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Pray Before You Are Prayed Upon

Al-Majeed [The Glorious], Al-Kabeer [The Great], Al-‘Adheem [The Exalted] & Al-Jaleel [The Noble]

By Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sa’dee [d.1376H]

He is described with the Attributes of glory, grandeur, greatness and magnificence. He is the One Who is greater, more exalted and magnificent than anything, He is glorified and magnified in the hearts of His friends and close ones, their hearts overflow with His greatness and magnificence, submission to Him and humility before His grandeur.

“Owner of the Throne, Al-Majeed.” [Al-Buruj 85:15]

“All-Knower of the unseen and the seen, Al-Kabeer, the Most High.” [Ar-Ra’d 13:9]

“Then glorify with praises the Names of your Lord, Al-Adheem.” [Al-Waqi’ah 56:74]

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The Etiquette & Behaviour [of a Muslim] Towards Allaah

By Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Jaza’iry

A Muslim thinks about the countless blessings that Allaah has bestowed upon him. He considers the numerous bounties that Allaah has given him from the time that he was a “drop of fluid” in his mother’s womb. The bounties continue until he meets his Lord. Therefore, a Muslim must thank Allaah for these bounties with his tongue, by praising Him and Extolling Him in a proper manner. He must also thank Him with his limbs by using them in obedience to Him. This is how he should behave towards Allaah. Obviously, it is never considered proper etiquette to be ungrateful for bounties one has received, or to reject the favour of the One Who gives, nor to deny His beneficence and kindness. Allaah has said:

“And whatever blessings or good thing you have, it is from Allaah.” [An-Nahl 16:53]

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The Journey to Allaah the Sublime

By Shaykh Safiur-Rahmaan al-Mubarakpuri [d.1427H]

Symptoms of Farewell

When the Call to Islam grew complete, the new faith dominated. Allaah’s Messenger [sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] started to develop certain grave symptoms. They could be perceived through his statements and deeds.

In Ramadan, in the tenth year of Al-Hijra, he secluded himself for twenty days in contrast to ten, as was in practice previously.

The angel Gabriel reviewed the Qur’aan twice with him as against once in a year. His words in the Farewell Pilgrimage [i.e. Al-Wida]:

“I do not know whether I will ever meet you at this place after this year.”

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The Virtues & Benefits of the Remembrance of Allaah

By Shaykh Saalih ibn Ghaanim as-Sadlaan

Allaah says:

“So remember Me, I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” [Al-Baqarah 2:152]

He, exalted be He, has also said,

“Those who have believed and whose hearts are made tranquil by the remembrance of Allaah. Unquestionably, it is by the remembrance of Allaah that the hearts can attain tranquillity.” [Al-R’ad 13:28]

He has also said,

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The Benefits of Fasting

By Shaykh Saalih ibn Ghaanim as-Sadlaan

Fasting has spiritual, societal and health benefits. The spiritual benefits include the practicing and strengthening of one’s patience, knowing how to control oneself and help oneself in that realm. The soul finds within itself the ability to have taqwa and to improve upon it.

Societal benefits include the fact that it adds a certain system and unity to the society, engenders love for justice and equity, brings about mercy and compassion among the believers as well as good behaviour. Furthermore, it keeps the society from evil and wickedness.

Health benefits include the purifying of the intestine, improving the health of the stomach, cleansing the body of impurities, decreasing the level of fat in the body and decreasing the heaviness of the stomach due to fat.

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Al-Hameed [The One Who is Praised]

By Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sa’dee [d.1376H]

In His Person, Names, Attributes and Actions. He possesses the best of Names and the most perfect of Attributes coupled with the best and most complete actions, for indeed the Actions of Allaah are based upon grace and justice.

“Alif Laam, Raa. A Book which we have revealed to you that you might lead mankind out of darkness into the light by the leave of their Lord, the Almighty, Al-Hameed.” [Ibrahim 14:1]

“And indeed We bestowed upon Luqman wisdom saying, ‘Give thanks to Allaah,’ and whosoever gives thanks, he gives thanks for [the benefit] of his own self. And whoever is ungrateful then verily Allaah is All-Rich, Hameed.” [Luqman 31:12]

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The Wisdoms of Legislating Zakaat

By Shaykh Saalih ibn Ghaanim as-Sadlaan

The wisdom behind the legislation of zakaat includes the following:

1. It purifies the souls of humans from the depravity of miserliness and stinginess and their evils.
2. It comforts and assists the poor and helps the needy and destitute fulfil some of their needs.
3. It establishes the general welfare upon which the life and well-being of the society rests.
4. It limits the growth of wealth among the rich and in the hands of the merchants and professionals, such that wealth is not restricted to certain classes and such that wealth is not circulated only among the rich.

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Surah al-Isra Recited by Sa’d al-Ghaamidee

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Surah al-Isra Recited by Sa’d al-Ghaamidee