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Dear all

Assalamu alaikum

My grandfather, Sheikh Abdul Ghaffar Hasan, died on Thursday at the age of 94 (in Islamabad). He was a scholar of Hadith and was lecturer of Hadith at Madina University before he retired. In fact, he was called to Madina when Sheikh Nasiruddin Albani retired, and so replaced his post. His students numbered thousands, including my father Sheikh Suhaib Hasan and Sheikh Safar Al Hawali. It is known that even Sheikh Ibn Baz would sometimes sit in his
classes for his incredible knowledge of hadith.

I went to see him 4 years ago and was amazed at the clarity of his mind and memory. He advised me to teach students in my own home (as my children were very young) which is how my Friday study circle came into being.

I had the honour of translating his book “The rights and duties of women in Islam”

His funeral took place in Islamabad after Jum’ah…my father led the prayer.

May Allah give him Jannah.

The decrease in true scholarship is one of the signs of the final
Day…..Muslims cry when our shuyukh die, but do nothing to learn from them when they are alive.

Wassalam

Khola

The reality of death never hits you til you are staring it rigtht in the face!….

A dear sister of mine lost her nani recently (http://lightuponlight-bintnowaab.blogspot.com/) her story like many is that of the grief many of us store back in our minds and that of guilt, a feeling of finality, a postponed reminder, one that is not too late for us, for those who would reflect.

We are always told to plan our time and have a goal in mind, when doing assignments, planing ourweekend, or workload or organising events we always know we are striving and aiming towards a particular end. Our life is more important or I should say our Death is more in need of preparation. If you fail to plan then you plan to fail. To remember afterlife and death is an initiative to plan and prepare is the attitude demanded by Allah.

I think all to often we race toward our desires and our needs of this life we forget what we are here for, the Ibada’ of Allah, and this I say to myself first and foremost, as I sit here i have many choices I could be using my time for, however I felt the need to remember Allah, to remember my aim and to prepare for death.

Ibn Masoud said, “The Prophet, saw drew lines to make a square and drew a line in the middle which extended beyond it. He drew some small lines up to this middle line from the side within the square and said, ‘This is man, and this is the end of his lifespan which encircles him – and this which goes beyond it is his hope and these small lines are things which happen. If this one misses him, then that one gets him, and if that one misses him, this one gets him.'” (Bukhari). This hadith describes mans hope and wishful thinking extends his actual life, and remains caught up with worldly issues, responding to and worrying about trivial things until the day he dies. I ask you all now, how many of us are worrying about worldly issues…. Me for one and i own up to that, but the thing is what are we really worrying about? Our degree? Our family? Trails and tribulations? I am not saying dont do all these things like degress, but we need to keep in the rememberance of Allah, and nver forget our aim.

We always look at the best things and be optimistic, but I feel that we also need reminders. The only way to live a fruitful life, a life which Allah has given to us and which we should carry out with Allah’s remembrance is to live it with an eye on death

Are we ready to face our Lord? Do we think that we can face Allah with hearts so black as our own? Are we longing for death? I think not; Narrated Anas. “If I had not heard the Prophet saying, “You should not long for death,” I would have longed (for it).” Look at the Prophets and their companions, may Allah have mercy on them, what zeal for the deen they had, the love for Allah, they had the readiness to meet their lord, we just have to look at the story of Musa (as) to see an example of that.

A great reminder is attending funerals, nothing reminds one of death and Allah like the spectacle of dying and funeral of other people.

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet saw said, “ Whoever attends the funeral procession till he offers the funeral salah for it, will get a reward equal to one Qeerat; and whoever accompanies it till burial, will get a reward equal to two Qeerats.” It was asked, “What are two Qeerats?” He replied, “like two huge mountains.” (Bukhari)

Think, put it in perspective…What kinds of things do we worry about? Is it truly worth getting all those grey hairs and wrinkles!!??! I think not, My dear sisters I ask you, I beg of you look into your life take things as if they are your last day, live so that you will be proud of what you have achieved for the sake of Allah, live and let your goal be Junnah!!

(some excerps from Al-Jummah Magazine Vol 18 Issue 1)

http://www.zippyvideos.com/7702580362468116/prayyoursalaah/

PUT THE SPEAKERS UP, for maximum effect, watch this before fajr, or last thing at night, close the door, put the video on full and turn the lights off

Ahmad ibn Amir (Allaah be pleased with him) once said,”You have 4 enemies:
1. Shaytaan: and his weapon are a full belly and his prison is hunger.
2. Desire: and its weapon is speech and it is imprisoned by silence.
3. This world: whose weapon is to meet people, and it is imprisoned by retreat.
4. The self: whose weapon is sleep and it is imprisoned by sleeplessness”

Appologise for my rambles!

I love you all for the sake of Allah,
Don’t forget me in your duahs
Wassalam

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