Archive for April, 2009

Why Is Our Supplication Not Answered?

April 21, 2009 1 comment

It was said to Ibraaheem ibn Adham: Why is it that we supplicate but receive no response?

He said because you know Allaah but you do not obey Him,

and you know the Messenger but you do not follow his Sunnah,

and you know the Qur’aan but you do not act in accordance with it,

and you eat from the blessings of Allaah but you do not give thanks for them,

and you know Paradise but you do not seek it,

and you know Hell but you do not flee from it,

and you know the Shaytaan but you do not fight him rather you agree with him,

and you know death but you do not prepare for it,

and you have buried the dead but you do not learn a lesson from that,

and you ignore your own faults and are preoccupied with other people’s faults.

Tafseer al-Qurtubee (2/312).


Supporting the Husband in Da’wah

April 16, 2009 4 comments

9. Be your husband’s rock

When we support our husbands’ efforts in da’wah, we will be rewarded too. Allow him time to spend in this cause and help him in any way you can. Remember the hadith in which Asmâ bint Yazîd ibn As-Sakan radiyallahu anha came to the Prophet sallalahu alayhe wasallam and said: “Oh Messenger of Allâh, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you. I have come to you on behalf of the women. We have believed in you. We do not go out and we remain in your homes. We are your source of physical pleasure. We carry your children. A man goes out to pray jumu’ah and jamâ’ah and follows the janazah. And if you go out for hajj, or umrah, or jihad, we look after your wealth. We wash your clothing. We raise your children. Shall we not share in the reward?”

The Prophet sallalahu alayhe wasallam turned to his companions and said: “Have you ever heard anything a woman has said better than what she has said?” Then he said to her: “Understand O Woman, and inform the other women. Indeed a woman’s perfection of her relationship with her husband, her seeking his pleasure, and doing that which he approves of is equivalent to all of that.” Asmâ left exclaiming “La ilâha illa Allâh!” (Adh-Dhahabi, Siyar A’lam An-Nubala).

Taken from:  Sisters Magazine, Spring 2009, Article “10 Ways to do Da’wah from the comfort of your home” pg. 14

Beneficial Classes with the Scholars of Islaam

It is reported that Abû Al-Dardâ` – Allâh be pleased with him – used to say, “Learn knowledge before it is taken way, and it is taken away by its people (scholars) being taken away. The scholar and the student are partners in good and there is no good in any other people. The richest of men is the knowledgeable man whose knowledge is needed: he benefits those who need him and if done without, he benefits himself with the knowledge Allâh ‘azza wa jalla has placed with him. So how is it I see your scholars dying yet the ignorant amongst you not learning? I fear that the predecessor will depart and the successor will not learn. If the scholar studies, he only increases in knowledge, and he does not take anything away from knowledge. And if the ignorant studies, he will find knowledge firm and established. So how is it that I see you full up with food, yet starved of knowledge?”

Ibn ‘Abd Al-Barr, Jâmi’ Bayân Al-‘Ilm wa Fadlihi Vol. 2 p233.

Narration taken from


A Sunnah many overlook: Praying 2 Rakah for Repentance

April 1, 2009 1 comment

A Sunnah Many Overlook: Two Rakah for Repentance

أبي بكر الصدِّيق – رضي الله عنه – ، عن النَّبيِّ – صلى الله عليه وسلم – قال : « مَا مِنْ رَجُلٍ يُذْنِبُ ذَنْبًا ثُمَّ يَقُومُ فَيَتَطَهَّرُ ثُمَّ يُصَلِّى ثُمَّ يَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ إِلاَّ غَفَرَ اللَّهُ لَهُ ». ثُمَّ قَرَأَ هَذِهِ الآيَةَ (وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا فَعَلُوا فَاحِشَةً أَوْ ظَلَمُوا أَنْفُسَهُمْ ذَكَرُوا اللَّهَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُوا لِذُنُوبِهِمْ وَمَنْ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَلَمْ يُصِرُّوا عَلَى مَا فَعَلُوا وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ )

Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him) said the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Any person who sins then performs wudu correctly and prays and afterward seeks Allah’s forgiveness Allah forgives him.” Then As-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with ) recited the verse” And those who when they commit an indecency or do injustice to their souls remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their faults– and who forgives the faults but Allah, and (who) do not knowingly persist in what they have done.{ Al-Imran 135}

Collected by Abu Dawud (1521) At-Tirmithi (406) Ibn Majah (1395) and Ahmed (1/2-8-9-10) graded as being Hasan by At-Tirmithi, Ibn ‘Adee, Ibn Kathir, At-Thahabee and Al-Albani (may Allah have mercy on them all)

Ibn Taymeyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said,” It is a recommended act for every person who sinned to perform Wudu then pray two Rak’ah [ Majmou Fatawaa vol 21 / 139]

Ibn Al-Arabee (may Allah have mercy on him) mentioned some beneficial remarks about this hadeeth He wrote the following in ‘Aaridatul Ahwathi Bi Sharh Sunnan At-Tirmithi [ Vol 2 page 167 . Printed by Darul Kitabul Ilmeeyah]

  • This hadeeth shows the superiority of the Wudu, the prayer and the act of seeking Allah’s forgiveness
  • This hadeeth explains verse 135 in surah Al-Imran.
  • This hadeeth shows how the servant carries out acts of obedience in repenting. First the servant feels regret which purifies him internally. Then he makes wudu. Next he prays. And after he finishes praying he seeks the Most Merciful’s forgiveness.

Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle