Category Archives: Hadees

A Disbeliever’s Death

The Prophet of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah accepts the repentance of the servant so long as his ruh has not arrived at his throat.” [Tirmidhi]

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says: “If you could see when the wrongdoers taste the pangs of death and the angels stretch their hands out, [saying], ‘Deliver up your souls. This day you will be awarded a degrading punishment.’” [Al-Quran 6:93]

“Then the Angel of Death comes and sits at the head of the unbeliever and says: ‘O foul soul, come out to the wrath and anger of Allah!’ The soul inside the disbeliever’s body does not want to deliver itself up and divides up in the body of the dying person, whereupon the Angel of Death violently pulls it and it is dragged out like a skewer is pulled out of wet wool.” [Ar-Ruh: The Soul’s Journey after Death, by Imam Ibn Al Qayyim Al Jauziah] Continue reading

Six Rights of a Muslim upon a Muslim

Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “No one of you shall become a true believer until he desires for his brother what he desires for himself.” (Bukhari) Surely the best way for us to please our brother is to place him high in our estimation and do for him what we would like for ourselves. The Prophet gave us comprehensive direction on how to sustain brotherhood. He said: “There are six rights of a Muslim upon a Muslim:…”

  1. Greeting with Salaam
    “…When you meet him, greet him;…” With a warm smile, a friendly face and the greeting of As-Salaam Alaykum is the best way to meet a brother. We must avoid picking and choosing whom we confer this basic right upon. All Muslims regardless of their social status and position in society should be afforded this “gateway” into our personal space.
  2. Invitation
    “…When he invites you, respond to him;…” When a Muslim brother invites you to a celebration, you are obliged to go, even if he didn’t attend the Eid celebration you had last year. Accepting an invitation for a wedding celebration or the naming of a child is about sharing in the joys of a brother as well as joining with other Muslims in a social gathering.
  3. Counseling
    “…When he seeks counsel, give him advice;…” When a brother comes to you with a problem, seeking advice, give him what he requires even if it means that you are undermining yourself in the process. Remember, you desire the best for him, don’t you? Be sincere in your advice. Never take what has been told to you in confidence to another person except to demonstrate a point; even then, his identity must not be disclosed or alluded to.
  4. Answering Sneezes
    “…When he sneezes and praises Allah, say to him: `May Allah have mercy on you (Yarhamuk-Allah)’…” . When a Muslim sneezes and he remembers to praise Allah, we must respond to him with a prayer for Allah to have mercy on him. If we find a brother either negligent or ignorant of the need to praise Allah in all things, then we must set him right as far as his responsibility to himself and to others. The lesson is: praise Allah in all condition and appreciate the one who does this!
  5. Visiting the Sick
    “…When he is sick, visit him… When you go and visit a sick brother, take a small gift along with you that will help lift his spirits. If you are unable to afford a gift, then ensure that you go armed with words of encouragement and hope from the Qur’an and Sunnah. Don’t be put off by the fact that the brother is much more learned than you – you are there to lift his spirits, not to compete against him. Pray for him and let him pray for you too.
  6. Attending the funeral
    “…And when he dies, follow his funeral…” Attending the last rites of a brother is of utmost importance. Speaking well of him and seeking forgiveness for him will ease his condition in the grave with regards to questioning, bliss and punishment. Upon following him to the grave, one should now not turn his back on (abandon) him. Not abandoning him after his death is to take care of his families, remembering him in du’aa regularly, and doing sadaqah (charity) on his behalf.

La hawla wala quwwata illa billaah

La hawla wala quwwata illa billaah - There is neither might nor any power except with Allah.

La hawla wala quwwata illa billaah - There is neither might nor any power except with Allah.

La hawla wala quwwata illa billaah – There is neither might nor any power except with Allah.

Some authentic Hadeeths were narrated on the virtue of saying “La hawla wala quwwata illa billaah (There is no might and power but that of Allaah).” For instance, the Prophet Sal lallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, said to Abu Moosa Al-Ash‘ari : “Should I guide you to a word which is one of the treasures of Paradise?” He replied in the affirmative. The Prophet Sal lallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam , said, “La hawla wala quwwata illa billaah.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

As regards the Hadeeth which reads: “It cures ninety-nine diseases the least of which is anxiety”, it was narrated by At-Tabaraani and it is not authentic.


No Faith, No Religion

Truthfulness

Truthfulness

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “He who is not trustworthy has no faith, and he who does not keep his word has no religion.” (Bayhaqi)

Truthfulness is the foundation of prophethood. When Heraclius, the ruler of Rome, asked Abu Sufyan about the characteristics of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), one of his questions was, “Did you ever accuse him of lying before he said what he said?” Abu Sufyan, though an enemy of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) at his time, replied, “No.” Heraclius said: “If he refrained from telling lies about people he would not go and tell lies about Allah.”

Truthfulness the result of taqwa and is the cause of praiseworthy characteristics. It is not possible for a person to be a Momin if he is not truthful. If you want to count yourself among those who have a religion then you must adopt truthfulness and honesty in every sphere of your life and fulfill each of your promises, big or small.

On His Behalf

Narrated ‘Aisha: Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever died and he ought to have fasted (the missed days of Ramadan) then his guardians must fast on his behalf.” (Bukhari, 1835)

Have you fasted on behalf of your parents?

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