بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Sending Salaat* Upon The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) [* i.e. saying “Allaahumma salli ‘alaa Muhammad…”)
Imaam an-Nasaa·ee –rahimahullaah- reported in his “Sunan” (no.1297):“Ishaaq ibn Mansoor related to us, saying: Muhammad ibn Yoosuf narrated to us, saying: Yoonus ibn Abee Ishaaq narrated to us: from Burayd ibn Abee Maryam who said: Anas ibn Maalik narrated to us, saying: Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: <<Whoever sends a single salaat upon me, then Allaah will send ten salawaaat upon Him, and ten sins will be removed from him, and he will be raised by ten ranks >>.”
Shaikh al-Albaanee-rahimahullaah- declared it “Saheeh”.
- Dying today with your Tawheed intact
The Prophet (ﷺ) told Mua’dh ibn Jabal:” Whoever dies without giving one of Allah’s rights to anyone or anything will enter Jannah.
- Safeguarding the Fajr and Asr prayers in their proper timings
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: Whoever safeguards the Fajr and Asr prayer will enter Jannah.
- Praying the 5 daily prayers correctly
A man came to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) asking him about Islam, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “You have to offer five compulsory prayers in a day and a night (24 hours).” The man asked, “Is there any more compulsory prayers for me?” Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “No, unless you like to offer Nawafil (i.e. optional prayers……So, the man departed saying, “By Allah I will neither do more nor less than that.” Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “If he is sincere in what he’s saying, he will be successful.”
The great scholar Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) wrote:
Sin may be more beneficial for a person – if it leads him to repent – than engaging in many acts of obedience. This is the meaning of the statement of one of the salaf,“‘A person may commit a sin and enter Paradise because of it, or he may do an act of worship and enter Hell because of it.’ They said, ‘How is that?’ He replied, ‘He may commit a sin and then it remains at the forefront of his thoughts, and when he stands or sits or walks he remembers his sin. So then there comes about shame, repentance, seeking forgiveness and regret, so that that will be the means of his salvation. And [on the other hand] one may perform a good deed and it remains at the forefront of his thoughts, so when he stands or sits or walks he always remembers it and it results in him being amazed [with himself] and prideful. So that will be from the cause of his doom.’”
The following is a summary of what the Shaykh al-Albaani (d. 1420 A.H.) said in the introduction to a book entitled ‘Bidaytus – Sooli Fee Tafdeel Rasool -salAllaahu ‘alaihi wassalam as-Sharraffa wa Karrama’:
‘Indeed I firmly believe that it is upon every Muslim who is sincere in his Islaam, to familiarize himself abundantly with a good amount of manners, which Allaah has honoured His Prophet with, in addition to the virtues that Allaah placed upon the Prophet in order for him to excel above all the worlds, from the Jinn and all of mankind altogether, rather even above those Angels who are close to Allaah Ta’ala.
Types of Evil Speech
When people mention others they may commit one of these four:
- Gheebah (Backbiting),
- Buhtaan (Slandering),
- Ifk (Rumours), or
- Nameemah (Gossiping).
- Gheebah: Backbiting – is to say what is true about a person.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اجْتَنِبُوا كَثِيرًا مِّنَ الظَّنِّ إِنَّ بَعْضَ الظَّنِّ إِثْمٌ ۖ وَلَا تَجَسَّسُوا وَلَا يَغْتَب بَّعْضُكُم بَعْضًا ۚ أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُكُمْ أَن يَأْكُلَ لَحْمَ أَخِيهِ مَيْتًا فَكَرِهْتُمُوهُ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ رَّحِيمٌ
“O you who Believe! Avoid much suspicion; Indeed, some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, Most Merciful.”
Prohibition of Listening to Backbiting
Allah, the Exalted, says:
وَإِذَا سَمِعُوا اللَّغْوَ أَعْرَضُوا عَنْهُ وَقَالُوا لَنَا أَعْمَالُنَا وَلَكُمْ أَعْمَالُكُمْ سَلَامٌ عَلَيْكُمْ لَا نَبْتَغِي الْجَاهِلِينَ
“And when they hear Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk), they withdraw from it and say: “To us our deeds, and to you your deeds. Peace be to you. We seek not the ignorant.”
And He says:
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ اللَّغْوِ مُعْرِضُونَ
“And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allah has forbidden).”
And He says: