In the name of Allah; the entirely merciful; the especially merciful - بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Monday, 26 November 2007

Definition of the evil eye, and ways of protecting oneself against it and treating it

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Question:
What is the evil eye? I've seen this terminology been used so many time on this webpage. Can you please explain in detail?.

Answer:
Praise be to Allaah.

These follow some information and fatwas that have to do with the evil eye. We ask Allaah to benefit readers thereby.

The scholars of the Standing Committee were asked:

What is the definition of the evil eye? Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And from the evil of the envier when he envies”

[al-Falaq 113:5]

Is the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saheeh in which it says that “One third of those who are in the grave are there because of the evil eye”? If a person thinks that someone is envying him, what should the Muslim do and say? If the person who put the evil eye on someone washes himself, will the water he used bring healing to his victim? And should he drink the water or wash himself with it?

They replied:

The Arabic word al-‘ayn (translated as the evil eye) refers to when a person harms another with his eye. It starts when the person likes a thing, then his evil feelings affect it, by means of his repeated looking at the object of his jealousy. Allaah commanded His Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to seek refuge with Him from the envier, as He said (interpretation of the meaning):

“And from the evil of the envier when he envies”

[al-Falaq 113:5]

Everyone who puts the evil eye on another is envious, but not every envier puts the evil eye on another. The word haasid (envier) is more general in meaning than the word ‘aa’in (one who puts the evil eye on another), so seeking refuge with Allaah from the one who envies includes seeking refuge with Him from the one who puts the evil eye on another. The evil eye is like an arrow which comes from the soul of the one who envies and the one who puts the evil eye on another towards the one who is envied and on whom the evil eye is put; sometimes it hits him and sometimes it misses. If the target is exposed and unprotected, it will affect him, but if the target is cautious and armed, the arrow will have no effect and may even come back on the one who launched it.

Adapted from Zaad al-Ma’aad.

There are ahaadeeth from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) which speak of the effects of the evil eye. For example it is narrated in al-Saheehayn that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to tell me to recite ruqyah for protection against the evil eye.

Muslim, Ahmad and al-Tirmidhi narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The evil eye is real and if anything were to overtake the divine decree, it would be the evil eye. When you are asked to take a bath (to provide a cure) from the influence of the evil eye, you should take a bath.” This was classed as saheeh by al-Tirmidhi, and also by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 1251.

Imam Ahmad and al-Tirmidhi (2059, where he classed it as saheeh) narrated that Asma’ bint ‘Umays said: “O Messenger of Allaah, the children of Ja’far have been afflicted by the evil eye, shall we recite ruqyah for them?” He said, “Yes, for if anything were to overtake the divine decree it would be the evil eye.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

Abu Dawood narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The person who had put the evil eye on another would be ordered to do wudoo’, then the person who had been afflicted would wash himself (with that water). This was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.

Imam Ahmad (15550), Maalik (1811), al-Nasaa’i and Ibn Hibbaan narrated from Sahl ibn Haneef that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came out and traveled with him towards Makkah, until they were in the mountain pass of al-Kharaar in al-Jahfah. There Sahl ibn Haneef did ghusl, and he was a handsome white-skinned man with beautiful skin. ‘Aamir ibn Rabee’ah, one of Banu ‘Adiyy ibn Ka’b looked at him whilst he was doing ghusl and said: “I have never seen such beautiful skin as this, not even the skin of a virgin,” and Sahl fell to the ground. They went to Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came and said, “O Messenger of Allaah, can you do anything for Sahl, because by Allaah he cannot raise his head.” He said, “Do you accuse anyone with regard to him?” They said, “ ‘Aamir ibn Rabee’ah looked at him.” So the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) called ‘Aamir and rebuked him strongly. He said, “Why would one of you kill his brother? If you see something that you like, then pray for blessing for him.” Then he said to him, “Wash yourself for him.” So he washed his face, hands, forearms, knees and the sides of his feet, and inside his izaar (lower garment) in the vessel. Then that water was poured over him, and a man poured it over his head and back from behind. He did that to him, then Sahl got up and joined the people and there was nothing wrong with him.

Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Mishkaat, 4562.

The majority of scholars are of the view that people can indeed be afflicted by the evil eye, because of the ahaadeeth quoted above and others, and because of the corroborating reports and other evidence.

With regard to the hadeeth that you mention, “One third of those who are in the grave are there because of the evil eye,” we do not know how sound it is, but the author of Nayl al-Awtaar said that al-Bazzaar narrated with a hasan isnaad from Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Most of those who die among my ummah die because of the will and decree of Allaah, and then because of the evil eye.”

The Muslim has to protect himself against the devils among the evil jinn and mankind, by having strong faith in Allaah and by putting his trust in Him and seeking refuge with Him and beseeching Him, reciting the prayers for protection narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), reciting al-Mi’wadhatayn [the last two soorahs of the Qur’aan], Soorat al-Ikhlaas, Soorat al-Faatihah, and Aayat al-Kursi.

Du’aa’s for protection include the following:

A’oodhu bi kalimaat-illaah il-taammati min sharri ma khalaqa (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah from the evil of that which He has created).

A’oodhu bi kalimaat-illaah il-taammati min ghadabihi wa ‘iqaabihi, wa min sharri ‘ibaadihi wa min hamazaat al-shayaateeni wa an yahduroon (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah from His wrath and punishment, from the evil of His slaves and from the evil promptings of the devils and from their presence).

And one may recite the words of Allaah:

“Hasbi Allaahu laa ilaaha illa huwa, ‘alayhi tawakkaltu wa huwa Rabb ul-‘arsh il-‘azeem

(Allaah is sufficient for me. Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He) in Him I put my trust and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne)”
[al-Tawbah 9:129 – interpretation of the meaning]

And there are other similar du’aa’s that are prescribed in sharee’ah. This is what was meant by Ibn al-Qayyim in the words quoted at the beginning of this answer.

If it is known or suspected that a person has been afflicted by the evil eye, then the one who put the evil eye on him should be ordered to wash himself for his brother. So a vessel of water should be brought, and he should put his hand in it, rinse out his mouth into the vessel. Then he should wash his face in the vessel, then put his left hand into the vessel and wash his right knee, then put his right hand in the vessel and wash his left knee. Then he should wash inside his garment. Then the water should be poured over the head of the one on whom he put the evil eye, pouring it from behind in one go. Then he will be healed, by Allaah’s leave.

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah li’l-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wa’l-Ifta, 1/186

Shaykh Muhammad al-Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen was asked:

Can the evil eye afflict a person? How is it treated? Does being on one's guard against it contradict putting one's trust in Allaah?

He replied:

Our opinion concerning the evil eye is that it is real and is proven both by Islamic teachings and by real life experiences. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And verily, those who disbelieve would almost make you slip with their eyes (through hatred)”

[al-Qalam 68:51]

Ibn ‘Abbaas and others said, commenting on this verse: this means, they put the evil eye on you with their glances. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The evil eye is real and if anything were to overtake the divine decree, it would be the evil eye. When you are asked to take a bath (to provide a cure) from the influence of the evil eye, you should take a bath.” Narrated by Muslim. Al-Nasaa’i and Ibn Maajah narrated that ‘Aamir ibn Rabee’ah passed by Sahl ibn Haneef when he was bathing… and he quoted the hadeeth.

Reality confirms that and it cannot be denied.

In the event that you are afflicted by the evil eye, you should use the treatments recommended in sharee’ah, which are:

1 – Reciting ruqyah. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “There is no ruqyah except in the case of the evil eye or fever.” al-Tirmidhi, 2057; Abu Dawood, 3884. Jibreel used to do ruqyah for the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and say, “ Bismillaahi arqeeka min kulli shay’in yu’dheeka, min sharri kulli nafsin aw ‘aynin haasid Allaahu yashfeek, bismillaahi arqeek (In the name of Allaah I perform ruqyah for you, from everything that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye may Allaah heal you, in the name of Allaah I perform ruqyah for you).”

2 – Asking the person who has put the evil eye on another to wash, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded ‘Aamir ibn Rabee’ah to do in the hadeeth quoted above. Then the water should be poured over the one who has been afflicted.

With regard to taking his waste, such as his urine and stools, there is no basis for doing so; the same applies to taking any of his belongings. Rather what is narrated is that which is mentioned above, washing his limbs and washing inside his garment, or likewise washing inside his headgear and garments. And Allaah knows best.

There is nothing wrong with taking precautions against the evil eye before it happens, and this does not contradict the idea of tawakkul (putting one's trust in Allaah). In fact this is tawakkul, because tawakkul means putting one’s trust in Allaah whilst also implementing the means that have been permitted or enjoined. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to seek refuge for al-Hasan and al-Husayn and say: U’eedhukuma bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammati min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah (I seek refuge for you both in the perfect words of Allaah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every evil eye).’” Al-Tirmidhi, 2060; Abu Dawood, 4737. And he would say, “Thus Ibraaheem used to seek refuge with Allaah for Ishaaq and Ismaa’eel, peace be upon them both.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3371.

Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 2/117, 118

See also the answers to questions no. 7190 and 11359.

And Allaah knows best.

Islam Q&A

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Muja Special Progress after 20 HBOT Sessions

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Masha Allah we have done 20 hyperbaric oxygen sessions at the Oasis Hyperbaric Therapy. What can I say? Muja is different. Even her therapist notices her changes. They were amazed at her muscles. Masha Allah, her muscles are so soft that she hardly spasm. I am so over the moon with her progress, Alhamdulillah.



At early stage when we do oxygen her hands are tightly across her chest and hardly moving.

For the very first time, Masha Allah, Muja can extend her hands up over the side of her head and also over her head. She can stretch them up not only when she is sleeping but also when so is sitting. Masha Allah, and not only that she is using her eyes looking at her hands when she hold her hands up on her eyes level. Allahu Akbar! More to that she is reaching the toys with her hands, Subhana Allah, La Haula Wala Quwwata Illa Billah. Glory be to Allah, there is no power except with Allah.



Her hands can now more around her sides and upwards too.

She sleep reasonably well every night, Masha Allah. Alhamdulillah, now she would go to sleep around 11 pm with only small efforts from me. She really love warm bath before sleep. When I put her to bed, she needs me to hug her and pats her a few times and read Qur'an to her before she goes to sleep. I enjoy doing the routines and she sleeps well until the morning. Alhamdulillah, I am so thankful to Allah for making our life much easier.

Friday, 23 November 2007

Judge says no settlement could compensate for boy's cerebral palsy

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu


Posted Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:32am AEDT

Taken from ABC News

The judge presiding over a settlement case between a Wagga Wagga woman and the Greater Southern Area Health Service over a child born with cerebral palsy has told the court no amount of money could compensate for the boy's injuries.

Kimberley Reid was given the drug misoprostol when she was in the final stages of labour in March 2001.

She has successfully sued the health service for inappropriate use of the drug and inadequate care given during labour and before her son's birth.

Joshua Reid was born with cerebral palsy and requires 24-hour care.

Justice Stephen Rothman told the Supreme Court in Wagga Wagga yesterday he is pleased both sides were able to accept a figure to meet damages involved, but no amount could compensate for the boy's injuries.

Defence counsel said Wagga Base Hospital admits responsibility and the matter is of enormous regret for everyone involved.

Outside court, Kimberley Reid said she remained very angry at the way she was treated by the hospital and said the disability Joshua was left with should never have occurred.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Ruqiyah (Healing) Du'a for the Afflicted

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

When saying an incantation for the ill person, one should say:

Bismillaahi arqiika min kulli shayin

yu'thiika min sharri kulli nafsin

aw `ayni h~aasidin

Allahu yashfiika

bismillaahi arqiik

In the name of Allah do I make incantation over you

from everything that harms you,

from the harm of every soul

or envious evil eye.

may Allah cure you.

In the name of Allah I make incantation over you.

[recorded in Muslim]

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

ELEMENTS WHICH ADULTERATE SINCERITY

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Taken from here.

Some elements confuse people regarding sincerity and make them think that they are acting out of sincerity whereas they are actually giving fuel to their own selfish desires.

Sometimes a person is in such a state that even though he may resent the idea of showing off, he feels great pleasure when his actions are mentioned and praised.

A person may showoff, not by advertising his actions but by making some gesture to suggest that he has performed some good deeds.

A person may even hide his actions but show an attitude that demands respect and honor.

A person may be offering the voluntary night prayer with great difficulty but when a guest arrives he performs them with great ease.

A person may preen at his actions and feel that he has accomplished them with great sincerity.

Sometimes the person may want to accept the invitation of someone because he knows the food at the invite will be much better than the food at his house.

Sometimes a person may visit someone who loves someone for the sake of Allah (swt) for the sole purpose of eating and drinking.


SHOWING OFF AND ITS CATEGORIES

Showing Off Physically: This is by displaying fatigue and leanness in order to show the fear of the Hereafter.

Showing Off Through Clothes: This is to wear certain specific types of attire in order to show off that he is a scholar.

Showing Off Verbally: Usually people who give religious talks and lectures are guilty of this by showing off their immense knowledge.

Showing Off Through Actions: This is like prolonging prayers, informing people of fasting and charity.

Showing Off Through Visitors and Companions: This is when a person forces his way to visit a scholar or when a person wants a religious person to visit him for the sake of vanity.


ELEMENTS THAT MAY BE DEEMED AS SHOWING OFF BUT ARE NOT

People praising someone for good.

A person deriving energy on seeking others to engage in worship.

Liking good clothes and shoes.

Not exposing sins.

Becoming popular without any efforts.

TREATING THE DISEASE OF SHOWING OFF

Realizing the Might, the Names and Attributes of Allah (swt) and knowing Tawheed as much as possible.

Only Allah (swt) benefits and harms as much as he wishes.

Allah (swt) is all seeing and hearing.

Allah (swt) is Mighty and His Might should be realized through the might of some of His creation.

Knowing the forms of punishment and bliss in the grave.

Knowing the ahadeeth that describes the punishment of Hell.

Knowing as much as possible of what Allah (swt) has prepared for the pious in Paradise.

Remembering Death and the shortness of Life.

Knowing the value of the world and the fact that it is not here forever.

Dua’a (Supplication).

Fearing that showing off will be the last phase of one’s life.

Performing good deeds without announcing them and without performing them in public.

Keeping the company of those people who may be regarded as having sincerity, goodness and piety.

Fearing the fact that one is showing off.

Running away from being condemned by Allah (swt).

Regarding the fact that Allah (swt) remembers and giving the preference to Allah (swt)
remembrance over the remembrance of people.

Knowing the Devil is repelled by (those mentioned below)

Note: Please see Sahih Al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim for the description of Paradise and Hell.


WHAT REPELS THE DEVIL

1. When a person says “Laa ilaaha illallahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa Huwa ‘alaa kulli shay’in Qadeer (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner. His is the dominion and His is the praise and He is Able to do all things).” 100 times a day.

“Whoever recites this one hundred times a day will have the reward of freeing ten slaves. One hundred Hasanat (rewards) will be written for him and one hundred misdeeds will be washed away. He will be shielded from Shaytan until the evening. No one will be able to present anything better than this except for someone who has recited more than this.” (Sahih Bukhari 4/95, Sahih Muslim 4/2071)

Note:

· Evening begins after Asr’ prayer so read evening adhkar (invocations) after Asr’ prayer.
· Any adhkar (invocation) done unmindfully is without reward.

2. Reciting the Ayatul Kursi (The Verse of Kursi) at the time of sleeping

t Whoever reads this when he lies down to sleep will have a guardian from Allah remain with him and Shaytan will not be able to come near him until he rises in the morning. (Al-Bukhari, cf. Al-Asqalani, Fath Al-Bari 4/487)

Hadith: Abu Hurairah (ra) guarding amanah catching thief who turned out to be Shaytan.

Narrated Abu Hurairah (ra): Allah’s Messenger (saw) ordered me to guard the Zakat revenue of Ramdan. Then somebody came to me and started stealing of the foodstuff. I caught him and said, “I will take you to Allah’s Messenger (saw)!” Then Abu Hurairah desribed the whole narration and said: That person said (to me), “(Please don’t take me to Allah’s Messenger (saw) and I will tell you a few words by which Allah will benefit you.) When you go to your bed, recite Ayat-ul-Kursi (2:255), from then there will be a guard from Allah who will protect you all night long, and Satan will not be able to come near you till dawn.” (When the Prophet (saw) heard the story) he said (to me), “He (who came to you at night) told you the truth although he is a liar; and it was Satan.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, 6/5010)

3. When a person sees something which he dislikes, he should spit on his left side three times and seek Allah’s (swt) Refuge from the evil of what he has seen

Hadith: dreams are from Allah while nightmares are from Shaytan
Abu Salamah reported that Abu Qatadah (ra) narrated: I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) saying: “A good dream is from Allah, and a bad dream is from Satan. So, if anyone of you sees (in a dream) something he dislikes, when he gets up, he should spit thrice (on his left side), and seek refuge from Allah from its evil, then it will not harm him.” (Bukhari 5747, Muslim 1516)

Hadith: telling / relating your dreams to other people

Abu Salamah: I used to see a dream which would make me sick until I heard Abu Qatadah saying, “I, too, used to see a dream which would make me sick until I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) saying, ‘A good dream is from Allah, so if you see a dream which you like, you should not tell it to anybody except to the one whom you love. And if you see a dream which you dislike, then you should seek refuge with Allah from its evil and from the evil of Satan, and spit three times (on your left) and do not tell anybody about it, then it will not harm him.’” (Bukahari 7044, Muslim 1517)

4. On leaving the house, a person should say: “Bismillahi, tawakkaltu ala Allah. Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa Billahi Ta’ala (In the Name of Allah, I have placed my trust in Allah, there is no might and power except by Allah).”
Hadith: Angel will protect and guide you, Shaytan is diverted from you.

5. Remembering Allah (swt) when entering the house and when eating
Upon entering the house say “Bismillaahi walajnaa, wa bismillahi kharajnaa, wa ‘alaa Rabbinaa tawakkalnaa (In the Name of Allah we enter, in the Name of Allah we leave, and upon our Lord we depend).” Then say As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum to those who are present

When anyone of you begins eating, say: “Bismillaah (In the Name of Allah).”

Hadith:
Jabir bin Abdullah (ra) narrated: I heard the Prophet (saw) saying: “If a man enters his house and mentions Allah and when he eats and says the same; the Satan says: “No room to spend the night or have food.” And if he enters without saying: “With the Name of Allah’, Satan says: “We will spend the night (here).” Then if he does not say Allah’s Name when he eats, Satan says: “We will spend the night and have food.” (Muslim 1297)

6. On entering the masjid
Hadith: being protected for the rest of the day.
Abu Humaid (or: Abu Usaid) (ra) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “When one of you enters a mosque, let him say ‘O Allah! Open for me the doors of Your mercy.’ And when he steps out, let him say: ‘O Allah! I ask for your bounty.’” (Muslim 247)

7. At the time of calling the adhan

Hadith: Shaytan running when he hears the adhan
t Abu Hurairah (ra) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said: “When the Adhan is pronounced, Satan takes to his heels and passes wind to avoid hearing the Adhan. When the Adhan is over, he comes back, and again takes to his heels when the Iqamah is pronounced and after its completion, he returns to whisper into the heart of a person (to distract him from his prayer) and makes him remember things which he does not recall before until man forgets how many Rak’ah he prayed.” (Muslim 196)

Hadith: Prophet (saw) being distracted by Shaytan during tashahud, let go of Shaytan because of the dua’a of Sulaiman (as)

Abu Darda (ra) narrated: The Messenger of Allah (saw) stood (to perform prayer) and we heard him saying: “I seek refuge with Allah from you,” then he said: “ I curse you by the curse of Allah,” (thrice), and stretched his hands as if was catching something. When he finished the prayer, we said: “O Messenger of Allah, we heard you saying something (words) in the prayer which we have not heard you say before, and we saw you stretch your hands.” He said: “The enemy of Allah, Iblis, came (to me) having a burning brand of fire to keep (it) on my face. So I said: ‘I seek refuge in Allah from you’ (three times) then I uttered three times ‘I curse you by the curse of Allah’, but he did not slip back. Then I intended to catch him. By Allah if I had not remembered the supplication of my brother Sulaiman, I would have catch him and tie him so that the boys of Al-Madinah would make fun of him.” (Muslim 306)

8. At the time of seeking refuge from the devil

tNarrated Atiyyah as-Sa'di: AbuWa'il al-Qass said: We entered upon Urwah ibn Muhammad ibn as-Sa'di. A man spoke to him and made him angry. So he stood and performed ablution; he then returned and performed ablution, and said: My father told me on the authority of my grandfather Atiyyah who reported the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) as saying: Anger comes from the devil, the devil was created of fire, and fire is extinguished only with water; so when one of you becomes angry, he should perform ablution. (Book 41, Number 4766: Abu Dawood)

9. The Prophet (saw) said, “When you are aware of his (devil) presence then seek refuge in Allah (swt) from him and spit on your left side 3 times

10. Abu Zamil asked Ibnu Abbas: I find certain things confusing so he was told Hual Awwal Wal Aakhir Wazzahir Wal Batin Wa Huwa Bikulle Shaiin Alim

11. The Prophet (saw) said, “A strong believer is better and more liked by Allah than a believer who is weak, and there is goodness in everybody.”

12. At the time of having sexual intercourse: Allah (swt) has destined that a child should be born for them because of that co-habitation then the devil will never hurt that child

Hadith: dua’a on cohabitation
Ibn ‘Abbas narrated that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “If anyone of you intends to have an intercourse with his wife, he should say: “I begin with the Name of Allah, O Allah, keep Shaitan away from us, and keep Shaitan away from what you provide us.’ Then if Allah ordains a child for them, Satan will never be able to harm him.” (Bukhari 5165, Muslim 828)

13. Saying: “I seek refuge in Allah (swt) from the cursed devil” then his anger will go away with him

Hadith
Sulaiman Bin Surad (ra) narrated: Two men abused each other in front of the Prophet (saw) while we were sitting with him. One of the two abused his companion furiously and his face became red. The Prophet (saw) said, “I know a word the saying of which will cause him to relax if this man says it: ‘I seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the outcast’.”
Thereupon, a person went to him who had heard that from the Prophet (saw) and said to him: “Do you know what the Messenger of Allah (saw) said? He said: I know of a wording; if he were to say that (the anger) would be no more (and the words are): ‘I seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the outcast’.” And the person said to him: “Do you find me mad?” (Bukhari 6115, Muslim 1792)

14. Do not say: “May the devil perish!” but say: “in the name of Allah”

t Narrated a man: AbulMalih reported on the authority of a man: I was riding on a mount behind the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him). It stumbled. Thereupon I said: May the devil parish! He said: Do not say: May the devil perish! for if you say that , he will swell so much so that he will be like a house, and say: By my power. But say: In the name of Allah; for when you say that, he will diminish so much so that he will be like a fly. (Book 41, Number 4946: Abu Dawood)

15. The Prophet (saw) said that when a person sees something that strikes him, amazes him or dreams about, he should ask Allah (swt) to give him barakah because evil eye is true

16. Seek protection against the Jinn and evil eye with Surah Falaq and An-Nas

It has been reported from Abu Sa’id that Allah’s Messenger (saw) used to seek protection against the evil eyes of the Jinns and mankind. But when the Mu’awwidhatayn (Surah Al-Ikhlas and Surah An-Nas) were revealed, he used them (for protection) and abandoned all else besides them (At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah)

17. The Prophet (saw) said, “When a son of Adam recites an ayah of Sajdah and falls into prostration, Satan goes into seclusion and weeps.”

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that when, the son of Adam recites the Ayat of Sajdah (prostration) and then falls down in prostration, the Satan goes into seclusion and weeps and says: Alas, and in the narration of Abu Kuraib the words are: Woe unto me, the son of Adam was commanded to prostrate, and he prostrated and Paradise was entitled to him and I was commanded to prostrate, but I refused and am doomed to Hell. (Book 001, Number 0144: Sahih Muslim)

18. The Prophet (saw) said, “Do not make your houses as graveyards, satan runs away from the house in which Surah Al-Baqarah is recited.”

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) as saying: Do not make your houses as graveyards. Satan runs away from the house in which Surah Baqarah is recited. (Book 004, Number 1707: Sahih Muslim)

19. The hadith of the Prophet (saw) with Abu Bakker and Umar regarding the recitation of the Qur’an

Ibn 'Abbas reported: The word of (Allah) Great and Glorious: 'And utter not thy prayer loudly, nor be low in it" (xvii. 110) was revealed as the Messenger of Allah (may peace beupon him) was hiding himself in Mecca. When he led his Companions in prayer he raised his voice (while reciting the) Qur'an. And when the polytheists heard that, they reviled the Qur'an and Him Who revealed it and him who brought it. Upon this Allah, the Exalted, said to His Apostle (peace be upon him): Utter not thy prayer so loudly that the polytheists may hear thy recitation and (recite it) not so low that it may be inaudible to your Companions. Make them hear the Qur'an, but do not recite it loudly and seek a (middle) way between these. Recite between loud and low tone. (Book 004, Number 0897: Sahih Muslim)

20. Imam Ahmed was asked: “Should a man point a finger in salah?” He said: “Yes he should do so vigorously.”

“When he raised his finger, he would move it, supplicating with it”, and he used to say, “It is surely more powerful against the devil than iron, meaning the forefinger.”(Ahmad, Bazzaar, Abu Ja'far al-Bukhteeri in al-Amaali (60/1), 'Abdul Ghani al-Maqdisi in his Sunan (12/2) with a hasan sanad, Rooyaani in his Musnad (249/2) & Baihaqi .)

FRUITS OF SHOWING SINCERITY TO ALLAH (SWT)

Help for the Ummah
Protection from the punishment of the Hereafter
Elevation of the status in the Hereafter
Being delivered from misguidance in the world
Increase in guidance
The people of the heaven like and love the people who are sincere
Acceptance is placed for the sincere person on earth by Allah (swt)
Good reputation among people
To dispel grief and worries of the world
Allah (swt) creates tranquility and peace in hearts
Faith is beautiful within the hearts and wickedness and disobedience is made distasteful
Keeping company of the sincere people
Bearing austere difficulties in this world no matter how severe they are
Sincerity in asking Allah (swt) repentance in the final stages of our life
The answering of invocations and prayers
The bliss and joy in the grave


PUNISHMENT IN SHOWING OFF

The defeat of the Ummah
Punishment in the Hereafter
The increase of misguidance in this world
The hatred of the people of heaven to the people who shows off
The hatred of the people of earth to the people who shows off
Feeling of anxiety and distress
Threat of a bad end
Embarrassment of the person who shows off in front of everybody


HADITH REGARDING SINCERITY AND WARNING AGAINST SHOWING OFF

There are three things that a heart of a believer does not aim to reduce:

- Sincerity to Allah (swt)
- Having a sense of well-being towards the Muslim Ummah
- Being close and sticking with group of Muslims

The Prophet (saw) said, “Allah helps this Ummah because of its weak people, their dua’a, their salah and because of their sincerity.”
Abu Dardah said, “This world is cursed, everything in it is cursed, except those occasions which are performed in order to seek the pleasure of Allah (swt).”
This Ummah has been given glad tidings about their religion, about elevation and about establishing authority on the Earth, so whoever does anything in the world they will have nothing in the Hereafter.

“Whoever shows off in his actions, Allah (swt) will embarrass him in front of people and He will reduce his status and He will look down upon him.”
The Prophet (saw) said, “Shall I not warn you about something which is more dangerous than Dajjal?” So he said, “The hidden shirk – a man performing salah and embellishes it when he feels somebody is looking at him.”

Shirk of secret
“He who associates anybody with Allah (swt), in any action, then he should seek the reward for that action with that person because Allah (swt) is most independent of all associates and partners.”


SOME GOOD SAYINGS ABOUT SINCERITY

If Satan approaches you during salah and says you are showing off, then increase the length of the salah.

A person asked, “Show me a deed that I shall keep forever for Allah (swt)’s sake.” He was told, “Make an intention to do good deeds, because even if you stop your actions, your intentions will continue.”

A person said, “I like to have an intention to everything that I do, even in my food, drink and in my sleep.”

A person who is sincere hides his good deeds just like he hides bad things.

Sincere actions suffice even though actions may be few.

Whoever sees sincerity in his sincerity then he needs sincerity in his sincerity.

Allah (swt) requires only sincerity from His creatures actions.

Sincerity is to forget observing people by observing Allah (swt) only

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

ISLAM

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu


Islam is a way of life, try it.
Islam is a gift, accept it.
Islam is a journey, complete it.
Islam is a struggle, fight for it.
Islam is a goal, achieve it.
Islam is an opportunity, take it.
Islam is not for sinners, overcome it.
Islam is not a game, don't play with it.
Islam is not a mystery, behold it.
Islam is not for cowards, face it.
Islam is not for the dead, live it.
Islam is a promise, fulfill it.
Islam is a duty, perform it.
Islam is a treasure (the Prayer), pray it.
Islam is a beautiful way of life, see it.
Islam has a message for you, hear it.
Islam is love , love it.

Friday, 16 November 2007

Wassiyah or Islamic Will

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Death is real and it is certain. It can come to anyone at any time without warning, so it is highly recommended for us to prepare for it.

Every soul shall have a taste of death: And only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of Life): For the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception. [Holy Quran 3:185]

Before death come to us the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam strongly urge Muslims to make will. Insha Allah the following hadith is a reminder for me first and Muslim.

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "It is not permissible for any Muslim who has something to will to stay for two nights without having his last will and testament written and kept ready with him." (Sahih Bukhari, Book #51, Hadith #1)

Insha Allah to help us preparing our will you can download a sample will kit designed to be compliant with Islamic and Australian Laws at the Australian Islamic Will Kit. It deals with important aspects, such as:

* How you want to be buried
* How you would like to be washed
* What you would like your grave to look like
* Dealing with Debts
* etc

The followings also will guide us preparing our will:
Australian and Islamic Laws of Inheritance - Part I - Drafting a Will. Download here.
Australian and Islamic Laws of Inheritance - Part II - What to Include in an estate? Download here.
Australian and Islamic Laws of Inheritance - Part III - Distributions in Accordance with the Shariah. Download here.
Australian and Islamic Laws of Inheritance - Part IV - How to Distribute an Estate? Download here.

May Allah give us good end and forgive our sins. Ameen.

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Hajj, The Journey of a Lifetime

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

The best hajj experiences I had read few months ago by a brother in Scotland. To read the story click here. Insha Allah, I hope he will finished his writing soon.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

To my child

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu


Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and laugh when I feel like crying.

Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and smile and say how perfect it is.

Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry and pick you up and take you to the park to play.

Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.

Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles.

Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one if he comes by.

Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about what you are going to be when you grow up, or second guess every decision I have made where you are concerned.

Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I won't stand over you trying to fix them.

Just for this afternoon, I will take us to McDonald's and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can have both toys.

Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story about how you were born and how much I love you.

Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get angry.

Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the porch and count all the stars..

Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours, and miss my favourite TV shows.

Just for this evening when I run my finger through your hair as you pray, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the greatest gift ever given.

I will think about the mothers and fathers who are searching for their missing children, the mothers and fathers who are visiting their children's graves instead of their bedrooms.
The mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms watching their children suffer and scream inside that little body

And when I kiss you goodnight I will hold you a little tighter, a little longer.

It is then, that I will thank God for you, and ask him for nothing, except one more day.............

Written by a father whose 10 month old daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Money Personality

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu


I accidentally browsed this EdaMahpot.com on the topic of Test Your Money Personality I and II. You can do a fun quiz here to find out which money personality best describes your style of money management.


My money personality is: Balanced


People who exhibit a balanced money personality style enjoy making and managing money. They may view budgeting and investing as a game of sorts.

Money is viewed as a tool that is used to achieve ones goals.

While they often have a budget, Balanced persons do not become overly uncomfortable with the occasional unforeseen expense or in purchasing the occasional luxury item.

Balanced persons often feel that diligence, research and effort will reward them in the end.

If they invest, Balanced persons tend to have balanced portfolios and are often comfortable seeking advice from financial managers.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Teething on treatment day.

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Amy, Muja, speech therapist came. She brought the frog toy for Muja. I can see Muja was trying to reach the toy. She also let Muja practised toy with switch but she was not interested on the kangaroo toy. I am so glad she told us what she likes. We are certainly know that she loves loud sound kind of toys.

In the afternoon, Muja, Hani and me went to the Healing Point for Muja Acupuncture appointment at 2:30 PM and my osteopath appointment at 3:30 PM. Alhamdulillah since Muja woke up that morning she was happy and alright.

She slept in the car on our way there. When we got there she started unsettled. She was getting worst in the treatment room. She was teething. She was dribbling like water pouring from tap until her bib was soaking wet. She cried louder while the needles entered her skin. The problem with her teething, they are coming out really slow. They got worst because she would not let anything in her mouth or chewing any solid food.

After the treatment she was still crying. I tried to settled her but not successes. Thanks for Illana, my osteopath, understanding to postpone my appointment to Friday. While we were waiting the stronger herb to be prepared, Muja vomited. She felt better and tired after that so she felt asleep.

I hurt my back holding Muja. I took Arnica at home and my back heal itself without I realised it. Alhamdulillah.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Muja In Oxygen Chamber With Her Aunty

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakakatuh

Mak Ngah (Muja's aunty) went in the oxygen chamber with Muja. Muja was smiling at her when the chamber started compress. She was showing off to her. Later she sneezed at Mak Ngah with her trade mark perfume (her saliva) that she would never forget the smell of it. He! He! He!

Thanks Mak Ngah for being with Muja in the oxygen chamber.

Friday, 2 November 2007

A New Owen Homeopathic Center in Redcliffe

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Muja had her appointment with Kate today at a new Owen Homeopatic Center in Redcliff. The place was more spacious and there wasn't any stairs to the consulting room as it was in the old center in Mount Lawlay. Alhamdulillah, it was easy so that I don't have to leave the pram and carry Muja to the room.

Kate looked really happy today because it is her birthday.

This time she prescribed Muja with:

Syph 200 and CM (monthly).

Phos 30, 200 and 1M (weekly).

Sul 200, 1M, 10M and CM for constipation of dry, hard, knotty stools; painful; alternating with diarrhoea; ineffectual urging before and after stool, followed by aching and sticking pain in rectum.

Plumbum 30 (weekly) for her seizures.

Carbo Veg 6 (3 times daily) to increase oxygen.