How to Make Our Children to be Muslims with Achievements

How to Make Our Children to be Muslims with Achievements

Every parent would surely be glad if his or her children have great achievement in this world. This is just natural for human being, as what ‘Umar -may Allah be pleased with him- ever said to his son, ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar -may Allah be pleased with them both-, when the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- asked his companions:
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Eating with hands and Maintaining beard are among the Sunnah of the Prophet

Eating with hands and Maintaining beard are among the Sunnah of the Prophet

Question:

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Ustadz, I’d like to ask a question, but before that, pardon me, it is just a trivial one, and I just want to know about its ruling.

Here is my question: Eating using our hands, and maintaining beard, are those among the weak or the strong of the Prophet’s sunnah? And please explain it to me about the reason and the effects of it? Thank you.

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What is the ruling of mourning for the Non-muslim?

What is the ruling of mourning for the Non-muslim?

Question:

Assalamu’alaikum. May Allah bless you, O Ustadz.

I’d like you to give me an explanation upon how do we suppose to deal with our christian/disbeliever neighbor, for example when:

– They died. Are we allowed to visit them to mourn for them (takziya), and if we are allowed, what should we say to them?

– They invited us to attend the wedding of their family, are we allowed to attend it?

– They gave birth to a child, are we allowed to congratulate them?

May Allah reward you with plenty of goodnesses.

From: (Abu Panji)

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The Love of A Mother

The Motherly Love

Reminiscing the lullaby that our mother once sang to us, reminding us of her sacrifices in raising us; during the pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding years, until we reached our adulthood. Her love could still be felt until now.

Years has passed, and more people are forgetting their mothers, forgetting their efforts, whereas their sins to their mother are uncountable anymore. But as mothers, they are still patient, resilient, and keep praying for the sake of their children.

What a tragic scene to see and to hear, when a child spoke harshly to his mother, scolded her, even humiliated and hit her. Is this the way he return all the goodnesses of his mother?
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Umar wont know, but his Lord will

Umar wont know, but his Lord will

This is a story that was mentioned in the life story of ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdil ‘Aziz (book 1, page 23). It is the story about the leader of the believers, ‘Umar bin Khaththab -may Allah be pleased with him- and a maiden. When ‘Umar bin Khaththab -may Allah be pleased with him- ruled, he prohibited people to mix the milk with water.

The story began when in one night, ‘Umar bin Khaththab -may Allah be pleased with him- went to the suburb area of Medina. To take a rest, he leaned on a wall of a certain house. Then he heard a voice of a woman who ordered her daughter to mix the milk with water. But the daughter refused to obey her, saying, “How could I mix it, while our caliph ‘Umar prohibits it?

Hearing her daughter’s answer, the mother replied, “‘Umar wont know about it.”
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The Prophets Are The Humans with the Toughest of Trial

Why did the trial of the prophets were the toughest?

Question:

In the name of Allah. Assalamu’alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu.

Ustadz, I have a question: In chapter Asy Syuraa (The Consultation) verse no. 30, Allah the Exalted decreed, ” Whatever misfortune befalls you is a consequence of your own deeds.  But much of it He forgives.”

And it is mentioned in a hadith, that the prophets were the ones who were tested with the hardest or toughest of trials.

The question is:

How do we comprehend both indications? If the trial or calamity was caused by sin and evil deed, then why did the Prophets were the ones with the toughest of trials, whereas they were prevented from sins?

May Allah reward you with goodnesses for your kind answer.

From: Abdullah

Answer:

Wa’alaikumsalam warahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

The prophets -peace be upon him- were protected from doing the major sins, as for the minor ones, sometimes it happened to some of them, but in matters that were not related to the delivering of the divine revelation. And after that, they immediately repented and asked for Allah’s forgiveness, as in the story of Prophet Adam when he ate the forbidden fruit, Moses when he punched an egyptian to death, Jones when he left his people, and so on. And this is the opinion of majority of the scholars.

Sheikh al Islam Ibn Taimiyya -may Allah have mercy on him- said,

فإن القول بأن الانبياء معصومون عن الكبائر دون الصغائر هو قول أكثر علماء الاسلام وجميع الطوائف حتى إنه قول اكثر أهل الكلام كما ذكر ابو الحسن الآمدى أن هذا قول اكثر الاشعرية وهو ايضا قول أكثر أهل التفسير والحديث والفقهاء بل هو لم ينقل عن السلف والائمة والصحابة والتابعين وتابعيهم الا ما يواقف هذا القول

“Verily, the opinion saying that the prophets were protected from major sins, but not the minor ones, is the opinion of majority of Islamic scholars and all sects, until even majority of the logicians. Abu al Hasan al Amidi stated that this is the opinion of majority of the Ash’ariyy and this is the opinion of majority of experts in tafseer, hadith, and jurisprudence, even, there were no other opinions narrated from the predecessors, the imams, the companions, the tabeen, and students of tabeen but what suited this opinion.” (see: Majmu’ Al-Fatawa 4/319)

And it is urgent to know that majority of the scholars said that the wisdom beneath calamity that afflicted the faithful men, were beside it erased their sins, it would raise their degree, as mentioned by An Nawawy (See: Al-Minhaj Syarh Shahih Muslim 16/128)

The Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said:

ما يصيب المؤمن من شوكة فما فوقها إلا رفعه الله بها درجة أو حط عنه خطيئة

“A believer doesn’t afflicted by a calamity, a spike (that thrust him, -ed) or a more terrible calamity than that but Allah will elevate his degree or erase his sin.” (Narrated by Al Bukhari and Muslim, and the text belongs to Imam Muslim).

Ibn Katsir -may Allah have mercy on him- said, upon interpreting the verse:

(وَلِيُمَحِّصَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَيَمْحَقَ الْكَافِرِينَ) (آل عمران:141)

يكفر عنهم من ذنوبهم، إن كان لهم ذنوب وإلا رُفعَ لهم في درجاتهم بحسب ما أصيبوا به

“That means, Allah erased some of their sins if they had, and if they didn’t have any sins, then He would elevate their degree according to the calamity that afflicted him.” (See: Tafseer Al-Quranil ‘Adhzim 2/127)

Thus, insha Allah, we could comprehend the meaning of the hadith of Sa’d Ibn Abi Waqqash -may Allah be pleased with him- that you pointed out, when he asked, “O Messenger of Allah, who among men that get the toughest of trial?” .Then he -may peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said,

الأنبياء ثم الأمثل فالأمثل فيبتلى الرجل على حسب دينه فإن كان دينه صلبا اشتد بلاؤه وإن كان في دينه رقة ابتلى على حسب دينه فما يبرح البلاء بالعبد حتى يتركه يمشى على الأرض ما عليه خطيئة

“(The men with toughest of trial) were the prophets, then who resemble them and who resemble them. A person is tested according to the strength of his faith, if it were strong, then the test would be harder, and if it were weak, then he would be tested according to the strength of his faith. Thus Allah will always test a slave thus he will be left walking on the earth free from sin.” (Narrated by At Timirdhi, Ibn Maja, and Sheikh Al Albani said, it is a good or valid hadith).

It means that the calamity that afflicted them was given to elevate their degrees, to show the people about their patience, and to make them as an example for human being in dealing with trial.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baz -may Allah have mercy on him- :

الله عز وجل يبتلي عباده بالسراء والضراء وبالشدة والرخاء ، وقد يبتليهم بها لرفع درجاتهم وإعلاء ذكرهم ومضاعفة حسناتهم كما يفعل بالأنبياء والرسل عليهم الصلاة والسلام والصلحاء من عباد الله

“Allah the Almighty tested His slaves with pleasures and troubles, and sometimes Allah tested them to elevate their degrees, ennoble their names, and multiply their rewards, as Allah did to the prophets and messengers -peace be upon them -, and the pious among His slaves.” (See: Majmu Fatawa wa Rasail Sheikh Ibn Baz 4/370)

And Allah knows best,

Ustadz Abdullah Roy, Lc.

Do not Insert the World inside Our Mosque

Do not Insert the World inside Our Mosque

One of the worshipping act that Allah the Exalted ordered His slave to do along with the order to fast in the Qur’an is the retreat (I’tikaf). It is a kind of worship by the means of staying or residing inside a mosque. Mosque is a place built for worshipping, and one staying in it means that he intends to use his time to worship Allah the Exalted exclusively.

The Goal of Retreat

During his retreat, the Messenger of Allah aimed it to seek for the night of al Qadr, hoping that when the night comes, he is in the state of worshipping. At the beginning, he retreated on the first 10 days of month Ramadan, then on the middle 10 days, and when Allah the Exalted showed him that the night of al Qadr happened in one of the night of the last 10 nights of month Ramadan, he retreated on those 10 days and it became his routine until he passed away.

Benefit of Retreat

Conclusion drawn from Ibn al Qayyim’s explanation about the benefits of retreat is: totality in standing before Allah the Exalted in worship reflected by totality of submitting the heart to Him. In order for heart to be able to wholly stand before Allah the Exalted, it needs to be cleared from too much eating and drinking, socializing and mingling with people, and sleeping.
It can be achieved with fasting that lessen eating and drinking, night prayer that lessen sleep and retreat that lessen socializing and talking to people, since one who retreats is in seclusion in mosque.

Therefore, when the Messenger of Allah retreated, he made a special spot named “khaba” that resembles a tent, which functioned to cover himself from people. Although talking with other people is not fully prohibited, since the Messenger of Allah himself didn’t totally abandon it, one should bear in mind that too much talking reduces the benefit of retreat.

Also, During that last 10 days of Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah displayed utmost devotion in worship, thus Aisha likened it with “tie his garment tightly”, which means that he didn’t sleep with his wives. While we know that a husband sleeping with his wife is also a kind of worship. But the Messenger of Allah abandoned it because it still has a link with the resplendency of the world, whereas he wanted a pure worship.

As for today, many people who retreat entered the mosque, clutching the world with them. They enter the mosque with their gadget, smartphone, PC tablet, engaging themselves with another retreater in talk about economic matter, stock, or latest political news.

Thus, among them, there are people who, upon waking from his slumber, choose his first activity as logging in to his Facebook account, to see the latest update as well as updating his status for the day.

I’ll say once again that I’m not forbidding such action, nor that it invalidate the retreat as long as the person doesn’t get out of the mosque, but please remember the intended benefit of the retreat itself!

Even the Messenger of Allah who often sit with his companions to convey the hadith to them, abandoned this deed during his retreat in order to stand before Allah the Exalted in totality.

Therefore, among the scholars there are people who dislike seeking for knowledge during retreat, since the Messenger of Allah didn’t provide time for it during his retreat. Hence, try comparing it with the retreat programs we find today, which says, “Retreat with so-and-so lecturer…” along with schedule packed with lessons and seminars. Compare our retreat with the retreat at the time of the Prophet.

Basically, retreat is very simple deed. However, it is now packaged in such a manner that deviate it from its true intention. Wallahul musta’an.

Author: Ustadz Muhammad Yassir, Lc (Lecturer at STDI Imam Syafi’i Jember)
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Upon Seeing People Who Do Not Fast in Ramadan

Upon Seeing People Who Do Not Fast in Ramadan

Question:

Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Shalih al ‘Uthaymeen was asked about someone who was fasting, then he ate and drank in the afternoon because he forgot (that he was fasting). Should he be warned or not? (Regarding the belief of some people that one who was fasting but forgot about it, should not be warned because he was given food and drink by Allah).

Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Shalih al ‘Uthaymeen answered:

Whoever sees a fasting man or woman eat or drink during the day of Ramadan (because of forgetfulness), must warn him or her. It is based on the saying of the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him-, when he forgot something in his prayer, “If I forgot, please remind me.” (Narrated by Bukhari in his compilation of valid hadith).

Someone who forgets, or mistakes, then his mistake is forgiven. Whereas someone who remembers and knows that the deed invalidates fasting, but doesn’t warn his brother, has committed a mistake. Because one who forgets is his brother, and he supposed to wish something for his brother as he wishes it for himself.

In conclusion, whoever sees a fasting person eats or drinks during the day because he or she forgets, should warn the person. And the warned one should stop his eating or drinking at once, even if he or she has something left in his or her mouth, whether a gulp of water or a morsel of food. And he or she must spit out whatever left in his or her mouth.

In this occasion I also would like to explain that the invalidator of fasting will not invalidate the fast in three conditions: If the doer forgets, or uninformed, or does it unintentionally.

If someone forget, then he eats and drinks, his fasting is still considered valid, based on the saying of the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him-, “`Whoever forgets that he is fasting and eats or drinks, let him complete his fast, for Allah has fed him and given him drink.”’ (Narrated by Muslim in his compilation of valid hadith)

If someone eats or drinks based on his belief that the dawn has not broke yet, or that the sun has set, but in fact he is wrong, his fasting is still valid, based on a hadith from Asma’ the daughter of Abu Bakr, she said, “We once broke our fast at the time of the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- when the sun was shielded by clouds, but then it reappeared, but the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- didn’t order us to replace the fasting of that day.”

Supposed that the replacement is compulsory (which means their fasting was invalid, -ed) the Messenger of Allah would certainly order them to do it. Supposed that the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- had ordered them to replace it, the narration about it would surely have reached us, because it is a part of the shari’a, and the shari’a of Allah will be preserved until the Last Day.

Likewise, the law of someone who unintentionally does something that might invalidate his fasting, such as gurgling water in his mouth to the point that it enters his throat; his fasting is still valid. The water that enters his throat doesn’t invalidate his fasting because he swallows it without intention. As someone who dreams of having sexual intercourse then he ejaculates. His fasting is still valid, because he is asleep and he ejaculates unintentionally.

Allah the Exalted decreed, which can be translated as, “Call your adopted sons after their true fathers; that is more equitable in the sight of Allah. But if you do not know their true fathers, then regard them as your brethren in faith and as allies. You will not be taken to task for your mistaken utterances, but you will be taken to task for what you say deliberately. Allah is Most Forgiving, Most Compassionate.” (Qs. Al Ahzab/The Combined Forces : 5).

(Reference: “Fatawa Ramadhan Fi Ash Shiyam wa al Qiyam wa al I’tikaf wa az Zakat al Fithri” (Fatwas of Ramadan regarding Fasting, Praying, Staying at the Mosque, and Spending the Obligatory Zakat), I/228 – 230)

The History of how Islam Conquered the Roman

The history of Islam’s glory was not free from jihad, which was done by the predecessors of this nation. Jihad possesses a noble position in Islam. Of course, if it is done according to the shari’a of Allah and His Messenger, not a kind of terrorism that arises from a mere spirit without basis of knowledge. The following article will expose to you the picture of jihad in Allah’s Cause, during the time of caliph Abu Bakr Ash Shiddiq.

After recovering the condition of Arab peninsula by fighting against the apostates and people who refused to pay their zakat obligation, Abu Bakr attempted hard to mobilize the army of muslims in order to conquer the Syam which was included in the territory of the Roman Empire.

Condition of the Roman before the War

When the army of muslims headed to Syam, the Roman troops were surprised and caught by fear. They immediately sent a letter to report about it to Heraclius, king of Rome who was at Himsh (now known as Homs, -ed). He then sent a reply, which stated, “Woe to you! Verily, they are the followers of the new religion. There is no one that can defeat them. Obey me and make peace with them by handing over half of the harvests of Syam! Don’t you still have the mountains of Roman?! If you don’t obey me, they will certainly take over the land of Syam and corner you until you are squeezed between the Roman mountains .”
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What is the meaning of “Man Rabbuka” (Who is your Lord?) in the Grave realm?

What is the meaning of “Man Rabbuka” (Who is your Lord?) in the Grave realm?

Question:

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.

 Ustadz, all praises be to Allah, I am blessed to follow the guidance of the salafiyya after I lived in the United States. I beg for your help to answer my question, which often becomes rebuttal for the concept of tawheed rububiyya of the ahl sunna wal jama’a. It is said,

“If the disbelievers were considered to believe in tawheed rububiyya, then why does the questions of the grave contains, “who is your Lord?”

I’m grateful for your kind answer.

Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullah.

Regards,

Arif Hakim

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