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Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him), in Al-Daa’ wa’l-Dawaa’ and al-Fawaa’id, mentions the following as being some of the harmful effects of sinning:
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This winter is bringing us some of the heaviest snow we’ve seen in a looooooong time.  Take advantage of this time to do something new or different with your families.  Here’s a list of 13 activities for Muslim families to do on a snow day:

  1. Read Qur’an with translation
  2. Open a book about the Seerah and learn about the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh)
  3. Discuss modern day issues with your children from an Islamic perspective
  4. Take out some boardgames and play
  5. Prepare a batch of cookies or bake a cake for your family and your neighbors (more…)

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It is mentioned in the lengthy story about Sa’d ibn Hishaam ibn ‘Aamir, when he came to Madeenah and went to ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) and asked her about some matters. He said: I said: O Mother of the believers, tell me about the character of the Messenger of Allaah (S). She said: Do you not read the Qur’aan? I said: Of course. She said: The character of the Prophet of Allaah (S) was the Qur’aan. I wanted to get up and not ask about anything else until I died… Narrated by Muslim (746).

Abu Haamid al-Ghazaali (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Ihya’ ‘Uloom al-Deen (2/430-442):
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Ibn Hibbaan (may Allah have mercy on him) said in Rawdat al-‘Uqala’ wa Nuzhat al-Fudala’ (1/183): What is required of the wise man if his brother apologises to him for a previous offence or shortcoming is to accept his apology and regard him as being like one who did not commit any error, because if someone offers his excuses to him and he does not accept that, I fear that he will not come to the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) at the Cistern [in the Hereafter].

If a person falls short in his conduct towards his brother, he should apologise for his shortcomings to his brother.

Imam al-Ghazaali (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

If a person commits some shortcomings towards his brother that may lead to friction, there is no scholarly difference of opinion concerning the fact that it is better to overlook it and put up with it; rather if there is a way to interpret it in a good way and forgive him, this is what is required according to the rights of brotherhood.

Ihya’ ‘Uloom al-Deen, 2/185-186

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Beautiful….

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In Al-Saheehayn it was reported from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen, there is an aayah in your Book which you recite; if it had come to us Jews, we would have taken that day as an ‘Eid (festival).” ‘Umar said, “Which aayah?” He said: “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [al-Maa’idah 5:3 – interpretation of the meaning]. ‘Umar said, “We know on which day and in which place that was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It was when he was standing in ‘Arafaah on a Friday.”

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Concerning this point, Satan has many ways and means. It is recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari that the Prophet (peace [and blessings] be upon him) said,

“During your sleep, Satan ties three knots at the back of your [N[ecks. He breathes the following into them, ‘The night is long so keep on sleeping.’ If the person wakes and praises Allah, then one of the knots is unfastened. And if he performs ablution, the second knot is unfastened. When he prays, all of the knots are unfastened. After that he will be energetic and happy in the morning. Otherwise he would get up listless and grouchy.”

It is also recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim that he said,

“When one of you rises from your sleep he should make ablution. He should rinse his nose three times. For Satan stays in the upper part of one’s nose during the night.”

Al-Bukhari also records that the Prophet (peace [and blessings] be upon him) was asked about a man who sleeps until the morning comes, that is, after the time of the dawn prayer. He said,

“That is a man whom Satan has urinated into his two ears.”

What we have mentioned is from among the ways that Satan hinders the human from doing some actions. He also whispers into the human a love for laziness, postponing or procrastinating actions and thinking about what a long period of time one has for such and such action or work. Ibn al-Jauzi has written on this topic, stating, (more…)

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