How Is It Your Muslim Brother Is Not Safe From You?

Sufyân ibn Husayn al-Wâsitî narrates:

“I spoke ill of a person in the presence of Iyâs bin Mu’âwiyah al-Muzanî who was the judge of Basra, a Tâbi’î and a very intelligent person. He looked straight in my face and asked

Did you wage war against the Romans?’

I replied: “No”.

He asked, ‘Did you wage war against Sind, India and the Turks?’

I replied “No”

He asked ‘Did you wage war against Sind, India and the Turks?’

I replied “No”,

‘How is it then, that the Romans, the Sindis, the Indians and the Turks are safe from you whilst your own Muslim Brother is not safe from you?”

Sufyan narrates: I never did this again

Ibn Kathîr: al-Bidâyah wan-Nihâyah,
Volume 9: Page 336

The Benefits of Giving Adhaan

The literal meaning of “Adhaan” is to inform, to call, and to announce.

In the Istalaah of Sharee’ah, Adhaan refers to those specific words by which people are informed that the time for Prayer has arrived.

There are numerous benefits of giving Adhaan, some of which are given as follows:

1 — Shaytaan runs away when he listens to the Adhaan:

  1. Sayyidunah Abu Hurayrah (radiallah anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:

    إِذَا نُودِيَ لِلصَّلاَةِ أَدْبَرَ الشَّيْطَانُ لَهُ ضُرَاطٌ حَتَّى لاَ يَسْمَعَ النِّدَاءَ فَإِذَا قُضِيَ النِّدَاءُ أَقْبَلَ حَتَّى إِذَا ثُوِّبَ بِالصَّلاَةِ أَدْبَرَ حَتَّى إِذَا قُضِيَ التَّثْوِيبُ أَقْبَلَ

    “When the call to prayer is made, Shaytaan retreats passing wind, so that he will not hear the Adhaan. When the Adhaan is completed he comes back, until, when the Iqaamah is said, he retreats again. When the Iqaamah is completed, he comes back…”
    [Saheeh Bukhaari (608), Saheeh Muslim (389)]

  2. Sayyidunah Jaabir (radiallah anhu) narrates that I heard the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) saying:

    إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ إِذَا سَمِعَ النِّدَاءَ بِالصَّلاَةِ ذَهَبَ حَتَّى يَكُونَ مَكَانَ الرَّوْحَاءِ”‏‏.‏ قَالَ الراوي والرَّوْحَاءِ مِنَ الْمَدِينَةِ سِتَّةٌ وَثَلاَثُونَ مِيلاً ‏.‏

    “When Satan hears the call to prayer, he runs away to a distance like that of Rauha. The Narrator said: Rauha is at a distance of thirty-six miles from Medina”
    [Saheeh Muslim (388)]

2 —Stopping of Bloodshed due to Adhaan:

  • Sayyidunah Anas bin Maalik (radiallah anhu) narrates that:The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) used to attack the enemy when it was dawn. He would listen to the Adhaan; so if he heard an Adhaan, he stopped, otherwise made an attack. Once upon hearing a man say:“Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest”, the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) remarked:

    “He is following al-Fitrah (al-Islam)”. Then hearing him say: “I testify that there is no god but Allah; there is no god but Allah”, the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: You have come out of the Fire (of Hell). They looked at him and found that he was a goat herd.
    [Saheeh Muslim (382)]

3 — Everything that hears the Adhaan will testify on the Day of Judgment in favor of the Mu’adhdhin:

  • Sayyidunah Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (radiallah anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:No Jinn, human being or any other creature hears the Mu`adh-dhin’s voice but will be a witness for him on the Day of Resurrection[Saheeh Bukhaari (609)]

4 — Giving Adhaan brushes away the sins:

  • Sayyidunah Abu Hurayrah (radiallah anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:

    وَالْمُؤَذِّنُ يُغْفَرُ لَهُ بِمَدِّ صَوْتِهِ وَيُصَدِّقُهُ مَنْ سَمِعَهُ مِنْ رَطْبٍ وَيَابِسٍ وَلَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِ مَنْ صَلَّى مَعَهُ ‏”‏

    “The Mu’adhdhin will be forgiven as far as his voice reaches, and whatever hears him, wet or dry, will confirm what he says, and he will have a reward like that of those who pray with him.”

[Sunan Nasaa’ee (653), Chain Hasan]

5 — Giving Adhaan will cause entrance to Paradise:

  • Sayyidunah Uqbah bin Aamir (radiallah anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:

    يَعْجَبُ رَبُّكُمْ مِنْ رَاعِيغَنَمٍ فِي رَأْسِ شَظِيَّةٍ بِجَبَلٍ يُؤَذِّنُ بِالصَّلاَةِ وَيُصَلِّي فَيَقُولُ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ انْظُرُوا إِلَى عَبْدِي هَذَا يُؤَذِّنُ وَيُقِيمُ الصَّلاَةَ يَخَافُ مِنِّي فَقَدْ غَفَرْتُ لِعَبْدِي وَأَدْخَلْتُهُ الْجَنَّةَ

    “Allah is pleased with a shepherd of goats who calls to prayer at the peak of a mountain, and offers prayer, Allah, the Exalted, says: Look at this servant of Mine; he calls to prayer and offers it and he fears Me. So I forgive him and admit him to paradise.”

    [Sunan Abu Dawood (1203), Chain Saheeh]

6 — Innumerable reward for giving Adhaan:

  • Sayyidunah Abu Hurayrah (radiallah anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:

    لَوْ يَعْلَمُ النَّاسُ مَا فِي النِّدَاءِ وَالصَّفِّ الأَوَّلِ، ثُمَّ لَمْ يَجِدُوا إِلاَّ أَنْ يَسْتَهِمُوا عَلَيْهِ لاَسْتَهَمُوا

    “If the people knew what is the reward of making the call (for the prayer) and (of being in) the first row (in the prayer), and if they found no other way to get this privilege except by casting lots, they would certainly cast lots for it”

    [Saheeh al-Bukhaari (615)]

  • 7 — A great good news from the tongue of Allaah’s Messenger, for the one who gives Adhaan:

  • Sayyidunah Abu Hurayrah (radiallah anhu) narrates that we were with the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam); Bilaal (radiallah anhu) stood up and started giving Adhaan; thus when he paused the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:

    منْ قَالَ مِثْلَ هَذَا يَقِينًا دَخَلَ الْجَنَّةَ

    “Whoever says the same as this (i.e. the Mu’adhdhin) with certainty, he will enter Paradise”

    [Sunan al-Nasaa’ee (675), Chain Hasan]

8 — A unique reward for the Mu’adhdhin on the Day of Judgment:

  • Sayyidunah Mu’aadh (radiallah anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:

    المؤذنون أطول الناس أعناقًا يوم القيامة‏‏

    “The Mu’adhdhinun (callers to prayer) will have the longest necks on the Day of Resurrection”

    [Saheeh Muslim (387)]

9 — Du’aa is accepted during the Adhaan:

  1. Sayyidunah Sahl bin Sa’d (radiallah anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:

    ثنتان لا تردان، أو قلما تردان‏:‏ الدعاء عند النداء وعند البأس حين يلحم بعضهم بعضًا‏”

    “Supplications at two times are never turned down (or said, “Are seldom turned down”), a supplication after the Adhaan has been proclaimed, and a supplication during the battle combating the enemy.”

    [Sunan Abu Dawood (2540), Chain Hasan]

  2. Sayyidunah Abdullah bin Umar (radiallah anhu) narrates that a man said: O Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), the Mu’adhdhins excel us (in virtue). The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:

    قُلْ كَمَا يَقُولُونَ فَإِذَا انْتَهَيْتَ فَسَلْ تُعْطَهْ

    “Say (the same words) as they say, and when you come to the end, make a petition and that will be granted to you”

    [Sunan Abu Dawood (524), Chain Hasan]

  3. Sayyidunah Anas bin Maalik (radiallah anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

    لاَ يُرَدُّ الدُّعَاءُ بَيْنَ الأَذَانِ وَالإِقَامَةِ

    “The supplication made between the Adhaan and the Iqaamah is never rejected.”

    [Sunan Abu Dawood (521), Chain Saheeh]

compiled by Raza Hassan

The Major Sins (Book & Audio)

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Tape 01. Ascribing Associates To Allah, The Most High (Shirk)
Tape 02. Killing A Human Being
Tape 03. Sorcery / Magic
Tape 04. Not Performing the Prayer
Tape 05. Not Paying Zakat
Tape 06. Showing Disrespect to One’s Parents
Tape 07. Riba / Interest
Tape 08. Wrong Consuming an Orphan’s Wealth
Tape 09. Lying About the Prophet
Tape 10. Breaking One’s Fast During Ramadan Without an Excuse
Tape 11. Fleeing From the Battlefield
Tape 12. Adultery / Fornication / Zina Part 1
Tape 13. Adultery / Fornication / Zina Part 2
Tape 14. The Leader Who Misleads His Followers, the Tyrant and the Oppressor
Tape 15. Drinking Alcohol
Tape 16. Arrogance, Pride, Conceit, Vanity and Haughtiness

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Constant Awareness of Being ‘Prepared’

It is a duty upon every sane person to be prepared for his departure (from this world), for one does not know when he will be served by his Lord’s commands (to take away his soul) nor does he know how long it is going to be before he will be summoned (for the Day of Judgment).

I have seen so many people enchanted by their youth. They have forgotten that their peers no longer exist, yet they are preoccupied with prolonged hopes (to stay alive).

A person in the process of acquiring knowledge may tell himself; ‘I will acquire knowledge today and will adopt it the following day.’ Such (postponement) may leave him in his deviation whilst giving himself a break (for the day)! Delaying his readiness to achieve repentance, whilst exposing himself to be indulged in (sins, such as) backbiting or listening to such (backbiting) or getting involved in a Shubhah (suspected, Halaal or Haraam) matters. He hopes to cancel it out (i.e. the bad deed/s) through his would be observance, the following day, forgetting that death may be sudden.

The wise one is he who values each and every moment of his life, observing one’s due duties. Then, if death was to come suddenly, one would be ready (to face The Judge, Allaah subhanahu wata’aala). However, if one is granted his wish (in his life being prolonged) that would mean the increasing of (one’s scale of) good deeds.

Imaam Ibn al-Jawzee

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How to Erase Our Sins

Following is a compilation of Ahadîth that speaks of ways in which we can erase our sins, InshaAllâh!

Repenting

A servant [of Allâh’s] committed a sin and said: O Allâh, forgive me my sin. And He (glorified and exalted be He) said: My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for them. Then he sinned again and said: O Lord, forgive me my sin. And He (glorified and exalted be He) said: My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for them. Then he sinned again and said: O Lord, forgive me my sin. And He (glorified and exalted be He) said: My servant has committed a sin and has known that he has a Lord who forgives sins and punishes for sins. Do what you wish, for I have forgiven you. [Hadîth Qudsi]
O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great at it. [Hadîth Qudsi]

Abû Bakr radhiAllâhu `anhu reported:

“I heard the Prophet sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam saying: ‘Allâh forgives the man who commits a sin (then feels ashamed), purifies himself, offers a prayer and seeks His forgiveness.’ Then he recited the ‘ayyah: ‘And those who, when they do an evil thing or wrong themselves, remember Allâh and implore forgiveness for their sins – and who can forgive sins except Allâh? – and will not knowingly repeat (the wrong) they did. The reward of such will be forgiveness from their Lord, and gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever- a bountiful reward for workers.”‘ [al-‘lmrân: 135-136]. [Abû Dawûd, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah, al-Baihaqi, and at-Tirmidhî who calls it hasan.]

Performing Wudhû

Narrated Abû Hurayrah radhiAllâhu `anhu: Allâh’s Apostle sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said:

When a bondsman – a Muslim or a believer – washes his face (in course of ablution), every sin he contemplated with his eyes will be washed away from his face along with water, or with the last drop of water ; when he washes his hands, every sin they wrought will be effaced from his hands with the water, or with the last drop of water; and when he washes his feet, every sin towards which his feet have walked will be washed away with the water, or with the last drop of water, with the result that he comes out pure from all sins. [Sahîh Muslim]

Narrated Uthmân ibn AffânradhiAllâhu `anhu:

The Messenger of Allâh sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said: He who performed ablution well, his sins would come out from his body, even coming out from under his nails. [Sahîh Muslim]

Performing Prayer

Narrated Uthmân ibn Affân radhiAllâhu `anhu: “I heard Allâh’s Apostle sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam say:

When the time for a prescribed prayer comes, if any Muslim performs ablution well and offers his prayer) with humility and bowing, it will be an expiation for his past sins, so long as he has not committed a major sin; and this applies to for all times. [Sahîh Muslim]

Narrated Abû Huraira radhiAllâhu `anhu: “Allâh’s Apostle said,

“The congregational prayer of anyone amongst you is more than twenty (five or twenty seven) times in reward than his prayer in the market or in his house, for if he performs ablution completely and then goes to the mosque with the sole intention of performing the prayer, and nothing urges him to proceed to the mosque except the prayer, then, on every step which he takes towards the mosque, he will be raised one degree or one of his sins will be forgiven. The angels will keep on asking Allâh’s forgiveness and blessings for everyone of you so long as he keeps sitting at his praying place. The angels will say, ‘O Allâh, bless him! O Allâh, be merciful to him!’ as long as he does not do Hadath or a thing which gives trouble to the other.” The Prophet further said, “One is regarded in prayer so long as one is waiting for the prayer.” [Sahîh Al-Bukhari]

Narrated Abû Hurayrah radhiAllâhu `anhu:

“The Messenger of Allâh sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said: He who purified himself in his house, and then he walked to one of the houses of Allâh for the sake of performing a fard (obligatory act) out of the Fara’id (obligatory acts) of Allâh, both his steps (would be significant) as one of them would obliterate his sin and the second one would raise his status. [Sahîh Muslim]

Attending the Jumu’ah Salâh

Narrated Abû Hurayrah radhiAllâhu `anhu: The Messenger of Allâh sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said:

Five prayers and from one Friday prayer to (the next) Friday prayer is an expiation (of the sins committed in between their intervals) if major sins are not committed. [Sahîh Muslim]

Narrated by Salman Al Farsi radhiAllâhu `anhu: The Prophet sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said,

Whoever takes a bath on Friday, purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jumua prayer) and does not separate two persons sitting together (in the mosque), then prays as much as (Allâh has) written for him and then remains silent while the Imam is delivering the Khutba, his sins in-between the present and the last Friday would be forgiven.” [Sahîh Al-Bukhari]

Doing good deeds

Narrated Ibn Masud radhiAllâhu `anhu: A man kissed a woman and then came to Allâh’s Apostle and told him of that, so this Divine Inspiration was revealed to the Prophet sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam:

“And offer Prayers perfectly at the two ends of the day, and in some hours of the night; (i.e. (five) compulsory prayers). Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds (small sins). That is a reminder for the mindful.” (Qur’aan : 11.114) The man said, Is this instruction for me only?” The Prophet said, “It is for all those of my followers who encounter a similar situation.” [Sahîh Al-Bukhari]

Performing Umrah and Hajj

Narrated by Abû Huraira : The Prophet sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said,

“Whoever performs Hajj for Allâh’s pleasure and does not have sexual relations with his wife, and does not do evil or sins then he will return (after Hajj free from all sins) as if he were born anew.” [Sahîh Al-Bukhari]

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud radhiAllâhu `anhu narrated that the Prophet sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said:

“Alternate between Hajj and ‘Umrah (regularly), for these two remove poverty and sins just as the blacksmith’s bellows removes all impurities from metals like iron, gold and silver. The reward for Hajj Mabrur is nothing short of Paradise.” [Nasa’i and Tirmidhi, who regards it a sound hadîth ]

Narrated Abû Huraira radhiAllâhu `anhu: Allâh’s Apostle sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said,

“(The performance of) ‘Umra is an expiation for the sins committed (between it and the previous one). And the reward of Hajj Mabrur (the one accepted by Allâh) is nothing except Paradise.” [Sahîh Al-Bukhari]

Saying ‘Amîn’

Narrated by Abû Huraira radhiAllâhu `anhu: The Prophet sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said,

“When the Imâm says ‘Amîn’, then you should all say Amîn’, for the angels say Amîn at that time, and he whose Amîn coincides with the Amînof the angels, all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Sahîh Al-Bukhari]

Fasting and performing prayers in the night of Qadr in Ramadân

Narrated by Abû Huraira radhiAllâhu `anhu: The Prophet sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said,

“Whoever fasted the month of Ramadân out of sincere Faith (i.e. belief) and hoping for a reward from Allâh, then all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayers in the night of Qadr out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allâh, then all his previous sins will be forgiven .” [Sahîh Al-Bukhari]

Sending salutations

Abû Talha Al Ansari radhiAllâhu `anhu said, “The Prophet, sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam, woke up one day cheerful and beaming. His companions exclaimed, ‘O Prophet of Allâh, you woke up today cheerful and beaming.’ He replied,

‘Yes! A messenger of Allâh, the Mighty and the Glorified, came to me and said, “If anyone from your ummah sends you a salutation, Allâh will record for him ten good deeds, wipe off ten of his sins, and raise him thereby ten degrees in rank, and He will return his salutation with a similar salutation”.‘ [Ahmad] Ibn Kathîr considers this a sound hadîth ]

Being kind to animals

Narrated Abû Huraira radhiAllâhu `anhu: Allâh’s Apostle sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said,

“While a man was walking he felt thirsty and went down a well and drank water from it. On coming out of it, he saw a dog panting and eating mud because of excessive thirst. The man said, ‘This (dog) is suffering from the same problem as that of mine. So he (went down the well), filled his shoe with water, caught hold of it with his teeth and climbed up and watered the dog. Allâh thanked him for his (good) deed and forgave him.” The people asked, “O Allâh’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving (the) animals?” He replied, “Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate.” [Sahîh Al-Bukhari]

Narrated Abû Huraira radhiAllâhu `anhu: Allâh’s Apostle sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said,

“A prostitute was forgiven by Allâh, because, passing by a panting dog near a well and seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took off her shoe, and tying it with her head-cover she drew out some water for it. So, Allâh forgave her because of that.” [Sahîh Al-Bukhari]

Leaving grey hair

Amr ibn Shu’aib related on the authority of his father from his grandfather that the Prophet sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said,

“Do not pluck the grey hairs as they are a Muslim’s light. Never a Muslim grows grey in Islam except that Allâh writes for him, due to that, a good deed. And he raises him a degree. And he erases for him, due to that, one of his sins.” [Related by Ahmad, Abû Dawûd, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah] And Anas said, “We used to hate that a man should pluck out his white hairs from his head or beard.” [Sahîh Muslim]

Some simple supplications through which we can erase our sins, Insha’Allâh!

Narrated Abû Huraira radhiAllâhu `anhu: Allâh’s Apostle said,

“Whoever says, ‘Subhan Allâh wa bihamdihi,’ one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea.” [Sahîh Al-Bukhari]

Narrated Abû Huraira radhiAllâhu `anhu: Allâh’s Apostle sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said,

“Whoever says: ‘La ilaha illal-lah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahu-l-mulk wa lahu-l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shai’in qadir,’ one hundred times will get the same reward as given for manumitting ten slaves; and one hundred good deeds will be written in his accounts, and one hundred sins will be deducted from his accounts, and it (his saying) will be a shield for him from Satan on that day till night, and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he.” [Sahîh Al-Bukhari]

Narrated Abû Hurayrah radhiAllâhu `anhu: Allâh’s Apostle sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said:

If anyone extols Allâh after every prayer thirty-three times [SubhanAllâh], and praises Allâh thirty-three times [Alhamdulillah], and declares His Greatness thirty-three times [Allâh hu Akbar], ninety-nine times in all, and say to complete a hundred: “There is no god but Allâh, having no partner with Him, to Him belongs sovereignty and to Him to praise due, and He is Potent over everything,” his sins will be forgiven even if these are as Abûndant as the foam of the sea. [Sahîh Muslim]

Abû Hurairah radhiAllâhu `anhu reported that the Prophet, sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam, said,

“If anyone sits in an assembly where there is much clamor and says before getting up to leave, “Subhanaka Allâhumma wa bihamdika, ashadu an-la illaha illa-anta, astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayka” (Glory be to You, O Allâh, and I begin with declaring all praise is due to You, I testify that there is no god but You; I ask Your pardon and turn to You in repentance), he will be forgiven any sin that he might have committed while in that assembly. [Tirmidhi and Al-Baihaqi, (Kitab ad-D’wat Al-kabir)]

Mu’adh b. Anas radhiAllâhu `anhu reported that the Prophet, sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam, said,

“If anyone wears a new garment and says, “Alhamdu lillahillazi kasaabi hazaa wa razakabehi min ghairi hawlin minna walaa kuwwata” ‘All praise be to Allâh, Who clothed me with this garment and provided it for me, with no power or strength from myself’ Allâh will forgive all his previous sins.” [Abû Dawûd, At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah]

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