Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160603 Ramadan Preparation: Lets turn our attention to Allah and sincerely ask Him to make this Ramadan the best Ramadan of our lives and that we build a true solid loving relationship with Him. May Allah SWT accept all of the preparation we have made for this most amazing month. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160527 Enjoining Good: 20 Sha'ban 1437 27 May 2016 يوم الجمعة Friday _Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported the Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم) as saying: If anyone summons other to follow right guidance, his reward will be equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without their rewards being diminished in any respect on that account; and if anyone summons others to follow error, his sin will be equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without their sins being diminished in any respect on that account. (Sunan Abu Dawood) Lets make this month and the next full of good rewards.
May Allah SWT make it easy for everyone to reach Ramadan with desire to do as much as we can of good deeds. Ameen
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160520 Currency of Success: Its easy to sit and worry about what our future monetary issues will be in the next twenty years or so. But seldom do we really worry about what will our currency and bank balance of good deeds be on the Day of Judgement. The day of decree of what will happen in the next year for our lives as well as humanity will take place tomorrow Saturday 21st of May. So we should engage ourselves in as much duā' as possible tomorrow for ours and our family's future. May Allah SWT guide us to the straight path till our last breath and
may He allow us to enter into Jannah al-Naeem through His Mercy. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160513 Real Investment: Any business minded person loves to capitalize on the best deals and offers. But before he can earn, he has to invest. Their are two types of people in the world. One that invests all his or her efforts and pursuits for this world. And the other who invests for an everlasting life of the hereafter. We are getting closer to the month of Ramadan and this month of Sha'bān is unique because of two reasons. Firstly, on the 15th of Sha'bān the registers of deeds and all that was done in the world of either good or evil goes back to Allah in records. And that which is to happen in the up coming year is sent to the world. Secondly, this is the last haul before the big race. And everyone knows that if you want to do well in the big race, you have to be prepared from beforehand.
Some methods we can adopt for preparation, is to slowly cut down on food atleast, if we are not fasting. We should also try to read more Qur'an even if it is atleast just picking up the Qur'an to look inside it for 5 minutes of our busy schedules. We should increase in our duas and ask sincerely to Allah from the core of our hearts for our own problems and the Muslims around the world. I pray Allah makes it easy for all of us to better ourselves and prepare for Ramadan to the best of our abilities. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160505 Rajab and Sha'bān then Ramadan: The Islamic month of Sha'bān will be beginning either tomorrow or the day after. Then ofcourse, the month after that is the blessed Ramadan. May Allah SWT allow us all to reach Ramadan with strenght in our ibadah and with high goals in mind. We don't know if this may be the last Ramadan in our lives or if we will see more Ramadans beyond. We really need to place value in regards to Ramadan. We should try to make a list of things we desire to accomplish this Ramadan. Maybe some may want to finish the entire Qur'an by the end of the month. So a useful hint, is to start our Qur'an now and try to reach 10-15 paras. Another thing is that we should try to increase the amount of time in the day we give to making dua to Allah SWT.
So if we make 5 sincere minutes a day in dua to Allah starting tomorrow, InshaAllah our duas will have more strenght. Also we should try to increase in fasting these first 15 days of Sha'bān if we can. But we should keep in mind that we should not tire ourselves out. Because we need to have strenght for Ramadan InshaAllah. A Hadith in Bukhari Volume 3, Book 31, Number 191: Narrated 'Aisha: The Prophet never fasted in any month more than in the month of Sha'ban. He used to say, "Do those deeds which you can do easily, as Allah will not get tired (of giving rewards) till you get bored and tired (of performing religious deeds)."
The most beloved prayer to the Prophet was the one that was done regularly (throughout the life) even if it were little. And whenever the Prophet offered a prayer he used to offer it regularly . May Allah SWT allow us to really value our lives and our time and may He allow us to reach this Ramadan with full health. May He allow us to make this the best Ramadan of our lives inshaAllah. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160429 Recognizing Allah سبحانه و تعلى: An ant and a whale are both dark creatures. Both have hearts and both breath. One breathes on land and the other breathes in water. One has eyes the size of a chicken and the other has eyes the size of a grain of sand. One can pick-up 5 times it's weight and one eats a thousand+ pounds of food a day. Both are living things. But the question is, Who created them and Who designed them? Who sustains them? One might ask, what does this have to do with anything? This doesn't seem relevant and actually seems like something my busy schedule doesn't have time for. But my question to you is that, Who is the One Who created your "busy" time and Who put the thought in your brain, that runs in billions of electric circuits that allows you to think this second and is allowing signals to run to your finger tips, as you text message, from your brain. Who is the one sustaining your spinal cord to hold up your nearly 150+ body weight suspended on two legs on a daily basis. Who is the One who created the system of sleep for all of creation? Who created the system of eating foods and being crushed by things called teeth and being digested in a container of acid called the stomach? Who allowed that acid to be in that stomach in a 60+ years cycle of what is called life? And allow that food to be recyled through two tiny passages. The answer is, it is only the One Allah. The human is created with what is called the intellect. But the intellect is only beneficial once it takes a person to recognize his Creator. Even if you are the Einstein of your time, but you die without recognizing who your Creator, Sustainer, Nourisher is, then you are the biggest loser. Nothing in this universe happens by chance. If it were something by chance, then why do humans have only 2 eyes and not hundreds? 2 legs and not 4?
The problem today, is that the human has not recognized who his Allah is. Allah SWT introduces Himself to the creation over and over in the Qur'an. And the verse that both Abu Bakr and Umar radiAllahu anhuma became Muslim on was Surah Taha, Verse 14: إِنَّنِي أَنَا اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا أَنَا فَاعْبُدْنِي وَأَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِذِكْرِي Surely I am Allah, there is no god but I, therefore serve Me and keep up prayer for My remembrance. How sad is it that 60+ years a person lives and he sees days and nights passing and the sun and moon in there constant motion and doesn't get the tawfeeq to recognize his Creator. Whereas an "uneducated" child in the mountains of Pakistan, when asked who is your Creator?
He immediately responds while holding up his index finger and says boldly and shaprly "ALLAH". Tell a baby in it's mothers womb, you are about to enter a world where there are trees and skies and oceans and animals and happiness and sadness etc. The baby in the womb won't believe you because all it has seen is it's mother's stomach and is being nourished through her. Similarly, Allah tells man, that one day you will leave the stomach of this world and enter a world were you will be questioned and if you past that test and have your book handed to you on your right hand, you will enter a place of eternal bliss for a time infinity. And if you fail and your book is handed to you on your left hand, then you enter a place that is a pit of fire. May Allah SWT save us all.
After the verse mentioned above Allah says in Surah Taha, Verse 15: إِنَّ السَّاعَةَ آتِيَةٌ أَكَادُ أُخْفِيهَا لِتُجْزَىٰ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ بِمَا تَسْعَىٰ Surely the hour is coming-- I am about to make it manifest-- so that every soul may be rewarded as it strives Lastly, can one wrap their mind around the concept of being in a place for infinity? The answer is 'no', because no one has experienced it yet. But I ask you, please take a moment and really reflect on where you are as an individual in regards to your personal connection with Allah and deeply look into yourself and ask yourself, "Have I recognized my Allah yet?".
May Allah SWT guide us all to the straight path and allow us to die with Imān and allow us to be resurrected with our book of deeds on our right hand and allow us to enter Jannah through His Mercy. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160422 Prophetic Pattern of Conduct: Caring is an embodying feature in the character of the noble Messenger Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. To young and old, to white and black, to Arab and to non-Arab, to Muslim and to non-Muslim, he loved all of humanity. The proof is seen throughout the world, that even in America right now people both black and white and anyone for that matter of any race or belief, is entering into the fold of Islam with or without the help of you and I. The striking thing is, that with all this anti-Islamic fervor that is encompassing the media outlets, is that people are still interested in and entering Islam. This is all through actual proof and data, and not by just hearsay. The question arises, that how is it that while islam is being bashed from all corners and internally, yet people are still turning to the message of Islam? This seems like an apparent contradiction. The simplest answer is the heart throbbing care that Rasoolullah had for humanity, such that Allah gave him the title 'Mercy to all the worlds'. His day and night goal was to connect the creation to the Creator. He was the model for tolerance and good manners. He smiled when he was upset so as to not hurt anyone's feelings.
A Hadith in Sahee Muslim #2310 states that Anas said: 'The Messenger of Allah had the best character of all people. One day he sent me on an errand, and I said "By Allah, I will not go." Although in my heart I intended to go and do what the Messenger of Allah had told me to do. I went out and passed by some boys who were playing in the market. Then suddenly the Messenger of Allah caught me by the neck from behind. I looked at him and he was smiling. He said: " O Unais (meaning small Anas), go where I told you to go. " I said, "Yes, I am going O Messenger of Allah." Anas said: "By Allah, I served him for seven years or nine years and I never heard him say about something I did, "Why did you do such and such?" Or something I failed to do, "Why didn't you do such and such."
Recently on the news, a young boy was caught by his dad scratching his dad's brand new car and the father took the tool and started hitting the his sons hand repeatedly and it started bleeding. They had to quickly rush him to the emergency room and after diagnosing the child the doctor's had to amputate the boys hand. The father went in to see the child and the child asked, "Dad, when will my hand grow back?" The father burst into tears. When he went to look at the scratch on the car, he saw a line that lead to some writing. The writing said "I love you dad". That man then committed suicide. The lesson derived is about being careful about what we do. We don't want to be people who react and let our emotions get the best of us. Rather, we want to be like how Anas radiAllahu anhu said about the beatiful character of Rasoolullah. We must be patient, loving and kind. May Allah SWT allow us to embody the noble character of Rasoolullah in our lives and show great care for humanity, especially the Muslims that are suffering throughout the world. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160415 Tasbeeh-e-Fatimah: The value of everything in this world is only truly known through sacrifice. For example, if someone walked on a thorny vine road barefooted, he will then know the value of shoes. Todays world is the thorny filled road. And the Qur'an and Sunnah will only truly be valued in the hereafter, for those who used them in this world and thus, they will enjoy the everlasting bliss of Jannah through the Mercy of Allah SWT. The question arises, what things does a person have to sacrifice if he wants to get what he or she desires? We all know he has to sacrifice his sleep, time, energy, food, his time with his family and the list goes on. Everyone would love to spend every wake and second with their children, but life is about movement and not being stagnant. Even water is in movement all throughout the world. That is why it is beneficial. Can you imagine if we had to travel everday to Niagara falls to get water?
In an authentic traditions named Abu Dawud Hadith number 2988 states ibn A'bud said " 'Ali (radiAllahu anhu) said to me: 'Shall I not tell you about me and Fatimah, the daughter of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), who was the most beloved of his family to him?' He said : "Yes". He said: 'She turned the grindstone until it left marks on her hands, and she carried water in a water skin until it left marks on her shoulders, and she swept the house until her garment got dusty. Some helpers were brought to the Messenger, and I said: "Why don't you go to your father and ask him for a helper." She went to him, but she found some people with him, talking to him, so she came back. The next day he came to her and said : "What did you want?" but she remained quiet. I said: "I will tell you O Messenger of Allah. She turned the grindstone until it left marks on her hands and she carried water in a water skin until it left marks on her shoulders. When the servants were brought to you, I told her to go to you, and ask you for a helper to spare her from what she is suffering." He said: "Fear Allah O Fatimah, perform your duties to your Lord, and do work for your family. When you go to bed, say SubhanAllah. Thirty-three times, and say AlhamdulIllah thirty-three times, and say Allahu Akbar thirty-four times. That will make one-hundred, and that will be better for you than a servant." She said: "I am content with Allah and His Messenger. "
We learn from this Hadith the even the daughter of Rasoolullah had to struggle. Rasoolullah could have given her a helper or he could have prayed to Allah to give her all the comforts of the world. But, Rasoolullah desired to set an example for the world to see, that he held himself on the same standard as the poor Muslims who can't afford ends-meat. And when they see how even the family of Rasoolullah lived then they won't become despondent in religion, because they will always see in the ocean of Islamic literature the breathtaking sacrifices the Rasoolullah and his family had to go through to carry this great legacy of Islam.
Finally, the part of implementation of the Hadith, I can't even begin to describe to everyone the impact of this tasbeeh in regards to just strength physically that one derives and not even mentioning the vast spirutal power of it, which may take just 2 minutes. May Allah SWT give us the tawfeeq to sacrifice as much as we can for Him and may He grant us all Jannatul Firdous. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160408 Sukoon People today are looking for sukoon (peace and tranquility). But unfortunately there is a reverberating wind of fear throughout the world that is causing everyone to be at unease. The opposite of fear is courage and courage is not something that we are born with, rather it is something we gain throughout our lives. Firstly, Allah SWT wants us to have courage to fight our sins. That is why throughout the year Allah gives us five daily prayers, and Friday Jumuah, and Ramadan, and the season of Hajj. All this, so the believer can constantly be reminded of his purpose in life and build the strength throughout his or her life to battle the temptations of this world which will ultimately reach him or her to true tranquility. Just like the life of Rasoolullah, where after years of struggle he reached peace of mind and heart, and was commanded to glorify the magnifecence of Allah as is mentioned in one of the last Surahs revealed, Surah al-Nasr(110). Secondly, there is a difference between luxury and tranquility. Luxury is tangible and does not buy tranquility. Like we see today, many people have mansions, but they need pills to get to sleep. And tranquility is something intangible and is only acheived through the One who is the source of all tranquility, Allah. Coming back to fear, fear prevents us from being at ease and at peace. But the fear of Allah is more about reverence and awe at His grandeur. When a believer remembers Allah like He ought to be remembered, then he keeps in mind both the warnings of Allah and His glad-tidings of Jannah. Allah says in the Surah Thunder Ayah 28: Indeed hearts are contented with the remembrance of Allah. May Allah SWT grant us the tawfeeq to remember Him abundantly and have true peace and tranquility in this life and the hereafter. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160401 Dua after Nikah: Alhamdulillah for the blessings Allah SWT continues to shower on us and mubarak for the whole family especially the newlyweds. There is a Sunnah practice of Rasoolullah that he would say upon meeting the newlywed "Baarak Allahu lakumaa wa baaraka alaykuma wa jama 'a baynakuma fi khayr." May the blessings of Allah be for you two and may Allah shower His blessings on you two and unite between you two in your life to come immense goodness. It is a very happy time and we should remember Allah and Rasoolullah as well. May Allah SWT bless all those who are married with khair in this life and the hereafter. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160325 Materialism: Just like animals, humans adapt. But the adapting that we see today is that of materialism. If someone is not technologically advanced, it may be a threat for his or her financial existence. Because everything today revolves around technology, whereas just 20 years ago the world was not so dependent on it. But with adapting there has resulted a concept called "fitting in". Today we will forego basic things that we believed as correct and right to adapt and fit in. Islam allows for adapting with the times, because it is foolish if a person tries to push back a wave with his two bare hands. But with adapting materially, the believer must adapt spiritually. If something is contradictory from the material world and can't coexist with the spritual and thus results in harming or even killing the spirit( rooh in Arabic), then that thing which is material must be understood as something detrimental. For verily, we know that the life to come is an everlasting life and it holds precedence over this temporary ever-fleeting life. The real test is seeking contentment. A narration in Bukhari Volume 8, Book 76, Number 497: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "If anyone of you looked at a person who was made superior to him in property and (in good) appearance, then he should also look at the one who is inferior to him, and to whom he has been made superior." Basically we need to focus on what we do have and really count them. Take out some time in the day or week to look back and life and say "AlhamdulIllah". The kids Allah gave me, or the house, or dinner that night, or a warm bed to sleep in etc.
I bring attention to this topic because today we have forgot about the nourishment of the rooh and moved to a primary life of satifying and living to please the base desires (nafs in Arabic) and this is our pitiful motive in life. Anything new that comes out on the market, we fling our full conentration to obtain it and we cry if we don't get it. We are worried for hours and days for lets say a Samsung phone. Both the Qur'an and Hadith mention about the rooh, and the nafs, the base desires. Our life is a constant struggle to curb and control our desires and all the tests that Allah puts in the life of a believer is to beat the desires. For example, patience when we can get upset. But if the desires overcome us then we will lose.
May Allah SWT protect us and allow us to be strong believers who don't fall for trends. Ameen. Lastly, times of marriage and happy occasions are a blessing from Allah SWT. Marriage today is almost dieing out. But a distinct feature of good Muslim boys and girls is the desiring to preserve their chastity by acting on the Sunnah. May Allah SWT bless such people with the highest level of barakah and khair. Ameen. Please try not to forget the poor during the festivities, because the Hadith of Rasoolullah states about the marriage being devoid of barakah if a poor person is not included. Be happy but also remember the One Who created happiness. May Allah SWT grant us all happiness both in this life and the Akhira. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160318 strive for Good Action: In life, everyone wants someone to be there for them in their time of difficulties, in their time of need. They want someone who can sympathize with them and who can feel the pain they are going through. Family support in Islam is very important. Just look at this Hadith of Rasoolullah after he was given the revelation of the Qur'an for the first time. He was squeezed by the Angel Jibraeel while being commanded to read though he was illiterate. Firstly, Rasoolullah was in the cave of Hira in deep worry because of the widespread immorality and ignorance of the people of the time. Then being alone, he is taken suddenly by a creature he has never seen and he is defensless because his arms are tied and he doesn't know if he will get loose because he can't read. Now the third time he is commanded to read and then released. The narration says that he rushed back home. But when you go to the cave, you will see that it is about a 20 minute walk down the mountain and then about 5 miles till the house of Khadija from there. Imagine the fear building up. Upon reacing he says to her to cover him, "Cover me! Cover me!" They covered him till his fear was over and after that he told her everything that had happened and said, "I fear that something may happen to me." Khadija replied, "Never! By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations with your Kith and kin, help the poor and the destitute, serve your guests generously and assist those afflicted by calamaties." The point here is Khadija alayha alsalaam's amazing level of support. She used such kind words that elevated the spirit of Rasoolullah and reminded him that only good things happen to good people. As a family, we need to always be there for eachother. We need to be there in the bad days and in the good days.
I'm specifically referring about the pillars of our family, our parents. We should call them frequently and make sure they are doing well. We need to support them as much as we can as well as eachother InshaAllah. This is true Islam, where we strive for the greatest good actions and build love between ourselves. I hope and pray to Allah SWT that He builds the love and care for eachother in our hearts and keep us united both in this life and in the aakhirah. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160311 Hukm, Hikmah and Tawbah: Everything in nature has laws. These laws are obeyed by everyone, such as the law of gravitation which is clinging us to the earth. Similarly, Islam has laws to offer humanity. When a person takes the shahadah he takes a life-long binding plegde to Allah SWT, that he will obey every single one of His laws in return for Jannah. As for those who don't take the shahadah, that is there way of saying, "We don't want to obey the laws of Allah". The word for laws in Islam are called Ahkaam and they are derived from the word hukm (an order from Allah) which also has a sister derivation word called hikmah which means wisdom. Because every law of Allah contains wisdom. Now if by chance someone breaks a law of Allah, which is called sinning, then Allah doesn't leave him in the dark. Rather, Allah gave us one of the greatest gifts called tawbah. Tawbah means repentance and it come from the root taaba yatuubu which means to keep turning back. Because a believer keeps returning back to Allah when he or she sins. Allah SWT created in humans the tendency to sin but they must turn to Allah SWT like a Hadith says, "Every child of Adam is a sinner, but the best of sinners are those who repent to Allah."
And one of the most hopeful Ayaats of the Qur'an: Surah Az-Zumar, Verse 53: قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ Say: O my servants! who have acted extravagantly against their own souls, do not despair of the mercy of Allah; surely Allah forgives the faults altogether; surely He is the Forgiving the Merciful. The true sincerity (ikhlaas) and determination (azmat) of staying away from those sins we are repenting from is a condition of tawbah. May Allah SWT allow us to turn back to Him always and may He forgive us for all our sins.May Allah SWT make it easy for us. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160304 Sadaqa When anyone in his or her life comes closer to their goals and big acheivements, they start counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds. But a wise man once said, "Don't count the days. Make the days count." In other words, really value every moment to it's fullest. For a believer his number one goal in life is to please Allah SWT. Due to the fact that the time of death for everyone is uncertain, there has to be a burning desire within us to be busy in doing good deeds.
Allah SWT says in Surah Aal-e-Imran, Verse 185:
كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ وَإِنَّمَا تُوَفَّوْنَ أُجُورَكُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ فَمَن زُحْزِحَ عَنِ النَّارِ وَأُدْخِلَ الْجَنَّةَ فَقَدْ فَازَ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِِ
Every soul shall taste of death, and you shall only be paid fully your reward on the resurrection day; then whoever is removed far away from the fire and is made to enter the garden he indeed has attained the object; and the life of this world is nothing but a provision of vanities. "Provision of vanities", means that this world is a deception and that we mistakenly act as if we will live here forever. Rather, we wakeup, eat, sleep and work. And the cycle goes on. Many of us may have this worry, that I lived a life oblivious of what is actually desired of me from Allah, and now I really want to rectify myself and capitalize on as much good deeds that I can do.
Rasoolullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us the solution, as is stated in a Hadith of Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 232: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "There is a Sadaqa (charity) to be given for every joint of the human body (as a sign of gratitude to Allah) everyday that the sun rises. To judge justly Lastly, in Bukhari Volume 7, Book 70, Number 544: Narrated 'Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) Allah's Apostle said, "No calamity befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his sins because of it, even though it were the prick he receives from a thorn. When Allah wishes someone good, He subjects him to some kind of afflictions and trials. Those afflictions and trials become expiation for his sins and provide him with an opportunity to supplicate to Allah for forgiveness. Allah, moreover, provides him with the means of contentment and patience, so that he does not indulge in unwelcome outbursts about those afflictions and trials. May Allah SWT help us in all our problems and difficulties we may face in our lives and give us the opportunity to give sadaqa in His way. Ameen
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160226 PUL-SIR'AT: One of the stages from the stages of the Day of Judgement is what is termed al-Siraat. It is a bridge over jahannum, that on the other side of it is Jannah. It will be very narrow and it will be surrounded with thorns. In a Hadith in Bukhari it is stated, "We, the companions of the Prophet said, "O Allah's Apostle! What is the bridge?' He said, "It is a slippery (bridge) on which there are clamps and (Hooks like) a thorny seed that is wide at one side and narrow at the other and has thorns with bent ends. Such a thorny seed is found in Najd and is called As-Sa'dan. Some of the believers will cross the bridge as quickly as the wink of an eye, some others as quick as lightning, a strong wind, fast horses or she-camels. So some will be safe without any harm; some will be safe after receiving some scratches, and some will fall down into Hell (Fire). The last person will cross by being dragged (over the Bridge). The way to pass the bridge is to do as many good deeds as we can and not sin. There is a Hadith in an authentic traditions called Abu Dawud and Hadith number 1515 states the Messenger of Allah said: "My heart is sometimes (overcome) with heedlessness, and I (therefore) seek forgiveness from Allah a hundred times a day". The lesson we need to take firstly is that Rasoolullah is the one who Allah already forgave and Allah protected him from sinning and yet he asks for forgiveness a hundred times a day. So how can we be sinning all the time and yet not seek forgiveness from Allah? The word for seeking forgiveness is astagfirullah. The minimum we should aim for is a hundred times a day. We should try our best to keep our tongues moist in seeking forgiveness InshaAllah. May Allah SWT forgive all of our sins and may he let us past the bridge of siraat with the speed of lightning. Ameen
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 0160219 Sunnah of Allah سبحانه و تعلى: Anyone going for interviewing process for a job or med school, his acceptance is based on his or her level of sacrifice. Good grades since kidergarten, nights and nights of learning etc. Its not that all of a sudden he decides to apply for a job after spending a life of laziness and a company says "Your hired". The system of Allah for this world and the hearafter work in the same way. For example, an engineer or architect does a huge project and he can taste the big pay day, but he will only get that day after he completed days and days of hard long arduous grueling work. The greatest gift for a person of Jannah is to be allowed to see Allah, as is befitting of His Majesty. There is wisdom in Allah SWT keeping Himself hidden from us. Firstly, if Allah manifested Himself, then ofcourse people will have to submit, but then that would defeat the purpose of the test here in this world. Secondly, Allah has reserved it as a gift in Jannah to see him for those lucky servants who work hard worshipping Him, may Allah make us amongst them. The type of work Allah wants from us are those that Rasoolullah told us. One of those that we can try for the next week InshaAllah: The Messenger Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: It is Allah's promise that anyone who recites, after every Salaah, the Surah al-Fatiha, Ayah al-Kursi, two verses of al-Imran Verse 18 and Verse 26-27, He will make his abode in Paradise, and have him placed in a lofty status and bless him with his Mercy seventy times a day, and fulfill seventy of his needs, and protect him against every envier and enemy and make him prevail over them.
Surah Aal-e-Imran, Verse 18: شَهِدَ اللَّهُ أَنَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ وَأُولُو الْعِلْمِ قَائِمًا بِالْقِسْطِ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ Surah Aal-e-Imran, Verse 26: قُلِ اللَّهُمَّ مَالِكَ الْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِي الْمُلْكَ مَن تَشَاءُ وَتَنزِعُ الْمُلْكَ مِمَّن تَشَاءُ وَتُعِزُّ مَن تَشَاءُ وَتُذِلُّ مَن تَشَاءُ بِيَدِكَ الْخَيْرُ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ Surah Aal-e-Imran, Verse 27: تُولِجُ اللَّيْلَ فِي النَّهَارِ وَتُولِجُ النَّهَارَ فِي اللَّيْلِ وَتُخْرِجُ الْحَيَّ مِنَ الْمَيِّتِ وَتُخْرِجُ الْمَيِّتَ مِنَ الْحَيِّ وَتَرْزُقُ مَن تَشَاءُ بِغَيْرِ حِسَاب We should try to teach the kids Aya al-Kursi because of it's great blessings. May Allah accept our ibadah and allow us to work harder to please Him. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160212 Choice to work hard: When we look around us, we see that there seems to be something missing. There is a sense of unsurety in our lives about what the future holds for us. We at times become scared about the results of things we can't control and we become anxious in hopes of a better future. As Muslims, we believe that Allah SWT decided when we were in the wombs of our mothers, what will be our gender, our sustenance, us being good or bad and our exact time of death. This is termed as al-Qadr (Divine will). A Hadith in Saheeh Bukhari Volume 8, Book 77, Number 594: Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet said, "Allah puts an angel in charge of the uterus and the angel says, 'O Lord, (it is) semen! O Lord, (it is now ) a clot! O Lord, (it is now) a piece of flesh.' And then, if Allah wishes to complete its creation, the angel asks, 'O Lord, (will it be) a male or a female? A wretched (an evil doer) or a blessed (doer of good)? How much will his provisions be? What will his age be?' So all that is written while the creature is still in the mother's womb." But we have to remember that this is a test and that we have the choice to work harder. One really misunderstood concept that is common, is that if God already wrote I will go to Hell, why should I work hard? Firstly, this is a cop out for the person to just involve himself in passions. Secondly the simplest answer is, do you know if your going to hell? The answer is no. So why not work for jannah? If we reflect about our thoughts throughout the span of a week, really how much do we say 'la ilaha illAllah'. We should ask ourselves, if I am to die today, will I die saying the kalima la ilaha illAllah? In a Sahee Hadith it says that the one who says the kalimah a hundred times a day, his face will be brighter than the full moon on the Day of Judgement.
May Allah allow us to die with the kalimah and may He give us the ability to work harder for Him. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160205 Salt is such a small particle but any food without It simply doesn't taste appetizing. Too much salt is problematic and too little salt gives no taste. There has to be the exact balance. Similarly, in Islam there has to be balance (in Arabic it is called i' tidaal). We have a blessing that Allah didn't make it a pillar that we have to pray the whole day. Rather, Allah gave us the blessing to go out and afford a living while at the same time pray at certain times of the day. If Allah gave the ruling that we had to pray all day, no one could question him. But we have to keep in mind that Allah doesn't need our worshipping Him because our worshipping Him doesn't increase His Greatness for he is already Great. Worship is only for our own benefit. The problem we face today is that we are not balanced. We do whatever we want whenever we want. We forget that when we say we are Muslim, that Islam means to submit to all the rules of Allah. Because we believe that if we do, it will be a means for our eternal success in the life to come. Allah says in Surah Baqarah Verse 143: And thus We have made you a medium (just) nation that you may be the bearers of witness to the people and (that) the Apostle may be a bearer of witness to you; One thing that is very important to continue asking Allah after every prayer is the verse in Surah Fatiha: ihdina assiraatal mustaqeem. O Allah guide us on the straight path. May Allah SWT allow us to have balance in our lives and turn to Him in all our needs. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160129 Every action (amal) big or small has a reward. We don't know Allah's guage. But we do know that He desires sincerity. But sincerity comes through having a sense of responsibility. Think about it this way, everyone has to be faced with choices in life. We either make quick choices, regretting or rejoicing or we make calm and clear choices based on wisdom and experience. We may ask our parents or siblings or someone who has our best interest in heart. But actually, the greatest advice is the Qur'an and Sunnah. The Qur'an and Hadith are not just random books filled with random information. Rather it is the manual of life by Allah SWT to His creation, that they will definitely face problems that have occurred to previous nations. Our problems are not new problems that the world has seen for the first time because look at the billions of people facing problems all the time. Therefore, it is our responsibility that we must turn to the the pages of the Qur'an with full Conviction that Allah will solve our problemsand give us guidance InshaAllah. Now, one of the most famous Hadith that the Sahee (authentic) traditions begin with is in Bukhari Volume 1, Book 1, Number 1: Narrated 'Umar bin Al-Khattab: I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for.
In other words, all choices are based on intentions. The choices we make in life will be based on what or who we make the intention for. If it is truly for Allah the person for sure won't go to loss. But if it is for ourselves, then there is no guarantee that the outcome will turn out "perfectly". Lastly, the most important thing when we start anything in life, be it entering the home or taking an exam or even going to the washroom, is that we read bismillah (بسم الله).
The difference when someone takes a few seconds and reads bismillah before an exam or entering into the house versus someone who doesn't is that the one who reads it, will be getting reward the entire time while he is in the house or taking the exam. Such simple words that now the entire exam the person is getting rewards continuously. Please try to teach the children to say bismillah in whatever they do. This is one of the best advices nanima/dadima gives us over and over. May Allah bless everyone for their patience on reading this and may Allah allow us to do everything in our lives only to please Him. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160122 The day of Friday is very beloved to Allah. The Surah al-Kahf if read on Friday, it is a light for the believer till the next Friday and the first ten verses are a protection from the fitna of Dajjal. Minimum we should try to read and memorize the first ten verses. Friday is the Eid of the week. Just like on the real Eid, on Friday we should try to stay happy and be with a calm temperament. Similarly on Friday we should comfort our family and parents. There is a time on Friday, after Asr and before Maghrib that the dua is guaranteed accepted. But this time was left ambiguous so we can try to find it. So we should try to make dua even if it be while we are in the car or while cooking etc. There is no rule that you have to be sitting and making dua or with your hands raised. Just make dua with full conviction of the heart. Make dua for your health and your families health. And that Allah put barakah in your wealth and the lives of your children.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160116 Umrah VisitLET'S rekindle that love and desire for the Kaba - Baytullah - The House of Allah Im sitting at Marwa as I write this message. Allah SWT the Most Kind and Generous to all His creation has said in Surah Aal-e-Imran, Verse 96: إِنَّ أَوَّلَ بَيْتٍ وُضِعَ لِلنَّاسِ لَلَّذِي بِبَكَّةَ مُبَارَكًا وَهُدًى لِّلْعَالَمِينَ Most surely the first house appointed for men is the one at Bekka, blessed and a guidance for the nations. We as Muslims must find it incumbent to understand the place that the Kaba should serve for us in our hearts and minds. For the Kaba is not just a house that is made out of bricks. Rather it is the center of the universe and everything is revolving around it. But more importantly, is that the Kaba is a house. But the question is what is a bayt (word for house in Arabic)?
In another verse in the Qur'an Allah has told us about what purpose the home serves for humans: Surah An-Nahl, Verse 80: وَاللَّهُ جَعَلَ لَكُم مِّن بُيُوتِكُمْ سَكَن And Allah has given you a place to abide (for peace and tanquility) in your houses. The Kaba is the house that is to be copied and our masjids and homes need to be those places of peace and tranquility so that they follows the method of the first ever house built in the world. Furthermore, in respect to the Kaba, it was first built by Adam alayhis salaam then Ibrahim alayhis salaam. So being the first ever house, it therefore holds prestige over all other houses.
But the issue today is that the children are growing up with fondness and love for other than the bayt ullah (the word in Arabic is azmat). In order to rekindle that love and desire for the Kaba we need to return to books on the life of the Messenger Rasolullah Salallahu alayhi wa sallam. Today the world is shocked at how can so many people from such various diversities gather together in the desert for a small black house. It goes againt common sense. But little do they know, that Allah is not restricted to what makes sense and what doesn't May Allah SWT make it easy for all of us to build love for the Kaba. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160108 Khalid Howd al-Kauthar is a pond that belongs to Rasoolullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in front of the gates of Jannag called Howd(pond) al-Kawthar. Maybe the name rings a bell from the Surah we read when we are in a rush to finish salat. This pond is reserved for those entering into Jannah and the virtue of the pond is that the one who drinks from it will drink directly from the mubarak hands of Rasoolullah and will never feel the feeling of thirst again. May Allah give us the tawfeeq to drink from the blessed hands of Rasoolullah at this pond. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20160101 Jannat al-Firdous People love new things. By the way did you hear? Someone in the family just got a new BMW M5. Just kidding. But see everyones ears perked up. We love to see new things, eat new foods go to new places. But do you know the newest place that no one has been to and no eye has ever seen and no one has tasted its food? Your probably thinking huh impossible man has reached the depths of the ocean floor and has seen the farthest reaches of the galaxy and has eaten my moms biryani. The answer is in a Hadith of Sahee Muslim: Abu Huraira reported Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying that: Allah the Exalted and Glorious, said: I have prepared for My pious servants which no eye has ever seen, and no ear has ever heard, and no human heart has ever perceived but it is testified by the Book of Allah. He then recited:" No soul knows what comfort has been concealed from them, as a reward for what they did".(32:17) InshaAllah Allah SWT take us all to Jannatul Firdous. But in order for that we need some luggage. (By the way I will be leaving for Umrah tomorrow InshaAllah. Everyone will be in my duas inshaAllah). There is a saying that if you fail to prepare you are preparing to fail. One of the most important tests we face, is the test of the grave. So if we read Surah Mulk, Surah 67 every night before we go to sleep, it will be a protection for us in the grave from all the tribulations. If we are not able to read it, let us atleast play it off our phones. I hope we all make an intention to do this small but huge deed. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20151226 The end of the year is always intriguing because it's a time of reflection for the things we feel we need to work on more on an individual level as well as a collective level. Looking back at any mistakes we might feel we have made and than take that opportunity and challenge to better ourselves because life is always about being the best that we can be. But all of this is done with keeping in mind that really there is nothing truly guaranteed in life for anyone because the ultimate imminent reality that we all face in front of us, is the truest fact of life which we all know as to be called death. Denial of it would just be idiocy at the highest level. Thats why one of the most beautiful teachings of Islam is that you live for today because theres no contract we signed with fate that we will live to see tomorrow. The beloved Prophet Sallalahu alayhi wa sallam says the intelligent wise person is he who puts down his inner passions (i.e. the nafs) and he puts his full attention and pursuits to the everlasting world to come. There is a common understanding amongst the people today that one says to himself "I am driven to do this or I am driven to do that". For example I am driven next year to lose weight etc. My friend said a very profound thing to me, that a person instead of being driven, he must be the driver. And that is the exact thing that is desired from the believer. Today we are caught up with frivolous pursuits that we can't see any end to. So I pray and I hope that you also pray for me that May Allah the almighty take us from strenght to strenght and really give us the opportunity to reflect on the lines that He wishes us to and then ultimately change our lives for the better. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20151218 Temptations are all around us. One huge temptation we face is over-eating. Today we have become people that live to eat. In the west, people die due to over eating whereas people all across the world are dying do to starvation. Actually the truth is we are the ones dieing due to starvation. But this is a different type of starvation. Islams glory days of the past was when the believer put others needs above his. Eating is a need of humans that Allah has put in us but we shouldn't make it the purpose of our lives because everything is made from dirt even animals fruits and even our bodies are of a clay composition and Allah feeds us through that which grows from the ground. But our souls are made from noor. The same way we make effort on satisfying our stomachs the same way we have to nourish the heart. The concept that is so amazing in Islam and that has always been there is that in order for us to remove the attachment of something worldly from our lives, is that we donate it or give to others. The Hadith in Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 27: Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: A person asked Allah's Apostle . "What (sort of) deeds in Islam are good?" He replied, "To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you don't know." Volume 7, Book 65, Number 287: Narrated Abu Huraira: The family of Muhammad did not eat their fill for three successive days till he died. The least we can do is be mindful of the many millions across the world going to sleep hungry. And also do alot of shukr to Allah that he gave us food and we haven't gone hungry a day in our lives AlhamdulIllah. I pray that Allah allow us to really look at the teachings of Islam and give us the tawfeeq (ability) to practice on them. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20151211 Etiquettes Old school is really the best school, meaning that when we speak to our Nanina/Dadima we see that there is an immense amount of focus on what is called Aadaab i.e. etiquettes and mannerisms. Today if we notice, there is a huge void of Aadaab. Like the famous saying in urdu says 'bey adab bey naseeb. Ore baa adab baa naseeb' essentially what it means is that what you sow is what you'll reap. For example, we always hear that how we are to our parents, is how our children will be to us or worse. Today we see that people who claim to be Muslims are throwing their own parents in to nursing homes just because we can't take their "annoyying" behaviour. The same parents who went sleepless nights for us and put up with our "annoying" behaviour. One of the most beautiful things about Islam over any other teachings in the world is how much stress there is on Aadaab. Entire books are written on the topic. One example we find in the timeless teachings of Rasoolullah as is in Volume 8, Book 73, Number 65 of Saheeh al-Bukhari: Narrated Al-Aswad: I asked 'Aisha what did the Prophet use to do at home. She replied. "He used to keep himself busy serving his family and when it was time for the prayer, he would get up for prayer." Volume 8, Book 73, Number 64: Narrated Anas: I served the Prophet for ten years, and he never said to me, "Uf" (a minor harsh word denoting impatience) and never blamed me by saying, "Why did you do so or why didn't you do so?" The list goes on. May Allah SWT allow us to learn and inculcate the ever-blossomming qualities and etiquettes the deen wants from us and may Allah allow us to teach them to our children and the future generations. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20151204 Prepare for Ultimate Examination Getting ready for midterms. But on lines of preparation and the concept of preparation, everyone has to always prepare in life, be it for exams or marriage or having children or even death, in regards to buying the coffin or filling out ones Last Will and testament. But the greatest test one has to prepare for is that of the ultimate test on the day of judgement. For Allah SWT says "Indeed man is in a great loss.", after swearing by the most cherished thing, Time. Why is man at loss? Because due to the inevitability of the onset of old age, ones life is just the clicking of the clock. But I want to say to everyone, don't fret because the style and method of Allah in the Quran is when he gives a stern warning or mentions about any type of punishment, He Allah mentions a solution as well as intense hope for us in the form of the description and beauties of Jannah. It's like how our parents would force us to study and "prepare" for exams because they knew that we would live happier lives if we worked hard InshaAllah. The same way Alllah wants us to work hard for a little while. So the solution for us that Allah precribes is that firstly we turn out attention to Allah and believe in Him. Then do actions that are beuatified with piety. Also we invite each other to truth and patience. Also our parents tell us "Be patient, if you work hard you will be a Doctor one day". May Allah SWT give us the courage and strenght to prepare ourselves to the best of our abilities for the greatest test that awaits each and everyone of us. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20151130 Dua Allahumma inni a'udhu bika min zawali ni'matika, wa tahawwuli 'afiyatika, wa fuja'ati niqmatika, wa jami'i sakhatika O' Allah I seek protection from the removals of Your blessings and the removal of the health that You gave me. The suddenness of Your Punishment and all of Your angry. In other words the Dua is saying O Allah give me muhlat (respite) from those things that have ounce or inkling of Your being upset with us. SubhanAllah, these duas are truly a remedy for us from the beloved of Allah SWT. May He allow us to have istiqaamat and steadfastness is turning only to Him.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20151127 Time is Money We always here expressions like "Man, time is flying" or "Where has the time gone?". For us time is of the essence or time is money. The reality is that man is bound by time and no one from all the creation can make time, we only lose it. We always wish and regret that we could have used our time wiser. As life carries on, we realize our mistakes that we made and say "man, how could I have been so dumb to have done... only if I did it this way or that way." The point that I am trying to make is that we think alot about the time that we wasted in the present moment but we dont tend to think about the future time in the present time. In a narration of Tirmidhi, an authentic book on Hadith traditions, Hadith # 2329 states, "A man asked the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, who is the best of people?" The Messenger replied, "He whose life is long and his deeds are good". As opposed to someone whose life is long but his deeds are bad. Look how short and sweet the response of Rasoolullah is, as well as that no other religion or ideology in the world emphasizes so much on righteousness and good deeds as does Islam. May Allah SWT forgive us of all our sins and give us the tawfeeq(ability) to use our time in the manner Allah SWT wants of us to use it, doing as much good as possible. Ameen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20151120 Modesty Jumua'h mubarak. Todays day and age is filled with immodesty and bashlessness. We find ourselves in a state of acceptance of values and ideolgies that just 10 or 15 years ago we would have not accepted as something for sane people. This is a sign of not being steadfast and like the famous addage says "If you don't stand for something you will fall for everything". Hadith 55 in Sahee Muslim says "Iman has over 70 branches, and modesty is a branch of Iman" The first thing when Adam and Hawa (Alahima assalaam) lost after eating from the tree is there shame. And that is the exact nature of sinning. May Allah SWT protect us from his disobedience and allow us to live lives of righteousness and piety. Ameen
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20151113 Allah's Mercy Alot of times in life, we feel like we may not be doing enough ibadah, that we are falling behind. Then we begin to get down on ourselves. We need to keep in mind that Allah gets angry when we don't ask him for our needs. As opposed to people, they get upset when we keep asking them. We should try to also keep in mind that the treasures of Allah SWT are endless and that we shouldn't get disheartened. A Hadith al-Qudsi in Sahee Muslim #6626 states that, "Verily, My Mercy Predominates my wrath". May Allah SWT make it easy for us to maximize our time and may Allah allow us to enter Jannah through His Mercy.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20151106 Steadfastness Jumuah Mubaraak to everyone. The teachings of Rasolullah (S) to this ummah are so beautiful and kind. Truly he was the best of teachers that man kind has ever seen. For example take a look at Hadith number 13 in Saheeh al-Bukhari where Rasoolullah says, "You will not be a complete believer till you love for your brother (i.e. fellow Muslim) what you love for yourself." SubhanAllah. May Allah SWT allow us to embody to beautiful teachings of Rasoolullah (S) into our lives. No other nation in the history of the world can claim to have such an honored an noble personality like the one Islam has. For we even have such a sacred preservation of even the noble lineage of Rasoolullah that our little children memorize. Please inform me if any noble personality such as a president or king of the past has his lineage plastered on the hearts of man. For verily you will hardly find that. May Allah keep us all steadfast on deen.
Shaykh Jamal Khalid 20151030 Jumuah Salaams I like that we are sending salaam to each other every week. This is very good way to bring muhubbat between everyone because it is the way Rasoolullah(S) told us. There is a narration in both Bukhari and Muslim that a man came to Rasolullah(S) and asked him, "What is the best thing is Islam?" Rasoolullah replied, " To feed others. And to spread greetings of peace to the ones you know and those who you don't". May Allah SWT accept everyone for Jannatul Firdous and grant ease in both this world and the hereafter.