Sunday, 18 April 2010 20:49
Honesty, trustworthiness, kindness to parents, respect to elders, decency (in manner, speech, dressing, etc.) and a host of other basic values are cherished by one and all. The reality, however, is that such values are becoming rare. While this lamentable situation could be due to many factors, one of the main aspects that it can be attributed to is the erosion of Hayaa (modesty and shame). This is clearly understood from the Hadith: “If you have no shame, do as you wish” (Muslim).
IMAAN IN GRAVE DANGER
A person without shame will do anything. He will shamelessly lie, shamelessly disrespect elders and seniors, shamelessly abuse his own parents, behave shamelessly, dress shamelessly, talk shamelessly and do everything that he should not be doing. In fact, if shame is totally eradicated, one’s Imaan is in grave danger. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has declared: “Imaan and hayaa are companions. When one leaves, the other follows.” The reality of this is evident in many cases where, after becoming involved in illicit relationships, people have given up their Imaan merely to get married to the non-muslim they are in love with. Thus shamelessness, which led to the illicit relationship, eventually resulted in the loss of Imaan!!!
In this era of fitna, almost everything is calculated to destroy hayaa. From the media to dressing styles, from chocolate wrappers to billboards, everything is vigorously promoting shamelessness. The only protection is to increase the level of hayaa. “Hayaa is from Imaan,” declared Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Therefore, maintaining hayaa is also vitally important for the maintaining of all the qualities of Imaan and of Imaan itself.
In a humble attempt to promote hayaa, this column in future will be dedicated to this topic. It is hoped that, Insha Allah, it will make us more conscious of the various aspects of shame and modesty. May Allah Ta’ala enable us to truly adopt hayaa in every facet of our lives. Aameen.
Sunday, 18 April 2010 20:30
The 2010 World Cup will soon be here. While almost everyone is very excited and eagerly awaiting it, some people are advising that we should not participate in it. Is this not unpatriotic? Please advise. (Question summarised)
Sunday, 18 April 2010 20:23
The love and concern that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) had for his ummah is unmatched. The deepest love of the most caring mother in the world for her only child is also a minute fraction of the love that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) had for us – for you and I – and for his ummah to come till the last day. Hence, he remembered his ummah on every occasion. Even on the Day of Judgement, when everyone will be concerned for themselves, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) will be praying for the forgivness of his ummah.
While he remembered us so excessively, how much do we remember him? How much Durud (salutations) do we recite daily? Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has greatly stressed the importance of reciting durood upon him. Among the benefits of Durud shareef mentioned in the Ahadith are the following:
• For every Durud recited, Allah Ta’ala sends ten blessings upon the reciter.
• The Durud and Salaam recited is conveyed to Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).
• Excessive recitation of Durud removes all worries and anxieties.
• It is a means of gaining the closeness of Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).
Therefore, it is the demand of our love for Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) that we daily recite Durud shareef upon him. At least hundred Durud shareef should be recited daily. We will be doing the greatest favour.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 22:41
Forsaken by his people; harassed by his own uncles; stoned till he bled . . . Allahu Akbar . . . yes ... indeed . . . till he bled from head to toe; mocked, jeered and persecuted in countless ways — all this was done to the most beloved of Allah Ta`ala, the leader of all mankind, Sayyiduna Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). He underwent untold suffering himself and had to also bear the pain of witnessing the severe difficulties heaped upon those who followed him. The books of history are filled with thousands of heart-rending incidents. “Why did Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) undergo all this?,” one may ask. Are these incidents merely moving stories which one reads or listens to… becomes emotional for a few moments…wipes the tears streaming down one’s face… wakes up from the gathering… and then continues with one’s sinful life??? Is there no lesson we take from the seerah (biography) of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)???
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 22:34
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saheb
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
A person came to Hadhrat and said: “I have heard that you have a prescription for removing problems and worries. I am very worried that my business is not progressing. What is the cause of this?