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AFTER THE RAMADAN PASSED….

AFTER THE RAMADAN PASSED….

Author: Ustadz Abu Ahmad Said Yai

Before we realize it, the month of Ramadan has passed. It is too bad that we’ve to leave it for now, but it is a must; we ought to bid farewell to it, while waiting for the next Ramadan. And now we’re in the month of Syawwal, in which we are advised to fast for six days. It doesn’t have to be in consecutive, as it may be done separately, as long as it is still during the month of Syawwal. The Messenger of Allah –peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said, :

( مَنْ صَامَ رَمَضَانَ ثُمَّ أَتْبَعَهُ سِتًّا مِنْ شَوَّالٍ كَانَ كَصِيَامِ الدَّهْرِ )

“Whoever performs fast during (the month of) Ramadan, and then (fast) six (days) in the month of Syawwal after that, then it is as if he has performed fast the whole time (one year, -ed).” [1]
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Just Fifty Minutes a Day, my friend!

Just Fifty Minutes a Day, my friend!

Just Fifty Minutes a Day, my friend!

Author: Ustadz Said Yai et al. , at UIM

That very precious ritual is a red line between a slave and its Lord. That very noble ritual is like a crystal-clear river that washes away and purifies sins of a slave who frequently baths in it. That is, as you’ve guessed, the five compulsory prayers.

However, despite its plenty of virtues, still a lot of people today abandon and neglect it, including some of our citizens. As if abandoning prayers is a common habit and a trivial sin.

If some muslims these days was asked to do a sin, such as kill people, rape a woman, steal something, or drink intoxication, most of them would fiercely reject the request, with the reason that those are major sins,

Don’t they realize that the sin of abandoning the five daily prayers is much more severe than all the sins above?

The Messenger –peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said,

« الْعَهْدُ الَّذِى بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَهُمُ الصَّلاَةُ فَمَنْ تَرَكَهَا فَقَدْ كَفَرَ »

The pact between us (muslims) and them (disbelievers) is the prayer. Whoever leaves it has committed infidelity.” (Narrated by Imam At Tirmidhi no. 2621, and classified as valid hadith by Sheikh al Albani).

This hadith points out that the sin of a person who abandons the prayer is far more severe compared to the others sins that we’ve mentioned earlier.

Whatever the condition is, a muslim is obliged to perform his prayer, be it in grim sickness, long journey, war, or other difficult conditions.

Allah the Glorified and Exalted decreed,

“Be watchful over the Prayers, and over praying with the utmost excellence, and stand before Allah as would utterly obedient servants.” (Chapter al Baqarah/The Cow: 238)

However, in several circumstances, Allah the Exalted has granted us various dispensation in the ritual or steps of prayer that lightens it, but not abandons it wholly. Such as in grim sickness, for example, we are allowed to pray while sitting, and if we’re unable to, by lying on our right side, if we’re still unable to, we may lie on our back, and if we are still unable to do it, then it is enough to be considered as valid prayer by the hand or eye gesture.

Likewise, in a long journey, We are allowed to, and even suggested to shorten the four rak’ahs prayer into two rak’ahs. Likewise, we are allowed to – when in need- unite two prayers into one time, namely the dhuhur prayer with ashr, and the maghrib prayer with isya’, to be done in one of the two times of those prayer.

Allah has given us plenty of dispensations. In short, the obligation of performing prayer will not be lifted from a muslim except until he died and been shrouded and prayed upon by the muslims.

To be honest, if in one prayer we just need 10 minutes to accomplished it in minimum, then we multiply it five times, the result is only 50 minutes. Subhanallah! Lesser than an hour from the 24 hours in a day, Allah the Exalted asked us to spare that time to worship Him Who has given us all of His favors! Is it appropriate for us to be stingy with out time to Him?

Allah the Exalted revealed to us about the conversation of the residents of the hell,

“What drove you to Hell? They will answer: “We were not among those who observed Prayer,” (chapter Al-Muddatstsir/The Cloaked One: 42-43)

May we are not included among people who sacrifice the eternal pleasures in the hereafter to pursue the illusionary beauty of this temporary world. Amin.

May this writing benefits us all.

How to Be Grateful of the Provision from Allah (Friday Sermon)

Friday Sermon

How to Be Grateful of the Provision from Allah (Friday Sermon)

Sermon I

Introduction

Dear audience – may Allah have mercy on you-,

Allah the Glorified and Exalted ordered us to be pious and fear Him. Know, O audience, piety or God-fearing is a very light word to utter, yet very hard to carry out. Just for today, try to remember how many sins that we’ve committed, how many sins that our heart have committed? For example, have our hearts been saved from jealousy with others whom Allah have bestowed upon seemingly more favors, i.e., wealth in abundance and plenty of sustenances/provisions?

Know that Allah’s provision comes down as the rain, it isn’t evenly distributed. Sometimes it pours down on the mountain, and not on the desert. Rain may bring many favors, yet it also may bring damnation.

Remember when Allah drown the people of Prophet Noah -peace be upon him- who were defying him! How did Allah destroy them? By sending them rain and heavy flood.

That’s the wealth! that’s the world! Allah distributes it unevenly to everyone. Some may be rich, some may be poor, and some others may be living sufficiently. Sometimes it benefits people, and sometimes it brings doom upon them.

Dear audience, peace be upon me and you all,
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How Life Ends for the Haters

How Life Ends for the Haters

How Life Ends for the Haters

Envy (spite, hate) is an old disease that has brought misfortune to many people and harmed them. Haters will always enrage and oppress innocent people. Thus, there’s an Arabic saying says, “Allah has killed the Spite, how fair He is. It (spite) starts with its own master (the spiteful one) and then kills him.”

‘Umar Ibn al Khaththab –may Allah be pleased with him- said, “It is enough for you that the spiteful uses your joyful time.”

Allah the Exalted declared in some of hadith Qudsy, “A spiteful one is the enemy of My favor, people who always gets annoyed by My deed, and one displeases of My giving.”

The Arabs used to say, “A master will never escape from a merciful one who is always praising and a hater who is always insulting (him).”

An expert in jurisprudence named Abu al Laith as Samarqandy –peace be upon him- said, “Five sanctions that will reach the hater first before its spite reaches its target (the hated one); firstly, a never ending distress, secondly, a misfortune without reward, thirdly, an insult without praise, fourthly, the wrath of his Lord, and fifthly, the door to Allah’s guidance will be closed for him.”
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Test and Trial in Life and How to Overcome It

Test and Trial in Life and How to Overcome It

Author: Ustadz Abu Ahmad Said Yai

{لَتُبْلَوُنَّ فِي أَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنْفُسِكُمْ وَلَتَسْمَعُنَّ مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ وَمِنَ الَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا أَذًى كَثِيرًا وَإِنْ تَصْبِرُوا وَتَتَّقُوا فَإِنَّ ذَلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ}

“(Believers), you will certainly be put to test in regard to your properties and lives, and you will certainly hear many hurtful things from those who were granted the Book before you, and from those who have associated others with Allah in His Divinity. If you remain patient and God-fearing this indeed is a matter of great resolution.” (chapter Ali Imran:186) [1]

Concise Interpretation

Sheikh ‘Abdurrahman As-Sa’di said, “Allah the Exalted proclaimed and told the believers that they will be tested upon their wealth, by spending the obligatory and voluntary maintenances and by loosing it in Allah’s Cause (in worship/struggle). (They will also be tested) upon themselves with various major troubles that given to them by many people.
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