islamic-faith

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال: “كان النبيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم بارزًا يومًا للناسِ، فأتاه جبريلُ فقال : ما الإيمانُ ؟ قال : أن تَؤْمِنَ باللهِ وملائكتِه وبلقائِه ورسلِه، وتُؤْمِنُ بالبَعْثِ . قال : ما الإسلامُ ؟ قال : الإسلام ُ أن تَعْبُدَ اللهَ ولا تُشْرِكْ به ، وتقيمَ الصلاةَ ، وتؤدِّيَ الزكاةَ المفروضةَ ، وتصومَ رمضانَ . قال : ما الإحسانُ ؟ قال : أن تَعْبُدَ اللهَ كأنك تراه ، فإن لم تَكُنْ تراه فإنه يَراكَ . قال : متى الساعةُ ؟ قال : ما المسؤولُ عنها بأعلمَ مِن السائلِ ، وسأُخْبِرُك عن أشراطِها : إذا وَلَدَتْ الأَمَةُ ربَّها ، وإذا تَطَاولَ رعاةُ الإبلِ البُهْمُ في البنيانِ في خمسٍ لا يَعْلُمُهنَّ إلا اللهُ . ثم تلا النبيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم : إن الله عنده علم الساعة الآيةُ . ثم أَدْبَرَ ، فقال : رُدُّوه. فلم يَرَوْا شيئًا ، فقال : هذا جبريلُ ، جاء يُعَلِّمُ الناسَ دينَهم .” صحيح البخاري

Narrated Abu Huraira: “One day while the Prophet (ﷺ) was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked, “What is faith?” Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) replied, ’Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection.“ Then he further asked, "What is Islam?” Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) replied, “To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan.” Then he further asked, “What is Ihsan (perfection)?” Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) replied, “To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.” Then he further asked, “When will the Hour be established?” Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) replied, “The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents.

1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.

2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.

The Prophet (ﷺ) then recited: "Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour–.” (31. 34) Then that man (Gabriel) left and the Prophet (ﷺ) asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him. Then the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “That was Gabriel who came to teach the people their religion.”  

Sahih al-Bukhari 50 In-book reference : Book 2, Hadith 43
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 1, Book 2, Hadith 48

The danger in living between obedience and sin is that you don’t know in which state you will die.

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Writer/Motivational Speaker

Ask forgiveness of Allah by Shaikh Dr. ‘Abdur-Razaq al-badr  حفظه الله

Allaah, the Most High, in encouragement of seeking forgiveness, and in making clear its excellence and its fruits both in this worldly life and in the Hereafter, refer to what Nūh عليه السلام‎ said:

“I said (to them): 'Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; 'He will send rain to you in abundance; 'And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.’ ” [Surah 71; Verses 10-12]

This tremendous āyah promises numerous benefits and offers important lessons for those who seek forgiveness and for those who constantly ask forgiveness for their sins.

It is related that a man came to al-Hasan al-Basrī رحمه الله‎ , the noble Taabi'ee, and complained to him of poverty. So he said to him,

“Ask forgiveness of Allāh”.

Another man came to him complaining that he did not have any children. So he said to him,

“Ask forgiveness of Allāh”.

A third man came to him complaining of the barrenness of his garden. So he said to him,

“Ask forgiveness of Allāh”.

He then recited to them the saying of Allāh, the Perfect and Most High:

“I said (to them): 'Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; 'He will send rain to you in abundance; 'And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.’ ” [Surah 71; Verses 10-12]

These then are some of the fruits of seeking forgiveness and some of its benefits in the worldly life.

The Explanation of The Dua of Seeking Forgiveness (Sayyidul Istaghfar) - Shaikh Dr. 'Abdur-Razaq al-badr  حفظه الله

شرح حديث سيد الاستغفار - للشيخ عبد الرزاق البدر حفظه الله

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والإيمان هو الذي يحرك الإنسان ويوجهه ويولّد فيه طاقات هائلة، لم تكن لتظهر بدونه، بل هو ينشئه خلقًا جديدًا ويولّد فيه طاقات هائلة، لم تكن لتظهر بدونه، بل هو ينشئه خلقًا جديدًا، بروح جديدة، وعقل جديد، وعزم جديد، وفلسفة جديدة. كما رأينا ذلك في سحرة فرعون حين آمنوا برب موسى وهارون، وتحدّوا جبروت فرعون، وقالوا له في شموخ واستعلاء: “فَاقْضِ مَا أَنْتَ قَاضٍ إِنَّمَا تَقْضِي هَذِهِ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا”. ـ

al-Iman (faith) is that which puts man into motion; it directs him and creates in him tremendous powers that wouldn’t manifest without it. It rebuilds him into a new creation, with a new spirit, a new mind, a new resolve, and a new philosophy in life. We saw this in the story of the magicians of the Pharaoh when they believed in the Lord of Moses and Aaron, challenged the tyranny of the Pharaoh, and with all the confidence in the world they said to him: “Then decide (regarding us) whatever you want to decide, your decision can only affect this worldly life.” (Quran 20:72)

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Truly in the heart there is a void that can not be removed except with the company of Allah. And in it there is a sadness that can not be removed except with the happiness of knowing Allah and being true to Him.

And in it there is an emptiness that can not be filled except with love for Him and by turning to Him and always remembering Him.

And if a person were given all of the world and what is in it, it would not fill this emptiness.

—  Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya
How can we strengthen our eemaan?

Response by Shaykh Maahir al-Qahtaani: 

Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah are in agreement that eemaan increases with obedience and it decreases with disobedience.  

Allah says what is translated to mean:

As for those who believe, it has increased their Faith, and they rejoice.

(at-Tawbah 9:124)

In order for your eemaan to increase, you have to increase in your worship to Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala. Actions, like the recitation of the Qur’an and pondering over its meaning, standing in the last part of the night prayer, fasting during the day, obedience to your husband and not using your tongue for disobedience will increase your eemaan.  

It is the removal of all of those things which are evil, and to purify yourself from those things, that will increase your eemaan. If a person wants to do a particular sin and their soul inclines towards that sin, if he leaves it off then, this is a cause for your eemaan to increase. If a person is commanded to do some type of worship and he does it seeking the face of Allah, then that increases your eemaan also.

From: The Rectification of the Muslim Women in the West with Q&A in London with Shaykh Maahir al-Qahtaani (Hafidhahullaahu ta'aala) - 02/12/2011

My first day out in hijab. This is a huge step for me. I haven’t declared my faith publicly yet but I’m doing that very soon. I know I needed to make this step first because wearing hijab is something I believe in, and I had to be certain I could deal with the publics view of me wearing it. If you’re a Muslim please be gentle with me. I’m new, I’m learning, and I’m beginning a new life. I know I’ll probably mess things up along the way but this is my journey, and I know my heart is pure. And I know Allah can see what’s inside my heart. Inshallah I’ll continue to grow and learn more about Islam and hopefully along the way I’ll be able to inspire people the way modesthijabi has inspired me.