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Ar-Rahman, Ar-Rahim

AR-RAHMAN (الرَّحْمَٰنُ) The All-Merciful
AR-RAHIM (
الرحيم) The Specifically Merciful
ARHAMUR RAHIMIN (
أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ) Most Merciful of All The Merciful
KHAYRUR RAHIMIN (
خير الراحمين) Best of All The Merciful
DHUR RAHMAH (
ذو الرحمة) Owner of Mercy

AR-RAHMAN is the One whose infinite mercy is continually showered upon all of creation, deserving or deserving, without any effort or request from them. His mercy includes all beings and He grants more rewards in response to one’s good actions.  – “My Mercy embraces everything.”  [Al-‘Araf 7:156]. His Mercy is the source of everything good in our life and all virtues stem from His boundless endless mercy.

AR-RAHIM is the One whose mercy is special only for the deserving. It indicates the constant renewal and giving of His generous rewards and gifts to those who believe in Him and hoping for salvation in the Hereafter. – “He is ever compassionate (Rahim) to the believers.” [Al-Ahzab 33:43]. No one except Allah is named or described as Ar-Rahman, but Ar-Rahim maybe used to describe others.

Evidence/s

  • Every Surah (chapter) in the holy Quran except for chapter 9 (At-Tawbah) begins with “Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim (In the name of Allah, The Merciful, The Compassionate).”
  • Indeed, it is from Solomon, and indeed, it reads: “In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.” [An-Naml 27:30]
  • “Say: He is Most Merciful God. We have believed in Him, and on Him we have put our trust. So soon will you know which (of us) it is that is in manifest error.”  [Al-Mulk 67:29]
  • [Moses] said, “My Lord, forgive me and my brother and admit us into Your mercy, for You are the Most Merciful of the Merciful.” [Al-A’raf 7:151]
  • And, [O Muhammad], say, “My Lord, forgive and have mercy, and You are the Best of the Merciful.” [Al-Mu’minun 23:118]
  • And your Lord is Most Forgiving, Owner of Mercy…. [Al-Kahf 18:58]

Links/Sources

  1. Video: The Beautiful Names of Allah by Shaykh Fadel Soliman – (Ar-Rahman) and (Ar-Rahim)
  2. Article: The Beautiful Names of Allah (Ar-Rahman, Ar-Rahim) by Dr. Ratib An-Nabulsi

Al-Ba’ith

AL-BÂITH (الباعث) The Resurrector

AL-BA’ITH is the One who resurrects His slaves for reward and punishment. The Day of Resurrection shall certainly come and Allah will then raise up all the dead as He has created them for the first time. There should be no doubt about the resurrection because it is easier for Him than creating them. This name is derived from the verb YAB’ATH (يبعث) meaning “to resurrect.”

Evidence/s

  • “And surely, the Hour is coming, there is no doubt about it, and certainly, Allâh will resurrect those who are in the graves.” (وَأَنَّ ٱلسَّاعَةَ ءَاتِيَةٌ۬ لَّا رَيۡبَ فِيہَا وَأَنَّ ٱللَّهَيَبۡعَثُ مَن فِى ٱلۡقُبُورِ) [Al-Hajj22:7]

Links/Sources

  1. Article: With the Divine: Part 42 (Al-Ba’ith) by Jinan Yousef

Prostration of recitation

SUJUD AT-TILAWAH سجود التلاوة


Sujud At-Tilawah is one prostration caused by recitation on the word “Sujud,” either inside or outside the Salah (prayer). It is Sunnah to do it, as proven from the Hadith of Zayd ibn Thabit (radiyallahu anhu) and in another Hadith of Umar ibn Al-Khattab (radiyallahu anhu).

THERE ARE 3 TEXTUAL MARKS

  1. A horizontal dash placed under the word (sometimes over it) indicating Sujud.
  2. A characteristic mark at the end of the verse denoting the exact point for Sujud.
  3. Another marginal sign opposite the end of the same verse, the word ‘Sajdah‘ is written inside it.

EXAMPLE (SURAH AL-ALAQ)

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PLACES OF SUJUD IN THE QUR’AN

  1. Part 9: Al-Araf 7:206 [last verse of the Surah]
  2. Part 13: Ar-Rad 13:15
  3. Part 14: An-Nahl 16:50
  4. Part 15: Al-Isra 17:109
  5. Part 16: Maryam19:58
  6. Part 17: Al-Hajj 22:18
  7. Part 17: Al-Hajj 22:77 [only Imam Shafi’i suggests Sujud at this point]
  8. Part 19: Al-Furqan 25:60
  9. Part 19: An-Naml 27:26
  10. Part 21: As-Sajdah 32:15
  11. Part 23: Sad 38:24
  12. Part 24: Fussilat 41:38
  13. Part 27: An-Najm 53:62 [last verse of the Surah]
  14. Part 30: Al-Inshiqaq 84:21
  15. Part 30: Al-Alaq 96:19 [last verse of the Surah]

DUA FOR SUJUD AT-TILAWAH

Ali (radiyallahu anhu) reported that when the Prophet ﷺ prostrated, he would say:

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ سَجَدْتُ وَبِكَ آمَنْتُ وَلَكَ أَسْلَمْتُ سَجَدَ وَجْهِى لِلَّذِى خَلَقَهُ وَصَوَّرَهُ وَشَقَّ سَمْعَهُ وَبَصَرَهُ تَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنُ الْخَالِقِينَ

Transliteration

ALLAHUMMA, LAKA SAJADTU WA BIKA AMANTU WA LAKA ASLAMTU. SAJADA WAJ-HIYA LILLADHI KHALAQAHU WA SAWWARAHU WA SHAQQA SAMÁHU WA BASARAHU, BIHAWLIHI WA QUWWATIHI, FATABARAK-ALLAHU AHSANUL KHALIQIN.

Translation
O Allah! “O Allah, to You have I prostrated, in You have I believed, and to You have I submitted. I have prostrated my face to the One who created me and formed me in the best of forms. He is the One who gave it hearing and sight. Blessed be Allah, the Best of Creators.”

[Sahih Muslim, Book 4, Hadith 1695]


اللَّهُمَّ اكْتُبْ لِي بِهَا عِنْدَكَ أَجْرًا وَضَعْ عَنِّي بِهَا وِزْرًا وَاجْعَلْهَا لِي عِنْدَكَ ذُخْرًا وَتَقَبَّلْهَا مِنِّي كَمَا تَقَبَّلْتَهَا مِنْ عَبْدِكَ دَاوُدَ

Transliteration
ALLAHUMMA, UKTUB LI BIHA INDAKA AJRAN WADA’ ÁNNI BIHA WIZRAN WAJÁLHA LI ÍNDAKA DHUKH-RAN WA TAQABBALHA MINNI KAMA TAQABBALTAHA MIN ÁBDIKA DAWUD.

Translation

O Allah! Record for me, a reward with You for it, remove a sin from me by it, and store it away for me with You for it, and accept it from me as You accepted it from Your worshiper Dawud.

[Jami At-Tirmidhi 3424, Chapter 33, Book 48, Hadith 55]

Links and Sources

  1. Sujud At-Tilawah
  2. How to do Sujud At-Tilawah?

God, the Father?

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” [Matthew 5:48]

“… otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.” [Matthew 6:1]

“Not everyone that sayeth unto me (Jesus), Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven.” [Matthew 7:21] – The word ‘Lord’ was translated as ‘Rabb’ in the Arabic version of the Bible so that people may be convinced that Jesus is god! But if one studies the rest of the verse, one will note that the verse bears testimony to the subservience to God’s Will of the Messiah (Jesus).

Therefore the correct translation should be: “Not everyone that sayeth to me, O my Master, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

It is obvious from above readings that the term ‘Father’ is used for God in numerous places in the Bible. It is never used exclusively for Jesus.

“At that time Jesus answered and said: ‘I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them unto babes.” [Matthew 11:25]

[Reference: Translation of the meanings of The Noble Qur’an in the English language by Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan]

Deeds before Islam

Good deeds done before becoming a Muslim

Allah Almighty does not waste the reward of any good deed done by anyone, Muslim or not. Whatever the condition would be, there is a reward for it, either in this world or in the Hereafter or both.

  • So whoever does an atom’s weight of good shall see it, and whoever does an atom’s weight of evil shall see it. [Az-Zalzalah 99:7-8]
  • Verily God does not waste the reward of those who do good. [At-Tawbah 9:120]
  • Verily We do not waste the reward of those who do good. [Al-Kahf 18:30]
  • Urwa bin Az-Zubair (Radiyallahu Anhu – may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Hakim bin Hizam (Radiyallahu Anhu – may Allah be pleased with him) said: “O Allah’s Apostle! I used to do good deeds in the pre-lslamic period of ignorance – keeping good relations with my kith and kin, manumitting slaves and giving alms. Shall I receive a reward for all that?” Allah’s Apostle ﷺ replied: “You embraced Islam with all the good deeds which you did in the past.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 34, Number 423]

Bad deeds done before becoming a Muslim

Forgiveness of all the previous sins is the reward of Allah Almighty for all those who embraced Islam sincerely. Thus, it is considered their second birth because they are like newborns free from any sin.

  • Say: “O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Az-Zumar 39:53]
  • Except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them Allah will replace their evil deeds with good. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful. And he who repents and does righteousness does indeed turn to Allah with [accepted] repentance. [Al-Furqan 25:70-71]
  • Abu Said Al-Khudri (Radiyallahu Anhu – may Allah be pleased with him) narrated: Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said: “If a person embraces Islam sincerely, then Allah shall forgive his past sins, and after than starts the settlement of accounts: the reward of his good deeds will be ten times to seven hundred times for each good deed, and an evil deed will be recorded as it is unless Allah forgives it.” [Sahih Bukhari Vol.1 Hadith 40A]
  • Abu Hurairah (Radiyallahu Anhu – may Allah be pleased with him) narrated: Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said: “If any one of you improves (follows strictly) his Islamic religion, then his good deeds will be rewarded ten times to seven hundred times for each good deed and a bad deed will be recorded as it is.” [Sahih Bukhari, Vol.1 Hadith 40B]

Recording of deeds

THE GENERAL RULE: Doing a good deed will be a multiplication of rewards. Doing an evil act will be recorded as one sin for one sin.

  • “Whoever shall come before Allah with a good deed will gain 10 times the like thereof, but whoever shall come with an evil deed will be requited with no more than the like thereof.” [Al-Baqarah 2: 245[ See also Al-Baqarah 2:261; An-Nisa 4:40; Al-An’am 6:160]
  • If My servant considers doing a sin, do not record it against him. If he acts upon it, record it as one sin. If he considers doing a good deed and does not do it, record it as one good deed, and if he actually does it, record it as 10 good deeds.” [Muslim]

EXCEPTIONS:  The act is considered greater due to certain reasons:

  1. SACREDNESS OF TIME – Ramadan, 4 sacred months (Al-Ashhur Al-Hurum – Dhul-Qi’dah, Dhul Hijjah, Muharram, Rajab)
  2. SACREDNESS OF THE PLACE – Makkah… And whoever is inclined to evil action therein (in Makkah) or to do wrong, him we shall cause him to taste from a painful turmoil. [Al-Hajj 22:25]
  3. NOBILITY OF THE PERSON WHO COMMITS THE SIN – His closeness to Allah should prevent him from committing sins. If he commits sins, his sins will be considered greater than ordinary people.

The intention of doing a good deed will be recorded even if it is not done as one deed. INTENTION here means the eagerness and determination to do a certain deed. It is not counted if it is only a thinking and this does not compensate the obligation of doing them when there is a chance to do so.

Are you prepared for it?!!!

I woke up suddenly one night and saw a strange light in my room … The problem is that the lights are off. I saw the clock; it was 3:30 in the morning. Okay … so where is all this light coming from?? I turned around and saw something very strange … My body was half way through the wall (??!) I immediately pulled it out and sat down to see if I’m okay… This is strange … I tried to push onto the wall, but MY ARM GOES THROUGH…

I heard a sound. I turned to my brother’s bed and see him sleeping. I was really scared of what was happening to me…so I tried to wake him up…..but….he doesn’t reply!! I went to my parent’s bedroom..I tried to wake up my mother…and father…I just wanted somebody to react to me… but nobody did. I tried to wake my mother up again…she woke up this time … she got up … but didn’t communicate to me. She was saying “In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Gracious” again and again…

She woke my dad up saying “Get up, man, I want to check up on the kids …” My dad replied in disinterest … “It’s not time for this, let me sleep and God willing, tomorrow, I’ll get to that.” But she was insisting … so he woke up. I was THERE. I was screaming … “Dad! Mom! … nobody was replying. I held mother’s clothes to grab her attention … but she didn’t recognize my existence.

I followed her ’till she got to my bedroom. They got into the room and turned on the lights… it wasn’t making any difference to me anyway because there was a strong light there. I then saw the strangest thing in my life … my OWN BODY….on my bed. I was trembling…how can there be two of me??…how can that person look so much like me??…and what is he doing on my bed????

I started hitting/slapping myself to wake up from this nightmare… but it was too real to be a nightmare. Dad said, “See? The kids are sleeping … Let’s go back to bed.” But mother wasn’t at all confident … she went to the person sleeping in my bed and said, “Khalid, wake up!! … WAKE UP!!” But he wouldn’t reply. She tried again and again … but no reply. Then I turned to see my Dad crying… Today for the first time in my life, I have seen my Dad in tears. The place was shaking with the screaming … My brother woke up… “What’s going on??!” In a very sad tone, with tears rolling down her cheeks, mother replied. “Your brother’s dead! Khalid is DEAD!!”

I went to mother and said, “Please Mom, don’t cry. I’m right here, look at me!” But nobody’s replying to me … WHY?? I turned to Allah and asked Him to wake me up from the nightmare! Quickly following my Dua (supplication) was a voice saying (Quran): “You were in negligence from this, so We uncovered the blinds and today your sight is (like iron).”

Suddenly two creatures held my arm … they weren’t humans!! “Leave me ALONE! Who are you and what do you want from me??” “We’re your grave’ guards.” I said, “But I’m not dead yet! Let go of me!!” I can still see, hear, touch, and speak … I’m not dead!” They replied with a smile: “You humans are fascinating! You think that by dying your life ends, while in fact life on Earth is a small dream compared to the Hereafter; a dream that ends at your death.” They started pulling me towards my grave … On the way I saw people just like me, each had two guards like mine. Some were smiling, others crying, others screaming. I asked the guards, “Why are they all doing that?” They replied ‘These people now know their fate…some were in ignorance so they …” “… so they go to Hell??!” I interrupted. They said, “Yes” and continued … “And those laughing are going to Heaven.” I quickly replied: “What about me … where will I go??” They said, “You were at times a good Muslim, while other times not. One day you obey Allah, the next you disobey Him. And you weren’t clear with yourself and your fate will remain so lost.” I replied, shaking: “SO AM I GOING TO HELL??” They said: “Allah’s Mercy is great, and the journey is long.”

I turned to see my family carrying my dead body in a coffin … so I ran to them … I said: “Make supplication for me,” but nobody replied… I went to my brother and warned him … “Be careful with what you do in this life… don’t be a fool like myself!” I was really hoping that he could hear me… The two angels (guards) tied up my soul on top of my body … I saw my relatives pouring sand over me … At that moment I was hoping that I would be in their place… that I can turn to Allah and do as much as He wants from me… that I would ask for forgiveness at once and for all repent my sins that angered Him… but unfortunately I couldn’t. I shouted, “People, don’t let this life tempt you! Wake up to the truth… one day you will DIE, and you never know when or how…”

I hoped for somebody to hear me….nobody there did but YOU heard me….. save yourself. Smile to others; forgive them when you have the power to punish them. Allah forgives those that forgive others. Do your prayers regularly with an open heart. Let Allah guide your life, not Satan. Read the Quran regularly and let the Prophet (pbuh) be your role model in life. Work in this timed life for your salvation in an eternal one. And … make Dua for me because I’m not perfect. And I point the above to myself just as much as I do to my friends.

Please share this message to as many people as possible, for every person whose heart it touches Allah will reward you in this life and the Hereafter.

[This is a forwarded message, please click here for Arabic]