Sunday, 24 October 2010 22:30
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saheb
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh
I am continuously being afflicted by calamities and difficulties. I also have much debts to pay. Is there any cure for this? What should one recite when one is continuously afflicted with problems and difficulties? I have everything I could want. None of my duas have been accepted and it seems as if none of my actions have also been accepted. I am still faced with problems upon problems.
Sunday, 24 October 2010 22:19
I recently attended a fair which was organised by a Muslim organisation to raise funds. The most distressing aspect was that due to the huge crowds, men and women were being pushed against each other. While some people seemed disturbed, most men and women just continued to squeeze past each other without much bother. Though I initially got caught in the midst of the crowd unintentionally, I then deliberately allowed myself to keep getting pushed against women. I am now feeling very guilty. How do I rectify the situation? (summary of question)
Sunday, 24 October 2010 12:07
Can one ever imagine what are the rewards for fasting? Impossible! It is beyond human comprehension. Allah Ta'ala’s declaration has been narrated by Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in the words: “Fasting is for Me and I will (personally) give its reward.” How then can anybody ever comprehend the magnitude of the rewards for the fasting person.
However, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is also reported to have said: “Many a fasting person gets nothing from his fast except hunger.” While the obligation of fasting may be fulfilled, the fast is devoid of its spiritual benefits and the unimaginable rewards are lost. The reason for this severe deprivation is the indulgence in sin while fasting. Hence Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has said: “The one who does not give up sinful talk and sinful actions, Allah Ta`ala has no need for him to remain hungry and thirsty.” Therefore, the crucial factor in Ramadhaan is to give up all sin. Avoiding all sin for this one month will become a launching pad to refrain from sinning in the future.
Sunday, 24 October 2010 11:58
Clean and pure. That is the ideal society which Islam advocates. It is the society where the honour of every daughter, sister and mother is given the highest degree of respect. Hence even merely looking at a non-mahram woman (except by accident) has also been denounced in Islam. Our beloved Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said that Allah Ta`ala said: “The glance (at a non-mahram) is a poisonous arrow of Shaitaan. The one who will restrain himself from it for My sake, I will grant him such Imaan in reward, the sweetness of which he will taste in his heart.” This is the unparalleled respect and honour that Islam affords women.
In order to maintain the purity of society, segregation of males and females has been strongly emphasised. Women have been commanded to generally remain indoors. If they do venture out for any genuine need, the Qur’aan has forbidden them from displaying themselves and has commanded them to don a jilbaab (a loose outer garment which conceals the body, commonly referred to as the cloak). Since it is human nature that an attraction exists in both males and females for the opposite gender, the jilbaab is meant to serve as a distraction from the glances of men. While the jilbaab (cloak) would completely conceal the beauty or figure of the person wearing it, due to it being completely plain and simple nothing on the jilbaab itself would invite any glance in its direction.
Sunday, 24 October 2010 11:47
Interior decor is an art. People spend much time, effort and money on their homes offices and businesses in order to get that special finish and make it look as impressive and appealing as possible. Great pains are taken to ensure that the furniture "blends in" with the surroundings. The carpets are made to match the curtains. Just any ordinary bulb sticking out of the ceiling is unthinkable. A variety of light fittings are positioned in the proper places so that the light may reflect in the best way. The right "tone" must be captured in the colour co-ordination. Several other trimmings and trappings are added for the final touch.
Allah Ta'ala has also given us a month for interior decoration – a month to decorate our hearts. The month of Ramadhaan is a time to truly make our hearts sparkle and shine and to look truly impressive in the sight of Allah Ta'ala. The first part of interior decoration is to remove the cobwebs, scrape the rust and do a general thorough cleanup. The cleanup of our hearts requires sincere taubah. We will have to scrape off the rust of sin, remove the filth of jealously, sweep out the dirt of malice, scrub away the pride and generally wash away all the evil within us with the flowing tears of earnest and sincere repentance.