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Components of Hajj

In this article we shall try to understand the pillars and obligatory actions of Hajj. In the subsequent articles we shall go into details regarding the actions performed on each day In Sha Allah.

The essential parts of Hajj are four, the obligatory actions are seven and everything other than the essential parts and obligatory actions is Sunnah.

The Pillars of Hajj are four: 

Before we commence with the obligatory actions of Hajj, I would like to briefly describe our movements and the places that we go to in accordance to the days.

The obligatory actions of Hajj are seven:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we will learn in detail later on, Hajj is of 3 types, Tamattu’, Qiraan and Ifraad. If the pilgrim is doing tamattu‘ (‘umrah followed by Hajj, exiting ihram in between) or qiraan (‘umrah followed by Hajj without exiting ihram in between), then he must offer a sacrifice (by slaughtering a sheep), because Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“whosoever performs the ‘Umrah in the months of Hajj, before (performing) the Hajj, (i.e. Hajj-at-Tamattu‘ and Al-Qiran), he must slaughter a Hady such as he can afford, but if he cannot afford it, he should observe Saum (fasts) three days during the Hajj and seven days after his return (to his home), making ten days in all. This is for him whose family is not present at Al-Masjid-al-Haram (i.e. non-resident of Makkah)” [al-Baqarah 2:196].

The rest of the actions and words of Hajj are Sunnah, such as tawaaf al-qudoom, staying overnight in Mina the night before ‘Arafah, idtibaa‘ [uncovering the right shoulder from the beginning of tawaaf until the end, by placing the middle of the rida’ (upper garment) beneath the right armpit and the ends of the rida’ over the left shoulder], walking at a rapid pace [when doing so is recommended], kissing the Black Stone, reciting the adhkaar and du‘aa’s, and climbing as-Safa and al-Marwah.

The difference between an essential part, an obligatory action and a Sunnah action is that Hajj is not valid without an essential part, whereas if an obligatory act is omitted, Hajj is still valid, but the one who omits it must offer a compensatory sacrifice (a sheep), according to the majority of scholars. As for Sunnah actions, the one who omits them does not have to do anything.

In the next articles In Sha Allah we will go in details of the steps of Hajj

Beauty Tips From the Sunnah

Winter may not be the weather in which to beautify yourself. I mean, all one wants to do is wrap up warm and stay cosy…perhaps spending the day lousing around in bed. But, the ability to do this is a rarity, the chores of the day calls us despite the dull weather, and we are left with no choice but to smile, suck it all in, and get moving. Notwithstanding the cold weather, a good way to revive oneself, is to invest in yourself. By that, I mean to beautify yourself. In the wake of today’s beauty hype, that somehow still runs during the winter, it is upon us to learn from our roots, from the Sunnah left behind by the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him.

  • The Right side: No matter what care routine you decide to take up this winter, ensure you begin on the right side, even for something as simple as brushing your hair.

The Prophet (ﷺ) used to like to start from the right side on wearing shoes, combing his hair

and cleaning himself and on doing anything else. (Bukhari)

Whilst we may not see the benefits of this here, in following with the Prophetic Sunnah, there’ll be something for it in the hereafter.

  • Clipping the nails: long nails only cause dirt build up underneath and are unhygienic.

The prophet taught us, “To shave the pubic hair, to clip the nails and to cut the moustaches short, are characteristics of the Fitra.” (Bukhari)

  • Removing unwanted hair: hair stipulated to be removed by the Shari’ah is also part of our Fitrah as mentioned in the hadith above.
  • Trimming the moustache: no one wants to eat their facial hair along with their dinner…
  • Leaving the Beard: It is from the Sunnah that a man leaves his beard to grow, without shaving any of it. In fact, the Prophet commanded men not to touch their beards.

Allah’s Messenger said, “Cut the moustaches short and leave the beard (as it is).” (Bukhari)

  • Brushing and Combing one’s hair: As mentioned before, it is winter and the desire to hibernate burns inside many of us. But that does not mean we should emerge like an unkempt bear coming out from a den after the long night’s sleep. Don’t neglect to brush your hair! Mind you, even the bears look pretty neat when they emerge.

Abu Qatada al-Ansari said to the Messenger of Allah, “I have a lot of hair which comes down to my shoulders, shall I comb it?” The Messenger of Allah said, “Yes.” (Muwatta Imam Malik)

  • Oiling the Hair: The increase in use of heated hair styling tools, has led many to seek repair in oiling their hair. What many fail to realise, is that this practice was established in the Sunnah before the hair styling boom. Oiling the hair keeps it healthy, encourages growth and thickness and repairs damages. Our Prophet was known to oil his hair, such that the traces of oil were visible.

“Rasulullah often rubbed oil in his head and also often combed his beard. He put a cloth over his head, which became like an oil cloth due to the frequent use of oil.” (Shamaa’il Muhammadiyya)

  • Wearing Your best Clothes on Friday: Friday is a day of Eid for us, and we should not neglect to wear our best outfits on this day. Though many take the day off, or have a lie-in in the morning, or some do their week’s cleaning on this day, it is not a day for utility dresses passed down from your great grandmother, nor for pyjamas all day long!
  • Applying perfume: wrapped up in layers, and perhaps sweating underneath does not necessitate that one smells bad. One should shower regularly, and wear perfume. But my dear sisters, you know the rules, only perfume yourselves within your homes.

Anas said: ‘Indeed the Prophet would not refuse perfume.” (Sunan At-Tirmithi)

The Prophet liked his perfume, and he even recommended to us that which is best,

The Messenger of Allah said, “The best of perfume is musk.”‘ (An-Nisa’i)

  • Kohl: Skip the chemical saturated eyeliners and mascaras; kohl works as both. It is recommended by our Prophet peace be upon him, plus it increases the growth of the eyelashes!

The Messenger of Allah said: “The best of your kohl is antimony (ithmid), for it improves the eyesight and makes the hair (eyelashes) grow.” (Ibn Majah, Hasan)

  • Plucking the eyebrows: Bushy brows are in this season, and grooming the brows are fine, as long as one sticks to the Sunnah and does not begin removing them, whether partially or completely.

“The Messenger of Allah cursed the woman who does tattoos and the one who has them done, and those who pluck their eyebrows and file their teeth for the purpose of beautification, and those who change the creation of Allah.” (Ibn Majah, Saheeh)

  • Tattoos: To be tattooed, and do tattoos, both are impermissible, as has been mentioned in the hadith above.
  • Artificial Hair: It is impermissible to artificially lengthen one’s hair. The use of false lashes also comes under this ruling.

Allah’s Messenger has cursed such a lady as artificially lengthening (her or someone else’s) hair or gets her hair lengthened. (Bukhari)

  • Using Henna:
  1. As a hair dye: whether you’re going for a highlight or full on colour, the Prophet peace be upon him encouraged dying the hair, especially the grey ones. But it is impermissible to dye one’s hair black as has come to us in the narrations.

“The Messenger of Allah said: ‘The Jews and the Christians do not dye their hair, so be different from them and dye your hair.'” (An-Nisa’i, Sahih)

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “The best things with which to change grey hair are henna and ‘katam’ (a plant similar to henna used as a dye).” (At-Tirmidhi; saheeh hasan)

The Messenger of Allah said: “There will be people at the end of time who will dye their hair black like the crops of birds; they will never smell the fragrance of Paradise.” (Abu Dawud, Sahih by Sh Al-Albaani)

  1. b) to beautify the hand/nails: with the extensive range of nail products that line the beauty isles, nothing comes close to Henna. Some would reserve it for the two Eids, weddings and other such occasions, but from the hadith below we learn that a woman’s hand should be beautified, no matter the weather.

A’ishah said, ‘a woman gestured from behind a screen, with a letter to the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) in her hand. The Messenger of Allah withdrew his hand and said: “I do not know whether it is the hand of a man or a woman.” She said: It is a woman. He said: “If you were a woman, you would have changed your nails,” meaning, with henna. (Abu Dawud)

Whilst beautification is encouraged in our religion, and being presentable is of utmost importance, a muslim must not imitate the disbelievers style, whether in hair style, or cut or even in the clothes he wears. Neither should a man imitate a woman in his dress and vice versa. Furthermore, the beautification of woman is not to be flaunted, rather she must observe full hijab in the presence of non-mahrams.

This is a summary of some methods of beautification that one may use throughout the year, that has appeared in the Sunnah of our beloved teacher. The next time, you begin your beauty routine, think of whose footsteps you are following, and appreciate that long before the West had any care for beauty and cleanliness our Prophet came with Islam that set high standards, which remain so till today.

Why Should we Workout?

Healthy lifestyle is not that easy to incorporate in our lives but if one is determined, anything is possible. It not only includes having a balanced diet but also doing physical exercises: which for some people is a tiring task! For sure, healthy living is a long term commitment and not flash-in-the-pan fad.

Working out is more important than working. Workout has many benefits. It is helpful even in our spiritual living. Now you must be thinking why am I raising this topic with this regards? Well, everything is interconnected.

Your relationship with Allah is interlinked to your lifestyle. Don’t you think that when you are fit and healthy, you will be able to concentrate more in your spiritual life?

According to a research, when you exert yourself physically, your body releases hormones which are called as Endorphins. They are also known as happy hormones. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body.

We often feel at ease with a clear state of mind after an exercise. Don’t we? It is because of the happy chemicals released by the brain. Endorphins, Dopamine and Oxytocin are the happy chemicals to name a few.

This is why post physical exercise we feel euphoric. It soothes our mental state and boost our self esteem and confidence.

Physical exercise actually improves the functioning of body organs and hence it enhances overall health and fitness. Our body craves for exercise. They were meant to move. If you don’t exercise, your muscles will become flabby and pendulous.

  • Physical exercise is really imperative to sidestep Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Did you know that regular physical exercise can reduce the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to a stunning 50%? Yes, you read that right!

Another mind-boggling fact of working out is that it helps in our sleeping patterns. It is like a non-pharmaceutical aid to treat insomnia. Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders with about half of adults reporting having symptoms of insomnia  occasionally.

We often feel lethargic to keep up with exercising daily. So start with once a week and for 15-20 minutes. And then see the snowball effect.

Sometimes you got to force yourself. Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you

“When is it good to force yourself?

  • To thwart feeling lethargic
  • To stop being lazy
  • To achieve your goals
  • To pray for the world and yourself
  • To be kind to all

As in the end you will thank yourself. “

@scorchedwords

Try to make changes within yourself. Start with a small change. Once you make one small change, try making another. Over time, they will rack up. Let’s live up to the platitude of ‘health is wealth’.

Bint Nayeem

Writer, AAT

Why Should We Follow The Sunnah?

Have you ever sat back and given thought to this question? Why should we follow the Sunnah?

Perhaps not. Perhaps you have.

Well, many people follow the Sunnah or Islam for that matter, without knowing why. To truly appreciate the religion, and the Sunnah, one should understand the reason behind such strict adherence.

Firstly, we follow the Sunnah because Allah has commanded us to do so. We comply with the orders of Allah without questioning it, since we have accepted Him to be our Lord. Thus He is Most Knowledgeable about our affairs and what would benefit us, and would only instruct us with what is best for us. Thus to follow the Sunnah is to observe Allah’s command and respect His authority.

Allah says, “He who obeys the messenger has indeed obeyed Allah…” (An-Nisa 04:80)

He also says, “O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger…” (An-Nisa 04:59)

Secondly, as muslims we are obligated to love Allah. Thus out of love for Allah, we love His Messenger and follow Him.

“Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (03:31)

Thirdly, Allah sent the messenger as a guide. It would be no use if we did not heed his guidance by opposing the Sunnah. Therefore, to gain the guidance one must follow the Sunnah.

Muhammad peace be upon him, was a mercy for mankind. He reminded them of Allah’s commands, gave them good tidings of paradise and warned against the prohibitions of Allah, and Allah’s wrath. Hence it is only natural that we adhere to his Sunnah.

The Messenger was also a Role Model. Not only did he guide us to what was right and good in his Sunnah, but his actions and life is a role model for us, he set the standards which we must strive to attain.

“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.” (Al-Ahzab 33:21)

To follow the Sunnah is to uphold the deen. It is a form of preservation of our religion. To protect the Sunnah today, by adhering to it, is almost equivalent to protecting the person and body of Rasulullah.

Lastly, Allah issues a stern warning against those who oppose the Sunnah,

“So let those beware who dissent from the Prophet’s order, lest fitnah strike them or a painful punishment.” (An-Nur, 24:63)

To conclude, following the Messenger and his Sunnah is obligated upon us, and brings benefit to us in this life and the hereafter. The reasons behind following the Sunnah, only make it more beautiful, and helps us to appreciate the status of the Sunnah. Thereby, encouraging us to give greater preference to the Sunnah in our daily lives.

May Allah help us to follow the Sunnah without adding to it or changing it, and may He allow us to receive the intercession of the Prophet.

 

A Mini Eid

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Abu Hurairah narrated that, the Prophet said: “The best day that the sun has risen upon is Friday. On it Adam was created, on it he entered Paradise, and on it, he was expelled from it. And the Hour will not be established except on Friday.” (Jami At-Tirmidhi, Sahih)

It’s Friday again. Well, tomorrow will be Inshallah…and that means it is a break from the usual chores of the weekdays; for most of us. For those of us in the West, Friday is little different from other weekdays; we still have to join the morning rush hour on the way to work. Our Lunch hour is the few moments where we experience the joy of Friday, as we eagerly rush to the local mosque to catch the congregational prayer. Then, we are back to work to finish off the rest of the day. Nonetheless, we should strive to make our Fridays different by following the Sunnah of the Prophet and taking up those actions which we are required to do.

For muslims, Fridays are a weekly Eid, and usually implies a family get together. Or at least a lunch feast after the Jumu’ah prayers. But let’s rewind a bit to the start of the day. The day, as we know begins from Maghrib of the day before. The night comes before the day, so before Friday day, is Friday night. What the West would commonly call Thursday evening, in actuality is Friday evening….I hope you understand what I mean

-One should send salawaat upon the Prophet peace be upon him, for he taught us, “Among the best of your days is Friday; so supplicate Allah more often for me in it, for your supplications will be displayed to me.” He was asked: “O Messenger of Allah! How will our blessings be displayed to you when your decayed body will have mixed with the earth?” He replied, “Allah has prohibited the earth from consuming the bodies of the Prophets.”

(Narrated by Abu Dawood, 1047; classed as saheeh by Ibn al-Qayyim in his comments on Sunan Abi Dawood, 4/273; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 925)

One is encouraged to send salutations upon the Prophet peace be upon him. Furthermore, one of the etiquettes of making duaa is to send salaawat on the Prophet, prior to invoking Allah. When one makes duaa for another in his absence, the angels pray for him saying ‘and likewise for you too.’ Sending Salawaat is a form of duaa, and so imagine that every time one repeats it, the angels make duaa for him. The angels are pure, they do not disobey Allah, nor commit sins which could obstruct duaa, they also have a high status, so ponder upon the fact that they will invoke Allah for you!

-One should perform ghusul, on this day in accordance with the Sunnah.

It was narrated that Salman said, “The Messenger of Allah said to me: ‘There is no man who purifies himself on Friday as he is commanded, then comes out of his house to the Friday prayer, and listens attentively until he finishes his prayer, but it will be an expiation for what came before it the week before.” (An-Nisa’I, Saheeh)

-Another practice that makes the Friday special is the Friday Prayer. One should attend the Friday congregational Prayer, and should attempt to be there early, so as to be recorded.

Narrated Abu Huraira, The Prophet said, “On every Friday the angels take their stand at every gate of the mosque to write the names of the people chronologically (i.e. according to the time of their arrival for the Friday prayer) and when the Imam sits (on the pulpit) they fold up their scrolls and get ready to listen to the sermon.” (Bukhari)

Once the Khutbah has started, the angels no longer record the names, so late-comers are deprived of this opportunity. One should do their utmost to attend the Friday Prayer, it is the highlight of the day, it is the culmination of the week, and opportunity to increase your deeds.

It was narrated from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah that they heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say on the minbar, “Let people stop neglecting Jumu’ah, or Allah will place a seal on their hearts, then they will be among those who are neglectful.”  (Narrated by Muslim, 865)

May Allah protect us from such! When one’s heart is sealed, then no light or guidance can enter it, except by the will and permission of Allah, and Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

-The next blessing of Fridays is Sa’at Al-Istijaaba, the hour in which duaas are answered.

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned Friday and said: “On this day there is a time when no Muslim stands and prays, asking Allah for something, but Allah will grant him it” – and he gestured with his hands to indicate how short that time is. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 893; Muslim, 852)

There are different opinions regarding the hour in which the duaa is accepted, so why waste time in idle pursuits, when you can use the time to make duaa?

-I’m pretty sure we know this one, and there is a whole article dedicated to its virtues. Nevertheless it is necessary to repeat it here, and reminders may prove beneficial! It is the recital of Surah Kahf.

It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever reads Surat al-Kahf on Friday, he will be illuminated with light between the two Fridays.” (Narrated by al-Haakim; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 836)

It may seem to take up a lot of time, but with practice one will improve. Think of the rewards my dear brothers and sisters, is anything difficult when it comes to Jannah and our salvation? Can anything be difficult when we do it seeking the Face of Our Lord Most High?

-Abdullah bin Amr narrated that, The Messenger of Allah said: “No Muslim dies on the day of Friday, nor the night of Friday, except that Allah protects him from the trials of the grave.” (Jami At-Tirmidhi, Hasan)

Ask Allah for a good ending. Allah grants a good ending to those who did good in their lives, and who are deserving of it. Look to the way you live, if you find it deficient, improve it before it is too late.

And finally, I leave you with this hadith,

Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of Allah said, The five (daily) prayers and one Friday prayer to (the next) Friday prayer are expiations (for the sins committed in the intervals) between them. (Muslim)

My dear brothers and Sisters, let us take hold of the reigns of the Salah, and if nothing else, attempt to perfect it. Strive, and strive, until you can strive no more!

The merchandise of Allah is expensive, as the Prophet said, the merchandise of Allah is Jannah! We need every favour of Allah. Let us utilise the occasion and pursue the merchandise of Allah.

Signs of the Hour 9

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All praise is to Allah. May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon the Messenger. 

Ramadaan was with us just few days back and now it’s gone. It went by so swiftly that we all must have barely felt its essence. Those moments which we spent in worshiping Allah were indeed astounding. Ramadaan is indeed a month of giving and sharing. The coherence of rich and poor, healthy and unhealthy persons, in the month of Ramadaan was just like a feather in a hat!

Before Ramadaan, our goal was to ask Allah to help us in reaching Ramadaan. Now that it is over, our goal is to prepare for the day of Judgement, though this has always been a priority on our lists.

Doomsday is a day of turmoil.  It is the day when the sight becomes dazed and the moon becomes dark. It is that moment when the sun and the moon are brought together.

Our beloved Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had foretold us all the signs prior to the Final Day. Have you ever thought what could be the first sign of The Overwhelming Hour? It was the death of our Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)!

“On that day, some faces shall be bright, looking to their Lord with glee whilst other faces shall be gloomy.” (Surah Qiyamah 22-24)

In the aforementioned verse, it is clear that the faces, that would shine, would be of the righteous Muslims who were content with what Allah (The Exalted) had bestowed upon them. They held on to the rope of Allah, and remained firm upon the Sunnah. Whereas, those gloomy and sullen faces belong to those who disbelieved in Allah. They’re those who persisted upon sinning and died without asking for repentance.

The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) prophesied about 1400 years ago occurrences that would materialize in the approach of the final hour. One of those is abandonment and rejection of the Sunnah.

Sunnah is the verbally transmitted record of the teachings, deeds and sayings of prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as well as various reports about Muhammad’s companions. They are a form of guidance, steering us to the way of Allah.

Today, many have left his practices, and are unaware of its importance. “Why are we following the Sunnah?” proclaimed one of my classmates in high school. This question is peculiar and sounds eerie to practicing Muslims.

To answer it, I’d like to say, Islam is not a buffet where we can pick and choose whatever we want. Rather, we have to accept whatever Allah has prescribed upon us. It is binding upon us to follow the Qur’an as well as Sunnah.

There are many references from Qur’an which shows how significant it is to follow the path of Sunnah. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

 “He who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah…” [Al-Nisaa’ 4:80]

Glory be to Allah! Allah has described obedience to Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as being a part of obedience to Him! This alone clearly justifies why being obedient to Prophet is so imperative.

In the same Surah, Allah made a connection between obedience to Him and obedience to Prophet.

“O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger …” [Al-Nisaa’ 4:59]

Before the appearance of the final hour, there would be rejection of Sunnah. A hadith on this phrase can be quoted.

Narrated By Al-Miqdam ibn Ma’dikarib: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Beware! I have been given the Qur’an and something like it (i.e. the sunnah), yet the time is coming when a man reclining on his couch will say: Keep (follow) to the Qur’an; what you find in it to be permissible treat as permissible, and what you find in it to be prohibited treat as prohibited. [Abu Dawud Book 035, Hadith Number 4587]

There are so many Sunan which we can follow throughout the day and night. Yet many of us, either forget to follow the Sunnah or abandon it. One way to salvation is by following our Prophet’s sunnah, and tracing his way of life, because he was the best of all people to walk the earth.

May Allah make us amongst those who obey Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him). 

Ameen

Bint Nayeem

Writer, AAT

 

 

To My Friend in Distress

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To my dearest sister and friend,

Dealing with high levels of stress on a day to day basis is difficult to say the least. Everyone wants a peaceful, normal life, where everything is under control. Life on earth is not a piece of cake, I assure you, and true peace is only found when we step in Jannah.

Battling with anxiety and depression in some cases is worse. That’s why I’m writing this. To help you overcome these issues. I’m no psychologist or psychiatrist, nor am I a scholar or a healer, but these tips are based upon what I have picked up here and there. I hope my list helps.

The Duaa for anxiety as taught by the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Who was a better teacher than our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) who taught us the best way of life, and taught us the truth? His words were true, and we should take a firm grip on to them and apply his Sunnah in our lives.

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‘O Allah, I am Your servant, son of Your servant, son of Your maidservant, my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every name belonging to You which You name Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You, that You make the Qur’an the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety.’ (You should know and understand the meaning too, as only then can you read the duaa with sincerity)

The Qur’an as a medicine:

Allah has told us that the Qur’an is a shifaa for us, it is a cure for our all our ailments.

Allah says, “O mankind, there has come to you an instruction from your Lord, and a healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers.” (Surah Yunus 10:57)

But how can the Quran be a cure, if we do not read it or put it into practice? When we read the Qur’an with understanding only then can it become the life and light of our hearts (as mentioned in the supplication above). If we ponder upon the words of Allah, we will find satisfaction, as we realise each and every verse is addressed to us, and for every problem there is a solution. It seems a clichéd statement, but look for yourself, and see what you find. There are many ayats that will make you feel better, and know that this life is merely temporary and the hereafter is where our happiness lies.

Be reassured by the words of Allah:

“Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find ease.” Remembering Allah constantly will bring happiness, for you know your affairs rests in the Hands of One who never tires, who is All-encompassing in His knowledge, and who is the source of Peace (As-Salaam).

Worries end where prayer begins:

Pray on time, and make extra supplications. Turn to Allah, He is the only One who can help you,

“And if Allah should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him, and if He touches you with good, then He is over all things competent.” (06:17-23)

Know that Allah is As-Samee’ (All-Hearing), Al-Baseer (All-seeing), Al-Khabeer (All-Aware) of what is happening to you. Allah is Al-Mujeeb (The Responder),

“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” (Surah Baqarah 02:186)

Allah has also said, “Is He [not best] who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and removes evil and makes you inheritors of the earth? Is there a deity with Allah? Little do you remember.” (An-Naml, 27:62)

Ask Allah for cure, ask for help, for tranquility and everything else that worries or bothers you. Talk to Allah, pour your heart out to Him.

Know that Allah is the One who Cures.

You can visit as many doctors as you want, you can travel the globe visiting specialists, but if Allah does not give you cure, then you shall not be cured. He is Ash-Shafi, the One who cures. Turn to Him for your remedy.

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Morning and evening athkar:

Begin your day with the right foot. By reading the morning Athkar, you are praising Allah, thanking Him for the blessings He has bestowed upon you, and you are seeking His protection from harms that may afflict you during the day. What greater protection is there, than the protection of Allah, when He is The Mighty, The Compelling, The Powerful?

Use the Duaa of Yunus:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “No Muslim ever prays to his Lord with these words for anything, but He will answer his prayer.” (Recorded by At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasa’i in Al-Yawm wal-Laylah)

He also said, ““Whoever offers supplication in the words of the supplication of Yunus, will be answered.”

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In this duaa one admits to Allah, that he has faults and thus expresses his need to Allah. We all know the duaa is the weapon of the believer, so utilise what you are equipped with. If Satan’s supplication for respite till the Day of recompense was granted, then why wouldn’t yours?!

Tawakkul:

Have full and complete trust in Allah that He takes care of your matters. Entrust yourself and your affairs to His care, and Know that He will not fail you. “And whoever relies upon Allah, then He is sufficient for Him.” (At-Talaq 65:03)

Have Taqwa of Allah at all times:

The month in which our Taqwa was cultivated has just passed (i.e. Ramadaan), so it should be running in our systems. Allah says, “And whoever fears Allah, He will make for him a way out, And will provide for Him from where He does not expect…And whoever fears Allah, He will make for him his matters ease.” (At-Talaq 65:2-4)

This is a guarantee from the Lord of the Worlds, who never fails in His promise, what other reassurance do we need? May Allah grant us ease.

Istighfaar:

Sins block the ways of our duaa, so repenting from sins will open a way for you.

Allah will only give you that which you can bear: 

If it’s a test, then know that you are afflicted with it, because you have the ability to pull through it. “Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 02:286)

You have the strength to make it through.

Remove the distress of another muslim:

The prophet (may peace be upon him) said, “A Muslim is a Muslim’s brother: he does not wrong him or abandon him. If anyone cares for his brother’s need, Allah will care for his need; if anyone removes a Muslim’s anxiety, Allah will remove from him, on account of it, one of the anxieties of the Day of resurrection; and if anyone conceals a Muslim’s fault, Allah will conceal his fault on the Day of resurrection.” (Sahih by Albani, Sunan Abi Dawud, Book 43, No. 121)

Put it down to waswasa (whisperings of Satan):

Anxiety can be difficult to deal with. If you put it down to waswasa, and Shaytaan trying to mess with your mind it may be easier to overcome. You can put it behind you, and move on. It will only increase your determination to fight against the shaytaan, and these negative thoughts. Embrace positivity!

Be grateful for the million of other bounties that you enjoy:

The blessings of Allah are countless, and the biggest Ni’mah (blessings) we have is that of Islam. Alhamdulillah that Allah has blessed us with this deen, so that in hardships we can turn to Him, and know that it is all going to be ok. Remember that though you are going through difficulty, THANK Allah for everything else you have. Look at those who have less than you.

Be patient with your affliction, know that reward awaits:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Never a believer is stricken with a discomfort, an illness, an anxiety, a grief or mental worry or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of his patience.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Accept the Qadr:

Allah knows what is best for you. Perhaps He is testing you, that you may earn a great reward, or that He is averting harm that is worse. Everything has already been decreed, “the pens have been lifted and the pages are dried.” Imam Ash-Shafi’i is reported to have said, “my heart is at ease knowing that which was meant for me will never miss me, and that which misses me, was never meant for me.” Be content with the decree of Allah.

I hope that these tips will help you. I only intended to write ten points, to make it easy, but subhanallah, how can I limit my work to ten points when the deen is filled and the Qur’an and Sunnah are pouring out to me?

The last thing I would say to you is; know that Allah is merciful to the Believers, fear Him as He should be feared and He will facilitate everything for you, He looks after you, and we are under His care.

He is Al-Jabbar, The Mender of Broken Hearts!

 

The Six Fasts of Shawwaal

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Ramadaan has ended, and it seems the blessings and opportunities for reward have depleted. Our hearts yearn for possibilities to spring up, knowing that Allah is Merciful and would never leave us in the lurch. Our Lord, out of His infinite bounties has presented us with yet another chance to multiply our rewards in this month of Shawwal.

The Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Fasting for the month of Ramadaan brings the reward of ten like it, and fasting for the six days brings the reward of two months and that is the fasting of the whole year.” (Ibn Khuzaymah)

The great virtue and reward of fasting six days in Shawwal is immense, and it is encouraged to fast these days. One may fast any six days of Shawwal, consecutively or random individual days. However one should make up missed fasts from Ramadaan, first as these have priority and are obligatory. Furthermore, in another hadith the Prophet (peace be upon him) “Whoever fasts Ramadaan and follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted a lifetime.” (Muslim) So Ramadaan is to be followed by the fasts of Shawwal, thus it must be completed first. For the same reason, one cannot combine the intention of making up missed fasts in Ramadaan with fasts of Shawwal.

Imagine fasting a lifetime. Rather, imagine fasting two whole months consecutively, which is a form of compensation in Islamic law.  Many can barely make it through the fasts of Ramadaan, let alone anything extra. But here, about fasting six days in Shawwal, the Prophet has told us that it is as though one has fasted a lifetime. The average lifespan of the Ummah of Muhammad (peace be upon him) is between sixty to seventy years. So, that would be 21600 days at minimum, at maximum 25200 days, as per the lunar calendar. Subhanallah! We would never be able to fast every day that we lived, yet we can earn the reward for doing so!

What are we waiting for?! Before Shawwal departs just as it surely will, race for the reward! If you are still enjoying Eid treats, you may have to save them for later, and get the reward of those six days….I’m sure you wouldn’t want to miss out!

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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

Beautifying our Hearts

Heart Softeners #3

Abu Darda reported that Rasulullah (peace be upon him said) said, “Nothing is weightier on the Scale of Deeds than one’s good manners.”(Bukhari)

As we spend countless hours standing in front of the mirror, combing our beards, making sure our pants are above the ankles, fixing our niqab’s and making sure our abaya’s are clean and ironed, we tend to forget about fixing what is inside of us. Surely, trying to follow the Qur’an and Sunnah to the best of our abilities is important and highly encouraged, but sometimes we focus too much on our outer appearance and we neglect our inner appearance. Though nobody can see the colour of our hearts or can read our thoughts, Allah Knows everything that lies within ourselves.

Many of us worry too often about our physical, outer Islam, yet neglect the inner, intangible Islam. Surely, the physical aspect of Islam is important and our physical worship is extremely valuable and does help us become better Muslims, but until the inner part of us is clean and pure, then only will our outer Islam be sincerely for the sake of Allah. Allah, the Almighty looks more to the hearts and our sincere actions more than anything else and it seems these days, many of us forget this.

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah does not look at your appearance or wealth, but rather He looks at your hearts and actions.” (Sahih Muslim 2564)

Since I reverted to Islam, I have met many wonderful sisters online and offline who have shown me countless times of the beauty of Islam through their manners and good character. They always greet me with a smile and send me a random message and to let me know that they were thinking of me and wanted to say Salam. They genuinely want to talk to me and they never message me just because they need something. They try to follow the manners and etiquettes of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and it just makes me feel so special and that there are some sisters who truly do love me for the sake of Allah.

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Unfortunately, I can only count a handful of these lovely sisters on one hand, may Allah reward them and continue to beautify their character. It seems these days many sisters place more concern with their exterior appearance and neglect the inner. Many of us may look like a Muslim but the way some of us act online, in public, and in secret are unacceptable. Islam is about good manners and there is a lot of reward for those who show beautiful manners and etiquettes (while of course implementing the Qur’an and Sunnah).

Abu Hurairah said, “I heard Abu al Qasim (the Messenger of Allah) (peace be upon him) say, ‘The best among you in Islam are those with the best manners, so long as they develop a sense of understanding.” (Bukhari)

Of course this is a reminder to myself first and foremost, as I truly feel this is something that I struggle with on a day to day basis. As I delve deeper into the true teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah and learn more about our beloved prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and how he had the most beautiful character and dealt with people with the finest of manners, I can’t help but feel compelled to follow his footsteps. Coming from a background where good manners and etiquettes were never really practised, it really is a challenge. Some people were born into good manners and others, not so much. I consider myself the latter and I have learnt just how important it is to practise what we preach. We should all be working hard on beautifying our character and walking on this earth with the best of manners. We should be showing the non-Muslims the beauty of Islam through the way we carry ourselves and as well to those Muslims who are far from the deen. Just because our exterior is beautiful and it physically portrays Islam, it does not mean that we have the right to be rude to people, not send Salams, curse and backbite, and other acts that are disrespectful and not part of the deen.

Abdullah ibn ‘Amr said, “Rasulullah (peace be upon him) was never obscene or coarse. Rather, he used to tell us that the best among us were those with the best manners.” (Bukhari)

What is more beautiful than a Muslim sister who knows the importance of beautifying her heart so that her deeds would be sincere and purely for the sake of Allah? When I see a sister with beautiful character, I can’t help but want to emulate her actions and it really motivates me to want to focus more on my inner character so that it will shine through on the outside. Having the most expensive abaya or dressing in all black does not mean anything if you will continue to treat others without respect while looking down on them. Just because you wear the niqab and cover your face, it does not mean that you have the right to judge others who do not dress the same as you. How do we call others to Islam if we cannot even show to them the kind manners and good character of a believer? We must always remember,

 Rasulullah (peace be upon him) said: “The most beloved of Allah’s servants to Allah are those with the best manners.” (At-Tabarâni and Albani authenticated it in Silsilatul-AHaadeethis-Saheehah)

 How easy it is to attain the status of one who prays the night prayer, and how easy it is to be granted al-Jannah just by exercising good manners towards one another (and of course fulfilling the obligatory before anything)!


 Abu Hurairah said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “If one has good manners, one may attain the same level of merit as those who spend their nights in prayer.” (Bukhari)

Let us all reflect upon the beautiful manners that our beloved prophet (peace be upon him) had and let us follow in his footsteps and those after him.  We should take care of our outer appearance but we should also remember never to neglect what is in our hearts because that is truly what Allah cares about the most! Remember to always keep your intentions clean and to remember not to put your outer appearance before your inner one. With a clean heart and the right intentions, our manners should cloak our outer appearance with beauty. May Allah bless us all with good character and manners and keep our intentions purely for His Sake and may Allah give me and all of us the tawfeeq to practise what we preach ameen!

Umm Abdur-Rahman,

Writer, AAT