JAMI’ at-TIRMIDHI: The Book on Fasting: Hadith 330
‘Abu Hurairah narrated that:
the Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan and stands (in the night prayer) for it out of faith and seeking a reward (from Allah), he will be forgiven what preceded of his sins. Whoever stands (in the night prayer) on the Night of Al-Qadr out of faith and seeking a reward (from Allah), he will be forgiven what preceded of his sins.”
JAMI’ at-TIRMIDHI: The Book on Fasting: Hadith 2/127
Istikhara is a means of seeking guidance from Allah when faced with making a decision that one may be unsure about. “Should I, or shouldn’t I.. Will I regret making this decision?”. Who better to ask than Allah? You will definitely know that you have made the right decision when the direction has come from Allah Almighty as a result of your supplications.
The description of Salaat al-Istikhaarah was reported by Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah al-Salami (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said:
“The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to teach his companions to make istikhaarah in all things, just as he used to teach them soorahs from the Qur’aan.
He said: ‘If any one of you is concerned about a decision he has to make, then let him pray two rak’ahs of non-obligatory prayer, then say:
Allaahumma inni astakheeruka bi ‘ilmika wa astaqdiruka bi qudratika wa as’aluka min fadlika, fa innaka taqdiru wa laa aqdir, wa ta’lamu wa laa a’lam, wa anta ‘allaam al-ghuyoob. Allaahumma fa in kunta ta’lamu haadha’l-amra (then the matter should be mentioned by name) khayran li fi ‘aajil amri wa aajilihi (or: fi deeni wa ma’aashi wa ‘aaqibati amri) faqdurhu li wa yassirhu li thumma baarik li fihi. Allaahumma wa in kunta ta’lamu annahu sharrun li fi deeni wa ma’aashi wa ‘aaqibati amri (or: fi ‘aajili amri wa aajilihi) fasrifni ‘anhu [wasrafhu ‘anni] waqdur li al-khayr haythu kaana thumma radini bihi
(O Allaah, I seek Your guidance [in making a choice] by virtue of Your knowledge, and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You of Your great bounty. You have power, I have none. And You know, I know not. You are the Knower of hidden things. O Allaah, if in Your knowledge, this matter (then it should be mentioned by name) is good for me both in this world and in the Hereafter (or: in my religion, my livelihood and my affairs), then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. And if in Your knowledge it is bad for me and for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs (or: for me both in this world and the next), then turn me away from it, [and turn it away from me], and ordain for me the good wherever it may be and make me pleased with it.”
(Reported by al-Bukhaari, 6841; similar reports are also recorded by al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i, Abu Dawood, Ibn Maajah and Ahmad).
“A righteous wife will be with her righteous husband for many years, and she is the one who is meant in the hadeeth in which the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “This world is temporary conveniences and the best of its comforts is a believing wife, who when you look at her she pleases you and if you tell her to do something she obeys you, and if you are away from her she protects you with regard to herself and your wealth.”
This is what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) enjoined when the Muhaajiroon asked him which kind of wealth they should acquire, and he said: “Let one of you acquire a tongue that remembers Allaah, a thankful heart, and a believing wife who will help him with regard to the Hereafter.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi from Saalim ibn Abi’l-Ja’d, from Thawbaan.
She may offer the love and compassion that Allaah speaks of in His Book, and the pain of separation may be harder for her than death in some cases, and harder than losing wealth or leaving one’s homeland, especially if one of them is fond of the other or they have children together who will be harmed by separation.”
The Prophet ﷺ said:
“Everybody has his time of energy, and every time of energy is followed by a time of lethargy. But if a person tries to follow a moderate path, then I have hope for him, but if he becomes one who is pointed out (in the street), then do not think anything of him.”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2453; classed as hasan (sound) by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 1995).
📌What is meant by “Everybody has his time of energy” is eagerness for a thing, energy and the desire to do good.
📌What is meant by “every time of energy is followed by a time of lethargy” is tiredness, weakness and lack of movement.
📌"But if a person tries to follow a moderate path” means that the one who has energy does his deeds in moderation and avoids going to extremes when he is feeling energetic and avoids being negligent when he is feeling lethargic.
📌"Then I have hope for him” means, I have hope that he will be successful, for he can continue following a middle course, and the most beloved deeds to Allaah are those which are continuous.
📌"But if he becomes one who is pointed out (in the street)” means, if he strives hard and goes to extremes in doing good deeds so that he will become famous for his worship and asceticism, and he becomes famous and people point him out to one another,
📌"Then do not think anything of him” means, do not think that he is one of the righteous, because he is showing off. He did not say, “do not have hope for him,” as an indication that he has already fallen, and he will not be able to make up for what he has missed out on.
Some things to do when you have your menstruation in Ramadan ♥
1) Cook Iftâr!
When you cook Iftâr and feed someone else when they were fasting, you get the reward of his/her fasting.
Hadith: Zayd ibn Khaalid al-Juhani (r.a.) who said: The Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.) said: “Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the fasting person’s reward in the slightest.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 807; Ibn Maajah, 1746; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani inSaheeh al-Tirmidhi, 647.)
Perhaps you are not fasting, but you can still reap the rewards of your family and friend’s fast in shaa Allah, without them loosing any reward, Alhamdulilah ♥
2) Increase in charity
Remember sisters, even a smile is charity. Help around the house, especially when your family (etc.) are too tired and hungry to do anything. If one of your elders are fasting and cooking Iftâr, tell them to relax and that you will complete it. There is alot of Barakah in that!
3) Increase in Dhikr
Having your menstruation does not mean you can’t practice Dhikr. Whenever you see you’re not doing anything, or you family is praying, it is the perfect opportunity to do some Dhikr.
Basically increase your knowledge of Islam through various mediums, just make sure those mediums are giving correct information in shaa Allah!
5) Do more good deeds
Feed some birds, clear a path, wash the dishes, be good to your parents, etc.
6) Spread true Islamic knowledge
Start a blog or share some of your self-made pictures (etc.) on social networks. Sharing knowledge in Islam has alot of Barakah. (Sisters, if you are going to pursue this please make sure that the information you post is 100% correct, and also that you do not mix the media with any haram content (such as foul language or anything not Islamic or without good manners) in shaa Allah.
♥ Sisters, do you do anything special during Ramadan when you have menstruation, to increase reward? Submit your story with your blog name (optional) on Islam For Girls, and I will share the beneficial information on Islam For Girls in shaa Allah . It is a great way to receive Barakah and motivate many sisters, in shaa Allah ♥
There is no such thing as the ''12 Imams'', the whole Shiism is based on lies
Let’s have a look at what the Messenger of Allah (saw)
said regarding the 12 Imams:
Sahih Bukhari Book 89:329 Narrated Jabir bin Samura: ‘’I heard Muhammad say ‘There
will be twelve Muslim rulers.’ He then said a sentence which I did not
hear. My father said ‘’All of them (those rulers) will be from Quraysh.’’
Sahih Muslim Book 20:4477-4483 Narrated Jabir bin Samura: ‘’I heard Muhammad say ‘The
(Islamic) religion will continue until the Hour (Day of Resurrection), having twelve
Caliphs for you and all of them will be from Quraysh.’’
Sunan al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2223 The Prophet said: ‘’There will be twelve Amir
after me.’ Then he said something that I did not understand. So I asked the one
who was next to me, who said that he had said: ‘All of them are from Quraysh.’’
Sunan Abu Dawood Book 37:4266 The Prophet said: ‘’The religion will continue to be
established till there are twelve Caliphs over you, and the whole community
will agree on each of them.’’
Musnad-e-Ahmad, volume 5, page 87 ‘’Surely this religion will always overcome its opponents
and no enemy or deserter can ever harm it till there are twelve Caliphs
from my nation in it. All of them will be from Quraysh.’’
And there are more than 20 similar narrations. By the
way ‘twelve’ is how we spell out the number 12 using letters in case you weren’t
As you may know,
the followers of the Members of the House of the Prophet (saw) refer to these
12 Caliphs as of their 12 Imams starting with Imam Ali (as) and ending with
Imam Mahdi (as) the Leader of our time. With the passage of time and through
historical events, we know that by the above traditions the Holy Prophet (saw)
meant the twelve Imams from his Ahlulbayt (as) who are the descendants of the Prophet
since we have no other 12 pure candidates in the history of Islam upon whose
righteousness all Muslims agree. It is interesting to know that even the
enemies of Shias have NOT been able to find any fault in the virtues of the
twelve Imams of the Shias.
It is now clear
that the only way to interpret the previously mentioned traditions which are
narrated by al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi, and Ahmad Ibn
Hanbal is to accept that it refers to the twelve Imams from the Prophet’s
Ahlulbayt, because they were, in their times, the most knowledgeable, the most
illustrious, the most god-fearing, the most pious, the best in personal
virtues, and the most honored before Allah; and their knowledge was derived
from their ancestor (the Prophet) through their fathers. These are the
Ahlulbayt (as) whose sinlessness, flawlessness, and purity is confirmed by the Holy
Quran (the last sentence of verse 33:33).
It’s amazing that
despite the acknowledgment of al-Bukhari and Muslim and other prominent Sunni
scholars about the twelve Imams, the Sunnis always stop at the four Caliphs.
More interestingly, there are Sunni reports in which the Messenger of Allah (saw)
named these twelve members of his Ahlulbayt (as) one by one starting with Imam
Ali (as) and ending with Imam Mahdi (as). (Source: Yanabi al-Mawadda, page
431 by al-Qunduzi al-Hanafi).
Nowehere in Sunnism are there twelve Muslim rulers
who, all of them are from Quraysh. The ‘Four Rightly Guided’ Rashidun
Caliphs were four, there were more than 30 Ummayad Caliphs, nearly
40 Abbasid Caliphs, and many Sunni Caliphs are not even from Quraysh.
Now let’s count the Shia Imams/Caliphs: 1) Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (as) 2) Imam Hassan Ibn Ali (as) 3) Imam Hussain Ibn Ali (as) 4) Imam Ali Ibn Hussain (as) 5) Imam Muhammad Ibn Ali (as) 6) Imam Jafar Ibn Muhammad (as) 7) Imam Musa Ibn Jafar (as) 8) Imam Ali Ibn Musa (as) 9) Imam Muhammad Ibn Ali (as) 10) Imam Ali Ibn Muhammad (as) 11) Imam Hassan Ibn Ali Ibn Muhammad (as) 12) Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi (may Allah hasten his
It is mustahabb (recommended) to pray four rak'ah before Dhuhr prayer and four after it.
Al-Nasaa'i (1817) and al-Tirmidhi (428) narrated from Umm Habeebah (radiyAllahu ‘anha) that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“Whoever prays four rak'ahs before Dhuhr and four after it, the Fire will not touch him.”
The version narrated by al-Tirmidhi says:
“Whoever regularly performs four rak'ahs before Dhuhr and four after it, Allah will forbid him to the Fire.”
- Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa'i.
It was narrated that Jābir (radi Allahu anhu) said: The Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said: “On the Day of Resurrection, those who had suffered from afflictions are given their reward, those amongst them who were healthy will wish their skins had been cut to pieces with scissors when they were in the world.”
(Silsila as-Saheeha #2206, al-Tirmidhi #2402)
[ ليودن أهل العافية يوم القيامة أن جلودهم قرضت بالمقاريض مما يرون من ثواب أهل البلاء ] . ( حسن ) . وله شاهد ضعيف بلفظ : يؤتى بالشهيد يوم القيامة فيوقف للحساب ثم يؤتى بالمتصدق فينصب الحساب ثم يؤتى بأهل البلاء فلا ينصب لهم ميزان ولا ينصب لهم ديوان فيصب عليهم الأجر صبا حتى إن أهل العافية ليتمنون في الموقف أن أجسادهم قرضت بالمقاريض من حسن ثواب الله
Women should avoid adorning themselves when they go out for Eid, because they are forbidden to show off their adornments to non-mahram men. It is also prohibited for a woman who wants to go out to put on perfume or to expose men to temptation.
It was narrated from Abu Moosa (ra) that the Prophet ﷺ said:
“If a woman puts on perfume and passes by people so that they can smell her fragrance, then she is such and such,” and he spoke sternly - meaning an adulteress.
(Narrated by Abu Dawood (4173) and al-Tirmidhi (2786); classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
The Messenger of Allah (salallahu alahi wa sallam )said:
On the Day of Resurrection, Allah shall redeem one man from my community above all the creatures. Ninety-nine scrolls [on which his sins are recorded] shall be unrolled before him, each scroll stretching as far as the eye can see. Then He will ask:
“Do you contest anything among all that? Have the guardian angels been unjust to you?”
[The man] will reply: “No, my Lord! I do not contest any ofit.”
[Allah] will say: “Have you any argument in your defence?”
[The man] will reply: “No, my Lord!”
[Allah] will then say: “Indeed, you have a good deed with Us! There shall be no injustice wrought upon you today.” And a sheet of paper shall be produced on which is written:
“I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and His messenger.”
[Allah] will say: “Bring your scales!”
[The man] will ask: “My Lord, what is this sheet [of paper] in relation to those scrolls?”
[Allah] will reply: “Truly, you shall not be wronged.”
Then the scrolls will be placed in one of the scales, and the sheet of paper in the other. The scrolls will appear to be lighter and the sheet of paper will weigh heavily. For nothing has weight in relation to the Name of Allah, ever Mighty and Majestic is He.
Reported by al-Tirmidhi, according to Abdallah ibn Amr ibn al-As (radiallahu anhu)
The Messenger of Allah [p.b.u.h] said: ‘Trials will continue to befall the believing man and woman, with regard to themselves, their children and their wealth, until they meet Allah with no sin on them.’
Salam, Idk if you might understand me but I have this little things running throw my mind telling me I should give up in life & just die. I hate feeling like this but I'm always thinking like My Dua will never be accepted, I'm not good enough, what's the point of all this, & I'm always thinking maybe I should go back to my old ways. I feel like since I repented I'm Having so many problems in my life & people think of me as good person who changed so much, but they don't know I struggle so much.
I will try my best to answer your
question by referring to the Qur’an and Hadith
Wanting to give up in life and die
“And never give up hope of Allah’s
Mercy. Certainly, no one despairs of Allah’s Mercy, except the people who
“Do not give up and do not be
downhearted. You shall be uppermost if you are believers” (3:139)
The Prophet ﷺ
said: “No one of you should wish for death or pray for it before it comes, for
when one of you dies, his good deeds come to an end and for the believer a long
life will not increase him in anything but good.” (Muslim)
A version narrated by al-Bukhaari
says: “No one of you should wish for death. Either he is a doer of good and
will do more, or he is a doer of evil but perhaps he may stop.”
Al-Nawawi said: This hadeeth clearly
indicates that it is makrooh to wish for death because of some harm that has
befallen one, such as loss or distress caused by an enemy, or other such
hardships of this world. But if a person fears harm or fitnah with regard to
his religious commitment, it is not makrooh to wish for death, according to
this hadeeth, and several of the salaf did that.
The Prophet ﷺ
said: “The best of people is the one who lives long and does good.” (Ahmad)
Acceptance of Dua
And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then
(answer them), I am indeed near (to them). I respond to the invocations of the
supplicant when he calls on Me. So let them respond to Me (by obedience) and
believe in Me that they may be (rightly) guided. (2:186)
The Prophet ﷺ said: “Nothing can
change the Divine decree except Dua.” (Ahmad)
The Prophet ﷺ said: “Du’aa’ may be
of benefit with regard to what has already happened or what has not yet
happened, so adhere to Du’aa’, O slaves of Allaah.” (Tirmidhi)
The Prophet ﷺ said: “No precaution
can protect against the decree of Allaah. Du’aa’ is beneficial with regard to
what has been decreed and what has not been decreed. The du’aa’ meets the
calamity that has been decreed and wrestles with it, until the Day of
The Prophet ﷺ said: “Ask, and you shall be given it; and you shall be
given it.” (Tirmidhi)
The Prophet ﷺ said: “Let everyone of you ask of His Lord all that He
We were informed by our Prophet ﷺ that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) fulfills
everybody’s wishes so long as a person does not get impatient and say, ‘I asked
Allah for so and so and I still haven’t received it’. We are told never to
despair of the mercy of Allah (subhan wa ta’ala).
The Prophet ﷺ
informed us that there are several forms for the acceptance of dua. One is that you are given what you ask
for. Another is that you are given better than what
you asked for. A third is that some calamity that was about
to befall you has been averted instead. The fourth is that the dua is saved up for you as
sawaab/reward for the Day of Judgment. In all cases, asking Allah (subhana wa
ta'ala) for things is beneficial.
Feeling like you are not good enough
He created the heavens and earth in
truth and formed you and perfected your forms; and to Him is the (final)
Indeed, We have created the human
being upon the best of forms (95:4)
Allah SWT has created each one of us
unique; you will find no two people in the world with the exact same
personality, physical appearance, strengths, weaknesses, interests, etc. The
way Allah SWT has created you and moulded your personality is for a
reason – he has made you this way because he wants you to achieve your full
potential and use your abilities for a bigger cause – do not lose heart if the
situation looks difficult right now – keep striving and doing your best and,
most importantly, keep asking Allah SWT to see you through this difficult time
and be by your side – if you have His help, there is no difficult you cannot
overcome. Again, remember He has created you the way you are for a reason –
Allah SWT makes no mistakes with His creations – you are good enough –
you are exactly the way He intended you to be – you only have to work hard to
move from strength to strength now.
What’s the point of all this?
(He) who created death and life to
test you (as to) which of you is best in deed (67:2)
And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me (51:56)
Going back to old ways,
Do people think that they will be left
alone because they say: ‘We believe,’ and will not be tested. And We indeed
tested those who were before them. And Allaah will certainly make (it) known
(the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the
falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allaah knows all that before putting
them to test)” – (29:2-3)
“And certainly, We shall test you with
something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad
tidings to As-Saabiroon (the patient). Who, when afflicted with calamity, say:
‘Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.’ They are those
on whom are the Salawaat (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their
Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the
guided ones” (2:155-157)
And We have certainly revealed to you
verses (which are) clear proofs, and no one would deny them except the
defiantly disobedient. (2:99)
The Prophet ﷺ said: “No misfortune or disease befalls a Muslim, no worry or grief or harm or distress – not even a thorn that pricks him – but Allaah will expiate for some of his sins because of that.” (Bukhari)
Facing struggles after having repented
The Prophet ﷺ
said: “If Allah wills good for His slave, He hastens his punishment in this
world, and if He wills bad for His slave, He withholds from him (the punishment
for) his sin, until He requites him for it on the Day of Resurrection.”
The Prophet ﷺ
“If a certain status has previously been decreed by Allaah for a person, and he
does not attain it by his deeds, Allaah afflicts him in his body or wealth or
children.” (Abu Dawood)
The Prophet ﷺ
said: “Great reward comes with great trials. When Allah loves a people, He
tests them, and whoever accepts it attains His pleasure, whereas whoever shows
discontent with it incurs His wrath.” (at-Tirmidhi)
Narrated by Sa‘d ibn Abi Waqqaas (رضي الله عنه)
who said: I said: O Messenger of Allah ﷺ,
who among the people are most sorely tested? He ﷺ
said: “The Prophets, then the next best and the next best. A man will be tested
according to his level of religious commitment. If his religious commitment is
solid, his test will be more severe, but if there is any weakness in his
religious commitment, he will be tested according to his level of religious
commitment. And calamity will continue to befall a person until he walks on the
earth with no sin on him.” (at-Tirmidhi)
Al-Hasan al-Basri (رضي الله عنه) said: “Do not resent
the calamities that come and the disasters that occur, for perhaps in something
that you dislike will be your salvation, and perhaps in something that you
prefer will be your doom.”
Al-Fadl ibn Sahl (رضي الله عنه) said: “There is a blessing
in calamity that the wise man should not ignore, for it erases sins, gives one
the opportunity to attain the reward for patience, dispels negligence, reminds
one of blessings at the time of health, calls one to repent and encourages one
to give charity.
Finally a word of advice from me: it
is very common that, once someone finds their way back to the deen and tries to
practice it earnestly, they are faced with hardship. Do not fear these
hardships as they are from Allah SWT and may be intended to either purify you
from your previous sins, help you learn an important lesson and come out of the
difficult situation a more mature and improved individual or to test whether
you can withstand challenges you face in life and, having gone through them,
still maintain your level of iman in Allah SWT and keep trusting Him to take
the best decision for you.
Take this difficult time in life as a challenge you
will get through and form an intention that, once this difficulty is over, you
would have come out of it a much stronger individual and a much better Muslim
in’Sha’Allah. Remember, every night ends and every difficult situation is eventually taken care of by Allah SWT. You will soon witness good times in’Sha’Allah.
And, behold, with every hardship comes ease (94:5)
Read all the above mentioned Quranic verses and Hadiths
remembering that each of them are intended specifically for you and are a
message to you from Allah SWT to help you through this difficult time. Whenever
you are faced with negative thoughts, try to remember the above and find hope –
I know it is easier said than done but we must strive in Allah’s path and never
doubt his decisions and power even for a second. You are strong enough to face this hardship and you will not go back to your old ways - You are strong enough for this! As Allah SWT has stated in the Quran:
Allah does not burden a soul beyond
that it can bear(…) (2:286)