Ramadhan is a school of eeman and a ‘stop to recharge one’s spiritual batteries’ to acquire one’s provision for the rest of the year. For when will one take a lesson and change for better if not in the month of Ramadan?
The noble month is a true school of transformation in which we change our actions, habits and manners that are in variance with the Law of Allah ‘azza wa jall. Allah says in Quran: Verily, He does not change the condition of a people until they change their way of life.
If you are from those who benefited from Ramadhan, fulfilled the requirements of taqwa, truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove against your soul, then praise and thank Allah, and ask HIM for steadfastness upon it until we return to our Creator.
Be not like one who has sawn a shirt and then destroyed it. Have you seen one who sewed a shirt or thawb, so when he or she looked at it, he/she liked it. Then he/she destroyed it pulling a thread by thread for no reason?
What would people say about such a person?! Or have you seen one who earns a fortune trading throughout the day, then when the night comes, he throws away all that he earned. What would people say about such a person?! This is the condition of one who returns to sinning and evil doing after Ramadhan and leaves obedience and righteous actions. So after he was favored with the blessing of obedience and enjoyment of communicating with Allah he returned to the blaze of sins and evil actions. How evil are the people who know Allah only in Ramadhan! Ramadhan is only a day or less left please sincerely make dua for Allah to guide you throughout the year without returning to our bad habits.
We ask Allah to protect us from such ignorance and hypocrisy. Aameen. We beg Allah to have mercy on Muslims been butchered in Palestine, Burma, Iraq, Central Africa Republic, Kashmir and any part on earth. May Allah ease their suffering and grant us victory over the kuffar. May Allah grant all our single brothers and sisters pious partners and protect our marriages from any satanic influences. May Allah unite this ummah upon haqq (rightfulness) as HE did to the Salaf(predecessors of the prophet). Aameen. Let’s strive to follow the footsteps of the Salaf bcs Allah was please with them and they were pleased with Allah and His Messenger. May Allah grant us successful end of Ramadan. Aameen.
- Pray more often. For every prostration that you perform Allah will raise your position by one degree. Hadith Muslim
- You are nothing but a collection of days, once those days have passed so will you.
Hasan al Basri
- Wasting time is worse than death because death separates you from this world whereas time separates you from Allah. Ibn al Qayyim
- Two armies that can never be defeated are the sincere heart and the righteous dua. Ibn Taymiyyah
- If the pains of this world tire you, do not grieve. For it may be that Allah wishes to hear your voice by way of dua.
Ibn al Qayyim
- The breath of the mouth of the one who fasts us better in Allah’s estimation than the smell of perfume. Hadith Ibn Majah
- All of a human beings words count against him and not for him, except commanding the right and forbidding the wrong, and with the mention of Allah. Hadith Tirmidhi
- Every Deen has an innate character. The character of Islam is modesty. Hadith Abu Dawood
- Take advantage of five before five: your youth, before old age, your health, before sickness; your wealth, before poverty; your free time before becoming busy; and your life, before your death.
- And if you could count the graces of Allah, never could you be able to count them. Quran [14:34]
- Allah does not burden a soul more than it can bear. Quran [2:286]
- Allah will not give mercy to anyone except those who give mercy to others.
- When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, look to those, who have been given less. Hadith Muslim
- A true Muslim is thankful to Allah in prosperity, and resigned to his will in adversity. Hadith Muslim
- No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother what he desires for himself. Hadith Bukhari
- Live in this world as if you will live here forever; prepare for the hereafter as if you will die tomorrow. Hadith Bukhari
- Say, Indeed, my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord if the Universe. Quran [6:162]
- So which of the favours of your Lord would you deny. Quran [55:13]
- Remember Me (Allah) , and I will remember you. Quran [2:152]
- The best richness is the richness of the soul. Hadith Bukhari
- There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah.
- There are two blessings which many people lose: health and free time for doing good. Hadith Bukhari
- Successful indeed are the believers. Those who humble themselves in their prayers… Quran [23:1-2]
- Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is within themselves. Quran [13:11]
- So verily, with hardship, there is ease.
- Every soul shall taste death. Quran [3:185]
- Beware of hoping for forgiveness without working for it. Hasan al Basri
- And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.” Quran [41:33]
- …fasting is like a shield, and he who fasts has two joys: a joy when he breaks his fast and a joy when he meets his Lord. Hadith Qudsi
- Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink. Hadith Bukhari
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.
> ‘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.
> 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.
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.
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)
1.Before standing up for Prayer, try to deal with all the
minor urgent matters which demand your attention. If you
are pressed by hunger, eat first; if you are pressed to attend
to the… call of nature, relieve yourself; if you are the parent
of an infant, feed him or her, or keep him or her busy.
☛ 2. Perform your wudu’ (ablution) well, paying due care
☛ 3. Approach the Prayer with zest and passion as if it is
the last prayer in your life before dying. Actually the Prophet
(peace and blessings be upon him) taught us that we could
do nothing in this world that could ever surpass Prayer in
merit and excellence.
☛ 4. Visualize that in your Prayer you are going to have a
special audience with Allah, Lord of the worlds, and that you
are enjoying a direct communion with Him—which, in fact,
☛ 5. Think of the Prayer you are performing as if it were the
last Prayer of your life. In fact, it could very well be the last
one, since no one is given a guarantee that he would live to
perform another Prayer.
☛ 6. Picture the scene of the Last Day when people will be
lined up into two groups, one destined for Heaven, and
another for Hell, and ask yourself where you would be
☛ 7. Focus your mind on what you are reading in your
Prayer and recite simple suurats that you understand it’s
meaning and ponder on the meaning whiles u recite.
☛ 8. If, in spite of your best efforts, your mind is still
wandering, seek refuge in Allah and bring your mind back to
☛ 9. Pray to Allah and beg Him to grant you true the joy of
concentrating in your Prayer and protection against the
wanderings of your mind.
☛ 10. Place your eyesight to the one spot where you will be
making your sujuud while you recite and avoid taking your
eyes from that spot.
☛ 11. While which Surah reciting in the Salah if you call
back in your mind the Meaning or Translation of that Surah
along with the Arabic recitation ,In Shaa Allah in Salah the
concentration will never deviate.
Prophet Mohammed ( pbuh ) says :
”Those who memorize the one ayat and long with the its
Translation , he will get 100 Nafeel Salah Reward.”
[Sunna Ibne Maja Ch 16 Hadith 219]
MAY ALLAH PROTECT US
FROM THE TRICKS OF
SHAYTAN DURING PRAYERS
and FORGIVE US FOR OUR
AMEEN Ya ALLAH.👏👏👏
Prophet Muhammad’s (peace and blessings be upon him) farewell sermon / ﻉﺍﺩﻮﻟﺍ ﺔﺒﻄﺧ , Khutbatu l-Wada’
9 DhulHijjah 10 AH (9 March 632) at Mount Arafat
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) undertook his farewell pilgrimage in the year 10 A.H. His farewell pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the most significant historical events in the minds of Muslims, for it was the first and last pilgrimage performed by Prophet Muhammad, as well as being the model for performing the fifth pillar of Islam, Hajj.
Prophet Muhammad’s final sermon was delivered during the Hajj of the year 632 C.E., the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th month of the lunar year, at Arafat, the most blessed day of the year. There were numerous Muslims present with the Prophet during his last pilgrimage when he delivered his last sermon.
Even today, the last sermon of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is passed to every Muslim in every corner of the world through all possible means of communication. Muslims are reminded of it in mosques and in lectures. Indeed the meanings found in this sermon are astounding, touching upon some of the most important rights Allah Almighty has over humanity, and humanity has over each other. Though the Prophet’s soul (peace be upon him) has left this world, his words are still living in our hearts.
After praising and thanking Allah, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and TAKE THESE WORDS TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT BE PRESENT HERE TODAY.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. Allah has forbidden you to take usury (interest); therefore all interest obligations shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. Allah has judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn Abdul Muttalib (Prophet’s uncle) shall henceforth be waived…
Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah’s trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.
O People, listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, perform your five daily prayers (salah), fast during the month of Ramadan, and give your wealth in zakat (almsgiving). Perform Hajj if you can afford it.
All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor does a black have any superiority over a white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.
Remember, one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the QURAN and my example, the SUNNAH and if you follow these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O Allah, that I have conveyed your message to your people”.
ـ رسولُ اللهِِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): علَيكَ بطُولِ الصَّمتِ فإنّهُ مَطرَدَةٌ لِلشَّيطانِ، وعَونٌ لكَ على أمرِ دِينِكَ.
The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘You must maintain silence for long periods of time for verily it drives Satan away and helps you in matters of your faith.’
ـ رسولُ اللهِِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) ـ لأبي ذَرٍّ وهو يَعِظُهُ ـ: أربَعٌ لا يُصِيبُهُنَّ إلّا مؤمنٌ: الصَّمتُ وهُو أوَّلُ العِبادَةِ….
The Prophet (SAWA) said to Abu Dharr, exhorting him, ‘There are four things that none can accomplish apart from the believer: silence, and this is the first stage of worship…’
ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ في صِفةِ المؤمِنِ ـ: كثيرٌ صَمتُهُ، مَشغولٌ وَقتُـهُ.
Imam Ali (AS) said, describing the believer, ‘Great is his silence and occupied is his time.’
ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الصَّمتُ رَوضَةُ الفِكرِ.
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Silence is the garden of thought.’
ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): لا خَيرَ في الصَّمتِ عَنِ الحُكمِ، كما أنّهُ لا خَيرَ في القَولِ بِالجَهلِ.
Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘There is no good in keeping silent about a matter of wisdom, just as there is no good in speaking about something one is ignorant of.’
It was narrated from Abu Humaid As-Sa’idi that: When the Prophet (peace be upon him) stood up following two prostrations, he would say the takbir and raise his hands until they were level with his shoulders, as he had done at the beginning of the prayer.
(Sunan an-Nasa’i, Vol. 2, Book 13, Hadith 3)
The Prophet ( ﻰﻠﺻ ﻪﻠﻟﺍ ﻢﻠﺳﻭ ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ) took a room made of date palm leaves mats in the mosque. Allah’s Messenger ( ﻰﻠﺻ ﻪﻠﻟﺍ ﻢﻠﺳﻭ ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ) prayed in it for a few nights till the people gathered (to pray the night prayer (Tarawih) (behind him.) Then on the 4th night the people did not hear his voice and they thought he had slept, so some of them started humming in order that he might come out. The Prophet (ﻰﻠﺻ ﻪﻠﻟﺍ ﻢﻠﺳﻭ ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ) then said, “You continued doing what I saw you doing till I was afraid that this (Tarawih prayer) might be enjoined on you, and if it were enjoined on you, you would not continue performing it. Therefore, O people! Perform your prayers at your homes, for the best prayer of a person is what is performed at his home except the compulsory congregational) prayer.”
ﺎَﻨَﺛَّﺪَﺣ ،ُﻕﺎَﺤْﺳِﺇ ﺎَﻧَﺮَﺒْﺧَﺃ ،ُﻥﺎَّﻔَﻋ ،ٌﺐْﻴَﻫُﻭ ﺎَﻨَﺛَّﺪَﺣ ﺎَﻨَﺛَّﺪَﺣ ﻰَﺳﻮُﻣ ُﻦْﺑ ،َﺔَﺒْﻘُﻋ ُﺖْﻌِﻤَﺳ ﺎَﺑَﺃ ،ِﺮْﻀَّﻨﻟﺍ ُﺙِّﺪَﺤُﻳ ْﻦَﻋ ِﻦْﺑ ِﺮْﺴُﺑ ،ٍﺪﻴِﻌَﺳ ْﻦَﻋ ِﺪْﻳَﺯ ِﻦْﺑ ،ٍﺖِﺑﺎَﺛ َّﻥَﺃ َّﻲِﺒَّﻨﻟﺍ ﻰﻠﺻ ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ﻪﻠﻟﺍ ﻢﻠﺳﻭ َﺬَﺨَّﺗﺍ ﻲِﻓ ًﺓَﺮْﺠُﺣ ِﺪِﺠْﺴَﻤْﻟﺍ ْﻦِﻣ ،ٍﺮﻴِﺼَﺣ ﻰَّﻠَﺼَﻓ ُﻝﻮُﺳَﺭ ِﻪَّﻠﻟﺍ ﻰﻠﺻ ﻪﻠﻟﺍ ﻢﻠﺳﻭ ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ﺎَﻬﻴِﻓ ،َﻲِﻟﺎَﻴَﻟ ﻰَّﺘَﺣ َﻊَﻤَﺘْﺟﺍ ِﻪْﻴَﻟِﺇ َّﻢُﺛ ،ٌﺱﺎَﻧ ﺍﻭُﺪَﻘَﻓ ُﻪَﺗْﻮَﺻ ﺍﻮُّﻨَﻈَﻓ ًﺔَﻠْﻴَﻟ ُﻪَّﻧَﺃ ْﺪَﻗ ،َﻡﺎَﻧ ْﻢُﻬُﻀْﻌَﺑ َﻞَﻌَﺠَﻓ ُﺢَﻨْﺤَﻨَﺘَﻳ ْﻢِﻬْﻴَﻟِﺇ َﺝُﺮْﺨَﻴِﻟ َﻝﺎَﻘَﻓ ﺎَﻣ “ ُﻢُﻜِﺑ َﻝﺍَﺯ ﻱِﺬَّﻟﺍ ُﺖْﻳَﺃَﺭ ْﻦِﻣ ،ْﻢُﻜِﻌﻴِﻨَﺻ ﻰَّﺘَﺣ ْﻥَﺃ ُﺖﻴِﺸَﺧ ،ْﻢُﻜْﻴَﻠَﻋ َﺐَﺘْﻜُﻳ ْﻮَﻟَﻭ ْﻢُﻜْﻴَﻠَﻋ َﺐِﺘُﻛ ﺎَﻣ ْﻢُﺘْﻤُﻗ ﺍﻮُّﻠَﺼَﻓ ِﻪِﺑ ﺎَﻬُّﻳَﺃ ﻲِﻓ ُﺱﺎَّﻨﻟﺍ ،ْﻢُﻜِﺗﻮُﻴُﺑ َﻞَﻀْﻓَﺃ َّﻥِﺈَﻓ ِﺓَﻼَﺻ ِﺀْﺮَﻤْﻟﺍ ﻲِﻓ ،ِﻪِﺘْﻴَﺑ َّﻻِﺇ َﺓَﻼَّﺼﻟﺍ َﺔَﺑﻮُﺘْﻜَﻤْﻟﺍ .”