Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pearls of Wisdom 351

1. When both the lawful and the prohibited are present in a thing, it is its prohibited aspect which will always be most prominent.

2. If there is fear that even a tenth is haram, then our way is to leave the remaining nine-tenths, though they be halal.

3. Worldly honor may be through wealth, but heavenly honor is certainly through works.

4. Death -- A single word which contains within it every goodly advice.

5. Do not look at a man's prayers nor his fasts, rather, measure him by how well he deals with others, the compassion he shows his fellow men, his wisdom and his integrity.

6. No matter how correct it may be, one should still strengthen one's opinion through consulting people of knowledge. [Omar radi Allah anhu]

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The easiest way to memorize the Noble Qur'an....

By: Shaikh ‘Abdul Muhsin Bin Muhammad Al Qaasim an Imaam and Khateeb in the Masjid of Prophet (SallAllaahu alaihi wa sallam).
Translated by: Abu ‘Abdis Salaam Siddiq Al Juyaanee

All praise and thanks belongs to Allah and may the peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and all of his companions.

The following method (for memorizing the Qur’an) is distinguished due to its facilitation of a well-grounded and strong memorization of the entire Qur’an in a relatively short period of time. The following is an example of this method utilizing the first page of Suratul Jumu’ah as an example:

1-Recite the first verse 20 times
2-Recite the second verse 20 times
3-Recite the third verse 20 times
4-Recite the fourth verse 20 times
5-Recite these four verses together 20 times to fortify the order of verses (1-4)
6-Recite the fifth verse 20 times
7-Recite the sixth verse 20 times
8-Recite the seventh verse 20 times
9-Recite the eighth verse 20 times
10-Recite verses five to eight 20 times to fortify the order of verses (5-8)
11-Recite verses one to eight 20 times to solidify the memorization of this page

Similarly, utilize this method for every page of the Qur’an, to proceed to a new page the following day; first start by reciting the previous page 20 times to fortify the memorization of that page, then proceed to memorize the new page utilizing the method I previously mentioned.

And all success is from Almighty Allah.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Lesson of the day 1351

Ayahs of the day:
Whoever migrates for the sake of God will find many a refuge on earth, and plenitude. And anyone who leaves his home taking refuge in God and the messenger of God, and then death overtakes him, his reward is up to God; and God is most forgiving, most merciful. [4: 100]

Hadith of the day:
Be indifferent towards this world, and Allah will love you. Be indifferent to what is in people's hands, and they will love you. [Ibn Majah]

Wise quote of the day:
Don't grieve, everything you lose comes around in a another form. [Mawlana Rumi]

Guidance of the day:
Just as the believer should identify his good works in the month of Ramadan and show diligence, so should he be extremely careful to avoid transgressions and maintain himself at a distance from them, for sins committed during blessed times are much worse and deserving of much more severe punishment, as a counterpart for the the multiplication of rewards for good works at those same times.

In this noble month one should increase one's charities, assistance and comfort to the poor and inquire after the widows and orphans. One should increase one's recitations and studying of the Qur'an, secluding oneself in the mosques (I'tikaf), especially during the last ten days.  [Counsels of Religion]

Food for thought:
Every quarrel begins in nothing and  ends in a struggle for supremacy. A long dispute means that both parties are wrong. In quarreling the truth is always lost. When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Pearls of Wisdom 350

1. The strength in one's resolve is that one does not leave for tomorrow what one can do today.

2. Know that it is by ilm (knowledge) that one must speak, and that it is with hilm (forbearance) that one must remain silent.

3. Imaan is that one recognizes the One True God in the depths of his heart, and that he confirms it with his tongue, and that he acts upon the Divine Prescriptions of Shariah.

4. Covetousness is itself poverty regardless of how rich one is; detachment is itself wealth regardless of how poor one is; not wanting vengeance is itself patience regardless if one was wronged or not.

5. Doing good for a good done to one is simply repayment, whereas doing good for an evil done to one is a tremendous virtue.

6. Decrease in one's speech brings wisdom, decrease in one's food brings health, decrease in one's sleep brings worship, and decrease in one's meeting with the common folk brings aafia (safety). [Omar radi Allah anhu]

Monday, March 31, 2014

Visiting the sick....

Rasul Allah (Sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, "The one who visits the sick is in fact like one who is in the fruit garden of Paradise so long as he does not return." [Sahih Muslim]

There is great merit in paying a visit to the sick, whether one knows the patient or not. The following is a story of how a man came to take the shahada. 

The man was in a hospital sharing a room with a Muslim. One day some people came to visit the Muslim. They came in, hugged the Muslim brother, kissed him, and talked to him with love and affection. They stayed for a while and shared a closeness that was true. After they left, the man asked the Muslim if those were his brothers who had just visited him. The Muslim replied, "No, they learned that I was sick today, at the Friday prayer, and so they came to visit me. I just met them today." This shocked the man. Those people had not acted in an awkward stranger fashion but like true brothers.

This led to the man asking more questions and finally accepting Islam. This duty of visiting the sick is always blessed by Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala). In addition, this time it also served as a vehicle to guide a man to Islam.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lesson of the day 1350

Ayahs of the day:
Whoever intercedes for good has a share in it, and whoever intercedes for evil has some responsibility for it. And God is watching over all things. [4: 85]

Hadith of the day:
No money has ever diminished because of charity. [Tirmidhi]

Wise quote of the day:
The human heart comes into the world overflowing with light (nur). But be warned that as the world (dunya) encroaches upon it, this light slowly fades away and darknesses take root therein. [Mansur Ammar]

Guidance of the day:
Never request those to whom you give to do something for you, or serve, or respect you, for if you do, this will be all the reward that you will receive. Never request the poor to thank or praise you, nor to mention to others what you have given, for  this will diminish or altogether cancel your reward.

Never refrain from giving charity for fear of poverty or diminution in your wealth, on the contrary, charity is that which attracts wealth and affluence, and protects from poverty and need. Refraining from charity brings about the opposite, it attracts poverty and drives away affluence. You must give charity and expend of those things that you love best in order to attain goodness. Rejoice when someone solicits at your door, for it is God the Exalted's gift to you. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al Haddad]

Food for thought:
A true gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally. The final test of a gentleman -- his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him. The man who is always talking about being a gentleman, never is one.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Pearls of Wisdom 349

1. Rein in your tongue from complaining about others, and you will be granted a life of happiness.

2. The reward for every virtue has its measure, yet the reward for patience has no measure.

3. Your fear of Allah is commensurate of what you know of Him, and your lack of fear regarding Him is commensurate with your ignorance of Him.

4. You are determined to lose yourself in the baggage of this world, while the world is equally determined to remove you from itself.

5. Taking pains to remove the pains of others is the true essence of generosity.

6. The heart is dead, but its living again lies in knowledge; Knowledge too is dead, but its living again lies in the seeking after it.

7. Erase old sins with new virtues.

8. The amount of knowledge which suffices the believer is that which keeps him in awe of the Divine.

9. Man knows he is weak, yet how strange that he continues to disobey the One Who is strongest of all. [Abu Bakr Siddiq radi Allah anhu]