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Saturday, February 25, 2006

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Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim

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Wa alaykum salam warahmatullah

Friday, February 24, 2006

Death

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim

In Morocco (Maghrib) there is a saying:
"Kay Qatil A'mmaut"

It literally means, death is what will get you. The prophet saliala hualay hiwassalam said that there is a cure for all diseasese except for death. Subhan'Allah every time I hear this hadeeth, it makes me shudder, the thought that we will all face death makes me humble myself and it makes you realise how Powerful and Great Allah subhana wa ta'ala is. We will all have our day when we will leave this world, when we will be buried 6 feet into the ground. Doesn't the thought of that make you feel scared? Subhan'Allah glory be to Allah, The One who grants us death and glory be to Allah the Ever-Living.

I don't know where this post is going, perhaps because everytime I start thinking about death it makes me realise what a layman I am and it makes me realise that preparation is what we need to be doing. Are we preparing enough for the hereafter? Are we striving in the path of Allah so that we may attain the highest station in Jannah? Will we die with the Shahadah on our lips? Will we die when Allah is most pleased with us?

The prophet salialahu alahi wassalam said "The most intelligent person is the one who often remembers death." and he also said "The remembrance of death defeats joy", these words hold great value and importance. The true meaning behind these words are that constant rememberance of death will help a muslim prepare for death and prepare for the questioning of the life he led in this world. The rememberance of death humbles a person and makes one turn to Allah more.

Whats even more scary is the fact that none of us know when our time to depart this world will come, only Allah, The Knower of All things knows the exact time of when we will depart, no one can escape death, it is inevitable. Also the fact that we are brought into the world with the first words we hear are the shahadah and when we die, the last words we should say is the shahadah, will this be so? Subhan'Allah it makes me one realise that death is not something we can escape from, no matter where we go in this world, death will always follow us.

We as muslims should be constantly preparing for our depature in this world, we have a duty to fulfil and we should do that duty to the best of our ability, whats more is, we do not know when our time will come when we will not be able to continue our work. This time is death and it is what we should always be preparing for. Please forgive me for this waffle post. I end this post with duaa that Allah takes us in the state of Imaan and takes us in the state where he is most pleased with us, may Allah take us in the state where we are able to say the shahadah. May He grant us the ability to prepare for the hereafter to the best of our preparation. AMEEN WA THUMA AMEEN.

Please remember me in your duaas and keep my sister Mujahidah an Nafs in your humble duaas, may Allah grant her complete shifaa. Ameen wa thuma ameen.
Wa alaykum salam warahmatullah

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Prophet's (S.A.W) last sermon

Assalamualaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatu
This Sermon was delivered on the Ninth Day of Dhul
Hijjah 10 A.H in the Uranah Valley of mount Arafat
"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I don't know whether,
after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore
listen to what I am saying to you carefully and take these words
to those who could not be present here today.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as
Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a
sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful
owners.
Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that
you will indeed meet your Lord, and that H will indeed reckon
your deeds. Allah has forbidden you to take usury (Interest),
therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived...
Beware of Satan, for your safety of your religion. He has lost
all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big
things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to
your women, but they also have right over you. If they abide by
your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed
in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for
they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right
that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not
approve, as well as never to commit adultery.
O People, listen to me in earnest, whorship Allah, say your five
daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadhan, and give
your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to. You know
that every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. You are all
equal. Nobody has superiority over other except by piety and good action.
Remember, one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your
deeds. So beware, do not astray from the path of righteousness
after I am gone.
O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me and no new
faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand
my words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the
Qur'an and my example, the sunnah and if you follow these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and
those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words
better than those who listen to me direcly.

BE MY WITNESS O ALLAH THAT I HAVE CONVEYED YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUR PEOPLE."
Wa alaykum salam warahmatullah

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Virtues of Wudhu

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim

I was clearing up my bookshelf a while back and I found a book that used to learn from when I was younger at the madrassa, titled 'Virtues of Wudhu' by Mufti Afzal Hoosen Elias, this was one of my favourite books. Even though many of you may think that this is something 'kiddish' for me to be posting on my blog, I beg to differ :).
Before I carry on with posting the virtues, I feel that the sunan of making wudhu(ablution) is important as it holds alot of benefits. The following are Sunnah acts of making wudhu:

1. Niyyah(intention) for wudhu
2. Tasmiyah (reciting the Bismillah)
3. Washing both hands as far as the wrists thrice
4. Rinsing the mouth thrice
5. Applying water into the nostrils
6. Using miswaak
7. Making masaah of the whole head
8. Washing every part thrice
9. Masaah of the ears
10. Khilaal of the fingers, toes and beard(for brothers)
11. Observing tarteeb (to observe the order of washing the various parts)
12. Washing the various parts in quick succession i.e. washing the next part before the previous part dries

I know that there are many who already know this, however it is always a good reminder.

Allah Ta'ala says in the Holy Quraan:
O ye who believe! when ye prepare for prayer, wash your faces, and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; Rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet to the ankles. If ye are in a state of ceremonial impurity, bathe your whole body. But if ye are ill, or on a journey, or one of you cometh from offices of nature, or ye have been in contact with women, and ye find no water, then take for yourselves clean sand or earth, and rub therewith your faces and hands, Allah doth not wish to place you in a difficulty, but to make you clean, and to complete his favour to you, that ye may be grateful. -Surah Maidah (Surah 5) verse 6.

Here are just a few benefits:
It is related by Abu Hurairah that Rasulullah salialahu alahi wassalam said “When a muslim bondsman performs wudhu and, during it, washes his face and pours water over it, all the sins he has committed with the eyes are removed from his face with water; after it, when he washes his hands, all the sins he has committed with the handsare washed away from them; and after it, when he washes his feet, all the sins he has committed the feet go out of them till by the time he as finished wudhu he becomes completely purified form sin.”Muslim

It is related by Uthmaan bin Afaan that Rasulullah salialahu alahi wassalam said “Whoever performed wudhu and performed it well, all his sin will go out, even from under his nails.”Bukhari and Muslim

Aqbah bin A’mer reported that Rasulullah salialahu alahi wassalam said “If any muslim performs wudhu and performs it well and then stands up and says prayer of two bending with his heart and face turned to them both, paradise becomes sure for him.” Muslim

Abu Darda’a reported that Rasulullah salialahu alahi wassalam said “I shall be the first of those who will be ordered to prostrate on the day of judgement, and I shall be the first of those who will be ordered to raise up their head. Then I shall look to what will be in my prescence and I shall then recognise my people from among the peoples, there will be like that behind me, and like that to my right side, and like that to my left side.” A man enquired “O Rasulullah, how would you recognise your people from among other peoples who were between Noah and your people?” He salialahu alahi wassalam replied “They shall have white faces, arms, and legs owing to the effect of wudhu. None besides them will be like that, and I shall recoginse them because they will surely bring their records in the right hands and I shall recognise them because their children will run in their prescence.” - Ahmad

Abu Hurairah reported that Rasulullah salialahu alahi wassalam came to a graveyard and said “Peace be upon you, O abode of the believing people, and if Allah wills, we shall join you. How do I like that we could see our brethren.” They(the companions)said “O Messenger of Allah! Are we not your brethren?” He said “You are my companions, and our brethren will be those who will not but come hereafter.” They said “O Apostle of Allah how would you recognise those who would not but come among your followers hereafter?” He said “Inform me that if there be a man who has got a horse with white blazes and white marks on its leg among horses of intensely black colour, he will recognise his horse.” They said “Yes, O Messenger of Allah.” He said “They will surely come with white faces, arms and legs on account of wudhu. I shall wait for them at the fountain.” - Muslim

Benefit from rinsing the mouth:
On washing the first time, one is cleared from the effects of evil and bad speech. On washing the second time a fragrance is created within the mouth. On washing the third time, a house it built in janaah.

Some benefits of using a miswaak:
Hadhrat Ayesha radiallahu anha reports that Rasulullah salialahu alahi wassalam said “The superiority of performing salaah with miswaak over the salaah that is performed without miswaak seventy times.”

It is reported from Jabir Radiallahu anhu that Rasulullah salialahu alahi wassalam said “Two rakaats of salaah with miswaak are better than seventy rakaats of salaah without miswaak.”

Some benefits when rinsing/ blowing the nose:
When a person dies than in the grave one is made to see and feel one’s destination via windows. Either the hot fiery air of jahannum reach the climate of the grave or the sweet fragrant air of janaah. On the first clearing of the nose the windows of jahannum are closed. On the second clearing the windows of janaah are opened. On the third clearing a mansion is built in janaah.

Some benefits on making khilaal of the beard:
1.When one washes for the first time, then one becomes far from janhannum as the distance between the Earth and the skies.
2.When one washes for the second time, the one will be interceded for.
3.When one washes for the third time, then ine will be given Nur(light) which will aid one on the crossing of the As-siraat

Subhana'Allah above are just some of the virtues of making ablution. May we all become people who are able to make correct and perfect ablution and we become people to adhere to the Beloved Prophets salialahu alayhi wassalam's sunnah. Ameen wa thuma ameen.

Before I leave this post there are two things that I wanted to leave you with; first one is for those who are learning about deen there is a cool flash presentation on how to make ablution here. ( you need to have a flash player, if you don't have it, you can download it from here). Secondly the book I refered to earlier on has a lovely duaa that one must recite whilst making khilaal of the ears "Oh Allah! Make me among those who listen and follow beautiful talks. Oh Allah! let me hear the caller of Janaah while I am in the company of the pious."..*beautiful* Ameen wa thuma ameen.

Please remember me in your duaas. Wa alaykum salam warahmatullah

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Quick blogger's note

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
I begin in the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim

Just a quick post to let readers of this blog know that aswell as posting my usual posts, I will also be, Insh'Allah, adding posts on all the key figures of Islam such as the Sahaba radiAllah anhum, the wives of the Prophet Salia alahu alayhi wassalam and the like.

I hope insh'Allah that the few posts I have posted have been of benefit to readers, and I hope there will be more to benefit to come from this blog insh'Allah.

Please remember me in your humble duaas.

Wa alaykum salam warahmatullah.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Life

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim,

Our ultimate purpose of this life is to worship Allah alone and to serve Him only. Although so simply put in 16 words, many of us reading this sentence will look at it and think thats so obvious and so easy; but the truth is brothers and sisters, how many times do we keep this in mind? How many times do we understand that this is the ULTIMATE goal of our being on the earth? And if so, then how much are we doing to serve our Lord and reach our purpose? Is it enough?

It's funny how sometimes we get moment where we get into these numinous feelings and we want to yearn more and more for nearness to Allah subhana ta'ala, and you appreciate the wisdom He has put into the way this dunya has been made, it's such a beautiful feeling and you are so speechless and baffled by how Great He is.

At times like these we think about life more in the 'bigger picture' like, Who am I? What is my purpose in this life? What do I need to do? Am I doing enough? Am I doing enough dhikr to gain nearness to Allah subhana wa ta'ala? You feel like you could stay in a moment like this forever and stay in postration to Allah subhana wa ta'ala.

...and then we go back to the state where we forget everything and carry on life as normal, forgetting those all important questions which were popping up into our heads. At times like these we think what happened from the numinous feeling to now? The material aspect of this life brings us away from fulfilling our duty.

From times like these which, occur numerous number of times, we should learn that we should be trying harder to please our Lord and do more and more to serve Him. We should constantly be asking ourselves, Who am I? What is my purpose in being here? If we cannot answer these questions with honest answers and act upon them in this dunya then how will be able to answer the angels in our grave, when they ask us "Mun anta?"(Who are you?)

I'll leave this post with part of Surah Al Qiyam (The resurrection). Allah's words have so much hiqmah (wisdom) in them and through this surah we can understand that we all have a life which we are accountable for and we should all aim to taking extra steps everyday of our lives to gain nearness to Allah subahana wa ta'ala.
75:13 - On that day man is told the tale of that which he hath sent before and left behind.
75:14 - Oh, but man is a telling witness against himself,
75:15 - Although he tender his excuses
75:16 - Stir not thy tongue herewith to hasten it.
75:17 - Lo! upon Us (resteth) the putting together thereof and the reading thereof
75:18 - And when We read it, follow thou the reading;
75:19 - Then lo! upon Us (resteth) the explanation thereof.
75:20 - Nay, but ye do love the fleeting Now
75:21 - And neglect the Hereafter.
75:22 - That day will faces be resplendent,
75:23 - Looking toward their Lord;
75:24 - And that day will other faces be despondent,
75:25 - Thou wilt know that some great disaster is about to fall on them.

May Allah bestow us with mercy and understanding towards His beautiful deen. May He guide us along the straight path so that we may attain His pleasure alone. May He give us the inclination to become Ahlul dhikr (people of Allah's rememberance). May He give us the inclination to answer the questions in our grave with confidence and clear understanding. May He give us the inclination to help ourselves become good people so that we may have bright faces on yaum al qiyamah. Ameen wa thuma ameen.

Please remember this sinner in your humble duaas.

Wa alaykum salam warahmatullah wabrakatu

Thursday, February 02, 2006

My Beloved..

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim

Here is a beautiful poem by Rabia al Basri (Rabia al Adawiyya) I came across, and I thought I'd share it with you

My peace, O my brothers and sisters, is my solitude,
And my Beloved is with me always,
For His love I can find no substitute,
And His love is the test for me among mortal beings,
Whenever His Beauty I may contemplate,
He is my "mihrab", towards Him is my "qiblah"
If I die of love, before completing satisfaction,
Alas, for my anxiety in the world, alas for my distress,
O Healer (of souls) the heart feeds upon its desire,
The striving after union with Thee has healed my soul,
O my Joy and my Life abidingly,
You were the source of my life and from Thee also came my ecstasy.
I have separated myself from all created beings,
My hope is for union with Thee, for that is the goal of my desire
~Rabia al Basri~
Wa alaykum salam warahmatullah