Rest Assured

“Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah . Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” (Qur’an Surat Ar Ra’d Chapter 13 Verse 28 http://quran.com/13/28)

“Oh Lord, my sins intimidate me with their greatness, but when I compare them to your mercy, your mercy is greater.” — Imam Al Shafi

Raise Your Rank

Trials (tests, hardships, discomfort, loss, fear, hunger, etc.), they occur for one of three reasons:

  1. Due to sins: You will know this is the case if you display impatience with the trial, are restless, and complaining.  The trial is because of a sin you committed.
  2. As an expiation for sins: A person paying for their sins through trial shows patience in the face of hardship, continued obedience to Allah without complaint, with complete ease on the body.
  3. To raise your rank: A person who Allah has chosen to raise to a higher level will show signs of calm, and obedience to Allah that is easy on the mind, body and soul.  Trials for this person are a sign of love from Allah.

Knowing these three reasons, being conscience of them, will help you train to be calm and remain obedient in hardship, it will help you feel ease during these times, and all trials will become a way to raise your rank through Allah.

Righteousness is in good character and morality, is that in which the soul feels at ease and the heart feels tranquil. And wrongdoing is that which causes uneasiness in the chest, wavers in your soul, and which you dislike people finding out about.

Trials occur for one of three reasons:
[1] Due to sins: the sign of which is impatience, restlessness and complaining;
[2] As an expiation for sins: the sign of which is patience and obedience being easy on the body;
[3] To raise one’s rank: the sign of which is calm and contentment along with obedience being easy for the body and heart.
[Nahlawi, al-Durar al-Mubaha]

When Allah who is Great and Glorious loves people He afflicts them [with trials]. (Tirmidhi)

Anyone for whom Allah intends good, He makes him suffer from some affliction. (Bukhari)

When Allah intends good for His slave, He punishes him in this world, but when He intends an evil for His slave, He does not hasten to take him to task but calls him to account on the Day of Resurrection. (Tirmidhi)

“So know that victory is with patience, and relief is with distress and that with hardship comes ease.” -The Prophet Muhammad

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient (Quran: Surat Al Baqarah Verse 155 http://quran.com/2/155)

Daily debt to Allah

Did you know you have daily debt to Allah?  Every morning charity is due on every joint of the body.  There are 360 joints in the human body.  So you owe at least 360 acts of charity every single day.  If you miss a day or several days, does your debt accumulate over your lifetime? Every year amounts to just under 130,000 acts of charity.

Every time you glorify God (say Alhumdulillah) is an act of charity, every time you praise God (say Subhan’Allah), it’s an act of charity, and every time you declare Gods greatness (say Allahu’Akbar) is an act of charity.  Doing good is an act of charity, forbidding evil is an act of charity.

Hack: You could pray two rakats of Doha prayer in the morning (About 20 minutes after sunrise until about 45 minutes before Dhuhr prayer), this would be equal to everything mentioned above in reward.

Salat ul Doha (Duha)
Abu Dharr Radhiallahu ‘anhu reported: The Prophet (saw) said, “In the morning, charity is due on every joint of the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allah’s Glorification (i.e., saying Subhan Allah) is an act of charity, every utterance of His Praise (i.e., saying Al-hamdu lillah) is an act of charity, every utterance of declaration of His Greatness (i.e., saying La ilaha ill Allah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of declaration of His Power (i.e. saying Allah Akbar); and enjoining M`aruf (good) is an act of charity, and forbidding Munkar (evil) is an act of charity, and two Rak`ats of Doha Prayers which one performs in the Forenoon is equal to all this (in reward).” [Muslim]

Blessings of the Call

The Call to Prayer (Adhan) is one of the most blessed rituals of Islam. There are many “hacks” that can be accomplished just by listening and performing a few simple acts:

  1. Listen to the Adhan and repeat silently after the the caller
    When the caller says: Hayya ‘alas-Salaah (hasten to the prayer) and Hayya ‘alal-Falaah (hasten to salvation). Here you should say: Laa hawla wa laa quwwata ‘illaa billaah (There is no might and no power except by Allah)
  2. After the call to prayer is complete say the following dua:
    Wa ‘anaa ‘ash-hadu ‘an laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu wa ‘anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasooluhu, radheetu billaahi Rabban, wa bi-Muhammadin Rasoolan wa bil’islaami deenan.
    I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner, and that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger. I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Muhammad as my Messenger and with Islam as my religion.
  3. Then invoke blessings on the Prophet (PBUH)
    Allaahumma Rabba haathihid-da ‘watit-taammati wassalaatil-qaa’imati, ‘aati Muhammadanil-waseelata walfadheelata, wab ‘ath-hu maqaamam-mahmoodanil-lathee wa’adtahu, [‘innaka laa tukhliful-mee’aad]
    Oh Allah , Lord of this perfect call and established prayer. Grant Muhammad the intercession and favor, and raise him to the honored station You have promised him, [verily You do not neglect promises].
  4. Then finally before the Iqama is called (the short call to prayer recited just before starting the prayer in congregation), make any dua (supplication) you desire for yourself, invocation during this time is not rejected.

The Messenger of ALLAH [peace and blessings be upon him] said, “When you hear the adhan, repeat what the Mu’adhdhin says.” [Imam Malik – Muwatta]

Narrated by Yahya “Some of my companions told me that Hisham had said”, “When the Mu’adhdhin said, “Haiya alas-salah (come for the prayer).” Muawiya said, “La hawla wala quwata illa billah” and added, “We heard your Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) saying the same.” [Sahih Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 11 :: Hadith 587]

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “When you hear the Mo’athen calling for the prayer, repeat his words then ask ALLAH’s blessings upon me, because the one who asks ALLAH’s blessings upon me once will be rewarded ten blessings by ALLAH.” [Muslim, The Book of Prayer, Hadith 384]

Narrated by Jabir bin ‘Abdullah [may Allah be pleased with him ]: Allah’s Messenger [peace and blessings be upon him] said: “Whoever after listening to the adhan says (dua is given above) then intercession for me will be permitted for him on the Day of Resurrection”. [Sahih Bukhari – Book 11:588]

The hearer should say after hearing adhan:
Wa ‘anaa ‘ash-hadu ‘an laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu wa ‘anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasooluhu, radheetu billaahi Rabban, wa bi-Muhammadin Rasoolan wa bil’islaami deenan.
(And I also bear witness that there is no deity has the right to be worshipped but ALLAH alone, Who has no partner, and that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger. I am pleased with ALLAH as my Lord, with Muhammad (peace be upon him) as my Messenger and with Islam as my religion.)
[To be recited in Arabic after the Mu’aththin’s Tashahhud or the words of affirmation of Faith]) [Muslim, The Book of Prayer, Hadith 386].

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Repeat the words of the Mo’athen and when you finish, ask ALLAH what you want and you will get it” [Abu Daawood, The Book of Prayer, Hadith 524. Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar graded the Hadeeth as Hasan and Ibn Hibbaan gave it a grading of authentic

( “Kitab As salat” Dawud :: Book 2 : Hadith 521) Narrated Anas ibn Malik: “The supplication made between the adhan and the iqamah is not rejected”.

Intercession

On a day (day of judgement) when no one and nothing could help you, the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) can intercede on your behalf.  How do we guarantee this intercession?  Repeat the following dua at the end of the Adhan (call to prayer) whenever you hear it:

Allahumma rabba hadhihi-d-da‘awati-t-tamma​ti wa-s-Salati-l-qa’imati, ati Muhammadan il-wasilata wa-l-fadilata (wa-d-darajata-r-rafî‘ati)​ wa-b‘ath-hu maqamam mahmudan illadhi wa‘adtahu (innaka la tukhliful mi’ad)

OH ALLAH, Lord of this most perfect call, and of the Prayer that is about to be established, grant to Muhammad the favor of nearness (to You) and excellence and a place of distinction, and exalt him to a position of glory that You have promised him.

Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`As [ may Allah be pleased with him] reported: I heard the Messenger of ALLAH (peace be upon him) saying, “When you hear the Adhan, repeat what the Mu’adhdhin says. Then ask ALLAH to exalt my mention because everyone who does so will receive in return ten rewards from ALLAH. Then beseech ALLAH to grant me Al-Wasilah (which is said in the dua above), which is a high rank in Jannah, fitting for only one of ALLAH’s slaves; and I hope that I will be that man. If anyone asks Al-Wasilah for me, it becomes incumbent upon me to intercede for him.” [Sahih Muslim]

Surah Yaseen

Who can read the entire Quran 10 times in one sitting?  We can at least get the reward of reading it ten times, and benefit from the forgiveness of God.  Just read Surah Yaseen, chapter 36 of the Quran http://quran.com/36

The Prophet said, ‘Whoever recited Surah Yasin in the night seeking Allah’s pleasure, Allah would forgive him’[Ibn Hibban, Darimi 3283/A, Abu Yala, Tabarani, Baihaqi & Ibn Mardawaih]

The Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, ‘Whoever recites Yasin once Allah will record the reward of reciting the Qur’an ten times.’[Maqal, Tirmidhi 2812/A & Dhahabi]

Getting close to the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

Juma (Friday) is such a blessed day, we have so many opportunities (hacks) that Allah has shared with us.

Here’s one with MANY benefits (hacks).

Include as much blessings on the Prophet (SAW) as a part of our dua.

Doing this will at least:

  1. Get you closer to the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) on the day of Judgement
  2. Allah will take care of your concerns without even having to ask

Whoever sends blessings on the Prophet (PBUH), Allah will send blessings on him tenfold, and if Allah sends blessings on a person He will take care of his concerns and forgive him his sins.

Allah knows what we want, need and desire, Allah knows what is best for us, so why not use this hack as a way to put our complete trust in Allah and know that Allah will best fulfill our wants, needs, and desires.  We don’t have to make super long dua’s (although there is a blessing in that act), we can just send blessings on the Prophet (PBUH).

It was narrated (in part of the hadith) that Ubayy ibn Ka’b said:
I said: O Messenger of Allah, I send blessings upon you a great deal; how much of my prayer (dua) should be for you? He said: “Whatever you wish.”
I said: One quarter? He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”
I said: Half? He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”
I said: Two thirds? He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”
I said: Should I make all my du’aa’ for you? He said: “Then your concerns will be taken care of and your sins will be forgiven.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2457); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

Al-Tirmidhi (484) narrated from ‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ood that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
The closest of people to me on the Day of Resurrection will be those who send the most blessings on me.” [Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb.]