Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:
A person asked Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) . “What (sort of) deeds in or (what qualities of) Islam are good?” He replied, “To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you don’t know.”
Source: Sahih Al Bukhari
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
While we were sitting with The Prophet (may peace be upon him) in the mosque, a man came riding on a camel. He made his camel kneel down in the mosque, tied its foreleg and then said: “Who amongst you is Muhammad?” At that time The Prophet (may peace be upon him) was sitting amongst us (his companions) leaning on his arm. We replied, “This white man reclining on his arm.” The an then addressed him, “O Son of ‘Abdul Muttalib.” The Prophet (may peace be upon him) said, “I am here to answer your questions.” The man said to The Prophet (may peace be upon him), “I want to ask you something and will be hard in questioning. So do not get angry.” The Prophet (may peace be upon him) said, “Ask whatever you want.” The man said, “I ask you by your Lord, and the Lord of those who were before you, has Allah sent you as an Apostle to all the mankind?” The Prophet (may peace be upon him) replied, “By Allah, yes.” The man further said, “I ask you by Allah. Has Allah ordered you to offer five prayers in a day and night (24 hours).? He replied, “By Allah, Yes.” The man further said, “I ask you by Allah! Has Allah ordered you to observe fasts during this month of the year (i.e. Ramadan)?” He replied, “By Allah, Yes.” The man further said, “I ask you by Allah. Has Allah ordered you to take Zakat (obligatory charity) from our rich people and distribute it amongst our poor people?” The Prophet (may peace be upon him) replied, “By Allah, yes.” Thereupon that man said, “I have believed in all that with which you have been sent, and I have been sent by my people as a messenger, and I am Dimam bin Tha’laba from the brothers of Bani Sa’d bin Bakr.”
Source: Sahih Al Bukhari
An idea came to mind today about how to keep this place alive even without new ideas to write on, but I’m going to spare you guys all the juicy details in case I don’t follow through. Just know that hereon- I will be leaning more on the faith side of the blog. So here, the very first hadith in my daily hadith series
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:
Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: Islam is based on (the following) five (principles):
1. To testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him).
2. To offer the (compulsory congregational) prayers dutifully and perfectly.
3. To pay Zakat (i.e. obligatory charity) .
4. To perform Hajj. (i.e. Pilgrimage to Mecca)
5. To observe fast during the month of Ramadan.
Source: Sahih Al Bukhari
This hadith is talking about the five pillars of Islam, we have to uphold all of them to be Muslim!
Peace be with you…
Being Muslim isn’t just about faith, being Muslim isn’t just about prayers, and being Muslim isn’t just about fasting, but being Muslim is about combining Imaan (faith) and Ihsaan (goodness ), being Muslim is about embracing Islam in its entirety, being Muslim is about living our lives according to the rules and guidance of Islam. Dear Muslims! Are you the Muslim that you should be?
In an earlier post I had asked this question though in different words, although you don’t owe it to me to answer the question but I believe that you owe it to yourself, that you should tell yourself the truth in order that you may be better. Some people are of the thinking that right now isn’t a great time to be Muslim because of all the challenges and stuff, but I say now is the best time to be Muslim, only I don’t want you to tell anyone that you’re a Muslim, I would rather you showed them. A Muslim is one who is able to invite to his religion not with words but with his actions and his goodness.
I prepared this post for today, and then I got a broadcast on whatsapp and it’s so related that I’ll share that too, though I know not who wrote it but it is a beautiful piece.
Subject: Ranking of true Islamic countries
How Islamic are the Islamic Countries
A study conducted by Prof. Hussain Askari of George Washington University entitled *“How Islamic are the Islamic Countries”* showed that most of the countries that apply *Islamic Principles* in their daily lives are not ones that are traditionally Muslim.
New Zealand ranked 1st, Luxembourg 2nd,
and the to surprise
*Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ranked 131st*.
The study, published in the *Global Economy Journal* might be shocking to most of us but when we look around us and see the reality of the situation, we find that the results of the study are accurate and true.
As Muslims we seem to care only about performing religious Obligations/Rituals/Sunnah (prayer, fasting, niqab, beards, etc), reading the Qur’an and the Hadiths, but we don’t practice what we espouse. We listen to religious lessons and sermons more than the other people on the face of the earth, but we are still not the best of Nations. In the last 60 years, we have listened to 3,000 Friday sermons.
A Chinese merchant once said: “Muslim merchants come to me and ask me to put fake international labels and brands on their goods. When I invite them to eat, they refuse because the food is not Halal. So it is Halal for them to sell fake goods?”
A Japanese Muslim said: “I traveled to the West and saw Islam in practice applied in the daily life of non-Muslims. I traveled to the East, I saw Islam but did not see any Muslims. I thank Allah I knew Islam before I knew how Muslims act.”
Religion should not be reduced to Prayer and Fasting. It is a way of life and it is about how we treat others.
Performing a religious obligation is up to you and it is something between you and Allah. However, good ethics is something between you and other people. In other words, if we do not put Islamic ethics into action and practice, corruption will become rampant and disgrace will be our future.
We should not judge a person based on how he performs religious obligations for he might be a hypocrite.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Verily, the bankrupt of my nation are those who come on the Day of Resurrection with prayers, fasting and charity, but also with insults, slander, consuming wealth, shedding and beating others.”
I believe *Islam* (external aspect of faith) is incomplete without *Imaan* (internal aspect of faith) and *Ihsaan* (social aspect of faith). Ponder, understand and realize this.
Lord Bernard Shaw is said to have said:
Islam is the best religion and Muslims are the worst followers. Subhanallah!
I pray to the Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala to overlook our shortcomings and grant us His Jaanah.
Peace be with you…
Hello you! Meet Abdullah, he’s the fellow I told you about yesterday, he is a kind, decent fellow who always has a smile on his face for everyone, he is generous, gives out of things that he loves dearly and makes sure to earn his livelihood only through lawful ways. Continue reading “MISCONSTRUED – Meet Abdullah”