Provisions for the hereafter – Lesson 24: His (s) guidance in the fear prayer
Notes of a student
Lesson 24: 23/5/16
Welcome, to all the new attendees!
Lessons from the passing of Sh Muhammad Ayyub rahimullah:
– How amazing is it that when someone passes away Allah allows the Ummah to serve their legacy and make Du’aa for them.
– Some people teach us how to live in their dying.
– His entire life was dedicated to serving people and being close to the Qur’an.
– Sh Hudhaifi said to the Sheikh just days before he passed away: “The maidens of Jannah are crying for you”
– The lives of such people should be an inspiration to us all of how we should live our life.
– The Qur’an raises us, takes care of us and will be a light and intercessor for us in the next life.
– Never let a day go by without having your sitting with the book of Allah – even if it’s a page or a few ayahs!
– Being close to the Qur’an is a means of attaining the love of Allah and if He loves you then He will place love in the hearts of the people for you.
– “Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allah there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (10:62)
Salatul Khawf (The Fear Prayer) – Pg. 104
– There are several hadith of the Prophet (s) regarding different ways of performing the fear prayer. This is because cirumstances differ when at battle.
– “And when you travel throughout the land, there is no blame upon you for shortening the prayer, [especially] if you fear that those who disbelieve may disrupt [or attack] you. Indeed, the disbelievers are ever to you a clear enemy.” (4:101)
– The fear prayer is not restricted to battle only.
– E.g – If you pray you or your property may be harmed
– Even in battle, Allah commands us to pray in congregation.
– Battles in the past were very different. Armies would camp close to each other for hours.
– There is never a situation where there is no Salaah. You have to always pray in every circumstance.
– The Shariah is very lenient with everything else depending our situation but it will never permit leaving the prayer
– Don’t miss your appointment with Allah!
1) Enemy in a direction opposite to Qiblah
– Had of army divides army into two groups
– Group A faces enemy whilst Group B forms a congregation
– Head of army leads group A in one unit of prayer only
– Group A behind him, complete the prayer by themselves while the imam remains standing
– When Group A have finished the prayer, group B (facing the enemy) will swap and join the congregation and the imam will lead the second unit
– The Shariah is practical and it knows there is no success without Salaah
– This is why the Muadhin calls out, ‘come to prayer, come to success’
– All success begins with Allah, He should be our first point of call
– Be on your salah all the time, increase the voluntary acts of worship to make up
– If you have missed your salaah, seek sincere forgiveness from Allah and establish the obligatory and voluntary prayers
Regarding his (s) guidance on Zaikai:
– Zakah is a pillar of Islam
– “Take (a portion) of their wealth a compulsary charity.”
– 2.5% of your wealth (whatever you held for a year)
What are the wisdoms of Zakah?
Zakah refers to meanings of
1) To purify
2) To increase
– Both these things apply to the process of giving charity. How?
– It is a means of purfying our wealth and hearts from selfishness, greed and miserliness
– When you give Zakah, Allah will give back what you gave and more. Your money will be showered with barakah
– Remember, your money is the right of the poor so when you give zakah your are returning a right to the owner
– A means of protection of your Islam and Imaan
أَلَا لَهُ الْخَلْقُ وَالْأَمْرُ تَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ ﴾ [الأعراف: 54]
“Indeed, for Allah is creation and command- glorified is He, lord of the worlds” [Al A’raf: 54]
– If Allah is the ultimate creator and legislator, then He knows us better than we know our ownselves
– Allah knows the effects of wealth on our souls so He legislated charity
– If you are going through financial distress – give in charity
– Place your reliance in Allah not in your wealth
– If you give, you will get back – trust Allah
– The Prophet (s) once advised Bilal: “Bilal, stand! And do not fear from the owner of the Arsh, poverty.”
– Some of the tribes of Arabia would say, “Accept Islam because Muhammad (s) gives like the one who doesn’t fear poverty.”
– Giving Zakah protects your wealth