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Allocating a special place for Ibaadah/Worship in the home

Hazrat Moulana Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Sahib rahimahullah, a great and eminent scholar of the fifteenth century hijri, gave the following advice to his children on his deathbed;

“Allocate a special area / room in the house for Ibadah/worship and Salaah. Call it a Masjid if you wish. By calling it a Masjid, it will not fall under the law of a Masjid. Try and keep this place especially for Ibadah (worship of Allah). Have a Musallah/Salaah Mat spread out at all times. Place a Quran Shareef on a desk and have a tasbeeh hanging there. Whenever you get a chance, come and sit in this room and engage in the worship of Allah Ta’ala. It will also have a positive effect on your children. When they’ll see this room, the Musallah, the Noble Quran, etc, they will also have the desire to worship Allah Ta’ala. At a time of need it could be used for other things also. Hazrat Moulana Thaanwi rahimahullah has written similar advices and also had a room like this in his home.”

[Hayaat-e-Siddeeq Page 324]

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The man who went to Paradise for purifying his heart

47031151_2206578906327610_5137587470448375015_nAnas ibn Malik radiyallahuanhu reported: We were sitting with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “Coming upon you now is a man from the people of Paradise.” A man from the Ansar came whose beard was disheveled by the water of ablution and he was carrying both of his shoes with his left hand. The next day the Prophet ﷺ repeated the same words, and the man came in the same condition. The third day the Prophet ﷺ repeated the same again, and the man came in the same condition. When the Prophet ﷺ stood up to leave, Abdullah ibn Amr radiyallahuanhu followed the man and he said, “I am in a dispute with my father and I have sworn not to enter my home for three days. May I stay with you?” The man said yes.

Abdullah stayed three nights with the man but he never saw him praying at night. Whenever he went to bed, he would remember Allah and rest until he woke up for morning prayer. Abdullah said that he never heard anything but good words from his mouth. When three nights had passed and he did not see anything special about his actions, Abdullah asked him, “O servant of Allah, I have not been in dispute with my father nor have I cut relations with him. I heard the Prophet ﷺ say three times that a man from the people of Paradise was coming to us and then you came. I thought I should stay with you to see what you are doing that I should follow, but I did not see you do anything special. Why did the Prophet ﷺ speak highly of you?” The man said, “I am as you have seen.” When Abdullah was about to leave, the man said, “I am as you have seen, except that I do not find dishonesty in my soul towards the Muslims and I do not envy anyone because of the good that Allah has given them.” Abdullah said, “This is what you have achieved and it is something we have not accomplished.”

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 12286

Source: Sahih (authentic) according to Ibn Kathir

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10 Ways of Developing Love for Allah – Imam Ibn Ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah (rahimahullah)

IMG_20180813_054019From Madarij-us-Saalikeen (The State of Repentance)

Shaykh says: the reasons which cause mahabbah (love) of Allaah to develop, are ten:

First: Reciting the Qur’an, reflecting and understanding its meaning and its intent.

Second: Drawing closer to Allaah, the Most High, through optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory duties.

Third: Being continuous in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah, with the tongue, the heart and the limbs under all circumstances. The more continuant the dhikr, the more muhabbah develops and intensifies.

Fourth: Giving precedence to what Allaah loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires.

Fifth: Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and Attributes of Allaah.

Sixth: Recognising and remembering the favours and bounties of Allaah both manifest and hidden.

Seventh: To be humble and submissive before Allaah and this is the greatest matter.

Eighth: To be in seclusion reciting the Qur’an, during that time in which Allaah descends to the lowest heaven (which is the last third of every night), finishing this recitation with seeking Allah’s forgiveness and repenting to Him.

Ninth: To sit in the gatherings of the true and sincere lovers of Allaah, reaping the fruits of their speech, and not to speak except if there is benefit in it and that you know that such talk will increase you in goodness and that it will benefit others as well.

Tenth: To stay clear of all those causes which distances the heart from Allaah the Mighty and Majestic.