The Book of Jihad

H (5)

وعن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ ‏”‏من رضي بالله ربًا وبالإسلام دينًا، وبمحمد رسولا وجبت له الجنة‏”‏ فعجب لها أبو سعيد فقال أعدها علي يا رسول الله فأعادها عليه ثم قال‏:‏ ‏”‏وأخرى يرفع الله بها العبد مائة درجة في الجنة، ما بين كل درجتين، كما بين السماء والأرض‏”‏ قال‏:‏ وما هي يا رسول الله‏؟‏ قال‏:‏ ‏”‏الجهاد في سبيل الله، الجهاد في سبيل الله‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏رواه مسلم‏)‏‏)‏‏.‏
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Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “If anyone is pleased with Allah as his Rubb, with Islam as his religion and with Muhammad (ﷺ) as (Allah’s) Messenger, surely, he will be entitled to enter Jannah.” Abu Sa’id was delighted with this and requested the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) to repeat it. He (ﷺ) repeated it again and then said, “There is also another act by which Allah will elevate the position of a (pious believing) slave in Jannah to a grade one hundred degrees higher. And the distance between any two grades is equal to the distance between heaven and earth.” He asked the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) what it was and he ((ﷺ)) replied, “Jihad in the way of Allah; Jihad in the way of Allah.”

[Muslim].

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Stern warning against turning around when Praying

H (10)

أَخْبَرَنَا هِلاَلُ بْنُ الْعَلاَءِ بْنِ هِلاَلٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا الْمُعَافَى بْنُ سُلَيْمَانَ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا الْقَاسِمُ، – وَهُوَ ابْنُ مَعْنٍ – عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ عُمَارَةَ، عَنْ أَبِي عَطِيَّةَ، قَالَ قَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ إِنَّ الاِلْتِفَاتَ فِي الصَّلاَةِ اخْتِلاَسٌ يَخْتَلِسُهُ الشَّيْطَانُ مِنَ الصَّلاَةِ ‏.‏
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It was narrated that Abu ‘Atiyyah said:
“Aishah said: ‘Turning around during prayer is something that the Shaitan snatches from one’s prayer.'”
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Sunan an-Nasa’i 1199

Reward and Fame

H (2)

أَخْبَرَنَا عِيسَى بْنُ هِلاَلٍ الْحِمْصِيُّ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ حِمْيَرٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا مُعَاوِيَةُ بْنُ سَلاَّمٍ، عَنْ عِكْرِمَةَ بْنِ عَمَّارٍ، عَنْ شَدَّادٍ أَبِي عَمَّارٍ، عَنْ أَبِي أُمَامَةَ الْبَاهِلِيِّ، قَالَ جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَ أَرَأَيْتَ رَجُلاً غَزَا يَلْتَمِسُ الأَجْرَ وَالذِّكْرَ مَا لَهُ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ لاَ شَىْءَ لَهُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ فَأَعَادَهَا ثَلاَثَ مَرَّاتٍ يَقُولُ لَهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ لاَ شَىْءَ لَهُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ قَالَ ‏”‏ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يَقْبَلُ مِنَ الْعَمَلِ إِلاَّ مَا كَانَ لَهُ خَالِصًا وَابْتُغِيَ بِهِ وَجْهُهُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏
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It was narrated that Abu ‘Umamah Al-Bahili said:
“A man came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said: ‘What do you think of a man who fights seeking reward and fame – what will he have?’
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘He will not have anything.’
He repeated it three times, and the Prophet (ﷺ) said to him: ‘He will not have anything.’
Then he said: ‘Allah does not accept any deed, except that which is purely for Him, and seeking His Face.'”
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Sunan an-Nasa’i 3140

 

The Pious Ones

QURANSURAH AL ISRA (4)

Quran

Surah al Baqarah

Verses 1-5

Allah azza wa jal mentions the muttaqi who are pious:

Alif Lam Meem,

This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah –

Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them,

And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith].

Those are upon [right] guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful.

Quran

Surah Ale Imran

Verse 76

Yes, whoever fulfils his pledge and fears Allah much; verily, then Allah loves those who are Al-Muttaqun

 

The Best Remembrance

“All-Glorious, All-Holy, Lord of the angels and spirit. (1)

Jabir bin ‘Abdullah said:
“I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: ‘The best of remembrance is La ilaha illallah (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah), and the best of supplication is Al-Hamdu Lillah (praise is to Allah).'”
Narrated by at-Tirmidhi (3383) who said: It is hasan ghareeb. Narrated by an-Nasaa’i in as-Sunan al-Kubra (6/208); he included it in a chapter entitled Chapter on the best dhikr and the best du‘aa’. Also narrated by Ibn Hibbaan in his Saheeh (3/126); he included it in a chapter entitled: Statement that praising Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, is one of the best kinds of du‘aa’, and saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allah is one of the best kinds of dhikr.
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Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri and Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “If a person says: ‘La ilaha illallahu wallahu Akbar (There is no true god except Allah and Allah is Greatest)’, his Rubb responds to him and affirms: ‘(Yes!) There is no true god except I, and I am the Greatest.’ When he says: ‘La ilaha illallahu Wahdahu la sharika Lahu (There is no true god except Allah, the One, He has no partner).’ Allah (SWT) affirms: ‘(Yes!) There is no true god except I. I have no partner.’ When he says: ‘La ilaha illallahu Lahul mulku wa Lahul-hamdu (the sovereignty belongs to Him and all the praise is due to Him).’ He (SWT) affirms: ‘(Yes!) There is no true god except I, Mine is the praise and to Me belongs the sovereignty.’ When he says: ‘La ilaha illallahu wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa Billah (There is no true god except Allah, and there is no might and power but with Allah).’ He (SWT) affirms: ‘(Yes!) There is no true god except I, and there is no might and power but with Me.”‘ The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) added, “He who recites this during his illness and dies, will not be touched by the Fire (Hell).”

[At-Tirmidhi].

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Narrated Al-Musaiyab:

When the death of Abu Talib approached, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) came to him and said, “Say: La ilaha illallah, a word with which I will be able to defend you before Allah.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 6681

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Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (May the
peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said: “Musa (Moses) (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said: ‘O my Rabb, teach
me something through which I can remember You and supplicate to You.’ Allah answered: ‘Say,
O Musa, La ilaha ilIa-Allah’. Musa said: ‘O my Rabb, all your slaves say these words’. Allah said: ‘O Musa, if the seven heavens and all they contain other than Me and the seven earths
as well, were all put in one side of a scale and La ilaha ilIa-Allah put in the other the latter would
overweigh them.'” [This Hadith has been reported by Ibn Hibban, and Al-Hakim declared it
Sahih].

Reference: Kitab at Tawheed

Encouragement to pray Qiyam Al-Lail

JIHAD (8)

أَخْبَرَنَا يَعْقُوبُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى، عَنِ ابْنِ عَجْلاَنَ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي الْقَعْقَاعُ، عَنْ أَبِي صَالِحٍ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ رَحِمَ اللَّهُ رَجُلاً قَامَ مِنَ اللَّيْلِ فَصَلَّى ثُمَّ أَيْقَظَ امْرَأَتَهُ فَصَلَّتْ فَإِنْ أَبَتْ نَضَحَ فِي وَجْهِهَا الْمَاءَ وَرَحِمَ اللَّهُ امْرَأَةً قَامَتْ مِنَ اللَّيْلِ فَصَلَّتْ ثُمَّ أَيْقَظَتْ زَوْجَهَا فَصَلَّى فَإِنْ أَبَى نَضَحَتْ فِي وَجْهِهِ الْمَاءَ ‏”‏ ‏.‏
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It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said:
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘May Allah (SWT) have mercy on a man who gets up at night and prays, then he wakes his wife and she prays, and if she refuses he sprinkles water in her face. And may Allah (SWT) have mercy on a woman who gets up at night and prays, then she wakes her husband and prays, and if he refuses she sprinkles water in his face.'”
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 Sunan an-Nasa’i 1610
GRADE HASAN

The Book of Qiyam Al-Lail (The Night Prayer) and Voluntary Prayers During the Day

JIHAD (6)

أَخْبَرَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا حَمَّادٌ، عَنْ بُدَيْلٍ، وَأَيُّوبَ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ شَقِيقٍ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يُصَلِّي لَيْلاً طَوِيلاً فَإِذَا صَلَّى قَائِمًا رَكَعَ قَائِمًا وَإِذَا صَلَّى قَاعِدًا رَكَعَ قَاعِدًا ‏.‏
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It was narrated that ‘Aishah said:
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to pray for a long time at night. If he started to pray standing, he would bow standing and if he started to pray sitting, he would bow sitting.”
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 Sunan an-Nasa’i 1646