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Advice Quran Tazkiyyah

Thank Allah Day and Night!

Subhan Allah, Allah [SWT] had to paralyze this brother (may Allah grant him AlFirdaous, ameen) before he could realize the true value of 1 sadjah, reading Quran and being compassionate towards parents.

Here’s a question: is it necessary for Allah [SWT] to paralyze us before we realize the true worth of the 3 afore-mentioned acts?

Why is it that people need intense pain – pain such as being paralyzed, or a heart-attack, or loss of a family member, or a painful divorce – to remind them of Allah [SWT]?

Why can’t we remember Allah [SWT] when we are not in pain? Is it necessary for Allah [SWT] to put us through intense pain just to make us act as good Muslims?

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Advice ibn Taymiyyah Islam Scholars

Reasons to Be Patient

Bismillah. A beautiful excerpt from an article titled “Twenty Reasons for Observing Patience Over Wrongdoing” written by Shaikh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah [RA] and translated by br. Abuz Zubair [H]. This article is a true gem, I’m taking my time in reading and digesting it. Please do so, as well.

From the Intro

The reader should, therefore, realise that these are the words of one who spent nearly his entire life suffering at the hands of his adversaries, and demonstrated to us how to practically forgive and forget, and to rise above the animal instinct of revenge and retribution.

From the Article

There are several things that help one to observe this type of patience:

 

One: One should realise that God is the creator of all of His servants’ actions, their movements, their stationary positions and their volition. Whatever God wills occurs, and whatever He wills not to happen does not occur. There is not an atom in the heavens above or the earth below that moves without His permission and His will. Men are merely tools, so turn instead to the One who unleashed them upon you. Do not look to their bad actions towards you, and in doing so, you will alleviate sadness and sorrow.

The complete article found at IslamicAwakening.com. Click here.

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Adab Advice Scholars

Blind Following a Shaikh? The Truth about Taqlid

Shaikh Abu Aaliyah Surkheel Sharif wrote a wonderful treatise on Taqlid on MuslimMatters and the misconceptions surrounding it. Here’s an outline:

  • The etymology, literal and religious meaning of Taqlid
  • Is taqlid “blind following”and is there a “prescribed” taqlid?
  • The conundrum and Ghazalian metaphor.
  • Where is Taqlid allowed and what does “Ittiba” really mean?
  • Is there Ijma’ on Taqlid, and which type of it?
  • Were Ibn Baz, al-Uthaymin, al-Albani “anti-taqlid”?
  • Give me some proof:
    • Taqlid in hadith authentication.
    • Should we be asking for proofs?
  • What for the layman?
  • Is it allowed for a person to give a ruling while he is unlearned, even of the Arabic language?

The Truth About Taqlid (in PDF)

A few excerpts from this awesome article:

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Advice Hadith Islam Quran Tazkiyyah

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Advice Hadith sahaba

Over-stepping?

Nope, I’m not talking about over-stepping in cricket. I’m talking about over-stepping in Dua (prayer) and Tahara (purification)…

Abdullah ibn Al-Mughafal [RA] passed by one of his sons while was making dua. His son prayed, “Oh Allah! I ask you to give me the white palace on the right hand side as soon as I enter Paradise!”

Hearing this his father said, “Oh my son! Ask Allah to bless you with Paradise and seek refuge from the Fire, for verily I heard the Prophet [SAWS] say:

There will be a group that will over-step/transgress the bounds with regards to purification and dua.”

[Abu Dawud, Ahmad]

Interestingly, the hadith mentions two very important aspects of a Muslim’s life: tahara and dua. Tahara (purification) is the key to the prayer, and dua is the essence of prayer. Thus, shaitaan has placed potholes in these two key areas so that a Muslim who’s striving to get closer to Allah [SWT] can potentially fall into them and lose a portion of their good deeds. This hadith is very amazing as:

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Advice Hadith IslamQA Jannah Paradise Prayer Salah Sunnah

Build Me a House…in Jannah!

Bismillah. One of the things that I’m trying to do to maintain a steadily increasing level of emaan is making a habit of praying my sunnah prayers regularly. Here’s why:

The Messenger of Allah said,

“Allah will build a house in Paradise for whoever is diligent in observing 12 sunnah rakaat (as follows):
4 rakaat before and 2 after the Dhuhr Prayer,
2 after the Maghrib,
2 after the Isha Prayer,
and 2 before the Fajr Prayer.”

[Reported by Tirmidhi and others]

We all know that if we miss a sunnah prayer, then there is no sin. But what do we lose as a result of missing sunnah prayers regularly?

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Advice Dua Dua'a Duas Hadith

Sad? Depressed? What’s Your Relationship with the Quran?

The medicine for sorrow, grief, anxiety and depression is this dua:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas’ood, that the Messenger of Allah [SAWS] said: There is no person who suffers any anxiety or grief, and he/she says:

except that Allah will take away his anxiety and grief, and replace his sorrow with joy.

The companions asked: Ya Rasool Allah! Does it befit for us that we learn these words (i.e. this dua)?

He replied: Absolutely. Whoever hears of it should learn it.

[Musnad Imam Ahmad]

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Advice Allah Quran

The Justice of Allah [SWT]

Bismillah.

Surely! Allah wrongs not even of the weight of an atom, but if there is any good done, He doubles it, and gives from Him a great reward. [AlNisa:40]

Subhan Allah, how perfect is Allah’s justice! And how can it not be, when Allah is far removed from all flaws?

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Advice Fasting Hadith Life Ramadan Sunnah Tazkiyyah

Be an Orange

This Ramadan…be an orange!

Say what?

The example of a believer, who recites the Quran and acts on it, is like an orange (utrujjah) which tastes nice and smells nice.

And the example of the believer who does not recite the Quran but acts on it is like a date that tastes sweet but has no smell.

And the example of the hypocrite who recites the Quran is like a sweet basil which smells good but tastes bitter.

And the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Quran is like a colocynth (bitter apple) which tastes bitter and has a bad smell.”

[Allah’s Messenger [SAWS], reported in Saheeh al-Bukhari]

Subhan Allah!

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Advice Islam Scholars Tazkiyyah

Revival and Correction of the Ummah

The last of this Ummah will not be corrected except by which the first of this Ummah was corrected by and that is the Book and the Sunnah.

[Imam Darul Hijra, Malik ibn Anas {r} d. 179]

Subhan Allah, many of the sahaba were extremely corrupt people in their pre-Islamic era. What transformed them into the best generation?