Posted by: alqamardesigns | October 1, 2010

Riyaa (The Hidden Shirk)

Its meaning:

It is derived from ar-ru’yah (seeing/looking/observing). It’s foundation is doing actions of goodness and piety so that people see them or hear of them, in order to win their praise and admiration, to gain position and status amongst them and to obtain the goals and objectives of this world.

Its ruling:

It is haraam due to the clear texts of the Book and the Sunnah and the chapter regarding the order for ikhlaas and the warning against riyaa’ and shirk has already preceded.

Abu ‘Ali, a man from Banu Kaalil, said, “Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari addressed us and said, “O people! Fear this shirk as it is more hidden than a crawling ant.” ‘Abdullah ibn Hazm and Qays bin al-Madaarib both stood and said, “By Allah! You should clarify what you have said, otherwise we shall bring ‘Umar with authority on our behalf or without it”. He then said, “Rather I will explain to you what I said.Allaah’s Messenger (saw) addressed us one day and said, “O People! Fear this shirk as it is more hidden than a crawling ant.” Then someone whom Allaah had willed to speak said: “And how shall we save ourselves from it when it is more hidden than a crawling ant, O Messenger of Allaah?”.

He (saw) said, “Say “Allahumma inna na’oodhu bika min an nushrika bika shay’an na’alamuhu wa nastaghfiruka limaa laa na’alamuh [O Allah! We seek refuge in You from associating partners with you while we are aware of it and we seek forgiveness from You for that which we are unaware of]”.

Sayings from the Salaf on Ikhlaas

  1. It is reported about Bishr al-Haafi that he said, “That I seek the world with a wind instrument (i.e. something forbidden) is more loved by me than that I seek it with the deen”.
  2. It is reported from Ibraheem an-Nakha’ee that he said, “When Shaytaan comes to you whilst you are engaged in prayer and says “You are showing off”, increase it in length”.
  3. One of the Salaf said, “Direct me to an action by which I will never cease to be performing for Allah the Exalted. It was said to him: “(Always) intend good because you will never cease to be performing even if you do not do any actions. The intention performs even in the absence of any actions. Whoever intended to pray at night, and then slept, the reward for what he intended will be written for him.”
  4. One of them said: “I love that I have an intention for every single thing – even my food, drink and sleep!”
  5. It was said to Sahl: “What is the hardest thing for the soul (to achieve)?” He said, “Sincerity, when there is no other desire in it”.
  6. It is reported from Y’aqoob al-Makfoof that he said, “The sincere person is the one who hides his good deeds just like he hides his evil deeds”.
  7. One of them wrote to his brother, “Make your intention sincere in all of your actions and little action will suffice you”.
  8. It is reported from Ayyoob as-Sakhtiyaani that he said, “Purifying the intention is harder than all other actions for those who act”.
  9. It is reported from Yahyaa bin Mu’aadh that he said: “Ikhlaas separates (good) actions from faults like the separation of milk from dung and blood”.
  10. It is reported from as-Soosi that he said, “What Allaah desires from the actions of His Creation is ikhlaas and nothing else.”


Posted by: alqamardesigns | October 1, 2010

The Meadows of Jannah

Ibn Abil-Dunya and others relate a hadith transmitted by Jabir ibn Abd Allah:

‘The Messenger of God [may God bless him and grant him peace] came out to us and said, “O people, roam the meadows of Jannah!

And we asked, “And what are the meadows of Jannah, Messenger of Allah?” He answered, “The gatherings of remembrance.”

Then he said, “So be nourished and take your rest and remember. Let anyone who wishes to know his place with Allah behold what place he has given Allah [in his soul], for verily Allah will give to a servant the [same] place with Him that the servant has given to Allah within himself.“‘[Bayhaqi]

Posted by: alqamardesigns | October 1, 2010

So long as you are not overjoyed or grieved by it…

As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah

قال الإمام أحمد – رحمه الله

Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) said:

إن لكل شيء كرم وكرم القلب الرضاء عن الله عز وجل
‘Everything has nobility in it, and the nobility of the heart is to be pleased with Allah, `azza wa jall.’

الدنيا داء والسلطان داء, والعالم طبيب. فإذا رأيت الطبيب يجر الداء إلى نفسه فاحذره
‘This world is like sickness, and the Ruler is also sickness, but the scholar is the doctor. So if you see the doctor draw upon himself sickness, then be cautious of him.’

الزهد في الدنيا: قصر الأمل والإياس مما في أيدي الناس
‘Zuhd (asceticism) in this world is: Severing long hopes and giving up on what’s in the hands of others.’

عزيز عليّ أن تذيب الدنيا أكباد رجال وعت صدورهم القرآن
‘It is difficult for me to see this world devour men whose hearts have gathered the Qur’an.’

سئل الإمام أحمد: عن رجل معه ألف دينار, أيكون زاهداً؟ قال: نعم بشرط أن لا يفرح إذا زادت ولا يحزن إذا نقصت
‘Imam Ahmad was asked about a man who owned a thousand Dinar – could he be an ascetic? He replied, ‘Yes, so long as he is not overjoyed when it increases and is not grieved when it is lessened.’

Posted by: alqamardesigns | July 20, 2010

Ghuraba (Strangers) Series | Ali Al-Tamimi

Ghuraba (Strangers) Series

By Ali Al-Tamimi

The Prophet (saw) said “Islaam began as something strange and it will revert to how it began as something strange. So glad tidings of Paradise to the strangers” The people asked, “Who are they, O Messenger of Allaah?” He answered, “Those who are pious and righteous when the people have become evil.”

(Ahmad, ibn Hibban and others, sahih due to supporting evidences, see Badr al-Badr’s footnotes to Abu Bakr al-Ajari, Kitaab al-Ghurabaa (Kuwait: Dar al-Khulata li-Kitaab al-Islaami, 1983) pp.16-18)

Track 1 | Track 2 | Track 3 | Track 4 | Track 5 | Track 6 | Track 7 | Track 8 | Track 9 | Track 10 | Track 11 | Track 12 | Track 13 | Track 14 | Track 15 | Track 16

Posted by: alqamardesigns | July 15, 2010

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Asalaamu’alaykum warahmatullah,

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Posted by: alqamardesigns | July 12, 2010

The Best Man To Walk On Earth…

The Sahabah[1] Longed for the Warm Company of the Prophet Muhammad (saw).

His Wives Yearned For His Encompassing Love And Affection.

His Enemies Sat In Respectful Awe of His Presence.

Until The End Of Time Mankind Strives To Emulate His Perfect Example.

[1] Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (saw)

Posted by: alqamardesigns | July 2, 2010

Ahmed Bukhatir – Ya Ummi (Nasheed about mothers)


I will return oh mother لسوف أعود يا أمي
And kiss your chaste head أقبّل رأسك الزاكي
And supress (blame?) my desires أبتّك كل أشواقي
And taste the scent of your blessings وأرشف عطر يمناك
Besmirch in the richness of your feet أمرغ في ثرى قدميك
my cheek when I meet you خدي حين ألقاك
Water the soil with my tears أروي الترب من دمعي
Happy that you are aliveسرورا في محياك

How many nights did you stay up late فكم أسهرت من ليل
So that I could sleep to my content? لأرقد ملأ أجفاني
And how many times did you thirst وكم أظمأت من جوف
So you could quench my thirst with your tenderness? لترويني بتحناني
And one day I was Ill, I do not forget ويوم مرضت لا أنسى
The tears from you that were like the rain دموعا منك كالمطر
And your eyes which stayed awake وعينا منك ساهرة
fearing that I may be in danger تخاف علي من خطر
And the day we parted at dawn ويوم وداعنا فجرا
and Oh what a harsh dawn that was وما أقساه من فجر
Words cannot explain what يحار القول في وصف الذي
I felt when I abandoned you لاقيت من هجري
And you told me things which I still وقلت مقولة لا زلــت
remember throughout my life مدّكرا بها دهري
“You will never find a heart محال أن ترى صدرا
more tender towards you than mine” أحن عليك من صدري
“You will never find a heart محال أن ترى صدرا
more tender towards you than mine” أحن عليك من صدري


Obedience to you, oh want of my life.. ببرك يا منى عمري
[is what] the God of existence has instructed me to do. إله الكون أوصاني
Your content is the secret of my success رضاؤك سر توفيقي
And my love of you is the secret of my beleif وحبك ومض إيماني
And the sincerety of your prayer [for me].. وصدق دعائك انفرجت
has resolved my misfortunes and my sadness به كربي وأحزاني
My love towards you.. ودادك لا يشاطرني
no human being loves anything like it به أحد من البشر
You are the beating of my heart فأنت النبض في قلبي
And you are what lights my vision وأنت النور في بصري
And you are the tune on my lips وأنت اللحن في شفتي
My problems cease when I see your face بوجهك ينجلي كدري
To you I do return oh mother إليك أعود يا أمي
Tomorrow I rest from my journey غدا أرتاح من سفري
And a second age will begin for me ويبدأ عهدي الثاني
and the branches will blossom with flowers ويزهو الغصن بالزهر

(Translation taken from

Posted by: alqamardesigns | June 28, 2010

Indeed, after every hardship comes ease.. (HHUGS)

Notes taken from IslamBradford lecture – ‘With Hardship Comes Ease’ by Murtaza Khan & Wajid Malik (27.6.10)

“Indeed, after every hardship comes ease…”
Hadith –
  • “Whoever clothes a naked person in this world, Allah will clothe you from the clothes of Jannah on the day of Judgement.
  • Whoever feeds a hungry Muslim, Allah will give you food from the Jannah on the day of Judgement.
  • Whoever gives water to a thirsty Muslim, Allah will give you a drink from the Jannah on the day of Judgement.”
Subhaan Allah! How easy are these actions to do?
That being, to clothe and give food and drink to those who are less comfortable situations than us – and just look at the great rewards for those who do such actions. Allah has given us more than we need – then, how can we deprive ourselves of such deeds? Where on a Day all of Mankind will be in need of Allah’s help.
The hardships experienced in this life are nothing compared to the hardships of the hereafter. So we must treat others the way we would want Allah SWT to treat us.
Be merciful to others and you will find Allah SWT being merciful upon you.
Do not be from those who later remind people of the good you have done for them – as though you have done them a favour, but rather know these are opportunities that have come your way and are actually huge favours and blessings from Allah upon YOU.
It is you and I who will ultimatley benefit in the long run.
We’ve all been feeling the heat in the recent month, as the weather has been extremely hot – but this is nothing compared to the heat people will feel on the Day of Judgement. On a Day that will be 50,000 years long, on a Day where the sun will be brought near to mankind a mile or two away and people will be submersed in sweat upon the amount of their deeds. Let us not be heedless of this day; and strive hard to be from those under the shade of Allah’s Throne.
“What is the reward of good, except good?”

Hadith –
Reflect upon the man whom the Propeht of Allah (sa) declared to be from the people of Paradise. What action did he do to enable him to earn this status? “Every night, before going to sleep he would forgive whoever has wronged him  and he would remove any bad feelings he had for anyone from him heart”

What a noble act! Let us too, be from those who rid our hearts from such feelings and work on forgiving others in hope Allah The Oft-Forgiving will forgive us.
The righteous people from the past would race to do good deeds. They would strive to be from those who would give the greetings of Salaam to one other before their companion! Today, we find ourselves in a state where a Muslim would give salaam to other Muslim and get no reply! Allahu Musta’an.
Parable of the merchants – what do they do before the end for the day? They count up their money, calculate how much they have sold etc.  So how about the merchants of the Akhirah? They should be more interested in their profit and loss.
So be from the merchants of the Akhirah.

So what now?

Let me introduce you to an organisation  HHUGS, Helping Households Under Great Stress. They are a registered charity that was setup in September 2004 in response to the increasing number of ‘anti-terror’ arrests across the country. They provide practical support and advice to households devastated by the arrest of a family member under UK anti-terror legislation, such as:
  • Household help
  • Emotional Support
  • Childcare
  • Transporting families to Prison visits
  • Payment of school fees
  • Media advice and support
  • Arranging professional/specialist help and assistance

This is a great opportunity for you and I to get involved in; as ask you to:

  1. Make duaa
  2. Tell others about HHUGS
  3. Donate – Make a standing order donation
  4. Become a Volunteer

They would be grateful for any support that you can give.

Jazakumallahu khair, please forward this so others can also put their hand in making a difference and help raise awareness of this obligation we owe.

Today –  it is them, but Tomorrow – It really could be you…

Posted by: alqamardesigns | March 1, 2010

Be from the children of the hereafter..

Alî ibn Abi Tâlib (RA) used to say:

Certainly this life has begun travelling away,

and the hereafter has begun travelling forward,

and each has its children.

So be from the children of the hereafter,

and don’t be from the children of this life.

For indeed today there is action with no account,

and tomorrow there will be account with no action.”

Posted by: alqamardesigns | February 27, 2010

Wearing a Ta’weez / Amulet

In Islam wearing an amulet is forbidden, and we should be careful not to confuse wearing an amulet to reciting a dua or doing rukkiya.

There is ample evidence after evidence forbidding the wearing of amulets / taweez and the likes:

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever wears an amulet, may Allaah not fulfil his need, and whoever wears seashells [for protection from the evil eye] may Allaah not protect him.” (Ahmed)

A  group came to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and he accepted the bay’ah [allegiance] of nine of them, but not from one of them. They said, “O Messenger of Allaah, you accepted the bay’ah of nine and not from this one.” He said, “He is wearing an amulet.” Then he took it in his hand and broke it, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) accepted his bay’ah. He said, “Whoever wears an amulet is guilty of shirk.” (From Fataawa al-‘Ayn wa’l-Hasad, p. 277)

The Prophet of Allah (s) disliked ten things: Yellow colouring, meaning khalooq (a perfume made from saffron), dyeing grey hair, trailing the lower garment, wearing a gold ring, throwing dice, a woman adorning herself before people who are not her mahrams, using spells (ruqyah) except with the Mu’awwidhatan, wearing amulets, coitus interruptus, and having intercourse with a woman who is breastfeeding a child; but he did not declare them to be prohibited.” (Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 50880; Abu Dawood, 4222)

There are so many ways in protecting ourselves – that our Prophet Muhammad (S) adviced us:

1 – Reciting the last two verses of Soorat al-Baqarah every night.

It was narrated that Abu Mas’ood al-Badri (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:   “The last two verses of Soorat al-Baqarah, whoever recites them at night, they will be sufficient for him.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4008; Muslim, 807. al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “With regard to the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) ‘they will be sufficient for him,’ it was said that it means they will suffice instead of praying qiyaam al-layl; and it was said, they will suffice him against the Shaytaan, or against harm. It may be understood as meaning all of these things.’”

2 – Du’aa’ al-karb (prayer at times of stress).

It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say at times of stress: “Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah ul-‘azeem al-haleem, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb il-‘arsh il’azeem, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb ul-samawaati wa rabb ul-ard wa rabb ul-‘arsh il-kareem (There is no god but Allaah, the Almighty, the Forbearing; there is no god but Allaah, Lord of the Mighty Throne; there is no god but Allaah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne).” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6346; Muslim, 2730.

3 – Reciting Soorat al-Ikhlaas, Soorat al-Falaq and Soorat al-Naas.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to recite them when going to sleep, and he would blow into his hands and then wipe them over whatever he could reach of his body. It was narrated from ‘Aa’ishah that every night when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went to bed, he would cup his hands together, blow into them then recite into them Qul Huwa Allaahu ahad, Qul a’oodhu bi Rabb il-falaq and Qul ‘aoodhu bi Rabb il-naas, then he would wipe as much as he could reach of his body, starting with his head and face and the front of his body. And he would do that three times. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5018.

4 – Ayatul Kursi

Protection which will prevent the evil of the jinn is for a person to recite that which is narrated in the Sunnah as being effective in providing protection, such as Aayat al-Kurisy, for if a person recites Aayat al-Kursiy at night, he will continue to have protection from Allaah, and no shaytaan will come near him until morning. And Allaah is the Protector.It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said:

“The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) put me in charge of guarding the zakaah of Ramadaan. Someone came to me and started grabbing handfuls of the food. I took hold of him and said, ‘I will take you to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).’ He said, ‘I will teach you some words by means of which Allaah will benefit you.’ I said, ‘What are they?’ He said, ‘When you go to your bed, recite this aayah (interpretation of the meaning): “Allaah! Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), Al-Hayyul-Qayyoom (the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists)…” [al-Baqarah 2:255] – until he completed the aayah. Then Allaah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you and no shaytaan (devil) will come near you until morning.’ The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) asked me, ‘What did your prisoner do last night?’ I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, he taught me something, and claimed that Allaah would benefit me by it.’ He said, ‘What was it?’ I said, ‘He taught me to recite Aayat al-Kursiy when I go to bed, and said that no shaytaan would come near me until morning, and that Allaah would appoint a guard for me who would stay with me.’ The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘He told you the truth, although he is an inveterate liar. That was the Shaytaan.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3101)

5 – Reciting Soorat al-Baqarah

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Do not make your houses like graves, for the Shaytaan runs away from a house in which Soorat al-Baqarah is recited.”(Narrated by Muslim, 780)

6 – Reciting “Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no god except Allaah Alone with no partner or associate; His is the Sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Able to do all things)” one hundred times.

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)  said:

“Whoever says “Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer” one hundred times in the day, will have a reward equivalent to that of freeing ten slaves, one hundred hasanahs (good deeds) will be recorded for him, and one hundred sayi’ahs (bad deeds) will be erased from his record, and it will be protection for him from the Shaytaan for that day, until evening comes. No one could achieve any better than him except the one who does more than he did.” (narrated by al-Bukhaari, 31119; Muslim, 2691)

Undoubtedly, when a person persists in reciting the adhkaar (dhikr) for morning and evening, and the adhkaar for going to sleep, and others, this will have a great effect in protecting him from the evil eye, because it will be like a stronghold for him, by Allaah’s Leave.  So everyone should strive to recite these adhkaar.  


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