Saturday, 28 March 2009 16:00
The end of the financial year is a time for stocktaking. It is a time when profits or losses are calculated. Allah forbid, if the stocktaking exercise reveals a loss, it results in great concern and anxiety. Meetings are held, consultants are approached for advice, “belt tightening” measures are implemented and a host of other strategies are adopted to cover the loss and make a profit. If it appears that the loss is due to pilferage, extra security measures are implemented. In short, the stocktaking spurs one to action.
While much effort is put into ascertaining the profits and losses of this world, how often do we take stock of our profits and losses of the Hereafter? Are we certain we are not in a loss situation? We would only be able to truly ascertain this after taking stock of our lives – of our beliefs, actions, character, monetary dealings and social life.
TAKE STOCK NOW
Hazrat Umar (R.A.) is reported to have said: “Take an account of yourself before you are taken to account (on the Day of Judgement) and adorn yourself for your appearance in the court of Allah, for verily the giving of an account on the Day of Judgement is lighter for the one who took stock of himself in the world.” (Tirmizi)
Monday, 23 March 2009 22:35
DID YOU READ...the word of Allah Ta'ala, the Qur'an? Did you read it today, yesterday or when last did you recite the book of Allah Ta'ala? The daily recitation of the Qur'an must be an integral part of a Mu'min’s (Believer’s) life. One's day should not commence without having first recited some portion of the Qur'an-al-Kareem.
SPECIAL VIRTUES OF SURAH YASEEN
The recitation of the Qur'an earns tremendous rewards. For every letter recited one receives a minimum of ten blessings. Hence, reciting Surah Fatiha alone earns one several thousand rewards. Moreover recitation of certain Surahs on specific occasions have extra virtues and benefits. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “The one who recites Surah Yaseen at the beginning of the day, all his needs of the day will be fulfilled.” Similarly reciting Surah Ahad, Surah Falaq, and Surah Naas (the last three Surahs) thrice every morning and evening will be a means of protection from all calamities, black magic, jinns, etc. Various other virtues have been mentioned in the ahadith for the recitation of the Qur'an. “Virtues of the Qur'an” by Hazrat Moulana Zakaria Saheb (R.A.) is an excellent book on the topic. It should be read regularly to inculcate the love for the Qur'an and generate the enthusiasm to recite it regularly.
Monday, 23 March 2009 22:23
I worked for a Muslim employer for more than 18 years. Lately I was dismissed on a flimsy excuse. While the real reason is not known, it appears to me that due to the economic downturn he is shedding staff to cut costs. I have already started proceedings to sue for unfair dismissal but a friend tells me that Islamically I am not entitled to do so. Is this true?
Tuesday, 17 March 2009 23:48
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saheb
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته