Al-Haadi v17n01

Exam Time

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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.

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Just a Touch

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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
Hence one should not venture near any mixed gathering if it is not absolutely necessary to go there (such as going to one’s job). If going to such a place is completely unavoidable, one must be extremely careful. Also, respectfully ask for money, items or documents which are being passed over to be kept on the counter, desk, etc, from where one can pick it up without risking an illegitimate touch. May Allah Ta’ala protect us from every haraam, even it be the slightest touch. Aameen.  
   

Q&A: Business "Opposition"

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Wednesday, 27 January 2010 22:19

Question:

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:

“Poaching” experienced staff or agents from the opposition; Making secret contact with competitors’ staff (and sometimes also paying them) in order to ascertain prices and other confidential information; Wielding one’s influence with suppliers to prevent them from supplying competitors; Luring competitors’ customers with better offers; Deliberately pushing up prices by bidding against competitors at auctions, ...etc... etc. (question summarised)

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Faqihul Ummah: Reconciliation

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Tuesday, 26 January 2010 22:46

Summary of Letter:

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

(The question was not published. The questioner apparently enquired that if two parties have been in a dispute and now wish to reconcile what is the manner of achieving peace and reconciliation between them.)

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Download Al-Haadi Volume 17 Number 1

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Tuesday, 26 January 2010 22:38

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Contents:

  • Exam Time
  • Just a Touch
  • Q&A: Business "Opposition"
  • Faqihul Ummah: Reconciliation
   
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