Prof Geraldine Mossiere, an anthropologist at university of Montreal, who has done fieldwork comparing French and Quebecois converts to Islam. Attached are two of her publications. The first one is about how converts navigate West and Islam in their new identities; and the second how female converts navigate the competing discourses of oppression vs non-oppression in their new Muslim identity. She wishes now to expand her fieldwork comparing France/Quebec with converts in Ontario.
She is seeking male or female converts under the age of 35 to participate. Due to the virus, the interviews will be done over skype. They will last approximately 90 mins. The aim is to study how conversion affects relationships family, friends, work, etc. The interviewee will be asked questions about their life trajectory; vision of self; spirituality, and the like.
She has a research assistant from McMaster, Ariane Bedard-Provencher, who is also doing the interviews. The initial plan was that Ariane do in person interviews in Ontario, but of course, with the virus, these will now also be online.
Should you be interested in being a research participant, please email the research assistant: Ariane, at email@example.com.
As we all sit at home in lockdown we ponder and reflect on this new way of life and remember the hustle and bustle of the old. This pandemic has us all panicked on the outside but has forced us to remain calm in the inside. Time is now spent on more important things such as family, studies and spiritual connection. The almighty has finally forced us to stop and look at what is actually important and to be grateful for what we have. We can take this time as a personal journey to reflect and analyze our own soul and improve the qualities that have been damaged by the negative influences of this world. Such as haste, ungratefulness and greed. Such as hatred, racism and jealously.
It is the fear of the unknown that has hit many and forced them to rethink what is now to be a priority in our lives when it should have been all along.
This covid-19 may not have infected us all but it sure has effected us all.
God has proven that he is in control now and always was. It unfortunately took a worldwide pandemic to create a personal pandemic within ourselves.
The only cure for this is to stop our sinful habits and start anew. Forgive one another and treat one another with respect and kindness. Most importantly we should live each day like it’s going to be our last breath as so many have had to unfortunately do.
Hadith Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 60, Hadith 17, no. 3342
Narrated Anas (ra): Abu Dhar (ra) used to say that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “While I was at Makkah, the roof of my house was opened and Jibril descended, opened my chest, and washed it with Zamzam water. Then he brought a golden tray full of wisdom and faith, and having poured its contents into my chest, he closed it. Then he took my hand and ascended with me to the heaven. When Jibril reached the nearest heaven, he said to the gatekeeper of the heaven, ‘Open (the gate).’ The gatekeeper asked, ‘who is it?’ Jibril answered, ‘Jibril’. He asked, ‘Is there anyone with you?’ Jibril replied, ‘Muhammad (ﷺ) is with me.’ He asked, ‘Has he been called?’, Jibril said, ‘Yes’. So, the gate was opened and we went over the nearest heaven, and there we saw a man sitting with Aswida (a large number of people) of his right and Aswida on his left. When he looked towards his right, he laughed and when he looked towards his left he wept. He said (to me), ‘Welcome, O pious Prophet and pious son’. I said, ‘Who is this man O Jibril?’ Jibril replied, ‘He is Adam, and the people on his right and left are the souls of his offspring. Those on the right are the people of Paradise, and those on the left are the people of the (Hell) Fire. So, when he looks to the right, he laughs, and when he looks to the left he weeps.’ Then Jibril ascended with me till he reached the second heaven and said to the gatekeeper, ‘Open (the gate).’ The gatekeeper said to him the same as the gatekeeper of the first heaven has said, and he opened the gate.” Anas added: Abu Dhar mentioned that Prophet (ﷺ) met Idris, Musa (Moses), ‘Isa (Jesus) and Ibrahim (Abraham) over the heavens, but he did not specify their places (i.e., on which heavens each of them was), but he mentioned that he (the Prophet (ﷺ)) had met Adam on the nearest heaven, and Ibrahim on the sixth. Anas said, “When Jibril and the Prophet (ﷺ) passed by Idris, the latter said, ‘Welcome, O pious Prophet and pious brother!’ the Prophet (ﷺ) asked, ‘Who is he?’ Jibril said, ‘He is Idris.’ ” The Prophet (ﷺ) added, “Then I passed by Musa who said, ‘Welcome, O pious Prophet and pious brother!’ I said, ‘Who is he?’ Jibril said, ‘He is Musa.’ Then I passed by ‘Isa who said, ‘Welcome, O pious Prophet and pious brother!’ I said, ‘Who is he?’ He replied, ‘He is ‘Isa.’ Then I passed by the Prophet (ﷺ) Ibrahim who said, ‘Welcome, O pious Prophet and pious son!’ I said, ‘Who is he?’ Jibril replied, ‘He is Ibrahim’.” Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas and Abu Haiyya Al-Ansari: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Then Jibril ascended with me to a place where I heard the creaking of pens.” Ibn Hazm and Anas bin Malik state the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Allah enjoined fifty Salat (prayers) on me. When I returned with this order of Allah, I passed by Musa who asked me, ‘What has Allah enjoined on your followers?’ I replied, ‘He has enjoined fifty Salat (prayers) on them.’ On the Musa said to me, ‘Go back to your Lord (and appeal for reduction), for your followers will not be able to bear it.’ So, I returned to my Lord and asked for some reduction, and He reduced it to half. When I passed by Musa again and informed him about it, he once more said to me, ‘Go back to your Lord, for your followers will not be able to bear it.’ So, I returned to my Lord similarly as before, and half of it was reduced. I again passed by Musa and he said to me, ‘Go back to your Lord, for your followers will not be able to bear it.’ I again returned to my Lord and He said, ‘These are five (Salat-prayers) and they are all (equal to) fifty (in reward), for My Word does not change.’ I returned to Musa, he again told me to return to my Lord (for further reduction) but I said to him ‘I feel shy of asking my Lord now.’ Then Jibril took me till we reached Sidrat-ul-Muntaha (i.e., lote tree of utmost boundary) which was shrouded in colors indescribable. Then I was admitted into Paradise where I found small tents (made) of pearls and its earth was musk (a kind of perfume).”
Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum (the Sealed Nectar) Biography of the Noble Prophet, P.179-180
The Imams of Hadith narrate a number of details about this event, the following of which is a summary: Ibn Al-Qaiyim said: “Allah’s Messenger[pbuh] was carried physically – according to the correct view – from the Sacred Mosque in Makkah to Bait Al-Maqdis in Jerusalem, riding on Al-Buraq in the company of Gabriel. There he alighted, tied the horse to a ring in the gate of the Mosque and led the Prophets in prayer. Then during that night he ascended from Bait Al-Maqdis to the lowest heaven. Gabriel sought permission to enter. It was opened and he saw Adam [pbuh], the forefather of mankind. The Prophet [pbuh] greeted him and Adam [pbuh] welcomed him, returned his greeting, and expressed his faith in Muhammad’s Prophethood. He saw the souls of martyrs on his right and those of the wretched on his left.
Gabriel then ascended with the Prophet [pbuh] to the second heaven, sought entry and there he saw and greeted John, son of Zacharia (Yahya bin Zakariya [pbuh]) and Jesus [pbuh], son of Mary. They returned his greeting, welcomed him and expressed their faith in his Prophet.
Then they reached the third heaven where they saw Joseph (Yusuf [pbuh]) and greet him. The latter welcomed the Prophet [pbuh] returned his greeting, expressed faith in his Prophethood. The Prophet [pbuh], in the company of Gabriel, then reached the fourth heaven where he met the Propeht Idris [pbuh] and greeted him. Idris [pbuh] returned the greeting and expressed faith in his Prophethood. Then he was carried to the fifth heaven where he met the Prophet Aaron (Harun [pbuh]) and greeted him. The latter returned the greeting and expressed faith in his Prophethood. In the sixth heaven he met Moses (Musa [pbuh]) and greeted him. The latter returned the greeting and expressed faith in his Prophethood. Muhammad [pbuh] on leaving, saw that Moses [pbuh] began to weep. He asked about the reason. Moses [pbuh] answered that he was weeping because he witnessed a man sent after him as a Messenger (Muhammad [pbuh]) who was able to lead more of his people to Paradise than he himself did. Then Prophet Muhammad [pbuh] reached the seventh heaven and met Abraham (Ibrahim [pbuh]) and greeted him. The latter returned the salutation and expressed faith in his Prophethood. Then he was carried to Sidratul-Muntaha (the remotest lote tree) and was shown Al-Bait Al-Ma’mur [(the much frequented house) encompassed daily by seventy thousand angels, so that the angels who once encompassed it would not have their turn again till the Resurrection].
He was then presented before Allah. He was brought near such that he was at the distance of two bow’s length or less. Allah revealed to His servant as He willed, ordaining fifty daily prayers for him. On his return, he spoke to Moses [pbuh], informing him that his followers had been enjoined to pray fifty times a day. Moses [pbuh] addressing the Prophet [pbuh] said: “Your followers cannot perform so many prayers. Go back to your Lord and ask for a decrease in number.” The Prophet [pbuh] turned to Gabriel, he nodded, “Yes, if you desire,” and ascended with him till Allah the Almight, Glorious is He, reduced the prayers by then. He then descended and reported that to Moses [pbuh], who again urged him to request a further reduction. Muhammad [pbuh] once more begged his Lord to reduce the number still further. He went again and again at the suggestion of Moses [pbuh] for reduction in the number of prayers till these were reduced to only five. Moses [pbuh] again asked him to implore for more reduction, but he said: “I fell ashamed now of repeatedly asking my Lord for reduction. I accept and resign to His Will.” When Muhammad [pbuh] went farther, a Caller was heard saying: “I have imposed My Ordinance and lightened the burden of My servants.”
Revelation The Story of Muhammad, Peace and blessings be upon him by Meraj Mohiuddin, P.163-164
Talib’s wife, Fatimah bint Asad, had entered Islam sometime before or
after the death of her husband. Her daughter Umm Hani remained close to
the Prophet and, in the year after Abu Talib’s death, invites him over
to lead the evening prayer in her house. The Prophet (pbuh) accepts his
cousin’s invitation and, after the prayer, rests at her house.
his grandfather ‘Abd al-Mutallib, the Prophet (pbuh) used to enjoy
spending nights in the Hijr, near the tomb of Hagar and Ishmael. After a
short nap at Umm Hani’s house, he steps out to visit the Ka’bah and
falls asleep in the Hijr. In the midst of his sleep, he is greeted by
Gabriel who leads him to a mounted winged beast named Buraq. Then, as
described in Surah Al-Isra, he is carried to Jerusalem (about 760 miles
away), where he encounters several biblical prophets and leads them in
prayer (the Isra’).
After the congregational prayer, the Prophet
ascends through the seven heavens. At each level he encountered
different Prophets, who collectively endorse his prophethood. Surah
An-Najm captures the transcendent moment when, after passing the seventh
heaven, the Prophet finally meets his Creator:(The Star, 53:16-18) When
there covered the Lote Tree that which covered [it]. The sight [of the
Prophet] did not swerve, nor did it transgress [its limit]. He
certainly saw of the greatest signs of his Lord.
At the height of
the Me’raj (ascension), the Prophet was commanded to instruct his
followers to perform 50 prayers daily. He also received revelation that
contained the creed of his faith: (The Cow 2:285) The Messenger
believes in what his Lord revealed, so do the faithful. Each of them
believes in Allah and His angels, His books and His messengers. [The
believers say], “We don’t consider one of His messengers as being better
than another.” [They pray], “We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your
forgiveness, our Lord, for we [know that our] final destination is back
with You.” As the Prophet (pbuh) descended through the heavens, he
was approached by Moses who persuaded him to return to God and asked Him
to make worship easier for his community by decreasing the number of
obligatory daily prayers. When the Prophet (pbuh) returned a second
time, Moses reiterated his recommendation. They repeat this time until
the number of daily prayers was reduced to five. Even then Moses
encouraged him to seek a further reduction, but the Prophet (pbuh)
responded: “I feel ashamed now of repeatedly asking my Lord for
reduction. I accept and resign to His Will.”
** From the commentary: “There is a difference of opinion on what
year the Night Journey took place. Some scholars believe it happened
much earlier in Mecca, while others suggest that it must have happened
after the Year of Sadness because of the general consensus that Khadijah
died before the five daily prayers were established.””Although there is
some difference of opinion, the Isra’ and Me’raj most likely occurred
shortly after the Prophet’s return from Ta’if. While the miraculous
experience was a turning point in the Prophet’s 23-year career, it also
tested the conviction of his Companions.”
P.166 The response to the night journey The next morning, the Prophet described his miraculous journey to Umm Hani. Against her counsel, he insisted on sharing his experience with the Quraysh. As Umm Hani predicted, the Prophet’s enemies are thrilled to hear what sounds like a ludicrous story, which his companions faced an unexpected trial of faith.
(The Night Journey 17:60) We [only use such symbols] to instill fear in them [so that they’ll perhaps be inclined to listen], but it only adds to their immense suppression [of faith].
Those who are nearby ask Abu Bakr, who hadn’t yet heard about what had happened, to confirm the Prophet’s incredible story. But for Abu Bakr, the news was hardly believed. “If so he saith, then it is true.” he calmly responded. “And where is the wonder of it? He telleth me that tidings come to him from Heaven to earth in one hour of the day or night, and I know him to be speaking the truth. And that is beyond what ye cavil at.”
Since the first revelation, Abu Bakr never wavers from his conviction in God and his commitment to the Prophet (pbuh). Shortly after hearing Abu Bakr’s response to the Isra’ account, the Prophet (pbuh) honoured him the title as-Siddiq (the great witness of truth).
While the Night Journey is a unique moment in the Prophet’s life, Surah Al An’am explains that it is not unlike the experiences of Muhammad’s great forefather.
(Al-An’am 6:75) That’s the result [of Our demonstration] to Abraham, when We showed him that We have all dominion over the heavens and the earth, and thus he was convinced [that the idols were false].
Salams my name is Andrea and I have taken my shahada on Tuesday of this week (31 December 2020). The whole week prior to going to the mosque I was driving past the mosque daily because I live close to it and every time I passed I would cry or want to go in but was afraid of not being accepted for some strange reason. For many years I was a Christian and my whole family is Christian for me to tell anyone that I wanted to become a Muslim was extremely hard. My grandfather was a pastor for many years, and my father is a deacon so I spent my whole life in the church where I didn’t feel I fit in.
I wanted to share my revert story of how I came back to Islam or rather how Islam was reaffirmed in my heart. I have had twenty years of exposure to this beautiful religion ever since my older sister converted then. When I would visit her I would sit back and be a third party witness to the daily dedication of prayer, how she would share common beautiful greetings with fellow muslims such as salaams, inshallah, mashallah and how she would cover herself and be modest in public. As years went by I became more and more interested in learning about Islam and would read a bit on it each year and educate myself without telling anyone I was doing so and sometimes would shock my sister when I knew information on a topic that would come up in conversation when visiting her.
‘I’ve cried in a lot of places during the “holiday season.” As a convert who left behind many traditions that come with the holiday season, I was left with longing and, sometimes, loneliness. I wrote an ebook, shared below, to help others in the same boat. One year I remember hearing a Christmas song playing while eating lunch out with my husband and kids, and just like that, the nostalgia hit me and I just welled up with tears. It’s been over 20 years since I became Muslim and it’s taken about that long to finally not feel sad.
My life is rich, alhamdulilah, as is my family life and our own traditions and so I am happy and content. But the feeling is still there sometimes. It’s a sign of beautiful memories with my family growing up. It’s part of the test that a convert goes through. We don’t need pity or to pity ourselves. We’ve chosen the greatest gift there is in the world: the know our Creator as He truly is. But compassion goes a long way. Suggestions to ease this time of year for converts you might know:
1) Drop a text or a phone call to anyone you know who is a convert. Let them know you recognize this time of year is difficult for many converts and ask how they are doing. Maybe invite them out for some of those seasonal flavors of coffee, cocoa, and desserts!
2) If you are married to a convert don’t shame them for their feelings. Don’t talk about how all those traditions are rooted in haram ideaas, pagan history, etc etc etc. They know. They get it. They chose Islam, remember? Instead, offer a hug, maybe take a drive just to look at lights together, and listen. Just listen. Part of grief is just feeling and processing. Be gentle.
3) Consider hosting gatherings in your home somewhere between 12/24-12/27 to give converts something positive to look forward to. Make it a potluck or just make all your friends cook and say “converts come free handed!” Trust me, the gestures will be really meaningful for them.
4) Remind converts of all the positive ways they can and should stay connected to their families during this time. Many teachers encourage people to still attend holiday dinners and lunches in order to maintain familial ties. Educate yourself on this subject with teachers who are in touch with the converts in their community. (Do not copy/paste fatwas from people who live in muslim lands who have no idea how to support converts!)
Marriage is not a cure for your addiction. Or your depression. Or your trauma. Or or or… a person you marry is not a tool to fix your problems. And by fixating on marriage as a balm for your gaping wounds, you can painfully wrong another.
Folks must work on self-development without waiting for marriage to miraculously fill their gaping wounds. Go to therapy, get your health together, enroll in a rehab program now.
On a spiritual level, if you aren’t waking up for fajr now but gush about how you can’t wait for Mr or Mrs Perfect Muslim to gently sprinkle water on your face for qiyam… keep a cup of water next to you in bed so that you can drench yourself and WAKE UP. How can you rely for the appearance of a person who doesn’t yet exist in your life in this role to take responsibility for your worship? YOU wake you up! YOU be the worshipper you wish you could be!
Marriage can be a great tool of self-improvement and can help us change for the best, with God’s will. A blissful marriage is a great blessing from God and the creation and care of a family is a great act of worship. The right spouse can truly *help* (not be the end all) you find a sense of wholeness and healing and comprehensive support and sometimes a sense of loving even your greatest insecurities. But you cannot expect that to *come* from someone else. That isn’t your spouse’s responsibility. You can’t want to get married so someone else heals you. God is the only One Who deserves that level of trust.
Work on your relationship with Him, work on your own mental, physical, spiritual, psychological nurturing and become the type of person you want to marry. And be the type of person someone else would thank God for marrying.
Al-Baqara (2:1) Alif, Lam, Meem. (2:2) This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah – (2:3) Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them, (2:4) And who believe in what has been revealed to you, and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith]. (2:5) Those are upon [right] guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful.
Alay Imran (3:2) Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of existence. (3:3) He has sent down upon you the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel. (3:4) Before as a guidance for mankind and also revealed this Al-Furqan [criterion for judgment between right and wrong]. Surely those who reject Allah’s revelations will be sternly punished; Allah is Mighty, capable of retribution.
(3:7) It is He who has sent down to you the Book; in it are verses [that are] precise – they are the foundation of the Book – and others unspecific. As for those in whose hearts is deviation [from truth], they will follow that of it which is unspecific, seeking discord and seeking an interpretation [suitable to them]. And no one knows its [true] interpretation except Allah. But those firm in knowledge say, “We believe in it. All [of it] is from our Lord.” And no one will be reminded except those of understanding.
(3:138) This [the Quran] is a clear declaration to mankind, a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah!
An-Nisa (4:82) Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction.
(4:105) Indeed, We have revealed to you, the Book in truth so you may judge between the people by that which Allah has shown you. So be not an advocate for those who betray trust. (4:106) And seek forgiveness of Allah. Indeed, Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful.
Al-A’raf (7:2) [This is] a Book revealed to you – so let there not be in your breast distress therefrom – that you may warn thereby and as a reminder to the believers.
Hud (11:1) [This is] a Book whose verses are perfected and then presented in detail from [one who is] Wise and Acquainted. (11:2) “Do not worship except Allah. Indeed, I am to you from Him a warner and a bringer of good tidings,” (11:3) And [saying], “Seek forgiveness of your Lord and repent to Him, [and] He will let you enjoy a good provision for a specified term and give every doer of favor his favor. But if you turn away, then indeed, I fear for you the punishment of a great Day. (11:4) To Allah is your return, and He is over all things competent.”
Yusuf (12:1) Alif L’am Ra. These are the verses of the Book that make things clear. (12:2) We have revealed this Quran in the Arabic language so that you may understand. (12:3) We relate to you the best of stories through this Quran by Our revelation to you, though before this you were one of those who did not know.
Al-Hijr (15:87) And We have certainly given you, seven of the often repeated [verses] and the great Qur’an. (15:88) Do not extend your eyes toward that by which We have given enjoyment to [certain] categories of the disbelievers, and do not grieve over them. And lower your wing to the believers (15:89) And say, “Indeed, I am the clear warner”
An-Nahl (16:64) And We have not revealed to you the Book except for you to make clear to them that wherein they have differed and as guidance and mercy for a people who believe.
(16:89) And [mention] the Day when We will resurrect among every nation a witness over them from themselves. And We will bring you as a witness over your nation. And We have sent down to you the Book as clarification for all things and as guidance and mercy and good tidings for the Muslims.
(16:97) Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do. (16:98) So when you recite the Qur’an, [first] seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the expelled [from His mercy]. (16:99)Indeed, there is for him no authority over those who have believed and rely upon their Lord. (16:100) His authority is only over those who take him as an ally and those who through him associate others with Allah.
Al-Isra (17:78) Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed. (17:79) And from [part of] the night, pray with it as additional [worship] for you; it is expected that your Lord will resurrect you to a praised station. (17:80) And say, “My Lord, cause me to enter a sound entrance and to exit a sound exit and grant me from Yourself a supporting authority.” (17:81) And say, “Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart.” (17:82) And We send down of the Qur’an that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.
Luqman (31:2) These are verses of the wise Book, (31:3) As guidance and mercy for the doers of good (31:4) Who establish prayer and give zakah, and they, of the Hereafter, are certain [in faith].
Az-Zumar (39:2) Indeed, We have sent down to you the Book in truth. So worship Allah, [being] sincere to Him in religion. (39:3) Unquestionably, for Allah is the pure religion. And those who take protectors besides Him [say], “We only worship them that they may bring us nearer to Allah in position.” Indeed, Allah will judge between them concerning that over which they differ. Indeed, Allah does not guide he who is a liar and [confirmed] disbeliever.
(39:41) Indeed, We sent down to you the Book for the people in truth. So whoever is guided – it is for [the benefit of] his soul; and whoever goes astray only goes astray to its detriment. And you are not a manager over them.
Ash-Shura (42:52) And thus We have revealed to you an inspiration of Our command. You did not know what is the Book or [what is] faith, but We have made it a light by which We guide whom We will of Our servants. And indeed you guide to a straight path – (42:53) The path of Allah, to whom belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Unquestionably, to Allah do [all] matters evolve.
Al-Muzzammil (73:20) Indeed, your Lord knows, that you stand [in prayer] almost two thirds of the night or half of it or a third of it, and [so do] a group of those with you. And Allah determines [the extent of] the night and the day. He has known that you [Muslims] will not be able to do it and has turned to you in forgiveness, so recite what is easy [for you] of the Qur’an. He has known that there will be among you those who are ill and others traveling throughout the land seeking [something] of the bounty of Allah and others fighting for the cause of Allah. So recite what is easy from it and establish prayer and give zakah and loan Allah a goodly loan. And whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah. It is better and greater in reward. And seek forgiveness of Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
(4709) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s
Messenger, pbuh, was presented with two cups, one containing wine and the other
containing milk on the night of his Journey by Night at Jerusalem. He looked at both and took the milk. Jibril (Gabriel) said, “Thanks to Allah Who
guided you to the Fitrah (i.e. Islam); if you had taken the wine, your
followers would have gone astray.”
(4710) Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah: the Prophet, pbuh, said, “When the people of Quraish disbelieved me [concerning my Al-Isra] I stood up in Al-Hijr (the unroofed portion of the Kabah) and Allah displayed Bait-ul-Maqdis in front of me, and I started describing it to them (Quraish) while looking at it.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 59,
(3207) Narrated Malik bin Sa’sa’a: The Prophet, pbuh, said, “While I was beside
the House (Kabah) in a state midway between sleep and wakefulness, (an angel
recognized me) as the man lying between two men. A golden tray full of wisdom and belief was
brought to me and my body was cut open from the throat to the lower part of the
abdomen and then my abdomen was washed with Zamzam water and (my heart was)
filled with wisdom and belief. Al-Buraq, a white animal, smaller than a mule
and bigger than a donkey was brought to me and I set out with Jibril (Gabriel). When I reached the nearest heaven, Jibril
said to the gatekeeper of the heaven, “Open the gate.” The gatekeeper said, “Has he been called?”
Jibril said, “Yes”. Then it was said,
“He is welcome. What a wonderful visit
his is!” Then I met Adam and greeted him
and he said, “You are welcome, O son and a Prophet.” Then we ascended to the second heaven. It was asked, “Who is it?” Jibril said,
“Jibril” It was said, “Who is with
you?” He said, “Muhammad (pbuh)”. It was asked, “Has he been sent for?” He said, “Yes”. It was said, “He is welcome. What a wonderful visit his is!” Then I met Isa (Jesus) and Yahya (John) who
said, “You are welcome O brother and a Prophet.” Then we ascended to the third heaven. It was asked, “Who is it?” Jibril said, “Jibril” It was said, “Who is with you?” He said, “Muhammad.” It was asked, “Has he been sent for?” He said, “Yes”. It was said, “He is welcome. What a wonderful visit his is!” (The Prophet,
pbuh, added) “There I met Yusuf (Joseph) and greeted him, and he replied, “You
are welcome, O brother and a Prophet!”
Then we ascended to the fourth heaven and again the same questions and
answers were exchanged as in the previous heavens. There I met Idris and greeted him. He said, “You are welcome, O brother and a
Prophet.” Then we ascended to the fifth
heaven and again the same questions and answers were exchanged as in previous
heavens. There I met and greeted Harun
(Aaron) who said, “You are welcome, O brother and a Prophet.” Then we ascended to the sixth heaven and
again the same questions and answers were exchanged as in previous
heavens. There I met and greeted Musa
(Moses) who said, “You are welcome, O brother and a Prophet.” When I proceeded on, he started weeping and
on being asked why he was weeping, he said, “O Lord! Followers of this youth
who was sent after me will enter Paradise in greater number than my
followers.” Then we ascended to the
seventh heaven and again the same questions and answers were exchanged as in
the previous heavens. There I met and
greeted Ibrahim (Abraham) who said, “You are welcome, O son and a
Prophet.” Then I was shown
Al-Bait-ul-Ma’mur (i.e. Allah’s House).
I asked Jibril about it and he said, “This is Al-Bait-ul-Ma’mur where
seventy thousand angels perform Salat (prayer) daily, and when they leave they
never return to it (but always fresh batch comes into it daily).” Then I was shown Sidrat-ul-Muntaha (i.e. the
lote-tree of the utmost boundary) and I saw its Nabiq fruits which resembled
the clay jugs of Hajar (i.e. a town in Arabia), and its leaves were like the
ears of elephants, and four rivers originated at its root, two of them were
apparent and two were hidden. I asked Jibril about those rivers and he said,
“The two hidden rivers are in Paradise, and the apparent ones are the Nile and
the Euphrates.” Then fifty Salat
(prayer) were enjoined on me. I
descended till I met Musa who asked me, “What have you done?” I said, “Fifty salat have been enjoined on
me.” He said, “I know the people better
than you because I had the hardest experience to bring Bani Israel to
obedience. Your followers cannot put up
with such obligations. So, go back to
your Lord and request Him (to reduce the number of Salat).” I returned and requested Allah (for
reduction) and He made it forty. I
returned and (met Musa) and had a similar discussion, and then returned again
to Allah for reduction, and He made it thirty, then twenty, then ten, and then
I came to Musa who repeated the same advice.
Ultimately Allah reduced it to five.
When I came to Musa again, he said, “What have you done?” I said, “Allah has made it five only.” He repeated the same advice but I said that I
surrendered (to Allah’s Final Order)”
Allah’s Messenger, pbuh, was addressed by Allah, “I have decreed My
Obligation and have reduced the burden on My slaves, and I shall reward a
single good deed as if it were ten good deeds.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 59,
(3209) Narrated Abu Hurairah: The
Prophet, pbuh, said, “If Allah loves a person, He calls Jibril (Gabriel)
saying, ‘Allah loves so-and-so; O Jibril, love him.’ Jibril would love him and make an
announcement amongst the inhabitants of the heaven: “Allah loves-so-and-so,
therefore you should love him also.” And
so all the inhabitants of the heaven would love him, and then he is granted the
pleasures of the people on the earth. [see also vol-9, Hadith no. 7485]
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 59,
(3221) Narrated Ibn Shihab: Once Umar bin Abdul Aziz delayed the Asr
payer a little. Urwa said to him,
“Jibril descended and led the Salat in front of the Prophet, pbuh.” On that Umar said, “O Urwa! Be sure of what
you say.” Urwa said, “I heard Bashir bin
Abi Mas’ud narrating from Ibn Mas’ud who heard Allah’s Messenger, pbuh, saying,
“Jibril descended and led me in Salat; and I offered Salat with him, then again
I offered Salat with him, and then offered Salat with him again, and then
offered Salat with him again, and then offered Salat with him again, counting
with his fingers five Salat.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 59,
(3234) Narrated Aishah: Whoever claimed that (the Prophet) Muhammad,
pbuh, saw his Lord, is committing a great fault, for he only saw Jibril
(Gabriel) in his genuine shape in which he was created covering the whole horizon.
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 60,
(3342) Narrated Anas: Abu Dhar used to
say that Allah’s Messenger, pbuh, said, “While I was at Makkah, the roof of my
house was opened and Jibril (Gabriel) descended, opened my chest, and washed it
with Zamzam water. Then he brought a
golden tray full of wisdom and faith, and having poured its contents into my
chest, he closed it. Then he took my
hand and ascended with me to the heaven.
When Jibril reached the nearest heaven, he said to the gatekeeper of the
heaven, “Open (the gate).” The
gatekeeper asked, “Who is it?” Jibril
ansered, “Jibril.” He asked, “Is there
anyone with you?” Jibril replied,
‘Muhammad (PBUH) is with me.” He asked,
“Has he been called?” Jibril said, “Yes.”
So, the gate was opened and we went over the nearest heaven, and there
we saw a man sitting with Aswida (a large number of people) on his right and
Aswida on his left. When he looked
towards his right, he laughed and when he looked towards his left he wept. He said (to me), “Welcome, O pious Prophet
and pious son.” I said, “Who is this man
O Jibril?” Jibril replied, “He is Adam,
and the people on his right and left are the souls of his offspring. Those on the right are the people of
Paradise, and those on the left are the people of the (Hell) Fire. So, when he looks to the right, he laughs,
and when he looks to the left he weeps.”
Then Jibril ascended with me till he reached the second heaven and said
to its gatekeeper. “Open (the
gate).” The gatekeeper said to him the
same as the gatekeeper of the first heaven had said, and he opened the gate.”
Anas added: Abu Dhar mentioned that the Prophet, pbuh,
met Idris, Musa (Moses), Isa (Jesus) and Ibrahim (Abraham) over the heavens,
but he did not specify their places (i.e. on which heaven each of them was) but
he mentioned that he (the Prophet, pbuh) had met Adam on the nearest heaven,
and Ibrahim on the sixth. Anas said,
“When Jibril and the Prophet, pbuh, passed by Idris, the latter said, “Welcome,
O pious Prophet and pious brother!” the Prophet, pbuh, asked, “Who is he?” Jibril said, “He is Idris.” The Prophet, pbuh, added, “Then I passed by
Musa who said, ‘Welcome, O pious Prophet and pious brother!’ I said, “Who is he?” Jibril said, “He is Musa.” Then I passed by Isa who said, “Welcome, O
pious Prophet and pious brother!” I
said, “Who is he?” He replied, “He is
Isa.” Then I passed by the Prophet
Ibrahim who said, “Welcome, O pious Prophet and pious son!” I said, “Who is
he?” Jibril replied, “He is Ibrahim.”
Narrated Ibn Abbas and Abu Haiyya
Al-Ansari: The Prophet, pbuh, said,
“Then Jibril ascended with me to a place where I heard the creaking of the
pens.” Ibn Hazm and Anas bin Malik state
that the Prophet, pbuh, said, “Allah enjoined fifty Salat (Prayer) on me. When I returned with this order of Allah, I
passed by Musa who asked me, ‘what has Allah enjoined on your followers?’ I
replied, ‘He has enjoined fifty Salat on them.’
On that Musa said to me, ‘Go back to your Lord (and appeal for
reduction), for your followers will not be able to bear it.’ So I returned to my Lord and asked for some
reduction, and He reduced it to half.
When I passed by Musa again and informed him about it, he once more said
to me, ‘ Go back to your Lord, for your followers will not be able to bear
it.’ So, I returned to my Lord similarly
as before, and half of it was reduced. I
again passed by Musa and said to me, ‘Go back to your Lord, for your followers
will not be able to bear it.’ I again
returned to my Lord and He said, “these are five (salat) and they are all
(equal to) fifty (in reward), for My Word does not change.” I returned to Musa, he again told me to
return to my Lord (for further reduction) but I said to him, ‘I feel shy of
asking my Lord now.’ Then Jibril took me
till we reached Sidrat-ul-Muntaha (i.e. lote tree of utmost boundry) which was
shrouded in colours indescribable. Then
I was admitted into Paradise where I found small tents (made) of pearls and its
earth was musk (a kind of perfume).
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 60,
(3349) Narrated Ibn Abbas: The Prophet,
pbuh, said, “You will be gathered (on the Day of Judgement), bare-footed, naked
and not circumcised.” He then recited:
“As We began the first creation, We
shall repeat it: (It is) a promise binding upon US. Truly we shall do it.” (Quran 21:104)
He added, “The first to be dressed on the Day of
Resurrection will be Ibrahim (Abraham), and some of my companions will be taken
towards the left side [i.e. to the (Hell) Fire, and I will say: ‘My
companions! My companions!’ It will be said, “They had been renegades
(deserted Islam) after you left them.”
Then I will say as the pious slave of Allah [i.e. Isa (Jesus) (pbuh)
said: “And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them…(up to)…the
All-Wise.” (Quran 5:117, 118)
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 60,
Narrated Abu Hurairah: The people said,
“O Allah’s Messenger! Who is the most
honorable amongst the people (with Allah)?”
He said, “Al-Muttaqun (the most pious and righteous) amongst them.” They said, “We do not ask you about
this.” He said, “Then Yusuf (Joseph),
Allah’s Prophet, the son of Allah’s Prophet, the son of Allah’s Prophet, the
son of Allah’s Khalil (the one whose love is mixed with one’s heart and it is
superior to a friend or beloved.) [i.e. Ibrahim (Abraham)].” They said, “We do not want to ask about
this.” He said, “Then you want to ask
about the descent of the Arabs. Those
who were the best in the Pre-Islamic Period of Ignorance will be the best in
Islam provided they comprehend the religious knowledge.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 60, P.360
(3369) Narrated Abu Humaid
As-Sa’idi: The people asked, “O Allah’s
Messenger! How shall we (ask Allah to)
send As-Salat on you?” Allah’s Messenger
replied, “Say: Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa azwajihi wa dhurriyatihi kama
sallaita ala Ali-Ibrahima wa barik ala Muhammadin wa azwajihi wa dhurriyatihi
kama barakta ala Ali-Ibrahima, Innaka Hamidun Majid.” [O Allah! Send Your Salat
(Graces, Honors and Mercy) on Muhammad and on his wives and on his offspring as
You sent Your Salat (Graces, Honors and Mercy) on Ibrahim’s (Abraham) family;
and send Your Blessings on Muhammad and on his wives and on his offspring, as
You send Your Blessings on Ibrahim’s family, for You are the Most Praiseworthy,
the Most Glorious.”]
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 60, P.375
(3394) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger, pbuh, said, “On the night
of my Al-Isra (Journey by Night) (to the heavens), I saw (the Prophet) Musa
(Moses) who was a thin person with lank hair, looking like one of the men of
the tribe of Shanu’a; and I saw Isa (Jesus) who was of average height with red
face as if he had just come out of a bathroom.
And I resemble Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) more than any of his offspring
does. Then I was given two cups, one
containing milk and the other wine.
Jibril (Gabriel) said, “Drink whatever you like.” I took the milk and drank it. Jibril said, “You have accepted what is
natural (True Religion i.e. Islam), and if you had taken the wine, your
followers would have gone astray.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 60,
(3398) Narrated Abu Sa’id: The Prophet, pbuh, said, “People will be
struck with unconsciousness on the Day of Resurrection and I will be the first
to regain consciousness, and behold!
There I will see Musa (Moses) holding one of the pillars of Allah’s
Throne. I will wonder whether he has
become conscious before me or he has been exempted, because of his
unconsciousness at the Tur (mountain) which he received (on the earth).”
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 60,
(3408) Narrated Abu Hurairah: A Muslim and a Jew quarreled. The Muslim taking an oath, said, “By Him Who
has preferred Muhammad, pbuh, over all people!”
The Jew said, “By Him Who has preferred Musa (Moses) over all
people.” The Muslim raised his hand and
slapped the Jew, who came to the Prophet, pbuh, to tell him what happened
between him and the Muslim. The Prophet,
pbuh, said, “Don’t give me superiority over Musa (Moses), for the people will
become unconscious (on the Day of Resurrection) and I will be the first to gain
consciousness to see Musa standing and holding a side of Allah’s Throne. I will not know if he has been among those
people who have become unconscious and that he has gain consciousness before
me, or he has been amongst those whom Allah has exempted.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 60,
(3414) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Once, while a Jew was selling something, he
was offered a price that he was not pleased with. So, he said, “No, by Him Who gave Musa
(Moses) superiority over all human beings!”
Hearing him, an Ansari man got up and slapped him on his face and said,
“You say: By Him Who gave Musa superiority over all human beings although the
Prophet (Muhammad, pbuh) is present amongst us!” The Jew went to the Prophet, pbuh, said, “O
Abul-Qasim! I am under the assurance and
contract of security, so what right does so-and-so have to slap me?” The Propeht, pbuh, asked the other, “Why have
you slapped him on his face.” He told
him the whole story. The Prophet, pbuh,
became angry till anger appeared on his face, and said, “Don’t give superiority
to any Prophet amongst Allah’s Prophets, for when the trumpet will be blown,
everyone on the earth and in the heavens will become unconscious except those
whom Allah will exempt. The trumpet will
be blown for the second time and I will be the first to be resurrected to see
Musa holding Allah’s Throne. I will not
know whether the unconsciousness which Musa received on the Day of Tur has been
sufficient for him, or he has got up before me.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 60, P.391
(3416) Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet, pbuh, said, “None should say
that I am better than Yunus (Jonah) bin Matta.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 60,
(3443) Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger, pbuh, said, “Both in this
world and in the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all the people to Isa (Jesus),
the son of Maryam (Mary). The Prophets
are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one
(i.e. Islamic Monotheism).”
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 60,
(3445) Narrated Umar: I heard the
Prophet, pbuh, saying, “Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians
praised the son of Maryam (Mary), for I am only a slave. So, call me the slave of Allah and His
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 60,
(3453, 3454) Narrated Aishah and Ibn
Abbas: On his deathbed Allah’s
Messenger, pbuh, put a sheet over his face and when he felt hot, he would
remove it from his face. When in that
state (of putting and removing the sheet) he said, “May Allah’s Curse be on the
Jews and the Christians for they built places of worship at the graves of their
Prophets.” (By that) he intended to warn
(the Muslims) from what they had done.
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-4, Book 60,
Narrated Abu Mas’ud Uqba: The
Prophet, pbuh, said, “One of the (basic) sayings of An-Nubuwwa (the
Prophethood) which the people have got is, “If you do not feel ashamed, then do
whatever you like.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume-2, Book 23,
(1341) Narrated Aishah: When the Prophet, pbuh, became ill, some of
his wives talked about a church which they had seen in Ethiopia and it was
called Mariya. Umm Salma and Umm Habiba
had been to Ethiopia, and both of them narrated its (the church’s) beauty and
the pictures it contained. The Prophet,
pbuh, raised his head and said, “Those are the people who, whenever a pious man
dies amongst them, make a mosque (a place of worship) at his grave and then
they make those pictures in it. Those
are the worst creatures in front of Allah.”
Important reminder Islamic Will – a Must document in Islam
Every individual Muslim should have this document ready. A person who has house, car, money in account (etc) and have children must prepare will immediately. A person who has nothing mentioned above, should prepare Will because he still has his body. Yes that’s correct body.
Why? Here is business case… Three incidents in Windsor Ontario
1. Person died on Islam family members wanted him cremated. Imam tried convincing them no success. This guy never prepared will stating his funeral should be according to Islamic belief
2. Family (parents) died social services took over custody of children. Later adopted by non-Muslims.
3. Person died and assets went to estate after all distribution process. End receiver received peanut most used up by official departments involved such as bank, lawyers etc
4. On 12 Jan 2019 was a Janaza (funeral) of a 27 year old young man died in apartment found by police after a week when neighbours complained smell from the apartment. If identity would have not established he could end up in cremation as it is cheapest method.
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Please pass it to other fellow Muslims in neighbourhood and offer them support in making one you will be getting rewards. Jzk
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