Abdullah bin Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Truth leads to piety and piety leads to Jannah. A man persists in speaking the truth till he is enrolled with Allah as a truthful. Falsehood leads to vice and vice leads to the Fire (Hell), and a person persists on telling lies until he is enrolled as a liar”.’ [Agreed upon].

 

Commentary: Imam Malik records that Abdullah ibn Masud would say, “Each time someone lies a black spot appears on his heart until his whole heart becomes black and he is written with Allah as a Kadhdhab.” He also records that it was asked of Luqman, “How have you reached this level in excellence?” He replied, “By being true in speech, fulfilling trusts and leaving what does not concern me.”

 

Such is the importance of remaining truthful that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said that a Mumin could at any one time perform one sin or the other but he could never be a liar. Shaitan incites us to lie, saying it is only one lie. But that is how the habit develops and before a person knows it, each black dot has had its cumulative effect of blackening the whole heart. The complete blackening of the heart is the proof a person presents to Allah to have him or her written down as a kadhdhab — a confirmed liar.

 

Nouman Ali Khan – Islam and Ego: http://www.halaltube.com/nouman-ali-khan-islam-and-ego

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Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The curse of Allah is on the one who causes difficulty to his mother. The curse of the angels and the curse of mankind are on him. Allah neither accepts his fardh nor his nafl worship as long as he does not repent and obey his mother. He has to gain her pleasure as best he can. Allah’s pleasure depends on the mother’s pleasure and His wrath is concealed in her wrath.” [Ahmad]

 

Commentary: This hadith highlights the importance of mothers and tells us how necessary it is to try to keep one’s mother happy. The only situation in which a person is not required to obey their mother is if it entails disobedience to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

 

For example, if a mother wants her daughter to not dress Islamically then she would not obey her mother in this matter, but would still try her best to keep her mother happy with her. Or if a mother asked her son to deprive his wife of the rights Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has ordained for her, then he would not obey his mother in this instance, but he would obey her in all other matters that did not involve disobedience to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

 

Allah, Mighty and Majestic, comes before all else. We do our best to obey Him and in doing so, obey those whom He asked us to obey after Him.

 

Nouman Ali Khan – Majesty of Divine Speech – Episode 16: Being the Best to our Parents: http://www.halaltube.com/majesty-of-divine-speech-episode-16-being-the-best-to-our-parents

A young man wished to marry the farmer’s beautiful daughter. He went to the farmer to ask his permission. The farmer looked him over and said,

“Son, go stand out in that field. I’m going to release three bulls, one at a time. If you can catch the tail of any one of the three bulls, you can marry my daughter.”

The young man stood in the pasture awaiting the first bull.

The barn door opened and out ran the biggest, meanest-looking bull he had ever seen. He decided that one of the next bulls had to be a better choice than this one, so he ran over to the side and let the bull pass through the pasture out the back gate.

The barn door opened again. Unbelievable. He had never seen anything so big and fierce in his life. It stood pawing the ground, grunting, slinging slobber as it eyed him. Whatever the next bull was like, it had to be a better choice than this one. He ran to the fence and let the bull pass through the pasture, out the back gate.

The door opened a third time. A smile came across his face. This was the weakest, scrawniest little bull he had ever seen. This one was his bull. As the bull came running by, he positioned himself just right and jumped at just the exact moment. He grabbed… but the bull had no tail!

Moral

Life is full of opportunities. Some will be easy to take advantage of, some will be difficult. But once we let them pass (often in hopes of something better), those opportunities may never again be available. So always grab the first opportunity.

“Story of Astaghfaar”

By Usman ghani

 

This story about “Astaghfaar” is from the life of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal, who is considered as a renowned scholar of Islam and a famous theologian. Imam Ahmed is also considered to be the founder of the Hanbali school of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and is one of the most celebrated Sunni theologians, often referred to as the “Sheikh ul-Islam” or the “Imam of Ahl al-Sunnah.”

 

During his old age, while Imam Ahmed was travelling he stopped by a town. After the prayers, he wanted to stay for the night in the masjid yard because he didn’t know anyone in the town. Owing to his humility, he hadn’t introduced himself to anyone thinking that if he did, he would be welcomed by many people.

 

Failing to recognize Ahmed bin Hanbal, the caretaker of the mosque refused to let him stay in the mosque. As Imam Ahmed was quite old, the caretaker had to drag him out of the mosque. On seeing this, a baker from a nearby place felt pity for this man (Imam Ahmed) and offered to be the host to him for the night. During his stay with the baker, Imam Ahmed observed that the baker would constantly recite Istighfar (seek forgiveness from Allah). Imam Ahmed asked the baker if the constant practice of saying Istighfar had any effect on him. The baker responded by telling Imam Ahmed that Allah had accepted all of his duas (supplications), except one. When he asked him what dua was it that hadn’t been accepted, the baker replied that he had been asking Allah to provide him the privilege to meet the famous scholar Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal.

 

On this, Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal said that Allah had not only listened to his dua but had dragged him onto his (the baker’s) doorsteps. [Summarized from Al Jumuah magazine, vol 19, issue 7]

 

This story is a reminder of the power of saying Istighfar (seeking forgiveness) frequently. Let’s remember that the prophet used to say Istighfar frequently during the day. Tafseer Al-Qurtubi states:

 

A man complained to Al-Hasan about a drought, and he said to him: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.”

 

Another man complained to him of poverty and he said to him: “Pray to Allah to forgive you.”

 

Another man said to him: “Pray to Allah to bless me with a child.” He said: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.”

 

Another complained to him that his garden was dry. He said to him: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.”

 

He was asked about it and he said: “This is not my personal opinion, for Allah says in Surah Nooh (interpretation of the meaning): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft Forgiving; He will send rain to you in abundance. And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.” Tafseer Al-Qurtubi (18/301-302)

 

One of the narrators of a Hadith was asked about the manner in which forgiveness is to be sought, to which he answered: “The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) used to say: ‘Astaghfirullah! Astaghfirullah! (I beseech Allah for forgiveness, I beseech Allah for forgiveness)’.” [Sahih Muslim].

PROPHET JESUS (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him): “And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive” (Quran 19:31)

Did you know that you could be among the richest people alive, but you just didn’t know it! According to the Hadeeth, “if you wake up in a secure state, healthy body, and have your daily bread, then Allaah has fulfilled His favors upon you”. Please don’t forget your brothers and sisters in your duaa, for the things we take for granted. May Allaah alleviate their hardship, Aameen. (Sh. Ala) ♥

 Sometimes the heart tells u that Allah is so Forgiving and Merciful and He will forgive you as He says in so many ahadith qudsi and quran verses that He is the most Merciful and He will forgive every sin. So whats wrong in committing a sin and then asking forgiveness afterwards. Allah Almighty replies to this:

“Allah ac…cepts only the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and foolishness and repent soon afterwards; it is they to whom Allah will forgive and Allah is Ever All­Knower, All­Wise.” (Surah Nisa 4:17)

Remember the words ‘Ignorance’ and ‘foolishness’.

But then again heart says that you still have life left. How many a people enjoy their teenage and then when they get old they keep a beard and repent. So why not be like them. Oh really? Think 1000 times before u want to take such a risk and think of this ayah:

“And of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil deeds until death faces one of them and he says: “Now I repent;” nor of those who die while they are disbelievers. For them We have prepared a painful torment.” (4:18)

Its true Allah is the Most merciful and the most Beneficient. But remember. Allah is also the Most just. And Allah is also AL JABBAR. And He is not foolish. He is the MOST WISE. And He is the Lord of the alameen. And He says:

“O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared!” (3:102)

What happens when a person doesnt fear Allah and keeps breaking promises that from today i will not do sin but again he commits the same. Allah Almighty says:

“So He punished them by putting hypocrisy into their hearts till the Day whereon they shall meet Him, because they broke that (covenant with Allâh) which they had promised Him and because they used to tell lies.” (9:77)

Today how common is this. There is a cover of hypocrisy on our hearts thats the reason we try and try and dont achieve true peace in our lives. We do everything but still we are there from where we started. We try everything but nothing works. Why?

“Those who break Allah’s Covenant after ratifying it, and sever what Allah has ordered to be joined, and do mischief on earth, it is they who are the losers.” (2:27)

“And they were covered with humiliation and misery, and they drew on themselves the Wrath of Allah.” (2:61)

And after all this we say that we have read the kamla and we will go to jannah after all.

“And they say, “The Fire shall not touch us but for a few numbered days.” Say (O Muhammad Peace be upon him to them): “Have you taken a covenant from Allah, so that Allah will not break His Covenant? Or is it that you say of Allah what you know not?” (2:80)

When will we understand all this. When??

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam- May Allah grant him peace) said, “May he be miserable, the worshiper of the dinar and dirham, and the worshiper of the striped silk cloak. If he is given anything, he is satisfied; but if not, he is unsatisfied”. [Al-Bukhari]

Commentary: “A slave of dinar and dirham and silk cloaks (clothes)” here means a person who prefers these things to the Divine injunctions and commands and strives day and night to amass worldly goods. Instead of worshiping Allah, he worships such things and is thus guilty of worship of others besides Allah, a condition which causes his ruin.

479. `Abdullah bin Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Do not crave for property lest you should be absorbed in the desire of worldly life.” [At-Tirmidhi]

Commentary: One should not be so engrossed in them to the extent that, they become the sole purpose of one’s life and all one’s efforts are exhausted to acquire them, thus forgetting all about the Hereafter. To the extent of one’s genuine needs and self-sufficiency, making and maintaining of property, land, industry, agriculture and commerce come in permissible acts. None of them is forbidden provided the means employed for making and maintaining them are fair and do not distract one’s attention from Allah and the Hereafter.

A 2 min reminder of never to lose hope by Br. Wisam Sharieff 🙂 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMR3Ti9khtg&feature=related

`Abdullah bin Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) slept on a straw mat and got up with the marks left by it on his body. Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) said, “O Messenger of Allah! Would that you make us spread out a soft bedding for you.” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied, “What have I to do with the world? I am like a rider who had sat under a tree for its shade, then went away and left it.” [At-Tirmidhi].

Commentary: Beside mentioning the piety of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), this Hadith tells in a very eloquent manner the reality of this world by means of an example.

471. `Abdullah bin `Umar (May allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam took hold of my shoulders and said, “Be in the world like a stranger or a wayfarer”.

Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) used to say: “When you survive till the evening, do not expect to live until the morning; and when you survive until the morning, do not expect to live until the evening; (do good deeds) when you are in good health before you fall sick, and (do good deeds) as long as you are alive before death strikes”. [Al-Bukhari].

Commentary: A person who will consider this world as a temporary stage, will certainly not like that his clothes be entangled in thorny bushes of this world. The greatest fault of man is that he does not understand this status of the world. In spite of the fact that he is not sure of a moment’s life here, he occupies himself in amassing goods and riches which would last for a hundred years.

Abdul Nasir Jangda – The Reality of the Life of This World: http://www.halaltube.com/abdul-nasir-jangda-the-reality-of-the-life-of-this-world

Jabir bin Abdullah (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked a woman why she was shivering. She answered it was because of fever and cursed the fever. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Do not slander fever, because it takes away many wrong actions, just as the blacksmith’s bellows remove dross and impurities from iron.” [Sahih Muslim]

Commentary: It is Allah’s favor upon you to have your sins erased from your account while you are still alive. Purification becomes excessively more difficult with each step of existence after death. Everybody has sins they need to get rid of. Illness wipes out sins from a person’s account and purifies their record of deeds in the same way that a blacksmith’s furnace purifies metal from its impurities.

Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) visited a sick man of the Ansar and when the Messenger of Allah asked him how he was, he said: “O Messenger of Allah, I have not closed my eyes for seven days.” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Have patience, my brother, for if you do, you will be rid of your wrong actions as easily as you acquired them.” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) also said: “The time of illness cancels out the time of wrong actions. [Uddat as-Sabirin wa Dhakhirat ash-Shakirin, by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah]

Nouman Ali Khan – Muslim Youth and Young Adults: Goals, Responsibilities and Islam: http://www.halaltube.com/nouman-ali-khan-muslim-youth-goals-responsibilities-and-islam