Do not be sad, for sadness will weaken your determination and the quality of your worship. One of the offshoots of depression is that it often causes one to be pessimistic, to find blame in everyone, including — and we seek refuge in Allah – Allah Himself.
Do not be sad, for sadness, grief, and anxiety are the roots of mental problems, the sources of stress.
Do not be sad, for you have with you the Qur’an, supplication, remembrance, and prayer. You can lighten the load of your anxiety by giving others, doing well, and being productive.
Do not be sad, and do not surrender to sadness by taking the easy path of idleness and inactivity, but pray, glorify your Lord, read, write, work, visit relatives and friends, and reflect. Read more ›
Our Prophet Muhammad (Blessings and Peace be upon him) came to all people with a heavenly message. He was not driven by worldly ambition, he had no treasure from which to spend, no splendid gardens from which to eat, and no castle in which to live. Despite all this, his loving followers pledged allegiance to him and remained steadfast, enduring a hard life full of difficulties. They were few and weak, always in fear of being uprooted by those surrounding them, and yet they loved the Prophet (bpuh) wholly and completely.
They were besieged in a mountain pass, and during that time, they had little or no food. Their reputations were attacked, their own relatives waged war against them, and yet their love for him was perfect.
Some of them were dragged over the hot sands of the desert, some were imprisoned, and others were subjected to inventive and innovative ways of punishment – all of which the disbelievers inflicted upon them. Having to endure all of that, they still loved him unreservedly with heart and soul.
They were deprived of home, country, family, and wealth. They were driven out from the playing fields of their childhood and from the homes in which they were raised. Despite all this suffering, they loved him unequivocally.
The believers faced trials because of his message. The very ground under them was shaken violently, and yet their love for him continued to grow.
The best among their youth constantly had swords hanging menacingly over their heads.
Their men moved forward lightly across the battlefield, advancing to death as if they were upon an excursion or a holiday, for the simple reason that they loved him unconditionally.
One of them was charged with the duty of carrying the Prophet’s message to a king in a foreign land, and that person knew that it was a mission from which he would not return. Yet he went and fulfilled his duty. One of them was sent on a mission, knowing that it would be the cause of his death, and he went happily, for he loved the Prophet (bpuh) with unmitigated love.
But why did they love him, and why were they so happy with his message and content with his example? Why did they forget the pain, the suffering, and the hardship that resulted from following him?
To put it simply. He epitomized benevolence and righteousness. They perceived in him all the signs of truth and purity. He was a symbol for those who sought out higher things. With his tenderness he cooled the rancor from the hearts of people, with words of truth he soothed their chests, and with his message he filled their souls with peace.
He poured happiness into their hearts, until the pain that they endured from being at his side was made to seem insignificant. And he instilled into their souls a belief that made them forget every injury and every adversity that they had to endure.
He polished their insides with his guidance and he illuminated their eyes with his brilliance. He removed from them the burdens of ignorance, the depravities of idolatry, and the evil consequences of polytheism. He extinguished the fires of malice and animosity from their souls and he poured the water of faith into their hearts. Thus, their minds and bodies became tranquil and their hearts found peace.
They tasted the beauty of life with him and they knew delight in his company. They found happiness at his side, safety and salvation in following him, and inner-richness in emulating him:
And we have sent you [O’ Muhammad] not but as a mercy for all that exists.
(Qur’an 21: 107)
And verily, you [O ‘ Muhammad] are indeed guiding [mankind] to the straight path.? (Qur’an 42: 52)
And He brings them out of darkness [bv Allah’s will] unto light… (Qur’an 5: 16)
He it is Who sent among the unlettered ones a Messenger [Muhammad] from among themselves, reciting to them His Verses, purifting then [from the .filth of disbelief and polytheism], and teaching them the Book and Al-Hikmah [As-Sunnah: legal ways, orders, acts of worship, etc. of Prophet Muhammad]. And verily, they had been before in manifest error :} (Qur’an 62: 2)
He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the fetters [bindings] that were upon them. (Qur ‘an 7: 157)
(Answer Allah [by obeying him] and [His] Messenger when he calls
You to that which will give you life.} (Qur’an 8: 24)
And you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. } (Qur ‘an 3: 103)
They were truly happy with their leader and so they rightly deserved to be.
O’ Allah, send prayers and peace upon Muhammad, the liberator of minds from the shackles of deviation and the rescuer of souls from the curses of falsehood, and be pleased with his noble Companions as a recompense for their striving and for their efforts.
Open Day Every Sunday 3pm – 5pm For Non-Muslims, All Welcome
The open day provides a great opportunity for everyone to come into the MYF and have a look around at their own leisure. You can also listen to the short lectures in the tour which explain the basics of Islamic faith with the opportunity to ask questions.
The MYF also has a seated rest area where people can sit and chat with each other or chat with members of the Muslim community.
- Refreshments Provided
- Mosque Tour
- Q & A Session
Most importantly, the open day provides an opportunity to mix and chat with the Muslim community and get an insight into their lives and beliefs. Its an opportunity for us all to forge bonds of friendship and respect within the many different communities within Manchester.
This is an open invitation so please pass on to all your friends, family and colleagues.
Free Admission All Are Most Welcome
Our Doors Are Open Is Your Heart?
An intelligent and skillful person transforms losses into profits; whereas, the unskilled person aggravates his own predicament, often making two disasters out of one.
The Prophet (pbuh) was compelled to leave Makkah, but rather than quit his mission, he continued it in Madeenah — the city that took its place in history with lightning speed.
Imam Abmad ibn Hanbal was severely tortured and flogged, and yet he emerged triumphant from that ordeal, becoming the Imam of the Sunnah. Imam Ibn Taymiyah was put into prison; he later came out an even more accomplished scholar than he was before. Imam As-Sarakhsi was held as a prisoner, kept at the bottom of an unused well; he managed therein to produce twenty volumes on Islamic jurisprudence. Ibn Atheer became crippled, after which he wrote Jam `ey al-Usool and An-Nihayah, two of the most famous books in the Science of Hadith. Imam Ibn al-Jawzi was banished from Baghdad. Then, through his travels, he became proficient in the seven recitations of the Qur’an. Maalik ibn ar-Rayb was on his deathbed when he recited his most famous and beautiful poem, which is appreciated until this day. When Abi Dhu’aib al-Hadhali’s children died before him, he eulogized them with a poem that the world listened to and admired.
Therefore, if you are afflicted with a misfortune, look on the bright side. If someone were to hand you a glass full of squeezed lemons, add to it a handful of sugar. And if someone gives you a snake as a gift, keep its precious skin and leave the rest.
And it may be that you dislike a thing that is good for you…
(Qur ‘an 2: 216)
Before its violent revolution, France imprisoned two brilliant poets: one an optimist, the other a pessimist. They both squeezed their heads through the bars of their cell windows. The optimist then stared at the stars and laughed, while the pessimist looked at the dirt of a neighboring road and wept. Look at the other side of a tragedy – a circumstance of pure evil does not exist, and in all situations one can find goodness and profit and reward from Allah.
Is not He [better than your gods] Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls Him… (Qur’an 27: 62)
From Whom do the weak and the oppressed seek victory? Who does everyone beseech? He is Allah. None has the right to be worshipped except Him.
Therefore it is most advisable for you and I to invoke Him during times of both hardship and ease, to seek shelter with Him in difficult times, and to plead at His doorstep with tears of repentance; then will His help and relief quickly arrive.
(Is not He [better than your gods] Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls Him… (Qur’an 27: 62)
He saves the one who is drowning, gives victory to the oppressed, guides the misguided, cures the sick, and provides relief to the afflicted.
And when they embark on a ship, they invoke Allah, making their Faith pure for Him only… (Qur ‘an 29: 65)
As for the various supplications one makes to remove hardship, I refer you to the books of the Sunnah. In them, you will learn prophetic supplications with which you can call to Allah, supplicate to Him, and seek His aid. If you have found Him, then you have found everything. And if you lose your faith in Him, then you have lost everything. By supplicating to Him you are performing one of the highest forms of worship. If you are persistent and sincere in your supplication, you will achieve freedom from worry and anxiety. All ropes are cut loose save His, and all doors are shut save His. He is near; He hears all and answers those who supplicate to Him.
If you are living through affliction and pain, remember Allah, call out His name, and ask Him for help. Place your forehead on the ground and mention His praises, so that you can obtain true freedom. Raise your hands in supplication, and ask of Him constantly. Cling to His door, have good thoughts about Him, and wait for His help – you will then find true happiness and success.
The Reward Of Hajj
Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messsenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him) said: One Umrah is an expiation for the sins commited between it and another Umrah and an accepted pilgrimage has got no less a reward than paradise. (Bukhari and Muslim)
The Best Jihad for Women is Hajj
Narrated mother of faithful believers, Hadrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her): I said, “O Allah’s Messenger! We consider Jihad as the best deed.” The Prophet (May the blessings of Allah be with him) said, “The best Jihad (for women) is Hajj-Mabrur.” (An accepted Hajj) (Bukhari)
Ask the pilgrim to Pray for You
Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Omar (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard Allah’s Apostle (May the blessings of Allah be with him) say: When you meet one who has made pilgrimage, greet him, shake hands with him and tell him to ask forgiveness for you before he enters his house, for he has been forgiven. (Ahmad)
Performing Hajj on Behalf of Another Person
Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that a woman of Khashama (tribe) enquired: O Messenger of Allah! The obligatory injunction of Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) over His servants regarding pilgrimage had come when my father was very old and could not sit firmly over a conveyance. May I make pilgrimage for him? “Yes” said he. And that was at the Farewell Pilgrimage. (Bukhari and Muslim)
Taking Provisions on Hajj
Narrated Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him): The people of Yemen used to come for Hajj and used not to bring enough provisions with them and used to say that they depend on Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted). On their arrival in Madina they used to beg the people, and so Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) revealed, “And take a provision (with you for the journey), but the best provision is to be dutiful to Allah.” (2:197) (Bukhari and Muslim)
Hadrat Abu Sa’eed-al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: We came out with Allah’s Apostle (May the blessings of Allah be with him) for pilgrimage, proclaiming LABBAIK loudly. (Muslim)
Narrated Hadrat Abdullah bin Umar (may Allah be pleased with him): The Talbiya of Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him) was:
Labbaik Allahumma labbaik, Labbaika la sharika laka labbaik, Inna-l-hamda wan-ni’mata laka, wal-mulk, La sharika laka’
(I respond to Your call O Allah, I respond to Your call, and I am obedient to Your orders, You have no parter, I respond to Your call. All the praises and blessings are for You, All the sovereignty is for You, And You have no partners with You). (Bukhari)
Narrated Nafi: Hadrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “A man got up in the mosque and said: “O Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him)! ‘At which place do you order us that we should assume the Ihram?’ Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him) replied, ‘The residents of Madina should assume the Ihram from Dhil-Hulaifa, the people of Syria from Al-Juhfa and the people of Najd from Qarn.'” Hadrat Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) further said, “The people consider that Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him) had also said, ‘The residents of Yemen should assume Ihram from Yalamlam.” Hadrat Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) used to say, “I do not remember whether Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him) had said the last statement or not.” (Bukhari)
ZamZam is Shifa (cure)
Hadrat Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him) say: ‘Zamzam is a cure for any purpose for which it is being drunk.’ (Ibn Majah)
Narrated Abis bin Rabia: Sayyidina Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) came near the Black Stone and kissed it and said, “No doubt, I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit anyone nor harm anyone. Had I not seen Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him) kissing you I would not have kissed you.” (Bukhari)
Mother of faithful believers, Hadrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) reported: We asked: O Messenger of Allah! Shall we not build a structure for you which will give you shade at Mina! He said: No; Mina is the halting place of those who proceed. (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)
Narrated Muhammed bin Abu Bakr Al-Thaqafi: I asked Hadrat Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) while we were proceeding from Mina to Arafat, “What did you use to do when you were with Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him)?” Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “Some of us used to recite Talbiya and nobody objected to that, and others used to recite Takbir and nobody objected to that.” (Bukhari)
Narrated Hadrat Abdulla Ibn Omar (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (May the blessings of Allah be with him) offered the Maghrib and Isha prayers together at Jam’ (i.e. Al-Muzadalifah) with a separate Iqama for each of them and did not offer any optional prayer in between them or after each of them. (Bukhari)
Stoning the Jamarah
Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported from Fadl-bin Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) who was riding behind the Prophet (May the blessings of Allah be with him) that the Prophet had said during the night at Arafat and the morning at Muzdalifa to the people when they were returning: “March on with peace.” And he was (at that time) holding back his camel, until he entered Muhasser which is a part of Mina. He said: You should take small pebbles of Khazf for being thrown at the Jamarah. And he said; Allah’s Apostle (May the blessings of Allah be with him) did not stop saying ‘Labbaik‘ till he threw pebbles at the Jamarah. (Muslim)
Shaving or Cutting of Hair
Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Omar (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him) had his head shaved in the Farewell Pilgrimage and so also did some of followers; and some had their hair clipped. (Bukhari and Muslim)
Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him) said; There is no shaving for women. There is only clipping (of hair) for women. (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi)
Merits of Makkah and Madina
Hadrat Abu Sa’eed (may Allah be pleased with him) reported from the Prophet (May the blessings of Allah be with him) who said: Verily Sayyidina Ibrahim (peace be upon him) sanctified Makkah and he made it sacred but I have sanctified Madinah, making unlawful what is between its surroundings, not to shed blood therein, not to carry arms therein for fighting and not to cut a tree except for forage. (Muslim)
Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him) said: Nobody shall bear the trials and hardships of Madina out of my followers but I shall become for him an intercessor on the Resurrection Day. (Muslim)
Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him) said: There are angels over the mountain roads of Madina. Neither epidemics nor Dajjal shall enter there. (Bukhari and Muslim)
Ziyara of Rasulullah (May the blessings of Allah be with him)
Hadrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that Rasulullah (May the blessings of Allah be with him) said: ‘Whoever visits me after my death is like he who had visited me during my life.’ (Tabarani, Dar-Qutni)
The Superiority of the Place Between the Pulpit and the Rawda of the Prophet (May the blessings of Allah be with him)
Narrated Hadrat Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mazini (may Allah be pleased with him): Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him) said, “Between my house and the pulpit there is a garden from amongst the gardens of Paradise. (Bukhari)
Forty Salah in Masjid Nabawi
Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reports that Rasulullah (May the blessings of Allah be with him) said: “Whoever performs forty salah in my Masjid, not missing one salah in the Masjid; for him is granted exemption from the fire of Hell; and the exemption from punishment and he shall remain free of hypocrisy.” (Ahmad, Tabarani)
How the Prophet (May the blessings of Allah be with him) Performed The Hajj
Hadrat Jabir bin Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Allah’s Messenger (May the blessings of Allah be with him) stayed at Madina for nine years without making pilgrimage. Then in the tenth year it was proclaimed among men that the Messenger of Allah intended pilgrimage. Thereafter many people assembled at Madina and we came out with him till we came to Zul-Halifah. There Asma’a, daughter of Umais, gave birth to Muhammad, son of Abu Bakr. She sent (news) to the Prophet: What shall I do! He said: Take bath and bandange private parts with a cloth and make Ihram.
The Prophet (May the blessings of Allah be with him) then prayed in the mosque and next he rode on Qaswa’ (she-camel) till when it took him up to Baida’a, he uttered Talbiya with Tauhid and with ‘O Allah! Labbaik Labbaik; Thou hast no partner.Labbaik, all praise and grace for Thee and the dominion. Thou hast no partner.
Hadrat Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) said: We did not intend but pilgrimage. We did not know Umrah, but when we came to the House (the Ka’ba) with him, he touched the corner and made seven rounds, three rounds by mild running, and four by walking. Then he proceeded to the place of Abraham and recited: Take the place of Abraham as a praying place and keep the place between him and the House.
In a narration: He recited in the two rak’ahs: Say, He is Allah [surah Ikhlas] and, Say, O you unbelievers! [Surah Kafirun]. Afterwards he returned to the corner and then touched it.
He then came out by the door Safa. When he came near Safa, he recited, Safa and Marwah are the signs of Allah. He said: I began with what Allah began. He began with Safa and ascended thereon till he saw the House. Then he turned his face towards the Ka’ba,declared the Unity of Allah, glorified Him and said: There is no god but Allah, He is One, there’s no partner for Him, the dominion is His, and all praise is His and He is Powerful over all things. There is no god but Allah, the Single. He fulfilled His promise and helped His servant and routed the Allies.
Then he made supplication in the midst of that, uttering similiar words thrice. Then he got down and walked to Marwah, till when his feet touched the bottom of the valley, he ran, and when he ascended, he walked till he came to Marwah. He did on Marwa just as he had done on Safa, till when the last of his rounds was on Marwah, he proclaimed while he was on Marwah and the people were behind him.
He said: Had I known my affairs as I came to know them after, I would not have brought sarcrificial animals, but made it an Umrah. If there is any of you with whom there is no sacrificial animal, he may take Ihram and treat it as an Umrah. Hadrat Soraqah bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) got up and asked: O Messenger of Allah! is this for this year of ours or forever? The Prophet (May the blessings of Allah be with him) intertwined his fingers and said: Umrah has entered unto Hajj; no, rather for ever.
Sayyidina Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) came from Yemen with the camels of the Prophet and said: What did you utter when you made pilgrimage compulsory? He (the Prophet) replied, “O Allah, I make Ihram just as Thy Prophet made”. He added: “There is sacrificial animal with me. So don’t put off the Ihram”. (Hadrat Jabir, may Allah be pleased with him, said): The total of sacrificial animals which Sayyidina Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) brought from Yemen and which the Prophet brought with him was one hundred.
Then all the people removed the Ihram and clipped their hairs except the Prophet (May the blessings of Allah be with him) and those with whom there were sacrificial animals. When there came the 8th day of Dhul Hijja, they turned towards Mina and made Ihram for pilgrimage. The Prophet (May the blessings of Allah be with him) rode on. He prayed there Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib, Isha and Fajr. Then he stayed for a while till the sun rose high. He then ordered for a tent of fur to be pitched at Namerah. The Prophet (May the blessings of Allah be with him) then made the journey while the Quraish did not doubt that he would stay at Mash’arul Haram as the Quraish in the Days of Ignorance used to. Then the Messenger of Allah went on till he came to Arafat. He found a tent pitched up for him at Namerah. He got down therein, till when the sun inclined towards the west, he ordered for his she-camel Qaswa which conveyed him.
Then he came to the foot of the valley and addressed the people and said:
“Verily your lives and your property are sacred to you like the sacredness of this day of yours in this month of yours and in this city of yours.
“Behold! everything of the Days of Ignorance has been destroyed under my feet and the blood claims of the Days of Ignorance have been remitted. The first murder of the murder of ours which I remit is the murder of Ibn-Rabiyah, son of Hares, who was nursed among Banu Sa’ad, killed by Huzail.
And verily all usury of the Days of Ignorance is forbidden, and the first usury of our usuries that was forbidden was the usury of Abbas, son of Abdul Muttalib, and that is entirely forbidden. Fear Allah abut women, because you have taken them with the trust of Allah and made their private parts lawful with the Word of Allah. You have taken with them with the word of Allah. You have got right over them that they shall not entertain anybody on your bed. If they do that, scourge them without being oppressive. And they have got rights over you that you shall clothe them and feed them in a just manner.
And I have left among you a thing which if you adhere to, you will never be misguided after me, the Book of Allah. You will be asked about me. So what will you say? They said: We shall testify that you have certainly communicated and fulfilled the messsage, and given admonition. Then he said with his forefinger raised up towards heaven and pointing towards men: O Allah, be witness [thrice].
Afterwards Hadrat Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him) proclaimed the Azan, then he read the Aqamah and prayed the Zuhr prayer. The he read Aqamah and prayed Asr without praying anything between them. Then he rode on till he came to the halting place (Arafat). He turned the back of his camel Qaswa towards the rocks and kept Habul Mushat in his front and faced the Qiblah. He continued to stay till the sun set in or the reddish colour went a little, till the disc of the sun disappreared.
He took Hadrat Osamah (may Allah be pleased with him) back on his riding animal and marched on till he came to Muzdalifah. He prayed Maghrib and Isha prayers there with Azan and two Aqamahs without any Tasbih between these two. Then he slept till there was dawn. He prayed Fajr when it was early dawn with one Azan and one Aqamah.
He rode on Qaswa till he reached Masharul Haram. He then turned towards the Qibla, invoked Allah, glorified Him, recited Tahlil and declared His unity. He continued to stay (there) till it was very clear.
Then he began to march before the sun rose and took Hadrat Fadl bin Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) behind, till he came to the valley of Mohasser. He halted a little and then threaded the middle way which comes out over the greater Jamarah, till he came to a Jamarah near the tree. He threw seven small pebbles like the pebbles of Khazf uttering takbir at each throwing. He threw from the foot of the valley and then departed to the place of sacrifice. He sacrified with his own hands 63 camels and gave (the rest) to Sayyidina Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) who sacrificed what remained. He made him (Sayyidina Ali) a partner in his animals. Then he ordered for some meat of every camel. It was then put in a kettle and cooked. They both partook of its meat and drank some of its broth.
The Prophet (May the blessings of Allah be with him) afterwards rode, hastened towards the House, prayed Zuhr at Makka and came to Banu Abdul Muttalib who were in charge of Zamzam well. He said: Take water from the children of Abdul Muttalib. But for the people who might overcome your right in your giving drink, I would have drawn water with you. They then gave him a bucket of water and he drank there-from. (Muslim)