Prophetic Supplication for Allah’s Love – and the Means to It

Abu’d Darda’ (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said that from the supplication (du`a’) of the Prophet Dawud (peace be upon him) was, “O Allah, I ask You for Your love, the love of those who love You, and the actions that make me attain unto Your love. O Allah, make love of You more beloved to me than my self, my wealth, my family, and from cold water.” [Tirmidhi]

(ت) أبو الدرداء – رضي الله عنه – :قال : قال رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- : «كان من دُعاء داودَ ، يقول : اللَّهمَّ إِني أسألك حُبَّك ، وحبَّ من يحبُّك ، والعَمَل الذي يُبَلِّغُني حبَّكَ، اللَّهمَّ اجعل حُبَّك أَحَبَّ إِليَّ من نفسي ، ومالي، وأَهْلي ، ومن الماءِ البارِد ، قال : وكان رسولُ الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- إذا ذُكِرَ داودُ يحدِّث عنه ، يقول : كان أَعْبَدَ البَشَرِ».أخرجه الترمذي .

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad – Religious Freedom & the Sunna (Cambridge Khutbas)

cambridge khutbas etc.: Religious Freedom & the Sunna

In this talk, the sheikh discusses the role in the modern world of following the sunna (‘example’, ‘practice’) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). He begins by analysing the fragmentation of the modern world, in which different aspects of human existence and even of an individual are disconnected from each other. As humanity learns more and more about the material details of our existence, there seems to be a correlating reduction in our real understanding of the overall meaning of creation and our place in it. Yet how can we find an antidote to this in the practice of the Prophetic sunna, which, superficially at least, is concerned with the very fine details of our day-to-day life? The sheikh explains the importance firstly of the fact that it is a source of harmony by allowing us to integrate our outward and inward states and conform both to the fundamental reality of our existence. Secondly, the sunna is a shelter and liberation from the imprisonment with which our uncultivated egos (nafs) and desires (hawa’) threaten us. To the modern eye, trained to judge only by the criterion of personal freedom, limiting oneself to a prescribed type of behaviour seems a surefire route to misery and repression. Yet what real freedom is there in living according to the unrelenting demands of the nafs, which will always push for more and more because any apparent happiness it finds in transitory acts is just as fleeting? Unfortunately, for many of us religion has become just another way of acting out the hyperactive impulses of our unquiet souls. But, the sheikh reminds us, its real function is just the opposite – a route to inner contentment (sakina) and thereby freedom.

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Reason as Balance – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad – and Other Excellent Articles…

Cambridge Muslim College :: Resources :: CMC Papers

Reason As Balance: the evolution of ‘aql

CMC Papers No.3 by Timothy Winter [Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad]
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The Aims of Education

CMC Papers No.2 by Syed Ali Ashraf
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Some Reflections on Principles of Islamic Education within a Western Context

CMC Papers No. 1 by Dr. Atif Imtiaz
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Mufti Taqi Usmani – On Using Time Appropriately

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This is advice Mufti Taqi Usmani gave someone seeking counsel:

The Shaykh told him:

“Recognize the importance of time. That it is an invaluable wealth. Spend it very wisely and precisely in virtuous actions.”

Next day while the Shaykh was sitting in Masjid al-Haraam facing the holy Kab’a (‘s Rukun-e-Yamani) an individual requested some elaboration on this advice. That is, as how to practically incorporate it in to one’s daily life.

Obviously pleased on the question, Shaykh replied;

“Firstly one has to recognize the importance of time per se.

Secondly, one has to organize one’s schedule to fully maximize the benefit of available time, such that not a single moment is wasted. Being wasted meaning that it is not utilized appropriately even for a worldly purpose, may it be sleeping or moderate lawful entertainment or being busy in helping another fulfill his essential obligations, etc.

Wasting time includes indulging in activities having no benefit for this life or here-after (akhira).”

The Shaykh continued:

“Develop the habit of planning.

That is, plan for the future.

If I was to get 5 or 10 minutes break between my tasks how will I spend it?

For example, while commuting to work.

Think and decide in advance.

How I am going to spend these 15 minutes besides doing the driving?

Only if one has thought of these in advance he will be able to utilize this time appropriately.

My father (Grand Mufti of Pakistan, Hazrat Mawala Mohammad Shafi’i ra) used to inform us that, “Even the time I spent in toilet I try to make use of it. If there is nothing else I scrub and clean the water jug (lota) kept in there.”

All praise to Allah, due to his training I also try to enact on this advice. When I come home from my classes I know there will be at least a 5 minute interval before the lunch is served. I have planned in advance the use of this time. Such as, to return someone’s telephone call, etc.

When a person develops this habit of utilizing the time precisely, Allah facilitates immense actions for him and also puts blessing (barakh) in time. (That is, in short duration a lot is achieved.)

Remember, heedlessness (gaflah) is a bane!”

Makkah e mukarramah, November, 7th 2005

Praying in Congregation

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Eight): In this lesson Shaykh Faraz looks at the spiritual benefits of congregational prayer. Furthermore, Shaykh Faraz explains why there is gender distinction in certain rulings of law.

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icon-podcastThe Prophet – A Tremendous Blessing

In His Book, Allah Most High describes the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as a person of tremendous character. In this khutba, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains what a tremendous blessing the Prophet is, and provides practical advice on how to establish a living connection with Allah’s Final Messenger.

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icon-podcastPrayer – The Best Remembrance

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icon-podcastProphetic Supplication for Guidance, Piety, Restraint, and Freedom from Need

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icon-podcastSeeking Allah – The Goal of Seeking Knowledge

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Introduction) – This is the first of a series of podcasts in which Shaykh Faraz Rabbani will cover the text Fada’il al’A’mal by the great Imam Diya’ al-Maqdisi. In this lecture Shaykh Faraz sets the context for approaching this work of hadith.

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icon-podcastWudhu – Purifying Oneself Inwardly and Outwardly

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson One): This is a series of daily podcasts in which Shaykh Faraz Rabbani will cover the text Fada’il A’mal by the Great Imam Diya al-Maqdisi. In this lesson Shaykh Faraz examines the significance of wudu.

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icon-podcastWudhu and Rising in Rank with Allah

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Two): It is related that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Should I not point you to that which Allah wipes away errors through and by which He raises one numerous ranks.” In this lesson Shaykh Faraz Rabbani comments on the three actions one can do to raise in rank with Allah.

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icon-podcastOpening the Gates of Paradise with Wudhu

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Three): In this lesson Shaykh Faraz explain how a believer can have the gates of paradise opened by perfecting their wudu. Umar ibn al-Khattab (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever performs the ritual ablution and does so well, and then says, ‘Ashhadu al-la ilaha illa’l Llah(a) wahdahu la sharika lahu wa anna Muhammadan `abduhu wa rasuluh(u). Allahumma’j`lni mina’t tawwabin wa’j`alni mina’l mutatahhirin (I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, One without partner, and that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. O Allah, make me of the truly repentant and make me of those who truly purify themselves),’ all eight of the doors of Paradise are opened for them–and they can enter from whichever they wish.” [Muslim (144), Tirmidhi (55), and Abu Dawud (169), though Muslim didn’t mention the second part of the supplication]

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icon-podcastThe Virtues of the Call to Prayer

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Four): ” The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him), said, “Everything that hears the call of the muezzin — whether jinn, human, or otherwise — will bear witness to it on the Day of Resurrection.” In this lesson Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reflects on the greatness of the call to prayer, and the sunnahs related to the call to prayer.

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icon-podcastVirtues of Supplicating Between the Adhan and Iqama

Understanding Virtue Through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Five): It is related that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Supplication between the adhan and iqama is not rejected.” In the following lesson Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the merit of calling upon Allah during specific sacred times, and shed light on what a believer should be asking for from Allah.

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icon-podcastVirtues of Building Mosques

Understanding Virtue through the Prophetic Teachings (Lesson Six): It is related that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever builds a mosque seeking the pleasure of Allah, Allah builds for them its like in Paradise.” In this lesson Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the importance of building and maintaining mosques.

A Biography of Shaykh Muhammad Adib Al-Kallas

Shaykh Ahmed al-Kallas writes about Shaykh Muhammad Adib al-Kallas (pdf)

He is the erudite scholar, the learned teacher, the zahid, the renowned jurist, Muhammad Adib al-Kallas b. Ahmad b. al-Haj Dib.

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Restraint in an Age of Excess – by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

In this sermon, the shaykh relates a sound hadith in which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said that what he feared most for his community was the following of the uncontrolled urges of gluttony and lust. Although we often hear important warnings in sermons and elsewhere against the influence of the sad and tawdry modern culture of immodesty and sexual permissiveness, less attention is paid to the greedy and dysfunctional attitude toward food that the Western monoculture promotes. Yet not only is it a problem against which the the Blessed Prophet strongly warned us (peace be upon him), but one which is increasingly and obviously widespread among Muslims. The shaykh therefore reminds us of the importance of the prophetic virtue of restraint, which has so many important benefits, both spiritual and physical, and discusses how we can attempt to imitate it.

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“the Strong Believer Is Better and More Beloved to Allah Than the Weak Believer, Though There Is Good in Both.”

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the words of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, though there is good in both.”

See also:

The Believer’s Clarity When Tested: The Power of Patience
The Struggle and Strife Of A Believer’s Life
Will a Believer Who Doesn’t Practice Islam Go to Paradise?
Is There a Prophetic Supplication to Relieve My Hopelessness?

Muslim Americans: A National Portrait

IRAQI-AMERICAN MUSLIMS CELEBRATE IN DEARBORN OUSTER OF HUSSEIN“Muslim Americans: A National Portrait represents the first-ever nationally representative study of a randomly selected sample of Muslim Americans. The results shed light on one of the most diverse religious groups in the United States, reflecting the economic, racial, and political diversity within America itself. This study allows the reader to better understand the perspectives of Muslim Americans on ‘kitchen table’ issues, from the economy to emotional well-being, while comparing them with other religious and racial groups in American society.”

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