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The Messenger of Allah ﷺ was sitting while a man was eating food. That man did not mention the Name of Allah (before commencing to eat) till only a morsel of food was left.

When he raised it to his mouth, he said: “Bismillah awwalahu wa akhirahu (With the Name of Allah, in the beginning and in the end).”

Messenger of Allah ﷺ smiled at this and said, “Satan had been eating with him but when he mentioned the Name of Allah, Satan vomited all that was in his stomach.”

Reported by Umaiyyah bin Makhshi
(Radi-Allāhu ‘anhu)

[Abu Dawud & An-Nasa’i]
Riyad us Saliheen, Chapter 100, 732

How is it possible for one’s heart to be certain that one is going to meet Allah, that Allah sees and hears all that he does, and knows his secret and open affairs, and that he will be made to stand before Allah, answerable for all his deeds - how can one be certain and aware of all this, and yet persist upon things which displease Allah; persist upon abandoning Allah’s orders, neglecting His rights, and yet claim that he has good expectation of Allah?
Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (via ghurabaaa)

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Anonymous asked:

Salaam! This might sound ridiculous but I got an invitation by a muslim brother to his home, I'm myself a sister. He said he asked his mum about it and I'm officially ranked as a guest (they also wish me to stay overnight, since I'd otherwise have to stay at hotel). But.. i just feel like that's weird! What they want from me? Is that appropariate? Do you think i should refuse of the invitation?

Walàiykum’Asalāam warahmatullāhi wa barakātuhu,

I hope you are well In’ shā’ Allāh my sister and thank you for your question. :)

From what you have described sister I would advise you not to accept the invitation as there does not seem to be any permissible cause or right for the invitation. If you are looking into perusing this then please consult with the hosts (in that case the brother and his mum) for the reason of invitation, in addition please also advise your parents and attend with a Mahrām where possible. In’ shā’ Allāh with a little more communication you may be able to have a better idea.

If it for the intention of marriage then please get your family involved also.

May Allāh ﷻ bless us all with our intentions and bring us all closer to him. I hope you are able to resolve this matter shortly and effectively my sister.


Anonymous asked:

Assalamu alaykum. Do we commit backbite or sin if we say negative things about celebrities? (e.g. I dont like her shoes, that movie sucks she's terrible at acting) I mean it's their job to receive feedbacks after all. Help on this please. Jazakallah.

Walàiykum’Asalāam warahmatullāhi wa barakātuhu,

I hope you are well In’ shā’ Allāh and thank you for your question. :)

From a moral perspective I think if nothing positive/good can be said then the Prophet ﷺ advised us to remain silent, In’ shā’ Allāh this carried out through all means and aspects of life.

In relation to media items such as movies I am not entirely sure my brother/sister as it would require looking into the matter of movies and it’s if they are accepted or permissible within Islam. I would recommend you contact the scholars and make the same question on the following websites:

In’ shā’ Allāh I hope they are able to give a better ruling as it would be looking into movies as a separate topic to the comments made them selves. As always Allāh ﷻ knows best so In’ shā’ Allāh we strive to do good at all given opportunities. If anything I have said to be incorrect or cause offence may you and Allāh ﷻ forgive me.


Anonymous asked:

Assalamu alaykum. Ive been curious all this time. When do you say one's in trials? When do you say one's in punishment? I hope you could enlighten me. Jazakallahukhairan.

Walàiykum’Asalāam warahmatullāhi wa barakātuhu,

I hope you are well In’ shā’ Allāh and thank you for your question :)

The following was given under the supervision of Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid explaining the difference between trials and tribulations In’ shā’ Allāh:

"Punishments are what happen to people in return for their evil deeds. Trials are tests which are sent to try people, and people may be tested by good things or by bad.

Concerning punishments, Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself…”

[al-Nisa 4:79]

Concerning the phrase “is from yourself”, Qatadah said: “[It means] the punishment is for you, O son of Adam, because of your sin.” Abu Salih said that “whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself” means “because of your sin, and I [Allah] am the One Who decreed it for you.” (Tafseer Ibn Katheer).

Allah also says (interpretation of the meaning): “And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.”

[al-Shoora 42:30]

Ibn Katheer, may Allah have mercy on him, said: “[It means] whatever misfortune happens to you, O people, is because of evil deeds that you have already done, and ‘He pardons much’ refers to evil deeds – He does not punish you for them but He pardons them. ‘And if Allah were to punish men for that which they earned, he would not leave a moving (living) creature on the surface of the earth…’ [Fatir 35:45 – interpretation of the meaning].”

Concerning trials, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “If Allah loves a people, He tries them, and whoever has patience will have patience, and whoever is anxious will be anxious.” (Reported by al-Imam Ahmad; Saheeh al-Jami’, 1706).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also said: “The extent of the reward will be in accordance with the extent of the trial. If Allah loves a people, He tries them, and whoever is content will have contentment, and whoever is angry will have anger.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 2320; Saheeh al-Jami’, 2210).

The following outlines how one may tell whether a given event is a punishment or a trial:

If the misfortune results from doing an act of obedience to Allah, such as being wounded in jihad, or losing money when migrating for the sake of Allah, or losing a job because of becoming a Muslim or increasing one’s commitment to Islam, then this is a trial. Whoever bears it with patience will be rewarded, but if one reacts angrily then one will earn the wrath of Allah. If the misfortune results from sin, such as sexually-transmitted diseases or illnesses caused by drinking alcohol and taking drugs, and so on, then this is the kind of punishment that comes in this world (as opposed to being deferred until the Hereafter). If the misfortune is connected neither to a good deed nor a sin – such as other kinds of diseases and sicknesses, losing a child, or failing in business – then it depends on the person’s situation. If he is good and devout, it is a trial, and if he is sinful, it is a punishment.

The misfortune may be a punishment to atone for sins, or it may be a trial aimed at raising a person’s status and increasing his hasanat (good deeds/rewards) – this may be determined by whether a person is obedient or disobedient. A person should not praise himself, rather he should criticize himself for his shortcomings and strive to attain perfection. He will benefit from misfortunes in any case, if he has patience and hopes for reward.

And Allah knows best.”

May Allāh ﷻ bless you and I hope this helps settle your question.

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