Monday, July 29, 2013

Laylatul Qadr --The Night of Power

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power:
And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is?
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by God's
permission,on every errand: Peace!...
This until the rise of morn!

Surah 97 The Holy Quran:

The Holy Qur'an contains a short surah dedicated to
Laylatul Qadr.

Surah Al-Qadr is the 97th surah and consists of five verses.
However,these short verses carry great meaning and guidance.
They tell us all we need to know about the essence and
spirit of Laylatul Qadr.

"Indeed, We sent the Quran down during the Night of Decree.
And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree?
The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.
The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission 
of their Lord for every matter.
Peace it is until the emergence of dawn."
Surat Al-Qadr (The Power) - سورة القدر

Laylatul Qadr falls sometime within the last 10 days of
Ramadan. Seek it in Ramadan in the last ten nights.
For verily, it is during the odd nights,the twenty-first,
or the twenty-third, or the twenty-fifth,or
the twenty-seventh,or the twenty-ninth, or
during the last night.

-Sahih Hadith Ahmad 5:318

Laylatul Qadr is the most blessed night. A person who
misses it has indeed missed a great amount of good.
If an individual wants to obey his Lord, increase the
good deeds in his record and have all past sins forgiven,
they should take part in Laylatul Qadr.

 Whoever stays up (in prayer and remembrance of Allah) on
the Night of Qadr fully believing (in Allah's promise of
reward for that night) and hoping to seek reward
(from Allah alone and not from people),
he shall be forgiven for his past sins.

 Sahih Hadith Bukhari / Muslim

 We should strive to find this night, and then pass it
in worship and obedience. If this is done for the
sake of Allah, with sincerity, then all past sins
will be forgiven. However, if a person misses out on
worship during Laylatul Qadr they truly are a
deprived person.

 This night is full of reward and blessing and is
equivalent to a thousand nights of worship.
Anyone who takes part in Laylatul Qadr will have
worshiped an equivalent of eighty three years and
three months. It is as if a person has spent
an entire lifetime in non-stop worship
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.  
97:3 The Holy Quran

"Allah's Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam,
looked back at the previous communities and saw that
his community lived for a much shorter period
in comparison to them. He was concerned about
how his community would be able to gain as many rewards
 as those of the previous communities.

So when Allah the Exalted saw the concerns in the heart
of His Beloved, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, then he,
sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, was given
Laylatul-Qadr, which is more virtuous than a thousand months.

Worship during this night can take on many
Here are a few suggestions to help  you through
Laylatul Qadr:
Plan ahead if you are working. If you are going to
spend a night awake in worship,book the following
day off.Take regular breaks during the night to avoid
getting over-exhausted.

Try switching between different forms of worship instead
Perform Itikaaf (seclusion in a mosque for worship)
If possible, take a vacation for the last 10 days of Ramadhan
If you cannot stay at your local mosque ask family or
friends to help out during your Itikaaf at home.

If you cannot spend all 10 days in Itikaaf
then do as many days as you can - even if it is only one day
Increase the recitation of the Qur'an, and reflect
on the meaning of the verses, especially the verses
used in Salah.

This will help you concentrate.
Increase Salah (prayer)Find out if there are any events
organised, and take your family along. Doing all of
the above activities may be too much to do throughout
the night but is far better than social gatherings and
meaningless talk

 If your Arabic is not very strong then there are
many good English translations of Qur'an and Hadith,
which can be used instead Other useful reading might
include books of tafsir (Quran commentary books
on the lives of the Prophets PBUH and books of fiqh
Islamic jurisprudence) as well as DuA's books
The days of Laylatul-Qadr are an important time for
worship, especially the last 10 days. We should pray
sincerely from our hearts in order to be saved
from the hell fire This is a good opportunity not only
to pray for ourselves but also for our fellow brothers
and sisters, for if we can not do anything else
then our prayers will help

Ibn Abbas (RA) heard the Prophet (SAAWS) advising
someone, sayingTake advantage of five before five:
1) You are youth before your old age
2) your health before your sickness,
3) your wealth before your poverty,
4)your free time before you become occupied,
and 5) your life before your death

 May Allah help us to purify our hearts, strengthen our faith
and enable us to meet every challenge, and overcome
every difficulty in our lives. May Allah allow us to serve
Him with sincerity in our work study, professional, business,
family and social lives When the time comes for us
finally to return to Him may Allah admit us to
the companionship of those whom He loves

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Prophet Mohammed PBUH Said : If Anyone Favors His Wife Over His Mother

At the time of the Messenger of Allah Prophet Mohammed(PBUH), 
There was a young man named Alqamah. He was very diligent in 
obeying Allah by engaging in prayer and fasting and spending in 

Then he fell ill and his illness became serious. His wife went to the 
Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and said, "My husband, Alqamah, 
is on his deathbed. I therefore came to tell you, Prophet Mohammed 
(PBUH)about his condition."

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) sent for Ammar ibn Yasir, Suhaib 
and Bilal ibn Rabah, and told them to go to him (Alqamah) and have 
him repeat the Shahadah. They went to him and found him in the 
agony of death. They asked him to say, "La illaha illa Allah," but his 
tongue was unable to pronounce it. At that, they came and told 
the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) that he was unable to repeat the 

Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) asked, "Is either of his parents alive?"
He was told, "Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), his mother is, but she is 
very old."

The Messenger of Allah (saww) sent her a message that if it was 
convenient for her (if she was able to go out), she should come to him; 
otherwise she should stay in her house and the Prophet Mohammed 
(PBUH) would come to her.

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) messenger came to her and informed 
her of the Messenger of Allah's (saww) message. She said, "May my life 
be a ransom for him, it is my pleasure to go to him!"

She stood up, leaning on her walking stick, and came to the Prophet 
Mohammed (PBUH) and greeted him. The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)
returned her greeting and said to her, "Umm Alqamah, tell me the truth, 
for otherwise Allah Most High will reveal the truth to me! What is the 
situation concerning your son, Alqamah?"

She replied, "Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), he prays much, fasts a great deal, 
and spends a great amount in charity."

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said, "And what about yourself?"
She said, "Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), I am angry with him."
He said, "Why?"
She replied, "Messenger of Allah (saww), he has preferred his wife to me 
and has disobeyed me."

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said, "Umm Alqamah, surely your anger 
has prevented Alqamah's tongue from pronouncing the Shahadah."

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) then turned to Bilal ibn Rabah and said, 
"Bilal, go out and collect a quantity of firewood."

She said, "Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), what do you plan to do?"
 The Messenger of Allah (saww) replied, "I will burn him in front 
of your eyes."She said, "Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), he is my son! 
My heart cannot bear your burning him in front of me!"

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said, "Umm Alqamah, Allah's 
punishment is more severe and more lasting! Therefore, if you want Allah 
to forgive him, be reconciled to him. By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, 
the prayer, fasting, and spending in charity (which he has done) are of 
no benefit to Alqamah as long as you are angry with him!"

Thereupon she said, "Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), I call upon Allah 
Most High and His angels and the Muslims who are present to be my 
witnesses that I am pleased with my son Alqamah."

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said, "Bilal, go to him and see whether 
he is now able to say, "La illaha illa Allah" or not. It may be that 
Umm Alqamah is saying something for my sake which is not in her heart."

Bilal ibn Rabah went, and while entering the door he heard Alqamah saying,
"La illaha illa Allah."

Bilal ibn Rabah remarked, "It is surely true that while Alqamah's mother 
was angry with him his tongue was tied, and now that she is pleased with him
his tongue is freed."

Alqamah died the same day. The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) came to him 
and gave the order for his washing and shrouding, and then prayed 
the funeral prayer for him and buried him. 

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) then stood by the side of his grave and 
said, "You company of Muhajirun (Emigrants) and Ansar (Helpers), 

if anyone favors his wife over his mother, Allah and His angels and 
all the people curse him! Allah does not accept his spending (in charity) 
and his uprightness unless he repents toward Allah, the Glorious and 
Majestic, and reconciles with her and attains her pleasure, because 
Allah's pleasure consists in her pleasure and Allah's anger consists 
in her anger."

We must always be respectful and obedient to our parents. However, 
we are not to obey them if they order us to disobey Allah and His 
Prophet of Allah (PBUH). Other than this, they deserve our utmost 
attention and respect.

"O our Lord! grant me protection and my parents and the believers 
on the day when the reckoning shall come to pass!"

 Noble Qur'an (14:41)

"Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be 
kind to parents. Whether one of both of them attain old age in your life, 
say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them
 in terms of honour. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, 
and say: `My Lord! Bestow on them Your mercy even as they cherished me 
in childhood." 

(Holy Qur'an 17:23-24) 

                                         Source: Reported in Tabarani and Ahmed

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How should we choose our friends according to Islam?

We should choose the friend that believes in and abide by our religion 
(Islam)And gives great respect to what Allah (SWT) and Prophet 
Muhammad (saw) Had ordered us. And we should stay away 
from the one who is not well mannered and gives no attention 
to what Islam is about or what pleases or displeases 
Allah (SWT), for he will surely affect us negatively. 

There is no good if the companion drowns us in sins and displeasing 
Allah (SWT). The bases for the actions of those who follow 
the evil ways are corrupt; their actions are built upon misguidance 
and deviation.

Good friends are those who share with their companions both 
happiness and sadness. If we share our feelings with the wrongdoers 
whose actions are worthless and based on corruption, then 
we are following the same ways and standards as they are doing, and 
we will end up being as corrupt as they are, and then we are in a 
big trouble, how can we face Allah's (SWT) dissatisfaction and displeasure? 

Instead of making friends with the misguided ones we should 
befriend the righteous, yet treat the rest in a gracious and just manner. 
Staying at sufficient distance is necessary; yet treating everybody 
in a noble and kind manner is required.

The danger of having corrupt friends isn't confined to the worldly life. 
Such friendships produce repentance on the Day of Resurrection, too!

Allah (SWT), the Exalted says in the Noble Qur'an: 
"And (remember) the day when the unjust one shall bite his 
hands saying: O! Would that I had taken a way with 
the Messenger! O woe is me! Would that I had not taken 
such a one for a friend! Certainly he led me astray 
from the reminder after it had come to me;" 
(Surah Al-Furqan, 25:27-29)

The two main regrets on the day of judgement are 
(1) Not following Prophet Muhammad (saw) on the path of guidance 
and (2) Befriending a person who diverted one from the truth.

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) has said: 
"The felicity of this and the next world lie in two things: 
firstly, keeping secrets; and secondly, friendship with the good. 
And the miseries of this and the next world are summed up in 
two things: firstly,divulging secrets; and secondly, friendship 
with wicked persons."

So take heed before the inevitable day of judgement comes 
and we are reckoned for our acts. Allah (SWT), 

the Exalted says in the Noble Qur'an: 
"Friends on that Day will be enemies one to another, except 
al-Muttaqun (i.e. those who have Taqwa/Piety)." 
(Surah Az-Zukhruf, 43:67)

It is wise to choose moderation in dealing with friends. 
Excessive love and confidence in friends are unacceptable since it 
happens that a friend may change into an enemy and use the secrets 
that he had shown as weapons.

Allah (SWT), the Exalted says in the Noble Qur'an: 
"And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate 
in sin and aggression." (Surah Al-Maeda, 5:2)

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) said: 
"When you cherish someone you should cherish him moderately 
for he may be your enemy someday, and when you hate someone 
you should hate him moderately for he may be your 
friend someday." Also said: "If you intend to cut yourself off from 
a friend, leave some scope for him from your side by 
which he may resume friendship if it so occurs to him some day."

Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) said: 
"The secrets that you must show before your friends are 
only those through which your enemies cannot harm you, 
for a friend may change into an enemy."