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1st of Dhul Hijjah is Tuesday

1st of Dhul Hijjah is Tuesday

Arafah is Wednesday 23 Sep
Eid is Thursday 24 Sep

May Allah accept our efforts during the 10 great days.

Don’t forget to fast on Wednesday 23rd (day of Arafat) which equals the forgiveness sins the year gone and the year to come.

99 Names of Allah (SWT)

Al-Asma-ul-Husna ( اَلاسْمَاءُ الْحُسناى ) The 99 Most Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allah the Almighty

He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

Surat Al-Hashr 59:24

 

And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them

Surat Al-A’raf 7:180

 

Allah – there is no deity except Him. To Him belong the best names.

Surat Taha 20:8

 

Narrated Abu Huraira: Prophet Muhammad SAW said, “Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 50 Hadith 894

 

Abu Huraira reported Prophet Muhammad SAW as saying: Verily, there are ninety-nine names for Allah, i.e. hundred excepting one. He who enumerates them would get into Paradise. And Hammam has made this addition on the authority of Abu Huraira who reported it from Prophet Muhammad SAW that he said: “He is Odd (one) and loves odd number.”

Sahih Muslim – Book 35 Hadith 6476

 

It is not possible to perfectly translate the names and attributes of Allah from their original Arabic into English. However, here are some fairly close definitions.

 

 

هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لا إلَهَ إلَّا هُوَ
He is Allah, there is none worthy of worship except for Him

 

Name

Transliteration

Meaning

Explanation

1

الرَّحْمَنُ

Ar-Rahmaan

The Beneficent

He who wills goodness and mercy for all His creatures

2

الرَّحِيمُ

Ar-Raheem

The Merciful

He who acts with extreme kindness

3

الْمَلِكُ

Al-Malik

The Eternal Lord

The Sovereign Lord, The One with the complete Dominion, the One Whose Dominion is clear from imperfection

4

الْقُدُّوسُ

Al-Quddus

The Most Sacred

The One who is pure from any imperfection and clear from children and adversaries

5

السَّلاَمُ

As-Salam

The Embodiment of Peace

The One who is free from every imperfection.

6

الْمُؤْمِنُ

Al-Mu’min

The Infuser of Faith

The One who witnessed for Himself that no one is God but Him. And He witnessed for His believers that they are truthful in their belief that no one is God but Him

7

الْمُهَيْمِنُ

Al-Muhaymin

The Preserver of Safety

The One who witnesses the saying and deeds of His creatures

8

الْعَزِيزُ

Al-Aziz

The Mighty One

The Strong, The Defeater who is not defeated

9

الْجَبَّارُ

Al-Jabbar

The Omnipotent One

The One that nothing happens in His Dominion except that which He willed

10

الْمُتَكَبِّرُ

Al-Mutakabbir

The Dominant One

The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures and from resembling them.

11

الْخَالِقُ

Al-Khaaliq

The Creator

The One who brings everything from non-existence to existence

12

الْبَارِئُ

Al-Baari

The Evolver

The Maker, The Creator who has the Power to turn the entities.

13

الْمُصَوِّرُ

Al-Musawwir

The Flawless Shaper

The One who forms His creatures in different pictures.

14

الْغَفَّارُ

Al-Ghaffaar

The Great Forgiver

The Forgiver, The One who forgives the sins of His slaves time and time again.

15

الْقَهَّارُ

Al-Qahhaar

The All-Prevailing One

The Dominant, The One who has the perfect Power and is not unable over anything.

16

الْوَهَّابُ

Al-Wahhab

The Supreme Bestower

The One who is Generous in giving plenty without any return. He is everything that benefits whether Halal or Haram.

17

الرَّزَّاقُ

Ar-Razzaq

The Total Provider

The Sustainer, The Provider.

18

الْفَتَّاحُ

Al-Fattah

The Supreme Solver

The Opener, The Reliever, The Judge, The One who opens for His slaves the closed worldly and religious matters.

19

اَلْعَلِيْمُ

Al-Alim

The All-Knowing One

The Knowledgeable; The One nothing is absent from His knowledge

20

الْقَابِضُ

Al-Qaabid

The Restricting One

The Constrictor, The Withholder, The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdom and expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.

21

الْبَاسِطُ

Al-Baasit

The Extender

The Englarger, The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdom and expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.

22

الْخَافِضُ

Al-Khaafid

The Reducer

The Abaser, The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.

23

الرَّافِعُ

Ar-Rafi

The Elevating One

The Exalter, The Elevator, The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.

24

الْمُعِزُّ

Al-Mu’izz

The Honourer-Bestower

He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem.

25

المُذِلُّ

Al-Muzil

The Abaser

The Dishonourer, The Humiliator, He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem.

26

السَّمِيعُ

As-Sami’

The All-Hearer

The Hearer, The One who Hears all things that are heard by His Eternal Hearing without an ear, instrument or organ.

27

الْبَصِيرُ

Al-Baseer

The All-Seeing

The All-Noticing, The One who Sees all things that are seen by His Eternal Seeing without a pupil or any other instrument.

28

الْحَكَمُ

Al-Hakam

The Impartial Judge

The Judge, He is the Ruler and His judgment is His Word.

29

الْعَدْلُ

Al-Adl

The Embodiment of Justice

The Just, The One who is entitled to do what He does.

30

اللَّطِيفُ

Al-Lateef

The Knower of Subtleties

The Subtle One, The Gracious, The One who is kind to His slaves and endows upon them.

31

الْخَبِيرُ

Al-Khabeer

The All-Aware One

The One who knows the truth of things.

32

الْحَلِيمُ

Al-Haleem

The Clement One

The Forebearing, The One who delays the punishment for those who deserve it and then He might forgive them.

33

الْعَظِيمُ

Al-Azeem

The Magnificent One

The Great One, The Mighty, The One deserving the attributes of Exaltment, Glory, Extolement, and Purity from all imperfection.

34

الْغَفُورُ

Al-Ghafoor

The Great Forgiver

The All-Forgiving, The Forgiving, The One who forgives a lot.

35

الشَّكُورُ

Ash-Shakoor

The Acknowledging One

The Grateful, The Appreciative, The One who gives a lot of reward for a little obedience.

36

الْعَلِيُّ

Al-Aliyy

The Sublime One

The Most High, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures.

37

الْكَبِيرُ

Al-Kabeer

The Great One

The Most Great, The Great, The One who is greater than everything in status.

38

الْحَفِيظُ

Al-Hafiz

The Guarding One

The Preserver, The Protector, The One who protects whatever and whoever He willed to protect.

39

المُقيِت

Al-Muqeet

The Sustaining One

The Maintainer, The Guardian, The Feeder, The One who has the Power.

40

الْحسِيبُ

Al-Haseeb

The Reckoning One

The Reckoner, The One who gives the satisfaction.

41

الْجَلِيلُ

Al-Jaleel

The Majestic One

The Sublime One, The Beneficent, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.

42

الْكَرِيمُ

Al-Kareem

The Bountiful One

The Generous One, The Gracious, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.

43

الرَّقِيبُ

Ar-Raqeeb

The Watchful One

The Watcher, The One that nothing is absent from Him. Hence it’s meaning is related to the attribute of Knowledge.

44

الْمُجِيبُ

Al-Mujeeb

The Responding One

The Responsive, The Hearkener, The One who answers the one in need if he asks Him and rescues the yearner if he calls upon Him.

45

الْوَاسِعُ

Al-Waasi’

The All-Pervading One

The Vast, The All-Embracing, The Knowledgeable.

46

الْحَكِيمُ

Al-Hakeem

The Wise One

The Wise, The Judge of Judges, The One who is correct in His doings.

47

الْوَدُودُ

Al-Wadud

The Loving One

The One who loves His believing slaves and His believing slaves love Him. His love to His slaves is His Will to be merciful to them and praise them

48

الْمَجِيدُ

Al-Majeed

The Glorious One

The Most Glorious One, The One who is with perfect Power, High Status, Compassion, Generosity and Kindness.

49

الْبَاعِثُ

Al-Ba’ith

The Infuser of New Life

The Resurrector, The Raiser (from death), The One who resurrects His slaves after death for reward and/or punishment.

50

الشَّهِيدُ

Ash-Shaheed

The All Observing Witness

The Witness, The One who nothing is absent from Him.

51

الْحَقُّ

Al-Haqq

The Embodiment of Truth

The Truth, The True, The One who truly exists.

52

الْوَكِيلُ

Al-Wakeel

The Universal Trustee

The Trustee, The One who gives the satisfaction and is relied upon.

53

الْقَوِيُّ

Al-Qawwiyy

The Strong One

The Most Strong, The Strong, The One with the complete Power

54

الْمَتِينُ

Al-Mateen

The Firm One

The One with extreme Power which is un-interrupted and He does not get tired.

55

الْوَلِيُّ

Al-Waliyy

The Protecting Associate

The Protecting Friend, The Supporter.

56

الْحَمِيدُ

Al-Hameed

The Sole-Laudable One

The Praiseworthy, The praised One who deserves to be praised.

57

الْمُحْصِي

Al-Muhsee

The All-Enumerating One

The Counter, The Reckoner, The One who the count of things are known to him.

58

الْمُبْدِئُ

Al-Mubdi

The Originator

The One who started the human being. That is, He created him.

59

الْمُعِيدُ

Al-Mueed

The Restorer

The Reproducer, The One who brings back the creatures after death

60

الْمُحْيِي

Al-Muhyi

The Maintainer of life

The Restorer, The Giver of Life, The One who took out a living human from semen that does not have a soul. He gives life by giving the souls back to the worn out bodies on the resurrection day and He makes the hearts alive by the light of knowledge.

61

اَلْمُمِيتُ

Al-Mumeet

The Inflictor of Death

The Creator of Death, The Destroyer, The One who renders the living dead.

62

الْحَيُّ

Al-Hayy

The Eternally Living One

The Alive, The One attributed with a life that is unlike our life and is not that of a combination of soul, flesh or blood.

63

الْقَيُّومُ

Al-Qayyoom

The Self-Subsisting One

The One who remains and does not end.

64

الْوَاجِدُ

Al-Waajid

The Pointing One

The Perceiver, The Finder, The Rich who is never poor. Al-Wajd is Richness.

65

الْمَاجِدُ

Al-Maajid

The All-Noble One

The Glorious, He who is Most Glorious.

66

الْواحِدُ

Al-Waahid

The Only One

The Unique, The One, The One without a partner

67

اَلاَحَدُ

Al-Ahad

The Sole One

The One

68

الصَّمَدُ

As-Samad

The Supreme Provider

The Eternal, The Independent, The Master who is relied upon in matters and reverted to in ones needs.

69

الْقَادِرُ

Al-Qaadir

The Omnipotent One

The Able, The Capable, The One attributed with Power.

70

الْمُقْتَدِرُ

Al-Muqtadir

The All Authoritative One

The Powerful, The Dominant, The One with the perfect Power that nothing is withheld from Him.

71

الْمُقَدِّمُ

Al-Muqaddim

The Expediting One

The Expediter, The Promoter, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.

72

الْمُؤَخِّرُ

Al-Mu’akhkhir

The Procrastinator

The Delayer, the Retarder, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.

73

الأوَّلُ

Al-Awwal

The Very First

The First, The One whose Existence is without a beginning.

74

الآخِرُ

Al-Akhir

The Infinite Last One

The Last, The One whose Existence is without an end.

75

الظَّاهِرُ

Az-Zaahir

The Perceptible

The Manifest, The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.

76

الْبَاطِنُ

Al-Baatin

The Imperceptible

The Hidden, The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.

77

الْوَالِي

Al-Waali

The Holder of Supreme Authority

The Governor, The One who owns things and manages them.

78

الْمُتَعَالِي

Al-Muta’ali

The Extremely Exalted One

The Most Exalted, The High Exalted, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creation.

79

الْبَرُّ

Al-Barr

The Fountain-Head of Truth

The Source of All Goodness, The Righteous, The One who is kind to His creatures, who covered them with His sustenance and specified whoever He willed among them by His support, protection, and special mercy.

80

التَّوَابُ

At-Tawwaab

The Ever-Acceptor of Repentance

The Relenting, The One who grants repentance to whoever He willed among His creatures and accepts his repentance.

81

الْمُنْتَقِمُ

Al-Muntaqim

The Retaliator

The Avenger, The One who victoriously prevails over His enemies and punishes them for their sins. It may mean the One who destroys them.

82

العَفُوُّ

Al-Afuww

The Supreme Pardoner

The Forgiver, The One with wide forgiveness.

83

الرَّؤُوفُ

Ar-Ra’oof

The Benign One

The Compassionate, The One with extreme Mercy. The Mercy of Allah is His will to endow upon whoever He willed among His creatures.

84

مَالِكُ الْمُلْكِ

Maalik-ul-Mulk

The Eternal Possessor of Sovereignty

The One who controls the Dominion and gives dominion to whoever He willed.

85

ذُوالْجَلاَلِ وَالإكْرَامِ

Zul-Jalaali-wal-Ikram

The Possessor of Majesty and Honour

The Lord of Majesty and Bounty, The One who deserves to be Exalted and not denied.

86

الْمُقْسِطُ

Al-Muqsit

The Just One

The Equitable, The One who is Just in His judgment.

87

الْجَامِعُ

Al-Jaami’

The Assembler of Scattered Creations

The Gatherer, The One who gathers the creatures on a day that there is no doubt about, that is the Day of Judgment.

88

الْغَنِيُّ

Al-Ghaniyy

The Self-Sufficient One

The One who does not need the creation.

89

الْمُغْنِي

Al-Mughni

The Bestower of Sufficiency

The Enricher, The One who satisfies the necessities of the creatures.

90

اَلْمَانِعُ

Al-Maani’

The Preventer

The Withholder.

91

الضَّارَّ

Ad-Daarr

The Distressor

The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.

92

النَّافِعُ

An-Naafi’

The Bestower of Benefits

The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.

93

النُّورُ

An-Noor

The Prime Light

The Light, The One who guides.

94

الْهَادِي

Al-Haadi

The Provider of Guidance

The Guide, The One whom with His Guidance His believers were guided, and with His Guidance the living beings have been guided to what is beneficial for them and protected from what is harmful to them.

95

الْبَدِيعُ

Al-Badi’

The Unique One

The Incomparable, The One who created the creation and formed it without any preceding example.

96

اَلْبَاقِي

Al-Baaqi

The Ever Surviving One

The Everlasting, The One that the state of non-existence is impossible for Him.

97

الْوَارِثُ

Al-Waaris

The Eternal Inheritor

The Heir, The One whose Existence remains.

98

الرَّشِيدُ

Ar-Rasheed

The Guide to Path of Rectitude

The Guide to the Right Path, The One who guides.

99

الصَّبُورُ

As-Saboor

The Extensively Enduring One

The Patient, The One who does not quickly punish the sinners.

Do Good To Others

Do not be sad – Do good to others

Being of service to others leads to happiness. In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

Verily, Allah will say to His slave as He is taking account of him on the Day of Judgment, `O’ son of Adam, I was hungry and you did not feed me. He will answer, how can I feed you and you are the Lord of the worlds! He will say, did you not know that my slave so and so who is the son of so and so felt hunger, and you did not feed him. Alas! Had you fed him you would have found that (i.e. reward) with Me. O’ son of Adam, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. He will say, How can I give you drink, and you are the Lord of the worlds! He will say, did you not know that my slave so and so, the son of so and so felt thirsty and you did not give him drink. Alas! If you had given him, you would have found that (i.e. reward) with Me. O’ son of Adam, I became sick and you did not visit Me. He will say, How can I visit you and you are the Lord of the worlds! He will say, did you not know that my slave so and so, the son of so and so became sick and you did not visit him. Alas! Had you visited him, you would have found me with him.”

Here is an interesting point; in the last third of the hadith are the words: …you would have found me with him.

This is unlike the first two parts of the hadith: “You would have found that (i.e. the reward for feeding and giving drink) with Me.”

The reason for the difference is that Allah, the All-Merciful, is with those whose hearts are troubled, as is the case with the person who is sick. And in another hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“There is reward in each moist liver (i.e. to do service to any living creature will be rewarded).”

Also, know that Allah admitted the prostitute from the children of Israel into Paradise because she gave a drink to a dog that was thirsty. So what will be the case for the one who feeds other humans, giving them drink and removing from them hardships!

In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said,

“Whoever has extra provision should give from it to the one who has no provision. And whoever has an extra mount should give with this extra to the one who has no mount.”

Commanding his servant to search out for guests, Hatim said in some of his more beautiful verses:

“Burn the coals, for truly, the night is chilly,
If you bring me a guest, then I have set you free.” And he said to his wife:
“Whenever you make food, then search
For he who is hungry, as I do not eat alone.”

Ibn Mubarak’s neighbor was a Jew. He would always feed him before feeding his own children and would provide clothing for him first and then for his children. Some people said to the Jew, “Sell us your house.” He answered, “My house is for two thousand dinars. One thousand is for the price of the house and one thousand is for having Ibn Mubarak as a neighbor!” Ibn Mubarak heard of this and he exclaimed, “O’ Allah, guide him to Islam.” Then, by the permission of Allah, he accepted Islam.

On another occasion, Ibn Mubarak passed by a caravan of people who were traveling to make the pilgrimage to Makkah, and he too was on his way to do the same. He saw one of the women from the caravan take a dead crow from a cesspit. He sent his servant to inquire about this and when he asked her, she replied, “We have had nothing for three days except that which finds its way into it.” When Ibn Mubarak heard of this, his eyes swelled with tears. He ordered for all of his provision to be distributed among those of the caravan, and having nothing with which to continue the journey, he returned to his home and gave up making the pilgrimage for that year. Later, he saw someone in a dream saying, “Your pilgrimage has been accepted, as have your rites; and your sins have been forgiven.” Allah says:

And give them preference over themselves, even though they were in need of those themselves.   (Qur ‘an 59: 9) 

One poet said:

“Even if I am a person who is far,
From his friend in terms of distance,
I offer him my help and wish to alleviate his difficulties, I answer his invitation and his call to me for help, and if he dons a wonderful new outfit I will not say, alas, were I to be blessed with the clothes that he wears.”

By Allah, how wonderful are good manners and a generous soul!

No one regrets having done well even if he was extravagant in doing so. Regret is only for the mistake or for the wrong done, even when that wrong is a minor one.

Dont be Sad

Always remember Allah

Concerning His remembrance, Allah, the All-Glorious, says:

Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.   (Qur’an 13: 28)

Therefore remember me [by praying, glorifying etc.] and I will remember you…
(Qur’an 2: 152)

And the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues, Allah has prepared for them. Forgiveness and a Great reward [i.e. Paradise].    (Qur’an 33: 35) 

 You who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon [the early morning (fajr) and ASR prayers. (Qur ‘an 33: 41-42)

You who believe! Let not your properties or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah.   (Qur ‘an 63: 9)

Aild remember your Lord when you fbrget…    (Qur’an 18: 24)

And glory’s’ the Praises of your Lord when you get up from sleep. And in the night-time also, glorify His Praises, -and at the setting of the stars.  (Qur ‘an 52: 48-49)

You who believe! When you meet [an enemy] force, take a firm stand against them and remember the Name of Allah much [both with tongue and mind], so that you may be successful.    (Qur’an 8: 45)

In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“The example of one who remembers his Lord in relation to one who does not remember his Lord is that of the living and the dead.”

The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) also said:

“The mufarridoon outstrip others.” His Companions asked. “Who are the mufarridoon, O’ Messenger of Allah.” He said, “The men who remember Allah often and the women who remember Allah often.”

And in another authentic hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“Shall I not inform you of the best of deeds, and the purest of them with your Lord? The deed which is better for you than spending gold and silver (for a good cause). And which is better for you than to meet your enemy. And you cut their throats and they cut yours?” They said, “Yes_ O’ Messenger of Allah.” He said, “The remembrance of Allah.”

The following is an authentic hadith:

“A man came to the Prophet and said, Messenger of Allah, the commandments of Islam have become too much for me, and I am old in age; so inform of something that I can adhere to.’ He said, `That your tongue (continually) remains moist with the remembrance of Allah.”‘

Prophet Idris

And [mention] Ishmael and Idris and Dhul-Kifl; all were of the patient. And We admitted them into Our mercy. Indeed, they were of the righteous. (Qur’an 31:85-86)

And mention in the Book, Idris. Indeed, he was a man of truth and a prophet.  And We raised him to a high station. Those were the ones upon whom Allah bestowed favour from among the prophets of the descendants of Adam and of those We carried [in the ship] with Noah, and of the descendants of Abraham and Israel, and of those whom We guided and chose. When the verses of the Most Merciful were recited to them, they fell in prostration and weeping. (Qur’an 19:56-58)

Who was the Prophet Idris AS? No one knows with certainty since these 2 passages are the only references to him in the entire Qur’an, he had not been positively identified.

Allah has praised Idris AS in the verses above and described him as a prophet and truthful. Our Prophets’ ancestral line meets him as many of the genealogists mentioned it. Muslim commentators say that Idris AS was deeply devoted to his Lord’s worship and law; in fact his name means “one who studies or teaches”.

After Adam and Shiith, Idris was the first man to be sent as Prophet, peace be upon them all.

Although nothing is mentioned in the Qur’an concerning the life of Idris AS, Prophet Muhammad SAW spoke of him to his Companion, Abu Dharr RA saying,

“Four – that is, messengers – were Syrians; Adam, Shiith, Nuh, and Idris, who was the first to write with a pen. Allah revealed 3 scrolls to him.”  (Tabari)

Ibn Khathir adds that Idris AS was constantly occupied with the remembrance of Allah (dhikr) and that the number of his good deeds was equal to the number of good deeds of all the people on earth during his time. Ibn Khathir mentions that Idris AS worked as a tailor, and that with each stitch he would say, “SubhanAllah”.

According to some traditions, the words “We raised him to a high station” (Qur’an 19:57), cited in the verses above, imply that Allah raised Idris AS to Himself without his experiencing death, but only Allah knows the truth. However, it is mentioned in hadith that when Prophet Muhammad SAW ascended during the blessed Miraj, he met all the earlier prophets face to face, and Idris AS was one of them. (Bukhari)  May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon all of them.

After Idris AS, his son and successor Mehthusaleh continued in Allah’s path, calling His servants to him; his lifespan is said to have been 919 years. Methusaleh’s son Lamaq succeeded him and lived 780 years.

It is said that although all these righteous descendants of Adam AS forbade their people to go among the corrupted descendants of Qabil, their advice was not heeded. As time passed, almost all the people on the mountain went down and began to live among Qabil’s descendants, adopting their evil ways and forgetting the honourable way, upright way of their grandfather Adam AS and his righteous successors.

Then a son was born to Lamaq who was named Nuh. As the first major prophet after Adam AS, he was to have a grave impact on the future of mankind.

Acknowledgement: Most of the information for this work has been obtained from: “A History of the Prophets of Islam”, Volume I, by Suzanne Haneef “Stories of the Prophets”, by Ibn Kathir (Translation by Rashad Ahmad Azami)

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Invocations in times of worry and grief

Allaahumma ‘innee ‘abduka, ibnu ‘abdika, ibnu ‘amatika, naasiyatee biyadika, maadhin fiyya hukmuka, ‘adlun fiyya qadhaa’uka, ‘as’aluka bikulli ismin huwa laka, sammayta bihi nafsaka, ‘aw ‘anzaltahu fee kitaabika, ‘aw ‘allamtahu ‘ahadan min khalqika, ‘awista’tharta bihi fee ‘ilmil-ghaybi ‘indaka, ‘an taj’alal-Qur’aana rabee’a qalbee, wa noora sadree, wa jalaa’a huznee, wa thahaaba hammee .

O Allah, I am Your slave and the son of Your male slave and the son of your female slave . My forehead is in Your Hand (i.e. you have control over me) . Your Judgment upon me is assured and Your Decree concerning me is just . I ask You by every Name that You have named Yourself with , revealed in Your Book , taught any one of Your creation or kept unto Yourself in the knowledge of the unseen that is with You , to make the Qur’an the spring of my heart, and the light of my chest, the banisher of my sadness and the reliever of my distress.

Reference: Ahmad 1/391, and Al-Albani graded it authentic.

Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oothu bika minal-hammi walhazani, wal’ajzi walkasali, walbukhli waljubni, wa dhala’id-dayni wa ghalabatir-rijaal .

O Allah , I seek refuge in you from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, from miserliness and from cowardice, from being overcome by debt and overpowered by men (i .e . others) .

Reference: Al-Bukhari 7/158. See also Al-Asqalani, Fathul-Bari 11/173.

A good life

A Western thinker said:

“It is most possible for you, while you are behind steel bars, to look out upon the horizon and to smell roses. It is also extremely plausible for you to be in a castle replete with opulence and comfort, and yet be angry and discontented with your family and wealth.” Read more

Controlling one’s emotions

Emotions flare up for two reasons: either for joy or for inner
Pain. In a hadith, the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:

“Verily, I have been prohibited from emitting two foolish and wicked sounds, one that is emitted when something favorable happens, and the other that is expressed when calamity strikes.”

In order that you may not be sad over matters that you fail to get, nor rejoice because of that which has been given to you.   (Qur’an 57: 23)

For this reason, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“Verily, true patience is that which is displayed during the initial shock.”

Therefore, when one contains his emotions upon both the joyful and the calamitous occasion, he is likely to achieve peace and tranquility, happiness and comfort, and the taste of triumph over his own self. Allah described man as being exultant and boastful, irritable, discontented when evil touches him, and niggardly when good touches him. The exceptions, Allah informed us, are those who remain constant in prayer. For they are on a middle path in times of both joy and sorrow. They are thankful during times of ease and are patient during times of hardship.

Unbridled emotions can greatly wear a person out, causing pain and loss of sleep. When such a person becomes angry, he flares up, threatens others, loses all self-control, and surpasses the boundaries of justice and balance. Meanwhile, if he becomes happy, he is in a state of rapture and wildness. In his intoxication of joy, he forgets himself and surpasses the bounds of modesty. When he renounces and relinquishes the company of others, he disparages them, forgetting their virtues while stamping out their good qualities. On the other hand, if he loves others, then he spares no pains in according them all forms of veneration and honor, portraying them as being the pinnacles of perfection. The Prophet (bpuh) said:

“Love the one who is beloved to you in due moderation, for perhaps the day will come when you will abhor him. And hate the one whom you detest in due moderation, for perhaps the day will arrive when you will come to love him.”

And in another hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said:

“And I ask you (O’ Allah) to make me just, both while being in a state of anger and while being in a state of Joy. Read more

Do not be sad Wait patiently for a happy outcome

The following hadith is found in the book of At-Tirmidhi: “The best form of worship is to wait (patiently) for a happy outcome.”

1s not the morning near?   (Qur’an 11: 81)

The morning of the afflicted is looming, so watch for it. An Arab proverb says, “If the rope becomes too tight, it will snap.”

In other words, if a situation reaches the level of crisis, then expect a light and an opening to appear. Allah says:

And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will remit his sins from him, and will enlarge his reward.  (Qur’an 65: 5)

And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make his matter easy for him.    (Qur’an 65: 4)

In an authentic hadith, the Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) relates this saying from Allah:

“I am with the thoughts of my slave towards me, so let him think of me as he pleases.”

Allah, the Almighty, says:

They were reprieved] until, when the Messengers gave up hope and thought that they were denied [by their people], then came to them Our Help, and whosoever we willed were delivered.   (Qur ‘an 12: 110) Read more