Lost Sunnah Series- Ramadhan2016

All praise is due to Allah swt, Lord of the worlds and May His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. 

Subhanallah! How time has flown. Ramadhan is already departing. It feels like it only came yesterday. I pray we have all tried to at least fulfil some of its rights and Allah swt accepts its from all of us. Ameen. 

I also pray you have benefitted from the #LostSunnah series by DesignsbyMercy as much as I have, Insha Allah. Whoever they are, May Allah swt accept from them, give them barakah in this life and in the hereafter and May their sharing the Sunnah be a sign of acceptance in the sight of Allah swt. 

I have Alhumdulillah, compiled the whole series into one post for easy access/use.

Also, a gentle reminder that Ramadhan maybe over for this year but being a Muslim is not. The Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu alyhi wasallam are not just for Ramadhan, they are for life. 

Practice upon them and the Qur’aan and we shall Insha Allah never go astray. 

All praise is due to Allah swt at the beginning and at the end. 

May you be rewarded for visiting and May we all benefit. Ameen. 

The Katibah. 

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Building a Connection

All praise is due to Allah ﷻ, Lord of the worlds and May His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and messenger, Muhammad ﷺ.

Once in Madinah during the time of Rasulullah ﷺ, a companion, Aws bin Samit (rd) became displeased with his wife, Khowla bint Tha’labah (rd) and gave her a talaaq-e-zihaar. This was a type of divorce which was issued in the time of ignorance. The husband would say “You are to me like the back of my mother”. These words likened his relationship with his wife to his relationship with his mother and made his wife forbidden to him forever. Even after marrying another man, the wife would not be able to ever remarry her first husband again.

Khowla bint Tha’labah (rd) was an old woman and no longer at an age to remarry. Any person can imagine how distressed she must have felt and as was the habit of the companions, she ran to Rasulullah ﷺ with her problem.

Rasulullah ﷺ was residing at Aishah’s (rd) house at the time. Khowla (rd) came and said; “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! My husband has given me a talaaq-e-zihaar. What do you command”?

Until this time, Rasulullah ﷺ had not received any revelation related to the matter and so he said; “Oh Khowla! You have become forbidden for him”. This was the ruling according to the customs of the time.

Upon hearing this reply, Khowla (rd) pleaded; “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! He spent my wealth, exhausted my youth and my womb bore abundantly for him. When I became old and unable to bear children, he pronounced zihaar on me. Where shall I go and how will my children do their living?”

But once again Rasulullah ﷺ replied; “Oh Khowla! You have become forbidden for him.” She pleaded again; “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! Please review your answer”. But Rasulullah ﷺ realised that Khowla (rd) was not going to listen so he bowed his head and did not reply.

Khowla (rd) saw this and so she said; “Oh Rasulullah ﷺ! I will complain directly to your lord”! She raised her hands to the heavens and she spoke quietly to Allah ﷻ; “Oh Allah! I bring my complaint directly to you. I have small children. I do not have the strength or money to feed them. Nor can I rely on their father as he has also become old. Oh Allah! Send a decision in my favour on your prophet’s tongue”. Suddenly the signs of revelation being revealed were noted on Rasulullah ﷺ and once he was relieved, he smiled; “Oh Khowla! Allah has revealed in regards to you and your husband.

Allah ﷻ revealed;

Indeed Allah has heard the talk of the woman who was debating with you concerning her husband and was complaining to Allah. And Allah was hearing the conversation between you both. Verily, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.

(Surah Mujadalah, verse 1)

Subhanallah! The connection that Khowla (rd) had with Allah ﷻ speaks directly to my soul. Just try to imagine yourself in the presence of Rasulullah ﷺ. How fortunate would that person be! No person would even think of asking anyone else for confirmation of what was said. Yet here was Khowla (rd). She was a woman and she was old. But her connection with Allah ﷻ was so strong that when she realised that Rasulullah ﷺ was not going to listen to her, she turned to Allah ﷺ. Not because she did not believe in Rasulullah ﷺ. But because she knew that Allah ﷻ answered the prayer of the person in distress.

In Surah Ghafir, Allah ﷻ says;

And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.”

But when will Allah ﷻ respond?

He will “respond” when you believe in Him. When your conviction in Him is so strong that be it in a time of need or not, you know that Allah ﷻ is there for you. When you believe without a doubt, that He is forever present.

Take a look at Khowla (rd). What did she do that made her so special, that Allah ﷻ revealed the Qur’aan to Rasulullah ﷺ in response to her call. The only thing that she did was ask Allah ﷻ to reveal a ruling in her favour with conviction in her heart.

Khowla (rd) spoke to Allah ﷻ. She prolonged her call. She beautified her speech like she was talking to her lover. She did not just simply say “Oh Allah! Give me this!” She knew that Allah ﷻ knew. But she was pleading her case in the court of Allah ﷻ and in response, Allah ﷻ revealed the Qur’aan. How truly amazing is that! Khowla (rd) made one plea to Allah ﷻ. Just one plea!

In a narration, Aishah (rd) says; “Pure is He, whose hearing encompasses all things. I heard what Khowla bint Tha’labah said about her husband while some of it I could not hear despite being so close to her in the same room, but Allah ﷻ heard her all her conversation and said; “Indeed, Allah has heard…”

Subhanallah! Allah ﷻ is All-Hearing, All-seeing. Allah ﷻ truly is the one who hears your plea, who hears your cry for help. He really is the only one who will not break your heart. When you call Him lovingly, when you call to Him in distress, when you talk to Him like there is no one else that you love more than Him, He will answer your call. And if you feel that Allah ﷻ has not answered your call, don’t feel disheartened. Just think that Allah ﷻ wants you to talk to Him for longer. Don’t demand from Allah ﷻ. He is not the one who is in need of us. Talk to Him! Plead with Him. Beg Him. Cry to Allah ﷻ. Plant your seed of hope in your prayers and see the miracles that grow in your life!

The key point to this lesson is we have to build a connection with Allah ﷻ if we want him to respond to our call and there is no better time to do this than in the month of Ramadhaan.

In a hadeeth, Rasulullah ﷺ says;

“When Ramadhaan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened, and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.”

(al-Bukhaari, 3277; Muslim, 1079)

Here is a golden opportunity. We have to take advantage of it. We have to build a connection with Allah ﷻ today. We cannot wait for tomorrow. Who has been promised the next minute, let alone tomorrow? We cannot wait around for next Ramadhaan. Who knows whether we will even see next Ramadhaan? There is only about a week left of Ramadhaan. How many of us can say that we have truly connected with Allah ﷻ in this month? How many of us can say that without a doubt we will not turn back to our old ways because our connection with Allah ﷻ is stronger than before?

Build a connection with Allah ﷻ before it’s too late. No one needs to know how you’re building your connection. That is between you and Allah ﷻ. All you need to remember is that it does not have to be something great. Start small. Give charity. Recite the Qur’aan more often. Stand up for the night pray. Anything. Just as long as you are doing something.

I know that this is easier said than done. We face obstacles in our path in the form of our own wishes and desires. We all have our ups and downs. But that’s ok. That’s life. We’re bound to have a bumpy ride. But as long as we are trying to connect with Allah ﷻ, we will Insha Allah be getting somewhere.

A wise person once said;

“The path to Allah ﷻ is long. It is not important that you reach the end. What is important is that you are on this path when you die.”

All praise is due to Allah ﷻ at the beginning and at the end.

May you be rewarded for visiting and May we all benefit. Ameen.

The Katibah.

Resources used:

Ma’riful Quran
Tafseer Ibn Katheer

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Updated Ramadhan1437 Checklists

A chance for some very easy reward this Ramadhan Insha Allah. Please spread far and wide to maximize rewards.

Assalamualaykum. w. w.

*Ramadhan 1437: Time to up our game*

Alhamdulillah, it gives me great pleasure to present to the masses an *updated* version of the 3 Ramadhan checklists that were used last year *which have been amended after consultation with expert Ulama*:

#Checklist for ages 15+ (mature students and adults)

#Checklist for *Secondary School* students who aren’t yet mature (11 – 14)

#Checklist for *Primary School* children (under – 11s)

Obtain a digital PDF and JPG copy from this link:
https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=38F6260CCD64058B!1539&authkey=!AJvSHsePdFdOUUU&ithint=folder%2c

OR use the *QR Code*

Residents of Gloucester can pick it up from all the Masjids or contact me (Moulana Abdullah) directly on *07597841840*.

Please pass these checklists far and wide. You *will* be rewarded for every person who uses the checklist, even if only for a day. It really is a win-win situation for all of us.

You really don’t know who you might inspire and help reconnect with Allah SWT.

Please remember myself, my family and my friends in your sincere duas.

Wassalam
Moulana Abdullah, Masjid Umar, Gloucester

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Journey to Taif

All praise is due to Allah the Almighty, the lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

For the past ten years since Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam had been blessed with prophet hood, he had been delivering the message of Islam to the people of Makkah without much success. Only some had accepted his call to tawheed and amongst the people of Makkah were a few who were kind-hearted and supported him even though they had not accepted Islam. However the rest of the people left no stone unturned in placing obstacles in his path and were always ready to prosecute him and his followers.

From the few who supported him without Imaan was Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam’s uncle Abu Talib, who passed away that year in the month of Rajab. That very same year in the month of Ramadhan, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam also lost his beloved wife Khadijah rd, who was always ready to accept his work, who supported him without any hesitation and who encouraged him when the people troubled and tortured him to give up his call to Islam. This year proved to be an extremely hard time for Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam for Khadijah rd was not only his wife. She was the pillar that kept him standing when he was troubled. She was the mother of his children and most importantly she believed in him when others did not.

In the Musnad of Imam Ahmad rahimullah it has been mentioned that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam once said: “She believed in me while people disbelieved in me. And she trusted in me while the people belied me. And she helped me and comforted me, in person and wealth, when the people would not. Allah provided me with children by her, and he did not with others”.

After her demise, he sallallahu alayhi wasallam was not seen for days and when people went to see how he was doing, they would see silent tears rolling down his beloved cheeks whilst he consoled his much-loved children. With both, Abu Talib and Khadijah rd, gone the disbelievers got a free-hand and therefore accelerated in torturing Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam without any thought. Hence this year was named Aamul Huzn- the year of sorrow.

At Taif, the next largest town in Hejaz, about 60 miles from Makkah, there lived a clan by the name of Banu Thaqeef who were strong in number. As the people of Makkah were not accepting Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam’s call to Islam and he was still suffering from the loss of his beloved wife and uncle, he left for Taif with hope of winning them over to the call of Islam. This would give the Muslim’s strength in numbers and establish a future base for the invitation towards Islam.

He sallallahu alayhi wasallam set out on foot in the month of Shawwal, in the year of Nabuwwah (End of May/Beginning of June 619 C.E.) with his freed slave Zaid bin Harithah. Upon reaching Taif, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam had a meeting with three chieftains of Thaqif, Abd Yalil, Mas’ood and habeeb and invited them towards Islam. However these unfortunate men not only refused to listen to anything he had to say, they also withheld any type of hospitality, they were extremely rude and let Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam verbally know that he was not welcome to stay in their town. One of them said “He is tearing the clothes of the Ka’bah! Is it true that Allah has sent you as a prophet?” The second said “Has Allah not found someone else to entrust him with his message?” and the third said: “I swear by Allah that I will never speak to you. If you are really the messenger of Allah, then you are too important to be speaking to me. If you are lying against Allah, then I should never speak to you”.

Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam had not expected such behaviour from the heads of the clan. But due to his steadfast he did not accept defeat and instead decided to approach the common folk of the clan. For ten days he sallallahu alayhi wasallam delivered his message from Allah the Almighty. However just like their chiefs, they too treated him in an uncivilised manner and asked him to leave.

Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam realized anymore effort would be in vain and so decided to leave. But these misfortunate people were not ready to let him go in peace and they set street urchins upon him, to trouble him and stone him.

They rained upon him stone after stone and the rahmatul lil aalameen sallallahu alayhi wasallam began to bleed so much that his shoes filled with blood. So much so that his shoes were stuck to his feet. He sallallahu alayhi wasallam would run, stumble and trip. Then he would get up again and the stones would rain down upon him once more. This happened repeatedly until Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam fell unconscious.

His servant Zaid bin Harithah rd was also hurt. He had blood flowing from his head trying to shield the messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and when Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam fell unconscious he lifted the blessed body onto his shoulders and took shelter in a garden. He laid Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam under a grapevine and let Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam gain consciousness.

Unknown to Zaid rd this garden belonged to the enemy of Islam Utbah bin Rabiah, who later of led the army of Quraysh onto the battle field of Badr and who also held up the flag for the kuffar in this battle. He was an enemy yet when he saw the state of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, his heart melted and he said: “What have the people of Taif done to Muhammad? He who showed mercy to his enemies, we did not have mercy on him. We did not see the value of his tears”. He became so emotional that he went and broke off grapes from a bush and began to go towards Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But he became shy. So he called his servant, Addas and said: Addas! Take this to that wounded man over there and say to him that I said, I take an oath of our relationship! Do not turn away this plate from yourself”.

Addas came and presented the grapes. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam took a grape, put it to his mouth and said “Bismillah”. Upon hearing this, Addas exclaimed: “what are these words? The people here do not use these words”. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam smiled and asked him: “Where are you from?” He replied: “Nineveh”.  Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said “I see! So you’re from the land of my brother Yunus”! Surprised, Addas said: “How do you know about yunus?” Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam replied: “I am a prophet of Allah and so was he. So Addas began to kiss his forehead and his hands and his feet and he accepted Islam.

Upon his acceptance Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam forgot about the pain of his wounds. He lifted his hands towards the heavens and he cried out: “Oh my lord! Should I not complain to you? Who did you submit me to? Such people that this is my state. You know what has become of me, what is hidden from you?!”

Hearing this the seven skies began to shake and throne of Allah the Almighty began to tremble and within seconds jibraeel as came down with the angel of mountains. He, the angel of the mountains said: “Assalaamu’alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh Oh Rasulullah! Command us Oh messenger of Allah and we will crush these people between the two mountains.

But Allah the Almighty had sent down Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam as a mercy for mankind. He said “No! They did not but maybe someone from their lineage will accept Islam. I have not been sent as a punishment. I have been sent as a mercy. I have not been sent to curse people. I have been sent as a mercy.” Such was the mercy of Muhammad bin Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam that upon hearing this the angels of the skies began to cry.

Then Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was then refreshed and with hope in Allah the Almighty and fresh determination he returned to Makkah Mukarramah.

Lessons learnt

1) From the story of Addas rd the greatest lesson we learn is that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam never generalised. To him every person he met, every individual he saw, was a potential Muslim and a potential good person. It did not matter whether this person was a believer or a non-believer, a saint or a sinner. Every person was treated as an equal and this is exactly how we should treat those around us. Don’t judge a person for they may not look like they have much good in them but Allah the Almighty may have plans that we know nothing of…

2) Another great lesson to be learnt is that we must bare patience over what befalls us. Allah the Almighty says in his Qur’aanul Kareem:

So be patient with gracious patient. (70:5)

And then again in another place He says:

Oh you who have believed! Seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed Allah is with the patient. (2:153)

Allah the Almighty asks us to be patient and he will be with us. Just like how He was with Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam at every difficult moment in his life. He went through hardship. But then came ease. So just be patient over what is passing you by. If you make patient as it should be done then Allah the Almighty will definitely be with you.

3) It has been related in Tirmidhi that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam has said: “Have mercy on those on the earth and the one in the heavens will have mercy on you”.

Allah the Almighty has said in his glorious Qur’aan:

And we have not sent you (O Muhammad) except as a mercy for the worlds. (21:107)

And what amazing mercy did Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam show to the people of Taif. They verbally abused him, showed him no hospitality, stoned him and bloodied him. They showed him no mercy yet he sallallahu alayhi wasallam showed mercy to them. If he wanted to he could’ve commanded the angel to crush them between the two mountains but instead he wished them well and made du’aa for them. So though you may go through rough patches with people forgive them. Make du’aa for them. This is better for our peace of mind no matter how hard it is to do at times.

4) Lastly, after all the trouble Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam went through for us, it is out right upon him to send as much durood as possible. Be it once a day or a hundred, send him as many as possible. Make it part of your daily life. Be it when you go to sleep, wake up, iron, cook, clean, work, send as much as possible because He sallallahu alayhi wasallam truly deserves it.

May Allah the Almighty send upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam as much salutations and blessings as he deserves. Ameen.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit. Ameen.

All praise is due to Allah the Almighty at the beginning and at the end.

The Katibah.

Resources used:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UjcDEp_BwM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFM89Jy094M

http://www.muftisays.com/forums/36-nabi-s–sahaabah-stories/2594-the-prophets-sallallaho-alaihe-wasallam-journey-to-taif.html

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