Sunday, 24 February 2008 11:06
A boss fired his employee of several years. When asked the reason, he remarked: “This ungrateful fellow simply cannot appreciate anything. Besides his salary I also pay the school fees for his children. I paid the hospital bill when his wife was sick. Often he is given some groceries to take home. Yet after all this he defies my instructions and does not complete the work that is given to him. How can I ever tolerate such ingratitude.”
Subhanallah! Ingratitude is never tolerated. Almost everyone at some time has become extremely annoyed when a person upon whom he has showered his favours disobeyed or defied him. Yet, all the favours that we can confer on a person, all the hospital bills and school fees that we can pay and all the grocery hampers that we may give are nothing compared to the favours and bounties that Allah Ta’ala has showered upon us. Thus the question we need to ask ourselves is: Are we grateful to Allah Ta’ala for His innumerable favours and bounties?
Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was a complete embodiment of shukr. One night he spent many hours standing in Salaah. This resulted in his feet swelling up. When asked as to why he subjected himself to such difficulty whereas Allah Ta’ala had made him sinless, he replied: “Should I not be a grateful servant.”
Sunday, 24 February 2008 10:59
Have we ever looked up at the sky on a starlit night and wondered at the magnificent creation of Allah Ta’ala that appear like little flickering lights? We are often fascinated with some computer, cell phone or other invention of modern times. Yet the vast creation of Allah Ta’ala which we witness day and night are beckoning us to ponder over them and recognise the Being that has created them and us. When we truly recognise the power of Allah Ta’ala, we will submit to Him totally.
REMEMBERANCE OF ALLAH TA’ALA
In the Qur’an one of the Surahs (chapters) is titled “An-Najm,” which means “The Star.” In this Surah Allah Ta’ala even takes an oath upon the star, which is an indication of the significance of this creation. Thus we should ponder over this astonishing creation and thereby recognise Allah Ta’ala, the Creator. Hereunder are some details about stars which modern science has discovered. However it must be remembered that science has not even scratched the surface. Allah Ta’ala’s creation is far beyond what science will ever discover. Furthermore, science is rooted in the wonder of the creation itself and does not progress beyond that. Such observance of these great signs and discovering their wonders is futile. A Mu’min, however, recognises His Creator by these signs. Hence he becomes more engrossed in the rememberance of Allah Ta’ala. Now when he takes the name of Allah Ta’ala, the grandeur and magnificience of his Creator is embedded even more firmly in his heart. Thus there exists a world of difference between a Mu’min and a mere scientist in the observance of these great signs.
Sunday, 24 February 2008 10:51
A friend believes that in the present day and age the Muslims cannot progress economically without interest. According to him since other communities are making tremendous strides in the economic field on the basis of interest, Muslims should also follow suit.
Sunday, 24 February 2008 10:45
On Friday, 20 Muharram 1420 / 7 May 1999 one of the very great luminaries and aulia of our time, Shafiqul Ummah Hazrath Moulana Hajee Muhammad Farouk Saheb (R.A.) bid farewell to this temporary abode and passed on to his Rabb. Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raajioon. May Allah Ta’ala grant him a lofty abode in the Aakhirah and bless his family and associates with sabre jameel. Aameen. Indeed, the demise of a wali of this calibre is not only a loss to his family and associates but rather a loss to the entire world.
Sunday, 24 February 2008 10:40
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saheb
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
The writer requested some advice and duas.
Sunday, 24 February 2008 10:29
A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was preparing supper and handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his mother dried her hands on an apron, she read the little note. This is what it said:
For cutting the grass: R5.00
For cleaning up my room this week: R5.00
For going to the store for you: R5.00
Taking out the garbage: R1.00
For getting a good report at Madrasah: R10.00
For cleaning up the yard: R10.00
TOTAL OWED: R36.00
Sunday, 24 February 2008 10:20
Masbooq refers to the person who joined the Imaam after the Imaam had completed one or more rakaats. Thus he will complete the missed rakaats after the Imaam makes salaam.
When the Imaam completes his Salaah, the masbooq should pause slightly after the Imaam has completed BOTH salaams. Thereafter he should stand to complete the missed rakaats (Shaami).If the masbooq forgetfully made salaam with the Imaam He should stand up for the missed rakaats immediately upon remembering, provided that he has not committed any act which terminates the Salaah. If he had made the salaam simultaneously with the Imaam, he should then merely complete his salaah in the normal manner. If he made salaam after the Imaam had uttered the word “As-Salaam” (which is generally the case), he should make sajda sahw at the end of his salaah (Shaami).