Thursday, June 30, 2016

Qiyam: Ramadan's Nightly Prayer

The Prophet of Allah, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, said: "Whoever performs Qiyam at night [throughout the whole month of Ramadan] out of sincere faith and certainty of getting rewarded by Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven." 

Qiyam literally means standing, and it is a term used to refer to the night prayer during Ramadan because it includes long periods of recitation of the Quran. Its other name, Taraaweeh, which is a term derived from the Arabic root word, Raahah, which literally means to rest, relax and use as recreation. It is so called because the believers used to extend it in length and in the number of Rak'ahs. After every four Rak'ahs they would rest (especially the elderly) for a few minutes before resuming the prayer again.

Qiyam in Congregation:

It was the Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, who first established the Sunnah of congregational Qiyam the prayer in the Masjid. But he stopped it for fear that it might be made obligatory on all Muslims. If it were to happen, it can be difficult for many. 'Aa`ishah said that the Messenger of Allah went out in the middle of the night and prayed in the Masjid and some men prayed with him. In the morning, the people talked about it and then a large number of them gathered on the following night and prayed behind him, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam. The next morning, the people again talked about it and on the third night the Masjid was full with a large number of people.

The prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, came out and the people prayed with him. On the forth night the Masjid was overwhelmed with people, but the Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, came out for the Fajr prayer (i.e., he did not pray Qiyam that night). When the Fajr was finished he recited the Two Testimonies of Faith and (addressing the people) said: "To proceed: your presence was not hidden from me but I was afraid lest the Qiyam be enjoined on you and you might not be able to carry it on." So, Allah's messenger died and the situation remained like that [i.e., people made Qiyam individually]."

Later, the companions performed Qiyam in congregation at the time of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab under his direction. Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Abdul-Qari said, "I went out in the company of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, one night in Ramadan, to the Masjid and found the people praying in separate groups, a man praying alone or a man praying with a small number of people behind him. So, Umar said, 'In my opinion it would better to bring these people under the leadership of one Imam.' So, he had them pray behind Ubayy ibn Ka'b. Then, on another night, I went again in his company and the people were praying the Qiyam prayer behind their Imam. To that, Umar remarked, 'What an excellent Bid'ah (innovation) this is." (Al-Bukhari) Umar meant that reviving the congregational Qiyam prayer is good for the Muslims, and since it was not kept after the few times some Muslims prayed it with the Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, he saw this congregational Qiyam to be (linguistically) a 'new' thing.

The number of Rak'ahs in Qiyam:

Some scholars state that the number of Rak'ahs in the Qiyam prayer is 8 plus 3 Rak'ahs of Witr. Most of the time those who hold this opinion state that this is the only correct number, and to make Qiyam in a smaller or larger number of Rak'ahs is to be in discord with the Sunnah of the Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam. They cite as an evidence, for this opinion, the narration of 'Aa`ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, which was reported by Al-Bukhari, in which she said, "He (the Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam) did not pray (the night prayer or Qiyam) more than 11 Rak'ahs in Ramadhan or in any other month." If anyone is to take this hadeeth as a general rule that can apply to all types of Qiyam and make the Qiyam prayer in just 8 Rak'ahs, then it should be acceptable as this would be the correct application of an authentic narration. What matters though, is that there are other narrations, which mentioned other numbers of Rak'ahs for the prayer of Qiyam some are general ones like the above narration of 'Aa`ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, others are specific to the Qiyam of the month of Ramadhan.
For example there are many narrations that reported that the companions prayed the Qiyam of Ramadan in 23 Rak'ahs at the time of Umar ibn Al-Khattab. Collectively, those narrations are classed as sound (Hasan) and thus constitute evidence for those who make Qiyam of Ramadan in 23 Rak'ahs. Furthermore, in the Two Sacred Masjids (in Makkah and Madeenah), the Qiyam prayer in Ramadan has always been 23 Rak'ahs. This has been the case throughout history.

Also, in other authentic narrations, 'Aa`ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, after being asked, 'How many Rak'ahs the Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, used to make in Witr? (Witr is understood here to mean the prayer of Qiyam with the odd-numbered prayer at the end); she said, "He used to make 4 and 3, or 6 and 3, or 10 and 3. He never used to pray in less than 7 (Rak'ahs) or more than 13." (Ahmad and Abu Daawood).

It is clear therefore that one can pray Qiyam 11 Rak'ahs or 23 Rak'ahs, while the predominant opinion is that they should be 11 or 13. As a way of reconciliation between both opinions, Imam Ibn Taymiyyah said that when Qiyam is prayed in 11 Rak'ahs the recitation should be long, and when Qiyam is done in 20 Rak'ahs ( in addition to the 3 Rak'ahs of Witr), the recitation can be made shorter. What he emphasized, may Allah have mercy on him, is that Qiyam is about standing for a long time in the prayer before Allah the Almighty as will be seen from the next narration on the authority of Abu Tharr. If the number of Rak'ahs is shortened the recitation is prolonged, and vice versa.

In the narration of Abu Tharr, may Allah be pleased with him, the matter of the duration of the prayer of Qiyam and its importance is explained. Abu Tharr said: "We fasted Ramadan with the Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, and he did not lead us in Qiyam at all until there were only 7 days of it left. When he, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, led us in Qiyam we stayed (in the prayer) until one-third of the night passed. When there were 6 days left, he did not lead us in Qiyam. Then when there were 5 days left, he led us in the prayer until half of the night passed. I said, 'O Messenger of Allah, I wish that you had continued until the end of the night.' He said: 'If a man makes the prayer with the Imam until he finishes (the prayer), it will be counted as if he had made the prayer all night long.' When there were 4 nights left, he did not lead us in Qiyam. Then when there were 3 nights left, he brought together his family, his wives and the people, and led us in Qiyam until we were afraid that we would miss Al-Falah. I (the narrator from Abu Tharr) asked, 'What is Al-Falah?' Abu Tharr said, 'Suhoor (the predawn meal).' Then he, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, did not lead us in Qiyam for the rest of the month." (At-Tirmithi, Abu Daawood, An-Nasaa'i and Ibn Majah).

The month of Ramadan is a month of worship, therefore much of our time and effort should be focused on that, especially with recitation of the Quran and performing the prayer. This Ramadan let us make a commitment that we will do better than we ever had done before. We ask Allah to accept all our deeds.
 

 

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Ways To Be Charitable in Ramadan When You Do Not Have Money

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Ramadan is a blessed month in which we strive to do as many good deeds and acts of worship as possible. We eagerly try to deepen our relationship with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and develop our iman. Be it through additional units of prayer, reading more Qur’an, spending time making dua. Ramadan for many is also a time to give their zakah. Many of us strive to increase the amount of charity or sadaqah they give. Sometimes, we want to give more than what our bank account allows us! Or, sometimes, we are not rich enough and have a number of responsibilities that simply do not allow us to give large portions of money!

Narrated `Umar bin Al-Khattab raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him):

Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “The (reward of) deeds, depend on the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for the sake of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and His Apostle ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), then his emigration will be considered to be for Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and His Apostle ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), and whoever emigrated for the sake of worldly gain or for a woman to marry, then his emigration will be considered to be for what he emigrated for.” [Sahih Bukhari]

We should not look to the amount others give and belittle what is in our hands because what counts the most is the intention behind it. Our reward lies with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and He subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is the one Who is aware of our intentions. Whether you give $1 or $1000, the bounty of this donation lies with Him.

We often view charity as equaling to money. Though this is the traditional way in which many of us will offer our sadaqah, this is not the only thing a person can do. Regardless of our situation, there is always something that we can do to benefit others in sha’ Allah. In a hadith narrated by Abu Dharr raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) the Prophet Muhammed ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“Your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is a charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is a charity for you. Pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is a charity for you.” [At Tirmidhi]

So, here is a list of 6 charitable acts you can do this Ramadan to enjoy the blessings of spreading goodness.

Make Dua

“There are three whose supplication is not rejected: The fasting person when he breaks his fast, the just leader, and the supplication of the oppressed person; Allah raises it up above the clouds and opens the gates of heaven to it. And the Lord says: ‘By My might, I shall surely aid you, even if it should be after a while.’” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi]

When you know of someone in hardship or see someone is suffering, the best gift you can give them is to make dua for them. This is the most powerful weapon we have as believers, especially in the month of Ramadan. The way in which your dua may aid someone is something outstanding; it is one of the only tools many of us have to help those who are in dire need around the world. There are also personal benefits to making dua for someone else as demonstrated by this hadith:

Abud-Darda’ raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “The supplication of a Muslim for his (Muslim) brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Every time he makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: ‘Ameen! May it be for you, too’.” [Sahih Muslim]

Volunteering

Take some time out and volunteer somewhere in your local area. With so many natural and man-made disasters across the world, sadly it becomes easy to forget the needy close to you. Find a community center that works with the disabled, old, young and offer your time. Offer to clean your local masjid. Find charity shops that are in need of helpers. There are so many options and often you can easily fit these into the busiest schedules.

Take care of children or the elderly

So many people comment on how difficult it can be to do acts of worship in Ramadan when they have small children or elderly relatives to look after. There is always someone in your own family or local community whom this applies to. Offer to look after and entertain someone’s children for a few hours per week to give mothers, fathers and carers time to themselves to focus on additional worship. In sha’ Allah, the reward for helping others further their development in their deen is deeply fulfilling.

Spread the word

In Ramadan, there are always charity projects and fundraising schemes that friends, family, and acquaintances are raising money for. While you may not be able to offer much financially yourself, you can help by spreading the word for the work others are doing. Use your phone, email, facebook and other methods of communication to promote and allow others to reap the benefits of donating.

Give away items

Ramadan is a perfect time to declutter your bedroom and donate these items to a charity shop, to send abroad or simply to give to those in your life who you know are struggling. We all accumulate many things we do not use anymore; by donating to charity, not only are you helping others, but you are also helping yourself detach from material possessions that you may be hoarding.

Smile

Jabir bin Abdullah raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“Every good is charity. Indeed, among the good is to meet your brother with a smiling face…” [At Tirmidhi]

We underestimate the power of a smile as it is a form of communication that is universally accepted. Smile at those who you do not know because we do not know the effect this smile can have on a person. Perhaps they are going through a difficult time, struggling and feeling alone or just having a bad day. Our act of kindness could be the one thing that lightens their heart and gives them joy.

What are your ways of making Ramadan more charitable? Share them with us in the comments section!

 

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tips for Those Spending Ramadan Alone

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Ramadan is a time when family and friends gather to break their fasts and spend some quality time together. However, this is not the case for everyone.

There is a large number of people who dread the coming of Ramadan, mainly because it is a lonely time for them. We often think that this may be the case only for new Muslims, but there are those around us who may be away from their home, family, are traveling or just do not have many practicing family members or friends around them. So, iftar in particular becomes a lonely time for them.

Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “(Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) said), ‘Every good deed of Adam’s son is for him except fasting; it is for Me. I shall reward (the fasting person) for it.’ Verily, the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk.” [Sahih Bukharih]

So, regardless of the situation around us, we should always aim to remember that fasting is something that is highly rewarded by Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). No matter how hard it is, our reward lies with Him and it is He who recognizes how big our struggles are, He is always with us, and He never let our efforts or any moment of distress we spend for His sake go to waste.

In any case, to help overcome the situation a bit for those among us who find themselves struggling with loneliness, here are a few tips and ideas to explore, in sha Allah.

Attend the local masjid

If you’re someone who does not normally attend the masjid, it can be daunting to consider attending lectures or prayers there during Ramadan. You may feel self-conscious because of it. Yet, Ramadan is the perfect time for people to start regularly going to the masjid because it is a time when everyone, even those who may not regularly attend start going and there are so many new people there. So, try to attend taraweeh prayers, because other than benefiting from praying together, you will meet new people. The masjid is the hub of the Muslim community, particularly in Ramadan; find out what classes are being offered and join whatever you like or feel comfortable attending.

Enjoy the silence

This may seem like an odd thing to say, but enjoy the time alone. Ramadan, though a time full of gatherings and events, is meant to be about focusing on yourself, enhancing your iman, and developing your relationship with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). Ask yourself what you would like to achieve in this time. Do you want to read more Islamic books? Are you looking to improve your understanding of the Qur’an? Do you want to read more of the Qur’an? Are there characteristics and habits you want to get rid of or develop? Fight the loneliness you feel by submerging yourself in tasks and activities that will strengthen your iman, as this is the primary aim of fasting in Ramadan.

Remember that “dua (supplication) is worship” [Abu Dawud]

When you feel alone, turn to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) and make dua that He helps you. It is only through Him that we are able to achieve all our hopes and dreams. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is the only one that can take away loneliness, because there are people who may be in the middle of crowds but still feel alone!

Make suhoor / iftar for others

Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Whoever provides the food for a fasting person to break his fast with, then for him is the same reward as his (the fasting person’s), without anything being diminished from the reward of the fasting person.” [At Tirmidhi]

Being new to an area or not knowing many Muslims can be daunting and make us feel alone. Take the plunge in introducing yourself to those who you may have seen around or are living close to you. Make some food and take it to them for iftar as this will help you make connections that last beyond Ramadan. If this is not feasible, take some food to your local masjid and distribute it to help you break the ice when first attending.

Volunteer your time

As mentioned, Ramadan is a time to focus on yourself and your actions. One thing many of us do in this month is increase in charity. You can do this by getting involved with local charities and volunteering your time. Offer to work in their charity shops and utilize a skill that you have. Perhaps offer your time to the masjid, to help keep it clean and presentable. Not only will this give you something to do, it will again open up the doors to meeting new people and earning much rewards and barakah from Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

Give dawah

There are often people around us who are non Muslim, particularly for those who are new to Islam. Spend some time explaining to others the purpose behind Ramadan and fasting. This can be an act of dawah to show them what Islam is about. Perhaps even invite them for iftar so you can share some dates, water, and other sunnah traditions with them. Not only will you have company, but you will also be able to show them aspects of your faith that are important to you, thus helping others understand your chosen way of life. If you have a family which is not Muslim, why not use Ramadan to increase the time you spend with them to develop the bonds of mercy between you…

These five actions can all go a long way in helping you feel less lonely if that’s the situation you’re in currently.  ry and adapt as many of these tips as you can, and in sha Allah you will have a happy and blessed Ramadan. Feel free to share any other tips you have for your fellow brothers and sisters in the comments section.

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Night prayers during Ramadan

Question:

I do pray Salat Qiyaam Al-layl at mosque for eight Raka'h plus 3 Raka'h of Salat Al-Witr every night. Now I want also to pray Salat al-Tahajjud at mid night because of the last 10 days of Ramadan so can you tell me how many Raka'h can I pray for these two times?  
 
Fatwa:
 
All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad , sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.  
 
The number of night prayers is unlimited, so a person can pray whatever Allah enables him to pray. The Prophet , sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: "The night prayer is in twos, and if anyone of you fears the break of dawn, he has to pray one Raka'h as Witr to end his night prayer." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] Nonetheless, if a person prays only 11 Raka's or 13 Raka's, then some scholars stated that this is better as the Prophet , sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, prayed both ways. These are the legislated forms of night prayer and we have clarified what is best. So if you pray one way or another and wanted to do that at the beginning of the night and at the last part of it, then you have to divide the number of Raka'h between these two times. It is, however, desirable to pray Witr at the last part of it as the Prophet , sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: "Your last prayer of the night should be Witr." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] 
 
Allah Knows best.
 
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Some Actions which Conflict with Aqeedah & Tawheed

Some Actions which Conflict with Aqeedah & Tawheed

1 – Reading Star Signs

Shaykh Salih Alaa ash – Shaykh -hafidhullaah- said :

‘Whoever reads the page which contains star signs and he knows the star sign of when he was born, or he knows that star sign which is significant for him, and he reads the comments mentioned in that star sign then it is as if he has asked a soothsayer/fortune teller. So his prayer would not be accepted for forty days.

If he attests to it and believes in that star sign then he has disbelieved in that which was revealed to Muhammad – sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- . . .’ (the Shaykh continues saying: ) ‘and if he brings home newspapers which contain these type of things then it is as if he brought a soothsayer / fortune teller into his house.’

[Tamheed Sharh Kitaab al Tawheed p. 349 ]

2 – Watching Magical Acrobatic Stunts & Circus Antics

Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzaan -hafidhullaah- said :

‘It is not permissible to use magic in the form of acrobatic stunts or circus antics or anything similar to that. Like the one who pulls a car with his hair, or a car is driven over him and does not harm him. . . . . all of this is magical imagery, so it is not allowed to perform it or to be happy with it, nor to attract your friends to do this in front of Muslims. Because it is clear evil, it is obligatory to reject and terminate it and to cleanse the Muslim lands of it . . . if those who go to see magic in the form of acrobatic stunts even though they are not pleased with going to see them, they have carried out something which is prohibited and they are sinful for it.

If they are pleased with this and they know that this is done by magic then they have fallen into disbelief because of it.’

[Daroos fee sharh Nawaqid al Islaam p. 152-156]

3 – Wearing an Engagement Ring

This enters under the saying of the Messenger – sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam:

‘Indeed incantations, amulets and Tiwalah [1] (a form of magic) are Shirk.’

Collected by Ahmad and Abu Dawood.

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Uthaymeen -rahimullaah – gave the example that an engagement ring is a Tiwalah and he explained:

‘If the people believe that it can benefit or harm, then with this intention it is from the minor Shirk, and even if this intention is not there – and this is highly unlikely that he does not have this intention – it is resemblance of the Christians since it is taken from them.’

[Al-Qawl al-Mufeed ala Kitaab al Tawheed 1 /228-229]

4 – Wearing Brass Bracelets to Battle Against Rheumatism

Shaykh AbdulAziz Ibn Baz – rahimullaah – said regarding these type of bracelets after having exhausted all the evidences:

‘The opinion which I hold in this issue is leaving these previously mentioned bracelets and not to use them; this is to block the path leading to Shirk, to terminate the aspect of any Fitnah with these bracelets and to incline to them, also that souls become attached to them.

Also, in having the incentive in turning the Muslim with his heart to Allaah -Subhanahu- and to have trust in Him, and reliance on Him sufficing with the means which are in accordance with the Sharia’ and their allowance is well known with committing Shirk.’

[Majmoo’ Fatawa ash-Shaykh Ibn Baaz vol.1 p.207]

All Praise belongs to Allaah, may His peace and blessings be upon our final Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those who follow his guidance.

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A time for strengthening the family bond

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The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: “No one who severs the ties of kinship will enter Paradise.” [At-Tirmithi]

The religion of Islam places great importance on maintaining the ties of kinship between family members. All Muslims are to show kindness, generosity, and respect toward both their nearest and most distant relatives, whether they are Muslims or not. Allah Almighty places such importance on maintaining the ties of kinship that whoever cuts off the ties of their family, Allah Almighty cuts them off from Him. And the Quran goes as far to say that the one who cuts off the ties of kinship will be cursed.

Allah Almighty Says in the Noble Quran (what means): {But those who break the covenant of Allah after contracting it and sever that which Allah has ordered to be joined and spread corruption on earth – for them is the curse, and they will have the worst home.} [Quran 13:25]These days are an excellent time to mend burnt bridges and reach out to family members that you may have not seen in a long time or that you are at odds with.

These blessed days serve to open our hearts and minds as we humble ourselves before our Creator in sincere worship. Take the first step in reconnecting with your kin for the sake of Allah Almighty and to strengthen your family unit.

Take the first step

Regardless of how much time has passed since you have seen a family member or whatever transgression has made you keep your distance, use this time to reach out to a relative that you have been estranged from.

It's as easy as picking up the phone and inviting him or her to your home for a get together. The worst that can happen is that they turn you down or hang up the phone on you. At least Allah Almighty will know that you tried to fulfill your obligation of maintaining family ties.

But the best that can happen is that your desires for renewing the relationship will be reciprocated.

Forgiveness is key

There is no need to rehash the past once your estranged family member is in your presence. Forgiveness is the key to reestablishing your bond. So let bygones be bygones, even if in the innermost recesses of your heart you still feel that your kinsman wronged you.

A perfect exemplar can be found in Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him. Word came to him that his very own cousin, whom he had been giving much financial support, had publicly slandered his beloved daughter ‘Aa’ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her. Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him, immediately stopped giving him charity. Regarding this issue Allah Almighty then revealed the celebrated verse (what means): {And let not those of virtue among you and wealth swear not to give [aid] to their relatives and the needy and the emigrants for the cause of Allah, and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.} [Quran 24:22]

No sooner did Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him, hear this than he resumed his cousin's financial assistance, and, indeed, increased it over what he, may Allaah be pleased with him, used to regularly give his cousin.

United we stand

A family that stands together is far stronger than one splintered into factions. So even if you are not at odds with one of your kin, you might know of family members who are not preserving their ties of kinship. You can do your part as a Muslim by acting as a mediator to reunite them under the same flag of Islam.

It might be difficult at first, especially since human emotions like pride and anger get in the way. But remind your family members that it is really Satan stoking the flames of discontent and that they must make peace against all odds to maintain the family bond. Should you find the situation too volatile to handle on your own, contact your local Imam or someone in your community known to offer good help in counseling to assist you in your endeavor.

Watch the garden grow

A family that is content with its members is like a garden that bears the most beautiful fruit and flowers that the human eye has ever beheld. As the discontent and anger melts away between kin, you will start to see the flowers in your family's garden blossom to reveal the beauty that Allah Almighty intended.

To keep that garden flourishing, weed out problems before they take root and nip familial discord in the bud. Most importantly, water your garden with lots of blessings from Allah, the All-Powerful, to keep your family together.

Trust in Allah Almighty and supplicate Him for assistance to keep your family thriving for many years to come.

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