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Posted by Chicago Hilal Staff on March 17, 2018 in Declarations...
Rajab 1, 1439 will be Monday, March 19, 2018. There were no sightings reported by any of our contacts throughout North America on March 17th, 2018 (Jumaada al-Thani 29, 1439). As such, Jumaada al-Thani will complete its 30 day cycle and Rajab begins at Maghrib on Sunday, March 18th, 2018. The 1st of Rajab will be Monday, March 19th 2018.
With the blessed month of Ramadan only 2 months away, we remind everyone to recite this Prophetic supplication abundantly:
Beware clock is ticking!!
Death is a reality, other people Death is a warning!! wake up!! Our's Might be next!! look around how many people are not there anymore this year??
No matter who you are and whatever you have become, No matter how much you have gained in the world, In the end what really matter is what you have gained for your real home which is your grave and what matter is which direction you will spend your eternal life Hell or Heaven??...
There are billions of people who does not have Guidance that you have. Guidance is not your doing It is a mercy from Allah that Allah chose you and not so many other souls, are you doing anything about this big blessing before its taken from you??? ask yourself?? even if you are among thoes who have guidance are you going to built your grave a beautiful house?? are you going to the direction of heaven??? heaven wont drop in your lap. you have to work really hard for it. strive for it before its too late.
worldly stuff will all be left behind. all you will take with you would be your deeds!!
2 very scary question which is an eye opener for you, EVERYONE Please read, make a list and follow. This is for all of you!!
Screen your friend's list and see think deep and face reality.
Q1. How many ppl in your list are the ones who would stand for you/not the ones who would say aww or oh no but really genuinely be there for you behind your back and not be happy for any test/trail or downfall you would go through??...
Q2. How many ppl in your list are the ones who would after your death or time of transition from this world pray for you??? bury you???give ghusul to you??? be a sadaqah jaria for you???and help you with transition or your burial Islamically???
Not necessary question 1 person would be same as question 2.
Lesson is......... Please......Do Not waste your Time. Don't do any sin for any person who would not be there for you.
Make sure even if you come up with 1 person for any of the answers. Make that person your priority and don't take them for granted. For any worldly mistake, God knows that person also leaves you It will be a BIG LOSS!!
If your number is zero. Allah is there for you if you will be there for others but try to work hard to have at least one person near you like that.
Set your priorities, Trust me all scholars say we will be so disappointed at judgment day. Trust Only ALLAH. have expectations only from ALLAH. try to not waste your time and save your tongue from laghw (unnecessary and useless speech).
READ Surah Asr . WE ARE AT LOSS, WE DO NOT HAVE TIME!!! UTILIZE YOUR TIME!! WAKE UP!!
If you do good, you do good to yourselves. (likewise)
If you do evil, you do evil to yourselves.
(Qur'an: Chapter 17, Verse 7)
Characteristics of a Muslim.
2. Purity and Sincerity of Intention
From 'Umar ibn al-Khattab (radhiallahu 'anhu) who said that Allah's Messenger (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said:...
"Actions are but by intentions and there is for every person only that which he intended. So he whose migration was for Allah and His Messenger, then his migration was for Allah and His Messenger, and he whose migration was to attain some worldly goal or to take a woman in marriage, then his migration was for that which he migrated."
— Reported by Al-Bukhari (English Translation Volume 1 Page 1 No. 1) and Muslim (Eng. Trans. Vol. 3, page 1056, no. 4692)
So the pillar of actions is a pure and sincere intention, and through purity of intention the hearts become upright and at rest, and through it, the person comes to know the right way in his Religion, thus he does everything in the proper manner. Through purity of intention alone will he come to know of the obligations upon him and the rights due to him. Through it he will behave justly in all affairs and will give everything its due right, not going beyond bounds or falling short of the mark.
So this hadith is one of the ahadith which are the pillars of the correct understanding of our upright and true religion.
So when the Muslim servant clearly realizes what he has preceded then it becomes obligatory upon him that he should, without any hesitation, surround his sincere intention with the protective barrier for the Islamic Personality which is ...
Characteristics of a Believer
1...The Muslim Seeks to Make Excuses for Other Muslims.
From Sa'ad ibn 'Ubadah (radhiallahu 'anhu) who said that Allah's Messenger (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said:...
" … and there is no one who loves to accept an excuse more than Allah, and because of this he sent the bringers of good news and the warners ... "
Reported by Al-Bukhari (Eng. Trans. 9/378/no. 512) and Muslim (Eng. Trans. 2/782/no. 3572)
So a Muslim seeking to make an excuse for his brother and those whom he loves will cause goodwill to spread instead of antagonism and will bring about ties of relationship instead of estrangement. Since if Allah, He who is free of all imperfections, grants excuse, and He is the Creator and the Most Great, then how can you O servant of Allah, a weak creation of his, not seek to make excuse for others? Rather as is said: Seek an excuse for your brother (some people quote this as being a hadith but it has no basis as such). Likewise, there is the saying: the believers seek to make excuses for others, whereas the HYPOCRITES hope for the downfall of others. So the fact that the Muslim seeks to excuse his brothers emphasizes that ...
Many lay Muslims may assume that any devoted worshiper is knowledgeable enough to be consulted regarding religious matters, and given his lack of adequate knowledge, this worshiper may go astray and lead others astray.
ʻAbdullaah ibn ʻAmr may Allaah be pleased with him reported that the Prophet, sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam, said, “Indeed Allaah does not take away knowledge by removing it from the (hearts of) people; rather, He takes away knowledge by taking the scholars, until there remains no scholar and the people begin to ask the ignorant leaders, so they give their verdict without knowledge. They will go astray and lead the people astray.” [Al-Bukhari]
Sources of Barakah
I’m a firm believer that Barakah is not a lost treasure, rather, it’s right in front of our eyes! This treasure is only available and ready to be handed over to the one who works for it. Below, I list some of the sources of Baraka.
1. Good Intentions
2. Piety and Belief in Allah...
3. Putting your trust in Allah
4. Reading Quran
5. Saying Bismillah
6. Eating with People
7. Honesty in Trade
9. Halal Income/money
10. Following the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad in everything
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the most Productive Man in the history of humanity is our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Therefore, by simply following his lifestyle and the acts of Sunnah we so often hear about, we obtain a great source of Barakah!
11. Praying Istikhara
12. Giving thanks to Allah in abundance
14. Tying your ties of kinship
15. Waking up early
18. Asking Allah for forgiveness
10 Steps to Increasing Iman (Faith)
The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Faith wears out in the heart of any one of you just as clothes wear out, so ask Allah to renew the faith in your hearts” (Mustadrak al-Haakim).
Our Iman is not always as sound and as strong as we want it to be, as it often fluctuates according to life circumstances and situations. Sometimes our hearts will be illuminating full of imaan and other times our hearts will be devoid of mu...ch iman. There are occassions such as a funeral or the month of Ramadan when our hearts get a regular fill of imaan and other occassions like worldly events or work etc where our heart is devoid of much needed iman.
Regardless of the cause, it is crucial for all of us to keep a regular check on our Iman and if we feel it is faltering in any way then we should take measures to restore it. Imaan leaves the body as quickly as water leaves a bottle when it is turned upside down. Therefore we must constantly keep a check on our level of imaan and ensure it is regularly topped up to ensure that our hearts are constantly filled with an adequate level of faith.
Therefore we should be aware of which things decrease our Iman in order to avoid them and those things that increase our Iman in order to embrace them.
What are the signs of a weak imaan?
Signs of weak imaan:
• Committing sins and not feeling any guilt.
• Having a hard heart and no desire to read the Quran.
• Feeling too lazy to do good deeds, e.g. being late for salat
• Neglecting the Sunnah.
• Having mood swings, for instance being upset about petty things and bothered and irritated most of the time.
• Not feeling anything when hearing verses from the Quran, for example when Allah warns us of punishments and His promise of glad tidings.
• Finding difficulty in remembering Allah and making dhikr.
• Not feeling bad when things are done against the Shariah.
• Desiring status and wealth.
• Being mean and miserly, i.e. not wanting to part with wealth.
• Ordering others to do good deeds when not practising them ourselves.
• Feeling pleased when things are not progressing for others.
• Being concerned with whether something is haram or halal only; and not avoiding makroo (not recommended) things.
• Making fun of people who do simple good deeds, like cleaning the mosque.
• Not feeling concerned about the situation of Muslims.
• Not feeling the responsibility to do something to promote Islam.
• Being unable to deal with calamities, for instance crying and yelling in funerals.
• Liking to argue just for the sake of arguing without any proof.
• Becoming engrossed and very involved with dunya, worldly things, i.e. feeling bad only when losing something in terms of material wealth.
• Becoming engrossed and obsessive about ourselves.
Beware.... Self Reminder.
You can't PICK and CHOOSE what to follow in Islam
يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱدۡخُلُواْ فِى ٱلسِّلۡمِ ڪَآفَّةً۬ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ خُطُوَٲتِ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنِۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ لَڪُمۡ عَدُوٌّ۬ مُّبِينٌ۬ (٢٠٨) فَإِن زَلَلۡتُم مِّنۢ بَعۡدِ مَا جَآءَتۡڪُمُ ٱلۡبَيِّنَـٰتُ فَٱعۡلَمُوٓاْ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَڪِيمٌ (٢٠٩) هَلۡ يَنظُرُونَ إِلَّآ أَن يَأۡتِيَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ فِى ظُلَلٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡغَمَامِ وَٱلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕڪَةُ وَقُضِىَ ٱلۡأَمۡرُۚ وَإِلَى ٱل...لَّهِ تُرۡجَعُ ٱلۡأُمُورُ
O ye who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly (obeying all the rules and regulations of the Islâmic religion); and follow not the footsteps of the Evil One (Shaytaan); for he is to you an avowed enemy. If ye backslide after the clear (signs) have come to you, then know that Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise. Will they wait until Allah comes to them in canopies of clouds, with angels (in His train) and the matter is (thus) judged? But to Allah do all matters go back (for decision).
Many times we intentionally choose not to follow certain parts of the deen because we feel that they are too rigid, or not possible for us to follow or just too out-dated. If things were supposed to be that way, then there was no point for ALLAH to ask us to enter into Islam completely.
For those who intentionally disobey any law of ALLAH and make different excuses for it, they are questioned in the next verse "Are they waiting for ALLAH to come down from the heavens to make the judgement on this matter?"
Are we waiting for the doors of repentance to close before we realize our mistakes and repent? Is it really a good decision to choose the temporary pleasures of this world over the infinitely-long Hereafter?
Are we ready??
Muharram 1, 1439 will be Friday, September 22, 2017.
I and My Family would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! May Allah ﷻ make this a year of blessings for you and your family. May ALLAH Protect us and Unite entire Muslim Ummah Ameen
The 10th of Muharram (Yawmul Ashura) will be on Sunday, October 1st.