Thursday, January 29, 2009

Medicine of The Prophet (peace be upon him)


(A good book that was given to me by a friend when she came back from performing her Haj last year.)



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Narrated by Sahihan that the Messenger of Allah(peace be upon him) said "Allah has not sent down a disease except that He has also sent down its cure"

At-Tarmidhi narrated that 'Abdullah bin Mihsan Al-Ansari said..The Messenger of Allah(peace be upon him) said : "He who reaches the morning while health in his body, safe in his residence and having his day's sustenance, will be as if the entire life of this world was granted to him."

In addition, Imam Ahmad narrated that Abu Bakr As-Siddiq said, I heard the Messenger of Allah(peace be upon him) said, "ask Allah for certainty and good health, for indeed, no one will have a better possession after certainty of Faith than good health."

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Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet
Author: Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jauziyah
Binding: Hardcover, 359 pages
Publisher: Darussalam Publications, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Synopsis

Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet is the panacea for those in search of good health. It is a magnificent work that is a treasure every Muslim household. Although it was written by the author, Ibn Al-Qayyim, over six hundred and fifty years ago, it is extremely timely work for our generation in which health and natural health care products have become an important aspect of the lives of so many.

The author presents the guidance of the Prophet in dealing with a variety of health issues, including treatment of ailment and preventive remedies to keep the body fit. As the Qur'an and Sunnah are the main sources of Islamic lifestyle, it only stands to reason that they should likewise be referred to in the matters of health and fitness.

This is the approach taken by Ibn Al-Qayyim as he presents Verses of the Qur'an and statements of the Prophet as his main reference in these issues of health and medicines. The final chapters the this work include an extremely beneficial glossary of remedies, herbs, foods and other natural substances that aid in the journey towards better health.

Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet is an invaluable reference guide for the Muslim of every land and every generation. May Allah bestow His mercy and blessings upon the author, Ibn Al-Qayyim, for surely his work will be cherished throughout time.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

The Story of Zam Zam





Video Title : The Story of Zam Zam

Video Description :A nice short cartoon for kids explaining a little of the history of zam zam.

Munajat




Nasheed Munajat (by Sami Yusuf)

Wahdi fi dhulmati layli
Fi wahshati darbi
Hammi yuthqiluni
Dhanbi yu’limuni

Wahdi, ad’uka wa arju
Min dhanbi ashku
Mali siwak
Ana fi himak

CHORUS:
Farham ‘abdan najak
Ya Allah, ya Allah
Anta alraja
Minka alhuda
Ya Allah, ya Allah

Rabbahu hudak
Ma ziltu asir
Wa’alal ‘isyan
Ma ‘udtu qadir
Fa’anir durubi
Waghfir dhunubi
Fa’anal faqir


Qad ‘adal qalbu
Fiddarbi yasir
Farihan mushtaqan
Lillahi yatir
Wa rajahu ridhaka
Yawma liqaka
Antal qadir

Are You Going Through Hardships In Life?



Video Title : Are You Going Through Hardships In Life?

Video Description :Are You Going Through Hardships In Life?



Allah says (in the interpretation of the meaning): `Certainly, We shall test you with fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits; but give glad tidings to the patient - those who, when afflicted with calamity say, `Truly to Allah we belong, and truly to Him shall we return.` It is those who will be awarded blessings and mercy from their Lord; and it is those who are the guided ones.` [Surah Baqarah, 2:155-157]

SubhaanAllah, The life of this world is nothing but a Big Test, one after another... but the believer stays strong and never gives up. The Believer shows gratitude and thankfulness for all the wonderful blessings Allah gives him and displays patience and submission during sickness and hardships, hunger, or other afflictions.

O My Muslims, Never give up, remain patient and know your reward is with Allah, To Him we belong and surely to Him is our Return.

JazaakAllahu khairan katheeran

~A Star & Moon Production

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Strengthening our Du'a - Part 4





Etiquette of Du‘a
(By : Moulana Khalid Dhorat)


The correct manner of invoking Allah is:



1. Hamd and Salawat: To begin with exalting Allah and sending blessings upon the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Abdullah bin Mas’ood narrated, “I was praying while the Prophet, Abu Bakr and Omar were together. After I sat (in the last Tashahhud), I began with praising Allah then I said blessings upon the Prophet and then I prayed for myself. The Prophet, said, “Ask (and) you will be given. Ask (and) you will be given.” (Tirmithi)

2. Du’a at times of trouble and of pleasure: One must not make it a habit to remember Allah only at the time of trouble but he must constantly remember Allah in all circumstances. Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “(Anyone who is pleased) that Allah responds to him at the time of trouble and distress, (should) increase Du’a at the time of calmness.” (Tirmithi).

3. Avoid Du’a against ones family, wealth and children: Jabir narrated a hadith about a man who cursed his animal. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Who is this who cursed his animal?” The man replied, “It is me O Messenger of Allah.” The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Get down from it for a cursed one must not escort us. Do not pray against yourselves, do not pray against your children and do not pray against your wealth. It might coincide with a time when Allah answers what you asked for.” (Muslim)



4. Lower ones voice: Invoke Allah in a low tone as it is closer to sincerity: “Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. He does not like the aggressors” (Qur’an 37:55). And He also tells us: “And remember your Lord by your tongue and within yourself, humbly and with fear without loudness in words, in the morning and in the afternoon and be not of those who are neglectful.” (Qur’an 37:205).

5. Perseverance: We must attend to our Du’a with perseverance, repetition and persistence. Ibn Rajab suggests that we invoke Allah with His names and attributes as this is among the greatest means of having our Du’a accepted.



6. Repetition: It is preferable to repeat you Du’a three times as it is more likely to be answered. Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) cursed a few members of the Quraish thrice when they placed the abdominal contents of a camel on his back whilst in sajdah.

7. Confession: Confess your sins with sincere regret for your mistakes although Allah is aware of all your actions. It is also worthwhile to acknowledge all of Allah’s mercy bestowed upon you. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) taught his ummah the Sayyid-ul-Istighfar which acknowledges the favour of Allah upon oneself.



8. Face the Qiblah: One of the good manners when making Du’a is to face the Qiblah however, this is not compulsory. Abdullah bin Zaid narrated that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) came to this place of worship to pray Istisqaa for rain so he invoked Allah and prayed for rain. Then he faced the Qiblah and overturned his gown (Bukhari).

9. Raise ones hands: It is a recommended practice to raise one’s hands in making Du’a as it was done by the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) at different occasions. Abu Musa al-Ash’ari narrated, “The Prophet invoked and raised his hands and I saw the whiteness of his armpits.” (Bukhari)



10. Make wudhu: Although it is not compulsory, one is recommended to supplicate Allah while he is in a state of wudhu (ablution). When Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) invoked Allah on behalf of Abi ’Amir he first performed wudhu. (Muslim)

11. Cry with the fear of Allah: Abdullah bin ’Umar narrated that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) recited the verse in which Ibrahim alayhis-salaam is invoking Allah: “O my Lord, they [the idols] have indeed led astray many among mankind. But whoever follows me, he verily is of me. and whoever disobeys me, still you are indeed Most Forgiving, Most Merciful” (Ibrahim, 36). In another verse, Isa alayhis-salaam is invoking Allah: “If you punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, verily You-only You are the Almighty, the All-wise” (Al-Ma’idah, 118). And Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)then raised his hands and said, “Allahumma Ummati, Ummati (O Allah, my nation, my nation)’ and then he cried.



12. Make Du’a for oneself before making Du’a for others: It is Sunnah in Du’a to start with yourself prior to mentioning others as was collected by Tirmidhi in the narration of Ubay bin Ka’ab that if someone was mentioned to the Prophet, he would invoke Allah for him but would begin with himself. However, it was also narrated of Allah’s Messenger that, on certain occasions, he would not begin with himself.

13. Do not trangress in Du’a: When appealing to Allah in Du’a, we should not get into much detail by asking for the different rewards of Jannah. ‘Abdullah bin Mughaffal heard his son saying: “O Allah, I ask you for the white palace on the right of the Paradise if I were to enter it”. So he said, “Dear son, ask Allah for Paradise and seek refuge from the [Hell) fire for I have heard the Messenger of Allah saying, ‘there will come in this nation people who will transgress (or exceed) in ablution and Du’a.” (Abu Dawood).



14. Make Du’a for ones parents: It is good to mention one’s Muslim parents (dead or alive) in invocation for the great favour they owe us, a favour which can never be compensated. Allah said, “And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy and say, ‘My Rab, bestow on them Your mercy as they did raise me when I was young” (Qur’an 17:24)

15. Make Du’a for the believers: One is recommended to remember the Muslims and the Mu’mins around the globe in his invocation. Allah said “Ask forgiveness for your sin and also for the believing men and women” (Qur’an 47:19)



16. Ask Allah alone: Instead of complaining to people when struck by calamity, one must make it a habit to ask Allah alone for refuge. However, there is no harm to mention your problem to people and share their opinion. In the hadith narrated by Ibn ’Abbas, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said to him while he was riding behind him on the same mount, “Be mindful of Allah and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, ask only Allah and if you seek help, seek help only from Allah. And know that if all the nations were to gather together to benefit you, they would benefit you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you, and if they gather together to harm you, they would harm you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages are dry.” (Tirmidhi).



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Strengthening our Du'a - Part 3





Rejection (of Du'a)
(By : Moulana Khalid Dhorat)


Reasons that may cause our Du’a to be rejected include the following:

1. Haraam: Haraam eating, drinking and clothing are all strictly prohibited and are major reasons for the rejection of Du’a. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Allah the Almighty is good and accepts only that which is good. Allah has commanded the faithful to do that which He commanded the Messengers. He (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) then mentioned the case of a man who, having journeyed far, is dishevelled and dusty and who spreads out his hands to the sky saying: “O Lord, O Lord” while his food is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, his clothing is unlawful and he is nourished unlawfully, so how can he be answered? (Muslim). Abu Bakr said that he heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) saying ‘Every body which is nourished with that which is unlawful, will be first in the fire’



2. Hastiness and abandonment: One must be patient for ones Du’a to be accepted, as hastiness is one of the causes for its rejection or disapproval. Abu Hurairah narrated that Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “The invocation of any one of you is granted (by Allah) as long as he does not show impatience by saying ‘I have invoked Allah but my request has not been answered’” (Bukhari). In another narration by Abu Hurairah, the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “A servant is granted his request as long as he does not invoke Allah for a sin, or to break kinship ties, and he does not make haste.”

3. Committing sins: Allah said, “Verily, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves” (Qur’an 13:11). That is to say, if a people’s condition is good, Allah will maintain it as long as they are grateful and do not disobey Him. Similarly, if the condition of a people is bad, Allah will maintain it for them as long as they remain ungrateful and insist on disobeying him.




4. Abandonment of obligatory deeds: Just as doing good deeds is a reason for the acceptance of Du’a, similarly, abandoning good deeds is a reason for the rejection of Du’a. Hudaifah, radhiallahu anhu, narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “By Him, in whose hand is my soul, you should enjoin good and forbid evil or else it is likely that Allah will send a punishment upon you and then you will invoke Him and you will not be answered” (Tirmithi). So, for example, how could those who have constantly neglected and abandoned Fajr prayers in the Masjid expect that their Du’a will be answered?

5. Insha Allah: Some people, when supplicating, have a habit of saying “May Allah forgive you Insha Allah,” “May Allah help you Insha Allah.” The use of the word Insha Allah must me avoided in Du’a.

6. Asking for a sin, or to break the bondage of kinship: The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Any Muslim who supplicates to Allah in a Du’a which contains no sin or breaking of kinship, Allah will give him one of three things: either his Du’a will be immediately answered or, it will be saved for him in the hereafter, or it will turn away an equivalent amount of evil (from him)”. The companions said “...so we will ask for more.” He replied, “Allah is more (generous).” [Ahmad]

Strengthening our Du'a - Part 2




Acceptance of Du‘a

(By : Moulana Khalid Dhorat)



For one’s Du’a to be accepted, one must:



1. Direct it solely to Allah; “Invoke Him only, making your religion sincere to Him” (Qur’an 7:29). Also, the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said in a hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas, radhiallahu anhu; “If you ask, ask Allah and if you seek help, seek help from Allah.” (Ahmad, Tirmithi)

2. Perform the Du’a in conformity with the Shari’ah: The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Whoever innovates in this matter of ours, something which is not part of it, it will be rejected.” If a person is sincere but is not following the Sunnah, his worship is rejected. Similarly, if a person is following the Sunnah but his work is not sincerely done for the sake of Allah, his worship is still rejected.

3. Trust in Allah and certainty of reply: One must be certain that Allah does whatever He wishes, whenever He wishes. Allah tells us in the Qur’an: “And there is nothing, but with Us are the stores thereof. And We do not send it down except with a known measure” (Qur’an 15:21). In a Hadith Qudsi narrated by Abu Dharr, Allah revealed through the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), “O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request from Me, and were I to give everyone what they requested, that would not decrease what I have anymore than a needle decreases the sea if put into it” (Muslim)



4. Presence of the heart: Always make sure that your heart is mindful when you are supplicating because Allah does not answer a Du’a from an inattentive heart. Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Invoke Allah while you are certain to be answered and know that Allah does not answer a Du’a from a heart which is inattentive and unmindful” (Tirmidhi).

5. Determination and perseverance: It is a requirement when supplicating, to appeal to Allah with determination. We must not make any exceptions by saying “O Allah forgive me if You wish”. Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “None of you should say ‘O Allah forgive me if You wish,’ ‘O Allah Be Merciful to me if You Wish’; but he must appeal to Allah with determination, for nobody can force Allah to do something against His Will.” (Tirmidhi).

Strengthening our Du'a - Part 1




Worldly causes are in Allah’s hands

(By : Moulana Khalid Dhorat)


Immersed as we are in this materialistic world, many of us forget that material causes do not produce the desired effects independently of the Will of Allah. We forget to achieve total reliance on Allah and we often neglect to implement the moral causes for achieving our goals. One such moral cause that has become forgotten today is Du’a, the humble supplication of a believer to Allah. Even when it is remembered, it is not performed in the correct way and comes out weak. We can strengthen our Du’a by fulfilling the conditions for its acceptance and observing the manners of its performance.





Many virtues of Du’a have been mentioned in the Qur’an and the Sunnah:

1. “And when My servants ask you concerning Me, (tell them) I am indeed near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls” (Qur’an 21:187).

2. “And your Lord said, invoke Me and I will respond to your invocation” (Qur’an 40:60).

3. “Invoke your Lord with humility and in secrecy” (Qur’an 7:55).

4. “So invoke Allah making your worship pure for Him” (Qur’an 40:14)

5. Nu’man bin Bashir relates that Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Du’a is Ibadah (worship)” [Tirmidhi].

6. Abu Hurairah’s narration of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam): “Anyone who does not invoke Allah, will cause Allah to be angry with him.” (Ahmad)

Mishary Rashid Alafasy - Surah Mulk (The Dominion)

Sheikh Mishary Rashid Alafasy recites Surat Mulk (The Dominion), chapter 67 of the Glorious Qur'an in a studio. Beautiful.. MashaAllah!



Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Allah is always there

by Alafasy (with English Translation)


Alafasy poem very beautiful and touching, all praising the lord.
أغيب و ذو اللطائف لا يغيب الشيخ مشاري بن راشد العفاسي, أجمل ابتهال و أروع صوت



Wednesday, January 7, 2009

No God but Allah


by Alafasy - with English Translation

One lord, one god, Allah is the sole creator and god of all beings in the whole universe.

A very beautiful nasheed by Alafasy.



Saturday, January 3, 2009

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