Friday, 19 November 2010 20:59
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saheb
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh
Alhamdulillah my eldest son is about completing his Hifz. Two of my daughters have already completed their Hifz. While I have no intention to send my daughters for secular studies, I am unsure about what to do for my son. Should I send him to study Deen or for secular studies? My fear is that if he does not take up secular studies he will have difficulties in earning his livelihood. Please advise.
Friday, 19 November 2010 20:46
Anxiety, worry, stress, depression … such words are heard more frequently than every before. In many instances people are overwhelmed by illnesses, financial difficulties, social problems or any other adverse conditions, hence they feel dejected and depressed. At times there is no apparent reason for the lack of peace in the heart. Irrespective of the cause of the anxiety, the divine remedy has been spelt out in the Qur'an Al- Kareem. Allah Ta'ala declares: “Behold! In the rememberance of Allah do the hearts get peace.” (13:28)
Friday, 19 November 2010 20:01
My son is an avid supporter of an English football club. He regularly logs onto the clubs website and follows all their activities. Often he would be dressed in the team colours and will wear a T-shirt with the name and number of his favourite player emblazoned on the back. His conversations with his friends and cousins are generally about football and “their” clubs. My wife and I differ on this issue. Whilst I am very concerned about this situation, my wife feels it is just a passing phase and that my son will grow out of it. She feels it is just an innocent pass time. Please advise as to what is the correct approach in this matter. (Summary of question).
Friday, 19 November 2010 19:58
Serviettes come in a variety of sizes, colours and styles. One may buy a basic white serviette or one could opt for an elaborate “designer” serviette – a larger full colour one with exotic patterns. Serviettes are generally used to wipe one's hands after eating. A few wipes, followed by some squashing and crumpling, and the serviette is then thrown away. Unlike many other luxuries, there are no additional tangible benefits in a more eye-catching serviette. A basic simple serviette can do the job just as well as one with beautiful patterns on it. The only imagined extra benefit is that the fancy serviette will impress the guests!!! The various serviettes of different sizes, colours and styles vary greatly in price. The most basic serviette, if purchased in bulk, costs less than five cents per serviette. A slightly larger version (the ordinary white serviette) would cost about thirty cents per unit from a retailer. The fancy printed variant costs approximately R1.80 each. Other types cost anything in between. The more popular choice at functions and occasions is a serviette which costs much more than one rand each.
Friday, 19 November 2010 19:29
How would you respond to the following question: What is your ultimate goal in life? Would any of the following responses ever be heard?:
- To become super-rich
- To keep expanding one’s business
- To have the best comforts and luxuries
- To acquire the highest qualifications in one’s field
- To build one’s dream home or to own the smartest car
Never! … A thousand times never! We are Mu’mineen (Believers). Our ultimate goal can never be such mundane things. A Mu’min’s ultimate goal can only be that which Allah Ta’ala has himself declared: “And the Pleasure of Allah is the greatest” (S9:72). Since the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala is the ultimate goal, whatever is necessary in order to acquire His pleasure must be happily undertaken while anything that becomes an obstacle in the path of obtaining His pleasure must be sacrificed.
The great ibadah of Qurbani (sacrificing an animal on the occasion of Eidul-Adha) teaches us exactly this lesson. The love for one’s child is more than the love for everything in the world. One’s last cent will be spent to save the life of one’s child. Yet when Hazrath Ibrahim (A.S.) was commanded to slaughter his son, he set out to fulfil the command in order to acquire the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. Qurbani is a commemoration of this great spirit of sacrifice. It is a reminder of the fundamental lesson that the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala is the ultimate goal and nothing must come in the way of attaining it.