Tuesday, 02 October 2012 00:00
The days of Haj are with us. Those who undertake this momentous journey will be constantly reminded of Sayyidina Ebrahim (alaihis salaam), his wife Hazrath Hajra (alaihas salaam) and his son Hazrath Ismail (alaihis salaam). The Ka’ba Shareef that the Haji will perform tawaaf of was built by this illustrious father and son. The seven rounds between mount Safa and Marwa is the living reminder of the anxious running at that very pace by Hazrath Hajra (alaihas salaam) in search of water for her infant son. The precious water of zam zam makes one ponder over the thirst of Hazrath Ismail (alaihis salaam) and the extreme concern of his mother - until finally this miracle was granted to them. These are but just a few of the reminders of this illustrious family. Nevertheless, one tremendous lesson that shines extra-ordinarily in the lives of these great personalities is the level of their unquestioning submission to the command of Allah Ta’ala. In these blessed days of Haj we should be learning especially this lesson from them and enacting it in our lives.
Monday, 10 March 2008 00:43
The Glorious Qur'an is the eternal word of Allah Ta'ala. It is not the product of any human mind. For one who is sincerely seeking the truth, just any verse of the Glorious Qur'an is sufficient to convince him of its divine nature. For instance, consider the Qur'anic declaration about honey. At a time when modern methods of analysing the properties of food items were not even imagined, the Glorious Qur'an openly declared: "In it (honey) is cure for people" (Sura Nahl, 69). Thus this fact can only be stated by the One and Only Creator of the universe, Allah Ta'ala.
Monday, 10 March 2008 00:41
“If only I had remained at home, I would not have been involved in the accident.” “If only I had come a minute earlier, I would have been able to save the child.” "If only . . . " Often such exclamations are heard from people who have been afflicted by some calamity. They then brood over what has already happened and rebuke themselves for the incident. While Islam teaches us to be careful and to take whatever precautions are at our disposal, similarly we have been taught to believe that whatever is destined to happen will certainly take place. Nothing can stop it. Hence Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has warned: "Do not say "if" (with regard to something that has happened) for verily "if" sets in motion the actions of shaitaan" (Mishkaat). What this Hadith implies is that after something has already happened, by now saying "if this..." and "if that..." one will open the door to serious problems. It may lead towards falsely accusing others , or at the least towards self accusation. Self accusation could pave the way towards dejection and depression. Therefore, one should rather resign oneself to the will of Allah Ta'ala. Allah Ta'ala alone in His infinite wisdom knows why something happened in the way it happened.
Indeed one should take a lesson from the past and adopt strategies to safeguard oneself in the future. However, these aspects are just the means. Allah Ta'ala alone controls everything.
Monday, 10 March 2008 00:39
The ibadah of Qurbani is among the shi’aar (distinguishing features) of Islam. Such importance has been accorded to Qurbani that a severe warning was sounded to those who shirk in performing it despite having the means. It is reported from Abu Hurairah (radhiallahu anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “He who has the means and does not perform Qurbani, he should not approach our musallah (eidgah / place of performing Eid Salaah)” (Ibn Majah, pg.226). This Hadith clearly describes the great importance that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) accorded to Qurbani. We can truly appreciate the full impact of this Hadith if we ponder for a moment what a tremendous blessing it was to perform a single salaah behind Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Here Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is prohibiting the person who failed to perform Qurbani, despite having the means, from performing the Eid salaah behind him. This, then, illustrates the tremendous importance of Qurbani in Islam and the reprehensible position of those who ignore this injunction. Hence no true Muslim who has the means will ever omit performing the Qurbani.
Monday, 10 March 2008 00:34
What is the distance which qualifies one to become a Musafir?
Monday, 10 March 2008 00:30
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saheb
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
Occasionally it becomes necessary to discipline the pupils. Is it permissible to hit a child for this purpose? Some children just cannot learn in any other manner.
Monday, 10 March 2008 00:26
The importance of the zikr of Allah Ta’ala can never be over emphasised. The following excerpt is from a talk by Aarif Billah, Hazrath Moulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (mudda zilluhu) on this subject:
“Do not ever become negligent with regard to the zikr of Allah Ta’ala. Zikr in reality is a key that opens the locks of the heart. As a result one experiences great pleasure in the obedience of Allah Ta’ala and eagerly applies himself in this direction. However, it is also important that the teeth of this key should be in perfect condition so that the lock of the heart is opened easily without any difficulty. Keeping the teeth of the key of zikr in perfect condition means that one should engage in zikr with humility and with complete devotion and concentration. In this manner one will attain the complete benefits of zikr.
Monday, 10 March 2008 00:23
If a child makes a request, either fulfil the request the same time or, if you have refused, do not fulfil the child’s stubbornness. Even if it then obstinately demands and cries for it, do not fulfil the request under such circumstances. If you submit to the child’s obstinacy, it will develop this habit.” Hakimul Ummah (R.A.)
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