No Forced Marriages in Islam!

Khansa Bint Khidam said “My father married me to his nephew, and I did not like this match, so I complained to the Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace). He said to me “accept what your father has arranged.” I said “I do not wish to accept what my father has arranged.”

He said “then this marriage is invalid, go and marry whomever you wish.” I said “I have accepted what my father has arranged, but I wanted women to know that fathers have no right in their daughter’s matters (i.e. they have no right to force a marriage on them).

(Fathul Bari Sharah Al Bukhari 9/194, Ibn Majah Kitabun Nikah 1/602)

Al Mughirah Ibn Shaibah said “I got engaged to a woman at the time of the Prophet (May Allah bless him and grant him peace).

He asked me “Have you seen her?”  I said “No”.

He said “go and have a look at her, because it is more fitting that love and compatibility is established between you.” (Nasai)

If Allah loves a person, He calls Gabriel (AS)!

Hadith 15 - Narrated Abu Huraira (RadiaAlllahu Anhu) 

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said, “If Allah loves a person, He calls Gabriel (AS) saying, ‘Allah loves so and-so; O Gabriel! Love him.’ Gabriel would love him and make an announcement amongst the inhabitants of the Heaven. 'Allah loves so-and-so, therefore you should love him also,’ and so all the inhabitants of the Heaven would love him, and then he is granted the pleasure of the people on the earth." 

[Bukhari :: Book 54 :: Volume 4 :: Hadith 431]

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What’s The Reward For Looking After A Widow and Poor Person?

Hadith 18 - Narrated Safwan bin Salim (RadiaAllahu Anhu): 

The Prophet (Sallahu Alyhe Wa Sallam) said “The one who looks after and works for a widow and for a poor person, is like a warrior fighting for Allah’s Cause or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all the night." 

(Narrated Abu Huraira RadiaAllahu Anhu that the Prophet Sallahu Alyhe Wa Sallam said as above.)

[ Bukhari :: Book 73 :: Volume 8 :: Hadith 35]

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Fasting the day of Ashura

The Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) said:

“The best of fasting after Ramadan is fasting Allah’s month of Muharram” [Muslim]

The Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) was asked about fasting on the Day of Ashura (10th of Muharram). He answered:

“It atones for the sins of the preceding year” [Muslim]

Fasting on the day of Ashura – the 10th of Muharram- is of great merits in Islam.

The Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) said:

“Fasting the day of Ashura (is of great merits), I hope that Allah will accept it as an expiation for (the sins committed in) the previous year” [Muslim]

It is noteworthy that Muslim scholars have stated that fasting of Ashura is of three levels as follows:

1. fasting for three days, i.e., on the 9th, 10th, and 11th of Muharram,
2. fasting the 9th and 10th of Muharram, and
3. fasting only the 10th of Muharram.

It is Sunnah (highly recommended) to fast the day of Ashura. Today is 8th of Muharram, so if you wish to fast make your intention to fast tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday in sha Allaah.

May Allaah accept our worship and forgive us!

The Muslim Woman

Addressing women, Allah says in the Qur’an: ‘Stay in your homes.’ [Qur'an 33:33], meaning that the woman’s duties should be related to and around the home. In modern times, the woman has become an external showcase for a broader audience, where in Islam, a woman has an important internal duty of caring for her home, her family, and her children. Some may refer to this as being a “housewife,” which, in today’s society, holds no respect. Now, what would be more respectable–cooking at a restaurant for hundreds of strangers or cooking for one’s family and children? 

The wife and mother are the role models for the success of the future generations. They have the power to make a home or break a home. With this much power, is it fair to say that the “housewife” is useless in society? She is like the head of state, devoting herself to making her home an ideal one. She has the major responsibilities of housekeeping, taking care of everyone else’s needs before her own, management of all affairs, and most importantly, raising the children as devout, pious, righteous Muslims, which, today, in this western-influenced society is difficult.

The Prophet (Sallahu Alhye Wasallam) said:

“A salat in my masjid is better than 1000 salat anywhere else except in Masjid Al-Haram.” (Agreed upon)

“And salat in Masjid Al-Haram is better than 100 salat in my masjid.” (Ahmad)

1 Salat in Masjid Al Haram (Makkah) = 100,000 Salat 
1 Salat in Masjid Al Haram (Madina) = 1,000 Salat

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