Archive for May, 2008



Whosoever believes in Allah and in the last day

Whosoever believes in Allah and in the last day

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) it is reported that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said,

“Let whosoever believes in Allah and in the Last Day either speak good or remain silent. Let whosoever believes in Allah and in the Last Day honour his neighbour. Let whosoever believes in Allah and in the Last Day honour his guest.”

[Bukhari and Muslim]

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To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return

“To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return”

Al-Fudhayl ibn Iyyâdh (May Allah have mercy on him) said to a man, How many (years) have come upon you?” He replied, “Sixty years.” He said, “Therefore, for sixty years you have been going to your Lord and you are about to reach (Him).” So the man said, “To Allâh we belong and to Him we shall return!” So al-Fudhayl asked, “Do you know the meaning of that (statement)? You are saying, I belong to Allah as a servant and I am going to return to Him. So whoever knows that he belongs to Allah as a servant and that he will return to him, then he should know that he will be stopped. And whoever knows that he will be stopped, then he should know that he will be questioned. And whoever knows that he will be questioned, then let him prepare an answer for the question.”

[Jâmi al-Ulûm wal-Hikam of Ibn Rajab]

Who is the stranger?

Who is the stranger?

A translation of a poem by Shaykh Saad Al Ghamidi based on yesterday’s hadith, “The Strangers”.

“The stranger is he who is serious while the people around him play

And is awake while the people around him sleep

And follows the best path while the people around him plot and plan in their misguidance

And truthful was the poet when he said:

My friend said to me, ‘I see you as a stranger

Amongst these people without a close friend.

I said ‘No! But the people are strange, I’m only in this world and this is my way.

This is indeed the stranger

Strange to those who mock from amongst mankind

But in the Sight of his Lord, he is at a Noble Station.”

Al Ghurabaa

Al GhurabaaThe Strangers

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) it is related that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said,

“Islam began as something strange, and it shall return to being something strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers.”

[Muslim]

A clip by Khalid Yasin (hafidhullah) explaining the abovementioned hadith.

Three types of people attend Friday prayers

Three types of people attend Friday prayers

On the authority of Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al Aas (May Allah be pleased with them all) it is related that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said,

“Three types of people attend Friday prayer: One is present in a frivolous way and that is all that he gets from it. Another comes with a supplication; Allah may grant or refuse his supplication as He wishes. Another is present silently and quietly without stepping over a Muslim or annoying anyone, and that is an atonement for his (minor) sins till the next Friday and three days more, the reason being that Allah, the Exalted says: “He who does a good deed will have ten times as much” [Al Qur’an 6:160]

[Abu Dawood]

The happy end is for the God-Fearing

The happy end is for the God-Fearing.

“As for that life in the hereafter, We shall grant it to those who do not seek to exalt themselves on earth, nor spread corruption. And the happy end is for those who are God-Fearing (those who have Taqwa).”

[Al Qur’an 28:83]

Explanation

“Allah tells us that He has made the home of the Hereafter, and its eternal delights which will never change or fade away, for His believing, humble servants who do not rebel against the truth with pride and oppression in the land. They do not exalt themselves above the creatures of Allah, arrogantly oppressing them and spreading corruption among them.” [Tafsir ibn Kathir]

Those who desire the life of this world

Those who desire the life of this world

Allah, The Most High says,

“Whosoever desires the life of this world and its adornment, we shall repay their deeds to them in it, and they will not suffer any short payment therein, they are those for whom there is nothing but the Fire in the hereafter, and vain are the deeds they did therein. And of no effect is that which they used to do.” [Al Qur’an 11:15,16]

Explanation

Qatadah (May Allah be pleased with him) said regarding this verse, “Whosoever’s concern, intention and goal is this worldly life, then Allah will reward them for their good deeds in this life. Then, when they reach the next life, they will not have any good deeds that will be rewarded. However, concerning the believers (who perform their good deeds sincerely for the sake of Allah), they will be rewarded for their good deeds in this life and in the Hereafter as well.” [Tafsir ibn Kathir]


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