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Nov 20, 2010

Editing Aisha's page in wikipedia

There had been a recent edit in the page of the Prophet's صلي الله عليه و سلم favorite wife in the English language form the shia'. They changed the mutual view of point that was existed and altered it to their obvious ever hatred towards her and the editor of wiki accepted it! Just because it was backed up by sources from books that support the same shia's theory that we all know is full of insult and cursing. Please click on this link Aisha Wikipedia to see the actual post

Oct 31, 2010

First ten days of Dhil Hijjah

First ten days of Dhil Hijjah

A lecture delivered by ML ismail moosa
We have a few days left for the month of Dhil Hijjah to dawn upon us which is the concluding month of the Islamic calendar. Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم has described this month as the most blessed and sanctified month from all the Islamic months. It is narrated in Shuab Al-Iman of Imam Al-Bayhaqi that Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم said,

شعب الإيمان - البيهقي - (ج 3 / ص 355)
3755 - أخبرنا القاضي أبو عمر محمد بن الحسين بن محمد بن الهيثم أنا أحمد بن محمود بن حرزاد الكازروني نا موسى بن إسحاق الأنصاري نا خالد بن يزيد بن عبد الملك عن صفوان بن سليم عن عطاء بن يسار عن أبي سعيد الخدري قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم سيد الشهور شهر رمضان و أعظمها حرمة ذو الحجة

“The leader of all months is Ramadhaan and the most sacred is Dhul Hijjah.”

A Sahabi, Hazrat Kab (r.a) has categorized the blessed months of the Islamic calendar by saying,

لطائف المعارف - (ج 1 / ص 295)
و قال سهيل بن أبي صالح عن أبيه عن كعب قال : أحب الزمان إلى الله الأشهر الحرم

“The period most beloved to Allah is the four sacred months, i.e. Dhul Qa’dah, Dhul Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab.”

و أحب الأشهر الحرم إلى الله ذو الحجة

“And from these four sacred months Allah admires the month of Dhul Hijjah…”

و أحب ذي الحجة إلى الله العشر الأول

"And although the entire month of Dhil Hijjah is blessed and sanctified, Allah has additionally favoured the first ten days of this month."

In a narration of Musnad Bazzaar, Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم has described these days as,

أفضل أيام الدنيا العشر

“These are the best of all days.”

In order to draw our attention to the greatness of these days Allah has taken an oath on them in the noble Quran. Allah says,

{ والفجر * وليال عشر }

“By the break of dawn…”

Commentators differ as to what the meaning of this verse is; some commentators suggest that Allah is taking an oath on the general breaking of dawn. However, there are numerous Commentators that opined that Allah is taking an oath on the dawn of the tenth day of Dhil Hijjah.

وليال عشر

“And by the first ten nights of Dhil hijjah,”

Allah has taken an oath on the first ten nights of Dhil Hijjah to show us the great virtues of this period.

Allah Ta’ala loves the actions which a person carries out during this period and is even prepared to multiply the rewards for every action. Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم has said, as narrated in Sunan At-Tirmidhi and Sunan Ibn Majah,

سنن الترمذي - (ج 3 / ص 131)
758 - حدثنا أبو بكر بن نافع البصري حدثنا مسعود بن واصل عن نهاس بن قهم عن قتادة عن سعيد بن المسيب عن أبي هريرة عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم : قال ما من أيام أحب إلى الله أن يتعبد له فيها من عشر ذي الحجة

There is no occasion when Allah loves and prefers worship more than he loves the worship of the first ten days of Dhil Hijjah.

يعدل صيام كل يوم منها بصيام سنة

“Fasting on just one day of these ten days is equal to fasting an entire year.”

In fact, by fasting the ninth day alone, which is the day of Arafaat, a person’s sins of the coming year and the previous year will be forgiven. In a narration of Sunan ibn majah, Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم said,

سنن ابن ماجه - (ج 1 / ص 551)
1730 - حدثنا أحمد بن عبدة . أنبأنا حماد بن زيد . حدثنا غيلان بن جرير عن عبد الله بن معبد الزماني عن أبي قتادة قال
: - قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم ( صيام يوم عرفة إني أحتسب على الله أن يكفر السنة التي قبله والتي بعده ) .
قال الشيخ الألباني : صحيح

“By virtue of the fast of Arafah, I have hope that Allah will forgive the sins of the previous year as well as the sins of the coming year.”

Nabi صلى الله عليه و سلم continues by mentioning the virtues of the first ten nights by saying,

وقيام كل ليلة منها بقيام ليلة القدر

“And the worship of every night is equal to the worship of Layl al-qadr.”

We all know the great rewards of Layl al-qadr. It is equivalent to a thousand months. However, the exact date of layl al-qadr is hidden and not known to us. Furthermore, laylatul qadr comes only once a year. Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم mentioned that the rewards of worship on these nights are equal to that of Layl al-qadr.

Besides only fasting and standing in prayer, the rewards of other actions are also multiplied. In a narration of Shuab al-Iman of Imam Al-Bayhaqi, Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم said,

شعب الإيمان - البيهقي - (ج 3 / ص 356)
و العمل فيهن يضاعف سبعمائة ضعف

“(During the first ten days of Dhil Hijjah) the reward of every action is multiplied seven hundred times.”

Anas (r.a) mentions,

شعب الإيمان - البيهقي - (ج 3 / ص 358)
3766 - أخبرنا محمد بن عبد الله الحافظ أنا أبو نصر أحمد بن سهل الفقيه نا صالح بن محمد الحافظ البغدادي نا محمد بن عمرو بن جبلة نا حرمي بن عمارة حدثني هارون بن موسى قال : سمعت الحسن يحدث عن أنس بن مالك فقال : كان يقال في أيام العشر لكل يوم ألف و يوم عرفة عشرة آلاف يوم يعني في الفضل

“Every day of the first ten days of Dhil Hijjah is equal to a thousand days…” By carrying out an action on just one day a person will be rewarded as if he carried out that action for a thousand days.

When Sahabah heard that no action is more beloved to Allah than the actions done on the first ten days of Dhil Hijjah, they asked Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم in total astonishment,

ولا الجهاد فى سبيل الله

…That… we understand fighting and striving to be the greatest action, are you saying that small actions done on these ten days are even more beloved to Allah than jihad and fighting in the path of Allah. Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم replied,

قال « ولا الجهاد فى سبيل الله ».

Yes, small actions done on these ten days are better than fighting Jihad at any other time of the year. However, there is one exception:

« إلا رجل خرج بنفسه وماله فلم يرجع من ذلك بشىء ».

Only if a person goes out and sacrifices both his life and all his wealth, then that person will attain more reward; otherwise, for every other action, the actions of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are more beloved to Allah Ta’ala.

The great Tabi’, Imam Al-Auzai (r.a) mentions as narrated in Shuab al Iman of Imam Al-Bayhaqi,

شعب الإيمان - البيهقي - (ج 3 / ص 355)
3753 - أخبرنا أبو عبد الله الحافظ و محمد بن موسى قالا : نا أبو العباس الأصم نا العباس بن الوليد بن مزيد أخبرني أبي نا الأوزاعي قال : بلغني أن العمل في اليوم من أيام العشر بقدر غزوة في سبيل الله يصام نهارها و يحرس ليلها إلا أن يحتضن امرء و بشهادة قال الأوزاعي : حدثني بهذا الحديث رجل من قريش من بني مخزوم عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم

“It has reached me from Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم that a person who does any good action on these ten days, he would be given the reward of going to fight in the part of Allah, fasting the whole day and keeping guard of Muslims at night.”

Imagine that each of these actions; fighting in the part of Allah, fasting and looking after the Muslim army at night; each of these actions independently is adequate for the salvation of a person. By carrying out good actions in these ten days a person will get such a huge reward.

We all know that the greatest day of the week is Friday. Hadhrat Ibn Umar (r.a) has said,

لطائف المعارف - (ج 1 / ص 289)
و روى ثوير بن أبي فاخته ـ و فيه ضعف ـ عن مجاهد عن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما قال : ليس يوم أعظم عند الله من يوم الجمعة ليس العشر فإن العمل فيها يعدل عمل سنة

There is no day better than Friday except these ten days. Every day of these ten days is better than Friday because for every small action which a person does he will get the reward of doing that action for an entire year.

Respected friends, let us try to derive maximum benefit from these ten days. If we have the ability we should try to keep fast on these days and we should take out some time every night for the worship of Allah. Another action which Nabi صلى الله عليه و سلم suggested is that we continuously make dhikr as narrated in Musnad Ahmad and Al-Mujam al-kabeer of Imam At-Tabrani that Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم said,

المعجم الكبير - (ج 11 / ص 82)
11116 - حدثنا معاذ بن المثنى ثنا مسدد ثنا خالد عن يزيد بن أبي زياد عن مجاهد عن ابن عباس قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم : فأكثروا فيهن من التسبيح والتحميد والتكبير والتهليل

“Increase in reciting Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu akbar and continuously recite the kalimah la ilaha illa Allah during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.”

In Saheeh Al-Bukhari it is mentioned that during the first ten days of Dhil Hijjah Ibn Umar and Abi Hurairah used to go to the market place and recite Allahu akbar loudly in order to remind people of the remembrance of Allah. In Abu Dawood it is mentioned,

لطائف المعارف - (ج 1 / ص 295)
و لا يأتيان لشيء إلا لذلك

“They never used to go for any other reason but to remind people of the remembrance of Allah.”

Therefore, let us take out some time as a poet so beautifully mentioned,

لطائف المعارف - (ج 1 / ص 295)

( ليالي العشر أوقات الإجابة ... فبادر رغبة تلحق ثوابه )
( ألا لا وقت للعمال فيه ... ثواب الخير أقرب للإصابة )
( من أوقات الليالي العشر حقا ... فشمر واطلبن فيها الإنابة )

The first ten nights of Dhil Hijjah are a time when Allah readily accepts supplications

Allamah Firyabi narrates from Abu Musa (May Allah Ta'ala be pleased with him) that he said,

لا يرد فيهن الدعاء

We all have problems or things that we seek in life; these ten days are a period when supplications are accepted. Let us use the nights of these ten days to ask Allah for all our needs.

Hasten to perform good actions in order to attain the great reward of these days

You have heard the great rewards of these days
• These are the best of all days
• Allah has taken an oath on these days
• For every fast a person will get the reward of fasting for an entire year
• Every night is equal to Layla al Qadr
• Every action is multiplied 700 times
• For every action a person will be rewarded as if he carried out that action for a year
• For every action a person will be rewarded as if he fought in the path of Allah, in such a condition that he fasted the entire day and guarded the Muslim army at night

The poet mentions if you want these great rewards then take out some time for worship.

There is no time when actions are more readily accepted than these ten days; hence, exert yourself and turn towards Allah.

It is mentioned of the great Tabi’, Hadhrat Saeed bin Jubair (r.a) that in these ten days he used to exert himself to the maximum to such an extent that it would be almost impossible for him to increase.

لطائف المعارف - (ج 1 / ص 289)
و كان سعيد بن جبير و هو الذي روى هذا الحديث عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما إذا دخل العشر اجتهد اجتهادا حتى ما يكاد يقدر عليه

He also used to exhort his students to spend the night in worship by saying to them,

و روي عنه أنه قال : لا تطفئوا سرجكم ليالي العشر تعجبه العبادة

Respected friends, now while we have the opportunity let us try to take maximum benefit.

A poet says,
لطائف المعارف - (ج 1 / ص 295)
( ليس للميت في قبره ... فطر و لا أضحى و لا عشر )

When we die we won’t get this opportunity again.

If we cannot do any good in these ten days, then at least let us stay away from sin. Allamah Ibn Rajab Hambali mentions,

لطائف المعارف - (ج 1 / ص 295)
احذروا المعاصي فإنها تحرم المغفرة في مواسم الرحمة

Allamah Marwazi mentions in ‘Kitab al war’ that a person from the Sahabah or Tabi’een saw a dream on the first night of Dhil Hijjah that a person came to him and said, “Every person is being forgiven five times on these ten days except those who used to engage in sin by playing chess. Hence, if we cannot do any good then let us at least stay away from evil.

And finally, Dhul Hijjah marks the last month on the Islamic calendar; let us end this Islamic year on a good note by attaining forgiveness for all our sins which we carried out during the year. I leave you with a poem

و لا في عشر ذي الحجة الذي مضي كنت قواما و لا كنت صائما
فهل لك أن تمحو الذنوب بعبرة و تبكي عليها حسرة و تندما
و تستقبل العام الجديد بتوبة لعلك ان تمحو بها ما تقدما

Respected friends, if we cannot spend our entire in worship, let us at least take out some time. If we cannot fast or pray salah the entire night, let us make dhikr while walking and carrying out our chores. In a narration of Musnad Ahmad Al-Mujam al-kabeer of Imam At-Tabrani Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم said,

المعجم الكبير - (ج 11 / ص 82)
11116 - حدثنا معاذ بن المثنى ثنا مسدد ثنا خالد عن يزيد بن أبي زياد عن مجاهد عن ابن عباس قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم : فأكثروا فيهن من التسبيح والتحميد والتكبير والتهليل

“Increase in reciting Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu akbar and continuously recite the kalimah la ilaha illa Allah.”

In Saheeh Al-Bukhari it is mentioned that Ibn Umar and Abi Hurairah used to go to the market place and recite Allahu akbar loudly in order to remind people of the remembrance of Allah. In Abu Dawood it is mentioned,

لطائف المعارف - (ج 1 / ص 295)
و لا يأتيان لشيء إلا لذلك

“They never used to go for any other reason but to remind people of the remembrance of Allah.”

Brothers, these ten days are an
( ناء عن الأهل على قربه ... كذاك من مسكنه القبر )

Once you die you won’t get back these great days.

Respected brothers and sisters, these ten days are terminated by the great day of Eid wherein we have been commanded to slaughter animals. One virtuous action for those intending to slaughter is that during the first ten days of Dhil Hijjah they should not cut their nails or hair. It is narrated in Saheeh Muslim,

صحيح مسلم – (ج 6 / ص 83)
2 – حدثنا ابن أبى عمر المكى حدثنا سفيان عن عبد الرحمن بن حميد بن عبد الرحمن بن عوف سمع سعيد بن المسيب يحدث عن أم سلمة أن النبى –صلى الله عليه وسلم- قال « إذا دخلت العشر وأراد أحدكم أن يضحى فلا يمس من شعره وبشره شيئا »

“When the ten days of Dhil Hijjah set in and any of few wish to make Qurbani, then he should not cut his hair or nails.”

Commentators of Hadith suggest that the primary reason for this is that we can resemble those who are in Ihram.

One more point with which I wish to conclude, the greatest action which a person can do on Eid al-adha is to slaughter as much animals as possible. In a narration of Sunan At-Tirmidhi and Sunan Ibn Majah Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم has said,

سنن الترمذي - (ج 4 / ص 83)
حدثنا ابو عمرو مسلم بن عمرو بن مسلم الحذاء المدني حدثنا عبد الله بن نافع الصائغ أبو محمد عن ابي المثنى عن هشام بن عروة عن ابيه عن عائشة : أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال ما عمل آدمي من عمل يوم النحر أحب إلى الله من إهراق الدم
On the day of Eid al-adha the best action which a person does is to slaughter animals

Many of us send our qurbani overseas and rightfully so; the Qurbani will be valid.
Spirit is to commomerate Ebrahim However, with sending overseas we should also try to slaughter at least one sheep so that we can also participate and involve ourselves in the spirit of Qurbani. Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم used to stress on his family members to participate in Qurbani, as is narrated in Mustadrak al-Hakim,

المستدرك على الصحيحين للحاكم مع تعليقات الذهبي في التلخيص - (ج 4 / ص 247)
حدثناه أبو بكر محمد بن أحمد بن بالويه ثنا الحسن بن علي بن شبيب المعمري ثنا داود بن عبد الحميد ثنا عمرو بن قيس الملائي عن عطية عن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم لفاطمة عليها الصلاة و السلام : قومي إلى أضحيتك فاشهديها فإن لك بأول قطرة تقطر من دمها يغفر لك ما سلف من ذنوبك قالت : يا رسول الله هذا لنا أهل البيت خاصة أو لنا و للمسلمين عامة ؟ قال : بل لنا و للمسلمين عامة
تعليق الذهبي قي التلخيص : عطية واه

“Stand up and witness your Qurbani…”

Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم himself used to take special care in performing Qurbani himself. There is still time for us to buy an animal in Qurbani. Let us try our best to participate in the Qurbani.

And Allah Ta'ala knows best.


Sep 10, 2010

Eid Mubarak


Dear all brothers and friends 

" EID MUBARAK " to you all

Md. Abdul Quddus

Sep 5, 2010

Know in detail before you act

There is a nasihah probably of umar . He says " Judge a person only after staying with him ". It means that when you stay with a person for some time, then you will know the true color of a person. 

For example I once met a doctor who is more respectable in the region. Initially I thought he was very righteous. But I had some work with him and I had to go to him for few days. But soon I realized he is a professional lier. It is my bad habit that I recheck all the things before accepting any word from others. So when I rechecked the things he said, I was astonished to the level and style of his lying.

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How far are we related to our brothers and sisters these days? This recent incident has moved my heart so much. One girl's father passed away on Jumatul widah. One friend of this girl who lives in other city didn't come to see her because she was in her husband's house. Few days later the girl whose father died called to her friend and asked her to come to her home. Her mental state was not good and was subjected to severe shock as her father was not much old. However the husband agreed, but the father of his wife doesn't want her daughter to go there, only because he is afraid that her husband's family would feel bad.


Till here everything is good but what has hurt me is that the father of this girl told her "is she your relative to worry about?"

Are we expected to say such words as a muslim ?

Sep 3, 2010

The Ramazan is on End


I know it has been a long time back since I actually posted on my blog. I was busy with some not more useful things on earth... But now alhamdulillah I thought I should be back to my islamic life (which was a sort of out of order since few months). Yeah, I know Islamic life doesnt mean that I should start blogging, but how ever I would like to write some islamic perspectives of mine. 

However the month of Ramazan is at an end and unfortunately the time has gone waste till now. Please pray to Allah that we get more ikhlas and strength to pray in this end times of Ramazan

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Aug 5, 2010

Staying up late at night ... A disease of modern youth !!

Assalamu 'alaikum,

this is beneficial to me. insha Allah, the article is beneficial to others as well

"It is He who has appointed the night a covering for you and sleep for a rest. The day He has appointed for rising." (Surah Furqaan: 47)

Thus, the night is created for rest and the day for work and for seeking provision. Yet we do the exact opposite. We are up at night and sleep late into the day, sometimes, up to or even beyond Dhuhr time, and waste much precious time. 'Umar Radhi Allaahu Anhu used to punish people the people who did this and say: 'You stay up for the first part of the night, then sleep for the last part of it?'".

If we look at how the righteous before us spent their nights, we realize that they used their nights as a means to earning Jannah; praying, reciting the Qur'aan, crying and supplicating to Allah. However, some of us Muslims, today take their nights as a means of entertainment and fun and even, audhu billaah, a means of haraam and sin.

Actually, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) himself, did not like to stay up or even speak after Ishaa.
"The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) used to like to delay the 'Ishaa' prayer and he hated to sleep before it or talk after it". (Bukhari).
He also disapproved of staying up late and warned against it.

Why did he do that? Because staying up late might cause many harms. Some of them are:

1. It may cause one to totally miss the Fajr prayer
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "Between a man and kufr and shirk, there stands his giving up prayer." (Muslim)

2. Even if you do wake up for Fajr, it is extremely hard to concentrate in the prayer or even know what one is saying.

3. Staying up late causes health problems, exhaustion, weakness, and loss of enthusiasm.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "Staying up late is tiring and burdensome." (Daarimi, Tabaraani, others)

4. It also leads to lack of responsibility and laziness, as it is extremely difficult to wake up early for school, job, etc. if you are up half the night. The person ends up sleeping late into the day, missing his work, and slacking in responsibility.
Al-Fudayl ibn 'Iyaad said: There are two qualities that harden the heart: sleeping too much and eating too much.

5. We also miss out on the most blessed part of the day is the early morning. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) said:
"The early morning has been blessed for my Ummah."(Saheeh al-Jaami').
That's why whenever the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) sent out troops or an army, he would send them at the beginning of the day. But by sleeping late, we lose the blessings of this time and the profits we could have gained.

6. If we don't sleep early, we can't wake up in time for qiyaam ul-lail, a time for prayer, making dua and seeking forgiveness from Allaah, as the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
"Our Lord descends every night to the heavens when there is only one third of the night remaining and says: Who is supplicating to me so that I can respond to him? Who is asking Me for something so that I can grant him that which he is asking for? Who is seeking My forgiveness so that I can forgive him" (Bukhaari, Muslim)

Is it befitting that we, as Muslims, miss this honorable and virtuous time and waste it either sleeping or following our desires?

7. Staying up late is also a major reason behind many of the moral crimes, community problems, car accidents, etc.

Exceptions to the rule:

The Ulama say that staying up late unnecessarily is nothing but a bad habit, unless it serves a purpose, such as praying and worshipping Allaah, seeking knowledge of Islaam, a person's job, traveling, students preparing for exams, or other beneficial or permissible matters.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "Staying up late is for one of three categories of people; those traveling, those praying the night prayers, or those on their wedding night." (Abu Ya'laa).

What Islam encourages us to do is to sleep early, preferably right after Ishaa, then wake up early in time for our prayers (Fajr and Tahajjud, if possible) and then take advantage of the blessings of early morning for our work and provision. We are also encouraged to take a nap during the day, either before Dhuhr or after, if we are able to.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

"Take a nap, for the shayaateen do not take naps." (al-Tabaraani--Saheeh).
Ishaaq ibn 'Abd-Allaah said: "Taking a nap is one of the deeds of good people. It revitalizes the heart and helps one to pray qiyaam al-layl."
Mohammad Salih

Apr 11, 2010

Linguistic Miracle of Al-Qur'an

Asalaam alaikum warahmatulah wabarakatuh.
لِّيَجْزِيَ اللَّهُ الصَّادِقِينَ بِصِدْقِهِمْ وَيُعَذِّبَ الْمُنَافِقِينَ إِن شَاءَ أَوْ يَتُوبَ عَلَيْهِمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا

(Ahzaab 33:24)

That Allah may reward the truthful for their truth and punish the hypocrites if He wills or accept their repentance. Indeed, Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful.


See how; Allah mentions His Name near the Saadiqeen [truthful], yet He does not mention His Name near the hypocrites.

This is done because Allah is close to the Saadiqeen [truthful to themselves and truthful to Allah] - so He mentions His closeness to them by mentioning His Name next to them, and is angry with the hypocrites, so He does not mention His Name near the hypocrites [i.e. He is distant from them].


But to give hope to those who have hypocrisy in their hearts, He mentions that the hypocrite can still reach that closeness to Allah, and that can only be reached by approaching His Forgiveness and Mercy.

He pictures this by placing His Names of Mercy (Ghafoor & Raheem) next to the Name; Allah, so the hypocrite will only get closer to Allah by approaching His Forgiveness & Mercy.

Point #1 is used many times in the Qur'an, sometimes in selected aayaat/verses [like above], sometimes in whole Surahs i.e. in Surah Tariq, Allah does not even mention His Name once in the whole Surah, due to His Anger and distance against the rejectors/disbelievers.


Allah Does Not Disappoint

In one of Shaykh Muhammad Mukhtar al-Shanqiti's tapes on 'Yaqin' (certainty), he mentions the story of a scholar who was once afflicted with poverty…

The scholar had just completed writing the tafseer of the Qur'an but due to his poor income, he was unable to publish his work. So he went and sought counsel from his brethren, students and teachers. They directed him to man who possessed much wealth and riches saying 'Go to so-and-so, he'll provide you with some money so you can publish your work.'

The scholar went and rented a ship, embarking on his journey and going by sea. However, it was by the Mercy and Divine Plan of Allah `azza wa jall that as he set off, he saw a man walking along the seashore. He ordered the captain of the ship to let this man get on and ride along with them. When the man got on, the scholar asked, 'Who are you?' He said, 'I am so-and-so (mentioning his name).' The man then asked, 'Where are you going (i.e. where is the ship destined?).' The scholar said, 'I am going to so-and-so in search of his assistance in publishing my book.' The man said, 'I hear you have interpreted the Qur'an?' He said, 'Yes.' The man said, 'Subhan Allah, how did you interpret the statement of Allah `azza wa jall,

إيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وإيَّاكَ نَسْتعِينُ
'You do we worship and only in You do we seek Help.'
[Surah al-Fatiha]
The scholar provided the man with the tafseer of the verse, but he understood the intent that lay behind the question. So he said to the captain of the ship, 'Take me back to my house.'

May Allah have mercy upon him; despite his needy state, he returned to his house, but with his heart filled with certainty that Allah `azza wa jall would surely suffice him, take him out of this poverty and ease his affairs.

No more than 3 days had passed by when a man knocked on his door. He opened it and the man said, 'I've come with a message from so-and-so. News has reached him that you have authored a tafseer of the Qur'an which he would like to see.' Incredibly, this turned out to be the same man whom the scholar had set off to meet and get help from! So he gave the tafseer to the messenger who took it back with him. When the wealthy man read it, he was filled with amazement and admiration, causing him to return a pouch filled with gold and riches to the poor scholar.

We should never forget…

ما أيقن الإنسان بالله عز وجل فخيّبه الله سبحانه وتعالى
'A person has never held certainty in Allah `azza wa jall only for Allah to disappoint him.' Never will Allah disappoint those with yaqeen (certainty), tawakkul (reliance) and husn al-dhann (good opinion) of Him.

"Each of you should ask for his needs from Allaah, even if the strap of your sandal breaks, because if Allaah does not facilitate it, it will never be possible."


Apr 4, 2010

Miracle Sounds [Onomatopoeia] in al-Qur'an.

Asalaam alaikum warahmatulah wabarakatuh

The use of delicate sounds.. exhibits the Qur'an's ability to express meaning and images via the sound of its text:

The Still Night..

وَاللَّيْلِ إِذَا سَجَىٰ

wallayli izaa sajaa..

"And by the Night when it is still.." [Qur'an 93: 2]
The way the Qur'an uses the word 'when it is still' produces a tranquil tone and a smooth sound. This indicates the peace, stillness and serenity that night time provides.

The Striking of Rocks to Produce Sparks:

The Qur'an also uses sound to build intense images, for example,

فَالْمُورِيَاتِ قَدْحًا

Faalmooriyaati Qad-han

"And the producers of sparks striking" [Qur'an 100: 2] (really referring to war horses galloping and their hooves striking rocks to produce sparks [refer to the tafseers on this verse])

The word for sparks striking, 'Qad-han', that is used here emits a sound that develops the sense of this image, the proximity of the Arabic letters Qa - striking the 'daal' and rebounding the 'ha' is responsible for this sound.

Splattering and Scattering..

In another example,:

وَأَنزَلْنَا مِنَ الْمُعْصِرَاتِ مَاءً ثَجَّاجًا

Waanzalna mina almu'siraati maa'an thajjaja

And sent down, from the rain clouds, pouring water.[Naba' 78:14]

The use of the word 'thajjaja' in this verse, with its series of vowels emits a sound of splattering and scattering, which expresses the image of the drama.

For example in the verse below the Qur'an uses words that imitate the sound they denote. This rhetorical device called Onomatopoeia is widely used throughout the Qur'anic discourse.

Saaaakhah.. the loud deafening noise.
فَإِذَا جَاءَتِ الصَّاخَّةُ

Fa-itha jaa'ati-ssaaakhah

But when there comes the Deafening Blast. [Abasa 80:33]

The word for 'deafening noise', 'alssaakhah,' chosen here produces a sound eluding to its meaning.

The Arabic letters 'kha' connected with a 'ta' [marboota = a 'ha' sound] emanate harsh sounds which conform to the meaning of the text.

The Waswasa Whispering..

فَوَسْوَسَ إِلَيْهِ الشَّيْطَانُ

Fa Wasswassa ilayhi-shaytaan.. [Ta-Ha 20:120]

So Satan whispered to him [Adam]...

The word Wasswassa = Repeated Whispering which is targetted at someone, paused, and then comes back again.

The word is repeated twice [Wass-Wassa] because satan's whispering is targetted at a person - to make them doubt/fear/get confused etc. then he will go away and come back again to whisper again another time...

[Also See Surah al-Naas 114.]

The utilisation of sounds in the Qur'an also play a rhetorical role.

Sounds in the Qur'an are employed to increase the effect of its message. The Arabic language has many words for a single meaning, but yet the Qur'an selects and arranges the words to portray the intended meaning in addition to create sounds to conform to the image, scene and message the book conveys. This is not only done by selecting the right words but also arranging them in a specific way to develop sounds and rhythms. Just by touching upon a few simple examples it can be seen why Pickthall was lead to believe that the Qur'an had an "inimitable symphony".

A famous Orientalist Arberry comments on his personal experience with the rhythm of the Qur'an:

"Whenever I hear the Quran chanted, it is as though I am listening to Music, underneath the flowing melody there is sounding… insistent beat of a drum, it is like the beating of my heart."

Arthur J. Arberry. 1964.The Koran Interpreted. Oxford University Press

Refer to this link for more Comments of non-muslim Orientalists on the Qur'an's miraculousness;
Divine - Linguistic Miracle..: Al Quran - the Linguistic Miracle - Hamza Tzortis. And what the Orientalists said about it.

Refer to the following Aayaat/verses for more Onomatopoeias' in the Qur'an.

[al Waqi'ah 56:4], [Nazi'at 79:6-7], [Ta-Ha 20:120], [Zalzala 99:1].


Apr 3, 2010

Rhyming Scheme in Surah Maryam

In Surah Maryam the rhyming pattern is very distinct and consistent throughout the beginning of the Surah all the way up until the point that it begins to address Isa (alayhis Salam).

Listen to [or read] Surah Maryam [surah/chapter 19], starting from verse [19:]2, all the way to verse 33. This is a narrative of the story of Prophet Zakariyyah, and Maryam/Mary (peace be upon them.) Then it begins briefly on the birth of Prophet 'Eesa/Jesus.

So at the end of every aayah/verse, there is an "iyya" sound at the end. I.e. زَكَرِيَّا [Zakariyyah] (in the 2nd verse), with شَقِيًّا [Shakkiyya] (on the 32nd verse), حَيًّاHayya [meaning 'Life'] (on the 33rd verse). With the 33rd verse referring to Jesus talking whilst being a baby.

Suddenly, a Drastic change takes place - the Rhyming Scheme changes totally:

ذَٰلِكَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ ۚ قَوْلَ الْحَقِّ الَّذِي فِيهِ يَمْتَرُونَ
That is Jesus, the son of Mary - the word of truth about which they are in dispute. [Maryam 19:34]

The last word now is 'yamtaroon'.

Why is this rhyming scheme changed?

Part of the characteristics of the Quran is that it is something meant to be recited and heard by the people. When someone is listening to this, and they notice an abrupt change they will automatically pay more attention. The rhyme scheme is not beautification only, but it serves a very real purpose in drawing attention to a very important point in the Surah.

This important point in the Surah is clearing the doubts on the character Jesus son of Mary, about whom they are in dispute. This abrupt change makes you notice a difference in rhythm and tune, it must be really big news for the tune/rhythm/theme to change totally after so long.. It gives focus, and clears the doubts of the sincere listener.

Rhythm continues...

After that part is finished, Allah starts talking about Ibrahim/Abraham (alayhis Salam) and his story [from Surah Maryam 19:34 onwards], it returns back to the original pattern (with 'Iyya' at the end of the verses again).. To continue the flow of what was being mentioned previously of the narratives of the righteous.

Quranic Incoherence? 2 Miracles Respond |

Mohammad Salih

Apr 1, 2010

The Secret Happiness

Asalaam alaikum Warahmatulah Wabarakatuh

So important is the concept of 'happiness' in our lives that many people – even dating back to the days of the Greek philosophers – considered its pursuit to be the very purpose of existence.

Indeed, the Qur'an itself speaks of happiness as being one of the rewards of those whom Allah chooses to admit to Paradise. He says of the martyrs in Aal-'Imraan, verse 170,

فَرِحِينَ بِمَا آَتَاهُمُ اللَّهُ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ
They rejoice in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His Bounty

And of the reward of the pious believers [al-Insaan, verse 11],

فَوَقَاهُمُ اللَّهُ شَرَّ ذَلِكَ الْيَوْمِ وَلَقَّاهُمْ نَضْرَةً وَسُرُورًا
So, Allah saved them from the evil of that Day and gave them a light of beauty and joy.

What becomes immediately apparent upon reading the Arabic text (but once again obscured in the translation) is that two very different words have been used to convey the idea of happiness: فَرِحِينَ fariheena, which is conjugated from the noun فَرَح farah, and سُرُور suroor, and this is prevalent throughout the Qur'an. This is because there are two very different types of happiness being referred to.

فَرَح farah generally refers to transitory delights or pleasures, as is the case in bodily or worldly pleasure. For this reason, most times that فَرَح farah appears in the Qur'an, it is being censured, as in the story of Qarun [al-Qasas, verse 76],

إِنَّ اللهَ لا يُحِبُّ الَفِرحِينَ
Indeed, Allaah does not like the fariheen

But when the source of the farah is specified in the Qur'an, as in the verse from Aal-'Imraan mentioned above, the meaning becomes restricted (muqayyad) and it is no longer censured.

But perhaps a greater distinction between the two lies in the manifestation of the happiness. Whereas the expression of farah is external and with clear outward signs, suroor refers to the expansion of one's heart with delight or pleasure wherein is quiet or tranquility, and as such it has no external sign. This is indicated by the root from which the word stems – س ر seen raa' – the same root as the word سرّ sirr, or secret. So suroor is a secret happiness, known to one's heart but not always seen by others, as Ibn 'Abbas said in reference to the above verse from al-Insaan, "The نضرة nadrah is on their faces, and the سرور suroor is in their hearts."

Such distinctions exemplify yet another example in which the translation fails and the original prevails.

Mohammad Salih

Mar 11, 2010

Moulana Hameed-uddin Aqeel Hussami has passed away - we feel his loss


The news broke our heart today as we came to know that one of the greatest alim of India, Moulana Aqeel sahab has passed away today at 4 am. He was the boldest alim in India and was well known for eradicating bidah from minds of people. On the 10 moharram when shias do matam, he used to say its kufr sitting in the masjid which shared same ground of matam of shias. the masjid was not used before since its in shia place but Aqeel sahab said that we will read namaz here and he would be the khatib there. Now that masjid is one of the big masjids in hyderabad and has one of the largest gatherings on fridays.

He was one of the most respected alims and elderly man in India.

May Allah have mercy on his soul and give him the best in jannah and may Allah give us strength to fight bidah and shias like he did

inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon

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