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It’s Not Too Late for (Unburdensome) Eid Visits! – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

It’s not too late to visit family and friends for Eid, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani notes in this timely reminder. He advises to connect these crucial ties with our ultimate motivation in mind – seeking the pleasure of Allah Most High.eid visits

Eid occurred about a week ago, with people celebrating on one of two different days, and our religion is one of difference of opinion.  Shaykh Faraz reminds us that our tests don’t just come practically. Sometimes, the greater test is how we react emotionally and intellectually when people differ with us. We need to promote acceptance for others opinions, because the reward is in doing good, not in just being smart.

One of the neglected Sunnas is to visit others in Eid. Even of the days of Eid have passed, we can still do a “make-up visit.” particularity to invite those who might be alone, or the elderly.

Sometimes we may feel shy about our house not being perfectly neat, or not having a full meal ready. Shaykh Faraz reminds us not to have takalluf, or put on airs. He recounts a story where guests came to his house a day early, and were hastily served tea and coffee. The fact that the kitchen was messy did not bother them at all. The Prophet would cross the city to visit his Companions’ houses, who could only afford to serve him dates, or dried bread and vinegar.

May Allah help us simplify and unburden our lives, through the practice of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace.


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Do We Have a Right to Visit the Sick?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

I know someone who was told by his sick brother-in-law not to come visit him. He responded by telling his brother-in-law that he has a right to visit him. Is this true?

It has always been my understanding that we have a responsibility to visit the sick.

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

Yes, you are correct in stating that we have a responsibility to visit the sick, but not a right.

Visiting the sick is from the sunna of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) which he afforded even to those of other faiths due to the importance of fulfilling the rights of one’s fellow humans, generally.

Tirmidhi recorded a tradition (hadith) in which the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “No Muslim visits a Muslim in the morning without a thousand angels praying blessing on him until evening, or visits him in the evening without a thousand angels praying blessing on him until morning and he will have fruits in the Garden.”

On another occasion, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) reminded us that visiting the sick is a right of the afflicted. Abu Huraira (may Allah be well-pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The rights a Muslim has over another Muslim are five: returning the greeting, visiting the sick, joining funeral processions, accepting invitations and blessing those who sneeze.” [Bukhari; Muslim]

Consequently, the visitor doesn’t have a right to visit. Rather, the sick person has the right to be visited and he may forfeit this right if he deems fit, or simply, if circumstances don’t allow for a visit at the present time. What this tells us is that we should strive to be considerate in our seeking to apply the sunna, particularly during times of emotional stress or high sensitivity. Sunnas also have sunnas.

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

Please also see: Forgotten Sunnas: Healthy Relationships Through Visiting the Sick and: Etiquettes of Visiting the Sick and: Prophetic Supplications to Cure Illnesses

And Allah Most High knows best.

wassalam,

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

Adab of Dua 24: The States That Can Change Fate

Allah Most High says, “I am near – I answer the call of the one who calls upon me (2:186).
Yet, many of us wonder: Are my duas being answered? Is there a certain dua I have to read for each of my concerns? Do my duas have to be in Arabic?

In this series of short talks, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the reality of dua (supplication) and how to turn to Allah. It is based on a classical text on the same subject by Shaykh al Islam Zakariyya al Ansari.

This video covers the various states when we are called upon to make dua, and when it is particularly likely to be answered.

It also contains many gems about the etiquettes of visiting and being with people.

The text is divided into the 11 concise, apt sections described below.

1. The reality of dua
2. Our being called on to make dua
3. The great virtue of dua
4. The integrals of supplication, its wings, and its means
5. The conditions of supplication
6. Its proper manners
7. The times of dua and the state in which it should be made
8. Signs of acceptance of dua
9. Explaining the religious ruling of dua
10. Some encompassing supplications
11. Explaining what the greatest Divine Name is

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