Sins Upon Sins

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“O Allah! You are my Lord. There is no god but You. You created me and I am Your slave. I am true to Your covenant and promise as much as I am able. I seek refuge in you from the wrongs I have done. I admit to You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I admit to You my sins. So forgive me, for none forgives sins but You.”
The Prophet, Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam said, “If somebody recites it (the above duaa) during the day with firm faith in it and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it and dies before the morning he will be from the people of Paradise.”
(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 75, Number 318)
Undoubtedly, it’s the human nature and tendency to commit sins and to make mistakes, for man is created weak and imperfect. The sins vary from person to person, place to place and time to time. When we look back, when we were a kid; sins, wrongdoing, disobedience to our Lord were unfamiliar concepts. Later, when we grew up, we got well acquainted with all these. We then experienced the crescendo – the point of time where we began to sin more often…slowly we began to sin upon sin…
To err is human. But to deny it is inhumane. We are the progeny of the great progenitor Adam (a.s). And every son of Adam does transgress, as it is evident from the following hadith –
Rasool Allaah (Saw) said:
“Every son of Adam sins, and the best of those who sin are those who repent.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2499)
It is imperative to know that sins have an impact on our hearts. If you knew the corollary of sins on the heart, then you wouldn’t have ever wronged yourself!
Narrated by Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “If a believer commits a sin, a black spot appears on his heart. If he repents, gives it up and seeks forgiveness, his heart is cleansed, but if he does more, then (that spot) increases until it covers his heart.” (Ahmad (8792) and Al-Tirmidhi (3334))
That is the “raan” (covering of sin) which Allah mentioned in the Qur’aan: “Nay! But on their hearts is the Raan (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn” (Al-Mutaffafeen 83:14)
Another interpretation of this same ayat called the covering of sins and wicked deeds over the heart as rust. Here’s the analogy between rust and sins –
Rust causes weakening of the metal bonds, which in turn causes damage to the metal structure. Likewise, sins lead to weakening of our bonds with Allah and thus detriment our Iman (faith).
Furthermore, rust decreases the aesthetic value of any metal object and similarly sins decrease the self-value of oneself in front of Allah. As soon as rust starts to develop, it spreads gradually all over the surface until it is removed. Analogously, when a person develops a habit of sinning, he persists and prolongs it until his conscience makes him aware of his actions.
The conscience of a person, in acknowledging what is right and what is wrong, is very significant. It is due to the consciousness which makes a person scrupulous. He scruples and hesitates because he regards the sin as improper and morally wrong and thus advances towards repenting to Allah. We all are born with this conscience, it’s part of our Fitrah, our nature. As we grow, we often ignore it, or the norms of the society causes us to change it.
Repentance is required for all sins, great or small, apparent or hidden. Since sin puts distance between the soul and Allah, during repentance the servant turns back to Allah. And when a soul repents and returns to Him, Allah turns back to His servant in acceptance and forgiveness. Thus Allah has named Himself as At Tawwab (The Acceptor of Repentance).
A prerequisite to repentance is the knowledge and admission of sin. Here, knowledge means acknowledging the consequences and aftermath of the sin committed and it also means to consider the reason due to which he fell into sin. Succinctly, admission of the sin means confessing about the sin to Allah.
Before repenting, a person should pinpoint the source of sin. Pondering upon the source and origin of sin will lead to its cessation if a person sincerely intends to repent.
Follow the three R’s after committing a sin – Regret, Repent and Reflect.
May Allah forgive the sins committed in the darkness of the night and in the brightness of the day…Ameen
Maha Bint Nayeem,
Writer, AAT

People and Duaa

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There are some people whom Allah has favoured, by always accepting their requests. In the hadith, the Prophet (Saw) said, “many a dishevelled one, covered in dust, clothed in old sheets, turned away from people’s doors; if he swears by Allah, certainly Allah will fulfil his words.”(At-Tabarani) Allah doesn’t judge a person by their looks, but rather by their hearts. Such a person who is apparently a reject in society, has such a strong connection with Allah that He (Azza wa Jal) fulfils their word and accepts their duaas.
One such man was Uwais Al Qarni. Uwais was praised by the Prophet (Saw), though they never met. He always strove to look after and please his mother and because of this, he sacrificed his chance to meet the Prophet. The Prophet (Saw) told Umar and Ali (ra), “if you can find him, then ask him to intercede and seek forgiveness for you. Then Allah will forgive you.” (Muslim) Uwais was not a man of high status in society, yet Allah accepted his duaa, because of his devotedness to Him, and his kindness towards his mother.
We can also take example from the story of Imam Ahmad and ‘the Baker.’ When the Baker took Imam Ahmad in for the night, Imam Ahmad found that he was constantly making Istighfaar whilst working. Imam Ahmad became intrigued by this and asked about it, to which the baker replied that it had become second nature to do so. Imam Ahmad further asked whether he had experienced any reward from this practice. The baker replied, “No duaa I made, except that it was answered…” Making istighfaar often, increases the chances of your duaas being accepted by Allah. Your sins may be an obstruction to the fulfilment of your duaa, therefore, by asking forgiveness you remove the barrier.
There are more people whose duaa is accepted by Allah. The Prophet (Saw) said, “Three supplications will not be rejected by Allah; the supplication of a parent for his child, the supplication of one who is fasting, and the supplication of a traveller.” (Al-Bayhaqi, At-Tirmithi) I’m sure many of us know the story of Sheikh Adel Al-Kalbani, whose mother prayed for him to become imam of the Haram. This is a position usually reserved for pure blooded Saudis, yet Allah answered her duaa, and her son (Sheikh Adel) was appointed Imam of the Grand Mosque. Duaa is such an important aspect of our life, and we should increase our supplications when we are in a position when it is more likely to be accepted. Whilst a person is fasting, they are striving to please Allah, they are abstaining from things merely for the sake of Allah, thus their duaa will not be rejected. As for one who travels, if he travels for a good purpose, such as to seek knowledge, his duaa is more likely to be accepted, but if he is travelling with the intention of committing sin, he should question his travel.
In another narration, the Prophet (Saw) said, “three men whose supplication is never rejected by Allah; the fasting person until he breaks his fast, the just ruler and one who is oppressed.” A person who is fasting has a great chance of their duaa being accepted, as mentioned earlier. A just ruler because he gives everyone their due rights, and governs by the laws of Allah. The oppressed are unjustly treated, and Allah hears the call of the distressed. Furthermore, the Prophet (Saw) told Muadh about the oppressed, “Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, for there is no veil between it and Allah.” (Bukhari and Muslim) The one who is suffering injustice, if he raises his hands to Allah to retain his rights, Allah will answer his invocation, and Allah is the Most Just.
In addition to all the above, the Prophet (Saw) told us that the duaa of visitors to the sick and visitors to the family of the deceased are more likely to be accepted, “When you visit the dead or the sick, then speak good, because the angels say ‘Ameen’ to whatever you say.” (Muslim) Angels are saying ‘Ameen,’ doesn’t this increase the chances of the duaa being accepted?
Moreover, making duaa for one who is absent as the Prophet (Saw) said, “there is no believing servant who supplicates for his brother in his absence, where the angels do not say, ‘the same be for you.’” (Muslim) So, make a good duaa for your ‘brother’ and you will get the same duaa from the angels.
Allah has made duaa so easy and advantageous to us. Duaa is a powerful tool we have been equipped with. Just as Allah has favoured some times over others, Allah has also favoured some people because of their devotedness and their condition. Remember Allah is Most Just and knows what is best for you. So, if you fall under any of these categories of people, increase in your duaa, and know that Allah will accept it.
Bibi Zainab Dowlut,
Editor-in-Chief, AAT

Reflection: Which of the favours of your Lord would you deny?

Why is it so hard for us to be thankful for all that we have in this dunya? Why is it so hard for us to express our gratitude? Why is it so hard for us to admit, to ponder, on Allah’s greatness?

Telling everyone that we are Muslims is easy. Claiming Islam on paper is easier. Our problem is, when it comes to practicing it. With everything that Allah has blessed us with in this dunya; why do we still turn blind eye, and heart?

Why do we need to wait for a miracle, or something out of the ordinary? Why do we have to wait for the word “Allah” in a tomato for us to accept Allah’s blessings? Why do we have to wait for the myth of a prayer mat prostrate to Allah, to accept Allah’s greatness? Why do we have to wait for a tsunami or earthquake, to repent? Isn’t it enough that we are alive and breathing in this world, to show Allah’s greatness? Isn’t seeing everything around us enough to make us a humble servant?

Allah has given us everything in this dunya. Allah has blessed us with the joy of dunya. Not just in terms of wealth, but family and friends too. What have we done to show our gratitude? Complaining? Neglecting our obligations as a servant of Allah? Transgressing against His orders? Committing shirk? The world is just a loan. Nothing in this world will remain. And yet, why do we chase this world? “… The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception.” (3:185)

Why are we arrogant? Why is it hard to prostrate and pray to Allah? Why are we egoistical maniacs; that we fail to see Allah’s blessings right in front of us? With everything that has been presented in front of us, dare we say “I will repent when I get older”? Ah, fool. We don’t even know when we are going to die. Why do we not have fear for Allah? Why do we not have fear for the Hell fire? Remember, Iblis was arrogant. Do we want to follow the footsteps of Iblis?

Oh brothers and sisters, what are we looking for in this dunya, if it’s not attaining Allah’s pleasure? What do we hope for, if it’s not Allah’s forgiveness?

Ask ourselves this:

فَبِأَىِّ ءَالَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ

“Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?” (Surah Ar-Rahman)

Anisah Matasim,
Writer, AAT

Times For Duaa

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When should I make my duaa? What is the best time for making duaa? At what time is my duaa more likely to be answered? These are just a few of the many questions plaguing people’s minds about the timing of making duaa.
To tell the truth, duaa can be made at any time of the day and night. However, there are some times which are better than others, during which your duaa is more likely to be accepted. Allah has favoured some times over others, so it is important that we take advantage of these times and increase in our supplications.
One of the best times is the last third of the night. The rest of the world is asleep and it is a private moment between you and your Lord. Allah says in the Quraan describing the righteous, “They used to sleep but little of the night, and in the hours of dawn, they seek forgiveness from their Lord…” (51:17-18) This illustrates that this is a time which righteous people choose to ask forgiveness, and it is accepted by Allah. In addition, we learn from the Hadith Qudsi, that Allah descends to the lowest heaven during this part of the night. The Prophet (Saw) told us, that Allah descends (in a manner that befits His Majesty) and says, “Who is calling Me, so that I may answer him? Who is asking, so that I may grant him? Who is seeking forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?” (Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim). This is an amazing opportunity, the Lord of all the Worlds is waiting for you to ask Him. He wants to answer you, He wants to give you, He wants to forgive you. What better opportunity?!
Some may find it difficult to wake up at this time; the sleep hangs over their eyes, and they simply cannot pull themselves out of bed. Though they are missing a great opportunity, there are other times during the day when duaa is readily accepted.
The time between athaan and iqamah, is another great chance, for the Prophet (saw) said; “Duaa is not rejected between the athaan and iqamah, so engage in duaa.” (Tirmidhi, Abu-Dawud) Use this time wisely, make a duaa that is on top of your list, as the time between athaan and iqamah is limited, and short.
For those of us in non-muslim countries, the athaan is not always audible, especially for women, who do not attend the mosque.Nonetheless, even if we miss this time, there are plenty more; Alhamdulilah.
Whilst making sujood, is a time during which your duaa has increased chances of being accepted. Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet (Saw) said, “The closest any worshipper can be to his Lord, is while he is in prostration, so increase your duaa in it.” (Muslim, Abu-Dawud) The position of sujood is a comfortable one, so much so that some children fall asleep during it, and others with more creative imaginations do acrobats and roll-overs! Children must be taught that this is a valuable time, during which we are close to Allah.
I’m sure all of us have felt the pitter and patter of rain as it showers us and washes the earth. When it rains Allah is sending His blessings upon us, the Prophet (Saw) said, “two duaas are never returned; the duaa made when the prayer is being called and at the time of rainfall.” (Abu-Dawud, Tirmidhi)
So, there are plentiful opportunities when your duaa is most likely to be accepted. We just have to increase in our supplications and prioritise our duaas so that we can make the most of these special moments. May Allah accept all our duaas. Ameen.

 

Bibi Zainab Dowlut,

Editor-in-chief, AAT

From Darkness To Light

Live for a while in the dark. Slowly you get used to the darkness. You don’t feel the need for the light; hence you don’t make any attempt to go into the light. But when suddenly you are brought into the light, then at that moment you realize what you have been missing.

This is exactly what I have experienced. Darkness here, is our lives, and the light is the light of Quran, the knowledge of our deen.

I have been living in the dark all these years. I was happy and content with what I was doing, hence, did not make any attempt to change myself. But with the mercy of Allah (swt) He has bestowed upon me a chance to turn back to the Quraan. As I was going through it, I realized I was indeed living in sheer darkness.

Even the sins that we commit in our daily lives, we have committed them to an extent that we have become used to them. They have become a part of our NORMAL routine. The best example I can give is “Gossiping”. We do not realize how often we gossip. Talking about, not just talking, discussing about people and events has become so common to us that we no longer consider it to be a sin. The fact that Allah (swt) dislikes this act and it is a major sin is forgotten by us. Like gossiping there are many such sins that have become part of our daily lives.

Is this not called ‘living in the dark’? Just like we get used to the darkness, we got used to living with the sins.

Only that person who is conscious of Allah (Muttaqeen), controls his speech as well as actions. It is possible to become Muttaqeen only when we start living in the light of Quraan.

Allah says in the Quraan “can he who was dead, to whom we gave life and a light whereby he can walk amongst men, be like him who is in the depth of darkness, from which he can never come out? Thus to those without faith their own deeds seem pleasing” (Surah-Anaam, 06:122)

All we have to do is just make an attempt to come out of darkness and see how Allah pours in his mercy and brings us in His light. Because the more deep we live in the dark the more difficult it becomes to come out of it.

Allah in the Quraan referred to His Book as light. Allah says “…undoubtedly, there has come to you from Allah a light and a Book luminous.”(Surah- Maida, 05:15)

Allah also says “Believe, therefore in Allah and His messenger and inthe light which we have sent down. And Allah is well acquainted with all that you do.” (Surah-Taghabun, 64:8)

Why do we need a light? What does a light do? It makes things appear more bright and clear. The tangible lights what we have, helps you see only the tangible things clearly. But this light of the Quraan which is intangible comes from above and enlightens your heart and makes you see the most important things.
The light of the Quraan will show you clearly the purpose of your life and your creation. It makes clear to you the worth of this Dunya and also the reality of the Akhirah. It not only gives you the purpose of life but it also shows you the direction on which you can walk upon and reach your purpose.

“Alif,Lam, Ra. [This is] a Book which We have revealed to you,[o Muhammad], that you might bring mankind out of darkness into light by permission of their Lord-to the path of the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy.”(Surah-Ibrahim, 14:01)

Allah says in the Quraan, “On the day (some) faces will turn white and (some) faces will turn black.” (Surah-Al-Imran, 03:106)

Those people, who are the abodes of jahannam (Hell), will have their faces darkened.

In order to get rid of the darkness in your Akhirah, spend your life in the Light of Quraan in this Dunya.

May Allah make it easy for all of us to understand Quraan and act upon it. Ameen.

Rana Ghazi,
Writer

Etiquettes of Making Duaa

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It seems so easy, perhaps a little too easy. Which makes us wonder, am I really doing it right? Am I asking in the right way?

As muslims being able to talk to Allah directly is a great honour; it is an immense blessing. We are able to talk to The Almighty, The All-Powerful! It is an amazing grace that we have been bestowed with. The truth of the matter is, is it really that easy; to be able to talk to the Greatest of all Kings, just like that?!

Well, yes and no. You can pour your heart out to him as you wish, with a million words. Or you can say just a word or two and He will understand it all. He knows the depths of our hearts, the complications of our situations and the causes of our sadness. He knows it all, inside out.

In the Quraan, Allah relates the story of Prophet Ayyub (as), who was afflicted with suffering on top of suffering. He lost all his wealth, all his children and even his health. Yet he made a very simple duaa. He had full trust in Allah, and he knew that Allah knew his distress more than he did. He simply said, “verily distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful, of all those who show mercy.” (21:83)

Similarly, Yunus (as); his people rejected him, and he was eventually thrown in the ocean, and then swallowed by a whale. Yet, his duaa was also very short. He said, “there is no God but You, Glory be to You, surely, I was among the wrongdoers.” (21:87)

The two above duaas are very short, yet very powerful, and Allah answered both their invocations. Prophet Ayyub (as) called on Allah by His attribute of being the Most Merciful. Prophet Yunus called on Allah, by associating none with Him.

Before making duaa, we should have complete belief in Allah. We should have utmost conviction in Tawheed, in all three aspects of it (Ruboobiyyah, uloohiyyah, and Asmaa was Sifaat). We should obey Allah in our lives, and ask only of Allah sincerely. It is recommended that a person faces the qiblah, as derived from various ahadith in which the Prophet (Saw) did so.

We should raise our hands when we make duaa, the Prophet (Saw) said, “Your Lord, may He be blessed and exalted is Kind and Most Generous, and He is too kind to let His slave, if he raises his hands to Him, bring them back empty.” (Saheeh Abi-Dawud) So, Allah will not return you with empty hands if you ask of Him.

The Prophet (Saw) gave us a formula for duaa, he (Saw) said, “When one of you prays, let him start with praise of Allah, then let him send blessing on the Prophet (Saw), then let him ask whatever he likes after that.” (Tirmidhi)

We should first praise Allah and glorify Him. Use His Names and Attributes, as He (azza wa jal) said, “And to Allah belong the most beautiful names, so invoke Him by them.” (Surah ‘Araf 7:180) By calling on Allah by His Names and Attributes we are in effect glorifying Him, as we are submitting to Him, and accepting Him as our Lord.

Then we should send blessings on the Prophet (Saw), because he told us, “every duaa is kept back, until you send blessings on the Prophet.” (At-Tabaraani in Al-Awsaat, Saheeh by Albani)

You may ask whatever you wish from Allah. He is the Bestower, the Granter, the Provider, and He is Capable of all things. When making duaa we should be humble, yet firm. We should believe that Allah will respond to us, because He is the All-Hearer, the Responder.

Making duaa is easy. We just have to follow the Sunnah, and not go beyond. May Allah accept our duaas, and guide us.

Bibi Zainab Dowlut,

Editor-in-Chief, AAT

The Muslim Goodies

There is good news, and there is bad news, there is a problem, there is a solution, and last but not least there are some Goodies.

Let’s begin with the good news: www.muslimpopulation.com shows that in 2012 the muslim population was 2.1 billion. It also shows that between 2011 and 2012 there was a 1.8% increase, illustrating that Islam is rapidly growing worldwide, and that it is the fastest growing religion. 85-90% of the entire muslim population follow both the Quraan and the Sunnah, making a total of 1 Billion 890 million Muslims who inshallah are on the correct path.

However, the bad news is that 210 Million Muslims do not follow both the Quraan and Sunnah and are therefore on the wrong path. Regrettably this number is growing.

The problem is, among these 210 million are a group of Muslims who say we should only follow the Quran; no need to follow the Sunnah, since Allah said that the Quran is fully detailed. They call themselves ‘Al-Quraniyoon’.

But for every problem is a solution right?

The solution can be found in the Quran, the book that we claim to follow, Allah says:

وأنزلنا إليك الذكر لتبين للناس ما نزل إليهم ولعلهم يتفكرون

“And We have sent down the reminder to you (O Muhammad), so that you may explain clearly to mankind as to what was sent to them so that they may think about it.” (16:44)

In addition, the Prophet Muhammad (Saw) said:

تركت فيكم شيئين لن تضلوا بعدهما ما تمسكتم بهما، كتاب الله وسنتي

“I left with you two things, and if you hold on these two things you will never deviate from the right path; the Quran & the Sunnah.”

The Muslim’s Goodies are the Quran & Sunnah. If we hold onto to these, and never let go or compromise them, then they will lead us to paradise.

A few years back I visited the USA. When I prayed Salatul Juma’ in NYC I realized that their prayers are different than in Saudi Arabia, they have one Khutba, then they pray 4 rakahs, then they have another Khutba. It is important that we stick to the Sunnah, otherwise, differences and deviations will arise.

One day Imran Ibn Hussain was speaking about shafa’a (Intercession), a man came to him and said: You are speaking to me about things that are not mentioned in the Quran. Imran got angry and he said to the man, “Did you read the Quran?” The man replied in the affirmative. Then, Imran asked, “Does it say in the Quran how many rakahs ishaa and maghrib are? The man said, “No.” Imran said, “then where did you find this information? Didn’t you get it from me, and I got it from Rasulullaah?! Didn’t you hear what Allah said in the Quran:

وما آتاكم الرسول فخذوه وما نهاكم عنه فانتهوا

“And whatever the Prophet gives you, take it, and whatever he forbids you, leave it.” (59:07)

The Quran is the key to Jannah, the Sunnah is the teeth to that key. You can only open the doors to Jannah with the right key, with the right teeth.

Once a man and I debated for five days, over a simple matter. He wanted me to prove that we should follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (Saw).  He based his argument on the saying of Allah,

ما فرطنا في الكتاب من شيء

“…We have neglected nothing in the Book…” (06:38) His idea was that Allah mentioned in the Quran itself that it is fully detailed, and since it is fully detailed that means I don’t have to follow any other book or teachings.

So I spent long hours of research and took as many evidences from the Quran that prove we should follow the Sunnah; if I were to bring him evidence from the hadith he will never believe, because he doesn’t believe in them. Nonetheless, I compiled my evidences from the Quraan, yet when I showed him all these Ayaat in the Quraan that prove one hundred percent that we should follow both the Quran & Sunnah, still he didn’t believe.

Why don’t you believe? You believe in the Quran right?

Yes! Then here look at this:

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي

“Say (O Muhammad to mankind): If you (really) love Allah then follow me.” (03:31)

Oh but The Prophet isn’t my teacher Allah is; I don’t need to follow the prophet, I follow Allah.

What about this Ayah?

مَنْ يُطِعِ الرَّسُولَ فَقَدْ أَطَاعَ اللَّهَ

“He who obeys the Messenger (Muhammad) has indeed obeyed Allah.” (04:80)

Now let’s leave alone the ‘Quraniyoon’, and let’s talk about the Sunnis. Yes, you and I.  Why are we ashamed to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad? Yes I follow the Sunnah! Then where is your beard? I shave it because my manager asks me to, but I follow the Sunnah. Then why is your thobe so long it is reaching the ground like a wedding dress? You want to me to wear a short thobe! What will the people think?

But I don’t care what people say! Neither does Allah care about what the people say, or think.

Yes, HR managers look at me when I grow my beard and wear a short thobe, but I don’t care because I follow Muhammad (Saw). I wear a short thobe to follow Muhammad (Saw), I don’t care what you think! Yes, I use a miswak; yes I pray the Sunnah; yes I follow Muhammad (Saw) to get closer to Allah I don’t care about anyone who doesn’t like it. When we travel outside Saudi Arabia, we are shamed to pray in the street, but we are not ashamed to drink alcohol in the streets. We say we like the Sunnah but we really don’t, all it is, is talk, and talk is cheap, talk means nothing with no action.

What do you know about the Prophet Muhammad? He was a man of dignity, he was a man of mercy, he was a teacher sent to teach you.

Isn’t he the one who taught you the Quran?

No he isn’t? Your teacher did? And who taught your teacher? And who taught your teacher’s teacher? And who taught the first teachers on Earth after this message came?

Then tell me why we shouldn’t follow him?

Muhammad (Saw) was a man of generosity, he was the man who fought animosity, he was the savior who was sent to save you.  He didn’t play and, he didn’t waste time, he didn’t fake friends, he didn’t commit sin, what he did was, he made men.

So tell me, why we shouldn’t follow him?

Let’s break it down further:

The Quran is the final book that Allah has revealed and there will be no book after it, The Quran has answers to all your questions, and it has solutions to all your problems. It is medicine for the sick, and it is help for the needy, it is light for the believer and it is darkness for those who disbelieve.

The Sunnah is the explanation of the Qur’an, and interpretation of hadiths by great scholars in later times.

The Quran is the word of Allah, the Sunnah is the word of Rasulullah.

The Quran commands you to pray, the Sunnah tells you how to pray.

The Quran tells you to eat halal. the Sunnah tells you how to eat halal.

The Quran teaches you everything you need to know, the Sunnah does the same exact thing but in more detail.

As Muslims we are required to follow the Quran and the Sunnah both together.

And if we choose to only follow one then on Judgment Day we will bite our hands from the fear of what we will see.

وَيَوْمَ يَعَضُّ الظَّالِمُ عَلَى يَدَيْهِ يَقُولُ يَا لَيْتَنِي اتَّخَذْتُ مَعَ الرَّسُولِ سَبِيلاً يَا وَيْلَتِي لَيْتَنِي لَمْ أَتَّخِذْ فُلانًا خَلِيلاً لَقَدْ أَضَلَّنِي عَنْ الذِّكْرِ بَعْدَ إِذْ جَاءَنِي

It will be too late to reach the gate because you decreased your faith with these debates.

The Prophet said,

فَإِنَّهُ مَنْ يَعِشْ مِنْكُمْ بَعْدِى فَسَيَرَى اخْتِلاَفًا كَثِيرًا

“Whoever among you lives (for a long time) will see many differences.”

He also said,

فَعَلَيْكُمْ بِسُنَّتِى وَسُنَّةِ الْخُلَفَاءِ الْمَهْدِيِّينَ الرَّاشِدِينَ تَمَسَّكُوا بِهَا وَعَضُّوا عَلَيْهَا

“I urge you to follow my Sunnah and the way of the rightly-guided khaleefahs who come after me. Hold on to it firmly.” (Collected by Ahamad and At-Tirmithi)

The Muslim’s Goodies are the Quraan and the Sunnah; the Quran is the plane to Jannah and the Sunnah is the pilot for that plane.

The Sunnah is like a flying pilot falling from the sky it’s the light of survival, and If you follow you will comprehend that your life has a title.

“A Rightly guided servant of Allah”.

Rayan Arab,

CEO, AAT

 

Excuses

Are We in the position to make any?

A woman called out in the masjid to some women to complete the rows and straighten the lines as is the Sunnah of the Prophet. One woman replied, “I don’t feel comfortable there,” another said “It’s too hot there!” These are the kind of excuses we hear almost every day from every other muslim. Even you and I make excuses when something isn’t in our favour or something we find strenuous to do.

Why do we make excuses? Do we ever think of what Allah has said about not following the Quran and Sunnah?

First of all, let us understand what Ibadah is. Ibadah isn’t just praying 5 times a day or reading Quran , the definition of Ibadah is ‘the comprehensive term , for all  of what Allah loves and is pleased with, of statements and actions , whether they are apparent or hidden.’  So when we testify the Shahadah we become a slave of Allah and we affirm that we will accept all the commands of our Deen so that Allah is pleased with us. So taking this definition into consideration, what we are really doing by making excuses; is only earning Allah’s wrath.

Then again there are people who say “it’s only a Sunnah! It’s not wajib or fard,” especially with issues such as keeping the beard. Dear brothers and sisters let us not forget that following the Prophet is one of the conditions of Iman, it is to believe in the Prophet and follow his Sunnah.

Allah says: “He who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah . . .” [al-Nisaa’ 4:80].  Allah described obedience to the Prophet (peace be upon him) as being a part of obedience to Him. Then He made a connection between obedience to Him and obedience to the Prophet (peace be upon him): “O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger . . .” [al-Nisaa’ 4:59]

Some of our brothers and sisters say Islam has given us an easy way, so we will take the shortcut, the easy way out. For example many think they can just pray Qaza (Qadha) Salah. However, Qaza is said to be prayed only under certain circumstances and not because you were partying with your friends. Allah says, “verily the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed times.” (An-Nisaa 04:103) Delaying the prayer for no valid excuse is a great sin.
Many people do not take the matters of their religion seriously, and they offer feeble excuses. This is one of the signs of the Munaafiqoon (hypocrites), who take their religion for mockery and fun [cf. Al-Maa’idah 5:57], and when they are rebuked or advice is offered to them, they come up with excuses which in fact are worse than the sin for which they are offering these excuses.

Let us not make excuses anymore and try to act upon the knowledge we gain right away!

“It is not fit for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His  Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and Messenger has indeed strayed in a plain manner.” (33:36)

 

Fatima Damad,

Writer, AAT

Duaa: An intro

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Duaa has often been called the weapon of the believer, and by all means it truly is. It is the sharpest sword, the most accurate arrow which never misses its target. It is a great shield and protection from danger. It is a call we make to Allah, whether in secret or in public, in the bright of daylight or the darkness of the night.

However, many of us only use it as a last resort, something we turn to when all else fails, when in reality it should be our first port of call. Only when we understand Allah, how great He is, how He hears all, knows all and sees all, can we truly appreciate duaa.

Allah says in the Qur’an, “And when my servants ask You concerning Me, [tell them] indeed I am near, I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon me.” (Al-Baqarah 2:186) In this ayah Allah clearly tells us, He will respond. In another ayah, He reiterates the same concept; “Call on Me, and I will respond.” (Ghafir 40:60)

Despite these reassurances, sometimes we find our duaas are ‘unanswered.’ The truth is we are impatient. But then again, if our earnings are from impermissible sources, our food is that which is forbidden by Allah, our homes are from mortgages and ribaa (usury/interest), what else can we expect?!

Furthermore, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “the invocation of anyone of you is granted [by Allah] as long as he does not show impatience by saying, ‘I have invoked Allah but my request has not been answered.” (Bukhari and Muslim) Allah knows when it is best for us to be granted our request. He knows the future and we should have trust in Him, and leave it in His hands.

Maybe it is better for you that your duaa remains unanswered. We do not know what the future holds. “Perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. Allah knows while you know not.” (Al-Baqarah 2:216)

Nonetheless, remember Allah answers our supplications in different ways. Abu Sa’eed al Khudri, narrated that the Prophet (saw) said in regards to our duaas being accepted by Allah, “He may accept his request, or assign its reward for him in the next world, or turn away from him an equivalent amount of evil.” (Ahmad) In reality, our duaas are always ‘accepted.’ We always get benefit from the duaa we make, though we don’t always appreciate it.

In addition, Allah the Exalted says, “I am as my Servant think I am,” (Bukhari and Muslim) we should think positively about Allah when making duaa, we know He is the greatest and is capable of all things. So do not doubt Him. Allah loves the one who calls on Him, illustrating humbleness to our Lord. “There is nothing more dear to Allah, than a servant making duaa to Him.” (Tirmidhi) In fact He gets angry when we do not call on Him, as the Prophet (Saw) said, “the person who does not ask from Allah, Allah becomes angry with Him.” (Tirmidhi and Ahmad) None of us want Allah to be angry with us. We are all working to attain the pleasure of Allah, and what simpler way to gain His pleasure than to take two minutes and ask Him! Plus you can ask for whatever you want; you are asking Allah the King of all Kings, the Owner of everything, the Bestower; so ask whatever you like, as many times as you like!

The Messenger said, “Duaa is worship,” (Abu Dawud, Riyad-us-Saliheen) How then, can we neglect it? How can we leave it last? It is almost as though we don’t believe in it, as though we think Allah doesn’t hear or respond! Truly, He is the One, who makes everything work, whether it is the pain killers, or the life support machine, or anything else in the universe.

“If you ask, ask Allah, and if you seek help, seek help from Allah.” (Tirmidhi and Ahmad)