Saturday, September 30, 2006

Al Haya (modesty, shyness,self respect, bashfulness...

Abu Hurraira radiyal laahu anhu narrated that the messenger of Allah salalaahu aleyhiwassalam said,"Faith is about sixty branches and modesty is part of faith".

Ibn Umar radiyalaahu anhu narrated that the messenger of Allah salalaahu aleyhiwassalam passed an Ansari man who was admonishing (dissaproving) his brother regarding Al Haya". On that the prophet of Allah salalaahu aleyhiwassalam said, "Leave him! as Al Haya is part of faith.

The word haya mentioned above doesn’t have a single meaning however carries several meanings. Among those meanings are self respect, bashfulness, modesty, shyness and honour. Haya is the opposite of being proud because the messenger of Allah tells us in The Kitaabul emaan that one who possesses an atoms weight of pride will not enter jannah. As modesty is one of the 60 branches of faith someone who lacks this characteristic does not possess complete faith.

Explanation by Abu abdillah Yunus Ibn Mahmoud


It is reported on the authority of Anas Radiyal laahu anhu that the messenger of Allah (saw) said; “None of you truly believes till one likes for his brother what he likes for himself”.

The messenger of Allah told us not to hate, oppress and humiliate one another. People are sometimes overpowered by their selfish characteristics however after reading this saying of the prophet (saw) one should behave accordingly. This hadieth tells us that it is from faith that one should like for his brother what he would like for himself. Allah is in the aid of his slave so long as his slave is in the aid of his brother.

Explanation by Abu abdillah Yunus Ibn Mahmoud

Monday, September 25, 2006

Signs of a Munaafiq (Hypocrite)

Ibn Amr (ra) narrated that the messenger of Allah said; “Whomever has the following four characteristics will be a pure hypocrite and whomever has one of the following characteristics will have one characteristic of a hypocrite unless and until he gives it up”. The characteristics include:
1. Telling lies constantly
2. The breaking of promises
3. When he makes an agreement he proves deceitful
4. Whenever he quarrels he does so in an evil and insulting manner.
There are two types of hypocrites; one who conceals his kufur (disbelieve) and the second is someone who might be a true believer however may possess the characteristics of a munaafik due to their upbringing or other factors. The punishment for those who lie is that their mouth, nose and eyes will be ripped continuously, from one side all the way to the other side.

Truth leads to piety and piety leads to paradise. The messenger of Allah (saw) said; “He will keep speaking the truth until he is recorded with Allah as a truthful person and a liar will keep telling lies until he is recorded with Allah as a lair”. If you find that you carry one of these traits you try your utmost to stop and also notify your brothers and sisters if these characteristics are present in their personalities. Munaafiqs are those who claim to be Muslim however conceal their disbelieve and in terms of prayer they stand up in laziness. A munaafik is viewed even worse than a disbeliever and their final abode will be the lowest pits of hell. The punishment for those who distort ahadieth and quran is that Allah will be built a house for them in hell.

If one lies using Allah’s name he has to feed 10 masaakiin (poor people) and if one is unable to do so then he must fast for 3 days. To lie and use Allah name is one of the major sins. When two people are conversing about goodness then Allah is there third and there is profit for those concerned and as soon as someone lies or exhibits a foul characteristic then Allah will leave and there is no profit. Every abusive, proud, violent person will taste the hellfire if they don’t repent. One must learn these characteristics not to accuse others of them but to refrain and stay away from them.

Explanation by Abu abdillah Yunus Ibn Mahmoud

Every Prophet had a Sign the People Believed In

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurraira radiyalaahu anhu that the prophet salalaahu aleyhiwassalam said, "There has never been a prophet of the prophets who was not bestowed a sign amongst the signs which were bestowed (on earlier prophets), human beings believed in it and verily I have been confered (granted or bestowed) upon revelation (The Holy Quran) which Allah revealed to me.
I hope that I will have the greatest number of followers on the Day of Resurrection".

From this hadieth we discover that every prophet received a sign appropriate to their time which reflected the things that were prevalent. Prophet Musa aleyhi salaam for example was given the ability to do the best of magic in order to overtake the magic which was already in existence at that time. Isa aleyhi salaam was given the ability to heal and resurrect people by Allah’s permission. Muhammad salalaahu aleyhi wassalam was given eloquence and the best form of poetry/speech. The quran left the people gob smacked. Unlike the other scriptures the quran has not been distorted because Allah promised to protect it. The prophet salalaahu aleyhiwassalam hopes to have the largest number of followers on the Day of Judgment and thus he says; ‘Marry those sisters who are kind and love to bear children. For I will compete on the Day of Judgment with your numbers’.

Explanation by Abu abdillah Yunus Ibn Mahmoud

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Rights of a neighbour

Abu Shuraih (ra) narrates that the messenger of Allah (saw) said, “By Allah he does not believe” three times and when he was asked who he was referring to he answered, “The one who’s neighbour feels unsafe from his evil”.

There are three categories a neighbour falls into, the first has one right on the believer and that is for being a neighbour, the second has two rights, one for being a neighbour and one for being a believer and last type of neighbour has three rights, one for being a neighbour, another for being a believer and the third right for being a blood relative. Sheikh of Islam Taymiya said that sins are divided into two categories, major and minor. Harming the neighbour is one of the major sins and falling into one of the major sins will most probably mean that one will enter the hellfire. Major sins are sins which Allah and the messenger (saw) have prescribed a punishment for, either in this world or hereafter. One will suffer the consequences for their sins unless they ask for tawbah (forgiveness) of Allah and then it is as though that person had never sinned to start of with.
However there are conditions surrounding the acceptance of tawbah.
1. One must be sincere
2. He must regret committing that sin
3. He must stop the sin altogether
4. Resolve from dong that action again
5. So long as death isn’t rattling at his throat and prior to the sun rising from the east.
An individual is not answerable for his action while he is asleep or in a coma, insane and before maturity. Signs of maturity include the intimate dream, pubic hair in the lower region and the start of the menstrual cycle for girls.

Explanation by Abu abdillah Yunus Ibn Mahmoud

Whispering in Emaan

Anas radiyalaahu anhu narrates that Allah's messenger salalaahu aleyhiwasalam said. "People will not stop asking questions till they say, "This is Allah, the Creator of everything, then who created Allah?"

In a variation on the authority of Abu Hurraira radiyalaahu anhu narrates that the prophet salalaahu aleyhi wassalam said, "Satan comes to one of you and says, "Who created so and so?, Who created so and so?" Till he says, Who created your Lord?" So when he reaches up to such a question, one should seek refuge in Allah and give up such thoughts.

These ahadieth are in relation to cutting off the whispering in Emaan. A man once came to the prophet (saw) and told him that he hears the whispering of shaytan, and the whispers are so bad that he is unable to repeat them. The messenger of Allah (saw) told him that this is the purest of faith, one should say seek refuge in Allah and put an end to that train of thought. Distraction in prayer is from a shaytaan called Khanzaab, one should spit three times in the direction of his left side. Anyone who sufferers in the regards to whispers he will be rewarded accordingly. One who resists the whispers is like a mujaahid and this is one of the best forms of jihad. Shaytaan only whispers to the ones who try focus, are devoted and concentrate on Allah.

Explanation by Abu abdillah Yunus Ibn Mahmoud

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Little about Moi & Intention

Bismilaah, Wa Salaatu Wa Salaamu 'Ala Rassulillah

Salaamu aleykum warahmatulaah wa barakaatu,

Everyone out there must have an interest or hobby in which they find tranquility, inner peace and to some extend even a high (if not, maybe you should explore some options:). I find these factors in the remembrance of Allaah Azza wa Jal. I believe appreciation comes with understanding and acquiring knowledge is important, but oh no! Not just any knowledge it’s got to be Islamic knowledge.
Unfortunately I’m not studying Islam at a particular academic institute yet, however I do wish to do so in the future insha’allah. Its amazing how when it boils down to worldly matters we are vigilant and attentive, not only that but we place so much effort and dedication into whatever it is we want to execute. In no way do I imply that we should have total disregard for the dunya, far from it actually. But what we are totally oblivious of is the fact that if you were to entirely & sincerly embrace this way of life called Islam we would be successful in this life as well as the hereafter.

If Allah wills I will be sharing notes of lectures that I attend as well as books I find intriguing and anything else that interests me. Hopefully these notes will beneficial as well as useful. All that is correct & accurate is from Allah and any mistakes and shortcomings are from me, so I’m going to ask you to excuse me in advance for any faults that you might come across whilst reading my posts. I do however welcome comments so feel free to drop them in insha’allah.

Jazaak allaahu khairn

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful

All praise and Glory is for Allah the All-Mighty and Majestic and I send peace and blessings upon our beloved prophet Muhammad.
Salaamu aleykum warahmatulaahi wabarakaatu

Hello there, I only just discovered this blogging phenomenon, I was introduced to it by my lovely cousin (FOC). I look forward to dropping a few posts here and sharing beneficial information with my brothers and sisters insha'allah.

May Allah assist and guide me for without Allah's input all is futile!