Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Considering the sins as Major or Minor:

Considering the sins as Major or Minor:

According to the ahadeeth, sins are broadly classified as Major (kabeera) or Minor (sagheera) sins. Their numbers vary according to various accounts and narrations.
Generally, it is held that any sin for which a punishment in the dunya or aakhirat has been defined in the Quran or hadith is a major sin.

However this differentiation is not always present.
The scholars say that any minor sin that is committed habitually is counted as a major sin.

Given below are some interesting insights of the salaf on this issue:

Qadhi ‘Iyad رحمه الله  said:
“According to how small you consider  the sin, that much big will it be in the sight of Allah, and according to how great you consider the sin that much smaller will it be in the sight of Allah.” [As-Siyar, 8/428]

Imam Al- Awza’i رحمه الله  said:
“Once I heard Bilal Ibn Sa’d saying, ‘Do not look at how small the sin is but instead look at how great is the One that you have disobeyed.’ “ [Al-Hilya, 5/223]

Abu Hazim Salamah Ibn Dinar said:
“Look at every act that you would hate to die while committing, and then abandon it.” [Al-Musannaf, 7/194]

Ibn ‘Abbas رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ عنه said:
“There cannot be a major sin along with seeking Allah's forgiveness, nor a minor sin while being persistent upon it.”
[Ash-Shu’ab, 5/7268]

Imam Al- Awza’i رحمه الله  said:
“From the major sins is for a man to do a sin and then look down upon it (considering it as minor or inconsequential)." 
[Ash-Shu’ab, p.6752]

How the Sahaba recited the Quran:

How the Sahaba recited the Quran:
‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Urwah رحمه الله said: “I asked my grandmother Asma,  رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ عنه  ‘How were the Companions of the Prophet ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ  when they recited the Quran?‘ She replied,
Their eyes watered and their skins trembled just as Allah has described them [in the Quran].‘ “
[Baihaqi in 'Shu’ab ul Imaan']

Monday, June 3, 2019

Authentic Virtues & importance of Surah Ya Sin (Yaseen)

Surah Yaseen is one of the commonly recited Surahs of the Qur'an due to the many virtues mentioned in ahadeeth.

It was narrated by Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه :
"Whoever recites surah Ya Sin in the morning will be given ease (comfort) till evening and whoever recites surah Ya Sin in the evening will be given ease (comfort) till morning." 
[Sunan Daraqutni, Hadith No.3422/ 3462; Isnad - Hasan].

The tafseer ibn katheer, one of the most authentic tafseers mentions the following Virtues of Surah Ya Sin:

"Al-Hafiz Abu Ya`la recorded that Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, said, "The Messenger of Allah said:

«مَنْ قَرَأَ يس فِي لَيْلَةٍ أَصْبَحَ مَغْفُورًا لَهُ، وَمَنْ قَرَأَ حم الَّتِي يُذْكَرُ فِيهَا الدُّخَانُ أَصْبَحَ مَغْفُورًا لَه»

(Whoever recites Ya Sin in the night, will wake up forgiven, and whoever recites Ha Mim in which Ad-Dukhan (the Smoke) is mentioned, will wake up forgiven.)
Its chain of narration is good (Jayyid).

Ibn Hibban recorded in his Sahih that Jundub bin `Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with him, said,
"The Messenger of Allah said:
«مَنْ قَرَأَ يس فِي لَيْلَةٍ ابْتِغَاءَ وَجْهِ اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ غُفِرَ لَه»
(Whoever recites Ya Sin in the night, seeking the Face of Allah, will be forgiven.) "

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Conduct during Fasting

Conduct during Fasting: 

Hadhrat Jabir ibn ‘Abdillah رضي الله عنه summarised beautifully the fasting person's conduct and said, “When you fast, then let your hearing, your sight and tongue also fast from speaking lies and carrying out forbidden deeds, and do not cause harm to your servant. When you're fasting, you should be dignified and calm. Do not make the day you are not fasting and the day of your fasting the same.”

(Kitabuz Zuhd: 1308, Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah: 8973)

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

10 Things That Shouldn’t Happen Once You Become a More Practising Muslim

We have seen it time and time again. We may have even experienced it.

For so long, you were a Muslim only by name. You did not know much about Islam and its teachings, and you were content with your ignorance.

But something changed. Like the shifting of the earth before a quake, something happened in your life that suddenly opened your eyes to the beauty of your religion. You realized that you needed God and in that instance, you turned back to Him.

Or, you were never a Muslim, but the story that was your life fell upon a new chapter: Islam. You left whatever you were (or were not) practicing for His sake.

In both these instances, you have tried to claim or reclaim the Muslim identity that you finally realized and accepted as being yours. Yet, it was during the birth of your new spiritual self that things began to go downhill. You may not have seen it, but everyone around you certainly did…

Here are a list of 10 things that shouldn’t happen as a result of you turning a new leaf and becoming a more practicing (or new) Muslim:

1. You Become Narrow Minded

This is probably one of the worst – and ironic – things that can result from you becoming a more practicing Muslim. Islam has richness and diversity embedded within its history; from its revelation to the interpretations and rulings, from great scholars and intellectuals (think: Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Malik, Imam Ash-Shafi’i & Imam Ahmad), Islam is not something that can be limited to what you have learned from one person within your community, or after watching a few videos on YouTube. Contrary to what you might think, becoming closer to Allah, subhanahu wa ta ‘ala (exalted is He), and the teachings of Islam should make you far more OPEN minded. That is, the more educated you become, the more you realize that differences of opinions within Islam are not a curse, but a blessing. They make the religion easy & practical – a stark juxtaposition to the Islam you may be viewing through your narrow lenses.

Most of the time, it’s narrow mindedness that leads individuals to do the following:

2. You Rebel Against Your Family

Now that you have seen the light, you begin to notice the sins that your family may be immersed in. How dare they not pray? Why do they not attend these lectures? Why don’t they support me – I’m following the same religion as them after all!? Why wasn’t I born into a more practicing family? Why didn’t my parents teach my Qur’an from a younger age!? Why, why, why…?

These, and many more, are thoughts that might cross your mind. But you have to remember a couple of things: a) You will probably never be able to completely change your family – especially your parents b) Humble yourself. It was only a short while ago that you were immersed in the same sins and was it not by the mercy of the Most Merciful, your plight may have never changed.

Coming closer to Allah (swt) should indeed bring you closer to your family (despite their flaws) as now you realize the great importance of kinship in Islam, and the enormous rights of your parents upon you.

3. You Rebel Against Society

You have not only become hyper aware to the ills within your home, but those outside of it too.

You take extremes and ban yourself from things like television, entertainment, social activities, malls, or anything remotely related to “Western Fitnah” (as if fitnah (temptation) does not exist in the Muslim world…but that’s for another time).

Becoming more practicing in the deen (religion) shouldn’t mean that you revile the very society that may have raised you and to which you owe your cultural traditions, norms and values. Instead, it should make you more involved. Being a Muslim means to be balanced – enjoy the good your society has to offer.

Of course, none of us enjoy societal ills such as misogyny, corruption, pollution, poverty and so forth, but that does not mean that we have to turn our backs on it. Let’s be honest, we (especially those born in the West), should be thankful for the peace and civility that we find here but which lacks in many parts of the Muslim world. And remember that Allah (swt) says:

“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves,” (Qur’an, 13:11)

This verse is very important for us to remember before we start to revile our family, friends, and societies.

4. You Declare Everything as Haram/Halal

This is an extremely dangerous thing to do. Just because you have learned a bit about Islam, you still have no right to be declaring fatwahs (Islamic legal rulings). This is something left to the most learned of Muslims; those who have dedicated their lives to the study and teachings of Islam.

Further, if you are quick to declare things haram/halal, remember this: you are putting your word against that of Allah (swt) and those who have studied His deen. Pretty scary, huh?

But inevitably, becoming more practicing may make you more quick to declare things as haram/halal. A word of advice: don’t. Just because someone holds a different opinion on a matter than yours, doesn’t make their opinion less valid. There were differences of opinions during the time of the Prophet ﷺ and after his death! But these differences did not divide Muslims as they do today – instead, they highlighted the beauty of Islam and how it is truly a religion that has transcended time, history, and culture.

5. You Isolate Yourself

Just because you have become more practicing, doesn’t mean that you should only limit yourself to your home or Islamic events, activities, the MSA, etc.

Listen to me: LIVE YOUR LIFE

Allah (swt) has set boundaries that cannot be transgressed. If you remove your head from the sand for 5 seconds, you will realize that there is a LOT of leeway as to what we can do as Muslims.

As long as they do not transgress the bounds of Allah (swt), feel free to engage in the things that bring joy and happiness to your life.

Do not ditch your long-time friends just because you have become more practicing than them. Do not quit your job or schooling (unless, of course they are, or lead to, haram). Do not limit your days to locking yourself in your room and only studying Islam. You will go nuts, trust me.

And my dear Sisters, becoming more practicing should never impede on your rights as a woman. You should never become invisible or unheard. You should never be silenced. Islam is empowering and anything that makes you feel otherwise is not – in my humble opinion – Islam.

Becoming more practicing should open you to the world and new possibilities. Also, it should make you more engaged within your community, whether it be through non-profit organizations, sports, etc.

6. You Lose Your Identity

This is a big one. Sisters and Brothers, you are all unique, creative and different human beings. You should never feel that you now have to wear all black, roll up the bottoms of your pants, or start interjecting Arabic terms like ukhti or akhi into your vocabulary. Also, if you are a revert – you can keep your legal name (unless it is specifically un-Islamic)!

Getting closer to Allah (swt) should bring you closer to your truer self. Embrace your culture, language, experiences and unique nuances. Despite what you may have seen or heard, a “Muslim” can’t truly be categorized, labelled or molded. Embrace your identity and be proud of how Allah (swt) has created you.

7. You Look Down On Others

This speaks for itself. Again, humble yourself because as they say:

Every righteous person has a past, and every sinner has a future.

Also, cut out the discrimination against non-Muslims. They may not be your sisters/brothers in faith, but they are certainly still your sisters/brothers in humanity and deserve every ounce of your respect and kindness.

8. You Instantly Become a “Scholar”

Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and any social media site or piece of technology does NOT make you an expert in the field of Islam. Think of the work it takes to become a doctor – would you ever accept the claims of someone who simply Googles their information without any valid form of education?

Do not make fatwahs, do not rebuke others and do not think that you know everything. Simply assume the position of a student. Recognize, too, that being on the receiving end of knowledge is a life-long thing.

9. You Get Married

This is mainly for new reverts to Islam who may have become Muslim for the sake of marrying someone OR who are now being pressured to get married to “preserve their deen.”

To simply put it, if you have just turned back to Allah (swt) (and by just, I mean within the last few years of your life) then let marriage happen, do not try and force it. In the mean time, you have just started the best relationship of all: the one with your Lord. Allow it to come into fruition. Bask in its glory. Truly love and revere those intimate moments you enjoy when you praise, thank, and pray to your Lord.

We talk about completing “half our deen” without realizing that we are not complete. Marry your deen, and the rest will fall into place, bi’ithnillah (by the will of Allah).

10. You Race to Catch Up

Please go easy on yourself. Yes, you may have less Qur’an memorized than your friends. Yes, you may have less Islamic knowledge. Yes, you may not be as steadfast on Islamic acts of worship. Yes, you may constantly stumble, fall, and falter.

But remember, this is your personal journey to Allah (swt), it is not a race. It makes no sense to compare the beginning of your story to another person’s middle. Start from whatever level you may be at and keep going. Do not give up and purify your intentions. It is not about quantity, it is about quality. Remember that.


Monday, June 25, 2018

To get the rewards of ikhlas in all our actions: Mufti Taqi

To get the rewards of ikhlas in all our actions:

At Fajr time recite the ayah:

إِنَّ صَلَاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
"Surely my prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death are (all) for Allah, the Lord of the worlds." 6:162

insha'Allah The whole day will pass with intention of iklaas/sincerity even though one may forget to make individual intention before any action/amal during the day.

-Mufti Taqi Usmani sb's advice

Sunday, June 17, 2018




*► PROPHET MUHAMMAD (ﷺ) said:*
The one who eats and is grateful is like the status of the patient fasting person.

(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2486)
(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #3, Hadith #1765)
(MUSNAD AHMAD Hadith #7793)
(MUSNAD AHMAD Hadith #19036)
(SAHIH AL JAAMI Hadith #3942-3943)
(SAHIH IBN HIBBAN Hadith #315)
(SUNAN AD DARMEE Hadith #2067)


*► PROPHET MUHAMMAD (ﷺ) said:*
By his good character a believer will attain the degree of one who
1) Prays during the night and
2) Fasts during the day.

(SUNAN ABU DAWUD Vol #5, Hadith #4798)
(AL ADAB AL MUFRAD Hadith #284)
(SAHIH IBN HIBBAN Hadith #480)
(SAHIH AL JAAMI Hadith #1621)
(SAHIH AL JAAMI Hadith #1932)
(SAHIH AT TARGHEEB Hadith #2643-2644)


*► PROPHET MUHAMMAD (ﷺ) said:*
The one who looks after a widow or a poor person is
1) Like a Mujahid (warrior) who fights for Allah's Cause, or
2) Like him who performs prayers all the night and
3) Fasts all the day.

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5353)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #8, Hadith #6006-6007)
(SAHIH MUSLIM Vol #7, Hadith #7468)
(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #1969)
(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #3, Hadith #2140)
(SUNAN NASAI Vol #3, Hadith #2578)
(SAHIH IBN HIBBAN Hadith #4245)
(SAHIH AL JAAMI Hadith #3680)
(SAHIH AT TARGHEEB Hadith #2546)