Purify Through Charity

{خُذْ مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ صَدَقَةً تُطَهِّرُهُمْ وَتُزَكِّيهِمْ بِهَا} التوبة: 103

Transliteration: Khuth min amwalihim sadaqatan tutahhiruhum watuzakkeehim biha.

“Take, [O, Muhammad], from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them increase, and invoke [ Allah ‘s blessings] upon them. Indeed, your invocations are reassurance for them. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”

Furthermore, the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, said: “Treat your sick ones with charity.” [Reported by Abu Dâwûd]

«داووا مرضاكم بالصدقة» رواه ابو داود

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Testing Is According to One’s Faith

The most severely tested among mankind are the Prophets, then the next best and the next best. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When I fall ill, my pain is equivalent to the pain of two men among you.”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5648)

Important Points About Saying لا حول و لا قوت الا بالله

  • It’s shortened known as the hawqala.
  • “Hawl” means movement and “quwwah” means strength.
  • Ibn Abbas (ra) said that it means we have no power to act obediently except by Allah, nor do we have strength to leave a sin except by Allah.
  • There are 5 ways of saying it as mentioned by ibn Malik (rh), the great scholar of language
  • The Prophet (saw) said to Abu Moosa Al-Ash‘ari: “Should I guide you to a word which is one of the treasures of Paradise?” He replied in the affirmative. The Prophet (saw) said, “La hawla wala quwwata illa billaah.”
  • [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Al Nawawi (rh) mentions that the word “treasures” here means the reward in Jannah. Ibn Hajr (rh) said that it’s a reward stored for its companion.

  • Saying it shows one’s trust in Allah with ikhlaas.
  • It obligates the help of Allah.
  • It shows one’s belief in Qadar.

It should be said seeking assistance and not as a statement of sadness, in calamities and it shouldn’t be said with despair.

The Ranks of The Righteous Forefathers in Night Prayer

Ibn al Jawzi (rh) said: Know that the righteous forefathers were in seven ranks concerning praying at night:

First rank: They would pray the whole night and some of them would pray Fajr with the ablution of ‘Ishâ`.

Second rank: Some would pray half the night.

Third rank: They would pray third of the night, the prophet (prayer and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The most beloved prayer to Allah is the prayer of Dawûd (as): He would sleep half the night, pray third of it and sleep sixth of it.” (Agreed upon)

Fourth rank: some would pray a sixth or fifth of the night.

Fifth rank: They would not consider certain timings, except they would pray until they feel sleepy, so they would sleep, but if they conscious again they will continue praying.

Sixth rank: Some would pray from the night four or two Rak’as.

Seventh rank: people who would pray between Maghrib and ‘Ishâ`, then pray in the last part of night, hence combining the two edges of night.

In Sahih Muslim it was reported that the Prophet (prayer and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “In the night there is an hour, no Muslim would match it with asking Allah good from this worldly life or the Hereafter, except He will give him it and that would be every night.”

(Reported by Muslim 757)

Those Allah Will Not Speak to Nor Absolve on the Day of Resurrection

The Messenger of Allah (saw) observed: “Three (are the persons) with whom Allah would neither speak, nor would He absolve them on the Day of Resurrection.

Abu Mu’awiya added: He would not look at them and there is grievous torment for them: the aged adulterer, the liar king and the proud destitute.”

(Muslim)

The Reward of Leaving Even a Little Good

Ibn Abdul Barr mentions that one of the scholars saw another, who passed away, in his dream and asked him, what did Allah do with you? He replied, he forgave me for a Hadith that I narrated that spread between the people!

This is the reward for leaving just some good!

Du’a for Leaving Your Home

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: Whoever says – upon going out of his home:

Bismillãh, tawakkaltu `alã ‘allãh, lã hawla wa lã quwwata ‘illã bil-lãhi ta`ãla,

[I put my trust in Allah, there is neither might nor strength, except by Allah, the Most High]

It is said to him:

“You have been sufficed, protected, and guided, and the shaytan would move aside from him, then say to another shaytan: What access do you have to a man that has been guided, sufficed, and protected?”

[Sunan Abi Dawud]