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THE PRESERVATION OF PHARAOH’S BODY

As we shall see later on, Pharaoh regarded himself as a deity and responded with slanders and threats to Prophet Musa’s (as) calls for him to believe in Allah. This arrogant attitude lasted until he was faced with the threat of death through drowning. The Qur’an relates that Pharaoh immediately turned to belief when faced with Allah’s punishment:

We brought the tribe of Israel across the sea, and Pharaoh and his troops pursued them out of tyranny and enmity. Then, when he was on the point of drowning, he [Pharaoh] said: “I believe that there is no deity but Him in Whom the tribe of Israel believes. I am one of the Muslims.” (Qur’an, 10:90)

However, this last-minute conversion was not accepted, for it was not sincere. According to the Qur’an, Allah exclaimed:

“What, now! When previously you rebelled and were one of the corrupters? Today we will preserve your body so you can be a sign for people who come after you. Surely many people are heedless of Our signs.” (Qur’an, 10:91-92)

The information that Pharaoh’s corpse would serve as a sign for later generations may be regarded as an indication that his body would not decay. On display in the Royal Mummies Chamber of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo is a mummified body believed to be that of this tyrant. In all likelihood, Pharaoh’s body floated to shore after being drowned, was found and mummified by the Egyptians, and then carried to a previously prepared burial chamber 195.

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DUA TO SEEK ALLAH’S REFUGE FROM INDOLENCE(LAZINESS) AND HELPLESSNESS

Reported Anas (R.a); That the Messenger of Allah (S.a.w) used to supplicate: “Allahumma inni A’udhubika minal ajzi wal kasali, wal- jubni wal- harami, wal- bukhli, Wa’audhubika minal adhabil- qabri, wa’audhubika minal fitnatil mahya wal- mamat-(O Allah! I seek refuge in You from helplessness from doing good, indolence, cowardice, senility, and miserliness; and as well seek Your protection against torment of grave and trials of life and death)”. Adds another Narration: “Wa dalai ideyni wal-galabati rijal”-(And from burden of idebtedness and tyranny of men). Sources: [Muslim Book 17. Hadith 1474].

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Two types of people

I have seen two types of people,
those who are concerned with their own faith, and those who are concerned with everyone else’s faith.

The first group strives to find out ways of getting himself and others into Jannah, while the latter strives to prove that others are doomed to the Hellfire.

The first tries to find excuses for others, so he can forgive them their shortcomings, while the latter actively searches for others’ slips, so he can criticize or punish.

The first concentrates on finding solutions, while the other focuses on others’ mistakes and their consequences.

The first cares about teaching people and encourages them to do righteous deeds, while the latter simply warns them of the evils of innovation leaving them without knowledge or action.

The first sees good in people and is optimistic with them, while the other sees the bad in people and expects nothing from them.

The first loves life and people and is loved in return. The latter fears people and keeps away from them earning their disregard.

The first advises while the latter embarrasses.

The first hides others’ faults and showcases their good qualities, while the latter forgets the good done for him and speaks openly about the faults of others.

The first brings out the best in you, while the other brings out the worst in you.

Be among the first and be in their company, and be careful not to be among the latter.

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Hadith

In another narration of Tirmidhi, Rasulullah  is reported to have said, ‘He who performs Fajr Salat with Jamaat and remains seated in the same place while engaging in Dhikr until after sunrise and thereafter performs 2 Rakaats Nafil Salat, (Ishraaq), he will obtain the Thawaab of one Hajj and one Umrah.’ (Tirmidhi).

From the above Ahaadith, we learn that the number of Rakaats to be performed are 2 or 4 Rakaats, and the Mustahabb method of performing it is to remain seated in your place of Salat after Fajr and engage in Dhikr, etc. until sunrise. Then, approximately, 10-15 minutes after sunrise perform 2-4 Rakaats. ‘If a person gets occupied in some worldly activity after the Fajr Salat, and after sunrise he offers Ishraaq Salat, this will also be permissible although the reward will be less.’

May Allah give us tawfiq to revive this sunnah, aameen

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The Second Caliph, Umar(R.A.)

During his last illness Abu Bakr had conferred with his people, particularly the more eminent among them. After this meeting they chose ‘Umar as his successor. ‘Umar was born into a respected Quraish family thirteen years after the birth of Muhammad (peace be on him). Umar’s family was known for its extensive knowledge of genealogy. When he grew up, ‘Umar was proficient in this branch of knowledge as well as in swordsmanship, wrestling and the art of speaking. He also learned to read and write while still a child, a very rare thing in Mecca at that time. ‘Umar earned his living as a merchant. His trade took him to many foreign lands and he met all kinds of people. This experience gave him an insight into the affairs and problems of men. ‘Umar’s personality was dynamic, self-assertive, frank and straight forward. He always spoke whatever was in his mind even if it displeased others.
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> ‘Umar was twenty-seven when the Prophet (peace be on him) proclaimed his mission. The ideas Muhammad was preaching enraged him as much as they did the other notables of Mecca. He was just as bitter against anyone accepting Islam as others among the Quraish. When his slave-girl accepted Islam he beat her until he himself was exhausted and told her, “I have stopped because I am tired, not out of pity for you.” The story of his embracing Islam is an interesting one. One day, full of anger against the Prophet, he drew his sword and set out to kill him. A friend met him on the way. When ‘Umar told him what he planned to do, his friend informed him that ‘Umar’s own sister, Fatima, and her husband had also accepted Islam. ‘Umar went straight to his sister’s house where he found her reading from pages of the Qur’an. He fell upon her and beat her mercilessly. Bruised and bleeding, she told her brother, “Umar, you can do what you like, but you cannot turn our hearts away from Islam.” These words produced a strange effect upon ‘Umar. What was this faith that made even weak women so strong of heart? He asked his sister to show him what she had been reading; he was at once moved to the core by the words of the Qur’an and immediately grasped their truth. He went straight to the house where the Prophet was staying and vowed allegiance to him.
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> Umar made no secret of his acceptance of Islam. He gathered the Muslims and offered prayers at the Ka’aba. This boldness and devotion of an influential citizen of Mecca raised the morale of the small community of Muslims. Nonetheless ‘Umar was also subjected to privations, and when permission for emigration to Medina came, he also left Mecca. The soundness of ‘Umar’s judgment, his devotion to the Prophet (peace be on him), his outspokenness and uprightness won for him a trust and confidence from the Prophet which was second only to that given to Abu Bakr. The Prophet gave him the title ‘Farooq’ which means the ‘Separator of Truth from False hood.’ During the Caliphate of Abu Bakr, ‘Umar was his closest assistant and adviser. When Abu Bakr died, all the people of Medina swore allegiance to ‘Umar, and on 23 Jamadi-al-Akhir, 13 A.H., he was proclaimed Caliph.
‘Umar’s Caliphate

After taking charge of his office, ‘Umar spoke to the Muslims of Medina:

“…O people, you have some rights on me which you can always claim. One of your rights is that if anyone of you comes to me with a claim, he should leave satisfied. Another of your rights is that you can demand that I take nothing unjustly from the revenues of the State. You can also demand that… I fortify your frontiers and do not put you into danger. It is also your right that if you go to battle I should look after your families as a father would while you are away. “O people, remain conscious of God, forgive me my faults and help me in my task. Assist me in enforcing what is good and forbidding what is evil. Advise me regarding the obligations that have been imposed upon me by God…”

The most notable feature of ‘Umar’s caliphate was the vast expansion of Islam. Apart from Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Palestine and Iran also came under the protection of the Islamic government. But the greatness of ‘Umar himself lies in the quality of his rule. He gave a practical meaning to the Qur’anic injunction:

“O you who believe, stand out firmly for justice as witnesses to God, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it concerns rich or poor, for God can best protect both.” [4:135]

Once a woman brought a claim against the Caliph ‘Umar. When ‘Umar appeared on trial before the judge, the judge stood up as a sign of respect toward him. ‘Umar reprimanded him, saying, “This is the first act of injustice you did to this woman!”

He insisted that his appointed governors live simple lives, keep no guard at their doors and be accessible to the people at all times, and he himself set the example for them. Many times foreign envoys and messengers sent to him by his generals found him resting under a palm tree or praying in the mosque among the people, and it was difficult for them to distinguish which man was the Caliph. He spent many a watchful night going about the streets of Medina to see whether anyone needed help or assistance. The general social and moral tone of the Muslim society at that time is well-illustrated by the words of an Egyptian who was sent to spy on the Muslims during their Egyptian campaign. He reported:

“I have seen a people, every one of whom loves death more than he loves life. They cultivate humility rather than pride. None is given to material ambitions. Their mode of living is simple… Their commander is their equal. They make no distinction between superior and inferior, between master and slave. When the time of prayer approaches, none remains behind…”

‘Umar gave his government an administrative structure. Departments of treasury, army and public revenues were established. Regular salaries were set up for soldiers. A popuation census was held. Elaborate land surveys were conducted to assess equitable taxes. New cities were founded. The areas which came under his rule were divided into provinces and governors were appointed. New roads were laid, canals were lug and wayside hotels were built. Provision was made for he support of the poor and the needy from public funds. He defined, by precept and by example, the rights and privileges of non-Muslims, an example of which is the following contract with the Christians of Jerusalem:

“This is the protection which the servant of God, ‘Umar, the Ruler of the Believers has granted to the people of Eiliya [Jerusalem]. The protection is for their lives and properties, their churches and crosses, their sick and healthy and for all their coreligionists. Their churches shall not be used for habitation, nor shall they be demolished, nor shall any injury be done to them or to their compounds, or to their crosses, nor shall their properties be injured in any way. There shall be no compulsion for these people in the matter of religion, nor shall any of them suffer any injury on account of religion… Whatever is written herein is under the covenant of God and the responsibility of His Messenger, of the Caliphs and of the believers, and shall hold good as long as they pay Jizya [the tax for their defense] imposed on them.”

Those non-Muslims who took part in defense together with the Muslims were exempted from paying Jizya, and when the Muslims had to retreat from a city whose non-Muslim citizens had paid this tax for their defense, the tax was returned to the non-Muslims. The old, the poor and the disabled of Muslims and non-Muslims alike were provided for from the public treasury and from the Zakat funds.
‘Umar’s Death

In 23 A.H., when Umar returned to Medina from Hajj;, he raised his hands and prayed,

“O God! I am advanced in years, my bones are weary, my powers are declining, and the people for whom I am responsible have spread far and wide. Summon me back to Thyself, my lord!” Some time later, when ‘Umar went to the mosque to lead a prayer, a Magian named Abu Lulu Feroze, who had a grudge against ‘Umar on a personal matter, attacked him with a dagger and stabbed him several times. Umar reeled and fell to the ground. When he learned that the assassin was a Magian, he sid, “Thank God he is not a Muslim.”

‘Umar died in the first week of Muharram, 24 A.H., and was buried by the side of the Holy Prophet (peace be on him)

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HADITH

Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saw a boy, some portion of whose head was shaved and some of it was left out. He prohibited them from that and said, "Shave the whole of it or leave the whole of it.” [Muslim].

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Hadith of the Day–(Yawmul Alhad(Sunday )4th SHABAAN 1438A.H

THE MERIT OF RECITATION OF THE NOBLE QUR’AN IN A PLEASANT VOICE

Abu Lubabah Bashir bin Abdul-Mundhir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (Sala-l-lahu alayhim wa salam) said, “He who does not recite the Qur’an in a pleasant tone is not of us.” [Abu Dawud Riyaadu-s-Saliheen Hadith no: 1007].

Message:
The words “is not of us” mean that he is not following the way of the Prophet (Sala-l-lahu alayhim wa salam) with regard to the recitation of the Qur’an. This Hadith also induces us to recite the Qur’an with a sweet and touching voice because the recitation of the Qur’an in this manner enhances its effect.

Note:
Asking others for dua is praiseworthy, however, we shouldn’t be dependent &reliant on the duas of others whilst we don’t do dua for ourself.

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THE DEATH OF GOD:PEAK OF INSANITY

❓How can we expect all people to believe in *ONLY ONE TRUE, UNCREATED, NOT-BEGOTTEN & UNCRUCIFIABLE GOD Allah given their varying*- backgrounds, societies and cultures? For people to be responsible for worshipping Allah they all have to have access to knowledge of Allah. *The final revelation teaches that all mankind have the recognition of Allah imprinted on their souls, a part of their very nature with which they are created*.

In Quran 7:172-173; Allah explained that *when He created Adam, He caused all of Adam’s descendants to come into existence and took a pledge from them saying, Am I not your Lord? To which they all replied, " Yes, we testify to It:’*
✅Allah then explained why He had all of mankind bear witness that He is their creator and only true God worthy of worship. He said, "That was In case you (mankind) should say on the day of Resurrection, *"Verily we were unaware of all this." That is to say, we had no idea that You Allah, were our God. No one told us that we were only supposed to worship You alone*. Allah went on to explain That it was also In case you should say, "Certainly It was our ancestors who made partners (With Allah) and we are only their descendants; will You then destroy us for what those liars did?" Thus, every child is born with a natural belief in Allah and an inborn inclination to worship Him alone called in Arabic the "Fitrah".
💛If the child were left alone, he would worship Allah in his own way, but all children are affected by those things around them, seen or unseen.

*The Prophet (PBUH) reported that Allah said, "I created my servants in the right religion but devils made them go astray"*. Messenger of Allaah (saw) said: *“Every child is born in a state of fitrah (the natural state of sinlessness, submission, ORIGINAL FORGIVENESS , then his parents make him into a Jew or a Christian or a Magian.” (Agreed upon)*.
💜So, just as the child submits to the physical laws which Allah has put in nature, his soul also submits naturally to the fact that Allah is his Lord and Creator. But, his parents try to make him follow their own way and the child is not strong enough in the early stages of his life to resist or oppose the will of his parents.The religion which the child follows at this stage is one of custom and upbringing and Allah does not hold him to account or punish him for this religion until he is able to distinguish error from right if he willingly chooses not to. *Islam gives us time to grow up and be able to use our rationale and reason in order to choose a religion. This time is the age of puberty. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There are three (persons) whose actions are not recorded: a sleeper till he awakes, a child till he reaches puberty, and a lunatic till he comes to reason”.(Abu dawud).*

When there is sin – whether a person has committed it or genetically inherited it, why can’t this sin be erased through sincere repentance to the most loving & forgiving God? *Forgiveness of sins through the sinner’s repentance is what befits the kind and merciful God – not sacrifice by crucifixion & shedding of blood of god for God. As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities*.
👹In fact, the Paulins/Christians absurd believe already lead them into the greatest oppression & atrocity called idolatry (shirk). *This idolatrous atrocity is in the form of annual celebration of the Death of GOD. It is nothing but a Marriage of convenience between Paganism of the church TRINITY & ancient pagan “GODDESS OF FERTILITY ISHTAR” symbolised by bunny, eggs etc. that evolved to the Easter of today*. “ISHTAR”. . . a rebirth that is commemorated around the vernal equinox, historically a time of pagan celebration that coincides with the arrival of spring and symbolizes the arrival of light, awakening of life around us & increased fertility which is represented by the fertile animal, the bunny. Now, “EASTER” eggs, bunny, candy. *TAKE A STAND, DON’T PARTAKE IN PAGANISM*.
🤡This interwoven Christian paganism & ancient pagan traditions have been popularized by capitalist commercialization.Did You Know? Over 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made each year. It is inconceivable, ungodly, illogical & forbidden for any rational thinking human to celebrate the death & resurrection of God CALLED JESUS OR EASTER. *In fact, Imam as-Sarkhasi (rh) said: What they quote as evidence of reports from the Jews and Christians about the killing and crucifixion of the Messiah is an illusion.There are irreconcilable differences between their Gospels, historians, regarding everything that has to do with the story of the crucifixion see details of the fable of the CRUCIFIXION OR CRUCI”FICTION” of Christ* (peace be upon him)

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What you should do in the following situations

Tahaarah (purity and cleanliness)

Dressings on wounds

If a person has an injury in any part of his body that should be washed during wudoo’, and cannot put a band-aid or dressing on it, then he should do wudoo’, and do tayammum for the wounded part (al-Mughni ma’a al-Sharh al-Kabeer, 1/282). He does not have to wash the wounded part if this will be harmful.

To be continued…………..

Reminders

No Insults

A nomad said to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ ‘
Advise me.’ And he ﷺ said, ‘If a man defamed you with what he knows about you, do not defame
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