Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:27
The sound of a cash register in full swing is coveted by the store owner, while the sight of a full waiting room pleases the doctor. Likewise, a long line of cars pleases the car-wash owner and the start of the new school year pleases the stationer. The common factor is that all these aspects signal that money is being made!
The task of ‘making money’ is one which people generally attach tremendous importance to and thus the sight of their ‘money machine’ in motion causes them great delight. Furthermore, they leave no stone unturned in making money. Whether working from 8 until late, 7 days a week, in order to progress from small-store owner to entrepreneur at the helm of an economical empire, or studying for years to acquire a string of degrees that will equate half the alphabet hanging onto one’s name. It is apparent that we have made more than the required effort in seeing to our material needs.
Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:25
The Deen of Islam is complete and perfect. Hence Islam recognizes and caters for all the needs of a human being by showing him the Islamic way of attending to and fulfilling these various needs. Eating is a basic human need. Thus Islam not only allows us to eat but also gives us guidelines and teaches us the Islamic way of eating.
Among our basic, human needs is the need to occasionally ‘take a break’. Islam is not a ‘dry’ Deen and thus allows us to take a break when needed. However, just as we adhere to the guidelines laid down by Deen when fulfilling our other needs, we should also adhere to the laws and injunctions of Deen when fulfilling this need and ensure that it is done in a manner that is approved of in Islam.
Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:23
Islam is a Deen of peace and justice. Even in a truly Islamic country, the non-Muslim citizens are given full protection, helped when in need and are permitted to conduct their own religious rites and ceremonies.
It, however, does not mean that if people of other religions are allowed to conduct their religious ceremonies, it is permissible for a Muslim to join them in such celebrations. Islam has a distinct culture and totally shuns anything to do with shirk (idolatory) and the customs of other religions.
Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are Christian and pagan celebrations respectively. The element of shirk is evident. Consider the following:
Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:19
Question: I have just finished matric. My parents want me to go to University next year. I have many friends and family who are in University so I know of the fitnahs and sins that are part of campus life. I heard just recently of a girl who we all knew to be pious, that she met a Hindu boy on campus and wishes to marry him. I don’t want to put my imaan on the line by going to University and being exposed to these fitnahs. Please advise me as to how I can explain my concerns to my parents and convince them. Jazaakallah.
Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:16
Summary of Letter
I have taught my children salaah and Quraan majeed. Thereafter they pursued secular education. I allowed them to acquire more worldly education in the hope that they may progress materially. Now I am concerned as to what answer I will give to Allah Ta‘ala. One son is a Haafiz, but he as well as my other children refuse to listen to me. My heart remains extremely troubled and distressed. At times, I feel that I should leave my home and go away somewhere. What should I now do to save myself from any punishment in the Hereafter for the mistakes I have made in the educating and upbringing of my children?