A short speech and advice on The Month of Sha’ban and Preparing for Ramadan by Shaykh Shams ud-Duha.
A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5 year old son waiting for him at the door.
“Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
“Yeah, sure, what is it?” replied the man.
“Daddy, how much money do you make an hour?”
“That’s none of your business! What makes you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily.
“I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” pleaded the little boy.
“If you must know, I make $20.00 an hour.”
“Oh, ” the little boy replied, head bowed. Looking up, he said, “Daddy, may I borrow $10.00 please?”
The father was furious. “If the only reason you want to know how much money I make is just so you can borrow some to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you’re being so selfish. I work long, hard hours everyday and don’t have time for such childish games.”
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even madder about the little boy’s questioning. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money. After an hour or so , the man had calmed down, and started to think he may have been a little hard on his son. May be there was something he really needed to buy with that $10.00 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door. “Are you asleep son?” he asked.
“No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy.
“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier,” said the man. “It’s been a long day and I took my aggravation out on you. Here’s that $10.00 you asked for.”
The little boy sat straight up, beaming. “Oh, thank you daddy!” he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow, he pulled out some more crumpled up bills. The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at the man.
“Why did you want more money if you already had some?” the father grumbled.
“Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied.
“Daddy, I have $20.00 now… Can I buy an hour of your time?”
When a couple are engaged, they count down the days to the wedding.The closer it is,the more they think about it.
Similarly, when death draws closer, a pious servant of Allah ﷻ desires to meet Him. It’s constantly on his mind.He yearns for the meeting with the Beloved; his Lord!
Maulana Muhammad Adam
No matter how dark it looks right now, Allah has the power to lighten up any darkness in your life. Always remember, If Allah can turn night into day, then surely Allah can turn the darkness of your life into happiness & prosperity, place our complete trust in Allah The Almighty!
Maulana Imtiyaz Sidat
Du’a for driving in slippery conditions:
‘Allamah Sakhawi (rahimahullah) has quoted a Scholar from the past to have suggested the following du’a for protection against ones conveyance skidding/slipping:
إنَّ اللهَ يُمْسِكُ السَّماواتِ وَالأَرْضَ أَنْ تَزُولا
“InnAllaha yumsikus samawati wal arda an tazoola”
Translation: “Indeed Allah Ta’ala is the One who keeps the heavens and the earth from moving/shaking.”
The full incident:
Muhadith Ibrahim ibn Isma’il (rahimahullah) narrates that his father mentioned:
I was on a journey from Harran to Al-Musil during the season of winter, mud and rainfall. Many people’s camels were falling, and people were facing severe harsh conditions. I feared for myself, knowing well my feeble state. I went to sleep for a bit and I heard someone saying ‘Should I not teach you something if you read it your camel will not fall and you will be safe?’ I said ‘Of course and may you be rewarded.’ So he said to me, say:
إنَّ اللهَ يُمْسِكُ السَّماواتِ وَالأَرْضَ أَنْ تَزُولا
I recited it and my camel never faltered or fell until we reached Al-Musil. Other people incurred a lot of damage due to their camels falling whilst what I had was saved.
(Al-Ibtihaj, bi adhkaril musafiri wal haaj)
This du’a is quite apt and is derived from Ayah: 41 in Surah: 35
Recite frequently when driving in bad weather.
Note: I read the above dua yesterday when returning from Darul Uloom.
Others were slipping on the hills but Alhmadulillah I managed to get home without any problems.
I also read
اللهمً اني اعوذ بك من ان أضِلّ أو اُضَلّ او ازل او ازل او اظلم او اظلم او اجهل او يجهل علي
Allahumma Inni aoozu bika Min an adhilla aw udhalla, aw azilla aw uzalla, aw adhlima aw udhlama, aw aj’hala aw ujhala alayya’
Trans: “Ya Allah! I seek Your protection from slipping or being made to slip by someone , from going astray or being led astray by someone, from being unjust or being dealt with unjustly, from being ignorant or ignorance being shown to me”
My Hazrat, mawlana Yusuf Motala Saheb said “The word slipping includes both; metaphorical meaning as well as the literal one”
May Allah protect us from all slipping in icy conditions and slipping in deen.
Imam Abu Hanifa Rahmatullahi alayhi said to a young boy: “Be careful! Don’t slip” He replied: “You should be more careful imam saheb! If I slip it will only be me. But if you slip then the whole world will slip.” May Allah elevate imam Saheb’s ranks in Jannah. Ameen.
Shaykh Abdul Raheem Limbada
Spirituality in a material world by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq
If you suffer from a lack of time during the day
Make room for reciting the Qur’an
It doesn’t take out time from your day, it blesses it!
In this current day and age it is often easy to overlook many customary traditions and etiquette taught to us based around our beliefs and culture; where some Muslim’s are traditional and have certain old-fashioned morals set in stone, there are also others which tend to go along with the current times. With so many opinions and theories based around what a good Muslim should and shouldn’t do, be it extreme or otherwise, many of us often tend to overlook the basic, simple obligations instructed upon us as true followers, such as the Five Pillars of Islam, which takes precedence over anything else.
The Five Pillars of Islam consist of the following fundamental principles:
The terms Shahadah means the profession of one’s faith and belief, declaring your acceptance that there is no God but Allah (SWT) and that Muhammad (PBUH) is His messenger. This declaration confirms and seals your acceptance of Islam and all that it entails. For those wishing to revert to Islam, this statement is to be declared before a minimum of two Muslim witnesses as a requirement. The shahadah also confirms your acceptance of the Holy Qur’an as your sole guidance.
The term salaah means prayer. It is an obligation upon every baligh(a) Muslim to perform daily prayers. Prayers are to be performed facing the Qibla (towards the Holy Ka’aba) in Mecca. The five daily prayers are Salaatul Fajr (dawn), Salaatul Zohar (midday), Salaatul Asr (afternoon), Salaataul Maghrib (sunset) and Salaatull Isha (night fall).
Along with the daily five obligatory prayers, there are also other supplications in Islam, such as the prayers performed during the Holy month of Ramadan (Taraweeh), those performed for the deceased (Salaatul Janaazah), those performed during Eid celebrations (Salaatul Eid) and so on.
The term zakat (zakat ul fitr) – or zakah means to give to charity, notably a portion of one’s profitable wealth to benefit those in need. Our given wealth in this world is temporary and not ours; the more we are given, the more we are being tested as to what we choose to do with that wealth. If Allah SWT wished, He could have granted wealth upon every living being, but there are many in the world that are less fortunate than us and suffer from extreme poverty – this is our test; do we share our wealth with the rest of Allah SWT’s creation or do we become greedy with what isn’t ours to begin with?
There are other forms of charity as well as this obligatory form, such as sadaqah (voluntary charity). There are also many ways to increase one’s reward from giving to charity and to help in sustaining that reward by way of sadaqah jaariyah (ongoing reward). Good examples of ongoing charity are to contribute towards the building of a water well or sponsoring an orphan, as the rewards for these acts are continuous.
Another form of giving that Muslim’s partake in is the giving of Qurbani. The act of Qurbani is to sacrifice an animal in the name of Allah SWT to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s loyalty and devotion to Allah SWT.
The term sawm means fasting; the month of fasting falls during the month of Ramadan in the Islamic lunar calendar. The notion of fasting is not to just abstain from food and drink between the hours of sunrise and sunset, but to also abstain from other sinful or evil acts such as backbiting, lying, bad intention, violence, gossip, lust, anger, greed, envy and other sinful acts. So the intention is not only for the stomach to fast but for all the senses to fast in order to obtain purity of the mind and soul whilst strengthening ones faith and attaining closeness to Allah SWT. Not only this, fasting also teaches us to be grateful for what we have in comparison to what many others don’t and is a reminder of our duty to help those around us in need. The Holy month of Ramadan is concluded with the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, which celebrates the successful completion of the month of Ramadan and the privilege of being given the opportunity to do so. There are many traditions associated with the celebration of Eid.
The term Hajj means Holy pilgrimage (to Mecca). The occasion of Hajj occurs annually during the final month of the Islamic Calendar – Dhu-al-Hijjah, and is an obligatory requirement for Muslim’s who are financially (and physically) able to perform the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.
The period of Hajj is followed by the festival of Eid-ul-Adha, but this festival is predominantly to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) and his devotion to Allah SWT. This is known as the bigger of the two Eid’s and is the festival in which the act of Qurbani is carried out.
The act of Qurbani involves the sacrificing of livestock animals and distributing the meat in three equal portions; between oneself, family/friends and those less fortunate than us. This act in itself demonstrates selflessness and humility whilst promoting global unity and equality.
Submitted by Sister Nadia
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On the day of Judgement our deeds will be weighed not counted, because Allah is looking for quality, not quantity.
Maulana Dawood Seedat
Be happy for the accomplishment of others instead of belittling them or trying to one-up them. Jealousy is ugly. Try to keep a clean heart!
Maulana Imtiyaz Sidat