Why Does Evil Still Occur in Ramadhan if the Devils Are Chained?

Al-Qurtubi (rahmatullahi alayh) states:

“If it is said: How is it that we see an abundance of evil and sins occurring in Ramadhan; if the devils were chained up this would not occur?

The response: They are only chained away from those who fast (correctly) fulfilling the conditions of the fast and being mindful of its etiquette.

Or it is said that those who are chained are some of the devils; i.e. the rebellious ones, and not all of them, as has been previously mentioned within some of the other narrations.

Or, it is said that what is intended is that evil is minimized in (Ramadhan); and this is something well-known. For the occurrence of that (evil/sins) is less within than it is in other months.

Hence, them all being chained up does not necessitate that evil or sins will not occur. For there are other reasons besides the devils which cause this; such as despicable souls and evil ways, as well as human devils.”

[By Ibn Hajr (rahmimahullah) in Fathul-Baari]

The Night of Power and What to do in it

We all know that Allah is merciful and bountiful, and He likes to forgive. Therefore, He provided us many opportunities to forgive, but one of them is most important, it is time of the night of power. The night of power is the time of decree. It is the time of destiny, it is time of revealetion of the Qur’an, Allah sent down the holy book in it. It is the single night worth a thousand month of reward in Islam as Allah said in the Holy Book: “We have indeed sent it down in the night of power. The night of power is better than a thousands months. The angels and spirits descend in it by the permission of your Lord for every affair. Peace! It is till the break of morning.”(Al-Qadr). It is the time to seek forgiveness. it is also called “Laylatul Qadr”. But the exact time of it isn’t known but it falls within the last ten days of Ramadan as the companion ‘Ubay ibn Ka’b (Radhiyallahu Anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) came out to inform us about it, but two Muslims were quarreling with each other, so the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “I came out to inform you but such and such persons were quarreling, so the news about it had been taken away; yet that might be for your own good, so search for it on 29th, 27th, 25th, 23th and 21th nights of Ramadan (Ibn Majah)

The companion Anas ibn Malik (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reported: “When  Ramadan approached, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “This month has come to you and in it, there is a night that is better than a thousands months, whoever is deprived of it, is deprived of its all goodness. And no one is deprived of its goodness except one who is truly deprived.” (ibn Majah). But there is question that what must to do in it?.  We should know it. Let’s take a look at best things to do during this night.

1. Take a break for Allah
We often get caught up in our daily lives with things like work, family and business. But during this night, we should totally dedicate ourselves to Allah and reap the blessings.

2. Stand for Prayer
It is time of seeking forgiveness, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “whoever stays up and prays on laylatul Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven (Muslim). Therefore, we should strive to stay up at least on numbered nights of the last 10 days. If we can’t manage that, then let’s pray at least on the 27th night, if one prays on all of the last odd numbered nights, then there is more of a chance that one may have caught this most powerfull night.

Here are some prayers.
• Two rak’ah Salaatut Tawbah
• Salaatut Tasbeeh according to one Hadith.
• Salatul wudhu (tahiyatul wudhu)
Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said to Bilal (Radhiyallahu Anhu): “Tell me about the best of your deeds since your embracing Islam, because I heard your footsteps in front of me in paradise. Bilal (Radhiyallahu Anhu) replied: “I don’t consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night and day,  and perform prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” (Muslim)

3. MAKE MUCH DUA’
We should be very busy in dua’ as much as we can . Allah the Almighty said in the Qur’an: “When the servants ask you concerning Me, Tell them, I am indeed close to them, I listen to every prayer when he calls on Me.” (2/186) and on another place (Hadith Qudsi), Allah said: “the most excellent worship is dua'” (Tirmidhi).

Therefore, ask Allah for every thing that they you need. Not just for yourself and family but for the people around the world who are suffering and getting hardship. But a special dua’ was informed by the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam): ‘Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anha) said: O Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)! What do you think, I should say in my supplication if I come upon Laylatul Qadr? he (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Say: “Allahumma innaka Afuwwun kareem tuhibbul Afwa fa’fu anni (O Allah! You are the Forgiver and loves to forgive, so forgive me!)

4. Recite and reflect on the Holy Qur’an
The recitation and reflection on the Qur’an during this night can also serve as a great means of worship worthy of blessed night, therefore, we should read the Qur’an, and when we get Chance, try to reflect on the Qur’an.

5. Remain in I’tikaaf
The best way of searching for the the blessed night is to remain in i’tikaaf for which both men and women can do. If it is not possible for the whole of ten days, then we should try to remain i’tikaaf for odd nights. If it is also not possible you can do niyyat of i’tikaaf when you enter the mosque.

6. DON’T WASTE TIME
We must make a firm intention that during this night, we will not take part in idle talk. There are 355 days in the year for all that, some ladies consider that this is time of shopping and waste these blessed nights. How can
they miss this night?! Who is to say that they will live to see the next Ramadan? Therefore,we should respect these nights.

7. MAKE INTENTION YOUR LIFE CHANGE
We should make necessary changes to improve ourselves as Muslims and what better time to make such changes than this night where we can change our lives forever. We must try to change and make firm commitment to Allah and may be that he will wipe off our sins until we become like new born babies INSHA ALLAH.

8. DON’T LOSE HOPE IN ALLAH۔
One of the most worst things we can do during this time is to lose hope in Allah. Remember! Allah wants to forgive you and opened the pathway to His Mercy and unlimited treasures for you. Therefore we must have firm belief that every thing we will get rewards and Allah accept every dua’.

9. Strive to gain Forgiveness
We should strive and do our utmost to gain the mercy of Allah in it. If we leave this night without gaining the mercy, then surely, we are the most unfortunate ones and are the biggest losers in this world.

10. Get your Family involved for Tahajjud and other act and deeds. Don’t forget to wake up your partner, parents and brothers to remind them to take part in these last ten days.

11. Offer Salah ‘Isha and Fajr in Congregation

Hadhrat Uthman bin ‘Affan (Radhiyallahu Anhu)reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) saying: “One who performs ‘Isha prayer in congregation is as if he has performed salah of half of the night, and one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation is as if he has performed salah of whole night.” (Muslim)

Imam Malik narrated that he had heard that Sa’id ibn Musayyib (rahimahullah) used to say: “Whoever is present at ‘Isha on laylatul Qadr, he has taken his portion from it. (Muwatta Malik)

Misconception is being spread that who will pray four Rak’at nafl in particular way in last Friday of Ramadan is equal to previous 700 salah that they were not offered. It is wrong and it is not established in the Hadith or Qur’an.

Conclusion
These are some of the things to do in the Night of Power.
In the end, May Allah give us Tawfiq to do so. Aameen!

Eligibility for Zakah (Hanbali)

Shaykh Abdus-Salaam ash-Shuway’ir al-Hanbali الله يحفظه recently explained in the “Book of Zakah” the verse speaking about obligatory charity:

“Zakah (Obligatory charity) are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect [zakah] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah . And Allah is Knowing and Wise.” (Tawbah: 60)

When explaining the difference between “Faqeer” (poor) and “Miskeen” (needy) he said that the affair revolves around whether one is *completely devoided of* or *deficient in* one of the following five:

1. Food and drink.

2. Clothing.

Some scholars say that the least amount needed is an outfit for summer and winter, while others say that the affair returns back to the custom due to the fiqh maxim: العادة محكمة

3. A place to live.

They should be given enough rent money that will suffice them for a year, and that it is appropriate for their family size. Ex: a family of 10 would not suffice with a one bedroom apartment.

4. The male who does not have enough money to become married and is fearful of falling into sin.

In this case, the amount of money given should suffice for a normal sensible priced dowry.

5. Everyday essentials one needs to live.

What is considered to be “everyday essentials” differs according to the custom, and it can range to different things. For example, if one is living in the desert and needs flock in order to live, then “saa’imah” can be given to him as Zakah.

The Shaykh mentioned that this includes Air Conditioners in extremely hot places like here in Makkah. Throughout the day, it becomes blazing hot without any exaggeration. It can reach 110-120+ degrees daily here. If there is someone without AC, or with a broken AC, then it is permissible to give Zakah money to that person to fulfill that need.

If one is completely devoided of one of the above mentioned, then he is considered to be a Faqeer.

If one is deficient in one of the five, then he is considered to be a Miskeen.

Due to this, the Faqeer is considered to be in more need than the Miskeen and that is expressed in the verse for those who ponder and reflect.

والله مستعان

The Concept of Zakat in Islam

[By Mufti Mohammad Nadeem uddin Qasmi]

Islam is the perfect and complete religion. And the religion of Peace and love, it emphasizes that Muslims should live in peace, love and harmony with each other. Therefore, the importance of the charity was mentioned many times in Qur’an and Hadith, and it was obliged on every Muslim those who are wealthy enough in the form of Zakat. We all should know about its importance, benefits and misconceptions about it.

THE MEANING OF ZAKAT

The Literal meaning of Zakat is: to grow and purify.

Zakat in the context of the Shariah means: A fixed amount of to be paid at a specified period to certain groups of people.

The Importance of Zakat

It is mentioned alongside Salah in 82 verses of the Qur’an. Allah the Almighty said: “those who collect and withhold the Zakat and don’t give the right of poor. O Prophet! Inform them of a bad agony (Tawbah 34)

It is third pillar of Islam, as the Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Islam is built on five pillars:

1. Bearing witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, and Mohammed (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is his servant and Messenger.

2 & 3. Performing Salah and Sawm

4. Paying Zakat

5. Performing Haj (Muslim)

Not only that but many times, the prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) emphasized on it:

• It is Narrated by Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallahu Anhu), the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “every day, the two angels come down from heaven, and one of them says: O Allah! Compensate every person who spends in your cause, and other says: Destroy every miser (Bukhari)

• Narrated by Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallahu Anhu): Allah’s apostle said: “who ever is made wealthy by Allah and does not pay the zakat of his wealth, then on the day of resurrection his wealth will be made like a bald headed poisonous male snake with two black spots over the eye, the snake will encircle his neck and bite his cheek and say “I am your wealth ,and I am your treasure. (Bukhari)

• Narrated by Abu Dhar (Radhiyallahu Anhu): Once I went to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and he said “By Allah in whose hands my life , whoever has camels or cows or sheeps and didn’t pay their zakat, those animals will be brought on the day of resurrection far bigger and fatter than before and they will trample him under their hooves and will poke him with their horns, when the last does its turn, the first will start again and this punishment will go on till Allah has finished the judgment among the people (Bukhari)

• Abu Bakr (Radhiyallahu Anhu) said “By Allah, if they pay me Zakat and withhold even which they used to pay during the life of Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) I will fight with them for it, ‘Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhu) said “it was nothing but Allah who opened Abu Bakr’s chest towards the decision to fight, and I came to know that his decision was right.” (Bukhari)

There are many evidence to show that the Muslim must pay zakat to take care of needy people around the world.

HOW MUCH WE COLLECT THE WEALTH FOR ZAKAT?

The usual amount donated is 2.5% of total cumulative wealth in one lunar year.

What is Purpose of Zakat?

• The purpose of zakat is to create in society and never let a poor and needy to suffer or die.

• The basic purpose of zakat is to maintain economic balance in society so that circulation of wealth continues from rich to poor and never stay in one hand. In this way, we can overcome poverty and other evils from our society.

THE BENEFITS OF ZAKAT

The benefits of Zakat apart from obligation, it has many spiritual and worldly benefits, some are as follows:

1. It makes one reaches rank of perfect believer, The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself. he generally loves his wealth, he should also love to give it to his needy brothers. By doing so he will have perfect faith .

2. It is one of the cause of entering the Paradise, this is because, the prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Paradise is for those who use soft speech, spread the greeting of the Islam, feed the people and spend the night in voluntary prayer while the peoples are a sleep.” (TIRMIDHI)

3. It is a salvation from the intense heat of the day of resurrection. The prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Every man will be the in the shade of his Charity on the day of Resurrection.”(AHMAD)

4. It wards off an unpleasant death (TIRMIDHI)

5. It brings a servant close to his lord and increase his faith .

6. Allah removes the minor sins by giving Zakat as the prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallan) said giving charity wipes away sins just as water extinguishes the fire .

7. It helps in purification of the heart .

8. It helps Muslims to follow the honorable faith .

9. It helps in reducing the poverty from the society

10. Most important benefit of zakat is purification of halal money.

11. It cleans one’s character from being miser.

12. It makes Islamic society a single family in which rich helps the poor.

13. Sacrificing beloved thing (wealth and life etc) on the command of Allah and Prophet and obeying them.

Who is eligible to receive Zakat?

There are eight categories of people eligible to receive zakat they have been specified in the the Quran:

• Zakat is for the poor

• For miskin whose basic needs are met but their income does not take care of other important needs.

• For distributers and collectors of zakat .

• Muallaf: to come closer one who recently become Muslim.

• Riqab: one who wants to free himself from the bondage and shackles of slavery

• Gharimin: one who is in debt.

• Fi-Sabilillah: one who fights for cause of Allah.

• Ibnus sabil: one who is stranded in journey.

Misconceptions about Zakat

1. People often think that zakat is only to be paid in the month of Ramadan. it is not correct. Although, Ramadan is the month of blessings but after lapse of Islamic year zakat must be paid , whether it is month of Ramazan or any other month.

2. Another misconception is that it is only liable for gold or silver. it is wrong. The gold and silver are mentioned in the Qur’an and Hadith as a standard of a unit of measurement, therefore anything , whether it is cash, silver property or other assets worth the same amount as the gold mentioned by Islam is liable for Zakat.

Another misconception is that some people are making noise that the madaris are not liable to receive and be given zakat, it is only right of poor. This  is incorrect, because many poor and needy students study in it. And Islamic teachings are published and studied day and night. Those who are against madaris, they should think and imagine about themselves, they are going against Islamic teachings.

Conclusion

We all Muslims must pay Zakat in every year and in this way we can eradicate poverty from our society. In the era of caliph Umar bin Abdul Aziz (Rahmatullahi Alayh), it is said that the Zakat distributers travelled far and wide, but were unable to find anybody poor enough to receive the Zakat. This shows the true power of Zakat, therefore we must pay Zakat. May Allah give us tawfeeq. Aameen!

SEARCH for the Night of LAILATUL-QADR

Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu `anhu) narrated that the Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Whoever stands (in qiyaam) in Laylat ul-Qadr [and it is facilitated for him] out of faith and expectation (of Allah’s reward), will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim; the addition “and it is facilitated for him” is recorded by Ahmad from the report of `Ubaadah Bin as-Samit; it means that he is permitted to be among the sincere worshippers during that blessed night.]

 ﻣﻦ ﻗﺎﻡ ﻟﻴﻠﺔ ﺍﻟﻘﺪﺭ ‏[ ﺛﻢ ﻭﻓﻘﺖ ﻟﻪ ‏] , ﺇﻳﻤﺎﻧﺎ ﻭﺍﺣﺘﺴﺎﺑﺎ , ﻏﻔﺮ ﻟﻪ ﻣﺎ ﺗﻘﺪﻡ ﻣﻦ ﺫﻧﺒﻪ ‏
ﺭﻭﺍﻩ ﺍﻟﺒﺨﺎﺭﻱ ﻭﻣﺴﻠﻢ ﻭﺍﻹﻣﺎﻡ ﺃﺣﻤﺪ ﻭﺍﻟﺰﻳﺎﺩﺓﻟﻪ

MAKING SUPPLICATIONS (Duaa)

It is also recommended to make extensive supplication on this night.

`A’ishah (radhiallahu `anha) reported that she asked Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam),

“O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?”

And he instructed her to say:

“ALLAHUMMA INNAKA `AFUWWUN TUH.IBBUL `AFWA FA`FU `ANNEE

(O ALLAH! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me).”* [Recorded by Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmizi]

 ﻗﻠﺖ ﻳﺎ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺃﺭﺃﻳﺖ ﺇﻥ ﻋﻠﻤﺖ ﺃﻱ ﻟﻴﻠﺔ ﻟﻴﻠﺔ ﺍﻟﻘﺪﺭ ﻣﺎ ﺃﻗﻮﻝ ﻓﻴﻬﺎ ﻗﺎﻝ ﻗﻮﻟﻲ ﺍﻟﻠﻬﻢ ﺇﻧﻚ ﻋﻔﻮ ﻛﺮﻳﻢ ﺗﺤﺐ ﺍﻟﻌﻔﻮ ﻓﺎﻋﻒ ﻋﻨﻲ ‏
ﺭﻭﺍﻩ ﺃﺣﻤﺪ، ﺍﺑﻦ ﻣﺎﺟﻪ، ﺍﻟﺘﺮﻣﺬﻱ ﻭﺻﺤﺤﻪ ﺍﻷﻟﺒﺎﻧﻲ

ABANDONING WORLDLY PLEASURES FOR THE SAKE OF WORSHIP

It is further recommended to spend more time in worship during the nights on which *Laylat ul-Qadr* is likely to be.

This calls for abandoning many worldly pleasures in order to secure the time and thoughts solely for worshipping Allah. `A’ishah (radhiallahu `anha) reported:

“When the (last) ten started, the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) would tighten his izaar (i.e. he stayed away from his wives in order to have more time for worship), spend the whole night awake (in prayer), and wake up his family.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

 ﻛﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﻨﺒﻲ ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ ﺇﺫﺍ ﺩﺧﻞ ﺍﻟﻌﺸﺮ ﺷﺪ ﻣﺌﺰﺭﻩ ، ﻭﺃﺣﻴﺎ ﻟﻴﻠﻪ ، ﻭﺃﻳﻘﻆ ﺃﻫﻠﻪ ‏
ﺭﻭﺍﻩ ﺍﻟﺒﺨﺎﺭﻱ ﻭﻣﺴﻠﻢ

And she said: “Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) used to exert more (in worship) on the last ten than on other nights.” [Muslim]

An Urgent Call Regarding the Plight of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari

All praise belongs to Allah, and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad and His family.

Peace and mercy be upon you:

It is with great concern and perturbation that we have received unconfirmed reports regarding the imminent execution of Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari.

Islam teaches us that life is a blessing from Allah. Those who seek to deprive someone of this blessing without a clearly sanctioned religious basis have committed an act that God deems atrocious and a mighty sin: If anyone kills a believer deliberately, the punishment for him is Hell, and there he will remain: Allah is angry with him, and rejects him, and has prepared a tremendous torment for him.(Qur’an, 4:93)

The Inviolability of the Believer

The Prophet ﷺ and his Companions viewed the life, wealth, and honor of all who uttered the testimony of faith (shahada) as inviolable. They took immense care not to impede on these basic rights even in the context of enacting punishments.

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Avoid applying punishments as long as you are able to find an excuse to avert them,” (Sunan Ibn Majah) and Ibn Masʿud stated, “Avoid flogging and applying the death penalty upon people as much as you can.” (Sunan al-Kubra)

Indeed, the sanctity of the believer was so great in the eyes of the Prophet ﷺ that he deemed the destruction of the world as a lighter affair than the killing of even a single Muslim. (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

Similarly, the early Muslims (salaf) would remark when gazing upon the Kaʿba, “The inviolability of a believer is greater with Allah than your inviolability.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi) There are few statements one can imagine as emphatic as these in affirmation of the rank of the believer.

A Call for Clemency

In light of the guidance of the Prophet ﷺ and the gravity of depriving a Muslim of the fundamental rights granted to him or her by Islam, we urge the authorities in question to immediately cease any plans to execute Shaykh Salman al-Ouda, Shaykh Awad al-Qarni, and Dr. Ali al-Omari in the immediate or distant future.

We urge those in the leadership to grant them clemency in this blessed month of Ramadan.

It is our firm belief that the actions of these scholars do not in any way justify the appalling treatment they have been subjected to over the past year and more. We make this call in the spirit of providing sincere counsel, realizing our role as scholars duty-bound to the expression of truth, and recognizing that each of us will be held accountable for our actions in the next life where oppression will be nothing but darkness leading to perdition.

And Allah is in the aid of His oppressed servants. May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon His Prophet.

Ramadan 17th, 1440

May 22nd, 2019

Drafted by (Shaykh) Salman Younas

Tasbeeh Faatimi

“Sale! All Items Reduced up to 50%!

How many people are there who after seeing the above advertisement, will be able to resist the temptation of embarking on a shopping spree? Even if a person does not really need to buy anything, he will still visit the store to window shop, justifying his action by saying, “Perhaps I will find something on sale that I don’t need now but may possibly need in the future. By buying it now, I will save on the price that I would have paid later on when I needed the item.” Further, if we learn of a sale that we missed, or if the sale item that we wanted is sold out, we feel disappointed and feel that we missed out.

While many people have this attitude and mindset of progressing and constantly benefiting, the reality is that we tend to adopt this mindset only in avenues related to our material benefit, not in avenues of Deeni benefit.

The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), on the other hand, had an insatiable thirst for progressing and benefiting in Deen. Hence, those Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who were not blessed with wealth once came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and complained that the wealthy Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) had surpassed them. On account of their wealth, they were able to carry out both non-monetary ‘ibaadah and monetary ‘ibaadah. Hence, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who were not wealthy felt that they were missing out, being left behind and were unable to keep up with the wealthy Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).

In reply, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Shall I not teach you something through which you will catch up with those who have surpassed you and you will surpass those who are behind you, and nobody will be more virtuous than you besides the person who does as you do (i.e. he also carries out this action)?” When the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) replied in the affirmative, expressing their eagerness to learn this action, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) taught them Tasbeeh Faatimi and instructed them to recite it after every salaah. (Saheeh Muslim #595)

This action is such that it has no cost and requires very little time and effort. Yet, its rewards are such that the person who adheres to this action will surpass all others, unless they carry out this action as well. Why should we be left out?

Let us adopt the mindset of improving our Deen and start by striving to bring the Tasbeeh Faatimi alive. The value of the few moments that it will take us to recite this Tasbeeh will only be realized on the Day of Qiyaamah, when we see how Allah Ta‘ala has allowed us to progress and surpass those who did not recite this Tasbeeh after every salaah.

Note: Tasbeeh Faatimi is to recite ‘Subhaanallah’ thirty three times, ‘Alhamdulillah’ thirty three times and finally, ‘Allahu Akbar’ thirty four times (completing one hundred).

Ramadan – The Month of Dua’

Here are some etiquettes of dua to increase your chances of it being accepted .

Remember that Allaah loves to be asked, and He encourages that in all things. He is angry with the one who does not ask of Him and He encourages His slaves to ask of Him. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And your Lord said: “Invoke Me [i.e. believe in My Oneness (Islamic Monotheism) and ask Me for anything] I will respond to your (invocation)”

[Ghaafir 40:60]

Du’aa’ is very important in Islam, so much so that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Du’aa’ is worship.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3372; Abu Dawood, 1479; Ibn Maajah, 3828; Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2590.

The etiquette of du’aa’:

1 – The one who is making du’aa’ should believe in Tawheed with regard to the divinity, Lordship, names and attributes of Allaah. His heart should be filled with Tawheed.

Dua cannot be directed to an idol , a dead or an alive person – no matter how pious he may be .

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright”

[al-Baqarah 2:186]

2 – Sincerity towards Allaah alone in making du’aa’. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And they were commanded not, but that they should worship Allaah, and worship none but Him Alone (abstaining from ascribing partners to Him)”

[al-Bayyinah 98:5]

Du’aa’ is worship, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, so sincerity (ikhlaas) is a condition of its being accepted.

Don’t make dua with a wandering mind or a careless attitude .

3 – We should ask of Allaah by His most beautiful names. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allaah, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who belie or deny (or utter impious speech against) His Names”

[al-A’raaf 7:180]

4 – We should praise Allaah as He deserves before we call upon Him.

Al-Tirmidhi (3476) narrated that Fadaalah ibn ‘Ubayd (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: Whilst the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was sitting, a man came in and prayed and said, “O Allaah, forgive me and have mercy on me.” The Messenger of Allaah (S) said, “You have been too hasty, O worshipper. When you have prayed and are sitting, praise Allaah as He deserves to be praised, and send blessings upon me, then call upon Him.”

According to another version (3477): “When one of you prays, let him start with praise of Allaah, then let him send blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), then let him ask whatever he likes after that.”

Then another man prayed after that, and he praised Allaah and sent blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “O worshipper, ask and you will be answered.” Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2765, 2767.

5 – Sending blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Every du’aa’ is kept back until you send blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).” Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Awsat, 1/220;

6 – Facing towards the qiblah.

Muslim (1763) narrated that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: On the day of Badr, the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) looked at the mushrikeen, who were one thousand strong, and his companions numbered three hundred and nineteen. Then the Prophet of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) turned to face the qiblah, then he stretched forth his hands and started to cry out to his Lord:

“O Allaah, grant me what You have promised me, O Allaah, give me what You have promised me. O Allaah, if this small band of Muslims perishes, You will not be worshipped on earth.” He kept on crying out to his Lord, stretching forth his hands, facing towards the qiblah, until his cloak fell from his shoulders…

al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Sharh Muslim: This shows that it is mustahabb to face towards the qiblah when making du’aa’, and to raise the hands.

7 – Raising the hands.

Abu Dawood (1488) narrated that Salmaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Your Lord, may He be blessed and exalted, is Kind and Most Generous, and He is too kind to let His slave, if he raises his hands to Him, bring them back empty.” Abi Dawood, 1320.

The palm of the hand should be raised heavenwards, in the manner of a humble beggar who hopes to be given something.

Abu Dawood (1486) narrated from Maalik ibn Yasaar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When you ask of Allaah, ask of Him with the palms of your hands, not with the backs of them.” Abi Dawood, 1318.

8 – Having certain faith that Allaah will respond, and focusing with proper presence of mind,

because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Call upon Allaah when you are certain of a response, and remember that Allaah will not answer a du’aa’ that comes from a negligent and heedless heart.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3479;

9 – Asking frequently.

A person should ask his Lord for whatever he wants of the good things in this world and the Hereafter, and he should beseech Allaah in du’aa’, and not seek a hasty response, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The slave will receive a response so long as his du’aa’ does not involve sin or severing of family ties, and so long as he is not hasty.” It was said, “What does being hasty mean?” He said: “When he says, ‘I made du’aa’ and I made du’aa’, and I have not seen any response,’ and he gets frustrated and stops making du’aa’.” Narrated by al-Bukahari, 6340; Muslim, 2735.

10. He should be firm in his du’aa’,

because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No one of you should say, ‘O Allaah, forgive me if You wish, O Allaah, have mercy on me if You wish’; he should be firm in his asking, for Allaah cannot be compelled.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6339; Muslim, 2679.

11 – Beseeching, humility, hope and fear. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret”

[al-A’raaf 7:55]

“Verily, they used to hasten on to do good deeds, and they used to call on Us with hope and fear, and used to humble themselves before Us”

[al-Anbiya’ 21:60]

“And remember your Lord within yourself, humbly and with fear and without loudness in words in the mornings and in the afternoons”

[al-A’raaf 7:205]

12 – Saying du’aa’s three times.

Al-Bukhaari (240) and Muslim (1794) narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “Whilst the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was praying at the Ka’bah, Abu Jahl and his companions were sitting nearby.

They had slaughtered a camel the previous day, and Abu Jahl said: “Which of you will go and get the abdominal contents of the camel of Banu So and so and put it on the back of Muhammad when he prostrates?” The worst of the people went and got it, and when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) prostrated, he placed it between his shoulders. They started laughing, leaning against one another.

I was standing there watching, and if I had had any power, I would have lifted it from the back of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) remained in prostration, not lifting his head, until someone went and told Faatimah.

She came with Juwayriyah, and lifted it from him, then she turned to them and rebuked them. When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had finished his prayer, he raised his voice and prayed against them – and when he made du’aa’ or asked of Allaah he would repeat it three times – and he said: “O Allaah, punish Quraysh” three times. When they heard his voice, they stopped laughing and were afraid because of his du’aa’.

Then he said, “O Allaah, punish Abu Jahl ibn Hishaam, ‘Utbah ibn Rabee’ah, Shaybah ibn Rabee’ah, al-Waleed ibn ‘Uqbah, Umayyah ibn Khalaf and ‘Uqbah ibn Abu Mu’ayt,” and he mentioned the seventh but I cannot remember who it was. By the One Who sent Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) with the truth, I saw those whom he had named slain on the day of Badr, then they were dragged and thrown into the well, the well of Badr.

13 – Ensuring that one’s food and clothing are halaal.

Muslim (1015) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “O people, Allaah is Good and does not accept anything but that which is good. Allaah enjoins upon the believers the same as He enjoined upon the Messengers. He says (interpretation of the meaning):

‘O (you) Messengers! Eat of the Tayyibaat [all kinds of Halaal (lawful) foods which Allaah has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables, fruits)] and do righteous deeds. Verily, I am Well‑Acquainted with what you do’

[al-Mu’minoon 23:51]

‘O you who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah — Islamic Monotheism)! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you with’

[al-Baqarah 2:172]

Then he mentioned a man who travels for a long distance and is disheveled and dusty, and he stretches forth his hands towards heaven saying, ‘O Lord, O Lord,’ but his food is haraam, his drink is haraam, his clothing is haraam, he has been nourished with haraam, so how can he be responded to?

Ibn Rajab (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Ensuring that one’s food, drink and clothing are halaal, and that one is nourished with halaal, is a means of having one’s du’aa’ answered. End quote.

14 – Saying du’aa’ silently and not out loud. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret”

[al-A’raaf 7:55]

And Allaah praised His slave Zakariyyah (peace be upon him) by saying (interpretation of the meaning):

“When he called to his Lord (Allaah) a call in secret”

[Maryam 19:3]

MAY ALLAH ACCEPT ALL OF YOUR DUAS – AMEEN .

PRAY FOR THE BLEEDING UMMAT TOO AS THE DISBELIEVERS HAVE LAID SIEGE TO ISLAM

The Story of Qarun

Source : Tafsir Ibn Kathir – (Al-Qasas, 76-84)

(76. Verily, Qarun was of Musa’s people, but he behaved arrogantly towards them. And We gave him of the treasures, that of which the keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men. Remember when his people said to him: “Do not exult. Verily, Allah likes not those who exult.”) (77. “But seek, with that which Allah has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter, and forget not your portion of lawful enjoyment in this world; and be generous as Allah has been generous to you, and seek not mischief in the land. Verily, Allah likes not the mischief-makers.”)

Qarun and His People’s exhortation

It was recorded that Ibn `Abbas said:

﴿إِنَّ قَـرُونَ كَانَ مِن قَوْمِ مُوسَى﴾

(Verily, Qarun was of Musa’s people,) “He was the son of his paternal uncle.” This was also the view of Ibrahim An-Nakha`i, `Abdullah bin Al-Harith bin Nawfal, Sammak bin Harb, Qatadah, Malik bin Dinar, Ibn Jurayj and others; they all said that he was the cousin of Musa, peace be upon him. Ibn Jurayj said: “He was Qarun bin Yashar bin Qahith, and Musa was the son of `Imran bin Qahith.

﴿وَءَاتَيْنَاهُ مِنَ الْكُنُوزِ﴾

(And We gave him of the treasures,) meaning, of wealth;

﴿مَآ إِنَّ مَفَاتِحَهُ لَتَنُوأُ بِالْعُصْبَةِ أُوْلِى الْقُوَّةِ﴾

(that of which the keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men.) Groups of strong men would not have been able to carry them because they were so many. Al-A`mash narrated from Khaythamah, “The keys of Qarun’s treasure were made of leather, each key like a finger, and each key was for a separate storeroom. When he rode anywhere, the keys would be carried on sixty mules with white blazes on their foreheads and white feet.” Other views were also given, and Allah knows best.

﴿إِذْ قَالَ لَهُ قَوْمُهُ لاَ تَفْرَحْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْفَرِحِينَ﴾

(Remember when his people said to him: “Do not exult. Verily, Allah likes not those who exult.”) means, the righteous ones among his people exhorted him. By way of sincere advice and guidance, they said: “Do not exult in what you have,” meaning, `do not be arrogant and proud of your wealth.’

﴿إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْفَرِحِينَ﴾

(Verily, Allah likes not those who exult.) Ibn `Abbas said, “This means, those who rejoice and gloat.” Mujahid said, “It means those who are insolent and reckless, and do not thank Allah for what He has given them.” His saying:

﴿وَابْتَغِ فِيمَآ ءَاتَاكَ اللَّهُ الدَّارَ الاٌّخِرَةَ وَلاَ تَنسَ نَصِيبَكَ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا﴾

(But seek, with that which Allah has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter, and forget not your portion of lawful enjoyment in this world;) means, `use this great wealth and immense blessing Allah has given you to worship your Lord and draw closer to Him by doing a variety of good deeds which will earn you reward in this world and the Hereafter.’

﴿وَلاَ تَنسَ نَصِيبَكَ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا﴾

(and forget not your portion of lawful enjoyment in this world;) `That which Allah has permitted of food, drink, clothing, dwelling places and women. Your Lord has rights over you, your self has rights over you, your family has rights over you, and your visitors have rights over you. So give each of them their due.’

﴿وَأَحْسِن كَمَآ أَحْسَنَ اللَّهُ إِلَيْكَ﴾

(and be generous as Allah has been generous to you, ) `Be generous to His creatures, as He has been generous to you.’

﴿وَلاَ تَبْغِ الْفَسَادَ فِى الاٌّرْضِ﴾

(and seek not mischief in the land.) meaning: `do not let your aim be to spread corruption on earth and do harm to Allah’s creation.’

﴿إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُفْسِدِينَ﴾

(Verily, Allah likes not the mischief-makers.)

﴿قَالَ إِنَّمَآ أُوتِيتُهُ عَلَى عِلْمٍ عِندِى أَوَلَمْ يَعْلَمْ أَنَّ اللَّهَ قَدْ أَهْلَكَ مِن قَبْلِهِ مِنَ الْقُرُونِ مَنْ هُوَ أَشَدُّ مِنْهُ قُوَّةً وَأَكْثَرُ جَمْعاً وَلاَ يُسْأَلُ عَن ذُنُوبِهِمُ الْمُجْرِمُونَ ﴾

(78. He said: “This has been given to me only because of the knowledge I possess.” Did he not know that Allah had destroyed before him generations, men who were stronger than him in might and greater in the amount they had collected But the criminals will not be questioned of their sins.)

Allah informs us how Qarun responded to the exhortations of his people when they sought to guide him

﴿قَالَ إِنَّمَآ أُوتِيتُهُ عَلَى عِلْمٍ عِندِى﴾

(He said: “This has been given to me only because of the knowledge I possess.”) meaning, `I have no need of your advice; Allah has only given me this wealth because He knows that I deserve it and because He loves me. ‘ In other words: `He has given it to me because He knows that I am fit for this.’ This is like the Ayat:

﴿فَإِذَا مَسَّ الإِنسَـنَ ضُرٌّ دَعَانَا ثُمَّ إِذَا خَوَّلْنَـهُ نِعْمَةً مِّنَّا قَالَ إِنَّمَآ أُوتِيتُهُ عَلَى عِلْمٍ﴾

(When harm touches man, he calls upon Us; then when We have changed it into a favor from Us, he says: “Only because of knowledge I obtained it.”) (39:49) An alternative interpretation of this Ayah says that the meaning is: “Only because of what Allah knows about me did I obtain this favor.” This is like His saying:

﴿وَلَئِنْ أَذَقْنَـهُ رَحْمَةً مِّنَّا مِن بَعْدِ ضَرَّآءَ مَسَّتْهُ لَيَقُولَنَّ هَـذَا لِى﴾

(And truly, if We give him a taste of mercy from Us, after some adversity has touched him, he is sure to say: “This is from me.”) (41:50) meaning, “I deserved it.” Imam `Abdur-Rahman bin Zayd bin Aslam explained this Ayah very well. Concerning the phrase,

﴿قَالَ إِنَّمَآ أُوتِيتُهُ عَلَى عِلْمٍ عِندِى﴾

(He said: “This has been given to me only because of the knowledge I possess.”) He said: “Were it not for the fact that Allah is pleased with me and knows my virtue, He would not have given me this wealth.” And He said:

﴿أَوَلَمْ يَعْلَمْ أَنَّ اللَّهَ قَدْ أَهْلَكَ مِن قَبْلِهِ مِنَ الْقُرُونِ مَنْ هُوَ أَشَدُّ مِنْهُ قُوَّةً وَأَكْثَرُ جَمْعاً﴾

(Did he not know that Allah had destroyed before him generations, men who were stronger than him in might and greater in the amount they had collected) This is what those who have little knowledge say when they see a person whom Allah has granted a lot of wealth; they say that if he did not deserve it, Allah would not have given it to him.

﴿فَخَرَجَ عَلَى قَوْمِهِ فِى زِينَتِهِ قَالَ الَّذِينَ يُرِيدُونَ الْحَيَوةَ الدُّنْيَا يلَيْتَ لَنَا مِثْلَ مَآ أُوتِىَ قَـرُونُ إِنَّهُ لَذُو حَظٍّ عَظِيمٍ – وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْعِلْمَ وَيْلَكُمْ ثَوَابُ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ لِّمَنْ ءَامَنَ وَعَمِلَ صَـلِحاً وَلاَ يُلَقَّاهَآ إِلاَّ الصَّـبِرُونَ ﴾

(79. So, he went forth before his people in his finery. Those who were desirous of the life of the world, said: “Ah, would that we had the like of what Qarun has been given! Verily, he is the owner of a great fortune.”) (80. But those who had been given knowledge said: “Woe to you! The reward of Allah is better for those who believe and do righteous deeds, and this none shall attain except the patient.”)

How Qarun went forth in His Finery, and His People’s Comments

Allah tells us how Qarun went forth one day before his people with his magnificent regalia; wearing his fine clothes, accompanied by his fine horses, his servants and retinue. When those whose desires and inclinations were for the world saw his adornments and splendor, they wished that they could have the same as he had been given, and said:

﴿يلَيْتَ لَنَا مِثْلَ مَآ أُوتِىَ قَـرُونُ إِنَّهُ لَذُو حَظٍّ عَظِيمٍ﴾

(Ah, would that we had the like of what Qarun has been given! Verily, he is the owner of a great fortune.) meaning, `he is very lucky and has a great share in this world.’ When the people of beneficial knowledge heard this, they said to them:

﴿وَيْلَكُمْ ثَوَابُ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ لِّمَنْ ءَامَنَ وَعَمِلَ صَـلِحاً﴾

(Woe to you! The reward of Allah is better for those who believe and do righteous deeds,) `Allah’s reward to His believing, righteous servants in the Hereafter is better than what you see,’ as is reported in the authentic Hadith:

«يَقُولُ اللهُ تَعَالَى: أَعْدَدْتُ لِعِبَادِي الصَّالِحِينَ مَا لَا عَيْنٌ رَأَتْ وَلَا أُذُنٌ سَمِعَتْ وَلَا خَطَرَ عَلَى قَلْبِ بَشَرٍ وَاقْرَءُوا إِنْ شِئْتُمْ:

﴿فَلاَ تَعْلَمُ نَفْسٌ مَّآ أُخْفِىَ لَهُم مِّن قُرَّةِ أَعْيُنٍ جَزَآءً بِمَا كَانُواْ يَعْمَلُونَ ﴾

(Allah has prepared for His righteous servants what no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and the heart of a human cannot comprehend. Recite, if you wish: (No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.)) (32:17).

﴿وَلاَ يُلَقَّاهَآ إِلاَّ الصَّـبِرُونَ﴾

(and this none shall attain except the patient.) As-Suddi said: “None shall reach Paradise except for the patient” — as if this were the completion of the statement made by the people of knowledge. Ibn Jarir said, “This applies only to those who patiently forsake the love of this world, seeking the Hereafter. It is as if this is part of what the people of knowledge said, but it is made part of the Words of Allah, stating this fact.”

﴿فَخَسَفْنَا بِهِ وَبِدَارِهِ الاٌّرْضَ فَمَا كَانَ لَهُ مِن فِئَةٍ يَنصُرُونَهُ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ الْمُنتَصِرِينَ – وَأَصْبَحَ الَّذِينَ تَمَنَّوْاْ مَكَانَهُ بِالاٌّمْسِ يَقُولُونَ وَيْكَأَنَّ اللَّهَ يَبْسُطُ الرِّزْقَ لِمَن يَشَآءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ وَيَقْدِرُ لَوْلا أَن مَّنَّ اللَّهُ عَلَيْنَا لَخَسَفَ بِنَا وَيْكَأَنَّهُ لاَ يُفْلِحُ الْكَـفِرُونَ ﴾

(81. So, We caused the earth to swallow him and his dwelling place. Then he had no group to help him against Allah, nor was he one of those who could save themselves.) (82. And those who desired his position the day before, began to say: “Know you not that it is Allah Who expands the provision or restricts it to whomsoever He pleases of His servants. Had it not been that Allah was Gracious to us, He could have caused the earth to swallow us up! Know you not that the disbelievers will never be successful.”)

How Qarun and His Dwelling Place were swallowed up by the Earth

After telling us about Qarun’s conceit and pride in his adornments, and how he was arrogant towards his people and transgressed against them, Allah then tells us how he and his dwelling place were swallowed up by the earth. This was also reported in the Sahih by Al-Bukhari from Salim, who said that his father told him that the Messenger of Allah said:

«بَيْنَمَا رَجُلٌ يَجُرُّ إِزَارَهُ إِذْ خُسِفَ بِهِ، فَهُوَ يَتَجَلْجَلُ فِي الْأَرْضِ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَة»

(While a man was dragging his lower garment, he was swallowed up and he will remain sinking down into the earth until the Day of Resurrection.) He also recorded something similar from Salim from Abu Hurayrah from the Prophet . Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Sa`id said, “The Messenger of Allah said:

«بَيْنَمَا رَجُلٌ فِيمَنْ كَانَ قَبْلَكُمْ خَرَجَ فِي بُرْدَيْنِ أَخْضَرَيْنِ يَخْتَالُ فِيهِمَا، أَمَرَ اللهُ الْأَرْضَ فَأَخَذَتْهُ، فَإِنَّهُ لَيَتَجَلْجَلُ فِيهَا إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَة»

(When a man among the people who came before you went out wearing two green garments, walking proudly and arrogantly, Allah commanded the earth to swallow him up, and he will remain sinking down into it until the Day of Resurrection.) This version was recorded only by Ahmad, and its chain of narration is Hasan (sound).

﴿فَمَا كَانَ لَهُ مِن فِئَةٍ يَنصُرُونَهُ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ الْمُنتَصِرِينَ﴾

(Then he had no group to help him against Allah, nor was he one of those who could save themselves.) means, his wealth, group, servants and retinue were of no avail to him; they could not protect him from the wrath and vengeance of Allah. Nor could he help himself or save himself. There was no one to help him, neither himself nor anybody else.

His People learned a Lesson from Him being swallowed up

Allah’s saying:

﴿وَأَصْبَحَ الَّذِينَ تَمَنَّوْاْ مَكَانَهُ بِالاٌّمْسِ﴾

(And those who had desired his position the day before,) means, those witnessed him with his finery and said:

﴿قَالَ الَّذِينَ يُرِيدُونَ الْحَيَوةَ الدُّنْيَا يلَيْتَ لَنَا مِثْلَ مَآ أُوتِىَ قَـرُونُ إِنَّهُ لَذُو حَظٍّ عَظِيمٍ﴾

(Those who were desirous of the life of the world, said: “Ah, would that we had the like of what Qarun has been given! Verily, he is the owner of a great fortune.”) When he was swallowed up in the earth, they began to say:

﴿وَيْكَأَنَّ اللَّهَ يَبْسُطُ الرِّزْقَ لِمَن يَشَآءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ وَيَقْدِرُ﴾

(Know you not that it is Allah Who expands the provision or restricts it to whomsoever He pleases of His servants.) Wealth does not indicate that Allah is pleased with its owner, for Allah gives and withholds, allows times of difficulty and times of ease, raises and lowers, His is the most complete wisdom and most convincing proof. According to a Hadith narrated by Ibn Mas`ud,

«إِنَّ اللهَ قَسَمَ بَيْنَكُمْ أَخْلَاقَكُمْ كَمَا قَسَمَ أَرْزَاقَكُمْ، وَإِنَّ اللهَ يُعْطِي الْمَالَ مَنْ يُحِبُّ وَمَنْ لَا يُحِبُّ، وَلَا يُعْطِي الْإِيمَانَ إِلَّا مَنْ يُحِب»

(Allah has alloted character among you just as He has alloted your provision. Allah gives wealth to those whom He loves and those whom He does not love, but He gives Faith only to those whom He loves.)

﴿لَوْلا أَن مَّنَّ اللَّهُ عَلَيْنَا لَخَسَفَ بِنَا﴾

(Had it not been that Allah was Gracious to us, He could have caused the earth to swallow us up!) meaning, `were it not for the kindness and grace of Allah towards us, we could have been swallowed up by the earth just as he was swallowed up, because we wanted to be like him.’

﴿وَيْكَأَنَّهُ لاَ يُفْلِحُ الْكَـفِرُونَ﴾

(Know you not that the disbelievers will never be successful.) He was a disbeliever, and the disbelievers will never be successful before Allah in this world or in the Hereafter.

﴿تِلْكَ الدَّارُ الاٌّخِرَةُ نَجْعَلُهَا لِلَّذِينَ لاَ يُرِيدُونَ عُلُوّاً فِى الاٌّرْضِ وَلاَ فَسَاداً وَالْعَـقِبَةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ ﴾

﴿مَن جَآءَ بِالْحَسَنَةِ فَلَهُ خَيْرٌ مِّنْهَا وَمَن جَآءَ بِالسَّيِّئَةِ فَلاَ يُجْزَى الَّذِينَ عَمِلُواْ السَّيِّئَاتِ إِلاَّ مَا كَانُواْ يَعْمَلُونَ ﴾

(83. That is the home of the Hereafter, We shall assign to those who do not want to exalt themselves in the land nor cause corruption. And the good end is for those who have Taqwa.) (84. Whosoever brings good, he shall have the better thereof; and whosoever brings evil, then those who do evil deeds will only be requited for what they used to do.)

The Blessings of the Hereafter for the humble Believers

Allah tells us that He has made the home of the Hereafter, and its eternal delights which will never change or fade away, for His believing, humble servants who do not rebel against the truth with pride and oppression in the land. They do not exalt themselves above the creatures of Allah, arrogantly oppressing them and spreading corruption among them. `Ikrimah said that this phrase referred to haughtiness and arrogance. Ibn Jurayj said:

﴿لاَ يُرِيدُونَ عُلُوّاً فِى الاٌّرْضِ﴾

(those who do not want to exalt themselves in the land) “Arrogance and tyranny,

﴿وَلاَ فَسَاداً﴾

(nor cause corruption) committing sins.” Ibn Jarir recorded that `Ali said, “If a man wants the straps of his sandals to be better than the straps of his companion’s sandals, then he is one of those referred to in the Ayah,

﴿تِلْكَ الدَّارُ الاٌّخِرَةُ نَجْعَلُهَا لِلَّذِينَ لاَ يُرِيدُونَ عُلُوّاً فِى الاٌّرْضِ وَلاَ فَسَاداً وَالْعَـقِبَةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ ﴾

(That is the home of the Hereafter, We shall assign to those who do not want to exalt themselves in the land nor cause corruption. And the good end is for those who have Taqwa.) This is understood to mean that if his intention is to show off and appear better than others, then that is to be condemned, as it was reported in the Sahih that the Prophet said:

«إِنَّهُ أُوحِيَ إِلَيَّ أَنْ تَوَاضَعُوا حَتَّى لَا يَفْخَرَ أَحَدٌ عَلَى أَحَدٍ وَلَا يَبْغِي أَحَدٌ عَلَى أَحَد»

(It has been revealed to me that you should be humble to the extent that none of you boasts to others or mistreats others. ) But if a person simply likes to look good, then there is nothing wrong with that. It was recorded that a man said: “O Messenger of Allah, I like to have my garment looking good and my shoes looking good — is this a kind of arrogance” The Prophet said:

«لَا، إِنَّ اللهَ جَمِيلٌ يُحِبُّ الْجَمَال»

(No, for Allah is beautiful and loves beauty…) And Allah says:

﴿مَن جَآءَ بِالْحَسَنَةِ﴾

(Whosoever brings good,) meaning, on the Day of Resurrection,

﴿فَلَهُ خَيْرٌ مِّنْهَا﴾

(he shall have the better thereof;) meaning, the reward of Allah is better than the good deeds of His servant — how can it not be, when Allah has multiplied it many times over This is the position of generosity. Then Allah says:

﴿وَمَن جَآءَ بِالسَّيِّئَةِ فَلاَ يُجْزَى الَّذِينَ عَمِلُواْ السَّيِّئَاتِ إِلاَّ مَا كَانُواْ يَعْمَلُونَ﴾

(and whosoever brings evil, then those who do evil deeds will only be requited for what they used to do.) This is like the Ayah,

﴿وَمَن جَآءَ بِالسَّيِّئَةِ فَكُبَّتْ وُجُوهُهُمْ فِى النَّارِ هَلْ تُجْزَوْنَ إِلاَّ مَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ ﴾

(And whoever brings an evil deed, they will be cast down on their faces in the Fire. (And it will be said to them) “Are you being recompensed anything except what you used to do”) (27: 90). This is the position of generosity and justice.

﴿إِنَّ الَّذِى فَرَضَ عَلَيْكَ الْقُرْءَانَ لَرَآدُّكَ إِلَى مَعَادٍ قُل رَّبِّى أَعْلَمُ مَن جَآءَ بِالْهُدَى وَمَنْ هُوَ فِى ضَلَـلٍ مُّبِينٍ – وَمَا كُنتَ تَرْجُو أَن يُلْقَى إِلَيْكَ الْكِتَـبُ إِلاَّ رَحْمَةً مِّن رَّبِّكَ فَلاَ تَكُونَنَّ ظَهيراً لِّلْكَـفِرِينَ – وَلاَ يَصُدُّنَّكَ عَنْ ءَايَـتِ اللَّهِ بَعْدَ إِذْ أُنزِلَتْ إِلَيْكَ وَادْعُ إِلَى رَبِّكَ وَلاَ تَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ – وَلاَ تَدْعُ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَـهاً ءَاخَرَ لاَ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ كُلُّ شَىْءٍ هَالِكٌ إِلاَّ وَجْهَهُ لَهُ الْحُكْمُ وَإِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ ﴾

Date Palm – “The Tree of Life”

Called the “Tree of Life,” the date palm is said in Arab Muslim legend to have been made from the dust that was left over after the creation of Adam, and it was the first cultivated tree in history, having been grown in Arabia for at least 8,000 years.

Directions for the date palm’s husbandry are recorded on sun-baked bricks made in Mesopotamia (Iraq) more than 5,000 years ago, and the date palm is mentioned in the Holy Quran and in the poetry and proverbs of the Middle East. It is used as a symbol in the Arab world, particularly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and is the architectural inspiration for columns in the Arab world – mistakenly referred to as Corinthian columns – at both ancient and more recent sacred sites in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, East Jerusalem, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya among other places. Ancient Phoenician coins have images of date palms.

Islam tradition regards the date palm tree as the ”Tree of Life’”, and ancient traditions place it in the Garden of Eden. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) salutations and blessings be upon him said “There is among the trees, one which is blessed – it is the date palm, for it was created from the earth left over from the creation of Adam.”

Via Ahmed Khan