DUST IS MY BED
DUST IS MY BED
Shawwal is the tenth month in the lunar calendar, as mentioned earlier. The first of Shawwal is Eid ul Fitr. After the festivity of Eid it is recommended to observe six days of fast. This fast may be observed continuously non-break, or it may be observed one day at a time. If you observe it continuously, you may start on the fourth day and end on the ninth of day Shawwal, or you may select days at random, provided you complete six days before the end of Shawwal. For instance, you may observe the third, fifth, seventh, ninth, 14th and 15th days. Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari (raa) related the Messenger of Allah, (saas), said:
“Whoever observes the Ramadan fast and follows it with six days of fast in Shawwal, it is as if he has fasted Dahr (the whole year).” (Bukhari)
It has been mentioned earlier that Dahr means the whole year. Possibly it may also mean forever, or for life.
Analyzing this hadith, our jurists (`Ulama) explained how according to this hadith, a Muslim who fasts during Ramadan every year and follows it with six days fast of Shawwal, will be credited for fasting a whole lifetime. The Jurists correctly said: a good deed (hasanah) is rewarded a minimum of ten times its equivalent. It follows, then, that one Ramadan is equivalent to ten months of fasting, and the clincher, six days, is equal to two months, (6×10=60). That undoubtedly completes the year’s twelve months. Thus, we see the wisdom and the reason why the Prophet (saas) mentioned six days after Ramadan in Shawwal, not five or seven.
And He sends down from the sky mountain masses [of clouds] wherein is hail: He strikes therewith whom He pleases and He turns it away from whom He pleases. The vivid flash of His lightning well-nigh blinds the sight.
A forty-two-year-old Latino, Raphael is a Los Angeles-based comic and lecturer. He was born in Texas, where he attended his first Jehovah's Witness meeting at age six, gave his first Bible sermon at eight, tended his own congregation at twenty, and was headed for a position of leadership among the 904,000 Jehovah's Witnesses in the United States.1 But he traded in his Bible for a Qur'an after having braved a visit to a local mosque.
On November 1, 1991, he embraced Islam, bringing to the Muslim community the organizational and speaking skills he developed among Jehovah's Witnesses. He speaks with the urgency of a new convert, but one who can make immigrant Muslims laugh at themselves.
He told his story mimicking a cast of characters.
I remember vividly being in a discussion where we were all sitting in my parents' living room and there were some other Jehovah's Witnesses there. They were talking about: "It's Armageddon! The time of the end! And Christ is coming! And you know the hailstones are going to be out here as big as cars! God is going to use all kinds of things to destroy this wicked system and remove the governments! And the Bible talks about the earth opening up! It's going to swallow whole city blocks!" (more…)
The Great Almighty ALLAH is the Fashioner. ALLAH has given us all beauty. Makeup is decieving and it is falsehood. Jannah is without makeup. We are the People who submit, we are contempt with our Rizq (earning) and Wealth. May ALLAH Make us understand. Ameen.
Restraining the nafs from evil and transgression is an act of high piety and great merit. By means of constant and perpetual restraining of the nafs from evil a man gains close proximity to Allah Ta'ala even if he perhaps have few acts of ibaadat to his name. Abstention from sin and transgression is of greater importance and has greater merit than Nafl acts of ibaadat.
Restraining the nafs from evil is an Amal Baatin (a spiritual act) which is not generally considered to be an act of ibaadat by those who lack understanding. Considerable barkat and piety are achieved as a result of always restraining the nafs from sin and transgression.
According to the Hadith, a person who recites Aayatul Kursi after every Salaat is guaranteed Jannat. Only Maut (death) is his barrier against Jannat.
A man of Allah should never buckle under the unjust and oppressive pressure which his wife or even mother may apply in a bid to gain compliance for their haraam desires.
Hadhrat Sa’d ( radhiyallahu anhu) who was a senior Sahaabi was most obedient and kind to his mother. He was always engaged in serving his mother. When he embraced Islam, his mother became extremely annoyed with him. She threatened to commit suicide by starvation if he does not abandon Islam. She told him that if she had to die in this manner, all people will attribute her death to him. He will be seen as the cause of his mother’s death.
When Hadhrat Sa'd (radhiyallahu anhu) refused to heed her command, she commenced her hunger strike. on the second day of her hunger strike, Hadhrat Sa'd (radhiyallahu anhu) said to his mother:
"O mother! Even if you have a hundred lives and give up one life at a time until all the hundred lives have died (in your effort to get me to abandon Islam) I shall never abandon it."
When his mother realized his firmness and the futility of her act, she abandoned her hunger strike.