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Muhammad (s) A Light Unto Mankind

Posted by Admin on February 19, 2010

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Durood o Salaam on Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhe wasallam

Posted by Admin on February 17, 2010

Sending Blessings & Peace Upon the Prophet Muhammad [saw]

The Last Messenger of Allah, Muhammad [saw] is the greatest benefactor of humanity and a source of guidance for all Muslims. Loving him is an essential part of faith.

Narrated Anas bin Malik ؓ , the Prophet [saw] said “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.” (Agreed Upon )

The best way to express love for the Prophet [saw] is to send peace and blessings upon him. Regarding this, Allah says in the Holy Quran:

“Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [Allah to grant him] peace.” (Chapter 33, Surah Al-Ahzab, Ayah 56)

‘Durood’ is a Persian word which has been adapted into Urdu. The equivalent for ‘Durood’ in Arabic is ‘Salaah’, which means blessings, mercy and supplications. When attributed to Allah , the meaning of ‘Salaah’ is that He sends His Grace and Blessings on the Prophet [saw]. With regards to the angels and people, it means that they make supplication to Allah to confer His blessings upon the Prophet [saw].

Reciting
صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم (‘sallallahu alyihi wa sallam’) whenever the name of the Prophet [saw] is heard, written or read is an act of great virtue and excellence.

Virtues of Invoking Blessings and Peace Upon the Prophet [s.aw]

Elevation of Status
Anas bin Malik ؓ relates that the Prophet [saw] said, “He who sends blessings on me once Allah sends blessings on him ten times and removes from him ten sins and raises him by ten degrees.” (Sunan Nasai)

Worthy of Intercession
Abu al-Darda’ ؓ relates that the Messenger of Allah [saw] said, “Whoever sends blessings on me ten times in the morning and ten times in the evening will have my intercession on the Day of Judgment.”
(Sahih al-Jami’ as-Sagheer)

Relief from Misery and Sorrow
Ubayy bin Ka`b ؓ relates: I said, “O Messenger of Allah [saw], I send much blessings on you. What proportion of my prayer should I devote to (sending blessings on) you?” He said, “As much as you like.”
I said, “A quarter?” He said, “As much as you like, and if you increased it would only be better for you.”
I said, “Then a half?” He said, “As much as you like and if you increased then it would only be better for you.”
I said, “Then two thirds?” He said, “As much as you like and if you increased it would only be better for you.”
I said, “I’ll devote all of my prayers to sending blessings on you.” The Prophet [saw] said, “In that case it will suffice you from your worries and your sins will be forgiven.”
(Jami’ Tirmidhi)

Source of Blessings
‘Abdurrahman bin ‘Auf ؓ relates that the Messenger of Allah [saw] went out once and he followed him until he entered a grove of palm trees and prostrated. His prostration was so long that ‘Abdurrahman feared that Allah had taken his soul. ‘Abdurrahman came to look at him and he raised his head and said: “What is wrong, Abdurrahman?” Abdurrahman mentioned what had happened, and the Prophet [saw] said: “Gabriel ؑ came to me and said: ‘Shall I not give you glad tidings? Allah says to you, “Whoever sends blessings upon you, I confer blessings upon him. Whoever sends salutations to you, I send peace on him.”’ Therefore, I prostrated to Allah in thanks”.
(Musnad Ahmed and Al-Hakim)

Acceptance of Supplications
Abdullah bin Mas’ud ؓ narrates: I was once praying, and the Prophet [saw], Abu Bakrؓ and Umar ؓ (were all present). When I sat down (in the final tashahhud), I praised Allah, then sent salaams on the Prophet [saw], then started praying for myself. At this, the Prophet [saw] said:
‘Ask (in this manner) and you shall be given! Ask, and you shall be given it!’
(Jami’ Tirmidhi)

Increase in Reward
Abu Huraira ؓ relates that the Prophet [saw] said, “Whoever sends blessings on me once, Allah writes ten good deeds in his book of deeds.” (Fadal as-Salaah ala an-Nabi)

Disadvantages of Not Sending Peace & Blessings

(Durood o Salaam) Upon the Prophet [saw]
• Ali ؓ reported: The Messenger of Allah [saw] said, “The one in whose presence I am mentioned and does not send blessings on me is a miser.” (Jami’ Tirmidhi)
• Abdullah bin Abbas ؓ narrates that the Messenger of Allah [saw] said: “Whosoever forgot to send peace and blessings on me strayed from the path of Jannah.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
• Anas bin Malik ؓ stated that the Messenger of Allah [saw] said: “No supplication is responded to until blessings are sent upon me.” (Sahih al- Jami’ as- Sagheer)

Occasions for Invoking Blessings

There is no restriction of time and place, nor are there any special requirements for sending peace and blessings on the Prophet [saw].
• No matter when or where a believer supplicates for blessings and peace on the Prophet [saw], it is delivered to him ( Musnad Ahmed)
• The Prophet [saw] has taught us to send peace and blessings upon him in the last part (tashahhud) of the salaah (Jami’ Tirmidhi)
• It is prescribed (masnoon) to send peace and blessings upon the Messenger of Allah [saw] after the second takbeer of the funeral prayers (Musnad Shaf’i)
• Sending peace and blessings upon the Prophet [saw] after hearing the call to prayer (adhaan) and before making supplications is a means of receiving ten blessings from Allah (Sahih Muslim)
• The supplication for peace and blessings made at the grave of the blessed Prophet [saw] is conveyed to him by the angels appointed for this purpose. (Sahih al-Jami’ as-Sagheer)
• Supplications for the Prophet [saw] made on Fridays are presented to him. (Sahih al-Jami’ as-Sagheer)
• The etiquette of making supplications, which have a greater likelihood of acceptance, is to first praise Allah , then send peace and blessings upon the Prophet [saw] and then supplicate (Jami’ Tirmidhi)
• It is recommended (masnoon) to send blessings upon the Prophet of Allah [saw] in every gathering because gatherings where this is not done may become a means of chastisement from Allah (Jami’ Tirmidhi)
• Sending blessings on the Prophet [saw] ten times in the morning and ten times in the evening will be a source of intercession on the Day of Judgment (Sahih al-Jami’ as-Sagheer)
• It is recommended to send blessings on the Prophet [saw] at the beginning of sermons and preaching, at gathering of learning (especially when ahadith of the Prophet [saw] are being taught), at the time of engagement or marriage, when writing and at the beginning of every righteous deed. It will be a cause for attaining Allah’s pleasure and mercy and facilitate the task at hand.

Inauthentic Practices

In matters of religion, one should avoid inauthentic and innovative practices, and not waste one’s time and energies on them in order to avoid loss on the Day of Judgment.

• The Messenger of Allah [saw] stated “If somebody innovates something which is not in harmony with the principles of our religion, that thing is rejected.” (Agreed Upon)
• Hafidh bin Hajar says that it is preferable to use the words taught by the Messenger of Allah [saw] himself.
• Imam Nawawi states that the prescribed (masnoon) way of sending blessings (durood) upon the Prophet [saw] is مُحَمَّدٍ عَلَى صَلِّ اللَّهُمَّ . Thus we should only use those words which have been taught to us by the Prophet [saw] in authentic traditions (sahih ahadith).
• Supplication for blessings upon the Prophet [saw] that are not proven by the authentic traditions should be avoided, like Durood Taj, Durood Muqaddas, Durood Akbar, Durood Lakhi, Durood Mahi, Durood Tanjeena and so on.
• Sending blessings on the Prophet [saw] before the call to prayer (adhaan), and aloud in congregation after obligatory prayers is not proved from any authentic tradition.

Prescribed Method of Salutation

• Narrated Abdullah bin Mas’ud ؓ: We used to say in the prayer: ‘As-Salam be on Allah, As-Salam be on so-and so.’ So one day the Prophet [saw] said to us, “Allah Himself is As-Salam; when anyone of you sits during his prayer, he should say:
التَّحِيَّاتُ لِلَّهِ وَالصَّلَوَاتُ وَالطَّيِّبَاتُ، السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ، السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْنَا وَعَلَى عِبَادِ اللَّهِ الصَّالِحِينَ، أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ
“‘All the compliments are for Allah and all the prayers and all the good things (are for Allah). Peace be on you, O Prophet [saw], and Allah’s mercy and blessings (are on you). And peace be on us and on the good (pious) worshipers of Allah. I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad [saw] is His slave and Messenger’. So, when you have said this, then you have surely sent the greetings to every good (pious) worshipper of Allah, whether he be in the Heaven or on the Earth.”
(Sahih Bukhari)

• Fatima ؓ says that whenever the Prophet of Allah [saw] entered the mosque he recited:
‏ بِسْمِ اللَّهِ وَالسَّلاَمُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي ذُنُوبِي وَافْتَحْ لِي أَبْوَابَ رَحْمَتِكَ
“I enter the mosque in the name of Allah; Peace be upon the Messenger of Allah [saw]. O Allah! Forgive my sins and open the gates of mercy for me. ”
And when he left the mosque, he recited these words:
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ وَالسَّلاَمُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي ذُنُوبِي وَافْتَحْ لِي أَبْوَابَ فَضْلِكَ
“I exit (from the mosque) in the name of Allah; Peace be upon the Messenger of Allah [saw]. O Allah! Forgive my sins and open Your gates of bounties for me.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

• It is narrated by Aisha ؓ that the Prophet [saw] after finishing his prayers would recite these words three times:
سُبْحَانَ رَبِّكَ رَبِّ الْعِزَّةِ عَمَّا يَصِفُونَ وَسَلاَمٌ عَلَى الْمُرْسَلِينَ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
“Exalted is your Lord, the Lord of might, above what they describe; and peace upon the messengers. And praise to Allah , Lord of the worlds.” (Jami’ Tirmidhi)

• Whenever Abdullah bin Umar ؓ returned from a journey, he would visit the grave of the Messenger of Allah [saw] and make the following supplication:
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا رَسُولِ اللَّهِ
“Peace be upon you O Messenger of Allah [saw]!” (Fadal as-Salaah ala an-Nabi)

Conveying of Salutations & Response

• It was narrated by Abdullah bin Mas’ud ؓ that the Messenger of Allah [saw] said: “Some angels appointed by Allah go around on earth, and convey to me the salutations (salaam) sent by my ummah.” (Sunan Nasai)

• Narrated Abu Huraira ؓ: The Prophet [saw] said: “If any one of you greets me, Allah returns my soul to me and I respond to the greeting” (Sunan Abu Dawud)

In the life of barzakh (stage of afterlife before Day of Judgment), the salutations (salaam) are conveyed to the Prophet [saw] through appointed angels. How is that possible? Regarding this we have not been given any knowledge. We should be firm in our belief that Allah has Supreme Power and nothing is impossible for Him; and that we should accept without questions matters which have not been revealed to us.

Prescribed Words of Blessings for the Prophet [saw]

1. اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ، وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ، كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَعَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ، اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ، وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ، كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ، وَعَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ
“O Allah! Send Your mercy on Muhammad [saw] and on the family of Muhammad [saw], as You sent Your mercy on Abraham and on the family of Abraham, for You are the Most Praise-worthy, the Most Glorious. O Allah! Send Your blessings on Muhammad [saw] and the family of Muhammad [saw], as You sent your blessings on Abraham and on the family of Abraham, for You are the Most Praise-worthy, the Most Glorious.”
(Sahih Bukhari)
2. اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَأَزْوَاجِهِ وَذُرِّيَّتِهِ، كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، وَبَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَأَزْوَاجِهِ وَذُرِّيَّتِهِ، كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ
“O Allah! Send Your mercy on Muhammad [saw] and on his wives and on his off spring, as You sent Your mercy on the family of Abraham; and send Your blessings on Muhammad [saw] and on his wives and on his offspring, as You sent Your blessings on the family of Abraham, for You are the Most Praise-worthy, the Most Glorious.”
(Sahih Bukhari)
3. اَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِیِّ الْاُمِّيِّ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَعَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَبَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِیِّ الْاُمِّيِّ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَعَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ
“O Allah! Send Your mercy on Muhammad [saw] the unlettered Messenger and on the family of Muhammad [saw], as You sent Your mercy on Abraham and on the family of Abraham. And send Your blessings on Muhammad [saw] the unlettered Messenger and the family of Muhammad [saw], as You sent your Blessings on Abraham and on the family of Abraham. Verily You are the Most Praise-worthy, the Most Glorious.”
(Al Mustadrak ala as-Sahihain lil-Hakim)
4. اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ عَبْدِكَ وَرَسُولِكَ، كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، وَبَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ
“O Allah! Send Your mercy on your servant and messenger, Muhammad [saw], as You sent Your mercy on the family of Abraham; and send Your blessings on Muhammad [saw] and on the family of Muhammad [saw], as You sent Your blessings on Abraham.”
(Sahih Bukhari)
5.
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ النَّبِيِّ الاُمِّيِّ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ
“O Allah! Bestow Your mercy upon Muhammad [saw] the unlettered Messenger and the family of Muhammad [saw]”
(Sunan Abu Dawud)
6.
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ، وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ
“O Allah! Send Your mercy on Muhammad [saw] and on the family of Muhammad [saw]” (Sunan Nasai)

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Death Cannot Do Us Part

Posted by Admin on February 17, 2010

By an anonymous sister

Every year, on 14th February, the month I happened to come into this world, I sometimes receive Valentine’s day messages or mails from people wishing me love and good cheer. Apparently, they have not heard I have gone ‘extremist.’ I take it as an opportunity to inform them of my ‘extremist’ views that have no room for birthdays, New Year or Valentine’s Day. Sometimes I do it apprehensively, as I do not want to hurt the feelings of loved ones. Sometimes, I do it hesitatingly, knowing I was amongst the ones who found no harm in it a while back. It makes me reassess my feelings: why is it that I do not want to celebrate it any more; why do I feel that it is wrong, and what’s the big deal about it anyway?

I grew up in a house, which thought Birthdays and the like were wrong, but I was a typical teenager and believed in everything my friends did. At that time, I could not understand what the big deal was about people getting together to clap and watch someone cut their cake and open their gifts.

I, too, grew up reading magical fairytales that always had a handsome prince falling in love with a princess and carrying her off into the sunset to live happily ever after. I watched Snowwhite and Cinderella that all focused on ‘falling in love’ and ‘having a good life.’

And I, too, grew up believing this is what life is all about. This is why we are here –to find the perfect soul mate and live happily ever after. I was addicted to reading novels that told me an exciting, romantic life was the essence of our existence, that spoke of gorgeous women enticing dashing men before they zoomed away in their private yacht to an exotic island.

The songs I heard would tell me love was waiting for me, I would find it or die of heartbreak in the process – how beautiful it all seemed. It would take me some time to come back into the real world that seemed mundane in comparison. Then too, I would keep thinking about some scene stuck in my mind from a book or a movie, ‘the way he looked into her eyes’, ‘the way she swirled in a breath taking dress as she danced’. I wanted to be like that – to be beautiful and happy and madly in love. Every movie, every song, every cartoon and book led me to believe that ‘love is all around me’ and ‘to live without love is not to have lived at all.’

Valentine’s Day would see all our friends discussing clandestine stories, gifts or cards or flowers from a secret admirer, declarations of long hidden love. Those who had no one would hope and wait for the next year. We all felt the compulsion to fall in love atleast once – or face the prospect of  having experienced nothing exciting in life. Most of us succumbed to this compulsion.

Well, all this was until one day I woke up. I came out of the fake world around me and realized that reality was much more vivid and lasting than its celluloid version. The culture of romanticism that had captured our hearts and brains was a ploy to keep us away from reality. Ironically, that too happened through a book. But it wasn’t like any book I had read before. It spoke in a way that made shivers run down my spine, made me cry as if my heart would break; as if the words were coming not from a book but from deep within my soul. It was the Book of Allah, my Creator, and it was more powerful than all the fantasies that I had been fettered with. I broke free at last.

Today I don’t dislike Valentine’s day (or Basant or whatever) just because it is an unIslamic, innovated celebration – and a lewd one at that – but because it is part of the culture of lust that has betrayed us all. That created in our impressionable minds a false image, that drugged us with the sweetest drug of romanticism, and made us forget the real reason why we are here in this world.

Just like in the movies, a space hero would be assigned the mission to save the world and would go to a planet on a mission to destroy the enemies and retrieve a precious life-saving potion. But the enemies have a deadly weapon, they project an illusion on a screen. They show him a beautiful place with the woman of his dreams and he goes into a stupor completely forgetting his mission. The planet is full of temptations and illusions that are projected according to his most coveted desires. He loses all track of time, even the fact that the world will be blown up any second, and all that matters to him now will not exist anymore. Lost in an imaginary, transient world, he forgets his purpose and hence loses everything.

That’s exactly what our greatest enemy has done. He has duped our minds into thinking that the images we see on TV are real; the glamorous lifestyles of superstars are achievable; the Valentine’s Day hotspots on our PCs are desirable; the romance in tear jerker movies is the greatest and that we must have a huge amount of fun in this world, because that is what will make us happy. While the clock ticks, Shaytan takes away our life before we can do anything productive with it. He has made us forget why we are here in this world and what our mission is, like the space hero. And what could be worse than that, because that means we have already lost the battle, we have laid down our arms and chose to watch ‘the reality show’ while reality passed us by. That is why we are told of a future scenario in the Quran:

(The hypocrites) will call the believers: “Were we not with you?” The believers will reply: “Yes! But you led yourself into temptations, you looked forward for our destruction; you doubted (in Faith); and you were deceived by false desires, till the Command of Allah came to pass. And the chief deceiver (Satan) deceived you in respect of Allah.’ (Al-Hadid: 14)

I thank Allah that He gave me a husband who taught me the true meaning of love and caring for the sake of Allah. This kind of love transcends all boundaries of space and time, and is truly everlasting, as it continues even after death, into the next life. Yet, the TV tells me that caring, sacrificing men are boring and Hugh Grant-like playboys are what we really want – so I got rid of the TV set.

We did not live happily ever after, because we are still in this world of test and deception and our battle with Shaytan and our own selves continues. Sometimes we win, but at times, we lose this battle.  Yet, at the end of the day, I am glad I have my husband fighting by my side.

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