SAHIH al-BUKHARI : Book of Fasting: Hadith 21
Narrated By Abu Bakra : The Prophet said, "The two months of 'Id i.e. Ramadan and Dhul-Hijja, do not decrease (in superiority)."
SAHIH al-BUKHARI : Book of Fasting: Hadith 21/107
MAKTUBAT IMAM RABBANI: First Volume, 47th Letter
This letter, written to Naqib Shaikh Farid "rahmatullahi 'alaih', again, thanks him, informs that man is needy, explains the holy month of Ramadan, fast and namaz.
May Allahu ta'ala not separate you from the way of your grandfathers, who are so valuable! May He keep you away from the deeds with regretful results! Amin. Those who love Allahu ta'ala are together with Allahu ta'ala. For it was stated, "One is together with the person whom one loves." Man's essence is his soul. The soul's combining with the body prevents it from being together with Allahu ta'ala. When it leaves the body and gets rid of this dark place, it becomes together with and close to Allahu ta'ala. For this reason it was stated, "Death is a bridge which makes two lovers meet each other." The good news in the fifth ayat of Ankabut sura, "To him who wants to meet Allahu ta'ala, that time will certainly come," is a consolation for His lovers. But, those poor people who are not honored with the presence, with the suhbat of the superiors are in a desolate position. On the other hand, benefiting from the souls of the superiors depends on conditions. Not everybody can fulfill these conditions. Thanks be to Allahu ta'ala, who is the owner of all blessings, that the Ahl al-bayt of the Master of the din and the world "sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam' still come to rescue these forlorn faqirs from these horrible events and the savage attacks we have been undergoing. Therefore, the way of the great is protected from being deranged. Their fayd is protected against being cut off. Yes, this blessed way remained secret in this country and its travelers decreased in number, so that there is almost none of them left. It being a way opened by the Ahl al-bayt, its repair, its purgation should be done most suitably by the Ahl al-bayt, too. Others should not be needed. As it is necessary for these faqirs to thank the Ahl al-bayt, so it is necessary for the Ahl al-bayt to thank Allahu ta'ala for this fortune. It is necessary for men to focus their hearts and souls so as to love Allahu ta'ala and not to be attached to anything other than He; yet it is necessary as well to unite outwardly and to help each other mutually. This unity and cooperation is primarily necessary. For, of all creatures, man is the most needy.
The reason why man is the most needy is because man has everything. Therefore, man needs all the things that are needed by everything. Man becomes attached to the things that he needs. Then, men's attachments are more than the attachments of others. Each attachment drives man away from Allahu ta'ala. For this reason, the creature that is farthest away from Allahu ta'ala and the most deprived, is man.
On the other hand, the reason why man is superior to any other creature is, again, because he has everything. Because he has gathered everything in himself, man's mirror is perfect. All the things that are seen in the mirrors of other creatures are seen at the same place together only in his mirror. It is for this reason that man has become the best of creatures. Again, it is for this reason that the most deprived and the worst of creatures is man. On account of this, such a Prophet as Hadrat Muhammad "sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam' is a man; likewise, such an accursed person as Abu Jahl is a man.
The great blessing that Allahu ta'ala has made a means for gathering these faqirs together is, no doubt, you. The heart's turning towards Allahu ta'ala is also owing to you. Certainly, according to the glad tidings, "The son is like his father," you are our hope.
The valuable letter, which you were so kind to write, honored us in the blessed month of Ramadan. Therefore, I have remembered to write a few lines of the virtues of this great month:
The blessed month of Ramadan is very honorable. The thawabs that are given for the supererogatory namaz, dhikr, alms and all other such worships done in this month are like those that are given for the fard ones done in other months. One fard done in this month is like seventy fards done in other months. If a person gives (the supper called) Iftar to a fasting person in this month, his sins will be forgiven. He will be emancipated from Hell. In addition, he will be given as many thawabs as those which the fasting person receives. The thawabs of that fasting person will not decrease. In this month, also those bosses who facilitate the work of those under their commands and who make it easy for them to worship will be forgiven. They will be emancipated from Hell. In the holy month of Ramadan, Rasulullah "sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam' used to emancipate the slaves and would give whatever was asked from him. Those who can do good deeds in this month will be blessed with doing such deeds all the year round. If a person disrespects this month and commits sins in this month, he will spend all the year sinning. We should deem this month an opportunity. We should perform as many acts of worship as we can. We should do the deeds which Allahu ta'ala likes. We should deem this month an opportunity for earning the next world. The Qur'an descended in the month of Ramadan. The night of Qadr is in this month. In holy Ramadan it is a sunnat to have the iftar early and to have the sahur late. (Sahur is the meal which is eaten towards dawn before beginning the fast). Rasulullah "sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam' was careful about performing these two sunnats. Maybe hurrying for the iftar and being late for the sahur shows man's incapacity and that he needs to eat and drink and, consequently, everything. And this is the meaning of worshipping. It is a sunnat to have the iftar with a date. It is an important sunnat to recite the prayer, "Zahabazzama' wabtallat-il uruq wa thabat-al-ajr inshallah-u ta'ala" after the iftar, to perform the namaz of tarawih and to read a khatm, (that is, to read the entire Qur'an al- karim).
In this month, thousands of those Muslims who are to go to Hell are forgiven and emancipated every night. In this month the gates of Paradise are opened. The gates of Hell are closed. The satans are chained. The doors of Compassion are opened. May Allahu ta'ala bless us all with the lot of worshipping Him in a manner worthy of His greatness and with being on the right way which He likes! Amin.
[Those who fast at places where it is difficult to fast and who do not break their fast as a result of believing the lies of the enemies of din will be given more thawabs. The holy month of Ramadan is the chastity of the Islamic din. He who does not fast in this month is not respectful to this month. He who has not respected this month has torn Islam's honesty veil. Even a person who does not perform namaz should fast and avoid the harams. Such people's fasting is accepted and is a symptom of their iman.]
(A little rant.)
To judge someone and to remind someone is completely two different things. We have no right to judge anyone when we ourselves are filled with flaws. But to remind someone is not judging them, yet simply reminding them of what Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى expects from us as Muslims.
It is mentioned in the Glorious Quran that a reminder is good for a believer. وَذَكِّرۡ فَإِنَّ ٱلذِّكۡرَىٰ تَنفَعُ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِینَ. “And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers”. Adh-Dhariyat, Ayah 55.
But there is a way of reminding someone with good words. Speak in such a manner that is not harsh and rude. A reminder is somewhat of a form or Da’wah, a given task to all Muslims.
Today I came across a conversations with someone in class, keep in mind that we all are females. My one friend’s perfume was really strong and I advised her not to wear such strong perfume because if a non-mahram (a male that you’re allowed to marry) gets a sniff of your perfume it is as if you are an adulterous. She explained that after school she goes straight home and I explained to her that, yes you go home but does your brothers friends not pick you up at school sometimes ? Sometimes do you not go to the shops after classes? Not only for school but also for when not in school. Then the conversation escalated to do you have another black jacket for me? Why don’t you wash my jacket out for me. My point was if she puts on perfume and goes out, and is most likely that she will pass by a group in which there will be men (such as in public places) who will smell her perfume and fragrance, this is also haraam, even if she does not intend to tempt men and that is not her aim, because this action is a fitnah (temptation) in and of itself. There is also an indication in sharee’ah that it is haraam and not allowed.
I Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The perfume of men is that which scent is apparent and color is hidden. The perfume of women is that which scent is hidden and color is apparent.” Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2787
And then the conversation lead to threading her eyebrows for Eid (shaping them), Wallahi this is something I myself struggled with trying not to do it anymore. So far I have not touched my eyebrows for months. I simply stated that “It is haraam, Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَلَى and his prophet Muhammad ﷺ curses the person who plucks the eyebrows and the person who gets it done .” I feel that being a niqaabi you should set and example of yourself to others displaying the religion in a beautiful manner. Whether she decides to follow through with threading of her eyebrows has nothing to do with me because I’ve already done my part.
Then another girl said “you shouldn’t remind her in public you should do it in private”. Why should I have reminded her in private we all females here somethings need to be said in-front of everyone while others in private. I’m well aware of which situation should be addressed. I said what I said so that the next person who heard will take the advice as well. It was things that was meant to be said out aloud. It was things that was important and crucial to know so that you don’t fall unnecessarily into sin.
Like I said a reminder is good for a believer, but most people feel attacked rather than taking the advice and normally states “worry about yourself first” that is the person who Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَلَى curses. And this especially happens with the people who are ignorant about their religion. This is why it is so important to learn about the deen to safe guard yourself from any unnecessary sins. I myself am not perfect but strive to reach a certain level of connection with my Rabb which is not always easy because of the fitnah’s of shaytaan.
When I give advice it goes first for myself and then the person who it is given to. I don’t tend to preach and not practice.
A reminder is like when a person walks down a road and there is a ditch you tell them and remind them so that they don’t fall into that ditch same way when a Muslim sins we remind them so that they don’t fall into the pits of the fire. And the end of the day we all have one goal to reach and that’s to please Allah and to enter paradise.
May Allah make us of those who are righteous that will carry the Quran as companions through this life and beyond to the grave. May He open up our hearts to his deen and remove the love for dunya and increase the love for akhirah Ameen ya rabbul al-Ameen.
وَءَاخِرُ دَعۡوَىٰهُمۡ أَنِ ٱلۡحَمۡدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلۡعَـٰلَمِینَ ﴿ ١٠ ﴾
Everyday Sahabah: Khalifa Ali bin Abu Talib (RA):PART 455
Ali's prayer to God
Ali used to pray to God in the following terms: "O God, forgive my sins of which you know me more than me. And if I commit these sins again, even then because of Your munificence forgive me. If all the promises that I had made with myself to act according to Your command have not been fulfilled, kindly pardon my lapse. Moreover if I sought your proximity through my tongue, but my heart did not keep accord with my tongue even then forgive me, O God, forgive my acts of commission or omission, advertent or inadvertent. "
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Riyad as-Salihin, The Book of Visiting the Sick, Book 6, Hadith 33
Chapter: The Ruling of crying and wailing over a Dead Person
Usamah bin Zaid (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
A grandson (child of the daughter) of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was presented to him while the child was at his last breath. Tears began to flow from the eyes of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). Sa'd said to him: "What is this, O Messenger of Allah?" He (ﷺ) said, "It is mercy which Allah has placed in the hearts of his salves. Allah bestows His Mercy on the merciful among His slaves."
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
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