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Do Something Good Before Leaving this Dunya, advice from Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

holy_prophet_of_islam_muhammad_by_islamicwallpers“Allah Guides to His Light Whom He Wills.”  (Surah An-Nur)

In a Hadith narrated by Anas ibn Malik (May Allah bless him), Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him) said if Allah (Most High) wanted khair for His slave, Allah (Most High) will use him. The Sahaba asked Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him) how can Allah (Most High) use someone, to which Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him) responded that Allah (Most High) will make a person do something good before his or her death.  [Tirmidhi 2068, Ahmad 13155, Hakim 1188, Musnad Abu Ya’la 3769]

Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him) wanted nothing but khair for his ummah!

In this Hadith, Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him) is directing our attention to the good that each one of us is capable of doing, as even in the Hadith, Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him) mentions, in the singular, that He will make a person do something good, which emphasizes that there is at least one thing that all of us are particularly good at or have a particular strength in.  Similarly, each of the Sahaba carried a unique strength or quality.

May Allah (Most High) Guide us to His Nur, by His Nur and through His Nur.

Jummah Mubarak.

Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said
27 Dhul Qidah 1436

Shaykh Faid SaidShaykh Faid is a jewel in the crown of traditional Islamic scholarship in the United Kingdom and we at SeekersHub are ever grateful for his friendship, guidance and support. He was born in Asmara, Eritrea, where he studied the holy Qur’an and its sciences, Arabic grammar and fiqh under the guidance of the Grand Judge of the Islamic Court in Asmara, Shaykh Abdul Kader Hamid and also under the Grand Mufti of Eritrea. He later went to study at Madinah University, from which he graduated with a first class honours degree. In Madinah, his teachers included Shaykh Atia Salem, Shaykh Mohamed Ayub (ex-imam of the Prophet’s Mosque, peace be upon him), Professor AbdulRaheem, Professor Yaqub Turkestani, Shaykh Dr Awad Sahli, Dr Aa’edh Al Harthy and many other great scholars. Shaykh Faid has ijaza in a number of disciplines including hadith, and a British higher education teaching qualification. He is currently the scholar in residence and head of education at Harrow Central Mosque, United Kingdom.

Read his articles in the SeekersHub blog.

Resources for Seekers:

Will Allah Reject All of Our Good Deeds If We Neglect Our Prayers?
The Criteria of Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil
Good Deeds & Salvation: Putting Our Works Into Perspective
Why Do Good People Suffer While Bad People Get Away With Crimes?
Supplications for Good Character
Are Non-Muslims Who Lived Good Lives Condemned to Hell?
Can Good Deeds Be Sabotaged?
Is It Permissible to Lie to Conceal a Good Deed?
How Do I Motivate Someone to Perform the Good?

Poem: “An example for mankind for all eternity”

Masid-Nabawi-at-Sunset-Green-Dome

The goodness of your character we cannot comprehend
The prayers and peace we continually send

A radiant smile which serves as charity
In a world repeatedly torn by disparity

Kindness and compassion you showed to the weak
Displaying a character patient and meek

Gentleness you share with family and foe
Never allowing the seeds of resentment to sow

Courage and certainty you displayed in strife
Trusting God completely with your life

Relying entirely on your benevolent Lord
Without the presence or hint of discord

Standing and supplicating in the depths of night
Seeking mercy and your Lord’s delight

Serving as a pristine example to your nation
Sharing your concern for all of creation

A soul of purity and free of pride
With the protection of angels by your side

Revealed words of a heavenly presence taught
To help those of us sick and distraught

A pure light which you always emanate
A noble disposition nothing short of great

Concern for the oppressed and forgotten
Willing to spend precious time with the downtrodden

Wisdom and knowledge given beyond its time
Describing experiences with you only as sublime

The trees and rocks honor your stature
Witnessing the love and blessings you capture

A model husband, father, and friend
Caring for your community until the end

Responding to our salutations of peace
Causing our love for you to always increase

Transcending the bounds of worldly means
Witnessing you in our blessed dreams

An example for mankind for all eternity
Saving those of us surrounded by absurdity

You will stand for your nation and plead our case
As we see the vibrant light glowing from your face

The struggle and love given we cannot repay
So sallallahu alayhi wasallam is what we continue to say

By Sidi Musa Burki

 

Resources for Seekers:

The Best of Creation – The Consensus on this Prophetic Title
Why Is the Prophet’s Character Described as Being Tremendous?
Advice from Habib ‘Umar: How to defend the Prophet
The Hand of the Prophet (pbuh) by Mostafa al Badawi
Key Hadiths on the Names of the Noble Prophet (pbuh)

Six years since my Shahadah – A Reflection by Sr. Chloe

la ilahaThe 28th of March was the 6 year anniversary of my Shahadah, the day that I officially embraced Islam. My Shahadah anniversary is always a time of great reflection for me, and I try to commemorate it by acknowledging my blessings and expressing my gratitude to God for the life He’s given me.
The past 6 years have brought so much change and growth in every single area of my life, that it’s difficult to condense all this learning into a single blog post.
However, I wanted to summarise a few key lessons that I’ve learnt along the way, in the hopes that this will bring benefit to someone else.
[Surround Yourself With People of Good Character]
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
This expression by Jim Rohn is true in so many ways. When we spend time with other people we tend to pick up their habits and characteristics, whether these are positive or negative. It is crucial to your spiritual growth to spend time with those that will encourage and inspire you to become a better person.
Honour your time and give it the value it deserves by choosing to spend it wisely in the company of those that will help lift your iman up through their good character and manners, and wherever possible, limit the time you spend with those that drag your iman down. By seeking out gatherings of knowledge and remembrance, it brings opportunities to become closer to those that are also seeking nearness to God. Don’t miss those moments.
[Seek Knowledge]
This is a lesson that I hold very close to my heart, and my own decision to seek sacred knowledge has completely changed the plans I once had for my life.
When I was a new convert, I was asked to speak at a public event about my conversion to Islam. A few days before the event, this request was withdrawn and I was forbidden from speaking, because someone had produced an online fatwa which stated the impermissibility of women speaking in public.
I knew deep down that this couldn’t be right, but I didn’t know where to turn to learn more. My lack of knowledge left me feeling helpless and confused. It was shortly after this event that I discovered Seekers Guidance, and I began my own journey of seeking sacred knowledge by taking courses, and even emailing the Scholars with questions (Side note: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani emailed me back personally to advise that it was indeed permissible for women to speak in public).
Once I’d recovered from the shock of the experience, I became motivated to learn more. I channelled all my frustrations into seeking sacred knowledge, and I made a promise to myself that I would never be in the position again where someone’s interpretation of Islam was used as a way to keep me (and other women) quiet and out of sight.
Even though it was a difficult time for me, it made me realise how important it is for our communities to have women who are active and highly educated in the religion, so that they can be a catalyst for good and encourage others. The importance of female scholarship in Islam is undeniable, particularly when we look at Aisha (God be pleased with her) and the impact that she has had on our entire tradition. As Muslims we need to be proactive in seeking this knowledge, so that we can better serve our communities and help others in accordance with the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
I would really encourage everyone to sign up for a course with Seekers Guidance. All the courses are completely free, taught by qualified scholars, and the flexibility of the courses means you can fit them around your schedule. Don’t miss this chance to increase your knowledge! Registration is now open – see: www.SeekersGuidance.org/courses for the full course list.
[Take It Slowly]
“This religion is easy, none makes it hard upon himself except that it overwhelms him; therefore be firm, steadfast, and balanced” [Bukhari]
This is a vast religion – it is comprehensive, intricate, and deep. If you try to take everything on board at once, you risk being overwhelmed and maybe even giving up as a result. It’s important to take it slowly – do what you can, when you can. Don’t aim for perfection. Instead, start small and focus on one thing at a time.
Remember, everyone is on their own journey to God, and we are all at different places. It is important to know yourself, and progress at your own pace. Endeavor to create positive and sustainable habits that will last a lifetime.
We should always strive to improve ourselves, but we need to do so whilst knowing that God is the All-Merciful. He never asks for our perfection, simply our honest and sincere effort.
[It’s Your Relationship with God That Counts]
At the end of the day, it all comes down to one truth: We were created to know and worship God.
The good deeds we do, the people we help, the community work we’re involved in, it should be all for God. He knows us more intimately than anyone else ever could, and this life is about turning ourselves towards Him completely.
These actions are simply a means of getting closer to God. They’re not ends, in and of themselves. Don’t get so caught up in the prayers, the fasting, the charity, the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet, that you forget the real reason behind it all.
All we have, and all we are, is for God. And that’s what really matters.

Free SeekersGuidance Courses:

New Muslim Series Part 1: What Muslims Believe

New Muslim Series Part 2: Pillars of Islam
Principles of Islamic Spirituality
Fiqh of Life: Essentials of Halal and Haram
Relevant Resources:
Is it Possible to Return to Islam After Leaving It?
An Amazing Story from Imam Afroz Ali

Why is There so much Concern with ‘Manners’ (Adab) in Islam?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Question:Assalam’aleykum,

Why is there so much concern with ‘manners’ (adab) in Islam?
Answer: Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told us that, “I was only sent to perfect noble character.” [Muwatta’ and Musnad of Ahmad]
He also said (peace and blessings be upon him), “The best of you are those best in character.” [Bukhari]
And, “Among the most perfect of believers are those best in character.” [Tirmidhi and Hakim]
And he also said, “Among the most beloved of you to me and the closest to me in sitting on the Day of Judgment are the best of you in character.” [Tirmidhi]
The Beloved of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) was asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah, who are the most beloved of the servants of Allah to Allah?’ He said, “The best of them in character.” [Bukhari in al-Adab al-Mufrad, Ibn Hibban, Hakim, and Tabarani]
And he told us (peace and blessings be upon him) that, “Righteousness (birr) is good character.” [Muslim, and Bukhari in al-Adab al-Mufrad]
And, “There is nothing heavier on the Scales than good character.” [Bukhari in al-Adab al-Mufrad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, who declared it rigorously authenticated (sahih), and Ibn Hibban]
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked about what things enter people in Paradise. He said (Allah bless him and give him peace), “God-fearing (taqwa) and good character.” [Tirmidhi, Ibn Hibban, both of whom declared it rigorously authenticated, and Bukhari in al-Adab al-Mufrad]
This is why the Beloved of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) explained the general principles and important particulars of dealing with others: social harmony and conduct has great spiritual implications.
The scholars explain that the basis of good character in one’s dealings with others is, above all to avoid harming, annoying or inconveniencing them.
The Light of Guidance, our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) explained that, “The [true] Muslim is one from whose tongue and hand other Muslims are safe.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
Thus, any act that harms, annoys, or inconveniences others, without sound justification, is a manifestation of bad character, and contrary to the sunna of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace). When we understand the manners prescribed by the Prophet whom Allah Most High Himself described as being, “Of tremendous character,” and whose example was praised as, “The most beautiful of examples” in the Qur’an, we see that their basis is to promote the social good, and spread love and mercy between humanity.
Allah tells us:
025.063 The (faithful) slaves of the Beneficent are they who walk upon the earth modestly, and when the foolish ones address them answer: Peace;
025.064 And who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and standing,
025.065 And who say: Our Lord! Avert from us the doom of hell; lo! the doom thereof is anguish;
025.066 Lo! it is wretched as abode and station;
025.067 And those who, when they spend, are neither prodigal nor grudging; and there is ever a firm station between the two;
And Allah alone gives success.
Wassalam,
Faraz Rabbani

Who are the ‘Respected People’ (dhawi al-hai’at) Mentioned in the Sahih Hadith?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: With regards to this quote, please could you tell me what the hadith refers to as regards
‘respected people ‘?
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“Overlook the slips of respected people.”
[Bukhari in al-Adab al-Mufrad; Abu Dawud; Nasa’i in al-Kubra; and others–rigorously authentic (sahih), from A’isha (Allah be pleased with her)]
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Overlook the slips of respected people.” [Bukhari, al-Adab al-Mufrad; Abu Dawud; Nasa’i, al-Kubra]
The respected people (dhawi al-hai’at) are literally those of forms or states; states which occur time and again such that they are referred to as traits.
There are many interpretations to the meaning of “respected people”, of them that it is those of dignity (muru’a) and praiseworthy character traits. Others mentioned that it refers to those who are not known to do evil, and others still that it is those of piety, scrupulousness, or the friends (awliya) of Allah.
[Abadi, `Awn al-Ma`bud; Munawi, Fayd al-Qadir Sharh al-Jami` al-Saghir; Qari, Mirqat al-Mafatih Sharh Mishkat al-Masabih]
Covering Faults
Some have explained that “slips” could refer to minor sins (sagha’ir).
In general, it is recommended to cover over the faults of one’s fellow Muslim. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever shields [or hides the misdeeds of] a Muslim, Allah will shield him in this world and the Hereafter.” [Tirmidhi]
See also: Making 70 Excuses for Others in Islam – A Key Duty of Brotherhood
And Allah alone gives success.
Wassalam
Tabraze Azam

What Does Islam Say About Marrying an Older Person?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: What is the Islamic perspective on marrying someone older than you? My family believes it is not a good decision to make (based on cultural biases or beliefs) but what if everything else is sound, such as their deen, character, habits etc. and the only thing that is an issue is the age. Should it be taken into consideration?

 

Answer: wa `alaykum assalam

The Validity of Marrying an Older Person

Legally speaking, there is nothing preventing the validity and soundness of marrying someone older or younger than one. To my knowledge, there is absolutely no difference of opinion on this between any of the orthodox legal schools.

Should Age Be Considered?

As for giving age consideration when choosing a spouse, this is a personal decision one makes. For some, age may be an important factor when deciding whom to marry. For others, it may not. Though the most important consideration is religion, the Law does not prevent considering other factors, such as habits, beauty and attractiveness, cultural background, age and the like. Sometimes, these factors are important when judging the compatibility of two individuals.

Dealing With Family

In the situation where one finds him or herself in conflict with family over such matters then my advice would be to try and have an open, mature, and respectful conversation. One should not simply dismiss the concerns of elders but attempt to allay them with wisdom and tact. Perhaps involving someone everyone trusts, such as a religious figure, to help explain and mediate things could also be beneficial.

Salman

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Related Answers:

Love, Good Character, and Mercy Between Spouses

Marriage Decision: Following One’s Heart

A Reader on Anger Management and Good Character

Related Course:

Getting Married: Islamic Guidance on Successful Steps Towards Marriage

Love, Good Character, and Mercy Between Spouses

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: There is a famous hadith often cited by people and they state the source as Sahih al-Bukhari and Sunan at-Tirmidhi. The Hadith is: “When a husband and wife look at each other with love, Allah looks at both with Mercy” [Bukhari 6:19 & Tirmidhi 14:79]. Could you state that if the hadith is a fabrication or it does really exist?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I hope you are in the best of health and spirits, insha’Allah.

This narration (hadith) is not related by Bukhari and Tirmidhi in their respective collections.

Though, it is a narration (hadith) found in Imam Suyuti’s al-Jami` al-Saghir, and seemingly taken from Rafi`i’s Tarikh. However, it appears to be very weak at best.

The Soundness of Its Meaning

Nevertheless, the meaning is sound as understood from Qur’anic verses and other prophetic narrations.

Allah Most High says, “And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect.” [30:21]

Mercy is a quality that induces excellent conduct. It is a concern for good.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The believers best in faith are those best in character, and the best of you are those best to their spouses.” [Tirmidhi] Munawi explains that this includes being patient with them, constantly cheerful, and treating them with excellence. [Munawi, Fayd al-Qadir]

And Allah knows best.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Supplications for Good Character

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: What are some good Prophetic supplications (Sall-Allahu ‘AlayHi waSallam), for good character? I am aware of one to be recited when looking in the mirror. Are there any other ones that I may recite in my Salah?

 

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh,

I pray that this finds you well, insha’Allah.

Scholars have defined good character as the disposition which causes one to incline towards praiseworthy inward traits and outward conduct.

`Abdullah ibn `Umar (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) used to say, “O Allah I ask you for good health, dignified restraint, trustworthiness, good character, and contentment with Divine decree (Allahumma asaluka al-sihhata wa al-`iffata wa al-amanata wa husna al-khuluqi wa al-rida bi’l qadr” [Bayhaqi]

أَسْأَلُكَ الْصِّحَّةَ وَالْعِفَّةَ وَالْأَمَانَةَ وَحُسْنَ الْخُلُقِ وَالرِّضَا بِالْقَدَر اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي

Though, good character doesn’t just ‘happen’ through supplication, rather one takes the effective means of learning one’s religion and embodying the Prophetic character and Qur’anic traits with sincerity, resolve and care, seeking the good of this life and the next.

Ibn Mas’ud said, “One of the supplications of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) was, ‘O Allah, I ask You for what makes Your mercy mandatory and for what brings about Your forgiveness and for safety from every sin and for booty from every act of piety and for the triumph of gaining the Garden and for safety from the Fire. (Allahumma inni as’aluka mujibati rahmatika wa `aza’ima maghfiratika wa al-salamata min kulli ithmin wa al-ghanimata min kulli birr wa al-fawza bi’l janna wa al-najata min al-nar)’” [al-Hakim]

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ مُوْجِبَاتِ رَحْمَتِكَ، وَعَزَائِمَ مَغْفِرَتِكَ، وَالسَّلَامَةَ مِنْ كُلِّ إِثْمٍ، وَالْغَنِيْمَةَ مِنْ كُلِّ بِرٍ، والْفَوْزَ بِالجَنَّةِ، وَالنَّجَاةَ مِنَ النَّارِ

It is also highly encouraged to supplicate with one’s own words. Thus, one could ask Allah for the highest character traits as one wishes. Nevertheless, there is much blessing in using the Prophetic words or supplications of the pious early Muslims.

See: A Reader on Anger Management and Good Character

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

What Are the Qualities of a Friend?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: According to Islam what is the purpose of a friend? How does one show gratitude to Allah for a friend?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

One’s friends should be people who are helping one draw closer to one’s Lord.

Ghazali in his Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidaya) lists a number of qualities to look for in a friend noting the words of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), “A person’s religious life is only as good as that of his friend, so let one of you consider well whom he befriends.” [Tirmidhi]

[1] Intellect

– As there is no good friendship with a foolish person;

– Specifically seek someone with practical intelligence who has the capacity to seek benefit, even if worldly;

[2] Good Character

– Ghazali states that someone of bad character is one who cannot restrain their [i] anger or [ii] desire;

– Somebody who truly cares for others. “The religion is sincere counsel.”

[3] Righteousness

– “Do not obey someone whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance, who follows his inclinations, whose case has gone beyond all bounds.” [Qur’an, 18:28]

– As witnessing the transgression of a wrongdoer on a regular basis will remove from your heart all sense of the enormity of the crimes and make them seem insignificant.

[4] Lack of Greed

– Someone concerned with amassing “things” of this world

– Human nature is designed to imitate and follow (by example), so one person’s nature may take from another without even realizing it.

[5] Honesty

– As one will always face deception from the liar.

Ghazali continues that after finding a decent friend, one should uphold, respect and fulfill the duties of being a friend.

Gratitude and Growing

Allah Most High says in the Qur’an, ‘If you are thankful, I will surely increase you’ [Qur’an, 14:7] The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ‘Whoever does not thank people has not thanked Allah’. [Tirmidhi]

Be grateful for them, appreciate them, and grow in love for one another — the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, narrating from His Lord, “My love is incumbent for those who love one another for my sake; those who sit with one another for My sake; those who visit each other for My sake; and those who spend on each other for My sake.” [Musnad Ahmad]

And Allah knows best.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

True Charity – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains Hadith 25 of 40 Nawawi from Ribat Films on Vimeo

True Charity – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains Hadith 25 of 40 Nawawi from Ribat Films on Vimeo.

Hadith 25 of Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith
Explained by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

 

On the authority of Abu Dharr :

Some of the companions of the messenger of Allah said :” O Messenger of Allah, the affluent have made of with the rewards, they pray as we pray they fast as we fast, and they give away in charity the superfluity of their wealth.” He said:” Has not Allah made things for you to give away in charity ? every tasbihah is a charity, every takbirah is a charity, every tahmidah is a charity, and every tahlilah is a charity, to enjoin a good action is a charity, to forbid an evil action is a charity, and in the sexual act of each of you there is a charity.” They said: “O Messenger of Allah, when one of us fulfils his sexual desire will he have some reward for that?” He said: “Do you not think that were he to act upon it unlawfully he would be sinning ? Likewise, if he has acted upon it lawfully he will have a reward.”

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