Monday, June 29, 2015

[Notes & Audio] The Eight Gates of Paradise

The 8 Gates of Paradise
By Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
June 22 & 24 2015

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Paradise has 8 gates and as Muslims we should learn them and strive to enter Paradise by one of these gates. Also, we should make an effort to be called to Paradise by as many of these gates as possible. 

Abdur Rahman Ibn Awf narrated the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “If a woman prays her five (daily prayers), fasts her month (Ramadan), guards her chastity and obeys her husband, it will be said to her: Enter Paradise by whichever of the gates of Paradise you wish.” [Musnad Ahmad (1/191) No. 1661 and al-Tabarani; its narrators are thiqat. See Majma’ al-Zawa’id, 4/306, Bab haqq al-zawj ‘ala’l-mar’ah]
The above mentioned Hadith is the evidence that Paradise has many gates. 

The 8 gates of Paradise are as follows: 

1. Salah 
2. Jihad 
3. Sadaqa 
4. Fasting (Riyan) 
5. Hajj 
6. Iman 
7. Kaadhimeen al Ghaid (this gate is for the people who were able to control their temper) 
8. Dhikr 


Salah prevents people from indecency.  

Verily, As-Salat (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahsha' (i.e. great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.) and Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil wicked deed, etc.) and the remembering (praising, etc.) of (you by) Allah (in front of the angels) is greater indeed [than your remembering (praising, etc.) Allah in prayers, etc.]. And Allah knows what you do. (Al-'Ankabut 29:45)

The first thin Allah will ask you about on the Day of Judgement is the Salah.  If the salah is not intact, Allah wont look at the other acts of ibada.

Salah is the best deed after your shahada. Because Bilal was diligent in salah, the Rasool (saw) heard his footsteps in Paradise.

Narrated By Abu Huraira: At the time of the Fajr prayer the Prophet asked Bilal, "Tell me of the best deed you did after embracing Islam, for I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise." Bilal replied, "I did not do anything worth mentioning except that whenever I performed ablution during the day or night, I prayed after that ablution as much as was written for me." [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 2, Book 21, Hadith #250]

The above mentioned Hadith is evidence that salah is the most important act of ibada after shahada.

Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Messenger () saying, “ If there was a river at the door of anyone of you and he took a bath in it five times a day would you notice any dirt on him?” They said, "Not a trace of dirt would be left." The Prophet () added, “That is the example of the five prayers with which Allah blots out (annuls) evil deeds.” Bukhari : Vol. 1, Book 10, Hadith 506

Salah is one of the greatest causes for you to enter paradise and be in the company of the Prophets 

Rabi'a b. Ka’b said: I was with Allah's Messenger () one night. and I brought him water and what he required. He said to me: Ask (anything you like). I said: I ask your company in Paradise. He (the Holy Prophet) said: Or anything else besides it. I said: That is all (what I require). He said: Then help me to achieve this for you by devoting yourself often to prostration. MUSLIM : Book 4, Hadith 990

The angels asked Allah to forgive the one who sits in his place and waits for salah 

It is related from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The angels pray for every one of you as long as you remain in the place in which you prayed and do not break wudu', saying, 'O Allah, forgive him! O Allah, show mercy to him!'' Each of you is in the prayer as long as he is waiting for it and there is nothing but the prayer preventing him from going to his family." (Muwatta, Book 9, 54

The one who goes to the masjid to pray is in salah until he returns home 

‘Uqba Ibn ‘Amer -may Allah be pleased with him- said that the Prophet -prayers and peace of Allah be upon him- said: whoever purifies himself then comes to the Masjid for prayers, his registering angles will register ten good deeds for every step he takes to the Masjid, whoever sits in the Masjid awaiting prayers is considered in a state of qunut (ongoing worship), he is considered in a state of prayer from the moment he goes out of his house till he returns.” [Authenticated by Al-Albani]

Your five prayers help to wipe out your sins 

Abu Huraira narrated the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “The five daily prayers, Friday prayer to the following Friday prayer, and Ramadan to the following Ramadan are expiations for sins as long as one abstains from major sins." [Sahih Muslim (1/209) No. 233 and Musnad Ahmad (2/400) No. 9186]


In regards to the importance of waging Jihad against the kuffar, Allah said:

Jihad (holy fighting in Allah's Cause with weaponry) is ordained for you Muslims though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know. (Al-Baqarah 2:216)

In the above Ayah, Allah used the word Qital because it is impossible for a deviant to put a spin on the word Qital 

Qital means physical fighting with weapons on the battlefield 

Allah has commanded us to do Jihad in many other Quranic verses 

And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah Alone [in the whole of the world[]]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do. (Al-Anfal 8:39)

The word Fitna in the above Ayah means Shirk. One of the worse forms of shirk which is widespread in the world today is to dislodge the Shariah and replace it with manmade laws. 

And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know [but] whom Allah knows. And whatever you spend in the cause of Allah will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged. (Al-Anfal 8:60) 

Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah[] with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. (At-Tawbah 9:29)

… and fight against the Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) collectively[], as they fight against you collectively. But know that Allah is with those who are Al-Muttaqun (the pious - see V.2:2). (At-Tawbah 9:36)

Uthaymeen says you can kill the women and children of the kuffar if they kill your women and children 


He used 2;194 to pass the fatwah 

Then whoever transgresses the prohibition against you, you transgress likewise against him. And fear Allah, and know that Allah is with Al-Muttaqun (the pious - see V.2:2) . (Al-Baqarah 2:194)

Allah has commanded us to fight against the munafiqoon 

O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination. (At-Tawbah 9:73) Sahih international

Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties; for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise. They fight in Allah's Cause, so they kill (others) and are killed. It is a promise in truth which is binding on Him in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and the Qur'an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? Then rejoice in the bargain which you have concluded. That is the supreme success. (At-Tawbah 9:111)

The above Ayah is a promise made by Allah. 

Allah told us in the following Ayah that he gives victory and defeat to men in turns in order to make some Muslims become shuhada.

If a wound (and killing) has touched you, be sure a similar wound (and killing) has touched the others. And so are the days (good and not so good), We give to men by turns, that Allah may test those who believe, and that He may take martyrs from among you. And Allah likes not the Zalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers). (Aali Imran 3:140)

Some people are so sinful, after living in darul harb for many years, the only way they can go to Paradise is for them to die on the battlefield fighting for Allah. It is incumbent on all Muslims to make Jihad or at least make their intention to make Jihad in order to be safe from hypocrisy.

It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: One who died but did not fight in the way of Allah nor did he express any desire (or determination) for Jihad died the death of a hypocrite. [Sahih Muslim, Book 20, Hadith 4696]

The Holy Prophet (saw) encourage us to do Jihad in the Hadith below: 

It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger Allah (SAW) said: A disbeliever and a believer who killed him will never be gathered together in Hell. [Sahih Muslim, Book 20, Hadith #4661]

When you go to the battlefield and you kill the kuffar, they shall take your place in the hellfire. 

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “ Allah guarantees that he who goes out to fight in His way believing in Him and affirming the truth of His Messenger, will either be admitted to Jannah or will be brought back to his home (safely) from where he has set out, with whatever reward or share of booty he may have gained.  [Sahih Muslim (3/1495) No. 1876, Musnad Ahmad (2/231) No. 7157, Sunan Ibn Majah (4/51) No. 2753]

The Prophet (saw) said the one who is wounded in the way of Allah will be bleeding on the Day of Judgement from his wound. 

By Him in Whose Hand Muhammad’s soul is, if a person is wounded in the way of Allah, he will come on the Day of Resurrection with his wound in the same condition as it was on the day when he received it; its colour will be the colour of blood but its smell will be the smell of musk. [Sahih Muslim (3/1495) No. 1876, Musnad Ahmad (2/231) No. 7157, Sunan Ibn Majah (4/51) No. 2753]

The Holy Prophet (saw) said: Paradise is under the shades of swords. [Sahih al-Bukhari
Vol. 4, Book 52, Hadith 73]

Because of the above Hadith, the swords are the keys of Paradise. 

to keep watch over the borders of the Islamic State is called Ribat, and this is a noble duty. 

Sahl bin Sa'd (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "Observing Ribat (e.g., guarding the Islamic frontier for the sake of Allah) for a single day is far better than the world and all that it contains. A place in Jannah as small as the whip of your horse is far better than the world and all that it contains. An endeavour (fighting) in the Cause of Allah in the evening or in the morning is far better than the world and all that it contains." [Al-Bukhari (2892) and Muslim (1881)]

Those who do Ribat are called al Murabitoon 

As for the shaheed, he has six special favors with Allah as mentioned in the below Hadith.  

The Messenger of Allah () said: "There are six things with Allah for the martyr. He is forgiven with the first flow of blood (he suffers), he is shown his place in Paradise, he is protected from punishment in the grave, secured from the greatest terror, the crown of dignity is placed upon his head - and its gems are better than the world and what is in it - he is married to seventy two wives along Al-Huril-'Ayn of Paradise, and he may intercede for seventy of his close relatives."[Abu ‘Eisa said This Hadith is Hasan Sahih. at-Tirmidhi: Vol. 3, Book 20, Hadith 1663

It is worthy of mentioning that Jihad is only valid if it is done solely for the sake of Allah like the Prophet (saw) mentions in the Hadith below:

Narrated By Abu Musa: A man came to the Prophet and asked, "A man fights for war booty; another fights for fame and a third fights for showing off; which of them fights in Allah's Cause?" The Prophet said, "He who fights that Allah's Word (i.e. Islam) should be superior, fights in Allah’s Cause." [al-Bukhari (123) and Muslim (1904) 

In the world today, many people are fighting for racism, tribalism, and nationalism. These diseases of the heart are called Asabiyah. Anyone who fights for Asabiyah is not a real mujahid like the Prophet (saw) told us in the Hadith below: 

Narrated Jubair ibn Mut’im: The Messenger of Allah (SAW), said: "He is not one us who calls for `Asabiyah, (nationalism/tribalism) or who fights for `Asabiyah or who dies for `Asabiyah." [Sunan Abu Dawud (Vol. 2, pg. 753) No. 5121]

The Rasool (saw) said the person who has Asabiyah in his heart is not one of us. It is worthy of mentioning that those who fight for democracy are not real mujahideen, because democracy is the greatest shirk since the politicians set themselves up as lawgivers beside Allah. 

Narrated Jubair ibn Mut’im: The Messenger of Allah (SAW), said: "He is not one us who calls for `Asabiyah, (nationalism/tribalism) or who fights for `Asabiyah or who dies for `Asabiyah." [Sunan Abu Dawud (Vol. 2, pg. 753) No. 5121]

Hijrah and Jihad are compulsory on the Ummah until the Day of Judgement. 

On the authority of Jabir the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "... Jihad is compulsory on you until Judgment Day…" [al-Mu'jam al-Awsat al-Tabarani (5/95) No. 4775 and Abu Naeem al-Asbahani in 'Hilyatul Awliya' (3/73)]

Imraan ibn Hussain (RA) narrated the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, ‘A group of people from my Ummah will continue to fight for the sake of the truth until the last of them fights the Dajjal (anti-Christ) [Sunan Abu Dawud (3/4) No. 2484, Musnad Ahmad (4/437) No. 19934, Mustadrak al-Haakim (2/81) No. 2392]

The arabic word “sadaqa” means charity and many times we were commanded by Allah to give in charity. Hence in the Ayahs below 

O you who believe! Spend of that with which We have provided for you, before a Day comes when there will be no bargaining, nor friendship, nor intercession. And it is the disbelievers who are the Zalimun (wrong-doers, etc.). (Al-Baqarah 2:254)

O you who believe! Spend of the good things which you have (legally) earned, and of that which We have produced from the earth for you, and do not aim at that which is bad to spend from it, (though) you would not accept it save if you close your eyes and tolerate therein. And know that Allah is Rich (Free of all wants), and Worthy of all praise. (Al-Baqarah 2:267)

One of the sign of a munafiq is that he is unable to give charity. And even if he gives charity, he frowns because he is not convinced that Allah will multiply his charity and gives it back to him many times manifold.

And nothing prevents their contributions from being accepted from them except that they disbelieved in Allah and in His Messenger (Muhammad SAW); and that they came not to As-Salat (the prayer) except in a lazy state; and that they offer not contributions but unwillingly. (At-Tawbah 9:54)

In the below Quranic Ayah, Allah is encouraging us to give: 

O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you, and make your foothold firm. (Muhammad 47:7)

You help Allah by helping the cause of Allah and the servants of Allah.

To help the cause of Allah is charity 

In life, there are two roads. One is steep, and one is flat. The steep road is to give charity. 

And what will make you know the path that is steep? (It is) Freeing a neck (slave, etc.). Or giving food in a day of hunger (famine), To an orphan near of kin. Or to a Miskin (poor) afflicted with misery. (Al-Balad 90:12 - 16)

The faqir is poor man who can find food 
The miskeen is a poor man who cannot find food. He has to beg to survive 
The miskeen is the poorest of the poor. In the above Ayah, Allah said the steep road is to feed the miskeen.

Tthe Rasool (saw) said in the following Hadith whoever gives equal to a date, Allah will multiply it for you and turn it into a mountain 

Narrated Abu Huraira:Allah’s Messenger () said, “ If one give in charity what equals one date-fruit from the honestly earned money and Allah accepts only the honestly earned money —Allah takes it in His right (hand) and then enlarges its reward for that person (who has given it), as anyone of you brings up his baby horse, so much s that it becomes as big as a mountain. BUKHARI: Vol. 2, Book 24, Hadith 491

There is no day when the people get up, except that the two angels descend and make dua. One angel makes dua and ask Allah to bless the one who gives in charity. And the other angel makes dua and ask Allah to destroy the one who refuse to give charity

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah () said, “Everyday two angels descend and one of them says, 'O Allah! Compensate (more) to the person who gives (in charity)'; while the other one says, 'O Allah! Destroy the one who withholds (charity, etc)”. Al-Bukhari : Book 1, Hadith 548

Charity cools the anger of Allah 

Anas bin Malik narrated that: the Messenger of Allah said: “Indeed charity extinguishes the Lord's anger and it protects against the evil death." Tirmidhi : Vol. 2, Book 2, Hadith 664

This is why if you do certain haram you have to give something away in charity because charity cools the anger of Allah 

Example: If a man goes to bed with his wife on her menses, he has to give away 4g in gold in charity. And if a man violates his ikram, he has to give away a sheep in charity. And if a man breaks his oath, he has to feed 10 poor people or cloth them because charity cools the anger of Allah.

When Umar ibn Abdul Aziz was the Caliph and they suffered an earthquake, he wrote to his governors telling them to give away in charity because charity cools the anger of Allah.

Charity wipes sins the way water extinguishes the fire 

The Holy Prophet (saw) said: Charity wipes away sin as water extinguishes fire. Sunan Tirmidhi (5/11) No. 2616, Sunan Ibn Majah (5/116) No. 3973, Musnad Ahmad (5/231) No. 22069

Allah said in Hadith Qudsi to spend and He will spend on you: 

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger () said, "Allah said, 'O son of Adam! Spend, and I shall spend on you.” Bukhari : Vol. 7, Book 64, Hadith 264

On the Day of Judgement Allah will say He was hungry and you did not feed Him 

O son of Adam, I asked food from you but you did not feed Me. He would say: My Lord, how could I feed Thee whereas Thou art the Lord of the worlds? He said: Didn’t you know that such and such servant of Mine asked food from you but you did not feed him, and were you not aware that if you had fed him you would have found him by My side? Sahih Muslim, Book 32, Hadith #6232

The Prophet (saw) said the best charity is to your family

Thawban reported that the Prophet (SAW), said, “The best dinar a man spends is the dinar which he spends on his family.  Al-Adab al-Mufrad Al-Bukhari, #748

The Prophet saw said the charitable man who hides his charity will be under Allah’s shade on the Day of Recompense

“…a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah's sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but be says 'I fear Allah', a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.'  Narrated by Abu Hurairah & collected in Sahih al-Bukhari Vol.1, p.356, No.629 & Sahih Muslim Vol.2, p. 493, No.2248 


The fasting people will be called thru the gate of Riyah (fasting) 

Sahl ibn Sa'd reported that the Prophet (SAW) said, "There is a gate in the Garden called ar-Rayyan which those who fast will enter on the Day of Rising, and none but they will enter it." It will be said, 'Where are the fasters?' They will stand up and none but they will enter it. When they have entered it, it will be closed and no one else will enter it." [al-Bukhari (1896) and Muslim (1152)]

Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah's Messenger () saying, "Anybody who spends a pair of something in Allah's Cause will be called from all the gates of Paradise, "O Allah's slave! This is good.' He who is amongst those who pray will be called from the gate of the prayer (in Paradise) and he who is from the people of Jihad will be called from the gate of Jihad, and he who is from those' who give in charity (i.e. Zakat) will be called from the gate of charity, and he who is amongst those who observe fast will be called from the gate of fasting, the gate of Raiyan." Abu Bakr said, "He who is called from all those gates will need nothing," He added, "Will anyone be called from all those gates, O Allah's Messenger ()?" He said, "Yes, and I hope you will be among those, O Abu Bakr."[sahih Bukhari 3666 & Bukhari Vol: 5 Book 57 Hadith 18]

Allah commands us to fast the holy month of Ramadan by saying: 

O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious - see V.2:2). (Al-Baqarah 2:183)

We fast to gain taqwah. And taqwah is to place between yourself and the wrath of Allah a barrier by doing what is fard and by abstaining from what is haram. 

The Rasool (saw) encouraged us to fast on the day of Arafa

I seek from Allah that fasting on the day of 'Arafa may atone for the sins of the preceding and the coming years and I seek from Allah that fasting on the day of Ashura may atone for the sins of the preceding year. [Sahih Muslim, Book 6, Hadith #2602]

The Rasool (saw) also encouraged us to fast on Ashura as well because it atones for our sins 

Ibn Abbas said, "When the Messenger of Allah came to Al-Madinah, he found the Jews fasting the day of `Ashura'. Therefore he asked them about it and they said, `This is the day that Allah gave Musa victory over Fir`awn.' Then, the Prophet said, 'We have more right to Musa (than them), so fast it.'" [al-Bukhari (3943) and Muslim (1130)]

The best fast is the fast of David 

Narrated `Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`As: Allah's Messenger () told me, "The most beloved prayer to Allah is that of David and the most beloved fasts to Allah are those of David. He used to sleep for half of the night and then pray for one third of the night and again sleep for its sixth part and used to fast on alternate days."  Sahih al-Bukhari 1131 & Bukhari: Vol. 2, Book 21, Hadith 231

The Rasool (saw) use to fast on Mondays and Thursdays because this is when Allah is shown our deeds 

Abu Huraira (RA) that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Deeds are shown (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting.” [Sunan Tirmidhi (3/122) No. 747]

Fasting is for Allah only. If you are fasting and someone argues with you, say to them “I am fasting”. 

Abu Huraira (RA) reported the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "Allah the Exalted and Majestic said: 'Every act of the son of Adam is for him, except As-Siyam (the fasting) which is (exclusively) for Me, and I will reward him for it.' Fasting is a shield. When anyone of you is observing fast, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice; and if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him, he should say: 'I am fasting.' By Him in Whose Hand the soul of Muhammad is, the breath of one observing Saum is sweeter to Allah than the fragrance of musk. The one who fasts, experiences two joys: he feels pleasure when he breaks the fast. He is joyful by virtue of his fast when he meets his Rubb.” [al-Bukhari (1904) and Muslim (1151)]

Some sahabas approached the Prophet (saw) about castration but he didn't allow it saying the sunnah of this Ummah is to fast. Because of that, he (saw) said the one who cannot marry should fast because in fasting, he will find his self control 
The Sahabah  continued to ask the Rasool ul-Allah (saw) about their actions, so as to know the hukm of Allah about them before they undertook them. Ibn al-Mubarak narrated from ‘Uthman bin Maz’oon came to the Prophet (saw) and said, “Do you permit me to be castrated?” The Prophet (saw) said: “No one of us (is allowed to) castrate or be castrated; and the castration of my ummah is fasting (siyam).” Reported by Ahmad (2/173) and Ibn Adee (2/111)

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (RA) narrated : We went out with Allah’s Messenger (SAW) while we were young men and we were unable to do anything (that is, not even afford marriage). He said, “O Group of young men! It is incumbent that you marry for it protects the eye and the private parts. So, he among you who cannot marry, let him fast, for, fasting dries up (lust)”. [Tirmidhi 1083, Ahmed 4023, Bukhari 1905, Muslim 1400, Abu Dawud 2046, Nisai 3206, Ibn e Majah 1845]

Allah will always answer the dua of three people. The fasting person, just ruler, and the oppressed 

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah () said: “There are three whose supplication is not rejected: The fasting person when he breaks his fast, the just leader, and the supplication of the oppressed person; Allah raises it up above the clouds and opens the gates of heaven to it. And the Lord says: ‘By My might, I shall surely aid you, even if it should be after a while.’” at-Tirmidhi : Vol. 6, Book 46, Hadith 3598

There are two joys for the fasting person 

Abu Huraira and Abu Sa’id (Allah be pleased with both of them) reported Allah's Messenger () (as saying): Allah, the Exalted and Majestic, said: Fast (is exclusively) meant for Me and I would give its reward. There are two (occasions) of joy for the observer of fast. He feels joy when he breaks the fast and he is happy when he meets Allah. By Allah in Whose Hand is the life of Muhammad, the breath of the observer of fast is sweeter to Allah than the fragrance of musk. SAHIH MUSLIM: Book 6, Hadith 2568

The fasting will intercede for you on the Day of Judgement

Abdullah ibn 'Amr reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW), said: "The fast and the Qur'an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: 'O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.' The Qur'an will say: 'I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.' And their intercession will be accepted." [Musnad Ahmad (2/174) No. 6626, Mustadrak al-Haakim (1/740) No. 2036, Shu'ab al-Eman al-Bayhaqi (3/37 No. 1839]

As for Umrah, during Ramadan it is equal to one hajj 

Perform `Umra when Ramadan comes, for `Umra in Ramadan is equal to Hajj (in reward),' or said something similar." (Bukhari: (3/26) Hadith 1782) & (3/27) Hadith 10)



Allah has commanded us to make Hajj. it's one of the 5 pillars of Islam. Hence, Allah said:

And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka'bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allāh, those who can afford the expenses (for one's conveyance, provision and residence); and whoever disbelieves [i.e. denies Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah), then he is a disbeliever of Allāh], then Allāh stands not in need of any of the 'Alamīn (mankind and jinns). (Aali Imran 3:97)

The other Quranic verse regarding Hajj:

And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform Hajj). (Al-Hajj 22:27)

The Prophet (saws) said Islam is built on 5 pillars 

On the authority of Abu Abdul Rahmaan Abdullah (RA), the son of Umar ibn al-Kattaab (RA) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say: "Islam is built upon five [pillars]: testifying that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, establishing the prayers, giving zakat, making pilgrimage to the House and fasting the month of Ramadan.” (Recorded in Bukhari and Muslim)

One day the Prophet (saw) was sitting with his companions and said: 

O people, Allah has made Hajj obligatory for you; so perform Hajj. Thereupon a person said: Messenger of Allah, (is it to be performed) every year? He (the Holy Prophet) kept quiet, and he repeated (these words) thrice, whereupon Allah's Messenger (SAW) said: If I were to say "Yes," it would become obligatory (for you to perform it every year) and you would not be able to do it. Then he said: Leave me with what I have left to you, for those who were before you were destroyed because of excessive questioning, and their opposition to their apostles. So when I command you to do anything, do it as much as it lies in your power and when I forbid you to do anything, then abandon it. [Sahih Muslim, Book 7, Hadith #3095]

The Prophet (saw) got upset with the questioner in the above Hadith because excessive questioning destroyed the people who came before us. 

The Hadith below talks about an accepted Hajj 

Abu Huraira (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “From one ‘umrah to another is an expiation for whatever (sins) come between them, and an accepted Hajj brings no less a reward than Paradise.” [Narrated by al-Bukhari (1773) and Muslim (1349)]

On the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) was asked which deed is best. He said, “Belief in Allah and His Messenger.” He was asked, then what? He said, “Jihad for the sake of Allah.” He was asked, then what? He said, “An accepted Hajj.” [Narrated by al-Bukhari: (1/2) Hadith: 26) & Sahih Al Bukhari: (1/2) Hadith 26 and Muslim (1/1) Hadith: 83) & Muslim: (1/37) Hadith: 148]

The best dua you can make is on Arafah as mentioned below

“The best of supplication is the supplication on the day of Arafah. Sunan Tirmidhi (5/572) No. 3585

Fasting on the day of Arafah is a sunnah. 

The Jihad of a woman is to make Hajj

Narrated `Aisha: (the mother of the faithful believers) I said, "O Messenger of Allah! We consider Jihad as the best deed." The Prophet said, "The best Jihad (for women) is Hajj Mabrur." [Sahih Bukhari (2/133) No. 1520]

A woman can do Jihad with the permission of the Amir because Umm Haram went to Jihad with Muawiya. She went to Jihad on a ship built by Muawiya. Muawiya established the first Muslim Navy. 

 (Umm Haram added): I said, "What is making you smile, O Messenger of Allah?" He said, "Some people of my Ummah were shown to me (in my dream) campaigning for the sake of Allah." He said the same as he had said before. I said, "O Messenger of Allah! Pray to Allah to make me one of them." He said: "You will be among the first ones." Then Umm Haram sailed across the sea during the time of Mu'awiyah ibn Abi Sufyan, and she fell down from her riding animal after coming ashore, and died. [al-Bukhari (2877) and Muslim (1912)]

The one who dies without making Hajj, has died the death of a Jew or a Christian.

Ali (RA) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “He who possess enough food for the trip, a means of transportation to reach to Makkah, and yet does not perform Hajj, then he dies, he would then die as a Jew or a Christian...” [Sunan Tirmidhi (3/176) No. 812, Bayhaqi in 'Shu'ab al-Iman' (5/443) No. 3692, Musnad al-Bazzaar (3/87-8 No. 861]


Virtues of strong iman 
Your iman saves you from being a lost soul. Hence, Allah said:

By Al-'Asr (the time). Verily! Man is in loss, (Except those who believe (in Islāmic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth (i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma'rûf)which Allāh has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar)which Allāh has forbidden), and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allāh's Cause during preaching His religion of Islāmic Monotheism or Jihād, etc.). (Al-'Asr 103:1-3)

Imam Shafi said if Allah revealed only this surah, it would have been sufficient to guide mankind to the straight path. 

Your iman saves you from becoming the lowest of the low. Hence, Allah said:

Verily, We created man of the best stature (mould), Then We reduced him to the lowest of the low, Save those who believe (in Islāmic Monotheism) and do righteous deeds, then they shall have a reward without end (Paradise). (At-Tin 95:4-6)

When a person has no iman, they do shameful deeds. They have no shame about their vices. With iman you gain the intercession of Muhammad (saw) as mentioned in the below Hadith

Narrated By Anas: The Prophet said, "Whoever said "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah and has in his heart good (faith) equal to the weight of a barley grain will be taken out of Hell. And whoever said: "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah and has in his heart good (faith) equal to the weight of a wheat grain will be taken out of Hell. And whoever said, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah and has in his heart good (faith) equal to the weight of an atom will be taken out of Hell." [Al-Bukhari: (1/2) Hadith: 44) & (1/2) Hadith 43) and Muslim (193)]

Your iman is the reason for your pious deeds to be accepted. Hence, Allah said:

And whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it, with the necessary effort due for it (i.e. do righteous deeds of Allāh's Obedience) while he is a believer (in the Oneness of Allāh Islāmic Monotheism), then such are the ones whose striving shall be appreciated, thanked and rewarded (by Allāh). (Al-Isra 17:19)

A kaafir who performs pious deeds will have no reward.  Because only with shahada their pious deeds will be accepted 

Another evidence is 24:39 

As for those who disbelieve, their deeds are like a mirage in a desert. The thirsty one thinks it to be water, until he comes up to it, he finds it to be nothing, but he finds Allāh with him, Who will pay him his due (Hell). And Allāh is Swift in taking account. (An-Nur 24:39)

And We shall turn to whatever deeds they (disbelievers, polytheists, sinners, etc.) did, and We shall make such deeds as scattered floating particles of dust. (Al-Furqan 25:23)

This ayah is talking about people like Mother Theresa. Although she feed millions, she died a kaafir because her ideology was trinity. And trinity is shirk.

another evidence to prove that shirk nullifies all your pious deeds is the Ayah below: 

And indeed it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad SAW), as it was to those (Allāh's Messengers) before you: "If you join others in worship with Allāh, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers." (Az-Zumar 39:65)

Even though the Prophet (saw) was the most pious man to walk the earth, still he was warned by Allah in the above Ayah that if he commits shirk, all his pious deeds would be nullified.

These are the many evidences to prove that only with iman Allah will accept your pious deeds. 

The Hadith below is talking about the importance of Iman.

Anas bin Malik (RA) reported: The Prophet (SAW) said, “ there are three qualities whoever has them, will taste the sweetness of Iman (faith): To love Allah and His Messenger (SAW) more than anyone else; to love a slave (of Allah) only for (the sake of) Allah; and to abhor returning to infidelity after Allah has saved him from it as he would abhor to be thrown into the fire (of Hell)." [al-Bukhari (21) and Muslim (43)]

You need three qualities mentioned above  

Another merit of iman is only with iman, your taubah will be accepted. Hence, Allah says: 

Except those who repent and believe (in Islāmic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds, for those, Allāh will change their sins into good deeds, and Allāh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Al-Furqan 25:70)

Say: "O 'Ibādī (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allāh, verily Allāh forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Az-Zumar 39:53)

A Muslim should not despair if they should commit a sin because Allah forgives all sins. Allah forgives even major shirk as long as you make tawbah before you die. 

Iman puts you under Allah's protection. Hence, Allah says: 

Allāh is the Walī (Protector or Guardian) of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness into light. But as for those who disbelieve, their Auliyā (supporters and helpers) are Tāghût [false deities and false leaders, etc.], they bring them out from light into darkness. Those are the dwellers of the Fire, and they will abide therein forever. (Al-Baqarah 2:257)

Example:  The Kurds use the USA as their protection. That's why they are fighting against the dawla.  They think the US will protect them with drones, fighter jets, weapons etc. What they fail to realize is Allah said He is the wali of those who believe, and those who disbelieve have no wali in 2:257 above.  

Your iman will be a shining light for you on the Day of Judgement

On the Day you shall see the believing men and the believing women their light running forward before them and by their right hands. Glad tidings for you this Day! Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever! Truly, this is the great success! On the Day when the hypocrites men and women will say to the believers: "Wait for us! Let us get something from your light!" It will be said: "Go back to your rear! Then seek a light!" So a wall will be put up between them, with a gate therein. Inside it will be mercy, and outside it will be torment." (Al-Hadid 57:12-13)

When you are crossing the sirat, which is a bridge over the hellfire, it will be dark. If your iman is strong, you will have a bright light to cross it. But if your iman is weak, your light will be dim. If you kept going backwards and forward in Islam, you will be given light to cross. Then Allah will snatch away your light. The way you treat Allah in the dunya,  Allah will treat you the same way in the hereafter 

Your iman will give you self-contentment. The people with no iman, has no self-contentment. 

When a person is a kaafir with no iman, they have mental health issues, depression, OCD, ADHD, bi-polar, and schizophrenia. They even hear voices. Because they have no iman, the satan follows them up, so they hear the voice of the satan. This is the plight of those who are suffering from schizophrenia, they hear the voice of the satan. 

How do you know your iman gives you self-contentment? Allah says in the following Ayahs:

Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allāh - Islāmic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allāh, Verily, in the remembrance of Allāh do hearts find rest. (Ra'd 13:2)

But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Qur'ān nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection." He will say:"O my Lord! Why have you raised me up blind, while I had sight (before)." (Allāh) will say: "Like this, Our Ayāt (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) came unto you, but you disregarded them (i.e. you left them, did not think deeply in them, and you turned away from them), and so this Day, you will be neglected (in the Hell-fire, away from Allāh's Mercy)." (Ta-Ha 20:124-126)

With iman you have tawakkul (to put your trust in Allah), but you should always tie your camel 

Anas ibn Malik reported that someone asked, “O Messenger of Allah, shall I tether it and trust in Allah or untie it and place trust in Allah”? He said, “Tie it and trust in Allah." [Sunan Tirmidhi (4/668 ) No. 2517, Sahih Ibn Hibban (2/510) No. 731, Shu'ab al-Iman al-Bayhaqi (2/428 ) No. 1161]

The following Ayah proves that iman gives you tawakkul

Those (i.e. believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, "Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore, fear them." But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said: "Allāh (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)." (Aali Imran 3:173)

The hypocrites of Madina carried out scare mongering but the sahabas had tawakkul (trust in Allah) due to their strong iman. The hypocrites speak like this even till today because the hearts of the hypocrites are alike and the hearts of the believers are also alike. 

With iman Allah gives you a makhraj (a breakthrough) to come out of your difficulties 

And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. (At-Talaq 65:2-3)

With iman Allah will make you become rulers of the land 

Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah). (An-Nur 24:55)

Allah promised that if you have iman, he will use you to replace the current leadership of the taghoot 

With iman, Allah will make you the best Ummah 

You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient. (Aali Imran 3:110)

Narrated By 'Abdullah : The Prophet said, "The best people are those of my generation, and then those who will come after them (the next generation), and then those who will come after them (i.e. the next generation), and then after them, there will come people whose witness will precede their oaths, and whose oaths will precede their witness." [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 8, Book 76, Hadith #437]

The sahabas were the best generation because of their strong iman.

To become the best Ummah, three conditions have to be found. We need to enjoin the right, forbid the wrong, and believe in Allah properly. Concerning enjoining the right and forbidding the wrong, the Rasool (saw) said:

“Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” [Sahih Muslim (1/69) No. 49, Musnad Ahmad (3/10) No. 11088, Sunan Ibn Majah (5/145) No. 4013, Sunan Tirmidhi (4/469) No. 2172, Sunan Abu Dawud (1/296) No. 1140, Sunan al-Nasa'i (8/112) No. 5009] 
With iman, your reward shall be paradise 

"Verily! Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous deeds, shall have the Gardens of Al-Firdaus (the Paradise) for their entertainment. (Al-Kahf 18:107)


This gate is for those who control their anger and are forgiving of others. 

Anger is a strong feeling of rage and antagonism towards someone or something.

Anger occurs mainly because the person was provoked because something unpleasant was done towards his family, religion, honor or wealth.

People kill for religion everyday because they believe they were offended in regards to their religion.

Anger can be halal, mustahab (recommended), fard, makrooh, or even haram.

if someone insults Allah or Muhammad, that anger is fard.

if someone tries to change Islam, that anger is also fard.

In the time of the Rasool (saw) a woman use to borrow the jewelry of other women and refuse to give it back. The Rasool (saw) ordered that her hand should be cut for stealing. The people thought it was inappropriate to cut off her hand because she was from a noble clan called the Makhzummi tribe. The people said let us ask Usama to intercede on her behalf and ask the Prophet (saw) to relax the law  about cutting off the hand of the thief. On this occasion the Prophet (saw) became very angry. This anger is halal because the people were asking the Prophet (saw) to compromise on the deen. The following Hadith explains the incident:

'A'isha reported that Quraysh were concerned with the case of a Makhzumi woman who had stolen something and they said, "Who will speak to the Messenger of Allah (SAW) about her?" They said, "Who is bold enough to do it except Usama ibn Zayd, the beloved of the Messenger of Allah?" Usama spoke to him and the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "How can you intercede when it is a case of one of the legal punishments of Allah Almighty?" Then he stood up and spoke and said, "Those before you were destroyed because when a noble among them stole, they let him be, but when the weak among them stole, they carried out the legal punishment on them. By Allah, if Fatima the daughter of Muhammad were to steal, I would cut off her hand." [al-Bukhari (3475) and Muslim (168]

Anger can be haram. This is when you become angry without a valid reason. Muragama is when you make the kuffar angry. It is mustahab to make the kuffar angry so that they can die in their rage. Even though anger is a natural emotion, Allah set aside a special gate for those who can control their anger. Love, hate, and sadness are also a natural emotions. The people who control their anger are called kadhimeen al Ghaid. Allah spoke about them in the following Ayah 

Those who spend [in Allah's Cause - deeds of charity, alms, etc.] in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon men; verily, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the gooddoers). (Aali Imran 3:134)

The Prophet (saw) described two types of Muslims in the following Hadith

Ibn Umar (RA) narrated the Prophet (SAW) said, “The believer that mixes with people and endures the hardship they cause, he is better than the believer who does not mix with people and so does not endure the hardship they cause." [Musnad Ahmad (5/365) No. 23147, Sunan Ibn Majah (5/160) No. 4032, Sunan Tirmidhi (4/243) No. 2507]

Sahl ibn Mu’adh ibn Anas from his father reported that the Prophet (SAW) said, “As for him who suppresses his anger while he is able to express (and impose) it, Allah will call him on the Day of Resurrection ahead of all the creatures and give him the choice of any of the maidens of paradise he likes.” [Sunan Tirmidhi (4/656) No. 2493, Sunan Abu Dawud (4/24 No. 4777, Sunan Ibn Majah (5/280) No. 4186, Musnad Ahmad (3/440) No. 15675]

The Rasool (saw) said the strong man is not a wrestler in the following Hadith 

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (SAW) as saying: “ he strong-man is not one who wrestles well but the strong man is one who controls himself when he is in a fit of rage." [Al-Bukhari (6114) and Muslim (2609)]

Whenever a munafiq becomes angry, he behaves worst than the kuffar. He lets out the secrets of others when he gets angry. Some kaafir woman lets out bedroom secrets when she is angry to disgrace her partner.

The Rasool (saw) said anger is from ibles 

Atiyyah as-Sa’di reported the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "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. [Sunan Abu Dawud (4/249) No. 4784 and Musnad Ahmad (4/226) No. 18014] 

The Rasool (saw) said the worst person in the site of Allah is the one who is cantankerous

Narrated by ‘Aishah that the Prophet said: “The most despicable person to Allah is one who is harshly argumentative." [Al-Bukhari (2457) and Muslim (2668]

The jinn becomes angry very quickly because they were made from fire.

A sahaba urinated in a stone hole and was killed by a jinn because the jinn lived there and thought he did it deliberately. 

Sa’d ibn ‘Ubaadah was killed by the jinn when he urinated in a hole in which was their dwelling place, and they said, “We have killed the leader of Khazraj Sa’d ibn ‘Ubaadah; we struck him with an arrow and we did not miss his heart.” (See Manaar al-Sabeel, 2/88. The story of the kidnapped man was reported by al-Bayhaqi (7/445-446)

The Prophet (saw) said if you give up argument (although you may be right) a mansion will be built for you in paradise 

Abu Umamah Al-Bahili (RA) reported: Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "I guarantee a house in Jannah for one who gives up arguing, even if he is in the right; and I guarantee a home in the middle of Jannah for one who abandons lying even for the sake of fun; and I guarantee a house in the highest part of Jannah for one who has good manners." [Sunan Abu Dawud (4/253) No. 4800]

The ulimah said stay away from people who will trigger off your anger. 

If you know someone is in a gathering that makes you angry, don't go. 

Avoid looking at pictures that will make you angry 

Stay away from food, drink, company and substances that will trigger off your anger 

One day, a man ask to be counseled by the Rasool (saw) as mentioned in the below Hadith

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him): A man said to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), “Counsel me,” so he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Do not become angry.” The man repeated [his request for counsel] several times, and [each time] he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Do not become angry.” [Al-Bukhari] 40 Hadith Nawawi 16

When Ayesha was slandered, one of the slanderers were Mistah ibn uthaatha who was a cousin of abu Bakr and he was poor. Abu Bakr stopped giving him financial support because he slandered his daughter, Ayesha 

Narrated By Az-Zuhri: I heard 'Urwa bin Az-Zubair, Said bin Al-Musaiyab, 'Alqama bin Waqqas and 'Ubaidullah bin 'Abdullah bin 'Uqba relating from 'Aisha, the wife of the Prophet the narration of the people (i.e. the liars) who spread the slander against her and they said what they said, and how Allah revealed her innocence. Each of them related to me a portion of that narration. (They said that 'Aisha said), ''Then Allah revealed the ten Verses starting with: 'Verily! Those who spread the slander...' (24.11-21) All these verses were in proof of my innocence. 

Abu Bakr As-Siddiq who used to provide for Mistah some financial aid because of his relation to him, said, "By Allah, I will never give anything (in charity) to Mistah, after what he has said about 'Aisha" Then Allah revealed: 'And let not those among you who are good and are wealthy swear not to give (any sort of help) to their kins men...' (24.22) On that, Abu Bakr said, "Yes, by Allah, I like that Allah should forgive me." and then resumed giving Mistah the aid he used to give him and said, "By Allah! I will never withhold it from him." [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 8, Book 78, Hadith #670]

so Allah revealed the following Ayah to correct Abu Bakr

 And marry those among you who are single (i.e. a man who has no wife and the woman who has no husband) and (also marry) the Salihun (pious, fit and capable ones) of your (male) slaves and maid-servants (female slaves). If they be poor, Allah will enrich them out of His Bounty. And Allah is All-Sufficent for His creatures' needs, All-Knowing (about the state of the people). (An-Nur 24:32)

When this Ayah came down, Abu Bakr broke his wallahi and resumed helping Mistah financially 

Also, Mistah didn't really participate in the slander. He only smiled when he heard about the slander of Ayesha. So Abu Bakr was offended because he didn't protect her honor. But Allah revealed 24:32 to correct Abu Bakr. The reasons why Allah told Abu Bakr to continue to be kind to Mistah is because he made hijra, fought at the battle of Badr and was also the cousin of Abu Bakr. 


Dhikr means to remember Allah 

Dhikr is the ibada of Prophets, Messengers and the righteous 

Allah spoke about them in 3:190-191 

Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding. Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying) : "Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire. (Aali Imran 3:190-191)

The above Ayah states that nothing in the heavens or on earth was created without a purpose. Even the mosquitos - it is the source of food for many animals.  Nothing was created for batil, without a purpose.

Only with dhikr does your heart find self-contentment.

Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. (Ra'd 13:2

Allah said to remember Him and He will remember you 

Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying, etc.). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me. (Al-Baqarah 2:152)

One of the characteristics of the munafiqeen is that they forget Allah. They can't remember Allah. Hence, Allah said:

They have forgotten Allah, so He has forgotten them. Verily, the hypocrites are the Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah). (At-Tawbah 9:67)

We don't want to be among the hypocrites, so we remember Allah with dhikr.

 Is he whose breast Allah has opened to Islam, so that he is in light from His Lord (as he who is non-Muslim)? So, woe to those whose hearts are hardened against remembrance of Allah! They are in plain error! (Az-Zumar 39:22)

So, woe to those whose hearts are hardened against remembrance of Allah! They are in plain error! (Az-Zumar 39:22)

People who don’t do dhikr will be raised up blind on the Day of Judgement

"But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Qur'an nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection." He will say:"O my Lord! Why have you raised me up blind, while I had sight (before)." (Allah) will say: "Like this, Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) came unto you, but you disregarded them (i.e. you left them, did not think deeply in them, and you turned away from them), and so this Day, you will be neglected (in the Hell-fire, away from Allah's Mercy)." (Ta-Ha 20:124-126)

Allah told us that He appoints a satan to be the companion of those who don’t do dhikr

And whosoever turns away (blinds himself) from the remembrance of the Most Beneficent (Allah) (i.e. this Qur'an and worship of Allah), We appoint for him Shaitan (Satan  devil) to be a Qarin (an intimate companion) to him. (Az-Zukhruf 43:36)

Dhikr is the greatest deed because when you remember Allah, He makes mention of  you in the company of His angels

Recite (O Muhammad SAW) what has been revealed to you of the Book (the Qur'an), and perform As-Salat (IqamatasSalat). Verily, As-Salat (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahsha' (i.e. great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.) and Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil wicked deed, etc.) and the remembering (praising, etc.) of (you by) Allah (in front of the angels) is greater indeed [than your remembering (praising, etc.) Allah in prayers, etc.]. And Allah knows what you do. (Al-'Ankabut 29:45)

There are angels who roam about on the earth searching for gatherings of dhikr.

Abu Hurayrah (RA) and Abu Sa’eed Khudri (RA) bore testimony that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “Whenever a people remember Allah, the angels surround them, mercy envelops them and peace descends on them, and Allah mentions them to those with Him (the angels).” [Sahih Muslim (4/2074) No. 2700, Sunan Tirmidhi (5/459) No. 3378, Sunan Ibn Majah (4/706) No. 3791, Musnad Ahmad (3/49) No. 11481, al-Sunan al-Kubra al-Nasa'i (10/425) No. 11931]

Another Hadith says to do dhikr until people think you are majnoon (madman)

Translation: Abu Sa'eed al Khudri  narrates from the Prophet (Peace be upon him) who said: Do Dhikr so much that people start calling you Majnoon (mad) [Tafsir ul Qurtubi, Volume No. 14, Page No. 197] [This hadith is narrated in Musnad Ahmed (3/67, 81). Ibn Hibban in his “SAHIH” (#814). Imam al-Hakim in his Mustadrak ala Sahihayn (1/499)]
Also, the Rasool (saw) said to do dhikr until the hypocrites think you are showing off 

Narrated by Ibn Abbas (رضی) who said that the Prophet (صلیی) said: Remember Allah in abundance to the extent that Munafiqeen say that you are showing off [Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Volume No. 6, Page No. 384]

In the Hadith below, the Rasool (saw) said everything in the dunya is cursed except three things 

Abu Huraira (RA) reported that Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, “The world, with all that it contains, is accursed except for dhikr (the remembrance of Allah) that which pleases Allah; and the religious scholars and seekers of knowledge.'' [Sunan Tirmidhi (4/561) 2322 and Sunan Ibn Majah (5/231) 4112, (Abu Eesa al-Tirmidhi said: this hadeeth is hasan ghareeb)]


Q. if a person enters Jannah with the mercy of Allah, how will he know which gate he will enter if he did more than one obligation like for example Jihad and fasting?  does he pick which gate he wants to enter from or does he enter through both?

Such a person who excels in various acts of ibada will be given the choice to enter through any gate he likes. Because the Rasool (saw) said a pious woman will be given the choice to enter through any gates she likes.

Abdur Rahman Ibn Awf narrated the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “If a woman prays her five (daily prayers), fasts her month (Ramadan), guards her chastity and obeys her husband, it will be said to her: Enter Paradise by whichever of the gates of Paradise you wish.” [Musnad Ahmad (1/191) No. 1661 and al-Tabarani; its narrators are thiqat. See Majma’ al-Zawa’id, 4/306, Bab haqq al-zawj ‘ala’l-mar’ah]

Q: I see some people during Taraweeh hold the Quran to follow along with the imam, is this allowed?

The Maliki, Shafi and Hanbali allow this; however, the hanafi do not allow it. They believe Quran can only be recited from memory; not from the printed text. The proof that it is permissible is the Hadith below:

The proof is the report recorded by Imam al-Bukhari in his Sahih without a chain of transmission (mu’allaqan) that “Sayyida A’isha (may Allah be pleased with her) would pray behind her slave Zakwan, who would recite from a Mushaf.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 1/245 and Fath al-Bari 2/239

Q: Are there already muslims in jannah and jahannam, when its said that no one will enter jannah before Muhammad saw.

The people who are in paradise are the virgins of paradise. No one from the dunya is in paradise as yet. No one is allowed to enter paradise before Muhammad (saw).  

Q: Is a woman allowed to remove facial hair?

If she grows a beard, she can remove that because it is haram for her to imitate a man. However, she cannot pluck or shave the eyebrows.  All other facial hair can be removed 

"May Allah curse women who wear false hair or arrange it for others, who tattoo or have themselves tattooed, who pluck facial hair or eyebrows or have them plucked, and women who separate their front teeth for beauty, altering what Allah has created." Dhahabi narrated it in al-Kaba'ir and he said: "It is agreed upon [by Bukhari and Muslim]." Ibn `Umar (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) cursed the maker and wearer of a wig and the tattooer and the one who is tattooed. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Q: What is meant by the green birds flying in paradise? 

You have to take this literally. There is no other explanation available.  We take everything literally, unless we have evidence to prove it is metaphorical.  

Q: Isnt jannatul firdaus is one of jannah gate? 

Jannatul Firdaus is the highest level of paradise and at the roof of it lies the arsh of Allah. There are 7 levels of paradise and the gates of paradise are different from the levels of paradise. 

when you ask Allah (for something), ask for Al-firdaus which is the best and highest part of Paradise." (i.e. The sub-narrator added, "I think the Prophet also said, 'Above it (i.e. Al-Firdaus) is the Throne of Beneficent (i.e. Allah), and from it originate the rivers of Paradise.") [Sahih Bukhari (4/16) No. 2790]

 Q: A sister forsaked me my right to repeat salam and also normal sisterhood without any known valid reason, i tried since over a year to excuse this and send gifts and asked for her wellbeing, as her husband is my Wali. I overlooked her idlespeach few month ago.. yet one day i send a dua to her husband, after he didnt changed this.. may Allah teach her a lesson if she not obey Allah. Because i was pretty upset for this behaviour and angry on her ways and on the fact that a man of tauheed cannot establish simple right amongst muslims between each other. After that her husband give me no nasiha but revenged in rage and emotionally oppressed me, few days later comming with cheap apologize. So since the avoidance of this sister which possibly is hidden grudge, now everyone had some anger, which ones anger was halal, makru, recommended, haram? JZK

if you boycott a muslim for one year, it's like you killed him 

Narrated By Abu Khirash as-Sulami: Abu Khirash heard the Apostle of Allah (SAW) say: "If one keeps apart from his brother for a year, it is like shedding his blood." [Sunan Abu Dawud (4/279) No. 4915, Musnad Ahmad (4/220) No. 17964, al-Adab al-Mufrad al-Bukhari No. 404, Mustadrak al-Haakim (4/180) No. 7292, Shu'ab al-Iman al-Bayhaqi (9/26) No. 6207, al-Mu’jam al-Kabir al-Tabarani (22/30 No. 780]

Your issue is huge and cannot be solved on PalTalk. Please take up your matter with a local Shaikh. Change your wali and have a wali who is older. Perhaps someone in his 60's or 70’s.

Q: Basically my question is "society now puts our health at harm may it be the pharmaceuticals, food, overeating etc. So what is brother Faisals opinion on meditation or deep belly breathing, to calm our mind and self? any references from quran or sunnah would be greatly appreciated jazakallah brother i mean it thank you so much. 

The best thing for you is fasting because of the following Hadith 

On the authority of Abu Huraira (RA) that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Take part in battles, and you will receive booty. Fast, and you will be healthy. Travel and you will find your sustenance.”  [Al-Mu’jam al-Awsat al-Tabarani (8/174) No. 8312]

Also, yoga is haram because it is linked to sun worshipping. Yoga is hinduism. Our lifestyle is already a healthy lifestyle because we pray five times a day and fast in the holy month of Ramadan.