Sunday, 04 November 2007 13:10
Hazrat Umar (R.A.) once came to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) while wearing a silk garment. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) remarked that silken garments are not permissible for men to wear. Hazrat Umar (R.A.) left the gathering and immediately threw the garment into the furnace and burnt it. The next day when Hazrat Umar (R.A.) returned, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) enquired as to what he had done with the garment. Hazrat Umar (R.A.) replied that he had burnt it. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) explained to him that the garment was not permissible for men. The cloth could have been cut up and used to sew something for his daughters.
Sunday, 04 November 2007 13:08
Hazrath Ubaadah bin Saamit (R.A.) reports that one day when Ramadhan had drawn near Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "The month of Ramadhan, the month of Blessings has come to you. In this month Allah Ta'ala turns towards you, sends down upon you His special mercy, forgives your faults and accepts your duas. Allah Ta'ala also appreciates your competition for the greatest amount of good and boasts to the angels about you. Therefore show to Allah Ta'ala your righteousness for verily the most unfortunate person is he who is deprived of Allah's mercy in this month." (Targheeb)
With regards to worldly matters we always strive to do the best. As a result we very often end up competing with others who are also desirous of being the best. In the Hadith above this spirit of competing is commended. However, this is strictly restricted to competing in matters of Deen. This "competition" gives one more vigour to engage in excessive recitation of the Qur'an, zikr, etc. Nevertheless it is obvious that the intention in performing these good deeds should be solely the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala.
Sunday, 04 November 2007 13:08
Discussing Eid before Ramadhaan even commences may seem strange. Though this is indeed unusual, such a discussion is extremely necessary if one wishes to truly enjoy Eid in reality. The reality of Eid can only be attained if one spent a true Ramadhaan.
While Eid is certainly meant to be a joyous occasion, the true happiness of Eid should be understood in its proper perspective. Consider the situation of a student who has spent the entire year at an institution. At the end of the year a celebration is held. He is wearing the expensive new outfit that he bought especially for this occasion. All varieties of treats have been prepared. The happiness in the atmosphere is enchanting. However, he has just received his results. The results state that he has failed. What occasion will he celebrate? What will he rejoice over? Eid should be considered in a similar manner. The month of Ramadhaan was especially given to the Ummah to acquire the wealth of Taqwa (consciousness of Allah Ta'ala. Allah Ta'ala declares: "O you who Believe, verily fasting was prescribed upon you just as it was ordained upon those before you so that you may attain Taqwa." Taqwa entails the forsaking of every disobedience of Allah Ta'ala. One who has spent his Ramadhaan in various forms of ibaadah (worship) but has not given up sin, has not attained Taqwa. What will he celebrate? What will he rejoice over? The only difference is that one's results of Ramadhaan are not received "in black and white" in this world. However, every person can, to some extent, judge for himself whether he has passed or not.