Taqlid - Following an Imam


Sunday, 04 November 2007 20:01


At our campus several students are actively promoting the ideology that one should only follow the Qur’an and Sunnah, not one of the four Imaams. They especially criticise the Hanafis who do not raise their hands upto the ears before going into ruku, etc. This is causing much confusion. Could you guide us in this aspect.


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Would you wear...


Sunday, 04 November 2007 19:59

Would you wear any garment with a cross emblazoned on it? Never! Why not? Simply because it is the sign of a particular creed and identifies the one who wears it as being part of the same group.

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Sunday, 04 November 2007 19:58

Every human is born with several basic needs. Among them is the need for clothing. To cover one’s body is not just a need, it is part of human nature that a person wants to conceal parts of his body from others. Nevertheless, despite being a natural urge to clothe oneself, the Shariah has provided extensive guidelines in this regard.

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The first ten days of Zul Hijjah


Sunday, 04 November 2007 16:38

The first ten days of Zul Hijjah have been accorded great virtue in Islam. Thus one should exert oneself in Ibadah in these days.

      Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “On no day is the worship of Allah more desirable and pleasing to Him than in the first ten days of Zul Hijjah. The fast of each of these days is equal to the fast of a whole year and the Ibadah of each of these nights is equal to the Ibadah of Laylatul Qadr” (Tirmizi). Similarly it is related from Hazrath Ibn Abbas (R.A.) that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “No days are so weighty by Allah and so much liked by Him in terms of good deeds than the first ten days of Zul Hijjah. So in these days increasingly read: Tasbeeh (Subhanallah), Tahleel (La-Ilaaha-Illalla), Tahmeed (Alhamdulillah) and Takbeer (Allahu Akbar)” (Tabrani).



Qurbani - Some Masaa'il


Sunday, 04 November 2007 16:37

1. Qurbani is waajib on all Muslims (male and female) who are sane, baaligh (reached the age of puberty), and are possessors of nisaab (minimum zakatable wealth). It is not necessary that the ownership of such wealth be for a full year.

2. Qurbani is waajib on a man for himself only, not for his wife and children. However, it is his duty to ensure that the Qurbani of his wife and baaligh children is performed if they own nisaab. This Qurbani will be waajib from their personal wealth. However, if he performs their Qurbani from his own wealth with their permission, it will be valid.

3. The animal should either be held by the horns and brought along to the place of slaughter or driven from the back. It is cruel to grab the hind legs of the animal and drag it along.

4. The slaughtering should not take place in front of another animal.

5. It is Sunnat-e-Muak’kadah (highly stressed sunnat) to slaughter the animal while facing the Qiblah. The slaughterer himself should face Qiblah. To omit this without a valid excuse is makrooh (Imdadul Fatawa—Vol. 3, Pg. 559).

6. Skinning the animal should not commence until the carcass has become cold.

7. The skin or any part of the animal cannot be given as payment to one who has been employed to assist in the skinning, cleaning, etc.


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