Bahishti Zewar Heavenly Ornaments

Bismillahir Rehmanir Rahim – In the Name of Allah the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Five Pillars of Islam

The prophet (S.A.W) has said that Islam is founded upon five things.

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Five Pillars of Islam

  1. Belief in the oneness of Allah and Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).
  2. Offering of daily prayers know as Salaat.
  3. Giving Zakaat (obligatory charity).
  4. Observing of Fasts during Ramadaan.
  5. Performing Hajj at least once in life, if one is solvent.

In a tradition the fulfillment of the above five fundamentals or principles is called ‘Islam’. The Prophet (S.A.W) has said, “Al-Islam implies that you testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad (S.A.W) is the Messenger of Allah, and you establish prayer, pay Zakaat, observe the Fast of Ramadaan and performs Hajj to the Holy Ka’ba in Makka once in life-time if you are solvent to bear the expenses of the Journey.

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The Story of 3 Men of Banu Israel – The Leper, the Bald and the Blind

Once the Holy Prophet (SAW) told his companion that there were three men of Banu Israel. One of them was leper, the other bald and the third blind. Allah, in order to test them, sent an angel to them. First of all the angel came to the leper and asked him what he desired most. The leper replied that he wanted fair colour, beautiful skin and to be relieved from that disease due to which people hated him and kept him away. The angel passed his hand over the body of the leper and immediately the disease disappeared. The angel then asked him which wealth we liked most. The leper named camel. So the angel gave him a pregnant she-camel and prayed to Allah to bless his wealth.

Then the angel went to the bald man and asked him what he liked? The bald man replied that he wanted good hair and to be cured from baldness. The angel passed his hand over the head of the bald man and immediately good hair cropped up on his head. Then the angel asked him which wealth he desired. The man asked for a cow. The angel gave him a pregnant cow and blessed his wealth.

In the end the angel went to the blind man and asked him as to what he wanted. The blind man replied that he wished Allah to cure his blindness so that he might see others. The angel passed his hand over his eyes and immediately his eyesight was restored by Allah. The angel asked him which wealth he desired. The man desired for a goat. The angel gave him a goat and blessed his wealth also.

The animals of the three persons flourished and prospered to such an extent that their respective parts of the land were full of them.

After some time the angel again came to them under orders of Allah. First he went to the ex-leper and posed before him as traveller and said that all of his provisions of the journey had exhausted and was left with nothing to return home. He asked for a camel in the name of Allah, who had cured him of leprosy. The ex-leper scolded & snubbed him coldly saying that he had other responsibilities and could not spare a camel for him. The angel reminded him of his former position as a leper and that Allah, by his Benevolence has cured his disease and blessed him with all the wealth. The man replied bluntly that he had inherited the wealth from his fore-fathers. Thereupon the angel cursed him to return to his previous position as he was a liar.

Then the angel went to the ex-bald man and asked him the same question. He, too, replied in the same manner as the leper had done. The angel cursed him also.

In the end the angel went to the ex-blind man and relating his misfortune begged him for a goat in the name of Allah. The man replied. “Of course I was blind. Allah has blessed me with eye-sight. Take as many goats as you like. By Allah! I will not refuse. “The angel replied that he only wanted to test him.

Moral:

Look! Due to their thanklessness and ungratefulness the first two persons were deprived of the blessings of Allah and were reduced to their former position and were cursed in this world and the Hereafter.

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Sunnah to follow before Eid Prayers

Eid Prayers

  1. Eid-ul-Fitr
  2.  Eid-ul-Adha

Masala 1: The first day of the month of Shawwal is called Eid-ul-Fitr and the tenth day of the month of Dhul-Hijja is called Eid-ul-Adha. These two days are of great rejoicing in Islam.

Masala 2: All the essential requisites of Jumu’a Prayer are also applicable to the prayer of both Eids except the Khutba which is obligatory and imperative in Juma prayer and is delivered before the prayer. But the Khutba is not obligatory in Eid prayer. It is Sunnah in Eid prayers and is delivered after offering the prayer. Listening of the Khutba of both Eids are also governed by the same rules as that of Juma prayer i.e. talking, praying etc. during the Khutba is prohibited.

Masala 3: The following acts and things are Sunnah on Eid-ul-Fitr.

(1)    To adorn oneself as permitted by Sharii’a

(2)     To take a bath

(3)    To clean teeth with Miswak

(4)    To wear best clothes that one has

(5)    To use perfume

(6)    To rise very early in the morning

(7)    To go to Eidgah very early

(8)    To eat some sweet like dates before going to Eidgah

(9)    To give away Sadaqatul-Fitr before going to Eidgah

(10) To offer Eid prayer in Eidgah, that is, not to offer it in the mosque of the locality without any legitimate excuse.

(11)  To go to Eidgah by one way and to come back home by the other

(12)To go on foot

(13)To recite the following on way to Eidgah in low voice

Takbir-e-Tashriq

(Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La-ilaha ilal-lah Wal-lahu-Akbar, Allahu Akbar, walil-lahil-hamd)

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What is Islam?

Islam literally means submission and in religion sense it means submission to Allah alone. One who completely submits to Allah and the Divine injunctions is a Muslim. Islam is a very wide term and covers the entire universe and religion of all such things which do not even possess life, will and discretion is Islam. In this connection the Holy Qur’an says:

Chapter 3 – Verse 83

In another verse it has been said

Chapter 22 – Verse 18


The above verse make is quite clear, that not only one or two things or creatures praise and glorify Allah, but everything animate or inanimate praises Allah and submits to Him.

Man is also one of the creatures and has been bestowed with the faculty of will and discretion. He is also the most distinguished of all the creatures, and has been given Divine injunctions for guidance. Allah says (when man was created):

Chapter 2 – Verse 38 – 39

It clearly shows that with the coming of man to this earth the Divine injunctions also began to be revealed throught His Messengers. This world has never been devoid of religion and as the Holy Qir’an says that there has not been a nation without a warner. Thus all the religious should be Islam and their followers should be called Muslims. But the position is quite different. According to Holy Qur’an Islam is the name of that religion which it presents and expounds and which has been revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). The Holy Qur’an says:

Chapter 3 – Verse 19

Chapter 5 – Verse 3

There is an interesting difference, for the followers of other Prophets were Muslims, but they were not called so. This unique honour is reserved for the followers of the last Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) that they are Muslims not only in spirit but are also called and know as Muslims.

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Give Alms to the Poor and Needy Person

Once Hazrat Umme Salama the wife of the Prophet (S.A.W), received some meat from somewhere as a gift. The Prophet (S.A.W) was fond of meat, so she asked maid to keep it for him. In the meantime a beggar came to the door and asked for something in alms.

Hazzarat Umme Salama sought blessings for him which meant that there was nothing to give. The beggar went away. After sometime the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) came and asked HAzrat Umme Salama for something to eat. She asked the maid to bring the meat. When the maid went to bring the meat it was not on the shelf and in its place stone was found there. The whole incident was brought to the knowledge of the Prophet (S.A.W). The prophet (S.A.W) replied that because the meat was not given to a needy person it had turned into stone.

Moral:

The Shape of the meat changed because it was not given in the name of Allah to a needy person. It happened in the household of the Prophet (S.A.W). Those of us who possess and even then refuse to give to the poor and needy persons, are eating stones and thus our hard heartedness grows day by day. The incident is a lesson for the followers of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W).

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First Story from Bahishti Zewar

The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) once said that a man was going through a jungle, suddenly he heard a voice in the cloud above him ordering the cloud to go and water the garden of a certain person. The piece of cloud moved forward and a rocky spot rained heavily.

The water collected in a drain and flowed forward. This man followed the water. At some distance he saw a man who was directing this rain water into his garden with the help of a spade. The man went to him and asked his name. In reply the owner of the garden gave the same name which he had heard in the cloud. The gardener asked him as to why he was asking his name. The man told him whatever he has heard in the cloud and then asked him as to what go0d deeds he does that he had become so dear to Allah. The owner of the garden replied, “Well, because you seem to be so keen to learn the truth, I will tell you. What I do is that when I collect the proceeds of this garden, I divide it into three parts. One-third of it I give in alms, the other one-third I keep for myself and my family and the remaining one-third I reinvest in this garden.

Moral:

Allah be praised for His Benevolence. One who obeys Him, his needs are fulfilled by Him in such a way that no one knows about them. No doubt if one submits himself to Allah, he comes near Him.

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