Six Sunnahs you can do in the rain

Six Sunnahs to do when it rains

Ever wondered what are the Sunnah actions to do when it rains? Here’s a quick list to get you started of what to do during all the different stages of rainfall.

 

Ask Allah to make it beneficial

 

The first thing to do when it starts raining is to say

“اللّهُمَّ صَيِّـباً نَافِعاً”,

which means

“May Allah grant us beneficial rain”.

Sunan An-Nisai

 

Perhaps your sincere supplication will ward off any potential harm of the coming rain and instead bring about a great benefit.

 

 

Stand under the rain

 

Try to catch a few raindrops onto your clothing in hopes of receiving some of the blessings of the rain.

Anas Bin Malik reported

“Whilst we were with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ rain fell upon us. The Messenger then exposed part of his garment so that rain fell on his body. When we asked him why he did so, he replied “Because it has just come from the Exalted Lord”.

Sahih Muslim

 

Call upon Allah

 

One of the most likely times of having your supplications accepted, is when it rains, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.

The Prophet ﷺ said

“Two will not be rejected. The Duaa after the Adhan and the Duaa under the rain”.

Al-Hakim (Sahih)

 

Ask Allah for protection

 

During intense rain, it is recommended to make the supplication

“اللّهُمَّ حَوالَيْنا وَلا عَلَيْنا”,

which means,

“Oh Allah around us and not upon us.”

Sahih Al Bukhari

 

Recite this Quran verse

 

When the Prophet ﷺ heard thunder he would leave talk and recite the verse:

يُسَبِّحُ الرَّعْدُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ مِنْ خِيفَتِهِ

“And the thunder exalts [ Allah ] with praise of Him – and the angels [as well] from fear of Him.”

Quran 13:13

 

Thank Allah for the rain

 

Once the rain has come to a stop, say

“مُطِرْنا بِفَضْلِ اللهِ وَرَحْمَتِه”,

which means

“We have received rain from Allah’s bounty and mercy”.

 

The Prophet ﷺ said,

“Whoever states this is a believer in me and and a disbeliever in the stars”.

Bukhari and Muslim

Seven tips from the Sunnah on how to make your wife Happy

SEVEN tips from the SUNNAH on how to make your wife Happy

Marriage is a sacred contract made before Allah swt. And it isn’t always easy. It takes some hard work from both sides. Too often in our communities marriage has become a source of pain and frustration, but what if our marriage became a place of comfort and tranquility?  What if the war zone within our hidden four walls illuminated to a refuge of sacred space; a place to seek peace away from the chaos of the outside world?

It is crucial to understand that this life is just a means to a greater end and that all that we do in this world is a journey for us to reach Allah. Your marriage is a tool to bring you closer to Allah swt. We are here to know, worship and gain closeness to Allah. Having the understanding that nobody’s marriage is perfect is crucial. You may have an amazing spouse but suffer a lot of pain from in-laws, if you’ve been given a difficult spouse you may have incredible children or it may be that your relationships give you much joy but it’s the finances or family illness that disrupts your peace and keeps you up at night. We need to understand that it is all a test for us.

So all our dealings, in essence, our dealings with Allah. Everyone in your life is a personified test and we are tested on our actions and reactions to each other. Allah has given each of us their unique circumstance and not an atom worth is a coincidence in our lives. Imagine from this moment everything that happens in your life, every difficult trial, every single moment you tell yourself ‘okay what am I learning from this right now? How is this going to serve me to be a better person, how can this get me closer to Allah?’ Imagine we live our lives like this. A life where we don’t resist realisation but embrace realisation.

The marital relationship is an incredible blessing and divine sign, as Allah says in the Qur’an:

“And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.”

Quran 30:21

The Prophet ﷺ understood love and marriage more than any other human. The perfection of character that he ﷺ displayed specifically within a marriage is greatly beneficial to study to enhance our own marriage. Our deen needs to translate into inner beauty and that inner beauty needs to translate to good character and good actions especially to those closest to us. The pious predecessors said that a man’s true character is how he is like within the home. Outside we are bound by social norms yet inside the walls of our home our true character manifests. Muhammad ﷺ had a happy family life built on mutual understanding and kindness. As diverse as his roles were as a Prophet, governor, military commander and master of mankind he still put in a lot of effort strengthening his relationship with his wives and children.

 

1. Show her Gratitude and Acknowledge the hard work she does.   

 

By showing your wife gratitude and acknowledging her hard work, you will make her feel a sense of accomplishment and this will help keep her motivated to do the hard work she does. It also means that if you are grateful to your wife then you are grateful to Allah for blessing you with her company because it was Allah swt that gave you the opportunity to unite together in marriage. Thank your wife very often and tell her that you appreciate all her work and effort and say Alhamdulillah for her companionship.

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said :

“Whoever is not grateful to the people, he is not grateful to Allah.”

Tirmidhi (Sahih)

Allah also states in the Quran:

“If you are grateful I will increase you”

Quran 14:7

This verse is not limited to being only grateful to Allah but can also apply to being grateful towards our loved ones.

2. Express Yourself with Loving Words and Sweet Gestures.

Sweet words don’t cost very much but can fill a woman’s heart.

Our pious predecessors said that expressions of love and affection that are not inappropriate are actually Sunnah. The idea of kissing your wife every time you arrive home is an expression of love and gratitude and it is Sunnah.The Prophet ﷺ would always walk into his home and show affection to his wife.

Prophet ﷺ advised believers to give gifts to each other is it fills love in their hearts towards each other.

Anas said to his son, Thabit,

“My son, exchange gifts, it will bring about love between you.”

(Sahih)

3. Help and Support her in her daily chores

Be your wife’s greatest support and offer to help her with any task, whether it be big or small. Your wife wants to feel like you are working together as a team to build your family and maintain your home.  

The prophet helped out around the house, serving his family often.

Al-Aswad said,

“I asked ‘A’isha, may Allah be pleased with her, ‘What did the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, do when he was with his family?’ She replied, ‘He would do chores for his family, and when it was time for the prayer, he would go out.'”

Bukhari Al Adab Al Mufrad (Sahih)

Aishah, may Allah be pleased with her, described the Prophet ﷺ as always smiling and making those around him feel comfortable in his presence. His loved ones were not afraid of him, they loved his company. A great sign of his Prophetic character was that those closest to him such as his best friend Abu Bakr r.a., his wife Khadija r.a. And his cousin Ali r.a. was amongst the first to accept Islam.  

4. Really Listen to Her! Listen to her emotional needs

Men don’t always have to be solution-oriented sometimes when women open up about their issues. Simply showing empathy and understanding can be very therapeutic for your wife. Acknowledge her emotions and appreciate her perspective and give her your full attention when she speaks to you.  

5. Spend Quality time with Her!

Spend quality time with her at home but also try to explore other ways to build your companionship.  Creativity and activity through outings and different experiences can add some variety to the marriage. Research shows that it is the novelty in a marriage that creates the passion. Be a reliable and responsible spouse in which you prioritise time spent with your wife responsibly. Don’t always allow ‘boys time’ to override moments with her. Give her the time and attention she deserves and ask Allah swt to put barakah in the time you spend together.

An example is that of Prophet Muhammad with Aishah: One day a young group of Abyssinian men were dancing in Masjid Nabawi. Aishah said to the Prophet that she wanted to watch them. So she leans and places her chin on the shoulder of the Prophet ﷺ, his noble bodyguarding her. Her cheek was touching his cheek and her arms around him as they watch the performance in the Masjid. And he gently asks her “Are you done yet?” She said “No, not yet’ and this happened a few times. She finally moves away.

After the Prophet ﷺ passed away she confesses that “By Allah, I had no interest in watching those people dancing; I just wanted my face to be on his face”.

6. Be good to her family and friends

Aishah narrated:

“I was not jealous of any wife of the Prophet as I was jealous of Khadijah, and it was not because I saw her. It was only because the Messenger of Allah mentioned her so much, and because whenever he would slaughter a sheep, he would look for Khadijah’s friends to gift them some of it.”

Tirmidhi (Sahih)

7. Be Her Best friend

Studies show that couples that were best friends had a much more fulfilling marriage. Our best example of this is Prophet Muhammad and Khadija. They endured so much together; from emotional heartache, family abandonment, boycott, and even starvation. And yet they were each other’s pillar of strength; supporting each other through every trial and difficulty. Allah promised Khadija, a special place in Paradise because she created such a calm, loving environment at home.  The Prophet ﷺ described her saying‘…She believed in me when the people disbelieved in me, she considered me truthful when other people called me a liar, she spent on me when other people refused to spend on me. Allah blessed me with children through her and He did not bless me children through any other woman’.

Make your wife really feel and believe that she is the most beloved thing to you no matter what. Your wife wants to know that you are her greatest fan, that you believe in her and that in your eyes she is the most amazing and most beautiful person. Give her that confidence and nurture her self-esteem. Don’t ever make fun of her or belittle her in any way.

 

Five Great Lessons From The Sunnah About True Courage

FIVE great lessons from the Sunnah about TRUE courage

When we think of the word courage, we imagine a strong fearless person who is willing to stand firm in the face of defeat and fight to the last breath. Such an image of courage has been promoted through Hollywood movies and historical recounts of wars and battles. Physical manifestations of courage are certainly applicable, but what about the spiritual and social manifestations of courage? How did our Prophet Muhammad SAW explain this concept and what examples from the Sunnah do we have to teach us about it. Courage is such a great moral value to instill in our lives and to pass on to the next generation. But how can this be done in a context where there is peace and harmony and absolutely no need to display physical courage.

Here are 5 ways to show TRUE courage from the Sunnah

Be Strong and Firm in your belief

Have strong conviction in the existence and oneness of Allah and never let your faith be deterred. Have true belief in Allah’s decree and seek closeness to Him.

“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

‘The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, although both are good. Strive for that which will benefit you, seek the help of Allah, and do not feel helpless.

(Sunan Ibn Majah)

Stand up for the Truth

At a time where there are so many injustices occurring around the world, speak out against oppression and immorality in a respectable and confident manner.

It was narrated by Tariq bin Shihab that:

A man asked the Prophet, when he had put his leg in the stirrup: “Which kind of Jihad is best?'”

He said: “A word of truth spoken before an unjust rulers.”

(Sunan an-Nisai)

Have good self-control

Do not allow anger to overtake you and always remain composed so that you can deal with your anger properly.

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,

“The strong man is not one who is good at wrestling, but the strong man is one who controls himself in a fit of rage.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Abu Hurairah narrated that a man came to the Messenger of Allah and said:

“Teach me something that is not too much for me so that, perhaps, I may abide by it.

“He (ﷺ) said: “Do not get angry.”

He repeated that (the request) a number of times, each time he replied: ‘Do not get angry.”

Sincerely accept calamities and failures

Whatever befalls you in life, be patient and accept the decree of Allah with full conviction that it is good in every affair.

Remember the words of the Messenger (ﷺ):

“How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs, are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.”

(Narrated by Muslim)

Avoid regret and doubt

Have the courage to venture into new opportunities without being afraid of negative outcomes.

If anything befalls you, do not say,

“If only I had done such and such”, rather say; 

قَدَّرَ اللَّهُ وَمَا شَاءَ فَعَلَ

“Qaddara Allahu wa ma sha’a fa’ala

(Allah has decreed and whatever he wills, He does).”

For (saying) ‘If’ opens (the door) to the deeds of Satan.'”

Sahih

 

May Allah SWT give us the courage to uphold our Islam!

The Sunnah way to Eat

Thirteen Sunnahs of Eating

Say Bismillah

Eat with your right

Eat that nearest to you

The above three Sunan of eating are all taken from the Hadith of Umar Ibn Abi Salamah:

“I was a boy under the care of Allah’s Messenger ﷺ and my hand used to go around the dish while I was eating. So Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said to me:

يَا غُلَامُ سَمِّ اللَّهَ، وَكُلْ بِيَمِينِكَ، وَكُلْ مِمَّا يَلِيكَ

‘Oh boy! Mention the Name of Allah and eat with your right hand, and eat of the dish what is nearer to you.” Since then I have applied those instructions when eating.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim

 

Eat on the floor

It is narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said:

“I eat just as the slave eats, and I sit just as the slave sits”.

Abu Ya’la (Sahih)

Eat with three fingers

Ka’b Ibn Malik states:

“The Prophet ﷺ used to eat with three fingers and lick his hand before he wiped it.”

Sahih Muslim

Eat together

Abdullah Ibn Umar Narrated:

“I heard my father say: ‘I heard ‘Umar bin Khattab say: “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘Eat together and do not eat separately, for the blessing is in being together.’”

Sunan Ibn Majah (Hassan)

Don’t overeat

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:

‘The human does not fill any container that is worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat what will support his back. If this is not possible, then a third for food, a third for drink, and third for his breath.”

Al-Tirmidhi (Sahih)

Don’t criticise food

Abu Huraira narrates that:

“The Prophet ﷺ did not criticise any food ever. If he desired the food, he would eat it and if he disliked it, he would leave it.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim

Compliment tasty food

Jabir reported:

The Prophet ﷺ asked for sauce and was told that there was nothing except vinegar. He asked for it and began to eat from it saying, “How excellent is vinegar when eaten as a condiment! How excellent is vinegar when eaten as a condiment!

Sahih Muslim

Don’t discard any food.

From the Hadith of Jabir:

I heard Allah’s Apostle ﷺ as saying: The Satan is present with any one of you in everything he does; he is present even when he eats food; so if any one of you drops a mouthful he should remove away anything filthy on it and eat it and not leave for the devil; and when he finishes (food) he should lick his fingers, for he does not know in what portion of his food the blessing lies.

Sahih Muslim

Lick your fingers

Jabir Bin Abdullah narrates that the Prophet ﷺ said:

“He should not wipe his hand with a tissue until he licks his fingers, for he does not know in which part of his food is the blessing”.

Sahih Muslim

Wipe the dish

Anas Ibn Malik narrates:

“(The Prophet) commanded us to wipe our plates”.

Sahih Muslim

Praise Allah after eating

Anas Bin Malik narrates that the Prophet ﷺ said:

“Allah is pleased with a servant if he eats his food, he praises Allah for it; or if he drinks his drink he praises Allah for it”.

Sahih Muslim

Six ways to win friends from the Sunnah

Six ways to win friends from the Sunnah

Many around the world have read the best-seller “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carneige, but how many are actually aware of the striking similarities one could draw between his book and the practices, or Sunnah, of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

As a Muslim, this comes as no surprise, considering the fact that we know very well that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ had mastered the art of interacting and dealing with people, far beyond the capacity of any other human.

As Allah explicitly mentions in the Quran:

“And you (Oh Muhammad) are of excellent moral character”.

Quran 68:4

We’ve compiled a list of a short selection of Dale’s recommendations along with the practices of our Messenger that correspond accordingly.

Mention their name.

The Prophet always placed great value on the names of those who surrounded him.

On many occasions, he would even change the names of those with disreputable names to names of nobility.[1]

Always smile.

The Prophet was always seen smiling in the face of his companions.

Ibn Jaz is narrated to have said:

“I have not seen anyone who smiled more than the Messenger of Allah ﷺ.”

“Allah’s Messenger ﷺ never refused me permission to see him since I embraced Islam and never looked at me but with a smile.”[3]

Jabir bin Abdullah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:

“Every good is charity. Indeed, among the good is to meet your brother with a smiling face and to pour what is left in your bucket into the vessel of your brother.”[4]

Have a genuine interest in them.

The Prophet also showed interest in all those around him, including young children.

On one occasion he asked a young boy about his sparrow, nicknamed Nughayr, after it had passed away.

Anas ibn Malik said, “The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to mix with us to the extent of asking a younger brother of mine, ‘Abu ‘Umayr! What has happened to the little sparrow?'”[5]

Another narration tells of an instance whereby the Prophet was led around the city of Madinah by a young girl. Although he was incredibly busy at the time, he stayed with the girl until she had completed her tour.

Anas ibn Malik reported: Any of the young servant girls among the people of Medina would take the hand of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and lead him wherever she wished.

Sahih Bukhari

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 (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) 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.”[6]

Appeal to their wants.

Although the Prophet would never compromise his duty to uphold the religion of Allah, he would at times encourage people to do good deeds by informing them of the great rewards they would receive in return, whether they were rewards of this life or the next.

For example, the Prophet encouraged one of his companions to renounce worldly desires by informing him that he would gain the love of God and people.[7]

Avoid unnecessary criticism.

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was known for never getting angry over worldly matters and had always advised others towards patience.

Anas Bin Malik who lived in service to the Prophet for over 10 years mentions that the Prophet had never said a word of disapproval to him.

“I served the Prophet ﷺ at Medina for ten years. I was a boy. Every work that I did was not according to the desire of my master, but he never said to me: Fie, nor did he say to me: Why did you do this? or Why did you not do this?”[8]

The Prophet’s wife Aisha also narrated that the Prophet would never express displeasure over food that was brought to him.

The Prophet ﷺ never criticized any food (he was invited to) but he used to eat if he liked the food, and leave it if he disliked it.[9]

This is not to mention that the Prophet lived a life of extreme hardship and poverty, enduring many months at a time without basic food.[10]            

Always acknowledge them

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ would always express his thanks and gratitude to the good done to him and others.

He would even continue to acknowledge them for years on end. For instance, he would send gifts to the family of his late wife Khadija as a sign of gratitude.

In one narration, the Prophet ﷺ said:

“He who does not thank the people has not thanked Allah”.[11]

He ﷺ also emphasised this in another narration:

“Whoever receives a favour should respond to it right away if he can find him. If he cannot, he should praise him. Actually, by praising him, he thanks him. Whoever does not respond to a favour is ungrateful.” [12]

 

[1] Narrated by Ibn Umar, “the Prophet ﷺ changed the name of ‘Asiyah, he said: “You are Jamilah.” (Tirmidhi) Sahih

[2] Tirmidhi (3641, Hassan)

[3] Sahih Muslim (2475)

[4] Tirmidhi (1970)

[5] Bukhari Adab Al Mufrad (Sahih) 269

[6] Bukhari and Muslim.

[7] “Renounce the world and Allah will love you, and renounce what the people possess and the people will love you.” Ibn Majah (Hassan).

[8] Sunan Abi Dawud (Sahih).

[9] Sahih Al-Bukhari (5409).

[10] Narrated Aisha “The family of Muhammad did not eat to their satisfaction white bread with meat soup for three successive days till he met Allah.” (Bukhari)

[11] Tirmidhi (1954 Sahih)

[12] Abu Dawud (1672 Sahih)

Six Sunnahs of Fasting

Fasting is obligatory for all Muslims, however the prophet  has prescribed us a number of things you can do in order to improve your worship this Ramadan. These are just six of the many Sunnahs:

1. Break your fast with a date.

It was no secret that the Prophet ﷺ loved dates. Therefore this Sunnah should come as no surprise to any muslim who fasts that the Prophet also told us to break our fast with dates through this hadith:

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ used to break his fast before praying with some fresh dates

Sunan Abi Dawud

2. Hasten to break your fast.

The Prophet ﷺ instructed us to hasten in breaking the fast through many hadith including this one.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ  said 

The people will continue to prosper as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast.

Sahih Muslim

3. Eat the Suhoor (pre-dawn) meal.

The Prophet ﷺ told us to eat Suhoor for our own benefit to make fasting much more easier.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said 

Eat Sahur, for in Sahur there is blessing. 

Sunan an-Nasa’i

4. Pray the Taraweeh prayers.

The Taraweeh congregational prayers were introduced by the Caliph Umar, whom the Prophet instructed us to follow.

 5. Avoid vain talk

To fast in the month of Ramadan is not conclusive to refrain from eating or drinking, but to refrain from speaking ill of others and talking useless speech.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said

Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink 

Sahih al-Bukhari

6. Respond to abuse with “I am fasting”.

We have all been in this position. Someone (Muslim or non-Muslim) insults you in the month of Ramadan and all you want to do is insult him or her back, but you can’t because you will break your fast. This is the Prophet ﷺ solution:

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said

If a person fights him or insults him, let him say, ‘I am fasting,’ 

Sunan an-Nasa’i

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Man calls upon Muslim men to grow #SunnahBeards in response to Islamophobia

Hassan Shibly, a prominent Muslim activist and Attorney from America, is calling upon all Muslim men to grow their beards in response to rising hate attacks on Muslims and Islamophobia.

He is using the hashtag “#SunnahBeard” to inspire Muslim men to publicly display their attachment to the practices or Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. He has also encouraged them to do this as a sign of support towards Muslim woman who are generally on the receiving end of Islamophobic attacks due to their overt Islamic appearance.

He has however warned Muslims that it is not simply enough to display Islam on the outside through a beard, but also display Islam through our actions and character.

May Allah allow us to be proud of our faith and display it in the best of manners.

View the video posted by Hassan Shibly Here