The Status of Repentance

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The state of repentance, tawbah, is at the beginning, the middle and the end of all states of submission to the will of Allah. The servant who seeks the pleasure of Allah never abandons tawbah. He remains in the state of tawbah until his death. Whatever his state of belief, the servant makes tawbah his constant companion. Thus, tawbah is at the beginning and at the end of his servitude to his Creator. His need for tawbah at the end, just as at … [Read more...]

The Merits of Seeking Forgiveness

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Preface After praising Allāh Talaa  and sending salutations upon Nabī (Peace Be Upon Him), I want to inform my brothers that it is proven from the explicit texts of Sharī’ah that whatever calamities befall a person are primarily due to his sins, although outwardly it may be some other cause. This subject has been discussed in some detail in the preface of ‘Ílājul Qaht Wal Wabā’. It is an accepted fact that the cure is sought from an antidote. … [Read more...]

How To Repel Poverty

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Mufti Muhammad Shafi Saheb [ra] Introduction An easy prescription for the problems and poverty of the Muslims.     Today the problems which Muslims are facing are not concealed from a person with insight. It is as if poverty, bankruptcy, despicability and anxiety have become a distinguishing characteristic of the Muslims. The wise men of this Ummah are planning all kinds of cures for this devastating illness. However, sometimes the … [Read more...]

DUA, Supplication

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The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, "Had this world been worth a mosquito wing in the Sight of Allah, He would not have given a disbeliever from it a sip of water." Linguistically, Ad-Du‘â’ [the Arabic word for supplication, invocation, prayer….] is a call, and it has more than a denotation. With respect to humans, if addressed from a superior to an inferior it would be a command: as when the boss asks his … [Read more...]

Remembrance of Allah

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Remembrance of Allah in the Morning and in the Evening Allah, the Exalted, says: "And remember your Rubb by your tongue and within yourself, humbly and with fear and without loudness in words in the mornings, and in the afternoons and be not of those who are neglectful.'' (7:205) "And declare the perfectness of your Rubb before the rising of the sun, and before its setting.'' (20:130) "And declare the perfectness of your Rubb and praise Him … [Read more...]

What is Istikhaara?

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WHAT IS ISTIKHAARAH? Istikhaarah is to seek guidance from Allah when one is faced with a problem to which no solution is apparent. Whenever a person is faced with a difficult problem, or becomes hesitant in making a decision and his knowledge of the matter is insufficient to guide him then after seeking advice from trusted friends he should turn to Allah and beseech His grace. He should willingly and with an open heart and mind supplicate for … [Read more...]