Al-Haadi v06n03

Cause and Effect

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Monday, 10 March 2008 00:09

This world is known to be darul-asbaab - a place where means are resorted to. The general system of this world is such that when the particular means are adopted, Allah Ta’ala brings into existence the result or effect which is associated with that means. Thus the phenomenon of cause and effect is apparent all around us.

The cause and effect relationship is easily understood in day to day affairs. It is apparent in fire and the effect of burning. Water and the effect of quenching thirst and food and the effect of satisfying hunger also exhibit the same principle. This is clear and well understood by one and all. However, this general system of cause and effect is not restricted to fire and food or to other such mundane aspects. It extends beyond this to the relationship between our actions and the conditions that prevail upon us. It is this relationship that is analysed here, especially in the light of current world events and the general condition of the Ummah all over.

 

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Supplication

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Sunday, 09 March 2008 23:31

Allah Ta’ala declares: “Call unto me and I will answer you.” While the effect of dua is tremendously enhanced by fulfilling all the etiquettes (such as being with wudhu, facing the qibla, etc.) dua nevertheless can be made at any time and place. Indeed even while walking, driving or merely relaxing, or while a woman may be doing her cooking or other housework,  one could make dua directly from the heart — without raising the hands and without even moving the tongue. 

 

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Q&A: Wills

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Sunday, 09 March 2008 23:26

Question:

Among other aspects, my deceased father’s will also contains the following directives:

1. He has left behind the house to my mother.

2. He left his shop to my two brothers who had been assisting him in the business for more than 8 years.

3. One of my brothers who had left the family after a dispute and who had no contact with my father for many years has been excluded and disowned.

4. The will states that the estate must not be wound-up until the youngest child (my sister) does not turn 21. She is presently 17 years old.

Kindly advise as to the position of the above in the light of Shariah.

 

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Inconvenience

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Sunday, 09 March 2008 23:19

The Ahadith greatly stress the importance of not causing inconvenience to the next person. However, often knowingly or unwittingly, we inconvenience others and do not even consider that we have acted contrary to the Hadith. Such inconvenience occurs in various ways, in the home, in public, at the Musjid and at other places. While not restricted to this, one of the very common forms of inconvenience to others is by means of the odour of cigarettes. This is especially important since not only humans are affected by its odour but even the angels are inconvenienced. It is reported in a Hadith that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Those who have eaten (raw) onions or garlic should not come to the Musjid (ie. they should first totally remove the smell and then come to the Musjid)”( Mishkaat pg.70). This is specifically due to the offensive smell. The following Hadith makes this absolutely evident. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “Whoever has eaten from these foul-smelling trees (onion and garlic) should not come close to our Musjid (before  removing the odour) for verily the angels also are annoyed and irritated by those things which annoy and irritate humans” (Bukhari, Muslim & Mishkaat pg. 69). Hence to enter the Musjid with the offensive smell of cigarettes in one’s mouth is indeed extremely reprehensible moreso because it also disturbs the pure angels of Allah Ta’ala.

At times when marital disputes are handled, among the complaints of the wife is that she is greatly inconvenienced by the smoking of the husband and its resultant odour. However, to keep the peace it is patiently tolerated.

 

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Faqihul Ummah: Smoking and Photographs

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Sunday, 09 March 2008 23:07

Summary of Letter:

باسمه تعالى
Respected Mufti Saheb
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

1. I am trying to give up smoking but I do not seem to be able to give it up?

2. Previously in my ignorance I had photographs taken of myself. Some of these are in my possession while some are in the possession of others. What should I do with those photographs?

3. I always over-eat. How can I stop this?

 

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Taking a Chance

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Sunday, 09 March 2008 22:42

Are you taking a chance? A new game of chance which is becoming very common and popular is the “Teddy Bear Machine.” Some coins are first deposited into the machine. This activates a mechanical device for a limited time in the machine which the “player” controls  in an attempt to grab a teddy bear from inside. Sometimes he manages to get it and at times he leaves empty handed. This is clearly gambling and therefore haraam.

 

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Removing Rust

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Sunday, 09 March 2008 22:40

Hazrath Abdullah Ibne Umar (R.A.) narrated that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “The hearts get rusted as does iron with water. When someone asked: “What would cleanse hearts again?” Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Frequent rememberance of death and recitation of Qur’an.”


   

Durood Shareef

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Sunday, 09 March 2008 22:38

Hazrath Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (R.A.) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Verily the nearest of people to me on the day of Qiyamah will be those who recited most durood on me” (Tirmizi and Ibn Hibbaan).

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