What or Who is Salaf?

May 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

The manhaj (methodology) of the Salaf is to adhere to the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah as understood by the Salaf as-Saalih. The word Salaf is a shortened version of the word ‘Salaf as-Saalih’, which means the ‘Righteous Predecessors’.

It refers specifically to the first three generations of Islam in which the Prophet Muhammad SAW described as being the best generations of Muslims. The first, the Prophet SAW and his Sahabah (companions). The second, the Taabi’een (the followers of the companions). The third, the Tabaa’at-Taabi’een (the followers of the followers of the companions).

Generally, this term refers to all those pious predecessors who followed the way of the Salaf and who have preceded us in time. This is the true manhaj of Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jamaa’ah.

“If Allah wants to favor someone, He grants him comprehension (understanding) of this religion.”
[Sahih Bukhari vol.1 # 71, Tirmidhi and Musnad Ahmad]

The example of guidance and knowledge with which, Allah has sent me is like abundant rain falling on the earth, some of which was fertile soil, absorbed rain water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. (And) another portion of it was hard and held the rainwater and Allah benefited the people with it and they utilized it for drinking, making their animals drink from it and for irrigation of the land for cultivation. (And) a portion of it was barren which, could neither hold the water nor bring forth vegetation (then that land gave no benefits). The first is the example of the person who comprehends Allah’s religion and gets benefit (from the knowledge), which Allah has revealed through me (the Prophet) and learns and then teaches others. The last example is that of a person who does not care for it and does not take Allah’s guidance revealed through me (He is like that barren land.)” [Sahih Al-Bukhari v.1 no.79. Narrated by Abu Musa]

“It is only those who have knowledge amongst His slaves that fear Allah.” [Surah Al-Fatir (35): 28]

“Seek knowledge, because seeking it for the sake of Allah is a worship. And knowing it makes you more God-fearing; and searching for it is jihad, teaching it to those who do not know is charity, reviewing and learning it more is like tasbeeh. Through knowledge Allah will be known and worshipped. With the knowledge Allah will elevate people and make them leaders and imams, who will in turn guide other people.”[Fatwa Ibn Taymiyya vol.10, p.39]

“Whoever treads on a path in search of Islamic knowledge, Allah will ease the way to Paradise for him. The angels will lower their wings, pleased with this seeker of knowledge, and everyone in the heavens and on earth will ask forgiveness for the knowledgeable person, even the fish in the deepest of waters will ask for his forgiveness” [Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi # 2835-sahih hadith]

“He whom death overtakes while he is engaged in acquiring knowledge with a view to reviving Islam with the help of it, there will be one degree between him and the Prophets in Paradise .” [Al-Tirmidhi Hadith no. 249. Narrated by Al-Hasan al-Basri]


Protection from DAJJAL

May 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

Protection from Dajjal

Dajjal will be set unto us, that much is guaranteed and that time is drawing near. If we were to live long enough when the time comes, how do we protect ourselves from the great fitna of Dajjal? The following are some of the well-known hadith regarding it.

Reciting of Surah Kahf The recitation of Surah Kahf is a safe guard from the Dajjal’s turmoil. The Prophet SAW said, “Whoever memorises the first ten verses of Surah Kahf will be safe from the Dajjal’s Fitna.” (Abu-Darda / Muslim) The Prophet  SAW said, ‘Whoever meets the Dajjal amongst you then he should recite the opening verse of Surah Kahf onto him.” (Nawwas-b-Samaan / Muslim)

Seeking refuge in Allah Whoever seeks Allah’s refuge and protection from Dajjal’s fitna especially in Salah, Insyaallah will be protected. The Prophet SAW would pray in Salah, “Oh Allah protect me from the punishment of the grave and protect me from Dajjal’s fitna.” (Aisha / Bukhari / Muslim)

Staying miles apart When the Dajjal appears one should stay as far away from him as possible. The Prophet  SAW said, “Those who hear about the Dajjal should stay far from him. By Allah! A person will approach him thinking him to be a believer, but on seeing his amazing feats he will become his follower.” (Imran-b-Hussain / Abu Daud)

Safe Haven of Makkah and Madinah One should try to migrate to Makkah or Madinah, as he will not be able to enter these two holy cities. Thus one will be protected from his fitna. (Fatimah-b-Qais / Muslim)

Knowledge of Allah’s Attributes One should seek Islamic knowledge especially knowledge of Allah’s attributes. By possessing knowledge of Allah’s attributes one will not be misled by the Dajjal. This knowledge teaches that Allah is perfect, can’t be seen, and not in need of anything while the Dajjal is imperfect, can be seen by both believers and non-believers and in need of food and water.


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Checking the Qibla Direction Using the Sun

May 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

One of the most accurate way to determine Qibla direction is by looking at the direction of the sun (or looking at the sun’s shadow) when the sun is directly above the Ka’bah in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

When Is The Sun Above The Ka’bah?

During the year, there are two specific times when the sun transits or lies directly above the Ka’bah. These two times are: 28 May at 9.18 GMT and 16 July at 9.27 GMT. After converting to your local times, if you can see the sun at those times, then your sight is directly to the direction of qibla. Alternatively, you can put a stick on the ground vertically and observe the shadow. It should create a straight line opposite to the direction of Qibla.

When Is The Sun Below The Ka’bah

At the above mentioned times, there are part of the worlds that are on the night side. Therefore they would not be able to use the sun to guide them to the qibla direction. However there are also exactly two times in a year when the sun is directly below the Ka’bah (antipode). These times are: 28 November at 21.09 GMT and 16 Januari at 21.29 GMT. At these times, the sun would be on the opposite direction of the qibla. So, by observing the shadow of a vertical objects at those times, one can see the qibla direction pointed by the shadow.

Hence, if you want to be assured of your Qibla direction, use any of the above dates. Wallahu’alam.

My #1 Post…

March 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Finally… I’ve been wanting to do this “blogging” for a long, long time but never got to do it. Why? Not sure really but I just kept putting it off for no “real” apparent reason. It was always tomorrow, I must do it next week, or something else.

But now that I’ve started, I surely hope this will be a continuous and enjoyably journey. What will i write about? Oh, anything that enters my mind, regardless whether it is Write (read “right“) and/or Wrong, hence the name of the blog.

Well ladies and gentlemen, please wish me luck and make du’a for me. And may ALLAH SWT showers all of you with His Mercy, Grace and Blessings.

Till the next post?


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