Ramadan: Down to the Wire

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what proceeds;

Sheikh ‘Abdur Razaaq ibn ‘Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbaad, may Allaah preserve them both, mentions in his lecture ‘The last ten nights of Ramadan’:

“Indeed the blessed month of Ramadan is a month that all of it is blessed and mercy, it’s days and nights. It’s last ten nights however, have a special virtue over the rest of it by many tremendous qualities and bounties. This is why the Messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, and his companions after him, may Allaah be pleased with them, used to have great honor and respect for these last ten nights and strive in them more than any other. It has been collected in the Musnad of Imaam Ahmad and Saheeh Muslim on the authority of ‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, that she said:

“The messenger of Allaah used to strive in the last ten nights of Ramadan more than he would strive in any other.”

Imaam Bukhaari and Muslim both collected on the authority of ‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, said:

“When the last ten entered the Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him, used to tighten up his izaar, awaken his night and wake up his family.”

1] “Tighten up his izaar means that he would strive very diligently in worship and keep away from (his) women, i.e. no sexual relations. Therefore he wouldn’t take any enjoyment in those nights except in the conversation with his Lord and drawing nearer to Him. So that which Allaah allowed for him from intercourse during the nights of Ramadan he would be busied with worship and obedience desiring to obtain the reward of these last ten and success in reaching the Night of Power.

2] “Awaken his night” means that he would remain woke busied with obedience, that is how he would awaken it. He would keep himself woke by drawing near to Allaah, humility and servitude to Him. Because sleep is the brother of death and neither the souls, bodies, time or lives are given life except by the obedience of Allaah, this is the true life indeed. Allaah says:

“Is he who was dead and then We gave him life and placed for him a light walking thereby amongst the people like the one who is steeped in darkness never coming out of it.” [6:122]

3] “And he would wake up his family” means he would get them up for prayer and to worship Allaah during these last ten nights. This is from his complete diligence and concern for his family upholding the responsibility that Allaah entrusted him with. Likewise it is from directing towards the good and the one who directs someone to a good is like the doer of that good. In this is an instruction to the fathers and mothers to be concerned about their families and the upbringing of their children especially during this noble month.”

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Educating and Nurturing our Children

In the name of Allaah, The All-Wise, The Most High. May peace and blessings be upon the last and final messenger, Muhammad, his family, companions and all those who follow them upon goodness. As for what follows;

“Whoever neglects and disregards educating his child that which will benefit him and leaves him to wander about with no direction has indeed wronged him in the worst way. The majority of childrens corruption has come by way of their fathers abandoning and disregarding them along with not teaching them the mandatory and voluntary matters of the religion. Therefore they neglected them while they were young, thus they didn’t gain any benefit for themselves nor did their fathers gain benefit from them when they grew up.”

Al-Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy upon him.

Source: Tuhfah Al-Moulood pg.200

Sisters, you have to seek knowledge too!

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon His noble prophet and messenger Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

Al-Haafidh Ibn Al-Jowzi[1], may Allaah have mercy upon him, stated in his book ‘Ahkaam As-Nisaa’ (Rulings pertaining to Women):

“The third chapter regarding the obligation of women seeking knowledge;

The woman is a responsible being just like a man. Therefore, seeking knowledge of the obligatory matters of the religion is binding upon her so that she can be upon certainty when performing them. If she has a father, brother, husband or mahram (guardian) to teach her them, i.e. the obligatory matters of the religion, and how to perform them properly, then that is sufficient for her.

However if she wasn’t one who learned and asked questions, then if she is can find a woman to teach her then she should do that and if not she should learn from elderly learned men but not in seclusion with them and she should stick to the mandatory amount (of knowledge needed). Then whenever a problem arises in her religion she asks about it and shouldn’t feel shy for indeed Allaah isn’t afraid or shy of the truth.”

Footnotes:

[1] He is ‘Abdur Rahman ibn ‘Ali ibn Ja’far Al-Jowzi a famous hadith scholar born in the city of Baghdad in the year 1114 CE and grew up studying under many prominent scholars of his time including his uncle, Muhammad ibn Nasir Al-Baghdadi, who was a scholar of Hadith, Fiqh and grammar. He died at the age of 87. May Allaah have mercy upon him.

Reference: Ahkaam An-Nisaa by Ibn Al-Jowzi, may Allaah have mercy upon him.

“Some of the speech of the People of this Era hardens the hearts…” Sheikh, Dr. Raslaan

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

Sheikh, Dr. Muhammad bin Sa’eed Raslaan[1], may Allaah preserve him, stated;

“Have you ever heard during this time we live in speech that softens the hearts, lightens the path, clarifies the correct methodology and speaks concerning the diseases of the heart and direct the people to traverse the straight path? Rather their speech hardens the hearts, dries up the tears in the eyes and causes conflict between (audio not clear). 

You don’t hear anyone -save he whom Allaah has mercy upon- connecting the (hearts) of the people of the earth to the people of the heavens, awakening the aspirations of the people to call on their Lord, the mighty and majestic; simple aspects regarding Touheed ar-Ruboobiyyah (singling Allaah out in His Lordship).

(Understanding) that Allaah does whatever He wills, that He is the Lord of the earth and heavens, controls the affairs, clarifies His signs, knowing that all good is from Him and He is the one who guides to the straight path.

Who is it that will return the people back to their Lord?! So that they’ll know as their pious predecessors before them said,

“The affair comes from there, i.e. the heavens, and not here, i.e. the earth.”

The affair comes from the heavens not the earth. Just as Al-Hasan Al-Basri, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said:

“There is no riddance except by returning to the book of Allaah and the Sunnah.”

That is by the Prophetic way with the understanding of the Sahaabah and those who followed them in goodness, they were soldiers during the day, fearful during the night. They had the softest hearts from amongst the people, the purest souls and most intelligent minds. When it came to worship they were the true worshipers, when it came to jihad they were true warriors in the path of Allaah.

Therefore weigh it; that which Allaah established them with from the comprehension of His aayaat (signs, verses, etc) and following His messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, thus Allaah made them rulers of the dunya so much so it humbled itself to Allaah, the Lord of all that exists, His Book and the followers of His messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him.

And the latter part of this nation will never be rectified except by that which rectified the first part. Al-Yaqeen (Certainty) and following the messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, clinging to the Book and Sunnah upon the understanding of the companions and those who followed them in goodness. 

As for embarking upon each and every path then this is something that isn’t done by one who hopes for Allaah’s reward.”

Footnotes:

[1] He is from the Senior Scholars of Egypt and is well-known for teaching and authoring. His website is rslan.com

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_k7mVAos-w

 

From the Benefits of Taqwah: ‘Preservation of One’s Offspring after his Death’

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

On the authority of Abu Dharr and Mu’aadh bin Jabal, may Allaah be pleased with them both, narrated that the Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him, stated: “Observe taqwah of Allaah wherever you may be…” [At-Tirmidhi]

[It comes in the book “Al-Jaami’ fee Sharhil Arba’een An-Nawawiyyah” a mention of the benefits of Taqwah and here is one of them.]

 ‘Preservation of One’s Offspring after his Death’

Allaah, the Most High, says:

“And let those (executors and guardians) have the same fear in their minds as they would have for their own children, if they had left weak offspring behind. So let them fear Allah and speak right words.” [4:9]

Thus, whoever desires that  his family be preserved after he is gone let him fear Allaah (during his life) so that Allaah will preserve them after him and cover them with His attention and mercy.

As Allaah mentions:

“And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town; and there was under it a treasure belonging to them; and their father was a righteous man, and your Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strength and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord.” [18:82]

Muhammad bin Al-Munkadir, may Allaah have mercy upon him, stated:

“Indeed Allaah will preserve a mans children, the children of his children, his village/town that he is in and the dwelling places around it, i.e. his village/town, all because of his righteousness. Therefore they will continue to be in the preservation and protection of Allaah.”

Sa’eed bin Al-Musayyib, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said to his son:

“Oh dear son, verily I increase in my prayers for you hoping that Allaah will preserve you by this action of mine. And he recited the verse,

“And their father was a righteous man.” [18:82]

[“Al-Jaami’ fee Sharhil Arba’een An-Nawawiyyah” vol.2 Page; 723]

Advice about Differing between Spouses

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

Our brother has an issue with his wife. He mentions first that he’s constantly in contention with her for reasons that are trivial most of the time. What do you advise these two spouses with?

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, answers: “We advise both of them with forbearance and gentleness, and encouragement upon the truth and patience. Abandoning argumentation and divorce. We advise everyone to cooperate upon good and encouragement upon the truth and forsaking differing. We advise the woman to hear and obey her husband in that which is good. We advise the husband with patience, forbearance and not being hasty when it comes to divorce, hitting or cursing. Each one of them must bare the harms of the other and use gentleness in all their affairs. Due to the statement of the Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him: “Indeed gentleness is not found in a thing except that it beautifies it and it isn’t removed from a thing except that it uglifies it.”

And this act in included in the statement of Allaah, the Most High:

“And live with them in kindness.” [4:19]

“And for they (women) have rights (over their husbands as regards living expenses, etc.) similar (to those of their husbands) over them (as regards obedience and respect, etc.) to what is reasonable” [2:228]

Therefore, constant arguing and conflict between spouses are from the reasons of divorce. Likewise cursing and name-calling. So it is obligatory upon each of them to guard their tongues from what is unbefitting, the body parts from what is unbefitting, gentleness in their affairs and forbearance and patience.”

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Important Announcement!

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

1: Ibn ‘Abbaas, May Allah be pleased with them, reported: The Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, observed fasting on the day of ‘Aashura and commanded us to fast on this day. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

2: Abu Qatadah, May Allah be pleased with him, reported: The Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, was asked about observing the fast on the tenth day of Muharram, and he replied, “It is an expiation for the sins of the preceding year.” [Muslim].

3: Ibn ‘Abbaas, May Allah be pleased with them, reported: The Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, said, “If I remain alive till the next year, I shall also observe fast on the ninth of Muharram.” [Muslim].

The virtues and excellence of fasting the 10th day of Muharram are clear from these Prophetic traditions. The Scholars have mentioned with regard to fasting the 10th that either the 9th or 11th should also be fasted along with it to be opposite to the Jews. Friday will be the 9th of Muharram making Saturday the 10th so for those who look forward to fasting, this is a reminder for you. Set your alarms so you can wake up for the suhoor (pre-dawn meal) inshallaah. For those who didn’t know, now you know.

May Allaah grant us the success to fast these days and expiate for us our past sins. Aameen!