Friday a blessed Day.

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The BEST DAY on which the sun has risen is FRIDAY; on it Adam was created, on it he was made to enter Paradise, on it he. was expelled from it.

(Sahih Muslim Book #004, Hadith #1856)

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (p.b.u.h) talked about friday and said, “There is AN HOUR (opportune time) on friday and if a Muslim gets it while praying and asks something from Allah, then Allah will definitely meet his demand.” And he (the Prophet) pointed out the shortness of that time with his hands.

(Sahih Al Bukhari Book #13, Hadith #57)

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (p.b.u.h) said, “Any person who takes a BATH on friday like the bath of Janaba and then goes for the PRAYER (in the first hour i.e. early), it is as if he had sacrificed a camel (in Allah’s cause); and whoever goes in the second hour it is as if he had sacrificed a cow; and whoever goes in the third hour, then it is as if he had sacrificed a horned ram; and if one goes in the fourth hour, then it is as if he had sacrificed a hen; and whoever goes in the fifth hour then it is as if he had offered an egg. When the Imam comes out (i.e. starts delivering the Khutba), the ANGELS present themselves to listen to the Khutba.”

(Sahih Al Bukhari Book #13, Hadith #6)

Narrated Salman-Al-Farsi: The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, “Whoever takes a bath on friday, purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jumua prayer) and does NOT SEPARATE TWO PERSONS SITTING TOGETHER (in the mosque), then prays as much as (Allah has) written for him and then REMAINS SILENT WHILE the Imam is delivering the KHUTBA, his sins in-between the present and the last friday would be forgiven.”

(Sahih Al Bukhari Book #13, Hadith #8)

Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Messenger (p.b.u.h) saying, “We (Muslims) are the last (to come) but (will be) the foremost on the Day of Resurrection though the former nations were given the Holy Scriptures before us. And this was their day (friday) the celebration of which was made compulsory for them but they differed about it. So Allah gave us the guidance for it (friday) and all the other people are behind us in this respect: the Jews’ (holy day is) tomorrow (i.e. Saturday) and the Christians’ (is) the day after tomorrow (i.e. Sunday).”

(Sahih Al Bukhari Book #13, Hadith

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The 4 Wives.

THE 4 WIVES

There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best.

He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He’s very proud of her and always wanted to show off her to his friends. However, the merchant is always in great fear that she might run away with some other men.

He too, loved his 2nd wife. She is a very considerate person, always patient and in fact is the merchant’s confidante. Whenever the merchant faced some problems, he always turned to his 2nd wife and she would always help him out and tide him through difficult times.

Now, the merchant’s 1st wife is a very loyal partner and has made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well as taking care of the household. However, the merchant did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.

One day, the merchant fell ill. Before long, he knew that he was going to die soon. He thought of his luxurious life and told himself, “Now I have 4 wives with me. But when I die, I’ll be alone. How lonely I’ll be!”

Thus, he asked the 4th wife, “I loved you most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No way!” replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word.

The answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant’s heart. The sad merchant then asked the 3rd wife, “I have loved you so much for all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No!” replied the 3rd wife. “Life is so good over here! I’m going to remarry when you die!” The merchant’s heart sank and turned cold.

He then asked the 2nd wife, “I always turned to you for help and you’ve always helped me out. Now I need your help again. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?” “I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!” replied the 2nd wife. “At the very most, I can only send you to your grave.” The answer came like a bolt of thunder and the merchant was devastated.

Then a voice called out : “I’ll leave with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go.” The merchant looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the merchant said, “I should have taken much better care of you while I could have !”

Actually, we all have 4 wives in our lives

a. The 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it’ll leave us when we die.

b. Our 3rd wife ? Our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they all go to others.

c. The 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we’re alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

d. The 1st wife is in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit of material, wealth and sensual pleasure.

Guess what? It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go. Perhaps it’s a good idea to cultivate and strengthen it now rather than to wait until we’re on our deathbed to lament.

Earth’s fill of Gold

Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an:
Indeed, those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers – never  would the [whole] capacity of the earth in gold be accepted from one of  them if he would [seek to] ransom himself with it. For those there will be  a painful punishment, and they will have no helpers. [Ale Imran: 91]

The word used for the capacity of the earth in this ayah is Mil al-Ard.
Mil‘ is used for the quantity that a vessel holds when it is filled; hence Mil al Ard refers to the quantity/volume/mass/fill of the earth.

Those who die while they are disbelievers, shall have no good deed ever accepted from them, even if they spent the earth’s fill of gold as ransom. How much gold would that amount to? The earth’s fill.

Volume of the earth:
1,083,206,246,123,080,894,852 m3

In words: 1 Septillion, 83 Sextillion, 206 quintillion, 246 trillion, 123 billion,
80 million, 894 thousand, 852 m3

Mass of the Earth = 5.98 x 10^24 kg 
(After 98, you would add 24 more zeros)

Price of one Ounce of Gold = $802.70 USD

Therefore, mass of the earth in Gold is worth = $1.65 x 10^29 USD (27 zeros after 65)

With this money, you could buy yourself:

–   100 Ferrari’s ($168,000 each)
–   The most expensive house in the world ($155 million)
–   A Boeing A380 – huge double decker plane ($300 million)
–   The millennium star diamond (over a $100 million)
–   The international space station ($100 billion)
–   Trip to the moon ($100 million)
And now, you could do this for every single person of the six billion people on earth as well and have spent only 0.000000366 % of your money.

You could have done all this a million times over and still have 97 % of your money left over.

It’s like winning a $200 billion lottery for every second of your life for 65 years.

An absolutely unfathomable amount of money. Does anyone on this planet have this much gold? Can anyone earn this much?

If the disbeliever gave the earth’s fill of gold as ransom, it will not be accepted  from him.

[Lesson]
The weight of Imaan is more than Mil al Ard. It’s more valuable. It’s priceless.