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The Sacred Months of the Year and Injustice

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(Summary of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis (Saturday 22th September)

In principle, the Qur’aan and Hadeeth do not discuss matters of physics or geography etc. If there is any aayat or hadeeth in this regard then it is not for the purpose of explaining any aspect of physics, instead it is on account of the shar`ee law that is related to it. For example, the year having 12 months etc. is discussed because of the shar`ee laws of Hajj, roza, zakaat etc. that are linked to it. Amongst these twelve months are four that are sacred in the sight of Allah Ta`ala. They are Zul Qa`dah, Zul Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab.

In the past, it was impermissible to wage in war during these months. Hence, the mushrikeen would refrain from commencing any war during this time. However, if a war was still ongoing and these months began they would alternate the months and move the month to another part of the year so that the war could be finished. If we compare ourselves to the mushrikeen of that era then there is no difference between them and us. We do the very same when it comes to matters of halaal and haraam. Where it goes against our desires, we are ready to change and adjust Deen.

The Hadeeth warns us that for every wrong a person will have to face the consequence of it in the hereafter. However, there are two such wrongs that their consequences befall a person in this very earthly life. One is disobedience to parents and the other is zulm (oppression). There are many instances where employers oppressed and ill treated their employees and faced the consequences of their injustice in this very life. There was a person who owned more than twenty shops but now, he is employed by one of his previous employees. This is as a result of the injustice meted out to one’s staff. We have to be very careful about this.

If we analyze the attahiyyaat which we recite in Salaah, it teaches us gratitude. Attahiyyaatu lillah – Firstly, being grateful to Allah Ta`ala for all the bounties he has blessed us with, the greatest being the imaan that we enjoy. Assalamu alayka ayyuhan nabiyyu – Secondly, being grateful to Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) for the effort that he had made and the sacrifices that he underwent. Wa ala ibaadillahis saaliheen – Thirdly, gratitude to the pious servants of Allah Ta`ala who were the means for Deen reaching us.

Date: 2012-09-22

Duration: 00:52:51

Format: MP3

Size: 9.7 MB

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