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Prophet Muhammad’s (s.a.w.) name on footpath ? : Just a hoax.

Assalamo alaikum,
Before some time I got a SMS stating  “In one of the city of America our beloved Prophets name has been written in footpath , in Alim online Dr. Amir Liaqat has shown the related pics.”
While searching upon the net i didn’t find any such thing. It is clearly a hoax SMS.
First, if Dr. Amir would have shown such pics, by this time internet would have been flooded with articles and other stuff against such act.
Second, American’s will not really do such thing, they are also people and would not do any thing to denegrate any other relegion or relegious figure.
Its just a hoax to provoke muslim against America and other counteries.
Please if you get any such message, dont spread it or forward it without doing a thorough research, as islam highly discourage any thing which can create fitnah.
May Allah, help all of us to follow the straight path of Islam and follow the beloved Prophet.
Also read comment, by brother Mohsin.
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Update History:
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Khutaba-Dars-speech-teachings of Imam Ali (W.K.A) by Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri

Al humdu lillah i came across this nice speech of Dr. Tahri Ul Qadri. In this speech he has discussed the dars(teachings) of hazrat Imam Ali Wazahu Karimullah.

Dars e nahaj ul balagha (1/2) by Shaykh ul Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri

Dars e nahaj ul balagha (2/2) by Shaykh ul Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri

Going to grave(Mazar) of Auliya Allah(Friends of Allah) : In The Light Of Quran And Sunnah

Assalamo alaikum,

I got following post from somewhere in internet. I will search for the source and give the reference here. May Allah(SWT) bless the original writer.

Assalam-o-Alaikum !
The issue under discussion is undoutedly sensitve because it has been made sensitive and disputable amongs Muslim Ummah since last few centuries.
Lets see its legitimacy in the light of Quran and Sunnah .. and .. not in the light of practices of people.

1. Ziyarat-ul-Quboor (Visiting or Seeing the graves)

The meaning of Ziyarat or Ziyarah are derived from Arabic root word “زَارَ، يَزُوْرُ، زَوْرًا، zaar, yazoor, Zaura” which means to meet, to see or to intend to go to someone… (Zubaidi : Taj-ul-Urus, 6: 477)

Meaning of Ziyarat are : to come to meet someone, or to meet closely, or to join, proclivity, effection are also meant by this word (Batrus Bustami, Moheet-ul-Moheet 384)

Usually this word is used for : to go to meet someone out of love, respect or effection (Fuyoomi Al-Misbah-ul-Munir 1 : 260)

Mazar means the place of Ziyarat (Ibn-e-Manzoor Afriqui, Lissan-ul-Arab 4 : 333)

ZIYARAH OF HOLY PROPHET (SAW) IN THE LIGHT OF QURAN & SUNNAH :-

In Islam, the practice of Ziyarah has a great significance as Quran in Surah Nissa 4: 64 says to Muslims who have done some unjust or sinns

when they were unjust to themselves, come to you (Holy Prophet (saw)) and asked forgiveness of Allah and the Messenger (saw) had (also) asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah Oft-returning (to mercy), Merciful.

Here comes the importance of Visiting someone who is dear to Allah. No doubt Allah is the one who gives forgiveness and mercy, but in this part of Quran, the unjust and sinner Muslims are directed to come to Holy Prophet (saw), and Holy Prophet (saw) would also ask to Allah to forgive that sinner (Recommendation or Intermediatoin), then the sinner would have found Allah oft-returning to mercy, The Merciful.

Since the whole Quran is perpatual, its teachings are also perpatual, this verse DOES NOT referes only to life of Holy Prophet (saw) rather its also valid for the rest of ages… for details please see the references :-

1..Ibn-e-Kathir tafseer-ul-quran, 1 : 519-520
2.. Behaqui Shob-ul-Iman, 3: 495-496
3.. Qurtabi, Al-jame-ul-Ahkam-ul-Quran, 5:265

Imam ibn-e-Qayyam (ra) in his ” Qaseed-tun-Nuniya” describes the virtues of Visitng Prophet’s (saw) grave:-

فکأنه فی القبر حيّ ناطق
فالواقفون نواکس الأذقان

Keep in mind & heart that Holy Prophet (saw) is alive in his grave and talks
So keep your head down when you stand in the court of Holy Prophet (saw).

PRACTICE OF HOLY PROPHET (SAW) TO VISIT GRAVES :-

Ibrahim bin Muhammad (ra) reported that Holy Prophet used to visit the graves of martyers of Ohud War in the beginning of year and said : السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْکُمْ بِمَا صَبَرْتُمْ فَنِعْمَ عُقْبَي الدَّارِ.
Salaam on you ! As a result of your patience, what a nice place you got in Akhirah
Abu Bakr, Umar and Usman (ra) also used to visit in the same way.

ref :-
1.. Abdur Razzaq al-musnaf : 3:573
2.. Aini , Umdat-ul-Qari, 8:70
3.. Tabri, Jami Al-Quran, 13:142
4.. Imam Suyuti, Dur-ul-Mansoor, 4:641
5.. Ibn-e-Kathir, tafseer-ul-Quran-ul-Azeem,

After Having made clear from Quranic Verse, lets see this subject in the light of Hadith :-

Holy Prophet (saw) said: “Do Visit the graves because this practice reminds the aakhirah (life hereafter)

ref:
1.. Muslim 2:671..976
2.. Haakim al-mustadrak: 1:531..1390

Blessings of Visiting Holy Prophet (saw)’s grave :-

Holy Prophet (saw) said : The one who Visits my grave, My intercession (Shifa’ah) is due for him (Essentially the visitor will get Shifa’ah) of the Holy Prophet (saw) on the day of judgement)
ref :
1. (Dar Qutni, Al-Sunnan 2: 278)
2. (Behaqui, Shohb-ul-Imaan 3: 490, and 4159 and 4160)
3. (Hakeem Tirmazi, Nawadirul Usool, 2 : 67)

ZIYARAH OF OTHER PIOUS MUSLIMS IN THE LIGHT OF QURAN & SUNNAH :-

Holy Quran In Sura Al-Kahf 18, in Verse 60 – 82, describes the event of Prophet Moses (Musa) (AS) when Allah (swt) ordered Moses to visit a Wali-Allah (Friend of Allah) Khidhar (AS) to seek knowledge and wisdome and Moses along with his servant, went in search of Khidhar.
We should remember that each Prophet’s practice is his sunnah and Prophet’s sunnah is always admissible, permissible and rightful in the eyes of Allah (swt) thats why Allah made it part of Quran.

(Note: the details can be read from Quranic translation of Sura Al-Kahf (The cave) verse 60 to 82).

Now Lets see the legitimacy in the light of Hadith :-

Hadith 1 –

Holy Prophet (saw) said in a Hadith Qudsi that Allah (swt) says “My Love is due for the people who Love each other only for the sake of My Love, Who sit close to each other only for my sake, Who go & meet each other only for My Willingness (Radha) and Who spend the money only for my Willingness ”

ref:
1. Imam Al-Malik, Al-Mo’ta 2: 953 : 1711
2. Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal, Al-Musnad : 5: 233 : 22083

Hadith 2 –

Holy Prophet (saw) said : The one who visited his parent’s grave (both or single) on Friday, he is forgiven (by Allah) and his name is mentioned in the list of righteous and pious people.

ref :
1.. Al-Tabrani, Mojam-ul-Ausat 6:185
2.. Behaqui , Shob-ul-Imaan : 6:201
3.. Suyooti, Durr-ul-Mansoor : 5:267

VISITING GRAVES PRACTICED BY HOLY PROPHET (SAW) & SEHABA (RA)

PRACTICE OF HOLY PROPHET (SAW) :-

Muhammad bin Ibrahim (ra) reported : Holy Prophet (saw) used to visit the graves of martyers of Ohud, in the beginning of every year, and He used to say : السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْکُمْ بِمَا صَبَرْتُمْ فَنِعْمَ عُقْبَي الدَّارِ
and Abu Bakr, Umar and Usman also used to practice like this.

ref:
1.. Abdur Razzaq al-musnaf, 3:573
2.. Aini, umdat-ul-Qadri, 8:70
3.. Tabri Jam-ul-Bayan, 13:142
4.. Imam Suyuti, Durru-ul-mansoor, 4:641

Practice of Umar-e-Farooq (ra) :-

When Ka’ab Al-Ahbar accepted Islam, he was offered by great Sehabi & Ameer-ul-Momineen Hazrat Umar (RA) to visit the grave of Holy Propeht (saw). Ka’ab Al-Ahbar agreed and both visited the grave of Holy Prophet (saw), paid SALAM and then to grave of Hazrat Abu-Bakar Siddique (ra) and paid SALAM. Moreover the both performed 2 Rakah Nafl.

ref :-
1.. Waqdi, Futu-ush-Sham : 1:244
2… Hathmi, Al-johar Al-Munzam 27 . 28

Practice of Sayyeda Ayesha Siddiqua (ra).. She says ..

When the Holy Prophet (saw) and my father Abu-Bakr’s graves were in my House, I used to visit the graves without shaal (Hijaab) because they were my Husband & father. But when Umar (ra) was burried there, I swear, I never entered there without Hijaab because of Haya (modesty).

ref:
1.. Ahmad bin Hanbal, Al-musnad 6: 202
2.. Haakim, Al-mustadrak, 3:61 .. 4402

Important point : ARE THE ALL DEAD EQUAL ????

No, all dead people are not equal in the light of Quran & Sunnah

There are some beloved people of Allah (swt) who have sacrified their whole lives for the sake of Allah Almighty and they are blessed with another type of life which our minds cannot conceive …
as Quran says for the martyerd ..
“Do not even think they are dead, rather they are alive, they are given food by Allah, (Aal-Imran 3 : 169 )”
As we also see of practice and faith of Sehaba karam in the above Traditions, its clear that ..

The salam can not be said to dead people. Its only said to the one who can listens it. Neither the Hijaab can be made from dead people because Hijaab is only essential for a Na-Mehram who can see a Muslim Lady. Above practice of Umm-ul-momineen Ayesha Siddiqua (ra) expresses her views and faith that Umar was not dead like others rather he was able to see and listen even in grave.

In the light of above Quranic and Hadith fact, this misunderstanding should be removed from our minds that all the people are equal in the eyes of Allah Almighty because here Allah (swt) Himself has given a superior and higher kind of life after death to those who are killed in the way of Allah (swt).

TOMB or BUILDING ON GRAVES :-

Making Tomb (or Building) on a grave is also act of Sehaba and the first tomb was made by Sehaba was the Tomb of Holy Prophet (saw). for details .. lets see the Hadith below :-

Once the city of madina came under droughty (shortage of water/rain), the people complained to Ayesha (ra) and she suggested them ” Go & see the grave of Holy Prophet (saw) and open above small window (for ventilation) in the way that there should be no veil between grave and sky. As the people opend the window above the grave, heavy rain came and whole city got green after that rain. The camels got fed & fat and this year was called ” AAM-UL-FATAQ” (the year of excess).

ref:
1.. Daarmi, Assunan, 1:56 .. 92
2.. Ibn-e-Jaozi, Al-wafa be-Ahwal-lil-Mustafa, 817, 818 : 1534
3.. Sibki, al-shifa siqaam fi ziyarat-ul-khair-ul-anaam, 128

NOTE that Ayesha Siddiqua (ra) advised the people to open the window which was above the grave of holy Prophet (saw) with the angle that there should be no veil between grave and sky, which means there was already some building on the grave and no Sehabi (ra) dare to demolish that building even Abu-Bakar and Umar (ra) preffered to be burried under that building in the side of Holy Prophet (saw) and other Sehaba (ra) fulfilled their desire.
If making any building or Tomb on a grave was strictly forbidden and against the teachings of Islam, Holy Prophet (saw) himself would have ordered in His life not to build up any building, or Sehaba karam (ra) would have removed the building above the grave of Holy Prophet (saw). But the building was kept on the grave of Holy Prophet (saw).
And REMEMBER that act of Holy Prophet (saw) as well as act of Sehaba Karam (ra) is enough reason for us to practice.

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOLY PROPHET (SAW)’S UNCLE HAMZA’S GRAVE :-

Imam Shams-ud-din Sakhawi (ra) writes about the grave of Holy Prophet (saw)’s uncle Hamza (ra)’s grave :-

A Qubba (TOMB) was made on his grave and it was visited and was source of blessings (Barakah)

Sakhawi, Al-Tohfa-tul-Latifa 1:307

Now lets go ahead :-

Abdullah bin Umar, the son of Hazrat Umar (ra) used to visit the graves of Holy Prophet (saw), Abu Bakar and Umar (ra) and he used to say :-
السّلام عليک يا رسول اﷲ! السّلام عليک يا أبا بکر! السّلام عليک يا أبتاه!
Assalam-o-Alaika Oh Messenger of Allah, Assalam-o-Alaika Oh Abu-Bakar and Assalam-o-Alaika Oh my father !

ref:
1.. Abdur Razzaq al-musnaf, 3: 576 .. 6724
2.. Ibn-e-Abi-Shaibah, Almusnaf, 3 : 28.. 11793
3.. Behaqui, al-Sunan-ul-kubra, 5:245..10051
4.. Ibn-e-Ishaq Azdi, Fadhal-us-Salat Ala-Nabi (saw), 90,91.. 97-98

PLEASE Again read carefully his way of Salam as he was saying salam to alive people :-

Once Abu-Ayyub Ansari (ra) came to grave of Holy Prophet (saw) and put his face on the grave.
Caliph of that time, Marwan saw him and asked him ” Do you know what are you doing ?”
Abu Ayyub Ansari (ra) replied : نَعَمْ، جِئْتُ رَسُوْلَ اﷲِ صلي الله عليه وآله وسلم وَ لَمْ آتِ الْحَجَرَ.
“YES (I know what i am doing) because I came to Holy Prophet (saw) and not to a stone”

ref:
1.. Ahmad bin Hanbal, Al-musnad 5: 422
2.. Haakim, Al-mustadrak, 4:560 .. 8571
3.. Tabrani, al-mojimul kabeer, 4:158 .. 3999

NOTE the faith of Abu Ayub Ansari (ra) who believed here is Holy Prophet (saw) and not only stones or dust.

IMAM SHAFAI (RA) used to visit the grave of IMAM-e-AZAM ABU HANIFA (RA) for getting Barakah (blessings) :-
Imam Shafai (ra) himself says :-

” I get blessings from Abu-Hanifa (ra) by daily visiting his grave, whenever I fell in trouble, I pray 2 rakaat and come to grave of Abu-Hanifa (ra), and standing near his grave I pray to Allah Almighty, and does not move from there until my problem is solved and my trouble is over.

ref:-
1.. Khateeb Baghdadi, Tareekh-e-baghdad, 1:123
2.. Ibn-e-Hajar Haithmi, Al-Khaikhrat-ul-Hassan, 94
3.. Ibn-e-Adam Shaami, Radd-ul-Mukhtar, 1:41

CONCLUSION :-

Ziyarah or Visiting to Mazar, graves
Making Tomb or Building over graves
Saying Salam direct to pious and righteous person inside the grave
Getting Blessings from this holy place

all are permissible acts and not shirk. because the Auliya Allah are friends and beloved of Allah (saw) and not the enemy of Allah… So if there is some blessings around the place of Wali-Ullah (friend of Allah) Its only blessings of Allah.

May Allah (swt) bless all of us with true light of faith. Ameen.

Wassalam o Alaikum

Quran In English: Read Kanzul Iman online, a really nice translation in Urdu/English.

I was looking for English translation of Quran and i got this book, its really nice. Originally Kanzul Iman is Urdu translation of the Qur’an by great islamic scholar Ahmad Raza Khan. Following are the sites where you can read this book online in English and Urdu:

If you know about any other resource or if you find any of the link broken here, please let me know throw comments.

Some of the pages under ahadees.com may not work.

The truth of Kaaba/Mecca bar of New York: Apple Store of Fifth Avenue, bar or Apple Mecca or Apple Store.

Again i got the same mail asking people to take action against a bar with name Mecca Bar or Kaaba bar. I dont know from where these rumors are generated and who are the people behind these kind of rumors.
Here are the pics sent by mail(you can find thousands of article, blogs on net stating the same, giving wings to the rumor, with similar pics):

apple store during construction(via sheikyermami.com)


In reality the pics shown above are picture taken during the construction of the  building. Actually this building belongs to Apple and is in fact Apple Store at Fifth Ave. New York City.
Following are the present pics of the building:

Apple Store

via Apple gallery

Picture of apple kaaba bar or Apple Store at New York

via Apple gallery

Picture of apple kaaba bar or Apple Store at New York

via Apple gallery

You can see more picture of this building at Apple site.

Present address of the same Apple Store:
767 Fifth Ave. New York City, NY 10153 (212) 336-1440

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Durood-E- Khizri (ﺩﺭﻭﺩ ﺧﻀﺮﯼ) : Sallallaho alaa hbeebihi Muhammadinv wa Aalihi wa ashaabihi wa sallam.

Before some day I was searching for this durood. And alhum du lillah I was able to find it in islamicacademy.

Roman Arabic:
Bismilla hirrahma nirrahim,
Sallallaho alaa hbeebihi Muhammadinv wa Aalihi wa ashaabihi wa sallam.

Namaz: A nice story…

As Salaam `Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakathu,

I received this nice story from a friend, thought of sharing with all.

There were only 15 minutes left before Salat-ul Isha.

He quickly made Wudhu and performed Salat-ul Maghrib.

While making Tasbih, he again remembered his grandmother and was

embarrassed by how he had prayed.

His grandmother prayed with such tranquillity and peace.

He began making Dua and went down to make Sajdah and stayed like that for

a while.He had been at work all day and was tired, so tired.

He awoke abruptly to the sound of noise and shouting.

He was sweating profusely.

He looked around.

It was very crowded.

Every direction he looked in was filled with people.

Some stood frozen looking around, some were running left and right and

some were on their knees with their heads in their hands just waiting.

Pure fear and apprehension filled him as he realized where he was.

His heart was about to burst.

It was the Day of Judgment.

When he was alive, he had heard many things about the questioning on the

Day of Judgment, but that seemed so long ago.

Could this be something his mind made up?

No, the wait and the fear were so great that he could not have imagined

this.

The interrogation was still going on.

He began moving frantically from people to people to ask if his name had

been called.

No one could answer him.

All of a sudden his name was called and the crowd split into two and made

a passageway for him.

Two angels grabbed his arms and led him forward.

He walked with unknowing eyes through the crowd.

The angels brought him to the centre and left him there.

His head was bent down and his whole life was passing in front of his

eyes like a movie.

He opened his eyes but saw only another world.

The people were all helping others.

He saw his father running from one lecture to the other, spending his

wealth in the way of Islam.

His mother invited guests to their house and one table was being set

while the other was being cleared.

He pleaded his case,

‘I too was always on this path.

I helped others.

I spread the word of Allah.

I performed my Salah.

I fasted in the month of Ramadhan.

Whatever Allah ordered us to do, I did.

Whatever he ordered us not to do, I did not.’

He began to cry and think about how much he loved Allah.

He knew that whatever he had done in life would be less than what Allah

deserved and his only protector was Allah He was sweating like never

before and was shaking all over.

His eyes were fixed on the scale, waiting for the final decision.

At last, the decision was made.

The two angels with sheets of paper in their hands, turned to the crowd.

His legs felt like they were going to collapse.

He closed his eyes as they began

To read the names of those people who were to enter Jahannam.

His name was read first.

He fell on his knees and yelled that this couldn’t be,

‘How could I go to Jahannam?

I served others all my life,

I spread the word of Allah to others’.

His eyes had become blurry and he was shaking with sweat.

The two angels took him by the arms.

As his feet dragged, they went through the crowd and advanced toward the

blazing flames of Jahannam.

He was yelling and wondered if there was any person who was going to help

him.

He was yelling of all the good deeds he had done, how he had helped his

father, his fasts, prayers, the Noble Qur’an that he read, he was asking

if none of them would help him.

The Jahannam angels continued to drag him.

They had gotten closer to the Hellfire.

He looked back and these were his last pleas.

Had not Rasoolullah (Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam) said,

‘How clean would a person be who bathes in a river five times a day, so

too does the Salah performed five times cleanse someone of their sins’?

He began yelling,

‘My prayers? My prayers? My prayers.?’

The two angels did not stop, and they came to the edge of the abyss of

Jahannam.

The flames of the fire were burning his face.

He looked back one last time, but his eyes were dry of hope and he had

nothing left in him.

One of the angels pushed him in.

He found himself in the air and falling towards the flames.

He had just fallen five or six feet when a hand grabbed him by the arm

and pulled him back.

He lifted his head and saw an old man with a long white beard.

He wiped some dust off himself and asked him,

‘Who are you?’

The old man replied,

‘I am your prayers’.

‘Why are you so late ! I was almost in the Fire !

You rescued me at the last minute before I fell in’.

The old man smiled and shook his head,

‘You always performed me at the last minute, did you forget?’

At that instant, he blinked and lifted his head from Sajdah.

He was in a sweat.

He listened to the voices coming from outside.

He heard the Adhan for Salat-ul Isha.

He got up quickly and went to perform Wudhu.