part 171:

‘Bismillahir rahmaanir raheem’
(In the name of Allah, the Most kind, The Most Merciful)

After we had supper that night, I quickly got up and asked everyone to remain seated….

I had the fadhaail-e-a’maal ready on the side unit in the dining room and I was extremely nervous about everyones reaction…

Why is it that we become so afraid and nervous to do good deeds?I was actually shaking and feeling scared…but why?

Why when we do evil things and violate the command of Allah then we don’t have the same amount of fear or nervousness?we happily commit the sin and feel proud after doing it….is this what has become of us today….totally upside down…

Get a hold of yourself faaiza…this is something good that you’re starting..what can anyone do to you for wanting to revise the lives of our beloved nabi(S.A.W) and his illustrious sahabah(R.A)?

Ismail was about to get up for his habitual smoke after supper…

Me:”umm……babes just a few minutes please?…..then you can go..I promise I won’t be long…”(Gesturing to the kitaab)

He looked at me weirdly…..

Me:”I just thought it would be really good to have abit of kitaab reading everyday after supper if everyone doesn’t mind?its the only time that we all are together and not rushing to go anywhere”

Dada:”that’s an excellent idea beti….its always good to remember Allah…the whole day we are so caught up in our own affairs, so this reminder every evening will do us all good..especially myself and dadi as we’re getting old you know….soon to kick the bucket…(Giggle)”

Me:”no dada….anyone of us can go at anytime…not only the old go…….look at mum and dad!(Awkward pause)….anyway….bismillahir rahmaanir raheem…..”

I began reciting randomly from the kitaab…I decided to read something really short as I didn’t want ismail losing interest….everyone else wasn’t a problem..but I had to be so careful with him…even the kids were excited….and listened attentively…

It was the story of hazrat anas(R.A) and what he used to do when a storm appeared…page 37 of fadhaail-e-a’maal…it was a story regarding the fear of Allah that the sahabah(R.A) had…

Hazrat nadhr bin abdullah(R.A) relates:
“Oneday while hazrat anas(R.A) was alive, it became very dark during the day time. I went to him and said, “did you ever see much a thing in the prophet(S.A.W)’s time?” He replied:”I seek refuge in Allah! In those days if the breeze got a little stronger than normal, we would hasten towards the musjid, fearing the approach of the last day.”

Hazrat abu darda(R.A) narrates:
“Whenever there was a storm, the prophet(S.A.W) would get perturbed and would go to the masjid.”

Who thinks of going to musjid, now-a-days, even at the time of the worst of calamities? Leave aside the common people, even those who regard themselves as good and practising Muslims do not practise this Sunnat. What a deterioration!

Me:”subhaanallaahi wa bihamdihi subhaanakallaahumma wa bihamdika nash hadu allaa ilaaha illaa anta nastaghfiruka wa natoobu ilayk”

(Glory be to Allah and praise unto him….glory be to you..oh Allah and praise be to you….we bear witness that there is no deity beside you…we seek forgiveness and we repent to you)

Its so true….even though Allah promised that Allah would not send a punishment down as long as nabi(S.A.W) was with them, nabi(S.A.W) would still turn to Allah in times like these…

And in our times, we are experiencing the greater signs of qiyaamah such as an increase in earthquakes, music and dancing has become so common, disobedience to parents are the order of the day and zina has taken over every corner of the world….yet we don’t fear the punishment of Allah..

Forget resorting to salaah when calamities befall, we are not even turning to Allah when we are commanded to…

Riyaad:”daddy, please can we go for esha to the masjid today?”

Ismail:”umm…”

It was awkward…ismail hasn’t been very often to the masjid lately..the few salaahs that he did manage to perform was at home….besides for jumu’ah….

Ismail:”don’t you have school tomorrow kiddo?”

Riyaad:”jee but daddy, I finished all my homework already…please?”

Ismail looked at me, I was hoping that he doesn’t flip but somehow I remembered what a blessing it was to have kids…if I had to tell him to go to the masjid, he would snap at me and tell me to mind my own business…but kids are different….

Alhamdulillah he agreed and riyaad excitedly rushed upstairs to wash up and get ready for salaah…….

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10 thoughts on “part 171:

  1. sister/in/Islam says:

    ‎​​​الحمد لله
    Its so true .. We neglect Kitaab reading which is soo important , and has many stories n lessons … This helps create love for Deen in us and especially our children who r going to b the future flagbearers of Islam !!
    May ‎​اللَّهُ make it easy for us to revive the sunnah and to inculcate good habits in our children .. May we be perfect role models for them – ‎​​​​آمين
    Its so good that Riyaad askd to go .. Ismail wud feel hard to say no …. N hopefully this will bring him back to performing all his salah in the musjid .. ‎​​إنشاءالله

    ‎​​​​جزاك الله – for a wonderful post – as usual ..

  2. This Kitaab reading has to take place in every home. It’s so important. Even if one is reading to no-one, the walls surrounding us will bear witness that we have mentioned Allah Ta’ala’s name and the name of His beloved. We have to become paaband on this constantly.
    Also, it’s so sad that a lot of ladies talk about the weekly Thaleem and say it ‘isn’t for them’. That’s completely wrong. They are basically saying that the name of Allah and His Rasul (SAW) is not good enough for them. Na’oodubillah. Allah Ta’ala save us.
    We needed to address this, dear sister. JazakAllah Khair.

  3. A says:

    It’s so true, kitaab reading has so many benefits in it one being that it brings barakah in our homes and makes practicing on Deen easy for everyone
    A beautiful article by Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Ishaq on kitaab reading

    6. Remembrance of Death and
    7. A miscellaneous kitaab. When one is finished, start another one.

    This taleem should be collective – the family members should preferably all sit together and let as many participants read a kitaab as is possible. Each kitaab should only be read for about 2 minutes. Beheshti Zewer and a Sunnat kitab should be read in this way that the first day 1 mas’alah/sunnat be read, which will take about 15 seconds each, the next day repeat yesterday’s lesson and read another mas’alah/sunnat, which should take about 30 seconds, the third day repeat the previous 2 day’s lessons and read a third mas’alah/sunnat. This should take about 1 minute each, at the maximum 2 minutes each.

    The daily total taleem should not be less than 10 minutes and not more than 15 minutes. Which Muslim can say that for such great goodness in abundance he /she / the family cannot spare 10 – 15 minutes ? We all can and will lnsha-Allah. A woman was impressed at the beginning of her taleem that she used to make taleem for ± 2 hrs – naturally the young children are not yet going to be so impressed and started to object and rebel etc. So do not lengthen the collective taleem – keep it at 10- 15 minutes only, yes if you are so enthusiastic, by all means carry on individually without trampling on other rights.

    Choose amost suitable time for term, i.e. when it is most suitable to every individual, perhaps before or after supper. This collective taleem/supper will have a good added advantage of the family meeting and uniting which is of vital importance but unfortunately is falling away or has fallen away already!

    Also control one’s emotions as far as possible, while making taleem. A woman cried very profusely in her taleem and this did not impress her young children but had an adverse effect on them. Keep one’s crying and pouring out one’s heart to Allah for tahajud time or whenever in privacy with Allah.

    An ordinary person in Karachi is known as Mufti Achar. He is not even an Alim, forget being a Mufti. He sells achaar on a bicycle and anybody who asks him a mas’ala, he gives the answer imniediately and correctly – how?! He reads (makes taaleem) of 10 pages of Bahishti Zewar daily! Similarly, if we will make our daily home taleem punctually and with interest, we ourselves will be surprised with the good and knowledge that we will acquire – in fact people will ask where did we study and become Alims / Aaleema’s, but do not make this the intention of making taleem.

    This teaching will also serve as a great refresher for the knowledge of the Ulama. Their knowledge will remain fresh all the time. Not like the case of an aalim who was asked how many buckets of water must be drawn out of a well because a mouse had fallen in? The mas’ala was not fresh in his mind so he asked the person whether it was a white, grey, brown or black mouse?

    (This had no relevance to the mas’ala – it was only a delaying tactic). The person said I forgot to inquire about that. He said go quickly and find out, while he quickly checked out the mas’ala! This will not be so if we keep on refreshing our knowledge by our daily taleem programme.

    Weekly Halqa:
    We should also institute a weekly halqa (group) programme in the house. Choose a suitable time and sitting in a circle (only preferable) and one by one repeating, read the Kalemas, the whole of salaah, from Alhamdu to the end of Attahiyat, janazah salaahz dua’s, after azan dua, morning and evening dua’s etc. This will make everyone learn these items, keep them refreshed and correct any mistakes.

    Also an individual, if preferred, collective taleem of about 15 minutes a day or 1/2 hour every second day. Institute a programme to learn Miftaahul Quraan. By this kitaab, which will require a modest effort, one will know the meaning of all the salat duas (supplications) which are made and the meanings of many Ayats of the Qur’an. Basically one will be learning Arabic.
    May Allah Ta’ala make Taleem in the home easy and a reality for us, Ameen. We will never be able to be grateful and thankful to Allah Ta’ala and ourselves for the great goodness that will abound to us through kitaab reading

  4. A says:

    Maaf this is the first part of the article

    What makes a home a Muslim home?
    Is it only that Muslims live in that home or that there are frames with Ayats of the Qur’aan, Hadith or Arabic inscription on them or a Kalima sticker on the front door or some taweezes hung up here and there. A Muslim home is really one in which 5 times salaat takes place (by the females), Nafl namaazes take place, tilawat (recitation) of the Qur’an Sharif, Zikrullah, duas, muraqabah (meditation) and very important Taleem takes place. Also good Islamic characteristics are displayed by all inhabitants as well as Islamic Aadab(Manners), etc. Taleem(an educational programme) is of vital importance in everyone’s home – the laymen or the learned, for it serves the purpose of learning & teaching and revising. By repetition an encouragement to practice upon what has been learnt occurs. If there is an Alim in the house, advantage should be taken of tafsir and hadith lessons etc. as well. If there is a hafiz or qari, great advantage can be taken of Tajwid lessons. Allah reminds the wives of Nabi-e-Kareem(sallallaahu alaiyhi wassallam) of His special favours upon them that the Ayats of the Qur’an and Hikmah(hadith) being recited in the house i.e. Taleem taking place i.e. when the wives of Rasulullah(sallallaahu alaaiyhi wassallam), requested an increase in their allowance, they were told amongst other things to make Taleem, as a special favour of Allah upon them.

    Hadhrat Umar(R.A.) was on his way to take the life of Rasulullah(sallallaahu alaaiyhi wassallam) when he was told that his sister had also embraced lslam. In fury, he turned to his sister’s house. T’hey were busy conducting Taleem. With the barakah (blessing) of this taleem, Hadhrat Umar(R.A.) was blessed with lmaan. Where is taking the life of Rasulullah(sallallaahu alaiyhi wassallam and where is being blessed with Imaan and becoming Khalifat-ut-Muslimeen – all with the barkat of Taleem.

    Rasulullah(sallallaahu alaiyhi wassallam)  himself was commanded by Allah to make du’a – “O Allah, increase me in knowledge,” that is obviously Dini knowledge, for with regard to other knowledge, Allah’s Rasul(sallallaahu alaiyhi wassallam) made du’a, “O Allah, I seek refuge in You from knowledge that does not benefit.” We have made this knowledge in the form of the secular studies of our children and their homework such a great fardh while we have no time for Dini Taleem i.e. a short educational programme at home.

    It is narrated in a Hadith that Allah’s azab (punishment) does not descend in a place where the hadith of Rasulullah(sallallaahu alaiyhi wassallam) is read. Subhanallah! By making Taleem in our homes, we will be saved from the azab of Allah. A vacuum does not exist anywhere. If there is no Taleem (rahmat) of Allah in the house, then there will be all types of ghaflat (unmindfiilness) like television, videos, newspapers, magazines, radios, games, idle talk of dunyi, etc. which all draw the azab of Allah. This azab then manifests itself in the form of the disobedience of the children to their parents, of them choosing alien, hated and horrible ways of the west, etc. in their attitudes, dressing, speaking, etc, Also the azab is seen in the form of no communication, etc. between husband and wife. Many a person complains that Alhamdulillah we have got every thing of dunya but there is no muhabbat (love) in our house or we are earning so much but there is no barakah. Before the end of the month, all the money is finished and so many bills still have to be paid This is yet another form of Allah’s azab. By having taleem, barakah, rahmat will descend in the form of love and respect between all the family members. Money will not only be sufficient, but there will always be extra as well. We will be saved from terrible diseases, accidents, problems, etc. Aafiyat (a smooth life) will be granted.

    Of what, when, and for how long, etc. should taleem be made ?
    A few humble suggestions follow:-
    Taleem should be made of :
    1. Fazaail Amal
    2. Bahishti Zewar
    3. A kitaab on Sunnats
    4. Seerat (Life of Rasulullah(sallallaahu alaiyhi wassallam)
    5. Aadabul Mu’asharaat

  5. @-}-- says:

    Aww the barkat of kitab reading is already kicking in!!
    After supper is a perfect tym,the whole familys present.it is sed that even babies should be part of talim..even if they asleep do talim in that same room that they are sleepin in,they myt not undrstand but it is sed that the presence of the angels will have great effect on the child.
    Also we should set a specific tym 4 talim n every person in thehome should be present.watever we doin we should stop n have talim 1st then continue.it is sed only wen we leave everything 2do talim wil the importance of it come in2 our lives.may Allah accept each n evry 1of us 4this great effort.

  6. We even feel scared to advise people to do good because we fear their reactions. This is the world we live in where good is looked at as weird. What a wonderful thing to implement, maybe Ismail will get some hidaayah now

    • Haaaah….beat u to it.. :)))

      Have already checked ur blog out and will add it to my blog world page inshallah..

      Best of luck my dear sister..rem us in ur duas…

  7. Sister A. says:

    It is important 2 do Taleem daily °̩и evry home. This brings about a change 4 da better °̩и the home environment. A suitable time should be chosen 4 dis wen da family is together. By listening 2 da stories of the Sahaabah a desire is created °̩и the heart 2 follow °̩и their footsteps. Good move Faaiza! Ʋ will definately see da benefits of this.

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