The Virtues of fasting in Shaban

The Virtues of fasting in Shaban

The month of Shaaban is here!

And you should try your best to fast as much as you can this month.

Here’s why

1. Your deeds are shown to Allah in this month.

“It is a month in which the deeds are taken up to the Lord of the worlds, and I like that my deeds be taken up when I am fasting.”

(Al-Nisai)

2. The Prophet used to love fasting this month.

“The most beloved of months for the Messenger of Allah ﷺ to fast in was Sha’ban”.
(Abu Dawud)

3. The Prophet used to fast frequently this month.

I never saw the Messenger of Allah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha’ban.”

(Al-Bukhari)

4. Fasting this month is a neglected Sunnah.

“That is a month occurring between Rajab and Ramadan that many people neglect”

(Al-Nisai)

“Whoever revives a Sunnah from my Sunnah and the people practice it, will have the same reward of those who practice it without their reward diminishing”

(Sunan ibn Maajah)

5. Fasting this month will prepare you for Ramadan.

Fasting the month of Shaban can serve as your training for Ramadan, both spiritually and physically.

Oh Allah allow us to reach Ramadan.

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Why We Fast Ep.2 Quran

Before you Rush to Judge Someone

Living Muslim presents a hilarious new reminder that sheds light on the importance of clarifying any situation before jumping to conclusions.

The video is based off an authentic narration of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ who is narrated to have said:

“Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales. And do not look for the faults of others and do not spy, and do not be jealous of one another, and do not desert (cut your relation with) one another, and do not hate one another; and O Allah’s worshipers! Be brothers (as Allah has ordered you!”).

Sahih Bukhari

As Muslims we should always avoid suspicious negative thoughts about others and always look to clarify a situation before casting judgement.

One of the pious predecessors would say:

“If I see someone with alcohol dripping from his beard, then I’ll say perhaps it spilled on him. And if I see him on top of a mountain saying, ‘I am your Lord most high’ (أنا ربكم الأعلى), then I’ll say he’s reciting a verse from the Quran.”

We should also avoid actively seeking out faults in our brothers as depicted in the video. What’s even worse is broadcasting a sin we may have seen them commit in private.

The Eight Rules of Social Engagement

The Eight rules of Muslim Interaction given by the Prophet Muhammad

In an amazing narration of the Prophet Muhammad, he outlines a series of rules that every Muslim should uphold in their relationships.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

Do not envy one another, do not inflate prices for one another, and do not hate one another, and do not turn away from one another.

And do not undercut one another in trade, but [rather] be slaves of Allah, be brothers [amongst yourselves].

A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he does not oppress him, nor does he fail him, nor does he lie to him, nor does he hold him in contempt.

Taqwa (piety) is right here [and he pointed to his chest three times]. It is evil enough for a man to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. The whole of a Muslim is inviolable for another Muslim: his blood, his property, and his honour.

[Muslim]

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Man begs his Mother to take his kidney

In an emotional television broadcast, a young Tunisian man named Ali Borni appeared with his mother on an arabic TV show to beg her to take his kidney, after learning she suffered from Kidney disease.

The Mother only agreed to appear on the show thinking that she was going to meet her older son who lived abroad. But her son Ali had brought her onto the show to help persuade her to accept his kidney!

In the Quran, Allah ordained the good treatment of parents and stressed the importance of being dutiful and devoted to parents. Kindness to parents is even coupled with the most important aspect of Islam, worshipping God alone.

Your Lord has ordained that you must not worship anything other than Him and that you must be kind to your parents. If either or both of your parents should become advanced in age, do not express to them words which show your slightest disappointment. Never yell at them but always speak to them with kindness.
Quran (17:23)

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The Isra and Mi’raj

Did you know the Prophet Muhammad travelled to heaven and back in one night?

It’s called the “Israa wal Miraj” or the “Night Journey” and is mentioned in the 17th Chapter of the Quran. In it, the Prophet journeyed from Makkah to Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem on the back of a beast called the “Buraq”, which travelled at the speed of lightning.

Once he arrived in Jerusalem, he led the Prophets in prayer at Masjid Al Aqsa.[1]

From there he ascended the Miraj (ladder) to Heaven and met with God Almighty, the Angels and Prophets.

He also received the obligation of five daily prayers while on this journey. Many reports also indicate he had the chance to see Heaven and Hell in detail.

Once he returned, many of the townspeople mocked him for his claim.[2] In his defence, he informed them of an approaching caravan he had seen while on his journey. That same caravan he informed them of also arrived days later, matching the exact precise description of the Prophet, proving him truthful.

He also described for them in detail the exact structure of Masjid Al Aqsa to those who were familiar with the Mosque as narrated in the Hadith:

Jabir bin `Abdullah narrates that he heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, “When the people of Quraish did not believe me (i.e. the story of my Night Journey), I stood up in Al-Hijr and Allah displayed Jerusalem in front of me, and I began describing it to them while I was looking at it.”

(Bukhari)

The journey is said to have taken place one year before the Prophet’s migration and was a means of easing his heart after he had suffered during the year of sadness.

Holy is He Who carried His servant by night from the Holy Mosque (in Makka) to the farther Mosque (in Jerusalem) – whose surroundings We have blessed – that We might show him some of Our signs.

Quran 17:1

 

The incident of the Night Journey is mentioned in great detail in the Hadith of Bukhari narrated by Anas Bin Malik.

He (Gabriel) then ascended with him (Prophet Muhammad) to the heaven of the world and knocked on one of its doors. The dwellers of the Heaven asked, ‘Who is it?’ He said, “Gabriel.” They said, “Who is accompanying you?” He said, “Muhammad.” They said, “Has he been called?” He said, “Yes” They said, “He is welcomed.” So the dwellers of the Heaven became pleased with his arrival, and they did not know what Allah would do to the Prophet (ﷺ) on earth unless Allah informed them.

The Hadith also discusses in great detail how Prophet Muhammad met with  Prophet Adam on the first Heaven, Prophet Idris on the second Heaven, Prophet Aaron on the fourth Heavens, Prophet Abraham on the sixth Heaven, and Moses on the seventh Heaven.

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[1] An-Nisai

[2] Sahih Muslim

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Allah loves these 8 specific types of people as Mentioned in the Quran

Allah Loves These 8 Specific Types of People as Mentioned in the Quran

When looking through the Quran, one will come across many instances whereby Allah explicitly mentions that He loves a certain type of person. These are 8 types of people Allah loves.

 

  1. Those who do good

 

Allah says, “And spend in the way of Allah and do not throw (yourselves) woith your (own) hands into destruction ( by refraining). And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good.”

Quran (2:195).

 

      2. Those who repent

 

He says, “… Allah loves those who are constantly repentant…”

Quran (2:222).

 

       3. People who purify themselves

 

Allah says, “And when they have purified themselves, then come to them from where Allah has ordained for you… (Allah) loves those who purify themselves.”

Quran (2:222).

 

       4. The patient ones

 

“…And Allah loves the steadfast.” Quran (3:146).

 

        5. God conscious people

 

“But yes, whoever fulfills his commitment and fears Allah – then indeed, Allah loves those who fear him.”

Quran (3:76).

 

        6. Those that put their trust in Allah

 

“… And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely (upon Him).”

Quran (3:159).

 

          7. The just ones

 

“(They are) avid listeners to falsehood, devourers of (what is) unlawful. So if they come to you, (O Muhammad), judge between them or turn away from them. And if you turn away from them – never will they harm you at all. And if you judge between them with justice. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.”

Quran (5:42).

 

          8. One who when they fight (evil) in His way, they do so united

 

“Indeed, Allah loves those who fight in His cause in a row as though they are (single) structure joined firmly.”

Quran (61:4).

Let us try and perfect these 8 characteristics in order to gain the pleasure of Allah

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The Miswak

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The Miswak is a teeth cleaning twig obtained from a tree natively found in the Middle-East, Africa and other countries. This twig has been used for centuries as an alternative toothbrush. The Muslims have been using this natural tooth brush since the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ advocated for it, fourteen hundred years ago.
So, when a blog/shopping website started to promote a ‘raw toothbrush’ as a natural way to brush teeth, Muslims were perplexed by the fact that non-Muslims suddenly discovering the Miswak and its medical benefits.

The religious value of the Miswak is overwhelmingly stressed by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in the Hadith (Authentic narrations).
Here are some examples:

“I urge you to use the Miswak”

(Sahih Bukhari)

“Had I not feared for my nation, I would have commanded them to use the Miswak at every prayer”

(Sahih Bukhari)

“Whenever the Prophet woke up for the night prayer, he would use the Miswak.”

(Sahih Bukhari)

These are just some of the Hadiths that teach the importance of the Miswak in Islam. It is because of the example that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ set for all Muslims around the world, that they follow his teachings.
We follow his teachings not because of the newly found benefits of his actions, but because of our love for him and the fact he was divinely inspired by our Creator, Allah SWT.
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6 facts about the Virgin Mary found in the Quran

Mary, otherwise known as Maryam to Muslims, is highly revered in the Christian faith for being the Mother of Jesus. However, not many are aware of her high and noble standing in Islam. Her elevated status is in fact explicitly mentioned in the Quran and also described in the authentic narrations of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. The Messenger had in fact listed her as one of the four greatest women of all time who had reached perfection.
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We have compiled a short list of six important facts about Mary mentioned in the Quran for all to benefit.

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Maryam

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1. She gave birth to Jesus despite being a virgin.

She said, “How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?” He said, “Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me…”

Quran 19:20-21

2. She was chosen by Allah above all women.

When the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds.

Quran 3:42

3. She was falsely accused of infidelity.

She brought him (Jesus) to her people, carrying him. They said, “O Mary, you have certainly done a thing unprecedented. O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste.”

Quran 19:27-28

4. An entire Chapter is named after her in the Quran.

Her name is the centre-point of the 19th Chapter of the Quran, ‘Surat Maryam’.

In fact, Mary is the only woman referred by her first name in the Quran. This is an honourable status granted by the Quran only to few, mostly to the Prophets, Messengers and Angels.

 

5. She experienced many miracles.

Every time Zechariah entered upon her in the prayer chamber, he found with her provision. He said, “O Mary, from where is this [coming] to you?” She said, “It is from Allah . Indeed, Allah provides for whom He wills without account.”

Quran 3:37

 

In the interpretation of this verse, scholars say that every time Zachariah would visit her, he would miraculously find her with the fruits of summer during winter and the fruits of winter during summer.

6. She was incredibly chaste, pious and modest.

And Mary, the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity… she believed in the words of her Lord and His scriptures and was of the devoutly obedient.

Quran 66:12

­These are just a sample of some of the important qualities and features of Mary the mother of Jesus as found in the Quran. We hope that all people can benefit from this knowledge and also follow in her noble footsteps.

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These are the six rights that all Muslims owe one another.

 

 

Do you know the six rights that every Muslim owes to another Muslim?

In a profound Hadith, Abu Huraira narrates that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:

Six are the rights of a Muslim over another Muslim.
It was said to him:
Allah’s Messenger, what are these?
He replied:
When you meet him, offer him greetings; when he invites you accept it. when he seeks your council give him, and when he sneezes and says: “All praise is due to Allah,” you say Yarhamuk Allah (may Allah show mercy to you) ; and when he fails ill visit him; and when he dies follow his funeral.

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6 things every Muslim should learn from the street fight video.

6 things every Muslim should learn from the street fight video.

The world was taken by storm when Ibn Ali Miller, who is a Muslim, intervened in a street fight involving two youths in Atlantic City. The original video has been viewed thirty-five million times and has since inspired people from all around the world.

Ibn Ali Miller was also recently interviewed on the Steve Harvey show and was able to open up further about the incident. Despite the well-deserved praise that he has perceived this far, there are actually many important points surrounding Ibn Ali’s approach that Muslims should take note of. We have compiled a short list for everyone to benefit.

1. The importance of being involved in your community.

In his interview, Steve Harvey noted that in the original video, Ibn Ali can be heard telling one of the onlookers “I know your family… your dad is doing life”. This is evidence that Ibn Ali’s intervention wasn’t a spur of the moment decision, but rather he has been involved in his community. He knows very well who he is talking to and this is why he was effective.

2. The importance of speaking to people at their level.

In his interview, Ibn Ali Miller presents himself in an incredibly eloquent manner, yet in the viral street fight video, he was speaking very informally E.g. “Y’all are men yo. Look yo.” This highlights the importance of speaking with people at their level and in their own language for maximum impact.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is recorded himself to have spoken in different dialects according to the people or tribe he was conversing with.

3. Don’t be a bystander in the face of wrongdoings.

Let’s face it, it’s not easy to intervene in a street fight, but Ibn Ali Miller did so. It’s not only courageous but it’s a noble practice taught to us by the Prophet Muhammad.

The Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said

Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart [by hating it and feeling that it is wrong] – and that is the weakest of faith

(Muslim)

4. The importance of reconciling between two opposing people.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has informed us of the great virtue of rectifying between two people in this incredible narration:

“Shall I not tell you something that is better than the status of (voluntary) fasting, prayer and charity?” They said: “Yes.” He said: “Reconciling in a case of discord…” (Tirmidhi).

In another narration, the Prophet also informs us that

He is not a liar who seeks to reconcile between people and says good things.

(Bukhari)

5. The importance of being proud of your religion.

One of the standout features of Ibn Ali Miller throughout this entire process is his unapologetic attitude towards his religious belief and faith. He has appeared on National TV on many occasions wearing an unambiguous Islamic garment and head covering. This is a great example of someone being proud of representing their religion, especially in the face of doing good.

6. The importance of staying humble.

Ibn Ali Miller became famous overnight, yet that didn’t make him arrogant nor boastful, throughout the entire process he would repeat the message that he doesn’t need to be thanked, but rather he is doing what every human being should do. This humility is a true characteristic of a Muslim that everyone should strive to embody.

We ask Allah to bless our brother Ali Miller in his community work and his family. May we all learn to follow the footsteps of our beloved Prophet Muhammad and become ambassadors of the Islamic faith.

Ameen.

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