My first trip to Makkah

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In 2013, I was a member of Hadith of The Day and the online platform  shared a hadith about mothers and there was also a competition to enter.

HOTD was donating Umrah flights and accommodation to 5 people who had limited funds to take their mothers along with them to do the Umrah Pilgrimage. You had to write why you thought you should win. When I saw it I thought of my mum.

She was an Australian revert and in her 50’s that had never been to see the house of Allah. I was a new revert that had never been as well and was having a hard time in life and needed an iman boost. I told my mother about it and she convinced me to enter the competition. I didnt think I would ever win the competition but to my amazement I did.

My mother and I were going to spend 5 days in Mecca and 5 days in Medina and I was so thrilled. The best part was telling my mother. We were on a high all day. I took my brother along too, being our mahram. The flight was long and hard but once we got there, that was all forgotten.

First we went to Medina. The place was nothing like I had ever seen before. No greenery was there like Australia but Medina had a sense of tranquility and I was in absolute awe.fb_img_1466590807759 The prophet Muhammed SAW masjid was just divine.

A place I would never forget. I loved spending time there in worship and just reflecting and taking in my surroundings. My mother and I were able to enter the rawdah and it was such a memorable experience.

The shopping was also a lovely experience and I enjoyed connecting with my mother there. Everything about the trip was wonderful. Once we arrived in Mecca, we completed our Umrah at night. It wasnt easy to do as I remember my feet getting sore after a few hours it took to complete the pilgrimage.

fb_img_1466590936221I loved every minute of it though and just reflecting on this now, I remember the feeling being amongst all my brothers and sisters in Islam making dua after dua to Allah SWT.

It was an amazing experience. I must say one of duas was asking for a husband and not only that, a specific person I had in mind if he were to be my husband. When I went back home, life went back to normal and I had the wonderful memories and my connection with Allah was more closer than ever.

A few months later I got a proposal from the same man I made dua to Allah swt to grant me a husband. It was amazing. When you truelly make dua and try your best, Allah does listen and if he wills, he grants your duas true. Alhumdulillah.

I am now a happily married woman of almost 2 years and I look forward to returning to the house of Allah for my Hajj pilgrimage with my husband and daughter in the future, InshaAllah.

I want to thank HOTD for their generosity and also to the donor who made the journey possible for my family and I. Truly the blessings come from Allah SWT and may Allah SWT grant us all Jannatul Firdous Ameen Allahumma Ameen.

 

Surah Al-Kahf: 110… God is one

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Say (O Muhammad ): “I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your Ilah (God) is One Ilah (God i.e. Allah). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.”

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My companion and I

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I have this friend who has been amazing and loving, she’s a Christian but she’s been one of those few that have realised the fact that there’s more beneath the Hijab. She saw the real me and decided difference in religion wasn’t a problem so she stuck with me.

During school days, we stayed together for a while. Tokunbo will run to the door to quickly block whoever was approaching so I could quickly cover up in case it was a man (even if the door was locked). One time she left the door open and a female neighbor entered my room without knocking. Tokunbo kept on apologising for the fact that it could have been a man that entered and also because I wasn’t really comfortable with the nature of the person that barged in. I smiled and told her it was OK. Yes she’s that amazing and understanding.

So she once asked me if I would even remember my hijab in a case of emergency, perhaps fire or something. She said she was sure I would run for my life without remembering my hijab. Honestly, I didn’t know if I would remember my hijab. I imagined such happening but I wasn’t sure if my hijab will be the next thing on my mind when I actually have to dash out from danger. Something then happened which answered her question and even my own uncertainty.

One night, I saw a thin and not so long thing crawling near me, although our eyes were focused on the laptop, I could sense there was something beside me. I told myself it was the laptop charger, but sincerely I knew it wasn’t. So I decided to turn and confirm what I thought it was. I was right, It was a snake!

“Tokunbo, Tokunbo! snake!”. I called her attention to it.
“Snake? Ah, are you serious. Ah Ayam dead” Tokunbo said.
I was like “wait, just calm down”.

What do we do next? we wondered, killing it wasn’t an option then we decided to run outside and by Allah the next thing I did was to look for my jilbab. With my hands shivering I wore it and then we both dashed out screaming. (I can’t forget that night).

We ran pass some guys and they were like “come back, what happened.” So they followed us to look for the snake but it had also run away when we screamed. We saw it run but we didn’t see it leave the room. They didn’t find it and for that reason we couldn’t sleep in the room for that night.

Later on I told Tokunbo that she got the answer to her question “will you even remember your hijab when something happens?”

During NYSC camp, one midnight almost all the girls in my hostel suddenly started running. I woke up to the sound of feet stamping so heavily on the ground as though giants were at war. I sat up and stretched my neck to see what was up but I didn’t see anything, I didn’t see fire which could have been the case.

However, I was really scared. I decided whatever it was will come and meet me there as I wasn’t ready to start running for what I didn’t know, besides I thought they could probably be running into the danger itself. While those thoughts were on, I started looking for my hijab, it was just the next thing on my mind.

Every where was dark and my eyes weren’t quite clear yet so I was searching with my hands, I just wanted to cover up just in case I needed to run too or if it were thieves or rapists invading. I didn’t find the hijab anyway. Not long did someone shout “ki lo nle yin gan?” (what exactly is chasing you?) only then did we realise there was nothing dangerous actually happening. The racers turned back.

In the morning I learnt that someone actually screamed ‘Jesus’ from sleep and that was it. Perhaps the innocent lady was only having a nightmare and then someone decided to run which caused commotion, who knows.

A lady sprained her Ankle because she hopped from her bunk on two more bunks and then jumped down.

I learnt some lessons that night; first, there’s need to develop shock absorbers in us. We need to learn how to control panic because most times, panic itself kills rather than the danger we are faced with.

Secondly, sometimes you just have to know what the problem is in order to know the right solution. Be sure you need to run before you actually run so you don’t run into death itself.

Also, never should a lady sleep stark naked. That night some ladies were naked and still ran off like that. Say thieves invaded and didn’t even plan to rape but there you are, all naked. Their plans might just change. Or say your house was on fire and you couldn’t pick a pin. You run out naked, that’s embarrassing.

So there, I got another answer; my hijab will always be my companion in shaa Allah. If snake and false alarm didn’t take it away from me, your judgmental looks, your hatred towards me, your condemnation, side comments and insults won’t separate us, with Allah’s help.

PS: please don’t stay in a burning building or a dangerous place because you’re not with your hijab. If you can, grab it. If not please run for your life! Only the living can wear hijab.

My hijab, my companion, my soul mate, my life!

Jesus: A crucifixion?

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The end of the story of Isa AS is shrouded in controversy between the Muslims and the Christians. Apart from the concept of the trinity (which is strongly refuted in Muslim scriptures), Christian doctrines claim that Isa AS was crucified: to the extent that the cross or the crucifix is accepted as the symbol of Christianity. According to the Muslim teachings, Isa AS was neither killed nor crucified, but was raised to heaven.

There are several accounts of how the attempt on Isa’s AS life took place. In one version, the king of the time commanded that Isa AS be killed, and one of the disciples, Judas Iscariot, betrayed Isa AS and revealed his whereabouts to the king’s men. As a punishment, Allah transformed his features so that he resembled Isa AS, and he was the one who was arrested and crucified instead. In another version, when the king’s men entered the house where Isa AS was in, Isa AS asked his disciples which of them would like to bear his likeness and be killed in his place, upon which one of his disciples volunteered and was crucified in his place. There are other versions of the story, but there is no single authenticated version under Hadith or Qur’an.

What is certain is that Isa AS was neither killed nor crucified, but someone else was made to bear his likeness. This is clearly stated in the Qur’an:

“And [for] their saying, “Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Isa, the son of Maryam, the messenger of Allah.” And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain.” (Al Qur’an 4:157)

Instead of crucifixion, the Qur’an confirms that Isa AS was raised to Allah:

“Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise.” (Al Qur’an 4:158)

“[Mention] when Allah said, “O Isa, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify you from those who disbelieve and make those who follow you [in submission to Allah alone] superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me is your return, and I will judge between you concerning that in which you used to differ.” (Al Qur’an 3:55)

Given that Muslims believe that the Qur’an is the word of Allah, we consider the subject closed and not worthy of any further debate. In particular, there is no advantage in relying and refuting contrary beliefs based on Christian scriptures, as the Qur’an has the overriding and final say on this subject, and as Muslims, we are not to accept any other information that contradicts with the word of the Almighty.

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Over the centuries, the message of Isa AS steadily distorted, and when combined with the existing corruption already done by the scholars of Bani Israel to the Taurat and Zabur, the message of Islam became corrupted. Fundamental notions of the Almighty’s Oneness were openly contradicted through the concept of Isa AS being the son of God, and also the concept of the trinity: these deviations challenge the very root of Allah’s Oneness and His attributes and are an abomination of the original message of Islam.

The teachings of Isa AS were subsequently consolidated with the previous scriptures, but these were intermingled with the existing lies and falsehood propagated by Bani Israel to the divine message. The origins of the Bible in its present form cannot be authoritatively traced back to the time of Isa AS, although some Christian historians assert that the form of the Bible available today was compiled 100 to 600 years after the supposed crucifixion of Isa AS.

source This phenomenon is already described in the Qur’an:

There is among them a section who distort the Book with their tongues: (As they read) you would think it is a part of the Book, but it is no part of the Book; and they say, “That is from Allah,” but it is not from Allah: It is they who tell a lie against Allah, and (well) they know it! (Al Qur’an 3:78)

They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allah (by obeying them in things which they made lawful or unlawful according to their own desires without being ordered by Allah), and (they also took as their Lord) Messiah, son of Maryam, while they (Jews and Christians) were commanded [in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)) to worship none but One Ilah (God – Allah) La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). Praise and glory be to Him, (far above is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him).” (Al Qur’an 9:31)

This is nothing new, which is why Allah has repeatedly sent Prophets and Messengers to different communities in order to correct them every time they deviated from the message.

In the case of Isa AS, only one subsequent Prophet was sent to correct these deviations, this time to the entire mankind instead of the community of Bani Israel specifically. The guidance is through the Qur’an, which completed the message of the previous holy scriptures, and the messenger is Muhammad SAW:

And this Quran is not such as could ever be produced by other than Allah (Lord of the heavens and the earth), but it is a confirmation of (the revelation) which was before it [i.e. the Taurat (Torah), and the Injeel (Gospel), etc.], and a full explanation of the Book (i.e. laws and orders, etc, decreed for mankind) – wherein there is no doubt from the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns ,and all that exists). (Al Qur’an 10:37)

In the case of the Qur’an, there is only one single version in existence. There is no deviation at all, no matter which part of the world the Qur’an is located and which century it was published. The only differences are in the translation and the interpretation, but it is unanimously agreed that there is only one version of the Qur’an, which has not changed by a single letter since the time it was revealed over 1400 years ago.

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Indeed, We sent down the Taurat (Torah), in which was guidance and light. The prophets who submitted [to Allah] judged by it for the Jews, as did the rabbis and scholars by that with which they were entrusted of the Scripture of Allah, and they were witnesses thereto. So do not fear the people but fear Me, and do not exchange My verses for a small price. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed – then it is those who are the disbelievers. (Al Qur’an 5:44)

That aside, the deviation of the priests and rabbis from the original message of Allah is already mentioned in the Qur’an, together with a warning on their fates:

O you who have believed, indeed many of the scholars and the monks devour the wealth of people unjustly and avert [them] from the way of Allah. And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah – give them tidings of a painful punishment. (Al Qur’an 9:34)

We can see live examples of these, and the abuse and corruption of the teachings of Christianity and its message. However, like many of the religions, it is not the original doctrine that is the issue, but the corruption of man that has tainted the original message.

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The story of Isa AS is unique in one final sense: it is not over yet. All other Prophets and Messengers (including Rasulullah SAW) have passed away after the completion of their missions, and their time on earth is over. In the case of Isa AS, he will, close to the end of the world, descend back to the earth to complete his mission, which is to defeat the Dajjal (the Antichrist) and to lead the Muslims in waging a final battle against the disbelievers and restoring peace on earth. He will then, like the rest of his prophets in brotherhood, die a natural death.

All this lies in the realms of the unknown, but have been prophesised in various ahadeeth. In part of one long hadith on the end of time, the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Dajjal (the Antichrist) will appear in my Ummah and he will stay in the world for forty. I do not know whether this will be forty days or forty months or forty years. Allah will then send Isa, son of Maryam. Isa will pursue him and slaughter him. Then people will survive for seven years (i.e., after the demise of Isa) in the state that there will be no rancour between two persons.”(Bukhari)

In another account, after explaining the coming of the Dajjal and the horrifying events that follow, the following Hadith describes in detail:

“… and it will be at this very time that Allah will send Isa, son of Maryam who will descend at the white minaret in the eastern side of Damascus, wearing two garments lightly dyed and placing his hands on the wings of two angels. When he will lower his head, there would fall drops of water from his head, and when he will raise it up, drops like pearls would scatter from it. Every disbeliever who will find his (i.e., Isa’s) smell will die and his smell will reach as far as he will be able to see. He will then search for Dajjal until he will catch hold of him at the gate of Ludd (village near Jerusalem), and will kill him. Then the people, whom Allah will have protected, will come to Isa son of Maryam, and he will wipe their faces and will inform them of their ranks in Jannah, and it will be under such conditions that Allah will reveal to Isa these words: `I have brought forth from amongst my slaves such people against whom none will be able to fight, so take these people safely to the mountain.’ And then Allah will send Ya’juj and Ma’juj (Gog and Magog people) and they will sworn down from every slope. The first of them will pass the Lake Tabariyah (near the Dead Sea in Palestine) and drink all its water. And when the last of them will pass, he will say: `There was once water there.’ Prophet Isa (AS) and his companions will then be so much hard-pressed that the head of an ox will be dearer to them than one hundred dinar, and Isa along with his companions, will make supplication to Allah, Who will send insects which will attack their (Ya’juj and Ma’juj people) neck until they all will perish like a single person. Prophet Isa and his companions will then come down and they will not find in the earth as much space as a single span which would not be filled with their corpses and their stench. Prophet Isa and his companions will then again beseech Allah, Who will send birds whose necks will be like those of Bactrian camels, and they will carry them and throw them where Allah will desire. Then Allah will send down rain which will spare no house in the city or in the countryside. It would wash away the earth until it appears like a mirror. Then the earth will be told to bring forth its fruit and restore its blessings …‘” [Muslim] (part of a longer hadith)

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Throughout the history of mankind, every time the Almighty sent messengers and prophets to convey His message to mankind, the disbelievers always asked for proof. The Creator, according to His own wisdom, chose different miracles for different times. Even then, we can see human being’s stubbornness, arrogance and argumentative nature, and even denying his own faculty and basic common sense when the Creator shows him the miracles.

In the story of Isa AS, the people went into two deep trials. First, in the presence of Isa AS, the disbelievers denied him even after witnessing all the miracles they asked him to produce. In fact, their disbelief increased in spite of the miracles they saw.

The second group was so impressed by all the miracles that later on in history, they went the other extreme and claimed that Isa AS could not have been a human being. They generated Christianity with the basis of, depending on the denomination of Christianity, Isa AS being either God or the son of God or a part of the divine trinity.

Isa AS never got married or owned property, and like all previous Messenger and Prophets, had a beard. He greeted his disciples with greetings of “Peace be upon you.” He prostrated to the ground in worship. As with the people during his time, some have chosen to imitate his life to the extreme, while others chose the status quo to remain in dunia. This is no different from all the earlier cycles of humanity when a prophet and messenger was sent amongst them.

The main message of Isa AS warns us against the material life and how it pollutes the heart and soul of humanity. When the religious message becomes tainted through corrupt dissemination by the leader or follower, it leads to people becoming completely astray. We, Muslims and non Muslims alike, are in this condition because of corruption, ignorance and even neglecting or fighting the truth. In every era, a very small number seek the truth and the majority seek corruption. However, the truth, by the will of God, will always be apparent for those who sincerely seek it. All the miracles, and all the incidents were only to help the people to believe.

If you are a Muslim, thank Allah for His guidance, learn your faith thoroughly and try to help others to understand by understanding your own faith. As Muslims, we have a lot of work to do to save our soul and help others.

As a final word, this is not intended to be a discourse of Islam v Christianity. If you are interested in this topic, there is plenty of material, online and in printed materials, that we will be happy to refer you to and which you can research independently.

home page A Short Note about the Bible

According to Muslim scholars, even the Arabic terminology of “Injeel” is misunderstood. The Injeel as mentioned in the Qur’an refers to the sacred scriptures given by God to Isa AS, while the Bible originally means the Holy Book. Hence the Bible as described above, is not to be confused with the Injeel or gospel described in the Qur’an.

Unlike authentic Hadith, where the chain of transmission is carefully recorded to protect authenticity (the criteria for an accepted chain of transmission includes the moral integrity of the transmitter as well as his ability to listen and record accurately), no equivalent record is maintained in the chain of transmission regarding the additional texts to the modern day Bible.

Added to the fact that much of the original message was lost in translation (the transition from Aramaic to Greek or Latin, when historically Isa AS lived amongst the Hebrew speaking Bani Israel who had no association with these languages), it is doubtful as to which of the passages of the Bible are from the pure scriptures. From the already unauthenticated versions in Aramaic, Latin and Greek, the Bible was then re-translated into English, German and other European languages, adding to the misinterpretations of the translators and scholars.

There is not a single version of the modern day Bible which is unanimously agreed to by Christian scholars as being the unadulterated and definitive version of the Bible, due to its many versions and revisions. It is not just variances caused by translation, but also the substantive contents, which differ from one version to another, and the constant reinterpretations and new editions over the passage of time. These various versions of the current Bible are not in conformity with each other. The current version of the Bible contains some of the words of God, some of the words of Isa AS, and the remainder cite the texts and opinions of others such as John, Luke, Paul and Matthew.

There is also a “red letter” editions of the Bible, where instead of quotation marks, texts claimed to be from the original word of God and Isa AS are marked in red. We do not intend to provide a commentary on this, save that on a high level reading of it, such passages make up a fraction of the contents. Hence we leave it to the reader to analyze and draw his own conclusions on whether the current form of the Bible, if seen in totality, can be stated authoritatively to be the sole word of God.

 

Salutation of Adam

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Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall. When He created him, He said to him, “Go and greet that group of angels, and listen to their reply, for it will be your greeting (salutation) and the greeting (salutations of your offspring.” So, Adam said (to the angels), As-Salamu Alaikum (i.e. Peace be upon you).

The angels said, “As-salamu Alaika wa Rahmatu-l-lahi” (i.e. Peace and Allah’s Mercy be upon you). Thus the angels added to Adam’s salutation the expression, ‘Wa Rahmatu-l-lahi,’ Any person who will enter Paradise will resemble Adam (in appearance and figure). People have been decreasing in stature since Adam’s creation.

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Seven prophetic strategies of correcting mistakes

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Mistakes are the consequences of life and being human. They help us repent, learn and grow wiser. Mistakes can be catalysts of self-improvement and reminders of our imperfections. Still, we tend to interpret mistakes more as disaster than opportunity.

Prophet Muhammad, the Messenger of God (peace and blessings be upon him) and the most brilliant educator of humanity, approached mistakes not as cause for shame, but as teachable moments. Even though the Prophet taught his companions to strive for excellence and conquer their flaws, mistakes were inevitably made, some minor and some very serious. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) corrected people’s missteps with gentleness, empathy, and creativity. He used mistakes as opportunities to empower people, not break them.

Studying Prophet Muhammad’s (peace and blessings be upon him) example gives us insight on how to help people in their moments of error. In this part we discuss four lessons that highlight some aspects of how Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) mended mistakes:

1. Address the mistakes.

Because mistakes make us uncomfortable, we may ignore them or think they are not our business. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did not leave mistakes to stand on their own without guiding people towards a solution. He (peace and blessings be upon him) was sincere toward his companions, and at the center of his attitude toward mistakes was a deep love and compassion. He (peace and blessings be upon him) may have chosen to correct a mistake discreetly, delay his reaction, or withhold a response, but he did so with the individual’s best interest in mind.

Sometimes, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did not even have to use words to correct a mistake. He (peace and blessings be upon him) once left the company of his companions to express disapproval of an action. A change in his posture would indicate to his companions that something was not right. When a mistake was truly grave, he (peace and blessings be upon him) would emphasize his words and repeat them several times.

The young Usamah ibn Zaid was narrating to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) the events of an armed conflict with their enemy. He described one soldier who had cried out, “There is no God but Allah!” out of hope that he would be spared. Usamah told the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) that he then killed the soldier with his sword. When the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) heard this, his face changed. He (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “(How could) you kill him when he said, ‘La ilaha illa Allah’? (How could) you kill him when he said, ‘La ilaha illa Allah’?…” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) kept repeating these words, until Usamah wished that he could erase all his deeds. He said that he wished he could embrace Islam all over again that day, so that he could start his life afresh. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

2. Be gentle.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was extremely perceptive toward the people around him. He (peace and blessings be upon him) knew when someone was sensitive or vulnerable, and he often approached mistakes with utmost gentleness.

Bedouins were known at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) for being gruff and somewhat uncivilized. Once a bedouin entered the Prophet’s mosque for the first time. He raised his voice in supplication, “O Allah, forgive me and Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), but don’t forgive anyone else!” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) smiled at him and remarked gently, “You are limiting something that is vast.”

Later, to everyone’s horror, the man urinated on the masjid floor. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) calmed the dismayed onlookers, and told them to leave the man alone. He vreminded his companions that they were sent to make things easy on people, not difficult. The bedouin later recounted his experience with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him):

May my mother and father be sacrificed for him. He did not scold or insult me. He just said, ‘We do not urinate in these mosques-they were built for prayer and remembrance of Allah.’ Then he (peace and blessings be upon him) called for a bucket of water to be poured on the ground. (Ibn Majah)

So deep was the empathy the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had for his people that he did everything possible to make things easy for them. He removed every obstacle that stood between the people and Allah’s forgiveness, and he searched out solutions to individual’s unique circumstances. A man once confessed he was doomed because he slept with his wife while fasting in Ramadan. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked if he was able to free a slave. The man said no.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stayed quiet. Soon, a basket of dates was presented to him. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) took the dates, and looked for the man.

“Take these dates and give them in charity.”

The man said dejectedly, “No one is poorer than me, Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him). By Allah, there is no family in all of Madinah poorer than mine.”

At this, the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) face broke into a smile.

“Take it and feed your family,” he said. (Al-Bukhari)

3. Connect people with Allah.

Sometimes, we are mortified by the social embarrassment mistakes cause when they really may not be so serious in the sight of Allah. Other times, we overlook mistakes because we’ve gotten used to them and have made so many excuses. But it might be that those mistakes turn out to be mountains in the hereafter. With the remembrance of Allah, we gain a better perspective on our mistakes.

When Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) had spoken roughly to Salman Al-Farisi, Bilal ibn Rabah, and Suhaib Ar-Rumi (may Allah be pleased with them), the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) reminded him that his action may have angered Allah: “Perhaps you have made them angry. By the One in whose Hands lies my soul, if you have made them angry you would have angered your Lord.” Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) rushed to his three brothers, who assured him that they had not been angry. (Muslim)

Once the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)came across Abu Mas`ud Al-Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) beating a slave. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said only one sentence: “Allah has more power over you than you have over him (the slave).” Abu Mas`ud freed the slave immediately. (Muslim)

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) would use the power of supplication to help people overcome their faults. He placed his hands on the chest of his companion, or made a special du`aa’ for them in their absence. A distressed boy came before the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and requested permission to commit adultery. The companions were shocked at this bluntness, but the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) beckoned the boy to come closer. Instead of responding harshly, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked him if he would like to see someone in an adulterous relationship with his mother, aunt, or daughter. After the boy responded no to each question, the Prophet s(peace and blessings be upon him) imply put his hand on the boy’s head and prayed for him, “O Allah, forgive his sins, purify his heart and make him chaste.”

4. Don’t go looking for mistakes.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) often used his role as leader and community educator to correct mistakes for the benefit of all listeners, but in a discreet way that hid the identities of involved parties. He (peace and blessings be upon him) would say, “What of people who commit such an action…” This way, he generally warned people of pitfalls while discreetly alerting the people involved in the mistake to repent and rectify their wrongdoing.

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)forbade gossip and backbiting, and rejected any broadcast of people’s mistakes. He asked people not to report anything negative about the companions to him. The Prophet accepted people’s words for what they were, and did not probe to uncover hidden flaws. He did not put people under a magnifying glass and guess at their motives. We should avoid searching out people’s mistakes in order to uncover more and greater faults. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said “Whoever searches out the shortcomings of a brother, Allah will search out his shortcomings.” (At-Tirmizi)

Although there were many hypocrites in Madinah—people pretending to be Muslim but secretly undermining the community—the Prophet did not confront or accuse them. On the other hand, when a companion who had fought in the Battle of Badr, Hatib ibn Abi Balta`ah, committed an act of outright treason against the Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) refused to condemn the man without speaking to him first. Hatib admitted that he made a terrible mistake, but professed a heart full of belief. That was good enough for the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

5. Be Strategic.

We cannot read about the gentleness and empathy of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) without also noticing his astuteness in helping people move forward. He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) weighed priorities, prescribed solutions to people’s problems, and knew when to be forceful and when to be soft. He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) knew when people had the strength to bear the consequences of their mistakes and when there were other priorities to consider.

By following the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) footsteps, we can discern the best way to treat underlying problems that lead to mistakes.

When a young man behaved insolently during the call to prayer, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)redirected his negative energy to benefit society.

Abu Mahdhurah, a Makkan teenager, and his friends mocked Bilal ibn Rabah while he made the call to prayer after the Muslims had conquered Makkah. When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)saw this, he summoned the boy who trembled in fear at that point. Instead of scolding him, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) asked if the boy had a strong voice. When the boy affirmed, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) spent some time with him reciting the words of the adhan with him until they were memorized. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) rested his hand on the boy’s chest and prayed for him. Abu Mahdhurah, now enamored with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), asked that he be allowed to call people to prayer. And so, Abu Mahdhurah walked away with the new job title of mu’dhin of Makkah. (Ibn Majah)

6. Use firmness when appropriate.

Gentleness is beautiful, but firmness can sometimes be more effective in prompting personal reform and purification. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) knew when to be firm, and when to be soft. When two companions had been backbiting, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) responded with formidable words, warning them that they had eaten the flesh of their brother to the point that it could be seen between their teeth. When they asked the Prophet for forgiveness, he ordered them to ask their brother for forgiveness instead.

On another occasion, the mistake was a simple one hardly needing words, only a gentle nudge. The young Al-Fadl ibn Al-`Abbas was riding with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)when a beautiful woman came to ask a question. Al-Fadl could not stop himself from staring. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) took the boy’s chin in his hand and turned his face in another direction.

The companions were willing to bear the difficult ramifications of their mistakes. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) held to a high standard those who held themselves to a high standard of accountability. Abu Lubabah was sent by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as an emissary to the besieged Banu Quraydha, and while negotiating he made a gesture that disclosed what the plans of the Muslims might be. It immediately occurred to Abu Lubabah that he had betrayed the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) trust by the gesture. He went straight to the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) Mosque, tied himself to a tree, and vowed not to move until Allah forgave him. Abu Lubabah remained tied to the tree for many days. His wife untied him for prayers, and then bound him up when he was finished. Finally, this verse was revealed,

{And there are others who have confessed their wrongdoing, who have done some righteous deeds and some bad ones: God may well accept their repentance, for God is most forgiving and merciful.} (At-Tawbah 9: 102)

Abu Lubabah insisted that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) untie him with his own hands.

Perhaps one of the greatest stories of accountability is the truthful confession of the three companions who failed to accompany the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) during the Battle of Tabuk. Unlike the hypocrites who made up excuses for their absences and were pardoned by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), the three companions confessed they had no good excuse. The three companions were shunned by everyone for more than a month, an anguishing ordeal. Those three companions may have endured the painful ramifications of their wrongdoing, but they also went through a purifying process that was rewarded with revelation confirming that Allah had forgiven them.

7. Spare people’s dignity.

When correcting mistakes, we must be respectful and sensitive to people’s sense of dignity. There is no room for mocking or belittling. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) criticized mistakes without condemning the person. On one occasion, people cursed a man who failed to overcome his alcoholism. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Do not curse him…what I know of him is that he loves Allah and His messenger.” (Al-Bukhari)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) acknowledged good intentions, even if they led to improper results. Once a man entered the mosque and since he was about to miss the first rak`ah, he bent down in ruku` while he was still walking and had not yet reached the line. When the man told the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)what he had done, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “May Allah increase your enthusiasm–but don’t do it again.” (Al-Bukhari)

In order to help a young man who was neglecting his night prayers, the Prophet mixed some encouragement `in with the correction. He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “What an excellent man `Abdullah is! If only he would pray at night…” `Abdullah never neglected the night prayer after that (Muslim)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) never reminded people of their lapses in the past, but was quick to recall their previous good actions. When Hatib ibn Abi Balta`ah sent a letter to the enemy detailing the movements of the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)army before the conquest of Makkah, `Umar was prepared to execute him as a traitor. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) warned him to desist, reminding `Umar that Allah had forgiven all sins of those who attended the Battle of Badr, among whom had been Hatib. Tears fell from `Umar’s eyes upon hearing this reminder.

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) once said,

“All human beings make mistakes often. The best of those who make mistakes often are those who repent [to Allah].”(At-Tirmidhi)

Can you imagine what it would be like to have your mistakes and shortcomings corrected and shaped with the guiding hand of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)? Would he be gentle, or firm, and what priorities would he consider? What would it feel like to have his attention, and to be looked upon with eyes overwhelmed with mercy? If we adopt just some of his amazing techniques in mending the mistakes of people, we will become better teachers and better callers to Allah.

The spiritual meaning of sacrifice

By Maryam Hedayat

The historical background of Eid al-Adha is that the Prophet Ibrahim (may Allah be pleased with him) had a dream in which he was sacrificing his young son, Ismail (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Prophet Ibrahim, a great believer in Allah, took his dream literally and wanted to sacrifice his son. But, according to the tradition, Allah the Almighty sent his angels and asked him to sacrifice an animal instead of his son.

During the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims honor and remember Ibrahim’s (may Allah be pleased with him) trials, by themselves slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, camel, cow or goat.

Allah has given us supremacy over animals and permitted us to eat meat, but only if we pronounce His name at the earnest act of taking life. Muslims slaughter animals in the same way throughout the year. By saying the name of Allah at the time of slaughter, we are reminded that life is sacred. Life is to be valued with utmost act of piousness and holiness.

The meat from the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha is mostly given away to others. One-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor. It is to divide among those who honestly deserve the share of it rather than consuming all among ourselves.

It is very important to understand that the sacrifice itself, as practiced by Muslims, has nothing to do with apologizing for our sins or using the blood to wash ourselves from sin. This is a misunderstanding by those of previous generations:

“It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your devotion that reaches Him.” (Qur’an 22:37)

After the five pillars of Islam, Sunnat-e-Ibrahimi (sacrifice) is the most important activity. This sacrifice is the legacy of Prophet Ibrahim who combines the Prophetic patronage from three religions i.e. Jewish, Islam and Christianity. The festival also symbolizes the trial of faith and loyalty towards Allah. It enlightens ours path with true spirit of righteousness and rectitude.

A sacrifice, usually taken to be the slaughtering of animals, is more than that. The physical act of sacrificing of the animals is just a ritual, is just a tradition and is just a sacred practice whereas the essence lies far beyond it and the spirit of it goes far beyond common human perception.

The act symbolizes our will to give up some of our own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need. It is to train us how to surrender ourselves to the will of Allah for the sake of serving humanity. We recognize that all blessings come from Allah, and we should open our heart and share with others.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated for certain number of days but its impact is required to last the entire year. Eid al-Adha is like a symbolic rehearsal of high values and it is essential that these values be translated into practical life all the year round. We must be reminded all the moments of our living by how religiously we have gone through the act of sacrificing.

Perhaps, most of us think of the spiritual sacrifice as giving something up, but we have to look inside ourselves to see why we are sacrificing something in the first place.

In fact, sacrifice is an act of submission to Allah. It is to submit to the will of the Almighty. Sometimes Allah asks us to sacrifice something important to us in order to learn that there is something greater beyond it. But sadly we fail to translate the essence of its sacrificial values in our life!

Furthermore, we need to practice the spiritual effect of sacrifice so that we learn to rely on Allah’s provisions rather than the things we have built for ourselves. It is a part of submitting to Him.

Eid is also a day on which Muslims remember the deceased, visit the sick, see relatives and friends, overlook grudges, help the needy and show kindness and generosity to all.

Overcoming the common grievances against each other that prevent our mutual co-existence is the ultimate spirit of sacrifice. It is also a day for rejoicing by getting involved in a good, clean and honest enjoyment.

Sacrifices contribute to the success of our struggle. They strengthen our inner spiritual and moral resources and develop qualities of character which are essential to our struggle at every level of our existence.

Every act of sacrifice nourishes and increases our Imaan, that is to say ‘Faith’, for it transforms a verbal confession and a mental conviction into a living reality. It confirms, and thus increases, our love for Allah, for every step we give up something for the sake of his love.

It reinforces our loyalty and faithfulness to Allah, for all other loyalties become secondary as they are sacrificed for the sake of this loyalty. In short, sacrifices bring us nearer to Allah and develop a sort of invisible communication with the Creator. It makes us feel stronger and firmer.

The process is mutually interactive: the stronger the faith, the greater the will and capacity to sacrifice, the greater the sacrifices, the more internalized and deeper the faith. That is indeed the secret of our good and balanced living.

Sacrifices are essential for the development of all moral qualities, but especially for the development of tolerance, strength, determination, firmness and purpose. These can be summed up in just one word patience (Sabr).

Every sacrifice reinforces the quality of patience, making it grow in quality and strength. Forbearance, in turn, sustains and increases the capacity to sacrifice.

All promises of help from Allah, all assurances of success in this world and rewards in the Hereafter, have been made conditional upon the attainment of sacrifice and patience.

Indeed, sacrifice is the essence of life and we should leave no stone unturned to sacrifice our money, comfort and time for the sake of Allah. We should make an effort to live truly to the expectations of the spirit of sacrifice that the festival of Eid al-Adha stands for.

Goodness in Dealings

Text been Jumu’ah Khutbah of 29th Muharram 1439AH, equivalent to 20th October, 2017 delivered AL – Noor Masjid, ICICE, Wuse II, Abuja

All praise is due to Allah, we seek His help and forgiveness. We thank Him and seek refuge with Him from the evil of ourselves and the evil of our deeds.

He who Allah guides cannot be misguided by anyone and he who Allah sets astray cannot be guided by anyone.

I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone Who has no partner, likes or associates. I also bear witness that our master Muhammad is his servant and messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his household, his companions and those who follow their path till the last day.

Allah the exalted says: “O you who have believed, bow and prostrate and worship your Lord and do good – that you may succeed.” [22:77]

This is a call from Allah the exalted upon believers requesting them to run towards him with pious deeds in worship and dealings. All acts of obedience are considered acts of worshiping Allah by answering his call in doing what pleases him.

These include fulfilling the rights of Allah like believing in his oneness, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and on the other hand showcasing goodness in dealing with people.

Actual religiousness is embodied practically in dealing with people and it is very wide; it comprises of all the dealings of a Muslim with others, his religiosity and his adherence to the rites of the religion. The messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Religion is sincerity (Alnasiha)”.

Alnasiha as mentioned in the hadith is sincerity, adherence to the rites of the religion and goodness in deeds and dealings.

Religiosity is about mending the relationship between a Muslim and his Lord by fulfilling Allah’s rights faithfully in terms of Oneness and true worship coupled with full submissiveness, obedience, glorification and respect.

He therefore submits his entire life to Allah through worship, Allah says: “Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds.” [06:162]

Religiosity is also perfecting the relationship between a Muslim and other people including other creatures like animals and other non living things.

Adhering strictly to the commands and limits set by Allah through justice and goodness in preserving rights (of others), doing the compulsory, maintaining relations, spreading advice and halting oppression and harm towards one’s self and others.

Allah says: “Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.” [16:90].

Also, the messenger (peace be upon him) said: “and behave decently towards people”. He also said: “The most perfect man in his faith among the believers is the one whose behavior is most excellent; and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives”.

Verily! Dealing with others in conjunction with what the religion sets is the heart of worship. Surely, backwardness in terms of relating with others has a very stringent consequence on one’s acts of worship which can lead to the loss of his rewards just because he abuses people in his dealings with them.

This is evident in the following hadith where the messenger (peace be upon him) asked: “”Do you know who is the bankrupt?” They said: “The bankrupt among us is one who has neither money with him nor any property”.

He said, “The real bankrupt of my Ummah would be he who would come on the day of resurrection with Salat, Saum and Sadaqah (charity), (but he will find himself bankrupt on that day as he will have exhausted the good deeds) because he abused others, brought calumny against others, unlawfully devoured the wealth of others, shed the blood of others and beat others; so his good deeds would be credited to the account of those (who suffered at his hand). If his good deeds fall short to clear the account, their sins would be entered in his account and he would be thrown in the (Hell) Fire”.

The latter has come forth with the “physical Islam” in terms of worship, with prayer, fasting and charity but he abuses creatures when it comes to dealings. Such person has falsely disjointed in his religiousness between the act of worship and behavior, he therefore struggled to fulfill the rights of Allah through worship and abandoned the rights of servants.

This no doubt shows weakness of Iman and Taqwa (fear of Allah) which in turn leads him to failing on the scale of justice on the day of resurrection.

Salat as the great pillar of Islam is not just mere movements of the body parts, rather, it trains who performs the salat on sticking to truth, justice, and abstaining from evil deeds. Allah says: “Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing” [29:45]

Zakat (charity) is not just a “monetary tax” but it is obedience and act of worship. It is about giving out and it is a medium of purification (of wealth and soul), strengthening of relationships between brothers and helping one another. Allah says: “Take, [O, Muhammad], from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them increase, and invoke [Allah’s blessings] upon them.” [09:103]

Fasting is not a worship of just hunger, thirst and deprivation, but it is a season of training which enriches the heart with the fear of Allah and the body parts with orderliness and adherence. Allah says: “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” [02:183]. The messenger (peace be upon him) said: “If one does not avoid lies and false conduct, Allah has no need that he should abstain from his food and his drink.”

Hajj is not a season of tourism or exile, but it is a season of worship and educational course for purification, abstaining from worldly things and evils of both utterances and actions. Allah says: “so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein [by entering the state of ihram], there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj.” [02:197]

A true Muslim is the one who translates Islam an “attitudinal translation” so that he develops concrete manifestations of good character in his relationships, dealings, actions and sayings.

The messenger (peace be upon him) made good treatment in dealing with others as faith in its complete form, he Said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the last day, should not hurt his neighbor and whoever believes in Allah and the last day, should serve his guest generously and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should speak what is good or keep silent.”

He also said: “You will never be able to contain people with your money, rather, what contains them from you is smiling faces and good manners”

Umar Ibn Al-khattab (RA) asked a man to bring forth who he knows very well so that Umar (RA) entrusts him something. When the man brought whom he knows Umar asked: Are you his closest neighbor? The man said no. Then you have once accompanied him on a trip? The man said no. May be you related with him in Dirham and Dinar? The man said no. Umar said: May be you spotted him in the mosque raising his head and lowering it (meaning praying)? The man said yes. Umar said: Go away! Indeed you don’t know him.

Look at how Umar (RA) considered dealings as a scale for knowing how good people are, not manifestations of worship which even those with weak Iman can showcase just as the hypocrites do.

Allah says: “And when they stand for prayer, they stand lazily, showing [themselves to] the people and not remembering Allah except a little” [04:142].

Verily! Goodness in dealing with people is the key to their hearts and the shortest route to pleasing them. Though, treating people well doesn’t cost much, but its impact is enormous and great on minds and societies.

Therefore, whoever wants to live truly in his religion and religiosity should treat people with the best of attitudes. The messenger (peace be upon him) said: “No one of you becomes a true believer until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself”

Roger Garaudy was a French philosopher, French resistance fighter and a prominent communist author. He said, “I was among a group of French soldiers who were fighting Muslims during the Algerian uprising in 1960. I was caught by a group of Muslim fighters and then handed me over to one of them to execute me in the mountains. When it was just the two of us he asked: Do you hold any weapon? I told him no, I don’t have a weapon with me, he said: How do I kill a person who is not armed? Then he released me”.

Garaudy said: “And this incidence remained inspiring me in my heart for many years until I started studying Islam. I then became sure that this Muslim fighter was acting towards me from the angle of real Aqeeda and Islamic attributes. And this incidence had its core impact on my embracing Islam which shocked the world”.

Finally, O brothers and sisters, this is how good treatment unbelievably tilts hearts and this is how it helps in conquering minds and hearts.

This is also an indication of the greatness of Islam and the greatness of our beloved messenger peace be upon him who was the best example of good treatment towards others including his enemies. May Allah be pleased with him, his household, his companions and those who follow their path till the last day.