Commentary ~ The Way of a Muslim in His Life

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

The life of a Muslim must stand on seven foundations: adherence to Allah’s Book, following the way of Allah’s Messenger (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection), eating that which is lawful, refraining from harming others, staying away from sins, repenting frequently, and fulfilling the rights of others. In the past and present, the great Islamic jurists of this nation have confirmed that the Muslim’s life must be based on the aforesaid foundations. Brother Muslim, you must remain firm upon those seven comprehensive foundations – by the Will of Allah – until the day you die.

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Hadith ~ Truthfulness

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

Narrated Abdullah (May Allah be satisfied with him): ‘The Prophet (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) said: “Truthfulness leads to righteousness. Righteousness leads to Paradise. And a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes an extremely truthful person. Falsehood leads to wickedness. Wickedness leads to the Hellfire, and a man may keep on telling lies until he is written before Allah as a liar.” (Bukhari)

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Chapiter 4, Page 141, Number 48

Commentary ~ Wise Sayings from Fudail and Ibn Mubarak

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

Fudail bin ‘Iyad said: “If you are not able to fast or pray, then know that you are shackled and confined by your sins.” Allah (the Exalted) says:

“Yes! Whosoever earns evil and his sin has surrounded him, they are dwellers of the Fire (i.e. Hell); they will dwell therein forever.” (Quran 2:81)

Ibn Mubarak said: “I saw that sins cause hearts to die, that base actions lead to their addiction, that avoiding sins is life for the heart, and that it is better for your soul for you to disobey it.”

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Hadith ~ Intentions

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

Omar ibn Al-Khattab (May Allah be satisfied with him) said: I heard Allah’s Messenger (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) saying: “The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will be rewarded according to what he intended. So whoever emigrates for worldly benefits or for to marry woman, his emigration will be for what he emigrated for.” (Agreed upon)

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Chapiter 1, Page 70, Number 1

Commentary ~ Advice for Every Ruler

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

Harun Rasheed requested a sermon from one of the pious scholars. He said, “O Caliph, for you to accompany a person who makes you afraid of the Hereafter is better than one who gives you safety here, only to have you face fear on the Last Day. Know that the person who reminds you of your responsibility to your flock is more sincere to you than one who comforts you with knowledge that you are of the noble family of the Prophet (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) and forgiven for your sins (which is not true!).” Harun Rasheed began to weep at these statements until those around him felt pity for him.

*Note: This commentary applies to all of us in his/her own domain of authority i.e. The father/mother towards his/her spouse and children etc…

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Hadith ~ Which deed is the dearest to Allah?

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

Narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas’oud (May Allah be satisfied with him): I asked the Prophet (SAWS): “Which deed is the dearest to Allah?” He replied: “To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times.” I asked: “What is the next (in goodness)?” He replied: “To be good and dutiful to your parents.” I again asked: “What is the next (in goodness)?” He replied: “To participate in Jihad (fighting for Allah’s cause).” Abdullah added: ‘These were told by Allah’s Messenger (SAWS) and if I had asked more, he would have told me more.’ (Bukhari)

SAWS: May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection

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Chapiter 179, Page 722, Number 565

Hadith ~ Until I love him

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

Narrated Abu-Huraira (May Allah be satisfied with him): Allah’s Messenger (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) said: “Allah said: ‘I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave draws near to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing the optional acts of worship (besides what is obligatory) until I love him. When I love him, I become the sense of hearing with which he hears, the sense of sight with which he sees, the hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me for anything I will give it to him, and if he asks for My protection (Refuge) I will protect him (take him in My Protection), and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him.'” (Bukhari)

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Chapiter 47, Page 363, Number 201

Commentary ~ Slaughter in Gaza – What Can You Do?

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

Question:

What can we do about the slaughter of Muslims in Palestine and around the world?

What is our stance concerning the slaughter of Muslims in Palestine and other parts of the world that is happening right now, where houses are being destroyed, farms are being wrecked, children are being killed, the wounded are being detained in the streets, houses are being bombarded and people are being prevented by the Jews and others, from buying the food and drink that they need? What can I, as a Muslim, do?

Answer:

Praise be to Allaah.

1. You have to make du’aa’, and recite du’a’ al-qunoot in your salaah (prayer).

2. Collect charity and send it through trustworthy channels.

3. Support the weak and oppressed in all ways, including the media and the internet.

4. Get scholars, daa’iyahs, khateebs and writers to explain the oppression that is happening and the negligence on the part of the ummah, and to mobilize the ummah to defend the holy places.

5. Check on one’s own intentions with regard to fighting for the sake of Allaah, and see whether he is applying the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Whoever dies without having fought for the sake of Allaah or having had the intention of doing so, has died following one of the branches of hypocrisy.” (Saheeh Muslim, no. 3533)

6. Pursuing all the means of building up material and moral strength, in preparation for meeting the enemy (in battle).

7. Reminding oneself and others of the virtues of martyrdom for the sake of Allaah and studying the rulings on jihad, and not having an attachment to this world.

8. Doing as much damage as possible to the enemies who are in a state of war with us, by boycotting their products, attacking them verbally and in writing to humiliate and annoy them, and to point out their kufr and shirk, and their insults to Allaah, His Messenger and the believers, publishing as much as possible in the audio-visual and print media about this serious topic whilst also connecting that to Islamic belief and the words of Allaah and His Messenger,

We ask Allaah the Exalted and All-Powerful to support His religion and cause His word to prevail.

Source: islamQA
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Hadith ~ Afflicts him with trials

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

Narrated Abu-Huraira (May Allah be satisfied with him): ‘Allah’s Messenger (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) said: “If Allah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials.” (Bukhari)

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Chapiter 3, Page 122, Number 37

Ayaat 51-56 ~ Al-Ma’idah (The Table Spread with Food)

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

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51. O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.

52. Those in whose hearts is a disease – thou seest how eagerly they run about amongst them, saying: “We do fear lest a change of fortune bring us disaster.” Ah! perhaps Allah will give (thee) victory, or a decision from Him. Then will they regret of the thoughts which they secretly harboured in their hearts.

53. And those who believe will say: “Are these the men who swore their strongest oaths by Allah, that they were with you?” All that they do will be in vain, and they will fall into (nothing but) ruin.

54. O ye who believe! If any from among you turn back from his Faith, soon will Allah produce a people whom He will love as they will love Him,- lowly with the believers, mighty against the rejecters, fighting in the way of Allah, and never afraid of the reproaches of such as find fault. That is the grace of Allah, which He will bestow on whom He pleaseth. And Allah encompasseth all, and He knoweth all things.

55. Your (real) friends are (no less than) Allah, His Messenger, and the believers,- those who establish regular prayers and pay Zakat, and they bow down humbly (in worship).

56. As to those who turn (for friendship) to Allah, His Messenger, and the believers,- it is the party of Allah that must certainly triumph.

Sura 5. Ma’idah