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Valentine’s Day celebration in Islam– Accepted or Not (Let’s find out now.)

After the zeal of many Muslims trying to figure out whether it is lawful in Islam to take part in Christmas, celebrating birthdays and others, here comes another, Valentine’s Day celebration.

Basically known as the celebration of love and romance among friends and loved once.

After I Googled this Valentine thing, I found out that it is something Muslims shouldn’t think about.

In actual fact, considering the background and history of this celebration, and the way people go about it now, there is no need to hesitate in saying NO to it.

Some people will always deny the truth without any valid proof, they will rather claim that some of these practices like birthdays, Valentine and the likes no longer have any religious significance (despite the fact that it is most of the ancient rituals that are being disguised in today’s celebrations)

Can Muslim couples who are legally married celebrate Valentine’s Day?

As a matter of fact, Valentine’s celebration can never be something Islam can tolerate even if you are a couple.

If you really need a very short answer to this question, then it is NO.

However, if you want to learn more detail then keep gliding down the page.

Let’s see what the World Book Encyclopedia tells us regarding Valentine’s Day:

“The customs connected with the day …probably come from an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia which took place every February 15. The festival honored Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage, and Pan, the god of nature” (1973, vol. 20, p. 204).

Actually, there are many different stories concerning this particular topic, but still, the primary concept is firm.

Let’s continue with what the research got for us. From a site called United Church of God with URL ucg.org, I obtained the following commentaries on valentine.

“For the people of ancient Rome, the festival of Lupercalia was an annual ritual believed to ward off evil spirits and increase fertility. Lupercalia (also known as Februatio, from which comes the month name February) was popular among many of the new converts to the fast-rising Catholic Church.

As the book Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays notes, “Everywhere that [mainstream] Christians came into power they immediately adapted the holidays and customs of the people to their own creed” (Robert Myers and Hallmark Cards editors, 1972, pp. 50-51).

Such was their course of action with this festival of Lupercalia at the end of the fifth century. While Pope Gelasius officially condemned the pagan Roman festival and banned its observance, many of its accompanying practices quickly appeared in a newly established holiday added by him to the official church list of feast days in A.D. 496—St. Valentine’s Day.

Soon, people were no longer looking to obtain fertility by being beaten with strips of animal skin called februa. Instead, they turned their focus to St. Valentine, the patron saint of “engaged couples and anyone wishing to marry” (Celebrations, pp. 48-49), whose actual identity is even murkier than what connection he bore to romance.

What amounted to a renamed, refurbished Lupercalia then picked up steam, gradually adapting itself into the Valentine’s Day we know today, which included the added elements of Valentine cards and Cupid, the Roman god of erotic love.

We now have a basic concept of the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Friendship and sending cards to our legal loved ones have never been something bad in Islam, in fact, they are wonderful if done in the right way.

Allah did not oppose romance either, provided it is at the right time and in the right way.

But does the pagan religious history of Valentine’s Day taint our practice as Muslims?

What does Allah say about observing pagan traditions, disguised or not?

Surah al-Kafirun, Chapter 109 verse 1 to 6

  1. Say: “O disbelievers!”
  2. “I worship not that which you worship.”
  3. “Nor will you worship whom I worship.”
  4. “And I shall not worship that which you are worshipping.”
  5. “Nor will you worship that which I worship.”
  6. “To you be your religion, and to me my religion.”

I really like the way this surah was revealed.

Our beloved Prophet (pbuh) in fact was sent as a mercy for mankind. He lived such an exemplary lifestyle that we can follow even till now, even till the end of time.

This verse was revealed as a result of similar issues we are discussing today.

It has been said that in their ignorance (ie disbelievers), they invited the Messenger of Allah to worship their idols for a year and they would (in turn) worship his God for a year. Therefore, Allah revealed this Surah.

Allah sent Prophets to this world to guide us on the right path.

This means that there is no (true) object of worship except Allah and there is no path to Him (i.e., way of worshipping Him) other than that which the Messenger came with.

He commanded His Messenger to disavow himself from their religion

It is also narrated in so many Hadiths, some of which says:

“Whoever imitates a people is from them” (Sunan Abu Dawud)

Also:

Abu Sa’id al−Khudri reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying:

You would tread the same path as was trodden by those before you inch by inch and step by step so much so that if they had entered into the hole of the lizard, you would follow them in this also.

We said: Allah’s Messenger, do you mean Jews and Christians (by your words)” those before you”?

He said: Who else (than those two religious groups)?

[Sahih Muslim Book 33, Number 6448:]

In the actual fact, the above verses and hadiths indicate that this practice and its type remain just as detestable as they have been in the side of Allah.

Instead of pagan practices and activities like Valentine’s Day, Christmas celebration, new year celebration and all you can think of, our focus should be on the two main festivals Allah has given us in the Quran which point us toward His amazing and incomparable plan for all humanity.

Yes, from the background and history of Valentine’s Day, we could clearly see that this satanic practice of Lupercalia has been repackaged and disguises as a normal activity, making it seem as if there is nothing evil about showing love to your spouse during valentine.

And also, there is no place in the bible that mentioned such thing like a valentine. This was practiced already until Romans become Christians.

Let’s listen to what is stated in the Bible concerning the celebration of pagan tradition:

When the Lord, your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess …do not inquire after their gods, ‘saying, How did these nations served their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods … Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it [Deuteronomy 12:29-23]

It is very clear from the above verses that the Bible also forbids practices of the tradition of the disbelievers.

But as a matter of fact, they (Christians) practiced this Valentine the most. They see to it as something normal to an extent they make that day a holiday for themselves.

Dear Muslims, we are completely different.

We are the Ummah of the Man who brought light to this world, the man who was sent as a Mercy for the whole of humanity.

He said He is proud of us so let’s show to the world that we are indeed the best among them.

Let’s do away with their activities, let’s not follow their footsteps as the Prophet mentioned.

Let’s live as good Muslims and die as good Muslims, I think that’s the only way you and I can be saved.

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Here’s How to date in Islam (Islamic Courtship)

Anyone reading this is rather interested in dating or has done it already. Or maybe you’re doing it, like to pursue it or need to educate somebody else. There’s nothing to worry about because you are not alone. It has become something like an obsession in our societies.

Dating is a relatively recent phenomenon and it is something a lot of people do when they are single. But for Muslims, almost all the Islamic scholars say no to it.

Why?

Because when we look at its basic definition, it does not respect the teachings of Islam. Wikipedia says:

“Dating is a stage of romantic or sexual relationship in human whereby two people meet socially, possibly as friends or with the aim of each assessing the other’s suitability as a prospect partner in more committed intimate relationship.

It is obvious that any “romantic or sexual relationship between unmarried people is an unlawful one.

Meaning if you agree to Islamic teachings and is willing to do away with this unlawful romantic or sexual relationship, then it is safe to start a relationship that must also abide by the rules mentioned on this page.

In societies where this institution is common, lots of Single Muslims find it challenging without a boyfriend or girlfriend. In light of this, knowledge in halal dating will transform the lives of many Muslims around the world, because ignorance in dating is one of the common means Satan secured in encouraging Zina.

Laying down the principles and guidelines for dating in an Islamic perspective will put great masses of Muslims on a course towards healthy and Islamic centered Marriages. It will change lives by discouraging toxic and unhealthy relationships that Allah made unlawful.

Ignorance in halal dating often isolates us from the righteous Muslims. Drawing closer to a boyfriend or girlfriend removes us from other important relationships including our relationship with Allah. This pleases Satan; he loves this and encourages it at every turn.

One way to righteously deal with dating is to oppose absolutely everything Satan might want for us. Fight the desire to date in that corner by ourselves, and instead draw one another into the acceptable and important relationship desired by our Maker. The following rules should guide you (If Allah Wills)

Rule #1. Make your intention clear

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The value of an action depends on the intention behind it – Prophet Mohammad

What is your reason for engaging yourself in a relationship?

This is a very important question and you must answer that. So, just stay put until you come clean with your intention.

Your interest in this relationship, is it to take away some of the personal loneliness? Is it to get you to be seen by your peers as someone who is modern and cool? Or it just makes you feel better about yourself knowing the fact that someone ‘really’ likes you?

Well, none of these is worthy of a reason. As a Muslim, no reason is valid enough for a relationship than a trajectory towards marriage.

No one said you can’t start a relationship, no, but it should come with a purpose. The purpose of which Allah has approved. The purpose must rest in finding someone who meets the values and goals you have for a future spouse. This purpose is one of the important things that will ever happen in your life as a Muslim. The purpose is called marriage.

Never start a relationship if you are not ready to get married!

Obeying this simple principle will help to avoid many relationships before getting married and land you an ideal woman who will support and grow old with you.

Rule #2 No sex until the purpose is fulfilled.

And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way. (Quran 17: 32)

This verse of the Holy Quran made everything clear for us. Disobeying it means great damage on our part. Looking at the statement, it is a direct command from Allah. Just imagine the damage you’ll cause by ignoring what Allah has enjoined upon you.

But the world now treats purity and chastity as something that seems to have gone out of fashion. Fornicators are now considered “winners” and “experienced”, while the chaste are taken to be repressed by Islam. However, the reality is simply the opposite.

The Holy Prophet also warns against this in severally in the hadiths, one of which says:

“If a man commits Zina, faith comes out of him and hovers over him like a cloud, then when he stops, faith returns to him.”

Ok! No sex until marriage, we got it. But how can we then avoid Zina? Great masses of people fall into this act because of satanic influences. To escape this destroying trap set by Satan, we need to take the following points seriously.

Rule #3.  Avoid being alone all by yourselves

Why?

Because the Holy Prophet said so, and with a good reason!

When you are together you think you are really alone and therefore can behave yourselves. But that’s not always true; it is easy said than done. Never trust your Nafs (self-discipline) because the temptations will become relentless when the situation unfolds itself.

The Holy Prophet already made this clear in a hadith that:

“No man is alone with a woman but the Satan is the third one present.” – Al-Tirmidhi.

I know by now your mind starts to throw questions from left, right and center like a ping-pong ball. “How can we date if we can’t be alone?” This is what you might be thinking right?

But the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, also mentioned that:

“No man should be alone with a woman unless there is a Mahram with them.” – Bukhari and Muslim.

The truth is that you don’t need to be alone before you can talk. In fact, when you are alone together, you won’t be talking. Rather, Satan will occupy your minds with some weird thoughts and the end results always turn out to be what you did not plan for.

Rule # 4. The conversation should not go beyond permissible topics

And permissible topics are those that are related to your purpose. At this stage, your primary focus should be to observe each other to see whether you fit for marriage.

So, the conversation between the two of you should focus on the purpose only.

Rule # 5. Avoid every other temptation that might lead to sin

Dating (relationship before marriage) as you see it is not Haram provided you obey whatever Allah has enjoined. Apart from an arranged marriage, what other means can one get married if not for a premarital relationship? You can call it courtship or dating, it doesn’t really matter if your intention is halal.

The Holy Prophet encouraged getting to know a woman before marrying her but in a permissible manner. He said:

Arrange to see her first (the woman you are considering marrying), this will help to establish accord between you. (Ahmad)

The fear is the temptations that are involved. So when you are in a relationship with someone, you should clear up your minds and declare the purpose of your relationship which should be a trajectory towards marriage.

Try to get to know each other and while in the process, try as much as possible to avoid everything that can lead you to something disliked by Allah (especially Zina).

Rule #6. Pray & Pray & Pray (Very Important)

A good spouse can be the best thing you can ever have in your whole life. This is enough for a reason to ask Allah to guide you find someone who will complete the other half of you and grow old with you.

Make dua to Allah to make things easy for you. Allah likes those who turn to him in Dua as the prophet said. Dua is an act that cannot and should never be neglected in this important course.

Is it too much?

What about if you cannot abide by these rules now?

If that’s the case, then I think it’s time to learn how to lead a single happy life.

And Allah knows best!

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Dating In Islam – What are the Rules? Halal or Haram?

Is dating in Islam Haram or Halal? What are the rules to have a halal relationship? If you want answers to these questions, you’ll love this post.

Updated: How to Date in Islam (Courtship)

Despite the fact that dating is a new practice in the history of humanity, the Quran and Sunnah do talk specifically about it.

Islam was sent for the whole of humanity and thus addresses all matters under all situations at any time in considerable detail, (Thanks to Allah for his unique excellence).

As an Islamic blogger, I normally stumble on questions relating to dating and friendship between males and females, boyfriend-girlfriend relationships, physical intimacy, and a whole lot of related questions.

I am glad you’re looking for Quran and Hadith guidance to these doubts rather than figuring out the whole dating thing all by yourself or depending on what the world tells you to do (Quran 7:52).

In this blog post, you’ll find out how Allah and His Messenger want you to deal with relationships with others of the opposite gender.

So that seekers may understand the topic well (By Allah’s Permission), I will cover this issue under different questions relating to different aspects and then go through the answers to get things clarified (Insha-Allah).

Presented below are some of the most common dating questions and I will be adding more Insha’Allah.

But wait, if you have a personal and specific question about relationships and situations in your life, don’t hesitate to send me your questions through the contact page, or just comment it below if you don’t mine. Be sure to read what is here though; your question may have already been answered (Insha-Allah).

Dating In Islam

Am I ready to start dating or courting?

To avoid the temptation of Zina (Fornication), Islam encourages marriage at a young age. Therefore, it is completely normal to start a relationship at the age of puberty, however, it is not compulsory.

Thus, reaching the age of puberty should not be considered as the only criterion for deciding the right age to start a relationship.

There are other important factors such as the overall maturity of a person plus his or her ability to anticipate what is good or bad, such that his or her ability to personal agreement and disagreements in important decisions of life becomes valid.

Therefore, How young is too early to start a relationship depends on the individual’s level of maturity, goals, and beliefs.

As for the holiest and greatest Prophet (peace be upon him), he said (Makaarimul Akhlaq):

“Oh youths, whosoever among you can marry, he should do so because marriage protects your eyes (from indulging in sin by looking lustfully at others in privacy).

Therefore, as a young Muslim, whenever you decide to begin a romantic relationship, that’s exactly the right time for you.

Always remember that you are never too young to begin this exciting process as long as you can bear the responsibility involved.

Stay focused and not let anyone look down on you because you are young.

Are Muslims allowed to date at all?

This is indeed a very common question among Muslim youth today.

In fact, prior to publishing this article, I have also spent a reasonable amount of time racking my brain trying to figure this one out for myself.

Well, you see, the answer everyone had after asking this question is a BIG NO.

Why is the answer always NO but not the interesting answer we want to hear?

Why does Islam hate dating among unmarried people so much?

Before I can answer these questions, first tell me why you want to date?

  • Is it to take away some of the personal loneliness? (Very Common)
  • Is it to get you to be seen by your peers as someone who is modern and cool?
  • Is it to get you out of restrictions imposed on you by religion and culture that you didn’t choose for yourself?
  • Is it to make you feel not left out if many others around you are doing the same thing?
  • Is it to make you feel better about yourself knowing someone ‘really’ likes you?
  • Or maybe do you think it’s obviously fun?

Well, the list can still continue, but there’s just no time for that.

If it happens your reason to date a girl or boy falls within these cheap desires, then am afraid, Islam can’t tolerate it and you really deserve the BIG NO answer.

All these intentions have been conditioned into our minds against our will through the influences of societies outside the Muslim society.

If you want a yes answer to this question then you have to change your intentions because our actions are judged by our intentions.

This then brings us to the next question.

Why should Muslims Date?

This particular commentary will not only answer why Muslims should date but will also answer all those who wonder how they can get married without dating.

And yes! I wanted to tell you earlier, but I decided to wait until now. To tell you the real meaning of dating and why Islam prefers the word courtship but not dating.

Most of the time, this is the reason why scholars say no to dating in Islam because they knew what it means and the dangers that come hand in hand with it that Islam is protecting us from.

Courtship is allowed, unlike the dating, we know today.

Others may call it dating, but we Muslims prefer the word “courting” because, while a date by definition usually contains “New encounters”, “Good times” and “Sex”(the worse thing), courtship has different priorities altogether.

To make it simple for my readers, courtship prepares you for marriage but dating doesn’t and the reason is simple: when two people say they are dating, they have no marriage intention now order than to fulfill each other’s cheap desires which is a sin in Islam.

There are those who will always say they will do all means to avoid Zina/fornication during the process of dating.

This is my question for them. Can you make a guarantee about the future? Even if it is a little chance of events that can lead to Zina, would you be honest with yourself to say it would never happen?

We all know that it’s only Allah who knows the future; that is why we don’t take risks in our life. Our ears and eyes are limited so is our knowledge which gives a very convincing reason why we can’t be certain about the future.

It is sometimes very easy to say certain things while we are at peace and full of content. The real test comes when the situation unfolds itself.

So my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, let us shrink away from the dating thing in praise of courtship because that’s how we can become safe from its temptations.

Let’s embrace dating for marriage and do away from dating for fun, but how can we do that, what are the steps one can follow in the courting process. This brings us to the next point.

How should Muslims Date/Court in Islam?

Exploring the principles for halal dating from Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet will set men and women on a course towards Islamic centered Marriages.

We are in the era, we already found ourselves in this dark journey in the time of darkness. We only need the best guidance that ever existed in the history of mankind, that’s the Sunnah of our Beloved, Prophet Mohammed (SAW).

Explaining the guidelines for dating for the righteous Muslims will alter lives keeping people out of toxic and unhealthy relationships that Islam forbid.

Most importantly, these principles and guidelines will transform many lives of our Muslim youth as dating is one of the common weapons Satan uses to encourage Zina, which is one of the major sins in Islam that easily lure people away from the mercy of Allah.

This is therefore incredibly an important matter.

Let me make it so clear that these principles and guidelines need more attention and research which I am yet to look into. For this reason, I will briefly state some points here and then develop them later in a completely new article on its own.

Updated: How to date in Islam Explained

  • Start with a good intention

In fact, everything including even performing ablution needs to begin with an intention, not just an intention but a good one.

As for the Holiest Prophet, He mentioned in a hadith that:

(The value of) an action depends on the intention behind it (Sahih Muslim, Book 20, Number 4692)

If you are a Muslim, there is no valid reason to engage in a relationship without a trajectory towards marriage.

And it simply means that dating with a purpose.

That’s dating someone who meets the values and goals you have for a future spouse, in order to avoid many relationships before getting married and to avoid the temptation of sin.

  • Don’t choose a non-Muslim to date

I intentionally bring this point because of my dear ladies. For men, there seems not to be any problem with that.

You want to know why? Well, “Islam is to prevail and not to be prevailed over” as the Prophet said.

It simply means that the man is in a position of leadership over the woman, and it is not permissible for a non-Muslim to be in a position of leadership over a Muslim woman, because Islam is now the only true religion and all other religions in our time are false.

Marriage is an act of worship not only for loving sake but also for pleasing Allah.

  • Don’t spend time alone together with the other person for long

You are not yet married.

We all know that spending time alone with a non-mahram friend of the opposite gender isn’t a wise thing to do.

I know, you may be old friends. Even with the intention of getting married soon. But my point is, it’s not just worth the risk.

So always be careful. Always make sure that the date does not occur unless there is a Mahram present.

  • Make the decision if both of you really like each other (Marriage)

Wow! It’s time for me to wrap up as I have left with nothing to say again.

But take this advice for good.

Dating or courting (or whatever you wish to call it) can be a wonderful way to solidify an already super strong friendship if your parents have given the go-ahead or blessings.

Allah is at the center that’s why you are both ready to step it up though. If you want to make it a long-lasting and God-honoring union with your best friend, then that is when you know it’s time to come out bold (marry) and start a romance.

Ask Allah for guidance when you are in doubt and be prepared to trust and obey Him.

Allah loves us and He does not want our downfall in life. He may not give us what we seek because He knows the negative and positive results of our truest desire.

Sometimes it could be a “No” or “Not now”; keep that in mind with patience as you seek guidance from Him alone.

Don’t forget Quran chapter 3 verse 159 which says:

“…when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).

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For single Muslims: How to live a happy lifestyle

Are you a single Muslim?

Being single form part of everyone’s life, it could be part or throughout life. However, it comes with temptations, fears and worldly influence for many Muslims.

It is for sure that our faith as Muslims encourages early marriage among young people to escape the temptations involved.

Others took full advantage of this, by the time they got to experience what singleness is meant, they aren’t single any longer.

What about my brother or sister who for his/her own reasons wants to leave a single life for some time or waiting for the best time?  What is it like to be a single Muslim without falling into the pit of dilemmas and temptations that come with it, whether man or woman?

Being single comes with challenges. You’ll have to spend years fighting against an invisible enemy who disregards Allah[swt] glory and seeks to detour you away from His good and perfect will. You’ll be tempted to follow the world’s ways, to forsake the desire of your own heart to be cherished, and most importantly, to forsake Allah Almighty.

Truly speaking, to be free from all these unhappy situations, and maintain your happiness and righteousness in every moment of your single life, it is imperative that you possess a thorough and profound understanding of yourself and your situation, and how to maintain discipline over it.

Keep gliding down this page to learn how the Holy Quran and Sunnah want you to happily deal with singleness without crossing the line.

Understand your condition from Allah [swt] perspective

If Allah[swt] should aid you, no one can overcome you; but if He should forsake you, who is there that can aid you after Him? And upon Allah[swt] let the believers rely. (Quran 3:160)

Your perspective about yourself defines many things about how you react to life’s situations.

So first of all, you need to know that your life as a Muslim is ultimately guided by someone. Though it is simple, it isn’t always easy to grasp this concept. However, nothing can compare to the joy that will embrace you as you get to know your condition in Allah[swt]’s perspective.

Are you single by your choice, the choice of others (divorced), or by the circumstances of your life, Allah[swt] is deeply aware of you. It is stated in the Glorious Quran:

“And indeed We have created man, and we know what his self whispers to him. And we are nearer to him than his jugular vein.” (Quran 50:16)

If you have ever looked into a broken mirror, you will only see a distorted image of yourself. But upon seeing that you’re messed-up in the mirror, you never pay any attention to it because you know your face isn’t messed, it’s the mirror that isn’t clear.

In the same way, you should forget the world’s broken mirror and look into the accurate mirror of Allah[swt] to discern the truth. Stay focused on what Allah [swt] has enjoined and forget all that He[swt] has forbidden.

Seek Direction within the Muslim Community

“… and fear Allah[swt] through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship)…” (Al-Nisa’ 4:1)

The Muslim community is the source for much of both our physical and spiritual growth as happy Muslims. Allah[swt] calls us to these vibrant communities within our families and within the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet[saw].

As a single Muslim, this community is one of the best means for making a potential spouse and receiving guidance and support needed for Marriage. Even in today’s world of online dating, marriage experts still see matches made by friends, family and the Muslim communities to be among the best.

Therefore, get connected to families. Feeling detached and alone serves a very comfortable means for the devil to defeat you. You need to be around others, such as families and good friends who you can develop deep and helpful relationships with, and spend time with them at meals, with their kids, outings, etc. Bring them into your life; that way you will be kept engaged with much love and happiness.

Use this as a chance to grow

Single Muslims who have more respect for Allah’s command may felt the weight of loneliness. However, it is possible to make your loneliness a means to grow a happy life and to come closer to Allah[swt] rather than seeking His wrath for the sake of your desires.

If you’ve been married but now single due to certain conditions, then you should use this as a chance to heal. Use this moment to focus on healing from past hurts and also working on your own areas of weakness.

Singleness also can serve you better in living a pure lifestyle that can prepare you for a good partner in the future. It is obvious in today’s world that staying sexually pure is the greatest challenge among young people. However, in our case as happy and righteous Muslims, that’s not true because we value what Allah wants than our desires.

Singleness should prepare you for a blessed marriage. Also, you can think of this moment as an investment in the welfare of your future marriage.

Meanwhile, every single Muslim should also bear it in mind that whether they marry in the future or not, sexual purity is an awesome reflection of their relationship with Allah[swt] as the Quran asserted:

“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze, and protect their private parts. That is purer for them. Verily, Allah[swt] is All-Aware of what they do.” (Quran 24:30)

Seek Guidance from Allah[swt] Almighty through Dua and zikr

The Prophet [saw] said, “Allah [swt] said, ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am. I am with him when he mentions Me. If he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself; and if he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly greater than it. If he draws near to Me a hand’s length, I draw near to him an arm’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.’” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

You need to realize that Allah[swt]’s help is nearer than you think. His help will surely reach you once you turn to Him and ask Him with patience.

See Also: A Touching Advice for Young Muslims

Discover and deal with the roots of your singleness with prayer. If you want to get married, yet it hasn’t happened for you, your single situation could be due to unfinished business within your personal life. For instance, there may be some basic trust issues, fears of intimacy or tendency to allow others to control you in the case of a lady. Issues like this affect not only singleness but one’s entire life.

To deal with it in a successful way, you need to get into the spiritual growth process and begin to discover the personal struggles that may have kept you single longer than you wished. In fact, it is possible that Allah[swt] can turn the pain of possible betrayal and loneliness into an incredible time of spiritual, emotional and relational growth.

Perhaps there are unique factors in your life that you have never before, or will never again experience. It’s easier said than done, but why not pray and ask Allah[swt] if there is something He wants to build into you or if there is some help around the corner. Allah Almighty’s mercy will surely embrace you soon as stated in the Glorious Quran:

“And when My servants ask you (O Muhammad concerning Me, then answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright” (Quran 2:186)

Enjoy being a single Muslim

BOOK LINK: Enjoy Your Life by Dr. Muhammad Al-‘Areefi

In fact, you must be content with what Allah[swt] has apportioned for you now because He has a reason for everything he does.

Yes, you have to enjoy life to the fullest! Beware of allowing your singleness to impact on your behavior as a happy Muslim. Have fun as a single person, whether it is a temporary or permanent condition. You have more freedom than married people though, use it to grow and invest in your future or future Marriage.

A thought:

Always turn and look at the bright aspect of your single life before looking at the dark aspect and you will surely be happy Insha-Allah.

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45 examples of Riya (show-off) in Islam you should avoid

What is Riya (show-off) in Islam?

“Riya in Islam means to perform worship with any intention other than the pleasure of Allah Almighty. That’s with the intention of informing others about it to gain something, to be praised, to be considered pious or treated with respect.

Just for the temporary pleasure of being praised, admired and considered pious by others, many people fall into the pit of Riya (show-off). They fail to realize how much Allah Almighty would be displeased with them.

For sure, as the Quran asserted, the good deeds performed by ostentatious people, not for the sake of Allah but preferring worldly life to the afterlife will never benefit them at all. The Holy Quran stated;

“Whosoever desires the life of the world and its luxuries, to them We shall pay in full (the wages of) their deeds therein, and will not make any reduction in it.” (Quran 11:15)

Whoever’s intention, concern, and goal is in the worldly life, then Allah Almighty will surely compensate him for his good deeds in this life.

Then, when reaches the next life, he will have nothing like good deeds that will be rewarded.

However, concerning the believer, he will be rewarded for his good deeds in this life and in the Hereafter as well.

Many fail to realize that this is a matter of acute anxiety to be in the category of show-offs as a result of our insincerity.

What do you think will become of us in this sinful act? How will you endure the wrath of Allah Almighty?

Our delicate bodies fear even slight cold or heat, how will they bear the horrific torments of the Hell-Fire?

Considering the dangers of Riya, there is a need for us to ponder on our everyday activities to separate the sincere deeds from the fake once. Compiled below is a list of some common examples of a show-off in our everyday life.

Note that the rulings of some of these examples may change due to differences in conditions.

Show-off regarding Salah

  • To offer Salah regularly so that people will consider him/her very steadfast in Salah.
  • For a Haafiz to lead Taraweeh Salah for money or fame.
  • To offer Salah calmly with the humility of the body in the presence of people to impress them.
  • If a person who has offered Nafl Salah such as Salat-ut-Tahajjud and rubs his eyes or stretches during the day in the presence of people so that they will come to know that he has not slept at night but has stayed awake performing good deeds, this is an indication of Riya.
  • If a person is considered a regular observer of good deeds, but in fact, he is not so, there may be a risk of Riya (show-off) for him. For example, when introduced to people as a performer of these virtuous deeds, he lowers his head with a smile on his face giving the impression as if he performs these deeds. It is an obvious example of Riya (show-off).
  • If someone who has woken up to offer Tahajjud coughs loudly or does other things so that his wife or other family members can wake up and be impressed to see him offer Tahajjud, it is a clear indication of Riya.
  • To stay late at Masjid after offering Salah so that people can consider him a pious person.
  • To offer Salah regularly in the first row of Masjid so that people will praise him and be impressed with him.
  • To express regret in the presence of people for missing the first row or Jama’at so that people will consider him very enthusiastic about the first row and Jama’at.

Just before we continue, please don’t judge

The above examples of show-off are aimed at motivating the reader to detect show-off only in their own deeds, not in that of others. Riya is in fact related to the heart and not everyone can be aware of the intentions of others’ hearts. Therefore, one should never form a negative opinion about a Muslim by suspecting him or judging him to be involved in Riya as described in these examples. To form a negative opinion (about a Muslim) is a Haram act leading to Hell (May Allah forbid).

Riya (Show-off) for preachers

  • To deliver a speech so that people will praise his speech and call him a good preacher.
  • To say emotional sentences in a loud roaring voice during the speech or to recite couplets in an enthusiastic way so that the audience will praise the speech by calling him a great preacher.
  • To use wonderful sentences, complicated words, Arabic sayings during the speech so that people will consider him a learned preacher and be impressed with him.
  • To say such sentences at the beginning of the speech as: I have been continuously traveling for six days; I had to travel for 13 hours before I reached here; I am very tired, I have not yet eaten a meal but have come here to deliver the speech. This is Riya (Show off) if the preacher says such things so that people will consider him a sincere preacher making sacrifices in the Divine path.
  • To deliver a speech excellently and eloquently in the presence of some renowned or rich person so that he will get impressed with the preacher and will praise him.
  • To try to motivate some minister or officer to come to the home of the preacher so that people will come to know that officers are impressed with him, and come to his house for Du’a or blessings.
  • To advise some officer or rich person or point out his mistakes, giving the impression that he (the preacher) is not overawed even by the influential and powerful people, and feels no fear in expressing the commandment of Shari’ah before anyone.
  • If a preacher has ever inspired a rich and renowned person to grow a beard or has persuaded a notorious person to repent of sins, and then mentions this incident to Islamic brothers or during his speech so that people will get impressed with him but not to teach them some lessons, it is also an indication of Riya (show-off) in Islam.
  • To keep the eyes lowered, whilst sitting with people or delivering a speech or making conversation with others so that people will get impressed with him, considering that he keeps his eyes lowered with modesty (whereas his eyes roam and wander everywhere when he is not with people).
  • To serve Islam or make religious efforts, bearing hardships so that people will praise the sacrifices he has made and will consider him an active and enthusiastic preacher.
  • To travel to the various countries of the world in a Divine path so that people will praise the sacrifices he has made, mentions him as an example to others and calls him an international preacher.

Riya (show-off) for reciters and listeners of the Glorious Quran

  • To recite the Holy Quran so that people will give them money, food, and clothes; or will praise his voice, manner of recitation, pronunciation or couplets.
  • To recite Na’at from memory without seeing the book so that people will praise him saying that he has learned so many Na’ats by heart.
  • To explain a difficult couplet so that people will consider him an intelligent and learned person.
  • To recite unique couplets or to recite couplets in a newly-prepared or copied tune on some special occasion e.g. a holy night so that the audience will get excited.
  • To gain expertise in the recitation of the Quran and speech so that people will call him an expert in all areas.
  • To get his CD or VCD released for the purpose of becoming a renowned Quran reciter (or preacher).
  • To pretend to weep or wear a weeping look delivering or listening to a speech, or making or leading Du’a, or reciting or listening to the Quran, so that people will be attracted to him and look at him with praising eyes.

Riya (show-off) for people who spend money in Divine path

  • To donate money for religious activities so that people will call the donor a generous person.
  • To distribute charity to the poor so that they will gather around him, begging.
  • To serve and help patients, the grief-stricken and flood victims etc. so that people will call him a well-wisher of the troubled and a sincere social worker.

Other Different examples of Riya (show-off) in Islam

  • To use words that show humility for oneself such as a sinful or worthless person so that people will consider him a humble-natured person, praising his humility. (To use such words for oneself without the willingness of the heart is hypocrisy besides Riya (show-off).)
  • To meet people warmly and politely so that people will consider him a sociable and well-mannered person.
  • To wipe tears from eyes, when weeping during Du’a etc. in the presence of others, so that people will get the impression that he is wiping tears to avoid Riya (show-off).
  • To say such sentences to impress others as I am very fearful of sins, I am in constant fear of losing my faith, how can I face accountability on the Day of Judgement!. This is also an obvious indication of show off in Islam.
  • To have a sad look on the face or to say comforting sentences to those in trouble so that people will consider him a kind-hearted and sympathetic person. (To do so with the intention of comforting a troubled Muslim and that of gaining Divine pleasure is an act of worship and reward of the Hereafter.)
  • To act upon Sunnah properly, when eating, drinking, standing up or sitting, etc. in the presence of others, so that people will consider him a steadfast follower of Sunnah. If only we would develop the mindset of acting upon Sunnah whilst eating, drinking and doing other things in loneliness as well.
  • To eat less, when in a gathering or in the presence of others, so that people will consider him a less-eating person and a steadfast follower of Sunnah.
  • To tell one’s own virtuous deeds to someone and then ask him not to tell them to anyone so that he will get impressed and will consider him a sincere person not wanting his deeds to be revealed to others.
  • To use the title ‘Haafiz’ with one’s own name so that people will admire him saying: treat him with respect and request him to make dua for them. (If there is no intention of Riya (show-off), it is not prohibited for the Haafiz to use the word ‘Haafiz’ with his name.)
  • To perform I’tikaf in Ramadan or recite the Holy Quran in the presence of others or make Du’a in an extremely humble manner so that people will consider him a pious person.
  • To perform I’tikaf in Ramadan so that he can eat food for free, at Sahari and Iftari, gifted to Mu’takifeen in the Masjid.
  • If someone finds a wise and nice piece of advice while studying, and keeps it secret from others for the purpose of relating it to the attendees in a big Ijtima’ so that they will raise slogans to praise him and acknowledge him as a learned preacher, this is an indication of Riya (show-off).
  • To call Azan very melodiously in the holy night so that people will praise his voice and melody.
  • To include admonitory quotes [i.e. ones containing warning], interesting parables with wisdom in the book or article one is writing, with the intention of being admired and appreciated.
  • To perform Hajj and let others know that one has performed it so that they will call him Haji Sahib.

I urge fellow Islamic brothers and sisters to please check your virtuous deeds for hidden signs of show-off (Riya) as it enters into a good deed slower than even the pace of an ant.

It’s a fact that the pleasure of showing-off does not even come close to that of delicious foods and wealth, refraining from this cheap pleasure is very essential.

Therefore, if anyone suspects even a bit of show-off (Riya) in any of his deeds, he should fearfully repent of it as soon as possible. You can use the following as general signs to spot and deal with Riya in your deeds.

  1. Being lazy in performing good deeds when alone but active in the presence of people is a sign of Riya.
  2. Increasing one’s deeds when praised and
  3. Decreasing the deeds when criticized.
showing off (Riya)

Knowing the signs of show-off is one thing. So I’ll like to complete it by giving you some tips on how to actually shake it off your shoulders Insha-Allah.

  1. Get Help from Allah Almighty by making Du’a.
  2. Perform all deeds, in the same manner, be you alone or with people.
  3. Try as much as possible to always hide your good deeds.
  4. Always be aware of the harms in Riya.
  5. Get rid of the various causes of Riya (show-off) in your life.
  6. Sincerely perform Good deeds.
  7. Guard your intentions very well.
  8. Avoid satanic whisper during worship or while performing good deeds
  9. Engage only with righteous people.
  10. Continue making Dua to Allah.

I hope that you find this useful and will spread it to others who may also benefit from it. Jazaakallah Khairan Kaseeran.

Allah knows best.

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Islam and Purity

How to Perform Ghusl (Janabah Bath) – step by step

You have come to the right place if you need a step by step guide on how to do Ghusl (Janabah bath) the right way.

Purity as a word is very pleasing to the human ear, and a quality which everyone wishes to have. And we Muslims are privileged to have Islam which in every aspect purifies us (Maasha-Allah).

Ritual purity is a prerequisite to Salaat and other acts of worship; this comprises either ablution (wudu) for minor impurity or ceremonial bath (ghusl) for major impurity.

If a Muslim purifies himself in line with Allah’s commandments and the Prophet’s instructions, his prayer will purify him of sins thoroughly.

This tremendous need for ghusl calls for an inside and simple explanation to it, as a lot of Muslims find ghusl something hard to do; but it isn’t that hard. We just need a simplified explanation for it.

So, stay with me as I guide you through the steps on how to go about ghusl (Janabah bath) as the prophet did.

Since you are here, you should peruse this guide if you already know how to do ghusl. Who knows, you may be missing out something or we may leave out something which you can help with.

Without any further ado, let’s get to work!

Declare your intention to perform Ghusl

Intention (Niyyah) is simply a resolution in the heart to do something and does not need to be voiced aloud.

Intend (in your heart) to make ghusl in order to remove major ritual impurity (Janabah or Ghusl after sex, menstruation, or postpartum period). For Example: “I am performing ghusl in order to purify myself.

You can do ghusl once for several intentions or reasons (like if you had a wet dream or sex with your wife, and it’s Eid as well, and it’s Friday too). You will Insha Allah be rewarded for all of them.

Say “Bislmillah” and wash your hands

After declaring your intention to do ghusl, say Bislmillah (i.e. by the name of Allah) then wash both hands up to your writs 3 times.

Wash the private parts

Regardless of whether or not you can see any sign of impurity, wash your private parts very well.

Perform a complete wudu

At this point, perform wudu as you do for your daily prayers, but remember to exclude your feet, you should delay washing the feet until you finish the bath.

Wash your head

Use your fingers through your hair and beard (for men) so that water should reach your scalp.

Wash your whole body

Rub water over the whole body. Begin by pouring water over your right shoulder up to three times, and then do the same to the left. And pour the same number of times over your head plus the rest of your body.

Meanwhile, take care of your arm-pits, ears, the navel, and the recesses of skin, make sure you rub all those corners with water.

Wash your fit

After you finished washing your entire body, step aside from where you did the ghusl and gently wash your feet starting from the right foot and then the left up to, and including the ankles, three times. You should enter the water between the toes with your little finger and then wash the feet.

Recite the same dua for wudu

Ash-hadu Alla ilaha illallah, wa ash-hadu anna Mohammadan Abdoho wa Rasoolah. Allahomma aj’alnee minattawwabeen, waj’alnee mottatahhireen.

This means:

I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship, but Allah, He has no partner, and I bear witness that Mohammad is His servant and His Messenger. O Allah, make me of those who repent for their sins, and of those who keep themselves pure.)

And Alhamdulillah you are done with ghusl.

3 key important factors that make your ghusl satisfactory:

  1. Intention (in the heart, not tongue) to remove major ritual impurity.
  2. Clean filth with water
  3. Pour water completely over the body. Make sure to wet your entire body with water.

When is it desirable to perform ghusl?

  1. If one’s body is stained with impurity and he doesn’t remember exactly where the stain actually is.
  2. In times of fear, extreme darkness, and severe storms.
  3. For wearing new clothes.
  4. For repentance from sin.
  5. On recovering from unconsciousness.
  6. For a madman, once he recovers from a state of madness
  7. After washing the body of a deceased person.
  8. On returning from a long journey.
  9. For tawaaf
  10. For other auspicious and blessed gatherings.
  11. For the stay in Arafat.
  12. The stay in Muzdalifah.
  13. When visiting the Holy Prophet (SAW)
  14. When entering Mina
  15. For the three days that Hajis throw pebbles at the devil

What are the factors that necessitate Ghusl?

  1. Discharge of sperm
  2. Wet dreams
  3. After the termination of menses
  4. After the termination of pro-child birth bleeding (nifaas)

NB: Many women believe that a woman remains impure after childbirth for a period of 40 days, whereas this is not the case. Please if you are having any issue concerning this; state it in the comments bellow.

Important issues concerning Ghusl (Janabah Bath)!

  1. Causing a seminal discharge deliberately by masturbating will necessitate ghusl. Masturbation is a sin though. It is a shameful act that leads to weakness in one’s reproductive abilities and experience has also proven that it leaves a lot of men unfit for marriage. Read: Why Masturbation is Wrong.
  2. When sperm does not leave its origin in a state of lust, it does not necessitate ghusl (Janabah bath). But it does, however, nullify one’s wudu.
  3. Drops of thin sperm that are discharged whilst urinating or just standing around without any feeling of lust, do not call for ghusl, but will only nullify one’s wudu.
  4. If you remember a wet dream but there are no signs or effects of it on your clothing and or bed sheet then you don’t have to perform ghusl.
  5. If you were experiencing lust whilst in Salah and could feel sperm moving but finished your Salah before you actually experienced a discharge, then your Salah is valid but you will now have to perform ghusl.

Other useful Precautions to note when performing Ghusl!

  1. Do not face the Holy Ka’bah when performing ghusl.
  2. Make sure you rub your hands all over your body whilst washing.
  3. Make sure that no one can see you while you are performing ghusl.
  4. You must not read a dua or talk while performing ghusl.
  5. There is no harm in drying yourself with a towel once you have finished.
  6. Get dressed as soon as the bath is completed.
  7. It is desirable to read 2 rak’at nafl Salah.
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Common Questions and answers concerning Ghusl

Now, let’s address some of the commonly asked questions about the Janabah bath.

Why do we perform Ghusl/why is Ghusl important?

Answer:

  • It is beloved and pleasing to Allah (Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi)
  • It is equal in excellence to half the faith (Muslim)
  • It is one of the qualities of believers as it’s a type of worship seen only by Allah (Ibn Majah)
  • It leads to acceptance of one’s Dua or supplication (Ahmad & Tabrani)
  • Maintaining purity removes sins. (Muslim)
  • It is one of the qualities of true nature (Muslim).

What are the acts of worship that cannot be done in the state of Janabah? or When is ghusl compulsory or Required?

Answer:

  • Prayer (Salaat) – (Quran An-Nisa 4:43)
  • Going round the Ka’ba (Bukhari and Muslim)
  • Touching or carrying the Holy Quran (Nasai, Darqutni)
  • Recitation of the Holy Quran (Ahmad and Abu Ya’la)
  • Staying in the mosque ( Ibn Maja & Tabrani)

Can a husband and wife do ghusl together?

Answer:

There is absolutely no veil between a husband and a wife who are united by marriage. And there is absolutely no restriction between them taking a shower or bath together if they wish to do so. But in this case, this is not just a shower, but a spiritual bath, a bath that will prepare you to worship Allah. Which is why I think you should take ghusl alone and not with your wife.

Can ghusl be performed in flowing water?

Answer: Yes

Ghusl can be performed in flowing water (Like River or Stream). Staying in the water for a little while will mean that the Sunnah of washing the limbs three times as prescribed will automatically be fulfilled. But if it’s in a pool (where the water is still), you’ll have to move your limbs 3 times or shift your body to 3 different areas in the water to fulfill the Sunnah of washing the limbs three times.

Can ghusl be performed in the shower?

Answer: Yes

If there’s a shower fitted in your bathroom, see whether or not you face the direction of the holy Ka’bah before taking the bath.

Can ghusl be performed in the rain?

Answer: Yes

Exposing one’s sitr (private parts) in front of others is Haram. Therefore when bathing under the rain, you should make sure no one sees you. You can wrap a thick shawl over your trousers so that the color of your sitr or thighs is not exposed.

Can Ghusl (Janabah) replace Wudu?

Answer: Yes

You don’t need to perform wudu again after doing ghusl. But if your palm touches your private parts, then you should perform ghusl.

What do I do with my knotted hair when doing ghusl?

Answer:

You do not have to untangle strands of hair that get tied with each other.

When is it Sunnah to perform Ghusl?

Answer:

It is Sunnah to perform ghusl (Janabah bath) on Friday, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha, the day of ‘Arafah (9th Zul-Hajj) and when wearing ihram.

For further questions, contributions or suggestions please comment below so that we can discuss them together Insha-Allah.

Allah knows best.

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Islamic Guidance

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un Meaning

Arabicإِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
TransliterationInna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un
Meaning“Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”
SourceQuran 2:156

“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” meaning

In lots of non-Arabic speaking countries, many Muslims doesn’t understand the language of the Quran (Arabic). Some of us know enough to only read the Holy Quran.

Related: Meaning of labaik allahuma labaik

Thus, we often recite certain verses and phrases without knowing exactly what they mean.

One clear example is “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un”

You may be wondering what these words mean. And why should we as Muslims say it and under what circumstances?

As stated in the beginning, “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” means “Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”

Under what circumstance should you say “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un”

It is recommended to recite this verse whenever one is tested with hardship.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un

Everybody on earth faces challenges, losses, trials, adversities, and hardships in one form or the other – sometimes through losses and sometimes through abundance.

If we fail to realize the why and wisdom behind such trials, we can commit such mistakes that not only leave us depressed and dejected in this world but also take away our success in the hereafter.

It is therefore very important to understand the wisdom behind trials and tests in Islam and how to respond to them in a befitting and appropriate manner.

As Muslims, it is expected of us to remain in a positive state of mind, whatever the circumstances. True believers are those who remain patient when troubles befall them. That’s called Sabr!

Allah Almighty said in the glorious Quran:

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient). Quran 2:155


Allah Almighty informs us that He tests and tries His servants, sometimes with bounty and sometimes with afflictions of fear and hanger. The important thing is when He said there is good news for those who are patient (As-Sabirin).

Beware: Some people think that tests only come in the form of hardships. Allah Almighty also tests us with ease. It’s often in the test of ease that we fail most.

However, hardship/suffering is also a very dangerous threat to our Eeman.

That’s why when in any bad situation, it is very important to comfort yourself with “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” and let Allah handle the rest by His grace.

Allah said in the Quran:

Who when afflicted with calamity, say “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” – “Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”

Trials could be health-related, wealth-related, or it could be the life of our loved ones. Whenever calamities like these happen, don’t turn on your heels because you’ll lose out a lot in this world and the next. Never lose faith in Allah just because you’re hurt, rather accept the fact that He brought us to this world, He can do as He pleases, and to Him is our shall return.

True believers recite these words to console themselves in the face of their losses. Because they know that they belong to Allah and that He does what He wills with His servants. They also know that no deed, even if it was the weight of an atom, will be left out on the Day of resurrection.

These facts should give us all the strength to believe that we are Allah’s slaves and that to Allah will be our return.

Virtue of saying “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” during afflictions

… but give good tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient), Who when afflicted with calamity, say “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” – “Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”

What are these good tidings Allah has for the Sabirin (the patient)?

There are several Hadiths that mention the reward of accepting the fact that we all will return back to Allah by saying “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” – “Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” – when afflicted with adversity.

For instance, quoting from Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Imam Ahmad reported that Umm Salamah narrated:

Once, Abu Salamah came back after he was with Allah’s Messenger and said:

I heard Allah’s Messenger recite a statement that made me delighted.

He said:

No Muslim is struck with an affliction and then recite the Istirja (“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un”) when the affliction strikes, and then says: ‘O Allah! Reward me for my loss and give me what is better than it,’ but Allah will do just that.

Umm Salamah said: So, I memorized these words.

When Abu Salamah died, I said the Istirja` and then said: “O Allah! Compensate me for my loss and give me what is better than it.”

I then thought about it and said, “Who is better than Abu Salamah?”

When my Iddah (the period of time before the widow or divorced woman can remarry) finished, Allah’s Messenger asked for permission to see me while I was dyeing a skin that I had. I washed my hands, gave him permission to enter and handed him a pillow, and he sat on it.

He then asked me for marriage and when he finished his speech, I said, “O Messenger of Allah! It is not because I do not want you, but I am very jealous and I fear that you might experience some wrong mannerism from me for which Allah would punish me. I am old and have children.”

He said:

As for the jealousy that you mentioned, Allah the Exalted will remove it from you. As for your being old as you mentioned, I have suffered what you have suffered. And for your having children, they are my children too.

She said, “I have surrendered to Allah’s Messenger.”

Allah’s Messenger married her and Umm Salamah said later,

“Allah compensated me with who is better than Abu Salamah: Allah’s Messenger.”

Sahih Muslim reported a shorter version of this Hadith.

In another hadith, Abu Sinan said:

“I buried my son Sinan and Abu Talhah Al-Khawlani was sitting on the rim of the grave. When I wanted to leave he took me by my hand and said:

‘Shall I not inform you of some good new O Abu Sinan!’

I said: ‘Of course.’

He said: ‘Ad-Dahhak bin Abdur-Rahman bin Arzab narrated to me, from Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘When a child of the slave (of Allah) died, Allah says to the angels: “Have you taken the fruits of his work.” They reply: “Yes.”

So He says: “What did My slave say?”

They reply: “He praised you and mentioned that to You is the return.”

So Allah says: “Build a house in Paradise for My slave, and name it ‘the house of praise.'”

Final Words

Allah created us into this world for a short while. Even if you manage to leave up to a hundred years, one day you will have to face death and return to your lord. Unlike this short worldly life, the life of the hereafter will never end.

Allah prepares us for the hereafter by testing our Eeman day in and day out.

Thus, calamities and disasters are nothing but tests which are also signs of Allah’s love for a person. Allah’s test and trials are like medicine – even though it tastes bitter, despite its taste you give it to heal the one whom you love.

In a Sahih hadith, it is said that:

“The greatest reward comes with the greatest trial. When Allah loves a people, He tests them. Whoever accepts that wins His pleasure but whoever is discontent with that earns His wrath.”

So, when you are tested with any hardship or discomfort, recite “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” to console yourself in the face of your calamities. Insha’Allah, with this state of faith, Allah will compensate you with something better.

And Allah knows best!

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Hajj

Labaik allahuma labaik meaning in english

What does labaik allahuma labaik mean in English?

Well, if you are finding it difficult to memorize this dua with the Arabic version, you can use the transliteration and translation for easy understanding and remembering.

Related: Meaning of inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon

Arabic

لَبَّيْكَ اللَّهُمَّ لَبَّيْكَ، لَبَّيْكَ لاَ شَرِيْكَ لَكَ لَبَّيْكَ، إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ وَالنِّعْمَةَ لَكَ وَالْمُلْكَ لاَشَرِيْكَ لَكَ


Transliteration

“Labaik allahuma labaik, Labaik la sharika laka labbayk, Innal Hamda wan nimata laka wal mulk, la sharika lak.”


Please note that this dua may not look the same in various English versions, but they all carry the same meaning, so there’s no need to wonder which one to memorize.

Translation

“I am at Your service, O Allah, I am at Your service. You have no partner. I am at Your service. Praise and blessing belong to You, and the Kingdom. You have no partner.”


Also:

“Here I am, O Lord, here I am, you indeed have no partner, here I am. No Doubt, all praise, and bounties are yours, and so is the absolute Domain. You indeed have no partners, here I am”

Labaik allahuma labaik meaning in english

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The Talbiyah has a number of meanings, such as:

1. Labaik Allahumma Labaik  (Here I am, O Allah, here I am)” is one response after another, which is repeated to show that the response is lasting and ongoing.

2. “Labaik Allahumma labbayk (Here I am, O Allah, here I am)” means, I submit and submit again, i.e., ongoing submission.

3. It may mean staying in one place (labba bi’l-makaan) and clinging to it, which means, I am persisting in obeying You, thus emphasizing the meaning of continuous servitude to Allah.

4. One of the meanings of the Talbiyah is confirming the love of Allah. There is an Arabic phrase imra’ah labbah (a loving woman) which refers to a woman who loves her child. One only says “Labbayk (Here I am at your service)” to a person whom one loves and respects.

5. It implies sincerity, as in the phrase lubb al-shay’ which means the essence of a thing and lubb al-rajul which means a man’s mind and heart.

6. It implies drawing close, as in the word ilbaab, which means drawing close, so it emphasizes the meaning of seeking to draw closer and closer to Allah.

7. It is a symbol of the Tawheed of the religion of Ibrahim, which is the spirit and aim of Hajj, indeed the spirit and aim of all the acts of worship. Hence the Talbiyah is the key to this act of worship that the pilgrim is embarking on.

The Talbiyah also includes:

Praise of Allah, which is the dearest thing with which a person may draw close to Allah.  It implies recognition of the blessings of Allah, for He is the source of all blessings and the One Who bestows them. It includes acknowledging that all sovereignty belongs to Allah alone, and no one else has any true dominion. (Mukhtasar Tahdheeb al-Sunan, Ibn al-Qayyim, 2/335-339)

When the pilgrim is reciting the Talbiyah, he feels a connection with all other created beings, as they all join with him in submission to Allah alone and echo his Talbiyah. The Messenger ﷺ said: “There is no Muslim who recites the Talbiyah but whatever is to his right and to his left of stones, rocks and clods recites it with him, to the furthest point to the east and the west” – meaning from his right and his left.” (At-Tirmidhi, 828)

Inner Dimensions of Talbiyah

We can understand and deduce the inner dimension of Talbiyah through the Hadeeth in which the Prophet ﷺ said: “When any pilgrim utters Talbiyah, every stone and tree on his right and on his left responds with a (similar) Talbiyah, until the whole earth resounds with it.” [Ibn Khuzaymah]

Reflect on this call and the act of repeating Talbiyah loudly as well as its external and internal impact and how it is related to the call of the founder of this great rite, the intimate friend of Allah, Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) عليه السلام when Allah The Almighty commanded him to call people and proclaim the message. Allah The Almighty promised him that He will convey his call to all people. Allah Says (what means):

{And proclaim to the people the Hajj [pilgrimage]; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass.} [Qur’an, 22: 27]

It means: announce Hajj to mankind and call them to perform Hajj to this House which We have commanded you to build. It was said that Ibrahim عليه السلام said, “O Lord, how can I convey this to people when my voice will not reach them?’’ It was said, “Call them and We will convey it.” So, Ibrahim, you stood up (on his place, or on the Black Stone, or on (the mountain of) As-Safa or on (the mountain of) Abu Qubays and said, “O mankind! Your Lord has established a House so come for pilgrimage to it.’’ It is said that the mountains lowered themselves so that his voice would reach all the corners of the earth, and those who were still in their mothers’ wombs and their fathers’ loins would hear the call. The response came from everything that heard him, from stones, trees, and those whom Allah has decreed will make Hajj, until the Day of Resurrection: “We answer your call, O Allah, we answer your call.” [Ibn Katheer]

It is the slogan of declaring an identity. It also indicates that this rite is universal and brings happiness to all creatures, that all beings respond to it and that the Lord of all creatures and the whole universe blesses this rite.

It is the symbol of distinction which differentiates between the advocators of this great Divine rite and the advocators of other contrary earthly projects. It differentiates between this journey to which the whole existence responds and the human nature finds comfort in, and other projects which, if they do not clash, go against existence and are alien to the human nature.

Labaik Allahumma Labaik is a very nice dua for every Muslim to know. you can listen to the audio bellow:

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Hadith: Actions are judged by intentions

On the authority of ameer ul -mumineen (the commander of the faithful), abu hafs Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him), who said:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say, “Actions are but by intentions and every man shall have only that which he intended. Thus he whose migration (hijrah from Makkah to Madina) was for Allah and His Messenger, his migration was for Allah and His Messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration was for that for which he migrated.”

It is related by the two imams of the scholars of hadeeth, Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Ismael ibn Ibraheem ibn al-Mugheera ibn Bardizbah al-Bukhari and Abu-l-Husain Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj ibn Muslim al-Qushairee an-Naisaboree, in their two Saheehs, which are the soundest of compiled books [i.e., the most truthful books after the Book of Allah, since the  Qur’an is not ‘compiled’].

A story about Good Intentions

A story is told of a man who approached three workers who were doing the same job. “What are you doing?” he asked each one of them separately and got different answers.

“I am cutting the stones” replied the first.

“I am earning my livelihood” replied the second.

“I am building a mosque” replied the third.

Each of the three workers saw himself linked to a different purpose, one was to that extent, different from others, although all worked alike and were engaged in the same task.

Our two hands with which we work are in no sense different from the hands of any other person. The value of what we do depends upon the quality of the inner purpose in our heart with which we do our work. True Muslim works to earn God’s pleasure.

The ultimate criterion in evaluating men’s deeds is the intent and the purpose of the doer rather than the external shape of people’s acts. The sincerity of purpose and God-fearing motivation behind a Muslim’s deeds were the principal features which distinguished his deeds from those of non-believers.

Islamic history provides glaring examples of how Muslims in minority ultimately triumphed over their enemies in much greater number and better equipped because of their faith and sincerity of their purpose…..

Islam has emphasized the purity of intent before every act of virtue. The following ayats in the Holy Quran provide good guidance on the subject:

“Say: I am commanded that I should serve Allah, being sincere to Him in obedience.” (39:11)

“And call on Him being sincere to Him in obedience”. (7:29)

What do we really mean by IKHLAS – the purity of purpose? When one embarks upon the worship of Allah or does any act of virtue, he is required to discard all worldly thoughts from his mind and cast his full concentration towards Allah.

He is expected to feel dependent on none but Allah for all his worldly needs and put his trust in Him as the primary source of all blessings and reward. He is desired to throw his full weight in praying for all his lawful needs from Him. His sole aim for every act of virtue should be to seek not worldly gains but the pleasure of Allah.

What is the effect and outcome of IKHLAS – the purity of purpose?

Numerous instances can be quoted of the lasting effect and fruitful outcome of actions and work done with absolute purity of purpose – for the pleasure of Allah and Him alone. The following story should serve a good example.

It is related that when Prophet Adam landed on this earth from Heaven, all kinds of creatures came forward to pay their respects and welcome him on earth. To each one of them, Adam gave his blessings according to its qualification.

When a flock of gazelles came forward to pay their respects, he gave his blessings and patted them by passing his holy hand over their backs. The lasting effect of this was the growth of navel-bag of musk (a black substance well known for producing a good perfume).

When they returned home, another flock of gazelle on seeing the gift of musk asked them where they had got it from. They explained that Prophet Adam had patted them and passed his holy hand over their backs, in appreciation of their visit to him. The result was the growth of the navel-bag of musk.

This second flock of gazelle thought they too should get the gift. With this aim, they went and offered their salaams and respects before Adam. The Prophet acknowledged and passed his hand over their backs also. But this time it showed no effect of producing the navel-bag of musk. They were naturally disappointed.

On their return home, they inquired the reason for this and were told that it was because of the lack of purity of intent and purpose. Their visit to Prophet Adam was for the specific aim of the reward of the naval-bag of musk whereas the first flock had paid the visit solely for the pleasure of Allah without any thought for reward.

Today the musk producing creatures are the progeny of that very first flock of gazelles.

May Allah purify our intentions in our every action. Amen