The Sunday Guardian

True prayer fends away evil

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Oct 13, 2019

A believer has been advised in the Quran to be steadfast in his prayer, for prayer fends away indecency and evil. (29:45).

When the Prophet of Islam was asked about this verse, he said: “If a person’s prayer does not fend away indecency and evil, then his prayer is not really prayer at all.”

‘Allahu Akbar’ speaks of a belief

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Oct 6, 2019, p. 12

The phrase Allahu Akbar (or God is Great) is the most important part of the Islamic form of ritual prayer. If you add up the number of times this phrase is used in the azan, the call to prayer, and while performing the ritual prayers 5 times a day, it comes to around 300 times every day! This declaration of God being the Greatest is the phrase that is heard and uttered the most number of times in a Muslim’s life.

Make the most of life when you can

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Jul 07, 2019

Abdullah ibn Umar tells of how the Prophet once took him by the shoulders and said: “Live in this world as though you were a wayfarer.” 

Of our passage through life Abdullah ibn Umar used to say: “In the evening do not wait for the morning and in the morning do not wait for the evening. 

Make the most of your life before you are struck down by illness or death.” (Al-Bukhari).

Every action has a consequence

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Jun 30, 2019

A man came before the Prophet Muhammad and asked him for some advice. “Will you heed the advice?” the Prophet asked him. The man said that he would. The Prophet said to him: “When you decide on some action, think of its consequences. If they are good, go ahead with it: and if they are bad, refrain from it.”

God has multiple attributes

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Aug 11, 2019

Towards the end of his commentary on the chapter of the Quran entitled “The Night Journey”, IbnKathir has related the following incident: “A person heard the Prophet supplicating God by His names Rahman (the Beneficent) and Rahim (the Merciful). ‘I thought that he called on only one God,’ the man commented. ‘Yet, here he is, calling on two.’”

God has multiple attributes

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Aug 11, 2019

Towards the end of his commentary on the chapter of the Quran entitled “The Night Journey”, IbnKathir has related the following incident: “A person heard the Prophet supplicating God by His names Rahman (the Beneficent) and Rahim (the Merciful). ‘I thought that he called on only one God,’ the man commented. ‘Yet, here he is, calling on two.’”

Recognise life’s opportunities

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Aug 04, 2019

Someone has rightly said, “A day you have lived fully was your day. All other days are simply dates on your calendar.” There are two ways of leading your life. One is to simply pass your time, and the other is to avail of your time. If you live just to pass time, you are simply wasting your life. 

But if you spend your days meaningfully, you are truly living. You are making proper use of this amazing blessing that is called life. Every new day brings with it many opportunities. 

Recognise life’s opportunities

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Aug 04, 2019

Someone has rightly said, “A day you have lived fully was your day. All other days are simply dates on your calendar.” There are two ways of leading your life. One is to simply pass your time, and the other is to avail of your time. If you live just to pass time, you are simply wasting your life. 

But if you spend your days meaningfully, you are truly living. You are making proper use of this amazing blessing that is called life. Every new day brings with it many opportunities. 

Make the most of life when you can

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Sunday Guardian | Jul 28, 2019

Abdullah ibn Umar tells of how the Prophet once took him by the shoulders and said: “Live in this world as though you were a wayfarer.” 

Of our passage through life Abdullah ibn Umar used to say: “In the evening do not wait for the morning and in the morning do not wait for the evening. 

Make the most of your life before you are struck down by illness or death.” (Al-Bukhari).