Allah granted us Al-Jumu’ah (The Day of Gathering).
Narrated by Aboo Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, he said: The Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, said: ((Allah misguided/sent astray those who had come before us from Al-Jumu’ah (The Day of Gathering/Friday). So Al-Yahood (The Jews) were guided to yaumus-Sabt (Saturday), and An-Nasaaraa (The Christians) were guided to yaumul-Ahad (Sunday). So Allah presented to us, therefore guided us to Al-Jumu’ah. Furthermore, they will follow us on yaumul-Qiyaamah (The Day of Standing and Reckoning). We are last from amongst Ahlud-Dunyaa (The people of this life), and first on yaumul-Qiyaamah)). (Muslim 856).
Translated by: Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb.
Sheikh ibn Uthaymeen was asked:
Question: Is it a must to observe the prostration of recitation (Sujood at-Tilawah) whenever one comes across verses marked with this prostration?
First: in regards to the phrase “is it a must”, it’s actually not an obligation to observe this porstration; it’s rather a sunnah no matter how many times one comes across verses marked with this prostration. This statement is supported by Umar’s observance of this particular prostration at one incident during a Jumaa prayer, at which he came across a verse in Surat al-Nahl marked with Sujood and prostrated. In a similar incident, he came across the same verse but he didn’t observe this prostration; he commented, “Allah left us the choice in observing this prostration and didn’t obligate it.”
As for the repetition of this prostration, observing it once is sufficient for who recites the Qur’an regularly and he is not required to repeat it every time.
Source : The series of al-Bab al-Maftooh: number: 62.
Translation by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.
Question: How does one remain firm upon the path of seeking Ilm (Knowledge)?
Answer: Shaykh Taamir Fatooh (may Allah have mercy upon him and his family) said, first one must set goals; goals in regards to why he is seeking Ilm. He must set goals and try to attain them, bi’ithnillah. Setting goals will provide him with guidance and direction. He should set goals; saying, I want to memorize Qur’aan, in shaa Allah, he strives in attaining this. He wants to memorize various books; he then sets forth in trying to attain this, in shaa Allah.
The shaykh said, the student must set goals and try to attain these goals. In shaa Allah.
(Translators’s note): We must establish Ikhlaas Lillah (Sincerity for Allah) when establishing our goals. We must establish these goals seeking Allah’s Face and entrance into His Jannah by His Rahmah (Mercy).
The Shaykh Taamir said, he began his quest for Ilm while in his late 20’s. He began by memorizing Qur’aan. Next he said that he wanted to educate himself, so he entered the Ma’had (Learning center) of Ansaar was-Sunnah Al-Muhammadiyyah in Abdeen, Cairo; in which he completed his studies in 4 years. Along with 10 years of attending the various classes which were found in Masjid At-Tawheed in Abdeen, Cairo.
He studied with Shuyookh such as Ahmad Fahmiyy (rahimahullah), as well as Hasan Abdul-Wahaab Al-Bannaa, Aadil Sayyid and Aliyy Waseefiyy (hafithahumullah alaa khayr). He said that he began his studies by learning the books of Usool (Foundations) of Aqeedah (Creed), Fiqh (Legislation), Tafseer (Explanation of Qur’aan) and Hadeeth.
May Allah bless and reward with good all of the Scholars and students of Ahlus-Sunnah and have mercy upon them all.
Translated by: Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb
I just read an interesting quote written by a modern influential Egyptian writer, whose name is Mustafa Lutfi al-Manfaluti. So I thought I’d share it with you.
He said, “The cause of misery one may have lies in the heart of one’s own consciousness. Come to think of it, the person who harbors envy feels the constantly evolving pain every time the one envied is at his sight, the one who bears malice feels the ravaging pain every time he recalls his painful memories of being powerless to exact revenge on whom he hates, the greedy feels the pain when he cannot reach what he craves, the adulterer feels the pain whenever his conscious blames him for his sin, the oppressor feels the same when he hears the prayers and the supplications of the one he inflicted oppression against, and the same case applies for the liar, backbiter, and whoever harbors an immoral or shameful traits.
Happiness is rightly pursued in embodying the virtuous and righteous consciousness otherwise one will live in misery for the rest of one’s life even if one is in possession of all the money in the world.”
Translation by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “When any of you goes to bed, he should shake off (or dust off) his bedsheets because he does not know what might have fallen on it after he had left it. Then he should recite: ‘Bismika Rabbi wada’tu janbi, wa bika arfa’uhu, in amsakta nafsi farhamha, wa in arsaltaha fahfazha bima tahfazu bihi ‘ibadakas-salihin [With Your Name, my Rubb, I place my side (upon the bed) and with Your Grace I will raise it up. If You withhold my soul (cause me to die), have mercy on it but if You let it go (let me live), guard it against which You guarded Your pious servants].”‘
[Al- Bukhari and Muslim].
Sheikh Raslan commented, “People, unfortunately, are not aware of the Prophet’s life; he taught us every little thing. However, those bestowed with success strive to investigate the Prophet’s life (peace be upon him); the follow the knowledge they acquire and implement it, and thereby they are rewarded with the best of rewards. On the other hand, those who claim loving the Prophet (peace be upon him) while being ignorant of his life and how did he managed to live it; their claim must be revisited and reconsidered.
The reason for shaking off the bedsheets lies in the potential possibility that there could be something harmful on the bedsheets you’re not aware of its presence; this thing could harm you. However, the Prophet (peace be upon him) teaches you to check your bedsheets before you go to sleep. He guides you towards what is best for you even in this life. Not only you get to benefit from doing so, but also top this with the benefit Allah confers upon you as a reward for the Dhikr (remembrance) you recite when you get to sleep.”
Source: Sunnan Mahjoorah [Deserted Sunnan of the Prophet (?)] by Sheikh Muhammad Said Raslan: pages: 27-28.
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.
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 Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Women are married for four things: their wealth, their nobility, their beauty and their religious commitment. Choose the one who is religiously committed, may your hands be rubbed with dust!”.
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.