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Monday, 20 April 2015

Rajab: One of The Sacred Months!!!

In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. 

Allaah's Power, Might and Dominion over His creations makes Him the Sole Decision Maker in the Entire Universe. 

Allaah out of His Divine Wisdom created the creation and ordained therein 12 months as He said in Suratul Taubah Q9:36

"Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allaah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein....."

Of these months, three are in succession Dhul-Qa'dah, Dhul-Hijjah and Muharram, and (the fourth is) Rajab of (the tribe of) Mudar.

Brothers and sisters, these months are made sacred by Allaah Himself and He's asked us not to wrong ourselves in them (also in all other months).

Sinning in this Month of Rajab is worse than sinning in other months. In the same vain, rewards of righteous deeds are multiplied therein.

Injustice in this month of Rajab is worse and graver than injustice in other months.

We have to sanctify what Allaah has sanctified.

However, a lot of 'ibada are being attributed to this month which in fact are baseless in the Islamic Shari'ah. We have to be circumspect not to fall into the trap of Satan thinking that we are doing the right thing.

Of such deeds is the regularisation and singling out of fasting in the month. In Majmoo' al-Fataawa of Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on hin) he said: "As for fasting in Rajab in particular, the ahadeeth concerning that are all da'eef (weak), and in fact mawdoo' (fabricated).

His renowned student, Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr ibn Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Manaar al-Muneef that: "Every hadeeth which mentions fasting in Rajab and praying during some of its nights is false and fabricated." 

Brothers and sisters in Islam, the sacredness implied in these months means fighting (Jihad) therein is Haram (forbidden) unless initiated by the enemy and committing sins in these months is more forbidden.

So let us concentrate on abandoning our sins more in this month and increasing in our righteousness rather than dwelling on false and fabricated ahaadeeth to initiate multiple fasts and singling out 27th of Rajab for special Tahajjud.

May Allaah give us the ability to sanctify what He has sanctified and establish us firmly on the path of the people of understanding and comprehension.‎

Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Social Magnetism!!!

Everyone succumbs either wittingly or unwittingly to the magnetism of the social conduct of their peers.

Regardless of whether we are young or elderly, one way or the other we tend to incline towards certain pressure from those whose company we enjoy. This was the case of Uqbah bin Abi Mu'ayt and Ubayy bin Khalaf.
 When the latter influenced the former to mock at the Prophet (Pbuh) ‎after an initial acceptance of the truth.

Perusing through the Words of Allaah with passion and enthusiasm introduces us to many forms of regrets Man will be engulfed in on the Day of Judgement. Undoubtedly keeping bad company is one of such regrets.

Allaah says in His inimitable style, in a flawless manner and in an unequivocal terms that: "Close friends, that Day, will be enemies to each other, except for the righteous." Q43:67

Every friendship that exists for a purpose other than for the sake of Allaah will turn to enmity on the Day of Resurrection, except for that which exists for the sake of Allaah.

Rasulullaah (Pbuh) said it so eloquently that: "A person is likely to follow the faith of his friend, so look whom you befriend."

Our social circle frames our thoughts. Be wise whom you befriend. 

Brothers and sisters, we either influence or get influenced. Character is contagious.

The giant Abu Hanifah said: "I love the pious and I am not of them, but I hope Allah will grant me piety [through loving them]."

‎Sit with those who will conscientize you about Allaah.

Do you have a friend whose very appearance reminds you of spirituality and reminds you of Allaah? That is a friend to keep if you have one.

Don't forsake your deen because of your friends. ‎

Look for friendship in him whose presence reminds you of Allaah. 

Look for friendship in him whose speech increases your knowledge about Allaah. 

Look for friendship in him whose conducts remind you of the inescapable accountability of the Day of Judgement. 

Look for friendship in him whose activities are meticulously done to please Allaah.

Don't frequent the gatherings of those whose appearance, speech and conduct take you away from Allaah. 

Peer pressure leads to beer pressure and beer pressure leads to blood pressure and blood pressure leads to death.

When we don't appreciate those that correct us we will see good as evil and evil as good. ‎

We need to become a manifestation and a reflection of piety so that we will attract the pious toward us. 

If you love the prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) you will be with him in Jannah. 

Those who keep evil company will find themselves in a humiliating position before Allaah, arguing and disputing with one another. 

For them, the Day of Judgment will be very difficult, because it will be the Day of justice and the decisive judgement.

In Suratul Furqan Q25:28-29 Allaah paints the image of regret of those who keep evil company: "Ah! Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so-and-so as an intimate friend. He indeed led me astray from the Reminder after it had come to me. And Shaytan is to man ever a deserter."

Arguably, we can postulate that the social and moral decadence prevalent in our societies today is a product of keeping bad and evil company.

Ask yourself this innocent question: "Am I living for Jannah through starving of my ego and evil desires by pleasing Allaah regardless of whether the world accepts me or not OR am I living for Jahannam by succumbing to my ego and evil desires by pleasing the world regardless of whether Allaah accepts my Iman or not?‎

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Constants Of Tauheed III

In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. 

One with Allaah is the majority. 
The first most important quest for a believer is the quest to internalize Tauheed in its most pristine form. 
Tauheed is (Al ifradul Allaahi bil 'ibadati wal inqiyadu lahu bi-t-tahati wal khulusu minash shirki wal bara'atu min ahlihi) 
The key words here are: Singularity of devotion to Allaah; being consistent and resolute in obeying Him; abstaining from shirk; and cutting off ties with the people of shirk by not following their footsteps.
Tauheed is to believe that there is no Partner to Allah in His Being and in His Attributes. 
A sound Tauheed is the only legitimate yardstick with which Allaah measures the success of an individual in this world and in the Hereafter. 
Wallaah! No man will enter Jannah without a sound Tauheed no matter how good his deeds are. 

And no man will dwell permanently in Hell if he has an atom's weight of Tauheed.

Allaah out of His Divine prerogative can decide to admit a very sinful Muslim who has never committed shirk to Jannah without punishing him.
Allaah has warned us in stern terms not to attribute piety to ourselves nor break up into sects claiming holier than thou attitude. 
Negation and affirmation makes a perfect Tauheed: Laa ilaha (there is no deity (nothing) worthy of worship) illa Allaah (except Allaah Alone).
We must be sincere first with Allaah, then with ourselves and must live with people with all sincerity. Don't display love with an inward hatred if perfection of Tauheed is what you seek for.
Of antithesis to a sound Tauheed is to attribute your unwanted situations in life to others believing that they can harm or benefit you.
Our outward demeanor of piety, love and sincerity must be in conformity with our inward reality otherwise Allaah will disgrace us. 
I implore one and all to take the matter of Tauheed very serious because Tauheed is to a believer what head is to a body. Without it, no existence.
Rasulullaah (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him ) said: "Everyone starts his day and is a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or bringing about its ruin." Muslim

Brothers and sisters in Islam, the choice to perfect our Eeman to attract salvation is ours to make!!!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Why The Rush???

In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. 

Allaah says in His inimitable style that: "Verily, man was created very impatient; Apprehensive when evil touches him; And suppressive when good touches him; EXCEPT THOSE WHO ARE DEVOTED TO SALAH; THOSE WHO WITH THEIR SALAH ARE DA'IMUN" Q 90: 19-23
With all the blameworthy features man has been described with, Allaah makes an exception in those who guard strictly their Salah with tranquility and humility.

Ibn Katheer unpacked the meaning of Da'imun to equate the terminology used in describing standing (still) water (Al-Ma' Ad-Da'im) and this points to the obligation of having tranquility in the prayer.

If we rush our prayers then we do not in any way fit into the description of the believers given by Allaah in Q23 when He says: "Successful indeed are the believers. Those who with their Salah are Khashi'un."

I sob profusely (internally) when we complain about the Imam spending much time in conversing with Allaah. And I ask the question; what has happened to our Iman?

Ibn al-Qayyim (RA) in his kitaab Zaad al-Ma'aad vol. 1/257, 258 he said: "The one who is praying is facing his Lord and conversing with Him so long as he is praying. When he says Salaam that conversation comes to a close and he is no longer standing before Him and close to Him.

Who amongst us will rush to finish a grand meeting organised for us by the President of the nation??? I guess we will maximize our stay with him but alas! When it comes to the meeting arranged for us by Allaah five times a day to converse personally with Him we feel bored and hasty.‎
Five minutes! At most, ten minutes you are done with a sound and beautiful prayer and a painless conversation with Allaah Who is ever ready to answer your supplication yet you rush your Salah for a miserable pursuit?‎

Today our Salah is so handicapped that the best I can use to describe it is: "Up-Down-Kiss-the-Ground-And-Back-To-Town.

Hear this out! Allaah says: "So, woe unto those performers of Salah, Those who with their Salah are Sahun." Q107:4-5‎

Those are the likes of most of us today who pray, adhere to it yet are mindless of it.

In the Two Sahihs (Bukhari and Muslim) it was reported that the Messenger of Allaah said: "This is the prayer of the hypocrite, this is the prayer of the hypocrite, this is the prayer of the hypocrite. He sits watching the sun until it is between the two horns of Shaytan. Then he stands and pecks four (Rak'ahs) and does not remember Allaah (in them) except very little."

Brothers and sisters in Islam haven't you heard the statement of the Prophet (Pbuh) regarding Salah? He said: "Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his giving up prayer." ‎ Muslim.

Of what benefit is the prayer of a man who prays it lackadaisically? 
We can spend hours chatting, speaking rapidly and unintelligibly without raising an eyebrow yet we complain of a ten minutes prayer?
If this is our lot, I'm afraid we need to practice the purification of the soul because the soul isn't comfortable standing and conversing with Allaah.

The prayer that we rush today has the potential of rescuing us and our progeny on the Day when the first deed to be examined will be Salah.

Hurayth ibn Qubaysah asked Abu Hurayrah to tell him a hadith he heard from the Prophet (Pbuh) so that he will benefit therefrom and He said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh) say that the first thing for which a person will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection will be his prayer. If it is found sound, he will be successful, and if it is lacking in any way, he will be doomed." Reported by Abu Isa At-Tirmidhi.

Be conscious of Allaah and be mindful of your duties to Him. Don't hide under the pretext of any hadith to rush your Salah. 

Without tranquility and humility there is no Salah.

Why the rush to terminate a spiritual conversation with Allaah when you can't run away from Allaah except to Him? 

Monday, 6 April 2015

The Poisonous Meat In Our Meal: Gossip And Rumor Mongering!!!

In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

I start with the uncreated Words of Allaah. He said in the 68th chapter of the Glorious Qur'an: "And obey not everyone who swears much, and is considered worthless, A slanderer, going about with calumnies."

As humans, mistakes are intrinsic to our nature. We must learn to cover the faults of the muslims if we want Allaah to cover ours. 

"Verily, those who like that Fahishah should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter. And Allaah knows and you know not." Q24:19

Allaah warns us against listening to evil talks, believing in them and spreading them if we aspire to avert the torment of both the worlds. 

Some are desperate to hear evil talk about others so that they can spread it without verifying it in order to tarnish their image. This is sinful.

On the strength of Thawban (RA), the Prophet (Pbuh) said "Do not annoy the servants of Allaah, nor abuse them, nor seek their hidden shortcomings. Whoever seeks out the faults of his Muslim brother, Allaah will expose his faults and degrade him, even if he is hiding in his house." Hadith 

It is highly tempting to spread the mistakes of others but stifling the temptation takes us closer to Jannah. The choice is ours. 

Had our sins been written all over our faces, I guess no man would step out of his room to face his immediate family out of shame.

The way some law enforcement agents are trigger happy sadly that's how must of us are gossip happy. 

"Allaah will cover up on the Day of Resurrection the defects (faults) of the one who covers up the faults of the others in this world." Hadith

Before we move our tongues to lay down the mistakes and sins of others, it will be wise to reflect on our hidden and apparent sins also. 

‎How excellent it is to cover up the shortcomings of others, it's such a laudable act that Allaah Himself loves those who possess this quality and has promised not to disgrace them on the day when men will be disgraced.

The Prophet of Islam said:

 "Every one of my followers will be forgiven except those who expose (openly) their wrongdoings."

It's very bad to make a gist out of the sins we commit in secrecy. Gisting others about the Zina committed. Allaah wont forgive such a person.

‎Don't run your fellow Muslim brothers and sisters down by backbiting them.

Backbiting...a sin we all are guilty of.... 

Our inherent human frailty does not guarantee sinlessness but tearing up the cover provided by Allaah when we sin in seclusion is unforgivable.

Guard your tongue against gheebah (backbiting), buhtan (slander) and nameemah (malicious gossip).‎

“Whoever has wronged his brother with regard to his honour or anything else, let him seek his forgiveness today..." The Prophet of Islam

‎Al-Hasan al-Basri (RA) said: "The expiation for gheebah (backbiting) is to pray for forgiveness for the person about whom you backbit." Majmoo al Fataawah.‎

Above all, cling a deal with your Qur'an. Don't ever abandon your Qur'an. Read it, listen to it and act on its injunctions.‎