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Du’aa Al-Istikhaarah – Read, Listen and Learn

Authentic Dua & Dhikr

Supplication for seeking guidance in forming a decision or choosing the proper course (Al-Istikhaarah)

Al-IstikhaarahJabir bin Abdullaah –RadhiAllaahu anhu- said the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- used to teach us al-Istikharah (a prayer said for seeking blessings in carrying out a decision) for all matters, just like he used to teach us a chapter from the Qur’aan, he would say: If any of you intends to undertake a matter then he should pray two Rakah other than an obligatory prayer then he should say :

Al-IstikhaarahAllaahumma ‘innee ‘astakheeruka bi ‘ilmika, wa ‘astaqdiruka bi qudratika, wa as’aluka min fadhlikal-‘Adheemi, fa ‘innaka taqdiru wa laa ‘aqdiru, wa ta’lamu, wa laa ‘a’lamu, wa ‘Anta ‘Allaamul Ghuyoobi, Allaahumma in kunta ta’lamu ‘anna haadhal-amra – [then mention the thing to be decided] khayrun lee fee deenee wa ma’aashee wa ‘aaqibati ‘amree – [or say] ‘Aajilihi wa ‘aajilihi –  Faqdurhu…

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Jinn and Shaytan as mentioned in the Qur’an [Youtube]

Glossary of Terms for the non-Muslim and the new Muslim

Abd : A male slave, a slave of Allah.

Adhaan : The call to Salah (Prayer) pronounced loudly

Ayah (pl. Ayaat): A sign of Allah; a verse of the Qur’aan.

Aboo (Abee, Abaa): Father of; used as a means of identification

‘Alayhi salaam: “May Allah protect and preserve him” It is said after the name of the Prophet of Allah or after the name of an angel.

Alim : A knowledgeable person or a religious scholar in islaam.

Allahul Musta’an: Allah’s help is sought

Allahu Akbar: Allah is the Greatest

Ahaadeeth: See Hadeeth

‘An’anah: a narrator’s reporting by saying ‘from so and so’ not describing exactly in what form it was transmitted to him. This will only affect the authenticity of the narration if the one doing it is a mudallis.

Ansaar: “Helpers”; the Muslims of Madeenah who supported the Muslims who migrated from Makkah.

Aameen: O Allah ! accept our invocation.

Bid’ah: Innovation; anything introduced into the Religion, in order to seek Allaah’s pleasure, not having a specific proof or basis in the Religion.

Companions (Arabic – Sahaabah): the Muslims who saw the Prophet (may Allah protect and preserve him) and died upon Islaam.

Da’eef: weak; unauthentic (narration)

Da’wah: Literally call. This refers to the concept and practical implementation of inviting and calling a person or persons to abide by and accept Islaam in its pure and unadulterated form.

Deen: way of life prescribed by Allah i.e. Islaam

Duha : Forenoon

Eemaan: faith; to affirm all that was revealed to the Messenger (may Allah protect and preserve him), affirming with the heart, testifying with the tongue and acting with the limbs. The actions of the limbs are from the completeness of Eemaan. Faith increases with obedience to Allah and decreases with disobedience.

Fataawa: see Fatwa.

Fatwa (pl. Fataawa): religious verdict.

Fiqh: the understanding and application of the Sharee’ah from its sources.

Firdaus : The middle and the highest part of the Jannah.

Fitnah: (pl. fitan): This linguistically refers to calamities, trials, tribulations and mischief.

Ghusl : A ceremonial bath. This is necessary for one who is Junub, and also on other occassions.

Hadeeth (pl. Ahaadeeth): narration concerning the utterances of the Prophet (may Allah protect and preserve him), his action or an attribute of his.

Hajj: Pilgrimage to Makkah

Halaal: permitted under the Sharee’ah

Haneef : Pure Islamic Monotheism

Haram : The Sanctuaries of Makkah and Al-Madeenah

Haraam: prohibited under the Sharee’ah

Hasan: fine; term used for an authentic hadeeth, which does not reach the higher category

Haya: Modesty – Bashfulness

Hijaab : A long dress prescribed from muslim women to cover their whole body from head to feet

Hijrah : Migration

Ibn: son of; used as a means of identification.

Iftaar : Breaking the fast

Imaam: leader; leader in Salaah, knowledge or fiqh; leader of a state.

Isnaad: the chain of narrators linking the collector of the saying to the person quoted.

Jinn: A creation of Allah created by smokeless fire.

Kaafir: A disbeliever.

Khaleefah (pl. Khulafaa’): the head of the Islamic government (the khilaafah) to whom the oath of allegaince is given.

Khulafaa’: see khaleefah.

Kufr: Disbelief.

Kuffaar: Disbelievers.

La Ilaha Illa Allah: There is none worthy of worship except Allah

Mudallis: most commonly a narrator who reports things from his Shaikh which he did not directly hear from him but from an intermidediate whom he does not name but instead says ‘from the Shaikh’. This intermediate may be weak. The scholars of hadeeth will only accept the narrations of a mudallis when he clearly states that he heard them from the Shaikh, i.e. ‘The Shaikh narrated to us…’ e.t.c.

Muhaajir: One who migrates from the lands of the disbelievers to the land of the Muslims for the sake of Allaah.

Munqati’: (lit. disjoined) An isnaad in which two continuous links are missing in one or more than one place or an unknown narrator is found to join the links.

Mursal: loose; a narration in which a Successor narrated firectly from the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam, i.e. omitting the Companion from who he heard it.

Mushaf : The Qur’aan between two covers.

Matrook: (lit. discarded) Where narrators are accused of falsehood in matters other than the narration of the tradition.

Radiyallaahu ‘anhu/’anhaa/’anhum/’anhumaa: may Allaah be pleased with him/her/them/both of them.

Rahimahullaah/Rahimahumullaah: may Allaah bestow His mercy upon him/them.

Saheeh: correct; an authentic narration.

Salaf: predecessors; the early Muslims; the Muslimsof the first three generations: The Companions, the Successors and their successors.

Salafus-Saaliheen: pious predecessors; the Muslims of the first three generations: the Companions, the Successors and their successors.

Shaikh: scholar

Shaitaan: Satan

Sharee’ah: the Divine code of Law.

Shirk: Associating partners with Allaah.

Sunnah: in its broadest sense, the entire Deen which the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam came with and taught, i.e. all matters of belief, rulings, manners and actions whjich were conveyed by the Companions. It also includes those matters which the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam established by his sayings, actions and tacit approval – as opposed to bid’ah (innovation).

sunnah: an action of the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam.

SubhanAllah: Glory be to Allah; How perfect is Allah of Saheeh.

Soorah: a chapter of the Qur’aan.

Taabi’ee (pl. Taabi’een): a Muslim (other than another Companion) who met a Companion.

Taqwa: “taqwa is acting in obedience to Allaah, hoping for His mercy upon light from Him and Taqwa is leaving acts of disobedience, out of fear of Him, upon light from Him.”

Tawheed: Literally Oneness – The belief and realization of singling Allaah out alone in His Lordship, the Worship that is performed for Him and His names and Attributes, apart from all other false deities. This entails the belief that Allaah is the only true Creator, Sustainer, and Administrator of the Universe. It entails that one is mandated to perform and sincerely direct all of his worship to Allaah alone and no one else. And lastly, it entails believing in all of Allaah’s perfect Names and Attributes, and that they apply to Him alone and no one else.

‘Ulamaa: Scholars of the Deen of Islaam.

Umm: Mother of. Ex: Umm ‘Abdillah – Mother of ‘Abdillah

Zaahid: One who practices zuhd.

Zuhd: Abstaining from the world and its luxuries.

Sources Used:

“The Evil of Craving For Wealth and Status” by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbalee. Pgs. 56-58
“Beneficial Answers to Questions on Innovated Methodologies” by Shaykh Saleh al-Fawzaan
“Explanation of the Creed” by Imaam al-Barbahaaree
From the appendix of “Translation of the meanings of The Nobl Qur’an , in the English Language” – By Dr. Muhammad Taqiuddeen al-Hilaalee, Ph.D. and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan [ Arabic/English]

Side Books for Madina Arabic Course

These books are not the three medina books that everyone knows about; rather they are the books that are used alongside the medina books that are used in the Medina University, these books a wide variety of topics like phrase usage of verbs and terms, Fiqh, Dictation, Hadith, Reading in which the 3 Medina Books by themselves do not cover.

[Download here  the Zip of all the below Madina Arabic Course Side Books]

Side Books for Madina Arabic Book 1:
تعليم الكتابة.pdf

Side Books for Madina Arabic Book 2:
كتاب لتعليم اللغة العربية.pdf
قصص الأنبياء.pdf
التديبات الصوتية.pdf

Side Books for Madina Arabic Book 3:
النحو و الصرف.pdf

May Allah reward the brother who has shared these files to me.

Significance and Virtues of the Day of Arafah

Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for two years. :

The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is the day of ’Arafah, since it is on this day that the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of ’Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord. It is mustahabb (highly recommended) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on this day, since the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was asked about fasting on the day of ’Arafah, so he said, “It expiates the sins (Minor) of the past year and the coming year.” [Muslim (no. 1162)]

Imaam at-Tirmidhee (d.275H) – rahimahullaah – said,

“The People of Knowledge consider it recommended to fast on the day of ’Arafah, except for those at ’Arafah.” [Muslim (no. 1348)]

[ Source: The Month of Dhul-HijjahAl-Istiqaamah Magazine, Issue No.6 ]

Allah frees slaves from the fire on Arafat more than any other day

Likewise, the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘There is no day on which Allaah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ’Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ’Arafah), and then He revels before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” [Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377)]

[ Source: The Month of Dhul-Hijjah – Al-Istiqaamah Magazine, Issue No.6 ]

Forgiveness of the Sins even if they are like the foam on the Sea

As for you staying till the evening in Arafah, then Allaah descends to the sky of the Duniya and He boasts about you to the Angels, and says: ‘My slaves have come to Me, looking rough, from every deep valley hoping for My mercy, so if your sins were equivalent to the amount of sand or the drops of rain or like the foam on the sea I will forgive them. So go forth My slaves! Having forgiveness and for what or who you have interceded for.’

[Reported by at-Tabarani in his book “al-Kabeer” and by al-Bazaar. Shaykh Al-Albani graded it Hassan. Taken from ‘Saheeh al-Targheeb wa Tarheeb’. Volume 2,Page 9-10, hadeeth no. 1112]

[Source : Ahadith regarding the benefits and blessings of HajjTranslated by Abbas Abu Yahya

Taken from ‘Saheeh al-Targheeb wa Tarheeb’ By the Shaykh Muhammad Nasr ud-Deen al-Albaani]

It is the day on which the religion was perfected and Allaah’s Favour was completed.

In Al-Saheehayn it was reported from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen, there is an aayah in your Book which you recite; if it had come to us Jews, we would have taken that day as an ‘Eid (festival).” ‘Umar said, “Which aayah?” He said: “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [al-Maa’idah 5:3 – interpretation of the meaning]. ‘Umar said, “We know on which day and in which place that was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It was when he was standing in ‘Arafaah on a Friday.”

Allaah expresses His pride to His angels

It was reported from Ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah expresses His pride to His angels at the time of ‘Ishaa’ on the Day of ‘Arafaah, about the people of ‘Arafaah. He says, ‘Look at My slaves who have come unkempt and dusty.’”

Narrated by Ahmad and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

The standing on ‘Arafaat is the hajj.

The standing on ‘Arafaat is the hajj. The crowds should remind you of the Day of Resurrection. Humble yourself to Allaah, manifest your ‘uboodiyyah to Him Alone through du’aa, sincere intention and strong determination to free yourself from the sins of the past and to build up a commitment to rush for doing what is good. Think of becoming a better person when you return. Rid yourself of false pride and showing off because it may ruin what you gain on this day.

[Source : Hajj and Tawheed by Dr. Saleh as-Saleh]

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