Deen Weekly podcast

Praying Fajr - To start the day in a good mood

Podcast Date: 
Saturday, 13 September 2014

Have you ever felt lazy, sluggish and were unproductive during the day - particularly those days when you didn't pray Fajr? Read this very very short talk by Sheikh Jamal.

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: 'When any one of you goes to sleep, the Shaitan ties three knots on his head, saying each time: "(Sleep) a long night." If he wakes up and remembers Allah (SWT), one knot is undone. If he performs wudu', another knot is undone. If he prays, all the knots are undone and he starts his day in a good mood and feeling energetic. Otherwise he starts his day in a bad mood and feeling lethargic.' [Sunan an-Nasa'i 1607, Sahih -Grade].

So if you want to have a really good day, its not coffee that will keep you alert or antidepressants that will keep you in a good mood. What you need to do is wake up, take Allah's name, do wudhu and pray Fajr.

May Allah give us hidayah to pray all the five prayers on time.

Nature of the Soul

Podcast Date: 
Saturday, 6 September 2014

As Salam Alaikum. This week Dr Nasser Shehata translates few chapters from the Book of Rooh by Ibn ul Qayyim. Rooh is an arabic word for "Soul". In this talk, Dr Nasser explains (from the book) - the nature of the soul, how it separates from the body and what happens to the soul after that; Dr Nasser also slightly touches about the torment in the grave and clears the misconception about reciting Surah Baqarah, Surah Yaseen and Surah Mulk at the Grave. Jazakum Allah Khairan

Story of a little boy and the King

Podcast Date: 
Saturday, 30 August 2014

Story of a little boy and the King (People of the Ditch) from Surah Al-Burooj

By Sheikh Jamal (30-August-2014)

The story surrounds a young boy called Obaid. He is confronted with a choice to live an easy life in this world or to struggle for reward in the Hereafter. The story takes place during the tyrannical rule King Narsis, who controls his people by encouraging them to worship idols and frightening them with the magic of Cinatas, his evil sorcerer. Cinatas chooses Obaid to be his student, someone who will assist him in his magic.At first, the boy is tempted by dreams of the power and the influence he will wield as the king's next sorcerer. But, soon after he starts to question his priorities. He begins talking to a righteous and a very holy man, who opens his mind to the true meaning of life. This righteous man tells Obaid that there is only one God, Allah Almighty and that He created mankind to worship Him alone. Though these words appeal to Obaid’s heart and mind, he's still pretty much confused. The righteous man advises him to seek the truth on his own – and thus begins the boy’s quest for the real meaning of life. But how can Obaid find out the truth? And, if he finds it, will he have the strength to follow it – regardless whether it will cost him his life?

This story is taken from an authentic narration or a Hadith of Islamic Prophet Muhammad that explains the reference to “The people of the ditch” in Surah Al-Burooj from the Holy Qur’an {85:4). The Qur'anic story is about a boy who believes in Allah Almighty, and he is blessed with divine protection from the plotting of a wicked king.