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Being Grateful - Dr. Bilal Philips





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Published on Jun 24, 2012

Being Grateful - Dr. Bilal Philips


Khutbah : Being Grateful by Dr. Bilal Philips

As the founder of the Islamic Online University with over 20,000 students from 160 countries, Dr. Bilal Philips is a world renowned scholar and author of more than 100 books and articles. Born to Christian parents, Bilal Philips is a grandson of a Church Minister and Bible expert in Jamaica. He accepted Islam in 1972 and earned his B.A from Madinah University, Saudi Arabia and Masters from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. While there, he developed a curriculum for Islamic education in English. His famous work includes Islamic Studies vol. 1-3, Purpose of Creation, Fundamentals of Tawheed, True Message of Jesus Christ and The Exorcist Tradition in Islam.

Dr. Bilal Philips also holds a Ph.D in Islamic Theology from the University of Wales, UK. He currently resides in Doha, Qatar where he teaches and administers the Islamic Studies Academy. He travels extensively to Canada and around the world during the summer for the benefit of students. He also visits Central and South America and the West Indies to teach Islam. Besides teaching, he enjoys karate and playing squash with his family.

Bilal Philips has taught Islam and Arabic in private schools, lectured M.Ed. students in the Islamic studies departments of several universities and founded Islamic information centres while travelling around the world to teach Islam to diverse audiences. He enjoys playing squash at least three times a week with his wife and sons as a way to stay fit and stress-free. He teaches his children martial arts and has a black belt in Karate.

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What is to be said in sujood al-shukr (prostration of gratitude)?

There is no specific du'aa' narrated in the ahaadeeth for sujood al-shukr, hence the scholars said that what is to be said in sujood al-shukr is the same tasbeeh and du'aa' as are said when prostrating in prayer. So one should say Subhaana Rabbiy al-A'laa (Glory be to my Lord Most High), Allaahumma laka sajadtu wa bika aamantu wa laka aslamtu, sajada wajhi lillahi khalaqahu wa sawwarahu wa shaqqa sam'ahu wa basarahu, tabaaraka Allaah ahsan ul-khaaliqeen (O Allaah, unto You I prostrate, in You I believe and to You I submit. My face has prostrated to the One who created and formed it, and gave it hearing and sight. Blessed be Allaah, the best of creators). Then he should make du'aa' as he likes.

Ibn Qudaamah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: the description, rulings and conditions of sujood al-shukr are the same as those for sujood al-tilaawah (prostration required when reciting certain verses of Qur'aan). (al-Mughni, 2/372). And he said concerning sujood al-tilaawah: he should say in this prostration what he says in the prostration during prayer. (al-Mughni, 2/362).

Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: "Sujood al-shukr is done in response to a calamity that is averted or a blessing which come to a person. It is like sujood al-tilaawah outside prayer. Some of the scholars said that wudoo' and takbeer is required, and some said that only the first takbeer is required. Then he should fall down in prostration, and make du'aa' after saying "Subhaana Rabbiy al-A'laa (Glory be to my Lord Most High)."

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