Sunday, July 19, 2009

Real Miracles of Islam - Isra' and Miraj of Prophet Muhammad! 2/2

The night Journey.

Allah sent the prophets as a mercy to the slaves and supported them with miracles to indicate the truthfulness of their message. Of all the prophets, our Prophet, Muhammad, was blessed with the most miracles. Al-Isra' and al-Mi^raj are among the many miracles of Prophet Muhammad.

The miracle of al-Isra' is confirmed in the Qur'an. In Surat al-Isra', Ayah 1, Allah said:

which means: [Praise be to Allah Who enabled His slave, Muhammad, to make the journey at night from Masjid al-Haram in Makkah to Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, which is surrounded a blessed land.]

This journey is also confirmed in the sahih hadith. As such, there is scholarly consensus (ijma^) Prophet Muhammad journeyed in body and soul the night of al-Isra' from Masjid al-Haram in Makkah to Masjid al-Aqsain Jerusalem. Moreover, these scholars indicated the person who denies al-Isra' is a blasphemer for belying the explicit text of the Qur'an.

Before the Prophet took this night journey, the ceiling of the house in which he was staying was opened, and Jibril descended. He cut open the chest of Prophet Muhammad and washed that open area with Zamzam water. Then he emptied something from a container into the chest of the Prophet to increase his wisdom as well as the strength of his belief. This was done to prepare the Messenger of Allah for that which he had yet to see in the upper world from among the wonders of the creation of Allah.

After the Prophet performed the Evening Prayer (^Isha'), Jibril came to him with a white animal, slightly larger than a donkey yet smaller than a mule. This animal was the buraq,--one of the animals of Paradise. Jibril held the buraq by his ear and told the Prophet to mount it. When the buraq was mounted, the Prophet set forth.

The buraq is a very fast animal; the length of the buraq's stride is the farthest distance it's eye can see. The Prophet and Jibril arrived to a land with palm trees. Jibril told the Prophet to dismount and pray, so the Prophet dismounted the buraq and prayed two rak^as. Jibril asked him, "Do you know where you prayed?" and the Prophet answered, "Allah knows best." Jibril told him, "This is Yathrib; this is Taybah. "." (These are two names for the city of al-Madinah.) Before the Prophet emigrated to al-Madinah, it was called Taybah and Yathrib. It earned the name al-Madinah after the Prophet emigrated to it.

Real Miracles of Islam - Isra' and Miraj of Prophet Muhammad! Part 1/2


After the Prophet performed the Evening Prayer (^Isha'), Jibril came to him with a white animal, slightly larger than a donkey yet smaller than a mule. This animal was the buraq,--one of the animals of Paradise. Jibril held the buraq by his ear and told the Prophet to mount it. When the buraq was mounted, the Prophet set forth.

1- On Prophet Muhammad's journey from Masjid al-Haram to Masjid al-Aqsa, Allah enabled him to see some of His wondrous creations. Allah enabled the Prophet to see the world (dunya) like an old woman. However, this old woman was wearing a great deal of jewelry, and in this there is an indication signifying the reality of the world.

2- Allah enabled the Prophet to see Iblis. The Prophet saw something on the side of the road which did not dare to stand in his way or speak to him. What the Prophet saw was Iblis. Originally, Iblis was a believer and lived with the angels in Paradise. When Allah ordered the angels to prostrate (sujud) to Prophet Adam, Iblis was ordered to prostrate to him as well. The angels prostrated to Adam in obedience to Allah, because angels do not disobey Allah. However, Iblis did not obey, and he objected to the order of Allah. He said, "You created me out of fire, and You created him out of clay. How do You order me to prostrate to him?" So this objection by Iblis to the order of Allah was the first blasphemy he committed.

3- On his journey, the Prophet smelled a very nice odor. He asked Jibril about this pleasant scent and Jibril informed him this good smell was coming from the grave of the woman whose duty used to be to comb Pharaoh's daughter's hair.

4- During his trip, the Prophet saw people who were planting and reaping in two days. Jibril told the Prophet, "These were the people who fight for the sake of Allah (mujahidun). ")."

5- The Prophet also saw people whose lips and tongues were clipped with scissors made of fire. Jibril told the Prophet, "These are the speakers of sedition (fitna) who call people to misguidance."

6- He also saw a bull which exited a very small outlet, then was trying in vain to return through that small outlet. Jibril told the Prophet, "This is the example of the bad word--once spoken, it cannot be returned."

7- The Prophet saw people grazing like animals, with very little clothing on their private parts. Jibril told the Prophet, "These are the ones who refused to pay zakat. "."

8- The Prophet saw angels smashing some people's heads with rocks. These heads would return to the shape they had been, and then the angels would smash their heads again--and so on. Jibril told the Prophet, "These are the ones whose heads felt too heavy to perform prayer--the ones who used to sleep without praying."

9- On his journey the Prophet saw people who were competing to eat some rotten meat--ignoring meat that was sliced and unspoiled. Jibril told the Prophet, "These are people from your nation who leave out that which is permissible (halal), and consume that which is forbidden ((haram). "This reference was to the fornicators, that is, the ones who left out the permissible (marriage) and committed sins (fornication).

10- Also, the Prophet saw people who were drinking from the fluid coming from the bodies of the fornicators, (water mixed with blood). Jibril indicated to the Prophet these were the ones who were drinking the alcohol which is prohibited in this world.

11- The Prophet saw people scratching their faces and chests with brass finger nails. Jibril said, "These are the examples of those who commit gossip ((ghibah))."

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Hadith corner - 151 selected hadith

1) Narrated Abû Hurairah : Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah looks not at your figures, nor at your outward appearance but He looks at your hearts and deeds.”(Muslim)

2) Narrated ‘Abdullâh bin ‘Abbâs : Allah’s Messenger said that Allah the Glorious said, “Verily, Allah has ordered that the good and the bad deeds be written down. Then He explained it clearly how (to write):He who intends to do a good deed and he does not do it, then Allah records it for him as a full good deed, but if he carries out his intention, the Glorious and the Great Allah writes it down for him with Him as from ten to seven hundred times, and even many times more. But if he intends to do an evil act and has not done it, then Allah writes it down with Him as a full good deed, but if he intends it and has done it, Allah writes it down as one bad deed. (Al-Bukhâri and Muslim)

3) Narrated Ibn ‘Abbâs and Anas bin Mâlik: Allah’s Messenger said, “If a son of man had a valley full of gold, he would desire to have two. Nothing can fill his mouth except the earth (of the grave). Allah turns with mercy to him who turns to Him in repentance.” (Al-Bukhâri and Muslim)

4) Narrated Abû Mâlik Al-Hârith bin Âsim Al-Ash’ari: Allah’s Messenger said, “Cleanliness is half of Faith; the utterance of Allah (Al-hamdu lillah – all praise belongs to Allah) fills the scales of good actions; the utterance of Allah (Glory be to Allah and all praise belongs to Allah) fills the space between the heavens and the earth, and Salât (prayer) is light; and charity is the proof of Faith; and endurance is a light, and the Qur’ân is a plea in your favour or against you. Every person begins the morning ready to strike a deal with his soul as a stake; he either ransoms it or puts it into perdition.” (Muslim)

5) Narrated Abû Sa’id Al-Khudri :Certain people of the Ansâr begged of Allah’s Messenger and he gave them; then they again begged of him and he gave them until all what he possessed was exhausted. Then the Prophet said, “Whatever wealth I have, I will not withhold from you. Whosoever would be chaste and modest; Allah will keep him chaste and modest and whosoever would seek self-sufficiency, Allah will make him self-sufficient; and whosoever would be patient, Allah will give him patience, and no one is granted a gift better and more comprehensive than patience.” (Al-Bukhâri and Muslim)

6) Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah shows compassion only to those among His slaves who are compassionate.” (Al-Bukhâri and Muslim)

7) Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abu Aufa : Allah’s Messenger, at a time when he was face to face with the enemy, and was waiting for the sun to decline, stood up and said, “ O people! Do not long for an encounter with the enemy and supplicate to Allah to grant you security. But if you face the enemy, you should show patience and steadfastness; and keep it in mind that Paradise lies under the shade of the swords.” Then he invoked Allah, saying, “O Allah, Revealer of the Book, Disperser of the clouds, Defeater of the Confederates, put our enemy to rout and help us in over-powering them.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

8) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “It is from the excellence of (a believer’s) Islam that he should abandon that which is of no benefit to him (in this world and the Hereafter).” (At- Tirmidhi )

9) Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab: I heard Allah’s Messenger saying. “If you all relied on Allah with due reliance, He would certainly give you provision as He gives it to birds who issue forth hungry in the morning and return with full belly at dusk.”(At-Tirmidhi)

10) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the dark night. During (that stormy period) a man would be a believer in the morning and turn to disbelief in the evening, or he would be a believer in the evening and turn disbeliever in the morning, and would sell his Faith for worldly goods.” (Muslim)

11) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Hasten to do good deeds before you are overtaken by one of the seven afflictions.” Then (giving a warning) he said, “Are you waiting for such penury as will make you unmindful of devotion; or such prosperity as will make you corrupt, or such disease as will disable you, or such senility as will make you mentally unstable, or sudden death, or Ad-Dajjal who is the worst apprehended of the Hour, and the Hour will be most bitter.” (At-Tirmidhi )

12) Narrated Ibn Abbas: Allah’s Messenger said, “There are two blessings in which many people incur loss. (They are) health and free time (for doing good).” (Al-Bukhari )

13) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “A strong believer is better and dearer to Allah than a weak one in all good things. Adhere to that which is most beneficial for you. Keep beseeching Allah for help and do not refrain from it. If you are afflicted in any way, do not say: ‘If I had taken this or that step, it would have resulted into such and such,’ but say only: ‘Allah so determined and did as He willed.’ The word ‘if’ opens the gates of satanic conduct.” (Muslim)

14) Narrated Abu Dharr: The Prophet said, “Do not disdain any good deed, even your meeting with your brother (Muslim) with a cheerful face.” (Muslim)
Narrated Jabir that he heard Allah’s Messenger saying, “Every good deed is charity.” (Al-Bukhari)

15) Narrated Anas: Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah will be happy with His slave who praises Him (i.e., says Al-hamdu lillah) when he eats and praises Him when he drinks.” (Muslim)

16) Narrated Ibn Mas’ud: The Prophet said, “Ruined are those who insist on hardship in matters of the Faith.” He repeated this three times. (Muslim)

17) Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet said, “The religion (of Islam) is easy, and whoever makes the religion a rigour, it will overpower him. So, follow a middle course (in worship); if you can’t do this, do something near to it and give glad tidings and seek help (of Allah) at morn and at dusk and some part of night.” (Al-Bukhari)

18) Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet said, “Do not ask me unnecessarily about the details of the things which I do not mention to you. Verily, the people before you were doomed because they were used to putting many questions to their Prophets and had differences about their Prophets. Refrain from what I forbid you and do what I command you to do best of your ability and capacity.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

19) Narrated Abu Mas’ud ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amr Al-Ansari Al-Badri: Allah’s Messenger said, “Whoever guides someone to virtue will be rewarded equivalent to him who practices that good action.” (Muslim)

20) Narrated Tamim bin Aus Ad-Dari: Allah’s Messenger said, “Ad-Din (the religion) is sincerity and good will.” Upon this we said: “For whom?” He replied, “For Allah, His Book, His Messenger and for the leaders of the Muslims and their masses.” (Muslim)

21) Narrated Anas: Allah’s Messenger said, “No one of you becomes true believer until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

22) Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri: Allah’s Messenger said, “Beware! Avoid sitting on the roads (ways).” The People said: “There is no way out of it as these are our sitting places where we have talks.” Allah’s Messenger said, “If you have to sit there, then observe the rights of the way.” They asked, “What are the rights of the way?” He said, “They are the lowering of your gazes (on seeing what is illegal to look at), refraining from harming people (removal of obstruction), returning greetings, enjoining good and forbidding evil.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim )

23) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “There are three signs of a hypocrite: When he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he betrays his trust.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

24) Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: We were talking about the Farewell Pilgrimage without knowing the meaning of thereof when Allah’s Messenger was also present. He stood up and recited the Praise and Glorification of Allah. He then gave a detailed account of Ad-Dajjal and said, “Every Prophet sent by Allah has warned his people against his mischief. Nuh warned his nation and so did all the Prophets after him. If he (i.e., Ad-Dajjal) appears among you, his condition will not remain hidden from you. Ad-Dajjal is one-eyed. His right eye is prominent like a swollen grape. Listen, Allah has sanctified for you your blood, and your possessions like the sanctity of this day of yours (i.e., the Day of Sacrifice), in this city of yours (i.e.,Makkah), in this month of yours (i.e., Dhul-Hijjah). Listen, have I conveyed Allah’s Message to you?” The people replied in affirmative. There upon he said, “O Allah, bear witness.” And he repeated it thrice. He concluded: “Woe upon you, take heed and do not turn apostate after me, striking at the necks of one another.” (Al-Bukhari)

25) Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As: Allah’s Messenger said, “A Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands the Muslims are secure; and a Muhajir (Emirgrant) is one who leaves (abandons) what Allah has forbidden.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

26) Narrated Abu Umamah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah decrees the (Hell) Fire and debars Paradise for the one who usurps the rights of a believer by taking a false oath.” One man asked: “O Messenger of Allah! Even if it should be for an insignificant thing?” He said, “Even if it be a stick of the Arak tree (i.e., the tree from which Miswak stick are taken).” (Muslim)

27) Narrated Jarir bin ‘Abdullah: Allah’s Messenger said, Allah will not show mercy to him who does not show mercy to others.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

28) Narrated Ibn ‘Umar : Allah’s Messenger said, “ A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim. So he should not oppress him nor should he hand him over to (his satan or to his self which is inclined to evil). Whoever fulfils the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfil his needs; whoever removes the troubles of his brother, Allah will remove one of his troubles on the Day of Resurrection; and whoever covers up the fault of a Muslim, Allah will cover up his fault on the Day of Resurrection.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

29) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “A Muslim is brother to a Muslim. He should neither deceive him nor accuse him of lying, nor leave him without assistance. Everything belonging to a Muslim is inviolable for a Muslim; his honour, his blood and property. Piety is here (and he pointed out to his chest thrice). Despising one’s Muslim brother is enough evil for a person.” (At-Tirmidhi)

30) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah will cover up on the Day of Judgement the defect (faults) of the one who covers up the faults of the others in this world.” (Muslim)

31) Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: Allah’s Messenger said, “A Muslim is a brother of Muslim, he neither wrongs him nor does hand him over to one who does him wrong. If anyone fulfils his brother’s needs, Allah will fulfil his needs; if one relieves a Muslim of his troubles, Allah will relieve his troubles on the Day of Resurrection.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

32) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “He who removes from a believer one of his difficulties of this world, Allah will remove one of his troubles on the Day of Judgement; and he who finds relief for a hard-pressed person, Allah will make things easy for him on the Day of Judgement; he who covers up (the faults) of a Muslim, Allah will cover up (his faults) in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah supports His slave as long as the slave is supportive of his brother; and he who treads the path in search of knowledge, Allah makes that path easy, leading to Paradise for him; The people who assemble in a house from the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah, learning it and teaching, there descends upon them the tranquillity, and mercy covers them, the angels flock around them, and Allah mentions them in the presence of those near Him; and he who lags behind in doing good deeds, his high descent will not make him go ahead.” (Muslim)

33) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “On every joint of man, there is charity. Everyday when the sun rises, doing justice between two men is charity; and assisting a man to ride an animal or to load his luggage on it is charity; and a good word is charity; every step which one takes towards (the mosque for) As- Salat (the prayer) is charity, and removing harmful things from the way is charity.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

34) Narrated Harithah bin Wahb: I heard Allah’s Messenger saying, “Shall I not inform you about those who are entitled to Paradise? It is every person who is, modest and humble (before Allah), a person who is accounted weak and is looked down upon but if he swears (hoping for Allah’s Bounty), Allah will certainly give him what he desires. Now shall I not inform you about the inmates of Hell? It is every violent, impertinent and proud man.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

35) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah the Exalted will say: ‘Where are those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory? Today I shall shelter them in My Shade when there is no shade but Mine.”’ ( Muslim )

36) Narrated Abu Karimah Al- Miqdad bin Ma’dikarib: Allah’s Messenger said, “When a man loves his brother (for Allah sake) he should tell him that loves him.” (At-Tirmidi and Abu Dawud)

37) Narrated Abu Barzah: Allah’s Messenger said, “A slave of Allah will remain standing on the Day of Judgement till he is questioned about (four things) his life on earth and how he spent it, and about his knowledge and how he utilized it, and his wealth and how he acquired it and in what way did he spend it, and about his body and how he wore it out.” (At-Tirmidhi )

38) Narrated Anas: Allah’s Messenger said, “When a disbeliever performs any good deed, he is rewarded for it in this world; and in the case of a Muslim, Allah stores up his good acts for him in the Hereafter and provides him with subsistence in this life due to his obedience.” (Muslim)

39) Narrated Anas: Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah the Exalted has said: ‘O son of Âdam, I shall go on forgiving you so long as you pray to Me and aspire for My forgiveness, whatever may be your defaults. O son of Adam, I do not care even if your sins should pile up to the sky; and should you beg pardon of Me, I would forgive you. O son Adam, if you come to me with an earthful of sins and meet Me, not associating anything with Me (in worship), I would come to you with an earthful of forgiveness.” (At-Tirmidhi)

41) Narrated Anas: Allah’s Messenger said, “O Allah, there is no life but the life of the Hereafter.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

42) Narrated Anas: Allah’s Messenger said: “Three (things) follow a deed person: Members of his family, his possessions and his deeds. Two of them return; and one remains with him. The people and his wealth return; his deeds remain with him.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

43) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah Messenger said, “Ruin be to a slave of the Dinar; the slave of the Dirham, and the slave of the striped silk cloak. If he is given anything he is pleased, but if not, he is unhappy.” ( Al-Bukhari )

44) Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: The Prophet took hold of my shoulders and said, “Be in the world as if you were a stranger or a wayfarer.” Ibn ‘Umar used to say: “When you survive till the evening, do not expect to be alive till the morning; and when you survive till the morning do not except to be alive till the evening; (Do good deeds) when your are in good health before you fall sick, and (do good deeds) as long as you are alive before death strikes.” (Al-Bukhari)

45) Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud: The Prophet said: “Do not crave after property lest you should be absorbed in the life of the world.” (At-Tirmidhi)

46) Narrated Ka’b bin ‘Iyad: Allah’s Messenger said, “Verily, there is a Fitnah (trial) for every nation and the trial for my nation (or Ummah) is wealth.” (At-Tirmidhi)

47) Narrated K’ab bin Malik: Allah’s Messenger said, “Two hungry wolves sent in the midst of a flock of sheep are not more destructive to them than a man’s greed for wealth and fame is to his religion.” ( At-Tirmidhi)

48) Narrated ‘ Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As: Allah’s Messenger said, “Successful is the one who enters the fold of Islam and is provided with sustenance which is sufficient for his needs, and Allah makes him content with what He has bestowed upon him.” (Muslim)

49) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Richness is not in plenty of provisions; the (real) richness is the richness of the soul.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

50) Narrated Ibn Mas’ud: Allah’s Messenger said, “The position of only two persons is enviable; a person upon whom Allah bestows His Bounties and gives him the power to spend in a righteous cause; and a person upon whom Allah bestows wisdom by means of which he decides the cases and with which he instructs.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

51) Narrated Jabir: Allah’s Messenger never said ‘no’ to anyone who asked him for anything. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

52) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah the Exalted says, ‘Spend, O son of Adam, you will also be spent upon.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

53) Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As: A man asked Allah’s Messenger, “Which act in Islam is the best?” He replied, “To feed (the poor and the needy) and to salute everyone, whether you are acquainted with them or not.” ( Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

54) Narrated Abu Umamah: Allah’s Messenger said, “O son of Adam, if you spend what is surplus, it will be better for you; and if you retain it, it will be evil for you. You will not be reprimanded for withholding that which you need. First of all spend upon those who are your dependants, and the upper hand (i.e., the one that spends in the way of Allah) is better than the lower hand (i.e., the one that receives charity.)” (Muslim)

55) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Wealth is not diminished by giving (in charity). Allah augments the honour of one who forgives; and one who displays humility towards another seeking the Pleasure of Allah, Allah exalts him in ranks.” (Muslim)

56) Narrated Asma’ bint Abu Bakr: Allah Messenger said to me, “Do not hold back; otherwise Allah will withhold from you.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

57) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “None of you should wish for death. If he is a righteous man, perhaps he may add to (his) good works, and if he is a sinner, possibly he may be repentant (in case he is given a longer life).” (Al-Bukhari)

58) Narrated Sa’d bin Abu Waqqas: Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah loves a slave who is pious, free of all wants and self-concealing.” (Muslim)

59) Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri: Someone asked Allah’s Messenger: “Who is the best man?” He answered, “A believer who strives in the Cause of Allah with his life and his wealth.” The man asked: “Who is the next?” He said, “One who retires into a narrow valley and worship his Lord.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

60) Narrated ‘Iyad bin Himar: Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah has revealed to me that you should be courteous to one another. One should neither hold himself above another nor transgress against another.” (Muslim)

61) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Wealth is not diminished by giving Sadaqah (charity). Allah augments the honour of one who forgives; and one who serves another seeking the pleasure of Allah, Allah will exalt him in ranks.” (Muslim)

62) Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud, Allah’s Messenger said, “He who has, in his heart, a grain of arrogance will not enter Paradise.” Someone said. “How about a person who likes to wear beautiful clothes and shoes?” Allah’s Messenger said, “All of Allah’s Affairs are Beautiful and He likes beauty; arrogance means ridiculing and rejecting the Truth and despising people.” (Muslim)

63) Narrated Harithah bin Wahab: Allah’s Messenger said, “Shall I not inform you about the inmates of Hell? It is every violent, impertinent and proud person.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

64) Narrated Salamah bin Al-Akwa’: Allah’s Messenger said, “A person continues to display haughtiness and arrogance till he is recorded among the arrogant and will be therefore afflicted with what afflicts them.” (At-Tirmidhi)

65) Narrated Abud-Darda: Allah’s Messenger said, “The heaviest thing to be placed in the balance of a believing slave on the Day of Judgement will be good behaviour.” (At-Tirmidhi)

66) Narrated Jabir: Allah’s Messenger said, “The dearest and nearest among you to me on the Day of Resurrection will be one who is the best of you in conduct; and the most abhorrent among you to me and the farthest of you from will be the pompous boastful braggarts, and Al-Mutafaihiqun.” The Companions asked him: “O Allah’s Messenger! We know about the pompous boastful braggarts, but we do not know who Al-Mutafaihiqun are.” He replied: “The arrogant people.” (At-Tirmidhi)

67) Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: Allah’s Messenger said to Ashaj Abdul-Qasis, “You possess two such qualities as Allah loves. These are clemency and tolerance.” (Muslim)

68) Narrated ‘Aishah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah is kind and loves kindness in all matters.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

69 Narrated ‘Aishah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah is Kind and He loves kindness, and confers upon kindness which He does not confer upon severity, and does not confer upon any thing besides it (kindness).” (Muslim)

70) Narrated ‘Aishah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Whenever kindness is added to something, it adorns it; and whenever it is withdrawn from something, it leaves it defective.”(Muslim)

71) Narrated Anas: The Prophet said, “Make things easy and do not make them difficult, cheer the people up by conveying glad tidings to them and do not repulse (them).” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

72) Narrated Jarir bin ‘Abdullah: Allah’s Messenger said, “He who is deprived of kindness and gentleness is, in fact, deprived of all good.” (Muslim)

73) Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As: Allah’s Messenger said, “Those who act justly will be seated upon pulpits of light before Allah. They will be those who do justice in their decisions, in matters relating to their families, and in all that is referred to them.” (Muslim)

74) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “It is also charity to utter a good word.” ( Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

75) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “He who believes in Allah and the Last Day must not harm his neighbour, and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day must show hospitality to his guest, and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak good or remain silent.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

76) Narrated ‘Amr bin Shu’aib on the authority of his father and grant-father: Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah loves to see the marks of His Bounties on his slave.” (At-Tirmidhi)

77) Narrated Al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib: Whenever Allah’s Messenger went to bed, he would lie down on his right side and recite: “Allahumma aslamtu nafsi ilaika, wa wajjahtu wajhi ilaika, wa fawwadtu amri ilaika, wa’alija’tu zahri ilaika, raghbatan wa rahbatan ilaika, la malja’a wa la manja illa ilaika. Amantu bikitabikalladhi anzalta, wa nabiyyikal-ladhi arsalta (O Allah! I have submitted my soul to You, I have turned myself to You, entrusted my affairs to You and sought Your refuge for protection out of desire for You and out of fear of You ( expecting Your reward and fearing Your punishment). There is no refuge and no place of safety from You but with You. I believed in the Book You have revealed, and in the Prophet You have sent (i.e., Muhammad). ( Al-Bukhari)

78) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Whoever sits in a gathering which indulges in useless talk and before getting up supplicates: ‘Subhanaka Allahumma wa bihamdika, ash-hadu an la ilaha illa Anta, astaghfiruka wa atubu ilaika ( Glory be to You, O Allah; praise be to You. I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but You; I ask Your Pardon and turn to You in repentance),’ he will be forgiven for (the sins he may have intentionally or unintentionally committed) in that assembly.” (At-Tirmidhi)

79) Verily, I have left amongst you the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Apostle which if you hold fast, you shall never go astray. (Bukhari)

80) Verily, I have left amongst you the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Apostle which if you hold fast, you shall never go astray. (Bukhari)

81) The best word is the word of Allah and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. (Sunan Ibn Majah)

82) None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Majestic, the Most Forbearing. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Lord of the Tremendous Throne. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Lord of the Heavens and the Lord of the Honorable Throne. (Bukhari)

83) You are calling a Hearer, One very close by; The One Who you are calling is closer to each one of you. (Bukhari and Muslim)

84) When Allah's Messenger (saas) was asked, "What is the biggest sin in the sight of Allah?", he said, "To set up rivals unto Allah although He alone created you." (Bukhari)

85) Fear Allah wherever you are; if you follow an evil deed with a good one you will obliterate it; and deal with people with a good disposition. (Tirmidhi)
Whoever accepted it [Allah's trial], will enjoy Allah's pleasure and whoever is displeased with it, will incur Allah's displeasure. (Tirmidhi)

86) Whoever seeks Allah's pleasure at the expense of men's displeasure, will win Allah's Pleasure and Allah will cause men to be pleased with him. And whoever seeks to please men at the expense of Allah's displeasure, will win the displeasure of Allah and Allah will cause men to be displeased with him. (Ibn Hibban, Saheeh)

87) Ponder on death a lot. Allah opens the heart of that person who thinks about death a lot and makes death easy for him. (Narrated by Abu Huraira)
By Allah, I seek the pardon of Allah and return penitently to Him every day more than seventy times. (Bukhari)

88) The Prophet (saas) said, "Carry on doing ?good deeds?, for everybody will find it easy to do ?what will lead him to his destined place?." Then he recited "As for him who gives ?in charity? and keeps his duty to Allah, and believes in the best reward from Allah ?i.e. Allah will compensate him for what he will spend in His way?. So, We will make smooth for him the path of ease. But he who is a greedy miser...for him, the path for evil." (Bukhari)

89) You have asked from Allah about durations of life already set, and the length of days already allotted and the sustenance the share of which has been fixed. Allah would not do anything earlier before its due time, or He would not delay anything beyond its due time. (Muslim)

90) Abdullah ibn Umar narrated, “Allah’s Messenger (saas) said, ‘Some hearts become rusty just as iron does when water affects it.’ On being asked what could clear them he replied, ‘A great amount of remembrance of death and recitation of the Qur’an.’” (Tirmidhi)

91) A wise person is one who keeps a watch over his bodily desires and passions, and checks himself from that which is harmful and strives for that which will benefit him after death; and a foolish person is one who subordinates himself to his cravings and desires and expects from Allah the fulfillment of his futile desires. (Tirmidhi)

92) A person asked Allah’s Messenger (saas): “What is faith?” He said: “When a good deed becomes a source of pleasure for you and an evil deed becomes a source of disgust for you, then you are a believer.” He again said to Allah’s Messenger (saas): “What is a sin?” Whereupon he said: “When something pricks your conscience, give it up.” (Tirmidhi)

93) Whoever has three things discovers the sweetness of faith: that Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to him than all else, that he loves another only for the sake of Allah, the Most High, and that he hates to return to disbelief as he would hate to be thrown into Fire. (Muslim and Bukhari)

94) Abdur Rahman bin Abi Bakra's father narrated that the Prophet (saas) said: "If Allah wants to do good to a person, he makes him comprehend the religion and of course knowledge is attained by learning." (Bukhari)

95) Abdullah bin Umar narrated that Allah's Messenger (saas) said, "Do not wish to be like anybody except in two cases: The case of a man whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it in the right way; and that of a man whom Allah has given religious wisdom ?i.e., the Qur'an and Sunnah? and he gives his verdicts according to it, and teaches it to others." (Bukhari)

96) Whoever meets Allah, without associating partners with Him, will enter Paradise; and whoever meets Him as one who associated anything with Him, will enter the Fire. (Muslim)

97) A wise man is the one who calls himself to account ?and refrains from doing evil deeds? and does noble deeds to benefit him after death; and the foolish person is the one who subdues himself to his temptations and desires and seeks from Allah the fulfillment of his vain desires. (Tirmidhi)

98) When one of you contemplates entering upon an enterprise, let him supplicate: O Allah, I consult You through Your Knowledge, and I seek strength through Your Power, and ask of Your Great Bounty; for You are capable whereas I am not and, You know and I do not, and You are the Knower of hidden things. O Allah, if You know that this matter is good for me in respect of my Religion, my livelihood and the consequences of my affairs, then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. But if You know this matter to be bad for my Religion, my livelihood or the consequences of my affairs, then turn it away from me, and turn me away from it, and grant me power to do good whatever it may be, and cause me to be contented with it. (Bukhari and Muslim)

99) Whoever remains patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience. (Bukhari)

100) Goodness and comfort are for him who worships his Lord in a perfect manner and serves his Master sincerely. (Bukhari)

101) You possess two qualities that Allah loves. These are clemency and tolerance. (Muslim)

102) Every act of kindness is a charity. (Bukhari)

103) I was sent to perfect good character. (Malik's Muwatta)

104) By One in whose hand there is my life: None shall enter Paradise except one who has got good conduct. (Imam Ghazzali's Ihya Ulum-Id-Din (The Book of Religious Learnings), Islamic Book Service, New Delhi, 2001, Islamic Book Service, New Delhi, 2001, Volume II, p.236)

105) The most perfect believer in respect of faith is he who is best of them in manners. (Sunan Abu Dawud)

106) Everything is by decree—even incapacity and ability. (Malik's Muwatta)

107) When you ask for anything ask it from Allah, and if you seek help in Allah. Know that if the people were to unite to do you some benefit they could benefit you only with what Allah had recorded for you, and that if they were to unite to do you some injury they could injure you only with what Allah had recorded for you. The pens are withdrawn and the pages are dry. (Tirmidhi)

108) Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delight he thanks [Allah], thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shown resignation (and endures it patiently), there is a good for him in it. (Muslim)

109) If you put your faith completely in Allah, He will arrange for your sustenance in the same way as He provides for the birds. They go out in the morning with their stomachs empty and return filled in the evening. (Tirmidhi)

110) There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab and for a non-Arab over an Arab; nor for white over the black nor for the black over the white except in piety. Verily the noblest among you is he who is the most pious. (Bukhari)

111) Whoever obeys me, obeys Allah, and whoever disobeys me, disobeys Allah, and whoever obeys the ruler I appoint, obeys me, and whoever disobeys him, disobeys me. (Bukhari)

112) There is no god but Allah, He is One and has no partner, to Him belongs all praise and all authority, and He has power over all things, praise be to Allah, glory be to Allah, there is no god but Allah, Allah is the greatest, there is no power nor any authority but with Allah. (Fiqh-us-Sunna, Volume 4, p. 114)

113) Love Allah for the provision He gave you. Love me also as Allah loves me. (Imam Ghazzali's Ihya Ulum-Id-Din, Volume IV, p.288)

114) Make things easy for the people, and do not make it difficult for them, and make them calm ?with glad tidings? and do not repulse ?them?. (Bukhari)

115) Those who show no mercy will be shown no mercy. (Bukhari)

116) I swear by whom my soul is in his hand, you will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love each other. Do you want me to guide you to something which if you practice, you will love each other? Spread greeting with peace among of you." (Bukhari)

117) The Prophet (saas)'s nature was the Qur'an. (Muslim)

118) Surely, Islam is pure, therefore be pure, because he can never enter Paradise who is not pure. (Ahmad Diya'al-Din al-Kamushkhanawi, Ramuz al-Ahadith, vol.1, 96/2)

119) O Allah, make my constitution and conduct good. O Allah, save me from bad character and conduct. (Imam Ghazzali's Ihya Ulum-Id-Din, VolumeII, p.234)

120) Convey my teaching to the people even if it were a single sentence. (Bukhari)

121) The most severe sin is to associate partners with Allah ?known as shirk?, while He has created you. (Bukhari and Muslim)

122) Whoever meets Allah, without associating partners with Him, will enter Paradise. (Kitaab At-Tawheed)

123) Should I not inform you of that which I fear for you even more than the dangers of Dajjal? It is the hidden idolatry: A person stands to pray and he beautifies his prayer because he sees the people looking at him. (Sunan Ibn Majah)

124) Idolatry is more hidden in my Ummah than the creeping of ants across a great smooth stone on a black night... (Tirmidhi)

125) Honesty descended from the Heavens and settled in the roots of the hearts of men ?faithful believers?, and then the Qur'an was revealed and the people read the Qur'an, -and learned from it- and also learned it from the Sunnah. Both the Qur'an and Sunnah strengthened their -the faithful believers'- honesty. (Bukhari)

126) Rejoice and hope for what will please you! By Allah, I am not afraid of your poverty but I am afraid that you will lead a life of luxury as past nations did, whereupon you will compete with each other for it, as they competed for it, and it will destroy you as it destroyed them. (Bukhari)

127) Those who are most aware of death and prepare themselves for it, are the wisest of people. (Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 4, Number 13)

128) Do not envy one another; do not hate one another; do not turn away from another; and do not undercut one another, but be you. O servants of Allah, brothers. (Muslim)

129) Fear Allah wherever you are, and follow up a bad deed with a good one and it will wipe it out, and behave well towards people. (Abdul Wadoud, Forty Hadith An-Nawawis, translated by Ezzeddin Ibrahim and Denys Johnson-Davies, Third Edition, 1985)

130) There is nothing heavier in the scales than good character. (Ahmad ibn Hanbal)

131) Bad conduct destroys divine service as condiment destroys honey. (Imam Ghazzali's Ihya Ulum-Id-Din,Volume III, p.52)

132) Honor a believer for his religion. Think him superior for good conduct and wisdom. (Imam Ghazzali's Ihya Ulum-Id-Din,Volume III, p.53)

133) Verily, Allah is Graceful and He loves Grace. Pride is disdaining the truth ?out of self-conceit? and contempt for the people." (Muslim)

134) Do not turn away a poor man...even if all you can give is half a date. If you love the poor and bring them near you...Allah will bring you near Him on the Day of Resurrection. (Tirmidhi)

135) He who seeks repentance ?from the Lord? before the rising of the Sun from the west ?before the Day of Resurrection?, Allah turns to him with Mercy. (Bukhari)

136) Paradise is nearer to any of you than the strap of his shoe, and so is the ?Hell? Fire. (Ahmad ibn Hanbal)

137) Belief is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers… (Bukhari)

138) I will joke, but I only speak the truth. It is not lawful for a Muslim to frighten his brother. Do not dispute with your brother, not joke with him in mocking terms. Shame on him who speaks lies in order to entertain others. One cannot be a good believer until he ceases to tell lies, even in jest, and to dispute, even if he is in the right. Do not speak lies, even in jest. (Bukhari)

139) A believer loves for others what he loves for himself. (Imam Ghazzali's Ihya Ulum-Id-Din,VolumeIII, p.68)

140) Don't hate one another, don't envy one another don't sell over the sale to another, don't dispute with one another and don't back-bite one another. The servants of Allah are brethren to one another. (Imam Ghazzali's Ihya Ulum-Id-Din,Volume III, p.124)

141) The habits of earlier generations have attacked you–envy and hatred. Hatred is shaving. You will not enter Paradise till you believe. You will not believe till you love one another. Shall I not inform you what thing will establish you on it? Spread peace among you. (Imam Ghazzali's Ihya Ulum-Id-Din,Volume III, p.167)

142) The best things that a man leaves behind after his death are a virtuous child who invokes Allah for him, a perpetual charity, the reward of which reaches him, and a beneficial knowledge which remains useful after him. (Abu Katada Hadith)

143) One of a child's duties to his father is to make his name and behavior fitting. (Al Hafiz ibn al-Dayba al-Shaybani, Taysir al-'usul ilaJami al-'usul, Volume 2, p. 512)

144) Be hospitable to your children and raise them to be well-behaved ... (Al Hafiz ibn al-Dayba al-Shaybani, Taysir al-'usul ilaJami al-'usul, Volume 2, p. 515)
The whole world is a provision, and the best object of benefit of the world is the pious woman. (Muslim)

145) The most perfect believer in faith is one who is the best of them in good conduct. The best of you is one who treats best with his wife among you. (Imam Ghazzali's Ihya Ulum-Id-Din, VolumeII, p.32)

146) The best of you, is the one who is best to his wives, and I am the best of you toward my wives. (Imam Ghazzali's Ihya Ulum-Id-Din, VolumeII, p.32)

147) ...Shall I inform you about the people of the Fire? They comprise every cruel, violent, proud and conceited person. (Bukhari)

148) Among the people of Hell are there those who will be immersed in fire to their ankles, some to their knees, some to their waists, and some to their throats. (Muslim)

149) When the inhabitants of the Garden have gone to the Garden and the inmates of the Fire have gone to the Fire, death will be called and placed between the Garden and the Fire. Afterward the following announcement will be made: "Inhabitants of the Garden! There is no more death! Inmates of the Fire! There is no more death!" This will increase the delight of the inhabitants of the Garden and the grief of the inmates of the Fire. (Muslim)

150) When the dwellers of Paradise enter Paradise, an announcer will call: (you have a promise from Allah that) you will live therein and you will never die; you will stay healthy therein and you will never fall ill; you will stay young and you will never become old; you will be under a constant bliss and you will never feel miserable. (Muslim)

151) Narrated Abû Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “The strong man is not one who is good at wrestling, but the strong man is one who controls himself in â fit of rage.” (Al-Bukhâri and Muslim)

(courtesy Harun Yahya)

Sunnah and Bid'ah

The Straight Path has been laid out. Our job is only to follow it, not to try to discover new paths.

Once some Jewish scholars said to Sayyidna Umar bin Khattab, may Allah bless him, "The Qur'an contains a verse that if it had been revealed to us, we would have designated a day to celebrate its revelation." Upon enquiry they mentioned the verse: {This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion} [Al-Maida 5:3] "Yes, I know, the time and place when it was revealed," he replied.

Indeed it was a historic day. It was the day of Arafa during the farewell Hajj (pilgrimage) of Prophet Muhammad . This verse announced the completion of a historic process that had started with the coming to earth of Sayyidna Adam, peace be upon him. Allah sent His guidance with him and informed him that in the generations to come there would be additional messengers. The process continued through the 124,000 prophets who were sent to different lands at different times. It culminated with the coming of the Last Messenger, Muhammad peace be upon him. He received revelations over a twenty-three year period. Then during the Farewell Hajj, on the plain of Arafat, in the presence of nearly 150,000 companions, this verse announced that it was all done!

The full significance of this message must never escape us. Islam is unlike all previous revealed religions in one crucial respect. All of them came with expiration dates. Islam has none. The Guidance from Allah had been completed. The religion had been perfected. There would be no new message, no new prophet, no new Shariah, and no new command until the Last Day! The Straight Path has been laid out. Our job is only to follow it, not to try to discover new paths. In Jumuah khutbahs this Ummah has been repeating the hadith: "I warn you of the newly invented matters (in the religion), and every newly invented matter is bid'ah, and every bid'ah is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Hellfire." (an-Nasaa'ee)

In Islamic terminology, Sunnah and Bid'ah are antonyms. Sunnah literally means path, and it is the path shown to us by the Prophet peace be upon him. This includes the Shariah teachings derived from Qur'an, Hadith, the consensus of the companions, and the ijtehad of the qualified imams. Bid'ah means adding or changing articles of faith or religious practices. It can take many forms. One may change the occasion of a prescribed act, thereby extending it to occasions for which it was not meant. One may add restrictions on a desired act that the Shariah had not imposed. One may change the style or form of such an act. One may start doing something collectively that was to be performed individually. Or one may change the Shariah status of an act from permissible to mandatory. Of course, one may also add a ritual where none existed. These are all forms of bid'ah. They are all forbidden.

Bid'ah is like fake currency that tries to drive out the good currency. By design it has the appearance of a virtuous religious act. But it lies outside the Shariah. So do its sources, which, in a great number of cases can be traced to non-Islamic influence from surrounding communities with which Muslim communities historically came into contact. Hence the telltale signs that set it apart from Sunnah. First, bid'ahs normally vary from region to region--- and over time--- revealing their local, non-Islamic source. This is unlike the genuine religious practices that maintain the same form everywhere. No matter where he comes from, a follower of, say, Hanafi Fiqh, will be offering salat in exactly the same way, right down to the minutest detail - like when to raise the index finger. In contrast, the bid'ah practices surrounding, marriage or death in the Indo-Pak subcontinent vary from those in Arabia or Africa.

Second, the bid'ah practices are largely transmitted through oral tradition. Many of these have a pseudo-legal, ritualistic framework of their own, but one would be hard pressed to find it in the standard legal texts! Rather it lives in the folklore.

This leads us to a simple test for determining whether a commonly observed practice is sunnah or bid'ah. If it is performed as a religious ritual, check it out in a reliable book of fiqh. If it is not there, most probably it is not a sunnah. Example: consider the practice of shaking hands after finishing the salat. Open the chapter on salat in your fiqh book. It lists all the steps, in great detail, involved in offering salat. Does it mention the handshake as well? No. There is our clue that it is a bid'ah, which it is. Similarly look at all the rituals normally performed upon the death of a person. Again the fiqh books describe in great detail how the funeral and burial should be done. But do they also mention that on the third day (or the tenth or the fortieth), a gathering should be arranged where participants should recite the Qur'an for the benefit of the deceased and after which they should be served with dinner? Again the answer is no. Again the reason is that all of these common practices are not part of the Shariah. They are an addition or bid'ah.

Of course, this is not a legal principle. (For obvious reasons it can't be for who is to stop someone from writing a book of fiqh that includes the bid'ahs?) Ultimately one has to turn to scholars to determine whether an act is a bid'ah or sunnah. Yet this test can help an ordinary person raise questions about common practices. One factor that helps the propagation of bid'ahs is the attitude that treats religion as hobby rather than as the serious business of submitting to the command of Allah. Pure submission may be "boring." It demands sacrifice. Bid'ahs are fun. On top of that they "promise" reward in the hereafter. This makes the bid'ah more deadly than ordinary sins. From an act we know to be a sin, we can repent. But how can one repent from a wrong that he considers to be right?

But in reality bid'ahs are a tremendous burden. Islamic teachings are simple and easy. When a person dies, Islam teaches that others should be providing food to the bereaved family. Bid'ah requires the exact opposite. Other bid'ahs are also like that. A burden. And the burden in the Hereafter will be much bigger, for "every bid'ah is in the Fire."

Article By : Khalid Baig


The Sunnah

Following the Sunnah (example) of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is a fundamental part of Islam.. Allah orders us in numerous places in the Qu'ran to obey Him and to obey the messenger. Alhumdulillah, the record of the Prophet's (sunnah) have been kept until the present day. It is to our own detriment, if we fail to study both the Qu'ran and the Sunnah.

To be a true Muslim, the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) must be followed. The sources of information about the Sunnah are found in Hadith (sayings and actions of the Prophet as well as things that he silently consented to). There are many authentic books of hadith from which these references are derived as well as scholars of hadith, who spend years of memorizing, studying and understanding the science of hadith.

When a Muslim knows the Qu'ran and seeks to obey the orders of Allah (ta'ala), it naturally follows that he/she will obey the Prophet (peace be upon him) as this is ordered by Allah in Qu'ran.

{And obey Allah and the Messenger (Muhammad ) that you may obtain mercy}(3:132)

Islam is a way of life. Not just a set of orders, restrictions etc, but a spiritual, practical and natural development of the human being and society into a well organized, just and pious state of being. Muslims are those who, by following the Prophet (peace be upon him), who was said to be the 'Qu'ran in action', develop characteristics that are esteemed by all. It is upon the base of such characters, that a truly Islamic society emerges.

The Muslim who follows the Sunnah, learns how to combine strength with gentleness, modesty with courage, patience with fortitude and spirituality with practicality. The Muslim who follows the sunnah of Muhammad (peace be upon him) is kind, gentle and generous to the family, hospitable to the guest, brave in battle and forgiving in victory. The Muslim who follows the Sunnah is modest in dress and manners, wealth is marked by humility and generosity, poverty is accompanied by patience, hope and effort, malice and revenge have no place in the heart and the constant love and fear of Allah (ta'ala) reigns supreme in both heart and mind, and is the pivot point of action in their lives.

May Allah (ta'ala) fortify our Iman and give us knowledge that is beneficial to us. May He, Who is the Most Merciful, let us appreciate the light of Islam, amidst the degeneration of mankind, and establish us on the way of the Sunnah.

Contributed by : Velma Cook, Australia


Friday, July 17, 2009

Facts about the Quran

Islam is the religion of God. It contains the code of life which Allah, the Creator and the Lord of the universe, has revealed for the guidance of mankind.

For a proper reconstruction of Life on this planet man needs two kinds of things, viz. (a) innumerable substances and resources to maintain life and fulfill the material needs of the individual and the society: and (2) knowledge of the principles of individual and social behaviour to maintain justice and tranquility in society and culture. The Lord of the Universe has provided for both these needs in full measure. To cater to the material needs of man He has provided nature with all kinds of resources, which lie at the disposal of man, who can make use of them as he likes. To provide for his spiritual, social and cultural needs He raised His Prophets from among humankind and revealed to them the code of life which can guide man's steps to the Right Path. The Qur'an is the final Book of Divine Guidance, revealed by Allah through His Last Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Each and every word of this Book is from Allah, the Creator of the Universe.


Qur'an laterally means reading or recitation. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did not receive the whole of it at one stretch. Revelations came to him in fragments from time to time, covering a period of 23 years. As soon as he received a revelation the Prophet used to communicate it to his companions and asked them not only to learn it by heart, - in order to recite it during the prayers - but also to write it down.

Though the Holy Qur'an was revealed piecemeal, yet the entire revelation is one organic whole. It is the Word of God, revealed to the last of the Prophets, Muhammad (pbuh) through the angel Gabriel.

Whenever there was a revelation, the Prophet got it inserted at its proper place in the text revealed so far. There is indeed perfect evidence, internal as well as external, that every single word or verse or part of a verse, and every chapter that was revealed, has been put where it belonged, by the Prophet himself under divine guidance. The arrangement of the Qur'an was thus a part of the divine scheme. The Holy Qur'an itself says: "Surely on Us devolves the collecting of it and the reciting of it" . The Holy Qur'an thus existed in a complete and ordered form in the memories of numerous companions in the life-time of the Noble Prophet, and had also been reduced to writing on such materials as were available for writing purposes in those days.

The Holy Qur'an is divided into 114 chapters, each of which is called a Surah, meaning literally "eminence" or "high degree". The chapters are of varying length, the longest comprising one twelfth of the entire Book. All the chapters, with the exception of the last thirty-five, are divided into sections (ruku), each section dealing generally with one subject, and the different sections being inter-related to each other. Each section contains a number of verses. The total number of verses is 6,240.

Another important division of the Holy Qur'an relates to the Makki and Madani surahs. The Noble Prophet, after he was raised to the status of prophethood, lived at Mecca for thirteen years. Then he was forced to migrate to Madinah where he spent the last ten years of his life. Those surahs of the Holy Qur'an which were revealed before the Hijrah is called Makki Surahs and they are ninety-two in number, whereas those revealed after the Hijrah are called Madani Surahs and are twenty two in number. Again there are certain Makki verses in Madani Surahs and vice versa.

The Qur'an is addressed to the entire humanity, transcending all barriers and limitations of race, region or time. Further, it seeks to guide man in all walks of life, spiritual, temporal, individual and collective. It contains directions for the conduct of the head of state as well as a simple commoner, of the rich as well as the poor, for peace as well as for war, for spiritual well-being as for commercial and material prosperity.

The Qur'an seeks, primarily, to develop the personality of the individual and then shape them into an ideal society, for ushering in an era when goodness and virtue may flourish and evil and vice-be eliminated. It declares that every human being will be personally responsible to his Creator. The method of the Qur'an is that it not only gives commands, but also tries to educate the people and convince them about the validity and usefulness of its injunctions. That is why the 'illah' (undeclining reason) of a command is often given. It appeals to the reason of man and invites him to exercise his own intellect in order to understand himself, his station and purpose in life, his conduct with his fellow-being and above all his relationship with his Sustainer.

The Qur'an adopts various ways and methods for enabling man to understand the truth. It relates stories and parables and invokes the testimony of history to show what the right course is, and what doomed the nations in the past. It teaches man the Attributes of the Divine Being which are manifest from the 99 Names of the Almighty, such as, the One, the Creator, the Nourisher, the Sustainer, the Powerful, the Just, the Merciful, etc., The Qur'an also points out what the duties of man are with regard to God, to his fellow-beings and to his own self. It lays stress on the fact that man has been created to fulfill the wishes of his creator and lead his individual and collective life in accordance with the instructions contained in the Holy Book and as taught by the Noble Prophet (pbuh).

The Qur'an is a comprehensive code of life covering each and every aspect and phase of human life. This Book of God lays down the best of rules relating to social life, commerce and economics, marriage and inheritance, penal laws and international conduct.

The diction and style of the Qur'an are magnificent and appropriate to its Divine origin. Its recitation stirs the spirit and soars the imagination of even those who are not so well-versed in the niceties of the Arabic language. Above all, the Qur'an has by virtue of its claim of Divine origin, challenged man to produce, even unitedly, just a few lines comparable to those of the Qur'an. The challenge has remained unanswered to this day.

The words of the Allah are: "And if Ye are in doubt concerning that which We have revealed into Our bondman (Muhammad), then produce a surah of the like thereof, and call your witnesses beside Allah if ye are truthful." (ii:23)

What a challenge the like of which man has never seen and shall never see! For all those who deny the Qur'an to be the Word of God, this challenge shall, till eternity, remain as a perpetual source of humiliation and a proof of their ignorance, prejudice, in competency and powerlessness.

(by Begum A.B.Wakf)

Alfalah Consulting - Kuala Lumpur :
Islamic Investment Malaysia:

The Amazing Facts of Quran

Check this out, very interesting findings of Dr. Tariq Al Swaidan might
grasp your attention:

Dr.Tarig Al Swaidan discovered some verses in the Holy Qur'an that mention
one thing is equal to another, i.e. men are equal to women.

Although this makes sense grammatically, the astonishing fact is that the
number of times the
word man appears in the Qur'an is 24 and number of times the word woman
appears is also 24, therefore not only is this phrase correct in the
grammatical sense but also true mathematically, i.e. 24 = 24.

Upon further analysis of various verses, he discovered that this is
consistent throughout the whole Qur'an, where it says one thing is like
another. See below for astonishing result of the words mentioned number of
times in Arabic Qur'an:

Dunia (one name for life) 115. Aakhirat (one name for the life after this
world) 115
Malaika (Angels) 88 . Shayteen (Satan) 88
Life 145 .... Death 145
Benefit 50 . Corrupt 50
People 50 .. Messengers 50
Eblees (king of devils) 11 . Seek refuge from Eblees 11
Museebah (calamity) 75 . Thanks 75
Spending (Sadaqah) 73 . Satisfaction 73
People who are mislead 17 . Dead people 17
Muslimeen 41 . Jihad 41
Gold 8 . Easy life 8
Magic 60 . Fitnah (dissuasion, misleading) 60
Zakat (Taxes Muslims pay to the poor) 32 . Barakah (Increasing or blessings
of wealth) 32
Mind 49 . Noor 49
Tongue 25 . Sermon 25
Desite 8 . Fear 8
Speaking publicly 18 . Publicising 18
Hardship 114 .... Patience 114
Muhammed 4 . Sharee'ah (Muhammed's teachings) 4
Man 24. Woman 24

And amazingly enough have a look how many times the following words appear:

Salah 5, Month 12, Day 365,
Sea 32, Land 13

Sea + land = 32+13= 45

Sea = 32/45*100=71.11111111%
Land = 13/45*100 = 28.88888889%
Sea + land =100.00%

Modern science has only recently proven that the water covers 71.111% of the
earth, while the land covers 28.889%.

Is this a coincidence?

Question is that Who taught Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) all this?

Reply automatically comes in mind that ALMIGHTY ALLAH taught him this. As
the Qur'an also tells us this.

Facts about the Qur'an - adapted from Shakir

The Glorious Qur'an is the Word of Allah as revealed to His Prophet, Muhammad, peace be on him and his progeny.

On reading the Qur'an one is at once convinced that it is the Word of Allah, for no man can write such perfect guidance on so many subjects.

The Holy Qur'an says that no man will be able to forge even a part of it and that no corruption shall touch it from any side. It is a miracle that the Holy Qur'an has remained unchanged and unaltered during all these 1400 years and it shall remain so till the Day of Resurrection, for Allah, has taken it on Himself to protect it.

The Book of Allah is like an ocean. The less learned, like children, collect pebbles and shells from its shores. The scholars and thinkers, like pearl divers, bring out from it the highest philosophy, wisdom and rulse of a perfect way of living.

For easy dailiy recitation, the Qur'an is divided into thirty equal parts. One part takes only twenty-four reading minutes, and the whole Book requires twelve reading hours. There are 114 chapters, and 6,226 verses, containing 99,464 words made up of 330, 113 letters.

Millions of Muslims read the Qur'an daily. Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq has said that, the minimum dailiy reading of the Qur'an should be fifty verses or one-fourth of the part, about five minutes reading.

(Adapted from Shakir, M.A.: Islamic History)

Hadith An-Nawawi (36-40) with explanation

Hadith An-Nawawi (31-35) with explanation

Hadith An-Nawawi (26-30) with explanation

Hadith An-Nawawi (21-25) with explanation

Hadith An-Nawawi (16-20) with explanation

Hadith An-Nawawi (11-15) with explanation

Hadith An-Nawawi (6-10) with explanation

Hadith An-Nawawi (1-5) with explanation

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Surat At-Taubah: by Abdul Basit Abdus-Samad

A heart-wrenching recitation done during 1958 in Masjid Al-'Amwii, by the late Shaikh Abdul Basit Abdus-Samad - Rahhmatullahi 'alayh.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Home Ministry rescinds gazette on word “Allah” for Christian publications

Kuala Lumpur: The Home Ministry has rescinded a government gazette that allowed conditional use of the word "Allah" in Christian publications with immediate effect.

Admitting that there was a mistake in enacting the gazette that had resulted in confusion over the word in question, Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the government's decision to ban the use of the word 'Allah' in Herald - The Catholic Weekly remained in force until the court decided otherwise.

The government had recently ordered a ban on the Herald's Malay edition until the court makes its decision, as part of conditions for it to be allowed to continue publishing in English, Chinese and Tamil.

"There is a judicial review on the matter and we leave it to the court to decide. I think there was a mistake in enacting the gazette. When we make a mistake, I must admit that there is a need look at it thoroughly.

"As there was a it is better we make a correction," he told reporters, here on Saturday. Syed Hamid was commenting on the call by the Malaysian Islamic Da'wah Foundation (Yadim) earlier Saturday, urging the government to withdraw permission for the conditional use of the word "Allah" in Christian publications.

Its chairman Datuk Mohd Nakhaie Ahmad said the government had not acted wisely in allowing the use of the word in Christian publications which he said could anger Muslims not only in the country but also throughout the world.

A government gazette dated Feb 16 has stated that documents and publications relating to Christianity containing the world "Allah" are prohibited unless the words "FOR CHRISTIANITY" was written on their front covers.

The condition was contained in an order entitled 'Internal Security (Prohibition on Use of Specific Words on Document and Publication) Order 2009'.

Paragraph 2(1) of the order reads: The printing, publication, sale, issue, circulation and possession of any document and publication relating to Christianity containing the words Allah, Kaabah, Baitullah and solat are prohibited unless on the front cover of the document and publication are written with the words "FOR CHRISTIANITY". - Bernama

Saturday, February 14, 2009

New Sister from Australia Converted to Islam

Some Converted Australian Muslims in Australia - Part 2

Some Converted Australian Muslims in Australia - Part 1

Does Islam Oppress Women? - Abdur Raheem Green

Abdur-Raheem Green talks about an important question that is in the minds and in the tongues of many people. It is a claim, an accusation, in fact it is a slander that is made against the religion of Islam. That Islam oppresses women. Abdur-Raheem demonstrates that this is not only a lie and a slander, but also shows which people, nation and ideology is really responsible for oppressing women. He also looks and defines what the word "oppression" means and what Islam says about it.

Born in Dar-es-salaam in Tanzania to British parents, Green's father (born in England), Gavin Green, was a colonial administrator in the then extant British Empire. At an early age he moved back to the UK with his parents. His mother is of original Polish origin. At the age of 10 he attended a Roman Catholic Monastic boarding school at Gilling Castle and then went onto Ampleforth College and went on to study history in the London University. However, he left his education unfinished in an effort to devote himself to Islamic works.

He became dissatisfied with Christianity at the age of 8, with it not making sense to him. Green researched and practiced many religions, including Buddhism (for 3 years) before embracing Islam. Whilst in Britain his father got a job in 1976 working for Barclays Bank International and was subsequently sent to Cairo, Egypt, to set up a branch of the Bank there.

His study of the Noble Qur'an immediately attracted him to Islam and he embraced Islam in 1988. He has been a Daw'ah practitioner in Britain since then. Green now works in the London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre as the Visits and English Dawa Co-ordinator.

Green is seen akin to lecturers such as Dr. Zakir Naik, Dr. Bilal Philips, Khalid Yasin and Yvonne Ridley, doing many lectures on Islam worldwide and also in London's famous Hyde Park, Speakers Corner.

Women in Islam, Liberated or Subjugated? - Abdur Raheem Green

"Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so - for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward."

[Al-Qur'an: Surah Al-Ahzab, Ayat 35]

Abdur Rahim Green talks about Women in Islam - Liberated or Subjugated?

Born in Dar-es-salaam in Tanzania to British parents, Green's father (born in England), Gavin Green, was a colonial administrator in the then extant British Empire. At an early age he moved back to the UK with his parents. His mother is of original Polish origin.

At the age of 10 he attended a Roman Catholic Monastic boarding school at Gilling Castle and then went onto Ampleforth College and went on to study history in the London University. However, he left his education unfinished in an effort to devote himself to Islamic works.

He became dissatisfied with Christianity at the age of 8, with it not making sense to him.

Green researched and practiced many religions, including Buddhism (for 3 years) before embracing Islam.

Whilst in Britain his father got a job in 1976 working for Barclays Bank International and was subsequently sent to Cairo, Egypt, to set up a branch of the Bank there.

His study of the Noble Qur'an immediately attracted him to Islam and he embraced Islam in 1988. He has been a Daw'ah practitioner in Britain since then.

Green now works in the London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre as the Visits and English Dawa Co-ordinator.

Green is seen akin to lecturers such as Dr. Zakir Naik, Dr. Bilal Philips, Khalid Yasin and Yvonne Ridley, doing many lectures on Islam worldwide and also in London's famous Hyde Park, Speakers Corner.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Message from Yusuf Estes

Bismillah Rahman Raheem

Salam alaykum:
We are excited about our new TV channel - soon to open in the U.S. and Canada.
Please help us tell the world -
www.GuideUS.TV - this is the promo site and all we need is to have a lot of visitors to the site.
This builds recognition. Then we open the TV channel - same thing will help build the satellite channel for us - visitors to the channel.
And then - inshallah - we will be qualified to be on the Cable Network, right alongside of CNN, NBC, CBS, Foxx Network, Disney Channel, etc.
Just tell everyone how important it is to visit any of our websites. Here are some of them...
www.GuideUS.TV - (PLEASE - PLEASE - CLICK IT) this is the one to visit everyday if you can - keep it hopping. - Islam TV channels and previous programs "on demand" (exciting) - we plan to have new updates and hot topics everyday, inshallah. - one of the best sites really explain Islam in simple English! Everyone enjoys these home videos and more - about Islam, Muslims, Quran - dawah and even see people accepting Islam (that is a great way to increase iman). use this site to find things of interest to you - just type in the Keywords you are looking for, inshallah.
  • be sure to check out the videos of the scientists who accept the truth of Islam
  • check out the story of me and my family, along with a Catholic priest - excepting Islam.
  • meet others who are Muslims and even some who are coming to Islam - ask direct questions to the scholars
  • - Find out where the scholars are, when they will be in your town - or close by.

Jazakallah khair was salam alaykum,

Yusuf Estes

P.S. remember to in all your emails (like this) & (keep up)

Yusuf Estes and team - all excited about it - did you tell? (why not?)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Fadhilat surah Yasin

Hadrat Ata Ibn-e Abi Ribah berkata bahawa Rasul-ullah SAW di beritakan telah bersabda,"Sesiapa yng membaca surah Yasin di permulaan hari, segala hajatnya bagi hari itu akan dipenuhi".

Banyak kelebihan-kelebihan daripada surah Yasin yang disebutkan di dalam banyak hadith-hadith. Adalah dikatakan di dalam sebuah hadith, "Segala sesuatu mempunyai hati, dan hati bagi Al-Quran ialah surah Yasin. Barangsiapa membaca surah Yasin Allah s.w.t. akan menulis pahala baginya seumpama ia membaca seluruh Al-Quran sebanyak sepuluh kali."

Menurut sebuah hadith yang lain, Allah s.w.t membacakan surah Yasin dan Taha seribu tahun lamanya sebelum terciptanya langit dan bumi dan mendengarkan ini, para malaikat pun berkata,"Umat dimana Al-Quran diturunkan akan dirahmati, hati-hati yang memikulnya , yakni yang menghafalnya akan dirahmati dan lidah-lidah yang membacanya akan juga dirahmati.

Ada satu lagi riwayat yang seumpama ini, "Sesiapa yang membaca surah Yasin semata mata kerana Allah, segala dosa-dosanya yang dahulu akan diampunkan. Oleh itu jadikanlah sebagai amalan untuk di baca ke atas orang yang mati."

Mengikut sebuah hadith, surah Yasin dinamakan Mub'mah (pemberi berita baik) didalam Torah kerana ia mengandungi manafa'at kepada pembacanya, didalam kehidupan dunia dan juga akhirat, ia menghindarkan penderitaan didunia dan juga akhirat dan menjauhkan kedahsyatan dikehidupan akhirat. Surah ini juga dikenali sebagai Rafi'ah Khafidah, iaitu yang mengangkat derjat orang-orang yang beriman dan menurunkan derjat orang-orang yang engkar ( tidak beriman). Menurut satu riwayat Rasul-Ullah s.a.w. bersabda, "Hatiku menghendaki supaya surah Yasin berada di setiap hati Ummatku," Mengikut sebuah hadith yang lain, jika sesaorang itu membaca surah Yasin pada setiap malam dan kemudiannya meninggal dunia, ia akan mati sebagai mati syahid. Diriwayatkan pada hadith yang lain, " Barang siapa membaca surah Yasin, ia akan diampunkan, siapa sahaja yang membaca semasa kelaparan, akan dihilangkan kelaparannya itu, barang siapa membacanya dikala sesat jalan, akan menjumpai jalannya semula, barang siapa membaca kehilangan binatang akan mendapatkannya semula, dan bila sesaorang itu membacanya kerana bimbangkan kekurangan makanan, makanan itu akan mencukupi. Dan jika membaca kepada orang yang menghadapi penderitaan maut, akan dimudahkan baginya. Dan jika sesaorang itu membaca keatas perempuan yang sukar untuk melahirkan anak akan dimudahkan juga baginya."

Maqri rahmat-Ullah 'alaih berkata, "Jikalau surah Yasin dibaca oleh seorang yang takut pemerintah atau musuh, ia akan dihilangkan akan ketakutan itu. "Menurut sebuah hadith yang lain jikalau sesaorang itu membaca surah Yasin dan surah Was-Saffat pada hari Jumaat dan memohon kepada Allah sesuatu, doanya akan diterima. ( Kebanyakan daripada yang diatas dipetik daripada Mazahir-e-haq walaupun sebahagian ulamak hadith telah mempersoalkan sebahagian daripada riwayatnya.)


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