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18 Sources of Barakah

 

“Barakah is the attachment of Divine goodness to a thing, so if it occurs in something little, it increases it. And if it occurs in something much it benefits. And the greatest fruits of Barakah in all things is to use that barakah in the obedience of Allah Ta’aala”

 

1. Good Intentions: If you want something to have barakah attached to it, have good intentions for it. More specifically, make sure that deed is intended for the sake of Allah Ta’aala. Looking at the definition of Barakah again, you may guess that without us intending what we have or do to be for the sake of Allah, the “Divine goodness” won’t be attached to it.

 

2. Piety and Belief in Allah: Allah says in the Quran: “If the people of the towns had but believed and feared Allah, We should indeed have opened out to them (All kinds of) blessings from heaven and earth…”(Surat Al-A’raf, verse 96). And He says in the Quran: “And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out. And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine” (Surat Al-Talaq, verses 2-3).

 

3. Putting your trust in Allah: Allah says in the Quran: “And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah)) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion” (Surat Al-Talaq, verses 3)

Nabi  (S.A.W) said: “If only you relied on Allah a true reliance, He would provide sustenance for you just as He does the birds: They fly out in the morning empty and return in the afternoon with full stomachs.”

 

4. Reading Quran: This is the fountain of the Barakah! But SubhanaAllah, we rarely drink from it! Allah says in the Quran: “And this is a Book which We have sent down, bringing blessings, and confirming (the revelations) which came before it…” (Surat Al-An’am, verse 92). So read the Quran, and note the blessings and barakah of Allah coming to your life. The further we are from this book, the less barakah we’ll have in our lives, trust me.

 

5. Saying Bismillah: When you say Bismillah before anything you do, you’re invoking the name of Allah on that activity, not only will that activity be blessed but shaytaan cannot take part in it! So always say Bismillah before anything you do! SubhanaAllah, it’s easy for us to forget to say Bismillah or be conscious of saying it. Sometimes we’re so used to saying it that we can’t remember if we said it or not!

Try to be conscious of saying Bismillah and understand what you’re saying.

 

6. Eating with People: Anyone who had the experience of inviting guests to his/her house will know this one. No matter how little you think the food you’re presenting to your guest is, it’s always enough! (note: this is not an excuse to be miserly when you invite guests over, in fact we should follow the sunnah of our Prophet Ibhraim (A.S) who when the angels visited his house and he didn’t know they were angels he went and prepared a large meal for them). What I’m referring here is the blessing that occurs with eating together, this is confirmed in the hadeeth of Nabi  (S.A.W) who said:“Eat together, for blessing is in Jamma’a (congregation or being together)…” and in another hadeeth “Whoever has food enough for two persons, should take a third one, and whoever has food enough for four persons, should take a fifth or a sixth (or said something similar).”

 

7. Honesty in Trade: This is for all of the business people out there (include ebayers!), don’t think that lying and deceiving people would make your trade profitable, on the contrary, it’ll remove the blessing from your trade. Nabi  (S.A.W) said: “The buyer and the seller have the option of cancelling or confirming the deal unless they separate, and if they spoke the truth and made clear the defects of the goods, then they would be blessed in their deal, and if they told lies and hid some facts, their bargain would be deprived of Allah’s blessings.” Yes, it’s difficult to be honest when you’re trying to sell something, but trust me it’s worth it.

 

8. Dua: Ask Allah for Barakah! If you listen to some of the Duas from the Nabi  (S.A.W) you’ll notice how the Prophet used to make dua for barakah. We always say “May Allah bless you!” well, guess what? That’s a source of barakah!  Also, when you’re invited to someone’s house, Nabi (S.A.W) advised us to make the following dua for the host:

“O Allaah, bless for them, that which You have provided them, forgive them and have mercy upon them.”

 

9. Halal income/money:  Nabi  (S.A.W) said: “O people, Allah is good and He therefore, accepts only that which is good” Scholars refer this to Halaal income and the importance of Halaal income. A scholar also said that the one who eats Haram his limbs will disobey Allah whether he likes it or not, and the one who eats Halaal and seeks Halaal income his limbs will also do good and would be given the permission to seek goodness.

This concept of your limbs being “blessed” and enabled to do good, is truly a blessing and a barakah we should all seek. Reminds me of a story of the old man, who jumped a large distance that young people couldn’t do. So when the young men asked the old man how he did it, he replied: “These are limbs, we’ve protected it from doing sins when we were young, so Allah preserved them from us when we got old”

 

10. Following the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) in all things:

The most Productive Man in the history of humanity is Nabi  (S.A.W) , therefore, by just following his lifestyle and the sunnahs we so often hear about, is a great source of Barakah!

Some of these sunnahs include: Eating Suhoor, eating with the right hand from the side of the plate, going out for Eid Salat, licking your fingers after finishing eating, sleeping on your right hand side, using the siwaak, and many more. Look out for these sunnahs and follow them, for imitating the life of the most blessed man on earth, is surely a source of blessing!

 

 11. Praying Istikhara: Praying istikhara in all matters and handing over the matters to Allah and accepting his decree is a great source of barakah. And Nabi  (S.A.W) has taught us a beautiful dua which helps us make decisions and not regret the choices we make with the permission of Allah. One who seeks guidance from his Creator and consults his fellow believers and then remains firm in his resolve does not regret for Allah(S.W.T) has said: ‘…and consult them in the affair. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allaah…”

 

12. Giving thanks to Allah in abundance: Allah says in the Quran: “If you are grateful, I will add more (favours) unto you” A scholar once told me if you look into this verse, the Arabic word that is used to confirm that Allah will favours unto the person who thanks Allah is actually in the form of an Oath “La azidannakum” so Allah is promising the person who thanks Him that He’ll increase him, and Allah never breaks his promises.

 

13. Charity: In the Hadeeth Qudusi, Allah says: “O son of Adam, spend (in charity), and I’ll spend on you!” Whenever you are broke, or you feel barakah is zapped out of our life and urgently need it back, the quickest of way of getting barakah in your life is giving charity. Not only because of the above hadeeth, but let’s say barakah has been removed from your life because of a sin you’ve committed, charity cleanses your sins and adds good deeds and is truly a source of barakah.

 

14. Tying your ties of kinship: Narrated by Abu Huraira (R.A) Nabi  (S.A.W) has said, “Allah created His creation, and when He had finished it, the womb, got up and caught hold of Allah whereupon Allah said, “What is the matter?’ On that, it said, ‘I seek refuge with you from those who sever the ties of Kith and kin.’ On that Allah said, ‘Will you be satisfied if I bestow My favours on him who keeps your ties, and withhold My favours from him who severs your ties?’ On that it said, ‘Yes, O my Lord!’ Then Allah said, ‘That is for you.’ ” Abu Huraira  (R.A) added: If you wish, you can recite: “Would you then if you were given the authority. do mischief in the land and sever your ties of kinship.”

 

15. Waking up early: Nabi  (S.A.W) said: “Allah made the early hours blessed for my Ummah.”

Try to wake up for Tahajjud, pray, and then work during the hours before Fajr Salaat and Tahajjud. If you can’t, then at least wake up for Fajr and stay up till sunrise before you go back to sleep. Those hours are so blessed. If you’re able to go to work in those hours, do so, you’ll get much more work done than the whole day put together!

 

16. Marriage: Allah says in the Quran: “Marry those among you who are single, or the virtuous ones among yourselves, male or female: if they are in poverty, Allah will give them means out of His grace: for Allah encompasseth all, and he knoweth all things.”

 

17. Salaat: Allah says in the Quran: “Enjoin prayer on your people, and be constant therein. We ask thee not to provide sustenance: We provide it for thee. But the (fruit of) the Hereafter is for righteousness”

To illustrate the point of Salaat further, just imagine your life without salaat, where would Barakah come from? For those of you who are still wavering in their Salaat, please get back on track, this is your lifeline in this life and hereafter, and the daily food for your soul.

18. Asking Allah for forgiveness: Nabi  (S.A.W) has said: “If anyone continually asks forgiveness from Allah, Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress, and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide for him from where he did not reckon.”

 

May Allah (S.W.T) fill our lives with Barakah , Aameen!


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Reflections, Al Istiqaamah Magazine

Taken From the articles “Reflections” , Al-Istiqaamah Magazine
‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood radiallaahu ‘anhu relates that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam would supplicate:
“O Allah! I ask You for guidance, piety, safety and well-being, and contentment and sufficiency.” 
 
[Allaahumma innee as’alukal-hudaa wat-tuqaa wal-‘afaafa wal-ghinaa] Sahih Muslim (no.2721)


Imaam as-Sa’dee (d.1376H) – rahimahullaah – said: This du’aa (supplication) is from the most comprehensive and beneficial du’aas (supplications), since it includes asking Allaah for well-being with regards to both the Religion and the world.
 
Thus, al-hudaa (the guidance) is beneficial knowledge, and at-tuqaa (i.e. taqwaaor piety) is righteous actions and leaving-off what Allaah and His Messenger have forbidden; andthis is (asking) for correctness and well-being of a person’s Religion.For indeed, the Religion comprises of beneficial knowledge and recognising the truth – which is guidance – and standing firm upon obedience to Allaah and His Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – and this is piety.
 
And al-’afaafa (well-being and safety) and al-ghinaa (contentment and sufficiency) comprises of being safe from (the harms of) the creation and that the heart is not attached to them. And it also comprises of being contented with Allaah and what He provides, and seeking whatever will cause the heart to be satisfied with Him. So with this, happiness in this worldly life is completed, and the heart tastes true sweetness and delight – and this is a goodly life.
 
So whosoever is granted the provisions of guidance, Piety. well-being and contentment has indeed achieved true happiness, and has acquired all that could be possibly sought after, as well as being saved from all that is dreadful and frightening.”  [Bahjatul-Quloobul-Abraar (p.198)]

Sunnah Method of Ghusl

ALL YOUR PRAYERS ARE INVALID IF YOUR GHUSL IS NOT CORRECT.

HERE IS THE METHOD OF GHUSL ACCORDING TO SUNNAH:

Before making Ghusl one should make Niyyah (intention) thus: – “I am performing Ghusl so as to become Paak.” Without Niyyah, there is no Thawaab (reward) although Ghusl will be valid. Ghusl should be made in a place of total privacy and one should not face towards the Kiblah while making Ghusl. Ghusl may be performed standing or seated, preferably seated. Use sufficient water, don’t skimp nor be wasteful. One should abstain from speaking while performing Ghusl. It is better not to read any Kalimah or Aayah while bathing. Be aware of these rules whilst making Ghusl.

PROCEDURE FOR PERFORMING GHUSL:

1. Wash both hands up to and including wrists.

2. Wash the private parts. The hands and private parts should be washed even if one is not in the state of Janaabat or Najaasat.

3. If there is Najaasat elsewhere on the body, it should now be washed off.

4. Perform Wudhu (Read separate pamphlet for Wudhu according to Sunnah). If making Ghusl on a stool or platform where water will rapidly flow away, and then perform the complete Wudhu. If there is fear of the feet being immersed in wastewater during the Ghusl then postpone the washing of the feet to the end of the Ghusl.

5. Ensure that the mouth and nostrils are thoroughly rinsed thrice.

6. After performing Wudhu, pour water over the head thrice;

7. Then pour thrice over right shoulder and;

8. Thrice again over left shoulder.

9. Now pour water over entire body and rub.

10. If the hair of the head is not plaited, it is compulsory to wet all the hair up to the very base. If a single hair is left dry, Ghusl will not be valid. If the hair of a woman is plaited, she is excused from loosening her plaited hair, but it is compulsory for her to wet the base of each and every hair. If one fails to do this then the Ghusl will not be valid. As for men who grow long hair and plait them, they are NOT excused from leaving their hair dry. If a woman experiences difficulty or is unable to wet the very bottom of her plaited hair, then it is necessary for her to unplaite her hair and wash her entire head.

11. It is Mustahab (preferable) to clean the body by rubbing it.

12. All parts of the body should be rubbed with the hand so as to ensure that water has reached all parts of the body, and that no portion is left dry.

13. Rings and earrings, etc. should be moved so as to ensure that no portion covered by them is left dry. Ensure that the navel and the ears are all wetted. If they are not wet Ghusl will be incomplete.

14. On completion one should confine oneself to a clean place. If, while performing Wudhu, the feet had been washed, it is not necessary to wash them again.

15. Dry the body with a clean towel, and dress as hastily as possible.

If, after Ghusl, one recalls that a certain portion of the body is left dry, it is not necessary to repeat the Ghusl, but merely wash the dry portion. It is not sufficient to pass a wet hand over the dry place. If one has forgotten to rinse the mouth or the nostrils, these too could be rinsed when recalled after Ghusl has been performed.

The three Faraa’ids (compulsory acts) of Ghusl are:

1. To rinse the mouth in such a manner that water reaches the entire mouth.

2. To rinse the nostrils up to the ending of the fleshy part.

3. To completely wet the whole body. When one performs these Faraa’id intentionally or unintentionally Ghusl will be valid.

Original article taken from Jamiat KZN

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