Monday, 24 April 2017 13:56
On the twenty seventh of Rajab the musjids will be full. People will gather to listen to talks being delivered regarding the great incident of Me’raaj. After the talks are over, by and large we return home with the miracle of Me’raaj and its message forgotten until the following year.
Unlike us, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and the Tabi‘een (those who came after the Sahaabah) never set aside any particular day for the discussion of the incident of Me’raaj. Hence even the scholars of the first century differed with regard to the actual date when Me’raaj occurred (see Fathul Baari, vol. 7, pg. 203 and Ruhul Ma’aani, vol.15, pg.6). The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and the Tabi‘een (rahimahumullah) had no need to set aside any particular day for this discussion. They regularly and frequently discussed the ahaadeeth with regard to all aspects of the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). They lived the message of Me’raaj every day of their lives.
Monday, 10 April 2017 15:45
One of the commands that were issued to the Bani Israaeel was that they were not to fish on the day of Sabbath (i.e. Saturdays) out of reverence for the day. Allah Ta‘ala tested them by causing the fish to appear in such abundance on Saturdays that they were visible from the surface, while on other days they could hardly be seen. The Bani Israaeel devised a scheme which allowed them to still catch fish without actually fishing on Saturdays. They would cast their nets and rods on Fridays, the fish would then be caught without anyone having to stand by, and would be pulled out on Sundays. The guilty ones were punished by being transfigured into monkeys, as they had failed to respect the day of Sabbath.
In the recent past, Muslims respected the azaan, the Day of Jumu‘ah and the month of Ramadhaan by switching off the television and stopping all sin. Unfortunately the respect even for these symbols of Deen are fast leaving us. Due to the gross disrespect for these symbols of Deen, by continuing to sin in these sacred moments, we are inviting the wrath of Allah Ta‘ala. May Allah Ta‘ala save us from such a punishment on account of this disrespect, that our inner-character is transformed to that of animals, though outwardly we remain as humans.
Monday, 27 March 2017 14:24
The calico-covered corpse is gently lowered into the grave. Loving hands of sons and brothers receive the body of their loved one and place it in the narrow pit. The strips of plank are placed firmly next to each other. The last plank is placed leaving a dark and lonely grave under it. Spades are grabbed and heaps of sand come crashing down from all directions. However, all around the grave, business goes on as usual.
While the most stark reminder of death is right in front of the eyes, the latest car on the market, the rand/dollar exchange and other gossip continues among many of those present. While they patiently wait for the ‘faatihah’ to commence, the time is passed by idle gossip. Carrying the janaazah on our shoulders and witnessing the deceased being lowered into the grave also does not remind us of our own death. What then will remind us of that moment (which could be extremely soon) when we will breathe our last?
Monday, 13 March 2017 06:54
If there is a disbeliever in front of us, then due to his physical presence, we will be on our guard and will not allow him to influence our mind and ways. However, there is something called the mental presence of a disbeliever. It is when a disbeliever presents to us his heart and mind in the form of words. The novels and newspaper articles that are authored and reported by disbelievers are read by unwary Muslims. Novels and newspapers are read in our free time, when our minds are relaxed and receptive. Over a period of time, we begin to develop an indirect friendship with these authors and reporters who are disbelievers.
What makes a person crave to read another novel authored by a particular author? What prompts a person to continue reading a novel or a newspaper, but finds no time for the Quraan Majeed? Reading the works of disbelievers destroys the desire of doing good. Many Muslims today will read the newspaper, digest it and relate it to others. But when the Quraan Majeed and hadeeth is presented to them, they will question and reject it. Their minds and hearts have become so poisoned with darkness and fiction that they no longer wish to accept the light and truth of Islam.
We need to abandon the poisonous friendship of novels and newspapers, so that once again we may have a Muslim mind and heart that will think and desire as a Muslim ought to.
Monday, 27 February 2017 16:03
The end of the financial year is a time for stocktaking. It is a time when profits or losses are calculated. Allah Ta‘ala forbid, if the stocktaking exercise reveals a loss, it results in great concern and anxiety. Meetings are held, consultants are approached for advice, “belt tightening” measures are implemented and a host of other strategies are adopted to cover the loss and make a profit. If it appears that the loss is due to pilferage, extra security measures are implemented. In short, the stocktaking spurs one to action.
While much effort is put into ascertaining the profits and losses of this world, how often do we take stock of our profits and losses of the Hereafter? Are we certain we are not in a loss situation? We would only be able to truly ascertain this after taking stock of our lives – of our beliefs, actions, character, monetary dealings and social life.
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