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What does the ‘seal’ of rewards mean?

Question

My question is about this Hadith found in Mustadrak Hakim:

“…He who performs wudu and recites the following du’a, it will be recorded on a scroll and then sealed with a seal and it will not be broken till the day of Qiyamah:

Subhanakallahumma wa bihamdika la ilaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayh.

My question is, what is the authenticity of this Hadith and more relevantly, what does the latter part of this Hadith mean? What does the “seal” mean and what is the reward of this Hadith specifically as I cannot seem to understand how having an action written on a scroll and sealed up is any more meritorious than ordinary circumstances such as the angels writing the deed on their scrolls. Read More »

Wording of another du’a to be recited before sleeping

Question

1. Can you confirm the reference and reliability of this du’a?

2. I found two variations of the du’a. Which one is valid?

بِاسْمِكَ رَبِّي وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي، وَبِكَ أَرْفَعُهُ، فَإِنْ أَمْسَكْتَ نَفْسِي فَارْحَمْهَا / [ فَاغْفِرْ لَهَا]، وَإِنْ أَرْسَلْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا، بِمَا تَحْفَظُ بِهِ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِينَ

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The effect of saying the word: Ya Rabbi

Question

How many times should we recite: Ya Rabb?

1. ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “When the servant said,”O Lord! [Ya Rabb]” four times. Allah said, “I am listening to you, my servant. Ask and you will be granted.”

2. I have seen another narration of Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu) where he said: “Whenever a servant said,”O Lord! O Lord!” Allah said,”I am listening to you, I am listening to you.”

3. And another where people complained to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) of the drought. He said, “Kneel down and say: “O Lord! O Lord!“. And the index rises skyward. Immediately, it rained so much that they wanted it to stop.”

4. Atam (114H) said: “Whenever a servant said, “O Lord! O Lord! O Lord! “Allah looks at him carefully [gives him his attention]. “We mentioned this to Hasan Basri said: “Do not you read the Quran?” Then he recited: (Surah Ali ‘Imran, verse: 191-195)

 

So my question is, should we say: Ya Rabb two times, three or four times?

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A Hadith regarding the self possessiveness of women

Question

My question is about the following Hadith:

“Allah Ta’ala has decreed the quality of possessiveness for women and jihad for men, so whoever bears that with patience out of faith and in the hope of reward will have a reward like that of a martyr.”

Is this Hadith authentic and if so, can you also provide some commentary as well?

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Become a key for good and a lock for evil

Question

Is the following narration authentic? What is its explanation?

Sahl ibn Sa’d (radiyallah ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “Indeed, this ghayr is treasures and these treasures have keys. Glad tidings for a slave who Allah has made a key for good and a lock for evil; and woe to a slave who Allah has made a key for evil and a lock for good.” (Ibn Majah)

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Another question on amulets (ta’widh)

Question

I found different reports about the amulet (ta’widh) and I didn’t understand.

The permissibility of ta’widh is supported by several companions and great Tabi`in,

But I read in a book the following report:

Ibrahim Nakha’i (rahimahullah) says : They (the Companions) disapproved all amulets (with Quran or without Quran) (Musannaf ibn Abi Shayba vol.8 pg.15 , or vol.8 pg.14 Hadith: 23918 Al Faruq edition)

How we should understand that?

Were the companions for or against the ta’widh?

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Beautiful words for recital at the beginning of Salah

Question

I have heard this beautiful Hadith and wanted to know when are we supposed to say these words?

It is narrated that Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: “While we were praying with Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam), a man from the crowd said:

Allahu akbar kabiran wal hamdu lillahi kathiran wa subhanallahi bukratan wa asilan

[Allah is indeed the Greatest, all praises are due to Him, many praises, and all glory is His alone, morning and evening.]

Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said: Who is the one who said these words? A person from the crowd said: It is me O Messenger of Allah. The Prophet said: They amazed me! They caused the doors of heaven to be opened. Ibn `Umar said: I have never abandoned these words since I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) say that.”

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