The Prophet Muhammad () said,

"If a woman prays her five (daily prayers), fasts her month (i.e. Ramadan), guards her private parts, and obeys her husband, it will be said to her, ‘Enter Paradise through whichever of the gates of Paradise you wish.’" (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Sahih Al Bukhari Vol No.1, Hadith No.42

"If any one of you improves in (following) ISLAM then his good deeds will be REWARDED ten times to seven hundred times for each good deed and a bad deed will be recorded as it is"

Al Qur’an 2:188

Do not eat up your property among yourselves for vanities, nor use it as bait for the judges, with intent that you may eat up wrongfully and knowingly a little of (other) people's property.

Al Qur’an 30:39

“Those who give Charity seeking the pleasure of Allah, they will find an increase there”

Sahih Bukhari Vol. No. 8, Hadith No. 6696

“Anyone who promises to obey Allah, he should obey Him. & anyone who promises disobedience to Allah he should not disobey Him”

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

IS IT HARAM FOR MUSLIMS TO DONATE BLOOD OR ACCEPT BLOOD FROM A NON-MUSLIM?

I have been told its Haram for Muslims to donate blood as equivalent to organ donor. I wonder how far it is true. Since non Muslims eat pork and drink beer is it ok to accept blood from a non-Muslim? (Question Asked By: Sister Maria Khan)

AlHamdu Lillah, thank you for your trust and for this important question. May Allah reward you for the desire to acquire, practice and spread the correct knowledge of our Deen, Aa’meen.

First of all we must understand that Allah The Almighty and His Prophet (Peace be upon him) made it obligatory for us to do all we can to save a life "without any prejudice and without jeopardizing another life."

In Surah Al-Maidah 5:32 Allah The Almighty says; "….and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind."

In a hadith the Prophet (peace be upon him) said; "Allah is on the side of His servants (helps him, etc) as long as the servant is on the side of (helps) his brother (another human being)".

Prophet (peace be upon him) said; "whoever helps another human with be helped by Allah The Almighty".
Prophet (peace be upon him) said; "The Most Merciful is Merciful upon those (human) who are merciful upon others (human). Be merciful on those around you on the earth, and The Most Merciful (Allah, Present everywhere) will be Merciful upon you."

            Islam places a great importance on value of life. There is NO differentiation of faith, creed, gender, and color or any other merits or prejudices’ when it comes to saving "ANY LIFE".

In the light of the above ayah and Ahadith donating blood or organs is permissible under certain conditions and limitations, such as;

a)    The organ is taken out only after a competent Doctor pronounces the death of the donor and all efforts to save his/her life have failed.

b)    In case of kidney/blood or any other organ transfer, only after a competent Doctor establishes that the suffering person must have a kidney/organ/blood transplant and the donor is a healthy match, and the donor’s life or health would not suffer.

c)    The organ or blood is only used to save another life and not for beautification etc

d)    A decision of the competent Doctors that without the blood transfusion or organ transplant the patient is going to die.

e)    The blood or organ is neither sold nor taken by force or under pressure or duress.

f)     The donor before his/her death or his/her immediate family agreed to donate the organ/s upon death.

g)    Organ can be removed only after all attempts to save the donor’s life are exhausted.

h)    Organs are not removed from a living person to help another person without willful consent.

i)     Blood or Organ donation is not obligatory or part of faith, if someone is not convinced then there is no sin on him/her for not donating.

For example in case of kidney or blood transfusion, if these conditions are followed the life of a suffering person can be saved by a live donor without any significant threat to his own life, because he can still survive on one kidney with slight lifestyle modifications.

We all understand and realize what could happen, if Islamic Shariah and or law allowed transplanting blood or human organs without any condition and or limitations.

In my opinion, organ and blood donation is an act of "Continuous Charity" (Sadaqat Jariyah). During our life time we can donate bone marrow, blood, kidney, tissue, etc to those who are in dire need of whether we personally know the person or not.

It is absolutely impossible and even so "Not Required" to keep the Muslim or Non-Muslim donated blood separately, it is an equal good deed to donate to a Muslim and or a Non-Muslim as long as the blood does not carry any virus or disease. Allah The Almighty did not say that saving a Muslim life is more rewarding than a Non-Muslim life. Even if we separate the blood on the basis of the donor’s faith, then there would be more issues as people would create further division based on sects, creed, cast, groups, ethnicity, nationality, color, languages, political affiliations, tribal, etc.
As far the organ donation is concerned, there are three opinions. Some scholars maintain that it is allowed only to donate from a dead body and the other scholars say that both living and dead can donate. Islam is the religion of moderation yet a third group of "scholars" say that donation of any organ is mutilation of a human body whether dead or alive.

The third group say that a dead person is not in-charge of his body so neither him nor his relative have any saying. Some say no matter what you do, if a patient is supposed to die of that ailment no one can save it. Most of their arguments make no sense if seen in the light of Qura’n and the practices of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and may even border with lack of religious knowledge.

Following is an opinion from respected Shaikh Dr. Muzzamil Siddiqui, former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA);

"This question is very much debated by the jurists in past two decades. The Supreme Council of Islamic Scholars in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) has allowed both organ donation and organ transplantation only in case of necessity.
The organ can be taken from the body of a living person with his/her consent and approval and also from the body of a dead person. In the case of a living person, the jurists have stipulated that this donation should not deprive him/her of vital organs. It should also not cause risk to his/her normal life.

The Fiqh Academy of the Muslim World League in Makkah AlMukarramah also allowed organ donation and transplantation in its 8th session held between 28 Rabi’ul Thani - 7 Jumadal Oula, 1405 Hijrah.

In 1408 Hijrah, The Fiqh Academy of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Jeddah also allowed the use of the body organs of a person who has died in an accident, if the necessity requires the use of any organ to cure a patient, provided that a competent and trustworthy physician makes this decision.

It is important to note that most of the jurists have only allowed the donation of the organs. They do not allow the sale of human organs. Their position is that the sale of human organs violates the rules of the dignity and honor of the human being, and so it would be Haram in that case.

Some jurists suggest that because people have become too materialistic and it may not be possible to find a free organ, under necessity one can purchase the organs, but a Muslim should not sell his/her organs." (End Quote)

In this reply I presented the logical viewpoints. I personally favor the Fiqh Academy’s opinion as saving a life with consent of the blood or organ donor without jeopardizing his own life is of prime importance and one of the highly rewarded acts of humanity.

I hope this provides some answer. I seek Allah’s mercy and forgiveness for any and all of my mistakes and misunderstandings regarding this issue.

I leave you and your loved ones in the mercy, guidance and protection of Allah The Almighty.

AND ONLY ALLAH KNOWS BEST.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Don’t be Sad





Don't be Sad

by Azim Kidwai

Life can be tough these days. It genuinely seems like we are stuck in a rat race – work is boring, family is difficult, you just can't find the social network and warm feeling of brother/sisterhood, and of course, you're still single. And then on top of all this, mum is not well and dad has passed away. This may resonate with a lot of you or parts of this may, and the consequences of all this are that many of us circumnavigate life through bouts of depression. We feel a sadness that sometimes we do not know quite how to overcome. We feel an anxiety that we have no idea what it stems from. Ultimately what we find is that despite all the pleasures of the world, we are still fighting a sadness, anxiety and a feeling of sorrow, which manifest in different ways.
So why is this?
Unquestionably the reality of this situation is the gulf between our lifestyle and the prophetic example. When we find ourselves facing any problems, we see those to be the biggest issues in the world. Our whole outlook can change, our whole commitment levels can change and fundamentally we find our faith can shake. And here is the proof that we are so devoid of prophetic guidance that the affairs of our own life become the center of the universe. He (sal Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said what means, "O people! If any believer is afflicted by a disaster, let him remember the disaster of my death, so that this may give him ease, as nobody will be afflicted with a disaster which is greater than that of my death." (Ibn Maajah).
The most amazing thing about this also is, that when you just take a moment to consider his death (Peace and blessings be upon him), the most bizarre sadness will overcome you. Your heart will sink, your soul will quiver and you will be able to see the reality of whatever you are dealing with at the time. Lets take that journey now, and prepare to truly comprehend the words of our Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him).
'Aa'ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, said: "When the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) died, Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) was not around. 'Umar, (may Allaah be pleased with him) stood up and addressed the people saying: 'I swear by Allaah that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has not died and that Allaah will send him back to cut off the hands and legs of those who claim that he has died.' Then, Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) arrived to where the Prophet was lying, uncovered his face, kissed him and said: 'I would sacrifice my father and mother for your sake. You are just as fragrant after your death as you were during your life. I swear by the one in whose hand my soul is, Allaah will never let you die twice.'
Then he went out face the people and said 'O you who is swearing (by Allaah) (meaning 'Umar) calm down!' When 'Umar, (may Allaah be pleased with him) heard Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him, talking, he kept silent and sat down, so Abu Bakr, praised and thanked Allaah and then said: 'Whoever was worshipping Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), then Muhammad (peace be upon him) is dead, but whoever was worshipping Allaah, then Allaah is alive and will never die.' Then he recited (that which translates as): "Indeed, you [i.e, Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him) are to die, and indeed, they are to die]." (Az-Zumar: 30) And that "Muhammad is not but a messenger. [Other] messengers have passed on before him. So if he was to die or be killed, would you turn back on your heels [to unbelief]? And he who turns back on his heels will never harm Allaah at all; but Allaah will reward the grateful." (3: 144) (Related by Bukhari)
Allah Al Musta'an, how sad is this scene. How does it make you feel? How does it feel when you visualize that scene? Does it not just leave you speechless? Ibn Rajab, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: "When the Prophet (sal Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) died, the Muslims were in a state of shock and confusion; some of them were bewildered, others were shocked and started to get things mixed up, others dropped to their knees and were unable to stand, others could not talk and others still refused completely to believe the news of his death."
Brothers and sisters, the purpose of mentioning this advice of the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) is so we can contextualize the sadness we may feel we have in our lives. Without question, as human beings we are moved by our personal circumstances, which may cause us pain and distress, however the key is how we deal with these challenges. If we ponder on them with the context of the advice of the Messenger (peace be upon him)and his departure from this world, it makes every pain easier to bear.
Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) said what means: "Allah does not burden a soul more than it can bear]…" (7:42)
Let us not be held back by sad thoughts but rather move forward and become more Productive Muslims inshaAllah.
A short up-lifting lecture on this topic if you're facing hardship can be listened to here
About the Author:
Azim Kidwai is the General Manager of Mercy Mission  UK


--
Strive to learn your Islam from the Book of your Lord and the Sunnah of your Prophet.
Do not say, So-and-so said, for you cannot learn the truth only from men. Learn the truth and then measure people against it.
This should be enough for the one who controls his whims and submits himself to his Lord.
Rizly.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Rewards For Pregnant Woman In Islam !!

According To hadiths :
1. Rank Equal to Martyr (Shaheed)
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:
“The reward of a woman, from the time of pregnancy until birth and breastfeeding, is the same as the reward of one on the path of Allah, and if a woman leaves this world during that time because of the hardship and pains of birth, she has the reward of a martyr.” [Makarim al-Akhlāq, pg. 238]


2.Virtues for being Pregnant
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:
“Paradise is under the feet of the mother.”
[Mustadrak al-Wasāil, vol. 15, pg. 180]

3.Which of the parents have a higher status?
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) was asked:
“Which of the parents have a higher status?” He replied, “The one who for nine months kept you between her two sides (stomach), and then brought you into this world and gave you milk from her breasts.” [Mustadrak al-Wasāil, vol. 2, pg. 628]

4. Allāh will raise her from the grave pure and without an account (of sins) In Day Of Judgement
Narrated from Imām as-Sādiq (as):
“Any time a woman leaves this world because of labor pains, on the Day of Judgement, Allāh will raise her from the grave pure and without an account (of sins), because such a woman has given her life due to the hardship and pain of labour .” [Bihār al-Anwār, vol. 101, pg. 108]

5.Status Fast , worship & Forgiveness in Whole period of pregnancy
Narrated from Imām as-Sādiq (as):
“Every time a woman becomes pregnant, during the whole period of pregnancy she has the status of one who fasts, one who worships during the night, and one who fights for Allah with her life and possessions. And when she is giving birth, Allah grants her so much reward that nobody knows its limit because of its greatness. And when she is giving milk to her child, for every suck of the child, Allah gives her the reward of freeing a slave from the children of Ismā’īl, and when the period of breastfeeding the child is finished, one of the great angels of Allah taps her side and says: “Start your deeds afresh, for Allah has forgiven all your minor sins.”
[al-Kāfī, vol. 5, pg. 496]

6.Patience of 10 men during pregnancy
Imam as-Sadiq (as) narrates:
“Allah has given every woman the patience of 10 men, and during pregnancy Allah grants her the ability of 10 more men.”
[Mustadrak al-Wasāil, vol. 10, pg. 46]

7.incomprehensible Great Reward
The Prophet (Pbuh) said:
When she delivers her baby she will have a reward which is so great that it is incomprehensible.
[Bihar al-Anwar, v.101, p.106-107]

8.Not be accountable for her deeds :
Imam as-Sadiq (as) narrates From The Prophet (Pbuh) said:
"A woman who dies during delivery will not be accountable for her deeds in this world since she has died with the sorrow of childbirth"

9.The child shall be patient If Give Her Seven Dates:
The Prophet (Pbuh) said,
" Give your wife a few dates as soon as she delivers her child, since God ordered Mary to eat dates at the time of delivery. Give her seven dates from Medina or your own town. God has said:
I swear by my Majesty, Grandeur, Nobility and Highness that if a woman eats dates on the day of childbirth, then the child shall be patient whether it is a boy or a girl.
[Bihar al-Anwar, v.101, p.116]

Conclusion :
The couple desire that Allah Almighty bless them with a child and thus through marital consummation Allah Almighty grants their wish. The first stage that follows is that of pregnancy. A person should not be ashamed of being pregnant or treat it as a big burden, as there are many beautiful virtues and rewards for being pregnant.
The time of pregnancy is a very difficult period with anxiety and various physical and spiritual stresses, although a mother is the centre of love and affection
That 's why She has a greatness Reward in Islam .

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Shawwal Fasts


For verily the Reminder benefits the Believers:-

Shawwal Fasts
Did you know...

While the Ramadhan month promises all manners of rewards in the hereafter due to its uniqueness, the month of Shawal (the Islamic month following Ramadan) also offers comparable pleasures if observed with faith and piety to Allah Almighty.

In the month of Shawal, the Muslim community will celebrate Eidul Fitr. This month is regarded as the month of victory for Muslims who have succeeded in completing their fast properly. The victory referred to is victory against temptations and in training the soul (spirit) as well as physical (body) to obey and always be conscious of the greatness of Allah Almighty.

Our souls celebrate Eid ul Fitr with joy for having completed the month-long fast. The day's celebration is even more joyous when accompanied by rituals extolling Allah's greatness through takbir, tahmid and tasbih throughout the night before Eid day, as well as in the morning of Eidul Fitr, before performing the Eid Prayer. Aside from the rituals of takbir, tahmid and tasbih, Muslims are also encouraged to fast for six days in the month of Shawal.
"Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadhan, and then fasts for six days in the month of Shawal, is akin to fasting indefinitely." (Recorded by Muslim)

This Hadith clarifies that one of the advantages of Shawal is the opportunity for those seeking the pleasure and blessing from Allah Almighty throughout their lives to perform the six day fast.

The reward given by Allah Almighty to those who fast for six days in Shawal is akin to that given to people who fast indefinitely. Such valuable reward is given by Allah Almighty to the people. This is fair reward considering the sincerity of Muslims who perform this act of worship, in view of the increase in temptations surrounding the festive days following the Eidul Fitr celebrations, which really tests a person's faith.

Keeping in mind the favours and rewards promised by Allah Almighty, it will be a great loss if we do not take the opportunity and make full use of the Ramadhan and Shawal months as a medium to train ourselves and others to strengthen our morals and faith.
Q:  Is it permissible for me to fast the six days of Shawwaal with the same intention as making up the days I did not fast in Ramadaan because of menstruation?.

Praise be to Allaah.  
That is not valid, because fasting the six days of Shawwaal can only be done after fasting Ramadaan in full. 
Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen said in Fataawa al-Siyaam (438): 
Whoever fasts the day of 'Arafah, or the day of 'Ashoora', but still owes days from Ramadaan, his fast is valid, but if he intends to fast this day to make up for a missed Ramadaan fast, he will have two rewards: the reward for the day of 'Arafah or 'Ashoora' along with the reward for making up the missed fast. This has to do with voluntary fasts in general that are not connected to Ramadaan. With regard to fasting the six days of Shawwaal, they are connected to Ramadaan and can only done after making up missed Ramadaan fasts. If he fasts them before making up missed Ramadaan fasts he will not attain that reward, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Whoever fasts Ramadaan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime." It is well known that whoever still owes days from Ramadaan is not regarded as having fasted Ramadaan until he makes up the days he missed.

Q:  Is it permissible to make up a missed fast on the second or third day of Eid?.
Praise be to Allaah.  
Eid al-Fitr lasts for just one day, which is the first day of Shawwaal. 
With regard to the commonly-held belief among people, that Eid al-Fitr lasts for three days, this is merely a custom that is known among the people, and has nothing to do with any shar'i rulings. 
Al-Bukhaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 
Chapter: Fasting on the day of al-Fitr. 
Then he narrated (1992) that Abu Sa'eed (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade fasting on the day of al-Fitr and al-Nahr. 
Based on this, the day of al-Fitr is just one day, on which it is haraam to fast, As for the second and third days of Shawwaal, it is not haraam to fast those days; it is permissible to fast it to make up a missed Ramadaan fast or as a voluntary fast. 
And Allaah knows best.

Q:  A woman made up fasting two days she missed of Ramadaan without her husband permission (she did not tell him). She felt shy to tell her husband. If it was not permissible for her to do this, should she expiate?.
Praise be to Allaah.
A woman has to make up the days that she did not fast in Ramadaan even if that is without her husband's knowledge, and when it comes to an obligatory fast, her husband's permission is not essential. So the fast of the woman mentioned is valid. As for non-obligatory fasts, a woman should not fast when her husband is present except with his permission, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade women to fast when their husbands are present without their permission, apart from Ramadaan. 
And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.

Q:  What should a woman do first: fast the six recommended days of Shawwal ( Alayam Alsetta Albeed) or fast equivalent to the days she missed in Ramadan due to her monthly period?
Praise be to Allaah.
If she wants to earn the reward mentioned in the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), "Whoever fasts Ramadaan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime" (reported by Muslim, no. 1984), then she should complete her Ramadaan fasts first, then follow it with six days of Shawwaal, so that the hadeeth with be applicable to her too, and she will gain the reward mentioned in it.
As regards the matter of permissibility, it is permissible for her to delay making up her Ramadaan fasts, provided that she makes them up before the next Ramadaan comes along.

Q:  With regard to the six days of Shawwal after Ramadaan, is it a condition that they should be fasted consecutively, or can I separate them? I want to fast them in three sessions, on the two days of the weekend.

Praise be to Allaah.
It is not a necessary condition that they should be fasted consecutively. If you fast them separately or consecutively, it is OK. The sooner you do them, the better, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meanings):
so compete in good deeds [al-Maaidah 5:48]
And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord [Aal Imran 3:133]
[Moosa peace be upon him said:] and I hastened to You, O my Lord, that You might be pleased [Ta-Ha 20:84]
And (you should hasten to fast these six days) because delaying may cause problems. This is the view of the Shaafa is and some of the Hanbalis, but it is OK if you do not hasten it and you delay it until the middle or end of the month.
Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
Our companions said: it is mustahabb to fast six days of Shawwaal. Because of this hadeeth they said: it is mustahabb to fast these days consecutively at the beginning of Shawwaal, but if one separates them or delays them until after Shawwaal, this is permissible, because he will still be following the general guidelines of the hadeeth. We have no dispute regarding this matter, and this was also the view of Ahmad and Dawood.
Al-Majmoo Sharh al-Muhadhdhab
Source:  www.islamqa.com


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Why Do Muslims Break Their Fast with Dates?

 Why is it considered healthy to break the Ramadan fast with dates, and why are Muslims recommended to pray before iftar? – S.H.  Breaking the fast with dates is a Ramadan tradition, as most of its benefits are unique to this particular fast. Breaking one's fast with dates, as well as praying before iftar, are both mentioned in the Hadith literature: "The Messenger of Allah would break his fast with ripe dates before he would pray. If those were not available, he would eat dried dates. If those were not available, he would drink some water."  One of the many physical benefits of breaking the fast with dates is that our body benefits from the date's high level of natural sugars. Sugars travel most quickly to the liver, where they are converted into energy more quickly than any other nutrient. Muslims have an immediate need for this energy when they break their fast, for they need energy to perform their sunset prayers. Ironically, one also needs this energy to consume the iftar meal. When a person eats, the body uses energy to digest the food. Eating large quantities of food immediately after fasting is not healthy for the body, which is in a weakened condition. Eating a date first helps the body start its digestive process and gives it the energy to deal with the secondary, more complex foods, eaten during ifta. Dates are also high in vitamins A and B6, folic acid, potassium, natural sodium, iron, and magnesium. Thus, eating dates daily during Ramadan is like taking a daily multivitamin. This daily multivitamin can create a stronger and healthier body, one more fit for fasting. Dates also contain large amounts of dietary fiber, which can prevent any constipation that might result from eating the traditionally rich foods served during Ramadan. Additionally, dates protect the stomach and intestinal tract from parasites and bacteria, and thus is a good preventative medicine when eating iftar at unfamiliar locations. Dates also have a special place in Islam. In fact, they were one of the Prophet's (SAW) most frequently consumed foods. For this reason, their benefit is most likely spiritual as well as physical. If their benefit were purely physical, one could perhaps consume any fruit high in natural sugars before iftar to gain similar benefits. However, the act of following the Prophet's (SAW) tradition is one way of connecting and remembering him, which is spiritually beneficial for Muslims. One should pray after eating dates and before eating the main meal, because this short break gives the body time to metabolize the dates and water that have been consumed and to start the body's digestive processes, which have been resting all day. Eating large amounts of food immediately after breaking the fast resembles starting a car and the driving it without giving it enough time to warm up. As we know, this can damage the engine's internal mechanics.
 The same is true with the body, for jumpstarting the body's digestive processes can shock the entire organ system. In some cases, this shock could be dangerous. In most cases, however, it is simply an unhealthy way to break the fast. The immediate dangers are apparent in the increased need to sleep after the iftar. This sleepy feeling comes about because the body has expended so much energy on the digestive system that it needs to lower its other bodily functions in order to perform its digestive duties properly. Over time, this habit can cause long-term damage to the body. 


Monday, July 07, 2014

The Superiority of Lailat-ul-Qadr & QIYAMUL LAYL by Dr. Zakir Naik



The Superiority of Lailat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Decree)



Allah, the Exalted, says:

"Verily, We have sent it (this Qur'an) down in the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree). And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is? The Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e., worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e., 83 years and 4 months). Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [Jibril (Gabriel)] by Allah's Permission with all Decrees. (All that night), there is peace (and goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn.'' (97:1-5)

"We sent it (this Qur'an) down on a blessed night [(i.e., the Night of Al-Qadr, Surah No:97) in the month of Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar]. Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of worship]. Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments (i.e., the matters of deaths, births, provisions, and calamities for the whole (coming) year as decreed by Allah). As a Command (or this Qur'an or the Decree of every matter) from Us. Verily, We are ever sending (the Messengers). (As) a Mercy from your Rubb, Verily! He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.'' (44:3-6)

1189. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "Whosoever performs Qiyam during Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), with Faith and being hopeful of Allah's reward, will have his former sins forgiven.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: Qiyam here means what keeps one awake to one's capacity and for worship and makes one perform Nawafil, impels one to beg pardon for sins from Allah, urges one to praise Him. Specially, if a person performs `Isha prayer and Fajr prayer in congregation, he will hopefully attain all those distinctions which are mentioned in this Hadith.

1190. Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Some of the Companions of the Prophet (PBUH) saw Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree) in their dreams in the last seven nights of Ramadan, whereupon the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "I see that your dreams all agree upon the last seven nights. Whosoever seeks it, let him seek it in the last seven nights.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: "Tawat'at'' linguistically means to step or walk on, that is, to place foot over the place where one's fellow kept his foot. Here, it is used in the sense of correspondence. In other words, "I see that your dreams all agree upon the last seven nights'' stands to mean "you had similar dreams''. This was done by showing all of them the (spectacle) of Lailat-ul-Qadr. On the strength of these dreams, the Prophet (PBUH) said that Lailat-ul-Qadr should be sought in the last seven nights of Ramadan. The wisdom of keeping it secret is to keep people awake to engage in worship for a larger number of nights in this auspicious month.

1191. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to seclude himself (in the mosque) during the last ten nights of Ramadan. He would say, "Search for Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree) in the last ten nights of Ramadan.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

1192. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to observe I`tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan and say, "Seek Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree) in the odd nights out of the last ten nights of Ramadan.''
[Al-Bukhari].

Commentary: We learn from this Hadith that Lailat-ul-Qadr occurs in any of the five odd nights - 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th - of the last ten nights of Ramadan. Its exact date has not been revealed for the reason that people keep themselves awake for prayer for a larger number of nights. Had its date been fixed, people would have kept awake for prayer only on that night. There is a general belief among the scholars that it is fixed, on the 27th night of Ramadan. But this is not correct. Ahadith do not confirm this view.

1193. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: When the last ten nights (of Ramadan) would begin, the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) would keep awake at night (for prayer and devotion), awaken his family and prepare himself to be more diligent in worship.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

1194. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to strive more in worship during Ramadan than he strove in any other time of the year; and he would devote himself more (in the worship of Allah) in the last ten nights of Ramadan than he strove in earlier part of the month.
[Muslim].

Commentary: We learn from this Hadith that:

1. One should concentrate more on prayers and worship on the last ten nights of Ramadan than the first twenty nights, in the same way as one should do more worship in Ramadan than in the other months.

2. One should keep oneself awake for prayer, worship and glorification of Allah in the last ten nights of Ramadan so that one can attain the blessings of Lailat-ul-Qadr.

3. One should also persuade his family members to keep themselves awake for prayer and worship in the last ten odd nights of Ramadan so that they can also make efforts to please Allah.

4. I`tikaf (seclusion in the mosque for prayers) in the last ten days of Ramadan is also a meritorious act for its being a practice of the Prophet (PBUH).

1195. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: I asked: "O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?'' He (PBUH) replied, "You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka `afuwwun, tuhibbul-`afwa, fa`fu `anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).''
[At-Tirmidhi].

Commentary: Although no specific sign of Lailat-ul-Qadr has been mentioned in the Ahadith, some eminent scholars have stated, on the basis of their own experiences and observation, that since angels descend on this night, one feels a peculiar tranquillity and peace of mind and one is overwhelmed with a unique tenderness of heart. The night is neither very hot nor very cold but a temperate one. Similarly, the sun that rises on the next day is also not very hot etc. etc. Allah knows the truth of the matter despite all that has been said in this regard. In any case, on this auspicious night every Muslim should earnestly pray to Allah for the forgiveness of his sins with reference to His Attribute of Forgiveness.

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3 very useful episodes of QIYAMUL LAYL (THE NIGHT PRAYER) in 'A Date With Dr. Zakir' - Peace TV


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Prepare - Approaching Night of Qadr

Prepare yourself, as we enter upon the last 10 days of Ramadan.
Let not this blessed Night of Qadr pass you by.

The signs of Laylatul-Qadar
From amongst the signs of Laylatul-Qadar is that it is a calm night and the believer's heart is delighted and at peace with it, and he becomes active in doing good actions, and the sun on the following morning rises clearly without any rays.
Shakyh Ibn al-'Uthaymeen
Fataawa Ramadhan - Volume 2, Page 852, Fatwa No. 841;
Fataawa ash-Shaykh Muhammad as-Saalih al-Uthaymeen - Volume 1, Page 563
Specifying the 27th of Ramadhaan as Laylatul-Qadar
There is basis for this specification and that is that the night of the 27th of Ramadhan is mentioned in the hadeeth, in Saheeh Muslim, on the authority of 'Ubayy Ibn Ka'b (radhi-yallaahu 'anhu).
However, the overwhelming opinion of the people of knowledge, from the forty or more opinions, is that Laylatul-Qadar is in the last ten nights, and specifically in the last seven of those nights. So, it is possible that it could be on the 27th night, the 25th, the 26th or even the 24th night (and so on).
Because of this, it is befitting for (each) person to exert (himself in worship) during all the nights such that he does not deny himself the excellence of them and the reward (to be gained) in them.

Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) says: "We sent it (this Qur'an) down on a blessed night [(i.e. Laylatul-Qadar) in the month of Ramadan]. Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of worship]"[Soorah ad-Dukhkhaan, Aayah 3]
And He (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) also said: "Verily! We have sent it (this Qur'an) down in the night of al-Qadar. And what will make you know what the night of al-Qadar is? The night of al-Qadar is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allaah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months). Therein descend the angels and the Rooh (Jibreel) by Allaah's Permission with all Decrees. Peace! (all that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allaah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn".  [Soorah al-Qadar, Aayaat 1-5]
Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
Fataawa Ramadhan - Volume 2, Page 852, Fatwa No.842
al-Fataawa libni-'Uthaymeen - Kitaab ad-Da'wah - Volume 1, Pages 204-205
(Source)

The Virtues of the Night of Qadr
Abu Hurairah RAA reported that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: "Whosoever performs the night prayer on the night of Al-Qadr with Eemaan (firm belief) and seeking reward will have all his past sins forgiven ."
This hadeeth is evidence for the virtue of the night of Al-Qadr as well as performing qiyaam during it. And it indicates that it is a grand night, which Allaah has honored and made better than a thousand months in regards to its blessing and the blessings found in the righteous deeds that are performed in it. Thus it is better than the worship of a thousand months and that is equivalent to eighty-three years and four months. Due to this, whoever performs qiyaam (night prayer) with true faith and while seeking reward in it, will be forgiven his past sins. There were certain verses verses concerning this virtue:
Allah says: "We sent it (the Qur'aan) down on a blessed night. Verily We are Ever-Warning. Therein (on that night) is decreed every matter of ordainment ."
Therefore, it is a blessed night meaning it possesses much good and blessing due to its merit and the great reward that awaits the one who does good deeds in it. Among its blessings, is that Allah revealed the Quran in it.
Allah says: "Verily, We have sent it (the Qur'an) down in the night of Al-Qadr. And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr is? The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh (Jibreel) by their Lord's permission with all decrees. (All that night) there is peace, until the appearance of dawn ."
bn Katheer (ra) said concerning Allahs saying "Therein descend the angels and the Rooh"
This means that the descending of the angels increases during this night due to the vast amount of its blessings. And the angels descend along with the descent of blessing and mercy, just as they descend during the time when the Qur'aan is recited and encompass the gatherings in which Allaah is remembered and spread their wings for the true seeker of knowledge, showing respect for him.
This night occurs only in Ramadan, since Allaah revealed the Quran in it. He informs us that its revelation occurred during the month of Ramadaan in His saying: "Verily, We have sent it (the Qur'an) down in the night of Al-Qadr."
And His saying: "The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur'an "
This means that its revelation from Allah to His Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) began in it.
Allahs statement: The night of Al-Qadr is either an indicative of the honor and station of that night, as it is said: "Such and such person has great Qadr". The conjunction of "the night" to Al-Qadr is the joining of a descriptive feature to it, thus making it mean "An honorable night". The word "Al-Qadr" may also be in reference to the ordainment and disposal of affairs. Thus, its being joined to the word "the night" would be in order to denote a place or time to it. So it would mean "the night in which all that will occur in the following year will be decreed." This is similar to Allah's saying: "Therein (on that night) is decreed every matter of ordainment."
Qataadah said of this: "Therein is decreed every matter of the (upcoming) year"and Ibn Al-Qayyim said that this is the correct opinion .
What seems most correct is that there is nothing that restricts the possibility of these two understandings and Allah knows best.
His statement: with Eemaan means with firm conviction in what Allah has prepared for those who stand in prayer during this magnificent night. And seeking reward means looking for reward and the attainment of recompense.
Thus, this is a grand night, which Allah has chosen for beginning the revelation of the Quran. So the Muslim must acknowledge its weight in worth, by guarding it and spending it in worship whilst having firm conviction and seeking the reward of Allaah, in order that Allaah may forgive all of his previous sins. This is why the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) warned us about being heedless of this night and being neglectful of spending it in worship, for the Muslim would be prevented from its good.
Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: "Ramadan has come to you — a blessed month. Allaah has made it obligatory upon you to fast in it. During this month, the gates of heaven are open, the gates of the Hellfire are closed and the evil devils are chained. To Allah belongs a night in it, which is better than a thousand months. Whosoever is prevented from its good, then he has been prevented."
The Muslim should supplicate much on the nights in which the night of Al-Qadr is sought. And he should supplicate with that which the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) instructed Aaishah RAA with, when she asked him: What if I know on which night the night of Al-Qadr occurs, what should I says So he (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said Say: O Allaah, indeed you are All-Pardoning. You love forgiveness, so forgive me.
Ibn Katheer (ra) said: It is recommended to supplicate a lot at all times and (to supplicate) more than that during the month of Ramadan, its last ten days and its odd days. And it is highly recommended to increase ones invoking with this supplication: O Allah, indeed you are All-Pardoning. You love forgiveness, so forgive me. (Source)
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Wives of Jannah

Amazing reminder for all mothers out there (but even if you don't have kids, many of these apply!) with lots of encouragement for Ramadan from my dear sister Hosai Mojaddidi's personal page.

Read on...

Please don't let the faint whispers of shaitan bring you down this Ramadan.
1. We may not make it to every Taraweh prayer (or even one) but God hears our prayers no matter what room we pray in, how many people we're standing among, and who is reciting the Qur'an.

2. We may not fast all 30 days (or even one) but He is the one who has given us the excuse in the first place. He knows our bodies make demands of us that are difficult and taxing, which is why He is pleased with us even when we eat and drink while others do not; indeed He wishes for us ease, not difficulty.

3. We may not be able to make it to all the iftaars and wonderful masjid gatherings to see our friends and share in the festivities but when we establish circles of remembrance, no matter the size, He assembles angels around us. So every time you hold the hand of your infant or child as you nurse him/her or rock them back to sleep from a nightmare, remember God often and make the niyyah that together with their hand in yours, you form a circle of dhikr. Imagine the angels surrounding you in layers and layers reaching the heavens, and look forward to being a part of that awesome gathering of light and beauty every night!
"...There are roaming angels of Allah who go about looking for the circles of dhikr, and when they find them they surround them closely, encompassing them in layers until the first heaven." (Bukhari)

4. We may not be in attendance for the fundraising dinners at night or community relief efforts during the day, but for simply making the intention or having the desire to be there He rewards us nonetheless. And as much as we may yearn to socialize and see our loved ones, we must also remember that by not socializing as much this month we are protecting ourselves from the possibility of falling into blameworthy behaviors or having negative thoughts. We may complain internally about things or people, or show impatience or anger over something. Isn't it better to be spared the tricks of our own ego than to take a chance and lose even one good deed this month?

5.) We may not be able to decorate our homes with fancy banners and lights or make special treats and meals, but we can most definitely decorate every inch of our home with the recitation of the Qur'an and beautify it with the constant praise and remembrance of God. Let us feed our souls and those of anyone we meet with beautiful words and kind actions. Let us make duah for people, let us send gifts to one another to soften the hearts, let us perfect our adab with others and bring them light so they reflect it back to us.
May Allah (swt) reward all of you for every noble intention you make and for every virtuous deed you complete. May He increase the barakah in your time and may He show you the fruits of your labor through the health, happiness, and comfort of your loved ones. May your heart feel fulfilled and nearer to Him than you ever have before. And may you have a MOST blessed and beautiful Ramadan. Ameen.

Here is another beautiful reminder that every mother must read throughout Ramadan...

“When she has her first baby, she must manage for another life even more dependent on her personal sacrifices. By the second, third, or fourth child, her days and nights belong almost entirely to others. Whether she has a spiritual path or not, such a mother can seldom resist a glance at the past, when there were more prayers, more meanings, more spiritual company, and more serenity. When Allah opens her understanding, she will see that she is engaged in one of the highest forms of worship, that of producing new believers who love and worship Allah. She is effectively worshipping Allah for as many lifetimes she has children, for the reward of every spiritual work her children do will be hers, without this diminishing anything of their own rewards: every ablution, every prayer, every Ramadan, every hajj, and even the works her children will in turn pass on to their offspring, and, so on till the end of time. Even if her children do not turn out as she wishes, she shall be requited in paradise forever according to her intention in raising them, which was that they should be godly.

Aside from the tremendous reward, within the path itself it is noticeable that many of those who benefit most from khalwa or ‘solitary retreat of dhikr’ are women who have raised children. With only a little daily dhikr and worship over the years, but much toil and sacrifice for others, they surpass many a younger person who has had more free time, effort, and ‘spiritual works.’ What they find is greater because their state with Allah is greater; namely, the awe, hope, and love of the Divine they have realized by years of sincerity to Him.” Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

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