Narrated Abu Huraira
Allah’s Apostle said, “Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, ‘The night is long, so stay asleep.’ When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart.”
Narrated Samura bin Jundab:
The Prophet said in his narration of a dream that he saw, “He whose head was being crushed with a stone was one who learnt the Quran but never acted on it, and slept ignoring the compulsory prayers.”
Narrated ‘Abdullah :
A person was mentioned before the Prophet (p.b.u.h) and he was told that he had kept on sleeping till morning and had not gotten up for the prayer. The Prophet said, “Satan urinated in his ears.”
If you want Shaytan to urinate in your ears (literally), and you want to be lazy and get up with a mischievous heart, and you want your head being constantly crushed with a stone (for eternity), go ahead and keep ignoring your prayers. Go ahead and be deceived by Shaytaan when he tells you that the night is long and there’s still time for prayer. Leave your prayers, by all means!
But remember this. The night will soon come to an end. But the punishment that awaits you won’t EVER end. You’ll want to die but you won’t be able to die. You’ll want to live again, but it’ll be too late then. And nobody will care about you. Those in Paradise will be enjoying themselves. And they’ll thank Allah for not making them suffer like you. Don’t think that your loved ones in Paradise will feel bad about you. No. They’ll be busy feeling good about themselves. Shaytan, whom you listened to so obediently, will ditch+disown you right there. He’ll have his own punishment to face. Why would he care about you?
You, my friend, have a choice to make. To pray or not to pray? THAT is the question.
Narrated Warrad (the clerk of Al-Mughira bin Shu’ba):
Once Al-Mughira dictated to me in a letter addressed to Mu’awiya that the Prophet used to say after every compulsory prayer, “La ilaha ilallah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa-lahul-hamdu, wahuwa ala kulli shai in qadir. Allahumma la mani ‘a lima a’taita, wa la mu’tiya lima mana’ta, wa la yanfa’u dhal-jaddi minka-l-jadd. (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah and He has no partner in Lordship or in worship or in the Names and the Qualities, and for Him is the Kingdom and all the praises are for Him and He is omnipotent. O Allah! Nobody can hold back what you give and nobody can give what You hold back. Hard (efforts by anyone for anything cannot benefit one against Your Will).” And Al-Hasan said, “Al-jadd means prosperity.”
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٍ
اللَّهُمَّ لَا مَانِعَ لَمَا أَعْطَيْتَ وَلَا مُعْطِيَ لِمَا مَنَعْتَ وَلَا يَنْفَعُ ذَا الْجَدِّ مِنْكَ الْجَدُّ
It’s a beautful du`a indeed. Believe it or not, I needed this reminder today! SubhanAllah. <3
Don’t forget to recite it after every compulsory Salah. If you don’t know it by heart, learn it! For starters, write it down on a piece of paper and put it near your praying place. Or just get a du`a book and read it out from there. If you make it a habit and do it constantly, you’ll automatically learn it inshaAllah, because our brains are cool like that. :)
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Some poor people came to the Prophet and said, “The wealthy people will get higher grades and will have permanent enjoyment and they pray like us and fast as we do. They have more money by which they perform the Hajj, and ‘Umra; fight and struggle in Allah’s Cause and give in charity.” The Prophet said, “Shall I not tell you a thing upon which if you acted you would catch up with those who have surpassed you? Nobody would overtake you and you would be better than the people amongst whom you live except those who would do the same. Say “Sub-han-al-lah”, “Alhamdu-lillah” and “Allahu Akbar” thirty three times each after every (compulsory) prayer.” We differed and some of us said that we should say, “Subhan-al-lah” thirty three times and “Alhamdu lillah” thirty three times and “Allahu Akbar” thirty four times. I went to the Prophet who said, “Say, “Subhan-al-lah” and “Alhamdu lillah” and “Allahu Akbar” all together for thirty three times.”
Sunnah: say takbir 33 or 34 times, tahmeed 33 times, and tasbeeh 33 times after every compulsory Salah.
It’s something you can do in about a minute, and gain reward equal to those who perform Hajj and Umrah, fight in Allah’s Cause, and give in charity. Won’t you do it then? :)
Girls. We wear clothes with tight sleeves an when time for prayer comes, we ask: is it fardh (mandatory) to wash our arms during wudhu? Let’s see what the Prophet (SAW) did…
Narrated Mughira bin Shu’ba:
Once I was traveling with the Prophet and he said, “O Mughira! take this container of water.” I took it and Allah’s Apostle went far away till he disappeared. He answered the call of nature and was wearing a Syrian cloak. He tried to take out his hands from its sleeve but it was very tight so he took out his hands from under it. I poured water and he performed ablution like that for prayers and passed his wet hands over his Khuff (leather socks) and then prayed.
Clear enough? Yes, it is fardh to wash arms for wudhu. If you have to take off the shirt to do wudhu, do it. Or just make wudhu before wearing such clothes and make things easy for yourself. :)
My Friday went great, Alhamdulillah. I told many people about the revelation-day. It was news to most of them. But yeah, it was an awesome experience. :)
You’re going to love today’s Hadith! See for yourself..
Narrated Talha bin ‘Ubaidullah:
A man from Najd with unkempt hair came to Allah’s Apostle and we heard his loud voice but could not understand what he was saying, till he came near and then we came to know that he was asking about Islam. Allah’s Apostle said, “You have to offer prayers perfectly five times in a day and night (24 hours).” The man asked, “Is there any more (praying)?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “No, but if you want to offer the Nawafil prayers (you can).” Allah’s Apostle further said to him: “You have to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan.” The man asked, “Is there any more fasting?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “No, but if you want to observe the Nawafil fasts (you can.)” Then Allah’s Apostle further said to him, “You have to pay the Zakat (obligatory charity).” The man asked, “Is there any thing other than the Zakat for me to pay?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “No, unless you want to give alms of your own.” And then that man retreated saying, “By Allah! I will neither do less nor more than this.” Allah’s Apostle said, “If what he said is true, then he will be successful (i.e. he will be granted Paradise).”
Yes, doing only the Faraidh (obligatory) is required of us. But there’s always the option of doing more (voluntary) worship. Why, you ask? Because it is for our own good. From another Hadith we get to know that on the Day of Judgement, a person will be brought who will have incomplete Fardh (obligatory) actions (meaning: he either left out some, or didn’t do them properly). Allah will ask the angels to fill in those spaces by his voluntary worship and then he’ll be sent to Paradise. But imagine if we go there and all we have with us is the faraidh, and some spaces are left blank. What will fill them up?
So, doing the voluntary worship is for our own benefit. It only takes a few minutes to pray the extra two Sunnah/nafal prayers. There’s no fixed amount of sadaqah (charity) we need to give. Half a date also does the job. And voluntary fasts are just so easy! You can do Iftar (break them) any time if it’s getting hard to carry them on. Intention counts, remember?
My lesson from this Hadith is to perform my faraidh properly and do a little more effort for nawafil, inshaAllah. :)