Daily Conversations with God حوارات يومية مع الله

أععوذ بالله العليّ العظيم من الشيطان الرجيم

I seek God’s protection, [who is] above all [things], the Magnificent, from the accursed devil.

بسم الله الّذي… لا إله إلاّ هو الحيّ القيوم ، لَا  تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلَا  نَوْمٌ ۚ لَّهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ ۗ  مَن ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِندَهُ إِلَّا  بِإِذْنِهِ ۚ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ ۖ وَلَا  يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلَّا  بِمَا شَاءَ ۚ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ ۖ وَلَا  يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ ﴿٢٥٥﴾ “ 

[I begin] in the name of Allah, [with] whom there are no other Gods, only Him, the Alive, the Vigilant [that] neither slumbers nor sleeps. [Who] for Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth. Who can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what will befall them and [there past lives] behind them, while they do not comprehend any of His knowledge except what He wills [them to understand]. His dominion extends the heavens and the earth and it does not weary Him preserving them both. He is above all [created things], the Magnificent.

الحمد لله الّذي أحيانا بعد إذ أمتّنا و إليه النشور .

All praise [and thanks] is for God who causes us to live after causing our death-like state [sleep] and before Him we rise [once again].

اصبحنا وآصبح الملك لله والحمد لله لا اله الا  الله وحده لا شريك له ، له الملك وله الحمد وهوعلى كل شيء قدير .

We have risen to a new day and the dominion belongs to Allah; all thanks is for Allah, there is no other deity except Him alone, for Him is all sovereignty and praise and He is able to do anything.

أصبحناعلى فطرة الآسلام، وعلى كلمة الإخلاص ، و على دين نبينا محمد صلى الله عليه و سلم ، و على ملة أبينا إبراهيم حنيفا مسلما و ما كان من المشركين .

 We have risen to a new dawn on the natural religion of Islam and upon the vow of Monotheism and upon the religion of Muhammad , may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him and upon the pure Islamic creed of our father Abraham and he was not an idolator.

 اللهّمّ إنّا نسألك خيرما في هذا اليوم وما بعده و انّا نعوذ بك من شرّ ما في هذا اليوم و ما بعده . اللهّمّ إنّا نعوذ بك من الكسل ونعوذ بك من سوء الكبر و نعوذ بك من عذاب في القبر و عذاب في النّار .

O God, we ask you to [grant us] any goodness contained in this day and day [s] to come and we ask for your protection from any evil contained in this day and day [s] to come. O God we seek your protection from laziness and the evils of pride and from the punishment of Hell.

إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ  السَّمَاوَاتِ وَ الْأَرْضِ   وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ  وَ النَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ  لِّأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ ﴿١٩٠﴾ الَّذِينَ  يَذْكُرُونَ  اللَّـهَ قِيَامًا وَ قُعُودًا وَعَلَىٰ جُنُوبِهِمْ  وَ  يَتَفَكَّرُونَ  فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَ الْأَرْضِ   رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَـٰذَا بَاطِلًا  سُبْحَانَكَ  فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ﴿١٩١﴾ رَبَّنَا إِنَّكَ مَن تُدْخِلِ النَّارَ فَقَدْ أَخْزَيْتَهُۖ  وَمَا لِلظَّالِمِينَ  مِنْ أَنصَارٍ ﴿١٩٢﴾ رَّبَّنَا إِنَّنَا سَمِعْنَا مُنَادِيًا يُنَادِي لِلْإِيمَانِ أَنْ  آمِنُوا بِرَبِّكُمْ فَآمَنَّاۚ  رَبَّنَا فَاغْفِرْلَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَ كَفِّرْعَنَّا سَيِّئَاتِنَا وَ تَوَفَّنَا مَعَ الْأَبْرَارِ﴿١٩٣﴾ رَبَّنَا وَ آتِنَا مَا وَعَدتَّنَا عَلَىٰ رُسُلِكَ  وَ لَا  تُخْزِنَا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِۗ  إِنَّكَ لَا  تُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَادَ ﴿١٩٤﴾ .

“In the creation of the heavens and the earth and the changes of night and day there are signs for those who ponder. Those who remember God while standing, sitting and [lying] of their sides and they engage in deep thought over the creation of the heavens and the earth [marvelling, they say]: Our Lord, you did not create this without a purpose, Subhaanaka [how great thou art], deliver us from the painful [punishment] of Hell.Our Lord! Those whom You will commit to the Fire will most certainly be in a humiliated position. And the oppressors will have no one to help them. Our Lord! We have heard someone calling us to faith, [saying]: “ Believe”– and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins, and hold us not into account for our bad deeds, and join us with the righteous when we die. Our Lord! Give us all that You have promised us through Your messengers and do not humiliate us on the Day of Resurrection. [Promise us] You never break Your promise.’ C:3,V:192

اللّهمّ إنَّك عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ العَفوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي .

O God! You pardon, you love to pardon, so pardon me!

اللهّمّ إنّي أعوذ بك من الخبث و الخبآئث

O God! I seek your protect from [every] malicious evil creation and all their wickedness.

غفرانك ، الحمد لله الّذي أَذهَبَ عَنِّي الأذَى و عافانِي .

Your Forgiveness! [O Allah], All thanks is for God who removed from me all harm and had pardoned me.

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم ، أعوذ بِكَ مِن هَمَزاتِ الشَّياطين ، و أعوذ بك ربّي أنْ يَحضرون.

I begin [always] in the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Kind. I see your protection from influences of the devil, and I seek refuge with you so that they do not come close to me. C:23, V:97-8

أشهد أن لاّ إلهَ إلاّ الله وحده لا شريك له و أشهد أنَّ محمّدا عبده و رّسوله . اللّهمّ اجعلني من التَّوَّابين و اجعلني من المتطَهِّرِينَ.

I bear witness that there are no other deities but Allah, who Has no partners [or sons] and I further testify that Muhammad [peace be upon him] is God’s servant and His Messenger. O God, make me be from amongst those who [always] turn to You in repentance, and make me be from amongst the pure [in heart, body and mind].

بسم الله تَوكّلت على الله و لا حولَ و لا قوّةَ إلاّ باللهِ .

In the name of God. I depend upon Him and there are circumstances nor powers [greater than you].

اللّهمّ اجعل في قلبي نورا و في بصري نورا و في سمعي نورا و عن يميني نورا و عن يساري نورا و فوقي نورا و تحتي نورا و اجعل لّي نورا كثيرا.

O God, cast a light into my heart, into my eyes, into my ears and on my right and left and above me and below me. Grant me a lot of light!

اللّهمّ افتح عليّ ابواب رحمتك .

O God, open unto me the gates of Your Mercy!

الله أكبر كبيرا ، و الحمد لله كثيرا ، و سبحان الله بكرة و أصيلا ، الله أكبر ، الله أكبر و لله الحمد

God is the Greatest! All Praise and Thanks are for God! Glory to God, in the morning and evening. God is Great, God is Great. To Him belongs all praise.

اللّهمّ ،إِنِّي وَجَّهْتُ  وَجْهِيَ  لِلَّذِي فَطَرَالسَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ حَنِيفًاۖ وَمَا أَنَا مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ﴿٧٩﴾  “

“I have turned my attention and full focus towards [Him] who created the heavens and the earth and I am non an idolator.” C:6, V:69

”…إِنَّ صَلَاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّـهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ ﴿١٦٢﴾ لَاشَرِيكَ لَهُۖ  وَبِذَٰلِكَ أُمِرْتُ وَأَنَا أَوَّلُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ ﴿١٦٣﴾  “

“My prayer and sacrifice, my life and death, are all for God, Lord of all the Worlds; He has no partner. This is what I am commanded, and I am the first to devote myself to Him.” C:6, V:162-3

أعُوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

I seek refuge and protection with God from the outcast devil.

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ ﴿١﴾ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّـهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ ﴿٢﴾ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ ﴿٣﴾ مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ ﴿٤﴾ إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ ﴿٥﴾ اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ ﴿٦﴾ صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ ﴿٧﴾

[I begin] In the name of God, [who is] the Most Merciful, the Compassionate. All [thanks and] praise is for God, the Lord of the Universe. The Merciful [to all], the Kindest [to all believers]. Master of the Day of Judgement. You alone we worship and You alone we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path: The path of those You have blessed, those whom incur no anger [from you] and who have not gone astray. C:2, Vs:1-7

يا الله ، يا أحد ، يا الله ، يا الصمد الّذي لم يلد و لم يولد و لم يكن لّه كفوًا أحد

O God, O [Unique] One, O God, O Eternal One who did not beget anyone [the way His creation does] nor was He begotten [by anyone], and [the one] who is incomparable … C:112

أعوذ بك يا ربّ الفلق من شرّ ما خلق و من شر غاسق إذا وقب و من شرّ النّفّاثات في العقد و من شرّ حاسد إذا حسد

‘… I seek your protection, O Lord of the daybreak against any harm that was created; and from the darkness [of sinister plotters] when darkness falls, and from the harm [of those] who blow into knots, and from the harm of [any] envier when they envies.’ C:113

أعوذ بك يا ربّ النّاس ، يا ملك النّاس ،يا إله النّاس من شرّ الوسواس الخنّاس الّذي يوسوس في صدور النّاس من الجنّة و النّاس.

‘… [and] I seek the protection of the Lord and King of Humankind from the evil whisperers of humans and spirits that places [their] insinuations into the hearts of humans. C:114

سبحان الله و بحمده ، سبحان الله العظيم

[All] Glory and Praise be to God, Glory to God, the Magnificent!

التّحيّات لله و الصلوات و الطيّبات . السلام عليك أيّها النّبيّ و رحمة الله و بركاته ، السلام علينا و على عباده الصالحين ، أشهد أن لّا إله إلّا الله وحده لا شريك له و أشهد أنّ محمدا عبده و رسوله .

All compliments, prayers and courtesy is for God. Peace, Allah’s Mercy and His blessings be upon you, O Prophet; Peace be unto us and all of God’s good servants. I testify that there are no other Gods but Allah who is alone and has no partners [that share His control over His creation] and I further bear witness that Muhammad (Peace be unto him) is God’s [final] servant and Messenger.

اللّهمّ صلّ على محمّد وعلى آلِ محمد كما صلّيت على إبراهيم و على آلِ إبراهيم إنّك حميد مجيد.

O God, send Your Serenity upon Muhammad, and his household in the same manner You have granted Your Serenity to Abraham and his household. You are the Most Praised, the Majestic.

اللّهمّ بارك على محمّد و على آلِ محمّد كما باركت على إبراهيم و على آلِ إبراهيم ، إنّك حميد مجيد.

O God, grant Your Blessing to Muhammad, and his household in the same manner You have granted Your Blessing to Abraham and his household. You are the Most Praised, the Majestic.

الّلهمّ إنّي أعوذ بك من عذاب القبر و عذاب النار و من فتنة المحيات و الممات من فتنة مسيح الدجّال.

O God I seek Your protection from the punishment of the grave and hell fire; and I seek Your protection from the trials of life and death and from the tribulations of the Anti Christ.

اللّهم أنت السّلام و منك السّلام تباركت يا ذا الجلال و الإكرام .

A God, You are Peace and from You Peace is derived; You have blessed [us] O Possessor of Majesty and Grace.

اللّهمّ أعننِي على ذكرك و شكرك و حسن عبادتك.

O God help me to remember you, thank you and devote myself to you in the best manner.

لا إله إلاّ الله محمّدا رسول الله. (كلمة الطَّيِّبة)

[Compliment] There is no one [worthy of worship] but God [and] Muhammad (pbuh) is God’s Messenger.

أشهد أن لاّ إلهَ إلاّ الله وحده لا شريك له و أشهد أنَّ محمّدا عبده و رّسوله (كلمة الشهادة)

[Endorsement] I testify that no one is worthy of worship but God alone and I testify that Muhammad (pbuh) is God’s servant and messenger.

سبحان الله ، و الحمد لله و لا إلهَ إلاّ الله والله أكبر و لا حَولَ و لا قُوَّةَ إلاّ بالله العَليُّ العَظيم. (كلمة النمجيد)

[Admiration] Glory and Praise is for God; Nothing is worthy of worship except God. God is the Greatest and there is no power [to change one’s circumstances] nor any strength [more powerful] than God.

لا إلهَ إلاّ الله وَحدَهُ لا شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ المُلك و لَهُ الحَمد يُحيي و يُميت بِيَدِهِ الخَيرِ و هُوَ على كُلِّ شَيءٍ قَدِير. (كلمة التوحيد)

[Affirmation] There is none worthy of adoration except God alone [who] is without partners [wife, son or daughter], for Him is the dominion [of the heavens and earth]; For Him is all praise, the one who gives life and causes death; in whose hands is all goodness and He is able to do anything.

أستغفر الله العظيم الّذي لا إله إلاّ هو الحي القيوم و أتوب إليه . (كلمةالإستغفار)

[Absolution] I ask forgiveness from God, the Highest; [the One] who is alone, without partners, the Everliving, Alert and I repent to Him.

اللّهمّ إنِّي أَسأَلُكَ من فَضْلِك .

O God, I beseech You [award me] something from Your Bounties.

اللّهمّ إنّ نأسألك خير المَولَج و خير المَخرَج ، بسم الله ولَجنا و بسم الله خرجنا و على ربّنا تَوكّلنا.

O God, we ask you for the best departure and arrival [at this house], in God’s name we arrive and in God’s name we depart and upon Him we depend.

بسم الله و على بركة الله.

In the name of God and in receipt of God’s blessing [we eat].

الحمد لله الّذي أطعمنا و سقانا و جعلنا من المسلمين.

All thanks and praise is due to God, who fed us, gave us drink and made us from amongst the Muslims.

اللّهمّ إنِّي اسألُكَ من خيره و خيرِ ما هو لَهُ و أعوذُ بِكَ مِن شَرِّه و شرِّ ما هُوَ لَهُ .

O God, I ask you to grant us from the good [of this offering] and what has been allocated to it and I seek your protection from the evil of it and is allocated to it.

آللّهمّ كَما أَحسَنْتَ خَلقي فأَحسِن لي خُلُقِي.

O God, just as you made me appearance handsome, please enhance my character.

الله أَكبر ، الله أكبر ، الله اكبر

God is Great! God is Great! God is Great!

سبحان الّذي سَخَّرَ لَنا هذا و ما كُنَّا لَهُ مُقرِنين و إِنَّآ إلى رَبِّنا لِمُنْقَلِبون .

“Glory to God, who has subdued this means [of transport] to us without which we could not have otherwise control. Most certainly to our Lord we will [one day] return.” C:43, V:13-4

اللّهمّ إنّا نِسألك في سفرنا هذا البِرَّ و التّقوى و من العمل ما ترضى. اللّهمّ هَوِّن علينا سفرنا هذا واطوِ لَنا بُعْدَهُ . اللّهمّ أنت الصّاحِبُ في السّفر و الخَليفَة في الأهلِ . اللّهمّ إنّي أعوذ بِك مِن وَّعْثاءِ السَّفرِ و كَآبةِ المَنظَرِ و َ سُوءِ المُنقَلَبِ في المالِ وَ الأَهلِ.

O God, we ask of You [to aid us] in this journey to be righteousness, conscious of You and to engage in acts that are pleasing to You. O God, make this journey easy for us and its distance a short one. O God you are the companion of the traveller and the guardian over the family [of the traveller] O God we seek refugee in You from the exhaustion of travel, from having a change of heart and being in a bad predicament, and I seek refuge in You from an ill fated outcomes with wealth and family.’

آئِبُونَ تآئبون عابِدون لِرَبِّنا حامِدون.

Returning [from travel] returning to Allah, obedient to Our Lord and praising Him.

اللّهمّ إنّي أسألك عِلماً نافِعا و رزقا طَيِّبا و عَمَلا مُتَقَبِّلا .

O God, I ask You to [bless me with] useful knowledge, clean sustenance and actions acceptable to You.

اللّهمّ لا سهلَ إلاّ ما جعلتَهُ سَهلاً ، و أنتَ تَجعل الحَزَنَ إذا شِئتَ سهلا .

O God there is nothing that is easy except that which You make easy and You make difficult matters easy if You so wish.

الحمد لله

All Praise is for God!

يرحمك الله

May God have mercy on you.

يهديكُمُ اللهُ و يُصلِحُ بالَكُم .

May God Guide you and correct your affairs.

اللّهمّ ا ذهِبِ البأسَ  رَبَّ النّاس . واشْفِ أنتَ الشَّافي لا شِفاءَ إلاّ شِفآئُكَ ، شِفاءً لا يغادر سَقَماً

O God, remove suffering – O Lord of Mankind! Cure! You are the Curer, there is no cure except Your cure. [You are the] cure that removes all illness.

سبحانك اللّهمّ و بحمدك أشهد أن لا إله إلا أنت أستغفرك و أتوب إليك.

Glory be to you O God and Praise to You, I testify that there is no other God except You. I ask Your forgiveness and I repent to You.

Questions and Answers

 – يَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الْخَمْرِ وَالْمَيْسِرِ ۖ قُلْ فِيهِمَا إِثْمٌ كَبِيرٌ وَمَنَافِعُ لِلنَّاسِ وَإِثْمُهُمَا أَكْبَرُ مِن نَّفْعِهِمَا ۗ وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ مَاذَا يُنفِقُونَ قُلِ الْعَفْوَ ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّـهُ لَكُمُ الْآيَاتِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَفَكَّرُونَ –

“They ask you [Prophet] about intoxicants and gambling. Say, “There is great sin in both, although they have some benefit for people: but their harm is greater than their benefit.” 

(Al-Quran: 2:219)

AA, On the question of alcohol and swine (as a food category in the Islamic Laws). The prohibition in Islamic Law covers their drinking and eating as well as their production or farming for these purposes: i.e: human consumption. Apart from their eating and drinking, for example, the appearance of forms of alcohol in perfume or skin products or the skin of pigs in footwear there is obvious benefits in their use and thus do not fall under the prohibition. This is what is meant by their harm in the Quranic verse for instance: “They ask you [Prophet] about intoxicants and gambling. Say, “There is great sin in both, although they have some benefit for people: but their harm is greater than their benefit.” How one understands the latter part of the verse will either be used as evidence to extend or limit the prohibition of products containing alcohol or pork extracts. In the final analysis, one has to know that the Shari’ah of Allah is characterised by ease and leniency in the first instance and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) would chose the easier of two choices once neither or them contravened Allah’s laws. Those who extend the prohibition of using products containing alcohol or pork beyond the eating and drinking of them have understood that their harm in the wider social and spiritual contexts are greater than their benefits and would thus recommend abstaining from their use altogether. I hope I have given you the core of the matter. And Allah knows best.

(Break for prayer)

AA, I would have liked to expand upon the reply to this question, but I had to rush off to obtain the blessings of praying in Jamaa’ah. If there are practical issues still unclear relating to my previous response please do ask; providing they are issues of practice. Two important things I try to keep in mind when approaching issues of fiqh: (1) To keep it simple so that everyone can gets the idea of how to consult the sources for themselves, because the Holy Quran and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) were sent for the intellectual and the common man. (2) That one must be aware that the Allah’s laws are often stated in a manner, which leaves room for conscience and the development of the human soul and Taqwa or personal piety. In the above issue, for instance, there are Muslims who will have no problem wearing a perfume which contains alcohol, while a Mu’min will make a choice to abstain from it altogether. And it may be that the Mu’min is the one who choses to wear it and the Muslim does not. It is not I who determines who is the believer and who is not, but it is Allah (swt) based upon one’s intention and conscience in the practice of his or her faith who will determine the faithfulness of His servant. While at the same time both are working within the boundaries set by Allah (swt) and His Prophet (pbuh). I hope that the wisdom pointed out here helps you to determine (for your personal faith) whether the benefits of using products containing alcohol or pork ingredients which you do not intend to eat (through the channel of your mouth and not through the pores of your skin) have some benefit which you can use despite having much harm; or that the benefits have been wiped out by the greatness of the harm involved in using those products. WS and Allah knows the secrets of the hearts.

Questioner: 

How can you justify suggesting that the common man consulting the sources for themselves ????

(AA) Because the Holy Quran in chapter 21, verse 7: “… ask the people of knowledge (اهل الذكر) if you do not know.” A close reading of this means, if it is clear one would not ask, if it is unclear one should ask. Yet again, the wisdom of the Shaari’ (Allah) is to give His servants the space to wilfully submit to Him; everyone has to consult their heart and their faith, especially in matters of belief. For no one bears the burden of another on the Day of Judgement. In matters of daily practice if one does not know it is usually the case that one asks (and we are encouraged to think positively of others حسن الظن. Should they refuse to ask, knowing that they do not know, then they will have to bear the consequences of their choices on the Day of Judgement. Imaan and faithfulness to Allah (from one’s heart – an not the heart of anyone elses) demands enquiry and the urge to worship Allah with conviction. Allah knows better.

Questioner: 

I think you misunderstood my question akhi. If the scholars differ so and they are considered to be learned enough to consult the sources and produce an accurate conclusion, then how can the common man be trusted if he has less knowledge ???

Also how would know who “knows” if we havent got enough knowledge to determine whether what they tell us is factual or not ????

AA. Dear questioner May have have grant us patience. (1) All of humanity ignorant in the face of Allah. So I guess none of us have a right to speak. And this may explain why the scholars (May Allah be please with them) differ on so many opinions. (2) Our Holy Prophet (pbuh) trusted the opinion of his companions, both in matters of Deen and Dunya. And this is when he was alive with them and revelation had not been yet completed, and they did not have the knowledge of those that came after them. He asked Mu’aadh what will you teach the people when you go to the Yemen? He took the point of view of his companions in battle strategy in the Battle of Badr on the best positions to face the enemy and Salmaan The Persian, on the digging of the Trench, and the opinion of his wives on many matters of practice and their knowledge of the human condition as we saw when after the negotiations of the Treaty of Hudhaybiyyah, many were angry with some of the clauses of that treaty and refused to shave their heads when commanded to and it was the Holy Prophet’s (pbuh) wife Ummu Salamah (ra) who advised him (pbuh) to go out and shave his head first and they would follow him. You have Umar (ra) advising him (pbuh) to separate between the men and the wives in dining spaces for instance and the list is endless. All of these examples imply that the Holy Prophet nurtured in his companions the habit of questioning and thinking for themselves with the guidance send down. If the erred he (pbuh) corrected them and at the same time commended them for thinking critically in search for the truth. He once told them of the illusiveness of truth, but of the importance of exerting one’s intellectual capacity, ‘when a learned person arrives at the truth in a matter he is granted two rewards by Allah (swt) and when he errs he is only granted one.” (3) The common man is pragmatic and does not over intellectualise his religion. He is only interested in the rights and wrongs, the do’s and don’ts of his practising of faith. It is the intellectual or those who profess to have attained knowledge that delve into the complex matters of religion and life. And the most intelligent of them both is the one who avoids useless talk and a lot questioning regards the practice of Deen. What concerns such a person are the deeds and creed that will help them to obtain paradise. Therefore, make sure that your questions are seeking those answers that you only need for your journey onwards to Paradise. The Holy Prophet warned that the nations before us hastened the destruction of themselves by asking too many questions. Revisit Surah al-Bayynah (chapter 98) and the destructiveness of knowledge is highlighted. The Holy Prophet (pbuh) use to seek refuge against the seeking of knowledge which is of no use. So stick with pragmatism and be like the common man. (4) Islam came to set the human spirit free from the servitude of man to the worship of Allah. Hence, empower Allah’s servants to think – but to think firstly with their hearts – to develop their personal accountability to Allah first. That they follow the opinions of the learned not because of who they are but because they connect their hearts, minds and soul to Allah and the practice of His beloved Messenger (pbuh). So after the Aalim (the learned) has spoken know that it is you and only you that will be held accountable for what happens next. Allah states quite clearly: ‘No one bears the burden of another’ (Chapter: 6, verse 164) This means that YOUR OPINION MATTERS as it is you who will make that final decision of action or inaction. (5) Therefore, do the right thing for yourself. Save yourself and your family from the fire of Hell. Ask only those questions that will light your path to Paradise. The rest which you will not encounter in your life or which are mere mental gymnastics avoid and watch the madness from a distance. May Allah help us to find our Soul’s way home. Ameen

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Lest We Forget: Friday and its Importance

What not to forget to do on this day, Friday (including the Thursday night before …)

“Invoke blessings upon me abundantly on Friday because it is a day that is (particularly) witnessed and the Angels witness it (abundantly). As soon as a person invokes blessings on me his invocation is shown to me until he ends it.” Abu al-Darda’ ® said: “Even after (your) death?” The Prophet (s) replied: “Verily, Allah has forbidden the earth to consume the bodies of Prophets.”

Some made the initial addition of the following: “The best of your days is Friday, for in it Adam was created, and in it his soul was taken back, and in it is the blowing of the Horn, and in it is the universal Seizure, therefore invoke blessings upon me abundantly on Friday…”

The Holy Prophet (s) says in a Hadith, “Definitely there are many Angels of Allah that sojourn the earth and bring the Salaam of my Ummat to me”.

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Friday is the best Day of the week. It is the Mothers of all days and the most virtuous in the sight of Allah.In the sight of Allah it has more greatness than Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid –ul-Adha (Reported in Ibn Majah)

Only that believer is graced with the blessings and benefits of Friday, who looks forward for it most anxiously and eagerly ; and wretched is the negligent one who is least interested in it and who does not even know in the morning which day has dawned ( Imam Ghazali says Ihya ul-Ulum)

– Thus We should make preparations for Jummah from Thursday night, (which is Friday night islamically because is Islam we start with Night and end with the day until the following night-Maghrib) The person who will receive the most benefit on Friday will be that person who waits for it and makes preparations for it from Thursday.

The Main merits of holy day of Friday are the first six;

1. Allah created Adam alayhis salaam on Friday and he was granted entry into hannah on Friday.

2. Adam alayhis salaam was sent to earth on this day as his vicegerent.

3. Adam alayhis salaam died on a Friday.

4. There is a blessed hour on Friday during which a person is granted anything lawful and good by Allah that he prays for.

5. The blessed hour on Friday is such that Duas are answered and accepted,(from my research its an hour in ‘‘sr to Maghrib)

6. The Day of Qiyamah-Resurrection will be on a Friday. It is on this day that the Trumpet will be blown on Friday; There is neither any angels nearest to Allah nor any heaven nor the earth nor the wind and a sea but all of them fear the Day of Jummah,that is why everything in the heavens and the earth including God’’ most favourite angels and mountains, rivers etc. stand in awe of Friday…

What Acts to Engage in on Friday:

The person who recites Surah Al-Kahf on Friday will have a bright light lit up for him till the next Friday. (Nasai) Also, whoever learns and preserves, in heart and practice, the first ten Ayahs of al-Kahf, he will be protected from al-Dajjal.

[Malick Elias writes: I will also draw your attention to contemplating on the meaning of  the whole Surah whilst reading it, but pay particular attention to the meaning contained in the last verses of the Surah … they are extremely powerful, I think. And Allah knows best.]

Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on the night of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will stretch between him and the Ancient House (the Ka’bah). Also the reward is as if they gave 10,000 Dinars gold coins in sadaqah.

‘Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.’” The surah may be read during the night or the day of Jumu’ah. The night of Jumu’ah starts from sunset on Thursday, and the day of Jumu’ah ends at sunset. Therefore the time for reading this soorah extends from sunset on Thursday to sunset on Friday.

The person who recites Surah Ad-Dukhan on Friday night, will have 70,000 angels imploring Allah for his forgiveness with the result that he will have all his sins forgiven. (Tirmizi)

It is in accordance with the Sunnah to recite Surah Ha Mim Sajdah (41) and Súrah Ad-Dahr (76) in the Fajr Prayer on Friday.

It is in accordance with the Sunnah to recite Surah Al-Jum’ah (62) and Al-Munafiqun (62), or Surah Al-A’ala (87) and Al-Ghashiyah (88) in the Friday Prayer.

The best Dhikr one can do is Salawat ala Rasul or Durood Shareef as much as possible.

The Prophet SAW said that of all days, Friday is the most virtuous. Send abundant Durood on me on Fridays because they are presented to me on that day.

Whoever recites the following Salawat eighty times immediately after ‘Asr Salat on Friday, before standing up from his place – Allah will forgive eighty years of sins, and grant him the reward equivalent to eighty years of worship –

“Allahumma Solli ‘Alaa Muhammadinin Nabiyyil Ummiyyi Wa ‘ala Aalihi Wasallim Tasleema.” (Jami’ As-Sagheer)
“O Allah bless Muhammad, the unlettered Prophet, and his family and grant them best of peace.”

[Malick Elias adds: For non-Arabic speakers who want to send praise upon the Holy Prophet but would find it difficult to learn the duaas. The selection bolded above is sufficient to learn … Allah knows best]

On Friday one should invoke Allah as often as possible for His blessings on the Holy Prophet, for the Holy Prophet has said : The best day for you is Friday because Adam was created on Friday and he died on Friday and Resurrection will take place on Friday. Therefore, you should invoke Alláh blessings for me frequently on this day, because your invocations in this regard are presented before me.

It is Allah’s right on every Muslim to bathe during every seven days, by washing his head and body

It is also recommended that one should clip his nails for Jummah..

The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him, insisted on wearing his best clothes on Friday therefore we should do likewise.

[Malick Elias comments: I left these recommendations untouched though no hadiths were presented here to support these practices, but they are in conformity with the comparisons made between the Eids and the Jummah … Allah knows best]
Friday Prayer is Obligatory Fard-e-‘ayn

The Friday prayer is obligatory on the person who after observing it can return home before the nightfall.

Jum’’h is obligatory for every Muslim, except the slave, the woman, the child and the sick.

“People used to come from their halting places and highlands for the Friday Prayer”. (Bukhari)

Hadrat Abu Hurairah says : The Holy Prophet said :
“Listen! Some of you take their flocks of goats a mile or two miles away in search of food, but when Friday comes, they do not bother to come here to offer the Prayer. (He repeated this sentence thrice, and then said) The heart of such a one will sealed”.

“Allah will seal the heart of the man, who does not pray three Friday prayers out of negligence”

““he name of the person who abandons the Friday Salaat without a genuine reason, will be recorded as a hypocrite in the Book (the Preserved Tablet), whose writings can neither be scraped out nor tampered with.

Command for Friday Prayer: Its Merits and Importance

Friday Prayer is obligatory and this is supported by the Qur’an, the Sunnah and the consensus of the Muslims. It occupies an important place among the distinctive features of Islam. A person who does not believe in the obligatory status of the Friday Prayer falls outside the pale of Islam, and the one who abandons it due to negligence and carelessness, without a genuine reason, becomes a sinner. The Qur’án says:

O Believers! When you hear the call to the Friday Prayer, hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave your trading; this is better for you only if you know it. (62 9)

Here remembrance means the Friday Sermon and the congregational service, and hastening implies that one should make necessary preparations for it and attend the mosque promptly.

This unusual stress throws light on the unique importance of the Friday Prayer.

The other prayers can be offered without the congregation and, if missed, can be offered later also. But not so the Friday Prayer. It is conditioned upon congregation and, if missed, cannot be offered later.

Therefore, as soon as the call for it is given, the Believers are commanded to leave their business and trading and hasten to the mosque for the remembrance of Allah.

The fact is that the remembrance of Allah for a little while and bowing and prostrating oneself before Him along with the congregation in full consciousness yield[s] eternal benefits for man far greater in value and worth than the temporary and meagre material gains that he craves for in the world.The Holy Prophet has said :

1. The Friday Congregational Prayer is obligatory for every Muslim, except the slave, the woman, the child and the sick. (Abu Da ud)

2. The Friday Prayer is obligatory on every person who believes in Allàh and the Last day; the one who ignores it on account of sport or fun, or trade and business, will be ignored by Allah, Who is Pure and Self-Sufficient. (Daraquini)

3. The name of the person who abandons the Friday Prayer without a genuine reason, will be recorded as a hypocrite in the Book (the Preserved Tablet), whose writings can neither be scraped out nor tampered with.(Mishkat)

4.I wish I should appoint someone as Imam in my place, and should go and set fire to the houses of the people who stay back at home and neglect the Friday Prayer. (Muslim)

5. Hadrat Ibn Umair and Hadrat Abu Hurairah have reported that they heard the Holy Prophet say on the pulpit : People are warned against neglecting the Friday Prayer, otherwise Allah will seal their hearts, and they will be condemned to negligence (for ever). (Muslim)

6.The one who hears the call to the Friday Praayer and does not turn up for it on one Friday, and then on the second Friday and the third Friday consecutively, has his heart sealed and is turned a hypocrite (Tabáranì) Alláma Sarakhsi says :

The Friday Prayer is obligatory according to the Qur’an and the Sunnah and tthe consensusof the Muslims. (Al-Mabsut, Vol. II, p. 22)

Prayer’’ obligatory status is established by the Qur’’n and the Sunnah, and the consensus of the Ummah is that the person who denies this is outside the pale of Islam.””(Fath-al-Qadir, Vol. I, p. 407)

Ibn Abbas says :The person who misses several Friday Prayers consecutively, has abandoned Islam.

The Holy Prophet has described the merits of the Friday Prayer thus:The one who had [a] bath on Friday, cleaned himself fully, used oil and perfume, then went to the mosque early in the afternoon and took his place quietly without pushing or disturbing the people ; then offered the Sunnat prayer; then listened to the sermon peacefully, he will have all his sins committed since the previous Friday forgiven. (Bukharì)

There are three types of men who come to offer the Friday Prayer:
(1) He who comes and indulges in irrelevant talk : such a one does not gain anything beside this.
(2) He who busies himself in meditation and supplications to Allah, which Allah may or may not grant.
(3) He who takes his place quietly and peacefully: neither he disturbs the people nor hurts them in any way: this mans good behaviour becomes an expiation for his negligences till the next Friday and for three days more, for Allàh says :
The one who does one good deed, gets the reward for ten good deeds. (6 :160)

The one who washes himself clean on Friday, then walks to mosque (instead of riding), then listens to the sermon peacefully, avoiding every frivolous act and utterance, gets the reward of one full year’s worship on every step of one year’s fasting and one year’s prayer. (Tirmizí)

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Compilation and Commentary made by Malick Elias.

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