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Put Your Full Trust in Allah

Read the following quote and you will be staggered how we confine ourselves to the shackles of our limited conception of “al-Tawakul” trust in Allah. We cripple our life with our own ignorance of the essence of trust in Allah, which will necessarily elevate us, if observed, to the frontier and elite position in this world, that we supposedly should have seized. The following quote is meant to provide you with a penetrating and boundless insight that empowers you to see through your limited conception of this concept “Trust in Allah”. Get on any sort of work you do, recall the image of this quote in your mind, and let it triggers your full power. You should always have this combination whenever you engage in any type of action: Trust in Allah and simultaneous and exploiting every efficient and potential mean that gets you to achieving your goals of this life and the next one.

Imam ibn al-Qayyim observed, “If a person were to put his full trust in Allah in order to move a mountain and he was ordered to do so, he would certainly move it.”

The source: Madarij as-Salikeen: (1/81).

Commentary and translation by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

Khutbah: “Don’t Have Ill Thoughts Of Allah”

Sheikh Muhammad Raslan discussed in his Khuttbah today a very critical topic: “Having Good Thoughts Of Allah” He began his Khuttbah, “We live in a time where disobedients, innovators, and immoral individuals have polluted this life and left us in a disgusting swamp. Nothing is left for us to adhere to than having good thoughts in Allah. We ask Allah to bless us with entertaining good thoughts in Him.”
   He noted that plenty of the Muslims entertain ill thoughts about Allah. They blame al-Qadr (pre-destination) and hang their failures on it. Others misunderstand the wisdom of Allah in that they believe if they are obedient, they deserve a better life financially. However when they see the disobedient ones whom Allah has tested with an abundant life and authority, they start entertaining ill thoughts of Allah; like believing, but not necessarily speaking about it like, “Why the disobedient one blessed with a better life than mine?! There must be something wrong.” Such belief is a stark accusation of Allah’s wisdom.
The Sheikh quoted ibn al-Qayyim’s speech that eloquently addresses this topic followed by a list of ahadiths like the following one:
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Allah the Exalted says: ‘I am as my slave expects Me to be, and I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me inwardly, I will remember him inwardly, and if he remembers Me in an assembly, I will remember him in a better assembly (i.e., in the assembly of angels).”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

A brief of the Sheikh Raslan’s khuttbah; the audio of this khuttbah will be uploaded on the sheikh’s official website later today inshaallah.

Summarized by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

 

The Religion Centers On Four Hadiths

Imam Abu Dawud observed, “I have studied hadiths that are supported with chains of narration; I came to the conclusion that they are numbered 4000 hadiths. All of them center on four hadiths only:

1- An-Nu’man ibn Basheer narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The lawful is clear and the unlawful is clear, and between that are matters that are doubtful (not clear); which many of the people do not know whether they belong to the lawful or the unlawful. So whoever leaves it to protect his religion and his honor, then he will be safe, and whoever falls into something from them, then he soon will have fallen into the unlawful. Just like if someone grazes (his animals) around a sanctuary, he would soon wind up in it. Indeed for every king is a sanctuary (pasture), and indeed Allah’s sanctuary is what He made unlawful.”

2- The hadith, “Actions are tied by their intentions…”

3- The hadith, “Whoever brings forth a practice not authorized by the Prophet (peace be upon him), he shall have it rejected.”

4- The hadith, “A sign of man’s good observance of Islam (his piety) is to keep away from that which does not concern him.”

A similar statement were maintained by many scholars such as Ahmad ibn Hanbal, but excludes the last hadith, and other early scholars. The Muslim should study, understand, and observe these hadiths due to their critical significance in the lives of Muslims.

IA Magazine “LEGACY” Part 1

IA-Mag_LegacyP1 Please join us at Insight Audio Magazine we as discuss “LEGACY” Part 1.

Join me and our special guest Abdul Lateef (may Allah have mercy upon him) as we begin to discuss issues of marriage, our futures, sickness, death and what we plan to leave behind in this life.

We hope you benefit and enjoy this show barakallaahu feekum.

Don’t Spit In Front Of You During Prayer

The Prophet (peace be upon him) says, “When any one of you prays, he must not spit in front of him, for Allah is in front of him when he is engaged in prayer. But he should do so on his left or down his feet.“  [agreed upon]

Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen comments, ” This hadith has decisive proof that Allah is in the front of the person who prays. As for spitting to one’s right side,  it’s not preferable because an angel is reported to be on one’s right side; this leaves out the left side or under the feet.

We can extract from this hadith that Allah is in front of the person who prays; however, we must know that Who said so is the same One who declared Himself to be in the heavens. There is no contradiction as we can reconcile between these two texts from three aspects:

1- The Islamic law contains both reports and it’s impossible for it to contain any contradictions.

2- Logically, a thing could be up in the sky while being right in front of you simultaneously; consider the sun which lies in front of you but higher than you. Therefore, since such fact is applicable for created objects, it’s obviously and undoubtedly applicable for the Creator Himself.

3- Even if we suppose this is not applicable for created objects, it wouldn’t be the same case for Allah; who there is nothing similar or comparable to Him.”

Source: http://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/books/article_17955.shtml.

Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

“A Happy Family”

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “The most perfect believers are those who have the best behavior, and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives.”    [At-Tirmidhi}

The relationship between the husband and his wife should be based on mutual respect, admiration, and noble conduct.

Sheikh ibn Uthaymeen comments on this hadith:
“The person should treat his/her family with the best of conduct; since they are the closest to him/her. One should follow the Prophet’s example, as expressed by ‘Aishah, that he was in the service of his family (peace be upon him).” (Riyad as-Saliheen).

Being in the service of the family reflects a well-disciplined conduct plus the great impact on the rest of the family members; the children will imitate their father when he helps their mother, the wife will look at her husband with great affection, and the husband will sense the delicious fruits of his behavior with his family in every aspect of his life. Such spirit of cooperation will flow over the family and will establish long-lasting bounds of mutual admiration.

Written by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

 

IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT LOVE IN MARRIAGE; THINK AGAIN!

This post is a follow up of the last post by brother Abu Muhammad. The reason I made this one independent is the urgent need to right people’s conception about marriage. Read carefully the following hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and you will realize that marriage is not intended solely for the satisfaction of the so-called desire “LOVE”.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “A believer should not hate (his wife) believing woman; if he dislikes one of her characteristics he will be pleased with another“. [Recorded by Muslim].

This hadith involves the woman as well. Sheikh As-Sa’di remarkably commented, “This hadith teaches us how to deal with the wife, the friend, the relatives of kin, and anybody in this life. A person should adjust himself/herself and keep in mind that anybody you meet, including yourself, has flaws and faults and something you dislike about him/her. At this moment, in order to accommodate with this situation, you should focus your efforts on his/her good side, try to develop a healthy relationship, and overlook whatever that might kill this joy.”

One should never assume that love will remain forever; the life between the husband and the wife starts off with this love and then evolves into a habit; love gradually fades away. But look at it from this angle: isn’t care, kindness, gentleness, or tolerance of something one might not like about the other an integral part of this love? If we followed the teaching of the Prophet in this hadith, we will feel peace, comfort, and  tranquility replacing  unrest and dullness engulfing our lives.

Just reconfigure your idea about love and inshaallah you will enjoy and lead a healthy and productive life.

Written by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

“The ‘Dance’ To Marriage’s Death”

Saying, “I love you” to someone you really love can be very dangerous when it is your wife or husband. “I love you.” It’s just 3 words. But each word is loaded with meaning bringing out emotions that can lead to more pain than the announcer intended.

A marriage is a relationship that can sum up to success or feelings of total failure. Our report card of spousal performance is always on the line with our wife or husband. Marriage over time, for some, can simply equal to years and years of failures and promises not kept. Of sad longings and an uncertain future.

It can bring about mountains of stress the trauma of which makes the sufferer truly believe he or she would have been better off single, drowning alone in a lake of water. Overtime some believe that death is possibly better than the marriage they are in. “The more I try to make things better the worse it seems to become!”, we might say.

Overtime the thrill is gone and smiles fade. Excitement is replaced by anxiety of the moment. We may just go through the motions hoping that our “staged performance” went unnoticed by our spouse. “If I can just get through this day.”, we think.

“Here we go again, another !!!#!$#FY$ $^**!!!!”, we say to ourselves as our ears quickly turn off to the sounds of whatever he or she is saying. “What? Sorry what did you say?”, said the man. “I’m sorry did you expect something else?”, said the woman.

And so it goes. “The Dance To Marriage’s Death” quickens its pace. You may say, “But nothing is right!” This may be so. Or you may say, “It’s always the same ‘ol thing with him/her!” And this is also possible.

Am I close? Barakallaahu feekum.