Tips for Students of Deen

I was going through my notes and papers and I happened to come across a paper with advises. I decided that it would make a good post, not only that but the advice is actually really beneficial. So here goes, tips for students of Deen (by an ustaad of mines).

  • Don’t be proud and arrogant. Whoever humbles himself for Allah, Allah will elevate him.
  • Develop qualities of love (for each other). When Allah describes the Sahaba in Surah Fath, one of the qualities He mentioned is that they are merciful (kind) to each other.
  • If a person doesn’t make amal (practice) on his knowledge, it is not actual ilm, it is just information, because there is no noor in ilm without amal.
  • One faqeeh (jurist) is more stronger/severe on Shaytaan than a thousand worshippers.
  • Forgive each other. Don’t develop grudges in your heart. A presription for the greatest success i.e Jannah – have a pure, clean heart, with no enmity or hatred for anyone.
  • Command with good and prohibit with evil. You are the best of nations taken out for the benefit of mankind. You command with goodness and prohibit with evil….
  • Invite towards the path of your Lord with wisdom and good advice….
  • Ml Ashraf Ali Thanwi rahmatullahi alayhi said: To regard yourself as a pious person is haraam but to try to become pious is fardh.
  • Assist each other on piety and taqwa (goodness, abstinence from sin etc)
  • Be kind and compassionate to your neighbour (والصاحب بالجنب)
  • A people should not mock a people perhaps they are better than them…
  • Lead a righteous life, Allah will love you
  • Know when to draw the line.
  • Ask for forgiveness from those who you may have harmed.

O Allah, create love between our hearts, and reform that which is between us and guide us towards the path of peace!

“One who has his books with him will never be alone.”

Other Naseehat:

Actual Ilm is where you practice on your knowledge.

Imam Malik rahmatullahi alayh said: Ilm is not by narrating a lot, it is actually noor that Allah places in the heart.

Value every breath of yours. The time in your life is like rubies.

Respect beautifies man. Show respect to your kitabs, teachers as well as your class and classmates.

Try to inculcate the Sunnah in your life as much as possible.

Meet people happily. Spread salaam. Become a devotee to Allah.

Read your salaah, make tilawat, engage in dua, fulfill the rights of purda. Make dhikr.

Correct your intention always.

Show a desire for Ilm.

Good questions are half of Ilm.

Whoever strives will find (success).

A book is the best companion.

Time is more valuable than any profession.

The peak of wisdom is the fear of Allah.

رأس الحكمة مخافة الله


Honouring A Guest

One of the great principles of our deen is good character. Showing good character, greeting the next Muslim whether you know him or not, smiling with your Muslim brother/sister, sympathising with your Muslim brother, offering your aid and assistance to your Muslim brother at their time of need, or even honouring your guest is part of good conduct. Good character will be very weighty on the scales in the hereafter, therefore, we should make an effort to perfect our character. May Allah perfect our character and grant us true adab and respect! Aameen.

Hadhrat Anas ibn Malik radhiyAllahu anhu reports:

Once Hadhrat Salmaan Farsi radhiyAllahu anhu called on Hadhrat Umar radhiyAllahu anhu. He was sitting supported by his pillow. Seeing him, he offered the pillow to him. Hadhrat Salmaan uttered that Allah and His Rasul have rightly said. Tell me that O Abu AbdurRahman! Hadhrat Umar requested. Hadhrat Salmaan said, “Once I appeared before Nabi salAllahu alayhi wa salam. He was sitting supported by a pillow and he offered it to me, and said,’ O Salmaan! No Muslim is there whom his Muslim brother visits and who lays down his pillow for him, without being forgiven by Allah.

Other narrations mention that no Muslim offers a pillow to his guest out of honour for him.

(Transmitted by Tabraani, Haakim)

Good and Bad Deeds

The denoter towards good is like its doer and the denoter towards evil is like its doer

This hadeeth is pretty straightforward, but let’s delve a little deeper into it to understand it more. We are encouraged to do good actions and to motivate others to do the same. This is not just what is required of us, behind it is hidden reward written for us as well. The person who encourages another to do a good deed will get double reward, and every time that person practices on that deed, the first person who started it will automatically receive that ajar as well. It’s a chain reaction, all which leads to the very first person who began it.

A few deeds that we can remind others and ourselves about are listed below:

  • Encourage one another to make miswaak before and after meals, and before Salaah and tilaawat
  • Remind the family about eating Duaa’s when having meals
  • Stick Duaa’s up at appropriate places to remind others to read it. e.g. the entering Duaa’s at the doors of the house, the Duaa to be stuck on a mirror when looking in the mirror and Duaa’s for travelling in the car
  • Purchasing a miswaak, Quraan or kitaab for someone is very beneficial
  • Gifting a scarf, topee (or turban) or a tasbeeh will earn great reward as well

These are just a few of the many ways to attain reward. Now that we know what we can do, we also know that whenever these, or similar actions are encouraged, YOU will earn extra reward. Imagine it as commission in a way. Every time you encourage someone to buy something and they purchase it, you get a part of the profit as well. But for amaal-e-saalihat it’s EVEN BETTER. You don’t get a part of their share, but you get the full reward, as if you’ve done it yourself. How can we say no to such a great opportunity?
You get TEN rewards for each LETTER of the Quraan that you recite, now imagine someone reading abundant tilaawat and your reward is doubling and tripling! Isn’t that great?
The reward of reading la hawla wa la quwwata illah billah is from the treasures of Jannah, and when you gift a tasbeeh to someone, try to imagine how many treasures you’re opening, and in other forms of zikr, how many trees are getting planted for you, how many palaces are being built for you! The mind cannot even fathom the innumerable rewards that it’ll gain! SubhanAllah!
Now on the flipside, just as good comes with good, evil comes with evil as well.
Firstly, we are told not to expose our sins to everyone, because Allah has concealed our sins and saved us from disgrace, but then we announce our sins openly to people without even realizing it. How? When we mention to someone “hey, I just went to the cinemas and watched the latest movie” or “did you hear that new album that got released” these are exposing our sins to people.
So, if we now encourage someone to do evil, we’re going to get this sin, and when they continue doing it, it’ll be continuous for us too. Instead of telling someone “you’ve got to check the movie out!” rather save yourself from the chain of sin by remaining silent instead. Through not announcing what you did, you’ll protect yourself from continuous evil deeds being written for you.
There is always hope and there is always Allah’s everlasting mercy. So if we have wronged ourselves, and if we have encouraged others to do wrong; let’s stop the action and turn towards taubah, let’s be regretful over our actions, let’s make an intention to never do it again and let’s encourage our fellow Muslims to do the same.
Let’s replace the bad with good. It comes in the Qur;aan “Certainly good deeds remove evil deeds..” so follow up the bad with good and lets turn to our final destination; the aakhirah. The connection has to end, let’s end it before it’s too late. It all begins…right now.

Written by a veiled writer.

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Hadhrat Malik ibn Dinaar rahmatullahi alayh

Hadrat Maalik ibn Dinaar rahmatullah alayh

He was one of the most illustrious Auliya, and he was known to be very pious. In one incident Maalik Ibn Dinaar and Ja’far ibn Sulaimaan were together in MakkahMukarramah. When Maalik ibn Dinaar commenced the talbiyah saying: labbayk Allahumma labbayk, he fainted. When he revived, Ja’far ibn Sulaimaan asked the reason for his unconsciousness. Maalik ibn Dinaar said: “I feared to hear a voice which would respond la labbayk (there is no presence for you.)

-Extracted from the kitaab scattered pearls, pg 38

Look at the humility that he had, despite his piety he was so humble. May Allah make us amongst those who are humble for His pleasure and May we be in the company of the ambiyaa’ alayhimus salaam and the Auliya. Despite the temptations of the world surrounding him, Maalik ibn Dinaar displayed such humbleness and detached himself from the world and he was known for spending his days and nights in salaah and Ibadah.

Even though we may not think it to be significant, zikr plays an important part in our lives. Through remembering Allah, we’ll recognize Allah and His qualities, and it will strengthen our imaan In sha Allah. A hadeeth is mentioned regarding zikr to the effect: the similitude of the one who remembers Allah and the one who does not remember Allah, is the similitude between the living and the dead.


May Allah Ta’aala protect us and save us from being amongst those who neglect Ibadah and those who disobey Him, and may the love of this world be removed from our hearts so that we can work for the Hereafter. Aameen thumma Aameen.

Sleep – A great blessing

One of the greatest blessings Allah has bestowed on man is sleep. Really, if we ponder at what a great blessing this is, we will still be unable to appreciate this blessing as we ought to.

“And amongst His signs is your sleeping by night and day and your seeking of His bounty. No doubt, in it are signs for those who hear.”

Some nights, I lie in bed, tossing and turning, kicking the duvet off, and pulling it back, and i change my posture plenty of times, yet sleep never comes to me. My eyes remain awake and my thoughts don’t rest either. Its a severe battle, a battle of irritation, because I wait for sleep, but no sleep comes. No matter what remedy we may try, sleep obviously won’t come. Because ALLAH is the giver of Sleep. Allah is the Only Being who will cause our eyes to close and our souls to rest. For those nights when we are able to sleep easily, we dont make enough shukr really. We only realise what a great favour it is to fall asleep. Many people suffer from insomnia, and this is a nightly occurrence. Many have a broken sleep, they wake up during the night plenty of times, they are either awakened by nightmares or other reasons. Some are unable to fall asleep after the nightmare, so they remain awake from 2am. Others have many responsibilities, hence they complete their work very late, so they only get about 2-3 hours of sleep. Some suffer from sleep apnea..whilst others have to wake up every two hours to take their medication.

Really we are blessed..

Others are unable to sleep because of the sounds of bombs, etc.

We may have the softest, most luxurious linen, yet we do not get sleep..whilst others sleep on the ground in an old worn out sheet yet they get the best sleep in the world.

We need to make shukr for this great blessing. We know very well our love for sleep, how we enjoy prolonging our sleep and not awakening. Let us make shukr to Allah for granting us this great bounty. Let us rest so we can awaken refreshed and able to perform more ibadah.