Juraij – THE WORSHIPPER

PhotoGrid_1446906744342Abu Hurairah (ra) narrated that the messenger of Allah (SAWS) said: Juraij worshipped in his hermitage and confined himself there. His mother came to him as he was busy in prayer and she said: “Juraij.”

He said: “My Lord, my mother (is calling me while I am engaged in) my prayer.” He continued with the prayer.

She returned and she came on the next day and he was busy in prayer, and she said: “Juraij, it’s your mother.”

And he said: “My Lord, my mother or my prayer,” and he continued with the prayer and she went back, and then on the next day she again came and he was busy in prayer and she said: “Juraij, it’s your mother.”

And he said: “My Lord, my mother or my prayer” and he continued with the prayer. Then she said: “My Lord, don’t give him death until he encounters the faces of prostitutes.”

The story of Juraij and that of his meditation and prayer became well known among the children of Israel. There was a prostitute who had been known for her beauty, and she said (to the people): “If you like I can seduce him for you.”

She presented herself to him but he did not pay attention to her. So she went to a shepherd who lived near the hermitage and she offered herself up to him and he had a sexual intercourse with her and so she became pregnant and when she gave birth to a child she said: “This [child] is Juraij’s.”

So they came and asked him to get down and demolished the hermitage and began to beat him. He said: “What is the matter?”

They said: “You have committed fornication with this prostitute and she has given birth to a child from your loins.”

He said: “Where is the child?” When they brought him (the child) he said: “leave me so that I would pray.”

So he observed prayer and when he finished, he came to the child. He struck his stomach and said: “O boy, who is your father?”

The child said: “So-and-so the shepherd.”

So they turned towards Juraij, kissing him and stroking him (seeking his forgiveness) and said: “We are prepared to construct your temple with gold.”

He said: “No, just rebuild it with mud as it had been,” and they did that.”

MORAL
One of the main things we learn from the story within this hadith is the importance and status of our mothers in Islam, as long as what they are asking for does not go against the commandments of Allah, we should give them the utmost attention and respect. It is mentioned in the sunnah that the Prophet (SAWS) used to shorten his prayer if he heard a child crying nearby. Now how about when someone who we’re commanded to love the most calls us?

THE BATTLE OF TABUK

The greatest competition ever to occur in the history of this Ummah was that of ‘Umar bin al-Khattab (ra) with Abu Bakr (ra), though this competition was not a battle of strength, skill or the mind, but rather a race towards Jannah (Paradise) for the one who can fill his scales with greater deeds!

At the battle of Tabuk the Prophet (SAWS) encouraged the Sahabah (raa) to give whatever they can in the cause of Allaah.
‘Umar bin al-Khattab (ra) reported the incident in first person: The Messenger of Allaah (SAWS) ordered us to give charity and at the time I possessed some wealth. I said to myself, “If there is a day I can do better than Abu Bakr, then this is the one.”

So I went with half of my wealth to the Messenger of Allaah and he asked, “What have you left for your family?”

I said, “The same amount.” (i.e. half)
Then Abu Bakr came with everything he had. The Prophet (SAWS) asked, “O Abu Bakr, what have you left for your family?”
Abu Bakr (ra) replied, “Allaah and His Messenger!”
Umar bin al-Khattab (ra) reflecting on this said, “By Allaah, I will never do better than Abu Bakr.”

Study the biography of the single greatest human being that ever walked the surface of this earth, whom Allaah SWT sent as a Mercy to Mankind.
One of the most elite of the companions from the Ansar was Ka’b bin Malik (ra), a brave Companion who participated in every obligatory battle & expedition alongside the Prophet (SAWS) except the obligatory expedition of Tabuk.

Such a crime is so unbecoming of a Muslim that only the hypocrites who pretend to be Believers would commit such an atrocity.

However, even in the midst of all odds against him, with such a major sin on his record, Ka’b bin Malik (ra) conquered his trials and came out victorious because of his truthfulness and sincerity.

Join Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi as he unravels one of the most heart-wrenching stories in the the Seerah of the Prophet (SAWS).

THE HYPOCRITES OF TODAY

Narrated Abi Waih (Radi-Allahu ‘anhu):

Hudhaifa bin Al-Yaman said, “The HYPOCRITES of today are worse than those of the lifetime of the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam), because in those days they used to do evil deeds secretly but today they do such deeds
openly.”

Saheeh al-Bukhari Vol. 9: No. 229

KIND TREATMENTS OF WIVES IN ISLAM

Allaah Azza wa Jal, instructs men to be nice to their wives and to treat them well to the best of their ability: “…And live with them in kindness…” [al-Qur’aan 4:19]

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: The most perfect of believers in belief is the best of them in character. The best of you are those who are the best to their women.’ The Prophet of Mercy tells us that a husband’s treatment of his wife reflects a Muslim’s good character, which in turn is a reflection of the man’s faith. How can a Muslim husband be good to his wife? He should smile, not hurt her emotionally, and remove anything that will harm her, treat her gently, and be PATIENT with her.

Being nice includes good communication. A husband should be willing to open up, and be willing to listen to his wife. Many times a husband wants to air his frustrations (like work). He should not forget to ask her about what annoys her (like when children would not do their homework). A husband should not talk about important things with her when he or his wife is angry, tired, or hungry. Communication, compromise, and consideration are the cornerstone of marriage.

Being nice includes encouraging one’s wife. The most meaningful admiration comes from a sincere heart that notices what really matters – what the wife really values. So a husband should ask himself what she feels most insecure about and discover what she values. That is the wife’s sweet spot of praise. The more the husband compliments it, the more the wife will admire it, the more on target this healthy habit will be. Kind words are like, “I like the way you think,” “You look beautiful in those clothes,” and “I love hearing your voice on the phone.”

Human beings are imperfect. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “A believing man should not hate a believing woman. If he dislikes something in her character, he should be pleased with some other trait of hers.”A man should not hate his wife because if he dislikes something in her, he will find something he likes about her if he gives it a chance.

One way to be aware of what he likes in his wife is for the husband to make a list of a half dozen things he appreciates about her. Marriage experts recommend that one be as specific as possible and focus on character traits – just as the Prophet of Islam recommended, not just what she does for the husband. For example, a husband may appreciate the way she arranges his clean laundry, but the underlying character trait may be that she is thoughtful.

The husband should consider admirable traits such as being compassionate, generous, kind, devout, creative, elegant, honest, affectionate, energetic, gentle, optimistic, committed, faithful, confident, cheerful, and so on. A husband should give himself some time to construct this list, and review it in times of conflict when he is most likely to feel averse towards his wife. It will help him be more aware of his wife’s good attributes and far more likely to compliment them.

A companion asked the Prophet of Allah (pbuh) what is the right of a wife over her husband?’

He said: “That you feed her when you eat and clothe her when you clothe yourself and do not strike her face. Do not malign her and do not keep apart from her, except in the house.”

Conflict in marriage is virtually inevitable and it leads to lot of anger. Although anger is one of the most difficult emotions to manage, the first step toward controlling it can be learning how to forgive those who hurt us. In case of conflict, a husband should not stop talking to his wife and emotionally hurt her, but he may stop sleeping in the same bed if it will improve the situation. Under no circumstance, even when he is angry or somehow feels justified, is a husband allowed to malign her by using hurtful words or cause her any injury.

INSPIRING HAJJ STORY

This week, the news in Indonesia covered the inspiring story of an 84 year old grandfather named Mi’in.

After 40 years of saving, Mi’in, who works as a street sweeper, is now going to hajj.

Unfamiliar with the banking system, he would tuck away 2000 Rupiahs (20 cents) a day from his daily earnings into a pillowcase, and occasionally transfer it to a sack to put under his pillow. At the end of the month, he would set aside another 5000 rupiahs (50 cents) from his monthly salary of 300 thousand rupiahs ($30), which he shared with his in-laws.  The rest would be for food.

“I want to see the ka’abah. I want to make du’a. So I just saved and saved.” he said.

With that, his savings grew until it reached almost 40 million rupiahs ($4000).  Guessing that it would be enough, he took his sack of savings to the bank and registered to go to hajj this year.

He left for hajj this week.

May Allaah SWT accept his prayers, and forgive everyone on his behalf… Aameen.