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.
Hukum mengangkat kaki ketika sujud
Soal sebagian orang sholat disaksikan bahwa dipertengahan sujud ia mengangkat salah satu kakinya atau keduanya maka apa hukum melakukan yang demikian?
Syaikh utsaimin rahimahullah berkata" tidak boleh bagi orang yang sujud ia mengangkat sesuatupun dari bagian anggota tubuhnya yang diperintahkan untuk sujud karena nabi shallallahu alaihi wassalam telah bersabda " kita diperintahkan sujud diatas 7 anggota tubuh yaitu dahi( termasuk hidung karena beliau mengisyaratkannya dengan tangannya, telapak tangan kanan dan kiri, lutut kanan dan kiri, dan ujung kaki kanan dan kiri." Maka apabila ia mengangkat kakinya atau salah satunya, tangannya atau salah satunya, dahinya atau hidungnya atau mengangkat keduanya maka sujudnya batal dan tidak terhitung. Dan apabila sujudnya batal dan ia tidak mengantinya sesuai dengan apa yang disyariatkan maka sholatpun pun bathil/ sia sia"
liqo'ul babul maftuh 25
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.