Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Truly, in the Messenger of Allah [SAWS] you have a good example to follow
Whoever revives a Sunnah from my Sunnah
I Seek refuge in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), from the Shaitan.
In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
Islam has two primary sources, the Quran, and the authentic Traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), that explain and sometimes expand on that of the Quran.
Bismillah Al-Hamdu lillah WA salatu WA Salamu 'ala Rasulullah
The truth centers around and is based upon the Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam)
And that which he was upon as well as that which the companions (radiyallaahu 'anhuma) were upon and not other than them.
If you LOVE the Messenger of Allah [peace be upon him] then...
REVIVE HIS SUNNAH!
From ar-Rabia' bin Suleiman (d. 270 A.H.) who said: A man asked ash- Shafi about a Hadith of the Prophet - sallallaahu 'alayhi WA sallam- then the man said to him: 'And what is your opinion?' Imam ash- Shafi' trembled, shuddered and said: 'Which sky will shade me and which earth will carry me if I narrate a Hadith from the Messenger of Allah - sallallaahu 'alayhi WA sallam - and say an opinion other than that of the Hadith.' And he said: 'If you find a Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah - sallallaahu 'alayhi WA sallam - then follow it, and do not turn to the saying of anyone.
The Prophet’s way is the best way.
“Truly, in the Messenger of Allah [SAWS] you have a good example to follow for the one who hopes for the Meeting with Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.”
Simple deeds: immense rewards; words defining many of the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).
Despite their ease, we sometimes fall short in acting upon them, usually for no other reason but the need of a reminder.
A reminder of both the deed and the promised reward is what it takes for many of us to revive a Sunnah in our lives.
The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) says that Allah says,
"And My servant continues to draw nearer to Me with supererogatory (nawafil) deeds until I love him." (Bukhari).
The promise of Divine love is certainly enough to motivate us to return to some of the neglected or forgotten Sunnah of our Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).
The most effective revival is to make an effort to implement at least one Sunnah
And be an example to others. No matter how much we preach and write, in the end it is action that counts.
Following the Sunnah will help us increase in good deeds.
“…Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety);
But do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment.”
A few Sunnah we can revive everyday:
Siwak: - A twig that earns the pleasure of Allah And was beloved to His Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).
When Aisha (radiyallaahu anha) was asked about the first thing he would do upon entering his home,
She replied, "When he entered his house, the first thing he would do was to use the Siwak.”(Muslim)”.
The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said, "Siwak cleanses the mouth and pleases the Lord."- (Bukhari).
If you have one, use it now and please your Lord. Carry some with you and gift them to those you love.
The Messenger r said, "Whoever revives a Sunnah from my Sunnah
And the people practice it; she/he will have the same reward of those who practice it without their reward diminishing…" [Sunan ibn Majah (209)].
Wudu before Sleeping: Want an angel to supplicate for you while you sleep?
The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said,
"Purify these bodies, and Allah will purify you. Whenever a slave spends his night in a state of purification,
An angel spends his night within his (slave's) hair
And he does not turn over during the night except that he [the angel] says:
O Allah, forgive Your slave, for he went to sleep in a state of purification.”
As Hazrat Ibn Mas'ud R.A. said:
That the man who wishes to present himself as a Muslim in the Divine Court tomorrow on the Day of Judgment,
He should make sure to say prayers at a place where the prayer-call (azan) is given
(I.e. in the mosque), because Allah Most High has promulgated such Sunnah through our Prophet peace and blessings are upon him: which is guidance from one end to the other. Among them are these congregational prayers also.
If you start offering prayers in your own houses,
Just as so and so you will become one who forsake the prophetic Sunnah,
And just understand that if you give up the Holy Prophet's peace and blessings be upon him Sunnah, you will go astray.
Performing Voluntary Prayers in One's House:
Jabber related that the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:
"If one of you has finished the prayer in his mosque, let him make a portion of his prayers for his home, As Allah will certainly put goodness in his home from his prayer." (Muslim).
In another hadith,
"A person's Salah in his house is better than his Salah in my mosque, except for the fard (obligatory) Salah." (Abu Dawud).
Going Early to the Jumu’ah Prayer:
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said,
"Whoever does ghusl on Friday like ghusl for Janabah?
Then goes to the prayer (in the first hour, i.e., early), it is as if he sacrificed a camel.
Whoever goes in the second hour, it is as if he sacrificed a cow;
Whoever goes in the third hour, it is as if he sacrificed a horned ram;
Whoever goes in the fourth hour, it is as if he sacrificed a hen;
And whoever goes in the fifth hour it is as if he offered an egg.
When the imam comes out, the angels come to listen to the khutba.”
Siwak- ‘Arrack’ Tree
Using the Siwak was something the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) loved to do,
And he urged his Ummah to do, whether at home, at the Masjid, or alone.
Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Were it not for the fact that I did not want to make things too hard for my ummah,
I would have commanded them to use the Siwak at every time of prayer.” (Al-Bukhari, 2/299 and Muslim, 1/151).
According to another report narrated by al-Bukhari, he said: “…at every time of making Wudu’.”
‘Aisha was asked what the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did when he first came home.
She said, “When he entered his house, the first thing he would do was to use the Siwak.”(Reported by Muslim, 1/220).
When getting up from sleep.
Hudhayfa ibn al-Yamane (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) got up during the night, he would clean his mouth thoroughly with the Siwak. (Reported by al-Bukhari, 1/98 and Muslim, 1/220)
Here’s another hadith regarding the Siwak and its spiritual as well as physical effects.
As soon as the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam) got up for Qiyam al-Layl,
He would brush his teeth with a Siwak and perform Wudu, he (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam) said:
“When one of you gets up to pray at night, let him use a Siwak (to clean his teeth),
Because when he recites during the prayer, the angel puts his mouth over his,
So that nothing leaves his mouth but will enter into the angel’s mouth.”
Have you noticed people stepping away when you start to talk?
Do people turn their cheek when you kiss them goodbye?
Bad breath, Morning breathes, Garlic chutney, just plain old’ bad breath –
Problems that have plagued mankind since the dawn of time,
And for which solutions are touted aplenty. Electric toothbrushes, mouthwash, breath mints… the companies producing them make pretty brisk business!
For Muslims the issue is more serious than for others, since the importance of overall hygiene –
And specifically oral hygiene – is strongly emphasized in the Sunnah of our beloved Rasool (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
And as with everything else, the best of solutions lies not in the latest bacteria-fighting invention, but in the Qur’an and Sunnah.
So what, you ask, is the solution presented to us 1400 years ago? It is called… the Siwak.
Basically, it’s a twig taken from certain kinds of trees and usually available at your local masjid,
Islamic centre, Halaal-imports/ exports/ meat/ corner store, and generous uncles who always have a spare in their shalwar kames/coat pocket
In another Hadith the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him says: -
"He, who ate legitimate (Halaal) things and acted upon the Sunnah and saved people from mischiefs, Will enter Paradise.” So a man said: “O Apostle of Allah! Such men are too many these days".
He replied, "They will also be there in the time after me".
Use both a toothbrush and a miswak in a 24-hour cycle… it would just mean our breath would be super-duper sweet smelling, InshaAllah!
In one Hadith the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him tells the Companions?
"You happen to be in such a time that if anyone of you leaves even one-tenth of what you have been ordered to do, he will be ruined.
Then will come such a time that if anyone accomplishes even one-tenth of what the people have been ordered to do, he will be absolved."
This Hadith is very encouraging for those whom Allah Most High has granted the grace to act upon His religion in any degree.
They should not give up their action, considering it to be small and scanty. It is usually a very great deception of the Satan.
One should continue to act upon the Sunnah as much as one can.
Who knows which act of ours might please Allah whereby we might succeed and reach the destination safely?
We should be staunchly active in the Sunnah method,
For the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him has said:
"I leave among you two things. As long as you keep hold of them,
You will not go astray: one is Allah's Book,
i.e., the holy Quran, and the other is the Sunnah of Allah Apostle.”
The words in another tradition are: "I am leaving among you two heavy things.
As long as you keep grasping them, you will not deviate:
One is Allah's Book and the other is my Sunnah.
Whenever the clutch of the Sunnah is left, there will be sheer deviation.
From Hasan al-Basri (d.110 A.H.) who said:
Statements cannot be correct except with actions;
Statements and actions cannot be correct except with an intention;
And statements, actions and an intention cannot be correct except according to the Sunnah.
Follow the paths of guidance and the few, who follow it,
And it will not harm you.
Beware of the paths of misguidance and do not be deceived by the large number of those destroyed.
When it Rains
When rain descends from the sky, it is your chance to turn to Allah,
Asking Him for everything you desire from the good of this life and the Hereafter, for yourself and those beloved to you. The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said,
"Two are the du’aa that is never returned: the du’aa made when the prayer is being called, and at the time of rainfall." (Abu Dawud).
Du’aa upon hearing thunder:
Subhanaha alladhi yusabbihur- ra'du bi hamdihi wal malaa'ikatu min khifaatih
'How perfect He is, (The One) whom the thunder declares His perfection with His praise, as do the angels out of fear of Him.'
Allahumma sayyiban naaf'ian
O Allah, may it be a beneficial rain cloud
Mutirna bi Fadhlil-lahi WA Rahmatih
We have been given rain by the grace and mercy of Allah
After Drinking Milk
Even in drinking milk, we have an opportunity to earn reward through following the Sunnah.
Rinsing mouth: Ibn Abbas narrated the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) drank some milk then called for some water.
Once he got the water he rinsed his mouth then said, "It has fat." (Agreed Upon)
Du’aa after drinking milk:
'Allahumma barik Lana Fihi wa zidna minhu'
'O Allah, bless it for us and give us more of it.' (Abu Dawud, al-Tirmidhi).
With the Believers
Greeting youngsters with salaam:
Anas bin Malik (radiyallaahu anhu) used to always greet the children as he passed them,
Saying that he did so because he had observed the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) doing the same.
Tell Someone You Love them for the Sake of Allah
Anas reported that a man was with the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) when another man passed by and the former said:
"O Messenger of Allah! I love this man (for Allah's sake).
“The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) asked,
"Have you informed him?" He said, "No".
The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) then said,
"Tell him (that you love him)." (Abu Dawud).
What a beautiful Sunnah that is sure touch the heart of your beloved brother or sister and brightens up their day!
"Whoever revives a Sunnah from my Sunnah and the people practice it, Will have the same reward of those who practice it without their reward diminishing." (Sunan ibn Majah,).
Abu Hurairah t reported that the Messenger r said, "Whoever does not thank the people does not thank Allah." .
Subhanak Allaahumma WA bihamdika ash-hadu anlaa ilaaha illaa anta astakhiruka WA atoobu ilayk
If I said anything correct, then it is from Allah (subhanahu WA Ta’aala),
And if I erred, then that is from me and Shaitan.
May Allah make us from the Companions of His Book and unite us with His righteous slaves in the highest gardens of Paradise. Amen.
May Allah Subhanawataala grant us what is best in this world and the next!
Action speaks louder then words my friend’s practice Islam the way of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) did.
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him?
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........
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