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Ten advises from a physician to cure the diseases of the heart

August 6, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Al-Hasan al-Basri said, “One day I was walking with a young pious man in the narrow streets of Basra and its markets until we reached a physician sitting on a chair and around him were many men, women, and children who had bottles of water in their hands. Each one of them was seeking a cure for his illness.

 

The young man moved closer to the physician and asked him, ‘O physician! Do you have a medicine that cleans away sins and cures the [spiritual] diseases of the heart?

He replied ‘Yes!’

 

The young man said, ‘Give it to me!”

 

The physician said,

Take ten things from me

take the roots of the tree of poverty with the roots of the tree of humility,

and pour in it the milk of repentance,

then place it in the mortar of acceptance [of whatever is predestined for one],

crush it with the pestle of contentment,

then place it in the pot of piety,

pour over it the water of shame,

then boil it with the fire of love,

then place it in the cup of gratitude

and cool it down with the fan of hope,

then drink it with the spoon of praise.

If you do all of this then it will cure you of every illness and trial in this world and in the Hereafter.’”

 

[Preparing For The Day Of Judgement By: Imaam Ibn Hajar Al‘ Asqalani, page 42]

 

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Ten advices from Five Scholars

July 30, 2013 Leave a comment

 

It is said that a king gathered five scholars and ascetics and ordered each one to give a word of wisdom. Each one spoke and gave two pieces of wisdom and thus they became ten.

 

 

 

The first one said,

“Fearing the Creator is security and feeling safe [from His wrath] is disbelief; and feeling safe from another creature is freedom and fearing him is slavery.”

 

 

The second said,

“Hoping from Allah is richness that no poverty can harm, and loosing hope in Him is poverty that no wealth can alleviate.”

advice

 

 

The third said,

“Poverty in worldy possessions does not harm the one rich at heart (i.e. contented), and richness in worldy possessions does not benefit the one poor at heart (i.e. greedy).”

 

 

The fourth said,

“Generosity does not increase the richness of the heart except in richness, and poverty at heart (greed) does not increase with richness in material possessions except in poverty.”

 

 

The fifth said,

“Taking a little from goodness is better than leaving a lot from evil, and leaving all acts of evil is better than committing a few acts of goodness.”

 

 

[Preparing For The Day Of Judgement By: Imaam Ibn Hajar Al‘ Asqalani, page 42-43]

 

Ibrahim ibn Adham: “Your hearts have become dead due to ten things”

July 22, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Ibrahim ibn Adham was asked about the saying of Allah the Exalted,

‘And Your Lord said, Supplicate to me and I will answer your supplication.’

 

“We supplicate but our prayers are not answered!” He said, “Your hearts have become dead due to ten things –

1– you have known Allah but have not fulfilled His right;

 

2– you have read the Book of Allah but did not abide by it;

 

3– you proclaimed enmity of Satan but made him your guardian and protector;

 

4– you claimed love of the Messenger but you left his path and his Tradition (sunnah);

 

5– you claimed love of Paradise but you did not work for it;

 

6– you claimed fear of the Hellfire but did not renounce committing sins;

 

7– you claimed that you believed that death was a reality but you did not ready yourselves for it;

 

8- you busied yourselves with the faults of others and neglected your own faults;

 

9– you eat from the sustenance that Allah provides for you but do not show gratitude; and

 

10– you bury your dead ones but do not take heed from it.”

 

[Preparing For The Day Of Judgement By: Imaam Ibn Hajar Al‘ Asqalani, page 45]

Advice of Ibn al Jawzi [rahimahullah] for us on this Ramadan

July 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Ibn al Jawzi (rahimahullah):

“… Where are those who fast and where are those who pray by night? Where are those who obey their Lord and where are those who work righteousness? Where are those who are foremost and where are are the humble ones? Where are those who remember (their Lord) and where are those devoted to Him Where are the truthful and where are the patient? Where are the charity givers? Where are those who enjoin good, who save the troubled ones and who forbid the wrong? Where are those who heed contemplation and who listen to good advice and life-lessons? By Allah, they have indeed gone with the Salihin (righteous), returned with the Mu’minin (believers), settled with the Anbiya’ (Prophets) and taken residence with the Siddiqin (truthful ones). But us, we remain behind with the ignorant, have settled with the wrong doers and have taken the heedless as our guides…

Fasting is the shield of nations, protecting from the Hellfire
And fasting is a fortress for whoever fears that fire
Fasting is a covering for all the people of goodness
Those who fear the burden of blame and sinfulness
And this month is the month of the Lord of the Throne
A Most Merciful Lord, Who conceals the heavy sins & burdens
So therein have fasted men who thus profited
Their reward lies with the Exalted and Forgiving One
And so they came to settle in Everlasting Gardens
Surrounded by maidens, and rivers and plantations…

So glad tidings to those who obey the Most Merciful King in this month of Mercy, this month of Ramadan. They bore patience over a few days, and thus long-lasting mercy and abundant blessings came after them and pursued them. Every time you do good in this month, you shall be rewarded for the rest of your life because righteousness is a habit and evilness is mere stubbornness.

Where are you O’ fasting one, who prays by night? Come forth to goodness and you shall triumph with everlasting happiness! Trade with your Lord and you shall profit, work with Him and you shall be successful, apologise and He shall accept your apology, seek His forgiveness and He shall forgive your sins, draw close to Him and He shall alleviate your suffering, ask Him from His Bounties and He shall expand your provisions, repent to Him and He shall increase your portion (in life).

O my dear brother, in this month all faults and mistakes are concealed, all souls and hearts are softened, sins and burdens are forgiven, and Allah `azza wa jall relieves every sad and troubled one. He says to His angels, O My Angels, look at those dry tongues, how they become moist with My Remembrance. Look at those hard eyes, how they soften and weep out of fear of Me, and look at those delicate feet planted firmly at the stations of prayer out of desire for Me!’ O my dear brother, whenever you give food to others in this month for the Sake of Allah the Lord of the heavens and the earth, you shall be raised to high ranks in the lofty grounds of Paradise, and you will be clothed with complete goodness and stripped of all sin…”

[Ibn al-Jawzi, ‘Bustan al-Wa’idhin wa Riyadh al-Sami’in’ (pg. 185-186)]

 

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The Gates of Hell

June 15, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Allah has told us that Hell has seven gates, as He said:
“And surely, Hell is the promised place for them all. It [Hell] has seven gates, for each of these gates is a [special] class [of sinners] assigned”. (15:43-44)

 

Ibn Katheer commenting on this aayah, said:

“This means that each gate has been allotted its share of the followers of Iblees who will enter it, and the will not be able to avoid it. May Allaah protect us from it. Each will enter a gate according to his deeds, and will be assigned to a level of Hell according to his deeds.”

 

It was reported from ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (radiAllahu anhu) that he said, during a khutbah (sermon):

“The gates of Hell are such and-such”.

 

Abu Harun said,

“They are in layers, one above the other”.

 

It is reported that he also said,

“The gates of Hell number seven, one above the other. The first will be filled, then the second, then the third, until all of them are filled.”

(Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 4/162)

 

 

When the disbelievers come to Hell, its gates will be opened, and they will enter it, to remain there forever:

“And those who disbelieved will be driven to Hell in groups, till, when they reach it, the gates thereof will be opened [suddenly like a prison at the arrival of the prisoners]. And its keepers will say, “Did not the Messengers come to you from yourselves – reciting to you the Verses of your Rabb, and warning you of the Meeting of this Day of yours”. They will say, “Yes” but the Word of torment has been justified against the disbelievers”. (39:71)

 

 

After they are admitted, they will be told:

“Enter you the gates of Hell, to abide therein. And [indeed] what an evil abode of the arrogant!” (39:72)

 

These gates will be shut upon the evildoers, and they will have no hope of ever escaping from them after that, as Allah says, “But those who reject Our Signs, they are the [unhappy] Companions of the Left Hand. On them will be Fire vaulted over [all round].” (90:19-20)

 

Ibn ‘Abbaas said,

“vaulted” (literally: “shut over them”) means that the gates will be locked”.

al-Mujaahid pointed out that the word used (mu’sadah) is the word used in the dialect of Quraysh to mean “locked” or shut” (Tafseer Ibn Katheer 7/298)

 

In the Qur’aan Allah says:
“Woe to every [kind of] scandalmonger and backbiter, who piles up wealth and lays it by. Thinking that his wealth would make him last forever! By no means! He will be sure to be thrown into that which Breaks to Pieces. And what will explain to you that which breaks to pieces? The Fire of [the wrath of] Allaah, kindled [to a blaze], which mounts [right] to the heart. It shall be made into a vault over them, in columns outstretched.” (104:1-9)

 

 

Allaah  states that the gates of Hell will be locked behind them. Ibn Abbaas said,

“In columns outstretched” means that the gates will be stretched out”. ‘Atiyah said, “It is a pillar of iron”. Muqaatil said, “The gates will be closed firmly behind them and locked with a bolt of iron, so that the pain and heat will be intensified. The expression “stretched forth” applies to the “pillar”, meaning that the bolts with which the  gates are locked will be very long, because a long bolt is stronger than a short one”

(Ibn Rajab, at-Takhweef min an-Naar, p.61)

 

The gates of Hell may be opened and closed before the Day of Judgement. The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) told us that the gates of Hell are locked during the month of Ramadhan. at-Tirmidhi reported that Abu Hurayrah said the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“When the first night of Ramadhan comes, the Shayaateen and evil jinns are chained up. The gates of Hell are closed and not one of them is opened. The gates of Paradise are opened and not one of them is closed.”

(Ibid, p.66)

[al-Jannah wa an-Naar, page 10]

 

A Hundred Line Poem Recounting the Life of the Most Noble of all Creation by ‘Alee ibn ‘Alee ibn Muhammad ibn Abil-‘Izz al-Hanafee

April 25, 2013 Leave a comment

 

A poem composed by ibn Abil-‘Izz al-Hanafee, author of Sharh al-‘Aqeedah at-Tahaawiyyah. The poem presents a summarized timeline of important events which occurred throughout the lifetime of the Messenger of Allaah, Muhammad [sallallahu alaihi wasallam]

Translated by Aboo Shaybah

[1] All praise is for Allaah, The Eternal, The Maker;
followed by His salaah upon the chosen one.

 

[2] Here is the Messenger’s biography
in poem form with succinct sections.

 

[3] His birth was on the tenth of the distinguished month,
Rabee‘ al-Awwal, in the year of the elephant.

 

[4] However, the common view is that it was the twelfth,
on a Monday at the break of dawn,

 

[5] corresponding to the twentieth of April.
Prior to that, his father passed away.

 

[6] Two years later he was weaned
and brought back safe and sound by his wetnurse,

 

[7] Haleemah, to his mother. She then returned
with him to her own family as she had desired.

 

[8] Two months later his belly was cleaved open,
though some say it was when he was four years old.

 

[9] At six years and one month, while returning,
his mother passed away at al-Abwaa’.

 

[10] And his paternal grandfather, ‘Abdul-Muttalib,
passed away while he was eight, no lie.

 

[11] Then his paternal uncle, Aboo Taalib, took on
his guardianship, and later to ash-Shaam he travelled.

 

[12] That was while he was twelve years old
and the well-known incident with Baheeraa took place.

 

[13] The best of mankind again travelled to ash-Shaam
at the age of twenty five – remember it –

 

[14] as a trader for our mother, Khadeejah,
and he returned that year after profitable trade, happy.

 

[15] In that year was his marriage to her,
and he later consummated his marriage with her.

 

[16] All his children were from her except Ibraaheem.
The first to earn that distinction was al-Qaasim.

 

[17] Then came Zaynab, Ruqayyah, Faatimah,
and Umm Kulthoom, who was the last of the girls;

 

[18] and At-Taahir, At-Tayyib, ‘Abdullaah;
but some say each name belonged to a separate beautiful child.

 

[19] All of them tasted death during his lifetime,
except Faatimah who died half-a-year after him.

 

[20] At thirty five he participated
in rebuilding the House of Allaah after its dilapidation.

 

[21] They appointed him to arbitrate and accepted his solution
for putting the Black Stone into place.

 

[22] At the age of forty he was sent as a Messenger;
on a Monday with certainty – so convey it –

 

[23] during Ramadaan or Rabee’ al-Awwal,
and Soorah “Iqra’ ” was the first of the revelation.

 

[24] Then wudoo’ and salaah he was taught
by Jibreel, as two complete units of prayer.

 

[25] Then, after the passing of twenty full days,
enormous, terrifying stars pelted the Jinn.

 

[26] Then, in the fourth year, he called
openly to Islaam as commanded.

 

[27] Four women along with twelve
men among the Companions all migrated

 

[28] to the lands of Habashah in the fifth year.
The same year, they returned, but went back without blame.

 

[29] They were eighty three men
accompanied by a group completing their total number;

 

[30] and they were eighteen women. Later on,
in the sixth year, Hamzah – al-Asad – accepted Islaam.

 

[31] Nine years after his Messengership
came the death of Aboo Taalib, his guardian;

 

[32] followed by Khadeejah who passed away
after three days had elapsed.

 

[33] After fifty and a quarter years, Islaam was embraced
by the Jinn of Naseebeen, who then departed – let it be known.

 

[34] Thereafter, he married Sawdah
in Ramadaan; followed by

 

[35] his marriage to the daughter of as-Siddeeq in Shawwaal.
At the age of fifty one

 

[36] he was taken by night, and the salawaat were obligated;
five with the reward of fifty, as authentically preserved.

 

[37] The first bay‘ah was with twelve
of the people from Taybah, as has been mentioned.

 

[38] At the age of fifty two came
seventy in the Hajj season – and this is confirmed –

 

[39] from Taybah. They pledged allegiance, and he later left
Makkah on a Monday in the month Safar.

 

[40] Thus, the one contented arrived in Taybah, for certain,
having reached the age of fifty three

 

[41] on a Monday. He remained there
for ten full years as we shall recount.

 

[42] In the first year, salaah of a resident was made complete,
this was after he prayed Jumu‘ah – listen to my words.

 

[43] He then constructed a masjid at Qubaa’,
as well as the masjid in the noble city, al-Madeenah.

 

[44] Then, around it, he built his dwellings.
Later this year arrived

 

[45] less than half of those who had travelled
to the lands of Habashah when they migrated.

 

[46] In the same year, the noblest of all elite established ties of brotherhood
between the Muhaajireen and Ansaar.

 

[47] He then consummated marriage with the daughter of his best Companion,
and legislated the athaan, so follow his example.

 

[48] The battle of al-Abwaa’ took place afterwards, in Safar.
Subsequently, in the second year, combat spread

 

[49] to Buwaat and then Badr. The obligation
of redirecting the Qiblah came in the middle of Rajab

 

[50] following Thil-‘Ushayr, o my brothers.
Fasting for a month was obligated in Sha‘baan,

 

[51] and the major clash which was at Badr
happened during fasting, on the seventeenth of the month.

 

[52] Zakaah al-Fitr was obligated in it
following Badr by ten nights.

 

[53] There is difference regarding Zakaah al-Maal – you must realize this.
The daughter of the righteous Prophet passed away,

 

[54] Ruqayyah, prior to the army’s return;
she was the wife of ‘Uthmaan. The marriage of the chaste

 

[55] Faatimah to the esteemed ‘Alee.
And al-‘Abbaas accepted Islaam after being taken captive.

 

[56] And as for Qaynuqaa‘, battle with them ensued afterwards.
And he sacrificed on the ‘Eed of slaughter.

 

[57] And the battle of as-Saweeq, then Qarqarah.
And combat in the third year spread further

 

[58] to Ghatafaan and Banee Sulaym.
Umm Kulthoom, daughter of the noble esteemed,

 

[59] was married to ‘Uthmaan and he earned this distinction.
And the Prophet later married Hafsah,

 

[60] and Zaynab also; then headed to Uhud for battle
– in the month of Shawwaal – and Hamraa’ al-Asad.

 

[61] Intoxicants were prohibited undoubtedly – so listen –
and that year his grandson, al-Hasan, was born.

 

[62] In the fourth year, battle reached
Banee an-Nadeer in Rabee‘ al-Awwal.

 

[63] Then followed the death of Zaynab, the aforementioned,
and afterwards, marriage to Umm Salamah,

 

[64] and the daughter of Jahsh. Then, to Badr as appointed
followed by al-Ahzaab – so listen and keep count –

 

[65] then Banee Quraythah, though regarding these two
there is difference. And at Thaat ar-Riqaa‘ he taught

 

[66] how to pray Salaah al-Khawf; and prayer was shortened, as reported.
and the verses about hijaab and tayammum.

 

[67] Some said and his stoning of the two Jews,
and the birth of his lovely grandson, al-Husayn.

 

[68] In the fifth year – listen and trust me – was
the slander during the battle of Banee al-Mustaliq.

 

[69] Doomah al-Jandal happened before that. And also
he wed the daughter of al-Haarith later on, and consummated.

 

[70] His marriage to Rayhaanah was in the fifth.
Then Banee Lihyaan was at the beginning of the sixth year.

 

[71] After that, his istisqaa’ prayer, and Thoo Qarad,
and he was obstructed from performing ‘Umrah as he wished.

 

[72] Bay‘ah ar-Ridwaan came first, and he consummated
that year his marriage with Rayhaanah, as clarified.

 

[73] And Hajj was obligated, though with difference – so take heed –
and the conquest of Khaybar was in the seventh year.

 

[74] The meat of domestic donkeys was prohibited
that year, as well as the corrupt Mut‘ah form of marriage.

 

[75] He later married Umm Habeebah
and her mahr on his behalf an-Najaashee paid.

 

[76] A lamb was poisoned and offered as a gift,
and he later chose for himself the pure Safiyyah.

 

[77] She came, as well as all the remaining migrants.
And marriage to Maymoonah was the last.

 

[78] Prior to that was the Islaam of Aboo Hurayrah,
and after was the famous ‘Umrah al-Qadaa’.

 

[79] And the envoys in the sanctified month of Muharram
he sent them to the kings – so know this.

 

[80] Presented as a gift was Maariyah al-Qibtiyyah
that year. Then in the eigth year was a sariyyah

 

[81] which headed to Mu’tah. And during fasting
the conquest of al-Balad al-Haraam took place.

 

[82] After it, they relate what happened during
the day at Hunayn, and then the day at at-Taa’if.

 

[83] Later, in Thul-Qa‘dah, he performed ‘Umrah
from al-Ji‘irraanah, and he was settled.

 

[84] His daughter, Zaynab, passed away and then
Ibraaheem was born in it, surely.

 

[85] And turn was given to ‘Aa’ishah by
Sawdah for as long as she remained alive.

 

[86] The minbar was made and placed conspicuously,
and ‘Attaab led the people in Hajj.

 

[87] Then expedition to Tabook was in the ninth year
and he demolished Masjid ad-Diraar, removing its harm.

 

[88] Aboo Bakr led the people in Hajj, and there
‘Alee recited “Baraa’ah” and decisively declared

 

[89] that no mushrik would again perform Hajj, and none
unclothed would make Tawaaf – they both carried out as instructed.

 

[90] Delegations came in plenty, one after the next,
and he swore he would not go to his womenfolk for a month.

 

[91] He announced the death of an-Najaashee and prayed
upon him from Taybah, earning him great virtue.

 

[92] Ibraaheem passed away in the final year
and al-Bajalee accepted Islaam, and his name was Jareer.

 

[93] He performed the Farewell Hajj as a Qaarin
and he stopped on a Friday during it in security.

 

[94] And revealed that day was a glad tiding for you:
This day I have perfected for you your religion.

 

[95] Rayhaanah’s death was after his return,
and the nine lived on after him.

 

[96] And on a Monday he finished – for certain –
having completed sixty three.

 

[97] He was laid to rest in the dwelling of the daughter of as-Siddeeq
at the location of his death, precisely determined.

 

[98] The duration of his illness was two-fifths of a month,
but some say it was a third and a fifth – know this.

 

[99] This concludes the hundred line poem
recounting the life of the most noble of all creation.

 

[100] May Allaah, my Lord, send salaah upon him, and upon
his Companions, his family, and those who follow. 

 

10 Things To Hand Down To Your Daughter

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

 

1)    Knowledge of and love for Allah and His Deen (Islam):

This is one of the most precious and enduring gifts you can pass down to your daughter, one that will benefit her in this life and the next.

 

(2) Memorization of the Quran:

No matter how little you have memorized yourself, push your daughter to memorize as much she can. Encourage her and help her to revise. It will stand her in good stead in her life and will be a source of reward for you after your death as well.

 

(3) A good example of Muslim womanhood:

Most girls look to their mothers for Guidance. Embody the characteristics of a strong, faithful Muslimah and she will be inspired to follow your example.

 

(4) A sense of self-worth and self-esteem:

Instill a sense of confidence in your child by encouraging her skills, talents and personality to develop. Make her feel secure in her identity and show her that she is loved and appreciated. This will have a positive impact on her future relationships and how she interacts with the world.

 

(5) A sense of modesty:

Instill a love for Hijab in your daughter and encourage her to be modest, never boastful or conceited, in all areas of her life.

10 things to hand down to daughter

10 things to hand down to daughter

(6) Your language:

If you speak Arabic be sure to teach it to her so that she has the key to the understanding of the Quran. Also, if you have a mother tongue or speak a second language yourself, pass it on: a second or third language is always an asset, whether in study, work or social environment.

 

(7) A skill that you have:

If you are an avid gardener, knitter or love painting, pass your skill onto your daughter. With so many traditional skills being lost in today’s fast-paced world, you owe it to her to share your knowledge and pass it on to the next generation.

 

(8) Your favorite recipes:

Yes, teach your daughter how to cook! Be it from a cookbook, an original recipe or passed down from your mother or even your grandmother, we all have our own trademark recipes: pass them on to your daughter and encourage her to develop some specialties of her own.

 

(9) Housekeeping skills:

Instill good housekeeping habits in all your children and encourage them to take pride in a neat and tidy home. Pass any tricks or shortcuts on so that your daughter is well-equipped when she has a home of her own.

 

(10) Your family history:

Give her a sense of her roots and heritage by sharing your family story with her. Acquaint her with her family tree and teach her the lessons learned by the different generations. Hopefully, she will do the same with her children, InshaAllah.

 

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