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The Black Stone

As thousands, nay millions, of muslims flock to perform Hajj, they will form queues to touch the black stone and fight to kiss it. But what is the black stone? And what is its significance in Islam?

The black stone was sent down from paradise, as we learn from the hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas that The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The Black Stone came down from Paradise.”

(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 877; al-Nasaa’i, 2935. The hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Tirmidhi)

“When the Black Stone came down from Paradise, it was whiter than milk, but the sins of the sons of Adam made it black.”

(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 877; Ahmad, 2792. Classed as saheeh by Ibn Khuzaymah, 4/219. Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar classed it as qawiy (strong) in Fath al-Baari, 3/462).

This hadith means that the sins of those who touched the stone, caused it to turn black.

Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said: “Some heretics tried to criticize this hadeeth by saying: How come the sins of the mushrikeen turned it black and the worship of the people of Tawheed did not make it white? I answer by quoting what Ibn Qutaybah said: If Allah had willed, that would have happened. But Allah has caused it to be the case that black usually changes other colours and its not itself changed, which is the opposite to what happens with white.”

Al-Muhibb al-Tabari said: The fact that it is black is a lesson for those who have insight. If sins can have this effect on an inanimate rock, then the effect they have on the heart is greater. (Fath al-Baari, 3/463)

Subhanallah! Imagine if sins can have such an adverse effect on a rock, then what about our hearts?!

This reminds me of another hadith, in which the Messenger ﷺ mentions the effects of sins on the heart;

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “When the believer commits sin, a black spot appears on his heart. If he repents and gives up that sin and seeks forgiveness, his heart will be polished. But if (the sin) increases, (the black spot) increases. That is the Ran that Allah mentions in His Book: “Nay! But on their hearts is the Ran (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn.” [83:14] (Ibn Majah, Hasan)

So, let us use these upcoming blessed days to clean and polish our hearts. Let us seek the forgiveness of Allah and utilise our time in His remembrance. May Allah purify our hearts.

Back to the subject of the black stone…

Did you know that the black stone will speak on the day of judgement and testify?

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said concerning the Stone: “By Allah, Allah will bring it forth on the Day of Resurrection, and it will have two eyes with which it will see and a tongue with which it will speak, and it will testify in favour of those who touched it in sincerity.”

(Tirmidhi, 961; Ibn Maajah, 2944, hasan by al-Tirmidhi, and as qawiy by al-Haafiz ibn Hajar in Fath al-Baari, 3/462)

So how should muslims performing hajj or umrah deal with the black stone?

It was narrated from Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) that when the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to Makkah, he came to the Black Stone and touched it, then he walked to the right of it and ran three times and walked four times [around the Ka’bah].  (Muslim)

Hence touching the black stone is to be done before performing tawaf.

It is also encouraged to kiss for the Prophet was seen doing so.

It was narrated that ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) came to the Black Stone and kissed it, then he said: “I know that you are only a stone which can neither bring benefit nor cause harm. Were it not that I had seen the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) kiss you, I would not have kissed you.”  (Bukhari and Muslim)

However, one should know that it is merely a stone, and has no ability or power in of itself. It cannot cause harm nor bring benefit. Many a times, people become extreme in kissing it, they rub their faces into it, rub their clothes, and if they could, would probably try and take a piece home with them! We should beware of exaggerating, and know that benefit and harm are in Hands of Allah.

Nonetheless, touching the stone is a means of expiation,

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: “Touching them both [the Black Stone and al-Rukn al-Yamani] is an expiation for sins.”

(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 959. This hadeeth was classed as hasan by al-Tirmidhi and as saheeh by al-Haakim (1/664). Al-Dhahabi agreed with him).

If one is unable to reach it due to the crowds or some other reason, then he should touch it with something else and kiss that object. And if he is unable to do that then he should point towards it and say Allahu-Akbar, as these were all reported from the Prophet.

When one goes to kiss it or touch one should maintain Islamic etiquettes, and should not cause annoyance to others. Pushing, shoving are all too common in Hajj crowds, and we should aim to change this, and be better than that. Islam teaches us good manners, and we should uphold these mannerisms when we are the holiest site, performing such honourable rituals, otherwise we only incur sin upon ourselves. Pushing and shoving in crowds are often the reason for unnecessary injury, and at times even death or stampedes. Many a times women also get caught up in the crowds, hence we should be aware, and maintain cautiousness even in these difficult trying circumstances.

The Importance of Hajj

Characteristic of our species, Homo Sapiens, the importance of any subject holds great magnitude in our eyes, let us now then understand the importance and benefits of Hajj.

Before we enlighten ourselves with the benefits of performing Hajj, I would like to request you all to take a few minutes and introspect, introspect on your lives, however much old you are, think about what you have accomplished until now, whether you can guarantee even a single day in your entire life which you have spent without even a blob of sin and can affirm that you have spent the entire day with only productivity?

Such retrospection definitely give rise to one certain emotion in my heart, that of jealousy, envy towards a newborn, born with a clean slate, with a pure heart, without even a shed of sin scarring his life. Oh! What wouldn’t I do to be like that, to start a fresh, to start anew!

Praise Be To The Almighty, The Most Merciful, The Most Kind

Did you know that we demeritorious people stained by stains and stained repeatedly by sins have actually been  granted by our Lord, The Most Loving an opportunity to actually wipe off our slates clean, to spring back, to start a fresh

Hajj is that, which gives us this opportunity

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying. He who came to this House (Ka’ba) (with the intention of performing Pilgrimage), and neither spoke indecently nor did he act wickedly would return (free from sin) as on the (very first day) his mother bore him.

Truly, we have to admit that this by far is one of the greatest rewards that we could ever hope to receive

Another hadith that shows the importance of Hajj is:

Narrated `Aisha: (The mother of the faithful believers) I said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! We consider Jihad as the best deed.” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The best Jihad (for women) is Hajj Mabrur.”

But Oh wait, dear readers, we aren’t done yet

Let me now tell you that Hajj also enables us to get the greatest of all rewards.

As Muslims our ultimate goal is Paradise, so know this, Hajj is our way to paradise

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“From one ‘Umrah to another is an expiation for the sins that came in between them, and Hajj Mabrur (an accepted Hajj) brings no less a reward than Paradise.

Also Abdullah (bin Mas’ud) narrated that: 

The Messenger of Allah said: “Alternate between Hajj and Umrah; for those two remove poverty and sins just as the bellows removes filth from iron, gold, and silver – and there is no reward for Al-Hajj Al-Mabrur except for Paradise.”

What more could we even hope for, truly this ought to make us say Alhamdulillah from the very depths of our hearts

But Oh dear friends, do focus on the ahadith, all of them give emphasis on an accepted performance of Hajj, or Hajj Mabrur, please comprehend that by spending copious amounts of money so as to perform Hajj is not sufficient to attain Paradise, paradise cannot be bought, it has to be earned. An accepted performance of Hajj is that which is perfectly performed and is not tarnished with ill deeds. It is also maintained that an accepted Hajj is that which is worthy of being accepted by Allah, hence we need to make absolutely sure that the Hajj that we perform is definitely performed in the best way we can.

We need to give it our all, we need to put in our best, hence the purpose of this article series

Actions can be manifested by knowledge and knowledge has to be attained, so please look out for our next article whence we shall divulge on the pillars of Hajj and the obligatory actions of Hajj

Note: Please click on the ahadith to get its reference

Also please read on the same vein http://aateam.org/blog/our-salt-bags/

 

 

Preparation

Every year, we hear the same thing, year in, year out. Perhaps it’s tiring or annoying to have the same monotonous advice repeated so often.

Yep, it’s “Ramadaan reminders time.” But the truth is, we all know the specialty of the coming month. We all know its virtues; the opportunities for rewards and the yummy recipes to accompany it all.

The question is, despite these constant reminders, have we made the change? Have we attained the perfection we seek so earnestly? Have we earned the paradise? Or has all the reminders filled one ear, only to be emptied on the other side, without staying a moment for our brains to grasp and understand them? And do we continue in our erroneous ways, without paradise in sight?

Dreary, right?

Our situation is indeed pitiable.

The only way we can change, is if we follow the footsteps of those who came before us. Those who made u-turns in their lives, who made enormous sacrifices, and who changed for the better, such that their names are remembered until today.

But the problem is, we may not even know these great men and women who made such admirable changes. Their names are a blur in distant histories. Other things preoccupy our thoughts. To us, those men and women died years ago; what benefit could they possibly bring in today’s world?

The truth is, they changed, and the effects of their change are still visible today, hence Islam thrives. Moreover, they changed at a time, where culture ruled and barbaric practices where rife and firmly rooted. If they could do it, then, why can’t we, in our times of flexibility, and ease?!

Change was not a last-minute decision in their lives. It was pondered over and analysed. They prepared in advance.

Let us do the same this year. Let us be like them. Begin early. Begin now.

 

Who is the Dajjal?

Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: May I not inform you about the Dajjal what no Apostle of Allah narrated to his people? He would be blind and he would bring along with him an Image of Paradise and Hell-Fire and what he would call as Paradise that would be Hell-Fire and I warn you as Noah warned his people.

(Sahih Muslim: Book 41, Hadith 7014)

The appearance of Dajjal is one of the major signs of the doomsday. Dajjal is an adjective of Syriac origin. It is also a common Arabic word  whose root is dajl meaning lie or deception. Prophet Muhammad  (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) prophesied 1400 years ago that Messiah  ad-Dajjal would be the last of a series of thirty Dajjal or deceivers.

Dajjal is a human. A man from amongst the nation of Adam. Allah created Dajjal as a test for mankind. Perhaps there’s no great tribulation sent on Earth greater than Dajjal.

Imran bin Hussain narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, ” Between the creation of  Adam and the coming of the Last Hour, there will arise no tribulation more serious than the Dajjal.”

(Sahih Muslim)

Dajjal is alive at present. He was alive at the time of Prophet Mohammed and he will be detained until Allah permits him to emerge. And one day, he will break the shackles in which he is chained.

He is blind in the right eye and his left eye looks like a protruding grape. On his head are the letters Kaaf Faa and Ra (Kafir). They are easy to decipher by any believer regardless of his/her literacy. He will be short and his legs will be crooked. The hair on his head will be extremely twisted. He is said to a young man of ruddy complexion, short, with a wide forehead, and broad upper chest.  his hair is thick and curly, and blind/defective in one eye.

It was also narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned the Dajjaal to the people and said: “Allah is not one-eyed, but the false messiah (al-maseeh al-dajjaal) is one-eyed, blind or defective in his right eye, with his eye looking like a floating grape…” (narrated by Bukhari, no. 3184)

Anas Ibn Malik reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: There would be written three (Arabic) letters kaaf. fa. ra. spelling the word Kafir, between the eyes of the Dajjal.

The Messiah Dajjal is powerful and authoritative. And it will be due to his persuasive and commanding personality that people will blindly follow his footsteps. In a hadith, it has been said that a massive number of followers will be women.

Most of the followers of the Dajjal will be from among the Jews, Persians and Turks, and a mixture of other people, mostly Bedouins and women.

Imam Muslim narrated in his Saheeh (5237) from Anas Ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The followers of the Dajjal from among the Jews of Isfahaan will number seventy thousand, wearing heavy, striped garments.” According to a report narrated by Imam Ahmad, “Seventy thousand Jews, wearing crowns.”

(Hadith no. 12865).

Women get swayed easily and are sensitive. Perhaps, this sums up why majority of the followers of Dajjal are going to be women. By claiming that he has his own Paradise and Hell, the treacherous Dajjal will nobble away and induce those near him. But in reality, his alluring Paradise will be Hell and his execrable Hell will be Paradise.

The deception caused by Dajjal and his spell would run even on believers of Islam. A person who is firm in Islam would fall in his trap and get swayed by his words.

Hence it is advised by Allah’s Messenger that none of the believers should go near the Messiah Dajjal, even those firm upon religion, one should flee from him.

Indeed, the appearance of Dajjal is an exam for us. We never know if we are to encounter with the Messiah Dajjal. Hence, we all have got to prepare for this exam just how we prepare for our exams in schools/universities.

So my dear readers, let’s prepare ourselves to fight against the biggest trial ever. Let’s spend time in the way of our Lord. Let us know our Lord, know that He is not one-eyed, and that we can only see Him after death. Let us be firm in our religion; Islam. And let not our spirit and enthusiasm in learning Islam ebb away.

Bint Nayeem,

Writer, AAT

Four In A Day

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We all crave for paradise, yet don’t want to work for it, perhaps it’s just a false hope that we have instilled within us that guarantees us paradise free of cost, but frankly and realistically speaking, has there been anything in our lives that has ever been free of cost? Some items may have been easier to procure than others, but never has it been completely gratis, if not monetarily than we have always have had to pay in some other form, unless and until it has been given to us in the way of Allah.

So don’t you think it is ridiculously idiotic of us to expect the most valuable treasure of all to be given to us scot free. As a matter of fact, even if we were to devote our entire life in worship and religion, we yet wouldn’t be worthy of paradise, yes its true! My dear friends, the most incorrigible mistake that we ever make is not being able to fathom the value of paradise, we have taken it so lightly that even a fancy party is now described as “heavenly”. In fault though our comprehension may be in, we have to get our frontal lobe set our priorities and conception right.

We have to comprehend the value of paradise and we must realize that it is entirely because of Allah’s mercy that we may be able to attain paradise, so we must do we what He has ordered us to do i.e. Asbaab (efforts)

So, in this context, I shall state a hadith which dictates a golden pathway to paradise:

The Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) asked, “Who is fasting today?” Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) replied, “Me”.
The Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) asked, “Who has followed a funeral procession today?” Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) replied, “Me”.
The Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) asked, “Who has fed a poor person today?” Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) replied, “Me”.
The Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) asked, “Who has visited a sick person today?” Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him)  replied, “Me”.
The Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) then said, “Any person that has done these four things in one day will enter Paradise.”
[Sahih Muslim]

This hadith shows the virtue of performing four types of actions in one single day whereby the prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned that the person who does these four actions in one day will be granted paradise.

These four actions are:

  1. Fasting
  2. Visiting a sick person
  3. Following a funeral procession
  4. Feeding a poor person

The hadith also shows the virtue of Abu Bakr Al-Sideeq (May Allah be pleased with him) when the prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) asked who had performed these actions it was he who had performed them. He is the greatest companion of the prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and was always the first in performing good deeds may Allah be pleased with him.
And Allah Knows Best!

All these tasks are indeed noble and can be individually contemplated on and Alhamdulillah, these commissions are no trek to Mount Everest. Rather it is something that we can easily do but of course there shall be the usual complaints of lack of opportunity, but then remember opportunities come by to those who search and seek them.

“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work”
― Thomas A. Edison

 

Read more on the virtues of visiting the sick which, hip hip hooray, is also a “ way to Jannah”

http://aateam.org/blog/when-seventy-thousand-angels-send-blessings/

 

Short, Tight and See-through

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In our article entitled ‘conditions of hijab’ we looked at the requirements necessary to implement proper hijab. Here we will look at the impermissibility of wearing certain clothing.

 

Allah is our Lawgiver, and He is the one to decide our code of dress. He sent the Prophet peace be upon him to further explain these guidelines. Being muslim, entails that one should submit wholeheartedly to the laws of Allah and the explanations of the Prophet peace be upon him, for he was our teacher and guide. Thus, when we read an ayah or hadith our hearts should immediately acquiesce. We cannot choose to follow some commands and leave others under the pretence that our taqwa (piety) is in our hearts.  Because, though Taqwa rests in the heart, it is manifested in the limbs.

Beware, in the body there is a piece of flesh; if it is sound, the whole body is sound and if it is corrupt the whole body is corrupt, and hearken it is the heart. (Muslim)

Shaytan has used fashion as a means of deceit. He has tinkered with the concept of hijab until it has become a fashion parade and he has turned modesty into nudity.

In front of non-mahram men, we as muslimahs are forbidden from wearing clothing that is tight, which reveals the shapes of our bodies. Similarly that which short and exposes us and that which is see-through and provides little covering. Reason being, we are commanded by our Lord to cover ourselves. Furthermore,

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah () said, “There are two types of people who will be punished in Hell and whom I have not seen: men having whips like the tails of cows and they will be beating people with them, and, women who will be dressed but appear to be naked, inviting to evil; and they themselves will be inclined to it. Their heads will appear like the humps of the Bactrian camel inclined to one side. They will not enter Jannah and they will not smell its fragrance which is perceptible from such and such a distance.” [Muslim].

And in another narration “During the last days of my ummah there will be women who are clothed yet naked, with something on their heads like the humps of camels, curse them, for they are cursed.”

Whether your clothes is skin-tight, too short or sheer and thus revealing it is all a form of being clothed yet naked. All three fall under being clothed in insufficient clothes such that one’s awrah is still apparent.

Is this hadith not sufficient to make us reflect? My sisters, do you want to be amongst the inhabitants of the hell-fire, whose heat is raging fiercely? Hellfire, wherein your skin is burnt, and restored and burnt over, there is no relief from the pain, nor death to end the torment!

I’m sure we would much prefer Gardens of delight, where beauty and happiness abounds. My sisters, a little effort in this short life, for eternity in paradise…is that not a valuable exchange?! So rush forward to profit from it!

May Allah strengthen us all to abstain from his prohibitions.

A Mosaic Lost

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The sun rises as a blazing bowl of fire, tinting the horizon with red, pink and gold. Irradiating with its rays golden sands and oceans azure, its waves rippling welcoming the morning bright. Herbage in different shades of green decorating lush forests aided by flowers of an array of colours befitting an artists’ palette.

The cities with its cosmopolitan civilizations with its sky scrapers greeting the sky, a realm of lights and sounds.

Different landscapes bringing in threads of different admiration and awe, forming a colourful mosaic embedded in the heart and witnessed by the eye.

And what if this kaleidoscope of colours were to turn pitch black, with not a ray of light and only the feeling of claustrophobia seeping in, perhaps that is how it must be when one becomes blind.

Cut off from the colours and beauty of this world, life must then appear cumbersome and dreary, hopeless and arid.

Yet there is a hope for such individuals, and I won’t say that it is a glimmer of hope for verily this hadith by far is so powerful that it could fill a persons’ entire life with hope:

The Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Allah The Most High has said, ‘If I take away the eyesight of a slave of Mine and he shows patience and seeks My reward, then I shall reward him with nothing less than Paradise.”[Sahih Al-Bukhari]

This hadith shows the virtue of being patient at the loss of one’s eyesight whereby the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned that the person who loses their eyesight, remains patient and awaits the reward with Allah Almighty, Allah will grant them paradise.
And Allah Knows Best!

Indeed being patient is no easy feat, but Allah has made patience like a horse that never gets tired, an army that can never be defeated and a strong fortress that can never be breached. Patience and victory are twin brothers, for victory comes with patience, relief comes with distress and ease comes with hardship. Patience is of more help to the one who has it than men, as it helps without any need for equipment or numbers and its relationship to victory is like that of the head to the body.

My message to all those who have been afflicted with blindness is to stay firm and hold on to patience as a lifesaver and hope for reward and Paradise from the All Merciful.

“Surely, Allah is with those who are AsSaabiroon (the patient)
[al-Anfaal 6:46]

Bint Ayesha
AAT; Writer

Footsteps in Paradise

The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him ) called upon Bilal (May Allah be pleased with him) and said, “What did you do to deserve entering Paradise? For I have heard the rustling of your garment in front of me in Paradise.” He replied, “O Messenger of Allah! I have never called the Athaan except that I have prayed two units of prayer after it, and no impurity has ever happened to me except that I have made ablution after it.” Rasulullah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him) then said, “It is because of them.”
[Ibn Khuzaimah ~ Hadith Sahih]

We benefit from this hadith:

  • Bilal (May Allah be pleased with him) is from the people of paradise because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him) witnessed this for him whereby he heard his footsteps in paradise.
  • The virtue of praying two units of prayer after athan because this was one of the reasons that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him) heard Bilal’s (May Allah be pleased with him) steps in paradise.
  • The virtue of performing ablution after impurity.

And Allah Knows Best!

Whilst some of us yet struggle to read our nawafil properly, reading after every wudhu may seem like a big order, but then again Paradise is something that we truly need to work for.

And then there goes the saying Where there is a will, there is a way

Once we set it upon ourselves to do something and most importantly pray to Allah, Allah will help us
Furthermore, being in the month of Ramadan with distractions at its minimum, we can surely contrive to accomplish our goal

It is said that if we perform an act regularly for a month, it becomes second to nature and we then do it all around the year.

Then surely if we practice doing this deed regularly throughout a month, we can achieve to pray after every ablution all throughout the year by Allah’s help.

May Allah keep us steadfast!

Bint Ayesha

Writer, AAT

Ramadaan Rewards

So, the month of fasting, spirituality and the Qur’an has come to meet us once again. Many who were here last Ramadaan, are no longer with us to reap the fruits of this blessed month. We ask Allah to accept their good deeds and forgive them. My dear brothers and sisters, we have been supplicating Allah, saying, ‘Allahumma balighna Ramdaan,’ asking Him to allow us to live to see Ramadaan. We have been repeating this duaa, yet do we truly know why we so badly want to see Ramadaan? Do want Ramadaan, because we look forward to the Eid celebrations that follow? Or do we love Ramadaan due to the delicious meals, and delicacies that prepared in this month?

 

There is a hadith that captures the value of Ramadaan so clearly, and I would like to share it with you.

 

It was narrated from Talhah bin ‘Ubaidullah that two men from Bali came to the Messenger of Allah (). They had become Muslim together, but one of them used to strive harder than the other. The one who used to strive harder went out to fight and was martyred. The other one stayed for a year longer, then he passed away. Talhah said: “I saw in a dream that I was at the gate of Paradise and I saw them (those two men). Someone came out of Paradise and admitted the one who had died last, then he came out and admitted the one who had been martyred. Then he came back to me and said: ‘Go back, for your time has not yet come.’” The next morning, Talhah told the people of that and they were amazed. News of that reached the Messenger of Allah () and they told him the story. He said: “Why are you so amazed at that?” They said: “O Messenger of Allah, the first one was the one who strove harder, then he was martyred, but the other one was admitted to Paradise before him. The Messenger of Allah () said: “Did he not stay behind for a year?” They said: “Yes.” He said: “And did not Ramadan come and he fasted, and he offered such and such prayers during that year?” They said: “Yes.” The Messenger of Allah () said: “The difference between them is greater than the difference between heaven and earth.” (Sunan Ibn Majah, Sahih)

 

Witnessing one Ramadaan, and working through it made the one who died later, and who worked less than his companion, enter Jannah first! Not only this, it made the difference between the two men, greater than that between the heavens and earth, despite the fact that the man who died first was a martyr. And what is the status of a martyr?! As we know the souls of martyrs are in bodies of green birds flying round the throne of Allah in paradise wherever they please, and He (Glory be to Him) provides for them. To add to this the martyrs also have seven favours from Allah (as per the various Ahadith): he is forgiven from the moment his blood is first shed; he will be shown his place in Paradise; he will be spared the trial of the grave; and he will be secure on the Day of the Greatest Terror (the Day of Judgement); there will be placed on his head a crown of dignity, one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it; he will be married to seventy-two of al-hoor al-‘iyn; and he will be permitted to intercede for seventy of his relatives.” (Tirmidhi) Imagine my brothers and sisters, this is the honour of the Shaheed, this is his status, and yet a man who worked for one Ramadaan, was able to trump it.  This is the blessing of Ramadaan if we use its limited days wisely.

Moving on; what are the rewards that await us in Ramadaan?

  • Multiplication of Reward for all good deeds: The reward for any good deed is multiplied in quantity and quality. Meaning the number of rewards the deed yields is greater, as is the reward is made more abundant.
  • The amount of reward of the fast is in the Hands of Allah: “Except for fasting which is only for My sake, and I will reward him for it. (Bukhari in Al-Fath, Saheeh al-Targheeb)
  • Breaking the fast: Oh…we all look forward to hearing the athan of maghrib to begin eating! And I’m sure we all feel that the food is so rewarding and satisfying after the days fast!
  • Meeting Allah: The Prophet is reported to have said, ‘The fasting person has two moments of joy: one when he breaks his fast and one when he meets his Lord and rejoices over his fasting(Muslim)
  • The reward of Hajj with the Prophet: It was narrated that the said: “Umrah in Ramadaan is equivalent (in reward) to Hajj – or to Hajj with me.” (Bukahri and Muslim)

Al-Qaari (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “equivalent (in reward) to Hajj” means: it is equal in terms of reward. (Mirqaat al-Mafaatih)

  • Forgiveness of all past sins:

-The Prophet said: “whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)

-It is narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever spends the nights of Ramadaan in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

-Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever spends Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, will be forgiven his previous sins.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

  • Entrance into Jannah by the gate of Ar-Rayyan: “In Paradise there is a gate called Ar-Rayyaan, through those who fast will enter, and no one will enter it except them; when they have entered it will be locked, and no-one else will enter through it. (Bukhari)
  • The acts of worship done on Layla-tul-Qadr are better than a thousand months:

-“The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months” [Al-Qadr 97:3] That is, worship on that night is better than worshipping for a thousand months.

-Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allah said: “There has come to you Ramadaan, a blessed month which Allah has enjoined you to fast, during which the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the rebellious devils are chained up. In it there is a night which is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.”  (An-nasaa’i, Ahmad, Sahih by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb)

  • Fasting Ramadaan is a means of expiation for the sins committed since the previous Ramadaan, so long as one avoids major sins. The Prophet said: “The five daily prayers, from one Jumu’ah to the next and from one Ramadaan to the next are expiation for (sins committed) in between, so long as you avoid major sins.” (Muslim)
  • Fasting in Ramadaan is equivalent to fasting ten months:

-From Abu Ayyoob al-Ansaari, “Whoever fasts Ramadaan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be like fasting for a lifetime.” (Muslim)

-The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadaan, a month is like ten months, and fasting six days after al-Fitr will complete the year.” (Ahmad)

  • Whoever prays qiyaam with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded for him that he spent the whole night in prayer: Abu Dharr reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever prays qiyaam with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded for him that he spent the whole night in prayer.” (Abu Dawud and others, Sahih by al-Albaani in Salaatal-Taraaweeh)
  • Same reward as the fasting person if you feed him: Zayd ibn Khaalid al-Juhani said: The Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the fasting person’s reward in the slightest.” (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Sahih by al-Albaani)
  • Duaa is answered: Abu Sa’eed said, the Messenger of Allah said: “Allah has people whom He redeems every day and night – i.e., in Ramadaan – and every Muslim every day and night has a prayer that is answered.”  (Al-Bazzaar)
  • The intercession of fasting in the grave and on the Day of Judgement: The Prophet said, “Fasting will intercede for a person on the Day of Judgement, and will say, “O Lord, I prevented him from his food and physical desires during the day, so let me intercede for him.”(Ahmad, Al-Haythami classed its isnaad as hasan in al-Majma’. See also Saheeh al-Targheeb)
  • A protection against the hellfire: The Prophet is reported to have said, “Fasting is a protection and a strong fortress that keeps a person safe from the Fire.”(Ahmad, Saheeh al-Targheeb and Saheeh al-Jaami’)
  • Spared seventy years distance from the hellfire: The Prophet said, “Whoever fasts one day for the sake of Allah, Allah will remove his face seventy years’ distance from the Fire.” (Muslim)
  • Being saved from the hellfire: 

-There are in the month of Ramadan in every day and night those to whom Allah grants freedom from the Fire, and there is for every Muslim a supplication which he can make and will be granted.” [Ahmad]

-Abu Umaamah reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “At every breaking of the fast, Allah has people whom He redeems from hell.” (Ahmad, Sahih by Al-Albaani)

  • The reward of Paradise: The Prophet said, “Whoever fasts one day seeking the pleasure of Allah, if that is the last day of his life, he will enter Paradise.” (Ahmad; Saheeh al-Targheeb)

This is just a few of the many rewards that can be attained during Ramadaan. Allah’s mercy is vast and All-Encompassing, and so the rewards will be many more! We ask Allah to enable us to utilise this month in seeking His reward and pleasure, to shower us with His Mercy, to grant us forgiveness, to save us from the hellfire and to enter us into Jannah, and allow us to His Majestic Face. Ameen.

 

When Seventy Thousand Angels send Blessings!

Eyes watering and red, with the temperature rising, and an agonizing pain coursing the body, lying on our sides, and when swelling in our throat dutifully sends a stabbing pain, a groan escapes through our mouth…

At this moment, the doorbell rings and enters someone, a platter of brownies in one hand and a basket of freshly picked strawberries in the other, with a dazzling smile that reminds one of bright sunshine and golden buttercups, a soft voice that enquires about our wellbeing. A streak of happiness gushes forth and satisfaction sets in, as we realize that our existence may have some weight in the hearts of others.

Certainly when one is ill, not only does the physical and biochemical state of our body change, but our attitude also undergoes some modification, for the time being at least, and we learn to be more appreciative, and even a simple smile from others sends warmth down our hearts.

So dear friends, can we then not try to appease these dejected ones, by simply visiting them, as we do acknowledge the significance of our short detour to their houses in their lives.

visit the sick

But our intentions should be pure, and we should strive to principally please our Rabb by doing these humble acts of kindness for verily the Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “The one who visits the sick is like a person who is in a fruit garden of Paradise until he returns.”
[Sahih Muslim]

Subhan Allah, “a fruit garden of paradise,” indeed if only we were to perceive the magnitude of this phrase, then certainly we would hasten to the sides of our sick brothers.

But the glad tidings do not cease here, for the following ahadith just intensifies the rewards for this simple deed:
Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: “There is no Muslim who visits a (sick) Muslim early in the morning but seventy thousand angels send blessings upon him until evening comes, and if he visits him in the evening, seventy thousand angels send blessings upon him until morning comes, and he will have a garden in Paradise.”
Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi (969)

Allahu Akbar, think about it, seventy thousand angels, angels who don’t know about disobedience, who are pure, to think that they were to pray for us should indeed stir our hearts.

Furthermore, Imam Ahmad narrated that Jaabir (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever visits a sick person is plunging into mercy until he sits down, and when he sits down he is submerged in it.”
Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 2504.

And also, The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever visits a sick person or visits a brother in Islam, a caller cries out to him: ‘May you be happy, may your walking be blessed, and may you occupy a dignified position in Paradise’.”
Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi (2008)

Visiting the sick does not involve only those whom you know, rather it is prescribed for those whom you know and those whom you do not know. This was stated by al-Nawawi in Sharh Muslim. Also one should follow the proper etiquettes whilst paying such a visit.

My dear friends, compared to the intense amounts of reward, that this deed brings us, shouldn’t we bring about a change in our attitudes and opinions. Visiting the sick, now should no longer seem to us as a colossal task, rather the rewards that this simple deed brings to us is indeed phenomenal.

So finally my friends, let’s take the initiative to rush to our ailing friends with the sole purpose of pleasing Our Creator, and to pave for ourselves the path to Paradise by the mercy of Allah, whilst making our sick friends smile.

Bint Ayesha, Writer, AAT