Sunday, 11 December 2011

The Forbidden Love



"It starts with the unrestrained look, the smile, the talk, the being alone, the touch, and finally the zinaa (fornication)."

An excerpt from the lecture "The Forbidden Love" by Kamal el Mekki. Listen to complete lecture here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHNsi4hnCa8.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Fasting tomorrow on the 9th and 10th of Muharram

Narrated Ibn 'Abbas (r.a.):

 When the Prophet (s.a.w.) came to Medina, he found (the Jews) fasting on the day of 'Ashura' (i.e. 10th of Muharram). They used to say: "This is a great day on which Allah saved Moses and drowned the folk of Pharaoh. Moses observed the fast on this day, as a sign of gratitude to Allah." The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, "I am closer to Moses than they." So, he observed the fast (on that day) and ordered the Muslims to fast on it.   (Sahih Bukhari Book #55, Hadith #609)
                
 Mu’awiyah ibn Abu Sufyan (r.a.) relates: I heard the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) say: "It is the day of ‘Ashura. Allah (s.w.t.) has not made fasting obligatory for you. But I am fasting. He who likes to observe fast among you should do so, and he who likes not to observe it (does not have to) observe it." (Sahih Muslim)

Abu Qatada (r.a) relates that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said that the fast on the 10th of Muharram atones for the sins of the preceding year. (Sahih Muslim)

It is best to fast on the 9th and 10th of Muharram or the 10th and 11th because the Jewish people used to fast on the 10th and Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.) said:

"Observe the fast of Ashura and oppose the Jews. Fast a day before it or a day after."  (Baihaqi)

Ibn Abbas (r.a.) said:

"When Rasulullaah (s.a.w.) observed the fast of the day of Ashura and ordered (his Companions) to fast, they said: `O Rasulullaah! It is a day revered (glorified) by the Jews and Christians.' Thereupon Rasulullaah (s.a.w.) said: "The coming year, if Allah wills (I remain alive), I will for surely fast on the ninth (also)." (Muslim)

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Honesty and Dishonesty

Ja'far ibn Sulayman ad-Duba'i says: I heard Malik ibn Dinar saying:

"Honesty and Dishonesty wage war against each other in the heart until one of them dispells the other.
Honesty starts weak just as the date palm: a single branch appears first. If a child breaks it, its source is destroyed. If a goat eats it, its source is destroyed But if it is irrigated, it spreads. When it is irrigated further, it spreads further till it develops a strong root, it then provides shade, and then fruit that is eaten.

In like manner, honesty starts weak in the heart. The person seeks it and so Allah increases it. The person seeks it further so Allah increases it more. Allah eventually makes it a source of blessing for the person and his speech becomes a medication for those who are in error."

Ja'far says: "Malik ibn Dinar continues: 'Have you not seen them?' He pauses for a while and says: 'By Allah! We have certainly seen them. [They are] Hasan al-Basri, Sa'id ibn Jubayr and their like. Allah causes the speech of a single person from among them to give life to large groups of people.
Abu Nu'aym: Hilyah al-Auliya, vol 2 p.359

A'ishah (r.a.) says: There was no trait that was more wicked in the sight of the Companions of Rasulullah (s.a.w.) than dishonesty. No sooner Rasulullah (s.a.w.) learnt that one of them [Companions] had some dishonesty in him, he would work on him till he repented".
Ahmad ibn Hambal: al-'Ilal wa Ma'rifah ar-Rijal, vol.1, p.406

from 'The  Sunnah Way of the Sufis' by Imam Harith al-Muhasibi.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Zubayr (r.a.) Rebukes a Jinn

Hadhrat Aamir bin Abdullaah bin Zubayr (r.a.) reports that Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Zubayr was returning from Umrah with a group of people belonging to the Quraysh. They were at Yanaasib when they noticed a man sitting beneath a tree. Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Zubayr (r.a.) went up to him and greeted him with Salaam. The man paid no heed to him and gave only a feeble reply. When Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Zubayr (r.a.) alighted from his animal, the man did not move and Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Zubayr had to ask him to move from the shade. The man reluctantly complied.

Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Zubayr (r.a.) himself says, "I then sat down and, holding him by the arm, I asked who he was. 'I am a man from the Jinn,' came the reply. He had hardly spoken the words when every hair on my body stood on end. I then pulled at him saying, 'You are a man from the Jinn and have the audacity to appear before me like this?!' I noticed that he had the legs of an animal and when I rebuked him, he started to become meek. I further said, 'You behave so impudently before me when you are a Dhimmi?' He then fled.

When my companions arrived, they asked, 'Where is the man who was with you?' 'He was a man from amongst the Jinn,' I replied, 'and he ran away.' Every one of them then fell from his animal and I had to take them all and tie them to their animals. I then led them for Hajj without any of them returning to their complete sense." 

Ibn Mubaarak.

(From Hayatus Sahabah by Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Khandhlawi)

Friday, 2 September 2011

The Life Of The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by Hamza Yusuf





Classes on the life of the Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, produced as a 24-audio tape set, which has sold well over thousands of copies world-wide.

Part 2      Part 3       Part 4        Part 5      Part 6      Part 7     Part 8    Part 9    Part 10

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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Saturday, 30 July 2011


Hadhrat Ali (r.a.) once stood up to deliver a lecture saying, "All praise belongs to Allaah Who has created creation, Who breaks the dawn, Who will resurrect the dead and raise all within the graves. I testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allaah and I testify that Muhammad (s.a.w.) is the servant and Rasul (messenger) of Allaah.

I emphatically advise you to adopt Taqwa. Remember that the best means of attaining proximity to Allaah is by Imaan and Jihaad in the path of Allaah. It is also most effectively attained by the Kalimah of Sincerity that is most natural, by establishing salaah, which is part of the true creed, by paying zakaah, which one of the obligatory duties and by fasting during the month of Ramadhaan, which happens to be a shield against Allaah's punishment. Furthermore, it is attained by making Hajj at the Kabah, which eliminates poverty and obliterates sins. Fostering good family ties is also a means (of attaining proximity to Allaah) since it causes one's wealth to increase, one's lifespan to be extended and love within the family to grow. Sadaqah should also be given in secret because it erases sin and extinguishes the wrath of your Rabb. Good deeds need also be carried out because it thwarts a bad death and safeguards one against being floored by abject circumstances. Engage abundantly in Allaah's Dhikr because it is the best thing to engage the toungue with. You must look forward to the promises Allaah has made to the people of Taqwa because Allaah's promises are the most truthful of all promises.

Follow the guidance of your Nabi because it is the best of all guidance and adopt his way of life because it is the best of practices to follow. Learn the Book of Allaah because it is the best of all speeches and develop a deep understanding of Allaah's Deen because it is the spring of the heart. Treat (physical and spiritual) illnesses with its light because the Qur'aan is definitely a cure for all that hearts contain. Recite the Qur'aan beautifully because it is the most beautiful of all narratives and when it is recited to you, listen attentively and remain silent so that mercy may be showered on you. When you have been inspired to study the Qur'aan, practise what you have learnt so that you may receive guidance.

Remember that the practising Aalim who does not practise his knowledge, he would be just like the tyrannical ignoramus who cannot be straightened because of his ignorance. In fact, I feel that the regret is more lasting and the case stronger against the Aalim who forsakes his knowledge as opposed to the ignoramus who is confused in his ignorance. Both these persons are astray and destroyed.

Never entertain doubts because it will plunge you into misgivings and it is such misgivings that will lead you to kufr. Do not also practice on concessions because you will then soon become too compromising and as soon as you compromise on the truth, you will lose plenty. Bear in mind that it is an act of intelligence that you rely on Allaah but this reliance should not be such that it leads you to deception. The person who most wishes well for himself will be the most obedient to his Rabb whereas the one who is most deceived will be most disobedient to his Rabb. The person who obeys Allaah will remain safe and happy while the one who disobeys Allaah will remain in fear and have regrets. Furthermore, you must also pray to Allaah for conviction and always show Him your desire for well-being. In fact, conviction is the best of all things that remain entrenched within the heart. The best of all matters are those that are the most resolute while the worst of them are those that have been fabricated. Remember that every fabricated matter is a Bid'ah and every person who fabricates is engaging in Bid'ah. Such a person will be destroying (the Deen) because whenever he fabricates a Bid'ah, he is forsaking a Sunnah.

Those truly at a loss are those whose Deen is at a loss and who have put their own souls at the losing end (by disobeying Allaah). Verily ostentation is a part of Shirk, while sincerity is a part of good deeds and Imaan. Gatherings of futility make one forget the Qur'aan, are attended by Shaytaan and invite people to misguidance. Remaining in the company of (non-Mahram) women causes the heart to stray and captivates the eyes because women are indeed the traps of Shaytaan.

Be true to Allaah because Allaah is with those who are true and abstain from lying because lying is the antithesis of Imaan. Always bear in mind that the truth stands at the peak of salvation and honour while lying stands at the peak of destruction and devastation. Listen well! Always speak the truth and you will be known for it, practise it and you will be amongst its worthy bearers. Always return trusts to those who have entrusted goods with you. Join ties with those family members who have severed them and be gracious to those who deprive you. Fulfil the pledges you undertake with people, ensure that you exercise justice when passing judgement and never boast about your ancestors before each other. Never call each other names, never make fun of each other and never make each other angry. Assist the poor, the oppressed, those in debt, those striving in the path of Allaah, the beggars and slaves and always show mercy to widows and orphans. Make Salaam common amongst you and reply to the Salaam of those who greet you/ using the same words or words that are better. (He then recited the verse:) {Assist each other in good works (virtue and piety) and Taqwa and do not assist each other in sin and transgression (oppression and injustice). Fear (the punjshment of) Allaah! Most surely Allaah is severe in punishment.} [Surah Maa'idah, verse 2] Entertain guests, be good to your neighbour, visit the ill, accompany funeral processions and, 0 servants of Allaah, behave like brothers.

Furthermore, I wish to add that this world has turned its back and bid farewell, whereas the Aakhirah has arrived and is straining its eyes to look. Today (this world) is the time for the race while tomorrow it will be seen who has gone ahead. The winner will have Jannah while at the other end is Jahannam.

Behold! You are passing through days of respite which are followed by your death that is approaching very fast. Therefore, whoever does good deeds sincerely for Allaah during the days of respite before his death, has really done well and will have what he hopes for. On the other hand, whoever is neglectful of doing good will be at a loss for good deeds, will have shattered hopes and will actually come to harm because of his hopes. You must do good deeds with hope of reward as well as in fear (for punishment). If you are overcome with hope, then be grateful to Allaah and couple it with fear. Then, if you are overcome with fear, remember Allaah and couple it with hope because Allaah has announced that men shall have Jannah in return for their good deeds and will have an increase (in bounties) for their gratitude. I have never seen a place like Jannah yet its seeker is asleep. I have also not seen a place like Jahannam, yet the one who ought to be running away from it is also asleep. I have also not seen anyone earn as much as the one who earns for the day when treasures will be accumulated, when secrets will be exposed and when all major sins are collected together. Take note of the fact that whoever does not benefit from the truth will still be harmed by falsehood and the one whom guidance does not put on the straight path will certainly be led away (from the straight path) by misguidance. The one whom conviction does not benefit will be harmed by doubt and the one who does not benefit from what is before him will be one-eyed when viewing something far off and even more helpless when it comes to things that are not present. You have been instructed to travel (to the Aakhirah) and have been shown where to find the provisions for the journey. What I fear most for you people is that you follow the dictates of your passion and that you entertain long hopes of the future. As for entertaining long hopes, it makes one forget the Aakhirah, whereas following one's passions distances one from the truth.

Listen well! While this world has already embarked on its return journey, the Aakhirah has just commenced its arrival. Both these places have their sons, so as far as possible, you should endeavour to be amongst the sons of the Aakhirah and not amongst the sons of this world. While today you have the opportunity for actions without reckoning, tomorrow you will face reckoning without the
opportunity for actions." (1)


1) Al Bidaayah wan Nihaayah (Vol. 7 Pg.30). Haafidh Ibn Katheer states that this lecture is most  eloquent and comprehensive in enjoining good and forbidding evil and has been narrated through
many unbroken chains of narrators.


(From 'Hayatus Sahabah' by Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Khandhlawi)

Friday, 22 July 2011

The Sermon Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) Delivered upon the Arrival of Ramadhan

As Narrated by Hadhrat Salmaan (r.a.)

Hadhrat Salmaan (r.a.) reports that on the last day of Sha'baan, Rasulullaah (s.a.w.) addressed the Sahabah saying, "0 people! A great and blessed month is dawning upon you. It is a month that includes a day that is better than a thousand months. Allaah has made fasting compulsory in this month and standing in (Taraaweeh) salaah an act of tremendous merit. Whoever carries out an act of virtue (Nafl) during this month will receive the reward of carrying out a Fardh during any other month and whoever carries out a Fardh act during this month will receive the reward of carrying out seventy Fardh acts during any other month.

It is a month of patience and the reward for patience is Jannah. It is also a month of sympathy and a month when the sustenance of a Mu'min is increased. Whoever provides something for a fasting person to terminate his fast shall receive the reward of the fasting person without his reward being diminished in the least."
"0 Rasulullaah!" the Sahabah submitted, "Not all of us can afford something to give a fasting person to terminate his fast." Rasulullaah (s.a.w.) consoled them saying, "Allaah shall grant this reward to any person who gives a fasting person even a single date or a sip of water or milk to drink.

It is a month that has mercy at the beginning, forgiveness in the middle and emancipation from Jahannam at the end. For the person who makes work light for his slaves during this month, Allaah will forgive him and free him from Jahannam. In this month, you should endeavour to do four things in abundance. Two of these will please your Rabb while you cannot do without the other two. The two that will please your Rabb are to recite the Shahaadah 'Laa Ilaaha Illallaah' and to seek Allaah's forgiveness. As for the two without which you cannot do, it is to beg Allaah for Jannah and to seek protection from Jahannam. Whoever gives the fasting person something to drink to end the fast, Allaah shall give him such a drink from my pond after which he shall never be thirsty ever again." (1)


The Lecture Rasulullaah  (s.a.w.) Gave Stating that the sins of Muslims are forgiven on the First Night of Ramadhaan

Hadhrat Anas (r.a.) reports that when Ramadhaan drew close, Rasulullaah (s.a.w.) addressed them briefly at the time of Maghrib. Rasulullaah (s.a.w.) said, "Ramadhaan is arriving, so welcome it. Take note that on the first night of Ramadhaan there is not a soul from the people of the Qibla who is not forgiven..(2)


The Lecture Rasulullaah (s.a.w.) Gave Stating that the Shayaateen are Chained and that Du'aas are Accepted During Ramadhaan

Hadhrat Ali (r.a.) reports that on the first night of Ramadhaan, Rasulullaah stood up to address the Sahabah. After duly praising Allaah, he said, "Allaah has seen to your enemy from the jinn and promised to accept your du'aas. Allaah says: {Supplicate (make du'aa)  to Me and I shall respond.'} {Surah Mu'min, verse 60}

Allaah has appointed seven angels to (guard) every rebellious Shaytaan and Shaytaan is therefore unable to escape until the end of Ramadhaan. Take note also that the doors of the heavens are wide open from the first night of Ramadhaan until the end and all du'aas in this month are accepted."

Hadhrat Ali (r.a.)  says further, "When the first of the last ten nights of Ramadhaan arrived, Rasulullaah  (s.a.w.) would tighten his loincloth, leave his wives, sit in I'tikaaf and spend all night in Ibaadah." When someone asked Hadhrat Ali (r.a.) what he meant by tightening the loincloth, he explained that RasululIaah (s.a.w.) would separate from his wives during that period. (3)


(I) Ibn Khuzaymah. as quoted in Targheeb wat Tarheeb (VoU Pg.218). Bayhaqi and Ibn Hibbaan have reported a similar narration, as has Ibn Najjaar, as quoted in Kanzul Ummaal (Vol.4 Pg.323).
(2) Ibn Najjaar, as quoted in Kanzul Ummaal(Vol.4 Pg.325).
(3) lsfahaani, as quoted in Kanzul Ummaal (Vol4 Pg.323).

(From 'Hayatus Sahabah' by Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Khandhlawi)




Tuesday, 19 July 2011

To Every Woman Who Lived till Ramadan


The following article is from http://en.wathakker.net/  (I have shortened it slightly)




All Praise is due to Allah Who granted to us life in this blessed month. As He Almighty granted to us life in this blessed month, I invoke Him to grant to us fasting it well and practicing prayer in its nights well. Also, I invoke Him to forgive our nonfeasance and mistakes. And prayers and peace of Allah be upon the most honorable Prophet and Messenger, our prophet Muhammad, and all his family and companions.

This is a short message I have written to you, Muslim sister, swiftly. And I included in it various stops, I invoke Allah Almighty to bless them, although they are little, and I invoke him to make them beneficial; indeed He is All hearer and Responsive.


The first Stop:

I remind you with the origin of creation and the reason behind existence. Allah Almighty said: {And I (Allâh) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).} [Surat Az-Zariyat 51:56]

Imam An-Nawawi said: “This is a statement of their creation for worship, so they are liable to take care of what they were created for, and neglecting the fortunes of the worldly life through asceticism as it is an abode of diminishing, passing ship not a dwelling place and a cut off project not a dwelling abode.”

Muslim sister: Ponder on the great grace of Allah upon you  {and if you count the Blessings of Allâh, never will you be able to count them} [Surat Ibrahim 14:34]

The greatest of these graces and the best the blessing of Islam, how many nations live on this earth been deprived from Lâ Ilâha Ila Allah (there is no God except Allah) and Muhammad is His Messenger, this is the favor of Allah gives it to whoever he likes…Then you have to thank Allah Almighty for the blessing of guidance and success , think, how many girls that are linked to Islam however they negate its teachings apparently and in secret, neglecting obligations dwelling in sins and wrongdoings, so praise be to Allah.

You, Muslim woman, enjoying the different graces of Allah from secure lands, extended sustenance, healthy body etc… you have to show gratitude by utterance and action, and the greatest kind of thank is obeying Allah Almighty and staying away from what is forbidden, because through thanking blessings last…{If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allâh), I will give you more (of My Blessings)} [Surat Ibrahim 14:7]

And know that the rights of Allah Almighty are greater than what a slave could cover with his acts and the blessings of Allah are uncountable, however they rise in the morning as repentant folks and in the evening also.


The second stop:

Among the bounties of Allah, that He bestowed upon you, is that He lengthened your life and gave you the opportunity of living till this great month. How many friends had gone by death! How many beloved people have been buried under earth! Indeed the length of age and staying alive is an opportunity for observing obedience and seeking nearness with Allah Almighty by the good deeds. Life is the capital of the Muslim, so care for your time lest it may go without taking benefit from it. Remember the woman who observed the fasting of Ramadan and prayed Eid prayer with you in the last year; after her death, where is she now?! Imagine that this woman returned to life again, what would she promptly do?! Would she go for travel and outing?! Would she go for the Mall and taking tour?! Would she go to friends?! No; rather I swear by Allah that she would search for even a single reward, because the situation of the scale is very difficult and it counts deeds equal to the weight of the atoms; {So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant) shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant) shall see it} [Surat Az-Zalzalah 99:7-8]

You should take benefit from the saying of the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him): “Take benefit of your youthfulness before your senility, your health before your tiredness, your wealth before your poverty, your leisure before your busyness and your life before your death.” [Authenticated by Al-Albani]

Also, you should do your best to be among the best people whom are described by the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him). It is narrated on the authority of Abu Bakr (r.a.) that a man said: “O messenger of Allah who is the best among people?” the Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever lives long and does good deeds”, the man asked: “Then, who is the worst among people?” the Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever lives long and does evil deeds.” [Reported by At-Tirmidhi and Al-Albani authenticated it by the virtue of another]

The third stop:

Sincerity is a must and seeking nearness with Allah Almighty must be true. Moreover, you should beware, during your practice to the acts of obedience, from hypocrisy and seeking fame because of doing good deeds; indeed it is a dangerous disease that may nullify the good deeds. You should hide your good deeds and conceal them as you hide your evil deeds and conceal them. Also, you should make some secret deeds (e.g. supererogatory prayer, crying at the darkness of night or charity in secret) none knows about them but Allah Almighty, and know that Allah Almighty accepts from the pious people only. So, care for piousness … {Verily, Allâh accepts only from those who are Al-Muttaqûn (the pious)} [Surat Al-Mâ`idah 5:27]

and do not be among those who refuse to enter paradise. The Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “All my Ummah will enter paradise except those who refuse.” People asked: “O Messenger of Allah, who would refuse to enter paradise?” The Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever obeys me will enter paradise, and whoever disobeys me had refused (to enter the paradise).” [Reported by Al-Bukhari]

The fourth stop:

Be accustomed with remembering Allah in all times and all cases and moisten your tongue by the remembrance of Allah Almighty, and repeat the known invocations and the remembrance of Allah that should be said daily. Allah Almighty says: {O you who believe! Remember Allâh with much remembrance. (41) And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon [the early morning (Fajr) and ‘Asr prayers].} [Surat Al-Ahzab 33:41-42],

and He Almighty says: {and the men and the women who remember Allâh much with their hearts and tongues Allâh has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise)} [Surat Al-Ahzab 33:35]

Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “The Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) used to remember Allah in all his times.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari in Al’elal Alkabeer and he authenticated it, it was also reported by At-Tirmidhi in his sunan and authenticated by Al-Albani]

Moreover, the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Mufarradun have gone ahead.” They (the Companions of the Prophet) said: “O Allah’s Messenger, who are Mufarradun?” He said: “They are those males and females who remember Allah a lot.” [Reported by Muslim]

Ibn Al-Qayim (may Allah mercy him) said: “In short, if the servant neglected Allah and committed the sins, he would lose the days of his real life, and he would find the consequences of losing them in the day that he will say in it: {Alas! Would that I had sent forth (good deeds) for (this) my life!} [Surat Al-Fajr 89:24]

Dear Muslim sister, know that none would practice prayer or observe fasting (or any other good deeds) on your behalf after your death. So, remember Allah Almighty much and observe much of the acts of obedience and seeking nearness with Allah.

The fifth stop:

Care for reciting the Holy Qur’ân daily. If you prepared a schedule for reciting the Holy Qur’ân after each prayer, you would recite five parts of the Holy Qur’ân daily. Indeed this would be great favor from Allah. Some people have enthusiasm at the beginning of the month, then they lose spirit and day or two may pass without reciting anything of the Holy Qur’ân. Indeed, there are texts mentioned about the excellence of the Holy Qur’ân make the souls feel tranquility and make the hearts feel joy; Ibn Mas’ûd said that the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah would have a reward for it, and the reward is ten times its like. I do not say Alif-Lâm-Mîm is one letter; rather, Alif is a letter, Lâm is a letter and Mîm is a letter.” [Authenticated by Al-Albani]

These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur’ân and none but Allâh (Alone) knows their meanings.

Abu Umamah Al-Bahely said that he heard the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) says: “Recite the Holy Qur’ân because it comes on the Day of Judgment as intercessor to its companions.” [Reported by Muslim]

Therefore, my blessed sister, you should care for reciting the Holy Qur’ân and memorizing what you can memorize from it and reviewing what you forgot from it, because the words of Allah contain lessons, examples, legislation, guidance and reward.

The sixth stop:

Ramadan is a good opportunity for calling for Allah. So, seek nearness with Allah Almighty in this great month by calling your relatives, neighbors and beloved people by books, tapes, advice and guidance. Do not miss a day without having participation in calling for the way of Allah; indeed it is the mission of the messengers, the prophets, the preachers and the reformers. So, you should share them in this great month, because the souls are thirsty and the hearts are open and the reward is great. The Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “By Allah, to have one person guided by Allah because of you is better than having the red camels (best of property in their time).” [Agreed upon]

Al-Hassan said: “Therefore, the status of calling for the way of Allah is the best status.”

The seventh stop:

Beware of the gatherings of the idle women and guard your tongue and keep it away from backbiting, talebearing and obscenity and whatever displeases Allah Almighty. Talk only the good words and make your tongue moisten with remembrance of Allah … There is glad tidings to the Muslim sister in this year; we are in a vacation, and it is an opportunity for practicing the acts of obedience and dedicating the time for worship … this opportunity may not come again … moreover, you may die before its returning back … know that every day the believer lives is a bounty. It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah that two men from the tribe of Qudâ’ah embraced Islam during the period of the Messenger of Allah. Then one of them had been martyred and the other person had been delayed for another year. Abu Huriarah said: “Then I saw the delayed person entered paradise before the martyr one; so, I was amazed. When I woke up, I mentioned that (or it had been mentioned) to the Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) who said: “Did not he fast a Ramadan after him and prayed six thousand Rak’as and such and such Rak’as of the supererogatory prayers?!” [Reported by Ahmad and Al-Albani said: Good Authentic]

The eighth stop:

Your house is the first place for providing guidance; so, care first for correcting yourself and making it accustomed to do what is good, then care for those who are round you (e.g. husband, brother, sister, children …etc,) and remind them with the greatness of this month and encourage them to practice prayer and recite the Holy Qur’ân continuously. Be enjoiner to the good and forbidder to the evil, in your house, by the good saying and the truthful word. Follow all of these with invoking Allah to guide them. This month is an opportunity for advising those who have some negligence or nonfeasance. May Allah Almighty guide those who are round you; the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever leads to something good would receive a reward equal to the reward of its doer.” [Reported by Muslim]

The ninth stop:

Beware of the markets (i.e. malls), because they are the places of afflictions and neglecting the remembrance of Allah. The Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The places that are liked most by Allah are the Masjid, and the places that are hated most by Allah are the markets” [Reported by Muslim]

Do not treat this month like the other months, and beware of committing sins in this great month because of having desire to buy a dress or shoes. Therefore, fear Allah and do not cause harm for yourself or for the Muslim young men. What is the harm that you would have if you neglected going to the malls in this blessed month and made this negligence for the sake of having nearness with Allah Almighty!

The tenth stop:

The excellence of ‘Umra is great, and its greatness is multiplied in Ramadan. Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him and his father too) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said to a woman of the Ansâr who was called Umm Sinan: “What has prevented you that you did not perform Hajj with us?” She said: “The father of so and so (i. e. her husband) had only two camels. One of them had been taken away by him (my husband) and his son for Hajj, whereas the other one is used by our boy to carry water.” Upon this he (the Prophet prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “‘Umra during the month of Ramadan would suffice for Hajj” or “Hajj along with me.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari]

To every woman goes to performing ‘Umra and seeking the reward without following the right path, I am afraid that the sanctity of the month and the sanctity of the place and the gravity of the sin would be gathered against you and your ‘Umra would be a pathway for sins, without knowing that, and returning with the sins instead of returning with the reward.

If Allah facilitated the ‘Umra to you, you have to avoid the causes of punishment and the stumbles of the road, and get out your house in modesty away from the eyes of men while lowering your gaze and wearing the lawful dress and not putting on face veil[1] or perfume. Then get out to the sacred house of Allah feeling the greatness of this house and the greatness of its Creator Almighty. And remember that the rewards are multiplied in this place as well as the punishment of the sins.

The eleventh stop:

Allah Almighty had opened to us the gates of the good, and made the provision countless in people’s hands; so, care (may Allah grant you success) for giving charity from your money, food or clothes. Allah Almighty praised His pious servants and described them by many descriptions; He Almighty said: {They used to sleep but little by night [invoking their Lord (Allâh) and praying, with fear and hope]. And in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allâh) for forgiveness. And in their properties there was the right of the Sâ’il (the beggar who asks) and the Mahrûm (the poor who does not ask others)} [Surat Az-Zariyat 51:17-19]

In this month you can do all these good deeds daily (i.e. praying at night, asking for forgiveness and giving charity). The Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) encouraged giving charity by saying: “Avoid the Hellfire even by half of a date.” [Reported by Muslim]

Also, Abu Hurairah (r.a.) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah will give shade, to seven, on the Day when there will be no shade but His. (These seven persons are) … a man who gives charitable gifts so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e. nobody knows how much he has given in charity) …” [Agreed upon]

Some of the companions spent all their properties for the sake of Allah, and some of them spent half of their properties. So, do not let Satan makes you misery and prevents you from giving charity; rather, you should promptly give it out. This is a special call for you, Muslim sister, the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “O women, give charity and seek forgiveness much because I saw you the majority of the people of hellfire.” [Reported by Muslim]

The twelfth stop:

In Ramadan there is a good opportunity for reckoning the self and noticing its nonfeasance; actually, there is great benefit in this.

Al-Hassan used to say: “May Allah mercy a man is not allured by what he sees from people. O child of Adam, you will die alone and will enter the grave alone and will be resurrected alone and will be reckoned alone.”

Ibn ‘Awn said: “Do not trust the abundance of the good deeds, because you do not know whether they are accepted or not. And do not feel peace toward your sins, because you do not know whether they have been forgiven or not. Indeed, all your deeds are not apparent to you.”

The thirteenth stop:

Allah Almighty made the obedience of the parents and dealing with them well obligatory, and He warned from just saying to them a word of disrespect or shouting at them; He Almighty says: {say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them} [Surat Al-Isrâ` 17:23]

And He Almighty says: {And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy} [Surat Al-Isrâ` 17:24]

Moreover, a man came to ask permission from the Messenger of Allah ( prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) to practice jihad, which is one of the best deeds and has the known difficulty and discomfort, but the Prophet ( prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Are your parents alive?” and the man replied: “Yes” So, the Prophet ( prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Then practice jihad in them (strive in their cause).” [Agreed upon]

Being dutiful to the parents includes having mercy in dealing with them, asking about their health, helping them to observe the acts of worship, providing money and gifts to them and pleasing them. Some women neglect being dutiful to their parents and give the priority of visiting, having conversation and being simplified in the talk to the friends and the colleagues and do not give share of this to the parents. Actually being dutiful to the parents is one of the best deeds. Ibn Mas’ûd said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) which deed was the best. He (the Prophet) replied: ‘Prayer at its appointed hour’. I (again) said: Then what? He (the Prophet) replied: ‘Kindness to the parents’ I (again) said: Then what? He replied: ‘Earnest Endeavour (Jihad) in the cause of Allah’ …” [Reported by Muslim]

Therefore, care (may Allah bless you) for being dutiful with them, seeking forgiveness to them and spending charity for them in their life and after their death. May Allah forgive them and reward you well.

Also, you should care for uniting the ties of kinship and having communication with them in this blessed month. However, do not make this communication a gate of evil because of tale bearing, backbiting, mocking and wasting time; rather it is enough to have a visit for asking about them, knowing that they are well, spreading the good, teaching the ignorant women, reminding the inattentive women, showing love, knowing the statuses and helping the needy. In short, make the gatherings bear the fragrance of remembering Allah Almighty and make a benefit and good in them.

The fourteenth stop:

Repentance; it is a word we repeat and hear; however, few women practice it. Moreover, some souls considered the detested acts acceptable; so, you would see some people do the prohibited acts indifferently; such as listening to music and looking to men on TV and wasting time in what is prohibited. Thereupon, the Muslim woman should have truthful repentance and accompany her saying with the action. Allah Almighty said for encouraging the Muslims to repent: {And all of you beg Allâh to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful} [Surat An-Nûr 24:31]


and He Almighty said: {Truly, Allâh loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers)} [Surat Al-Baqarah 2:222]

And the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “All the children of Adam are sinners, and the best of sinners are those who repent thoroughly.” [Reported by At-Tirmidhi and declared good by Al-Albani]

Dear Muslim sister, quickly repent from all sins and disobedience. Open new page and decorate it with the obedience and beautify it with the truthfulness of seeking refuge with Allah Almighty and reckon yourself before you are reckoned {The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, (88) Except him who brings to Allâh a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifâq (hypocrisy)].} [Surat Ash-Shu’arâ` 26:88-89]

Moreover, remember yourself when you are washed and enshrouded in five garments; they are all what you take from the adornment of the worldly life!


Dear Muslim sister,

These are quick stops I had written in hastiness. If you are frightened of the passing of the days and care for the hereafter and want to work, you should not delay; rather you should seek the gate of repentance and say ‘it may be the last Ramadan for me; I may not live more than this year.’ Make your mind and walk toward the hereafter; by Allah, you are in urgent need to even a single reward. Remember the greatness of the Almighty and the terror of resurrection and the day that will make the hair of the kids white, and think in a paradise it is as wide as the heavens and earth had been prepared for the pious, and remember fire called ‘Ladha’ {Taking away (burning completely) the head skin! (16) Calling (all) such as turn their backs and turn away their faces (from Faith) [picking and swallowing them up from that great gathering of mankind on the Day of Resurrection just as a bird picks up a food-grain from the earth with its beak and swallows it up] (Tafsir Al-Qurtubî)} [Surat Al-Ma’ârij 70:16-17]

By remembering all these things you would see, by the will of Allah, what may help you to continue and observe worship. If you gave your previous life (which is longer) to the worldly life, you would give the rest of your life (which is shorter) to the hereafter. Do not be like those who would say at the coming of the joy-killer {My Lord! Send me back} [Surat Al-Mu`minûn 23:99]

Why? {So that I may do good in that which I have left behind!} [Surat Al-Mu`minûn 23:100]

So, start now and make your mind because it is either paradise or hellfire, and there is no rank between them.

I invoke Allah by His beautiful names and exalted attributes to return this month for us all while being in good state, and I invoke Him not to make it the last Ramadan for us to fast.

O Allah, accept our fasting and our prayer at night and forgive our default and forgive our past sins and our coming sins; indeed You are the Most Forgiver the Most Merciful. Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring the comfort of our eyes, and forgive us and our parents and all Muslims. And prayers and peace of Allah be upon our prophet, Muhammad, and all his family and companions.


Al Qasem House
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[1] With regard to lowering a cover over the face other than the niqaab, or for fear of being seen by non-mahram men, it has been reported in saheeh reports that some of the Sahaabiyyaat (women of the Sahaabah) did that: It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah said: “We used to go out with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when we were in ihraam. If we met the riders we would lower our garments over our faces.”

original article here: http://en.wathakker.net/flyers/view.php?id=592

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Signs Before The Day Of Judgement - Part 1



In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


{The hour (of Judgment) is nigh, and the moon is cleft asunder.}

                                                                                        (Al-Qamar 54.1)
 

Unto Allah belongs the knowledge of the Hour



Only Allah s.w.t. knows when the Day of Judgement will occur. Allah says in the Holy Qur'an: "Verily, Allah, with Him is the knowledge of the Hour, He sends down the rain, and knows that which is in the wombs. No person knows what he will earn tomorrow, and no person knows in what land he will die. Verily, Allah is All-Knower, All-Aware." (Surah Luqman v34):

The Knower of the Unseen is Allah. These are the keys of the Unseen, whose knowledge Allah alone has kept for Himself, and no one else knows them unless Allah tells him about them.

(Verily, Allah, with Him is the knowledge of the Hour, ) No one among mankind knows when the Hour will come, in which year or month, or whether it will come at night or during the day.
The knowledge of `when the Hour will occur' is not known to any Prophet who was sent or any angel who is close to Allah.


(He sends down the rain,)
Similarly, no one but Allah knows when rain will fall, but when He issues the commands, the angels who are entrusted with the task of bringing rain know about it, as do those among His creation whom He wills should know.


(and knows that which is in the wombs) No one but He knows what is in the wombs of what He wants to create, but when He decrees whether it is to be male or female, and whether it is to be blessed or doomed, the angels who are entrusted with that know about it, as do those among His creation whom He wills should know.

(No person knows what he will earn tomorrow,) whether it will be good or bad. You do not know, O son of Adam, when you will die. You might die tomorrow, you might be stricken by calamity tomorrow. No one knows what he will earn tomorrow with regard to this world or the Hereafter.

(and no person knows in what land he will die.) In his own land or elsewhere, in some other land. No one knows this. (and no person knows in what land he will die.) means, no person knows where his resting place will be, on the land or in the sea, on a plain or in the mountains. It says in the Hadith: 'If Allah wants to take a person's soul in a particular land, He will give him a reason to go there.' In Al-Mu`jam Al-Kabir, Al-Hafiz Abu Al-Qasim At-Tabarani recorded that Usamah bin Zayd said, "The Messenger of Allah said: 'Allah does not will that a person should die in a certain land but He gives him a reason to go there.'''  

Imam Ahmad recorded that Buraydah said that he heard the Messenger of Allah say: "There are five things which no one knows except Allah: (Verily, Allah, with Him is the knowledge of the Hour, He sends down the rain, and knows that which is in the wombs. No person knows what he will earn tomorrow, and no person knows in what land he will die. Verily, Allah is All-Knower, All-Aware.))
The chain of narrators for this Hadith is Sahih, although they did not recorded it.

It was reported in the Sunnah that the above five things are called the Keys of the Unseen. 

Holy Qur'an also says: {And with Him are the keys of the Unseen, none knows them but He.} (6:59)

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The Hadith of Abu Hurayrah (r.a.)

Al-Bukhari narrated from Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah was standing before the people one day when a man came to him and said, `O Messenger of Allah, what is Iman?' Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.) said: "Iman is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers and in the meeting with Him, and to believe in the Resurrection in the Hereafter."

He said: `O Messenger of Allah, what is Islam?' Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.) said: 'Islam is to worship Allah Alone and not associate anything in worship with Him, to establish regular prayer, to pay the obligatory Zakah, and to fast in Ramadan.'

He said, `O Messenger of Allah, what is Ihsan?' Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.) said: 'Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you do not see Him, then He sees you.'

He said 'O Messenger of Allah, when will the Hour come?' Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.) said: 'The one who is asked about it does not know more than the one who is asking, but I will tell you of some of its signs: when the servant woman gives birth to her mistress, that is one of its signs; when the barefoot and naked become leaders of the people, that is one of its signs. The timing of the Hour is one of the five things which no one knows except Allah: (Verily, Allah, with Him is the knowledge of the Hour, He sends down the rain, and knows that which is in the wombs....)"

Then the man went away, and the Prophet said, 'Bring him back to me.' They went to bring him back, but they could not find him. He said: 'That was Jibril who came to teach the people their religion'.

It was also recorded by Al-Bukhari in the Book of Faith, and by Muslim with several chains of narration.

(adapted from tafsir of Ibn Kathir)

We shouldn't try and specify when the Hour will occur, because we have no knowledge of this. Allah swt says in the Holy Qur'an: {Say: The things that my Lord hath indeed forbidden are: shameful deeds, whether open or secret; sins and trespasses against truth or reason; assigning of partners to Allah, for which he hath given no authority; and saying things about Allah of which ye have no knowledge.} (7.33)


Minor Signs that have already occured

The Prophethood of Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.)

Al-Hafiz Abu Bakr Al-Bazzar recorded that Anas said that one day, when the sun was about to set, the Messenger of Allah gave a speech to his Companions, saying:
"By He in Whose Hand is my soul! Not much of this world is left compared to what has already passed of it, except as much as what is left in this day of yours compared to what has already passed of it.) Anas said, "We could only see a small part of the setting sun at the time.''
Another Hadith that supports and explains the above Hadith is recorded by Imam Ahmad that `Abdullah bin `Umar said, "We were sitting with the Prophet while the sun was rising above Qu`ayqa`an, after `Asr. He said "What remains of your time, compared to what has passed, is as long as what remains of this day compared to what has passed of it.'' Imam Ahmad recorded that Sahl bin Sa`d said that he heard the Messenger of Allah say: "I was sent like this with the Last Hour.) and he pointed with his middle and index finger."

Narrated Sahl bin Sad As-Sa'idi: (a companion of Allah's Apostle) Allah's Apostle, holding out his middle and index fingers, said, "My advent and the Hour's are like this (or like these)," namely, the period between his era and the Hour is like the distance between those two fingers, i.e., very short. (Bukhari Book #63, Hadith #221)


The Appearance Of A Fire In Madeenah That Continued To Rage For An Entire Month In The Year 654 H

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established till a fire will come out of the land of hijaz, and it will throw light on the necks of the camels at Busra." (Book #88, Hadith #234)
Shaikh Shihaabud-Deen Abu Shaamah, Shaikh of the Hadeeth scholars and historians during his era, mentioned that on Friday, the 5th of Jumaadah Al-Aakhirah, 654 H, there appeared a fire in lands near Madeenah An-Nabawiyyah, in some of its surrounding valleys. It extended for four leagues lengthwise and four miles widthwise. Rocks would pour out until they remained like lead or molten tin, and then they became like black coals. By dint of the fire's light, people were able to travel to Teemaa. The fire remained ablaze for an entire month. The inhabitants of Madeenah related this incident and some among them composed verses of poetry about it.Qaadee Al-Qudaat, Sadrud-Deen 'Alee ibn Al-Qaasim Al-Hanafee, said that a Bedouin once told his father that on that night (i.e. the night of the fire), he was in Busrah and that the people there saw the necks of camels from the light of that fire, which was ablaze in the land of Hijaaz. (Book of The End pg 32 Ibn Kathir)


The Conquest of Constantinople

Jabir bin Samurah narrated, "Nafi' bin 'Utbah said, 'We were accompanying the Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.) to a battle.' Then, he (Nafi') said, 'Then, some people from the west (of Madinah) came to the Prophet wearing clothes made of wool and they met him next to a mound. They were standing while the Messenger of Allah was sitting.' He (Nafi') then said, 'So I told myself, "Let me come closer to them and stand between them and him so that they will not assassinate him." He (Nafi') then said, '(Then, I said to myself) "They may be having a conversation with him." However, I came close by and stood between them and him.' He (Nafi') then said, 'And then I memorized four sentences from him, and I can count them with my hand. He said, "You will invade the Arabian Peninsula and Allah will grant it (to you). Then (you will conquer) Persia and Allah will grant it (to you). Then, you will invade Ar-Rum and Allah will grant it (to you). Then, you will invade The Dajjal and Allah will grant him (to you)." Nafi' said to Jabir, "O Jabir! We do not believe that the Dajjal will appear until Ar-Rum is conquered." (Ibid., no. 2028)

The land of Ar-Rum is Europe and Rome is its heart. The Messenger of Allah gave us the good tidings that we will conquer Rome, the capital of Christendom today, after the Muslims conquered the first capital of Christendom, Constantinople.

Imam Ahmad narrated that Abdullah Bin Amr Bin Al-Aas said, "While we were around the Messenger of Allah) writing (the Hadith) the Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.) was asked/ 'Which of these two cities will be conquered first, Constantinople or Romiyah (Rome)?' He said, 'The city of Heracles will first be conquered.' He meant Constantinople.'' (Al-Hakim, Al-Mustadrak, vol. 4, p. 508. Also, see As-Silsilah as-Sahihah, vol. 1)

By: A.Hijazi
Source: www.islaam.com

The Prophet (s.a.w.) Intimated That The Muslims Would Conquer Constantinople Before Rome

Abu Qateel said, "We were with 'Abdullah ibn 'Umar (r.a.) and he was asked, 'Which city will be conquered - Constantinople or Rome?' 'Abdullah called for a box to be brought...and he removed from it a book. 'Abdullah (r.a,) said, 'While we were (gathered) around the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) and we were writing, the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) was asked: Which city will be conquered first - Constantinople or Rome? The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said: The city of Hiraql will be conquered first - i.e. Constantinople."' (Ahmad)

The Prophet (s.a.w.) Foretold The End Of The Persian And Roman Empires

The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said, "When Caesar is destroyed, there will be no Caesar after him, and when Kisra (a title designated to the emperor of Persia) is destroyed, there will be no Kisra after him. And by the One Who has my soul in His Hand, you will spend their treasures in the way of Allah. (Bukhari and Muslim)

This prophecy was fulfilled, for during the caliphates of Abu Bakr (r.a) Umar (r.a.), and 'Uthmaan (r.a.), Caesar (the name of this particular Caesar was Haraql) lost control of countries in Sham (Syria and surrounding regions) and the Arabian Peninsula. His dominion was then limited to the countries of Rome. In Arabic, the application of the word Qaisar (Caesar) was for he who ruled over Rome, Sham, and the Arabian Peninsula. Therefore this hadeeth contained glad tidings for the inhabitants of Sham; it promised them that, until the Day of Judgment, they would never again be under the rule of Rome. As for Kisra, he lost his entire control of most of his dominion during the caliphate of 'Umar (r.a.), and then he lost everything during the caliphate of 'Uthmaan (r.a.). According to one narration, this occurred in the year 32 H - all praise is for Allah (s.w.t.) and all blessings are from Him. When the Prophet (s.a.w.), sent a letter to Kisra, inviting him to Islam, the latter tore it up. The Prophet supplicated against him, invoking Allah to completely tear apart his empire, and that is in fact what happened.
(p23 Book of the End, Ibn Kathir)

Naafai ibn 'Uyainah (r.a.) related that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.), said, "You will attack an Island of the sea and Allah will grant (you) victory over it; next Persia, and Allah will grant (you) victory over it; then you will attack Rome, and Allah will grant (you) victory over it; then you will attack the Dajjaal, and Allah will grant (you) victory over him."
(Muslim)

The Appearance of False Prophets

Abu Hurayrah (r.a.) said, "The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, "The Hour will not come ... until nearly 30 "dajjals" (liars) appear, each one claiming to be a messenger from Allah.'" (Bukhari Muslim.)

Abu Hurayrah said, "The Prophet said, 'Just before the Hour, there will be 30 "dajjals", each of whom will say, I am a Prophet.'" (Ahmad.)

Abu Hurayrah said, "The Prophet said, 'There will be "dajjals" and liars among my Ummah. They will tell you something new, which neither you nor your forefathers have heard. Be on your guard against them, and do not let them lead you astray.'" (Ahmad.)

Thawban (r.a.) said, "The Prophet said, 'There will be 30 liars among my Ummah. Each one will claim that he is a prophet; but I am the last of the Prophets (Seal of the Prophets), and there will be no Prophet after me.'" (Ahmad.)

"...Verily by God, the Last Hour will not come until 30 liars of prophecy will appear and the final one will be the One-eyed False Messiah." (Ahmad).

Some of these have already been eg Musaylimah see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musaylimah and
Mirza Gulam Ahmad - founder of Ahmadi/ Qadiani Movement see http://hopingforparadise.blogspot.com/2010/07/deviant-sects-qadianis.html
I have seen people making a list and coming up with around 22 so far, but Allah knows best.


Evils That Will Occur At The End Of Times, Of Which Some Are Taking Place In Our Age

Ataa ibn Abee Rabaah related that 'Abdullah ibn 'Umar (r.a.) said, "The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) came to us and said, "0 group of Muhaajireen, five practices — if you are afflicted with them...and I seek refuge in Allah from you reaching them:

(1) Evil does not spread throughout a people to the extent that they proclaim it openly except that plague and hunger will spread among them, to such a degree that was previously unknown by their predecessors;
(2) People will not reduce in measurement (i.e., by cheating with scales when buying and selling) except that they will be overtaken by drought in the lands, by burdensome obligations, and by the oppression of the ruler upon them;
(3) They will not refuse to pay Zakaat on their wealth except that they will be prevented rain from the sky, and were it not for livestock, they would not receive rain (altogether);
(4) They will not break Allah's covenant and the covenant of His Messenger (s.a.w.) except that their external enemies will be given reign to subjugate them, enemies that will take something from what is in their hands;
(5) And as long as their Imams do not rule by Allah's Book and they mock what Allah revealed, Allah will make their strength to be used among themselves — against one another." (Ibn Maajah)

 Ibn Maajah was alone in relating the narration and it does have some Gharaabah (strangeness) in it.


'Alee ibn Abee Taalib (r.a.) related that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said, "When my nation does fifteen practices, calamity befalls it." It was asked, "And what are they, 0 Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) He said,
1) When the spoils of war are hoarded by some members of society only;
2) When people take for themselves things that are left with them as a trust, considering those things to be booty;
3) When Zakaat is taken unwillingly from the people (as if they feel it is a burden or tax);
4 and 5) When a man obeys his wife but disobeys his mother;
6) and 7) When a man treats his friend well but is harsh and distant with his father;
8) When voices are raised in mosques;
9) When the leader of a people is the most base individual among them;
10) When a man is honored because his evil is feared;
11) When alcohol will be imbibed;
12) When silk will be worn (by men);
13) When female singers will be used;
14) When musical instruments will be used;
15) When the last of this nation curses the first of it...at that point wait for a red wind, or the sinking of the earth, or for people to be transformed (into animals).

At-Tirmidhee then said, "This hadeeth is Ghareeb; we do not know it from 'Alee (r.a.) except through this chain...some scholars have made remark upon the memory of one of its narrators, Abu Al-Farj ibn Fudaalah




Abu Hurairah (r.a.) related that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said, "When spoils and trusts are taken as booty; when Zakaat is considered to be a burden (or tax); when knowledge is learned, but not for the religion; when a man obeys his wife but disobeys his mother, brings close his friend while keeping his father at a distance; when voices are raised in the mosques; when the tribe is led by the most wicked one among them; when the leader of a people is the most base individual among them; when a man is honored because his evil is feared; when female singers and musical instruments spread; when alcohol is imbibed; and when the last of this nation curses the first of it — at that point, wait for a red wind, for the sinking of the earth, for Qadhr (two opinions: flying of stones with severe winds or the earth expelling the corpse of the deceased after its burial), and for signs that will follow in sequence like the beads of an old necklace after its string is cut — and they fall in sequence." (At-Tirmidhee)

from Book of the End by Ibn Kathir
News From The Prophet (s.a.w.) Of The Nations Gathering Against The Muslims, Seeking To Weaken Them, Even Though The Muslims Will Be Large In Numbers

Abu Hurairah (r.a.) said that he heard the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.), say to Thaubaan (r.a.), "How will you be when the nations will call each other upon you as those who are dining call each other to their dish?" Thaubaan asked, "...0 Messenger of Allah, will that be because we will be few (in number)?" He said, "No, rather at that time you will be many, yet Al-Wahn will be cast into your hearts." "And what is Al-Wahn, 0 Messenger of Allah?" The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, "Your love for the world and your hate for fighting." (Ahmad)

Thawban reported that the Prophet, (s.a.w.) said: "The People will soon summon one another to attack you as people when eating invite others to share their dish. Someone asked: 'Will that be because of our small numbers at that time?' He replied: 'No, you will be numerous at that time: but you will be scum and rubbish like that carried down by a torrent, and Allah will take fear of you from the breasts of your enemy and cast Wahn in your hearts.' Someone asked: 'What is Wahn?' The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied: 'Love of the world and hatred of death.'" (Related by Imam Ahmad with strong chains of narrators, and Abu Dawud)

Muslims will give greetings of peace only to those they know

Taariq ibn Shihaab said, "While we were seated with 'Abdullah ibn Mas'ood (r.a.) a man came and said, 'The prayer is about to commence.' He stood, and we stood with him. When we entered the Masjid, we saw people bowing in the front of the Masjid. He made Takbeer (to begin the prayer), and he bowed down; then we made Takbeer, and we bowed down. He prostrated and we prostrated. Then he made (Tasleem) (i.e., to exit the state of prayer and we made (Tasleem) (i.e. to exit the state of prayer). We did as he did. A man passed by quickly and said, 'Peace upon you, 0 Abu 'Abdur-Rahmaan (i.e. 'Abdullah ibn Mas'ood r.a.): He said, 'Allah has said the truth, and His Messenger has conveyed.' After we finished praying, we returned. He entered upon his family, and we sat down. Some among us said to the others, 'Did you not hear how he responded to the man, saying: Allah has said the truth, and His Messenger has conveyed? Who among you will ask him?' Taariq said, 'I will ask him.' Taariq did ask him when he came out, and in response, he mentioned that the Prophet said, "Indeed before the Hour Tasleem (greetings of peace) will be given to Al-Khaasah (those who have status or those whom one knows), trade will become widespread, to the degree that a women will help her husband in (his) business; ties of relation will be broken off; people will make false testimony; truthful testimony will be kept hidden; and ignorance will become widespread." (Ahmed)

Two Categories Of People That Will Inhabit The Hellfire, And We Seek Refuge In Allah, The Lord Of All That Exists

It is reported that Abu Hurairah (r.a.) related the following narration from the Prophet (s.a.w.): "There are two kinds of people of the Hellfire that I have not yet seen: a people who will have with them whips that are like the tails of cows, and they will strike people with them; and women who are dressed yet naked (at the same time), who will walk with a strut, swinging their heads (as they are walking), (which are) like the humps of leaning camels (the word Bukht is used here: camels that have long necks) — they will not enter Paradise, nor will they smell it, and the smell of it can be perceived from such and such distance." (from Book of the End by Ibn Kathir)

Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (r.a.) relates that Rasulullah (s.a.w.) said: "I have not yet seen two groups of Jahannamis, (because they have not emerged thus far). One group is of those men who will have lashes the size of the tails of oxen, in their hands, with which they will lash the faces of others. The other group is of those women who will wear clothes, yet they will be naked. They will attempt to attract people towards themselves and they will incline towards people (men). Their heads will appear to be like a dromedary (camel). Such women will never be able to enter Jannah, nay, they will not even smell the fragrance of Jannah, although the fragrance of Jannah will spread far.

NOTE
a) These days, scantily clad women or women who wear fine (see through) clothing are those who have on clothes, yet they are naked. Women dressed in tight, figure hugging clothing also fall in this category.
b) Women who wear high buns on the head are those whose heads appear to be like the hump of a camel.
(from Islam, Jesus, Mehdi, Qadyanis and Doomsday by Professor Mohammad Abdullah)

The Base And Ignoble Person Has A Say In Matters

Abu Hurairah (r.a.) reported that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said, "Before the Hour are treacherous years; in them, the truthful person will be disbelieved, and the liar will be believed; the trustworthy one will be distrusted, and the treacherous one will be trusted. And the base, ignoble one will speak in that time (i.e., he has a voice that is heard by the people)." (Ahmad) The chain of this narration is good.

Anas ibn Maalik (r.a.) related that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said, Indeed, before Ad-Dajjaal there are deceptive years - the truthful one will not be believed, the liar will be believed, the trustworthy one will be accused of betrayal, the treacherous one will be trusted, and the Ruwaibidah will speak." It was said, "And what is the Ruwaibidah?" He ra, said, "The base wicked-doer, he will speak in the affairs of the general public (he will be trusted to rule and he will speak by the name of the people)." (Ahmad) And this chain is good.

Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal in his Musnad said: Abu Ja'far Al Madaini and he is Muhammad son of Ja'far narrated to us that Abbad son of Awwam narrated to us, that Muhammad son of Ishaaq narrated to us, on the authority of Muhammad son of Munkadir, on the authority of Anas Ibn Malik said: the Prophet (s.a.w.) said: "Verily in front of the Dajjal are years of deception where they would say that the truthful is a liar and that the liar is truthful, and where the trustworthy are seen as deceptive and where the deceptive are seen as trustworthy, and the Ruwaibidhah speak". It was said: Who are the Ruwaibidah? He said: "The sinners who speak about general matters".

Also translated as: "The lowly ignoble man who speaks out about the public affairs."

Hadhrat Umme Salma (r.a..) narrates that Rasulullah (s.a.w.) said: "That time will also come upon the people when the Truthful will be condemned as liars and the liars will be regarded as Truthful. People with dishonest occupations will be regarded as upright people while upright people will be condemned as criminals. People will come forth uncalled to give evidence, (for a fee), and people will take oaths (false) without it being called for. The progeny of lowly parents will be regarded as fortunate people on account of their worldly possessions, whereas, in actual fact they will not have Imaan in Allah or His Rasul (s.a.w.).


Competing in Construction

Abu Hurairah (r.a.) reported that the Prophet Ay said, "Indeed, from the signs of the Hour are that the shepherds of sheep will be the heads of people (i.e., they will have status and power); the barefooted, naked, and hungry ones will vie with one another in construction; and the female slave will give birth to her master." The chain of this narration is good, and it has been related in this form
only. (book of the end ibn kathir p184)
Anas ibn Maalik (r.a.), related that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, "The Hour will not come until people vie with one another regarding mosques (perhaps meaning that they will vie with another in building beautiful mosques of extravagant designs — and Allah knows best)." (Ahmad)

In the Hadeeth of Ibn Mas'ood (r.a.), a portion contains this statement: "Mihraabs will be embellished and hearts will decay." In another narration 'Aleem said, "We were seated on a roof and with us was a man from the Prophet's Companions." Yazeed said, "I do not know him except as 'Ans Al-Ghaffaaree. People were deep in a discussion on the plague, and 'Ans said, '0 plague, take me.' He said it three times. Aleem said, 'Why do you say that? Did not the Messenger of Allah', say, 'None of you should hope for death, for with death one's deeds come to an end, and even if one asks for it to be delayed (when its time comes) it will not be prevented' Aleem said, 'Verily, I heard the Messenger of Allah. (s.a.w.), say, 'Hasten to death before the following: the coming of foolish rulers; an increase in the number of special guards (for the ruler); the selling of judgments (i.e. judgments are purchased through bribery); blood being deemed insignificant (i.e. much killing, without people considering there to be value to life); the breaking off of family ties; and the presence of a group that takes the Qur'an as a flute (i.e. saying it in a melodious but affected and extravagant manner), gives it to the people, and diverts them with it (from the true purpose of the Qur'an), though they have the least understanding among them.' "


Times of Great Trials

'Urwah related that Usaamah ibn Zaid (r.a.) said, "The Prophet (s.a.w.) overlooked a high structure from the structures of Madeenah, and he, said, 'Do you see what I see?' They said, 'No.' He said, "For indeed I see the trial falling in your homes like the falling of the rain." (Bukhari and Muslim)

Abu Huraira (r.a.) reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: By Him, in Whose hand is my life, the world would not come to an end until a person would pass by a grave, would roll over it and express the desire that he should be in the place of the occupant of that grave not because of religious reasons but because of this calamity. (Muslim Book #041, Hadith #6948)

Narrated Abu Huraira (r.a.): The Prophet said, "The Hour will not be established till a man passes by a grave of somebody and says, 'Would that I were in his place.' " (Bukhari Book #88, Hadith #231)



Huge Quantity Of Wealth That Will Be Revealed In Arab Lands, And The Discord And Death That Will Result

Abu Hurairah (r.a.)nrelated that the Messenger of Allah A said, "The time draws near when the Furaat (River Euphrates) will reveal a treasure of gold; whoever is present should not take anything from it." (Bukhari)

Abu Hurairah (r.a.) related that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said, "The Hour will not come until the Furaat (Euphrates) lays bare a mountain of gold; people will fight over it, and from every 100 (people), 99 will be killed. Every man among them will say, ' perhaps I will be the one who will be saved."' (Muslim)

In another narration, 'Abdullah ibn Al-Haarith said, "I was standing with Ubai ibn Ka'ab in the shade of Hassaan's high house, and he said, 'People will continue with their differing necks to seek out the world.' I said, 'Yes.' He said, 'Indeed I heard the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) say, 'The time draws near when the Furaat (Euphrates) will lay bare a mountain of gold. When people will hear about it they will proceed to it, and the one beside it will say, ' If we leave the people to take from it, all of it will depart.' And so they will fight over it, with 99 (people) dying from every 100.' (Muslim)


Trials That Muslims Should Try To Stay Far Away From

Abu Hurairah (r.a.) related that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.), said, "There will be trials — the one who sits during them is better than the one who stands; the one who stands during them is better than the one who walks; the one who walks during them is better than the one who goes forth, facing them and taking them on. During those trials, whoever finds a refuge or a sanctuary to protect him, then let him return to it."
(Bukhari and Muslim)

'Amr ibn Waabisah Al-Asdee related that his father said, "As I was within my home in Kufa, I heard 'Assalaamu 'Alaikum' at the door. And I said, 'Alaikum As-Salaam' The visitor entered and when he came in, (I saw that) it was 'Abdullah ibn Mas'ood I said, '0 Abu 'Abdur-Rahmaan, what time is this to visit?' The time was high noon. He said, 'The day is long for me and I remembered one to whom I can speak.' He began to relate to me from the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) saying, "There will be a trial wherein the one who is sleeping during it is better than the one who is lying down; and the one who is lying down during it is better than the one who is seated; the one who is seated during it is better than the one who is standing; the one who is standing during it is better than the one is walking; the one who is walking is better than the one who is riding; the one who is riding is better than the one who is going forth quickly (seeking it out). All of those killed during it are in the Hellfire." 'Abdullah ibn Mas'ood (r.a.), asked, "0 Messenger of Allah, and when is that?" He said, "The days of much killing, when a man will not be safe from the companion he sits with." He said, "And what do you order me to do if I reach that (time)?" The Prophet said, "Restrain yourself and your hand and enter your home." "0 Messenger of Allah, and suppose a man enters upon me in my home?" The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, "Then lock your house." 'Abdullah Ibn Mas'ood (r.a.) asked, "Suppose he enters (forcefully) upon my house?" The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, "Then enter your Masjid and do like this," and he then closed his right (hand) on his wrist, "and say, ' My Lord is Allah' until you die upon that." (Ahmad)

Two More Hadith Related to Signs Before Judgemant Day

Narrated Abu Huraira (r.a.): Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established (1) till two big groups fight each other whereupon there will be a great number of casualties on both sides and they will be following one and the same religious doctrine, (2) till about thirty Dajjals (liars) appear, and each one of them will claim that he is Allah's Apostle, (3) till the religious knowledge is taken away (by the death of Religious scholars) (4) earthquakes will increase in number (5) time will pass quickly, (6) afflictions will appear, (7) Al-Harj, (i.e., killing) will increase, (8) till wealth will be in abundance ---- so abundant that a wealthy person will worry lest nobody should accept his Zakat, and whenever he will present it to someone, that person (to whom it will be offered) will say, 'I am not in need of it, (9) till the people compete with one another in constructing high buildings, (10) till a man when passing by a grave of someone will say, 'Would that I were in his place (11) and till the sun rises from the West. So when the sun will rise and the people will see it (rising from the West) they will all believe (embrace Islam) but that will be the time when: (As Allah said,) 'No good will it do to a soul to believe then, if it believed not before, nor earned good (by deeds of righteousness) through its Faith.' (6.158) And the Hour will be established while two men spreading a garment in front of them but they will not be able to sell it, nor fold it up; and the Hour will be established when a man has milked his she-camel and has taken away the milk but he will not be able to drink it; and the Hour will be established before a man repairing a tank (for his livestock) is able to water (his animals) in it; and the Hour will be established when a person has raised a morsel (of food) to his mouth but will not be able to eat it." (Bukhari Book #88, Hadith #237)

Thaubaan (r.a.) related that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said: "Indeed Allah gathered and folded the earth for me, and I saw the East of it and the West of it. And the Dominion of my nation will reach that which was folded from it .And I have been given the two treasures —the red (gold) and the white (silver). And I asked my Lord to not have my nation destroyed by a pervasive drought and to not give an enemy, from other than their own selves, reign over them by (allowing them) to uproot their Baidah (their society and their core place of rule). And indeed my Lord 'Azza wa Jal (to Him belongs Might and Majesty) said, '0 Muhammad, indeed if I decree a matter, then it is not returned (or prevented). And I have granted you for your nation that I will not destroy them by a pervasive drought and I will not give reign to an enemy, from other than their own selves, over them, (and they will not) uproot their Baidah; (and this) even if those from all areas gather over them (i.e. over the Muslims), so that some of them will destroy one another and imprison one another (i.e. though the two said requests are granted, Muslims will be afflicted by internecine struggles).' Indeed all that I fear over my nation are misguiding Imams. If the sword is placed in my nation, it will not be raised from them until the Day of Resurrection. And the Hour will not arrive until tribes from my nation betake themselves to the Mushrikeen and until tribes from my nation worship idols. And there will be in my nation 30 liars, each one of them claiming that he is a Prophet, but I am the seal of the Prophets; there is no Prophet after me. And a group from my nation will remain victorious upon the truth; those who oppose them will not harm them until the matter of Allah 'Azza wa Jal (To Him belongs Might and Majesty) arrives (near the Hour the souls of all believers will be taken)." (Ahmad) Through other chains, Muslim, Abu Daawood, Ibn Maajah, and At-Tirmidhee related it as well. And At-Tirmidhee said about it, "Hasan Saheeh."