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Narrated Abu Juhaifa: The Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade the use of the price of blood and the price of a dog, the one who takes (eats) usury the one who gives usury, the woman who practices tattooing and the woman who gets herself tattooed.
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 72 Hadith 829

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Avoid the seven great destructive sins.” They (the people) asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What are they?” He said, “To join partners in worship with Allah; to practice sorcery; to kill the life which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause (according to Islamic law); to eat up usury (Riba), to eat up the property of an orphan; to give one’s back to the enemy and fleeing from the battlefield at the time of fighting and to accuse chaste women who never even think of anything touching chastity and are good believers.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 82 Hadith 840

Narrated Abu Burda: When I came to Medina, I met Abdullah bin Salam. He said, “Will you come to me so that I may serve you with Sawiq (i.e. powdered barley) and dates, and let you enter a (blessed) house that in which The Prophet (peace be upon him) entered?” Then he added, “You are in a country where the practice of Riba (i.e. usury) is prevalent; so if somebody owes you something and he sends you a present of a load of chopped straw or a load of barley or a load of provender then do not take it, as it is Riba.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 58 Hadith 159

Dua Astaghfar (Forgiveness)

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Astaghfar means seeking forgiveness of Allah for the sins so far committed and turning repentant unto Allah.

Allah has created us weak and we are likely to make mistakes and transgress. At the same time Allah has allowed us to seek forgiveness. Forgiveness is very important in Islam. By constantly turning to Allah for forgiveness of our sins, we learn humility. Our Creator time and time again tells His creation to repent so that they may be forgiven.

And seek forgiveness of Allah. Indeed, Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful.
Surat An-Nisa 4:106

And whoever does a wrong or wrongs himself but then seeks forgiveness of Allah will find Allah Forgiving and Merciful.
Surat An-Nisa 4:110

Allah is Ar-Rahman, the Most Compassionate, and Ar-Raheem, the Most Merciful. He loves that we ask Him for forgiveness and He has promised to forgive.

Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.
Surat Az-Zumar 39:53-54

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle salallahu alaihi wasallam said, “Our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, comes every night down on the nearest Heaven to us when the last third of the night remains, saying: “Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 21 Hadith 246

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “When Allah created the creations, He wrote with Him on His Throne: ‘My Mercy has preceded My Anger.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 93 Hadith 545

Narrated by Anas ibn Malik
Anas heard the Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam say: Allah, the Exalted, has said: “O son of Adam! Certainly I shall continue to pardon thee so long as thou supplicatest Me and hopest (for My forgiveness), whatever may be thy faults and sins, I don’t care. O son of Adam, even if thy sins pile up as high as the sky, and thou askest for My forgiveness, I will forgive thee. O son of Adam, if thou comest to Me with an earthful of defaults and meetest Me, not associating anything with Me, I will come to thee, with an earthful of forgiveness.”
Al-Tirmidhi – Hadith 442
Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar
The Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam said: “Allah, the Lord of honour and glory, will accept the repentance of His servant till his death-rattle begins.”
Al-Tirmidhi – Hadith 18

Prophet Muhammad salallahu alaihi wasallam, Allah’s beloved Messenger would constantly ask for Allah’s forgiveness.

Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying.” By Allah! I ask for forgiveness from Allah and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 75 Hadith 319

Narrated Abdullah bin Amr: Abu Bakr As-Siddiq said to the Prophet “O Allah’s Apostle! Teach me an invocation with which I may invoke Allah in my prayers.” The Prophet said, “Say: O Allah! I have wronged my soul very much (oppressed myself), and none forgives the sins but You; so please bestow Your forgiveness upon me. No doubt, You are the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 93 Hadith 485

Thauban reported: When the Messenger of Allah salallahu alaihi wasallam finished his prayer, he begged forgiveness three times and said: O Allah! Thou art Peace, and peace comes from Thee; Blessed art Thou, O Possessor of Glory and Honour. Walid reported: I said to Auza’i: How is the seeking of forgiveness? He replied: You should say:, I beg forgiveness from Allah, I beg forgiveness from Allah.”
Sahih Muslim – Book 4 Hadith 1226

Narrated Shaddad bin Aus: The Prophet salallahu alahi wasallam said “The most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is:

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

‘Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, Anta khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu Laka bidhanbi faghfirli innahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta.”

(O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.

The Prophet added. “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 75 Hadith 318

Let us take time every day to reflect on ourselves and seek Allah’s forgiveness with utmost sincerity and earnestly. May Allah help us stay on the right path, forgive us and help us repent when we falter.

Ameen

An Hour On Friday

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Narrated Abu Hurairah (RA): Allah’s Messenger (SAW) talked about Friday and said: ‘There is an hour on Friday and if a Muslim gets it while offering Salat (prayer) and asks something from Allah (SWT), then Allah (SWT) will definitely meet his demand.’ And he (the Prophet (SAW) pointed out the shortness of that particular time with his hands.

[Sahih al-Bukhari]

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“Some have said that this hour is from the time the Imam (prayer’s leader) enters the mosque on Friday’s prayer until the prayer is over (ie between the two khutbahs), whereas others have said that it is the last hour of the day (ie after the Asr prayer until the Maghrib prayer).”

THE LOVE OF ALLAH FINDS A WAY TO BE FOREVER

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Deep in the hearts , hidden somewhere in his soul the love of Allah will always survive . Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala has created one hundred parts of mercy . Part of it he has placed in His creation , so they have compassion for each other . The remaining 99 parts Allah has withheld the Day of Judgment to thereby favor . ” His servants [ 1 ] Narrated by al- Bukhari and Muslim] . The love of a mother to her newborn child belongs to that one part , the love of an animal to its owner is one of the one part , which is the one that Allah then keep waiting ? Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala says : ” My mercy encompasses all things . ” ( Surat al – Araaf : 156 ) . Show your love for His creatures , and He will show His love to you . Love conquers hatred and mercy triumphs over evil . If you currently have a quarrel with someone then make it good, if you cherish current grudge forgive whoever . Free yourself from the burden.

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The dangers of lying

Lying is a reprehensible quality where the Islamic Shari’ah ( Islamic law ) has severe warnings against it . Human (healthy ) sense instinctively repelled by such a quality .
Sincerity is one of the pillars of survival , the origin of all praiseworthy characteristics , the cornerstone of Prophethood and fruit of piety . Lying is an act that is against the innate human nature .

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There is warned against lying in Islam and is forbidden in the Qur’an, the Prophetic Sunnah and the consensus of Islamic scholars . Lying certainly has consequences both in this life and the next .

Lying is only allowed under very strict conditions and in certain situations when it does not result in depriving a person of his / her rights , bloodshed or slandering others and the like. In fact, are permitted only in a situation to one’s life to save between two warring parties reconcile or to create more love and compassion . Between spouses

There is no specific day or time which allows Islam to lie and what they want to say . On the first day of April, ( what is known as April 1st joke ) , people consider to lie and say what they want lawful , without any basis. There ‘s a lot of harm resulting from such a practice .

The Messenger of Allah ( peace and blessings be upon him ) said : ” Honesty leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. Verily , a man is honest until he is written as ever – faithful . With Allah And lying leads to moral corruption and moral corruption leads to the Fire . Verily , a man will continue to lie until he is written with Allah as a complete liar . ” [ Saheeh al- Bukhaari Muslim]
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud said: “You must tell the truth . Honesty leads to the right action . The right action leads to Paradise. Be on your guard for lying . Lying leads to corruption and corruption leads to the Fire . Do not you see that it was said : “He speaks the truth and act properly ,” and ” He’s lying and corrupt . ‘”
Ibn Mas’ud ( may Allah be pleased with him ) said : ” Lying is not accepted in jest or in earnest . ” Then he recited (Allah be pleased with him) the following verse :
يا أيها الذين آمنوا اتقوا الله وكونوا مع الصادقين

“O you who believe, fear Allah and be with the truthful . ” (Al – Tawba : 119)
Abu Bakr ( may Allah be pleased with him ) said : “Beware of lying because it opposes the faith.”
Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas ( may Allah be pleased with him) said : “The believer may acquire all sorts of characteristics except treachery and lying.”
Ibn ‘ Umar ( may Allah be pleased with him ) said : ” Men will never reach the reality of faith until he abstains from lying even if it’s for fun.”

Permitted lie !
Lying is permitted in three cases : war , atonement between two quarreling parties and a man who lies to his wife (or vice versa ) because of their love and harmony between them .

Umm Kalthum bint ‘ Uqbah ( may Allah be pleased with her ) narrated that they are the Messenger of Allah ( peace and blessings be upon him) heard saying : “He that two people reconciles , and do so something good tell whether something good says , is not a liar.” (Sahih Al – Bukhari and Muslim)
It was narrated that Asma ‘ bint Yazeed ( Allah be pleased with her ) said : “The Messenger of Allah ( peace and blessings be upon him ) said : ” It is not allowed to tell , except in three ( cases lies ) : as a man speaks to his wife to please her, lying in wartime and lying to reconcile ” people together .