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Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) (p.b.u.h) said, “Any person who takes a bath on Friday like the bath of Janaba and then goes for the prayer (in the first hour i.e. early), it is as if he had sacrificed a camel (in Allah’s cause); and whoever goes in the second hour it is as if he had sacrificed a cow; and whoever goes in the third hour, then it is as if he had sacrificed a horned ram; and if one goes in the fourth hour, then it is as if he had sacrificed a hen; and whoever goes in the fifth hour then it is as if he had offered an egg. When the Imam comes out (i.e. starts delivering the Khutba), the angels present themselves to listen to the Khutba.”
Asked by Anonymous
Thanks for the great question. When I first started to look into Islam, something that I struggled with was feeling like I was abandoning/betraying Isa (Jesus) a.s. Now that I know more about Isa a.s. and the Islamic view of him, I feel like I have a closer “relationship” with him as a prophet, and have a better, more grounded, understanding of him as a person than I did when I was Christian.
Although Muslims do not believe that Isa a.s. is God, or the son of God, we do believe that he is a great prophet. We believe in the immaculate conception and we believe, as Christians do, that he ascended into heaven, has not yet died, and will come again on the Day of Judgement.
While I respect the fact that many Christians do connect with their religion, some things in Christianity about Jesus, a.s., never quite made sense to me and kept me from feeling fully devoted. The concept of God having a son always seemed a little too much like Greek mythology. The idea that this son is also a part of God didn’t quite add up, since Isa, a.s., prostrated in prayer to God just like humans - which he probably wouldn’t do if he himself was God. The idea that he had to die to save all humans from original sin didn’t add up for several reasons: for this to be necessary, something more powerful than God would have to be forcing his hand - and nothing is more powerful than God. Also, God does not ask for human sacrifice, and no human is ever accountable for another’s sins.
When I fully realized that, in my heart, I didn’t believe that Jesus was synonymous with God, I felt that if I prayed to him, I would be worshiping a human being and not God, which would not only be committing a grave sin, but disrespecting Isa a.s. himself, who spread the message of God’s oneness just like the prophets before him and the prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h. after him.
To me, it was a relief to no longer be asked to believe these things about Isa a.s., but instead to see him as a prophet of God and one of the greatest humans to ever walk this earth.
When we remember Allah, He remembers us. Let’s reflect on the following verse and a hadith of the prophet to see the benefit of remembering Allah.
“Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying), I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favors on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.” Quran (2:152)
Narrated Abu Hurairah The Prophet said, “Allah says, I am just as My slave thinks I am, (i.e. I am Able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him if he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than them; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.
(Sahih Al-Bukhâri, Vol.9, Hadîth No.502)
What a beautiful Hadith, SubhanAllah :’)
There is no doubt that one of the obligations upon the Muslim is that he earn for himself and his family a pure and halal sustenance. There are two aspects to halal sustenance, the first involving earning through halal means , and the second entailing spending only on halal items so as to ensure purity in what a person eats, drinks and is nourished on.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said,
“Allah the Almighty is Good and accepts only that which is good. And verily Allah has commanded the believers to do that which He has commanded the Messengers. So the Almighty has said: “O (you) Messengers! Eat of the tayyibat [all kinds of halal (legal) foods], and perform righteous deeds” [23:51] and the Almighty has said: “O you who believe! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you” [2:172]. Then he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned [the case] of a man who, having journeyed far, is disheveled and dusty, and who spreads out his hands to the sky saying “O Lord! O Lord!,” while his food is haram (unlawful), his drink is haram, his clothing is haram, and he has been nourished with haram, so how can [his supplication] be answered?”
Related by Muslim
This hadith introduces the importance of al-tayyeb, that which is good or pure. The concept of purity and goodness applies to numerous aspects in our lives. As Muslims, we must be careful to enjoy only food and clothing that are halal, use pure speech, and hold pure intentions.
In popular cultures today, there are so many impure things around us. Indeed, such impurities have become so common and widespread that we may actually think they are beneficial. Nevertheless, if something is impure, then it cannot be good for us regardless of how many people like it or practice it. Our standards should not be set according to what most people say or do. Rather, they should be defined according to the revelation of Allah (swt).
The Muslim is always to be on guard against temptation which may lead him toward doubtful activities, thereby weakening his faith and compromising his religion, no matter how large a profit or gain may be involved. The Prophet (SAW) said, “Leave alone what puts you in doubt and turn toward what does not put you in doubt.” (Reported by Ahmad, al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisai, al- Hakim, and Ibn Hibban in his Sahih.)
He also said, “A person does not reach the rank of the God-fearing (muttaqeen) until he abandons what is harmless out of fear that it may be harmful.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi.)
Purity is achieved when one earns his sustenance in a halal manner, and then uses it to buy halal food. So, if a person buys pure food from stolen money, this will not be accepted from him. Likewise, if one earns money from permissible means, then uses it to buy impermissible items, such as intoxicants, this too will not be accepted from him. Only when both of these conditions have been met - the way one earns money and the way one spends it - will Allah’s acceptance be gained.
Another hadith affirms the above:
"Whoever gives charity equivalent to a date, from his pure earnings and Allah only accepts pure then Allah will accept it with His right hand, then He will nurture it for its companion, like one of you nurtures his foal, until it becomes like a mountain."
So charity that is given from impure earnings will not be accepted by Allah, no matter how much is given, whereas charity given from pure earnings will be accepted by Allah, even if equivalent to a date!
It is haram to do business in alcoholic beverages, intoxicants, drugs, swine, idols, statues, or anything of this sort whose consumption and use Islam has prohibited. Any earnings from such business are sinful earnings, and the Fire is likely to be the abode for the flesh which has been nourished on such earnings. Honesty and trustworthiness in such businesses will not be counted as meritorious’ for Islam came to fight and destroy such practices.
Islam prohibits any participation in the promotion of alcoholic beverages, whether it be in their manufacture, distribution, or consumption, and that anyone who participates in any of these is cursed by the Messenger of Allah (peace be on him). The case of other intoxicants and drugs, such as hashish, cocaine, and the like, is the same; manufacturing, distributing, or consuming any of them is haram. In short, Islam prohibits the Muslim to work in any industry, business or profession which deals in, or promotes, anything which is haram.
Similarly, any service rendered in support of injustice or in promoting what is haram is itself haram. For example, it is prohibited to the Muslim to be an employee in an organization which deals in interest, in a bar or liquor shop, nightclub, dance hall, and the like.
It is not a valid excuse to say that one is neither using what is haram nor directly involved with it. As we have stated previously, it is a basic principle of Islam that whatever aids and assists the haram is itself haram. For this reason, the Prophet (peace be on him cursed the person who writes the document of interest and the person who witnesses it, as well as the person who consumes it. Similarly cursed is the person who brings the wine, the one who serves it, as well as the one who drinks it.
On one occasion, the Prophet (SAW) could not sleep all night, tossing and turning. So his wife asked him, “O Messenger of Allah! You spent the night awake, tossing and turning?” He replied,
"I found a date last night under my side, and ate it. (Then I remembered) that we had (in our house) some dates that were meant for charity. So I feared that the date (that I ate) was of it."
Subhan Allah! The Prophet (SAW) ate one date, forgetting that he had some dates in his house that were meant to be distributed to the poor, and this caused him to have a sleepless night for fear that it might have been from the dates of charity! So how is it that this accidental morsel, which a person would hope to have been forgiven on the basis of innocent intention even had it been haram, caused our beloved Prophet (SAW) so much unrest and discomfort, while one of us might earn his or her entire living through means that are haram without a doubt, and yet still enjoy a deep sleep at night?
O you who believe, do not consume your property among yourselves wrongfully, but let there be trade by mutual consent, and do not kill yourselves; indeed, Allah is ever merciful to you. And whoever does so in enmity and injustice, we shall cast him into the Fire; and that is easy for Allah. (4:29-30)
May Allah SWT make it easy for us to live a Halal life & gain halal earnings, Ameen!
Allah Subhana Wa Taala says in Surah Taha, Ayat 81; ” Eat and drink, but avoid excess”
From an Islamic perspective health is viewed as one of the greatest blessings that God has bestowed on mankind. It should be noted that the greatest blessing after belief is health, as narrated in the following Hadith:
The final messenger of God, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) mounted the pulpit, then wept and said, “Ask Allah (SWT) for forgiveness and health, for after being granted certainty, one is given nothing better than health.”
Related in Tirmidhi
Health is indeed a favour that we take for granted. We should express gratitude to God for bestowing us with health, and we should try are up most to look after it. God has entrusted us with our bodies for a predestined period of time. He will hold us to account on how we looked after and utilised our bodies and good health.
Let us all stay healthy for the sake of Allah <3
p/s: This is an awkwardmuslim inspired poster! Jazakallahu khair brother, for the tutorial on the shadow effect!lol i dont know if i did it right =D
You may find the tutorial of the shadow effect on this poster here!