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Wash your Heart before Ramadaan

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Ramadaan is around the corner. Before we enter Ramadaan, its time to rectify our hearts.

Shaykh Muhammad Hussain Ya3qoob gave an excellent, beneficial advice about how to rectify, clean & soften our hearts. 

A timely worth watching reminder..

May Allaah help us to purify our hearts from all internal diseases & filth of sins & give us life to live Ramadaan.

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Winter Reminders

bismillah (2)“Indeed, winter is the spring of the believer because during it he enjoys himself in the gardens of obedience to (Allaah) and wanders in the fields of worship, and his heart strolls along in devotion to the acts of worship facilitated within it, just like the animals revel in the pastures of spring; so they put on weight and (the state of) their bodies improve.

Likewise, during winter the believer’s religion is improved through what Allaah has made easy of acts of obedience; for indeed the believer is able to fast the days of winter without difficulty or being troubled by hunger and thirst because its days of fasting are short and cold, and the difficulty in fasting is unnoticed. And it has been reported in Tirmidhee from the Prophet SallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam who said:

“Fasting in winter is an (easily acquired) booty.” (1)

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Imaam Ibn Rajab (rahimahullaah)
stated in Lataa-if Al-Ma3aarif 326

(1) As-Saheehah of Imaam Albaanee (number 1922)

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Wash Your Heart

BismillahRamadaan is at our door steps. Its time to rectify our hearts before we enter Ramadaan.

How!

Wash it & purify it..

Shaykh Muhammad Hussain Ya3qoob gives a practical beautiful advice about how to wash & clean our hearts.  A timely worth watching reminder..

May Allaah help us to purify our hearts from all internal diseases & filth of sins & give us life to live Ramadaan.

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Clean Your Heart Before Ramadaan

Clean The Heart Before Ramadaan

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Ramdaan is just round the corner. A practical beneficial read, that we all need to gain the maximum benefits from Ramadaan as we prepare for the arrival of this blessed month.

“We dont feel the beauty of Ramadaan & 3Ibaadah as our hearts have some problems. unless we clean our hearts from all hatred, sins & all internal diseases, we wont feel the beauty of 3Ibaadah and the sweetness of Ramadaan.

Just like you can’t plant a seed on a tough piece of land or marble, you need to dig & make the soil soft, then water the soil to make it ready for seeding, similarly we need to clean our hearts first to taste the sweetness of 3Ibaadah & to have Ramadaan an effect on us.”

clean heartHow Do we clean our heart. Read below.

Clean Your Heart Before Ramadaan  (click)

[Excerpt from a Ramadaan course]

Notes taken by a student

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Fasting In Sha3baan

عن أسامة بن زيد رضي الله عنهما قال : قلت يا رسول الله لم أرك تصوم من شهر من الشهور ما تصوم من شعبان ، فقال : ” ذاك شهر تغفل الناس فيه عنه ، بين رجب ورمضان ، وهو شهر ترفع فيه الأعمال إلى رب العالمين ، وأحب أن يرفع عملي وأنا صائم “ رواه النسائي ، أنظر صحيح الترغيب والترهيب ص 425

Usaamah ibn Zayd radi Allaahu 3Anhumaa said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any other month like you fast in Sha3baan.’

He said, “That is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadaan, and it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of the Worlds. I like for my deeds to be lifted up when I am fasting.’” (1)

 عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ :  كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَصُومُ حَتَّى نَقُولَ لا يُفْطِرُ ، وَيُفْطِرُ حَتَّى نَقُولَ لا يَصُومُ ، فَمَا رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم اسْتَكْمَلَ صِيَامَ شَهْرٍ إِلا رَمَضَانَ ، وَمَا رَأَيْتُهُ أَكْثَرَ صِيَامًا مِنْهُ فِي شَعْبَانَ

3Aa’ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha  said: “The Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allaah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha3baan.”(2)

كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ كُلَّهُ ، كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ إِلا قَلِيلاً

“He used to fast all of Sha3baan, he used to fast all but a little of Sha3baan. (3)

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References:

(1) Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, see Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb
(2) Narrated by al-Bukhaari & Muslim
(3) Report narrated by Muslim

Fajr Reminders

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A timely reminder inshaa’Allaah as Fajr is very early these days…

Want to Enter Jannah:

A beautiful hadeeth about the importance of Fajr prayer.

من صلّى البردين دخل الجنة رواه البخاري الفتح 2/52. والبردان الفجر والعصر

“Whoever prays al-Bardayn will enter Paradise.” (1)

Al-Bardayn are Fajr and 3Asr.

Commentary: It is a must for every Muslim to offer every Salaat regularly but there are some prayers (Salaat) which cannot be performed punctually unless one takes special care of them. This is the reason some additional merits have been mentioned in this Hadeeth so that people exercise extra effort for performing them. Of these two is the Fajr prayer, the performance of which is more difficult than the other prayers because it occurs at a time of rest and deep sleep.

How the angels Find you?

Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

“Angels come to you in shifts by night and by day. They meet at salah al-Fajr and salah al-3Asr, then those who had stayed with you at night ascend, and are asked by the One Who knows better than they: “How did you find My servants?”

They say, “We left them when they were praying, and we came to them when they were praying”.” (2)

It is narrated by Jarir bin 3Abdullah: “We were in the company of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam on a fourteenth night (of the lunar month), and he looked at the (full) moon and said:

“You will see your Lord as you see this moon, and you will have no trouble in looking at Him. So, whoever can, should not miss the offering of prayers before sunrise (Fajr prayer) and before sunset (3Asr prayer).” (3)

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Seriousness of Missing Salaat al-Fajr:

روى مسلم (657) عن جندب بن عبدالله رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم :  مَن صَلَّى الصُّبحَ فَهُوَ فِي ذِمَّةِ اللَّهِ ، فَلا يَطلُبَنَّكُمُ اللَّهُ مِن ذِمَّتِهِ بِشَيْءٍ فَيُدرِكَهُ فَيَكُبَّهُ فِي نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ

Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever prays fajr is under the protection of Allaah. Do not put yourselves in a situation where Allaah has to call you to account for your negligence, because whoever finds himself in this situation will be sorted out and then thrown on his face in the Fire of Hell.” (4)

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Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen may Allaah have mercy on him said in Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen (1/591): 

“This indicates that it is obligatory to respect the Muslims who affirm their Islam by praying Fajr, because no one offers Fajr prayer but a believer. And it is not permissible for anyone to transgress against them”. (5)

This hadeeth is also reported in Tabaraani::

“Whoever prays fajr is under the protection of Allaah. Do not put yourselves in a situation where Allaah has to call you to account for your negligence.” (6)

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Tips for waking up for Fajr:

Some practical steps that will help to pray Fajr regularly inshaa’Allaah:

  • Sleeping early
  • Not talking after Isha (as it is disliked)
  • To be taahir(clean) & saying the adhkaar before sleeping
  • Having a sincere intention & being determind.
  • Seeking help from one’s family & friends
  • Setting alarms for fajr (on phones, mobiles, clocks)
  • Throwing water in the face of sleeping person.
  • Switching on the lights to dispel sleep.
  • Not eating too much before going to sleep.
  • & most importantly making du3aa’ to Allaah subhanahu wa ta3aala, as it is one of the greatest source of strength & success in all things.
(Excerpted & summarized from the book by Shaykh Salih Munajjid.)

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References:
(1) Reported by al-Bukhari, al-Fath, 2/52)
(2) Al-Bukhaaree, al-Fath, 2/33
(3) Saheeh Bukharee [Book 60, Hadeeth: 374]
(4) Reported by Muslim, p. 454.
(5) Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen (1/591)
(6) Reported by al-Tabaraani, 7/267; Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 6344).
 

Winter: Believer’s Best Season

It is said that winter is a time when people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as ‘the Winter Blues’. However, it is interesting to see how the early Muslims welcomed winter, as it is clear that they saw it in a totally different light.

Here are four ways that they would benefit from winter:

1 & 2: Fasting and praying

Imaam Ahmad reported with an authentic chain that 3Umar bin al-Khattab said: “Winter is the booty (prize) of the worshippers.” (1)

Ibn Rajab al-Hambali said:

“Winter is the best season for the believer because…Allaah strengthens his practice in it by making worship easy for him. This is because in winter, the believer can fast during the day with ease without suffering from hunger and thirst. The days are short and cold, and he therefore doesn’t feel the hardship of fasting…

As for praying at night in the winter due to its long nights, one can have his share of sleep and then get up to pray afterwards and recite all that he usually recites of the Qur’aan while he has had enough sleep. So, he can combine between the sleep that he needs and the usual amount of recitation of the Qur’aan that he completes in a day. So, he fulfills the interests of both his religion and the comfort of his body…

And it was narrated that Ibn Mas3oud said: “Welcome to winter! Blessings descend in it, its nights are long to pray in, and its days are short to fast in.”

It is also narrated from him and al-Hasan: “Winter is a wonderful time for the believer. Its nights are long to pray in, and its days are short to fast in.”

When it was winter time, 3Ubayd bin 3Umayr would say: “O people of the Qur’aan! Your nights are now long for you to recite in. So, recite! Your days are now short for you to fast in. So, fast! Night prayer in the winter equals fasting during the day in the summer.”

This is why Mu3adh wept on his deathbed and said: “I weep because I will miss the thirst I felt when I fasted, praying at night during the winter, and sitting knee to knee with the scholars during the gatherings of knowledge.”” (2)

It was reported by Ahmad (4/335) with a chain authenticated by al-Albanee in that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Fasting in the winter is the easy booty (prize).” (3)

Ibn Rajab commented on this in ‘Lata’if al-Ma3arif’ (p. 276):

“And the meaning of it being an easy prize is that it is a prize obtained without any battle or effort or hardship. So, the owner of this prize has been given it as a favor without any effort on his part.”

3: Caring for the poor

Ibn Rajab said in ‘Lata’if al-Ma3arif’ (p. 281):

“Taking care of the poor in the winter and protecting them from the cold is a great deed. Safwan bin Salim went out on a cold night in Madeenah near the mosque, and he saw a man with little clothing on. So, he took off his coat and covered him up with it. So, someone living in Shaam saw in a dream that Safwan bin Salim had entered Paradise with a shirt he had made. So, he went to Madinah and said: “Show me where Safwan is.” When he found him, he told him of the dream.

Also, Mis’ar saw a bedouin standing in the Sun saying:

Winter has come, and I have no money * And such a thing can only happen to a Muslim;
The people have put on their coats * And it is as if I am in Makkah only wearing ihram…

So, Mis’ar took off his coat and put it on the man.

It was related to one of the righteous leaders that there was a woman with four orphaned children who were naked and hungry. So, he had a man go to them and bring them clothes and food. He then took off his outer clothing and said: “I will not wear these or be warmed by them until you return and tell me that they are clothed and fed.” So, the man went and came back and confirmed to the leader while he was shivering in the cold that they had taken the clothes and had eaten. He then put his outer clothes back on.

At-Tirmidhi reported from Abu Sa3eed al-Khudri that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever feeds a hungry believer will be fed by Allah on the Day of Judgement from the fruits of Paradise, and whoever quenches his thirst will have his thirst quenched from the Sealed Nectar, and whoever clothes him will be clothed from the green silk of Paradise.”

And Ibn Abi ad-Dunya reported with his chain that Ibn Mas3oud said: “The people will be gathered on the Day of Ressurection as naked, hungry, and thirsty as they ever were. So, whoever clothed someone will be clothed by Allaah, whoever fed someone will be fed by Allaah, and whoever quenched someone’s thirst will have his thirst quenched by Allaah, and whoever relieved others will be given Relief by Allaah.”

4: Remembering the realities of Hell

It is reported that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Hell complained to its Lord, saying: “Parts of me have consumed the other parts.” So, He allowed it two breaths of exhalation: one in winter and one in summer. As for its breath in winter, that is the bitter cold, and its breath in the summer is the extreme heat.” (4)

Ibn Rajab said in ‘Lata’if al-Ma3arif’ (p. 282):

“And from the virtues of winter is that it reminds one of the extreme cold of Hell and pushes one to seek refuge from it…

Zubayd al-Yami woke up one night to pray. So, he walked towards the bowl of water that he would wash up from and put his hand it to find the water so cold that it was almost frozen. This reminded him of the extreme cold in Hell, and he did not remove his hand from the bowl until he later awoke and his servant came to find him like this.

His servant said: “What are you doing, sir? Why didn’t you pray at night as you usually do? Why are you sitting here like this?”

He replied: “I put my hand in this bowl and touched the cold water, and was reminded of the extreme cold of Hell. By Allaah, I did not feel the severity of its coolness until you came just now. So, go and don’t tell anyone about this until I die.”

And nobody knew of this incident until he had died, may Allaah have Mercy on him.

& it is mentioned in the authentic hadeeth: “Hell complained to its Lord, saying: “Parts of me have consumed the other parts.” So, He allowed it two breaths of exhalation: one in winter and one in summer. As for its breath in winter, that is the bitter cold, and its breath in the summer is the extreme heat.”

…How often does winter come then summer * And spring goes and autumn comes;

And we go from hot to cold * And the sword of destruction is raised over your head;

O you who is insignificant in this world * Till when will procrastination deceive you?

You who seeks what is temporary, till when * Will your heart be busy with what is temporary?

Strange is the one who humiliates himself for this world * While a piece of bread would suffice him for each day…”

So, these examples show that winter time is a special time that we should mark not by being down and inactive, but rather by reviving our energy in worship and servitude to Allaah.

source: written by Abu Sabaya

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References:

(1) Az-Zuhd’ (p. 118)
(2) Lata’if al-Ma3arif’ (p. 276)
(3) ‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’ (1922)
(4) ‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’ (1457)

What Have We Gained From Ramadaan?

Ramadaan is a school of Eemaan and a ‘stop to recharge one’s spiritual batteries‘ – to acquire one’s provision for the rest of the year. 

For when will one take a lesson and change for better if not in the month of Ramadaan?

The noble month is a true school of transformation in which we change our actions, habits and manners that are in variance with the Law of Allaah 3azza wa jall.

“Verily, Allaah does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (1)

If you are from those who benefited from Ramadaan, fulfilled the requirements of taqwa, truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove against you soul, then praise and thank Allaah, and ask Him for steadfastness upon it until you meet your death.

Be not like one who has sewn a shirt and then destroyed it… Have you seen one who sewed a shirt or thawb, so when she looked at it, she liked it. Then she destroyed it pulling a thread by thread for no reason.

What would people say about such a person?! 

Or have you seen one who earns a fortune trading throughout the day, then when the night comes, he throws away all that he earned, dirham by dirham. What would people say about such a person?

This is the condition of one who returns to sinning and evildoing after Ramadaan and leaves obedience and righteous actions. So after he was favored with the blessing of obedience and enjoyment of communicating with Allaah he returned to the blaze of sins and evil actions. How evil are the people who know Allaah only in Ramadaan!.

My dear ones, falling short in one’s commitment to Islaam after Ramadaan is manifested in many ways, including:

  1. Men leaving the five prayers in congregation, after they filled mosques for Taraweeh prayers, thus going to the masjid for recommended prayers and leaving obligatory ones.
  2. Return to musical entertainment, forbidden films, women displaying their adornment beyond that which ordinarily appears thereof, free mixing etc.

This is not thankfulness for blessings and favors, nor is it the sign of acceptance of one’s actions, rather this is opposition to favors and absence of thankfulness. 

These are from signs of one’s deeds not being accepted – and Allaah’s refuge is sought – for one who truly fasts rejoices on the occasion of 3Eid, praises his Lord for helping him complete the fast, and remains fearful that Allaah may not accept his fasting, just as the Salaf would continue asking for acceptance of their actions in Ramadaan for six months after it.

From the signs that one’s deeds are accepted is that he or she has improved in his or her obedience to Allaah 3azza wa jall. 

“And remember when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor].” (2)

Increase you in good, faith and righteous actions. So if the servant is truly thankful to his Lord, you will see him guided to more obedience and distanced from sinfulness. Thankfulness is leaving sins, as the early Muslims said.”

“And worship your Lord until there comes you to the certainty [i.e. death].” (3)

The Muslim must continuously be in the state of obedience of Allaah, firm upon His Sharee3ah, steadfast upon His Deen, so that he or she is not of those who worship Allaah only during one month or only in one place. Rather, the believer knows that the Lord of Ramadaan is also the Lord of other months, and that He is the Lord of all times and places, so he is steadfast upon the Sharee3ah of Allaah until he meets Him while He is pleased with him.

Allaah ta3ala said (interpretation of meaning): “So remain on a right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those who have turned back with you [to Allaah].” (4)

And: 

“So take a straight course to Him and seek His forgiveness.” (5)

And the Prophet sallallahu 3Alayhi wa sallam, said, “Say ‘I believe in Allaah’, then be steadfast.” (6)

  • If the fasting in Ramadaan has ended, then there remains voluntary fasting, such as fasting six days in Shawwal, on Mondays and Thursdays, the three days in the middle of the month, the days of 3Aashoorah and 3Arafah, and others.
  • If standing in prayer at night during Ramadaan has ended, then there remains voluntary night prayer throughout the year. “They used to sleep but little of the night.” (7)
  • If the charity in Ramadaan and zakat ul-fitr have ended, then there is the obligatory Zakaah, and also there are many other open doors to charity, voluntary actions.
  • Reading of the Qur’aan and contemplating it is not only for Ramadaan, rather it is for all times.

Righteous actions are for all times and all places, so strive – O my brother and sister – and beware of laziness. And remember that it is not allowed for us to leave the obligatory actions or delay them, such as the five daily prayers on time, in congregation etc.

And do not fall into forbidden actions, such as forbidden sayings, food and drinks, or by looking at or listening to what is forbidden.

Be steadfast and upright upon the Deen of Allaah at all times, for you do not know when you’ll meet the Angel of Death. Beware of him taking you while you are in a state of sin.

“O Allaah, Who turns the hearts, keep our hearts steadfast upon Your Deen.”

I ask Allaah to accept from us and you our fasting, our prayers and other righteous actions, that our condition after Ramadaan be a better one, that the state of our Ummah improves, that we are granted honour and that we truly turn to our Lord… Ameen

Taken from: “What After Ramadaan” 
Adapted from “Wa maadha ba3da Ramadaan” by Dar Al-Watan
 

More Resources:

After Ramadaan Resources

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References:
(1)  soorah Ar-Ra3d, v:11
(2) soorah Ibraheem, v:7
(3) soorah al-Hijr, v:99
(4) soorah Hood, v:112
(5) soorah Fussilat, v:6
(6) Muslim
(7) soorah Adh-Dhaariyaat, v:17
 

The blessings of Winter

Winter – The season of Benefits


While many of us are cold, complaining of the weather, our past predecessors rejoiced at the coming of this season…

It is reported from Abu Hurayrah radi Allaahu 3Anhu that he said:“Shall I not point you to comfortable proceeds?”

People responded, “And what is that o Abu Hurayrah?”

He replied, “Fasting in winter”

The Arabs used to refer to matters which were relatively easy to gain as being cool. In the following narration, the relative ease of fasting in winter and its consequent reward is likened to acquiring war proceeds without the heat of violence. It is reported from 3Umar radi Allaahu 3Anhu that he said: “Winter is booty for the devout worshippers.”

This is further explained in the following narration. It is reported from 3Ubayd bin 3Umayr may Allaah have mercy on him, that he said: “It used to be said when winter came: “O people of the Qur`aan, the night has become long so you can pray (more) and the day has become short for you to fast.” (1)

Al Hasan Al Basri was reported to have said: “The best season to a believer is the winter, its nights are long for those who wish to pray, and its days are short for those who wish to fast”


It is reported from the famous worshipper Rabi3ah may Allaah have mercy on her, that she said:

“I have never heard the adhaan except that I remember the caller who will announce the Day of Resurrection, and I never see the falling snow except that I imagine the flying pages of the records of peoples deeds (on that day), and I never see swarms of locusts except that I think about the Great Gathering on the Last Day.”

Ibn Al-Jawzi, Sifah Al-Safwah Vol. 2 p433.

Taken from saying of the salaf

The prayer is better than the sleep!!

“and recite the Qur’aan in the early dawn (i.e. the morning prayer). Verily, the recitation of the Qur’aan in the early dawn is ever witnessed (attended by the angels)”. [soorah Al-Isra, v:78]


Praying Fajr reflects how much you love
Allah the Almighty


The happiness of that guy was tremendous when a well-known company accepted him to work for it. He was over the moon as he was the only accepted candidate.

He signed the contract that implies that he should agree on respecting the company working hours, delivering weekly reports about his work and activities, and accepting to be punished for any delinquency ….. read more

Soon later, the guy met his manager and said to him, “From tomorrow onwards, I will not come in time. And I will not deliver my weekly reports in time either; instead they will be delayed for a while. In spite of all that, I will not allow you to punish me, and you don’t have the right to kick me out from work.”

If we imagine such a situation, we will laugh at the behaviour of that guy. No-one will see him but an insane and a fool person. How come can someone want to take his rights whereas he is not committed to his own obligations?!

So, why most of us do the same strange action or even worse?

(As we commit a worse sin against the Law of Allah the Almighty.) How can a sane person allow himself to enjoy all Allah’s graces: such as food, drink, clothes and life pleasures; whereas he doesn’t offer Allah the simplest obligatory He obligates him to do, viz. Praying?!

And even if he prays, then he doesn’t pray in time or he prays like a rooster (i.e. he prays too hastily and carelessly). He neither complies with his praying nor apprehends what he says.
According to our web site visitors survey in the arabic section of IslamWay.com that included more than 4000 persons:


14% of them never pray Fajr in its time
16% of them rarely pray Fajr in its time
33% of them often pray Fajr in its time
35% of them always pray Fajr in its time

Subhan Allah!! We are not talking about jurisprudence about which scholars disagreed or even a Sunnah that one has a choice to do or not. We are talking about ABC Islam. We are talking about praying that Allah Almighty obligates on all Muslims – whatever their conditions are.

When Allah the Almighty ordered Muslims to pray He warned those who delay the prayer after its designated time, saying:

“So woe to the worshippers Who are neglectful Of their prayers” [Surat Al-ma’oon 107:4-5]
The interpreters said that what is meant by this verse is delaying prayer after its designated time.They also said : “woe” is a very deep sheer black valley in Hell. Don’t we believe in Allah’s Words?

A lot of Muslims nowadays neglect Fajr prayer as if they it was not there. That’s why they pray it much later than its time. In addition, some of them pray it immediately before the Noon prayer. Others may never pray it even for compensation (Qaddaa). So why all this laziness against what Allah the Almighty deserves?

Don’t we proclaim that we love Allah the Almighty more than any thing else? Once one of us loves someone a true love, he will be willing to meet him. He may keep thinking of him most of the time. Once he has a date with him, he canNOT sleep until he meets the one he loves. So, do those lazy prayers who do not pray Fajr prayer really love Allah?

Do they really respect His Orders?

Are they willing to meet Him?.

Let’s imagine that a multi-millionaire offered one of his employees $1000 every day, just on one condition, viz. the employee must call daily at his employer’s house in the morning as to wake him up then leave. Such a simple task may take the employee 10 minutes only. This marvellously generous offer will be valid as long as the employee keeps awaking his employer regularly. On the other hand, this offer will be cancelled permanently, and the employee will be asked to return all the money he received, if he neglects to awake his employer once without an excuse.

So, if you, my Muslim brother, were that employee , will you neglect to call at your employer’s house? Won’t you carefully intend to wake up daily to get the one thousand dollar? Won’t you – once you failed one morning – try with all means to prove that you were truly unable to wake up?.

Allah has the higher example, so what about you my dear brother towards your Lord, Allah the Almighty? He is the ONLY ONE who gives you your means of living and who bestowed you with every thing, whose blessings on you are utterly much more than millions of dollars daily. It is Him Who says:
“…if you try to count the blessings of Allah , you will fail….” [Surat Ibrahim: 14 : 34]

Doesn’t this Lord, the The Most Merciful, the Most Generous deserve that you wake up for Him every morning at about 5.30 a.m. so as to thank Him just in 5 or 10 minutes for His great blessings and his generous favours?

The judgement against those who neglect praying Fajr Prayer in time:

Allah the Almighty says:
“…for such prayers are enjoined on Believers at stated times.” [Surat Annesaa: 4 : 103]

  • Islam is a comprehensive way of life… It is like an agreement between The Great Lord and His humble servant. According to this agreement, the servant commits to certain obligations before Allah. With respect to these obligations, Allah would grant the servant rights and privileges. It is insensible that you agree to this contract, then, soon afterwards, you do whatever you like and neglect whatever you do not like. Allah Almighty says in the Quran:
    ” O ye who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of the Evil One; for he is to you an avowed enemy.” [Surat Al-baqara: 2 : 208]
    The interpreters said: this means to accept Islam with all its legislation and rules. Allah got exasperated with the people of Israel when they performed what they liked from His religion and neglected the rest. That’s why He addresses them saying:
    “…Then is it only a part of the Book that ye believe in, and do ye reject the rest? But what is the reward for those among you who behave like this but disgrace in this life? And on the Day of Judgment they shall be consigned to the most grievous penalty. For Allah is not unmindful of what ye do.” [Surat Al-baqara: 2 : 85]

As far as one’s punctuality on attending prayers is considered, The Prophet (peace be upon him) sees those who do not punctually attend Fajr (dawn) and Ishaa (night) Salat in congregation as being sheer hypocrites “Munafeqeen”. So what do you think of those who do not pray Fajr at all, neither in congregation nor alone (at home)?

  • The Prophet (pbuh) said: “There is no prayer more difficult to attend for hypocrites than Fajr and Ishaa. And if they knew what’s in them (i.e. the good reward – thawab) they would attend them even if they had to come crawling.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
  • Allah Almighty mentions that He disavows whosoever neglects the obligatory Salat. Besides, The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Do not ever leave Salat on purpose because whoever does so then he is disavowed by Allah and His Messenger.” (Narrated by Imam Ahmad)

So do you like, Oh Muslim brother and sister, for the closest one to you to disavow you? So how do you neglect the Salat and cause Allah to be disavow you?

Well….now what have I to do?

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