The Eclipse Prayer

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Many of us might not be aware of the fact that there is a special prayer in Islam to be performed at the time of an eclipse, whether it be a solar or lunar eclipse. In fact, this prayer is Mustahabb and considered highly recommended.

As the Prophet ﷺ said:

“If you see the eclipses, then pray and invoke Allah until the eclipse is over”.

Bukhari and Muslim 

So how do we pray the Eclipse prayer.

Firstly after making the intention and opening the prayer with Takbirat Al-Ihram you read Surah Al Fatiha followed by another Surah of your choice.

Following this, one must bow and prolong his bowing with extra Tasbih and Duaa’.

Then after this, one must stand up again and recite Surah Al Fatihah once more followed by a secondary recitation of the Quran. This is a major difference to normal prayer.

Please note it is Sunnah to prolong one’s standing, however one should try to make their first standing longer than their second standing.

Then after this, one must bow again, and also prolong his bowing, although not as long as the first.

Then after this one continues to pray as normal, by standing back and up and prostrating twice. One must however aim to prolong his Sujood.

In the second Rak’aah, one must repeat the same process as in the first, which consists of two sets of standing for Surah Al Fatihah and a Quran recitation along with two sets of Rukoo’ or bowing.

Then one must get back up stand and then perform two final Sujoods followed by the Tashahud and Tasleem.

The prayer is two Rak’aat in totality and is recommended to be prayed in congregation.It is also followed by a sermon enjoining people towards righteousness and to leave off sin and vice.

If it is for a lunar eclipse, the prayer is recited aloud while if it is a solar eclipse, the prayer is recited to oneself silently.

Now Off course, there are other valid opinions of how this prayer is performed within the four major schools of fiqh, so its best to follow the lead of your local scholar and avoid unnecessary debates.

May Allah make us of those who revive the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in all our actions.

The Life of Imam Abu Hanifa

Who was the ‘Imam of Imams’ Abu Hanifa?

Imam Abu Hanifah was one of the greatest legal scholars (Mujtahideen) and the first to define the processes that govern the principles of Fiqh.

He was born in the city of Kufa, Iraq in 699 AD and lived in the city of Baghdad. He was described by his students as very pious, remaining silent and absorbed in his thoughts most of the time. He didn’t speak unless he had to, answering questions only if he knew the answers to them. He shunned the company of the worldly-minded people and people who had worldly power. He avoided gossip and slander and only spoke well about people even if there wasn’t anything good to talk good about that particular person. This was the description of Imam Abu Hanifa by his students.

The Imam was gifted with a great intellect. He was known to look at things in different perspectives, and for his rational outlook.

There was once an occasion when a Roman asked three questions to the people.

‘Who was there before God, which direction is God facing right now, and what is God doing right now?’.

No one in the crowd could answer these three questions.

Abu Hanifa at that time was only about 10-12 years old , but knew how to respond.

He said asked the Roman to count backwards from 10. The Roman counted until he reached zero.

Abu Hanifa asked him ‘what’s before zero?’ the Roman replied ‘nothing’.

Abu Hanifa then said

`So how can the Lord and creator of all the world’s not be the beginning of everything if common sense dictates that there is nothing before zero.

Abu Hanifa continued onto the second question, (‘Which direction is God facing right now?’) and asked the Roman “If you light up a candle, what do you see?”

The Roman answered:

‘Light.’

Abu Hanifa responded, ‘In which direction is the candlelight facing?’ The Roman replied ‘It’s not facing in any particular direction’. So Abu Hanifa asked, ‘Then what do you say about Allah who is the light of lights’.

Abu Hanifa moved onto the third question.

‘What is God doing right now?’

He told the Roman to trade places with him so Abu Hanifa can speak in the same high location as the Roman did. The Roman thought that this was fair. So they traded places.

Abu Hanifa finally answered the last question,

‘You asked me what Allah is doing right now… right now he is making the one who is on falsehood come down from the pulpit and the one full of success to answer and prove you wrong’.

This is how intelligent Imam Abu Hanifa was.

 

The Prophetic Cure to Loneliness and Depression

Six Sunnah’s that combat loneliness and depression.

“Social media is making people depressed”, well at least that’s what leading researchers are telling us.

And despite the fact that we’re constantly surrounded by thousands of online Facebook friends, people are feeling lonelier than ever before. The very networks that were designed to bring us together are starting to make us drift apart in real life.

It’s about time we confront such mental health issues and what better place to look for solutions than in the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

Here are six Sunnahs to combat loneliness and depression.

Attend the Congregational Prayer

As Muslims, we are encouraged to get out of the house and come to the Masjid as often as possible, with the very least being once a week. Apart from the immense spiritual rewards we receive for attending, such congregations no doubt enhance social cohesion and uplift one’s sense of belonging to society.

 Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,

“Salat in congregation is twenty-seven times more meritorious than a Salat performed individually.”

(Bukhari and Muslim).

Give Salaam to one another

If praying side by side wasn’t enough, the Prophet ﷺ would also constantly advise us to give greetings of peace to one another, whether it’s to those we know or those we don’t. He would also encourage us to greet one another with a smile on our faces, for it is recorded as a charity.

‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar narrated that a man asked the Messenger of Allah ﷺ  “What is the best thing in Islam?”

He said, “Feeding others and giving the greeting of salaam to those whom you know and those whom you do not know.”

(Bukhari and Muslim).

Ask about people’s well being

After greeting one another, the next thing to do is to ask how people are going. This is a major neglected Sunnah that really makes sure people feel significant in society and deeply valued.

In one renowned incident, the Prophet ﷺ asked about the well being of the humble mosque caretaker, only to find out she had passed away without anyone telling him. At this news, he became very upset. “Why didn’t anyone tell me?” he demanded, before personally going to prayer over her grave.

Abu Hurayrah also reported that a black man or a black woman used to take care of the mosque, then he or she died. The Prophet ﷺ asked after him (or her) and was told that he had died.

He said: “Why did you not inform me? Show me his grave (or her grave).” Then he went to the grave and offered the funeral prayer over it.”

Bukhari and Muslim

Make people feel loved

The Prophet encouraged those who love one another to express their love, whether it is by simply telling your brother that you love him for the sake of God, saying a kind word or even giving gifts.

The quality of making people feel special was in fact so embedded in the personality of the Prophet, that many of the companions mistakenly believed that they were, in fact, the closest and most beloved of all the companions to him.

Visit one another

The Prophet ﷺ encouraged us to visit one another and to accordingly treat our guests well. In fact, he informed us that Allah explicitly loved a servant of His for the mere act of him visiting his brother for the sake of God without expecting any favours.

Stick around in the hard times

The importance of visiting one another is emphasised even more when our friends are sick or going through difficulty. No doubt in such circumstances, one is more prone to feelings of depression and grief and the Prophet knew ﷺ the importance of company.

The Prophet ﷺ  informed us that were we to visit our brothers or sisters at times of sickness, we shall find Allah with them. And were we to simply console our brothers at the time of calamity or at the loss of a loved one, Allah will clothe us with an honorable garment on the Day of Resurrection.


No doubt, mental health is a serious issue and there are many treatments available, but for those struggling with depression, loneliness and feelings of social exclusion, we pray that these short tips will not only help you but those around you alleviate such feelings and ensure that everyone around us feels valued and appreciated.

6 Times the Prophet rose above Insult

How the Prophet ﷺ responded to insults.

“Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research is a research institute which aims to instill conviction and inspire contribution based on mainstream Islamic texts.”

One of the most common attempts to undermine the character, and therefore the message, of the Prophet ﷺ, is the claim that he overcame his foes with terror, only to rule them with cruelty.

The most powerful remedy we have to such claims is the countless examples of the Prophet ﷺ not only looking past the insults and attacks that came his way, but time and time again responding with something even better, as a living example of the Qur’anic verse:

“Repel that which is evil with that which is better”

(Qur’an 41:34)

Here are 6 examples of this beautiful character that billions have emulated throughout history.

The insults of Arwa bint Harb, the wife of Abu Lahab

Arwâ b. Harb (also known as Um Jameel, the wife of Abu Lahab) would follow the Prophet ﷺ around to hurt and humiliate him and used to taunt him, “Mudhammam (the dispraised) we have denied, and his religion we have loathed, and his command we have defied (مذمم أبينا، ودينه قلينا، وأمره عصينا)!”

Instead of responding to her, he ﷺ would simply find solace in saying to his Companions, “Don’t you see how Allah diverts from me the curses and insults of Quraysh? They insult Mudhammam, and they curse Mudhammam, while I am Muhammad (the Praised One)!” He quickly calmed the situation and found optimism at a time where it seemed impossible to detect a silver lining.

We, too, should see that the cartoons and drawings that people claim to be his likeness are in fact far removed from our beloved Prophet ﷺ.

Seeking Allah’s guidance, not wrath, for the people of Daws

When Tufayl b. Amr ad-Dawsi (ra) first visited Mecca he was fearful of being bewitched by the Prophet ﷺ and even placed cotton in his ears while circling the Ka‘ba. Nevertheless, he embraced Islam shortly thereafter.

When he carried this message back to his people, however, they shunned him and adamantly refused. Abu Hurayra (ra) reports that Tufayl b. ‘Amr (ra) then traveled back to the Prophet ﷺ and said,

“O Messenger of Allah, Daws has defied [your call] so invoke Allah against them. He ﷺ said, “O Allah, guide Daws and bring them forth [as Muslims].”

Nearly a decade later, Tufayl b. ‘Amr (ra) migrated with eighty families—now Muslims—to Madinah.

Protecting the trusts of all his persecutors

When the Messenger of Allah ﷺ migrated from Mecca, he had many of his persecutors’ belongings with him for safekeeping. His integrity was never compromised, even though these individuals had expelled his Companions and subjected them to persecution.

‘Â’isha (ra) said, “He ﷺ instructed ‘Ali (ra) to stay behind in Mecca, in order to return all the trusts the Messenger of Allah ﷺ had for people. There was nobody in Mecca (even his enemies!) who had valuables that he feared for except that he kept them with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, due to the honesty and trustworthiness that was known [to all] about him.

Thus, ‘Ali (ra) stayed back for three days and three nights to deliver everything entrusted by the people to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ back to them, and then caught up with him ﷺ after completing that task.”

Teaching and practising the highest standards

Despite the Quran affirming that the insults of Quraysh tightened his chest with pain, he ﷺ never stooped to reciprocating in kind. In fact, he inevitably took the higher road of not responding at all, hopeful that this would one day penetrate their harsh hearts, following Allah’s injunction to: “Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend” [Fussilat (41): 34].

On one occasion, the Prophet ﷺ silently smiled when Abu Bakr (ra), his most noble Companion, refrained from responding to a person who was insulting him. But when Abu Bakr (ra) eventually spoke up, the Prophet ﷺ became angry and left.

He ﷺ later explained, “An angel was with you, responding on your behalf. But when you said back to him some of what he said, a devil arrived, and it is not for me to sit with devils.” The Prophet ﷺ taught thereby that when a person stoops to the level of those who insult them they allow the devil to steer their course.

“Today is the day of mercy, no blame is upon you.”

The Muslims ride into Mecca after the conquest, led by the Prophet ﷺ, who kept his head lowered out of humility for Allah to the point that his beard almost touched his saddle. It reached him ﷺ that some were saying, “O Abu Sufyân, today is the day of [your people’s] slaughter. Today, the Ka‘ba is not a sanctuary.”

In response, he ﷺ announced, “Rather, this is the day in which Allah will glorify the Ka‘ba, and the day when the Ka‘ba will be garbed.” In another narration: “Today is the day of mercy. Today Allah will honor Quraysh.” After securing the city, everyone gathered before the Prophet ﷺ at the Ka‘ba, and he asked them tenderly, “O gathering of Quraysh, what do you think I will do to you?” They said, “Only good, [O] noble brother, son of a noble brother.”

Ending the moment of suspense, he ﷺ declared, “

I will only say to you what Joseph said to his brothers, ‘No blame will there be upon you today’

[Yoosuf (12): 92].

Go, for you are unbound.” The Prophet ﷺ rose above it all, immortalizing himself with this grace in one of the most remarkable events in human history.

Responding to physical attacks with a smile

Anas (ra) said, “I was walking with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, and he was wearing a Najrâni cloak with a rough collar. A Bedouin man caught up with him, then violently pulled him by his cloak, causing the cloak to tear, and leaving its collar [hanging] on the neck of Allah’s Messenger ﷺ.

I looked at the Messenger of Allah ﷺ’s neck, and the cloak’s collar had left marks from how roughly he had snatched [it]. Then, he said, ‘O Muhammad, order [them] that I be given from the wealth of Allah that you have!’ The Messenger of Allah ﷺ turned to him, smiled, and then ordered that he be given something.”

 

May Allah give us all the patience of the Prophet ﷺ!

Read more in How the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ Rose above Enmity and Insult by Mohamed Elshinaway  

 

16 year old Syrian boy wins International Peace Prize 2017

16 year old Syrian boy wins International Peace Prize 2017

Syrian boy, Mohamad Al Jounde, wins International Peace Prize 2017

A 16 year old Syrian refugee, Mohamad Al Jounde, won the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize of 2017, for building a school for hundreds of refugee children and providing them with education. He continues to fight for the right to an education for all refugee children.


Not many teenagers can say they founded a school, let alone be a refugee who experienced the horrors of war, and resided in a cramped camp in Lebanon.

Meet Mohamad Al Jounde.

He first founded the school when he was 12 years old, in Bekaa Valley refugee camp in Lebanon. After experiencing the brutal and impersonal reality of the Syrian war, Mohamad and his family decided to flee and seek refuge in the nearby country, Lebanon. Once they had settled, the family quickly lost majority of their funds. Consequently, his father had to move to Sweden to financially support his family, as there weren’t any job opportunities in Lebanon.

Although Mohamad had lost his country, family, friends and eventually his father, he did not despair nor lose hope.

 

Like many other refugees, Mohamad was not able to go to school for the first 2 years in Lebanon. However, he never lost his motivation to help others that were in a more desperate situation. He empathised with the children, understood their circumstances, and this fuelled his will to fight for the rights of education for himself and other children.

Mohamad began by creating opportunities for the children in the refugee camps. By combining his passion for children, education and rebuilding communities, he started classes in a small camp for the children. So, at the age of 12, he began teaching them mathematics, English and his greatest passion, photography!


“Every child has the right to education, to develop, to dream big and to enjoy life. Every child has the right to learn, has the right to try to go to school, so for me this is what I’m fighting for.” Mohamad Al Jounde

What began in a tent, has now become a real building, with formal teachers, more than 200 children and a variety of subjects and grade levels!

Four years later, the world responded.

Now 16 year old Mohamad, continues to fight for the rights to an education for all refugee children. Last month, he was announced the winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize of 2017. The award was presented by Malala Yousafzai, a children’s education rights activist, who stated at the event, “As Mohamed knows, Syria’s future depends on its children – and their future depends on education.” Along with this incredible recognition, he was granted a scholarship that gave him an opportunity to go to school, including earning a university degree, as well as living costs for his entire family.

Why we should be talking about Mohamad Al Jounde.

Sometimes, living in a developed country, it is normal to forget the easy life that we live. Growing up, basic necessities are always available, and education is considered a norm. However, the reality is that everything we have is an incredible blessing from God, that we must continuously be thankful for. It is important to remember that Syria’s civil war is almost in its 8th year and more than 2.5 million Syrian children are refugees. Most of these children have poor or no access to healthcare, nutritious food or education. If Mohamad Al Jounde can initiate change from a haphazard refugee camp, then imagine what we can do with the touch of a finger! We are capable of so much, and we have access to the best of technology and education. So, stay in school and fight for your education. Work hard and continue to be inspired by your passions, regardless of any obstacles you might face.

When Mohamad was asked what his long-term plans are, he replied “The future is unclear and uncontrollable, so I stopped worrying about that. I want to focus on what I can do now.

May Allah bless our brother Mohamad and reward him for his achievements!

 

The Five Virtues of Istighfar (Seeking Allah’s Forgiveness)

Five Virtues of Istighfar (Seeking Allah’s Forgiveness)

Allah wants us to be in constant remembrance of Him s.w.t. He knows we are going to fall into sin but he wants us to be from those who constantly seek His forgiveness and ask for His mercy.    

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,

“By the One in Whose Hand my soul is! If you do not commit sins, Allah would replace you with a people who would commit sins and seek forgiveness from Allah; and Allah will certainly forgive them.”

[Muslim].

The Prophet used to seek Allah’s forgiveness more than 70 times a day. (Bukhari)

So how come Istighfar is so important?

Here are five virtues of Istighfar (Seeking forgiveness) that you might not know:

Istighfar Provides Sustenance

“And (Noah) said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver.”

He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers

And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers.

(Quran 71:10-12)

Istighfar opens the door of mercy

Declare (O Muhammad SAW) unto My slaves, that truly, I am the Oft-Forgiving, the Most-Merciful.

[Al-Hijr 15:49]

Istighfar removes Stress and Anxiety

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,

“If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not.”

(Abu Dawud)

An Eraser of Sins

“Then, verily! Your Lord for those who do evil (commit sins and are disobedient to Allâh) in ignorance and afterward repent and do righteous deeds, verily, your Lord thereafter, (to such) is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

[Quran 16:119]

And Allah would not punish them while they seek forgiveness

[Quran, 8:33]

Your Dua (Supplication) is Accepted

My Lord, forgive me and grant me a kingdom such as will not belong to anyone after me. Indeed, You are the Bestower.

[Quran 38:35]

This was the dua of Prophet Sulaiman who started his dua by seeking forgiveness from Allah first then asking for his request. That request was granted and will stand until the day of judgement. The Prophet Sulaiman was given a kingdom that no one will ever be given after him.

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The Prophet (ﷺ) said,

“The best supplication for seeking forgiveness (Syed-ul- Istighfar) is to say: O Allah! You are my Rubb. There is no true god except You. You have created me, and I am Your slave, and I hold to Your Covenant as far as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done. I acknowledge the favours that You have bestowed upon me, and I confess my sins. Pardon me, for none but You has the power to pardon.’

He who supplicates in these terms during the day with firm belief in it and dies on the same day (before the evening), he will be one of the dwellers of Jannah; and if anyone supplicates in these terms during the night with firm belief in it and dies before the morning, he will be one of the dwellers of Jannah.”

[Al-Bukhari].

May Allah make us from those who constantly seek His forgiveness and mercy.

Seven Destructive Sins

Seven of the most Destructive Sins

It was narrated by Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:

“Avoid the seven sins that doom one to Hell…

“…Associating others with Allah (Shirk), magic, killing a soul whom Allah has forbidden killing, consuming Interest (Riba), consuming the property of orphans, fleeing on the day of the march (to the battlefield), and slandering chaste women… ”

(An-Nisai)

Associating others with Allah (Shirk)

The Prophet  said,

“It is hoped that Allah may forgive every sin, except in the case of one who dies a polytheist…”

(Abu Dawud)

“Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly gone far astray.”

(Quran 4:116)

Taking a life unjustly

“….Whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely…”

(Quran 5:32)

Consuming Interest (Riba)

Allah’s Messengerﷺ cursed the accepter of interest and its payer, the one who records it as well as the two witnesses, and heﷺ said that they are all equal. (Musilm)

“Those who consume interest cannot stand [on the Day of Resurrection] except as one stands who is being beaten by Satan into insanity. That is because they say, “Trade is [just] like interest.” But Allah has permitted trade and has forbidden interest.”

(Quran 2:275)

Consuming the wealth of an Orphan

“And do not approach the property of an orphan, except in the way that is best, until he reaches maturity.”

(Quran 17:34)

“Indeed, those who devour the property of orphans unjustly are only consuming into their bellies fire. And they will be burned in a Blaze.”

(Quran 4:10)

Fleeing the battlefield

“O you who have believed, when you meet those who disbelieve advancing [for battle], do not turn to them your backs [in flight]. And whoever turns his back to them on such a day…has certainly returned with anger [upon him] from Allah, and his refuge is Hell – and wretched is the destination.”

(Quran 8:15-16)

Accusing a believing woman of Adultery

“And those who accuse chaste women and then do not produce four witnesses – lash them with eighty lashes and do not accept from them testimony ever after. And those are the defiantly disobedient,”

“Except for those who repent thereafter and reform, for indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”

(Quran 24:4-5)

Practicing Sihr (Magic)

And they followed [instead] what the devils had recited during the reign of Solomon. It was not Solomon who disbelieved, but the devils disbelieved, teaching people sihr and that which was revealed to the two angels at Babylon, Harut and Marut. But the two angels do not teach anyone unless they say, “We are a trial, so do not disbelieve [by practicing sihr].” And [yet] they learn from them that by which they cause separation between a man and his wife. But they do not harm anyone through it except by permission of Allah . And the people learn what harms them and does not benefit them. But the Children of Israel certainly knew that whoever purchased the sihr would not have in the Hereafter any share. And wretched is that for which they sold themselves, if they only knew.

(Quran 2:102)

Allah’s Messengerﷺ said, “Avoid the Mubiqat, i.e., shirk and witchcraft.”

(Bukhari)

May Allah protect us from these sins.

Most common mistakes in the Prayer

Eight most common mistakes in the prayer

These are some of the eight most common mistakes in prayer that we need to stop doing immediately.

Praying too fast

The Prophet ﷺ commanded us to pray in a manner that we sense tranquility in every portion of the prayer. To bow until you feel tranquility in your bowing, to prostrate until you feel tranquility in your prostration and to sit until you feel tranquility in your sitting.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ entered the Masjid, then a man entered and prayed, then he came and greeted the Messenger of Allah ﷺ with Salam. The Messenger of Allah ﷺreturned his greeting and said: Go back and pray, for you have not prayed.” So he went back and prayed as he has prayed before, then he came to the Prophet ﷺ and greeted him with Salam, and the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said to him: “Wa alaika as-salam (and upon you be peace). Go back and pray for you have not prayed.” He did that three times, then the man said: “By the One Who sent you with the truth, I cannot do any better than that; teach me.” He said: “When you stand to pray, say the Takbir, then recite whatever is easy for you of Quran. Then bow until you have tranquility in your bowing, then stand up until you are standing straight. Then prostrate until you have tranquility in your prostration, then sit up until you have tranquility in your sitting. Then do that throughout your entire prayer.”

Sunan Al-Nisai’ (Sahih)

Moving around excessively

Most of the scholars are of unanimous agreement that excessive and continuous movement invalidates your prayer. And whether such movements are disliked or prohibited, there is no doubt that such movements distract from one’s prayer and will reduce one’s Khushoo’ or concentration.

Certainly the believers have succeeded. Those who during their prayers are humbly submissive.

Quran 23:1-2

Preceding the Imam

Going in front of the Imam is also a common mistake in prayer. The Prophet ﷺ taught us that the Imam was appointed to be followed. He also warned us that the one who raises his head before the Imam should fear that Allah would turn his face into that of a donkey’s. Whether this is physical or figurative is a matter of debate, but nevertheless, the warning is severe.

The Prophet ﷺ said

The Imam is to be followed. So, bow when he bows, and raise your head when he raises his head.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari

The Prophet ﷺ said

“Isn’t he who raises his head before the Imam afraid that Allah may transform his head into that of a donkey or his figure (face) into that of a donkey?”

Sahih Al-Bukhari

Incorrect Sujood

The Prophet ﷺ advised that seven bones must touch the ground during the Sujood; The forehead, two hands, two knees and two feet. Unfortunately, many of us will lift our feet into the air during the Sujood, making it invalid.

The Prophet ﷺ said:

“We have been ordered to prostrate on seven bones and not to tuck up the clothes or hair.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari

Resting forearms on the ground

Another common mistake is resting our forearms on the ground, despite the clear Prophetic prohibition:

“Do not rest your forearms on the ground like a dog when prostrating”.

Sunan Al-Nisai’

(Sahih)

Not covering the ‘Awrah

From the conditions of the prayer is that one covers his or her ‘Awrah before they begin. For a woman, this is everything but her face and hands. While for a man it is the area between the navels and knees.

While some of us might remember to cover our ‘Awrah, unfortunately, we might unknowingly reveal our ‘Awrah when we prostrate, so we need to be careful.

Failing to do the Takbir Al-Ihraam

One of the pillars of the prayer is to do the Takbir Al-Ihraam with Qiyaam, and that is to say “Allahu Akbar” and to stand up straight at the beginning of the prayer.

Many of us when joining the prayer late and the Imam is in Rukoo’ or Sujood, we fail to perform the Qiyaam, the standing, for even a brief moment and miss out on this pillar of prayer.

Looking around during the prayer

The Prophet ﷺ warned that those who look up during prayer must avoid doing so, or else Allah may take away their eyesight. It is rather recommended that one keep his eyes fixed at the place of prostration.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,

“How is it that some people raise their eyes towards the sky during Salaah (the prayer)?” He stressed (this point) and added, “People must refrain from raising their eyes towards heaven in Salaah (prayer), or else their sights will certainly be snatched away.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari

Five Qualities of a Good Friend

Five Qualities of a Good Friend

The quality of the friends we choose to spend time with is what helps us to shape a beneficial path ahead. If we don’t choose our companions carefully we might find ourselves going down a dangerous path and it becomes harder for us to get out of that poisonous environment. We should pick our friends wisely and make sure that they are from amongst those who enjoin good and forbid evil. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:

“A man is upon the religion of his friend, so let one of you look at whom he befriends.” (Al-Tirmidhi- Hadith Hasan)

So here are five qualities to look for in a good friend

They should be Intelligent

Companionship with someone who lacks intellect will bring you zero benefit, and it will most likely end in isolation and separation.

Imam ‘Ali r.a. said: How often an ignorant man has brought destruction to a forbearing man who has befriended him.

They should have good character

Someone with good character is able to control himself when he is angry and not be over-excited when he desires something.

‘Alqama al-’Utaridi r.a. said: Be the companion of one who will support something good proceeding from you, but will stop an evil being done by you.

They should be pious

Do not be the companion of one who persists in major sins and does not fear God, as this person’s attitude towards you will change according to his luck and conditions.

“…And Do not follow him whose mind We have caused to be neglectful of remembrance of Us and who follows his passions, and whose ways are ever in neglect.” – (Quran 18:28)

They should not be greedy

Human nature is such that people tend to resemble those they spend time with, gaining their character traits unknowingly.

Therefore, spending time with someone who is greedy will encourage greed in you, whereas a generous friend will encourage generosity in you as well.

They should be truthful

People who lie bring much harm and suffering to their companions, and break the foundations of trust between brothers and sisters which uphold society.

“It is obligatory for you to tell the truth, for truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to paradise.” – Sahih Muslim

 

May Allah bless Real Friends and always send pious companions our way!



Sonny Bill Williams Makes Umrah

Sonny Bill Williams Visits Makkah

Rugby Superstar, Sonny Bill Williams, has made his first trip to Makkah and Madinah after converting to Islam in 2009.
He has taken a break during his off-season to make the sacred Umrah pilgrimage to the Kaabah in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

The All Black player has taken to social media to broadcast his pilgrimage harnessing the attention of millions across the world, particularly on his Instagram page.

He began his trip with a visit to the city of Madinah, home to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, whereby he gave his greetings to the Prophet and his noble companions. He also spent time sitting and learning with some of the Sheikhs in Madinah.

Williams, who was the first to wear an All Blacks jersey, converted to Islam after being inspired by a Tunisian Muslim family he lived in Southern France. He has since stated that Islam has given him a sense of “happiness”.

May Allah accept his Umrah pilgrimage and make him a means of inspiration for Muslims and non-Muslims across the world.

Umrah 2018. Peace & ❤️ my friends

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