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Q&A: Barakah in Marriage

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 09:08

Q: My daughter is getting married in a few month’s time. My wife and I are at loggerheads over the expenses. The cost for the decor, flower arrangements, etc. is close to almost a million. She insists that our daughter deserves to have a special wedding. Please advise what I can do to make her understand that this is gross extravagance and wastage.

A: The masnoon du‘aa (du‘aa established from the sunnah) for the newlywed couple is: “May Allah Ta‘ala grant you barakah, may He shower His blessings (barakah) upon you and unite both of you upon good”.

This du‘aa is a plea for barakah for the couple embarking on their new journey in life. The road of marriage is long (it is meant to continue till the last breath), the challenges are many and the twists and turns are plenty. Hence, they need every bit of barakah that they can acquire. Therefore this special du‘aa is made for them on the special occasion of their nikaah.

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Birthdays

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 06:35

Ask almost any person, “On what day were you born?” and you will receive a prompt reply. However, ask any person, “On what date are you going to pass away?” and you will be met with deafening silence, since nobody knows when death will come… perhaps even in the next few minutes???

The reality of the matter is that we are all travellers in this temporary abode of the dunya. With every passing day, we draw nearer and nearer to our destination – the Aakhirah. Hence, a true believer is one who is so mindful of his ever-approaching end that with every passing day, his concern for accountability before Allah Ta‘ala increases. He does not celebrate the years that he has lived, but anticipates the moment when he will meet Malakul Maut (the Angel of Death). In short, he lives to die.

This was the mindset and way of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and the Taabi‘een (rahimahumullah). They neither celebrated birthdays nor saw the occasion of a birthday as any cause for merrymaking.

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Faqeehul Ummah: Abstaining from Speaking Out Against the Wrong

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Monday, 22 July 2019 09:57

Letter:

Bismihi Ta‘ala

Respected Mufti Saheb

Assalaamu ‘alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Out of fear that I might cause mischief and trouble, I abstain from speaking out the truth. Also, due to my past weaknesses, I feel ashamed to call towards Deen. Thus, I choose to remain silent. Kindly guide me. 

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Download Al-Haadi Volume 26 Number 3

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Monday, 22 July 2019 09:54

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Back to School

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 15:49

The buzz word in the month of January is “back to school.” As the first day of school approaches, preparations are underway in full swing. While parents are generally very concerned about “back to school”, they should also be very much more concerned about “back from school” - about what their children are bringing back after their time at school.

Educating one’s children and equipping them with the skills required for day-to-day life is a necessity. We must nevertheless pause and take a deeper look at how we school our children. Long before a student reaches matric, he has not only learnt how to read, write and count, together with studying a host of other subjects, an effort has also been made to shape his mind and train him to think in a particular manner. Some of the values and the culture that are imparted at school, which very often leave a deep impact on the heart and mind of the students, could be at serious odds with the student’s own beliefs and values. If a strong counter-effort is made on him at home to maintain not only his Islamic identity but also his beliefs and the true Islamic mindset, Islam will insha-Allah dominate in his heart and he will remain steadfast upon the word and spirit of his perfect Deen. Otherwise, only Allah Ta‘ala knows what may become of his heart and how much of his Deen will remain.

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Q&A: Winding up the Estate

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 05:59

Q: My father passed away approximately seven years ago. My brother is the sole executor of the estate. However he refuses to wind up the estate. Over the years since my father’s demise, my brother has continued to run the business and deal in the assets of the estate at his own discretion. Every few months we receive some money which we are told is “the inheritance”, but there is no detail, nor have we seen any financials to date. Everyone is keeping quiet to avoid any problems. Is it permissible for the executor to sell off any asset at his discretion and is it correct for him to refuse to wind up the estate?

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The Maktab

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 05:58

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was once proceeding to a certain place for some task when he passed by a grave. On looking at the grave, Allah Ta‘ala showed him that angels of punishment were torturing the inmate of the grave.

Sometime later, when Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) had completed his task and was returning, he again passed by the grave. However, Allah Ta‘ala now showed him that instead of angels of punishment, there were angels of mercy at the grave, bearing platters of divine radiance!

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was surprised at this sudden change in condition. He thus performed salaah and engaged in du‘aa, begging Allah Ta‘ala to reveal to him what had caused the punishment of the inmate to cease and be replaced with His special mercy.

Allah Ta‘ala sent revelation to Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) informing him thus:

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Faqeehul Ummah: Refraining from Sin

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 05:56

Letter:

Bismihi Ta‘ala

Respected Mufti Saheb

Assalaamu ‘alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

(The questioner apparently requested advice with regards to how to protect oneself from committing sins)

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