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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:05

 

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What Are You Slaughtering?

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 15:59

Qurbaani time is a very exciting time. As the big day draws closer, the entire community is abuzz with Qurbaani talk and activity. One of the common questions posed during this time is: “What are you slaughtering?”

Regardless of whether one is slaughtering a humble sheep or a raging bull, the important aspect is that if qurbaani is waajib upon any person, he is fulfilling his obligation. Together with fulfilling this duty he will also be performing an action that is unmatched in its reward and significance during the days of qurbaani. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) clearly declared: “There is no action performed on the Day of Sacrifice which is more beloved to Allah Ta‘ala than shedding the blood of the sacrificial animals” (Tirmizi #1493). The qurbaani performed becomes a means of the forgiveness of one’s sins and one is rewarded equivalent to the number of hair or strands of wool on the body of the animal.

Not a Mere Ritual

Subhanallah! Such a great action! But … is it just a ritual to be over and done with? Is it just a time for enjoyment and merry-making (within the limits of deen)? Or does qurbaani teach us any lessons which we should remember and uphold even after the animals have been slaughtered and the meat digested? Indeed qurbaani has many deep lessons. Unfortunately we generally fail to reflect upon and act upon the lessons we are taught by the shedding of the blood of the animals.

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Free Cows

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 15:54

FREE COWS AND SHEEP EVERY WEEK! HURRY … ONLY FOR THOSE WHO COME EARLY. Imagine if one live camel, cow and sheep were to be distributed at every musjid to the first three people who enter the musjid for jumu‘ah. The musjid car parks will be filled with people camping overnight in order to try and be among the first to enter the musjid the next day.

While live animals may not be distributed at any musjid, the reward of sacrificing a camel, cow or sheep can be attained every Friday for free, simply by going early to the musjid for jumu‘ah. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “On the day of jumu‘ah, the Angels stand at the door of the musjid, recording in sequence the names of those who come for the jumu‘ah salaah. The one who enters first is conferred with the reward of offering a camel in the path of Allah Ta‘ala, the one who comes second is given the reward of the one who offers a cow, the one who follows in thereafter is given the reward of sacrificing a sheep or goat, the one who reaches after him receives the reward of sacrificing a chicken and the one who comes subsequent to him is granted the reward of offering an egg in the path of Allah Ta‘ala. Once the imaam comes out to deliver the khutbah, the Angels close their books and listen to the khutbah” (Thus the names of the latecomers are not recorded in the list of those who attended jumu‘ah) (Saheeh Bukhaari).

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Soccer Fanatic

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 15:49

Question: I am very passionate especially about English football and also follow many other sport. Much of my time and money is spent on my passion. Occasionally it strikes me that this is wrong but I cannot manage to detach myself from it. Please advise.

Answer: very important word in your question is the word “detach”. A Muslim views everything from the perspective that soon he will certainly be detached from this world. He will very soon be detached from this “transit lounge,” from all his leisure and pleasures, his obsessions and passions, his businesses and occupations as well as from all his wealth and possessions. Once he is detached from this world and “attached” to the sand of the grave, nothing but his imaan and righteous actions will be of any avail to him. A Muslim should be most concerned of what will be of everlasting benefit to him when is detached from this world and what will harm him at that time? Hence consider your sports passion also from this perspective.

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Faqeehul Ummah: Steadfastness on Taubah

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 15:43

Bismihi Ta‘ala

Respected Mufti Saheb

Assalamu ‘alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

My heart has become very hard. It simply does not melt with the remembrance or the fear of Allah Ta‘ala. Please advise as to how I should soften my heart.

Furthermore, with the grace of Allah Ta‘ala and through the barkat (blessing) of being linked to yourself, I have been blessed with the tawfeeq (ability) of quickly repenting from my sins. However I find it very difficult to remain steadfast on taubah (and not repeat the sin). Please help me to overcome these maladies.

Alhmadulillah, I have also returned the money that was given to me for leading the taraweeh salaah.

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Excruciating Pain

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Sunday, 22 March 2015 10:38

P A I N. The word itself makes one feel uncomfortable. Often, the pain of a near and dear one is more painful than one’s own pain. A mother probably feels the pain of her little child more than her own. The closer the bond, the greater the pain felt over the discomfort of the beloved. The greatest bond of every Believer is the bond with his most beloved master, Sayyiduna Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Allah Ta‘ala declares in the Glorious Quraan: “The Nabi is closer to the Believers than their own selves” (Ahzaab, v6). Thus the pain of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is the pain of every Believer. If something hurts him, it should pierce our hearts. When the disbelievers were about to execute the great Sahaabi, Zaid bin Dathina (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), they asked him: “Would you be happier if Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was in your place and you were left free to be with your family?” His spontaneous response was: “By Allah, I cannot even bear that I be sitting comfortably with my family while even a thorn is pricking Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” This response emanated from true love and was a reflection of the deep bond that he had with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He was happy to lay down his life, but could not tolerate the discomfort of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

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Strangled by Debt

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Sunday, 22 March 2015 10:33

Sleepless nights, anxiety attacks, stress, hypertension, heart attack and even marriage breakdown... and the list goes on. These are just some of the many consequences of taking on unnecessary debts. It is almost as if a person is strangled to death by debt. How true are the words of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam): “There is no worry like the worry of debt” (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #6641). Luqman (‘alaihis salaam) said to his son: “Avoid debt, for it is sleeplessness at night and a disgrace during the day (when one has to make excuses and lie to one’s creditors and keep hiding from them).

Once Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) cautioned the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum): “Do not put yourself into a state of alarm.” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) asked: “And how is that possible.” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied: “Through debt.”  (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #6623)

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Addiction

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Sunday, 22 March 2015 10:26

Question: I smoke “weed” every week, watch haraam on my phone and I am involved in some unnatural behaviour. I cannot do without these things though I know it is wrong and sinful. Please advise how I can overcome this condition.

Answer: The answer to this important question requires much detail which is beyond the scope of this newsletter. Some points are nevertheless mentioned hereunder. For further guidance you should contact a senior experienced ‘Aalim in your community.

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