Bismillaah wa -Alhamdulillaah wa Salaatu wa Salaam 'alaa Rasulillaah 'amma ba'd
On Saturday 11th August, 2012, The Noble Shaykh 'Arafat Muhammady (May Allaah Preserve Him), one of the virtuous mashayikh of Madinah, K.S.A., and from the best students of the 'Ulamah (scholars) of Madinah most prominantly Shaykhanna al-Walid 'Ubayd al-Jaabiree (May Allaah preserve him) will deliver a LIVE Tele-Lecture with Muwahhideen Publications narrating to us some examples of the behaviour salaf us saalih (righteous predecessors) in the last ten nights of Ramadhaan. The Shaykh is highly praised for his efforts and firmness in dawah by Shaykh Rabee' ibn Hadi al-Madkhalee (May Allaah preserve him) and many others of the ulamah (scholars). This event will be broadcast LIVE in Masjid Ibn 'Abbaas, Tobago, two masaajid in Trinidad, Masjid ul Khaleefah and Masjid us Sunnah, and four Masaajid in the U.S. Masjid Al-Bukhaari, Florida, Masjid Ibn 'Abbas, Georgia, Masjid Uthaymeen, New Jersey, and Masjid Nur Allaah in New York.
This lecture event was translated LIVE into English.
The Shaykh started off by saying Allaah has bestowed so many blessings upon us that they could never be counted or comprehended. And from these great blessings is the month of Ramadhaan which Allaah has made the season for all things good and a season to attain as much good deeds as possible and to do as much good deeds as possible. The blessings of this month are numerous and much has happened historically in this month.
The Shaykh continued that this is the month of Quraan and it is upon the Muslims to strive to recite as much as they are able to and that the salaf-us-saalih were the foremost in striving to recite and memorize the Quraan. He affirmed that the highest aim and most important goal is to sincerely ponder upon the ayaat of the Book of Allaah and he expounded beautifully on the immense benefits of memorizing, reciting and pondering on the Quraan in this life and the next. He issued an admonition to us as comes from the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhi was sallam) on the matter of forgetting the ayaat of Allaah that we have memorized and related some of the stories of the Salaf such as ‘Amr Ibn al-Aas, ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood, Ad-Daarimee, Ibn ‘Abbaas and Ibn ‘Umar (May Allaah be pleased with them and have mercy upon them) reciting, contemplating and crying over the majestic verses of Allaah. Our Shaykh went on to mention the ayah of ‘Ibaadur Rahmaan, talking about the virtues of standing in the night and mentioned a lofty narration of Ibn 'Abbaas (May Allaah be pleased with him) that states, “For those whom Allaah has made it easy to stand up in the night in prayer, He will make it easy for them to stand on the Day of Judgment."
Alluding to the state of our salaf-us-saalih, he said if we were to ponder on their lives we would see what is beyond amazing. They used to be role models for the rest of the Muslims in reciting the Quraan and standing in the night and their role model was our Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) who used to stand in the night until his feet became swollen. You would see upon them tranquility and serenity because of their love and fear of Allaah from standing in the night.
Admonishing and encouraging us he said that if we want to be like the companions, we must do what they did. They didn’t care about this world and their hearts were clean and pure from any acts of shirk, bid’ah, envy or hatred for anyone. We must stay away from sins and all that is worldly, as sins get between a slave and him worshipping his Lord.
Wa Billaahi Tawfeeq
Wa SallAllaahu wa Sallaama wa Barak 'alaa Nabiyanna Muhammad wa 'alaa 'Alyhi wa Sahbyhi wa Sallam