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FUNERAL RITES IN ISLAAM: FOLLOWING A MUSLIM’S BIER

Following a Muslim’s bier is among the obligatory rights due to every Muslim from all Muslims who witness his funeral procession. Aboo Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Every Muslim has five rights due to him from his fellow Muslims : Returning his greetings of salaam [peace], visiting him when he is sick, following […]

FESTIVALS (‘EED)

Anas reported that when the Prophet (PBUH) came to Madeenah, there were two days in which the people of Madeenah used to play during the time of ignorance. He told them: “You have two days in which you used to play, but Allaah has replaced them with something better than them: the Festival of Sacrifice […]

Why Did God Create the World?

The contents of this world were created for the service of humankind. Whether they are products of man’s invention, like ships, or they are nature itself, all have been granted by God for the benefit of human beings. However, such gifts are not without responsibility. Humans are required to recognize Allaah’s bounties and mercies and […]

DREAM INTERPRETATION: MODERATION IN SLEEP:

Aboo Qataadah related that (the people) discussed their over-sleeping, and he asked [the Prophet PBUH ], “[What is the case of] people who slept until the sun rose?” Allaah’s Messenger (PBUH) replied, “Negligence doesn’t take place while sleeping but while being awake. So, whenever anyone of you forgets to pray or goes to bed without […]

CLOSING THE EYES AND DU’AA (SUPPLICATION)

The eyes of the dead person should be closed and a du‘aa made for him based on the following hadeeth of Umm Salamah: “Allaah’s Messenger (PBUH) came in and found Aboo Salamah’s eyes staring so he closed them and said,“Verily when the soul is snatched, the eyes follow it.” Some people from his family began […]

LEGISLATIVE DREAMS: ATHAAN

‘Abdullaah ibn Zayd said, “When the Messenger of Allaah (pbuh) ordered a bell to be made so that it might be rung to gather the people for prayer, a man carrying a bell in his hand appeared to me in a dream and I asked him, “O servant of Allaah [‘Abdullaah], will you sell me […]

VEGETATION

Humankind’s responsibility of looking after this world does not stop at serving animals. The vegetable kingdom is also highly regarded in divine law. So much so, that Muslims engaged in war are forbidden to destroy fruit trees and even the planting of trees is considered an act of charity. Jaabir quoted Allaah’s Messenger (PBUH) as […]

DREAM INTERPRETATION: BATHING

Dreaming of oneself bathing in cool water may refer to Allaah’s acceptance of one’s repentance, a cure from sickness and the lifting of a calamity, according to the following verses from the Qur’aan referring to Prophet Job (Ayyoob). Sharh as-Sunnah, vol.12, p.220. “This is a cool water to bathe in and a [refreshing] drink. And […]

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