Friday, 11 May 2012

ADVICE/TIPS: Beautiful Du'as To Say As Muslim Guests

One of the signs of a true friend is that they not only like you and care for you but they also honor and like the ones you cherish/love, such as your family. Likewise, If you really love Allah, then you would try your best to show your love at all times to His beloved Messenger Muhammad (SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam) by regularly following his Sunnah/tradition, for the sake of Allah.

Allah knows best. It is a Sunnah to always pray for the host, as their Muslim guest, or for the one who feeds you for Allah's sake. So when someone offers you something to eat or drink and gives you food or some drinks, even a glass of water, it is good manners to pray for them, saying:

In Arabic:
"Allahumma At'em man at'amany wasqi man saqaani. Ameen."

Its English meaning:
"O' Allah, give food to the one who gave me food, and give drink to the one who gave me drink. Amen."

There are a few occasions when a host serves you food in a way that you may think is 'extravagant' or 'too much', that sometimes you feel so obliged to return their extreme generosity and favors. To do that you can insha-Allah say a sincere du'a for them:

In Arabic:
"Allahumma baarik lahum feema razaqtahum, waghfur lahum warhamhum. Ameen."

Its English meaning:
"O' Allah, bless them in what You (Allah) have provided for them, and forgive them and have mercy on them. Amen."

Saying the above du'a/supplications is very much similar to praying,
"O' Allah (God), whoever gives me food, give them food;
whoever gives me drink, give them drink;
whoever shows kindness and mercy to me, be Kind to them too and be Always Merciful;
whoever makes me smile, bless their days with smiles;
whoever does good to me, O' Allah do good to them too."

Allah knows best.

TIP: When supplicating or making du'a (whether your du'a is for yourself, for a brother/sister-in-Islam, or for all Muslims) you don't have to say your du'as loudly so that others can hear what you're saying. Allah is the All-Knowing and All-Hearing who knows your innermost thoughts and feelings. So you don't have to be all "I want to make du'a for my hosts but I'm shy that they might hear me or if they hear me supplicating for them they might think I'm showing off."

Also, keep in mind that whenever you sincerely pray for a fellow Muslim, an angel near you always says something like 'for you likewise' meaning, the good du'a you prayed for your Muslim brother/sister will also be returned to you. Allah knows best.


Thursday, 10 May 2012

ADVICE: 3 Levels Of Enjoining Good And Forbidding Wrong

Allah knows best.

On the authority of Abu Saeed Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam) say, “Whoever of you sees an evil must then change it with his hand. If he is not able to do so, then [he must change it ] with his tongue. And if he is not able to do so, then [he must change it] with his heart. And that is the slightest faith. (Muslim)

 Hating an evil deed, for Allah's sake, shows that you have faith/Imaan,
Hating an evil deed, for Allah's sake, and saying something against that evil deed shows that you have stronger faith/Iman,
Hating an evil deed, for Allah's sake, and (physically) doing something about it (so that evil deed will stop) shows that you have even stronger stronger faith/Iman.

Another example of forbidding what is wrong is when a Muslim sees another Muslim smoking, there are three options that a Muslim can do to carry out his obligations as a Muslim servant of Allah:

1) He can (by hand) take the cigar from the Muslim's hand, throw the cigar away and explain to that Muslim why smoking is forbidden in Islam.
2) He can (by speaking out) tell the Muslim to quit smoking and explain why smoking is bad.
3) If he doesn't have the guts or confidence to speak out, he can hate the evil act of the Muslim smoking and perhaps pray for his brother/sister-in-Islam.

If the Muslim seeing his Muslim bro/sis-in-Islam smoking and actually thinks that it (smoking) is 'cool' or he even wishes that he himself could smoke, then this Muslim could be lacking in faith and should try to improve his Imaan through more good deeds and seeking more Islamic knowledge.

Allah knows best.


ADVICE/TIPS: Sharing Food To Please Allah Only

Sharing what you love, such as food, with fellow Muslims for the sake of Allah is not only a sign of your generosity but is also a sign of:
1) thankfulness and gratitude to Allah
2) trust in Allah
3) mercy and caring about fellow Muslims
4) interest in improving family ties and friendly relations
5) contentment of being a Muslim servant of Allah

Allah knows best.

TIP: So that you can insha-Allah attain the fullest reward from Allah, never expect anything in return (even a 'thank you') whenever you share something with another Muslim, and always remember to do all your good deeds for the sole purpose of earning reward from Allah in this world and/or on Judgment Day. Do all your good deeds in this world in such a way that your good actions will cause you to meet Allah on Judgment Day while He (Allah) is smiling at you and congratulating you for your good deeds and sincere efforts. Allah knows best.