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Six reasons why every Muslim should read the Quran

Are you looking for a reason to read the Quran?

Our beloved Messenger of Allah mentioned that the best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it.

In facts, the benefits involved in reading and contemplating on the verses of the Holy Qur’an cannot be stressed enough.

This great revelation indeed has many depths and mysteries that have yet to be discovered.

Those who made good use of the Holy Qur’an can attest to the fact that it is an undeniable source of information and a bottomless well of fresh knowledge and guidance.

Reciting and studying it repeatedly does not lead to ennui, but rather causes one to open many more doors of thought.

Do you think the Quran is irrelevant to you? And does this thinking make you reluctant to read it frequently?

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters! Devoting our time regularly to its study and implementing its teachings has tremendous benefits in this life and the Next.

Let us carefully look at some of the golden reasons every Muslim should study and read the Quran each day.

In fact, each reason stands as enough of an encouragement to shun any laziness we have and dedicate ourselves to reading this Amazon Book (Quran).

I hope and pray that after reading this, you’ll count it as part of your daily schedule In Shaa Allah.

Reasons to read the Quran

It fulfills an Islamic duty.

Indeed the Holiest Prophet (SAW) summarized this Religion with his statement:

“The Religion is naseehah (sincerity)!” So then Tameem ibn Aws(as) then said, “We asked, ‘To whom?’” He said: “To Allah, His Book (the Quran), His Messenger, the leaders of the people, and their common folk.”

The sincerity that is due when it comes to the Book of Allah includes its regular recitation, studying the rules of tajweed and reciting it beautifully, learning its Tafseer and the reasons for its revelation, acknowledging that it is the Truth, the perfect Speech of Allah and not product of the human brain, honoring it and defending it, abiding by the orders and prohibitions that come with it, calling to it and teaching it.

Therefore, by reciting and reflecting over the Qur’an, one fulfills an obligation and is fully rewarded for that. Upon fulfilling this obligation, the Qur’an then becomes a proof for him on the Day of Judgment.

A proof for us on the Day of Judgment.

This is due to the statement of the Messenger that is stated in Sahih Muslim:

“And the Qur’an is a proof for you or against you.”

Meaning, one of two things is to be proved. It will either be in your favour, that’s a proof for you on the Day when you will need every single good deed, or it will be something standing against you.

Just imagine the Holy Book of Allah, standing as proof against you. Who will find peace on that Day, if the Holy Quran stood against him?

Think carefully, dear Muslim brother or sister, about your relationship with the Qur’an! Are you neglecting it, contradicting it, being heedless of its orders and prohibitions, are you thinking deeply about it? Will it be on your side on the Day of Judgment?

O Allah! We ask you, by Your Glorious Speech and the rest of your beautiful Names and Attributes, to make the Qur’an a proof for us! O Allah! Don’t make the Qur’an a proof against us on that Day, and save us from the hellfire! For if Allah makes the Qur’an a proof in our favor on that Day, then it would also be an intercessor for us when NO intercession will take place except by His Permission.

You will be from the best of people.

In Sahih Muslim, we find a lovely story, about how a man from the people of Jannah, ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab, understood this principle.

Some men came to question him during his Khilafah about the leadership of Makah, they asked, “Who do you use to govern Makah?”

He said, “Ibn Abzaa.”

They asked, “And who is Ibn Abzaa?”

Umar replied, “A freed slave from those we freed.”

They remarked, “You left a freed slave in charge of the people of the Valley (the noble tribes of the Quraysh)?”

So he answered them, “Verily he is a reader of the Book of Allah and is knowledgeable about the obligations of the Muslims. Haven’t you heard the statement of your Messenger: “Verily Allah raises some people by this Book and lowers others by it.”?

O Allah! We ask you, by Your Glorious Speech and the rest of your beautiful Names and Attributes, to make reading the Qur’an our habit so that our status shall be raised! O Allah! Don’t make us forget the Qur’an because that will lower our status, and save us from all the suffering both in this world and the hereafter!

You will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels.

‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, relates that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Dear Islamic Brothers and Sisters, do not let Satan give you false excuses, such as “I am not an ‘Arab,” or “It’s not my language.” This hadith is a firm proof against those whisperings. Dedicate yourself to the Book of Allah. An ‘Arab or not, we are all struggling for the same Jannah!

The excuses should be eliminated and the pathway needs to be cleared for us to embrace the Book of Allah. And surely you will not hesitate to seek a teacher or a study circle for the Qur’an once you hear the last and perhaps greatest benefits of reading and contemplating over the It.

There are ten rewards for each letter you recite from the Qur’an.

As an authentic hadith in At-Tirmithee proves: “Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” So increase your recitation of the Qur’an to gain these merits.

The Qur’an will lead you to Paradise! What else?

The Prophet said:

“The Qur’an is an intercessor, something given permission to intercede, and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise; whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.” [An authentic hadith found in At-Tabaraanee, on the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood].

Dear Muslims, know that all these benefits from the many benefits available can only be attained by a sincere commitment to the Quran, not by a person’s mere statement, “I love the Qur’an, it’s beautiful.” Rather the heart must be sincerely attached to it and the limbs and tongue will follow in this attachment.

You must also know that I only mentioned a few of the numerous benefits of reading and reflecting over the Qur’an. There are many benefits involved, like the chapter of the Qur’an that will argue on your behalf in the grave, and that it is physical healing, a source of rest and relaxation for your heart, among many other things.

Upon all these wonders of the Quran, lots of us fail to read it. Let’s say maybe you didn’t know about its tremendous benefits. But if you do know about these benefits without making efforts to achieve it, then you are missing something very important. Something that others use to get closer to their Maker (Allah), that’s “being a Good Muslim“.

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Reason why Muslims should never sin | Dangers of sinning

All calamities are sent by Allah Almighty because of our sins and are removed immediately because of our repentance. Remember what Allah says in the Quran: He does not change the state of anyone till we change our state of goodness ourselves (Quran 13:11).

In fact, this is one of the troubling passages on my part in the entire Quran. It happens to be one of my least favourite lines in the word of Allah. Just read the first paragraph and you’ll agree with me that it is really disturbing, and it disturbs because sins are very rampant among Muslims today.

The wisdom from this is very simple but effective. Imagine we don’t face any calamities in life and as a result, we keep committing sins with passion and getting whatever we want, definitely Satan will keep deviating us making us feel like ok, it’s normal till our death (may Allah forbid).

We all know the fact that Allah hate sins, and this formula is reminding us how much our Lord hate it hence will never change our state of hardship unless we stay away from what He dislikes.

Please make no mistake about this; Allah loves you with more care I could ever imagine. But as much us he loves everyone, He hates the sins in our lives too. This reminds me of my favourite status which states that We Should hate the Sins but Not the Sinners.

Well, the reason behind Allah’s hatred for sin in our live is very simple and straightforward, it’s because He knows very well what sin does to us and it is also because it offends His holiness and His righteousness.

Despite all these, many Muslims move on in life after committing grievous sins without any guilt feelings about it. No matter how small your sin may be, it is disliked by Allah.

Can you imagine just one sin carrying ten misdeeds? Dear Islamic brothers and sisters, a person commits just one sin but this poor soul doesn’t know that ten faults are hidden in this single sin. What are these hidden dangers? Let’s explore them out.

  1. When one commits a sin, he displeases Allah; his Creator Who has full control over him all the time.
  2. He pleases the only one who is the most cursed among all creation (Satan) who is not only an enemy to the sinner but also an enemy to Allah Almighty.
  3. He distances himself away from the excellent place (Paradise).
  4. He draws closer to a terrible place (Hell).
  5. Although he deeply loves his own self but treats it cruelly in an indirect way by committing the sin.
  6. He makes himself impure whereas Allah had created him pure.
  7. He becomes a cause of pain to his companions who never caused him any pain (i.e. those angels who are deputed for his protection.)
  8. He makes the sky, the earth, the night/day and all Muslims around him to witness to his sins, and hence he upsets them.
  9. Through his sin, he distresses his Beloved and Blessed Prophet (peace be upon Him)
  10. He commits some sort of violation (of rights) of all the Creation of Allah, whether they are human beings or any other creation. He violates human rights in the sense that he becomes unqualified (if someone needs him as a witness) because of his sins. Violation of rights of other creations in the sense that Allah will hold back rainfall from all the creation as a consequence of the sins of human beings.

Sometimes it’s common to see some Muslims indulged in secret sins. They normally say it is but a small one, and thus do they spare it.

Dear Muslims, I speak to you, I also speak to myself, let us destroy all our little sins. You may consider it little but remember it’s just like little thieves; they open doors to the greater ones outside.

In respect of these dangers involved, no one should tell you to refrain from sinning because committing sins is self-harming, it only destroys us unnoticed.

At the same time, no one should tell us to seek for forgiveness from Allah almighty. Even though the Holiest and Greatest Prophet was never involved in any kind of sins but He used to seek forgiveness from Allah every day.

This is a fact that we surely will be unfortunate and amongst the losers in this world and the next if we fail to seek for forgiveness for the sins we commit every day.

Sheikh Ibn Al-Qayyim may Allah be pleased with him reported in one of his books that: Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) said, “A trial is not sent down except due to a sin, and it is not lifted except with repentance.” – Al-Jawab Al-Kafi 1/74.

There are numerous ahadith warning believers to be careful about sins. All the problems we face are connected to our sins one way or the other. That’s why it is much recommended to seek for forgiveness each day from Allah for we never know when we will fall short in our everyday activities.

One of the best zikir that can solve any kind of issues and even for whatever we need from Allah is to regularly seek for forgiveness from Allah. Recite the following supplication everyday:

Laailaaha illaa Anta Astaghfiruka wa atuubu ilaika. Yaa Hayyu yaa qayyuum biRahmatika astaqeeth.

Meaning:

There is none worthy of worship except you ALLAH. I seek your forgiveness and I repent to you. You are the living and maintainer of life so with your Mercy I seek your help.

Please memorize this zikir and use it even if you need children in your marriage, you are in labor pains, for exams, seeking jobs and so on.

Whatever the issue, just make your intention clear in your heart and recite this zikir regularly all the time and in shaa Allah with patience you will achieve it (bi-iznilLah).

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Relationships and Marriage

A hundred ways to win people’s heart for righteous Muslims

Anyone who is involved in a particular course wishes to excel in order to achieve his objectives.

One who loves wealth will specialise in accumulating it and further aspires to learn more on the tricks of his work.

These Satellite television channels also specialise in attracting viewers by airing a variety of shows with the latest technology available. They also train their presenters/hosts in attracting viewers for all their programs.

This can also be said of radio, newspapers and television. The same applies to marketers who market various products, whether halaal or haram. These people endeavour to specialise in techniques that can lead them to excel in their respective fields.

In fact, winning hearts is also an art with its own means and ways.

Assuming you enter a gathering of fifty men and as you pass by each of them shaking everyone’s hand, the first shakes your hand indifferently and says very coldly, “Welcome”.

The next is busy speaking to the next person, and as you greet him, he surprisingly responds to you very impersonally and without even giving you a face, then continues with his conversation.

The third person is also speaking on the phone, so he simply stretches out his hand without saying a word or showing any respect to you and your greetings.

However, when you get to the fourth person, he sees you and immediately stands up to greet you humbly. As soon as your eyes meet his, he smiles and demonstrates that he is glad to meet you.

He shakes your hand warmly and welcomes you, even though you two never met and don’t know each other at all! You then greet the rest of the people and take your seat.

For what just happened, do you doubt the fact that your heart will have the most respect for the fourth person? No doubt it will, even though you do not know his name, nor his status or profession.

Despite that, he successfully captures your heart, not with status, wealth, or lineage, but merely by his interpersonal skills.

That’s why I will say, hearts are not won by force, wealth, beauty or status. In fact, as you can see, they are won by much less of a sacrifice, yet few are able to win them which isn’t a trait of a good Muslim.

Let’s take this for example.

Have you ever known a highly ranked fellow who whenever you pay a visit in his house, you noticed that his house would always be full of guests? At first glance, you will definitely be amazed at how much this family is loved and respected.

Let years pass by and that fellow retired. Go to his house for a visit.

What have you noticed? In fact, with many people, you will enter his mansion and went into the guest room only to notice more than enough  chairs, but only one person watching television and a servant offering him tea or coffee.

Begin to compare his situation while he was working with now that he had retired. What was it about him that had attracted all those great masses of people then?

You’ll realise that the man did not win people over by his kindness, manners and good treatment of others. He had only attracted them by means of his position, status and the fact that he was well-connected.

When he lost his position, he also lost the love people had for him. Therefore, learn a lesson from kind of people.

Deal with people so skilfully that they love you for who you are and what you say, and for your gentleness, generosity and that of your beautiful smile.

They will love the fact that you overlook their faults and status and stand by them at times of hardship. Do not allow their hearts to be attached merely to your status and your wealth!

From this theory we should also know that the one who provides his children and wife (s) with wealth, food and drink only does not win their hearts by doing so; rather, only their stomachs!

And for that fellow who showers his family with more than enough wealth while he mistreats them (or doesn’t treat them as expected) does not win their hearts; rather, he only wins their pockets.

This is enough reason not to be surprised if you see a young person who faces a problem and therefore complains to the Imam of the mosque, teacher or friends, but never to his/her own parents?

This would definitely be because the father has failed his duty to win over his heart and break down barriers. Rather, it is the teacher or the friend, who has managed to capture his heart.

Likewise, another important point: Have you ever noticed that when certain people visit a gathering packed with people and look left and right for somewhere comfortable to fix himself?

There always seems to be a lot of people calling them over to sit next to them. Why is that?

Or at a buffet, where everyone serves themselves food and then looks for a comfortable place to sit, have you noted that such people, as soon as they have filled their plates, are subject to large  numbers of people calling them over in order to eat with them on one table?

Whereas, others will fill their plates and may have nobody taking any interest whatsoever, so they have a very lonely meal to struggle with?

Why are people so eager to be attached with one type but not the other?

Don’t you agree with me? Is it not the case that certain people have the heart to attract other hearts wherever they may be, as if they are magnets?

How extraordinary!

How on earth did they manage to do that?

It’s only by using clever techniques to capture people’s hearts.

Resolution…

Our aptness to capture people’s hearts and win their love brings us great happiness in life.

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Prayer to say before entering and Leaving the Mosque

The mosque is the place of worship, the house of Allah (swt). Due to the significance of this Holy house, when a Muslim is entering the Mosque, he has to follow the instructions laid down by the Messenger of Allah.

Some of these laid down procedures include the Supplication to recite before entering the Mosque according to our Beloved Prophet (pbuh).

First of all, while entering the Mosque the Muslim whould enter with his right leg first saying the following Du’a:

Faitma, daughter of the Prophet (pbuh) said, “Whenever Allah’s Messenger entered the mosque, he would utter:

“BISMILLAAHI WAS-SALAAMU ‘ALAA RASOOLILLAAHI. ALLAAHUMMAGH FIRLEE ZUNOOBEE, WAFTAH-LEE ABWAABA RAHMATIKA.”

“In the name of Allah, Peace be upon Allah’s Messenger. Oh Allah! Forgive me my sins and open for me the doors of your Mercy.”

And when he comes out of the Mosque he would pray:

“BISMILLAAHI WAS-SALAAMU ‘ALAA RASOOLIL LAAHI. ALLAAHUMAGH FIRLEE ZUNOOBEE, WAFTAH-LEE ABWAABA FADLIK.”

‘In the name of Allah, peace be upon Allah’s Messenger. Oh Allah! Forgive me my sins and open for me the doors of your bounty.’”