Reviving the Sunnah – Etiquettes of Eating

11 06 2009

Islam is a deen–a complete, total, and comprehensive way of life. Islam teaches us everything, from how to worship Allah (سبحانه وتعال), to how to eat, sleep, socialize, govern a state, perform financial transactions, everything!

What, then, are some of the etiquettes of eating?

Umar bin Abu Salamah (رضي الله عنه) reported: Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم), said to me, “Mention Allah’s Name (i.e., say Bismillah before you start eating), eat with your right hand, and eat from what is near you.”

From this hadith, we deduce three etiquettes:

  1. Say bismillah before you start eating
  2. Eat with your right hand
  3. Eat what’s closest to you–don’t grab that tasty tidbit from the opposite side of the plate!

But what if you forget to say bismillah? What should you do then?

‘Aisha (رضي الله عنها) reported: Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said, “When any of you wants to eat, he should mention the Name of Allah in the beginning, (i.e., say bismillah). If he forgets to do it in the beginning, he should say: Bismillah fiy awwalihi wa akhirihi (I begin with the Name of Allah at the beginning and at the end).”

May Allah (سبحانه وتعال) allow us all to understand and comprehend the greatness and completeness of our perfect and eternal deen, ameen! Read More…


The Master of Supplications

9 06 2009



The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

“The master of supplications for seeking Allaah’s forgiveness is when a servant says:

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ

O Allaah! You are my Lord and none has the right to be worshipped except You. Indeed You created me and I am Your slave. I abide by my promise and covenant to You as best as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evils that I have done. I acknowledge Your favours upon me and I acknowledge my sin. So forgive me. Indeed none can forgive sin except You.

[Allaahumma anta Rabbee, laa ilaaha illaa anta, khalaqtanee, wa anaa ‘abduka, wa anaa ‘alaa ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, a’oodhu bika min sharri maa sana’tu, aboo’u laka bi ni’matika ‘alayaa, wa aboo’u bi dhanbee, faghfirlee, fa innahu laa yaghfirudh-dhanooba illaa anta]

Whosoever enters upon the evening saying this, then dies that night, would enter Paradise. And whosoever enters upon the morning saying this, then dies that day, will enter Paradise.”

[Related by al-Bukhaaree (11/97-98) and Ahmad (5/356), from the narration of Shaddaad ibn Aws and Buraydah ibn al-Haseeb radiallaahu ‘anhumaa.]


Ibn al-Qayyim (d.751H) – rahimahullaah – said in al-Waabilus- Sayyib (pp.16-17):

“Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) said: “Knowing the path to Allaah lies in recognising Allaah’s favours and considering the sins and shortcomings of one’s self.” This is the meaning of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam’s saying – as occurs in the authentic narration from Shaddaad and Buraydah radiallaahu ‘anhumaa – that he said: “The master of supplications in seeking the forgiveness of Allaah is when a savant says: O Allaah! You are my Lord… ” So recognition of Allaah’s favours and consideration of one’s own sins and shortcomings have both been collectively mentioned in the (above) supplication, since he sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “I acknowledge Your favours upon me and I acknowledge my sins.” So recognition of Allaah’s Favours necessitates praising and thanking Him for His favours and bounties, which in turn necessitates love for Him. Whilst consideration of one’s own sins and shortcomings necessitates humility to Allaah and a feeling of lowliness and humbleness to Him. This in turn necessitates repenting to Allaah continuously, and that one considers himself as being poor and in need of Allaah.”

Islamic Greeting- Assalaamu ‘Alaikum

4 06 2009


“He created man. He taught him eloquent speech.” [Soorah ar-Rahmaan (55): 3-4]

Islaam is the religion of Peace. The word ‘Islaam’ comes from the root-word Salaam meaning ‘Peace’. The greeting of Salaam is a symbol of Islaam. Salaam exists since the time of Adam and is the greeting of the people of Paradise . Allah chose salaam as greeting for His creation. The Messenger of Allah said: “When Allah created Adam , He told him: ‘Go and greet those group of angles who were sitting and listen to how they greet you, for it will be your greeting and that of your descendants. So he said: ‘As-salaam Alaikum’ and they responded: “Wa-alaikum as-salaam wa-rahmatullah’ they added: ‘wa-rahmatullah'” [Agreed upon] It is also one of the Exalted Names of Allah, the source of peace and protection. Salaam is a greeting from Him.  

“When you enter the houses, greet one another with a greeting from Allah (i.e. say ‘As-salaam Alaikum’) blessed and good.” [Soorah an-Noor (24): 61]

Salaam is a distinctive aspect of a Muslims social conduct. Greeting someone with Salaams is a kind of invocation for his welfare and blessings. It instills brotherly love and strengthens the ties of brotherhood and closeness, and mutual relationships result in a strong and unwavering society. Abu Hurayrah reported the Messenger of Allah said: “By Him in Whose Hand is my soul, you will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Should I not guide you to something which will install love amongst you: ‘Spread salaams amongst you.'” [Abu Dawood (v: 3, no: 5174)]

The saying of Allah’s Messenger: “Spread salaams amongst you” means to greet all those whom you know and those whom you don’t. A man asked Allah’s Messenger: “Which part of Islam is best? He replied: “That you should provide food and say salaam to those whom you know and those you do not know.” [Abu Dawood (v: 3, no: 5175) agreed upon]

Abdullah Ibn Umar used to go to the market in the morning, and he did not pass by anybody without saying salaam to him. One day he was asked: “What do you do in the market, when you do not sell anything, or ask about prices, or haggle, or join any gathering?” He said: “We go there in the morning for the purpose of saying salaam to whoever we meet.” [Adaab al-Mufrad of Imaam Bukharee]

To Sin Or Not To Sin

3 06 2009

“Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allaah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself.” An -Nisaa’

“So when they turned away (from the path of Allâh), Allâh turned their hearts away (from the right path).” [61:5]

“I shall turn away from My signs those who behave arrogantly on the earth in a wrongful manner. If they see all the signs they will not believe in them. And if they see the way of righteousness, they will not adopt that way.” [7:146].

“And recite to them (Oh, Mohammed) the story of the one to whom We gave our verses (signs), but he turned them away, so Satan followed him up, and he became of those who went astray. Had he willed We would surely have elevated him therewith but he clung to the earth and followed his own vain desires. So his description is the that of a dog; if you drive him away, he lolls his tongue out, or if you leave him alone, he (still) lolls his tongue out.” [7:175-176].

The last verse tells us that some even have knowledge, but instead of applying it, they choose to follow their whims and worldly desires. In the end they lose their blessing and stray from Allâh.

Therefore, brothers and sisters let us not follow the desires in our hearts, but rather the Sunnah of our beloved messenger (Peace be upon him). Of course, tradition can always play a part, but let us not materialize it to the extent we rank it higher then the Sunnah of our beloved Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

Du’a – Qur’anic Supplications

3 06 2009

Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us: For Thou art the All-Hearing, the All-knowing [2:127]

Rabbana taqabbal minna innaka antas Sameeaul Aleem

رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ السَّمِيعُ العَلِيمُ

البقرة :127]


Du’a of Light

3 06 2009

Translated by Yahya Adel Ibrahîm

[ This hadith was transmitted by Sahih Muslim]

Ibn ‘Abbâs reports that he once stayed the night as a guest of Maymûna, who was his aunt, and the Prophet, may Allâh bless him and grant him peace. They slept on their blanket lengthways, and he slept at the end, crossways. After they had all slept for a while, the Prophet rose in the middle of the night to pray the tahajjud prayer, and Ibn ‘Abbas joined him.

They both did wudû’, and he prayed eleven rak’ats with the Prophet. Then they both went back to sleep again until dawn. Bilâl called the adhân and the Prophet did another two short rak’ats, before going into the mosque to lead the Dawn Prayer.

Ibn ‘Abbâs said that one of the du’âs that the Prophet made during this night was:

“O Allâh, place light in my heart, light in my tongue, light in my hearing, light in my sight, light behind me, light in front of me, light on my right, light on my left, light above me and light below me; place light in my sinew, in my flesh, in my blood, in my hair and in my skin; place light in my soul and make light abundant for me; make me light and grant me light.”

( وَعَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ { أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم صَلَّى فَجَعَلَ يَقُولُ فِي صَلَاتِهِ أَوْ فِي سُجُودِهِ : اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ فِي قَلْبِي نُورًا , وَفِي سَمْعِي نُورًا , وَفِي بَصَرِي نُورًا , وَعَنْ يَمِينِي نُورًا , وَعَنْ شِمَالِي نُورًا , وَأَمَامِي نُورًا , وَخَلْفِي نُورًا , وَفَوْقِي نُورًا , وَتَحْتِي نُورًا , وَاجْعَلْ لِي نُورًا أَوْ قَالَ : وَاجْعَلْنِي نُورًا } . مُخْتَصَرٌ مِنْ مُسْلِمٍ )

This hadith was transmitted by Muslim and others.

Sajdat al-Shukr (Prostration of thankfulness)

2 06 2009


The evidence (daleel) for this is to be found in the Ahaadeeth and Aathaar (reports). Among the Ahaadeeth is the Hadeeth of Abu Bakrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), who said that when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) heard any news that made him glad, he would fall down prostrating to Allaah, may He be exalted. (Reported by the five except al-Nisaa’i; al-Tirmidhi said, it is hasan ghareeb). According to the version narrated by Ahmad: he saw the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), when news reached him that his troops had prevailed over their enemy, he was lying with his head in ‘Aa’ishah’s lap, then he got up and fell in prostration. (Reported by Ahmad, 5/45; al-Haakim, 4/291).

Another hadeeth is that narrated by ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn ‘Awf, who said: the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went out to the place where the sadaqah (charitable donations) was kept, then he faced the Qiblah and fell in prostration, remaining like that for a long time. Then he raised his head and said, “Jibreel came to me with good news, he said, ‘Allaah says to you, “Whoever sends blessings on you, I will send blessings on him, and whoever sends greetings of peace to you, I will send greetings of peace to him,”’ so I prostrated in thankfulness to Allaah.” (Narrated by Ahmad. Al-Mundhiri said: the hadeeth of Sajdat al-Shukr came from the hadeeth of al-Baraa’ with a saheeh isnaad, and from the hadeeth of Ka’b ibn Maalik and others.)

The reports include the following:

  1. Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) prostrated when he heard the news that Musaylimah had been killed. (Reported by Sa’eed ibn Mansoor in his Sunan).

  2. ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib prostrated when he found Dhu’l-Thadiyah among the Khawaarij. (Reported by Ahmad in al-Musnad)

  3. Ka’b ibn Maalik prostrated at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when he was given the glad tidings that Allaah had accepted his repentance. (The story is agreed upon)