Monday, March 31, 2014

"No! One at a time! One at a time!" -Sheikh Mohammad Al Arifi


Shaikh Muhammad al-Arifi’ says;

See Sheikh Mohammad Al Arifi narrating the Event in Arabic;

He (a poor man) went on making tawaaf around the Ka'aba saying "Oh Allah forgive us and tajaawaz anna (??)" And so the poor man was supplicating. [Eventually] He became very hot and had a heat stroke and collapsed on the ground.

So they (people) picked him up and took him to the Ajyaad Hospital, opposite the Haram. They put him in the hospital - cool was the place with a white bed and bed cover and cool moist air was blown onto him.

After 4-5 hours, he awoke. Upon waking up, he turned right and left only to find the room all white. He looked to the bed cover, mattress and bed only to find that they [too] where white. The poor man smelt the smell [in the room] - and of course it was the smell of dettol - but it was better than his smell, and the smell pleased him.
So he assumed that he was in Jannah! (Paradise) [To which] he exclaimed: "Allahu Akbar! Ash-hadu anna wa'ad Allahi hakun! Al JANNAH! Al Jannah! (Allah is the greatest! I bear witness that Allah's promise is true! Al Jannah! Al Jannah!")"

He then turned to his right and found 5 Filippino nurses [standing there]. When he saw them wearing all white, he said: "Allahu Akbar! Al hoor al ayn! Al hoor al ayn! Al hoor al ayn!" [the women of Paradise]
The nurses didn't understand what this man was saying. So they assumed that he was crazy. [This man then] tried to get out of his bed, he took the bed cover [off him] and threw it down, to get to the "Hoor Al Ayn"
The nurses rushed towards him to hold him. So he told them, "No, one by one, one by one!" So the poor man thought he was [in Jannah/Paradise] with the Hoor Al Ayn!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cure For Self Amazement

Imam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) states in Al Fawaa-id that Ibn Sad (rahimahullaah) mentions in At Tabaqaat about Umar Bin Abdul Azeez (rahimahullaah) that:Whenever he delivered a khutbah on the mimbar, and feared being amazed by himself; he would terminate it (i.e. the khutbah)
And whenever he wrote a letter and feared amazement by way of it; he would tear it.
And he would say: ”O Allaah! I seek refuge in you from the evil of my nafs.’
Source: Al Fawaa-id of Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) (page: 225)


WEEK Dust off your bed ! The Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: When any one of you goes to bed, let him clear his bed by hitting it with his garment, for he does not know what may have come onto it. Then let him lie down on his right side . . .  [Saheeh al-Bukharee and Saheeh Muslim] This means you dust off the bed with one hand covered by the edge of your lower garment or something else, as long as you cover your hand lest there be something harmful to your hand (as explained by Imam An-Nawawi)

And a Story before you kick off your week!

The Call of Bilâl and the Tears of Al-Shâm

It is reported that Bilâl – Allâh be pleased with him – never used to call the adhân for anyone after the death of Allâh’s Messenger – Allâh’s peace and blessing be upon him. He wanted to go for al-jihâd but Abû Bakr didn’t want him to go. So Bilâl said, “If you freed me [when I was a slave] for Allâh’s pleasure, then let me go.” So he went to Al-Shâm. When ‘Umar arrived in Al-Jâbiyah [during his Caliphate], the Muslims requested him to ask Bilâl to do the adhân for them, so ‘Umar asked him. He called the adhân one day, and never were as many people heard crying as on that day, as they remembered the Prophet – Allâh’s peace and blessing be upon him.

It is said that the adhân of the people of Al-Shâm was taken from this adhân.

Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ`, in his biography of Bilâl b. Abî Rabâh.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Who takes the souls of animals and what is their fate?

Asalama Laykum  My prayers that Allah keeps each one o us well.!

When animate beings other than humans, namely animals and birds, die, where do their souls go? Does the Angel of death take them, or what exactly happens to them?

Praise be to Allah. Allah, may He be glorified, tells us that the Angel of death takes the souls of the sons of Adam, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): Say: "The angel of death, who is set over you, will take your souls, then you shall be brought back to your Lord."” [as-Sajdah 32:11].
With regard to the souls of animals and birds, there is no text that speaks about them in the Qur’an or saheeh Sunnah, as far as we know. Rather what has been narrated concerning that is a hadeeth that is not sound (saheeh). This is a report that was narrated by al-‘Aqeeli in ad-Du‘afa’: “The lifespan of all animals, lice, fleas, locusts, horses and mules, all of them, cattle and so on, their lifespans are all connected to their tasbeeh. When their tasbeeh comes to an end, Allah takes their souls, and the Angel of death has nothing to do with that.” Al-Albaani said in as-Silsilah ad-Da‘eefah (4/188): It is mawdoo‘ (fabricated).
Hence some of the scholars said that the Angel of death is the one who takes the souls of all creatures, whilst others said that Allah takes their souls Himself and causes their life to cease.
See: at-Tadhkirah by al-Qurtubi, p. 75; al-Fawaakih ad-Dawaani, 1/100
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) is of the view that asking about that is unnecessary. He (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked: Is the Angel of death appointed to take the souls of animals?
He replied:
What would you think if I said that the Angel of death is or is not appointed to take the souls of animals; what benefit is there in knowing this? Did the Sahaabah ask the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) about that, when they were more eager than others to seek knowledge, and the Messenger was more able than others to answer, yet despite that they did not ask? Rather Allah, may He be glorified and exalted) says (interpretation of the meaning): Say: ‘The angel of death, who is set over you, will take your souls, then you shall be brought back to your Lord.’” [as-Sajdah 32:11]. He (the Angel of death) is appointed to take the souls of the sons of Adam; with regard to the souls of creatures other than the sons of Adam, nothing is proven. And Allah knows best.
But the most important thing to say in response to this question is that man should not go to extremes (inasking questions). The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Those who go to extremes (in their words and deeds) are doomed.” So do not ask about things in which there is no benefit. By Allah, if there were any benefit in our knowing whether the Angel of death takes the souls of other creatures, Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, would have told us about it, either in the Qur’an or Sunnah, or Allah would have caused someone to ask the Messenger about that. Hence the Sahaabah would rejoice when a Bedouin came from the desert to ask about something that they might feel too shy to ask the Messenger about.
The point is, for you and anyone else who is listening, that delving deeply into such matters is wrong, because the Messenger said: ““Those who go to extremes (in their words and deeds) are doomed.” And on one occasion he said: “Those who go to extremes (in their words and deeds) are doomed, those who go to extremes (in their words and deeds) are doomed, those who go to extremes (in their words and deeds) are doomed”, three times. With regard to such matters of the unseen, you should take what has been proven and leave that which has not been mentioned… With regard to matters of the unseen, we should take that which has been proven to us, and as for the rest, we should keep quiet about it; if it was important for us, or if there were any interest to be served by knowing it, Allah would have explained it. Allah, may He be exalted, said to the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him):
“And We have also sent down unto you (O Muhammad SAW) the reminder and the advice (the Quran), that you may explain clearly to men what is sent down to them”
[an-Nahl 16:44].
The Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) did not leave anything that we need but he explained it to us.
End quote from Liqa’ al-Baab al-Maftooh, 11/146
With regard to the fate of the souls of these animals, it was narrated by ‘Abd ar-Razzaaq in his Musannaf, by Ibn Jubayr, and by al-Bayhaqi in al-Ba‘th from Abu Hurayrah, that he said concerning the verse (interpretation of the meaning), There is not a moving (living) creature on earth, nor a bird that flies with its two wings, but are communities like you. We have neglected nothing in the Book, then unto their Lord they (all) shall be gathered” [al-An‘aam 6:38]: All creatures will be gathered on the Day of Resurrection, animals, beasts, birds and everything. Then Allah’s justice on that day will reach such an extent that Allah will settle the score for the hornless animal with the horned one. Then He will say, ‘Be dust,’ at which point the disbeliever will say: Would that I were dust!’ [an-Naba’ 78:40].
See: Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 3/255
Al-Albaani said in as-Silsilah as-Saheehah (4/466): This was narrated by as-Suyooti in ad-Durr al-Manthoor (6/310), but he did not say anything about its isnaad as he usually does. According to Ibn Jareer (30/17) it is qawiy. End quote.
And Allah knows best.
Islam Q&A

Friday, March 28, 2014

How Islamic inventors changed the world

From coffee to cheques and the three-course meal, the Muslim world has given us many innovations that we take for granted in daily life. As a new exhibition opens, Paul Vallely nominates 20 of the most influential- and identifies the men of genius behind them

1 The story goes that an Arab named Khalid was tending his goats in the Kaffa region of southern Ethiopia, when he noticed his animals became livelier after eating a certain berry. He boiled the berries to make the first coffee. Certainly the first record of the drink is of beans exported from Ethiopia to Yemen where Sufis drank it to stay awake all night to pray on special occasions. By the late 15th century it had arrived in Mecca and Turkey from where it made its way to Venice in 1645. It was brought to England in 1650 by a Turk named Pasqua Rosee who opened the first coffee house in Lombard Street in the City of London. The Arabic qahwa became the Turkish kahve then the Italian caffé and then English coffee.

2 The ancient Greeks thought our eyes emitted rays, like a laser, which enabled us to see. The first person to realise that light enters the eye, rather than leaving it, was the 10th-century Muslim mathematician, astronomer and physicist Ibn al-Haitham. He invented the first pin-hole camera after noticing the way light came through a hole in window shutters. The smaller the hole, the better the picture, he worked out, and set up the first Camera Obscura (from the Arab word qamara for a dark or private room). He is also credited with being the first man to shift physics from a philosophical activity to an experimental one.
3 A form of chess was played in ancient India but the game was developed into the form we know it today in Persia. From there it spread westward to Europe - where it was introduced by the Moors in Spain in the 10th century - and eastward as far as Japan. The word rook comes from the Persian rukh, which means chariot.
4 A thousand years before the Wright brothers a Muslim poet, astronomer, musician and engineer named Abbas ibn Firnas made several attempts to construct a flying machine. In 852 he jumped from the minaret of the Grand Mosque in Cordoba using a loose cloak stiffened with wooden struts. He hoped to glide like a bird. He didn't. But the cloak slowed his fall, creating what is thought to be the first parachute, and leaving him with only minor injuries. In 875, aged 70, having perfected a machine of silk and eagles' feathers he tried again, jumping from a mountain. He flew to a significant height and stayed aloft for ten minutes but crashed on landing - concluding, correctly, that it was because he had not given his device a tail so it would stall on landing. Baghdad international airport and a crater on the Moon are named after him.
5 Washing and bathing are religious requirements for Muslims, which is perhaps why they perfected the recipe for soap which we still use today. The ancient Egyptians had soap of a kind, as did the Romans who used it more as a pomade. But it was the Arabs who combined vegetable oils with sodium hydroxide and aromatics such as thyme oil. One of the Crusaders' most striking characteristics, to Arab nostrils, was that they did not wash. Shampoo was introduced to England by a Muslim who opened Mahomed's Indian Vapour Baths on Brighton seafront in 1759 and was appointed Shampooing Surgeon to Kings George IV and William IV.
6 Distillation, the means of separating liquids through differences in their boiling points, was invented around the year 800 by Islam's foremost scientist, Jabir ibn Hayyan, who transformed alchemy into chemistry, inventing many of the basic processes and apparatus still in use today - liquefaction, crystallisation, distillation, purification, oxidisation, evaporation and filtration. As well as discovering sulphuric and nitric acid, he invented the alembic still, giving the world intense rosewater and other perfumes and alcoholic spirits (although drinking them is haram, or forbidden, in Islam). Ibn Hayyan emphasised systematic experimentation and was the founder of modern chemistry.
7 The crank-shaft is a device which translates rotary into linear motion and is central to much of the machinery in the modern world, not least the internal combustion engine. One of the most important mechanical inventions in the history of humankind, it was created by an ingenious Muslim engineer called al-Jazari to raise water for irrigation. His 1206 Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices shows he also invented or refined the use of valves and pistons, devised some of the first mechanical clocks driven by water and weights, and was the father of robotics. Among his 50 other inventions was the combination lock.
8 Quilting is a method of sewing or tying two layers of cloth with a layer of insulating material in between. It is not clear whether it was invented in the Muslim world or whether it was imported there from India or China. But it certainly came to the West via the Crusaders. They saw it used by Saracen warriors, who wore straw-filled quilted canvas shirts instead of armour. As well as a form of protection, it proved an effective guard against the chafing of the Crusaders' metal armour and was an effective form of insulation - so much so that it became a cottage industry back home in colder climates such as Britain and Holland.
9 The pointed arch so characteristic of Europe's Gothic cathedrals was an invention borrowed from Islamic architecture. It was much stronger than the rounded arch used by the Romans and Normans, thus allowing the building of bigger, higher, more complex and grander buildings. Other borrowings from Muslim genius included ribbed vaulting, rose windows and dome-building techniques. Europe's castles were also adapted to copy the Islamic world's - with arrow slits, battlements, a barbican and parapets. Square towers and keeps gave way to more easily defended round ones. Henry V's castle architect was a Muslim.
10 Many modern surgical instruments are of exactly the same design as those devised in the 10th century by a Muslim surgeon called al-Zahrawi. His scalpels, bone saws, forceps, fine scissors for eye surgery and many of the 200 instruments he devised are recognisable to a modern surgeon. It was he who discovered that catgut used for internal stitches dissolves away naturally (a discovery he made when his monkey ate his lute strings) and that it can be also used to make medicine capsules. In the 13th century, another Muslim medic named Ibn Nafis described the circulation of the blood, 300 years before William Harvey discovered it. Muslims doctors also invented anaesthetics of opium and alcohol mixes and developed hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes in a technique still used today.
11 The windmill was invented in 634 for a Persian caliph and was used to grind corn and draw up water for irrigation. In the vast deserts of Arabia, when the seasonal streams ran dry, the only source of power was the wind which blew steadily from one direction for months. Mills had six or 12 sails covered in fabric or palm leaves. It was 500 years before the first windmill was seen in Europe.
12 The technique of inoculation was not invented by Jenner and Pasteur but was devised in the Muslim world and brought to Europe from Turkey by the wife of the English ambassador to Istanbul in 1724. Children in Turkey were vaccinated with cowpox to fight the deadly smallpox at least 50 years before the West discovered it.
13 The fountain pen was invented for the Sultan of Egypt in 953 after he demanded a pen which would not stain his hands or clothes. It held ink in a reservoir and, as with modern pens, fed ink to the nib by a combination of gravity and capillary action.
14 The system of numbering in use all round the world is probably Indian in origin but the style of the numerals is Arabic and first appears in print in the work of the Muslim mathematicians al-Khwarizmi and al-Kindi around 825. Algebra was named after al-Khwarizmi's book, Al-Jabr wa-al-Muqabilah, much of whose contents are still in use. The work of Muslim maths scholars was imported into Europe 300 years later by the Italian mathematician Fibonacci. Algorithms and much of the theory of trigonometry came from the Muslim world. And Al-Kindi's discovery of frequency analysis rendered all the codes of the ancient world soluble and created the basis of modern cryptology.
15 Ali ibn Nafi, known by his nickname of Ziryab (Blackbird) came from Iraq to Cordoba in the 9th century and brought with him the concept of the three-course meal - soup, followed by fish or meat, then fruit and nuts. He also introduced crystal glasses (which had been invented after experiments with rock crystal by Abbas ibn Firnas - see No 4).
16 Carpets were regarded as part of Paradise by medieval Muslims, thanks to their advanced weaving techniques, new tinctures from Islamic chemistry and highly developed sense of pattern and arabesque which were the basis of Islam's non-representational art. In contrast, Europe's floors were distinctly earthly, not to say earthy, until Arabian and Persian carpets were introduced. In England, as Erasmus recorded, floors were "covered in rushes, occasionally renewed, but so imperfectly that the bottom layer is left undisturbed, sometimes for 20 years, harbouring expectoration, vomiting, the leakage of dogs and men, ale droppings, scraps of fish, and other abominations not fit to be mentioned". Carpets, unsurprisingly, caught on quickly.
17 The modern cheque comes from the Arabic saqq, a written vow to pay for goods when they were delivered, to avoid money having to be transported across dangerous terrain. In the 9th century, a Muslim businessman could cash a cheque in China drawn on his bank in Baghdad.
18 By the 9th century, many Muslim scholars took it for granted that the Earth was a sphere. The proof, said astronomer Ibn Hazm, "is that the Sun is always vertical to a particular spot on Earth". It was 500 years before that realisation dawned on Galileo. The calculations of Muslim astronomers were so accurate that in the 9th century they reckoned the Earth's circumference to be 40,253.4km - less than 200km out. The scholar al-Idrisi took a globe depicting the world to the court of King Roger of Sicily in 1139.
19 Though the Chinese invented saltpetre gunpowder, and used it in their fireworks, it was the Arabs who worked out that it could be purified using potassium nitrate for military use. Muslim incendiary devices terrified the Crusaders. By the 15th century they had invented both a rocket, which they called a "self-moving and combusting egg", and a torpedo - a self-propelled pear-shaped bomb with a spear at the front which impaled itself in enemy ships and then blew up.
20 Medieval Europe had kitchen and herb gardens, but it was the Arabs who developed the idea of the garden as a place of beauty and meditation. The first royal pleasure gardens in Europe were opened in 11th-century Muslim Spain. Flowers which originated in Muslim gardens include the carnation and the tulip.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

friday Khutbah: Expect the best and Allah will deliver

  الْخُطْبَةُ الأُولَى
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي جَعَلَ الأَمَلَ فِي قُلُوبِ عِبَادِهِ بَرِيقاً، وَالْفَأْلَ بِالْخَيْرِ لَهُمْ طَرِيقاً، مَنْ رَغِبَ فِيمَا عِنْدَهُ كَفَاهُ، وَمَنْ قَصَدَ نَوَالَهُ أَمَدَّهُ وَأَعْطَاهُ، وَأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ، وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ سَيِّدَنَا وَنَبِيَّنَا مُحَمَّداً عَبْدُ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولُهُ، وَصَفِيُّهُ مِنْ خَلْقِهِ وَحَبِيبُهُ، خَيْرُ الْمُتَفَائِلِينَ، وَسَيِّدُ الرَّاجِينَ، فَاللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ وَبَارِكْ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا وَنَبِيِّنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ أَجْمَعِينَ، وَعَلَى مَنْ تَبِعَهُمْ بِإِحْسَانٍ إِلَى يَوْمِ الدِّينِ.
أَمَّا بَعْدُ: فَأُوصِيكُمْ عِبَادَ اللَّهِ وَنَفْسِي بِتَقْوَى اللَّهِ تَعَالَى، قَالَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ:( يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا* يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا)([1]).
عِبَادَ اللَّهِ: لَقَدْ أَكْرَمَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى الإِنْسَانَ، فَاصْطَفَاهُ لِعِبَادَتِهِ وَطَاعَتِهِ، وَرَفَعَ عَنْهُ الآثَامَ إِذَا تَابَ وَأَنَابَ، وَلَمْ يُؤَاخِذْهُ بِالنِّسْيَانِ، وَلَمْ يُكَلِّفْهُ بِمَا لاَ يُطِيقُ تَفَضُّلاً وَرَحْمَةً مِنْهُ سُبْحَانَهُ، فَاللَّهُ تَعَالَى خَلَقَ الْخَلْقَ لِيَرْحَمَهُمْ، فَاسْتَبْشِرُوا بِرَحْمَةِ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى، وَأَنِيبُوا إِلَيْهِ، قَالَ جَلَّ وَعَلاَ:( قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ لاَ تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعاً إِنَّهُ هُوَ الغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ)([2])
فَاعْلَمْ يَا عَبْدَ اللَّهِ أَنَّهُ لاَ مَكَانَ لِلْيَأْسِ وَالْقُنُوطِ فِي حَيَاتِكَ، فَإِنْ أَحَاطَتْ بِكَ الْخُطُوبُ، وَتَوَالَتْ عَلَيْك الْمَصَائِبُ وَالْكُرُوبُ، فَمَا عَلَيْك إِلاَّ أَنْ تَتَفَاءَلَ بِمَا عِنْدَ رَبِّكَ عَلاَّمِ الْغُيُوبِ، وَتَظُنَّ بِهِ سُبْحَانَهُ خَيْراً، قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ r إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ قَالَ: أَنَا عِنْدَ ظَنِّ عَبْدِي بِي، إِنْ ظَنَّ بِي خَيْراً فَلَهُ، وَإِنْ ظَنَّ شَرًّا فَلَهُ»([3]). فَمَنْ أَحْسَنَ الظَّنَّ بِرَبِّهِ، وَتَفَاءَلَ بِمُسْتَقْبَلِ أَمْرِهِ، وَسَعَى لِتَحْقِيقِ هَدَفِهِ؛ وَقَفَ عَلَى أَبْوَابِ النَّجَاحِ، وَاسْتَكْمَلَ طَرِيقَ الْفَلاَحِ، وَقَدْ كَانَ النَّبِيُّ r يُعْجِبُهُ إِذَا خَرَجَ لِحَاجَةٍ أَنْ يَسْمَعَ: يَا رَاشِدُ، يَا نَجِيحُ[4]. تَفَاؤُلاً وَاسْتِبْشَاراً بِالنَّجَاحِ وَالْفَلاَحِ، فَالتَّفَاؤُلُ بِالْخَيْرِ هُوَ اسْتِحْسَانُ كَلاَمٍ يَسْمَعُهُ الْمَرْءُ يَتَضَمَّنُ نَجَاحًا أَوْ سُرُوراً أَوْ تَسْهِيلاً، أَوْ تَحْفِيزاً لَهُ، تَطِيبُ بِهِ نَفْسُهُ، وَيَقْوَى بِهِ عَزْمُهُ وَهِمَّتُهُ، فَعَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: قَالَ النَّبِيُّ rلاَ طِيَرَةَ، وَخَيْرُهَا الفَأْلُ» قَالَ: وَمَا الفَأْلُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ؟ قَالَ:« الكَلِمَةُ الصَّالِحَةُ يَسْمَعُهَا أَحَدُكُمْ»([5]).   
أَيُّهَا الْمُسْلِمُونَ: إِنَّ الْفَأْلَ الْحَسَنَ مِنْ هَدْيِ الرَّسُولِ الأَكْرَمِ r فَقَدْ كَانَ r يُعْجِبُهُ الْفَأْلُ الْحَسَنُ"[6] وَقَدْ سَنَّ لَنَا r أَنْ نَتَخَيَّرَ الأَسْمَاءَ الْحَسَنَةَ تَفَاؤُلاً بِمَعَانِيهَا r وَرَجَاءَ حُسْنِ حَالِ صَاحِبِهَا، فعَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ الْمُسَيَّبِ عَنْ أَبِيهِ: أَنَّ أَبَاهُ جَاءَ إِلَى النَّبِىِّ r فَقَالَ :« مَا اسْمُكَ؟». قَالَ: حَزْنٌ. قَالَ:« أَنْتَ سَهْلٌ». قَالَ: لاَ أُغَيِّرُ اسْماً سَمَّانِيهِ أَبِي. قَالَ ابْنُ الْمُسَيَّبِ: فَمَا زَالَتِ الْحُزُونَةُ فِينَا بَعْدُ([7])
وَكَانَ مِنْ هَدْيِ النَّبِىِّ r أَنْ يَدْعُوَ لِلْمَرِيضِ رَجَاءَ شِفَائِهِ، فَقَدْ دَخَلَ عَلَى أَعْرَابِىٍّ مَرِيضٍ يَعُودُهُ، وَكَانَ النَّبِىُّ r إِذَا دَخَلَ عَلَى مَرِيضٍ يَعُودُهُ قَالَ: لاَ بَأْسَ طَهُورٌ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ. فَقَالَ لَهُ :« لاَ بَأْسَ طَهُورٌ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ». قَالَ: قُلْتَ طَهُورٌ كَلاَّ بَلْ هِىَ حُمَّى تَفُورُ- أَوْ تَثُورُ- عَلَى شَيْخٍ كَبِيرٍ، تُزِيرُهُ الْقُبُورَ. فَقَالَ النَّبِىُّ r « فَنَعَمْ إِذاً»([8]). وَقَدْ جَاءَ فِي شَرْحِ الْحَدِيثِ أَنَّ الْمُسْلِمَ إِذَا دَخَلَ عَلَى مَرِيضٍ فَعَلِيهِ أَنْ يُطَيِّبَ نَفْسَهُ وَيُؤَمِّلَهُ فِي الْحَيَاةِ، فَفِي ذَلِكَ تَنْفِيسٌ لِكَرْبِهِ، وَطُمَأْنِينَةٌ لِقَلْبِهِ([9]).
وَقَدْ كَانَ r يَنْهَى عَنِ التَّشَاؤُمِ؛ لأَنَّهُ صَنِيعُ الْمُثَبِّطِينَ، قَالَ r :( إِذَا قَالَ الرَّجُلُ: هَلَكَ النَّاسُ فَهُوَ أَهْلَكُهُمْ)([10]) أَيْ فَهُو أَكْثَرُهُمْ هَلاَكًا، أَوْ فَهُوَ السَّبَبُ فِي هَلاَكِهِمْ، لأَنَّهُ صَاحِبُ نَظْرَةٍ مُتَشَائِمَةٍ، إِذْ لاَ يَزَالُ يَعِيبُ عَلَى النَّاِس وَيَذْكُرُ مَسَاوِئَهُمْ وَيَقُولُ: فَسَدَ النَّاسُ وَهَلَكُوا، وَنَحْوَ ذَلِكَ، فَإِذَا فَعَل ذَلِكَ فَهُوَ أَهْلَكُهُمْ، أَيْ أَسْوَأُ حَالاً مِنْهُمْ بِمَا يَلْحَقُهُ مِنَ الإِثْمِ لِعَيْبِهِمْ وَالْوَقِيعَةِ فِيهِمْ، وَرُبَّمَا أَدَّى بِهِ ذَلِكَ إِلَى الْعُجْبِ بِنَفْسِهِ، وَرُؤْيَتِهِ أَنَّهُ خَيْرٌ مِنْهُمْ، فَحُسْنَ الظَّنِّ بِالنَّاسِ نَوْعٌ مِنَ التَّفَاؤُلِ، وَهُوَ مُسْتَحْسَنٌ شَرْعًا وَمَنْدُوبٌ إِلَيْهِ، وَيُثَابُ فَاعِلُهُ عَلَيْهِ، فَقَدْ قَالَ سَيِّدُنَا عُمُرُ بْنُ الْخَطَّابِ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ: لاَ يَحِلُّ لاِمْرِئٍ مُسْلِمٍ سَمِعَ مِنْ أَخِيهِ كَلِمَةً أَنْ يَظُنَّ بِهَا سُوءًا وَهُوَ يَجِدُ لَهَا فِي شَيْءٍ مِنَ الْخَيْرِ مَصْدَرًا([11]).
أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ: إِنَّ التَّفَاؤُلَ بِالْخَيْرِ يَدْفَعُ الإِنْسَانَ إِلَى السَّعْيِ وَالْعَمَلِ، وَيَفْتَحُ لَهُ بَابَ الرَّجَاءِ وَالأَمَلِ، وَيَطْرُدُ عَنْهُ الْخُمُولَ وَالْكَسَلَ، فَبِهِ تُدْرَكُ الْمَعَالِي، وَتَتَحَقَّقُ الرَّغَبَاتُ وَالأَمَانِي، فَالْمُتُفُائِلُ يَذْهَبُ لِعَمَلِهِ رَاضِيًا مَسْرُورُا، وَيُتْقِنُهُ بِإِخْلاَصٍ مَأْجُورًا، فَيَحْيَا حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً، وَيَنَالُ مِنْ رَبِّهِ جَزَاءً وَشُكُورًا، قَالَ تَعَالَى:( مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحاً مِنْ ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَى وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُمْ بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ)([12]).
وَإِنَّ الْحَيَاةَ الطَّيِّبَةَ الَّتِي يَعِيشُهَا الْمُتَفَائِلُ تَجْعَلُهُ إِنْسَانًا طَمُوحًا فِي تَفْكِيرِهِ، مُحِبًّا لأَهْلِهِ وَوَطَنِهِ، وَدُودًا مَعَ النَّاسِ، مُشْرِقَ الْوَجْهِ، ضَاحِكَ السِّنِّ، قَرِيرَ الْعَيْنِ، مُتَّزِنًا فِي تَصَرُّفَاتِهِ، نَاجِحًا فِي تَعَامُلِهِ، مُوقِنًا بِأَنَّ اللَّهَ سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى سَيُبَارِكُ جُهْدَهُ، وَلَنْ يُضِيعَ عَمَلَهُ، قَالَ تَعَالَى:( إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُضِيعُ أَجْرَ المُحْسِنِينَ)([13])
نَعَمْ أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِنَّ أَجْرَ الْمُتَفَائِلِينَ لَنْ يَضِيعَ هَبَاءً؛ لأَنَّهُمْ أَحْسَنُوا عَمَلاً، فَآمَنُوا بِاللَّهِ تَعَالَى رَبًّا، وَرَضُوا بِقَضَائِهِ وَقَدَرِهِ، وَاسْتَبْشَرُوا بِمَا عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ، وَاسْتَمَرُّوا فِي السَّعْيِ لِتَحْقِيقِ مُرَادِهِمْ، وَطَرَدُوا الْيَأْسَ مِنْ حَيَاتِهِمْ، وَهَكَذَا كَانَ حَالُ الأَنْبِيَاءِ وَالْمُرْسَلِينَ، عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتُ اللَّهِ أَجْمَعِينَ، فَهَذَا نَبِيُّ اللَّهِ يَعْقُوبُ عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ، لَمْ يَفْقِدِ الأَمَلَ فِي عَوْدَةِ وَلَدِهِ إِلَيْهِ رُغْمَ مُرُورِ السَّنَوَاتِ الْعِجَافِ عَلَى فَقْدِهِ، فَكَانَ يُوصِي أَوْلاَدَهُ بِتَتَبُّعِ أَخْبَارِ يُوسُفَ وَأَخِيهِ عَلَيْهِمَا السَّلاَمُ، وَيَنْهَاهُمْ عَنِ الْيَأْسِ مِنْ رَوْحِ اللَّهِ فَيَقُولُ:( يَا بَنِيَّ اذْهَبُوا فَتَحَسَّسُوا مِنْ يُوسُفَ وَأَخِيهِ وَلا تَيْأَسُوا مِنْ رَوْحِ اللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لا يَيْأَسُ مِنْ رَوْحِ اللَّهِ إِلَّا الْقَوْمُ الْكَافِرُونَ)([14]) فَمَازَالَ فِي بَحْثِهِ وَأَمَلِهِ حَتَّى أَكْرَمَهُ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى بِبُغْيَتِهِ، وَرَدَّ عَلَيْهِ فِلْذَةَ كَبِدِهِ، قَالَ تَعَالَى:( فَلَمَّا أَن جَاءَ البَشِيرُ أَلْقَاهُ عَلَى وَجْهِهِ فَارْتَدَّ بَصِيراً قَالَ أَلَمْ أَقُل لَّكُمْ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ مِنَ اللَّهِ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ)([15])
وَلَنَا يَا عِبَادَ اللَّهِ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ r الأُسْوَةُ الْحَسَنَةُ، فَقَدْ كَانَ r مُتَفَائِلاً بِهِدَايَةِ قَوْمِهِ، يَرْجُو الْخَيْرَ لَهُمْ، وَيَعْفُو عَنْهُمْ إِنْ أَخْطَؤُوا، وَيَدْعُو لَهُمْ إِنْ أَعْرَضُوا، فَعِنْدَمَا آذَاهُ أَهْلُ الطَّائِفِ وَنَادَاهُ مَلَكُ الْجِبَالِ: يَا مُحَمَّدُ إِنْ شِئْتَ أَنْ أُطْبِقَ عَلَيْهِمِ الأَخْشَبَيْنِ؟ فَقَالَ النَّبِىُّ r : إِنِّي لأَرْجُو أَنْ يُخْرِجَ اللَّهُ مِنْ أَصْلاَبِهِمْ مَنْ يَعْبُدُ اللَّهَ وَحْدَهُ لاَ يُشْرِكُ بِهِ شَيْئاً»[16]  
يَا لَهُ مِنْ أَمَلٍ فِي اللَّهِ تَعَالَى عَظِيمٍ، وَرَجَاءٍ مِنْ نَبِيٍّ كَرِيمٍ، بَعَثَهُ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى رَحْمَةً لِلْعَالَمِينَ، فَصَبَرَ عَلَى أَذِيَّةِ قَوْمِهِ، وَبَلَّغَ رِسَالَةَ رَبِّهِ، مُوقِنًا بِوَعْدِهِ، مُتُفَائِلاً بِالْخَيْرِ، حَتَّى أَتَمَّ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى لَهُ الأَمْرَ، وَأَظْهَرَهُ عَلَى الدِّينِ كُلِّهِ.
فَيَا فَوْزَ مَنْ تَفَاءَلَ وَاسْتَبْشَرَ، وَسَعَى وَعَمِلَ وَدَبَّرَ، وَسَلَّمَ أَمْرَهُ لِلَّهِ تَعَالَى فَأَطَاعَهُ فِيمَا أَمَرَ، وَانْتَهَى عَمَا نَهَى عَنْهُ وَزَجَرَ.
فَاللَّهُمَّ وَفِّقْنَا جَمِيعًا لِطَاعَتِكَ وَطَاعَةِ رَسُولِكَ مُحَمَّدٍ r وَطَاعَةِ مَنْ أَمَرْتَنَا بِطَاعَتِهِ، عَمَلاً بِقَوْلِكَ:]يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ[([17])   
نَفَعَنِي اللَّهُ وَإِيَّاكُمْ بِالْقُرْآنِ الْعَظِيمِ، وَبِسُنَّةِ نَبِيِّهِ الْكَرِيمِ صلى الله عليه وسلم
أَقُولُ قَوْلِي هَذَا وَأَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ لِي وَلَكُمْ، فَاسْتَغْفِرُوهُ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ

الْخُطْبَةُ الثَّانِيَةُ
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ، وأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَه، وأَشْهَدُ أنَّ سيِّدَنَا محمَّداً عبدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ، اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ وَبَارِكْ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِهِ الطَّيِّبِينَ الطَّاهِرِينَ وَعَلَى أَصْحَابِهِ أَجْمَعِينَ، وَالتَّابِعِينَ لَهُمْ بِإِحْسَانٍ إِلَى يَوْمِ الدِّينِ.
أَمَّا بَعْدُ: فَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ عِبَادَ اللَّهِ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ، وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ التَّفَاؤُلَ يَنْعَكِسُ عَلَى الْمُجْتَمَعِ رَخَاءً وَاسْتِقْرَاراً، وَسَعَادَةً وَازْدِهَارًا، يَتَمَتَّعُ أَفْرَادُهُ بِهِمَّةٍ عَالِيَةٍ، فَيَتَحَدُّونَ الصِّعَابَ، وَيَأْخُذُونَ بِالأَسْبَابِ، وَيَجْتَهِدُونَ فِي الْعَمَلِ، وَلاَ يَفْقِدُونَ الأَمَلَ، قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ r إِنْ قَامَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَفِي يَدِ أَحَدِكُمْ فَسِيلَةٌ، فَإِنِ اسْتَطَاعَ أَنْ لاَ تَقُومَ حَتَّى يَغْرِسَهَا فَلْيَغْرِسْهَا»([18]).
فَيُكُافِئُهُمُ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى نَجَاحًا فِي الدُّنْيَا وَفَلاَحًا فِي الآخِرَةِ.
هَذَا وَصَلُّوا وَسَلِّمُوا عَلَى مَنْ أُمِرْتُمْ بِالصَّلاَةِ وَالسَّلاَمِ عَلَيْهِ، قَالَ  تَعَالَى:]إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا[([19]) وَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ rمَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيَّ صَلاَةً صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ بِهَا عَشْراً»([20])
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ وَبَارِكْ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا وَنَبِيِّنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ أَجْمَعِينَ، وَارْضَ اللَّهُمَّ عَنِ الْخُلَفَاءِ الرَّاشِدِينَ: أَبِي بَكْرٍ وَعُمَرَ وَعُثْمَانَ وَعَلِيٍّ، وَعَنْ سَائِرِ الصَّحَابِةِ الأَكْرَمِينَ، وَعَنِ التَّابِعِينَ وَمَنْ تَبِعَهُمْ بِإِحْسَانٍ إِلَى يَوْمِ الدِّينِ.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ، وَنَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ لَنَا وَلِوَالدينَا، وَلِمَنْ لَهُ حَقٌّ عَلَيْنَا، وَلِلْمُسْلِمِينَ أَجْمَعِينَ.
اللَّهُمَّ لاَ تَدَعْ لَنَا ذَنْبًا إِلاَّ غَفَرْتَهُ، وَلاَ هَمًّا إِلاَّ فَرَّجْتَهُ، وَلاَ دَيْنًا إِلاَّ قَضَيْتَهُ، وَلاَ مَرِيضًا إِلاَّ شَفَيْتَهُ، وَلاَ مَيِّتًا إِلاَّ رَحِمْتَهُ، وَلاَ حَاجَةً إِلاَّ قَضَيْتَهَا وَيَسَّرْتَهَا يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ، رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً، وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ.
اللَّهُمَّ وَفِّقْ وَلِيَّ أَمْرِنَا رَئِيسَ الدَّوْلَةِ، الشَّيْخ خليفة بن زايد، وَأَدِمْ عَلَيْهِ مَوْفُورَ الصِّحْةِ وَالْعَافِيَةِ، وَاجْعَلْهُ يَا رَبَّنَا فِي حِفْظِكَ وَعِنَايَتِكَ، وَوَفِّقِ اللَّهُمَّ نَائِبَهُ لِمَا تُحِبُّهُ وَتَرْضَاهُ، وَأَيِّدْ إِخْوَانَهُ حُكَّامَ الإِمَارَاتِ وَوَلِيَّ عَهْدِهِ الأَمِينَ. اللَّهُمَّ اغفِرْ لِلْمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ الأَحْيَاءِ مِنْهُمْ وَالأَمْوَاتِ، اللَّهُمَّ ارْحَمِ الشَّيْخ زَايِد، وَالشَّيْخ مَكْتُوم، وَإِخْوَانَهُمَا شُيُوخَ الإِمَارَاتِ الَّذِينَ انْتَقَلُوا إِلَى رَحْمَتِكَ، اللَّهُمَّ اشْمَلْ بِعَفْوِكَ وَغُفْرَانِكَ وَرَحْمَتِكَ آبَاءَنَا وَأُمَّهَاتِنَا وَجَمِيعَ أَرْحَامِنَا وَمَنْ لَهُ حَقٌّ عَلَيْنَا.
اللَّهُمَّ احْفَظْ دَوْلَةَ الإِمَارَاتِ مِنَ الْفِتَنِ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ، وَأَدِمْ عَلَيْهَا الأَمْنَ وَالأَمَانَ وَعلَى سَائِرِ بِلاَدِ الْعَالَمِينَ([21]).
اذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ يَذْكُرْكُمْ، وَاشكرُوهُ علَى نِعَمِهِ يَزِدْكُمْ ] وَأَقِمِ الصَّلاةَ إِنَّ الصَّلاةَ تَنْهَى عَنِ الفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَلَذِكْرُ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَ[([22])

([1]) الأحزاب : 70  -71.
([2]) الزمر :53.
([3]) أحمد : 9314 وصحيح ابن حبان 2/405.
([4]) المعجم الأوسط : 4181 .
([5]) متفق عليه.
([6]) أحمد وابن ماجه .
([7]) البخاري : 6190.
([8]) البخاري : 3616.
([9]) انظر فتح الباري 10/121.
([10]) مسلم 8/36.
([11])شرح ابن بطال 9/252.
([12]) النحل :97.
([13]) التوبة :120.
([14]) يوسف:87.
([15]) يوسف:96.
([16]) البخاري  3231
([17]) النساء : 59.
([18]) البخاري في الأدب المفرد 1/168.
([19]) الأحزاب : 56 .
([20]) مسلم : 384.
([21]) يكررها الخطيب مرتين.

Expect the best and Allah will deliver

Be optimistic, expect the best to happen and that is what you will receive, this week’s Friday sermon will say.
“Be aware that there is no room for desperation and hopelessness in your life,” the sermon will preach.
“If troubles surround you, all you have to do is to look forward to what Allah has in store for you, and to think good of Him.”
In a divine hadith inspired to the Prophet Mohammed, Allah said: “I am as my servant expects me to be. If he expects good then he will get it, and if he expects bad then he will get it.”
Therefore, whoever works for his or her goals with a positive approach will indeed succeed in accomplishing them.
Prophet Mohammed ordered people to avoid being pessimistic in all matters, such as when visiting an ill person.
One should express positive messages and give them hope, as that will give the patient reassurance and emotional peace.
Another example of the Prophet Mohammed’s teachings is that one should choose names for one’s children that have positive, optimistic meanings.
This will be reflected later on in the person’s life.
“A pleasant life is one where a person lives optimistically, which makes him ambitious in his thought, loving to his family and homeland, compassionate with others ... confident that Allah will not waste his good work,” adds the sermon.
As a verse in the Quran says: “Allah loseth not the wages of the good.”