Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What is Zuhd..???

Ibn Taymiyyah said: Zuhd is to leave alone those things which will not benefit you in the next life.
Sufyaan Ath-Thawri said: Zuhd is to have limited amount of expectations: it does not mean eating poor or inadequate foods as many think or wearing a cheap gown or cloak.
Ibn Ja’laal said: Zuhd is to know that life is a temporary one that will pass away; it should not be magnified in ones heart, nor should much focus be placed on it. Rather one should turn away from it; it is said Zuhd means to refrain from this world, without showing off.
Al Ju’nayd said: Zuhd means to free the heart from always wanting
Ahmad Ibn Hanbal said: Zuhd is not to have too many expectations.
Ibn Mubaarak said: It is having trust in Allaah and being content in times of poverty.
Abdulwaahid Ibn Zaid said: Zuhd can be practised by a person even if he only possesses one dinaar or dirham.
Ad-Daa’rani said: Zuhd means to leave those things that distract you from Allaah the exalted and high.
Hassan Al-Basri said: Zuhd is not that you make the permissible (things) impermissible or by wasting ones money. But, rather Zuhd is that you acknowledge that what Allaah the exalted has (destined for you) is better than what you have.
Madaarij As-Saalikeen by Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

An Intelligent Muslim

The intelligent person is the one who constantly performs self-assessment on his deeds, and ensures that all his actions are geared for his life after death. On the other hand, a careless person is one who follows his wanton desires, but at the same time wishes all good rewards from Allah.
-Muhammad (saw), narrated by Imam Tirmidhi

The hadith mentions the two traits of an intelligent Muslim. First, he always does self-accounting on his past deeds.

Second, he ensures that all his actions are not only for this life, but for his life in the Hereafter.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Umar (R.A) in The 100

"It may occasion some surprise that Umar - a figure virtually unknown in the West- has been ranked higher than such famous men as Charlemagne and Julius Caesar. However, the conquests made by the Arabs under Umar, taking into account both their size and their duration, are substantially more important than those of either Caesar or Charlemagne.”
- Michael Hart in The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History

Monday, April 27, 2009

Do you waste food!!!!

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace of Allah be upon Him) Said:"Shall I tell you the very worst among you? Those who eat alone, and whip the slaves, and give to nobody. "

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Obedience At Its Best

"When he (Isma'il) grew enough to work with him, he (Ibrahim) said, "My son, I see in a dream that I am sacrificing you. What do you think?" He said, "O my father, do what you are commanded to do. You will find me, GOD willing, patient."(Al-Saffat, 37:102)

This event is the example of Islam in its highest essence. The affection of the father was severely tested, when Abraham was called to sacrifice his son, and not stand by and watch others sacrifice his son. He had to subdue his own sense of affection, mercy, love, and any loving attachment-sentiments which reside in every father towards his only and beloved child.

On the other hand, Ismael's love for himself was also challenged. The faith of both was challenged. And this dared them to respond to the subjection of one's affections for one's own child (Abraham), and the killing of one's feelings towards himself (Ismael). They both succeeded in this.

Is it possible to emulate this submission and obedience?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Balanced Life

He [Nuh (a.s.] said. “O my people, Indeed I am to you a clear warner, [saying], ‘Worship Allah, fear Him and obey me’…” [Nuh: 3]

The heart is the focal point of a human body. And it is in the heart where Taqwa resides, which is displayed through good actions.

The Prophet ﷺ said, “At-Taqwa Haahunaa [Taqwa is here]” pointing towards the heart. Similarly, if we imagine a balance, Taqwa would be its central part. And the two sides would be the practical manifestation of Taqwa - Worship of Allah and Obedience of the Messenger. Both these aspects go hand in hand and develop in a person the quality of Allah consciousness - Taqwa. It also brings about balance in a person’s life. Therefore, it is necessary for a person who opts for this quality to worship Allah the way He taught His servants in the Qur’an and Sunnah, and to follow the way of the Messenger ﷺin the true sense.

with thanks - Fruit of Knowledge

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Repent, For Allah is Merciful

From Anas, radiyallahu 'anhu, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, say:

"Allah the Almighty has said: 'O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me, and hope in Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds in the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I shall forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with an earthful of sins and were you then to face Me, without having associated anything with Me, I shall grant you an earthful of pardon."

[Recorded by Al-Tirmidhi, who said that it is a good and sound hadith]

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Final Judgement

Thus then, if he be of those Nearest to Allah,
(There is for him) Rest and Satisfaction, and a Garden of Delights.
And if he be of the Companions of the Right Hand
(For him is the salutation) “Peace be unto thee”, from the Companions of the Right Hand.
And if he be of those who treat (truth) as Falsehood, who go wrong
For him is Entertainment with Boiling Water,
And burning in Hell-Fire.
Verily, this is the Very Truth and Certainty.
So celebrate with praises the name of thy Lord, the Supreme. (Al-Waqi'ah : 88-96)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spending in the Way of Allah

The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower. (Al-Baqarah:261)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Reality of Life

Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children, as the likeness of vegetation after rain, thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller; afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw. But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment (for the disbelievers, evil-doers), and (there is) Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the believers, good-doers), whereas the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment. (Surah Al-Hadid:20)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ten Things We Waste

1. Our Knowledge

Wasted by not taking action with it.

2. Our Actions:

Wasted by committing them with out sincerity.

3. Our Wealth:

Wasted by using on things that will not bring us ajr. We waste our money, our status, our authority, on things which have no benefit in this life or in akhirah.

4. Our Hearts:

Wasted because they are empty from the love of Allah, and the feeling of longing to go to Him, and a feeling of peace and contentment. In it’s place, our hearts are filled with something or someone else.

5. Our Bodies:

Wasted because we don’t use them in ibadah and service ofAllah.

6. Our Love:

Our emotional love is misdirected, not towards Allah, but towards something/someone else.

7. Our Time:

Wasted, not used properly, to compensate for that which had passed, by doing what is righteous to make up for past deeds.

8. Our Intellect:

Wasted on things that are not beneficial, that are detremental to society and the individual, not in contemplation or reflection.

9. Our Service:

Wasted in service of someone who will not bring us closer to Allah, or benefit in dunyaa.

10. Our Dhikr:

Wasted, because it does not effect us or our hearts.

Nice Words of Umar (RA) to Khalid (RA)

"You have done deeds which no-one has done, but people do nothing, for Allah is the Doer."
(Ibn Kathir, Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah, Dar Abi Hayyan, Cairo, 1st ed. 1416/1996, Vol. 7 P. 19.)


Source: In the early hours by Khurram Murad

1. Tazkiya -Your Personal Responsibility
You must accept that tazkiya is a highly personal process and that it demands taking personal responsibility for carrying it forward. You can only see the results of tazkiya through your own realisation, your own personal efforts and your own exertions.

2. Genuine Effort
In order to succeed, you must have a deep desire to make a genuine effort to fulfill your obligations as a Muslim. With desire, of course, come actions.

3. Sustaining Willpower
To achieve the ultimate goal in life requires a sustained determination to do so, a willpower that is forever responsive and strong. In Quranic terminology this is called irada.

4. Reliance on Allah
Self-confidence is borne from the Believer's intimate knowledge and understanding that Allah is ever ready to assist those who strive and struggle in His way. Self-confidence comes from depending upon Allah and knowing that He is there to help you, protect you and shower His mercies upon you.

5. The Best Use of Time
Time is not money or gold; it is life and it is limited. You must begin to appreciate every moment of your life and always strive to make the best use of it.

6. Tazkiya -All-embracing Process
Tazkiya must encompass our entire life - the privacy of our thoughts as well as their social manifestations in our daily life. Everything must be in conformity with Allah's will.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Best Example

When asked about the Prophet's character, Ayesha (r) said: “ Don't you read the Qur'ân?

The character of the Messenger of Allah was the Qur'ân”
“fa-inna khuluqa nabiyyi-LLâhi kâna -l qur'âna”

Sahîh Muslim, Kitâb al-salât, hadith no. 1623

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Alhamdullilah Sehroza Dawat is now officially online.. The design of the website is very nice and very user friendly.
You can read Sehroza Dawat in e-paper format. Also, you can subscribe to by providing you e-mail id on the homepage. The best thing about the website is it gets regularly updated in evry 3-4 days.
The link for the website is:

For English readers, there is a blog with selected news from Sehroza Dawat in English.

May Allah reward the people in this effort in best manner and provide strength to the truthful voice. As Allah has promised:

"The Truth has arrived and falsehood has vanished; indeed falsehood had to vanish."(Bani Israeel:81)


Do you intend to enter into Paradise?

Assalamualaikum all...
I have got the following piece of valuable information from a poster in the masjid outside my office.
Thought of sharing with you all...

Do you intend to enter into Paradise?
Mind your tongue
Speak the truth Al Qur'an 3:17
Speak straight Al Qur'an 33:70
Speak justice Al Qur'an 6:152
Speak kindly Al Qur'an 2:83
Speak politely Al Qur'an 17:53
Speak fairly Al Qur'an 17:28
Speak gently Al Qur'an 20:44
Speak graciously Al Qur'an 17:23
Speak not in vain Al Qur'an 23:3
Speak no lie Al Qur'an 22:30
Speak not to backbite Al Qur'an 49:12
Speak not without proof Al Qur'an 2:111
Speak no slander Al Qur'an 33:58