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About Umm Omar

I've been a Muslimah for 4 years now الحمد لله and I can say for sure that Islam changed many things in my life including my overall character and behaviour. I'm not a scholar by far, just a simple seeker of knowledge enjoying reading beneficial books and articles about my religion, the best book among all being the Qur'an, you simply can find all the answer you need if you just read it carefully and find all the explanations you need from the Sunnah of Rasoul ALLAH صلى الله عليه و سلم, i.e. ahadith without which we wouldn't be able to understand many things. I hope you'll all enjoy my blog and learn something beneficial for you. I'm quite new to blogging, so I hope you'll be patient till i learn how to make my blog look better and add more posts with time in sha' ALLAH. In conclusion, for all those who at times lose hope and feel down, one of my most favourite ayahs from the Qur'an from Surah Al Zumar: 39:53. Say: "O 'Ibâdî (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allâh, verily Allâh forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Do not forget the remembrance of Allâh, Verily, in the remembrance of Allâh do hearts find rest!!!

Major Sins by Imam Dhahabi – Sorcery

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3) Sorcery

Sorcery is a major sin because the sorcerer must necessarily disbelieve and the accursed Devil has no other motive for teaching a person witchcraft than that he might thereby ascribe associates to Allah.

Allah, the Almighty, says,

{Solomon did not disbelieve but Satan disbelieved, teaching men magic, and such things as came down at Babylon to the angels Harut and Marut. But neither of these taught anyone (such things) without saying, ‘We are only for trial,’ so do not blaspheme.’ They learned from them the means to sow discord between man and wife. But they could not harm anyone except by Allah’s permission. And they learned what harmed them, not what profited them. And they knew that the buyers of (magic) would have no share in the happiness of the Hereafter.} (AI- Baqarah: 102)

Thus, you might find some people who are astray delving in learning sorcery and thinking that it is just unlawful. Actually, they do not consider what they do as disbelief, but it is! They embark on learning all kinds of sorcery: Pure sorcery, increasing or decreasing the love between a man and a woman, making a man important and the like. All of these practices are done by means of some unknown words, most of which lead to unbelief.

The penalty for a sorcerer is to be killed. This is because he is an unbeliever. The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,

“Avoid the seven heinous sins.” (Reported before)

And he mentioned sorcery.

“The penalty for a sorcerer is the sword.” (Reported by Tirmidhi)

Bijalah Ibn Abah related, ‘Umar رضى اللّهُ عنه came to us one year before his death and said,

“Kill every sorcerer (male or female).” (Reported by Abu Dawud)

Wahb Ibn Munabbih said, “I read in a book: ‘Allah the Almighty says, ‘There is no god but Me. He is not of Me who practices sorcery, or asks someone to practice with him. The one who foretells or the foretold, the one who seeks an omen or for whom an omen is sought.” (4 Reported by Al- Haythami in “Majma’ Az-Zawa’id to Al-Bazzar)

`Ali Ibn Abi Talib رضى اللّهُ عنه said, “A fortuneteller is a sorcerer, a sorcerer is a disbeliever.”

Abu Musa Al-Ashari رضى اللّهُ عنه related that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,

“The drunkard, the one who severs the ties of kinship, and whoever believes in sorcery will not enter Paradise.” (Reported by Ahmad)

Ibn Mas’ud رضى اللّهُ عنه related that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,

“Incantations, amulets and spells are Shirk (polytheism).” (Reported by Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah and Ahmad)

These are treated as Shirk because the ignorant believes that these things can affect what has been predetermined by Allah. However, Al-Khattabi said, “Incantations or healing words are permitted if they consist of the Qur’an or the Most Beautiful Names of Allah.”

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم used to recite (incantate) Al-Hasan and Al-Husain رضي اللّهُ عنهما by saying,

“I seek refuge for you in Allah’s Perfect Words from every Devil, beast or envious.” (Reported by Bukhari)

 

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Major Sins by Imam Dhahabi – Killing a Human Being

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Allah, the Almighty, says,

{If a man kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to abide therein (forever); and the wrath and curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful chastisement is prepared for him.}(An-Nisa:93)

{Those who invoke not, with Allah, any other god, nor slay such life as Allah has made sacred, except for just cause, nor commit fornication,’ and any that does this (not only) meets punishment.} (Al-Furqan:68)

{Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind…} (Al- Ma’ida:32)

{When the female (infant), buried alive, is questioned -for what crime she was killed.} (Al Takwir:8-9)

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,

“Avoid the seven heinous sins.”

And he mentioned taking one’s life which Allah has made sacred except in the course of justice.

It was related that someone asked the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم,

“What is the most heinous sin in the sight of Allah?” The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم replied, “To hold that Allah has an equal whereas He has created you.”. The man asked, “What else?” The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, “To kill your  child lest he feeds with you.” The man asked, “What else?” He said, “To commit adultery with your neighbor’s wife.” (Reported by Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi and An- Nasa’i)

Therefore, Allah, the Almighty, revealed,

{Those who invoke not, with Allah, any other god, nor slay such life as Allah has made sacred, except for just cause, nor commit fornication,. and any that does this (not only) meets punishment. (Al-Furqan:68)

It was related that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم said,

“When two Muslims meet with drawn sword, both the slayer and the slain are in the Hell.” It was said, “0 Messenger of Allah, that is for the slayer. But why the slain?” He replied, “Because his intention was to kill the other.” (Reported by Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, An-Nisa’i, Ibn Majah and Ibn Hibban)

Abu Suliman Al-Khitabi commented, “Such punishment does not apply to a legal and justifiable combat. They entail this abode if they fight one another out of enmity, fanaticism, to acquire some worldly benefit or a position of leadership. Thus, out of this pole is the one who fights against an aggressive Muslim if he follows the rules of fighting and the one who defends himself without intending to kill the opponent.

Whoever fights against an aggressive Muslim or a highway robber, should not seek to kill them. Rather he should try to deter him as much as he can. When they refrain we should refrain.

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,

“You should not turn an unbeliever when I am no more (among you) and start killing and shedding blood among yourselves.” (Reported before)

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,

“The first thing among human beings to be adjudicated on the Day of Judgment, will be the blood claim.” (Reported by Bukhari and Muslim)

“Taking a believer’s life is more grievous in Allah’s sight than the perishing of this world.” (Reported by Bukhari and Muslim)

“The major sins are worshipping others with Allah, showing disrespect to parents, killing a human being, and breaking one’s oath.” (Reported by Bukhari and Muslim)

It is termed engulfing because it overwhelms its swearer in the Fire.

“For all the murders committed in this world without any justification, prophet Adam’s son, Qabil will get a share of punishment, because it was he who inaugurated the method  of killing by murdering his brother Habil.”  (Reported by Bukhari and Muslim)

If this is the abode of he who kills a covenant man then what about killing a Muslim?

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,

“Whoever killed anyone of the people of the covenant will never get the aroma of paradise which can be smelt from forty years away.” (Reported by Bukhari)

“Whoever helps in killing a Muslim even by just a part of a word, he will meet Allah with the written phrase on his forehead “Despondent of Allah’s Mercy.”(Reported by Ibn Majah. It is a weak Hadith)

“Every sin might be forgiven by Allah except for a man dying an unbeliever or a man killing a believer deliberately.” (Reported by Abu Dawud)

 

Major Sins by Imam Dhahabi – Shirk

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The worst major sin is Shirk. It is of two kinds:
a) To hold that Allah has an equal, whereas He has created you, and to worship another with Him, whether it be a stone, tree, sun, moon, prophet, sheikh, star, angel or other. This is the greatest shirk mentioned by Allah, the Most High, the Almighty, says (what means),
{116. Verily! Allâh forgives not (the sin of) setting up partners in worship with Him, but He forgives whom he pleases sins other than that, and whoever sets up partners in worship with Allâh, has indeed strayed far away. }(An-Nisa:116)
{False worship is indeed the highest wrong-doing.} (Luqman:13)
{Whoever joins other gods with Allah; Allah will forbid him the Garden, and the Fire will be his abode.}
(Al-Ma’idah:72)
The Qur’anic verses concerning this are very numerous. It is being absolutely certain that whoever ascribes associates to Allah and dies in such a state is one of Hell’s inhabitants, just as whoever believes in Allah and dies as a believer is one of the inhabitants of Paradise, even if be should be punished first.
The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,
“Shall I tell you of the worst major sins? Worshipping others with Allah, showing disrespect to parents, giving a false statement, and testifying to the truth of a falsehood. ” And he kept repeating it until we were telling ourselves (out of sympathy for him because of the strain of repeating it), “If only he would be silent.” ( Reported by Bukhari, Muslim and Tirmidhi.)
“Avoid the seven heinous sins.” (Reported before)
and he mentioned ascribing associates to Allah.
“Kill whoever converted his religion (Islam).” (Reported by Bukhari, Ahmed, Ibn Hibban, An-Nasa’i and Abu Ya’la.)
b) Ostentation
Allah, the Most High, says (what means),
{Whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteous, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner.} (AL-Kahf:11O)
i.e., does not show off in good works
“Beware of the lesser shirk.” They asked, “What is the lesser shirk?” He said, “Showing off in good works. Allah, the Almighty will say when recompensing the mankind for  their deeds: Go to those whom you showed off to in the world to see how they could recompense you. .” (Reported by Ahmad.)
The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,
“If anybody associates something with Me, I am not affected.  If anyone associates somebody with Me, in any way, I reject him and his act of associating.” (Reported by Muslim. It’s a Qudsi Hadith.)
The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,
“A person who does some good work in order to boast will have his faults exposed by Allah Most High and a person whose motive in doing some good deed is to show it, Allah the Most High will treat him as a hypocrite.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari.)
The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,
“There may be a faster who does not gain from his fasting but hunger and thirst.”
A wise man said, “Just as the one who shows off in good works is the one who fills his purse with pebbles and leaves for the market to buy food. If he opened it before the seller he will be stoned with it in his face. He gains nothing but the people’s inquiry about what fills his purse, nothing more. Thus, the one who shows off in good works will have no value but the people’s saying that he did good and he will not be rewarded in the Hereafter.”
Allah, the Almighty, says (what means),
{And We shall turn to whatever deeds they did (in this life), and We shall make such deed as floating dust scattered about.} (Al-Furqan:23)
It was related that a man asked the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم
“How can I be redeemed?” The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, “If you do not deceive Allah” The man asked, “How is Allah deceived?” He replied, “When you do something which Allah and His Messenger commanded you to do but you intended other than pleasing Allah. Beware of ostentation, it is the lesser shirk (polytheism); On the Day of Judgment, the ostentatious will be called at the presence of all creatures by four names: O Ostentatious, O traitors, O corrupt, O loser; what you did is wasted and your reward is nullified. We will not reward you, go and get your reward from whomever you acted to deceive?” (Reported by AI-Zubaidi in lthaf)
A wise man was asked, “Who is the sincere one?” He replied, “It is he who hides his good deeds as he does with his bad deeds.” Someone asked, “What is the good of sincerity?” He said, “When you dislike to be praised by people.”
Al-Fudail Ibn Eiad, may Allah be pleased with him said, “To refrain from an action for the sake of people is ostentation. To do something for their sake is shirk (polytheism). But sincerity is to be aware of them.”

					

Major Sins by Imam Dhahabi

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Definition:

Major sins are defined as what is forbidden by Allah عَزّ وَ جلّ and His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم in the Qur’an and the Sunnah in addition to what is narrated on the authority of early Muslims. Allah, the Most high, promises whoever avoids the major sins to expiate his minor sins. Allah, the Almighty says (what means),

{If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, We shall remit from you your (small) sins, and admit you to a Noble Entrance (i.e. Paradise)} (An-Nisaa :31)

In this text, Allah, the Most High, also promises whoever avoids the major sins to admit him to Paradise.

Allah, the Almighty says (what means),

{Those who avoid the greater sins and indecencies, and when they are angry even they forgive;}
(Ash-Shura:37)

The Qur’an also states,

{Those who avoid great sins and indecent deeds, save lesser offences, verily thy Lord is ample in forgiveness.}                                              (An-Najm:32)

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,


“The five prescribed Prayers, and from one Friday Prayer to another and from Ramadan to another
entail forgiveness for what is between them as long as you do not commit the major sins.”
 (Reported by Muslim, Tirmithi, Ibn Khuzaymah and Ahmed)

We are obliged to learn about what the major sins are, so that Muslims may avoid them. Scholars of Sacred knowledge are of different opinions about the number of the major sins. It is argued that they are only seven owing to the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه و سلم saying,

“Avoid the seven heinous sins: Worshipping others with Allah, sorcery, taking a life which Allah has made sacred except in the course of justice, devouring usury, appropriating the property of the orphan, fleeing from the battlefield, and charging believing women, unmindful though innocent, with adultery.” (Reported by Bukhari and Muslim)

Ibn Abbas holds that they are likely counted as seventy not seven. That is a good point of view because enumeration is not intended in the Hadith.

As a matter of fact, any sin entailing either a threat of punishment in the Hereafter explicitly mentioned by the Qur’an or Hadith, a prescribed legal penalty (Hadd), or being accursed by Allah or His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم is called a major sin. We have to bear in mind that some major sins are more heinous than others. This is because the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم has enlisted Shirk (worshipping others with Allah) though a polytheist will suffer eternal torture in Fire and will never be forgiven.

Allah, the Almighty says (what means),

{116. Verily! Allâh forgives not (the sin of) setting up partners in worship with Him, but He forgives whom he pleases sins other than that, and whoever sets up partners in worship with Allâh, has indeed strayed far away.}
(An-Nisa:116)

 

 

Seeking the Night of Laylat-ul-Qadr

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It was narrated on the authority of ‘Uyaynah ibn ‘Abdul-Rahmaan that his father said:

The Night of Al-Qadr was mentioned in the presence of Abu Bakrah who said, “I am not going to seek it because of something I heard from the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) except in the last ten days [of Ramadhaan]. I heard the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) say, ‘Seek it in the last nine nights, or seven nights, or five nights, or three nights or the last night.'” Abu Bakrah used to perform prayer during the first twenty nights of Ramadhaan as he would usually pray during the whole year, but when the last ten nights came, he would be extra diligent. [At-Tirmithi: Hasan Saheeh] [At-Tayaalisi, Ahmad, An-Nasaa’i, Al-Bazzaar and At-Tabaraani]
It was narrated on the authority of Mu‘aawiyah ibn Abu Sufyaan  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that the Prophet, sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Seek the Night of Al-Qadr in the last night [of Ramadhaan].” [Ibn Khuzaymah] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh]
Ibn Khuzaymah wrote a title for this Hadeeth, “Chapter: On the order to seek the Night of Al-Qadr in the last night of Ramadhaan – and it may occur in the last night in some years.
Benefits and rulings:
 
First: The Night of Al-Qadr occurs in the last ten nights of Ramadhaan, most probably in the odd-numbered nights. Therefore, the Muslim should seek it throughout the ten nights.
Second: The Companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them were keen to seek the Night of Al-Qadr and fill it with voluntary prayers.
Third: The Night of Al-Qadr may come in the last night in some years, since theHadeeths showed that the exact night may change.
Fourth: The Muslim should not quit praying, reciting the Quran, performing theTaraaweeh after the 27th of Ramadhaan or after the Imaam completes the recitation of the Quran in the Taraaweeh because he is supposed to be seeking the Night of Al-Qadr which may be the last night of the month.

Seeking the Night of Laylat-ul-Qadr on the 27th of Ramadhaan

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It is narrated on the authority of Zirr ibn Hubaysh  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him that he said,

 

 

I asked Ubayy ibn Ka‘b  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him: “Your brother [in faith] Ibn Mas‘ood  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him says, ‘Anyone who stands [for the supererogatory prayer every night] throughout the year will happen to witness the Night of Al-Qadr.’” He (Ubayy) said, “May Allaah have mercy upon him, he wanted to not make the people rely only on it. No doubt, he knew that it is in Ramadhaan, particularly in the last ten nights, and that it is, namely, the 27th night.” Ubayy  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him then took an unrestricted oath (such as without saying, “Allaah willing” in it), that it was the twenty-seventh night. (The sub-narrator asked) “With what do you support that, O Abu Al-Munthir?” He said: “With the portent or the sign, of which the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) told us, which is that the sun rises brightly the next day and without rays.” [Muslim]

 

 

According to another narration of this incident, he said, “The sun rises in the next morning as if it were a round tray and without rays.” [Ahmad]

 

According to another narration, Ubayy  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said, “By Allaah, Ibn Mas‘ood knew well that it (the Night of Al-Qadr) is in Ramadhaan, and that it is the twenty-seventh night. But he disliked to tell you that lest you would rely on it [and slacken to do worship at any other time].” [At-Tirmithi]

 

It is narrated on the authority of Mu‘aawiyah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “The Night of Al-Qadr is the twenty-seventh night [of Ramadhaan].” [Abu Daawood]

 

It is further narrated on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them that a man came to the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), and said, “O Prophet of Allaah, I am an old sick man and it is too difficult for me to stand (for supererogatory prayers every night). So, please, specify for me a particular night (to stand in prayer on), perchance Allaah would help me witness the Night of Al-Qadr on it.” On that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “I advise you [to stand in prayer on] the [twenty] seventh [night of Ramadhaan].” [Ahmad]

 

 

 

Benefits and rulings

 

First: The righteous predecessors were keen on doing what is good and knowing the seasons which have superiority over the other times so that they would give their utmost effort in worshipping in them.

 

Second: It is permissible for religious scholars to hide some of their knowledge if this is likely to be beneficial, such as, for example, if they believe that the people would otherwise rely on a particular thing and fall short of doing other righteous deeds.

 

Third: It is permissible for a Muslim to take an oath to that of which he is fully or almost certain.

 

Fourth: Among the signs of the Night of Al-Qadr is the rising of the sun in the next morning brightly but without rays.

 

Fifth: A Muslim has to devote himself to the seasons which have superiority over other times, like the last ten days of Ramadhaan in pursuit of the Night of Al-Qadr, so as to get abundant reward for little work.

 

Sixth: Researching scholars maintain that the Night of Al-Qadr is not fixed, and that it is most probably on the twenty-seventh night, as Ubayy  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him took an oath to that.

 

Seventh: The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), told the old sick man that it was the twenty-seventh night and this does not contradict the other Hadeeths in which it is mentioned that the Night of Al-Qadr is on other nights, for the information given by the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), about that night is specific to that year in which the man asked him. It is this point of view that reconciles the different texts in that respect.
adopted from islamweb.net

 

 

 

 

The gates of virtue during Ramadhaan

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The month of Ramadhaan is the month of virtue and righteousness. Due to the virtue of its period, the deeds performed during it are also treated differently. People are more eager to be virtuous during this month than any other month of the year. There are many righteous deeds a Muslim can perform during this blessed month, and the following are some suggested deeds:

Sincerity: Allaah Says (what means): “And they were not commanded except to worship Allaah, [being] sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give Zakaah. And that is the correct religion.” [Quran 98: 5]

Hastening in breaking the fast:Sahl Ibn Sa’d  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “The people will continue to be on the right path as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast”[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Breaking the fast by eating dates:Sulaymaan Ibn ‘Amr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “If one of you is fasting, he should break his fast with dates. If dates are not available, then with water, for water is purifying. ”[At-Tirmithi]

Exerting extra effort in supplications:The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Three supplications are answered without doubt. The supplication of the fasting person, the supplication of the oppressed and the supplication of the traveler.” [Al-Bayhaqi].

Eating Suhoor (i.e. the pre-dawn meal):Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Eat Suhoor, as there is blessings in it”[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Thanking Allaah after eating or drinking:Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Allaah is pleased with the slave who thanks Him (i.e., says Al-hamdu lillah) when he eats and thanks Him when he drinks”[Muslim]

Guarding ones tongue and remaining silent:Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  himreported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Let he who believes in Allaah and the Last Day say something good or remain silent”[Muslim]. The Prophet sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) also said: “Fasting is not to refrain from eating and drinking, rather one should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice; and if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him, he should say: `I am fasting. I am fasting `” [Ibn Hibbaan]

Going early to the mosque and waiting for the next prayer:Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Should I not direct you to something by which Allaah obliterates the sins and elevates (your) ranks.” They said: “Yes, O Messenger of Allaah”. He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said:“Performing ablution properly, even in difficulty, frequently going to the mosque, and waiting eagerly for the next prayer after a prayer is over; indeed, that is Ar-Ribaat (i.e. equivalent to its reward), indeed, that is Ar-Ribaat (guarding the front lines of the Muslim army)” [Muslim]. Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Everyone among you will be deemed to be occupied in prayer constantly so long as the prayer detains him (from worldly concerns), and nothing prevents him from returning to his family but prayer.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

 Spending charity:Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )said: “He who gives in charity the value of a date which he legally earned, and Allaah accepts only that which is pure, Allaah accepts it with His Right Hand and fosters it for him, as one of you fosters his pony, until it (i.e. the spent charity) becomes like a mountain”[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Encouraging others to spend:Allaah Says (what means): “And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression” [Quran 5: 2]

 Arranging for lectures:Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “If anyone calls others to follow right guidance, his reward will be equivalent to those who follow him (in righteousness) without their reward being diminished in any respect, and if anyone invites others to follow error, the sin, will be equivalent to that of the people who follow him (in sinfulness) without their sins being diminished in any respect”[Muslim]

 Performing the ‘Eed prayer:Abu Sa’eed  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported: “The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to come out on the ‘Eed day after Ramadhaan, and the first thing he would do was to perform the ‘Eed prayer” [Al-Bukhaari]

These were some of the gates towards virtue that one can perform during this blessed month, so be keen to accumulate as much reward as you possibly can, because this could be the last year you witness this month. Take advantage of this chance and put forth what you would like to see on the Day of Account. Allaah Says (what means): “The Day every soul will find what it has done of good present [before it] and what it has done of evil, it will wish between itself and that [evil] was a great distance. And Allaah warns you of Himself, and Allaah is Kind to [His] slaves.” [Quran 3: 30]

 

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