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Preparing for Ramadan (Part 1)

Ramadan is quickly approaching. Instead of waiting for the last minute to prepare, begin today for a fruitful month of blessings and barakah from Allah[SWT]. To fully benefit from a great opportunity, you need to prepare for it – and the more thorough the preparation, the better. As Muslims, we have an annual event that serves as a tremendous opportunity to gather rewards and effect permanent, positive changes in our lives that will help us draw closer and closer to the Almighty. That opportunity is Ramadan. Usually, it’s only in the two months before Ramadan that we start hearing about how important it is to prepare so that by the time the month arrives, we’re already in the spirit of striving, and we have the momentum to make the most of Ramadan. But we also hear how the Prophet’s(pbuh) companions used to look forward to Ramadan a full six months before it came. And because they are the best generation in our history, we should take them as our role models and try to emulate

According to Islamic Teachings, Where Do Animals Go After They Die

Praise be to Allah. Allah, may He be glorified, tells us that the Angel of death takes the souls of the sons of Adam, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): “Say: "The angel of death, who is set over you, will take your souls, then you shall be brought back to your Lord."” [as-Sajdah 32:11]. With regard to the souls of animals and birds, there is no text that speaks about them in the Qur’an or saheeh Sunnah, as far as we know. Rather what has been narrated concerning that is a hadeeth that is not sound (saheeh). This is a report that was narrated by al-‘Aqeeli in ad-Du‘afa’: “The lifespan of all animals, lice, fleas, locusts, horses and mules, all of them, cattle and so on, their lifespans are all connected to their tasbeeh. When their tasbeeh comes to an end, Allah takes their souls, and the Angel of death has nothing to do with that.” Al-Albaani said in as-Silsilah ad-Da‘eefah (4/188): It is mawdoo‘ (fabricated). Hence some of the scholars said that the Angel

Why Are There More Women in Hell Than Men?

Praise be to Allah. It was narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that women will form the majority of the people of Hell. It was narrated from ‘Imran ibn Husayn that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “I looked into Paradise and I saw that the majority of its people were the poor. And I looked into Hell and I saw that the majority of its people are women.” (Narrated by al-Bukhari, 3241; Muslim, 2737) With regard to the reason for this, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked about it and he explained the reason. It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “I was shown Hell and I have never seen anything more terrifying than it. And I saw that the majority of its people are women.” They said, “Why, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “Because of their ingratitude (kufr).” It was said, “Are th

Who Should Carry Out the Hadd Punishment for Zina?

Praise be to Allah. Firstly: One of the greatest sins that a person can commit and then meets his Lord on the day of Judgement is the killing of a soul that Allah has forbidden to kill. Allaah says: “And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein; and the Wrath and the Curse of Allaah are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him” [al-Nisa’ 4:93] It was narrated that Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about major sins, and he said: “Associating others with Allaah, disobeying one’s parents, murder and bearing false witness.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2510; Muslim, 88. It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The believer will continue to have a good chance of salvation so long as he does not shed haraam blood.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6469. Secondly:

100 Direct Instructions by Allah in the Quran for Mankind

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta`ala) Has Directly Given Us 100 instructions Through Al Quran : 1. Do not be rude in speech (3:159) 2. Restrain Anger (3:134) 3. Be good to others (4:36) 4. Do not be arrogant (7:13) 5. Forgive others for their mistakes (7:199) 6. Speak to people mildly (20:44) 7. Lower your voice (31:19) 8. Do not ridicule others (49:11) 9. Be dutiful to parents(17:23) 10. Do not say a word of disrespect to parents (17:23) 11. Do not enter parents’ private room without asking permission (24:58) 12. Write down the debt (2:282) 13. Do not follow anyone blindly (2:170) 14. Grant more time to repay if the debtor is in hard time (2:280) 15. Don’t consume interest (2:275) 16. Do not engage in bribery (2:188) 17. Do not break the promise (2:177) 18. Keep the trust (2:283) 19. Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42) 20. Judge with justice between people (4:58) 21. Stand out firmly for justice (4:135) 22. Wealth of the dead should be distrib

You Have to Develop This Amazing Habit

There was something very special about Abu Hanifah. We said he was very generous. He had a habit, a very special habit and I really wish I would hear of someone in our times who actually does what Abu Hanifah did. Every time he spent any money on his family or on himself he would give out for the sake of Allah similar amount. Like he brought his family groceries and it cost him two hundred dollars let's say, he would take another two hundred dollars and give it for the sake of Allah. Let's say he brought his son a thobe, it cost twenty dollars he would give out twenty dollars anything he spent on himself or his family, he would give a similar amount for the sake of Allah and that actually reminds me of Ali Ibn Husain Ibn Ali (RA). The grandson of Ali Ibn Talib the son of Al Hussan (RA). Imaam Az Zahabi talks about him in the collection of biographies. He says: He split his money between himself and Allah. What does that mean? A few times in his life he would estimate his w

Preparing for Ramadan (Part 4)

With Ramadan almost here, insha’Allah you’re well on-track with preparing to make the most of the this month of mercy. Previous posts in this series covered salaah, unhealthy habits, and dua – and to wrap up, we shall focus on the greatest source of guidance to come to us – the Holy Quran. This post can’t come close to being comprehensive enough, or fitting of the subject matter – but it’s an attempt to help in this most immense of areas. A light in our dark days Like Prophets before him, Muhammad(pbuh) came with numerous physical miracles. But the cardinal miracle he was sent with was our Holy Text – Al-Quran. The purpose of this Book is clearly stated very early – in the opening verses of Surah Baqarah (translation of the meaning): “This is the Book whereof there is no doubt; a guidance to those who are conscious of Allah.”[2: 2] In a world that has become so confusing and morally corrupt – and is degenerating further and further – who can say that they aren’t in need of

Preparing for Ramadan (Part 3)

With Ramadan fast approaching, you may start hearing ulama and others highlighting the importance of preparing early. If you’ve been with this series, though, you’re way ahead. In part 1, we covered ways to start improving your salaah. Part 2 then focused on those time-zapping bad habits, such as Facebook and Twitter addictions (among others). Now, in part 3, we return to the spiritual realm with the ‘essence’ of worship: dua (supplication). The Ticket to Everything You Want Humans – by nature – have been created to want, want more, and want more. And while sometimes this is good, many times it isn’t – because too often we focus intensely on the material things we want, while neglecting the spiritual things we need. Regardless, the fact remains that we want – whether what we want is material, spiritual, or both. And when we want, we need to seek what we want from its source. As Muslims, we know that everything comes from Allah. So anything we want – be it material sustenan

Preparing for Ramadan (Part 2)

While in the first post of this series, We focused on salaah – which is spiritual – this second post will focus on something worldly, yet still extremely important. This time, we’ll be tackling our unhealthy, time-consuming habits – you know: Facebook, Twitter, instagram addiction, and the like. It may be painful to face up to, and the exercise may take a while to do, but if you succeed, insha-Allah you’ll make giant strides in bettering your own self and your relationship with Allah. Progress = Happiness? Compared to the previous eras, modern technology makes our lives easier and saves us great amounts of time. For example, whereas laundry was a whole day job 200 years ago, today you can get it done and dried in a couple of hours – with minimal effort on your part. But with so much time freed up, shouldn’t we be happier – since we have more time to do what we want? Compare the level of happiness and contentment in previous generations to ours, and you’ll most likely find

This is the Character of a True Believer

Allah (subhana WA Ta'ala) had created us in ways and forms that there are moments in which we are happy and there are moments in which were sad. All goes back to this heart how happy this heart will be and how happy this heart can be and that's why Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was amazed to the character of the believer. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says: I am amazed to the character of the believer...all his matches are good for him...if something good befalls him will be good for him and he'll be happy, he's happy for it something good came from Allah (Subhan Wa Talaa'a) to me I am happy and this is something understandable by everyone then the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says the amazing part is and if something harmful befalls that believer, he has patience for the sake of Allah and this one makes me to be so amazed from the believer and this character that he's happy when something good comes from Allah to him so he thanks Alla

How I Reverted to Islam (True Story of a Hindu Man)

From a practicing Hindu, Girish KS Udupa to a practicing Muslim Muhammad Ishaaq, who now devotes his time giving dawah to non muslims. Muhammad Ishaaq, an upper caste Hindu, narrates his story about his conversion to Islam.I was born and brought up in an upper-class Hindu Brahmin family of priests in Udupi, Karnataka, India, a city known for its temples. My learning of Hindu scriptures commenced at an early age through a teacher where I noticed many contradictions and began questioning but could not get any satisfying answers nor the meaning of the scriptures. Such a beginning early in life made me search for the truth about right religion.Owing to my persistent questions, my parents on the advice of religious heads transferred me to an Aashram, to become a Hindu priest. After joining the Aashram, my doubts and questions increased to which my teachers had no answers. I was advised to read books from the library to know the answers and hence I got an opportunity to read a lot of

The Secret Blessing in Sunnah Food – Pomegranate.

All praise be to Allah. The pomegranate has been mentioned in the Quran in three places: It is HE Who sends down rain from the skies; with it WE produce vegetation of all kinds: from some WE produce green (crops), out of which WE produce grain, heaped up (at harvest); out of the date palm and its sheaths (or spathes) (come) clusters of dates hanging low and near: and (then there are) gardens of grapes, and olives, and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety): when they begin to bear fruit, feast your eyes with the fruit and the ripeness thereof. Behold! In these things there are Signs for people who believe. (Al-Aníaam - 99) It is HE Who produceth gardens, with trellises and without, and dates, and tilth with produce of all kinds, and olives and pomegranates, similar (in kind) and different (in variety): eat of their fruit in their season, but render the dues that are proper on the day that the harvest is gathered. But waste not by excess: for ALLAH love

Being Thankful to Allah…Why It Matters

Each day in our salah, we repeatedly make one humble request to Allah, our Creator and Sustainer: {Guide us the Straight Way.} (Al-Fatihah 1:4) It is only by seeking and staying on the Straight Way, that we can ever hope to attain true salvation and success. What then must we do to ensure that Allah accepts and grants our Prayer? The Qur’an explains: {Whosoever holds on to Allah, he has already been guided onto a Straight Way.} (Aal `Imran 3:101) What exactly is i`tisambillah or ‘holding onto Allah’? How do we develop a close attachment to and a close relationship with Allah? Let us explore the answers to these questions by reflecting upon the characteristics needed to ‘hold onto Allah’ and thus be among those who are shown the Sirat al-Mustaqim or the Straight Way. The first characteristic is being ever grateful and thankful to Allah for everything that you possess including your wealth, health, status, intellectual abilities and life. You should recognize that yo

10 Actions That Put A Person Beyond The Pale Of Islam

Praise be to Allah. Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allah ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Note that Allah has commanded all people to enter Islam and to adhere to it and to beware of whatever is contrary to it. He sent His Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to call mankind to that. He tells us that those who follow him will be guided and that those who turn away from him have gone astray. In many verses He warns against the means that lead to apostasy and all forms of shirk and kufr. The scholars (may Allah have mercy on them) have said, when discussing apostasy, that a Muslim may apostatize from his religion by doing many acts that nullify Islam, which makes it permissible to shed his blood and seize his wealth, and which will put him beyond the pale of Islam. Among the most serious and most common of these things are ten which were mentioned by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhaab and other scholars (may Allah have mercy on them all). We wil