Sincerity in Charity

Sincerity shows its effect in everything. As long as it is given out with a sincere intention, the one who gives charity will be rewarded to the degree of their sincerity, even if the charity goes to one who is unworthy of it. According to the degree of one’s sin- cerity there arise positive tendencies towards goodness in those who are given the charity. The Messenger of Allah  has indicated this truth as follows:

“One time a man said: “I am going to give charity”.

That night he left his home with his charity and placed it in the hands of a thief without realising who it was. The next day the people of the town started to talk:

“What an amazing thing! Last night someone gave charity to a thief !”

The man said:

“O Allah! Praise be to you. I am going to give charity today as well”.

Again he left his home with his money and this time without realising it, he placed it in the hands of a prostitute. The next day the people of the town began to talk once more:

“It cannot be! Last night somebody gave charity to a prostitute”.

The man said again:

“O Allah! Praise be to you even if I have given charity to a pros- titute. I am going to give charity again”.

Again that night, the man took what he had set aside for chari- ty and left his house, this time placing it in the hands of a rich man. The next day the people of the town began to chatter again in amazement:

“What is this! Last night charity was given to a rich man!”.

The man said:

“O Allah! I am grateful to you for being able to give charity whether it be to a thief, a prostitute or a rich man.

As a result of the sincerity of this man, he saw someone in his dream say to him:

“Perhaps the charity you gave to the thief will embarrass him and stop him from stealing. And perchance the prostitute will regret what she had been doing and become a chaste woman. And maybe the rich man will take heed and give out to the needy from the wealth that Allah has given him”. (Bukhari, Zekat, 14)

And so these are the blessings of sincerity and true devotion… What is indicated in this hadith is the necessary sincerity and devotion that needs to be within the heart of the person who is giving charity. It also expresses the idea that intentions are better than deeds. However, let it not be assumed from this that it is a virtuous act to give out charity carelessly. On the contrary, when giving out charity and alms-giving, the believer should give it to those who are truly in need, and must search out the most worthy person if possible and give it to them.

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Reality of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

It is the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, master of all the prophets, who was the unique figure, for it was he who turned time and space into a garden. Over 23 years of mission, he offered humanity a rose garden that does not fade. During his time of prophethood, the right and the wrong, in their entirety, became crystal-clear. Human perceptions about the creator, the universe, and the nature of the self were all clarified by him. At that time, humans grasped that this world is a testing ground. An ignorant society turned into a society based on knowledge. Believers began to understand that the human body emerges from a drop of water, that birds emerge from eggs, and that trees and vegetables emerge from seeds. The faithful began to contemplate the logic and meaning of creation, and their souls set out toward infinite horizons of wisdom.

It was the Prophet’s ﷺ training which permitted the community he led to develop the highest degree of compassion, devotion, sacrifice, and sensitivity toward justice. The Messenger ﷺ became the center of a fellowship whose life was founded upon winning the pleasure of Allah. All hearts were then filled with the excitement of the quest. Everyone asked, “What does Allah wants from us? In what condition would the Prophet  ﷺ wish to see us?” In this way, night turned into day, and winter turned into spring. Thus that age of human history became a true Golden Age.

So gracious was the Messenger of Allah ﷺ that through his presence, many dark wells were filled with glorious light. 

Every living being survives in the environment appropriate to its nature. This natural law holds for humans as well. Bees require blooming flowers, and cannot live without them. Rats inhabit filthy places, and do not flourish in rose gardens. In just this way, sub- lime souls are nurtured by the glory emanating from the Reality of Muhammad ﷺ. Evil souls thrive in malice.

Hadrat Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, used to look at the face of the Prophet  ﷺ and say in amazement, “O my Lord! What a beautiful face!” What Abu Bakr was witnessing was own his inner world reflected in the Prophet’s ﷺ face. Thus when the Prophet ﷺ said: “I have not made use of anyone else’s property as I have used the property of Abu Bakr,” Abu Bakr replied in tears, “O Messenger of Allah! Do not I and my property belong you?” (Ibn Maja, Muqaddimah 11). These words are clear evidence that Abu Bakr committed himself so fully to the Prophet ﷺ that he united himself with him. He made his inner world a mirror for the Prophet ﷺ. On the other hand, Abu Jahl, the chief enemy of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ, used to have an aversion for the face of the Prophet. Looking at him, he would not receive a positive reflection, but was confronted by his own faithlessness and violence. Each saw his own real personality, his inner world, in the Prophet’s face.

Prophets are like shining mirrors. In them, everyone sees his or her image, his or her inner world. No mirror lies to the person who gazes at it. Mirrors reflect the true image of the one who looks.

 

 

-Excerpt from the book, “Such a mercy he was”

Divided each from each, Lives every Mussalman.

Manfa’at Aik Hai Is Qaum Ki, Nuqsan Bhi Aik
Ek Hi Sab Ka Nabi ﷺ, Din Bhi, Iman Bhi Aik

Your nation’s weal, your nation’s woe, In common you all share,
Your Prophet ﷺ and your creed the same, the same Truth you declare;

Harm-e-Paak Bhi, Allah Bhi, Quran Bhi Aik,
Kuch Bari Baat Thi Hote Jo Musalmaan Bhi Aik!

And one your Kaʹba, One your God, and one your great Quran;
Yet, still, divided each from each, Lives every Mussalman.

Firqa Bandi Hai Kahin, Aur Kahin Zaatain Hain
Kya Zamane Mein Panapne Ki Yehi Baatain Hain?

You split yourselves in countless sects, In classes high and low;
Think you the world its gifts will still on such as you bestow?

 

-Excerpt from Hazrat Allama Iqbal’s, “Jawab-e-Shikwa (جواب شکوہ) The Answer To The Complaint”

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Q – In our society, young people who plan to get married first spend time being engaged.. They face several problems during this period. What do the parties need to be careful about during their engagement?

The central issue, as we have been trying to explain, is the necessity of building a family upon a strong and healthy foundation. This principle must be kept in mind not just during the engagement period, but in every phase of the establishment of the family. Divine rules and measure must be observed at every stage. Unfortunately, in our time some couples see the engagement as permission to act as if they were already married. This leads to a number of irreparable mistakes and to broken hearts.

We do need to remember that the engagement stage is just the period of agreement to marriage. It is not marriage itself and during the engagement period parties are still unlawful to each other. Therefore they must be careful about the divine limits. In short, engaged couples should not meet privately in secluded places and talk more than they are supposed to before the marriage! Today we witness the devastation caused by this type of carrying on.

In this regard I would like to remind you of the following narration of Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him):

Allah the Almighty created Eve from a rib from the left side of Adam. During her creation Adam (peace and blessings be upon him) was asleep. When he woke up and saw Eve next to him, he fell in love with her and wanted to hold her. Angels said, “O Adam! Do not touch her. You have not been married yet.” Then they got married and for her marriage portion they agreed upon uttering three praises for the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

This was the beginning of the marriage agreement before Allah. Thus with the praise of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), the marriage agreement gains a sublime meaning and teems with blessings and manifestations of mercy.

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– An Excerpt from “A Peaceful Home-Paradise on Earth”

The Battle of Badr: 17th Ramadan

Date: 17th of Ramadan : 2 years after Hijri – 624 Common Era
Location:  80 miles south west of Madina Shareef

Badr

The Battle of Badr is the most important battle in the whole of human history as it firmly established Islam as the only true religion for the whole of humanity till the end of time.  In Makka, the Prophet ﷺ devoted himself almost exclusively to expounding the basic principles of Islamic faith and to the moral and spiritual training of his Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all). After the Emigration, however, people belonging to different tribes and regions of ‘Arabia, who had embraced Islam, began to concentrate in Madina. Although the Muslims held only a tiny piece of the land, the whole of Arabia, under the leadership of the Quraysh, moved against them, bent upon their extermination.

In these circumstances, the very survival, let alone the success, of this small group of believers depended upon several factors. First, that they should propagate their beliefs with the utmost conviction in order to convert others. Second, that they should demonstrate the falsity of their opponents’ standpoint so convincingly that there could remain no justifiable ground for any intelligent person to entertain any doubt on the question. Third, that they as the followers of the Prophetﷺ should not become disheartened because they had been driven out of their homes and were faced, through the hostility and opposition of the whole country, with economic stringency, hunger, and constant insecurity and danger, but that they should confront the situation with patience and fortitude. Fourth, that they should be able to find a way to retake all their wealth and goods usurped by the Makkans during Emigration. Fifth, that they should be prepared to resist with both courage and the force of arms the violent assault by which the enemy intended to frustrate their movement, and that in this resistance they should not heed the enemy’s superiority in either numbers or material resources.

In addition to the threats coming from Makka and its allied tribes, there were, in Madina itself, three tribes of the Jews. As explained earlier, the Jews held the control of the economic life of the city. In Madina, another element of enmity against Islam also began to emerge in the form of hypocrisy. One group of hypocrites consisted of those who had no faith in Islam but had entered the ranks of the Muslim community merely in order to create mischief.

For 13 years in Makkah, none of the Companion (may Allah be pleased with them all) took out even a small knife, a knife or anything to defend themselves against to mushriks who were torturing, making them to suffer, humiliating them, taking away their rights and everything. They did not even think of defending themselves, rather were busy obeying to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and confronted the situation with utmost patience and fortitude .

The Battle of Badr is the most important battle in the whole of human history as it firmly established Islam as the only true religion for the whole of humanity till the end of time. It took place on 17 Ramadan 2 A.H, 624 C.E. The beloved holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, together with 313 of his Sahaba (Companions) and angels sent by Allah defeated about 1000 better armed polytheists of the tribe of Quraysh.

The Companions of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ who took part are the Muhajirin and the Ansar. The Muhajirin are the Muslims from Makkah who had migrated to Madina. The Ansar are the Muslims of Madina who helped them settle in Madina.

The two main tribes of Madina were Aws and Khazraj. The Ansar (Helpers) of Madina, are thus classified either as Awsi (belonging to the Aws tribe) or Khazraji (belonging to the Khazraj tribe).

And they submitted themselves to the Prophetﷺ. They did not complain. Sahabi-e-kiram;  they feel pain, they feel hunger but they submitted themselves to the Holy Prophetﷺ. So when they came to Medina, and they heard that the mushriks were coming to destroy them, they looked to the Prophet (ﷺ), and the Prophet(ﷺ) is saying, “we will not move, until Allah give us the permission to move. Until Allah gives me an order, I will not move.” They submitted.

When the order came, Holy Prophet ﷺ said, “Allah is saying, ‘now take your sword and strike, but to know that it is Allah that takes the lives, not you.’”And they were so happy. They were not happy because of revenge. They were happy, because Allah gave them an order, Allah communicated with them. Allah spoke to them. And it is their chance now, to make Allah happy.

Allah swt is saying in the Surah ul-Araf, ‘So tell the stories that perhaps they will think.’ Islam it is a religion for the man who sits and reflects on the signs around him; on what had happened in the history, on what happened to earlier nations, to earlier Prophets.  We ought to remember these warriors of Badr, all 313 of them and offering our respect, maybe some fatihas for them. But we must remember that it did not end there. The battle of Badr ended, yes. That was the first battle, but there is a final battle yet to come, and both the battles are linked. And the thousand angels that Allah swt promised on the Battle of Badr is going to happen in the final fight against the Dajjal.  So now, we should prepare ourselves. Not to say, ‘I am this, or I am that’, rather learn from the battle of badr and prepare ourselves for the next battle, which is going to be both spiritual and physical.

According to the Ahadith in Jami’ us-Sahih of Imam al-Bukhari (Vol. 5, p. 201, Hadith Numbers 292-294), the number of warriors in the Battle of Badr were more than 310 of whom more than 60 were the Muhajirin (from Makkah) and more than 249 were the Ansar (from Madina). According to scholars of sirah (history, biography), 313 companions took part in the Battle of Badr of whom 82 were the Muhajirin and 231 were the Ansar (61 Awsi and 170 Khazraji). Wallahu A’lam (Allah Knows Best).

The number of Companions that are normally listed in Classics of Muslim Spirituality are more than those who actually took part because there are some Companions who were considered by the Beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam to be Ahl Badr (The Warriors of Badr) even though they were not actually present because they were sent by him on special assignments elsewhere at that time.

Another reason why the list is greater than 313 is that in some instances, Muslim historians and the ‘ulama (the learned) are not absolutely sure from the evidence they have collected whether a particular Companion was actually present at Badr or not. So, perhaps they have decided to err in including the name rather than to err in leaving it out. For that reason perhaps, Imam ibn Kathir lists 321, Imam al-Barzanji lists 368, Mawlana Khalid al-Baghdadi lists 366, Shaykh ‘Abdur Rahman Chohravi mentions 357, Shaykh Mustafa Rushdi ad-Dimishqi has 356 while Shaykh ‘AbdurRahman al-Azhariyy has 385.

We should remind ourselves that Asma’ Ahl Badr (the names of the Muslim warriors of the Battle of Badr) are Jalali (Majestic). They need the Jamal (Beauty) of Salawat (Invocation of Blessings) to cool them. So before we recite these, and after completing the recitation, it is recommended to recite Durood Shareef 100 times. Or instead, we can recite Qasidah al-Burda.  Once we have recited the Salawat, we can come to the Asma’ Ahl al-Badr.

Shuhada (Muslim Martyrs of the Battle of Badr)
Please recite Sayyidinaa before each name and Radi ALLAHu ‘Anhu (Allah is Pleased with Him) after each name.
Allahumma Agithna ya Giyath al-Mustaghitheen bi Haqqi
(O Allah! O The Succour of those who seek help, save us for the sake of)

1. Haritha bin Suraqa al-Khazraji, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
2. Dhush-shimaalayn ibn ‘Abdi ‘Amr al-Muhajiri, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
3. Rafi’ bin al-Mu’alla al-Khazraji, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
4. Sa’d bin Khaythama al-Awsi, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
5. Safwan bin Wahb al-Muhajiri, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
6. ‘Aaqil bin al-Bukayr al-Muhajiri, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
7. ‘Ubayda bin al-Harith al-Muhajiri, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
8. ‘Umayr bin al-Humam al-Khazraji, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
9. ‘Umayr bin Abi Waqqas al-Muhajiri, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
10. ‘Awf bin al-Harith al-Khazraji, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
11. Mubashshir bin ‘Abdi’l Mundhir al-Awsi, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
12. Mu’awwidh bin al-Harith al-Khazraji, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
13. Mihja’ bin Salih al-Muhajiri, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.
14. Yazid bin al-Harith bin Fus.hum al-Khazraji, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu.

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Wallahu Ta’ala Aa’lam (Allah knows best)


Incident Before The Battle of Badr. (17th Ramadan)

An Incident Before The Battle of Badr, Showing The Love The Sahaba Had For The Messenger of Allahﷺ

RasoolAllahﷺ was straightening the lines of the ranks as if he was straightening the lines for prayer and he was holding an arrow in his hands. He came up to one of the soldiers, Sawad bin Ghuazzaiyya, who was protruding a bit from the line. So RasoolAllahﷺ slightly nudged him back with his arrow.

Sawad (RadiAllahu Anhu) said, “Oh RasoolAllahﷺ you have hurt me, I want to retaliate.”

This was just before the battle. Here was one soldier who was saying to The Prophet of Allah that he wants to retaliate with him.

So RasoolAllahﷺ exposed his stomach to Sawad and said “Go ahead and retaliate.”

RasoolAllahﷺ didn’t get angry, heﷺ didn’t ask his soldiers to throw him in prison, because a soldier is talking to the head of the military in such a fashion. He simply allowed him to retaliate.

So Sawad (RadiAllahu Anhu) hugs RasoolAllahﷺ and he kisses his stomach. That was his retaliation.

RasoolAllahﷺ asked Sawad why did he do that?

Sawad (RadiAllahu Anhu) said, “Oh Messenger of Allah, you can see what is about to happen. I wanted my last contact with you to be my skin touching yours.”

Sawad (RadiAllahu Anhu) was saying that he might die during the battle, they were facing death then. The last thing he wanted in this world was to make his skin touch RasoolAllah’sﷺ skin. This was how much they loved RasoolAllahﷺ.

Sawad (RadiAllahu Anhu) who was accidentally hurt by RasoolAllahﷺ used this opportunity to kiss and hug RasoolAllahﷺ. The Muslims did not think that because of RasoolAllah ﷺ, they were having to fight or even death. They all were willingly ready to face death for the sake of Allah Azzawajal and his servant and Messengerﷺ.

RasoolAllahﷺ then made dua for Sawad(RadiAllahu Anhu). (he was later martyred in the battle).

It is this love for Prophet Muhammedﷺ that we need to develop. Love for Prophet Muhammed ﷺ isn’t just words. Love for him means putting everything on the line for Prophet Muhammed ﷺ our wealth, family, money, children, our talents, everything that we can sacrifice.

We should love RasoolAllahsﷺ Message, his way, and his Sunnah. his beloveds. We should also ask Allah Azzawajal to make us love his Shari’a.


O Allah! O The Ever-Living, O the Self-Existing by Whom all subsist, O The Responder, O The Giver, O The Loving One, O The Reckoner, O The Knower of mysteries,O The Creator of night and day. I beg of you for the sake of Your Most Beautiful Namesand the mystery of the Glorious Qur’an, and for the sake of Your Chosen Prophet Muhammad, on him be the choicest blessings and complete peace, and for the sake of the noble warriors of the Battle of Badr, that You help the religion of Islam and fulfil all our needs. O The Most Merciful of those who show mercy…

Aameen!

Just wait a while,
turn your back
and remember
what you have forgotten.
Try to find if you have lost,
apologize if you have hurt,
forgive if you have been hurt.
Because life is too short.
– Hazrat Shams Tabrizi (Alaihi Rehma)

The War Between Muslim Nations..

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Holy Prophet (ﷺ) is addressing saying, “In Ahir Zaman every nation is going to become enemies to each other, they are going to start fighting with each other and they are going to turn Islam into nationalism. Muslims are going to separate into different nationalities and they are going to start fighting with each other.” Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is declaring in His holy book the Qur’an, “Only the believers are brothers.” He is not separating us through our nationalities. If you are believers then you are brothers. Islam is bringing them together. If they are finding separation with their nationalities then they lost their faith. Look everywhere now. Muslim nations are fighting with Muslim nations, not with the non-Muslim nations. Muslims are fighting with Muslim nations because of nationalities and because of land. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) forbade us (to take) our lives among each other, to steal our lands and to do wrong things to each other. They are doing it. Keep yourself away from that.

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But the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) is addressing, saying, “The worst is going to come to those nations. When they leave the way of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) He will make those nations to be separated inside themselves and the same nation will be fighting with each other.”

-Sheykh Abdul Kerim El Kibrisi Hz.

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It is important that we give a serious thought to the above warnings of Prophet Mohammad (ﷺ) and correct our Islamic faith and ensure our salvation on the Day of Judgment.

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