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31  Islam / Inspirational Islamic Stories / A little girl named Al`brah on: January 19, 2010, 03:55:47 AM
This story of a little girl named Bar`ah who is 10 years old, her parents were doctors who moved to Saudi Arabia in search of better life.

In this age Bar`ah memorized the whole quran with the tajweed, she was very intelligent, her teacher use to tell her she should be in middle school not primary one....

Her family is small and committed to Islam and its teaching....suddenly one day the mother started feeling sever abdominal pain, after tests and checkups she found out that she have cancer, but in its late stages.

The mother thought who she can tell her daughter, specially if she wake up one day and didn't find her mother beside her... so she told her (( Bar`ah I will go to pradise a head of you, but I want you to read the Quran you memorized every day since it will protect you in this life))...

The little girl didn't really understand what her mother is trying to tell her...but she started feeling the change in her mother status specially when she was transferred to stay in hospital on permanent bases. The little girl use to come to the hospital after her school and recited Quran for her mother till evening when her father use to take her home.

One day the hospital called the husband and informed him that the his wife condition is very bad and he need to come as fast as he can, so the father picked Bar`ah from her school and headed to the hospital, when they arrived he asked her to stay in the car ... just she wont get shocked if her mother has passed a way.

The father get out of his car, with tears fills his eyes and while he crossing the road to enter the hospital, he was hit by a speeding and died in front of hi daughter who came crying to her father....!

The tragedy of Bar`ah is not over yet... the news of father death was hidden from the mother, but after 5 days the mother passe a way ! leaving Bar`ah alone in this life. She become alone without her parents, and parents friends decided to find her relatives in Egypt so they can take her to them..

Suddenlly, Bar`ah start having sever pain like her mother, after few tests and check up it was confirmed with the cancer... at the surprise of every one she said (( Alhamdu Lillah now I will meet my parents ))

All family friends were shocked and suprised, this little girl facing calamity after clamity and she is patient and satisfied with what Allah ordained for her.

People start hearing about Bar`ah and her story, and a Saudi guy decided to take care of her .. he send her to UK for treatment of this disease.

One of the Islamic channel (Al hafiz - The protector ) got in contact with this little girl and asked her to recited Quran .. and this her beautiful voice with recitation

They contacted her again before she go in to a coma and she made dua for her parents and sang a nasheed

The days passed by, and the cancer spread all over her body, and the doctors decided to amputate her legs, and she is patient and satisfied with Allah's ordains.. after few the CANCER spread in her brain, upon which doctors decided for another urgent brain surgery..and now her body is UK hospital in full COMA...

SO pray for her health and speedy recovery

http://www.turntoislam.com/forum/showthread.php?s=277267470529b07e45fa3614ec2ec30b&t=66026
32  Islam / Islamic Websites / Check Out these Islamic Sites on: January 11, 2010, 12:39:30 AM
http://www.missiondaawah.blogspot.com/  ------->Dawah Material

http://www.islamicinvitationcentre.com/articles/articles.html  --------> Articles,speechs of famous people on Dawah

http://www.quran4u.com/Tafsir%20Ibn%20Kathir/Index.htm ------> Quran Tafsir

http://tanzil.info/ -------> Quran with Translation in many languages

http://www.islamicawakening.com/  -------->  My Favourite site "Do visit"

33  Islam / Inspirational Islamic Stories / The Patience of Urwah ibn al-Zubayr on: January 09, 2010, 01:10:37 AM
Urwah ibn al-Zubayr came to visit the Khalîfah al-Walid ibn `Abdu'l-Malik. With him was his son Muhammad, who was one of the most handsome of men. The young man had dressed up for the occasion in fine clothes, and had his hair in two plaits or braids. When al-Walid saw him, he said, "This is how the young people of Quraysh look!" and by so saying, put the evil eye on him. Before he left, the young man fell ill. When he was in the stable (preparing for the journey) he fell down, and the horses trampled him to death.

Then `Urwah got gangrene in his leg, and al-Walid sent doctors to him, who suggested that the leg should be amputated, otherwise the gangrene would spread to the rest of the body and kill him. `Urwah agreed, and the doctors began to remove his leg, using a saw. When the saw reached the bone, `Urwah fainted, and when he came around, sweat was pouring down his face, and he was repeating, "La ilah ill-Allah, Allahu akbar." When the operation was over, he picked up his leg and kissed it, then said, "I swear by the One Who mounted me on you, I never used to walk to any place of wrong action or to any place where Allah would not like me to be." Then he gave instructions that the leg should be washed, perfumed, wrapped in a cloth and buried in the Muslim graveyard.

When `Urwah left al-Walid and returned to Madinah, his family and friends went to meet him at the outskirts of the city and to offer condolences. The only reply he made was to quote from the Qur'an: "…truly we have suffered much fatigue at our journey." (al-Kahf 18:62). He did not say any more than that. Then he said, "I will not enter Madinah, for people there either rejoice over the afflictions of others, or else feel envy for their blessings." So he went to stay in a place at al-`Aqiq. `Isa ibn Talhah came to visit him there and said, "May your enemies' fathers perish!" and asked him, "Show me the affliction for which I have come to console you." `Urwah uncovered his stump, and `Isa said, "By Allah, we were not preparing you to wrestle! Allah has saved most of you: your sanity, your tongue, your eyesight, your two hands, and one of your two legs." `Urwah told him, "Nobody has consoled me as you have."

When the doctors came to perform the amputation, they had asked `Urwah whether he would drink intoxicants to ease the pain. He said, "Allah is testing me to see the extent of my patience. How could I go against His commands?"

Extracted from Patience & Gratitude,an abridged translation of `Uddat as-sabirin wa dhakhirat ash-shakirinby Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyahtranslated by Nasiruddin al-Khattab (Ta-Ha Publishers)



http://salaf-stories.blogspot.com/2007/12/patience-of-urwah-ibn-al-zubayr.html
34  Islam / Inspirational Islamic Stories / The Faqeeh Thief ! on: December 31, 2009, 12:26:34 AM
Imam ibn al Jawzi narrated with his Isnaad to Ahmad bin alMu’addil al Basri who said:


Arabic text can be found here: http://www.ahlalhdeeth.com/vb/showthread.php?t=118606



I was sitting in a gathering when a person came and said:

I was heading to the woods where I own a garden. When I got far from the community houses I was approached by a thief.

He said: Give me your clothes.

I said (trying to be defiant): Why should I give you my clothes?

He said: I am more deserving of your clothes than you.

I said: Why?

He said: Because I am your brother. You are clothed and I am not.

I said: Allow me to give you some money.

He said: No. I want to wear your clothes, just as you have worn them.

I said: So you want to make me naked and expose my Awrah?!

He said: There is nothing wrong with this (being naked if alone). Imam Malik narrated that it was OK for a man to perform Ghusul naked.

I said: But people will see me naked.

He said: Had there been people on this road I would not have approached you on it.

I said: You seem to be intelligent. Let me go to my garden and I will take off my clothes and give them to you.

He said: No. You want to have your servants grab me and take me to the Sultan who will imprison me, rip my skin, and put chains around my anckles.

I said: No, I swear to you that I will fulfill my promise, and will do you no harm.

He said: No. Imam Malik narrated that oaths given to thieves do not have to be fulfilled.

I said: I swear that I will not use my swearing to con you.

He said: Same thing, this is a compounded oath given to a thief.

I said: Let us stop debating, allow me to go to my gareden and I promise to give you these clothes out of my good will with no hard feelings.

So the thief thought for a moment and said: Do you know what I am thinking?

I said: No.

He said: I went over the cases of thieves since the time of the Prophet ASWS until today. I do not recall a thief who stole something this way (by leaving a time gap between his attack and receiving stolen goods). I hate to innovate something into Islam which was not from it. I will bare the sin of it and every one who goes by it to the day of judgment … Give me your clothes now.

http://salaf-stories.blogspot.com/2007/12/faqeeh-thief.html
35  Islam / Inspirational Islamic Stories / "I Am Not Sad": From the son of a Shaheed on: December 08, 2009, 04:14:59 AM
I Am Not Sad
Translated by Umm Rawhiyah

This a translation (from Urdu) of a letter written by the son of a Shaheed, to Allaah, subhaanahu wa ta'aala, after his father was martyred in Kashmir.

My dear, Allah. How wonderful You are. You have blessed us immensely, yet we fail to thank You for these blessings.

Despite this fact, You continue to bless us every day, in so many ways.

O Allah, You are so Great. You guided us to the straight path and informed us of the deeds we should perform in order to enter Jannah. However, we are so imprudent that we neglect those deeds which will take us to Jannah.

O Allah, How is my Daddy? He is well isn’t he? You have admitted my Daddy into Your Paradise, haven’t you?

O Allah! My Daddy abandoned everything and sacrificed his life to glorify Your Deen. He did not give priority to anything in this World; neither wealth, nor property; as a matter of fact, he forgot about everything else and just remembered that Islam should be superior on this Earth. O Allah! It is for this reason that he used to tell us stories about Muhammad Qasim, about Mahmood Ghazanwi, about Tariq Bin Ziyaad and of Khalid Bin Waleed. Eventually, he too, like them, raised arms against the enemy and continued to fight until the last drop of his blood had spilt from his body. O Allah! Give my Salaam to my Daddy and tell him that his little boy is absolutely fine. O Allah, please also tell him that his little boy kept the first fast of his life, during this Ramadhan.

Oh Allah swt! Tell my Daddy not to be worried in our absence; the life of this world is very short. Mummy says that the life of this world will end suddenly, and then no Mummy, Daddy, brother, sister, son, or daughter will be of any use. However on that day the Shaheed will be able to intercede for seventy members of his family and lead them into Jannah.

O Allah! Tell my Daddy that whenever Mummy talks to me about him, she is very sorrowful, but she gives me a lot of courage. She weeps silently, but has never cried impatiently and uncontrollably. O Allah! Tell my Daddy not to get distressed; My mummy is very courageous. She earns a living by sewing clothes and washing dishes for people in our neighbourhood. She sends me to school during the day and to the mosque in the evening. At the mosque I learn the Qur’an from the Qari. My Mummy has never complained to anyone.

Instead, at night time after finishing her work, she she tells me stories of bravery and courage, as my daddy used to, and says I must avenge the killing of my daddy.

O Allah! Eid is near. The other children are going to buy new shoes with their fathers. They have had new garments tailor-made and have bought Eid gifts to exchange with friends. Whenever I ask Mummy to buy me some new shoes and clothes she does not answer me. She just remains silent and goes into the other room. Now I have stopped asking her.

Maybe she has a good reason.

But Allah! Tell my Daddy not to worry. Even if I do not get new clothes, even if I do not get new shoes; so what? Eid is but a day, it will pass. Instead of passing the day playing, as children do and instead of going to the markets, I will spend it in the company of my Mummy. Anyway, I am no longer a child. I have matured. My courage and resolve are very strong.

O Allah! Tell my Daddy that we are very happy. We do not lack anything. Just tell Daddy to remember us; and Allah, tell my Daddy not to worry, as I no longer cry.

There is no one who will lovingly tell me off, there is no one to play fight with me, there is no one who will pretend to be upset with me, but Mummy tries to ensure that I am always happy.

When I hear of the children of Afghanistan and Iraq, that their homes have been destroyed and their parents murdered by the oppressors, I forget about my own sorrows. I see their pictures in the newspapers; they sit despondently; some sit on the rubble of their houses, some sit forlorn on the dead bodies of their relatives. And that is why, Allah, I would like You to tell my Daddy not to worry, because I am not sad.

'Abdul-Hameed Hamza

Courtesy of www.jamatdawa.org

http://www.islamicawakening.com/viewarticle.php?articleID=1104&
36  Islam / Islamic Article Discussion / Neglecting the Prayer on: December 07, 2009, 07:15:57 AM
Neglecting the Prayer
al-Dhahabi

 

Allah most High says: Then there succeeded them a generation which neglected prayers and followed lusts. They will meet with destruction (Ghayy), excepting the one who repents and believes and acts righteously. (Quran 19:59-60)

Ibn abbas (RAA) explained that it does not mean that they completely abandoned prayers, but that they delayed them to the end of their prescribed times. Sa'id bin Musayyab, a great Imam following the generation of the Companions, elaborated on this, saying: "A person neglects if he delays the noon prayer up to the afternoon prayer time, afternoon prayer up to almost sunset prayer time, sunset prayer up to evening prayer time, and evening prayer up to morning prayer time, while delaying morning prayer until just before sunrise.  If anyone dies without repentance while continuing in this manner, Allah has promised Ghayy for him, and that is a valley in Hell which is very deep and has foul food."

Allah Most High says: Woe to the worshippers who are unmindful of their prayer. (Quran 107:4-5)

Saad bin Abi Waqqas said: "I asked Allah's Messenger (SAW) about the meaning of 'unmindful,' and he replied: 'It is delaying it (the prayer) up to the end of its prescribed time.'" (Bazar)

While Allah calls such people <, they are lazy and perform the prayer very late. He has promised them <> (Wayl), which signifies a great punishment.

Some say, "Wayl is a valley in Hell, exceedingly hot, and that is the place for those who delay or miss the prayer, excepting the ones who repent and correct their habits."

Allah Most High says: O you who believe, let neither your wealth nor your children distract you from the remembrance of Allah. And those who do so, they will be the losers (Quran 63:9)

The commentators say: "The 'remembrance of Allah' in this verse means the five daily prayers. If anyone is so busy in buying and selling, or with his daily work of earning a livelihood, or with his children, that he cannot perform prayers on time, he will be among the losers."

The Prophet (SAW) said in this regard: "The first thing which will be judged among a person's deeds on the Day of Resurrection is the prayer. If that is in good order, he will pass the test and prosper, and if that is defective, he will fail the test and be a loser." (Tirmidhi)

Informing us about the inhabitants of Hell, Allah Most High says: (The people in Hell will be asked): "What caused you to enter Hell-fire?" They will say: "We were not among those who prayed, nor did we feed the needy. We used to engage in vain discourse with the vain-talkers, and we used to deny the Day of Judgment, until there came to us that which is certain (i.e.. Allah's judgment)." Then no intercession by an intercessors will benefit them. (Quran 74:42-48)

The Prophet (SAW) said: "The covenant between us and them (that is, believers) is prayer, so if anyone abandons it he has become an infidel." (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, Abu Dawood, Nisai, Tirmidhi). He also said: "What lies between a man and infidelity is the abandonment of prayer." (Muslim)

Allah's Messenger (SAW) is reported to have said: "If anyone abandons the afternoon prayer, his deeds are of no avail." (Bukhari).

And he said: "If anyone abandons prayer deliberately he has no claim upon Allah" (Sunan).

Abdullah bin amr bin al-As (RAA) said that the Prophet (SAW) mentioned prayer one day saying, "If anyone keeps to it, it will be light, evidence, and salvation for him on the day of Resurrection; but if anyone does not keep to it, it will not be for him light, evidence, or salvation; and on the Day of Resurrection, he will be associated with Qaran, Pharoah, Haman, and Ubayy bin Khalaf (a great enemy of Islam from among the Quraish)." (Ahmad, Darimi and Baihaqi)

Some scholars have explained that the person who abandons prayer will be raised with such a foursome because his neglect of prayer may be due to his involvement with his property, his country, his  administrative work, or his trade, Therefore, if he was involved with his property, he will be resurrected with Qarun; if with his country, then with Pharoah; if with his administrative work, then with Haman; and if with his trade, then with Ubayy bin Khalaf, the trader among the unbelievers of Mecca.

Mu'adh bin Jabal (RAA) reported Allah's Messenger (SAW) as saying: "If anyone abandons prayer intentionally he has no claim to Allah Most High." (Ahmad)

Umar ibn al-Khattab (RAA) reported that a man asked the Prophet (SAW):  "Messenger of Allah, what action is dearest to Allah Most High?" The Prophet (SAW) replied: "Prayer at its proper time. The one who does not pray has no religion. Prayer is the main pillar of the religion (of Islam)." (Baihaqi)

After Umar had been stabbed, it was said to him, "As-salat, ya amir ul-mumineen!" (The prayer, Leader of the Believers!) He said, "Yes, truly!  If anyone misses the prayer, he has no share in Islam," and thereupon he prayed while his wounds were bleeding.

Abdullah bin Shaqiq (RAA) said that the Companions of the Prophet (SAW) did not consider the abandonment of any good deeds to be unbelief excepting the abandonment of prayer.

When Ali (RAA) was asked about a woman who did not pray, he replied:  "The one who does not pray is an unbeliever." Ibn Masood said that the one who does not pray has no religion, and Ibn Abbas said: "The one who leaves off a single prayer deliberately will find, when he meets Allah Most High, that He is angry with him."

Allah's Messenger (SAW) said: "When a person meets Allah after neglecting his prayer, he will meet him as if he had not worshipped him at all, nor done any good deeds." And Ibn Hazm said: "There is no greater sin after polytheism than missing a prayer [That is to say, if one deliberately delays a prayer until its time has passed, although he was able to pray it on time, without any valid reason which permits delaying it before its time.] and killing a believer without just cause."

Ibrahim Nakahi said: "The one who has left off the prayer has become a disbeliever." Awn bin Abdullah said: "When a person is buried, the first question which will be asked him will be concerning the prayer. If that is accepted from him, his other deeds will be looked at, but if that is not accepted form him, no other deeds will be looked at."

Abdullah bin al-As reported Allah's Messenger (SAW) as saying: "A person who combines two prayers without excuse, enters a gate among the major sins."

We seek Allah's guidance and help, for indeed. He is the Generous, the Magnanimous, and the Most Merciful of all merciful ones!

From Al Kabaair 'The Major Sins' by Imaam adh-Dhahabi

http://www.islamicawakening.com/viewarticle.php?articleID=1174&
37  Islam / Islamic Article Discussion / Deterring people from backbiting (Gheebah) on: December 07, 2009, 02:20:21 AM
Definition of Gheebah:

When the Prophet  was asked about backbiting, he  answered: “To mention your brother in a manner which he dislikes”. Then he  was asked, “What if my brother actually has (this failing) that I made mention of?” The Prophet  said: “If (that failing) is actually found in your brother, you in fact backbit him, and if that is not in him it is a slander.” [Muslim]

Backbiting refers to a Muslim mentioning his Muslim brother in a manner that the latter dislikes, whether by referring to a defect in his body, or in his lineage, or in his morality. The meaning of insulting is included in backbiting, whether it is in the form of words, gestures, or writing.

Ruling of Gheebah:

Backbiting is forbidden in the Noble Quran and the Sunnah. The person who commits it is given the similitude of a person who eats the flesh of his dead brother. Allaah Says (what means): “…And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it…” [Quran 49: 12]



To highlight the sanctity of the Muslim, the Messenger of Allaah  said in his sermon during the Farewell Pilgrimage: "…Your blood, your wealth and your honor are sacred, as this day of yours, in this month of yours, in this land of yours, are sacred…?" [Ahmad and Muslim] This firmly proves haw far beyond limits one transgresses when he backbites his fellow Muslim

Let us think deeply about this, and regard the orders of Allaah and His Prophet  with the awe that they deserve. In the sight of Allaah, violating the rights of your brother by backbiting is equivalent to violating the sanctity of the Day of Sacrifice, in the month of Thul-Hijjah, in Minaa. Do we really realize the enormity of this violation of a Muslim's honor?

Islamic perception of Gheebah:

Al-Baraa' Ibn 'Aazib  narrated that the Messenger of Allaah  said: "There are seventy-two degrees of Ribaa (usury), the least of which is equivalent to committing adultery with one's own mother. The worst of them (the seventy two degrees) is a man's insulting his brother's honor (i.e. by backbiting)." [Ibn Jaaroot]

`Aa’ishah  said: “I said to the Prophet : 'It's bad enough that Safiyyah is such and such. (Some of narrators said: she is short).' He  said: "You have said a word which, if it could be mixed with the water of the sea, it would have been… (i.e., the enormity of it is such that, if it were mixed with the vast water of the sea, it would spoil it.)"  [Abu Daawood]

A word which, if it could be mixed with the water of the sea, it would have been…! One word alone could do this, and have such a far-reaching impact! So what do you think of the backbiting people of today, whose tongues never cease to wag? What vast oceans could be tainted and corrupted by their words? How many quiet lives are disrupted by them?

'Amr Ibn Shu`ayb narrated from his father from his grandfather : (the people) mentioned a man to the Messenger of Allaah  saying: "He doesn't eat until he is fed and he doesn't visit anybody until they have visited him first." The Prophet  said: "You have backbit him." They said: "O Messenger of Allaah! We have mentioned about him something which is true." He  said: "It is bad enough that you have mentioned something about your brother which is true." [Al-Asbahaani]

We should all ask ourselves: who among us is infallible? Who among us is free from errors, faults and sins? Who among us would be content to have everything about him, good and bad, spoken of by others? Any one of us becomes furious if he hears someone hinting something about him; so what would you do if it was said clearly and in detail, let alone behind your back?

'Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood  said: “We were with the Prophet  when a man got up and left, whereupon another man immediately started backbiting him. The Prophet  said: "Clean the bits of meat from between your teeth!" The man asked: "What should I clean from between my teeth? I haven't eaten any meat!" He  said: "You have eaten the flesh of your brother!"  [At-Tabaraani]

This is the state of our community nowadays: any one of us may commit the sin of backbiting, but then will say: I didn't backbite, I didn't eat flesh, I haven't done anything! Why?

Because we have allowed our tongues to become accustomed to speaking this way, without knowing what backbiting is. Let us learn about our religion. Let us learn about what is lawful and unlawful - as much as we can - and distinguish between the speech which is lawful and the speech which is not.

The evil consequence of Gheebah:

Due to its negative impact on individuals and communities alike, the Prophet  frequently made mention of backbiting, and greatly warned against it.

The Prophet  said: “O you who have believed (only) with their tongues while (true) belief has not visited their hearts! Do not backbite Muslims nor pursue their defects (and faults), otherwise Allaah will pursue your faults, and whomever Allaah pursues his defects (and faults) He disgraces him even though inside his house.” [Ibn Abu Ad-Dunyaa]

The Prophet  showed us the safe way of freeing ourselves from the evil consequence of backbiting others when he  said: “Whoever has wronged his brother with regard to wealth or honor, should ask for his pardon (before his death), before he will pay for it (in the Hereafter) when he will have neither a Dinaar nor a Dirham (gold and silver currencies). (He should secure pardon in this life) before some of his good deeds are taken and paid to this (his brother), or (if he has no good deeds) some of the bad deeds of this (his brother) will be taken (from the person he wronged) and will be loaded on him.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]


http://www.islamweb.net/ver2/engblue/article.php?lang=E&id=139702
38  Islam / Inspirational Islamic Stories / The tears of finding the truth through the Internet on: November 22, 2009, 07:44:02 AM
The following story occurred on the Internet through one of the chat programs (Freetel) in January 1999.  It is a real dialogue between a Christian and a Muslim.  The story centers on Derek’s realization of today’s Christianity and his subsequent conversion to Islam.  This Christian-Muslim dialogue has been edited for readability and for the clarity of its message.

'Abdullaah:     Hello there!  How are you man?

Derek: Hello! Well, how are you?

’Abdullaah:     I’m fine and you?

Derek: I’m fine, thanks.

’Abdullaah:     Where are you from?

Derek: I’m from L.A. (Los Angeles).

’Abdullaah:     The land of Hollywood!

Derek: Well, that’s right.  Have you ever been to L.A?

’Abdullaah:     No, never. Why are you calling yourself ‘Black Magic’?

Derek: It’s just a nickname, man!

’Abdullaah:     I see.

Derek: Where are you from? Are you an Arab?

’Abdullaah:     Yes, I am from Saudi Arabia but I’m in Qatar now.  What is your name?

Derek: My name is Derek.  What’s your name?

’Abdullaah:     My name is ’Abdullaah.

Derek:           What does ’Abdullaah mean?

’Abdullaah:     ’Abdullaah means the servant of Allaah and it is the function of each individual on the face of the earth to serve Allaah according to what Allaah wants from us.  By the way, Allaah is the proper name of God.

Derek:           How do we know what God or Allaah wants from us?

’Abdullaah:     All of this is outlined in the Quran and the Sunnah (traditions and approved actions of Prophet Muhammad, .  These are the two major sources of guidance in Islam.  Could you please tell me more about yourself?  How old are you?

Derek:           I am 19 years old, black and very much interested in knowing more about Islam.  First of all, what should a person do or believe in, to become a Muslim?

'Abdullaah:     Very easy brother, you just say that there is no one worthy of worship but Allaah and Muhammad is His Messenger, and you become Muslim.

Derek:           You mean Muhammad is his apostle?  But as a Christian or non-Muslim, this sentence is not enough to make it clear to me.

'Abdullaah:     O.K. Allaah sent Muhammad, , as His last Prophet and Messenger and revealed the Quran to him as the final revelation to mankind.  Allaah said that He perfected His religion and called it Islam (see Quran 5:3).  Islam means peaceful submission to the Will of Allaah.

Derek:           I see.

’Abdullaah:     Yes, and unfortunately, most Christians don’t know or they deny that the coming of Prophet Muhammad, ,  is foretold in their scriptures (See Deuteronomy 18:18; 21:21; Psalms 118: 22-23; Isaiah 42:1-13; Habakuk 3:3-4; Matthew 21:42-43; John 14:12-17, 15:26,27; 16:5-16).  Muslim theologians have stated that the person who is described by Jesus may Allaah exalt his mention to come after him (in the above verses) is Muhammad, .

Derek:           O.K.  Fine, but why was there a need for another Prophet after Jesus and another revelation after the Bible?

’Abdullaah:     All of the Prophets came to teach their peoples the Oneness of God.  In the case of Jesus may Allaah exalt his mention he was only sent as Messenger to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (see Matt. 15:24).  What happened was that all of these Prophets were not well received by the majority of the people.  For instance, they started tampering with the teachings of Moses and Jesus, may Allaah exalt their mention (see Quran 2:79).  That is why Allaah sent Muhammad, ,  with the last Message, (i.e., the Quran), to bring all of mankind back to the belief in and worship of One God, without partners or intermediaries.

Derek:           Is the Quran similar to the Bible?  I mean, what is it composed of?

’Abdullaah:     The Quran came as the last code emphasizing the same pure monotheistic teachings of Jesus may Allaah exalt his mention defending all the previous pure teachings of monotheistic beliefs and clarifying who Jesus may Allaah exalt his mention was and who his mother was, showing that they were no more than great people.

Derek:           O.K then, how can we be sure that the Quran has remained the same since the time of Prophet Muhammad, ?

’Abdullaah:     Allaah Himself has guaranteed that He would guard the Quran and keep it free from corruption (see Quran 15:9).  Hence, the real and pure words of Allaah are found in the Quran which was revealed in Arabic, the language of the people of Muhammad, .  Since then, not an iota has changed.  This is unlike what has happened in the other religions.  For example, if you look at the Bible you find a lot of versions; the name Bible itself is indicative of those changes because Bible means a collection of books from different writers.

Derek:           But didn’t God call it the Bible?

’Abdullaah:     God calls the Scripture revealed to Jesus “Injeel” in the Quran, for which the closest name in the Bible would be the word Gospel.  The Bible was written many years after the time of Jesus may Allaah exalt his mention  in a language that was alien to Jesus -- it was Latin Vulgate, a language that he never spoke.  Isn’t this strange?  Interestingly, most of what was written in the New Testament was authored by Paul, who, according to James, the brother of Jesus in the Bible, had a polluted mind because he changed and contradicted most of the teachings of Jesus may Allaah exalt his mention.

Derek:           I think you know more about Christianity than the Pope does!

’Abdullaah:     You are wrong by saying that I know more than the Pope. I have simply investigated the Bible with an inquiring mind, which is something that all Christians should do.

Derek:           Is there any English version of the Holy Quran?

’Abdullaah:     There are many translations of the meanings of the Quran.  The Quran was revealed in Arabic, which means that the words of Allaah are in Arabic.  The translations are the words of human beings relating to the meanings of the Quran to the non-Arabic speaking masses.

Derek:           How does the Quran define God to mankind or how does the Muslim perceive God?

’Abdullaah:     God is the One and Only True God, and the Creator of all.  He does not beget nor is He begotten.  He is unlike His creation in every respect.  He is the All-Knowing, The Powerful, The Merciful, The Irresistible, and The King of kings.

Derek:           But it is somehow difficult for me to perceive God as being the same as His creatures.

’Abdullaah:     You are absolutely right to have difficulty perceiving this, because human beings have a limited capacity.  This is why Allaah sent revelations to His Prophets and Messengers to tell us who He is.  So if you want to know who God is, just read the Quran.

Derek:           Christians believe that Jesus was sent for the salvation of all mankind. If this is not true, then the foundation of Christianity is faulty.  Right? What do you think?

’Abdullaah:     That’s correct.  The Christians of today are following what Paul taught and also tend to follow what the priests tell them to do instead of following what Jesus may Allaah exalt his mention said.

Derek:           Kindly explain the concept of salvation through the crucifixion of Jesus.

’Abdullaah:     In Christianity, the Doctrine of Original Sin is the reason that there is a need for salvation through Jesus’ crucifixion.  However, this doctrine was invented by Paul and it is strongly negated in the Old Testament (see Ezekiel 18:20, Jeremiah 31:30, Deut. 24:16).  This doctrine is an attempt to escape the responsibility of righteousness with the belief that punishment is given to someone else to release us from our burden of sins (see Ephesians 1:7, Romans 4:25, 10:9,Corinthians 15:21). In the Quran, every soul is responsible for its own deeds, good or bad (see Quran 74:38, 41:46, 3:25, 6:154).

Derek:           What about the crucifixion itself?

’Abdullaah:     The Bible says Jesus may Allaah exalt his mention cried out in a loud voice beseeching God for help on the cross: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46) Does that sound like Jesus may Allaah exalt his mention to you?

Derek:           No, then what about Jesus’ appearance to his disciples after the crucifixion?

’Abdullaah:     Jesus didn’t die on the cross nor was he resurrected.  If he were resurrected, then he would have come to his disciples in a spiritual body.  As shown in Luke 24:36-43, he met them with his physical body after the event of his alleged crucifixion.  In the Quran, it says that Jesus was not crucified, but it was someone else who was made to look like him (see Quran 4:15,58).

Derek:           How did the story of the crucifixion of Jesus get into the Bible then?

’Abdullaah:     Once again, Paul was responsible (see Timothy 2:8 and Romans 5:10).

Derek:           Well, I very deep in my heart, believe that God can never look like His creation nor does He do what they do.  What I believe is that God is the Perfect One who is very much different from everything we see or touch.  In other words, I think the writer can never look like his book.

’Abdullaah:     You are right.  There is nothing comparable to Allaah (see Quran 112:4).  The Prophets came with a very clear message to worship God alone, without any partners or intercessors.  However, Paul took pagan beliefs and practices from the Romans and mixed them with the teachings of Jesus may Allaah exalt his mention.   Consequently, Paul was mostly responsible for elevating Jesus may Allaah exalt his mention to the status of Son of God (see Acts. 9:20) and god.

Derek:           Yes.  Now I remember.  The first Commandments is: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is One Lord.”

’Abdullaah:     You’re right.  That’s in Mark 12:29. Moreover, the Quran confirms that God is One (which means): “Say He is Allaah, the One and Only (God).”  [Quran 112:1]

Derek:           What you are saying makes perfect sense.  This is just incredible! You mean that for almost 2000 years what the Christians have been following is wrong?

’Abdullaah:     Yes, especially their misunderstanding of who Jesus was.

Derek:           Oh my God! I’ve been deceived! Really, I feel religiously raped.  I have been fooled simply because I followed blindly the religion that I was born with and didn’t take care to investigate it thoroughly.  But still inside me there is something holding me back from accepting Islam, even though Islam is clearly the True Religion.

’Abdullaah:     Your last comment shows that you are a Muslim not a Christian and if you really love God and His Messenger Jesus may Allaah exalt his mention you will follow Islam and Prophet Muhammad, .  Break this barrier inside you and come back to the way of your ancestors.  You are now free because you are looking for the Truth and our great Prophet Jesus,  may Allaah exalt his mention told us that we should look for the Truth and the Truth will set us free.  So you will be a free man as soon as you accept it.  Be strong enough to accept Islam as the Truth, without any hesitation on your part and you will taste real freedom and real happiness that you have never tasted before.

Derek:           Frankly, I am concerned about the negative way Islam and Muslims are shown in the media.  In the West, there is a stigma attached to being a Muslim and I’m not sure I’m ready to live with that stigma.

’Abdullaah:     This is why I have chosen to tell people about the right picture of Islam.

Derek:           Then, what is the right picture of Islam?

’Abdullaah:     The right picture of Islam is conveyed in the Quran which is exemplified by Prophet Muhammad, .  The reality is that it is not fair to judge a religion by the actions of its followers alone, because there are good and bad followers in every religion.  The correct thing to do is to judge a religion by its documented revelation from God and the Prophet who brought that revelation.

Derek:           I see.  I agree with you, but I’m still concerned about the reaction of my family and friends if they know that I am a Muslim.

’Abdullaah:     Brother, on Judgment Day, no one will be able to help you, not even  your father, mother or any of your friends (see Quran 31:33).  So if you believe that Islam is the true religion, you should embrace it and live your life to please the One Who created you.  Be an illuminating torch for them.  Do not delay your coming to Islam.  If you die before becoming a Muslim, then it’s too late (see  Quran 2:132, 3:102, 3:85).  So grab this opportunity now.  You can only remedy this pain inside you by becoming a Muslim and being able in the future, God willing, to come and perform pilgrimage (Hajj).

Derek:           You are very wise man.  I want to say that when I sometimes see on the satellite, especially in the season of Hajj, people of different colors and different races sitting side by side and praying to God, I feel a pain deep inside my heart and I feel something urging me to talk with someone to know more about that great religion that can gather all the races in the same place.  Thanks to you, I have found that person. So please help me become a Muslim!

’Abdullaah:     Brother, let us take it step by step.  First, enter Islam by saying: I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is his servant and Messenger.  I bear witness that Jesus is His Prophet and Messenger. Let us say this again: I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is his servant and Messenger.  I bear witness that Jesus is His Prophet and Messenger.

Derek            I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is his servant and Messenger.  I bear witness that Jesus is His Prophet and Messenger

’Abdullaah:     By the way, Jesus’ name is not Jesus.  It is a Latinized name.  His real name is ‘Eesaa.  Now you will say the same thing in Arabic, the language of the Quran.  I will transliterate for you: Ash’hadu an laa ilaahaa illallaah, wa ash’hadu anna Muhammadun rasoolullaah, wa ash’hadu anna ‘Eesaa ‘abdullaahi wa rasooluhu.

Derek:           Ash’hadu an laa ilaahaa illallaah, wa ash’hadu anna muhammadun rasoolullaah, wa ash’hadu anna ‘Eesaa ‘abdullaahi wa rasooluhu.

’Abdullaah:     Brother, say Allaah is the greatest because you are a Muslim now.  You are not a Christian anymore.  You are in the House of Islam.  If I were with you, I would hug you as my brother in Islam. How do you feel now? A burden has been removed from you and you feel like you are so light. Isn’t this right?

Derek:           If you were with me now,  you would have seen my tears reaching my neck.  You are a great brother.  I feel that I have just come to life.  This is exactly how I feel from now.  I don’t have to listen to the words of the priests in the church, who knowingly or unknowingly lead people astray.  I hope to be a good servant of  Allaah.

’Abdullaah:     You know what came out of you was disbelief and it was replaced by belief.  You are so clean now, because when someone embraces Islam sincerely, Allaah forgives all of his past sins.  So, go to an Islamic center that has Muslims from all over the world and announce your Islam there and continue to learn more about Islam from them.  In addition, find a book on prayer in Islam and practice it.  This is essential.  Now after you are through with me, you must take a shower to purify yourself from previous wrong beliefs.  Remember to stay away from bad company and be with righteous Muslim people.  Also, beware of those so-called Muslims who call to nationalistic ideas or racial thoughts, which are rejected in Islam.  I love you as a brother in Islam and I hope one day I will see you and hear your voice.

Derek:           I will for sure do what you have asked.  And tomorrow I will go to the Islamic center.  Thank you for showing me the Truth.  I will do my best to meet people who know about Islam for sure.  May God help you guide more and more people to the true word of God.  There is no God but Allaah and Muhammad is his Apostle … Well it is as difficult for me as it is for you to leave you.

’Abdullaah:     Well brother, you will not leave me for a long time.  I will soon be with you through my supplications, God willing.  Pray for me, brother.

Derek:           Well, I thank you, I love you although I do not know you yet. But it is enough for me to remember that one day, a very dear man has picked me up from the mud of life.  Please teach me another Islamic word in Arabic so as to make use of it in the Islamic center.

’Abdullaah:     As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh

and Astaghfirullaah.

Derek:           What do they mean?

’Abdullaah:     May the Peace, Mercy and Blessing of Allaah be upon you.  This is used as a greeting to all Muslims.  The last word means, Allaah forgive me.  Well,  I have to leave you now but be sure it will not be for long.

Derek:           Assalaamu ‘Alaykum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh and Astaghfirullaah for being astray from the Truth all those years.  May God bless you.  You have occupied a great place in my heart and I will never forget you.  Bye and talk to you later.  Your brother in Islam, Derek, but I will call myself ‘Eesaa from now on.

’Abdullaah:     O.K. ‘Eesaa.  I will leave you some final words of inspiration.  Certainly, the ultimate goal of every individual is to be in Paradise forever.  This reward of Paradise is too great to not have a price.  That price is true faith, which is proven obedience to Allaah and following the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, . This is the road to Paradise. Let’s stay in touch!  Assalamu Alaykum!

Derek:           O.K. Assalaamu Alaykum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
39  Islam / Inspirational Islamic Stories / Ten Lessons Ibn al-Mubarak on: November 16, 2009, 11:38:51 PM
    

Ten Lessons Ibn al-Mubarak Taught Us
ibn al Jawzi

‘Abdullah bin al-Mubarak was a scholar known for simultaneously combining numerous traits of virtue. In fact, his friends would sit and count all of the good things that were part of his character and personality. adh-Dhahabi related that they said: “Let’s sit and count the good traits that Ibn al-Mubarak has.” So, they ended up listing: “Knowledge, Fiqh, Literature, Grammar, Language, Zuhd, Eloquence, Poetry, Praying at night, Worship, Hajj, Jihad, Bravery, Instinct, Strength, speaking little in what doesn’t concern him, fairness, and lack of conflict with his companions.”

Reading through his life story, one sees exactly this and cannot help but to derive brief yet heavy lessons from how this man lived:

1- No matter how bad you think you are, you can always become better.

In ‘Tartib al-Madarik’ (1/159), al-Qadi ‘Iyad mentioned that Ibn al-Mubarak was asked about the circumstances in which he began studying. He replied: “I was a youth who drank wine and loved music and singing while engaging in these filthy acts. So, I gathered some friends to one of my gardens where there were sweet apples, and we ate and drank until we passed out while drunk. At the end of the night, I woke up and picked up the stringed oud and began singing:
Isn’t it time that you had mercy on me * And we rebel against those who criticize us?

And I was unable to pronounce the words as I intended. When I tried again, the oud began speaking to me as if it were a person, saying the verse: {“Isn’t it time for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah’s reminder?”} [al-Hadid; 16] So, I said: “Yes, O Lord!” And I smashed the oud, spilled the wine, and my repentance with all its realities came by the grace of Allah, and I turned towards knowledge and worship.”

2 - You should associate with honorable people.

In ‘Sifat as-Safwah’ (2/323), Ibn al-Jawzi mentioned: “Ibn al-Mubarak’s home in Marw was vast. It measured fifty square yards. There was no person known for knowledge, worship, manhood, or high status in Marw except that you saw him in this house.”

3 - You should be a helpful guest.

In ‘Sifat as-Safwah’ (2/324), it is narrated that when an-Nadr bin Muhammad’s son got married, he invited Ibn al-Mubarak, “and when he arrived, Ibn al-Mubarak got up to serve the guests. an-Nadr did not leave him and swore that he would tell him to leave until he finally sat down.”

4 - You should give money to the poor.

In ‘Sifat as-Safwah’ (2/327), Ibn al-Jawzi mentions that Ibn al-Mubarak “would spend a hundred thousand dirhams a year on the poor.”

5 - You should always return borrowed items to their owners.

In ‘Sifat as-Safwah’ (2/329), al-Hasan bin ‘Arafah said that ‘Abdullah bin al-Mubarak told him: “I borrowed a pen from someone in Sham, and I intended to return it to its owner. When I arrived in Marw (in Turkmenistan!), I saw that I still had it with me. Abu ‘Ali (al-Hasan’s nickname), I went all the way back to Sham to return the pen to its owner!”

6 - You should be brave, and hide your good deeds:

In ‘Sifat as-Safwah’ (2/329), ‘Abdah bin Sulayman said: “We were on an expedition in the lands of the Romans with ‘Abdullah bin al-Mubarak. We met the enemy, and when the two armies met, a man came out from their side calling for a duel. One of our men went out to him and dueled with him for an hour, injuring him and killing him. Another came out, and he killed him. He called for another duel, and another man came out. They dueled for an hour, and he injured and killed him as well. The people gathered around this man, and I was with them, and saw that he was covering his face with his sleeve. I took the edge of his sleeve and pulled it away to find that it was ‘Abdullah bin al-Mubarak,” and in the version reported by adh-Dhahabi,  he made him swear not to reveal his identity until the day he died.

7 - You should have a tender heart.

In ‘Sifat as-Safwah’ (2/330), al-Qasim bin Muhammad said: “We were on a journey with Ibn al-Mubarak, and I was always asking myself: what is so special about this man that he is so famous? If he prays, so do we. If he fasts, so do we. If he fights, so do we. If he makes Hajj, so do we.

One night, we spent the night in a house travelling on the way to Sham. The lamp went out, and some of us woke up. So, he took the lamp outside to light it, and stayed outside for a while. When he came back in with the lamp, I caught a glimpse of Ibn al-Mubarak’s face, and saw that his beard was wet with his tears. I said to myself: “This fear of Allah is what has made this man better than us. When the lamp went out and we were in darkness, he remembered the Day of Resurrection.””

8 - You should be generous to your friends.

In ‘Sifat as-Safwah’ (2/329), Isma’il bin ‘Ayyash said: “I don’t know of a single good trait except that Allah has placed it in ‘Abdullah bin al-Mubarak. My friends told me that they were travelling with him from Egypt to Makkah, and he was serving them khabis (a sweet flour dish) while he was fasting the entire trip.”

9 - You should not give in to Satan’s whispers.

In ‘Tartib al-Madarik’ (1/159), it is related that Ibn al-Mubarak was making ablution, and Satan came to him and said: “You did not wipe over this part of your body.” Ibn al-Mubarak said: “I did.” Satan said: “No, you didn’t.” So, Ibn al-Mubarak said: “You are the one making the claim, and you must therefore bring proof to back the claim up.”

10 - You should sincerely pray for people to accept Islam.

In ‘Tartib al-Madarik’ (1/162), it is related that al-Hasan bin ‘Isa bin Sirjis would walk by Ibn al-Mubarak, and he was a Christian. Ibn al-Mubarak asked who he was, and was told: “He is a Christian.” So, Ibn al-Mubarak said: “O Allah, grant him Islam.” So, Allah answered his supplication and al-Hasan became an excellent Muslim, and he travelled to seek knowledge and became one of the scholars of the Ummah.”
40  Islam / Inspirational Islamic Stories / Why Our Supplications Are Not Answered? on: November 16, 2009, 11:30:12 PM
Why Our Supplications Are Not Answered?
by al-Hâfidh Ibn Rajab
Taken from Khushoo fis-Salaat (p.62) of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali - rahimahullaah


Ibraheem ibn Adham, may Allaah have Mercy upon him, was a third century scholar, a teacher and a companion of Sufyaan ath-Thawree, and he was asked about the saying of Allaah - The Most High:


“And your Lord says: ‘Call on Me, I will answer your prayer…’” [Soorah Ghaafir, 40:60]


“We supplicate and we are not answered.” So he said to them:


“You know Allah, Yet you do not obey Him,
You recite the Qur’aan, Yet you do not act according to it,
You know Shaitaan, Yet you have agreed with him,
You proclaim that you love the Messenger of Allah, Yet you abandon his Sunnah,
You proclaim your love for Paradise, Yet you do not act to gain it,
You proclaim your fear for the Fire, Yet you do not prevent yourselves from sins,
You say: “Indeed death is true”, Yet you have not prepared for it,
You busy yourselves with finding faults with others, Yet you do not look at your own faults,
You eat that which Allah has provided for you, Yet you do not thank Him,
You bury your dead, Yet you do not take a lesson from it.”
 
41  Islam / Islamic Article Discussion / clothing bearing the "Nike" motif on: October 25, 2009, 01:36:23 AM
Is it permissble to wear clothing bearing the Nike motif, as I learned recently that Nike got their name from the greek goddess of Victory?

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

Wearing a garment with the logo of Kufr is prohibited in Islam since Islam prohibits imitating non-Muslims. The Prophet said: "Whoever imitates some people, he is one of them".
 In another narration he will be resurrected with them". The above Hadith gives a severe threat to those people who imitate Kuffars in their style or manners of talking, acting, wearing, worshipping, or in their feasts or in any other matters which are not legislated for us and are not approved by us.

Note that the Prophet disavowed any connection with the Muslim who lives among Kuffars and does not distinguish himself from the Kuffars in his manners, deeds and practices, let alone a person who carries a logo of Kufr with him?

 Imam Abu Dawood narrated in his Sunan that the Prophet said: "I am exempt from any Muslim who lives among polytheists". When they asked the Prophet he said: "Fire of Muslims should not be seen with the fire of Mushrikeen".

The sign of "Nike", on the garments which many Muslims wear, is a sign of a goddess of victory, daughter of the giant Pulas, as the Greeks believed.

So, every Muslim is obliged to avoid a sign of Kufr and he should not take with him such a sign even though the sign is no longer used as the logo of Kufr. How can one use a sign and name of a goddess of Greece?

 The evidence for this rule is the Prophet's question to the person who has vowed to slaughter a camel at "Buwanah" he said: "Did the place contain any idol worshipped in pre-Islamic times?" [Related from Abudawood].

If there was an idol in pre-Islamic times then slaughtering in that place would be forbidden even though the idol/idols had been removed. Then how could it be permissible to use those things which used to indicate Kufr?

Allah knows best.

http://english.islamweb.net/ver2/Fatwa/ShowFatwa.php?lang=E&Id=82398&Option=FatwaId
42  Islam / Islamic Article Discussion / Secretly listening to someone's conversation on: October 24, 2009, 01:58:25 AM

Assalamualikum
 
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

If people who are talking do not want you to listen to them you should not listen to them. It is narrated from Ibn Abbas that the Prophet said: "Whoever listens to the speech of some people who had run with their speech from him, molten lead will be poured in his ears on The Day of Judgement".

You should not mistrust them and eavesdropping them and spying on them mean that you do not trust them. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, ……………..}[49:12].

Al Bukhari and Muslim reported from Abu Huraira that he said: "Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales. And do not look for the others' faults, and do not do spying on one another, and do not practice Najsh, and do not be jealous of one another and do not hate one another, and do not desert (stop talking to) one another. And O, Allah's worshipers! Be brothers!"

All this is advised if there is no strong reason to mistrust them. But if there is a sound reason to mistrust them you are then allowed to do so, in order to protect yourself from worse consequences.
Allah knows best.


http://www.islamweb.net/ver2/Fatwa/ShowFatwa.php?Option=FatwaId&lang=E&Id=83404
43  Islam / Islamic Article Discussion / ‘Miracle’ baby on: October 24, 2009, 12:03:06 AM

Miracle’ baby brings hope in Muslim Russia

Ayaah from the Koran appear and fade on body 9-month-old

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33425758/ns/world_news-europe/
44  Islam / Hadith Discussion / WORDS OF WISDOM \ Prayer on: October 21, 2009, 07:52:54 AM


al-Qaasim ibn Abee Ayyoob said:

((I heard Sa'eed ibn Jubayr repeat this aayah in the salaah twenty odd times:

{And be afraid of the Day when you shall be brought back to Allaah}, [Soorah al-Baqarah, Aayah 281].))

Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa

http://www.fatwa-online.com/wordsofwisdom/prayer/0031108.htm



Sufyaan said:

((‘Amru ibn Deenaar used to divide the night into three parts:

a third (in which) he would sleep;

a third (in which) he would study hadeeth;

and a third (in which) he would do salaah (pray)))

Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa. – Volume 5, Page 302

http://www.fatwa-online.com/wordsofwisdom/prayer/0021113.htm



Abdul-Kareem said:

((Talq ibn Habeeb would not go into rukoo’ once he started Soorah al-Baqarah (page 2) until he reached (Soorah) al-‘Ankaboot (page 396), and he would say:

"I yearn to remain standing (in prayer) until my body aches"))

Note: Soorah page numbers correspond to the Madeenah mushaf.

Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa. – Volume 4, Page 602

http://www.fatwa-online.com/wordsofwisdom/prayer/0030112.htm
 



45  Islam / Inspirational Islamic Stories / I met Uwais Al-Qarni. I ignored him in the beginning of our meeting, but carried on: October 20, 2009, 06:40:15 AM
Our beloved brother Shaykh ibn ‘Abd Al-Ghani narrates the following story in the Arabic forum.

He [May Allah Preserve him] writes:

“The story of Uwais Al-Qarni was mentioned in Sahih Muslim as well as in other books. Now even though he was from the Tabi’een and did not see the Messenger [Salah Allahu Alaihi wa salam], the Messenger [Salah Allahu Alaihi wa salam] had advised ‘Umar ibn Al-Khatab [Radiya Allahu ‘Anhu] that if he meets [Uwais] then he, ‘Umar, should ask [Uwais] to ask Allah to forgive him and to make supplication for him.

Thus ‘Umar [May Allah be pleased with him], during his Caliphate, used to ask all the delegates coming from Yemen: ‘Is Uwais among you?’, until finally during one of the years he met him. He found him a man not among the nobles of his people; nobody cares much for him, even those accompanying him, sidelined. So ‘Umar told him about the advice Prophet Muhammad gave him and asked Uwais to ask Allah the Exalted to forgive him. When ‘Umar discovered that Uwais was headed to Al-Kuffa he offered to write a letter to his assistant over there, so that he treats him with hospitality. However, Uwais refused and requested that ‘Umar doesn’t do that. He explained his request that he would love to live as an unknown among the people (the story is summarized and mentioned from memory).

Now, I do not claim that I met that Noble Tabi’ee himself; rather I met a man from his school. A man following in the same footsteps of Uwais, and here is my story with him.

During one of the Fridays of Ramadan, I left my house to give the Friday Khutbah in one of the Masjids of Al-Jam’iyah Al-Shar’eyah in Cairo. While riding my car my clear white Thawb (dress worn by men in Arab countries) got stained with a black spot. That really upset me. I asked myself, ‘How could I stand in front of the people giving the Khutbah when this spot had stained my elegant dress?’ I left the car and headed towards the Masjid. During my walk I passed by a store that had a big mirror at its entrance. I stood in front of it fixing my clothes and making sure my head covering is placed properly. I then continued to the Masjid.

I reached the Masjid, but the issue of the stain was still bothering me. The entrance of the Masjid had a few beggars standing there. They usually stand there during this blessed month, each of them with a story that he uses to gain the sympathy of the people going to pray. I didn’t give them much attention and entered the Masjid. I climbed the Minbar quickly, hoping that no one would get a chance to see the black spot that stained my dress in the car.

I delivered the Khutbah, and then we prayed. After prayers, I leaned my back at a pillar that was next to the Qiblah, and I stretched my legs to relax.

Now Egyptians usually go and shake the hands of the Imam after the prayers making supplications for him. I started shaking their hands while being seated in the same manner, and replied to their supplications by nodding my head up and down. I was really exhausted at this time because of the hot weather and the fasting.

At that point, I noticed a blind man crossing the lines with extreme difficulty, asking to reach the Shaykh (referring to me). Nobody was paying attention to his request, rather some of them were waving their hands in an annoyed manner since the blind man used to [unintentionally] come in contact with them while crossing the lines. The caretaker of the Masjid took his hand and brought him to me. I looked at him, and saw that his clothe were worn-out. He had the appearance of a person that if he greets others they would not reply back to him, and if he speaks no one would care about what he said. My first impression was that he was one of the beggars I saw at the entrance of the Masjid.

The man reached where I was seated; he greeted me and I replied back to him while still being seated in the same manner I described earlier, relaxing and stretching my legs.

I waited for him to start by telling me how miserable his life is, like beggars usually do, but he didn’t.

Rather he started by praising the topic of my Khutbah!! I though to myself: ‘A new method of begging! Start by showing that you understood what was mentioned in the Khutbah so that my heart would soften?!’.

Then he said: “But I have some remarks about your Khutbah, so I hope you do not mind listening to them”.

I said in amazement, while still sitting in the same manner: “Remarks on my Khutbah!! and you are the one that will point them out?!”

He replied: “Yes”.

I said: “In what aspects of the Khutbah?”

He said: “In the Language, Hadith, and Tafseer”.

After that I honestly, stared at his face in astonishment, and said: “And to what extend is your knowledge in these sciences?”

He introduced himself to me, he was a graduate of Dar Al-‘Uloom and specialized in Islamic Sharee’ah. He had completed several papers/studies on Tafseer, and he studied along side several known scholars.

I looked at the people around me in the Masjid and they nodded their heads, affirming what the man was saying.

At that point I sat straight, and crossed my legs, and said to the man: “And what are these remarks you had, my dear respected sir”.

He said: “As for the language, you have used some words of the ‘Amiyah (slang) and that ruins the nobility and sublimity of the Khutbah” (he kept speaking to me about the importance of the Khatib using the proper language, with words that increased my love to our beautiful language).

“As for the Hadith, you quoted some traditions and mentioned the source of some, but didn’t do that for the rest. Also how can you quote a tradition and refer it to Abu Dawud, while it is in Bukhari don’t you know that this is something that relegates the status of the speaker”. (Then he kept speaking to me about the methods and manners of the scholars of hadith, which increased my love for the Science of Hadith).

“As for the Tafseer, you mentioned some statements of those who interpret the Quran by their opinion, so beware when speaking about the Book of Allah and do not be like a night-time woodcutter (lumberjack)”. (Then he kept speaking to me about the different methodologies used by the people of Tafseer, which increased my love to the science of Tafseer).

By that time, people had dispersed from around us.

As he was about to stand, I stood [quickly] and took his hand. I then rushed and got him his shoes, and assisted him in putting it on. He kept asking me not to. I took by his hand to take him to his home, but he swore to me not to.

At that point, I saw that we were behind a wall where no one can see us, so I took out a sum of money from my pocket, and I politely requested that he accepts it from me. Here, he got mad and raised his voice a little scolding me roughly. I apologized to him, and he accepted my apology, and said: “You might have felt sorry for me, when you saw the way I am dressed”. I said: “Yes, and I hope you can forgive me for not thinking highly of you the first time I saw you”, so he forgave me.

I told him: “Please, comfort me, how do you live and with whom?” He said: “I will answer you briefly. I have a small income, but Allah has blessed it with His Grace, and it suffices me from the disgrace of asking [others]”. I asked: “With whom do you live?” He replied: “By myself, my children and wife have already beaten me to the Hereafter” and then he said: “I want nothing from this Dunia, and my relationship with it is not that good. All I need is a dress to cover my body and a meal that would silence my hunger, and apart from that I do not need anything”.

So I fell on his hand to kiss it, and I shook his hand and walked away for a few steps. Then I looked back at where he was heading. I saw that the people are giving him no notice as he held his stick, which he used to feel the road in front of him.

As for me, I walked thinking about myself, and how upset I was when my clean white dress got stained. As I walked, cars would slow down so that I can cross [the street], and people passing would come by to shake my hands and ask me for supplications.

They were all deceived by my looks and appearance.

I remembered the statement of Prophet Muhammad [Salah Allah ‘Alaihi wa Salam], when he was between his companions and a man passed by who had the appearance of a wealthy man. So he [Salah Allah ‘Alaihi wa Salam] asked: “What do you say about that [man]?” They said: “O Prophet of Allah, he is the kind of person that when he speaks we would listen, and if he asks for our daughter’s hand in marriage we won’t oppose, and if he intercedes for someone we would accept his intercession”. Then a man who appeared poor and needy passed by, so he [Salah Allah ‘Alaihi wa Salam] asked: “And what do you say about that man?” They said: “He is the sort of person, that if he speaks we won’t listen to what he has to say, and if he requests our daughter’s hand in marriage we would oppose his request, and if he intercedes for someone we would not accept his intercession”. Then he [Salah Allah ‘Alaihi wa Salam] said: “That [poor] man is better (worth more) than all the earth filled with that other man”, Aw Kama Qaal Salah Allah ‘Alaihi wa Salam".

Original Arabic:

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Note: the translation takes from the beauty of the story, but I hope that it was not totally lost.

May Allah greatly reward the Shaykh for this story
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