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Posted in Videos on February 6, 2012
We all wish that we had the opportunity to meet the Prophet (s) in person and see his beautiful serene face. But don’t feel down by this, today there is still a window of opportunity to see the Prophet (May peace and blessings be upon him) in this world, not physically – of course – but in a dream.
In the following video, Sheikh Muhammad Hassan explains how you can be one of those who can get this opportunity. (Note: This video does not give you a magic solution, its more of a lesson in life. Ensure that you watch the entire video to take the whole message).
May Allah unite us in Jannah Al Firdoz with the Prophet (May peace and blessings be upon him)
The Imam clears his throat and begins
Bismillahi Ar Rahmani Rahim, Alhamdulilahi Rabil a’lameen
This is going to be a long night you think, as you start the first set of a 20 rakaat Taraweeh prayer. The mind games begin to unfold, the analysis of the carpet commences and you begin to follow on behind the Imam not understanding a word that is being uttered.
Does this situation sound familiar?
Posted in Fasting on February 1, 2011
This article is dedicated to all my brothers and sisters patiently enduring the summer heat. May Allah reward the translator of this article.
Virtues of fasting during hot days
Ibn Rajab alHanbali in ‘Lata’if al-Ma’arif’ (p. 272-273)
And from the acts of worship whose reward is multiplied during the heat is fasting, and this is because of the thirst that one experiences in the mid-day heat.
This is why Mu’adh bin Jabal expressed regret on his deathbed that he would no longer experience this mid-day thirst, as did other early Muslims.
And it was related that Abu Bakr would fast in the summer and not fast in the winter, and ‘Umar advised his son ‘Abdullah on his deathbed: “Try to obtain the characteristics of faith,” and the first one he mentioned was fasting in the intense summer heat.
And al-Qasim bin Muhammad said that ‘A’ishah would fast in the intense heat, and he was asked: “What drove her to do this?” He replied: “She would take advantage of the days before death.” And some of the righteous women would choose the hottest days and fast them, saying: “If the price is low, everyone will buy,” meaning that she wanted to do those actions that only a few were capable of due to how hard it was to do them, and this is indicative of the high aspirations these women had.
Part 1 | Part 2
So now what? We have just learned that delaying your HECs payments can incur riba (even more for those who already have one) but the question remains. How can we do this? How can we implement this ruling? This article is going to all about practicality, bithnillah.
First of all, we must change our mindset. Once we say that we can’t do something then automatically our minds shut down and no longer wishes to explore the possibilities.
Therefore, I request that before you begin reading this article, you say out loud to yourself (or in your head, if there are people around you :P)
“I will pay off all my HECs debt inshaAllah”
Part 1 | Part 2
Alhamdulilah, I have been blessed to be amongst those who were given the opportunity to attend the AlKauthar, Real Deal Course: Fiqh of Business Transactions by Shaykh Tawfique Chowdhury recently. In this course, the haram behind many of our day to day transactions were exposed but one of the issues that really intrigued me was that of HECs (University Student Loans). It is because it affects many of us today but unfortunately there seems to be very little information available on this topic.
In this two part series, I hope to address this issue and clear up the ambiguity surrounding it, insha Allah. I have structured this article in a way that the reader can go through all the basics first in order to give them a clear understanding on how the ruling is derived.
A term that I will be using throughout this post is the term ‘riba’ – meaning interest.
In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Gracious
Islam is the religion of knowledge therefore it is no surprise that the first aayah of the Qur’aan to be revealed enjoined reading- the key to knowledge. Allaah says:
Posted in Pearls of Wisdoms on October 26, 2010
‘First quality: You are capable of great things,but you must never forget that there’s a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand ‘GOD’ and he always guides us according to his will.
Second Quality: Now and then, i’ve to stop writing and use a sharpener. That makes the pencil suffer a little but afterwards , he’s much sharper. So you too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they’ll make you a better person.
Posted in Salah on August 8, 2010
[A good Ramadan Reminder for all of us. Article courtesy of the AlHuda Institute, Canada]
The Excellence of Qiyaam al-Layl
Numerous Ahaadeeth and Qur’aanic verses mention the excellence of Qiyaam al-Layl and the merit of those who perform it regularly. Umm al-Mumineen, Aa’ishah (radhi allahu anha) reported that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “The most beloved deeds to Allah are the most constant, even if they were little.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee and Saheeh Muslim] and she said in another narration: “Do not ever stop praying Qiyaam. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) never ceased praying it. When he was sick or weak, he prayed sitting.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee and Saheeh Muslims] He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “You should pray Qiyaam al-Layl, for it is the habit of the righteous people who came before you, and it will bring you closer to your Lord, expiate for bad deeds, prevent sin, and expel disease from the body.” [At-Tirmidhee and Musnad Ahmad]