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What makes a home and Islamic one?

Is it the material it is made of; the concrete, the bricks or the wood? People may live in tents yet their homes are Islamic.

It is the people, their character and how they behave is what makes a home Islamic. In an Islamic home, remembering Allah prevails over all. 
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: the similitude of a house that Allah’s name is mentioned in and house that Allah’s name is not mentioned in is similar to the similitude of the living and the dead. 
With houses filled with TVs, DVD players, satellite receivers and internet, the people rarely remember Allah.
This is when the angles depart such a house and the devils infest it.
Is your home alive or dead?

Seeking Allah’s Forgiveness


Forgiveness is being shielded from the harmful consequences of wrong actions, and the veiling of them. Seeking forgiveness is mentioned again and again in the Qur’an, and in some places it is a command, as in …His saying, Glorious and Exalted is He:

“And seek forgiveness of Allah; surely Allah is Forgiving, Compassionate.”
(Translation of the Holy Qur’an, 73:20)

In other places, Allah praises those who seek his forgiveness, as in the ayat:

“And those who pray for forgiveness in the early hours of the morning.”
(Translation of the Holy Qur’an, 3:17)

In other places, Allah tells us that he forgives those who ask for His forgiveness, as in ayat:

“And whoever does evil, or wrongs his own soul, but afterwards seeks Allah’s forgiveness, will find Allah is Forgiving, Compassionate.” (Translation of the Holy Qur’an 4:110)

Seeking forgiveness is frequently associated with repentance, in which case it takes the form of asking for forgiveness with the tongue. Repentance is turning away from wrong action with both heart and body. Seeking forgiveness is similar to supplication in that Allah, if He so wishes, responds to it and forgives the person who seeks His forgiveness. This is especially true if the du’a (supplication) came directly from a heart troubled by wrong actions, or if it was made during the times most favorable for His response, such as in the early hours of the morning or immediately following the prayer.

It has been transmitted that Luqman once told his son, “O my son, make it a habit for your tongue to utter the words, ‘Forgive me, o Allah’ for there are certain times during which Allah will not disappoint a servant who calls on him.”

Al-Hasan said “Ask for Allah’s forgiveness frequently- in your homes, at your tables, on your roads, in your markets, at your meetings, wherever you are. You never know when you will be granted His forgiveness.


Abu Huraira reported that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

“I swear by Allah that I supplicate for Allah’s forgiveness and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day.” [Al-Bukhari,kitab ad-Da’awat 11/101]

Abu Huraira (R.A) said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) say, ‘A servant committed a sin and he said, “O Allah, I have committed a sin, so forgive me.” Allah said, “Does my servant know that he has a Lord who forgives sins and helps him? I forgive my servant.” After some time, the man committed another sin so he said, “O my Lord, I have committed another sin, so forgive me.” His Lord said “Does my servant know that he has a Lord who forgives sins and helps him? I forgive my servant.” After some time the man committed yet another sin so he said. “O my Lord, I have committed another sin, so forgive me.” His Lord said, “Does my servant know that he has a Lord who forgives sins and helps him? O servant do what you like, I have granted you forgiveness.”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari, kitab at-Tawhid, 13/488; Muslim]

Allah Exalted is He, said this three times.

This means that the man was granted forgiveness because he continued to seek Allah’s forgiveness each time he committed a sin. It appears that this is applied so long as his seeking forgiveness was not accompanied by the intention to repeat the sin again afterwards.

Aisha, May Allah be pleased with her, said:

“It is a fortunate person who (on the Day of Judgement) finds in his record many du’as (supplications) for forgiveness.”

In other words, seeking Allah’s forgiveness is a cure for all wrong actions.

Qatada said:

“This Qur’an guides you to the recognition of your illnesses and to their remedies. Your illnesses are your sins and your medicine is seeking Allah’s forgiveness.”

Ali ibn Abi Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, said:

“Allah does not inspire seeking forgiveness in any servant whom he wishes to punish.”

Reference: The Purification of the Soul

Oneness of ALLAH SWT

Almighty Allah (The creator of the universe)

He is Allah- There is no god but Him. He is the Knower of the Unseen and the Visible. He is the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful. He is Allah-there is no god but Him. He is the King, the Most Pure, the Perfect Peace

The Trustworthy, The Safeguarder, The Almighty, The Compeller, The Supremely Great. Glory be to Allah above all they associate with Him. He is Allah-the Creator, The Maker, The Giver of Form. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Everything in the heavens and earth glorifies Him. He is the Almighty, The All-Wise.
(The Holy Qur’an, 59:22-24)

 

THERE IS NO GOD BUT Allah; 

Your God is One God. There is no god but Him, the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful. (The Holy Qur’an, 2:163)


Allah bears witness that there is no god but Him, as do the angels and the people of knowledge, upholding justice. There is no god but Him, the Almighty, the All-Wise. (The Holy Qur’an, 3:18)


Allah says, ‘Do not take two gods. He is only One God. So dread Me alone.”
(The Holy Qur’an, 16:51)


Say: ‘He is Allah, Absolute Oneness.
(The Holy Qur’an, 112:1)


He is Allah. There is no god but Him. Praise be to Him in this world and the hereafter. Judgement belongs to Him. You will be returned to Him.
(The Holy Qur’an, 28:70)

Surah Al-Ikhlas (Qur’an: Ch112)- The reason of its revelation and some of its virtues

Surah Al-Ikhlas (Qur’an: Ch112)- The reason of its revelation and some of its virtues

بَسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ “قُلْ هُوَ اللهُ أَحَدٌ ۞ اللهُ الصَّمَدُ ۞ لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ ۞ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ”

Bismillaahir-Rahmaanir-Raheem. Qul Huwallaahu ‘Ahad. Allaahus-Samad. Lam yalid wa lam yoolad. Wa lam yakun lahu kufuwan ‘ahad.

With the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Say: He is Allah (the) One. The Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need, He begets not nor was He begotten, and there is none equal to Him.

The Reason for the Revelation of this Surah and its Virtues
Imam Ahmad recorded from Ubayy bin Ka`b that the idolators said to the Prophet , “O Muhammad! Tell us the lineage of your Lord.” So Allah revealed

﴿قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ – اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ –

لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ – وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَّهُ كُفُواً أَحَدٌ ﴾

(1. Say: “He is Allah”) (2. “One”.) (3. “He begets not, nor was He begotten”.) (4. “And there is non comparable to Him.”) Similar was recorded by At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Jarir and they added in their narration that he said,

﴿الصَّمَدُ﴾

(As-Samad) is One Who does not give birth, nor was He born, because there is nothing that is born except that it will die, and there is nothing that dies except that it leaves behind inheritance, and indeed Allah does not die and He does not leave behind any inheritance.

﴿وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَّهُ كُفُواً أَحَدٌ ﴾

(And there is none comparable to Him.) This means that there is none similar to Him, none equal to Him and there is nothing at all like Him.” Ibn Abi Hatim also recorded it and At-Tirmidhi mentioned it as a Mursal narration. Then At-Tirmidhi said, “And this is the most correct.”

A Hadith on its Virtues
Al-Bukhari reported from `Amrah bint `Abdur-Rahman, who used to stay in the apartment of `A’ishah, the wife of the Prophet , that `A’ishah said, “The Prophet sent a man as the commander of a war expedition and he used to lead his companions in prayer with recitation (of the Qur’an). And he would complete his recitation with the recitation of `Say: He is Allah, One.’ So when they returned they mentioned that to the Prophet and he said,

«سَلُوهُ لِأَيِّ شَيْءٍ يَصْنَعُ ذَلِكَ؟»

(Ask him why does he do that.) So they asked him and he said, `Because it is the description of Ar-Rahman and I love to recite it. So the Prophet said,

«أَخْبِرُوهُ أَنَّ اللهَ تَعَالَى يُحِبُّه»

(Inform him that Allah the Most High loves him.)” This is how Al-Bukhari recorded this Hadith in his Book of Tawhid. Muslim and An-Nasa’i also recorded it. In his Book of Salah, Al-Bukhari recorded that Anas said, “A man from the Ansar used to lead the people in prayer in the Masjid of Quba’. Whenever he began a Surah in the recitation of the prayer that he was leading them, he would start by reciting `Say: He is Allah, One’ until he completed the entire Surah. Then he would recite another Surah along with it (after it). And used to do this in every Rak`ah. So his companions spoke to him about this saying; `Verily, you begin the prayer with this Surah. Then you think that it is not sufficient for you unless you recite another Surah as well. So you should either recite it or leave it and recite another Surah instead.’ The man replied, `I will not leave it off. If you want me to continue leading you (in prayer), I will do this; and if you all do not like it, I will leave you (i.e., I will stop leading you).’ They used to consider him to be of the best of them to lead them in prayer and they did not want anyone else to lead them other than him. So, when the Prophet came they informed him of this information and he said,

«يَا فُلَانُ، مَا يَمْنَعُكَ أَنْ تَفْعَلَ مَا يَأْمُرُكَ بِهِ أَصْحَابُكَ، وَمَا حَمَلَكَ عَلَى لُزُوم هَذِهِ السُّورَةِ فِي كُلِّ رَكْعَةٍ؟»

(O so-and-so! What prevents you from doing what your companions are commanding you to do, and what makes you adhere to the recitation of this Surah in every Rak`ah) The man said, `Verily, I love it.’ The Prophet replied,

«حُبُّكَ إِيَّاهَا أَدْخَلَكَ الْجَنَّة»

(Your love of it will cause you to enter Paradise.) This was recorded by Al-Bukhari, with a disconnected chain, but in a manner indicating his approval.

A Hadith that mentions this Surah is equivalent to a Third of the Qur’an
Al-Bukhari recorded from Abu Sa`id that a man heard another man reciting

﴿قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ﴾

(Say: “He is Allah, One.”) and he was repeating over and over. So when morning came, the man went to the Prophet and mentioned that to him, and it was as though he was belittling it. The Prophet said,

«وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ إِنَّهَا لَتَعْدِلُ ثُلُثَ الْقُرْآن»

(By He in Whose Hand is my soul, verily it is equivalent to a third of the Qur’an.) Abu Dawud and An-Nasa’i also recorded it. Another Hadith Al-Bukhari recorded from Abu Sa`id, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah said to his Companions,

«أَيَعْجِزُ أَحَدُكُمْ أَنْ يَقْرَأَ ثُلُثَ الْقُرْآنِ فِي لَيْلَةٍ»

(Is one of you not able to recite a third of the Qur’an in a single night) This was something that was difficult for them and they said, “Which of us is able to do that, O Messenger of Allah” So he replied,

«اللهُ الْوَاحِدُ الصَّمَدُ ثُلُثُ الْقُرْآن»

(“Allah is the One, As-Samad” is a third of the Qur’an.) Al-Bukhari was alone in recording this Hadith.

Another Hadith that its Recitation necessitates Admission into Paradise
Imam Malik bin Anas recorded from `Ubayd bin Hunayn that he heard Abu Hurayrah saying, “I went out with the Prophet and he heard a man reciting `Say: He is Allah, the One.’ So the Messenger of Allah said,

«وَجَبَت»

(It is obligatory.) I asked, `What is obligatory’ He replied,

«الْجَنَّة»

(Paradise.)” At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i also recorded it by way of Malik, and At-Tirmidhi said, “Hasan Sahih Gharib. We do not know of it except as a narration of Malik.” The Hadith in which the Prophet said,

«حُبُّكَ إِيَّاهَا أَدْخَلَكَ الْجَنَّة»

(Your love of it will cause you to enter Paradise.) has already been mentioned.