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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Coolness of the eyes

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

In a family life, every individual plays his or her role to make things run smoothly. The role this individual has to play is governed by rules laid down in the Holy Quran and shown to us by the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam. In the Quran, Allah Taa'la says:

“Verily, there is a perfect example for you in the Messenger for that person who is hopeful of Allah and the Last Day and he remembers Allah abundantly.” (Surah Ahzab: 21)

It does not matter if it is the father, the mother, the son or the daughter, for each one of them is guidance and a brilliant example to follow in the life of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam. The role of the father starts right at the beginning of fatherhood. His job is to deny access to all the haraam things flowing in our society from reaching his family. This includes feeding his family with halal food and keeping them away from all types of haraam entertainment like television etc. He is encouraged to treat his wife in an excellent manner. The Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam has said:

“The best of you are those that treat their wives the best”.

Now a person can walk about in public and be nice to people and people may have a good opinion about him, that he is very pious etc, but at home he is a monster to his wife and she lives in fear of him. From the Hadith mentioned, we know that the best person to judge a man is his wife because if he is good to her, then she will mention it.

The father should earn halal money and make sure that all his dealings are Islamically correct. He should avoid all types of interest dealings as much as possible. As soon as a person becomes involved in the smallest amount of interest dealings, the blessings are taken out of his earnings and Allah Taa'la becomes angry with him. This has a negative effect on their whole household, which results in arguments with his wife and disobedience on the part of the children.

Another duty of the father is to Islamically educate all the members of his family. Secular education is also very important but this will help the child in a limited manner during his life. Islamic knowledge will help him live his life like a true human being every day. This will teach him the respect of his parents, elders and teachers. It will show him how to treat his youngsters and other family members. If the father deprives his family of Islamic education, then they become involved in haram, and then they are disobedient then he can only blame himself.

The mother should recognise her role in the family. It is her job to please the husband and she plays an important part in creating a loving and caring environment in the house. She should be very vigilant in the nurturing of the children by attending to them according to the type of year and according to the age of the child. Due to her attention and care, the children will grow up to be upright and pious. They will be obedient and have excellent manners. The children, as they grow older, should show great respect for the parents. They should not speak to them harshly nor should they unnecessarily disobey them. This matter of obedience goes two ways; when the parents are fair and just to their children and they themselves have an honest and upright character, they will be listened to. Otherwise, disobedience will erupt amongst members in the family. The children should also stay away from bad company as this will, without a shadow of doubt, destroy the character of the individual and result in them falling short of their aims. If everyone plays their part correctly in the family and helps in the correction of others who are not fulfilling their part, then this family will become what is described in the Quran as “The coolness of the eyes” for the father, things will run smoothly Inshallah.

May Allah subhana wa ta'ala make our spouse and our children the coolness of our eyes, may He grant us all righteous and God fearing children. May He bless us with love for one another fisabilillah, May He grant us all to the straight and narrow path. May He grant us with healthy families who are all bound in an eternity of happiness. May He give us all the ability to act upon what has been said in this post..following in the footsteps of the Rasulullah salialahualayhi wassalam and his beloved family, radiAllahuanhum. Ameen wa thuma ameen.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

A breath of fire

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

As many of you are aware, London is experiencing its highest heatwave ever before. For those of you who live in the UK or have visited London you should be aware that temperatures of around 30-33°C are a complete contrast to the average temperatures of 19-20°C in July.
The blazing heat at midday is unbearable and can often lead to one becoming dehydrated if there is a lack of water.

Thought behind it...

Narrated Abu Dhar:
While the Prophet was on a journey, he said (regarding the performance of the Zuhr prayer), "Wait till it (i.e. the weather) gets cooler." He said the same again till the shade of the hillocks extended. Then he said, "Delay the (Zuhr) Prayer till it gets cooler, for the severity of heat is from the increase in heat of Hell (fire)."

Jahanam(Hell) is the abode which Allah subhana wa ta'ala has prepared for those who do not believe in Him, those who rebel against His laws and disbelieve in His Messengers. It is the punishment for His enemies, the prison for evildoers. Jahanam is the place of ultimate humiliation and there is nothing worse than it:

"This is so! And for the Tagheen [transgressors] - will be an evil final return - Hell! Where they will burn, and worst [indeed] is that place to rest!" (Qur'an 38:55-56).

The thought of entering Jahanam is something that none of us want to imagine let alone experience; with the recent heatwave it has brought me to think about the severity of the heat and the actual place itself.

  • There are several levels just as there are several levels in paradise
  1. Jahanam-The lowest level which is the level with the lowest intensity of heat.
  2. Ladhaa
  3. Al-Hutamah
  4. As-Sa'eer
  5. Saqar
  6. Al-Jaheem
  7. Al-Hawiyah. - The highest level with the highest intensity of heat. (All valleys of Jahanamm seek refuge from this valley)
  • The colour of hell: It was fanned for a thousand years till it became quite red, then it was fanned for a further thousand years till it became white, and again it was fanned for a thousand years till it became black. Now it is quite black and dark.

Look at us today, we find it difficult to tolerate the rising temperatures, yet we fail to realise that this is just a breath of fire from jahanam..Subahana'Allah.

I hope to insha'Allah write another post on the description of Jahanam in more depth, the soaring heat levels made me think about the severity of the heat from the fire of Jahanam

May Allah save us all from the highest and the lowest levels of the fire of Jahanam. May He guide us all along the straight and narrow path. Ameen wa thuma ameen.

P.s. Before I finish this long and incoherent post, I would just like to take the time out to introduce a new blog in blogistan 'Al-Isra' by sister Amatullah. May Allah reward her well and bless her and her loved ones insha'Allah.

Duaas kindly requested, and also please remember those who are under the hands of Kuffar in the middle east-May Allah make all matters easy for them insha'Allah.

Wassalamualaykum warahmatullah

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Remember

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

REMEMBER..
When becoming humiliated, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam in Taif

When being starved, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam tying two stones to his stomach in the battle of Khandaq.

When becoming angry, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's control of anger on the martyrdom of his beloved Uncle Hamza.

When losing a tooth, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's tooth in the battle of Uhud.

When bleeding from any part of the body, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's body covered in blood on his return from Ta'if.

When feeling lonely, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's seclusion in Mount Hira .

When feeling tired in Salaat, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's blessed feet in Tahajjud.

When being prickled with thorns, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's pain from Abu Lahab's wife.

When being troubled by neighbours, remember the old woman who would empty rubbish on the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam.

When losing a child, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's son, Ibrahim.

When beginning a long journey, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's long journey to Madinah.

When going against a Sunnah, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's intercession, (Ummati, Ummati, Ummati) (My Ummah).

When sacrificing an animal, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's sacrifice of 63 animals for his Ummah.

Before shaving your beard, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam face rejecting the two beardless Iranians.

When falling into an argument with your wife, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam encounter with Aisha and Hafsa (R.A).

When experiencing less food in the house, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's days of poverty.

When experiencing poverty, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's advice to Ashaab-e-Suffa (People of Suffa).

When losing a family member, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's departure from this world.

When becoming an orphan, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's age at six.

When sponsoring an orphan, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's sponsor for Zaid ibn Haritha.

When fearing an enemy, remember the Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam's saying to Abu Bakr in Mount Thour.

Whatever situation you may find yourself in, remember your role model, the best of creation: Prophet Muhammad salialahualayhi wassalam.

Taken from Muftisays

Friday, July 14, 2006

Don't be sad- A small taster

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

I'm sure many of you have heard of the book 'Don't be sad' by 'Aadidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni, well if you haven't you dont know what you're missing!- Here are a few samples of some of the beautiful articles written in there that I thought were personally quite good. I would honestly recommend buying this to add to your libraries, or even suggest buying it for your loved ones during Eid time insha'Allah.

Do not cling to other than Allah

If Allah, the Exalted, is The One Who brings to life, causes death, and if He alone provides for all creation, why fear people or be distressed by their actions? I think that in our society much grief and anxiety is caused by our attachment to people - in seeking to please them, trying to gain their favour, striving to praise the important ones among them, and feeling wounded by their disparaging treatment. And all of this indicated a weakness in one's belief in Allah.
An Arab poet said:

"Would that you were pleased when life is bitter,
And would that you were contented when people are angry,
If your love for Allah is true, then all else is significant,
And all above the dirt is dirt"

The noblest human being

Some salient features of the Messenger of Allah salialahualayhi wassalam's character were contentment, optimism and a generous heart. He was a bearer of glad tidings. He forbade people from extremes of austerity and asceticism, because these lead to repelling people from the truth. Hopelessness and failure were not in his dictionary. A smile was always on his face, and his heart was content. Furthermore, his commands were easy to follow, for his mission to alleviate hardship and to remove the shackles of falsehood that hold people down.

Repel boredom with work

Those who have nothing to do with their lives are the same people who spend most of their time spreading rumours and falsehood, mainly because their minds are devoid of beneficial thoughts:

They are content to be with those [the women] who sit behind [at home]. Their hearts are sealed up [from right guidance] so they understand not. (Qur'an 9:87)

When you find yourself to be idle, prepare for depression and despair because idleness allows your mind to wander in the past, the present, and the future, with all of their difficulties. Therefore, my sincere advice to you is to perform fruitful acts instead of being idle, for idleness is a slow and veiled form of suicide.

Idleness is like the slow torture that is inflicted upon prisoners in China: they are placed under a tap, from which of water falls only after every hour. During the period of waiting between drops, many of them lose their minds and are driven to insanity.
Being active means being negligent of ones duties. Idleness is an expert thief and your mind is its victim.

Therefore get up now and say a prayer or read a book; praise your Lord, study, write, organise your library, fix something in your house, or benefit others so that you can put an end to your inactivity. I say this only because I sincerely wish for your betterment.

Destroy boredom by working. When you apply this simple percept alone, you will have travelled at least fifty percent of the way towards happiness. Look at farmers, carpenters, and the bread-maker, and observe how they are working, they recite words as melodious as the singing of birds, because they are content. Afterwards observe yourself and how you toss and turn on your bed while wiping away your tears, always miserable, always torturing yourself.

Pre-ordainment

A man who had a mental disorder and an extreme anxiety problem sought advice from a Muslim doctor, who advised him, saying, "Know that no matter what the plans are that someone has for the future, there is no movement, not so much as a whisper, in this world but that it occurs by the permission of Allah."

The following is related in a hadith:
"Verily, Allah wrote the Maqaadeer (everything that will happen) of the creation fifty thousand years before He created them."

Al-Mutanabbi wrote:
"Small things are greatly magnified in the eyes of the small one, And great things are diminished in size in the eyes of the great one."

Duaas kindly requested,
Wassalamualaykum warahmatullah

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Hazrat Hassan Basri Rahmatullahi Alayhi

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

Somebody came to Ummul Mu'mineen Hazrat Umme Salmah Radhiallaho Anha giving her good news of the birth of a son in her servant Hazrat Khayrah's house, upon which Hazrat Umme Salmah became very happy.

She sent a message asking her to come to Hazrat Umme Salmah Radhiallaho Anha with the child. Upon seeing him, Hazrat Umme Salmah Radhiallaho Anha held the child in her arms. She asked Umme Khayrah, “Have you named the child?” She replied, “O mother, I have left it on you.” At this, Hazrat Umme Salmah Radhiallaho Anha replied, “With the blessings of Allah Taa'la, we name him Hassan.” Thereafter she made dua for him.

Hazrat Hassan grew up in the house of Hazrat Umme Salmah Radhiallaho Anha who was the wife of the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam.

Hazrat Hassan Basri Rahmatullahi Alayhi's childhood was spent in the sacred homes of the Ummah ha tul Mu'mineen. After he grew up, he became a student of the Sahaba Radhiallaho Anhum in Masjid-e-Nabawi. He acquired a lot of knowledge from them. He had the privilege of narrating Hadith from Hazrat Usman Radhiallaho Anhu, Hazrat Ali Radhiallaho Anhu, Hazrat Abu Musa Asharee Radhiallaho Anhu, Hazrat Abdullah ibn Umar Radhiallaho Anhu, Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas Radhiallaho Anhu, Hazrat Anas ibn Malik Radhiallaho Anhu and Hazrat Jabir ibn Abdullah Radhiallaho Anhu.

At the age of fourteen, he migrated with his parents to the city of Basra . This is how he got the name Hassan Basri.

In those days, Basra was known as the biggest city of knowledge. Its main masjid was always full of Sahaba and Tabi'een. Hazrat Hassan Basri was a very emminent scholar (Alim), he used to sit in the gatherings of Hazrat ibn Abbas Radhiallaho Anhu and learnt from him Tafseer and Tajweed. He also learnt ‘fiqh' language from other Sahabas. Hazrat Hassan Basri became very well-known.

Hazrat Hassan Basri Rahmatullahi Alayhi lived for eighty years in which he gave a lot through his knowledge and wisdom. For the coming generation, he left behind such Nassehats (advice) which create softness in the heart and tears in the eyes. It is also guidance for those people who are lost in the world.

One person asked Hazrat Hassan Basri Rahmatullahi Alayhi regarding the ‘dunya' (world). He replied that the example of the dunya and akhirat (hereafter) is like that of east and west. However close you go to one that's how far you will go from the other.
On the first of Rajab 110 Hijri on a Thursday night, Hazrat Hassan Basri Rahmatullahi Alayhi said ‘Labbayk' on Allah Taala's call and left this world. When the news spread of Hazrat Hassan Basri's death, there was shock and distress in the whole city. After giving him Ghusl, they prayed his Janazah salaah in the main masjid in which he studied and taught most of his life.

May Allah Taa'la shower blessings upon him and enlighten his grave. Ameen

Taken from Inter-Islam

Monday, July 10, 2006

Tick tock..tick tock

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

Life is like a ticking clock; each moment is precious and can never be gained back. Every day in out lives we are faced with the same routine however how much of that time do we actually spend in the solitude of dhikr or how much of that time do we spend gaining pleasure and nearness to Allah..compared to the time of the beloved Prophet salialahualayhi wassalam very little of our time is spent doing good.

In this day and age it has become such that time waste is very common and the rememberance of Allah subhana wa ta'ala has become scarce, and the sad thing is that each day there are fewer and fewer people acting upon the naseeha.

The rate that time flies is an extremely scary thought, it seems as though it was only yesterday when I was learning how to read the Qur'aan (I'm not that young) and now I'm another year older with bigger battles to cross and much more learning to acomplish..subhana'Allah the thought is really scary.
I look back on the past year and it makes me wonder how much have I done to become closer to Allah, have I done enough to make up for the sins that I have committed..have I done enough to prepare for my grave?

Ali ibn Abi Talib said:
Put aside your pride, set down your arrogance, and remember your grave

These words are so true and it should become upon us to be at the forefront of preparing ourselves for death and our graves.

I end this short post with the intention of utilising my time for efficiently, spent in His subhana wa ta'ala path and His path only. I pray that Allah subhana wa ta'ala gives me the ability to make it such that every day is spent seeking His pleasure only and following the sunnah of Rasullullah salialahualayhi wassalam. I pray that I am blessed with His mercy and I pray that He accepts forgiveness from this sinful slave. Ameen wa thuma ameen.
Please forgive me for my many shortcomings.

Duaas requested.
Wassalamualaykum warahmatullah