On the One Thing that Allows Us to Believe and Thus Enter Jannah

Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem,

With the name of Allah, the most loving & caring, the always loving and caring,

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,

“By Him in Whose Hand is my life! You will not enter Jannah until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another.

Shall I inform you of something which, if you do, you will love one another? Promote greetings amongst yourselves.”

What a greeting is the salam! Any greeting, from a person you know or even do not, has such power to create unity, a bond, and just make one feel great. The salam is all that to an even greater extent, and much more: it unites people stronger as ones who are united in the fulfillment of their purpose; it is a reminder of Allah and our goal; and it is ultimately a most beautiful du’a.

Most greetings are bereft of any meaning, and are ways of filling space and covering awkwardness; whereas the greeting of Allah is light on the tongues, yet heavy on the heart with a meaning that can make even the hardest of hearts cry. And it is even heavier than that in [reward], and [expiation].

Truly, our streets are silent and devoid of the greeting of love and peace. Even sadder is that state of our masjids – quiet and oppressive, due to the absence of the ultimate expression of brotherhood and unity. Let us strive to revive this essential [pillar of faith]

As salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi, wa barakaatuh,

May peace of every aspect be upon you, along with the mercy of God and also His blessing

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Riyada ‘s-Salahin: Hadith 848

Further reading: [1], [2], [3]

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On the Adab of One Who is Late to Salah, and Its Implications on Our Daily Lives

Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem,

With the name of Allah, the most loving & caring, the always loving and caring,

The Prophet (ﷺ) said,

When you hear the Iqama, proceed to offer the prayer with calmness and solemnity and do not make haste. And pray whatever you are able to pray and complete whatever you have missed.

The direct message of this hadith is clear and one we must strive to apply, but its implications stretch beyond immediate comprehension: if we are not supposed to rush for salah when we are getting late, the most important thing after shahadah, then what about when we late for something of this dunya?

If we are not supposed to rush even for our Creator, it shows how low everything else is. And we need to learn to reflect that in our daily lives.

I don’t mean to derive any fiqh that we can’t rush for a meeting or whatever, but through this reflection we can understand that even though we shouldn’t rush for the dunya, we sometimes have to because it’s uncompromising. And at the same time, it tells us that although Allah is the only one we should be rushing for, we we don’t have to (and sometimes) shouldn’t because he is the Most Merciful.

As salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi, wa barakaatuh,

May peace of every aspect be upon you, along with the mercy of God and also His blessing


Sahih Bukhari: 636

On Those Who Will Be Envied by the Prophets & Martyrs on the Day

Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem,

With the name of Allah, the most loving & caring, the always loving and caring,

Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab: the Prophet (ﷺ) as saying:

There are people from the servants of Allah who are neither prophets nor martyrs; the prophets and martyrs will envy them on the Day of Resurrection for their rank from Allah, the Most High.

They (the people) asked: Tell us, Messenger of Allah, who are they?

He replied: They are people who love one another for the spirit of Allah (i.e. the Qur’an), without having any mutual kinship and giving property to one. I swear by Allah, their faces will glow and they will be (sitting) in (pulpits of) light. They will have no fear (on the Day) when the people will have fear, and they will not grieve when the people will grieve.

He then recited the following Qur’anic verse: “Behold! Verily for the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve.”

As salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi, wa barakaatuh,

May peace of every aspect be upon you, along with the mercy of God and also His blessing


Sunan Abu Dawud: 3527

On How to Earn More Wealth & Life in This World

Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem,

With the name of Allah, the most loving & caring, the always loving and caring,

Narrated Abu Huraira:

I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, “Who ever is pleased that he be granted more wealth and that his lease of life be pro longed, then he should keep good relations with his Kith and kin.”

As salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi, wa barakaatuh,

May peace of every aspect be upon you, along with the mercy of God and also His blessing

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Sahih al-Bukhari: 5985

On the Sweetness of Being Close to One’s Lord, and How to Attain that Rank

Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem,

With the name of Allah, the most loving & caring, the always loving and caring,

“Verily Allah  has said:

‘Whosoever shows enmity to a wali (friend) of Mine, then I have declared war against him. And My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more loved to Me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him. And My servant continues to draw near to me with nafil (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him.

When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant him refuge.’ ”

As salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi, wa barakaatuh,

May peace of every aspect be upon you, along with the mercy of God and also His blessing


Nawawi Hadith: 38

On the Awe-inspiring Reward of a Seeker of Sacred Knowledge

Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem,

With the name of Allah, the most loving & caring, the always loving and caring,

Narrated Kathir ibn Qays:

Kathir ibn Qays said: I was sitting with Abu ad-Darda’ in the mosque of Damascus.

A man came to him and said: Abu ad-Darda’, I have come to you from the town of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) for a tradition that I have heard you relate from the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). I have come for no other purpose.

He said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge, the inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man. The superiority of the learned man over the devout is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave neither dinar nor dirham, leaving only knowledge, and he who takes it takes an abundant portion.

 

As salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi, wa barakaatuh,

May peace of every aspect be upon you, along with the mercy of God and also His blessing

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Sunan Abi Dawud: 3641

On The Importance of Intention, and the First Hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari

Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem,

With the name of Allah, the most loving & caring, the always loving and caring,

Praise be to Allah, and we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds.

Whomsoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, the One, having no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.


For anything to have truly blessing in it, it must be begun with the sending of praise upon Allah , and prayers upon our Messenger . That is how all khutbas are given. But the step before even that is to form the intention in one’s heart; what one intends to do (when and where are also included in this), why he intends to do it, and for whom.

We should strive towards making the answers to why, and for whom, our Lord – in everything we do. And in acts that are directly for seeking the pleasure of our Lord, it is even more important to keep our intention in check, to ensure that we truly are doing what we are doing for our Lord. It is scarily easy to fall into the traps of showing off, arrogance and even indirect shirk when one does the act for someone other than Allah.

The first hadith in the Sahih of Imam Bukhari talks exactly of this:

Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab:

I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, “The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for.”

We have much to learn from this Hadith itself — and we must apply this advice in everything we do. Turning off the TV when someone is praying salah? Say bismillah. Drinking water? Say bismillah. Walking to the masjid? Say bismillah!

Doing so truly keeps our intentions in line, and reminds us of it. And, this is also a great way to remember our Lord in everything we do — a key part of ever having taqwa.

And when Imam al-Bukhari and also Imam Nawawi) put this hadith at the very start of their collection — truly, they wished to start their work with the right intention and so they put the hadith stressing its importance right there. I wanted to start this website the same way.

As salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi, wa barakaatuh,

May peace of every aspect be upon you, along with the mercy of God and also His blessing


Sahih al-Bukhari: 1