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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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Parents

Bismillah. Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my parents. I live in a city that is a 4-hr flight from where they live, so I see them every 3-4 months for 2-3 weeks. Time with them has made me realize that, subhan Allah, parents are a real blessing.

No person can ever love us like our parents do. Their love is biological, and thus it is so unconditional. Even Allah [SWT] swore by this amazing connection in the Quran in Surah Balad [90:3]. It’s a truly special bond. I remember a friend once saying, “You don’t know what love is until you’ve had your first child”.

We all know how much emphasis Allah [SWT] has placed on the outstanding treatment of parents. In fact, outstanding treatment of parents is one of the most beloved deeds to Allah [SWT]. But what is “outstanding treatment” of parents?

  • Prayer for Parents

The Prophet [SAWS] said: “A man’s status will be raised in Paradise, and he will ask, ‘How did I get here?’ He will be told, ‘By your son’s du’aa’s (prayers) for forgiveness for you.”

[Reported by Ibn Maajah]

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O our Lord! Cover (us) with Your Forgiveness – me, my parents, and (all) believers, on the Day that the Reckoning will be established!

[Ibrahim:41]

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My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.[Al-Israa:24]

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Virtues of Ayatul Kursi: Paradise and More

Bismillah.

One of the greatest gifts that we have been given by Allah [SWT] is that of Ayatul Kursi (the Verse of the Footstool). It is verse 255 in Surah Baqarah (2). Here are some of it’s virtues:

  • A Guarantee of Paradise

“The one who recites it after each of the obligatory prayers, then death will be the only thing [i.e. barrier] preventing him from entering al-Jannah.” [1]

  • The Prophet described it as the greatest ayah in the Quran. [2]
  • In it the Most Great Name of Allah (ismullahi al-’atham) is mentioned. [3]
  • It protects from the shayatin (devils). [4]
  • The believer who recites it following an obligatory salah is under the Care and Protection of Allah until the commencement of the next prayer. [5]
  • It is the only place in the Quran where the Kursi (Footstool of Allah) is mentioned.

Ayatul Kursi

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“I Will Tell You Tomorrow”

Bismillah.

“I will tell you tomorrow”, said the Messenger of Allah [SAWS] when he was asked about the story of the people of the Cave (AlKahf).

He [SAWS] forgot to say in sha Allah. The result? Allah [SWT] delayed the revelation by 15 days. Then, Allah [SWT] revealed the ayaat and instructed His Prophet [SAWS] on the proper etiquettes when scheduling a task for the future:

وَلَا تَقُولَنَّ لِشَيْءٍ إِنِّي فَاعِلٌ ذَلِكَ غَدًا

And never say of anything, “I shall do such and such thing tomorrow.”

إِلَّا أَن يَشَاء اللَّهُ وَاذْكُر رَّبَّكَ إِذَا نَسِيتَ وَقُلْ عَسَى أَن يَهْدِيَنِ رَبِّي لِأَقْرَبَ مِنْ هَذَا رَشَدًا

Except (with the saying), “If Allah wills!” And remember your Lord when you forget and say: “It may be that my Lord guides me to a nearer way of truth than this.”

[AlKahf:23-24]

So here’s a rule of thumb:

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Revive a Sunnah: Protecting Ourselves with Al-Maani’ah

Bismillah. One of the things we can do to protect ourselves when going to sleep is recite Surah Mulk (67) before sleeping.

  • The Prophet [SAWS] used to do it regularly

Jaabir [RA] reported that the Prophet [SAWS] did not sleep until he had recited Surah Al-Sajdah (32) and Surah Mulk (67).

[Tirmidhi]

  • The Sahabah nicknamed it Al-Maani’ah, meaning that which protects

It was narrated that Abdullah ibn Mas’ood [RA] said:Whoever reads Surah al-Mulk every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah [SAWS] we used to call it al-maani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allaah it is a soorah which, whoever recites it every night has done very well.

[Sunan An-Nasa’i]

Surah Mulk

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The Days of Tashreeq – Eat, Drink and Be ThankFul

Bismillah.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The days of tashreeq are the days of eating, drinking and remembering Allah.”

[Muslim]

The days of Tashreeq are the 11th, 12th and 13th days of Dhul Hijjah. Subhan Allah, here is a very interesting connection between eating, drinking and remembering Allah:

Allah says His Book:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُلُواْ مِن طَيِّبَاتِ مَا رَزَقْنَاكُمْ وَاشْكُرُواْ لِلّهِ إِن كُنتُمْ إِيَّاهُ تَعْبُدُونَ

O you who believe! Eat the halal/pure food that We have provided you with, and be grateful to Allah, if you truly worship Him alone.

[AlBaqarah:172]

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Hasad: The Fire that Consumes Good Deeds and its Cure

Bismillah.

Hasad (envy and ill-feeling) towards a Muslim brother or sister is a real disease of the heart. Its dangers?

Beware, save yourselves from Hasad. Verily Hasad devours virtuous deeds just as fire devours wood.

[Abu Dawood]

Imagine BURNING your hard-earned good deeds just by having envy and ill-feeling in the heart! Just by harboring hasad in the heart, you’re losing your good deeds as quickly as a fire consumes wood…each and every second!! May Allah save us from this, ameen!

Some Cures for Hasad

  • This beautiful dua

Hasad-Dua

Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith, and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful.

[Hashar:10]

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The ista’aadha: A’udhu billahi min ash Shaytanir Rajim

Bismillah.

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

I seek Allah’s protection/refuge/shelter from Shaitaan, the Accursed one.

A beautiful explanation of the ista’aadha, done by br. Faraz Khan [h].

More awesome stuff can be found at ReelOpener.

The ista’aadha is a very simple yet powerful tool. It’s us asking Allah [SWT] to shelter us from Shaitaan. The ista’aadha is like a canopy: we walk under it’s shade to protect ourselves from excessive sun or rain. Similarly, we ask Allah to provide us this canopy to protect us from the harmful attacks of Shaitaan.

Some times to make ista’aadha (a.k.a. to say أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم):

  • when beginning to recite the Quran
  • after waking up
  • before sleeping
  • when angry

Some common ways of making ista’aadha:

  • saying أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم
  • reciting Surah Falaq (113)
  • reciting Surah Naas (114)
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Times, Places and Dua’s For Hajj and Umrah

During Hajj and Umrah, there are no required duas that a pilgrim needs to make. For example, there are no specifics invocations for each round of tawaf. However, there are some duas reported in the Sunnah of the Prophet [SAWS] that should be made at their specified times to beautify the rituals of Hajj and Umrah.

If you would like to have a copy of these times and duas, please click here to download the PDF file.

Specific Times to Make Dua During Hajj and Umrah

  • Before drinking the Zam Zam water

The Prophet [saws] said “The water of Zam Zam is for whatever it has been drunk for.”

[Ahmad]

  • Dua inside the Ka’bah

“When the Prophet [saws] entered the Ka’bah, he made dua in all of its corners.”

[Muslim]

Note: the semi-circular area (click here for image) is inside the ka’bah.

  • Dua at Safa and Marwa

It is narrated that the Prophet [saws] would make long dua’s at Safa and Marwa.

[Muslim]

  • Dua after stoning the Jamarat

It is narrated that the Prophet [saws] would stone the small Jamarah (small pillar, click here for image) and then face the qibla, raise his hands and make dua for a long time. He would do the same thing for the middle Jamarah. Then, he would stone the big Jamarah and leave without making dua.

[Bukhari]

  • Dua on the Day of Arafah (see below)

The Prophet [SAWS] said, “There is no day in which Allah frees greater number of His slaves from the Hellfire than the Day of `Arafah.”

[Reported by Muslim]

Specific Duas to Make During Hajj and Umrah

  • During Tawaf – Between the Yemeni corner and the Black Stone

“O our Lord, grant us the best in this life and the best in the next life, and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” [AlBaqarah:201]

[Narrated in Abu Daoud, Ahmad]

  • When standing at Mount Safa and Marwa

Jaabir said when describing the Prophet’s [saws] pilgrimage: ‘…and when he approached mount Safa he recited:

(i)

‘Indeed Safa and Marwah are from the places of worship of Allah…’ ‘I begin with what Allah began with.’

…so he started with Safa and climbed it until he could see the Ka’bah, he then faced it and said:

(ii)

‘Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest.’

…and then he would say the following three times marking a supplication after each time:

(iii)

‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone, without partner. To Him belongs all sovereignty and praise and He is over all things omnipotent. None has the right to be worshipped except Allah alone. He fulfilled His promise, aided His Servant and single-handedly defeated the allies.’

…he [saws] would repeat this action at Marwah.

[Muslim]

  • The Day of ‘Arafah

The best of supplications is the supplication on the day of ‘Arafah and the best which I and the Prophets before me have said (is):

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

[Tirmidhi]

  • At Muzdalifah

The Prophet [saws] rode his camel, AlQaswa’, until he reached the sacred area (Al Mash’aril-Haraam, Muzdalifah). The he faced the Qiblah and invoked Allah and repeatedly said the words:

  • Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest)
  • Allahu Ahad (Allah is exclusively, incomparably, uniquely One)
  • Laa ilaha illallah (There is none worthy of worship except Allah)

He remained stationary until the sky became yellow with the dawn, and then pressed on before sunrise.

[Muslim]

More information on what to do before, during and after Hajj at: https://trueword.wordpress.com/hajj

May Allah give us all the tawfeeq to perform Hajj according to the sunnah of the Prophet [SAWS], and may He accept it from us, ameen!