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7 TIPS TO BUILD POSITIVE HABITS

Tip 1 THINK OF A NEW HABIT. Decide on a specific habit that you’d like to stop, make it specific and measurable such as reading one page of the Quran every morning. Tip 2 GET CLEAR ON YOUR ‘WHY’. Think of all the benefits of starting this habit. Ensure you have a strong reason because this will motivate you to keep going even when you face challenges. Tip 3 CREATE A TRIGGER. Link you new habit to cue that remind you to take action. For example, the trigger could be Fajr prayer… so that every Fajr you will know that you need to read Quran. Or the trigger could be something in your environment such as leaving the Quran by your bedside table. Tip 4 PLAN FOR THE OBSTACLES. Think of any potential challenges you’re likely to face with the habit and plan in advance how you’ll overcome them if they arise. By thinking ahead, you’ll be less likely to get caught off guard and much more likely to follow through. Tip 5 GET SUPPORT. Find a mental of friends who will encourage yo

ONE SIGN OF THE PROPHET’S LOVE FOR US

Allah has given every single Prophet, one request – one supplication that is guaranteed to be accepted. The Prophets of the past have used this to ask something that they really wanted to see fulfilled. Some prophets used this against their own people because they used to get so frustrated. For example, Noah after preaching for nine hundred and fifty years, got frustrated at his people for still not listening to his message and made this supplication: O Allah I don’t want you to leave one house of disbelievers on this earth. Thereafter, Allah destroyed his city, which was all of humanity at that time. Similarly Prophet Ibrahim made a supplication to Allah for Prophet Muhammad, asking for the messenger to come from his progeny. That is why Prophet Muhammad later said: “I’m the Du’a of my father Ibrahim.” Moses made supplication against Pharaoh: “O Allah do not guide this person.” That is exactly what happened, Pharaoh died as a disbeliever. Suleiman made supplication to All

DOES THE PUNISHMENT OF GRAVE CONTINUES TILL THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT

Praise be to Allaah. Man’s life is divided into three sections: 1 – The life of this world, which ends with death. 2 – The life in al-barzakh, which starts after death and ends when the Hour begins. 3 – The life of the Hereafter, which begins after the people are raised from their graves, and is spent either in Paradise (we ask Allaah of His Bounty) or in Hell (we seek refuge with Allaah). So the life of al-barzakh lasts from after a person dies until he is resurrected, whether he is buried in a grave or not, whether he is burned or eaten by wild animals. The evidence that points to this life is the hadeeth narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), who said that after the deceased is placed in his grave, he can hear the footsteps of his family (as they walk away from the grave). This life (in al-barzakh) will either be filled with delight, or it will be hellish, and the grave will either be one of the gardens of Paradise or one o

HOW WILL THE SINFUL MUSLIM TAKE HIS BOOK OF DEEDS ON THE DAY OF RESURRECTION?

Praise be to Allaah. The Qur’aan and Sunnah indicate that the people will take their books, which contain the record of their deeds, on the Day of Resurrection. Some will take their books in their right hands and some will take their books in their left hands from behind their backs. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Then as for him who will be given his Record in his right hand will say: ‘Here! read my Record! 20. ‘Surely, I did believe that I shall meet my Account!’ 21. So he shall be in a life, well‑pleasing. 22. In a lofty Paradise, 23. The fruits in bunches whereof will be low and near at hand. 24. Eat and drink at ease for that which you have sent on before you in days past! 25. But as for him who will be given his Record in his left hand, will say: ‘I wish that I had not been given my Record! ‘And that I had never known how my Account is! 27. ‘Would that it had been my end (death)! 28. ‘My wealth has not availed me; 29. ‘My power (and a

WILL THE PERSON WHO COMMITS A MAJOR SIN BE PUNISHED IF HIS GOOD DEEDS OUTWEIGH HIS BAD DEEDS?

Praise be to Allah. There is no contradiction between the views of the scholars concerning this issue, praise be to Allah. That may be explained as follows: Firstly: Ahl as-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa‘ah are unanimously agreed that in the case of one who has committed major sins, if he meets Allah, may He be exalted, having repented sincerely from it, Allah will not punish him for it or take him to task for it, because the one who repents from sin is like one who did not commit sin. Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “Except those who repent and believe (in Islamic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for those, Allah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allah is Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful” [al-Furqaan 25:70]. Secondly: The one who meets Allah having not repented from his major sin is subject to the will of Allah: if He wills He will punish him and if He wills He will forgive him. This is unlike the view of those who say that the warning o

DO MAJOR SINS CANCEL OUT GOOD DEEDS?

Praise be to Allaah. One of the well-established facts that is affirmed by the Qur’aan and on which Ahl al-Sunnah are unanimously agreed is that sins and major sins do not erase all of the good deeds of the Muslim, and that there is nothing that erases the good deeds of a Muslim altogether except kufr and shirk. This is indicated by the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And whosoever of you turns back from his religion and dies as a disbeliever, then his deeds will be lost in this life and in the Hereafter, and they will be the dwellers of the Fire. They will abide therein forever” [al-Baqarah 2:217] Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said inMajmoo’ al-Fataawa (10/321-322): The Sahaabah and Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah are of the view that those who commit major sins will be brought forth from Hell and intercession will be made for them. A single major sin does not erase all good deeds, but it may erase an

BAD DEEDS MAY ERASE GOOD DEEDS

Praise be to Allaah. Firstly: One of the basic principles among Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah is that good deeds are not accepted if they are accompanied by kufr, and that nothing cancels out all good deeds except kufr. This is indicated by the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Say: Spend (in Allaah’s Cause) willingly or unwillingly, it will not be accepted from you. Verily, you are ever a people who are Faasiqoon (rebellious, disobedient to Allaah).” 54. And nothing prevents their contributions from being accepted from them except that they disbelieved in Allaah and in His Messenger (Muhammad), and that they came not to As-Salaah (the prayer) except in a lazy state, and that they offer not contributions but unwillingly” [al-Tawbah 9:53-54] Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Nothing cancels out good deeds except kufr, because the one who dies as a believer will inevitably enter Paradise, and he will be brought out of Hell if

DO THE DEAD SEE THE ANGELS AND THE JINN?

Praise be to Allaah. When a person dies, his time of reckoning has started, and Allaah knows best about the details of this situation. There is no way for us to know anything about the details of that except through sound texts and reports from Allaah or His Messenger. There is evidence that the dying person sees the Angel of Death and his helpers, and that when he dies he sees Munkar and Nakeer, and that they make him sit up and question him in the grave. What we must do is to stop at what is indicated by the texts and believe in it. As for anything over and beyond that, we say that Allaah knows best about it. With regard to the jinn, there is no evidence to suggest that the dead can see them. It seems that they are like humans and the dead cannot see them. Whatever the case, the Muslim should strive to seek that which will benefit him, and refrain from delving deeply into matters that will not bring him any benefits in his religious affairs. He should spend his time ponde

The Nature of Life in the Grave

Praise be to Allaah. Firstly: it should be noted that what is obligatory upon every believing man and woman is to believe what Allaah tells them in His Book or on the lips of His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about all matters that have to do with the Hereafter, the Reckoning, Paradise and Hell, or that have to do with death, the grave and torment or blessing in the grave, and all matters of the Unseen that are mentioned in the Noble Qur’aan or in the saheeh reports of the Sunnah. We have to believe and accept that, because we know that our Lord tells the truth in all that He says and tells us about. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “and whose words can be truer than those of Allaah? (Of course, none)” [al-Nisaa’ 4:122] “And who is truer in statement than Allaah?”[al-Nisaa’ 4:87] We know that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is the most truthful of people, and that he never spoke on the basis of his o

SEEK HELP IN HAVING YOUR NEEDS MET BY BEING DISCREET.”

Praise be to Alaah This hadeeth was narrated by al-Tabarani in his three Mu’jams, by al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Eeman, by Abu Na’eem in al-Hilyah; by Ibn ‘Adiyy in al-Kamil, and by al-‘Aqeeli in al-Du’afa. The hadeeth says: “Seek help in having your needs met by being discreet, for everyone who is blessed with something is envied.” This was narrated from the hadeeth of Mu’adh ibn Jabal, ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, Ibn ‘Abbas, Abu Hurayrah and Abu Bardah (may Allah be pleased with them). Ibn Abi Hatim said that this hadeeth was munkar (rejected). Ibn al-Jawzi ruled that it is mawdoo’ (fabricated). It was classed as da’eef (weak) by al-‘Iraqi, al-Suyooti in al-Jami’ al-Sagheer, and al-‘Ajlooni in Kashf al-Khifa’. Al-Haythami said in Majma’ al-Zawaid (8/195): It was narrated that Mu’adh ibn Jabal (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Seek help in having your needs met by being discreet, for everyone who is blessed

12 BENEFITS OF HARDSHIPS AND CALAMITIES IN LIFE

Praise be to Allah. Disasters and calamities have been created for a reason, which none can fully comprehend but Allah. Some of the things that Allah has shown to us indicate this. 1 – Disasters and calamities are a test of the believer’s patience. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, ‘When (will come) the Help of Allah?’ Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!” [al-Baqarah 2:214] 2 – This is a sign of man's weakness and his need for his Lord, and shows that he cannot succeed unless he realizes his need for his Lord and starts beseeching Him. 3 – Calamities are a means of expiation of sin and raising one's status. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There is nothing th

How Do You Distinguish Between a Test From Allah and Punishment?

Praise be to Allah. Punishments are what happen to people in return for their evil deeds. Trials are tests which are sent to try people, and people may be tested by good things or by bad. Concerning punishments, Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself…” [al-Nisa 4:79] Concerning the phrase “is from yourself”, Qatadah said: “[It means] the punishment is for you, O son of Adam, because of your sin.” Abu Salih said that “whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself” means “because of your sin, and I [Allah] am the One Who decreed it for you.”(Tafseer Ibn Katheer). Allah also says (interpretation of the meaning): “And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.” [al-Shoora 42:30] Ibn Katheer, may Allah have mercy on him, said: “[It means] whatever misfortune happens to you, O people, is because of evil deeds th

THE SIX BLESSINGS OF THE MARTYRS

Praise be to Allaah. It was reported in the hadeeth of al-Miqdaam ibn Ma’di Karb that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The martyr (shaheed) has seven blessings from Allaah: he is forgiven from the moment his blood is first shed; he will be shown his place in Paradise; he will be spared the trial of the grave; and he will be secure on the Day of the Greatest Terror (the Day of Judgement); there will be placed on his head a crown of dignity, one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it; he will be married to seventy-two of al-hoor al-‘iyn; and he will be permitted to intercede for seventy of his relatives.”  According to another report, the martyr has six blessings from Allaah. According to other reports (the number is) six, or nine, or ten. (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, who said it is a hasan hadeeth. Also narrated by Ibn Maajah in al-Sunan, by Ahmad, by ‘Abd al-Razzaaq inal-Musannaf, by al-Tabaraani in al-Kabeer, and by Sa’eed

What to Say Upon Hearing the Adhan? 5 Things

1 ) The Sunnah recommends that while the adhan (call to prayer) is being called, one should listen attentively and repeat every line silently after the Mu’adhin (the one who calls to prayer), but when he says “Hayya ‘ala-Salah” (come to prayer) and “Hayya ‘ala-l-falah” (come to success) one should say: La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (There is no might or power except with Allah) Prophet Muhammad said: “When you hear the adhan, repeat what the Mu’adhin says.” (Imam Malik – Muwatta) 2) Invoke Blessings to the Prophet (peace be upon him) The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “When you hear the Mu’adhin calling for the prayer, repeat his words then ask Allah’s blessings upon me, because the one who asks Allah’s blessings upon me once will be rewarded ten blessings by Allah.” (Muslim, The Book of Prayer, Hadith 384) The text of As-Salawat Al-Ibrahimiah is: Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ala ali Muhammadin, kama sallayta ala Ibrahima wa ala ali Ibrahima

WHY DO WE SEND BLESSINGS UPON THE PROPHET (PBUH)?

Praise be to Allah Firstly: Sending blessings upon the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) is one of the best and noblest acts of worship by means of which one may draw closer to Allah. Allah, may He be exalted, has enjoined that upon His believing slaves. He, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “Allah sends His Salât (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy) on the Prophet (Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)) and also His angels (ask Allah to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salât on (ask Allah to bless) him (Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islamic way of greeting (salutation i.e. As¬Salâmu 'Alaikum)” [al-Ahzaab 33:56]. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) also urged us to do that and explained that it brings a multiple reward and that it is a means of attaining forgiveness of sins and having one’s needs met. He (ble

WHOEVER WASHES THE DEAD LET HIM DO GHUSL

Praise be to Allaah. The correct scholarly view is that doing ghusl after washing the deceased is mustahabb, but it is not obligatory. This is the view of Ibn ‘Abbaas, Ibn ‘Umar, ‘Aa’ishah, al-Hasan al-Basri, Ibraaheem al-Nakha’i, al-Shaafa’i, Ahmad, Ishaaq, Abu Thawr, Ibn al-Mundhir and others, and it is also the view regarded as most correct by Ibn Qudaamah. See Sunan al-Tirmidhi, 3/318; al-Mughni, 1/134 Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: It is mustahabb for the one who washes the deceased to do ghusl, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever washes the dead, let him do ghusl, and whoever carries him, let him do wudoo’.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 2/62-63; al-Tirmidhi, 2/132. Some of its isnaads are hasan, and some are saheeh according to the conditions of Muslim. Ibn al-Qayyim quoted eleven isnaads for it in Tahdheeb al-Sunan, then he said: These isnaads indicate that the hadeeth is mahfooz. I say: it was clas

THE BEST JOY OF THIS WORLD IS A RIGHTEOUS WIFE

Praise be to Allaah. Firstly: There is no doubt that relationships between men and women who are not their mahrams (close relatives who one can never marry) are haram (unlawful). Secondly: We have previously explained on our website who is the religiously committed woman who a man should look for when he wants to get married. It is on this basis that the wise man should choose the one who will accompany him in this world. It was narrated from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “This world is temporary joys, and the best temporary joy of this world is a righteous wife.” Narrated by Muslim, 1467; Ibn Maajah, 1855, with the wording, “Indeed, this world is no more than temporary joys, and there is no temporary joy of this world that is better than a righteous wife.” It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Wom

QUESTION : GHUSL IS NOT REQUIRED IF MANIY IS EMITTED WITH NO FEELINGS OF DESIRE

Praise be to Allaah. Please note that if the discharge of maniy is accompanied by feelings of desire, ghusl is required according to scholarly consensus. See al-Majmoo’, 2/111; al-Mughni, 1/266 With regard to maniy being discharged with no feelings of desire, the scholars differed concerning that. The most correct view is that if it is emitted with no feelings of desire, ghusl is not required but you have to do wudoo’. The evidence for that is the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allaah be pleased with him): “If water gushes forth then ghusl is required.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 206; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Irwa’, 125. See also al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 1/278. “Gushes forth” means that it comes out forcefully, with feelings of desire. One has to distinguish between the kinds of discharge that come out; not every discharge that comes out of the private part is maniy for which ghusl is required. T

A DUA FOR THE TEAM DR.ZAKIR NAIK

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