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Noises on the Mountain

One day, Sana, Rana, Shaila, and Sobia were going on vacation to San Fe, New Marcos.  San Fe was known to be the most attractive place for mountain lovers.  It was a desert and very hot.  The girls loved mountains a lot.  So this time, their parents took them to a different state with a different climate.  On the way, they saw cacti, thorn bushes, lizards, snakes and etc.  Then Sana commented, “How hot is it here?…..Wooh!”  “Exactly……real hot..” said Sobia, fanning herself.  “Wait til we get to the mountain top,” said Rana’s Dad, “You girls will cool off then!” “Yeah…can’t wait,” exclaimed Rana, “It’s burning down here!” “Talk about heat,” continued Shaila, “This is boiling water….Phew!”

Upon arriving at their destination, they really did cool off.  It was 30 degrees less on the mountain than on the ground.  First and foremost, the girls got some refreshments then headed off to explore.  “Don’t go too far!” warned Sana’s Mom, “We don’t want any risks.” “We won’t Insha Allah!” Sana replied, as they headed more towards the top.

As they neared the top area, they heard some weird sounds, like ritualistic chanting! “Shhhhh…did you guys hear that?” asked Sobia shivering. “Yup…I did!” declared Shaila in a whisper, “That is one creepy sound…” “So…..what do we do?” said Rana, “Take a peek…or go back?”  Sana shrugged, “Duh…let’s check it out!” she laughed.  “Bbbbut…..” started Sobia, “Uh uh…we’re going…right girls?” said Sana, cutting her off.  “Ooooo….kkkkk…” said the others, uncertainly.

They carefully walked thru the wooden trees and hid behind them to see the scene ahead.  There, in front of them, were the Red Indian tribe of the 21st century, beating drums and sacrificing a deer.  The obvious leader, was cutting the deer’s chest and taking it’s heart out! “Gross! ..Uhhhh..” moaned the girls in whispers, but Sobia stepped on a stick, “Craaaack!” “Sobia!…” uttered Shaila hoarsely, but the leader had seen them! “Run….!” shouted Sana.  The leader and his tribe came after them with spears and blowpipes.  The girls just kept reciting Ayat ul Kursi and running on.

It was not known by the government that there were still tribes living in the mountains.  Otherwise, they would’ve put a notice saying, “No trespassing beyond this point!” But there were some tribes left over and they hated for any tourists or people to come in their area.  The girl’s had gone here because there was no such sign or notice.  But they shouldn’t have gone in to see.  But, they were adventurous, so their curiosity got the best of them! The tribe left them at a certain point, beyond which they wouldn’t come because their Ghost father had forbidden them to.

The girls made it back safely, but their parents knew something was wrong.  Their expressions made it obvious and they always got into something. “Alright….spill out the beans..” breathed Shaila’s Dad, “We told you girls not to go far…yet you did.”  “But we didn’t…” started Rana, breathless, “We went only a few yards away….and heard noises..” “Yeah Uncle…” said Soiba, “We saw the Red Indians!”  “For real…it’s not fake…” continued Shaila. “They were chasing us….” said Sana, with a guilty look.  Sana’s Dad folded his arms and said, “I want to hear everything from the start…you hear!” he said firmly.  So Sana told him all the stuff after which he warned them of a penalty if they do that again. “You girls won’t be going into dangerous stuff at all, alright?” he said, “If that happens again….no more trips for you..clear?” “Yes Abbu.” said Sana. “Yes Taya..” said the others.

Sana’s father was the eldest brother in his family, so whatever he said went for all.  His brothers had a say too, but naturally they would go with the eldest brother. He usually made rules that were effective.  Sana, Rana, Shaila and Sobia enjoyed the rest of the trip with care and fun.  The management of this area was told about the tribe living there and they immediately put up a sign to prevent future problems. Besides that, extra safety fences and wires were put around for cheeky visitors, who would still dare.

After they returned home, the girls pondered about the adventure they had, scary, but funny too. “Wasn’t that hilarious the way the leader was running?” laughed Sana, “It was like he was jumping and skipping….more than running..haha.” commented Shaila, “Yeah…hahahaha..” smiled Rana. “I think it wa risky and unwise to go there in the first place….” pouted Sobia. “Awww…don’t be a cry baby…it was fun…admit it!” And they tickled her til she admitted and played around some, before going to bed.  After all, they had had a long trip…and needed relaxing!

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About Third Kalimah..Tumjeed

The third kalimah has a unique and very interesting story behind it. It all started before Allah Ta’alah created Adam A.S. The Angels were trying to move the Arsh (Throne) of Allah Ta’alah but it was too heavy and wouldn’t budge. So they asked Almighty Allah for help. Allah told them to recite “Subhanallah.” The Angels did as they were told and found that it gave them power and strength and they were able to move the Arsh. They liked this so much that they began constantly hymning “Subhanallah.”- (Glory be to Allah)

Then Allah created Adam A.S. When Allah blew life into Adam, the first thing he did was sneeze and say “Alhamdulillah” (All parise be to Allah)The angels liked this act so much that they added this to their parise and glorification of Allah. Thus the kalimah became “Subhanallah Walhamdulillah”

Hundreds of years passed and the Prophet Nooh A.S. was now on earth. For nine hundred years he proclaimed the oneness of Allah with the words “La illaha illalah.” (There is none worthy of worhip The Angels loved this act so much that they added this to the kalimah. Thus, the kalimah now became “Subhanallah Walhamdulillah Wa La illaha illalah.”
The Angels kept repeating this kalimah day and night. Many centuries passed and the Prophet Ebrahim A.S. (Abraham) was asked by Almighty Allah to sacrifice his beloved son Ismaeel A.S. He was about to slaughter his son and He needed something to give him the courage he needed to do this difficult deed. So he recited “Allahu Akbar.” (Allah is Great).
The Angels loved this act so much that they added “Allahu Akbar” to the kalimah. Thus the kalimah became “Subhanallah Walhamdulillah Wa La illaha illalah Allahu Akbar.” More centuries passed. It was the night of Meraj, when our Beloved Prophet Muhammed S.A.W. ascended to the Heavens with Gibraeel A.S. There Gibraeel A.S. told Nabee S.A.W. the story and Nabee S.A.W. added the final part of the Kalmiah “Wala Howla Wa La Quwata Illah Billah Hil Aleyeel Azeem.” Thus the kalimah now became Subhanallah Walhamdulillah Wa La illaha illalah Allahu Akbar Wala Howla Wa La Quwata Illah Billah Hil Aleyeel Azeem” (There is no Power and Might except from Allah, The Most High, The Great) And up to this day, this kalimah (or declaration of faith) buzzes around the Arsh of Almighy Allah.
Third Kalima is Tumjeed, this is the Kalima(the first part) that is recited 33 times after each Farz Namaaz, and is called tasbih Fatima.
Surah Fatiha protects one from the anger of Allah.
Surah Yaseen from the thirst of the Day of Judgement.
Sura Waaqiah from poverty and starvation
Surah Mulk from the punishment of the grave
Surah Kausar from the enemity of the enemy
Surah Kaafiroon from kufr at the time of death
Surah Ikhlaas from hypocrisy
Surah Falaq from calamities.
Surah Naas from evil thoughts
Should someone become aware of the above from your message and read any of these surahs, u will also receive the sawaab for passing on the knowledge. So keep forwarding…….
Hazrat Muhammad S.A.W. (PBUH) says that “If a person recites ” Ayatal Kursi” after every Farz Namaz then there will be nothing between him and Heaven except Death”There is a Hadith that says “3rd kalima” is such a great medicine that it cures every disease and the most minor disease it cures is “Sorrow” (Gham).
Third kalima being:  ” Subhaan Allah, WalHamdo Lillah, Wa La Illaha IlAllah, Wa Aallah o Akbar. Wa Lahoalwalla quwatta illa billah hil Ali al Azeem.” Another Hadith says “if a person recites surah ikhlaas 10 times in a day then Allah build a palace for him in the Heaven.(Subhaan Allah)” and the last but not the least ALLAH says ” spread the knowledge whatever u have …Its duty of each and every Muslim”
May ALLAH accepts our good deeds (Insha-Allah)  Ameen……. 
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Narrated Al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib: When Allah’s Apostle (PBUH) went to bed, he used to sleep on his right side and then say, “All-ahumma aslamtu nafsi ilaika, wa wajjahtu wajhi ilaika, wa fauwadtu Amri ilaika, wa alja’tu zahri ilaika, raghbatan wa rahbatan ilaika. La Malja’a wa la manja minka illa ilaika. Amantu bikitabika al-ladhi anzalta wa nabiyyika al-ladhi arsalta! Allah’s Apostle (PBUH) said, “Whoever recites these words (before going to bed) and dies the same night, he will die on the Islamic religion (as a Muslim).” (Sahih Bukhari)

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Narrated Al-Mughira: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Allah has forbidden you ( 1 ) to be undutiful to your mothers (2) to withhold (what you should give) or (3) demand (what you do not deserve), and (4) to bury your daughters alive. And Allah has disliked that (A) you talk too much about others ( B), ask too many questions (in religion), or (C) waste your property.” (Sahih Bukhari)

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Nine Super Benefits of Quran recitation

Indeed to reflect on Allah’s verses is a form of worship that will draw one close to Allah Most High. This reflection is not a reckless and wandering one, rather it includes a study of the classical tafseer of the verses being pondered over, as this would fulfil Ibnul-Qayyim’s great advice, “Such as reflecting over a book which a person has memorised and he expounds it so that he may understand what its author intends by it.”

Indeed the Book of Allah is not a book like any other, it is the timeless Speech of Allah, not a created thing, the study guide for life and death and what comes after. Therefore it deserves a more careful study than anyone else’s speech. It necessitates that its reader return to the early narrations of those who witnessed its revelation and heard its explanation by the one deputed by Allah to rehearse and explain His Words to humanity (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam). For if one would try to ponder over the meanings of the verses without having done this study, then surely the filth of the time that he lives in and his ignorance of the correct application and understanding that the early Muslims had would cause him to understand some things not intended by Allah Most High, and therefore he would go astray, thinking to be worshipping Allah. So every sincere Muslim who hopes to earn Allah’s Love breciting and reflecting over Allah’s Book, then let him hold tight to the meanings explained by the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam), and those taught by the companions and their immediate followers, and the early scholars of Islam.

So dear brother and sister Muslim! Know that reciting and pondering over the Book of Allah, devoting your time regularly to its study and implementation has tremendous benefits in this life and the Next, so let us now look to just a few of them to attach ourselves more firmly to Allah’s Majestic Words. Each benefit stands as enough of an encouragement to shun any laziness we have and dedicate ourselves to the Qur’an.

1 – Reading and reflecting over the Qur’an fulfils an Islamic duty.
Indeed the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) summarised this Religion with his statement: “The Religion is naseehah (sincerity)!” So then Tameem ibn Aws, may Allah be pleased with him, then said, “We asked, `To whom?'” He said: “To Allah, HIS BOOK, His Messenger, the leaders of the people, and their common folk.” [Muslim] The sincerity that is due to the Book of Allah includes its regular recitation, learning the rules of tajweed and reciting it beautifully, learning about its tafseer and the reasons for its revelation, affirming that it is the Truth, the perfect Speech of Allah and not part of the creation, honoring it and defending it, abiding by the orders and prohibitions found in it, teaching it and calling to it. [See Jaami’ul-‘Uloom wal-Hikam of Ibn Rajab Al-Hambalee] So by reading and reflecting over the Qur’an, one fulfills an obligation and is rewarded for that. Upon fulfilling this obligation, the Qur’an then becomes a proof for him on the Day of Judgment! And that is our second benefit we will take by embracing this Noble Book…

2 – The Qur’an will be a proof for us on the Day of Judgment.
This is due to the statement of the Messenger: “And the Qur’an is a proof for you or against you.” [Muslim] So one of two things will occur with this proof, the Book of Allah. It will either be in your favor, a proof for you on the Day when you will need every single good deed, or it will be something standing against you, the very Speech of your Creator, a proof against you! Who could be saved from the terrors of that Day if Allah’s own Speech is against him?!?! Think carefully, dear Muslim brother or sister, about your position with the Qur’an! Are you neglecting it, contradicting it, being heedless of its orders and prohibitions, are you thinking deeply over it?! Will it be on your side on the Day of Judgment.?! O Allah! We ask you, by Your Glorious Speech and the rest of your beautiful Names and Attributes, to make the Qur’an a proof for us! O Allah! Don’t make the Qur’an a proof against us on that Day, and save us from the hellfire! For if Allah makes the Qur’an a proof in our favour on that Day, then it would also be an intercessor for us, when NO intercession will take place except by His Permission.

3 – The Qur’an will intercede for us on the Day of Judgment.
The proof: Aboo Umaamah relates that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) said: “Read the Qur’an, for verily it will come on the Day of Standing as an intercessor for its companions.” [Muslim]

4 – Your status in this life will be raised.
In Saheeh Muslim, we find a lovely story, about how a man from the people of Jannah, `Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, understood this principle. Some men came to question him during his khilaafah about the leadership of Makkah, they asked, “Who do you use to govern Makkah?” He said, “Ibn Abzaa.” They asked, “And who is Ibn Abzaa?” Umar replied, “A freed slave from those we freed.” They remarked, “You left a freed slave in charge of the people of the Valley (the noble tribes of the Quraysh)!?!?” So he answered them, “Verily he is a reader of the Book of Allah and is knowledgeable about the obligations of the Muslims. Haven’t you heard the statement of your Messenger: “Verily Allah raises some people by this Book and lowers others by it.”

5 – You will be from the best of the people.
`Uthmaan, may Allah be pleased with him, said that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) said: “The best of you are the ones who learn the Qur’an and teach it to others” [Al-Bukhari]

6 – There are ten rewards for each letter you recite from the Qur’an.
As an authentic hadith in At-Tirmithee proves: “Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” So increase your recitation of the Qur’an to gain these merits, and to gain the following merit as well.

7 – The reciters of the Qur’an will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels.
`Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, relates that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) said: “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

So dear respected sister in Islam, do not let the Shaytaan give you false excuses, such as “I am not an `Arab,” or “Its not my language.” This hadith is a firm proof against these whisperings. Dedicate yourself to the Book of Allah, whether you are an `Arab or not! The excuses have been eliminated and the pathway has been cleared for you to embrace the Book of Allah without holding back or offering excuses! And surely you will not hesitate to seek a teacher or a study circle for the Qur’an once you hear the last and perhaps greatest benefits of reading and contemplating over the Qur’an…

8 – Your position in Paradise is determined by the amount of Qur’an you memorize in this life!
`Abdullaah ibn `Amr ibn Al-‘Aas heard the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) saying: “It will be said to the companion of the Qur’an: Read and elevate (through the levels of the Paradise) and beautify your voice as you used to do when you were in the dunyaa! For verily, your position in the Paradise will be at the last verse you recite!” [Aboo Daawood and At-Tirmithee, saheeh]

9 – The Qur’an will lead you to Paradise!
The Prophet said: “The Qur’an is an intercessor, something given permission to intercede, and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise; whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.” [An authentic hadith found in At-Tabaraanee, on the authority of `Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood]

Now that you know these nine benefits from the many benefits available can only be attained by a sincere commitment to the Book of Allah, not by a person’s mere statement, “I love the Qur’an, it’s beautiful.” Rather the heart must be sincerely attached to Allah’s Book and the limbs and tongue will follow in this attachment. You must know that we only mentioned a few of the numerous benefits of reading and reflecting over the Qur’an. There are many benefits that await your reading in the Qur’an and books of hadith, like the chapter of the Qur’an that will argue on your behalf in the grave, and that it is a physical healing, a source of rest and relaxation for your heart, among many other things. And Allah knows best.