HOW TO PREACH DEEN – SURAH NUH

Da‘wah (also transliterated daawa(h); Arabic: دعوة‎ “invitation”) means the proselytizing or preaching of Islam. Da‘wah literally means “issuing a summons” or “making an invitation”, being a gerund of a verb meaning variously “to summon” or “to invite”. A Muslim who practices da‘wah, either as a religious worker or in a volunteer community effort, is called a dā‘ī (داعي, plural du‘āh/du‘āt ).

A dā‘ī is thus a person who invites people to understand Islam through dialogue, not unlike the Islamic equivalent of a missionary inviting people to the faith, prayer and manner of Islamic life. [1]

In Surah Nuh, we see the character of Prophet Nuh alayhi salaam as a da’ee, who faced difficulties in spreading Islam.The Surah begins with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala telling us how Prophet Nuh [Noah]‘alayhi salaam began calling his people to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. His dawah methodology is gem for all. There are some lessons in the ayah 5- 9, that what should be the character of a da’ee and what attributes are required for this task:

Lessons for da’ee:

  • Relentlessly pursuing goals
  • Patience during this time
  • Consistency in efforts
  • Using all potential
  •  Never giving up
  •  Having firm connection with Allah
  • Using different techniques according to audience at different times
  • Having thick skin to ignore people’s rejection
  • Sincerely pray and guide them towards their own forgiveness and salvation.

Points of Action:

  • Utilize whatever resources to connect people with Allah.
  • Share the beauty of our deen with people of other faiths now when they’re willing to listen the most.
  • Not let shaytan sway us from our goal when faced with rejection.
  • Combine earnest dua at tahajjud time with dawah efforts.
  • Encourage people to repent no matter how big their sins are. Allah’s  forgiveness is huge. [2]
  • One who calls towards Allah swt does not get offended by negative reactions and comments of people. [2]

Written By Sr. Summaiya     [2] Contribution By Sr. Uzma Hussain

Compilation by Admin

 

 

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5 TIPS TO HAVE TAWWAKUL ALLAH

Here are some tips and motivators on how to train yourself to rely upon Allah alone.

1.      Never be lazy:

Tawakkul sometimes is mistaken for “sitting back” and thinking your problems will be solved just by believing Allah will take care of your affairs. But look at what emaan is. It is not just having faith, as it’s often translated. It’s the combination of faith and acting upon that faith.

The same goes for tawakkul. Don’t give up on your own efforts. Rather strive and work with the attitude that Allah will take care of your affairs and will help you get through your trials. This proactive attitude is in fact part of you having tawakkul.

Remember when the Prophet salallaahu alayhi wa sallam asked the Bedouin,

“Why don’t you tie down your camel?” The Bedouin answered, “I put my trust in Allah.” The Prophet then said, “Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah” [At-Tirmidhi].

2.      Never be arrogant:

You should always plan and work based on what Allah has blessed you with in knowledge, intelligence, and free will. You should fully use those blessings by thanking Allah for them, without ever feeling proud or arrogant about your abilities. You work, but it is Allah who gave you the ability to work, and ultimately it’s the favor of Allah which will make you successful or not.

3.         Go for the fruit:

Accept whatever happens.  You should believe that Allah ‘azza wajal out of His wisdom may decide to supersede all your plans for reasons that only He knows. This is the fruit of tawakkul.Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali said, The fruit of tawakkul is the acceptance of Allah’s decree. Whoever leaves his affairs to Allah and then is accepting of what he is given has truly relied on Allah.

Remind yourself that believing in al-Qadr (Allah’s divine will and decree) is one of the pillars of your faith. Tell yourself that whatever will happen will happen and that you can only do the best you can.

Allah al-Qadeer will never ever let something bad happen to you, even though you might fear it. In every matter is good for a believer. If you live by this fact, what can get you down? You might bend, but you’ll never break!

4.         Precaution!

Even as Prophet Yaqub alayhi sallam took all precautionary measures when he sent his sons to Egypt and advised them to enter from different gates of the city, so they wouldn’t look suspicious. His measures were overtaken by the divine decree. But still he took all the measures he could to avoid any possible risk.  

This is where most of us go wrong. We either rely on our efforts and measures and discard our trust in Allah, or we rely on “trust in Allah” and don’t adopt any practical measures to solve our problems.

5.      Rejoice— Allah is al-Wakeel:

Allah is al-Wakeel, the ultimate and the best trustee. Everything He decrees for us is good for us. He’s the best disposer of affairs. He’s sufficient for all of us.  So aren’t you “lucky” you can entrust your affairs to Him? Remind yourself that Allah is the ultimate trustee; give yourself and your affairs over to Him with a sense of full comfort and certainty in your heart.

Benefits of Tawakkul: 3 steps to Success

Let’s strive to understand and apply tawakkul in our daily lives. Because when you taste that amazing feeling of peace in your mind, strength in your limbs, and the breeze of tranquility in your heart, you’ll never want to be without it again!

Train yourself to have tawakkul and you’ll notice that things will not only get resolved more easily with His help, but tawakkul will also relieve you from your daily worries.

Finally, before making any effort, remind yourself of these 3 steps:

  1. Put your trust in Allah Al-Wakeel
  2. Use your God-granted faculties to put in your best efforts
  3. Believe in Qada wal-qadr (the divine decree)

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa make our words and actions the result of tawakkul, aid us to use all His blessings the best way we can while depending on Him, and strengthen us with unshakable belief in His Decree by accepting whatever He chooses to be the outcome, ameen!

I pray you will benefit.


Khawlah bint Yayha, United Kingdom

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THIRD CHAPTER – IBADAH WITH TAWHEED (Part 1)

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The chapter 3 continues with the saying of Sheikh Rahimullah:

وبِذللکَ اٴمرَاللہُ جمیعَ الناسِ وَخلَقَھُم لَھا

“This is what Allah commanded all of the people with, and it was for this He created them”.

This is what Allah commanded refers to his saying, “that you worship Allah making the religion purely and sincerely for Him”. This is what Allah commanded all of creation with and it was for this He created them, and whole mankind, from the time of Adam until the last of mankind in the world. And worship Him alone without associating any partner, He the one free from all imperfections.

Allah Only created Mankind and Jinns to worship Him Alone:

Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, made clear in His Book that mankind and jinns were only created for this. Allah, the Most high, says in Surah Ad-dhariyat ayah 56,

وما خلقت الجن والانس الا ليعبدون

“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” 

“اور میں نے جنوں اور انسانوں کو اس لئے پیدا کیا ہے کہ میری عبادت کریں”

meaning, `I, Allah, only created them so that I order them to worship Me, not that I need them.’

`Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas commented on the Ayah,

﴿إِلاَّ لِيَعْبُدُونِ﴾

(…except that they should worship Me.) meaning, “So that they worship Me, willingly or unwillingly.’

Allah the Exalted, the Blessed created the creatures so that they worship Him Alone without partners. Those who obey Him will be rewarded with the best rewards, while those who disobey Him will receive the worst punishment from Him. Allah stated that He does not need creatures, but rather, they are in need of Him in all conditions. He is alone their Creator and Provider.

Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said, 

Allah the Exalted said, “O Son of Adam! Busy yourself in worshipping Me, and I will fill your chest with riches and dissipate your meekness. Otherwise, I will fill your chest with distracting affairs and will not do away with your meekness.”

(At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah collected this Hadith and At-Tirmidhi said, Hasan Gharib.)

The Jinns are the species of beings from the realms of the hideen and unseen, we do not see them and they have duty to worship. They are also forbidden from commiting shirk and sin, just like the descendants of Adam. However, they are different from mankind in their created form.

Ibadah with Tawheed:

Saying of Rahimullah,

وَ معنی یعبدُونِ : یُوَحِّدونِ

and the meaning of worship (‘ibaadah) here is to single Allaah out with all worship (tawheed)

Meaning that tawheed is from the meaning of ‘ibaadah (i.e. true worship, which is to make worship of it purely for Allah). So, Tawheed can be explained to mean worship and worship can be explained to mean Tawheed. The meaning of  worship (ibaadah) has already preceded, and also what it applies to, and that it is more general than tawheed itself. You should know that Ibaadah is of two types: 

1. The servitude of the creation (Ibaadah Kawniyyah), which is submission to what Allaah has commanded and decreed in the creation, and this is the submission that is common to all of the creation, none of them being able to escape it. Allah, the Most High, says in Surah Maryam ayah 93,

ان كل من في السماوات والارض الا اتي الرحمن عبدا

There is no one in the heavens and earth but that he comes to the Most Merciful as a servant.

-“تمام شخص جو آسمانوں اور زمین میں ہیں سب خدا کے روبرو بندے ہو کر آئیں گے”

2. This servitude covers the Believers and the unbelievers, the righteous and the wicked. Worship and servitude as prescribed by the Sharee’ah, and that is to obey and submit to the laws and commands of Allah, the Most High, and this is particular to those who are obedient to Allah, and who comply with that which the Messengers came with. Allah, the Most High, says in Surah Furqan ayah 63:

وعباد الرحمن الذين يمشون على الارض هونا واذا خاطبهم الجاهلون قالوا سلاما

And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace,

اور خدا کے بندے تو وہ ہیں جو زمین پر آہستگی سے چلتے ہیں اور جب جاہل لوگ ان سے (جاہلانہ) گفتگو کرتے ہیں تو سلام کہتے ہیں

The first type of servitude is not something for which a servant is commended, since it is not due to any action of his own; however he may be commended for giving thanks in times of ease, and for having patience in times of trial; as opposed to the second type of servitude for which a person is commended.

     یعبدون؛ 

یعنی اللہ کو ایک ماننا۔ ہر وہ کام جو اللہ کی رضا کیلئے کیا جائے، چاہے قول یا فعل عبادت ہے۔ توحیدِ ربویت، توحیدِ الوہیت، توحیدِ اسماء و صفات توحید میں شامل ہیں مگرہاں توحیدِ الوہیت کا خصوصی پیرائے میں ذِکر کیا گیا ہے۔ عبادت ہراُس چیز کا نام یے جو اللہ پسند فرماتا ہے۔باطنی اعمال و اقوال میں سے ساری فرنبرداری و اِنکساری اللہ کیلئے ہو۔ حکم ملتے ہی سر جھکانے کا نام اطاعت ہے۔ 


Related Links:

Introduction to Author – Imam Muhammad Bin Abdul Wahab

Al-Usool Ath-Thalatha

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Audio in Urdu: Dr. Farhat Hashmi – Al-Usul al-Thalathah

Arabic Text: Download Book-Al-Usul Al-Thalaathah

Explanation of Usool Ath Thalatha by Shaykh Uthaymeen

Tafsir Ibn Kathir

1ST CHAPTER OF BOOK:

PART 1 – INTRODUCTION TO FIRST OBLIGATORY MATTER TO LEARN

PART 2- INTRODUCTION TO NEXT THREE OBLIGATORY MATTERS TO LEARN

2ND CHAPTER OF BOOK:

Introduction

The First Matter (Part -1) , Part-2

The Second Matter (Part -1)Part -2  – Negation of Shirk

Evidence on Second Matter

The Third Matter – Alliance and the Disociation

Evidence on Third Matter

THIRD CHAPTER OF BOOK:

What is Al-Haneefiyah?

THIRD CHAPTER – AL-HANEEFIYAH (THE STRAIGHT & TRUE RELIGION)

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The first treatise was the four matters which are comprised of Surat ul Asr, and the second treatise was the three matters which have preceded and now this is the third treatise starting with the following words,

اِعلم أرشَدَک اللہُ لِطَاعَتِہِ

“Know, may Allah direct you to obedience to Him”, 

Speech concerning Knowledge has preceded, so there is no need to repeat it here. (Its definition and explanation can be read here). 

Ar-Rushd i.e. may Allah direct you to uprightness upon the way of truth. This is a supplication from Sheikh Rahimullah for everyone who reads this treatise for understanding and to act upon it.  Ar-Rush (direction); it means guidance to what is correct, and towards beneficial knowledge and righteous actions. It is the opposite of Al-Ghayy that means misguidance or error. Ar-Rushd is the religion of Islam and Al-Ghayy is the religion of Abu-Jahl.

Taa’ah (obedience) i.e may Allah direct you to His obedience. This is also a tremendous supplication, since if Allah directs to Muslims to obedience than actually the person will be fortunate, and successful in this life and hereafter. It means conformity with what is required by doing what is commanded to be done, and avoiding what is forbidden.

اَنَّ الحنیفِّیةَ ملةَ اِبراھیمَ

“That Al-Haneefiyah (the straight and true religion) the Religious way followed by Ibrahim”

Al-Haneefiyah i.e the religion which is free from shirk, and founded upon purity and sincerity of intention for Allah, the Mighty and Majestic. Al-Hanf in the language means inclination. And Haneed is one who inclined towards the religion of Allah with sincerity and purity, so Haneefiyah is turning away from Shirk towards Tawheed. And Ibrahim A.s was Haneef, a muslim.

Al-Millah i.e. the way which he, Ibraaheem followed in religion. Allah subhana’watallah said in Quran,

إِبْرَهِيمَ كَانَ أُمَّةً قَـنِتًا لِلَّهِ حَنِيفًا وَلَمْ يَكُ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ

“Verily, Ibrahim was (himself) an Ummah, obedient to Allah, a Haneef (monotheist), and he was not one of the idolaters”. (Surah An-Nahl: 120)

These were the characteristics of Ibrahim A.s, due to which he was known as Al-Haneef. And it was commanded to Prophet ﷺ and whole ummah to follow his foot steps by saying this:

أَوْحَيْنَآ إِلَيْكَ أَنِ اتَّبِعْ مِلَّةَ إِبْرَهِيمَ حَنِيفًا وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ

“Then, We have sent the revelation to you: “Follow the religion of Ibrahim (he was a) Haneef, and he was not one of the idolators.”  (Surah An-Nahl: 123)

It is obligatory upon us to be aware what is our duty to be done. This is the way of Prophets to follow the deen with complete submission. The religions way of Ibrahim A.s doesn’t accept any shirk in it. Shirk asghar (Small sins) doesn’t expel one from the boundaries of Islam but greater sins (Gunnah Kabira) like nifaq, Show off (riya kari) does. Everything has its purpose to serve in this universe, like Sun is to provide light and heat, and everything in working under the commandment of the Majesty, Allah. Similarly, a muslim should be aware of what is obligatory upon him, so that he comply with it and does not violate the orders.

اَن تعبدَ اللہَ وحدہُ مُخلِصًا لہُ الدینَ

“Is that you worship Allah alone, making the religion purely and sincerely for Him”

Here two matters are combined, 

  • worship Allah alone
  • and making worship purely for Him

So, who worship Allah but does not make it purely for Him, then his worship is unacceptable. It can be understand as, if one prays Salah, performs Hajj, pays his Zakah and does voluntary charity, he actually does a great acts of obedience. However, if his actions are empty from the sincere intention, and he does not perform purely for Allah subhana’watalah, that either it is for show off or he mixed his deeds something from shirk, this person will not consider as mukhlis (sincere) and he will not be upon the religious way of Ibrahim A.S. All his actions are wasted.

  ملتِ ابراھیم اُس طریقہ کو کہتے ہیں جو خالص اللہ کیلئے ہو۔ ابراھیمٴ نے یکسو ہو کر اللہ کا راستہ اپنایا۔ یہی انبیاء کا طریقہ رہا ہے۔ ملتِ ابراھیم کسی شریک کو قبول نہیں کرتی۔ شرکِ اصغر ملت سے خارج نہیں کرتا مگر گناہِ کبیرہ ایمان کیلئے خطرہ ہے جسمیں نفاق اور ریا کاری جیسی برائیاں شامل ہیں۔ نوحِ اِنسان کو اپنی تخلیق کا مقصد سمجھنے کی ضرورت ہے، کہ اللہ یے ہمیں صرف روزی کمانے کو پیدا نہیں کیا بلکہ ہمارا مقصدِ حیات اُسکی ذات میں پنہاں ہے۔ یہ بالکل اِسی طرح ہے کاجسطرح سورج کا کام روشنی اور حرارت دینا ہے، اگر وہ اپنا مقصد چھوڑ دے تو دنیا کا نظام بُری طرح متاثر ہو۔ تو اِنسان اگر اللہ کی عبادت کے بجائے صرف دنیا کمانے لگ کائے تو وہ کِسطرح قابلِ قبول ہوگااور وہ ایک بے درخت کی طرح کاٹ دیئے جانے کے قابل ہے۔


Related Links:

Introduction to Author – Imam Muhammad Bin Abdul Wahab

Al-Usool Ath-Thalatha

SOURCES:

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Audio in Urdu: Dr. Farhat Hashmi – Al-Usul al-Thalathah

Arabic Text: Download Book-Al-Usul Al-Thalaathah

Explanation of Usool Ath Thalatha by Shaykh Uthaymeen

Tafsir Ibn Kathir

1ST CHAPTER OF BOOK:

PART 1 – INTRODUCTION TO FIRST OBLIGATORY MATTER TO LEARN

PART 2- INTRODUCTION TO NEXT THREE OBLIGATORY MATTERS TO LEARN

2ND CHAPTER OF BOOK:

Introduction

The First Matter (Part -1) , Part-2

The Second Matter (Part -1)Part -2  – Negation of Shirk

Evidence on Second Matter

The Third Matter – Alliance and the Disociation

Evidence on Third Matter

Third Chapter of Book:

What is Al-Haneefiyah?

Ibadah with Tawheed

7 WAYS TO WAKEUP FOR TAHAJJUD

The Tahajjud is a special Islamic prayer which is recommended (but not required) for all Muslims. The Tahajjud is prayed after Isha (the required nightly prayer) and before Fajr (the required morning prayer). If possible, it is most desirable to perform the Tahajjud between midnight and Fajr, preferably in the last third of the night. Though the Tahajjud isn’t required, many devout Muslims try to make it part of their daily routine as a sign of their devotion and as an opportunity to earn redemption and forgiveness from Allah. [1]

There are some easy tips that can help one to wakeup for tahajjud:

  1. Go to bed early and rest

    After the Isha prayer, the Prophet ﷺ would not like to engage in unnecessary talk and would go to his house to go to sleep.Societies that maintain going down with the sun inevitably rise with the sun, making the most of their ‘ibaadah or secure their livelihood.

  2. Power Nap:

    By taking a nap after Dhuhr is one of the sunnah of our Prophet ﷺ. It is a great source of revitalizing your body and mind. This is one of the most effective tip to wake up one self early for ibadah.

  3. Untie your three knots:

    “During your sleep, Satan knots three knots at the back of the head of each of you, and he breathes the following words at each knot, ‘The night is, long, so keep on sleeping,’ . If that person wakes up and celebrates the praises of Allah, then one knot is undone, and when he performs ablution the second knot is undone, and when he prays, all the knots are undone, and he gets up in the morning lively and in a good mood, otherwise he gets up dull and gloomy. ” (Bukhari)

  4.  Celebrate the praises of Allah by saying:

    Alhamdulillahi allathee ahyaanaa ba’da maa amaatanaa wa ilayhin nushoor “ٓAll praises be to Allah, who gave us life after killing us (sleep is a state of death) and to Him we will be raised and return ” (Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim)

    1. Perform ablution

    2. Perform the prescribed dhikr adkhar

    3. Read Quran

    “The angels keep on asking Allah’s forgiveness for anyone of you, as long as he is at his Musalla (praying place) and he does not pass wind (Hadath). They say, ‘O Allah! Forgive him, O Allah! be Merciful to him.” (Bukhari)


Shared By Sr. Shazia Nawaz

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Questions on Islam.com

CHAPTER 2: THIRD MATTER – EVIDENCE

In the proof of Third Matter (Alliance and the Disociation), Allah subhana’watalah address Prophet ﷺ that “You will not find” means, this will not happen and will never exist that one who is true believer of Allah and His messenger, will love the disbelievers, if he does love them, then he will not be a true believer. Two things can never exist at the same time. 

Ibn-ul Qayyim Rahimullah said in Al-Kaafiyat-ush-Shafiyaah:

Do you love the enemies of the beloved One and still claim, 

                                  That you love him? That is not possible.

And likewise you to strive hard to oppose those He loves,

                                  Where is the love O brother of Satan?

The Believers do not befriend the Disbelievers:

This Ayah explains that do not befriend the deniers, even if they are among the closest relatives. Allah said in Surah Al-Imran Ayah 28,

لاَّ يَتَّخِذِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الْكَـفِرِينَ أَوْلِيَآءَ مِن دُونِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَلِكَ فَلَيْسَ مِنَ اللَّهِ فِي شَىْءٍ إِلاَ أَن تَتَّقُواْ مِنْهُمْ تُقَـةً وَيُحَذِّرْكُمُ اللَّهُ نَفْسَهُ

Let not the believers take the disbelievers as friends instead of the believers, and whoever does that will never be helped by Allah in any way, except if you indeed fear a danger from them. And Allah warns you against Himself. (3:28)

Sa`id bin `Abdul-`Aziz and others said that this Ayah

﴿لاَّ تَجِدُ قَوْماً يُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الاٌّخِرِ﴾

was revealed in the case of Abu `Ubaydah `Amir bin `Abdullah bin Al-Jarrah when he killed his disbelieving father, during the battle of Badr. This is why when `Umar bin Al-Khattab placed the matter of Khilafah in the consultation of six men after him, he said; “If Abu `Ubaydah were alive, I would have appointed him the Khalifah.” It was also said that the Ayah,

﴿وَلَوْ كَانُواْ ءَابَآءَهُمْ﴾

means “even though they were their fathers” , was revealed in the case of Abu `Ubaydah, when he killed his father during the battle of Badr, while the Ayah,

﴿أَوْ أَبْنَآءَهُمْ﴾

means “or their sons” was revealed in the case of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq when he intended to kill his (disbelieving) son, `Abdur-Rahman, (during Badr), while the Ayah,

﴿أَوْ إِخْوَنَهُمْ﴾

means “or their brothers” was revealed about the case of Mus`ab bin `Umayr, who killed his brother, `Ubayd bin `Umayr, during Badr, and that the Ayah,

﴿أَوْ عَشِيرَتَهُمْ﴾

means “or their kindred” was revealed about the case of `Umar, who killed one of his relatives during Badr, and also that this Ayah was revealed in the case of Hamzah, `Ali and Ubaydah bin Al-Harith. They killed their close relatives `Utbah, Shaybah and Al-Walid bin `Utbah that day. Allah knows best.

A similar matter is when Allah’s Messenger consulted with his Companions about what should be done with the captives of Badr. Abu Bakr As-Siddiq thought that they should accept ransom for them so the Muslims could use the money to strengthen themselves. He mentioned the fact that the captured were the cousins and the kindred, and that they might embrace Islam later on, by Allah’s help. `Umar said, “But I have a different opinion, O Allah’s Messenger! Let me kill so-and-so, my relative, and let `Ali kill `Aqil (`Ali’s brother), and so-and-so kill so-and-so. Let us make it known to Allah that we have no mercy in our hearts for the idolators.”

Allah said,

﴿أُوْلَـئِكَ كَتَبَ فِى قُلُوبِهِمُ الإِيمَـنَ وَأَيَّدَهُمْ بِرُوحٍ مِّنْهُ﴾

means “For such He has written faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with Ruh from Himself”, those who have the quality of not befriending those who oppose Allah and His Messenger , even if they are their fathers or brothers, are those whom Allah has decreed faith, meaning, happiness, in their hearts and made faith dear to their hearts and happiness reside therein.

As-Suddi said that the Ayah,

﴿كَتَبَ فِى قُلُوبِهِمُ الإِيمَـنَ﴾

means, “He has placed faith in their hearts”.

Ibn `Abbas said that,

﴿وَأَيَّدَهُمْ بِرُوحٍ مِّنْهُ﴾

(and strengthened them with Ruh from Himself) means, “He gave them strengths.”

Allah’s statement,

﴿وَيُدْخِلُهُمْ جَنَّـتٍ تَجْرِى مِن تَحْتِهَا الاٌّنْهَـرُ خَـلِدِينَ فِيهَا رَضِىَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُواْ عَنْهُ﴾

means “And He will admit them to Gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein. Allah is well pleased with them, and they are well pleased with Him” was explained several times before. Allah’s statement,

﴿رِّضِىَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُواْ عَنْهُ﴾

(Allah is well pleased with them, and they are well pleased with Him) contains a beautiful secret. When the believers became enraged against their relatives and kindred in Allah’s cause, He compensated them by being pleased with them and making them pleased with Him from what He has granted them of eternal delight, ultimate victory and encompassing favor. Allah’s statement,

﴿أُوْلَـئِكَ حِزْبُ اللَّهِ أَلاَ إِنَّ حِزْبَ اللَّهِ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ﴾

means “They are the party of Allah. Verily, the party of Allah will be the successful”  indicates that they are the party of Allah, His servants who are worthy of earning His honor. Allah’s statement,

﴿أَلاَ إِنَّ حِزْبَ اللَّهِ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ﴾

(Verily, the party of Allah will be the successful) asserts their success, happiness and triumph in this life and the Hereafter, in contrast to those, who are the party of the devil,

﴿أَلاَ إِنَّ حِزْبَ الشَّيْطَـنِ هُمُ الخَـسِرُونَ﴾

“Verily, the party of Shaytan will be the losers ”  

( Surah Mujadila :19)

So this matter relates to having enemity towards the disbelievers and not having love and alliance for them. And it does not necessitate that we cut off with from disbelievers in social matters or matters of worldly benefits. It is also not permitted to oppress them, but treat them in kind way. If they incline towards peace, muslims should do same. But in case of religion, one should be very careful as  Prophet ﷺ said:

A man follows the religion of his friend; so each one should consider whom he makes his friend.”  

Abu Dawud (41:4815)

We ask Allah to make us steadfast in following His religion. ٓAmeen


Related Links:

Introduction to Author – Imam Muhammad Bin Abdul Wahab

Al-Usool Ath-Thalatha

SOURCES:

ittibaa.com

Audio in Urdu: Dr. Farhat Hashmi – Al-Usul al-Thalathah

Arabic Text: Download Book-Al-Usul Al-Thalaathah

Explanation of Usool Ath Thalatha by Shaykh Uthaymeen

Tafsir Ibn Kathir

1ST CHAPTER OF BOOK:

PART 1 – INTRODUCTION TO FIRST OBLIGATORY MATTER TO LEARN

PART 2- INTRODUCTION TO NEXT THREE OBLIGATORY MATTERS TO LEARN

2ND CHAPTER OF BOOK:

Introduction

The First Matter (Part -1) , Part-2

The Second Matter (Part -1)Part -2  – Negation of Shirk

Evidence on Second Matter

The Third Matter – Alliance and the Disociation

HOW TO GAIN KHUSHOO IN SALAH

Salah is the key to our success in this world and the next:

If we do not look after this key or lose it, we’ll not be able to unlock the doors that lead to the good in this life and the next – it’s as simple as that. Poor quality of salah is like not reaping full benefits of a powerful life management tool given to us by the Creator of Life Himself! Undoubtedly, when our salah is in good condition, we’ll notice that all the other life affairs also naturally fall into their right places with ease, InshaAllah. Times of ease become more joyful and times of difficulties become easy, or at the very least become bearable.

“It is the believers who are successful: those who are humble in their prayer” 

[SURAH AL-MU’MINOON 23, 1-2]

Khushu:

It refers to the submissiveness, gentleness, humility, yearning, and quietude (out of love as well as fear) within the heart due to the consciousness of Allah’s Greatness and Grandeur. It is also the awareness of one’s own weaknesses, absence of haughtiness, arrogance and superiority from the heart. When the heart is full of khushu, the limbs also become subservient in humility to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). We may believe that when our minds are distracted, the concentration and humility in salah decreases. However, the truth is that it is actually the heart that causes khushu to increase or decrease. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said,

“Of surety there is a morsel of flesh in the body, if it is sound, the whole body will be sound, but if it is corrupt, the whole body will be corrupt. It is the heart.” [Muslim].

A famous speaker portrayed a very powerful and beautiful definition of khushoo. He said khushoo is a feeling when your limbs and mind become numb, when you can’t think or hear about anything else around you because you are standing in front of the King, the Master and speaking to Him. He referred to this numbness as something similar to what students would go through if they were summoned in front of the Principal’s office: the fear in their hearts and the numbness that engulfs their mind for a split second.

Some Practical Tips:

  1. Avoiding major and minor sins helps to increase Khushoo and faith.
  2. Eat Halal and avoid what is Haram and unclear.
  3. Make sure that your clothes are clean and you are in state of wadu.
  4. Read Salah on time ‘Awal waqt’
  5. Read new surah and of course memorize more portions of Quran.
  6. Focus on meanings.
  7. Read in a place  where no distractions, make a corner in your room or closet.
  8. For women: Make a salah dress, a long ‘chadar or abaya ‘ so that you get the feeling also no worry to fix it again 7 again.
  9. Remind yourself continually that you are talking to the most important ‘One’ in your life – your Creator and Sustainer. He is in front of you. You are facing Him and you are involved in a dialogue with Him.
  10. Putting little ‘itr’ on place of sajdah helps too.
  11. Fix your gaze on place of sajdah.
  12. Try to make Ruku & sajdah long (read more duas in them). The Prophet said ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him): “A servant is nearest to his Lord when he is in sajda, so increase your supplication when in sajda.” (Muslim.)
  13. Pray as if this is my last salah or remember day of qiyamah or my qabar.
  14. Try to pray some prayers once a week or more in Masjid, it also helps. (for women)
  15. Also make lots of dua that Allah subhana’watalah may increase our Khushoo ameen.

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Lecture “Namaz mai khushoo kaisai” by Ustazah Farhat Hashmi

Sources:

Some excerpts are taken from Productive Muslim

Tips are written by: Sr. Uzma Hussain

Compiled by: Admin

 

 

 

CHAPTER 2: THIRD MATTER – ALLIANCE AND DISSOCIATION

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The third matter “whoever obeys the Messenger and singles out Allah, then it is not permissible for him to love and ally himself with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even if they be those most closely related to him“. This is the matter of Al-Walaa’ wal-Baraa’ (Alliance and Dissociation), that means to have love and alliance for the beloved servants of Allah and dissociation from His enemies. The meanings of Al-Wala and Al-Muwaalat are same, that is “love in the heart, aiding, & assisting”. 

Muslims should restrict themselves to the beloved servants of Allah, who are obedient and aids each others. Allah s.w.t said in Quran, Surah Al-Imran Ayah 28:


ُلَّا يَتَّخِذِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الْكَافِرِينَ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِن دُونِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ فَلَيْسَ مِنَ اللَّهِ فِي شَيْءٍ إِلَّا أَن تَتَّقُوا مِنْهُمْ تُقَاةً وَيُحَذِّرُكُمُ اللَّهُ نَفْسَهُ وَإِلَى اللَّهِ الْمَصِير

Let not the believers take the disbelievers as Awliya’ (supporters, helpers, etc.) instead of the believers, and whoever does that will never be helped by Allah in any way, except if you indeed fear a danger from them. And Allah warns you against Himself (ie. His Punishment), and to Allah is the final return.  (Surah Al-Imran: 28)

The Ayah (verse) was revealed concerning a group of believers who had Jewish friends. Those believers were giving Muwalat (support, help, etc.) to these Jews. Some of the Sahabah(r.a.a.) said to those believers: “Keep away from those Jews and beware of their friendship for they could seduce you away from your religion and guide you astray after you have believed“. However this group of believers disobeyed the advice and remained loyal to their Jewish friends; and so Allah s.w.t revealed “Let not the believers take the disbelievers as Awliya”.

The Believer can not be an ally of Allah’s enemies and it is impossible for a person to combine the love of Allah s.w.t and the love of his enemies because this is a combination of opposites.

The legal meaning of Al-Wala (love, support, help, follow, etc.) is to totally agree with the sayings, deeds and beliefs which please Allah and the persons whom He likes. Al-Bara(despise, desert, keep innocent of, etc.) is the complete opposite of Al-Wala’ and it is to disagree with everything that Allah hates and condemns. Hence, there are four issues related to the belief in Al-Wala’u wa Al-Bara, those being: the sayings, the deeds, the beliefs and the individual persons. Some of the things that pleases Allah (s.w.t.) are the saying of Dhikr, the deed of Jihad, the belief in His Oneness and the love of the believing person. Backbiting, fornication, Shirk and disbelief are some of the things that are hated by Allah s.w.t and must also be hated by the Believer. t is the most powerful tie or relationship that links between people. Allah s.w.t has given it the precedence and priority over all types of ties by Asserting:

قُلْ إِنْ كَانَ آبَاؤُكُمْ وَأَبْنَاؤُكُمْ وَإِخْوَانُكُمْ وَأَزْوَاجُكُمْ وَعَشِيرَتُكُمْ وَأَمْوَالٌ اقْتَرَفْتُمُوهَا وَتِجَارَةٌ تَخْشَوْنَ كَسَادَهَا وَمَسَاكِنُ تَرْضَوْنَهَا أَحَبَّ إِلَيْكُمْ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَجِهَادٍ فِي سَبِيلِهِ فَتَرَبَّصُوا حَتَّىٰ يَأْتِيَ اللَّهُ بِأَمْرِهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْفَاسِقِينَ

Say, [O Muhammad], “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihad in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.”  (Surah Tauba: 24)

So, if your close relative oppose Allah and His Messenger, then it is obligatory upon you to cut off from him, and whoever is an obedient servant to Allah, the Most High, and ally to his Messenger, then it is obligatory upon you to have alliance with him, even he be far removed from you in the lineage, whether he is non-arab, a white man or a red person. It is an integral part of Iman and is necessary for its perfection.


Related Links:

Introduction to Author – Imam Muhammad Bin Abdul Wahab

Al-Usool Ath-Thalatha

SOURCES:

ittibaa.com

Audio in Urdu: Dr. Farhat Hashmi – Al-Usul al-Thalathah

Arabic Text: Download Book-Al-Usul Al-Thalaathah

Explanation of Usool Ath Thalatha by Shaykh Uthaymeen

al-Walaa` wal-Baraa` as Revealed in Surat aal-‘Imraan (1/2)

1ST CHAPTER OF BOOK:

PART 1 – INTRODUCTION TO FIRST OBLIGATORY MATTER TO LEARN

PART 2- INTRODUCTION TO NEXT THREE OBLIGATORY MATTERS TO LEARN

2ND CHAPTER OF BOOK:

Introduction

The First Matter (Part -1) , Part-2

The Second Matter (Part -1)Part -2  – Negation of Shirk

The Third Matter – Alliance and the Disociation

Evidence of Third Matter