What must have been the feeling…

What must have been the feeling of Muadh bin Jabal (radiyallahuanhu) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said to him, “O Muadh, I swear by Allah that I love you.” (Source: Sunan Abi Dawud)

What must have been the feeling of Abdullah ibn Abbas (radiyallahuanhu) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ embraced him and said, “O Allah! Teach him (the knowledge of) the Book (Quran).” (Source: Al-Bukhari and Muslim in Sahih)

What must have been the feeling of Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiyallahuanhu) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “Tomorrow I will give this flag to a man through whose hands Allah will give us victory. He loves Allah and His Apostle, and he is loved by Allah and His Apostle.” and Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiyallahuanhu) was the recipient! (Source: Sahih Bukhari)

What must have been the feeling of Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas (radiyallahuanhu) on the day of Uhud when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ took out a quiver (of arrows) and said to him, “Shoot, let my father and mother be sacrificed for you.” (Source: Sahih Bukhari)

What must have been the feeling of Uthman ibn Affan (radiyallahuanhu) at the time of preparing the army for Tabuk expedition when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said to him, “Whatever Uthman does after today will not affect him” (Source: Musnad Ahmad)

What must have been the feeling of Abu Musa Al Ash’ari (radiyallahuanhu) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said to him in the morning, “Had you seen me listening to your recitation last night! (i.e. you would have felt good). You have been blessed with a voice like that of Dawood alayhissalaam” Abu Musa (radiyallahuanhu) said “O Messenger of Allah! If I knew you were listening, I would have recited even better”. (Source: Sahih Muslim)

What must have been the feeling of the Ansaar when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said to them: “If the people took their way through a valley or mountain pass, I would select the valley or mountain pass of the Ansaar. The Ansaar are Shiar (i.e. those clothes which are in direct contact with the body and worn inside the other garments), and the people are Dithar (i.e. those clothes which are not in direct contact with the body and are worn over other garments)” (Source: Sahih Bukhari)

What must have been the feeling of the Ansaar when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said about them: “Love for the Ansaar is a sign of faith and hatred for the Ansaar is a sign of hypocrisy.” (Source: Sahih Bukhari)

What must have been the feeling of Abu Bakr As Siddique (radiyallahuanhu) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said: “If I were to choose a bosom friend I would have definitely chosen Abu Bakr as my bosom friend.” (Source: Sahih Muslim)

Note: The word ‘Khalil’ in Arabic means the one whose love is mixed with one’s soul, it is superior than a friend’s or a beloved’s love. This love, of the highest order, is reserved for Almighty Allah and nobody can take His place. That is why Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said that “if” it were possible to give a human this rank, then he would have given it to Abu Bakr. Thus, among the bonds of Islamic brotherhood and human friendship, Abu Bakr’s ranks the highest.

What must have been the feeling of Aaishah (radiyallahuanha) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ replied with her name when asked: “Which of the people is most beloved to you?” (Source: Sahih Muslim)

What must have been the feeling of Bilal ibn Rabah (radiyallahuanhu) when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said to him: “Tell me of the best deed you did after embracing Islam, for I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” (Source: Sahih Bukhari)

Note: Bilal (radiyallahuanhu) would stay in a state of purity, and whenever he did wudhu, he would pray nafl rakaat with that wudhu. This enabled him to attain this glad tiding from Allah’s Messenger ﷺ.

What must have been the feeling of Umar ibn Al Khattab (radiyallahuanhu) when he sought permission to enter and Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said to the doorkeeper: “Allow him to enter and give him glad tidings of Paradise.” (Source: Al-Bukhari and Muslim in Sahih)

How amazing will the feeling be when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ will say to us when we meet Him: “You are my brothers, those who had faith in me although they never saw me.”

Note: Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “I wish I could meet my brothers.” The companions said, “Are we not your brothers?” The Prophet ﷺ said, “You are my companions, but my brothers are those who have faith in me although they never saw me.” (Source: Musnad Aḥmad)

Peace be upon you, O Messenger of Allah. Peace be upon you, O beloved of Allah. Peace be upon you, O our master Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah. Peace be upon you and your pure family. Peace be upon you and your wives, the Mothers of the Believers. Peace be upon you and all your Companions. Peace be upon us and on the righteous slaves of Allah.

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This world is a Guest House

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This world has been likened to a house prepared and beautified by a host for his guests. When they enter, he places in front of them a tray filled with flowers, fragrances and perfumes. It is obvious that the object of the host is that his guests must smell the beautiful fragrances, and then pass it to the next people so that they could also benefit. His desire is not that one guest must now take possession of them. If a person is unaware of the etiquettes of the gathering, and takes the plate to be his, placing it under his arm and going away, then all the people in the gathering will laugh at his foolishness, and mock him. Eventually, the owner will forcefully snatch the tray away from him and place it before another. You can well imagine the sorrow of this person.

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In a like manner, this world is a guest house of Almighty Allah for those travelling to the Hereafter, not for residing here forever. Almighty Allah wants the travellers to the Hereafter to benefit according to necessity, just as one derives benefit from a loaned item, and fulfills his need. Thereafter, he happily hands it over to the next person, and reaches his destination. Keeping the heart attached to loaned things will lead you to be extremely sad, and embarrassed at the time of departure from this world.

From Al-Arbain fi Usulid Din by Imam Muhammad Al Ghazali (Rahimahullah)

“O Allah, Make us of Your ‘Few’ Servants!”

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From Kitab az-Zuhd by Imam  Ahmad ibn Hanbal, and also in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah.

When Umar ibn al-Khattab radiallahuanhu (may Allah be pleased with him) was walking in the market, he passed by a man who was supplicating, “O Allah, make us of Your ‘few’ servants! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants!”

So ‘Umar said to him, “Where did you get this dua’ (supplication) from?” And the man said, “Allah in His Book says ‘And few of My servants are grateful.'(Qur’an 34:13)” So ‘Umar wept and admonished himself, “The people are more knowledgeable than you, O Umar! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants.”

Sometimes when you advise someone to leave a sin, they respond with “But most people do it, it’s not just me!” But if you look for the words “most people” in the Qur’an, you will find that most people “do not know” (7:187), “do not give thanks” (2:243) and “do not believe” (11:17). And if you look for “most of them”, you will find that most of them are “defiantly disobedient” (5:59), “ignorant” (6:111), “turning away” (21:24), “do not reason” (29:23), and “do not listen” (8:21).

So be of the “few”, whom Allah says about them:

“And few of My servants are grateful.” (34:13)“

But none had believed with him, except a few.” (11:40)

“In the Gardens of Pleasure, A [large] company of the former peoples, And a few of the later peoples.” (56:12-14)

Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said, “Go on the path of truth and do not feel lonely because there are few who take that path, and beware of the path of falsehood and do not be deceived by the greatness of the perishers.”

A Mother’s Advice To Her Daughter For Marriage

The Way of the Salaf us-Saalih

Indeed, the advice that is about to follow is beautiful and shows the superiority of the salaf (earlier generations of Islam) over the khalaf (later generations). It also shows, and Allah knows best, how the Salaf had deep knowledge of the religion of Allah and acted upon that knowledge. And indeed, they would not learn anything from the religion of Allah except that they would not move on unless they had acted upon it. As for us, then we do everything except acting upon the knowledge that we have. So may Allah rectify our situation and make us follow the salaf in truth and reality.

It would not be far from the truth to say that these words deserve to be inscribed in gold ink.

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Jamharah Khutah al-‘Arab, 1/145

Taken from: http://salafiummi.multiply.com

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Beware of the leaking bucket

drops-of-water-water-nature-liquid-40784.jpegThe Leaking Bucket……
Beware of the leaking bucket.

1.You wear hijab but with perfume. (a leaking bucket )
2. You’re following the Sunnah and have a beard but you don’t lower your gaze. (A leaking bucket)
3. You pray all of your prayers on time but you don’t adopt piety. (A leaking bucket)
4. You’re very kind to people and speak with them gently but with your family you’re always harsh. (A leaking bucket)
5. You honour and treat your guests well but when they leave, you gossip about them and talk about their flaws. (A leaking bucket)
6. You give a lot of Sadaqah to the poor but you humiliate them and hurt them. (A leaking bucket)
7. You stand up for tahajjud at night, fast and read Quran everyday but you cut your family ties. (A leaking bucket)
8. You fast and have sabr (patience) for the pangs of hunger and thirst but you swear, insult, curse. (A leaking bucket)
9. You help others but you’re doing it to gain something from them and not doing those acts of kindness for the sake of Allah and to earn His pleasure. (A leaking bucket)
10. You pray and fast, pay zakah and perform hajj yearly but indulge in zina and extramarital affairs (A leaking bucket)
11,You say one thing and mean another (A leaking bucket)
12. You derive pleasure in the sadness and tears of others (A leaking bucket)
13.You post reminders and have thousands of followers on facebook and instagram but you’re doing it for the fame, not to please Allah. (A leaking bucket)

Do not gather all your good deeds in a leaking bucket. You struggle to fill it whilst it easily runs out through the leaking holes!

Why was Khadijah (radiyallahuanha) so special to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ ?

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He was young. Handsome. Of noble lineage. Of impeccable character. He was known as “The Truthful” and “The Trustworthy”. Yes, he was born an orphan and his financial standing was not the best when Khadija (ra) met him. But he, nevertheless, was the best of the best. The epitome of the human race, when Khadija (ra) proposed to him, was a young 25. 25, when she was 40 and widowed twice before, having bore children from both earlier marriages. He could have had any younger girl. Any virgin who did not carry with her the baggage of widowhood and children. So why, then, did he accept her proposal?

Two reasons come to my humble mind.

Firstly, the “he” in question was Muhammad (saw), a young man but not any man. Although he had not yet attained prophethood, yet he could look beneath the surface….the superficial. Khadija (ra) even on the…

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Ten Jewels for Women

IMG_20180301_230457I have collected ten jewels from the lectures of Shaykh Zulfiqar, Their sheen won’t fade with time… sparkling dazzling gems they are.
Adorn yourself with them today as I am giving them to you for free, The years of marital life will turn into a life of bliss and glee.

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First of all ensure that food is prepared whilst in the state of ablution, Your heart and tongue should be engaged in zikr and contemplation.
Such food will instill piety and take your family towards Allah’s obedience, It will dispel gloom and generate seeds of unity, love and patience.

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Second golden gem… never leave today’s task for tomorrow, or else things will pile up and become a source of grief and sorrow.

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Third gleaming jewel I place in your hand, is to keep your home clean, Innal-laaha-yuhibbut-tawwaabeena-wa-yuhibul-mutatahhireen.

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Never spread hearsay or rumour that’s your fourth ornament, Refrain from lying and passing hasty judgement.

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The fifth trinket, Make it a point to escort your husband, Part with him by giving duaas as you walk to the gate.
Bid your husband farewell with duaas like fee-amanillah, Whenever he leaves, hand your amanah over to Allah.

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The sixth gemstone, now that you are bejewelled with five, Clean and adorn yourself before it’s time for your husband to arrive.

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Let me now hand over to you the seventh precious stone, From the husbands family maintain good relationship with everyone.

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The eighth ornament, give Sadaqah, It prevents mishaps, increases sustenance and pleases Allah.

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The ninth jewel, for optional Ibadah you should set a fixed time, and a special corner where you can pray in peace for some while.
Nabi sallalahualayhiwasallam said: “Mid-Morning prayer (Duha/Chast) increases sustenance”, So don’t be negligent or you will face the consequence.

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The tenth jewel for today, Keep your conversations on the phone short, You will save time and be guarded from hearsay and backbiting.

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From the book: Working towards an exemplary married life, a collection from the lectures of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (hafizahullah)