Wednesday, 27 January 2010 23:28
As the end of the year approaches, the level of concern, worry and anxiety rises. It becomes a time of working hard and burning the midnight oil. Leisure and pleasure are sacrificed. Everything possible is done to achieve the best pass. There is total support and assistance in whichever way possible from family and friends. After all … it’s exam time. Passing will open many doors and failing will result in many setbacks. Thus, nothing must come in the way of passing the exams.
While working hard to pass the minor exams, which one must obviously do, does it remind one of the MAJOR exams? This life itself is a major exam. A further exam, will take place in the grave and yet another exam will be conducted on the Day of Qiyaamah. What one achieves in the exam of this life will determine whether one passes or fails in the examinations that follow it. Are we concerned about passing the MAJOR exams? Are we prepared to make the sacrifices and to try and achieve the best possible results? Do we support our families, friends and others to help them pass? Failing the minor exams is a minor problem and setback, while failing the MAJOR exams is absolutely disastrous. There is no way to make for the loss. Therefore, the main focus must be on the MAJOR exams. Hence, let us reflect over the serious exams and tests that life presents to us and check whether we are passing or failing.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 23:05
A touch on a trigger of a loaded machine gun can cause death. Likewise touching what Allah Ta’ala has forbidden can cause destruction in this world and Hereafter. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: “It is better that a steel nail be driven into your head than for you to touch a woman who is not permissible for you (Baihaqi).” Subhanallah! A steel nail in one’s head!!! This hadith most eloquently highlights the extreme danger of touching a non-mahram (one with whom nikah is permissible). Just as a steel nail in one’s head can cause death, an illegitimate touch can cause destruction in both worlds. Another narration states that the person who touches a woman who is not legitimate for him will have a burning coal placed in his hand on the Day of judgement.
The sheer abhorrence and revulsion that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) wished to instill in the heart of every Believer for the act of touching a non-mahram is expressed in another Hadith, wherein he is reported to have said: “It is better for one of you to collide with a pig covered completely in mud than to rub your shoulder against the shoulder of a woman who is not permissible for you (in a crowd or elsewhere) ( Tabrani).”
While a chaste and Allah-fearing person will not deliberately touch a non-mahram, often due to negligence this crime is committed. Among the more common occasions that this occurs are:
- When giving or receiving money at till points, road tolls, etc.
- In the work place when giving or taking something from a non-mahram
- At social functions, bazaars and other gatherings where intermingling of males and females take place
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 22:19
In the current economic climate, many businesses are barely trying to keep afloat. Therefore, the competition between businesses is fierce. During a discussion among a group of Muslim businessmen, some mentioned their strategies to “kill off” the competition. Many other “happenings” in the market place were also mentioned. However concerns were also raised in the discussion about the permissibility of some strategies. Kindly comment on what is permissible or prohibited from among the following issues:
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 22:46
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saheb
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته