Narrated by Abu huraira, the Prophet (PBUH) said, “When it is a Friday the angels stand at the gate of the mosque and keep on writing the names of the persons coming to the mosque is succession according to their arrivals. The example of the one who enters the mosque at the earliest hour is that of one offering a camel… (in sacrifice). The one coming next is like one offering a cow and then a ram and then a chicken and then an egg respectively. When the imam cones out (for jumma prayer), they (i.e. angels) fold their papers and listen to the Khutba. [Bukhari, Bk 13, 31:51]
Narrated By Anas : The Prophet said, “None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother what he likes for himself.” [Bukhari Vol 1 Bk 2 Num 12]
It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah observed: There have come the people of Yemen; they are tender of hearts, the belief is that of the Yemenites, the understanding (of the faith) is that of the Yemenites and sagacity is that of the Yemenites. [Muslim, Bk 1, Num 84]
“Wasting time is worse than death, because death separates you from this world whereas wasting time separates you from Allah” By Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim. So let us utilize our valuable time.. I also have a question. Have you offered your Salah today? It only takes few minutes to perform Salah. Please don’t let Shaitan to fool you.
Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them), Reported in Connection With The Case Of Barirah (May Allah be pleased with her) And Her Husband :
The Prophet (PBUH) Said To Her,
” It is Better For You To Go Back To Your Husband.
” She Asked: ” O Messenger Of Allah, Do You Order Me To Do So.
” He Replied, ” I Only intercede”
She Then Said : ” I Have No Need For Him “.
Commentary : Barirah (May Allah be pleased with her) Was A Slave-Girl Of `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her). Barirah Was Married To A Slave Named Mughith (May Allah be pleased with him). She Was Freed By `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her). Now, Islam Has Permitted A Slave- Girl That After Being Freed, She Can Break Her Matrimonial Bond if She Does Not Like To Live With Her Husband. Mughith Was Madly in Love With Her And He Would All The time persuade her not to break their bond of marriage. When the Prophet (PBUH) came to know the condition of Mughith, he interceded for him and asked Barirah to restore her matrimonial connection with her husband. Since this was an advice and recommendation, she did not think it suitable for herself and regretted that she could not accept it. The Hadith evidently shows that Islam accepts legitimate rights of individuals and honours personal freedom, provided they do not exceed the limits of Shari`ah.
It is commendable to keep six fasts in the month of Shawwal. The Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, has said:
Whoever completes fasts of Ramadan then adds to them the fast of six days in the month of Shawwal, it will carry the thawab of fasting for the whole year. (Sahih Muslim)
This hadith had described the great thawab of six fasts of this month. Therefore, the Muslims should take this opportunity of acquiring such an enormous reward from Allah. It is more preferable to start these fasts from the 2nd of Shawwal and keep fasting up to the 7th of it. However, if, they are kept in other days, it is hoped that the requirement of the above hadith may also be fulfilled.
Hadith: “The Sawm (fast) is a shield (against all sins).” (Nasai and Tirmidhi)
It is mentioned in Hadith that fasting is a shield and a strong fortress in order to save oneself from hell. In other words, just as a person seeks refuge in a strong fortress or by means of a shield from an enemy, in the same way, one gets salvation from hell by fasting. By fasting, a person’s power of committing sins gets weak, and his power to do good gets stronger. When a person fasts in the proper manner and implements all the etiquette of fasting, he will free himself of sins and gain salvation from hell.
It is mentioned in a Hadith that fasting is a shield as long as it is not destroyed by lies and backbiting. In other words, fasting works as a shield as explained above. But this is on the condition that the person abstains from sinning. If a person fasts and still speaks lies, backbites, and commits other sins, then although he will be absolved of the fard of fasting, he will be committing a major sin. Furthermore, he will be deprived of the barakah of fasting.
As fasting is a shield. The person who awakens in the morning in a state of fasting should not commit any act of ignorance. If a person approaches him in an ignorant way, he should not reply him in the same ignorant manner nor should he address him disrespectfully. Instead, he should inform him that he is fasting.
‘Fasting & Quran’ week
- Start making up the qada of the missed fasts from previous Ramadan (s)
- Once you have made up all your Qada fasts, start fasting on Mondays and Thursdays
- Involve your family and friends by encouraging them to fast as well
- Allocate a certain amount of Quran to read every day and ensure that you read this amount regularly
- Get an English translation and a tafsir book to help you understand the Quran and read these regularly
How To Make Tawbha
Tawbah consists of three parts: Knowledge, repentance and determination
Knowledge: If you have knowledge of Islam then you will recognize your sins and understand why they are harmful for you and know what the punishment is if you continue to do those sins. You must also have sincere faith and devotion to Allah, because if you know that something displeases/angers Him then you will feel bad about doing it.
Repentance: Once you understand that the sins you have done are harmful and that you have earned Allah’s displeasure, then you will feel bad about having sinned. You will feel deep regret and remorse, even grief at having committed those sins.
Determination: When you feel so bad about doing those sins, then you will refrain from doing them and be determined never to do them again, especially if you know what the harmful effects and punishment are for those actions.
If you have committed a sin involving taking away someone else’s rights, then you must return those rights and ask forgiveness from that person also. (Adapted from Imam al-Ghazali, Ihya Ulumuddin, translated by Maulana Fazlul Karim, Taj Company, 1982, Vol. 4)
Tips To Help You stay Away From Sins:
- Stay away from the places of sinning
- Keep yourself in the company of those who remember Allah
- Keep your hands busy with useful work and your tongue busy with remembrance of Allah
- Understand the harmful effect of sins and read about the punishment for sinning
- Remind yourself about the rewards for doing good deeds, both in this life and in the hereafter
Any nafl (voluntary) prayers offered after Isha but before Fajr are night Prayers. If one prays ‘Isha without going to sleep, then this prayer is called Qiyam ul-Layl. If one prays after waking up from sleep, then this prayer is called Tahajjud.