Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Protection from all Calamities of the Earth and the Sky

My husband practices this du'a since he was still a bachelor. He learnt the local martial arts self defence when in his early twenties and was taught to read this du'a every morning and evening. I, however only picked this up these last ten years. this du'a has many benefits and gives such protection.  

بسم الله الذي لا يضر مع اسمه شيء في الارض ولا في السماء وهو السميع العليم

Transliteration: “Bimillahi al-lazi la yadhurru ma’a ismihi shayun fil ardhi wa la fi as-sama-i wa huwa as-samee’ ul-’aleem.”
Translation: “By the name of Allah, nothing can harm with His name anything in the earth and the sky; and He is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.”

Hadhrat Abban Bin Uthman (RA) narrates from his father that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “That any servant who recites [the above-mentioned du'a] three times in the morning and evening, nothing will harm him.”

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Before Travel

Before I start on any journey, I always read my du'a. But only until recently after I started taking arabic classes @ MEDIU I finally found the hadith about travel. Usually, I will just read the ayats from Surah Az-Zuhruf. But the hadith specifically relates the correct way of doing this. So, let us all benefit from this.
~The prophet, peace and blessings from Allah swt upon him has taught us a beautiful du'a for travelling. 
We first make takbir 3 times ... allahu akbar...allahu akbar...allahu akbar followed by 2 ayats from surah az-zuhruf. 
subhanallizi sahharalana ..... till the end. 

                           الله اكبر....الله اكبر.....الله اكبر

                        سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّر لَنا هَذا ومَا كُنّا لَهُ 

                           مُقْرِنينَ وإِنَّا إلى رَبِّنا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ
  then, read this du'a... 

اللّهُمَّ إنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ فِي سَفَرِنا هَذا البِرَّ والتَّقْوَى وَمِنَ العَمَلِ مَا تَرْضَى.

 اللّهُمَّ هَوِّنْ عَلَيْنَا سَفَرنا هَذا واطْوِعَنَّا بُعْدَهُ. اللهُمَّ أنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فِي

 السَّفَرِ والخَلِيفَةُ فِي الأهْل.ِ اللّهُمَّ إنَّا نَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ وَعثَاءِ السَّفَر,ِ

           وكآبَةِ المَنْظر,ِ وَسُوءِ المُنْقلَبِ في المَالِ وَالأهْلِ". 

"o Allah, we seek piety and virtue from you in this journey of ours and the act that pleases u. o Allah lighten this journey of ours and make its distance easy for us. o Allah, you are our companion in this journey and a guardian for our family. o Allah we seek refuge from you hardships in this journey and gloominess of the sights and finding of evil changes in our property and family in our return." 

narrated by Muslim (425)

The Virtue of Reciting Surat Al-Kahf on Friday

I try my best to read Surah Al-Kahfi every friday after solah 'Asar. I remember, my late sister رحمة الله عليها told me many times the benefits of reading this surah. My aged mum sticks to this weekly habit without fail. And she's already 84 years old. Subhanallah!

There are many Prophetic hadiths reflecting on virtues of reciting surat Al-Kahf during the day and night of Friday. To state just a few of those hadiths, we would like to cite for you the following:

1- Abu Sa`id A-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Whoever reads surat Al-Kahf on the night of Friday, will have a light that will stretch between him and the Ancient House (i.e., the Ka`bah).” (Reported by Al-Darimi)

2- The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said: “Whoever reads surat Al-Kahf on the day of Friday, will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next.” (Reported by Al-Hakim)

3- Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) quoted the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “Whoever reads surat Al-Kahf on the day of Jumu`ah (Friday), a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.”

Hence, one may read surat Al-Kahf during the night or the day of Jumu`ah. The night of Jumu`ah starts from sunset on Thursday, and the day of Jumu`ah ends at sunset. Therefore the time for reading this surah extends from sunset on Thursday to sunset on Friday.

Imam Al-Mannawi quotes Al-Hafiz ibn Hajar as saying in his book Al-Amali: “In some narrations, it is said that ‘the day of Jumu`ah’, and in some others it said that ‘the night of Jumu’ah’. They may be reconciled by saying that what is meant is the day which includes the night and vice versa.” (Fayd al-Qadir, 6/199)

Imam Al-Mannawi also says: “It is recommended to read surat Al-Kahf during the day or night of Jumu`ah, as Imam Ash-Shafi`i (may Allah have mercy on him) stated.” (Fayd al-Qadir, 6/199)”

This is only the first 10 ayats of the surah Kahfi, chapter 18 of the holy Al-Quran.

Friday, December 3, 2010

When confronting problems.

This du'a is special to me. My 86 yr old mum truly vouches to this. Never failed her when she was much younger.... .and needed the parking space in a crowded car park @ the mall and eased her way through at immigration counters after a shopping spree when overseas with an over-sized luggage. :)
I, on the other hand read this du'a when I encounter problems with anything I work with. Be it parking space or rebellious children or problems with life.... emotional, spiritual or otherwise.
I advise my children to use this du'a when encountering problems answering questions during examinations. It's something I want to inculcate in my children. When faced with any difficulty ...always turn to Allah swt. No matter how trivial.

My mum taught me this du'a. It is simple and repetitive.

رَبِّيْ يَسِّرْ وَلَا تُعَسِّرْ رَبِّيْ تَمِّمْ بِالْخَيْرِ

O Allah: Make things easier for me and don't make them difficult.

I found this other du'a from my Teacher. Most times, I read this du'a below. Simply because I like the way it sounds. And Mashaallah, it never fails ... inshaAllah.

اللهُمَّ لا سَهْلَ إلا مَا جَعَلتَهُ سَهْلا وَ أنتَ تَجْعَلُ الحزْنَ إذا شِئْتَ سَهْلا

Allahumma la sahla illa ma ja’altahu sahla, wa ‘anta taj-alul hazna idha shi’ta sahla

O Allah! There is nothing easy except what You make easy, and You make the difficult easy if it be Your Will.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

my morning prayers...

Best to read this after the subuh prayer. But for me ... who is always rushing to get the kids to school,... I have memorized them and read them in the car while driving home. I guess that will have to do ... for the meantime. wouldn't it be great if this can be done while sitting on the sajaddah ....prayer mat ... with khushu' and tawaddu'. ... sigh! But on the other hand ... sending luqman and kamilah is my responsibility ... and I love that early morning motivational talk i usually give the kids ... :)

So, let's start the morning prayer ...

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Surah Al-Ikhlas, surah Al-Falaq and surah An-Nas ..... 3 times.

 أَصْـبَحْنا وَأَصْـبَحَ المُـلْكُ لله وَالحَمدُ لله ، لا إلهَ إلاّ اللّهُ وَحدَهُ لا شَريكَ لهُ، لهُ المُـلكُ ولهُ الحَمْـد، وهُوَ على كلّ شَيءٍ قدير ، رَبِّ أسْـأَلُـكَ خَـيرَ ما في هـذا اليوم وَخَـيرَ ما بَعْـدَه ، وَأَعـوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَـرِّ هـذا اليوم وَشَرِّ ما بَعْـدَه، رَبِّ أَعـوذُبِكَ مِنَ الْكَسَـلِ وَسـوءِ 
الْكِـبَر ، رَبِّ أَعـوذُبِكَ مِنْ عَـذابٍ في النّـارِ وَعَـذابٍ في القَـبْر. 

[مسلم 4/2088]

‘We have reached the morning and at this very time unto Allah belongs all sovereignty, and all praise is for Allah. None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone, without partner, to Him belongs all sovereignty and praise and He is over all things omnipotent. My Lord, I ask You for the good of this day and the good of what follows it and I take refuge in You from the evil of this day and the evil of what follows it. My Lord, I take refuge in You from laziness and senility. My Lord, I take refuge in You from torment in the Fire and punishment in the grave.’

 اللّهُـمَّ بِكَ أَصْـبَحْنا وَبِكَ أَمْسَـينا ، وَبِكَ نَحْـيا وَبِكَ نَمُـوتُ وَإِلَـيْكَ النُّـشُور.
 [الترمذي 5/466]

‘O Allah, by your leave we have reached the morning and by Your leave we have reached the evening, by Your leave we live and die and unto You is our resurrection.’

 اللّهـمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّـي لا إلهَ إلاّ أَنْتَ ، خَلَقْتَنـي وَأَنا عَبْـدُك ، وَأَنا عَلـى عَهْـدِكَ وَوَعْـدِكَ ما اسْتَـطَعْـت ، أَعـوذُبِكَ مِنْ شَـرِّ ما صَنَـعْت ، أَبـوءُ لَـكَ بِنِعْـمَتِـكَ عَلَـيَّ وَأَبـوءُ بِذَنْـبي فَاغْفـِرْ لي فَإِنَّـهُ لا يَغْـفِرُ الذُّنـوبَ إِلاّ أَنْتَ .
 [البخاري 7/150]

‘O Allah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshipped except You, You created me and I am Your servant and I abide to Your covenant and promise as best I can, I take refuge in You from the evil of which I have committed. I acknowledge Your favour upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sin except You.’

 اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّـي أَصْبَـحْتُ أَُشْـهِدُك ، وَأُشْـهِدُ حَمَلَـةَ عَـرْشِـك ، وَمَلائِكَتِك ، وَجَمـيعَ خَلْـقِك ، أَنَّـكَ أَنْـتَ اللهُ لا إلهَ إلاّ أَنْـتَ وَحْـدَكَ لا شَريكَ لَـك ، وَأَنَّ ُ مُحَمّـداً عَبْـدُكَ وَرَسـولُـك
(أربع مرات )
 [أبو داود 4/317]

‘O Allah, verily I have reached the morning and call on You, the bearers of Your throne, Your angles, and all of Your creation to witness that You are Allah, none has the right to be worshipped except You, alone, without partner and that Muhammad is Your Servant and Messenger.’ (four times).

Du'as When Waking Up, from the Qur'an and Sunnah with audio recitations

I practice this everyday ... alhamdulillah. even when I wake my kids up in the morning ... I shall read this aloud so that they do not forget to read the du'a too. Personally, i don't feel like I wake up from the wrong side of the bed ..angry and depressed or with a hangover ... after reading the prayer.
When my children feel miserable in the morning ... I always tell them maybe because they forget to read the du'a. And I am usually never wrong. :)

الحَمْـدُ لِلّهِ الّذي أَحْـيانا بَعْـدَ ما أَماتَـنا وَإليه النُّـشور.

[البخاري مع الفتح 11/ 113 ومسلم 4/]

Alhamdu lillahil lazi ahyaana ba’da ma amaatana wa ilaihin nushur

Praise be to Allah Who gives us life after He has caused us to die and unto Him if the Return Upon waking up
[Sahih al-Bukhari]

لا إلهَ إلاّ اللّهُ وَحْـدَهُ لا شَـريكَ له، لهُ المُلـكُ ولهُ الحَمـد، وهوَ على كلّ شيءٍ قدير، سُـبْحانَ اللهِ، والحمْـدُ لله ،
ولا إلهَ إلاّ اللهُ واللهُ أكبَر، وَلا حَولَ وَلا قوّة إلاّ باللّهِ العليّ العظيم
رَبِّ اغْفرْ لي

[البخاري مع الفتح 3/ 144]

La ilaha ilAllahu wah-dahu la sharika lahu, lahul Mulku, wa lahul Hamd,
wa Huwa ala kulli shaiy’in Qadeer. SubhanAllahi, wal-Hamdu lillahi, wa la illaha ilAllahu, waAllahu Akbar, wa la Hawla wa la Quwwata illa Billahil ‘aliyyal ‘adheem, Rabbighfirli.

There is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, Who has no Partner.
His is the dominion and to Him belongs all Praise, and He is able to do all things. Glory be unto Allah. Praise be to Allah. There is none worthy of worship but Allah. Allah is the Greatest. There is no Might and Power except by Allah’s leave, the Exhalted, the Mighty. My Lord, Forgive me.
[Sahih al-Bukhari, cf Al-Asqalani, Fath al-Bari 3/39 among others. The Wording here is from Ibn Majah 2/335]