Duaa when entering the Musjid – 1

It is sunnah to recite the following Duaa when entering the Musjid:

أَعُوذُ بِاللهِ العَظِيمِ وَبِوَجْهِهِ الْكَرِيم وَسُلْطَانِهِ القَدِيم مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيم

I seek protection in Allah Ta’ala, the Great, and in His noble Countenance and His eternal might and power from the accursed Shaytaan.

عن عبد الله بن عمرو بن العاص قال : كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول إذا دخل المسجد قال :أعوذ بالله العظيم وبوجهه الكريم وسلطانه القديم من الشيطان الرجيم قال:فإذا قال ذلك قال الشيطان حفظ مني سائر اليوم. (أبو داود رقم 466)

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr bin Aas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) reports that when Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would enter the Musjid, he would recite the following Duaa; and he said that when a person recites this duaa, shaytaan says: ‘He has gained divine protection from me for the entire day.’

أَعُوذُ بِاللهِ العَظِيمِ وَبِوَجْهِهِ الْكَرِيم وَسُلْطَانِهِ القَدِيم مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيم

Live for Deen as if you will Die Tomorrow

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

It appears in a maxim: “Live your life for deen as if you will die tomorrow, and live your life for the world as if you will live forever.”

What this actually means is that when it comes to matters of sharee‘ah, there should be no delay in discharging our duties. What needs to be done should be accomplished immediately, as though you feel that you will die tomorrow. Normally, when a person knows that he is about to die, he will make up for whatever is incomplete. So whatever outstanding duties to Allah Ta‘ala one has, monies owed to people etc. should be discharged without any delay. These are things for which we will be taken to task and questioned by Allah Ta‘ala.

‘Live your life for the world as if you will live forever’ does not mean that one should project his life for so many years and strive to accumulate wealth for that period of time. Rather, it means that there is no need to be concerned about fulfilling a material need immediately. You have plenty of time to fulfil it. If it is not completed today, it could always be completed tomorrow or the following day. It is not a major problem if the shop is opened two hours late.

In essence, one should not be consumed by the love of the world. What is meant by being ‘consumed by the love of the world’? The answer is in the Quraan Majeed where Allah Ta‘ala says:

کَلَّا بَلْ تُحِبُّونَ الْعَاجِلَة ﴿۲۰﴾ وَ تَذَرُونَ الْاٰخِرَۃَ

“You give preference to the fleeting world and abandon the hereafter.”

Deen and matters of the hereafter should always be given preference over worldly and material matters.

A Sign of Imaani Weakness in the Ummah

عن عبد الله بن بسر رضي الله عنه قال لقد سمعت حديثا منذ زمان إذا كنت في قوم عشرين رجلا أو أقل أو أكثر فتصفحت وجوههم فلم تر فيهم رجلا يهاب في الله عز و جل فاعلم أن الأمر قد رق رواه أحمد والطبراني في الكبير وإسناده حسن (الترغيب والترهيب 1/151)

Hazrat Abdullah bin Busr (Radhiyallahu Anhu) (while addressing some people) mentioned: “Some time ago I heard the following Hadith (of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), ‘When you are in a group of people, who number twenty, or more or less, and you examine their faces (understanding them to be people of Deen), and you do not see any person among them who is being respected (despite his piety and knowledge), then know well that the condition (of the people’s Imaan and Deen) has weakened.’”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 16

1. If one enters a gathering wherein a talk or discussion of Deen is taking place, one should not make salaam as this disturbs the speaker as well as the gathering.

2. It is not permissible (makrooh-e-tahreemi) to bow and make salaam.

The Danger of Engaging in Idle Conversation

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

It is extremely unfortunate for a person’s time to be wasted in idleness, without him gaining anything. If one does not have any work to attend to, then he should at least engage himself in the chores of the home. In carrying out the chores of the home, not only will his heart perceive a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction, but he will also be engaged in ibaadah and receive reward as he is assisting his family.

When a person passes his time by sitting with people and chatting about things that are futile, then he is at great risk of falling into harm, as the conversation often turns to gossip, complaining about people, and sometimes even involves backbiting. Hence, it is vitally important that one abstain from getting involved in discussions without a genuine need. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 8/289)