prophet muhammad peace be upon him

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“Islam talks about balance. No one can be perfect. Your relationship with God is something between just you and God. Islam can be interpreted in many different ways, and I am a very big fan of my mother’s interpretation. She is my role model. She tries to use examples from the Qur’aan in a modern sense. Instead of going back to the time of the Prophet [Muhammad (peace be upon him)], we must place the Qur’aan in a contemporary context.”

The wives of the Prophet (ﷺ)

Who were his (ﷺ) wives, and why did he (ﷺ) marry them?

The wives of the Prophet (ﷺ) are all considered Ummuhaat Al-Mumineen (Mothers of the Believers). They are:

  • Khadeejah Bint Khuwalid: He married her when he was 25 years old and she was 40 years old. She bore all his children except one son. He did not marry any other woman whilst being married to her.
  • Sawda Bint Zam’a: She was a widow and a mother of six children. Her friend called Khawlah Bint Hakeem approached the Prophet (peace be upon him) encouraging him to marry Sawda. He married her when he was 50 years old
  • ‘Aaisha Bint Abi Bakr as-Siddeeq: She was the only virgin he married, and was the daughter of his best friend. She grew up to be a great scholar, teacher and authority of knowledge in Islaam.
  • Hafsah Bint Umar: She was a widow whose husband was martyred in the battle of Uhud. After the death of her husband, her father Umar ibn al-Khattaab searched for an appropriate man to marry her. They were overjoyed when the Prophet (peace be upon him) accepted the proposal.
  • Zaynab al-Hilaaliyyah: She was a widow whose husband died in the battle of Badr. The Prophet (peace be upon him) married her when he 56 years old. He married her out of concern for her welfare and to take care of her after the death of her husband.
  • Umm Salamah: She was one of the earliest people to accept Islaam along with her husband. They both migrated to Abyssinia then Madeenah. In Madeenah her husband died, leaving her behind with children. The Prophet (peace be upon him) married her in her old age and he was even older.
  • Zaynab Bint Jahsh: She was the cousin of the Prophet (peace be upon him). She had two previous husbands, one who had died before Islaam and the other was the adopted son of the Prophet, a freed slave. It was the custom of the Arabs that an adopted son would be considered to be ones real blood son. However Islam abolished this concept and maintained the rights of the real blood parents of a child, even after adoption to somebody else.
  • Juwairiyyah Bint al-Haarith: She was a noble woman who was captured and enslaved in war. She came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) complaining of her situation and asking the Prophet to help her to free herself by paying her ransom. The Prophet (peace be upon him) paid her ransom and then married her.
  • Safiyyah Bint Huyayy: A woman of Jewish descent, she was a taken as a war captive. The Prophet (peace be upon him) freed her and called her to Islaam. Upon accepting Islaam, the Prophet (peace be upon him) married her.
  • Umm Habeeba Ramlah: She migrated to Abyssinia along with her husband who had accepted Islaam. However her husband then went back to disbelief and died whilst drinking alcohol. He left her behind alone, with a young child, in a foreign country. The Prophet (peace be upon him) heard of her plight and requested from the Abyssinian king to send her to Madeenah in order for her to be married to the Prophet.
  • Maariah al-Qubtiyah: She was a Coptic Christian who was sent as a gift from the King of Egypt at that time. Upon her accepting Islaam, the Prophet (peace be upon him) married her and freed her from being a captive
  • Zaynab Bint Khuzaymah: She was known as Umm al-Masaakeen (the Mother of the Poor) due to her care and concern for the poor and needy. She was a widow, who had been married to two men. They either died or divorced her before the Prophet (peace be upon her) chose to marry her.
  • Maymoonah Bint al-Haarith: She was the last wife of the Prophet (peace be upon him). She had been widowed previous to her marriage to the Prophet.
Masterpost: Islamic Concepts, Words & Phrases!

So, as promised, here’s the masterpost of the different, most common, types of concepts, words and phrases that we, as Muslims, use in our day to day speak, and perform on the daily. The reason for this masterpost is so that, if and when Season 4 airs, and if it is about Sana, then most likely, these words and phrases, or concepts, may be commonly used/addressed, so it’s always nice to just, have a reference, I guess, of their meaning, so that you can understand the context and definition a little better! 

CONCEPTS.

Islam: The word “Islam” in itself means to submit, to surrender - to give yourself over to Allah, to feel the peace that giving yourself over to Allah brings to you.

Allah: The Arabic word for God.

Muhammad (sal’lalaahu alayhi wasalam): The final prophet sent down by Allah to mankind, with the religion of Islam. (sal’lalaahu alayhi wasalam), or sometimes seen as Muhammad (SAW) means ‘peace be upon him’, which you’ll sometimes see as Muhammad (PBUH). It is an extension we add on to the name Muhammad, whenever the prophet Muhammad (SAW) is being referred to, out of respect.

“The 5 Pillars of Islam”: These are, in essence, the 5 core aspects of Islam, that every Muslim must believe in, and do to their full potential, unless it is detrimental to their health, or they are unable to do so due to a lack of wealth:

  • Shahaadah - This is the very core belief of a Muslim. They “must testify and bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, and that Muhammad (SAW) is his worshipper and messenger.”
  • Salah - The 5 daily prayers, which must be read. These are Fajr (the prayer we read before sunrise), Zauhar (the midday prayer), Asr (the late afternoon prayer), Maghrib (the prayer we read before sunset) and Isha (the night prayer). Each of these prayers are signalled when the Adhaan (the call to prayer) is heard, and before performing these prayers, Wudhu (ablution) must be made.
  • Zakah - Alms, charity. Every year, we must take a portion of money out from our combined wealth that we own to give to charity to the poor and needy. Of course, to do that, Islam sets certain rules on how much wealth you must have in order to classify if whether you are in a position where you can give charity or not.
  • Sawm -  Fasting in the month of Ramadhan. Ramadhan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, whereby the start and the end of it is marked by the sighting of the crescent moon. During Ramadhan, Muslims all over the world must fast from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from food, water, sex and sin. They must instead increase their worshipping of Allah, by performing Salah and increasing their Tilaawat (reading of the Qur’aan), Tasbeeh (praising of Allah) and indulge themselves as much as they can within Islam. Suhoor (morning meal) is the meal we eat before sunrise happens, kind of like a breakfast, before we begin our fast for the day, and Iftaar (evening meal) is the meal we eat to break our fast, just as sunset is about to occur. Taraweeh is an additional compulsory Salah that Muslims must pray in Ramadhan (since this Salah is only read during Ramadhan, and in no other month beside it) after the Isha Salah. The end of Ramadhan is marked with Eid ul Fitr, the first of our 2 Eids that we have within the year, a celebration! The fasts in Ramadhan are only compulsory on people that are physically and mentally healthy enough to do them. 
  • Hajj - The 5 day sacred pilgrimage that takes place in the final month of the Islamic calendar, once a year. Muslims all over the world travel to Saudi Arabia, more specifically, Makkah and the surrounding cities near it, to perform their Hajj. Only those that are physically and mentally healthy, and that can afford the Hajj, will find it compulsory on them to do so. Our 2nd Eid, Eid ul Adha is celebrated on the 3rd day of Hajj, by remembering the sacrifice that the Prophets Ibrahim (Abraham) and his son, Ismail (Ishmael) were to make. 

Qur’aan: The Holy Book of Islam. It is considered to be Allah’s final word, and the final, unchanged Holy Book that was sent down via Angel Jibra’eel (Angel Gabriel) to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). 

Hadeeth: The teachings and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that were reported by his close family and friends.

Sunnah: The beloved actions of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that were reported by his close family and friends.

Shari’ah Law: The Islamic ruling. Any Muslim country will most likely be governed by the Shari’ah Law. However, its not just people living in a Muslim state that must abide by the Shari’ah Law. Muslims all over the world must try their best to abide by it too. The Shari’ah Law is based upon the teachings of the Qur’aan, which hold the most weight in Islam, with a little understanding from the Hadeeth and Sunnah, in terms of how to apply these Laws.

Jihad: The word itself means to struggle, to battle. There are 2 types:

  • Jihad Kabeera: The Greater Struggle/Battle - this is the one we as Muslims face on a daily basis, within ourselves, to better ourselves as believers of Allah, to always do the right thing by Islam, which is something that affects us on a daily basis, especially if we live in the West, since we face the battle of living in the Western society, as well as being Muslims, and choosing to do the right thing. 
  • Jihad Sagheera: The Lesser Struggle/Battle - this is the one where we proactively, as Muslims, must fight against anyone who wrongfully says ill about Islam. In it, we must take care that we are not hurting those, who have not hurt us, but rather, that we fight against the common prejudices, stigmas and stereotypes that are placed on Islam and Muslims. 

Hijaab: The headpiece the women of Islam are recognised by. However, hijaab is not just that. Hijaab is also in the way we dress modestly, the way we must act modestly, the way we must speak modestly, because the woman’s modesty in Islam is very, very highly valued and respected. Men are told lower their gazes in front of women. 

Niqaab: The face veil that some, not all, but some Muslim women choose to wear, if they want to.

Burqa: The long material that covers the head and reaches thigh length, that some women, again, choose to wear, if they don’t want to wear the Hijaab, but something a bit more looser and covering.

Abayah: The long “dress” the women wear, on top of their usual clothes. Most of the times, these are black, with several printed or embroidered designs on them for more fancier wear, or sometimes they are simple, for more everyday wear. Not all women wear an abayah, and not every abayah is black in colour.

Thobe/Jubbah: Kind of like an abayah, but for men? I guess? It’s a long stitched garment, that comes in many different colours, mostly neautrals, like white, gray, beige, black, blues, greens etc, that men wear. Muslim men in the East wear this more frequently than Muslim men in the West, but Muslim men in the West would most likely wear this on Friday, Ramadhan, and Eid - on sacred occasions.

Dua: Prayers. So, when you raise your hands and pray to Allah, and ask anything of him and remember the people who you want to remember in your prayers to Allah.

Jummah: It means Friday, which is the holy day for Muslims. Kind of like Sabbath, I guess. On Fridays, instead of the Zauhar prayer, men normally go to the Masjid (the mosque) to offer Jummah Salah (The Friday Prayer), where the Imam (the person leading the prayer) will give a Kutbah (a short sermon) regarding a specific topic to do with Islam.

Masjid: The Mosque. This is where Muslims gather to pray Salah 5 times a day.

Madressah: Islamic schooling - so, Islamic classes that, most often, take place inside the Masjid, i.e, the mosque, when it is not being used by the general Muslim public to offer Salah.

WORDS & PHRASES.

As-salaamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuhu: This is a greeting, both used as a hello and a goodbye between Muslims. As-salaamu’alaikum - May peace be upon you, Warahmatullahi - And Allah’s mercy, Wabarakaatuhu - And his blessings. Usually though, most people will only say/use As-salaamu’alaikum.

Allah Hafiz: May Allah protect you. This is another greeting we have that Muslims use as a goodbye.

Bismillah hirahmaa niraheem: In the name of Allah, the most Merciful, the Most Kind. It’s a phrase we use/say when we’re about to start something, we start whatever we do in the name of Allah, by remembering him so that whatever we’re doing will have a successful outcome. Somtimes, we just say Bismillah, in short, which just means, In the Name of Allah.

Subhanallah: Glory be to Allah. This is a Tasbeeh (a praise of Allah) that is said when something overwhelms you, so much so, that you literally have to take a moment and glorify Allah for having that thing overwhelm you, whether it be someone’s beauty, something’s beauty, or something that’s happened that’s overwhelmed you in a really positive way.

Alhamdulillah: All praises be to Allah. This is a Tasbeeh that’s said when you’re thankful for something. Thankful for anything or anyone, for food, for good health, after we sneeze we say Alhamdulillah, or if someone is asking you how you are, you can simply reply back by saying Alhamdulillah, and they’ll understand that you are in good health, or if someone is offering you something extra, like food, for example, then you can simply say Alhamdulillah, and they’ll understand that you’re content with the amount you have.

Allahu Akbar: Allah is the Greatest. This is another Tasbeeh, but it’s used in quite versatile ways. It’s the first and last phrases of the Adhaan, it’s said in Salah, but it’s also used in daily speak too, most often when we want to reaffirm our belief in Allah, to remind ourselves that, Allah is our sole keeper of destiny, and that, sometimes, things we don’t anticipate can happen too. It’s a resounding statement of faith, that can invoke feelings of strength when it is needed, telling you to reevaluate where your faith is at. Or if something that you can’t believe is happening, you’ll say Allahu Akbar, to express your disbelief in it.

Insha’allah: If Allah wills. This is something we say when we’re thinking about the future, and we hope that the way we think about the future is something Allah is willing to offer us. Kind of like a “I don’t wanna jinx it”.

Mash’allah: Allah has willed. This is something we say out of respect for a situation, if it’s gone in favour of someone else we’re speaking to, or if we’re appreciating someone, whether it be their beauty or their character. It’s a way of showing someone that you’re extremely happy that Allah has willed for something to go their way. 

Wallah: I swear by Allah. It’s something you say when you’re absolutely serious about something, because you are swearing to Allah about it, you are keeping Allah as your witness about it.

Astagfirullah: I seek forgiveness from Allah. This is said when you’re repenting to Allah, or someone else may say this to you if they’re reminding you of something wrong that you did/are doing, not as a way to patronise, but to remind you that you have a choice in not doing that wrong thing either.

Jazakallah Khair: May Allah reward you with the best (of rewards). This is said in place of thank you, when you’re thanking someone for something, Most people sometimes just say Jazakallah, or either Baarakallah (May Allah’s blessings be upon you.)

Ameen: Amen. Something you say when you’re agreeing with something, or accepting something from someone.

Mubarak: Glad tidings/Congratulations. Usually you’ll hear people say this in Ramadhan or Eid, to each other, or if someone tells someone else they’re going for Hajj/have come back from Hajj, you’ll hear the phrases:  Ramadhan Mubarak, Eid Mubarak, Hajj Mubarak etc, but generally, it’s just used as way of saying congrats.

Nikah: Wedding.The actual wedding ceremony.

Ammi: Mum.

Abba: Dad.

Habibi/Habibti: The Most Beloved. Where Habibi is the masculine term, and Habibti is the feminine term. It’s not just said to the person you love romantically, it can be said platonically too, and quite often, is.

Khadijah bint Khuwaylid

The first wife of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a woman unlike no other. She is a role model for the Muslimah ummah and should be for many feminists today, as she was a pioneer of women’s successes! Here are some interesting facts about Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her).

1. She was a successful and esteemed business woman

Her business was larger than all of the Quraysh trades combined and the most acclaimed with a reputation of fair-dealing and high-quality goods.

2. She turned down many marriage proposals

She was married twice before her wedlock to the Prophet; both of these marriages produced children and both left her widowed.

3. She asked the Prophet to marry her

Khadija didn’t need a husband to take care of her financially. And Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) did not have the means to seek a wife. She fell in love with him, and through a friend, asked him to marry her.

4. She was 15 years older than Muhammad (PBUH)

She was 40 years old when she married Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him). He was 25.

5. Theirs was a true love story

Khadija comforted her husband and encouraged him during the most difficult days of his life. She bore him 6 children.

6. She was the first Muslim

Khadija, the mother of Islam, was the first person on earth to accept Muhammad as the final prophet of God and accept the revelations that culminated into the Holy Qur’an.

7. She spent her worldly riches on the poor

Khadija gave her earnings to the poor and to the orphans, to the widows and the sick. She helped poor girls get married and provided their dowry.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) once said that the four greatest women of mankind were: Khadija bint Khuwaylid, Fatima bint Muhammad (his youngest daughter,) Mary bint Emran (the Virgin Mary) and Asiya bint Muzahim (the wife of Pharaoh).

Adapted from: 7 Remarkable Things About Khadija

Who is Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)?

He is the one who loved the repentful sinner, embraced the stranger, enriched the poor, visited the ill, and forgave the enemy.

Do you want to be like Him?

The Arabic Language - اللغة العربية

It is the language of Paradise.

هي لغة الجنة.

It is the language Allah revealed the Qur'aan in.

هي اللغة التي نزل بها القرآن الكريم.

It was the language of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

هي لغة نبينا محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم.

Therefore it is the most beautiful language of all languages.

لذلك فهي أجمل لغة من بين كل اللغات.

Ruh

Farah/Fariha dalam bahasa Arab berarti kebahagiaan, kesenangan, perasaan terpenuhi, dan kepuasan. Ust. Nouman Ali Khan* dalam penafsirannya mengenai ayat 83-85 surat Al-Isra, sedikit menjelaskan bahwa dalam bahasa Arab, kata “Farah/Fariha” memiliki keterkaitan dengan kata “Ruh” yang bermakna “Jiwa,” inti dari diri seorang manusia.

Ini semacam kode bahwa : ada sesuatu dalam diri kita, yaitu ruh atau jiwa, yang menjadi sumber kebahagiaan/ketidakbahagiaan kita. Sifatnya sangat unik lagi berbeda bagi diri kita masing-masing.

To me, ini kayak ngasih pesan terselubung : Benerin dulu hubungan antara fisik dan jiwa kamu kalau mau bahagia. Gimana mau bahagia atuh, yang dikasih makan perut doangan. Yang dikasih selimut badannya doangan. Yang dipuaskan badannya doangan. Jiwanya jadi ngga terperhatikan, ngga keurus.

Jadi bahagianya ya bahagia yang semu. Yang meningkat ketika banyak materi, terus terjun bebas waktu serba kekurangan. Yang melipat ganda hanya saat hidup berjalan mulus, terus layu saat cobaan hidup datang bertubi. Sifatnya sementara. Sifatnya dangkal.

“True enrichment does not come through possessing a lot of wealth, but true enrichment is the enrichment of the soul.” [HR Bukhari]

Entahlah, di era yang katanya modern, era yang disebut era industri, rasa-rasanya gap antara fisik dan jiwa itu jadi makin lebar. Tepat seperti yang Hamka tulis di bukunya “Lembaga Hidup.” Era modern membuat manusia terlalu mengagungkan fisik/materi ketimbang jiwa. Ngga seimbang. Dan segala yang melanggar hukum keseimbangan bakal menimbulkan konsekuensi. Alam kalau keseimbangannya diganggu, konsekuensinya bencana. Manusia kalau ngga seimbang jiwa raganya bakal berpenyakit. Penyakitnya nggak kelihatan, tapi dampaknya terasa. Dampaknya, ada banyak kejahatan, penyimpangan, pelanggaran, ketidaktenangan, kecemasan, et cetera.
Semuanya berakar dari masalah yang sama : ngga keurusnya jiwa.

“I am pleased with Allāh as my Lord, with Islam as my religion, and with Muhammad as my Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).” [HR Abu Dawud]

Fondasi kebahagiaan dalam perspektif Islam, ada dalam satu kalimat di atas. Intisarinya adalah : adanya keridhoan terhadap apa yang Allah kehendaki atas diri kita dan atas kehidupan kita seluruhnya.

Radhiitu billaahi rabbaa. Aku ridha dengan Allah sebagai Rabbku. Wa bil Islaami diina. Dan dengan Islam sebagai agamaku. Wa bi Muhammadin Nabiyya wa Rasuulaa. Dan dengan Muhammad saw sebagai Nabi dan Rasulku.

Mau bagaimana pun hidup ini senang-sulitnya, mau ke mana pun arus hidup membawa, jiwa kita akan selalu ridho, puas, nerima. Yakin bahwa kehendak Allah atas diri kita lebih penting daripada kehendak nafsu kita


 “O Allāh, make me content with what you have provided me, send blessings for me therein, and place for me every absent thing with something better.” [HR Bukhari]

Spirituality (read : ruhiyah) matters more than ever.
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Video https://youtu.be/Sue4wDjXlRA

anonymous asked:

Asalamo Alaikum, I don't mean to bother you, but I was wondering if you could give me some advice. For a few years I have felt myself slipping away from God. I stopped reading books, the Quran, and now I've stopped reading namaz. When I do occasionally read hamza, I feel nothing. This emptiness scares me and I don't know what to do about it. JazakAllah

Walaikum Assalaam,
Our eman is not constant sometime we feel more close with Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala and sometime we don’t. So when you feel your eman is low turn to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala and ask for His help. Don’t leave salaah; it’s the foundation and it helps to strengthen our relationship with Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.

The emptiness that we feel can only be filled with the love of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. When we try to fill that emptiness with something else that can be a love for a person, wealth etc. then it will cause great pain in the end. When we love something more than Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala then it will cause greatest pain. So strive to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala,

“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 Qayyim Al Jawziyyah)

Following are some tips that may help you in shaa Allah.

1, Fix your prayers. Don’t ever leave salaah. This is the best act to pray salaah at the fixed time.

2. Be dutiful to your parents. Be good with them for the sake of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. Love them and spend quality time with them.

3. The most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are most consistent, even if it is small.

4. Be good with people for the sake of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.

5. Be patient when something goes wrong and don’t get angry. Patience is difficult to do but it has countless reward.

6. Make habit of doing dhikr all the time. It will help in shaa Allah.

7. Send blessing upon Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

8. Gain knowledge and try to implement in your life.

9. Implement Sunnah in your daily life.

10. Make lots of dua. Ask Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala to help us to do deeds that will please Him  and grant us jannah and save us from punishment of Hell.

11. Spread Salaam when you meet a Muslim say Assalamu Alaikum.

12. Never think you are better than others. Always be humble

13. Don’t get jealous and pray for others

14. Be happy with Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala decree and always be thankful. It will increase your blessings in shaa Allah.

I hope it will be helpful. May Allah guide us to the straight path.

Ameen

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If they would only put their trust in Allah as they should, He would provide for them like he provides for the birds who fly out in the morning hungry and return fully satiated.
—  [Sunan al-Tirmidhī (2344) and Sunan Ibn Mājah (4164)]

♡ The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: 
“Whoever does not argue when he is in the wrong will have a home built for him on the edge of Paradise. Whoever avoids it when he in the right will have a home built for him in the middle of Paradise. And whoever improves his own character, a home will be built for him in the highest part of Paradise.” 
[Tirmidhi]

♡ The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: 
“If somebody reproaches you and makes you feel ashamed of any of your defects, do not make him feel ashamed of any of his defects.” 
[Abu Daud]

رمضان

15 Easy Good deeds to do throughout Ramadan!

1. Sitting after Fajr remembering Allah until sunrise:

“Whoever prays fajr in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until sunrise, then prays 2 rakats of salah has a complete reward of (Nafil) Hajj and Umrah. (The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) repeated the word ‘complete’ 3 times for emphasis) [Tirmidhi]

2. A house in Jannah for praying 12 Sunnah each day:

“Allah will build house in Jannah for whoever is hardworking in obsering 12 sunnah rakat (as follows) 4 rakat before and 2 after Dhur, 2 after the Maghrib, 2 after Ishaa, and 2 before Fajr.” [Tirmidhi]

3. Attending lectures in the Masjid.  MEN ONLY

“Whoever to the masjid not desires except to learn or teach what is good has the reward of a pilgrim who completed his Hajj” [Tabarani]

4. Visiting a sick Muslim.

“There is no Muslim who visits a sick Muslim early in the morning but 70 thousand angels  send blessings upon him until evening comes, and if he visits him in the evening, 70 thousand angels send blessings upon him until morning comes, and he will have a garden in paradise.” [Tirmidhi]

5. Providing food for breaking the fast.

“Whoever provides food for breaking of the fast for a fasting person receives the reward of the fasting person, without the reward of the fasting person being reduced in any way.” [Tirmidhi & Ibn Majah]

6. Standing in prayer on Laylat-ul-Qadr.

“Laylat-ul-Qadr is better than a thousand months.” [Quran 97:3]

So it is, superior to approx 83 years of worship! Subhan’Allah most do not even live for that long!

7. Millions of Good deeds remembering Allah whilst shopping:

“Whoever enters a market and says:

‘Laa ilaha illallah wahdahu la shareeka lah, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu yuhyi wa yumeetu wa huwa hayyun laa yamoot, bi yadihil khair, wa huwa ‘ala kulli shayin qadeer’

[There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, alone without partner, to Him belongs dominion and praise, He causes life and feath and He is the Living and does not die. In His Hand is all the good, and He is over all things competent] … Allah will write for him/her a million good deeds and erase a million bad deeds and raise him a million levels.” [Tirmidhi]

8. That Which Shall Have no Equal on the Day of Resurrection:

Abu Huraira (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:”

Whoever says one hundred times in a day:

“La ilaha illal-lah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahu-l-mulk wa lahu-l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shai’in qadir,”

{”None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Alone Who has no partners, to Him belongs Dominion and to Him belong all the Praises, and He has power over all things (i.e. Omnipotent)”,}

he will get the same reward as given for manumitting ten slaves; and one hundred good deeds will be written in his accounts, and one hundred sins will be deducted from his accounts, and it (his saying) will be a shield for him from Satan on that day till night, and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he.” [Bukhari,Book #75, Hadith #412]

9. Asking Allah to forgive ALL Muslims.

“Whoever seeks forgiveness for beleiving men and believing woman, Allah will write for him a good deed for each believing man and believing woman.” [Tabarani]

That is a reward for EVERY believer we make dua for. Since it is Ramadan then we get 70 good deeds for every believer we make dua for. So for simple dua taking a few seconds will give us BILLIONS of good deeds! Subhaanallah!

10. Forgiveness like the foam of the sea:

- Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ‘Whoever says: Subhanallah wa bi hamdih (Praise and glory be to Allah)

100 times, morning and evening, his sins will be erased even if they are like the foam on the sea.” [Bukhari]

- Jaa’bir (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:

“For the person who recites: SUB-HAN’ALLAH HIL AZEEM WA BI-HAM’DIHI, (Pure and perfect is Allah in his glory and praise) –

A date palm will be planted for him in Paradise” [Tirmidhi]

11. Thousand Good deeds in 2 Minutes

If a person says “Subhanallah” (glory be to Allah) 100 times, a thousand good deeds are recorded for him and a thousand bad deeds are wiped away. [Muslim]

12. Being pleased on the Day of Resurrection:

Allah has promised that anyone who says this three times every morning or evening will be pleased on the Day of Resurrection:

“رَضِيتُ باللهِ رَبَّاً، وَبِالْإِسْلَامِ دِيناً، وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ صَلَى اللهُ عَلِيهِ وَسَلَّمَ نَبِيَّاً”.

Radheetu billaahi Rabban, wa bil-’Islaami deenan, wa bi-Muhammadin (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallama) Nabiyyan.

I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my religion and with Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as my Prophet. [Fortress of the Muslim]

13. Reciting three phrases heavy on the scales:

Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith reported: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there and said,”Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “I recited four phrases three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are:

Subhan-Allah wa bihamdihi, ‘adada khalqihi, wa rida-a nafsihi, wa zinatah ‘arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi

{Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise).” [Muslim]

14. A Rare treasure of Paradise:

Abu Dharr (RA) narrated that Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Should I not tell you of one treasure of the unlimited treasures of Paradise?” I replied spontaneously “Oh Rasulallah that would be an honour indeed!” Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: “That rare treasure is: LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH.”

(“The strength to do good and to refrain from evil comes from the grace and mercy of Allah!”) [Ibn Majah]

15. Beautiful Supplication for Forgiveness:

Shaddad bin Aus (RA) narrates that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:

“The best supplication for seeking forgiveness (Istighfar) is to say:

`Allahumma Anta Rabbi, la ilaha illa Anta, khalaqtani wa ana `abduka, wa ana `ala `ahdika wa wa`dika mastata`tu, a`udhu bika min sharri ma sana`tu, abu‘u laka bini`matika `alayya, wa abu‘u bidhanbi faghfir li, fa innahu la yaghfirudh-dhunuba illa Anta.

(O Allah! You are my Rabb. There is no true god except You. You have created me, and I am Your slave, and I hold to Your Covenant as far as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done. I acknowledge the favours that You have bestowed upon me, and I confess my sins. Pardon me, for none but You has the power to pardon).’

He who supplicates in these terms during the day with firm belief in it and dies on the same day (before the evening), he will be one of the dwellers of Jannah; and if anyone supplicates in these terms during the night with firm belief in it and dies before the morning, he will be one of the dwellers of Jannah.” [Al-Bukhari].

The sunnah taught Muslims to imitate the way Muhammad spoke, ate, loved, washed, and worshipped, so that in the smallest details of their daily existence, they reproduced his life on earth in hope that they would acquire his internal disposition of total surrender to God
—  Muhammad by Karen Armstrong
Abu Ayyub Ansari reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: If you were not to commit sins, Allah would have swept you out of existence and would have replaced you by another people who have committed sin, and then asked forgiveness from Allah, and He would have granted them pardon.
—  Sahih Muslim, Book 50, Hadith 12

anonymous asked:

i dont remember a day where i prayed more than 3 times but i do remember spending months without praying. its been over 4 years.i wanna get better and start praying. i've watched couple videos and everyone says u need to repent and then start praying and stuff but i just cant do that. i feel guilty enough but i cant get myself to officially repent and start over. can i just start praying little by little without repenting? is it going to be accepted?

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

“Truly, Allaah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves”[al-Baqarah 2:222]  

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “I swear by Him in whose hand is my soul, if you were a people who did not commit sin, Allah would take you away and replace you with a people who would sin and then seek Allah’s forgiveness so He could forgive them.” [Sahīh Muslim (2687)]        

Regardless of which sin we are talking about, we humans are bound to making mistakes and surely Allah knows this. Which is why He wants us to turn to Him, for regret and repentance are sign of a human who contemplated on their sin and who wants to to better. And by Allah in Whose Hand my life is, is it not beautiful to have such a Lord who when turning to Him embraces us with His mercy though we ave wronged ourselves? By Allah, He is indeed that Merciful.

“O you who believe! Turn to Allaah with sincere repentance! It may be that your Lord will expiate from you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise)” [66:8]  

“O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it. “ (Hadith Qudsi, Tirmidhi)

Therefore it is necessary to repent for Allah loves the one who frequently says his istighfar and makes dua. So do not let that guilt eat you up because this leads you to despairing of Allah and this is surely a tactic of shaitan to make your Lord seem harsh. But repentance is not exclusive to those who do great deeds in Islam or to those who had committed only minor sins in recent time,no repentance is for everyone. Prophet Muhammad (salallahu alayhi wassalaam) said:

“Allah spreads out His Hand at night to accept the repentance of those who did wrong during the day, and He spreads out His Hand during the day to accept the repentance of those who did wrong during the night. (This will continue) until the sun rises from the west.” (Narrated by Muslim, no. 2759)

Will they not then repent to Allah and ask His forgiveness? And Allah is Ever Forgiving, Ever-Merciful. (5-75)

You already did a good step by regretting what you did, by starting to pray again, by educating yourself. All of these matters are not just said by tongue, but by action. So what is just left for you to do it turning directly to Allah and seek His forgiveness.

Then I do not think that I have to discuss the virtue of salaah any longer for I see you do notice the importance of it ma sha Allah, may Allah keep you guided and blessed, but I’d like to leave you with this for it might motivate you to repent sooner, dear.

anonymous asked:

How do you perform tahajjud?

Tahajjud - the night prayer - is an amazing sunnah that brings immense reward to the believer.

“Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed.And from [part of] the night, pray with it as additional [worship] for you; it is expected that your Lord will resurrect you to a praised station.” (Surah Isra, 17:78-79).

  1. First - arrange to wake up after midnight. The most benefit is during the last third of the night however (this hadith is so amazing on that topic).
  2. Next - make wudu :D Consider cleaning your mouth (beyond what is required in wudu) as this is the sunnah of our Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him).
  3. Now - get ready to make salat as you usually would (quiet, clean place … clear your mind and declare in your heart your niyyah). Decide how many rakat you want to perform! Tahajjud is done in pairs of rakat (similar to how you would pray fajr, only repeated). You don’t need to be excessive, Allah loves those who create habits in moderation and stick to them, so there is no need to tire yourself. However, our prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to perform tahajjud until his feet were swollen, subhanAllah. The sunnah would be 7, 9, or 11 rakat.
  4. Then - Pray. End your rakats of two by twos with witr salat (this makes it odd numbered, as is the sunnah). Don’t repeat witr twice in one night.

The dua for Tahajjud (it’s beautiful)

This is an example of how Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) performed tahajjud

Qiyam al-Layl & Tahajjud

Witr

More on Witr

Islamic Q & A English Resource on Night Prayers 

Sahih Bukhari’s Hadith all on Tahajjud

Let me know if you need clarification, may Allah all guide us towards the night prayers so that we may be better Muslims.

Night of Miraj – Al Isra

Night of Miraj – Al Isra

What happened on the Night of Miraj?

On this night The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) was fetched by Gabriel (a.s.) from Makkah and delivered to Al-Aqsa. From there he (p.b.u.h.) was lifted through Levels of Jannah on a creature named Al-Buraq. Al-Buraq was a white animal, who was smaller than a mule but bigger than a donkey. Through this journey, the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) met with various other Prophets (a.s.) and witnessed various happenings, as well as the amazing event of conversing with The Most-Merciful and The Most-Gracious, Allah SWT!

What was the reason for the Night of Miraj?

It was during this rapture that Allah SWT gave the commandments to The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) for Salat to be performed (i.e. before the Night of Miraj, there is no Salat).

When did it happen?

Year 721

This year was a sad year for the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) because the beloved wife of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) St. Khadija (r.a.) and Abu Talib (the Prophet Muhammad’s uncle) passed.

How did it happen?

Anas bin Malik (r.a.) said that Abu Dhar (r.a.) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (p.b.u.h.) said:

“While I was at Makkah, there roof of my house was opened and Gabriel descended, opened my chest, and washed it with Zam – Zam water. Then he brought a golden tray full of wisdom and faith and having poured its contents into my chest, he closed it. Then he took my hand and ascended with me to the nearest heaven, when I reached the nearest heaven, Gabriel said to the gatekeeper of the heaven, ‘Open (the gate).’ The gatekeeper asked, ‘Who is it?’ Gabriel answered: ‘Gabriel.’ He asked, ‘Is there anyone with you?’ Gabriel replied, ‘Yes, Muhammad (peace be upon him) is with me’.  He asked, ‘Has he been called?’ Gabriel said, ‘Yes.’ So the gate was opened and we went over the nearest heaven and there we saw a man sitting with Aswida (a large number of people) on his right and Aswida (a large number of people) on his left.  When you look towards his right, he laughed, and when he looked towards his left, he wept. Then he said, ‘Welcome!  O pious Prophet and pious son.’ I asked Gabriel, ‘Who is he?’ He replied, ‘He is a Adam and the people on his right and left are the souls of his offspring.  Those on his right are the people of Paradise and those on his left other people of Hell and when he looked towards his right he laughed and when he looked towards his left he wept.’ Then he ascended with me till he reached the second heaven and he (Gabriel) said to the gatekeeper, ‘Open (the gate).’ The gatekeeper said to him the same as the gatekeeper of the first heaven had said and he opened the gate.”

Anas said: “Abu Dhar added that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) met Adam, Idris (Enoch), Musa (Moses), Isa (Jesus) and Ibrahim (Abraham) (peace and blessings be upon him), he (Abu Dhar) did not mention on which Heaven they were, but he mentiosned that he (The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him) makes Adam on the nearest Heaven and Ibrahim (Abraham) on the sixth Heaven”.

Anas said, “When Gabriel (a.s) along with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) passed by Idris (Enoch), the latter said, ‘Welcome!  O pious Prophet and pious brother.’ The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked, ‘Who is He?’ Gabriel replied, “He is Idris (Enoch).’ The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) added, “I passed by Musa (Moses) and he said, “Welcome! O pious brother and pious Prophet.’ I asked Gabriel, ‘who is he?’ Gabriel replied, ‘He is Musa (Moses).’ Then add passed by Iesa (Jesus) and he said, ‘Welcome! O pious brother and pious Prophet.’ I asked, ‘who is he?’ Gabriel replied, ‘He is Isa (Jesus)’.  Then I passed by Ibrahim (Abraham) and he said, ‘Welcome! O pious Prophet and pious son.’ I asked Gabriel, ‘who is he?’ Gabriel replied, ‘He is Ibrahim (Abraham peace and blessings be upon him).”

Ibn Abbas (r.a.) and Abu Habba Al-Ansari said: the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) added, “Then Gabriel ascended with me to a place where I heard the creaking of pens.”

Anas bin Malik said: the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Then Allah enjoined fifty Salat (prayers) on my followers, when I returned with this order of Allah, I had passed by Musa (Moses) who asked me, ‘What has Allah enjoined on your followers?’ I replied, “He has enjoined fifty Salat (prayers) on them.’ Musa (Moses) said, ‘Go back to your Lord (and appeal for reduction) for your followers will not be able to bear it. (So, I went back to Allah and requested for that reduction) and He reduced it to half. When I passed by Musa (Moses) again and informed him about it, he said, ‘Go back to your Lord as you followers will not be able to bear it.’ So I return to Allah and requested for further reduction than half of it was reduced.  I again passed by Musa (Moses) and he said to me: ‘Return to your Lord, for your followers will not be able to bear it’.  So I return to Allah and He said, “There are five Salat (prayers) and they are all (equal to) fifty (in reward) for My Word does not change.’ I returned to Musa (Moses) and he told me to go back once again.  I replied, ‘Now I feel shy of asking my Lord again.’ Then Gabriel took me till we reached Sidrat-ul-Muntaha (lote tree of the utmost boundary) which was shrouded in colours, indescribable.  Then I was admitted I for into Paradise where I found small walls (made) of pearls and it’s earth was of musk (a kind of perfume).[1:354:O.B.]
(Sahih Al_Bukhari)

“Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-
Masjid al-Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing”.
Quran (17:1)

“And he certainly saw him in another descent,
At the Lote-tree of the Utmost Boundary –
Near it is the Garden of Refuge –
When there covered the Lote Tree that which covered [it]
The sight [of the Prophet] did not swerve, nor did it transgress [its limit].
He certainly saw of the greatest signs of his Lord.
Quran (53:13–18[4])

Is this night supposed to be celebrated?

According to Islam Q and A as well as various other sources, this is not a night for celebration as there were only two Eids prescribed to man for festivity purposes. If this event was meant to have annual (for example) celebrations, it would have been practised by the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) but no record of such happenings were found. However this night does hold various lessons from the event, and is a historically beautiful and astounding night, as this night was the night which the Salat (prayers) were prescribed and announced in a grand and spectacular way! Alhamdulilah ♥