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29 January 2011

Do You Pray?


Do you pray ?? NO….WHY ?????

 

SEE,

الشيوخ ) لم يتركوها

The elderly have not abandoned it


 النساء  لم يتركنها

Women have not abandoned it


 الأطفال  لم يتركوها

Children have not abandoned it



في  الطرقات  لم يتركوها

On the roads, they have not abandoned it



في  بلاد الفساد  لم يتركوها

In corrupt countries, they have not abandoned it



في  الغابات  لم يتركوها

In the forests and jungles, they have not abandoned it


على  آثار الدمار  لم يتركوها

In the midst of ruins and destruction, they have not abandoned it



تحت  القصف  لم يتركوها

Under the bombings, they have not abandoned it


تحت الأمطار  لم يتركوها

Under the rain, they have not abandoned it



على  الدَّرَج  لم يتركوها

On the stairs, they have not abandoned it


على  السيارات  لم يتركوها

On top of car roofs, they have not abandoned it


في  محطات القطار  لم يتركوها

In train stations, they have not abandoned it


في  الطائرات  لم يتركوها

In planes, they have not abandoned it



On the snow ,they have not abandoned it


على  الشواطىء  لم يتركوها

On the beaches, they have not abandoned it




UNDER WATER, they have not abandoned it

He is under water diving, it?s his work …


he can’t leave his job undone…but he can’t lose the FAJAR PRAYER…



so he prayed underwater’ SubhanAllah !!!.


وهم  سيأسرون  لم يتركوها

Before they are captured, they have not abandoned it


و بعد أسرهم  لم يتركوها

And after they are captured, they have not abandoned it


المعاقين  لم يتركوها

The disabled have not abandoned it



فلماذا تتركها أنت ..!!

So why would you

لماذا ..!!

WHY?? YOU HAVE ABONDONED IT ??

ألم تعلم بأنها أحب الأعمال

وأعظم الطاعات

وأفضل القربات إلى الله

Didn’t you know that this is the most
loved deed by Allah, and the greatest ibadah?

فإن لم تحافظ على هذه الصلاة
وتصلي كما أمرك ربك

If you do not observe prayer as you are ordered to

فسيأتي اليوم الذي يصلى عليك

Then there will come a day when you will be prayed upon

ولن تستطيع ذلك الوقت أن تقضي ما فاتك

You will then be unable to make up what you’ve missed

وستدخل هذه الحفرة ( وحدك )

ولن تجد فيها إلا ( عملك )

You shall then enter alone…
No companions except your deeds
And what you have presented forward

صَـلُّوا قــَـبْلَ أنْ يُصَلَّى عـَلـَـيْكُمْ

Pray before you are prayed upon


Below is a picture of a pilgrim
who died in Madina in the position of sujood (prostration)

And another one (beneath it) of a pilgrim who died in Makka while raising his hands with prayer (du’aa)

وإن كنت من ( المتكاسلين )
فستموت ميتة ( الخاسرين )
فلاتدع الصلاة تفوتك

Do not miss a prayer
Do not die a loser’s death

والله تعالى يقول :  إِنَّ الصَّلاَةَ كَانَتْ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ كِتَابًا مَّوْقُوتًا  .

Allah swt says in the Quran that prayer is prescribed upon the believers according to a precise timely record

so,

صَـلُّوا قــَـبْلَ أنْ يُصَلَّى عـَلـَـيْكُمْ

Pray before you are prayed upon


والذين هم على صلاتهم دائمون
والذين هم على صلاتهم يحافظون
اللهم اجعلنا من الذين هم في صلاتهم خاشعون
Oh Allah, make us among those you described in your Book
Those who have khushoo’ in their prayers
Those who are continually observing their prayers and are heedful of them

Ameen

Why not send this to all those that matter to you?
It might benefit them and you afterall. May Allah bless those who compile this.

15 January 2011

Setting Qur'anic Verses or Adhan as Ringtones

Question: Nowadays, it is quite noticed that a great deal of people set Qur'anic verses, supplications, or Adhan (call to Prayer) as mobile ring tones. What is the ruling on this act?

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Dear brother in Islam, thanks a lot for your question which is a sign of your keenness on following the guidelines of Islam. May Allah reward you and grant you success in both worlds, amen!

Though we are displeased with those who use wanton songs and music as phone ringtones, we should not approve of using the Qur'anic verses or Adhan as substitutes. This is because the Qur'an and the Adhan have their sublimity and the legal purpose they are enacted for. The Qur'an has been revealed to rule among people and teach them how to get close to Allah. It is desirable to listen to it, in order to take lessons from its stories, to know about Allah from its verses, to learn the rulings of haram and halal from its guidelines, and to ponder on the matchless purity of its language. Obviously, using it as a ringtone serves nothing of these purposes.

Moreover, it should be noted here that it is an act of Sunnah to enjoy oneself by listening to the beautiful recitation of Qur’an reciters. It has been reported that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) listened to the recitation of Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari and `Abdullah ibn Mas`ud. He (peace and blessings be upon him) praised Abu Musa for his beautiful recitation and Bilal for his beautiful Adhan, and many other Companions. Yet, this context is totally different from ringtones, which involve interruption of meanings and words; although you may be able to stop a ring at a suitable point, you cannot predict when the caller will stop ringing.

In this regard, Dr. Ali Jum`ah, the current grand mufti of Egypt, stated,

Setting Qur'anic verses and the Adhan as mobile ringtones is legally impermissible, since Almighty Allah's words are sacred and should not be used in any way that drives them out of their Shari`ah framework.It is improper, and even immoral, to use the Glorious Qur'an instead of ringtones for mobile phones, since it has the sanctity and sublimity that exalt and elevate it above such a use. Almighty Allah says, (That [is the command]. And whoso magnifies the offerings consecrated to Allah, it surely is from devotion of the hearts) (Al-Hajj 22:32).

Using Qur'anic verses or the Adhan this way reflects a sort of abuse of the verses of the Glorious Qur'an, which Almighty Allah revealed for people to worship Him through reciting, memorizing, and meditating it and not to use it in ways that downgrade it or drive it out of its Shari`ah framework. Moreover, we are ordained to reflect on the verses of the Qur'an and comprehend the meanings of its words.

The usage given in the present question gets the verses of the Qur'an out of that Shari`ah context into another one where they are used to alarm when a call is received. Consequently, one's attention to contemplating the meanings of the Qur'anic verses will be interrupted in order to answer the calls. In addition, this surely will lead to the abrupt interruption of the verse and thus severance of the meaning — and even inversion of the meaning at times — upon stopping the recitation (ringtone) to answer the calls.

The same applies to the Adhan; it is improper to make it a ringtone, as the Adhan is a notification for the start of Prayer time. Thus, using it as a ringtone brings about confusion and makes people mistakenly think that the time for Prayer is due. It also involves using the Adhan in something other than that for which it is prescribed.

In my viewpoint, Islamic chants or praises quoted from Prophetic hadiths could be used instead, as they may better suit the shortness of the phone ring. As for Almighty Allah's words, they have their own sanctity, and thus they should be treated in a proper manner. The Glorious Qur'an is the Word of Allah (Exalted be He) that He sent down upon the best of His Messengers and the noblest of all His creatures, our master Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

We are commanded to revere, glorify, and properly treat the Qur’an in a way that differs from the way we treat anything else. For this reason, one should not touch the mushaf [i.e., an Arabic copy of the Qur'an] except when one is in a state of purity from both major and minor ritual impurities. Almighty Allah (Exalted be He) says, (That this is indeed a qur'an Most Honourable, In Book well-guarded, Which none shall touch but those who are clean.) (Al-Waqi`ah, 96:77–79). In addition, it is not permissible to put anything on the mushaf, since it stands high above anything else, and nothing should top it. Furthermore, the superiority of Allah's words to the rest of words is like the superiority of Allah (Exalted be He) to all His creatures.

14 January 2011

Amazing & Interesting Facts of Blue whale

“… When He decrees a matter He only says ‘BE’ and it is” 
[Quran 3:47]

The biggest creature on the planet
  • 100 people could fit into the mouth of a blue whale.
  • Weight of a blue whale’s tongue is equal to a fully grown adult elephant.
  • A Blue Whale's heart is so big, a small child can swim through the veins.
  • A blue whale heart is the size of a Mini Cooper and can weigh close to 2,000 pounds (~907 kg). Its heartbeat can be detected from two miles away and a human can easily crawl through its major arteries.
  • A baby blue whale emerges weighing up to 3 tons (2.7 metric tons) and stretching to 25 feet (8 meters) It gorges on nothing but mother's milk and gains about 200 pounds (91 kilograms) every day for its first year.
  • These graceful swimmers cruise the ocean at more than five miles an hour (eight kilometers an hour), but accelerate to more than 20 miles an hour (32 kilometers an hour) when they are agitated. 
  • Blue whales look true blue underwater, but on the surface their coloring is more a mottled blue-gray.
  • Blue whales can produce sounds louder than a jet engine (188 dB vs. jet engine's 140 dB) and can communicate with other whales up to 1,000 miles away.
  • A single adult eats about 4-8 tons of krill (tiny shrimplike animals) a day.
  •  The spray from a blue whale's blowhole is almost as tall as a three-story building (30 feet or 9 m). A toddler can fit into its blowhole.
Note: Click on the images to enlarge











Said, “That shall be!” Your Lord said, “This is really easy for Me! I also gave you existence earlier when you were nothing!”   
[Quran 19:9]

07 January 2011

I am not crying because ….

A man reached 70 years of age and he faced a terrible disease; that he could not urinate. The doctors informed him that he was in need of an operation to cure this disease. He agreed to have the operation done as the problem was giving him much pain for many days.

 

When the operation was completed, his doctor gave him the bill which covered all the costs. The old man looked at the bill and started to cry! Upon seeing this, the doctor told him that if the cost was too high then they could make some other arrangements. 

 

 

The old man said ‘I am not crying because of the money, but I am crying because Allah SWT let me urinate for 70 years and He never sent me a bill.”

 

Allahu SWT says: “…and if you try to count the blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them…” (Surah Ibrahim)

 

Allah SWT states that the servants are never able to count His blessings, let alone thank Him duly for them. In Sahih Al-Bukhari it is recorded that the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings be upon him) used to supplicate;

 

«اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ غَيْرَ مَكْفِيَ وَلَا مُوَدَّعٍ وَلَا مُسْتَغْنًى عَنْهُ رَبَّنَا»

 

O Allah ! All praise is due to You, without being able to sufficiently thank You, nor ever wish to be cutoff from You, nor ever feeling rich from relying on You; our Lord!

 

It was reported that Prophet Dawud peace be upon him, used to say in his supplication:

 

‘O Lord! How can I ever duly thank You, when my thanking You is also a favor from You to me” 

 

Allah the Exalted answered him, ‘Now, you have thanked Me sufficiently, O Dawud,” meaning: when you admitted that, you will never be able to duly thank Me.

02 January 2011

7 Allah Loves & 7 Allah does not Love

Seven Qualities that Allah Loves & Seven Qualities that Allah does not love



Seven Qualities that Allah Loves

1. Tawbah (Repentance)

"...For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly (in repentance)..."  (Surah Al Baqarah 2:222)

Repentance is a form of detoxification – Sincere repentance cleanses and beautifies the Iman (faith).
We all commit sins but Allah loves those who after committing sins, seek forgiveness with deep sorrow and regret.

This is the only way by which the past can be set right. Allah has a concern for those He loves, therefore each time we slip and relapse into the abyss of desires and sincerely repent, He (exalted be Him) leads us out of it to the summit of forgiveness and further relieves us of hardship and provides for us.

2. Taharah (Purification)

"...Allah loves those who keep themselves pure and clean." (Surah Al Baqarah 2:222)
This is the external purification. The secret to this is performing the acts with the intention of following the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

The removal of filth from the body by performing wudhu (ablution) and ghusl (ritual bath) and removal of filth from the garment, body and place of prayer. They are acts that purify the body and radiate the Iman. It is a means by which Almighty Allah will wipe out our sins and raise our ranks.

3. Taqwa (Piety)

"...for Allah loveth the righteous (the pious)." (Surah Al Tawbah 9:4)
The fear of Allah is the source of a pure soul – it is borne out of love and obedience. Thus, a pious person is constantly driven to do good only.

He/She is humble and does not flaunt piety in front of others. The fear of Allah beautifies the Iman and is the origin of all good as one continues to strive to do only what pleases Allah and stay away from the things that would displease him.

Piety is an internal quality as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
"The piety is here, (and while saying so) he pointed towards his chest thrice." (Sahih Muslim, Book #032, Hadith #6219) and it is a quality that puts us above others in the sight of Allah.

4. Ihsan (Goodness & Perfection)

"...for Allah loves those who do good;-" (Surah Ali 'Imran 3:134)

Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) says,
"Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you." (Sahih Bukhari, Book #2, Hadith #47)

Ihsan goes beyond a noble trait; it is an integral part of Islam. It is the secret to an attentive heart – knowing that Allah is watching everything. This fills the heart with respect and veneration and one becomes too embarrassed to go against Allah's commands. It promotes performance of good deeds for the sake of Allah and not for show-off or to gain praise or fame.

5. Tawakkul (Trust in Allah)

"...For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him)." (Surah Ali 'Imran 3:159)
The secret and reality of trust in Allah is the reliance of the heart on Allah alone. Therefore trusting in Allah by word of mouth is different from trusting in Him by the heart.

Reliance is doing and hoping; doing everything necessary within one's capability to achieve one's aim and hoping with tranquility of heart and soul and putting one's trust in Allah with firm belief that whatever the outcome might be, it is as a result of the Will of Allah and His Decree.

One should never feel that too much time has passed by without supplications being answered; rather we should always place our hope on the One who is able to do all things. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him ) says, "If you all depend on Allah, with due reliance, He would certainly give you provision as He gives to birds who go forth hungry in the morning and return with full bellies at dusk" (At-Tirmidhi)

6. Qist (Justice)

"...for Allah loveth those who judge in equity." (Surah Al Ma'idah 5:42)
"...for Allah loves those who are fair (and just)." (Surah Al Hujurat 49:9)
Justice is a prerequisite to peace which is missing in our contemporary society. It involves giving other people the right we give ourselves, treating people the way we would like to be treated.
Justice sounds like a word meant for the leaders alone but rather it affects us all.
It means:
- To be equitable in speech and in actions.
- With no degree of discrimination or false testimony.
- It involves being fair with regards to one's family and those who are in our custody; justice between children by not giving one preference over the other.
- By not committing wrong against oneself such as engaging in sinful practices and immoral acts.
- Justice with Allah in not associating any being with Him in worship and obedience.

7. Sabr (Patience)

"...And Allah Loves those who are firm and steadfast (As-Sabirin (the patient))." (Surah Ali 'Imran 3:146)
Patience is one of the most noble of virtues and traits. It is to endure what one dislikes with a sense of acceptance and submission and anticipating Allah's reward.

Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) said: "patience to Iman is like the head to a body: if the head is cut off, the body perishes as well." (Gems and jewels – wise sayings, interesting events & moral lessons from the Islamic history, compiled by Abdul-Malik Mujahid (Darussalam))

Muslims should adhere to patience when afflicted with calamity and should not yield either to desperation nor despondence because if we are patient, everything that was destined and preordained for us will occur and we will be rewarded. If we complain and are hopeless, then all that was destined for us will still occur, but we will be blamed for our impatience at Allah's Will.

Seven Qualities that Allah does not Love

1. Israaf (extravagance)

"...But waste not by excess: for Allah loveth not the wasters (Al-Musrifun (those who waste by extravagance))." (Surah Al An'am 6:141)

Excessive spending and lavishness in everything is the core of evil and leads to greater evil. It makes one forget the hereafter and preparing for it. Such acts would be a cause of humiliation and disgrace on the Day of Judgment.

That is why Almighty Allah has prescribed zakah (obligatory alms) and sadaqah (voluntary charity) in order to bless the wealth and to curb extravagance in eating, drinking, clothing and in everything we do.

2. Istikbaar (Pride)

"...verily He loveth not the arrogant (proud)."  (Surah Al Nahl 16:23)
And the Prophet says,
"Pride is to completely disregard the truth and scorn (looking down upon) the people" (Muslim)
Sometimes a person might be deceived by his/ her knowledge, wealth and property, lineage and ancestry, or worship and be arrogant and boastful.
Al-Hasan Al-Basri advised that: "Do not become proud merely because you worship often, for consider what happened to Iblis after he spent a great deal of time worshipping" (Gems and jewels – wise sayings, interesting events & moral lessons from the Islamic history, compiled by Abdul-Malik Mujahid (Darussalam))
Pride is among the greatest means of damage to a person's wealth and circumstances. It distances one away from Allah's love and "He who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride shall not enter paradise." (Sahih Muslim, Book #001, Hadith #0166)

3. Mukhtal fakhoor (Arrogant boaster)

"...for Allah loveth not any arrogant boaster." (Surah Luqman 31:18)

Being arrogant and boastful are a deadly combination – beauty, knowledge, wealth and noble lineage should be taken as gifts from Almighty Allah and one should be humble and grateful for them rather than make them a means of pride and oppression.

Servants of Allah cannot be true to themselves as long as they are flattering themselves, walking in an arrogant manner and looking down on people who are inferior to them and not mix with them. The one who is arrogant in this world will be disgraced on the Day of Judgment.
Prophet Muhammad says, "The arrogant will be gathered on the Day of Judgment in the form of small ants. Humiliation will surround them from everywhere." (At-Tirmidhi)

4. Udwaan (Transgression)

"...for Allah loveth not those given to excess (Transgression)." (Surah Al Ma'idah 5:87)
Human characteristics have limitations, which if surpassed would be transgression and if one falls short of it, it would be a defect – for example, generosity has a limitation, when surpassed, it becomes extravagance, when courage is surpassed, it becomes rashness; when ibadah (worship) is surpassed, one falls into the risk of adopting bid’ah - some of the Companions almost fell into this trap.

Narrated by Anas bin Malik: "A group of three men came to the houses of the wives of the Prophet asking how the Prophet worshipped (Allah), and when they were informed about that, they considered their worship insufficient and said, "Where are we from the Prophet as his past and future sins have been forgiven." Then one of them said, "I will offer the prayer throughout the night forever." The other said, "I will fast throughout the year and will not break my fast." The third said, "I will keep away from the women and will not marry forever." Allah's Apostle came to them and said, "Are you the same people who said so-and-so? By Allah, I am more submissive to Allah and more afraid of Him than you; yet I fast and break my fast, I do sleep and I also marry women. So he who does not follow my tradition in religion, is not from me (not one of my followers)."" (Sahih Bukhari, Book #62, Hadith #1)

Therefore, moderation is the best way to deal with all matters – it is not to exaggerate and make it hard for ourselves by prohibiting the permissible things. And not to transgress the limits by excessively indulging in the permissible matters but rather we should only use what satisfies our need and not fall into extravagance.

5. Zulm (Evil, wrongdoing)

"...but God loveth not those who do wrong (Zalimun (oppressors, polytheists and wrong doers))." (Surah Ali 'Imran 3:57)
This is a reprehensible trait whose existence spoils the Iman and darkens the heart. The wrongdoers are those who have chosen the tempting transient life instead of the hereafter. All acts of wrongdoing such as stealing, breach of trust, embezzlement, usurping the rights of others, and bribery, have serious consequences in the hereafter.
In a Hadith, Abu Dharr reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, said: "My servants, I have made oppression unlawful for Me and unlawful for you, so do not commit oppression against one another." (Sahih Muslim, Book #032, Hadith #6246)

6. Khiyaanah (Treachery)

"...for Allah loveth not the treacherous." (Surah Al Anfal 8:58)
The treacherous one is two-faced and inconsistent in words and deeds. Acts of treachery lead to betrayal, disloyalty, perfidy, deception and hypocrisy which in turn soil the Iman.

7. Ifsaad (Mischief-making)

"...And Allah loveth not those who do mischief." (Surah Al Ma'idah 5:64)
This is a comprehensive term which includes great crimes, sins, oppression, carrying false tales, hypocrisy, tyranny and all kinds of mischief. All these acts are despicable and stain the Iman.

Hasten today to adopt the qualities that Almighty Allah loves and don't rest until they become second nature to you; hasten today to abandon all the qualities Allah does not love and don't relent until you hate them with all your heart. The Prophet said: "Faith wears out in the heart of any one of you just as clothes wear out, so ask Allah to renew the faith in your hearts." (Al-Haakim in Al-Mustadrak and Al-Haythami in Majma Az-Zawaa'id)

Therefore the key is supplication, resorting to Allah and sincere desire to please Him followed by action, so we say,

"O Allah make Iman beloved to us and beautify it in our hearts."