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Surah Kahf

Asalamualaikum. (No. I shant tire of saying this. I’m not going to miss out on the reward!)

For this week’s post (which I happen to be doing on a Friday rather than two days before), I figured talking about the significance of Surah Kahf would be appropriate.

There are many Ahadith which talk about the virtue of reciting or memorizing all or part of this Surah, and especially so on a Friday:

*It’s general quality of bringing contentment-

Imam Ahmad recorded that Al-Bara’ said: “A man recited Al-Kahf and there was an animal in the house which began acting in a nervous manner. He looked, and saw a fog or cloud overhead. He mentioned this to the Prophet , who said:

«اقْرَأْ فُلَانُ، فَإِنَّهَا السَّكِينَةُ تَنْزِلُ عِنْدَ الْقُرْآنِ أَوْ تَنَزَّلَتْ لِلْقُرْآن»

“Keep on reciting so and so, for this is the tranquillity which descends when one reads Qur’an or because of reading Qur’an.”

This was also recorded in the Two Sahihs. <This man who recited it was Usayd bin Al-Hudayr>

*Illuminates you from one Friday to the next-

In his Mustadrak, Al-Hakim recorded from Abu Sa`id that the Prophet said:

«مَنْ قَرَأَ سُورَةَ الْكَهْفِ فِي يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ أَضَاءَ لَهُ مِنَ النُّورِ مَا بَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنَ الْجُمُعَتَيْن»

“Whoever recites Surat Al-Kahf on Friday, it will illuminate him with light from one Friday to the next.”

Then he said: “This Hadith has a Sahih chain, but they (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) did not record it.

*Protects you from the fitnah of Al-Dajjal (The Anti-Christ)-

Imam Ahmad recorded from Abu Ad-Darda’ that the Prophet said:

«مَنْ حَفِظَ عَشْرَ آيَاتٍ مِنْ أَوَّلِ سُورَةِ الْكَهْفِ عُصِمَ مِنَ الدَّجَّال»

“Whoever memorizes ten Ayat from the beginning of Surat Al-Kahf will be protected from the Dajjal.” This was also recorded by Muslim.

***

In reference to the hadith just mentioned, there was a presentation which I was sent that explained the connection of the Surah to the emergence of Al-Dajjal and as to why it helps….I thought I would share this with you…

Explanation of Soorat Al-Kahf

That’s all for today.

Do read Surah Kahf and be…illuminated!

Ma-as-Salam!

Lunar Eclipse

AsalamuAlaikum. 🙂

I like to keep summer goals. This way, my summers are not wasted in fun and games.

There are the typical goals….like:

1-sleeping early   2-waking at Fajr   3-praying tahajjud   4-fasting Mondays and Thursdays…    And Many Others…

I have a goal this summer, though, that’s a little less general.

To blog AT LEAST once a week, inshAllah. I thought perhaps Wednesday would be the best to do it as well since it’s my least busy day. It would be another way to keep myself connected to the Quran, inshAllah.

Today I was moved to post about the Lunar Eclipse.

The urge came from witnessing a superstitious and unauthentic practice taking place in my own household after a family member was watching the news on TV about the June 15th, 2011 total lunar eclipse. (when

There are many beliefs and rituals etc. associated with the Lunar (and Solar) Eclipse which have no basis in the Quran and Sunnah.

The only practice which is well-founded is that of a voluntary prayer called Salat-ul-Kusoof.

It is referred to in the following Hadith:

 

Bukhari :: Book 2 :: Volume 18 :: Hadith 151-152

Narrated Abu Masud & Ibn Umar:

The Prophet (s) said, “The sun and the moon do not eclipse because of the death of someone from the people but they are two signs amongst the signs of Allah. When you see them stand up and pray.”

 

How do you pray it?

The prayer is described in another Hadith:-

 

Bukhari :: Book 2 :: Volume 18 :: Hadith 154

Narrated ‘Aisha :

In the life-time of Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) the sun eclipsed, so he led the people in prayer, and >>stood up and performed a long Qiyam, then >>bowed for a long while. He >>stood up again and performed a long Qiyam but this time the period of standing was shorter than the first. He >>bowed again for a long time but shorter than the first one, then he >>prostrated and prolonged the prostration. He >>did the same in the second Raka as he did in the first and >>then finished the prayer; by then the sun (eclipse) had cleared. He delivered the Khutba (sermon) and after praising and glorifying Allah he said, “The sun and the moon are two signs against the signs of Allah; they do not eclipse on the death or life of anyone. So when you see the eclipse, remember Allah and say Takbir, pray and give Sadaqa.” The Prophet then said, “O followers of Muhammad! By Allah! There is none who has more ghaira (self-respect) than Allah as He has forbidden that His slaves, male or female commit adultery (illegal sexual intercourse). O followers of Muhammad! By Allah! If you knew that which I know you would laugh little and weep much.”

Also: 

( Hadith 172 )

Sulaiman bin Kathir and Sufyan bin Husain narrated from Az-Zuhri that the prayer for the eclipse used to be offered with >>loud recitation.

Why do the moon (and sun) eclipse?

We only know of two reasons

Firstly, as mentioned before, it’s simply a sign of Allah

Allah says in the Quran:

“Allah is He, who created the sun, the moon, and the stars — (all) governed by laws under His commandment.” (7:54)

 

It is also said, though, that these occurrences are meant to instill fear in the hearts of believers:

 

Bukhari :: Book 2 :: Volume 18 :: Hadith 158

Narrated Abu Bakra:

Allah’s Apostle said: “The sun and the moon are two signs amongst the signs of Allah and they do not eclipse because of the death of someone but Allah frightens His devotees with them.”

It is said that the Prophet (s) had assumed that it was a sign that the Day of Judgment was to happen:-

 

Bukhari :: Book 2 :: Volume 18 :: Hadith 167

Narrated Abu Musa:

The sun eclipsed and the Prophet got up, being afraid that it might be the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment). He went to the Mosque and offered the prayer with the longest Qiyam, bowing and prostration that I had ever seen him doing. Then he said, “These signs which Allah sends do not occur because of the life or death of somebody, but Allah makes His worshipers afraid by them. So when you see anything thereof, proceed to remember Allah, invoke Him and ask for His forgiveness.”

 

A similar situation is actually described in the Quran that is supposed to take place on that day:-

 

فَإِذَا بَرِقَ ٱلۡبَصَرُ (٧) وَخَسَفَ ٱلۡقَمَرُ (٨) وَجُمِعَ ٱلشَّمۡسُ وَٱلۡقَمَرُ (٩) يَقُولُ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنُ يَوۡمَٮِٕذٍ أَيۡنَ ٱلۡمَفَرُّ (١٠
“When the sight is dazed, and the moon is buried in darkness, and the sun and moon are joined together: Man will say on that day, ‘Where is the refuge?’” (Surat al-Qiyamah, the Resurrection)

This Eclipse was not the one of the Day of Judgment, but one day it will be.

So don’t take this second chance for granted and seek forgiveness from Allah.

The Virtue of Fasting…

Assalamualaikum….

Our topic from our last post made me think of this certain pillar in Islam.

Now…..I can’t say this is a diet tip. Firstly, because there’s no reward for fasting if you’re just doing it to lose weight….but I might mention that it’s a Sunnah, like many others, that’s great for your health as well.

I’ve tried many a time to make the fasting of Mondays and Thursdays a habit….this helped….

Find one or two Ahadith which state the virtue of fasting on these days (or just use mine), print them out, and put the paper up in a place you visit frequently or perhaps wake up to in the morning. If not that, set it as your default message when your phone turns on or the background on your desktop.

Desperate, I know…but totally worth it if it’s going to help you incorporate such a Sunnah in the all the weeks to come in the rest of your life. 🙂

Here are some Ahadith….

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,

“Deeds of people are presented (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays. So I like that my actions be presented while I am fasting.” [At-Tirmidhi- #1256].

`Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her)u reported:

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to observe fast on Mondays and Thursdays. [At-Tirmidhi #1257].

Commentary: The word used in the Hadith  is “Yataharra“, which means to seek and search, that is, he (PBUH) used to make special arrangements for it.

May Allah help us all in our quest to earn Jenna.

Ma-as-Salam.

Diet Failed?

Assalamualaikum. 🙂

I’ve been noticing for some reason that so many people are going on diets around me whether they be brothers or sisters. Some are successfully losing weight while others are simply getting very very frustrated with themselves.

I figured since the Quran and Ahadith always have the answers, this issue wouldn’t be the exception.

I sat down to pick out a few Ahadith on the manners of eating and also the sort of food that the Prophet (s) ate or even recommended us to eat as well. Things that could perhaps help us in coming up with that perfect diet plan.

So here I’m going to mention all the amazing ‘diet tips’ we get from the Sunnah of RasoolAllah (s).

#1 Say Bismillah and the dua before eating….

Most of us have been taught to do so since we were little children, but now that we’ve grown older and our moms don’t coax us to do so, we forget to do it. Every deed we do can be a part of Ibadah if we start it in Allah’s name and have good intentions. Having a bite to eat is no exception.

The Prophet (s) advised Umar ibn Abu Salamah:

“Boy, mention the name of Allah, and eat with your right hand and eat from what is nearest to you.” (Muslim #5012)

So to make sure we get the ajr and barakah from the food so it keeps us strong and healthy (in all the right places), let’s follow the example of the Prophet.

#2 Eat while sitting on your knees…

Now obviously, this isn’t always an option. Especially when you’re at a party etc. But even then, I believe the point is to NOT get comfortable while eating. Don’t lean on something while you eat or such. It’s also proved to be bad for you by medical research and the Prophet (s) also admonished us not to do it, instead telling us:

“I do eat like the slave of Allah does.”

His position as he ate was described as such: He ate sitting on his heels. It’s said that he used to kneel forward on his knees, his left foot under his right.
So even if you’re sitting on a chair at home, you can bring your legs up and try the position. Personally, I’ve experienced that you eat less this way.

#3 Eat the foods mentioned in the Sunnah…

I went through many ahadith to pinpoint certain foods that the Prophet (s) ate. I found these:

Dates (Ajwa dates are mentioned specifically and recommended especially to eat in the morning), Soups, Pumpkin, Cucumbers, the juice of Manna (which is apparently corriander seeds, it is said to be good for your sight as well), vinegar, bread, foods of barley (said to help speed up your digestion), and milk (the natural or organic rather than the chemical filled drink we call milk today).

#4 Not eating until you’re “full”.

Ibn Umar repored that the Messenger of Allah (s) said:

“A believer eats in one intestine, whereas a non-believer eats in seven intestines.” (Muslim #5116)

We should eat until we get that feeling that if we ate more it would only be out of the pleasure of eating. Our portion has been made more specific in the following Hadith:

“The son of Adam will never fill a container with something worse and evil than his stomach. It will suffice him some morsels (food) that will keep him on his feet, otherwise, he should divide his stomach into three parts: one third for his food, the other for his drink and the other third for his breath.” (Ibn Hibban)

This is one great way to keep our food in good proportions.

#5 Don’t eat right before sleeping.

Abu Nu’aim has related that:

“The Holy Prophet (s) prohibited sleeping immediately after dinner as he said that this fact hardens the heart.”

Even doctors today recommend that you walk or such after dinner before going to sleep. We can save our witr prayer for after dinner or perhaps just eat it at an earlier time so there’s some activity between eating and sleeping.

I’m sure these tips will help you out. Following the Sunnah only brings positive results as the Prophet (s) is the best example just as Allah describes him in the Quran:

لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا

VERILY, in the Apostle of God you have a good example for everyone who looks forward [with hope and awe] to God and the Last Day, and remembers God unceasingly. [33:21]

Good luck with your new Sunnah-inspired diet plan!

Ma-as-Salam!