Category Archives: Path of Allah

The three questions in the grave

We make so much preparation for our lives in this world. If there is a test, we are awake whole night trying to memorizing the answers. What about the three questions that will be asked in the grave? Do we know the answers – are we prepared for the grave? Life is not certain. Only certainty is Death, but we don’t know when it might take us.

The Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Verily the grave is the first stopping place for the Hereafter; so if he is saved therein, then what comes after is easier than it. And if he is not saved therefrom, then that which comes after is harder.” [Hasan: At-Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah, al-Haakim: from ‘Uthmaan.]

The three questions in grave asked by the angels Al-Munkar and Al-Nakeer

1. Who is your Lord?

2. Who is your prophet?

3. What is your Deen/Religion?

May Allah save us from the punishment of the grave. Ameen!

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The six pillars of Iman

As muslims who surrender completely to Allah (SWT) the creator of the Heavens and the earth, we are required to believe in six things to complete our Iman:

1. Allah

a. Allah is maker of everything, owner/master of everything in this universe.

b. Worship is only for Allah. No one or nothing else is worthy of worship.

c. Names & Attributes of Allah

2. Angels

3. Books

The Taurah, The Gospel, The Quran etc

4. Messengers and Prophets

5. Last day or the Day of Judgement

6. Qadr(Divine Decree) – the Good and Bad of it.

 

The extra acts of Worship

To build our relationship with Allah (SWT), we need to continue performing good deeds.

Once we establish the obligatory acts of Islam, we start performing the nawafil(voluntary) acts which are very beneficial to increase our imaan.

Verily, Allah (swt) said: Whoever shows enmity to a Walee (close, obedient slave, who worships Allah alone without associating partners with Him in worship, performs good deeds, and avoids sins) of mine, then I declare war upon him. No slave seeks closeness to Me with anything that is more beloved to Me than that which I have made obligatory upon him. And My slave continues to seek closeness to Me through voluntary acts (of worship) until I love him. And when I love him, I become his hearting that he hears with, his sight that he sees with, his hand that he strikes with, and his leg that he walks with. If he asks Me, I give him; if he seeks refuge with Me. I give him. And I have never hesitated about something I do that way I hesitate to take the soul of a believer; he dislikes death, and I dislike his being distressed (or harmed).    Related by Bukhaaree (6502)

1. Pray the most beneficial Night Prayer – Qiyam-al-Layl or Tahajjud in the last third part of the night. 2 rakat of Prayer is enough. However, 8 rakat are the recommended.

2. Pray Salat-ul-duha – the timing for Duha prayer starts 20 minutes after sunrise and ends 30 minutes before Duhr prayer.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was reported as saying:
“Whoever prays 12 rakaat for the Duha Prayer, Allaah will build a Golden Castle for him in paradise.
(Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

3. Recite Quran at Fajr

Allah says in Surah al-Isra that “Quran at Fajr is witnessed”. There is abundant blessings in reciting Quran at Fajr time.

4. Start memorizing the Quran. Make Niyyah of memorizing the Quran.

“It will be said to the companion of the Qur’aan after he has entered Paradise, ‘Recite, and rise!’ For every verse he recites he will rise one level (in Paradise), until he recites the last verse with him (i.e., in his memory).” (Aboo Dawood)

5. Observe voluntary fast every Monday and Thursday. Or three days of every month. Every good deed is multiplied ten times. It would be as if you are fasting the entire year.

6. Fast on the days of Arafa (9th of Dhul-hijjah). It expiates the sins of preceding year and the coming year.

7. Fast on the day of Ashura (10th of Muharram). It expiates the sins of the previous year.

8. Give voluntary charity(sadaqa).

“Three things will benefit a person after they pass away: Knowledge that they leave behind that people benefit from, a continuing charity (sadaqah jaariyah), and a righteous child that will seek forgiveness for their parents.”

The Prophet (SAW) explains what constitutes as sadaqah jariyah in another hadith: “A slave of Allah will continue to get rewarded for seven things after they are deceased and in their graves: 1- Whoever taught knowledge. 2- Facilitated a pathway for water 3- Built a well 4- Planted a tree 5- Built a Masjid 6- Gave a copy of the Quran 7- Left a child behind that will seek forgiveness for them after their death.” (Sahih Al-Jami’ 3602)

All said, it is recommended to act upon voluntary acts which can be done regularly even if they are small. A consistent voluntary act(even if it is small) is more rewarded than inconsistent voluntary act. Do not overburden yourself with voluntary acts of worship.

Final sermon from our Beloved Prophet (SAWS)

The last sermon of our beloved Prophet (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam), delivered on the 9th day of Hajj at the plain of Arafat. I pray to Allah (SWT) that he gives us the hidaya to follow his words and be of those who are blessed by the mercy of The Most Merciful, The Most Gracious Allah (SWT):

“O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore, listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.

O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. God has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. God has Judged that there shall be no interest, and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn Abd’al Muttalib shall henceforth be waived…

Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.

O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under a trust from God and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.

O People, listen to me in earnest, worship God, perform your five daily prayers, fast during the month of Ramadan, and offer Zakat. Perform Hajj if you have the means.

All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; white has no superiority over black, nor does a black have any superiority over white; [none have superiority over another] except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.

Remember, one day you will appear before God and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.

O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me, and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O people, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and my example, the Sunnah, and if you follow these you will never go astray.

All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and it may be that the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O God, that I have conveyed your message to your people.”

Thus the beloved Prophet completed his Final Sermon, and upon it, near the summit of Arafat, the revelation came down:

“…This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My Grace upon you, and have chosen Islam for you as your religion…” (Quran 5:3)

I  could not stop thinking of those blessed brothers and sisters on the 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah, who Allah (SWT) called and they performed Hajj by the mercy of Allah (SWT). May Allah (SWT) accept their deeds and dua’s insh’Allah. Ameen.

The Prophet (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam) said: “There is no day on which Allah frees more of His slaves from Fire than the Day of Arafat, and He verily draws near, then boasts of them before the angels, saying: ‘What do they seek?’” [ Hadith Muslim].

Bare minimum for the love of Allah

Excerpts from lecture from “Navaid Aziz”

Three types of people – Surah Fatir

1. Who oppresses himself

He does not perform any of the obligations. He also indulges in some of the prohibitions.

2. Who takes the middle path – Does the Bare minimum and he is happy with it.

a. Prays 5 times a day Salah

b. Pays 2.5% Zakat

c. Fasts only month of Ramadan

d. Performs Hajj only once in his lifetime

3. One who does good deeds. Competing in performing voluntary acts in addition to obligatory acts.

What differentiates them is their actions. The most fundamental action is Salah. Most important act of worship is Salah. Salah is what differentiates between Allah’s wrath and Allah’s pleasure. Between Allah’s paradise and Allah’s hellfire. Between Allah’s love, mercy, compassion and Allah’s wrath, anger.

Three levels in prayer

lowest level – Only Faraid

second level – Sunnah(Rawatib) in addition to Faraid prayers.

Higher level – Nafil (Qiyam-al-Layl, Duha) in addition to Faraid and Rawatib prayers.

Key to success with Allah – Be consistent in worship.

This lecture was an eye opener for me. We, in this day and age think praying 3 or 4 times a day, giving away a little bit of money with lot of show-off is a very big thing we do. Whereas in reality 5 times a day Salah, Fasting in Ramadan, 2.5% Zakat are all the bare minimum.

We have to add much more to our worship plan(sunnah, nawafil, duas) and clear our intentions to be able to get closer to Allah (SWT)

Coming back to Allah – Part II

Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah . Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.”  13:28

After dabbling in a multitude of modern stuff like self help books and coaching series, I found there is something missing. Something which makes me feel shallow, even after all the confidence boosting, positive thinking, mind-tuning, vision creating exercises. Why can’t I feel complete. Why can’t I feel enough. After all, am I not everything. If I set my mind to it(visualize, affirm etc), I can get it, right. Then what is missing.

Does my spouse have anything to say. My friends, relatives? Do they have a right to say? If someone does not understand and support my goals/aspirations, I don’t care right. After all, what I say, think, believe and behave matters doesn’t it. Why do I feel bad then.

Oh yeah, here is the key.

Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah . Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” 13:28

(248 hadith found in ‘Good Manners and Form (Al-Adab)‘ of Sahih Bukhari)

Narrated Abu Aiyub Al-Ansari: A man said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Inform me of a deed which will make me enter Paradise.” The people said, “What is the matter with him? What is the matter with him?” Allah’s Apostle said, “He has something to ask (what he needs greatly).” The Prophet said (to him), (In order to enter Paradise) you should worship Allah and join none in worship with Him: You should offer prayers perfectly, give obligatory charity (Zakat), and keep good relations with your Kith and kin.” He then said, “Leave it!” (The sub-narrator said, “It seems that the Prophet was riding his she camel.” 

Narrated Jubair bin Mut’im: That he heard the Prophet saying, “The person who severs the bond of kinship will not enter Paradise.” 

When I reflect on these, yes, remembrance of Allah(SWT) fills me with the sense of contentment and happiness that no other self-help book can do. Remembrance of Allah(SWT) fills the void. The affection and togetherness of my people gives the gold coating on it. Allah(SWT) in his infinite wisdom gave this knowledge to us plain and straight forward. But humankind seems to have sworn to make things complex for itself, myself included.

It only gets better:

Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “Who ever is pleased that he be granted more wealth and that his lease of life be pro longed, then he should keep good relations with his Kith and kin.” 

Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah ‘s Apostle said, “Whoever loves that he be granted more wealth and that his lease of life be prolonged then he should keep good relations with his Kith and kin.” 

Coming back to Allah – part I

Assalam alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu

These are the days when I am wondering about “did it take one or two calamities to bring me back to Allah’s way?”. Though I am a born muslim and kind of prayed sincerely some days, missed out on prayer some days. Tried not to miss any Jumah Salah. I never really saw how much I was engrossed in worldly affairs until recently. And looking back, Alhamdulillah, as Allah promised, he gave a blow or two to my consciousness, before I came to realize the truth.

Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves. (3:186)

Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil); but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. (2:155)

I am grateful to Almighty Allah(SWT) for lifting up the screen from my heart and showing me the way. I pray to Allah to keep me on his path my entire life and let me not go astray ever again. Ameen.

“O Allah! Let our hearts never go astray after You have guided us to the right path; bestow upon us your mercy. You are The Most Generous.”

The incidents which were happening one after the another, I perceived them as calamities in my life. All of a sudden, I realized these are tests Allah is giving me, and my only recourse is to seek Allah and get closer to Allah.

I yearn to change my lifestyle to include more ibadah, more dhikr, more sunnah Alhamdulillah. I am working towards it and Insha’Allah Allah(SWT) will guide me.