Himmah College of Dawah

Himmah Opens its Gates

December 1, 2015

Assalamu Alaykum! We are pleased to announce that Himmah College of Dawah is officially launching to the wide public 1st of December 2015 in sha Allah.

 

We’d like to thank those in our circle who have already enrolled, and we hope you have a pleasant journey of seeking knowledge with Himmah!

 

Further, We have moved a step forward by providing you with an elegant, fresh, user friendly mobile e-classroom. We’ve invested a lot of time and money to give you an experience you cannot easily gain from anywhere else.

All-Praise is due to Allah, our students are pleased and satisfied like no other!

 

Our staff have studied in different universities across the globe, including Islamic Universities in Saudi Arabia, the ease of use and quality production in Himmah could not be witnessed in any other insitituion, and that’s what makes Himmah unique.

At Himmah, students have their own well-trained student advisers who are ready to serve them around the clock! We honor our students, cause we know what it means to be a student of knowledge.

We also provide students access to an online discussion area, where they could discuss certain topics with other students taking the same course, and perhaps they can exchange ideas and answer each others questions as well.

The content in Himmah’s courses have been checked by the “Content Check Patrolers”, so students need not to worry about inauthenticity of Education at Himmah, in sha Allah!

Himmah provides a well-structred Syllabus for it’s courses, so students could know what exactly it is they are studying and in which direction they are heading.

We are opening the gates of Himmah for seekers of knowledge from around the globe, we offer free scholarships and grants for those who cannot afford education. Himmah is non-for-profit, we charge only an admin fee to maintain the online college and keep it going in such quality. The courses and programs are made easy for those who cannot commit to full-time study. In only 3 semesters, we promise our students to graduate with enough knowledge to worship Allah in a pleasing manner and to take their journey of Dawah in an eloquent approach and according to the Quran and the pure Sunnah.

 

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Reflections on Surah Kahf

Last week we looked at the merits of Surah Kahf, and how valuable it is in terms of reward, and as a weapon against the Dajjal. This week I hope to highlight a few main points to reflect on, about Surah Kahf.

Firstly, it is the only Surah that is explicitly linked to the Dajjal, as we learnt from the hadiths, mentioned in the previous article regarding its virtues. This is of vital importance, for we are living in the end times; the hour is near, and a prelude to the hour is the arrival of the Dajjal. This surah should play a major role for us in our preparative preventative measures, against the Anti-Christ. The Dajjal is one the greatest fitan to come, and throughout Surah Kahf we see a recurring theme of trials and tribulations linking it back to the coming of the false Messiah.

Surah Kahf mentions four main narratives in its pages. The first being that of Ashab Al Kahf or the People of the Cave. These youth were tested by Allah in regards to their iman. They were given the choice to abandon their belief in Allah to save their lives or face persecution and death. Ultimately they chose their belief in Allah, for it is priceless, no pleasure can buy it, nor money. This connects to the trial of the Dajjal, for the first and biggest test he will come with, is the trial of iman; faith and belief in Allah. He will appear with many powers, and will even have a paradise and hellfire. Many will fall into disbelief; may Allah protect us from disbelief and the trial of the Dajjal.

The second story is that of the two men and the two gardens. One man, possessed wealth and whose garden yielded a large harvest, yet he denied Allah, and the second man being poorer, with less harvest, yet he knew his provision was secured with his Lord. This is the trial of wealth. How many today are granted wealth, yet deny the One who bestowed this favour upon them? It is a reminder to us, that Allah blesses whomsoever He wills, and we should be grateful for the bounties we have. Success in the dunya, and in one’s wealth does not mean success in the Akhirah. This again refers back to the Dajjal. For the Dajjal will induce many with wealth, to the point that he will call out to the wealth of a valley and it will come out following him. Those who follow the Dajjal will be in abundance of wealth, and he will afflict those who shun him with severe poverty. Thus the believer should have his wealth in his hand, so that it is easy to release, and his faith and trust in Allah rooted in his heart, so that it remains unaffected by the fitnah of wealth.

The third narrative is perhaps to many, the most intriguing; it is the story of Musa and Al Khadr (or Khidr). Musa, was a great prophet of Allah, and was endowed with knowledge, yet Allah instructed him to seek out Al-Khadr, who also possessed a different type of knowledge. Knowledge should humble a person and not make them arrogant. Today, Muslims have neglected the Qur’an and Sunnah, and many find it a burden, thinking that it is outdated and the knowledge it contains is ancient, and this is the trial of knowledge; will we truly hold on to the guidance of Allah? When the Dajjal appears he will distort what is left of the knowledge. May Allah protect us, and enable to cling on to the true authentic knowledge of his deen.

The fourth and final account is that of Dhul-Qarnayn; a powerful king who ruled with justice. He is the very king that sealed off Gog and Magog, whose release is also a major portent of the final hour. The story of Dhul-Qarnayn, though not in detail, exemplifies one who is granted power and authority and uses this in the service of Allah. A minor sign of the hour is tyrannical and foolish leaders, who are astray and lead the people astray. Leadership is an amanah, there are a lot of responsibilities attached to being a ruler. This trial, relates to the Dajjal for the Dajjal will give authority to those who favour him, and will deprive the true believers.

So, the next time you read Surah Kahf, try to remember these points, reflect upon the tales of truth contained in it. I ask Allah to protect me and you from the trial of the Dajjal.

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The Evil of the Envier when he Envies

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“He just doesn’t deserve what Allah is giving him; I’m a better person and I don’t get it! Isn’t it unfair? I wish I had it and he didn’t.”

A feeling called envy; a very natural one at that, that comes in our hearts and stays, sometimes with us not even knowing that it’s there.  If it’s there for too long; it takes a very ugly shape.

Let’s discuss what envy (Hasad in Arabic) is; how it grows and how can we cure it.

Envy is a psychological state in which a person wishes for the deprivation of a blessing, talent, or merit possessed by another person (the Mahsud). It is a disease of the heart, a very dangerous one, which harms the person himself and others. It causes other sins to arise, such as backbiting, slandering, hypocrisy, abusing, torturing, taunting, lying, harming physically or even murdering. There is great transgression and harm in Hasad.

The ruling of malicious envy in general is haram as such hatred is actually an objection to Allah’s decree in giving some people more than others. No one has the right to object or suggest to Allah how to divide His Grace among the people.

Allah tells us to seek refuge from the envier in Surah Al-Falaq: “Say: ‘I seek refuge with (Allah) the Lord of the day-break,” and at the end of the Surah He then says, “And from the evil of the envier when he envies.”

A Haasid (Envier) is in great danger himself as his good deeds are burnt like fire burns wood.

The Messenger of Allah said, “Avoid Hasad, for it destroys good deeds as fire destroys wood (or grass).” (Abu Dawud)

The Prophet also said: “There are enemies for Allah’s bounties.” The companions asked. “Who are they?” He said, “Those who envy people for what Allah has given them of His Bounty.” (At-Tirmidhi)

We have seen how Yusuf (peace be upon him) was separated from his father due to the envy of his brothers; also we know how the son of Adam killed his own brother out of envy. Indeed envy is very dangerous. People nowadays can do the same or to a lesser extent try to think and talk about the person negatively and showing and telling the people how bad that person is and also neglecting the good in him. People start ignoring the Mahsud and try to harm him by his words or even actions. We can see this in our workplaces, schools and even our own houses. This brings disunity and harm to each other, it makes families break apart, and ends friendships. It also reflects on your personality as you will be seen as a very negative person and will be hated and resented by many.

The Hasid doesn’t get anything from people but rebuke, and gets nothing from the angels but curses and hatred. When alone, he only finds anguish and grief. At the time of death, he faces adversity and horror. On the Day of Judgment, he will then be disgraced and severely punished. Finally, in Hell-fire he will find heat and intense burning.

But there is another type of Envy which is not malicious envy, rather it is a form of competition in seeking perfection and the pleasure of Allah and forgoing the grief of being behind others. Competition is allowed in Islam until you don’t want the gift of person to be removed away from him.

Allah says: “And for this let (all) those strive (hasten and compete) who want to strive.” (83:26)

So to improve our character we need to understand that we need competition but not malicious envy.

In our next article, we will look at the permissible forms of jealousy.

Fatima Damad,

Surah Kahf

Surah Kahf

Surah Kahf is one hundred and ten ayahs long, and most of us read it every week, knowing it is recommended to do so. But how many of us really know the reasons behind reciting this beautiful surah?

This surah is amazing as it brings together many lessons contained in narrations of nations past. It traverses the story of youths in the cave, the story of the two men and the garden, the story of Musa and Al-Khidr and last but not least the story of Dhul-Qarnain. Patience, gratitude, knowledge and much more can all be learnt from this surah. The benefits of this Surah are many. Many morals can be extracted, and there various Ahadith which mention the benefits of this surah.

Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri, who said: “Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on the night of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will stretch between him and the Ancient House (the Ka’bah).” (Narrated by al-Daarimi, 3407. This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami, 6471)

In another narration “Whoever reads Surah Al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next.”

(Narrated by al-Haakim, 2/399; al-Bayhaqi, 3/249. Ibn Hajar said in Takhreej al-Adhkaar this is a hasan hadeeth,  he said, this is the strongest report that has been narrated concerning reading Surah Al-Kahf. See: Fayd al-Qadeer, 6/198. Classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6470)

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.’”

(Al-Mundhiri said, this was narrated by Abu Bakr ibn Mardawayh in his Tafseer, with an isnaad with which there was nothing wrong. Al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, 1/298)

Surah Kahf may be read during the day or night of Friday, the night starting from Thursday sunset, and the day ending on Friday at sunset.

Al-Mannaawi said that Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said in his Amaali: “In some reports it says ‘the day of Jumu’ah’ and in some reports it says ‘the night of Jumu’ah’. They may be reconciled by saying that what is meant is the day which includes the night and vice versa.” (Fayd al-Qadeer, 6/199)

But Surah Al-Kahf is not merely for Fridays. In a lengthy hadith collected by Muslim, we find that Surah Al Kahf is a means of protection against the false Messiah, Ad-Dajjal. The Prophet peace be upon him said, “Whoever among you sees him (the Dajjaal), let him recite against him the opening verses of Surah Al-Kahf.”  (Hadeeth 5228).

Every Prophet that came, warned their people against the Dajjal. Muhammad peace be upon him, did no less. Abu-Darda narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever memorizes ten aayaat from the beginning of Surah Al-Kahf will be protected from the Dajjaal”  Muslim said: “Shu’bah said, ‘from the end of al-Kahf.’ Hammaam said, ‘from the beginning of al-Kahf.’” (Muslim 1342) Meaning, one will be protected from his fitna (trials).  About this, Imam Al-Nawawi said: “The reason for this is because at the beginning of (this surah), mention is made of wonders and signs, and whoever ponders them will not be deceived by the fitnah of the Dajjaal. And at the end of this surah, Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): ‘Do then those who disbelieve think that they can take My slaves as awliyaa’ (lords etc.) besides Me?’ [Al-Kahf 18:102].” (Sharh Saheeh Muslim, 6/93).

One who reflects upon Surah Al-Kahf will take many great lesson from it. The stories mentioned in it are not merely fairy-tales, they are cited to capture our attention and compel us to ponder upon them.

 

 

 

Ummahatul-Mu’mineen

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The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah) said: “Allah has commanded me to marry only with the women of Paradise.”

A golden era whose golden light illuminates and enlightens man even today. A time, where the beautiful religion of Islam started from a small band of people and traversed the span of the earth. A time that nurtured leaders, warriors, scholars who with their knowledge of Islam changed the face of the world by the will of Allah alone. A religion that provided rights and salvation to women, and indeed what about the women of that time, women who along with men have left an indelible mark in the history of mankind. Indeed these women included the Sahabiyyat – the women of the golden era

Noble, virtuous women who fill the pages of history with their magnanimous, beautiful deeds. They were the pure and virtuous crusaders of Islam who were given the glad tidings of Paradise in the Hereafter.

Their inspiration and presence occupies several pages of history, with their influence spanning from religious achievements to political achievements to education, knowledge, fine arts, to industry, trade and commerce.

Khadijah, the Queen of Quraysh, with a reputation of nobility, an epitome of loyalty and a pillar of support. Aishah an example of intelligence personified and an astounding memory having quoted 2,210 ahadith. Sawdah who with her light-heartedness and humour brought smiles and comfort to The Prophet’s (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) heart. Hafsah the Sawwamah and Qawammah. Umm Salamah a figure of patience. Zainab bint Khazeemah the Mother of the needy with a heart of gold. Umm Habeebah who had to endure intense hardship before her marriage to the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah). Zainab bint Jahsh with the longest hands for she would work in order to give charity. Juwayriyyah the beautiful embodiment of piety. The loving Safiyyah and Maymoonah who would preserve their ties with their kith and kin.

May Allah be pleased with them all.

Finally we conclude the journey that we had embarked on, a journey whence we had contrived to learn pearls of wisdom from our righteous predecessors.

I pray to Allah The Exalted to benefit us all from this series and help us to derive benefit from it and enact on the knowledge that we gain, may Allah bless us with the opportunity of being in the company of these great women whose endurance, patience, wisdom, piety, steadfastness have become an inspirations for eons and eons to come.

Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen

Bint Hasan

Writer, AAT

 

Tawheed

Tawheed

Time and time again, it is made clear that Da’wah is an obligation. In Da’wah the main objective is to invite to the worship of one Lord, and this is where Tawheed fits in. Tawheed is to affirm by belief and action that Allah is one with no associates or partners, without a shadow of a doubt, and to negate the worship of all else besides Him or in association with Him. The opposite of Tawheed is Shirk, which is the worship of others in conjunction with Allah or instead of Him.

With all this talk about Tawheed, it is essential that one understands this aspect of our creed, and is firmly grounded in it, for it is the foundation of our faith, the reason for our heartbeat, and the life of our souls. The benefits of Tawheed are numerous, and I will mention a few here for us to realise the significance of this principle.

  1. Tawheed determines our success in the hereafter. In Surah Al-Ma’idah Allah said, “Indeed he who associates partners in worship with Allah, then Allah has forbidden Jannah (Paradise) for him, and the Fire (of Hell) will be his abode.” (05:72) Thus the primary benefit of Tawheed is that it saves one from eternity in the fire of hell. To further emphasise this point, Jabir narrated, “A man came to the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, what are the two deeds that make entering Paradise or Hell inevitable?’ He replied, “Whoever dies not associating anything with Allah will enter Paradise, and whoever dies associating anything with Allah will enter Hell.” (Sahih Muslim 135) So, if you affirm Tawheed, then Jannah will be your everlasting abode.
  2. Tawheed is the fitrah, the innate nature of all human beings, upon which they all were born. As Allah says, “So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.” (Surah Ar-Rum, 30:30) Allah has created us all upon Tawheed, innately knowing that there is only one Lord. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said in a narration that is agreed upon, “every child is born upon the fitrah.” Similarly, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who said: “Allah said: ‘I created My slaves as haneefs (believers in pure monotheism), then the Shaytaan misled them from their religion; he forbade them what I had permitted to them and commanded them to associate others with Me for which I had not sent down any authority.’” (Muslim) Anyone who is deficient, lacking in or has a manipulated version of Tawheed, he has a tainted Fitrah.
  3. Tawheed is the covenant Allah took from the children of Adam. Allah says, “And [mention] when your Lord took from the children of Adam – from their loins – their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], “Am I not your Lord?” They said, “Yes, we have testified.” [This] – lest you should say on the day of Resurrection, “Indeed, we were of this unaware.” (Al ‘Araf 07:172)
  4. Tahweed is the most essential ordained obligation, Anas narrated that Allah will tell a man from the people of hell, if you were to have the globe of wealth, will you ransom that to be out. He will say, ‘of course!’ Allah will say, ‘I asked you for less than that, the covenant I took with you, but you refused, and associated partners with Me.” (Bukhari and Muslim) Allah says in the Qur’an, “Say, [O Muhammad], “Indeed, I have been forbidden to worship those you call upon besides Allah once the clear proofs have come to me from my Lord, and I have been commanded to submit to the Lord of the worlds.” (Surah Ghafir 40:66)
  5. Due to the importance of Tawheed, Allah sent Messengers to instruct the people, and remind them. In Surah Al-Anbiyaa, Allah makes this clear to us, “And We sent not before you any messenger except that We revealed to him that, “There is no deity except Me, so worship Me.”
  6. It was for Tawheed that Allah revealed the Books. The books which Allah revealed call to His sole worship.
  7. Tawheed is the first call to the people. When the Prophet sent Mu’adh to Yemen, he told him, “let the first thing be that you call them to Allah.”
  8. Tawheed is what divides people, makes differences between those who believe in it and the people of the book. In Surah Aal Imran, Allah says “O people of the scripture, come to common terms as between us and you; that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partners with Him” (03:64) The word or phrase that we call to, and that should be the common base of all talk is that ‘we worship none but Allah’ which is in essence a proclamation of Tawheed.
  9. Walaa and Baraa is founded upon Tawheed. Tawheed is more important than family, and other alliances. As Allah says, “You will not find a people who believe in Allah and the Last Day having affection for those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even if they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred. Those – He has decreed within their hearts faith and supported them with spirit from Him. And We will admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally. Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him – those are the party of Allah. Unquestionably, the party of Allah – they are the successful.” (Surah Mujadilah 58:22)
  10. Tawheed is Allah’s right upon us. We owe it to Allah, as the Prophet said in the hadith, when he said, “The Right of Allah over the slaves, is that they should worship Him alone and not associate anything with Him.” (Bukhari and others)
  11. Tawheed demolishes sin, and rids a person of it. In the hadith Qudsi we learn that Allah says, “O son of Adam if you came to me with the earth full of sins and you meet me without ascribing any partners to me, I would certainly forgive you, and I would not mind.” This is from the immense mercy of Allah.
  12. Tawheed is a means for barakah (blessings), as Allah says “if the people of the town were to believe and had taqwa, we would have opened for them the blessings from the heavens and the earth. But they disbelieved, so we took them with punishment for what they did.” (Surah Al-Araf 7:96)
  13. The first thing a person will be questioned about in the grave in their Tawheed. “Allah will keep firm those who believe with the word of firmness in this life and in the life after.” (Surah Ibrahim 14:27) The scholars agree that the ‘life after’ mentioned in this verse is the questioning in the grave.
  14. Tawheed is a means to get the intercession of the greatest of the prophets. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “the most fortunate of people to get my shafa’a (intercession) are those who say laa ilaha illallah, purely sincerely from their hearts.”
  15. Tawheed is way to attain leadership on this earth. “Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them and that He will surely establish for them [therein] their religion which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security, [for] they worship Me, not associating anything with Me. But whoever disbelieves after that – then those are the defiantly disobedient.” (Surah Nur 24:55)
  16. Tawheed brings you content and happiness in this world. The Prophet taught ibn Abbas, “if the world came to benefit, they would be unable to benefit you unless Allah ordained it, and if they came together to harm you with something they would only harm you with that which Allah had already prescribed.” Through Tawheed one achieves inner peace, and can live a stress-free, worry-free life.

So the next time, you invite one to Islam, do so with vigour, because the deen you have is priceless, it is a great gift from Allah. The belief one holds in his hearts regarding Tawheed is precious, and invaluable, no money can buy it, and nothing can be exchanged for it, so treasure it and keep firm to it and its teachings.

May Allah keep us firm on His deen, and upon the word of Tawheed.

On the Wing of Fear

When we think of the word “fear” we think about our parents not finding out about something we do behind closed doors on a Friday night, or we think about our boss firing us because we did not complete a project on time. Fear is always something we feel around people when we have not lived up to their expectations or when we worry that some of our secrets and sins may become exposed to others. Fear can also arise out of admiration for someone because when we admire and love someone, we always worry what they will think and we care a lot about their opinions of us. We strive to impress them and do anything so that they will not become displeased with us or hate us. These are some interpretations of what fear means to some of us. Beyond the surface however, lies a deeper meaning of fear. As a Muslim, we should always think about ourselves and what the greater purpose of our existence is. We know as a Muslim, we are to obey, love, fear and follow Allah’s Commands and His Messenger (peace be upon him).

“Say, ‘Obey Allah and the Messenger’. But if they turn away, [know that] Allah does not love the disbelievers.” (Qur’an 3:32)

However when we think about fear in Islamic terms, we learn something completely different. Fear in Islam does not mean to fear your boss, your husband, or your parents but it is to have consciousness of Allah, to have piety, and to be Allah fearing. All these can be summed up in one word, “Taqwa.” Taqwa is something we should all strive to accomplish for it is integral to our iman that we fear Allah rather than fearing the creation. Ultimately, when we have consciousness of Allah, we will be able to fear Him and thus we will achieve piety and success. When we remember that the only One we should be mindful of and the only One who we should always be conscious of, is the One who created us. When we are able to know where Allah belongs in our heart, then we will not have any fears of people and we will always be conscious of our sins. Sometimes we imagine our loved ones in the back of our mind and think about what they would say if we committed a sin or did something they disliked, but what we should really be doing is imagining and remembering that Allah can See us and that we must be concerned about His Opinion over anyone else’s. Wherever we are, whatever we are doing and whoever we are with, we should always remember that Allah is watching us and we should always ask ourselves “Will Allah approve of this?” “What would Allah think of me if I did this?” The key to a successful dunya and akhirah is to always observe taqwa and it is truly the only way that Allah will help us and make a way out for all our troubles and worries.

Whoever fears Allah, Allah will find a way out for him [from every difficulty] and He will provide for him from sources that he could never have imagined.” (Quran 65:2-3)

With fear of Allah one can learn sincerity. We must learn who our Lord is and always make duaa for our intentions to be sincere. To obtain this fear, we must be strive to be in good company and improve our knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah. The most important way to achieve it is to abstain from things that is disliked and forbidden in Islam. I ask Allah to make us of the muttaqeen and to keep us firmly guided on His straight path towards Jannah. Ameen.

 

Al-Ghaffar, Al-Ghafoor

Everyone is in dire need of forgiveness. Allah has placed in every human’s fitra the guilt when he does something wrong. This guilt stops him from moving forward, be it in Ibadah (worship) or in any worldly matters. Well…not until he acknowledges that amongst Allah’s names and attributes are Al-Ghafoor and Al-Ghaffar.

Linguistically, Al-Ghafoor and Al-Ghaffar came from the root word ‘Ghafara’ which means to cover up, shield and protect. Islamically, it means that Allah is the One who Forgives the sins, when a servant of Allah asks for forgiveness i.e., Maghfirah.

A soldier’s helmet in Arabic is called a “Mighfar,” that which provides protection and is a covering to oneself. So what is “Maghfirah” (Forgiveness) in Islam? Technically, forgiveness covers the sins with a covering which leaves no traits behind and no one knows about it.

You may have noticed that we have taken two Names together in one episode. Though they both have the same concept of ‘forgiveness,’ there is a difference between them. The only difference between these two names is the difference in quality and size. Al-Ghafoor is the The One who Forgives the sins no matter how huge it maybe (quality). While Al-Ghaffar refers to the One who Forgives the sins no matter how many they are (quantity). Conclusively, Al-Ghafoor can be translated as “the Ever-forgiving” and Al-Ghaffar as “the All-Forgiving.”

Whenever a servant of Allah sincerely asks for Allah’s forgiveness before death Allah (Glory be to Him) keeps on forgiving innumerably. The forgiveness is repeated as the servant repeats his Taubah. Allah All-Mighty says:

“But indeed, I am the Perpetual Forgiver of whoever repents and believes and does righteousness and then continues in guidance.” (Surah at-Taha: 82)

Dear reader! Let me give you another instance from the Sunnah of our dear Prophet peace be upon him:

It is narrated by Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Amongst the men of Bani Israel there was a man who had murdered ninety-nine persons. Then he set out asking (whether his repentance could be accepted or not). He came upon a monk and asked him if his repentance could be accepted. The monk replied in the negative and so the man killed him. He kept on asking till a man advised him to go to such and such village. (So he left for it) but death overtook him on the way. While dying, he turned his chest towards that village (where he had hoped his repentance would be accepted), and so the angels of mercy and the angels of punishment quarrelled amongst themselves regarding him. Allah ordered the village (towards which he was going) to come closer to him, and ordered the village (whence he had come), to go far away, and then He ordered the angels to measure the distances between his body and the two villages. So he was found to be one span closer to the village (he was going to). So he was forgiven.” (Sahih al-Bukhari: 3470)

Surely you all have been given hopes by reading the above hadith. Yes, hope is an impact of these two beautiful Names of Allah (Exalted be He). However, the hope should not make us lazy in our repentance. Allah says in another ayah:

“…Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves.” (Surah al-Baqarah: 222)

This is not the end of our session with these two names. In the next session we will discuss about the greatness of these names, its effects on eemaan, and a short tafseer of why Mercy (Ar-Raheem) is mentioned with the name al-Ghafoor.

 

Trading

Fridays are a day of Eid for us muslims, and whilst we are permitted to work on this day, it does not entail that one must disobey Allah whilst doing so. Once the second call for prayer (athan) is sounded, trading is no longer permitted and one should abstain from trading whether he is the buyer or seller.

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“O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu’ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew.” (Al-Jumu’ah 62:09)

To even buy a siwaak after the athan is incurring sin. Yes, it’s a good thing to use, and from the Sunnah, but trading after the athan is impermissible. If you need a siwaak, arrive early, so that you may purchase one without disobeying Allah.

Many a times, muslims ignore this rule, and continue going about their businesses not only ignoring the fact that they should stop trading, but also ignoring the call to prayer. The salah is means of success, how can one expect their business to flourish when they have blanked out the call to success, and the one who gave them the ability to trade in the first place.

May Allah guide us, and make us of those who remember Him often.

 

The Sandgrouse’s Nest

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When we picture a bird’s nest, we imagine it to be on a branch of a tree, but not all birds weave their nests on trees. Some birds have nests hanging from trees, whereas others like the woodpecker have cozy little tree chambers that they claim to be their homes. Yet there are some that prefer to lay eggs simply in burrows. Allah The Exalted has given each species its unique nest building instincts and techniques in accordance with its need.

So, while some birds take hundreds and thousands of trips to gather the building material and put in much effort to elaborately weave their nests, other birds suffice with a very minimal structure, and one such bird is the sandgrouse; a nest for this bird is simply a shallow depression in the ground, and sometimes the nest is simply lined with a few pieces of dried plants. Now pay close attention my dear friends, for this hadith will blow your mind:

The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever builds a Masjid for the Sake of Allah, like the nest of a sandgrouse or even smaller, Allah will build for him a house in Paradise.” [Ibn Majah 738]

Subhan Allah, amazing, isn’t it! Of all the nests in the world Allah’s Messenger (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) gives the examples of the simple and unsophisticated nest of the sandgrouse! The scholars say that this is mentioned by way of exaggeration, but the message is clear, even if a person builds a mosque which is as humble as a sandgrouse’s nest, Allah will build for him a grand house in paradise.

Think about it dear friends, all of us being so involved in this world, struggle to erect at least one house on this planet, where we envision we shall spend our good old golden retirement days, whereas there are others amongst us, who endeavour to build houses not in one place but several cities creating a chain of houses that we proudly say we own. Yet how long are these houses going to last with us, ultimately a will is forged and our timeless effort and energy passes on to our descendants like a gift box decorated with ribbons, but a house build in a Paradise will be eternal and moreover what house could compete with a house in Jannah.

Furthermore, if one could build strings of houses or even one, can we not at least build one masjid? The hadith does not condition the masjid to be overly decorated, on the contrary Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “I have not been commanded to build lofty mosques.” Ibn ‘Abbaas said: You are going to adorn (mosques) as the Jews and Christians adorn (their places of worship). This hadeeth was classed as Saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood (448)

So, now at least a person cannot claim reluctance to build mosques due to extravagance, for indeed the hadith quells any questions in regards to it.

Perhaps issues such as land permission may arise, but as the saying goes “no pain no gain” These are obstacles that we have to overcome and we beg Allah to ease our difficulties.

The Masajid are the houses of Allah and indeed are the most honourable places in this world. The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) showed us that the reward a person receives for building a Masjid for the sake of Allah is that Allah will build for them a house in paradise. The condition of receiving this great reward is sincerity as the Prophet ((Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned in the hadith “for the sake of Allah” which means that if a person was to build it for other reasons such as reputation or to be praised by people, they are forbidden from this great reward. The hadith also shows the great bounty which Allah has bestowed upon His creation whereby He gives such a great reward for this action.

And Allah Knows Best

We beg Allah to correct our intentions and give us the courage to build a mosque for His sake only and to bless us with a house in Paradise.

Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen

Bint Ayesha

AAT, Writer