Gifts hold a pride of place in Islam. It is a means of strengthening love and showing friendship and well-wishes. Gifts are appreciated both for the love with which it was given and the value the gifts add to life and living. Of all the gifts that could be given, the best are those that not only add values to earthly life but the comfort of the Hereafter as well.
The following are our gifts to the fasting readers. They are statements from the Prophet (salAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) They are those practical hadeeths that have been mentioned in connection with rewards and blessings lnsha Allaah, they are the ahadeeths that lead to the doors of happiness and the paths of goodness in this world and the Hereafter.
The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Whoever says at daybreak: Laai1aahaillaAllaah, lahul Mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa alaa kulli shay 'in Qadeer.
There is no God save Allaah alone, He has no partner to Him belongs the dominion and the praise and He has power over all things;... ten good deeds will be written for him, ten misdeeds will be erased, and he will be elevated ten levels. He will be protected from Shay tan until evening, and if he says it in the evening, he would have the same rewards until morning." (Ahmad, Abu Daud. Ibn Majah - sahih).
A TICKET TO PARADISE
The Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) also said: "Whoever says in the morning or in the evening: Allahumma Anta Rabbee laa lIaaha ilia Anta, khalaqtanee wa ana Abduka, wa ana alaa a'adika wa wa'adika maa -stata'at, auudhu bika min sharri maa sana'atu, abuu'u laka bi-ni'imatika alaiyya, wa abuu'u laka bi-dhambee fagfir'/ee fa-innahu laa yagfiru -d-dhuuba lIla Anta.
'O Allaah! You are my Lord. There is no God beside You. You created me and I am Your slave and I have taken a covenant to You and promised You what I am able to do. I seek refuge with You from the evil of what I have done, I acknowledge Your favour upon me and I acknowledge my sin. Forgive me because none forgives sins except You.'
If a servant died during the day or night after having said this prayer, he will enter Paradise." (Ahmad).
THE CREAM OF THE BESTS
The Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: "Whoever says at morning or evening: 'Subhaana'llaahi 'al-Adheem wa bi hamdihi' ' (Glory and praise be Allaah the Great) one hundred times, no one will come forward on the Day of Judgement with better than he; except if someone said the same as him and added to it." (Muslim). And whoever says it one hundred times in a single day his sins would be erased even if they were like the waves of the sea. (Bukhari and Muslim).
ACT A VERSE TODAY
The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "Whoever implements ten verses of the Quran will not be included among the negligent. Whoever implements one hundred verses will be considered among the obedient. And, whoever implements one thousand verses will be among he extremely rich." (Abu Daud, lbn Hibbansahih).
"Whoever says: 'Audhu bi kalimaati lIaahit-taamah min sharri ma khalaqa'.
'I seek refuge with the perfect words of Allah from the evil that He created' three times in the evening will not be harmed by the bite of a serpent during that night." (AITirmidhi, Ibn Hibban, Al-Hakim - sahih).
A HOUSE IN PARADISE
"Whoever recites the Surah al Ikhlas (Q 112[lkhlas]: 1-4) ten times, Allaah will build for him a house in the Paradise." (Ahmad - sahih). He also said: "Whoever recites Surah al Ikhlas it is as if he read one-third of the Qur'an." (Ahmad sahih).
"Whoever says in the evening: 'Bismillahi lIadhee lao yadurru ma'a ismihi shay 'uti fil ardhi wa laa fi samaa' wa huwa sami'iui Aleem.
'In the name of Allaah with whose name there can be no harm in the earth or in the heavens and He is the Hearer the Knower, three times, he will not be afflicted with a sudden calamity before morning. And whoever says it in the morning three times will not be afflicted with a sudden calamity before evening." (Abu Daud, sahih).
KEEPING THE DEVIL AT BAY
The Rasul (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "Whoever says upon leaving his house: Bismillaah twakkaltu alaa llaahi wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata ilia billaahi"
'In the name of Allaah, I trust in Allaah, there is no movement and no power except with Allaah', it would be said to him: 'You have been contented and you took precaution,' and Shaytan will turn away from him." (AI-Tirmidhi, Abu Daud, - sahih).
PATH TO PARADISE
"Whoever recites Aayat al-Kursl (Q2[Baqarah]:255) (the Verse of the Throne) after every compulsory prayer will not be forbidden entrance to Paradise." (An-Nisa'e - sahih).
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited