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Qaṭar: Satan’s Horn vs Dajjāl’s Foes

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عن زيد بن خالد الجهني رضي الله عنه أن النبي صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قال: من فطر صائماً كان له مثل أجره غير أنه لا ينقص من أجر الصائم شيئاً. رواه الترمذي

Zayd bin Khālid al-Juhānī (May Allāh be pleased with him) narrates the Prophet صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ  said, “He who gives a fasting person something to break his fast with, receives a similar reward as him, without anything being reduced from the reward of the one who fasted.” [at-Tirmiẓī]

I start with this Ḥadīth. If it does not trouble you that contrary to feeding others, there are supposed Muslims who can gleefully try and blockade the food of other fasting Muslims during Ramaḍān, then indeed you are far too sophisticated for me. I respectfully ask you not to read any further and leave me to simple people who have some heart.

Disclaimer

  • Firstly, I state at the outset…

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Proposal at the Kaʿbah, Are there Fiancés in Islām?

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عمران بن حصين قال قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم الحياء لا يأتي إلا بخير

“Modesty brings nothing but good” [al-Bukhari]

Thanks to Allāh, my health has improved and basics like ablution and prayer are no longer such physically taxing mountains to overcome several times daily. I however delayed writing on a few topics I had in mind, since I had applied to write for a UK based blog. More important than the financial remuneration offered, I thought that being part of a systematic structure would be beneficial to me. However, it seems that swimming in a stream of rejection is my medicine for cleaning the heart of arrogance.

Today I read a tweet by a brother, “What are your thoughts about a Turkish man proposing to his fiance in front of the Ka’bah. Is respect being lost?”

I hit the reply button, “Why have you called her fiancé even…

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What Shall I Say When My Lord Asks Me?

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A nasheed…

What shall I say when my Lord asks me?

Imam Ahmad (ra)

A man once came to Imām Ahlus-Sunnah, Ahmad bin Hanbal and asked him, “O Imām, what is your opinion on poetry?”

He replied, “Which poetry is this?” to which the man responded by reciting the following couplets:

إذا ما قال لي ربي اما استحييت تعصيني
If my Lord asks me, “Have you shyness in disobeying me?

وتخفي الذنب عن خلقي وبالعصيان تأتيني
You conceal your sins from my creation – and with sins you come to me.”

Imām Ahmad took these lines and repeated them over and over again, and wept profusely to such an extent that one his students said that he almost perished due to him crying so much.

“If my Lord asks me…”

إذا ما قال لي ربي اما استحييت تعصيني
If my Lord asks me, “Have you shyness in disobeying me?

وتخفي…

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Du’aa at high and low points in life

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Allaahumma innaka tasma’u kalaamii, wa taraa makaanii, wa ta’lamu sirrii wa ‘alaaniyatii, laa yakhfaa ‘alayka shay’um min amrii, wa anal-baa’isul-faqiir(u), al-mustaghiithul-mustajiir(u), al-wajilul-mushfiqul-muqirrul-mu’tarifu bidhambih(ii). As’aluka mas’alatal-miskiin(i), wa abtahilu ilaykab-tihaalal-mudhnibidh-dhaliil(i), wa ad’uuka du’aa’al-khaa’ifd-dariir(i), wa du’aa’a man khada’at laka raqabatuh(u), wa faadat laka ‘abratuh(u), wa dhalla laka jismuh(uu), wa raghima laka anfuh(u). Allaahumma laa taj’alnii bidu’aa’ika shaqiyya(n), wa kum bii Ra’uufan Rahiima(n), yaa Khayral-mas’uuliin(a), wa yaa Khayral-mu’tiin(a). Allaahumma ilayka ashkuu du’fa quwwatii, wa qillata hiilatii, wa hawaanii ‘alan-naas(i). Yaa Arhamar-raahimiina ilaa man takilunii? Ilaa ‘aduwwin yatahajjamunii, am ilaa qariibim mallakatuhuu amrii? In lam takun saakhitan ‘alayya fa laa ubaalii, ghayra anna ‘aafiyataka asa’u lii.

(composite: ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas and ‘Abdullah ibn Ja’far. Kanz al-‘Ummat #3614, 3613)

O Allah, You hear my speech and behold my situation. You know my secret and open matters. None of my affairs is concealed from You. And I am the miserable, needy, suppliant, succor-seeking, fearful and anxious person who confesses his sins. I beg of You – the begging of the destitute. I implore You – the imploring of an abased sinner. And I make du’aa to You – the du’aa of the fearful afflicted person, whose neck is bowed down before You, whose eyes pour out tears before You, whose body is humbled before You, and whose nose cleaves to the ground for You. O Allah, do not make me frustrated in my supplication to You. And be Compassionate and Merciful to me. O, the Best of those who are asked, and the Best of all who give. O Allah, I place my complaint before You for my weakness, lack of means, and my insignificance in the eyes of people. O the Most Merciful of those who show mercy, to whom will You entrust me? To an enemy who will oppress me or to the hands of a sympathetic friend whom You have entrusted my affair? (O Allah,) if You are not displeased with me then I do not care for such things. Still, Your protection will be the easier for me.

O Allah, You hear my speech… and the Best of all who give: The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem) made this du’aa on the day of ‘Arafah during his last Hajj. At this time all of Arabia had come under the domination of Islam. About 124,000 companions performed Hajj with him.

O Allah, I place my complaint… Still, Your protection will be the easier for me: This du’aa was made on one of the saddest days in the life of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem). It was June 619 CE when he visited Ta’if, a  hill station near Makkah. The pagans of Ta’if not only mocked his invitation to believe in the one true God, they also sent their urchins to throw stones at him until his shoes filled with blood. In great distress the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem) turned to Allah with this du’aa. Slightly more than a decade later, the entire area came under the rule of Islam.

Thus, of the two du’aas that Munajat has put together here, one was said at the height of his worldly achievements; the other at one of the lowest points in his life. Yet they have exactly the same tone. The juxtaposition is extremely significant. It points out that in the best of times, just as in the worst of times, Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallem) was the same servant of Allah.

(Source: Khalid Baig’s translation and commentary of du’aa #112 from the Accepted Whispers: Munajat-e-Maqbul)

TV, Allāh’s House & the Mind’s of Allāh’s Slaves

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Through the years, I have always tried to observe three principles, in my writings, all of which I fear I might overstep today:

  • Respect the right to differ of those who do not share the same view as myself, as long as there is some Islāmic basis for their view, however weak.
  • Avoid names of contemporary personalities, as we are discussing topics and issues not the persons themselves.
  • Keep topics to matters which the entire ʾUmmah can associate with. Thus I declined requests to write on UK idol-worship of leaders and stealing of shoes in South African Masā

Today I find it increasingly difficult to respect the differing opinion, which through various experiences lead me to doubt the sincerity of the opposing view on this issue. The specifics of the situation may lead me to refer to specific personalities; and I may confuse the bulk of my readership (which is…

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