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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.

Notes From Madinah!!!

Notes from Madinah


Indeed Allaah has conferred His Favor upon the Companions (RA) of Rasulullaah (Pbuh)..they gave birth to the city of Madinah when they made that historic Hijrah.

Whenever I'm in Madinah, I try as much as possible to create a scenario of the ideal society presented during the time of the Sahabah (RA)..but my expression and imagination is always frustrated by the spiritual buzz that existed during the golden era of Islam.

What must have been the sanity that reigned in Madinah when Rasulullaah (Pbuh) was reciting the Qur'an while AbuBakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali (RA) were the listeners?

How can I describe the fortune of the Sahabah (RA) when Bilal (RA) made the call to prayer and Rasulullaah (Pbuh) led the prayer? I'm inundated with tears.

The hills and valleys of Madinah will forever sing their silent eulogy for the greatest men that ever walked the face of earth...such is the reward of the doers of good for the sake of Allaah.

This morning, I stood in Jannatul Baqi' and I said to the deafening silence in the Graves beneath "Oh Sahabah (RA)! You worked for Allaah and obeyed His Rasul; now you are resting in the midst of the Pleasure of Allaah."

How can I express the fortune of AbuBakr and Umar (RA) that today when you visit the grave of Rasulullaah (Pbuh) you will find them by his side!

When I walk round the neighborhood of Rasulullaah (Pbuh) I tremble because if the same earth will testify for the Sahabah (RA) and I, then I'm doomed, where do I stand when the earth rolls out the CV of the Sahabah (RA)?

Centuries down the line but the sacrifice made by Rasulullaah (Pbuh) and his companions (RA) to establish Tauheed is written all over the atmosphere of Madinah.

Be like the companions (RA): Listen and Obey Allaah and His Rasul. Abandon any filthy lifestyle.

We ask Allaah to bless us with a beautiful death in Madinah thus favoring us with a burial in the neighborhood of Rasulullaah (Pbuh).

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Ummah Is Bleeding!!!


The Ummah is Bleeding::

These are trying times for the Ummah of Rasulullaah (Pbuh) but just as it is with the Sunnah of Allaah, it'll come and go. Sabr Ya ahlul Islam.

Everywhere you turn to, the Muslims have become a soft target. The most oppressed people on planet earth.

The hadith states that Allaah gives leeway to an oppressor, then when He grabs the oppressor none is there to rescue him from Allaah.

Where do you find down the history of the world's civilizations that innocent children are the target of oppressors except during the time of Pharaoh and now the Zionist regime of Israel..

Famine of just leaders, the world is crying out because it has never had this population of oppressive leaders on its back ever.

The media mouthpiece of the oppressors is disheartening and a deliberate tool to cause an atmosphere of despondency in the hearts of the Muslims.

As Muslims, we are encouraged not to despair of the Mercy of Allaah, He is in control, we turn to Him and He will in shaa rescue the Ummah.

Injustice is like a bubble, no matter how long it stays, it'll eventually burst into thin air. Allaah will destroy all the roots of oppression.

There can never be a justification for injustice. Those killed in Palestine, Burma, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Bosnia, CAR might be deceased to the world but they are alive in the Sight of Allaah.

At least, we can use the agency of this Ramadan to cry to Allaah to help our oppressed brothers and sisters wherever they are.

Ya Salaam! Allaah is very very tolerant with His servants. He created them from a quintessence of fluid yet man insults Him and kills those that believe in Him.

Read Qur'an in abundance and at the end of your recitation supplicate to Allaah to bring succor to our Palestinian, Burma, Borno....Muslims.