Blessings of the Day of Arafah

Allah ‘azza wa jall never descends to the lowest heaven during the day except for the Day of ‘Arafah. He is close to you and wants to hear your prayers and worship. He is close and has left the door open.

Tomorrow is the Day of Arafah. In preparation for that day, we should all be aware of its significance.

– It is the Day that Allah chose to reveal one of the most blessed verses in the Quran, “Today, I have completed this religion for you, and perfected My favors upon you, and chosen Islam as you way of life” [Mā’idah; 3]. A rabbi said to the Caliph `Umar (r): “If this verse had been revealed to us, we would have taken that day as a day of celebration!!

– It is a Day that Allah gives an oath by, and calls it a day that is ‘witnessed’, in the verse: وَشَاهِدٍ وَمَشْهُودٍ. Ibn Abbās said, “The shāhid is Friday, and the ‘mashhūd’ is the Day of Arafah.” So Friday shall testify for those who pray on it, and Arafah is a Day that Allah and the angels are witnessing and observing.

– It is the Day of Ḥajj and the essence of the pilgrimage. The Prophet ﷺ said, “Ḥajj is Arafah,” meaning it’s all about that day.

– It is a day whose fasting expiates the minor sins of the year before and the year after – one single day’s fast equivalent to two year’s of forgiveness!! There is no other day like it in the whole year.

– It is said that this was the Day that Allah took the Covenant (mīthāq) from Adam and his children, and this was the Day that Allah accepted the repentance of Adam.

– It is a Day of Forgiveness and of being freed from Jahannam. We learn in the ḥadīth that on no single day are more people forgiven or saved from Jahannam than on this Day.

– It is a Day that Shayṭān himself feels the most humiliated and despised as he sees the Mercy of Allah descending down.

– It is a Day that Allah descends down to the lower Heavens, and boasts to the angels about the pilgrims, and grants them their every wish.

Simply put, it is as the Prophet ﷺ said, “The best day of the year is the Day of Arafah” [Ibn Ḥibbān]

So make sure that you take advantage of that Day, and make sure you make lots of takbīr, and lots of du`ā, and lots of dhikr, and remember these words from the hadith:

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

‘Abdullah ibn Al-Mubarak said, “I came to Sufyan Al-Thawri at the after ‘Asr period of Arafah, he was on his knees and teary eyed. I asked him, ‘who is the worst state on this day?’

He responded, ‘The one who does not think that they will be forgiven.’”

One of the righteous said, “By Allah I never made a supplication on the day of ‘Arafah except that it would become manifested before a year would be completed.”

May Allah bless us on the Day of Arafah and forgive our sins!

Work Smart, not hard!

Business people think they came up with the philosophy “work smart, not hard.” But the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) constantly demonstrates this concept.

On one occasion, the Prophet (saw) left his home while his wife Juwayriyah was praying. When he returned after a few hours, he found her still sitting in her prayer area and asked her: “Are you still in the same position as I left you.” She replied in the affirmative.
Thereupon the Prophet said,

“I recited four words three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, ‘adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wa zinatah ‘arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi (Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the weight of His Throne and equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise))” (Muslim).

Throughout the Sunnah, we are encouraged to perform acts of worship in specific ways, on certain days or during certain times to receive the most benefit and reward from them.

If we apply this principle of productivity in our lives, we will understand the benefit of using certain techniques and times of the day to perform certain activities. Instead of exhausting ourselves with hours of work, we will learn how to work smart, not hard.

-Sh. Muhammad alshareef

The Sacred Months | Best 10 Days of the Year

First 10 Days of Dhul hijjah are the Best Days of the Year

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“There is no deed more precious in the sight of Allah, nor greater in reward, than a *good deed* done during the ten days of Sacrifice.”

*Planning* increases acts of worship and good deeds like we do in Ramadan, is essential to reap the multiplied rewards and blessings;

1. Be a Mukhlis taa’eb (*Sincere repentant*) someone who decides that today also marks the beginning of a new leaf in my book of deeds!

2. Gain taqwa through *fasting*! If one can’t fast the 9 days; fasting the day of arafah shouldn’t be missed! (expiates the sins in previous year and upcoming one!)

3. Be charitable and love it more than you love money spent on anything else! know that you give yourself when you give to *charity*…it all comes back to you invested and in the best of ways! try giving daily in these 10 days (whatever you can give!)

4. Enlighten your heart and soul with the words of Allah: Recite the *Qur’an* with reflection and a present heart… even if a few pages…

5. Humble yourself before your creator and make *dua* knowing with certainty that all you ask for will be answered! Write a list of dua (idea> 10 for the 10 days!) and recite these dua everyday as much as you can > in your sujood, driving, after salah, etc

6. Be visible in the Sight of Allah when most are sleeping in *Tahajud / Qiyam*… Alone, with family or a group of friends – just like in Ramadan!

7. Be from the best of Ibaad of Allah; the ones who constantly *remember Him* (swt)… busy your tongue with thikr (and avoid backbiting at all costs!)

8. Be an active believer > *Help* those who need help in your community (visit a sick person, babysit a new mums baby or kids while she rests, cook dinner for a family grieving a death, comfort a person struggling with anxiety or depression, etc)

9. Purify your heart by forgiving those who you imprisoned inside it! Let them go… This is the best time for *forgiveness* and letting go (of how others should’ve been when they weren’t > leave everyone to their own journey…we are all flawed… forgive and be free)

10. *Breathe and reflect* consciously everyday in those ten days daily and see how much this will reflect on your mood, dealings with others, khushu in salah, etc

What makes you so special?

D30:

#Isteqamat

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To doubt your piety is the real essence of piety.
After asking Allah to guide you to the straight path, don’t just stand there … start walking!

When we help religion, we end up helping ourselves.

Look, you’re working, you’re working. Whether it’s for good or bad, you’re working hard in this life. You might as well make it count before it’s too late. Live for Him.

‘O mankind, indeed you are laboring toward your Lord with [great] exertion and will meet Him’ 84:6

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“Oh my servants, all of you are misguided. ⁣

Except whom I guide.” (Muslim) ⁣

A line from a hadith so powerful that Imam Al-Nawawi includes it in his 40 hadith collection. It begs a profound question, ⁣

“What makes you so special?” ⁣

What makes you so special that the light of faith was turned on in you? ⁣

What makes you any different than the thousands of people around you who still walk in darkness?⁣

What made it that you are guided, and Abu Talib, the one who raised the Prophet ﷺ was not?⁣

And when you realize that you’re not special, other than Allah bestowed on you this incredible gift of guidance, it invokes humility. ⁣

And gratitude. ⁣

And fear. Fear that your light may flicker when you need it most. Or that it die out. ⁣

Of the Prophet ﷺ most consistent prayers was, ⁣

“Oh turner of hearts, make my heart firm upon your religion.” Even the prophet ﷺ is asking for steadfastness constantly. ⁣

Abdullah Ibn Umar, the great companion and son of Umar ibn Al-Khattab, stood in Hajj saying, ⁣

“”O Allah, You have said, ‘call on Me – I will answer you’ and You do not break Your promise. So I am asking You, in the same way that You have guided me to Islam, not to take it away from me until you take my life while I am a Muslim.”

That’s the worry of a companion who lived in the Prophet’s footsteps. ⁣

We say 17 times a day, “Guide us to the straight path.” ⁣


There is no level of service to the religion or knowledge that you acquire where you are not in need of making this request. ⁣

So let us be humble, grateful, and fearful..⁣

but also hopeful. ⁣


Because the hadith continues with a promise. ⁣

“Oh my servants, all of you are misguided, except whom I guide,⁣

so ask Me for guidance and I will guide you.” ⁣


These are the days of accepted prayers, may Allah gift us a guidance that illuminates us until we meet Him.⁣

“Verily, those who say: “Our Lord is Allah,” and thereafter stand firm, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” [46: 13]

Subhan’Allah, this verse is *so* apt for our current time and era. Istiqamah (remaining steadfast) is something that people struggle and grapple with in their lives. Some win, some continue in the battle, and some unfortunately will lose the fight. Sufyan (ra) once came to the Prophet (s) and said, “O Messenger of Allah, tell me something about Islam which I can ask of no one but you.” Imagine. The Prophet (s) could’ve told him about the intricate details of Islam, or the articles of faith, but at this particular moment, he decided to give him a lifelong lesson and advice. He (pbuh) said, ‘Say: “I believe in Allah” — and then be steadfast.‘” [Muslim]

Tell yourself to be upright. Inform your soul of its Creator. Remind yourself of where you’re going because steadfastness is everything. Islam is simple in many ways, but remaining upon simplicity is something people struggle with for some reason. So we go this way, and we go that way. We overburden ourselves, and then fall very short. We study but don’t implement. We know, but make excuses. We’re too harsh and then go off the rails ourselves. It’s a complete mess subhan’Allah – and much of it comes down to this: We lack steadfastness, particularly upon the simplicity and basics of Islam.

If ever you begin to experience doubts or weakness in faith, do everything that is in your power to escape that weakness and strive like you’ve never strove before until Allah saves you.

The righteous before us always used to say رب سلم سلم – ‘My Lord, grant me salvation. My Lord, grant me salvation.’

Sufyan was described as being like one who was upon a sinking ship because of how much he used to say this statement. Brothers and sisters, your Iman is your most prized possession. Every day, we are tested. And every day, Allah sends us signs. The heart and soul gather the blackness of evil thoughts, deeds, and intentions until they reach a state where they become an enemy to us, then it becomes a battle which only a few will triumph, إلا من رحم الله…

One of my favourite supplications is: اللهم لا تجعل المصيبة في ديننا ولا تجعل الدنيا أكبر همنا – ‘O Allah do not cause calamities to befall our Deen and do not make this world to be our greatest concern.’

Imagine if our greatest concern was the health of our Iman, and bond with our Maker? Your life would flourish in so many ways.

I find it very interesting that the verse above ends with

‘on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.’

This is actually a statement given to the believer at the time of death and in the Hereafter. Yet here, Allah links it to steadfastness in this world. In other words, remain steadfast upon belief, and all shall be easy through life, death, and resurrection insha’Allah. As the next verse goes: “Such shall be the dwellers of Paradise, abiding eternally, as a reward *for what they used to do*.” [46: 14] – And there lies many an answer.

O Allah, save us from the trials of this world and beyond. Keep us steadfast upon your Deen and upon righteousness until we meet You, ameen.

Best type of Love 💞

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Do not be like the wife of Lut — who did not commit the illegal act, but her heart was with her people who did. She was punished just like her people were. We will be with who we support and with whom we love on the Day of Judgement.

Allah puts love in our hearts for others. Pray to have love for those with Imaan. Evil discord is the shaver of deen.

Love is also a rizq and one should ask for it.

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You want to be loved, right? By your friends, your family, everyone. Especially Him above us. Here is the honest answer on how to attain it.

‘Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – the Most Merciful will appoint for them affection’

Quran 19:96

Umar bin al-Khattāb that the Prophet ﷺ said:
“Among Allāh’s servants there are some who are neither prophets nor martyrs but on the Day of Judgement the prophets and the martyrs will envy their grades. The Companions asked: ‘O Messenger of Allāh, tell us, who are those people?’ He replied: ‘Those are the people who love one another on Allāh’s count. They are neither related to one another nor do they have any property to exchange. I swear on Allāh that they will have faces of light, they will be on pulpits of light. They will not have any fear when others will be afraid, they will not have any grief when others will be aggrieved.’ Then he recited the verse: Beware! No doubt, there is no fear for the friends of Allāh nor shall they be sad and sorrowful.”
[Qur’ān 10:62]
[Abū Dāwūd, Sunan, Bayhaqī]

Love for the sake of Allah is the most pure form of love and is so honourable in the sight of Allah. There are no evil intentions in this type of love. It is when you truly want the best for the other, just as you would want for yourself. It is a love which is based on working towards the Akhirah.

It is when you are able to forgive the shortcomings of the other, just as you hope Allah will forgive yours. It is the best type of love which will ever exist and the only type of love that lasts. So how can two hearts who are united solely to attain the pleasure of Allah, ever be separated.

Last 2 verses of S. Al-Baqarah

“And do not burden us with what is beyond our capacity (Al-Baqarah v. 286) ⁣

Jibreel was with the Prophet ﷺ and looked up towards the sky. ⁣

Something was different. ⁣

A door had been opened in the heavens that had never been opened before. ⁣

And through it descended an angel, announcing the good news of two lights being given to the Prophet ﷺ that no prophet had ever received before, surat Al-Fatiha and the concluding verses of Surat Al-Baqarah. He would not read a letter from them except that it will be granted.⁣

The concluding verses of surat Al-Baqarah are the last two and the last verse in particular is filled with requests that the believers make of their Lord. ⁣

That we not be held accountable for what we forget, or our mistakes, and that we not be burdened like the people before us were burdened, and that we not be burdened with what is beyond our capacity, and that our sins be pardoned and forgiven and that we be given victory over the disbelievers. ⁣

That is the request, and in Sahih Muslim, Allah said, “I have done so.” ⁣

Allah has made this religion easy…⁣


One of our great legal maxims is, “Hardship necessitates ease.” ⁣

If you can’t find water for wudhu, use soil. If you can’t pray standing, pray sitting. ⁣

Even in the verses in fasting, Allah says, “Allah wants ease for you and does not want hardship.” ⁣

And every year we witness that ease in fasting. We get anxious and worry about electrolytes and caffeine, but we get through it. And those who are fasting days much longer than ours, they get through it too. ⁣

These concluding verses are filled with two many gems to share here, but they should be recited every night because they are protective from everything. The Prophet ﷺ said, ⁣

⁣“Whoever reads them in an evening, they will suffice them”


-Sh. Ammar alShukry

Be beautiful

“Allah is Beautiful, He loves beauty.” (Muslim) ⁣

The presence of beauty is priceless. ⁣

Beauty is referred to throughout the Quran. It is mentioned as:⁣

One of the reasons why the stars were placed in the heavens, that you look up at the night sky and your breath is taken away..⁣


And an intended function of the horses, donkeys and mules that we ride, that they beautify us..⁣

A reason that Allah has subjugated the sea for us, that we eat from it’s meat but also so we can extract ornaments from the sea for us to wear. Function & Fashion. ⁣

And it is instructed of us to beautify ourselves at every prayer place.,⁣

Beauty can even be a reason for faith to enter a person’s heart as it was for the Queen of Sheba when she saw a dazzling hall with a floor of glass and water flowing underneath it! In that moment she surrendered to the Lord who created such beauty. ⁣

And the Prophet (S) names his grandsons, Al-Hassan (The beautiful) and Al-Hussayn (The little beautiful one). ⁣

Allah is Beautiful, He loves beauty. ⁣

Beautiful countenance, beautiful speech, beautiful manners, beautiful actions, beautiful worship. ⁣

So be beautiful. ⁣

-Sh Ammar alShukry

Belief in Destiny

D28:

#Qadr

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It is very likely that [had] Allah gave you a different life with a different set of parameters you would fail miserably, so thank Allah that whatever you have [allows] you the potential to earn Jannat-ul-Firdous with what Allah has given you.
If you plan on doing something, always add
‘INSHAALLAH’, if God wills. How do you know what will happen in the future? Be optimistic & humble, but don’t infringe on His Lordship & Power.
At times of danger, stress & anxiety, that’s when we need our faith most. We need to strengthen our resolve and turn to Allah.

‘And when the believers saw the (Army of) Confederates they said, “This is what Allah .. had promised.. it increased them only in faith’33:22

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“Say, nothing will befall us except what Allah has written for us!” (Al-Tawbah v. 51) ⁣

Belief in destiny is a pillar of faith and it is one of the great gifts given to a believer, it is so incredibly freeing and consoling. ⁣

How many people go through loss and for years are tormented, replaying the scenes before the calamity, wishing that a word was said differently, or that a plan was altered..⁣

Yesterday, our Ramadan 360 challenges revolved around sharing a story of a family member, and as you can imagine, a number of people shared powerful stories of loved ones who passed away. ⁣

And it was amazing to see how Islam gave them balance, we don’t shun or suffocate our emotions; the heart still breaks and the tears still fall, and the loss is very real, but we also know that this is the Decree of a Lord who is more Merciful and Loving of our loved ones than we are. ⁣

Because it’s one thing to know that it was written, but it’s an entirely different experience to know who it was written by. ⁣


And it is as if that point is stressed in the hadith of Jibreel where the Prophet ﷺ mentions it as a pillar of faith, he doesn’t simply say, “That you believe in Destiny, the good and the bad.” ⁣

But that “You believe in Destiny, the good and the bad of it, from Allah.” ⁣

That your perspective on what occurs around you be anchored in knowing that it was written by Al-Rahman, Al-Raheem, Al-Ra’oof. ⁣

-Sh. Ammar alShukry

“And thus do We save the believers.”

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Going through life’s ups and downs is a part of human nature.Cherish and be thankful for the good and bear with patience when things are unfavorable. This too shall pass!🔸️

Juz 23:-

“And had he not been of those who exalt Allah, He would have remained inside its belly until the Day they are resurrected.” [37: 143-144]

What saved Yunus (AS) from the belly of the whale was the fact that he was a Musabbih – someone who praised Allah and glorified Him much.

And he called out within the darknesses, “There is no deity except You; exalted are You. ⁣

Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.” (Al-Anbiya v. 87)⁣⁣

Allah then says,⁣⁣

فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ وَنَجَّيْنَاهُ مِنَ الْغَمِّ⁣⁣

“So We responded to him and saved him from the distress.”⁣⁣

The Prophet [ﷺ] said:

❝’Shall I not inform you with a matter, that if a calamity or a trial from the trials of the Duniya befall a person and then he makes Dua with this matter he will be free from that calamity?’

It was said to him: ‘Of course.’

He said: ‘The Dua of Yunus: ‘There is none worthy of worship except You, free are You from imperfection and indeed I am from the oppressors.’❞

Silsilah Saheehah, (No. 1744)

Subhan’Allah, let’s think about that for a moment. If he wasn’t somebody of dhikr (remembrance), he would’ve remained in the belly; in other words, his test would’ve prolonged and only Judgement Day would’ve been his salvation.

Most of the time, what you need is something very similar to save you from your hardships too. If you find that despite your patience, your affliction is not letting up, try to be saved by what saved Yunus. Up your game in the field of dhikr (remembrance) and tasbih (glorification) with all the words that you can muster insha’Allah.Keep your morning and evening du’as, praise Allah before and after prayers, seek forgiveness through the day, and be thankful. In Surah al-Qamar, Allah says that He saved Prophet Lut (AS) and his followers, then He interestingly says, “Like that do we save whoever is grateful.” [54: 35]Meaning that gratitude is a cause for the Help of Allah to come. These are actions of the heart, and they call Allah when your limbs fail you. Like the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) advised one of his companions, “Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah.” [al-Tirmidhi]because with hardships, a heart can become deflated, a body worn out, and a tongue and throat parched – so bring life to yourself through dhikr. Perhaps today your troubles will be over, or your problems will begin to unravel themselves because you’ll have decided to become a Musabbih like Yunus and all the Prophets and people of righteousness.

The story of Yunus is remarkable and seemingly unique, but it is NOT unique. Allah did not tell us the story so that we could see it as a historical anomaly, in fact Allah made this story a standard, a principle, a default..the verse concludes saying,⁣⁣

وَكَذَٰلِكَ نُنجِي الْمُؤْمِنِينَ⁣⁣

“And thus do We save the believers.” (Al-Anbiya v. 88)⁣⁣


That story of rescue and deliverance is how Allah saves the believers in every time and place. That is how you and I are saved by Allah.⁣⁣

Intellect & Purity

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The Quran praises intelligence—spiritual intelligence—which leads us to think about the most important aspects of this existence.
The civilisation of Saba was the most powerful the earth had seen at that time and they had so much blessings but they were ungrateful.
And just like that – Allah said in the Quran ‘We made them stories’
Subhan Allah!

We made them stories” might be the most powerful string of words I’ve ever heard.
Allah teaches us a lesson in surah Abasa to not be deceived by the outer shells of people. Allah wants the sincerity of the sincere , not the fame of the famous or power of the powerful!

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Ḥātim al-Ṭā`ī (d. 605 CE) was the single most respected Arab before the coming of Islam. His generosity was known by all, and became the standard amongst all Arabs. He would feed the poor, and shelter the stranger, and be generous to his enemies. His fame is so great that to this day, every Arab is aware of ‘the generosity of Ḥatim al-Ṭā`ī’.

His son, `Adī b. Ḥātim, embraced Islam, and is a well-known Companion. One day he asked the Prophet (SAW) about his father, praising him because he was a good man, and said, “O Messenger of Allah! My father was good to his relatives, and he would feed the poor, and he would do this, and do that…” and he went on listing the good deeds his father had done, “…so shall he be rewarded for any of that?” The Prophet (SAW) replied, “O `Adī, your father desired something [meaning: fame], and he achieved it” [Reported by Aḥmad in his Musnad].

It is possible for a person to be exceedingly smart and talented in one area, and exceedingly foolish in another. We as Muslims can benefit and praise any such talent, wherever it is found. Yet, if someone’s talents and intelligence did not spiritually benefit him, that is the ultimate loss.

Ibn Taymiyyah wrote of the philosophers that he critiqued, “They have been given intelligence (dhakā`), but they have been deprived of purity (zakā`).”

And al-Dhahabī wrote, in the biography of one of the intellectuals of Baghdad who mocked Islam, “Allah curses the one who has intelligence yet lacks faith, and Allah is pleased with the one who is simple yet has faith.”

In our modern culture the ‘intellect’ has become the ultimate measure of righteousness, so much so that people are deemed righteous merely for having intellect. Yet, the intellect is a tool, like one’s eyes and ears. Of what use is superb eyesight if its owner does not use it to see around him? And so too, of what ultimate use is the best mind in the world if it does not guide its owner to recognize and humble himself before the Creator of that mind, and of the world.

-Sh. Yasir Qadhi

There will be Degrees

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#SaabiqunalAwwalun

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Whoever attains a pure heart in this world has attained a piece of Jannah in this world.
The sweetness of this life is found in remembering Allah; the sweetness of the next life will be found in seeing Him.

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Juz 8:-

“For all, there will be degrees (or ranks) according to what they did. And your Lord is not unaware of what they do.” [6: 132]

Every righteous deed we do carries a degree and a ranking in the Sight of Allah. But these ranks are not always known to us. We’ve been told of virtuous deeds in hadiths, but the reality is, we can never truly know the exact ranking that a deed could potentially take us to. People will come on the Day of Judgement and some will be raised to great degrees while others will be lowered more than they thought – and some will be at an equilibrium.

A poor person may succeed you in charity, and an illiterate person surpass you in knowledge. A young man who didn’t live long may occupy the high ranks of Allah, while the one we expected to earn lots of reward given their age, may not do so. A deed which doesn’t mean much to you now may have been written in gold for you, and an intention you disregarded aforetime may have cost you the difference between the heavens and the earth.

As the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, “Do not belittle any good deed…” [Muslim]


Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, by degrees. (Al-Mujadalah v. 11) ⁣

Umar R.A said, “I have heard Prophet ﷺsay, ⁣

Verily Allah will raise some people with this book, and he will lower others with it.” (Muslim)

Knowledge raises people in this life and in the next. Even when it humbles them, it raises them. ⁣

This verse came in the sequence in the surah instructing the believers that if they are told to make space in gatherings to make space, and even to rise out of their seats if they are told to! ⁣

People don’t like to be moved from a place that they got to first, and they definitely don’t like to be told to get up so that someone else can sit. ⁣

But if there are two things that will cause a person to swallow their pride and check their ego at the door, they are faith and knowledge. ⁣

Knowledge is purifying, beautifying, uplifting, anchoring, guiding and providing. ⁣

Imam Ahmed said, “There is nothing equal to knowledge if a person’s intention is sound.”⁣

He then defined that a sound intention is to seek to remove ignorance from yourself and others. ⁣

And then on the day of judgment, the one who recites the Quran will be raised, being told, ⁣

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The one who was devoted to the Qur’an will be told on the Day of Resurrection: ‘Recite and ascend (in ranks) as you used to recite when you were in the world. Your rank will be at the last Ayah you recite.”‘ (Tirmidhi) ⁣

اللهم ارفعنا في الدرجات يوم نلقاك

O Allah raise us in ranks on the Day we meet You, ameen

Strive for Ihsan

D24:

#Ihsan

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Don’t try to be a mediocre Muslim, aim to be the best. Your failure to achieve perfection might just give you perfection in the eyes of Allah.
Don’t just aim for Jannah, aim for Jannat al- Firdaus. Your action might not get you there but your efforts might.
In shaa Allah
Allah describes the muhsinun as people who –
1. Sleep little at night
2. Ask for forgiveness in morning (Sehr)
3. Are charitable to the poor & deprived.

Repeated theme in Quran for success – worship, do the rituals and be generous & kind to mankind.

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On many occasions in the Quran the muhsineen, the good doers, are mentioned. The muhsineen are loved by Allah ‘azza wa jall and are close to Him. Allah even describes actions characterizing them,

Allah says: And whoever submits his face to Allah while he is a doer of good (muhsin) – then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold . . .[Quran, 31:22]

Ihsan | Excellence | Perfection is by far the greatest state of faith and practice that a believer can achieve.

To this effect is a report from the Messenger ﷺ in which he said, ❝The greatest form of faith is to know that Allah is present with you wherever you may be.❞ [Al-Ṭabarānī, Al-Awsaṭ] ❝To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you don’t see Him then [to worship him] as if He sees you❞ is the Prophetic definition of Ihsan as found in the Hadith of Jibril (as). [Bukhari and Muslim]

It is this missing ingredient that differentiates between those who will occupy the highest levels in paradise, and those who will occupy lower levels of paradise. It is this quality that enables a believer to be granted the ‘ziyādah’, an opportunity to see and meet Allah in paradise and a generous multiplication of the reward granted by Allah for one’s actions.

Strive for ihsaan.

Ihsaan is a complete way of life, so let this concept accompany you in all your actions. Strive for al-ihsaan in your relationship with Allah ‘azza wa jall as in being able to worship Him as if you saw Him and strive for al-ihsaan as good behaviour to others, like kindness to your parents, relatives, the poor etc.

Strive for al-ihsaan as an act of excellence and in your relationship with yourself, meaning in every deed you do, you try your best! When you are at your job, do your best, when you are at school, try your best.

The Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: Allah has prescribed al-ihsaan in every matter. [Muslim]

Remember Allah Often

D20:

#Zikr

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We should try to be in either of these 3 states at all times: Zikr/Shukr/Sabr

Bad thoughts are from Shaytaan ! Fight it ! Zikr is a Muslims weapon , don’t neglect Allah.
Ayah 180, Surah As-Saffat

سُبْحَانَ رَبِّكَ رَبِّ الْعِزَّةِ عَمَّا يَصِفُونَ

Exalted is your Lord, the Lord of might, above what they describe.”
The meaning of “Subhana” is to negate from Allah the negatives that people ascribe with Him.
Eight benefits of seeking forgiveness, saying Astaghfirullah in Quran. Make it a habit.

1 Allah forgives you
2 Rain (and what follows crops etc.)
3 Money, literally
4 Children
5 Gardens
6 Rivers
(See Verses 71:10-12)

7 Mercy (V 27:46)

8 Prevents punishment (V 8:33)

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If you’re feeling inadequate because you’re not able to pray in these final days of Ramadan, try these:

1. Get a treasure in Jannah. Say: لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ
The Prophet (s) said, “Be frequent in saying ‘There is no might or power except by Allah, (Lā ḥawla wa lā quwwata illā billāh)’ For verily, it is a treasure from the treasures of Paradise.’” [سنن الترمذی :3601]

2. Get a palace in Jannah. Say: Surah al-Ikhlas (10 times)
The Prophet (s) said, “Whoever recites Surah al-Ikhlas ten times, Allah will build a palace for him in paradise.” Umar (r) said, “Then we will have many palaces in Jannah?” The Prophet (s) replied, “Allah has even more and better than that.” [السلسلة الصحيحة:589]

3. Landscape Jannah. Say: سُبْحَانَ الله وَالْحَمْدُ لله وَلاَ إله إِلاَّ الله وَالله أَكْبَرُ
The Prophet (s) said, “I met Ibrahim on the Night of Ascension (Al-Isra), and he said to me, ‘O Muhammad, convey my greetings to your Ummah, and tell them that Jannah has a vast plain of pure soil and sweet water. It is a plain levelled land. The plants grow there by uttering: Subhan-Allah, Al-hamdu lillah, La ilaha illallah, and Allahu Akbar.” [السلسلة الصحيحة : 105]Or say: سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ الْعَظِيمِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ
The Prophet (s) said, “Whoever says ‘SubhanAllahil ‘adheemi wa bihamdihi’ a tree is planted for him in Paradise.” [سنن الترمذی:3465]

4. Get all your sins forgiven. Say: SubhanAllahi wa bihamdihi (100 times)
The Prophet (s) said, “Whoever says, ‘Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi,’ one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea.” [صحیح البخاری: 6405]

Or say: Astaghfirullahal ladhee laa ilaha illaa huwal Hayyul Qayyoomu wa atoobu ilayh
The Prophet (s) said, “Whoever says أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ الَّذِي لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَىُّ الْقَيُّومُ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ (I seek forgiveness from Allah, the One besides whom there is none worthy of worship, the Living, the Sustainer of all, and I repent to him), all his sins will be forgiven, even if he had fled from battle.” [Sunan Abi Dawud 1517]

5. Earn a thousand good deeds. Say: SubhanAllah (100 times)
The Prophet (s) said, “Is anyone amongst you powerless to earn one thousand good deeds every day? …. Say tasbeeh one hundred times and one thousand good deeds are recorded and one thousand sins are erased.” [صحیح مسلم:7027]

6. Fill the Scales. Say: Alhamdulillah
The Prophet (s) said, “Cleanliness is half of faith and al-Hamdu Lillah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scale.” [صحیح مسلم:223]

7. Fill the space between the sky and the earth. Say: Allahu Akbar
The Prophet (s) said, “Allahu Akbar fills what is between the sky and the earth.” [مسند احمد:22908]

8. Earn the reward of worshipping the entire night. Recite: The last two verses of Surah al-Baqarah.
The Prophet (s) said, “Whoever recites the last two verses of Surat al-Baqarah at night, that will be sufficient for him.” [صحیح البخاری: 5051]
Ibn Hajar said, أَيْ أَجْزَأَتَا عَنْهُ مِنْ قِيَامِ اللَّيْلِ بِالْقُرْآنِ “Meaning, they will suffice him for qiyamul layl” [Fathul Bari]

9. Earn the reward of giving charity. Say: SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah, Laa ilaha illAllah, Allahu Akbar.
The Prophet (s) said, “In the morning, charity is due from every bone in the body of every one of you. Every utterance of glorification (i.e., saying SubhanAllah) is an act of charity. Every utterance of praise (i.e., saying Alhamdulillah) is an act of charity, every utterance of profession of His Oneness (i.e., saying Laa ilaha illAllah) is an act of charity, every utterance of profession of His Greatness (i.e., saying Allahu Akbar) is an act of charity, enjoining good is an act of charity, forbidding what is disreputable is an act of charity, and two rak’ahs which one prays in the forenoon will suffice.” [صحیح مسلم:720]

10. Earn a mountain of reward. Give a date.
The Prophet (s) said, “If anyone gives as Sadaqa the equivalent of a date from honestly (earning) earned – because Allah accepts only what is pure – the Lord would accept it with His Right Hand, and even if it is a date, it would grow in the Hand of the lord, as one of you fosters his colt, till it becomes bigger than a mountain.” [صحیح مسلم: 1014]

11. Want to be called from the gates of Jannah? Give a pair.
The Prophet (s) said, “The one who spends a pair in the way of Allah will be summoned from the gates of the Garden and told, ‘O slave of Allah, this is good.” [صحیح البخاری]

12. Share this khayr
The Prophet (s) said, “Whoever introduces a good practice that is followed after him, will have a reward for that and the equivalent of their reward, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest.” [صحیح مسلم: 1017]

-Taymiyyah Zubair

3 Investments for the Believer

D19:

#BookofDeeds

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Haroon & Musa were blood brothers, both prophets but effect of Musa was not same as Haroon on their people.

Not everybody is cut out for all tasks. We have our own niche to shine in, our areas to excel.

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Another label for the Day of Judgement is Yaum ut Tagahabun. Taghabun is the day of trading where the currency will be our good deeds.

Allah is offering us a bargain like no other, a bit of our time and wealth in this world for a while to get protection from the fire of jahannam for the eternity in the next.

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https://youtu.be/x1jcUWnHhSM

Surah Al-Haaqqa, Verse 19:

فَأَمَّا مَنْ أُوتِيَ كِتَابَهُ بِيَمِينِهِ فَيَقُولُ هَاؤُمُ اقْرَءُوا كِتَابِيَهْ

Then as for him who is given his book in his right hand, he will say: Lo! read my book

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The one who guides or directs someone towards any good, it is as if that person has done the good himself or herself.”

One of the best examples of this was Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him). Abu Bakr (R) was leader of his people. He was a businessman and held a very prestigious position in his society. He was financially well-off. He was known to never engage in any prominent and acceptable social evils. Abu Bakr (R) also had a very specific talent: he was an expert in genealogy. He knew the lineage of every family in Makkah and this helped him connect and communicate easily with the people around him.⠀

Within the first two days of accepting Islam, he began to spread the message and played a tremendous role in the conversion of some of the greatest of the Companions – may Allah be pleased with them all. As a result of his dawah to those great Sahaba (R), he received the reward of all the good that they accomplished AND all the good that they encouraged in their lives. The scholars of our Deen say that it’s not difficult to imagine that the Book of Deeds of Abu Bakr (R) is STILL open and recording good deeds until today simply because of all the good that he did and all the good that he encouraged others to do. How heavy his book must weigh. SubhanAllah.


So this Ramadan what good deeds are you going to start that will benefit you even after your death?⠀

– Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda

Good deeds are Multiplied

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Ever heard Satan’s Sermon? Please avoid hearing it live, in person. You have been forewarned.

And Satan will say when the matter has been concluded, “Indeed, Allah had promised you the promise of truth. And I promised you, but I betrayed you” (14:22)

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مَن جَاءَ بِالْحَسَنَةِ فَلَهُ عَشْرُ أَمْثَالِهَا ۖ وَمَن جَاءَ بِالسَّيِّئَةِ فَلَا يُجْزَىٰ إِلَّا مِثْلَهَا وَهُمْ لَا يُظْلَمُونَ⁣

Whoever comes with a good deed will have it’s amount ten fold, and whoever comes with an evil deed will only be recompensed for it, and they will not be oppressed. (Surat Al-An’am v. 160) ⁣



This is the system that Allah has put in place for us in this earthly existence. Growing up playing video games we would be so excited to learn a cheat code that would give us an advantage in the game. Maybe more lives. Maybe more health. ⁣

This verse shows us that Allah has given us in this game called life, an incredible advantage, we are living with a cheat code, the odds are stacked incredibly in our favor. It is not a game that is designed for us to lose, it’s designed for us to win big! ⁣

And in the hadith reported by Al-Bukhari, the Prophet (S) tells us even more than that. That when a person does a good deed, it is multiplied by ten up to 700 times, and even more than that! ⁣

So when the deck is stacked for you to that degree, how could you possibly end up in the hellfire? Only a person who doesn’t try at all, doesn’t care at all, could end up with such a fate. ⁣

And it is in that line that Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood commented, ⁣

ويلٌ لمن غلبت وحداته عشراته⁣

“Woe be to the one whose singles are more than their tens.” ⁣

A last beautiful point to be mentioned is that this also indicates that the thing that harms shaytan the most is our good deeds. One good deed that a person does, one obligatory prayer, fasting a day of Ramadan can be multiplied by incredible amounts, whereas any sin, no matter how great would only be counted as one. ⁣

And if you can understand that you will understand why when the people of the hellfire are asked how they ended up there in Surat AlMuddathir, they will respond “we weren’t of those who prayed.” It wasn’t something that they did, it was something that they didn’t do.

And so even more than getting you to commit a sin by doing something forbidden, if Shaytan can get you to commit a sin by not doing something that is obligatory, then not only has he gotten you to have a sin in your ledger but he has robbed you of the opportunity to have a good deed multiplied, and multiplied and multiplied. So don’t let him do that to you, pray your five, and do the things that you know Allah loves. ⁣

-Sh Ammar alShukry

“Something settled in their hearts”

D10:

#Knowledge

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You are never truly knowledgeable unless you can demonstrate humility.
Practice what you preach. Do not say something and then do something else.

Be careful about not being two faced or hypocritical.

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Sacred knowledge trickles in very slowly. This is why our predecessors used to say, “if you seek knowledge at once, you will lose it at once. Knowledge comes through countless days and nights”. This is because it takes time to think through something. It takes time for a critical concept to sink in.Sacred knowledge is something you internalize. It becomes part of you. This is why when you read the description of a “true” scholar of the past, your see something like “اختلط العلم بلحمه ودمه”. Knowledge became his flesh and blood. This is a far cry from knowledge on the tongue, which the Prophet AS even warned from ” منافق عليم اللسان”.In fact, have you noticed how some Companions faith and knowledge (because they’re not that much separate) were described? They would say “بشيئ وقر في قلبه” or “Something settled in their hearts”. Yes, knowledge eventually settles in the heart and turns into wisdom. It gives you peace and coolness of the heart. But we don’t even have the patience to wait. Like everything else, we want knowledge as immediate gratification.

Knowledge and fame don’t have to go hand in hand. Some scholars became famous only after their death. Take for example ibn Taymiyah. His books were banned during his lifetime. His students had to write his articles in other books in order to hide them. Imam Sarkhasi wrote an entire book while he was jailed down a dried well. Many stories like that BTW.I hope from this post (or short article) you have gathered some idea about what true scholarship in Islam is. To sum it up, I can’t think of anything better than what Imam Ahmad said, “رأس العلم خشية الله”. Something to the effect, “the peak of knowledge is fear of Allah”.

-Sh. Anas Hlayhel

The Banner Above You

D9:

#Intentions

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Those who choose Allah, Shaytan has no authority over them.

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It is very possible that a small deed will be magnified (ie. in its rewards) by its intention, and it is very possible that a large deed will be diminished by its intention.
-’Abdullah ibn al-Mūbārak رحمة ألله
(Jaami’ al-‘Uloom, pp. 59-84)

Make your intention solid and do not doubt someone else’s intention. Purify your intention and do something solely for the sake of the Almighty and know that the rewards will be beyond our imagination.

Not just Actions..

D7:

#Words

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Always act justly.
When you have power, don’t let your hatred come in your way from making the right move – be careful and fear Allah
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Juz 7:

“So on account of what they said, Allah rewarded them with gardens in Paradise beneath which rivers flow…” [5: 85]

Sometimes, a single statement that you make weighs so heavily on the Scale and is so powerful in the Unseen world that it qualifies you for Paradise. It’s not just actions, but words have huge weight and they are an act of worship too.

“Let him who believes in Allah and the Last Day speak good or remain silent.” [Hadith, sahih]

-Fajr

The Day of Judgement series

Latest Episode of The Day of Judgment Series (Part 12) is out. In this episode, I discuss what we know from the Quran and Sunnah about the Ḥisāb, or ‘accounting’ or ‘auditing’.

There are three broad categories of people vis-a-vis this audit:
1) the very elite, and the chosen, who shall enter Paradise without any ḥisāb (may Allah make us amongst them!)
2) the majority of the righteous, who shall have an ‘easy ḥisāb’, which is simply a general glance and approval of their scroll of deeds, without a line-by-line audit. And from the prophetic du’as is, “O Allah! Grant me an easy ḥisāb!”


3) those who shall be audited, line by line, for all the good and the bad that they have done, and for all the blessings they have been given. Even if they ‘pass’ the audit, the very fact they were audited is itself a type of punishment, as the hadith says, “…whoever is going to be called to account is being punished.” Some will fail this audit…

I also discuss the relationship and opinons regarding the ḥisāb and the scroll of deeds being handed in the right or left.

-Sh Yasir Qadhi

Sending Salam upon the Prophet (pbuh)

Historically, when there were mass calamities or communal causes of distress (and in particular, plagues), scholars would gather the people in the masjid and teach specific key books, most prominently the Ṣaḥīḥ of Imam al-Bukhārī. Why? Of the reasons was that they wanted to busy people with worship and knowledge; and they wanted them to come together communally for the sake of Allah; and they wanted to bring them closer to Allah. And of the reasons that they chose works of hadith in particular was because reading hadiths causes one to repeat the name of the Prophet salla Allah alayhi wa sallam, and to send salawāt upon him.

And we learn that at times of stress and grief, one of ways to alleviate that stress and grief is by sending constant ṣalat and salams upon our beloved Prophet Muḥammad (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam).

In the hadith of Ubay b. Ka’b, he suggested to the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) that he would dedicate all of his dhikr in sending ṣalawāt upon him. The Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “In that case, all of your worries will be taken care of, and all of your sins forgiven” [Reported by al-Tirmidhī].

During this time of stress, let us increase our ṣalawāt and salām upon the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam

اللهم صلّ علي سيدنا محمد في الأولين والآخرين…

-Sh. Yasir Qadhi

Explanation of Sahih Bukhari (with text) – by Dr Farhat Hashmi:

https://www.farhathashmi.com/hadith-section/sahih-bukhari-with-text/

Prick of a thorn

The Prophet ( صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ) said: “No fatigue, illness, anxiety, sorrow, harm or sadness afflicts any Muslim, even to the extent of a thorn pricking him, without Allah wiping out his sins by it.”
{Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim}

“Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives and the fruits (of your toil) but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who, when misfortune strikes them, say: ‘Indeed we belong to Allah and to Him is our return. Those are the ones upon whom are blessings and mercy from their Lord and it is those who are rightly guided.”
{Sûrah Al-Baqarah 2: Verse 155}

For a believer, every difficulty is a means of expiation of sins.

But when the believer expects the best compensation from Allah for that difficulty, then the difficulty becomes a means of expiation of sins *and* reward.
So in hardship, don’t just try to be patient. Also expect the best compensation from Allah in this life and the next.

Journey to the Hereafter

► What happens to our souls when we die?
► We are made of body and soul. When we die, our bodies are buried… What about our soul?
► Do souls die? Do they stay on Earth? Or do they return to Allah?

In this lecture series, learn major events that happen after death, from the grave to our eventual destination.

The Signs of Judgement Day

Judgement day is something that all Muslims believe in. Indeed there are signs that have already appeared and some which are going to appear in the future.

In this brand new series, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi will dive into the topic of Judgement Day as it is important for every Muslim to understand.

Taqwa & Good character

If Taqwa is the crown of the believer, then good character is the crown of Taqwa, for many people think that taqwa is to fulfill the rights of Allah without fulfilling the rights of His creation!

Abu Ad-Darda narrated that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

“Nothing is placed on the Scale that is heavier than good character. Indeed the person with good character will have attained the rank of the person of fasting and prayer.” (Tirmidhi)

Let no one beat you to the taqwa of Allah and let no one beat you to beautiful character.

You’ve come of age at a time in which the majority of our interactions are online, and in that world harshness and cruelty are low hanging fruit seemingly devoid of consequences.

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Whoever lives in the deserts becomes harsh.” (Abu Dawood)

And social media is a desert, it is an experience where we are all alone, together.

So choose gentleness over harshness, choose forgiveness over vindictiveness, choose truth over falsehood and protect people from your harm.

For the Prophet (Pbuh) said, “I am a guarantor of a house in the highest part of Jannah for whoever makes their character good.”

May Allah make us from them.

Who are the fools?

**Who are the fools?**

A “fool” in (some of) our eyes is perhaps someone who fails at school, is unable or unwilling to hold a job, keeps forgetting things, is clumsy, or so on. But, to Allah, who’s the fool?

The Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:

ما تستقل الشمس فيبقى شيءٌ من خلق الله إلا سبح الله بحمده إلا ما كان من الشياطين وأغبياء بني آدم

“Every morning when the sun rises, there isn’t anything from Allah’s creation except that it is in a state of His remembrance, with the exception to the devils, as well as the fools from humanity.”

(Narrated by Ibnu As-Sunni)

Something to think about tomorrow morning after Fajr.

Why 6 days of shawwal?

❝Another benefit is that fasting in Shawwal and Sha’ban is like the regular optional prayers before and after the fardh prayers – for they make up whatever defects and deficiencies took place in the fardh prayers. (…)

And most people have some deficiencies in their obligatory fasts (in Ramadhan), so they are in need of the actions which will make up for those and patch them up. It was for this reason that the Prophet (ﷺ) forbade any person to say: ‘I have fasted the entire Ramadhan,’ or ‘I have done all of the night prayers.’❞
– Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali رحمه الله

❝Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.❞
– Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ
[Muslim & Ibn Hajah]

In other narrations a year!

Don’t recline just yet!

** Don’t recline just yet! **

The term “blessing” is a general term that can include so many things; Righteous children, beneficial wealth, good health, a spacious house, and so on. But some blessings are better than others, and this is precisely why the Prophet PBUH said:

وَمَا أُعْطِيَ أَحَدٌ عَطَاءً خَيْرًا وَأوْسَعَ مِنَ الصَّبْر

“No one can be given a blessing that is greater and vaster than that of patience.”
(Bukhari and Muslim)

What are the origins of all motivation and willpower?
Isn’t it patience?

What is the source of insistence on a matter till it is achieved with excellence?
Isn’t it patience?

What is at the heart of a person’s ability to resist the prohibitions despite their pull?
Isn’t it patience?

What is the core of a woman’s dedication to the Hijab despite the challenges of weather, mockery and societal demands?
Isn’t it patience?

Also, what is at the centre of a person’s resolve for worship in the last 10 days of Ramadan, to then carry such resolve post Ramadan till death?
Isn’t it patience?

Analyse every single element of goodness that possibly exist, and you’ll discover that patience is at its core. Ramadan is a yearly refresher of this value.

Consider how we know so much of the reward associated with prayer, charity, hajj and their likes. As for fasting, the full reward hasn’t actually been disclosed. Allah said:

الصِّيَامُ لِي وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ

“Fasting is for Me, and I am the One who shall reward for it.”
(Narrated by An-Nasaa’i)

“How come?” one may ask, “why is the reward for fasting not specified?” This is because fasting is an act of patience, and Allah said:

إِنَّمَا يُوَفَّى الصَّابِرُونَ أَجْرَهُمْ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ

“Those who are patient shall be given their reward without measure.”
(Al-Qur’an, 39:10)

Speaking about this, Imam Al-Awzaa’i said:

لَيْسَ يُوزَن لَهُمْ وَلَا يُكَال لَهُمْ إِنَّمَا يُغْرَف لَهُمْ غَرْفًا

“There rewards will not be measured on scales or according to any other measure. Rather, their rewards shall be scooped up for them in heaps”

In a few days’ time, Ramadan will become a memory of the past, and our entire lives as well. So, with the patience of a committed believer, don’t recline just yet.

Consider these five separate descriptions of paradise and its people:

مُتَّكِئِينَ عَلَى فُرُشٍ بَطَائِنُهَا مِنْ إِسْتَبْرَقٍ

“They will recline on beds. Their inner linings are of silk brocade”
(Al-Qur’an, 55:54)

مُتَّكِئِينَ عَلَى سُرُرٍ مَصْفُوفَةٍ

“They will recline on thrones lined up”
(Al-Qur’an, 52:20)

مُتَّكِئِينَ عَلَى رَفْرَفٍ خُضْرٍ وَعَبْقَرِيٍّ حِسَانٍ

“They will recline on green cushions and rich carpets of beauty.”
(Al-Qur’an, 55:76)

مُتَّكِئِينَ عَلَيْهَا مُتَقَابِلِينَ

“They will recline on thrones lined up”
(Al-Qur’an, 56:16)

فِي ظِلَالٍ عَلَى الْأَرَائِكِ مُتَّكِئُونَ

“They will be in shade, reclining on adorned couches”.
(Al-Qur’an, 36:56)

We’re at the last leg of Ramadan.
Work patiently today.
Recline in Jannah tomorrow.

You shall not be let down.

-Ust. Ali H

Your Faith Wears Out

Think of your favorite shirt. It fades slightly each time you wash it, and will eventually wear out if you don’t take proper care of it. Faith is the same way – but unlike a piece of clothing, it’s the most valuable asset you have. Without faith, you have nothing. Use this du’aa to ask Allah to renew your faith.

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, the faith of one of you will diminish just as a shirt becomes worn out, so ask Allah to renew faith in your hearts.”

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

The great companion Abdullah ibn Mas`ud used to regularly pray, “O Allah, increase us in faith, certitude, and understanding (Allahumma zidna imana(n) wa yaqina(n) wa fiqha(n).” [Ibn Hajar, Fath al-Bari]

اللهم زدنا إيمانا ويقينا وفقهاً

✨🌟Easy Deeds, Massive Rewards!

✨Easy Deeds ➡Massive Rewards📈

🏆Reward of 50 Righteous Ones 💎

Rasul Alllah ﷺ said:

“Ahead of you there lie days of patience, during which being patient will be like grasping a hot coal. 🔥

The one who does good deeds then will have a reward like that of fifty men who do such deeds.

– And someone else added – They said: O Messenger of Allaah, the reward of fifty of them?

He said: “The reward of fifty of you.” 💎

📜 Abu Dawood (4341);
📜 Tirmidhi (3085) and he said: it is a hasan hadeeth.

🎖It was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (494).

📌In some reports of the hadeeth it says: “They are the ones who will revive my Sunnah and teach it to the people.”

May Allahﷻ add us to this category, آمــــــــــين

Sūrah Al-Kahf 💎

Whoever reflects upon Surat Al-Kahf will know that its meanings carry what would be incredibly beneficial for them in protecting them from the trials of this world and security from the dajjal. That is why its recitation was legislated every Friday out of Allah’s wisdom and mercy.

Surat Al-Kahf encompasses four stories, four different types of trials (fitan) and four causes of salvation:

1) The companions of the cave: The fitnah of religion.

Their story was of believing youth who were living amongst disbelievers and committed to migrate and flee with their religion after a clash between them and their people. Allah sufficed them with the mercy of the cave. When they awoke they found their entire community had become believers.

Their salvation: Righteous companionship.

2) The owner of the two gardens: The fitnah of wealth and children

The story of a man whom Allah blessed but forgot that blessing and belittled it. He was arrogant and didnt thank Allah for the blessings though his companion reminded him. When his wealth was destroyed he was remorseful when remorse didn’t count!

Salvation from that trial: Knowing the reality of the dunya

3) Musa and Khidr: The fitnah of knowledge.

The story of Musa when he was asked about who the most knowledgable person on earth was and he responded saying “me,” without referring that knowledge back to Allah, and so Allah revealed to him that indeed there was. Musa then traveled to learn from that person that the Divine Wisdom could be incomprehensible at times, but the One designing it is All-Wise. Like the harming of the ship for example.

Salvation from that trial: Humility

4) The story of Dhul Qarnain: The fitnah of power

The story of a great ruler who was given both knowledge and power and traveled the earth relieving hardship and spreading goodness. He solved the problem of Yajuj and Majuj by sealing them in the earth and in doing so was able to mobilize the resources of a people who could hardly understand his speech!

Salvation from that trial: Sincerity

Actions & Intentions 

Allah SWT will reward a person for what they intend and what they act upon. In the following hadith, the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

“[People] in this world are of four types:

1) A person to whom Allah grants wealth and knowledge, so he fears his Lord with regard to it, upholds his ties of kinship with it, and acknowledges the rights of Allah concerning it – he is of the highest status.

2) A person to whom Allah grants knowledge but He does not grant him wealth, so he is sincere in his intention and says: If I had wealth, I would do the same as So and so does. He will be rewarded according to his intention and their reward will be the same.

3) A person to whom Allah grants wealth, but He does not grant him knowledge, so he squanders his wealth without knowledge; he does not fear his Lord concerning it, he does not uphold his ties of kinship with it and he does not acknowledge the rights of Allah concerning it – he is of the worst status.

4) A person to whom Allah does not grant either wealth or knowledge, so he says: If I had wealth, I would do the same as So and so does. He will be requited according to his intention and their burden of sin will be the same.”

[Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah – Classed as saheeh by Sheikh Albaani]

“Their reward will be the same” refers to the reward which is the basic reward for actions, but not with regard to the multiplication of that reward. Multiplication of reward is only for the one who actually does the deed.

Allah SWT says in the Quran: “Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward” [an-Nisa’ 4:95]

Ibn ‘Abbaas and others said: Those who sit (at home), above whom those who strive hard are preferred in grades are those who have excuses, and those who sit (at home), above whom those who strive hard are preferred by a huge reward, are those who do not have excuses.

Furthermore, Allah SWT will reward you for what you intend as mentioned in Surah Baqrah:

“but He will call you to account for that which your hearts have earned”

[al-Baqarah 2:225]

In another hadith, the Prophet SAW said:

“Verily Allah has written down the good deeds and the evil deeds”, and then explained it [by saying]: “Whosoever intended to perform a good deed, but did not do it, then Allah writes it down with Himself as a complete good deed. And if he intended to perform it and did perform it, then Allah writes it down with Himself as from ten good deeds up to seven hundred fold, up to many times multiplied. And if he intended to perform an evil deed, but did not do it, then Allah writes it down with Himself as a complete good deed. And if he intended it [i.e., the evil deed] and then performed it, then Allah writes it down as one evil deed.”

[Reported by Bukhari & Muslim]

Therefore, always be sincere in your intentions when you wish to do a deed, so that you may receive the reward for it, even if you don’t get the chance to actually take action on it.

May Allah SWT make us from those who are sincere in faith ameen.

Optimism: I am as my Servant thinks of Me

The Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “Allah, the Most High, said, ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am. I am with him when he mentions Me. If he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself; and if he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly greater than it. If he draws near to Me a hand’s length, I draw near to him an arm’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.’ ” [Hadith Qudsi]

Positive thinking is a great quality of any human being. In order to be stress-free and more effective, we will have to start thinking positively. Positive thinking does not mean that we should ignore life’s less pleasant situations. It means that our attitude towards unpleasant situations will be more positive and we will deal with them in a more productive way. We should think the best is going to happen, not the worst. There is a negative attitude that has spread across the Muslim world. If we have trouble finding a job, we will blame society around us for being racist. If someone is going through hard times, we will assume Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) is punishing them because they are bad Muslims. Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Qur’an at many places that we should always expect the best of Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He), meaning He subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) will have mercy on us and will relieve us of hardship. He subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) will forgive us if we seek forgiveness, will accept our repentance if we repent, will answer us if we supplicate, and will suffice us if we ask for something. We should call upon Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) while we are certain that we will be answered by Him. The mindset for us, and for our children, must be to fulfill our obligations while we are certain that Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) will accept our actions and forgive our sins and make our matters easier for us. So, whoever performs such a deed and believes and expects that Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) will not accept it and that it will not benefit him, this is despair from the Mercy of Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) and is from the greatest of the major sins. Sometimes we assume the worst. We start to think that we are deprived of our rights, have bad luck, deserve more than what Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) gave them, and it is as if they are saying: ‘My Lord has wronged me and deprived me of what I deserve,’ and our soul bears witness to this while our tongue denies it and refuses to openly state this. So, let us ask ourselves, are we protected from this type of mindset? This type of attitude is very destructive and we should try our best to keep our children from negativity and always think positive in all situations.

‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud raḍyAllāhu ‘anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) said: “By the One besides Who none is worthy of worship, the believer is not given anything good better than his good expectations of Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He), and by the One besides Who none is worthy of worship, no servant of Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) expects good of Him except that Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) gives him what he expected, since all good is in His Hand.” [Reflections: Expecting the Best From Allāh, P.No:6]

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Ramadan Reflections #15

🌹 Istighfaar 🌹

اَللّٰھُمَّ اغْفِرْلیِْ وَ ارْحَمْنِیْ وَ عَافِنیِْ وَ ارْزُقْنِیْ۔
O Allah, forgive me and have mercy on me and grant me wellbeing and provide for me.
اے الله! مجھے بخش دے، مجھ پر رحم فرما، مجھے عافیت دے اور مجھے رزق عطا فرما۔
❀ Reference ❀
Abū Mālik (r.a) narrated from his father that he heard that a man came to the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah (s.a.w)! How should I call upon my Lord?’ He (s.a.w) said, ‘Join all your fingers together except for the thumb and pray:

O Allah, forgive me and have mercy on me and grant me wellbeing and provide for me.

Certainly, these words will amass your world and your hereafter.’

[Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim: 6851]
ابو مالکؒ اپنے والد سے روایت کرتے ہیں که انہوں نے نبی صلی الله علیه وسلم سے سنا که ایک آدمی نے آپ کی خدمت میں حاضر ہو کر عرض کیا: اے الله کے رسول! جب میں اپنے رب سے دعا کروں تو کیسے کہوں؟ آپ صلی الله علیه وسلم نے اپنے انگوٹھے کے علاوه باقی انگلیاں جمع کرکے فرمایا: کہو اَللّٰھُمَّ اغْفِرْلیِْ وَ ارْحَمْنِیْ وَ عَافِنیِْ وَ ارْزُقْنِیْ۔

اے الله! مجھے بخش دے، مجھ پر رحم فرما، مجھے عافیت دے اور مجھے رزق عطا فرما۔ یقینا یه کلمات تمہاری دنیا اور آخرت کو جمع کرنے والے ہیں۔
(صحیح مسلم: 6851)

Ramadan Reflections #8

“The example of a believer, who recites the Qur’an and acts on it, is like an orange (utrujjah) which tastes nice and smells nice.

And the example of the believer who does not recite the Qur’an but acts on it is like a date that tastes sweet but has no smell.

And the example of the hypocrite who recites the Quran is like a sweet basil which smells good but tastes bitter.

And the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Qur’an is like a colocynth (bitter apple) which tastes bitter and has a bad smell.”

[Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim ].

Oh Allah make us among them.

​I wonder how Mu’adh ibn Jabal felt when he heard the Messenger of Allah saying, “Mu’adh, by Allah, I most certainly love you.”
And how did Abdullah ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, feel when the Messenger of Allah embraced him and said, “O’ Allah teach him the Book.”
Or what Ali ibn Abi Talib felt when he heard the Messenger of Allah saying, “Tomorrow, I will definitely hand the banner to a man who loves Allah and His Messenger, and whom Allah and His Messenger also love,” and then he found out that he was the one? 
Or Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas’s feelings when the Messenger of Allah said to him, “Throw it, Sa’d, *may my parents be ransomed for you.”*
 And how did ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan feel when he fully supplied the army heading to Tabouk, and the Messenger of Allah said, “Nothing ‘Uthman does after today could ever harm him.”?
Or how Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari felt when the Messenger of Allah said, “If you could have only seen me while I was listening to your recitation yesterday.”?
And how did Al-Sa’ib ibn Yazid feel when only the patch of hair that the Messenger of Allah wiped on his head remained black, when the remainder of his hair turned white to old age? 
And what emotions did the Ansar experience when the Messenger of Allah said to them, “If all people were to go one way, and the Ansar were to take another, I would choose the path of the Ansar.”

(Arab expression meaning that the adressed is even more beloved than one’s own parents.)
And how did the Ansar feel when the Prophet of Allah spoke about them saying, “The sign of belief is love for the Ansar, and the sign of hypocrisy is feeling animosity toward them.”
And what were the feelings of Al-Siddeeq when the Messenger of Allah said, “If I were to take a bosom friend, I would have taken Abu Bakr as my bosom friend.”
How did Aaisha feel when the Messenger of Allah replied unhesitatingly with her name when asked who was the most beloved person to him? 
And what were the feelings of Bilal ibn Rabah when Allah’s Messenger said to him, ” O’ Bilal, tell me about the deed in which you place most hope, for I have heard the striking of your shoes in front of me in Jannah.”
And how did ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab feel when he sought permission to enter upon the Messenger of Allah, and he (s) told the doorman, “Allow him to enter and give him glad tidings of Paradise.”

How did ALL the Sahabah feel while seeing the Messenger morning and evening? 
And how are WE going to feel when we see the Messenger of Allah, and he says to us, “You are my brothers for whom I have cried in my anticipation to meet; you are my brothers who have believed in me without ever seeing me.”
Oh Allah make us among them. 
اللهم صَلِّ  و سلم على محمد و آله

~Sh. Waleed Basyouni 

“Mera jina mera marna…”

Bismillah,

These are a series of lectures by Ustazah Dr Farhat Hashmi on the topic ‘Fiqh of Life and Death’, very beautifully explained..I hope you will benefit from it insha Allah 🙂

Mera Jina Mera Marna

Podcast:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mera-jina-mera-marna/id583325371?mt=2

The Best Sadaqa is during Ramadan

The Best Sadaqa is during Ramadan
The month of Ramadan—giving charity during this month has a high status.

It has been authenticated from the hadith of Anas—may Allah be pleased with him—that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

أفضل الصدقة صدقة رمضان

“The best Sadaqa is the Sadaqa of Ramadan”

Thus the Sadaqa during Ramadan has a high status. And included in this is providing food for the fasting person to break their fast with. It has been authenticated that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

مَنْ فَطَّرَ صَائِمًا فَلَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِهِ وَلَا يَنْقُصُ مِنْ أَجْرِ الصَّائِمِ شَيْءٌ

“Whoever provides food for the fasting person to break their fast with, he will have the reward of the fasting person without decreasing the reward of the fasting person at all.”

It was said to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم:

يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ، لَيْسَ كُلُّنَا يَجِدُ مَا يُفَطِّرُ الصَّائِمَ ؟

“O Messenger of Allah, all of us do not find that which is sufficient to break the fast of the fasting person?

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

يُعْطِي اللَّهُ تَعَالَى ذَلِك لمَنْ فَطَّرَ صَائِمًا ولو عَلَى شَرْبَةِ مَاءٍ

Allah will give that (reward) to the person who breaks the fast of the person even if it is with a drink of water.”

Thus the water which quenches the living creatures contains a tremendous blessing. Thus it is upon the slave to give this matter concern.

Abdullah ibn Umar—may Allah be pleased with them—would only break his fast during Ramadan with the poor. And it has been mentioned in his biography, that if his family would prevent the poor from breaking their fast with him—as they would refuse them sometimes—then he would not eat dinner. He would feel sadness—may Allah be pleased with him—thus he would not eat dinner that night. May Allah be pleased with him.

Once a beggar came to him asking for food while he was about to break his fast, so he took his portion of food enough to break his fast and left the food for the beggar. So when he returned home, his family had already eaten the food in the house. Thus he remained hungry until the following night. There was no food in his home.

Ramadan did not come for the purpose of gluttony. Ramadan did not come to overload the stomachs. It came to alleviate them so that the soul may be lightened. When the stomach is light the soul becomes light and proceeds towards worship. Look at the camel. If it is slender it is suitable for racing. This outcome comes as a result of leanness. It did not come as a result of filling the stomach; it came as a result of leanness, leanness of the stomach and minimal amount of food.

Thus as it relates to worship; if the person deceases his food and drink intake, he will be energetic towards worship.

Explained by Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadi

Taken from the Lecture The guidance of the Salaf during Ramadan

Ramadan 5, 1436/June 22, 2015

Hadeeth: “I Shall teach you some words”

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

On the authority of `Abdullaah bin `Abbaas رضي الله عنهما who said: One day I was (riding) behind the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم (on the same mount) and he صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice]: Be mindful of Allaah and Allaah will protect you. Be mindful of Allaah and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, then ask Allaah [alone]; and if you seek help, then seek help from Allaah [alone]. And know that if the nation were to gather together to benefit you with anything, they would not benefit you except with what Allaah had already prescribed for you. And if they were to gather together to harm you with anything, they would not harm you except with what Allaah had already prescribed against you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhee (2516) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]

In another narration, other than that of al-Tirmidhee, reads: “Be mindful of Allaah, and you will find Him in front of you. Recognize and acknowledge Allaah in times of ease and prosperity, and He will remember you in times of adversity. And know that what has passed you by [and you have failed to attain] was not going to befall you, and what has befallen you was not going to pass you by. And know that victory comes with patience, relief with affliction, and hardship with ease.” [Mustadrak of al-Haakim (6304)]

Some benefits from this Hadeeth:

1) The kindness the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم showed to those who were younger than him when he said: “O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice].”

2) The one who has something important to say, should begin in such a way to attract the attention of the listener, as the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم did when he said: “O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice].”

3) Whoever is mindful of Allaah, Allaah تعالى will protect him, as the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Be mindful of Allaah and Allaah will protect you.”

4) From forgetting about Allaah is: forgetting and giving up on Allaah’s Deen. So Allaah will let him go to ruin and will not protect him. Allaah تعالى said:

﴿وَلا تَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ نَسُوا اللَّهَ فَأَنْسَاهُمْ أَنْفُسَهُمْ أُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ﴾

{And be not like those who forgot Allaah (i.e. became disobedient to Allaah) and He caused them to forget their ownselves, (let them to forget to do righteous deeds). Those are the Faasiqoon (rebellious, disobedient to Allaah). } [Surah al-Hashr (59): 19]

5) Part of Allaah’s عز وجل protection (for His creation) is that He تعالى guides them and leads them towards that which is beneficial for them. And from Allaah’s عز وجل protection is that He prevents them from committing evil deeds.

6) If a person is need of help, he should seek Allaah’s help. But there is no problem in seeking help from someone in the things which he can help in, as the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “and to help a man concerning his riding animal by helping him to ride it or by lifting his luggage on to it, is also regarded as Sadaqah.” [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (2891, 2989) and Saheeh Muslim (2204)]

7) The Ummah will never be able to benefit anyone except if Allaah تعالى has already preordained it (to happen), and they will never be able to harm anyone except if Allaah تعالى has already preordained it (to happen).

8) It is incumbent that a person’s hope should be upon Allaah عز وجل alone and his hope should not depend upon the creation, as the creation has no power to harm or benefit.

9) And all the affairs have already been written down, as has been authentically reported from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم: “Allaah ordained the measures of the creation fifty thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth.” [Saheeh Muslim (6416)]

10) As per the second narration, if a person remembers Allaah عز وجل (and is obedient to Him) during the times of good health and ease, Allaah عز وجل will remember him during his hardship, will be compassionate towards him, will help him and will remove his difficulty.

11) A person should (always remember) that if Allaah تعالى has preordained that something should happen to him, then there is nothing to prevent it. Similarly, if Allaah تعالى did not preordain it, then it will never befall him.

12) In this there is great glad tiding for those who are patient and steadfast and that victory is the product of Sabr.

13) In this there is also great tiding that easing of distress and the removal of hardship is tied with hardship; that whenever a person faces some trouble, Allaah تعالى will relieve him from it.

14) In this there is also glad tiding that whenever a person faces some hardship, he should wait for the ease from Allaah. As Allaah تعالى has mentioned it in the Qur’aan:

﴿فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْراً * إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْراً﴾

{So truly with hardship comes ease, truly with hardship comes ease.} [Surah al-Sharh (94): 5-6]

So if things become difficult for you, then you should turn towards Allaah تعالى, waiting for ease from Him – a promise from Him that will never fail.

15) Being relaxed when some harm befalls a person and when something he liked did not reach him is one of the meanings when he صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “And know that what has passed you by [and you have failed to attain] was not going to befall you, and what has befallen you was not going to pass you by.” The first statement is about being relaxed when some hardship befalls a person; and the second statement is about being relaxed when a person does not receive the thing which is liked.

And Allaah is the One who grants success.

[Sharh al-Arba`een al-Nawawee by Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله]

Some selected Ahadith with benefits!

Below are selections of few Ahadith & their benefits explained by Sheikh Haitham al Haddad (Ḥafidhahullah):

Hadīth:
Ali (RaḍiAllāhu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) said, “There is none among you but he has his place written for him either in the Hell Fire or in Paradise.” They said, “O Allāh’s Messenger (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam)! Shall we not depend upon what has been written for us and give up deeds? He said, “Carry on doing (good) deeds, for everybody will find easy to do such deeds as it will lead him to his destined place for which he has been created. So he who is destined to be among the happy (in the Hereafter), will find it easy to do the deeds characteristic of such people, while he who is destined to be among the miserable ones, will find it easy to do the deeds characteristic of such people.” Then he recited: ‘As for him who gives (in charity) and is conscious of Allāh, and believes in the best…’(Al-Qur’ān 92:5-10)

Benefit: One should be careful that narrations such as this do not lead to jabr (the belief that we are coerced into doing good deeds or sins and that we have no control over our deeds). The decree of Allāh (Subḥanahu wa ta’āla) is based upon His eternal knowledge that He knew what path or way of life we would lead and so He facilitated that for us. Also, notice how in the verse, Allāh (Subḥanahu wa ta’āla) mentions that whoever gives and is conscious of Allāh (Subḥanahu wa ta’āla), Allāh will smoothen the path to ease for him. i.e. that is to say that it is the human who initiates the process of guidance by choosing to believe and be conscious of Allāh. The Sheikh also noted that it would have been good to complete the verses from the Qur’ān about the topic in the narration to make the meaning clear.

Ḥadīth:
Abū Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: “Indeed, this religion is ease, and no one will ever overburden himself in religion, except that it will overcome him. So seek what is appropriate, and come as close as you can, and receive the glad tidings (that you will be rewarded), and take it easy; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, afternoons, and during the last hours of the nights.”

Benefit: Whilst the ḥadīth mentions that the religion is of ease, there are actions in the religion that may seem difficult and burdensome, so how can this be reconciled? One way is by realising that by not acting upon those ‘difficult’ acts one will actually fall into more difficulties. For example, the one who does not pray his morning prayers suffers for the rest of the day as a result for not praying it and loses blessings from all of his daily activities.
Therefore, one should never assume that by not adhering to the religion, one will lead a more comfortable and easy life.

Ḥadīth:
Abū Mūsa al Ash’ari said that the Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) said, “When a slave of Allāh suffers from illness or sets on a journey, he is credited with the equal of whatever good works he used to do when he was healthy or at home”.(Al-Bukhari)

Benefit: In this ḥadīth, there is an encouragement for people to perform as many good deeds possible whilst they have the health and the ability to do so.

Ḥadīth:
A’isha, the Mother of the Believers (RaḍiAllāhu ‘anhā), reported that: “the Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) came to me one day and said: Is there anything with you (to eat)? I said: No. Thereupon he said: I shall then be fasting…(Muslim)

Benefit: We can learn from the ḥadīth how the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) thought of doing good deeds very easily by the tawfīq of Allāh (Subḥanahu wa ta’āla). For many people, they are quick to think of excuses not to do good deeds whereas the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) would take any opportunity to do good deeds. This requires that a person have a lively mind that actively works for the hereafter.

Source: Islam21c.com