A reminder about charity…

In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Merciful.

Last weekend was the Salvation Army’s Door Knock Appeal and when I heard about it, I thought about whether or not I would donate to the cause and it reminded me of a story I read as a kid about the Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) or Abraham (PBUH) which is available on my post titled Unconditional Charity.

The story demonstrates the importance of unconditional charity and the value of Da’wah through action. Most people would donate to their own religious groups, the true test arises when you are approached by members of other faiths. I still maintain a preference for Islamic Charitable Organisations and I don’t think there can be anything wrong in that, however, the story of Ibrahim (A.S) encourages us as Muslims to be charitable to all of God’s creation.

Be generous and show compassion to both, Muslims and non-Muslims and don’t discriminate in your charity. As Muslims we should understand that no matter what colour we are or what religion we follow, we are all God’s creation. If God himself does not deprive any of His creation from sustenance, how then can we, as His creation, judge between ourselves.

…and remember… “The deeds most loved by Allah are those done regularly, even if they are small.”

Remembering Allah every day…

In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Merciful.

 

Never underestimate the power of remembering Allah, even the mere acknowledgement and awareness of Allah in our daily lives could have a positive influence on us and the people around us. Make it a habit to thank Allah everyday and Insha Allah your level of faith will increase daily. There is a reward for the act of remembering Allah (Dhikr), a reward for being grateful to Allah and the satisfaction of knowing that Allah will be there for you in times of need.

فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لِي وَلَا تَكْفُرُونِ”. البقرة

“Therefore remember Me. I will remember you. Be grateful to Me and never show Me ingratitude” – Al-Baqarah 2:152

A simple dua to make everyday:

“Oh Allah, I thank you for everything you have provided for me today, I seek your protection from all things evil and I beg your forgiveness for the sins I may have committed.”

A small prayer, a small thought, a few seconds everyday.

…and remember… “The deeds most loved by Allah are those done regularly, even if they are small.”

Keeping silent during the Friday Khutbah (Sermon)

In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Merciful.

A short but clear Hadith highlighting the importance of silence during the Jummah Khutbah:

“If you told your friend to pay attention on Friday while the Imam is delivering the speech then you committed a sin of vain talk.”

Take heed of this Hadith and remember it when you’re at the Jummah Prayer next. Keeping quiet will allow you to benefit from the sermon and also gives you the opportunity to remember Allah. Don’t waste these opportunities by engaging in worldly matters. This is a sacrifice we can all afford to make.

The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, “Whoever takes a bath on Friday, purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jummah prayer) and does not separate two persons sitting together (in the mosque), then prays as much as (Allah has) written for him and then remains silent while the Imam is delivering the Khutbah, his sins in-between the present and the last Friday would be forgiven.”

May we all benefit from this Insha Allah!