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  1. Your Duas Will Be Accepted

    Etiquette and Adab of Du'a 'O supplicant, ask Allah and your prayer will be answered.' [narrated by at-Tirmidhi] :D Please follow all the etiquettes listed below, your duas will be accepted :D. Trust me :D (:D) Du'a (supplication) is more likely to be accepted by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) as mentioned by Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), if the correct adab (manner) and etiquette is used. Listed below are some of the etiquettes of du'a. Any Muslim who supplicates Allah with a supplication that does not contain any sin or cutting off of family relations, Allah will give him one of three things for it: 1. Either He will speedily answer his du'a 2. or He will save it for him until the Hereafter 3. or He will avert something bad from him equal to the value of his du'a. (Explanation: a du'a has a certain relative value determined by Allah, so if a person says a particular dua, say 15 times in a day, then Allah protects him from something bad that is equal to the valued amount of his du'a.) 1. Faithfulness to Allah 2. To start with thanking Allah and praising Him and then giving salat on the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) and ending the du'a with the same The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: 'When one of you has prayed, then let him begin with praising Allah and Glorifying Him, then let him pray upon the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam). After that, he may make any du'a that he wishes' [Ahmad, abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, - sahih, narrated by Fadalah ibn Ubayd] 3. To ask Allah by His Names and Attributes Allah Ta'ala says, "And to Allah belongs the beautiful names, so invoke Him by them." [7:180] Buraidah reported that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) heard a man saying, 'O Allah! I ask You, I bear witness that there is no god but You, the One, the As-Samad (the One upon Whom all creatures depend). He begets not, nor was He begotten; and there is none like unto Him.' The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, 'You have asked Allah by His Greatest Name. When one asks Him by this name, He gives, what one desires, and when supplicated by this name He answers.' [reported by abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi, who regard it a sound hadith] Ibn Mas'ud (radiAllahu anhu) said, 'Allah does not accept du'a from the conceited, the one who flaunts and the one who is not serious, (He accepts only) from a person who praises and asks from his heart.' 4. Raising One's Hands Abu Musa al-Ash'ari narrated: 'The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) made the du'a, and I saw him raise his hands, until I could see the whiteness of his armpits' [sahih al-Bukhari #4323] Ibn Umar narrated: 'The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) raised his hands and said: 'O Allah! I ask your protection for what Khalid had done!' [sahih al-Bukhari #4339] Salman al-Farsi narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: 'Indeed, Allah is Shy and Beneficent. His is Shy when His servant raises his hands to Him (in a du'a) to return them empty, disappointed!' [Ahmad, abu Dawud #1488, at-Tirmidhi #3556, ibn Majah #3865 and others] Ibn 'Abbas is reported as saying, "When asking for something from Allah, you should raise your hands opposite to your shoulders; when asking for forgiveness you should point with one finger; and when making an earnest supplication you should spread out both your hands." [abu Dawud] 5. Face the Qiblah when making du'a. It has been narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) would face the qiblah when making du'a. Abdullah ibn Zayd (radiAllahu anhu) narrated: 'The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) left (Madinah) to this prayer, seeking rain. So he made a du'a, and asked for rain, then he faced the qiblah and turned his cloak inside-out' [sahih al-Bukhari #6343, Muslim #894 and others] In another narration, it is reported that when the Quraish tormented the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), he 'faced the Ka'bah and made a du'a against them..' [sahih al-Bukhari #3960 and others] 6. Performing Wudu. One of the etiquettes of du'a is that a person is in a state of wudu when making du'a. Abu Musa Al-Ash'ari (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), after the battle of Hunayn, called for water, performed wudu, then raised his hands and said: 'O Allah! Forgive Ubayd ibn Amir!' [sahih al-Bukhari #4323, Muslim #2498] 7. Trust in Allah and have Yaqeen (certainty) that it will be answered One must be certain that Allah does whatever He wishes, whenever He wishes. Allah tells us in the Qur'an: "And there is nothing, but with Us are the stores thereof. And We do not send it down except with a known measure" [Qur'an 15:21]. In a Hadith Qudsi narrated by Abu Dharr, Allah revealed through the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), 'O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request from Me, and were I to give everyone what they requested, that would not decrease what I have anymore than a needle decreases the sea if put into it' [Muslim]. Anas ibn Malik (radiAllahu anhu) narrates that the prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, 'When one of you makes a du'a, then let him be firm and determined in his du'a, and let him not say, 'O Allah! If You will, then please forgive me', for there is noone who can force Allah to do anything'. [sahih al-Bukhari #6339, Muslim #2678, Ahmad and others] Therefore, what is desired is that a person be firm in his du'a asking from Allah in a determined manner, i.e. not stating 'O Allah! please forgive me inshaAllah' The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: 'Ask Allah with certainty that He will answer your prayers, and know that Allah will not accept the supplication from an absent heart.' [at-Tirmidhi] The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) also said, 'When you ask Allah, ask with confidence.' 8. Persistence in du'a, not being hasty and abandoning du'a One must be patient for ones Du'a to be accepted, as hastiness is one of the causes for its rejection or disapproval. We must attend to our Du'a with perseverance, repetition and persistence. Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi waalam) said, The du'a of any worshipper will continue to be responded to, as long as he does not ask for a sin or breaking the ties of kinship, and as long as he is not hasty'. It was asked, 'O Messenger of Allah, and what does it mean to be hasty? He responded, 'A worshipper says, 'I have prayed and prayed, and I don't see that it will be accepted,' so he gives up hope of being answered and leaves du'a' [abu Hurairah narrated in Muslim in Sahih al-Jami #7705] Umar ibn al-Khattab (radiAllahu anhu) said: "I do not carry the worry of acceptance but the worry of du'a. If I am inspired on how du'a is made, acceptance will accompany it." A'isha (radiAllahu anha) said: "No believer makes du'a and it is wasted. Either it is granted here in this world or deposited for him in the Hereafter as long as he does not get frustrated." Thus, don't rush or be impatient. Allah dislikes that. 9. Abandonment of obligatory deeds Just as doing good deeds is a reason for the acceptance of Du'a, similarly, abandoning good deeds is a reason for the rejection of Du'a. Hudaifah (radiAllahu anhu), narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, 'By Him, in whose hand is my soul, you should enjoin good and forbid evil or else it is likely that Allah will send a punishment upon you and then you will invoke Him and you will not be answered' [at-Tirmidhi] So, for example, how could those who have constantly neglected and abandoned Fajr prayers in the Masjid expect that their Du'a will be answered? 10. Presence of the heart in the du'a Make the du'a from your heart (even if you are reading the words, i.e., mean what you say) The whole point of du'a is that a person calls out with a sincere heart to his Creator. This sincerity cannot be achieved if one calls out heedlessly, without earnestness. Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said, Make du'a to Allah in a state that you are certain that your du'a will be responded to, and know that Allah does not respond to a du'a that originates from a negligent, inattentive heart. [at-Tirmidhi, al-Hakim] Abdullah ibn 'Umar reported that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said: "Hearts are like vessels, some more attentive and capacious than others. When you supplicate Allah you should be certain of being answered, and know that Allah does not answer a supplication that comes from a careless and inattentive heart." [Ahmad] 11. Say du'a at times of trouble and of pleasure One must not make it a habit to remember Allah only at the time of trouble but he must constantly remember Allah in all circumstances. Not to just say du'a in times of need only. Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said, (Anyone who is pleased) that Allah responds to him at the time of trouble and distress, (should) increase Du'a at the time of calmness. [at-Tirmidhi] 12. Ask Allah alone Instead of complaining to people when struck by calamity, one must make it a habit to ask Allah alone for refuge. However, there is no harm to mention your problem to people and share their opinions. The Prophets of Allah (alayhum salam), whenever they were in severe situations and extenuating circumstances, would turn to Allah, and show their need for Allah's help. When Ibrahim (alayhis salam), for example, left his wife and child in the middle of the desert, without any support or help, he prayed to Allah, describing their pitiful situation: "O our Lord! I have settled some of my family in a valley having no cultivation, near Your Sacred House - O our Lord! So that they may keep the prayer established, therefore incline some hearts of men towards them, and provide them fruits to eat - perhaps they may be thankful." [surah Ibrahim, 14: 37] When Yaqub (alayhis salam) did not know the fate of his favourite son Yusuf (alayhis salam), and his oldest son stayed behind in Egypt, while Yusuf's brother Benyamin was also taken captive, all he could cry out was, "I only complain of my distraction and anguish to Allah, and I know from Allah that which ye know not" [surah Yusuf, 12: 86] In the hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas (radiAllahu anhu), RasulAllah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said to him while he was riding behind him on the same mount, 'Be mindful of Allah and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, ask only Allah and if you seek help, seek help only from Allah. And know that if all the nations were to gather together to benefit you, they would benefit you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you, and if they gather together to harm you, they would harm you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages are dry.' [at-Tirmidhi] 13. To Cry with the fear of Allah One of the ways in which sincerity is shown in du'a is through crying. This brings about a feeling of humility in front of Allah, and shows the importance of one's request. It displays the great need that the servant has from his Lord, and that he can never be without His Aid and Help. Abdullah bin Umar narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) recited the verse in which Ibrahim (alayhis salam) is invoking Allah: “O my Lord, they [the idols] have indeed led astray many among mankind. But whoever follows me, he verily is of me. and whoever disobeys me, still you are indeed Most Forgiving, Most Merciful" [surah Ibrahim, 14: 36]. In another verse, Isa (alayhis salam) is invoking Allah: "If you punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, verily You-only You are the Almighty, the All-wise" [surah Ma’idah, 118]. And the prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) then raised his hands and said, 'Allahumma! Ummati! Ummati! (O Allah! my ummah! my ummah!)' and then he started crying - out of concern for his followers, just like Ibrahim and Isa (alayhum salam) were concerned for their followers. [Muslim #202 and others] 14. Make Du’a for oneself before making Du’a for others It is Sunnah in du'a to start with yourself prior to mentioning others. This is so for a number reasons. Firstly a person should desire all good for himself, so it does not make sense to pray for others and forget one's self. Secondly, the fact that a person prays for himself shows what he is praying for is an important goal anf objective. In other words, this ensures that he desires that he his brothers what he desires for himself. Thirdly, it increases him in his sincerity in this du'a, for verily mankind is weak, so when he makes du'a only for his brother, it is possible that it will not be as sincere as when he makes du'a for himse;f and his brother. Likewise, this principle is affirmed by the hadith, as was collected by at-Tirmidhi in the narration of Ubay bin Ka'ab (radiAllahu anhu) that if someone was mentioned to the Prophet, he would invoke Allah for him but would begin with himself. [sahih at-Tirmidhi, abu Dauwd, an-Nasa'i, Sahih al-Jami #4723] However, this was not the constant habit of the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), for there are other narrations to show that sometimes he would not begin with himself, while still prying for another person. Thus, it is permissible to make du'a without mentioning one's self, but in general it is recommended to do so. 15. Perform the Du'a in conformity with the Shari'ah The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, 'Whoever innovates in this matter of ours, something which is not part of it, it will be rejected.' If a person is sincere but is not following the Sunnah, his worship is rejected. Similarly, if a person is following the Sunnah but his work is not sincerely done for the sake of Allah, his worship is still rejected. 16. Make du'a in a moderately low voice Invoke Allah in a low tone - not silent yet not completely out loud, as it is closer to sincerity: "Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. He does not like the aggressors" [surah A'raf, 37: 55] And He also tells us: “And remember your Lord by your tongue and within yourself, humbly and with fear without loudness in words, in the morning and in the afternoon and be not of those who are neglectful.†[surah A'raf, 37: 205] This principle is also mentioned in a hadith. Once, the sahabahs were travelling and loudly engaging in dhikr. The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, 'O people! Be gentle on yourselves, for you are not calling someone who is deaf or absent. Rather, you are calling the One Who hears everything, Ever-Close.' [sahih al-Bukhari #6384] 17. To Repeat the Du'a three times It is preferable to repeat you Du’a three times as it is more likely to be answered. It shows a sense of urgency in obtaining what is asked for. The act of repeating a du'a three times is narrated in many ahadith. One reported by ibn Mas'ud (radiAllahu anhu) states that when the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) finished his prayer, he raised his voice, and prayed against the leaders of the Quraish who had persecuted him - when they placed the abdominal contents of a camel on his back whilst in sajdah, and that whenever he made a du'a, he repeated it 3 times. So he then said, 'O Allah! Upon you is (the retaliation) of the Quraish' (3 times). 18. Do not make dua against oneself, ones family, wealth and children That is, don't say I wish that that person's family be destroyed, or I pray that she loses all her money, or I wish his oldest son would fail or I wish that he would die. It is possible that a person, in a state of severe anger, curses and makes du'a against himself, his family and friends, or his wealth. This is definitely an act that does not befit a Muslim, and the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) warned against this. Jabir narrated a hadith about a man who cursed his animal. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Who is this who cursed his animal?†The man replied, “It is me O Messenger of Allah.†The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Get down from it for a cursed one must not escort us. Do not pray against yourselves, do not pray against your children and do not pray against your servants, and do not pray against your wealth, for it is possible that it might correspond to an hour/time during which all prayers are answered, and your du'a (prayer) will be answered'. [Muslim, abu Dawud] No one wishes to inflict Allah's curse and anger upon his loved ones, so we should be careful what we say in a state of anger, so as not to cause pain and grief not only upon our loved ones but also upon ourselves. 19. Acknowledging One's sins Know your sins (faults) and seek forgiveness for them and know and acknowledge the benefits and blessings you have been given and thank Allah for them. Part of the etiquette of du'a is to acknowledge one's shortcomings and sins in front of one's Creator, and expressing sincere regret for them. It is also worthwhile to acknowledge all of Allah’s mercy bestowed upon you. The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) taught his ummah the Sayyid al-Istighfar (the best du'a to ask for forgiveness) which acknowledges the favour of Allah upon oneself. The best du'a in which a person can ask for forgiveness contains a pure and sincere acknowledgement of one's deficiencies and sins. The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, 'The sayyid al-Istighfar is that a person says: O Allah! You are my Lord, there is no one worthy of worship except You. You created me, and I am Your slave. And I am (following) Your covenant and Promise as much as I can. I seek Your refuge in the evil that I have done. I acknowledge Your favours upon me, and I acknowledge my sins. So forgive me, since no one forgives sins except You!' So when one raises one's hands to Allah, expecting a response from Him, one should also ponder over one's own relationship with Allah, and the shortcomings that one possesses. in this way the person should recall his many sins, and feel his own humility - that is, he should remember that he is asking One whom he has disobeyed, and sinned against, and not fulfilled his rights upon Him. Let him taste his impudence when he asks Allah for more and more, without fuilfilling the basic deeds that are obligatory upon him. 20. To say 'Ameen' When a person is listening to another person make du'a, it is recommended that he say 'Ameen', which means O Allah! Please accept (this du'a). It is stated that the phrase 'Ameen' is one of the specialities of this nation. This is inferred from the hadith in which the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, The Jews do not envy you for any matter as much as they envy you for Ameen, and for giving salams to one another. [sahih al-Bukhari] One is recommended to remember the Muslims and the Mu’mins around the globe in his invocation. Allah said "Ask forgiveness for your sin and also for the believing men and women" [Qur’an 47:19] The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) also said, Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and women, then a good deed will be written for him for every single believing man and woman (that he prayer for) [al-Tabarani] 21. To make du'a for all matters A common mistake that people fall into is that they only Ask Allah Ta'ala for matters that are of great importance to them. However, we should make du'a for every matter, large or small. You want forgiveness? Ask Allah. You want a car? Ask Allah. This is beacuse everything occurs by Allah Ta'ala's Will, so if Allah does not Will it, it will not occur, no matter how trivial the matter may be. This is why A'isha (radiAllahu anha) said, Ask Allah for everything, even if it is only a shoe-lace, beacuse if Allah does not make it easy, then it will not be possible [as reported in a hadith in at-Tirmidhi 4:292 and others] 22. Doing good deeds and asking Allah by one’s good deeds Qasim bin Abd said: "I said to Anas bin Malik: 'O Abu Hamzah pray to Allah for us.' He said: 'Du'a is elevated by good deeds.'" Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim relate the hadith of the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) of the story of three men, who each supplicated to Allah by (mentioning) a good deed they had done earlier in their lives. 'Three persons of a people before you were on a journey when they were overtaken by a storm; therefore, they took shelter in a cave. A rock slipped down from the mountain and blocked the exit of the cave. One of them said, 'The only way for deliverance is to beseech Allah and (to mention) some virtuous deed (he did purely for His sake).' One of the men mentioned a good deed which they had done for Allah, and supplicated, 'O Lord! If I did this thing seeking only Thy pleasure, then do Thou relieve us of the distress wrought upon us by this rock.' The rock moved, but not enough to free the men. So, the other two made similar supplications while mentioning their good deeds until the rock moved enough to free them. [sahih al-Bukhari, Muslim] 23. To make du'a plentifully A person should ask for everything that he desires (as long as it is permissible), for he is asking the Most Generous of all those who are generous, and the Most Beneficent of all those who are beneficent. This is why our Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, When one of you wishes for something, then let him increase (his wishes), for verily he is asking his Lord, the Most Exhalted and High [reported by Adh ibn Humayd in his Muntakhab 1:193] He also (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, When one of you asks something (from Allah), then let him be plentiful (in what he asks for), for indeed he is asking his Lord [ibn Hibban #2403] 24. To make Du'a for all Muslims Part of the completeness of one's iman is that a person loves for his brother what he loves for himself. Therefore, just as he desires that he be guided to the truth, and be forgiven for his sins, so too should he desire the same for his fellow Muslims. Allah Ta'ala says in the Qur'an, "Ask forgiveness for your sin and also for the believing men and women" [Qur'an 47:19] Abdallah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As reported that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: 'The supplication that gets the quickest answer is the one made by one Muslim for another in his absence.'' [abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi] The Prophet, (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) also said, 'Whenever you make a supplication for another believer and he is not present, an angel will say ‘and same to you.’' 25. Not to use rhymed prose when making du'a This means is using excessive rhyming of words, and going out of their way to match word patterns in each sentance, since this does not befit the humility that should acompany du'a. However, if such rhyming is not excessive, then it is allowed. Ibn Abbas, while giving his students advice, reported, '...And beward of poetry and rhyming in your du'a, for verily i encountered the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) and his Companions avoiding this' [sahih al-Bukhari #6337] 26. Not to transgress when making du'a When appealing to Allah Ta'ala in Du'a, we should not get into much detail by asking for the different rewards of Jannah, etc. Keep it simple. If a person is granted Jannah, he will be granted Jannah and all that is present in it. It was reported of Abi Nu'mah that Abdullah bin Mughaffal heard his son saying (in invocation), 'O Allah! I ask You for the white palace on the right of Paradise if I were to enter it.' So he said, 'Dear son, ask Allah (Ta'ala) for Paradise and seek refuge from the Hellfire for I have heard the Messenger of Allah saying, 'There will come in this nation people who will transgress (or exceed) in ablution and Du'a.'' [abu Dawud] 27. Not to make du'a for prohibited and impossible things It is the height of transgression in du'a to demand from your Creator those things that He has prohibited for you, either in this life or in the life Hereafter. A person should realise his place and status in front of his Creator, and beward of exalting himself to where he thinks he can ask for that which he is prohibited from. One should also avoid making du'a for pre-determinded things. For example, a woman should not make a du'a of being transformed into a man, or a tall person should not make Du'a thus: "O Allah! Make me short." etc. Ibn Abbas, while giving his students advice, reported, '...And beward of poetry and rhyming in your du'a, for verily i encountered the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) and his Companions avoiding this' [sahih al-Bukhari #6337] 28. To make a Du'a that encompasses most of the needs of Deen and the dunya One should make du'a for matters in both this world and the Hereafter. Allah Ta'ala says in the Qur'an 'And there are men who say: "Our Lord! Give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and defend us from the torment of the Fire!" These will have a share of what they earned, and Allah is swift in Reckoning.' [surah al-Baqarah 2:201-202] 29. Not to make du'a against oneself and family It is possible that a person, in a state of severe anger, curses and makes du'a against himself, his family and friends, or his wealth, etc. This is definately an act that does not befit a Muslim, and the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) warned against this: Jabir narrated a hadith about a man who cursed his animal. The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, "Who is this who cursed his animal?" The man replied, "It is me O Messenger of Allah." The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, "Get down from it, for a cursed one must not escort us. Do not make Du'a against yourselves, do not make Du'a against your children and do not make Du'a against your wealth. It might coincide with a time when Allah answers what you asked for." [Muslim, abu Dawud] 30. Not to consume Haram (unlawful) and keep to the Halal (lawful) On the authority of Abu Hurairah, The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: 'Allah the Almighty is good and accepts only that which is good. Allah has commanded the faithful to do that which he commanded the messengers and the Almighty has said: 'O Messengers! Eat of the good things and do right.’ And Allah the Almighty has said, 'O you who believe! Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you.'' Then he (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) mentioned [the case of] a man who having journeyed far was disheveled and dusty and spreads out his hands to the sky [saying] "O Lord! O Lord!" His (the traveler’s) food is unlawful, his drink unlawful, his clothing unlawful, and he is nourished unlawfully; so how can he be answered?! [Muslim] 31. Not to ask for sin or break ties of kinship The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, 'Any Muslim who supplicates to Allah in a Du'a which contains no sin or breaking of kinship, Allah will give him one of three things: either his Du'a will be immediately answered or, it will be saved for him in the hereafter, or it will turn away an equivalent amount of evil (from him)'. The companions said '...so we will ask for more.' He replied, 'Allah is more (generous).' [Ahmad] :D (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.geocities(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/mutmainaa/dua1/dua_manner.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.geocities(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/mutmainaa/dua1/dua_manner.html[/url]
  2. Words of Wisdom from the Qur'an :sl: 1. Respect and honour all human beings irrespective of their religion, color, race, sex, language, status, property, birth, profession/job and so on [17/70] 2. Talk straight, to the point, without any ambiguity or deception [33/70] 3. Choose best words to speak and say them in the best possible way [17/53, 2/83] 4. Do not shout. Speak politely keeping your voice low. [31/19] 5. Always speak the truth. Shun words that are deceitful and ostentatious [22/30] 6. Do not confound truth with falsehood [2/42] 7. Say with your mouth what is in your heart [3/167] 8. Speak in a civilized manner in a language that is recognised by the society and is commonly used [4/5] 9. When you voice an opinion, be just, even if it is against a relative [6/152] 10. Do not be a bragging boaster [31/18] 11. Do not talk, listen or do anything vain [23/3, 28/55] 12. Do not participate in any paltry. If you pass near a futile play, then pass by with dignity [25/72] 13. Do not verge upon any immodesty or lewdness whether surreptitious or overt [6/151]. 14. If, unintentionally, any misconduct occurs by you, then correct yourself expeditiously [3/134]. 15. Do not be contemptuous or arrogant with people [31/18] 16. Do not walk haughtily or with conceit [17/37, 31/18] 17. Be moderate in thy pace [31/19] 18. Walk with humility and sedateness [25/63] 19. Keep your gazes lowered devoid of any lecherous leers and salacious stares [24/30-31, 40/19]. 20. If you do not have complete knowledge about anything, better keep your mouth shut. You might think that speaking about something without full knowledge is a trivial matter. But it might have grave consequences [24/15-16] 21. When you hear something malicious about someone, keep a favorable view about him/her until you attain full knowledge about the matter. Consider others innocent until they are proven guilty with solid and truthful evidence [24/12-13] 22. Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you smite someone in ignorance and afterwards repent of what you did [49/6] 23. Do not follow blindly any information of which you have no direct knowledge. (Using your faculties of perception and conception) you must verify it for yourself. In the Court of your Lord, you will be held accountable for your hearing, sight, and the faculty of reasoning [17/36]. [using large font size is not allowed] 24. Never think that you have reached the final stage of knowledge and nobody knows more than yourself. Remember! Above everyone endowed with knowledge is another endowed with more knowledge [12/76]. Even the Prophet [p.b.u.h] was asked to keep praying, "O My sustainer! Advance me in knowledge." [20:114] 25. The believers are but a single Brotherhood. Live like members of one family, brothers and sisters unto one another [49/10]. 26. Do not make mockery of others or ridicule others [49/11] 27. Do not defame others [49/11] 28. Do not insult others by nicknames [49/11] 29. Avoid suspicion and guesswork. Suspicion and guesswork might deplete your communal energy [49/12] 30. Spy not upon one another [49/12] 31. Do not backbite one another [49/12] 32. When you meet each other, offer good wishes and blessings for safety. One who conveys to you a message of safety and security and also when a courteous greeting is offered to you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous or (at least) of equal courtesy [4/86] 33. When you enter your own home or the home of somebody else, compliment the inmates [24/61] 34. Do not enter houses other than your own until you have sought permission; and then greet the inmates and wish them a life of blessing, purity and pleasure [24/27] 35. Treat kindly " Your parents " Relatives " The orphans " And those who have been left alone in the society [4/36] 36. Take care of " The needy, " The disabled " Those whose hard earned income is insufficient to meet their needs " And those whose businesses have stalled " And those who have lost their jobs. [4/36] 37. Treat kindly " Your related neighbours, and unrelated neighbours " Companions by your side in public gatherings, or public transportation. [4/36] 38. Be generous to the needy wayfarer, the homeless son of the street, and the one who reaches you in a destitute condition [4/36] 39. Be nice to people who work under your care. [4/36] 40. Do not follow up what you have given to others to afflict them with reminders of your generosity [2/262]. 41. Do not expect a return for your good behaviour, not even thanks [76/9] 42. Cooperate with one another in good deeds and do not cooperate with others in evil and bad matters [5/2] 43. Do not try to impress people on account of self-proclaimed virtues [53/32] 44. You should enjoin right conduct on others but mend your own ways first. Actions speak louder than words. You must first practice good deeds yourself, then preach [2/44] 45. Correct yourself and your families first [before trying to correct others] [66/6] 46. Pardon gracefully if anyone among you who commits a bad deed out of ignorance, and then repents and amends [6/54, 3/134] 47. Divert and sublimate your anger and potentially virulent emotions to creative energy, and become a source of tranquility and comfort to people [3/134] 48. Call people to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful exhortation. Reason with them most decently [16/125] 49. Leave to themselves those who do not give any importance to the Divine code and have adopted and consider it as mere play and amusement [6/70] 50. Sit not in the company of those who ridicule Divine Law unless they engage in some other conversation [4/140] 51. Do not be jealous of those who are blessed [4/54] 52. In your collective life, make rooms for others [58/11] 53. When invited to dine, Go at the appointed time. Do not arrive too early to wait for the preparation of meal or linger after eating to engage in bootless babble. Such things may cause inconvenience to the host [33/53] 54. Eat and drink [what is lawful] in moderation [7/31]. 55. Do not squander your wealth senselessly [17/26] 56. Fulfil your promises and commitments [17/34] 57. Keep yourself clean, pure [9/108, 4/43, 5/6]. 58. Dress-up in agreeable attire and adorn yourself with exquisite character from inside out [7/26] 59. Seek your provision only by fair endeavour [29/17, 2/188] 60. 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  3. :sl: The prayer of need Salat al-Hajah is a prayer offered for the accomplishment of a particular purpose or need. It consists of a fresh ablution done carefully, followed by a calm prayer of two rak'ahs, then a sincere supplication that states what one wishes to be accomplished and requesting Allah Ta'ala's help in its accomplishment. Abu Darda (radiAllahu anha) relates that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, "Whoever performs ablutions well and offers two voluntary rakahs and completes them to perfection will be granted by God whatever he prays for, either immediately or in God’s good time." [Ahmad - Sahih] Abullah ibn Abi Awfa (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever has a need with Allah, or with any human being, then let them perform ritual ablutions well and then pray two rakats. After that, let them praise Allah and send blessings on the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). After this, let them say, The hadith has some weakness, but it is slight: such hadiths are acted upon for virtuous deeds (fada'il al-a'mal) by general agreement of Sunni scholarship áÇ Åöáóåó ÅöáÇ Çááøóåõ ÇáúÃóáöíãõ ÇáúßóÑöíãõ ÓõÈúÃóÇäó Çááøóåö ÑóÈøö ÇáúÚóÑúÔö ÇáúÚóÙöíãö ÇáúÃóãúÃõ áöáøóåö ÑóÈøö ÇáúÚóÇáóãöíäó ÃóÓúÃóáõßó ãõæÌöÈóÇÊö ÑóÃúãóÊößó æóÚóÒóÇÆöãó ãóÛúÃöÑóÊößó æóÇáúÛóäöíãóÉó ãöäú ßõáøö ÈöÑøò æóÇáÓøóáÇãóÉó ãöäú ßõáøö ÅöËúãò áÇ ÊóÃóÚú áöí ÃóäúÈðÇ ÅöáÇ ÛóÃóÑúÊóåõ æóáÇ åóãøðÇ ÅöáÇ ÃóÑøóÌúÊóåõ æóáÇ ÃóÇÌóÉð åöíó áóßó ÑöÖðÇ ÅöáÇ ÞóÖóíúÊóåóÇ íóÇ ÃóÑúÃóãó ÇáÑøóÇÃöãöíäó [using large font size is not allowed] La ilaha ilAllahul Halimul Karim. SubhanAllahi Rabbil 'rshil adheem. Alhamdulilahi Rabbil 'alameen. As'aluka mujibaati rahmatik. Wa aza'ima magh-firatik. Wal ghanimata min kulli birr. Was salamata min kuuli ithm. La tada' li dhamban illa ghafartah. Wa la hamman illa far-rajtah. Wa la hajatan hiya laka ridan illa qadaytaha. Ya arhamar rahimin. There there no god but Allah the Clement and Wise. There is no god but Allah the High and Mighty. Glory be to Allah, Lord of the Tremendous Throne. All praise is to Allah, Lord of the worlds. I ask you (O Allah) everything that leads to your mercy, and your tremendous forgiveness, enrichment in all good, and freedom from all sin. Do not leave a sin of mine (O Allah), except that you forgive it, nor any concern except that you create for it an opening, nor any need in which there is your good pleasure except that you fulfill it, O Most Merciful!†The prayer of need is very simple: It is essentially to raise one's need to Allah Most High, by performing ritual ablution (wudu), praying 2 rakats (or four), and then making whole-hearted dua to Allah. If one uses the abovementioned Prophetic supplication, or other similar supplications transmitted from the Beloved Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), it is best. [ibrahim al-Halabi, Sharh Munyat al-Musalli; al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya; Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar] The inward manners of supplication is exhibiting our neediness and absolute slavehood to Allah, consigning one's matters to Allah, and knowing that the only one who gives or benefits is Allah Most High. With this, one should be certain that Allah Most High answers our duas, but in the way He knows is best for us. When circumstances do not permit us to pray 2 rakats, one should still turn to Allah in supplication, raising one’s needs to Him, for He answers our supplications and loves being asked. And Allah alone gives success.
  4. The Power Of Dua

    :D May this reach you all in the best of health and iman. :D The Power of Dua Dua can change our life, our outlook, and our fate. It is the most potent weapon of a believer. Once Prophet Muhammad Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam passed by a people who were suffering from some affliction. "Why don't they make dua (pray ) to Allah for protection," he said. With all the suffering and disasters Muslims are facing in various parts of the world, the question can be directed to all of us today. It is not that we have forgotten dua completely; we refer to it regularly. But, our ideas and practice regarding dua have become distorted. Often it is reduced to the level of a ritual. Generally it is considered when all our efforts have failed --- an act of last resort. It is belittled through actions and sometimes even with words. Is it any wonder that today mostly a mention of dua is meant to indicate the hopelessness of a situation. What a tragedy, for dua is the most potent weapon of a believer. It can change fate, while no action of ours ever can. It is the essence of ibadah or worship. With it we can never fail; without it we can never succeed. In the proper scheme of things, dua should be the first and the last resort of the believer, with all his plans and actions coming in between. Dua is conversation with Allah, out Creator, our Lord and Master, the All Knowing, the All Powerful. This act in itself is of extraordinary significance. It is the most uplifting, liberating, empowering, and transforming conversation a person can ever have. We turn to Him because we know that He alone can lift our sufferings and solve our problems. We feel relieved after describing our difficulties to our Creator. We feel empowered after having communicated with the All Mighty. We sense His mercy all around us after talking to the Most Merciful. We get a new commitment to follow His path for that is the only path for success. We feel blessed with each such commitment In every difficulty our first action is dua, as is our last. We ask Allah to show us the way to handle that difficulty; we seek His help in following the path He shows to us; we seek His aid in making our efforts successful. When we fall sick, we know that we cannot find the right doctor without His Will; that the best doctor may not be able to diagnose our condition without His Command; that the best treatment plan will not succeed without His Permission. We make dua for all of these. We make dua before we seek medical help, while we are receiving it and after it has been delivered. The same is true of all other difficulties we may encounter. Dua is the essence of ibadah. A person engaged in dua affirms his belief in Tawheed (monotheism) and shuns belief in all false gods. With each dua his belief in Allah grows. He beseeches Him, affirming his own powerlessness. A person seriously and sincerely engaged in dua understands exactly the relationship between himself and the Creator and affirms it through his actions. That is the essence of worship! Additionally, such a person can never become arrogant or proud, a logical result of true worship. Dua is conversation with Allah … It is the most uplifting, liberating, empowering, and transforming conversation a person can ever have. Dua is our most potent weapon in all struggles of life as well as in jihad in the battlefield. During the battle of Badr, the Prophet Muhammad Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam stood up all night in prayer seeking Allah's help in the battle between unequal armies that would follow the next day. In the decisive battles against the crusaders, Sultan Salatuddin Ayyubi was busy day and night. His days were devoted to Jihad. His nights were spent making dua, crying, seeking Allah's help. This has been the practice of all true mujahideen. We should make it a point to make dua for all things big and small. It is the beginning of wisdom to realize that big and small are arbitrary labels that are totally irrelevant in this context. Nothing is too big for Whom we are asking from; nothing is too small for the one who is asking. That is why we have been taught to ask Allah when we need something as small as shoelaces. We should ask as a beggar, as a destitute person, for that is what we in reality are in relationship to Allah. At the same time we should ask with great hope and conviction that we shall be granted our prayers. We should remember the Hadith: "There is nothing more dear to Allah than a servant making dua to Him." On the other hand, a prayer lacking concentration and conviction is no prayer at all. We should make dua at all times, not only during times of distress. The Prophet Muhammad Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: "Whosoever desires that Allah answers his duas in unfavorable and difficult conditions, he should make plentiful dua in days of ease and comfort." Also he said: "The person who does not ask from Allah, Allah becomes angry with him." We should ask for all of our needs: those related to this world as well as those related to the Hereafter. Those who only concentrate on the former are, in effect, announcing that they don't care for their life in the permanent abode. They should blame no body but themselves for the total ruin in that world that Qur'an assures us awaits them. Those who only concentrate on the later are also showing lack of balance, for we need Allah's help to lead a good life here as well. We should make dua not only for ourselves but also for our parents, brothers and sisters, spouses and children, relatives and friends, teachers and other benefactors, and destitute and struggling Muslims everywhere. We should pray for them for the good in this world as well as in the Hereafter. The Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: "The dua of a Muslim for his brother (in Islam) in his absence is readily accepted. An angel is appointed to his side. Whenever he makes a beneficial dua for his brother the appointed angel says, 'Aameen. And may you also be blessed with the same.'" [sahih Muslim] In the dark ages that we are living in today, everyday brings fresh news about atrocities committed against our brothers in Palestine, Kashmir, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, and the list goes on. And what do we do? We can continue to just feel frustrated and depressed. We can petition the determined perpetrators or a fictional "International Community". We can just forget all this and move on to some other subject. Or we can stand up before Allah and pray for His help, who alone can help. The dua can change our life, our outlook, and our fate. It is the most potent weapon. But it works only for those who try sincerely and seriously to use it. (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.albalagh(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/food_for_thought/dua_power.shtml"]link[/url] May Allah :D give us the tawfeeq to act upon what has been said, and May He send salutations on our Prophet :D :D Please remember me in your duas. :D :D
  5. Fortification Of The Muslim

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  6. Dua Against Our Oppressors

    :sl: Our Lord! Forgive us for our sins and wasted efforts, make our foothold sure, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. 3:147 Our Lord! Make us not a prey for those who disbelieve, and forgive us, our Lord! Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Mighty, the Wise. 60:5 Our Lord! Give us mercy from Thy presence and shape for us right conduct in our plight 18:10 Ameen ya Rabb :sl:
  7. :D Just thought I'd share some beautiful and wise words with you all Some are sayings of the Prophet :D and others of the wise,; ie the noble companions of the Prophet :D. (you may visit (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_islamqa(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/index.php?ref=3007&ln=eng"]this[/url] to differentiate) I have highlighted my favourite :D “Pay attention to Allaah and He will pay attention to you.” “If you feel no shame, then do as you wish.” “Make sure your food is good (halaal and bought with halaal earnings), and you will be one whose prayers are answered.” “Fear Allaah wherever you may be.” “Follow up a bad deed with a good deed, to cancel it out.” “Mix with people with a good attitude.” “Keep away from prohibited things and you will be the best of worshippers.” “Be content with what Allaah has given you, and you will be the richest of people.” “Love for other people what you love for yourself.” “Do not laugh too much, for excessive laughter deadens the heart.” “Wrongdoing will be multiple darkness on the Day of Resurrection.” “Fear Allaah and treat all your children fairly.” “Fear the Fire, even if by giving half a date (in charity).” “Fear the prayer of the oppressed.” “The thing that weighs most heavily in the balance (of good deeds) is a good attitude.” “Deliberation is from Allaah, haste is from Shaytaan.” “The less your wealth, the less you will be called to account for.” “Do not become angry, and Paradise will be yours.” “The most beloved of deeds to Allaah is the one that is continuous, even if it is little.” “The most beloved of places to Allaah are the Masjids.” “The most hated of places to Allaah are the marketplaces.” “The most beloved of food to Allaah is that which is touched by many hands (i.e., shared among many people).” “The most beloved of speech to Allaah is that a person should say, ‘Subhaan Allaah wa bi hamdih (Glory and praise be to Allaah)’.” “The most beloved of people to Allaah is the one who is most helpful.” “The most beloved deed to Allaah is making a Muslim happy.” “Whoever restrains his anger, Allaah will conceal his faults.” “A bad attitude spoils a good deed just as vinegar spoils honey.” “The most beloved of people to Allaah are those who have the best attitudes.” “Beware of this world, for it is sweet and tempting.” “Control your tongue.” “Trim your moustaches and let your beards grow.” “Give back the things you have been entrusted with to the person who entrusted them to you.” “Do not betray the one who betrays you.” “Pray to Allaah and be confident of a response.” “Cheer people up, do not put them off.” “Make things easy for people, not difficult.” “Eat with your right hand and eat from what is in front of you.” “If Allaah gives you wealth, let the blessing of Allaah be seen on you.” “If someone who is distinguished among his own people comes to you, then honour him.” “If one with whose religion and character you are pleased comes to you (to seek your daughter’s hand in marriage), then marry (your daughter) to him.” “If Allaah wills good to the people of a household, He guides them to be gentle.” “If you do something bad, follow it by doing something good.” “If you feel uncomfortable about something, then leave it alone.” “If you judge (between people), then judge fairly.” “If you enter a house, greet the inhabitants with salaam.” “If you are reminded of Allaah, stop what you are doing (of sin).” “If Allaah sends you some provision without you looking forward to it or asking others for it, then take it.” “If you ask Allaah for anything, then ask Him for al-Firdaws (the highest level of Paradise).” “If your good deeds please you and your bad deeds upset you, then you are a mu’min (believer).” “If you hear the call to prayer, then respond to the one who is calling you to Allaah.” “If you hear the call to prayer, then say something like the muezzin says.” “If any one of you becomes angry, let him keep silent.” “If a man becomes angry and says ‘A’oodhu Billaah (I seek refuge with Allaah),’ his anger will cease.” “If a man says ‘Ya seedi (sir)’ to a munaafiq (hypocrite), he earns the wrath of his Lord.” “When you stand up to pray, pray as if it is your last prayer.” “When you get dressed and when you do wudoo’, start on the right.” “When any one of you meets his brother, let him greet him with salaam.” “Remember death when you are praying.” “Show mercy towards those who are on earth so that the One Who is in heaven will show mercy to you.” “Renounce pleasure in worldly things and Allaah will love you.” “Show disinterest in what people have and people will love you.” “Feel properly shy and modest before Allaah.” Protect “the head and what does through it (thoughts and ideas).” Protect “the stomach and what goes into it.” “Seek help in whatever you do by being discreet.” “Everyone who is given a blessing will be envied.” “No one can keep their wudoo’ except a believer.” “The worst thief among people is the one who steals from his prayer, by not doing rukoo’ and sujood properly.” “Intercede and you will be rewarded.” “The most grateful of people to Allaah are those who are most grateful to other people.” The trouble with beauty is feelings of superiority. The trouble with generosity is extravagance. The trouble with noble descent is pride. The trouble with knowledge is forgetfulness. “Give to the one who denied you.” “Uphold ties with the one who cuts you off.” “Forgive the one who does you wrong.” May Allaah have mercy on the person who said “Good” and was rewarded or who remained silent and was safe. Wine is the key to all evil. The one who is more daring in giving fatwas is more deserving of Hell. Love the poor and mix with them. It is better to err in forgiving than to err in punishment. Do not judge between people when you are angry. If you want to count the faults of anyone else, count your own faults instead. If you commit a sin, say “Astaghfir-Allaah (I ask Allaah for forgiveness).” If you are given a blessing, say, “Al-Hamdu Lillaah (praise be to Allaah).” If some disaster befalls you, say, “Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return).” Seek rizq (provision) by giving charity “Give food to others and speak good.” “Seek a response to du’aa’s when the iqaamah for prayer is given and when rain is falling.” The people with the longest necks on the Day of Resurrection will be the muezzins. “Worship Allaah as if you see Him.” “The most helpless of people are those who cannot make du’aa’.” “Pay the hired worker his wages before his sweat dries.” “Tie up (your camel) [i.e., take the necessary precautions], and put your trust in Allaah.” “Make the most of your life before your death.” Make the most of “your health before your sickness.” Make the most of “your free time before you become busy.” Make the most of “your wealth before you become poor.” Make the most of “your youth before you become old.” “The best of dhikr is ‘La ilaaha ill-Allaah.’” “The best of sadaqah (charity) is that given by one who has little.” “The upper hand (the one that gives) is better than the lower hand (the one that takes).” The best of earnings is a good sale. “The best of the believers is one who is best in attitude.” “The best of the muhaajireen is the one who forsakes (hajara) that which Allaah has prohibited.” “The best type of jihaad is the jihaad of the one who strives against his own self (jihaad al-nafs) for the sake of Allaah.” “Read the Qur’aan throughout every month.” “Read the Qur’aan, for it will come and intercede for its readers on the Day of Resurrection.” “Pray for Allaah to keep you safe and sound.” “Most of the sins committed by the son of Adam are sins of the tongue.” “Repeat often ‘Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billaah (there is no power or strength except with Allaah)’, for it is from the treasure of Paradise.” “Always remember the destroyer of joy (physical pleasure): death.” “Lower your gaze and guard your private parts.” “There is no goodness in the one who is not friendly or likeable.” “Stay with her (the mother), for Paradise is under her feet.” “Keep saying ‘Yaa Dhaa’l-jalaali wa’l-ikraam (O Possessor of Glory and Honour)’” i.e., keep repeating it persistently. “Islam cancels out what came before it (of sins).” “Every bid’ah (innovation) is a going astray and every going astray will end in Hell.” “Control your tongue, let your house be enough for you, and weep for your sins.” “(Take care of) your mother, then your mother, then your mother, then your father, then other relatives in order of closeness.” “Feed the poor and pat the head of the orphan (i.e., show compassion).” “The one who points the way to good deeds is like the one who does them.” :D :D
  8. Virtues Of Tahajjud

    :sl: The Virtues of Tahajjud 103 Allah'S MERCY AT THE TIME OF TAHAJJUD Rasulullah SAW said: "At night there is such a moment in which a Muslim supplicates Allah Ta'ala for the good of this world or the Hereafter, Allah Ta'ala will grant him his request, and this moment appears every night." (Muslim) The above Hadith bears the good fortune of acceptance of ones du'as at night. However, mention is not made of the specific moment of acceptance. Some Ulama are of the opinion that this period is not known like that of Lailatul Qadr and the special moment of acceptance on Jumu'a (Friday), while others opine that it is at midnight. (Mazahir) In another Hadith, Rasulullah SAW said: "The closest Allah Ta'ala gets to his servant is in the last portion of the night. If you possess the ability to be from among those who remember Allah, then become one of them." (Tirmidhi) As for "the closeness of Allah" above, this refers to Allah's pleasure and mercy showered upon his servants who sacrifice their sleep and strive in His worship. (Mazahir) Rasulullah SAW said: "When one third of the night remains our Rabb, Most High, Most Exalted, descends to the first sky and announces, "Who is there to beseech Me that I may answer his prayer and who is there to seek forgiveness that I may forgive him. Then He spreads out His hands (of kindness and mercy) and proclaims, "Who will grant a loan to the One who is neither a destitute or an oppressor." (Muslim) Explaining the above narration, Allah Ta'ala is free from bodily form and shape. He is Omnipresent and He is not confined to space. The grand scholars - Hafiz Ibn Hajar RA and Imam Malik RA have stated that "Allah Ta'ala descending to the first sky" signifies His special Mercy through which He accepts du'as and forgives sins. (Lam'aat) As for the loan mentioned in the Hadith, this refers to bodily and financial devotions offered to Allah Ta'ala with the hope of attaining reward. (Mazahir) THE CORRECT TIME FOR TAHAJJUD The time of Tahajjud extends from the time of Isha' Solat until Subuh Sadiq (true dawn). Ahadith related from Aishah RA state that Nabi Muhammad SAW sometimes performed Tahajjud in the early portion of the night and on occasions when half the night had passed. However, towards the latter part of his life he frequently performed it in the last portion of the night. As the night progresses, Allah Ta'ala's Mercy and Blessings increase. Hence, the last portion of the night is most preferred. DU'A TO ASSIST ONE IN AWAKENING FOR TAHAJJUD A person remarked to Abdullah ibn Abbas RA: "I always intend awakening in the last portion of the night to perform Solat but sleep overpowers me." Abdullah ibn Abbas RA replied: "Before sleeping recite from "QUL LAW KAANAL BAHRU MIDADAL..." to the end of Surah Al-Kahf. Allah Ta'ala will waken you at whatever time you intend rising." NUMBER OF RAKAATS IN TAHAJJUD The number of rakaats performed by Nabi Muhammad SAW varied according to the prevailing circumstances. Although on certain occasions sufficient time was available, Nabi SAW would perform less rakaats when reciting lengthy Qiraat (i.e. when longer surahs were recited, less rakaats were performed). Deducing from the various narrations - four to twelve rakaats in units of two or four have been recommended. However if two rakaats are performed in the prescribed time it will of course still be regarded as Tahajjud. OCCASIONS WHEN ONE IS UNABLE TO AWAKEN FOR TAHAJJUD Aishah RA relates: "If for some reason Rasulullah (SAW) was unable to perform Tahajjud, he would perform twelve rakaats during the day (at the time of Dhuha - before midday)." To continue the discussion of the above hadith, Saiyidina Umar RA relates that Rasulullah SAW said: "Whoever was unable to complete his devotions at night should complete it in the morning before noon. It will be regarded as though he had completed it at night." (Muslim) Nevertheless, one should not overlook it because of the time passing by, otherwise the nafs will become accustomed to omitting it. The Virtues Of Tahajjud 102 AHADITH ON TAHAJJUD Abdullah bin Salaam RA relates: "When Nabi SAW entered Madinah (during the Hijrah), people flocked to him, I also went to scrutinise him. When I saw his face, I observed that it was not the face of an imposter. The very first words I heard him say was, "O Mankind, disseminate Salaam, feed others, strengthen kinship, and establish Solah while the rest of mankind is asleep." (Mishkaat) It is well known that before embracing Islam, Abdullah bin Salaam RA was a learned Rabbi of the Jews. He studied the description of the Last Nabi enumerated in the scriptures of the Bani israel. Thus, when he saw Nabi SAW, he immediately recognised him as the Nabi of Allah (SAW). Also in the above narration, we learn that our beloved Prophet SAW has urged us to practise three deeds; the first of which is to disseminate Salaam i.e. to increasingly make Salaam. In one Hadith, Rasulullah SAW is reported to have said: "You will not enter Jannah unless your Imaan is perfected, and your Imaan will not be perfected unless you are compassionate to each other. Should I not direct you to a deed that will create love among you? Be vigilant in disseminating Salaam." (Riwayat Muslim) After that, the second deed which we have been urged to carry out is feeding others. The noble companion, Ubaid bin Umair RA relates: "On the Day of Judgement people will rise in a state of hunger, thirst and total nakedness; however he who fed others for the sake of Allah will be granted food to his fill, and he who gave water to someone for the pleasure of Allah will have his thirst fully quenched, and the one who clothed others will receive a dress from Allah Ta'ala. " (Ihya) The third act which we have been exhorted to carry out is strengthening kinsmanship. This is among those deeds the fruits of which one will reap in this world as well as in the Hereafter. Rasulullah SAW is reported to have said: "Whoever wishes to have his livelihood expanded and his life prolonged should treat his relatives with kindness." (Bukhari & Muslim) The fourth deed which is mentioned in the above most Hadith is: "performing Solah while the rest of mankind is asleep." In the Qur'an, Allah Ta'ala says: "And the servants of The Most Gracious (Allah) are those... who spend the night in adoration of their Lord, prostrating and standing (in Qiyaam)." (Surah 25: Ayat 64) In another Hadith, the Prophet Muhammad SAW is reported to have advised: "Be vigilant in standing up (in prayer) at night for it was the practise of the pious before you. It is a means of gaining proximity to Allah Ta'ala, an expiation for transgressions, and a barrier from sins." (Riwayat Tirmidhi) In this hadith, Nabi SAW emphasised the importance of Tahajjud, its virtues and spiritual benefits. The term - "the pious before you" - refers to the Ambiyaa AS before Rasulullah SAW and their faithful followers. It is obvious that - "gaining proximity to Allah Ta'ala" - is the objective of man's existence. This is only possible by total servitude to Allah Ta'ala. In relation to this, Allah Ta'ala, addressing Nabi SAW says in the Qur'an: "Prostrate and gain closeness to Allah Ta'ala. (Surah 96: Ayat 19) In a Hadith Qudsi (divine related hadith), Rasulullah SAW informs that Allah Ta'ala says: "If my servant comes closer to me by one span, I go towards him a cubit’s length; if he comes to me a cubit’s length, I go towards him an arm’s length; and if he walks towards me, I run unto him." (Bukhari & Muslim) The above Hadith Qudsi implies that if man increases his devotion to Allah, then Allah will increase His Mercy and Kindness proportionately far greater. The terms - "getting closer" and "running" - signify immediate increase in Allah's Blessings and Mercy. The subject of the above-most Hadith has also been narrated in other Ahadith with slight variations. In one Hadith mentioning the virtues and benefits of Tahajjud, the above three virtues are mentioned together with it being a cure for jealousy. Another hadith, together with the same three virtues mentioned, mention about Tahajjud being a cure for physical ailments. Another Hadith narrates that Rasulullah SAW said: "Solah at night guards one from sin, cools the wrath of Allah and is protection from the heat of the Day of Judgement." In another Hadith, Nabi SAW said: "There are three groups of people with whom Allah Ta'ala smiles. They are - a person who stands in Solah at night; a community when they stand in the saf (rows for Solah); and a nation when they prepare the arrays on the battlefield." (Sharhus Sunnah) In the above narration, the term - "Allah Ta'ala smiles" - denotes the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala. Certainly Allah's pleasure is the greatest reward and bliss one can ever attain in this world and the Hereafter. In the Qur'an, Allah Ta'ala says: "And the pleasure of Allah is the greatest bliss." (Surah 9: Ayat 72) It is related in one Hadith, that Rasulullah SAW said: "Allah Ta'ala will call the people of Jannah (Paradise); they will reply, "Labbaik (we are in your service)". Allah Ta'ala will ask them, "Are you pleased?"; they will reply, "Why should we not be pleased when You have granted us the best of blessings". Allah Ta'ala will then ask them, "Should I grant you a blessing that would surpass all others?" The people of Jannah will entreat, "What can be a greater blessing than those we have already received?". At that time Allah Ta'ala will reply, "I confer My everlasting pleasure upon you, and I will never be displeased with you after this." (Fawaidh Uthmani) In another Hadith, Nabi SAW is reported to have said: "When a person, on a cold night, leaves his wife and his bed to perform wudhu (ablution) and Solah (Tahajjud); on seeing this Allah Ta'ala inquires from the Angels, "What has inspired My servant to do this?" They reply, "Our Lord, it is because of Your special Benevolence and the exceptional hope they have (in Your Mercy). To this Allah Ta'ala will say, "I call you to witness that whatever hopes they have in Me, I have fulfilled them; and I have granted them safety from all (their) fears." TO ENCOURAGE ONE'S HOUSEHOLD TO PERFORM TAHAJJUD It is narrated in one hadith that Rasulullah SAW said: "(The Prophet) Dawud (AS) had set aside a time at night in which he would awaken his household. He would say, 'O people of my household, awaken and perform Salaah; for certainly this is the time in which Allah Ta'ala accepts Du'as (supplications) except the Duas of a sorcerer and a bandit." (Ahmad & Mishkaat) Abu Hurairah RA relates that Nabi Muhammad SAW said: "Allah Ta'ala has mercy on a person who stands up at night to perform Tahajjud and also awaken his wife. If she does not wake up, he sprinkles water on her face. And Allah Ta'ala has mercy on a woman who stands up for Tahajjud and also awakens her husband. If he does not wake up, she sprinkles water on his face." (Abu Dawud and Mishkaat) It should be noted here that "sprinkling water" could be taken in its literal sense. Also, Muslim scholars have explained that it may also refer to any method of kindness that one may adopt when awakening another (i.e. between husband, wife and family). (Mirqaat) The hadith also indicates that good conduct is to be adopted between spouses and other associates and secondly one should encourage others to do good. Allah Ta'ala says: "And assist each other in piety and self abstinence." Abu Sa'eed RA and Abu Hurairah RA relate that Nabi Muhammad SAW said: "When a man awakens his family and they perform Tahajjud, they will be considered among the 'Zakireen' and the 'Zakiraat'." (Abu Dawud & Ibn Majah) Family here refers to one's spouse, children and close family members. Zakireen and Zakiraat are those men and women who remember Allah Ta'ala in all conditions. The Virtues Of Tahajjud 101 VERSES OF THE QUR'AN REGARDING TAHAJJUD Allah SWT says in the Qur'an, while addressing Nabi Muhammad SAW: "O you wrapped in a cloth, Stand (in prayer) by night except a portion, half of it or a little less, or a little more, and recite the Qur'an in measured tones. Soon shall we send down to you a weighty message. Truly the rising by night is most potent for governing the soul, and most effective in speech (of praises and prayer)." (Surah 73: Ayats 1~6) In early Islam, prior to the five times daily Solat becoming Fardh (obligatory), Tahajjud was made Fardh on Nabi Muhammad SAW and the Ummah. Nabi SAW and the Sahabah RA were so vigilant in executing this duty that they would remain awake most of the night to perform Tahajjud. It has been marrated that Nabi SAW's feet would swell, and this is because of excessive standing in Tahajjud. Allah Ta'ala then revealed the Ayat: "Now recite as much as is easy of the Qur'an." (Surah 73: Ayat 20) The above revealed verse of the Qur'an abrogated the compulsion of Tahajjud on the Ummah. Notwithstanding the abrogation, most of the Sahabah RA remained steadfast on it for the rest of their lives. The following verses illustrate two benefits of Tahajjud: "Truly the rising by night is most potent for governing the soul..." The grand schoalr among the Sahabah RA - Abdullah bin Abbas RA said: "At the time of Tahajjud, there appears to be a great affinity between the heart and the ears." This is a time of peace and tranquillity in which the ears respond quicker and the heart is more alert and receptive to ones devotions. They react spontaneously to whatever is uttered by the tongue. Furthermore, the benefit of keeping the lowly desires in check and restraining it against evil and vice is also found in Tahajjud. The verse continues: "...and most effective in speech." The presence of the heart is conducive to a more meaningful and sincere recitation of the Qur'an and submission. This is what a person may obtain during Tahajjud. In another ayat of the Qur'an, Allah SWT says: "As for the Righteous, they will be in the Gardens and fountains [of Jannah], with joy the rewards which their Lord gives them, before this [in the world] they were virtuous. They slept but little at night, and they prayed for forgiveness in the hours of early dawn." [surah 51: Ayat 15~18) These ayat above describe the qualities of the sincere believers and their everlasting rewards in the Hereafter. Abdullah bin Abbas RA has stated that this verse conveys glad tidings to all those who spend a portion of the night, however short it may be, in the worship of Allah Ta'ala. Ahnaf bin Qais RA said: "I compared our actions to that of the people of Jannah and I discovered that they by far excelled us; our actions do not compare with theirs. They slept less at night and laboured more in their devotions to Allah. I then compared our actions to that of the people of Jahannam and I discovered that they refuted Allah, His Rasul (SAW) and Qiyamah. I realised that our actions are not of the standard of the people of Jannah, and (Alhamdulillah) not like that of the people of Jahannam. I therefore conclude that we are among those about whom Allah Ta'ala says, "Those who mixed a good act with another that was evil." Abdur Rahmaan bin Zaid RA relates that once, a person from the Banu Tameem clan remarked to his father: "O Abu Usamah, we do not find that quality within us about which Allah Ta'ala praised the righteous. i.e. they remain awake most of the night. Our condition is such that we remain awake for a very short time only to render our Ibadah." His father (RA) replied: "Glad tidings are for those who sleep when sleep overtakes them, but they fear Allah on awakening." In another verse, Allah Ta'ala says: "And spend a portion of the night with the Qur'an, as an additional prayer." (Surah 17: Ayat 79) The above verse has exhorted us to perform Nawafil Solat (optional prayer) at night. Although it is virtuous to perform the Tahajjud Solat after rising up from one's sleep, one may perform it before retiring to bed. Tabi'in, Hassan Basri RA said: "Any Nawafil Solat performed after Isha' is regarded as Tahajjud, although it is normally referred to as a Solat performed after one sleeps a portion of the night." In another ayat of the Holy Qur'an, Allah Ta'ala says: "(The believers are those) whose sides remain away from their beds, while they call on their Lord with fear and hope." (Surah 32: Ayat 16) This ayat expounds the true quality of the sincere servants of Allah Ta'ala. They distance themselves from their beds in the darkness of night because of fear of attaining Allah's displeasure and His chastisement; while cherishing hope of His mercy and rewards. The grand Ulama of the Sahabah RA - Mu'adh bin Jabal RA relates: "Once I was on a journey with Nabi SAW. One morning, at the time of Fajr (dawn), I asked, "O Rasulullah (SAW) - Do show me such an action that will grant me admission into Jannah." Nabi SAW replied, "You have inquired about an extremely difficult affair, nevertheless it becomes easy for those whom Allah makes it easy. Worship Allah without ascribing any partners to Him, establish Solah, observe the fast in the month of Ramadhan, and perform Hajj of the Baitullah. Fasting is a shield, while charity extinguishes the fire of sin and so does a person's Solah in the darkness of the night. Thereafter Nabi SAW recited the above ayat." Rasulullah SAW said: "When Allah Ta'ala resurrects the entire mankind on the Day of Qiyamah, an announcer will announce, and his voice will be heard by the entire Creation: "O you who have been resurrected, on this day you will come to know those who deserve honour and reverence, O you who have been resurrected, stand up, those among you who possess the quality of "their sides remained away from their beds". A small group of people will stand up. Another narration states, "They will enter Jannah without reckoning. Thereafter the rest of mankind will be called for the reckoning." Fee Amanililah (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_revivalry.blogspot(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2007/02/virtues-of-tahajjud-103.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_revivalry.blogspot(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2007/02/virt...hajjud-103.html[/url]
  9. Hoors of paradise (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.mail-archive(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/islamcity[at]yahoogroups(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/msg06043.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.mail-archive(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/islamcity[at]yaho...m/msg06043.html[/url] :D The Wisdom of the Quran includes understanding the process of revelation, specifically that verses often related to certain circumstances or addressed certain environments. Allah Almighty says "And they shall have wide eyed maidens averting their gaze. They resemble hidden pearls" [as-Saffat (the Rangers) ch. 37, v 48, 49] Allah Almighty also says "Thus it will be, and We have them wide-eyed houris in marriage" [ad-Dukhan (the Smoke) ch 44, v 54] Allah Almighty also says, "And round breasted mates" [an-Naba (the Tidings) ch 78 v 33] And Allah Almighty, speaking of the believers said, "Men and women who have submitted, obeyed, are truthful, steadfast, reverent, giving in charity, fasting, guarding their private parts and remembering Allah often, Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward" [al-Azhab (the confederates) ch 33 v 35] What I find interesting is the first three surahs were revealed in Mecca in the earlier period of Islam before the Prophet's migration to Medina. The revelation of last verse cited above was after the migration in Medina – a gap reflecting a number of years. When reading the explanation of the last verse above we see that it was a reactionary verse. That is to say a group of Muslim women went to the Prophet Muhammad :D complaining that the verses of the Quran were revealed directed to the male gender (the duties, the rewards, the responsibility etc) and they asked, what about the women? Thus Allah Almighty pointed out with this verse that faith, the duties of faith, the rewards of faith, are for all people, men AND women. Specifically it was reported that Umm Salamah asked the Prophet :D "Why is it that we (women) are not mentioned in the Quran as men are" [Ahmed 6/305] In understanding the Quran, the early period was designated as a way to contrast and attract the attention of the pagan Arabs, focusing more on the material and sexual. The latter period in Medina clearly being observed as the period in which a greater focus on spirituality is observed as is shown by these two verses where Allah Almighty says, "Proclaim to those who have believed and done good works…. They shall also have their pure spouses there…" [al-Bakara (the Cow) ch 2 v 25] "…and in which they abide forever along with purified spouses and Allah's good pleasure…" [al-Imram (the family of Imran) ch 3 v 15] Understanding the above allows us to see how Allah Almighty first catered for the comprehensive abilities of certain groups of people, namely the uncouth, Arabs. Why did Allah Almighty adopt such an approach? Like all things, it was disruptive, it caught people's attention, made them think. Once the attention is gained, then a refocus to that which is right as later spelled out in the Medina verses where Allah Almighty refers not to `houris' but to `purified spouses'. NB There is dispute over the term houri, whether it relates to beautiful women or beautiful spouses. The word Hoor is the plural of the word ahwar (applicable to man) and of haura (applicable to woman). So the word Houri can relate to both men and/or women. The word hoor has been used 4 times in the Quran, twice it has been followed by attributive nouns which are (i.e. female) gender specific. But, more interestingly, twice, it has been used without a specific gender. Female gender: "Wide-eyed, cloistered in pavilions" [55: 72]- Mecca Female gender: "And wide-eyed houris" [56: 22] - Mecca Gender neutral: "Thus it will be, and We have them wide-eyed houris in marriage" [44: 54] - Mecca Gender neutral: "Reclining on ranged couches, and we shall wed them to wide-eyed houris" [52: 20] - Mecca Secondly, I'd like to address is that there is of course no shortage of opinion in classical and latter literature which implies that `houris' relate to beautiful women. And we also find a number of references in the Sahih of Bukhari and certain Shia groups even believe that Fatima (the daughter of Prophet Muhammad) became a Houri in paradise (??) Generally, these comments relate to how houris of paradise will have beautiful wide eyes, a trait of beauty, and how their bodies will be young and supple. Of course, contextualizing this, we see elsewhere in literature that men and women will both be of a young age, both have good bodies, both have no illness, both have no need or want for anything etc. So it stands to reason that the descriptions of pious partners, of houris may indeed refer to the state at which believing women in the hereafter will revert to – just as men in the hereafter will end up with six-packs, full bodied heads of hair, etc. And Allah knows best The interpretation that many lament where houris are the sex slaves of men in paradise, and that paradise is full of the satisfaction of carnal desires for men, leaving women with little by comparison is not one which either makes sense to me, nor does it fit within the concept of justice where Allah Almighty will reward both, men and women, with such wonders that our minds in this life cannot comprehend. A final note, many classical texts were authored by men thus it stands to reason that the comments found within them will have a male orientated slant. This doesn't mean to say that aspects of the interpretation are wrong, rather, by our focusing and reducing success in the hereafter in such a way in isolation, a truly unjust representation of the next life is made – and who are we to comment about that which we do not know that much about of in the first place? :D May Allah Almighty have mercy and guide us all, ameen. :D
  10. "god Bless Hitler"

    doctored pic. the BNP and other white supremacist groups have praised Hitler too, why not make a topic discussing them? Oh right..I forgot it's not sensational enough to bash non-Muslims for their wrongs.
  11. Sisters On The Display

    :sl: agree with sis samia. Men need to control themselves instead of blaming women so much.
  12. Olay, Sunsilk, Etc. Halal? Haram? Help.

    :sl: I don't know. But I think Muslims are making life harder for themselves than it already is...
  13. Please Make Du'a For My Dad

    :sl: may Allah swt grant him shifaa. ameen
  14. Do You Give Up Your Seat

    :sl: old, disabled or pregnant women, yes.
  15. New Borns Thrown From Masjid......!

    :sl: They're Indian... From the video info:
  16. Where Is Your Heart?

    :sl: Got me thinking. :sl: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=drNV02inzHI"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=drNV02inzHI[/url]
  17. Where Is Your Heart?

    :sl: glad you liked it. :sl: ameen to your dua, sis :no:
  18. :sl: ..And what about Muslim men? Adapted from an article by : Farheen Hassan (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetguidedones(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/metapage/gems/formen10.htm"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetguidedones(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/metapage/gems/formen10.htm[/url] Fearing that I might be thought of as a woman scorned and enraged with female angst while feminist ideals run wild through my head, I just want to clear up that I am a practicing Muslimah who wears hijab and Alhamdulillah have recently started wearing jalbab. I have written the following article to set fire to the double standard prejudices that exist in our Ummah. Numerous articles have been written by our Muslim brothers outlining the guidelines that women must adhere to but not many about how men should behave. Many have forgotten that Allah (swt) is not going to decide our punishment based on our gender. "These are Allah's limits, and whoever obeys Allah and His Apostle, He will cause him to enter gardens beneath which rivers flow, to abide in them; and this is the great achievement. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Apostle and goes beyond His limits, He will cause him to enter fire to abide in it, and he shall have an abasing chastisement" (4:13-14). The word "awrah" denotes those parts of the body which Islam requires to be covered in front of others whether of the same or the opposite gender. The Prophet (saw) said, "A man should not look at the awrah of another man, nor a woman of a woman, nor should a man go under one cloth with another man, nor a woman with another woman" (Muslim, Abu Dawud, and Al-Tirmidhi). The awrah of a man referred to in this hadith is from his naval to his knee. In comparison, with respect to a man who is not her mehram, a woman's awrah is her entire body except her face and hands. Many brothers forget that they even have an awrah too, especially during the summer months. What is somewhat amusing is that there are mothers who wear hijab but let their grown sons walk around with their awrah showing in front of non-mahrem women. Allah (swt) has commanded the believing men to lower their gaze and guard their sexual parts. "Tell the believing men that they should lower their gazes and guard their sexual organs; that is purer for them. Indeed Allah is well-acquainted with what they do" (24:30). Here "lowering of the gazes" means to avert the eyes from the faces of the passersby and not to caress the attractive features of women with the eyes. The Prophet (saw) told Ali ibn Abu Talib, "Ali do not let a second look follow the first. The first look is allowed to you but not the second" (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, and Al-Tirmidhi). It is the reasonableness of the Shari'ah that a glance which accidentally falls on something which it is not permissible to see is forgiven. Jabir ibn Abdullah narrated, "I asked the Messenger of Allah (saw) about the unexpected glance. He replied, `Avert your eyes,' meaning, do not look back deliberately" (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Muslim, and Al-Tirmidhi). The Prophet (saw) considered hungry and lustful looks at a person of the opposite gender as "the zina of the eye," according to his saying, "The eyes also commit zina, and their zina is the lustful look" (Al-Bukhari). He termed the lustful look zina because it gives sexual pleasure and gratification in an unlawful way. I have been informed by numerous brothers that it is much harder for them to avert their eyes because there are a multitude uncovered women walking around and they do not want the women to perceive them as being rude. Do I need to remind these brothers that Islam is submission to Allah (swt) and not to the world or to the feelings of others? Looking the other way is not nearly as hard as having to wear at least two layers of big clothing with a hijab on your head, and don't forget socks on your feet, while waiting underground for the subway to show up as there are record high temperatures being set up above on the sidewalk. I do not know about the other sisters, but what keeps me going is the thought that no matter how hot this world gets, Hell will always be hotter; similarly, no matter how hot some girl is, Hell will always be hotter. Many brothers need to examine their way of talking. In order to feel more masculine, brothers will resort to using foul language. Cursing does not disillusion the listener into thinking that the cursing guy is a macho. The Prophet :sl: was not one who would abuse (others) or say obscene words, or curse (others), and if he wanted to admonish any one of us, he used to say: "What is wrong with him, his forehead be dusted!" (Sahih Al-Bukhari) Also, in order to blow up their already oversized egos in front of friends some brothers will accuse girls of "liking" them. Are these brothers unaware that falsely accusing a chaste girl of anything, implied explicitly or not, whether she is Muslim or not, is haram? "Why then, did not the believers, men and women, when you heard it (the slander) think good of their own people and say: "This (charge) is an obvious lie?" Why did they not produce four witnesses? Since they (the slanderers) have not produced witnesses then with Allâh they are the liars" (Surah Nur, 12-13). Often such allegations are rumors based on ridiculous reasoning and in many cases just a figment of the brother's imagination or worse, just to pass their times amongst their peers. What is haram to look at is also of course haram to touch with the hands or any other parts of the body. Ma'qal ibn Yasar narrated that the Prophet (saw) said, "It is better for one of you to be pricked in the head with an iron pick than to touch a woman whom it is unlawful to touch" (Al-Bayhaqi). Some brothers feel embarrassed to refuse a woman's hand when she offers it to them. Funny how the brother feels ashamed of not being able to sin in front of his peers but has no embarrassment of sinning in front of Allah (swt). Many leaders of the so-called Islamic/Muslim countries, have been observed to be having no qualms about shaking hands with the leaders or dignitaries of opposite sex. Islam has been here for over 1400 years and it has been unchanged. It is up to each of us to realize that Islam does not have to conform to our "modern" time or our personal beliefs, but rather we have to conform to it. Islam means complete submission to Allah (swt); either accept all of it or reject all of it. As a new convert said, "You call yourself a Muslim, but you don't follow all of Islam? Just drop the title." My apologies to all who I may have offended; that was not the intent of the article. Anything good in this article came from Allah's (swt) generosity on me for guiding me on the right path and anything bad came from my own ignorance. *~*Allah (swt) gives and forgives, yet man gets and forgets * Why do mere mortals put a question mark where Almighty Allah (swt) has put a period? * *~
  19. Random Incoherence

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  20. Random Incoherence

    :no: aww aunty :sl: I did pm you a few months back with my updates ..I hope you received it ? :j: Aamina , :sl: I haven't spoken to you in donkeys years! How are you girl? Graduated ? :D
  21. Random Incoherence

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    Walaikumsalam Jonathan, :sl: ######you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgawaher(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/images/welcom.gif[/img] to Gawaher I'm glad you decided to join us. I hope that you find your stay here at IF beneficial, as well as enjoyable, and inshaAllah we benefit from each other. As we advise all new comers, please take a moment to read our (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgawaher(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/index.php?act=boardrules"]Forum Rules[/url]. This will greatly enhance your understanding of this community, and ensures a smooth relation with everyone around here. And now here is your welcome drink, on the house! So sit back, and let me pour you a glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice! ######you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgawaher(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/uploads/post-1-1102388849.jpg[/img] I think (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgawaher(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/index.php?showforum=532.html&"]this[/url] section may help you understand Islam better. Aswell as (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgawaher(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/index.php?showforum=183.html&"]Islamic- Western Dialogue[/url] Feel free to ask any questions you may have. God willing your stay here is enjoyable and beneficial! :sl: Mehnaz
  24. The Arrivals

    :sl: Someone told me about it a while ago. Looks interesting. I'm watching it now.
  25. Random Incoherence

    :sl: Anyone heard from sis Sakinah Muslimah? Last I heard was she was ill. I pray everything is ok!
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