Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Ramadan Kareem !!, its here again. May Allah bless us to use the month to secure our places in Jannah(Ameen)
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herez a short story forwarded by my friend Naeem.

The Mountain Story
A son and his father were walking on the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: " AAAhhhhhhhhhhh !!!"
To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain:
" AAAhhhhhhhhhhh !!!"
Curious, he yells: " Who are you ?"
He receives the answer: " Who are you ?"
Angered at the response, he screams: " Coward!"
He receives the answer: " Coward!"

He looks to his father and asks: " What's going on?"
The father smiles and says: " My son, pay attention ."

And then he screams to the mountain: " I admire you!"
The voice answers: " I admire you !"

Again the man screams: " You are a champion !"
The voice answers: " You are a champion !"

The boy is surprised, but does not understand.
Then the father explains: " People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE .

It gives you back everything you say or do.
Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.
If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart.
If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence.
This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life ;
Life will give you back everything you have given to it."


YOUR LIFE IS NOT A COINCIDENCE. IT'S A REFLECTION OF YOU!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Have you ever tasted Jannah?
by Muhammad Alshareef

In Saheeh Muslim (187), Ibn Masood narrates from Rasul Allah - sal Allahualahi wa sallam - the warming story of the last man to escape Hellfire:

His crawl away from Jahannam/Hellfire is filled with face slips into thedirt, a tremoring walk, and a fire that licks him until he finally escapes.

When he is past it, he looks back, horrified, and announces with the loudestvoice, "All praise is due to Allah Who saved me from you." Then he says,most proud, "Verily I have been rewarded with something that no one from thebeginning to the end of creation has been blessed with."

At that moment, a tree glimpses his eye, a tree that was commanded to beraised for him. He quickly raises his hands, "O Allah! Allow me to draw nearto that tree so that I can cool off under its shade and drink from itswater."

Then Allah ta'ala calls him, "O son of Adam! I fear that if I grant you whatyou ask you shall ask for more."

"Nay, O Allah!" pleads the man and testifies that he shall ask no more.
As the man basks in the glory of the tree, another tree is raised, one morebounteous and lush. The man pleads, "O Allah! Allow me to draw near to thattree so that I can cool off under its shade and drink from its water.

Allah then says, "Did you not promise me that you would ask no more? Perhapsif I give it to you, you shall ask for yet more."

The man testifies that he will not and is permitted that tree.

Just then a tree is raised near the doors of Jannah, one bigger and lusher than all the rest. The mans heart sinks.

"O Allah, that tree, that tree, I'll ask for nothing else."

"Did you not promise you would ask for nothing more?"

"After that tree, yaa Allah, nothing more."

He is permitted to draw nearer to the tree and there - as he nears the doors of Jannah - he hears the sounds of it's inhabitants and he leaps, "O Allah! Enter me into Jannah!"

"O son of Adam!" Allah announces. "What shall satisfy you and finish your pleading."

Then Allah offers, "Will it please you if I give you all the treasures and bounty of the entire world and then double it!"

The man's smile shuts off and his eyes lock up. "My Lord, you're the Lord of the universe. Are you mocking me?"

Ibn Mas`ood started laughing. He told his students, "Ask me why I'm laughing. I'm laughing because Rasul Allah laughed when he told us this. And he also asked us, 'Do you know what makes me laugh? I'm laughing for Allah's laughter when he said, "You are the lord of the universe. Are you mocking me?"'"

Allah then tells him, "I'm am not mocking you, rather I am capable of doing whatever I so wish." Allahu Akbar!

Turn to almost every page of the Quran and you'll find mention of Jannah.
Jannah.

Have you ever seen it? Have you ever smelt it? Have you ever touched it? Have you ever tasted it?

Rasul Allah - sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam - taught us that in Jannah is that "which no eye has witnessed, no ear has heard, and that which has never been imagined by any human."

Recite the verse if you wish: [And no soul knows what has been hidden for them of comfort of the eye (satisfaction) as reward for what they used to do.] - Surah As Sajdah

Many Muslims tasted the Iman of Jannah. Bilal - Radi Allahu 'anhu - was one of them. His slave master Umayyah would drag Bilal out to the grilling desert at noontime - the fiercest moments of the day. Umayyah would press Bilal to the scalding ground and place a boulder on top of his chest to increase the torture. As his back would melt away Bilal would say nothing but, "Ahad, Ahad." - One, only One"...

Later in his life, companions would see Bilal's scarred back. Tears would well in their eyes and they would ask him how he survived the punishment. Listen to his answer: "The pain of punishment mixed with the sweetness of Iman. I tasted both and the sweetness of Iman overcame everything until I felt no more pain."

Today, let us sample Jannah, as offered to us in the Qur'an and Sunnah.

The Gates of Jannah
Imagine yourself present on the day when the gates of Jannah open with allthe splendor that lies beyond it.

Allah tells us in the Qur'an when the Muttaqoon are escorted to the gates ofJannah by the most handsomest of Angels: "And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds, until - behold - they arrive there. Its gates will be opened, and its keepers will say, 'Peace be upon you! You have done well, so enter (Jannah) and live in it eternally.'"

Rasul Allah - sal Allahu alahi wa sallam - spoke to the Sahaabah about the gates of Jannah. He mentioned the gate of prayers, the gate of Jihad, the gate of Siyam, and the gate of charity.

Abu Bakr asked with the desire that took him to where he reached in Iman, "Fidaaka Abee wa Umee, will anyone be called from all gates?"

Rasul Allah - sal Allahu alahi wa sallam - said, "Yes, and I hope that you will be one of them."

The Shade in Jannah
Imagine yourself in Jannah, cooling shade, water springs surrounding you, andfruits dipping in hands reach.

Allah tells us: "Indeed, the Muttaqoon will be amid shades and springs / And fruits from whatever they desire / Eat and drink to your hearts content for what you used to do (in the Dunya) / Such we certainly reward the doers of good." - Surah al-Mursalaat 77/41-44
The Ambience in Jannah
Imagine yourself - face shining with joy, glad that you woke up for Fajr all those days, glad you payed your Zakah, glad you wore Hijaab all those summer days. This is what the atmosphere is like in Jannah:

"Faces that day will be joyful (radiant) * Satisfied with the effort that put (in the Dunya) * In an elevated garden * Where they shall hear no unsuitable speech." - Surah Al-Ghaashiyah 88/8-11

Jannah doesn't have any gossip, no did you hear about brother so and so - did you see what sister so and so is wearing.
Jannah the greatest gift
In Masjid an-Nabawee, I had been reciting the Qur'an to Shaykh MuhammadAhmad Ma'bad for over a year. Finally when the time of the Khatm al-Quran came, I brought a recorder to the Halaqah and told him that I wanted to record the Khatm and the du'a for my mother who was in Canada.

When he made dua, he prayed for my parents saying, "O Allah! Bless Muhammad's parents with crowns of Noor/Light on the Day of repayment!"

A month later in Canada, when I was handing out gifts, for my mother I pulledout this tape. She took it and listened to the entire thing. When my mother heard this dua, she sat crying. She told me, "This is the greatest gift I could have gotten."

Truly Jannah is the greatest gift one can get.

"(Indeed Jannah) is the greatest attainment!"

Part II:

The inhabitants of Jannah:
"You can tell in their faces the radiance of the blessing."

The inhabitants of Jannah shall be in: "Gardens and rivers..."

The inhabitants of Jannah are: "most pleased with what Allah gave them from His bounty."

Dear brothers and sisters, Jannah is the fruit of a seed planted in this Dunya. It is the retirement package that you save up in all your years of work.

There once lived a pious man who was enslaved to a wicked master. The rightous slave wanted to teach his master a lesson that he would not forget, a lesson that would make him change his ways.

The Master told him one day to plant wheat. The slave took the opportunity. He went and collected seeds of barley and planted them. As the season drew near, the master was enraged to see that after all this work and time the slave had planted the wrong seed. In his thrashing rage, he scolded the slave saying, "Why did you do this?"

The righteous slave said, "I had hope that the barley seeds would come out aswheat."

The Master said, "How can you plant barley seeds and expect it to come out aswheat?"

The slave stopped and said quietly, "How can you disobey Allah and expect forHis bounteous mercy? How can you openly challenge his Deen and hope for Jannah."

The Master was stunned and silent. He understood. "You have taught me something today that I had never realized. You are free for the sake of Allah."

A poet said:
"There is no home for a man after deathExcept that which he used to build before he diedIf he built it with bricks of good deedsThen the architecture shall come out beautifulAnd if he built it with evilIts architect will fall into ruin"

Dear brothers and sisters, do you know what the greatest blessing for the inhabitants of Jannah is? Don't let any laziness in Salah block you from being here. Don't let anything ANYTHING stand between you and this blessing:

Rasul Allah - sal Allahu alahi wa sallam - told us, "When the inhabitants of Jannah enter Jannah, Allah will ask them all, 'Is there anything that I can give you more?'. They will say, 'Have you not illuminated our faces? Have you not entered us into Jannah? Have you not saved us from Hellfire?' Then Allah will uncover the veil (and all shall see Allah). After that moment there would nothing more beloved to them than seeing their Lord." - narrated by Bukhari and Muslim.

Lets go home today driving towards Jannah!

"O Allaah, I seek refuge in you from knowledge which does not benefit, from aheart which does not feel humble, from a soul that does not feel contended and from an invocation that is not answered."

Source: Imaan.net

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Regarding Trusts Written by Abu Saifillah

The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

"Return trusts to the ones who entrusted them to you and do not cheat those who cheat you."

Oh dear Muslims, the responsibility of keeping trusts or things entrusted to you are from the very acts of worship that we worship Allaah with.

As Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) said in His great book:

"Verily! Allaah commands that you should render back the trusts to those, to whom they are due; and that when you judge between men, you judge with justice. Verily, how excellent is the teaching which He (Allaah) gives you! Truly, Allaah is Ever All-Hearer, All-Seer." (An-Nisaa', 4:58)

And Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) spoke about those who keep up their trusts, and promised those who guard that which they are entrusted with 'paradise' by His saying:

"Those who are faithfully true to their Amanat (all the duties which Allaah has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts etc.) and to their covenants." (Al-Mu'minoon, 23:8)

Yes these people will inherit paradise.

"Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever." (Al-Mu'minoon, 23:11)

And the part of Paradise they will inherit is the most highest, 'Al-Firdaus'.

So my dear Muslim, being entrusted with a trust is something extremely important and serious and not an unimportant matter. As Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) mentions in His book:

"Truly, We did offer Al-Amaanah (the trust or moral responsibility or honesty and all the duties which Allaah has ordained) to the heavens and the earth, and the mountains, but they declined to bear it and were afraid of it (i.e. afraid of Allaah's Torment). But man bore it. Verily, he was unjust (to himself) and ignorant (of its results)." (Al-Ahzaab, 33:72)

So look Oh Muslims see how the most greatest of creations refused to take this trust (the skies, the earth and the mountains), but the smallest of creation carried it, the weakest of creation carried it because of its ignorance (of what it entails) and his being unjust.

Also my dear Muslims know! Al-Amaanah "this trust" will be standing by the side of the 'Siraat' on the day of judgement waiting to demand its right from the one who did not return it or cheated on the side of the 'Siraat' just before you climb upon it. So how will you cross it when you have these rights (trusts) to deal with? As based on the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah in Muslim.

Beware oh believers, this is dangerous, so guard the trust, and give them back just as you were given them, in completeness. And know!! Oh slaves of Allaah that the 'trusts of Allaah' are the greatest of trusts (that you have been entrusted with). Verily it is the obedience of the Sharee'ah of Allaah, verily it is carrying out the orders and abandoning the prohibited, verily it is a trust which the skies and earth and the mountains had declined.

So every obligation that Allaah has placed upon us is a (trust) and every prohibition He has prohibited is a (trust) to carry out.

And whoever passes this completion of the trust will succeed in entering Paradise and being saved from the Hellfire.

So be aware my dear Muslims, for indeed cheating in that which is entrusted to you and being unmindful of the trust is nifaaq (hypocrisy).

"The signs of a munaafiq are three. If he speaks he lies, if he promises he breaks it, if he is entrusted he cheats."

Also the hadeeth:

"Four things if found in a person he is a pure munaafiq and whoever has one of these branches, then he has a branch of hypocrisy until he leaves it. If he is entrusted he cheats, if he speaks he lies, if he makes an oath he opposes it, and if he argues he explodes."

Also if we keep our trusts then we should not lie as Allaah's Messenger (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

"Do not lie, because it is just like a trust, which a Muslim does not cheat in or be unmindful of."

So being entrusted Muslims includes:

1) Entrusted by Allaah is obligation – da’wah.
2) Entrusted again by Allaah who married you - your wives are a trust.
3) Your children are a trust.
4) Your family are a trust.
5) Your Muslim community are a trust.
6) Your role in da’wah is a trust.
7) Your role in teaching is a trust.
8) And your work is a trust.

Source: calltoislam.com

Monday, February 13, 2006

True Love for the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam)
Written by Abu Saifillah
With the despicable portrayal of the Prophet Mohammad (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) by some evil Danish journalists, then other than them, it becomes necessary to explain to the Muslims who are numb, or unhurt by this attack on the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) exactly how they should be feeling. I hope the information below will be of some benefit to all.

My dear respected brothers and sisters, we are living today in an era very different from that of the companions (radee Allaahu ‘anhum). Those illustrious companions truly loved the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Their love for him was like our love for our children when they are so small and in need of us and do everything to please us.

For us to be successful like the companions our love for him (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) must supersede our love for our children and our wealth and our property.

‘Umar ibn al-Khataab said to the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam): “Verily I love you more than anything in this world except myself.” The Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said to him: “No O ‘Umar, verily you do not truly believe until you love me more than your own self.” Then ‘Umar said: “Then I love you more than the whole world and myself.” (Saheeh al-Bukhaaree)

Allaah said:

“Say (O Muhammad to mankind): ‘If you (really) love Allaah then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Qur'aan and the Sunnah), Allaah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful’.” (Aali Imran 3:31)

This love they had for the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) led them to be loved by Allaah, as Allaah confirmed in His saying:

“And the first to embrace Islam of the Muhaajirun (those who migrated from Makkah to al-Madeenah) and the Ansaar (the citizens of al-Madeenah who helped and gave aid to the Muhaajirun) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allaah is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success.” (At-Tawbah 9:100)

This love they had for Allaah Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) led them to be leaders and successors in the earth as Allaah confirmed in his saying:

“Allaah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them...” (An-Nur 24:55)

In this day and age in this era where Islam is being attacked, Muslims are being humiliated and Muslim land is being taken from them by monkeys and pigs, we are in need of TRULY LOVING THE MESSENGER OF ALLAAH (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). We only have to look into our own selves and we can see how little we love the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Or what a big lie we tell ourselves – that we love Allaah’s Messenger (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

The yard stick is clear – we can measure our love to see if it is TRUE as we claim, to see if we are contributing to the victory, success and establishment of Islam in the earth or not. The measurement is the companions. Let us examine the degree of their love for the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) which earned them Allaah’s love, which earned them establishment, success, and victory in the earth. They are the measurement because Allaah said:

“And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way. We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell - what an evil destination.” (An-Nisa 4:115)

Abu Bakr as-Sadeeq (radee Allaahu ‘anhu)

Abu Bakr (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) and the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) were the last to leave Makkah to perform the hijra. The quraish were chasing behind him they wanted to catch and kill them. None caught up with them except Suraaq bin Maalik bin Jasham he was about 2 or 3 spears throws away. Abu Bakr looked at him and began to fear for the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said: “Look O Messenger of Allaah this rider has caught up with us.” The Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Do not fear Allaah is with us.” Then he approached closer, and that’s when Abu Bakr’s love of the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) came apparent he began to cry and said: “The searcher has caught up with us.” The Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Why are you crying?” He replied: “By Allaah I am not crying for myself but I am crying for you.”

When Abu Bakr as-Sadeeq (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) became the khalifa, a group of the Arabs raised their swords against the Muslims, they thought that now the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was gone that they could take over the Muslims. Amongst them were munafiqs, pagans, and apostates. They saw the Muslims as being weak.

Before the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) died he ordered an army accompanied by Usaamah (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) to be sent to Shaam to fight the pagans there. But this was all on hold when he became ill. Abu Bakr (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) dispatched this army saying: “The Messenger of Allaah had ordered this when he was alive and I will dispatch this army even if birds of prey would snatch me away, even if their remained no one in there town but me.” He unsheathed his sword and walked out.

‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (radee Allaahu ‘anhu)

When the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) passed away the news had shocked the people Abu Bakr (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) wept and kissed him on the forehead, ‘Alee (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) overwhelmed by emotion left Madeenah and was unseen for days. ‘Umar ibn al-khattaab (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) refused to believe he was dead – his love for the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) reached that level where he would not believe that the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) had died.

One narration said when the news came to ‘Umar (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) of the death of the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) his legs collapsed and he fell to the ground, in another narration he said: “Whoever says the messenger is dead I will take off his head.” Until Abu Bakr stood in front of the people and announced the verse:

“Muhammad is no more than a Messenger, and indeed (many) Messengers have passed away before him. If he dies or is killed, will you then turn back on your heels (as disbelievers)?” (Aali Imran 3:144)

Then the companions (radee Allaahu ‘anhum) said: “When Abu Bakr (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) read this verse it was as though this verse had just been revealed and we had not known it before. Then Allaah placed sakeenah in our hearts.”

The Women at the Time of the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)

A women came to the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) accompanied by her daughter who was wearing two heavy gold bangles on her hands. The prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said to her: “Are you paying Zakaat for them?” She replied: “No.” He (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then said: “Are you pleased that Allaah may replace them with two bangles of fire on the day of resurrection?” Thereupon she took them off and placed them before the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saying: “They are for Allaah. And his Messenger (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).”

See how much this woman loved the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), she did not limit herself to what he said and pay Zakaat on them; rather, she took them off and presented them in charity for the sake of Allaah Most High.

In the famous hadeeth where the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) announced to the Muslims to bring whatever they have of sadaqa for a forthcoming expedition. A woman offered her baby child to the messenger, he said: “And what will I do with this baby?” The woman replied: “Oh Messenger of Allaah, when an arrow comes your way then place my child in front of it.” (Saheeh al-Bukhaaree)

‘Anas bin an–Nadr (radee Allaahu ‘anhu)

After the battle of Badr, the companions were talking to each other about other companions bravery and battle skills and fierceness in fighting. Anas bin an-Nadr (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) took an oath and said: “If Allaah allows me to fight in his cause then you all will see how I will fight.”

Then the battle of Uhud came about and ‘Anas (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) prepared himself and when the battle came to its most heated moment news had spread that the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was dead, some of the Muslims sat down. He came to them and said: “What makes you sit down?” They said: The Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) has died.” He said to them: “Then what are you doing with your lives, rise and fight and die for what the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) died for.” (Seera bin Hishaam)

In another narration in Saheeh al-Bukhaaree narrated from ‘Anas bin Maalik (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) (of this same story) who said:

“When the Muslims fled the battle of Uhud ‘Anas bin an-Nadr said: ‘Oh Allaah I apologise to you for what they have done, and I denounce what these pagans have done.’ He then advanced and Saad bin Muaad (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) met him, he (‘Anas bin an-Nadr) said: ‘O Saad bin Muaad, by the lord of an-Nadr I smell paradise coming from this side of Uhud.’ He fought and fought until he was killed. He done this for Allaah thinking that the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was killed, his love for the Messenger of Allaah (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) led him to this degree.

They found his body and there were more than 80 wounds in it from swords and arrows, they said: “We found his body mutilated so badly that only his sister could recognize him by his fingers.” ‘Anas bin Maalik (radee Allaahu ‘anhu) said then the following verse was revealed concerning him and others of his calibre:

“Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allaah [i.e. they have gone out for Jihaad (holy fighting), and showed not their backs to the disbelievers], of them some have fulfilled their obligations (i.e. have been martyred), and some of them are still waiting, but they have never changed [i.e. they never proved treacherous to their covenant which they concluded with Allaah] in the least.” (Al-Ahzab 33:23)

Brothers and sisters we should be afraid that despite our claim to love for Allaah’s Messenger (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) we have become from those who Allaah has mentioned in the following verse:
“They have hearts wherewith they understand not, they have eyes wherewith they see not, and they have ears wherewith they hear not (the truth). They are like cattle, nay even more astray; those! They are the heedless ones.” (Al-A'raf 7:179)
Source: calltoislam.com

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Are These Deserving of Zakah?

Q. A friend of mine who lives with his parents, wife and children in a rented home is asked either to vacate this home or buy it. If he uses all his own and his parents’ savings as well as his wife’s jewelry, he will still need more for the purchase of his home. Can he be helped with zakah money, and by how much? It so happened that this friend has applied for his parents to travel to pilgrimage. If he is to buy his home, he will not be able to send them. How does this affect the situation? Sometimes, when zakah is given to some poor people, objections are raised saying that these people have some articles like a TV, a washing machine, etc. in their homes, and as such do not qualify to benefit by zakah. Is it also right to give zakah money to one’s own domestic servant?

A. It is perfectly permissible to help this person to buy his home. This will relieve the family from much pressure. Islam encourages the ownership of one’s own home because this is the proper way to meet one of the essential needs of life. Moreover, when the family has its own home, it will be in a better situation, and it can make some savings. Thus, the breadwinner of the family, your friend, will in time be a zakah payer. This is the very concept of zakah: To make people self-sufficient so that there situation becomes better, and such betterment leads eventually to them becoming zakah payers. Even paying the entire price to buy a home for a poor family can be made from zakah. There is no restriction on how we help the poor with zakah until they are no longer poor.
Paying for his parents’ pilgrimage is a very commendable act by this man. However, since he now needs to buy his home, this takes priority over his parents’ pilgrimage. To start with, the pilgrimage is not a binding duty on his parents as they cannot afford it themselves. A home for his family, where his parents will also live, is a more essential need. Hence, it takes priority. Therefore, he can withdraw the application, or if he cannot, when approval is given, his parents can always decline.
As to who is poor or needy, this is a social aspect which society defines. Generally speaking, those who do not have enough to lead a decent life are poor. We cannot establish a criterion on the basis of what people should have. Having a washing machine, for example, may be a necessity for a particular family, because the mother cannot do the washing manually as she has young children, or suffers poor health, or for any reason. It is also wrong to say that since a certain family has a television or computer set, then it cannot be helped with zakah. The point is whether they have enough for their living needs or not.
In most cases, domestic servants are among the poorest of people and they often support their families. Hence, they deserve to be helped with zakah. However, each case should be assessed on its own merits. If a domestic servant works for you, then she has a better claim to be helped by you.

(Source Arabnews.com)

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The Story of Abu Ghayth al-Makki and his wife Lubabah
Dr. Abu 'Abd Ar-Razzaq
Translated by: Ibrahim Hindy

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

From the signs of truthfulness is fear of Allah and asceticism in life; for the truthful with conviction fears consuming from what is impermissible and bears poverty and hardship for the sake of Islam. If he commits sin then he does not sleep until he returns to his Lord and repents, in order to free himself from the sin, and its burden.

Ibn Jarir at-Tabari: I was in Makkah during the season of Hajj and I saw a man from Khurasaan calling out to the people: “Oh pilgrims, oh people of Makkah – from those who are present and those far off, I have lost a pouch that contains a thousand dinars. So whoever returns the pouch, Allah will reward them with good, save them from the hell fire, and His bounty and favors will be acquired on the Day of Accounting (Day of Judgment).”
An old man from the people of Makkah approached him and said: “Oh Khurasaani, our city is in a very tough condition, and the days of hajj are few, and its season is appointed, and the doors of profit-making are closed. This money might fall in the hands of a believer who is poor and old in age. Maybe he plans to give it if you make a promise that you will give him a little bit of money that is halal (permissible) for him to use.”
The Khurasaani said: “How much does he want?”

The old man said: “He wants one-tenth of the money (a hundred dinars).”

The Khurasaani said: "No. I will not grant him the money and instead I will take my case to Allah, and complain to Him on the day we meet Him, and Allah is sufficient for us and the best one to trust in. “

Ibn Jarir at-Tabari said: “I realized that it was the old man is poor, and he was the one who took the pouch of dinars and wishes to have a little portion of it. So I followed him until he returned to his home. My assumptions were confirmed. I heard him calling onto his wife:”Oh Lubabah.”

She said: “I am at your service, O Abu Ghayth.”

The old man said: I found the owner of the dinars calling for it, and he does not intend to give any reward to the person who finds it. I said to him “Give us a hundred dinars and he refused and said he would take his case to Allah. What should I do O Lubabah? I must return it, for I fear my Lord, and I fear that my sin is multiplied.

His wife said to him: Oh Man! We have been struggling and suffering from poverty with you for the last 50 years, and you have 4 daughters, 2 sisters, my mother and I, and you are the ninth. Keep all the money and feed us for we are hungry, and clothe us for you know better our situation. Perhaps Allah, the All-Mighty, will make you rich afterwards and you might be able to give the money back after you fed your children, or Allah will pay the amount you owe on the day when the kingdom will belong to the King (Allah).

He said to her: Will I consume haram after 86 years of my life, and burn my organs with fire after I have been patient with my poverty, and become worthy of Allah anger, even though I am close to my grave?! No, By Allah, I will not do so!

Ibn Jarir at-Tabari said: I left with amazement concerning his condition and that of his wife. At a later point during the day, I heard the owner of the pouch calling out...

Saying: “O people of Makkah, O pilgrims, who ever of you find a pouch containing a thousand dinars, let him return it and they shall surely find great reward with Allah."

The old man said: Oh Khurasaani, I have addressed you the other day and advised you that our land is low on cultivation, so reward the person who found the pouch so that he is not tempted to break the laws of Allah. I have advised you to pay the person who finds it a hundred dinars but you refused. If your money falls into hands of a person who fears Allah the All-Mighty, will you give him 10 dinars at least, instead of a 100?

The Khurasaani said: I will not do so, and I will complain to Allah on the day I meet him, and Allah is sufficient for us and the best one to trust in. “

Ibn Jarir at-Tabari said: The people dispersed and left. Later on during the hours of the day, once again, the Khurasaani made the same call, saying:

“O people of Makkah, O pilgrims, who ever of you find a pouch containing a thousand dinars, let him return it and they shall surely find great reward with Allah."

The old man came again and said: O Khurasaani, I said to you the day before yesterday to reward the finder a hundred dinars and you refused. Then I advised you to give him ten dinars and you refused, so will you give only one dinar so that he can buy with half of it things he needs and with the other half, sheep milk, so that he can give to the people and feed his children?

The Khurasaani said: I will not do so, and I will complain to Allah on the day I meet him, and Allah is sufficient for us and the best one to trust in. “

The old man angrily said: Come you, and take your money so that I can sleep at night, for I have not had a good mood ever since I found this money.

Ibn Jarir said: So the old man went with the owner of the money and I followed them until the old man entered his house, dug a hole and pulled out the money and said: Take your money and ask Allah to forgive me and bless me from His bounty.

The Khurasaani took the money and intended to leave, but when he reached the door he said: O old man, my father died, May Allah have mercy on him, and left behind three thousand dinars and said to me: Take out a third of this money and give it to a person from the people who is most deserving of it. Therefore I tied it in a pouch so that I may spend it on someone who is worthy of it. By Allah, I have not seen a person, since I left Khurasaan until now, who is more worthy of it then you. So take it, May Allah’s blessing be upon you, and May He reward for the trust you kept, and your patience during poverty. The Khurasaani man left without the money.

The old man wept and prayed to Allah, saying: May Allah bless the owner of the money in his grave, and May Allah bless his son.

Ibn Jarir said: I left after the Khurasaani but Abu Ghayth (the old man) followed me and brought me back. He asked me to sit down, and said: I have seen you following me since the first day; you have come to know of our situation yesterday and today. I have heard that the Prophet said: "If you are gifted from the provision of Allah, without begging or asking, then accept it and do not reject it." So this is a gift from Allah to all those attending.

The old man called: O Lubabah, O so and so, O so and so. He called on his daughters and his sisters and wife and her mother, and sat down and made me sit down. We were 10. He opened the bag, and said spread your clothing over your laps.

So I (Ibn Jarir) did, but the girls did not have proper clothing that would enable them to do that, so they extended their hands. The old man gave dinar by dinar in order until he reached me (Ibn Jarir) and said: "Here is a dinar." The process continued until the bag was empty and I received a hundred dinars.

Ibn Jarir at-Tabari said: So joy filled my heart because of the provision they received more then the joy I had because I received a hundred dinars.
When I was leaving the old man said: O young man. You are blessed; keep this money with you for it is halal. And know that I use to wake up for Fajr prayer with this wet shirt. After I was done I would take it off, and give it so that my daughters can pray - one by one. Then I would go to work between Dhuhr prayer and Asr prayer and then I would come back at the end of the day with what Allah has given me from dates and dry pieces of bread. Then I would take off my clothes for my daughters and they would pray Dhuhr prayer and Asr prayer, and the same would happen for the Maghrib and Isha prayers. And we did not ever expect to see this kind of money. So may Allah make us make good use of them, and may Allah bless the person in his grave and multiply the reward for him.

Ibn Jarir said: So I greeted him goodbye, and took the hundred dinars and used them to write knowledge for two years! I used it to buy paper and pay rent and after sixteen years I returned to Makkah and inquired about the old man. I was told that he died a few months after the incident that occurred between us. His wife died, along with her mother, and his 2 sisters. The only ones that remained were the daughters whom, when I asked about, found that they were married to kings and Princes. I dropped by and they honored me as a guest and treated me kindly until they died also. So May Allah bless them in their graves.


{That will be an admonition given to him who believes in Allâh and the Last Day. And whosoever fears Allâh and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).

And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allâh, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allâh will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allâh has set a measure for all things. (At-Talaq 65: 2-3)

Source : Islamway.com

Network Marketing: Deception All the WayEdited by Adil Salahi

Q. In network marketing, a person buys some products from a company at a very low cost, because the purchase is directly from the manufacturer. The deal makes him a member of a network whose task is to “spread the word” about the product and look for prospective members, who are usually drawn from among friends and family. What happens then is that he earns profit from his direct sales and also a percentage of profit from the sales of members that were recruited under his name. He then develops a ranking, depending on the number of recruits he secures. The higher his ranking, the greater his profit but the less is his effort as he would have many people working under him. What does Islam say to such an arrangement?
Abd Al-Rasheed
A. There are many forms of business these days which depend on persuading people to work as peddlers, selling goods to friends, colleagues and family in order to get a commission or a percentage. Different ways of temptation are placed in people’s way so as to get them to act in this way. This could be an initial sale at a low price, or a promise of receiving a commission, or a regular draw for prizes, etc. The whole scheme is described in tempting terms, speaking about the “ease” with which the customer could recover his initial payment, or make profit on future sales.
In this case, the temptation is to get so many people working in a network while the first one to start this network gets a commission based on their success in recruiting more customers. The question that should be asked here is whether the system does not run into the difficulty it seeks to overcome?
If the idea is to keep the price very low by cutting out both the wholesaler and the retailer, does it not create in their place a host of sellers each of whom is receiving a commission? Obviously, not everyone is buying directly from the manufacturer, but they form a sort of a hierarchy with some recruiting others, and the people at the top are getting commissions from all under them.
Yet in the many layers of salespersons, everyone is getting a commission. How much do these commissions add to the cost? How come the price is always kept low?
Besides, how many recruits can an ordinary person, who is not normally engaged in business, provide? If the product concerned were so tempting and appealing, because of its low price, why would the manufacturer need such a host of peddlers? Why does it not target its advertising to the end users, keeping the price low?
On the other hand, if we assume that one person is very successful in finding customers, who would in turn be trying to recruit others, why should he benefit by their efforts when he is no longer involved in their activities? They will be working hard trying to win new customers, while he is at the end receiving a commission for their efforts. This seems odd, as there is little effort on the part of that person.
Moreover, when someone he has recruited recruits another, is the new recruit added to his own pool? Can he keep a check on this? Or is it merely part of the lure put in his way in the first place, without meaning anything in reality?
The fact is that there is much deception by the manufacturer to get their recruits of salesmen. Not only so, but the deception spreads as these salesmen try to get others to do the same, so that they will earn their commissions.
As the hierarchy spreads, the deception becomes greater and more widespread. Islam forbids deals that involve lack of clarity, let alone deception. Here we have both and in quite a considerable measure. Hence, I feel that the whole exercise is unacceptable from the Islamic point of view.

(Source Arab news)

Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Last Ten Days of Ramadan
By Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan

‘Aa’ishah said: “When the last ten days (of Ramadan) would come, the Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘‘alayhi wa sallam) would spend his night in worship, wake his family (at night), exert himself and tighten his Izaar (waistcloth).” [1]
This hadeeth is proof that the last ten days of Ramadan have a special virtue over any other (set of days), in which one should increase in obedience and acts of worship, such as prayer, making dhikr (remembrance) and reciting the Qur’aan.
‘Aa’ishah has described our Prophet and role model, Muhammad (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), with four attributes:
1. He (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would “spend his night in worship”, meaning he would not sleep during it. Thus, he (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would remain awake throughout it in worship and he would liven his soul by spending the night in sleeplessness. This is since sleep is the brother of death. The meaning of “spend his night” is that he (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would spend all of it in the state of qiyaam (night prayer) and performing acts of worship that are done for the sake of Allaah, Lord of the worlds. We must remember that the last ten days of Ramadan are fixed and numbered.
As for what has been reported concerning the forbiddance of spending the entire night in prayer, which has been mentioned in the hadeeth of ‘Abdullaah ibn 'Amr, then it is in regards to someone who does that consistently throughout every night of the year.
2. He (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would “wake up his family” meaning his (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) pure wives, the Mothers of the Believers, so that they may take part in the profiting of good, the dhikr (remembrance) and the acts of worship during these blessed times.
3. He (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would “exert himself”, meaning he (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would persevere and struggle in worship, adding more to his deeds than what he had done in the first twenty days (of Ramadan). He only did this because the night of al-Qadr occurs during one of these (last ten) days.
4. He (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would “tighten his Izaar (waistcloth)” meaning he would exert himself and struggle intensely in worship. It is also said that it means he (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would withdraw from women. This seems to be more correct since it inclines with what was mentioned previously and with the hadeeth of Anas: “He (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would rollup his bed and withdraw from women (i.e. his wives).” [2]
Also, he (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would observe ‘Itikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadan and the person who is in the state of ‘Itikaaf is restricted from interacting (sexually) with women.
So, O Muslim brother, strive to characterize yourself with these attributes. And guard the prayer you make in the depths of the night (tahajjud) with the Imaam in addition to the Taraweeh prayer (which is prayed in the early parts of the night), so that your exertion in these last ten days may go beyond that of the first twenty. And so that you may achieve the attribute of “spending the night in worship” by praying.
And you must be patient in your obedience to Allaah, for indeed, the tahajjud (night) prayer is difficult, but its reward is great. By Allaah, it is a great opportunity in ones life and a profitable thing to take advantage of, for the one whom Allaah grants it to. And a person does not know if perhaps he will encounter one of Allaah's many rewards during the night prayer, thus serving as assistance for him in this world and in the Hereafter.
The righteous predecessors of this Ummah would lengthen the prayer at night, exerting themselves. As-Saa’ib ibn Yazeed said: “Umar ibn al-Khattaab ordered Ubay bin Ka’ab and Tameem ad-Daaree to lead the people in prayer with eleven rak'at. The reciter would recite one hundred verses, to the point that we had to lean upon wooden staffs due to the long standing. And we would not stop until the early parts of Fajr.” [3]
'Abdullaah ibn Abee Bakr reported: “I heard my father (i.e. Abu Bakr) say: ‘During Ramadan, we would finish (the night prayer) late and we would hurry the servants to present the food (of suhoor) for fear that Fajr (morning) would come upon us’.” [4]
There are two struggles of the soul that the believer faces during Ramadan: the struggle by day with fasting and the struggle by night with qiyaam (night prayer). So whosoever combines these two and fulfils their rights, then he is amongst the patient - those who will “be given their reward in full without any reckoning.” [5]
These ten days are the last part of the month and a person's actions are based on his last ones. So perhaps, he will encounter the night of al-Qadr, while standing in prayer for Allaah and thus have all his past sins forgiven.
And one must incite, animate and persuade his family to perform acts of worship, especially in these great times in which no one neglects it except that he has been deprived. What is more incredible than this is that while the people are performing prayer and making tahajjud, some individuals spend their time in forbidden gatherings and sinful events. This is indeed the greatest loss. We ask Allaah for his protection.
Therefore, embarking on these last days means entering into the profiting from righteous deeds in what remains of the month. From the unfortunate matters is to see that some people excel in righteous actions, such as prayer and recitation of the Qur'aan, in the first part of the month, but then signs of fatigue and weariness begin to show on them afterwards, especially when the last ten days of Ramadan come in. And this in spite of these last ten days possesses a greater standing than the first ones. Thus, one must persevere in striving and struggling and increase his worship when the end of the month draws near. And we must keep in mind that a person's actions are based on his last ones.
Footnotes:
[1] Al-Bukhaaree (4/269) & Muslim (1174)[2] See Lataa'if-ul-Ma'aarif, P. 219[3] See al-Muwatta, Vol. 1, P. 154[4] Muwatta of Imaam Maalik, Vol. 1, P. 156[5] Surat-uz-Zumar: 15
Source: al-meezaan.com

Sunday, October 09, 2005

One day Ibrahim Adham was passing through the bazaar in the city of Basra when he was surrounded by people who said to him: "O Ibrahim! Allah has stated in the miraculous Qur'an that: "Call Me and thou shall be answered"; we call upon Him bout our prayer is not answered.
Ibrahim said: "The reason is because your hearts have died due to ten things so that your supplications have no sincerity as your hearts are not pure and free of contamination."
They asked: "What are those ten issues?" He replied:
01:- First and foremost you have accepted Allah but have not repaid His claim.
02:- You have recited the miraculous Qur'an but have not practised it.
03:- You profess your love of the Prophet of Allah (S.A.W.), but are opposed to his Household (A.S.).
04:- You claim to have enmity with Satan but in practice you are in agreement with him.
05:- You say that you are fond of heaven but in order to enter heaven you have not done anything.
06:- You said that you were afraid of the Fire of Hell, but have thrown your bodies in to it.
07:- You were busy slandering and criticizing people but were ignorant of your own shortcomings and faults.
08:- You said that you didn't like the world but are greedily following it.
09:- You confess to the reality of death but don't prepare yourself for it.
10:- You have buried the dead but haven't taken a lesson or guidance from it.
These are the 10 practices which cause prayers to remain unanswered.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

this is an excerpt from the khutbah:
30 day Shaytan-free Trial

...People are often making excuses for their unwillingness to change (for the better). Sometimes they blame the shaytan, sometimes their nafs (desires), and other times exclaim that “it’s just too hard.” Let us discuss these issues in some detail, inshaAllah.

Firstly, you have the people who always blame the shaytan for everything. For those people, alhamdulillah, we have the “30 day Shaytan-free Trial.” It’s now up to them what they want to do with this offer.

Next are the people who blame their inner lusts and desires that enslave them, and eventually drive them to do things that they know they shouldn’t do. A practical step in dealing with this problem is to ‘avoid’ the sin instead of ‘fighting’ it. If a person has a drinking problem, instead of going to a party where there is 1) alcohol and 2) people who like to drink, this person should take a detour and avoid the party all-together.

And then there are those people who cry that “it’s just too hard,” when, in reality, they have made absolutely no effort to change. It’s said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. How many steps have you taken to earn paradise?

We can conclude that people often blame everything but their own willingness to change.
May Allah protect us and have mercy on us.

If one is willing to change, there is no better time, as Ramadan is a month of change; gates of Paradise are wide-open, gates of Hell are locked, shayateen are chained-up, halaal becomes haraam (eating during the day), sunnah is (rewarded as) fardh, fardh is multiplied manifold, the seriousness of sinning is greater, peoples’ greed, envy, and gossip becomes generosity, love and remembrance of the Exalted and Majestic.

Allah has changed so much for us so that we can turn to Him, but how much of an effort will we make?

Brothers and sisters, how many speeches have you heard about Ramadan in khutbahs, halaqas, and lectures? Some of us have heard so many that they cannot be enumerated. This fact illustrates the importance of this virtuous month. Today, we are four days away from Ramadan, and I can assure you that every minbar (pulpit) in every corner of the world is proclaiming the greatness of this month.

In fact, had we understood the status of this month, we would have wished that Ramadan was all year long.

Brothers and sisters, think of Ramadan as a train that will take you from this pathetic, lowly station to the next. And the following year, the same train will take you from that station to the next. But if you miss the train this year, you will always be one station behind. So it is imperative that we take some time to gather our belongings and prepare for the train that’s arriving at our station very soon, lest it passes us by.

Following are some tips on preparing for this month, so that inshaAllah we can make the most of it.

Remember, firstly, that just as an investor waits for the news that a stock will multiply before he invests, we wait for the perfect opportunity to invest our time and energy. During Ramadan, there is a projected profit of 70,000%. In other words, your investment will multiply 700 times. And did I mention this was a guaranteed profit…no risk involved!

1) Read Quran – start reading Quran as often as possible, because it’ll help you 1) pickup speed and 2) make time for it in your schedule.

2) Make a list of Duas – Duas of three people are not rejected; one of them is the fasting person when he breaks his fast. Iftar time is usually very hectic, and even IF we have the time to make dua, we often times cant remember what to pray for. We should pray for our physical, emotional, spiritual well-being, and for the well-being of our families and friends (muslim AND non-muslim), and the Ummah of Muhammad (saw), and for our needs (from a spouse to a shoe-lace, not to mention everything in between). From experience, I’ve learned that the best way to remember all these things is to write them down, and sit with your family five minutes before Iftar and make dua, whether collectively or individually.

3) Start changing habits – like I said earlier, the seriousness of sins increases during Ramadan; last thing you want is to be sinning unconsciously. It’s good to start changing habits now; whether its long hours on the internet, watching TV, or smoking. In fact, unplugging the TV, wrapping it in a cloth, and placing it in storage is really helpful.

4) Do all chores NOW – Ramadan seconds are valuable and wasting them in grocery stores, barber shops, and laundromats is just foolish.

Oh worshippers of Ramadan, know that Ramadan will end. Glad tidings to the worshippers of Allah, as He has no end, the Majestic, the Exalted.

Enjoy the ride and see you at the next station.

Source: http://forums.almaghrib.org

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

From the Sayings of 'Abdullaah ibn Mas'ood - 1
Ash Shaykh Al Imaam Al ‘Alaamah Ibnu Qayyim Al Jawzeeyah
A man in the company of ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas'ood said: “I do not wish to be from amongst the companions of the Right Hand, I wish to be from amongst the Muqaraboon (those who are brought close (to Allaah)!
So ‘Abdulllaah said: "But here is a man who wishes that if he died he would not be resurrected [from fear of Allaah]." Meaning himself.
He left his house one-day and people followed him, so he said to them: "Is there anything that you need?"
They said: "No, but we want to walk with you."
He said: "Go back, because it is lowly /dishonorable for the follower and a Fitnah for the one being followed.
He also said "If you knew about me what I know about myself, you would pour sand over my head."
“None of you should make Taqleed (blindly follow) another man in regards to his religion, if he [one being followed] believes then he believes and if he disbelieves then he disbelieves. If you had to blindly follow someone, then take those who have passed away as examples, for indeed those who are alive are not safe from Fitnah.”
“Look for you heart it three places:
1. When you are listening to the Quraan,2. in the circles of remembrance [of Allaah]3. and when you are alone.
If you don’t find it in these places, then ask Allaah to bless you with a heart for indeed you have no heart.”
“Indeed people have become proficient in speech, so he whose deeds are in accordance to his speech, then he is the one that will attain his portion of reward, and he whose deeds are in opposition to his speech, then he is one that only rebukes himself.”
“Truly I believe that a man forgets knowledge that he once possessed due to a sin that he practices.”
“Knowledge is not in narrating a lot, but knowledge is fear [of Allaah].”
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Al Fawaaid: P.162
Translated by: Abu ‘Abdul Waahid, Nadir Ahmad.Source: www.madeenah.com

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Al-Ihsaan
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih al-`UthaymeenExplanation of the Three Fundamental Principles of Islaam© 1997 al-Hidaayah

Al-Ihsaan is the opposite of behaving badly, and it means that a person strives to do what is good and to repel harmful things. So he strives to benefit the servants of Allaah through his wealth, position, knowledge and his person. So as for the case of doing good with ones wealth, then he spends and gives in charity, and pays the zakaat, and the best of the types of doing good through wealth is the zakaat since it is one of the pillars of Islaam, and one of its great foundations. A person's Islaam will not be complete without it. It is the charity most loved by Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and that is followed by that which it is obligatory upon a person to spend upon his wife, mother, father, children, brothers, children of his brothers, sisters, paternal uncles, paternal aunts, maternal aunts, and so on. Then by charity given to the poor and to the rest of those deserving of charity - such as students of knowledge for example.
As for the case of doing good by means of ones position, then it is that people are found in different levels. Some of them have status with someone in authority and so strive to benefit the people by means of his position. So if a man comes to him and requests that he should intercede for him with the one in authority then he does so, either to repel some harm from him or to attain some good for him, As for doing good by means of his knowledge, then it is that he strives to pass on his knowledge to Allaah's servants, in open and private gatherings and assemblies. Even if people sit socially, to drink coffee, then it pertains to good and fine behaviour that he should teach the people. Even if you are in a public gathering it is from what is good that you teach the people. However wisdom is to be used in this matter. So you should not weary the people making it a habit that every single time you sit in a gathering you admonish and address the people, since the Prophet used to give them admonition now and then, and not too frequently. This is because the souls become weary and bored. When they become bored they become languid and weak and may even come to dislike what is good merely because of the frequency with which the per son stands and addresses them.
As for seeking to benefit the people with ones person, then the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam said: "... that you help a man to mount and ride his riding beast, or you lift up his luggage on to it for him, is a charity" [Reported by al-Bukhaaree (Eng. Transl. 4/90-94/no. 161) and Muslim (Eng. transl. 2/483-484/ no. 2204)]. So you help this man to carry his luggage, or you guide him to the correct road to take and so on, all of this pertains to ihsaan. So this is with regard to striving to do good to the servants of Allaah.
As for ihsaan in the worship of Allaah, then it is that you worship Allaah as if you were seeing Him, as the Prophet ( said. So worship done in this way, that a person worships his Lord as if he were actually seeing Him is worship that is accompanied by yearning and seeking. So a person will find that his soul encourages him upon worship done in this way, since he is yearning for the one he loves. Therefore he worships Him as if he were seeing Him, and he directs his heart to Him and turns to Him and seeks to draw near to Him, He the One free of all imperfections and the Most High.
"Then even though you do not see Him, then He certainly sees you." This part shows worship done whilst fleeing and fearing, and is therefore the second level of ihsaan. So if you do not worship Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, as if you are seeing Him and seeking Him and your soul is encouraging you towards Him, then worship Him keeping in mind that He sees you. So you will then worship Him as one who fears Him and seeks to flee from His retribution and punishment.
This level is held by those having knowledge of these affairs to be lower than the first level. Worship of Allaah, the Perfect and Most High, is, as Ibn al-Qayyim, rahimahullaah, said: 'Worship of the Most Merciful is utmost love of Him, along with the worshippers submission and humility, they are its two pillars.' So worship is built upon these two matters: utmost love, and utmost humility and submission. Love causes one to desire and seek, and humility causes one to fear and flee. This is ihsaan in the worship of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. If a person worships Allaah in this manner, then he will become one who is pure and sincere in his worship of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. He will not desire with his worship that he is seen by the people, or heard of, nor will he desire their praise. It will be the same to him whether the people notice him or do not notice him.
He will worship with ihsaan in every condition. Indeed part of the completion of purity and sincerity of worship (al-ikhlaas) is that a person should seek not to be seen by the people when he worships, and that his worship should be a secret between him and his Lord. That is unless there is some benefit for the Muslims or for Islaam in his performing it openly, for example if he is a person who is followed and taken as an example and he wishes to manifest his worship to the people so that they should take it as an example to follow; or that he manifests his worship so that his companions, friends and associates should follow his example, then this is good. This benefit which he takes account of may be more excellent and greater than the benefit of keeping it hidden. Therefore, Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, has praised those who spend of their wealth in charity secretly and openly. So whenever performing it secretly is better and more beneficial for the heart, and causes one to be more humble and submissive, and to turn to Allaah more attentively, then they give in secret. But when performing it openly produces benefit for Islaam, due to manifestation of its prescribed practices, and will mean that the people follow this persons example, then they do this openly. The Believer looks to what is most appropriate. So whatever is most appropriate and most beneficial in worship, then it will be what is most complete and most excellent.
Source: Islaam.com.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Constant Awareness of Being 'Prepared'
Imam Ibn ul Jawzee

It is a duty upon every sane person to be prepared for his departure (from this world), for one does not know when he will be served by his Lord's commands (to take away his soul) nor does he know how long it is going to be before he will be summoned (for the Day of Judgment).
I have seen so many people enchanted by their youth. They have forgotten that their peers no longer exist, yet they are preoccupied with prolonged hopes (to stay alive).
A person in the process of acquiring knowledge may tell himself; 'I will acquire knowledge today and will adopt it the following day.' Such (postponement) may leave him in his deviation whilst giving himself a break (for the day)! Delaying his readiness to achieve repentance, whilst exposing himself to be indulged in (sins, such as) backbiting or listening to such (backbiting) or getting involved in a Shubhah (suspected, Halaal or Haraam) matters. He hopes to cancel it out (i.e. the bad deed/s) through his would be observance, the following day, forgetting that death may be sudden.
The wise one is he who values each and every moment of his life, observing one's due duties. Then, if death was to come suddenly, one would be ready (to face The Judge, Allaah subhanahu wata'aala). However, if one is granted his wish (in his life being prolonged) that would mean the increasing of (one's scale of) good deeds.Source: Islaam.com

Monday, May 09, 2005

Are these really Modern day Robinhoods... link ??

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Facts about Iraq you wouldn’t know from Western mediaBY PHILLIP KNIGHTLEY (ONE MAN’S VIEW)25 December 2004
THIS has been a bad year for war correspondents. The war in Iraq is, of course, not over and yet we know less about it than ever before. Even events such as the major assault on Fallujah seem to have moved to the back pages of the Western media. As one British columnist put it before the assault began, “We won’t hear the screams of the civilians”.
One major reason for this is that the assault has been reported by correspondents “embedded’ with American military units”. So we have seen lots of TV footage of American marines running through the streets of Fallujah firing apparently indiscriminately. Only occasionally have we seen the results of this firing — including a group of Iraqis shouting defiantly ‘Allahu Akbar’ as an American mortar shell collapsed a ceiling over their heads. One might think that from the Western point of view the war against insurgents has been going well. That is certainly the view propagated in Washington and London. The truth is that it has been going very badly but is now so dangerous for independent Western war correspondents and even representatives of the Arab media to move freely around Iraq, that no one really knows what is happening.
Under the regime of the interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, Iraqi exiles report that the multinational forces ‘remain immune from legal address and are only rarely held accountable for crimes against Iraqis. And while cabinet ministers and the US and UK embassies huddle inside a fortified green zone, Iraqis are denied the basic right of walking safely in their own streets. US tanks rumble by with signs saying “If you pass this convoy you will be killed.”
Haifa Zangana, an Iraqi novelist now in London, reports that lack of security and fear of kidnapping make Iraqi women prisoners in their own homes. “They witness the looting of their own country by Halliburton and Bechtel, US NGOs, missionaries and mercenaries and local sub-contractors while they are denied clean water and electricity.”
Where in the Western media have you read that under Western occupation acute malnutrition has doubled amongst children, prostitution, back street abortion and honour killing have grown? Where have you read about the napalm, cluster bombing and phosphorous bombing by US planes? The death toll is now more than 100,000 — half of them women and children.
The response of the US has been to launch a $10,000,000 Iraq Women’s Democracy initiative. The aim, according to the State Department, is to “give Iraqi women the tools, information and expertise they need to run for office in the forthcoming elections and lobby for fair treatment”. Where have you read that the money will be given mainly to organisations “embedded” with the Americans such as the Independent Women’s Forum? Where have you read that the IWF was founded by Dick Cheney’s wife, Lynn, and how patronising it is to suggest that Iraqi needed this sort of information when Iraqi women were actively involved in public life even under the Ottoman empire?
Iraqi women had schools for girls as early as 1899 and by 1933 Unicef was reporting that rarely had women in the Arab world enjoyed as much power as they did in Iraq. By the early 90’s, Iraq had one of the highest literacy rates in the Arab world and had more professional women in positions of power than in other Middle Eastern nations. These are just a few of the aspects of life in Iraq. How many more are we not being told about?
Phillip Knightley is a London-based political commentator

Monday, December 06, 2004

Quran’s verses defeat attack

Hyderabad, Dec. 5: It was nothing short of a miracle for city resident Farooq Ali. A copy of the holy Quran which had been kept in a storeroom had all the Urdu translations eaten up by termites. But all the verses of the Holy Book in Arabic were left intact. “It’s a miracle,” Ali says.Ali, 67, had kept a copy of the Quran with Urdu translation in the storeroom two years ago since other editions of the Quran were in use. “When I opened the room recently, I noticed that the book had bulged. Sheer curiosity prompted me towards the Quran and closer inspection revealed the amazing incident,” Ali, a resident of Yous-ufnagar in Tappachabutra, told Deccan Chronicle.The termites had eaten away the white paper as also the Urdu text but left the Arabic verses intact. This was the case with every page of the Holy Book. The Urdu translation is printed below each verse in Arabic. Its comprehensive translation at the margin on every page is also eaten up. The Arabic portion alone stands proudly untouched. The Arabic verses have a coloured background, which the Urdu translation does not. Ali said: “It is a miracle. For some, it needs to be proved scientifically. I want people to come forward to send this book for scientific evaluation and tests. It will bring out the truth. Maybe, the tests will throw up more miracles.” Ali said he had approached the Forensic Laboratory to get the book tested but was sent back.
(Source : deccan.com)