prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

Narrated Abū Huraira (radhīAllāhu ‘anhu): Allāh’s Apostle (ﷺ) said, “If Allāh wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials.”
—  [Sahīh Bukhārī, Vol. 7, Hadīth no. 548. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khān]

The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam instructed the person entering the masjid to say :

“Allahummaftah li abwaba rahmatik.”
(O Allah! Open the doors of Your Mercy for me)

and when leaving the masjid to say:

“Allahumma inni as’aluka min fadlik.”
(O Allah! I ask of You some of Your Bounty)

—  [Muslim, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i ]

وَإِن تَتَوَلَّوْا يَسْتَبْدِلْ قَوْمًا غَيْرَكُمْ ثُمَّ لَا يَكُونُوا أَمْثَالَكُم

“And if you turn away [from Islam and the obedience of Allāh], He will exchange you for some other people, and they will not be your likes.”

(Qur'ān – Sūrah Muhammad 47:38)

Narrated ‘Ā’ishah (Allāh be pleased with her): The Prophet (ﷺ) used to like sweet edible things and honey.
—  [Saheeh Bukhari Volume 7, No. 586. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan]

You know what I look forward to? The stories. 

Firsthand accounts. I cannot wait to hear the stories we’re all so familiar with from the people themselves. InshaAllah. The prophets, the companions, the incredible imams and scholars and teachers in our history. 

And the angels, especially Jibreel ‘alayhi salam.

I cannot wait to hear the stories from their point of view. I want to laugh with them, cry with them, and see the world as they saw it through theirs. 

Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam
Prophet Ibrahim, Prophet Adam, Prophet Musa, Prophet Esa, ‘alayhi salam.
Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali, radhiAllahu ‘anhum. 
Our mothers, the wives of the prophet, radhiAllahu ‘anhuma.
Asiya, Khadija, Mariam, Sumayya, Fatima, Aisha radhiAllahu ‘anhuma.
The four Abdullahs, radhiAllahu ‘anhum.
The four Imams, rahimahullah.
And so so so many more!

My goodness, can you imagine? There are SO many stories to be heard. So many that are known, and so many still yet unknown to us. 

And I want to hear every last one of them, from every possible point of view!

10th Ramadan

Today, 10th Ramadan marks the passing of Sayyida Khatija. (Radi Allahu Anha)

Sayyida Khatija was the daughter of Khuwaylid and the first wife of our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. She is considered as the Mother of the believers and was the one who embraced our master Muhammad ﷺ at the time of the first revelation.

Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (Alayhir Rahmah) reported a hadith on the authority of Abdullah Ibn Abbaas (Radi Allahu Anhuma) that the Beloved Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said,

The best of the women of Paradise are Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, Fatimah bint Muhammad, Maryam bint Imran, and Aasiyah bint Muzahim (the wife of Pharaoh).

May Allah allow us to connect to our Habib ﷺ and his family, and ability for us to know and study their lives.

Ref: Musnad Imam Ahmad, Vol. 1, Page 678, Hadith 2903

Did he not reach Ramadan, fast and pray with such and such number of prostrations in the year?’

Talha ibn ‘Ubaydallah (radhiallahu `anhu) reported that two men came to the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) who had accepted Islam at the same time. One of them used to partake in Jihad more-so than the other, and so (one day) he fought in a battle and was martyred therein. The other remained behind him for another year, and then he passed away.

Talha said, ‘I saw in my dream that I was at the door of Paradise when behold, I was with both of them (the two men). Someone came out of Paradise and allowed the man who passed away later to enter first. Then he came out again and allowed the martyred one to enter. Then he returned and said to me, ‘Go back, for your time has not come yet.’

Talha woke up and began to inform others about this and they were all surprised. This reached the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) and when they informed him of it, he said:

من أي ذلك تعجبون؟ قالوا: يا رسول اللهّ هذا كان أشد الرجلين اجتهاداً ثم استشهد ودخل هذا الآخر الجنة قبله فقال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وسلم) : أليس قد مكث هذا بعده سنة؟ قالوا: بلى. قال: أدرك رمضان فصام وصلى كذا وكذا من سجدة في السنة؟ قالوا: بلى. قال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وسلم): فما بينهما أبعد مما بين السماء والأرض

He (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘What are you surprised about?’ They said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Out of them both, this one strove harder (in Jihad) then he was martyred but this other one was entered into Paradise before him.’ The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘Did he not remain behind him for one year?’ They said, ‘Yes (he did).’ He said, ‘Did he not reach Ramadan, fast and pray with such and such number of prostrations in the year?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘So the difference between them is greater than what is between the heavens and the earth.’

- Sahih narration from Ibn Majah (2/345, 346) and al-Albani’s ‘al-Silsilah al-Sahihah’

Make the most of Ramadan, we seriously don’t realize its greatness, worth and reward.

Ramadan 12, 1438/June 7, 2017

Narrated Abu Al-Mahh (radhīAllāhu ‘anhu):

We were with Buraida in a battle on a cloudy day and he said, “Offer the ‘Asr prayer early as the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever leaves the 'Asr prayer, all his (good) deeds will be annulled.”

—  [Sahīh Bukhārī Vol. 1, Hadīth no. 528.  Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khān]
Narrated ‘Ā’ishah (Allāh be pleased with her): I used to perfume Allāh’s Apostle (ﷺ) with the best scent available till I saw the shine of the scent on his head and beard.
—  [Saheeh Bukhari Volume 7, No. 806. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan]
Symptoms of Weak Iman (faith)

1. Committing Sins

Some people insist on committing the same sins over and over again. As a result, repugnance of sins is slowly withdrawn from their heart to the point that
they commit these sins openly as described in this Hadith:

“ “All of my followers will be forgiven except those who commit sins openly. Such is the case of a man commits a sin at night and Allah had his sin concealed till the morning comes. But, he says openly: ‘O so and so, I did such and such yesterday.’ Allah had covered his sin, but he uncovered the veil of Allah from it.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri).

2. Hardening of the Heart

The person reaches a stage where he feels that his heart has turned into a solid rock that is not affected by anything. Allah says:

“And yet, after this, your hearts hardened and became like rocks, or even harder.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:74).

A hardened heart is not affected by anything – even seeing people die and attending funerals would not move it. The person with a hardened heart may even carry a corpse and bury it, yet, he walks in the graveyard as if he were strolling between pine trees!

3. Performing Acts of Worship Poorly

Such a person remains absent-minded during prayers and while reciting the Qur’ân. He also does not contemplate upon the meaning of the supplications he is making. As a result, he recites them in a monotonous tone void of any reflections. He does not think for a moment about the value of these supplications. He forgets that:

“ “Allah does not accept the supplication from an inattentive, heedless heart.” (Related by Al-Tirmidhi).

His acts of worship are reduced to hollow movements with no spirit behind them. Allah describes the hypocrites:

“And they do not remember Allah but little.” (Al-Nisâ’, 4:142).

A hard hearted person remains indifferent when he does not perform some good deeds and misses those times of worship that have more reward in them. His lack of interest to earn rewards is obvious. Delaying Hajj when he is capable of performing it, missing congregational prayers in the Masjid, and even the Jumu’ah prayer are a few examples of this. The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam [pbuh] said:

“ “People will continue to withdraw to rows behind the first one until Allah puts them in a back place in Hell.” (Related by Abû Dawud).

Furthermore, he does not feel remorse if he misses obligatory duties and does not try to perform the different Sunnah prayers or invocations that he misses. He ignores them, convincing himself that they are only Sunnah!

4. Lack of Tranquillity

His chest gets tightened, his mood changes, he feels as if he is carrying a heavy load, and he becomes annoyed quickly because of minor things. He gets pestered by the behavior of the people around him and he does not forgive them easily. He harbors malice towards fellow Muslims over insignificant issues. The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam has described Imân to be forgiveness:

“ Imân is patience and forgiveness.” (Related by Al-Tirmidhi)

In another Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam described the believer in the following manner:

“ “He makes friends and is befriended and there is no goodness in (one who) does not make friends or is not befriended.” (Related by Al-Tirmidhi).

5. Verses of the Qur’ân Have No Effect Upon Him

The promises, warnings, commands, prohibitions, and descriptions of the Day of Judgment do not make his eyes flood with tears, or his heart quiver, or his soul shiver. Consequently, he gets bored and tired when he listens to the recital of the Qur’ân!

6. He is Negligent in Remembering Allah

This simple act of devotion becomes heavy upon him to the point that when he raises his hands in supplication, he hastens to fold them up quickly to conclude it. He is not eager to repent to Allah, the Mighty and Glorious, and to make invocations to Him for his needs. Allah describes the hypocrites:

“And when they stand up to pray, they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allah but little.” (Al-Nisa’, 4:142).

7. He Does Not Get Angry When the Commandments of Allah Are Violated

This is because the glowing light of honor in his heart has been extinguished and as a result, his limbs have become numb to repudiate evil. So he does not bother to enjoin good or forbid evil. This is due to a weak heart as indicated by the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam:

“ “Temptations are presented to the heart, one by one. Any heart that accepts them will be left with a black stain, but any heart that rejects them will be left with a mark of purity, until the hearts become one of two types: a dark heart that has turned away and become like an overturned vessel, and a pure heart that will never be harmed by temptation for as long as the earth and the heavens exist.” (Related by Muslim).

So the desire of enjoining good and forbidding evil disappears from a sick heart. Good and evil are the same to it.

Rather, the person may even be happy to hear about the corruption that is being committed on earth. His unfortunate soul forgets that the sin upon him is the same as the sin upon the person who witnessed the evil and approved of it, as the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

“ “When a sin is committed on earth, the one who witnessed it and hates it is like one who was absent from it, and the one who was absent from it but was pleased with it (after he found out about it), it is like he witnessed it. (Related by Abû Dawud)

Since being pleased with the sin is a deed of his heart, it makes the sin upon him equal to the sin of the one who witnessed it.

8. He loves to be in Gatherings and be Engrossed in Talking

He tries to impose his views on others and likes the discussion to center around him. Gatherings in which idle talk takes prominence are considered like slaughter houses from which the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam warned us when he said:

“ “Watch out for the slaughterhouses (meaning) gatherings.” (Related by Al-Bayhaqi).
9. He is Arrogant

He likes people to stand up for him when he enters to meet them because feeling great gratifies his diseased soul. the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

“ “The one who is pleased that the slaves of Allah stand up for him, then let him be assured of his place in the Fire.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad)

Mu’awiyah Ibn Abi Sufyan entered upon two companions of the Prophet, Ibn ‘Amir stood up and Ibn Zubayr sat down. Seeing this, Mu’awiyah said to Ibn ‘Amir: “Sit down, because I heard the Messenger of Allah say:

“ ‘The one who loves that another man stand up for him, then let him rest assured of his sitting place in the Fire.”‘ (Related by Abû Dawud).

A similar example is that he will get angry at a person who applies the Sunnah and starts shaking hands with people on his right hand side. Also, when he enters a gathering, he is not satisfied unless someone else, already sitting, gets up so that he may,sit in his place despite the fact that he is forbidden to do so by the Prophetsallallahu alayhe wa sallam:

“ “Let not a man make another one stand for him then sit in his place.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri).

10. Stinginess and Greed

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has praised those who spend their wealth for good causes and at the same time blamed those who are miserly. In the Qur’ân Allah has praised the Ansar for the way they gave preference to the Muhajirun (Muslims who migrated from Makkah) over themselves:

“But they (Ansar) give them preference over themselves even though they were in need of that (the booty). And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, such are they who will be the successful.” (Al-Hashr, 59:9).

Allah has clarified that the successful ones are those who protect themselves against stinginess. Without doubt, weakness of Imân is born from stinginess as the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

“ “Imân and covetousness can never come together in the heart of a slave.” (Related by Al-Nasa’i).

Concerning the dangers of stinginess and its effects upon one’s soul, the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam explained it to be:

“ “Beware of covetousness, because the ones before you perished because of covetousness. It induces them to be miserly so they became misers and it induced them to break the ties (of kinship) so they broke it and induced them to commit sins so they committed sins.” (Related by Abû Dawûd).

A greedy person also has a weak Imân. He scarcely spends anything for the sake of Allah even if he is called to donate in charity when his Muslim brothers are hungry and afflicted by hardships. There is nothing clearer in this matter than the Book of Allah:

“Behold! It is you who are called to spend freely in Allah’s Cause: but even among you are such as turn out to be niggardly! And yet, he who acts niggardly in Allah’s Cause is but niggardly towards himself: for Allah is Rich, and you are poor. And if you turn away from Him, He will cause other people to take your place, and they will not be the likes of you.” (Muhammad, 47:38)

11. He Falls into Doubtful Matters

When he performs an action, he does not ask if it is an act of righteousness, but rather will it earn him any sin or not. This is exactly what the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam informed us of:

“ “But he who falls into doubtful matters falls into that which is unlawful, like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, all about grazing therein. Truly, every king has a sanctuary, and Allah’s sanctuary is His prohibitions.” (Related by Muslim)

When such people ask for a fatwah (Islamic ruling) about something, and find out that it is forbidden, they do not give up. They want to know how severe the prohibition is. How many sins does he earn if he commits it? He is not concerned to stay away from evil and sinful deeds, rather he is inclined to take the first step towards haram things by belittling the burning effects of sins which run him the risk of committing haram, and remove the screen between him and the sin. This is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

“ “Know that some people from my Ummah will come on the Day of Judgment with good deeds like the white mountains of Tihama, but Allah will make them scattered dust.” Thawban said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, describe them to us, so that we may not be one of them without knowing it!’ He said, “They will be your brothers, and from your people, and they will take from the night as you do (meaning prayers, etc.), but they are a people who, when they were alone with the prohibitions of Allah, violated them.” (Related by Ibn Majah).

So, you will find him engulfed in forbidden things without any protection or shielding, and this is more evil than the one who commits them but with some reluctance. These people commit sins with ease as a result of their ailing Imânand do not see their act to be an evil one. This is how Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud radhiallahu anhu described the way a believer and a hypocrite perceive sins:

“ “A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain, fearing it might fall upon him, while a sinner sees his sins as a fly passing over his nose, so he gets rid of it with his hand.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri).

12. Belittling Good Deeds
There is lack of concern on the part of the sick at heart to perform small deeds of righteousness contrary to what the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam has taught us when he said:

“ “Do not belittle any small act of kindness even if it is to pour water from your bucket into the vessel of the one who asks for it or to talk to your brother with a cheerful face.” Related by Ahmad.

So, acts that appear to be minor should not be underestimated. Hence, meeting a fellow Muslim with a smiling face and removing trash and dirt from the Masjid – even as little as a straw – entails great rewards. It may be that a small deed becomes a reason for the forgiveness of major sins. Allah thanks His slave for these small deeds and forgives him.

The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

“ “Once, a man saw the branch of a tree in the middle of a road. So, he said, ‘By Allah, I will remove this from the path of the Muslims so they may not be hurt.’ For this action, he was put in Paradise.” (Related by Muslim).

Mu’adh Ibn Jabal was once walking with someone. He removed a pebble from the way. The man asked Mu’adh why he did that. Mu’adh answered him: ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhe wa sallam say:

“ “One who removes a stone from the way has a good deed written for him, and one for whom a good deed is written shall enter Paradise.‘” (Related by Al-Tabarani).

13. Not Caring About the Affairs of Muslims

A person with a sick heart does not react to the needs of Muslims by making supplications, giving charity, or offering assistance. He does not care if his brothers are afflicted by a hardship in any part of the world such as being overwhelmed by the enemy, being persecuted, or being stricken by disasters. It is enough for him that his conditions are good! This is because of his ailing Imân; A believer is the opposite of that as described by the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam:

“ “A believer feels pain for the believers, just as the body feels distress over what is troubling the head.” (Related by Ahmad).

14. He is Deprived of the Friendship of Brothers

The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

“ “Two persons who became friends for the sake of Allah do not separate except because of a sin committed by one of them.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad).

This is a proof of the evil effects of sins: it breaks the ties of brotherhood. This alienation that a person finds between himself and his brothers is sometimes the result of a decline in Imân which results from committing sins. So the love others have for him dwindles.

15. Showing Grief and Fear When Afflicted by a Hardship or When in Difficulty

Such a person is often found to be shaky in offering obligatory duties, unbalanced, absent minded, lost, and fidgety. He is not able to face reality with unwavering limbs and a firm heart. All of this is due to ailing Imân.

If the Imân were strong, he would have been firm and faced the greatest of hardships with strength and steadfastness.

16. Disputing and Arguing Unnecessarily

Much engagement in these habits hardens the heart as the Prophet said:

“ “A people never went astray after being upon guidance except through disputes.”(Related by Ahmad).

So, argumentation without proof and proper intention takes one away from the Straight Path. These days, most people argue falsely and without knowledge or guidance. It is enough for them to leave this bad habit after knowing what the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

“ “I guarantee a house in the outskirts of Paradise to the one who gives up arguing even if he were on the right side.” (Related by Abû Dawud).

17. Attachment to Worldly Life

He is so materialistic that he feels anguish when something of this life, like wealth, honor, status, etc, is taken away from him. He feels as if he has been injured badly because he did not get what others did. His feeling of injury becomes stronger and he feels rejected on seeing his Muslim brother get something of this world which did not reach him. Envy takes root in his heart so he wishes that this bounty be taken away from his brother. This is what the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam warned us against:

“ “Never can Imân and envy come together in the heart of a slave.” (Related by Al- Nasa’i).

18. His Speech is Void of the Etiquette of the Qur’ân and Sunnah
The signs of Imart are absent from him. You will barely find in this person’s speech quotations from the Qur’ân, or Sunnah, or the sayings of the early pious generations of Muslims.

These are some of the symptoms of a weak faith. By becoming aware of the symptoms, one has made the first step towards the remedy.

In the silence of the night, I can feel the cold air rushing through me. I get up from my bed shivering and slowly close my room door. Everyone in my family is asleep except my sister on the laptop chatting with some of her friends. I asked her to come pray Tahajjud with me. She refused saying she has some work to do.

I understood and prayed my Tahajjud prayer. I could feel so much peace in my heart. Tahajjud prayer is my connection with my Lord. He is my best friend and I feel great talking to Him no matter how cold it is. My Lord coming from the seven heavens to listen to my voice. I would not let my sleep or the cold weather stop me. I know someday I will meet my Lord and I love to meet Him soon In shaa’Allah. This is my precious time and I feel relieved telling Him about everything. Tonight I asked my Rabb for a pious husband. I know I am not pious myself but I am sure by marrying a man for his religious commitment, I can be very happy and please my Rabb In shaa’Allah. I also made dua for my sister and all my friends that they marry a righteous man.

After I was done with my prayer, my sister stood near my door and began staring at me constantly. I felt uneasy and asked her if she needed anything. She nodded and said, “What Dua did you make?”. I didn’t say anything. I felt silent.

She kept insisting on me until I gave up! I felt very shy and asked her what kind of a spouse she would want to marry. She thought for a while and said, “I know who I want to marry! Hmm. He will be very handsome. Let’s see. Blue eyes, curly hairs, tall…”
“Wait! Stop right there!” I said. “I get it now. You want to marry a good looking guy right?”
“Yep!”, my sister shook her head. I advised her to marry a man who is righteous and not for his looks. She ignored me and said, “Yeah! Yeah! Good looking guys are the best”. I said, “The person with a good heart is more beautiful than a good looking man for the beauty fades when one reaches old age.”

It was getting late, so my sister left my room. We both went to sleep. Next morning, me and my sister got ready and went to our College. I was walking through the hallway. Suddenly I heard two girls screaming. “Aaah! Guess who is going to be our new classmate!!”. I was confused as to what’s happening!! Sarah and Rafia got all excited and finally told me that the son of some famous Muslim architecture will be going our College. I told them, “What’s the big deal, it’s just another classmate”. They totally disagreed with me and went on all about him all day which almost ruined my day.

The bell rang! Time for English class! I entered the classroom and found that rich guy looking at me. I lowered my gaze and walked to my seat. My best friend, Farah invited me to her party. In the evening I went home. My life was usual and then the next day was a party at Farah’s house. I entered and met all my dear sisters. We had a great time together and Farah all of a sudden started a topic. Everyone started to talk about marriage.

A day later, a proposal came at my doorstep. It was the rich guy, Amir’s father and Amir who talked to my father asking for my hand. I met Amir and we both talked for a while. Amir’s personality was totally different than mine. He was not very religious. 

Allah’s Messenger (SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said: “If there comes to you one with whose religion and attitude you are satisfied, then give your daughter to him in marriage, for if you do not do so, fitnah and mischief will become widespread on earth.” [Tirmidhi]

The next day, SubhanAllah! An amazing thing happened. My father received another proposal from a Muslim brother named Musab Abdullah and he was very pious mashaAllah. His personality and hobbies were similar to mine. He had a sound understanding of Islam and I agreed to his proposal.

A year after my marriage to Muadh, I found out that my best friend Farah got married to Amir. I was so busy with life that I was not able to attend her wedding; however I wished her the best in life. She was very happy mashaAllah.

After Farah’s marriage, Sarah and Rafia got married as well. Sarah chose a very good looking man as her husband. Some people said that he resembled a celebrity. Rafia married someone for his lineage from a very respectable family. All my friends got married Alhamdulillah and I still made dua that they be happy in their lives.

A few months later, I received a phone call from my best friend, Farah. She cried over the phone and I didn’t know what to do. I asked my husband and then drove my car to her house. She, Rafia, and Sarah were all there. They all just kept going on and about how unfaithful, arrogant, and ill-mannered their husbands were to them. I went into the kitchen and made some lemonade. I asked my sisters to first calm down. I thought for a while. I told them to be patient in this time of calamity.

Next, I reminded them about a Hadith of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam):

“A woman came to ask the Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) about some matter, and when he had dealt with it, he asked her, ‘Do you have a husband?’ She said, 'Yes.’ He asked her, 'How are you with him?’ She said, 'I never fall short in my duties, except for that which is beyond me.’ He said, 'Pay attention to how you treat him, for he is your Paradise and Hell.’” (Ahmad and Nasaa'i)

I then said, "O my dear sisters, I know you are all going through a lot right now. This is indeed a calamity upon you. Know that Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala tests only those He love. In this time of grief, turn to Him. You are never too late for anything. Allah loves you all so much. Make Repentance and seek His help. Give lots of charity and make lots of Duas for yourselves as well as your husbands. Remember after every hardship comes ease. Do not talk about your husbands in front of others. Be thankful to them for whatever they are doing for you. If they behave in a rude manner, then remind them of Allah. Help them in their Deen and leave the rest to Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala. If you feel you need to talk, I am here for you. Now wipe your tears, smile and have hope in Allah’s Mercy.  May Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala make it easy on you all. Ameen.“
After consoling my sisters, I went home. Alhamdulillah in a few years, my sisters became better in their Deen. They praised Allah Subhana wa ta'ala and thanked me. I felt very happy to see them smiling again. Alhamdulillah.
Allah says in the Quran,

"For Muslim men and women- for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in charity, for men and women who fast [and deny themselves], for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah’s praise - for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward.”  [Al Ahzab 33:35]

  May Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala make us among the righteous and grant us righteous spouses Ameen Ya Rabb!

The Believing Women Would Return to their Homes Unrecognized

Narrated ‘Āisha (رضي الله عنه):

“RasulAllāh (ﷺ) used to offer the Fajr prayer and some believing women covered with their veiling sheets used to attend the Fajr prayer with him and then they would return to their homes unrecognized.”

[Saheeh Al-Bukhāri Volume 1, Book 8, Hadeeth no. 368]

Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen (rahimahullāh) in the Tafsir of this Hadeeth explains:

“This Hadeeth makes it clear that the Islamic dress is concealing of the entire body as explained in this Hadeeth. Only with the complete cover including the face and hands can a woman not be recognized. This was the understanding and practice of the Sahābah and they were the best of group, the noblest in the sight of Allāh subhānahu wa ta'āla with the most complete Eemaan and noblest of characters. So if the practice of the women of the Sahābah was to wear the complete veil then how can we deviate from their path?

[Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen in the book Hijāb, page 12 & 13]

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever exerts himself to have patience and pushes himself, when he doesn’t think that he can be patient anymore, Allaah will grant him success and Allaah will make him patient because of his struggle.

Collected by Ahmad in his Musnad (3/12) from the narration of Aboo Sa’eed al-Khudree. It was also collected by al-Bukhaaree (1469) and Muslim (1089) with a longer wording.

🌺Have you made your list of Doas for this special day - the Day of Arafah to ask of Allah ? Here are some you can include on your list, In Shaa Allah :

🍁1. Ya Allah grant me Ultimate Success -safety from the Fire and entry into Jannathul Firdous

🍁2. Ya Allah make me and my family of those companions of the Right. Who receive the book of deeds in our right hands.

🍁3. Ya Allah, Grant me a blessed death. Let me utter the shahada before I die. Grant me the intercession of Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam).

🍁4. Ya Allah grant me the companionship of Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), his family and the Sahaba’s in Jannathul Firdous.

🍁5. Ya Allah save my non Muslim friends and anyone who has a drop of goodness in his heart from the Fire. Guide them to Islam.

🍁6. Ya Allah, reunite me in Jannathul Firdous with those whom I love for Your sake alone.

🍁7. Ya Rabb, perfect my Deen and my Worship. Save me and distance me from anything that displeases and angers You.

🍁8. Ya Allah accept my good deeds and increase me in reward and Your Mercy. Wipe away my sins and pardon me completely. Shower your Mercy upon me and my family ,save us from disgrace on the Day of Reckoning.

🍁9. Ya Allah, when I die, let my soul and my record of Deeds be with the Illiyeen.

🍁10. Ya Allah grant me, my parents, family and children guidance, steadfastness and increased Imaan.

🍁11. Ya Allah, make me of the few You love, You Pardon and You shade on a Day when there is no shade but from Your Majestic Arsh (Throne).

🍁12. Oh my Lord, increase me in Yakeen and Tawakkul in you. Let there be no doubt in my belief in Your Oneness, Your Majesty and Power.

🍁13. Ya Allah increase me in my love for You and Your Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam).

🍁14. Ya Allah forgive me and increase me in Your Blessings and Provisions.

🍁15. Ya Allah lead me to more opportunities to do good and seeking Your Pleasure.

🍁16. Ya Rabb, Purify my intentions for Your Sake alone and let me not show off or take false pride. Save me from arrogance, pride, showing off and reminding of favors.

🍁17. Oh my Creator and Sustainer, do not leave me alone. Bless me with a righteous spouse and children who will be the coolness of my eyes.

🍁18. Oh my Lord, make me of those who are patient and obedient to You and to my parents.

🍁19. Save me from the Fitnah of Dajjal.

🍁20. Save me from the punishment of the grave and the punishment of the Hell Fire.

🍁21. Ya Allah, increase me in Sadakathul Jariya work.

🍁22. Ya Allah, bless me with good health, so I can make sajdah with ease till my dying day.

🍁23. Ya Allah, protect me and the Muslim Ummah against wicked oppressors. Save us from Fitnah and give us ease in our times of trial.

🍁24. My Lord, bless me with the best in this world, the best in the Hereafter and save me from the fire. I am indeed in need of the good You have in store for me.

🍁25. Ya Allah increase me in gratitude towards You alone.

🍁26. Oh my Rabb, save me from hypocrisy.

🍁27. Ya Allah, bless me and my family with accepted hajj and umra and accepted ibadah .

🍁28. Ya Allah protect me against Evil Jinns and Spirits. Safeguard me from their evil incitements and plots.

🍁29. Ya Allah forgive and have Mercy upon my parents, as they looked after me when I was young.

🍁30. Ya Allah, I pray and beg of You for the guidance of the Muslim Youth and Ummah. Save us all from Kufr, Despair, Misdeeds and Shirk.

🍁31. Ya Allah grant me the strength to battle laziness and sleep, so I may wake up for Tahajjud and Fajr daily,guide me,my family and all believers on sirat-Al Haqq,Surat-Al mustaqim,make us of those who serve You and worship You in a way pleasing to You and befitting Your Majesty.

🌺 Ameen
Please remember to recite “Takbir” after every Fardh Salah from “FAJR” of 9 Dhul- Hijjah (23 September 2015 | Wednesday) to “ASR” of 13 Dhul-Hijjah (27 September 2015 | Sunday).

Narrated Abu Huraira (radhiAllāhu ‘anhu):

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allāh is not in need of his leaving his food and drink.”

—  [Sahīh Bukhārī Vol. 3, Hadīth no. 127. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khān]
The Relationship Between the Noble Wives of the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ)

It is reported that ‘Ā’ishah (Allāh be pleased with her) said,

“Umm Habibāh (Allāh be pleased with her) called for me on her deathbed and said, 'There used to occur between us the kinds of things that happen between co-wives (al-darā’ir), so may Allāh forgive me and you those things.’

I said, ‘May Allāh forgive you all those things and release you from [all liability] for that.’

She replied, ‘You have made me happy, may Allāh make you happy.’

And she sent for Umm Salamah (Allāh be pleased with her) and said the same things to her.’“

[Source: Imām Al-Dhahābee, Siyar A’laam Al-Nubalaa’, Vol. 2, p. 223]