Category Archives: A Great Act Of Worship

Try to help someone in need

We need to remember that Shaitan can sometimes use sadness to defeat the believer, turn him/her against Allah, lead them astray and/or turn them to disbelief entirely.

I have recently read a story about a Qur’an teacher who used to stop her students when they recite the following verse about Satan:

“…that he may grieve those who have believed” (Qur’an 58: 10)

And she would repeat the verse again, just to remind her students of the danger of this issue.

The reality is, we all go through certain situations that make us sad. But Shaitan, if he fails to make people commit sins, he would work on making them ungrateful to Allah and hopeless of any change in their life. Sadness is a great opportunity for him to do that. It is ok to be sad, but if you remain in sadness for too long, you’ll get weaker and your interest in worshipping Allah and doing good deeds will get weaker also and you will start to imagine hopeless scenarios on how things will never get better. You will start forgetting all the good Allah has done for you in the past and all the good you’re living in now because of fixating your mind and heart and energy on the current problem or what you are currently missing.

This feeling of total ingratitude to Allah eventually leads one to disbelief in Him.

As Satan said:

“Then I will come to them from before them and from behind them and on their right and on their left, and You will not find most of them grateful [to You].” (Qur’an 7: 17)

So watch your sadness. Do not allow it to stay too long. There is hope, there is always hope and Allah will always help.

Remember the story of Mary (peace be upon her). Remember that she also felt overwhelmed because of the situation she was in, to the extent that she said:

“And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, “Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten.” ( Qur’an19: 23)

But then Allah immediately consoled her and reminded her not to dwell in sadness and to just take the means available and then things will be resolved.

“But he called her from below her, “Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream. And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates. So eat and drink and be contented. And if you see from among humanity anyone, say, ‘Indeed, I have vowed to the Most Merciful abstention, so I will not speak today to [any] man.’ ” ( Qur’an 19: 24-26)

So always remember that. When you are sad, try to do the following:

1- Be in good company of righteous friends.

2- Try to help someone in need.

3- Seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan ALOT. Listen to the words of Allah from the Qur’an and recite them.

4- write a list of the many things Allah has blessed you with.

5- And remember that most definitely Allah brings ease with the hardship. “For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” ( Qur’an 93: 5-6)

6- Also make this dua:

“Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oothu bika minal-hammi walhazani, wal’ajzi walkasali, walbukhli waljubni, wa dhala’id-dayni wa ghalabatir-rijaal”

“O Allah, I seek refuge in You from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, from miserliness and from cowardice, from being overcome by debt and overpowered by men (i.e. others).”

7- And remember all the verses in which Allah has reminded the believers to not be sad….

“So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers.” (Qur’an 3: 139)

“And grieve not over them or be in distress from what they conspire.” (Qur’an 27:70)

“So let not their speech grieve you. Indeed, We know what they conceal and what they declare.” (Qur’an 36: 76)

“And We inspired to the mother of Moses, “Suckle him; but when you fear for him, cast him into the river and do not fear and do not grieve. Indeed, We will return him to you and will make him [one] of the messengers.” ( Qur’an 28: 7)

“So We restored him to his mother that she might be content and not grieve and that she would know that the promise of Allah is true. But most of the people do not know.” (28: 13)

The promise of Allah is true, there will always be relief and there is always hope. Get out of the sadness and do something positive that you love and that benefits people and insha’Allah, you will benefit as well and you will be assured. Afterall, this entire life is temporary. On the Day of Judgement we’ll feel that we didn’t live but for a few hours, and there is nothing in this temporary world that is worth damaging your relationship with your Eternal Creator, The Owner of The Day of Judgement, The Most Merciful.Source: striving-abd

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She was THE first person to therefore say the shahadah

Dear sisters: when looking for ways to empower yourselves please stop referring to Umm Al-Mumineen as just a business woman.

If you want to run a business go for it. Islam empowers you as a woman to work, to earn, to own a business, and to keep the income.

But pretty please stop reducing Khadijah and her name down to business woman.

She wasn’t a smaller woman in Islamic history where we may know her for mostly that fact.

She was THE first person to know and recognize that Muhammad was indeed being visited by and spoken to by Angel Gabriel.

She was THE first person to comfort when he was overwhelmed and shaking from the awesomeness of experiencing an Angel, of being squeezed by him, and of hearing the first verses of The Quran being recited to him.

She was THE first person who brought him to her religious uncle who was a Christian, and upon hearing the details of what happened, knew with certainty that he was being spoken to by the same Angel that had spoken to other Prophets. He knew he was the one the Bible was talking about would come.

She was THE first person to officially become Muslim and recognize Muhammad (saw) as a Prophet of God.

She was THE first person to therefore say the shahadah.

She was the THE first person who performed Salah with Prophet Muhammad.

She was his first loving and amazing beloved wife for 25 years until she passed away.

She was one of our strongest in faith, most beautiful role models, and given the title Mother of the Believers because like a mother does, she sacrificed herself and everything she had so people would learn about who their Lord was and what their purpose in life was.

Our religion rests on the shoulders of many women’s knowledge, scholarship, and sacrifices.

From day one until today.

So yes, she did run a trade business. Yes, she was wealthy. Yes, she did employ Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) before he was a Prophet. Yes, she was smart and did well as a business woman.

And yes, one of my favorites, she turned down a ton of suitors and instead had a friend initiate asking if Prophet Muhammad would be available for marriage and if he would consider her for marriage. She initiated the proposal and she was older than him and previously married.

I know because of backwards cultural junk many women have struggled to have their own work, money, or businesses which are fully halal.

I know there are cultural beliefs that try to control women and so I understand that referring to Khadijah is part of searching for proof that Islam has always honored full human beings in women.

That being a leader, running a business, and being in charge of men isn’t counter to being a proper woman as she did all of this in a dignified manner.

But she is so so so much greater than a footnote as “business woman” and so I hope we will refer to her with the grace and honor she deserves.

Khadijah is a role model for me in so many ways and I long to meet her in Jannah, inshaAllah.

I pray when we follow her footsteps, we remember she had many paths she tread but all lead back to our Ultimate purpose: knowing and serving God.

-Sister Megan WyaatSource: abuqudamah01

Sunnah of Pregnancy

SUNNAH OF PREGNANCY

Having children is one of the blessings of Allah. God provides us all with different rizq (well-being), health and offsprings. All of these things are gifts from God and we should be grateful for what we are given and never complain for what we don’t have.

⏩It is sunnah to announce the birth of the child once the baby arrives but till that moment below are some beneficial practices for you and your child in sha Allah.

💮KEEP IT PRIVATE
If you are expecting a baby, keep thanking God for this gift and keep it private among close relatives. There is a general principle which should be paid attention to when telling others of blessings. The news should be given only to those who wish good for you and will rejoice over it, so as to ward off the evil eye and destructive envy (hasad). The evidence for that is the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Be discreet in order to achieve what you want, for everyone who is blessed is envied.”

Narrated by al-Tabaraani and Abu Nu’aym; classed as sahaah by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 943.

💮BE THANKFUL
Be thankful to Allah for having chosen you for such a gift. The first trimester is hard for some women who suffer from nausea (morning sickness) and weakness; and the last weeks of pregnancy are exhausting:
Allah says in the Quran: “…His mother carried him, [increasing her] in weakness upon weakness…” (Surah Luqman:14)

“…His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship…” (Surah al-Aĥqaf:15)

– even then, keep thanking Allah and believe that He will never burden you more than you can bear! He is indeed the best of planners and knows what is best for us!

💮FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE MOTHER OF Maryam (AS)
What a blessed mother was she who gave birth to Maryam! So why not follow her footsteps and make the same dua (supplication) she did when she was expecting as narrated in the Quran: “[Mention, O Muhammad], when the wife of ‘Imran said: My Lord, indeed I have pledged to You what is in my womb, consecrated [for Your service], so accept this from me. Indeed, You are the Hearing, the Knowing.” (Surah Aal Imran: 35)

With this dua, renew your intention every day that this baby would be a pious servant of Allah. Insha’Allah your intentions and prayers will have a positive effect in creating an innate bond between your child and the deen (religion) of Allah!

💮WHEN RUH (SOUL) ENTERS YOUR BABY
It is narrated in a hadith by the Prophet (sa) that: “Each one of you is constituted in the womb of the mother for forty days, and then he becomes a clot of thick blood for a similar period, and then a piece of flesh for a similar period. Then Allah sends an angel who is ordered to write four things. He is ordered to write down his deeds, his livelihood, his (date of) death, and whether he will be blessed or wretched (in religion). Then the soul is breathed into him…” (Bukhari)

Based on this hadith, jurists have inferred that the soul enters the foetus at around 4 months/120 days after gestation, that is, the second trimester. As you enter your second trimester, make frequent dua to Allah to pre-ordain for your baby a life of unwavering faith.

💮RECITE THE QURAN FOR YOUR BABY
Around the 20th week, the baby in the womb gains the ability to hear. This is a great time to create a one-on-one, exclusive bond with your unborn baby by reciting the Quran every day. The sound waves of your voice will reach your baby and what better words than the melodious Quran for your baby to hear and get familiar with. Give your child a head start in creating a relationship and bond with the Quran even before he comes in this world. This is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your child!

💮READ UP
Perhaps one of the things that the woman should focus on during this period is learning about sound methods of raising children, reading books on this topic or listening to useful lectures by scholars on it, whether that has to do with moral upbringing, health, psychology, pedagogy, and so on, in preparation for the great mission with which Allah has entrusted the parents, which is the trust of raising and caring for the child, so that the parents may embark upon it with knowledge and insight and achieve the best results, and attain the pleasure of Allah in this world and in the Hereafter.

💮DUAS
As for the acts of worship that the pregnant woman can do, they are all the acts of worship that the Muslim does by day and by night, such as praying, fasting (so long as there is no fear of harm), giving charity, reading Qur’aan, regularly reciting the adhkaar that are prescribed in sharee‘ah, treating people kindly, visiting relatives, taking stock of oneself, and striving to attain the best attitudes, actions and words

💮FOOD AND FITNESS
Meditation through prayer: Many people will guide you towards yoga and meditation, which are a great way to relax your overworked body. However remember that prayer is the best form of meditation and it will calm you and soothe your baby as well.

💮Keep checking in with Allah: Stay connected with Allah and talk to Him about your fears and difficulties. Make istikharah (guidance prayer) for all decisions, especially when choosing your doctor and your delivery options. Ask Allah to grant you a safe delivery, a righteous child, and an easy transition into motherhood.

💮Avail the maternity leave Allah has given, if needed: The Prophet (sa) said: “Allah has relieved the traveller of half of the prayer and of the duty to fast, and He has relieved pregnant and nursing mothers (of the duty to fast).” (Sunan an-Nasa’i; reliable) If you feel that you are unable to fast due to weakness or any other complication, you can leave your fast without any worry. However do remember to mark it somewhere so that you don’t forget to make it up later.

💮Eat beneficial foods: Add honey, milk, figs, and dates to your diet as all of these have been mentioned in the Quran or the hadith for their benefits.
♥️May Allah make our pregnancy easy, and grant us pious child who will be sadqa e jariah for us…

establish the prayer and pay the Zakat

The Keys for Receiving Provisions | Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

Receiving Provisions has keys, the most important are five:

The First: Being continuous upon the five daily prayers.

This is from the secrets of where paying Zakat is repeatedly connected to establishing the prayer.

This is – and Allaah knows best – an indication that whoever established the prayer then their provision will increase and they will possess wealth more than they need, so much so that paying Zakat becomes obligatory upon them. This is why the saying of Allaah is repeated [in the Qur’aan]:

<<establish the prayer and pay the Zakat>>

The Second: Seeking Forgiveness

Allaah Subhanahu says:

<<And O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him, He will send you (from the sky) abundant rain, and add strength to your strength, so do not turn away as Mujrimun (criminals, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah).>> [Hud:52]

And Allaah Subhanahu says:

《”I said (to them): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; ‘He will send rain to you in abundance; ‘And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.” What is the matter with you, [that you fear not Allaah (His punishment), and] you hope not for reward (from Allaah or you believe not in His Oneness).》[Nuh:10-13]

The Third: keeping good relations with relatives

The most important and at the forefront is being good to parents.

From Anas bin Malik -Radhi Allaahu anhu- who said I heard the Messenger of Allaah –sallAllaahu alayhi wa Salam– saying:
‘Whoever is pleased that his provision is increased or that his life is lengthened then he should keep good relations with his relatives.’ [Collected by Bukhari]

The Fourth: Taqqwa of Allaah

Allaah Ta’ala said :

《And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allaah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allaah has set a measure for all things.》[Talaq: 2-3]

The Fifth: Performing Hajj & Umrah a lot.

From Abdullaah -Radhi Allaahu anhu- who said that the Messenger of Allaah –sallAllaahu alayhi wa Salam – said:

‘Follow up between Hajj and Umrah since they wipe out poverty and sins, just as the furnace separates the iron slag from gold and silver. There is no reward for a Hajj done correctly except Paradise.’

[Collected by Tirmidhi, Nisa’ee & authenticated by Albaani in Saheeh Sunnan Tirmidhi]

[Taken from https://www.facebook.com/mohammadbazmool?fref=nf]
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Concern with the Book of Allāh

Shaykh Ibn Bāz (rahimahullāh) said,

In general, memorisation is from knowledge and fahm is greater and the head and foundation of knowledge is the Qurān.

Therefore whoever desires knowledge then let him contemplate on the Qurān and give importance to the Qurān, in terms of memorisation, contemplation, revision and action upon it.

And the knowledge of the companions, most of it was from the Qurān, some of them did not memorise except a few ahādīth; however Allāh benefited them by their knowledge and their concern with the Book of Allāh.

Sharh Kitāb at-Tawhīd min Sahīh al-Bukhāri pg 410-411

The one who

The Fortunate one and the Miserable one….

Return to Allah ﷻ and seek Him in your eye, ear, heart and tongue and do not forget to seek Him in these four ways.

Whoever obeys Him is doing so concerning these four. Whoever does not, is also doing so by means of these four.

The fortunate one is he who hears, sees, speaks and attacks while seeking the pleasure of Allah and the miserable one is the one who does so seeking his own pleasure and desires.

●[Ibn Al-Qayyim (Rahimahullah) in, Al-Fawa’id, p.60]

We are in more need of following this advice

The Companions are our Example

“And keep yourself steadfast [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose affair is ever [in] neglect.” (Qur’an, 18:28)

This is a command to the Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi wa sallam) to remain steadfast with those righteous servants of God (i.e. the companions). We are in more need of following this advice, especially in times of deception and chaos. The companions are the role models in understanding the Qur’an, the Sunnah, and practising the religion. Their Sunnah is the Sunnah, and everyone after them is secondary to them.

Therefore, whenever seeking to understand a verse or a Hadith correctly, see how the companions looked at it, and surely therein is the guidance. May Allah be pleased with them. One thing that made Imam Ahmad stand out is his exceptional knowledge of the fiqh and tafsir of the companions. No wonder he became a leader for those who came after him.

Zahed Fettah