THE IMPORTANCE OF SALAH

Namaz
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers

1- The Prophet (PBUH) says that:   Salaat is the pillar of deen and the foundation of Islam. He who upholds salah has upheld Islam and he who leaves salah has left behind religion. (al-baihaqi) 

2 – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said “The person that observes prayer properly, the prayer itself, blesses him with good wishes.” 

The Importance of SALAH
Salah (prayer) is one of the five pillars of Islam. Such is that importance of salah that unlike any other commandment, Allah called the Prophet (PBUH) to the heavens to proscribe him with the five daily prayers. Initially, the commandment was for fifty prayers a day, but fearing that this would become a burden to the Ummah, the Prophet (PBUH) requested for it to be brought down to just five. Despite this, the rewards for keeping the prayers are as if we had prayed all fifty. 

The daily prayers are a way for us to keep a close connection to our Creator. It is through salah that we can get our suplications answered and our needs fulfilled. When the companions of the Prophet (PBUH) were in need, they would turn to Allah in prayer. Salah is a way for us to show a commitment to our faith. Everytime we pray salah, we renew our commitment to Allah and relieve ourselves from the pressures of our daily lives.

Once Prophet (PBUH) once shook a dry branch of a tree so that all of the leaves of the branch fell off. Then the Prophet (PBUH)  said “The sins of those who pray salah, drop off as the leaves of this branch fell off.” Salah is thus the main path towards spiritual purification. It is through salah that we can gain self-discipline and good qualities. For example, in prostration (sajda) we submit our will to Allah in all humbleness. We also purify our hearts. The Prophet (PBUH) once asked his companions “Tell me if there was a river at the door step of one of you in which you washed 5 times a day would any of your dirt remain?” When he received the reply that none of it would remain he then said “That is like the 5 daily prayers, with which Allah wipes out our sins.” (agreed upon)

The last thing that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) emphasized at his deathbed was salah. He also said the first thing we will have to answer about on the day of judgement is salah. If our record on salah is good then insha Allah the rest of our reckoning will be made easier. The importance of salah was emphasized in the Quran about 500 times, so all Muslims should be aware of how central salah is to our faith. Indeed, the Prophet (PBUH)  said that “Salah is the only distinction between a believer and a non-believer.” (Muslim) So imagine of the status of that person who misses his prayer? What distinction does that person has from the non-believers?

A companion of Prophet (PBUH) came to him one day and asked him “What is the thing that Allah loves most?” Muhammad (PBUH) replied “The thing that Allah loves most is when his people pray salah on time.” (bukhari)

Despite this, so many of us miss salah completely or do not make salah on time. There is no excuse for this. Alhamdulillah, we even have prayer rooms at our universities. Imagine how Allah, the most merciful, appreciates when his servant turns to Him in prayer, interrupting all worldly duties. Whoever does salah, Allah makes his day easier and facilitates his needs in this world and also in the hereafter.

Another habit Muslims should have is to make salah wherever they are. So even at work, or when we are out, we should not miss the salah. The ground in which we pray salah, even if in the streets, will be a witness for us in the day of judgement. The Prophet (PBUH) used to say that the salah was the light of his eyes. Once salah becomes regular in our lives we begin to understand the meaning of this saying of the Prophet (PBUH). Salah becomes such a basic part of our lives that we feel empty without praying to the extent that we find relief in salah.

Finally, some of us may have missed salah in the past and may have not recovered those prayers thinking that missed prayers do not really matter. Salah becomes obligatory to all Muslims once they reach puberty. Therefore it is important that we calculate those prayers that we have missed and make up for them. We will be accountable in the day of judgement for every prayer that we miss and there is a severe punishment for missing the salah. Unfortunately, many fail to pray particularly the night and morning prayers (Fajr and Isha). Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “And if they only knew what was in the prayers of ‘Isha’ and Subh [fajr], they would come to them even if they had to crawl.” (Bukhari/Muslim)

May Allah strenghten our determination and steadfasteness in performing our salah and may we grow closer to our Creator through salah. Ameen. 

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What is Eid al-Adha?

What is Eid al-Adha?

At the end of the Hajj (annual pilgrimage to Mecca), Muslims throughout the world celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice).

What does Eid al-Adha commemorate?

During the Hajj, Muslims remember and commemorate the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham. The Qur’an describes Abraham as follows:

“Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for Our bounties. We chose him and guided him unto a right path. We gave him good in this world, and in the next he will most surely be among the righteous.” (Qur’an 16:120-121)

One of Abraham’s main trials was to face the command of Allah to kill his only son. Upon hearing this command, he prepared to submit to Allah’s will. When he was all prepared to do it, Allah revealed to him that his “sacrifice” had already been fulfilled. He had shown that his love for his Lord superceded all others, that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dear to him in order to submit to God.

Why do Muslims sacrifice an animal on this day?

During the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham’s trials, by themselves slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat. This action is very often misunderstood by those outside the faith.

Allah has given us power over animals and allowed us to eat meat, but only if we pronounce His name at the solemn act of taking life. Muslims slaughter animals in the same way throughout the year. By saying the name of Allah at the time of slaughter, we are reminded that life is sacred.

The meat from the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha is mostly given away to others. One-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor. The act symbolizes our willingness to give up things that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts, in order to follow Allah’s commands. It also symbolizes our willingness to give up some of our own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need. We recognize that all blessings come from Allah, and we should open our hearts and share with others.

It is very important to understand that the sacrifice itself, as practiced by Muslims, has nothing to do with atoning for our sins or using the blood to wash ourselves from sin. This is a misunderstanding by those of previous generations:

“It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.” (Qur’an 22:37)

The symbolism is in the attitude – a willingness to make sacrifices in our lives in order to stay on the Straight Path. Each of us makes small sacrifices, giving up things that are fun or important to us. A true Muslim, one who submits his or herself completely to the Lord, is willing to follow Allah’s commands completely and obediently. It is this strength of heart, purity in faith, and willing obedience that our Lord desires from us.

What else do Muslims do to celebrate the holiday?

On the first morning of Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world attend morning prayers at their local mosques. Prayers are followed by visits with family and friends, and the exchange of greetings and gifts. At some point, members of the family will visit a local farm or otherwise will make arrangements for the slaughter of an animal. The meat is distributed during the days of the holiday or shortly thereafter.

PHOTOGRAPHY

This album starts with a collection of photos of the preparations for Eid Al Adha 2013

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Permissible Acts While Fasting

Permissible Acts While Fasting

Cleaning the teeth with the siwak (tooth-stick) or its modern substitute, the toothbrush, is allowed, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to use the siwak often while fasting. It is better to avoid the use of toothpaste during fasting hours.

Donating blood or unintentional vomiting does not break the fast.
Collected by al-Bukhari (Sahih Al-Bukhari (Arabic-English), vol.3, pp. 64-5, no. 115).

Kissing one’s wife while fasting does not break the fast, as long as moderation is observed.
Collected by al-Bukhari (Sahih Al-Bukhari (Arabic-English), vol.3, pp. 69-70, no. 125)

Taking medicine by way of injection, nasal sprays or eye drops does not break the fast, as they are not a form of eating.
Collected by Muslim (Sahih Muslim (English Trans.), vol.2, p.554, no. 2565)

Eating or drinking accidentally or out of forgetfulness does not break the fast.
Collected by Muslim (Sahih Muslim (English Trans.), vol.2, p.559, no. 2566

Bathing, swimming, or sitting in water to cool off while fasting is permissible.
Collected by al-Bukhari (Sahih Al-Bukhari (Arabic-English), vol.3, p.69, no.124) and Muslim (Sahih Muslim (English Trans.), vol.2, p.524-5, no.2363)

For someone to rinse out the mouth or to taste food or drink which is being prepared, spitting it all back out without swallowing any of the food or drink, is also permissible.
[7] Collected by al-Bukhari (Sahih Al-Bukhari (Arabic-English), vol. 1, p. 17, no. 7) and Muslim (Sahih Muslim (English Trans.), vol. 1, pp.9-10, no. 18)

Swallowing one’s saliva does not break the fast.
Collected by al-Bukhari (Sahih Al-Bukhari (Arabic-English), vol. 3, pp. 64-65, no. 115)

Are you Ready for Ramadan?

Before embarking on a journey, most travellers will prepare for it either physically or mentally. Since Ramadan is just around the corner, here is a quick checklist to better prepare ourselves for this journey of test…..Let’s start from head to toe:-

1. Head (Brain)
Are our minds clear on what are we expected or required to do and why?

a. YES. (it’s the third pillar of ISLAM and to seek ALLAH’s mercy and love).
b. NO.. (check again..!! This is not a joke!).

2. Eyes
Are we ready to even lower our gazes further?..

a. YES.. (Hopefully, our eyes will be “shut” to anything “haram” even more than our normal days)…
b. NO… (please get hold of a blindfold!)..

3. Ears
Are we ready not to listen to anything but only good such AL QURAN recital, religious speeches etc.?

a. YES.. (All radio and television programmes are tuned to ISLAMIC channels).
b. NO… (Earplug anybody?).

4. Mouth
Are we going to blabber unnecessarily?

a. YES.. (Silence is golden applied here).
b. NO… (Allhumdulilah, only Quranic verses will come out from the mouth this Ramadan!..SURE?..TRY no harm trying, Insha’Allah).

5. Heart
Are we doing it for the sake of ALLAH SWT alone or are we doing it to loose weight?..

a. YES… (Only ALLAH will know our true “niat” (our intentions) and feeling).
b. NO…. (Throw that weighing scale, diet manual, exercise machine…clean your heart and focus)..

6. Hands
Are we going to give alms, zakat and be helpful (lending a hand)..?

a. YES.. (Allhumdulilah, make sure what the right hand gives the left hand does not know).
b) NO… (Cut your hand..(KIDDING)..ISLAM is not cruel! Just do not do any harm to others with your hands).

7. Private Part (Sex)
Lets keep this very private..however for those who are married please exercise restrain? Those who are not married …DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT (period!)..

a. YES.. (Allhumdulilah fasting is not only avoiding eating or drinking but to curb our other lusts too).
b. NO… (I do not know what to say….will chastity belts for both men and women do?)..

8. Legs
Are we going an extra mile to make sure our legs are going to ferry us to and fro the mosque?

a. YES.. (Every step to the mosque is a blessing for us).
b. NO… (get ready the chain..?).

Now if your answers are all YES (except for question 4) then you are ready to embark on this “tough” 30 days journey…..If not please go to your nearest convenient store and do a restocking fast!!

I wish all Muslims the best of IMAN and happy travelling. Rasulullah saw ever mentioned that there are some who fast but gain nothing, only hunger and thirst..we do not want to
be in these category.

ramadan karim mobarak

Alwada Alvida Hai Mah e Ramzan

Alwida Alwida Alvida Hai,
Mah e Ramzan bas alwada hai.

Dil teray aanay say motbar thay,
Noor mein dubay shaam o sehar they.
Teray janay say dil ro raha hai,
Mah e Ramzan bas alwada hai.

Alwada Alwida Alvada Hai, Mah e Ramazan bass alwida hai.

Sehri iftar qir’at tarawi,
Aur azaan e namazein o tasbeeh.
Yeh saman noori tujh say mila hai,
Mah e Ramzan bas alwada hai.

Alwada Alwida Alvada Hai, Mahe Ramadan bass alwida hai.

Rehmatoon ka tu pegham laya,
barkatoon ka tu inaam laya.
Rutba aala o afzal tera hai,
Mah e Ramzan bas alwada hai.

Alwada Alwida Alvida Hai, Mah e Ramadhan bas alwida hai.

Jaam rehmat kay tunay pilaye,
Gul muradoon kay tuney khilaye.
Tu juda hum say ab ho raha hai,
Mah e Ramzan bas alwada hai.

Alwada Alwida Alvada Hai, Mah e Ramdhan bas alwida hai.

Humko baykal tu paye ga kab tak,
Gar rahe zinda aglay baras tak.
Phir milein gay jo huqmay khuda hai
Mah e Ramzan bas alwada hai.

Alwada Alwida Alvada Hai, Mah e Ramadhaan bass alwida hai.

Chal diya hai tu jo Rab ki janib,
Ahl e Imaan kay purnam hain Qalib.
Qalb e Ishrat bhi gham say bhara hai,
Mah e Ramzan bas alwada hai.

Alwada Alwida Alvida Hai, Mah e Ramazaan bass alwida hai.

Humko bekal tu payega tab tak
Gar rahay zinda agle baras tak.
Phir milengay jo huqm e Khuda hai
Mah e Ramzan bas alwada hai.

Alwada Alwida Alvada Hai, Mah e Ramzan bas alwida hai.

Juma tul Wida – the Last Friday of Ramadan

Juma-tul-Wida is the Last Friday of Ramadan. The Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) said” any one who worships Allah in Friday will receive protection from Allah for the entire week”. The importance of Friday is more then other days of the week. The Prophet Mohammad said: “Allah Almighty forgives the sins committed between two Fridays of the one who performs his Friday Namaaz regularly”. Juma-tu-Wida is the day of acceptance of prays (Dua).

Sayyid Ibn Tawus and Shaykh al-Saduq have both narrated the following on the authority of Jabir ibn `Abdullah al-Ansariy: I visited the Messenger of Allah (a.s) on the last Friday of Ramadan. As he saw me, he said, “Jabir: This is the last Friday of Ramadan. You should thus bid it farewell by saying the following:

اللّهُمّ لا تَجْعَلهُ آخِرَ العَهْدِ مِنْ صِيَامِنَا إِيَّاهُ

(allahumma la taj`alhu akhira al`ahdi min siyamina iyyahu)
“O Allah: (please) do not make it the last of our fasting in this month;”

فَإِنْ جَعَلْتَهُ فَاجْعَلْنِي مَرْحُوماً وَلا تَجْعَلْنِي مَحْرُوما.

(fa-in ja`altahu faj`alny marhuman wa la taj`alny mahruman)
“But if you decide so, then (please) make me enjoy (Your) mercy and do not make me deprived (of it)”.

Friday is like day of Eid for Muslims because there are much similarity between Eid and Friday. On both days Muslims offer prayer 2 Rakat namaz and they listen Khutbah of Immam. Both Namaz can not be Qaza.

The Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) said the first person who enter the mosque for Friday prayer will get the reward of the charity of a camel, the second person will be rewarded with the charity of a cow, the third person will receive the reward the charity of a sheep, the fourth person the charity of a chicken, the fifth person charity of an egg”.