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Ikhlaas (Good Intention)

 

Intention is a magical prescription that can turn sand into gold. The Hadith says "Verily actions depend upon their intentions."

It is sometimes interpreted to mean that good intentions justify bad deeds and makes sins meritorious. This is completely wrong. Sin is always a sin no matter how noble the intention may be. For instance if someone breaks into a house to steal with the intention of giving charity then whatever he would steal will make him a thief deserving of the prescribed punishment. His good intentions would not earn him any merit nor would his sin be pardoned.

What this Hadith means is as follows:

Ten Sunnats for us to Bring Alive this Year

The rewards of practicing sunnah of Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam] is so abundant, one just cannot imagine the rewards Allah Ta’ala has kept in store for the one who adheres strictly to the sunnah.

The greatest reward one will receive for adopting the sunnah practices of Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam] is that we will acquire the love of Allah Ta’ala and He will forgive our sins.

Listed hereunder are 10 easy sunnats with the rewards mentioned in the Hadith for us to bring alive this year. 

May Allah Ta’ala allow us all to live in accordance with the sunnah of our beloved Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam].

Valentines Day

 

The one who imitates a nation is from among them” (Hadith)

The “celebration of love”, which is celebrated on February 14 each year, was invented by the Romans more than 1700 years ago. The Romans, at that time, were idol-worshipers. They killed one of their own people, Saint Valentine, because he became a Christian. Later on, when they became Christians, they made the day of his execution an occasion to celebrate those who were killed for the sake of love. Today people still celebrate this festival to show their love for each other.

Participating in this festival is totally un-Islamic. Unfortunately Muslims also participate in these un-Islamic celebrations. These customs have passed on to us Muslims because of our mixing freely with the non-Muslims.

Allah Ta’ala has given Muslims the days of Eid to celebrate. We should confine ourselves to these days of celebration and not celebrate with the Non-Muslims.

Valentine's Day is a Christian Celebration. We, as Muslims should not involve ourselves with the customs of Valentine's Day, like sending cards, presents, roses, etc, because we will be imitating the Christians. This is what Shaytaan wants from us. He wants us to follow the Kuffaar and stay away from following Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

Sixth Rule: Ta’leem (Learning and Teaching) & Ibaadah (Worship)


Ta'leem

A Muslim home should never be void of the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala at any time. Learning, teaching and engaging in the Ibaadah (worship) of Allah Ta’ala should be an integral part of every Muslim home. In the days of the Sahaabah it was common among them that they would make their homes into places of learning Deen. Sayyidinah Umar Ibn Khattaab (Radiyallahu Anhu) was inspired to accept Islaam because of the same reason. When he visited the home of his sister Faatima, she and her husband, Saeed bin Zaid (Radiyallahu Anhuma), were learning the Qur'an from Hadhrat Khabbaab (Radiyallahu Anhu).

In Madinah Munawwarah, Hadhrat Umar Farooq (Radiyallahu Anhu) had lived some distance away from the Masjidun Nabawi. On account of the distance, he could not be present in the masjid all the time. He then arranged with one of his neighbours that they both would take turns to go to Masjidun Nabawi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) on alternate days. Hence on the day that he attended the Musjid, he would go to the home of his companion and teach him what he had learnt from Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). His companion would also do the same. In this manner they would remain fully informed of the teachings of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

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