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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.

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The Greater Qurbaani

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:22

The immense rewards of qurbaani are mindboggling. One’s sins are forgiven before the first drop of blood of the animal falls onto the ground. A person’s reward will be equivalent to the number of strands of hair or fibre of wool on the animal he is slaughtering. Likewise many other great rewards have been promised for this very great 'ibaadah. Hence, can you imagine a reward greater than this? Indeed, Allah Ta'ala loves something even more than sacrificing animals and blesses the one who undertakes it with greater rewards. Hadhrat 'Abdullah bin 'Abbaas (radhiyallahu 'anhuma) reported that once on the day of 'Eid-ul-Adha Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) said : “There is no action more virtuous than the spilling of blood (qurbaani) on this day, except the joining of family ties (that have been severed).” (at-Targheeb)

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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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Real Value

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Monday, 14 April 2014 14:55

Consider a person with the following profile:

Age: In the prime of life.  Health: Super fit. Beauty: Outstanding. Wealth: Multi billionaire. Qualifications: 7 PHDs. Social Standing: Among the most influential people in the country

     Two days later he passed away. His re-written profile now reads:

Age:  Dead. Health: Not applicable. Beauty: Body decaying. Eyes have disappeared leaving empty sockets. Hair and teeth have fallen off.  Wealth: Left empty handed. Qualifications: Soul did not qualify in anything. Social standing: Besides a few people everyone has largely forgotten him and are not concerned about him in any way.

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Novel Company

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Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:17

A beautiful parable in the hadith compares a good friend with a perfume seller and a bad friend with  a blacksmith. The least benefit one will acquire in the company of a perfume seller is that one will certainly get the beautiful scent of perfume, which will freshen the mind and heart. Likewise, a good friend will always be a means of benefit. Merely being in his company will incline the heart towards good. On the contrary the least harm in the company of a blacksmith is that one will breathe the toxic smoke that will be all around his environment. Likewise the company of a bad friend is spiritually toxic. Merely being in bad company will influence one towards evil and sin.

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Q & A: Indecent Dressing?

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Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:13

Question: I often wear jeans and other western attire indoors. If I leave the home, I always don an abaya over my clothes and also wear hijaab. My husband is ok with my dressing but my mother keeps fighting with me that my dressing is indecent. I do not see anything indecent in how I dress, especially since it is only indoors. Please advise. (summarized).

Answer: There are several aspects in your question. We will briefly deal with some of them in point form.

  • It is most commendable that you don the abaya and hijaab when leaving the home. May Allah Ta'ala keep you steadfast and enable you to progress further towards adopting the true spirit of hijaab.

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Whose Jeans?

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Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:10

The excerpts below (taken from various websites) about the history of jeans reveal some noteworthy points:

  • “Starting in the 1950s, jeans, originally designed for cowboys and miners, became popular among teenagers especially members of the Greaser subculture.  Greasers were a youth subculture that originated in the 1950s in north eastern United States. Their style became popular as an expression of rebellion. Jeans are particularly identified with American culture, especially the American Old West.”

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Faqihul Ummah: What Wrong Have I done?

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Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:05

Respected Mufti Saheb

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

I am in severe problems and difficulties. I cannot even think why these difficulties have come upon me. What wrong have I done that I have been taken to task in this manner? Kindly make dua for me.

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