Tuesday, June 30, 2015

(Audio) 7 Principles of Prison by Younus Abdullah Muhammad

7 PRINCIPLES OF PRISON
By Younus Abdullah Muhammad


Part 1 - June 29, 2015: "There can be no Islam without Justice"




Part 2 - July 6, 2015:  "Hold together to the Rope of Allah and do not be Divided"

 


Part 3 - July 27, 2015:  "Life is a Test, Nothing More Nothing Less"




Part 4 - August 3, 2015:  "In Sabr there is Khair (goodness)"




Part 5 - August 10, 2015: "Knowledge (ilm) precedes action"




Part 6 - August 24, 2915:  
"Have Taqwa of Allah and He will make a way out for you"




Part 7 - August 31, 2015: "Do not let your hatred of a people incite you to transgress against them."

(Notes & Audio) The Three Types of Hearts


THE THREE TYPES OF HEARTS
By Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
June 27, 2015

Notes typed live by AT19
Edited and Formatted by AT19 





This topic was taken from a statement by Sulayman al Ulwan where he declared the hearts are of three types. The arabic word Qalb means the heart. The heart turns over and over again and it doesn't remain the same, this is why it is referred to as the Qalb. 

So Allah taught us to make the following dua in the Quran 

(They say) : "Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower." (Aali Imran 3:8) 

The heart is so important Allah has mentioned it 132 times in the Quran because the heart influences the brain. 

The heart send messages to the brain and dictates to the brain how you should think. 

The heart influences the hormones of the body 

We have estrogen and testosterone 

Someone who underwent a heart transplant, the recipient of the heart will take on some of the characteristics of the donor. 

More than 14 centuries ago, the Quran explains to us the importance of the heart. Because of that, the heart was mentioned 132 times in the Quran 

The Prophet said in a famous Hadith: 

There is a lump of flesh in the body, the nature of which is that when it is sound, the entire body is sound, and when it is corrupt, the entire body is corrupt - it is the heart.’” [al-Bukhari (52) and Muslim (1599)] 

WHAT ARE THE THREE TYPES OF HEARTS?

1. Qalb Salim 

Qalb Salim means the pure heart 

Allah spoke about the pure heart in 26:88-89 

The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, Except him who brings to Allāh a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifāq (hypocrisy)]. (Ash-Shu'ara 26:88-89)

Qalb Salim is pure from the following things: 

  • Kufr 
  • shirk 
  • Zandaqa (heresy) 
  • hypocrisy 

The Qalb Salim is also a heart that makes dhikr (remembers Allah). Because of this, the owner of the heart finds contentment 

Allah said that one of the signs of a munafiq is that he forgets Allah 

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)

One of the characteristics of a hypocrite is that he forgets Allah, hence Allah said 

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

The Qalb Salim is the first category of heart. It is pure from diseases like racism, tribalism, nationalism and regionalism.  These of the heart are called asabiyah 

The Prophet (saw) said: 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 pure heart is free from kufr, shirk, zandaqa, hypocrisy and asabiyah. 

A racist judge cannot be a fair judge. Because of that 100's of black males were killed for crimes they did not commit in the USA.

A man in SC killed 9 people and the racist judge said the victim is the family of the boy who did the killing.  He also said their are 4 types of people in the world: black, white, rednecks and n*ggers. Only a real believer can have Qalb Salim; therefore, it is expected for a kaafir to have a corrupted heart. 

A Qalb Salim is free from greed. Concerning greed, the the following Hadith speaks of the greed of man: 

Ibn ‘Abbâs narrated: I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) saying, “If a son of Adam had a valley full of gold, he would desire to have two. Nothing can fill his mouth except the dust (of his grave). Allah turns with mercy to him who turns to Him in repentance.” [al-Bukhari (6437) and Muslim (1049)] 

The Qalb Salim is God-fearing 

The rasool (saw) use to seek refuge with Allah from knowledge that has no benefit and from a heart that has no taqwah

O Allah! I seek refuge in You from the knowledge which is not beneficial, and from a heart which does not fear (You), and from desire which is not satisfied, and from prayer which is not answered]." [Sahih Muslim (4/2088) No. 2722] 

The Qalb Salim is also free from lust 

Zaid bin Arqam (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) would supplicate: O Allah! Grant me the sense of piety and purify my soul as You are the Best to purify it. You are its Guardian and its Protecting Friend." [Sahih Muslim (4/208 No. 2722]

People are destroyed everyday by their lust. Lust is so dangerous, the Rasool (saw) said: 

"Whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs (i.e. his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him." [Sahih Bukhari (8/100) No. 6474]

Allah also spoke about lust in the following Ayah:

But as for him who feared standing before his Lord, and restrained himself from impure evil desires, and lusts. Verily, Paradise will be his abode. (An-Nazi'at 79:40-41)

The wives of the Prophet (saw) were commanded by Allah to speak with a normal voice so that the hypocrites, in whose hearts is the disease of lust, would not be moved by their voices. Hence, Allah said: 

O wives of the Prophet! You are not like any other women. If you keep your duty (to Allāh), then be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire for adultery, etc.) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honourable manner. (Al-Ahzab 33:32)

So a woman should not beautify her voice when she speaks to men because some people have lust in his heart. Not everyone has qalb salim. Some people have a corrupted heart.

In the Islamic State a man is killed for adultery because this disease of the heart is addictive. To save this society from his mischief, he is killed. The same ruling goes for homosexuals. So because of that, the Prophet said in the following Hadith: 

Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.” [Sunan Tirmidhi (4/57) No. 1456, Sunan Abu Dawud (4/158) No. 4462, Sunan Ibn Majah (3/594) No. 2561, Musnad Ahmad (1/300) No. 2732]

There is a difference of opinion concerning the punishment for the one who commits sodomy. The following are the opinions that were mentioned by Imam Ash-Shawkani in "Nayl Al-Awtar" , Vol. 7/p122-124. 

1) That he is killed with the sword, then burnt. This is narrated from Abu Bakr and 'Ali Ibn Abi Talib.
2) That a wall should be collapsed upon him. This was the opinion of 'Umar and 'Uthman.
3) That he should be thrown from the highest building in the city, then that should be followed up with him being pelted with rocks. This was the opinion of Ibn 'Abbas.
4) That he is stoned. This is narrated by Al-Bayhaqi from 'Ali Ibn Abi Talib, Ash-Sha'bi, Az-Zuhri, Malik, Ahmad, Is'haq, and Ash-Shafi'i.
5) That they are burned. This was narrated by Al-Bayhaqi, that Abu Bakr gathered the Sahabah and 'Ali mentioned this, and the Sahabah agreed upon it. It was also mentioned by Al-Munthiri that it was done by Abu Bakr, 'Ali, 'Abdullah Ibn Az-Zubayr, and Hisham Ibn 'Abdil-Malik.
6) That he is stoned, then burnt with fire. This is narrated from the Sahabah agreeing upon it in the time of Abu Bakr.
7) That the punishment is the same as Zina, in that if he is a virgin, he is whipped, and if he is not, then he is stoned.
8) That there is no prescribed punishment, rather it is left up to the Imam to perform Ta'zir, and this was narrated from Abu Hanifah, and one narration from Ash-Shafi'i, and others. 

Ash-Shawkani refutes the opinion of the punishment being the same as Zina, as well as the opinion that there is only Ta'zir, and supports the opinion that he is killed, but does not appear to specify which way of killing is the strongest. 

In this materialistic world today, people pay a lot of attention to their body image and designer clothing. But Allah is not impressed with any of these things. Allah is impressed with a qalb salim. In this regard, the Holy Prophet (saw) said:

"Verily Allah does not look to your bodies nor to your faces but He looks to your hearts," and he pointed towards the heart with his fingers. [Sahih Muslim (4/1986) No. 2564] 

Allah pays attention to your hearts, not your bodies.  Some women will propose to a man if he is well built because they are shallow. They think a six-pack is all that is needed in a man. But the Prophet said Allah only looks at your heart - not bodies or faces. Allah is impressed with your heart.

Some Muslims look at the dress code of some people and are impressed. But sit with a madkhali for 15 minutes and listen to his aqeeda and you will want to vomit because of his kufr, shirk and zandaqa. However,  his dress code is fine and impresses you.  He has a beard and pants above the ankle.

Is your heart pure? 

The munafiqoon use dress code and body image to pull the wool over the eye of unsuspecting Muslims. Hence, Allah said:

And when you look at them, their bodies please you; and when they speak, you listen to their words. They are as blocks of wood propped up. They think that every cry is against them. They are the enemies, so beware of them. May Allah curse them! How are they denying (or deviating from) the Right Path. (Al-Munafiqun 63:4)

Hypocrites pay attention to body image, but not their hearts. They do not seek authentic Islamic knowledge, because Islam is not their priority. Their priority is the dunya. The Prophet (saw) said these hypocrites will never have knowledge of Islam and a beautiful character:

Abu Huraira (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “Two characteristics cannot combine in a hypocrite: good character and an understanding of religion.” [Sunan Tirmidhi (5/49) No. 2684, al-Thiqat Ibn Hibban (8/227) No. 13149, al-Mu’jam al-Awsat al-Tabarani (8/75) No. 8010, al-Madkhal ila al-Sunan al-Kubra al-Bayhaqi (pg. 256) No. 357]

The Qalb Salim is a repenting heart. Hence, Allah says:

"Who feared the Most Beneficent (Allāh) in the Ghaib (unseen): (i.e. in this worldly life before seeing and meeting Him), and brought a heart turned in repentance (to Him - and absolutely free from each and every kind of polytheism), (Qaf 50:33)

The Prophet (saw) said All of Bani Adam are sinners 

Anas (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said, “Every son of Adam commits sin but the best of those who sin are those who repent.” [Sunan Tirmidhi (4/659) No. 2499, Sunan Ibn Majah (5/320) No. 4250, Sunan al-Darime (2/392) No. 2727, Musnad Ahmad (3/198) No. 13072] 

In another Hadith, the Rasool (saw) said a believer is remorseful about his sin: 

A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain which, he is afraid, may fall on him; whereas the wicked person considers his sins as flies passing over his nose and he just drives them away like this." Abu Shihab (the sub-narrator) moved his hand over his nose in illustration. [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 8, Book 75, Hadith #320] 

Allah said the heart is the abode of iman and taqwa 

The bedouins say: "We believe." Say: "You believe not but you only say, 'We have surrendered (in Islām),' for Faith has not yet entered your hearts. But if you obey Allāh and His Messenger (SAW), He will not decrease anything in reward for your deeds. Verily, Allāh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Al-Hujurat 49:14)

The below Quranic verse is another evidence to prove the heart is the abode of iman and taqwa 

Whoever disbelieved in Allāh after his belief, except him who is forced thereto and whose heart is at rest with Faith but such as open their breasts to disbelief, on them is wrath from Allāh, and theirs will be a great torment. (An-Nahl 16:106)

This Ayah was revealed about Ammar ibn Yassar. He was beaten by Quraysh to the point that he left Islam only by his lips, not his heart.  His heart was contented with iman.  What he did with Quraysh was taqiyya (desception).  Taqiyya is allowed when you live in darul harb and suffer persecution. Darul harb is any land where Muslims are being ill treated and persecuted. Because Ammar ibn Yaaser was living behind enemy lines, Makkah was darul harb back then. 

The Holy Prophet (saw) told us in a Hadith that we are forgiven for haram things that we did out of duress:

Ibn 'Abbas (RA) the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "Verily Allah has pardoned [or been lenient with] for me my Ummah : their mistakes, their forgetfulness, and that which they have been forced to do under duress." [Sunan Ibn Majah (3/200) No. 2045, al-Mu’jam al-Kabir al-Tabarani (11/133) No. 11274, al-Sunan al-Kubra al-Bayhaqi (7/584) No. 15094, Sunan al-Daraqutni (5/300) No. 4351]

The other evidence to prove that the heart is the abode of iman is where Allah said:

And [mention] when Abraham said, "My Lord, show me how You give life to the dead." [ Allah ] said, "Have you not believed?" He said, "Yes, but [I ask] only that my heart may be satisfied. [ Allah ] said, "Take four birds and commit them to yourself. Then [after slaughtering them] put on each hill a portion of them; then call them - they will come [flying] to you in haste. And know that Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” 2:260  

The qalb salim is a heart that practices al wala wal bara, to love and hate for Allah. Therefore, the qalb salim loves what Allah loves and hate what Allah hates. In this regard, Allah said:

You (O Muhammad SAW) will not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad SAW ), even though they were their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred (people). For such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with Ruh (proofs, light and true guidance) from Himself. And We will admit them to Gardens (Paradise) under which rivers flow, to dwell therein (forever). Allah is pleased with them, and they with Him. They are the Party of Allah. Verily, it is the Party of Allah that will be the successful. (Al-Mujadilah 58:22)

Whenever a person is a hypocrite, his heart is corrupted; therefore, you will see him taking the enemies of Islam for his friends and allies. He will even fight in their army against the believers, and this is an act of apostasy. 

When the Rasool (saw) entered into Madina, two tribes al Aws and al Khazraj, were fighting. When they became Muslim, they stopped killing each other because it is incumbent on Muslims to love each other for the sake of Allah. About these two tribes, Allah said: 

And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Qur'an), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah's Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided. (Aali Imran 3:103)

Allah told the Prophet Muhammad (saw) that only He, Allah, is able to put love in the hearts of humans for each other and money cannot buy true love. Hence, Allah said about the Aws and the Khazraj:

And He has united their (i.e. believers') hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have united their hearts, but Allāh has united them. Certainly He is All-Mighty, All-Wise. (Al-Anfal 8:63)

Some may ask why are Sunnis and Shias killing each other? It is because Shia are not Muslim. The Shia claim the Quran is corrupted and Ayesha had an affair. The Grand Mufti of Spain, ibn Hazm, had a debate with some Christians and they brought a book written by the Shias. In this book the Shias claim the Quran is corrupted. Ibn Hazm dismissed the book by saying the Shia are not even Muslims. 

Ibn Hazm — "Shia are not even Muslims", when Christians debating him brought a Shia book as reference See al-Millal wa al-Nahl الفصل في الملل والنحل 2/213

The other evidence to prove that the heart is the abode of iman and taqwa is the following Hadith of the Rasool (saw):

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (RA) who said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "Do not envy one another, and do not inflate prices for one another, and do not hate one another, and do not turn away from one another, and do not undercut one another in trade, but [rather] be slaves of Allah and brothers [amongst yourselves]. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he does not oppress him, nor does he fail him, nor does he lie to him, nor does he hold him in contempt. Taqwa (piety) is right here [and he pointed to his chest three times]. It is evil enough for a man to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. The whole of a Muslim is inviolable for another Muslim: his blood, his property, and his honour." [Sahih Muslim (4/1986) No. 2564]

2. THE SEALED HEART

The sealed heart is the heart of a kaafir who will never believe in Islam. Allah spoke about this in 2:6-7 

Verily, those who disbelieve, it is the same to them whether you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him ) warn them or do not warn them, they will not believe. Allāh has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, (i.e. they are closed from accepting Allāh's Guidance), and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be a great torment. (Al-Baqarah 2:6-7)

The people with sealed hearts worship their evil and corrupted desires. So their lust has become their god. Hence, Allah says:

Have you seen him who takes his own lust (vain desires) as his ilāh (god), and Allāh knowing (him as such), left him astray, and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight. Who then will guide him after Allāh? Will you not then remember? (Al-Jathiyah 45:23)

Whenever the heart of a kaafir is sealed up, Islam will not enter and kufr will not come out. 

  • This was the plight of Nimrod, the man who threw Abraham into the fire 
  • This was the plight of the Pharoah, the man who rejected the message of Moses after seeing the 9 signs of Moses
  • This was the plight of Abu Lahab, the Uncle of the Prophet (saw) who rejected the message of the Rasool (saw) 
  • This was the plight of Abu Jahll, the commander-in-chief for Quraysh at the battle of Badr 
  • This is the plight of most Jews today. Even though they know Muhammad (saw) is the messenger of Allah, they reject him in the name of asabiyah 

Allah spoke about the Jews in the following Quranic verse:

And they, the Jews, say, "Our hearts are wrapped (i.e. do not hear or understand Allāh's Word)." Nay, Allāh has cursed them for their disbelief, so little is that which they believe. (Al-Baqarah 2:8)

This Ayah tells you that Jews (past and present) most will not believe. Most of them have a heart that is sealed up. 

A sealed heart is rebellious to the haqq and you are not allowed to give dawah to a person whose heart is sealed this person is harshly argumentative to the haqq. You are only allowed to give dawa to a person who shows an interested in Islam. Hence, Allah said: 

So give admonition if it benefits the listener; 87:9  

Allah said here "IF" it benefits the person. You are only allowed to give dawah to a person who appreciates the dawah. Otherwise it is like throwing gold to swine, you are wasting your time to a person not worth a dime. It is haram to waste your time. Hence, Allah said:

Verily, spendthrifts are brothers of the Shayatīn (devils), and the Shaitān (Devil  Satan) is ever ungrateful to his Lord. (Al-Isra 17:27)

This is why you are not allowed to give dawah to a person whose heart is sealed. If you respect yourself, don't waste your time with a person rebellious to the haqq. The best way to spread Islam is not dawa. The best way is through jihad. Hence, Allah said:

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)

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)

Dawah is the method for people who are weak. Shaikh bin Baaz said you don't understand the ayah about no compulsion in religion. He said it means either you embrace Islam or die. You are allowed to force a pagan to become Muslim because it is better for someone to be a Muslim and worship Allah alone. You can't take jizya from people who are not Christian or Jew; therefore, you are allowed to force them to take shahada. 

A man asked Shaykh Bin Baaz about the permissibility of forcing a kaafir to embrace Islam. The following is the question of the person and the fatwa of the Shaykh [RA]:

Some friends say that whoever does not enter Islam, that is his choice and he should not be forced to become Muslim, quoting as evidence the verses in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed, all of them together. So, will you (O Muhammad) then compel mankind, until they become believers” [Yoonus 10:99]  

“There is no compulsion in religion” [al-Baqarah 2:256]  

What is your opinion concerning that?.

The scholars explained that these two verses, and other similar verses, have to do with those from whom the jizyah may be taken, such as Jews, Christians and Magians (Zoroastrians). They are not to be forced, rather they are to be given the choice between becoming Muslim or paying the jizyah. 

Other scholars said that this applied in the beginning, but was subsequently abrogated by Allaah’s command to fight and wage jihad. So whoever refuses to enter Islam should be fought when the Muslims are able to fight, until they either enter Islam or pay the jizyah if they are among the people who may pay jizyah. The kuffaar should be compelled to enter Islam if they are not people from whom the jizyah may be taken, because that will lead to their happiness and salvation in this world and in the Hereafter. Obliging a person to adhere to the truth in which is guidance and happiness is better for him than falsehood. Just as a person may be forced to do the duty that he owes to other people even if that is by means of imprisonment or beating, so forcing the kaafirs to believe in Allaah alone and enter into the religion of Islam is more important and more essential, because this will lead to their happiness in this world and in the Hereafter. This applies unless they are People of the Book, i.e., Jews and Christians, or Magians, because Islam says that these three groups may be given the choice: they may enter Islam or they may pay the jizyah and feel themselves subdued. 

Some of the scholars are of the view that others may also be given the choice between Islam and jizyah, but the most correct view is that no others should be given this choice, rather these three groups are the only ones who may be given the choice, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) fought the kuffaar in the Arabian Peninsula and he only accepted their becoming Muslim. And Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“But if they repent [by rejecting Shirk (polytheism) and accept Islamic Monotheism] and perform As-Salaah (Iqaamat-as-Salaah), and give Zakaah, then leave their way free. Verily, Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful”[al-Tawbah 9:5] 

He did not say, “if they pay the jizyah”. The Jews, Christians and Magians are to be asked to enter Islam; if they refuse then they should be asked to pay the jizyah. If they refuse to pay the jizyah then the Muslims must fight them if they are able to do so. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allaah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allaah and His Messenger  (Muhammad), (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”[al-Tawbah 9:29] 

And it was proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) accepted the jizyah from the Magians, but it was not proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or his companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) accepted the jizyah from anyone except the three groups mentioned above. [Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat li’l-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 6/219]


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It is mandatory to have health insurance and car insurance in darul Harb. What's more important? To have obamacare or to believe in Allah? To drive with car insurance or to worship Allah alone? So if you can force a person to have insurance; likewise, you can force a person to worship Allah alone. Because the right of Allah is more important than the right of humans or the rights of a kaafir state. Hence, Shaykh Bin Baaz [RA] said:

The kuffaar should be compelled to enter Islam if they are not people from whom the jizyah may be taken, because that will lead to their happiness and salvation in this world and in the Hereafter. Obliging a person to adhere to the truth in which is guidance and happiness is better for him than falsehood. Just as a person may be forced to do the duty that he owes to other people even if that is by means of imprisonment or beating, so forcing the kaafirs to believe in Allaah alone and enter into the religion of Islam is more important and more essential, because this will lead to their happiness in this world and in the Hereafter. [Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat li’l-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 6/219]

It is worthy of mentioning that only the Islamic State has the authority to force a kaafir to embrace Islam. Muslims who are living in Darul Harb or Darul Kufr are not allowed to force their kuffar neighbors to embrace Islam. 

When Shaykh Bin Baaz gives a fatwa he doesn't write kufr because he was careful about his legacy. 

The blind man is not the man who is blind in his eyes. The real blind man is blind in his heart. Hence, Allah said:

Have they not travelled through the land, and have they hearts wherewith to understand and ears wherewith to hear? Verily, it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts which are in the breasts that grow blind. (Al-Hajj 22:46)

The Prophet (saw) said something similar in the following Hadith about the blind hypocrite:

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said to his men: "Which man of you can lead us to where the people (i.e. the idolaters) are, along a short track that does not pass by them?" Abu Khaithama said: "O Messenger of Allah (SAW), I am the man you need." Then he chose a short track that led to Uhud passing by Harrah Bani Harithah and their farms, leaving the idolaters' army westwards. On their way they passed by Ha'it (i.e. the field) of Marba' bin Qaizi, who was a blind hypocrite. When Marba' felt and realized that they were the Prophetic army, he started throwing earth at their faces, so they rushed to kill him, but the Prophet (SAW) said: "Do not kill him. He is blind in heart and eyes."[Seerah Ibn Hisham (2/65)]

When you are blind in your heart, it means your heart is sealed. Some people whose hearts are sealed fight Islam like Nimrod, the Pharaoh, Abu Lahab and Abu Jahl. Their fighting will be with propaganda warfare. They will slander your name as they used to slander the Prophet (saw). So Allah revealed the following Surah:

Woe to every slanderer and backbiter. Who has gathered wealth and counted it, He thinks that his wealth will make him last forever! (Al-Humuzah 104:1-3)

They will use the entertainment industry to fight Islam 

And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e.music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allāh without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allāh, the Verses of the Qur'ān) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire). (Luqman 31:6)

When they make a mockery of the deen it's called smear, sneer, and jeer. This is all apart of the propaganda warfare. 

They will also use the cultural warfare to fight you. Their Jerry Springer culture of no morals and they are shameless about their degeneracy and debauchery 

Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him ) till you follow their religion. Say: "Verily, the Guidance of Allāh (i.e. Islāmic Monotheism) that is the (only) Guidance. (Al-Baqarah 2:120)

The infidels would like you to compromise on your religion to please them. They claim, by doing so, it shows that you are courteous. In this regard, Allah said:

They wish that you should compromise (in religion out of courtesy) with them, so they (too) would compromise with you. (Al-Qalam 68:9)

They will fight you economically with sanctions and embargo. This is called economic warfare. They think if they make you suffer object poverty, you will apostate from Islam. Hence, Allah said: 

Shaitān (Satan) threatens you with poverty and orders you to commit Fahshā (evil deeds, illegal sexual intercourse, sins etc.); whereas Allāh promises you Forgiveness from Himself and Bounty, and Allāh is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower. (Al-Baqarah 2:26

The Holy Prophet (saw) told us in the following Hadith that poverty can lead to kufr:

Anas Ibn Malik narrated the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Poverty, in all probability, leads to unbelief (kufr)...” [al-Bayhaqi narrated in 'Shu’ab al-Eemaan' (9/12) No. 6188 and Abu Na'eem narrated in 'Hileeyat al-Awwleeyah' (3/109)]

They will also fight you with psychological warfare. They make you think you should throw in the towel and give up the Jihad against them because they have weapons of mass destruction which we do not have. Don't think warfare is only one type. They will wage political warfare by isolating a country and call it a rogue state and an axes of evil.

They will also wage spiritual warfare against you.  They have websites saying they found contradictions in Quran. They will write books to cast doubt on Islam.  They will pay actors to pretend to be x-Muslims even though these actors are Jews and Christians. All these strategies are called spiritual warfare.  Allah told you that the kuffar would like you to apostate from Islam because they envy you for your deen. Hence, Allah said: 

Many of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) wish that if they could turn you away as disbelievers after you have believed, out of envy from their ownselves, even, after the truth (that Muhammad Peace be upon him is Allah's Messenger) has become manifest unto them. (Al-Baqarah 2:109)

Why do you think China banned Ramadan? They banned Ramadan because they want the Muslims to apostate from Islam so that they and the Muslims can be on the same even keel. In this regard, Allah said:

They wish that you reject Faith, as they have rejected (Faith), and thus that you all become equal (like one another). (An-Nisa 4:89)


Another way they fight you is by way of Military Warfare. They even bomb schools and hospitals. It includes the use of chemical weapons. Many children are born deformed in Iraq and Afghanistan because the kuffar used chemical warfare against them. About these infidels fighting us, Allah said:

And they will never cease fighting you until they turn you back from your religion (Islāmic Monotheism) if they can. And whosoever of you turns back from his religion and dies as a disbeliever, then his deeds will be lost in this life and in the Hereafter, and they will be the dwellers of the Fire. They will abide therein forever." (Al-Baqarah 2:217)

Seven types of warfares are mentioned above.  The people whose heart are sealed fight Islam with these seven types of warfares, past and present. This is why the commander-in-chief, Abu Jahl, came to fight Islam at the battle of Badr.  The hypocrites belong to this second category of people whose hearts are sealed. Allah spoke about them in the following Ayah:

In their hearts is a disease (of doubt and hypocrisy) and Allāh has increased their disease. A painful torment is theirs because they used to tell lies. (Al-Baqarah 2:10)

Because they belong to this second category, they will be in the bottom of the hellfire like Allah said: 

Verily, the hyprocrites will be in the lowest depths (grade) of the Fire; no helper will you find for them. (An-Nisa 4:145)

Did you know Allah sometimes comes between a man and his heart? 

… and know that Allāh comes in between a person and his heart (i.e. He prevents an evil person to decide anything). And verily to Him you shall (all) be gathered. (Al-Anfal 8:24)

Sometimes a man is evil to the core, so Allah prevents him from making a decision. So many countries have the atomic bomb in the world today. The world would have been destroyed if Allah didn’t come between a man and his decisions. Hence, Allah said:

Then, after that, your hearts were hardened and became as stones or even worse in hardness. And indeed, there are stones out of which rivers gush forth, and indeed, there are of them (stones) which split asunder so that water flows from them, and indeed, there are of them (stones) which fall down for fear of Allāh. And Allāh is not unaware of what you do. (Al-Baqarah 2:74)

These people whose hearts are sealed are cowards. They spent millions to train their troops but do not send any to fight the Islamic State, yet they brag about how they have trained their troops with state of the art weaponry.  They also brag about how their troops graduated from the most advanced military academies in the world. They are all cowards. In this regard Allah said: 

We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they joined others in worship with Allāh, for which He had sent no authority; their abode will be the Fire and how evil is the abode of the Zālimûn (polytheists and wrongdoers). (Aali Imran 3:151)

How can they face the mujahideen with atheist, devil worshippers and homosexuals in their army? Their army has no barakah. Angels don't help  atheist, devil worshippers and homosexuals. Allah said he is the friend and helper of those who believe in the following Ayah:

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)

Those whose hearts are sealed are cowards. For them to fight the mujahideen, they have to take drugs and drink alcohol. When the kurds camp are taken over by the Mujahideen, it is full of Jack Daniel’s (alcohol) which they use to give themselves Dutch Courage (a courage that last an hour or two). 

3. A HEART THAT CONTAINS GOOD AND EVIL 

This individual will be a good person when he is in the company of strong practicing Muslims. However, if he is in the company of evil people, he will behave exactly like them. This person behaves like the Muslim when he is with the Muslims, and behaves like a kaafir when he is with the kaafir. This person has a heart that contains good and evil. So it’s very important for him to be living in an Islamic State and not Darul Harb.

Ibn Taymiyyah has commented on this person in the fatwa below:

Shaykh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rh) said, “The state of a place reflects the state of a person. It is possible to be sometimes a Muslim and at other times a disbeliever; sometimes sincere and at other times hypocritical; sometimes good and pious and at other times rotten and corrupt. Thus, a person becomes like the place of his abode. The migration of a person from a land of disbelief and profanity to one of faith and probity is an expression of repentance and of his turning away from disobedience and perversion to belief and obedience. This is so until the Day of Resurrection.” [Majmu’al-Fatawa, (18/284)]

This person doesn't have a strong personality and is swayed by his environment. Ibn Taymiyyah is saying hijrah is mandatory on the Ummah until the Day of Judgement. These people are weak in character. They can't say no to haram things. If a Muslim invites them to Eid, he goes to Eid. And if a this person is invited to a Christmas party, he goes to the party to drink and dance.

Many do not go to the European Countries, because they know they are weak. They will cheat on their wives, do drugs and party, so they are smart and stay in a Muslim land. 

if you belong to this category, you are not an evil person. You are easily influenced. The evil person is the one whose heart is sealed. Because the one with a sealed heart has not hope in this life nor the hereafter. You should stay in the company of real Muslims in order to safeguard your deen. Hence, Allah said: 

O you who believe! Be afraid of Allah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds). (At-Tawbah 9:119)

The Rasool (saw) encourages us to be in good company in the following Hadith: 

Narrated By Abu Musa: Allah's Apostle said, "The example of a good companion (who sits with you) in comparison with a bad one, is I like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith's bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof." [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 3, Book 34, Hadith #314]

The Rasool (saw) also spoke about friends and how they influence us in the Hadith below:

Abu Huraira (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “A man is on the religion of his friend, so let each of you observe whom he be friends.” [Sunan Tirmidhi (4/589) No. 2378, Sunan Abu Dawud (4/259) No. 4833, Musnad Ahmad (2/334) No. 8398] 

Allah said on Day of Judgement a man will cry out:

"Ah! Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so-and-so as a friend! (Al-Furqan 25:2)

Allah gave us a warning that friends will become enemies on Day of Judgement, except the pious ones: 

Friends on that Day will be foes one to another except Al-Muttaqun (pious - see V.2:2). (Az-Zukhruf 43:67)

The heart is very important and is the most important organ in the body. This is explained in the Hadith below about Luqman, the wise: 

Khalid Ar-Rab'i said: "Luqman was an Ethiopian slave who worked as a carpenter. One day, his master ordered him to slaughter a goat and bring him the most pleasant and delicious two parts thereof. Luqman did so and brought him the tongue and heart. The master asked: Did not you find anything more pleasant than these? Luqman said: No! After a while, the master ordered him to slaughter a goat and to throw the most malignant two parts thereof. Luqman slaughtered the goat and threw the tongue and heart. The master exclaimed and said: I ordered you to bring me the most delicious parts thereof and you brought me the tongue and heart, and I ordered you to throwaway the most malignant parts thereof and you threw the tongue and heart, how can this be? Luqman said: Nothing can be more pleasing than these if they were good, and nothing can be more malicious than these if they were malignant.” Tafsir Ibn Kathir

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 

Q: What was the purpose of the Prophet (saws) wearing a thobe, a brother explained to me that the purpose of wearing a thobe was to look familiar to his people? is that so?

You are talking about islamic dress. He wore it because it covers him appropriately in salah. It is not haram for a man to wear trousers and shirt because this dress is international and not exclusive to a religious group. You can dress like the people you are giving dawah to. 

As long as it's not clothing of the kuffar. ie clothing wore exclusively by a kuffar only like the Hindu and Buddhist clothing. Also, the clothing cannot be tight fitting. This ruling goes for the clothing of both men or women. Women should wear a jilbab over their trousers when they leave the home. It is haram for a woman to wear trousers alone outside the home because if outlines their figure. Every woman is obliged to wear hijab and jilbab when she leaves the home.

Additionally, regarding clothing:
  • Your clothing cannot be transparent 
  • Men cannot wear silk. 
  • Clothing should not have animal pictures on it 
  • Do not wear bold colors like red, pink yellow 
  • Wear colors that are suttle 
  • A woman should wear jilbab and hijab outside the home
  • Men cannot dress in women clothing and visa versa

It is worthy of mentioning that it is not permissible to dress our children in clothing with pictures of humans and animals on it because anything that is haram for adults is also haram for children. Even though it is haram for us for pray in clothing with animal pictures, the salah is still valid. But the one who prays in such garment has gained some sins.

Q: Is it haraam to wear a tie, since it originated from a christian background. It is called the windsor tie, because of a king named windsor. It symbolized the father, son, and holy spirit when you are tying the tie.  

I was told the necktie originated in Croatia. it is the dressing of the kuffar. A Muslim can wear a tie if it is part of his work or school uniform. The tie is NOT international because it is not the culture of Muslims like the trousers. When the Croats fought against the Turks, the necktie was used to hold their weapons. So the necktie doesn’t have a good history. 

Q: sometimes our hearts can be the second and the third type. how to avoid that to happen and istiqamah to be the first heart.

You have to make the Prophets (saw) dua constantly 

Abdullah b. Amr b. al-'As reported that he heard Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Verily, the hearts of all the sons of Adam are between the two fingers out of the fingers of the Compassionate Lord as one heart. He turns that to any (direction) He likes. Then Allahs Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: O Allah, the Turner of the hearts, turn our hearts to Thine obedience. (Sahih Bukhari, Book 033, Number 641

Allah taught us this dua in the following Ayah:

(They say) : "Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower." (Aali Imran 3:

Q: can you marry in ramadan?

Yes, the Prophet (saw) married his 5th wife, Zaynab bing Khuzayma, in Ramadan. She was the only wife he married in Ramadah. It is halal, but not wise because maybe you don't have the iman to control yourself. 

Not everything that is halal is wise to do. For example, a Muslim woman can divorce one man and marry his brother but this is not wise because it will cause fitna in the family between brothers. A muslim man can marry a Christian girl, but it is not wise because in case of a divorce, the wife can gain custody of the children bring up the children as Christians. 

it is halal to marry in Ramadan, but it is not wise. Ayeshal said it is sunnah to marry in Shawwal because she got married in Shawwal. 

'A'isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported:Allah's Messenger () contracted marriage with me in Shawwal and took me to his house as a bride during Shawwal. And who among the wives of Allah's Messenger () was dearer to him than I, and' A'isha liked that the women (of her family) should enter the houses as brides during the month of Shawwal. Sahih Muslim: Book 8, Hadith 3312 

If a person gets married in Ramadan, they did halal. But do you have the taqwah to control yourself, especially if you are a young couple? 


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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 

1. THE GATE OF SALAH 

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]

2. THE GATE OF JIHAD 

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 

UTHAYMEEN - KILLING WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THE STATE OF WAR:_https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvPM62sKXoE

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]
  
3. THE GATE OF SADAQA 

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 

4. THE GATE OF FASTING [RIYAN] 

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)

THE EIGHT GATES OF PARADISE CONTINUED

5. THE GATE OF HAJJ 

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]

6. THE GATE OF IMAN 

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)

7. THOSE WHO CONTROL THEIR ANGER (Kadhimeen al Ghaid)

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. 

8. THE GATE OF DHIKR 

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)]


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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.