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Monday, 27 October 2014

Mutual Rivalry: Our Dilemma

Mutual Rivalry: Our Dilemma

Allaah has honored us, He has bestowed intellect on us, He has perfected our creation, He constantly provides for us, the only thing He is asking from us is to live a life of total conformity with Qur'an based on the Sunnah of His Messenger, Muhammad bin Abdullah (Pbuh).

Nobody knows the creation more than Allaah and He has perfectly described the nature of humans in numerous places in the Glorious Qur'an and one such apt description is:

"The Mutual Rivalry for Piling Up (Materialism) of worldly things diverts you." Q102:1

Ibn Katheer, an intellectual giant in the field of Tafseer said: "Allaah says that all are preoccupied by love of the world, its delights and its adornments, and this distracts you from seeking the Hereafter and desiring it. This delays you until death comes to you and you visit the graves thus becoming its inhabitants."

I cry, and I cry and I continue to cry at the lamentable and pathetic state that we the Muslims of today find ourselves in. It is inconceivable that the Muslims of today especially the youth could stoop so low by mortgaging their modesty and bashfulness for a miserable price of this world. So many vices taking their toll on the Muslim youth but nothing has plagued the Muslim youth today like the evil of social media.

Safe to say that majority of the youth today that are found wanting in terms of moral and spiritual uprightness are victims of the negative slogans of the social media tools we have at our disposal. These tools just like any other tool can be used positively or negatively depending on the aspiration of the user (either aspiring for Jannah or Jahannam).

Islamic culture has two distinctive features: Morality and Simplicity; while our lustful and materialistic civilization has immorality and extravagance.
The most vulnerable generation today is that of the teenagers, they perfect the art of mutual rivalry and this never ending quest for social recognition and fame has duped many of them into adopting a repugnant lifestyle.

The competition in materialism; who appears more beautiful, who wears what, who uses what gadget, who drives what car, who visits where, who knows who and the list is endless. 

Hayah loosely translated as modesty, bashfulness has left our homes hence, the youth compete with one another to gain fame through the display of their nudity. Some you would swear are not Muslims until you hear their names.

Young young girls glorifying nudity and prostitution for stipends. Some in their desperate bid to be recognized outdo one another in immorality. 
Islam is a religion that glorifies shame and modesty. Allaah prohibits not only immorality and shameful deeds but also closes all the avenues that could lead to an immoral atmosphere.

Allaah says: "Come not near shameful deeds, whether open or secret." Surah al-An'am :151

The inherent natural instinct of each individual is to worship Allaah and to be modest in all affairs but when we give in to societal pressures we tend to lose our identity and that is exactly the quagmire we find ourselves in today.

Our innocence as humans must not be allowed to be corrupted because of our blind quest to satisfy our ego. Don't follow the crowd, follow the Sunnah.

Allaah paints the image of the regret of the sinners who kept bad companies as thus: "And remember the Day when the wrongdoer will bite at his hands, he will say: "Oh! would that I had taken a path with the Messenger." Ah! Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so-and-so as an intimate friend." Q25:27-28

Some are introduced to all sorts of vices through their friends. We compete with one another in negative ways and this has blinded us from Jannah.

Once upon a time, the women of this Ummah epitomized modesty and bashfulness, today our women take pride in exposing their bodies on instagram and other social media platforms.

The untamed desire to maintain an elite profile in the society has led many youth to commit the most heinous of deeds. Mutual rivalry has blinded us thus responsible for our lazy attitude towards the worship of Allaah.

Most of us feel deprived if we can't post the type of picture others are posting, if we can't display the type of ring, wristwatch and clothes others are displaying. 

What can we do to deflate our ego and to energize our souls towards healthy competition? Competition is somehow intrinsic to human nature hence Islam didn't come to suppress our innate nature but rather to direct it towards that which pleases Allaah and guarantees entry into the Ultimate Gardens of the Palatial Homes of Paradise. 

Allaah in His inimitable style says: "In good ways compete with one another." Brothers and sisters in Islam, I am a traveller in this world and I guess we all are, what do I stand to gain or to impress you with other than fulfilling my responsibility as a fellow Muslim who aspires for Jannah.

We must be willing to abandon our filthy lifestyle and this can only be a reality if we start sitting in the company of the righteous.

We must impress upon our souls that whatever fame or fortune we gain from this world it is bound to perish, that which is with Allaah abides forever.

If I drive the latest car or use the latest phone what has that got to do with my rating in the Sight of Allaah? Many are out there to encourage us to die on the path of falsehood, they praise us when we disobey Allaah and frown at us when we obey Allaah. Beware!

There is many more to write but I believe this will suffice the seekers of truth.

Allaah loves those servants of His who have sinned and recognized His Clemency and turn to Him for forgiveness and repentance. And who is there besides Allaah that can forgive all sins?

Don't be deluded by this world. I end with this: "You will die the way you lived and be resurrected the way you died." - Hadith

Friday, 19 September 2014

The Sun and The Moon!!!

The Sun and the Moon are not the same!!!

Trying to be a man in the name of gender equality is a waste of womanhood. Each has been fashioned and assigned responsibilities accordingly by Allaah.

Allaah in His inimitable style and flawless words said in Surah Nisa'i verse 32

"And wish not for the things in which Allaah has made some of you excel others. For men there is reward for what they have earned, (and likewise) for women there is reward for what they have earned, and ask Allaah of His bounty. Surely, Allaah is Ever All-Knower of everything." 

A decision by Allaah (SWT) never to be vetoed. 

The sun and the moon run their separate courses, the moon cannot do the work of the sun neither can do sun do the work of the moon and when they cross parts we experience eclipse. 

Same apply to us humans, when men assume the responsibility of women and women vie to attain the position of men, we will not only experience social eclipse but wallah our society will be plagued by spiritual eclipse.

As men and women, we are not competitors, each has a well defined boundary within which both worldly and spiritual goals can be attained by securing the pleasure of Allaah.

When you chant the slogan of gender equality, you are making a subtle indication that there is fault in how Allaah has assigned responsibilities peculiar to each sex.

Men should stay within the parameters of manhood and women should likewise operate within the parameters of womanhood.

Islam has not only given women rights it has also given them heights.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

A Mask Does Not Change A Person's Being!!!

Shaykhul Islam Taqi ad-Deen Ahmad ibn Abdul Halim ibn Taymiyah al-Harrani said: "The name you give to things does not change their reality."
We live in an era where Zina (adultery and fornication) is called 'an affair' 'a one night stand' 'love-making'.
Riba (usury) is so despicable that it attracts a declaration of war by Allaah against any such person that indulges in it yet the demonic civilization of our era has given it a convenient name of 'interest' or 'service charge'.
Riba is forbidden according to the unadulterated evidences of Qur'an and Sunnah and the general consensus of the scholars.
Today, the enemies of Allaah and Islam will stop at nothing in misguiding the Muslims.
A friend asked me a Fatwa regarding a contemporary issue that has to do with the telecommunication industry in respect to a package known as XtraTime which allows eligible customers access to airtime on credit when they run out of airtime.
I thought the answer is not only good for him but relevant for the Muslims as a whole.
The XtraTime attracts a service charge of 10% of the airtime borrowed. And this in fact is the reality of Riba.
If the company had charged a particular fee for registering a customer to have access to such packages it would have been in conformity with Islamic financial system but charging a percentage of the airtime borrowed is Riba and Haram in Islam.
Brothers and sisters in Islam, the system of Riba is there to milk the desperation of the poor. You are desperate to make a call but no credit hence they milk your desperation by offering you an airtime on credit attracting 10% interest.
Brothers and sisters in Islam, I'm a traveler in this world and I guess we all are, what do I have to gain from pleasing you, I will die and be solely answerable to my Lord.
You will remember what I am telling you, and my affair I leave solely to Allaah.
Help spread the message. May Allaah forgive our shortcomings and take our souls as sincere believers in Islamic Monotheism.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Pride Vesus Humility!!!

Pride versus Humility 

Humility is the mother of all good just as pride is the mother of all evil.

Rasulullaah (Pbuh) said: "Evil indeed is that servant who displays might and arrogance forgetting that the Almighty is Allaah."

Rasulullaah (Pbuh) said: "He will not enter Paradise, who has an iota of pride in his heart."

Pride according to Rasulullaah (Pbuh) is to consider others inferior and to deny the truth.

Umar (RA) said: "What I fear most for you is when you move around having an opinion (of piety) about yourself."

Pride creeps in as a result of knowledge, wealth, piety, beauty (especially in women), strength. 

If a man cannot humble himself when he's tested with knowledge, wealth, piety, beauty and strength then suffice to say that he/she is proud.

To tame pride you need to constantly remind yourself of your sins.

To tame pride always remind yourself that you don't deserve the blessings conferred on you by Allaah.

To tame pride always remember the fact that the most beloved of Allaah is Rasulullaah (Pbuh) yet he was the most humble.

To tame pride we need to neutralize the fact that our parents are so-and-so or we are from so-and-so race or tribe.

Iman and humility elevated the Ethiopian Bilal to the pedestal of a Jannati while kufr and pride debased the honorable Abu Jahl to the depth of Jahannam.

He who will be humble will be elevated by Allaah and he who will be proud will be debased by Allaah.

May Allaah save us from pride and arrogance and equip us with Iman and humility.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

What Next After Ramadan!!!

What next After Ramadan?

Alhamdulillah Alladhi bi ni'matihi wa fadlihi tatimmus salihat (All praise be to Allaah through Whose Boon and Favor virtue sees completion and nobility sees culmination).

Fasting in the month of Ramadan is a vehicle that drives us to the destination of Taqwa...I hope we have arrived safely at that destination now that Ramadan has bade us farewell.

Just as we rigidly and happily practiced on the rituals of Ramadan (regular Qura'nic recitation, promptness in the observance of Salat, lowering of our gazes, regular charity, feeding of the poor, patience, forgiveness), we need not to stagnant we have to carry on even at the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal.

The Lord of Ramadan is with absolute certainty the Lord of Shawwal nay the Lord of all the months. 

Just as we seek for the pleasure of Allaah in Ramdan to admit us to Paradise and to distance us from Hell so also are we expected to do even after Ramadan.

Don't let your Tahajjud fall asleep after Ramadan only to wake up in the next Ramadan which perhaps we might not live to see.

As-Sibaq (racing towards good deed) is the ultimate challenge in the life of a believer. Challenge your soul to make each new second better than the previous one.

In Q57:21 and other places also Allaah has asked us to outrace one another in good deeds and in seeking for the forgiveness of our Lord.

I leave you with this thought-provoking hadith of Rasulullaah (Pbuh).

On the strength of Abdullah bin Amr bin Al'As (RA), Rasulullaah (Pbuh) said: "O Abdullah! Do not be like so-and-so. He used to get up at night for optional prayer (Tahajjud) but abandoned it later." Bukhari and Muslim have it.

Oh brothers and sisters in Islam, don't be like so-and-so, who used to be mindful of his duties to Allaah during Ramadan and then abandoned it at the crescent of Shawwal.

May Allaah grab us by our foreheads and steer us to His obedience.