Parents

Bismillah. Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my parents. I live in a city that is a 4-hr flight from where they live, so I see them every 3-4 months for 2-3 weeks. Time with them has made me realize that, subhan Allah, parents are a real blessing.

No person can ever love us like our parents do. Their love is biological, and thus it is so unconditional. Even Allah [SWT] swore by this amazing connection in the Quran in Surah Balad [90:3]. It’s a truly special bond. I remember a friend once saying, “You don’t know what love is until you’ve had your first child”.

We all know how much emphasis Allah [SWT] has placed on the outstanding treatment of parents. In fact, outstanding treatment of parents is one of the most beloved deeds to Allah [SWT]. But what is “outstanding treatment” of parents?

  • Prayer for Parents

The Prophet [SAWS] said: “A man’s status will be raised in Paradise, and he will ask, ‘How did I get here?’ He will be told, ‘By your son’s du’aa’s (prayers) for forgiveness for you.”

[Reported by Ibn Maajah]

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O our Lord! Cover (us) with Your Forgiveness – me, my parents, and (all) believers, on the Day that the Reckoning will be established!

[Ibrahim:41]

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My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.[Al-Israa:24]

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Hasad: The Fire that Consumes Good Deeds and its Cure

Bismillah.

Hasad (envy and ill-feeling) towards a Muslim brother or sister is a real disease of the heart. Its dangers?

Beware, save yourselves from Hasad. Verily Hasad devours virtuous deeds just as fire devours wood.

[Abu Dawood]

Imagine BURNING your hard-earned good deeds just by having envy and ill-feeling in the heart! Just by harboring hasad in the heart, you’re losing your good deeds as quickly as a fire consumes wood…each and every second!! May Allah save us from this, ameen!

Some Cures for Hasad

  • This beautiful dua

Hasad-Dua

Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith, and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful.

[Hashar:10]

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Out Shopping? Bring Back a MILLION Good Deeds!

Bismillah.

The Prophet [SAWS] said:”Whoever enters the marketplace and says:

then Allah will write one million good deeds for him/her, and will wipe away one million of his/her bad deeds, and will raise him/her one million levels and will build a home for him/her in Paradise .”

[Sahih al-Jami” #6231]

Transliteration (hover your mouse for translation)

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Times, Places and Dua’s For Hajj and Umrah

During Hajj and Umrah, there are no required duas that a pilgrim needs to make. For example, there are no specifics invocations for each round of tawaf. However, there are some duas reported in the Sunnah of the Prophet [SAWS] that should be made at their specified times to beautify the rituals of Hajj and Umrah.

If you would like to have a copy of these times and duas, please click here to download the PDF file.

Specific Times to Make Dua During Hajj and Umrah

  • Before drinking the Zam Zam water

The Prophet [saws] said “The water of Zam Zam is for whatever it has been drunk for.”

[Ahmad]

  • Dua inside the Ka’bah

“When the Prophet [saws] entered the Ka’bah, he made dua in all of its corners.”

[Muslim]

Note: the semi-circular area (click here for image) is inside the ka’bah.

  • Dua at Safa and Marwa

It is narrated that the Prophet [saws] would make long dua’s at Safa and Marwa.

[Muslim]

  • Dua after stoning the Jamarat

It is narrated that the Prophet [saws] would stone the small Jamarah (small pillar, click here for image) and then face the qibla, raise his hands and make dua for a long time. He would do the same thing for the middle Jamarah. Then, he would stone the big Jamarah and leave without making dua.

[Bukhari]

  • Dua on the Day of Arafah (see below)

The Prophet [SAWS] said, “There is no day in which Allah frees greater number of His slaves from the Hellfire than the Day of `Arafah.”

[Reported by Muslim]

Specific Duas to Make During Hajj and Umrah

  • During Tawaf – Between the Yemeni corner and the Black Stone

“O our Lord, grant us the best in this life and the best in the next life, and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” [AlBaqarah:201]

[Narrated in Abu Daoud, Ahmad]

  • When standing at Mount Safa and Marwa

Jaabir said when describing the Prophet’s [saws] pilgrimage: ‘…and when he approached mount Safa he recited:

(i)

‘Indeed Safa and Marwah are from the places of worship of Allah…’ ‘I begin with what Allah began with.’

…so he started with Safa and climbed it until he could see the Ka’bah, he then faced it and said:

(ii)

‘Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest.’

…and then he would say the following three times marking a supplication after each time:

(iii)

‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone, without partner. To Him belongs all sovereignty and praise and He is over all things omnipotent. None has the right to be worshipped except Allah alone. He fulfilled His promise, aided His Servant and single-handedly defeated the allies.’

…he [saws] would repeat this action at Marwah.

[Muslim]

  • The Day of ‘Arafah

The best of supplications is the supplication on the day of ‘Arafah and the best which I and the Prophets before me have said (is):

‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone, without partner. To Him belongs all praise and sovereignty and He is over all things omnipotent.’

[Tirmidhi]

  • At Muzdalifah

The Prophet [saws] rode his camel, AlQaswa’, until he reached the sacred area (Al Mash’aril-Haraam, Muzdalifah). The he faced the Qiblah and invoked Allah and repeatedly said the words:

  • Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest)
  • Allahu Ahad (Allah is exclusively, incomparably, uniquely One)
  • Laa ilaha illallah (There is none worthy of worship except Allah)

He remained stationary until the sky became yellow with the dawn, and then pressed on before sunrise.

[Muslim]

More information on what to do before, during and after Hajj at: https://trueword.wordpress.com/hajj

May Allah give us all the tawfeeq to perform Hajj according to the sunnah of the Prophet [SAWS], and may He accept it from us, ameen!

Sad? Depressed? What’s Your Relationship with the Quran?

The medicine for sorrow, grief, anxiety and depression is this dua:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas’ood, that the Messenger of Allah [SAWS] said: There is no person who suffers any anxiety or grief, and he/she says:

except that Allah will take away his anxiety and grief, and replace his sorrow with joy.

The companions asked: Ya Rasool Allah! Does it befit for us that we learn these words (i.e. this dua)?

He replied: Absolutely. Whoever hears of it should learn it.

[Musnad Imam Ahmad]

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The Dua of Abu Bakr [RA]

Bismillah.

Narrated Abu Bakr As-Siddiq [RA]

I asked Allah’s Apostle [SAWS] to teach me an invocation so that I may invoke Allah with it in my prayer. He told me to say,

The Dua of Abu Bakr

[Sahih Bukhari]

Transliteration (hover your mouse for translation)

Allahumma innee dhalamtu nafsi dhulman katheera
Wala yaghfiruz zhunooba illa anta faghfirlee
Maghfiratam min ‘indika war hamni innaka
Antal Ghafooror Raheem

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