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“The people of the Qur’an are the people of Allah and His special servants.”

(An-Nisa’i, Ibn Majah, and Al-Hakim with a Hasan chain)

 

“The Qur’an is an intercessor, something given permission to intercede, and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise; whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.”

(An authentic hadith found in At-Tabaraanee, on the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood)“

Ramadan Reflections: Day Nineteen

On the authority of Al-Miqdaam ibn Maadiy-Karib who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah saying:

“No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Adam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his breath.”

[Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasaa’I, Ibn Majah]

Some Benefits of Eating & Drinking in Moderation :

  1. Ibn Masaweh, a Muslim doctor, said after reading this hadith: “If the people only used these words, they would avoid all diseases and maladies and the clinics and pharmacies would be idle.”
  2. Another doctor, Al-Harith ibn Kalada said: That which has killed mankind is the introduction of food on top of food before it has been digested.
  3. As for spiritual benefits: humbleness of heart, strength of understanding, lessening of lower desires, lessening of personal opinions and anger, while overeating induces the opposites of all of those. Al-Hassan Al-Basri (RA) said: “O, son of Adam, eat with one third of your stomach and drink with one third and leave one third of your stomach to breathe so that you may think.”
  4. Imam Ash-Shafi’i said: I have not filled myself in sixteen years because filling oneself makes the body heavy, removes clear understanding, induces sleep and makes one weak for worship.
  5. The best generations didn’t. Our Prophet (upon him be Peace) said “The best generation is my generation, followed by the one after them then the one after them. Then will come a people who bear witness but are not asked to bear witness, who swear oaths but do not fulfill them and fatness will appear among them.” (Muslim & Bukhari).

Ramadan Reflections: Day Twenty Three

The Night of Destiny

This Meccan Surah talks about the night when the first revelation of the Qur'an was sent down. 

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy 

[1] We sent it down on the Night of Destiny. [2] What will explain to you what that Night of Destiny is? [3] The Night of Destiny is better than a thousand months; [4] on that night the Angels and the Spirit* descend again and again with their Lord’s permission on every task; [5]There is all peace that night until the break of dawn. 

*The Angel Gabriel.

A Very Rare & Beautiful Recitation of this Surah.

Ramadan Reflections: Day Twenty Four

Don’t neglect your family! The Prophet (upon him be peace) made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night - if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up at least for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

- Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury.