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Revive a Sunnah: Hijama For Diseases

Bismillah.

What happens when someone gets a headache or they feel sick? Either they take some medicine hoping for immediate relief, or they visit the doctor. But what did the Prophet صل الله عليه و سلم do?

Abdullah ibn Abbas reported that the Messenger صل الله عليه و سلم was cupped on his head for a unilateral headache while he was in Ihraam.

[Bukhari]

Anas ibn Maalik reported that the Messenger said, “Indeed the best of remedies you have is cupping (hijama)…”

[Bukhari]

Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger صل الله عليه و سلم said, “If there was something excellent to be used as a remedy then it is cupping (hijama).”

[Sunan Abi Dawud, Sunan Ibn Majah]

Hijama (cupping) is one the strongest sunnahs of the Prophet صل الله عليه و سلم, but how many of us even think of it as a cure for our diseases? How many of us even know that something like hijama exists?

What is Hijama?

Hijama (حِجَمَة) comes from the root al-hajm, which means “sucking”. Cupping (hijama) is the process of applying cups to various points on the body by removing the air inside the cups to form a vacuum. This vacuum sucks out the diseased blood which is then poured into the cups by making small cuts to the skin and then disposed.

When performed properly, this is a safe process and there are no health risks in the process (unlike acupuncture, for example).

Proven Sunnah of the Prophet صل الله عليه و سلم

Allah has made an amazing cure for us for all diseases in hijama. The Prophet صل الله عليه و سلم got hijama on his head, on his foot [Ibn Majah], on his neck [Abi Dawud], on his hip [Abi Dawud], etc.

The angels recommended to the Prophet صل الله عليه و سلم that he recommend hijama to his ummah.

Abdullah ibn Abbas reported that the Prophet صل الله عليه و سلم said, “I did not pass by an angel from the angels on the night journey except that they all said to me: Upon you is cupping (hijama), O Muhammad.”

[Saheeh Sunan ibn Majah]

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud the angels said, “Oh Muhammad, order your nation with cupping (hijama).”

[Saheeh Sunan Tirmidhi]

Benefits of Hijama

Hijama is not just a reactionary medicine for a disease. It is actually a preventative measure that prevents diseases, in it is a cure for all diseases by the permission of Allah, it strengthens the memory, improves the intellect and prevents blood from getting hot [Ibn Majah]. For a list of ahadith on hijama, please click here.

Action Needed

Given hijama‘s importance, its benefits and that its a proven sunnah of the Prophet صل الله عليه و سلم, we must revive this sunnah in our lives by finding practitioners of hijama and get it performed on us.

Lastly, please spread the khair by:

  • Forwarding this to anyone who you know will benefit.

“Whoever guides anyone to goodness, his reward shall be the same as those who follow his guidance without lessening a bit of their reward.” – Rasool Allah [SAWS]

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Praying Fajr and Isha in Congregation

Bismillah.

By the grace of Allah, I’m in Alexandria, Egypt studying Arabic. One of the things that I love about living in Egypt is that there is a masjid in every block, maybe more at times. Its a real blessing to be able to pray in jamat habitually, alhamdulillah, particularly the salat of Fajr and Isha. It makes a real difference to begin the day at the masjid and to end it at the masjid.

For motivation, here are some ahadith of the Prophet that show the importance of praying Fajr and Isha at the masjid:

`Uthman bin `Affan reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah saying: One who performs Isha’ prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat the whole night.

[Muslim]

Another narration mentions:

`Uthman bin Affan narrated that he had heard the Messenger of Allah saying: “He who attends Isha’ in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for half of the night; and he who attends `Isha’ and Fajr prayers in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for the whole night.

[Tirmidhi]

These ahadith tell us that the reward of praying Isha’ and Fajr prayers in congregation is so great that it equals the worship of the whole night.

Think about it: every day you can earn this massive reward just by praying at the masjid. Consistent good deeds like this are beloved to Allah, so let’s try our utmost to pray at least one of the two in the masjid. In particular, there is NO reason to miss Isha at the masjid.

WAllahu alam.

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Q&A: Can I Make Up Sunnah Prayers?

Bismillah.

Question:

I missed my sunnah prayers because I was in a rush. Can I make them up later on just like we make up the obligatory prayers?

Answer:

Regular sunnah prayers are a way to Paradise and one of the most beloved actions to Allah [SWT] that we can do. So, it makes a lot of sense that it is preferred to make up the missed sunnah prayers.

According to Umm Salamah [RA], the Prophet [SAWS] prayed two rak’ahs after ‘Asr. He was asked about them and he said:

“O daughter of Abu Umayyah, you asked about the two rak’ahs after ‘Asr. That is because some people from ‘Abd al-Qays came to me and distracted me from the two rak’ahs that come after Zuhr; these are they (i.e., I prayed them just now).”

[Bukhaari and Muslim]

From this, we know that the Prophet [SAWS] would make up his missed sunnah prayers. He was busy with people after Zuhr, so missed his sunnahs but he remembered them and made sure that he completed them whenever he got the chance. This is what we should do too, in sha Allah.

A final point, there is a scholarly difference of opinion on whether we are allowed to pray voluntary prayers between Asr and Maghrib (after Asr salah). Both sides have their proofs, but its safe to say that its best to avoid the conflict and not pray after Asr (even though we know the Prophet [SAWS] did so from the above hadeeth). And Allah [SWT] knows best.

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Advice Dua Dua'a Duas Hadith Islam Sunnah

My Favorite Dua

Bismillah.

This dua is very special to me. You can say that this is my favorite dua. I try to make it every time in prayer before the tasleem .

In the hadith of Ali [RA] on the description of how Allah’s Messenger [SAWS] used to pray, he reported that at the end of what he said between the tashahhud and the tasleem was:


[Muslim]

Transliteration (hover your mouse for translation)

Allahumm-maghfirlee ma qaddamtu
wa ma akh-khartu
wa ma asrartu
wa ma aa’lantu
wa ma asraftu
wa ma anta aa’lamu bihi min-nee
antal muqaddimu
wa antal mu-akh-khiru
la ilaha illa anta

Al Muqaddim – The One who hastens or speeds whatever He wills/The First
Al Muakh-khir – The One who delays or slows whatever He wills/The Last

We’re asking for forgiveness for everything: for things we did, things we’ll do, things we conceal, things we reveal, things we do over-excessively, and for things we don’t even know exist within us (e.g. the disease of arrogance that lurks amongst most of us, but most of us are sadly unaware of)…Ya Salaam! What an amazing dua!

Also, keep in mind that the Prophet [SAWS] made a similar dua for his ummah in EVERY prayer.

Memorize. This. Dua.

WAllahu alam.

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Hadith Islam Sunnah Tazkiyyah

The Power of the Kalima

Bismillah. We say and repeat the kalima so often that at times, we forget its significance and its power. The kalima is testifying (meaning, as if you witness this fact using your senses) that la ilaha ill-lal-lah: there is no deity/object/thing worthy of any act of worship except Allah.

Recipe for Success

…Say la ilaha ill-lal-lah and you will be successful…

[Excerpt from an authentic narration]

Highest Level of Faith

Eman (faith) consists of 60 or 70 parts, the highest is to testify la ilaha ill-lal-lah, lowest is to remove a harmful thing from a road, and modesty is from eman.

[Reported by Sahih Muslim]

Equivalent of Freeing Noble Slaves

The Messenger of Allaah (S) said: “Whoever says the following in the morning:

‘None has the right to be worshiped except Allah, alone, without partner, to Him belongs all sovereignty and praise and He is over all things omnipotent.’

…has indeed gained the reward of freeing a slave from the children of Ismaa’eel [AS], and ten of his sins are wiped away and he is raised ten degrees, and he has found a safe retreat from the devil until evening. Similarly, if he says it at evening time, he will be protected until the morning.’

[Reported by Abu Dawud, ibn Majah]

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Revive a Sunnah: Using the Right Hand

Bismillah.

Hafsah [RA], the wife of the Prophet [SAWS], reported that the Prophet [SAWS] used to use his right hand for eating, drinking and getting dressed and his left hand for everything else.

[Abu Dawood]

Imam Nawawi [RA] explains that every honorable thing should be performed with the right hand, and every thing that is not honorable should be performed with the left hand. For example, eating should be done with the right hand, whereas cleaning ourselves after using the washroom should be done with the left hand.

Also, the inverse of something honorable should be done with the left hand or left side. For example, putting shoes, we should begin with the right shoe and taking them off, we should begin with the left shoe. And so on.

Some things we should do (or begin with) the right hand:

  • eating
  • putting on shoes (right shoe first, then left)
  • clothes (right side first, then left side)
  • glasses (open the right flap first, then the left…and close the left first and then the right)
  • brushing teeth
  • receiving something
  • giving something

What are some other things that we can add to this list?

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Friday Specials: Salawaat on the Prophet [SAWS]

Bismillah.

The Prophet [SAWS] said: “Surely, among the best of your days is Friday; so increase in invoking Allah’s prayer upon me during it, for your invocations for Allah’s prayer upon me will be displayed to me.

So the companions [RA] asked: “O Messenger of Allah! How will our (invocation for Allah’s) Salaat (upon you) be displayed to you when you have disintegrated (i.e. your body turned to dust in the grave)?”

He replied, “Verily, Allaah azza wa jal has made forbidden for the earth (the consumption of) the bodies of the Prophets – may Allah’s prayer be upon them.”

[Sunan Abi Dawood]

Sending prayers on the Prophet [SAWS] – also known as Salawaat ala Rasool Allah or Durood shareef – is one of the greatest acts of worship. It’s a sign of emaan and an indicator of our love of the Prophet [SAWS]. Thus, It should be done regularly, and on Friday, it should be intensified.

What is Sending Prayers on the Prophet?

Allah’s prayer is a sending down of blessings.

Such as our statement “Allahumma Salli ‘ala Muhammad“. The literal translation is “O Allah ‘pray’ on Muhammad”, but the meaning is “O Allah, send your peace and blessings on Muhammad”.

[Shaikh Muhammad Al-Shareef]

Why Should I Send Prayers on the Prophet [SAWS]?

  • It’s a sign of emaan (faith)

Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O you who believe! Send your blessings on him, and salute him with all respect.

[33:56]

  • It’s an indicator of our love of the Prophet [SAWS]

None of you believes until I am more beloved to him than his father, his son, and all people.

[Bukhari]

  • It’s easy and worth a lot of good deeds

Whoever supplicates Allah to send salaat on me once, Allah will send salaat upon him ten times.

[Muslim]

How to Send Prayers on the Prophet [SAWS]?

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All We Need – An Amazing Hadith

Bismillah.

A truly amazing hadith of our beloved [SAWS].

May Allah [SWT] bless the person who made this video, ameen!

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Advice Islam Shukr Sunnah Tazkiyyah

Thanking People = Thanking Allah

Bismillah. We know that thanking Allah (shukr) is through action. So what are some actions that we can do to thank Allah [SWT]?

Narrated Abu Hurayrah [RA]

The Prophet [SAWS] said: He who does not thank Allah does not thank people.

[Abu Dawud]

In other words, whosoever does not thank people, has not thanked Allah.

Suppose someone did you a favor. Either you:

  • thank no one!
  • thank the person but not Allah [SWT]
  • thank Allah [SWT] and not the person
  • thank Allah [SWT] and then also thank the person

In the first three cases, you haven’t thanked Allah! Shukr is thanking Allah and then also thanking the person who helped you! This is because it was Allah [SWT] who made that person a means to facilitate whatever task you were doing. So, just say THANK YOU 🙂

And if the person is Muslim, then you can take it a step further:

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Revive a Sunnah: Give a Gift

Bismillah.

gift.jpg

Are you looking to get closer to that special someone at the masjid or school, but just don’t know how to do it? Want to become closer to your teacher or mentor, but words just aren’t enough? Looking to make your parents’, siblings’ or spouse’s day? Do it the sunnah way:

The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, تهادوا، تحابوا, exchange gifts, as that will lead to increasing your love to one another.

[Bukhari]

A’ishah radi Allahu anha narrated that the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam used to accept gifts and reward people for giving them.

[Bukhari]

Giving gifts is one way that we can become closer to our fellow muslims, and strengthen the bond between us. It is a great sunnah that we can revive, inshaAllah.

If someone does give you a gift, how should you respond?

The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, Whoever has a favour done for him and says ‘Jazaak Allahu khayran‘ has done his utmost to thank him.

[At-Tirmithi]