Duaa When Leaving Home – 1

One should recite the following duaa when leaving the home

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللَّهِ لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ

In the name of Allah Ta’ala I place my complete reliance and trust upon Allah. There is no ability to do any good and no power to restrain from any harm or evil except through the grace of Allah Ta’ala.

عن أنس بن مالك أن النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم قال إذا خرج الرجل من بيته فقال بسم الله توكلت على الله لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله. قال: يقال حينئذ هديت وكفيت ووقيت فتتنحى له الشياطين فيقول له شيطان آخر كيف لك برجل قد هدى وكفى ووقى (ابو داود رقم 5097)

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “When a person leaves his home and recites the following Duaa:

بسم الله توكلت على الله لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله

An angel proclaims, “You have been guided, your needs have been seen to, and you have been protected.” The Shayateen then distance themselves from him, and another shaytaan says: “How can you gain control over a man who has been guided, whose needs have been fulfilled and who has been protected and granted safety?”

A life of Da’wat and Sincerity in all Works

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

A Muslim’s entire life is a da’wat (invitation). This is not restricted to any situation; instead every action of his should be a da’wat.

Just as there are conditions for all other ‘ibaadaat and acts of worship, likewise there are conditions for inviting towards Islam. One should not adopt such an approach that would turn people away from Islam. The Quraan Shareef even advises us that in the process of inviting we should not pick on the religions of others, for they will in turn pick on Islam.

Among the most important aspects in inviting to righteousness is sincerity. This is the lesson that we learn from qurbaani. Allah Ta‘ala explains that it is not the meat or the blood that He looks at. Rather, it is the state of taqwa – referring to the state and condition of the heart. With what frame of mind is a person carrying out his ‘ibaadat? Is it being performed solely for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala or not? Whether we are going to sit in the company of some pious person or going for Hajj etc., it should all be for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala. It should not be for merely gaining some barkat.

Sincerity applies to our speech and our manner of dealing with situations as well. Sometimes, we utter certain statements just to gain the attention and favour of our superiors or people.

Sunnats and Aadaab of Duaa – Part 9

1.  One should not make duaa for anything that is impermissible.

عن أبي سعيد الخدري أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ما من مسلم يدعو بدعوة ليس فيها إثم ولا قطيعة رحم إلا أعطاه الله بها إحدى ثلاث : إما أن يعجل له دعوته وإما أن يدخرها له في الآخرة وإما أن يصرف عنه من السوء مثلها  قالوا : إذن نكثر قال : الله أكثر . رواه أحمد وأبو يعلى بنحوه والبزار والطبراني في الأوسط ورجال أحمد وأبي يعلى وأحد إسنادي البزار رجاله رجال الصحيح غير علي بن علي الرفاعي وهو ثقة  (مجمع الزوائد رقم 17210)

Hadhrat Abu Sa’eed Khudri (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whichever Muslim makes duaa to Allah Ta’ala and supplicates to Him, and his duaa does not contain any sin (i.e. asking for anything which is impermissible) or the severance of family ties, Allah Ta’ala will grant him one of three things. Either He will grant him what he had asked for (in this world), or He will keep the reward of the duaa for him in the Aakhirah, or He will avert a calamity from him.” The Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum) said: “In that case, we will engage in abundant duaa.”Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: “Allah Ta’ala is the more than everything (i.e. His power and treasures are more than what  you ask for).”

 

2. One should refrain from consuming haraam or doubtful food and engaging in sins. Consuming haraam and engaging in sins causes one’s duaas not to be answered.

عن أبي هريرة، قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: أيها الناس، إن الله طيب لا يقبل إلا طيبا، وإن الله أمر المؤمنين بما أمر به المرسلين، فقال: يا أيها الرسل كلوا من الطيبات واعملوا صالحا، إني بما تعملون عليم  وقال: يا أيها الذين آمنوا كلوا من طيبات ما رزقناكم . ثم ذكر الرجل يطيل السفر أشعث أغبر، يمد يديه إلى السماء، يا رب، يا رب، ومطعمه حرام، ومشربه حرام، وملبسه حرام، وغذي بالحرام، فأنى يستجاب لذلك؟  (مسلم رقم 1015)

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “O people, indeed Allah Ta’ala is Pure and accepts only that which is pure. Allah Ta’ala has commanded the believers with the same command that He gave to the Ambiyaa (Alayhimus Salaam). (In regard to the Ambiyaa (Alayhimus Salaam)), Allah Ta’ala has said: “O Messengers, consume that which is pure and wholesome and perform righteous actions. Indeed I am all aware with what you do.” (In regard to the believers), Allah Ta’ala has mentioned: “O believers, consume from the pure and wholesome foods that We have provided for you." Thereafter, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) explained the condition of a person who had undertook a long, arduous journey. His hair was dishevelled and his clothing was covered in dust. He raised his hands to the sky crying in supplication saying, “O my Lord, O my Lord (Help me in my difficulty)." Whereas his food and drink intake are haraam, his clothing is obtained from haraam sources; his body is nourished with haraam, so how can his duaas ever be answered?” (i.e. Despite being in this pitiable plight and condition, his duaas are not answered).

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 12

1. When one greets his Muslim brother with salaam, he benefits him in three ways:

1) He makes duaa for him that Allah Ta’ala keep him in peace. Salaam is a greeting of peace.

2) He reminds him that Allah Ta’ala is with him and watching him at all times. ‘Salaam’ is the name of Allah Ta’ala.

3) He informs him that when he has greeted him with the greeting of peace, he is certainly his well-wisher and he will not harm him in any way (neither verbally, physically or in any other way).

2. It is waajib to reply to the salaam that is written in a letter/SMS/Email etc. The reply may be given in writing or verbally.

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Eight

Jihaad:

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had mentioned, “I participated in the Battle of Badr at a time when I had only one strand of hair on my face. Later on, Allah Ta‘ala blessed me with a beard.

(ibn Sa’d 3/105, Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 3/62)

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had participated in the Battles of Badr and Uhud, and he was among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who remained firm with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) during the Battle of Uhud when (the enemy attacked from the rear and killed many Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), due to which there was much confusion and) many Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) turned away from the battlefield.

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) also participated in the Battle of Khandaq (the Trench), the expedition of Hudaibiyah, the Battle of Khaibar and the Conquest of Makkah Mukarramah. During the Conquest of Makkah Mukarramah, Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was carrying one of the three flags of the Muhaajireen. He had participated in all the expeditions of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). From among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he was among those Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who were well-skilled in archery.

(ibn Sa’d 3/105)

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentioned, “I saw Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) during the Battle of Badr. He was fighting like a horseman among those on foot.”

(ibn Sa’d 3/104, Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 3/63)

Hazrat Sa’eed bin Musayyib (rahimahullah) says that he heard Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mention that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had made special du‘aa for him (during the Battle of Uhud) saying, “May my father and mother be sacrificed for you!”

(ibn Sa’d 3/104)

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates, “During the Battle of Uhud, I saw two men wearing white clothing, one on the right and one on the left of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). They were defending Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) from the kuffaar most valiantly and fiercely. I never saw them before that nor did I see them after that (in the narration of Muslim Shareef, it is mentioned that these were the angels, Hazrat Jibraa’eel and Hazrat Meekaa’eel (‘alaihimas salaam).”

(Musnad Ahmed #1471, Saheeh Muslim #2306)

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