Spirituality

Know Allah

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From the phone in our hands to the tiny bolt fixed under our chairs, such bestowments of Allah (Glory Be to Him) go unappreciated and taken for granted. We lack the khushu’ in our prayers. We don’t cry when the ayahs of the Qur’an are being recited. We don’t feel the Love for Allah more than our love for our parents. What is the crucial element that is required for the perfection in our Love and Ibadah?


Love and respect comes from knowing a being very well, knowing the perfect qualities. For every type of obedience there is love and respect as a prerequisite. With regards to Allah, if we truly want to give Allah His rights (of worshipping Him) then acknowledging Allah’s names and attributes to know Him is the best method. The Qur’an and authentic Sunnah are the two sources for learning these.

“The most beautiful Names are for Allah, so call on Him by them, but shun those who deny His Names” (Qur’an 7:180)

The early scholars have categorized the study of Allah’s names and attributes under the banner of ‘Tawheed Asma wa Sifaat’. It is one of the refined studies from which many branches of studies emerge; a study in which every Muslim should qualify.

For further understanding on how the names and attributes deepen the love and respect for Allah, Ibn Qayyim (may Allah have Mercy on him) said regarding the Name “Allah”:

Ibn al-Qayyim concluded ten qualities of this name saying: “When among His creation the most knowledgeable person, (meaning Prophet (peace be upon him)) while in sujood (prostration) himself said, “Allah! I cannot praise You enough, You are as You have praised yourself.” Then who else can do it? The keeper of this name is a source of perfection, praise, admiration, greatness, glory, generosity, respect, every good, every kindness and every grace. This name, when remembered during fear, sadness and hardship one feels relieved…Through this name, bad things became distant and good deed are acquired.” (At-Tayseer Al-Azeez Al-Hameed, 30)

Every Name of Allah is free from any kind of imperfection and is Beautiful. Though we do not possess the knowledge in its full quantity, it assists us in every step of life – be it in materialistic gain or to achieve Paradise.

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12 Common Mistakes Committed During Hajj

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Haj, a pilgrimage to the Sacred House is a journey of a lifetime and if performed properly yields the reward of paradise, of which no individual would want to be deprived.


So here are some common mistakes to avoid:

  1. Changing The Intention

“The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended.”

One can change his/her intention for the type of Hajj they would like to perform before entering into Ihram. However, if they want to change their intention, they may change from Tamattu’ to Qiran, but cannot do so from Tammattu’ to Ifrad.

  1. Issues of Ihram:

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  • Walking barefoot

Some believe that only slippers are allowed in Ihram, whereas any type of footwear is permissible for both men and women.

  • Not changing the Ihram

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen said: “It is permissible for the muhrim (pilgrim in ihraam) who is doing Hajj or ‘Umrah, male or female, to change the clothes in which he or she entered ihraam and to put on different clothes, if the other clothes are things which is permissible for the pilgrim in ihraam to wear.” {Al-Manhaj li Mureed al-‘Umrah wa’l-Hajj (no. 5)}

It should be noted that while cleansing oneself only unscented soaps should be used.

  1. Harming others

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Present in the holiest place, in one of the most important months, it is considered prohibitable to even inflict harm on a plant. Pushing, shoving, and injuring others is unthinkable for a a true believer.

  1. Trying to hold the ka’aba door, and wiping the wall of the ka’bah, leaning on the wall of it and supplicating.

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These three deeds have no supporting evidences in the Qur’an and Sunnah.

  1. Selfies/Velfies

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Remember that we are here to please Allah (Praise be to Him) alone. Photography/ videography only disturbs others and may possibly be an element of sin as it corrupts your intention.

  1. Reciting the Talbiyah in unison or not reciting at all

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Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The words of Anas (R.A.): “We did Hajj with the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) and some of us were reciting takbeer (‘Allaahu akbar’) and some of us were reciting tahleel (‘La ilaaha ill-Allaah’)” indicate that they did not recite the Talbiyah in unison. If they had been reciting the Talbiyah in unison then they would all have been reciting tahleel or takbeer, but some of them were reciting takbeer and some of them were reciting tahleel, but each of them was remembering his Lord according to his situation. {Al-Sharh al-Mumti’ (7/111)}

Talbiyah should be recited until the day of Eid i.e. 10th Dhul Hijjah.

  1. Making Duas aloud

Make individual supplications in a subtle tone that does not offer disturbance to others.

  1. Wasting time in Mina

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Avoid chit-chatting with fellow tent-mates. This time should be utilized in Dhikr, Qur’an, and supplications.

  1. Climbing Mt. Arafah and Mt. Rahmah on the 9th Dhul-Hijjah

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There is no Islamic significance in climbing these two mountains and performing acts of worship on them.

  1. Getting emotional at Jamarat

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Jamarat are not devils disguised as stones, nor is the devil physically attached there, rather it is a stone of indication revealing the spot where evil (devil), tried to mislead Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH).

  1. Skipping Tawaf al-Wada’

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Note that this Tawaf is compulsory to perform, even if your place of residence is Jeddah as it is a part of the Hajj ritual.

  1. Visiting Madinah as a part of Hajj ritual

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It is a wrong belief that visiting the city of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is part of the Hajj ritual. We should only visit to gain the rewards of praying obligatory Salah.

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Your Daily Athkar

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“Remember me; I will remember you.” (02:152)


Thikr is the singular of athkar, which means to remember Allah verbally or non-verbally. Remembrance of Allah is one of the greatest acts of worship and best acts of obedience.

Shaikh Abdulrahman ibn As Sa’di said, “The phrase thikr-Allah includes everything by means of which a person may draw close to Allah, such as belief (aqeedah), thoughts, actions of the heart, physical actions, praising Allah, learning and teaching beneficial knowledge, etc. All of that is remembrance of Allah.” (Riyaadh Al Nadhrah)

Al Nawawi said, “Thikr is encouraged in all situations, except in situations referred to in the sharee’ah. For example, it is makrooh (discouraged) to remember Allah (verbally) when sitting to relieve oneself, when having intercourse, during the Friday sermon (for the one who can hear the voice of the khateeb (orator), when standing during the prayer, at which one should be focusing on the recitation, and when one is drowsy.

The type of remembrance I’m talking about is the thikr apart from prayer.

  1. Command of Allah

“So remember Me; I will remember you…” (02:152) “…and exalt (Allah) with praise of your Lord before the rising of the sun and before its setting; and during periods of the night and at the ends of the day, that you may be satisfied.” (20:130) “And mention the name of your Lord [in prayer] morning and evening.” (76:25)

  1. A Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH)

The Messenger of Allah said, “I seek the forgiveness of Allah and repent to Him one hundred times each day.” (Ibn Majah)

He also said, “The example of the one who celebrates the Praises of his Lord in comparison to the one who does not celebrate the Praises of his Lord, is that of a living creature compared to a dead one.” (Bukhari)

  1. Means of Protection From Every Evil

Aa’ishah said, “The Messenger of Allah commanded me, or he commanded to use ruqyah to deal with the evil eye.” (Bukhari)

  1. Sins Get Wiped Out – Gain Rewards, Rise In Levels

“…and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.” (33:35)

The Prophet said, “Allah says, ‘I am as My slave thinks I am, and I am with him when he mentions Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws to Me a hand-span length, I draw near to him a forearm’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him in a hurry.” (Ibn Majah)

  1. A Means of Success

“And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah, and remember Allah often that you may succeed.” (62:10)

  1. A Source of Contentment

“Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” (13:28)

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How to Increase the Possibility of Supplications Being Accepted

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“Dua is ‘Ibadah”

(Riyad Al Saliheen, Abu Dawood, Book 17, no.1465)


Moments of happiness or sadness, Muslims are encouraged to continue invoking Allah (Praise be to Him). However, this fact always keeps many perturbed when their supplications go unanswered for reasons unknown to them. A believer should bear the following guidelines when supplicating:

1. Ask Allah directly:

“And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.”…” (40:60)Allah is As Same’ (The All-Hearing) and Al Baseer (The All-Seeing) and Merciful towards His entire Creation. We shouldn’t hold back and shy away from asking Him directly.

2. Keep your minds clear from unrelated things while supplicating.

Allah (praise be to Him) does not accept any kind of worship, which has no sincerity in it. (Sahih Al Bukhari, vol. 7, Book 62, no.8)

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4. Use the best times:

Among the best times is the time just before Fajr (dawn), the last third of the night, the last hour of Jumu’ah (Friday), when rain is falling, and between the adh’aan and iqaamah.

5. Among the situations in which supplication is more likely to be answered are:

When one is mistreated or oppressed, when one is travelling, when one is fasting, when one is in desperate need and when a Muslim makes supplication for his brother in his absence.

6. End your supplication by sending blessings upon the Prophet (PBUH.)blessing

Reasons why our supplication gets rejected:

1.  Asking for inappropriate and forbidden things.

“The supplication of a slave continues to be granted as long as he does not supplicate for a sinful thing or for something that would cut off the ties of kinship and he does not grow impatient.” (Riyad Al Saiheen, Bukhari and Muslim, Book 17, no.1499)

2.  Sustaining ourselves with unlawful sustenance:

 “…Then he (ﷺ) mentioned [the case] of a man who, having journeyed far, is disheveled and dusty, and who spreads out his hands to the sky saying “O Lord! O Lord!,” while his food is haram (unlawful), his drink is haram, his clothing is haram, and he has been nourished with haram, so how can [his supplication] be answered?” (40 Hadith Al Nawawi, no.10)

3.  Getting impatient and losing hope:

Losing hope in Allah that He will answer the call of His servants will do nothing good. We must engrave in our minds that whatever calamity has befallen is due to our own mischief or it is the test from Allah, The All-Wise.

Another important point is to realize that the response to the supplication may take different forms: either Allah will respond and fulfil the desire of the person who made the supplication, or He will ward off some evil from him because of the supplication, or He will make something good easy for him to attain because of it, or He will save it with Him for him on the Day of Resurrection when he will be most in need of it.

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Allah Almighty’s Names: Al Jabbar

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In almost every ayah, you’ll find at least one of Allah The Almighty’s names that reveal many of His attributes. One such name is “Al Jabbar”.


Allah revealed His names so we can worship Him through them and remember Him through our ups and downs. Although the name has occurred only once in the Qur’an, there are many instances where the word “Al Jabbar” is probably the most misconstrued name in the Asian subcontinent.

In the Arabic language, there are multiple meanings of “Al Jabbar”: the One who reforms what is broken, Resolver of the affairs of all creatures, Caterer to the needs of all, the Compeller, the Most High, the Irresistible and the Sublime. These meanings are all applicable according to different situations.

Here are a few more meanings that the name demonstrates:

  1. Allah Al Jabbar reforms the broken-hearts and binds up wounds. He reinstates love in the hearts of people and improves their conditions, whether they are social, financial or any other.

  2. He (Glory be to Him) provides His Creation with what is needed for their survival. Al Jabbar created us poor and dependent and then awarded us provision through various sources. He brings comfort to the weak and to those who turn to Him and seek His refuge. He also punishes those who fail to adhere to His commands without repenting.

  3. He, the Almighty is dominant over all creation. Nothing happens except with the permission of Allah, Glory be to Him, none can intercede in His Command and none can ease trials.

“He it is who gives life and causes death; and when He decrees a matter, He but says to it, “Be,” and it is.” (Surat al-Ghafir: 68)

  1. We mention this Name in every salah and ask his Mighty self for forgiveness.

“Between the two prostrations, the Prophet would say: ‘O Allah! Pardon me, have mercy on me, help me, guide me, and grant me sustenance.'” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 284)

  1. Lastly, the best way to call to Allah with this name is: “Ya Jabbar, Aj-burni” (O Jabbar, improve my circumstances)

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The Holy Qur’an: A Guide to Salvation

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The infinite rewards of Qur’an recitation.

And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?54:22

The Qur’an, the speech of Allah, which was revealed to the Last Messenger in the Arabic language through Angel Jibreel, is a source of ultimate guidance for mankind. We learn from the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) many virtues for reciting the Qur’an with a pure intention.

  1. Tranquillity and Mercy Descend

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Any group of people that assemble in one of the Houses of Allah to recite the Book of Allah, learning and teaching it, tranquillity will descend upon them, mercy will engulf them, angels will surround them and Allah will make mention of them to those in His proximity.” Sahih Al Bukhari

  1. Countless Reward for its Recitation

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.” Al Tirmidhi

  1. The Best in Conduct

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.” Sahih Al Bukhari

  1. Closest to Allah

The Prophet said: ‘Allah has His own people among mankind.’ They said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, who are they?’ He said: ‘The people of the Qur’an, the people of Allah are those who are closest to Him.'” Sunnan Ibn Majah

  1. It Acts as an Intercessor on the Day of Judgment

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Read the Qur’an, for it will come as an intercessor for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection.” Muslim

  1. Raise in the Ranks

The Prophet (PBUH) said: One who was devoted to the Qur’an will be told to recite, ascend and recite carefully as he recited carefully when he was in the world, for he will reach his abode when he comes to the last verse he recites. Sunan Abi Dawud

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “I am leaving behind me two weighty things. One of them is the Book of Allah; that is the strong rope of Allah. Whosoever holds firmly to it, will be the guided, and whosoever leaves it goes astray.” Riyad As Saliheen

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The Prophet’s Bequest

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Knowledge is the key to the many startling treasures of life. To be successful in any field of work, we master its studies. Similarly, if we want to be successful in securing a place in Paradise, one must understand the ways to attain it by following its manual: the Qur’an and Sunnah. The knowledge of Islam isn’t limited to books; as Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:
And if whatever trees upon the earth were pens and the sea [was ink], replenished thereafter by seven [more] seas, the words of Allah would not be exhausted. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.(31:27)

Nevertheless, Allah has assured many virtues for the seekers of knowledge of Islam, not only in the Hereafter but also in this life:

The will of the Prophet (PBUH):

It has been narrated by Talha bin Musarrif that he asked Abdullah bin Abu Aufa: “Did the Prophet make a will?” He replied, “No,” I asked him, “How is it then that the making of a will has been enjoined on people, (or that they are ordered to make a will)?” He replied, “The Prophet bequeathed Allah’s Book.” [Bukhari]

Not everyone inherits this will:

Reported by Mu’awiyah, that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “When Allah wishes good for someone, He bestows upon him the understanding of Deen (religion).” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim, Riyad as-Salihin].

Seeking knowledge is seeking Paradise:

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘…Whoever follows a path in pursuit of knowledge, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise…” [Ibn Majah]

Bestowments in the assemblies of knowledge seekers:

“No people gather in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and teaching it to one another, but the angels will surround them, tranquillity will descend upon them, mercy will envelop them and Allah will mention them to those who are with Him… ‘” [Sunnan Ibn Majah]

 

What more can a person want other than this?

They are not amongst the doomed:

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah said, “The world, with all that it contains, is accursed except for the remembrance of Allah that which pleases Allah and the religious scholars and seekers of knowledge.”[Tirmidi]

Supplication by Allah’s creations:

Reported by Abud-Darda (RA) that the Messenger of Allah said, “…The inhabitants of the Heavens and the Earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek forgiveness for him…” [Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi]

A higher rank:

…Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, by degrees. And Allah is acquainted with what you do.(58:11)

A never-ending reward even after death:

Narrated by Abu Hurairah (RA) that the Messenger of Allah said, “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end, except for three: A continuous charity, knowledge by which people derive benefit, a pious son who prays for him.” (Muslim)

The Messenger of Allah () used to say: “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard.” [Sunan Abi Dawud 1548]

My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.(20:114)

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