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“By Al-‘Asr (the time). Verily, man is in loss, except those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth [i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma‘ruf ) which Allah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar) which Allah has forbidden], and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allah’s Cause during preaching His religion of Islamic Monotheism or Jihad).” (Al-‘Asr: 1-3)

Oftentimes, especially, us the youth, we have what we call” free time”. We waste is away social media or watching pointless dramas, but in reality we don’t have free time. As a Muslim, we have an obligation to carry out which is working to make our society better and more conducive to this Deen of ours.

We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard and not waste away half the day playing video games or watching movies. Our kalimah should push us to a higher standard.

Even if you aren’t a sheikh, you know and have friends who are slowly losing grip of their imaan, it’s your obligation to bring them back!

Don’t just preach to them and no practice, show them the alternatives to the actions they are doing and encourage them to attend Gatherings of Deen. Allah may guide you and guide through you!

Use your time on building yourself as a person, so that you have what others do not: Honesty, integrity and respect. If one person even sees your behaviour and are drawn to Islam, سبحان الله, imagine the rewards you will get, but it all starts with making an effort.

If non Muslims see you only playing video games and insulting others, they think this is what Islam is all about! We have to be very careful about the way we spend our time, we can either build our character by reading that which is beneficial or waste away our time and have to answer to Allah regarding it on the day of qiyaamah.

May Allah make us from amongst those who value time and are not of the losers as Allah mentioned in surah Asr. Ameen

Reminder by Nu’maan Ali Khan, “you don’t have free time”

-Mualafaa بنت يا كوب

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The perfect Human- Beautiful inside and Outside…

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم – In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful

 

As human beings, It’s difficult to maintain greatness in every aspect of life, at all times and in all situations, yet we have a remarkable example whom we can try and emulate.

Many celebrities and leaders of the world are exposed once they pass on. Their spouses come out and reveal their immoral behaviours or tyrannical-like character that they displayed towards their families behind close door.

The sahaba (ra), after Nabi ﷺ passed on,   went to Aaisha (ra) and asked how the character of the prophet (saw) was?

Aaisha (ra) said, “His character was the Qur’aan.”

Everything that our prophetﷺ preached to the people, he acted upon, and in the best manner possible. He was the best husband, the best father and the best friend.

Achieving greatness on the outside is easy, but the really impressive achievement is when you achieve greatness in your home, when your spouse,  your children have great things to say about you.

Aaisha (ra) narrates numerous Ahadeeth about her personal incidents and the response of Nabiﷺ.

When the accusation of adultery was levelled against Aaisha (ra), the only way she knew that Nabi (saw) was upset with her was because heﷺ only greeted her and asked her how she was.

Even in the Prophet (saw)’s most difficult situations, he ﷺ’s words and actions were  amazing.

Subhanallah! Despite all the obligations and tasks that heﷺ had on his shoulders. He ﷺ had to literally save the world, he (saw) was a man upon whom revelation was coming, he ﷺ had to ensure the smooth running of all the muslims affairs and yet he was such an amazing individual in his personal life.

When the Sahaba (ra) narrated this Hadith “The most complete of the believers in faith are those with the most excellent character, and the best of you are the best in behavior to their women.” (Tirmidhi)

Umme Salamah (ra) affirmed this by saying, “You have spoken the truth.”

This was after the Prophet ﷺ passed away! There was nothing stopping the wives of the prophet ﷺ to come out with something that they thought “unfit” about the Prophetﷺ, and yet not a word has by any of the wives or the companions of the Prophetﷺ, except that it was praise. Even the enemies of Islam, had great things to say about our Prophet ﷺ!!

Anas (ra) was a little boy and  lived in the company of the Prophetﷺ for 10 years and even he testified to the greatness of the Prophet ﷺ. There was no disregard for children or for elders.

Fatima (ra) was loved so much by Nabiﷺthat he ﷺ would get up from his place and allow her to sit in his spot the moment she entered the room. Even at the time of death, heﷺ was going through excruciating pain but when he saw Fatima (ra) crying, he called her and comforted her. When he ﷺ told her that she will be the first person to meet him in Jannah, she was excited! She wanted to be with her Dad (saw) even if it meant being without her young children and spouse!

Subhanallah!! Truly our Prophet ﷺ was a beautiful human being, both on the inside and on the outside.

Let us learn read the Seerah of the Prophet ﷺ and take lessons from his dear life!

George Bernard Shaw referred to our Prophet ﷺ as a “wonderful man” who “if he assumed the dictatorship of the modern world, will be able to solve its problems”

Subhanallah, he is just one of the non-muslim Philosophers and historians to revere and respect our Prophet for his remarkable character. Should we not pride ourselves in learning and emulating this wonderful individual?

May Allah make us beautiful on the inside and on the outside and unite us with this amazing person in Jannah In shaa Allah

Transcribed lecture by Sheikh Omar Suleiman

Please listen! Really inspiring!!

 

-Mualafaa بنت يا كوب

Lighting up your heart…

 

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم – In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful

“Whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs, I guarantee Paradise for him.” Bukhari

 

In order to guarantee the chastity of these two organs, we need to use our mind correctly and in order to use our mind correctly, we need a pure and sound heart. The pureness of our heart is directly linked to the connection between our heart and its maker- Allah.

 

“Verily in the remembrance of Allah, do hearts find rest”

If you want your heart to be pure and clean, remember Allah.

To remember allah will bring about the consciousness of Allah

In everything remember Allah. Something good happens, say Alhamdulillah, something bad happens, Astaghfirullah. If you keep doing this, you remind your heart constantly about Allah. You develop Taqwa in this way. Every salaah should increase our taqwa.

 

Taqwa all us to be build love for Allah. The love in our heart should be majoritily reserved for Allah. The love of this world no doubt will be in our hearts, as we are insaan, but this becomes a major issue for your deen when this love surpasses the love of Allah and his Rasool ﷺ

Once the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was sitting with some of his Sahabah (Companions) when he said as was revealed to him:

“A man from Jannah (Paradise) will show up now.”

Soon a man from Ansaar showed up. The next day it happened again. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“A man from Jannah will show up now.” And the same person showed up. On the third day, it happened again and the same Ansaar showed up when the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) had predicted that a man from Jannah will show up. Abdullah bin Amr ul Aas (RA) had been among the sahabah all three days. Curiosity got hold of him and he went up to the man and said,

“I have had a dispute with my father and have promised that I will not go back home for three days. Would you let me stay with you for three days?”

The man agreed to have him as a guest for three days.

Abdullah bin Amr ul Aas was a pious man. He fasted regularly and finished Quran in three nights in prayer. He reasoned, surely the man must be praying all night and fasting every day, that is why he has been chosen among the people of Jannah. At night he expected his host to stand in prayer the whole night, but the host only offered the obligatory prayers and went to sleep. In the morning, Abdullah bin Amr ul Aas (RA) expected him to fast, but the host had breakfast after the Fajr prayers. Abullah bin Amr ul Aas(RA) thought that his host might not be feeling well today and maybe tomorrow he would do as Abdullah was expecting.

To Abdullah’s amazement, the host followed the same routine all three nights that Abdullah was with him and did not fast. On the third day, Abdullah told him the truth and said that he did not have any fight with his father. He had only said that to be with him so that he could see what was so special about him that made him one of the people of Jannah.

The man told him there was nothing special about him. He always did as Abdullah had seen for himself. Disappointed, Abdullah started to leave. The man called him back and said “There was nothing unique about him except that when he went to bed each day, he made sure there was no feeling of hatred or jealousy in his heart for any Muslim.”

Abdullah said to him; “Nothing made you reach that rank except this. And not all of us are able to do so.”

This hadith was narrated in Musnad Ahmed, but the name of the man was obscured.

The quality that earned him Jannah, was removing the hatred from his heart for all the muslim people. Subhanallah. Your heart is so small, don’t waste its space with hatred and ill emotion. When you have too much of grease, in medicine they say you have cholesterol. Spiituality works the same. When we have too much of negative emotion in our hearts, we start looking at people with this flawed lens. Like cholesterol needs treatment, our hearts need medication as well. The balm for our heart is staying away from things that are doubtful.

When our hearts are clogged and our hearts are dead, the verses of Qur’aan will not move us at all, no matter how intelligent we may be, we will not understand the verses.  But when we have imaan in our hearts, even if it is just a small amount, this imaan will make us tremble at the verses of Qur’aan. Allah says:

 

“The Day when there will not benefit [anyone] wealth or children

But only one who comes to Allah with a sound heart.” Qur’aan 26:88-89

 

Our aim and our goal should be to purify our heart to such a degree that our hearts are considered by Allah as Qalbun Saleem, the highest level of a pure heart. When we have garments that are white, we can’t wash it in a liquid that’s green or blue because that white will change colour, we therefor need to make sure we pay attention, likewise, with our hearts, we need to purify it 5 times everyday, not just with a by the way prayer, but with the correct “cleaning agent” which is taqwa and Khushoo.

The trick to having a good and clean heart socially speaking is to keep the company of those people who are higher than you in faith. The moment you have people who are lower than you in faith, you run the risk of dropping to their life.

“The likeness of a righteous friend and an evil friend, is the likeness of a (musk) perfume seller and a blacksmith. As for the perfume seller, he may either bestow something on you, or you may purchase something from him, or you may benefit from his sweet smell. And as for the blacksmith, he may either burn your clothes, or you may be exposed to his awful smell.”

[Bukhari and Muslim]

 

Ways to measure whether you have a clean/dirty heart:

 

  • Do I assume the worst of other Mu’min when I don’t even know the situation? I see two Muslims coming out of a bar, what do I think?
  • Can I take advice from people who are younger than me or lower in social standing?
  • Do I accept and appreciate correction of my actions?

When you soften your heart for Allah, Allah will guide you and strengthen you, but if you harden your heart, no message will permeate it. At the time of the Prophet of Allah, the Mushrikeen heard the Qur’aan from Nabi saw’s lips and yet it never affect them

 

The way to soften the heart is to think about death frequently. It is the only certainty in life.

If you have a hard heart, don’t despair and say theres no point reading Islamic literature or going to Halaqas, By Allah, go there might be a moment ,in the entire hour that you engage with these words of Allah and His Rasool, where your heart will soften and this is all it takes. Umar (ra) didn’t hear the entire Qur’aan, he heard a few verses and in that moment, his heart was softened, and Allah favoured him with Imaan. It only takes one moment.

To keep us humble, Allah has created us imperfect. We all need help getting to the next level, and the only way we can do this is if we start off with a clean heart. We need to remove the hate and jealousy and replace it with love and muhabbat. If we help each other in improving each other, Subhanallah, we will reach unprescedented levels.

Lecture By Mufti Menk

-Mualafaa بنت يا كوب

 

 

 

 

 

We only get one shot at life

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم – In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful

 

Allah created us for a definitive purpose, not to just go through life with the motions of eating, sleeping, killing time etc.

You only get one shot at life! You only get one life! Stop wasting your life, wake up and make something of your life! don’t be another face in the crowd, don’t be just another number. Be someone who contributes something to humanity, someone who makes a difference

Ask yourself, dont I want to be with the Prophet and his companions on the day of Qiyaamah?

If the answer is yes, then what are you doing to get there?

You can’t get that with the life we all are living! do you think its fair that we get the same reward they did, when they sacrificed their entire lives for this deen?

“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best.” (Surah Nahl 16:125)

Allah has made it the obligation of every human being to give Da’wah and invite people to Allah.

Whatever knowledge you have propagate it to others, it might be a means of someone else’s Hidaayah or your salvation in the Aakhira.

Don’t ever think that Da’wah is only the responsibility of the Aalims and Aalimahs, we all have a part of Allah’s divine nur in the form of Imaan and we need to spread this into the world.

You never know the impact of your $10/ R20 Sadaqah or your qur’aanic tweet, never underestimate the good. This money might clothe someone who has no clothes and that Qur’aanic tweet might deter someone from Haraam..

Reminder By Brother Mohamed Hoblos

-Mualafaa بنت يا كوب

 

Big or Small??

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم – In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful

 

A big hang up for our times- sometimes found even in those involved in Islamic work- is the focus on doing something big. We want to be associated with big projects, serve the cause of Islam in a big way. Big deeds, big rewards, big success, here and in the hereafter.

Although the logic seems bulletproof, there is actually a problem with it. It assumes that the reward for a good deed is based on its value perceived by us. In reality, the rewards for every good deed is based on the actual goodness in it and only Allah ﷻ can judge that.

Our pious predecessors use to worry about the acceptance of even the most meritorious acts, while at the same time, they approached even the smallest virtues with the enthusiasm of a desperate person who knows he needs all the help he can get. They fully understood the messages that many seemingly great deeds may not carry much weight in the Hereafter due to a flaw on the side of the doer, which they might not even be aware of. Yet it is possible for some apparent minor charitable act to save a person from misery in the Hereafter.

We all know, the story mentioned in Muslim And Bukhari about the case of the woman of ill repute, who once helped a thirsty dog by making extra effort to fetch water from a well. She was saved from the torment of the Hereafter for that small act of kindness alone

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The big projects no doubt have a crucial role to play, but let us integrate little personal and social  things into our everyday lives that will earn us the pleasure of Allah. You don’t even have to set aside special time to do these:

  • Make dhikr wherever you are. While exercising, cooking, driving, waiting for a class/lecture to start. Set your wallpaper as dhikr, so when you bored and instinctively pull out your phone, you will be reminded to make dhikr
  • Allow someone to go first in a line/que at the grocery store
  • Assist an old lady with her shopping bags or trolley
  • Give someone a genuine compliment. This will make them smile and you will be rewarded
  • If you are eating out, buy an extra bottle of water and give it to the car guard
  • Remove a stone/object from people’s path.
  • When you walk past litter, pick it up
  • Offer to pay for someone’s parking ticket
  • Smile and greet people even if they don’t really like you. This might be a changing point
  • If Allah blessed you with understanding, help your fellow class mates at school, college, campus, wherever you are

While you are doing these acts, do it with the intention of pleasing Allah and being a means of other people being attracted to Islam.

انشالله your kind gesture might change the life of the next person, or make them look further into our beautiful Deen.

There is an amazing series by Sheikh Omar Suleiman called Inspiration- it really is worth watching with your entire family, kids love it as well.

So, Big or small?

Allah doesn’t look at size, but at sincerity 

-Mualafaa بنت يا كوب

The heart…

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم – In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful

In Surah Shams- Allah swears by the sun, the moon, the skies and the earth. Allah further swears by the Nafs and the soul. Allah gave us our sense of good and evil, our innate fitrah, the natural inclination of our heart. It is worthy to note that when Allah swears by things, it is to emphasise the importance of what is coming next and Allah has never taken so many oaths in the Qur’aan as He has in this short Surah, all to highlight this one point, “He has succeeded who purifies it (the heart)” and “And he has failed who instills it (the heart with corruption)”

This is a very significant point because Allah is showing us that at the end of the day nothing is more important than the purity of the soul. Allah pends the success of an individual based solely on the state of the heart.

Then Allah shifts focus and starts to talk about the people of Thamud and the way in which they transgressed and denied their prophet. To the unobservant heart, it seems as though the Ayaat do not link, but the Scholars have said that the reason for this switch from the self to a nation is because when we don’t have pure hearts as individuals, we become a corrupt community, corrupt society and ultimately a corrupt nation. So, while we might think that reforming ourselves will have a little impact on the global scale, Allah dispels this notion and in fact encourages us. When individuals fail to purify themselves, they become a failed nation, not just individuals as we see that Allah never gave the example of Fir’aun or Hamaan, Allah used a nation as an example.

Similarly, if we look at the companions of the Prophet ﷺ, each and every one of them was concerned with the purity and state of their heart which is why they were such a successful society. Every companion of the prophet ﷺ has a unique story, all were tested in different ways, and yet they pulled through it all. When the religion of Islam was new, and the muslims were being persecuted mercilessly, the Sahaba never threw in the towel  and had this, “even if I change, everyone else is still going to be the same” attitude. These Sahaba understood that individual purification is necessary for the ummah to succeed.

Imam Ahmed (rahmatullah allays) was once asked a question, “What is the distance between us and the Arsh of Allah?”

He replied, ” A sincere duaa from a pure heart.”

Subhanallah!! May Allah grant us the ability to purify our hearts to the point where we are able to close the distance between our souls and Allah’s Arsh. Allahumma Ameen

We live in a difficult day and age, there’s no denying that, but this is no excuse for not striving to purify our hearts, we have to at least try.

‘Never will Allah change the condition of a people, until they change themselves.’Al-Qur’an 13:11

Iman ibn Al-qayyim (ra) said you can’t make excuses for your situation.
Abu Talib, who was the uncle of the prophet ﷺ died as a non-muslim whereas Salmaan Al-Farsi, who was the son of the leader of the Zoro-Astrian faith died as a Muslim. If you are really willing to learn and change, nothing can stop you, it’s all about the purity of your heart. 
There was a man during the time of the Prophet ﷺ who had the correct beliefs before the advent of Islam. His name was Zaid ibn Amr ibn Nufail. He used to make duaa abundantly for Allah to show him a sign of how to worship Him. It is reported that he used to save the girls that were buried by their parents during the periods of Jaahiliyyah. His son, Sa’ad bin Zaid was a companion of the Prophet ﷺ and asked the Nabi of Allah ﷺ what the plight of his father will be, as he had left these lands in search of the truth in his old age, before the Prophet of Allah ﷺ received Wahi. Nabi ﷺ said that on the day of Qiyaamah, he will stand as a nation of his own.
Subhanallah!! Imagine the strength of heart he had, to abandon his home town in his old age  in search of the truth. No doubt, this is an example to us all, your situation doesn’t matter if you are sincere. 
So, while it may be difficult in our times, take inspiration from this brave man. Don’t be afraid that you are the only one because in the Aakhira, you will In Shaa Allah have reward that is also very unique..
We should all make this duaa on a regular basis In Shaa Allah
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– Mualafa بنت يا كوب 
Lecture by Sheikh Omar Suleiman 

If He can…

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم – in the name of Allah the most gracious the most merciful

If He can provide food for the birds in the sky 

If He can provide bones for the  dogs that pass you by 

If He can provide  shelter for the homeless man 

Then surely, provide for you He can…

 

If He could bring floods to a land once dry

If He can control the sun without strings to tie 

If He could create you so perfect from sand

Then surely, whatever you want Him to do, He can…

 

 If He could have a baby born without intervention

If He could bring honour to a disgraced nation 

If He can lengthen someones life span 

Then, surely, resolve your griefs, He can…

 

If for Maryam and Musa (as) He could cause a river to alter its course 

If for the death of Adam (AS) He caused the sun and moons orbit to pause 

If  for Musa  (AS) He caused the sea to part

If ,for the people of thamud, He made moulding rocks with bare hands their art 

Then, oh my dear, what makes you think He isn’t waiting to give you that jump start ??

 

If He could cause a blind man to see 

If He could cure leprosy 

If He can control the movement of every ant and every bee 

Then, oh my dear, what makes you think He doesn’t understand your issue’s enormity??

 

If He sent the Angel Gibraeel to catch Yusuf (AS) in the well 

If He removed Asiyahs soul before the boulder fell 

If He could create men that stood 30 feet tall 

Then, oh my dear, what makes you think He won’t catch you when you fall??

 

If He caused the downfall of Hajjaj, the king,  based solely on the duaa of Saeed bin zubair  , a young lad

If He comforted Fatima (ra) at the demise of her Dad (saw)

If he altered the apex of the sun so as to not disturb the sleep of believing youth for 300 years

Then, oh my brother and sister, what makes you think He won’t move mountains because of your tears??

 

If He caused the fleet of sa’aad (RA) in the battle of Al- Mada’in to cross the tigris river 

If in the battle of Mauta, when the muslims were outnumbered, He did to them victory deliver 

If He sustained a man in a whales tummy at the bottom of the sea

Then, oh my dear, why are you so anxious about His decree???

-Mualafaa بنت يا كوب

The most melodious invitation…

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم – In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful

 

 

We hear it 5 times a day, we hear it over the radio, on our phones, blaring out of speakers, but how many of us stop and actually listen to the words and realise their worth?

We don’t have ringing bells, ignited fires or blowed horns, we have the most melodious call to prayer from all the other religions combined, and it all began with a dream!!

The muslims were discussing how to call people towards congregational prayers, some muslims suggested emulating the use of the other religions to the Prophet  ﷺ, but one day, Zaid (ra) came to the Prophet ﷺ

“O Messenger ﷺ of Allah! I had a beautiful dream last night.” “What was the dream you saw”, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) asked Zaid.

Zaid answered, “I’ve seen that a man wearing green garment taught me the words of the Adhan and advised me to call people to prayer with these words.”

Hazrat Muhammad ﷺ approved it without giving a second thought, as He had recognized that the dream was true, besides same kind of dream was also quoted by Umar bin Khattab (ra). He ﷺ then gave Bilal ibn Rabah (R.A), who was a black slave, the honour to become the first ever Muadhin in our islamic history. Bilal (R.A) had a beautiful and loud voice.

Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (Ra.) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Pbuh) said, “Whenever you hear the Azan, say what the Muazzin (caller) is saying.” (Sahih Bukhari & Muslim).

The words, Allah-hu-Akbar are so powerful, it is the cornerstone of Islam. Allah is the greatest. It is the first words a child hears when he is brought into this world, it gives courage and valour as we see in numerous battles when this was recited.

We get a chance to renew our faith every time we say “Ash hadu Allah ilaha Illallah”- I bear witness there is no God but Allah. By saying this not just with our lips, but truly from our hearts, no matter what problem looms over us for that day, we will conquer it. In this statement we admit  our weakness, our feebleness and how much we need Allah.

When the words Haha-alas-salah (come to Salaah) and Haya-alal-Falah (come to success) are recited, do we feel anything?

Allah put a reminder in our call to prayer that in salaah lies success. By Allah, try it. If you are not a practising Muslim and don’t pray your salaah, take out your Musallah, and pray even if it is just your Fardh with the firm conviction that Allah will grant you success and watch how Allah works miracles. The success is not limited to this world or the Aakhira, and we make duaa that Allah grants us success in both the worlds. Allahumma Ameen

Simply taking out a few minutes to answer the adhaan can give you oodles of reward. By the will of Allah, we will enter Paradise and our sins will be forgiven. The opportunity presents itself 5 times a day, won’t we be of the losers if we don’t grab this with two hands?

Narrated Umar (Ra.) that the Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) said: “When the Muazzin says ‘Allahu Akbar’, one should repeat ‘Allahu Akbar’, When he (the Muazzin) says  ‘Haiya Alassalah’ & ‘Haiya Alal Falah’ (come for the prayer), one should make a response: ‘La hawla wala quwata illa billah (there is neither might nor any power except Allah)’ and when he (the Muazzin) says ‘Allahu Akbar’ (Allah is the Greatest), then make a response: ‘Allahu Akbar’. When he (the Muazzin) says ‘La Ilaha Illallah (there is no god but Allah), one should say like the Muazzin, he will enter Paradise.” (Sahih Muslim).

Sa’d Ibn Abu Waqqas (Ra.) reported that the Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) said: “If anyone says on hearing of the Muazzin ‘I testify that there is no god but Allah alone Who has no partner, and that Muhammad (Pbuh) is His servant and His Messenger, (and that) I am satisfied with Allah as my Lord with Muhammad (Pbuh) as Messenger and with Islam as din (code of life), his sins would be forgiven.” (Sahih Muslim).

Reading the duaa after adhaan has its own set of benefits, the one mentioned in the Hadeeth is definitely one we all need;On the day when the only intercession will be that of our beloved Prophet ﷺ

Jabir ibn `Abdullah (Ra.) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Pbuh) said, “Whoever after listening to the Azan says, ‘Allahumma Rabba hadhihi-dda` watit-tammah,was-salatil qa’imah, ati Muhammadan al-wasilata wal-fadilah, wa b`ath-hu maqaman mahmudan-il-ladhi wa`adtahu.’” Meaning “‘O Allah! Lord of this perfect call (perfect by not ascribing partners to You) and of the regular prayer which is going to be established, give Muhammad (Pbuh) the right of intercession and illustriousness, and resurrect him to the best and the highest place in Paradise that You promised him (of)’, then my intercession for him will be allowed on the Day of Resurrection. (Sahih Bukhari).

 

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Make it a point of learning if you don’t know it and if you do, read the meaning and take it to heart, it’s not just a duaa, it’s a supplication for the greatest man who walked the surface of the earth!!

Wallahi, there is no invitation, whether inscribed in gold or fragranced with musk, that will even come close to the invitation that Allah has ordained for us to get 5 times a day!

Sheikh Zahir Mahmood’s reminder on Bilal (ra) is emotionally gripping and drives home the message of Adhaan and the honour of Bilal (ra).Honestly, it will be worth the 10 minutes of your time, please do watch the video and down below is also one of the best Adhaan’s I have heard, please do share your favourite ones in the comments below..

 

-Mualafaa

 

Social Media

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

– In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful  بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Please do remember to share this with others…

There are two aspects to social media. Input and Output.

Input ( consumption) 

The moment we wake up in the morning, irrespective of our environment, the first thing we reach for is our phones, we need to catch up what the world has been doing while we were asleep. Consuming the news feeds, tweets, posts and comments constantly has an effect on our soul, it hampers our spiritual level. By feeling the need to always be worrying about other peoples lives or watching a TV series, this shows that we aren’t comfortable being alone with our thoughts. We use it as a distraction from ourselves. Thus need is dangerous in two aspects

1. The fact that you need to consume

Iman Hasan Bassri  “One of the signs of spiritual abandonment is when you are busy with everything that doesn’t concern you, busy with everything but yourself and Allah”

2. What you are consuming

Every tweet that you read, every post that you see, every video you watch has an impact on you in some shape or form. It penetrates your heart, your mind, your soul. We might not realise it immediately, but when something happens, your friend tells you that a someone did something, you automatically start putting pieces together that might not even be linked. “yeah, they were tweeting this, and commenting this, it makes sense.”

Output 

If we constantly feel the need to put everything  out there, just to turn the faces of people, to get extra followers, more likes, we essentially trying to get the attention of everyone but Allah, this represents an even greater disease, because the only person whose attention we should really crave and be seeking is that of Allah.

The imam’s advices that we take 30 Minutes out everyday, away from all our social media, you don’t have to be reading Qur’an or making dhikr, just doing something you need to do, an assignment, studying, whatever it is, 30 minutes with your social media off.

In the past you used to have to go to places to do Haram, you had to physically go to a Club to get Haraam Subtsances, now it’s become so easy, you can find it online  in your room. This tests your Muraqaba- Your sense of observance of Allah. This extent wasn’t present in the previous times.

Every time you resist the temptation ,Allah rewards you. Don’t ever think that Allah doesn’t see the effort you make. You should feel a sense of accomplishment in saying, “Despite all the signals being thrown at me, I am able to resist that temptation”. And when you do fall to temptation, you stop it immediately and  say, ” I love Allah more than I love this.” No one will know this, it’s between you and Allah only

At-Tirmidhi relates in a Hadith on the authority of Ibn Umar: “Do not talk excessively without remembering Allah, because such excessive talk without the mention of Allah causes the heart to harden, and the person furthest from Allah is a person with a hard heart.”
Umar Ibn al-Khattab RA said: “A person who talks too much is a person who often makes mistakes, and someone who often makes mistakes, often has wrong actions. The Fire has a priority over such a frequent sinner.”

In our day and age it is not just verbal speech that is the problem. It takes the form of all our social media.

Whoever talks too much, makes too many mistakes– The more words you put out there, the more likely you are to make a mistake and on the reverse, the reward for remaining silent also becomes much greater. Everything becomes preserved. You can’t take back what you said.

Some people feel the need to post about everything, they need to have an opinion about everything. Whether or not the person I qualified, they just have to say something. Nabi

صلى الله عليه وسلم.       said, “Haste is from Shaytaan”

As soon as you see an issue or a #, you immediately tweet something regarding it, you don’t think deeply about the things you post, it’s just become second nature, this increases your risk of mistakes.

Whoever makes too many mistakes, your modesty will wither away 

When people put too much out there, people start losing respect for them. Sins that Allah has concealed all of a sudden, are now exposed. If we “speak” too much, it’s only a matter of time before we are caught on a bad day, and the person on the other end doesn’t know your situation, all they see if the terrible tweet or comment, and so your modesty will start to be lost, we expose things Allah has kept hidden.

“The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘Every deen has an innate character. The character of Islam is modesty.’

When modesty starts to shrink, we lose our caution 

We start posting things completely blasphemous, as we see with many celebrities. Once the first immoral tweet or post is out there, shaytaan tells us, “well they already know”, and so we post now with no filter at all

When we lose our caution/filter, our heart dies 

Losing our filter alters our relationship with Allah. We should remember that Allah will forgive and wipe out our sins, but people aren’t the same. You might have made tawbah, but they will always remember the sin.  Losing Allah consciousness is akin to the heart dying

There is a direct  relationship between how much we speak and the state of our heart.

What signals are you sending?

When we post on social media, we might even normalise sins for other people, not directly, but indirectly. You can’t control how people interpret things, but you can control the way you phrase the posts and tweets that you put out. If you see someone who you look up to tweeting about something religiously not so appropriate, it automatically normalises it for you. We say to ourselves, “well, at least I’m not the only one”. Don’t be the cause of  somebody else’s Wiswasa- whisperings.

When Qaabil killed Haabil, he normalised it for the rest of humanity, which is why he gets a piece of the sin for every man killed.

You can’t delete your past, but you can delete your past on social media

Allah has given you platforms to make use of. You can use these tools to spread deen, to spread goodness. One hadeeth, one Ayaat, one reminder that you put up, can affect hundreds and thousands of people. Allah can use your tweet, your post or your status as a means of Hidayat for many other people.

 

-Mualafaa

Lecture by Sheikh Omar Suleiman- Surrounded by signals

 

Change – A Practical Guide

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم – In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful
When we read the amazing stories about the lives of our Salafus-saliheen, we sometimes become complacent, thinking we can never really get there or we listen to Khutbah’s and have all of this information now but we are still struggling to put it into practice… انشالله  this helps. Please do remember to share the points you learn with your friends and family, so that it can be a means of Sadaqa-e-Jaariya for one and all.
Allah mentions in the Qur’aan in Surah As-Shuraa, verse 13
اللَّهُ يَجْتَبِي إِلَيْهِ مَن يَشَاءُ وَيَهْدِي إِلَيْهِ مَن يُنِيبُ-
Allah chooses for himself whom he wills and guides to himself whoever turns back (to him)
In order for us to gain Allah’s assistance and help, we need to actively realise that there is something inside of me that needs changing, we can’t have this wishy washy idea of all the big things in the world that need change, and give in to what Sheikh Omar calls “Analysis Paralysis”. We need to take the reins and move the horse in the direction we want it to go, even if it is only your  horse, or your stable of horses, because if every person can just focus on changing his/ her self, then we will have a changed home, changed community, changed country and Allah willing a changed Ummah.
Imam Ghazali (ra) says something to the effect, “When a person is deeply involved in a thought then everything around him will be a guide to that”
When you are engaged and about to get married and you can’t think of anything else, except your future spouse, then everything will remind you of him/her. Seemingly insignificant things will suddenly make you feel something. It works the same way with Allah, if you really have this desire and burning passion of the love of Allah , then Allah will make everything around you a sign and a means of you attaining his love.
There are 5 steps to use as a guide when dealing with change:
1) Remove the poisons in your life that are taking you away from the Allah
– The first step is to recognise the poison. A person can remedy his situation, but if he forgets the poison that is the root cause, there is no point.
– Imam ibn Qayyim said that if you fill up your heart with anything else, there will be no space for Allah.
– Sufyaan At-Thawri was once asked a question, “should we rather perform more good deeds or seek forgiveness?” He used the example of a dirty thobe. If you have a huge stain on your thobe, it doesn’t matter how much you  adorn it, all people will see is the stain. There is no point in buying expensive cuff links to decorate it, first remove the stain. Once we remove the poison from our life, our heart will naturally incline to Allah, as this is our fitrah.
2) An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure
We all know the difficulty of removing something from our lives after we have become accustomed to something, so the better option is to try as far as possible to prevent any action we will regret later.
Ibn al Qayyim (rahimahullah)  said that every sin passes through the following  phases:
1) Fitrah- Passing thought. This is usually due to some external stimuli. You see a billboard encouraging you to do wrong, the initial thought is the fitrah phase
2) Fikrah- Entertaining the thought. Whether you dwell on that billboard idea and start fantasizing about it.
3) Niyyah- You make an intention to do the sin, but you are not very determined, it’s a very far off thing for you still
4) Azeemah- Full determination. Now nothing can stop you. You haven’t carried out the sin yet, but you have made up your mind strongly about it
5) Amal- Action. This is where you physically carry out the sin
6) A’adaah – Habit. The sin becomes such a normal thing in your life that you now do it subconsciously.
The sheikh mentions that this is the most detrimental and can block the acceptance of your salaah and duaa.
The ideal thing would be to dismiss the initial thought, but since we are all human, stopping anywhere before Amal is still good… In order to dismiss the thought, one should make abundant Istighfaar
‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas (radhiAllahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam) said that Allah, the Glorious, said: “Verily, Allah has ordered that the good and the bad deeds be written down. Then He explained it clearly how (to write): He who intends to do a good deed but he does not do it, then Allah records it for him as a full good deed, but if he carries out his intention, then Allah the Exalted, writes it down for him as from ten to seven hundred folds, and even more. But if he intends to do an evil act and has not done it, then Allah writes it down with Him as a full good deed, but if he intends it and has done it, Allah writes it down as one bad deed.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
This hadeeth is just amazing, for every evil act which you intend to do and restrain yourself, Allah will give you a good deed. Subhanallah! Allah is giving us opeurtnunites we just need to grab it with open hands…
So, the next time you have an evil thought, recite Istighfaar and remember this In Shaa Allah
3) KISS- Keep It Simple Sunnah
Find something that you can do every single day that can make a difference. You might not be able to Liberate Palestine or abolish tyranny, but you can do other simple deeds such as giving a R5 a day, which will In shaa Allah weigh heavy on your scales on the day of Qiyaamah or Make dhikr, which will earn you trees in Jannah and even more blessings in this world

Imam Ahmed, may God be pleased with him, once was traveling and needed to stay somewhere overnight. When he went to the masjid, the guard (not recognizing Imam Ahmed) denied him entrance. Imam Ahmed tried numerous times, but the guard did not accept his requests. Frustrated, Imam Ahmed resolved to spend the night in the masjid yard. The guard became furious and dragged him away, despite the old age and frailty of Imam Ahmed.

A baker, whose shop was nearby, watched this scene and took pity on Imam Ahmed. He invited the Imam to stay with him for the night. While there, Imam Ahmed noticed that the baker continually made istighfaar (asking for Allah’s forgiveness) while working, and in the morning, the Imam eagerly asked his host about the latter’s continual seeking of forgiveness. The baker said it had become like second nature, and Imam Ahmed then asked whether the man had experienced any reward from this practice.

The baker answered,

“By Allah! No duaa (supplication to God) I made except that it was answered but one.”

“And what is that duaa?” asked Imam Ahmed.

“To be able to see the famed Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal!”

Imam Ahmed interjected, “I am Ahmed ibn Hanbal!”

He then went on to add:

“By Allah! I was dragged to your place so that you can have your duaa/wish come true.”

 

 

4) Think progress

Many people have this notion that they can’t do certain acts of worship because they dont do other fundamental ones. For example, people who don’t read salaah, think that they can’t wear hijab, because they are being two faced/hypocrite. Rather view it as this… If I put this hijab on my head, maybe I will be more inclined to pray as I am now dressed in a manner where I can pray anywhere

 

5)On your way to becoming a better muslim, don’t become a crappy human being

Your interaction with the people around you should not become sour whilst changing to be a better muslim. If anything, if should become better with your parents, siblings and all those around you. This is the teachings of our deen.
May Allah make this a means of Hidayah for me everyone else
– Mualafaa
Lecture By sheikh Omar Suleiman – Making the change