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Thursday, 31 March 2011

2 Doa Mustajab When You Are Troubled, In Sadness and Lost.. :)

Allahumma innee a'uzubika minal hammi walhazani, wa'ajzi walkasali, walbukhli waljubni, wa dhala'id dayni wa ghalabatirrijaal
"O Allah, i seek refugee in you from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, from misery and from cowardice, from being overcome by debt and overpowered by men"

La ilaaha illallaahul 'Adheemul Hhaleem, la ilaaha illalaahu rabul 'Arshil Adheem, la ilaaha illallahu rabbus samaawaatil wa rabbul 'ardhi wa rabbul 'Arshil Kareem
"There is none worthy but Allah the Mighty the Forbearing, there is none worthy or worship but Allah, the Lord of the Magnificient throne, there is none worthy of worship but Allah, Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth and Lord of the Noble throne"

Sunday, 20 March 2011

10 common mistakes in Prayer(Salat/Namaz)

Salat (Salah, Namaz) or Prayer is the most important pillar of Islam which will be questioned on the day of Resurrection. Performing Prayers is obligatory for every adult Muslim. Salah is a ritual prayer having prescribed conditions and one must perform Salaah while fulfilling those conditions. Many times we perform Prayers or Salah as a practice or a part of habit only but tend to forget the basic essence of Namaz and make many mistakes during Prayers. 10 common mistakes and errors in Prayers or Salah are discussed:

1. Delaying the Salah intentionally: While being busy in worldly affairs we often delay the Salah from its preferred time. This is the most common mistake in Prayer made by most of us. We think that Praying is last thing to do and we must attend to other matters first. Many workers delay Zuhr and Asr Prayer till night-time. Quran speaks strictly on guarding our Salat:
“Guard strictly (five obligatory) As-Salawat (the prayers) especially the middle Salat (i.e. Asr Prayers)” [2:238]
Here to safeguard the Salat means to perform it at its prescribed time and to be steadfast upon it.
Narrated Ibn Umar (R.A): Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) said: “Whoever misses the Asr prayers (intentionally), then it is as if he lost his family and property.” [Al-Bukhari]
Another Hadith explains the importance of praying on time:
Narrated Abu Al-Malih (R.A): “We were with Buraidah in a battle on a cloudy day and he said, “Offer the Asr prayer early as the Prophet (P.B.U.H) said, “Whoever omits the Asr prayer, all his (good) deeds will be lost.” [Al-Bukhari]

2. Reciting Holy Quran fast in the Prayers: we must pause and take breaks while reciting Holy Quran during Salat. We should not recite the Surah’s so fast that that the verse get intermingled. One of the Hadith emphasizes this issue:
“The Prophet (P.B.U.H) used to pause after each verse of Surah al-Fatiha. [Abu Dawood]

3. Moving before the Imam in congregational prayers: one should not race with the imam i.e. try to move before the Imam or with the Imam because the correct ruling is when Imam says Allahu Akbar, then the person who’s following the Imam in Prayers should say Allahu Akbar. Not before Imam or with Imam. Like this Hadith of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) states:
“Surely the imam is there to be followed” [Muslim]
Another Hadith states:
The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said: “Does not the one who raises his head before the Imam does fear that Allah would transform his head into a donkey’s head” [Muslim]

4. Performing the Salah hastily: Salat should be performed slowly and calmly. Rukoo or Sujood must be performed unhurriedly. In order to complete the Rukoo one must stay in Rukoo posture long enough to recite “Subhan Rabbi yal Adtheem” at least three times. In the same manner, for the Sujood the person should say “Subhan-na Rabbi yal-ala” three times slowly. This Hadith commands to complete the Rukoo and Sujood in proper manner:
The Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H) said: “The worst thief is the one who steals from his own prayer.” People asked: ‘Messenger of Allah! How could one steal from his own prayer?’ He said: “By not completing its rukoo and sujood” [at-Tabarani]
The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said: “He who does not complete his rukoo and sujood, his prayer is void” [Abu Dawood]

5. Gazing right, left or upward during Salat: While performing Salah, one should concentrate on looking to the point where the head is placed during Sujood rather than looking upwards. Because this may lose concentration. In the Hadith recorded by Sahih Muslim the Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:
“Let those who raise their gaze up during prayer stop doing so, or else their sights would not return to them” (i.e. they will lose their eyesight) [Muslim]

6. Performing Sujood improperly: most common mistake observed in Prayers is to perform Sujood by resting only the tip of head on floor.
The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said: “I am commanded to prostrate on seven bones the forehead and the nose, the two hands [palms], the two knees, and the two feet” [Muslim]

7. Not performing Prayers during illness or while traveling: The Prophet (P.B.U.H) always used to perform Prayers even during His last days before death. He (P.B.U.H) never neglected it even during combats. Prayer is obligatory and must be performed in any condition. If a person cannot perform ablution due to his illness then he may perform tayammum (dry ablution). If he cannot stand in prayer, he may perform Salah while sitting or even laying down. Same is the case while traveling. The person can combine 2 Salah while traveling i.e. Zuhr Prayer and Asr Prayer. or Maghrib Prayer and Isha Prayer.

8. Crossing in front of a person who is performing Salah:
The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said: “Were the one who crosses in front of a praying person to know the consequences of doing so, he would have waited for forty better than to cross in front of him” [Bukhari]

9. Going to Mosque for performing Salah with rapid walk: when the time of Prayer has approached and some person has fear that he might miss his Salah; for the fear of that most of us try to walk quickly or run for the fear of missing some part of the prayer. This is not allowed according to Hadith:
The Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H) said: “When prayer has already started, do not walk quickly to join in. Proceed calmly and reposefully; then join in whichever part you catch up, and complete whichever part you missed” [Bukhari and Muslim]

10. Eating food of bad smell before performing Prayers: consuming foods that have bad smell like the garlic or onion etc. should not be taken before the Salah because the bad smell may irritate the angels and the praying people.
The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said: “He who eats from the smelly plant [garlic or onion], let him come not near our mosque; the angels are bothered by that which bothers men” [Muslim]
May Allah guide us to perform our Salah perfectly and help us to guard our Salat so when on the Day of Judgment we are questioned about our prayers, we may succeed. Ameen.

What it means to be MODERATE?

Today we increasingly hear the calls to be moderate, and not venture into the extremes, and go astray. This is perfectly correct and was stressed upon by the Prophet (peace be upon him). However, a lot of people are ignorant of what moderation is, and they fall into either o­ne of the two extremes – being so liberal that o­ne ignores what is required or being too extreme that o­ne exceeds the limits. Shaykh Uthaymeen, the late scholar, has explained this beautifully.

Moderation in religion means that o­ne does not exaggerate and go beyond the limit set by Allah, and that o­ne does not neglect it and fall short of the limit set by Allah. Moderation means following the example of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Exaggeration means trying to do more than what the Prophet (peace be upon him) did, and negligence means not reaching that level. For example, a man says, “I want to spend all night in prayer (Qiyam Al-Layl), and never sleep all my life, because prayer is o­ne of the best acts of worship, so I want to spend the entire night in prayer.” We say, this is going to extremes in the religion of Allah, and this is not right.

Something like this happened at the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him), when a group of men got together and o­ne of them said, “I will pray at night and will never sleep.” Another said, “I will fast and never break my fast.” The third o­ne said, “I will never marry women.” When this news reached the Prophet (peace be upon him), he said, “What is wrong with people who say such and such? I fast and I break my fast. I sleep and I wake up to pray, and I marry women. Whoever overlooks my Sunnah does not belong to me.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

These people had gone to extremes in religion, and so the Messenger (peace be upon him) disowned them, because they overlooked his Sunnah which includes fasting and not fasting, praying at night and sleeping, and marrying women. Those who fall short say: “I do not need to do voluntary (Nafl) deeds, so I will not do them. I will o­nly do the Fard (obligatory) deeds." He may be even falling short in the obligatory o­nes, so such a person lags behind in religion.

Moderate are those who follow the path of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his rightly-guided Caliphs (Khulafaa’ Al-Rashidoon).

Here is another example: Three men come across an immoral man. o­ne says, “I will not greet this immoral man and I will boycott him, keep away from him and not speak to him.” The second o­ne says, “I will go along with this immoral man, greet him and smile at him. I will invite him to my place and accept his invitation. He is just like any righteous man to me.” The third o­ne says, “I hate this immoral man for his immoral actions, but I love him for his faith. I will not boycott him unless doing so is in his best interests. If there is nothing to be gained by boycotting him, and if that will o­nly increase him in his immorality, then I will not boycott him.” We say that the first man is being extreme, the second is deficient and the third is moderate. The same applies to all other acts of worship and dealings with others. People vary between extremism, negligence and moderation.

Here is a third example: A man is a prisoner of his wife, who directs him as she wishes and he does not stop her from committing sin, or urge her to do good. She has taken over his reason and has become the o­ne who is in charge of him. Another man treats his wife in a harsh, arrogant and high-handed manner. He does not care about her and regards her as less than a servant. A third man is moderate in his dealings with his wife, as Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) commanded. “And they (women) have rights (over their husbands as regards living expenses) similar (to those of their husbands) over them (as regards obedience and respect) to what is reasonable.” (Qur’an, 2:228)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Let no believing man hate a believing woman. If he dislikes o­ne of her characteristics he will be pleased with another.” This last man is the o­ne who is moderate. The second o­ne is extreme in his dealings with his wife, and the first is falling short. The same applies to all other deeds and acts of worship.

Collection of Fatwas & Letters of Shaykh Muhammad Bin Saleh Al-Uthaymeen, vol. 1, page 42.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

4 Perkara Sebelum Tidur

Rasulullah berpesan kepada Aisyah ra : " Ya Aisyah jangan engkau tidur sebelum melakukan empat perkara, yaitu :

1.Sebelum khatam Al Qur'an.
2.Sebelum membuat para Nabi memberimu syafaat di hari akhir.
3.Sebelum para muslim meredhai kamu.
4.Sebelum kau laksanakan haji dan umrah...

" Bertanya Aisyah :
" Ya Rasulullah .............Bagaimana aku dapat melaksanakan 4 perkara seketika.?"

Rasul tersenyum dan bersabda :
"Jika engkau tidur bacalah : Al Ikhlas tiga kali seakan-akan kau mengkhatamkan Al Qur'an."

"Membacalah Selawat untuk Ku dan para nabi sebelum aku, maka kami semua akan memberi syafaat dihari kiamat "

"Beristighfarlah untuk para muslimin maka mereka akan meredhai kamu."

"Dan perbanyaklah bertasbih,bertahmid,bertahlil,bertakbir maka seakan-akan kamu telah melaksanakan ibadah haji dan umrah."