Oct 29, 2010

Preparing for the best Ten days of the year

The First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

"The best days in the world are the Ten days." [Ibn Hibbaan, al-Bazzaar, authenticated in Saheeh Jaami` us-Sagheer #1133]
"There are no days during which good deeds are more beloved by Allaah than these (ten) days." [al-Bukhaaree, at-Tirmidhee and others] The Prophet, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, was then asked: "Not even Jihaad in Allaah’s way?" He replied: "Not even Jihaad in Allaah’s way; except for a person who went out (for Jihaad) with his self and wealth and came back with none (i.e. lost all for Allaah)." [at-Tirmidhee, authenticated in al-Albaanee’s Irwaa’ ul-Ghaleel, #953]

Here are some useful links:
Virtues of and tips for the first ten days of dhul hijjah:
What is the takbeer at specified times and when to start:
Watch live 24 hour coverage during the days of Hajj:
Huda TV (English): http://www.huda.tv
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Oct 27, 2010

Hadith of the week - Curse

عن جابر قَالَ : قَالَ رسُولُ الله :
لا تَدْعُوا عَلَى أَنْفُسِكُمْ ؛ وَلا تَدعُوا عَلَى أوْلادِكُمْ ، وَلا تَدْعُوا عَلَى أموَالِكُمْ ، لا تُوافِقُوا مِنَ اللهِ سَاعَةً يُسألُ فِيهَا عَطَاءً فَيَسْتَجِيبَ لَكُمْ
رواه مسلم

Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) said,
 "Do not invoke curses on yourself or on your children or on your possessions lest you should happen to do it at a moment when the supplications are accepted, and your prayer might be granted."
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What your 'Thanks' will do?

Bismillah hir Rahman nir Raheem,

I came across this article in Bro.Birkah's blog. Masha Allah, after a long analysis, I could at least partially understand the effect of language Allah has used. Alhamthulillah. I have re-posted the original article without any edits. The one-line is Give more, more and more thanks to Allah and see your rizq growing. Believe...!!


Before you read on, I would like you to look carefully at the English translation of the verse and see whether you pick up on any emphasis, and then to compare that with what will follow in shaa’ Allaah.

And when your Lord proclaimed: "If you give thanks , I will give you more, but if you are thankless , verily! My Punishment is indeed severe."

I would like to focus also on only one clause of the verse, as that should be sufficient to make the point clear;

لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ
If you give thanks, I will give you more

This verse contains one of the secrets to happiness, success and contentment, and it is as though Allaah is saying to us, “I shall impart this simple secret to you if you are wise enough to take heed.” The secret? “All you have to do is be thankful to Me for what I have given you, and oh-so-much-more will come your way. All you have to do is to thank Me, and your rizq will come; you need not worry about overburdening yourself and spending sunrise to sunset seeking your rizq (although of course you should work), just give Me thanks and praise Me for what you already have!”

How is He saying all of this through this clause? By emphasizing the concept, then emphasizing it more, then emphasizing it once again, and even emphasizing it a fourth time, so that there is no doubt in our minds about it.

In just these three short words, there are four emphases; or to be even more accurate there are only two words that make up this clause for the third is entirely for emphasis. The first two emphases are the initial laam al-qasm followed by the particle إِنْ in لَئِن; the third is another laam al-Qasm in لأَزِيدَنَّكُمْand the fourth is the letter noon of emphasis in the same word. Four different instances of emphases for one concept – that if we thank Allaah for what He has already given us, He will provide us with more.

Look back now to the English translation, If you give thanks, I will give you more. There is nothing that particularly draws the reader to this verse, nothing that makes them feel like this is such an important secret and key to their life and sustenance. It is almost mocking the words of Allaah (by limitations of the language not by fault of the translators); as Diyaa’i mentioned in his article Dalaalat al-Tawkeed fee al-Jumlah al-‘Arabiyyah, one of the aims of using emphasis in Arabic is to remove all doubts from the mind of the addressee about a concept which would otherwise contain doubts.

So Allaah usually emphasizes messages in the Qur’an which we are not 100% convinced on, and the concept in question would be a prime example. The greater the doubts, or the more important the concept, the greater the number of emphases used. So when you have a concept which has been emphasized four times, this should tell us how important this concept is to us; when we restrict ourselves to reading the translation and losing out on comprehending this message, we cheat none but ourselves.

And just as this part of the verse has been emphasized four times, so too has the second part of the verse warning us of the consequences of being ungrateful; a warning from which we seemingly prefer to turn our ears by not granting ourselves access to it,

وَلَئِن كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ
but if you are thankless, verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.

Something to think about next time we complain.

courtesy:  islamicnetwork.com
to understand the different laams, go here.

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Oct 25, 2010

Don't Delay Hajj Anymore

Don't Delay Hajj Anymore
by Asma bint Shameem
Every one knows that Hajj is the fifth and final pillar of Islam. And performing Hajj is one of the obligations that Allaah has put upon His believing slaves if they have the means. But how many of us really pay attention to this command?
Now I am not talking about those of us who are sick, or financially unable to afford it. I am talking about those of us who have a steady job, a good enough income, Alhamdulillaah. And we have health and the physical and other means to go for Hajj.
But we just don't think about it.
Sure we have all that money saved up but we are either saving it for that trip to Disney Land or that vacation to Hawaii. Perhaps it is for a bigger house or a fancier car. Or we are just so busy in our jobs and day to day lives that even the thought of going to Hajj doesn't cross our minds.
Although Allaah tells us in the Qur'aan that Hajj is fardh on every Muslim once in lifetime, provided they are able to perform it.
"And Hajj to the House (Ka`bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses; and whoever disbelieves [i.e., denies Hajj, then he is a disbeliever of Allah], then Allah stands not in need of any of the `Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists).'' (Surah Aale-Imraan:97)
And the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said during a Khutbah: "O people! Hajj has been made incumbent upon you, so perform Hajj.'' (Muslim)
From this we can conclude that hajj is obligatory on whoever has the (physical, financial, and circumstantial) ability to reach the sacred precincts of the Kaa'bah in Makkah.
But somehow, we don't realize that delaying Hajj for no specific reason is so wrong.
The Ulama tell us that those who have the ability to go for Hajj but delay it for no specific reason, are concurring a major sin. That's right...a major sin!
In fact, ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “I was about to send envoys to the towns to check on all those who have the means to make Hajj but do not perform it, in order to demand them to pay Jizyah; they are not Muslims, they are not Muslims”.
Subhaan Allaah! What strong words and we didn't even think it was such a big deal.
Ibn Qudaamah said: "If a person is obliged to do Hajj and is able to do it, he must do it straight away and it is not permissible for him to delay it." (al-Mughni) 
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked about Hajj and whether one can delay it. He replied: "The correct view is that it must be done straight away and it is not permissible for a person who is able to go on Hajj to the Sacred House of Allaah to delay it. The same applies to all the duties enjoined by sharee’ah: if there is no set time or reason, they must be done immediately." (Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen)
But come to think of it, why would one want to delay it anyway?
Wouldn't you want to have your sins...and I mean, ALL your sins forgiven?
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "Whoever performs Hajj to this house - Kaa'bah- and does not commit any obscenity and wrongdoing, he, or she, will come out as the day he, or she, was born - pure and free from sins." (Bukhaari, Muslim)
Just imagine!  Pure and free from sin...as the day you were born!
Wouldn't you want to be free from Hell Fire?
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "There is no day on which Allah sets free more slaves from Hell than He does on the Day of `Arafah.'' [Muslim].
Sure, it is a rigorous journey. But isn't Jannah worth it?
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "The reward of Hajj Mabrur (i.e., one accepted) is nothing but Jannah.'' [Bukhaari, Muslim].
And don't think spending for Hajj will decrease your wealth or make you poor in any way. For not only does Hajj wipe away sins, but it also gets rid of poverty. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“Keep on doing Hajj and ‘Umrah, for they eliminate poverty and sin just as the bellows eliminate impurities from iron and gold and silver.” (Tirmidhi, al-Nasaa’i, saheeh by al-Albaani)
And you don't have to worry about anything when you go there, because you are Allaah's guest and He will take care of you. Imagine...Allaah's guest! What more could one want?!!
“The one who fights for the sake of Allaah and the pilgrim who goes for Hajj or ‘Umrah are all guests of Allaah. He called them and they responded; they ask of Him and He will give them.” (Ibn Maajah-- hasan by al-Albaani.
And imagine the reward for all this? Nothing but Jannah.
Also, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) encouraged us to go for Hajj as quickly as we can and fulfill this duty and not delay it. He (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“Hasten to do Hajj – meaning the obligatory Hajj – for none of you knows what will happen to him.” (Ahmad- hasan by al-Albaani)
So hasten to the 'maghfirah' of your Lord...rush to seek His Bounty, His Mercy, His Pleasure....and race to a Jannah whose width is as wide as the heavens and the earth. For you never know what is in store for us. We are alive today but we may not be here tomorrow. We might be healthy today, but we be sick tomorrow.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness,your wealth before your poverty,your free-time before your preoccupation, and your life before your death.”(Hakim-saheeh)
Have you ever thought what it is like to pray in al-Haram...with the Kaa'bah right in front of your very eyes?This is where the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) sat, walked, prayed. This where the Sahabah were. What a magnificent place to be in! And you can multiply your good deeds there. And Tawaaf and Saa’ee cannot be done anywhere in the world except here.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "One prayer in al-Masjid al-Haraam is better than one hundred thousand prayers anywhere else.” (Ibn Maajah, Ahmad, Saheeh)
Hajj is the perfection of faith and true surrender to the Almighty. It is a reminder of the purpose of life and man's ultimate end. It is a stage in which you can develop yourself spiritually. It is a time when you forget your home, your comfort, your families...your wealth, your friends, relatives and everything you possess, purely for the sake of Allaah. It is the time when you train yourself for absolute and complete surrender to the Divine Command of the Almighty. It is a perfect chance to earn Jannah.
So surely, that trip to Disney Land can wait, that house can be bought next year, that vacation can be postponed.
Make the intention for hajj now. And don't just make the intention. Do something about it. Ask your boss for time off for Hajj. Work out your finances and other arrangements. And make lots of dua to Almighty. Surely He will make a way out for you if you are sincere. And even if you have been for hajj some years ago, go ahead and repeat your Hajj. Because the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“Keep on doing Hajj and ‘Umrah, for they eliminate poverty and sin...." (Tirmidhi) 
So plan for Hajj today. Don't delay it any further. There is still time for you to make it this year.
Go for Hajj to earn the pleasure of your Lord, and come back with all your sins forgiven.
"Race one with another in hastening towards Forgiveness from your Lord, and towards Paradise, the width whereof is as the width of heaven and earth, prepared for those who believe in Allaah and His Messengers. That is the Grace of Allaah which He bestows on whom He pleases. And Allaah is the Owner of Great Bounty." (Surah Hadeed:21) 
Note: "The definition of being able to go for Hajj is: a person should be physically healthy; he should have the means of traveling to the Sacred House of Allaah by plane, car or riding-beast, or have the money to pay for transportation; and he should have sufficient provision (food) for the journey there and back. This should be over and above what he needs to cover the costs of expenses for those whom he is obliged to spend on until he comes back from his Hajj." (Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah)
In case of debt: "Whoever owes a debt and is being asked to repay it in the sense that his creditors will not let him go for Hajj until after he has paid off the debt should not go for Hajj, because he is not able to. But if they are not asking him to repay and he knows that they don't mind, then he may go for Hajj and his Hajj will be valid. It is also permissible to go for Hajj if there is no set time limit for repayment of the debt and he is allowed to repay when it is easy for him. Hajj may be a good thing that may lead to his paying off the debt." (Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah)
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Oct 22, 2010

Islam is the way of life

as Salamu alaykum everyone,

As you all may know / may not know, Islam is not a simple ritualistic religion. It is the way of life. Allah says in Qur'an,
"... And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me."      (The Noble Qur'an 51:56)
Does that mean all muslims should be doing Ibadah only and no life? Should they resent worldly affairs and indulge themselves in prayer halls all day and all night? No. Allah doesnt say so. What Islam means is to obey and abide by Sharee'ah in every affair of life...in every walk...in every sphere. Whether you are feeding your child, or sleeping or doing your job...everywhere Allah has set rules which makes the life easy to live and die without guilt. Now, Let's see how this is explained by Maulana Shamsuddeen Qasimi, may Allah preserve him and make him beneficial for the Ummah.

Share and reap rewards. wa Salam.
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Oct 21, 2010

The Boy and the Cookie

“…I knew him myself. I knew him, and I don’t say he was from the Children of Isra’il. No! He was from the sons of this land. I knew him personally.
He would weep intensely. He would weep intensely, and he would never have the Qur’an recited in his presence except that he would cry, and become humble and soft. He was an amazing, strange person.
He memorized the Qur’an when he was only twelve! However, he was older due to the Words of Allah and his knowledge of Allah, and I don’t place him higher in status than Allah would.
I tell you about him while I have placed a condition on myself that I don’t tell you other than what I saw with my own eyes. The second condition I placed on myself is that I don’t exaggerate in anything I say about him.
He memorized ‘Sahih Muslim’ with me in two weeks. He memorized ‘Sahih al-Bukhari’ with my third friend – we were three – in two weeks. Do you realize? I didn’t know that he had memorized al-Bukhari, and my friend didn’t know that he had memorized Muslim. He loved sincerity. He always loved as-Sirri as-Saqti. Do you know why as-Sirri as-Saqti in particular? Because as-Sirri as-Saqti used to pay a lot of attention to sincerity.
He was very good in school, and in fact excelled in it. He would only sleep between the time he got home from school until Dhuhr time. After ‘Asr, he would attend halaqahs. After Maghrib, he would attend the lessons of the scholars. After ‘Isha’ until eleven, he would study for school. From eleven – every single day – he would pray all night until Fajr.
I am not exaggerating! He is from our own sons, from our country!
Whenever he would read the Qur’an, he would cry. I would read that when some of the Salaf would read the Qur’an, they would pass out. I know the dispute among the scholars on this, but I have never seen this with my own eyes except from this youth. We would pray the Friday prayer, and the imam would recite: {“And the inhabitants of Hell called out to the inhabitants of Paradise ‘Give us a drop of water!’”} [al-A’raf; 50] And he fell down on his head, and we thought he had died.
We prayed one night at my house. I pretended that I was asleep in order to see what he would do. He came over and motioned with his hand over my eyes (to see if I was awake). He woke up at eleven, and I would sleep and wake up, sleep and wake up – and he would be standing in a rak’ah and I wouldn’t see him go down. He would then bow and I wouldn’t see him come up.
On a different night, he would read the Qur’an. When he got to this verse, in front of me: {“Indeed, it is Hell, taking away the skin of the head!”} [al-Ma’arij; 15-16] he cried and passed out. I woke him up, and he got up and made ablution and prayed. When he got to the verse: {“Indeed, it is Hell, taking away the skin of the head!”} he again cried and passed out. I woke him up, and when he got to it a third time, he recited it and passed out again and didn’t wake up until the call for Fajr prayer.
He would recite the entire Qur’an every three nights in secret while praying at night, and would do so every seven days openly during the day. I am not exaggerating, as he would do this in front of me. And by Allah, he would remember Allah in a single day more than 12,000 times! I counted them myself while sitting with him – 12,000 times! I would ask him: “Why?” He replied: “I don’t want Abu Hurayrah to have done more than me.” He had jealousy, jealousy when it came to worship!
He was only seventeen at the time, when he was at this level!
I didn’t know what to say about him! Whenever he would come across a text to memorize, I would say: “I challenge you to memorize this.” He would say: “Don’t challenge me!” I would try to fire him up, and say: “I challenge you!” The next day, he would come and recite the text to me as if it were just his name. If he made just three mistakes, he would not consider himself to have memorized it. Three mistakes!
This was a person who would repent! If only you knew his sin! I will tell you later what his sin was.
If we lost hope in a youth – we would give da’wah to someone and lose hope in him, we didn’t know, and I am speaking about myself and Allah Knows best about others  – he was someone whose supplication was answered in front of seventeen people who bear witness to this, in more than one incident. If we lost hope in a youth, we would tell him to go and give him da’wah. By Allah, after just two days, this person would be guided. He would walk with him for just two days. The first day, the second day, and he would then be praying in the first row! Whether he was a smoker, a drug user, etc., he would become upright right away by the Permission of Allah. This is blessing! Blessing!
One day, he would pray behind a scholar in the southern region who you know of who would elongate the prayer. So, he would elongate it, following the Sunnah. He would lead the people in prayer, and a man came and hit him on the back with a stick while he was bowing, in front of me. After the prayer, he looked at him and asked: “Why did you hit me?”
He replied: “You have whisperings! You make us pray too long!”
The imam replied: “You are healthy! You are healthy!”
The man replied: “How do you know I’m healthy?”
This youth then raised his hands to Allah – as soon as he raised his hands, my heart stopped – and said: “O Allah, take away his health until he knows its value and prays properly in front of You!” It was the ‘Asr prayer, and I swear by Allah that this man didn’t pray Maghrib with us. He was at home, laying in bed. After a few weeks, I saw him and said: “Fear Allah! The man is at home in bed! I ask you by Allah…” He said: “My brother, I didn’t mean to do this!” I said: “Ask Allah to cure him.” By Allah, the man prayed with us the next prayer!
In the Haram, he would wear thick glasses. I am telling you that this is a repenter from our times! I know him! He is my friend! I am greater than him in age, but he is greater than me. I don’t place him in status higher than where Allah has placed him.
They were in the Haram, and he was wearing glasses, and they bothered him. He said: “I can’t go to Palestine one day with glasses.” So, he went to the well of Zam Zam in front of the people – they were seventeen people – and he took off his glasses, took the Zam Zam water, said: “O Allah, make it a cure for my vision,” and drank it. He then said: “Allah is the Greatest!” and threw the glasses away in front of everyone! They wanted to test him, and they pointed to a clock that nobody could see, they asked him: “Can you tell us what time it is?” He said: “The time is such and such.” Exact! He would read the Qur’an…his vision was returned 100%!
Indeed, it is supplication! “…and if he asks Me, I will Give him.”
The incidents are many, but the time doesn’t permit me to tell them all.
You know, one day I asked him about his sin. When did I ask him? One day, he recited the verse: {“On the day when some faces will be brightened and some faces will be darkened…”} [Al ‘Imran; 106] By Allah, he cried to the point that my heart was as if it was being torn. I said to him: “The Messenger of Allah said: “The worst of people is he who is asked by Allah and is not responded to,” and I ask you by Allah: what makes you cry like this?” I want to cry like him, people! I want to feel the happiness he felt!
He said: “I committed a sin in my life.”
I asked him: “What is this sin?”
Do you know what his sin was? You will laugh at yourself. I will explain it to you. He said: “When I was in second grade, I went into a store and took a cookie and ate it, and the Fire is more deserving of a body that is nurtured on what is forbidden (i.e. because the cookie didn’t belong to him).”
He died. He died, may Allah have Mercy on him, when he was only twenty. He died because of a stray bullet that someone fired accidentally while playing with a weapon. A bullet was accidentally fired and entered the body of this youth, killing him. He died as a righteous person, and I assume him to be such.
He died, and that was it. It was all over.
However, his life didn’t die. And by Allah, were it not the fact that he asked me by Allah to not reveal his name, I would have revealed it…”

Video Here:
[May Allah reward brother Abu Sabaya who Sahred this article here.]
[Speaker: Shaykh Mohammad ash-Shahraani, a well known daa3eyah from Jeddah(Saudi Arabia)

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Please convey my Salaams to the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam)

"Please convey my Salaams to the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam)"
by Asma bint Shameem
"Please convey my salaams to the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) when you go and visit Madeenah." That's what they said to me as I was leaving for Hajj last year.
Some even said, "Take my name personally and say so-and-so has sent you the salaams, O Prophet of Allaah."
And it wasn't just a few who requested this. Many, many people asked me to do so.
I also know that it was out of sheer love and utmost respect for the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) that they said this.
But my dear brother/sister in Islaam, I have to tell you that this is an action that is not prescribed in the Sharee'ah.  
Now, I am not saying that sending blessings and salaams on the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) itself is bad. Surely it is one of the best and most virtuous of deeds and one of the most beloved of deeds to Allaah and of course, we should send salaams on the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) all the time, as much as we can. And Allaah will send blessings on you in return tenfold. That is surely good.
What is wrong is telling a person traveling to Madeenah to convey your salaams to him (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam).
Did you know that your salaams will reach him (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) no matter where you are, whether you are standing in front of his grave in Madeenah or you are thousands of miles away in the U.S.?
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
"Send blessings upon me for your greeting will reach me no matter where you are.” (Abu Dawood--saheeh by al-Albaani) 
And he (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Allaah has angels who go around on earth, conveying to me the salaam of my ummah.” (al-Nasaa’i--saheeh by al-Albaani)
So, it doesn't really matter whether you are in the privacy of your home or in the midst of the market place, or if you are a bedouin living in Madeenah or an astronaut flying in space. If you send salaams on the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), he will receive them.
Besides, wouldn't you like to send your salaams personally to the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) instead of sending it through somebody who may forget? Or he may not convey the salaams with that love and respect you would like him to?
Think about it.
When someone really special is coming, you would surely want to go meet him personally rather than just sending somebody else on your behalf, right? 
Then, wouldn't you want the angels to convey your special and personal salaams to him?
And who is a better and more trustworthy carrier than the angels?
How do we know  it is wrong?
We know it is wrong because it was not the practice of the Sahaabah or the righteous people after them to convey the salaams of each other at the grave of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) every time one of them visited Madeenah. If it was something good, surely, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam)would have taught the Sahaabah to do that or he would have given us instructions to do so. But the fact of the matter is that he (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) instructed us to do quite the opposite.
He (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said, "Do not take my grave as a place of festivity (which you visit repeatedly). Send blessings upon me for your greeting will reach me no matter where you are.” (Abu Dawood)

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:  "If you send salaam upon him (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) from the farthest ends of the earth, your salaam will reach him, because Allaah has appointed angels who travel about the earth, and if anyone sends salaams upon the Messenger  (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), they convey that salaam to the Messenger  (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam). So if we say now, “O Allaah, send blessings and peace upon the Messenger of Allaah,” our salaam will be transmitted to him. In prayer we say, “Al-salaamu ‘alayka ayyuha’l-nabiyyu wa rahmat-Allaahi wa barakaatuhu (Peace be upon you, O Prophet, and the mercy of Allaah and His blessings),” and the salaam is transmitted to him… "

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Naasir al-Barraak, a member of faculty in the Imam Muhammad ibn Sa’ood Islamic University, said: "There is no basis for sending salaams to the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) with one who is traveling to Madeenah. It was not the habit of the righteous salaf of the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them), Taabi’een or scholars to send salaams in this manner, and no such thing has been narrated...."
Shaikh Ibn Baaz said: "Based on this, sending salaams to the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) as an act or worship is an innovation (bid’ah). In fact it is not prescribed to send salaam to anyone who is deceased, rather salaams are to be said to the dead by one who visits him (his grave)..." (Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 23/416, 417)

We need to realize, my dear brother/sister, that sending blessings and peace upon our Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam is one of the noblest acts of worship and obedience, yet out of His Great Mercy and Immense Bounties, Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala has made it so easy for us to do so, whenever we want, and to do that a great deal, from any spot on earth. 
So take advantage of that blessing and make the most of this Mercy.And next time, when you want to send your salaams and blessings on your beloved Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), don't wait for anyone going to Madeenah.

Just say Allaahumma Salli 'ala Muhammad from the bottom of your heart.....with utter love and devotion....and the angels will be honored to carry this piece of love to him and convey your salaams to him and he will surely receive it. Guaranteed.

Al Huda Institute, Canada

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