Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How the youth can protect themselves from the evil effects of late marriage?

The importance of marriage & its effects on protecting young men & women from fornication & sexual deviation is a matter that is well known to people of knowledge, wisdom, & foresight.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said,

O group of youth: Whoever from you is able to pay the dowry (Mahr), then let him marry, for that will better help you protect your private parts (from evil) & will better help you lower your gazes. & whoever is not able (to pay the dowry), then upon him is fasting, for it decreases his sexual drive.
Indeed a noble cause it is for scholars, parents, writers, & those who are respected in society to work together, finding practical ways to help realize early marriage for individuals in our Muslim societies, a cause that can be furthered by mutual counsel, cooperation, & theoretical as well as practical studies. Such efforts will - if Allah wills - benefit society & protect it from the evil effects of late marriage.

[Credit goes to 'What Must Be Known About Islam', a comprehensive book, compiled by Muhammad bin 'Ali Al-Arfaj, translated by Darussalam, global leaders in Islamic books.]

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The remembrance by two is superior than one

It is reported from Imam Nawawi (RA) that remembering Allah with both the heart & the tongue is superior than remembering with the heart only.
The reason for this is that the occupation of the two parts of the body in an act that Allah is pleased with is superior to the occupation of one part only. Likewise, the engagement of three parts is greater than two, thus the more the better.
Therefore, we should engage our three organs: the heart, the tongue, & the ears, when we are in Salah or busy in the remembrance of Allah.
By doing this, firstly your zikr will be counted as three times more & it will also be superior to the zikr with only one or two organs. Secondly, by engaging three organs at the same time it will terminate the evil satanic suggestions and thoughts that arise in Salah caused by the devil.
The method for this is that what ever you recite with your tongue; recite it with the presence of the heart, loud enough to hear it with your own ears. In this way, your three organs will be employed in the remembrance of Allah.
As well as this, if you count your zikr on your fingers rather than using a rosary, you will engage four parts/organs. This is also instigated in a Hadith, to count on your fingers. However, it is slightly difficult to engage four parts of the body in the remembrance of Allah at the same time.
(Only Allah can give the ability to act upon this, and Allah does not deprive his beloved dear servants.)

[Credit goes to 'Mountains Of Good Deeds In A Few Minutes' by Abu Talha Muhammad Younus.]

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Should I confess?

One may ask, "I would like to repent, but is it necessary for me to confess & declare my sins before another? Is it a condition of repentance that I should go before a judge and recount my crimes and seek their punishment? The previous stories of Ma'iz, the guilty woman, & the man who kissed a girl in a garden seem to suggest that this may be necessary."
It must first be mentioned that a person's direct contact with his Lord without any intermediaries is an important aspect of belief in the unity of Allah. Allah states in the Qur'an:
And when My servants ask you concerning Me - indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. [Surah al-Baqarah, 2:186]
When we admit that repentance to Allah, then the confession of sin should also be only to Allah. In fact, one of the most superior invocations for Allah's forgiveness is that which the Prophet (SAW) used to supplicate:
I acknowledge before You Your favor upon me, and I acknowledge my sin. [Al-Bukhari & an-Nasa'i]
By the grace of Allah we do not have to seek the intercession of a priest, a chair of confession, a certificate of pardon, etc. On the contrary, the Qur'an states:
Do they not know that it is Allah who accepts repentance from His servants? [Surah at-Tawbah, 9:104]
As mentioned earlier, one is not obligated to go to the authorities and confess his sins, for he whom Allah has concealed his error should likewise conceal it himself. His repentance before his Lord will be sufficient. One description of Allah is "sateer," which implies that He is the one who conceals the sins & shortcomings of His creatures.
Those companions who confessed their crimes (such as Ma'iz, the woman who committed adultery & the man who kissed a woman in the garden) did so only because they chose to out of an intense desire to purify themselves. It was not binding upon them; rather, the told Prophet Muhammad (SAW) about their situations out of concern for the Hereafter. The Prophet (SAW) purposely tried not to pay attention to Ma'iz's disclosure, as well as that of the man. 'Umar's statement that Allah would have kept it secret if the man who kissed in the garden had not exposed it also indicates the same attitude. The Prophet (SAW) kept silent upon hearing 'Umar's statement, showing assent to the remark.
Therefore, it is not necessary to go to court and register a confession when Allah has concealed one's sin. Nor is it required to go to the imam of a Masjid or to request punishment or to seek the help of a friend to lash you indoors, as some people imagine. The following story illustrates how harmful it can be to consult ignorant people in religious affairs.
It was reported that a man wanted to repent, so he went to an imam, confessed his sins, & asked for a solution. The imam told him, "The first this you should do is to go to the court and confess your crimes there. They will punish you according to the Shari'ah (Islamic Law). Then we will consider how you can repent." When the man realized that he would not to be able to bear the legal punishment, he decided not to repent & went back to his former condition.
We must be reminded that this religion is a trust upon us, & it is of utmost importance that we seek its rulings from their proper source. Allah instructed us:
Ask the people of the message, if you do not know. [Surah an-Nahl, 16:43]
And He said:
(He is) the Most Merciful, so ask about Him one well-informed." [Surah al-Furqan, 25:59]
Not every imam or mu'adhdhin or professional speaker can give religious verdicts, nor can every writer or preacher deliver rulings. However, the common should know who to consult. Indeed, the Prophet (SAW) feared the appearance of a people who would misguide their subordinates through wrong rulings. One scholar has advised, "Knowledge itself is religion. Therefore, take care as to whom you obtain it from." So beware of pitfalls & seek trustworthy scholars in matters in which you doubt.

[Credit goes to 'I Would Like To Repent But!' by Muhammad Saleh al-Munajjid.]

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Recommended Fasts

  • Any six days in the month of Shawwal (the month after Ramadhan): if one fasts those days as well as the month of Ramadhan, then one has completed his rewards so that they are equal to fasting for a year.
  • Fasting Monday and Thursday, for those are the two days that one's deeds are displayed before Allah.
  • Fasting three days from every month: when one does this his reward is equal to fasting for a year. This is a because a good deed is multiplied ten times . Regarding these three days, it is preferred that one fasts what are known as the "white days" - the 13th, 14th, and the 15th - of every (lunar) month.
  • Fasting the first nine days of Thul-Hijjah, the most emphasized of which is the 9th, the day of 'Arafah for one who is not making the pilgrimage.
  • Fasting the month of Muharram, and the most emphasized days for fasting in that month are the ninth and the tenth, which is the day of 'Ashura.
[Credit goes to 'What Must Be Known About Islam', a comprehensive book, compiled by Muhammad bin 'Ali Al-Arfaj, translated by Darussalam, global leaders in Islamic books.]

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The night of Al-Qadr is better than a 1000 months!

Allah has mentioned this in the Holy Qur'an, in verse 3 of Surat Al-Qadr:
The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months i.e., worshipping Allah in this night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months! Glory is to Allah, the bounds of Allah’s favour & grace upon the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) have exceeded.

The total age of a human according to the saying of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is between 60 & 70 years. The total days/nights of which is 70 x 365 = 25,500. But, if a person worships Allah on only one night of Qadr from his total life of 25,500 nights, he will not get the reward of 70 years but, the reward of worshipping for more than 83 years & 4 months! So in a way, the reward of worship during only one night of Qadr exceeds 30 thousand nights, which is more than his total age!

If a person is fortunate & discovers the night every year of his life, he will achieve a reward that is more than 30,000 x 63 = 1,890,000 nights. This is equivalent to the worship of more than 5,178 years! Just estimate from this that how much more a person will get than his age. This is not impossible for Allah. If this is not exceeding the bounds of Allah’s favour & grace upon mankind then what is?

We should try to achieve this night, which remains from dusk to dawn, on every year of our life. It is such a boundless night that Allah revealed its magnificence from above the seven skies & said:
The meaning of which is that the greatness & excellence this night possesses are far beyond the understanding of the mankind.

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
  1. Verily, we have sent it (this Qur’an) down in the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree).*
  2. And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is?
  3. The Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e., 83 years & 4 months).
  4. Therein descend the angels & the Ruh [Jibrail (Gabriel)] by Allah’s Permission with all the Decrees.
  5. (All the night), there is peace (& goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn.**
*"Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments." [The Qur’an, (Verse 44:4)] i.e., the matters of deaths, births, provisions, calamities, etc. for the whole (coming) year as decreed by Allah.

**Narrated ‘Aishah (RA): Allah’s Messenger Muhammad (SAW) said, "Search for the Night of Al-Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan." [Sahih Al-Bukhari, 3/2017 (O.P.234)].

[Credit goes to 'Mountains Of Good Deeds In A Few Minutes' by Abu Talha Muhammad Younus.]

Friday, July 30, 2010

Exaggerating Over the Righteous People

Islam forbids us from exceeding the proper bounds when it comes to praising people or glorifying them. Muslims know that no matter how high the level of is of a person, he is still a creature of Allah. Allah Almighty says:
There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes to the Most Beneficent as a slave. [Maryam 19:93]
Islam forbade us from exceeding the proper bounds in this matter so that Tawhid may remain pure and clean, and so that deeds may be performed purely for Allah. Exaggerating the good qualities of people most definitely leads to associating partners with Allah.
In this regard, we have the example of the Christians, who continued to exaggerate the qualities of 'Iesa, peace be upon him, until they made him a god on one occasion, and the son of a god on another, and a part of a god on yet another occasion - all of which is disbelief itself. Allah Almighty says:
Surely, they have disbelieved who say: "Allah is the Mesiah, son of Maryam." [Al-Ma'idah 5:72]
Surely, disbelievers are those who said: "Allah is the third of the three." [Al-Ma'idah 5:73]
They only deviated so far from the correct path because they exceeded the proper bounds regarding 'Iesa. Allah clarified that fact and made clear to them the way of the truth, saying:
O People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah but the truth. [An-Nisa' 4:171]
So that the Muslims are saved from what other nations have fallen into; the Prophet (SAW) said:
Do not praise me as the Christians praised the son of Maryam; indeed, I am only a slave, so say, "The slave of Allah and His Messenger." [Recorded by Al-Bukhari in the Book of the Prophets.]
Over-exaggerating the Righteous People Is The Basis For The Worship Of Idols
It has been related that the names of the idols that were worshiped are the names of righteous people; they had followers who would glorify them, and when they died, those followers said, "Let us erect statues where they used to gather so that we may continue to remember them." When that generation died and when much time passed, future generations came, not knowing the purpose of the statues; the Shaitan seduced them into believing that their fathers and grandfathers used to worship the statues, and so they began to do the same.
[Credit goes to 'What Must Be Known About Islam', a comprehensive book, compiled by Muhammad bin 'Ali Al-Arfaj, translated by Darussalam, global leaders in Islamic books.]

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Whom Can We Trust Completely?

Mostly we believe what we see or hear.
Most of the time, we trust people, even though we know that they are human beings & are likely to make mistakes.
Some people can be trusted, while others cannot be!
Then whom can we trust completely?
We can trust Allah completely.
We should have complete faith in Allah because He deserves to be trusted. Allah knows everything & can never make a mistake.
Allah listen when we call Him. He helps us in all our difficulties.
Allah is our Creator. He knows what we need & when.
He gave us all we have. We have nothing of our own.
In several verses of the Holy Qur'an, Allah has urged us to trust Him. We should therefore trust Allah completely.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) trusted Allah the most.
Faith is one of the greatest gifts of Allah.
We should try to deepen our faith by constant prayer & study Qur'an. We should not be superstitious, should not trust in charms, witchcraft & other silly things supposed to bring good-luck.
Trust in Allah makes us brave & fearless.
[Credit goes to 'Studies in Islam' by (Maulvi) Abdul Aziz, published by Islamic Book Service.]

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Existence of Allah

That Allah Almighty exists - is a reality about which there is no doubt; the following attests to that reality:

1. The sending of Messengers and the revelation of Books.

2. The natural disposition of man, which Allah created him upon.

3. The sound and reasoning mind.

The Natural Disposition of Man

This is often seen when man is afflicted with a disaster or calamity, or when all helpers and friends abandon him: his natural disposition impels him to ask Allah and to invoke Him to remove the calamity. The Noble Qur'an confirms this, saying that man turns to Allah to remove any calamity that afflicts him:

And when some hurt touches man, he cries to his Lord, turning to Him in repentance. [Az-Zumar 39:8]

The Qur'an even gives a clear example of a man who is on a boat. As the boat is sailing in clear skies, the ocean suddenly becomes violent and the bat rocks violently. The imminence of death puts him in a state of extreme fear, and it is at this point that he returns to his natural disposition and to his own supplicating sincerely to Him, without associating partners with Him. Allah Almighty says:

He it is Who enables you to travel through land and sea, till when you are in the ships and they sail with them with a favorable wind, and they are glad therein, then comes a stormy wind and the waves come to them from all sides, and they think that they are encircled therein, they invoke Allah, making their faith pure for Him Alone, saying: "If you deliver us from this, we shall truly be of the grateful." [Yunus 10:22]

Thus we find the innate belief of man in Allah's generosity, and no one will deny that except one who is intransigent in face of the truth.

The Sound and Reasoning Mind

The human mind, is fair and sincere, has no choice but to acknowledge Allah's existence, especially when considering this rule: "Nothingness cannot create something." Allah Almighty says:

Were they created by nothing, or were they themselves the creators? Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Nay, but they have no firm belief. [At-Tur 52:35, 36]

The conclusion of this verse is based on the following premises. "Did nothing create something?" The answer is that "nothing" doesn't create anything at all. Then follows the premise: "Did you create yourselves?" The answer is no, we didn't create ourselves. And then follows the third premise: "If you weren't created by 'nothing' and you didn't create yourselves, did you create the universe and its intricate system?" The answer: the one who cannot create himself cannot create anything else and the one who cannot benefit himself cannot benefit others. The conclusion the is this: if we were not created by "nothingness", if we didn't create ourselves, and if we didn't create the universe, then there must be a creator, and He is Allah Almighty, the Creator of all that exists – as He Almighty says:

Allah is the Creator of all things. [Az-Zumar 39:62]

By merely observing and contemplating the creation, one is shown that there is a creator, and that is why Allah ordered us to ponder, study, and contemplate His creation, for the creation indicates the Supreme and Perfect Creator. Allah Almighty says:

Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayat (proofs, evidences, signs, etc.) for people of understanding. [Al-Baqarah 2:164]

[Credit goes to 'What Must Be Known About Islam', a comprehensive book, compiled by Muhammad bin 'Ali Al-Arfaj, translated by Darussalam, global leaders in Islamic books.]

Friday, April 9, 2010

Worship ('Ibadah)

Its definition: It is a comprehensive term for all that Allah loves and is pleased with from sayings and deeds, both outer and inner.
There are many kinds of worship: Prayer, supplication, love, fear, sacrifice, making vows, etc. All forms of worship must be dedicated purely for Allah Almighty, Who says:
And they were commanded not, but that they should worship Allah, and worship none but Him Alone. [Bayyinah 98:5]
Whoever dedicates any kind of worship to other than Allah, then he has committed major Shirk, and his recompense is an eternal life in the Hellfire. Allah Almighty says:
Say: "I invoke only my Lord, and I associate none as partners along with Him." [Al-Jinn 72:20]
And Allah Almighty says:
Verily, whosoever sets up partners in worship with Allah, then Allah has forbidden Paradise for him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the wrongdoers there are no helpers. [Al-Ma'idah 5:72]
[Credit goes to 'What Must Be Known About Islam', a comprehensive book, compiled by Muhammad bin 'Ali Al-Arfaj, translated by Darussalam, global leaders in Islamic books.]

Friday, March 26, 2010

Islam, Iman & Ihsan

The different levels in the True Religion of Islamic Monotheism: Islam, Iman & Ihsan


Islam means to surrender to Allah with Tawhid, to submit to Him with obedience and purity from Shirk (associating partners with Allah) and from its adherents. For one to be Muslim, one must have the following three:

1. He believes that Allah is the One, and that He has no partner and that none has the right to be worshipped except Him.

2. He submits to Allah Almighty with obedience to Him; he executes those orders that the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (SAW), came with, meaning that he believes him in what he says, obeys him in what he commands, and stays away from that which he forbids – as Allah Almighty says:

And whatsoever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it). [Al-Hashr 59:7]

3. He purifies his heart from all forms and kinds of Shirk. One becomes a Muslim when he utters the two testimonies of faith, and when he applies the rest of the pillars of Islam.

The Five Pillars of Islam

1. To bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

2. To establish the prayer (Salat).

3. To give Zakat (the obligatory charity).

4. To fast the month of Ramadhan.

5. To make pilgrimage (Hajj) to the Sacred House (Ka'bah), for whoever is able to do so.

Iman (Faith)

Iman, upon which success in this world and the next depends, is composed of the following three elements:

1. Acknowledgement with one's tongue.

2. Faith in one's heart.

3. And action with one's limbs.

Iman increases with obedience, decreases with disobedience. One must have in him the preceding three elements for him to be a believer (Mu'min). But what do those elements mean?

Acknowledgement with one's tongue

This means that one acknowledges with his tongue and bears witness to the fact that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah and that Muhammad (SAW) is the Messenger of Allah.

Faith in one's heart

This means that one believes with his heart in that which he uttered with his tongue, so that he is saved from being among the hypocrites, about whom Allah Almighty says:

And of mankind, there are some who say: "We believe in Allah and the Last Day" while in fact they believe not. [Al-Baqarah 2:8]

Action with one's limbs

This means to apply the pillars of Islam and its obligatory duties – prayer, Zakat, fasting Ramadhan, Hajj to Allah's Sacred House (i.e., Ka'bah), for whoever is able to do so. From the completeness of action is for one to be dutiful to his parents, to join ties with relations, to be kind and generous to the creation, for all of these are proofs that establish the veracity of Iman in his heart.

Iman, then, is not merely a word that is uttered by the tongue; moreover, the heart must believe it and then action must follow. It has been related that Al-Hasan Al-Basri said, "Iman does not come with adornment or wishful thinking, but it is something that settles in the heart and is witnessed by action."

The Six Pillars of Iman

1. Belief in Allah.

2. Belief in the angels.

3. Belief in the Divine Books of Allah revealed to his Messengers.

4. Belief in all of the Messengers.

5. Belief in the Last Day, when Allah will resurrect all of the creation from their graves and then judge them for their deeds. Allah Almighty says:

So, whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it. [Al-Zalzalah 99:7, 8]

6. Belief in Al-Qadar (Divine Preordainment) – the good and bad of it, the sweet, and bitter of it. This means that the Muslim believes that, before Allah created the creation, He had knowledge of all that was to occur; he believes that whatever Allah wills happens and that Allah has complete power; and he believes that only that which Allah wills takes place in the universe: what He wills happens, what He doesn't will, doesn’t happen. When one of Allah's worshippers has Iman in Al-Qadar, he greatly influenced in many ways – for example, the following:

  • He has patience when faced with hardship.
No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decress (Al-Lawh Al-Mahfuz), before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah. [Al-Hadid 57:22]
  • He is satisfied and calm because he knows that Allah decreed his provision, his life span, and all of the matters that he wants and achieves. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
Then He sends the angel who blows into him the Ruh (spirit). And He orders him (the angel) to write four matters: his provision, his (time of) death, his deeds… [Recorded by Al-Bukhari 6:303]

And the proof for the six pillars is this verse:

It is not Al-Birr (piety, righteousness) that you turn your faces towards the east and (or) the west (in prayers); but Al-Birr is (the quality of) the one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, the Prophets… [Al-Baqarah 2:177]

And the proof for Al-Qadar is the following verse:

Verily, We have created all things with Qadar (Divine Preordainments of all things before their creation, as written in the Book of Decrees (Al-Lawh Al-Mahfuz). [Al-Qamar 54:49]

In the famous Hadith of Jibril, 'Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, said, "One day, as we were sitting with the Messenger of Allah (SAW), a man appeared before us: he had on a garment that was pure white and his hair was pure black; though no sign of travel was upon him, not one of us knew him. He sat directly in front of the Prophet (SAW), making his knees touch those of the Prophet (SAW), and placing his hands on the Prophet's thighs. He said, 'O Muhammad! Inform me about Islam.' The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, 'Islam is to bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; to establish the prayer; to give Zakat; to fast Ramadhan; to make pilgrimage to the House (Ka'bah), for whoever is able to do so.' (Recorded by Muslim) [Sahih Muslim 1:139]

The man said, 'You have spoken the truth.'" 'Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, said, "We were amazed at him because he first asked a question and then affirmed the veracity of the answer. He then said, 'Inform me about Iman.' The Prophet (SAW) said, 'To believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and to believe in Divine Preordainment, the good of it and the bad of it.'"

One cannot reach the level of Iman unless he is first a Muslim.


Literally, it means doing something proficiently and with sincerity; what it means in the Shari'ah is for you to worship Allah Almighty as if you see Him, though you don’t see Him, He certainly sees you. The following verse is the proof for Ihsan:

Truly, Allah is with those who fear Him (keep their duty unto Him), and those who are Muhsinun (good-doers). [An-Nahl 16:128]

One cannot reach the level of Ihsan unless he is first a Muslim and a believer (Mu'min).

[Credit goes to 'What Must Be Known About Islam', a comprehensive book, compiled by Muhammad bin 'Ali Al-Arfaj, translated by Darussalam, global leaders in Islamic books.]

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Four Issues

Know (may Allah (SWT) have mercy on you) that it is incumbent upon us to learn four issues:

  1. The three foundations a Muslim must know are the knowledge of Allah Almighty, His Prophet (SAW), and the religion of Islam, through revealed sources.
  2. Action that is based on that knowledge.
  3. Calling others to that knowledge and to its application.
  4. Patience when treading that path – i.e., the path of knowledge, of action, and of calling others to both.

The proof for these issues is found in this Chapter of the Qur’an:

By Al-'Asr (the time). Verily! Man is in loss, except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend on another to the truth, and recommend on another to patience.

Brief knowledge about the three foundations that a Muslim must know & apply:

  • Knowledge of his Lord: And He is Allah Almighty, Who created His worshipper from nothing, and bestowed upon him all kinds of blessings. Allah Almighty is the Creator of the heavens and earth, of night and day, of the sun and moon. It is He Who sends down rain and causes vegetation to grow and provides for His creatures. And it is He alone who deserves to be worshipped.
  • Knowledge of His religion, which is Islam: Allah Almighty says:
    Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam. [Aal 'Imran 3:19]
  • Knowledge of His Prophet, Muhammad (SAW): He is Muhammad bin (the son of) ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul-Muttallib bin Hashim. Hashim was from the Quraish and the Quraish are from the Arabs. And Muhammad (SAW) was the final and best Prophet.
[Credit goes to 'What Must Be Known About Islam', a comprehensive book, compiled by Muhammad bin 'Ali Al-Arfaj, translated by Darussalam, global leaders in Islamic books.]

Thursday, January 28, 2010

300 virtues in 3 seconds...

If you greet someone with 'As-Salaamu 'Alaikum', instead of 'Good morning' or 'Namastay' (salutation) or 'Aadab arz' or any other greeting, you will get 10 virtues. If you say 'wa Rahmatullah' as well, you will achieve 20 virtues, & if you also add 'wa Barakaatuhu' 300 virtues will be written in your Book of Deeds instead of 30, because it is promised 30 virtues on complete salaam & on each virtue, multiplication by 10 is also promised. Thus, it will be
30 x 10 = 300 virtues!

If you make it a daily practice to greet the people who you know & do not know, 10 times, with the complete salaam, the following figure of virtues will be added to your Book of Deeds (if Allah wills): -
  • Greeting with 10 complete salaams in one day: 300 x 10 = 3000 virtues!
  • Greeting with (30 x 10) complete salaam for one month: 3000 x 300 = 900,000 virtues!
  • Greeting with (300 x 12) complete salaam for one year: 900,000 x 12 = 10,800,000 virtues!
  • Greeting with the complete salaam for 20 years: 10,800,000 x 20 = 216,000,000 virtues!
By observing the countless number of virtues, we can understand that such a high reward is achieved simply by greeting with the complete salaam: -
As-Salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu

My friends, these are such virtues that can be earned whilst we are walking about. There is no condition as to be in the state of wudhu (ablution) etc., & these small things make mountains of virtues. But, it is regretful that we are so much engrossed in the craze of this world that our attention does not go towards this. So, what else could be said apart from that? The heart of humans has now become solid. Only in his own business, he has become devoted. The lesson of the Holy Book when he left, he became miserable & unhappy...


Hadhrat Imran Bin Hussain (Raziyallahu-'Anhu) narrates that a person came to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) & said "As-Salaamu 'Alaikum". The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) replied to the greeting & said "Ten virtues." A second person came to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) & said "As-Salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullah". The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) replied to him (with salaam) & said "Twenty virtues." Then a third person came to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) & greeted him with the complete salaam. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) replied to him & said "Thirty virtues." (Mentioned by Abu Dawood, Tirmizi & Nisai)

Manners of the Islamic Greeting

  • The "Salaam" should precede all other speech; say, "As-Salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu" (May the peace, mercy, & blessings of Allah be upon you).
  • Answer this greeting for answering the Salaam of one who initiates the greeting is compulsory, saying, "Wa 'Alaikumus-Salaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu" (& upon you the peace, mercy, & blessings of Allah).
  • Greet all Muslims in the said manner, regardless of whether you know them or not.
  • When you wish to leave the company of an individual or of a group, say, "As-Salaamu 'Alaikum."
  • The younger one should initiate the greeting with his elder; the one who's riding should initiate the greeting with the one who's walking; & the one who's walking should initiate the greeting with the one who's standing.
  • Greet every Muslim you meet at work, at school, or in the street with the said Islamic greeting, for that is the greeting of the Muslims.
[Excerpts taken from 'Mountains Of Good Deeds In A Few Minutes' by Abu Talha Muhammad Younus & 'What Must Be Known About Islam' by Muhammad bin 'Ali Al-Arjaf.]