How the Prophet (ﷺ) and his Companions used to live, and how they gave up their interest in the world

How the Prophet (ﷺ) and his Companions used to live, and how they gave up their interest in the world

by AbdurRahman.org

Narrated Abu Huraira (رضي الله عنه) :

By Allah except Whom none has the right to- be worshipped, (sometimes) I used to lay (sleep) on the ground on my liver (abdomen) because of hunger, and (sometimes) I used to bind a stone over my belly because of hunger. One day I sat by the way from where they (the Prophet (ﷺ) and his companions) used to come out. When Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) passed by, I asked him about a Verse from Allah’s Book and I asked him only that he might satisfy my hunger, but he passed by and did not do so. Then `Umar (رضي الله عنه) passed by me and I asked him about a Verse from Allah’s Book, and I asked him only that he might satisfy my hunger, but he passed by without doing so.

Finally Abu-l-Qasim (the Prophet (ﷺ) ) passed by me and he smiled when he saw me, for he knew what was in my heart and on my face. He said, “O Aba Hirr (Abu Huraira)!” I replied, “Labbaik, O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)!” He said to me, “Follow me.” He left and I followed him. Then he entered the house and I asked permission to enter and was admitted. He found milk in a bowl and said, “From where is this milk?” They said, “It has been presented to you by such-and-such man (or by such and such woman).” He said, “O Aba Hirr!” I said, “Labbaik, O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)!” He said, “Go and call the people of Suffa to me.”

These people of Suffa were the guests of Islam who had no families, nor money, nor anybody to depend upon, and whenever an object of charity was brought to the Prophet, he would send it to them and would not take anything from it, and whenever any present was given to him, he used to send some for them and take some of it for himself. The order of the Prophet upset me, and I said to myself, “How will this little milk be enough for the people of As- Suffa? [1] though I was more entitled to drink from that milk in order to strengthen myself”, but behold! The Prophet (ﷺ) came to order me to give that milk to them. I wondered what will remain of that milk for me, but anyway, I could not but obey Allah and His Apostle so I went to the people of As-Suffa and called them, and they came and asked the Prophet’s permission to enter. They were admitted and took their seats in the house. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “O Aba-Hirr!” I said, “Labbaik, O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)!” He said, “Take it and give it to them.” So I took the bowl (of milk) and started giving it to one man who would drink his fill and return it to me, whereupon I would give it to another man who, in his turn, would drink his fill and return it to me, and I would then offer it to another man who would drink his fill and return it to me.

Finally, after the whole group had drunk their fill, I reached the Prophet (ﷺ) who took the bowl and put it on his hand, looked at me and smiled and said. “O Aba Hirr!” I replied, “Labbaik, O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)!” He said, “There remain you and I.” I said, “You have said the truth, O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)!” He said, “Sit down and drink.” I sat down and drank. He said, “Drink,” and I drank. He kept on telling me repeatedly to drink, till I said, “No. by Allah Who sent you with the Truth, I have no space for it (in my stomach).” He said, “Hand it over to me.” When I gave him the bowl, he praised Allah and pronounced Allah’s Name on it and drank the remaining milk.

Bukhari 6452

Book reference: Book 81, Hadith 41

Footnotes:
[1] They were about eighty men or more and it is one miracle of the prophet(ﷺ) that a small bowl of milk (hardly one kilogram) could be sufficient for over eighty men to drink to their fill.

Source: Saheeh al-Bukhari, Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan

Reconciling the Hearts.

Reconciling the Hearts

Al-Istiqaamah, Issue No.3

Allaah – the One free from all imperfections – said:

“So have taqwaa (fear and obedience) of Allaah and reconcile the differences between yourselves.” [Soorah al-Anfaal 8:1].

“Indeed the Believers are but brothers. Therefore reconcile the differences between your brothers, and fear Allaah so that you may receive mercy.” [Soorah al-Hujuraat 49:10].

“So this is a knot which Allaah has bound the Believers together with, such that whenever a person is found possessing eemaan (faith) in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers and the Last Bay – whether in the eastern or western part of the world – then such a person becomes the brother of the Believers. This brotherhood obligates that the Believers should love for that person that which they love for themselves, and hate for that person that which they hate for themselves. Therefore, the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said – whilst ordering the brotherhood of eemaan (faith):

“Do not envy one another. Do not inflate prices upon one another. Do not hate one another. Do not forsake one another. Do not under-cut one another. But be worshippers of Allaah and brothers. The Muslim is the brother of another Muslim; he neither oppresses him, nor humiliates him, nor lies to him, nor holds him in contempt. And piety is right here – and he pointed to his chest three times. It is enough evil for a person to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. The whole of a Muslim for another Muslim is sacred; his blood, his property and his honour.” 1

And he (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The Believer to the Believer is like a solid structure, one part supporting the other.” And he interlaced his fingers to demonstrate this.” 2

Thus Allaah and His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) ordered that the rights of the Believers be fulfilled by each other, and that those matters which will bring about harmony, love and togetherness be carried out. All of this is to be done in order to further the rights that they have over one another. So from such rights is that when fighting occurs between them – thereby causing their hearts to separate and to have hatred and to cut-off from each other – then the Believers should bring about reconciliation between their brothers and do that which will remove the enmity. Then Allaah ordered taqwaa in general and made the bestowal of His Mercy the consequence of their having taqwaa and their fulfilling the rights of the Believers. So He said: 

“And have taqwaa of Allaah in order that you may receive mercy.” Thus, if Allaah’s Mercy is attained, then the good of this world and the Hereafter will also be attained.” 3

‘Aaishah (radiallaahu ‘anhaa) used to say, that when people abandoned acting upon this Aayah (verse):

“When two parties of the Believers fight each other, then make reconciliation between them.” [Soorah al-Hujuraat 49:9]. So when the Muslims began fighting each other, it was obligatory to reconcile them, as Allaah – the Most High – ordered. However, when they did not do this, then fitnah (trials and tribulations) spread, as did ignorance, and this is what caused the differences to continue.” 4

Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Shall I not inform you of something that is greeter in degree than (optional) fasting, charity and Prayer?” They said: Indeed inform us. So he said: “It is reconciling the people. For indeed causing corruption between them is the shaver!” 5

And he (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) explained this shaving in another saying:

“The disease of the people before you has overcome you, namely envy and hatred and it is the shaver. I do not say that it shaves-off the heir. Rather, it shaves-off the religion!” 6

1. Related by Muslim (no.2564), from Abu Hurayrah (radiallaahu ‘anhu).

2. Related by al-Bukhaaree (no.481) and Muslim (no.2585), from Abu Hurayrah (radiallaahu ‘anhu).

3. Tayseerul-Kareemur-Rahmaan (7/133-134) of Shaykh as-Sa’dee.

4. Related by Ibn Abil-‘lzz in Sharhul-‘Aqeedatit-Tahaawiyyah (2/777). Al-Bayhaqee related something similar to this in his Sunanul-Kubraa (8/172).

5. Saheeh: Related by at-Tirmidhee (no.2640) and Abu Daawood (no.4919), from Abud-Dardaa (radiallaahu ‘anhu). It was authentitated by al-Albaanee in Ghaayatul-Maraam (no.414).

6. Hasan: Related by at-Tirmidhee (no.2641), from az-Zubayr ibn al-‘Awwaam (radiallaahu ‘anhu). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheeh Sunan at-Tirmidhee (no.2038).

Seeking Forgiveness: The Cure for Individuals and Societies – Al-Istiqaamah Magazine.

Seeking Forgiveness: The Cure for Individuals and Societies – Al-Istiqaamah Magazine

Al-Istiqaamah Magazine, Issue No.8 – Shawwal 1418H / February 1998

Allaah (the Most High) said:

“Seek Allaah’s forgiveness for your sins, Indeed Allaah is Most-Forgiving, Most-Merciful.” [Soorah an-Nisaa 4:106].


“Whosoever does an evil action, or oppresses his ownself through sinning, then seeks Allaah’s forgiveness, will indeed find that Allaah is Most Forgiving, Most-Merciful.” [Soorah an-Nisaa 4:110].

Imaam as-Sa’dee (d.1376H) (rahimahullaah) said:

“Whosoever commits an act of disobedience and plunges himself into sin, but then sincerely does istighfaar (seeks Allaah’s forgiveness) for it – which involves:- [i] affirming that it is a sin, [ii] having regret for doing it, [iii] abstaining from it, and [iv] having a firm resolve not to do it again – then such is the person who has the promise of Allaah’s forgiveness and mercy – and indeed Allaah never breaks His Promise. So Allaah will forgive the sinner, purify him of his sin, and accept from him those righteous action that he had previously done [before committing the sin] …And know that [the term] ‘evil actions’ include, in general, all acts of disobedience, whether minor or major. They are called ‘evil actions’ because of the terrible punishments that they necessitate, and because of their evil effects upon the soul. Likewise [the term] ‘oppressing oneself through wrong-doing’ includes the oppression of committing Shirk (directing worship, or any form of worship, to other than Allaah), as well as the [other forms of injustices] which are lesser than it. These two terms have also been explained in a way whereby one is inclusive of the other.

Evil actions have also been explained here to mean evil actions against people with regards to their blood, property or honour. Oppressing oneself through wrong-doing has [also] been explained here to mean those sins and acts of disobedience that a person commits against Allaah. It is called oppressing oneself because the person’s soul or life is not actually his property so that he may do anything that he likes with it. Rather, this life, or soul, belongs to Allaah (the Most High) Who has given it to the person as a trust, and commanded him to be just and to cling to the Straight Path, both in words and deeds, and has taught this soul what has been commanded for it and the actions that it is required to perform. So a person who does not cling to this [Straight] Path is actually oppressing his ownself, acting treacherously, and swerving from the path of justice and fairness; the opposite of which is injustice and oppression.”1

The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

Allaah (the Most High) said: O son of Aadam, so long as you call upon Me and hove hope in Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Aadam, 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 Aadam, 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 in the worship of Me, I would bring you forgiveness as great as it.”2

Allaah (the Exalted) also said about istighfaar:

“Allaah will not punish them whilst you (the Prophet ‘alayhis-salaam) are amongst them, nor will He punish them whilst they seek Allaah’s forgiveness.” [Soorah al-Anfaal 8:33].

Allaah informs us that there are two factors which are the cause of safety from the terrible punishment of Allaah, and would continue to be so as long as they are present in the Ummah: [i] the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) being amongst them, and [ii] their seeking Allaah’s forgiveness.

Ibn ‘Abbaas (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said:

“There are two [causes] why the people remained safe, [i] the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) living amongst them, and [ii] their seeking Allaah’s forgiveness. The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) has now departed, so all that remains is seeking Allaah’s forgiveness.”3

Thus, the more negligent we become in seeking Allaah’s forgiveness, the more we open up the doors of Allaah’s punishment; both to ourselves as individuals and to the society as a whole. So – O Muslims – let us be mindful!

1. Tayseerul-Kareemur-Rahmaan (p. 164).

2. Saheeh: Related by at-Tirmidhee (no.3540), from Anas (radiallaahu ‘anhu). It was authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaanee in as-Saheehah (nos.127-128).

3. Related by Ibn Katheer in Tafseer Qur’aanul’Adheem, (2/317).

Consequences of Sins of a Believer are Repelled with Ten Means – Ibn Taymiyyah (رحمه الله)

Consequences of Sins of a Believer are Repelled with Ten Means – Ibn Taymiyyah (رحمه الله)

Repelling the consequences of sinning

Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

 Shaykh ul-Islaam Ahmad bin AbdulHaleem Ibn Taymeeyah (d.728 A.H.) (رحمه الله) said:

‘It has been established in the ‘Saheeh’ of al-Bukhari from the Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) that he said:

‘Indeed one’s actions are judged by his final actions.’

Therefore, if the believer commits evil then its consequences are repelled from him with ten (10) means:

1. That he repents, by which Allaah turns to him, since indeed the one who repents from a sin is like the one who has no sin at all.

2. Or that the person seeks forgiveness from Allaah and Allaah forgives him.

3. Or he does good actions to wipe out that sin, since indeed good deeds take away evil deeds.

4. Or that his believing brothers supplicate for him and seek forgiveness for him, whether he is alive or deceased.

5. Or relay to him the reward of his actions, those with which Allaah benefits him by.

6. Or that his Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) intercedes for him (in the Hereafter).

7. Or Allaah trials him in the Dunya with problems and difficulties to expiate his sins.

8. Or Allaah trials him in al-Barzakh (the stage after death until the Day of Judgment) with Fitnah and being squeezed in the grave, which expiate his sins.

9. Or Allah trials him with events of al-Qiyyama (Resurrection) due to the horror at that time, which expiate his sins.

10. Or The Most Merciful [Allaah] of those who show mercy has mercy upon him.

[From: ‘at-Tuhfah al-Iraqiyeeh min ‘Amal al-Quloob’ by Ibn Taymeeyah P.366-367]

Source : http://followingthesunnah.wordpress.com

Sinners using Divine Decree as an Excuse – Shaykh al-Uthaymeen (رحمه الله)

Sinners using Divine Decree as an Excuse – Shaykh al-Uthaymeen (رحمه الله)

No Excuse for Sinners

Shaykh al-`Uthaymeen (رحمه الله) said:

We believe that the sinner has no excuse in Allaah’s divine decree, because he commits his sin by his free will, without knowing that Allaah has decreed for him, for no one knows Allaah’s decree before it takes place:

«No soul knows what it will earn tomorrow» [31:34]

How can it be possible, then, to present an excuse that is not known to the person who is advancing it when he commits his offense? Allaah invalidated this type of argument by saying:

«Those who took partners (in worship) with Allaah will say: “If Allaah had willed, we would not have taken partners (in worship) with Him, nor would our fathers, and we would not have forbidden anything (against His Will). Likewise belied those who were before them, (they argued falsely with Allaah’s Messengers), till they tasted of Our Wrath. Say: “Have you any knowledge (proof) that you can produce before us? Verily, you follow nothing but guess and you do nothing but lie.» [6:148]

We say to the sinner who is using divine decree as an excuse: ‘Why did you not perform deeds of obedience, assuming that Allaah has decreed them upon you, since you did not know the difference between good deeds and sins? That is why, when Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) told his Companions that everyone’s position in Paradise or Hell has been assigned, they said: ‘Should not we rely on this and stop working?’ He said: «No, work and everyone will be directed to what he is created for» [Bukhaaree and Muslim].

We say to the sinner who is trying to find an excuse in the divine decree: “Suppose you want to travel to Makkah. There are two roads that may take you there. You are told by a truthful person that one of these roads is dangerous and difficult, the other is easy and safe. You will take the second one. You will not take the first road and say it is decreed upon me. If you did, people would consider you crazy.”

We may also say to him: “If you are offered two jobs, one of which has a higher salary, you will certainly take the one with the higher salary. Why do you choose what is lower in the Hereafter and use the divine decree as an excuse?”

We may further say to him: “We see you when you are afflicted with a disease, you knock at every physician’s door looking for treatment and bearing whatever pain that may result from surgical operations and the bitterness of medicine. Why do not you do the same when your heart is spiritually sick with sins?“

Source : The Muslim’s Belief.

Posted from – daragharbi.org

The ill Effects of Sin: Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen (رحمه الله)

The ill Effects of Sin: Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen (رحمه الله)

It was a khutbah given by him on the 12th of Muharram 1411AH which was published in Arabic and translated to English.

Translated by – Aboo Talhah Daawood ibn Ronald Burbank (رحمه الله)

All praise is for Allaah, in whose Hand is the dominion of the heavens and the earth. Sovereignty is His, all praise is for Him, and He is a witness of everything. All His prescribed laws and what He has decreed are from His Wisdom. He does whatever He wills and commands whatever He wishes. I testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah alone, having no partner, the Guardian, the One Worthy of all Praise. I testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, the last of the prophets and their leader and the best of worshippers; may Allaah extol and send complete peace upon his family, his Companions and those who follow them in goodness till the Day of Judgement.

To proceed…

Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says, explaining His complete Power, and perfect Wisdom, that what He alone orders is what happens, and that He is the one governing and controlling His servants – granting security, fear, ease, hardship, facility, difficulty, straightened circumstances and prosperity… Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says:

Whosoever is in the heavens and on earth begs of Him. Every day He has a matter to bring forth (such as giving honour to some, disgrace to some, life to some, death to some etc)!”

(Soorah ar-Rahmaan (55): 29)

So Allaah, the Most High, controls the affairs of His creation enforcing His rulings sometimes according to His Wisdom and Beneficience, and sometimes according to His Wisdom and Justice, and your Lord never treats anyone unjustly:

“We wronged them not, but they were wrong-doers.”

(Soorah az-Zukhruf (42): 76)

O Muslims:

Indeed we believe in Allaah and His predecree (Qadr), and belief in Allaah’s predecree is one of the pillars of eemaan.

(Eemaan is belief in the heart, saying of the tongue and action of the limbs.)

We believe that whatever good or state of ease and security comes upon us then it is from Allaah’s blessings upon us and it is an obligation upon us that we give praise and tahnks to the One who granted and provided that for us. This is done by returning to obedience to Him, avoiding whatever He forbade and doing whatever He ordered. If we carry out our duty of obedience to Allaah then we will be giving thanks for His blessings and would then deserve the increase in these blessings which Allaah has promised us from His bounty.

Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says:

“And whatever of the blessings and good things you have, it is from Allaah.”

(Soorah an-Nahl (16):53)

and He, the Most High says:

“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: ‘If you give thanks, I will give you more (of My blessings), but if you are thankless, verily My punishment is indeed severe.’”

(Soorah Ibraaheem (14):7)

O Muslims:

Alhamdu’Lillaah (All Praise and thanks are for Allaah), we live in this land in a state of security and ease, but this state of security and ease cannot continue except through obedience to Allaah. As long as we order good and forbid evil, as long as we cooperate in ordering good and forbidding evil, since those who order good and forbid evil are at the forefront of the Ummah (Nation, the Muslims as a group), and they repel the causes of punishment and chastisement, so we should assist them and be with them. If they err we should inform them of their mistake and warn them about it and lead them to the guidance and not let their mistake become a reason to remove and distance them from this responsibility – that is not the correct way…

O Muslims:

Whatever harm and hardship has befallen the people in their wealth or security, individuals or societies is due to their sins and their having neglected the commands of Allaah and his prescribed laws, and their seeking judgement amongst the people by other than the prescribed laws of Allaah – who created all of creation and was more merciful to them than their mothers and fathers, and He is the One who knows better than themselves what is most beneficial for them.

O Muslims:

I repeat this sentence because of its importance and because many of the people turn away from it:

I say (meaning the Shaykh): whatever harm and hardship has befallen the people in their wealth or security, individuals or societies is due to their sins and their having neglected the commands of Allaah and his prescribed laws, and their seeking judgement amongst the people by other than the prescribed laws of Allaah – who created all of creation and was more merciful to them than their mothers and fathers, and He is the One who knows better than themselves what is most beneficial for them.

Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says, explaining that in His Book, so that we may realise and take warning.

He, the Majestic and Most High, says:

“And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.”

(Soorah ash-Shoora (42):30)

“Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allaah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself.”

(Soorah an-Nisaa’ (4):79)

Whatever good comes upon us – blessings or security – it is from Allaah, it is He who provided that, its beginning and end, from His beneficience. It is He who granted us from His bounty that we should carry out what which would lead to it, and it is He who granted us His blessings and completed that for us…

As for whatever evil has befallen us, whether famine or fear, or whatever else causes harm, then it is due to our ownselves, we are the ones who have wronged ourselves and led ourselves to destruction.

O people:

Many people today attribute the misfortunes which befall them, whether relating to wealth and economics, or security and political affairs to purely materialistic causes, to political causes, economic reasons, or problems due to borders. There is no doubt that this is due to their limited understanding and weakness of their eemaan and their failure to reflect upon the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم.

O Muslims, Believers in Allaah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم

Behind these reasons are causes prescribed as such by Allaah, reasons and causes for these misfortunes which are stronger, greater and produce a more severe effect than the material reasons. However the material reasons may be a means of bringing about what is due to the causes prescribed by Allaah which necessitates the misfortune and punishment.

Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic says:

“Evil (sins and disobedience of Allaah etc.) has appeared on the land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned (by oppression and evil deeds etc.), that Allaah may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return (by repenting to Allaah).”

Soorah ar-Room (30):41

O people, O Muslims, O nation of Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم:

Give thanks for the blessings of Allaah upon you which you are about to hear of. O nation of Muhammd صلى الله عليه و سلم you are the best and most noble of the nations of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. Allaah does not punish this nation for its disobedience and sins in the way that He punished the previous nations. He will not cause its destruction with a single overwhelming punishment as happened to ‘Aad (See Soorah al-Haaqqah (69):6-7), when they were destroyed by the violent wind which He unleashed upon them for seven nights and eight days in succession so that they were left lying like the hollow trunks of palm trees – do you see any remnants of them? He will not destroy it with the like of the punishment of Thamood (See Soorah al-Haaqqah (69):5) who were seized by the terrible shout and the earthquake so that they lay prostrate corpses in their homes. And He will not destroy it with the like of the punishment of the people of Loot (See Soorah al-A’raaf (7):80-84), against whom Allaah sent a violent wind and stones from the sky and turned their homes upside down.

O Muslims:

Allaah, from His Wisdom and His Mercy, punishes this nation for its sins and disobedience by setting some part of it upon the others so that they destroy one another and take each other prisoner. Allaah, the Might and Majestic, says:

“Say: ‘He was power to send torment on you from above you or from under your feet, or to cover you with confusion in party strife, and make you to taste the violence of one another.’ See how variously We explain the Ayaat, (Aayaat, sing. aayaah: proofs; signs; evidences; lessons; ‘verses’), so that they may understand.

But your people (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) have denied it (the Qur’aan) though it is the Truth. Say: ‘I am not responsible for your affairs.’ For every news there is a fact (i.e. for everthing there is an appointed term and you will come to know).”

(Soorah al-An’aam (6):65-66)

Al-Haafidh Ibn Katheer quotes a number of ahaadeeth – (ahaadeeth, sing. hadeeth: Sayings narrated from the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم, regarding his words, actions or attributes – in his Tafseer of the first aayah. From these is that reported by al-Bukhaaree from Jaabir ibn ‘Adbullaah (radhiyAllaahu ‘anhumaa) who said:

“When the (following) aayah was revelaed:

“Say: ‘He has power to send torment on you from above you…”

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

‘I seek refuge with Your Face.’

“…or from under your feet…”

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

‘I seek refuge with Your Face.’

‘or to cover you with confusion in party strife, and make you to taste the violence of one another.”

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

‘This is lighter’ or ‘…easier.’”

(Reported by al-Bukhaaree in his Saheeh (Eng. trans. vol 6, p.120-121 no. 152)

It is reported by Muslim from Sa’d bin Abee Waqqaas (radhiyAllaahu ‘anhu) who said:

“We went along with Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم until we came to the mosque of Banoo Mu’aawiyah, so Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم entered and prayed two rak’ahs so we prayed along with him. So he called upon his Lord for a long time, then he said:

‘I asked my Lord for three things: I asked Him that He should not destroy my nartion with a deluge so He granted me that: I asked him that He should not destroy my nation with famine – as happend to the people of Fir’awn so He granted me that: and I asked Him that they should not fight amongst themselves – but He refused me that.”

From Khabbaab ibn al-Aratt, (radhiyAllaahu ‘anhu), who said:

“I came to Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم on a night in which he spent the whole of it in prayer until it was fajr, so Allaah’s Messenger concluded his prayer with tasleem. I said: ‘O Messneger of Allaah: You have prayed a prayer this night the like of which I have not seen you pray.’

Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

‘Indeed it was a prayer of hope and fear. In it I asked my Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, for three things. He granted me two and refused me one. I asked my Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, that He should not destroy us with that which He destroyed the nations before us – and He granted it to me; I asked my Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, that He should not overwhelm us with an enemy from other than us – so He granted it to me; and I asked my Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, that He should not cause us to divide into separate groups each attacking the others, but He refused me that.’”

Reported by Imaam Ahmad, an-Nasaa’ee and at-Tirmidhee.

You believe in these Aayaat and you believe in the narrations which are authentic from Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم so why will you not reflect upon them? Why will you not reflect upon them?

Why will you not attribute these misfortunes which occur to deficiency in your own practice of the Deen so that you turn back to your Lord and save yourselves from the causes of overwhelming destruction?

So fear Allaah O servant of Allaah and look to your affairs and repent before your Lord and correct your way towards Him. Know O nation that these punishments which have come upon you and these trials that have been inflicted upon you are your own doing and due to your sins. So for each chastisement repent and turn to Allaah and seek the refuge of Allaah, the Most High, from the trials; the material trials relating to the person: killing, injury and being forced from ones home; trails relating to wealth: decrease and loss: and trails relating to the Deen (the way of life prescribed by Allaah) – the doubts and desires which assail the hearts and keep the Ummah away from the Deen of Allaah, and keep it away from the way of our Pious Predecessors (Salaf) and which lead it to destruction. The trials of the heart are the worst and the most severe of all the trials in this world since worldly misfortunes when they occur can only cause loss in this world, which will pass away anyway, whether sooner or later but trials relating to the Deen cause loss of this world and the Hereafter:

“Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) : The losers are those who will lose themselves and their families on the Day of Resurrection. Verily, that will be a manifest loss!”

(Soorah az-Zumar (39):15)

O Allaah, we ask you whilst awaiting fulfilment of one of the duties You have made obligatory upon us – that You make us of those who take heed of Your Signs and receive admonition when Your punishment descends.

O Allaah, grant that the Islamic Ummah and its leaders truly turn back to You in open and in secret, in their sayings and their actions so that the Ummah is rectified, since rectitude of the rulers is a cause of the rectitude of the Ummah.

O Allaah, we ask you that You rectify those in charge of the affairs of the Muslims and that You grant that they are able to take heed from events and that You direct them to that which You love and is pleasing to You – O Lord of the worlds.

O Allaah, we ask You that you keep away from them every evil adviser – indeed You have full power over everything.

O Allaah, guide them through good advisers to that which is good – those who will advise them and encourage them in good – O Lord of all the worlds.

O Allaah, whoever amongst the advisers of those in authority over the Muslims is not a sincere adviser to them, and is not sincere to the people them remove them and replace them with those who are better than them – O Lord of all the worlds. O Possessor of Majesty and Nobility.

All praise is for Allaah, Lord of all the worlds, and may He extol and send peace upon our Prophet Muhammad, upon his family, true followers and all his Companions.

Aameen.

The Second Khutbah

All praise is for Allaah, many pure and blessed praises as our Lord loves and is pleased with, and I testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, alone, having no partner. All praise is for Him at the begginning and the end. I testify that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger, the one whom He chose and took as His khaleel, may Allaah extol him and send peace upon him, his family, followers, Companions and those who follow in his way.

To proceed:

O servant of Allaah! Fear Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and beware of neglecting the prescribed laws of Allaah… beware of neglecting Allaah’s signs… beware of failing to reflect upon the Book of Allaah… beware of failing to know the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم – since in the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم lies your success (if you cling to them if you attest to the truth of what they inform of and followe their commands) in this world and the hereafter.

Servants of Allaah…

There are some people who doubt and seek to cause doubts that sins are a cause of misfortunes, and that is because of the weakness of their eemaan and their negligence in reflecting upon the Book of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and I will recite for the benefit of such people the saying of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic:

“And if the people of the towns had believed and had taqaa (piety), certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the heavens and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So we took them (with punishment) for what they used to earn (polytheism, and crimes etc.). Did the people of the towns them feel secure against the coming of Our punishment by night while they are asleep? Or, did the people of the towns then feel secure agains the coming of Our punishment in the forenoon while they play? Did they then feel secure against the plot of Allaah. None feels secure from the plot of Allaah except the people who are lost.”

(Soorah al-A’raaf (7):96-99)

One of the Pious Predecessors (Salaf) said:

“If you see Allaah grant blessings to a certain person, and then you see that person continuing in disobedience to Him, then know that this is from Allaah’s plan against him and that he is referred to by Allaah, the most Highs, saying:

“We shall gradually seize them with punishment in ways they perceive not. And I respite them; certainly My plot is strong.”

(Soorah al-A’raaf (7):182-183)

O Muslims, O worshippers of Allaah:

By Allaah, sins affect the security of a land; they affect its ease; its prosperity; its economy; and they affect the hearts of its people. Sins cause alienation between the people. Sins cause one Muslim to regard his Muslim brother as if he were upon a separate religion other than Islaam.

But if we sought to rectify ourselves, our families, our neighbours and those in our areas, and everyone we are able to rectify, if we mutually encouraged good and forbade evil, if we assisted those who do this with wisdom and wise admonition – then it would produce unity and harmony. Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says:

“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting all that is good (Islaam), enjoining the ma’roof and forbiddin the munkar. And it is those who are successful. And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment.”

Quote:

Ma’roof: Tawheed (making all worship for Allaah alone) and all that Islaam orders one to do. Munkar: Shirk (associating others with Allaah in worship), Kufr (disbelief) and all that Islaam has forbidden).

(Soorah Aali-‘Imraan (3):104-105)

I call myself and you, O my brothers, to come together upon the Deen of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic; support one another in establishing the Sharee’ah of Allaah; advise each other sincerely with wisdom and wise admonition; debate with those whom we have to debate with in the best way and by satisfying them with textual proofs and intellectual proofs and do not abandon the people of false beliefs upon their falsehood since they have a right upon us that we should explain the truth to them and encourage them to follow it and that we explain what is false to them and warn against it.

But as for remaining a disunited nation having no regard for one another and not caring about the affairs of each then whoever does not care about the Muslims is not from them.

O Muslims, I say and repeat that it is binding upon us, being Muslims and Believers that we see the occurences and misfortunes from the Islamic perspective as shown by the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم. Since if we look at them from a materialistic perspective then the unbelievers are stronger and greater than us in the materialistic sense and they hold sway over us and enslave us through that. However, if we look from an Islamic perspective by the way of the Book and the Sunnah then we will abandon all that is a cause of these misfortunes, and if we return to Allaah and aid the Deen of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, then Allaah says in His Book, and He is the most truthful in speech and most capable, He, the Mighty and Majestic saus:

“Verily, Allaah will help those who help His (cause). Truly, Allaah is All-Strong, All-Mighty. Those (Muslim rulers) who, if We give htem power in the land, (they) order the establishment of prayer and the payment of Zakaat (the obligatory charity), and they enjoin the ma’roof and forbid the munkar. And with Allaah rests the end of (all) matters (of the creatures).”

(Soorah al-Hajj (22):40-41)

He did not say “those whom if We give them power in the earth establish arenas of sin, idle, frivolity and shamelessness” rather he said:

“Those (Muslim rulers) who, if We give htem power in the land, (they) order the establishment of prayer and the payment of Zakaat (the obligatory charity), and they enjoin the ma’roof and forbid the munkar. And with Allaah rests the end of (all) matters (of the creatures).”

Consider carefully, O Muslim brother, how Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, said:

“Verily, Allaah will help those who help His (cause). Truly, Allaah is All-Strong, All-Mighty.”

He stressed this promise of help with terms of emphasis: an implicit oath, the letter laam of emphasis, and the noon of emphasis. He further emphasized it by His saying:

“Truly, Allaah is All-Strong, All-Mighty.”

Since by His Power and His Might He helps those whom He wills, and consider how He ended the two Aayahs with His saying:

“And with Allaah rests the end of (all) matters (of the creatures).”

So a person may say due to his faulty thinking: “how can we be aided and granted victory against the unbelieving nations which are stronger and more powerful than us.” So Allaah, the Most High, explains that the affairs are under His control only and that He has power over everything. We all know what affect earthquakes have – occurring when Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, has ordered:

“Be! and it is.”

(Soorah an-Nahl (16):40)

– and such huge and embracing destruction occurs in a single second as cannot be produced by the strongest of these nations.

By Allaah, if we truly aided Allaah’s Deen as we aught to them we would be granted victory over every enemy upon the earth, but unfortunately many of us are appendages of the enemies of Allaah and the enemies of His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم – observing their actions against Allaah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم then following them in that. Perhaps even going to their lands and tossing our flesh and blood – sons and daughters – into those lands where nothing heard but church bells… where in no adhaan (call to prayer) is heard… no mention of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, is heard… and nothing is seen except sin and idle frivolity…

So we ask Allaah, the Most High, that He turns the misguided of this Ummah back to the guidance, and that He makes us all to support one another and aid one another in carrying out good and righteousness until we return to this Ummah its lost glory and honour. Indeed He is one fully able and having this power to do that.

O Allaah accept from us (our righteous deeds). Indeed You are the one who hears and knows everything.

O Allaah accept from us (our righteous deeds). Indeed You are the one who hears and knows everything.

O Allaah accept from us (our righteous deeds). Indeed You are the one who hears and knows everything.

O Allaah, extol Muhammad and his true followers and family as You extolled Ibraaheem and the family of Ibraaheem. Indeed You are worthy of all praise, the most noble.

O Allaah, send blessings upon Muhammad and upon his true followers and family as You are Worthy of all Praise, the Most Noble.

How to remove sins (Transcribed Friday Khutbah) – Dawood Adeeb

How to remove sins by Dawood Adeeb.
Khutbatul Haajah

“Say, O My Servant, those who have been excessive, those who have been extreme on their own soul, do not despair of the mercy of Allaah subhana wa ta’ala for surely Allaah forgives all sins. And surely Allaah, He is Al-Ghaffoor and Ar-Raheem. He is the Oft-Forgiving, the Merciful. He is extremely forgiving and extremely merciful.”

In this above Ayah, respected brothers and sisters in Islaam, Allaah among other things explains to us that He forgives our sins. He forgives all sins, whether they are Major or Minor. No matter what colour the sin may be, no matter what size the sin may be, how old or new it is, Allaah subhana is Al-Ghaffoor Ar-Raheem. And if the Muslim, the Abd (the Slave of Allaah subhana wa ta’ala) fulfills the conditions, Allaah will forgive. This type of forgiveness is a unique forgiveness. Allaah subhana wa ta’ala is unique as He says :

“Qul Huw-Allaahu Ahad”

Say, He Allaah is unique.

For His forgiveness is not like any type of forgiveness and His Mercy is not like any type of Mercy.

“Wa laisa kamislihi shaiun wa huwas Sameeul Baseer”

There is nothing like Him and He is As-Sameeh and Al-Baseer, He is the Hearer and He is the Seer.

This Jumma’ah (Friday), we would like to talk about the methodology or the road that we can use, the way, the method that we can utilize in gaining the atonement and forgiveness of our sins. How we can gain the atonement, the expiation, the effacing, the erasing of our sins. What is the methodology of erasing these sins? What can we do to remove these sins? Because all of us are sinners as Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said in an authentic Hadith:

“All of the children of Aadam are sinners and the best of sinners are those who repent.”

So we need to learn brothers and sisters in Islaam how we can efface, how we can remove, how we can make atonement for az-zunoob; How we can get rid of these sins. When we talk about the erasing and the atonement of sins according to the ahlul Ilm, according to the people of knowledge, there are two types (two ways to remove the sins):

One as Allaah subhana wa ta’ala mentions:

Follow up a bad deed with a good deed and it will wipe it out. It will erase it. This is the first type of removing (the erasing) of sins.

The second is the exchange of one thing for another. As Allaah subhana wa ta’ala says:

“For them, those individuals who do these sins, Allaah will exchange for their bad deeds, good deeds. He will replace their bad deeds with good deeds and Allaah subhana wa ta’ala is Ghaffoorur Raheema. He is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.”

There are many ways brothers and sisters and we can have many Khutba’as (Sermons) on this subject. But we would just like to site just a few of these ways that we can atone for and erase our sins. The first and foremost and Allaah subhanaalam, Allaah the Majestic, the Most High above all creation knows best is to accept Islaam. Alhamdulillaah, which we have all done. If a Kaafir from among the Kuffaar (no matter how good they may seem or how righteous they may seem in the eyes of the people), if they want to have their sins erased, (their tawbah is different from our tawbah) their tawbah is to accept Islaam. And there is no tawbah (Repentance) for them except this.
Allaah subhana wa ta’ala says:

Surely the Deen (Religion) with Allaah is not Christianity, it is not Judaism, it is not Hinduism, it is Islaam.

And again Allaah subhana wa ta’ala says:

“Whoever seeks a Deen (Religion) other than Islaam, it will never ever be accepted from him. And in the Last Day they will be the losers.”

So those individuals who are among the Kuffar (Disbelievers) of this life, in order for their actions to be accepted and in order for them to be forgiven, they have to accept Islaam. And Allaah subhana wa ta’ala says:

“Say to the Kuffar (Disbelievers), if they seize (stop) what they did in the past, they will be forgiven.”

What does that mean? It means that if they leave off their kufr (Disbelief), if they stop disbelieving, then Allaah will forgive them.

So, the person who wants to have the forgiveness of Allaah, that is still among the groups of the Ahlul Kitaab (People of the book) and the Mushrikoon (Idolaters), they have to accept Islaam. And Allaah subhana wa ta’ala will remove their sins and He will forgive them.

Those individuals whom Allaah subhana wa ta’ala had raised among the Sahaaba to accept Islaam when the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) was alive, there is a clear, clear record of this.

On the authority of Ibn Shumaasa al Mahri that he said: We went to Amr Ibn Al-Aas (radiallaahu anhu), he was about to die, (he was on his death bed). He wept for a long time and turned his face towards the wall. (Not clear) The audience asked Amr: Didn’t the Messenger of Allaah not give you tidings of this?

He turned his face towards the audience and said: The best thing which we can count upon is the testimony that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allaah and Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) is the Messenger of Allaah. For surely I have passed through three stages and this is what Allaah subhana wa ta’ala says in His Glorious Book:

“You shall certainly travel from stage to stage.”

Within the first stage in which I found myself averse (disinclined) to none else more than I was averse to the Messenger of Allaah and there was no other desire stronger in my heart than the one that I should overpower him and kill him. Had I died in this stage, I would have been definitely been among the people of the Hell-Fire.

Because if a Kaafir dies without having accepted Islaam (this is the forgiveness and atonement of his sins), he will surely go to the Hell-fire as the Prophet’s example when visiting the young Jewish boy (who used to serve him), when he went to his house and invited him to Islaam while he was on his death-bed and his father standing at his side, the Prophet incited him to say: “Laa ilaaha illallaah”. And he turned and looked at his father for approval. And his father said: Obey, Abu Qassim. (The Kunya, the nickname of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). So, the boy said: “Ash-hadu an Laailaaha illallaah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadar Rasoolullaah.” Then he died.

Then the Messenger of Allaah left the house saying: Praise be to Allaah who saved this boy because of me from the Hell-Fire. So this is another proof that those individuals who do not accept Islaam and do not make this statement will be in the Hell-Fire. And those who do, Allaah will forgive them of their sins.

So he said if he had died in that state, he would have been one of the inhabitants of the Hell-Fire. When Allaah instilled the love of Islaam in my heart, I came to the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and I said: Stretch out your right hand O Messenger of Allaah so that I may make bai’aah (the pledge of allegiance) to you. He stretched out his right hand and I withdrew my hand. And he, the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: What has happened to you O Amr?

I replied: I intend to lay down some conditions.

The Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) asked: What conditions do you intend to put forward?

I said: I should be granted forgiveness.

He, the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Are you not aware of the fact that Islaam wipes out all previous sins? Verily Hijrah (Migration to a Muslim land) wipes out all previous sins. And truly Hajj (Pilgrimage to the House) wipes out all previous sins.”

And then he (radiallahu anhu) said: “No one was more dear to me than the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and none was more sublimer in my eyes than him. And I could never get up the courage to catch a full glimpse of his face due to its splendor. So if I am asked to describe the features of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), I am not able to do it because I have not looked at him fully. Had I died in this state, I have no reason to hope that I would ever be among the dwellers of the Paradise. I had every reason to hope that I would be among the people of Paradise.”

Then we are responsible for certain things in the light of which I am not able to know what is in store for me. When I die, let not the female mourner nor the fire accompany me. When you bury me, fill my grave well with earth and stand around it for a time in which a camel is slaughtered and the meat is distributed so that I may enjoy your intimacy (those individuals who stand around my grave) and I can ascertain what else I can give to the Angels of Allaah subhana wa ta’ala.

Another example of those things that will efface and atone for sins is following the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). And we all know brothers and sisters that following the Messenger of Allaah is an incumbent act upon every male and female Muslim. Allaah subhana wa ta’ala says :

“And believe in Allaah and His Messenger, the unlettered one, who believes in Allaah and His word and follow him so that perhaps you will gain success.”

We also know that upon us it is the duty to obey the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). And whoever obeys the Messenger has therefore obeyed Allaah. And it is incumbent upon every single Muslim to obey the Messenger of Allaah and obey those who are trusted in authority from the Messenger of Allaah among the Ulema (Trustworthy Scholars).

“O You who believe obey Allaah and obey His Messenger and those trusted in authority from among you.”

With all of these and other ahyahs (Verses), and hadiths (Narrations), we gain the understanding that if we believe in Allaah subhana wa ta’ala and if we follow the Messenger of Allaah, Allaah subhana wa ta’ala will forgive us our sins simply for obeying and following the Prophet.

“Say, if you love Allaah, then follow me.” – Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) is saying this from the Book of Allaah. He is commanding to all of us sitting here and all the Muslims until the Day of Resurrection: “if you really love Allaah, then follow me. And Allaah will love you and forgive you your sins.”

So in following the Prophet (just simply following him) with all the conditions of following him, if they are met, Allaah subhana wa ta’ala will forgive our sins.

At-Taubah (Repentance) is a means of erasing sins, brothers and sisters. When we commit any sin, Allaah subhana wa ta’ala has instructed us in the Qur’an:

“O You who believe return to Allaah with sincere, unadulterated repentance. Perhaps your Lord will atone for you, your evil deeds.”

And the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)in an authentic narration collected by Imaam Ibn Maajah and others on the authority of Abdullaah Ibn Al-Masood (radiallahu anhu):

“The person who repents from his sins is like the individual who didn’t have any sins at all.”

Also following up those evil things with good things. Allaah subhana wa ta’ala has mentioned in the Qur’an:

“Verily the good deeds remove the evil deeds. This is a reminder for those who remember.”

When we look at the tafseer of this particular ayah brothers and sisters, we find a very beautiful story. That a man came to the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) saying : “O Messenger of Allaah, I kissed a woman.”

(Is there anything wrong in kissing a woman? Of course if she is not your mother, if she is not your sister, if she is not your wife and if she is not your daughter or your maternal or paternal aunt, this this haraam).

And the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) answered him by reciting this verse:

“Truly the good deeds remove the evil deeds and this is a reminder for the mindful.”

Also spreading the salaam, saying: “Assalamu alaykum” is a means of forgiveness for sins. Just simply saying, “Assalamu alaykum” you could be removed of your sins. And good speech is a means of removal of sins. And there is a Hadith that was collected in the Musnaad of Shia’ab that says that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Truly some of the causes of forgiveness is the spreading of Salaams and good speech.”

(Not bad speech, but good speech. Just speaking good can remove and atone sins.)

Another means of forgiveness and atonement of sins is simply shaking the hands of your brothers and sisters in Islaam. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“There are no two Muslims that meet each other, then they shake hands except that the both of them are forgiven of their sins before they leave each other.”

Simple!! Just shake your brother’s hand. And hold it and keep holding it so that sins can be removed. And the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) again said:

“Truly the believer when he meets the other believer and then he says, “Assalamu Alaikum” and then he takes his hand and shakes his hand, both of their sins fall off like leaves fall from trees.”

Allaahu Akbar !!!

As for the man who shakes the hand of a woman he should not be shaking, like his boss from a job or a woman that he grew up with or a sister shaking the hand of a man that is not her husband or her father, Ayesha (Radialllaahu anha) said as reported in Sahih Bukhari : That the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) never, ever, ever, touched the hand of a woman that he didn’t possess.” NEVER.

In another narration submitted by at-Tabarani, the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“It would be better for a man to be struck in his hand with an iron spike than to touch a woman that is not lawful for him.”

Alhamdulillaahi Rabbil Aalameen !!!

Another means brothers and sisters for the forgiveness of sins is the example that we have in the collections of al-Bukhari, Muslim and Abu-Dawuud i.e to be kind and gentle and generous to animals. Feeding the birds, feeding dogs, giving water to a dog, feeding Harry the cat that is outside. All of these things with good treatment to animals can be a means for the atonement of sins.

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “While a man was walking on the road, he was overcome due to the extremity of the heat became extremely thirsty. Then he found a well. So he descended the well and drank from it. And as he was coming out, he saw a dog that was panting from the heat, eating the dirt from the ground because of extreme thirst. Then the man said, “the dog had come and was very thirsty and the thirst had reached a height greater than the thirst I had.” So he went back into the well and he filled his socks and he got hold of the mouth of the dog and he poured the water into the mouth of the dog. The dog’s thirst was quenched and Allaah subhana wa ta’ala after giving thanks to Him forgave him of his sins.

Those individuals in this Masjid that are feeding Harry outside, Alhamdulillaah, may Allaah forgive you of your sins.

And as for those things among the taharah (Purification) of the salaah (Prayer), we know in conclusion brothers and sisters that al-wudhoo (Ablution) is a means of removal of sins. From Uthman Ibn Affan (Radiallaahu anhu)said that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said that: “whoever makes wudhoo and makes it well according to the Qur’an and the authenticated Sunnah, paying attention to all the spots on their body that they are supposed to wash, making sure that every spot is touched with water, not using very little and not using too much, (being moderate between the two), remembering Allaah subhana wa ta’ala while he is making the wudhoo, and then leaving that wudhoo, Allaah subhana wa ta’ala will remove his sins from his entire body so much so that the sins will be removed from even beneath your fingernails.”

And again, Abu Huraira (Radiallaahu anhu) said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “When a slave, a Mu’min (Believer) or a Muslim washes his face in the course of ablution, every single sin that he contemplated with his eyes will be washed away from his face along with the water or with the last drop of water. When he washes his hands, every single sin that he committed with his hand will be erased from his hand with the water or with the last drop of water. And when he washes his feet, every sin towards with which his feet has walked will be washed away with the water or with the last drop of the water. The result is that he comes out pure, completely pure from every single sin.”

And this once again brothers and sisters in conclusion, is ONLY for the person who performs the wudhoo correctly. Not for those individuals who splash water on themselves and who are unmindful of the rudiments or principles of wudhoo.

“Rabbana Aathinaa Fid-Dunya Hasanathan wafil Aakhirathi hasanathan Wakina Azaaban Naar.”

May Allaah reward the sister who Transcribed from the Audio

O mankind! Verily, the promise of Allaah is true. So, let not this present life deceive you – Dr Saleh as Saleh.

O mankind! Verily, the promise of Allaah is true. So, let not this present life deceive you – Dr Saleh as Saleh.

by AbdurRahman.org

11- Ar-Riqaaq – Softening the Hearts – Promise of Allaah Is True.

Posted from : Al-Bukhari Book of Ar-Riqaaq – Based upon the explanation of Shaykh Ibn Al-‘Uthaymeen.

The below is from Tafseer Ibn Kathir, darussalam publication.
O mankind! Verily, the promise of Allaah is true. So, let not this present life deceive you, and let not the chief deceiver deceive you about Allaah. Surely, Shaytan is an enemy to you, so take (treat) him as an enemy. He only invites his followers that they may become the dwellers of the blazing Fire. [Surah Fatir ver 5-6).

Then Allaah says:

(O mankind! Verily, the promise of Allaah is true.) meaning the Resurrection will undoubtedy come to pass.

(So, let not this present life deceive you,) means, `this life is as nothing in compare to the great good that Allaah has promised to His close friends and the followers of His Messengers, so do not let these transient attractions distract you from that which is lasting.’

(and let not the chief deceiver deceive you about Allaah.) This refers to Shaytan, as stated by Ibn `Abbas, may Allaah be pleased with him. Meaning, do not let the Shaytan tempt you and divert you away from following the Messengers of Allaah and believing what they say, for he is the chief deceiver and arch-liar. This Ayah is like the Ayah that appears at the end of Surah Luqman:

(let not then this (worldly) present life deceive you, nor let the chief deceiver deceive you about Allaah) (31:33).

Then Allaah tells us of the enmity of Iblis towards the sons of Adam:
(Surely, Shaytan is an enemy to you, so take (treat) him as an enemy.) meaning, `he has declared his enmity towards you, so be even more hostile towards him, oppose him and do not believe the things with which he tries to tempt you.’

(He only invites his followers that they may become the dwellers of the blazing Fire.) means, `he only wants to misguide you so that you will enter the blazing Fire with him.’ This is a manifest enemy, and we ask Allaah, the All-Powerful and Almighty to make us enemies of Shaytan and to make us followers of the Book of Allaah and of the way of His Messengers. For He is able to do whatever He wills and He will respond to all supplication. This is like the Ayah:
(And (remember) when We said to the angels: “Prostrate yourselves unto Adam.” So they prostrated themselves except Iblis. He was one of the Jinn; he disobeyed the command of his Lord. Will you then take him (Iblis) and his offspring as protectors and helpers rather than Me while they are enemies to you What an evil is the exchange for the wrongdoers.) (18:50).

Be Mindful Of Allaah And He Will Protect You.

Be Mindful Of Allaah And He Will Protect You : An-Nawawi 40 Hadith – Dr. Saleh as-Saleh

by AbdurRahman.org

An-Nawawi 40 Hadith – Hadith No. 19
Be Mindful Of Allaah And He Will Protect You.
Source: Hadeeth – An Nawawi 40 Hadeeth
On the authority of Abu Abbas Abdullah bin Abbas (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said:
One day I was behind the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) [riding on the same mount] and he said, “O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice]:
Be mindful of Allaah and Allaah will protect you.
Be mindful of Allaah and you will find Him in front of you.
If you ask, then ask Allaah [alone]; and if you seek help, then seek help from Allaah [alone].
And know that if the nation were to gather together to benefit you with anything, they would not benefit you except with what Allaah had already prescribed for you. And if they were to gather together to harm you with anything, they would not harm you except with what Allaah had already prescribed against you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.”
It was related by at-Tirmidhi, who said it was a good and sound hadeeth.

Ramadhaan – The first point of reflection – By Shaykh Sulaymaan Ar-Ruhaylee

Ramadhaan – The first point of reflection – By Shaykh Sulaymaan Ar-Ruhaylee by AbdurRahman.org

Translated by Abu Afnaan Muhammad Abdullah حفظه الله

Shaykh Sulaymaan Ar- Ruhaylee حفظه الله:

The first point of reflection: Is a point of contemplation and this point – O servants of Allah- is that last year we welcomed Ramadhaan and then bade it farewell. Then, we waited for the next Ramadhaan and saw it as being far away. Yet. here it is upon us and one of us says to himself or his brother. ‘How fast the days have past. I swear by Allah it was as if it was yesterday we bade farewell to the last Ramadhaan and here it is today we begin the current Ramadhaan.’

Verily this is the reality of the days, they quickly pass us by and our appointed times have diminished. One of us says -0 servants of Allah- if the year passes by, My age has increased a year’ but the reality of the affair is that certainly his age has decreased by a year as one’s age is limited and one’s appointed time is limited. And verily the reality of the affair is that it is not but steps (closer to death) and Allah knows best when those steps will end.

Verily, O servants of Allah, it is but just days which we spend and they spend us as they quickly move us to our appointed time.

Verily, this reality – 0 servants of Allah – reminds us of the statement of Our Lord the Most High:

And put forward to them the example of the life of this world, it is like the water (rain) which We send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingles with it, and becomes fresh and green. But (later) it becomes dry and broken pieces, which the winds scatter. And Allah is Able to do everything. [Al-Kahf: 45]

Verily this life – O servants of Allah- quickly passes us by, it quickly passes us by and our condition is not except three: Youth, then old age and then death. (Like the line of poetry says):

‘The last thing an individual is called is ‘old man ‘ and what follows that from the names he is given is ‘the deceased’.

So glad tidings – O servants of Allah- for the one who reflects upon that which has passed and revived the present and what will come with righteous actions.

{So reflect O you who have intellects}

Reference: AbdurRahman.Org