Umar(ra) in Musannaf-Abdul-Razzak; It has been narrated in this Hadith that a person came in the presence of the Holy Prophet(saw) and said, "Assalamu Alaikum." The Holy Prophet(saw) replied, "Ten." Then a second Sahabi came and said, "Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullah." The Holy Prophet(saw) replied, "Twenty." Then a third Sahabi arrived and said, "Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh." Upon this the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "Thirty." That is to say upon three words thirty rewards will be written down. What is Salaam? Imam Baihaqi narrates in discontinuation from Ibne Abbas(ra), that As-Salaam is amongst Allah?s names and also this is the greeting of the dwellers of Paradise. Imaam Bukhari in his Al-Adabul-Mufrad narrates from Hazrat Anas(ra) that the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "As-salaam is indeed a name from the names of Allah, which Allah has placed upon the Earth, therefore spread salaam amongst yourselves in abundance." The Manner of giving Salaam Abu Yala(rah) narrates from Hazrat Abu Hurairah(ra) that the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "When anyone of you decides to offer salaam he should say ?Assalaamu Alaikum?, because Allah, the most Glorious and Eminent one is As-salaam, for this reason do not commence with anything before saying Allah?s name." Conduct With The Person Who Does Not Say Salaam It has been narrated from Ibn Umar(ra), that the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "He who speaks without firstly giving salaam, then do not answer him (to what he has to say)." Spread Salaam Hazrat Abdullah ibn Salaam(ra) says, "When the Holy Prophet(saw) arrived in Madinah, the people lost no time in arriving in the presence of the Holy Prophet . I was amongst the people who had arrived to see him. When I looked with thoughtfulness at the Holy Prophet?s radiant face, I realised with certainty that this is no face of a liar." Abdullah ibn Salaam(ra) says, "The very first thing which I heard the Holy Prophet(saw) say was, ?O? People, spread salaam and feed the people, keep good relations with your kith and kin and at nightfall engage yourself in salaah while others are asleep, for you will enter Paradise safely." In Mu?atta, Tufail ibn Abi Shayba regarding Ibn Umar radiyallahu anhuma says that one day when I came to Abdullah ibn Umar, he asked me to go to the market (with him). I asked, "What are you going to do in the market? You do not go to any salesman, or ask about any goods or its price nor do you want to sit in any market gatherings, so stay here with us, we will talk here." Abdullah ibn Umar then said, "O Abu Battan, (he called him Abu Battan because Tufail ibn Abi had a large stomach) we are going to the market for the cause of giving salaam." Similarly Ibn Sunni has narrated about Abu Imaam Baa?ali that he said to Muhammad ibn Ziyaad, "O my nephew the Holy Prophethas commanded us that we spread salaam." A Rider Should Give Salaam To A Walking Person It has been narrated by Fudhala ibn Ubaid that the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "A rider should give salaam to a walking person, a walking person should give salaam to a standing person and a small group of people should give salaam to a larger group." Similarly it has been narrated by Hazrat Jabir that the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "An elder person should give salaam to a younger one, one person should give salaam to two, a small group of people should give salaam to a larger one, a rider should give salaam to a walking person, a passer-by should give salaam to a standing person and a person who is standing should give salaam to a seated person." Likewise it has been narrated by Abu Hurairah that the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "A rider should give salaam to a walking person and a walking person should give salaam to a seated person and when a small group of people pass by a larger group they (the smaller group) should give salaam." Similarly it has been narrated by Jabir that the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "A rider should give salaam to a walking person and a walking person should give salaam to a seated person, but if two walking persons meet each other, then whoever commences salaam first from the two, is superior." Similarly it is narrated by Hazrat Abu Hurairah he the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "A younger person should give salaam to an elder person, a by-passer to a seated person and a small group of people to a larger group." Giving And Replying To Salaam From One Person Is Sufficient It has been narrated by Hazrat Ali(ra) that the Holy Prophet(saw) said, "The salaam of a person, from a passing group of people, will be sufficient on behalf of all the group, likewise if one person from those who are seated replies to the salaam, it will be sufficient on behalf of all the rest."
Ten Benefits of Praying Fajr Salaah with Congregation Posted on Sat, Nov 11, 2006 11:36
Ten Benefits of Praying Fajr Salaah with Congregation 1) Awarded the reward of Qiyamul-Layl. 2) Salvation from Hypocrisy. 3) He will have complete Noor ? He will have the most brilliant form of light on a day when there will be no light, the Day of Qiyamah. 4) He will have the testimony of the Angels, and their praise for him in the court of Allah Taa'la. 5) He will have the reward of one Hajj and Umrah, if he carried on remembering Allah Taa'la till sunrise. 6) He will be given treasures that cannot compare with the meagre treasures of the world. 7) He will have the blessing of praying the two rak'ats of Fajr. 8) He will attain freedom from Hell and the glad-tidings of entering Paradise . 9) He will be free from the chains of Shaytaan, and the laziness of his body and its impurities. 10) THE BIGGEST BENEFIT: He will be blessed with the power to see Allah Taa'la on the Day of Qiyamah. May Allah Taa'la give us the ability to pray the Fajr prayer with congregation. Ameen
Death, the Inevitable Posted on Sat, Nov 11, 2006 11:33
Death, the Inevitable In a day and age when the world is gripped with dispute; and disagreement is at its peak, there remains one fact that is undisputed, moreover is accepted by each and everyone: Death. No matter what religion, group or sect one may be attached to, the fact of dying is not refuted. This is why in the Holy Qur'an, we see that Allah Taa'la has described death and says that there remains no doubt in the matter of death. So after having realising that death is inevitable, one has to turn his attention to the eternal life which awaits him after his death. But sadly, we see today that instead of preparing for the hereafter, we have turned our attention to this futile and worthless world which too will one day come to an end. Explaining this, Imam Ghazali Rahmatullahi Alayhi says that if the entire world was to be filled with sesame seeds and after every 1000 years, a bird was to come and eat one seed and then go back and return after a thousand years, even then this world would one day come to an end but this is not the case of the hereafter which will remain for eternity. So now dear reader, tell me which life is worth our efforts. Allah Himself says in the Qur'an in Surah Aa'la: ?You give preference to the worldly life whereas the life of the hereafter is better and eternal.? After establishing death is inevitable and life which succeeds is better and everlasting then we have to live a life which pleases our Lord till the day we die. All praise is for the Almighty who gave us the perfect example to gaining his everlasting bounties by sending to us the best of mankind: Muhammad . If we mould our lives around the life of the Holy Prophet , then we can look forward to death and meeting our Lord. Otherwise, death will find us when we will be trying to avoid it but Allah Taa'la states: ?Wherever you may be, death will reach you even though you may be in fortresses built up high and strong.? (Surah Nisaa) It is through the infinite blessings of Allah that he has made us believers and not from amongst the disbelievers; and Inshallah through the blessing of this faith, we will one day enter paradise in contrast to the disbelievers who will never enter paradise. One may raise an objection here as to why the foundation of the eternal life lies on a mere 60-70 years. The answer is quite simple because death merely underlines the intention of a believer or a disbeliever to remain as he or she would if they were to remain forever. After having been given the blessing of being from amongst the believers, we have to spend our lives in obeying Allah which means doing all those good deeds which are a means of His pleasure and avoid all those deeds which incur His wrath and displeasure. As we look into the lives of our pious predecessors, we see many of them were lying in wait for death. Hazrat Bilal radhiyallahu anhu, the Muazzin of the Holy Prophet was on his death bed and his wife was crying. He says to his wife, ?Why are you crying? Tomorrow I am going to meet the Holy Prophet and his companions.? A pious saint, Sheikh Fatah bin Shakhrof never lifted his gaze towards the sky for a period of thirty years. Once he lifted his gaze and prayed that I long to meet you and it has intensified so please call me towards you. After this prayer, he did not remain on this earth for more than a week. Why shouldn't every Muslim be lying in wait for death as this is the bridge to meeting his or her creator? ? This yearning however doesn't come without effort as with everything in life. We have to lead our lives in such a way that when death comes, we receive it with open arms. Death is inevitable, there is no hiding and the life that succeeds it is eternal, so why not give up the temporary pleasures of this world for the eternal bounties of the hereafter? The method of this is that just as the Prophet of Allah did; increase the remembrance of death as this will make one turn their intentions towards the hereafter. We pray to Allah Taa'la that he gives us the ability to remember death abundantly and do those actions which will make death easy upon us and make the day that we meet Him the happiest day ever. Ameen
The virtues of some Surrahs of the Qur'an Posted on Thu, Nov 09, 2006 07:36
The virtues of some Surrahs of the Qur'an 6/16/2004 2:35:00 PM GMT Surah al Fatiha (1) Once the Prophet was traveling when he disembarked and began walking alongside a companion. He asked him, 'Shouldn't I tell you the best part of the Qur'an?' then he recited 'Alhamdu lillahi rabil alameen' (Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds). (First verse in Surrah Al Fatiha (1:1) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: "Whoever mastered the first seven (chapters or verses) from the Qur'an is a pontiff." Also Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: "In the Fatiha of the Qur'an, there is a cure for all maladies (illnesses)" Surah al Baqara (2) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: "The Qur'an and those who committed themselves to it will be presented on the Day of judgment, preceded by Surrah Al Baqara and Surrah Al Imran." Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) also said: "Learn how to recite Surah Al Baqara for there is a blessing in it, and there is sorrow for abandoning it, and it is unbearable for the idle' and that Al Baqara and Al Imran are like two flowers which will shade their learner on the day of Judgment, as if there were two large clouds or two flocks of birds." Also Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: "Recite Surrah Al Baqara in your dwellings and do not keep them as tombs. He also said that whoever recited Surrah Al Baqara at night would be crowned with a crown of paradise." Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: "Do not make your house as tombs, for Satan averts a dwelling wherein Surrah Al Baqara is recited" Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was asked, 'Which part of the Qur'an is the best?'. He replied, 'The Surrah in which the cow is mentioned'. He was then asked 'Which part of that Surrah?'. He replied, 'The verse of the Throne and the last part of Surrah Al Baqara came down from under the Throne' Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: 'Whoever recites 4 verses from the first part of Surrah Al Baqara, the verse of the Throne, two verses after the verse of the Throne and three verses from the last part of Surrah Al Baqara, Satan would never come near him or the members of his family on that day, and nothing he despises would come near him or the members of his family, and never are these verses recited over a madman without him regaining his consciousness' Abdullah ibn Masud (may Allah be please with him) said, 'Whoever recited ten verses from Al-Baqara in the night, Satan shall not have access to that house, during the night till he wakes in the morning. These are: Four from the first part of the Surrah, followed by the verse of the Throne, two verses after the verse of the Throne and three from the last part of the Surrah'. Surah al Imran (3) Abdullah ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him) said, 'What an excellent treasure Surrah Al Imran is to the pauper when he recites it in prayer during the last part of the night' Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: 'Allah's most magnificent name, which when used to implore Him, He responds, is found in three Surrahs. Al Baqara, Al Imran and Taha' Surah al An'am (6) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: 'This Surah was seen off by as many angels as could block the horizon' Surah Yusuf (12) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: 'Teach your relative the recitation of Surrah Yusuf, for, any Muslim who recites it or teaches it to his family, Allah shall ease for him the agony of death, and give him the strength that will prevent him from envying a fellow Muslim' Surah al Kahf (18) The Prophet (PBUH) said: 'Whoever recited Surrah Al Kahf on a Friday, Allah will kindle for him abundant light to illuminate the period between the two Fridays (the Friday on which he recited the Surrah and the next Friday)' Surah al Mu'minun (23) Ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him recited (Surrah Al Mu'minun from verse 115 to 118) in the ear of an afflicted person and the man was cured. Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: 'What did you recite in his ear?' Ibn Masud told him, and the Prophet (PBUH) said, 'By He in Whose hand lies my soul, Were a believing man to recite it over a mountain, it would have melted'. Surah as Sajda (32) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) would not sleep until he recited Surrah Al Sajda. Khalid ibn Ma'dan (may Allah be pleased with him) said, "Recite the Deliverer, which is Alif Laam Tanzeel, for I have heard that a man who had committed many sins used to recite it and nothing else. It spread its wing over him and said, ?O? My Lord, forgive him, for he often used to recite me.? So the Lord Most High made it an intercessor for him and said, ?Record for him a good deed and raise him a degree in place of every sin." Surah Yassin (36) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: 'Whoever recited Surrah Yassin at night seeking Allah's pleasure, Allah would forgive him' Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: "Whoever recited Surrah Yassin would seem (in terms of reward) as if he had recited the Qur'an ten times." Surah ad Dukhan (44) Ibn Masud (may Allah be pleased with him) said, 'The 'ha-meems' are the embellishment of the Qur'an The 'ha-meems' refer to the seven Surrahs which have ha-meem at the start. Surah al Fath (48) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: 'A Surrah of the Qur'an was revealed to me tonight, indeed it is the dearest Surrah to my heart, than anything under the sun'. Then the Prophet recited Surrah al Fath verses 1-5 Surah Al Rahman (55) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: 'Everything has a bride, and the bride of the Qur'an is Surrah Al Rahman' Surah al Waqiah (56) Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: 'Whoever recites Surrah al Waqiah at night would never encounter poverty' Also Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: 'Surah al Waqiah is the Surrah of Wealth, so recite it and teach it to your children'
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Imaan Posted on Mon, Nov 06, 2006 10:26
Imaan is the fundenmental part of Islam without it we are not muslim. To have believe in Allah,He's Messengers(as) Hes Books,Angels etc is Imaan. but there is another aspect of Imaan which is firm yaqeen in this Imaan when we have that we can fullfill the commands of Allah. otherwise they are alot of muslim who say they have imaan but they are only in name muslim's and are negletfull of Allah's commands. we should all make effort on our Imaan so that it becomes strong and it will help us in this life and more imporatantaly the next life. To make our Imaan strong we should do good deeds read Quran,invite others towards Islam and speak about the greatness of Allah.When we do this Insha'Allah our Imaan will be strong and it will be easy to fullfill the commands of Allah.