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Islamic Guidelines for Visitors to the Prophet Mosque
O you who come to the City of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), you have come to a good place and you are going to earn great reward. May Allaah accept your righteous deeds and fulfil your greatest hopes. Welcome to the land of Hijrah and victory, the land of the Chosen Prophet, the land to which the righteous Sahaabah migrated and the home of the Ansaar.
There follow a few words of advice to those who want to visit the Mosque of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him):
1 : O you who come to Madeenah, you are in a place which, after Makkah, is the best and noblest of all places, so respect it as it should be respected; honour its sanctity and holiness and observe the best etiquette therein. Know that Allaah has warned of the severest punishment for those who commit evil therein.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Madeenah is a Haram (sanctuary), so whoever commits evil therein or gives protection to an evildoer, the curse of Allaah, the angels and all of mankind may be upon him. Allaah will not accept any obligatory or naafil deed from him on the Day of Resurrection.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1867; Muslim, 1370.
So whoever commits any evil action or offers protection to any evildoer who seeks his help is exposing himself to a humiliating punishment and the wrath of the Lord of the Worlds.
One of the most serious of evil deeds that violate its purity is openly doing acts of bidah and spoiling its atmosphere with myths and false ideas, and contaminating its pure land with the spread of articles which promote bidah, books which contain shirk, and all kinds of reprehensible and haraam actions which go against Islamic shareeah. The evildoer and the one who gives him protection are equally guilty of sin. Read the rest of this entry »
Subhanallah- glory be to God Almighty- these pictures speak a thousand words and more! Next time the call for prayer comes and you are too busy—- what will be your excuse?
O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, Who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, his mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women–fear Allah, through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (that bore you): for Allah ever watches over you. (Qur’an 4:1)
Here we see in the Quran that men and women have mutual rights, between and from each other, and that we should give respect to our mothers. Islam speaks specificaly about the rights that people have: rights of a husband upon his wife, the wife upon her husband, parents from their children and the children have rights upon their parents. Islam is not just a religion but rather a way of life in which its followers should show respect and love and honor the duties and rights placed upon them.
“I shall not lose sight of the labor of any of you who labors in My way, be it man or woman; each of you is equal to the other (3:195)”
This verse shows plainly that before God there is gender equality especially concerning worship and righteous acts. This should not be confused however with saying that men and women are the same, for they are not. Each has been blessed with their own natures and characteristics which make their complementary roles productive in society.
“Verily for all men and women who have surrendered themselves unto God, and all believing men and believing women, and all truly devout men and truly devout women, and all men and women who are true to their word, and all men and women who are patient in adversity, and all men and women who humble themselves before God, and all men and women who give in charity, and all self-denying men and self-denying women, and all men and women who are mindful of their chastity, and all men and women who remmber God unceasingly: for all of them has God readied forgiveness of sins and a mighty reward.” (33:35)
|Again it is clear that both men and women stand in front of Allah and are accountable for their own actions and behaviors and that in the case of religious duties, they are equal.
Additionally, it is well known that race or ethnicity while a blessing from Allah so that we can know each other and learn about different cultures, does not mean that one race is better than another.
“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well-acquainted. (The Noble Quran, 49:13)“
It is also based on the statement of Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), “ Oh Mankind! Your Lord is One. Your (grand) father is one. All of you belong to Adam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Adam is created of soil (earth dirt). Truly, the most honorable person in the Sight of Your Lord, the Almighty Allah, is the most pious among you. There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab. There is no superiority for a non-Arab over an Arab. There is no superiority for a red (race) person over a white person. Likewise, there is no superiority of a white over a red (race) person except for the level of piety (mindfulness of God, the Almighty Allah in life and practices)” Ahmad, Hadith No.411.
Pride in one’s family history or geneology is good only to a certain extent. When it starts to balloon and create snobbery and distructive pride in which one tribe or nation feels superior over another, a falling away from the sunna occurs. We read that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) says,“ The Almighty Allah has removed the false pride taking, which was practiced in the pre-Islamic period, where individuals took false pride with their ancestors (forefathers). All mankind belongs (in lineage) to Adam u. Adam is created of soil (earth dirt)” AbuDaoud, Hadith No.5116.
One of the most beautiful aspects pilgrims find when making hajj and umra is that they are all dressed in simple clothing. The rich and poor are dressed alike, and one is not better than the other except in levels of piety and righteousness. Although this is all logical and reasonable, we still fail to impliment these ideals into our daily lives. Women and men are refused in marriage due to lineage, foreign nationalities are treated with less respect and rights, minorities do not get the same privelages as the majority and the list can, and does, go on. Only by implimenting the true sunna of the Prophet pbuh and rules that Allah swt has given us can we start to dispell racism and ethnic clicks among our population.
Success is only Achieved by Performing Righteous Deeds, not Wishful Thinking
“It will not be in accordance with your desires, nor those of the People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), whoever works evil will have the recompense thereof, And he will not find any protector or helper besides Allah. And whoever does righteous deeds, male or female, and is a believer, such will enter Paradise, and not the least injustice, even to the size of a Naqir, will be done to them. And who can be better in religion than one who submits his face to Allah; and he is a Muhsin (a doer of good deeds)…” [Soorah an-Nisa (4): 123-125]
Qatadah said, ‘We were told that the Muslims and the people of the Scriptures mentioned their own virtues to each other. People of the Scriptures said, ‘Our Prophet came before your Prophet and our Book before your Book. Therefore, we should have more right to Allah than you have.’ Muslims said, ‘Rather, we have more right to Allah than you, our Prophet is the final Prophet and our Book supersedes all the Books before it.’ Allah sent down, ‘It will not be in accordance with your desires, nor those of the People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), whoever works evil, will have the recompense thereof,…’ [See, Tafseer Ibn Katheer]
Also, al-Awfi reported that Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) commented on this verse, ‘The followers of various religions disputed; the people of the Tawrah said, ‘Our Book is the best Book, and our Prophet (Moosa u) is the best Prophet.’ The people of the Injil (also) said similar (statements), the people of Islam said, ‘There is no religion except Islam, our Book has abrogated every other Book, our Prophet is the final Prophet and you were commanded to believe in your Books and adhere to your Books.’ Allah judged between them saying, ‘It will no be in accordance with your desires, nor those of the People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), whoever works evil, will have the recompense thereof.’ [At-Tabaree 9: 230]
This verse, thus, indicates that religion is not accepted on account of wishful thinking or mere hopes. Rather, the accepted religion relies on what resides in the heart (i.e. faith, sincerity) and which is made truthful through actions. Every person who claims to be on the truth is not considered as such or he does not attain the merit merely on account of his words, rather, the key lies in obeying Allah and following what He has legislated. This is why Allah said following this,’whoever works evil, will have the recompense thereof…’ Similarly, Allah said in Soorah al-Zalzalah, ‘So whoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it. And whoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it.’ [Soorah al-Zalzalah (99): 7-8]
It was reported that when the above verses [Soorah an-Nisa (4): 123-124] were revealed, they became hard on the Sahabah y. Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that Aa’isha (radhi allahu anha) said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! I know the hardest verse in the Qur’aan. He asked, ‘What is it, O Aa’isha!’ I said, ‘whoever works evil, will have the recompense thereof…’ He (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, ‘That is what strikes the believing servant, even the problems that bother him.’ [Abu Dawud]
Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) said, ‘When the verse, ‘whoever works evil, will have the recompense thereof…’ was revealed, it was hard on the Muslims. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said to them, ‘Be steadfast and seek closeness. Everything that afflicts the Muslim, even the thorn that pierces his skin and the hardship he suffers, will be an expiation for him.’ [See, Tafseer Ibn Katheer]
Thus, Allah will surely inflict punishment on His slaves as a recompense of evil actions; either in this life, which is better for him, or in the Hereafter (we see refuge with Allah from this end.) Aa’isha (radhi allahu anha) reported that the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) used to say, ‘O Aa’isha! Beware of the sins that are belittled, for verily, they will be taken account of by Allah.’ [Musnad Ahmad] and in another Hadeeth Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (radhi allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, ‘Beware of the sins that are belittled. For verily, they are gathered in a man until they destroy him.’ [Musnad Ahmad] Also, in another Hadeeth of Musnad Ahmad, Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) made an example of sins that are taken lightly by saying that they are like a people who settle in barren land. Then their leader orders them to go out at a time and bring back a stick each until they have gathered a large number of sticks. They then kindled a fire and burned everything that they threw into it
Allah says further, ‘and he will not find any protector or helper besides Allah.’ Ali Ibn Abi Talha reported that Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) said, ‘Unless he repents and Allah forgives him.’ [At-Tabaree 9: 239]
‘And whoever does righteous deeds, male or female, and is a believer, such will enter Paradise and not the least injustice, even to the size of a Naqir, will be done to them.’ Allah mentions His kindness, generosity and mercy in accepting good deeds from His servants, whether male or female, with the condition that they embrace the faith. He also stated that He will admit the believers into Paradise and will not withhold any of their good deeds, even the weight of a Naqir – speck on the back of a date stone. Therefore, ‘Do not under rate any good act, even if it is offering drinking water from your bucket to one, who is seeking a drink, or meeting your brother with a cheerful face.’ [Saheeh Muslim (4): 2026]
Allah then said, ‘And who can be better in religion than one who submits his face (himself) to Allah…’ meaning, performs the good actions in sincerity for his Lord with faith and awaiting the reward with Allah, ‘and he is a Muhsin’ i.e., He follows the correct guidance that Allah legislated on the tongue of His Messenger.
These are the two conditions, in the absence of which, no deed will be accepted from anyone, and they are – sincerity and correctness. The work is sincere when it is performed for Allah alone, and it becomes correct when it conforms to the Sharee’ah. Consequently, the deed becomes outwardly correct with following the Sunnah and inwardly correct with sincerity.
When any deed lacks either of these two conditions, the deed becomes invalidated. For instance, if one lacks the pillar of sincerity in his work, he becomes a hypocrite who performs deeds to shows off.
And the importance of Ittiba is manifest in the following narration. Narrated Anas Ibn Malik (radhi allahu anhu), ‘A group of three men came to the houses of the wives of the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) enquiring how the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) worshipped (Allah). When they were informed about that, they considered their worship insufficient and said, ‘Where are we compared to the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) since his past and future sins have been forgiven.’ Then one of them said, ‘I will offer the prayer throughout the night forever.’ The other said, ‘I will fast throughout the year and will not break my fast.’ The third said, ‘I will keep away from women and will never marry.’ Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) (upon hearing the incidents, summoned them and) asked, ‘Are you the same people who said so-andso? By Allah! Indeed, I am the one who fears Allah the most amongst you, and the most pious of you; yet, I fast and break my fast, I pray and I sleep, and I marry women. So, he who opposes my Sunnah, is not from me.’ [Saheeh al-Bukharee]
William Burchell Bashyr Pickard (England)
Author, Poet and Novelist
About the Author:W. B. Bashyr Pickard B.A. (Cantab), L.D.(London) is an author of wide repute. His pen-production include: Layla and Majnun, The Adventures of Alcassim, A New World etc.
“Every child is born with a disposition towards the natural religion of obedience (i.e. Islam); it is the parents who make him a Jew, A Christian or a Magian.” —- a saying of Muhammad.
Having been born in Islam it was a good many years before I realized this fact.
At school and college I was occupied, perhaps too intensely, with the affairs and demands of the passing moment. I do not consider my career of those days brilliant, but it was progressive. Amid Christian surroundings I was taught the good life, and the thought of God and of worship and of righteousness was pleasant to me. If I worshipped anything it was nobility and courage. Coming down from Cambridge, I went to Central Africa, having obtained an appointment in the administration of the Uganda Protectorate. There I had an interesting and exciting existence beyond what, from England, I had ever dreamt, and was compelled by circumstances, to live amongst the black brotherhood of humanity, to whom I may say I became endearingly attached by reasons of their simple joyous outlook upon life. The East had always attracted me. At Cambridge I read the Arabian Nights. Alone in Africa I read the Arabian Nights, and the wild roaming existence I passed in the Uganda Protectorate did not make the East less dear to me.
Then upon my placid life broke in the First World War. I hastened homewards to Europe. My health broke down. Recovering, I applied for a commission in the Army, but on health grounds this was denied to me. I therefore cut losses and enlisted in the Yeomanry managing somehow or other to pass the doctors and, to my relief, donned uniform as a trooper. Serving then in France on the Western Front, I took part in the battle of the Somme in 1917, where I was wounded and made prisoner of war. I travelled through Belgium to Germany where I was lodged in hospital. In Germany I saw much of the sufferings of stricken humanity, especially Russians decimated by dysentry. I came to the outskirts of starvation. My wound (shattered right arm) did not heal quickly and I was useless to the Germans. I was therefore sent to Switzerland for hospital treatment and operation. I well remember how dear even in those days was the thought of the Qur’an to me. In Germany I had written home for a copy of Sale’s Koran to be sent out to me. In later years I learnt that this had been sent but it never reached me. In Switzerland after operation of arm and leg my health recovered. I was able to go out and about. I purchased a copy of Savary’s French translation of the Qur’an (this today is one of my dearest possessions). Therein I delighted with a great delight. It was as if a ray of eternal truth shone down with blessedness upon me. My right hand still being useless, I practised writing the Qur’an with my left hand. My attachment to the Qur’an is further evidenced when I say that one of the most vivid and cherished recollections I had of theArabian Nights was that of the youth discovered alive alone in the city of the dead, seated reading the Qur’an, oblivious to his surroundings. In those days in Switzerland, I was veritably resigne a la volonte de Dieu (Muslim). After the signing of the Armistice I returned to London in December 1918 and some two or three years later, in 1921, I took up a course of literary study at London University. One of the subjects I chose was Arabic, lectures in which I attended at King’s College. Here it was that one day my professor in Arabic (the late Mr. Belshah of Iraq) in the course of our study of Arabic mentioned the Qur’an. “Whether you believe in it or not,” he said, “you will find it a most interesting book and well worthy of study.” “Oh, but I do believe in it,” was my reply. This remark surprised and greatly interested my teacher in Arabic, who after a little talk invited me to accompany him to the London Prayer House at Notting Hill Gate. After that I attended the Prayer House frequently and came to know more of the practice of Islam, until, on New Year’s day, 1922, I openly joined the Muslim community.
That is more than quarter of a century ago. Since then I have lived a Muslim life in theory and practice to the extent of my ability. The power and wisdom and mercy of God are boundless. The fields of knowledge stretch out ever before us beyond the horizon. In our pilgrimage through life I feel assured that the only befitting garment we can wear is submission and upon our heads the headgear of praise and in our hearts love of the One Supreme.
“Wal-Hamdu lil’ Lahi Rabbi ‘l-’Alameen“
From “Islam, Our Choice”