- Crime Wave
- Pop Star Plays in Masjid
- Q&A: Working with Female Staff
- Signs of Qiyaamah
- Helping the Destitute
- Faqihul Ummah: Remembering Past Sins
Murder, looting, plundering, fraud, corruption … and the seemingly never ending list of misery and torment that has become the order of the day. The prevalence of such conditions have become a way of life. Unless the victims were near and dear, sensational headlines depicting murder and mayhem also do not evoke shock and disbelief. While the crime rate continues to spiral out of control, debates, discussions and conferences abound as to what are the factors leading to this deplorable condition. The debates and discussions will continue but unless the only real solution is not adopted, no difference will occur in the prevailing situation. The question is who has the solution and what is it?
To understand the root of the problem and search for the solution, a Mu`min (Believer) will first turn directly to the Qur’aan and Sunnah to see what guidance is to be found therein. In this regard, Allah I declares: “Corruption has appeared on the land and seas due to what (actions) has been perpetrated by man.” This then is the starting point. The crux of this aayah is that in this world of cause and effect, actions of man have a direct effect on the conditions that prevail. Good actions bring down good conditions while evil actions draw down calamities. This is a simple reality as clear as the reality that fire burns and that rain causes the vegetation to grow. Thus if one ignores the reality and places his hand into the fire, the obvious consequence is that he will get burnt. Likewise if we ignore the reality and perpetrate evil actions, the calamities will come.
The most important pillar of Islaam after Imaan is Salaah. Punctual and proper performance of Salaah is of fundamental importance. Neglecting to perform it or performing it haphazardly is a serious matter which draws down Allah Ta’ala’s wrath. Rasulullah r is reported to have said that when a person performs his Salaah but does not take due care to perform it correctly, the Salaah is wrapped like a dirty rag and thrown back at him. The Salaah then curses him saying: “May Allah U destroy you as you have destroyed me.”
Perpetration of vice is always a means of loss and deprivation for the perpetrator. At the least, it snatches away his peace of mind and contentment. Barakah is removed from his life and wealth. As a result, even if he owns all the wealth in the world, his life is still in constant turmoil. This is the least effect in this world on the perpetrator himself. However, when many people openly and blatantly flaunt the commands of Allah Ta’ala and those who have the ability to stop them do nothing to change the situation, the subsequent calamity engulfs the entire community. Hazrath Huzaifa bin Yamaan (R.A) reports that Rasulullah r said: “By the oath of that Being who controls my life, you must most certainly enjoin the right and forbid the evil, or else Allah will engulf everybody in the punishment. Then you will beseech Him but He will not answer your duas.” (Tirmizi). Hence Hazrath Umar bin Abdul Aziz (R.A) would declare: “It used to be said (by the Sahaba
Many narrations have highlighted other serious acts which invite the wrath of Allah Ta’ala. Hazrath Ibn Abbas (R.A.) is reported to have said: “When zina becomes rife in a community, excessive deaths will take place. When people cheat in weight and measure they will be afflicted with droughts. When they will break their promises, their enemies will overpower them” (Jami-us Sagheer).
- Intoxicants will be consumed
- Parents will be disobeyed
- Trust property will be regarded as personal property (and misappropriated)
- Zakaat will be regarded as a tax (i.e. like a burden)
- Such people will be appointed to public positions who will not be worthy of those positions
- People will be honoured merely out of fear for the mischief that they can cause
The object of highlighting these issues is that we take heed and save ourselves from becoming involved therein. Otherwise, we will have only ourselves to blame for the severe consequences that come as a result of our evildoings.
Pop Star Plays in Masjid
An international pop star was allowed to play his music in a musjid. Though he was only given approximately a minute, the pop star got immediately on the act and used his minute to the full. His complete band played along while he sang some lines from his latest release. There was a mixed response from those present. While most of the congregation were enraged, some did not seem too bothered. After all, they also had pop bands playing …on their CELLPHONES.
Indeed, we lament the hardships and calamities that constantly befall us. Yet, we directly draw down the wrath of Allah Ta’ala upon ourselves. In a lengthy Hadith Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) warned: “If my Ummah becomes involved in fifteen aspects, calamities and hardships will befall them.” Among the fifteen aspects mentioned is when music and musical instruments will become rife in the Ummah. Therefore when even the Musjids – and the Haramain Sharifain – have not been spared from blaring music, what doubt can there be that this is a significant contributing factor in drawing down calamities? It is therefore imperative that for the sake of Allah Ta’ala we switch off all musical tones.
Al-hamdulillah many people have avoided musical ringing tones but have downloaded Qur’anic recitations, na’ths and nazams as ringing tones. While listening to the recitation of the Qur’an or to listen to the praises of Allah Ta’ala and His beloved Rasul (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) are very meritorious, using these recitations as ringtones is highly inappropriate for many reasons:
When the phone rings one would answer it as soon as one’s hand reaches it. The recitation of the Qur’an or the name of Allah that is being recited will stop immediately. Sometimes, as a result of the sudden stop, the name of Allah Ta’ala or the name of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) which is being recited at that moment will be cut in half. This is also disrespectful.
Therefore one should simply adopt a plain non-musical ringing tone. May Allah Ta’ala save us from actions that draw His wrath and from all forms of disrespect. Aameen.
Q&A: Working with Female Staff
Question: I have been promoted to a senior position and have to personally supervise thirty female workers. More then half are female. As is the trend nowadays, most dress in a very immodest and provocative manner. They also often conduct them selves flirtatiously. I totally fear for myself. What advice do you have for me in this situation.
You have expressed fear for the protection of your chastity due to your work situation. It is for this very reason that Islaam has so greatly emphasised the complete segregation of males and females. Women have been commanded to remain within the home and attend to their primary function of nurturing their children and infusing Deen in their lives. Rasulullah r apportioned all the work outside the home to Sayyidana Ali t and the work pertaining to things inside the home to Sayyida Fathima (R.A.). However in the pursuit of material pleasures and in the name of “gender equality” women have been dragged into the work place to “Work shoulder-to-shoulder” with men.
As for your present work situation, we have suggestions hereunder. One should nevertheless contact an experienced Aalim and discuss the matter in detail with him for further advise. Some of the steps you should take are the following:
- Implement a modest uniform for all staff. While the uniform may be far from the shariah requirement of modesty, it will be much better than the shameless attire that is called “fashion”
- Do not adopt a casual attitude with female staff. Without being rude, talk in a matter-of-fact-manner. It is better to be regarded as “unfriendly” rather then being regarded as being very sweet with other women.
- Always protect your gaze. Never make eye contact.
- Never allow any female staff member to be in seclusion with you in your office. You should set up your office in such a manner that such seclusion can never occur.
- At every possible moment keep your tongue and heart engaged in istighfaar.
If after all these measures you still fear that you will not be able to protect yourself, immediately start looking for another job where you will not be in such a situation. As soon as you find the new job, give up the present one.
May Allah I guide us all to his pleasure. Aameen.
Signs of Qiyaamah
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has prophecised many major and minor signs of Qiyamah. Among the minor signs of Qiyamah mentioned by Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in various ahadith are the following:
- People will greet only those whom they know.
- Businesses will expand to such an extent that womenfolk will also be introduced into the business.
- The fitna of the pen will emerge (referring to the evil and deviating literature so common nowadays).
- People will sever ties with relatives.
- False evidence will become a common practice.
- True evidence will be falsified.
- Interest will be labelled as “sale” or “profit.”
- Bribes will be labelled as “gifts” (names of these haraam practices will be changed in an attempt to legalise them).
- The Musjids will be decorated but the hearts of people will be devoid of guidance.
- Hypocrites will be in control of the affairs of the community.
- There will be an abundance of divorce.
- There will be an abundance of illegitimate children.
- People will indulge in sodomy and lesbianism.
- There will be an abundance of critics, tale-carriers, back-biters and taunters in society.
(Extracted from Signs of Qiyamah)
Helping the Destitute
Abdullah bin Mubaarak (R.A), the Ustaad of Imaam Bukhari (R.A), used to perform haj one year and go for jihad the other year. He relates: Once when it was my year for haj, I took five hundred dinars and left for Makkah. At Kufa I stopped and went to the camel market with the intention of buying a camel. On the other side I saw a dead duck. A woman was sitting there. She picked up the duck and started cleaning it by plucking its feathers. Seeing this I approached her and asked her: “What are you doing dear woman?”
ANGEL PERFOMING HAJ
Faqihul Ummah: Remembering Past Sins
SUMMARY OF LETTER
Respected Mufti Saheb
Letter: I often remember my past sins and try to cry but my heart is so hard that I cannot ever cry. Please help me to remedy the situation.
Reply: Merely recalling what sins one committed is not sufficient. Sometimes the recalling of one’s sins become the means of recommitting the sin, without one ever realising that remembering the sin was the means.
In short, it is fundamentally important when recalling one’s past actions that it be done in the concept of giving an account of one’s deeds on the day of Qiyamah (Judgement).