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Paradox Of Our Time

June 14, 2006

THE PARADOX OF OUR TIME

The paradox of our time in history is that we have
taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways,
but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less.
We buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and
smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We
have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but
less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more
medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too
recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too
angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too
little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We
have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our
values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate
too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not
a life. We've added years to life not life to years.

We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have
trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We
conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done
larger things, but not better things. We've cleaned up
the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the
atom, but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but
accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to
wait. We build more computers to hold more
information, to produce more copies than ever, but we
communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion,
big men and small character, steep profits and shallow
relationships. These are the days of two incomes but
more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These
are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway
morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and
pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to
kill.

It is a time when there is much in the showroom window
and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology
can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can
choose either to share this insight, or to just hit
delete.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones,
because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to
you in awe, because that little person soon will grow
up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug
to the one next to you, because that is the only
treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't
cost a cent.

Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and
your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and
an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep
inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the
moment for someday that person will not be there
again.

Give time to love, give time to speak and give time to
share the precious thoughts in your mind.

Taken from Qisas.com

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SALATUT TASBEEH

June 11, 2006

THE VIRTUES OF SALAATUT TASBEEH

Salaatut Tasbeeh is a very important form of salaah, as is evident from several ahaadith, wherein Rasulullah (SAW) enjoined it as a matter of great kindness and favour and stressed on its importance. As such, the Ulamaa, Jurists, Muhadditheen, and Sufis throughout the centuries have been particular in offering this Salaah. Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibn Abbaas (RA) has narrated that he was once informed by Rasulullah (SAW), ''O Abbaas, Should I not present to you, should I not confer to you, should I not inform you of such an act, which if you practice, Allah (SWT) will forgive all your sins, whether old or new, intentional or unintentional, minor or major, open or secret. (After describing the method of performing this salaah) Nabi (SAW) stated, ''If possible, you should offer this salaah once everyday, and if you cannot perform it daily, then offer it on every Friday (weekly), or once a month, or once a year or at least once in your lifetime.'' [Abu Daawud]

THE STATUS AND IMPORTANCE OF SALAATUT TASBEEHImaam Al-Haakim (R.A) who is an authority on hadith, has written, ''The authenticity of this hadeeth (of salaatut tasbeeh) is supported by the fact that, since the second generation after the Sahabah (RA) until our times, all the great teachers of religion have been offering this salaah with constancy and have been advising the people to do so, among them was Imaam Abdullah Ibn Mubaarak (R.A) [He was the teacher of the teachers of Imaam Bukhari (R.A)]'' [Al Mustadrak Haakim – vol.1, pg.318] ; Imaam Al-Baihaqi (R.A) has stated that, even before Ibn Mubaarak (R.A), Imaam Abul Jauzaa (R.A), a Taabi'ee (one who had seen the Sahabah (RA) and whose narrations are considered to be reliable, used to be very particular in offering this salaah daily. As soon as he heard the azaan for the Zuhr Salaah, he would go to the musjid and would complete this Salaah before the Zuhr Salaah. Imaam Abdul Aziz Ibn Abi Rawwaad (R.A) who was the teacher of Ibn Mubaarak (R.A) and who was a great devotee, saint and pious man, has stated, ''One who desires to attain Jannah should be constant in offering Salaatut Tasbeeh.'' Allamah Taqi Ud-Deen Al-Subki (R.A) stated, "This salaah is very important, and one should not get misled if some people happen to deny its importance. The one, who ignores it even after learning about its reward, is negligent in religious matters, fails to act like virtuous people, and should not be considered as a reliable person." It is stated in Mirqaat that Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibn Abbaas (RA) used to offer this Salaah every Friday. [Fadhaail A'amaal, Virtues of Zikr – Pg.244] This salaah is preferable to be performed on all those auspicious nights where extra ibaadat (worship) are encouraged e.g. The 15th Night of Shabaan, The nights of Ramadhaan etc.

[NOTE: The Authenticity of Salaatut Tasbeeh has been affirmed by the muhadditheen. Many of them have written detailed articles on this matter. Allaamah al-Suyyuti (RA) has enumerated up to 20 great muhadditheen who have accepted its authenticity]. [Al-Laalil Masnoo'ah-vol.2, pg.40]. According to the principles of hadeeth, this hadith falls at least in the category of Hasan Ahadith.

THE METHOD OF PERFORMING SALAATUT TASBEEH

Imaam Abdullah Ibn Mubaarak (R.A) and many other ulama narrate the following method of offering this salaah. (This method is also reported from Rasulullah (SAW) and is the preferred method of performing this salaah). "After reciting thanaa and before reciting Surah Faatihah repeat these words (the third Kalimah) 'Subhaanallaahi Walhamdulillaahi, Wa laa ilaaha illallaahu Wallaahu Akbar' fifteen times. Then start with 'a'oodhu' and 'Bismillaah' and, after completing Surah Faatihah and another surah, these words (above mentioned) should be repeated ten times before the ruku, ten times during the ruku, ten times after standing up from the ruku, ten times in each sajdah and ten times while sitting between the two sajdahs. All four rakaats should be performed in this manner, thus completing seventy five times (tasbeehs) in each rakaat and 300 times (tasbeehs) in four rakaats.'' [Sunan Tirmizi – vol.2, pg.348]

TABLE OF PERFORMING SALAATUT TASBEEH ACCORDING TO THE METHOD OF IMAM ABDULLAH IBN MUBARAK (R.A)

POSTURES OF SALAAH NUMBER OF TIMES AFTER THANAA – BEFORE SURAH FAATIHA 15 TIMES BEFORE RUKU 10 TIMES DURING RUKU 10 TIMES WHILE STANDING – AFTER RISING FROM THE RUKU 10 TMES IN THE FIRST SAJDAH 10 TIMES SITTING POSTURE – BETWEEN BOTH SAJDAS 10 TIMES IN THE SECOND SAJDAH 10 TIMES TOTAL PER RAKAAT 75 TIMES TOTAL IN FOUR RAKAATS 300 TIMESThere are no particular surahs specified for this salaah. Any surah may be recited. However Sayyiduna Ibn Abbaas (RA) was once asked, ''Are there any particular surahs to be recited in this salaah? He replied, 'At takaasur (S.102), Al Asr (S.103), Al Kaafiroon (S.109) and Al Ikhlaas (S.112).'' Some Ulamaa have also stated, ''The most virtuous surahs (to be recited in this salaah) are Al Hadeed (S.57), Al Hashar (S.59), As Saff (S.61) and At Taghaabun (S.64).'' [Raddul Muhtaar – vol.2, pg.461]

SOME IMPORTANT POINTS TO KEEP IN MIND

1. Counting should not be done verbally as this act nullifies the salaah. The best way is that the fingers should be kept in their position, but should be pressed one by one for counting. [Raddul Muhtaar – vol.2, pg.236; Fadhaail A'amaal, Virtues of Zikr – Pg.244]

2. This Salaah can be offered at any time of the day or night besides the three forbidden times. However, the more appropriate times, in order of preference, are: After midday, any time during the day, and any time during the night. [Fadhaail A'amaal, Virtues of Zikr – Pg.245]

3. According to some ahaadith, the third Kalimah should also be followed by 'Laa hawla walaa quwwata illaa billaahil aliyyil adheem' It is therefore better to recite it sometimes in addition to the third Kalimah.'' [Ihyaa Ulummuddeen – vol.2, pg.267]

4. In the ruku, 'subhaana rabbiyal adheem' and in the sajdah, 'subhaana rabbiyal a'alaa' should be recited before reciting the third kalimah." [At Tarsheeh, Libayaani Salaatit Tasbeeh – pg.22]

5. If one missed out all the tasbeehaat or some tasbeehaat in any posture, he should not make up for that deficiency in qaumah (after ruku in the standing posture) or in jalsah (after the first sajdah before the second sajdah).

PRACTICE AND CONVEY THIS GIFT GRANTED TO US BY RASULULLAH
CERTIFIED BY: Mufti Ebrahim Desai, Darul Ifta (Fatwa Department), Camperdown.
COMPILED BY: A student [2nd year aalim class] of Madrasah In’aamiyyah, Camperdown.

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WordPress blows away other blogsters

May 1, 2006

Bismillah

Recently my harddrive suffered from a catastrophic virus attack that created bad sectors on the drive and demised my four years worth of hardwork and collections of islamic essays and articles in hundreds. 

I been contemplating on creating a blog solely for gathering all of my Islamic articles in one place, but due to sheer laziness didn't create one, but now even more compelled to so as to not being so dependent on saved bookmarks, and came across this site and got really impressed by its excellent design, simplicity and structure of organizing information into categories. This place just blows away all other blogsters.

Alhumdulilah.

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