Looking After Widow and Orphans

The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “The one who looks after a widow and a poor person is like the Mujahid in the Cause of Allah, or like the one who fasts all day and stands (in prayer) all the night.” 

[Jami’ at-Tirmidhi 1969]

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When Entering the House and Eating

The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “If a person mentions the Name of Allah (Bismillah) upon entering his house or eating, Satan says, addressing his followers: ‘You will find no where to spend the night and no dinner.’ But if he enters without mentioning the Name of Allah, Satan says (to his followers); ‘You have found (a place) to spend the night in, and if he does not mention the Name of Allah at the time of eating, Satan says, ‘You have found (a place) to spend the night in as well as food’.” 

[Muslim] 

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Walk to the Mosque.

The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “He who purifies (performs Wudu’) himself in his house and then walks to one of the houses of Allah (mosque) for performing an obligatory Salat, one step of his will wipe out his sins and another step will elevate his rank (in Jannah).”

[Muslim, Riyad-as-Saaliheen 1054] 

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The Descent of Jesus (Peace be upon him)

Allah’s Messenger (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, surely (Jesus,) the son of Mary will soon descend amongst you and will judge mankind justly (as a Just Ruler); he will break the Cross and kill the pigs and there will be no Jizya (i.e. taxation taken from the non Muslims). 

Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it, and a single prostration to Allah (in prayer) will be better than the whole world and whatever is in it.” 

Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him) added, “If you wish, you can recite (this verse of the Holy Book):- ‘And there is none of the people of the Scriptures (Jews and Christians) but must believe in him (i.e. Jesus as an Apostle of Allah and a human being) before his death. And on the Day of Judgement, He will be a witness against them. ‘

(4.159)

[Sahih al-Bukhari 3448] 

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When the Trumpet will be Blown…

Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “How can I feel at ease when the Angel of the Trumpet, (Israfil) has put his lips to the Trumpet and is waiting for the order to blow it.” He (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) perceived as if this had shocked his Companions, so he (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) told them to seek comfort through reciting: “Hasbunallah wa ni’mal-Wakil.”

{Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)}

[At-Tirmidhi, riyad as-salihin 409, authenticated by Shaykh Al-Albaanee]

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A Beautiful Hadith for a Saddened Mother.

After a miscarriage, when a fetus is returned to Allah, The Most Exalted.

Allah says, “That day will come which even if the carrier (Mother) is destined for the throws of hell, you will rescuse her with your umbilical cord and pull her into Jannah.” 

[Sunan ibn Majah Vol.1, Book 6, Hadith 1608] 

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Those who will be Punished (Hadith)

 

 

 

The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “He who narrates a dream which he has not seen will be put to trouble to join into a knot two barley seeds which he will not be able to do; and he who seeks to listen to the talk of a people (secretly) will have molten lead poured into his ears on the Day of Resurrection; and he who makes a picture (of people or other creatures with a soul, such as animals and insects) will be (severely punished), and he will be asked to infuse spirit therein, which he will not be able to do.”

[Al-Bukhari, Riyad As-Saaliheen 1544]

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Yawning and Sneezing (Hadith)

The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Allah likes sneezing and dislikes yawning. When any one of you sneezes and says ‘Al-Hamdu Lillah (Praise be to Allah)’. It becomes obligatory upon every Muslim who hears him to respond with ‘Yarhamuk-Allah (May Allah have mercy on you)’. Yawning is from the devil. When one of you feels like yawning, he should restrain it as much as possible, for the devil laughs when one of you yawns.
[Al-Bukhari]

It was reported from Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “If any one of you sneezes, let him say, ‘Alhumdulillah’, and let his brother or his companion say, ‘Yarhamuk-Allah’. And if he says to him, ‘Yarhamuk-Allah’, let him say, ‘Yahdeekum Allahu wa yusliha baalakum (May Allah guide you and correct your thinking.’” – Reported by Al-Bukhari 10/502

Sneezing brings a person the blessing of relief by releasing vapours that were trapped in the head which, if they were to remain there, would cause him pain and sickness. For this reason, Islam tells him to praise Allah for this blessing and for the fact that his body is still intact after this jolt that shook him like an earthquack; for sneezing causes a disturbing movement in the body.

When a person mentions Allah and praises Him, this annoys the Shaytan in several ways, for example: the act of sneezing itself which Allah likes, his praising Allah for it, the Muslims praying for mercy for him, and his prayer for them to be guided. All of this annoys the Shaytan and makes him upset, so the believer is told to rejoice over his annoyance of his enemy.

Ibn Hubayrah said, “If a person sneezes, this is an indication of good health, sound digestion and physical strength, so he should praise Allah. This is why the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) commanded us to praise Allah.”

It is also important to know that the Muslim should submit to the texts and act in accordance with them without trying too hard to understand precisely why a text commands or forbids something. He should believe that Allah, the Most High and Exalted, is the Wise and Aware; Who does not prescribe anything for His slaves unless it is in their best interests, in this world and in the next, although it may cross their minds and some people may understand a part of the wisdom behind it whilst others will never know. The Muslim’s basic rule is to follow the commands. To follow what the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) ordered us to do because if you don’t follow the Sunnah, you’re not really following the right path.

And Allah, The Magnificent knows best.

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Day of Arafah

Abu Qatada al-Ansari narrated that Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah, whereupon he said: “It expiates the sins of the preceding year and the coming year.”

In Sahih Muslim, it was narrated from Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) that Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There is no day on which Allah frees more people from the Fire than the Day of Arafah. He comes close and expresses His fulfillment to the Angels, saying, “What do these people want?”

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The best of Dua is Dua of the Day of Arafah, and the best of what I and the Prophets before me have said is: Laa Ilaahaa illall laahu-wah dahu laa shareeka lahu-lahul mulku-wa lahul hamdu- wa huwa alaa kulli shayin kadeer.
[None has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partners. His is the dominion and His is the praise, He has power over all things – Tirmidhi]

The Day of Arafah falls on the 9th day of Dhul al-Hijjah of the lunar Islamic calendar. At dawn of this day, Muslim pilgrims make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside called Mount Arafah. It was from this site that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) gave his farewell sermon in the final year of his life.

Allah, the Most High and Exalted says in Surah al Maa’idah 5:3,

“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as your religion.”

Imam Ibn Kathir in his tafsir says,

“Imam Ahmad recorded that Tariq bin Shihab said, “A Jewish man said to Umar bin Al-Khattab, ‘O Leader of the Believers! There is a verse in your Book which is read by all of you (Muslims). And had it been revealed to us, we would have taken that day (on which it was revealed) as a day of celebration.’
Umar bin Al-Khattab asked, ‘Which is that verse?’. The Jew replied,
‘This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as your religion.’
Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) replied, ‘By Allah! I know when and where this verse was revealed to Allah’s Messenger. It was the evening on the Day of Arafah on a Friday.”

The Day of Arafah is also significant because Allah swore by this Day in Surah al-Burooj, 85:1-3:
“By the sky containing great stars. And (by) the promised Day. And (by) the witness and what is witnessed.”

Allah, the Most High and Exalted swears by nothing except that which is great and mighty! So, the Day of Arafah is of great significance.

It was reported from Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“The promised day is the Day of Ressurection, the witnessed day is the Day of Arafah, and the witnessing day if Friday” – Tirmidhi

It is Sunnah to recite the Takbeer (Allahu Akbar – Allah is the most Great),
Tahmeed (Alhamdulillah – All Praise are Allah’s),
and Tahleel (Subhan Allah – Glorified is Allah), during the 10 Days of Dhul-al Hijjah.This is the least of act of worship that a Muslim can do during these days.

Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “There is no day more honorable in Allah’s sight and no acts more beloved therin to Allah than those in these ten days. So say tahleel, takbeer, and tahmid a lot (on those days).”– Ahmad

Recite and revive your relationship with the Quran, do more good deeds, pray nawafil prayers, fast, pray Tahajjud and give in charity because the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these days.”, The Companions asked, “O Messenger of Allah, not even Jihad in the Way of Allah?”, He said, “Not even Jihad save for the man who puts his life and wealth for Allah’s sake and returns with neither of them.”

[Note- Only those who aren’t able to perform Hajj have to fast, Insha Allah.]

Last but not the least, offer your Qurbani or (Udhhiya). The sacrifice of a livestock animal during Eid Al-Adhaa.

Jaabir, (May Allah be pleased with him) said, “I prayed on Eid Al-Adhaa with the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) and when he finished (the prayer), he was brought one ram, and he sacrificed it. He said, ‘In the Name of Allah, Allah is Most Great. This is on behalf of myself, my family members and any of my Ummah who did not offer a sacrifice.”

 

May Allah, The Most High, the Exalted and The Most Loving, give us a chance to be among those who perfrom Hajj next year. May He accept our prayers, our Dua’s and wipe away our sins. May He bestow upon us, our family, and all His believing slaves, His Mercy and Blessings and May Allah, Who loves to pardon, and Who loves us, Who listens to our problems, Who hears our invocations and Who wants us to be with Him in Jannah, keep us guided in the right path. May Allah, our Portector and our Guardian, protect us from the evil whisperings of the Shayateen and May He raise our ranks in Jannah.

Ameen, Ya Rabbul Aalameen.

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