In the name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful
1. O ye who believe! Fulfil your undertakings.
(AlQuran. Surah AlMaaida. Para # 6)
2. O ye who believe! Why say ye that which ye do not (actually) do?
It is most Hateful in the Sight Of Allah that ye should say that which ye do not (actually) do.
(AlQuran. Surah AlSSaf. Para # 28)
3. And keep the Convenants; surely of the Convenant it will be asked.
(AlQuran. Surah Banii Israael. Para # 15)
4. And fulfil the Convenant of Allah when ye have convenanted, and Break not your Oaths after the asseveration of them, and after ye have made Allah surety over you.Surely Allah knoweth what ye do.
(AlQuran. Surah AlNakhl. Para # 14)
DU’A AT THE TIME OF DISTRESS
“Has -bi -yal-laa-hu wa ni’- mal wa-keel”.
Allah (SWT) is sufficient for me and He is the Best Helper.
DU’A BEFORE SLEEPING
“Allahumma bismika amuutu wa ahyaa”.
O Allah (SWT)! With your name I die and I live.
DU’A AFTER WAKING UP
“Alhamdulillaahillazi ahyaanaa ba’da maa amaata-naa wa ilaihinnushuur”.
All praise to Allah (SWT), Who revived us to life after giving us death, and to him we shall have to return.
DU’A IN THANKFULNESS
“Yaa rabbil lakal”hamdu kama yanbaghii lijalaali wajhika, wa’aziimi sultaanik.”
O my Lord, all praises be to You as it should be due to Your Might and the Greatness of Your Power.
DU’A IN APPRECIATION OF OTHER’S KINDNESS
May Allah (SWT) return your kindness.
DU’A FOR PARENTS
“Rabbighfir lii wa liwaalidayya wa lilmu”miniina yauma yaquumul’hisaab, Rabbirhamhumaa kamaa rabbayaanii shaghiiraa.”
O Lord, forgive me, my parents and Muslims in the Hereafter. O Lord, show mercy on them as they have nourished me when I was young.
DU’A BEFORE STUDYING
“Allaahumma infa’nii bimaa ‘allamtanii wa’allimnii maa yanfa’unii.”
O my Lord, make useful for me what you hath thought me and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me.
DU’A FOR KNOWLEDGE
“Rabbi Zid-Nee ‘iL-Maa”
My Lord, increase me in Knowledge.
Israa and Miraaj – Dr. Bilal Philips
Masjid Al-Aqsa and The Dome of the Rock
Israa literally means a journey by night and Miraaj literally means an elevator, i.e., an instrument which lifts something up.
But, in Islaam, Israa refers to a miraculous night-journey made by the last Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) from Makkah to Jerusalem, and Miraaj refers to the vehicle which took the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) from Jerusalem, up and out of the universe, through the seven heavens, and into the direct presence of Allaah.
Towards the end of a calm night, one year before the Hijrah, the roof of Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) house split open and angel Jibreel (Gabriel) descended into the Prophets (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) room. He went over to the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam), opened his shirt and cut open his chest.
He then removed his heart and washed its inside with Zam Zam water. After he had completed washing it, he then brought a gold dish filled with Eemaan (faith) and Hikmah (wisdom), emptied it into the Prophets (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) chest and then closed it all up.
Jibreel then nudged the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) until he awoke. When the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) got up, Jibreel took a hold of his hand and lead him outside of his house to the gate of Kabah.
There the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) found a strange unearthly animal. It was smaller than a mule but larger than a donkey, white in color and having a wing on either of its hind legs. He was informed that its name was â€œBuraaqâ€, a name taken from the Arabic word Barq which means a flash of lightning.
Jibreel helped the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) mount it and they set off to the north. Each stride of the Buraaq took it to the horizon, and, in no time they reached Jerusalem. There the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) dismounted and tied the animal to the same ring on the door of al-Masjid al-Aqsaa used by the prophets.
The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) entered the Masjid and prayed two Rakahs. When he finished he noticed a group of other prophets also making Salaah there. He saw among them Prophet Moosaa, Prophet Eesaa and Prophet Ibraaheem.
Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) was then told to lead them all in Salaah. When the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) finished this Salaah, someone said to him, â€œThis is Maalik, the guardian of the Hellfire, so give him Salaams.â€ When he turned around to greet him, the angel gave him Salaams before he had time to do so. Jibreel then brought two vessels and presented them to the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam). One was filled with wine and the other filled with milk. The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) chose the vessel filled with milk and drank from it.
Jibreel then said, â€œYou have been guided to the Fitrah.â€
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) reported that the devil said to God: “I shall continue to lead Thy servants astray as long as their spirits are in their bodies.”
And God replied: “(Then) I shall continue to pardon them as long as they ask My forgiveness.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 742
Question: Why is a man allowed to have more than one wife in Islam? i.e. why is polygamy allowed in Islam?
1. Definition of Polygamy
Polygamy means a system of marriage whereby one person has more than one spouse. Polygamy can be of two types. One is polygyny where a man marries more than one woman, and the other is polyandry, where a woman marries more than one man. In Islam, limited polygyny is permitted; whereas polyandry is completely prohibited.
Now coming to the original question, why is a man allowed to have more than one wife?
2. The Qur’an is the only religious scripture in the world that says,”marry only one”.
The Qur’an is the only religious book, on the face of this earth, that contains the phrase `marry only one’. There is no other religious book that instructs men to have only one wife. In none of the other religious scriptures, whether it be the Vedas, the
Ramayan, the Mahabharat, the Geeta, the Talmud or the Bible does one find a restriction on the number of wives. According to these scriptures one can marry as many as one wishes. It was only later,
that the Hindu priests and the Christian Church restricted the number of wives to one.
Many Hindu religious personalities, according to their scriptures, had multiple wives. King Dashrat, the father of Rama, had more than one wife. Krishna had several wives.
The Messenger of Allah[peace be upon him] has mentioned, “When the night approaches then prevent your children (from venturing outdoors) because verily Shaitaan spreads out at this time, …..” (Hadith-Sahih Bukhari).
In another narration Rasulullah[pbuh] has stated,
” Don’t let your animals and children out from the time the sun sets until the first portion of darkness passes (i.e. Esha time sets in), for indeed Shaitaan sets out from the time the sun sets until the first portion of darkness passes by.” (Hadith-Sahih Muslim)
Safeguarding our children from the evil elements that lurk in our environment is an incumbent duty of the parents, just as it is incumbent to safeguard them from all other evils.
The tendency today is to allow children the freedom to roam out of the house during this time, when the Shayateen and their evil influences are at their strongest.
From the above narrations we learn that parents are duty-bound to ensure that children are given the necessary protection during this time in an Islamic environment.
May Allah Ta’ala protect our innocent children from all forms of evil. Aameen
Allah (swt), the Exalted, says:
“Then when the (Jumu`ah) Salaah is ended, you may disperse through the land, and seek the Bounty of Allah (by working) and remember Allah (swt) much: so that you may be successful.” (62:10)
1147. Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (swt) Nabi Muhammad (saw) said,
“The best day on which the sun has risen is Friday. On that day Adam (AS) was created, he was admitted to Jannah, and he was expelled there from.” [Muslim].
Commentary: This Hadith tells us of the excellence of Jumu`ah. Many achievements were made on this day which also go to prove its excellent position in Islam.
1156.Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (swt) Nabi Muhammad (saw) said while talking about the merits of Friday,
“There is a time on Friday at which a Muslim, while he (or she) is performing Salat and is supplicating, will be granted whatever he (or she) is supplicating for.” And Nabi Muhammad (saw) pointed with his hand to indicate that this period of time is very short. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Commentary: This Hadith mentions another distinction of Jumu`ah, namely a moment in which every prayer that a person then makes is granted with the condition that what one is asking for is good and lawful. It is a very short moment and its time has also not been revealed. For this reason one should remember Allah (swt) frequently and pray to Him on Jumu`ah so that one attains that moment when prayers are answered. Prayers can also be answered outside Salaah if one happens to be supplicating at the specified moment.
1158. Aus bin Aus (RA) reported: Nabi Muhammad (saw) said,
“Among the best of your days is Friday. On that day pray to Allah (swt) to exalt my name and mention frequently, for your such supplications are presented to me.” [Abu Dawud].
Abu Hurayrah (radhiyallaahu ‘anhu – may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said,
“The rights of a Muslim upon their fellow Muslim are six.” It was said, “And what are they Oh Messenger of Allah?” He replied, “When you meet them, give them the greeting of peace, when they invite you, respond to their invitation, when they seek your advice, advise them sincerely, when they sneeze and praise Allah, supplicate for mercy upon them, when they fall ill, visit them, and when they die follow them (i.e. his funeral).” Muslim
The First Right:
“When you meet them, give them the greeting of peace.” For verily the greeting of peace is a cause of love one another, which results in producing faith (Al-Eemaan), which results in the person entering the Paradise. This is as Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,
“By the one in Whose Hand is my soul, you all will not enter into the Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love each other. Shall I not direct you to something that if you do it, you will love each other? Spread the greeting of peace amongst yourselves.”
The greeting of peace is from the virtuous characteristics of Islam. For verily each of the two people who meet each other supplicates for the other for safety from evils, and mercy, and blessing that brings about every good. And what follows this is a cheerful face and appropriate words of greeting which result in unity and love, and it removes feelings of estrangement and cold disassociation. Thus, giving the greeting of peace is the right of the Muslim, and it is obligatory upon the person who is greeted to return greeting with a similar greeting or one that is better than it. And the best of the people are those who start the greeting of peace first.
The Second Right:
“When they invite you, respond to their invitation.” This means that when he invites you with an invitation to some food and drink, then fulfill the request of your brother who has drawn near to you and honored you with the invitation. Respond to his invitation (i.e. accept it), unless you have an excuse.
Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘ala Rasulillah
As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu
Narrated by Abu Qatada(Radhiallaho anho):
Allah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “A good dream is from Allah, and a bad or evil dream is from Satan; so if anyone of you has a bad dream of which he gets afraid, he should spit on his left side and should seek refuge with Allah from its evil, for then it will not harm him.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol.4 : No.513