Pious friends of Allah, who live the Sunnah (traditions) of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ with extreme sensitivity, and who follow that sun of mercy with love and longing.

Prophet Muhammad PBUH flowers6242

“One person goes to the public bath. In the public bath one of his friends gives him a nice smelling clay (cleaning soil) so that he can clean himself. A wonderful scent emanates from the clay that caresses the spirit. The man asks the clay:

“Oh dear! Are you musk or amber? I am in ecstasy due to your beautiful scent that attracts the hearts…”

The clay responds to him as follows:

“I am neither musk nor amber. I am just an ordinary soil.

However, I was under a rose sprout and every dawn I was being kneaded by the dews that were dropping from the rosebuds. So, the scent that you are feeling which refreshes the hearts belongs to those roses…”

Rose is the symbol of the Prophet Muhammadﷺ. This world is like a classroom and in this classroom, the most important education is:

To get to know the Sultan of the Roses
To have a share from the holy scent of that Rose,
To be a drop of dew in the petal of that Rose.
The most essential material needed in this path is the love for him.

– An Excerpt from Sheikh Sadi Shirazi’s work called Gulistan (“The Land of Rose”). Sheikh Sadi (rah) tells in a representative style, how the friends of Allah owe their beauty to the Messenger of Allahﷺ and how all of their spiritual states come from the spirituality of the Messenger of Allahﷺ.

The Prophetﷺ is a sun who spreads the excitement of eternal bliss and who illuminates all the worlds. The friends of Allah, who are the inheritors of prophets, are in the rank of a moon which is a mirror to the Sun. The existence of the moon depends on the existence of the sun. This is because all of the light, beauty, and magnificence of the moon are little reflections which come from the Sun.

Manners towards everything close to the Messenger of Allahﷺ

The lovers of the Prophetﷺ manifested the best examples of manners towards and everything close to the Messenger of Allahﷺ.The state of the Ottoman sultan Yavuz Selim, who loved the Prophetﷺ, is a good example for us. He conquered Egypt in 1517 and took over the office of the caliphate. On Friday February 20th, when preacher of the Malik Muayyad Mosque called him as “Ḥākim al-Ḥaramayn al-Sharifayn or ruler of the two honorable cities or Mecca and Medina”, he stopped the preacher and told him with tearful eyes:

“No, no! I am not the ruler of these blessed places. On the contrary, I am “Ḥādim al-Ḥaramayn al-Sharifayn or the servant of the two honorable cities or Mecca and Medina.”

Then he took the carpet off the ground and prostrated on earth and thanked his Lord. And as a sign of his servitude, he put a plume in the shape of a broom on top of his turban from that day on.

Another magnificent example of respect was manifested by the oppressed and martyred Ottoman sultan Abdulaziz Khan. One day when he was lying sick in his bed, he was told that: “He had a message from Medina.”

He told his assistants:

“Help me to stand up immediately. I need to listen to the requests coming from these blessed cities standing. It is disrespectful to listen to the requests of the neighbors of the Prophetﷺ lying in bed.”

And he also performed ritual ablution whenever he got mail from Medina, kissed the letters for there was Medina’s dust over them and then gave them to his head clerk in order to be opened and read.

 

1000 Dinars

Abu Huraira (radiAllahu anhu) relates the following hadith which is very telling:

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ told us of the beautiful state of a person from the sons of Israel. That person had asked for a loan of a thousand dinars from another person. The one who was asked for the loan said:

“Bring me your witnesses and I will give you the money in
front of them”.

The one who was asking for the loan replied:

“Allah is enough of a witness”. The lender then said:

“In that case bring me a guarantor”. The borrower said:

“Allah is enough of a guarantor”. The lender then said:

“You have spoken the truth” and gave him the money for a particular term.

The man then went on a sea trip and met his needs. Then, in order to return and pay the man back in the term that they had agreed upon, he searched for a boat to take him back, but he could not find one. In desperation, he found a wooden plank and carved out its centre. Into the hole he placed the thousand dinars together with a note addressed to the lender. Then he re-covered the hole and went to the seashore:

“O Allah! You know that I borrowed a thousand dinars from so and so. When he asked me for a witness I told him that “Allah was enough for a witness”. And he was content with You as a witness. And when he asked me for a guarantor, I told him: “Allah is enough as a guarantor”. And he was content with You as his guarantor. Now I have struggled to find a boat, but have not been able to find one. So I am entrusting this to You”. Then he threw the plank of wood into the sea. The wooden plank floated upon the sea and then disappeared from view.

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The man then parted from there and continued to search for a boat.

Meanwhile the lender was awaiting a boat to bring back his money. There was no boat but he found the wooden plank which contained his money. He took it to use it in his house. When he sawed it apart he came across the letter and the money.

A little while later, the borrower of the money found a boat and returned to his hometown. Thinking of the possibility that the man did not find the plank with the money, he went to the man, taking a thousand dinars with him.

“I searched continuously for a boat to bring back your money. However I could not find one before the boat that brought me back now”. The lender of the money said to him”

“Did you not send me anything”.

“I told you that I searched for a boat but could not find one”.

The lender said:
“Allah Most High paid me back that money in your place and brought it to me in a plank of wood as reward for your sincerity. Consequently the thousand dinars that you have brought now is yours. Now you can return in peace having been reunited with your thousand dinars”. (Bukhari, Kefalet I, Buyu 10).

When Allah is a guarantor of an affair, the seemingly impossible can take place easily. What befalls the servant is to trust in him sincerely and in truth…

Rely upon Allah
Submit and find peace

-An excerpt from “Civilizations of virtue 2”.

Fasting Six Days of Shawwal

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Fasting Ramadan and following it with six days from Shawwal is like continual fasting.” [Muslim, on the authority of Abu Ayyub (Allah be pleased with him)]

This is because the reward of actions is multiplied (at least) ten-fold. So Ramadan is like fasting 300 days, and the six days of Shawwal like fasting 60 days. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) himself stated this explictly: “Fasting Ramadan is like fasting ten months, and fasting six days [of Shawwal] is like fasting two months. That is like fasting a full year.” [Ahmad & Nasa’i]

1. Religiously recommended.  The majority of the scholars–including Imam Shafi`i, Imam Ahmad, and Imam Abu Hanifa (May Allah be pleased with them all) consider it a recommended sunna to fast six days in Shawwal. There are narrations from Abu Hanifa indicating its dislikedness, but these are understood to relate to considering it a duty to fast these days. [Nawawi, Majmu`; Ibn Qudama, Mughni; Ibn al-Humam/Marghinani, Fath al-Qadir `ala al-Hidaya; Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

However, Imam Malik’s (May Allah be pleased with him) stance was different on this issue.  He disliked the laymen fasting these days in fear that they would regard it to be at par with the fasts of Ramadhan. (Mawaahib al-Jaleel 3/329)

2. Consecutive or not? The Shafi’i school recommend one to fast the six days consecutively. They based this on a hadith related by Tabarani and others in which the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is reported to have said, “Fasting six consecutive days after Eid al-Fitr is like fasting the entire year.”   Whereas scholars of the Hanafi and Hanbali schools have left the sequence of fasting at the discretion of the individual; it will be permissible to fast consecutively as well as inconsecutively.  The Hanafi and Hanbali scholars categorised the hadith mention by Tabrani as weak.  In addition to this, they mention that the hadith reported in Sahih Muslim is absolute (mutlaq); it is free of any restrictive words.  Hence, it can be deduced from here that any six days of shawwaal will suffice for one to acquire this reward.  (mughni al-muhtaaj 1/654) (Radd al-muhtaar 3/422) (al-mughni 4/438)

3. Combining intentions with missed fasts. If somebody fasts six fasts in Shawwal as make-up (qadha) or vow (nazr), it is hoped from the mercy of Allah that one will still attain the reward of fasting six days in Shawwal.  It would be better to perform both separately which will be greater in reward. (mughni al-muhtaaj 1/654)

Ramadan is the month in which we fight sin and Shawwal is the month in which we fight Ghaflah
-Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed (db)

Let us set a goal of fasting 6 days in the month of shawwal. In sha Allah, these 6 days along with the fasting in Ramadan will reward us with benefits equal to the benefit of fasting for the whole year.

Also encourage your family and friends.

JazakAllahu Khayra.