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​The Seeker of Allah and Hereafter

Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:
“…The seeker of Allah and the Hereafter – rather, the one who seeks to obtain all knowledge, productiveness, and leadership, such that he is a leader who is taken as an example in all of this – should be brave, bold, in control of his whims, and not under the control of his imagination.
He should be abstinent from everything except that which he is after, passionate about what he has turned his face towards, knowing the path to it, as well as the paths which lead away from it.
He should be bold in his aspiration, firm in his resolve, and not swayed from his goal by the blame of the blamers or the discouragement of the discouragers.
He should generally be tranquil, constantly in thought, and not be moved by the sweetness of a compliment or the pain of criticism.
He should be forthcoming in providing himself with what he needs to help him obtain his goal, and should not be incited by those who oppose him.
His slogan should be patience, and his rest should be his fatigue, and he should love to have the best manners.
He should make the best of his time, not mixing with the people except in a most cautious state, just like a bird that quickly comes down to snatch a morsel from between two people.
He should stand over himself, encouraging himself by way of hope and fear, and should seek to be outstanding amongst his group…”
[‘al-Fawa’id’; p. 265]

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​Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) writes in his book Al-Fawa’id

The people entered the Hellfire by three doors: the door of doubts which led to uncertainty in the religion of Allah , the door of lusts which led to preferring desires over obedience to Allah , and the door of anger which led to aggression against His creation.

The sources of every sin are three matters: arrogance[1] which caused Satan behave the way he did, greed[2] which caused Adam to be expelled from the garden, and envy[3] which emboldened one of the sons of Adam against his brother.

He who protects himself from these three matters will be protected from evil. Unbelief comes from arrogance, disobedience comes from greed, and transgression and injustice come from envy.
Allah in His wisdom made every inward and outward part of the son of Adam as a machine which, if he used properly, will complete him. The eye is a device for seeing, the ears a device for hearing, the nose a device for smelling, the tongue a device for speaking, the private parts a device for marriage, the hands a device for power, the legs a device for walking, the heart a device for faith and knowledge, the soul a device for love, the mind a device for reflection and contemplation of worldly and religious consequences and to prefer what is worthy of preference and to neglect what is worthy of neglect.
The people who lose the most are those who are preoccupied with themselves instead of Allah . Those who are preoccupied with other people are in even greater loss than them.
In the Sunan is the tradition of Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri which he attributed to the Prophet, (SalAllahu Alayhi Wasallam):
إِذَا أَصْبَحَ ابْنُ آدَمَ فَإِنَّ الْأَعْضَاءَ كُلَّهَا تُكَفِّرُ اللِّسَانَ فَتَقُولُ اتَّقِ اللَّهَ فِينَا فَإِنَّمَا نَحْنُ بِكَ فَإِنْ اسْتَقَمْتَ اسْتَقَمْنَا وَإِنْ اعْوَجَجْتَ اعْوَجَجْنَا

When the son of Adam awakens in the morning, all of his body parts defer to the tongue and they say: Fear Allah concerning us, for we are only a part of you. If you are straight then we are straight, and if you are crooked then we are crooked.
[Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2407, Grade: Sahih]
Indeed, they only submit to the tongue as it is the post of the heart, its representative, and the junction between itself and the limbs. The statement that ‘we are only part of you’ means our salvation or destruction only lies with the tongue.
[al-Fawāʼid 1/58]
[1] Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, (SalAllahu Alayhi Wasallam), said, “He will not enter Hellfire who has the weight of a seed of faith in his heart and he will not enter Paradise who has the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart.”

[Sahih Muslim 91]
[2] Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: The Messenger of Allah, (SalAllahu Alayhi Wasallam), said, “Guard yourself from greed, for greed destroyed those before you. It caused them to shed blood and to make lawful what is unlawful.”

[Sahih Muslim 2578]
[3] Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, (SalAllahu Alayhi Wasallam), said, “Do not hate each other, do not envy each other, do not turn away from each other, but rather be servants of Allah as brothers.”

[Sahih Bukhari 5718]

JUMU’AH

Jumu’ah or jum’ah is commonly referred as “Friday” in English Language. There are various narration from Prophet Muhammad (Saw) that “The best of your days is Friday.”Muslims pray ordinarily five times each day according to the sun’s sky path regardless of clock time. The jumu’ah Salah (prayer) is the most significant part of this day.

 

 

– Qur’an

Besides the five obligatory prayers, Allah  has also ordained the “Jumah” (Friday Congregational Prayer) as a necessary prayer on the Muslims as is made clear in the following ayath of the Qur’an as: “O you who believe (Muslims)! When the call is proclaimed for the Salaah (prayer) on Friday (Jumu‘ah prayer), come to the remembrance of Allah [Jumu‘ah religious talk (Khutbah) and Salaah (prayer)] and leave off business (and every other thing). That is better for you if you did but know!” And when the Prayer is finished, then may ye disperse through the land, and seek of the Bounty of Allah سبحانه و تعالى: and celebrate the Praises of Allah  often (and without stint): that you may prosper. [Qur’an Surah Jumu’ah 62:9-10]

 

The jumu’ah Salah (prayer) is half the dhuhr prayer, for convenience, preceded by a khutbah (a sermon as a technical replacement of the two reduced rakaʿat of the ordinary dhuhr prayer), and followed by a congregational prayer, led by the Imam.

 

– Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) also urge the Muslims to the importance of the Friday prayer said:“ They (people) will have to stop neglecting the Friday prayer or otherwise, Allah  will seal their hearts and they will be counted among the negligent” (Reported by Imam Muslim).

 

The Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) also says:“ He who deliberately neglects three consecutive Friday pray, Allah سبحانه و تعالى will make a mark on his heart” (Reported by Abu Dawood).

 

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah and Hudhayfah (may Allaah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah led those who came before us away from Friday. The Jews had Saturday, and the Christians had Sunday. Then Allah brought us and Allah guided us to Friday. So there is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and thus they will follow us on the Day of Resurrection. We are the last of the people of this world but we will be the first on the Day of Resurrection, and we will be dealt with before all others.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, book of Jumu’ah, 847 and  Sahih Muslim, 856]

 

It was narrated from Aws ibn Aws that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best of your days is Friday. On that day Adam (peace be upon him) was created; on that day he died; on that day the Trumpet will be blown and on that day all of creation will swoon. So send a great deal of blessings upon me, for your blessings will be shown to me.” They said, “O Messenger of Allaah, how will our blessings upon you be shown to you when you have turned to dust?” He said, “Allah has forbidden the earth to consume the bodies of the Prophets, peace be upon them.” [Narrated by Abu Dawood, 1047; classed as saheeh by Ibn al-Qayyim in his comments on Sunan Abi Dawood, 4/273; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 925. 

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best day on which the sun rises is Friday. On it Adam was created, on it he was admitted to Paradise and on it he was expelled therefrom.”  Sahih Muslim, 1410]

Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with them both) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “People should stop neglecting Jumu’ah prayers or else Allah will place a seal over their hearts, then they will be among the negligent.” Narrated by Muslim, 865. 

 

– Wording of Khutbah

Al-Nisaa’i reported that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught us Khutbat al-Haajah: Al-hamdu Lillaahi nasta’eenahu wa nastaghfiruhu, wa na’oodhu billaahi min shuroori anfusinaa wa sayi’aati a’maalinaa. Man yahdih Illaahu falaa mudilla lahu wa man yudlil falaa haadiya lahu. Wa ashhadu an laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasooluhu (Praise be to Allaah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger). Then he recited the following three ayaat (interpretation of the meaning): ‘Yaa ayyuha’lladheena aamanu-ttaqu’Llaaha haqqa tuqaatihi wa laa tamootunna illaa wa antum muslimoon (O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allah.)’ [Aal ‘Imraan 3:102], ‘Yaa ayyuha’n-naas uttaqu rabbakum alladhi khalaqakum min nafsin waahidatin wa khalaqa minhaa zawjahaa wa baththa minhumaa rijaalan katheeran wa nisaa’an wa’ttaqu-Llaah alladhi tasaa’aloona bihi wa’l-arhaama inna Allaaha kaana ‘alaykum raqeeban (O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person, and from him He created his wife, and from them both He created many men and women, and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship) Surely, Allaah is Ever an All-Watcher over you).’ [al-Nisa’ 4:1], ‘Yaa ayyahu’lladheena aamanu-ttaqu’Llaaha wa qooloo qawlan sadeedan (O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allaah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth).’ [al-Ahzaab 33:70].”

 

– Virtues of Friday

1 – On it is Salaat al-Jumu’ah (Friday prayer), which is the best of prayer. 

 

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“O you who believe (Muslims)! When the call is proclaimed for the Salaah (prayer) on Friday (Jumu‘ah prayer), come to the remembrance of Allah [Jumu‘ah religious talk (Khutbah) and Salaah (prayer)] and leave off business (and every other thing). That is better for you if you did but know!” [al-Jumu’ah 62:9] 

Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The five daily prayers and from one Jumu’ah to the next is an expiation for whatever sins come in between them, so long as one does not commit a major sin.” [Sahih Muslim 233]

 

2 – Praying Fajr in congregation on Fridays is the best prayer that the Muslim can pray during the week. 

 

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best prayer before Allah is Fajr prayer on Friday in congregation.” 

 

Narrated by al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Eemaan; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1119 

 

One of the special features of Fajr prayer on Friday is that it is Sunnah to recite Soorat al-Sajdah in the first rak’ah and Soorat al-Insaan in the second. 

 

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to recite in Fajr prayer in Fridays Alif-Laam-Meem Tanzeel (Soorat al-Sajdah) in the first rak’ah and Hal ata ‘ala’l-insaan heenun min al-dahr lam yakun shay’an madhkooran (Soorat al-Insaan) in the second. 

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 851; Muslim, 880. 

 

Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar said: It was said that the reason why these two soorahs are recited is because they mention the creation of Adam and what will happen on the Day of Resurrection, because that will come to pass on a Friday. 

 

3 – Whoever dies during the day or night of Friday, Allah will protect him from the trial of the grave. 

 

It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There is no Muslim who dies during the day of Friday or the night of Friday but Allah will protect him from the trial of the grave.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1074; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Ahkaam al-Janaa’iz, p. 49, 50 

 

4 – An Hour On Friday when dua is not rejected

 

Narrated Abu Hurairah (R): Allah’s Messenger (May Allah honour Him and Grant Him peace) talked about Friday and said: ‘There is an hour on Friday and if a Muslim gets it while offering Salah (prayer) and asks something from Allah, then Allah will definitely meet his demand.’ And he (the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) pointed out the shortness of that particular time with his hands. [Sahih Al Bukhari Vol 2:57 and Muslim 852]

 

5 – Expiation of sins

 

Abu Hurayrah, which says that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Each of the five daily prayers and from one Jumu’ah prayer to the next is an expiation for the time in between, so long as one does not commit any major sin.”  (al-Tahaarah, 342). 

 

Abu Hurayrah said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘When Friday comes, at each door of the mosque there are angels who write down the first ones to come to the mosque. Then when the imaam sits down they close their books and come to listen to the sermon. The one who comes early (for Friday prayer) is like who sacrificed a camel, then those who come after him (in order of their coming) are like one who sacrificed a cow, then one who sacrificed a horned ram, then one who sacrificed a chicken, then like one who offered an egg.” (narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Jumu’ah, 1416). 

 

Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “One of the best of your days is Friday. On it Adam was created and on it he died. On it the Trumpet will be blown and on it all creatures will perish (prior to the Resurrection on the Last Day). So send many blessings upon me on that day, for your blessings will be shown to me.” They said, “How will our blessings be shown to you when your body will have become dust?” He said, “Allah has forbidden the earth to consume our [Prophets’] bodies.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood and al-Nasaa’i; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, no. 695). 

 

Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever makes his wife do ghusl and does ghusl himself [i.e., has intercourse] on Friday and goes out early, walking not riding, and comes close to the imaam and listens [to the sermon] without interrupting, will have for each step he takes a reward equal to that of fasting and praying at night for one year.” [Narrated by Ahmad and al-Tirmidhi; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, no. 687]

 

6. Expiation for sins committed between this Friday and the previous Friday

 

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: 

 

“Whoever does ghusl, then comes to Jumu’ah, and prays what is decreed for him, then listens attentively until the khutbah is over, then prays with him (the imam), will be forgiven (his sins) between that and the next Jumu’ah, and three days more.” [Narrated by Muslim (857); a similar report was narrated from Salmaan al-Faarisi by al-Bukhaari (883).]

 

For every step he takes to the mosque, the reward of fasting and praying qiyaam for one year will be recorded for him. 

 

It was narrated that Aws ibn Aws said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever washes his head and his body (ghusl) on Friday, then sets out early, is present at the beginning of the khutbah and is close (to the imam), then listens attentively, for every step he takes he will have the reward of fasting and praying qiyaam for one year.” 

[Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (496) who said: it is a hasan hadeeth. It was classed as saheeh by al-Bayhaqi in al-Sunan al-Kubra (3/227) and by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.]

 

7 – The reward for praying Jumu’ah depends on listening attentively

 

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: 

 

“If you say to your companion, ‘Listen attentively’ on a Friday, when the imam is delivering the khutbah, then you have engaged in idle speech.” [Narrated by al-Bukhaari (934) and Muslim (851).] 

 

8 – The one who listens attentively will have two kafl of reward. 

 

‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib delivered a khutbah in Kufah and said in his khutbah: 

If a man sits in a place where he can hear and see (the imam) and listens attentively and does not engage in idle speech or fidgeting, he will have two shares of reward. If he stays far away and sits in a place where he cannot hear but he listens attentively and does not engage in idle speech or fidgeting, he will have one share of reward. If he sits in a place where he can hear and see but he engages in idle speech or fidgets and does not listen attentively, then he will have one share of sin.” 

 

And at the end of that he said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say that. [Narrated by Abu Dawood (1051) and classed as da’eef (weak) by al-Albaani. A similar report was narrated from Abu Umaamah in a marfoo’ report in al-Mu’jam al-Kabeer (8/165) and in a mursal report from Yahya ibn Abi Katheer in Musannaf ‘Abd al-Razzaaq (3/223).] 

 

– Scholars view

Undoubtedly the Muslim is enjoined during the khutbah to listen and pay attention, and stop moving. He is enjoined to do two things: 

 

1.     Be silent and still, and refrain from moving or fidgeting

 

2.     He is enjoined to be quiet and refrain from speaking. It is haraam for him to speak whilst the imam is delivering the khutbah, and it is also haraam for him to move, fidget, touch the pebbles, draw lines on the ground, or anything else of that nature. [Al-Muntaqa min Fataawa al-Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (5/71)]
source : AskIslamPedia

​Don’t you cry?

Imām Ibn al-Jawzī(رحمه الله) mentioned:
Mālik ibn Dhaygham said: I heard Bakr ibn Musād say that ‘Abdûl Wāhid ibn Zayd said:
 “O my brothers, don’t you cry out of desire for Allāh? Surely, those who cry out of desire for Allāh will not be forbidden to look at Him.
O my brothers, don’t you cry out of fear for the Hell-fire? Surely, those who cry out of fear for the Hell-fire will be protected against it by Allāh.
O my brothers, don’t you cry out of the thirst on the Day of Resurrection? Surely, those who cry for that reason will be giving to drink in front of the whole creation on the Day of Judgement.
O my brothers, don’t you cry? Surely, cry in this world about the cold water so that Allāh will give you this to drink in the Court of Holiness in the company of the best companions: the Prophets, the Truthful, the Martyrs and the Upright. They are so an excellent company!
Then he became so affected by it  and he could hardly see.”
• Sifat al-Safwah: vol. 3, pg. 322

Importance / Benefit of Dhikr

​Importance/Benefits of Dhikr:
Here are some Ayahs and Hadith showing us the importance of and the benefits of doing Dhikr?
Allah(swt) says: “O ye who believe! Let not your wealth or your children divert you from the ‘Dhikr’ of Allah. If any act thus, the (severe) loss is their own!” [Surah Munafiqoon, Ayah 9]
“Those who believe, their hearts find satisfaction in the ‘Dhikr’ of Allah: for without doubt, (only) in the ‘Dhikr’ of Allah do hearts find satisfaction!” [Surah Raad, Ayah 28]
“If anyone withdraws himself from ‘Dhikr’ of (Allah) Most Gracious, We appoint for him a Shaytaan to be an intimate companion to him! [Surah Zukhruf, Ayah 36]
And the Prophet(sws) said: “The difference between the one who remembers his Lord and the one who does not, is like the difference between a living and dead body.” [Sahih al-Bukhari 6407

O Miskeen

​Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad رحمه الله تعالى stated: 
“O Miskeen! 
• You are evil yet you consider yourself good

• You are ignorant yet you consider yourself knowledgable 

• You are miserly yet you consider yourself generous 

• You are imbecilic yet you consider yourself intelligent 
Your appointed time is short (i.e. death), yet your aspirations (& hopes) are far-fetched.”
Imam Dhahaby رحمه الله تعالى added to that:
“Yes by Allah, he spoke the truth…and (in addition) you are oppressive yet you consider yourself the oppressed, eating the haraam (illegitimate income etc) yet consider yourself pious, a sinner yet you consider yourself upright, seeking knowledge for Worldly gain yet you consider you are seeking it for Allah.”
السير ٤٤٠/٨

#This will #put a #smile on your #face: 😍


Jabir bin Samurah (radi Allahu anhu) said;

رأيت رسول الله ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ في ليلة إضحيان (مضيئة مقمرة) وعليه حُلة حمراء، فجعلت أنظر إليه وإلي القمر، فلهو عندي أحسن من القمر
 “I saw him at one full-moon night. I looked at him. He was dressed in a red garment. I compared him with the moon and found that — for me — he was better than the moon.” 
• Source: Tirmidhi 
We recognize the beauty in the sun, so why did the companion describe him as a moon, and not as the sun? The scholars say that although the sun is beautiful in nature, you cannot look at the sun directly because it is too bright and painful for your eyes. However with the beauty of the moon, you can stare at it the whole night without any pain. Such is the beauty of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam–there is no harm in staring at him.
• Source: Mishkat Al-Masabeeh 2/518

We were not sent to live in this world to live like the cattle, to eat and drink and sleep only, rather we were sent so we can prepare for the Hereafter (al-Ākhirah).

 – Sh. Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen Raḥimahullāh
● [الكافية الشافية ٤/٣٧٩]

​She Is Not A Superwoman 🌸

She is not a Super Woman,
Or any character from the Ancient Roman,

She is just an imperfect human,

Submitting herself to One who created Earth and the Heaven.
She is not any random Muslimah,

She lives by the teaching of Qur’ān and Sunnah,

Following the footsteps of Ummul Mu’mīnah,

Indeed she is the backbone of this Ummah!
A preserved pearl sealed with modesty and hayaa’,

She aims high and not clinged to this dunyā,

She wants to be the Queen of Jannah,

Shining even brighter and prettier than Hooris of Jannah.
She lives only to please Allāh,

Letting her husband to fight Jihad fī Sabīlillāh,

Raising her children to become future Jundullāh,

How blessed is she, a sincere Mujahidāh.
BBC and CNN doesn’t bother about her,

Because she is not an icon that impress any writer or producer,

People think she is a threat or posses danger,

Living upon Haqq makes her to live like a stranger.
She is neither a super woman nor a celebrity,

She is just a humble slave that found her strength in Allāh the All Mighty.

Bird Of Jannah.

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