A man woke up early in order to ffer his Fajr Salaah.. He got dressed, set on his way to Allah's house.
On his way to the MASJID, the man fell and his clothes got dirty.. He got up, brushed himself up, and headed home.
At home, he changed his clothes, and was, again, on his way to the MASJID.
On his way to the MASJID, he fell again at the same spot! He, again, got up, brushed himself off and headed home.
At home he, once again, changed his clothes and was on his way to Allah's house.
On his way to the MASJID, he met a man holding a lamp. He asked the man of his identity and the man replied 'I saw you fall twice on your way to the MASJID, so I brought a lamp so I can light your way.
The first man thanked him profusely and the two went on their way to the MASJID.
Once at the MASJID, the first man asked the man with the lamp to come in and offer SALAAH with him.
The second man refused.
The first man asked him a couple more times and, again, the answer was the same.
The first man asked him why he did not wish to come in and pray.
The man replied, 'I am Shaytaan'. The man was shocked at this reply. Shaytaan went on to explain, 'I saw you on your way to the MASJID and it was I who made you fall. When you went home, cleaned yourself and went back on your way to the MASJID, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala forgave all of your sins.
I made you fall a second time, and even that did not encourage you to stay home, but rather, you went back on your way to MASJID. Because of that, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala forgave all the sins of the people of your household.
I was afraid if I made you fall one more time, then Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala will forgive the sins of the whole nation (world) so I made sure that you reached the MASJID safely.'
Do not put off the good you intended to do as you never know how much reward you might receive from the hardships you encounter while trying to achieve that good.
For your righteousness can save your family and nation at large.
22. It is mentioned in a Hadith that the person who offers twelve rakaats of salaat that are not fard, Allah Ta'ala will prepare a house in Jannah for him. The twelve rakaats refer to the sunnah-e-mu'akkadah: two of fajr, six of zuhr (four before the fard and two after), two after the fard of maghrib, and two after the fard of esha).
23. It is mentioned in a Hadith that the person who offers six rakaats of nafl salaat between maghrib and esha without committing any wrong, will receive the reward of making nafl ibaadah for twelve years. That is, the reward of those rakaats will equal nafl ibaadah of twelve years.
24. It is mentioned in a Hadith that the person who offers two rakaats of nafl salaat in a secluded place where no one but Allah and the angels (which are with him all the time, and which only leave him when he goes to relieve himself or when he is engaged in sexual intercourse) can see him; then salvation from jahannam will be written down for him. In other words, he will be granted the ability to abstain from sins and thereby save himself from sins. However, he should continue offering this salaat. Only then will he attain this barakah.
25. It is mentioned in a Hadith that the person who offers the twelve rakaats of chaasht salaat, Allah Ta'ala will prepare a house of gold for him in jannah.
26. It is mentioned in a Hadith that the person who offers four rakaats of chaasht salaat and four other rakaats prior to the zuhr salaat (apart from the sunnat-e-mu'akkadah salaat), a house will be prepared for him in Jannah.
27. It is mentioned in a Hadith that the person who offers twenty rakaats of nafl salaat between maghrib and esha, Allah Ta'ala will prepare a house for him in Jannah.
28. It is mentioned in a Hadith: "The person who offers four rakaats before asr, Allah Ta'ala will make the fire haraam upon him." - Narrated by Tabrani.
The meaning of this Hadith is that by offering this salaat continuously, he will be granted the ability of doing good deeds, abstaining from evil and thereby save himself from Jahannam. However, it is necessary that such an amount of ibaadah be done which one can fulfil with steadfastness no matter how little it may be. There is no harm if one misses out at some time or the other due to a valid reason. When a person commences offering nafl salaats, he should maintain it as far as possible because it is extremely detestable to commence with it and thereafter abandon it.
29. It is mentioned in a Hadith: "May Allah have mercy on the person who offers four rakaats before asr salaat." Narrated by Imam Suyuti.
Dear Muslim brothers and sisters! Devote yourselves totally to this Hadith. Through a little effort, you will receive such a high status that you will receive the blessings of the dua of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the ability to abstain from sins. No matter how much and in which way you thank Allah Ta'ala for this bounty, it will be insufficient. The dua of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam will only be granted to the fortunate ones.
Our book of deeds are presented to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam every morning and evening. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam becomes extremely pleased when he comes to know that a person is doing good deeds and carrying out that ibaadah which he himself had urged us to carry out. By attaining his happiness and pleasure, one is granted mercy and comfort in both the worlds.
A poet says:
"It is through your generosity that this world and the hereafter is existing.
And from among Your knowledge is the knowledge of the Preserved Tablet." (i.e. the Lauh-e-Mahfooz, in which everything that will occur till qiyaamah is recorded)
In other words, it is through your concern and generosity that the bounties of this world and the hereafter can be attained. And it is through your teachings that the knowledge of the Lauh-e-Mahfooz can be obtained.
There are two ways of attaining this knowledge: (i) There are unseen mysteries and secrets in your Ahadith and these are revealed to the special servants of Allah Ta'ala. (ii) Through the favours of Allah Ta'ala and the barakah of reading your Ahadith and practicing upon them, unseen mysteries are also revealed to those who search for the truth. Understand this well and practice upon it. There is not much benefit in merely studying without any practice. Real benefit can only be attained by studying and then practicing.
THE MEANING OF ISLAM – THE STORY OF HUZAIFAH IBN YAMAN AND HIS FATHER RADIALLAHU ANHUMA
When Hazrat Huzaifah ibn Yamān and his father embraced Islam, they were on their way to Madeenah Munawwarah. However, they were intercepted by Abu Jahl and he asked as to where they were going. Hazrat Huzaifah ibn Yamān رضي الله عنه told Abu Jahl that he was going to Madeenah Munawwarah to meet Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم. Abu Jahl said; "Then I will not spare you because when you go there, you will join forces against us." Hazrat Huzaifah رضي الله عنه replied; "Our purpose is only to meet Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم and to see him. We will not take part in the battle." Abu Jahl then extracted a promise from them that they will only meet Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم and not take part in the battle.
When Hazrat Huzaifah ibn Yamān and his father reached Madeenah Munawwarah, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم had already left with his companions for Badr. We must understand that the Battle of Badr was the first combat between truth and falsehood. The battle is termed in the Holy Qur'ān as يوم الفرقان. The participants in this battle are called Badrī and are they are regarded with great esteem and respect. Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم had given the glad tidings to the Badrī companions رضوان الله عليهم اجمعين of the forgiveness and special reward from Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله. It was on this occasion that Hazrat Huzaifah ibn Yamān رضي الله عنه promised Abu Jahl that he would not participate in the battle.
When Hazrat Huzaifah ibn Yamān and his father met Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم, they related to him what had transpired when they were confronted by Abu Jahl. Abu Jahl made them promise that they will not participate in the battle. On this occasion when there was a great need for the Muslims, Hazrat Huzaifah رضي الله عنه requested that they be allowed to participate in this memorable battle because he said that the promise to Abu Jahl was extracted with the sword on their throats. Hazrat Huzaifah رضي الله عنه further added that if they had not promised not to take part in the battle, they would not have been allowed to meet Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم. They thus requested permission to join Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم and the Sahaba رضوان الله عليهم اجمعين and gain the honour and excellence of being participants in the first battle between truth and falsehood. (Al-Asabah, Vol:1 Page 316)
However, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم said; "No! You have made a promise and he (Abu Jahl) has released you on the condition that you will see me but not join me in battle. So, I do not permit you to participate in the battle."
There are times when man is put through tests and Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله ascertains how we honour our promises. If it were people like us, we would have put forward many excuses. We could have said that technically, there was no sincerity in the heart and it was due to compulsion that we had to make a promise. We could have said that the promise was made as an excuse to joining Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم in the battle against disbelief. Furthermore, each man was vital to Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم because the Muslim army was ill-equipped with only 313 men. They had only seventy camels, two horses and eight swords. The others had a baton, a stick or a stone. The Muslims were confronted by an army of a thousand men who were well armed. Each person was important but let us understand the temperament of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم and the truth of Islam; our Noble Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم advised that what was given as an assurance will not be violated.
Many have misconceptions with regards to Jihād; there was no agenda to acquire territory nor was there a desire for leadership, but rather Jihād was to uphold the truth. How is it possible that one is involved in transgression and at the same time strive for the cause of Islam? Transgression and striving cannot be combined. The failure of the Muslims today is that we seek to propagate and enforce Islam whilst being rebellious to the laws of Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله. We can offer thousands of excuses and we can say that due to circumstances, we can look for loopholes.
The difference between the Sahaba رضوان الله عليهم اجمعين and us is that they were only motivated and driven to attain the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله. There was no other objective; they were not after property nor did they desire to be called brave nor was it to even win the battle - the only aim was to please Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله and to be faithful to their promises. Thus, both Hazrat Huzaifah and Hazrat Yamān رضي الله عنهما were not granted permission to take part in the battle and deprived of the honour of being participants in Badr.
This is the Islam we are asked to enter into completely.
200 Statements of Hadhrat Maseehul Ummat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Sahib (RA)
91) Refrain from honouring an innovator or else the greatness of Deen will disappear from the heart.
92) Malice destroys the noor of a human being.
93) Refrain from situations of lust and fame.
94) That enjoyment which does not bear fruit in the hereafter is dunya. (For example, sexual relations with the wife is not dunya
because although one experiences pleasure, the fruit of such enjoyment will be experienced in the hereafter form of reward. On the other hand, one also gets enjoyment from zina, but that does not result in reward in the hereafter, therefore that is pure dunya and lust, for which one will be punished in the hereafter).
95) The act of refraining from lengthy plans and amassing wealth is in fact abundant remembrance of death.
96) Have affinity for Allah Ta'ala alone or else you will become enmeshed with the creation.
97) The desire for good (deeds) is inspiration (from Allah Ta'ala).
98) It is faraz to become a friend of Allah Ta'ala.
99) Continuous obedience (to every command of Allah Ta'ala), abundant zikr, and excessive contemplation of Allah Ta'ala in the heart are effects of the friendship of Allah Ta'ala.
100) Refrain from opposing the sunnat.
Compiled by: Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Farooq Sahib Rahimahullahu
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