A Gift to the Muslims

A Gift to the Muslims

Allah is known by 99 names, and some of those include The Merciful, The Forgiver and The Ever-Acceptor of Repentance.

Allah proves this many time in the Quran in which He says,

“He will forgive you for your sins and admit you to gardens beneath which rivers flow and pleasant dwellings in gardens of perpetual residence. That is the great attainment.”

Quran (61:12).

And then repeats it again in another verse by stating that He will forgive some of your sins, what a great gift to the Muslims,

“Allah will forgive you of your sins and delay you for a specified term. Indeed, the time [set by] Allah, when it comes, will not be delayed, if you only knew.”

Quran  (71:4).

However, the first verse stated above is in reference to the nation of Muhammad ﷺ and is a gift to the Muslims. Allah’s forgiveness is unlimited and this gift should be taken advantage of as it is a gift from Al Ghafoor. Further, the sins we commit Allah says that they will be converted to rewards, 

gift to the Muslims
Forgiveness is the gift to the Muslims, Allah has granted.

“Except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them Allah will replace their evil deeds with good. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.”

Quran (25:70)

Abu Hurairah narrates that the Prophet ﷺ said,

“If you were to commit sin until your sins reach the heaven,then you were to repent, your repentance would be accepted.”

(Sunan Ibn Majah).

We ask Allah to forgive all our sins, and forgive all the sins of all the Muslims around the world.

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Isn’t it TIME?

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It’s a strange time to be a Muslim right now

Every day we wake up and hear our religion mentioned in the news on tv, in the mouths of politicians and journalists all around the world

All of them saying that Islam is something bad, something evil, something nasty.

In all honesty, I’m not hear to talk about what some politician or journalist thinks they know about Islam

I’m here to talk about you and me.

Because at the end of the day, Allah is going to ask me what I said and what I did.

And He’s going to ask you what you said and what you did.

All of us as Muslims have an idea in our minds, of the kind of better Muslim that we will one day be.

One day we hope to pray.

One day we hope to fast.

One day we hope to go to Makkah and do the pilgrimage.

One day. Some day. Not today.

But right now is the time that you need to be a different kind of Muslim

Allah (swt) said in the Quran more than 1400 years ago

He asks a rhetorical question.

A rhetorical question means that the answer is obvious.

A rhetorical question means that you don’t need to answer because the answer is clear as day.

Allah is asking you and me and all of the Muslims

Isn’t it about time for the believers, that their hearts should wake up to the remembrance of Allah and what He has sent down of the truth

Isn’t it about time to wake up to ourselves and be the best Muslims that we can be

In this world there are 1.8 Billion Muslims

Imagine if every Muslim in this world was a clone copy of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Their kindness, their generosity, their compassion, their mercy.

Imagine if 1.8 Billion of the worlds people lived that way.

What kind of world would this be?

Would anyone have any credibility to say that Islam is something evil

Some people say that it’s a terrible time to be alive as a Muslim right now.

But I say the opposite.

Right now is the perfect time to be a practicing Muslim.

Because everyone, everywhere is looking at you and seeing how you speak and what you do

So when Allah says to the Muslims “Isn’t it about time?”

I say, it’s well past time, and you know it is.

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The Wisdom of Wudu

The wisdom of wudu in Islam, Islamic virtues of wudu (ablution)

Sheikh Abu Bakr Zoud discusses the wisdom behind the ablution.

What is Wudu (ablution)?

Wudu (ablution) is a form of worship that Muslims partake in before prayer, ensuring that a Muslim is clean before he/she meets and worships Allah ( subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)).

Ablution also cleanses a Muslim spiritually, from the sins that he/she commits throughout the day.

Uthman ibn Affan (raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him)) reported:

“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

He who performed ablution well, his sins would come out from his body, even coming out from under his nails”

(Sahih Muslim).

When an individual performs wudu he/she washes away the sins that have been committed, an example of this is that if he/she speaks haraam when they wash their mouth they cleansed any and all impurities.

How to make wudu (ablution)

Allah ( subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) says,

“O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles… Allah does not intend to make difficulty for you, but He intends to purify you and complete His favor upon you that you may be grateful”

(Qur’an 5:6).

When performing ablution intention must be made, it does not have to be verbalised, Bismillah should be said as well before beginning. You should start by washing your right hand then left three times. Rinse your mouth three times, swirling the water around inside your mouth, and rinse your nose three times, blowing the water out and using the left hand to remove the water from your nose. Wash your face three times from the hairlines to the jawbone and chin, and from ear to ear. A man should wash their beard as it is part of the face. The next step in completing your wudu is washing your arms up to your elbows three times, right then left. Wipe your head through to the back of your neck and ears once. To complete your wudu wash both feet three times, right before left, ensure that the bones at the bottom of your feet are wet and your ankles.

The evidence for the steps of ablution is stated in a hadeeth narrated by Humraan the freed slave of ‘Uthmaan, who said that ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affaan (raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him)) called for water to do wudoo.

He washed his hands three times, then he rinsed his mouth and nose, then he washed his face three times, then he washed his right arm up to the elbow three times, then he washed his left arm likewise. Then he wiped his head, then he washed his right foot up to the ankle three times, then he washed his left foot likewise.

Then he said,

“I saw the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) doing wudoo as I have done it, then the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, ‘Whoever does wudu as I have done it, then prays two rak’ats in which he focuses completely on his prayer, his previous sins will be forgiven.’”

(Muslim)

In this verse, Allah (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) discusses the need for wudu as it is a blessing from Him in that it purifies us. He describes the methods to take to make wudu briefly, however, Shaqiq bin Salamah narrates the in-depth process of wudu, “I saw `Uthman and `Ali performing ablution, washing each part three times, and they said:

‘This is how the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to perform ablution”

(Sunan Ibn Majah).

A dua that should be said after making wudu is,

Ash-hadu an la ilaha ill-Allahu wahdahu la sharika lahu, wa ash hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasuluhu ‘I testify that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah, He is Alone and has no partner and Muhammad (ﷺ) is his slave and Messenger’

(Bulugh al-Maram).

The virtue of repeating this supplication after every wudu is that all the eight gates of Paradise will be opened for the person and they may enter through any gate they wish.

After completing your wudu it is recommended to prayer two rak’at,

Ibn Abbas narrated,

“I saw the Prophet (peace be upon him) performing the ablution in this place and he performed in the prefect way and said, ‘Whoever performs the ablution as I have done this time and then proceeds to the mosque and offers a two rak’at prayer… all his past sins will be forgiven.’”

(al-Bukhari).

When should wudu (ablution) be made

Ablution should not be limited to natural discharge e.g. releasing gas, urine or losing consciousness, fainting or intoxication, and sexual intercourse, but as Sheikh Abu Bakr Zoud states it should occur whenever a sin has been committed to ensure that we are purified before every salah (prayer). It is also stated by all four madhabs that it is recommended for wudu to be performed before every prayer.

Virtues of Wudu (ablution)

The completion of wudu entails many rewards for the individual in the hereafter and in his life this includes being among al-ghurr al-muhajjaloon on the Day of Resurrection.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said,

“My nation will be called on the Day of Resurrection by the name ghurr muhajjileen (implying that parts of their body will be glittering or radiant) due to the traces of ablution. Whoever among you who can lengthen his portions of radiance should do so.”

(al-Bukhari and Muslim).

Other virtues include the expiation of sins:

Uthman bin Affan (raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him)) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,

“He who performs the Wudu perfectly (i.e., according to Sunnah), his sins will depart from his body, even from under his nails.

(Muslim).

Another virtue of ablution is reported by Humran, the freed slave of Uthman: “I brought for Uthman b. Affan the ablution water. He performed ablution and then said:

‘I saw the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) perform ablution like his ablution of mine and then he said:

He who performed wudu like this, all his previous sins would be expiated and his prayer and going towards the mosque would have an extra reward.’

(Muslim).

How We Should Read the Quran

How We Should Read the Quran

When you read the Quran, do you feel a connection between you and Allah, do you know what you are reading, do you understand the impact and beauty of the words of Allah, do you implement the ayat in your daily life?

The Quran is much more than just words on a page, they are the words of Allah, and when we read the Quran it is Allah who is talking to us, telling us about heaven and hell, the stories of the Prophets and the struggles they went through.

Allah is having a conversation with you. For us to understand and memorise/recite the Quran easily, we should take from the companions, as they would learn and memorise 10 ayat and then apply them to their everyday life.

How We Should Read the Quran
How We Should Read the Quran

This ensures that our relationship with the Quran is strong and continues in our daily life, and that we live by the Quran (Dogan, 2015).

Another method of learning and implementing the Quran is after every ayah you read make a dua, making your bond with the Quran stronger. For example, when reading the Al-Fatiha, we say , In the name of Allah the Merciful, the Especially Merciful, ask for Allah’s mercy, (All) praise is (due) to Allah, Lord of the worlds, The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful, The King of the Day of Recompense (Judgment Day). After this ayah make dua, asking Allah to make it easy upon you, your family and the Muslims on this day and judge you in a manner that is easy upon you.

Sometimes, you may not fully understand every surah you read, but there will be words that you will hear, such as, Jannah, Jahannam, Sayiaat (sins), etc. make dua according to these words, may Allah grant me Jannah, may Allah forgive my sins, etc.

If you do this every time you recite Quran you will feel a special relationship with, as while you Allah talks to you, you talk to Allah through dua, and you have a two way connection between you and Allah that is special between you and Allah.

May Allah make it easy upon us to read, memorise, understand and implement the Quran in our daily lives Insha`Allah.