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It is being observed that many Muslim girls and ladies are walking outdoor without pardah, without hijaab.  And today it is becomming harder to recognise muslimahs be it on the bus stop, in the street, in office or at any public gatherings.  Many a time you will be surprised when come to know that such and such person belong to the Muslim community.

Today many Muslimahs have easily adopted the trendy western style, kicking out the islamic dresses, worn may  be once a week( on a friday) if not once a year ( on an Eid occasion). The western style has infact become part and parcel of their day- to- day life, without which their routine will seem odd. We need to ask ourselves why, why is it so?  Is it so demanding in wearing the islamic dress, the hijaab or the pardah? I often asked myself, why is it not vice versa, why the infidels do not adopt ours? Never is the answer.

When the western cultures, bollywood movies and serials raided our houses, many Muslim women succumbed and lose their islamic identity.  Some of them are after the western cultures, adopting their music, hairstyle, dressing mode,  attitudes and behaviours. Muslimahs are shamelessly exposing their photos on sites like Hi5, Facebook, Tagged. This impact lot on our islamic societies making the wearing of jeans, pants, tight clothes or other men’s outfit  have become very common among the muslimahs.  Doing so have become the norm and  preventing them from doing so seem odd and strange. Even most parents and husbands have become passive and more or less lost their rights in preventing their girls and wives to adopt such behaviours. They even argue that there is no harm in wearing such wearing though those tight clothes which reveal more than it conceals. Some parents unfortunately say that their daughters are still young and have to enjoy life, nauzubillah. They do not realise that it reflects the lack of modesty. The Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him)  said: “Modesty and Imaan are tied together, if one departs the other departs with it” Al Hakim.  

 Muslims must not adopt the infidels way of life. We must differ from them in every aspects be it in the social life, in the dressing way, in the acts of worship because  if we adopt their way, we will surely adopt the quality of their hearts and raised among them on the day of judgement. There are certain things which are prohibited and that Muslim sisters should be aware:

  •  The wearing of hairpiece and wigs. ( The prophet (peace be unto him)  forbade wearing them and cursed both, those who wear and manufacture them)
  •  Plucking facial hair, tattoing, filling teeth
  • Plucking of eyebrows
  • Growing fingernails
  • Extravagant wardrobe
  • Copying men’s haircut, style, wearing of men’s clothes and behaving like them, walking in a provocative manner (Hazrat Abdullah bin Amr said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be unto him) saying; ‘ He who imitates women and she who imitates men do not belong to us’. ( Imam Ahmad).

 My dear sisters in Islam,  a muslimah must be recognisable from her dressing, attitudes and way of conduct. When she goes out, she must wear an outer garment to cover the clothes she is wearing as well as any other beauty aids. Allah says in the Holy Quran: “O you who you believe! Apply Islam entirely, and do not follow shaitan’s ways; for he is your clear enemy” (2: 208).  Observing the islamic dress is a divine command that serves best the interest of Muslim community at all times. A  muslimah must dress in a sunnah way and obeys Allah and His Messenger (Peace be upon him).  She should always keep in mind that she will  be presented  before Allah on the day of judgement  and questionned of everything she did in this world. The hijaab is not a restriction but a protection from Shaitaan and from all the ills of  the society. 

O My sweet sisters in islam , we must follow what Allah and His Messengers told us for the success in the world and Hereafter. We must be proud of our Muslimah identity and style.  May Allah gives us all hidaayah and courage to follow His deen correctly. May He guides us all in the right path, in the path of those whom Thou Hath blessed not in those who hath deserved Thy anger nor of  those who have gone astray. Ameen.

 

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It is the duty of every muslim to engage in the remembrance of  Allah Ta’ala. Allah gives success and reciprocates the reward of those who engage themselves regularly in His Remembrance.  Allah says: “Therefore remember me, I will remember you and be grateful to me and do not reject faith.” [Surah Al-Baqarah: 152] 

Dhikr helps to abstain from sin and  its purpose is to purify hearts and souls and awaken the human conscience. The Qur’an says, “And establish regular prayer, for prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds, and remembrance of Allah is the greatest thing in life, without doubt.” Qur’an 29.45  

 Many often people do useless talking and forgot to remember Allah. However  by staying absorbed in this noble act of dhikr one replaces engaging in talk in which there is no benefit and earns more rewards.  And certainly the narrations and the ayaat concerning the greatness of dhikr are many. Allah says: “O you who believe remember Allah with much remembrance, and glorify His praises in the morning and the afternoon.” [Surah Al-Ahzaab: 41-42]

 It is essential that the one performing Dhikr rectifies his heart in that dhikr, along with his tongue.  It is also essential that the one performing the dhikr knows and understands what he is saying in his supplication and what he is asking for Allah says: “And remember your Lord with your tongue and within yourself, humbly and with fear and without loud words, in the morning and afternoon and be not of those who are neglectful.” [Surah Al-A’araaf: 205]

  When a servant opens up his soul to his Lord, extolling His praise, Allah strengthens him with His light, increasing thereby his faith and conviction, and reassuring his mind and heart. Allah says: “Those who believe and whose hearts find tranquility in the Remembrance of Allah, verily in the Remembrance of Allah do hearts find tranquility.” [Surah Ar-Radd: 28]

  Surely by remembering Allah there is much greater reward in this world and the next. The purpose of Dhikr is the obtainal of Allah’s Pleasure and He promises a great reward and safety from punishment for those who remember Him. Allah says: “And the men and women who remember Allah much (with their hearts and tongues), Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise).”(Al-Ahzaab 33: 35).

  Abu Hurayrah (radyAllaahu ‘anhu), the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said that Allaah said: “Indeed I am as My servant presumes me to be. And I am with him when He remembers me, so if he remembers Me to himself then I remember him to Myself. And if he remembers Me amongst a company I remember him amongst a company greater than it and if he draws close to Me a span of a hand I draw near to him the span of an arm. And if he draws near Me the span of an arm, I draw near him the span of two outstretched arms. And if he takes a step towards Me, I quickly step towards him.” [Al-Bukharee and Muslim]

  In another hadeeth on the authority of Abu Moosaa al-Ash’aree (radyAllaahu ’anhu ), the Messenger of Allaah said: “The comparison of the one who remembers Allah and the one who doesn’t is like that of the living and the dead.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree]

 If we ponder and think how much time we waste so easily in worldly affairs, and how much time we devote to our Creator. In this twenty four hours of night and day, i truely believe that it is possible for anyone who wishes to earn rewards to find at least one hour for specific rememberance of Allah. May Allah grants us guidance and makes us among those who remember Him day and night, inshaAllah..Ameen.

Jazak Allah

Many people today do not realise that time is running. Yes my brethen, it is running fast and faster..We have to think and ponder upon it. Have we had enough time to prepare ourselves for the life hereafter, or are we still pursuing and running after materialistic things.? Allah says in the Holy Quran: “Surely We have made all that is on the earth an embellishment for it in order to test people as to who of them is better in conduct.”(Surah Kahf, verse 7). 

One do not realise alas that by wasting their time in many worldly ephermerical things such as watching movies, football, unnecessary chit chat, surfing online etc., they are wasting the precious time Allah bestows on us for doing His ibaadat and remembrance. 

It is often observed( my personal experience)  that when it comes to watch a 3hrs movie, a 90 minutes football, there are no complaint, no laziness. However when recalled for the zikr of Allah, most of the most people either  have no time or are too tired. Often i have been thinking of the reasons why people find it more easy to do bad things today than doing good. Well one of the reasons is our nafs, which has made us slave of this modern world. Indeed it is one of the most difficult jihad, that is to fight against one’s nafs but we have to strive hard and inshaAllah asks Allah’s help in doing it. 

So dear brothers and sisters, lets make the niyyat and effort of doing concrete things in islam, inshaAllah. If we keep wasting our time and think that things will change by its own, then don’t be surprise to see the hour coming before you have got time to prepare yourself. Alas it would be too late then. 

JazakAllah khair

How many a time have we not undergo problems and  sickness. Whenever we are bumped up against difficulties in our lifetime (be it sickness or any other little problems) we tend to complain.  It is observed that due to lack of Deeni knowledge and emaan (Faith) in Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala, many people tend to utter incorrect statements when they fall sick.

When a person becomes sick, he should not complains bitterly and objects to Allah Ta’ala by showing disrespect and ingratitude to Him. Instead in all conditions sick or healthy, he should be thankful to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and regard his sickness as a gift and special sign of mercy from Allah. Hazrat Aisha R.A  says ‘I have never seen anybody suffering from sickness as much as Allah’s Messenger SAW'(Sahih Bukhari)

Fever which is a common sickness is to be regarded as a mercy on the children of Adam A.s. Rasoolah Swallahou Alaihe Wassalam said” Do not curse fever since it wipes out the sins of the Children of Adam  A.S just as a furnace removes dirt from iron”.(Sahih Muslim). Therfore sickness compensates for our sins. Hadrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood reports that Rasoolallah SAW said ‘Whenever a Muslim experiences any hardship like sickness etc, Allah wipes away his sins just as a tree sheds its leaves during autumn.'(Bukhaari and Muslim).

Sickness that we undergo in this wordly life should not be seen as a  misfortune but as an expression of Allah’s mercy and great blessing. As man commits sins all the time thus the difficulties and hardships he undergoes such as grief, sorrow, illness etc become a way he is cleansed of his sins in this world.

Headache which many people suffered is also a characteristic of the people of Imaan. Once describing the People of the Fire, the Holy prophet (peace be upon him) said”They are those who do not suffer from pain in their heads”.Therefore we realise how Merciful and Bountiful our Rab is, for He is so relenting and lenient with the ummah of His beloved Nabi Muhammad Swallalahou Alaihe Wassalam. This is indeed a means of great blessing and mercy.

Hazrat Ibn Abbas relates that Rasoollah Swallahou Alaihe Wassalam would recite this dua while visiting the sick person: “Laana-sa tahoorun, InshaAllah” which means Have no fear! If Allah wills, your sickness will purify you and your sins. (Sahih Bukhari)

Recently my finger gets badly hurt by a drawer and SubhanAllah i bear it with the thought that Allah has somewhat decrease my sins throught it. Nothing happens without the will of Allah and if He had willed it like this then i shall bear it with patience and be thankful to Him. 

Dear brothers and sisters indeed it is hard to bear any hardships whether it is physical, material, financial, mental etc. But we should learn to bear every kind of sickness or problems with patience (sabr) and  put all our trust in Allah. Unfortunately today we are people with low Imaan, we tend as soon as we get a problem, start to curse, to rebel, to utter disgust words, to be ungrateful. We forgot that Allah is testing us and we shoudl always be thankful to Allah in all conditions. Instead we should regard sickness as a gift and special sign of mercy.  We should indeed not forget that these wordly hardships will be for few days only followed by eternal happiness and rewards.

JazakAllah khair

  • Nisaar Teri Chehel Pehel Par,Hazaaron Eiden Rabbi-ul Awwal
  • Oh Rabbi ul Awwal, Your joys surpass thousand Eids
  • Siwaae Iblees ke Jahan Mein,Sabhi to Khushiyaan Mana Rahein hein
  • All in the world are rejoicing, except Shaitaan

Many people declare that the Celebration of Eid un Milad un Nabi (Celebrating the birth of the Holy Prophet) to be a thing of “innovation”(Shrik Bida’t). These declarations prompts me to write this article to give an explanation and  better understanding on this celebration.

Allah Most High says in the Holy Qur’an:

“Say: ‘In the bounty of Allah,and His Mercy, therein let them rejoice.’ That is better then what they amass” [Sura Yunus, verse 58]. In this verse, Allah Most High tells us that we should be happy when we receive blessings and mercy from Him. Without doubt, the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) is the greateset mercy and blessing of Allah Most High.

Allah Most High says in the Qur’an:

“…remind them of the Days of Allah…”[Ibrahim, verse 5]

Hafiz Ibn Kathir and Qadi Shawkani write that:” ‘the Days of Allah’ refers to the day on which Allah Almighty has done a favour on mankind.Allah’s greatest favour on mankind was the birth of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace). This means that the Milad of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) is one of the “Days of Allah”, therefore we should remember it.

When the Holy prophet (Swallalahou Alaihe Wassalam) migrated to Madina, he found the Jews fasting on Ashura(10th Muharram). When enquired he was told that Ashoura is the day which Allah has delivered the children of Israel from Pharoah. Thus they fast to show gratitude for the favour Allah bestowed upon them.Therefore what greater favour and mercy can there be than the birth of the Prophet of Mercy on the 12th Rabbi ul Awwal. This day should be specially observed to show gratitude and to be consistent concerning the event of Hazrat Musa A.S.

The blessed Day

The Holy Prophet(Swallalahou Alaihe Wassalam) used to fast on monday, the day he graced the world to show gratitude showing the excellence of this day which implies also the excellence of this month(Rabbi- ul-Awwal).

According to the Sahih Hadith, punishment for Abu Lahab is lessened on each monday because he set free a slave, Thuwaibah who conveyed to him the good news of the birth of the Holy Prophet pbuh. Having expressed joy on the day the prophet graced the world, a kaafir is being rewarded by Allah.

It is proved from the Quraan itself that the day when a blessing descends from heaven, it is a day of Eid. Thus it is proved from the Holy Quran that people who give thanks, rejoice and proclaim Allah’s blessings are those who are liked by Allah.

The beginning of the celebration of Milad Shareef  in its present form started by the ruler of Irbil, one of the generous leaders, Sultan Muzaffar whose full name is  Abu Said Kukabri Ibn Zain al Din Ali ibn Baktagin. He used to organise a magnificient festival with grandeur and due honor on this occasion.

The Ahle-Sunna celebrate the Milad of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) with love and respect. They assemble on this occasion to recite the Holy Quran, to relate prophecies relating to his arrival,miraculous signs and events which took place on his birth. The niyyah (intention) to celebrate the meelad shareef is very important. It must be done to demonstrate special gratitude to Allah Taala on this auspicious occasion expressed through different kinds of ibaadah; prayer, charity, invitation to partake food, recitation of the Holy Quran, or any acts of goodness.Much ibaadah should be done during this blessed month for Allah has bestowed on us this very great favour as it concerns such a personality without him being created  would have been no Eids and none to celebrate it.

However many people deny this celebration and according to them it is an innovation, shirk biddat. The concept of Bidd’ah will be discussed in the next post inshaAllah.

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