Hadith ~ A Muslim is the brother

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

Narrated Abdullah ibn Omar (May Allah be satisfied with him): ‘Allah’s Messenger (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) said: “A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfills the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever brings his (Muslim) brother out of discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Ressurrection, and whoever veils the defects of a Muslim, Allah will screen his defects on the Day of Resurrection.'” (Bukhari)

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Hadith ~ For men who believed in Allah

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Narrated Abu-Sa’eed Al-Khudri (May Allah be satisfied with him); ‘The Prophet (SAWS) said: “The people of Paradise will look at the dwellers of the lofty mansions (a superior place in Paradise) in the same way as one looks at a brilliant star far away in the East or in the West on the horizon; all that is because of their superiority over one another (in rewards).” At that, the people said; ‘O Allah’s Messenger (SAWS) Are these lofty mansions for the Prophets which nobody else can reach?’ The Prophet (SAWS) replied: “No! By Allah in Whose Hands my life is, these are for men who believed in Allah and also believed in the Messengers.” (Bukhari).

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Commentary ~ Magnanimity

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Ar-Rabi’atur-Raiy said, “Magnanimity consists of six characteristics: 3 as regards to when one is at home, and 3 as regards to when one is on a journey. As for when one is on a journey – spending from one’s provisions, good manners, and pleasantry with one’s companions. As for when one is at home – recitation of the Quran, adhering to the mosques, and chastity of one’s private parts. ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “There are two kinds of magnanimity: the outward kind and the inward kind. The outward kind is maintaining a good appearance, and the inward kind is chastity.”

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Hadith ~ Do not seek to be a ruler

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Narrated Abdul-Rahman ibn Samorah (May Allah be satisfied with him); ‘The Prophet (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) said: “O Abdul-Rahman ibn Samorah! Do not seek to be a ruler, because if you are given authority on asking for it, then you will be held responsible for it; but if you are given it without asking for it, then you will be helped in it (by Allah). And whenever you take an oath to do something and later you find that something else is better than what you intended; then do the best action and make expiation for your oath.” (Bukhari).

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Ayaat 99-110 ~ As-Saffaat (Those Arranged in Ranks)

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99. And he said (after his rescue from the fire): “Verily, I am going to my Lord. He will guide me!”

100. “My Lord! Grant me (offspring) from the righteous.”

101. So We gave him the glad tidings of a forbearing boy.

102. And, when he (his son) was old enough to walk with him, he said: “O my son! I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you (offer you in sacrifice to Allâh), so look what you think!” He said: “O my father! Do that which you are commanded, Inshâ’ Allâh (if Allâh will), you shall find me of As-Sâbirin (the patient ones, etc.).”

103. Then, when they had both submitted themselves (to the Will of Allâh), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (or on the side of his forehead for slaughtering);

104. And We called out to him: “O Abraham!

105. You have fulfilled the dream (vision)!” Verily! Thus do We reward the Muhsinûn (good-doers – see V.2:112).

106. Verily, that indeed was a manifest trial

107. And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice (i.e. ßÈÔ – a ram);

108. And We left for him (a goodly remembrance) among generations (to come) in later times.

109. Salâmun (peace) be upon Ibrâhim (Abraham)!”

110. Thus indeed do We reward the Muhsinûn (good-doers – see V.2:112).

Sura 37. As-Saffaat (Those Arranged in Ranks)

Hadith ~ Reward for what they used to do

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 (the Exalted) said”: I have prepared for my pious servants such things as no eye had ever seen, no ear has ever heard of, and nobody has ever imagined of, all that is reserved.” Abu-Huraira added: ‘If you wish to confirm this, you can read Allah’s statement:

No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do. (Quran 32.17)

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Commentary ~ Allah was indeed Pleased with Their Deed!

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A man went to the Prophet (SAWS) and said, “O Messenger of Allah! Indeed I am extremely hungry.” The Prophet (SAWS) sent a message to one of his wives, asking, “Do you have any food with you?” She said, “No, by the One Who has sent you with the truth, all I have with me is water!” He then sent messages to all of his wives, asking the same question, and the answer of each one of them was, “No, by the One Who has sent you the truth, all we have with us is water.” Allah’s Messenger (SAWS) said to his Companions: “Who will be a host tonight, may Allah have mercy on him?” A man from the Helpers (the Ansar) called Abu Talhah (may Allah be pleased with him) stood and said, “I, O Messenger of Allah.”

He went to his house and asked his wife, “Do you have any food with you?” She said, “All I have with me is a little bit of food for our children.” He said, “Give excuses to them, and try to make them go to sleep! And when our guest comes, make him think we are also eating as he puts his hand forward to eat. Then go to the lamp and pretend that you are fixing it, but instead put it out. And give him the impression that we are eating, so that our guest eats and fills himself.”

She did what her husband asked her to do: she made her children sleep hungry, she placed the food before the guest, she stood to turn the lamp off – but she was giving the impression of simply adjusting the lamp. Then she sat with her husband and with the guest for the meal. They sat idle as the guest ate.

On the following day, he went to Allah’s Messenger (SAWS), who said to him: “Tonight Allah laughed, or wondered at your action.” And then the following Verse was revealed:

“And give them preference over themselves, even though they were in need of that.” (Quran 59:9)

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Hadith ~ Pure hypocrite

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Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr (May Allah be satisfied with him) ‘The Prophet (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) said: “Whoever has the following four (characteristics) will be a pure hypocrite and whoever has one of the following four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy unless he gives it up. Whenever he is entrusted, he betrays (proves dishonest). Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie. Whenever he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous. And whenever he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent, evil and insulting manner.” (Bukhari).

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Ayaat 1-11 ~ Ad-Duha (The Forenoon – After Sunrise)

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

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1. By the forenoon (after sun-rise);

2. And by the night when it is still (or darkens);

3. Your Lord (O Muhammad ()) has neither forsaken you nor hated you.

4. And indeed the Hereafter is better for you than the present (life of this world).

5. And verily, your Lord will give you (all i.e. good) so that you shall be well-pleased.

6. Did He not find you (O Muhammad ()) an orphan and gave you a refuge?

7. And He found you unaware (of the Qur’ân, its legal laws, and Prophethood, etc.) and guided you?

8. And He found you poor, and made you rich (selfsufficient with selfcontentment, etc.)?

9. Therefore, treat not the orphan with oppression,

10. And repulse not the beggar;

11. And proclaim the Grace of your Lord (i.e. the Prophethood and all other Graces).

Sura 93. Ad-Duha (The Forenoon – After Sunrise)

Commentary ~ Do not attach Your Heart to Other than Allah

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

Imam Ibn Taimiyyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “Anyone whose heart is attached to the creation, hoping for someone from the creation to help him or provide for him or guide him, then his heart submits to them and to the degree that his heart submits to them he becomes their slave. This holds true, even if he is outwardly a ruler or a guardian over those whom he treats as masters. The wise one looks at realities and not at appearances. So if a man’s heart is attached to his wife, even though that is permissible, his heart remains a prisoner to her, and she may rule over him as she pleases – though outwardly he is her master and her husband. In reality, he is her prisoner and her slave, especially if she knows how much he is in need of her and how much he is in love with her and how much he feels that she cannot be replaced by anyone else. At that point, she rules over him as the tyrant master rules over his subjugated slave, who cannot escape or go free. Indeed for the heart to be taken as a prisoner is a much greater matter than for the body to be taken as a slave or prisoner. Even a body that is a slave can have in it a serene and peaceful and happy heart. As for the heart that is slave to other than Allah (the Exalted), then that is true humiliation, imprisonment and slavery.

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Ayaat 1-19 ~ Al-A’la (The Most High)

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Listen to Recitation

1. Glorify the Name of your Lord, the Most High,

2. Who has created (everything), and then proportioned it;

3. And Who has measured (preordainments for each and everything even to be blessed or wretched); then guided (i.e. showed mankind the right as well as wrong paths, and guided the animals to pasture);

4. And Who brings out the pasturage,

5. And then makes it dark stubble.

6. We shall make you to recite (the Qur’ân), so you (O Muhammad ()) shall not forget (it),

7. Except what Allâh, may will, He knows what is apparent and what is hidden.

8. And We shall make easy for you (O Muhammad ()) the easy way (i.e. the doing of righteous deeds).

9. Therefore remind (men) in case the reminder profits (them).

10. The reminder will be received by him who fears (Allâh),

11. But it will be avoided by the wretched,

12. Who will enter the great Fire and made to taste its burning,

13. Wherein he will neither die (to be in rest) nor live (a good living).

14. Indeed whosoever purifies himself (by avoiding polytheism and accepting Islâmic Monotheism) shall achieve success,

15. And remembers (glorifies) the Name of his Lord (worships none but Allâh), and prays (five compulsory prayers and Nawâfil additional prayers).

16. Nay, you prefer the life of this world;

17. Although the Hereafter is better and more lasting.

18. Verily! This is in the former Scriptures,

19. The Scriptures of Ibrâhim (Abraham) and Mûsa (Moses).

Sura 87. Al-A’la (The Most High)

Commentary ~ Our Pious Predecessors and Their Dutifulness to Their Parents

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

Muhammad bin Sirin related that the price of a date-palm tree was as high as 1000 dirhams during the period of ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan (may Allah be pleased with him). Once during that period, Usamah went to a date-palm tree that belonged to him, pierced it, and took out its palm pirth. Then he went and gave it to his mother to eat. People said to him, “What made you do this when you know that the price of a date-palm tree has reached 1000 dirhams?” He said, “My mother asked me for it (for the palm pirth), and she has never asked me for anything that I was able to give her except that I gave it to her.”

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Hadith ~ Observe the rights of the way

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Narrated Abu-Sa-eed Al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him); ‘The Prophet (SAWS) said: “Avoid sitting on the roads (path ways). The people said: “There is no feasible alternative to it. We chat and discuss our affairs during it.’ The Prophet (SAWS) said: “As long as there is no escape from it so, observe the rights of the way.’ They asked; ‘What are the rights of the way?’ He said: “They are lowering of your gazes (avoiding gazing at people lustfully or mockingly), refraining from harming people, returning greetings, enjoining what is just and forbidding what is unjust.” (Bukhari)

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Commentary ~ Sudden Death

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

There have been many incidents in which people suddenly die in circumstances that portend evil; such cases have often been witnessed by the righteous, whose Faith increased in consequence, thus making them more prepared for the Hereafter. For example, Ibn Rajab related from ‘Abdul-Aziz bin Abi Rawwad, who said,

“I was with a man who was dying and who was being prompted to say the Shahadah: None has the right to be worshipped but Allah (and Mohamed is the the Messenger of Allah). His last words were, ‘He is a disbeliever by what you say.’ I asked about him and found out that he was an alcoholic.”

‘Abdul-Aziz said,

“Protect yourselves from sins, for it were sins that were his ruin.”

Qurtubi related from Rabi’ bin Sabrah bin Ma’bad Al-Juhani, a pious person from Basrah:

“I met people from Sham, who reported that it was said to a man who was dying, ‘Say: None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And his response was, ‘I drink (alcohol), so give me something to drink.'”

And Ibn Qayyim related in Al-Jawab Al-Kafi,

“It has been said to some of them, ‘Say: None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ They answered, ‘Ahh Ahh, I am not able to say it.'”

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Ayaat 1-3 ~ An-Nasr (The Help)

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1. When comes the Help of Allâh and the conquest,

2. And you see that the people enter Allâh’s religion (Islâm) in crowds,

3. So glorify the Praises of your Lord, and ask for His Forgiveness. Verily, He is the One Who accepts the repentance and forgives.

Sura 110. Surah An-Nasr (The Help)

Hadith ~ Even if they had to crawl

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

Narrated Abu-Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): ‘Allah’s Messenger (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) said: “If the people knew (the reward for) pronouncing azan and for standing in the first row (in congregational prayers) and they found no other way to get there except by drawing lots, they would draw lots, and if they knew (the reward of) Zohr Prayer (in the early moments of its stated time) they would race to it (go early), and if they knew the reward of Isha and Fajr Prayers in congregation, they would come to offer them even if they had to crawl.'” (Bukhari)

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Commentary ~ The Final Command of the Ruler Muhammad Al-Fateh to His Son

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

Muhammad Al-Fateh, a Muslim ruler during the Ottoman Empire, was known for his knowledge, bravery, justice, piety and humility. He was able to conquer Constantinople when many before him had failed. And at that time he was only 23 years old.

At the end of his life, he advised his son, saying: “Here I am dying, but I am not sorry, for I have left behind one such as you. Be just, righteous, and merciful. Give generously to the people and defend them without distinguishing between them. Spread Islam, for that is compulsory upon the kings of the earth. Give precedence to religion over all things and do not become tired in that pursuit. Do not appoint people who do not care about religion and who do not stay away from major sins, those who have plunged themselves into wickedness and into evil innovations. Expand the borders of our nation through Jihad and watch over the wealth of the treasury, making sure that it is not wasted. Never extend your hand to the wealth of anyone from the people except by the right of Islam. Guarantee the weak for their strength and give freely your generosity to those who deserve it.”

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Ayaat 1-11 ~ Al-Mu’minun (The Believers)

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1. Successful indeed are the believers.

2. Those who offer their Salât (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness.

3. And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allâh has forbidden).

4. And those who pay the Zakât.

5. And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts, from illegal sexual acts)

6. Except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their right hands possess, for then, they are free from blame;

7. But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors;

8. Those who are faithfully true to their Amanât (all the duties which Allâh has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts etc.) and to their covenants;

9. And those who strictly guard their (five compulsory congregational) Salawât (prayers) (at their fixed stated hours).

10. These are indeed the inheritors.

11. Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever.

Sura 23. Al-Mu’minun (The Believers)

Commentary ~ The Continuation of Your Deeds

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

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) related that Allah’s Messenger (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) said, “When a person dies, his deeds are cut off except for three: from charity whose benefit continues, knowledge that is benefited by, and a righteous son who supplicates for him.” (Sahih Muslim)

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Hadith ~ Even if he dies in his bed

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Narrated Sahl ibn Haneef (may Allah be pleased with him): ‘The Prophet (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) said: “He that asked for martyrdom sincerely from his heart, Allah will grant him the martyrs’ rank, even if he dies in his bed.” (At-Termizi)

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Commentary ~ Choosing a Husband

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

A man asked Hasan bin ‘Ali, “I have a daughter and people have proposed to her, so to whom should I marry her?”

He said, “Marry her to one who fears Allah, for if he loves her, he will honor her; and if he hates her, he will not wrong her.”

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Hadith ~ Allah builds a house in Paradise for him

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Narrated Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) ‘The Messenger of Allah (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) said: “He that performed twelve voluntary raka’as persistently, Allah builds a house in Paradise for him. Four raka’as before Zohr prayer and two raka’as after it, two raka’as after Maghrib prayer, two raka’as after Isha prayer, and two raka’as before Fajr prayer.'”

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Commentary ~ Preserving the Honor of the Muslim

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One day, ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) left his home with Abdullah bin Mas’ud (may Allah be pleased with him) and during the late hours of the night, they saw the glow of a fire burning at a distance. They followed the light until it led them to a home with a burning lamp. Upon seeing the lamp, ‘Umar entered the house and saw an old man sitting with alcohol in front of him and a female singer entertaining him. The old man was caught off-guard by ‘Umar’s sudden attack when he said to him, “I have not seen a sight more shameful than what I have witnessed tonight from an old man who should be awaiting death.”

The old man responded, “Indeed, O Leader of the Believers, what you have done is more shameful. You have entered my house without my permission and spied on me – and is not spying forbidden in Islam?” ‘Umar admitted to the truth of his statement and left the old man’s house, biting his garment and crying as he said, “May the mother of ‘Umar lose him if Allah does not forgive me.” Thereafter, the old man stopped attending the gatherings of ‘Umar. After some time passed, ‘Umar saw the old man in one of the last rows of his gathering and wished to speak with him. Fearing harshness from ‘Umar, the old man approached him cautiously, being asked to come closer and closer until he was finally seated near the Leader of the Believers. ‘Umar asked to have his ear next to his mouth and said, “By the One Who has sent Prophet Muhammad with the truth, I have not informed anyone of what I saw of you that night, nor have I informed ‘Abullah bin Mas’ud, for indeed he was with me.” The old man replied, “O Leader of the Believers! By the One Who has sent Prophet Muhammad with the truth, I too have not returned to those evil actions since the night you entered upon me.” Umar uttered out loud, “Allahu Akbar!” yet no one from the gathering knew what had occurred between the two men.

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Hadith ~ River at the door

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Narrated by Abu-Huraira: ‘The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said: “If there was a river at the door of one of you in which he bathes five times a day, would you see any impurity on him?” They said: “No. There would be no trace of impurity on him.” The Prophet (SAWS) said: “This is the same as the five prayers, that Allah expiates the sins therewith.” (At-Termizi)

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Commentary ~ The Story Of Ibn Jud’an

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

When one thinks about pre-Islamic times in Makkah, certain names come to mind – such as Abdul-Muttalib, the Prophet’s (SAWS) grandfather, or Waraqah bin Naufal. But there is another important person who is little remembered today: ‘Abdullah bin Jud’an, the first cousin of Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq’s father. In the early years of his life, ‘Abdullah bin Jud’an was neither successful nor happy. In fact, growing up hungrey and poor, he soon became embittered by life. For solace or perhaps out of spite, he turned to evil and committed many crimes. He was caught so often for his evil acts that he was considered by most to be an incorrigiable criminal. People thought that he was evil incarnate and that there was no way that he could ever improve. Everyone hated him, including his fellow clansmen, his family, and even his own father; and he reciprocated that hatred with equal or greater vehemence.

One day, as he was walking in the valleys of Makkah, ruefully thinking about his bitter existence, he noticed a small opening in a mountain, perhaps an entrance to a cave. He thought that there might be something harmful inside, perhaps a venomous snake. That foreboding did not stop him from approaching; instead, it encouraged him to go to it, for his situation was so hopeless, that he actually wanted to be killed so that he could part from his miserable existence.

When he came near to the mouth of the cave, he saw a lean shape inside, and through the darkness, he perceived it to be a snake in an erect position, the position most favored by a veneomous snake when it is ready to strike. Overcome by madness, ‘Abdullah bin Jud’an was terrified, and suddenly realized that he did not really want to die. He imagined that the snake was coming at him, so he jumped wildly, trying to fend off a lethal bite. After a short while, he calmed down, realizing that it was only him that was moving and that the snake was actually in a still position. And when he came nearer, he realized that it was only a statue of a snake, which was made of gold and had two eyes made of precious emeralds. He broke the emeralds off and took them. He then entered deeper into the cave, and from the writings he saw around him, he realized that the cave was a graveyard for the kings of the Jurham tribe. At the head of each grave was a gravestone made of gold; on it was written a short history of the king who was buried underneath. Surrounding the graves were treasures of gold, silver, pearls, precious stones, and much else.

‘Abdullah bin Jud’an picked up a few small treasures, made a sign outside the cave so that he could find it again, and then returned to his people. He was generous with his newfound wealth, giving to family, friends, and to the needy. He was especially generous in gathering people together and serving them food. As time went on, he gained status in society until he became one of the leaders of Quraish. Whenever he ran out of funds, he would return to the cave and take some more. His generosity extended even beyong the boundaries of Makkah. Once when the people of Ash-Sham were suffering hard times ‘Abdullah bin Jud’an sent 2000 camels to them, loading each one with wheat, oils, and other provisions. And every night, someone stood on the roof of the Ka’bah and called out: “Come to the bowls (filled with food) of ‘Abdullah bin Jud’an.”

Yet in spite of all that, the following is related about him in Sahih Muslim. ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said to the Prophet (SAWS), “Indeed, Ibn Jud’an used to provide food (for the people) and he would be hospitable to his guest[s]. Will any of that benefit him on the Day of Ressurrection?” The Prophet (SAWS) answered, “No. Indeed, on no day did he ever say: O my lord, forgive me my sin on the Day of Recompense.”

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Hadith ~ Whoever can guarantee

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

Narrated Sahl ibn Saad (may Allah be pleased with him): ‘Allah’s Messenger (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) said: “Whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jawbones (i.e. his mouth and tongue) and what is between his two legs (i.e. his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him.” (Bukhari)

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Chapter 236, Page 961, Number 813

Ayaat 15-30 ~ Al-Fajr (The Break of Day or the Dawn)

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15. As for man, when his Lord tries him by giving him honour and gifts, then he says (puffed up): “My Lord has honoured me.”

16. But when He tries him, by straitening his means of life, he says: “My Lord has humiliated me!”

17. Nay! But you treat not the orphans with kindness and generosity (i.e. you neither treat them well, nor give them their exact right of inheritance)!

18. And urge not on the feeding of AlMiskîn (the poor)!

19. And you devour inheritance all with greed,

20. And you love wealth with much love!

21. Nay! When the earth is ground to powder,

22. And your Lord comes with the angels in rows,

23. And Hell will be brought near that Day. On that Day will man remember, but how will that remembrance (then) avail him?

24. He will say: “Alas! Would that I had sent forth (good deeds) for (this) my life!”

25. So on that Day, none will punish as He will punish.

26. And none will bind as He will bind.

27. (It will be said to the pious): “O (you) the one in (complete) rest and satisfaction!

28. “Come back to your Lord, Well-pleased (yourself) and well-pleasing unto Him!

29. “Enter you, then, among My honoured slaves,

30. “And enter you My Paradise!”

Sura 89. Al-Fajr (The Break of Day or the Dawn)

Hadith ~ People will not sit in an assembly

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

Narrated Abu-Horaira (may Allah be pleased with him): ‘Allah’s Messenger (May Allah exalt his mention and protect him from imperfection) said: “People will not sit in an assembly in which they remember Allah without the angels surrounding them, mercy covering them, and Allah mentionning them among those who are with Him.”‘ (Muslim)

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Chapter 229, Page 900, Number 764

Commentary ~ The Silent Charity

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

Muhammad bin ‘Isa related that a young man would often go to Abdullah bin Mubarak; he studied under him, carried out certain errands for him, and would listen to him relate Hadith narrations. One day, Abdullah went to the city where the young man was living, and when he didn’t find him he asked after him. He was told that the young man was imprisoned for a loan that he could not repay. Abdullah said, “And how much does he owe?” He was told that the young man owed 10000 dirhams. Abdullah searched out the creditor, and when he found him, he gave him 10000 dirhams, but he made the man take an oath that he wouldn’t inform anyone as long as he (i.e. Abdullah) was alive that he gave him the money.

When the young man was released from prison, it was said to him, “Abdullah bin Mubarak was here and was asking after you, but he has already left.” The young man hurried off in search for him and when he found him, Abdullah asked, “Young man, where were you? I could not find you.” He said, “Yes, I was imprisoned because of a debt that I could not pay.” He said, “Then how were you released?” He said, “A man came and paid my debt for me, yet I do not know who he is.” Abdullah said, “Young man, praise Allah for the blessing of having your debt repaid.” And the creditor never informed anyone of what really happened until after Abdullah died.

It has been related that Abu Jafar Ak-Hadhdha said, “I heard Ibn Uyainah say: If your inner reality is the same as your outward appearance and deeds, that that is uprightness; if your inner reality is better than your outward appearance, then that is superiority; and if your outward appearance is better than your inner reality, then that is wrongdoing.”

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Hadith ~ Losers on the Day of Judgment

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Narrated Abu-Zarr (may Allah be pleased with him): ‘I came to the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) while he was sitting in the shade of Ka’aba. When he saw me coming, he said: “They are the losers on the Day of Judgment, by the Lord of Ka’aba.” I said to myself: “What would be wrong with me? There must have been a revelation concerning me.” I said: “Who are these, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you?” The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said: “They are Al-Aktharoon[1] except the one that does like this.” The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) indicated as if he was scooping with his hands in front of him, on his right, and on his left (meaning except he that gives zakat fearing not poverty). Then he said: “By Him, in Whose hands my soul is, there is no one that dies and leaves camels or cows without paying their zakat, except that they will come on the Day of Judgment as the greatest and as fattest that they could be and they will tread on him with their hooves and butt him with their horns incessantly. Each time the last of them has trodden on him, the first one will tread on him, until Allah judges between the people.'” (At-Termizi)

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

[1]: Al-Aktharoon are those wealthy people who evade the payment of zakat.

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