afterlife

Make the Call, Be First, Be Early, Pray in the Night

Imagine rewards so much that they can’t even be mentioned. By making a little extra effort in things we probably already do, we can have unimaginable benefit in the hereafter.

  1. Performing the Call to prayer (Adhan); Do this at home when you can, even if no one is there to hear you, the Angels hear you and respond.
  2. Standing in the first row of congregational prayer; You’re already at the Mosque (Masjid), might as well stand at the front and get the full benefit.
  3. Praying your Salaat early; Instead of delaying it until the last minute, pray right at the time when each of the 5 daily prayers starts.
  4. Praying in the middle of the night when most people are asleep (Tahujjud); Even performing just 2 Rakats (cycles) should be enough for a tremendous reward.

Reported by Abu Hurairah (RA): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Were people to know the blessing of pronouncing Adhan and the standing in the first row, they would even draw lots to secure these privileges. And were they to realize the reward of performing Salat early, they would race for it; and were they to know the merits of Salat after nightfall (`Isha’) and the dawn (Fajr) Salat, they would come to them even if they had to crawl.” [Bukhari & Muslim – Riyad us Saliheen, Chapter 186, 1033]

Thank you to http://www.hadithoftheday.com/ for the wonderful reminder.

Be A Person From Paradise

How easy does Allah make it for every believer to be from the people of Paradise?  It’s only through Allah’s eternal mercy that we get these gems of faith.

Simply recite this supplication (dua) during the day and at night, and have a firm faith in it, it is the best way to ask for forgiveness, and if you die that same day or night, you will be from the people of Paradise.  Alhumdulillah (All Praise and Gratefulness are to God).

Oh Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I beg You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.

Shaddad ibn Aws (radiAllahu anhu) relates that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said that he (Sayyid al-Istighfar) most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is to say (the above du’a). That “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise.” [sahih al-Bukhari; 8,75,318, at-Tirmidhi; 3393, an-Nasa’i; 5522, Ahmad; 16662]

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَمَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ
Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu Laka bidhanbi faghfirli innahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta

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.]

Desires of this world or the next

Allah will fulfill your desires of this world or the next by reciting this simple dua 7 times in the morning or evening.

Allah will grant whoever recites this in Arabic seven times in the morning or evening whatever he desires from the world or the next: Hasbiyallaahu laa illaa Huwa ‘alayhi tawakkaltu wa Huwa Rabbul-‘Arshil-‘Adheem.(Allah is sufficient for me, There is none worthy of worship but Him, I have placed my trust in Him, He is Lord of the Majestic Throne). [Abu Dawud]

Protection on the Day of Judgement

Recite the following  three times after Fajr, and three times after Magrib every day,  Allah will ensure your pleasure on the day of Judgment, a day that will be full of fear and torment.

[The Prophet (PBUH) said:] “There is no Muslim servant who says in the morning and the evening three times: I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my religion and with Muhammad pbuh as my Prophet, except that it will be a right upon Allah to please him on the Day of Judgment.” [Ahmad].

Praying from Tahhujud until Dhur

What if you could get more reward than praying from Tahhujud (before Fajr) until Duhr with a single short dua?

Dua told to Aisha (RA) that would be heavier than praying from Tahhujud until Duhr:
Arabic Transliteration: “Subhan’Allah wabi hamdihi, Ad’hadha Khalkihi, wa’rida a’nafsihi, wa’zenath arshi’hi, wa’midada’kalimathi’hi”

Ibn `Abbas reported from Juwayriyah that the Prophet (peace be upon him) came out early when he offered the Subh [Morning] Salah while Aisha was in her praying place. Then he returned after the forenoon while she was sitting. Thereupon, he said: “Are you still in the same position as I left you. I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon, the Prophet said: I recited four words three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: Subhan-Allahi Wa Bihamdihi, `Adada Khalqihi, Wa Rida Nafsihi, Wa Zinatah `Arshihi, Wa Midada Kalimatihi [Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the weight of His Throne and equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise)].”

Forgiven

Performing Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) is one of the best ways to seek forgiveness of one’s sins, but there is an even easier way, especially if you can’t afford to perform Hajj.  Recite your tasbih (prayer beads (SubhanAllah, Alhumdulillah, Allah hu Akbar) as follows and end tasbih with the dua described below.

Narrated Abû Hurayrah radhiAllâhu `anhu: Allâh’s Apostle sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said:

If anyone glorifies Allâh after every prayer thirty-three times [SubhanAllah], and praises Allâh thirty-three times [Alhamdulillah], and declares His Greatness thirty-three times [Allah hu Akbar], ninety-nine times in all, and then to complete a hundred, say: “There is no god but Allah, having no partner with Him, to Him belongs sovereignty and to Him praise is due, and He is the Master over everything,” Arabic transliteration: “Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer“. Their sins will be forgiven even if these are as abundant as the foam of the sea. [Sahîh Muslim]