Category Archives: A Great Act Of Worship

Rabb multiplies and gives a great reward out of His Own

“Surely, Allah does not wrong even to the measure of a particle, And if it be a good deed, He multiplies it and gives a great reward out of His Own pleasure.” [4:40]

Commentary:

That is, Allah Almighty does not allow the reward of good deeds from anyone be reduced in any manner or quantity whatsoever. In fact, He adds extra rewards, in multiples, in special Divine favours, and the life of Akhirah will witness this supreme mercy of the Lord.

With Allah, the least human measure of thawab or reward is that one good deed gets recorded as ten. Then, this does not stop at that; through sheer mercy and grace, Allah bestows manifold increase into this treasure of good deeds. Some hadith narrations tell us that there are deeds the reward for which rises as high as two million times.

The truth of the matter is that Allah is al-Karim, the most-noble, the most-generous – He Himself, in His limitless mercy and grace, so increases the quantum of his blessing on His servants that it simply cannot be counted or measured in our human terms.

The extents of His generosity and the dimensions of His very Being are beyond human concep¬tualization – who can dare calculate the incalculable

Incidentally, the word, ذَرَّ‌ةٍ : dharrah” appearing in this verse has been translated here as ‘particle’ following the generally recognized meaning it carries.

However, some commentators have pointed out that ‘dharrah’ is the name of the smallest kind of red ant which the people of Arabia used to cite as an example of something very light and insignificantly small.

[Tafseer Ma’ariful Qur’an Surah 4 – An-Nisaa – Ayah 40]

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Seek a lof of forgiveness

Who Should Be Your Companion…

Advice of Sufyan Al-Thawree (rahimahullah) to Alee ibn Al-Hasan As-Sulamee:

Your companion should be the one who prevents you from being preoccupied with things of the worldly life that will divert you from Allaah, and one who makes you desire and work for the Hereafter.

Beware of accompanying people who make the dunyah their goal, those who are engrossed in speaking about the worldly life; indeed they will corrupt your religion and your heart.

Remember death much, and seek a lot of forgiveness from what has passed of your sins, and ask Allah for safety for what remains of your life.

●[Hilyatul Awliyaa Vol. 7 Pg. 82]

Giving ease to the Heart

*From The Means Of Ease And Delight For The Heart*

Shamsuddeen Muhammad Bin Abee Bakr Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah [D.751 A.H.] [رحمه الله] said:

❝From the means of ease and delight for the heart, is: continuous remembrance of Allaah in all circumstances, and in every place.

Dhikr has an amazing effect in giving ease to the heart, and pleasure to the heart.

Negligence has a strange effect on making the heart constrained, imprisoning it and punishing it.❞

[Zaad al-Ma’ad By Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, (2/25) | Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya Miraath al-Anbiyya]

To sit in the circles of remembrance, with the teachers and scholars.

Knowledge is not achieved merely through extensive reading or by accumulating books. It is gained by studying with the people of knowledge, it is acquired from the scholars.

Knowledge is achieved, thus, by the scholars passing it on and is not just by collecting books as some people think. Some people today collect books, reading from the books of hadeeth, Jarh and Tadeel (the science of looking into the narrators of hadeeth and criticism),

Tafseer and the likes thereof. They claim that, with that, they have gained knowledge. However, this type of knowledge is not built upon a foundation, nor is it built upon principles, because it is not gained from the people of knowledge.

It is a must, therefore, to sit in the circles of remembrance, with the teachers and scholars it is a must that one is patient upon seeking knowledge.

[Trials of Life by Shaykh Fawzan p. 63]

The Effect Of Adherence To The Sunnah

The Effect Of Adherence To The Sunnah Or Adherence To Innovations Will Become Manifest Upon The Faces Of Its Relevant People

Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [رحمه الله] said:

❝And so this handsomeness and beauty which radiates from the performance of righteous deeds within the heart that then take effect upon the face.

Whilst ugliness and disfigurement which radiates from the performance of corrupt deeds within the heart that then take effect upon the face as has preceded.

Then that is strengthened by the strength of the righteous actions and the corrupted actions. So every time righteousness and fearfulness to Allaah becomes abundant; the handsomeness and beauty are also strengthened.

Whilst every time sin and transgression are strengthened; then ugliness and disfigurement are also strengthened. This is until they wipe away what the appearance contained from beauty and ugliness.

For how many were there that were not of handsome appearance, however through the performance of righteous deeds his beauty and attractiveness intensified until that became manifest upon his appearance.

For this reason, that becomes manifest in clear manifestation with the continuity of abominations [shameful deeds] towards the end of ones life when drawing close to death – for we see the faces of the people of the Sunnah and obedience; every time they grow older their handsomeness and attractiveness increases.

Such that one of them may become in his older age more handsome and beautiful than he was in his youth.

Likewise we find the faces of the people of innovation and sinfulness that every time they grow older their ugliness and disfigurement intensifies in a way that it is not viewed as such by the one who was overcome with that during his youth due to the apparent beauty of its appearance.

This is clear to see in every one that exalts his innovation and his wickedness such as the Raafidhah and the people of wrongful misdeeds and depraved lewdness from the Turks and the likes of them.

For indeed the Raafidhee; every time he gets older; his face becomes uglier – and his disfigurement becomes yet greater. Until his resemblance strongly imitates that of the pigs.¹ For he may even be transformed into a pig or an ape – just as it has been reported in regards to them from multiple sources.❞²

[Al-Istiqaamah, (1/364) | Translated By Abū Haatim M. Farooq]

Translators Note:

[1] The reason for why this happens is explained by Ibn Al-Qayyim [رحمه الله] who said:

❝Read also the piggish transcript upon the appearance of those that resemble them – particularly of those who are enemies to the best of the creation of Allaah after the Messengers. They are the companions of the Messenger [ﷺ], for indeed this transcript [copy] is clear upon the faces of the Raafidhah – it is read by every believer – literate or illiterate.

It manifests and subsides in accordance to the piggish nature of the heart and its filth. For indeed; the pig is the most filthy of the animals and the vilest of them in disposition, and from that which is exclusive to it is that it leaves off the good things – and so does not eat them. The human gets up and leaves his excrement whilst it [the pig] hastens to it. So ponder over the conformity of this attribute with the enemies of the companions in how you will find it applied and closed upon them.

For indeed they betook themselves against the best of the creation of Allaah and the purest of them and so took to being their enemy and distanced themselves from them.❞

[Miftaah Daarus Sa’aadah, (2/254) | Also in Ighaathatul Lahfaan, (2/476) in which the author gives further insight to the bad consequence of following this foul madhab and its manifestation upon the faces of its adherents. | Translated By Abū Haatim M. Farooq]

[2] Regarding this, Shaykh ul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [رحمه الله] stated elsewhere:

❝…Likewise the Raafidhah, in their midst is the curse of Allaah and His punishment for the shirk of how they resemble them [those nations] in some aspects. Indeed; it has been established through multiple sources that amongst them are those who have been transformed; just as they [those nations] were once transformed. For Al-Haafidh Aboo ‘Abdillaah Muhammad bin ‘Abdil-Waahid [Al-Maqdisee] authored a book he entitled: ‘The Prohibition of Reviling the Companions; and What has been Reported in That from Blameworthiness and Punishment’ and he mentions in it a range of well-known stories in that regard.

And I myself am aware of other stories concerning them which he did not cite.❞

[Minhaaj us-Sunnah an-Nabawiyyah, (1/485-486) | Translated By Abū Haatim M. Farooq]

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Astaghfirullah

People often forget the importance of the simple yet powerful dua (supplication) – Istighfar i.e., saying “Astaghfirullah” (I seek forgiveness of Allah). It is the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) to seek istighfaar 100 times daily. Let us see the benefits and virtues of reciting this simple beautiful supplication inShaAllah.

Istighfar (Astaghfirullah) is the gateway of relief and happiness. Whenever you are in distress start reciting it and Insha Allah it will take you out of your anxiety and will put you in a peaceful situation and will give you happiness.

Istighfar removes anxiety and duas are answered.
Istighfar opens the door of sustenance.
Istighfar opens the door of mercy.
Istighfar opens the door of knowledge.
Istighfar is also gateway of productivity.
Istighfar relieves you.

When you feel that sadness within you, when you are disturbed and frustrated, when anxiety surrounds you, say “Astaghfirullah” “Astaghfirullah”…

Reciting Astaghfiruallah is an effective method of calming our self and wipes away the variety of worldly worries from our mind and body. It may also help us, if we are suffering from depression, it calm us and lessen our depression.

Astaghfirullah also helps us to refrain from all forms of sins. Regularly saying this reminds us that Allah is everywhere and in this way there is very small chances of doing wrongful actions.

Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) said:

The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said, “If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not.”
[Abu Dawud].

In another hadith, Abdullah bin Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
“The one who (regularly) says Istighfaar, that is, frequently repent to Allah Ta’aala for sins committed, Allah Azza Wa-Jal will open a path from poverty and difficulties. All sorrow and hardship will be removed, and in its place prosperity and contentment granted. One will receive sustenance from unimagined and unexpected sources.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has said in another Hadith:
“The one who seeks forgiveness for Muslim males and females from Allah Ta’aala twenty six or twenty five times every day, Allah Ta’ala will count that person among those whose Du’a is accepted, and through the barakah of whom those on earth gain Rizq (sustenance).”

Do Tasbih of Astaghfaar at least 100 times daily as it is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

In one minute, you can say “Astaghfirullah” more than 100 times! The virtue of seeking forgiveness is well-known, it is a reason of obtaining forgiveness, entering Paradise, having good provisions, increasing one’s strength, repelling harm, having affairs facilitated, the descent of rain, and increasing in wealth and children.

The doors of repentance are always open therefore don’t delay your repentance in a hope of tomorrow, as tomorrow is uncertain , Repent now and make it a habit to ask Allah’s forgiveness by reciting “Astaghfirullah”.

Say I believe in Allah’s mercy, I have sinned, I have gone astray, I have been negligent, but still I believe in Allah’s soothing mercy and forgiveness, I’ll not despair!

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How to wake up early for Fajr

How to wake up early for Fajr:

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-‘Uthaymeen:

Do a number of things.

The first thing is that you sleep early. That you sleep early. And it is for this reason the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam used to hate [one’s] sleeping before Eshaa’ and enganging in discussions after it so that a person may go to sleep early in order to wake up early. This is one.

Second is that you have an intention at the time of going to sleep. a resolve, and determination that you are going to wake up for Fajr prayer. Then waking up will be easy for you.

Third is that you use an alarm clock you put by your head that sets off an alarm for you. And if you’re afraid that when it goes off, you’ll switch it off, turn off the sound, and keep sleeping, keep it away from you a bit. And someone, out of concern for the prayer, would put the alarm clock in a tin can [words unclear] and keep it at a distance from himself, so that it would have a powerful sound, so he would wake up. Do this. There’s nothing prohibiting [it].

If this weren’t easy for you, put a telephone by your head, if you have a telephone, and tell one of your brothers, “When the Adhaan for Fajr is given, give me a ring.” What’s important is that a person can do things which result in his waking up so that he can perform Fajr in its time. And one who makes laziness a habit for himself will remain upon laziness.

(voices too faint to hear requesting further clarification from the Shaikh)

As for prayer in other than its time, if one intended [that], then the prayer is not accepted. It is rejected from him, even if he were to pray it a thousand times, due to the saying of the Prophet peace be upon him , Whoever does an act that is not under our legislation, it will be rejected,“ meaning it is returned back to him [unaccepted]

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