Here is some valuable advice as we get to the beginning of the month of Dhul-hijjah. It could be tomorrow inshaAllah (the first of the month).
An excellent article to share with any new Muslims that you know. Come to think of it, this is even beneficial for the Muslim who has been upon Islam for all his life. Benefit and share inshaAllah.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Ten Points of Advice for the Newly Practicing
As Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatahu, to proceed:
Congratulations on being granted the great success of repenting to Allah and returning to Him, for indeed this is truly a great blessing, a great gift that few are given, and a lot are prohibited from. I ask Allaah that He allows all of us return to Him in repentance and dependence.
My noble brother, the well known contemporary term ‘Iltizaam’ [adherence to/ practice of the Sunnah] is not known from the Book of Allaah, the Sunnah, or the statements of the Salaf. This is why instead of using it, I will use the legislated term [i.e. guidance] which is more suitable as well as having a better meaning.
Indeed being guided to uprightness with its understanding today – that a person who was deficient in the rights of his Lord, a person who was neglectful of a lot of obligations, one who used to practice a lot of evil and sinning; such as shaving his beard, allowing his garments to drop lower than his ankles, smoking, listening to music, forsaking the prayer in congregation and maybe even forsaking prayers altogether or just some prayers. So when he ‘Ilatazam’ – adheres/practices, he shortens his garments, grows his beard, prays in congregation and prays the Sunnah prayers and accompanies those who are on this same path.
As salaamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullah I really apologize for not posting anything in quite some time. Both me and Br. Sajid have been really busy with other things. May Allah make our situations easy for all of us. Ameen. Just read this post on another blog and it brought me to tears subhanAllah. We go through trials in this life but when we read about other people's difficulties, it really puts your situation in perspective. Read this story and you will know what I mean...