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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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Wisdom behind straightening the rows in Salaah

imagesThe heart cells are unique in the way that they are the only cells in the body to pulsate (beat rhythmically). If a single heart cell is placed on a slide under a microscope, it will beat for a short while, but will soon lose its rhythm. If two cells are placed on a slide at a far distance, they will also die after a short time of beating without rhythm. However, if two heart cells are put close together on a slide, surprisingly they start beating in synchrony and do not die. The reason the two cells beat in synchrony is because when cells in the heart pulsate in unity, they produce electrical energy, which forms an electromagnetic field. When the two heart cells synchronize, they strengthen each other and start to beat in unity. This phenomenon can be observed at a macroscopic level as well. When people are in close proximity in a room, their hearts start to beat with the same rhythm. Even their breathing pattern synchronizes. If we ponder over this above-mentioned research, we understand the wisdom behind the stressed-upon commandment of the Prophet of Allah, Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) who instructed his followers to straighten the rows in the congregational Salaah (prayers). Some narrations follow below wherein the importance of straightening the rows is emphasized:

1. Narrated from Anas ibn Malik (Radiyallahu Anhu) that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: “Straighten your rows, for straightening the rows is part of perfecting Salaah (prayer).” (Bukhari)

2. Narrated from Ibn Mas’ood (Radiyallahu Anhu) that Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) used to touch our shoulders when we were praying and he would say “Make the rows straight and do not differ, lest your hearts differ.” (Muslim)

3. Narrated that Nu’maan bin Basheer (Radiyallahu Anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) used to straighten our rows as if he was straightening the shaft of an arrow, until he saw that we had learned it. Then he came out one day and was about to say the Takbeer, when he noticed a man whose chest was sticking out of the row. He said: “Slaves of Allah! Make your rows straight or Allah will cause discord among you.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

The heart generates a very strong electromagnetic field that can be measured with special instruments from a distance of up to ten feet away. When people are in close proximity, the electromagnetic energy produced by their hearts is exchanged between them and this energy can be detected by sensitive instruments. The hearts also generate waves when they beat and this means that all the hearts start to be affected by the waves generated by the strongest heart (that of the leader, etc.) and start to beat in the same rhythm as the strongest heart.

When Muslims are praying behind one Imam (leader) and they straighten their rows, as a result their hearts become synchronized. Their hearts beat in unity and thus their hearts are strengthened. It is also for this reason that the power of joint worship is recognized in Islam.

The old adage which states that UNITY IS STRENGTH, is always true and the behaviour of the heart cells beating in unity testifies to this fact. The Khalif, Umar ibn Al Khattab (Radiyallahu Anhu) said: “There is no Islam without a Jama’ah (congregation) and there is no congregation without a leadership.”

Adapted from the book ‘Human Heart: Blood Pump or Source of Intellect?’ By Dr. Gohar Mushtaq. 

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150 things that Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) asked Almighty Allah for protection from.

images (1)Note: The 150 things mentioned below are all derived from authentic narrations and supplications of the Messenger of Allah (May Allah send salutations on Him) We must include seeking protection from these in our daily supplications. May Almighty Allah safeguard us from the seen and unseen evils.

1. Shuh

Miserliness

2. Jubn

Cowardice

3. Bukhl

Niggardliness

4. Soo-al-Umar

Evil / ill old age

5. Fitnatis-Sadr

Corruption of the heart Continue reading “150 things that Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) asked Almighty Allah for protection from.”