Experiencing Fear, Uneasiness or Sleeplessness at Night

sweet dreamsIf one experiences fear, uneasiness or sleeplessness at night, he should recite the following duaa:

 بِسمِ اللهِ أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِن غَضَبِهِ وَعِقَابِه وَشَرِّ عِبَادِهِ وَمِن همَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِين وَأَن يَحْضُرُون

In the name of Allah Ta’ala. I seek protection through the complete words of Allah Ta’ala from His anger, His punishment, the evil of His servants, the whispers of the Shayateen and of their presence. 

عن عمرو بن شعيب عن أبيه عن جده قال كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يعلمنا كلمات نقولهن عند النوم من الفزع بسم الله أعوذ بكلمات الله التامات من غضبه وعقابه وشر عباده ومن همزات الشياطين وأن يحضرون قال فكان عبد الله بن عمرو يعلمها من بلغ من ولده أن يقولها عند نومه ومن كان منهم صغيرا لا يعقل أن يحفظها كتبها له فعلقها في عنقه (مسند احمد رقم 6696)

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports: “Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) taught us to recite the following duaa when we become frightened while sleeping (due to seeing a bad dream). 

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِن غَضَبِهِ وَعِقَابِه وَشَرِّ عِبَادِهِ وَمِن همَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِين وَأَن يَحْضُرُون

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr (Radhiyallahu Anhu) used to teach his children to recite this duaa at the time of retiring to bed. From his children, those who were minors and were unable to learn the duaa, he used to write it on a page and tie it to their necks.

Remaining Firm on the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala

successHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Shaytaan abhors seeing a person making zikr because the Quraan Shareef terms zikr as the greatest thing. When a person does this, life comes into all his other actions as well. Therefore, Shaytaan makes every effort to stop a person from zikr especially by frustrating him. Once a person is frustrated he will omit whatever he is doing. Remember, every effort, even a broken one, undertaken in order to establish the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala is highly appreciated in the court of Allah Ta‘ala. 

People Gathering to Learn and Teach the Qur’an

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول  الله صلى الله عليه و سلم من نفس عن مؤمن كربة من كرب الدنيا نفس الله عنه كربة من كرب يوم القيامة ومن ستر مسلما ستره الله في الدنيا والآخرة ومن يسر على معسر يسر الله عليه في الدنيا والآخرة والله في عون العبد ما كان العبد في عون أخيه ومن سلك طريقا يلتمس فيه علما سهل الله له به طريقا إلى الجنة وما اجتمع قوم في بيت من بيوت الله يتلون كتاب الله ويتدارسونه بينهم إلا حفتهم الملائكة ونزلت عليهم السكينة وغشيتهم الرحمة وذكرهم الله فيمن عنده ومن أبطأ به عمله لم يسرع به نسبه.  رواه مسلم وأبو داود والترمذي والنسائي وابن ماجه وابن حبان في صحيحه والحاكم وقال صحيح على شرطهما (الترغيب والترهيب 1/119)

Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever removes a minor difficulty of a Muslim in this world, Allah Ta’ala will remove his major difficulty on the day of Qiyaamah. And whoever conceals the fault of a Muslim, Allah Ta’ala will conceal his faults in this world and the Hereafter. And whoever deals gently and grants respite to a person in financial difficulty, Allah Ta’ala will make his affairs easy in this world and the Hereafter. Allah Ta’ala assists the servant as long as he assists his brother. And the one who treads a path seeking the knowledge of Deen, Allah Ta’ala makes his path towards Jannah easy. And whenever a group of people gather in one of the houses of Allah Ta’ala, reciting the Qur’an and learning and teaching it, the angels surround the gathering on all sides, sakeenah (peace and tranquility) descend upon them, the mercy of Allah Ta’ala enshrouds them, and Allah Ta’ala mentions them (by way of appreciation) to those around Him (His angels). And the one who is left behind by his deeds, his (high) lineage will not make him go ahead.”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Clothing – Part 16

hangers1. Men should not wear clothing that resembles ladies, nor should women wear clothing that resembles men.

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال لعن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم المتشبهين من الرجال بالنساء والمتشبهات من النساء بالرجال رواه البخاري وأبو داود والترمذي والنسائي وابن ماجه والطبراني وعنده أن امرأة مرت على رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم متقلدة قوسا فقال لعن الله المتشبهات من النساء بالرجال والمتشبهين من الرجال بالنساء (الترغيب والترهيب رقم 3139)

It is reported from Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (radhiyallahu anhuma) that Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) had cursed those men that imitate women (in their dressing and appearance), and those women that imitate men (in their dressing and appearance). It is reported that on one occasion a woman passed by Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) carrying a bow around her neck (in the spirit to imitate the soldiers of Deen). Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) observing this scene, said “May Allah’s curse fall on those men that imitate women and those women that imitate men in their ways.”

2. One should fold his clothing or hang it in a cupboard and keep it in a neat condition. He should not keep his clothing left around in an untidy condition.

عن صالح بن أبي حسان قال : سمعت سعيد بن المسيب يقول إن الله طيب يحب الطيب نظيف يحب النظافة كريم يحب الكرم جواد يحب الجود فنظفوا أراه قال أفنيتكم ولا تشبهوا باليهود قال فذكرت ذلك لمهاجر بن مسمار فقال حدثنيه عامر بن سعد بن أبي وقاص عن أبيه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم مثله إلا أنه قال نظفوا أفنيتكم قال أبو عيسى هذا حديث غريب و خالد بن إلياس يضعف. (ترنذي رقم 2799)

Hazrat Saeed bin Musayyib (Rahimahullah) is reported to have said: “Certainly Allah Ta’ala is pure and He loves purity. Allah Ta’ala is clean and loves cleanliness. Allah Ta’ala is kind and loves kindness. Allah Ta’ala is generous and loves generosity. Hence keep the courtyards of your homes clean and do not reassemble the Jews (in their untidiness).

Remaining Committed to One’s Ma’moolaat

62679Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

One should stipulate and allocate a certain time in the night and day for each of the responsibilities and works that he has to fulfil. Thereafter, when it is the time to fulfil that work, he should not allow himself to be distracted by people. Some people claim that if a person comes to meet you while you are engaged in your work then meeting this person and showing him good character is a valid excuse for one to leave his work. In response to that, I ask you what you would do if a person came to meet you when you urgently needed to relieve yourself. Would you not excuse yourself?

excuses

Why attribute the matter to the criticism of relatives and people? When your heart does not wish to do something then you will find a thousand excuses.

Make a firm resolve and determination that you will never leave out your ma’moolaat. Punctuality upon one’s Ma’moolaat is the ladder through which one progresses in Deen. Commitment and punctuality upon Ma’moolaat was the practice of all our pious predecessors. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 148)