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Appreciating The Blessings of Allah – Shaykh Faid Said

* Courtesy of The Nur 

Shaykh Faid reminds us that guidance is the greatest achievement. Allah teaches us through the Quran what to ask him, how to ask him and when to ask him. Focusing on what to ask him, Allah teaches us to ask him for guidance.

Good News For a Change

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Perfect Beauty: The Prophet ﷺ Described

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani teaches from Imam Munawi’s work – a complete description of the appearance, character, conduct and habits of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him and his folk)–al-Rawd al-Basim (the Smiling Garden).

This work is based on Imam Tirmidhi’s famous work al-Shama’il (the Prophetic Description), but is much more detailed: Tirmidhi’s work has slightly more than 400 hadiths; Munawi’s text is almost 1,100 hadiths.

His Physical Appearance

Habib Ali al-Jifri suggested to Shaykh Faraz that he teach this work and so in this first lesson, Shaykh Faraz begins with the first chapter, on the Physical Appearance of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace).

Commemorating the Beloved Messenger Muhammad ﷺ

A brief lecture by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani during the month of Rabi Al-Awwal on commemorating the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and rejoicing in him being sent as a Mercy to mankind.

The Prophetic Message of Mercy, by Shaykh Faid Muhammad Said

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is a mercy and blessing to us in this life and in the hereafter, in ways that are seen and ways that are unseen. Reconnect your heart to this beautiful, Divine constant, with this reminder from Shaykh Faid Muhammad Said.

Is It an Innovation to Recite the Qur’an Seeking a Cure?

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally

Question: I am slowly losing hair on my head, I believe it is hereditary. In any case, I was thinking to recite the three Quls (Ikhlas,Falaq and Nas) three times and blow it on water and wipe my hair with that water in hope to seek blessing and Baraka, and to prevent hair loss by Allah’s word. Would this be blameworthy or bid’ah (innovation)?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

May Allah grant you and your family good health.

Reciting or using the Qur’an, as well as the Divine Names and other supplications, for purposes of seeking a cure, either for oneself or for others, is not blameworthy, nor considered a blameworthy innovation. It is rather considered a Sunnah [Sharh Sahih Muslim].

This is because of the following:

The Qur’an Describes itself as a Cure

The Qur’an describes itself as a cure, saying of itself:

We have sent down of the Qur’an what is a cure and mercy for believers [Quran; 17.82];

Say: It is for those who believe, guidance and a cure [Qur’an; 41.44].

Hadith texts Establish using the Qur’an as a Cure

Numerous narrations establish the permissibility of using the Qur’an to seek a cure. For example:

Aisha (may God be pleased with her) reported that “the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him would recite the Mu’awwidhat [the three final chapters of the Qur’an] over a member of his family who had fallen ill” [Muslim].

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri and Ibn ‘Abbas (may God be pleased with them) both relate narrations that establish that the opening chapter of the Qur’an, the Fatiha, can be used to seek a cure. In it, Abu Sa’id recites the Fatiha to successfully cure a man who had been stung by a scorpion, which they later inform the Prophet (peace be upon him) of. The Prophet (peace be upon him) confirms its use for this purpose, asking rhetorically, “What gave it away that it is an incantation for cure (ruqya)?” [Bukhari].

What about Using other Portions of the Qur’an?

Although these narrations only mention the first and last three chapters of the Qur’an, scholars such as Imam al-Nawawi have understood implicitly from them that it is praiseworthy to use any part of the Qur’an or other supplications as incantations to treat sickness and ills [Sharh Sahih Muslim]. Nawawi reasons that the Prophet’s specifically making use of the Mu’awwidhat was because of their comprehensive natures; in them, a person seeks refuge in God from all undesirable things. It does not, as ibn Hajar also notes, preclude using something else from the Qur’an or supplications that are Prophetic, or do not militate against the spirit of transmitted supplications [Fath al-Bari].

Moreover, one does not need a specific piece of evidence for an act that is does not run contrary to the spirit of the law. Sh. ‘Abd al-Ilah al-‘Arfaj and Dr. Sayf al-‘Asri both note in their works on innovation into the religion that the hadith of Abu Sa’id al-Khudri clearly indicate that he did not have specific guidance from the Prophet (peace be upon him) on using the Fatiha for a cure before choosing to do so, but was not reprimanded for doing so [Mafhum al-Bid’ah; al-Bid’ah al-Idafiyyah].

For that reason, there is no harm in choosing a portion of the Qur’an or other supplication that one feels inclined towards, and using it to seek a cure, by reciting it or reciting it over oneself or another.

Other Uses of the Qur’an as a Cure

Aside from reciting the Qur’an and blowing over oneself or another, our scholarly tradition allows for other related uses that do not militate against the spirit of the tradition. Ibn al-Qayyim holds that many early scholars considered it permissible to write verses of the Qur’an on paper, the wash the ink off in water and drink it, or give it to another, seeking a cure. They considered this to be part of the cure that God had said he placed in the Qur’an [Zad al-Ma’ad]. He mentions that he once fell ill in Makkah, and found himself without access to doctors or medicine. He would take some zamzam water, recite the Fatiha over it, and drink it; he found that this cured him [al-Tibb al-Nabawi]. Nawawi also mentions the permissibility of doing using the Qur’an in this manner [Majmu’].

It is also permissible to pour such water over the body. It is reported that the Prophet visited Thabit b. Qays, who was ill, and recited, “Remove all harm, Lord of all, from Thabit b. Qays al-Shammas,” then mixed some dirt with water and poured it over him [Sunan Abu Dawud]. Ibn Hajar also favorably records a point Ibn Battal had made regarding reciting the Throne Verse over water and then drinking it or pouring it over a sick person [Fath al-Bari].

Conclusion

Based on the foregoing, it is not blameworthy or an innovation to use the Qur’an in the manner in any of the ways described, seeking refuge in Allah through the recitation, his assistance, blessing, and cure of all ills.

Shuaib Ally

Be Light: Three Keys To Being Ambassadors Of The Prophet – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani’s khutbah at Houghton Masjid, South Africa

SouthAfrica2015-HoughtonMosque-ShaykhFarazRabbani-IMG_459426428-3Listen to Shaykh Faraz Rabbani’s jummah khutbah at Houghton Masjid, South Africa on 24th July 2015.

While other Prophets were given “manifest proofs” (bayyinat) by Allah, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was himself sent as a manifest proof (al-bayyina) of the truth.
“Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, were not going to depart (from their ways) until there should come to them manifest proofs, A messenger from Allah, rehearsing scriptures kept pure and holy, Wherein are laws (or decrees) right and straight.” [Surat al-Bayyina, verses 1-3]
He embodies, manifests and serves as clear proof of Guidance and Truth.This is why he is referred to as being the Shining Light (siraj munir). “And as one who invites to Allah’s (grace) by His leave, and as a shining light.” [Surat al-Ahzab: verse 46]
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the essential characteristics of the Prophetic way in this Friday khutbah at the Houghton Mosque in Johannesburg. The Prophetic way is a way of beauty, virtue, mercy and excellence.To be true followers of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him and his folk) we must strive to reflect this shining light–and to strive to become “manifest proofs” in our own examples of truth, guidance and good.
Shaykh Faraz explains three keys to this, namely:
(1) the light of faith, nurturing it with dhikr and uprightness
(2) the light of good character in dealings, seeking Allah thereby — Hadith.
(3) the light of excellence in choices, choosing Allah in tests, trials and all decisions.
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The Blessing of Time – Shaykh Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah

The following excerpt is from the book “The Value of Time” by Shaykh Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah (may Allah shower His mercy upon him). The book contains penetrating insights, deep proverbs, and inspirational stories of the scholars of the past pertaining to the importance of directing one’s self to Allah (exalted be He) in every moment. In this excerpt, Shaykh Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah discusses the blessing of time.

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The Blessing of Time

By Shaykh Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah

R“One of the primary blessings, or the loftiest and most precious of all primary blessings is that of time, for the discussion of which these pages have been assembled, particularly its value for students and people of knowledge. Time is the substance of life, the sphere in which man exists, the citadel of his spirit, and his subsistence – him benefiting himself and others. Read more