Daily Archives: November 15, 2011
Allah’s Messenger, Prophet Mohammad PBUH said: Allah the Exalted has said:
I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshiper of Mine.
And the most beloved thing with which My slave on comes nearer to Me is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (prayer or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him.
When I love him I become his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks (something) from Me, I give him, and if he asks My Protection (refuge), I protect him.
[Sahih Al-Bukhari: 6021]
1) Those who make innovations in religion and associate partners with Allah (such as Hululi – who believe in the indwelling light in the soul of man, Wujudi – who believe in the physical form of Allah, and pagans who worship other than Allah) interpret this Hadith in support of their beliefs and thus seek support of one wrong from another although the meaning and interpretation of the Hadith is not at all what they describe.
The Hadith means that when a person adds voluntary prayers to the obligatory ones, he becomes a favorite slave of Allah and on account of it, he receives special help from Allah.
Then he is protected by Allah to the extent that He supervises every organ of his body. Thus, he is saved from disobedience of Allah. He bears what is liked by Allah, sees what is liked by Him, handles what pleases Him. When he attains that lofty position of love and obedience of Allah, then Allah in return also grants prayers of His obedient and loyal slaves.
2) A saint is not one who has a peculiar attire and appearance, or who occupies the seat of a righteous as his successor, or a person who is lost in meditation, or a half-mad, or one who has invented his own style of remembrance and worship of Allah, but it is one who strictly fulfills the obligations imposed by Islam, is fond of voluntary prayers and adheres to Divine injunctions in every walk of life.
3) The love of such righteous is a means to attain the Pleasure of Allah, and enmity (hatred and repulsion) with them is a cause of His serious displeasure and wrath.
4) Voluntary prayer is certainly a means of attaining the Pleasure of Allah, but it must be preceded by the fulfillment of obligatory prayers, The former is of no value if the latter is neglected. The desire to attain nearness of Allah without strict observance of the obligatory prayers is fallacious and meaningless.
O Allah! Please grant me the one
Who will be the garment for my soul…
Who will satisfy half of my deen
And in doing so make me whole
Make him righteous and on your path
In all he’ll do and say
And sprinkle water on me at Fajr (Early Morning Prayer)
And spend within his means
May he seek Allah’s guidance always
To fulfill all his dreams
May he always refer to Qur’an
and the Sunnah as his moral guide
May he thank and appreciate Allah
For the woman at his side
May he be conscious of his anger
And often fast and pray
In every possible way
May he honor and protect me
And guide me in this life
And finally, O Allah!
Make him abundant in love and laughter
In taqwa and sincerity
In striving for the hereafter!
May Allah grant all the Muslim sisters with such husbands… Ameen ya rabbel alameen
“And when My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I respond to the dua (prayer) of every suppliant when they calleth on Me “ [The Holly Quran 2:186 ]
1. Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the life to come and keep us safe from the torment of the Fire. (The Holly Quran 2:201)
2. Our Lord! Bestow on us endurance and make our foothold sure and give us help against those who reject faith. (The Holly Quran 2:250)
3. Our Lord! Take us not to task if we forget or fall into error. (The Holly Quran 2:286)
4. Our Lord! Lay not upon us such a burden as You did lay upon those before us. (The Holly Quran 2:286)
5. Our Lord! Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear, grant us forgiveness and have mercy on us. You are our Protector. Help us against those who deny the truth. (The Holly Quran 2:286)
6. Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate from the truth after selves, and unless You grant us forgiveness and bestow Your mercy upon us, we shall most certainly be lost! (The Holly Quran 7:23)
13. Our Lord! Place us not among the people who have been guilty of evildoing. (The Holly Quran 7:47)
14. Our Lord! Lay open the truth between us and our people, for You are the best of all to lay open the truth. (The Holly Quran 7:89)
15. Our Lord! Pour out on us patience and constancy, and make us die as those who have surrendered themselves unto You. (The Holly Quran 7:126)
16. Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the evildoing folk, and save as by Your mercy from people who deny the truth (The Holly Quran 10:85-86)
17. Our Lord! You truly know all that we may hide [in our hearts] as well as all that we bring into the open, for nothing whatever, be it on earth or in heaven, remains hidden from Allah (The Holly Quran, 14:38)
18. Our Lord! Bestow on us mercy from Your presence and dispose of our affairs for us in the right way.The Holly Quran, (18:10) & (59:10)
19. Our Lord! In You we have placed our trust, and to You do we turn in repentance, for unto You is the end of all journeys. (The Holly Quran, 60:4)
20. Our Lord! Perfect our light for us and forgive us our sins, for verily You have power over all things. (The Holly Quran, 66:8)
21. Surah Al-An’am 6.162: Say (O Muhammad SAW): “Verily, my Salât (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinns and all that exists). Our Lord! Perfect our light for us and forgive us our sins, for verily
You have power over all things. (The Holly Quran, 66:8)
22. Say (O Muhammad SAW): “Verily, my Salât (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinns and all that exists). Surah Al-An’am 6.162
Faith is the most precious of possessions. It is the greatest gift. Allah has made it the distinction of those who are destined for Paradise.
Allah says: “Are those who believe like those who are iniquitous? They are not the same.” [The Noble Quran, Sûrrah al-Sajdah: 18]
We must value the gift of faith. Allah withheld the gift of faith from some of the closest relatives of His Messengers, like Abraham’s father and one of Noah’s sons. They were so close to those noble Prophets, but they were not blessed to have faith. Be thankful that Allah has bestowed this blessing on you. We must praise Him for giving us this gift. We would not have been guided had it not been for Allah guiding us.
We should take care of this most valuable gift. We must safeguard it. We must not let it deteriorate or fall into peril. How do we do this?
It is well-known that faith increases and decreases. Faith increases most effectively through the performance of good deeds.
Abû Hurayrah relates the following:
Once when the Prophet (peace be upon him) was sitting with his Companions, he asked: “Who among you started his day fasting?”
Abû Bakr said: “I am fasting.”
Then the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked: “Who among you has visited the sick?”
Abû Bakr said: “I have.”
Then the Prophet asked: “Who among you gave food to the poor?”
Abû Bakr who answered: “I have.”
The Prophet then asked: “Who attended a funeral procession today?”
Abû Bakr again replied in the affirmative.
At this point, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “These deeds do not come together in a single person except that the person is admitted into Paradise.” [Sahîh Muslim]
Consider how Abû Bakr engaged in all of these good deeds in a single day. We should not be surprised to know that, on another occasion, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said about Abû Bakr: “Abû Bakr’s faith weighs as much as the faith of the rest of my followers put together.”
In order to renew your faith and increase it, read the Qur’ân. Put your mind into it, and think carefully about what you are reading. There is no better way to remember Allah or beseech His favor than by using His own words.
Also, read the stories of the Prophets to learn about the exemplary lives of those who possessed the greatest faith of all. We can see how Abraham (peace be upon him) was willing to sacrifice his own son for the love of Allah, how he was willing to let Nimrod cast him into a bonfire, and how he gave hospitality to his guests, His heart was sincere in everything that he did and he always turned penitently to his Lord. Because of this, he earned the epithet “Friend of Allah.”
“And Allah took Abraham as a friend.” [The Noble Quran, Sûrah al-Nisâ’: 125]
When we read about the lives of the Prophets and contemplate on the lessons that their lives teach us, it increases our faith and bolsters our conviction. Consider when Allah says: “They are the ones whom Allah guided, so follow their guidance.” [The Noble Quran, Sûrah al-An`âm: 90]
To further increase your faith, visit the graveyard. See how everyone’ s state in the physical world is made equal by death. Then consider how the status of their souls differs. How many believing souls are saying in expectation: “My Lord! Bring on the Day of Resurrection!” How many other souls are pleading in fear and dread: “My Lord! Do not bring on the Day of Judgment.”
May Allah increase us in faith and make us all God-fearing.
“ALLAH! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber, nor sleep overtake Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter . And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great” .
(The Noble Quran 2:255)
He is the First (nothing is before Him) and the Last (nothing is after Him), the Most High (nothing is above Him) and the Most Near (nothing is nearer than Him). And He is the All-Knower of everything.
(The Noble Qur’an Surah 57. Ayat 3)