40 Hadith: Lesson 11

Sunday 9th Dec 2018

What we covered:
– Recap of last lesson
– The day of Juydgement will take place on a Friday but no one except Allah know when it will occur
– What are the signs of the hour
– The Hadith of Abdullaah Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both)
– Islam is built upon five pillars

 

Continue Reading

40 Hadith: Lesson 10

Sunday 25th Nov 2018

Lesson 10: Hadith 2 (Parts 7 and 8)

    • We are currently on Hadith 2 (which we started in lesson 4);
      • Also on the authority of `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: “While we were one day sitting with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) there appeared before us a man dressed in extremely white clothes and with very black hair. No traces of journeying were visible on him, and none of us knew him. He sat down close by the Prophet (ﷺ) rested his knees against the knees of the Prophet (ﷺ) and placed his palms over his thighs, and said: “O Muhammad! Inform me about Islam.” The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) replied: “Islam is that you should testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger (ﷺ), that you should perform salah (ritual prayer), pay the zakah, fast during Ramadan, and perform Hajj (pilgrimage) to the House (the Ka`bah at Makkah), if you can find a way to it (or find the means for making the journey to it).” He said: “You have spoken the truth.” We were astonished at his thus questioning him (ﷺ) and then telling him that he was right, but he went on to say, “Inform me about Iman (faith).” He (the Prophet) answered, “It is that you believe in Allah and His angels and His Books and His Messengers and in the Last Day, and in fate (qadar), both in its good and in its evil aspects.” He said, “You have spoken the truth.” Then he (the man) said, “Inform me about Ihsan.” He (the Prophet) answered, “It is that you should worship Allah as though you could see Him, but if you cannot see Him, then indeed He sees you.” He said, “Inform me about the Hour.” He (the Prophet) said, “About that the one questioned knows no more than the questioner.” So he said, “Then, inform me about its signs.” He said, “They are that the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and that you will see the barefooted ones, the naked, the destitute, the herdsmen of the sheep (competing with each other) in raising lofty buildings.” Thereupon the man went off. I waited a while, and then he (the Prophet) said, “O `Umar, do you know who that questioner was?” I replied, “Allah and His Messenger know better.” He said, “That was Jibreel. He came to teach you your religion.” [Muslim]
  • Recap of Lesson 9
    • Belief in Angels
    • Different duties of the angels
    • Belief in the Books
    • What do we mean when we say we believe in the previous scriptures?
    • What distinguishes the Qur’an from the previous scriptures
    • Belief in the Messengers

Part 7 continued: Belief in the Last Day

  • This is to believe, accept and affirm everything which has come in the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah concerning the afterlife
  • There are two abodes; that of this world and that of the hereafter. This world is a place of action and earning deeds while the hereafter is a place of recompense
    • Why is the world called “Dunya”?
  • Death and the blowing of the trumpet separate these two abodes
    • When a person dies, they depart from this world and the life of the grave (Barzakh) is part of the recompense of the afterlife
    • Shaykh Abdelmuhsin Al-Abbād says that life after death is of two types, the first is the life grave, this is Al-Barzakh and no one knows about its true nature except Allah, and the second type is the life of the hereafter (Paradise or Hell)
  • Everything that has been mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah regarding the afterlife is included within this pillar
    • For example:
      • The Gathering
      • The Hawd (Pond of the Prophet (ﷺ))
      • The Bridge over Hell
      • Paradise itself
      • Hell itself
  • There are benefits which are achieved as a result of having belief in the afterlife:
    • A person who believes that there will be recompense after the life of this world, then he becomes eager in order to perform good deeds and keeps away from evil whereas this is not truly the case for the one who does not believe in this
    • Belief in the afterlife gives one comfort and consolement as you may go through difficulties in life but indeed the afterlife is greater and Allah will not allow one’s good deeds to be lost in vain, therefore the one who believes in Allah and performs good deeds, then indeed a far greater good is in store for him/her
      • Hadith of Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) [Muslim]
    • There is justice in the afterlife, therefore one who believes in the hereafter has security in this
    • Those who do not believe in the afterlife have a very negative attitude towards life, they see nothing except for this world and therefore they spare no effort in running after it even if it is at the expense of others

Continue Reading

40 Hadith: Lesson 9

Sunday 18th Nov 2018

Lesson 9: Belief in the Angels, Books and Messengers

  • We are currently on Hadith 2 (which we started in lesson 4);
    • Also on the authority of `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: “While we were one day sitting with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) there appeared before us a man dressed in extremely white clothes and with very black hair. No traces of journeying were visible on him, and none of us knew him. He sat down close by the Prophet (ﷺ) rested his knees against the knees of the Prophet (ﷺ) and placed his palms over his thighs, and said: “O Muhammad! Inform me about Islam.” The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) replied: “Islam is that you should testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger (ﷺ), that you should perform salah (ritual prayer), pay the zakah, fast during Ramadan, and perform Hajj (pilgrimage) to the House (the Ka`bah at Makkah), if you can find a way to it (or find the means for making the journey to it).” He said: “You have spoken the truth.” We were astonished at his thus questioning him (ﷺ) and then telling him that he was right, but he went on to say, “Inform me about Iman (faith).” He (the Prophet) answered, “It is that you believe in Allah and His angels and His Books and His Messengers and in the Last Day, and in fate (qadar), both in its good and in its evil aspects.” He said, “You have spoken the truth.” Then he (the man) said, “Inform me about Ihsan.” He (the Prophet) answered, “It is that you should serve Allah as though you could see Him, for though you cannot see Him yet He sees you.” He said, “Inform me about the Hour.” He (the Prophet) said, “About that the one questioned knows no more than the questioner.” So he said, “Then, inform me about its signs.” He said, “They are that the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and that you will see the barefooted ones, the naked, the destitute, the herdsmen of the sheep (competing with each other) in raising lofty buildings.” Thereupon the man went off. I waited a while, and then he (the Prophet) said, “O `Umar, do you know who that questioner was?” I replied, “Allah and His Messenger know better.” He said, “That was Jibreel. He came to teach you your religion.” [Muslim]

Recap of Lesson 8: Belief in Allah

    • Belief in Allah consists of 4 matters:
  • 1. Belief in his existence, We can know this by:
        • our Fitrah (natural disposition),
        • our intellect,
        • our senses and
        • our religion
  • 2. Belief in Allah’s unique Lordship and actions, This itself can be related to 3 matters,:
        • 1. Allah is unique in his ability to create from nothing, whereas mankind does not create but rather transforms one matter into another
        • 2. He is the sustainer and controller of all that exists
        • 3. He is the sole owner of all that exists and no one has a share with him in any of these things
  • 3. Worshipping Allah alone
        • Belief in Allah’s sole right to be worshipped naturally follows on from 1 and 2
        • Allah has given us ability and free will, therefore we are responsible for what we do and Allah has obligated upon Mankind and Jinn that they worship him alone
        • Allah has sent Prophets and Messengers (may peace be upon them all) to provide us with information about what he has obligated upon us and how to be grateful to him. The Prophets and Messengers have also brought us information and details about our creator, our purpose and our ultime end (Paradise or Hell). We could not have obtained these details just by basic observation or thought since they are from the unseen.
  • 4. Belief in his perfect names and attributes
    • There are principles which we must follow:
      • 1. That we believe in every name and attribute that Allah has mentioned in his book (the Qur’an) or upon the tongue of his Messenger (ﷺ) (the Sunnah)
      • 2. Every name and attribute that Allah has negated from himself in the Qur’an and Sunnah then we negate this also
      • 3. We do the above without falling into 4 things:
        • 1. We do not deny any name or attribute of Allah
        • 2. We do not distort their meanings
        • 3. We do not liken them to creation
        • 4. We do not ask “how” about the nature of Allah’s names and attributes

Second pillar of Faith: Believing in the Angels

  • It is a pillar of faith to believe in the Angels
  • Angels are from among the creation of Allah
  • Angles are created from Light
    • ‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Angels were created from light, Jinns were created from a smokeless flame of fire, and Adam was created from that which you have been told (i.e., sounding clay like the clay of pottery).”[Muslim]

Continue Reading

40 Hadith: Lesson 8

Sun 11th Nov 2018

Lesson 8: Belief in Allah consists of 4 matters

Recap of previous lesson:

  • We are currently on Hadith 2 (which we started in lesson 4);
      • Also on the authority of `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: “While we were one day sitting with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) there appeared before us a man dressed in extremely white clothes and with very black hair. No traces of journeying were visible on him, and none of us knew him. He sat down close by the Prophet (ﷺ) rested his knees against the knees of the Prophet (ﷺ) and placed his palms over his thighs, and said: “O Muhammad! Inform me about Islam.” The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) replied: “Islam is that you should testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger (ﷺ), that you should perform salah (ritual prayer), pay the zakah, fast during Ramadan, and perform Hajj (pilgrimage) to the House (the Ka`bah at Makkah), if you can find a way to it (or find the means for making the journey to it).” He said: “You have spoken the truth.” We were astonished at his thus questioning him (ﷺ) and then telling him that he was right, but he went on to say, “Inform me about Iman (faith).” He (the Prophet) answered, “It is that you believe in Allah and His angels and His Books and His Messengers and in the Last Day, and in fate (qadar), both in its good and in its evil aspects.” He said, “You have spoken the truth.” Then he (the man) said, “Inform me about Ihsan.” He (the Prophet) answered, “It is that you should serve Allah as though you could see Him, for though you cannot see Him yet He sees you.” He said, “Inform me about the Hour.” He (the Prophet) said, “About that the one questioned knows no more than the questioner.” So he said, “Then, inform me about its signs.” He said, “They are that the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and that you will see the barefooted ones, the naked, the destitute, the herdsmen of the sheep (competing with each other) in raising lofty buildings.” Thereupon the man went off. I waited a while, and then he (the Prophet) said, “O `Umar, do you know who that questioner was?” I replied, “Allah and His Messenger know better.” He said, “That was Jibreel. He came to teach you your religion.” [Muslim]
  • Atheists are of 3 types
      • The submissive, common atheist
      • The atheist with an agenda to rid society of religion and morality
      • The honest atheist
  • Belief in Allah consists of 4 matters:
  • 1. Belief in his existence
        • We can know this by:
          • our Fitrah (natural disposition),
          • our intellect,
          • our senses and
          • our religion
      • 2. Belief in Allah’s unique Lordship and actions
        • This itself can be related to 3 matters,:
          • 1. Allah is unique in his ability to create from nothing, whereas mankind does not create but rather transforms one matter into another
          • 2. He is the sustainer and controller of all that exists
          • 3. He is the sole owner of all that exists and no one has a share with him in any of these things
  • 3. Worshipping Allah alone
        • Belief in Allah’s sole right to be worshipped naturally follows on from 1 and 2
        • Allah has given us ability and free will, therefore we are responsible for what we do and Allah has obligated upon Mankind and Jinn that they worship him alone
        • Allah has sent Prophets and Messengers (may peace be upon them all) to provide us with information about what he has obligated upon us and how to be grateful to him. The Prophets and Messengers have also brought us information and details about our creator, our purpose and our ultime end (Paradise or Hell). We could not have obtained these details just by basic observation or thought since they are from the unseen.
  • 4. Belief in his perfect names and attributes
      • There are principles which we must follow:
        • 1. That we believe in every name and attribute that Allah has mentioned in his book (the Qur’an) or upon the tongue of his Messenger (ﷺ) (the Sunnah)
        • 2. Every name and attribute that Allah has negated from himself in the Qur’an and Sunnah then we negate this also
        • 3. We do the above without falling into 4 things:
          • 1. We do not deny any name or attribute of Allah
          • 2. We do not distort their meanings
          • 3. We do not liken them to creation
          • 4. We do not ask “how” about the nature of Allah’s names and attributes

Continue Reading

Alhuda on Twitter

Calling to the Qur'an and Sunnah, upon the way of the Sahaabah.

Follow

Learn About Islam

Access more lessons, talks, conferences and much more

Visit

Join Our Telegram

For all the latest updates, click the Join Button

Join

Contact Us

Alhuda Bolton
Bella Street
Bolton, BL3 4DU
Email: alhudabolton@gmail.com
Tel: 01204 658440