Tauheed: Prohibition of Maligning the Weather

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Have you been cursing the wind or hate how hot it is right now?

Do you hiss and frequently complain to the people about the scorching sun?

You shouldn’t.

The next time you feel the urge to malign the wind, remember, Allah controls the wind and you are cursing something that Allah controls.

What’s wrong with that?

The wind does not blow hot air, remain still, harm or benefit except by Allah’s Command therefore vilifying it amounts to vilifying Him Who sent it and this conflicts with correct tauheed.

In a hadith, Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said:

لاَ تَسُبُّوا الرِّيحَ فَإِذَا رَأَيْتُمْ مَا تَكْرَهُونَ فَقُولُوا اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ خَيْرِ هَذِهِ الرِّيحِ وَخَيْرِ مَا فِيهَا وَخَيْرِ مَا أُمِرَتْ بِهِ وَنَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ هَذِهِ الرِّيحِ وَشَرِّ مَا فِيهَا وَشَرِّ مَا أُمِرَتْ بِهِ

“Do not malign the wind; if you see that which displeases you, say:

“Oh, Allah ! We ask of You the good of this wind and the good that it is commanded to bring with it;

And we seek refuge with You from the evil of this wind and the evil that it is commanded to bring with it.”

[Tirmidhi 2252]

This hadith contains a very important DUA.

It is important to supplicate to Allah in these moments so you do not become weak and fail to perform the obligatory deeds such as Salât with necessary diligence.

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Islam has ordered us to be of good speech and Allah made the wind this way to see what you would do.

May Allah help us utter only that which pleases him. Ameen

Assalamu Alaikum

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Fear of Shirk

Praise be to Allah

Its another Tauheed reminder. Upon receiving this, you might think the scholars have already explained everything about tauheed and you’ve got it covered. “oh, I don’t do this”, or “this does not apply to me”, “teach it to kids…” and feel over confident or safe from shirk.

This is from the traps of shaitan.

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No one, no matter how knowledgeable or pious should feel secure from shirk.

Prophet Ibrahim supplicated to Allah:

“keep me and my sons away from worshipping idols”
[Qur’an 13:35]

Prophet Ibrahim supplicated to Allah to protect him and his family from shirk, for he knew the danger of that and he knew how easily people can be seduced by it.

It is no surprise that despite the strong faith of prophet Ibrahim, he knew he was not totally secure from shirk, so he supplicated to Allah for protection.

If a prophet was afraid of shirk, then what about you and I? The obligation upon us to fear Shirk is that much greater.

How can you feel safe from shirk when the prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Shirk is more inconspicuous than the creeping of a black ant on a black rock in the pitch-darkness of the night” [Ahmad 4:403]

If your enemy was that difficult to see, how could you defend yourself? Well, the prophet (peace be upon him) said shirk is more hidden than that.

The prophet (peace be upon him) said to his companions:

“Of the things which I fear for my Ummah, the thing which I fear most is minor Shirk”
[Bulgh Al-Maram]

He (peace be upon him) knew the dangers of minor Shirk, how it can strongly manifest itself in the community, polluting the pure monotheism of the Muslims, especially since it can afflict us without even knowing it. This is why the Prophet warned his companions to beware of it.

And If he (peace be upon him) said such about minor shirk, then what about major shirk?

Major shirk has a greater right to be feared.

The only way out is to keep praying to Allah to save us from falling into shirk, then seeking knowledge on tauheed.

Just as shirk is one of the most concealed of the evils, it is also the most destructive.

Allah does not forgive the one who dies upon Shirk.

Its time to take Tauheed even more seriously. Never let your guard down.

May Allah protect us from shirk.

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The Glorious Qur’an and the holy month of Ramadan

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Assalamu Alaikum.

Alhamdulillah for thé opportunity to worship Allah in the month of Ramadan.

Ramadan remains the month for reading the Quran. It was the practice of the holy prophet (peace be upon him) to spend more time reciting the holy Quran in this month of many virtues.

It is confirmed in a Hadith that

“Angel Jibreel used to meet the prophet (peace be upon him) EVERY NIGHT IN RAMADAN to study the Holy Quran carefully together” [Bukhari 31:126]

Are we reading the Quran more this month?

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It is important that we prepare for a day when our wealth, intelligence, or status cannot help us in anyway. Only that which we have sent forth can ease our fears and worries on the day of resurrection. One such good deed to send forward to that day is the recitation of the Quran.

The prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Recite the Qur’an, for on the day of resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite it” [Muslim 4:1757]

On the day of regret, some people will be in such grief over the great reward they could have accumulated from reciting the Quran but which they did not. May Allah not make us amongst such an unfortunate group.

If reciting ONE letter from the Holy Quran is credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a 10 fold reward, then how much goodness is there in reciting just Surah Al-Fatiha? Can any of us count the reward for reciting one Hizb of the Holy Quran?

Do not feel you have been left behind, Do not feel you cannot read the Quran. Do not feel your recitation is inferior. This is from Shaitan.
Just TRY…

The prophet (peace be upon him) knew not all of his Ummah would be perfect reciters, so he said

“And such a person who exerts himself/herself to learn the Quran by heart, and RECITES IT WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY, will have a double reward” [Bukhari 60:459]

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Subhanal-Lah, the great reciters of our time such has Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Sudais and Sheikh Maher Muaqli have a single reward for reciting the Quran, while learners such as you and I get a double reward for reciting the same Holy Quran! Allah knows best.

Let us help one another to read the Quran more and not discourage one another. Let no one look down on the recitation of the other.

There was a man who heard another man reciting surah Al-Iklhas (Qul huwal-Lahu Ahad) in his prayer repeatedly and thought little of this act of worship. The man who was listening probably thought, like most people do today, that reciting only the longer surahs like Al-Baqarah will do; Subhanal-Lah belittling surah Al-Iklas. When this incident reached the ears of the prophet (peace be upon him) he said:

“By him in Whose Hand my life is, Surah Al-Ikhlas is equal to one-third of the Quran” [Bukhari 93:471]

Therefore reciting even one short surah of the Holy Quran is actually a praiseworthy act, if that is the best you can do..

If you do come across someone reciting the Qur’an poorly, instead of being the critic, why don’t you become the teacher?

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Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“The best among you Muslims are those who learn the Quran and teach it” [Bukhari 61:545]

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Alhamdulillah the gains of reciting the Holy Quran are not limited to the afterlife.

Some men came to question Umar bn Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) when he was the leader of the Muslims, they asked “who do you use to govern Makkah?” He said “ibn Abzaa” and they were so surprised that a slave had become the governor of Makkah. Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) reminded them of the Hadith of the Holy prophet:

“Verily Allah elevates some people with this Quran and abases others” [Riyadh-us-Saliheen 8: 996]

Ibn Abzaa was one of those who were connected to the Quran, and that’s what the Quran does. By way of this Quran, Allah makes the student become the teacher, makes the needy become the wealthy, and makes the servant become the ruler.

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But if despite all this you turn your back on the Holy Quran, prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) will complain about you on the day of resurrection saying:

“O my Lord! Verily my people deserted this Quran (neither listened to it, nor acted on its laws and teachings)” [Quran 25:30]

And Allah will respond by saying:

“Thus we have made for every prophet an enemy among the Mujrimoon” [Quran 25:31]

I therefore admonish all my brothers and sisters to hold on to the rope of Allah, this Holy Quran. May Allah make us amongst those who recite and act by the Quran day and night.

May Allah accept all our dua’s in this blessed month of Ramadan.

May Allah forgive all our sins and admit us into paradise and save us from the fire of Jahannam.

Ameen

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Tauheed – Seek Help from Allah this Ramadan

Assalamu alaikum.

One of the requirements of complete tauheed is to seek help from Allah alone as it is Allah who has all goodness and evil at His Disposal.

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It is Shirk to Seek Aid From Other Than Allah.

None is further astray nor more ignorant than the one who rejects the worship of the All-hearing, the One Who answers, and instead, worships influential and rich people whom are unable to answer him until the Hour comes.

No benefit can reach you except that Allah has decreed it. This is why Allah says:

“Nor call on any besides Allah, such can neither profit you, nor hurt you. If you do, then you will surely be one of the zalimun”
[Qur’an 10:106]

Whoever called upon ‘powerful people’, believing that they possess the power to benefit or harm him without Allah, has committed an act of shirk!

Have you heard the story of the meeting between the two forces? One party fighting for Allah and the other persistent upon shirk.

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313 muslims against 1000 polytheists, You could absolve the frail hearted for being pessimistic. The prophet ( peace be upon him ) was stronger that and sought Allah’s help when he supplicated:

“O Allah! I appeal to You (to fulfil) Your Covenant and Promise.” [Bukhari 59:289]

And Allah duly responded:

“When you sought help of your Lord and He answered you (saying): “I will help you with a thousand of the angels each behind the other (following one another) in succession.”
[Al-Anfal 8:9]

By Allah’s mercy, the Muslims were victorious at the battle of Badr. It wasn’t the physical strength of the Muslims. This is why Allah says:

“If Allah helps you, none can overcome you; and if he forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you?” [Qur’an 3:160]

Today, Muslims forget they have Allah and seek help from friends and relatives. In these times of rampant unemployment, you hear them say:

“If you don’t know anyone influential, then who will help you? how will you get the job?”

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Allah the most Rich says we should call on Him.

He says:

“Then seek your wealth from Allah, worship Him and be grateful to Him, To Him will you return” [Qur’an 29:17]

This is Ramadan – therefore Seek help from Allah for acquiring wealth.

Seek help from Allah for all your problems.

Ramadan is the month that dreams come true. Our supplications at the time of breaking the fast are never rejected. [Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3598]

Upgrade your skills as much as you can, pursue all available opportunities, in sha Allah you will get a good response.

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Assalamu Alaikum

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An important supplication from the Holy Quran

Assalamu alaikum.

One of the best supplications from the Quran is:

“ربنا آمنا فاغفر لنا وارحمنا وأنت خير الراحمين”

Rabbanaa aaamanna faghfir-lanaa warhamnaa wa anta khairur-Raahimeen

(Our Lord, we have believed, so forgive us and have mercy upon us, and You are the best of the merciful. Q23:109)

Because Allah says:

(forgiveness from Allah and mercy are better than whatever they accumulate in this world. Q3:157)

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To say “This wealth is the result of my efforts and knowledge” is against Tauhid

Assalamu Alaikum

Praise be to Allah

From amongst the many forms of shirk is to believe that your knowledge, skills, or ability brings about your success. Such people set up their knowledge as a rival to Allah. They say what Allah can give, their skills can earn similar or better. Whoever has such a belief in his heart has committeed shirk and left the fold of Islam.

Allah informs us of Qarun in the Holy Quran. Qarun was the son of prophet Musa’s  paternal uncle.

Qarun was the Bill Gates of his time. It was only with great difficulty that a group of strong men could carry the keys to his treasures. If only the keys were difficult to move about, then what about the treasures themselves?

After all the wealth Allah gave to Qarun, he said:

“This has been given to me only because of knowledge I possess.” (28:78)

In explanation of this verse Qatadah (May Allah be pleased with him) said :
“People say my wealth is as a result of my merit and experience in earning.”

When you pass your exams, do you believe you got your good grades because you spent hours studying? Because you’re smart?

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When you look into your wallet and see a bundle of money, do you believe you have that because you’re a talented entrepreneur?

Do you hit your chest when you see a lot of money in your bank account and say “yes, I earned this, this is what hard work gets you”

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Attributing blessings to other than Allah is kufr and cause of loss. This is shirk of Rabbship

As Allah says:

And truly when We give him a taste of Mercy from Us, after some adversity ( severe poverty or disease ) has touched him, he is sure to say “This is due to my merit”
[Qur’an 41:50]

Those who believe their wealth, position or any other favour is due to their own ability or cleverness have commited shirk and have left the fold of Islam

Therefore All blessings, favours or wealth must be attributed to Allah, while thanking Him accordingly.

Gratitude to Allah is not complete unless it is expressed in belief, word and deed.

Belief – knowing Allah is the source of blessing.

Word – Saying Alhamdulillah for it.

Deed – using the blessing in a righteous way; as Allah says

“But seek, with that which Allah has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter” [Surah Qasas]

So if Allah has made you a health worker, help the sick. If Allah has given you knowledge of the Quran and Hadith, then thank Him by teaching the ignorant. If it is wealth Allah has bestowed upon you, then Ramadan is almost here and there are a lot of needy people.

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May Allah make us appropriately attribute our successes to Him and thank Him accordingly.

May Allah keep us away from all forms of shirk.

Ameen

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Tauheed – Obeying the scholars?

Obedience is a form of worship. Muslims are not allowed to obey anyone – whether man or jinn – unless it confirms with obedience to Allah.

Worship is not restricted to ruku and sujud, but includes obeying islamic laws. By obeying Allah’s law, we are also worshipping Him.

We see frequently these days ‘scholars’ trying to make new laws, to promote misguidance and increase their following.

From among these ‘scholars’ are those who say gay marriage is halal. Those who believe this is the Islamic law have made these ‘scholars’ partners to Allah in making laws, thereby committing shirk.

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In the early years of Islam, there was a discussion on the best form of hajj. Two Muslims said the best is (الحاج المفرد )and sited evidence from what Abubakar and Umar did.

Ibn Abbas on the other hand said the best is  (الحاج المتمتع ) and based his opinion directly from a hadith of the prophet (peace be upon him).

The two Muslims preferred the opinion of Abubakar and Umar on the matter. So ibn Abbas said:

“It may be that Stones are soon to descend upon you from the heavens!

I say to you: ‘Allah’s Messenger said…’

And you say to me: ‘Abu Bakr and Umar said!?”

[Musnad Ahmed 1:337]

Ibn Abbas scolded these two muslims because they preferred the opinion of Abubakar and Umar over the revelation of Allah.

Keep in mind Abubakar and Umar were the close friends of the prophet, the first and second Khaleefahs respectively, the most knowledgeable and pious of the companions, yet it is shirk to obey them while disobeying Allah and his Messenger.

In view of this, what may be said of obeying or preferring the opinions of lesser men over the book of Allah and the sunnah of his prophet?

No opinion which contradicts the Quran and Sunnah is to be given heed no matter where it emanates from

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Imam Malik (رحمه الله) said:

“Look into my opinions, all that agrees with the book and Sunnah, accept it; and all that does not agree with the book and the sunnah, ignore it”
[Jaami’ Baayan al-Ilm 2:32]

Imam Abu Haneefah (رحمه الله) said:

“It is not permitted for anyone to follow our views if they do not know where we got it from”
[Al-Intiqaa fi fadaa’il at-thalaatha al-A’immah al-Fuqahaa pg.145 ]

Therefore we must not blindly follow any scholar,  especially in these days where the meanings of quranic verses and Hadith are frequently changed or quoted out of context for selfish reasons.

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It is not rude to ask a scholar for evidence from the Quran that supports his fatwa. A true scholar would not be offended if asked.

Allah says in the holy Quran Jews and Christians committed shirk.
[Qur’an 9:31]

How?

The prophet (peace be upon him) clarified:

“Did the scholars not make Haram what Allah made Halal so you then made it Haram?

and make Halal what Allah made Haram and you therefore made it Halal?”

That is worshipping the scholars!”
[At-Tabari 14:212]

This is similar to the scholar Mr. Mohammed Yoosuf from north eastern Nigeria who claimed that modern education is Haraam (Boko Haraam). How foolish that his followers took him as a partner to Allah in making laws; by obeying him instead of Allah, they committed shirk and left Islam a long time ago.

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In conclusion, we must strive to acquire knowledge of the Quran and sunnah for this is the remedy to quack scholars.

Shirk remains the most despicable of acts. May Allah protect us from all forms of Shirk.

Assalamu Alaikum

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