Types of Hearts: The Diseased Heart

3. The Diseased Heart

This is (qalb al-mareedh) the heart that contains life but also possesses a defect. It has two urges calling it, one leading it to life and the other leading it to death and it follows whichever of the two that predominates. It contains love of Allaah, the Exalted, faith in Him, sincerity to Him and trust and reliance upon him from those matters that are essential to its life. It also contains the love of its carnal desires, giving preference to them and eagerness to attain them. It contains jealousy, arrogance, self-amazement, and love of ranking and sowing corruption in the land through attaining leadership from those matters that necessarily lead to its destruction and devastation It is constantly being tried by two callers, one calling it to Allaah, His Messenger and the abode of the Hereafter and the other calling it to temporal, worldly matters. It responds to the one that is closest and most predominant at that time.

Ibn al-Qayyim, al-muntaqaa min Ighaathatul-lahfaan

Excerpt from the new publication: Diseases of The Heart: Reality, Signs and Cures

 

 

Excellence of Suratul Mulk

Indeed Suratul Mulk is one of the great surahs of The Holy Qur’ân; from the ahadeeth which show the excellence of this Surah are :

1. From Abu Hurayrah (radhiyaAllaahu anhu) who reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallaAllahu alayhi wasallam) said:

‏ ‏إن سورة من القرآن ثلاثون آية شفعت لرجل حتى غفر له وهي سورة ‏‏ تبارك الذي بيده الملك) ‏

“The Qur’an contains a surah of thirty verses; which will intercede for a man until he is forgiven. It is the Surah: ‘Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion,”

(Narrated by Imaam at-Tirmidhee. And Imaam Al-Albaanee authenticated it : 2315)

 

 

2. The Messenger of Allah (sallaAllahu alayhi wasallam) said:

” سورة تبارك هي المانعة من عذاب القبر ” .

“Surah al Mulk is a prevention of the punishment of the grave.”

(Silsilah ahadeeth Saheeha:1140)

 

 

3. And it also narrated from Jaabir (radhiyaAllaahu anhu) : That The prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) never used to sleep until he recited: Soorah al-Mulk.

(Narrated by Imaam at-Tirmidhee. And Imaam Al-Albaanee authenticated it : 2315)

 

These noble ahadeeth show the great importance of this Surah; reciting it, memorizing it, understanding it, and most importantly putting it into action.

 

 

40 Hadeeth (#18)- Sheikh Abdulmuhsin Abbaad

الحديث الثامن عشر

Hadeeth 18

عن أبي ذر جُندب بن جُنادة وأبي عبد الرحمن معاذ بن جبل رضي الله تعالى عنهما، عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: “اتَّق الله حيثما كنت، وأتْبع السيِّئةَ الحسنةَ تَمحُها، وخالِق الناسَ بخُلُق حسن”

رواه الترمذي، وقال: ” حديث حسن”، وفي بعض النسخ: “حسن صحيح”.

On the authority of Abi Dharr; Jundub ibn Junaada, and Abi Abdurrahmaan Mu’adh ibn Jabal from the Messenger of Allah (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) who said:

“Have taqwa of Allah wherever you are, and follow up a bad deed with a good one it will wipe it out, and behave well towards people.”

It is related by at-Tirmidhee who said it is Hasan. In some copies: It is Hasan Saheeeh.

Sheikh Abdulmuhsin explains:

1. This hadeeth by its three sentences comprises what is sought from the Muslim towards his Lord, what is sought from him towards himself, and what is sought from him towards others.

2. His statement: “Have taqwa of Allaah wherever you are”, linguistically taqwa means: to keep a barrier between a person and what he fears, like wearing sandals to protect himself from the harmful things on the ground, and like taking houses and tents as barriers [protection] from the sun’s heat, and like that.

In Islamic legislation, taqwa is: a person making a barrier between himself and the anger of Allaah, and that is by carrying out the commands and staying away from the impermissible and believing the reports [in the sacred texts] and to worship Allaah in the manner conforming to the Legislation not through bid’ah [innovations].

And the taqwa of Allaah is sought all times, and all places, and all situations: so he fears Allaah openly and secretly, when he is with the people and when he is alone, as has come in the hadeeth: “Have taqwa of Allaah wherever you are.”
3. His statement: “… and follow the bad deed with a good one”, when a person commits a sin; he repents. Repentance is from the good deeds; and it wipes out what preceded it of the minor and major sins, and this [wipe-out] can also be by doing good deeds; indeed they wipeout the minor sins, but the major sins are only wiped by repenting from them.

4. His statement: “And deal with the people in good manners”, indeed it is sought from an individual that he deals with all the people in a good way; so he deals with them just as he would like them to deal with him, based on his statement: “None of you shall truly believe until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” And his statement: “Whoever wishes to be saved from the fire and to enter paradise; then let his death reach him while he believes in Allaah and the here-after, and let him deal with the people same as how he would like them to deal with him.” And Allaah described His prophet that he is upon exemplary manners, and it has been reported from Aisha that his manners was the Qur’an[1], meaning he practices what is mentioned in the Qur’an. And so many ahadeeth have come showing the excellence of good manners and encouraging conducting others with good etiquettes and warning from the bad manners.

 

Benefits from the hadeeth:

1. The complete sincere advise of the Messenger to his Ummah; and part of that is what is in this hadeeth of the three important comprehensive advises.

2. The command of having taqwa in all situations, times, and places.

3. The encouragement of following the bad deeds with good ones.

4. That the good deeds wipeout the bad deeds.

5. Encouragement of dealing with people in a good manner.

 

[1] Muslim: 746

 

Who is your friend?

Imâm Ash-Shâfi’î (rahimahullaah) said:

مَنْ لَا يُحِبُّ الْعِلْمَ فَلَا خَيْرَ فِيهِ فَلَا يَكُنْ بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ مَعْرِفَةٌ , وَلَا صَدَاقَةٌ

“There is no goodness in the one who does not love knowledge.

So let there be no recognition between you and him.

And let there be no companionship/friendship between you and him.”

…..

Source : Majmoo Sharh Muhaddhab of Imaam Nawawee

 

Mosul – Last Episode of Collateral Damage?

This month (March 2017) the world witnessed another episode in the long series of massacres undertaken by the U.S.A. Hundreds of innocent children, women, men, youth and seniors were killed in Mosul by an airstrike. [1]
Familiarly, it was quickly subliminally denied; and the normal propaganda machine was ignited with common terms: ‘pending investigation’, journalists were barred from ground-zero Mosul, and eventually it was as always -in the killing of innocents (mostly Sunni Muslims in the last 20 years or so)- deemed “collateral damage!”

What is collateral damage? It is a euphemism used by the US military as a casual description of civilian deaths caused by bombings. It was widely quoted as an example of insensitive doublespeak because of the underlying callous assumption that a killing called by another name is not a killing. This way the best the victims and their familes can expect is ‘we are sorry.’ [2]

The trend and episodes of American (and it’s allies) killing of innocents is appallingly despicable. Not long ago (the main one) was the hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Yes, a hospital. Before and during that, we can only try to enumerate the weddings (Yes, weddings) which were crushed by American missiles (talk about wedding crushers!). As for the infamous killer drones, then a voluminous work is needed. Thousands of innocent lives have been killed, thousands destroyed. A report suggests drone strikes kill innocents 90% of the time! [3]

While we, Muslims, strongly encourage opposing the terrorism of ISIS (or the predecessor AlQaeda or the white supremacists for that sake) this should not, and never be, a justification for the careless and unwarranted spilling of innocent blood. Strangely; America and its allies agree that such actions eventually and actually fuel terrorist recruitment – played on the emotions of victims and surviving witnesses-; yet it doesn’t stop!

Islam teaches us that all human life is invoilable and that it is our duty to protect what is inviolable. Isn’t it time that the Americans treated non-American (especially Muslim) lives as equal humans and not mere numbers? Isn’t it time that we see an end to this macabre show of episode after episode after episode of innocent people being killed? Isn’t it time those responsible owe up to the wrong doing instead of running from the truth? Would you like it if it was done unto you and yours? God The Almighty says: “…If anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, evidences, and signs, even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits (e.g. by doing oppression unjustly and exceeding beyond the limits set by Allah by committing the major sins) in the land!” Quran 5:3

The Arabs have a saying which goes: “the excuse was worse than the sin”. That’s the summary of “collateral damage.”

My deep condolences go to all the victims -Muslims & nonMuslims- of any kind of oppression. Deep condolences go to the victims in Mosul.

I hope those who can, and those who have a part to play in bringing about justice and positive change -in this world of ours- take heed and do something.

Abu Umar,
Almuflihoon.com

 

1. Coalition says it hit Mosul site where civilians died

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/voices-concern-high-civilian-deaths-mosul-170325111006277.html

U.S. military confirms airstrike on Mosul area ‘corresponding’ to reports of civilian casualties

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/mosul-aistrike-investigation-civilians-killed-1.4041127

US military investigating if airstrikes caused nearly 300 civilian deaths:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/24/politics/us-airstrikes-iraq-syria-civilian-deaths/index.html

2. The business directory, with editing.
3. http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/15/90-of-people-killed-by-us-drone-strikes-in-afghani/

 

 

Halal April Fools?

Q. The 1st of April is known as April fools day. Lies are told and pranks are done in various ways for fun. Is there any thing wrong with this? Can a Muslim be involved in this?

A. May Allah bless you. Here are 5 reasons why a Muslim shouldn’t be involved in April fools lies or pranks in any way.

1. In our beautiful religion lying is not allowed whether the one who does it is joking or is serious because it leads to mere evil. ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood said: The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “…Lying is evildoing, and evildoing leads to Hell. A person will keep on telling lies until he is written as a liar (with Allah).” Narrated by al-Bukhaari in his Saheeh.

2. Q. If someone said What if I do it just for fun and to please people (be cool)? A. It is not allowed, in fact a severe warning came to prohibit this specifically. Mu’aawiyah ibn Haydah said: “I heard the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم ) say: ‘Woe to the one who tells lies to make the people laugh , woe to him, woe to him.’” Narrated by Abu Dawood and it is a saheeh (authentic) hadeeth.

3. Taking part in April Fools Day is a type of imitating the kuffaar as this was never legislated or practised by the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم ) and he warned, “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, graded saheeh by al-Albaani.

4. Part of the great character of a Muslim and the great rewards promised for him/her is found in this hadeeth of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ): “I guarantee a house in Jannah (paradise) for one who gives up arguing; even if he is in the right. And I guarantee a house in the middle of Jannah (paradise) for one who abandons lying even for the sake of fun. And I guarantee a house in the highest part of Jannah (paradise) for one who has good manners.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, graded saheeh by al-Albaani.

5. Q. What if I just send/forward the prank/April fool lie? I didn’t make it, someone else did. I just find it to be funny.
A. Remember my dear Muslim brother/sister Allah says in the Qur’an: “Co-operate in good and piety and do not co-operate in sin and transgression.And fear Allah for Allah is strict in punishment” [Suratul Maaida:2]

Allaah knows best.
Abu Umar; Abdulazeez.

 

Myth busted: Pigeon poo in Haram of Makkah

Assalamu alaykum,

Among the many (funny) debates Muslims have is the theory that the (hundreds of) pigeons in the grand masjid of Makkah don’t poo/drop their faeces in this sacred part of earth.

Well, I have the final verdict. While praying fajr 2 days ago I noticed pigeon droppings next to my friend – I thought that was strange. Stranger and better, in the second sajda of the first rak’a I felt something warm and wet hitting my right sleeve. Probably the wind, I thought. Lo and behold, immediately after the prayer 3-4 people are talking to me in sign language. Yes, fresh, greenish-white pigeon poo on my left arm!

Next time you hear someone say they don’t, tell them they do. The best thing is you get to wash it off with Zamzam water – if that is a good way to cheer you up.

Greetings from Makkah.

 

P.s. There are some Muslims who have the superstitious belief that if a pigeon poos on you that is an omen that you shall become rich. This, and many other superstitious beliefs are not Islamic.

 

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