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      Posted: 09 Jul 2013 12:21 AM PDT
      A tsunami of mercy is about to hit us.  An eruption of mercy is on the verge of exploding.  A downpour of blessings is on the brink of descending.  A gale of light is within sight.  A month is dawning upon us wherein the clouds shower mercy, the rivers overflow with mercy, the gardens blossom with mercy, the winds whistle with mercy and the waterfalls trickle with mercy.  Our horizons are illuminated.  The skies are radiant.  The trees seem to be in high spirits.  Animals seem to be ecstatic.  Ramadhan is approaching.
      The month of Ramadhan is the month of the Qur’an.  It is the season of devotions and worship wherein spirituality reaches the highest peaks.  The root letters of Ramadhan denote incineration.  Ramadhan incinerates all our sins.  It removes the rust from our lives.  It makes us shine.  It is a time to become pure from the filth contaminating our souls.
      Ramadhan is a provision for the whole year.  It helps one through the remainder of the year until the next Ramadhan.  It is like a person crossing the desert.  The more water, food and other such provisions a person has, the easier the journey and the safer he will reach his destination.  Likewise, the more the Qur’an Tilawah, Salah and other devotions a person has in stock, the easier the battle will be with the nafs and Shaytan throughout the year and the safer he will reach the next Ramadhan.
      The month of Ramadhan is a time to heal the soul from the effects of sin.  It is like a sick person who has been deprived of medicine for 11 months and then is taken into hospital.  He is given all the care and medication required.  It replenishes his soul, strengthens his body and revitalises his spirit.  Likewise, Ramadhan is our spiritual hospital.  All the spiritual care and medication is available.  Ramadhan infuses within us the vigour, courage, energy and drive to become Allah conscious.
      The month of Ramadhan is a time to nourish our souls.  It is like a person who has been surviving on water and bread for 11 months and then for one month is given all the exquisite dishes of the world.  He will eat as much as he can.  He will put his mouth on everything presented in front of him.  Likewise, the month of Ramadhan is where the cuisine of Allah is presented.  Every deed is multiplied in reward. Every action emanates a different fragrance and blessing.  Every act gives off a distinct taste.
      Ramadhan is synonymous to the Qur’an.  Ramadhan is the month of the Qur’an. Our pious predecessors truly appreciated this.  Their every second was tilawah of the Qur’an in this month.  The authors stopped writing.  Researchers abandoned researching.  Scholars stopped working.  They dedicated the month of Ramadhan to the Qur’an.  Imam Shaf’i rahimahullah would complete 60 recitations of the Holy Qur’an.  Aswad ibn Yazeed rahimahullah would complete the recitation of the Qur’an every two nights in the tahajjud prayer.  Let alone the scholars of the past, more recently, Hadhrat Shaykh Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Rahimahullah would recite approximately 35 chapters of the Qur’an daily.  If they can do it, why can’t we?
      Have a competition within your families.  Create an environment of Qur’an tilawah in your homes.  The men should spend as much as time as they can in the masājid.  Women should spend less time in the kitchens and more time on the musalla.
      We are entering a gold mine.  Time is limited.  The clock is ticking.  Days are passing.  How much gold do you want? The time has come to return to Allah.  His doors are open.  Will you enter?

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      Posted: 09 Jul 2013 12:17 AM PDT
      Q: To whom does the Ayat of fasting apply?
      A: Fasting is an act of worship (ibadat). It is one of the Fundamental Principles (Pillars) of Islam. Allah says:”Oh you who believe fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may attain Taqwa (God-Fearing).”Allah says Oh you who believe. This is a general command for everyone who is Believers in Islam.
      Q: Does a minor child have to fast?
      A: Fasting is not obligatory on a minor. A minor is he who is not physically matured (Baaligh) in the case of a male and in the case of a female, she has not attained puberty. However, if by the age of 15 lunar years, the male or female did not become baaligh, they will be regarded as adults and have to fast and fulfil all obligations of Shariah.
      Q: Does a sick person have to fast?
      A: A sick person is exempted from fasting altogether if there is genuine reason to believe that the current illness will intensify by fasting or that he will suffer another illness on result of fasting or that his recovery will be prolonged due to fasting.
      Q: Can a traveller omit fasting?
      A: A Shar’ī musāfir (traveller) who embarked on his journey prior to dawn is permitted to omit the fast of that day.  As long as he is a Shar’ī musāfir, he may omit fasting.
      Q: What about travelling during the day?
      A: If a person embarked on a journey during the day after Subh Sadiq, he/she will have to fast that day.
      Q: Will the application of eye drops break the fast?
      A: Using eyedrops will not break the fast.
      Q: Can ear drops be used?
      A: If a person’s eardrum is imperforated, he may use ear drops.  If someone has perforated ear drums, it will not be permissible to use ear drops.
      Q: Can we use insulin injections whilst fasting?
      A: It is permissible to use insulin injections.  Injections do not break a fast.
      Q: Will a nasal spray break the fast?
      A: Yes, a nasal spray will break the fast.
      A: Can mouthwash be used whilst fasting?
      Q: It is not permissible to use mouthwash whilst fasting.
      Q: Is it permissible to brush teeth and use toothpaste?
      A: It is not permissible to use toothpaste whilst fasting.  One may brush teeth, use a miswak and a tongue scraper.
      Q: Can an addicted smoker smoke whilst fasting?
      A: It is not permissible to smoke whilst fasting.  Smoking will result in Qadhā and Kaffārah.  A smoker may use a transdermal nicotine patch.
      Q: What is the ruling for using suppositories?
      A: Insertion of suppositories up the rear passage will invalidate the fast.
      Q: I forgetfully ate whilst fasting?
      A: If one was totally unaware that he was fasting, the fast will not be broken regardless of what was consumed.
      Q: By mistake I swallowed water whilst doing wudhu?
      A: By doing an act mistakenly will break one’s fast.  However, only Qadhā will be necessary.
      Q: What if a person must break the fast due to an asthma attack?
      A: If a person suffers from an illness or has an asthma attack and there is no option but to have medicine or an inhaler, it will be permissible to break the fast.  However, he will have to do Qadhā.
      Q: I engaged in intercourse with my spouse?
      A: Intercourse will invalidate the fast and will make Qadhā and Kaffārah compulsory.
      Q: I had a wet dream whilst fasting.  Is my fast broken?
      A: A wet dream will not invalidate the fast.
      Q: What is the Kaffārah?
      A: A Kaffārah is expiation for a violation.  It is fasting for 60 days consecutively without any interruption for those capable of fasting.  If one cannot fast, he will have to give monetary Kaffarah.
      Q: When will Kaffārah be binding?
      A: Kaffarah becomes binding if one deliberately breaks his fast by eating or drinking or having intercourse.
      Q: Can a sick person pay fidyah instead of fasting?
      A: A person who cannot fast due a chronic or terminal illness may give fidyah.  As long as a person’s condition remains such that they cannot fast, they will keep giving fidyah for each fast.
      If there is improvement to such a degree that they can fast, they will have to do Qadhā of all the previous fasts.  The value of fidya is the same as that of sadaqah al-fitr which is presently R16 for the people in South Africa.
      And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
      Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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        Posted: 05 Aug 2013 08:36 PM PDT
        Sisters, your role in society is like the role of the archers in the battle of Uhud. They were not at the forefront or in the thick of the action, BUT they held the most important position. They guarded the army. If they moved, the whole army would be uncovered and defeated. In the same way, if you leave your most important position, you leave the army-the Ummah uncovered.
        • You are the silent heroes,
        • You are the foundational structure of great generations,
        • You are the mothers who look after the family,
        • You are the first of the teachers of this Ummah,
        • You are the ones who teach the Muslim men courage, truthfulness, kindness, perseverance, and patience,
        • You are the carer’s of the men of this Ummah,
        • The success of this Ummah lies upon your shoulders.
        Allah states that a woman’s primary abode is her home. This does not mean she plays no role in society. She is like the engine of a car hidden in the bonnet. Everything of the car is meaningless without the engine. The engine being concealed does not mean it is insignificant. Infact, being concealed reveals its real value.
        A woman is like a live wire tucked away. If it is exposed it will shock people. It is concealed yet provides the current for electricity. A woman is like the battery in a mobile phone. All the features of the mobile phone mean nothing if the battery is not there. It is concealed but provides the main function.
        Being concealed and doing what Allah wants us to do reveals the real value of women.

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        Posted: 05 Aug 2013 01:53 AM PDT
        Every Shaikh of Tariqat envies a disciple like him
        Very rarely Allah blesses humanity with people like him
        The life of Hazrat Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb Raipuri (Nawwarallahu Marqadahu) yields many precious lessons for the Muslim Ummah. Some insight into his life can be gained through reading Hazrat Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi’s “Savanih-e-Maulana Abdul Qadir Raipuri”. Hazrat Raipuri’s life can be looked at in three different stages: First, his childhood and education. Second, his search for Shaikh-e-Kaamil and acquiring training from him. Third, after the demise of his Shaikh, how he benefited thousands with the nur of Ma’arifate Ilahi (Divine recognition) of Allah.
        Childhood and Education
        Hazrat Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb was born in the house of Hazrat Hafiz Ahmad Saheb in 1295 Hijri in district of Sarghoda (present day Pakistan). The father of Hazrat Raipuri belonged to a religious and knowledgeable family. Hazrat Raipuri became a hafiz of the Quran under the supervision of his uncle, Maulana Kaleemullah Saheb. He learned Arabic grammar from Maulana Muhammad Rafiq Saheb, who was a student of Qutbul Arshad Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Ala’ih). Thereafter, he left his home town for acquisition of higher Islamic studies. Hazrat Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb went through great sacrifices and hardships in the pursuit of knowledge. He used to go from city to city on foot and had a very simple and content childhood. Never did he look towards any creation or ask from any person for help or dependency, because Allah alone was sufficient for him. He studied in Saharanpur, Panipat and Delhi. In Delhi, Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb studied the books of Hadith in Madrasa Abdur Rabb under Maulana Abd al-A’li (Rahmatullahi Ala’ih), who was a student of Hujjatul Islam Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Qasim Saheb Nanotawi (Rahmatullahi Ala’ih). Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb also had the honor of attending some lectures on Tirmizhi Sharif by Imamul Asr Hazrat Maulana Anwar Shah Saheb Kashmiri (Rahmatullahi Ala’ih).
        After completing his studies in Quran, Hadith, Arabic, Farsi, Fiqh and Muntaq, Hazrat Maulana also studied Greek Medicine and likewise excelled in that as well. Thereafter, for some time he gave lectures relating to Quran and Hadith in Bareily and some other places. The knowledge of Quran and Hadith had ignited the fire of Ma’arifate Ilahi inside his heart. Hazrat left all his engagements and set out to find the Shaikh-e-Kaamil that could ingrain the recognition and love of Allah and Rasulullah (Salallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) in the depths of his heart.
        Search for Shaikh-e-Kaamil
        Hazrat Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb searched for a Shaikh-e-Kaamil very intensively. He had a strong urge in him for finding a guide that could connect his soul with the Creator of the universe. Somebody that could teach him how to suppress the nafs, desires and the whisperings of shaytan, the evil devil. Somebody that could quench the thirst of love in his heart. After his long and diligent search for Shaikh-e-Kaamil, he finally reached the Khanqah of Hazrat-e-Aqqadus Maulana Abdur Raheem Saheb Raipuri in Raipur (Utter Pardesh, India). In the very first meeting, he was overwhelmingly impressed and affected from Hazrat-e-Aqqadus Maulana Abdur Raheem Saheb. He requested Hazrat to take him under his bayat and become his pir. Hazrat Maulana Abdur Raheem Saheb gave him the suggestion to go to his Shaikh, Qutbul Arshad Hazrat Maulana Rasheed Ahmad Saheb Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Ala’ih). But, Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb said: “I am totally related to you.” Thereafter, Hazrat-e-Aqqadus Maulana Abdur Raheem Saheb gave him some azkaar and said: “What is the hurry?” and then sent Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb back to his native land of Sarghoda. After a short span of time, Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb returned to Raipur and took bayat on the hand of Hazrat Maulana Abdur Raheem Saheb Raipuri. From then on, he remained busy in Zikrullah (remembrance of Allah), Mujahidaat (sacrifices) and Khidmat-e-Shaikh (service of his spiritual guide). Hazrat-e-Aqqadus Maulana Abdur Raheem Saheb remained pleased with him until his last breath and upon his demise, he made Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb his chief successor and Khalifa and commanded Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb to remain in his khanqah and continue his efforts in reformation of people.
        While in the Khanqah, Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb was always consistent in his spiritual practices and became determined in achieving his purpose. He had the highest Adab (respect) for his Shaikh, who became the most dear to him after Allah and Rasulullah (Salallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). His character was beautifully built to such an extent that all sorts of people flocked towards him for their spiritual rectification. Hazrat was very simple and self-less. He had used Tassawwuf as it was meant to be used to gain the recognition of Allah and please Allah through following Rasulullah (Salallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). But, this condition of fana’iyat (absorption) in Allah which he had achieved was the result of his companionship with his Shaikh, who had been trained under the auspicious Maulana Rasheed Ahmad Saheb Gangohi himself, whose illuminated personality and attributes can not be explained in words. It was also the result of his consistency in his azkaar and other spiritual practices. If somebody wants to see what can be achieved through Tassawwuf, the life of Hazrat Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb is enough as a proof of the benefits of Tassawwuf.
        Benefiting Humanity
        Once a person is trained to benefit humanity, he is called “Khalifa”. Hazrat Maulana Abdul Qadir Saheb was the Khalifa and successor of his Shaikh. After the demise of his Shaikh, for forty-five long years, he remained benefiting people by connecting them to Allah and ingraining the love of Allah in their hearts. Hundreds of Ulama (scholars) achieved ma’arifate Ilahi under his supervision and thousands of common people came on the true teachings of Allah and Rasulullah (Alayhi Salatu wat-Tasleemat) through their connection with him. He reformed people from all branches of life, including farmers, businessmen, traders, politicians, lawyers, etc., A large number of Ulama benefited from their roohani nisbat (spiritual relationship) with him. Some of them are: Hazrat Shaikhul Hadith Maulana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalvi, Hazrat Ji Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Saheb Kandhalvi, Mufakkire Islam Hazrat Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Manzoor Saheb Nomani, Ameer-e-Shariat Hazrat Maulana Syed Ata’ullah Shah Bukhari, Maulana Shah Abdul Aziz Saheb of Sargodha, Maulana Syed Anwar Hussein Nafees of Lahore, Maulana Syed Abdul Mun’im Abu Zar Bukhari of Multan, and many others.
        This lamp of guidance and source of enlightenment finally met the Lord of the universe and Creator of the heavens and the earth on 14th of Rabiul Awwal 1382 Hijri. May Allah elevate his status in the hereafter and give us all the ability to follo

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          Posted: 29 Aug 2013 10:31 PM PDT
          Knowledge of that which affects a person under all conditions holds a position similar to food, which obviously one can live without.  Knowledge of matters affecting a person only in certain occasions holds a position equivalent to medicine; it is only needed at stipulated times.  And knowledge of forbidden things is like a disease; it is harmful and brings no benefit.
          • Imam Abu Hanifah rahimahullah said, “The purpose of learning is to act by it, while the purpose of action is to abandon the fleeting life for what lasts forever.”
          • The treasure of good bounties lies on the peaks of calamities.  Knowledge is only gained by climbing such peaks.
          • Take night as a camel, you will reach your destination.  Use the nights wisely when in search of knowledge.
          • Your mind is your riding beast, so use it with  moderation.  Do not burn yourself out.  Have moderate breaks and refreshments when whilst studying.
          • Man flies with zeal and fervour like a bird flies with wings.
          • Imam Zahir ad-Din said, “The ignorant are dead before death, while the learned live even after death.”
          • “When one’s respect for knowledge after hearing it a 1,000 times isn’t equal to 1st time, he isn’t worthy of knowledge.”
          • Ibn Mas’ud Radiallahu anhu used to say, “I swear by Allah, whom there is no other deity, no chapter of the Quran was revealed except that I know where it was revealed.  No verse from the Quran has been revealed except that I know why it was revealed.  Yet if I knew anyone more learned than me in the Book of Allah, I would make every effort to reach him.”
          • Abu Darda Radiallahu anhu used to say, “If I were unable to explain a verse in the book of Allah and could not find anyone to explain it to me except a man in Bark al-Ghimaad, I would journey to him.” Bark al Ghimaad is the farthest corner ofYemen.
          •  If anyone was directed to a man in a distant land, he would be told, “That land is near for anyone concerned about his religion.”
          • When Muadh ibn Jabal Radiallahu anhu was in the last moments of his life, he cried saying, “I weep at how I will miss feeling thirst from the midday heat (from fasting), standing in prayer during the long winter nights and the crowds of students kneeling around the scholars in the circles of knowledge.”
          • Imam Ahmed relates from Anas Radiallahu anhu that the Prophet Salallahu alayhi wasallam said, “The similitude of the religious scholars on earth is that of the stars in the sky, by which people are guided through the darkness of the land and sea.  If the stars are extinguished, even the guides might stray.”        The religious scholars have been likened to the stars, which provide three benefits:  they guide the people through darkness; they adorn the sky; and they are missiles that repel shayateen who ascend the heavens.  The religious scholars possess three characteristics:  they guide through darkness; they adorn the earth; and they are missiles that repel shaytaan, who mix the truth with falsehood.
          • Hasan al Basri says, “knowledge is of two types: knowledge of the tongue, which is proof of Allah against the son of Adam, and knowledge of the heart, which is beneficial knowledge.”  When inner knowledge departs, outer knowledge remains on people’s tongues as proof against them.
          • Inner knowledge is that which touches the heart and instils fear, humility and awareness of Allah’s sublimity, love and yearning.  Outer knowledge is that which remains on the tongue having no effect on the heart.
          • Imam Ahmed said, “Religious knowledge is not an abundance of memorised texts.  Rather, knowledge is humility.”
          • Abdullah ibn Mubarak said, “Fear of Allah is sufficient knowledge, and being deceived concerning Allah is sufficient ignorance.”
          • Once Allahmah Ibn Sireen entered a mosque inBasra, and saw two gatherings, in one gathering, the stories of the pious were being related and in the other gathering, a jurist was lecturing.  He made dua to Allah Ta’ala as to which gathering he should join.  He fell asleep.  He had a vision in which he heard someone saying to him, “Do you think the two gatherings to be equal? If you wish I will show you that the seat of Jibraeel is in the circle of the jurist.”
          Written By: Mufti Faraz al – Mahmudi, Khaleefah of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Desai Saheb

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            Posted: 31 Mar 2014 11:36 PM PDT
            If you gaze long enough at the Ka’bah, you will come to realise that there is much more than meets the eye about this elegantly-draped, empty, cubed-shaped building. There are no neon lights on it to seize your imagination, no intricate architecture to marvel at, and certainly no attractions directly around it, besides endless lines of marble tiles, to interest one. Yet, it’s very difficult to tear one’s gaze away from it without a feeling of guilt. So what keeps your eyes glued to the Ka’bah?
            There are few things that can NOT be put into words, and the electric feeling one experiences when setting one’s gaze on the Ka’bah, when lovingly touching the Hajr-e-Aswad (Heavenly Stone), and when performing salaat in the Hateem (area demarcated by a low wall, which is technically, within the Ka’bah itself), are included in them. A wave of awe overpowers one, and you no more see with your physical sight, nor hear with your physical ears or think with your physical brain. The light of spirituality takes over as your soul starts communicating with the soul of the Ka’bah. The feeling is beyond description. You come to realise that you have just honoured your “labbaik”(I am present) when you responded to Prophet Abraham’s (may peace be upon him) call over 3000 years ago, when he stood atop Mount Abu Qubais, calling out to everyone till the Last Day, to visit the Ka’bah. Suddenly, the world ceases to exist and everything around you vanishes. It is just yourself and your Lord, the Almighty, in sacred communion – just as millions of angels are doing directly above the worldly Ka’bah, in the seventh heaven, around a sacred house called Baitul Ma’moor.
            This climax of meeting with your Lord is not only spiritually significant, but geographically important too. For those, like myself, who forgot our geography taught to us in school, we learnt that millions of years ago, long before the Ice Age or even the Dinosaur Age, the entire world was submerged in water. Suddenly, a mysterious bubble appeared, and from there a piece of dry land made its appearance. This dry land then rose 277 meters above sea level and spread out to take the form of what we know today as the continents. The Ka’bah, also known as the “Naval of the Earth,” is built upon the exact spot of this bubble.
            This geographically significant spot is situated on a 00 line of magnetic declination, making it in perfect alignment with magnetic north. In simple language, the Ka’bah is situated at an equal distance to the earth’s circumference in all directions. The Golden Ratio Point (1.618) of the earth, thus, is right at the spot of the Ka’bah. About 2 billion Muslims honour the Ka’bah by facing it in their prayers five times a day.
            Modernisation of Makkah
            There is no doubt that the landscape of Makkah has changed to such an extent that almost all the signs of the last day have appeared therein. These include the “belly of the mountains being ripped up,”- an allusion to all the underground motorways, many high-rise buildings that would be higher than the mountains and would dwarf the Ka’bah, and the dessert becoming a place of greenery and entertainment. The magnificent “Makkah Clock” which is visible from all four directions, is 2000 feet high (the Big Ben Clock of London is only 316 feet high) and when fully lit, is visible from a distance of 35 kms. Twenty years ago, a ziyaret (visit) of the landmarks of Islam in Makkah would be a spiritually refreshing experience whence one could “feel” the past coming alive; sadly today, it’s just a few minutes’ drive past a few remaining spots of what was the previous glory of Islam. If the Afrikaaners of South Africa have preserved the Voortrekker Monument to remember their shameful Apartheid legacy, why are we tearing down our beautiful legacy of justice, love and peace?
            Makkah is perhaps today the fastest Muslim city to be modernised. The new expansion to the Grand Mosque has been designed by Atkins to resemble a huge pavilion or stadium, subliminally implanting the message that the Ka’bah is nothing more than a “holy attraction.” A photo or a video of one posing in front of the Ka’bah is more significant than touching it or crying in prayers facing it. In order to feed the ever-growing number of pilgrims, chickens are imported from Brazil and other countries, the halaal status of which has also been questioned by the local ‘Ulema. Even the Zam Zam water has not been spared from “modernisation.” According to recent tests, the inviolable Holy Water which was originally quite thick, is being mixed with chemicals to “purify and preserve” it by western standards. This is the reason why no one has direct access to the underground well itself. The Muslim ummah is paying dearly for this “purification” as in Makkah, a 10L bottle of Zam Zam would cost you Rs25- (about R79-), and a gallon of fuel (also about 10L), only Rs5- (about R18-). Indeed nothing reminds one of this sacred city, except the Ka’bah itself.
            Many will take the opportunity of cursing the King for all this modernisation; but the truth is that the King, just like all other shrewd businessmen, simply seen an opportunity, and seized it. He knows how the pilgrims have abandoned simplicity for luxury, pomp and show, so he is making most of marketing ‘Umrah and Hajj as “the ideal holiday and shopping destination,” just in case his oil fields run dry tomorrow. It’s a case of supply and demand, and at the moment, he has many customers! However, if the ummah returns to simplicity, then the Almighty will appoint such rulers who will love their sword more than their wine and music.
            Don’t be Distracted
            If only the Ka’bah reminds you of this Holy City, then the Ka’bah is the place where you should be at for most of your stay in Makkah – not in the luxurious malls with all its western designer stores. Every second is prime time at the Ka’bah. Do not lift your eyes off the Ka’bah, or gaze in admiration at the other buildings (especially the Clock Tower) whilst in the Grand Mosque. This is the highest form of disrespect. As you throw yourself at the mercy of the Almighty or if you are engaged in doing tawaaf (circling the Ka’bah seven times to complete one circuit) and if such tawaaf is done with due decorum and humility, then it is in these conditions that you will experience certain life-altering realities. These realities are many and experienced differently by people, but can be briefly enumerated as follows:
            1. Your tawaaf starts at the point of Hajr-e-Aswad, or the Heavenly Stone. This stone looks normal, but it is far from normal. It’s so valuable that if all the kings of the world were to purchase it with all the gold they own, it will still not be for sale. It is truly a Stone that belongs to the Muslim nation. It signifies our origin in paradise, and our ultimate end to be in paradise too;
            2. Whilst lost in the huge crowds, dressed in those two simple pieces of cloth, you realise that you are just a number, helplessly flowing with the endless tide of humanity. As you diminish in significance, so does the greatness of the Almighty grow in proportion in your heart. You are so helpless in the state of ihram(consecration), that the many flies can even sense it. They will sit on you and taunt you, knowing that they cannot be killed. If a life of fly is sacred, isn’t the life, honour and dignity of your fellow brothers and sisters more sacred?
            3. As you begin to experience tiredness in your tawaaf, and think of taking a break, you realise that the Majesty of the Almighty didn’t increase a bit by your extra devotions. In fact, you will tire yourself completely in devotions to Him, but it will not benefit the Almighty the least. He is independent and Supreme. You need to follow His rules and regulations for your own benefit. If you do not, you are simply pushed out of the line;
            4. You realise that the greatest form of worship is in MOVEMENT – continuous movement until death overtakes you. You can ask the Almighty as much as you want, but you have to work according to a certain system to achieve your goals. This system is to be found in the Qur’an and the Sunnah. In addition, our enemies are not afraid of our worship sitting on one place, but they are afraid of our actions;
            5. Tawaaf teaches you not to be distracted from your true goal in life. Why is this? Because you see many people from all over the world – white, black, tall, short, thin, fat – all in the same motion as you. If you begin to admire how the Arabs tie their scarves in 100 different ways, how the Turks form a huge chain, and how lovely the Indonesians chant their zikrs, you will lose focus, but others will reach their destination;
            6. Lastly, everyone finds a place in the Grand Mosque, no matter how crowded it is. Likewise, the Almighty has a given us all a role to play in life, no matter how insignificant we may think it to be. Let us identify our strengths, stop our bickering and divisions, and reach our destination before it’s too late.
            The greatest consolation when leaving Makkah is that, although the mercy of the Almighty is at its peak here, but the Almighty Himself is everywhere. He is aware of all of our movements, wherever we are – even at the tip of the North Pole. We leave his House with great sorrow, having captured its essence in our heart, and cherishing those sacred moments for ever.
            To all those embarking on the journey to this Ancient House, I bid you ‘Umrah and Hajj Mabroor in advance.

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            Posted: 31 Mar 2014 02:52 AM PDT
            1) Imam Abu Hanifas full name was Numan bin Thabit bin Numan bin Marzuban. He was born in Kufa in the year 80 and passed away in 150 after hijrah. After studying the basics of Deen, Imam Saheb engaged himself in trade. Later on through the guidance and encouragement of Imam Shabi (Rahimahullah) he left his occupation and dedicated all his time towards gaining the knowledge of Deen from the Tabieen.  
            Imam Abu Hanifa dedicated his time to seek the knowledge of Deen under the tutelage of approximately four thousand great scholars the likes of Ata bin Abi Rabah, Alqamah bin Marthid, Imam Baqir, Salama bin Kuhail, Ibrahim al Nakhai, Imam Shabi and Imam Zuhri. They were regarded as the giants of knowledge and authorities in Deen.
            Imam Suyuti (911) (Rahimahullah) mentions that Imam Tabari (478) (Rahimahullah) has a write up on a few ahadith from  Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahimahullah) which proves that he actually met the following Sahaba: Anus bin Malik, Jabir bin Abdullah, Abdullah bin Jaza al Zubaydi, Maqal bin Yasaar, Wathila bin al Asqa and Aisha bint Ujrah (Radiallahu Taala Anhum Ajmaeen)
            It is mentioned in the hadith:
            عن أبي هريرة، قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: لو كان الدين عند الثريا، لذهب به رجل من فارس – أو قال – من أبناء فارس حتى يتناوله()
            Abu Hurairah (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: If Deen was suspended from Pleiades and the Arabs are unable to reach it, then a man from the sons of Persia will be able to reach it. (Muslim-2546 Darul Fawaid) [1]
            Alama Suyuty (Rahimahullah) mentions that this hadith refers to Imaam Abu Hanifa (Rahimahullah). The reason being that there was no one equivalent to that level of knowledge during his time. [2]
            Not only was Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahimahullah) an Imam in fiqh, but he was extremely pious and was a man of taqwa. Consider the following praises about him from his contemporary’s: [3]
            Yazid ibn Harun (Rahimahullah) (118 – 206) said: I have not seen anyone more intelligent, nor more virtuous, nor more reliable than Abu Hanifah (Rahimahullah).
            Yahya ibn Ma‘in (Rahimahullah) (233) said: I heard Yahya al-Qattan (196) say: We have sat in the company of Abu Hanifah (Rahimahullah), by Allah, and we heard from him. By Allah, when I would look at him, I recognised in his face that he feared Allah! (Tarikh Baghdad 15:482)
            Yahya ibn Ayyub al-Zahid (Rahimahullah) (168) said: Abu Hanifah (Rahimahullah) would not sleep at night i.e. he would stay awake in worship. (Tarikh Baghdad 15:483)
            Ibn ‘Uyaynah (Rahimahullah) (197) say: My eyes have not seen the like of Abu Hanifah (Rahimahullah). (Tarikh Baghdad 15:460)
            Ibn al-Mubarak (Rahimahullah) (181) said:
            “As for the best faqih of people, he is Abu Hanifah.”
            “I have not seen the like of him in fiqh.”
            “If anyone has the right to issue verdict (Ijtihad) using his opinion, then, Abu Hanifah (Rahimahullah) has the right to issue a legal verdict using his opinion.”
            “When [the opinions] of these two, meaning al-Thawri and Abu Hanifah (Rahimahumullah), converge on something, that is strong.” (Tarikh Baghdad 15:470)
            2) We follow the fiqh of Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahimahullah) to be able to correctly follow Shariah, the Quraan and the Sunnah. [4]
            3) You may go to the following links for more details on Imam Abu Hanifa:

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            Posted: 28 Mar 2014 10:20 PM PDT
            (NCNM)  Common ailments normally respond very well to the treatment with herbal remedies and fruit and vegetables. Using alternative means to treat your ailments is a common practice in all areas of the world, with the most popular forms of alternative medicine being Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Yoga, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Magneto therapy, Shiatsu, Herbalism, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Bach Flower Remedies, Chromo therapy, Diet therapy, Hydropathy, and Reiki.
            Here is a list of natural products (organically grown plants containing no chemicals is always recommended) that may be used cosmetically as well as for health and nutrition. The ailment is described in bold blue, and the treatment is followed in black. It is incredibly important to realize that going through a whole body detox to clear your issue and symptoms is often needed to truly feel your best. Consuming real, whole foods, high in raw fruit and vegetables, and removing all processed foods from your diet is the only way your body can truly heal.
            Aching Joints (arthritis, joint pain, gout): stinging nettles (make into a tea – can also be used topically for painful joints after made into tea), cayenne pepper, grape juice, celery, comfrey, rosemary, St. John’s Wort
            Aching Muscles: consume magnesium rich foods like spinach, swiss chard, squash and pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, sesame seeds and flax seeds. You can also rub apple cider vinegar on your muscle/cramp or use essential oils like basil, and marjoram.
            Acidity: eat a high-alkaline diet rich in leafy greens and herbs. Cloves help with gastritis, and mint helps combat acidity and indigestion.
            Acne: caused by bad diet, lots of processed foods – reduce amount of processed foods consumed and follow a whole foods, high raw lifestyle to help detox and regenerate the body. Tea tree oil helps combat acne since it is a strong antibacterial. Apply tea tree oil directly to your blemish in a little bit of carrier oil like jojoba oil.
            Allergies (i.e., Hay Fever): make teas which help reduce allergen symptoms. Drink teas like nettle, and echinacea.
            Alzheimer’s Disease: rosemary and high-antioxidant foods like berries to help strengthen neuronal connections in the brain.
            Anti-inflammatory (arthritis, gout, inflammatory diseases): ginger, cayenne, and turmeric; these three foods combat the inflammatory response in the body. I like to juice these, about 4-5 inches per juice.
            Anxiety: calm your nerves with chamomile and lavender. Practice breathing techniques, meditation.
            Asthma: cayenne or lobelia. Decrease protein intake to 10% of your daily calories, and eliminate all milk and milk products. Eat organically grown fruits and vegetables and eat ginger and turmeric daily for anti-inflammatory relief.
            Bad Breath: deodorizing herbs like parsley, dill, fennel and mint. Juice them, put them in smoothies, or salads.
            Bloating: drink peppermint tea, or chew on some fennel seeds. Often caused by heavily processed foods and bad food combining (aka. eating sweet and acid fruits together).
            Blood Pressure (high): basil and celery. Eliminate sodium from diet.
            Blood Tonic: beets! They help re-build our blood cells and prevent anemia.
            Boils: put a little bit of goldenseal or echinacea drops onto your boils to help them heal.
            Broken Bones: eat lots of calcium rich plant foods like broccoli, leafy greens, bok choy and chia seeds. Get ample vitamin D from the sun (go sit out in the sun – use some coconut oil for a natural SPF).
            Bronchitis: oregano oil, contains carvacrol which is a phenol anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory that eases chest congestion and eradicates disease. Take 5-10 drops of pure oregano oil in a bit of water twice per day until symptoms subside.
            Bruises: arnica gel or aloe vera. Apply a cold press to your bruise and then apply these remedies after 10-15 minutes of cold pressing. Consume pineapple too! It contains bromelain which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
            Chills: ginger – helps stimulate digestive fires.
            High Cholesterol: reduce animal products, and consume a high raw plant based diet. Eat lots of green foods like broccoli sprouts, chlorella, spirulina, sea vegetables, leafy greens and dark green vegetables (broccoli, bok choy, etc.)
            Poor Circulation: cayenne pepper & ginger helps dilate blood vessels, which helps improve circulation.
            Cold Hands: See poor circulation
            Cold Sores: take L-lysine supplement, or use tea tree oil and garlic to kill the virus. Hold garlic on the cold sore, or use tea tree oil as a topical supplement.
            Colds: eat lots of lemon, and drink plenty echinacea tea. Eat 1-2 cloves of garlic twice daily and drink 3-4 L water. Get lots of rest.
            Poor Concentration: maca root and ginseng help improve concentration, as well as high-antioxidant foods like organic berries.
            Congestion: cayenne pepper and ginger help open up sinus cavities.
            Coughs: help soothe your throat with lemon and raw honey.
            Cramps: rub some peppermint oil on your abdomen (dilute with carrier oil like jojoba), and my favourite, use a hot water bottle. Ginger tea also helps stop cramps and pain.
            Diarrhea: eat more foods high in fiber like fruit and vegetables, and make sure to eat them raw to ensure you get live enzymes and pre-biotics to help ensure healthy gut flora.
            Diuretic: celery and watermelon act as great diuretics.
            Dry Skin: often a cause of a dehydrated diet. Eat hydrating foods like fruit and vegetables, and get rid of processed foods. In the mean time, rub coconut oil or jojoba oil on your skin.
            Ear Infection: Make a warm mixture of salt water (1 tsp. salt to 1 cup water) and put in your ear 4 times a day until healed.
            Exhaustion: sleep! Get to bed regularly and get rid of stimulating foods which disrupt our sleep patterns (caffeine for instance).
            Fluid Retention: see diuretics.
            Gastric Ulcer: eat cabbage! Probiotics in cabbage and the high fiber content are great for healing ulcers of all types.
            Headaches: drink 1 litre of water and your headache will likely disappear. If not, try eating some cayenne pepper which will dilate blood vessels and release tension in the head.
            Heartburn: Drink 1-4 oz. aloe vera juice.
            Itchy Skin: use soothing essential oils like peppermint and lavender.
            Jaundice: cleanse your liver and kidneys with dandelion leaves, and dandelion root.
            Kidney & Liver Problems: cleanse with dandelion, beet root and herbs (parsley, cilantro, watercress, fennel, arugula)
            Menstrual Problems: Chaste berry, and sweet potatoes help regulate hormones.
            Nausea (morning sickness, motion sickness): include plenty of ginger in your diet! 4-5 inches in a healing green juice will leave you feeling amazing.
            Nosebleeds: this might sound crazy but individuals with nosebleeds who have snorted cayenne pepper have found that this cauterized the blood vessels in their nose, stopping the bleed and permanently stopping future nosebleeds! It hurts and stings during the actual snorting but if you want a quick and easy way out, this is the way to do it. Otherwise, use a cold compress on your nose to help tighten blood vessels and slow blood flow.
            Osteoporosis: get rid of dairy and animal products which contain acidic protein that is neutralized in the body by alkaline minerals like calcium which is leached from the bones. Eat calcium rich plant foods like broccoli, chia seeds, kale, bok choy and leafy greens.
            Overactive Thyroid: get rid of gluten – it increases the autoimmune attack on your thyroid. Eat foods rich in antioxidant molecule Glutathione which boosts your body’s ability to modulate and regulate the immune system, dampen autoimmune flare-ups, and protect and heal thyroid tissue. These foods include asparagus, broccoli, peaches, avocado, spinach, garlic, squash, grapefruit, and raw eggs.
            Parasites: parasites hate chlorophyll (what makes plants green). Eat lots of green leafy herbs and vegetables.
            Psoriasis: eliminate all dairy and animal products from your diet. Eat whole, fresh raw fruit and vegetables. Get rid of chemical-containing household products and body creams. Soothe the skin with coconut oil (slather it on your skin).
            Rashes: coconut oil is a great way to get rid of rashes. It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Slather it over rash area. Also use aloe vera which is cooling and soothes the skin.
            Relaxation: chamomile tea helps relax the mind & body.
            Scalp Problems: put olive oil in your hair, until evenly coated. Wrap in warm towel and let your hair and scalp soak up the oil. Rinse with warm water and shampoo your hair with a chemical-free, natural shampoo like Dr. Bronner’s.
            Scars: rosehip seed oil or vitamin E oil are great at diminishing appearance of scars. Rosehip seed oil actually repairs damaged skin. Put these oils on 3 times a day, for a month or two, and watch your scars disappear!
            Sore Gums: chew on some cloves throughout the day.
            Sore Throat: ease sore throat pain with ginger tea and echinacea tea.
            Sprains: rub peppermint oil on top of area that is sprained.
            Stomach Aches: ginger and peppermint tea help ease an upset stomach.
            Varicose Veins: caused by poor circulation. Eat things like cayenne peppers and ginger to help stimulate blood flow.
            Warming the body: ginger – helps stimulate digestive fires.
            Wounds: tea tree oil and oregano oil

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            Posted: 27 Mar 2014 12:10 PM PDT
            The remedy for jealousy is to strengthen ones belief in Taqdir. Be happy with whatever Allah has decreed for you.
            This attitude will make you the most independent person.
            - Mufti Ebrahim Desai (Hafidhahullah)

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            Posted: 26 Mar 2014 12:29 AM PDT
            Salah al- Hajah is a direct emergency line to Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala). When one is faced with any difficulty in life, one should make use of this call centre which is open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week throughout the entire year.
            The method of performing Salah al- Hajah is as follows:
            One should first make Wudhu in the best manner, perform two rakaats of Salaah, praise and glorify Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala), send Durood on Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) and then recite the following Du’aa:

            لاإله إلا الله الحليم الكريم سبحان الله رب العرش العظيم الحمد لله رب العالمين أسئلك موجبات رحمتك وعزائم مغفرتك والغنيمة من كل بر والسلامة من كل إثم لا تدع لي ذنبا الا غفرته ولا هما إلا فرجته ولا حاجة هي لك رضا إلا قضيتها يا أرحم الراحمين

            Transliteration: Lā ilāha illallāhul-halīmul-karīm subhānallāhi rabil-a’rshil-a’dhīm al-hamdu lillahi rabil-ā’lamīn asaluka mūjibāti rahmatik wa a’zāima maghfiratik wal-ghanīmata min kulli birr was-salāmata min kulli ithm lā tada’ lī dhamban illā ghafartah wa lā hamman illa farrajtah wa lā hājatan hiya laka ridhan illa qadhaytahā yā arhamar-rāhimīn
            Translation: There there no god but Allah the Clement and Wise. There is no god but Allah the High and Mighty. Glory be to Allah, Lord of the Tremendous Throne.  All praise is to Allah, Lord of the worlds.  I ask you (O Allah) everything that leads to your mercy, and your tremendous forgiveness, enrichment in all good, and freedom from all sin. Do not leave a sin of mine (O Allah), except that you forgive it, nor any concern except that you create for it an opening, nor any need in which there is your good pleasure except that you fulfill it, O Most Merciful!.[1]
            Keep the heart completely focused towards Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) when performing Salah al- Hajah.

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            Posted: 24 Mar 2014 10:41 PM PDT
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            (In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.)

            Bismillah – The First Verse of the Quran (Mushaf)

            “Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim” is the first verse of the first chapter (Surah Al-Fatihah) of the Quran. The fact that the word of Allah, the Quran, starts with this first verse, alone signifies the importance of this verse and further emphasizes the need to start all our tasks in the name of Allah (God).
            Amongst the many benefits that are stated in the Quranic tafseer of this verse, here are some of them:
              • (Saying bismillah) allows one to restrain oneself from any misdeeds, since the habit of pronouncing the name of God is bound to make one wonder when about to commit some offence and how such an act can be reconciled with the saying of God’s holy name.
              • When a person begins something by pronouncing Allah’s (God’s) name (with sincerity in his heart), he will enjoy Allah’s support and succor; Allah will bless his efforts and protect him from the machinations and temptation of Satan. For whenever man turns to Allah (God), Allah turns to him as well.

            Starting with Bismillah

            When one says “Bismillaah” before starting anything, it means, “I start this action accompanied by the name of Allah or seeking help through the name of Allah, seeking blessing thereby. Allah is God, the beloved and worshipped, to Whom hearts turn in love, veneration and obedience (worship). He is al-Rahmaan (the Most Gracious) Whose attribute is vast mercy; and al-Raheem (the Most Merciful) Who causes that mercy to reach His creation.”
            Hence this name (al-Rahmaan) often appears after the name Allah, as in the Quranic verse below:
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            “Say (O Muhammad): Invoke Allah or invoke the Most Gracious [al-Rahmaan] (Allah)” [Quran, Surah al-Isra’ 17:110]
            Ibn Jareer (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “Allah, may He be exalted and His name sanctified, taught His Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.S.) proper manners by teaching him to mention His most beautiful names before all his actions. He commanded him to mention these attributes before starting to do anything, and made what He taught him a way for all people to follow before starting anything, words to be written at the beginning of their letters and books. The apparent meaning of these words indicates exactly what is meant by them, and it does not need to be spelled out.”

            First Revelation of the Quran (“Read in the name of your Lord”)

            We also observe that the first verse revealed to the prophet (S.A.W.S.) was “Iqra’ bismi Rabbika” (Read (or recite) in the name of your Lord – [Surah al-‘Alaq 96:1). The verse commands the prophet (S.A.W.S.) to read “in the name of Allah).

            Bismillah in Other Chapters of the Quran

            WIth the exception of Surah At-Tawbah (9), all Surahs (chapters) start with Bismillah. Furthermore, Surah An-Naml in the Quran has another verse (number 30) that mentions Bismillah. The Quran states:
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            (29) She (Sheba / Saba) said: “O chiefs! Verily! Here is delivered to me a noble letter,
            (30) “Verily! It is from (Prophet) Sulaiman (Solomon), and verily! It (reads): In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful;
            Quran, Surah An-Naml (27:29-30)

            The Story of ‘Bismillah’ and the hairdresser of Pharaoh’s daughter and her children

            It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) said:  The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “On the night on which I was taken on the Night Journey (Isra’), a beautiful fragrance came to me.  I said: O Jibreel, what is this beautiful fragrance? He said: This is the fragrance of the hairdresser of Pharaoh’s daughter and her children. I said: What is their story? He said: Whilst she was combing the hair of Pharaoh’s daughter one day, the iron comb fell from her hand and she said, ‘Bismillaah (in the name of Allah).’ The daughter of Pharaoh said: ‘My father?’ She said: ‘No.My Lord and the Lord of your father is Allah.’ She said: ‘I will tell him about that.’ She said: ‘Yes.’ So she told him and he summoned her and said: ‘O So and so, do you have a Lord other than me?’ She said: ‘Yes, my Lord and your Lord is Allah.’ He ordered that a baqarah(lit. “cow”) made of copper be heated up, then he ordered that she and her children be thrown into it. She said: ‘I have a request to make of you.’ He said: ‘What is your request?’ She said: ‘I would like my bones and my children’s bones to be gathered together in one cloth and buried.’ He said: ‘This will be done for you.’ He ordered that her children be thrown into it in front of her, one by one, until they came to the last one who was an infant boy who was still being breastfed. It was as if she wavered because of him, but he said: ‘O mother, go ahead, for the punishment of this world is easier to bear than the punishment of the hereafter.’ So she went ahead.” Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: Four infants spoke: ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (peace be upon him), the companion of Jurayj, the witness of Yoosuf and the son of the hairdresser of Pharaoh’s daughter.
            Narrated by Imam Ahmad in al-Musnad (1/309), al-Tabaraani (12280), Ibn Hibbaan (2903) and al-Haakim (2/496).

            The Guidance to say Bismillah according to Hadith

            We also observe that the prophet (S.A.W.S.) taught us to say Bismillah at the start of many tasks such as the following:

            Bismillah at the beginning of ablution (wudu)

            Bismalah is recommended at the beginning of ablution, for Imam Ahmad and the Sunan compilers recorded that Abu Hurayrah, Sa`id bin Zayd and Abu Sa`id narrated from the Prophet
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            (There is no valid ablution for he who did not mention Allah’s Name in it.)
            This Hadith is Hasan (good).

            Saying Bisimillah before eating and drinking

            Also, the Bismillah is recommended before eating, for Muslim recorded in his Sahih that the Messenger of Allah said to `Umar bin Abi Salamah while he was a child under his care,
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            (Say Bismillah, eat with your right hand and eat from whatever is next to you.)
            Some of the scholars stated that Bismillah before eating is obligatory.
            The Prophet (S.A.W.S.) said: “When one of you eats some food, let him say Bismillah, and if he forgets to do so at the beginning, let him say Bismillah fi awwalihi wa aakhirihi (In the name of Allah at the beginning and end). Narrated by at-Tirmidhi, 1781

            Bismillh for belittling the Shaytan (Satan)

            Imam Ahmad recorded in his Musnad, that a person who was riding behind the Prophet (S.A.W.S.) said, “The Prophet’s animal tripped, so I said, `Cursed Shaytan.’ The Prophet said,
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            (Do not say, ‘Cursed Shaytan,’ for if you say these words, Satan becomes arrogant and says, ‘With my strength I made him fall.’ When you say, ‘Bismillah,’ Satan will become as small as a fly.)

            Halal Meat

            Allah says in the Quran:
            islam on The Blessings of Saying Bismillah ir Rahman ir Rahim
            “Eat not (O believers) of that (meat) on which Allah’s Name has not been pronounced (at the time of the slaughtering of the animal)” Quran (Surah Al-Anaam, 6:121)
            And the Prophet (S.A.W.S.) said: “If the blood (of the slaughtered animal) flows and the name of Allah is mentioned, then eat.”

            Performing Ruqyah

            The Prophet (S.A.W.S.) said, “There is no ruqyah (treatment from evils) except in the case of the evil eye or fever.” (al-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood.) Angel Jibril (peace be upon him) used to do ruqyah for the Prophet (S.A.W.S.) and say, “Bismillahi arqeeka min kulli shayin yudheeka, min sharri kulli nafsin aw ‘aynin hasid Allaahu yashfeek, bismillahi arqeek (In the name of Allah I perform ruqyah for you, from everything that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye may Allah heal you, in the name of Allah I perform ruqyah for you).”


            Let’s make it a point to bring “Bismillah” more into our lives and to start all our tasks in the name of Allah by saying “Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim”

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