Thursday, 24 March 2016 15:58
I am entangled in various sins. I am lazy when it comes to acts of worship. Evil and base qualities have overtaken me. I am dominated by nafs (base desire) and Shaitaan. I do not complete my ma’moolaat (daily practices). I fail to fulfil the rights of people. Please advise me.
Thursday, 24 March 2016 15:57
Sunday, 13 December 2015 10:09
“Drought Grips South Africa,” “SA’s Worst Drought since the 1960s,” “Crops and Cattle Die as Drought Worsens” – these are some of the alarming headlines across the country in the past month. In an effort to deal with and attempt to control the devastation and disaster caused by drought, many scientists are conducting studies to determine the cause of the crisis. While many of them have concluded that “el-nino,” global warming and other such phenomenon are to blame, every Muslim understands that the amount of rain being “just right”, or the scarcity of rain resulting in poverty and famine, or the over abundance of rain resulting in floods, are all in the control of Allah Ta‘ala and subject to His system and command.
The System of Allah Ta‘ala
Allah Ta‘ala has created this world as a place of “cause and effect.” If a person is hungry, consuming food will satiate his hunger. If he is thirsty, drinking will quench his thirst. This cause and effect relationship is not confined to the physical world but also applies to our actions and the conditions that result thereof. Thus, by way of example, if a person joins family ties, he will enjoy blessings in his sustenance and life — as promised in the hadeeth. This cause and effect principle, however, is a double edged sword. If our good actions draw the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala, our evil actions similarly trigger the wrath of Allah Ta‘ala.
Sunday, 13 December 2015 10:06
To use more than what is necessary is termed israaf. Regarding israaf, Allah Ta‘ala declares, “Verily Allah Ta‘ala does not love the wasters.” (Surah A‘araaf, v31) Among the very great gifts of Allah Ta‘ala is water. To waste water is to literally “flush” the gift of Allah Ta‘ala down the drain. On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked a person who was performing wudhu, “Why are you wasting water?” The person enquired, “Is there israaf even in wudhu?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Yes indeed, (do not waste) even if you are at the bank of a river” (Sunan ibni Maajah #425).
Sunday, 13 December 2015 10:03
Shaikh ‘Abdul Haqq Muhaddith Dehlawi (rahimahullah) narrates:
Delhi was once struck by a very severe drought. People were suffering to the point of not even having basic bread. The ‘Ulama eventually decided that all the people would gather in an open field on an appointed day so that salaatul istisqaa (salaah for rain) could be performed. After the salaah, everybody would repent from their sins and make du‘aa for rain.
On the appointed day all the people gathered outside the city, their faces burning from the heat of the sun. After the salaah, all exerted themselves in du‘aa, crying and begging for rain. To their dismay, however, there was no sign of rain. This continued until the time of ‘asr salaah arrived. As they were begging Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa, a young traveller walked past the field, leading a camel on which a woman covered in a veil was seated. Seeing the people in distress, he asked them what was going on. He was informed of the severe drought and the people’s du‘aas for rain not being answered. Upon hearing this he went to his camel and lifted his hands in du‘aa. Before he could even lower his hands, the sky filled with clouds and rain began to fall in torrents!
Sunday, 13 December 2015 09:53
Question: Why are the Muslims currently undergoing so much of difficulty? Drought and the impending danger of xenophobic attacks are only two of the many calamities Awe face. The future seems very bleak. Is Allah Ta‘ala withholding His favours because we are not appreciating them? How should we express appreciation and gratitude?
Answer: Every condition of ease and prosperity is indeed an invaluable favor and bounty of Allah Ta‘ala. Appreciation and gratitude is the key to not only securing the favours that we currently enjoy, but is also the key to attracting even more favours of Allah Ta‘ala. This is clearly explained in the verse of the Quraan al-Kareem wherein Allah Ta‘ala states, “If you are appreciative, we will most definitely increase you (in favours) and if you are unappreciative then verily my punishment is severe.” (Surah Ebrahim, v7) On the flip side of the coin, this verse explains that ingratitude and the lack of appreciation are the keys to drawing the wrath and punishment of Allah Ta‘ala on ourselves. It is thus imperative that we show gratitude and value every bounty of Allah Ta‘ala.
Sunday, 13 December 2015 09:50
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saaheb
Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
I am continuously being afflicted by calamities and difficulties. I also have much debts to pay. Is there any cure for this? What should one recite when one is continuously afflicted with problems and difficulties? I have everything I could want. None of my du‘aas have been accepted and it seems as if none of my actions have been accepted. I am faced with problems upon problems.
Sunday, 13 December 2015 09:48
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