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I’ll admit it: part of me wrote this post because I found the title catchy. Can you blame me?

But beyond that, I was reminded of an incident between myself and an acquaintance in the not-too-distant past. (more…)

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Disclaimer: There was no author listed for this article, but I hope it is a beneficial read nonetheless (and Allah knows best).  The article is available via: http://islaam.net/main/display.php?id=1101&category=75
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A hard hearted person remains indifferent when he does not perform some good deeds and misses those times of worship that have more reward in them. A person with a sick heart does not react to the needs of Muslims by making supplications, giving charity, or offering assistance. He does not care if his brothers and sisters are afflicted by a hardship in any part of the world such as being overwhelmed by the enemy, being persecuted, or being stricken by disasters. A believer feels pain for the believers, just as the body feels distress over what is troubling the head. A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain, fearing it might fall upon him, while a sinner sees his sins as a fly passing over his nose, so he gets rid of it with his hand. A person sick at heart belittles small deeds of righteousness. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Do not belittle any small act of kindness even if it is to pour water from your bucket into the vessel of the one who asks for it or to talk to your brother with a cheerful face.” and “One who removes a stone from the way has a good deed written for him, and one for whom a good deed is written shall enter Paradise.” Although this article uses ‘he’ in discussing symptoms, it applies to both Muslim male and female and to other peoples.
  1. Commits Sins
  2. Heart is Hardened
  3. Performs Acts of Worship Poorly
  4. Lack of Tranquility
  5. The Qur’ân Has No Effect Upon Him/Her
  6. Negligent in Remembering Allah
  7. Shows Indifference when Commandments of Allah are Violated
  8. Loves Gatherings and Talking
  9. Arrogance
  10. Stinginess and Greed
  11. Falls into Doubtful Matters
  12. Belittles Good Deeds
  13. Does Not Care About the Affairs of Muslims
  14. Deprived of the Friendship of Brothers
  15. Shows Grief and Fear When Afflicted by a Hardship
  16. Disputes and Argues Unnecessarily
  17. Attachment to Worldly Life
  18. Lacks the Etiquette of the Qur’ân and Sunnah
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Post 1 from Muslimmatters:

http://muslimmatters.org/2010/11/18/riyadh-as-saliheen-series-hadith-1-reward-for-intentions/

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`Abdullah bin Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (PBUH) used to say: “Allahumma inni as’alukal-huda wat-tuqa wal-`afafa wal-ghina (O Allah! I ask You for guidance, piety, chastity and self-sufficiency)”.
[Muslim].

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I found the following article by Shaykh Salman Oudah (hafithahullah) really informative on the entitled issue. Enjoy 🙂

Humrân relates that `Uthman asked for water to perform wudû’. He then washed his hands three times. Then he rinsed his mouth and inhaled and exhaled water. Then he washed his face three times. Then he washed his right forearm to the elbow three times, then the left as well. Then he wiped upon his head. Then he washed his right foot to the ankles three times, then the left as well. Then he said: “I saw Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) perform wudû’ just like this wudû’ of mine.”
It is an authentic hadîth related by al-Bukhârî and Muslim, among others.
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‏ ‏حدثنا ‏ ‏آدم بن أبي إياس ‏ ‏قال حدثنا ‏ ‏شعبة ‏ ‏عن ‏ ‏عبد الله بن أبي السفر ‏ ‏وإسماعيل بن أبي خالد ‏ ‏عن ‏ ‏الشعبي ‏ ‏عن ‏ ‏عبد الله بن عمرو ‏ ‏رضي الله عنهما

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:

The Prophet said, “A Muslim is the one who avoids harming Muslims with his tongue and hands. And a Muhajir (emigrant) is the one who gives up (abandons) all what Allah has forbidden.”

‏عن النبي ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏قال ‏ ‏المسلم من سلم المسلمون من لسانه ويده والمهاجر من هجر ما نهى الله عنه ‏

‏قال أبو عبد الله ‏ ‏وقال ‏ ‏أبو معاوية ‏ ‏حدثنا ‏ ‏داود هو ابن أبي هند ‏ ‏عن ‏ ‏عامر ‏ ‏قال سمعت ‏ ‏عبد الله يعني ابن عمرو ‏ ‏عن النبي ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏وقال ‏ ‏عبد الأعلى ‏ ‏عن ‏ ‏داود ‏ ‏عن ‏ ‏عامر ‏ ‏عن ‏ ‏عبد الله ‏ ‏عن النبي ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏

Source: Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Emaan

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Article taken from: New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

  Thomas Friedman, in his recent New York Times Op-ed entitled, “www.jihad.com,” states that Muslims lack the moral courage to condemn the murderous outrages of “Jihadi” extremists. Part of the reason for this moral failure, in his view, is because the West has not demanded that Muslims take responsibility for their societies, beginning with a strong condemnation of their violent extremists. Without such a condemnation, coupled with concerted action, America’s efforts to rebuild the Muslim world in her image will prove a futile endeavor.
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