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The Day of Jumu’ah

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Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has said: “Friday is the best of days. It was on this day that Hadhrat Aadam (alayhis salaam) was created, it was on this day that he was granted entry into Jannah, it was on this day that he was removed from Jannah (which became the cause for man’s existence in this universe, and which is a great blessing), and the day of Qiyaamah will also take place on this day.”

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Friday is the “mother” of all days and the most virtuous in the sight of Allah Ta’ala. In the sight of Allah Ta’ala it has more greatness than Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Ad’haa.”

Rasulullah H said: “The Muslim who passes away on the night or during the day of Friday, Allah Ta’ala saves him from the punishment of the grave.”

The Night preceding Jumuah

Imaam Shaafi’ee (rahmatullahi alayh) has said, “There are five nights in which duas are accepted. The night preceding Friday, the night before both Eids, the first night of Rajab and Laylatul Baraa’ah.

Imaam Ahmad (rahmatullahi alayh) has said that in certain aspects the rank of the night of Jumu’ah is even higher than Laylatul Qadr. One of the reasons for this is that it was on this night that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam appeared in the womb of his mother and Rasulullah’s Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam appearance in this world was a cause of so much good and blessings both in this world and in the hereafter that they cannot be enumerated.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam used to say that the night of Jumu’ah is an illustrious night, and the day of Jumu’ah is an illustrious day.

In one Hadith it is mentioned that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Recite Durood in abundance upon me during the eve and the day of Jumu’ah for whosoever does so I will be his witness and will intercede for him on the day of Qiyaamah.”

What to do on the eve of Jumuah

  1. Istghfaar: Hadhrat Moulana Thanwi (RA) used to advise his mureeds to make lots of istighfaar on a Thursday asking the forgiveness of Allah Ta’ala before this mubaarak night sets in
  2. Make ta’leem at home from Fazaail-e-Durood
  3. Recite the 40 Durood and Salaam
  4. Recite Surah Dukhaan
  5. Recite Surah Yaaseen
  6. Sit with your entire family and recite as much Durood Shareef as possible
  7. Engage in fervent dua to Allah Ta’ala

Sunnats of the day of Jumuah

  1. To wake up early.
  2. To have a bath.
  3. To make miswaak.
  4. To remove unwanted hair.
  5. To apply oil on one’s head.
  6. To wear clean clothes.
  7. To apply itr (males only).
  8. To clip the finger and toe nails.
  9. To recite abundant durood shareef.
  10. To recite Surah Kahaf.
  11. To go early to the masjid. (males only)
  12. To go walking to the masjid.

Reciting Duroord Shareef of a Friday

Among the most rewarding acts to be done on the Day of Jumu’ah is the excessive recitation of durood shareef.

Hadhrat Abu Darda radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said, “Send durood upon me abundantly on a Friday, for it is a day in which the angels are present. Nobody sends durood upon me except that his durood is presented to me as soon as he has sent them.”

Hadhrat Abu Umaamah radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said, “Send durood upon me abundantly on Friday, for the durood of my followers are presented to me every Friday. Whoever sends the most durood upon me shall be closest to me on the Day of Qiyaamah.”

100 needs fulfilled

Hadhrat Anas radiyallahu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said, “Whoever recites durood on me on a Friday, or on a Thursday night, for him Allah Ta’ala shall fulfil one hundred of his needs. Allah Ta’ala appoints an angel who brings that durood to me by my grave in the same manner as you people have gifts presented to you.”

Reading Durood Shareef 80 times after Asr on a Friday

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said, “Sending durood upon me will be a light on the Siraat (bridge). Whoever sends durood upon me 80 times on Friday, 80 years of his sins will be forgiven.” In a Hadith narrated by Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah radiyallahu anhu it is mentioned that whoever recites the following durood 80 times before getting up from his place after Asr Salaah on Friday, 80 years of his sins will be forgiven and he will be granted the reward of 80 years of Ibaadat (worship)

اَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰى مُحَمَّدِۨ ِالنَّبِىِّ الْاُمِّىِّ وَعَلٰى اٰلِهِ وَسَلِّمْ تَسْلِيْمًا

Reciting 100 Durood on a Friday

Hadhrat Ali radiyallahu anhu has narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa Sallam said, “Whoever sends 100 durood upon me on Friday will be granted such light on the Day of Qiyaamah that would suffice for the entire creation.”

Reciting 1000 Durood on a Friday

It is mentioned in a Hadith that one who recites Durood Shareef one thousand times on a Friday, will most certainly see his abode in Jannah before death.  (Targheeb).

The Jumuah Salaah

Hadhrat Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibnul- Aas  radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: “He who takes a bath and baths thoroughly, comes to the masjid early, sits close to the mimbar, and listens (to the khutbah) attentively, then for every step that he took he will receive the reward of Ibaadat at night for one year and keeping fast for one year.”

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasululah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said: ‘When it is Friday and a person takes a bath, washed his head, applies best perfume he has, wears the best clothes he has, then goes for the (Friday) Salaah, does not separate two people sitting next to each other and listens attentively to the Imaam, his sins from one Friday to the next Friday plus another three days are forgiven.”

Reward for going early for the Jumuah

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam  has said: “At every entrance of the masjid there are two angels recording the names of those who come, starting with those who come first and then those who come after them. The one who comes first is like one who has presented a camel, then like he who has presented a cow, then like he who has presented a sheep, then like he who has presented a chicken, then like he who has presented an egg. Then once the Imaam sits (on the pulpit), the scrolls are rolled up.”

Warning for not attending Jumu’ah Salaah

It is reported from Hadhrat Ibn Umar radiyallahu anhuma that he heard Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam saying, “People should stop leaving out Jumu’ah or else Allah Ta’ala will seal their hearts. They will then be counted among the neglectful.” In another Hadith it is mentioned that if a Muslim misses out three Jumu’ahs in a row, he will become a disbeliever.

What to read on a Friday

Surah Kahaf – one who reads this Surah will be saved from all fitnahs for 8 days, will be protected from Dajjaal, a special nur (light) will be illuminated from beneath his feet till the skies which will be a means of brightness for him on the day of Qiyaamah and he will be forgiven between the two Jumuahs.

Surah Dukhaan – One who reads Surah Dukhaan on a Thursday night all ones sins will be forgiven and Allah Ta’ala will build for him a house in Jannah.”

Surah Yaaseen – One who recites Surah Yaseen on a Friday night will be forgiven.

Salaatut Tasbeeh — Hadhrat Shaikhul Hadith, Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (RA) would instruct his mureeds to perform this salaah on a Jumuah and made it part of their mamoolaat. Great virtues have been mentioned in the Hadith for one who offers this salaah. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam had taught this salaat to his uncle, Hadhrat Abbaas radiyallahu anhu, and said to him that by offering this salaat, all your future, past, minor and major sins will be forgiven.

Duas are accepted

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has said: “There is such an hour on a Friday that if any Muslim makes dua, his dua will definitely be accepted.”[1] Most of the Ulama say that this moment refers to the last part of the day between Asar and Maghrib. Hadhrat Fatimah (radhiyallahu anha) used to order her maid (servant) on Fridays to inform her when the day is about to end so that she could occupy herself in making zikr and dua. We should also dedicate this mubaarak time on a Friday before Maghrib for dua. Men should try and go early to the Masjid and women should sit on the musalla at home and engage in fervent dua for themselves as well as the Ummat of Rasulullah H.

May Allah Ta’ala bless us all with the barkat of this mubaarak day. Aameen.

[1] Bukhaari, Muslim

2020-03-09T16:56:12+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Articles|

It’s that Time of the Year

Once again we have come to that time of the year, the “SILLY SEASON” where people all over start behaving “SILLY”. Crime is suddenly on the increase, people are celebrating with drugs and drink and one has to be extra careful on the road as there are many drunk drivers especially during this time of the year.

Whilst Christians are in the merry of their year-end celebrations, a Muslim has to be very careful not to participate actively or passively in any of their celebrations.

In Surah Kaafiroon, Allah Ta’ala mentions;

لَكُمْ دِيْنُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِيْن

“For you is your religion (ways and culture) and for me is my religion (ways and culture)”

Allah Ta’ala has given us days of celebration i.e. the Days of Eid, the Day of Aashura, etc. We will celebrate on our days of celebration. We will dress in our best clothing and eat the best food on these days. Why then should we join the disbelievers in their days of celebration?

We should have absolutely no inclination towards their symbols and celebrations. A Muslim must not keep a Christmas tree in his home, or take pictures of his children with Santa Claus or even wish someone using the words “Merry Christmas”. These words and actions are extremely detrimental to our Imaan.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has said;

مَنْ كَثَّرَ سَوَادَ قَوْمٍ فَهُوَ مِنْهُمْ

“Who adds to the splendor of a nation is counted to be from them”

A Businessman must be careful not to advertise a “Christmas” or a “New Years” Sale, or give “Christmas gifts” to his customers, or sell items that are specific to Christianity like “Hot Cross Buns”.

Sometimes our staff may ask for an additional bonus during this time of the year. Make it known to them that we will give them a bonus during our Eid celebrations, not during the Christmas season as we do not align ourselves with these days.

There is no need for a Muslim to stay awake on the 31 December till midnight to see the change of the New Year or to enjoy the fireworks display. People suddenly lose their senses and start fighting with each other, throwing water, eggs, flour and food at one another. This indeed is not the behaviour of a Muslim.

Whilst people of other religions are involved in their celebrations and festivities, a Muslim must be extra careful to take care of his children and family during this time of the year. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has advised us to stay at home. Our Home is our protection.

If we have to go out of the home for some reason, ensure we are clad correctly with our Islamic identity. Control our gaze and if per chance one has to come across any Christian symbol like a Christmas tree etc. recite the following dua;

رَضِيْتُ بِاللّٰهِ رَبًّا وَبِالْاِسْلَامِ دِيْنًا وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ (صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ سَلَّمَ)رَسُوْلًاوَّ نَبِيًّا

I am happy with Allah Ta’ala as my Rabb, with Islam as my Deen and with Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam as my Nabi

May Allah Ta’ala protect us all and keep us steadfast on Imaan and bless us with death on Imaan. Aameen.

2019-12-20T14:35:02+00:00December 20th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

The Benefits of the Daily Kitaab Reading

Bismihi Ta’ala
At the beginning of the academic year, after the long vacation, a parent brought her child to a maktab on the first day of Madrasah and requested to meet her child’s Apa. After chatting a while with the Apa, she mentioned to her, “I don’t know what you have done to my child. We come from a fairly affluent background. My husband and I are both professionals and work late almost every day. In December, we went to the sea side for a week’s break. I was surprised to note that at the time of every salaah, my son made sure that we all performed our salaah on time. He put an alert tone on the Salaah App to alert us and would wake up himself at the time of Fajar to call out the azaan loudly in the room.”

Saying this, the mother left her child and went on her way. The Apa thanked Allah Ta’ala for what she heard and at the end of the day called the child to speak to him. She praised him for performing all his salaah on time and asked him what prompted him to do so.

“Apa, I was motivated by that book you read to us every day,” he said pointing to the Fazaail-e-Aamaal on the shelf. “When you read to us the stories of the Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum) and the pious and how punctual they were on their salaah, I also felt encouraged to read my salaah on time and encouraged my parents and siblings to do the same.”

Every day at the maktab, the Apa reads out a section from the Fazaail-e-Aamaal to encourage and motivate the children to perform salaah, recite Qur-aan Shareef, make zikr, etc. Reading the Ahaadith of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam from these books is one of the most effective ways of moulding the mind of a Muslim child.

Our senior Ulama and pious elders are stressing the importance of reading the “Fazaail-e-A’maal” and Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat” written by Shaikhul Hadeeth, Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi Saahib (rahmatullahi alayh). These books have been written with lots of sincerity and sacrifice by one of the greatest saints of his time. Reading the advices of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) most definitely will leave its mark on the hearts and minds of these little children.

A time should be allocated daily for the entire family to sit together and read these books. This will create a desire in our hearts to practice on our Deen and to refrain from sins.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us all the taufeeq to diligently read these books daily.

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2019-09-05T13:16:27+00:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

From the advices of Hadhrat Qaari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Saahib (RA)

Hadhrat Moulana Abdur Rahmaan Pani Patti (RA) used to teach at Madrasah Arabia in Pani Patt continuously from Fajr to Asr and at times right up to Maghrib. Occasionally he would get a chance to rest in the afternoon. He was an expert in every field of Deeni knowledge. Offers with higher salaries had come to him from various quarters but he never left ‘Madrasah Arabia. He passed his entire life selflessly earning only twenty five rupees a month.

My uncle and my ustaadh, Hadhrat Moulana Sayyid Ameenud Deen (RA), by whom I completed a few Paras’ of the Qur’aan Shareef and studied Faarsi and the initial books of Arabic, spent his entire life teaching Deen. His salary was only ten rupees a month and that too, not every month. Allah Ta’ala put so much barakah in this small sum of money that not only could he cover his expenses, but he would help others as well. He would also entertain guests regularly at his house.

2019-09-02T06:41:15+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Articles|

Haj of Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (RA)

Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (RA) performed his first Haj in the year 1944. His luggage for Haj consisted of one pillowcase holding two sets of clothing, one lungi, two pieces of Ihraam and one lota. In one hand he held the pillowcase and in the other hand an umbrella. In this manner, he left for Haj. On the way, he met some people who asked him where he was going to. Hadhrat (RA) picked up his umbrella and pointed towards the Qiblah saying, “I’m going to Makkah Mukarramah.” It seemed impossible to them that he was embarking on such a great journey with so little luggage. Outwardly it seemed as though he had nothing with him but in reality, he possessed an enormous amount of tawakkul (trust) in Allah Ta’ala which brings the help of Allah Ta’ala in every step of life. The entire trip cost Hadhrat (RA) Rs1 000. In those days it cost 75 paisa to travel from Deoband to Delhi.

Salaah in Musjid-e-Nabawi
When Hadhrat (RA) arrived in Madinah Munawwarah, he ensured that he read all his salaah in the first saff in Musjid-e-Nabawi. Whilst he was there his entire body broke out into boils due to the excessive heat and it became difficult for Hadhrat (RA) to expose himself to the sun. Everyone insisted that he perform his salaah at his residence as he had a valid excuse. Hadhrat (RA) still performed all his salaah in the Haram Shareef ensuring that he was in the first saff. He mentioned to his friends that how can it be possible that we are here in Madinah Shareef and not perform our salaah in the Haram Shareef.

Unmatched Sacrifice
The spirit with which Hadhrat (RA) performed his haj was unique. The difficulties and hardships that he underwent were indeed a sign of his deep love for the mubaarak lands. He travelled by ship which made him dizzy but despite this with great difficulty, he would stand and perform all his salaah. One person who travelled with Hadhrat (RA) for Haj says, “My seat was very close to Hadhrat’s seat on the ship. Throughout the night, he would be engaged in salaah. I tried very hard to find him asleep but not once did this happen.” One can well imagine that if this was his mujaahadah (sacrifice) on his way to the beloved, what must have been his condition when he reached the Holy lands. A very reliable source once mentioned that Hadhrat Mufti Saahib (RA) often made upto 50 tawaafs in a day and on some days he made upto 70 tawaafs.

In Mina
In Mina, Hadhrat (RA) was so immersed in the muhabbat and love of Allah Ta’ala that he became completely oblivious of what was happening around him. Those who witnessed this were amazed at the manner in which he spent his time. His entire day and night was spent in zikr, tilaawat, dua and weeping before Allah Ta’ala. Many people just by observing Hadhrat’s (RA) program in Mina, were so impressed with him, that this became a means of their islaah and the islaah of their entire family.

Uneasiness upon his return
On returning from the Haramain, Hadhrat (RA) would be extremely grief stricken. Despite being a mountain of strength and support he would break down into tears when leaving the Haram Shareef. He was always anxious about when he would be able to return. His enthusiasm increased when he heard or met someone who was leaving for the Holy Lands. Once he was asked why does he not stay longer in the holy lands. Hadhrat (RA) with a deep sigh replied, “One has to have great courage to live there. My actions, manners and habits are all evil. How can an evil person live here? This is a place for good people. Therefore I prefer to complete my rites and return home quickly. Just as a person is rewarded tremendously for the good deeds that he does in these places, he is also punished severely for the sins committed in these places.”

2019-09-05T13:19:56+00:00August 9th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

Haj of Hadhrat Moulana Siddeeq Ahmed Bandwi (RA)

Hadhrat Moulana Siddeeq Baandwi Saahib (RA) says, “My journey for Haj was very unique. I remember performing haj with just 1 300 Rupees. At that time I did not have sufficient money but had a domesticated ox which I sold to make the necessary arrangements. Thereafter, I commenced my preparations for haj. The news of my going for haj spread like wildfire amongst the people. Many people began preparing to join me hoping that the haj would be performed correctly if they accompanied me. Thus an entire group got ready.

Many of the Madrasah students requested me to please make dua for them on this mubaarak journey. I answered them in the following words, “Is it necessary to even request this? Will a person not make dua for his plantation? Will anyone be unmindful of his plantation?”

Before leaving for Haj, Hadhrat (RA) met all his family members and then left directly for the Masjid. He performed salaah and then began his journey. On his return, before meeting his family and others, he first went to the Masjid and performed salaah. Thereafter, he delivered a short talk and met everyone.

Hadhrat (RA) says, “When we arrived, it was my habit to spend all my time in the Haram Shareef. I would only leave the Haram out of necessity. However, Allah Ta’ala blessed me with the opportunity of making khidmah as one of my companion’s had fallen ill. He had been afflicted with such an illness that he suffered from continuous diarrhoea and there was no one to take care of him. His friends also left him. Allah Ta’ala gave me the taufeeq to make his complete khidmah. I would bring his medicine to him, feed him, clean his mess, wash his napaak impure clothes and after cleaning them would then hang them out to dry. I would cook rice for him and feed him even though I did not know how to cook but somehow I would get it done. It was only for this reason that I would leave the Haram Shareef. Apart from this I would sit and recite Qur’aan Shareef, make Tawaaf, and engage in zikr in the Haram Shareef.

One person who was also on this Haj mentioned, “It was so enlightening to witness the manner in which Hadhrat (RA) made the khidmah of this person. It was only then that we realized the Akhlaaq and spirit of khidmah in him and recognised what a great person Moulana Siddeeq Saahib was.”

Hadhrat (RA) said, “It was my routine to sit daily in the Haram Shareef and remember all those from whom I enjoyed some favour from. Whoever did any Ihsaan (good) to me, I remembered him. I would take each one’s name and make dua for him. I made dua for all my Asaatizah, Mashaaikh, students and the teachers of the Madrasah.”

2019-08-05T08:26:03+00:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

The Day of Jumu’ah

Bismihi Ta’ala

The day of Jumu’ah is a very special and mubaarak day for a Muslim. Allah Ta’ala showers His special Blessings and Mercy upon us on this great day. Every Muslim should take special care to reap the great rewards that Allah Ta’ala has promised us for Jumu’ah. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam has mentioned, “Certainly Friday is the leader of all days. It is a day greater and more honoured by Allah Ta’ala than the two Eids (Eidul-Adha and Eidul-Fitr).”

A day of Eid

One Friday, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said to the Sahaabah Radiyallahu Anhum: “O Muslims! Allah Ta’ala has made this day a day of Eid. So have a bath on this day, whoever has itr (perfume) should apply it, and also use the Miswaak.”

The Best Day

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “The best day on which the sun has risen is the day of Jumu’ah. On this day, Hadhrat Aadam Alayhis Salaam was created. On this day he was granted entry into Jannah and on this very day he was removed from Jannah.”

Forgiveness of sins

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah Radiyallahu Anhu narrates in another Hadith that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “The person who makes wudhu properly and then comes for Jumu’ah, listens attentively and doesn’t speak during the khutbah, all the sins that he committed between this Jumu’ah and the next Jumu’ah plus another three days will be forgiven.”

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam has said, “The five daily Salaah, One Jumu’ah to the next and one Ramadhaan to the next wipes out the sins committed between them so long as a person stays away from committing major sins.”

Reciting Surah Dukhaan on a Thursday night

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah Radiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasululah  Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “Whoever reads Surah Haa Meem Dukhaan on a Thursday night (Surah No. 44, Page 686), his sins will all be forgiven.”

Acceptance of duas

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah Radiyallahu Anhu says that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam once mentioned about the day of Jumu’ah, “There is a moment on this day wherein if a Muslim asks Allah Ta’ala for anything, Allah Ta’ala will grant it to him.”

Hadhrat Jaabir bin Abdullah Radiyallahu Anhuma reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “There are 12 moments wherein a Muslim will ask Allah Ta’ala for anything and Allah Ta’ala will grant it to him. Look for this special moment in the last part of the day after the Asar Salaah.”

Hadhrat Faatima Radiyallahu Anha, the daughter of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam, used to be very particular of this blessed time. Her servant use to inform her of the time just before sunset. She would then leave all her duties and become engrossed in dua and repentance to Allah Ta’ala.

Sunnats of the Day of Jumu’ah

  1. To wake up early.
  2. To have a bath.
  3. To apply oil on one’s head.
  4. To apply itr (males only).
  5. To make miswaak.
  6. To wear clean clothes.
  7. To remove unwanted hair.
  8. To clip the finger and toe nails.
  9. To recite abundant durood shareef.
  10. To recite Surah Kahaf.
  11. To go early to the masjid. (males only)
  12. To go walking to the masjid.
  13. Burn some incense like ’Ood on a Thursday night at home.

Reward for walking to the Masjid (Males only)

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said: “Whoever takes Ghusl (bath) on a Friday, goes early to the masjid, sits close to the Imaam and listens attentively to him, then for every step he takes, he will be rewarded with the reward of fasting for one year and performing salaah for one year.”

Virtue of reading Surah Kahaf on a Friday

Hadhrat ‘Ali Radiyallahu Anhu says that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “Whoever reads Surah Kahaf on a Friday will be saved from all fitnahs (trials and difficulties) for 8 days. Even if Dajjal had to appear, he will be protected from him.”

Hadhrat Abu Sa‘eed  Khudri Radiyallahu Anhu reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “Whoever recites Surah Kahaf on a Friday, a special nur (light) will be illuminated from beneath his feet till the skies which will be a means of brightness for him on the day of Qiyaamah, and he will be forgiven between the two Jumuahs.”

Warning for not attending Jumu’ah Salaah

It is reported from Hadhrat Ibn Umar Radiyallahu Anhu that he heard Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam saying, “People should stop leaving out Jumu’ah or else Allah Ta’ala will seal their hearts. They will then be counted among the neglectful.” (Muslim)

In another Hadith it is mentioned that if a Muslim misses out three Jumu’ahs in a row, he will become a disbeliever.

Recitation of Durood Shareef

Among the rewarding acts to be done on the Day of Jumu’ah is the excessive recitation of durood shareef. Every Muslim should, to the best of their ability, recite as much durood shareef as possible on the day of Jumu’ah.

Hadhrat Aws bin Aws As Saqafi Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “Recite durood upon me in abundance on a Friday. Indeed your durood shareef is presented to me.”

In another Hadith, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam has said: “Recite Durood Shareef in abundance upon me during the eve (Thursday night) and the day of Jumu’ah. Whosoever does so, I will be his witness and will intercede for him on the day of Qiyaamah.”

80 years of sins forgiven

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam has said, “One who recites the following Durood Shareef after Asar Salaah on a Friday, without moving from his place, will have 80 years of his sins forgiven and he will receive the reward of 80 years ibaadah.”

أَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدِ ۨالنَّبِيِّ الْاُمِّيِّ وَعَلٰى اٰلِهٖ وَسَلِّمْ تَسْلِيْمًا

 A Palace in Jannah

It is mentioned in a Hadith, that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “One who recites Durood Shareef 1000 times on a Friday will most certainly see his palace in Jannah before his death.”

Hundred needs fulfilled

Hadhrat Anas Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam said, “Whoever recites durood on me on a Friday, or on a Thursday night, for him Allah Ta’ala shall fulfil one hundred of his needs. Allah Ta’ala appoints an angel who brings that durood to me by my grave in the same manner as you people have gifts presented to you.”

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2019-02-14T08:52:26+00:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

The Blessings of a Child who went to Maktab

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was once proceeding to a certain place for some task when he passed by a grave. On looking at the grave, Allah Ta‘ala showed him that angels of punishment were torturing the inmate of the grave.

Sometime later, when Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) had completed his task and was returning, he again passed by the grave. However, Allah Ta‘ala now showed him that instead of angels of punishment, there were angels of mercy at the grave, bearing platters of divine radiance!

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was surprised at this sudden change in condition. He thus performed salaah and engaged in du‘aa, begging Allah Ta‘ala to reveal to him what had caused the punishment of the inmate to cease and be replaced with His special mercy.

Allah Ta‘ala sent revelation to Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) informing him thus:

O ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam)! This servant led a life of disobedience and sin, and he has thus been engulfed in punishment from the time he passed away. However, when he passed away, he left a wife who was expecting a child. After the child was born, she raised him and saw to his upbringing until he grew into a young boy. She then made him over to the maktab (elementary madrasah) teachers. After entering the madrasah, the teacher made the child recite “Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem”. I thus felt ashamed to punish my servant with fire within the earth while his son is taking My name above the earth.

(At-Tafseerul Kabeer vol. 1, pg. 143)

Lessons:

1. One of the greatest investments for any parent is a pious child. As the parents were the means of the child entering the world, they have a share in all his good works and righteous deeds and are rewarded accordingly. However, for this investment to bear fruit, the seeds of piety and righteousness will have to be planted and nurtured in the child.

2. In order for the seeds of righteousness and piety to be planted in the child, it is essential that the child be enrolled into a maktab madrasah. It is in the maktab madrasahs that the children are taught the basics and fundamentals of Imaan and Islam, such as the oneness of Allah Ta‘ala, the prophethood of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), how to make wudhu, how to perform salaah, how to recite the Quraan Majeed, etc. Since many parents are unable to teach their children themselves (due to lacking the time or knowledge), enrolling the children into a maktab is a proven solution to ensuring that they are not deprived of the teachings of Islam.

3. We should regularly make du‘aa for the forgiveness of all those who have passed on with imaan, especially our parents, grandparents, asaatizah (those who taught us Deen), etc.

2018-10-24T06:20:45+00:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Advices of Hadhrat Haji Ahmad Nakooda of Madinah Munawwarah

For a person to become a perfect believer, he has to have Taqwa (i.e. piety).

Taqwa is gained when a person is purified from spiritual maladies like pride, malice, etc. This is achieved by making zikr, reciting lots of Durood Shareef daily, and protecting the seven parts of the body from sin:

The seven parts of the body are as follows;

  1. THE EYES: Casting lustful glances at Na-Mahram Men or Women is committing adultery of the eye. This makes the heart filthy and ruins it. Without sincere taubah (repentance) ones Imaan can be ruined. Viewing of pornographic material, photographs, television, films, etc. is also adultery of the eyes.
  2. THE TONGUE: Backbiting and speaking lies destroys the heart. If it becomes a habit, it ruins a person’s Imaan, unless a person repents (i.e. makes taubah) sincerely.
  3. THE EARS: Listening to music: This is very harmful as it breeds hypocrisy in the heart, and it leads to immodesty.
  4. THE STOMACH: If one morsel of haraam food enters the stomach then the dua’s of such a person is not accepted for 40 days. One should abstain totally from all haraam transactions, especially that of ribaa (interest).
  5. THE HANDS: To unjustly take away someone’s possession even if it is just worth half a cent. One will have to repay the oppressed person with 700 Maqbool (accepted) Namaaz’s of his on the Day of Judgement. To hit one’s children over the limit is cruelty, the result of which is very disastrous in both the worlds.
  6. THE LEGS: One should totally abstain from going to evil places.
  7. THE PRIVATE PARTS: One should protect one’s private parts and totally abstain from adultery (zina). Just as music and wine are causes of earthquakes, so does adultery. It also causes the harmful disease aids.

Hence one has to achieve Taqwa to safeguard one’s Imaan and to be saved from the calamities of this world and the hereafter.

The following three deeds are prescribed by our great Ulama:

  1. Daily Kitaab Reading – Mainly Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat (virtues of charity).
  2. Remembering death – the grave, judgement day, crossing of the pul siraat etc.
  3. Zikr- Istighfaar, First and Third kalimah and abundant Durood Shareef and Tilaawat of the Quraan Shareef
2018-10-20T06:53:27+00:00October 20th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

A Maktab Apa’s Passion to Teach Deen

Bismihi Ta’ala

In this day and age, teaching little children in a primary makatb is not amongst the easiest of tasks. Teachers are faced with major challenges in the classroom. Often the Apa goes back home at the end of the day tired and dejected. The question that keeps on ringing in her mind is, “Are we winning?”

Each day brings about new challenges for the maktab Apa. The children in her classroom are so different. Some are from broken homes, others from mixed marriages and yet some from foreign backgrounds who don’t even understand our language. Then, we are faced with the challenge of technology. Children are addicted to the X-Box, smart phone, T.V. games, and the list goes on. Their attention span is so low that it lasts for a maximum of five minutes for the day. At times, whilst taking a child’s sabak, you may find him suddenly taking his kitaab, using it as a steering wheel and speeding off as if he is the driver of a formula 1 taking part in a Kyalami race.

The major intake of junk by children today further stunts their progress and understanding. Every other child is diagnosed with ADD and ADHD whereas this was something never heard of in the past. How does an Apa cope in her classroom? She isn’t getting a fantastic salary to motivate her to carry on. Maktab Apas get paid paltry salaries. If the elephant cried when he heard how much the Moulana was earning, it would probably die when it hears how much the Apas are receiving. Some Apas are teaching for years and haven’t received any increments, yet they continue teaching with the same passion and enthusiasm without any complaint. Then what prompts her to carry on and embrace each day as it comes?

It’s her deep love for Deen and the Sunnah of Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] that prompts her to keep going. As she walks to madarasah daily, she treads carefully on the ground knowing full well that she is walking on the wings of the Malaaikah. She is the representatives of Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] on this earth. Every now and again, as she walks to madrasah, she glances at the skies above and her eyes catch hold of a bird in the distance. The Apa smiles to herself knowing full well that that bird is busy engaging in dua for HER forgiveness. Whilst other professionals may boast of their professions and their degrees, she knows without doubt that she is amongst the best people walking on the face of the earth. She is among the best since she is teaching the Qur-aan and Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] has said, “The best of you is the one who learns the Qur-aan and teaches it.”

She is unconcerned about the meagre salary she earns because she has full conviction in the fact that Allah Ta’ala will reward her far more than what any person can pay her in this temporary world. She knows that Allah Ta’ala will reward her with that which no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard off and no heart can ever imagine. She knows that my Allah will reward me with the highest position of Jannah because I am in the profession of my beloved Nabi [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] who once mentioned to the Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum), “Allah Ta’ala sent me as a Mua’llim (teacher).”
Below is an incident that occurred in a maktab in (KZN). It was really inspirational to hear this story and the need was felt that it must be shared with all teachers, hoping that it will inspire one and all. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the taufeeq to also act in the same manner. Sometimes we are quick to write off a student. We feel that he is not capable and thus ask him to leave the Madrasah. Think for a moment, how will we answer to Allah Ta’ala if He asks us, “A child came to your door searching for ME and you turned him away. Why?” How will we answer? May Allah Ta’ala forgive us.

NOTE: The names of the children and the madrasah have been changed.
At the beginning of 2018, a new child enrolled at Madrasah Atfaal. He seemed to be very disturbed. What was really surprising about this boy was his violent behaviour. No child could pass him without being punched, slapped or kicked. The other children in his class were terrified of him. By the third day, four children left the madrasah and the Apa was now going crazy in her class. No one could control this boy. He was extremely disturbed and his behavior was beyond anyone’s control. By the fourth day, the Apa was ready to hand in her resignation saying, “Either he remains in the class or I remain. The way things are going, it seems as if all the children in the class will leave. Some drastic action has to be taken immediately.” The poor Apa could not be blamed for this, since most others in a similar situation would have probably done the same.

The principal phoned his mother and asked her if she could come in immediately. When she arrived half an hour later, her son’s behaviour at the madrasah was spelt out to her. She burst into tears saying, “I don’t know what to do with him anymore. The school principal expelled him last week. His father has a terrible temper and beats me up at home. He sees his dad behaving in this manner. What you are seeing him doing is an imitation of what he sees his father doing.”

“I’m sorry, we won’t be able to keep him in the madrasah,” said the principal. “He’s going to chase all the students away from here.” A senior Apa at the Madrasah happened to overhear this conversation. She came forward and said softly, “How can we send a child away from our madrasah when he came here to learn the knowledge of Deen? How will we answer to Allah Ta’ala for this? Let me take him in my class and I will try my best to work with him.”

The next day she took the little boy into her class and made dua to Allah Ta’ala to help her with this child. The first thing the Apa did was contact the mother. She said to her, “We are going to fight this battle together, and we are going to win Insha Allah. But we have to do this together. Are you prepared?” The mother assured her co-operation. The Apa then gave her the following guidelines;
“Firstly,” said the Apa, “I want you to wake up every night at the time of Tahajjud and make dua for your son. Remember, the duas of a mother are readily accepted. I will also wake up at the time of Tahajjud and make dua for him.”

“Secondly, I’m going to give you a book. It’s written by a great Aalim, Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (RA). The name of the book is Fazaail-e-Aamaal. Every night sit with your son and read to him the Ahaadith contained in this book. This book contains valuable advice. Reading the Hadith of Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] in your home will bring about great peace and barkat in your home and in your life. Try to practice on whatever you read.”

“Thirdly, I’m going to give you a CD of Hadhrat Moulana Yunus Patel (rahmatullahi alayh). The CD contains Hadhrat Moulana’s zikr. Play the CD at home every night and sit with your son on the musalla. With full concentration make the zikr of Allah Ta’ala in your home.”

“Fourthly, I want you to take him to an educational psychologist for an assessment. Because of his unsteady childhood, he may need some medical help as well.”

With the above four advices from the Apa, the little boy’s mother undertook the arduous journey with her son to try and rectify the situation. Every night after the Esha Salaah, they sat together reading the advices from Fazaail-e-Amaal and making zikr of Allah Ta’ala. At the time of Tahajjud she would awake from her bed and make special dua for her son. Can we imagine the effect of this dua. The dua of a mother and that too, at the time of Tahajjud.

Its six months since that day and the young boy is a completely different child. He sits quietly in his class and learns his sabak every day. He adores his Apa and has all the time in the world for her. His mother says that when he comes home, the only thing he speaks about is “My Apa told me this and my Apa told me that.” He doesn’t speak anything about school or the sports he plays at school. The thing he really enjoys in life is his time at the Madrasah.

On the last day of the madrasah term before the children could leave for the holidays, his Apa bought burgers for all the children in her class as a treat for them. One child commented, “Apa you only bought us a burger. Where is the coke?” The little boy was very upset with this statement. He immediately retorted, “That’s being ungrateful. You should at least say JazakAllah to Apa for buying us a burger.”

This is the power of a maktab Apa. Outwardly it may seem that she has only 15 children in front of her whom she can make an effort on, but in reality, she has 15 families before her. She can make that difference in the homes of all these children. That is why our elders tell us that when we sit in the classroom, make niyyat (intention) for the hidaayat (guidance) of the entire mankind. Who knows that through one child Allah Ta’ala will cause the winds of hidaayat to blow on the entire mankind.

In this instance, the Apa managed to introduce ta’leem and zikr in the home of that child and also got the mother to wake up for Tahajjud daily.

No child is a Write-off. We cannot chase any child away. As a teacher, YOU can make that difference in the life of that child.

May Allah Ta’ala inspire us all to be an inspiration for our students in the classroom and guide us to be a true reflection of our beloved Rasul [sallallahu alayhi wasallam].

2018-10-19T07:21:25+00:00October 18th, 2018|Categories: Articles|