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  1. As-Salaam alaikum, Thanks for the reminder on/about this all-important second pillar of Islam... Sallah. Indeed, Sallah, the ritual prayer, is the pillow of the Islamic Religion, and is the basis of Imaan (faith). Concerning Sallah, the Noble Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Everything has a symbol and the symbol of faith is the Sallah. The ritual prayer [Sallah] is the light of my eyes." "If a person does not perform the prayer, it is as if he has not adopted any religion."
  2. As-Salaam alaikum, Sheikh 'Ayn al-Qudat, may Allah be Merciful to him, sees the Noble Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, as a means by which Allha's creatures may reach Him:- "O Muhammad, We taught you what you did not know: He taught thee what you knew not; Allah's bounty toward you is indeed tremendous" (4:13) "Whoever obeys the Messenger obeys Allah" (4:80) "He teaches you what you knew not" (2:51) With these verses (ayats), it is as if Allah Ta'ala is saying O Muhammad! take on Our character traits, and from the bounties and character traits We have given you, pour a handful upon the helpless one so that whoever sees you, sees Us... and whoever obeys you, obeys Us. At the same time, the Prophet also 'travelled' to Allah. Yet this wayfaring was done for him which again distinguishes him from the rest of creation, including such Prophets as Musa alaihis-salaam:- Came (7:143)- "he came"- was said about Musa: He carried (17:1)- "We brought him"- was said about Mustapha. Having come is not like having been brought. The Prophets swore by the names and attributes of Allah. But Allah has sworn by the soul, head, hair and face of Mustapha: By the morning brightness and by the night when still (93:1-2) To Musa it was said: "Look upon the mountain" (7:143) To Mustafa it saw said: "We are looking at you- you too look at Us entirely". Hast thou not considered thy Lord, how He spread out the shade?" (25:45) And you may also wish to consider some ayats of the Holy Qur'an as follows:- "And We sent you not, except as a Mercy to the worlds" (21:107) "Truly it is the same for the unbelievers whether you warn them or warn them not- they do not believe."(2:6) Why did some people accept the Prophet while others did not? As a Mercy to all creation, the Prophet merely brings out what is already within people. Those whose soul are pure and ready [ to receive Imaan ] are able to receive him, and from such beautiful souls beauty shall emerge. But those whose soul are impure and unprepared will reject him, thereby bringing about their own inner ugliness. Have you not seen that the sun shine is a comfort for the entire world, and that it is a Mercy to all beings? But, if the sun shines on a pit of garbage, repulsive scents will emerge from it. These defects do not come from the sun. Rather, these defects and disparities come from the roots and contours of those things. Thus, the one whose soul has become a ''bed of roses'' puts himself within the ambit of the Prophet's guidance and mercy. When such an individual attains his own perfection by following the Prophet and travelling the spiritual path, at the end of the road he will find the Prophet waiting for him, taking him by the hand and leading him to the Threshold of the Divine Court. For further reading on this, see Mohammed Rustom: 'Inrushes of the Spirit; the Mystical Theology of 'Ayn al-Qudat and Tamhidat of 'Ann al-Qudat'.
  3. As-Salaam alaikum, In ayat 28 of Surat Ra'ad of the Holy Qur'an (13:28), Allah Ta'ala says:-- "Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest/satisfaction". And in the Hadith, we have read it where the Noble Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:- "There is a piece of flesh in the body, if it becomes good (reformed), the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoiled, the whole body gets spoiled and that is the heart." Sheikh Abu Abdullah at-Tirmidhi Hakeem, may Allah be Merciful to him, said that "Zikr [remembrance of Allah Ta'ala] moistens the heart and cultivates tenderness in it. When the heart is bereft of Zikrullah, the heat of the nafs overtakes it; the fire of lust reaches it and it becomes barren and hard." Indeed, the life of the heart (qalb) is related to Allah's Remembrance. Man has only to to implant Allah's Name firmly in his heart, what follows is amazing. So, be engaged in Zikr always... or most of the time. With that, you find out that even though our hands cannot feel Allah Ta'ala, the mind cannot grasp Him, but the heart would vividly recognize Him. With regular, constant Zikr, the heart can discern Allah Ta'ala... hear Him, entreat, obey and act according to Allah's Will... Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala.
  4. As-Salaam alaikum, In a Hadith Qudsi, Allah Ta'ala says:-- "I am as My Servant thinks I am, I am with him whenever he remembers Me; If he thinks of Me, I think of him; if he mentions Me in a gathering, I mention him in a gathering even better than it. If he draws near Me to a hand's span, I draw near to him in an arm's length; If he he draws to Me an arm's length, I draw closer to him by 2 arms length; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running." (Bukhari and Muslim) This Noble Hadith tells us the speed at which Allah Ta'ala changes a person's reality as He remembers him. Because Allah has no need of travel, He does not have a body and isn't in creation, when He says: ''I go to him running'', this refers to shaping man's perception of Allah, meaning ' I shape his reality quickly'... the more a person comes to Allah by remembering Him, the faster Allah changes his perception towards good. Did you not hear the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:- IHSAN (human perfection) is to worship Allah as if you see Him, which is the highest form of worship. And in the Qu'ran, we have read it:- "He is with you, wherever you are" (57:4) and "And We are nearer to him than his jagular vein" (50:16) Thus we find His nearness in us already, Jallah-Jalalahu.
  5. As-Salaam alaikum, From whatever perspective you look at it, we can only find peace in our heart(s) in the love of Allah Ta'ala and the reflection of that is in Sallah... the Sallah we offer 5 times daily as Muslims who believe in Allah and the Last Day. Nowadays some focus on offering Sallah like some physical exercise to get reward in paradise; they are unaware of its spiritual reality. Sallah is in fact, the presence of heart and soul before Allah.... when a person gets annihilated in Allah completely, only then would his Sallah become Mi'eraj. Allah created us of His Ishq and for His Ishq.... we are sent to planet earth to prove our love to Him, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala. If any of our acts are without the love of Allah, then it is useless because He does not need such prayers. Afterall, He has lots of angels for this purpose. Actually, when a Muslim bows before Allah Ta'ala, it means he has given up everything... he is like a slave before Him and considers Allah the One and Only Entity (the Best) and himself as the worst. In his 'Risala al-Ghausia' Sheikh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani, may Allah be pleased with him, says: I said, 'O Lord, which Sallah is closet to you?' It was replied: ''The Sallah in which there is no one except Me, even the person offering the Sallah is esoterically absent from it."
  6. As-Salaam alaikum, During his lifetime on the planet earth, Sayyadi (Sheikh) Abulqadir al-Jilani, one of the illustrious members of the Ahl-Bait, and a Notable Wali, may Allah be pleased with him, had the chance to call on to servants of Allah Ta'ala at his school in the city of Baghdad through what one may term public lectures...meant to call people towards Allahu Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala. It is my pleasure to invite your attention to the attached 45 Discourses of the Sheikh that he delivered at that time. Find time to examine/read these discourses and see how he drew people nearer to Allah and urged them to live a life of dedication to al-Haqq. Indeed, these discourses are still relevant even today.... they will help us live a life of dedication and commitment to Allah and the Day of Judgement... the Last Day. May Allah Help us in that regard... ameen. Best Wishes. purification-of-the-mind-jila-al-khatir.pdf
  7. As-Salaam alaikum, Sayyadi Abu bakr Waasiti, may Allah be Merciful to him, mentioned that a good action is like fine glass. Just a little heedlessness will cause it to shatter, where-after it will be irreparable. In the same way, good actions are shattered by ostentation and boastfulness, thus it will not accrue any reward. When a person senses any show and/or ostentation in a work/deed he or she does, he should try his level best to eradicate it. If it cannot be eradicated, he should not abandon the action/deed, but seek forgiveness from Allah Ta'ala, who could grant him the ability to be sincere.... here, we may cite an incident where a servant of Allah doubted his sincerity after building an inn for travellers. Someone told him in a dream that even if his action was insincere, the du'as of the travellers who will benefit from this noble action will surely be sincere and accepted in your favour. He became pleased and satisfied with this statement.
  8. As-Salaam alaikum, You are aware that in many places of the Holy Qur'an, Allah, Jallah-Jalalahu, praised and showed His Pleasure for the Sahaba (companions) of the Noble Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam. Such areas in the Qur'an include Ayats 100 of Surat Tauba (9:100) and Ayat 110 of Surat Ali-Imran (3:110). The behavior and actions of the Sahaba were always in accordance with the Shari'a and exemplary. We should emulate them in our actions today and always. In that regards, I wish to invite your attention to the attached file containing a compilation of 51 stories of life and times of the Sahaba, taken from: 'Companions of The Prophet', by Abdul Wahid Hamid, for your perusal and use.... and for the obvious lessons to be drawn therefrom. Companions of the Prophet.pdf
  9. As-Salaam alaikum, It was once said to Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Caliph, may Allah be pleased with him, (during an illness), "Shall we call a physician for you"? to which he replied: "He has already seen me". It was then said to him, "What did He say to you?" He replied: "...Verily, I do as I please". And Uthman, may Allah be pleased with him, asked Abdullahi Ibn Mas'ud in his sickness, "What is your complaint?" He replied: "The Mercy of Allah". It was then said to him, "Shall we not call a physician for you?" to which he replied: "the physician is the one who made me sick." All this is explained in the Light of Ayat 119 of Surat Ma'eda of the Holy Qur'an: "Allah is pleasured with them and they are pleased with Him". (5:119) Thus when we are contented, satisfied with Allah Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala, we relinquish all choices and should anticipate Decrees of Allah Almighty with joy... especially noting that He is the Arranger of all affairs (mudabbir amr). One must never respond to Allah's bitter Decrees with either stoic indifference or dejectedness and despair. We must realize that the choice of Allah Ta'ala is better than our choice for ourselves, since there are consequences for events which we do not anticipate in our short-sightedness.
  10. As-Salaam alaikum, The second verse/Ayat of Surat Ikhlas of the Holy Qur'an (112:2) reads:-- "ALLAHU SAMAD". Now, if Allah, Azzah Wa Jallah, is Samad, then we are the Samadiyya of Allah. The Samadiyya of Allah comes in 2 aspects, namely:-- (1) His Absolute Independence from all things. (2) The Absolute Dependence of all things on Him. Therefore when you lift up that glass/cup to drink water, it is only by and through the Mercy of Allah [as Rahman and Raheem] that your thirst can be quenched. This is the reality of things and the wisdom of our reciting the 'Basmala [Bismillahi Rahman, Raheem], when eating, drinking, driving etc The way we understand and believe affects the way we behave and act. Does the fire have the power to burn or not? When Prophet Ibrahim, alaihis-Salaat Was-Salaam, was placed into the fire by his enemies, what happened? It became Bardan Wa Salaman, a place of security and tranquility.... because Alllah Ta'ala Creates, Controls and gives effect every single second, to every single Creation, at any time He Wishes. When we, as servants of the Creator, say 'Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem', we affirm the reality of things... ie that it is ONLY by and through the Mercy of Allah, do things occur, including quenching your thirst with a cup of cold water. And by our affirming this with faith in our reciting the Basmala, Allah then sends His Baraka (Blessings) upon the acts we do. Note this well...
  11. As-Salaam alaikum, In the Hadith, we find it where the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam said: "Worship Allah as though you see Him..." and "Allah is the Qibla of the person who is praying"-- ie imagine Him in your direction of prayer and be attentive to Him, so that you are fully mindful of Him and humble before Him. And always observe the appropriate courtesy with Him while you are praying, as if you do not do this, you are being discourteous and inconsiderate. Had the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, not known that there is within you a reality called IMAGINATION that has an immense sway, he would not have said to us "worship Allah as though you see Him" with your physical vision. For indication of the intellect rule out this "as though" and the intellect holds, with its arguments, that any likeness (between Allah and created things) is impossible: vision can perceive nothing but the wall in front of the person praying!! Yet, the Prophet alaihis-Salaat Was-Salaam, called upon us to imagine that we are facing Allah (al-Haqq) in our direction of prayer; indeed it has been prescribed that we accept that, where Allah says: "So wherever you may turn, then there is the Face of Allah" (2:115)... the "face" (wajh) of something is its reality and individual essence. Indeed, imagination in this context is all-encompassing.
  12. As-Salaam alaikum, It is my pleasure to share with you the attached Du'a for Khayrat... Du'a for all kinds of good fortune(s) for your perusal and use. It came to us from Sheikh Salih Ja'afar, may Allah be Merciful to him. Also attached is Du'a of Salaat Kanzil A'azam..... Salutation of the Most Splendid Treasure, by Sayyadi Sheikh Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, may Allah be pleased with him. Do practice this splendid Du'a regularly for the immense Blessings contained therein. Best Wishes. dua-for-khayrat1.pdf 51534866-Salat-Al-Kanz-Al-A-zam.pdf
  13. As-Salaam alaykum, It is my pleasure to share with you a copy of the attached file, being 'Al-Wazifah az-Zarruqiyya, by Sheikh Ahmad Zarruq, may Allah be Merciful to him. It is Du'a or Wazifah that the Noble Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, admired.... infact, he named it 'THE SHIP OF RESCUE FOR THOSE WHO TAKE SHELTER IN ALLAH'. Find time to examine this Wazifah and use it... given its vast usefulness and merit(s). May we be opportuned to make this Wazifah ppart of our daily Zikr, when we come to remember Allah Ta'ala in the mornings and evenings.... ameen. Best Regards. Wazifa Zarruqiya Digital Edition 1.pdf
  14. As-Salaam alaikum, You must have read it in the Hadith where the Noble Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "My eyes sleep, but my heart never sleeps." His heart never sleeps! His heart is always connected to his Lord.... he is always in ascension. None can know the level attained in Ascension. Even Jibreel, alaihis-Salaam, was not able to know it, because he said [on the night of the 'Isra wal Mi'eraj] " I cannot move beyond my level", when the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, asked him to continue with him. "If I go further, I will be burnt", Jibreel said. Sufi Masters say that Jibreel, alaihis-Salaam, should have moved forward with the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, even if he was going to be burnt. As the Prophet said to Jibreel, "I am going to move higher even if I am going to be burnt." He was ready to sacrifice himself to obtain that Light for his Community (Ummah), saying: ' have no concern for myself'....therefore he moved forward, constantly progressing, traveling to that level, closer and closer to his Lord...Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam.
  15. As-Salaam alaikum, Everyday we should ask ourselves whether we have done any deeds solely to please Allah, Azzah Wa Jallah, and to earn rewards from Him. When we think like this consciously daily, not only will we earn those rewards, we will also start changing ourselves for the better. In that regards, find hereby attached a leaflet titled: '70 WAYS TO EARN REWARDS' arranged by Darr Al-Watan Publishing House....being a kind of compendium of Du'a, Ibaadat and such similar actions sourced from the Holy Qur'an and Sunnah of the Leader of Mankind and Jinn, Sayyaduna Muhammad Rasulullah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam. Find time to examine it, as it will help in taking you... taking us closer to Allahu, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. en_Seventy_Ways_to_Earn_Reward_from_Allah.pdf
  16. As-Salaam alaikum, In Ayat 119 of Surat Tauba of the Holy Qur'an (9:119), Allah, Azzah Wa Jallah, says:-- "O BELIEVERS! FEAR ALLAH (adopt Taqwa), AND BE WITH THE SAADIQEEN (the Truthful ones)." The Saadiqeen are people who have a clear sense of right and wrong, and when truth is presented, they readily accept it. In the attachment below is a booklet titled: 'THE SAADIQEEN', by Majlisul 'Ulama of South Africa, which carries advices and admonitions from first generation 'Awliya... which have that in-built capacity to make us:-- (1) Comply with that Qur'anic Noble Ayat quoted above (9:119) (2) Reform ourselves and conduct our lives within the parameters of the Shari'ah (3) Constantly remember the AakhIrat and prepare for it, and (4) Make us cultivate Friendship with Allah, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala, in the heart. The Saadiqeen is such an important piece of work that I will recommend you study/peruse... You will be glad you did. THE SAADIQEEN_ERead.pdf
  17. As-Salaam alaikum, The booklet titled 'Mukhtasar Hizbul A'azam', by Mulla Ali Qari, may Allah be Merciful to him, is a compendium of sorts as it takes us through all kinds/types of Du'a we can offer for our material and spiritual benefit(s)... in this worldly life or in the Hereafter. In short, it is a BOOK OF DU'A (s). Du'a is an expression of our servitude to Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, as it indicates our utter poverty and absolute dependence on Him.. it helps us recognize Him as Rabb (Lord) and Malik (Owner of Everything). This book takes us through this situation in PRACTICAL terms... open it and see.. and Learn... and.... MUKHTASASR-Hizbul-Azam.pdf
  18. As-Salaam alaikum, Ummul-Mumineen, Sayyada Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid, may Allah be pleased with her, was the first wife of the Noble Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, and the first in accepting Islam as her religion. She was/is an image of faith, good manners, integrity and truth. About her, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said:-- "She believed in me when no one else did; she accepted Islam when people rejected me; and she helped and comforted me when there was no one else to lend me a helping hand. And it is through her that Allah blessed me with children." Find hereby attached a brief but concise bio-data on this virtuous Lady, and partake in the obvious lessons contained therein.... lesson one could use for life. Khadijah_bint_Khuwaylid.82232343.pdf
  19. As-Salaam alaykum, In Ayat 87 of Surat Nisa'i of the Holy Qur'an (4:87), Allah, Azzah Wa-Jallah, says:-- "NONE HAS THE RIGHT TO BE WORSHIPED BUT HE. SURELY, HE WILL GATHER YOU TOGETHER ON THE DAY OF RESURRECTION ABOUT WHICH THERE IS NO DOUBT." Indeed, belief in the Final Day is one of the 6 pillars upon which Imaan (faith) is built. The Last Day... the Day of Resurrection is coming soon, and in respect of that I wish to invite your attention to the attached booklet from Dr. Umar al-Ashqar on this important matter... the Day of Resurrection. Find the time to examine it, as it will help you/us to re-focus on that inevitable event and act in preparation accordingly. Related to this, I also attach Imam Jalaludden Suyuti's work titled: 'The Sharhus Sudoor'... It is all about Death and the Grave. In it we understand what is death, what happens after death and such other matters. Of course, these are issues we all have to face as we have to taste death when our time comes. Many Regards. The%20Day%20of%20Resurrection.pdf 129-1423770807.pdf
  20. As-Salaam alaikum, In Ayat 31 of Surat Ali-Imran of the Holy Qur'an (3:31), Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala says:-- "SAY (O Messenger of Allah): IF YOU LOVE ALLAH, THEN FOLLOW ME AND ALLAH WILL LOVE YOU AND FORGIVE YOU YOUR SINS." How do we follow the Messenger, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, to comply with this Noble Ayat? Sheikh Umar Husayn al-Khatib has shown us how to exactly do that in his booklet, copy hereby attached, titled: 'Prophetic Guidance For Every Moment'. I recommend that you examine/study this booklet and introduce it to your loved ones. Best Wishes. prophetic_guidance_cc__2nd_edn__1_.pdf
  21. As-Salaam alaykum, Rajab is the 7th month of the Islamic Calendar and is one of the 4 sacred months. The Noble Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said, as related by Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, that:-- "Sha'aban is my month, Rajab is the month of Allah Almighty, and Ramadan is the purifier." If a person fasts in this month, Allah Almighty blesses him/her with 3 things: Forgiveness of past sins, protection against future sins and protection against the thirst of the Day of Judgement." As we enter the sacred month of Ramadan 1437 A.H, may I have the pleasure of inviting your attention to the attached file on 'The Virtues of Rajab' for your perusal and use. Try to reap the Blessings of Rajab, as indicated in this file and also invite others to join you/us in these good fortunes. Best Wishes. Rajab.pdf
  22. As-Salaam alaikum, It pleased the Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, while referring about his companinon Abu Bakr Siddiq, may Allah be pleased with him, to say:- "Love of Abu Bakr and gratitude to him are a duty on everyone of my Ummah."-- Al-Suyuti in his book, 'The History of the Khalifas'-pg.47 He also said, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, "Abu Bakr, you are the one whom Allah has freed from the hell fire."-[Tirmidhi, No. 3679]. It is my pleasure to invite your attention to the attached brief but concise biographical account in respect of this great companion of the Messenger of Allah, alaihi-Salaam, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq for your perusal... in it you will see the spirit of love and gratitude for the fine character, example and achievements of the Truthful one. Enjoy and learn from it. Many Regards. Hadhrat-Abu-Bakr-20080304MN.pdf
  23. As-Salaam alaykum, May I have the pleasure of sharing with you the attached 24-point set of Advise and/or counsel of Sheikh Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, given to one of his students to guide him on the all-important Journey towards Allah, Azzah Wa Jallah. Today, we stand to be in need of this Advise as we embark on the inevitable journey towards the Final Day... hence my humble invitation for you to open/examine/use this set of Advise. Also attached is Abu Bakr Karolia's submission on the concept of Sidq and Siddiqin... Truth and Truthfulness. The truthful ones are people who have a clear sense of right and wrong, and when the truth is presented, they readily accept. Many of the followers of Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, had this quality, but none more so than Abu Bakr As-Sadiq, may Allah be pleased with him. We are charged to be with the Truthful ones always.. but just what is Truthfulness? Open the file on As-Sidq and see full explanation and more... Best Regards. 16001434f0.pdf AsSidq.pdf
  24. As-Salaam alaikum, You are aware that in Ayat 56 of Surat Ahzab of the Holy Qur'an (33:56), we have been commanded to greet the Noble Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, where Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala says:-- "Verily Allah and His Angels send blessings upon the Prophet; O you who believe! send blessings and peace upon him abundantly." When we send blessings and peace to him, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, we not only comply with the above Ayat, but we also stand to reap so many other benefits... material and spiritual. In this regard, I wish to invite your attention to the file attached below, being an Aliyah publication on "The Salawat of the Awliya for Every Ailment and Affliction". It is a collection of variety of Salawat ala' Nabiyy, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, and the special benefits of each Salawat. I recommend that you pay attention to this for the obvious benefits contained therein. Best Wishes. durood_book.pdf
  25. As-Salaam alaikum, Sayyadi Abdu'l-Qadir al-Jilani (1077-1166), may Allah be Merciful to him, is probably the most popular Wali in the Islamic World, whose name is associated with many legends. A number of catchy sayings are attributed to him... Sayings from which we stand to learn a lot from. Find hereby attached a brief account about his life and times for your perusal.. and a glimpse into his journey to Allah's Divine Court. Regards. sufism_qadir_al_jilani.pdf