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    Doubts in Purity & Key Principles in Fiqh (Jurispridence)

    Assalamu alaikum The mats will not become impure simply because non-Muslims walk through them. There should be a proper reason to consider it impure. As Mufti Abu Hajira states: I have also forwarded the question to a Mufti.
  3. I am living in a country where mostly there is no proper care for cleanliness as in islam. The mosque where i offer my prayer in my duty timings is separated from ablution area. So, the people including the non muslims use to walk on plastic mates on the way from ablution area to mosque with shoes and the mates are always wet with water (more wet) so also the people who do the ablution and then walk by bare feet on the same mates to the mosque. so my question is weather the mosque carpet will also become filthy or not.
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    Makkah/Madeenah Ziyarah guides

    Madeenah ziyarah guide Facts and information on places of historical importance in Madinah Munawwarah For download see HERE
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    Makkah/Madeenah Ziyarah guides

    Makkah ziyarah guide Facts and information on places of historical importance in Makkah Mukarramah Makkah-ziyarah-guide-2018-1.pdf Source
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    Sayyidina Uthmaan (RA)

    Part Thirty-Five Appointment as the Khalifah: Before passing away, Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) did not appoint any specific person to succeed him as the Khalifah. Instead, when someone suggested to Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that he appoint the next Khalifah, he said, “If I do not appoint a Khalifah, then Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not appoint a Khalifah, and if I appoint a Khalifah, then Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had appointed a Khalifah.” Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says, “By Allah! When I heard my father mention the example of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), then I knew that he would choose the example of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and would not equate any one to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence, I understood that he would not appoint a Khalifah.” In one report, it is mentioned that Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied in the following words: “If I appoint a Khalifah, then the person who was before me and superior to me appointed a Khalifah (referring to Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)), and if I do not appoint a Khalifah, then there was someone before me who did not appoint a Khalifah (referring to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)).” (Saheeh Muslim #567 and #1823)
  8. During a Naseehah session on Zaynabacademyonline, Shaykh Mufti Kamaluddin Ahmed replied to a sister's question, "What is a Sunnah we can implement daily?" Shaykh's response was the hadith from Tirmidhi 2678: Narrated Anas bin Malik: "The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said to me: 'O my son! If you are capable of (waking up in) the morning and (ending) the evening, while there is nothing of deception in your heart for anything, then do so.' Then he said to me: 'O my son! That is from my Sunnah. Whoever revives my Sunnah then he has loved me. And whoever loved me, he shall be with me in Paradise.'" Reply
  9. The Harms of Polemical Debating in Today’s Era By Mawlana Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi Translated by Javed Iqbal (Translator’s Note: The following translation is of an Arabic piece by Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi, may Allah have mercy on him, in which he has succinctly laid out the various objectives behind debating and pointed out the harms in each case. It provides a profound, insightful analysis of the debate culture which is in vogue more than ever before, concluding that such debates are of no benefit, rather they are harmful.) Debating, with respect to its objective, is of a few types. This is because the objective is either: (i) To make evident what is right, even if the opponent does not go quiet, in which case the debater will not concern himself with silencing him. In fact, when he sees stubbornness in him, he says: “For us are our deeds, and for you, your deeds. There is no argumentation between us and you. Allah will bring us together.”[1] The Qur’an is filled with this type of debate and also calls towards it. Allah Most High says: “And if they dispute with you, say (to them), ‘Allah is best aware of what you do.’”[2] I have named this beneficial point: Aversion to the Accustomed Manner of Debating (Al-Munafarah ‘an Muta’araf al-Munazarah). This type is definitely praiseworthy, but it is non-existent in this era, except in very rare circumstances, which is essentially the same as non-existent.[3] (ii) To silence the opponent, and this is also praiseworthy – provided the intention is good.[4]However, this is dependent on the opponent becoming silent; if he is stubborn or a troublemaker and does not have any shame, he will not be quiet. Thus, intending this objective is to intend something one has no power to achieve independently. One who has power through someone else’s power is not powerful [in reality]. Thus, this is something non-volitional, and to intend a non-volitional matter is futile and tiresome. Hence, this cannot be an objective. (iii) To silence the opponent and then this is actually achieved. However, because becoming silenced is not proof that this person who is totally silenced is wrong, this is also futile. In fact, it is harmful, because it suggests in the eyes of laymen that the one who has gone quiet is wrong. Hence, if such silence occurs at times from the people of truth, due to the opponent being more eloquent in expressing his evidence, laymen will take this as proof of their being wrong also. This is extremely harmful.[5] (iv) To inform the people of the arguments of the opponents, to establish the truth and falsify the false: This is a form of arbitration, so how can an ignorant person be an arbitrator? Therefore, this is also futile. In fact, it is harmful, as one is essentially saying through one’s action that ignorant people are capable of arbitrating. The harm of this is evident. If they seek a scholar as an arbitrator, the general habit, rather the definite habit, is that he will already believe in either side of the issue, in which case, how can one be sure that his fairness will supersede his own [preconceived] belief? Hence, this is also futile. Thus, it has become very clear that the accustomed manner of debating in our times is totally void of any benefit, even if nobody agrees with us in this regard.[6] But if someone asks: How will a seeker of the truth, in particular one who is confused, be guided? We say the path to this is that which is common throughout the Qur’an, namely that the truth is to be explained time and time again under different headings.[7] This is as Prophet Nuh (upon him be peace) said: “My Lord, I have called my people night and day…Then I called them loudly, and then I spoke to them in public and spoke to them in private.”[8] This is what Allah Most High indicated to, saying: “Surely, We have explained things in various ways in this Qur’an, so that they may pay heed to the advice.”[9] So, have conviction in this and know it well. 18 Rabi al-Thani 1351AH (Bawadir al-Nawadir, vol 2, pg 468) _____________________________ Qur’an, 42:15 Qur’an, 22:68 Hakim al-Ummah says, “The way debates are conducted today is not from the way of the predecessors (salaf). The Qur’an debates with the disbelievers in many places, but its style is amazing. It is nothing like the noisy quarrels of today.” (Al-Tabligh, vol 21 pg 123) Hakim al-Ummah says: “In today’s era, debating is extremely harmful, because it has no praiseworthy objective behind it. The objective is predominantly to disgrace the opponent and show one’s own point to be superior. The objective is not to establish the truth.” (Anfas-i-‘Isa, vol 2, pg 62). Hakim al-Ummah says: “On the day of the debate in Muradabad, there was so much noise about the debate that even the Hindus were saying, ‘Let’s go to the Shahi Mosque to see the molvis fighting.’ How shameful! La ilaha illa’Allah. There is such disgrace in these debates. Mawlana Muhammad Qasim (may Allah have mercy on him) also despised this greatly. He would never debate Muslims. Yes, he would debate non-Muslims.” (Husn al-Aziz, vol 1, pg 461). Hakim al-Ummah says: “With all these harms, even a praiseworthy act becomes prohibited, let alone when it is blameworthy in itself due to the conditions not being met.” (Huquq al-‘Ilm, pg 79). Hakim al-Ummah says: “Debates promote the people of falsehood even more and they have no positive result. However, to break the influence of the people of falsehood, explaining the truth and spreading it repeatedly and in different places is undoubtedly very beneficial. (Anfas-i-‘Isa, vol 2, pg 590). He also says, “What one should do is that when the people of falsehood prattle, one should make one’s point separately. This is a much better method. This is the way of the prophets. They would not be so concerned with answering the disbelievers. They would however repeat the truth constantly, and not bother too much with giving answers.” (Kalimat al-Haqq, pg 102). Elsewhere he said, “In today’s era, debating non-Muslims is generally harmful. The beneficial method is to deliver talks. I delivered a talk which is entitled ‘Mahasin al-Islam’. It has been published and is worth reading.” (Kalimat al-Haqq, pg 65) Qur’an, 71:5,8-9 Qur’an, 17:41 deoband.org
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  11. As-Salaam alaikum, In more ways than one, we can find peace only in the love of Allah Ta'ala and this is reflected in Sallah... Yes, the 5 daily Sallah Muslims offer daily being one of the pillars upon which Islam is built. Nowadays some focus on offering Sallah like some physical exercise to get reward in Paradise; they are unaware of its spiritual reality. Sallah is in fact, the presence of heart and soul before Allah... When a person gets annihilated in Allah completely, only then would his/her Sallah become Me'iraj. Allah Ta'ala created us of His Ishq and for His Ishq... we are sent to this planet earth to prove our love to Him, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala. If any of our acts are without the love of Allah, then it is useless because He does not need such prayers. Afterall, He has lots of angels for this purpose. Actually, when a Momin bows before Allah, it means he has given up everything... he is like a slave before Him and considers Allah the One and Only Entity (the Best) and himself as the worst. In his 'Risala al-Ghausia', Sheikh Abdulqadir al-Jilani, may Allah be pleased with him, says: I said: 'Oh Lord, which Sallah is closet to you?' It was replied: ''The Sallah in which there is no one except Me, even the person offering the Sallah is esoterically absent from it''.
  12. Bint e Aisha

    Bachon ki tarbiyat kaise karain?

    بچوں کی تربیت کیسے کریں؟ بیان: مفتی خلیق الرحمان صاحب https://youtu.be/1kQBxpcgb3s
  13. How do you live in the UK without participating in interest? Q: My question pertains to interest which I know is forbidden in Islam and is seen as a great sin. But in the UK, through mortgages, insurances, etc., it seems virtually impossible to avoid riba/interest. I have looked into Islamic banking in the UK but I see it to be an awful alternative as it still essentially charges riba but with some clever play on words and has been dismissed by the consensus of scholars. So, my question is: how do you live in the UK without participating in interest as I am struggling to see alternatives? A: The prohibition of interest is clearly and explicitly mentioned in the Noble Qur’aan. Allah Ta`ala states: “And Allah has permitted sale and prohibited riba – interest.”[1] On the Day of Qiyaamah, the one who consumed interest will wake up in such a state of bewilderment and shock that it will seem as if he has been affected by the evil touch of Shaitaan. Allah Ta`ala speaks of this in another aayah: “Those who consumed interest will rise [on the Day of Qiyaamah] like the one who has been afflicted by the evil touch of Shaitaan.”[2] In yet another aayah, Allah Ta`ala sounds an extremely severe warning to those who deal in interest despite understanding its evil and prohibition. Allah Ta`ala says: “If you do not do so [desist from dealing in interest] then be prepared to wage war against Allah and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”[3] In Surah Aal-e-Imraan, Allah Ta`ala has sounded another warning. Allah Ta`ala says: “O you who believe, do not consume interest multiplied manifold and fear Allah so that you be successful. And fear the fire (of Jahannum) which has been prepared for the disbelievers.”[4] Commenting on this aayah, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said: “This is the most fearsome aayah in the entire Qur’aan Shareef, for Allah has warned the believers of the fire of Jahannum, which has been prepared for the disbelievers, if they do not refrain from the haraam of interest.”[5] Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has also sounded stern warnings against those who consume riba. Hazrat Abdullah bin Hanzalah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Consuming one dirham of riba knowingly is worse than committing zina thirty-six times.”[6] In another Hadith, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have mentioned: “The fire of Jahannum is more deserving for the one who nourished his body with haraam (riba).”[7] Hazrat Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) cursed the one who consumes interest, pays interest, the scribe of the interest-bearing deal and the witness to such a deal.”[8] Interest outwardly seems to be a means of increase in wealth, yet in reality is a means of decrease. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “No matter how much the interest may be, it will result in decrease (of wealth).”[9] The prohibition and severity of interest understood from the above-mentioned Aayaat and Ahaadith will undoubtedly appeal and strike sense into any understanding and intelligent individual. When the prohibition of riba (interest) was revealed, the general Muslim public were undergoing constraints far worse than those which the present-day Muslims face. For months on end, not even a fire could be lit in the houses of many. Stones had to be tied on their bellies to fight the pangs of starvation and hunger. They did not have sufficient clothing to cover their entire bodies. Nights would be spent in darkness, for a lamp could not be lit to provide light. Their infant children would constantly cry out of hunger. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) himself had to give his armour which he used in jihaad as collateral for the grains that he purchased from a Jew in order to provide for the needs of his blessed wives, and in this very condition did he leave this world. The greatest solution to the present economic crisis is to inculcate contentment in our lives. Despite the severe constraints that the Muslims were facing during the era of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Allah Ta`ala commanded Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) not to cast his gaze at the worldly riches of the kuffaar. Involving oneself in interest will bring no benefit to an individual. In fact, it will be a means of loss and detriment, as is understood from the aforementioned Hadith wherein Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “No matter how much the interest may be, it will eventually decrease (and result in loss).” In another Aayah of the Qur’aan, Allah Ta`ala speaks of the evil worldly consequence of interest, saying: “Allah Ta`ala obliterates riba.”[10] Hence, a Muslim should totally refrain from dealing in interest. Muslims can never progress by means of something which Allah Ta`ala has explicitly prohibited, nor can it ever be a solution to their problems and constraints. Adopting the ways of the kuffaar will in no way bring a person anywhere close to success. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) never worried about his ummah having to face poverty and financial constraints, for their purpose of life is something much greater and nobler than merely amassing worldly riches and enjoying a luxurious life. Their purpose is pleasing Allah Ta`ala and earning maximum rewards for the hereafter. In one Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned: “I do not fear faqr (poverty) befalling you, but I fear that the world will be spread out before you, as it was spread out before those who preceded you. Then you will compete with one another in amassing its riches, as they had competed, eventually leading to your destruction and ruin, as it had destroyed them.” [11] Hazrat Ibnu Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Whoever suffers from hunger or want and he conceals his need, Allah Ta`ala takes the responsibility of sustaining him with halaal sustenance for a whole year.”[12] In such times of constraints and hardship, a mu’min should turn his focus and attention to Allah Ta`ala, for it is only Allah Ta`ala’s assistance that can rope a person out of the predicament that he is facing. Further, one should live within his means and budget his spending. If one is really in debts, then he should request his creditors to grant him some leniency and respite. (Extracted from Fatawaa Mahmoodiyyah, 24/349-365) We make dua that Allah Ta`ala guides the ummah towards earning halaal, emulating the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and refraining from any involvement in riba (interest). [1] وَأَحَلَّ اللّٰهُ الْبَيْعَ وَحَرَّمَ الرِّبَوٰا (سورة البقرة: ٢٧٥) [2] اَلَّذِينَ يَأْكُلُونَ الرِّبٰوا لَا يَقُومُونَ إِلَّا كَمَا يَقُومُ الَّذِى يَتَخَبَّطُهُ الشَّيْطٰنُ مِنَ الْمَسِّ (سورة البقرة: ٢٧٥) [3] فَاِنْ لَّمْ تَفْعَلُوا فَاْذَنُوْا بِحَرْبٍ مِّنَ اللّٰهِ وَرَسُولِهِ (سورة البقرة: 279) [4] یٰۤاَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ اٰمَنُوْا لَا تَأْكُلُوا الرِّبٰوا اَضْعَافًا مُّضٰعَفَةً ، وَاتَّقُوا اللّٰهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ (سورة آل عمران: ١٣٠) [5] فتاوى محموديه 24/350 ، مدارك التنزيل 1/282 [6] عن عبد الله بن حنظلة غسيل الملائكة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم درهم ربا يأكله الرجل وهو يعلم أشد من ستة وثلاثين زنية ( مسند أحمد # 21957) [7] عن جابر بن عبد الله رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال لكعب بن عجرة ... يا كعب بن عجرة إنه لا يدخل الجنة لحم نبت من سحت النار أولى به ( مسند أحمد # 14441) [8] عن جابر رضي الله عنه قال لعن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم آكل الربا وموكله وكاتبه وشاهديه وقال هم سواء ( صحيح مسلم # 1598) [9] عن ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال الربا وإن كثر فإن عاقبته تصير إلى قل (مسند أحمد # 3754) [10] يَمْحَقُ اللّٰهُ الرِّبٰوا (سورة البقرة: ٢٧٦) [11] عن المسور بن مخرمة رضي الله عنه أنه أخبره أن عمرو بن عوف الأنصاري وهو حليف لبني عامر بن لؤي وكان شهد بدرا أخبره أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ... قال فأبشروا وأملوا ما يسركم فوالله لا الفقر أخشى عليكم ولكن أخشى عليكم أن تبسط عليكم الدنيا كما بسطت على من كان قبلكم فتنافسوها كما تنافسوها وتهلككم كما أهلكتهم (صحيح البخاري # 3158) [12] عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم : من جاع أو احتاج فكتمه الناس كان حقا على الله عز و جل أن يرزقه رزق سنة من حلال ( شعب الإيمان # 10054) Answered by: Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
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    Sayyidina Uthmaan (RA)

    Part Thirty Four The aunt of Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Su‘daa, recited the following poetry when he married the respected daughter of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Hazrat Ruqayyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha): هدى الله عثمان الصيفي بقوله فأرشده والله يهدي إلى الحق فتابع بالرأي السديد محمدا وكان ابن أروى لا يصد عن الحق وأنكحه المبعوث إحدى بناته فكان كبدر مازج الشمس في الأفق فداؤك يا ابن الهاشميين مهجتي فأنت أمين الله أرسلت في الخلق Allah has guided His fortunate servant ‘Uthmaan towards the path of guidance. Allah has blessed him with divine guidance and Allah alone guides those whom He wishes towards the truth. After all, he is the son of Arwaa, and the son of Arwaa treaded on the path of truth and did not move away from it. And the one sent as the Nabi of Allah (Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)) handed one of his daughters to him in marriage. This union is such that it resembles the sun and the full moon combining on the horizon. May my life be sacrificed for you, O son of the Banu Haashim (Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam))! You are the trustee of Allah over deen and you have been sent for the guidance of the entire creation. (Isaabah 8/178)
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    The Heart Is Amazing!!

    As-Salaam alaikum, Says Allah Ta'ala in ayat 28 of Surat Ra'ad of the Holy Qur'an:-- "Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest/satisfaction." (13:28) And in Hadith, we have learnt it that the Prophet, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:- "There is a piece of flesh in the body, if it becomes good (reformed), the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoiled, the whole body gets spoiled and that is the heart." Sheikh Abu Abdullah at-Tirmidhi Hakeem, may Allah be Merciful to him, said:-- "The Zikr [Remembrance ] of Allah moistens the heart and cultivates tenderness in it. When the heart is bereft of Zikrullah, the heat of the nafs overtakes it; the fire of lust reaches it; and it becomes barren and hard." Indeed, the life of the heart (qalb) is related to Allah's Remembrance. Man has only to implant Allah's Name firmly in his heart, what follows is amazing. So, be engaged in Zikr always... or most of the time. With that, you find out that even though our hands cannot feel Allah Ta'ala, the mind cannot grasp Him but the heart would vividly recognize Him... Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala. With regular, constant Zikr, the heart can discern Allah, Jallah-Jalalahu, hear Him, entreat, Obey and act according to His Will.
  16. The Essence of the Path of Self-Reformation Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned: The purpose of self-reformation is to acquire the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala. In order for one to gain self-reformation, one requires two things; knowledge of the path and correct application of this knowledge. Self-reformation will be obtained through one adhering to the laws of Shariah in accordance to the Sunnah, regardless of whether the laws pertain to our external actions or internal. In acquiring self-reformation, there are two things that will assist one greatly; remaining in zikr at all times, and remaining in the company of the pious servants of Allah Ta‘ala as much as one is able to. If it is difficult for one to remain in the company of the pious all the time, then the substitute is for one to study the lives of our pious predecessors and their advices. One should refrain from two things as they are the cause of impeding one’s progress; falling into sins and becoming involved in futile activities. Together with the above, one will only be able to derive full benefit if one regularly reports his condition to his spiritual guide and sheikh (person under whose supervision he is carrying out his self-reformation). After adopting the necessary procedures in self-reformation, each person will progress and receive blessings from Allah Ta‘ala in accordance to his capacity and the level of commitment and dedication he shows. This is the essence of the path of self-reformation. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 23/56) Ihyauddeen.co.za
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    Sayyidina Uthmaan (RA)

    Part Thirty Three During the khilaafat of Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat Huzaifah bin Yamaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was sent with the people of Iraq and Shaam to wage jihaad in Armenia and Azerbaijan. While in those lands, Hazrat Huzaifah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) noticed that the people were disputing with one another in regard to the different dialects of the Qur’aan Majeed. Each group, not being familiar with the dialect of the next, began to regard their dialect to be better, and in certain cases, even denied the other dialect. This condition of the people greatly worried and concerned Hazrat Huzaifah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), as it was resulting in the people denying the Qur’aan Majeed. This concern prompted him to immediately mount his conveyance and set out for Madinah Munawwarah. When he reached Madinah Munawwarah, even before going to see his family, he came to Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to alert him regarding the fitnah and urge him to address it. Hence, Hazrat Huzaifah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said to Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “Save this ummah before they differ and dispute in the Qur’aan Majeed as the Jews and Christians disputed regarding their scriptures, and this led to their misguidance.” Prior to Hazrat Huzaifah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) coming to Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) with this concern, Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had noticed the very same condition in Madinah Munawwarah and addressed the people saying, “You people are here with me in Madinah Munawwarah, yet you are disputing regarding the different dialects of the Qur’aan Majeed. If this is your condition here in Madinah Munawwarah, then I can well imagine what the condition of the people who are far away from Madinah Munawwarah will be.” Thus, when Hazrat Huzaifah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) brought the news of the disputes to Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), it was not a surprise to him but rather confirmed what he had anticipated. The Qur’aan Majeed which had been compiled by Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was in the care of Hazrat Hafsah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) at that time. Hence, Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) sent a message to Hazrat Hafsah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), requesting her to send the Qur’aan Majeed to them so that they could keep it before them and prepare numerous copies of the Qur’aan Majeed that would all have a standard dialect of the Qur’aan conforming to the original dialect of the Quraish which was revealed to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then entrusted the task of compiling these copies of the Qur’aan Majeed to Hazrat Zaid bin Thaabit (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), as he was the scribe of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and was tasked with the responsibility of compiling the Qur’aan in one book form during the time of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had commanded that Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat Sa‘eed bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Abdur Rahmaan bin Haarith bin Hishaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) also assist him in this task. Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) addressed these Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) saying, “When any of you differ with Hazrat Zaid bin Thaabit (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) regarding the manner in which any word should be written, then write it according to the dialect of the Quraish, as the Qur’aan Majeed was revealed in their dialect.” After the numerous copies were prepared, Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) sent them to the various corners of the Islamic empire and had all other copies of the Qur’aan Majeed burnt, as it would lead to the Qur’aan getting lost. Note: Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), with the consensus of all the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), had all the other dialects burnt, as the permission to recite the Qur’aan in the other dialects was regarded as a concession in deen for those tribes that were experiencing difficulty in reciting certain words according to the dialect of the Quraish. Hence, at that time, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) granted certain tribes permission to replace certain words with words of their own tribe when they found these words difficult to pronounce in the dialect of the Quraish. Hence, there was no change in the Qur’aan according to the different dialects, and it was a mere concession granted to certain tribes. However, when this concession was leading to the Qur’aan being lost or destroyed, then the concession no longer remained and it was agreed upon by the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) that the Qur’aan would have to be recited according to the original dialect of the Quraish. Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “Do not speak anything regarding Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and the decision that he made concerning the Qur’aan but good. By Allah, he only took this decision concerning the Qur’aan Majeed with the consensus of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).” (Saheeh Bukhaari #4987, Fat-hul Baari vol. 9 pg. 16, also refer to Al-Kawkabud Durri of Hazrat Moulana Gangohi (rahimahullah))
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    Jinn & Black Magic (Prescriptions & Advices)

    Practicing black magic Q: I want to know about black magic. Is it permissible to practise it for a good purpose? A: Practising black magic is prohibited and haraam in Islam. There are severe warnings sounded in the Mubaarak Ahaadith for the person who gets involved in this grave sin. In many cases, the intention for doing the black magic is haraam and the action is also haraam as it involves oppression and transgression e.g. one wishes to marry a certain woman against her wishes or one wishes to extort wealth from a person. In these cases, the intention is to oppress the person and make him do things against his wishes. Practising black magic, at times, can cause one to lose one's imaan, as in certain cases, one is required to carry out actions of shirk and kufr. Even if the black magic does not entail actions of shirk and kufr, then most of the time, the wordings or practices adopted to make the black magic effective are haraam. Hence, in this case, though one will not be committing shirk and kufr, one will certainly be involving himself in haraam. Therefore, the Hadith has prohibited black magic and regarded it as one of the major sins in Islam. Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: اجتنبوا السبع الموبقات، قالوا: يا رسول الله وما هن، قال: الشرك بالله، والسحر، وقتل النفس التي حرم الله إلا بالحق، وأكل الربا، وأكل مال اليتيم، والتولي يوم الزحف، وقذف المحصنات المؤمنات الغافلات.(صحيح البخاري الرقم 2766) “Refrain from seven destructive sins” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) asked, “O Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), what are the seven destructive sins?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Ascribing partners with Allah Ta‘ala, practicing black magic, murdering an (innocent) soul which Allah Ta‘ala has forbidden (you to kill) except with a right, consuming usury, usurping the wealth of an orphan, fleeing from the battle field and making false accusations of Zina against innocent, chaste, believing women.” (Saheeh al-Bukhaari #2766) And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best. Answered by: Mufti Zakaria Makada Checked & Approved: Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
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    The Best Garment

    The Best Garment By Shaykh-ul-Hadīth, Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh Blessing of Clothing The great Muhaddith, ‘Allāmah An-Nawawī rahimahullāh, in his masterpiece Riyād-us-Sālihīn, begins the discussion on clothing with the following verses of the Glorious Qur’ān: O children of Ādam! We have sent down to you the dress that covers your shame and provides adornment. As for the dress of taqwā [piety] that is the best. (7:26) … And made for you garments that protect you from heat, and garments that protect you in your battles. (16:81) We learn two very important lessons about clothing from these verses of the Qur’ān. The first lesson is that clothes are a blessing from Allāh ta‘ālā. Commenting on the phrase, “We have sent down to you”, the commentators of the Qur’ān have stated that clothes are a blessing from Allāh ta‘ālā as the sources from which clothing is produced, e.g. cotton, are created by Allāh ta‘ālā and man has no role to play in the creation of the source. Likewise, clothes are a blessing from Allāh ta‘ālā because it is Allāh ta‘ālā alone who inspires us with the ability and imagination to utilise these resources to manufacture and produce clothing. Purpose of Clothing The second lesson is that clothing serves three main purposes. The first purpose is to cover and conceal the ‘awrah. The ‘awrah is that portion of the body which should not be revealed without a Shar‘ī necessity. Thus, we can imagine what a great bounty clothes are; for without clothes how would we be able to cover our ‘awrah and thus maintain our dignity and honour? The second purpose is to protect the body from heat, cold and other physical harms. Hence, we have different types of clothes to match different climates and also for different activities. For example, we have specially designed wear such as armour and camouflage clothing that is used in unique circumstances such as wars, to protect the wearer. To reflect our nature, Allāh ta‘ālā mentions a third purpose of clothing, that is to adorn and beautify. We can further understand these three purposes through an everyday example. A man can wear a sheet that will cover his ‘awrah which is sufficient to fulfil the minimum Shar‘ī requirement. However, rather than limit himself to this, he will also wear a jubbah (thobe) and a shawl, to not only safeguard his body but also make himself look more presentable. The masnūn du‘ā as related by Sayyidunā ‘Umar radhiyallāhu ‘anhu upon wearing new clothes highlights some of the above purposes: All praise is for Allāh who has dressed me in such clothing that covers my ‘awrah and which also aids me in my beautification. (At-Tirmidhī, Ibn Mājah) Beautification is a Worthy Trait Jamāl (beautification) is an action approved and indeed recommended by our Sharī‘ah. The Sīrah of Prophet sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam also teaches us to keep in mind beauty when clothing ourselves. In a hadīth we find the following narration: Indeed, Allāh is beautiful and loves beauty. (Muslim) Therefore, when dressing and adorning ourselves we should make the following intentions: 1) to acquire the Pleasure of Allāh ta‘ālā. 2) to follow the sunnah of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam. 3) to please my near and dear ones, e.g. my spouse, my parents, my children. This is also a deed in itself liked by Allāh ta‘ālā, thereby increasing His Pleasure. Due to his exalted taqwā and spiritual status, Hakīm-ul-Ummah Hadrat Mawlānā Ashraf ‘Alī Thānwī rahimahullāh was not inclined towards adornment. However, the renowned Shaykh would, keeping the third intention in mind, adorn himself in moderation and refrain from total abstinence. Two Major Pitfalls Whilst beautification is recommended by the Sharī‘ah, there are two major pitfalls that must be avoided. The first is an incorrect intention. To adorn oneself for show, pride, or to display exclusivity, are all intentions that must be avoided. Dressing with this in mind that ‘no one has the clothes I have’, or ‘no one looks or should look like me’, or ‘my clothes show that I am better than everyone else’, are all thoughts which reflect an incorrect intention and are not permitted. Hence, it is essential to constantly review and rectify our intentions in this regard. The second pitfall is of extravagance. Extravagance is usually the consequence of a person’s incorrect intention to show off, to feel better than others and to display their greatness. There is a fine line between beautification and extravagance. Designer wear is a good example when trying to make this distinction. If we buy an item of clothing worth £25 for £100, only because it has a specific label, we should question ourselves ‘What is driving me to do this? If I can purchase the same product, of the same quality, for a much cheaper price, what am I paying the extra for?’ When we question ourselves in this way, it will expose the incorrect intention that we are spending to help satisfy our inner pride and desire to maintain our ‘status’ and ‘exclusivity’, leading to extravagance in spending. Therefore, as Muslims we must ensure whilst adopting adornment and beautification that one remains within the limits of the Sharī‘ah, by reviewing the intention and abstaining from extravagance. The Best Clothing O children of Ādam! We have sent down to you the dress that covers your shame and provides adornment. As for the dress of taqwā [piety] that is the best. (7:26) The verses of the Glorious Qur’ān also direct our attention to another form of dress, a type of garment which conceals, protects and beautifies the inner self. This garment, is the garment of taqwā and is essential for every person, for it is this garment that covers and subdues the radhā’il, i.e. those negative traits of the heart, such as pride and jealousy, which a person would be ashamed of and would not want others to see. Also, it is the garment of taqwā that helps a person adorn his inner self with the fadā’il, i.e. the praiseworthy traits of the heart, such a humility and generosity, which beautify a person’s character. It is the garment of taqwā which also provides a person protection from all the trials of this world and the Hereafter. Therefore, it is the ‘Libās-ut-Taqwā’ (the dress of taqwā) which is the greatest garment a person can adorn. The Glorious Qur’ān reminds us of this by using the phrase ‘that is the best.’ The outer appearance may temporarily deceive the onlooker, however ultimately the great beauty or ugly nature that lies within will be revealed. We experience this in our day to day lives. A person may be wearing the most striking of clothes but if the inner self is not adorned then, despite the initial positive impression, upon interaction we find the person unappealing. True concealment, true protection, and true beauty in this world and more importantly in the Hereafter is only achieved when the inner self is ‘dressed’ with the clothing of taqwā. Therefore, whilst continuing to use the blessing of clothes to beautify our appearance, we should give more attention to the beautification of the inner self. May Allāh ta‘ālā grant us the tawfīq to use the blessing of clothes in a manner which acquires His Pleasure and to adorn ourselves with the best of clothes, taqwā. Āmīn. © Riyādul Jannah (Vol. 29 No. 10, Oct 2017)
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    Hazrat Ayyub Alaihis Salam ki bimari

    *تنبیہات سلسلہ نمبر 152* *حضرت ایوب علیہ السلام کی بیماری* *● سوال:* ایک واقعہ سنتے آرہے ہیں کہ حضرت ایوب علیہ السلام کے جسم میں بیماری اس قدر بڑھ گئی تھی کہ آپ کے جسم میں کیڑے پیدا ہوگئے... *کیا یہ بات درست ہے؟* ▪ *الجواب باسمه تعالی* حضرت ایوب علیہ السلام کی بیماری کی یہ تفصیل کہ ان کے جسم میں کیڑے پیدا ہوگئے تھے اسکو مختلف مفسرین نے نقل کیا ہے. *١. علامہ ابن کثیر فرماتے ہیں کہ ابن عساکر نے نقل کیا ہے کہ ان کے جسم میں مختلف بیماریاں لگ گئی تھیں یہانتک کہ صرف دل اور زبان بچ گئے تھے۔* □ قال ابن كثير: وحكى ابن عساكر: ابتلى في جسده بأنواع من البلاء، ولم يبقَ منه عضو سليم سوى قلبه ولسانه... *٢. سدی کہتے ہیں کہ جسم کا گوشت گل کر گر گیا تھا یہانتک کہ صرف ہڈیاں اور پٹھے رہ گئے تھے.* □ وقال السدى: تساقط لحمه حتى لم يبقَ إلاَّ العظم والعصب. *٣. ابن کثیر البدایة والنهایة میں لکھتے ہیں کہ ایوب علیہ السلام کے جسم پر جذام کی بیماری لگ گئی تھی جس سے دل اور زبان کے علاوہ سارا جسم متاثر ہوا تھا.* □ قال ابن كثير في كتابه البداية والنهاية (ج:1، ص:207) أنه أصيب بالجزام في سائر بدنه ولم يبقَ منه سليمًا سوى قلبه ولسانه يذكر بهما الله عزوجل. *٤. حسن بصری اور قتادہ کہتے ہیں کہ ایوب علیہ السلام پر سات سال ایسے گذرے کہ ان کے جسم میں کیڑے نظر آنے لگے تھے.* □ قال الحسن البصري وقتادة: ابتلى أيوب عليه السلام سبع سنين وأشهرًا يرعى في جسده الدود وتعبث به الدواب. *٥. علامہ بغوی کہتے ہیں کہ ان کے جسم پر پھوڑے نکلے جس سے ان کا جسم بدبودار ہوگیا اور بستی والوں نے ان کو بستی سے نکال دیا.* □ من قرنه إلى قدمه تآليل مثل أليات الغنم فوقعت فيه حكة فحك بأظفاره حتى سقطت كلها ثم حكها بالمسوح الخشنة حتى قطعها ثم حكها بالفخار والحجارة الخشنة فلم يزل يحكها حتى نغل لحمه وتقطع وتغير وأنتن وأخرجه أهل القرية فجعلوه على كناسة وجعلوا له عريشا فرفضه خلق. (بغوی) *٦. علامہ قرطبی لکھتے ہیں کہ جسم کا گوشت گل گیا اور جسم میں کیڑے پڑ گئے.* □ وبالضر في جسمه حتى تناثر لحمه وتدود جسمه، حتى أخرجه أهل قريته إلى خارج القرية. (قرطبی) *● ان اقوال کا مأخذ:* حضرت ایوب علیہ السلام کے جسم پر اس قدر قبیح بیماری لگی تھی اس بارے میں اسرائیلیات ہی اصل ہیں کہ وہاں اس بیماری کی اس طرح کی تفاصیل موجود ہیں، جیسا کہ کتاب السفر جو غالبا انجیل کا کوئی حصہ ہے اس کے عربی ترجمے میں ایسا منقول ہے کہ: *شیطان کو اللہ تعالی کی طرف سے اجازت ملی تو وہ آیا اور ایوب علیہ السلام کے سر سے پیر تک پھوڑے نکلے اور ایوب علیہ السلام نے سخت کپڑے سے اس کو کھجانا شروع کیا.* □ ففي هذا السفر ما نصه: فَخَرَجَ الشَّيْطَانُ مِنْ حَضْرَةِ الرَّبِّ، وَضَرَبَ أَيُّوبَ بِقُرْحٍ رَدِيءٍ مِنْ بَاطِنِ قَدَمِهِ إِلَى هَامَتِهِ. فَأَخَذَ لِنَفْسِهِ شَقْفَةً لِيَحْتَكَّ بِهَا وَهُوَ جَالِسٌ فِي وَسَطِ الرَّمَادِ. (أي 2: 7). *● کیا یہ اسرائیلیات مقبول ہیں؟* علمائےکرام نے ایسی اسرائیلی روایات کے تسلیم کرنے سے انکار کیا ہے جو کہ انبیائےکرام علیہم الصلاۃ والسلام کی شان کے منافی ہوں اور ایوب علیہ السلام کے بارے میں یہ تمام روایات شان نبوت کے خلاف ہیں، لہذا اس بارے میں جس قدر قرآن مجید اور احادیث مطہرہ میں آیا ہے اسی پر اکتفا کیا جائےگا. *١. قاضی ابوبکر ابن العربی کہتے ہیں کہ ایوب علیہ السلام کے بارے میں اتنی بات درست ہے جو قرآن نے بیان کی ہے کہ ان کو تکلیف پہنچی اور تکلیف کی نسبت قرآن مجید میں شیطان کی طرف کی گئی ہے.* □ قال ابن العربي القاضي أبوبكر رضي الله عنه: ولم يصح عن أيوب في أمره إلا ما أخبرنا الله عنه في كتابه في آيتين؛ الأولى قوله تعالى: ﴿وَأَيُّوبَ إِذْ نَادَىٰ رَبَّهُ أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الضُّرُّ﴾ [الأنبياء: 83] والثانية في «ص» ﴿أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الشَّيْطَانُ بِنُصْبٍ وَعَذَابٍ﴾. *٢. علامہ آلوسی روح البیان میں لکھتے ہیں کہ اس میں کسی کا اختلاف نہیں کہ ایوب علیہ السلام کی تکلیف اور امتحان بڑا تھا، البتہ یہ کہنا پڑےگا کہ ان کی بیماری اس قدر نہیں بڑھی تھی کہ وہ قابل نفرت ہوجائیں جیسا کہ قتادہ وغیرہ نے نقل کیا ہے اور قصہ گو لوگوں نے بیان کیا ہے۔* □ قال الألوسي (ت 1270هـ) في تفسيره روح المعاني: وَعظَمُ بَلائه أي أيوبَ عليه السلامُ ممّا شاعَ وذاعَ ولَم يختلف فيه اثنان… فلابد من القول بأن ما ابتُلِي به أيوب عليه السلام لم يَصِل إلى حَدِّ الاستقذار والنفْرَة كما يُشعِر به ما روي عن قتادةَ ونَقَلَهُ القُصّاصُ في كُتُبِهم. *٣. علامہ طبرسی کہتے ہیں کہ امتحان کی یہ صورت تو ممکن ہے کہ فقر آجائے یا آل اولاد ہلاک ہوجائیں لیکن اس طرح کی بیماری کہ لوگ ان سے نفرت کرنے لگیں، انبیائےکرام کی طرف ایسی بات کی نسبت کرنا درست نہیں.* □ قال الطَبرسي (ت 548هـ): قال أهل التحقيق إنه لا يجوز أن يكون بصفةٍ يَستقذرُه الناسُ عليها لأن فِي ذلك تَنْفيرًا، فأمّا الفقرُ والمرَضُ (الذي لا يُنفِّرُ) وذهابُ الأَهل فيجوز أن يَمتحِنَهُ اللهُ تعالَى بذلك. *● صحیح روایات میں حضرت ایوب علیہ السلام کا تذکرہ:* *١.* حضرت ایوب علیہ السلام نہا رہے تھے تو ان پر سونے کی ٹڈیاں گرنے لگی تو ایوب علیہ السلام ان کو جمع کرنے میں لگ گئے تو اللہ تعالی نے فرمایا کہ ایوب! کیا ہم نے تجھ کو اس سے مستغنی نہیں کیا؟ تو ایوب علیہ السلام نے عرض کیا کہ آپ کی برکت سے مستغنی نہیں. *□* وروى البخاري عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه، قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: بينما أيوب يغتسل عرياناً، خرَّ عليه جراد من ذهب، فجعل أيوب يحثو في ثوبه، فناداه ربه، ياأيوب! ألم أكن أغنيتك عما ترى؟ قال: بلى يا رب! ولكن لا غنى بي عن بركتك. *٢.* وقد روى البزار وغيره عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه، أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: "إن نبي الله أيوب عليه السلام لبث به بلاؤه ثماني عشرة سنة، فرفضه القريب والبعيد إلا رجلين، كانا من أخص إخوانه به، كانا يغدوان إليه ويروحان، فقال: أحدهما لصاحبه: تعلم والله لقد أذنب أيوب ذنباً ما أذنبه أحد من العالمين. قال له صاحبه: وما ذاك؟ قال: من ثماني عشرة سنة لم يرحمه الله، فيكشف ما به، فلما راحا إليه، لم يصبر الرجل حتى ذكر ذلك له. فقال أيوب: لا أدري ما تقول، غير أن الله يعلم أني كنت أمُرُّ على الرجلين يتنازعان، فيذكران الله عزوجل، فأرجع إلى بيتي فأكفر عنهما، كراهية أن يذكرا الله إلا في حق. قال: وكان يخرج إلى حاجته، فإذا قضاها أمسكت امرأته بيده حتى يبلغ، فلما كان ذات يوم أبطأ عليها، وأوحى الله تعالى إلى أيوب عليه السلام، أن {اركض برجلك هذا مغتسل بارد وشراب} فاستبطأته، فتلقته تنظر، فأقبل عليها، قد أذهب الله ما به من البلاء، وهو على أحسن ما كان. فلما رأته قالت: أي بارك الله فيك! هل رأيت نبي الله هذا المبتلى. فوالله على ذلك ما رأيت رجلاً أشبه به منك، إذ كان صحيحاً. قال: فإني أنا هو. قال: وكان له أندران: أندر للقمح، وأندر للشعير. (الأندر: البيدر) فبعث الله سحابتين، فلما كانت إحداهما على أندر القمح، أفرغت فيه الذهب حتى فاض، وأفرغت الأخرى في أندر الشعير حتى فاض. - قال الهيثمي في "مجمع الزوائد": رجال البزار رجال الصحيح. *٣. حسن اور قتادہ کہتے ہیں کہ ایوب علیہ السلام کی اولاد زندہ کردی گئی اور اتنی اولاد اور دی گئی.* □ قال الحسن وقتادة: أحياهم الله تعالى له بأعيانهم، وزادهم مثلهم معهم، ولهذا قال تعالى: {وَوَهَبْنَا لَه أهْلَه وَمِثْلَهُمْ مَعَهُمْ رَحْمَةً مِّنَّا وَذِكْرى لِأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ}. *٤. ابوحیان کہتے ہیں کہ جمہور علمائےکرام کا قول یہ ہے کہ انکی تمام اولاد کو زندہ کر دیا گیا اور بیمار ٹھیک ہوگئے اور سب بکھرے کام درست ہوگئے.* □ قال أبوحيان: والجمهور على أنه تعالى أحيا له من مات من أهله، وعافى المرضى، وجمع عليه من شُتِّت منهم. ▪ *خلاصہ کلام* حضرت ایوب علیہ السلام ایک بڑے امتحان میں تقریبا اٹھارہ(١٨) سال مبتلا رہے اور یہ امتحان جان، مال، اولاد سب پر آیا تھا لیکن اس دوران ان کے جسم میں کیڑے پڑ گئے یا کچھ ایسا ہوا کہ لوگ ایوب علیہ السلام سے نفرت کرنے لگے یہ بات سند کے لحاظ سے بھی درست نہیں اور نہ ہی شان نبوت کی وجہ سے عقلا درست ہے، لہذا اس طرح کے واقعات بیان کرنے سے گریز کرنا چاہیئے. 《واللہ اعلم بالصواب》 《کتبه: عبدالباقی اخونزادہ》 ٢٩ نومبر ٢٠١٨ کراچی
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    Sayyidina Uthmaan (RA)

    Part Thirty Two Hazrat Haani (rahimahullah), the freed slave of Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), mentions that when Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would stand at a grave, he would weep so profusely that his beard would become wet with his tears. Someone asked Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “We notice that when you remember Jannah and Jahannum and discuss them, then you are not affected to the point that you begin to cry, yet when you stand at a grave, then we see you so overcome by fear that you begin to cry profusely. What is the reason for this?” Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, ‘The grave is the first stage from the stages of the Hereafter. If one passes this stage and gains salvation, then there is hope that the stages to come will be easier, and if one does not pass this stage and gain salvation, then the stages to come will be even more difficult and severe for him.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2308)
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    All in the name of a new year

    The Year End Party… Sharifa gazed at herself in the mirror as she applied the final touches of make-up. A highly qualified Chartered Accountant, she remarkably climbed the corporate ladder in just a few years. She surely wanted her presence felt at her Company’s Year-End Function after all the CEO was flying in from the USA and she was to be seated right next to the local MD Mr William Cook. The night had arrived and she wanted to be sure to cast off the stigma of being too “conservative and anti-social” as it tendered to hinder her career. That was precisely the reason she stopped donning her hijab(scarf) a few months ago. She felt that it impeded her progress. Tonight she was going to let her hair down! She arrived in her latest BMW coupe scantily dressed, turning heads as she made her way to the entrance of the posh gala hall. Her perfume could be smelt a mile away. It was a night of glitz and glamour with many prominent socialites present. Seated next to the MD Mr William Cook she listened attentively to some of the pre-party speeches, and the comedians were really hilarious. As William went to the podium to deliver his speech she gave him a supportive hug. Then there were moments of light entertainment before the actual bash kicked-off. William had been consuming alcohol and offered Sharifa a drink. She smiled and politely declined. Being brought up in a religious and conservative Muslim home she knew alcohol was a no no! Sharifa was climbing the corporate ladder really fast and wanted to reach the top, irrespective of the cost. She was passionate about her career. It came well before her husband, baby and religion. Her baby was in a day care centre. Being at the top was her clear ambition. It was William’s approval and signature that she urgently needed to move to the next tier. A party atmosphere erupted in the room and the music blared out causing even the spoons to vibrate. William was soon completely inebriated and started losing himself. William again offered Sharifa a drink of wine. She thought for a moment and said to herself “its just one glass and it will definitely not make me drunk and to refuse will be indeed so anti-social.” She took the tall wine glass smiled and slowly sipped as the party fever raged. It was now close to midnight. She faintly heard her mobile ring. Over 7 missed calls from her husband. She honestly thought she will call back when things are a bit quieter and relaxed. Her husband, as was now a custom, stayed at home to look after their cute little baby Fatima. He never really approved of attending parties, not that Sharifa cared. William insisted that she have a little more. She responded “ok just a little more”, can’t do much harm she thought. Being a teetotaller, in a short while the wine completely intoxicated her and now lost control of herself and behaved like a party animal responding to William’s passionate and intimate moves… Soon they were on their way to William’s car where he promised her the most memorable romantic moonlight drive. He stopped the car at a nearby park where he made very intimate passes and touched her at places she knew was so incorrect. She was now a bit more sober and began to realise her folly. As he tried to kiss her passionately she pushed him away. He was deeply angered and in a fit of fury, started the car, driving recklessly like a maniac. He now appeared to be the devil incarnate. Swearing and cursing her. He failed to stop at the traffic lights. She begged him, implored him to slow down but he became more rebellious and aggressive. Reeking of alcohol and completely drunk, he now drove even faster. He had no control over both the car and himself. She began to cry… He swerved into the opposite lane and there was a huge bang… there were definitely two cars involved…it seemed the world had come to an end…she heard voices. It was now well past midnight. Good Samaritans ushered around them trying to pull them from the wreck. She heard one saying, “ Oh no in the other car the driver is crushed to death!” Then came the sound of sirens. Breathing became difficult. The fire fighters and paramedics huddled around her and frantically applied device after device. ‘She’s not gonna make it,’ she heard one of them saying. Her heart started pounding. She was soaked in sweat and blood. William lay motionless beside her, his head crushed. Her voice uttered some feint words of regret as she was mounted onto a stretcher waiting to be loaded into the ambulance. She so regretted, but there was no way the damage could be undone. For a moment her eye caught a final glimpse of the other car in the crash. It was her husband’s car severely smashed…and beside it laid his dead body. She heard an emergency service worker screaming, “we still need to remove the baby from the wreck”. She was quite sure, due to his compassion and caring nature he was deeply concerned and came to see if she was indeed ok as she did not answer her mobile. She shrieked and wailed, “Oh Allah what have I done?”…her mouth smelling of wine and her body stained in blood she gasped and breathed her last… The lessons to be learned are so many but most important of all is, to live in this world as if you are going to die today! It’s better to be tagged “anti-social” and “nerd” than allow our colleagues, ambitions and careers to sway you into such deeds that will destroy and harm us and our families both in this temporary world and more so in the everlasting life of the hereafter. *The Fear of Allah and good conduct leads to Endless Hope…While sin and vice leads to a Hopeless End!* www.eislam.co.za
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    Valuable Islamic Quotes

    "Verily the world is accursed and accursed is what it contains, except the remembrance of Allāh, that which Allāh loves, and someone with sacred knowledge or someone learning it." (Tirmidhī, Ibn Māja)
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    Masjid-ul-Aqsa & The Dome of the Rock

    A Brief Overview - by Mufti Abdul Kader PALESTINE.pdf
  25. ummitaalib

    Sayyidina Uthmaan (RA)

    Part Thirty One On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) approached a certain person in Makkah Mukarramah and said to him, “O so-and-so! Why do you not sell your house to me, so that I can use the land to extend the musjid around the Ka’bah, and in reward for this good action (besides the money that you will receive for the house), I will guarantee you a palace in Jannah?” The man replied, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! By Allah, I do not possess any other house besides this house! If I sell you my house, there will be nothing to shelter my children and I in Makkah Mukarramah.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) again encouraged the man saying, “Despite what you have mentioned, sell your house to me, so that I can use the land to extend the musjid around the Ka’bah, and in reward for this good action, I will guarantee you a palace in Jannah.” The man replied, “By Allah! I do not intend selling my house.” Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter learnt of what had transpired. He thus went to the man, who was his friend from the pre-Islamic era, and said, “O so-and-so! I have learned that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) intended buying your house, to use the land to extend the musjid around the Ka’bah, and in reward for this good action, he had guaranteed you a palace in Jannah, and you declined to accept his offer.” The man replied, “Yes, I did decline.” Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then continued to encourage him to sell his house, until he eventually agreed and Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) purchased it from him for 10 000 dinars (gold coins). Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then proceeded to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and said, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I learnt that you intended to buy the house of so-and-so, to use the land to extend the musjid around the Ka’bah, and you had guaranteed the owner a palace in Jannah. The house now belongs to me, as I have purchased it from the owner. Will you accept it from me for free and guarantee me a palace in Jannah?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied in the affirmative and accepted the house from Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), guaranteeing him a palace in Jannah and making the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) witness to that. (Fazaa’il-us-Sahaabah lil-Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal #784, Mirqaat 9/3922)
  26. An Important Lesson for Married Couples This post is primarily directed at men. However, it applies to women also. Once a man approached a scholar renowned for his profound wisdom and experience, to complain to him, saying, “When I was fascinated by my wife, she was in my sight, the most beautiful thing in this world ever created by Allah.” “When I proposed to her, I began to see others equal to her in beauty.” “When I married her, I saw many others who were more elegant than her!” “A few years after our marriage, it appears to me as though all the women of this world are more classic and more sophisticated than my wife!” The wise man: “Shall I tell you what is more disastrous and more bitter?” The man replied: “Yes.” The wise man: “Were you to marry all the women in this world, you will find the stray dogs on the highways more attractive than all the women of the world!” The man: “Why do you say so?” The wise man: “Because the problem is not with your wife. The problem is, if a person were gifted a covetous heart and lustful eyes, and he is lacking in bashfulness, nothing satisfies his gaze except the sand of his grave. Your problem is that you do not lower your gaze from what Allah has prohibited. Do you want your wife to be returned to her previous lofty position as the most beautiful woman on earth? The man: “Yes.” The wise man: “Lower your gaze. Allah says, “Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do.” That which is not in your possession will always appear to you to be better and more precious than what is in your possession. But once you lay your hands on it, it becomes ordinary. Be content with what you possess and do not be selfish, courting all that glitter till you land in your grave. The worship of Allah is better and more attractive. The sweetness of good deeds are only appreciated by those who live for it. Finally, do not forget to invoke Allah to always beautify your spouse in your sight and grant you his or her love and compassion. Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Council of Muslim Theologians
  27. Abu Hafsat

    Need of a Heart with Noor(light/radiance)

    As-Salaam alaikum, I join Sayyada Bint -e A'isha in her Du'a at the end of her topic above, and also say ameen. May Allah Ta'ala Grant us His Gift of Light (Noor) in our heart and our Sirr...so that we will constantly be vividly recognizing Him, entreat Him, Obey and act in accordance to His Will.... Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala... ameen. Many Regards.
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