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Deed and Means of Multiplication of Rewards

An Exceptional Ramadan

الحمد لله رب العالمين

All praise to Allah عز وجل, who made us reach this blessed month of Ramadan.

Deprivation of attending congregational prayers, taraweeh prayers, beneficial gatherings, performing umrah during Ramadan may worry us on losing some of the best deeds of great rewards during this month. However, Allah سبحانه وتعالى has showed us the way to multiply our rewards at all times even during a lockdown.

It’s indeed a great blessing from our Rabb to guide us towards goodness through beneficial reminders. One such reminder is this constructive booklet on ‘Deeds and Means of Multiplication of Rewards’.

Equip yourselves with these beautiful means and build your deeds upon it during this month of happiness.

May Allah عز وجل bestow His guidance upon us, that we may travel this entire month with Imaan and Ihtisaab and end up being among the successful ones who truly attained the benefit of this month.

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24th April- Dealing with Non-Muslims in a Muslim Country

We live in a Muslim country, and there are disbelievers who live with us. How should we deal with them?
This is an important topic to discuss, especially nowadays, due to what we see of the Khawarij killing people with no just cause while thinking that they’re doing something good.

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24th April- The Permissible Actions towards Non-Muslims

The Permissible Actions towards Non-Muslims

 1) It is permissible for non-Muslims to work in Muslim countries, without giving them authority over the Muslims.

The Prophet ﷺ hired a Mushrik during the Hijrah as a guide, and used the Jews of Khaibar to work on the Farm – and they received half the harvest.


2) It is permissible for the Muslim to help the needy amongst the كفار, and their sick people.

Surat Al Baqarah Verse 195: 

وَأَنفِقُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلَا تُلْقُوا بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ ۛ وَأَحْسِنُوا ۛ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ 

And spend in the way of Allah and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction [by refraining]. And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good. 

3) If you have a non-Muslim relative, it is recommended to join relations between them by giving them gifts, visiting them, etc, but don’t take them as companions such that you perpetually are with them (with the exception of your parents) especially if you fear their fitnah. The non-Muslim has a right on you because he’s your relative.

Surat Al Isra Verse 26: 

وَآتِ ذَا الْقُرْبَىٰ حَقَّهُ وَالْمِسْكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ وَلَا تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِيرًا 

And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully. 

Surat Luqman Verse 15: 

وَإِن جَاهَدَاكَ عَلَىٰ أَن تُشْرِكَ بِي مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِ عِلْمٌ فَلَا تُطِعْهُمَا ۖ وَصَاحِبْهُمَا فِي الدُّنْيَا مَعْرُوفًا ۖ وَاتَّبِعْ سَبِيلَ مَنْ أَنَابَ إِلَيَّ ۚ ثُمَّ إِلَيَّ مَرْجِعُكُمْ فَأُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ 

But if they endeavor to make you associate with Me that of which you have no knowledge, do not obey them but accompany them in [this] world with appropriate kindness and follow the way of those who turn back to Me [in repentance]. Then to Me will be your return, and I will inform you about what you used to do. 

Surat Al Mumtahana Verse 8: 

لَّا يَنْهَاكُمُ اللَّهُ عَنِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يُقَاتِلُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ وَلَمْ يُخْرِجُوكُم مِّن دِيَارِكُمْ أَن تَبَرُّوهُمْ وَتُقْسِطُوا إِلَيْهِمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُقْسِطِينَ 

Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly. 

5) It is recommended to entertain the Kaafir guest, but it is not permissible to accept their invitation because there is showing love for them in doing that. And when you entertain the non-Muslim guest, do so without humiliating yourself to him. Lowering and humiliating yourself to them is Haraam and one of the Major sins.

6) It is permissible to eat with them during occasions without making it a habit.

7) It is permissible to deal with the Kaafir in worldly matters (such as doing business, selling, buying, etc)

-The Prophet dealt with the Jews and bought from them.

-Also after the battle of Badr, the Prophet ransomed the prisoners in return that they teach the Muslim children reading and writing.

8) It is permissible for a Muslim man to marry a woman from the People of the Scriptures (Jews and Christians).

But there are conditions:

1) She should be chaste

2) He and his future children should be safe from her having an effect on their religion.

Due to this, it’s not a recommended practice. It’s better for the Muslim man and his future children that he marry a Muslim woman. ‘Umar bin Khattab used to blame those who got married to non-Muslim women, and recommended that they divorce them. Mothers have more effect on the children than the father.

Surat Al Ma’idah Verse 5: 

الْيَوْمَ أُحِلَّ لَكُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتُ ۖ وَطَعَامُ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ حِلٌّ لَّكُمْ وَطَعَامُكُمْ حِلٌّ لَّهُمْ ۖ وَالْمُحْصَنَاتُ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَالْمُحْصَنَاتُ مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ إِذَا آتَيْتُمُوهُنَّ أُجُورَهُنَّ مُحْصِنِينَ غَيْرَ مُسَافِحِينَ وَلَا مُتَّخِذِي أَخْدَانٍ ۗ وَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِالْإِيمَانِ فَقَدْ حَبِطَ عَمَلُهُ وَهُوَ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ 

This day [all] good foods have been made lawful, and the food of those who were given the Scripture is lawful for you and your food is lawful for them. And [lawful in marriage are] chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who were given the Scripture before you, when you have given them their due compensation, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse or taking [secret] lovers. And whoever denies the faith – his work has become worthless, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers. 

The Muslim man is not allowed to marry other than the Jewish and Christian woman, under the consensus of all the scholars. Otherwise his marriage is considered false – he’s considered to have illegal relations between that woman, and all his children with her are considered illegitimate.

Surat Al Baqarah Verse 221:  

وَلَا تَنكِحُوا الْمُشْرِكَاتِ حَتَّىٰ يُؤْمِنَّ ۚ وَلَأَمَةٌ مُّؤْمِنَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِّن مُّشْرِكَةٍ وَلَوْ أَعْجَبَتْكُمْ ۗ وَلَا تُنكِحُوا الْمُشْرِكِينَ حَتَّىٰ يُؤْمِنُوا ۚ وَلَعَبْدٌ مُّؤْمِنٌ خَيْرٌ مِّن مُّشْرِكٍ وَلَوْ أَعْجَبَكُمْ ۗ أُولَٰئِكَ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى النَّارِ ۖ وَاللَّهُ يَدْعُو إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ وَالْمَغْفِرَةِ بِإِذْنِهِ ۖ وَيُبَيِّنُ آيَاتِهِ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ 

And do not marry polytheistic women until they believe. And a believing slave woman is better than a polytheist, even though she might please you. And do not marry polytheistic men [to your women] until they believe. And a believing slave is better than a polytheist, even though he might please you. Those invite [you] to the Fire, but Allah invites to Paradise and to forgiveness, by His permission. And He makes clear His verses to the people that perhaps they may remember. 

The Muslim woman is forbidden from marrying a non-Muslim.

9) It is permissible for the Muslims to seek the help of the disbelievers against people who transgressed against them.

There are two conditions to be fulfilled:

1) They have no other means of repelling that harm.

2) The Muslims should be safe from the disbelievers’ plotting and harm, and the disbelievers shouldn’t be given military leadership over the Muslims.

10) It is permissible for a Muslim to go to a non-Muslim doctor, if he’s a trustworthy, good person.

11) It is permissible to pay the Zakat to non-Muslims you want to endear Islam to- المؤلفات قلوبهم .

Surat At Tawbah Verse 60: 

إِنَّمَا الصَّدَقَاتُ لِلْفُقَرَاءِ وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَالْعَامِلِينَ عَلَيْهَا وَالْمُؤَلَّفَةِ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَفِي الرِّقَابِ وَالْغَارِمِينَ وَفِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ ۖ فَرِيضَةً مِّنَ اللَّهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيمٌ 

Zakah expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect [zakah] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah . And Allah is Knowing and Wise. 


12) It is permissible for a Muslim to partake with a non-Muslim in business, with the condition that the Muslim is the one supervising it. This is in order that nothing unlawful takes place.

13) It is permissible to accept a gift from a Kaafir (other than during their religious festivals – because it’s related to their religious festival and indicates your approval of it) as long as the gift won’t make you feel inferior towards them.

14) It is permissible for the Muslim to work under a company run by the disbelievers, as long as he’s not humiliated, or working doing a personal service (i.e. being a servant) towards them. We shouldn’t feel inferior to them.

[From تسهيل العقيدة الاسلامية by عبد الله بن عبد العزيز الجبرين]





17th April: The Forbidden Allegiance

The Name of Allah- العزيز has been mentioned in the Qur’an over 90 times. It means that all strength, might, glory, honour, belongs to Allah. He’s dominant over His creation. Nothing can happen without His permission and will. He is perfect in all aspects. Nothing can touch Him with harm. No one can prevent Him from fulfilling His promises. He is unique in His attributes.
When we internalize these facts about Allah, we’d seek honour, glory, support from the One who owns it. He is العزيز, the One who grants the glory, power, victory, and no one else.
Allah defamed the hypocrites in سورة النساء and سورة المائدة for seeking عزة from the disbelievers instead of Allah, and warns us against being like them. If you truly want Allah to honour you, ally with the believers.
This brings us to the topic of:
الولاء و البراء 

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10th April: The Issue of الولاء و البراء – Loyalty and Disloyalty

Allah created us by nature to love being honoured, respected, and supported. One is not blameworthy for seeking it. The problem arises, however, when a person seeks it from other than Allah, or through the wrong means.
One of the characteristics of the hypocrites is that they seek honour by allying with the disbelievers, as Allah mentioned in Surah Al-Maa’idah and Surah An-Nisaa.
The Issue of الولاء و البراء – Loyalty and Disloyalty
الولاء -> To have love, friendship
البراء -> Disassociation
There are many evidences which indicate the obligation of allegiance and loyalty with the believers, and disassociation from the disbelievers – whether they are Jews, Christians, Hindus, Hypocrites, etc.  (Note: Non-Muslim family members have different rulings).

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Preparing for Ramadan (II) – 10th May 2015

We need to perform good deeds with sincerity and remind ourselves of the goal we want to achieve. We must keep the good intention in mind throughout such that we can attain the complete reward of the particular deed.

The heart is called Qalb in Arabic because Qalb literally means turn and the heart is constantly turning. We need to constantly renew our intention and turn our hearts back to Allah to fulfill Tawheed.

In order to do all the good deeds in Ramadan with sincerity, we must train ourselves from now onward.

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Who are the People of Emaan? – Sunday 6th Muharram,1435 (10th November, 2013)

One of the greatest blessings Allah has bestowed upon us is Emaan. Even if the slave has nothing but Emaan, it will be enough for him to save him from the Hell fire.

For if he has Emaan, it will save him from the Hellfire and wash away his sins.

Who are the people of Emaan? Al Emaan is what is established in the heart and proved by the limbs. What is established in your heart about belief in the angels and messengers, manifests through the actions of the tongue and limbs etc.

What is the issue with most of us? We focus on the actions only. What are the conditions that will make us establish Emaan?

The Emaan about the Jinn:  Who are the jinn? They are like us humans. They have families, they eat etc., but one difference is that they are invisible. Read the rest of this entry

The Fruits of Eeman– Sunday 29th Dhul-Hijjah,1434 (3rd November, 2013)

We need to fulfil two conditions when performing any act of worship:

1) Sincerity

2) الإتباع Following the Sunnah of the Prophet

We have to follow the manners of attending the gatherings of knowledge. We will be accounted for the way we sit, listen, ask questions, treat others, etc. These types of gatherings are an act of worship. It is known that the Shaytaan is aware of how beloved the gatherings of knowledge are to Allah. This is why he comes and whispers in each person’s heart, distracting her. Shaytaan is our enemy, trying his best to turn our hearts away. We have to strive hard to repel these whispers from the Shaytaan by seeking refuge with Allah from the Shaytaan, make du’aa asking Allah to help you as He is able to drive away the whispers of the Shaytaan from your heart and make it easy for you to concentrate. If we are seeking the blessing in the knowledge, we have to be sincere and follow the manners of attending the gatherings of knowledge.

In Surah Hujuraat Verse 7:

وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ فِيكُمْ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ۚ لَوْ يُطِيعُكُمْ فِي كَثِيرٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْرِ لَعَنِتُّمْ وَلَٰكِنَّ اللَّهَ حَبَّبَ إِلَيْكُمُ الْإِيمَانَ وَزَيَّنَهُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ وَكَرَّهَ إِلَيْكُمُ الْكُفْرَ وَالْفُسُوقَ وَالْعِصْيَانَ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الرَّاشِدُونَ

And know that, among you there is the Messenger of Allah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). If he were to obey you (i.e. follow your opinions and desires) in much of the matter, you would surely be in trouble, but Allah has endeared the Faith to you and has beautified it in your hearts, and has made disbelief, wickedness and disobedience (to Allah and His Messenger Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) hateful to you. These! They are the rightly guided ones,

It is not by our own effort that we become believers, Allah is the one who endeared faith in our hearts. Allah guides whomever he wills to Eeman, and His will is related to His wisdom and knowledge. He knows who deserves to be granted faith.

There are 3 actions of Allah in this verse:

1) Allah made faith endeared to our hearts.

2) He adorned it in our hearts.

3) He made Kufr, Fusooq, and ‘Isyan hateful to our hearts.

Belief in Allah is the greatest deed and it is the best of deeds. Afdhal ul A’maal, Belief in Allah, means believing in His names, attributes, actions and legislation we get to know all this from the Qur’aan.

Narrated Abu Huraira (RadhiAllaahu ‘Anhu): Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was asked, “What is the best deed?” He replied, “To believe in Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad, Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). The questioner then asked, “What is the next (in goodness)? He replied, “To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s Cause”. [Bukhari]

It was narrated that ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (RadhiAllaahu ‘Anhu) said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) which action is most beloved to Allah? He said: ‘Establishing prayer on time, honouring one’s parents and Jihad in the cause of Allah.'” [An-Nasaai]

Your Salaat is the scale for your eeman. If it is good then it indicates that the eeman is strong in your heart, if it is not then it indicates your Eeman is weak.

The first description Allah described the believers with in Surah Mu’minoon was that they offer the Salaat with humility, concentration and submissiveness. This indicates the importance of eeman. We have to take care of the means of strengthening our Eeman; it is not enough to know that Allah is the creator and the Prophet is the Messenger. The Sahabah took care of increasing their eeman because it is the highest matter in the religion. The Sahabah asked about the deeds pleasing to Allah. They did not ask whether it was Sunnah or obligatory. They wanted to know the most beloved deed regardless if it was obligatory or Sunnah. This was their attitude.

1) It is reported that Mu`adh ibn Jabal (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) would often say to his companions when they were walking, “Let us sit down and believe for a while.”

2)  It is also narrated that `Abdullah ibn Rawahah (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu), whenever he met one of the sahabah, used to say, “Come, let us believe in our Lord for a while.”

3) Even the rightly-guided khalifah `Umar ibn al-Khattab (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) used to  say to his companions, “Come on, let us go and increase our faith,”

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