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Sometimes we get asked why Friday is important in Islam and we can only answer with a blank face. But after reading this compliation of ahadith, InshAllah you will know some of the jewels of Jummah.

 

1) The Prophet (saw) said, “The best day on which the sun has ever risen is Friday; on that day, Adam was created, he was admitted to Paradise, and he was expelled from there.” He has also said, “Among the best of your days is Friday. On that day, invoke blessings on me frequently, for your blessings are presented to me.” – Sahih Muslim

 

2) Rasul-Allah (SAW) said, “The Sun does not rise nor set on a day that is better than Friday, and there is no creature that is not scared of Friday except for humans and jinns.” They are afraid because Judgment Day will be on a Friday.

 

3) Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet (SAW) said, “There is a time on Friday at which a Muslim, while he is offering Salat and is supplicating, will be granted whatever he is asking for.” He indicated with his hands that this period of time is very short – Sahih Bukhari (some say this time is from when the Imam leading the Friday prayer enters the masjid until the salah is over, some say it is the last hour of the day, that being after Asr and before Maghrib, but it is unknown. This should encourage us to make efforts in worship throughout the day.

 

4) “On Fridays, angels will be sent to the doors of the Masjid to write down the names of the people who enter the Masjid. When the Imam goes to the pulpit, they close their books, put down their pens, and start asking each other: ‘what has kept so and so from coming to Juma’ah?’ They then pray: ‘Oh Allah, if so and so is misguided, please guide him, and if he is sick, please cure him, and if he is needy, please enrich him.’” – Sahih Bukhari 

 

5) Rasulullah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “The word “shaahid” refers to Friday . There is no day more virtuous than Friday. There is such an hour in this day that no Muslim will make dua in it except that his dua will be accepted. And he does not seek protection from anything except that Allah Ta’ala will grant him protection . ” (Tirmidhi) The word “shaahid” appears in Surah Burooj . Allah Ta’ala has taken an oath of that day. He says in the Quran:

“By the sky in which there are constellations .By the promised day (of judgement). By the day that witnesses (Friday), and the day that is witnessed (day of Arafah). “

 

6) Rasulullah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “The Muslim who passes away on the night or during the day of Friday, Allah Ta’ala saves him from the punishment of the grave . ” (Tirmidhi)

 

7) Rasulullah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “Friday is the “mother” of all days and the most virtuous in the sight of Allah Ta’ala. In the sight of Allah Ta’ala it has more greatness than Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Ad’haa.” (Ibn Majah)

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Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise; a person remains truthful until he is written as a Siddeeq (truthful person) with Allah. Lying leads to sin and sin leads to the Fire; a person keeps lying until he is written as a Kadhdhab (liar) with Allah.”  (Bukhari, Muslim)

Imam Malik stated that Abdullah ibn Masud would say, “Each time someone lies a black spot appears on his heart until his whole heart becomes black and he is written with Allah as a Kadhdhab.” He also records that it was asked of Luqman, “How have you reached this level in excellence?” He replied, “By being true in speech, fulfilling trusts and leaving what does not concern me.” 

Shaytaan pushes us to lie and then think ‘oh it was just a little white lie’ so we don’t feel bad about it. We believe that it’s no big deal. Then we lie again and again, until it develops into a habit, and all those lies have now blackened our hearts and we become known as a ‘khadhab’ – a liar.

There are many types of lies, too many to list, but we should think about what we’ve been lying about. If it’s because we’re covering up something we shouldn’t be doing, then we should have a re-think about our actions. If we were happy with what we’re doing and weren’t ashamed of it, we wouldn’t feel the need to lie.

Spiteful lying is when we do so to benefit ourselves or to hurt others. For example, lawyers lie at court to help their criminal client win the lawsuit, or some may lie to cheat others like those who lie about their products in order to sell them. Some people lie to exaggerate a point or ‘stretch the truth’ in order to boast, but that’s a whole topic in itself.

These are all forms of lies and they are unlawful in Islam. We are told to be truthful in everything we say, that way people are judged justly, people don’t get cheated and so on. We are encouraged to follow the footsteps of our Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) as he was known to be ‘the truthful one’ even before he became the Messenger of Islam.

Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise.

Let’s try our best to be truthful always and InshAllah we will be of the righteous people who are granted Jannah.

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(Note: when there is a sign – the sound is the -ain letter in the arabic alphabet. And where there is a sign, it is the same as the -eh- sound at the beginning of the word -elephant).

~ Duas before studying ~

اللَّهُمَّ انْفَعْنِي بِمَا عَلَّمْـتَنِي وَ عَلِّمْنِي مَا يَنْفَعُنِي

Allâhumma infa‘nî bimâ ‘allamtanî wa ‘allimnî ma yanfa‘unî.

(Oh Allah! Make useful for me what You taught me and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me)

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اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ فَهْمَ النَّ بِيِّينَ وَ حِفْظَ الْمُرْسَلِينَ الْمُقَرَّبِينَ

Allâhumma innî as’aluka fahm an-nabiyyîna wa hifdh al-mursalîn al-muqarrabîn

(Oh Allah! I ask You for the understanding of the prophets and the memory of the messengers, and those nearest to You)

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اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ لِسَانِي عَامِرًا بِذِكْرِكَ وَ قَلْبِي بِخَشْيَتِكَ

Allâhumma ij‘al lisânî ‘âmiram bi-dhikrika wa qalbî bi-khashyatika.

(Oh Allah! Make my tongue full of Your remembrance, and my heart with consciousness of You)

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إِنَّكَ عَلَى مَا تَشَاءُ قَدِيرٌ وَ أَنْتَ حَسْـبُنَا اللَّهُ وَ نِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ

Innaka ala ma tasha’ u qadeer wa anta hasbeeya wa ni‘ mal wakeel

(You do whatever you wish, you are my availer and protector and the best of aid)

These 4 are usually said together as one dua.

~ Duas for anxiety ~

 اللهُمَّ إِنِّي أعْوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الهَمِّ والحُزْن، والعَجْزِ والكَسَل والبُخْلِ والجُبْن وضَلْعِ الدَّيْن وغَلبَةِ الرِّجال

Allâhumma innî a‘ûdhu bika min al-hammi wa al-huzn,  wal-‘ajzi wa al-kasal, wal bukhli wal jubn, wa dhal’aldeen wa ghalabati irrijaal.

(Oh Allah, I seek refuge in You from worry and grief, from helplessness and laziness, from cowardice and stinginess, and from overpowering of debt and from oppression of men)

~Dua while studying something difficult~

اللهُمَّ لا سَهْلَ إِلا ما جَعَلتَهُ سَهلاَ، وَأنْتَ تَجْعَلُ الحَزَنَ إذا شِئْتَ سَهْلاَ

Allâhumma lâ sahla illâ mâ ja‘altahu sahlâ wa anta taj‘alu al-hazana idhâ shi’ta sahlâ

(Oh Allah! Nothing is easy except what you have made easy. If you wish, you can make the difficult easy)

~Dua for concentration~

 صلي الله على محمد وعلى آل محمد اللهُمَّ إني اسئالُكَ يا مُدَخِر الخير وفاعلَهُ والآمر به ذكِرني ما انسَانيهِ الشيطان

 SallAllahu ‘ala Muhammad wa ‘ala aali Muhammad. Allahummma inni asaluka yaa mudhakkiral khair wa faailhau wa-laamimira bihi dhakir-ni maa ansaani-hi shaytan

 Oh Allah, I ask you, the One who mentions goodness and actualizes it and commands it, remind me of that which the shaytaan makes me forget)

~ Dua after studying ~

اللهُمَّ إني اسْتودِعُكَ ما قرأتُ وما حَفظْتُ فرده عليّ عندَ حاجَتي إليه، إنك على ما تشاء قدير وأنت حسبي ونعم الوكيل

Allahuma inni astaodee’uka ma qara’ tu wama hafadh-tu. Farudduhu allaya inda hajati elahi. Innaka ala ma tasha’ u qadeer wa anta hasbeeya wa ni‘ mal wakeel

(Oh Allah! I entrust you with what I have read and studied. Oh Allah! Bring it back to me when I am in need of it. Oh Allah! You do whatever you wish, you are my availer and protector and the best of aid)


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I’m sure whoever is reading this, has studied ratios in maths class at some point in their life. Ratios allow us to see the relationship between two numbers of the same kind. So now let’s talk ratios in relation to this hadith.

According to Geologic Surveys this planet’s oceans has 346,049,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water. Let’s assume there is a drop of water left on the finger which is about 0.0251 millilitres.

So if we have both these numbers into gallons to make a ratio we get:

Water on the finger : Water in the ocean

= 0.0000066 gallons : 346,049,000,000,000,000,000 gallons

Sometimes seeing things in number form makes it easier to visualize and put in perspective and we can understand the relationship between the two things and to value their importance in comparison to each other. So as we can see, this life is so minute in comparison to the Akhira. The Ahkira is where we should place value and importance, and consequently invest our time, efforts and money towards.

No matter what circumstances you are going through at the moment, whether it is good or bad, remember this hadith by our Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam).

Remember that this life is almost nothing. Dunya isn’t the end, it’s just a means to our Akhira. So let’s treat it that way InshAllah.

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Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Whoever does not argue when he is in the wrong will have a home built for him on the edge of Paradise. Whoever avoids it when he is in the right will have a home built for him in the middle of Paradise. And whoever improves his own character, a home will be built for him in the highest part of Paradise. (Tirmidhi)

Sometimes we can feel so strongly about something that when someone gives a contradicting opinion or a different outlook, we get worked up about it, and we turn it into an argument. We’ll keep going until we have convinced them, and if they’re not convinced, we’ll probably bring it up again at a later time. 

However, arguing is discouraged in Islam, as we can tell from the hadith. It rarely gets anyone to change their minds, (we’re a pretty stubborn kind!). It only creates defensiveness and ill feelings between people, and involves a matter of ego, which we should avoid. And there is no reason to involve ourselves in arguments which do not concern our deen. 

Whether we are right or wrong, we should state our point of view and just leave it at that. In both cases, we have houses built for us in Jannah InshAllah. When we know we are right, it becomes more difficult to refrain from arguing back and so the reward is greater for the one who does this.

Quick Tip: Every time you feel an argument brewing, take a second to remember this hadith and choose to have a house in Jannah rather than the satisfaction of  ‘trying to convince people’ and getting your point across a hundred times. Share your perspective calmly and leave it at that.

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SubhanAllah! If this was the case, we probably would not have our health, we’d lose our eyesight, our hearing, our ability to walk, talk, think and have memories. We’d become vegetables. It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible to think of every single blessing Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has given us and be thankful for it.

But by the great mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, He does not take these blessings away from us, even when we forget to be thankful for the most obvious ones, like the food in our fridges and the roof over our heads.

Let’s remember to be more thankful InshAllah.

Quick Tips:

1) When you wake up in the morning, recite the dua –  ‘Alhamdulilah alethi ahyana ba’da ma amaatena wa ilayhil nishoor’

 (All praise be to Allah, who gave us life after killing us (sleep is a form of death) and to Him will we be raised and returned)

2) Try to say Alhamdulilah as many times as you can every day. Start with 100 times a day, a meager 20 times after every salah. And keep increasing it everyday InshAllah.

May Allah forgive us for our forgetfulness. 

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