Thursday, 06 October 2011 00:00
The fact that Haj has been granted the status of being the fifth pillar of Islam is itself an indication of its importance in Deen. Indeed, such stress has been laid on the performance of Haj that no person upon whom Haj has become compulsory should ever delay in fulfilling this obligation. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: "The one who was not prevented from Haj by a definite need, or a tyrant ruler, or a severe illness and he passed away without having performed the Haj, then he may pass away if he wishes as a Jew or, if he wishes, as a Christian'' (Daarmi). Allahu Akbar! What a stern warning! A person who delays in performing the obligatory Haj without a valid excuse is being warned of a bad death (may Allah Ta'ala protect us all). Hence Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: "He who intends to perform (the obligatory) Haj should hasten in performing it" (Abu Dawood).
Therefore the one who can afford to perform Haj must never delay in doing so. The one who delays its performance without a valid reason will be sinful. Despite this great stress to perform the Haj as soon as one can afford to undertake the journey, many people postpone it for various reasons which are not acceptable in the light of the Shariah.
Saturday, 16 February 2008 22:33
While it is absolutely correct that one should not judge a book by it's cover, often the cover does indicate what the book contains. When one posseses the true love of Allah Ta'ala and His beloved Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) in the heart, that love will certainly manifest itself in all one's actions and deeds. It will also dictate one's likes and dislikes. The true love for Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) will make one love every aspect of his way of life. It will also generate the deep dislike for the way of life of his enemies.
HATE TO THE CORE
Modern-day fashions, the creations of those who reject Allah Ta'ala and His Rasul (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), are in direct opposition to the mode of dress that Islam advocates for men and women. But alas, Muslims also take pride in donning the fashions of the west, the very west which hates Islam and the Muslims to the core. However, with the various efforts of Deen - the efforts of da'wat and tableegh, the madaaris, the khanqas and other individual and collective efforts - a consciousness is being gradually created and many people are abandoning the way of life of the west and adopting the Sunnah. As far as dressing is concerned, numerous males, young and old, have happily adopted the kurta. They even find it more comfortable than the stuffy coat and they have been relieved of the western noose around their necks - the tie. Similarly, many women have adopted cloaks when they have to leave the home out of necessity rather than parade shamelessly. However, the shayateen have not spared the cloak as well.
Saturday, 16 February 2008 22:27
Once again the Hajis are leaving for Haj. On such occasions the airport is packed with their relatives and friends who come to wish them well on their journey. The same scenario is evident when the Hajis return. Some people have been advising that on such occasions one should avoid going to the airport. Instead one should visit them at their homes. Is this correct?
Saturday, 16 February 2008 22:21
The writings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, the false prophet of India, are filled with his falsehood. The following are some unedited excerpts:
1. It is a fact that Muhammad (PBUH) worked only three thousand miracles (Tuhfa Golarwia, pg.63). My miracles exceed two million in number (Tadhkiratul Shahadatain, pg.41).
2. No doubt the doctrine of the descent of Isa came from the Christians and is their fabrication. Those Muslims who believe Isa will descend from heaven have not followed the truth -- they are actually wandering in the valley of bewilderment (Ibid, pg.6).
Saturday, 16 February 2008 22:17
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saheb
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
Kindly explain what is "Riya" and "Ujub."
Saturday, 16 February 2008 22:10
The tenth of Muharram is a very virtuous day. It is the Day of Ashura. On this Day Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) kept a fast and encouraged the Ummah to do so as well.
On this Day the Shia mourn the martyrdom of Sayyidina Husein (R.A.). However, even among the Shia, this practice was non-existent until 946. Thus during the time of the eleven Imaams of the Shia (the twelfth, according to the Shia belief went into hiding in his infancy and has not yet appeared) this practice of mourning the martyrdom of Sayyidina Husein (R.A.) was unheard of. Muiz-ud-Dawla, a famous Shia who held a prominent position in the court of the Abbasid Khalifa Al-Mustakfi Billah, had the Khalifa overthrown and placed another Khalifa, Al-Mutee, in his place. During the reign of Al-Mutee, Muiz-ud-Dawla established these Shia customs.
Saturday, 16 February 2008 22:05
To partake of the Qurbani animal is a Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). It is reported in one narration that on the Day of Eidul Adha Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) would not eat anything until he had returned (from the Eid Salaah). Thereafter he would partake of his Qurbani animal (Zaila'ee). In another narration it is mentioned that he would eat from the liver of his Qurbani animal (Talkhees).
Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) also encouraged others to eat from the Qurbani animal. Hazrath Abu Hurairah (R.A.) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: "when one of you has sacrificed an animal, he should eat therefrom" (Ahmad - I'laaus Sunan vol.17, pg.267).