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Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was asked: “Tell us about a person who does some good deed and people praise him, will this be considered as showing off?” He replied, “This is the glad tidings which a believer receives (in this life).”
[Muslim].

Commentary: We learn from this Hadith that if a person does a virtuous act to please Allah (i.e., not with the intention to show off) and people praise him for it, then there is nothing wrong with it. In fact, such praise is the glad tidings which he receives in this world. Expression of such good opinion about him by the public is akin to a declaration that Allah is pleased with him. Sincere admiration and praise of someone by the public is not a disqualification. It is, in fact, an evidence of his virtuous conduct and its recognition by Allah.

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Jamadi-ul-Awwal 23, 1431 A.H, Saturday, May 08, 2010

Shaheed in the jihad arena has a noble position in Islam. Al-Qur’an and al-Sunnah have mentioned many of its virtues. The Sahabahs and the salaf ulama’s had raced to obtain it.

Martyrdom Is A Bliss

Al-Qur’an mentioned that martyrdom is a delightful gift from Allah for those who want It. This gift sends its owners towards perfection in life, fortune and happiness. Allah says:

“All who obey Allah and the Messenger are in the company of those on whom is the Grace of Allah,- of the Prophets (who teach), the Siddiiqiin (sincere lovers of Truth), the Martyrs, and the Righteous (who do good): And excellent are those as companions.” (QS. Al Nisaa: 69)

The meaning of Shuhada’ in the above verse, as mentioned by Sheikh Abdurrahman al-Sa’di, is the people who are going to war fie sabilillah for the sake of raising high the kalimah of Allah, and then they get killed.

Then, in the end of the verse, Allah mentioned that they are the best of companions in paradise for those who are always obedient to Allah and His Rasul.

The Shuhada’s Do Not Lose The Pleasures Of The World

Allah Ta’ala said:

“And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving rizq (provision), rejoicing in what Allah has bestowed upon them of His bounty, and they receive good tidings about those [to be martyred] after them who have not yet joined them – that there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (QS. Ali Imran: 169-170)

Sheikh al-Sa’di rahimahullah mentioned in his tafseer that there are virtues and honours of the Shuhada’s in this sublime verse, as well as bounties and gifts that Allah gives to them . . . .

“Then, concerning the reward for the people who are conducting jihad fie sabilillah, in fighting against the enemies of Islam for the sake of raising high the kalimatullah and then die in it, they are not like what many think, i.e. they are dead and losing the pleasures of the world and its comforts. Whereas, these are the things that make many people worry, the cowards are afraid to fight and they do not yearn for martyrdom. But, they (the martyrs) are acquiring pleasures even greater (more) than what are competed by the people who are racing to achieve them. They live with their Lord in the Abode of Glory.

There, they are getting rizq from various delights in which the exact nature could never be known except by the people to whom Allah have given. Allah completes the gifts of delight to them by combining the bodily delights in the form of rizq, with the the spiritual delights in the form of happiness for the bounties granted to them. Until, their pleasures and happiness are utterly perfected.”

Regarding this subject, Dr. Abdullah Azzam narrated his experience, “…and indeed, we have witnessed some of the clear evidences, clearly showing that the Shuhada’s are alive.” Umar Hanif related to me (Abdullah Azzam), he said, “I have uncovered with my own hands twelve graves of the Shuhada’s. I have found that not even one Shuhada’ has the state of the jasad changed; and I noticed that some of them even have their beards growing and fingernails longs in the grave.”

And a story about Dr. Babrak who are shaheed in Urgun and he was brought to Phabi (camp of the Muhajirian Afghan in Peshawar). When his children had a look at his jasad after school and stood by his head, he (Dr. Babrak) wept and his tears were flowing on his face.

The Blood Of The Shuhada’s Has The Aroma Of Musk

The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is! Whoever is wounded in Allah’s Cause….and Allah knows well who gets wounded in His Cause….will come on the Day of Resurrection with his wound having the colour of blood but the scent of musk.” (HR. Bukhari)

Dr. Abdullah Azzam conveyed, “Subhanallah! Indeed, we have witnessed it on most of the people who have died shaheed. The smell of their blood are like the aroma of musk. And indeed, in my pocket is a piece of letter – on it are drops of blood belongings to Abdul Wahid (Al Shaheed, insha Allah)- it has been 2 months, but the scent is very fragrant like that of musk.” (Special Gifts For The Mujahids, the work of Sheikh Dr. Abdullah Azzam)

Where Are The Arwah Of The Shuhada’s?

After knowing the virtues of dying shaheed and the superiority of the Shuhada’s, that they are essentially not dead and are not losing the pleasures. Hence, we are asking, “where are their arwah (spirits) actually?”

The arwah (plural of ruh – ed) of the Shuhada’s are placed in the the highest paradise i.e. Firdaus. This is based on the hadith of Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam who said to Ummu Haritsah binti Nu’man – her son got killed in the battle of Badar – when she asked him (about the fate of her son): “Where is he?” The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: Verily, he is in the high paradise of Firdaus.” (HR. Al Bukhari)

In the Saheeh Muslim, from Mashruq rahimahullah, said: “We asked Abdullah about this verse (QS. Ali Imran: 169)”

He answered, “it so happens that we asked (the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) about this issue, thus he answered:

“Verily, the arwah of the Shuhada’s are in the insides of green birds having lanterns suspended from the Throne, roaming freely in Paradise where they please, then taking shelter in those lanterns. So their Lord cast a glance at them (1) and said: ‘Do you wish for anything?’ They said: ‘What shall we wish for when we roam freely in Paradise where we please?’ And thus did He do to them three times. When they say that they would not be spared from being asked [again], they said: ‘O Lord, we would like for You to put back our souls into our bodies so that we might fight for Your sake once again.’ And when He saw that they were not in need of anything they were let be.( HR. Muslim)

Imam al-Darimi in his sunan narrated from Mashruq, he said: “we have asked Abdullah about the arwah of the Shuhada’s. If not because of Abdullah, no one would have told us. He (Abdullah) said:

The arwah of the Shuhada’s are with Allah on Judgement Day inside the belly of green birds. They have lanterns suspended from the ‘Asrh. They fly in Paradise to where ever they want. Then, they return to those lanterns, and their Lord honored them by saying: ‘Do you wish for anything?’ They asnwered: ‘No, except for us to be returned to the world until we are killed (die shaheed) for the umpteenth time.’

Imam an-Nawawi in Sharh Saheeh Muslim wrote, “. . . when they know that they can ask, they ask so that their souls would be returned to their jasads, to conduct jihad again or to provide their souls for the cause of Allah Ta’ala and enjoy the bliss (of dying) in Allah’s path.” Walahu A’lam

The Shuhada’s ask to be returned to the world, whereas they are already in paradise, to feel the blissfulness of dying in Allah’s cause as Shuhada’s.

Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam had known the blissfulness gained by the Shuhada’. For that reason, he expressed his desires to die in Allah’s cause in his hadith:

“By the One in Whose Hand is my life, I love that I should be killed in the way of Allah; then I should be brought back to life and be killed again in His way.” (HR. Al Bukhari)

Indeed, death in the way of Allah is not as frightening as people have imagined. They are a lot of hadiths which relate that the Shuhada’s do not feel the pain when finding martyrdom, except like that of a pinch.

It was said by Rasulullah saallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, “the people who die shaheed do not feel (the pain of) the slaying except like when one amongst you are feeling (the pain of) a pinch.” (HR. Ahmad, At Tirmidzi, An Nasa’i – hadith hasan)

Are we still afraid to conduct jihad fie sabilillah and find martyrdom in the way of Allah?

(taken from Yahoo group)

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Allah the Exalted says:

“Therefore, remember Me (by praying, glorifying). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.” (2:152)

“If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings).” (14:7)

“And say: `All the praises and thanks be to Allah.”’ (17:111)

“And the close of their request will be: `Al-hamdu lillahi Rabbil-`alamin [All the praise is due to Allah, the Rubb of `Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists)].”’ (10:10)

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: On the Night of Al-Isra (the Night of Ascension) the Prophet (PBUH) was presented with two drinking vessels: one full of wine and the other one full of milk. He looked at them. Then he took the vessel which was full of milk. Thereupon Jibril (Gabriel) said: “Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah) Who has guided you to that, which is in accord with Fitrah (i.e., Islamic Monotheism; pure nature of Islam). Had you selected wine, your people would have gone astray.”
[Muslim].

Commentary: This Hadith highlights the following points:

1. Islam is a religion which matches with the pure nature. Every sensible person accepts it instinctively.

2. One who is endowed with the capacity and aptitude to do good should praise Allah.

3. Wine is the root of all evils and for this reason has been regarded the “Mother of Vices”.

4. To take good omen from agreeable signs is Mustahabb (desirable).

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Any matter of importance which is not begun with Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah) remains defective.”
[Abu Dawud].

Commentary: There is another Hadith to the effect that every important work which is not started with the invocation “Bismillah” is devoid of Allah’s Grace. Sheikh Al-Albani’s opinion about these two Ahadith is that their text is confused and its authority is weak. He has, however, regarded it as acceptable “Mursal” (Ahadith narrated by a student of a Companion deleting the Companion’s name). (For details please see Irwa-ul-Ghalil, vol. I, 1,2). In any case, it is desirable to begin every good work with the Glorious Name of Allah and His Praise.

Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “When a slave’s child dies, Allah the Most High asks His angels, `Have you taken out the life of the child of My slave?” They reply in the affirmative. He then asks, `Have you taken the fruit of his heart?’ They reply in the affirmative. Thereupon he asks, `What has My slave said?’ They say: `He has praised You and said: Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji`un (We belong to Allah and to Him we shall be returned). Allah says: `Build a house for My slave in Jannah and name it as Bait-ul-Hamd (the House of Praise).”’
[At-Tirmidhi].

Commentary: This Hadith points out the eminence of patience and the merit of praising Allah in the event of a calamity, especially on the death of one’s own child. Rather than weeping and wailing, one should submit himself to the Will of Allah and show perseverance. Such attitude of patience and resignation is highly meritorious and has great reward.

Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Allah is pleased with His slave who says: `Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah)’ when he takes a morsel of food and drinks a draught of water.”
[Muslim].

Commentary: This Hadith has already been mentioned. “Aklah” means to take a meal at one time, whether in the morning, the evening or at any other time. Similarly “Sharba” means to drink water at any time. What the Hadith means is that to praise Allah on eating and drinking every time is a source of Allah’s Pleasure, no matter whether the quantity one consumes is small or large.

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Tremendous Virtues

“Whoever says: ‘Glorified is Allah, the Most Great, and praised is He’ [Subhan Allah al-‘Adhim wa bi-Hamdih] will have a date palm planted for him in Paradise.”[‘Sahih al-Jami’ #5531]

“Whoever is stricken with sadness, grief, sickness or hardship and says: ‘Allah is my Lord, without any partners’ [Allahu Rabbi, la sharika lah], then it will be removed from him.” [‘Sahih al-Jami’ #6040]

“Whoever ate something, then said: ‘Praise be to Allah who has fed me this food and provided it for me, without any strength or power on my part’ [al-Hamdu lillah aladhi at’amani hadha wa Razaqnih bi ghayr hawlin minni wa la quwwa] is forgiven his past and future sins.

And whoever wears a garment and says: Praise be to Allah who has clothed me with this garment and provided it for me without any strength or power on my part [al-Hamdu lillah aladhi kasani hadha at-thawb wa Razaqnih bi ghayr hawlin minni wa la quwwa] is forgiven his past and future sins.” [‘Sahih al-Jami’ #6086]

“Whoever enters the marketplace and says: ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah who has no partners, for Him is the Dominion, and for Him is all Praise, He brings life and He causes death, and He is Alive and does not die, in His Hand is all good, and He is able to do all things,’ [La ilaha ill-Allah, Wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-Mulk, wa lahul-Hamd, yuhyiyy wa yumit, wa Huwa Hayyun la yamut, bi Yadihil-Khayr wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadir] then Allah will write one million good deeds for him, and will wipe away one million of his bad deeds, and will raise him one million levels and will build a home for him in Paradise.” [‘Sahih al-Jami’ #6231]

“Whoever controls his anger when he is able to act upon it, then Allah will call him to come in front of all of the Creation so that he would let him choose from the Hur al-‘Ayn and marry from them whomever he pleases.” [‘Sahih al-Jami’ #6518]

“Whoever asks Allah for Paradise three times [Allahumma inni as’aluk al-Jannah], then Paradise will say: ‘O Allah! Enter him into Paradise!’ And whoever seeks protection with Allah from the Fire three times [Allahumma najjini min an-Nar], the Fire will say: ‘O Allah! Protect him from the Fire!'” [Reported by at-Tirmidhi, and it is authentic]

‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud said: ‘Whoever reads ‘al-Mulk’ (chapter 67 of the Qur`an) every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), we used to call it al-mani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah, it is a chapter which – whoever recites it every night – has done very well.” [‘Sahih at-Targhib wat-Tarhib’ #1475]

“Whoever asks Allah sincerely for martyrdom [Allahumma inni as’aluk ash-shahadah], Allah will cause him to reach the status of the martyrs even if he dies in his bed.” [‘Sahih al-Bukhari’ #1909]

“No one witnesses that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and that I am Allah’s Messenger – truthfully, from his heart – except that Allah makes the Fire of Hell forbidden to touch him.” [Reported by Muslim, Ahmad, and al-Bayhaqi]

Source: From an email sent by the servant of Allah who is in need of Allah’s mercy, sent by Abu ‘Abdis Salaam Siddiq Al Juyaanee (hafidhahullaah)

Important Note: In light of these tremendous virtues, it is important to keep in mind that the Salaf (radiallaahu ‘anhum) would throw their good deeds behind them – meaning they would not rely on them nor become complacent – and keep their sins in front of them.

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Ten different phrases that are short, easy, and light, but will give you what no eye has seen, no hear has heard, and what no mind has imagined.

Enjoy (and implement):

1 – “Whoever says: ‘Glorified is Allah, the Most Great, and praised is He’ [Subhan Allah al-‘Adhim wa bi-Hamdih] will have a date palm planted for him in Paradise.”
[‘Sahih al-Jami” #5531]

2 – “Whoever is stricken with sadness, grief, sickness or hardship and says: ‘Allah is my Lord, without any partners’ [Allahu Rabbi, la sharika lah], then it will be removed from him.”
[‘Sahih al-Jami” #6040]

3 – “Whoever ate something, then said: ‘Praise be to Allah who has fed me this food and provided it for me, without any strength or power on my part’ [al-Hamdu lillah aladhi at’amani hadha wa Razaqnih bi ghayr hawlin minni wa la quwwa] is forgiven his past and future sins. And whoever wears a garment and says: ‘Praise be to Allah who has clothed me with this garment and provided it for me without any strength or power on my part’ [al-Hamdu lillah aladhi kasani hadha at-thawb wa Razaqnih bi ghayr hawlin minni wa la quwwa] is forgiven his past and future sins.”
[‘Sahih al-Jami” #6086]

4 – “Whoever enters the marketplace and says: ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah who has no partners, for Him is the Dominion, and for Him is all Praise, He brings life and He causes death, and He is Alive and does not die, in His Hand is all good, and He is able to do all things,’ [La ilaha ill-Allah, Wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-Mulk, wa lahul-Hamd, yuhyiyy wa yumit, wa Huwa Hayyun la yamut, bi Yadihil-Khayr wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadir] then Allah will write one million good deeds for him, and will wipe away one million of his bad deeds, and will raise him one million levels and will build a home for him in Paradise.”
[‘Sahih al-Jami” #6231]

5 – “Whoever controls his anger when he is able to act upon it, then Allah will call him to come in front of all of the Creation so that he would let him choose from the Hur al-‘Ayn and marry from them whomever he pleases.”
[‘Sahih al-Jami” #6518]

6 – “Whoever asks Allah for Paradise three times [Allahumma inni as’aluk al-Jannah], then Paradise will say: “O Allah! Enter him into Paradise!” And whoever seeks protection with Allah from the Fire three times [Allahumma najjini min an-Nar], the Fire will say: “O Allah! Protect him from the Fire!””
[Reported by at-Tirmidhi, and it is authentic]

7 – “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and the believing women, Allah writes for him – for every believing man and woman – a good deed.”
[Reported by at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and Ahmad, and it is authentic]

8 – ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud said: “Whoever reads ‘al-Mulk’ (chapter 67 of the Qur’an) every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), we used to call it al-mani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah, it is a chapter which – whoever recites it every night – has done very well.”
[‘Sahih at-Targhib wat-Tarhib’ #1475]

9 – “Whoever asks Allah sincerely for martyrdom [Allahumma inni as’aluk ash-shahadah], Allah will cause him to reach the status of the martyrs even if he dies in his bed.”
[‘Sahih al-Bukhari’ #1909]

10 – “No one witnesses that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and that I am Allah’s Messenger – truthfully, from his heart – except that Allah makes the Fire of Hell forbidden to touch him.”
[Reported by Muslim, Ahmad, and al-Bayhaqi]

I saved this on my desktop long time ago and don’t remember where I got it from, may Allaah reward the one who complied this.

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Invocation for Entering A Market and its Tremendous Reward :

لا إلهَ إلاّ اللّه وحدَهُ لا شريكَ لهُ، لهُ المُلْـكُ ولهُ الحَمْـد، يُحْيـي وَيُميـتُ وَهُوَ حَيٌّ لا يَمُـوت، بِيَـدِهِ الْخَـيْرُ وَهوَ عَلىَ كلّ شيءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, yuhyee wa yumeetu, wa Huwa hayyun laa yamootu, biyadihil-khayru, wa Huwa ‘alaa kulli shay’in Qadeer.

None has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner. His is the dominion and His is the praise. He brings life and He causes death, and He is living and does not die. In His Hand is all good, and He is Able to do all things.

Reference: At-Tirmithi 5/291, and Al-Hakim 1/538. Al-Albani graded it good in Sahih Ibn Majah 2/21 and Sahih At-Tirmithi 3/152.

دعاء دخول السوق- قال الرسول : « من دخل السوق فقال: “لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، له الملك وله الحمد يحيي ويميت وهو حي لا يموت بيده الخير وهو على كل شيء قدير” كتب الله له ألف ألف حسنة ومحا عنه ألف ألف سيئة ورفع له ألف الف درجة » وفي رواية: « وبنى له بيتا في الجنة » [ رواه الإمام أحمد والترمذي وابن ماجه والحاكم عن ابن عمر].

It is stated in the hadith that if a person reads the above du’aa in the market place, Allaah writes ten lakh rewards for him and forgives ten lakh sins and raises his status by ten lakh, and a house is prepared for him in Jannah.

N.B. one lakh = 100,000 (Tirmidhi) Note: Whoever recites this du’aa [in the market place], Allaah will reward him with a million virtues (hasanah), forgive a million of his sins and elevate his rank by a million

Reference: At-Tirmithi 5/291, and Al-Hakim 1/538. Al-Albani graded it good in Sahih Ibn Majah 2/21 and Sahih At-Tirmithi 3/152
Taken from: http://apps.assalafi.com

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Siteer means the One who conceals faults, referring to Allaah, the One who conceals faults between you and Him

Al-Hayee (The Shy) & As-Sitteer (The Coverer) :

[Shaykh Abdur-Rahman ibn as-Sa’di]

Al-Hayee (The Shy) This is derived from his statement (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): Verily Allah is Al-Hayee (The Shy). He is shy to let His slave return empty-handed if he outstretches his hands to Him. [Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Maajah] Also is his statement (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): Verily Allah Mighty and Majestic is Haleem (Forebearing), Hayee (Shy), Sitteer (Covering). He loves modesty and shyness and covering. Therefore when any of you bathe let him cover himself (i.e. from the sight of people). [Abu Dawud, An-Nasaa’ee, al-Baihaqi, Ahmed, graded as saheeh]

This is from His Mercy, Generosity, and Perfection. His forbearance is in that His slave openly sins although he is intensely dependant upon Him to the degree that it is not even possible for him to disobey if not for the favor of Allah giving him any power. Yet Ar-Rabb (The Ultimate Creator, Sustainer and Provider) is of such complete independence from all of His creation, it is out of His generosity that He is shy to uncover and disgrace him and make lawful the punishment for him, so He covers him through opening means to cover him by. He overlooks and forgives and He shows His love for His slave through His favors, yet they commit sins hateful to Him. His good is upon them every moment yet their evil is rising. He is still the Sovereign and Most Generous although their disobedience and every shameful deed goes up to Him. Allah ta’aalaa is shy to punish the one that tarnishes his Islam as well as to leave the one who outstretches his hands to Him empty handed. He calls upon His slaves to ask Him and He promises to answer them.

He is the Coverer and the Shy Who in turn loves those who possess a sense of shame and who cover faults. Whoever covers the faults of a Muslim, Allah will cover him in this life and in the hereafter. For this reason it is detested that the slave of Allah announces his sin after its commission. Rather the repentance of the slave is between him and his Rabb and not revealed to people. It is the most loathsome of people who commit sin in the night and Allah covers that sin only to remove the covering of Allah in the morning by announcing that sin.

Allah ta’aalaa said: Verily those who like that (the crime) of illegal sexual intercourse should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter.
[Soorah An-Noor, Aayah 19].

The below is taken from : http://www.salafitalk.net/

From Brother Moosa Richardson:
Here are some relevant points regarding this issue that should be considered:

1. We are not required to restrict ourselves to calling upon Allaah using only His Names, rather we can call upon Allaah by His Attributes or Actions, like saying, “Yaa thal-Jalaali wal-Ikraam”. This does not mean that we must first affirm that Thul-Jalaali wal-Ikraam is one of His Names. Similarly, we can say, “Yaa Rabba kulli shay'” (O Lord of all things), without first affirming that “Rabbu kulli shay'” is one of Allaah’s Names… This is something well known and spoken of in the scholars’ books.

2. It is very virtuous to call upon Allaah using His Most Beautiful Names, due to His Statement, that means, “And to Allaah belong the Most Beautiful Names, so call upon Him using them…”

3. Based on the first two points, the scholars who advise(d) against saying, “Yaa saatir”, perhaps they intended to guide people to what is better: the name “as-Sitteer”, which is established in an authentic narration, as opposed to “as-Saatir” or “As-Sattaar” which are both derived from His Action of as-Sitr, like in the hadeeth, “Whoever screens a believer in this life, “satarullaah” (Allaah screens him) in this life and the Hereafter…” Thus, to call on Allaah beginning with “Yaa Saatir…” is permissible, just as it is permissible to call upon Allaah beginning with, “Yaa Badee’as-Samaawaatil-wal-Ardh…” and the likes.

4. Building on a recent thread about saying only, “Yaa Allaah!” (properly pronounced “Yallaah!”) without asking for anything… just as it is not legislated for you to call upon Allaah saying this and then not ask for anything, similarly it is not legislated for you to call upon Allaah saying, “Yaa Saatir!” without asking for anything (as is the custom of many people). This goes for when you call upon Allaah by any of His Names, Attributes, or Actions.

5. Thus, if a person were to say, “Yaa Saatir (or Sattaar), ustur ‘awraatinaa!” (O He who screens, conceal our weaknesses!”), it would be similar to any other case of calling upon Allaah by mentioning His Actions, like “Yaa Haazim al-Ahzaab” and the likes.

6. We say that “as-Sitteer” is from Allaah’s Names, and that we do not have any proof to affirm “as-Saatir” or “as-Sattaar” as His Names. However, we have no proof to negate either of them as Names either, as Allaah has Names that He has not informed us of. This requires a delicate understanding.

7. We can refer to Allaah by any of His Names, Attributes, or Actions in our oaths as well, like saying, “I swear by the One in whose Hand is my soul…”

And Allaah knows best.

Moosaa ibn John Richardson

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Bismillah,

On the authority of Abi Mas’ood ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amr al-Ansaaree al-Badaree -may Allah be pleased with him- he said: The Messenger of Allah -sallahu ‘alayhi wasallam- said: Whoever directs someone to a good, then he will have the reward equal to the doer of the action. Muslim (1893)

Ash-Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdur Rahman Al-Bassaam -may Allah have mercy upon him- says: That which is extracted from this hadeeth:
[ Taken from: Towdeeh al-Ahkaam min Bulooghil Maraam by Ash-Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdur Rahman Al-Bassaam.
Compiled and Translated by: Abu Fouzaan Qaasim]

1- That the Believer is the one who is an example and a leader in doing righteousness and performing goodness, the Most High says: “And those who say: Our Lord! Bestow upon us from our wives and our offspring that which is pleasing to the eyes, and make us leaders for the Muttaqoon.” (25:74) And the Most High says: And We made them leaders guiding (mankind) by Our command…. (21:73)

It comes in Muslim (1017) from the hadeeth of Jarir bin ‘Abdillah -may Allah be pleased with him- that the Prophet -sallahu ‘alayhi wasallam- said: Whoever introduces a good practice in Islam which was followed after him (by people) he will have the reward like the one who has done it, without their rewards being diminished in the least.*

2- The hadeeth in this chapter indicates that the person who directs someone to a good whether it be pertaining to the good of the Worldly Life or Hereafter: he will have a similar reward like the one who performed it without their being any decrease from the reward of the doer of the action (the one who is actually doing the act), rather it is a (full) reward because of him being a good model and exemplar in doing beneficence.

3- From the most excellent of righteous actions that are considered to be of benefit (to mankind) and the fruits of those actions remaining: Beneficial Knowledge; which is (knowledge) of the legislation of Allah the Most High from its fundelmentals and subdivisions and whatever assists one in attaining understanding of it (the legislation of Allah).

So whoever disseminates this knowledge then he has earnestly participated in being a good example, and a guide towards the straight path and he has removed people -by the permission of Allah the Most High- from the murkiness of ignorance to the light of knowledge, right guidance and integrity of conduct.

And he has attained by this a mighty reward from Allah the Most High, for indeed he -sallahu ‘alayhi wasallam- has said: Verily if Allah guides by way of you one man it is better for you than the red camels. Bukhaari (3009) and Muslim (2406)

Taken from: Towdeeh al-Ahkaam min Bulooghil Maraam by Ash-Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdur Rahman Al-Bassaam.
Compiled and Translated by: Abu Fouzaan Qaasim

*Compilers note: Ash-Sheikh Muhammad Al-‘Uthaymeen mentions in his explanation of this hadeeth as it comes in Riyaad as-Saaliheen: “The intent by ‘introduces a good practice in Islaam’ refers to the one who begins by acting upon a sunnah that has been forsaken and not the one who actually invents something into the religion. Because the one who invents something into the religion that is not from it then it is rejected and it is not considered as something good. However the intent by ‘introducing something’ means: He becomes the first to do it after it has been left off and abandoned by the people.

So breifly, whoever introduces into Islaam a good practice (whether it is the revitalization of an abandoned sunnah or just good practices in Islaam), and there is no such thing as a good practice in Islaam except that which the legislation has come with, he will have the reward of it and the reward of the one who does it after him.”

Subhaanak Allahumma wa bihamdika Ashadu An Laailaaha Illa Anta Astagfiruka Wa Atoobu Ilayk

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for which there is a reward equal to a completed Hajj

With regard to sitting after Fajr prayer until the sun rises then praying two rak’ahs, it is narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays Fajr in congregation then sits remembering Allaah until the sun rises, then prays two rak’ahs, will have a reward like that of Hajj and ‘Umrah, complete, complete, complete.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (586).

Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him) :classed it as hasan in Saheeh Sunan al-Tirmidhi.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about it and he said:

This hadeeth has some isnaads with which there is nothing wrong, thus it is regarded as hasan li ghayrihi (hasan because of corroborating evidence), and it is mustahabb to offer this prayer after the sun has risen to the height of a spear, i.e., approximately fifteen or twenty minutes after sunrise. End quote from Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz (25/171).

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: It says in the hadeeth, “The one who sits in the place where he prayed after Fajr prayer until the sun rises, it will be like a complete, complete Hajj and ‘umrah,” or words to that effect. Does this mean that the one who does that will have the reward like that of Hajj and ‘umrah, or what does it mean?

He replied:

Firstly: this hadeeth is subject to further discussion. Many scholars classed it as daeef (weak).

Secondly: if we assume that it is saheeh, the reward of Allaah is not subject to analogy. A person may be rewarded greatly for a small deed, because the reward is a bounty from Allaah that He gives to whomsoever He will. End quote from al-Liqa’ al-Shahri (74/22).

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Hastening to do Good

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said,

    “Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the dark night. A man would be a believer in the morning and turn to disbelief in the evening, or he would be a believer in the evening and turn disbeliever in the morning, and would sell his Faith for worldly goods.”
    [Muslim].

Commentary: This Hadith tells that the Day of Resurrection will be preceded by a long chain of calamities. Because of the rush of these calamities, religion and Faith will loose their value in people. There will be a race for wealth, so much so that people would not hesitate to compromise their religion and Faith to acquire wealth. People will rapidly change their faces. This is what actually happening. In this situation true believers are exhorted to adhere strictly to Faith and perform noble deeds without delay.

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