Meet – A- Coz: Rukkaya Atta

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She stands gorgeously tall. At an intimidating six feet in height. She stands out in any gathering; cos she’s one confident diva! She’s simply jaw-droppingly beautiful, and yet quite humble and pleasant. This Atta babe combines beauty and brains in a business requiring both: fashion!

Our end-of-April’2013 – guest is a firm believer in family unity which she has consistently contributed to in her own unique ways – she’s the administrator of the first known Atta family group on BBM!

Please meet: *Rukkaya Atta*

We certainly had fun doing her interview. Rukky can be blunt yet shy; friendly yet aloof; crowd-puller yet loner. Teasing, naughty, playful, yet straight-talking.

Outwardly vain, Rukky is a deeply sensitive and caring person. She spoke passionately about the need for unity; about having each other’s backs; about her dreams for the future; her ideal man; and what makes her truly happy.

Enjoy Vintage Rukky!

Q. Your Background – parents’ names, your birth date, place of birth, siblings, education, work experiences, etc.

Rukky: My names are Rukayya Muhammad ochi Atta ; born to Mallam Muhammad Ochi Atta and Titi Muhammad Atta ,on the 17th July 1983, at Okene. I have 3 siblings. I graduated from Uthman DanFodio University Sokoto with a B.Sc in Public Admin …. .

Q. How was your growing up years? Recall fond memories.

Rukky: Hmmm, my childhood was quite interesting! Funny now, but back then I was quite the big bully; never tolerant of any nonsense from my fellow kids. My fond memories include traveling from Okene to sokoto, etc.

Q. Current status: married or unmarried? Your experiences & thoughts on family & relationships.

Rukky: Lol! Hmmm, I’m not married; but in shaa Allah I am looking forward to settling down soon . My experience of family life has been fun and exciting really.

Q: Describe your ideal partner.

Rukky: My ideal husband should be a tall and GOD fearing person. He should be my friend in the truest sense of friendship.

Q. Describe your typical day.

Rukky: I wake up at 5am say my prayers. I dont take break fast early; I go about making supplies and discovering new fashion trends for business opportunities. I go out with my few close friends when am free and I like my dinner very rich! Lool.

Q. What it means to come from Atta Ibrahim family.

Rukky: Its an honor to be from a royal family. Alhamdulillah

Q. Happiest moment so far?

Rukky: The day I finish my NYSC!

Q. Saddest moment so far?

Rukky: When I lost my dearest sister

Q: your most embarrassing moment?

Rukky: The day a guy walked up to me in public and said ‘baby pls Zip up your skirt’!

Q. Your thoughts on Atta ibrahim family. Tell us one thing you would change about the family if you could.

Rukky: If I could I will love for d family to get more united than it is now. A united Atta family is beneficial to everyone of us.

Q. What does fashion mean to you?

Rukky: Fashion speaks of who you are so I take it very seriously. I plan to move up from fashion-trading to being a fashion designer.

Q. Rukky’s favorites:

Favourite Meal?
fish and yam

Fav. Drink?
water

Fav. Colours?
pink, white and purple

Fav. Football club?
Arsenal!

Fav. Personality?
My Mum ( she’s a star 2 me! )

Fav. Travel destination?
Saudi Arabia

Fav. Perfume?
Versace

Q: Do you think your beauty makes people respond positively to you; especially men?

Rukky: .hahahahahahahaha, I can’t say!

Q: Where do you see yourself, 5 years from now?

Rukky: IN’SHA”ALLAH In a good Place! I wanna be in My Hubby’s House, With Lovely Blessed Kids, in Good Health, with blessings of Wealth and Happiness.

The End.

Ramadan: Why do Muslims fast?

“O who believe, fasting is

decreed for you

as it was decreed for those

before you;

perchance you will guard

yourselves.

The month of Ramadan is the

month

in which the Koran was sent

down,

a guidance for the people,

and clear verses of guidance

and

criterion.

[Quran: Chapter 2, 183]”

 

This is a common but interesting question which a

child may ask his/her parents. Non-Muslim may

also pose it to a Muslim. Here are some possible

reasons why Muslims observe a marathon one-

month fast during Ramadan.

(a) To obey Allah’s injunction

Fundamental to a Muslim’s faith (or belief) are six

articles: (i) belief in Allah, (ii) belief in Angels, (iii)

belief in divine Books of Allah, (iv) belief in all

Prophets, (v) belief in the Day of Judgement, and

(vi) belief in Predestination. Articles (i) and (iii)

demand that a Muslim must believe in, obey and

implement, all the words of Allah contained in the

Holy Qur’an. This is because …His (Allah) word

is the truth…” (6:73) and ::the truth is from

your Lord, so be not at all in doubt” (2:147)

and “…whose word can be truer than

Allah?” (Qur’an). Thematically, Qur’an contains

injunctions for mankind, allegories, stories of past

events, accounts of future events, and a lot of

lessons especially for Muslims. Of importance the

injunctions are sometime directed to all creatures

(men and jinns), or sometime to specific gender

(men or women), or sometime to specific tribes (eg

“Bani Israel”), or sometime to the progeny of Adam

(i.e mankind), or sometime to Ahl-ul kitaab (the

people of the book), or sometime to Muslims (i.e

those who believe in One Allah) etc. In most cases,

the injunctions of Allah to Muslims can be

regarded as blessing and mercy and when fully

obeyed often lead them to His straight path.

Without mincing words, there is no compromise

with Allah’s injunctions: every sincere and God-

fearing Muslim must obey them; this is a necessary

precondition for being a Muslim. One of His

injunctions, directed to Muslims (men and

women), is:

“O you who believe, fasting is prescribed

for you…” (2:183)

The phrase “O you who believe” is referring to: (i)

those who submit to Allah’s wills and commands,

(ii) those who believe in the six articles of faith, (iii)

those who testify that “La ilaha illa llaha

Muhammadu-r Rasululla”, (iv) those who practise

the five pillars of Islam, and (v) those who

implement and obey Allah’s injunctions in the

Qur’an and follow the sunnah of His Prophet,

Muhammad (s.a.w). No followers of any religions

satisfy these criteria of “O you who believe” except

the Muslims. It is they (Muslims) that Allah is

directing His injunction in 2:183 to. The injunction

prescribed fasting as a compulsory duty for them

thus:

“…fasting is prescribed for you

(Muslims)…” (2:183)

and

“…whoever witnesses the month of

Ramadan should fast through it…” (2:185)

Clearly, Ramadan fast is a divine injunction

mandatory for all able-bodied Muslims who are

free from compelling excuses. Whoever deliberately

forgoes fasting in Ramadan, should know that

(s)he has disobeyed Allah’s injunction and no

amount of fasting thereafter can give her/him a

reward equivalent to one misssed Ramadan fast as

obvious in this hadeeth:

Abu Huraira reported that the Prophet(s.a.w) said:

“whoever did not fast one day of Ramadan without

a genuine excuse or a disease then even if he fasted

for a complete year, it would not compensate for

that (missed Ramadan) day”

(Sahih al-Bukhari, vol 3,p.88)

(ii) To practice the tradition, and way of the pious

people.

Fasting is not new to Islam; it is, indeed, as old as

Adam(a.s) who was the first creature and the first

Muslim to submit to one Allah. No one knows

precisely when fasting began among Adam’s

progenies but it is the practice of all the Prophets of

Allah and their followers. Qur’an mentions that

Musa(a.s) fasted for 40 days (see 2:51) (this is what

the Jews termed “Jewish Passover”) and the

Prophet(s.a.w) told us that Dawud(a.s) used to fast

for half of the year (this involves fasting on every

alternate day). ‘Issa (a.s) (or Jesus) was also

reported to have fasted for 40 days (this is what the

christians termed “the Lent”, usually observed

before Easter festival). Since these Prophets were

Muslims, it can be seen that by asking Muslims to

fast, Allah intends to draw their attention to the

practice and tradition of those pious predecessors

who attained piety (in His sight) through fasting.

“O ye who believe, fasting is prescribed for

you as it was prescribed for people before

you …”(2:183)

This verse shows that fasting was observed by the

people (i.e “ahl-ul kitaab”) who came to the scene

before the Muslims and so it is a “sunnat Allah” (i.e

a tradition approved by Allah) for those who lived

aforetime and for the Muslims who are now the

best generation ever raised for mankind (3:110).

Qur’an says:

“(As for) the sunnat Allah (approved) for

those who lived aforetime, no change will

you find in (such) sunnat-Allah” (33:43)

Therefore, Ramadan fast should be seen as a

propagation of the tradition approved by Allah for

all those who submit to Him.

(iii) To learn how to attain piety

By the very nature of human beings, they are

susceptible to sins and transgression of Allah’s

limits. This may be due to their ignorance, worldly

struggle for ephemeral and tantalizing things, or

satan’s handiwork. In particular, Muslims are

warned against gossiping, backbiting, slandering,

hypocrisying, lying, cheating, duping, hatring,

nursing grudge, keeping malice, fornicating as

these vices negate the teachings of the Holy Qur’an.

But since Muslims are like any human beings

created to err as a result of forgetfulness, they need

to be reminded and coached against any social

vices from time to time. This will requires a fixed

trainning period where Muslims will know and

learn how to put an end to vices, learn virtues and

get nearer to Allah. That trainning period is chosen

by Allah to be the Ramadan fast which occurs once

in every year. During Ramadan:

(a) compulsory five daily salaat are observed

regularly and timely (this is to remind and train the

mindless Muslims that salaat is an all-time duty for

them);

(b) Zakat-ul fitr is paid on or before the ‘idl Fitr

(the festival that commemorates the end of

Ramadan fast) (Zakat-ul fitr is to teach Muslims to

do sadaqah and to remind them that after zakat-ul

fitr they should not forget to pay on time their

annual divine obligatory Zakaat, the fourth pillar of

Islam);

(c) Tarawih and Tahajjud prayers are observed in

the evening and night of Ramadan (this is to teach

Muslims to observe nawafil (i.e additional) prayers

after Ramadan so as to increasetheir iman and get

their supplications to Allah accepted promptly);

(d) Doubtful hobby such as smoking is stopped

(this is to train Muslims to be frugal as Allah hates

extravagancy and to save themselves from diseases

such as Tuberclosis, Cancer, and heart attack

known to be associated with smoking and

premature death);

(e) pornographic videos/pictures are avoided and

kept away (this is to free Muslims’ hearts and eyes

from corruption and from shaitan’s whisperings to

do evil deeds);

(f) Excessive intake of food is avoided (this

regulates the stomach from being pot-bellied and

distinguishes Muslims from kaafir whom Qur’an

describes as those who eat like cattle (47:12)); etc.

All these good things which Ramadan fast teaches

Muslims are the means to attain piety. This is why

the verse on Ramadan fast says:

“O ye who believe, fasting is prescribed for

you…so that you will (learn how to attain)

piety” (2:183)

(iv) To reap the full reward of the Night of Power

(Lailat-ut Qadr)

The last book of Allah to His creatures, Al-Qur’an,

was revealed in the night of Ramadan. What this

means is that the first divine revelation to Prophet

Muhammad(s.a.w) took place in the Night of

Ramadan. Allah chose the night because of the

special blessings in it. It is called the night of Power

(Lailat-ut Qadr) or the night of blessing (Lailat-ul

mubarak). The deed in this night is better than the

rewards of deeds of 1,000 months (about 83.3

years). Let suppose that a man survived up to 100

years and he consciously witnessed 93 nights of

Power, he would have in his account more than

7,750 rewards which exclude all other rewards he

earned from doing virtuous deeds. It is this night

that all Muslims are invited by Allah to look for in

the month of Ramadan. Specifically, the night is in

the last ten days of Ramadan and usually in one of

the odd days (i.e. 21, 23, 25, 27 and 29th). A

Muslim is expected to perform naafilah, recite the

Qur’an, do zikr etc in the night. Since no one knows

precisely which of the odd days is the night,

Muslims are expected to be in seclusion (itikaf)

during the last 10 days of Ramadan and the best

place to do so is in the mosque.

It should be mentioned that the Angels descend in

succession during the night of Power and they go

round with special greeting of “peace” till day break

when they will move back to their position. The

number of these angels is uncountable and they

descend with special command of Allah. The

following chapter of the Qur’an details the event of

the night of Power thus:

“Indeed We have revealed it (Qur’an) in the

night of Power. And what will explain to

you what the night of Power is? The night of

Power is better than a thousand months.

Therein descends the Angels and the Spirit

by Allah’s permission, on every errand:

(they say) Peace” (continuously) till the rise

of Morning!” (97:1-5)

Who will like to miss the Night after reading this

description? It is this very reason that every Muslim

wants to witness and reap its full blessing by fasting

during the days of the month of Ramadan. As

Ramadan fast is inextricably tied to the Night of

Power (see 2:183) it follows that any Muslim who

wishes to benefit from the Night of Power must fast

during the month of Ramadan. Qur’an says:

“Ramadan is the (month) in which Qur’an

was sent down, as a guide to mankind, and

a clear guidance and judgement (so that

mankind will distinguish right from wrong).

Whoever among you witnesses the month

of Ramadan should fast through

it…” (2:183)

(v) To show to Muslims how to get their past sins

forgiven

Islam is a religion that stresses equality: both the

poor and the rich (men or women) are equal as

slaves in the sight of Allah. In Islam the surest way

to obtain Allah’s forgiveness for one’s past sins is

Pilgrimage (the fifth pillar of Islam) which

unfortunately is easy for the rich to afford the cost

of the journey. The All-wise, Allah, did not put the

poor Muslims in limbo, rather He made fasting

during Ramadan as a means of placing the poor

and the rich on equal footing in terms of asking for

forgiveness for their past sins. If a Muslim has no

means of going for hajj, there should be a way to

compensate him/her. The All-wise has chosen

Ramadan for all Muslims to get their past sins

forgiven as evident in this hadith:

Narrated Abu Huraira(r.a): The Prophet said:”…

whoever fasts during Ramadan with sincere faith

and hoping for his reward from Allah will have his

past sins forgiven”

(Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol.3 p.70).

Therefore, Ramadan fast unites Muslims and bring

them together as equal slaves who can be forgiven

of their past sins devoid of discrimination in the

sight of Allah.

(vi) To show that Fasting is the epitome of the five

pillars of Islam

Islam is built upon five pillars. The third pillar is

siyam (i.e fasting during Ramadan). The wisdom

behind its third position is because it is a fulcrom

upon which the other four pillars (Tawheed, and

salaat are in first and second positions while zakat

and Hajj are in the fourth and fifth positions) are

balanced. It is the only pillar that encompases all

the four other pillars in the sense that:

(a) before one observes fast,

s(he) must be a Muslim, sane, matured, and free

from excuses (such as menstruation, illness,

travelling long-distances, child-birth bleeding, etc).

And since a Muslim is required to proclaim

Shahada (i.e Tawheed, the first pillar of Islam),

fasting is directly tied to shahada.

(b) Salaat is the second pillar of Islam that

delineates a Muslim from one who is not; this

means that a Muslim must observe salaat regularly

to become a true Muslim. It follows that fasting

during Ramadan without regular salaat is like

using a spoon to fill a porous basket with water.

(c) Zakat (the compulsory divine tax) is aimed to

redistribute the Muslims’ wealth so that the gap

between the rich and the poor is bridged to a

certain extent. In Ramadan, every fasting Muslim,

who is free from insanity, bondage etc, must pay

Zakat-ul fitr on or before the ‘Idl Fitr day. Zakaat-

ul fitr is in some sense a low-profile zakat, though

aimed to achieve similar result, is completely

different from zakat. Hajj is a duty which Muslims

owe to Allah and it is to help the pilgrims to get

their past sins forgiven. Coincidently, fasting

during Ramadan has the same result. From the

foregoing, it can be concluded that fasting is an

epitome of the pillars of Islam. Therefore, every

able-bodied Muslim must fast to learn how the

other four pillars operate.

Conclusion

This article has discussed some reasons why

Muslims do Ramadan fast. It is not intended to

delve into the subject of fasting but to help Muslims

answer often repeated question: “why do Muslims

fast during the month of Ramadan?.”

May Allah give us His support in this world and in

the hereafter and give us strength and good health

to be able to fast during the month of Ramadan.

The Prophet and the Status of Women

Recently, we have witnessed instances of the horrific treatment of women around the world.

In the time of Prophet Muhammad, similar cruel practices were enacted by his society and he opposed all such forms of oppressing women.

Indeed, at the sight of a tragedy of any human being, Prophet Muhammad’s heart would be saddened and his eyes would flow with tears.

One of the spectacular examples of this is in the following story that concerns the practice of shunning daughters.
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Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was born in a society where women had been subjected to much violence, which often took the form of female infanticide. Daughters were considered a burden; and getting rid of them was sometimes considered a necessity, which they did in a most violent manner: by burying them alive!

It is reported that Umar, the second caliph, prior to his accepting Islam buried one of his daughters alive. Later whilst was in the fold of Islam, he was often seen wiping tears while reminiscing about this dark chapter in his life! As he recalled: “I was digging a grave to bury her and she was wiping the dust off my cheeks!”
Prophet Muhammad was very kind and polite toward women. At a time when they were treated very badly, the Prophet gave women honor and dignity equal to men.

Umar reported: “We did not have much regard for women in Makkah; however, they were better treated in Madinah. The Prophet established women’s right through his sayings and commands, which strengthened their position and status”. (Mishkat ul Masabih)

He took special care of them and always treated them with kindness so that they would feel free to ask him about anything.
Since men were always around the Prophet, women were prevented from listening to him or asking about matters of concern to them. Therefore, they requested him to appoint one day a week when they could have free access to him, a proposal to which he agreed. He took special care of them and always treated them with kindness so that they would feel free to ask him about anything.

Once when the Prophet was traveling, an Abyssinian slave named Anjsha was leading the camels that some of the Prophet’s wives were riding. While Anjsha was singing, the camels began to move quickly. The Prophet said to him:

“Anjsha, take care that the glass (the women) does not break.” (Al Bukhari & Muslim)

Asmaa daughter of ‘Umais, one of those who had immigrated to Abyssinia in the early period of Islam, returned with the others to Madinah during the Khaybar campaign. One day she came to see Hafsah when Umar was present. Seeing her, Umar inquired about her and Hafsah told him the details. Umar said:
“O, that Abyssinian”.

Asmaa’ replied:

“Yes, the same.”

Umar said that they (his group) had emigrated before them and therefore had more right to God’s Messenger. Asmaa’ became angry and exclaimed:

“Not so! You people lived with God’s Messenger, who fed the hungry, while we were away from home, living among strangers (the Abyssinians) who often mistreated us. We were in constant fear of our lives”.

During this conversation, the Prophet entered the house. Asmaa’ told him:

“O God’s Messenger, Umar has said this”.

Prophet Muhammad asked:

“What did you reply?”

She told the whole story, after which the Prophet said: “Umar has no more right over me than you have. Umar and his Companions emigrated only once, whereas you people emigrated twice”.

When the news of this incident spread in Madinah, the Abyssinian emigrants came running to Asmaa’ and listened to the Prophet’s words again and again. According to her account, nothing in the world was more pleasing to them than the Prophet’s words. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Once, many of the Prophet’s female relatives were sitting around him and talking loudly to him. When Umar entered the house, they all left the room and the Prophet laughed. Umar said:

These stories are reflective of the Prophet’s mercy and kindness towards women.
“O God’s Messenger may God keep you smiling. Why did you laugh?” The Prophet replied that he was amazed that these women, upon hearing Umar’s voice, had all hidden themselves. Umar, addressing them said:

“You fear me but do not fear God’s Messenger”. They all replied: “You are hot-tempered in comparison with God’s Messenger”. The Prophet agreed with them. (Muslim)

One day, the Prophet was sleeping in Aisha’s house with his face covered. It was the day of Eid, and so the young girls were singing. Abu Bakr entered the house and told them to stop. The Prophet said:

“Let them sing. It is the day of Eid for them.” (Al-Bukhari)

As result of the Prophet’s good temperament and kindness, women used to ask him questions. Although the companions were often surprised at their boldness, he never showed any dislike or intolerance for their questions. In fact, Abu Sa’id, Aisha, Anas, Ibn Abbas, Jabir, and many other companions related that Prophet Muhammad said:

“Whoever has two or three daughters or sisters and treats them well will go to Paradise.” (Abu Dawud)

These stories are reflective of the Prophet’s mercy and kindness towards women. But he went even farther. He tried to liberate women from all kinds of injustice, maltreatment and oppression. He can genuinely be viewed as a liberator of women. He gave women such rights and privileges that even Western women did not enjoy until centuries later, like the right to own and use property independently of her husband and family. She also had a voice in the public sphere and politics, as the example of Prophet’s giving audience to women shows.

Indeed, Muslims after the Prophet followed his example. We see Umar’s example when he was castigated by a woman for having two pieces of clothes from the distribution state money whereas everyone else received only one. Umar responded that his son gave him his share. Importantly, the woman was given her full right to question Umar’s political and public authority.

Repentance in Islam

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF REPENTANCE

 

Repentance is extremely important in Islam since the beginning of the creation of mankind, when Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree, and that by itself was a sin and they repented to Allah Azza wa Jal . That is why the Almighty descended them to Earth with the promise that if they do well and their descendents they will go to Paradise.

 

Satan, on the other hand, whom sin gravely and seduced Adam and Eve to eat from the forbidden tree or from the forbidden fruit did not repent and that is why he was doomed to Hell for eternity. If you look at the attributes and names of Allah Al mighty you will find that among them is Al-Tawab (the one who accepts repentance of others) and this is an ongoing process. Therefore it is essential for us to know that repentance is not only for those who are sinful, it is even for those who are pious and full of rightness. They themselves never the less have to repent.

 

The Prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) told us that: “Men by nature are sinful and the best of these sinful people are those who keep on repenting, and he, himself the Prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) who never committed a sin, told us that ”O, people ask Allah Azza wa Jal for forgiveness and repent to him because I personally ask Allah for forgiveness and repent to Him more than one hundred times in a day”, and this is the Prophet, the Messenger of Allah who never did anything that we can consider to be sinful.

 

Why do we repent?

 

If you do not acknowledge a mistake you will not fix it, if you do not acknowledge an illness or a disease you will never treat it. That is why, firstly you have to identify the sins you have to repent from.

 

Scholars said that Repentance is divided into two sections:

1. Preferred repentance

2. Obligatory repentance

 

Therefore it is preferred for you to repent from doing things that are not recommended, and it is preferred for you to repent from not doing the preferred things you are instructed to do.

For example: It is recommended that you pray 2 rakkas after Maghreb prayer. Now, if you do not do this, is highly recommended to repent from this. You repent for doing and you repent from not doing, so things that are recommended to do, if you don’t do them you have to repent, and things that you are not recommended to do, but you still do them, you are recommended to repent for those.

For example: if you keep on eating and drinking with your left hand. The majority of scholars say that this is not recommended, though the authentic verdict is it is forbidden, but let go with the majority for this example. So it is recommended for you to repent from this action, and this is the recommended repentance.

Now we move on to obligatory repentance.

It is obligatory for you to repent from committing a sin. It is obligatory for you to repent from not performing the obligatory acts of worship that you are told to do.

 

For example: A person that drinks alcohol he has to repent from drinking, because this is a major sin. A person who does not pray with the congregation in the masjeed though he is capable of doing this he is obliged to repent from this sin.

 

There are 6 conditions for repentance:

 

1. It has to be for the sake of Allah

For example: a person that smokes and he develops cancer or a person that drinks and he develops liver-cancer and the doctor comes and tells him: “Listen if you don’t stop now, you are going to die” so the guy says holding the bottle in his hands: “for sure I am going to miss you” and after this he says: “Well, I am going to repent”. Now, his repentance is not for the sake of Allah, his repentance is because he is afraid he is going to die, so his repentance is not accepted.

A person that goes to a rich man’s house to rob him, but in the moment he gets there he founds the police patrol, so he says: “ups! I think I m going repent for today” and leaves. This repentance, as well is not accepted. Your repentance has to be only for the sake of Allah.

 

2. Abandoning the sin immediately

For example: If I am committing a sin, I have to repent now. It is not acceptable to repent next summer as people do, because if you are indulging yourself in a sin you have to repent and stop immediately. If you say: “No, I am going to go on for a couple of weeks and then repent”. This is not acceptable.

And this is the case when the companions who use to drink alcohol, (because it was permissible then) and immediately when the verse of the Quran came and said it is forbidden “so stay away from it” no one finished their glass he was drinking from. Immediately they toasted it away.

But if a person says: “Well I have the bad habit of smoking, I am going to kick the habit in Ramadan” and Ramadan is 6 or 5 months away .This is not acceptable because you are timing your repentance.

 

3. The Intention not to do it again

For example: There are sins which are connected with seasons. A lots of people travel during summer to different countries, and there they fornicate, drink, gamble and so on, and when they come back to their hometown they say: “I have done wrong to myself, I have sin a loot so I repent to Allah and they call their travel agent and say: “Listen next august don’t forget to book me my ticket to Rio”. This is not acceptable because this repentance is not complete.

 

4. You must feel real burning remorse

You can be sincere, you can quit on the spot, you can intend not to do it again but you don’t feel the remorse so you enjoy what you did. That is why the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) told us that remorse is repentance. Three simple words: remorse is repentance.

If you are sad, if you fell that your heart is boiling because you fell the remorse of doing this sin, then I give you the glad tidings that Allah has forgiven your sins, with the remorse, but without the remorse u have a big problem.

 

5. The time

Your repentance has to be in the time where it is valid. We have a private time and we have a general time. So a private or individual time is for each one of us and this individual time is before your soul reaches your throat, this is second before you die and like the Pharaoh did, when he started drowning, he realized that he is going to die, though he was claiming to be God then he said “I believe in what Musa was preaching and I believe in the God who Musa was calling for”. Allah told him: “Is it now you want to repent? It is too late because you are dying and is no way for you to repent”.

So this is the time of individuals, if you repent before this time your repentance is accepted, but if your soul is just to come out and you realized that you are dying for sure then your repentance is not accepted.

As for the general time which is for all mankind this is at the end of time when the sun will rise from the West. The Prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) tells us that repentance is accepted if the time does not come when the sun rises from the West.

How can we repent?

This question was addressed by the companions of al-Hasan al-Basry when they came to him and said: O scholar, we have a problem, we sin, and when we conclude, we seek the forgiveness of Allah and we repent and then we sin again, and then we repent and then we sin again and we repent and ask forgiveness and we sin again and then we are shamed of our Lord so we do not repent or ask for forgiveness because we are shame.

Hassan al Basry said that: “By Allah this is exactly what Sheitan wants for you. The more you repent Allah accepts your repentances the minute you stop, then it is Sheitan’s game and he is happy because you are not seeking the forgiveness of Allah Azza wa Jal, which leads us to another thing the prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “that all mankind are sinful and the best among them are those who keep on repenting”.

There is a beautiful Qudsy Hadith when the prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) says: Whenever a servant of Allah sins and asks Allah for forgiveness, Allah Subhana wa Ta’ala says: “My servant has sin and he is asking me for forgiveness knowing that I forgive sins and I give repentance. And the man sins again and seeks the forgiveness of Allah and Allah says the same thing and he does it for the third time and Allah says the same thing, and he does it for the fourth time and Allah says the same thing. Which means that our Lord, our God, Allah Almighty is a loving, forgiven God and is not like what people seem to talk about the God of Muslims has been a God of Hell, a God of punishment, this is the wrong idea completely, because Islam tells us that our lord is most Forgiving. So the more you sin and you have this remorse in your heart, you are sad about it and you want to do something about it, but it comes back to you, the more you ask Allah for forgiveness and you repent at the end of the day you will be successful.

But the problem is that sheitan doesn’t leaves you alone, he comes to you and says: “Listen you are doing this every second or every two or three minutes, why not delay it until the end of the day and repent then. If you do this, one of the condition which is – immediately abandon the sin- has been missed, and even if you do this at the end of the day you do it for two or three days a couple of weeks maybe, one month at maximum and then you will completely ignore the idea of repentance and you will think that what have done was not a big sin, not major sin, which means that it’s ok to do.

Which is the biggest sin that does not have repentance?

There isn’t. The greatest sin of all is to associate someone/something else with Allah. The greatest sin of all is not to believe in Allah, not to believe in the religion of Allah, not to believe in the Oneness of Allah. This is the biggest sin, but if you repent from this big sin Allah will accept you.

There are certain crimes that are punished by the Islamic law:

Killing others, stealing, slandering, adultery, drinking intoxicants and few more, these are punished by the Islamic law with certain punishments. If a person does any of the previous but repents before the authority catches him, Allah al mighty will accept his repentance.

If a person has a girlfriend and they have been living together for a few years, but they repent, Allah will accept their repentance because He is the most Forgiven.

Now, these are the crimes that we have a fixed punishment on, there are other crimes that do not have any punishment though they might be far greater than these mentioned.

For example: Being bad to your parents is a far greater sin than adultery, though is not punished in this life, because it is so grave it is so serious that no punishment in this world will be enough, and what is waiting up stairs is way beyond your imagination. So, the punishment in this life is not limited to chopping heads and hands and lashing, there are further punishments that you may not even see. The depression you have is a punishment, poverty, illness, being far from Allah is by far the greatest punishment of Allah.

It was reported that a man of the sons of Israel was praying to Allah and he was saying: “O Lord, so many times I sin and yet you are not punish me, and Allah almighty revealed to the prophet of their time “go to this man and tell him: o my servant so many punishments I have and you do not feel, it is the hardness of your heart. The lack of tears that do not come from your eyes, and feeling that you are doing fine is a punishment only if you could feel and sense this.”

There are different ways of punishments but because we are away from Allah Aza wa Jal and as long as we have our cars, good house, and our bank account is big then my Lord love’s me and this is a very big mistake.

What about a man who is punished by the Islamic law and he repents and goes back to Allah. Is he punished also in the next life for that crime? If a stealing man is under arrest and he repented will his repentance be accepted? What happens if he is under arrest but he doesn’t repent? And he gets the punishment from the Islamic law?

And this takes us to number six of condition which we did not mention.

Wherever the crime is between you and another human being, then in order for you to repent, you have to clear your record with him in the sense that if I took money from you weather I borrowed it and then I said that I don’t take anything from you and you don’t have any prove, or I stole from you, if I slandered you, or backbit you, said lies about you, and you don’t know about this then Islam tells me that in order for me to repent, I have to clear my records with you in the sense that wherever I stole I have to give it back, if I borrowed money I have to return it back, if I said something wrong about you, if I hit you, I have to seek your forgiveness. If this is done, then Allah Azza wa Jal will accept my repentance, and this brings us to another issue and that is “ok, I can bring back the money and give it back to you but this means that you if you gone report me and maybe this will cause more harm than good”, so scholars say you have to return the money, but you don’t have to return it directly, you can deposited in his bank account, you can put it under his door mat, and if there is no way possible to return the money back to him and this is realized and imagine if I stole money from someone and this person left the country or died. If he left the country I don’t know where he lived so what would I do? The scholars say that the money and spend it in the means of charity (give it to a poor person, an orphan, to someone who is going to marry (mosques are not acceptable because must be build except with pure money)

You have to spend this money on the intention that the reward goes to the one you stole from. If you do this then your repentance is accepted.

What happens if the authority arrest a person who did something that is wrong and then he was sentenced to be either executed, or because he stole money he has to have his hand chop off, or because he drank alcohol he must be wiped 80 lashes on his back, and what happens if the guy was arrested, sentenced, yet he did not repent, scholars say that the grace of Allah, The Mercy of Allah, stated that the punishment has been implemented this erases his sin, even he did not repent, because Allah is so Generous that he does not combine two punishments on the same felony..so imagine my hand was chopped off and then when I go in the Day of Judgment, Allah will throw me in Hell because I stole money this is double jeopardy and this is not the case in our religion alhamdu li Allah.

All tips of sins as long as you repent before your soul goes out then is accepted, and this is part of the Generosity and Kindness of our Lord, of Allah Azza wa Jal He, created us, and he knows that we are not perfect. He knows that by nature we are sinful, and He almighty enjoys when we ask Him for forgiveness so, no matter what you do providing that you are asking Allah for forgiveness, then He will forgive your sin providing that the conditions are fulfill in the sense that: I could sin and ask for forgiveness with my tong only by seeing: o Allah I seek your forgiveness ,but deep in the heart I didn’t mean it, so this intention only Allah knows about it, the remorse only Allah knows about it, if you don’t have the remorse and you say: “well I am just repenting just in case I die today” do you find the remorse in your heart? “Well, no, but who knows?” Allah knows. So repentance for all kind of sins is accepted because Allah is forgiving.

There is a general repentance, you by nature you have to be repenting, but for each and individual sin there has to be repentance because you cannot come at the end of the day and say: “O, Allah I am repenting from all” ok can you count them? “yes I can, I repent from looking at females without any legitimate right, I am repenting from swearing, I am repenting from slandering, from gambling, oh I cannot repent from smoking, I did not think at that, so I skip this”. Therefore general repentance it is not accepted because you have to have remorse for each and individual sin you have committed, but in general terms you have to repent every day, but when it comes at the end of the day this particular sin has to have it’s particular repentance.

If the sins are between me and Allah, and not me and another person the same methodology is applied: it has to be sincere, it has to be on the spot, I have to intend not to do it again, I have to have the remorse and it has to be in the valid time. The sincerity and the level of repentance with definitely grow the heavier and bigger the sin is. For example if someone watches movies and watching movies is a sin because it involves looking at the opposite sex, listening to movies and so on, but if you are watching a documentary that adds value to you then this is ok, it is permissible. I cannot compare watching movies to fornicating and when you are repenting from this you have to have far greater remorse from fornicating, which is a major sin, then from watching movies which is a minor sin. The methodology and the conditions are the same.

Allah knows your intention and what is in your hart, so if you sin and repent with the intention of doing again and again this is not repentance because there is no remorse in it.

Repentance is not physical, it is a feeling. The Prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) told us that the master of asking Allah for forgiveness is a supplication. It is a long supplication, but you acknowledge in it that Allah is your Lord and you are his servant and that he has created you and you worship him and that he controls his life and you accept his judgment and that your sins are so overwhelming and that you confess them and that His blessings and good tidings are again so overwhelming and you acknowledge them and therefore you seek His forgiveness because no one else can forgive you. It is extremely important for every Muslim to say it every day and every night, after fajr prayer and after magreb prayer and the Prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) sais that whoever says it before he goes to bed and dies, he is bound to go to Heaven and whoever sais it in the morning and dies is bound to go to heaven

As for praying, fasting, performing pilgrimage these are all good deeds that ads value. The Prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said that the 5 daily prayers, umrah to the following umrah, hajj, Ramadan to the following Ramadan, all of these Allah will forgive the sins between them, which means that the more good deeds you do, the more sins you will have because god deeds erase the bad ones.

Is it permissible to fast in the day I did not wake up for fajr?

No, this is not permissible because Satan exceeds his ways and control over persons because you are innovating. People missed fajr prayer at the time of the Prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam), the Prophet himself missed fajr prayer as they were traveling as the authentic hadith said that one time they were traveling in the desert and they were spending the night in one area; the prophet asked his companions who will wake up them for fajr prayer and Bilal offered so Bilal was awake during the night but he just put his head near one of the camels and he felled asleep and they all waked up when the sun was in the middle of the sky so the Prophet asked Bilal what happened and he answered: “By Allah whatever made you sleep, made me fall asleep. So the Prophet felled asleep, but he never told the others that they have to chop a hand or a leg, or to perform umrah. By punishing yourself (fasting, spending money) whenever you miss a prayer you are adding something to our religion, you are innovating and you are making this form of worship a punishment. You should perform this worship sincerely to Allah, not as a form of punishment because at the end of the day you will end up hating fasting. It is wrong to worship Allah only by punishment, look at the reward you will get if you pray fajr on time

 

How to repent if I do not fast a day in Ramadan?

 

There are forms of punishment for sins, whether there is a sin you have committed or it is an obligatory thing that you have abandon, so there are sins like drinking alcohol, fornicating and there are obligatory things that you did not do, which are also considered a sin such as fasting Ramadan. If you do not fast a day of Ramadan this is a sin by itself, so how can I repent?

 

1. The conditions we have mentioned

2. Compensating it

 

This does not apply to all, in the sense that if I missed few years of prayer, the authentic opinion is that you can do the prayers again. If you miss a prayer because you overslept or you forgot, then yes you can pray it the minute you wake up, or the minute you remember. Other than that, if you intentional abandon a prayer, let’s says magreb prayer and you do not forget about it and isha prayer comes in, then if you pray maghreb prayer it is not accepted. Scholars say that the hadtih of the Prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam): “Whomever sleeps a prayer of forgets about it he has to pray the minute he wakes up or he remembers it”. Scholars say that the Prophet gave 2 reasons, sleeping and forgetting, but those who leave it intentional, the Prophet says that prayer was meant to do it on time.

 

source: assimalhakeem.net

Meet A Coz: HUSSAINE ADAMU ATTA*

ImageAkwaaba! Nyase nini!! Welcome!!! In Case You’re Thinking ‘Wetin Dey Do This One Now’, Am Excited Just Thinking How There’s An Atta Ibrahim Descendant Representing Well In Every Profession & At All Levels. We Are Truly Blessed!

 

Our Mid-Month April’2013 Guest Is One Of Those Who Have Carried The Atta Name (Abi Na Brand Sef?!) Beyond The Shores Of Nigeria, And Embodies The Excellence The Atta Name Is Known For.

 

He Is Someone Who Dared To Follow His Dreams, Turning His Passion For Photography Into A Career That Has Seen Him Wine & Dine With Presidents!

 

  Please Meet: *HUSSAINE ADAMU ATTA*

 

 

For Someone Who Routinely Mingles With Heads of States & Royalty, This Bros No Get Shakara At All! He Graciously Welcomed The Idea Of This Interview, And After We Passed ‘His Security Checks’, His Responses Came In As Beautifully As A Camera Flash 🙂  

 

Make I Allow Una Meet & Enjoy The Bros Abeg:

 

THE INTERVIEW.

 

Q. Tell us your Background – parents’ names, your birth date, your place of birth, education, career, etc.

 

Hussaini: My parents are Alh.N.Adamu Atta and Hajiya Habiba Atta.I was born on the 1st of September, 1956. I did High School, attended the Fire Service Officers Academy; and ended with a career doing what I love best: Photo Journalism!

 

Q. How was your growing up years? – recall some fond memories.

 

Hussaini: Fantastic! Seriously, it was quite an easy life and tons of fun growing up with family & friends.

 

As a Photo Journalist, I have enjoyed privileged Meetings with world leaders; I have worked for about 5 Presidents during Military and Civilian regimes, witnessed coup d’etat at very frightening ranges – and all these was at Ghana.

 

Q. Marriage – Are you married? how you met your partner, how has married life been, advice on relationships & marriage, etc.

 

Hussaini: I’m dating someone right now: I met her at a State function (end of the year party). She’s very successful as a career person, but we are being careful so as to end up well. Couples should be patience with each other; men particularly need to be tolerant & give their wives care & attention like they give to their sisters and mums.

 

Q. Compare life when you were growing up, and now?

 

Hussaini: Life itself is a transition, there’s a big difference between life then & now. For me, Alhamdullah.

 Q. What it means to come from Atta Ibrahim family.

 

Hussaini: for me, It’s great to be from such an illustrious background. I was born in Ghana, & have lived my life there. I am really excited to know more family members through the family page.

 

Q. Happiest moment in life so far?

 

Hussaini: life has generally been good.

 

Q. Saddest moment in life so far?

 

Hussaini: Very recently, i met a lady from the Family who I wished to marry; sadly, she disappointed me! Otherwise, I’m generally a happy Guy.

 

(Chei, sister-Ozudu why naah? See fine guy o!)

 

Q. One thing you would change about Atta family if you could.

 

Hussaini: Discrimination! As a family, we must learn to practice mutual love & respect, irrespective of material acquisitions, world-views. You cannot be bigger than the ties that bind us by God’s design! (So true, bros!)

 

Q. Tell us your guiding philosophy in life.

 

Hussaini: To tolerate each other and love others as myself.

 

Q. What does fashion mean to you?

 

Hussaini: It’s great .It shows who you are inside, on the outside.

 

Q. Your hobbies?

 

Hussaini: Fishing, hunting, traveling and boxing. 

 

Q. Are you a football fan? Which is your favourite club?

 

Hussaini: I support my home team (Black Stars!). (You no sabi Super Eagles?!)

 

Q: Your Favourites: 

 

Food: Any African food.

 

Travel Destination: USA (Chicago)

 

Q. One thing you wish you could do for Atta family?

 

Hussaini: To make the name even more positively popular in anyway I can! 

 

The End!

This Religion (Islam) is Easy…

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Abu Hurayrah relates that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

 

“This religion is easy.

 

No one becomes harsh and strict in the religion without it overwhelming him.

 

So fulfill your duties as best you can and rejoice.

 

Rely upon the efforts of the morning and the evening and a little at night and you will reach your goal.” (Al-Bukhari)

 

These words of the Prophet (peace be upon him) define for us the concept of moderation in its proper Islamic context. When it comes to understanding the principles of Islamic Law, our definitions must be drawn from established sources and not purely from the discretion of the individual. Otherwise, our definition might yield a practical model that justifies nothing but itself.

 

Many of our accepted and established principles have begun to take forms that represent only one narrow vision and that are unable to…

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