Not meant to be an easy ride…

Asalamu’alaykum,

Life can sometimes be so complicated that sometimes you are lost for words…

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Sorrow…

Assalamu’alaykum,

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Patience requires the passage of time to express itself. We can’t claim to be patient when we expect our sorrows to end immediately. The true believer does not lose hope in Allah though he may have to live with his sorrow for years. Therefore dear readers, always remember that patience is a tree with bitter roots that bear sweet fruits.

 

Where do you stand?

Assalamu’alaykum, in this special month of Muharram we should be working hard to offer extra prayers due to the amount of rewards we can reap. Therefore dear readers we should challenge ourselves and actually analyse how well we pray, or in other words which level we are on when it comes to salah. We have found an excellent checklist below…

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Ibnul-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah) said:

And mankind, with regard to their performance of prayer are in five levels:

The First: The level of the one who is negligent and wrongs his soul: He is the one who falls short in performing wudhoo (ablution) properly, performing the prayer upon its time and within its specified limits, and in fulfilling its essential pillars.

The Second: The one who guards his prayers upon their proper times and within their specified limits, fulfils their essential pillars and performs his wudhoo with care. However, his striving (in achieving the above) is wasted due whisperings in his prayer so he is taken away by thoughts and ideas.

The Third: The one who guards his prayers within the specified limits, fulfils their essential pillars and strives with himself to repel the whisperings, thoughts and ideas. He is busy struggling against his enemy (Shaytaanor Satan) so that he does not steal from the prayer. On account of this he is engaged in (both) prayer and jihaad.

The Fourth: The one who stands for the prayer, completes and perfects its due rights, its essential pillars, performs it within its specified limits and his heart becomes engrossed in safeguarding its rights and specified limits, so that nothing is wasted from it. His whole concern is directed towards its establishment, its completion and its perfection, as it should be. His heart is immersed in the prayer and in enslavement to his Lord the Exalted.

The Fifth: The one who stands for the prayer like the one mentioned above. However, on top of this, he has taken and placed his heart in front of his Lord Azzawajall, looking towards Him with his heart with anticipation, (his heart) filled with His love and His might, as if he sees and witnesses Allaah. The whisperings, thoughts and ideas have vanished and the coverings which are between him and his Lord are raised. What is between this person and others with respect to the prayer, is superior and greater than what is between the heavens and the earth. This person is busy with his Lord Azzawajall, delighted with Him.

The First type will be punished, the second type will be held to account, the third will have his sins and shortcomings expiated, the fourth will be rewarded and the fifth will be close to his Lord, because he will receive the portion of the one who makes his prayer the delight and pleasure of his eye. Whoever makes his prayer, the delight and pleasure of his eye, will have the nearness to his Lord Azzawajall made the delight and pleasure of his eye in the hereafter. He will also be made a pleasure to the eye in this world since whoever makes Allaah the pleasure of his eye in this world, every other eye will become delighted and pleased with him.

(Source: Al-Waabil us-Sayyib)

 

New Year

Asalamu’alaykum Dear Readers,

Tomorrow is a the beginning of a very special month indeed. Wednesday the 14th of October 2015 marks the start of the Islamic new year 1437. The 1st of Muharram 1437.

(Please REMEMBER that this is new year only for administrative purposes – there is NOTHING significant about it other than that. so, our life goes on, and we have continue with our worship to Allah. There are NO special celebrations, NO special greetings)

It has been 1437 years since Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam (May Allah send blessings and peace upon him) made that Hijrah (migration) we all know about from Mecca to Medina. It is surely a time to reflect and remember what our Prophet (saw) went through for us to be Muslims today. How privileged are we to be alive to witness yet another special month. Allahu Akbar.

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Muharram has many virtues and is one the sacred months of Allah.  Within the month, on the 10th is the day of Ashura, where fasting wipes out the sins of a year, Subhan’Allah.

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbas, Radhiallahu ‘anhu said, concerning the words of Allah “so wrong not yourselves therein” (Surat At-Tawbah 9:36); (The command not to wrong yourself) applies in all months, then Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala singled out four months and made them sacred, and emphasised their sanctity, and He made sin during these months more grave, and He made righteous deeds and the reward thereof greater; from Tafseer of Ibn Kathir, Rahimahullah (may Allah have mercy on him), commentary on Surat At-Tawbah 9:36.

It is a virtue observing a great deal of naafil (supererogatory) fasts during the month of Muharram.

The Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam said: The best fast after Ramadan is in the month of Allah Muharram. Narrated that Abu Hurayrah , Radhiallahu ‘anhu; Muslim, Hadith Number 1982

On the 10th day of Muharram it is the day of Ashura (Ashura  means 10th)

Fasting the day of ‘Ashura’ expiates minor sins for the past year, because the Prophet, Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam said: Fasting the day of ‘Arafah I hope Allah will expiate thereby for the year before it and the year after it, and fasting the day of ‘Ashura’ I hope Allah will expiate thereby for the year that came before it. Muslim, Hadith Number 1162

We hope we are all amongst those that Allah will forgive our sins Ameen.

 

A long pause

Assalamu’alaykum dear readers,

we pray you are all in the best of health and high iman.

Its been a long pause since we last blogged anything, we hope you missed our posts and are longing to read some more. Inshallah as of today we are back on our computers and will be posting away! Barakallahu Feekum.

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