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Pond of Kauthar!

Assalamu’alaikum (Peace be upon you),
Bismillah (In the name of Allah).

Have you ever been to one of those adventure fun houses where you get as many treats as you dare? In the first zone you get a bagful of sweets. You earn more points and go to the second zone and you get a remote operated toy car and then you earn more points and go to the next zone and so on.

This is what I felt when I read about Haud-e-Kauthar (Pond of Kauthar) the day before yesterday. Before that I had always wanted to get into Jannah, directly. But now I want this Haud treat first and then the next treat and then the next one, inshaAllah. Because the Haud-e-Kauthar is so bee-yoo-tee-ful! Do you know what it is?

On the Day of Judgement, all the people will rise from their graves. Sun will be extremely hot and very near. The day would be very long (read: 50,000 years long). People would be thirsty beyond limits. At that time, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w would give a drink from his Haud-e-Kauthar to his true believers.

Its dimensions will be as large as the distance one would cover in a month. All its sides are equal. Its mud is more sweet smelling than kasturi . Its cups would be of gold and silver. They would be from Jannah. And they are like the stars in the sky (stars of a cloudless night). Whoever will drink once from those cups, will never get thirsty again.

Its water will be whiter than milk, colder than ice, sweeter than honey, more sweet smelling than musk. The one who will drink that water, his color would never become dark. Birds would be flying over it. Two of its water spouts would come from Jannah. It will have two domes of pearls on each side.

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w would go to it before us and arrange water for us over there. :D

The people who would get a drink from it would be the ones whom Allah likes. Most of them would be from the Muhajireen (migrants) and underprivileged people, those on whom closed doors are not opened, those who fulfill their responsibilities but they are not given their rights, those who are patient. Mujahid (soldiers) and shaheed (martyrs) would be in abundance. People of Yemen would be given preference (because they accepted Islam very early).

Since this treat would be only for the followers of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w, he would recognize them from the marks of wudu on their hands, feet and faces. :)
People other than the followers of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w would not be allowed to come near it.

There will be some people from the ummah (nation) of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w who would not be allowed a drink from it. :(
They would be those who innovated new things in religion, things that had no origin in the Islam that Prophet Muhammad s.a.w brought. Some men and women would come with containers but would not be allowed a drink.

May Allah make us of those who get a drink from it, make us of those who do a lot of wudu only to please Allah (SWT) and protect us from being those who do innovation in religion.

This picture in no way is meant as a resemblance to Haud-e-Kauthar. It just implies that there is so much beauty in this world alone that the beauty of the next world is surely unimaginable!

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

P.S. Everything has been taken from authentic ahadith. It is part of your faith to believe in Haud-e-Kauthar.

7 Things You Should Know!

Salam,
Bismillah.

La ilaaha illallah = There is no deity except Allah.
This above statement is commonly known as ‘kalima’ among the Muslims.
Muslims believe that saying this kalima makes you a Muslim and is the pass to Paradise. But is it as simple as that?

There are seven conditions of the kalima (taken from the Quran and Sunnah), defined by scholars, and briefly described below. Do read them, follow and get a ticket to Paradise? ;) (InshaAllah).

Al-‘Ilm (knowledge):

Knowing. Allah says in the Quran, “So know, [O Muhammad], that there is no deity except Allah…” (Muhammad 19).

Blind faith is not at all acceptable. The person who knew that “there is no deity except Allah” will enter into Paradise.

So, knowledge makes the difference. Every person shall be asked 3 questions in the grave. If he answers them correctly, he’ll pass the final test. If he doesn’t, he’ll fail. The person who wouldn’t be able to answer the questions would say “I don’t know”. So, the difference is of knowledge.

It is said that obtaining knowledge is obligatory, which knowledge? Knowledge on the basis of which salvation depends! And that is those 3 questions of the grave.
For details on the 3 questions, click here.

If we know there is an exam tomorrow, we would study.
Prophet Muhammad s.a.w used to take out lessons for his companions from things like the flapping of birds’ wings, as quoted by a companion himself.
He taught wise words (kalimat) to kids too. (Like he once taught something to his young companion, Ibn-e-Abbas r.a.)

So ‘know’, and tell others too.

Al-Yaqeen (certainty):

This is the opposite of doubt. It’s about the certainty on the kalima and the certainty that everything other than it is false. Complete faith!

It is said in a hadith that there is no greater blessing given than certainty and health. So you should make dua for these. (I can’t seem to find hadith references; this is the meaning of the hadith).

This certainty of the kalima is a way for the expiation of the sins too.

Below is the story of a man who was certain that Allah is the Lord and can punish him.

‘Once there was a man on his death-bed, who, losing every hope of surviving said to his family: When I die, gather for me a large heap of wood and make a fire (to burn me). When the fire eats my meat and reaches my bones, and when the bones burn, take and crush them into powder and wait for a windy day to throw it (i.e. the powder) over the sea. They did so, but Allah collected his particles and asked him:
Why did you do so? He replied: For fear of You. So Allah forgave him.”

[Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 56, 659]

Why is there so much importance of Sayyidul-Istighfar? Because we express our certainty in it.
Click here for Sayyidul-Istighfar.

So, first thing is knowledge. And with knowledge comes certainty.

Al-Qubool (acceptance):

This is the opposite of rejection. Some people have knowledge and they are certain that this is the truth but they still do not accept, due to arrogance or some other such reason. For example, Abu Jahal knew and was certain that the message brought by Prophet Muhammad s.a.w is true but he didn’t accept. Similarly, the scholars of Jews and Christians knew and were certain that the message of the Prophet s.a.w is true but they didn’t accept.

“Those to whom We gave the Scripture know him as they know their own sons. But indeed, a party of them conceal the truth while they know [it].” (Al-Baqarah 146)

“Many of the People of the Scripture wish they could turn you back to disbelief after you have believed, out of envy from themselves [even] after the truth has become clear to them.” (Al-Baqarah 109)

“Indeed they, when it was said to them, “There is no deity but Allah,” were arrogant” (As-Saaffat 35)

“The most hated speech to Allah is when a man says to another man, ‘Fear Allah!’ and he replies, ‘Worry about your own self!’ “[Sheikh Albani authenticated it in Silsilatul-Ahaadeethis-Saheehah (#2598)]

Al-Inqiyad (adherence):

Obedience. To show by actually doing the stuff. Acceptance was to affirm by saying it and adherence is to do it too.

“And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.” (Az-Zumar 54)

It says in a hadith: “the believer is like a submissive camel, wherever he is led, he follows” [Ahmad (4/126), Ibn Maajah (no. 43), al-Haakim (1/96) and others – Hasan]

““Islam is to bear witness that there is no god but God and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God; and to perform the prayer; pay zakat; fast Ramadan; and to perform Hajj to the House if you are able.”” [From Hadith-e-Jibreel, Sahih Muslim. Click here.]
So in this hadith, Islam, or being a Muslim, means to show it through actions too (prayer, zakat, fast, hajj).

As-Sidq (truth):

To bear witness truthfully from the heart. Because the hypocrites bore witness too but it was not truthful.

“And of the people are some who say, “We believe in Allah and the Last Day,” but they are not believers.” (Al-Baqarah 8)

Al-Ikhlaas (purity):

It says in a hadith, when a servant of Allah utters the words la ilaha illallah (there is no God except Allah) sincerely, the doors of heaven open up for these words until they reach the Throne of Allah, so long as its utterer keeps away from the major sins.

So Allah accepts only the sincere and pure acts of worship.

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w said that the person who will benefit the most from my intercession will be the one who said la ilaaha illallah (there is no God except Allah) from a pure (truthful) heart.

Love of Allah and Prophet s.a.w:

This too is a condition of the kalima. Loving Allah, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w and loving all those things that Allah and His Prophet s.a.w love. Loving Allah’s pious servants (auwliaa and scholars).

And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah. But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah.” (Al-Baqarah 165)

Someone (either from the companions or the pious predecessors) said that if you want to judge your love of Allah then, whatever Allah dislikes you would hate it even more than ‘musabbar’ (it is an extremely bitter substance and is used for weaning off babies).

Denial of Taghoot (false objects of worship):

Denying everything that is worshipped other than Allah.

Just so you get a clear idea of Taghut, “And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, [saying], “Worship Allah and avoid Taghut.”” (An-Nahl 36)

“And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.” He will say, “My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was [once] seeing?” [Allah] will say, “Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten.” And thus do We recompense he who transgressed and did not believe in the signs of his Lord. And the punishment of the Hereafter is more severe and more enduring.” (Ta-Ha 124-127)

If you have any confusions, doubts or questions regarding your aqeedah, clear them NOW! Don’t just let it be!

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

P.S. Everything is taken from either the Quran or the sunnah. But I haven’t put those ahadith in quotation marks whose words may not be exact.

Do you have these Symptoms?

Salam,
Bismillah.

Effect of Eman (Belief) on Human Life

Below are some indicators that you should have in you, if you have eman (belief). If you lack some of them, analyze and correct yourself.

Love of Allah and Prophet Muhammad s.a.w (if you don’t feel it, you don’t have eman).
Allah says in the Quran, “But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah.” (Al-Baqarah 165).
Give marks to yourself, how much love do you feel?

“Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allah there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. Those who believed and were fearing Allah. For them are good tidings in the worldly life and in the Hereafter. No change is there in the words of Allah. That is what is the great attainment.” (Yunus 62-64).
They will not grieve; neither in the hereafter nor now i.e. in this world (as grammatically this tense is used for both present and future). They’ve got Allah’s love, they don’t care for other petty things now.
People are thrown in depths of despair when someone leaves them, but this is not the case with believers. Think of the Sahabiyya whose son was dead and she was talking normally with her husband. What gave her the strength?
Seek refuge from trials, but when you are afflicted with something then show strength, be brave!

“Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness-es into the light.” (Al-Baqarah 257).
This is for both the worlds. If you have Allah’s friendship, you’ll be shown a way everywhere.
And remember it says in a hadith, Allah gives eman only to the one He likes. Think, does He like me?

“Allah has promised the believing men and believing women gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and pleasant dwellings in gardens of perpetual residence; but approval from Allah is greater. It is that which is the great attainment.” (At-Tauba 72).

“And whoever believes in Allah – He will guide his heart.” (At-Taghabun 11).
You will get guidance to the straight path.
“Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – their Lord will guide them because of their faith.” (Yunus 9).

You’ll be hopeful.
“but you expect from Allah that which they expect not.” (An-Nisa 104).

You’ll be saved from distress.
“and saved him from the distress. And thus do We save the believers.” (Al-Anbiya 88).

You’ll be given a pure life.
“Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life,” (An-Nahl 97).

You’ll be given reward of your good deeds in this life too.
It says in a hadith, And He provides for him on his obedience.

“Those are the believers, truly. For them are degrees [of high position] with their Lord” (Al-Anfal 4).

Obedience becomes easy.
It says in a hadith, believer is like a submissive camel, wherever he is led, he follows.

He is thoughtful for everyone.
He feels for others as body feels for its aching head.

He feels happy in giving away for the sake of Allah.

He loves and is loved.
Abu Hurairah (r.a) narrated: The Prophet s.a.w said, “A Momin is an embodiment of love and affection and there is no good in one who neither loves nor is loved”. (Ahmad 400,2).

He uses his abilities in Allah’s way.

Allah puts his love in others’ hearts.
“Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – the Most Merciful will appoint for them affection.” (Maryam 96).

He is innocent. (But not stupid, he’s not fooled from the same place twice).

Shaitan has no power over him.
“Indeed, there is for him no authority over those who have believed and rely upon their Lord.” (An-Nahl 99).
It says in a hadith, Indeed momin tires the devils like you tire out your camel in a journey.

From a hadith, A believer is like a mirror to the believer, he safeguards his property and he watches over his back.

He is very conscious about his sins.
It says in a hadith, A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain which he is afraid may fall on him.

He accepts advice. (From a hadith).

Suhaib (r.a) narrated: Allah’s messenger s.a.w said, “Strange is the case of a believer, there is good for him in everything, and this is only for the believer. If a blessing reaches him, he is grateful to Allah which is good for him, and if an adversity reaches him, he is patient which is good for him.” (Muslim, Kitab-uz-Zuhd 7500).
I love this one, good in everything. We’re either happy or sad in our life so if we’re grateful and patient in both situations, there is only good every moment!

His food habits change.
He drinks in one intestine, whereas a disbeliever drinks in 7 intestines. (From a hadith).

His talk changes.
Abdullah (r.a) narrated: Allah’s messenger s.a.w said, “A Momin is not the one who taunts, curses, speaks indecently or abuses others.” (Ibn-e-Haban, Kitab-ul-Eman 192).

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

P.S. Everything is taken from either the Quran or the sunnah. But I haven’t put those ahadith in quotation marks whose words may not be exact.

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