Monday, April 30

7 steps to protecting your Eeman

1. LEARN the deen systematically...
don't try to know everything, start with the basics, learn, implement, reflect, ponder.
We must be careful of the company we keep, for we are a true reflection of our friends. Keep company with those that will strengthen your Eeman and support you, not drag you to haraam.
Get your Salaah in order, 5 daily prayers as a bare minimum. When you start to neglect your Sunnahs your Fardhs become high risk, so try to implement more rather than less.Pray Slatul Taubah and Salatul Tasbih where possible, repent at every avail.
Make Istighfar, tasbih, tahlil; for they will soften the heart.
"Verily in the Rememberance of Allah do hearts find rest". (Quran 13:28)
The Quran is not just to be opened in Ramadhan and then "stored" for the other 11 months of the year. Read atleast 1 Juz/Chapter a day; reflect and learn the rulings and commands of Allah. Shaytaan will try and distract you. If you feel sleepy, make wudu/wash your face; avoid distractions; and do not get up until you have finished for shaytaan will try and entice you by every means possible from reading the Book of Allah.
Fast a minimum of 3 days a month (13-15th of the lunar month). Fasting deminishes desire, so control your desires and strengthen your Eeman by fasting atleast these 3 days and every Monday and Thursday.
7. Lower your GAZE
If you look right and left, you will see haram in all variations. Everyone should lower their gaze (even those that are married) for it is haram for them to cast gaze on that which is unlawful for them (due to their desires). It is not necessary to make eye contact with the opposite sex when speaking to them, so don't go there! Remain modest, lower your gaze and protect your chastity!
(Taken from notes made at "The Repenter" talk by Shaykh Al Amry 29/04/07)

Friday, April 20

The Repenter: Shaykh Salem Al Amry

Shaikh Salim al-Amry is from the United Arab Emirates. He is a Computer Engineer by profession, however has spent a major part of his youth studying under different scholars. He has taken the effort to obtain knowledge of the different sciences of Islam including Aqidah, Usool, Hadeeth, Fiqh, Tafseer, Arabic language and more. His teachers include: Shaikh Ali Khashshan and Shaikh Mahmood 'Atiyyah, who were two of the first students of Shaikh Albani and under both Shaikh Salim studied Aqidah.
Shaikh Abdul Bari as-Salafee - hadeeth, Shaikh Hamad bin Aqeel, Judge from KSA - Fiqh Bulugh Al-Maraam, Shaikh Saad ash-Shalabi, Judge from KSA – inheritance, Shaikh Mustafa Makkee al-Azharee - Fiqh, Shaikh al-Maimoni al-Maghribi, Judge from Morocco - Arabic Language, Shaikh Ahmad Salaah al-Masri senior student of Shaikh Muqbil - Aqeedah , Shaikh Mohamad Sami Moqbil student of Shaikh Hudhaifi of Medina - Tafseer and Tajweed, Shaikh Sayed Hadi bin Ahmad al-Haddaar Mufti of Comoros - Saheeh Muslim.

29th April 1-4pm

Saturday, April 7

Wednesday, April 4

Respect the Poor

If you come accross a poor person at a gathering, or a poor person visited you at home or at work, do not look down upon him or her.
Poverty is not a defect or a fault to be ashamed of, while lack of kindness and generosity is. Treat poor acquaintances or guests with honour and respect. Talk pleasantly with them, using the best of language. Again, poverty is not a vice, many who are poor are more honourable that the wealthy, and many who are penniless are preferred to the rich.
Islamic Manners: Shk A. F. Abu Ghuddah
Adab with the Poor
Abu Huraira (RA) narrated: "The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, 'Which of you is fasting today?' Abu Bakr said 'I am'. He asked 'Which of you has visited a sick person today?' Abu Bakr said, ' I have'. He said, 'Who attended a funeral today?' Abu Bakr said 'I have'. He asked, 'Who fed a poor person today?' Abu Bakr said 'I have'.
One of the narrators added further that the Prophet (SAW) said:
These qualities are not brought together in one man on a single day, but that he will enter the Garden".
Abdullah ibn Amr (RA) said:
"The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, 'Worship the Merciful and feed the people. Spread the greeting amongst yourselves and you will enter the Garden".
Abdullah ibn Amr (RA) said:
"A man asked the Messenger of Allah (SAW) ' Which is the best of Islam?' He said, 'Feeding people and giving greeting to those you know and those you do not know".
Extracts from Al-Adab Al-Mufrad by Imam Bukhari

Tuesday, April 3

The best way of asking for Forgiveness.

(Extracts from Al Adab Al Mufrad: by Imam Bukhari)
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said "Sayyid ul Istighfar (the best manner of seeking forgiveness) is:
Allahumma anta rabbi la illaha illa anta khalaqtani wa ana
abduka, wa ana 'ala ahdika wa wa'dika mastata 'tu abu'u
laka bi ni'matika wa abu'u laka bi dhambi, fa'ghfir-li, fa-
innahu la yaghfiru' dh-dhunuba illa anta. Audhu bika min
sharri ma sana' tu.
O Allah, You are my Lord. There is no God but You. You
created me and I am Your slave. I follow Your covenant and
promise as much as I can. I acknowledge Your blessing and I
confess to my sins, so forgive me. Only You can forgive sins.
I seek refuge with You from the evil of what I have done.
If he says it in the evening (believing in it) and he dies, he will enter the Garden or will be one of the people of the Garden.
If he says it in the morning and dies that day - it is the same.
Ibn Umar (RA) said:
"We used to count in the assembly of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) that He would repeat this prayer a 100 times:
"Rabbi' ghfir li wa tub 'alayya innaka anta' t-tawwabu r'raheem"
O Lord Forgive me and turn to me (accept my repentance). You are
the One who accepts repentance, the Merciful.
May Allah subhana w'talaa give us the tawfiq to repent for our sins and mistakes (those we know of, those we don't) before it is too late. May He accept our dua'as, purify us and make us amongst those who are worthy of entering the Garden of Paradise. May He remove pride, ignorance, envy, jealousy, hatred from our hearts and help us to ask our fellow brother and sisters, parents, teachers whom we have wronged, for their forgiveness.
Please forgive the author if they have ever wronged you in actions or by their tongue, offended you or not fulfilled your rights.
JazakhumAllahu khairun.