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Ascertaining and Verifying Information

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Monday, 20 October 2014 06:34

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) states:

"Haji Abdur Raheem used to work for my late brother. Once, my first wife complained about him. I immediately summoned him and asked him to stand at the entrance. Thereafter, in her presence I addressed him: 'She has complained about you.’ I then said to her: 'You have made a claim regarding some person. Hence you should be able to prove it.' However, she didn't have any proof and began saying: 'You have made fazeehat of me (disgraced me).' I replied: 'I do not make fazeehat, rather I give naseehat (advice).' This practice of complaining about others is evil. It creates enmity within the hearts of people. It then leads to one having doubts as to whether the next person has said something regarding him or not. (Malfoozaat Hakeem-ul-Ummat 1/173)

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Without Effort a Person cannot be Successful

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Monday, 20 October 2014 06:33

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi 'alaih) once addressed some associates and said:

"My beloved friends, make an effort to acquire the friendship of Allah Ta'ala. A poet exclaims: The one who wishes to acquire any lofty position has to burn the midnight oil."

Thereafter Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi 'alaih) mentioned that once a person spent some time in the company of Hazrat Moulana Abdul Qaadir Raipuri (rahmatullahi 'alaih). He engaged in zikr and spiritual exercises, etc. One day he said to Hazrat Raipuri, “I am carrying out my zikr, etc., but I do not feel the zikr having any effect on me as yet.” Hearing this, Hazrat Raipuri replied, “Continue to strive.  Piety and acceptance is not a type of medicine that I can administer to you. You will have to continue striving to acquire it.” (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/108)

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Cosmetics?

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:38

$426 BILLION. Yes indeed. Four hundred and twenty six billion dollars were spent globally on cosmetics in 2011! Cosmetics are mainly used to beautify oneself. The effect though is exactly what the name suggests – cosmetic, artificial and fake. Real beauty is the beauty of the heart. If the heart has been truly adorned and beautified with good akhlaaq (character), its fragrance will refresh the minds and enliven the hearts of all those around one. On the contrary, if the heart is filled with the decay of bad character, layers and layers of cosmetics will not mask the odour that will emanate from the decaying heart, thus causing pain and hardship to all.

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Hanafi or Muslim?

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:31

Question: A friend at campus often asks fellow students: “Are you a Muslim or a Hanafi/Shaafi‘ee?” How does one respond to such a question? Please advise.

Answer: The word “or” (in the context of the question) is used between two words of the same species. It is correct to ask someone whether he will eat “rice or bread” since both are food items, but you cannot enquire whether he will eat “bread or paper”. Likewise, if your friend asks someone whether he lives in Durban or South Africa, the question will be absurd. Only one who is ignorant of the fact that Durban is not a country, but a city in South Africa, can ask such a question.

Your friend’s question implies that one can either be a Muslim or a Hanafi. Thus if someone says he is a Hanafi then, Allah forbid, he is not a Muslim!! It is the same as asking whether you live in Durban or South Africa, and that if you live in Durban, then you are not a South African???

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Video Games

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:17

Is your iPad or some other device keeping your child occupied with video games? If yes, think again.

In a study conducted in Canada, Brock University academics found that playing violent video games for long periods of time can hold back the "moral maturity" of teenagers. They also warned of adolescents losing a sense of "right and wrong". Empathy, trust and concern for others, which should develop as teenagers grow up, were found to be delayed.  (BBC News website)

Another report states: “Research has long shown a cause-effect relationship between television violence and aggression among children and youth who watch it. Many social scientists expect video games to have an even greater impact for the following four reasons:

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Sincerity in Asking for Forgiveness

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Saturday, 18 October 2014 16:26

Majlis of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Patel Saheb

Date: 2014-10-14

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Inspirational Advice

“Fatwa Shopping”

Sultan Noorud-Deen Zangi (rahimahullah) (d 569 H) is one of those outstanding rulers in Islamic history that needs no introduction. He is well-known for his piety, fear of Allah Ta‘ala and justice.

His son Ismaa‘eel, who also possessed great piety like his father, was afflicted with a serious illness at the age of nineteen. The doctors prescribed that a small amount of alcohol be consumed to cure this illness. Despite the persistence of the doctors, this young ruler said, “I will not consume it until I enquire about its permissibility from the Fuqaha (jurists).” After being informed about his condition, the Shaafi‘ee jurists ruled that in this situation it was permissible to consume alcohol.

He also enquired from the great Hanafi scholar, ‘Allamah ‘Alaaud-Deen Kaasaani (rahimahullah) who gave him the verdict of permissibility. After listening to this verdict, Ismaa‘eel posed a question to him, “If the time of my death has come, will I live longer by consuming this alcohol?” ‘Allamah Kaasaani (rahimahullah) replied in the negative, upon which he said, “I take an oath by Allah, I do not want to meet Allah Ta‘ala in such a state where I had taken something which He has declared as impermissible.” Hence he did not consume the alcohol and passed away in this condition. May Allah Ta‘ala have mercy on him. (Shatharaatuz Zahab vol. 6, pg. 425)

Lessons:

1. Despite being between life and death, he did not wish to take any step without consulting the jurists and ‘Ulama. Yet today everyone feels that he is qualified enough to make his own deductions from the Quraan and hadeeth and hold his own opinion in the deen of Allah Ta‘ala. 

2. We ‘shop’ around for verdicts to legalise the wrong that we wish to do. However here is a man who despite being given the verdict of permissibility by great jurists, chose to exercise precaution, at the cost of his dear life and all the luxuries of royalty and kingship. 

 
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