Saturday, June 16, 2007

Strong believer vs weak believer

Strong Believer vs. Weak Believer
Answered by Shaykh Hamza Karamali, SunniPath Academy Teacherhttp://qa.sunnipath .com/issue_ view.asp? id=14428&hd=7&cate=3120&t=rss

Q - Our beloved Prophet, sallahu 'alaihi wa sallam, said that a strong believer is more beloved in the sight of Allah than a weak believer but there is good in both. What is the essence in one's character that makes them strong or weak? Perhaps if you could answer this on a very practical level in dealing with one's trials and relationships? Also, when Allah says that there is good in both, is referring to faith?

A - In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate
assalamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh
Imam Nawawi (Allah have mercy on him) mentioned this hadith in the Chapter of Striving of Riyad al-Salihin (it is listed as hadith #100 in Riyad al-Salihin):
100. Abu Hurayra said that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer although there is good in each. Desire that which will bring you benefit, and seek help from Allah and do not give way to incapacity. If something happens to you, do not say, 'If only I had done such-and-such. ' Rather say, 'The decree of Allah. He does what He will.' Otherwise you will open yourself up to the action of Shaytan." [Muslim]What is meant by "strength" and "weakness" in the believer is "strength of faith" and "weakness of faith." The rest of the hadith explains some of the the signs of strong faith: to be avid for what brings one true benefit in the next life, to not give up when striving to fulfill the rights that Allah Most High has over one, and to bear patiently with the trials of destiny.Shaykh Muhammad Ibn `Allan (Allah have mercy on him) mentions in his commentary on Riyad al-Salihin that the strong believer is the one whose faith is so strong that the wordly causes and effects do not distract him from the One who is really running the world, so that he has complete reliance on his creator. The outward sign of strong faith is increased worship: the stronger a believer is in his faith, the more he will busy himself with the worship of His Loard.By mentioning this hadith in the Chapter of Striving (mujahadah), Imam Nawawi is explaining to us that the point of the hadith is to get us to roll up our sleeves and get busy in trying to purify ourselves from disobedience to Allah Most High--inwardly and outwardly--and to adorn ourselves with His obedience--inwardly and outwardly.As for the final part of your question, when the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said that there is "good in both", he meant--as explained by Shaykh Ibn `Allan--that the good that is in both of them is the faith that is in their hearts. In other words, although the faith of the strong believer is stronger than the faith of the weak believer, both are, at the end of the day believers, and belief is a tremendous blessing from Allah Most High.And Allah Most High knows best.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Benefit of Solah Alan Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa salam

Shaykh Syed Muhammad bin Yahaya AlHusainy AnNinowy (May Allah santify their secrets)_ SUHBA 2007

Means to Allah, the best means is through Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam
Hadith: Those closest to me in yaunul qiyamah does more solah and salam on Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam

2.Obeying Allah and feeling obeying Allah
As per verse of Al Quran (to be added insya Allah)

3.gateway of being close to Allah
according to Ulama Suluk

4.Be with malaikah
AlQuran evidence (to be added insya Allah)

5.As a form of syukur
Allah gives and renew ni’mah but few are thankful slaves
After furud, the best way for shukr is solah and salam on Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam

6.A source of guidance for people with no guide as yet
According to Ulama Suluk

7.Making solah and salam on Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam qualifies the reader to receive solah from Allah
You make 1 solah and salam, Allah makes on you i.e increases your maqam and accepts your deeds
Arabic: Assolah : Doa
When you do solah and salam you say Allahumma……
Therefore when you mention Allah you in hadrah of Allah. Allah wills for your mention by malaikah
You are in superior hadrah in the hadrah of Allah

8.Eligible for Syufaah from Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam

9.Sign distinguishing mu’minin from munafiqin
Munafiqin don’t do solah and salam on Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam
Mu’minin do lots : Yaz kurullaha kathira

10.Wiping and erasing of sins
More sins wipe from your deeds with increasing solah and salam
A form of making obvious their needs to Allah and Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam but need yakin
More persistence your solah and salam, Allah will solve all whether health/family issues/ job/marriage/children

11.Nur on your face and soul
Tanwil wa zawahir wal asrar
Heart lit with Nur duniya/akhirah/qubur

12.A means to save from hardship
Make solah and salam a habit and Allah will save you

13.A way to receive hasanat and erase sayyiat
1 solah and salam on Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam, Allah will erase 10 sayyiat and write 10 hasanat

14.Doas will be answered/mustajab

15.Covering of shortcomings and imperfections
A cause for satrol uyub

16.Alleviate depression
By Allah those who increase their solah and salam on Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam , Allah will take away all their sadness

17.As valuable as sadaqah

18.Reason for the recitor to receive glad tidings to go to Jannah

19.Bypass hardship at Yaumul Qiyamah
Reason to drink form the basin (hawd) of Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam. It is sweeter than honey and clearer than snow and as many glasses as there are stars in the sky
Those who increase their solah and salam on Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam will drink from Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam’s honourable hands and will never taste thirst ever again

20.Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam replies back to you by name
Togive salam is fardhu kifayah but to reply is fard
And Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam is the most generous and he will not leave your solah and salam unanswered

21.Reason for increase in memory
Sharpens the memory

22.A way to recall when you forget something
Insya Allah you will remember

23.Reason for majlis to be perfumed and blessed
Malaikah will surround the majlis

hadith to be added insya Allah

24.Reason to escape from poverty

25.Avoid becoming stingy
The stingiest person is one who don’t do solah and salam on Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam when his name is mentioned

26.Reason to safely pass the siratul mustaqim

27.Reason for invocation of Rahmah from Allah for you

28.Reason for barakah in every aspect of life

29.Reason for Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam to love you
Even if you make mistakes now and then

30.The least we can do to thank Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam

31.Zikr of Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam is zikr of Allah
You begin solah and salam with Allahumma….
So it is also zikr of Allah

32.Reason for lasting imprinted image of Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wa ahlihi wa salam in the mind and soul
Gates will be opened for you

33.Key for success duniya and akhirah
For full lecture, the Suhba DVD will soon be available at, insya Allah.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Hadith 27

From an-Nawwas ibn Sam’an, may Allah be pleased with him, from the Prophet, RasuluLLah sallaLlahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam, that he said, “Birr is good nature, and ithm is that which becomes agitated in your self and which you would hate for people to discover.’ Muslim narrated it.

From Wabisah ibn Ma’bad, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said, “I came to the messenger RasuluLLah sallaLlahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam and he said, “You have come to ask about birr?” I said, ‘yes!’ He said, ‘Ask your heart for a judgement. Birr is that towards which the self is tranquil and towards which the heart is tranquil. Isthm is that which becomes agitated in self and it goes agitatedly to and fro in the breast even though people repeatedly give you a judgement’.” A good hadith which we have narrated in the two Musnads of the Imams Ahmad ibn Hanbal and ad-Darimi with a good isnad.

Biography of the narrator: Nawwas bin Sim’an
- his father came to Madina at 9 A.H. RasuluLLah sallaLlahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam made a special for Sama’an. He took of his sandal as a gift to RasuluLLah sallaLlahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam and asked “would you like to marry the most beautiful woman in this world (Asma’ bt Nu’man)?” He contracted the marriage to RasuluLLah sallaLlahu alayhi wa alihi wassalam.
- Nawwas stayed as ahlus suffah because he had one question

The hadith have three main keywords:
Husnul khulq

Birr is connected to Allah’s name Al-Barr ie the One who shows birr to His slaves. Birr means ihsan = to show goodness eg in slaughtering which is a basic human action (in Hadith 17) and in the qur’an …wataAAawanoo AAala albirri waalttaqwa… (5:2) which literally means ‘Help ye one another in righteousness and piety’; and we have been instructed to do birr to our parents.
Imam Bukhari is the best in doing taghwib (categorizing into chapters) and one of the chapters is ‘Kitab Birr al-Silah’.
Birr can be translated as obedience (ta’at) and the opposite of ithm ie wrongdoing and not obedience.
Birr can be found in qur’an (2:177, 2:189, 2:44, 3:92, 58:9)
Jabir said that Allah’s Messenger (saws) saw a man who was being shaded (by other people while traveling). The Prophet saws asked about him and he was told that man was fasting. The Prophet saws said: It is not a part of Birr (piety) to fast while traveling. This was recorded by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.
Burr (wheat) to body is like birr to spirit.

Ithm is wrongdoing and not obedience. Zanb means a state of lowness. Sins have christians connotation to it but according to Islam people do commit zanb from time to time and they pick themselves up.
Ithm in camels means slow.

Husnul khulq is beautiful inward form.
‘Adabani Robbi Faahsana ta’dibi' (Hadith) Ihsan of Allah for ahsanul khulq.

Fitra: naturally people knew in their heart that stealing is wrong

Three advice of Sayidina Adam Alayhi al-salaam to his son
1) when you want to domething check your heart, it must be settled
2) Ask someone who have more knowledge
3) Check the consequence.

Above are the intention for studying from Imam Abdullah Al-Haddad (RahimuLlah) translated as: All praise to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. And salutations and greetings upon our master Muhammad and upon his family and companions. I intend to study and teach, take and give a reminder, take and give benefit, take and give advantage, to encourage the holding fast to the book of Allah and the way of his messenger, and calling to guidance and directing towards good hoping for the countenance of Allah and His pleasure, proximity and reward, transcendent is He. (Our thanks to


-You can search the blog by clicking on the top left corner of the page.
- All the notes were just our own paraphrasing while listening to the dars. Any mistakes are ours and please forgive us for that.
-Last but not least, please make du'a for us, for our dunya wal akhirat.