44 Ways To Manhood

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 130 | Size: 9 MB

What does it mean to be a man in Islam? How does one truly attain manhood? What is the Muslim man’s personality as per the Islamic guidelines? In this informative and enlightening book, based on the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah, Taymullah Abdur-Rahman presents 44 principles that Muslim men need to implement in their lives. This book will be a useful resource for Muslim men of all ages, as well as in study circles and family discussions.

What does it mean for a Muslim man to have a personality that is in accordance with the Islamic guidelines? In this informative and enlightening book, based on the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah, Taymullah Abdur-Rahman presents 44 principles that Muslim men need to implement in their lives. This book will be a useful resource for Muslim men of all ages, as well as in study circles and family discussions. Continue reading

Eid: Etiquette And Rulings

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Sheikh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 37 | Size: 1 MB

Praise be to Allaah, Lord of the Worlds, and peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his family and companions.

“Eid” is an Arabic word referring to something habitual, that returns and is repeated. Eids or festivals are symbols to be found in every nation, including those that are based on revealed scriptures and those that are idolatrous, as well as others, because celebrating festivals is something that is an instinctive part of human nature. All people like to have special occasions to celebrate, where they can come together and express their joy and happiness.

The festivals of the kaafir nations may be connected to worldly matters, such as the beginning of the year, the start of an agricultural season, the changing of the weather, the establishment of a state, the accession of a ruler, and so on. They may also be connected to religious occasions, like many of the festivals belonging exclusively to the Jews and Christians, such as the Thursday on which they claim the table was sent down to Jesus, Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and holidays on which gifts are exchanged. These are celebrated in all European and North American countries nowadays, and in other countries where Christian influence is prevalent, even if the country is not originally Christian. Some so-called Muslims may also join in these holidays, out of ignorance or hypocrisy.

The Magians (Zoroastrians) also have their own festivals, such as Mahrajaan, Nowruz and so on.

The Baatinis have their own festivals too, such as “Eid al-Ghadeer”, when they claim that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) gave the khilaafah to ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him) and to the twelve imaams after him.

The Muslims are distinguished by their festivals

The Prophet’s words “Every nation has its festival, and this is your festival” indicate that these two Eids are exclusively for the Muslims, and that it is not permissible for Muslims to imitate the kuffaar and mushrikeen in anything that is a distinctive part of their celebrations, whether it be food, dress, bonfires or acts of worship. Muslim children should not be allowed to play on those kaafir festivals, or to put up decorations, or to join in with the kuffaar on those occasions. All kaafir or innovated festivals are haraam, such as Independence Day celebrations, anniversaries of revolutions, holidays celebrating trees or accessions to the throne, birthdays, Labour Day, the Nile festival, Shimm al-Naseem (Egyptian spring holiday), teachers’ day, and al-Mawlood al-Nabawi (Prophet’s Birthday).

The Muslims have no festivals apart from Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adhaa, because of the hadeeth narrated from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Madeenah and the people had two days when they would play and have fun. He said, ‘What are these two days?’ They said, ‘We used to play and have fun on these days during the Jaahiliyyah. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘Allaah has given you something better than them, the day of Adhaa and the day of Fitr.’”

(Sunan Abi Dawood, 1134)

These two Eids are among the signs or symbols of Allaah which we must celebrate and understand the aims and meanings behind them.

There follows a discussion of some of the rulings and manners of the two Eids according to Islamic sharee’ah

1 – Ahkaam al-Eid (Rulings on Eid)

Fasting

It is haraam to fast on the days of Eid because of the hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade fasting on the day of Fitr and the day of Sacrifice (Adhaa).

(Reported by Muslim, 827)

Ruling on the Eid prayers

Some of the scholars say that Eid prayers are waajib (obligatory) – this is the view of the Hanafi scholars and of Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him). They say that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) always prayed the Eid prayer and never omitted to do it, not even once. They take as evidence the aayah (interpretation of the meaning), “Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only)” [al-Kawthar 108:2], i.e., the Eid prayer and the sacrifice after it, which is an instruction, and the fact that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) ordered that the women should be brought out to attend the Eid prayers, and that a woman who did not have a jilbaab should borrow one from her sister. Some scholars say that Eid prayer is fard kifaaya. This is the view of the Hanbalis. A third group say that Eid prayer is sunnah mu’akkadah. This is the view of the Maalikis and Shaafa’is. They take as evidence the hadeeth of the Bedouin which says that Allaah has not imposed any prayers on His slaves other than the five daily prayers. So the Muslim should be keen to attend Eid prayers, especially since the opinion that it is waajib is based on strong evidence. The goodness, blessings and great reward one gets from attending Eid prayers, and the fact that one is following the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) by doing so, should be sufficient motivation.

Essentials and timing of Eid prayer

Some scholars (the Hanafis and Hanbalis) say that the conditions of Eid prayer are that the iqaamah should be recited and the prayer should be offered in jamaa’ah (congregation). Some of them said that the conditions of Eid prayer are the same as the conditions for Friday prayer, with the exception of the khutbah, attendance at which is not obligatory. The majority of scholars say that the time for the Eid prayer starts when the sun has risen above the height of a spear, as seen by the naked eye, and continues until the sun is approaching its zenith. Continue reading

Worldly Difficulties: Reality, Causes And Benefits

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Shawana A. Aziz
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 33 | Size: 4 MB

Worldly Difficulties: Reality, Causes And Benefits | Consolation for the Grieving Heart

Worldly difficulties are an inevitable part of life; they range from simple problems to fatal diseases and loss of loved ones. This booklet helps the reader see his arduous affairs in their appropriate perspectives by encouraging complete trust in Allah’s Decisions, and by defining the great principle of al-Qadha wal-Qadar (Predestination) that, ‘Whatever happened to you, could not have missed you.’

This booklet reminds the reader that worldly difficulties are a trial for the believers, while not disregarding the fact that more often afflictions result from one’s sins and disobedience to Allah.

This booklet also teaches how appropriate behavior and correct attitude can change an adversity into a worthwhile opportunity to achieve Allah’s Pleasure through Sabr, Shukr, Ihtisaab and Istirja, whereas impatience, panic and complaining can worsen one’s state of affairs.

Finally, this booklet explains the futility of invoking the Prophets and the dead to remove hardships, and encourages calling upon Allah Alone to ease one’s affairs.

I hope that this booklet will bring solace and comfort to people as they struggle to manage the difficulties of life. I ask Allah to accept this humble effort and all success is from Allah. Continue reading

The Dreamer’s Handbook: Sleep Etiquette And Dream Interpretation In Light Of The Sunnah

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Muhammad Mustafa Al-Jibaly
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 363 | Size: 4 MB

Our soul inevitably passes though a route starting from birth, passing through death and ending with our resurrection in the next life. This route revolves around death and is strongly marked with events that precede and succeed it. These events include sickness, Pre-Death and Post-Death actions, the intermediate life in the grave (al-Barzakh}, and periods of sleep that count as “minor death”. These, and related issues of the Soul, are the subjects that “The Inevitable Journey discusses over a Sequence of Titles:

1. Sickness, Regulations & Exhortations

2. The Final Bequest, Islamic Inheritance and Will

3. Funerals, Regulations & Exhortations

4. Life in al-Barzakh

5. Dreamer’s Handbook

Sleep can be a welcome occasion of pleasurable rest, or a hateful predicament of fear and terror. Islam, praise be to Allah, presents a clear understanding of sleep and dreams, and provides a complete code of Sleep etiquettes and extolments. This can help make sleep a rewarding experience that brings useful rest and pleasant dreams.

This book starts by presenting a spiritual understanding of sleep from the Islamic viewpoint, which is followed by guidelines for recommended evening, pre-sleep, night, and morning acts of worship. The conceptual understanding of dreams is laid out next, followed by an analytical study of dreams in the Quran, and of dreams seen by the Prophet Muhammad and by his companions. The rest of the book deals with dream interpretation, its correct rules and procedures, drills to help understand these rules, and a large glossary of interpreted dream symbols.

This, we hope, fulfils two important goals regarding sleep and dreams: It establishes their understanding upon the strong foundation of the Quran and Sunnah, and it eliminates a great deal of superstition that surrounds them. Indeed, from Allah alone we seek help and acceptance. Continue reading

The Muslim Woman And Her Husband

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Al-Haramain Foundation
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 31 | Size: 1 MB

The ideal Muslim woman and her relationship with her husband.

Contents:

– She does not disclose his secrets

– She encourages her husband to spend for the sake of Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa)

– Another way in which the true Muslim woman supports her husband is by encouraging him to spend and give charity for the sake of Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa), and not to waste money in extravagance and ostentatious purchases, as we see so many ignorant

– The alert Muslim woman always wants goodness and success for her husband, so she urges him to do good deeds, and to do more of them, because she believes that by doing this, she will increase her honor in this world and her reward in the next.

– One of the beautiful stories narrated about a woman’s encouraging her husband to spend for the sake of Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa) is the story of Umm al-Dahdah. When her husband came to her and told her that he had given in charity the garden in whi

– She helps him to obey Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa)

– One of the qualities of the good Muslim wife is that she helps her husband to obey Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa) in different ways, especially to stay up and pray at night (qiyaam al-layl). By doing this, she does him an immense favor, because she remi

– What a beautiful picture the Prophet (PBUH) -drew of the married couple helping one another to obey Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa) and do good deeds, and entering into the mercy of Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa) together. This comes in the hadeeth narrated

– She fills his heart with joy

– She is cheerful and grateful when she meets him

– She shares his joys and sorrows

– She does not describe other women to him

In Islam, marriage is a blessed contract between a man and a woman, in which each becomes, “permitted” to the other, and they begin the long journey of life in a spirit of love, cooperation, harmony and tolerance, where each feels at ease with the other, and finds tranquility, contentment and comfort in the company of the other. The Qur’an has described the relationship between men and women, which brings love, harmony, trust and compassion, in the most moving and eloquent terms:

وَمِنۡ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦۤ أَنۡ خَلَقَ لَكُم مِّنۡ أَنفُسِكُمۡ أَزۡوَٲجً۬ا لِّتَسۡكُنُوٓاْ إِلَيۡهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيۡنَڪُم مَّوَدَّةً۬ وَرَحۡمَةً‌ۚ إِنَّ فِى ذَٲلِكَ لَأَيَـٰتٍ۬ لِّقَوۡمٍ۬ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts); verily in that are Signs for those who reflect. (The Noble Qur’an 30:21)

This is the strongest of bonds, in which Allah (subhaanahu wa ‘ta’aalaa) unites the two Muslim partners, who come together on the basis of love, understanding, co-operation and mutual advice, and establish a Muslim family in which children will live and grow up, and they will develop the good character and behavior taught by Islam. The Muslim family is the strongest component of a Muslim society when its members are productive and constructive, helping and encouraging one another to be good and righteous, and competing with one another in good works. Continue reading

If The Label Shows Your Intent: Wear it!

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Dr. Zakir Naik

We all know that Muslims are “labeled” in one way or another. In this lecture, however, the speaker touches upon a whole new dimension of labels: How one Muslim recognizes another. Is it the duty of each Muslim to be recognizable to his fellow brothers and sisters in Islam? Is it fardh to dress in a manner in which one can be recognized as a Muslim? And how, exactly, should one react when he or she does recognize that another Muslim is in the vicinity? Finally, what are the Islamic greetings, anyway? Continue reading

The Etiquette Of A Muslim On Friday

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Abu Ibrahim Majid Ali Hasan
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 80 | Size: 4 MB

Certainly, many people are unaware of what should be the etiquette of a Muslim on Friday. Most of them are unaware of its significance. Most of them do not exactly consider the Friday Prayer as obligatory. Hence, they miss it intentionally. Many people in Islaamic countries, because they get holiday on this day, they spent the whole day either by sleeping, or going out for picnic or by playing cards, chess, cricket, hockey, carom board, or many other haraam games. They do not know the significance of the Friday Prayer and its sermon. Thus, they come to the mosque according to their wishes. They do not practice the correct teachings of Islaam. They don’t know the importants of cleansing on Friday. They come to the mosque anyhow they like and they wear any kind of dress which they like. They are unaware of proper behavior, one should have while entering the mosque on Friday. Most of them are unaware of what a Muslim should do before and after the Friday Prayer, what a Muslim should do in the mosque while attending the sermon in the mosque, etc. This book is mainly written to guide the Muslims to follow the correct teachings of Islaam on Friday.

1. The merits of Friday and its Prayer.
2. The punishment for those how miss the Friday Prayer
intentionally.
3. The etiquette of a Muslim before Friday Prayer.
4. The etiquette of a Muslim while attending the Friday Prayer.
5. The etiquette of a Muslim after the Friday Prayer. Continue reading

Me Myself And I

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Sheikh Riyadul Haqq

‘None of you truly believed, until he desires fopr his brother, that which he desires for himself’ declared the Prophet (PBUH). One can never attain taqwa (fear of Allah) and be truly successful in religion until one adopts and practices selflessness. It wsa the selflessness and the self-sacrifice of the Prophet (PBUH) and the Sahabah which was responsible for Islam reaching us today. Islam has placed a great emphasis on the spirit of sacrifice within many of its teachings. Selfishness is disease which is rampant amongst people, both Muslims and non-Muslims. This talks discusses some aspects of selfishness. Continue reading

Du’a The Weapon Of The Believer: A Treatise On The Status And Etiquette Of Du’a In Islam

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Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 240 | Size: 13.5 MB

In this work, the author elaborates on the status, importance, and etiquette of du’a or prayer and supplications in Islam. In the most comprehensive work yet written in English on this topic, the author discusses, amongst other matters:

* The excellence and benefits of the dua
* The types of dua
* The pre-conditions that are needed in order for a dua to be accepted
* The recommended etiquette of performing dua
* The timings and situations in which the dua is more likely to be answered
* The various factors that aid or prevent a dua from being accepted
* The relationship of dua with the Divine Decree (qadr)
* The wisdom behind a delayed response

This is a highly informative and essential book for every Muslim household.

About the Author

Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, Texas, but completed his primary and secondary education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing a diploma in Arabic, he graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences.

Of his published works are: Riyaa: Hidden Shirk; An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’an; Asmaa bint Abee Bakr (booklet); Safiyyah bint Abd al-Muttalib (booklet); and other works. Continue reading

The Rights Of Children In Islam

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Shaykh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 06 | Size: 1 MB

Islamic Legislation takes great interest in, and attaches great importance to children, and many rulings,  etiquettes and instructions were laid down concerning them. Unfortunately, we live in a time were the radiant sun  of Islamic rulings has set; knowledge has disappeared; and blind imitation of the west and ignorance in general is  widespread. Many Muslims who fell in love with the western way of life became interested in how the westerners take care of their children, as well as what they do to bring joy and happiness to their children; at the same time,  these Muslims neglected everything that Islam has to offer in this regard. This book is an adaption of a friday  khutbah given by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid explaining how the Muslim should raise his children. Continue reading