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Absolutely beautiful and amazing recitation! Must listen!

Surah Rahman being recited with a very unique voice and style.

Absolutely beautiful and amazing recitation! Must listen!

Surah Rahman being recited with a very unique voice and style.

Nowadays Muslims are all talk, no action. Lots of theory but no practice.

Crying in Salah has become so rare that when a man cries in Salah people come up to him and ask, ”Are you okay? Do you need any help?”

The Behaviour of the Messenger in the Last Ten Nights of Ramadaan - Shaykh Uthaymeen

On the Authority of ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, who said:

“When the last ten nights would enter, Allah’s Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) would stay up throughout the night, awaken his family, become intense (in worship) and tighten his mi’zar (lower garment).” (Agreed upon)

What is intended here is: The last ten nights of Ramadaan. Mi’zar is: the Izaar. 

Meaning: to withdraw from women. And it is said that the intended meaning is: Girding himself up for worship. It is said: “I tightened my mi’zar for this matter.” Meaning: I girded myself and secluded myself for it.

Explanation

The author (an-Nawawee) may Allaah have mercy upon him, said in what he has transmitted from ‘Aa’ishah the daughter of Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq, may Allaah be pleased with them both, concerning the state of Allah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) during the last ten nights of Ramadhaan, that when he entered the last ten nights he would tighten his mi’zar, stay awake throughout the night, intensify his worship, and gird himself upon it, prayer and peace be upon him.

It has already preceded concerning the preceding Hadeeth that he (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to stand in the night until his ankles would become swollen and that he would stand more than half the night or half the night or one third of the night.

As for in the last ten nights of Ramadhaan, he would stand the whole night, meaning he would stay awake for the entire night, prayers and peace be upon him, in worship.

However, with the breaking of the fast after the setting of the sun, dinner and the ‘Ishaa prayer, and the things which he, (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saw as a means of nearness to Allaah the Mighty and Majestic.

The meaning of it is not that he would spend the entire night praying. The evidence is that Safiyah bint Huyay ibn Akhtab used to come to him, (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and he would speak to her. However everything which he (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would do during those nights – it was a means of nearness to Allaah the Mighty and Majestic; either the prayer, preparing for the prayer, or other than it.

In this is an evidence that the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would stay awake for all of the last ten nights of Ramadhaan, but he would not stay awake for other nights besides them.

Meaning, he would not stand until the morning except in the last ten nights of Ramadhaan; and that was in search of Laylatul-Qadr, and it is a night that is in the last ten nights of Ramadhaan; particularly, in the last seven from it. This is the night in which Allah, the Glorified and Exalted, decrees what will be within that year. It is as Allaah said:

“…better than one thousand months.” [Sooratul-Qadr, 97:3]

So he would stay awake for it.

Whoever stands on Laylatul-Qadr out of eemaan and seeking the reward from Allaah, then forgiven for him is that which has preceded of his sins.” (Al-Bukharee)

Then the author, may Allaah have mercy upon him, mentioned the meaning of the statement: “…tighten his mi’zar.”

From them (the scholars) is he who says: It means to abandon women; because he was in a state of I’tikaaf. Women are not permissible for the one doing Al-I’tikaaf; as the Exalted has said:

“And do not have sexual relations with them while you are in a state of I’tikaaf in the mosques.”  [Sooratul-Baqarah, 2:187]

And from them (the scholars) is he who says: Rather, it means seriousness and girding one’s self upon righteous action. Both matters are correct.

For the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would not come to his family in the last ten nights of Ramadaan because he was in a state of I’tikaaf.

He would also tighten his mi’zar, strive hard and gird himself (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) upon good. This is from the types of struggling against the soul. So it is obligatory that the person struggle against his soul in the virtuous times so that he uses them in obedience of Allah.

Source: Taken from the Shaykh’s Explanation of Riyaadus-Saaliheen.

Exerting Oneself During the Last Ten Days of Ramadaan - Shaykh al-Fawzaan

‘Aa’ishah (raa) said:

When the last ten days (of Ramadaan) would come, the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) would spend his night in worship, wake his family (at night), exert himself and tighten his Izaar (waistcloth).” [Al-Bukhaaree (4/269) and Muslim (1174)]

This hadeeth is proof that the last ten days of Ramadaan have a special virtue over any other (set of days), in which one should increase in obedience and acts of worship, such as prayer, making dhikr (remembrance) and reciting the Qur’aan.

‘Aa’ishah (radiallaahu `anhu) has described our Prophet and role model, Muhammad (saws), with four attributes:

1. He (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) would “spend his night in worship”, meaning he would not sleep during it. Thus, he would remain awake throughout it in worship and he would liven his soul by spending the night in sleeplessness. This is since sleep is the brother of death.

The meaning of “spend his night” is that he would spend all of it in the state of qiyaam (night prayer) and performing acts of worship that are done for the sake of Allaah, Lord of the worlds. We must remember that the last ten days of Ramadaan are fixed and numbered.

As for what has been reported concerning the forbiddance of spending the entire night in prayer, which has been mentioned in the hadeeth of ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Amr (raa), then it is in regards to someone who does that consistently throughout every night of the year.

2. He (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) would “wake up his family” meaning his (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) pure wives, the Mothers of the Believers, so that they may take part in the profiting of good, the dhikr (remembrance) and the acts of worship during these blessed times.

3. He (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) would “exert himself”, meaning he (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) would persevere and struggle in worship, adding more to his deeds than what he had done in the first twenty days (of Ramadaan). He only did this because the night of Al-Qadr occurs during one of these (last ten) days.

4. He (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) would “tighten his Izaar (waistcloth)” meaning he would exert himself and struggle intensely in worship.

It is also said that it means he (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) would withdraw from women. This seems to be more correct since it inclines with what was mentioned previously and with the hadeeth of Anas (raa): “He (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) would rollup his bed and withdraw from women (i.e. his wives).” [See Lataa’if-ul-Ma’aarif: pg. 219]

Also, He (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) would observe ‘Itikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadaan and the person who is in the state of ‘Itikaaf is restricted from interacting (sexually) with women.

So, O Muslim brother, strive to characterize yourself with these attributes. And guard the prayer you make in the depths of the night (tahajjud) with the Imaam in addition to the Taraaweeh prayer (which is prayed in the early parts of the night), so that your exertion in these last ten days may go beyond that of the first twenty. And so that you may achieve the attribute of “spending the night in worship” by praying.

And you must be patient in your obedience to Allaah, for indeed, the tahajjud (night) prayer is difficult, but its reward is great. By Allaah, it is a great opportunity in ones life and a profitable thing to take advantage of, for the one whom Allaah grants it to.

And a person does not know if perhaps he will encounter one of Allaah’s many rewards during the night prayer, thus serving as assistance for him in this world and in the Hereafter.

The righteous predecessors of this ummah would lengthen the prayer at night, exerting themselves. As-Saa’ib Ibn Yazeed said:

“‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab ordered Ubay Bin Ka’ab and Tameem Ad-Daaree to lead the people in prayer with eleven raka’aat. The reciter would recite one hundred verses, to the point that we had to lean upon wooden staffs due to the long standing. And we would not stop until the early parts of Fajr.” [See Al-Muwatta (Eng. Dar El-Fiker): vol. 1, pg 154]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Abee Bakr reported:

“I heard my father (i.e. Abu Bakr) say: ‘During Ramadaan, we would finish (the night prayer) late and we would hurry the servants to present the food (of suhoor) for fear that Fajr (morning) would come upon us.” [Also in the Muwatta of Imaam Maalik: vol. 1, pg. 156]

There are two struggles of the soul that the believer faces during Ramadaan: the struggle by day with fasting and the struggle by night with qiyaam (night prayer).

So whosoever combines these two and fulfills their rights, then he is amongst the patient — those who will“be given their reward in full without any reckoning.” [Surat-uz-Zumar: 15]

These ten days are the last part of the month and a person’s actions are based on his last ones. So perhaps, he will encounter the night of Al-Qadr, while standing in prayer for Allaah and thus have all his past sins forgiven.

And one must incite, animate and persuade his family to perform acts of worship, especially in these great times in which no one neglects it except that he has been deprived.

What is more incredible than this is that while the people are performing prayer and making tahajjud, some individuals spend their time in forbidden gatherings and sinful events. This is indeed the greatest loss. We ask Allaah for his protection.

Therefore, embarking on these last days means entering into the profiting from righteous deeds in what remains of the month.

From the unfortunate matters is to see that some people excel in righteous actions, such as prayer and recitation of the Qur’aan, in the first part of the month, but then signs of fatigue and weariness begin to show on them afterwards, especially when the last ten days of Ramadaan come in.

And this is in spite of these last ten days possessing a greater standing than the first ones. Thus, one must persevere in striving and struggling and increase his worship when the end of the month draws near. And we must keep in mind that a person’s actions are based on his last ones.

Source: Ahaadeeth As-Siyaam: Ahkaam wa Adaab, Pages 133-135

Delivered 200 iftar invitations for the homeless today.

I am organizing an Iftar for a large group of homeless people. Whoever wants to donate and support this cause can send me a message and I will forward you the bank details.

The money will be used to buy food, drinks, and various items to create a gift-package for the homeless Insha’Allah.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan has a great position in Islam and among Muslims. It is a blessed month in which the Holy Books as we know them have been revealed to the Prophets. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, and a obligation for Muslims. Fasting is a ancient form of worship which God prescribed for all religions and all nations.

When the Prophet (peace be upon him) entered Madinah he saw that the Jews were fasting on the day of Ashura, on which he asked: ”What is this?” They said: This is a blessed day whereon God freed the children of Israel from their enemy, and Moses fasted on this day. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: ”We are closer to Moses than you.” So the Prophet fasted on this day and he recommended others to fast (on this day).

Fasting is a major learning school for a person which teaches him a wide range of beneficial matters, a school founded by the Almighty, who says:

O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun.


Fasting teaches people to treat others well, despite their religion, skin color, or preferences. And it is a period in which humans have to learn how to restrain themselves and purify their heart from feelings such as hate, aggression, and evil in general.

Ramadan is a school that teaches good manners, and urges its students to implement these in practice by practicing self-restraint and patience. Ramadan also gives people the chance to set straight their wrongs and change their evil behavior towards good.

Furthermore, this divine school teaches us that we should spend our time well in order to benefit the most from it. Fasting is not merely abstaining from food, drink, and intercourse. This is merely the lowest level of fasting. In order to fast on a higher level a person should commit himself fully to practice values such as patience, forgiveness, honesty, good treatment of others, respect, friendliness, and politeness.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) thus said that if someone swears at you or tries to fight you, you should say twice: ”I am fasting.”

Ramadan is furthermore a chance to strengthen family bonds as well as social bonds between Muslims and non-Muslims. It is also a chance to feel what the poor feel, and to reflect upon the blessings with which God has blessed us.

Ramadan is a month in which God wants to free people from greed and avarice by urging humans to give charity and pay the Zakaat. It furthermore is a month that remembers us that, despite our beliefs about life, we all share a common responsibility and should treat others as we want to be treated ourselves. It also reminds us about our shared values which bring us together and unite us. Ramadan teaches us that we are dependent on each other in the societies we live in, and should act in solidarity and strive to implement values such as equality, brotherhood, and justice.

It furthermore is a month to show people what Islam says about the treatment of non-Muslims. A lot of misconceptions exist about this matter which has led to many unfounded opinions and beliefs. It is fair to say that Islam is completely innocent from such misconceptions.

Islam teaches us to respect every human soul, despite whether it is alive or has passed away. A funeral once passed by upon which the Prophet (peace be upon him) stood up to show respect. When he was told that the burial was for a Jew, he said: ”Is it not a living being (soul)?”

Islam is attacked from all sides nowadays by people with any knowledge, however, their attacks are based upon pure nonsense. If we look at this great religion we see that it is the only religion that acknowledges all previous religions, and the Qur’an is filled with long verses about Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them), and many detailed stories are told about all other Prophets.

The Qur’an says for example:

'And mention in the Book [the story of] Abraham. Indeed, he was a man of truth and a prophet.'

And:

And mention Moses in the Book. He was one chosen, endowed with perfect sincerity in faith and practicing the Religion, and was a Messenger, a Prophet.

And:

And mention in the Book (the Quran) Isma’il (Ishmael). Verily! He was true to what he promised, and he was a Messenger, (and) a Prophet. And he used to enjoin on his family and his people As-Salat (the prayers) and the Zakat, and his Lord was pleased with him. And mention in the Book (the Quran) Idris (Enoch).Verily! He was a man of truth, (and) a Prophet. And We raised him to a high station. Those were they unto whom Allah bestowed His Grace from among the Prophets, of the offspring of Adam, and of those whom We carried (in the ship) with Nuh (Noah), and of the offspring of Ibrahim (Abraham) and Israel and from among those whom We guided and chose. When the Verses of the Most Beneficent (Allah) were recited unto them, they fell down prostrating and weeping.

As Muslims we believe in all the Prophets and what was revealed to them. God says:

Say (O Muslims), “We believe in Allah and that which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down to Ibrahim (Abraham), Isma’il (Ishmael), Ishaque (Isaac), Ya’qub (Jacob), and to Al-Asbat [the twelve sons of Ya’qub (Jacob)], and that which has been given to Musa (Moses) and ‘Iesa (Jesus), and that which has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we have submitted (in Islam).”

By getting to know one another, recognize one another, and communicate with one another we can bridge the gap between different cultures and nationalities and actively build towards a society in which everyone lives together in peace.

May Allah make these remaining days of Ramadan a blessed time for you and your families.

Make du’a that I marry a righteous woman.

Both the Qur’an and Sunnah are full of reminders to treat non-Muslims with respect and justice. The ill behavior that some Muslims display towards non-Muslims is due to their ignorance. Islam is completely innocent from their actions.

There is no compulsion in Religion!

As Muslims we love Islam, and would love to see Islamic laws being implemented and lived by in the entire world. However, and this is a crucial point which is often forgotten, we do not desire that everyone is forced to convert to Islam. This is because such a desire is absolutely unacceptable within Islam, for Allah says:

There is no compulsion in religion. [2:256]

Yes, we invite everyone to accept this beautiful religion, and we wish the best for everyone whether they are Muslim or non-Muslim, but we cannot force a single person to enter this Religion! Allah has said:

And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed, all of them together. So, will you (O Muhammad SAW) then compel mankind, until they become believers. [10:99]

Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam

Just because certain groups and individuals subscribe to Islam, does not mean that Islam is the cause for their terrorist activities. Islam began 1400 years ago and if it were true that it’s the cause for terrorism, then that would imply that for the past 1400 years people have been living in terrorist societies. This is impossible to imagine, let alone to believe.

You collect all this knowledge, listen to all these lectures, and buy all these books … But where are the fruits of this knowledge? What will you say to Allah when He asks you why you did not act upon your knowledge?

Oh my brothers and sisters, Jannah is not reached by watching Islamic YouTube video’s, it is reached through your actions! If we had even the tiniest bit of Emaan we would realise this world is worth absolutely nothing and that a person should spend all his time and effort to fill his scale of good deeds to save himself of the Fire!

Cry for yourselves because truly the present state of many people is very bad!

Just because you are fanatic does not mean you are correct

Unfortunately some of our brothers and sisters, with a lack of knowledge, have been negatively influenced by individuals with dangerous beliefs. This has led some to sincerely believe that what they are doing is correct and righteous, even though in reality it goes against the teachings of Islam.

I want to remind them to always check themselves, and stick to the righteous scholars who are known to be upon the Qur’an and Sunnah, while staying far away from individuals who try to isolate them from their families and society. 

Beware of these groups and be upright upon your religion, be obedient to your parents and family, and try to become a strong and upright citizen who benefits himself, his surroundings, and the society he lives in.

Beware of every shady gathering that is shrouded in secrecy, and outings that are not accepted by common sense. And know that just because someone looks religious and has a nice way of talking, does not mean that they are upon a correct path.

Allah informs us about a group of people who will enter the Fire of Hell, and will receive a terrible punishment, even though they imagine to be on the straight path.

Say (O Muhammad SAW): “Shall We tell you the greatest losers in respect of (their) deeds? "Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds! ”They are those who deny the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of their Lord and the Meeting with Him (in the Hereafter). So their works are in vain, and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall not give them any weight. [18:103-105]