Archive | December, 2011

Hadith of the Day…Jumua Edition

Insha Allah everyone who is able, is busy preparing themselves to attend Jumua.  If you are reading this from a different time zone and have already attended the congregational prayer then Alhamdulilah.  If not, here is a reminder to do so.

Narrated Salman-Al-Farsi:

The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, “Whoever takes a bath on Friday, purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jumua prayer) and does not separate two persons sitting together (in the mosque), then prays as much as (Allah has) written for him and then remains silent while the Imam is delivering the Khutba, his sins in-between the present and the last Friday would be forgiven.”

May Allah guide us all, and insha Allah, resurrect us amongst the people of the right hand.

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Top 10 Beneficial Youtube Channels

As Salaamu Alaikum,

Insha Allah this posting finds everyone in the best of health, eeman, and all that good stuff.  I just wanted to share some of the Youtube channels that have been beneficial to me.  Alhamdulilah, a few months ago I decided to consciously try to stop wasting my time online.  I decided that every minute I spent on the internet needed to be spent doing something beneficial.  I’m almost always on YouTube, so here are some channels I watch instead of the other filth that’s widely available…

  1. OneWayToParadise
  2. ad-Dawat us Salafiyyah better known as Ahlulsunnahwaljammah
  3. Scholarly Audio-Fatawa On Youtube/easyonetwothree
  4. The channel of Masjid Daar us Sunnah
  5. LoveforAllaahx– for sisters only
  6. LearnToReadTheKuran
  7. Allah is The One/TheMercifulServant
  8. Translation of Arabic Durus/manhajalsalaf
  9. video qur’an recitation
  10. WarnABrother Media

Insha Allah you all will find these channels to be of some benefit as well.  I’d like to know what you guys are watching too.  Leave a comment below and tell me about the Islamic YouTube channels you’re subscribed to.

Hadith of the Day

Narrated ‘Abdullah (RA) Allah’s Messenger (SAW) the truly inspired said:

“(As regards your creation), every one of you is collected in the womb of his mother for the first forty days, and then he becomes a clot for another forty days, and then a

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piece of flesh for another forty days.  Then Allah sends an angel to write four words: He writes his deeds, time of death, means of livelihood, and whether he will be wretched or blessed (in the Hereafter).  Then the soul is breathed into his body.  So a man may do deeds characteristic of the people of the (Hell) Fire, so much so that there is only the distance of a cubit between him and it, and then what has been written (by the angel) surpasses; and so he starts doing deeds characteristic of the people of Paradise and enters Paradise.  Similarly, a person may do deeds characteristic of the people of Paradise, so much so that there is only the distance of a cubit between him and it, and then what has been written (by the angel) surpasses, and he starts doing deeds of the people of the (Hell) Fire and enters the (Hell) Fire.”  (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol.4, Hadith No. 549)

Your Personal Best

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Ihsan, otherwise known as “perfection or “excellence.  In terms of worship this is a lofty goal for the believer.  To worship Allah (SWT) as though He is right in front of you.  Of course the Muslim knows that indeed,  Allah is always present by means of his knowledge.   After pondering the Hadith of Jibril, it becomes clear that to obtain this religious perfection, one needs to have a solid foundation in all aspects faith and worship.

I can only imagine the sweetness.

It’s painfully ironic how we boast of being perfectionists in matters of the dunya.   As mothers or trustees of a household we beam when someone mentions how immaculate our homes are.  As students we find ourselves sacrificing warm beds and fluffy pillows so that we can, ‘blow our exams out the water.’  As working class citizens we’ll do whatever it takes to make it to the top, and bring home the big cheese.  Where is this sense of dedication and urgency in our religious affairs?

I shouldn’t speak.  Prioritizing islamically is something that I continue to struggle with on a daily basis.  I’m guilty of wanting the best of both worlds.   I want to have my dunya cake and eat it too.  But insha Allah I’m changing.

Now I  yearn to dip my fingers in the honey pot of true Iman.  In order to do so, I need to get this worldly monkey off my back.  I need to focus on my final destination and put the distractions of this life on the back burner.  Brothers and sisters the us become the strangers that our Prophet (SAW) spoke of; letting the dunya choke on our dust as we race towards the eternal abode of the Muhsinun.

As Salaamu Alaikum

Hadith Of The Day…It makes me feel all warm inside

As salaamu alaikum

...If he comes to me walking

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I have to share with you all my favorite hadith.  I read this Hadith Qudsi whenever I’m in need of a reminder of the mercy of Allah.

Hadith Qudsi  15: On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (PBUH) said: Allah the Almighty said:

I am as My servant thinks I am (1).  I am with him when he makes mention of Me.  If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it.  And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length.  And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.

(1) Another possible rendering of the Arabic is: “I am as My servant expects Me to be”. The meaning is that forgiveness and acceptance of repentance by the Almighty is subject to His servant truly believing that He is forgiving and merciful. However, not to accompany such belief with right action would be to mock the Almighty.

It was related by al-Buhkari (also by Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn-Majah).

Alhamdulilah.  By the mercy and grace of Allah there is no affliction that can affect us, but that it cannot be solved with supplication.  I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel a heck of a lot better about navigating through this jungle of a dunya we live in.

Ephemeral Beings

As Salaamu Alaikum. Honey let me tell you, I’ve got some heavy stuff on my mind tonight.  I mean the kind of thoughts that weigh down your steps when you walk, and burden your eyelids forcing you to retreat when you know you aren’t sleepy.  What is it you might ask that’s got me feeling some kind of way?  I’ll give you a hint… it affects us all.

You guessed it! Death.  Passing on. Expiration.  The end of the road.  Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:

كُلُّ نَفۡسٍ۬ ذَآٮِٕقَةُ ٱلۡمَوۡتِ‌ۖ ثُمَّ إِلَيۡنَا تُرۡجَعُونَ (٥٧)

“Everyone shall taste death. then unto Us you shall be returned.” (Al-‘Ankabut:57)

The word death itself is mentioned over 200 times in the Qur’an.  It’s quite clear that there will be no bypassing that stage of our life.  I know you probably think I’m terribly pessimistic.  I’m sorry but I’m only bringing up this topic as a reminder to myself, and Insha Allah  this will benefit you too.

You see I constantly find myself dwelling on the shortcomings of my life.  I’m forever re-evaluating  the significance of my achievements or the lack thereof.  I do this so much that I tend to get worked up.  I sometimes feel like a failure because I’ve “wasted time” and haven’t gotten as far ahead as I would have liked to by now.  The Kufar have a saying and that is “Life is short.”   They’re absolutely right.  As Muslims we should be fully aware of the brevity of life.  We should also know that our time here is pre-determined by Allah (SWT).  We have absolutely no say so about when we come or go.  Due to the supreme knowledge of our Lord this has already been decided for us.  So what’s the point of living,  you might ask?

I’ll tell you.  The common goal we should all share is to see the face of our Lord, to reach Jannah-Al-Firdaus wherein Insha Allah we’ll rest in eternal bliss and serenity.  Allah (azza wa jal)  reminds us of this goal when he says:

وَمَا هَـٰذِهِ ٱلۡحَيَوٰةُ ٱلدُّنۡيَآ إِلَّا لَهۡوٌ۬ وَلَعِبٌ۬‌ۚ وَإِنَّ ٱلدَّارَ ٱلۡأَخِرَةَ لَهِىَ ٱلۡحَيَوَانُ‌ۚ لَوۡ ڪَانُواْ يَعۡلَمُونَ (٦٤)

“And the life of this world is only an amusement and a play! Verily, the home of the Hereafter- that is life indeed (i.e. the eternal life that will never end), if they but knew.” (29:64)

That pretty much sums it up for me.  I know that I need to be patient upon my hardships and focus on worshipping Allah (SWT).  True success will not be determined by a degree, or a fancy ride, or by whether or not you’ve started a Fortune 5oo company.  No my friends, true success will be determined when we stand in front Allah the Almighty.  Then we’ll know if we’ve served our purpose in life. 

Hadith of the Day

Narrated Anas-

The Prophet(SAW) said: “Allah will say to the person of the hellfire who will receive the least punishment, “If you had everything on the earth would you give it as ransom to free yourself (i.e. save yourself from this fire)? He will say ‘Yes.’ Then Allah will say, “While you were in the backbone of Adam, I asked you much less than this, (i.e. not to worship others besides Me), but you insisted on worshipping others besides me.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol. 4, Hadith No. 551)

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