Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:
There are many things which are possible, looking at the supreme power of Allah Ta‘ala, but are not normally achievable, e.g. A man at the age of 95 who has a host of health complications is anxious to come out first in a marathon. The secret behind a happy life is in not going behind these things, since it would bring endless discomfort to us and others.
When trying to achieve something, never project a figure. This projecting brings about two problems, (1) You will become despondent and very soon fall into a depression, and (2) Out of frustration you will begin to fight with everyone. The state of the mind should rather be: “I will work and then be happy with whatever I receive. If I do not receive enough, tomorrow is another day. I will try again.” In this way you as well as those around you will remain happy. But when you project too much then initially you will hurt yourself and with time you will want that hurt to fall on others as well. You then get gripped with jealousy and begin to run others down etc.
*Qurbani part 1* 📄📄 Learning some important aspects of this Great Ibaadat 📄📄 The following conditions makes Qurbani Waajib: A Muslim male and female who is:
1⃣ Understanding (Aaqil)
2⃣ Mature (Baaligh)
3⃣ Resident (Muqeem)
4⃣ Possesses the Nisaab on any of the three days of Qurbani. (It is not necessary that this amount be in one’s possession for a complete lunar year.)
Reciting Durood One Hundred Times Daily
عن جابر رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من صلى علي في كل يوم مئة مرة قضى الله له مئة حاجة سبعين منها لآخرته وثلاثين منها لدنياه أخرجه ابن منده وقال الحافظ أبو موسى المديني إنه حديث غريب حسن (القول البديع ص277)
Hazrat Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever recites durood (sends salutations) upon me one hundred times daily, Allah Ta‘ala will fulfill one hundred of his needs; seventy of the hereafter and thirty of this world.” يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ دَائِمًا اَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيْبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ
*Reciting a Fixed Amount of Durood Before Retiring to Sleep*
Shaikh ibn Hajar Makki (Rahmatullahi alaihi) relates an incident about a saintly person who committed himself to reciting a fixed number of durood upon Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) before retiring to bed. One night he had seen Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in a dream. Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) entered his home and the entire home became illuminated with the noor of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said to me, “Bring forth towards me that mouth that recites durood upon me and allow me to kiss it.” Out of shyness, he offered his cheek and Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) kissed it. Upon awakening, he found that his entire home was fragrant with the smell of musk. *يا رب صل و سلم دائما أبدا على حبيبك خير الخلق كلهم*
عَن أنَسِ بنِ مَالِكٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ سَلَّمَ مَن صَلَّى عَلَيَّ صَلاَةً وَاحِدَةً صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ عَشرًا وَمَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيَّ عَشرًا صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ مِائَةً وَمَن صَلَّى عَلَيَّ مِائَةً كَتَبَ اللهُ بَينَ عَينَيهِ بَرَاءَةٌ مِنَ النِّفَاقِ وَبَرَاءَةٌ مِنَ النَّارِ وَأَسْكَنَهُ اللهُ يَومَ القِيَامَةِ مَعَ الشُّهَدَاءِ (المعجم الأوسط للطبراني رقم 7235)
_Hadhrat Anas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever recites durood upon me once, Allah Ta’ala will bestow him with ten mercies. Whoever recites durood upon me ten times, Allah Ta’ala will bestow him with one hundred mercies. Whoever recites durood upon me one hundred times, Allah Ta’ala will write (i.e. a divine stamp will be placed) on his forehead:_ بَرَاءَةٌ مِنَ النِّفَاقِ وَبَرَاءَةٌ مِنَ النَّارِ
_Freedom from hypocrisy and freedom from the fire (of Jahannum)_
_And Allah Ta’ala will bless him with the company of the martyrs on the day of Qiyaamah_
Imam Ahmed's 10 golden advices to his son on his wedding day
Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal’s advice to his son on his wedding day:
Dear son, you will not attain good fortune in your home except by 10 characteristics which you show to your wife, so remember them and be enthusiastic in acting upon them.
As for the first two; women like attention and they like to be told clearly that they are loved. So don’t be stingy in expressing your love for your wife. If you become limited in expressing your love, you will create a barrier of harshness between you and her, and there will be a decrease in affection.
3, Ladies hate a strict, overcautious man, yet they seek to use the soft vulnerable one. So use each quality appropriately. This will be more appealing for love and it will bring you peace of mind.
4. Ladies like from their husbands what their husbands like from them, i.e. kind words, good looks, clean clothes and a pleasant odour. Therefore, always remain in that state.
5, Indeed, the house is under the sovereignty of the woman. While she remains therein, she feels that she is sitting upon her throne, and that she is the chief of the house . Stay clear of destroying this kingdom of hers and do not ever attempt to dethrone her, otherwise you will be trying to snatch her sovereignty. A king gets most angry at he who tries to strip him of his authority, even if he portrays to show something else.
6. A woman wants to love her husband, but at the same time she does not want to lose her family. So do not put yourself and her family in the same scale, because then her choice will be down to either you or her family. And even if she does choose you over her family, she will remain in anxiety, which will then turn into hatred towards you in your daily life.
7. Surely woman has been created from a curved rib, and this is the secret of her beauty, and the secret of the attraction towards her. And this is no defect in her, because ‘the eyebrows look beautiful due to them being curved’. So if she errs, do not rebuke her in a manner in which there is no gentleness, attempting to straighten her; otherwise you will simply break her and her breaking, is her divorce. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
Umar bin Khattaab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever performs a perfect wudhu and thereafter recites the following du‘aa, eight doors of Jannah will open for him, and he may enter from whichever door he wishes:
أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَّا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُوْلُهُ اَللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِيْ مِنَ التَّوَابِيْنَ وَاجْعَلْنِيْ مِنَ الْمُتَطَهِّرِيْنَ
I testify that there is no deity besides Allah, who is alone, without any partner, and I testify that Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is His servant and messenger. O Allah! Make me from among those who constantly repent, and make me from among those who are pure! (Sunan Tirmizi #55
In the above hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has prescribed an extremely easy action which will assist us to enter Jannah. As each of us has to perform wudhu at least several times daily before we perform salaah, all we have to do is ensure that we recite the abovementioned du‘aa on completing our wudhu to qualify for the glad tidings.
However, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) also mentioned that one should try to perform a ‘perfect wudhu’. In order to achieve this, one should adhere to all the etiquettes and sunnah and mustahab actions of wudhu such as facing the qiblah, washing each limb thrice (besides masah of the head which is only once), not wasting water, cleansing the mouth with the miswaak, refraining from any worldly talk, etc.
May Allah Ta‘ala bless us all to qualify for these glad tidings.
Before leaving for hajj, Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) met all his family members and then left directly for the musjid. He performed salaah and then began his journey. On his return, before meeting his family and others, he first went to the musjid and performed salaah. Thereafter, he delivered a short talk and met everyone.
Qari Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) said, with regard to his trip “It was my routine to sit daily in the Haram Shareef and remember all those from whom I enjoyed some favour. Whoever did any ihsaan (good) to me, I remembered him. I would take each ones name and make du‘aa for him. I made du‘aa for all my asaatizah, mashaayikh, students and the teachers of the madrasah.” (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 147)
The Great Virtue of Performing Qurbaani
عن عائشة رضي الله عنها أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال ما عمل آدمي من عمل يوم النحر أحب إلى الله من إهراق الدم وإنه لتأتي يوم القيامة بقرونها وأشعارها وأظلافها وإن الدم ليقع من الله بمكان قبل أن يقع من الأرض فطيبوا بها نفسا رواه ابن ماجه والترمذي وقال حديث حسن غريب والحاكم وقال صحيح الإسناد (الترغيب والترهيب 2/98)
Hazrat Aaisha (Radhiyallahu Anha) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “There is nothing dearer and more beloved to Allah Ta’ala (from the monetary transactions) during the days of Qurbaani than the spilling of blood (i.e. the sacrificing of animals). The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Qiyaamah with its horns, hair and hooves. The sacrifice is accepted by Allah Ta’ala even before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore, carry out the Qurbaani in a condition that your heart is pleased and happy to fulfil the command of Allah Ta’ala.”
It was narrated that ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr
Radhia-Allahu anhu said: “It was said to the Messenger of Allah
Sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam: ‘Which of the people is best?’ He
said: ‘Everyone who is pure of heart and sincere in speech.’
They said: ‘Sincere in speech, we know what this is, but what is
pure of heart?’ He said: ‘It is (the heart) that is pious and
pure, with no sin, injustice, rancour or envy in it.’”
Loneliness has been identified as a hazard
threatening the wellbeing of many people. The paradox of our
time is that while there are so many of us on the planet,
millions lead lonesome lives.
Not-so-long ago, international magazine recently highlighted the
phenomenon which has been identified as a public health issue
whose impact on lives is being equated to obesity and substance
Reporting on the findings of a recent study, researchers have
made a distinction between subjective feelings of loneliness and
actual social isolation. Though both scenarios were reported as
damaging to personal wellbeing, the latter situation was found
to be more devastating as individuals lived alone, lacking any
Factors that have contributed towards the risk of this modern
social challenge include the pervasive use of technology
especially through social media and accommodation trends that
tend towards splitting families. We have lonely people in
housing compounds, in vehicles stuck in traffic jams, in old-age
homes, in hospitals and perhaps even next-door.
Our Deen has made certain obligations community-based in order
to encourage social interaction. Congregational prayers are one
such obligation that offers us an opportunity to meet others and
thereby promote the sense of community. It should therefore be a
remedy against loneliness.
The Almighty declares in the Qur’an (57:27) not to have ordained
monasticism, an extreme form of self-isolation for devotion
certain groups of people invented for themselves. So, even acts
of dedicated worship have to be moderated to give way to social
A Muslim therefore has to be part of society where he enjoins
what is right and forbids what is evil. In that role, there are
a myriad ways in which believers would keep themselves busy.
Those who busy themselves with productive lives of learning,
work and service to others are often rewarded with a sense of
purposeful and meaningful lives. Feelings of loneliness which
are in part a byproduct of idleness tend to be remote for a busy
*Haj without a visa!* 🕋
Since Hajj is among the most virtuous deeds in Islam, & not everyone can afford it (especially on a continuous basis) Allah Ta’ala has attached the reward of *optional* Hajj to certain other deeds for the benefit of all.
Hereunder is a collection of such deeds.
_It should be noted that these deeds are labelled as being more virtuous than *nafl (optional)* hajj, & not the fard (obligatory) hajj._ *1. Wudu at home before proceeding for Salah with Jama'ah*.🕌
*2. Salatul Ishraq.*🕌
*3. Going to the Masjid to acquire or impart Knowledge.*🕌
*4. Umrah in Ramadan.*🕋
*5. To recite “Subhanallah” 100 times in the morning and evening.*🌤 🌌
*6. Serving one’s Parents.*👥 📚 All of the above have been derived from the Hadiths of Nabi ﷺ. 💡Hafiz Ibn Rajab Al-Hambali (rahimahullah) has quoted the following deeds that yield the reward of Hajj from various Predecessors (i.e, *not necessarily from the Hadith*). _7. Attending the Jumu’ah Salah._🕌
_8. Attending the Eid Salah._🕌
_9. Esha Salah in Congregation._🕌
_10. The fulfillment of all obligations (fard deeds) is better than Nafl Haj._✅
_11. Abstinence from the haram (forbidden) acts are also more virtuous than Nafl Hajj etc._❗
_12. Any act of Good during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah._⏳ 📌 The following is an addition to what Hafiz Ibn Rajab (rahimahullah) has cited:
_13. Spending on a student of Islamic Knowledge._👣
(Ma’alim Irshadiyyah of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah, pg.35) *Notes:*
✏The promises of _gaining the same reward as Hajj_ that are mentioned above, are restricted to the reward only. It does not mean that one upon whom Hajj is obligatory can merely suffice on these deeds. ✏The purpose here is not to discourage one from the actual Hajj. (That is why it is being circulated now, when the Hajis have already begun to depart) Like they say: *There’s nothing like the real thing..*
🕋 May Allah ﷻ grant us all the tawfeeq (ability) to practice on the above, as well as afford us the opportunity *to perform the real Hajj* repeatedly. Ameen.
All the Muhadditheen and Historians are unanimous on the fact that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was bestowed with the mantle of prophethood on a Monday. However, there is a difference of opinion regarding the actual month in which he was blessed with nubuwwah.
Haafiz ibnu ‘Abdil Barr (rahimahullah) says that he was blessed with prophethood on the eighth of Rabee’-ul’Awwal. Hence, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was exactly forty years old when he became the Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala.
According to Muhammed bin Ishaaq (rahimahullah), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was blessed with prophethood on the 17th of Ramadhaan. According to this view, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was forty years and six months at the time of receiving prophethood.
Haafiz ibnul Hajar (rahimahullah) has mentioned in Fat-hul Baari that the latter view is the preferred view and correct view, as it was in Ramadhaan that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would remain in i’tikaaf in the cave of Hiraa’ (and it was during the i’tikaaf in Hiraa’ that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was blessed with prophethood). (Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/145)
The time for Ishraaq is approximately 20 minutes after sunrise. Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has explained that whoever remains seated in his place engaged in zikr after performing Fajr Salaah until the sun rises and then performs two rakaats of salaah, Allah will grant him the reward of an accepted Umrah and Hajj.
One may perform 2 or 4 rakaats.
The time for chaast commences after the first quarter of the day has passed. Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has explained that the one who is punctual on the performance of chaast namaaz, his sins will be forgiven even if they are equal to the amount of foam in the ocean. One may perform between 2 to 12 rakaats for chaast.
فِيهِ آيَاتٌ بَيِّنَاتٌ مَّقَامُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ
In it are clear signs (among which is) the Maqaam-e-Ebrahim.
Maqaam-e-Ebrahim refers to the stone on which Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) would stand when he was building the Ka‘bah. As the height of the building rose, the stone would automatically rise, lifting Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) so that he could continue to build the Ka’bah, and when it was time for Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) to return to the ground, the stone would automatically descend.
The impression of the blessed footprints of Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) can be seen in the stone until today. It is obviously a miracle for a stone to automatically rise and descend, based on the need of the person standing on it, and for a hard stone to soften sufficiently so that it could be imprinted with his footsteps. It is for this reason that Allah Ta‘ala says that the Maqaam-e-Ebrahim contains clear signs (that will guide one to recognize Allah Ta‘ala).
The Maqaam-e-Ebrahim is housed in a round structure made from glass and metal, located on the mataaf, close to the door of the Ka‘bah.
‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The Hajr-e-Aswad and Maqaam-e-Ebrahim are two precious stones from the precious stones of Jannah. Allah Ta‘ala has extinguished their radiance. Had Allah not extinguished their radiance, they would have illuminated everything between the east and the west.” (Sunan Tirmizi #878
The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “To smile in the company of your brother is charity.” (Bukhari)
It seems that nothing has more power to elevate a mood than the impact of a genuine smile. The benefits of a smile extend not only to the recipient of the warm gesture but also to the smile’s originator. “A smile is a little curve that sets a lot of things straight.” 1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive – People are spending millions on cosmetic products and procedures to make them look better. If you want to look better, try adding a genuine smile. It’s cheaper and much more attractive. The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.
2. Smiling Changes Our Mood - Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.
3. Smiling Is Contagious - When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them.
4. Smiling Relieves Stress - Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps prevents us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action. Smiling helps to promote release of a “feel good” group of hormones called endorphins. These are the same group of hormones responsible for the runners high you hear so much about. If you don’t have time to get to the gym for a hard run, try adding a smile to boost these natural, stress relieving hormones.
5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System - Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
As soon as you start taking Islam more seriously, people will turn against you. They will label you extreme and won't want to associate themselves with you. I know this how? Because it has happened to me. And I could not be more happy because I'd rather be an extremist in their eyes than a modernist in the eyes of Allah. Allah knows what's in every heart and if you are putting in the effort with your religion than please do not be disheartened. So many people will turn against you even close ones but the All-Mighty is always there. People will call you extreme and tell you be careful not to run off blah blah. People will also be like are you sure you want to wear that you look like a bin bag blah blah. Tell them your opinion is nothing compared to that of Allah. You see when the whole world is engaged in haram and you are upon the truth everyone will label you extreme. Expect it from family, friends the whole lot. Remember always that Allah is with you...❤ My Post Don't Make Me Pious; But Every Reminder Benefits The believer...!☝ #allah #islam #muslim #muslimah #hijab #ummah #quran #hadith #sunnah #imaan #deen #dawah #dunya #aakhirah #jannah #salah #dhikr #dua #prayer #patience #faith #reminder #astaghfirullah #subhanallah #alhamdulillah #allahuakbar
In the Qur’aan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala mentions that one of the qualities of the true believers is:
وَمِمّا رَزَقنـٰهُم يُنفِقونَ ﴿البقرة:٣﴾
They (the believers who believe in the unseen) spend from what We have bestowed upon them
Regarding this verse of the Qur’aan Majeed, Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following:
There is no reason to restrict the spending mentioned in this verse to the spending of wealth. Rather, it may refer to assisting the servants of Allah Ta‘ala through the bounties which Allah Ta‘ala has blessed us with. All the internal and external faculties which Allah Ta‘ala has bestowed upon us, such as our reasoning and intelligence, and our hands and feet, are the bounties of Allah Ta‘ala. Hence, to use these faculties for the sake of Deen, assisting people and other efforts that are pleasing to Allah Ta‘ala will also be included in this verse. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 106)
Allah Ta‘ala instructed the angels to give Sayyidah Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) the glad tidings that she would give birth to a son named ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) without the medium of a father. The angels also gave her the glad tidings that this son would be the Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala who would invite people towards Him while still a child. However, Sayyidah Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) was instructed to exert herself in ‘ibaadah so that she would become worthy of this great favour and bounty of Allah Ta‘ala. Hence, she exerted herself in ‘ibaadah and performing salaah to such an extent that her legs would become swollen.
Sayyidah Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) would only leave Musjidul Aqsa when she was impure or when she had a need to fulfill. Once, while she was out, Allah Ta‘ala sent Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) to her in the form of a man. As soon as she saw him, out of her extreme purity, chastity and shame, she exclaimed, “I seek the protection of the Most Merciful from you! If you possess taqwa (then do not come close to me)!” Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) assured her that he was an angel sent to her by Allah Ta‘ala to bless her with a child. She asked, “How will I give birth to a son whereas no man has touched me (I am unmarried) and I am not unchaste?” Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) replied, “So it will be. Your Lord has said, ‘It is easy for me.’” Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) then blew into her collar through which Allah Ta‘ala caused Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) to be conceived.
References: Surah Aal ‘Imraan v45-46, Surah Maryam v16-21, Tafseer Ibni Katheer vol. 2, pg. 346 and Al-Bidaayah wan Nihaayah vol. 2, pgs. 67, 73 and 74.
1. Allah Ta‘ala had honoured Sayyidah Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) above all the women of the world to be the mother of Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) without the medium of a father. However, in order to become worthy of this bounty, she was instructed to exert herself in ‘ibaadah. Similarly, Allah Ta‘ala loves all His servants and wishes to bless them and shower His favours upon them. However, the general system of Allah Ta‘ala is that He blesses His servants when they strive and show that they are eager for His blessings. 👇🏻
*The Beliefs of the Muslims regarding the Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum)* In every era of human history, Allah Ta’ala sent two sources of guidance for the reformation of mankind. The first source was the divine revelation of Allah Ta’ala (i.e. the heavenly books and scriptures), and the second was the men of Allah Ta’ala (the Ambiya Alaihimus Salaam). The Ambiya (Alaihimus Salaam) were sent in order to practically demonstrate before people the correct application of the laws of Shari’ah through their noble example. Furthermore, it was the divine system of Allah Ta’ala that He selected companions from among the Ummah of every Nabi in order to support them in accomplishing the mission of Nubuwwat. From among the ummah of Hazrat Nabi-e-Kareem (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), those who were divinely chosen by Allah Ta’ala were none other than the illustrious Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum) of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) himself highlighted this, as reported in the following Hadith:
عن عويم بن ساعدة رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : إن الله اختارني واختار لي أصحابا (مجمع الزوائد 9/738)
_Hazrat Uwaim bin Saa’idah (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “Allah Ta’ala chose me (to be the final messenger) and chose for me my Sahaabah (as my supporters).”_
It is reported in the Mubaarak Hadith that Allah Ta’ala looked at the hearts of the creation. He found the heart of Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) to be the best of hearts. Therefore, he selected him for Himself and sent him with His message. Thereafter, Allah Ta’ala looked at the hearts of the rest of the creation after selecting Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). He then found the hearts of the Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum) of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) to be the best hearts (from the entire creation after the Ambiya Alaihimus Salaam). Hence, He divinely selected them as the supporters of His Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) who will fight against the kuffaar for the course of His deen.” (Musnad-e-Ahmed 6/84)
After Fajr - Time of Great Barakah
The time after Fajr is a time of immense barakah (blessings). Why would it not be filled with blessings when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made the following du‘aa for his Ummah: “O Allah, bless my Ummah (in their work) in the early part of the morning” (Tirmizi #1212
). It is however, obvious that to receive this barakah one will have to be awake. A person sleeping at this time is deprived of this blessings.
Sleeping after Fajr is a detestable practice, unless due to weakness, illness or any other valid reason. If one needs to sleep, he should do so after sunrise, though it is better to rather take a short nap in the afternoon. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) once passed by a person sleeping after Fajr Salaah. ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) shook him awake and remarked: “Don’t you know that Allah Ta‘ala pays particular attention to His creation at this part of the morning and out of His sheer mercy He admits a great number of people into Jannah.” (Tabraani - Majma‘uz Zawaaid #1816
‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Search for your rizq (sustenance) in the morning because the morning is a time of blessing and success” (Bazzaar & Tabraani - Majma‘uz Zawaaid #6280
). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is also reported to have declared: “Sleeping in the morning hinders sustenance.” (Ahmad - Majma‘uz Zawaaid #6290
The word “rizq” is a comprehensive word which includes spiritual progress, physical well-being, one’s livelihood, academic work, household duties, etc. Any work done at this time is guaranteed to have barakah. There will also be much ease and greater hope of success.
The habit of sleeping after Fajr should therefore be changed. This time should be used especially for tilaawah, zikr or any other work. Many great ‘Ulama even disliked talking at this time unless it was something urgent. Genuine necessity is nevertheless excluded.
Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullahi alaih)
Throughout the Quraan Majeed, besides the name of Maryam (alaihas salaam) there is no name mentioned of any other woman, and yet there are so many verses relating to women; in fact an entire Surah has been named ‘An-Nisaa’ (The Women). When the Beloved wife of Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayihi wa sallam), Aaisha (radiyallahu anha) was slandered, Allah Ta’ala revealed 10 verses in Surah Noor (Verses 11 – 20), proving her innocence. However, her name is not mentioned. Allah Ta’ala mentions the wife of Nuh (alaihis salaam) and the wife of Lut (alaihis salaam) as Disbelievers. “Allah sets for an example to the Unbelievers, the wife of Nuh and the wife of Lut, They were (respectively) under two of Our righteous servants but they betrayed their husbands (i.e. in regard to matters of Truth) and they profited nothing before Allah on their account, but were told: ‘Enter the Fire along with (others) that enter!’” [Surah Tahreem 66: 10] The mother of Maryam (alaihas salaam) is mentioned as ‘Imraan’s wife’. The vow she took, when she had conceived, has been mentioned in the Quraan Majeed as follows: “When Imraan’s wife said: ‘O my Lord, I have vowed what is in my stomach to be exclusively for you. So accept (it) from me. You are certainly the All Hearing, the All Knowing.’”[Surah Aal-Imraan 3: 35] Aasiya (radiyallahu anha) is mentioned as ‘the wife of Fir’aun’. “And Allah sets forth as an example to those who believe the wife of Fir’aun: When she said: ‘O my Lord! Build for me, in nearness to You, a house in Paradise, and save me from Fir’aun and his doings and save me from those who do wrong.’” [Surah Tahreem 66: 11] Allah Ta’ala mentions only Maryam (alaihas salaam) by name. “And Maryam, the daughter of Imraan, who guarded her chastity…” [Surah Tahreem 66: 12]
Why has Allah Ta’ala specifically mentioned the name of Maryam (alaihas salaam)? Besides proving the purity and chastity of Maryam (alaihas salaam) against the false accusations of the Jews, as mentioned in Surah An-Nisaa: “…That they uttered against Maryam, a grave false charge.” (i.e. that she was unchaste) [Surah An-Nisaa 4: 156] 👇🏻
There was a person who had four sons. When he fell ill, one of his sons told the other three: “Either you nurse him in his sickness and you would not receive anything from his estate; or I would nurse him without any claim on the estate.” They agreed to the second and left the nursing to him. He looked after the father until the father died. As agreed, he did not take anything from the property. He saw in a dream, one night, a person telling him that one hundred dinaars (gold coins) were buried at such and such place, which he could take. He asked the person if that money was blessed. The reply was: “No, it is not so”. He related the dream the next morning to his wife, who insisted that he should take the money but he did not agree. He dreamt again the following night and someone told him about ten dinaars lying buried at a certain place. When he again asked if they were blessed, the reply was in the negative. He related the dream to his wife the next morning, who insisted that he should go and take them, but again he refused to do so. He saw in a dream, the third night, someone telling him that a single dinaar was lying at such and such place, and he should go and take it. He again asked if it was a blessed one. The reply was: “Yes, it is”. So, he went and took the dinaar, purchased two fish with it and brought them home. When he cut them open, an invaluable pearl was found in the stomach of each fish. Both these pearls were sold to the king of the country in return for ninety mule-loads of gold. (Musannaf ‘Abdur Razzaaq #21027
Lesson: The materialistic world that we live in constantly indoctrinates us that the be all and end all of all pleasures is wealth. Hence anything that poses as an obstacle in acquiring it must be removed and exterminated, even if it may be one’s own biological parents. It is therefore no surprise that caregivers and old-aged homes have become so common although never heard off previously. In the past the elderly were regarded as a source of blessing and every child ‘died’ for the privilege of taking care of his parents, whereas today they are regarded as a burden and moved from one home to another, until finally ‘dumped’ in an old-aged
After the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), his beloved daughter Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) fell ill. The illness lasted for six months and finally lead to her death. During this illness, she said to Asmaa’ bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha): “There is something which is aggravating my sickness. I am worried that after my death, when I am wrapped in my kafan (burial cloth), the shape of my body will be exposed to men”. Asmaa’ (radhiyallahu ‘anha) comforted her saying that she had observed in Abyssinia that they used a wooden frame (bier) draped with cloth. Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) requested her to show her how it is made. When she saw it, she was elated. In fact, this was the only occasion she smiled in the six months she lived after the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). (Haakim vol. 3, pg. 162 & Al-Istee‘aab vol. 4, pg. 451)
Lesson: She lived a life of complete modesty and wished to die with complete modesty as well. Together with having the wooden frame, she insisted that her burial take place at night, so that the gaze of any strange man may not fall on her dead body. May Allah Ta‘ala shower His choicest mercies on her and bless us with even a small fraction of her modesty.
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned, “When Allah Ta‘ala has decreed a particular rank (in Jannah) for a servant, but the servant is unable to reach this rank through his good deeds (as they are insufficient), then Allah Ta‘ala tests him in his body, wealth, or his children. Allah Ta‘ala then enables him to exercise patience over this test, until it makes him reach the rank that Allah Ta‘ala had decreed for him.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #3090
Every person hopes for an upgrade – be it an upgrade to the latest cell phone model, an upgrade from economy to business or first class, an upgrade to the latest car model, or even an upgrade from a normal hotel room to the Presidential Suite. Many people cannot afford these upgrades, and those who receive them for free are few and far apart!
Our Beloved Allah Ta‘ala is so kind that He wishes us to enjoy a very high level in Jannah. However, we sometimes fail to ‘qualify’ for this upgrade as we lack sufficient righteous actions, while our ‘ibaadah are also weighed down by the burden of our sins. Hence, Allah Ta‘ala sends us free ‘upgrade’ packages. This package is sometimes a ‘bundle’ of sickness, our child passing away, a robbery, or any other calamity. Once the upgrade package is delivered, it requires an ‘activation’ which is the ‘password’ of patience and sabr.
If every person ‘downloads’ the mindset of adopting sabr and patience under all circumstances, we will all receive the upgrades of the Aakhirah.
Mukh-khah (rahimahallah), one of the sisters of Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah), would constantly refer to Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) in order to ask him questions pertaining to piety and asceticism. Such was the depth of understanding behind her questions that Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) would express amazement over her outstanding intelligence.
Mukh-khah (rahimahallah) once went to Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) and posed the following question, “O Imaam! Tell me! Is the groan of a sick person in distress and discomfort not actually a complaint against the decree of Allah Ta‘ala?”
Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) replied, “I have hope that the groan of the sick person is actually a complaint addressed to Allah Ta‘ala, not against Allah Ta‘ala.” After hearing the answer of Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah), Mukh-khah (rahimahallah) exited and left.
Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) then turned to his son, ‘Abdullah (rahimahullah), and exclaimed, “O my son! I have never heard a question as intelligent as this before! Follow this woman and see which home she enters so that you may identify her.” When ‘Abdullah (rahimahullah) followed her and successfully identified her, he returned to his father, Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) and informed that the woman was none other than the sister of Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah). When he heard this, Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) exclaimed, “It was impossible for her to be anyone but the sister of Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah)!”
(Reference: Sifatus Safwah vol. 1 pg. 577)