Masnoon Surahs to be recited in Witr Salaah

musallah 2Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would recite the following surahs in his witr salaah: Surah Aa’laa in the first rakaat; Surah Kaafiroon in the second rakaat; Surah Ikhlaas in the third rakaat.

عن ابن عباس قال : كان ا لنبي صلى الله عليه و سلم يقرأ في الوتر ب )سبح اسم ربك الأعلى( و )قل يا أيها الكافرون( و )قل هو الله أحد(في ركعة ركعة (ترمذي رقم 462)

Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would recite Surah Aa’laa in the first rakaat, Surah Kaafiroon in the second rakaat and Surah Ikhlaas in the third rakaat of his witr salaah.

The Benchmark of Imaan

benchmarkHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Imaan is the foundation of a believer. When the foundation is firm, so too will be the structures erected upon it. There will always be a clash between the demands of imaan and the demands of people, the demands of occasions and gatherings etc. But as Muslims we need to ensure that we always give preference to the demands of imaan over everything else.

What is the benchmark by means of which a person can gauge whether his imaan is on par or not? Allah Ta‘ala mentions in the Quraan Majeed:

فَلا وَرَبِّكَ لا يُؤمِنونَ حَتّى يُحَكِّموكَ فيما شَجَرَ بَينَهُم ثُمَّ لا يَجِدوا فى أَنفُسِهِم حَرَجًا مِمّا قَضَيتَ وَيُسَلِّموا تَسليمًا

“They will not be true believers until they make you (Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) the judge to decide over all their affairs, and thereafter they do not have any reservations within their hearts and accept (your decision) wholeheartedly.”

The teachings and instructions of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) should serve as final and one should not have reservations and complaints regarding any aspect of deen.

Fabricating Lies and Attributing it to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)

وعن المغيرة قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يقول إن كذبا علي ليس ككذب على أحد فمن كذب علي متعمدا فليتبوأ مقعده من النار رواه مسلم وغيره  (الترغيب والترهيب 1/146)

Hadhrat Mugheerah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Indeed fabricating a lie and attributing it to me (is so serious that it) is not like fabricating a lie and attributing it to anyone else. Thus the one who lies against me intentionally, then he should prepare his abode in Jahannum.” 

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 3

Salaam1. When making salaam, one should make salaam by saying “Assalaamu Alaikum.”  One may add to the words of the salaam by saying “Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah ” or “Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa barakaatuhu”. The more words one uses in the salaam causes the reward to increase.

عن عمران بن حصين رضي الله عنه قال جاء رجل إلى النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال السلام عليكم. فرد عليه السلام ثم جلس فقال النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم عشر. ثم جاء آخر فقال السلام عليكم ورحمة الله فرد عليه فجلس فقال عشرون. ثم جاء آخر فقال السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته فرد عليه فجلس فقال ثلاثون. (ابو داود رقم 5197)

Hadhrat Imraan ibn Husain (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that once a person came to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and greeted him saying: "Assalaamu alaikum." Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied to the salaam, and the person sat down in the gathering. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then said: "He has received ten rewards." Thereafter another person came to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and greeted him saying: "Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullah." Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied to the salaam, and the person sat down in the gathering. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then said: "He has received twenty rewards." Thereafter another person came to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and greeted him saying: "Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh." Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied to the salaam, and the person sat down in the gathering. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then said: "He has received thirty rewards."

Looking for Ways to Benefit the Ummah

Power-SearchHazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

We should now and again take out time to think about the areas and places in which we will be able to work and influence people towards Deen. Thereafter, we should look for ways whereby we may succeed in inviting them and drawing them close to Allah Ta’ala. After determining the plan of action, we should place our reliance upon Allah Ta’ala and commence the work. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.64)