Friday, May 22, 2009

The Excellence of Friday



by Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah

Abu Huraira reported the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, as saying: ‘The best day on which the sun has risen is Friday; on it Adam was created, on it he was made to enter Paradise, on it he was expelled from it. And the Last Hour will take place on no day other than Friday.’

The Holy Prophet also said on the occasion of Friday: ‘We who are the last shall be the first on the Day of resurrection, except that every Ummah (nation) was given the Book before us and we where given it after them. It was this day (Friday) which Allah prescribed for us and guided us to it and the people came after us with regard to it, the Jews observing the next day and the Christians the day following that.’

With regard to Friday, the Holy Prophet was also reported as saying: ‘There is no time on Friday at which no Muslim would stand, pray and beg Allah for what is good but He would give it to him’ and he pointed with his hand that (this time) is short and narrow.

There is a good deal of difference of opinion among the scholars as to what exactly is that fortunate hour on Friday when the supplication would be granted. The best course is that this hour should be treated as hidden, and the whole day should be spent in supplication and glorification of Allah.

It was the Holy Prophet’s practice to attach special significance and honour to Friday. Examples of this behaviour are numerous, however, the following could be cited: On that day, he recommenced

~ reciting Soorah as-Sajdah (in fajr) [and al-Insaan] because it is inclusive of all affairs relevant to Friday;

~ taking a bath, using perfume and miswak,

~ going to Friday’s congregational prayer early, listening to the sermon, wearing one’s best clothes and remembering Allah all the time.

When the Holy Prophet stood on the pulpit delivering Friday speech (sermon), his eyes would redden and his voice rise sharply with extreme anger. He, however, used to shorten the speech but prolong the prayer following it.


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Importance of Friday

Islam accords great importance to Friday. While all days of the week belong to Allah, Friday stands out for its significance.

Allah and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) have told us what a great day this is for all of mankind. A day that is filled with the Mercy of Allah and rewards that will be heavy on our scales inshallah on the Day of Judgment.

Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) narrates:

‘Friday has been named as Juma’h (جمعه) because on this day Allah assembled all the creatures and extracted a covenant from them concerning His Unity (Tauheed), the Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.a.) and the guardianship of Ameerul Momeneen - Ali b. Abi Talib (a.s.).’ (Tahzeebul Ahkaam by Shaykh Tusi (r.a.) vol. 3 pg. 3)


One of the virtues of Friday is the Friday Prayer (Salat Al-Jumuah). This is the best prayer. It’s significance is so great that there is a whole chapter in the Quran that is named Al-Jumu'ah. Allah makes mention of the importance of Friday in the Quran where He says in the translation of the meaning:

"O you who believe (Muslims)! When the call is proclaimed for the prayer of the day of congregation (Friday), haste unto remembrance of Allah and leave your trading. That is better for you if you did but know." (Al-Jumu’ah 62:9)


Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Bees




Amina is not feeling very well today. She has caught a cold and she coughs. Mummy tells her: “What you need is a nice hot drink with honey. Let’s go and buy some honey, and you’ll see your cough will get better insha Allah.”

Amina and her mother go out to the supermarket. They stop in front of the shelf where the honey is.

“Oh, Mummy, there are all sorts of different colours!”Amina says excitedly. “Look, this honey is almost white, and this one is golden, and that one over there is brownish.”

“Yes, Amina”, her mum answers. “They are different sorts of honey. There’s clover honey, lavender honey, eucalyptus honey... and mixed wildflower honey.”

“But then, does honey come from flowers?”Amina asks.

“Come on, you know it doesn’t!” her Mum answers. “You know bees make honey. The bees fly from flower to flower to collect a fine powder called pollen and a liquid called nectar. And then they make the honey with their bodies. Since there are different sorts of flowers with different colours and smells, this produces different sorts of honey.

If the bees have been only on clover flowers, they make clover honey, which is almost white, like the one in this jar.

If the bees have been on lavender, as in the South of France, you get this nice golden colour. And if the bees go about on all sorts of wild flowers, they produce mixed wildflower honey.”

Amina asks: “And what colour is mixed wildflower honey?”

“Well, it depends on the flowers!" Mummy answers,. “Look, the honey in this jar is yellow, this one is brownish, and yet they’re both mixed wildflower honey.”

Amina thinks for a while and then she asks: “But who has taught the bees how to make honey?”

“Allah has taught them, darling”, Mummy explains. “When the bees make honey, they obey Allah.

Do you know Allah tells us about bees in the Quran? Listen to what He says.”

And then Amina's Mum recites for her the verses from surat an-Nahl, “The bees".


"And your Lord inspired the bees, saying ‘Take your habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord.’ There comes forth from their bellies a drink of varying colours wherein is healing for men.”

(Qur'an - Surah Nahl l, 68-69).






Wednesday, May 13, 2009

4 Perkara Berharga


Telah bersabda Nabi Muhamad SAW yang maksudnya:

Ada empat perkara yang berharga dalam diri manusia dan dia boleh hilang dengan empat perkara juga.

Adapun yang berharga itu ialah,

Akal, Agama, Malu dan Amal soleh.

Maka....


1. Akal boleh hilang disebabkan marah.
2. Agama boleh hilang disebabkan dengki.
3. Malu boleh hilang disebabkan tamak.
4. Amal soleh boleh hilang dan terhapus disebabkan suka menceritakan
keburukan orang lain.


Manusia akan menghadapi empat penarikan antaranya:


1. Malaikat pencabut nyawa akan menarik rohnya.
2. Para ahli waris akan menarik hartanya.
3. Ulat akan menarik tubuhnya.
4. Orang yang dimusuhi @ dianiayai akan menarik barang kepunyaannya di hari kiamat iaitu AMALNYA.



Dari Ali r.a yang bermaksud:

Sesungguhnya amalan yang paling sulit adalah empat macam:


1. Memberi maaf pada waktu marah..
2. Suka memberi pada waktu susah.
3. Menjauhi yang haram pada waktu sunyi.
4. Mengatakan yang hak kepada orang yang ditakuti atau kepada orang yang diharapkan sesuatu darinya.



Dari Hatim Al-Asom yang bermaksud:

Empat perkara yang hanya diketahui oleh empat jenis orang akan nilainya iaitu:


1. Nilai masa muda hanya diketahui oleh orang tua-tua @ orang lama).
2. Nilai kedamaian hanya diketahui oleh orang yang pernah ditimpa bencana@musibah.
3. Nilai kesihatan hanya diketahui oleh orang-orang sakit.
4. Nilai kehidupan hanya diketahui oleh orang-orang yang telah mati.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Take protection with your shields



Abu Hurairah (RA) narrates: Rasulullah (SAW) came to us and said: Take protection with your shields! Sahabah (Prophet's companions) asked: O Rasulullah! is there a threat of some enemy coming? He said: Take protection with your shields against the Fire (of Hell)! Say, Subhanallah (Allah is flawless), Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah), La ilaha illallah (None is worthy of worship but Allah), Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest). On the Day of Resurrection, these words will come from the front, back, right and left (defence from all sides) of the one who had recited them, and ensure deliverence for him, and these are those good deeds for which the reward will be given eternally. Source: Tabarani.



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