Signs of the Hour 5

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The Day of Judgement is the day when Allah will resurrect all of us. Allah will raise us from our graves and we will be held accountable for whatever good or evil we have done in this worldly life. So far we have discussed major signs and few minor signs of the Overwhelming Hour in our series; The Signs of the Hour.

In this article, we will be highlighting two minor signs relevant to wealth and riches of the world. Wealth can be defined as large amount of money and possessions or the value of all the property, possessions, and money that someone or something has. Two minor signs which are related to wealth are ­

  • ​Pervasiveness of wealth lawfully or unlawfully: Acquiring wealth whether halaal or haraam has become pervasive. Generally speaking, people’s goal in this world is only to accumulate money. They endeavour in gaining wealth. Little do they know that the greatest wealth is to live content with the blessings given to us by Allah, which we often take for granted.
  • ​Destitute goat-herders vying with one another in the construction of magnificent buildings: Another sign before the commencement of the Hour is that the people would compete and face off with one another in constructing lofty and luxurious buildings. Whenever we acclaim the lofty and monumental buildings, we think that it is a sign of the Striking Hour which have been predestined. The Last Day starts when Allah orders one of the angels to blow the Trumpet for the first time. Upon this, the earth will quake, the heavens will split asunder, the stars will scatter, the mountains will vanish, and all the people will die.

“And the Trumpet will be blown, and all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth will swoon away, except him whom Allah wills.” [Quran 39: 68] ​

My advice to you, my dear brothers and sisters is; ­spend majority of your time of during the day by worshipping Allah. Remember him at the time of ease and difficulty. May Allah (Glory Be To Him) guide us on the straight path and May He light up our faces on The Day Of Judgment. May Peace And Blessings Of Allah Be Upon The Messenger And His Family. Ameen

Bint Nayeem Writer, AAT

Repentance 2

Repentance #2

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“I know I’ve done something wrong, but I can’t be bothered. It’s only small, and insignificant. I’m sure Allah will forgive it. He is the Most Merciful, and His mercy overcomes his anger…”

Stop right there. There’s a big problem with your thought trail. What guarantee do you have that Allah will forgive your sin? None. Did you ask Him to forgive it? No. Don’t you know that His punishment is severe?!

The mind of a person who thinks like such, is in error. They have to acquaint themselves with Allah properly, and dwell on the ayats about punishments, threats and warnings. They should learn about the consequences of sins, and the price of them in the hereafter. They should contemplate death often, and imagine the walls of the grave closing in on them. They should think of the angels of torture, and the heat of the fire of hell. If on earth fire burns, then picture what it would do if it was seventy times hotter, and every time your skin was burned through it was replaced with a fresh one for you to feel the pain again!

Our Lord is the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious, the All-Forgiving. But He is also swift to account, and severe in punishment for those who wrong themselves. Allah will never do injustice to a person. He will requite you with what you deserve.

Many of us rely totally on Allah’s mercy. We forget that we have to strike a balance between the wing of hope and the wing of fear. Hope in Allah’s Mercy and forgiveness, and fear of His punishment and anger. We should worship Allah in both fear and hope. Fear will make us abstain from sins, and hope will make us work for Jannah. A combination of both will inspire and motivate us to repent from sins.

“…ok but I have lots of good deeds anyway, so my good deeds will erase my bad ones…”

Yes following up a bad deed with a good deed will erase the bad deed, as Allah informed us in the Qur’an, “indeed good deeds do away with misdeeds,” (Surah Hud 11:114)

Ibn ‘Awn said, “Don’t rely just on your many deeds because you don’t know whether Allah will accept them or not.” We have no assurance that Allah will accept our good deeds, but we fervently hope that He will.

Abu-Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that His Lord said, “My slave commits a sin, then he says, ‘O Allah, forgive me my sin.’ Then Allah says, ‘My slave committed a sin but he knows that he has a Lord Who forgives sin and takes away sin. So, I forgive my slave.’ Then he commits sin again and says, ‘O Allah, forgive me my sin.’ Then Allah says, ‘My slave committed a sin but he knows that he has a Lord Who forgives sin and takes away sin. So, I forgive my slave.’ The he commits a sin again and says, ‘O Allah, forgive me my sin.’ Then Allah says, ‘My slave committed a sin but he knows that he has a Lord Who forgives sin and takes away sin. So, I forgive my slave.’” (Bukhari and Muslim)

We ask Allah to forgive us our sins, and make us of those who turn to Him.

 

Searching

mosque-397958_1280There is only one true path

Out of the two

To the left, or the right

 

If I step to the left

A promise of temporary happiness

The pleasures of this world is in my hand

A vision of destructive ending

Resulting in a void and hollow in my heart

 

If I go to the right,

I still struggle

There are 73 routes to choose

 

Do I have to go through them all?

What if I die in my exploration?

What if I didn’t get to the correct path?

What if I end up in one of the wrong path without knowing?

Oh, these what ifs

They didn’t do a thing to my broken and battered soul

 

That one path.

That one route

A promise of a happiness

Could only be found with knowledge

 

Oh dear heart, be patient,

Oh Iman, be strong

Oh love, find your Creator

Oh aqal, be wise

Oh taqwa, don’t shatter

 

That one path.

That one route

Those who are wise will be safe

Those whose heart are blinded will die on the door

 

Come back,

Back to Tawheed

Back to Kitabullah

Back to Sunnah of the Prophet

Back to Islam

 

Anisah Matasim, AAT

Rajab

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The moon shines as Rajab Begins

A full moon ahead, its sheen sending silver shafts of rays, not only mesmerizing its spectators but also marking the advent of a new month- a month known for its sanctity and sacredness, the holy month of Rajab.

Alas, it’s sad that not many of us are aware of the blessings of this month and unfortunately let this month pass away as any other, yet it’s not too late to enrich our knowledge and resolve to accomplish our ambitions.

The month of Rajab is one of the sacred months of which Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred (i.e. the 1st, the 7th, the 11th and the 12th months of the Islamic calendar). That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein”

[Al-Tawbah 9:36]

Therefore, the sacred months are: Rajab, Dhu’l-Qa’dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah and Muharram.

Al-Bukhaari (4662) and Muslim (1679) narrated from Abu Bakrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The year is twelve months, of which four are sacred: three consecutive months, Dhu’l-Qa’dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah and Muharram, and Rajab Mudar which comes between Jumaada and Sha’baan. 

These months are called sacred for two reasons:

1-     Because fighting therein is forbidden unless initiated by the enemy

2-     Because transgression of the sacred limits therein is worse than at other times.

Hence Allah has forbidden us to commit sins during these months, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Wrong not yourselves therein”

[Al-Tawbah 9:36]

Although committing sins is haraam and forbidden during these months and at other times, in these months it is more forbidden.

Al-Sa’di (may Allah have mercy on him) said (p. 373):

“In the phrase “wrong not yourselves therein”, the pronoun may be understood as referring to twelve months. Allah states that He has made them a measure of time for His slaves, which they may use for worshipping Him, and thank Allah for His blessings, and they serve the interests of His slaves, so beware of wronging yourselves therein.

The pronoun may also be understood as referring to the four sacred months, and this forbids them to wrong themselves in those months in particular, as well as it being forbidden to do wrong at all times, because it is more forbidden at this time, but it is worse at this time than at others.”

 

Therefore, we comprehend the prominence of this month i.e. were you to transgress in this month, verily you may be punished more than at other times.

Also, the sanctity of this month is such, that we are rewarded more than at other times for doing good.

Hence, don’t you think we should make it incumbent on ourselves to do more good with the intention of being rewarded more and yet remain within our boundaries and not indulge in bid’aah (innovations).

Indeed, we should thank our Rabb, The Most Merciful for granting the Ummah of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) with such opportunities.

So, dear friends, let’s prepare ourselves for this month, let’s purify our intentions, abstain from transgression, desist from committing bid’aah, spread the message, enrich our and others knowledge with regards to knowing about this month.

However, one shouldn’t neglect those deeds that have been made obligatory on us (such as Salah (prayer)) in the quest of doing the supererogatory (nawafil) deeds

We beg Allah to guide us and help us.

Ameen

Bint Ayesha

Writer, AAT

 

Status of Women

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Fourteen hundred years ago when the world was cloaked in darkness, and men ruled the world, Allah sent a Messenger to mankind. He was to be a mercy to them all, instructing them in good manners and teaching them the laws of Allah. He (May peace be upon him) was sent at a time when women were used and abused, they were a commodity, traded as and when needed. They had no place in society, and were considered second class citizens. Women were unequal to men, they were bought, sold, used and discarded when men desired.

1400 years ago the social medley in Arabia was … The family structure was wholly patriarchal, divorce was in the power of the husband and the birth of a baby girl would often bring shame and dishonour, and so the innocent child would be buried alive. Arabian society at the time promoted prostitution, indecency and adultery in all classes of society and few were those who abstained from such obscenities. Women were used rather than treasured.

Amidst the darkness came a light. Allah detailed laws governing women’s rights before any other system of government or religious establishment. Islam gave women civic rights, personal rights, and made her the counterpart of men. In Islam women and men are different but equal.

The Prophet peace be upon has said, “Indeed, the women are only full sisters of men,” (Abu Dawud, Ahmad, classed as Hasan by Sh Al-Albaani)

Allah has fashioned each gender differently, thus he has given each different strengths, weaknesses and roles.

The Prophet peace be upon him said, “Treat women kindly, women were created from a bent rib, and the most crooked part of the rib is the top part, so treat women kindly.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

This Hadith is by no means a degradation of women compared to today’s standards. The Prophet clearly stated, ‘treat women kindly’ and he emphasised it by repeating it twice! Naturally we all have flaws as we are not angels who are perfect by nature; we’re all bent! Women are also fragile, thus this quote serves as a command to the men to care for women, and give them their due rights despite their short-comings. It is an elevation for women, that she is not to be disregarded for her faults, for we all possess faults, rather she is to be treated kindly.

“And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable, but men have a degree of responsibility over them.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 02:228)

Women are treated as queens, we have rights of our own, and are to be cared for by our menfolk, who have to see to our needs.

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The status of women in Islam is so great that often they are pathways to paradise. As daughters, mothers, sisters, wives and the many more roles that women fill, they are an integral part of society.

Muawiyah bin Jahima Al-Sulami came to the Messenger of Allah, and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, I desire to go on the military expedition and I have come to consult you.’ The Messenger (peace be upon him) asked, ‘Do you have a mother?’ He answered, ‘Yes’ The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ‘Stay with her, for paradise lies at her feet.’ (Ibn Majah)

Does this mean that if you look beside your mother’s feet, you will find paradise there? No. this a metaphorical phrase to mean that through serving your mother, keeping her company, and caring for her you may attain paradise. See what I mean that women are gateways to paradise!

The Prophet peace be upon him said, “whoever has three daughters and is patient with them, and gives them to drink and clothes them, they will be a protection for him against the fire.” In another narration, “whoever has two daughters and treats them kindly, they will be a protection for him against the fire.” That’s how important it is to look after and care for women! If you look after them well, and treat them kindly they will be a barrier for you from the hell fire.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said, “The best of you are those who are best to their wives, and I am the best of you to my wives.” (Tirmidhi) Treating a woman well, is what makes a man good! And he can only learn to be good to women by following the example of Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him taught that women were the equal counterparts of men, to be treated with respect and dignity. He ruled out vile practices, and championed self-respect and dignity. He gave women rights that had never been given to them before. He gave them the right to live, the right to choose their life partner, the right to negotiate marriage terms, the right to divorce, the right to retain her children after divorce, the right to inherit, the right to be educated, the right to work, earn, and keep all their wealth, the right to express themselves and be heard and the right to be free women; to be treated with respect. Women could and would consult him, they would ask questions and discuss issues with him. He liberated women from social restrictions that imprisoned them to life as second class citizens. In his farewell sermon, he addressed over ten thousand people saying, “Treat your women kindly…you have rights over your wives and they have rights over you.” He preached equality and upheld pillars of justice. And again on his deathbed, he reminded his people to treat their womenfolk well, these were among his final words.

Women comprise of one half of society, and funny enough they give birth to the second half. So taking care of women is essential to building a successful society. Allah has created women as the counter parts of men, they are judged for their deeds equally and as such reap equal rewards.

Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer- we will surely cause him to live a goodly life, and we will surely give them their reward according to the best of what they used to do.” (Surah Nahl 16:97)

 

Al-Hadi (pt 1)

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(Asma Was Sifaat #6)

The word “Hadi” (the Guider) is derived from the Arabic word “Hada” which is translated as “guide”. Allah guides His creation is many ways. It has appeared twice in the Qur’an:

“And that those on whom knowledge has been bestowed may learn that the (Qur’an) is the Truth from thy Lord, and that they may believe therein, and their hearts may be made humbly (open) to it: for verily Allah is the Guide of those who believe, to the Straight Way.” (Surah al-Hajj: 54)

“And thus have We made for every prophet an enemy from among the criminals. But sufficient is your Lord as a guide and a helper.” (Surah al-Furqan: 31)

Allah is the only one who has created beings and guided them:

“(It is Allah) Who created and proportioned. And Who destined and [then] guided.” (Surah al-A’la: 2-3)

Allah created us, made two paths; good and bad, He sent commandments and prohibitions, made clear the path which leads to His pleasure, and also made the wrong path clear so that a person can avoid it. He granted created beings with faith, obedience and acknowledged them with those deeds which leads to paradise, and guides them.

Dear readers! Allah’s name “al-Hadi” has been categorized into four for your better understanding:

  • General guidance: Allah has guides every soul according to its need and necessity which also includes the wild (animals and insects). Allah says in the Qur’an:

“And your Lord inspired to the bee, “Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct. Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you].” There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.” (Surah an-Nahl: 68-69)

In the above ayah, Allah states how he commanded and guided the honeybees and made from them a provision, a cure for all of us. May Allah be Glorified. He guides the animals to their food and taught them what is necessary for their livelihood.

“And there is no creature on [or within] the earth or bird that flies with its wings except [that they are] communities like you. We have not neglected in the Register a thing. Then unto their Lord they will be gathered. But those who deny Our verses are deaf and dumb within darkness. Whomever Allah wills – He leaves astray; and whomever He wills – He puts him on a straight path.” (Surah al-An’am: 38-39)

Similarly, a new born baby quickly learns to suck the milk. This is because of Allah’s guidance who guided the baby to do so while he knows nothing of this world.

  • Guidance for the Mukallif (Islamically responsible for their own actions): It is in the Sunnah (way) of Allah (may He be glorified) that He clearly shows the right path to the people of every nation. If they chose to stay on it then they are safe in both the worlds, and if they deny it then they’ll have no excuse to protect themselves from the anger of Allah on the Last Day.

“And Allah would not let a people stray after He has guided them until He makes clear to them what they should avoid. Indeed, Allah is Knowing of all things.” (Surah at-Tawbah: 115)

  • Ingrained Revelation: In the guidance of Allah alone do the hearts find peace, contentment, and tranquility. These favors are for those who accepts the truth and guidance. Allah says:

“And [had you been present], you would see the sun when it rose, inclining away from their cave on the right, and when it set, passing away from them on the left, while they were [laying] within an open space thereof. That was from the signs of Allah. He whom Allah guides is the [rightly] guided, but he whom He leaves astray – never will you find for him a protecting guide.” (Surah al-Kahf: 17)

Moreover, in another ayah in the Qur’an it similarly states:

“Then is one to whom the evil of his deed has been made attractive so he considers it good [like one rightly guided]? For indeed, Allah sends astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. So do not let yourself perish over them in regret. Indeed, Allah is Knowing of what they do.”

However, those who have a yearning of Allah’s pleasure, about them Allah’s says:

“By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darkness into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path.” (Surah al-Ma‘idah: 16)

  • Guidance on the Day of Judgment: Allah guides the believers towards the Paradise and guides the disbelievers towards hell on the Last Day. With regards to the believers, Allah says:

“And We will have removed whatever is within their breasts of resentment, [while] flowing beneath them are rivers. And they will say, “Praise to Allah, who has guided us to this; and we would never have been guided if Allah had not guided us. Certainly the messengers of our Lord had come with the truth.” And they will be called, “This is Paradise, which you have been made to inherit for what you used to do.”

(Surah al-A’raf:43)

As for the Disbelievers, Allah states:

“[The angels will be ordered], “Gather those who committed wrong, their kinds, and what they used to worship. Other than Allah, and guide them to the path of Hellfire.” (Surah as-Saffat: 22-23)

Ramlah Bint Abi Sufyan

Women #6

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Many a times we sit lonely and depressed, with our grief and sorrow embedded deep in our hearts. The eye sheds its tears and the hearts grows heavy with a hollow-like feeling.

A loneliness creeps in as we watch the hustle and bustle of the dunya, people walking by, busy in their lives. A tantamount of burden weighs heavily on our heart and it is in such situations of misery, that we find ourselves at the cross roads, a choice to do that which is right, however improbable it may seem, and the other choice that constitutes of deception, lies and falsehood. In most cases that wrong choice inadvertently leads to the threshold of a cycle-a cycle of misery as we endeavour to conceal  our errors and yet in striving to do so perpetrate even more lies and involuntarily propel the spokes of the cycle to continue moving. Oh! But no one is aware of my situation!

Are you worried, knowing that Al-Wadood, Ar-Ra’uf is watching us, best aware of our situation? He, the Almighty, is even aware of a dark insect crawling on a dark stone in a dark night, He (Glory be to Him) is aware of every leaf, every atom, every molecule.

Here we should take lesson from Ramlah daughter of Abu-Sufyan also known as Umm Habeebah (May Allah be pleased with her).

She was one of the early converts to Islam and had migrated to Abyssinia with her husband Ubaydullah bin Jahsh. Sadly, her husband apostate and converted to Christianity. This grieved her a lot, and to add to her pain, he took to drinking excessively and later died.

Now, Umm Habeebah was lonely in a faraway foreign country, with no one to support her. Her husband had died, and her father was still a disbeliever, and to cream to that, was the leader of the Quraysh (though later on, he accepted Islam). Therefore, she had nowhere to go. Dear friends, envision this with deep concentration; we can’t imagine ourselves leaving our homes for an hour! Yet look at the situation of the exceptional and exemplary lady, who not only prevented herself from showing ingratitude to her Lord (something we fall into for unconventional things, let alone being helpless the ways she was). She focused herself, and made the right decision; spending her time in ‘ibadah and taking care of her young daughter. Indeed she went through difficult times.

Truly, Allah knew what she was going through. She was blessed with one of the greatest blessings, a woman in her time could wish for, Allah chose her to be among the Mothers of the Believers. Her patience bore fruit and the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) married her. She is said to have narrated sixty-five hadith, not many in comparison to Abu-Hurayrah or Anas bin Malik, nevertheless, her exemplary patience and courage to make the right choice in the face of trials, is her legacy.

It was her earnest desire that her father and brother enter the fold of Islam, which they eventually did. She passed away during her brother, Muawiyah’s Caliphate, during the year 44 AH.

In summary, I would like to note a point, although the above passage was about the right decision, there is yet solace for those who messed up, for indeed yet again we have ample opportunity to repent and take the right course. Certainly, it will be more challenging compared to the first time, and Satan will arduously try to manipulate us, as he had done so the first time. Keep in mind, regardless of the inducements, Allah has given us the power to choose. Go ahead, and follow the right track! Beg of our Lord to help us and guide us for verily indeed, He is the Ar-Rahman; The Most Merciful.

Bint Hasan,

AAT

 

House on Fire

Ways to Jannah #6

stockvault-burning-campfire133528With the dawn of the present era, it is now an uncommon sight to see people praying in congregation, yet the signs of the hour indicate that the hour is nonetheless, but very close.

It truly sometimes puzzles to me as to why, why on earth would people not do something despite the umpteen advantages that it offers? Is it because of laziness, or is it because of lack of knowledge or is it that they don’t truly believe in the ahadith?

In two authentic ahadith, it has been narrated that:

‘Abdullah bin Umar (may Allah have mercy on him) has been reported to have said that Allah’s Apostle (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “The prayer in congregation is twenty seven times superior to the prayer offered by person alone.”

[Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 11, Number 618]

Narrated Abu Hurairah (may Allah have mercy on him) Allah’s Apostle (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “‘The reward of a prayer in congregation is twenty five times greater than that of a prayer offered by a person alone. The angels of the night and the angels of the day gather at the time of Fajr prayer.’ “Abu Hurairah then added, “Recite the Holy Book if you wish, for “Indeed, the recitation of the Qur’an in the early dawn (Fajr prayer) is ever witnessed.”

[Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 11, Number 620]

Let us look at it from a different angle- we perceive that it is obligatory for us to pray, yet were we to pray in congregation, we are hence rewarded 20+ times more, then why, when we already have to pray, not pray it in congregation?

Also, there remains the fact that praying in congregation in itself is an obligatory act

 It is narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, I had thought of ordering that wood be gathered, then I would command the call to prayer to be given, and I would appoint a man to lead the people in prayer, then I would go to men [who do not attend the congregational prayer] and burn their houses down around them. By the One in Whose hand is my soul, if anyone of you had known that he would receive a bone covered with meat or two (small) pieces of meat in a sheep’s foot, he would come for ‘Isha’ prayer.”

In al-Saheehayn (the following version was narrated by al-Bukhari)

Al-Bukhari, 7224; Muslim, 651. 

Ibn al-Mundhir (may Allah have mercy on him) said: The fact that he was thinking of burning down the houses of people who did not attend the prayer is the clearest evidence that attending prayer in congregation is obligatory, because it would not be permissible for the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to do this with regard to something that was mustahabb and not obligatory.

The fog seems to clear out, and we start comprehending, that praying in congregation is indeed obligatory and also by doing so, we secure for ourselves abundant ajar.

To cream the peach, I will further mention yet another hadith that will certainly prove to be the most galvanising incentive that one could ask for:

Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said,
“Allah will prepare for him who goes to the mosque (every) morning and in the afternoon (for the congregational prayer) an honourable place in Paradise with good hospitality for (what he has done) every morning and afternoon goings”

[Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, Book 11, Hadith 631

Alhamdulillah (Indeed all praise belongs to Allah) the above hadith truly is the wax seal to all the profuse advantages that congregational prayer offers.

I hereby request all my brothers, not to take the above ahadith lightly and to embed it in their hearts the fact that congregational prayer is indeed compulsory. As humans, it’s alas our tendency that we take things that don’t suit our desires, lightly, however heavy in magnitude their importance may be.

In today’s world of trials, tribulations, music and what not, it truly might be a challenge to   compel oneself to the threshold of the masjid five times a day, but keep in mind challenges are meant to be won and whims and desires to be conquered. The phrase Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest) called out by the muezzin should serve to animate our actions as well, as we realize that truly Allah IS the greatest and it is to Him that we owe everything.

However a point to note here, is that prayer in congregation is not obligatory for women, and a woman’s prayer in her house on her own is better than her praying in congregation in the mosque, as for men when they hear the athaan; they have to attend the masjid.

In conclusion, I supplicate to my Lord The most Powerful, to help our brothers make and remain steadfast on their resolutions to pray in congregation, for verily without Allah’s help nothing is possible.

Ameen ya Rabb

For more proofs that congregational prayer is obligatory on males, please visit http://islamqa.info/en/40113

Bint Ayesha

Writer, AAT

 


 

When Hardship Befalls Us

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“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: ‘We believe,’ and will not be tested? And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allah knows all that before putting them to test)” [Al-‘Ankaboot 29:2-3]

One of the beauties of being a Muslim is that our lives are never free from tests and trials. Many of us go through hardships on a daily basis while some of us handle them better than others, a good majority of us handle them with grief, sorrow and uneasiness.

Lately, I have been going through many trials and tests that have really humbled me and made me realize just how weak of a human being I am. The hardships I am trying to overcome may not be something difficult or hard for others, but Allah tests His creations according to their own weaknesses and their capabilities. Everybody’s tests are different and the wisdom of Allah is unlimited! He knows what we can handle and He knows us better than our own selves. Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest)!

“…Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned” (Al-Baqarah 2:286) 

Initially, I had become really annoyed and impatient with the things that I was overcome by, (may Allah rectify our character and increase us in patience; Ameen!) However, then I realised it was a time for me to turn to my Lord and to call upon Him for help and ease. It is hard for us to handle our hardships with patience and humility. I struggle with this, but at the same time I am also trying to realise that everything that happens to us, is already written for us and I must endure it and remember that these tests and trials are meant to shape my character into something that Allah Loves. When we are inflicted with something out of the ordinary and when we go through things that are out of our comfort zone, it is an opportunity for us to self-reflect on our character and our sins. I believe that these hardships sent to us from Allah are meant to make us stronger and to make us realise that we are also very weak individuals and we cannot do anything on our own without the help of our Lord! The tests and trials that Allah sends us are because He loves us! Allah is the Greatest! They are for us to turn to Him and remain STEADFAST after He has helped us through the trials and tests.

Day after day, I realise just how much this dunya is made to be a test. It is not something that is made to be enjoyed and it is by far, in no way meant to be a permanent abode of happiness. Every day is a struggle and we must really work hard to fight our desires and try our best to obey Allah’s Commands! Remember the tests that Allah gives us is so that we can earn more reward and it can humble us into someone who can be better Muslims and inshallah it will be the chance for us to meet Allah with a clean and pure heart.

The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said, “Whoever Allah wants good for him, he puts them to test. He puts them through difficulties. Like a diamond or some metal that has to be burnt and then that which is bad from it is removed so that you have that which is the pure diamond or the pure gold or whatever. Put them to tests, trials and difficulties.” (As recorded in Bukhari and Muslim)

When things happen to us, we automatically think it is for the worst, but Allah says:

“…But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” (Al- Baqarah 02:216)

Also, this hadith and Qur’anic verse are both such eye openers as to what we can learn from going through tests and trials! Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah)…If we were not tested by Allah, then we would never know what kind of person we are! Allah tests us to see who of us is faithful and true, and who turns to His Lord during the trialling times of hardship! Alhamdulillah, (Praise be to Allah), we have Allah to turn to, unlike the disbeliever who turns to the alcohol bottle, drugs, and parties just to escape temporarily, only to repeat the same deadly cycle day after day! Allahu Akbar! How Islam is such a blessing, where we can cry to our Lord with our pain and suffering and He will Respond with His Mercy. Only if we believe and if we have true tawakkul (trust in Allah). May Allah give us all tawakkul and firm conviction that He will help us get through it all! Ameen!

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“The greater reward is with the greater trial or the greater the trial or difficulty of test or hardship is then the greater the reward. And when Allah loves a person He will test them. So he will be pleased and then He will be pleased. He who is displeased, then He will be displeased.'(Sahaba’s name not clear) ‘The people as long as they are in good health, good shape, good condition they are covered. You don’t know their true character because they are in good situation, they are in good circumstance. As long as they are in a good circumstances they are covered. But if a trial or difficulty or a hardship comes upon them, then you will see their reality. They will go to their reality. The Mu’min will run to his Imaan, the Mu’min will run to his belief, the believer will run to his belief, his Imaan and the hypocrite will run to his hypocrisy, and the hypocrite will run to his hypocrisy. “Without being shaken, you don’t not know what comes to the top and what goes to the bottom. Without being shaken you don’t know a man from those who are faking; you won’t know women from those who are faking. You won’t know those who truly believe from those who don’t. Those who make a claim o­n their tongue and is not really in their hearts and from their limbs from those who are willing to die for this matter. This can o­nly be shown by trials, the tribulations and tests and difficulties.” (As narrated by Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah)

“Allah will not leave the believers in the state in which you are now, until He distinguishes the wicked from the good. Nor will Allah disclose to you the secrets of the Ghayb (Unseen).” [Aal ‘Imraan 03:179]

Sometimes when I am tested, I wonder why Allah has tested me. I try hard to think about the blessings through my trials and that I will be rewarded more than I could ever imagine if I only stay patient and true to Allah, the Almighty. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves every day for the blessings we have and that we must continue to strive to be better. Remembering that every test is meant to purify us and to earn us reward. I know it is easier said than done, because for me, sometimes my mental state overpowers me and it is hard for me at that moment to remember Allah. I think that is my true test…because most of us, when we get caught up in the moments of our tests and trials, we are so absorbed in our problems, we forget that Allah was the One who put us in it in the first place! Subhanallah…O’ what a test this life is! A constant struggle to maintain happiness during our trialling times during loss, illness, and mental unrest. Nevertheless, Alhamdulillah for the Qur’an and Sunnah that teaches us and reminds us how to handle ourselves in each and every situation:

“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Saabiroon (the patient).Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: ‘Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.’ They are those on whom are the Salawaat (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones”

[Al-Baqarah 2:155-157]

Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “No misfortune or disease befalls a Muslim, no worry or grief or harm or distress – not even a thorn that pricks him – but Allah will expiate for some of his sins because of that.” (Agreed upon. Narrated by al-Bukhari, 5641)

What to take from this, is that we should constantly be striving to purify our hearts and to always remember that tests and trials are not meant to harm us but only to make us better and to purify us. Allah does not inflict His believers with harm and He is most Just! Don’t let the moment you are on your death bed or the last minute of your breath on earth be the first time you reflect upon your sins and your relationship with Allah! Remember Allah has created us only for us to worship Him alone! We must always strive to be better and to use the hardships and trials inflicted upon us to help humble us and to purify our hearts so that we can meet Allah and He will Pleased with us.

“And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone)” [al-Dhaariyaat 51:56]

“Say (O Muhammad): Verily, my Salaah (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists)” [al-An’aam 6:162]

“Did you think that We had created you in play (without any purpose), and that you would not be brought back to Us?” [al-Mu’minoon 23:115]

May Allah make us turn to Him alone and may He give us the ability to trust Him and may He forgive us and purify us through all the hardships and trials. Ameen!

Umm Abdur-Rahman,

Writer, AAT

 

Surah Rum

الم ﴿١

Alif Lam Mim.

غُلِبَتِ الرُّومُ ﴿٢

The Romans have been defeated.

فِي أَدْنَى الْأَرْضِ وَهُم مِّن بَعْدِ غَلَبِهِمْ سَيَغْلِبُونَ  ﴿٣

In the nearest land, and they, after their defeat, will be victorious.

فِي بِضْعِ سِنِينَ لِلَّهِ الْأَمْرُ مِن قَبْلُ وَمِن بَعْدُ وَيَوْمَئِذٍ يَفْرَحُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ ﴿٤

In Bid`i years. The decision of the matter, before and after is only with Allah. And on that day, the believers will rejoice.

بِنَصْرِ اللَّهِ يَنصُرُ مَن يَشَاء وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الرَّحِيمُ ﴿٥

With the help of Allah. He helps whom He wills, and He is the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.

وَعْدَ اللَّهِ لَا يُخْلِفُ اللَّهُ وَعْدَهُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ ﴿٦

A promise from Allah, and Allah fails not in His promise, but most men know not. (Surah Rum 30:1-6)e3e04b61d8e985f3404e23ad0deef773

Seven years prior to the Hijra (migration) of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the two biggest empires – Persian and Roman, were at war. Muslims wanted the Romans to win as they were from the people of the Book (injeel) whereas, the pagans of Makkah wanted the Persians to be victorious because they both didn’t believe in the hereafter. The Romans were Christians and Persians were Zoroastrians.  The romans were defeated. Their victories were the talk of the town, and the pagans of Makkah were delighted and were taunting the Muslims to the effect: “Look the fire worshipers of Iran are winning victories and the Christian believers in Revelation and Prophethood are being routed everywhere. Likewise, we, the idol worshipers of Arabia, will exterminate you and your religion.”

During this time, Allah revealed the first few aayats of Surah Ar-Rum comforting the Muslims that the Romans after their defeat will be victorious, and that the believers will rejoice.

Narrated Niyar bin Mukram Al-Aslami:

“When (the following) was revealed: ‘Alif Lam Mim. The Romans have been defeated. In the nearest land, and they, after their defeat, will be victorious in Bid’ years (30:1-4).’ – on the day that these Ayat were revealed, the Persians had defeated the Romans, and the Muslims had wanted the Romans to be victorious over them, because they were the people of the Book. So Allah said about that: ‘And on that day, the believers will rejoice – with the help of Allah. He helps whom He wills, and He is the Almighty, the Most Merciful (30:4 & 5). The Quraish wanted the Persians to be victorious since they were not people of the Book, nor did they believe in the Resurrection. So when Allah revealed these Ayat, Abu Bakr As-Siddiq, may Allah be pleased with him, went out, proclaiming throughout Makkah: ‘Alif Lam Mim. The Romans have been defeated. In the nearest land, and they, after their defeat, will be victorious, in Bid’ years (30:1-4).’ Some of the Quraish said: ‘Then this is (a bet) between us and you. Your companion claims that the Romans will defeat the Persians in Bid’ years, so why not have a bet on that between us and you?’ Abu Bakr said: ‘Yes.’ This was before betting had been forbidden. So Abu Bakr and the idolaters made a bet, and they said to Abu Bakr: ‘What do you think – Bid’ means something between three and nine years, so let us agree on the middle.’ So they agreed on six years; then six years passed without the Romans being victorious. The idolaters took what they won in the bet from Abu Bakr. When the seventh year came and the Romans were finally victorious over the Persians, the Muslims rebuked Abu Bakr for agreeing to six years. He said: ‘because Allah said: ‘In Bid’ years.’ At that time, many people became Muslims.” (Sahih, Darussalam, English, Vol 5, Book 44, Hadith 3194)

This did not end with just the Romans’ victory in 621 AD. Heraclius (Hiraql), the king of Rome entered Azerbaijan and destroyed Clorumia, the birthplace of Zoroaster, and ravaged the principal fire temple of Iran. Great are the powers of Allah, this was the very year when the Muslims achieved a decisive victory at Badr for the first time against the idol worshippers. Thus both the predictions made in Surah Rum were fulfilled simultaneously within the stipulated period of ten years.

All Praises is due to Allah alone. He gives victory to whomever He wills, gives defeat to whomever He wills, and Allah never breaks His promise.