Intention

The Sweetest Words [Ikhlas]

It is reported that the son of Al-Fudayl b. ‘Ayyâd – Allâh have mercy on him – said to his father:

Father! How sweet (beautiful) the speech of the Companions is! [Al-Fudayl] said, “Son, do you know why it was so sweet?” He replied, “No father, I do not.” He said, “Because they sought Allâh the Exalted when they spoke.”

Al-Bayhaqî, Shu’ab Al-îmân 2:299

Family

The House in which the Quran is Recited

It is reported that ‘Abdullâh b. Mas’ûd – Allâh be pleased with him – said:

The house in which the Qur’ân is not recited is like a derelict house that has no one to maintain it.

It is also reported that he said:

Verily the emptiest of houses are those that are empty of the Book of Allâh.

It is reported that Abû Hurayrah – Allâh be pleased with him – used to say about the house in which the Qur’ân is recited:

It becomes spacious for its inhabitants, the good of it becomes plentiful, the angels come to it and the devils leave it. And the house in which the Qur’ân is not recited becomes cramped for its inhabitants, has little good in it, and the devils come to it.

Ibn Abî Shaybah, Al-Musannaf articles 30645, 30647 and 30650.

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Key moments for Forgiveness

 

Allah The Almighty exhorts the believers to seek forgiveness and race each other on the road leading to repentance and rewards, so that one does not despair and give up on the mercy of Allah The Almighty. He Says (what means): {“And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the pious.”} [Quran, 3: 133].

The following are some means leading to forgiveness of sins and gaining the closeness and mercy of Allah The Almighty based on evidence from the Quran and Hadeeths (Prophetic narrations):
  • Accepting Islam
Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {“Say to those who have disbelieved, if they cease (from disbelief), their past will be forgiven. But if they return (thereto), then the examples of those (punished) before them have already preceded (as a warning).”}  [Quran, 8: 38].
‘Amr ibn Al-‘Aas, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Did you not know that one's [acceptance of] Islam obliterates whatever he did before it?”  [Muslim].
  • Migration
This means to relocate from the land of disbelief to the land of Islam. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {“Then, verily, your Lord for those who emigrated after they had been put to trials and thereafter strove hard and fought (for the Cause of Allah) and were patient, verily, your Lord afterward is, Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”}  [Quran, 16: 110].
'Amr ibn Al-‘Aas, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Migration expiates whatever was before it.”  [Muslim].
  • An accepted Hajj
'Amr ibn Al-‘Aas, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “An accepted Hajj removes whatever was before it [of sins].”  [Muslim]
Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “He who performs Hajj and does not involve (himself) in sexual relations or a sin (during the Hajj), will return from Hajj in a state just like the one his mother gave birth to him in (i.e., free from sins).”  [Al-Bukhari]
  • Supplication upon hearing the Athaan (call to prayer)
Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas,may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “He who says upon hearing the person calling the Athaan, ‘I also bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah alone without a partner, and that Muhammad is His slave and messenger. I accept Allah as a Lord, Muhammad as a messenger, and Islam as a religion’ -- all his previous sins will be forgiven.”  [Muslim].
  • Coinciding with the angels when saying 'Aameen'
Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “When the Imaam says 'Aameen', say 'Aameen', because he who coincides with the angels when saying Aameen will have all his previous sins forgiven.”  [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
  • Coinciding with the angels when saying ‘Our lord for you is all the praise’
The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “When the Imaam says ‘Allah hears he who praises Him’, say, ‘Our Lord for You is all the praise’, because he who coincides with the angels when saying so will have all his previous sins forgiven.”  [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
  • Praying two Rak’ah (units) of prayer attentively
The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “He who properly performs ablution, then prays any two Rak’ah (of Salah) without being heedless, will get all his previous sins forgiven.”  [Ahmad].
  • Gathering in circles of Thikr (mentioning Allah The Almighty)
Sahl ibn Hanthalah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “It never happens that a group of people gather to mention Allah, but they will be told upon leaving the circle (after finishing): 'Your sins have been forgiven.'” [Ahmad].
  • Being afflicted by sickness
The Mother of the Believers, ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Whenever a believer becomes sick, he will be purified from his sins, just as fire purifies steel.”  [Al-Bukhari].

 

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