Friday, 20 June 2008 01:51
Blood is the life stream of the human body. Healthy blood nourishes all the organs enabling them to function well. Good blood is produced from healthy, wholesome food. On the contrary, unhealthy food produces unhealthy blood, causing the entire body to be weakened and one then suffers a host of illnesses. Hence the direct link between what one consumes and physical health is evident.
A similar link exists between one’s sustenance and one’s spiritual health. If one’s sustenance is pure, wholesome and from halaal earnings, it has a direct effect in boosting one’s spiritual levels. The heart then desires to do good while the limbs easily move towards acts of piety and righteousness. However, if the food is not pure and wholesome, or it is halaal in itself but was acquired from haraam earnings, it spiritually contaminates the blood. This contaminated blood is then pumped throughout the body. As a result the heart almost continuously thrives on evil. The limbs easily move towards sin and have no strength to perform good deeds. Even Salaah, the most fundamental command after Imaan, becomes a burden and is easily left out. If this critical situation is not remedied in time, spiritual cancer sets in. Allah forbid, such a person then sometimes even sells his Imaan for monetary gain.
Friday, 20 June 2008 01:47
The greatest oppression is to commit shirk (ascribe partners with Allah Ta’ala). The lesser shirk is to perform righteous actions for some ulterior motive such as name and fame, while it should have been done solely for the sake of Allah Ta’ala. Hence it is reported in a Hadith that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who has performed Salaah to impress others, has committed shirk with Allah Ta’ala.”
The gravity of the sin of riya (showing off and doing any action for people) is highlighted in a famous Hadith. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said that on the Day of Judgment a learned person, a generous person and a martyr will be called up. However, their great actions of teaching Deen, spending wealth for the upliftment of Deen and sacrificing ones life for Allah Ta’ala will all be rejected due to having been done to gain the praises of people. It is further mentioned that they will be the first to be thrown in the fire of Jahannam.
Therefore, sincerity in every action must be checked and re-checked. Allah Ta’ala knows what is in the depth of one’s heart. One should therefore be only concerned to please Him at all times.
Friday, 20 June 2008 01:44
Imagine a business that generates profits 24 / 7 / 365 (24 hours a day, every day of the year). Such a business wherein there is never any risk of loss, not even a single cent. No business of this world can fit this description. It is only the business of the Hereafter that can generate such profits (rewards).
Non stop rewards are earned from engaging in some act of ibadah continuously. Some forms of Ibadah which earn tremendous rewards in the Hereafter can only be done for a limited time in the day. It is not possible to perform Salaah, recite the Quran, etc., 24 hours of the day. One has human needs which must also be fulfilled during which those acts of worship stop. Yet, some acts are such that the Ibadah is non-stop and the “profit” are continuous.
Friday, 20 June 2008 01:38
We are a group of women who intend to help and uplift the poor. We have been motivated by the great rewards for assisting humanity. The projects we intend to embark on will require, among other aspects, working together with males. Some members have objected to this. Please advise (summary of question).
Friday, 20 June 2008 01:32
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saheb
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
My mother is always very upset with me. I feel that she has enmity for me. Therefore, I have severed all relations with her. I have done the same with my brothers. Please guide me as to what I should do.
Friday, 20 June 2008 01:29
Hazrath Shaddaad (R.A.) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “The wise person is he who keeps his desires under control and strives for the life after death (he does good actions and shuns all sin). The foolish person is he who follows his desires (even if they contradict the dictates of Shariah) and hopes for the best from Allah Ta’ala” (Tirmizi).