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Multi-fold Reward

Posted by tayybahppn on April 8, 2009

 

Abu Ayyoub reported that the Messenger of Allah  said,

 

“Whoever fasts the month of Ramadhan and then follows it by fasting six days during the month of Shawwal will be rewarded as if he had fasted the entire year.”

 

In other words, DO NOT miss out !!!


 

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Continuous and Constant

Posted by tayybahppn on April 8, 2009

 

Ummul-Mu’mineen ‘Aisha – narrated the Messenger of Allah  said,

 

“The most beloved deeds to Allah, are the continuous ones even if they were little.”

 

So, keep up with reciting the Qur’an, praying tahajjud, making dua’, fasting, doing dhikr, giving sadaqah, and so on.

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Saying Good-bye…

Posted by tayybahppn on April 8, 2009

 

As we say goodbye to our beloved Ramadaan, I read a reminder that brought some comfort and solace during these sad farewells:

 

The Month of Mercy is Over – But Allaah’s  Mercy never fades …

The Month of Forgiveness is Over – But Allaah’s  Forgiveness is always Great …

The Month of Salvation from Hell is gone – But Allaah saves His servants from Hell all year …

 

Let’s strive to keep in touch with our beloved guest after he leaves, by continuing to do what we did during this blessed month.

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Usool and Fasting

Posted by tayybahppn on April 8, 2009

 

Since we just finished Code of Scholars (COS), I find it very beneficial to share with you this piece that someone forwarded me (taken from http://m-kamil-ahmad.blogspot.com/):

 

 

Fiqh Principles Related to Fasting

Now that Ramadan has arrived, many questions arise concerning various matters related to fasting. Many of these questions can be brought back to a certain set of principles to be answered. The following is a list of principles put together by Shaikh Waleed As-Su’aidan, one of the students of Shaikh Bin Baz. He resides in a town south of Riyadh called Ad-Dilam, the same town that Shaikh Bin Baz hails from and was first appointed as Judge in. The Shaikh is known to specialize in a field of knowledge known as Taq’eed (applying set principles to various Islamic issues). He has written several works on various issues by using set principles that are derived from the Qur’an and Sunnah. He is someone who I have personally benefited greatly from during my short visits to see him. May Allah  reward him for his efforts that have greatly benefited Islam and the Muslims.

 

I have summarized the principles stated by the Shaikh here without going into the details that he mentioned. For those who would like the full version of what the Shaikh has written along with his other works, please refer to the following website: http://www.saaid.net/

 

Principle #1: The start and end of Ramadan is not established except through moon-sighting to begin with, or completing thirty days of the month instead.

 

Principle #2: The things that break one’s fast are Tawqeefiyyah (i.e. evidence is required from either the Qur’an or Sunnah to prove that something breaks one’s fast).

 

Principle #3: With regards to passageways, if something enters through the usual passageway then it is given predominance, whereas if it enters through other than its usual passageway then nourishment is given predominance.

 

Perhaps this principle requires further explanation. Every human has passageways that things enter through to reach the stomach and the brain. The usual passageway to the stomach is the mouth, and the usual passageway to the brain is the nose. So if something enters through these usual passageways to the stomach or the brain, the person’s fast breaks regardless of whether that thing provides nourishment to the body or not. Whereas if something enters through other than these usual passageways (such as through the eye, ear, anus, etc.), then we look at whether that thing provides nourishment to the body or not. So if it is nourishing, replacing food and drink, the person’s fast breaks. However, if it is not nourishing, the person’s fast does not break regardless of what enters.

 

Principle #4: The things that break one’s fast do not take affect except with remembrance, knowledge, and will (i.e. if someone breaks their fast forgetfully, ignorantly, or unwillingly, it does not affect their fast).

 

Principle #5: There is no expiation for the things that break one’s fast, except if there is evidence to prove expiation for a particular thing.

 

Principle #6: Whoever deems permissible the sanctity of Ramadan (by breaking their fast) without a reasonable Shar’i justification, they are required to continue their fast for the rest of the day.

 

Principle #7: The one who it is deemed permissible to fast and permissible to break their fast (through reasonable Shar’i justifications, such as travel and sickness), the Sunnah for them is to choose the lighter of the two.

 

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2nd of September 2008

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When the Night Equals a Thousand

Posted by tayybahppn on April 8, 2009

by Muhammad Alshareef

 

It was narrated that in the days that Musa wandered with Bani Israeel in the desert, an intense drought befell them. Together, they raised their hands towards the heavens praying for the blessed rain to come. Then, to the astonishment of Musa and all those watching, the few scattered clouds that were in the sky vanished, the heat poured down, and the drought intensified.

 

It was revealed to Musa that there was a sinner amongst the tribe of Bani Israeel who had disobeyed Allah  for more than forty years of his life. “Let him separate himself from the congregation,” Allah  told Musa . “Only then shall I shower you all with rain.”

 

Musathen called out to the throngs of humanity, “There is a person amongst us who has disobeyed Allah  for forty years. Let him separate himself from the congregation and only then shall we be rescued from the drought.”

 

That man waited, looking left and right, hoping that someone else would step forward, but no one did. Sweat poured forth from his brow and he knew that he was the one. The man knew that if he stayed amongst the congregation all would die of thirst and that if he stepped forward he would be humiliated for all eternity.

 

He raised his hands with a sincerity he had never known before, with humility he had never tasted, and as tears poured down on both cheeks he said, “O Allah, have mercy on me! O Allah, hide my sins! O Allah, forgive me!”

 

As Musa  and the people of Bani Israeel waited for the sinner to step forward, the clouds hugged the sky and the rain poured. Musa  asked Allah , “O Allah, you blessed us with rain even though the sinner did not come forward.”

 

And Allah  replied, “O Musa, it is for the repentance of that very person that I blessed all of Bani Israeel with water.”

 

Musa , wanting to know who this blessed man was, asked, “Show him to me O Allah!”

 

Allah  replied, “O Musa, I hid his sins for forty years, do you think that after his repentance I shall expose him?”

 

 

 

 

PART II

 

Ibn Jareer narrates on the authority of Mujaahid, that there was a man from Bani Israeel who used to spend the night in prayer. Then during the day he would fight the enemy in the way of Allah  until the evening and he did this for a thousand months. And so Allah  revealed:

 

Verily, We have sent it (the Qur’an) down in the Night of Al-Qadr (the Night of Destiny or the Night of Power). / And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr is? / The Night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah this night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months)

{Surat al-Qadr 97: 1-3}.

 

Allah revealed the Qur’an in the most blessed month – the month of Ramadan. And on the 27th night of this month comes the Night of Al-Qadr (Laylatul Qadr), which is better than a thousand months. On the authority of Mujaahid, Sufyaan Ath-Thawree reports that Laylatul Qadr being better than a thousand months means that the good deeds performed on it, fasting on it, and standing in prayer on it are better than a thousand months worth of good deeds, prayer and fasting.

 

It is reported from Abu Hurayrah  that when the month of Ramadan came, the Messenger of Allah  said:

 

“The month of Ramadan has come, a blessed month in which Allah has made it obligatory for you to fast; in it the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained. In it is a night better than a thousand months, whoever loses the benefit of it has lost something irreplaceable”

[Imam Ahmad and An-Nasaa’i]

 

It is reported on the authority of Abu Hurayrah , that Allah’s Messenger  said:

 

“Whoever stood in prayer on Laylatul Qadr in faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, he will have all of his previous sins forgiven”

[Bukhari and Muslim]

 

This one night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. The sincere believer who worries day and night about his sins and phases of neglect in his life, patiently awaits the onset of Ramadan. During it, he hopes to be forgiven by Allah  for past sins, knowing that the Prophet  promised that all who bow down during the last ten days shall have all their sins forgiven. To achieve this, the believer remembers the Prophet’s 
advice in different sayings wherein he used words like ‘seek’, ‘pursue’, ‘search’ and ‘look hard’ for Laylatul Qadr.

 

Laylatul Qadr is the most blessed night. A person who misses it has indeed missed a great amount of good. The mu’min should search for it in the last ten nights of Ramadan, passing the nights in worship and obedience. For those who catch the opportunity, their gift is that of past sins wiped away.

 

The Messenger of Allah  illustrated for us some of the things we should be doing on this Grand Night. From his blessed Sunnah we find the following:

 

Praying Qiyaam (Night Prayer):

 

It is recommended to make a long qiyaam prayer during the nights on which Laylatul Qadr could fall. This is indicated in many ahadith, such as:

 

“Whoever stands [in qiyaam] in Laylatul Qadr [and it is facilitated for him] out of faith and expectation [of Allah’s reward], will have all of his previous sins forgiven”

[Bukhari and Muslim]

 

Making Supplications:

 

It is also recommended to make extensive supplications on this night. Aisha  reported that she asked Allah’s Messenger :

 

“O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylatul Qadr, what should I say during it?” And he instructed her to say, “Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa ‘fu ‘annee – O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me”

[Ahmad, Ibn Majah and Tirmidhi]

 

Abandoning Worldly Pleasures for the Sake of Worship:

 

It is further recommended to spend more time in worship during the nights on which Laylatul Qadr is likely to fall. This calls for abandoning many worldly pleasures in order to secure the time and thoughts solely for worshipping Allah .

 

 

Aisha 
reported:

 

“When the [last] ten nights started, the Prophet  would tighten his izhaar [i.e. he stayed away from his wives in order to have more time for worship], spend the whole night awake [in prayer], and wake up his family”

[Bukhari and Muslim].

 

And she, , said:

 

“Allah’s Messenger 
used to exert more [in worship] on the last ten than on other nights”

[Muslim]

 

Have we estimated Allah correctly? Life is about people who take advantage of their opportunities to win the love of Allah , and Laylatul Qadr is one of them.

 

Abu Darda  was one of those who found an opportunity and won that which is greater than the heavens and the earth. An adult companion of the Prophet  cultivated his garden next to the property of an orphan. The orphan claimed that a specific palm tree was on his property and thus belonged to him. The companion rejected the claim, so the orphan boy went to the Messenger of Allah  to complain. With his justness, the Messenger of Allah  measured the two gardens and found that the palm tree did indeed belong to the companion. The orphan erupted crying. Seeing this, the Prophet  asked the companion, “Would you give him the palm tree and to you is a palm tree in Jannah?” However, the companion in his disbelief that an orphan would complain to the Prophet , missed the opportunity and went away angry.

 

But someone else saw the opportunity – Abu Darda . He went to the Prophet  and asked, “Ya RasulAllah, if I buy the tree from him and give it to the orphan shall I have that tree in Jannah?”

 

The Messenger of Allah  replied, “Yes.”

 

Abu Darda  chased after the companion and asked, “Would you sell that tree to me for my entire garden?”

 

The companion answered, “Take it, for there is no good in a tree that I was complained to the Prophet about.”

 

Immediately, Abu Darda  went home and found his wife and children playing in the garden. “Leave the garden!” shouted Abu Darda. “We’ve sold it to Allah! We’ve sold it to Allah!” Some of his children had dates in their hand and he snatched the dates from them and threw them back into the garden. “We’ve sold it to Allah!”

 

When Abu Darda was later martyred in the battle of Uhud, RasulAllah  stood over his slain body and remarked, “How many shady palm trees does Abu Darda now have in Paradise?”

 

What did Abu Darda lose? Dates? Bushes? Dirt? What did he gain? He gained a Jannah whose expanse is the heavens and the earth.

 

Abu Darda did not miss his opportunity, and I pray to Allah 
that we do not miss our opportunity of standing to Allah on Laylatul Qadr.

 

Dear brothers and sisters, we do not obey, worship and revere Allah  in a way befitting of His Majesty.

 

 

 

 

 

Allah  revealed:

 

No just estimate have they made of Allah, such as is due to Him. On the Day of Resurrection the whole of the earth will be but His handful, and the heavens will be rolled up in His right hand. Glory to Him! High is He above the partners they attribute to Him.

{Surat Az-Zumar 39: 67}.

 

When someone dies we say inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon (Indeed to Allah we belong and indeed to Him we shall return). This is not a supplication just for when a soul is lost. It is a supplication for every calamity that befalls a believer, even if his sandal were to tear. Why? Because everything belongs to Allah  and everything shall come back to him. Sit and try to count the blessings Allah  has bestowed upon you. Have you ever tried to count stars?

 

And He has given you all that you ask for. But if you count the favors of Allah, never will you be able to number them. Verily, man is given up to injustice and ingratitude.

{Surat Ibrahim 14:34}

 

We have not understood the weight of this Qur’an that we rest on our high shelves; this noble book that was sent to give life to the dead. For even if our hearts were as solid as mountain they would have crumbled to the ground in fear and hope of Allah’s  punishment and mercy. Could it be that our hearts are harder than that mountain?

 

Had We sent down this Qur’an on a mountain, verily, you would have seen it humble itself and split asunder in fear of Allah

{Surat Al-Hashr 59:21}

 

Dear brothers and sisters, as you fill the masajid for Qiyam-ul-Layl in the last ten nights of Ramadan, remember what Allah wants you to know:

 

…that Allah is strict in punishment and that Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

 

There shall be a night, some night in your life, that you shall awaken in Jannah or Hellfire. On his deathbed, Anas ibn Malik  prayed to Allah , “O Allah, protect me from a night whose morning brings a journey to Hellfire.” Think about that morning.

 

Peace shall descend on Laylatul Qadr until the dawn. It may be that you shall leave the masjid after Fajr one day soon forgiven by Allah, Glorious and Most High.

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The importance of Istighfaar

Posted by tayybahppn on April 8, 2009

 
 

On the authority of Anas who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah say, Allah  said:

 
 

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

[It was related by at-Tirmidhi (also by Ahmad ibn Hanbal). Its chain of authorities is sound]

 
 

Subhan’Allah! Allah’s  acceptance of tauba is so bountiful.  The days and nights of isthighfar are almost gone within Ramadhan, make the most of it.

 
 

We should learn the du’at for forgiveness.

 
 

The simplest of which is:

 
 

“Allahumma innaka afuwwun tuhibbul afwa fa-fu anni.”

O Allah! Thou art the Most forgiving, Thou lovest forgiveness, so forgive me.


Keep on desisting from those sins and reciting this du’a at the minimum.

 
 

May Allah 
accept each and every one of our tauba. Ameen

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The Insignifance of Creation

Posted by tayybahppn on April 8, 2009

Last night in Taraweeh, the shaykh recited:

قالَ لَهُ صاحِبُهُ وَهُوَ يُحاوِرُهُ أَكَفَرتَ بِالَّذى خَلَقَكَ مِن تُرابٍ ثُمَّ مِن نُطفَةٍ ثُمَّ سَوّاكَ رَجُلًا

“His companion said to him while he was conversing with him, “Have you disbelieved in He who created you from dust and then from a sperm-drop and then proportioned you [as] a man?”

{Surat al-Kahf: 18:37}

Subhannallah! This surah is well known and read very much, but for some reason hearing it from someone else was something different. It was touching to hear these words “Akafarta billathi Khalaqaq”. It felt like an arrow drenched in eman was shot to wake up the heart and almost purify it immediately from the impurities. How is it that we can be ungrateful to Allaah  who created us, that alone is a reason to submit our selves to His thank, . And then, the ayah continued to put the human to even MORE shame, “min Turab” (from dust), “Thumma min Nitfah” (then from a sperm-drop), “thumma sawwaka rajulah” (then proportioned you [as] a man). Not only are we not thankful when we disobey, but we also are not even in a position to have istikbar, bigotry and do other then what Allaah  said.

We come from the ground we step on and wash our bodies with water from because of our seeing it as dirt which needs to be cleaned.

We come from the Nutfah, the sperm and egg, things which are not even close to being visible by our normal eyes. This shows insignificance. We hide things which come out of our organs from others due to our shame of them. Not only do we original come from these organs as a nutfah, but we also come out of them as developed babies. So we come from what we look down upon and what we are ashamed to touch and see. Can you imagine a Lord who goes through this process in order for us to come to this world and give His message? It is not then an understatement at all when the heavens are on the verge of splitting from these statements.

And then after all of this Allah  says “thumma Sawwaka rajullah” (and then proportioned you [as] a man?). After all of this shame and weakness after weakness, how is it then and with what honor can we come and step out of line with Allah and then even take it further by speaking against Allah, who is the one who favored us by honoring us. It puts into perspective the amount of wrong that is done by us when in such a state and even worse. It shows the real and true status of shirk.

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Fast in Order to Obtain Taqwa

Posted by tayybahppn on April 8, 2009

 

Allaah says ,

 

يٰأَيُّهَا الَّذينَ ءامَنوا كُتِبَ عَلَيكُمُ الصِّيامُ كَما كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذينَ مِن قَبلِكُم لَعَلَّكُم تَتَّقونَ

“O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you so that you may gain Taqwa.”

{Surat al-Baqarah 2:183}

 

This is a reminder to have God consciousness in all of your actions and at all times both in and out of Ramadan.

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Keep in mind before Ramadan

Posted by tayybahppn on April 8, 2009

 

Make a great deal of du’a that Allah  makes this the Ramadan in which your iman increases and continues to increase throughout the year.

 

 

Let’s not be on a crash diet throughout the year. We tend do very little throughout the year, do a lot of worship and good deeds in Ramadan, and then get back to our “normal” life after Ramadan. Too often we drastically increase the quantity of our ibadah, but what Allah  wants is quality and sincerity and not quantity. Ramadan is about increasing our good habits (i.e. reading more Qur’an, memorizing a little bit more, increasing nawafil, and so on) to the extent that we can keep consistent in them throughout the year. Ramadan is about starting good habits with the intention of keeping consistent with them throughout the year.

 

 

Don’t leave details out when you’re planning goals. It’s usually the lack of details that make us lazy. If you’re planning on reading more Qur’an, plan out when and how much you plan to read everyday; rather than reading whenever, because other things come up.

 

 

Get family and friends involved to keep the motivation and for encouragement. Do things together or help keep each other in check. I send this to the PPN family with the hope that we can encourage and motivate each other throughout Ramadan and beyond.

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A Little Motivation

Posted by tayybahppn on April 8, 2009

 

Ramadan is literally half way over and now there are one of two feelings going through us. We’re either saying: “Alhumdullillah I hope the last half of Ramadan goes as good or even better than the first half”
or awww not again, this was the year Ramadan was suppose to be reallllyyyyy special for me, but still I haven’t found it yet”. In either case, we all need advice for the rest of Ramadan, especially the last 10 nights….so whose going to help me? Who’s going to help all of us?

 

 

 

Abu Hamzah Anas bin Malik , who was the servant of the Messenger of Allah , reported that the Prophet  said:

 

“None of you truly believes (in Allah and in His religion) until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself”

 

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

 

So here is what is what I remind you and myself!

 

Throughout the month of Ramadan, we constantly hear that this is the month which the Quran was revealed in and that we should devout much of our time to the Quran this month. I ask myself before anyone else, How many of us actually do? How many of us go beyond reciting the Quran? (no doubt there is great reward in reciting the Quran)

 

 

So how about it guys?

 

Let’s recite….

 

Let’s reflect…

 

Let’s ponder….

 

Let’s remember….

 

Let’s learn and study…

 

what the Lord of All the Worlds says in the Quran…………

 

 

Lets do it together!

 

In these last days spend 5 minutes and share one of your favorite ayah (or more) and what lesson, reminders, or motivation we can take from it.

 

What advice or reminders do you have to share?

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