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All Praise is due to Allah: We Praise Him: We beg assistance of Him: We ask Him for forgiveness. We have faith in Him: We have reliance .on Him
We fly for refuge unto Him (to deliver us) from the mischief of our minds and from the evil consequences of our actions.
Whomever Allah directs shall not go astray: and whomever He allows to go astray, no one can guide.
We profess that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, and we further profess that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger.
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Oh you who believe! Fear Allah as He has the right to be feared, and do not die except as Muslims.
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/opt/scribd/conversion/tmp/scratch2533/30699885.doc (O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person, and from him He created his wife, and from them both He created many men and women, and fear Allâh through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship) Surely, Allâh is Ever an All-Watcher over you).’ [alNisaa’ 4:1],
(O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allâh and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth 70 .زHe will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allâh and His Messenger (SAW) he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he will be saved from the Hell-fire and made to enter Paradise). [alAhzaab 33:70].” (Sunan al-Nisaa’i: Kitaab al-Jumu’ah, Baab kayfiyyah al-khutbah).
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Ibn Abbas narrates: On the day of Nahr (in Hajj, the day of Eid), RasulAllah addressed the people and said, "O people, what day is this?" 4 of 17
They said, "It is the sacred day!" He then remained quiet. Then he asked, "What month is this?" They said, "It is the sacred month!" He then remained quiet. Then he asked, "What land is this?" They said, "It is the sacred land!" He remained quiet and then he announced, "Verily your blood and your wealth and your honor is sacred (to one another) as the sacredness of this day, as the sacredness of this month, as the sacredness of this land." RasulAllah repeated it over and over, and then he raised his head to the heavens and said, "O Allah, have I given the message? O Allah, have I given the message" (Bukhari and Muslim)? Brothers and Sisters in Islam Allah has commanded us to be merciful, loving, and forgiving to one another. And He made this a quality in His Messenger so that we could follow RasulAllah's example:
It is from the mercy of Allah that you dealt gently with them. Were you severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you. So pass over (their faults), and ask for (Allah's) forgiveness for them, and consult them in the affairs. Then, when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, for Allah loves
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/opt/scribd/conversion/tmp/scratch2533/30699885.doc those who put their trust (in Him) (A’le- Imran 3/159). Indeed, the Sahaabaa followed the example of RasulAllah and were described by the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth as such:
Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and those who are with him are strong against unbelievers, (but) compassionate-merciful amongst each other…(Al-Fath 48/ 29). One of the biggest and evilest wreckers of this compassion, love, and brotherhood is backbiting. The word in Arabic is gheebah, coming from the root gha-yaa-baa, meaning that which is unseen. When a Muslim sees his brother or sister committing a sin, instead of advising the brother or sister directly, the Muslim goes to others where they are unseen and there they speak ill of the brother or sister in their absence. Backbiting is haram; it is one of the major sins and repentance must be sought for this sin. There is no other opinion in Islam. Imam Al-Qurtubi said, "There is ijmaa' (a consensus) that backbiting is a major sin and that it is fard that a person do tauba for it." RasulAllah said to his companions, "Do you know what gheebah is?" They said, "Allah and His Messenger know best." He said, "It is to mention something about your brother (in his absence) that he would hate." It was said, “What if what I say about my brother is true?” He sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said, "If what you said about him is true then you would have backbitten him, and if it is not true, then you would have slandered him (buhtaan)" (Muslim). Look at the severity of the situation and the result of someone who runs after their Muslim brothers and sisters trying to expose their faults. RasulAllah said: "O you who have believed with (only) your tongues, yet faith has not yet entered your hearts! Do not backbite the Muslims. And do not search out their faults. For verily he who follows the private matters of his Muslim brother, Allah shall follow his private matters. And whoever has his private matters followed by Allah, Allah shall expose them even if they were (hiding) in the belly of their home" (Ahmad
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/opt/scribd/conversion/tmp/scratch2533/30699885.doc and Abu Dawood). Imam Malik said about the sacred city of Madinah: "I have met in this land people that had no faults. But they spent their time finding faults in others and as time passed, they accumulated their own faults. And I have met in this land people who had faults. However, they kept silent when it came to the faults of others, and so as time passed their faults were forgotten!" Listen! Allah is calling us:
O you who believe! Avoid suspicion as much as possible for suspicion in some cases is a sin. And spy not on each other, nor speak ill of each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, you would abhor it...But fear Allah, for Allah is Oft- Returning, Most Merciful (Al-Hujurat 49/12). What causes someone to backbite his Muslim brothers and sisters? 1. Satisfying Anger This is done by backbiting the person who kindles his anger. So every time this person makes him angry, he subdues it by backbiting the person. Through this (the backbiting), he feels he is getting even with the other person. The cure for this is the advice of the Messenger sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam when a man came to him and said, “Advise me.” 7 of 17
RasulAllah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, "Laa taqhdab (Do not become angry)!" 2. Wanting to Make or Keep Friends In order to maintain friends with others, a person indulges in backbiting because he is afraid of losing their friendship. Thus he does not reprimand them when they backbite, but indulges in it with them. To cure this, he must remember the saying of the Messenger sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam: "Whoever seeks the pleasure of men by displeasing Allah, Allah will abandon him to the people" (Tirmidhi). 3. Playing Around, Joking and Making Fun of Others This could involve mockery and sarcasm. It is enough to remind those indulging in this practice of what Allah, the Most High, said:
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O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former; Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former, Nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it, to insult one's brother after having Faith [i.e. to call your Muslim brother (a faithful believer) as: "O sinner", or "O wicked"]. And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed Zâlimûn (wrong-doers). (11)
It could very well be that Allah loves them and does not love us. 9 of 17
/opt/scribd/conversion/tmp/scratch2533/30699885.doc 4. Anger for the Sake of Allah
A person may become angry because of a sin committed by another person. So, he talks about it venting his anger and mentioning that person's name instead of concealing it and not mentioning him.
Sufyaan Ibn Al-Husayn narrates:
“I was sitting with Iyaas Ibn Mu'aawiyah when a man walked by and I said ill of that man. ‘Keep quiet!’ Iyaas said to me. ‘Have you fought the Romans?’”
“I said no. He asked, ‘Have you fought the Turk?’”
“I said no. He then said, ‘The Romans were saved from you and likewise the Turk were saved from you. But your own Muslim brother was not saved!’” “After that, I never backbited anyone.” 5. Having Too Much Spare Time This can cause a person to fall into backbiting, because it is easy for such an idle mind to become busy with men, their honor, and their faults. To correct this, a person must spend his time in acts of obedience to Allah, worshipping, seeking knowledge, and teaching others. - story of South African marathon runner
Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said to a man while he was advising him:
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"Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death." (Report as musnad by Imam Ahmad)
6. Conceit and Lack of Awareness of One's Faults Such people should think about their own faults and try to correct themselves, and feel ashamed to criticize others when they have many faults themselves. It was said to Rabee' Ibn Khaytham, "We never see you finding fault in others." He replied, "I am not satisfied with myself enough to dedicate my time to finding faults in others." Uqbah Ibn Aamir narrates: I said, "O RasulAllah! What is salvation?" He sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said, "Hold your tongue! Make your house spacious for your guest. And cry over your (own) faults” (Tirmidhi)!
May Allah grace you and us with the blessings of the grand Qurr’an, and may it benefit us and you with the verses and with wise commemoration, for He the Almighty is Generous, Noble, Sovereign, Benign, Compassionate, and Merciful.
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/opt/scribd/conversion/tmp/scratch2533/30699885.doc Shaykh Al-Qarnee narrates in one of his lectures: Abu Bakr once disputed with another companion about a tree. During the dispute, Abu Bakr said something that he rather would not have said. He did not curse, he did not attack someone's honor, and he did not poke a fault at anyone. All he said was something that may have hurt the companion's feelings. Immediately, Abu Bakr ordered him, “Say it back to me!” The companion said, “I shall not say it back to you.” “Say it back to me,” said Abu Bakr, “Or I shall complain to the Messenger of Allah.” The companion refused to say it back and went on his way. Abu Bakr went to RasulAllah and told him what had happened and what he said. RasulAllah called that companion and asked him, “Did Abu Bakr say so-and-so to you?” He said, “Yes.” He, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “What did you reply.” He said, “I did not reply it back to him.” RasulAllah said, “Good, do not reply it back to him (do not hurt Abu Bakr). Rather say, ‘May Allah forgive you O Abu Bakr!’” The companion turned to Abu Bakr and said, "May Allah forgive you O Abu Bakr! May Allah forgive you O Abu Bakr!" Abu Bakr turned and cried as he walked away. How can we revive this air of mercy and love and brotherhood that the companions lived? The Messenger of Allah showed us in the following ways: 1. Having Eman in Allah and Doing Acts of Goodness
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/opt/scribd/conversion/tmp/scratch2533/30699885.doc Allah says:
On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, will the Most Gracious bestow love (Maryam 19/96). 2. Spreading Salaam to Those Whom You Know and Those Whom You Do Not Abu Hurayrah narrates that RasulAllah said: “You shall not enter Jannah until you believe, and you shall not believe until you love one another. Shall I not guide you to something that – if you do it – you shall love one another? Spread salaam amongst yourselves” (Muslim). Abdullah Ibn Amr narrates: A man came to RasulAllah and asked him, “Which Islam is the best?” He said, “To feed the hungry and to give salaam to those you know and those you don't know” (Bukhari and Muslim). 3. Giving Gifts to Your Brothers and Sisters Suffice is the statement of RasulAllah: “Tahaaddu tahaabbu (Give gifts and you shall love one another)” (Bukhari). 4. Telling Your Brother or Sister that You Love Them for the Sake of Allah This is one of the ways to solidify the brotherhood and sisterhood when your brother or sister knows that you love them. These days people are loved for the clothes they wear, so they buy more expensive clothes. Others are loved for the cars they drive, so they buy newer models. But how many are loved for the sake of Allah and what kind of effect would that have? 13 of 17
RasulAllah showed us the example when he said to Mu'aadh: “O Mu'aadh! I love you for the sake of Allah!” Allahu Akbar! Imagine if it were you that RasulAllah said this to. Mu'aadh replied, “May He whom you have loved me for love you also.” In conclusion, if you remember only one thing today, let it be the following words of RasulAllah. Take it as your motto until it carries you to Jannah. He sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said: "Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him say good things or keep quiet!"
Pick Your Teeth! The Young Muslims UK - Taking Islam To The People It's one of the greatest sins and yet it's something we do day after day. Sometimes we don't even realise it. You're just chatting away with your friends and you begin to talk about somebody else. Our whole lives are based around 'Home and Away' and 'Neighbours', soaps based on lying, backbiting etc. But look at what the Prophet (saw) said about it: The Prophet (saw) was sitting with his companions one day and one of them was speaking badly about someone who wasn't there. As the man got up to leave the Prophet (saw) said to him: "Pick Your Teeth!" "But I haven't eaten anything." The man protested. "No" the Prophet (saw) said "YOU HAVE EATEN THE FLESH OF YOUR DEAD BROTHER". As Allah tells us in the Quran: "Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? No, you would hate it." (Ch49: v12) But What If It's True?! The Prophet (saw) told us "Backbiting is to say something about someone they wouldn't like said about them....If what bad you said about them is true, then you have backbited and if it is false then you have slandered them."
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/opt/scribd/conversion/tmp/scratch2533/30699885.doc If you're still not convinced of how big a sin backbiting really is, then look at the punishment Allah has in store for the backbiters. The Prophet (saw) described: "On the night of Mirage I passed by some people who had metal hooks in their hands and were clawing at their faces and their necks with them. I asked Gabriel 'Who were these people?' He said 'These are the people who eat the flesh of human beings and disgrace them'. This is how big of a sin backbiting is looked upon and yet we continue to backbite without a second thought, next time you lie, talk about somebody, remember Allah (swt) and the Prophet (saw) and put them in front of you before you speak. Just having a Laugh! Maybe we think it's all right to take the mock out of someone so long as we say it to their face. 'We'll make fun of the way someone talks, walks, or how they look. Allah warns us against such behaviour: "O you who believe. Let not some men laugh at others, it may be the that they are better than you. Nor let some women laugh at others it may be that they are better than you. Nor abuse each other , nor be sarcastic to each other by using offensive nicknames..." (Ch49v11) Don't forget that Allah made us the way we are, so how can you even think of making fun of his creation? Cool to Swear? Listen to yourself and to your friends speaking one day - nearly every sentence will have a swear word in it, thinking it's cool and macho to swear, copying the idols of TV and the cinema. Is it really 'cool' to swear? The Hellfire is far from being cool. People will wish they were cool then rather than being cool in this world. Remember! That every time you speak , an angel writes down what you say, and that one day you will have to answer for every single word you ever uttered. So if you swear at someone then it's written down as a sin against you. You're only harming yourself. The Prophet (saw) said that "Abusing a Muslim is a sin and fighting with him is disbelief." (MUSLIM). 'But sometimes you just have to swear'! We've all been there - you're just so angry with somebody and the only way you can express yourself, is to swear at them. The solution? ... Don't get angry in the first place. A man came to the Prophet (saw) one day and said "Advise me". The prophet (saw) said "Don't become angry. Don't become angry. Don't become angry".... "When one of you gets angry while he is standing up, he should sit down. Then anger will leave him, and if not then he should lie down" (Ahmad). So let us follow
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/opt/scribd/conversion/tmp/scratch2533/30699885.doc this beautiful advice of the Prophet (saw) and remember that anger is from shaitan. If someone angers you or swears at you then don't harm yourself by doing the same but respond in a better way as Allah says in the Quran: "Repel evil with what is better. Then he who was your worst enemy will become your best friend." (Ch41v33) "It wasn't me. Honest." How often do we say such a phrase or say that "I was only joking". We treat lies as being trivial. However we are told that "Allah's messenger did not hate anything more than lying"(Ahmed). The Prophet (saw) was once asked "Can a Muslim be a coward?" He (saw) replied "Yes." and then asked "Can a Muslim be a miser?" and the reply was "Yes." The Prophet (saw) was then asked "Can a Muslim be a liar?" The Prophet (saw) replied "NO! A Muslim can never be a liar". Furthermore, he said "Truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to paradise...Lying leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to the hellfire." (Bukhari). As we know that one lie leads to another ten lies which lead to bad actions. Remember you can lie and think that you have got away with it but on the day of Judgement your hands, tongue and feet will bear testimony against you and tell the truth. But it's only words! One day one of the companions asked the Prophet (saw) "O Messenger of Allah. Will we be called to account for what we say?" He replied "May you be lost to your mother - people will be thrown, faces down into the hellfire, only on account to what their tongues said." (Tirmidhi). Indeed the tongue controls the rest of your body. A well controlled tongue will keep us within Islam but a loose tongue will destroy us. The Prophet (saw) said "When a person gets up in the morning, all the parts of his body make a plea to his tongue saying; 'Fear Allah regarding us, because we follow you. If you are right then we shall also be right , and if you are wrong then we shall also be wrong." (Tirmidhi) Instead of swearing, lying and engaging in useless talk we can use our tongues in better ways and what better than telling people about Islam. Allah says "Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah and works righteousness and says I am one of those who bow down in Islam" (Ch 41v33) Your tongue can save you as well! Indeed if you control your tongue and speak good then paradise can be yours. The Prophet (saw) said "Whoever can guarantee me two things I can guarantee them Paradise." The companions asked "What O Messenger of Allah?" He
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/opt/scribd/conversion/tmp/scratch2533/30699885.doc replied "What is between his jaws (his tongue) and his legs (private parts)." (Bukhari) I've lied and backbited, sworn and made fun of others. I must be doomed I must be going to hell!" NO! Allah (swt) tells us in the Quran: "O my servants who have wronged themselves. never despair of the mercy of Allah for truly he forgives all sins. He is the Forgiving, the Merciful." (Ch39v53) So if you really repent and turn back to Allah and promise not to commit the sin again then truly Allah's promise is true and He will forgive you. If you've backbitten someone - go and tell the person whom you backbited and apologise sincerely and ask them to forgive you. But if you think that the situation will get worse then turn back to Allah sincerely begging for his forgiveness then to make up for what you said, go around and talk good of him. The Best Example As we know that the best person to have ever lived is the Prophet Muhammad (saw) and he is the best of example for mankind. If we follow him we can never go wrong. Ayesha (RA) the Prophet's wife described the Prophets conduct as follows: "He was neither a obscene talker nor a user of bad words. He did not shout nor did he repay evil with evil. He used to forgive people and overlook their sins." (Tirmidhi) Final Advice: A beautiful saying of the Prophet (saw) that will ensure the protection of our tongue. The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: "Whoever believes in Allah and the Last day, LET HIM EITHER SPEAK GOOD OR KEEP SILENT" (Agreed upon)
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