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Merits of reading the Quran 

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) said: 'When a man dies and his relatives are busy in funeral, there stands an extremely handsome man by his head. When the dead body is shrouded (‘kafaned’), that handsome man gets in between the shroud and the chest of the dead man.

When after the burial, the people return home, 2 angels, Munkar and Nakeer(names of two special Angels), come in the grave and try to separate this handsome man so that they may be able to question the dead man in privacy about his faith. But the handsome man says, 'He is my companion, he is my friend. I will not  leave him alone. If you want to question him, do your job. I cannot leave him until I get him admitted into Paradise '.

Thereafter he turns to the dead man and says, 'I am the Qur'an, which you used to read, sometimes in a loud voice and sometimes in a low voice. Do not worry. After the questioning of Munkar and Naker, you will have no grief.'

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) said: 'On the Day of Judgement, before Allah, no other Intercessor will have a greater status than the Qur'an, neither a Prophet nor an angel.'

Mercy of Allah through our Parents

Before we get into the topic of today, I would like to mention a side note that is important for us to know. As a Muslim, the way we treat others is crucial. We must love each other for Allah’s sake, be merciful to our brothers, sisters, saying Assalam Alaikum to those we know and don’t know. My question is: Why should we put on an act for those who don’t even know us. Rather we should be consistent, and retain this kindness, mercy and tolerance towards everyone foremost our parents. Shouldn’t we be best to the one who loves us most?

·        Allah & Prophet (p)

·        Mother & father

 

Allah has given the greatest right, after the rights of Allah, to parents and for Allah to be merciful to us on the Day of Judgement, for him to be pleased with us, and let us enter Jannah is only when our parents are also pleased with us.

Being kind to our parents is a SIMPLE act that earns plentiful reward from Allah.  He has blessed us to have parents. And if we obey His rules
 which include looking after our parents, He will reward us again in Jannah, Inshallah,
“The description of Paradise which the Muttaqun have
 been promised is that in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes;
 rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified honey (clear and pure) therein for them is every kind of fruit; and forgiveness
 from their Lord” [Qur’an 47:15]
 People with least in Jannah will think they have the most! And person with least punishment in Hell will think he has the most!! On the Day of Judgement if you see people higher than you in Jannah, you would have wished you did everything you could have to worship Allah or even to go back to the world to do more good deeds, but it will be too late. Taking care of your parents and being kind to them is one of the simplest ways of earning huge rewards!! 
 We chose this topic
because many of us do not know the values and virtues and rights of our
parents. In Islam, women have rights, children have rights, the neighbour has
rights, wife has rights over the husband and the husband has rights over the
wife. And our parents have right over us, which we will focus on today.

Allah speaks about the importance of honouring our parents in the Quran, placing it second only to the worship of and pleasing Him!! Allah in the Qur’an mentions his rights and follows it up with the rights of parents:

And again, "Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him and that you be kind to your parents…" [Surah al-Isra', 17:23] If you thought it was something minor or less important, it is mentioned immediately after worshipping Allah alone, which is the most important part of the deen.

 In Bukhari and Muslim, Abdullah bin Masud (ra) says he asked the Prophet (saw): Which action is most favoured with Allah the Almighty? He answered: ‘Performing the Prayers in time.’ I asked: Thereafter? He said: ‘Good treatment of parents.’ ‘Then which next?’ He said: ‘Fighting or struggling in the way of Allah.’

·        How many of us today could say that we left home with our parents pleased with you??

When our parents say: ‘May Allah be pleased with you’ and you die with them being pleased with you and you have already obeyed Allah, then there is nothing between you and paradise.

The prophet (p) said: For Allah to be pleased with you, your parents also must be pleased with you.

Allah mentions this in the Quran as though the worship of Allah cannot be complete until the gratitude of the parents has been met.

This is from a verse of the Quran, where the rights of a parent are clear to us.

Allah says: And your Lord has decreed that you worship no other than Him and to treat your parents in kindness and goodness even when they grow old with age and do not ever let yourself at anytime or at any stage even say the simple word of oof to them. However say a nice kind word to them throughout your life and lower the wind of humiliation in front of them out of mercy towards them and say to your Lord: ‘Give mercy to your parents the same way they gave mercy to me when I was a child.’ (17:23-24)

In this verse Allah first of all makes the worship of him equal almost to the obedience and kindness to your parents. Secondly Allah tells us that no matter how angry we may get with our parents under any circumstances what so ever, we should never use the word ‘oof’’ which is the slightest and most inconspicuous word any person could use, and therefore using this word of oof is disobedience to them and disobedience to Allah. And Allah says instead, to use kind words.

·        For sure we use more dramatic words than oof

Then Allah says humiliate yourselves in front of them which means: do not try to act as though they are below you in any way. And Allah says no matter what happens, you must always put them before yourselves.  And Allah says make dua for them throughout your life and say oh Allah give mercy to your parents the same way they gave mercy to me when I was a child.

So Allah is reminding you that you were once upon a time a baby at a time when you were completely dependent upon your parents for everything, when you ate, you cried or coughed, and your parents would wake up in the middle of the night, especially your mother, with their hearts pounding out of fear that you may get sick. You were once in your mother’s stomach, and she held you in her tummy for 9 whole months and then raised you. And your father was struggling to bring home the wealth to provide for you and look after you. They didn’t have to, but it was because of the mercy that Allah placed in their hearts, struggling and placing you before them.

A man once came to the prophet (p) and said to him, O messenger of Allah, my father takes my money and he is oppressing me in this way. So the prophet (p) said to him call your father. And so he went. And before his father arrived, Jibrael came to Prophet (p) and said Ya Muhammad when the father of this man comes to you then ask him what was he saying in secret to himself that his son could not hear.

So when the father came walking on his stick with white hairs, his back arched, the prophet (p) asked him, why are you taking oppression, your son’s wealth? Then he said O Messenger of Allah, ask him, I only spent upon his mother and his brothers and sisters. The prophet (p) said tell me something else; I am not interested in that. I want you to tell me what you were speaking to yourself as you were coming hear which your son could not hear.

The father looked at the prophet (p) and cried, and said to him: I was reciting a poem to myself singing and said: I nurtured you when you were a child and then I supported you when you became an adolescent, when any night would visit you with sickness I would wake up with distress feeling that death would come upon you. And I would look at you crying in agony with your sickness it was though I was being hammered away with a hammer on my head with the same pain which you were feeling. So I would put you in front of myself and then as soon as you grew up to reach that age where all of my life I had been hoping for you to reach and have pride in you reaching, you rewarded me with harshness, agony, pain and distress. And so you became selfish with your wealth against me and you treated me like a neighbour would treat another neighbour.

When a neighbour goes past, what does he do for you? He says Hello, Good Morning, Good Bye and that’s about it. At that point the prophet (p) looked up and his beard was soaked with tears and he took hold of the chest of the boy and said: Have you heard what he has said, you and your wealth are all for your father, you and your wealth is all for your father.

  • And you Inshallah will all be parents and you don’t want to go through the same thing.  Who here won’t mind if your kids, Inshallah, treat you like you treat your parents?? 

There was once a man in the markets and the people saw his son was bashing away at him. The son was smacking him and hitting him and dragging him on the ground then the people came up to the son and began to drag him away from his father. The people said: What’s wrong with you? Are you crazy? Shame on you for hitting your own father. Then his father looked up and he was an old man and he said to them: No, no. Leave him. Leave my son alone. Let him bash me by Allah this is exactly the same place where I use to bash my father.

So the prophet (p) said: The way you treat others is the same way in the future you are going to be treated.

If you treat your parents badly today, then Allah will punish you by giving you children who will do the same thing to you. At that moment, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

The prophet (p) said there are three verses that have commands, if you have not done one of them, you have not done the other.

·        “Worship Allah and obey the messenger”

·        “Pray your salat and give the Zakat”

·        “Thank me and thank your parents”

 

When is the last time any of you thanked your parents?? The same way we thank Allah for making us Muslim, giving us health, education, family. Thank your parents for what they do for you - whether it is providing you food, driving you somewhere…

One of the signs of the Last Hour is that the prophet (p) said: There shall come a time when man will come to obey his wife and disobey his mother. And be kind and generous to his friend and reject his father and this is our state today. To a friend we would be kind, laughing, joking, to our dad its harsher. To a wife, it’s yes darling, your wish is my command, but to the mother it’s why don’t you get over it. You’re walking on your stick let me get on with my life.  Of course the wife has rights, but people put the rights of a wife over their own mothers.

In Bukhari and Muslim, a companion once asked the prophet (p): O Messenger of Allah, which person of all people are best entitled to kind treatment and the good companionship from me?  The prophet (p) replied: Your mother. Then who? Your mother. And after her? Your mother. And after her?  Your father.

The prophet (p) also said another sign of the Day of Judgement: Of the children becoming kings and masters over their own parents. There will come a time when a mother will give birth to her own child and the child will grow up a master against their mother. Then await for the last Hour to come.

We are so demanding of our parents, we order them and treat them with disrespect. We ask them to drive us here, there, give us food…

This advice is first to ourselves then to you guys. When you are angry with them, don’t slam the door on them in anger, when they ask you to do something i.e. hang the clothes, don’t show them that it’s a hassle. If they tell you to pick up your socks because it’s leaving an incredible smell, just do it!  And when our parents say, don’t behave this way; I want the best for you, don’t say stop annoying me, or lecturing me or leave me alone or ‘oof’!  When we raise our voice over them, we have disobeyed them. Even when we have sharp eyes towards them, we have disobeyed them. When you get angry, remember Allah and take wudu to calm down.

Assist your parents when they ask for your help and when they don’t. So if there’s a basket of clothes outside the back door, it’s obvious what needs to be done. If you think they want something, get it before they ask. This is out of love, and duty towards them.

In Bukhari, the Prophet (saw) said: Among the major sins are: Association of anybody with Allah, disobedience of parents, killing of a person and taking a false pledge.

·        Okay, so let’s see how our role models treated their parents, the companions of the Prophet.

·        Why aren’t we looking at how the Prophet treated his parents??

 

There was a companion of the prophet (p) who never used to eat until his mother was finished eating. And he was known to have never eaten with his mother on the same plate. So someone then asked what’s wrong with him? He doesn’t even want to eat with his mother on the same plate. And when they asked him he said: ‘I don’t eat with my mother on the same plate because I feel that I will reach out to something which my mother had her eye on, and she would not tell me, because she has so much mercy.’

·        If we want something i.e. the last piece of food, we would probably just take it

Abu Huraira, when he would ever come home or  leave home he would stand at the door of his mother’s house and he would say to her Assalam alaikum oh my mother, and then he would say ‘May Allah give mercy upon you O mother the same way you gave mercy upon me when I was a child’. And then she would say: ;May Allah place mercy upon you because you have obeyed Him.’ See the compassion towards his mum.

Hujr: Before his mother would come to lie on her bed he would run to the bed every night and he would feel the bed with his palms to see whether there is anything sharp so that she would not harm herself. But sometimes he would think, because my palms are thick I would not feel it. So he would lie down on it on his bare back and he would place his cheek to make sure there are no sharp objects even if it were to cut him, before she slept on her bed.

·        The closeness to your parents is the most important thing to your mother or father.

 

A man came to Ibn Umar and he said to him: O Umar, I carried my mother in Hajj, and I went all around the tawaaf and then I came back to Medina. Have I given back the right of my mother?

And he said, by Allah, you have not even repaid her the single contraction which she had, when she was giving birth to you.

The treatment towards our parents is far beyond our imagination, and it is something that a lot of the youth do not understand. However, think about the way that they had been caring for us when we were young, and the way they are supporting us, compared to the way we treat them now in return.

Islam is not only about praying, fasting, reading Quran, it is also about our character, morals and manners.

Listen carefully:  a man came to the Prophet (p) and he said to him, O messenger of Allah, I bear witness that there is no God worthy of being worshipped except for Allah and that you are the Messenger of Allah, and I pray my five prayers, and I give my Zakat, and I fasted the month of Ramadan and I performed the Hajj.

The prophet (p) replied to that: Whoever dies on these aspects will be gathered on the Day of Judgement with the prophets and the sideeqeen and the martyrs of Islam, like these two fingers, so long as they do not disobey their parents.

So if you have completed the best of those Allah has commanded you, which are the compulsory things, you will not enter Jennah until you have pleased your parents.

·        No such thing as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day in Islam as it is a western concept. In Islam, we should treat our parents as if every day is Mothers Day and Fathers Day.

 


Seeking ‘Ilm (Knowledge)


The Messenger of Allah (SAAW) said:

“Seeking ‘Ilm (knowledge) is incumbant on every Muslim.”

Education


Ibn ‘Abbas narrated, the Messenger of Allah (SAAW) said:

“Teach! Make things easy! And do not make things complicated!
He (SAAW) repeated this three times and then he added:
And if you get angry, keep quiet!”


Reporting Hadith

‘Abd Allah Ibn Mas’ud narrated, the Messanger of Allah (SAAW) said:

“May Allah brighten [the face of] a person who hears a hadith from us, and
reports it as he heard it, because many people which the hadith is reported
to, perceive it better than the one who reported it to them.”


The Purpose of Acquiring Knowledge

Jabir Ibn ‘Abd Allah narrated, the Messenger of Allah (SAAW) said:

“Do not acquire knowledge in order to vie with scholars, and to wrangle with the foolish, and to sit in the best seats: whoever does that his abode will be the Fire, the Fire.”

Learning Quran and Religion

Abu Dharr narrated, the Messenger of Allah (SAAW) said to me:

“O Abu Dharr! If you learn one verse from The Book of Allah (The Quran), it
is better for you than to voluntarily pray one hundred rak’as (units of
prayer), and if you learn a category of knowledge (religion), regardless if
it is applied or not, it is better for you than to voluntarily pray one
thousand rak’as.”


The Reward for Calling for Guidance

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated, the Messenger of Allah (SAAW) said:

“Anyone who calls [people] to a right guidance, he will be rewarded like the
reward of all those who followed him, without depriving them anything from their reward.* And anyone who calls [people] to an error, he will get of the sin, like the sins of those who followed him without decreasing anything of their sins.”

Allah’s Path

Anas (RA) said: the Messenger of Allah (SAAW) said:

“He who leaves his home in order to seek knowledge, he is in Allah’s path
until he returns [to his home].”


 

 

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