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    TEN SURAHS THAT SAVES YOU FROM TEN THINGS Allamah Jalaluddin Suyuti Rahmatullahi Alaihi says, Surah Fateha saves one from Allah Ta’ala’s wrath. Surah Yaseen will save one from becoming thirsty on the day of Qiyamah. Surah Dukhaan will save one from the fears of the day of Qiyamah. Surah Waaqiah saves one from hunger and poverty. Surah Mulk saves one from the punishment of the grave. Surah Kawthar saves one from the enmity of the enemies. Surah Kaafiroon saves one from turning to kufr at the time of death. Surah Ikhlaas saves one from hypocrisy. Surah Falaq saves one from jealousy of the jealous people. Surah Naas saves one from evil whisperings.
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    If you focus on hurt, you will continue to suffer. If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow. Allah is enough!
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    "Reflect over the favours of Allah Ta`ala, both material and spiritual. The more you will reflect the more you will discover Allah's love." And Allah Ta`ala knows best (Mufti) E Salejee Source
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    Coronavirus Advice Coronavirus Advice 10 Questions regarding Coronavirus In light of the spread of Coronavirus, what is your advice for British Muslims on the following: 1) Should we perform Ṣalāh at home or in the Masjid? 2) Should we bring our own prayer mat to the Masjid? 3) If someone is affected with Coronavirus or is quarantined, what should he do for Jumuʿah Ṣalāh? 4) If the government places restrictions on gatherings including on religious places, what is your advice? 5) Should we avoid shaking hands with fellow Muslims? 6) Are we permitted to travel abroad? 7) What is your advice for those who have ʿUmrah and Hajj bookings? 8) Do you advise any supplications? 9) Should Qunūt Nāzilah be started in Fajr Ṣalāh? 10) Do you recommend any other actions during this crisis? (These questions have been combined together for convenience) بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم Answers These answers reflect the current situation in the UK as of 4 March 2020. The UK has not yet been affected significantly unlike some other countries. Further advice will be shared, should the situation change significantly. 1) Should we perform Ṣalāh at home or in the Masjid? People should continue to perform Ṣalāh in the Masjid as normal. If anyone is diagnosed with Coronavirus or there is a real possibility of being affected due to the symptoms, they should perform Ṣalāh at home. This must be based on real symptoms, for example, fever, not just having a minor runny nose, for example. 2) Should we bring our own prayer mat to the Masjid? Ṣalāh should continue to be performed as usual in the Masjids on the carpets. 3) If someone is affected with Coronavirus or is quarantined, what should he do for Jumuʿah Ṣalāh? A person who is affected with the virus or is quarantined should perform Ẓuhr Ṣalāh. If, however, there are four adult males together in the quarantine or in hospital, and they wish to perform Jumuʿah Ṣalāh, this is permitted. The Khuṭbah (sermon) can be short by reciting Sūrah al-Fātiḥah and a few other Sūrahs of the Qurʾān. There are also short Arabic Khuṭbahs available online which can be used. 4) If the government places restrictions on gatherings including on religious places, what is your advice? Currently, there are no restrictions in the UK on gatherings, therefore this question is hypothetical. If any such restrictions are imposed, specific advice will be issued accordingly. Nevertheless, two possible scenarios are outlined: In the event of a complete restriction on gatherings including in religious places, people should perform Ṣalāh at home in congregation with their families. Ẓuhr Ṣalāh will be performed instead of Jumuʿah Ṣalāh. If, however, they wish to perform Jumuʿah Ṣalāh, they can do so, as long as there are four adult males including the Imam. If partial restrictions are imposed, for example less than 50 people can gather, then multiple congregations should be arranged in one Masjid, particularly for Jumuʿah Ṣalāh, with the times staggered. In this scenario, it will be permitted to have multiple congregational prayers in the same Masjid due to necessity. Each community would coordinate this according to their size and also make use of halls and rooms in the Masjid as necessary. 5) Should we avoid shaking hands with fellow Muslims? The emphasised Sunnah is the Islamic greeting of Assalāmu ʿalaykum. Shaking hands (muṣafaḥah) is desirable, however, not mandatory or emphasised in the same way as the verbal greeting of Salām. Therefore, if a person is diagnosed or thinks he may be affected with this virus, he should avoid shaking hands and suffice with the verbal Salām. Otherwise, there is no need to abstain from shaking hands and people should continue handshakes as usual. As Muslims, we wash our hands many times a day during ablution, before and after eating, and otherwise. Nevertheless, if, someone decides not to shake his hands, a person should not be offended. Those who decide to avoid the handshake should suffice with the verbal Salām without making any other physical gestures or using other body parts. 6) Are we permitted to travel abroad? The Prophet ﷺ said, “If you hear of an [outbreak of] plague in a land, do not enter it; and if the plague occurs in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place” (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 5728). Therefore, those living in the UK must avoid those areas of the world which have been affected severely. The advice of the Foreign Office and medical professionals in this regard should be noted. Generally, it is advised that all unnecessary international travel is avoided. 7) What is your advice for those who have ʿUmrah and Hajj bookings? People with ʿUmrah and Hajj bookings should follow the advice of the Saudi authorities. Currently, ʿUmrah has been suspended until mid-April. People should be content with the decree of Allah Almighty and note that actions are according to intentions, and all those who intended to travel for ʿUmrah, will attain its reward, inshāʾ Allah. The situation for Ramaḍān and Hajj is not yet clear and people should wait for official advice. If limited quotas are placed for Hajj, priority should be given to those performing their obligatory Hajj. 8) Do you advise any supplications? There are many relevant masnūn supplications. A few are mentioned here: Supplication 1 Anas ibn Mālik (d. 93/711-2, may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet ﷺ would say: اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ وَالْجُنُونِ وَالْجُذَامِ وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ ‘O Allah, I seek refuge in You from vitiligo, madness, leprosy, and bad diseases’ (Sunan Abī Dāwūd, 1554, the ḥadīth is ṣaḥīḥ) This supplication should be read regularly at all times. Supplication 2 ʿUthmān ibn ʿAffān (d. 35/656, may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Whoever reads three times in the morning and evening: بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الأَرْضِ وَلاَ فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيم ‘In the Name of Allah, by whose Name nothing in the earth or the heaven is harmed, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing’, nothing will harm him (Sunan al-Tirmidhī, 3388; Sunan Abī Dāwūd, 5088, the ḥadīth is ṣaḥīḥ). This supplication should be read thrice in the morning and thrice in the evening. Supplication 3 ʿAbdullāh ibn ʿUmar (d. 73/693, may Allah be pleased with him) said, “The Prophet ﷺ would not abandon these words in the evening and the morning: اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَافِيَةَ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي دِينِي وَدُنْيَايَ وَأَهْلِي وَمَالِي، اللَّهُمَّ اسْتُرْ عَوْرَاتِي وَآمِنْ رَوْعَاتِي، اللَّهُمَّ احْفَظْنِي مِنْ بَيْنِ يَدَيَّ، وَمِنْ خَلْفِي، وَعَنْ يَمِينِي، وَعَنْ شِمَالِي، وَمِنْ فَوْقِي، وَأَعُوذُ بِعَظَمَتِكَ أَنْ أُغْتَالَ مِنْ تَحْتِي ‘O Allah, I ask You for wellbeing in this world and the hereafter. O Allah, I ask You for forgiveness and wellbeing in my religious and worldly affairs, and my family and my wealth. O Allah, conceal my faults and keep me safe from my fears. O Allah, protect me from the front and from behind, and on my right and on my left and from above, and I seek refuge in Your greatness from receiving unexpected harm from beneath me.’” (Sunan Abī Dāwūd, 5074; Sunan Ibn Mājah, 3871; the ḥadīth is ṣaḥīḥ). This supplication should be read at least once in the morning and once in the evening. 9) Should Qunūt Nāzilah be started in Fajr Ṣalāh? Scholars have mixed views regarding Qunūt Nāzilah due to such outbreaks. The ḥanbalīs suggest it is not established because when such incidents occurred in the era of the companions, there is no mention of Qunūt Nāzilah in the ḥadīths. On the other hand, the ḥanafīs and shāfiʿīs encourage Qunūt Nāzilah during such outbreaks. Given the suffering of the Ummah, Qunūt Nāzilah should already be read regularly as outlined in an earlier answer, and therefore it is highly recommended to incorporate the supplications pertaining to the outbreak in the Qunūt. 10) Do you recommend any other actions during this crisis? A Muslim should reflect on this global outbreak and realise that this is a reminder from Allah to awaken our hearts. Allah Almighty is The Almighty and Powerful. Nothing happens without His decree. The human being is very weak. Despite advancements in science and technology, the world powers have been unable to prevent its spread and stop the deaths. Death is a reality and our stay in this world is for a short period. We should turn to Allah and repent for our sins and pledge to abstain from sins and spend a life in accordance with Islamic teachings. Some of the specific actions include: Repent to Allah Almighty. Contemplate death and prepare for the hereafter. Supplicate to Allah Almighty with the aforementioned supplications and other supplications. Perform two rakʿat nafl Ṣalāh regularly and supplicate to Allah Almighty therein and thereafter for protection. This Ṣalāh is to be performed individually. Remember Allah continuously and engage in His remembrance, in particular takbīr and tasbīḥ. Read durūd in abundance. Give optional charity, as charity removes calamities. Keep the gaze lowered and avoid all obscene statements and actions. A ḥadīth from the Prophet ﷺ mentions, “Immorality never appears among a people to such an extent that they commit it openly, but plagues and diseases that were never known among the predecessors will spread among them” (Sunan Ibn Mājah, 4019; declared ṣaḥīḥ in al-Mustadrak, 8623). Finally, if a person is diagnosed with this virus, he should believe that this is from Allah Almighty, The Wise who has decided to test him, and that if he exercises patience he will be rewarded and his sins will be forgiven. If a Muslim dies in this illness, he is afforded the status of a martyr. Although medical professionals will attempt to identify the source of the disease, which is understandable to contain the disease, we should avoid attributing blame and believe that everything occurs with the decree and power of Allah Almighty. عن أنس مرفوعا: لا عدوى ولا طِيَرة، ويعجبني الفأل الصالح: الكلمة الحسنة، رواه البخاري (٥٧٥٦). وعن أبي هريرة مرفوعا: لا عدوى ولا طيرة، ولا هامة ولا صفر، وفر من المجذوم كما تفر من الأسد، رواه البخاري (٥٧٠٧). وعن أبي هريرة مرفوعا: لا عدوى ولا صفر ولا هامة، فقال أعرابي: يا رسول الله، فما بال إبلي، تكون في الرمل كأنها الظباء، فيأتي البعير الأجرب فيدخل بينها فيجربها؟ فقال: فمن أعدى الأول؟ رواه البخاري (٥٧١٧). وعن أبي هريرة مرفوعا: لا يوردن ممرض على مصح، رواه البخاري (٥٧٧١). وعن أبي هريرة مرفوعا: المبطون شهيد، والمطعون شهيد، رواه البخاري (٥٧٣٣). وعن أسامة بن زيد مرفوعا: إذا سمعتم بالطاعون بأرض فلا تدخلوها، وإذا وقع بأرض وأنتم بها فلا تخرجوا منها، رواه البخاري (٥٧٢٨). قال محمد في الموطأ (٩٥٥): هذا حديث معروف قد روي عن غير واحد، فلا بأس إذا وقع بأرض أن لا يدخلها اجتنابا له، انتهى. وعن ابن عباس مرفوعا: لا ضرر ولا ضرار، رواه ابن ماجه (٢٣٤٠) بسند فيه جابر الجعفي، ورواه الحاكم (٢٣٤٥) من حديث أبي سعيد الخدري وصححه على شرط مسلم وأقره الذهبي. وعن ابن عمر مرفوعا: من أكل من هذه الشجرة – يعني الثوم – فلا يقربن مسجدنا، رواه البخاري (٨٥٣)۔ قال الخطابي في شرح البخاري (٣/٢١١٨): قوله: لا عدوى، يريد أن شيئا لا يعدى من قبل ذاته وطبعه، وما كان من ضرر وفساد فإنما هو بمشيئة الله وقضائه وقدره، ولذلك قال صلى الله عليه وسلم حين قيل: جرب بعير، فأجرب مائة بعير، فمن أعدى الأول، يريد أن الأول إذا كان مضافا إلى الله عز وجل، فالثاني بمثابته. وقد قيل في هذا وجه آخر، وهو أن المراد به بعض الأدواء والعاهات دون بعض، وذلك كالطاعون يقع ببلد فيهرب منه خوفا من العدوى، فنهى عنه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، وقال: إذا كان ببلد فلا تدخلوه، وإذا كان بالبلد الذي أنتم به فلا تخرجوا منه، أي: كأنكم تظنون أن الفرار من قدر الله ينجيكم منه، ومعنى قوله: لا تدخلوه، أي: ليكون أسكن لنفوسكم وأطيب لعيشكم، انتهى۔ وقال في معالم السنن (٤/٢٣٤): وليس المعنى في النهي عن هذا الصنيع من أن المرضى تعدي الصحاح، ولكن الصحاح إذا مرضت بإذن الله وتقديره وقع في نفس صاحبه أن ذلك إنما كان من قبل العدوى، فيفتنه ذلك ويشككه في أمره، فأمر باجتنابه والمباعدة عنه لهذا المعنى. وقد يحتمل أن يكون ذلك من قبل الماء والمرعى، فتستوبله الماشية، فإذا شاركها في ذلك الماء الوارد عليها أصابه مثل ذلك الداء، والقوم بجهلهم يسمونه عدوى، وإنما هو فعل الله تبارك وتعالى بتأثير الطبيعة على سبيل التوسط في ذلك، انتهى۔ وقال ابن بطال في شرح البخاري (٢/٤٦٦): وفيه: دليل أن كل ما يتأذى به كالمجذوم وشبهه يبعد عن المسجد وحلق الذكر، وقد قال سحنون: لا أرى الجمعة تجب على المجذوم، واحتج بقوله عليه السلام: من أكل من هذه الشجرة فلا يقربن مسجدنا، وأفتى أبو عمر أحمد بن عبد الملك بن هاشم في رجل شكا جيرانه أنه يؤذيهم في المسجد بلسانه، قال: يخرج عن المسجد، ويبعد عنه، ونزع بهذا الحديث، وقال: أذاه أكثر من أذى الثوم، وهذا الحديث أصل في نفي كل ما يتأذى به، انتهى۔ وقال العيني في عمدة القاري (٦/١٤٦) تبعا لابن الملقن في التوضيح (٧/٣٤٢): ويلحق بما نص عليه في الحديث كل ما له رائحة كريهة من المأكولات وغيرها، وإنما خص الثوم هنا بالذكر، وفي غيره أيضا بالبصل والكراث لكثرة أكلهم بها، وكذلك ألحق بذلك بعضهم من بفيه بخر، أو به جرح له رائحة، وكذلك القصاب والسماك والمجذوم والأبرص أولى بالإلحاق، وصرح بالمجذوم ابن بطال. ثم نقل العيني كلامه المذكور. وكلام العيني حكاه ابن عابدين في رد المحتار (١/٦٦١) ملخصا وأقره۔ وقال ابن بطال في شرح البخاري (٩/٤١٢): قال ابن حبيب: وكذلك يمنع المجذوم من المسجد والدخول بين الناس واختلاطه بهم كما روي عن عمر أنه مر بامرأة مجذومة تطوف بالبيت فقال لها: يا أمة الله، اقعدي في بيتك ولا تؤذي الناس، انتهى۔ وقال النووي في شرح مسلم (١٤/١٧٣): قال القاضي: في هذا الحديث من الفقه ما قاله بعض العلماء أنه ينبغي إذا عرف أحد بالإصابة بالعين أن يجتنب ويتحرز منه، وينبغي للإمام منعه من مداخلة الناس ويأمره بلزوم بيته، فإن كان فقيرا رزقه ما يكفيه ويكف أذاه عن الناس، فضرره أشد من ضرر آكل الثوم والبصل الذي منعه النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم دخول المسجد، لئلا يؤذي المسلمين، ومن ضرر المجذوم الذي منعه عمر رضي الله عنه والعلماء بعده الاختلاط بالناس، ومن ضرر المؤذيات من المواشي التي يؤمر بتغريبها إلى حيث لا يتأذى به أحد، وهذا الذي قاله هذا القائل صحيح متعين ولا يعرف عن غيره تصريح بخلافه، انتهى. وقال (١٤/٢٢٨): قال القاضي: قالوا: ويمنع من المسجد والاختلاط بالناس، قال: وكذلك اختلفوا في أنهم إذا كثروا هل يؤمرون أن يتخذوا لأنفسهم موضعا منفردا خارجا عن الناس ولا يمنعوا من التصرف في منافعهم، وعليه أكثر الناس، أم لا يلزمهم التنحي، قال: ولم يختلفوا في القليل منهم في أنهم لا يمنعون، قال: ولايمنعون من صلاة الجمعة مع الناس ويمنعون من غيرها. قال: ولو استضر أهل قرية فيهم جذمى بمخالطتهم في الماء، فإن قدروا على استنباط ماء بلا ضرر أمروا به، وإلا استنبطه لهم الآخرون، أو أقاموا من يستقى لهم وإلا فلا يمنعون، انتهى. وراجع إكمال المعلم (٧/٨٥ و ١٦٤) للقاضي عياض۔ وقال ابن نجيم في البحر الرائق (٢/١٨١): قوله (كالخسوف والظلمة والريح والفزع) أي حيث يصلي الناس فرادى، لأنه قد خسف القمر في عهده عليه السلام مرارا، ولم ينقل أنه جمع الناس له ولأن الجمع فيه متعسر كالزلازل والصواعق وانتشار الكواكب والضوء الهائل بالليل والثلج والأمطار الدائمة وعموم الأمراض والخوف الغالب من العدو ونحو ذلك من الأفزاع والأهوال، لأن ذلك كله من الآيات المخوفة، والله تعالى يخوف عباده ليتركوا المعاصي ويرجعوا إلى الطاعة التي فيها فوزهم وخلاصهم، وأقرب أحوال العبد في الرجوع إلى ربه الصلاة، انتهى۔ وقال ابن نجيم في الأشباه والنظائر (ص ٣٣١): فائدة في الدعاء برفع الطاعون: سئلت عنه في طاعون سنة تسع وستين وتسع مائة بالقاهرة فأجبت بأني لم أره صريحا، ولكن صرح في الغاية وعزاه الشمني إليها بأنه إذا نزل بالمسلمين نازلة. قنت الإمام في صلاة الفجر، وهو قول الثوري وأحمد، وقال جمهور أهل الحديث: القنوت عند النوازل مشروع في الصلاة كلها، انتهى. وفي فتح القدير أن مشروعية القنوت للنازلة مستمر لم ينسخ، وبه قال جماعة من أهل الحديث، وحملوا عليه حديث أبي جعفر عن أنس رضي الله عنه: ما زال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقنت حتى فارق الدنيا، أي عند النوازل، وما ذكرنا من أخبار الخلفاء يفيد تقرره لفعلهم ذلك بعده صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم، وقد قنت الصديق رضي الله عنه في محاربة الصحابة رضي الله عنهم مسيلمة الكذاب وعند محاربة أهل الكتاب، وكذلك قنت عمر رضي الله عنه، وكذلك قنت علي رضي الله عنه في محاربة معاوية، وقنت معاوية في محاربته، انتهى. فالقنوت عندنا في النازلة ثابت. وهو الدعاء برفعها. ولا شك أن الطاعون من أشد النوازل، قال في المصباح: النازلة المصيبة الشديدة تنزل بالناس، انتهى. وفي القاموس: النازلة الشديدة، انتهى. وفي الصحاح: النازلة الشديدة من شدائد الدهر تنزل بالناس، انتهى، وذكر في السراج الوهاج: قال الطحاوي: ولا يقنت في الفجر، عندنا من غير بلية، فإن وقعت بلية فلا بأس به كما فعل رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، فإنه قنت شهرا فيها، يدعو على رعل وذكوان وبني لحيان ثم تركه، كذا في الملتقط، انتهى. فإن قلت: هل له صلاة؟ قلت: هو كالخسوف لما في منية المفتي قبيل الزكاة: في الخسوف والظلمة، في النهار واشتداد الريح والمطر والثلج والأفزاع وعموم المرض يصلي وحدانا، انتهى. ولا شك أن الطاعون من قبيل عموم المرض، فتسن له ركعتان فرادى، وذكر الزيلعي في خسوف القمر أنه يتضرع كل واحد لنفسه، وكذا في الظلمة الهائلة بالنهار والريح الشديدة والزلازل والصواعق وانتشار الكواكب والضوء الهائل بالليل والثلج والأمطار الدائمة وعموم الأمراض والخوف الغالب من العدو ونحو ذلك من الأفزاع والأهوال، لأن كل ذلك من الآيات المخوفة، انتهى. فإن قلت: هل يشرع الاجتماع للدعاء برفعه كما يفعله الناس بالقاهرة بالجبل؟ قلت: هو كخسوف القمر، وقد قال في خزانة المفتين: والصلاة في خسوف القمر تؤدى فرادى، وكذلك في الظلمة والريح والفزع، لا بأس بأن يصلوا فرادى ويدعون ويتضرعون إلى أن يزول ذلك، انتهى. فظاهره أنهم يجتمعون للدعاء والتضرع، لأنه أقرب إلى الإجابة، وإن كانت الصلاة فرادى، وفي المجتبى في خسوف القمر: وقيل: الجماعة جائزة عندنا لكنها ليست سنة، انتهى، وفي السراج الوهاج: يصلي كل واحد لنفسه في خسوف القمر وكذا في غير الخسوف من الأفزاع كالريح الشديدة والظلمة الهائلة من العدو والأمطار الدائمة والأفزاع الغالبة، وحكمها حكم خسوف القمر، كذا في الوجيز، وحاصله: أن العبد ينبغي له أن يفزع إلى الصلاة عند كل حادثة، فقد كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا أحزنه أمر صلى،، انتهى، وذكر شيخ الإسلام العيني رحمه الله في شرح الهداية: الريح الشديدة والظلمة الهائلة بالنهار والثلج والأمطار الدائمة والصواعق والزلازل وانتشار الكواكب والضوء الهائل بالليل وعموم الأمراض وغير ذلك من النوازل والأهوال والأفزاع إذا وقعن، صلوا وحدانا وسألوا وتضرعوا، وكذا في الخوف الغالب من العدو، انتهى. فقد صرحوا بالاجتماع والدعاء بعموم الأمراض، وقد صرح شارحو البخاري ومسلم والمتكلمون على الطاعون كابن حجر بأن الوباء اسم لكل مرض عام وأن كل طاعون وباء، وليس كل وباء طاعونا، انتهى، فتصريح أصحابنا بالمرض العام بمنزلة تصريحهم بالوباء وقد علمت أنه يشمل الطاعون. وبه علم جواز الاجتماع للدعاء برفعه، لكن يصلون فرادى ركعتين ينوي ركعتي رفع الطاعون. وصرح ابن حجر بأن الاجتماع للدعاء برفعه بدعة وأطال الكلام فيه، انتهى۔ ووافقه ابن عابدين في رد المحتار (٢/١١) قال: قوله (إلا لنازلة) قال في الصحاح: النازلة الشديدة من شدائد الدهر، ولا شك أن الطاعون من أشد النوازل، أشباه، انتهى. وراجع فيه (٢/١٨٣). وهذا هو الذي جزم به الشافعية، قال النووي في شرح المهذب (٣/٤٩٤): الصحيح المشهور الذي قطع به الجمهور ان نزلت بالمسملين نازلة كخوف أو قحط أو وباء أو جراد أو نحو ذلك قنتوا في جميعها وإلا فلا، انتهى۔ والمرجح عند الحنابلة أن لا يقنت لدفع الوباء، قال ابن مفلح في الفروع (٢/٣٦٧): ويتوجه لا يقنت لدفع الوباء في الأظهر، ش، لأنه لم يثبت القنوت في طاعون عمواس ولا في غيره، ولأنه شهادة للأخبار، فلا يسأل رفعه، انتهى. وأقره البرهان بن مفلح في المبدع (٢/١٧) والمرداوي في الإنصاف (٢/١٧٥)۔ وجاء في الأصل (١/٣١١): قلت: أرأيت إماما خطب الناس يوم الجمعة ففزع الناس، فذهبوا كلهم إلا رجلا واحدا بقي معه، كم يصلي الإمام؟ قال: يصلي أربع ركعات، إلا أن يبقى معه ثلاثة رجال سواه فيصلي بهم الجمعة، وذلك أدنى ما يكون، انتهى. وصرح بنحوه في الجامع الصغير (ص ١١٢). وقال ابن قطلوبغا في التصحيح (ص ١٨٤) وأقره ابن عابدين (٢/١٥١): رُجح في الشروح دليله، واختاره المحبوبي والنسفي، انتهى۔ فائدة: قال ابن قتيبة في المعارف (١/٦٠١): حدثني أبو حاتم، عن الأصمعي، قال: أول طاعون في الإسلام طاعون عمواس بالشام، فيه مات معاذ بن جبل، وامرأتاه وابنه، وأبو عبيدة بن الجراح. وطاعون شيرويه بن كسرى بالعراق، في زمن واحد، وكانا جميعا في زمن عمر بن الخطاب. وبين طاعون شيرويه وبين طاعون عمواس مدة طويلة. ثم طاعون الجارف في زمن ابن الزبير سنة تسع وستين، وعلى البصرة يومئذ عبيد الله بن عبد الله بن معمر، ثم طاعون الفتيات، لأنه بدأ في العذارى والجواري بالبصرة، وبواسط وبالشام وبالكوفة، والحجاج يومئذ بواسط في ولاية عبد الملك بن مروان، ومات فيه عبد الملك بن مروان، أو بعده بقليل، ومات فيه أمية بن خالد بن عبد الله بن خالد بن أسيد، وعلي بن أصمع، وصعصعة بن حصن، وكان يقال له: طاعون الأشراف. ثم طاعون عدى بن أرطاة سنة مائة. ثم طاعون غراب سنة سبع وعشرين ومائة، وغراب رجل من الرباب، وكان أول من مات فيه في ولاية الوليد بن يزيد بن عبد الملك. ثم طاعون سلم بن قتيبة سنة إحدى وثلاثين ومائة في شعبان وشهر رمضان، وأقلع في شوال، ومات فيه أيوب السختياني. قال: وقال الأصمعي مرة أخرى: وقع طاعون سلم بالعراق يوم الخروج، يعنى يوم العيد، سنة إحدى وثلاثين، وبالشام سنة خمس وثلاثين، وكان إذا فتح أفرق منه صاحبه. وفي طاعون الأشراف يقول الشاعر:۔ وما ترك الطاعون من ذي قرابة ، إليه إذا كان الإياب يؤوب ولم يقع بالمدينة ولا بمكة طاعون قط، انتهى كلام ابن قتيبة۔ وراجع رسالة السيوطى: ما رواه الواعون في أخبار الطاعون، وهي مطبوعة من دار القلم دمشق۔ Allah know best Yusuf Shabbir 11 Rajab 1441 / 4 March 2020 Approved by: Mufti Shabbir Ahmad and Mufti Muhammad Tahir https://islamicportal.co.uk/coronavirus-advice/
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    Part 1 – The reward for Illness and Hardship 1. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has stated, “No hardship, discomfort, worry, sorrow, grief, pain or distress afflicts a Muslim, to the extent of the pain of a thorn prick, but Allah will pardon his sins in lieu of it.” (Sahih Bukhari) 2. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has stated, “Do not curse fever, for it removes the sins of the children of Adam as a furnace removes rust from iron.” (Sahih Muslim) 3. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has stated, “When Allah tests a Muslim with physical illness, Allah instructs (the angels), ‘Continue recording the good deeds he would perform while healthy.' If Allah thereafter grants him cure, He washes and cleanses him (of sin); and If He takes his soul, He pardons him and grants him mercy.” (Musnad Ahmad) 4. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has stated, “When Allah decrees a certain rank (in Jannah) for a person which he cannot reach through his deeds, Allah afflicts him with a test in his body, wealth, or children, and then grants him the patience to bear that test until he reaches the rank decreed for him.” (Abu Dawud) 5. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has stated, “When those who suffered (in this life) will receive their reward on the Day of Qiyamah (judgement), those who enjoyed good health and prosperity will wish that their skins were cut with scissors in the world (so they may attain the same reward.)” (Sunan Tirmidhi) To be continued...
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    Mufti Shabbir Ahmad said, “All those who are at home due to the Coronavirus should spend their time wisely and start memorising the Quran. Some of our scholars memorised the entire Quran in jail.”
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    Angels playing with the beard Q. Is the following narration correct to quote? It is reported that Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam saw a man with a little hair/beard (on his chin) and he smiled. The man then stood up to shave his beard/little hair (feeling ashamed of having little hair on his chin) …Then Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam informed him that he saw angels playing with his beard. In another report Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said that the reason I smiled was because I saw an angel assigned to guard every hair. (Question published as received) A. There is no basis found to the above narration in any of the books of Ahadith. Hence, it is not suitable to quote or narrate without a valid basis or source. The angels of Allah have been assigned by Allah to protect human beings as a whole without any mention of being assigned specifically to protect the hair/beard on the chin of a person. Allah Ta’ala says: "For every one (among you), there are angels rotating with one another, in front of him and behind him, who guards him under the command of Allah." (Surah Ra’d, Verse 11) Ibn Katheer writes, there are four angels at night and four angels during the day. Two angels record the deeds, one angel on the right records the good deeds and one angel on the left records the bad deeds. The two other angels guard and protect a person, one angel protects one from the front and one angel protects one from the back. So, there are four angels by day and four angels by night, rotating with one another. (4/437) And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best Mufti Ismaeel Bassa Confirmation: Mufti Ebrahim Desai (The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) Fatwa Department Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Council of Muslim Theologians
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    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Tazkiyah-tun Nafs and Bay’ah Tazkiyah-tun Nafs (self-rectification) is Fardh (incumbent) upon each and every individual. It is possible to achieve Tazkiyah through seeking Ilm (knowledge) and more importantly, acting upon the Ilm provided it was obtained from reliable sources and teachers. Spiritual development under the auspicious supervision of a capable Shaykh (spiritual guide) will enable an individual to reach levels of spirituality which are not easily attainable independently. The most fundamental tenet in this path is the constant or prolonged company and supervision of a Shaykh. This can be achieved with or without Bay’ah. Therefore, taking bay’ah will be a Mustahab act. However, given that Bay’ah can be proven from Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and the Sahabah, taking Bay’ah will be a means of Barakah (blessings) and ease on this journey of Tazkiyah. Source : [Imdaadul Fatawa / Vol 5, Pg 246-247 and Imdaadul Ahkaam / Vol 1, Pg 48 of Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi Rahimahullah] Mufti Ebrahim Desai Darul Mahmood | darulmahmood.net
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    Coronavirus, Islam and Quarantine Posted bymuslimadentist 31st Jan 2020 CORONAVIRUS The illness was first reported in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a major city in central China, and has been rapidly spreading. The name of coronavirus comes from its shape, which resembles a crown or solar corona when imaged using an electron microscope. Coronavirus is in the same family of viruses as the well-known severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which have killed hundreds of people in the last 17 years. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. WHAT DOES ISLAM SAY ABOUT QUARANTINE? Abu Salamah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, Al-Nawawi said, “As for the statement ‘do not mix the sick with the healthy,’ it guides to avoidance of what results in harm, as per the consistent action of Allah and his decree.” Source: Sharḥ al-Nawawī ‘alá Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2220 Narrated Saud: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, EXAMPLE FROM THE LIFE OF UMAR BIN AL-KHATTAB RA Narrated `Abdullah bin `Abbas:`Umar bin Al-Khattab departed for Sham and when he reached Sargh, the commanders of the (Muslim) army, Abu ‘Ubaida bin Al-Jarrah and his companions met him and told him that an epidemic had broken out in Sham. `Umar said, “Call for me the early emigrants.” So `Umar called them, consulted them and informed them that an epidemic had broken out in Sham. Those people differed in their opinions. Some of them said, “We have come out for a purpose and we do not think that it is proper to give it up,” while others said (to `Umar), “You have along with you. other people and the companions of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) so do not advise that we take them to this epidemic.” `Umar said to them, “Leave me now.” Then he said, “Call the Ansar for me.” I called them and he consulted them and they followed the way of the emigrants and differed as they did. He then said to them, Leave me now,” and added, “Call for me the old people of Quraish who emigrated in the year of the Conquest of Mecca.” I called them and they gave a unanimous opinion saying, “We advise that you should return with the people and do not take them to that (place) of epidemic.” So `Umar made an announcement, “I will ride back to Medina in the morning, so you should do the same.” Abu ‘Ubaida bin Al-Jarrah said (to `Umar), “Are you running away from what Allah had ordained?” `Umar said, “Would that someone else had said such a thing, O Abu ‘Ubaida! Yes, we are running from what Allah had ordained to what Allah has ordained. Don’t you agree that if you had camels that went down a valley having two places, one green and the other dry, you would graze them on the green one only if Allah had ordained that, and you would graze them on the dry one only if Allah had ordained that?” At that time `Abdur-Rahman bin `Auf, who had been absent because of some job, came and said, “I have some knowledge about this. I have heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, ‘If you hear about it (an outbreak of plague) in a land, do not go to it; but if plague breaks out in a country where you are staying, do not run away from it.’ ” `Umar thanked Allah and returned to Medina. Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 5729 https://ilmseeker98.wordpress.com/2020/01/31/coronavirus-islam-and-quarantine/
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    Q. Is there any belief in Islam that after a person passes away, a person’s soul moves into another form, like a form of an animal, bird or insect and roams around one’s house, family and friends looking over them? A. The belief in resurrection and life after death is one of the fundamental and core beliefs of Islam. The belief of reincarnation i.e. believing that one’s soul moves into another living form or body after exiting one’s body in an endless cycle contradicts this fundamental and core belief of Islam. The belief of reincarnation exists most commonly amongst the Hindus, Buddhist, Sikhs and also has roots in Greek philosophy. None of these has any basis in Islam. As Muslims, we believe that once the soul exits the body, it enters an intermediary state between this world and the hereafter (Barzakh) and remains there until the time of resurrection. When resurrection takes place, the soul is placed in a new body to face Judgement in the court of Allah Ta’ala. The soul does not move into another living form or body in this world after death and neither does it roam around one’s house, family or friends. If a Muslim believes in reincarnation and negates the fundament belief of resurrection and life after death, such a belief takes one out of the fold of Islam. (Ar-Rooh – Ibnul Jawzi 1/114 - Fataawa Darul Uloom 12/215) And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best Mufti Ismaeel Bassa Confirmation: Mufti Ebrahim Desai (The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) Fatwa Department Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Council of Muslim Theologians
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    Q. If someone reads full salaah instead of short salaah on travel, should they make qadha of those salaah? (Question published as received) A. If a person performs the complete 4 Rakaats Fardh Salaah instead of 2 Rakaats on a journey, mistakenly or due to miscalculation of the distance of travel etc., the Salaah performed will be valid. However, if the Salaah time remains and a person is made aware of his/her mistake, it will be necessary to repeat the Salaah during the Salaah time. If the Salaah time expires, it will not be necessary to repeat it. On the other hand, if a person performs the complete 4 Rakaats Fardh Salaah instead of the 2 Rakaats Fardh Salaah on a journey knowingly and intentionally, it will be necessary to repeat all such Salaah performed in this way. (Al Bahrur-Raaiq 2/141 – Khairul Fataawa 2/681-682) And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best Mufti Ismaeel Bassa Confirmation: Mufti Ebrahim Desai (The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) Fatwa Department Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Council of Muslim Theologians
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    Abu Dardaa (r) teaches how to deal with sinners | Short Reminders Series | Mufti Ebrahim Desai Saheb
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    The essential instructions for mureed Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) said, ‘After bayiah (spiritual allegiance) the things that need to be rectified upfront include, arrogance, negligence in fulfilling the rights of others (huqooq al ‘ebad), envy, hatred, creating adversity (fitna) between people, etc. However, nowadays no restrictions are instructed for these things. Whereas, previous pious elders (Mashāyikh) used to give priority to these things from first day. The litanies & recitations (wazaif) were instructed after many years. Moreover, these restrictions were not merely verbal instructions, they recommended various practices to uproot these spiritual ailments from the heart. Like, if they saw an individual afflicted with self adoration (زینت پرستی) he was instructed to sweep and tidy up the spiritual lodge (khanqah) or streets. Similarly, if they saw arrogance in an individual, he was instructed to tidy up the shoes of people coming to pray. These acts of humility have the ability to create humbleness in heart. ‘ Infas e Essa, volume 1, pg43 Taken from ashrafiya.com
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    A very beneficial document for anyone who wants to become a counselor or therapist: https://archive.org/download/000IntroductionToPsychology/counselling.pdf
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    Avarice & Greed Allah Ta’ala says: “Do not cast your eyes on those things which We bestowed as an enjoyment to different kinds of people.” (Suratul Hijr , verse 88) Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Man becomes old, whilst two things increase: greed for wealth and greed for [longer] life.” (Bukhari) ______________________________ The nature of greed The engrossment of the heart with wealth, etc. is known as hirs (greed). Greed is the root of all ailments. It is therefore correct to describe it as the mother of all maladies. This is because all disputes and strife are the consequences of greed. It is because of greed that court cases and counter court cases take place. If people did not have the greed for wealth, no one would trample the rights of others. Even the cause of immorality is due to the greed for pleasure. It is the natural temperament of man that even if he possesses two valleys filled with wealth, wherein gold and silver are flowing like water, he will still desire a third. The more the demands of greed are satisfied, the greater will be its demands – like a person afflicted with a rash. The more he scratches, the worse the rash becomes. Allah Ta’ala says: “Does man ever receive whatever he desires?” (Suratun Najm, verse 24) In other words, it is not possible for man to fulfil all his desires. It is for this reason that the greedy person has no peace of mind. Nothing but the soil [grave] will satiate his greed. This is because before a wish can attain fulfilment, another develops. When he is not content with his portion (taqdeer), his heart desires that this should be fulfilled and that should be fulfilled, and so on. It is obvious that it is most difficult to fulfil all these desires and wishes. The result of non-fulfilment of a desire is frustration and worry. Although the greedy person may outwardly have children, wealth and everything else, his heart is perpetually afflicted with anxiety. ___________________________ Treatment 1. Reduce expenditure so that there is no anxiety to constantly earn more. Live within your means. 2. Do not concern yourself with the future and as to what would happen. 3. Bear in mind that the greedy and covetous person is always desirous and held in contempt. 4. Develop Contentment. Look at those who have less. Moulana Maseehullaah Khan (Rahimahullah) Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Council of Muslim Theologians
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    🇦 🇱 🇱 🇦 🇭 - 🇰 🇳 🇴 🇼 🇸 ────────────────── 🎀 Telegram.me/motivationforsoul Allah knows when you do something for someone and they don't thank you. He knows when you get up to pray in the early hours of the morning while the rest of the world is asleep. He knows when you hold your tongue instead of being rude or disrespectful. He knows when you don't argue with your parents even though you know you're right. He knows when you do the smallest of good deeds, so small even you forget about it. We all fight battles. No one knows except Allah. Just remember, He knows all. And He can help you all. There's no pain Allah doesn't understand. There's no struggle Allah doesn't know. There's no cry Allah doesn't hear. Don't expect everyone to understand you. They haven't walked in your shoes. Turn to Allah, for only He knows what you're going through, and only He can help you. Holy Qur’an, al-An’am 59: Allah knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it.” So Do not be sad, because Allah knows it all.
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    As-Salaam alaikum, "The Qur'an is like a friend... the longer the friendship lasts, the more you will know of its secrets; as a friend doesn't reveal his secrets to someone who sits with him for a few minutes and then leaves."-- Muhammad al-Awaji.
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    Q. How many days after Hajj is a Haaji’s Duas still accepted for forgiveness? A. A Haaji’s Dua of forgiveness for himself and for others continues from the days of Hajj until the 10th of Rabi-Ul-Awwal which is approximately 90 days. One may continue to request the Haaji to make Dua for himself/herself until the 10th of Rabi-Ul-Awwal. Sayyiduna Ibn Umar Radhiyallahu Anhuma reports, “The Haaji will be forgiven and for whom the Haaji seeks forgiveness, for the remainder of the Month of Zul-Hijjah (20 days from the 10th of Zul-Hijjah), the Month of Muharram (30 days), the Month of Safar (30 days) and 10 days of the Month of Rabi-Ul-Awwal (10 days).” (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah) Note: The common notion that the Haaji’s Dua is accepted for 40 days from the days of Hajj is unsubstantiated. The Haaji’s Dua being accepted for approximately 90 days from the days of Hajj is substantiated. And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best Mufti Ismaeel Bassa Confirmation: Mufti Ebrahim Desai (The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) Fatwa Department Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Council of Muslim Theologians
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    Wa Ma Tawfeeqi il-laah bil-laahby MuQeet Dear brothers and sisters, Assalamu Alaikum. In today’s society, success seems to have many “fathers”. Failure is an orphan. Nobody wants to own it! You might have heard people bragging: ‘Your success is because of me!’ ‘You got promoted because of my recommendation!’ ‘Without me, you’ll be nowhere!’ ‘Your accomplishment is due to my favour!’ ‘No, it’s not because of him, its only because of me, you achieved success!’!! A true Muslim understands the hollowness of such a bragging! “Wa Ma Tawfeeqee il-laah bil-laah” is a powerfully loaded statement. It facilitates a Muslim in burying arrogance and autocracy. Saying “Wa Ma Tawfeeqee il-laah bil-laah” is awe inspiring. Emaan boasting. Heart solacing! “Wa Ma Tawfeeqee il-laah bil-laah” is one statement that highlights the reality of all realities: Success, prosperity, strength, guidance, accomplishment, consistence, compatibility, good fortune, happy outcome – all come from Allah alone. He is the Giver of Success and Succour. Saying “Wa Ma Tawfeeqee il-laah bil-laah” not only brings solace to one’s heart, it makes a Muslim emotionally and psychologically stronger. Those who listen to this statement also are blessed in that it makes them think and therefore provide an opportunity to save themselves from falling into the pitfalls created by Shaytaan. Uttered by Prophet Shu’ayb, alaihis-salam, while addressing his nation, this statement is one of the oft-repeated Islamic declarations especially by those dedicated in the field of da’wah, teaching-learning-propagating. “He (Prophet Shu’ayb) said, “O my people, have you considered: if I am upon clear evidence from my Lord and He has provided me with a good provision from Him…? And I do not intend to differ from you in that which I have forbidden you; I only intend reform as much as I am able. And my success is not but through Allah. Upon him I have relied, and to Him I return”. (Surah Huud 11: 88) The word Tawfeeq comes from the Arabic root ‘waaw-fa-qaaf’ (wafaqa) which means ‘to match, to agree with, to occur at a time of something, to succeed, to be right, proper, suitable, fit, appropriate, to be well-guarded, to adapt, to have success, be successful, to inspire’. The Arabic word “Tawfeeq” is so rich that it carries myriad of meanings: “conformation, adaptation, accommodation, balancing, adjustment, settlement, reconciliation, mediation, peace making, success, succeeding, successfulness, happy outcome, good fortune, prosperity”. Owing to the richness of the Arabic word “Tawfeeq”, I feel these translators have found difficulty while translating into English, and this is evident in the following different translations: “And my success is not but through Allah” (Sahih International) “And my guidance cannot come except from Allah”(Muhsin Khan and Hilali) “My welfare is only in Allah” (Pickthall) “and my success (in my task) can only come from Allah” (Yusuf Ali) “My succour is only with Allah” (Zafar Ishaq Ansari, for Maududi) “And accomplishment of my wish can come only from Allah” (Basheer Ahmed Mohyideen) “And whatever (good) I do is due to the help of Allah” (Imtiaz Ahmed) “Nor is my success in the hands of other than God”. (Ahmad Zaki Hammad) “My success depends on Allah alone”(Aadil Salahi, for Sayyid Qutb) “and no success (in bringing about the reform) can I attain except by Allah’s will” (Dr. Mohar Ali) Since ‘to inspire’ is also one meaning of Tawfeeq, we can translate Wa Ma Tawfeeqee il-laah bil-laah as: ‘And my inspiration can come only from Allah”. To sum up: We all need to believe and accept, understand and have firm conviction in declaring: “My success, my inspiration, my guidance, my succour, my accomplishment, my reconciliation in my reform work, my welfare, my adjustment, my adaptation, my prosperity can come only and only through Allah, and none else”! Attributing success to Allah must be the way of a true Muslim. إِنْ أُرِيدُ إِلَّا الْإِصْلَاحَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ ۚ وَمَا تَوْفِيقِي إِلَّا بِاللَّـهِ ۚ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَإِلَيْهِ أُنِيبُ – I only intend to reform to be best of my ability and my success in my work can come only from Allah. May Allah give us the much-needed Tawfeeq and Hidayah to live by His Guidance. Aameen. Jazakallahu Khayra for reading this post of mine. Source: https://jamiat.org.za/tawfeeq-ability/
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    Having good thoughts about people To harbour ill feelings and bad thoughts about others is a major sin. Due to its inner and subtle nature, this vice is often overlooked or taken lightly. It is therefore imperative for us to constantly reflect over our inner thoughts and feelings about others and to repent for our misdeeds. The Noble Qur'an ordains: “O Believers! Refrain from excessive negative thoughts (suspicion, assumption, aspersion). Verily some of these thoughts are sinful…” (Surah Hujurat - Verse 12) In another verse it states : “Verily your hearing, sight and hearts will all be questioned.” (Surah Isra – Verse 36) Additonally, we may think ill of a person on a certain matter for which he may have repented sincerely and moved on, yet in our mind we retain those ill thoughts about him on the basis of the past incident. Hazrat Abu Hurairah t narrates that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Avoid suspicion for suspicion is the greatest lie …” (Bukhari, Muslim) A saintly person once advised: “As far as possible have or entertain good thoughts about people. If you hear something about someone and it can be interpreted either positively or negatively, impress on yourself to choose the positive option.” On the day of Qiyamah, good thoughts will not be accounted for, however Allah Ta'ala shall hold one accountable regarding the bad thoughts. Bad thoughts create ill feeling, enmity and jealousy for others. It is for this reason that Islam has condemned and prohibited such acts. Click Here To Download Poster darulihsan.com
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    An Accepted Qurbaani – How? When Sayyiduna Aadam and Hawwa (alaihimas salaam) came to live in the world and started having children, it so happened that they had twins from every pregnancy, one of the two being a boy, while the other, a girl. When the issue of marriage came, since there was no one other than brothers and sisters – and a brother cannot be married to his sister – Allah Ta‘ala instructed that the boy born from one set of twins should marry the girl born from the other set of twins and vice-versa. But, the girl born with the first boy, Qaabil, was beautiful while the girl born with the second boy, Haabil, was unattractive. When the time of marriage came, the unattractive girl born with Haabil fell to the lot of Qaabil according to the law. This enraged Qaabil. He turned hostile to Haabil and started insisting that the girl born with him should be given to him in marriage. Sayyiduna Aadam (alaihis salaam) did not accept the demand. However, to remove the division between Haabil and Qaabil, he proposed that they should both offer their respective sacrifice for Allah Ta‘ala. Whoever has his sacrifice accepted will be the one to have that girl. He was certain that the sacrifice to be accepted will be the sacrifice of the one who has the right to marry her, that is, the sacrifice of Haabil. In that era, an open sign of a sacrifice being accepted was that a fire would come from the sky and consume the sacrifice; and the sacrifice which was not consumed by the fire was the sign of its non-acceptance. Haabil owned a flock of sheep and goats. He happily offered the sacrifice of the best and healthiest sheep he possessed. Qaabil was a grain farmer. He offered a few poor quality grains as his sacrifice. As was customary with them, a fire came from the sky and ate up the sacrifice offered by Haabil while the sacrifice offered by Qaabil remained lying where it was, untouched. Qaabil was further enraged and said to his brother: “I will kill you.” Haabil responded in a peaceful manner: “Allah Ta‘ala only accepts from those who possess taqwa (Allah consciousness).” That is, if you had been conscious of Allah Ta‘ala, practising taqwa and piety, your sacrifice too would have been accepted. Since you did not do so, the sacrifice was not accepted. Hence, why blame me for it? (Tafseer Ibni Katheer vol. 2, pg. 43 and Ma‘aariful Quraan vol. 3, pg. 112) Lessons: 1. If we desire that our Qurbani (sacrifice) be accepted in the Divine court, it is essential for us to adopt Taqwa in every aspect of our lives, since the meat and blood does not reach Allah Ta‘ala, rather it is the Taqwa which is seen by Him. 2. When we see that Allah Ta‘ala has given someone a particular blessing, we should regard our deprivation as a result of our own shortcomings and sins. Thus we should repent from our wrong ways instead of wishing and worrying about ways through which the other person could be made to lose the blessing that he is enjoying. uswatulmuslimah
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    As-Salaam alaikum, The Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:-- "Man should call upon Allah alone to provide for all his needs, so much so that even if a shoe-lace is broken, he should pray to Allah to provide a shoe-lace, and if he needs salt, he should beseech Allah to send it to him." [Tirmidhi].
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    Ziyaarah Times For Women To Enter the Rawdhah Mubarak
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    Please click on the title to go to the relevant subjects WOMEN'S Issues during Hajj & Umrah What Are The Differences Between A Male And Female When Performing Hajj? Queries and Conditions Concerning Female Pilgrims Women performing Hajj during menses Women trimming each other’s hair in Hajj How much hair does a female required to cut? Are Women Required to Wear Certain Types of Clothing and Colors During Umrah and Hajj? Is It Permissible For A Woman To Wear Jewellery In The State Of Ihram? How Should A Menstruating Woman Perform Hajj? Covering The Face Of A Woman In The State Of Ihram Q/A Taking Pills In Hajj to stop Menstruation Hajj Without A Mahram? Women Performing salaah in the Haram of Makkah Tawāf Al-Ziyārah & Haydh (Menstruation) Omitting Tawaaf-e-Widaa’ due to Haydh or Nifaas
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    Having just experienced an earthquake last night in the East Midlands and with similar tremors occurring in other parts of the world recently, we would like to share with you an editorial of the respected Shaykh-ul-Hadīth, Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh which appeared in the monthly journal 'Riyādul Jannah' after the earthquake that occurred in February 2008 in the UK. Why Earthquakes Occur by Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh At 12:56am on 27th February the UK was shaken by an earthquake of a significant enough magnitude to make the headlines. Buildings shuddered, furniture shook, and people were woken from their sleep. By morning, everyone was talking about it. The largest earthquake to strike the UK in over 25 years was regarded by most people as no more than an exciting incident. Their curiosity was satisfied by scientific explanations, and there their interest ended. They did not see the shaking of the earth beneath their feet as an opportunity to learn valuable lessons. The question we need to ask is: ‘Why do earthquakes occur?’ We can learn a lot about the world around us by using the ‘aql (intellect) that Allāh ta‘ālā has given us. ‘Aql, however, has its inherent limitations, and as believers we should not remain content with the often incomplete picture of events that it can present. Where ‘aql reaches its limits, wahy (Revelation) takes over. As Muslims, we should turn to the teachings of our beloved Nabī Muhammad sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam to understand the significance of the recent earthquake. Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam has declared the cause of earthquakes to be disobedience to Allāh ta‘ālā exceeding limits. Whatever the scientific explanation may be – and there is no need to reject or ignore scientific explanations – Allāh ta‘ālā made the earth shake. Allāh ta‘ālā uses physical agencies to bring about physical events in the universe, e.g. a child is born as a result of the union of its parents, yet Allāh ta‘ālā is the Originator; He gives children via the agency of the parents. Allāh ta‘ālā may cause an earthquake to occur through the means of huge stresses building up at fault lines in the earth’s crust or, if he wishes, without it. But, in either case, it is Allāh ta‘ālā Who causes earthquakes. Allāh ta‘ālā first causes small earthquakes, like the 5.2 quake felt in the UK, which do not result in any major harm. They do, however, affect the hearts of people, causing a moment of fear, awe and a sense of one’s mortality. These minor earthquakes can be described as wake-up calls from Allāh ta‘ālā, inviting His servants to take stock of their lives and turn to Him in repentance. In this way, they are a mercy from Him. It is reported that on the occasion of an earthquake occurring in the time of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam he turned to the Sahābah radhiyallāhu ‘anhum and said: ‘Your Rabb wants you to turn to Him in repentance, so repent.’ Allāh ta‘ālā states in the Glorious Qur’ān: Calamities have appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned, that Allāh may make them taste a part of what they have done, in order that they may turn back. (30:41) When people do not heed these warnings and continue to disobey Allāh ta‘ālā, He may repeat the wake-up calls of magnitude 4 or 5 before suddenly unleashing a magnitude 8 quake, resulting in Qiyāmah-like scenes. Whole localities are razed to the ground, as if they had never existed. And these things are not hypothetical, they are happening now, in our lifetime. Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam foretold that as Qiyāmah nears, earthquakes will become more frequent, a prediction we are seeing come true with our very eyes. The reason for the increase in earthquakes foretold by Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam is an increase in disobedience to Allāh ta‘ālā. When, as a result of excessive disobedience, a large earthquake occurs anywhere, the Qur’ānic principle is that everyone, good and bad, is afflicted. And beware of a scourge that will not afflict the wrongdoers among you only... (8:25) Everyone suffers: people die or suffer bereavement, injury, fear, financial loss, anxiety and depression etc. The victims of a catastrophic earthquake can be divided into four groups: 1. Good people who die. They are classified as shuhadā (martyrs) and will enter Jannah. Their suffering will be a means of elevating their status in Jannah. 2. Bad people who die. Due to their disobedient and unrepentant ways they will be destined for Jahannam. Their suffering will be a punishment. 3. Good people who survive. The calamity is a test for them. By remaining patient and content with taqdīr and the Will of Allāh ta‘ālā they will be rewarded with closeness to Him. 4. Bad people who survive. The calamity is a warning and admonition for them to repent and change their ways. What we need to do 1. Accept that the earthquake was a result of disobedience to Allāh ta‘ālā. Each individual should think: ‘Out of all the disobedient people, I am top of the list. It was because of me that the earthquake struck.’ 2. Thereafter, make tawbah and istighfār with sincerity. 3. When the earth quakes, so does the heart. Treat it as an opportunity to rectify your life. Make use of the fear that developed in your heart. Think: ‘I commit many sins; what if the earth had split and swallowed me up? Allāh ta‘ālā has saved me. O Allāh, forgive me.’ 4. Give sadaqah. Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam said: ‘Truly, sadaqah extinguishes the anger of the Rabb and prevents an evil death.’ (At-Tirmidhī) 5. Having experienced the disturbing effects of a small earthquake, try to imagine Qiyāmah. What will the mighty earthquakes of Qiyāmah and the Resurrection be like? It is very serious that the land we live on shook; it means that so much disobedience is taking place on it that Allāh ta‘ālā is displeased. We must turn to Allāh ta‘ālā and do tawbah, istighfār and rectify our lives. We should also have concern in this regard for those around us. May Allāh ta‘ālā make this earthquake a mercy for us and may it prompt us to change our lives for the better. Āmīn. © Riyādul Jannah
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    The King and the Servant A king had a male servant who, in all circumstances always said, “My king, do not be discouraged because everything Allah does is perfect and flawless.” One day they went hunting when a wild animal attacked the king. The servant managed to kill the animal but couldn’t prevent his majesty from losing a finger. Furious and without showing gratitude, the King said, “If Allah was good, I would not have been attacked and lost a finger.” The servant replied, “Despite this, I can only tell you that Allah is perfect and everything He does is perfect.” Incensed by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his servant. While being taken to prison, he told the king again, Allah is wise & perfect. A few days later, the king left alone for another hunt and was captured by savages who used human beings for sacrifice. On the altar, the savages found that the king was missing a finger and released him as he was considered ‘unworthy’ to be offered to their gods for sacrifice. On his return to the palace, he ordered the release of his servant and said, “My friend, Allah was really good to me. I was almost killed but for the missing finger. However, I have a question for you. If Allah is so good, why did He allow me to put you in prison?” His servant replied, “My king, if I had not been sent to prison, I would have been taken with you and would have been sacrificed because I have no missing finger!” Lesson: Everything Allah Ta'ala does is perfect and contains Divine Wisdom which we in our limited understanding may not comprehend at the time. Often we complain about life and the conditions which we are in and we forget that there is a Creator who knows us better than ourselves and has infinite wisdom in all His decisions. As Muslims, we need to place our complete trust in Him and have full conviction that whatever He does is the best for us. Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
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    Lifting the veil on the Niqaab debate Mufti Amjad Mohammad Lifting the Veil on the niqab.pdf
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    Life is about choices! Life is about choices…Some we are proud of while others we may regret. We are human and not perfect and how often we make decisions we desperately wis h could be undone? To overcome, learn and move forward requires Allah Ta’alas help and lots of courage. There was a husband who woke up early in the morning and found his wife praying for him. He stared at her. For the past few months, they have been arguing. During the past days, she hasn't been cooking for him. But this morning he got a shock. He found breakfast already set at the table. He ate. He went back to the bedroom, to prepare for a shower. "Assalamualaykum. Have a blessed day" she said as she entered the bedroom and he left for the bathroom. After his shower, all dressed up for work; he found his wife at the kitchen, eating breakfast in peace. She was looking at some funny messages on her phone and giggling. He looked at her then walked out the door. The last look he had of her before he left was of her at peace. That last look disturbed him. This is not how she should be. This is not how she has been. He has been hurting her, she has recently found out that he has been flirting with other women; he has cheated once and used money meant for their family on other women. She should be angry. Her peaceful demeanor disturbed him. Evening came. He went home and met his peaceful wife again. She was cooking and laughing with their children. She had come from work two hours ago. The dinner was enjoyable. Good food, she having warm conversations with the children. He as the father felt left out. His wife and children seemed to be having fun despite him hurting them. After dinner, she cleared the table, then played and prayed with the children and put them to bed. He approached her. "Are you OK?" he asked her. "I am more than OK. I am blessed "She answered. "Are you not mad at me? After all that I am doing and have done wrong?" he asked. She placed the washed plate in the rack then looked at him and said, "I asked myself, what is the most important relationship in my life? The one I have with you or the one with Allah Ta’ala? And I realized it is the one with Allah Ta’ala. I live for Allah Ta’ala, not for you. Marrying you was a blessing but it is not all there is in life. Allah Ta’ala has blessed me with life an d I will not waste it crying because of the hurt you cause me to feel" She picked up a dirty glass and began washing it. "I realized I had given you too much power... Yes, you are my husband, the closest human being in my life and the human being I love the most; but you are not my Creator. You have failed me but Allah Ta’ala never fails me. I will not let you ruin my joy, my peace and my progress. You may break our marriage if you want to, but I will hold on to Alla h Ta’ala. and as I hold on to Allah Ta’ala, I will be full of joy despite what you do" She said rinsing the glass. She looked at him and continued, "When you hurt me and disrespected me, I realized I was acting out like a woman who has no connection with her Creator. I got mad and hurled insults, I wanted to revenge and I allowed you to ruin me day after day. My performance at work went down, I talked less to our children, I became bitter to the children, I felt sorry for myself, I developed ulcers and then I realiz ed, I have Allah Ta’ala, I shouldn't act like someone with no relationship with his Creator. Why should I be hopeless yet Allah Ta’ala is with me? I had focused so much on you that I forgot about Allah Ta’ala. When you found me, I had Allah Ta’ala. We got married and I let everything be about you because I wanted to make our marriage work. Our marriage became the idol I worship instead of the blessing I have in Allah Ta’ala. Our marriage is falling apart because of you but my relationship with Allah Ta’ala is still intact" She scrubbed the pot. "You have chosen to abandon our marriage but that doesn't mean my whole world has collapsed. I will still continue being a good mother to our children. They will never say the problems between mom and dad, made mom a monster. You do as you please with other women, I will raise our children." She looked at him and told him, "Do I hate you? No, it will be a lie to say I hate you. You are the man I married, the one I vowed to, the one I love" Tears fell down her cheeks. She wiped them. "I can't just cancel all the years we have been together. The Quran and the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) asks us to love our enemies. If I am able to love my enemies, surely I can still love you despite all you have done. I am angry and disappointed, but I have taken my power back. I live for Allah Ta’ala, who has exceedingly blessed me, and do not live for you and the pain you cause" She wiped her wet hands, took the apron from her body and told him, "In my peace, I am planning on where the children and I will move to. Since you have chosen to have an affair, you have shown clearly that you don't need us. So we will not make your life uncomfortable by forcing you to live with us. You need to be able to bring the woman you are cheating with to your own house and establish a clean rel ationship. I am working on something. I came into this house in peace and I will leave in peace. You will not kill my smile and destroy my dreams" She walked to the bedroom and minutes later he followed her to the bedroom. He found her peacefully asleep. He nudged her. He woke her up and said, "Please don't go, don't move out. I will hurt you no more, I will cheat no more. I am not OK. I want the peace you have. I want to be the kind of partner and husband you are as a wife." In good faith she believed his regret and accepted his apology. Since that day, he has been a reformed man. No more affairs, no more hurting her, no flirting with other women, or endless fights. She didn't move out. She and the children stayed. He regretted, repented and submitted to Allah Ta’ala and learned how to be a good husband. Love is powerful enough to humble the proudest. Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. At the same time make a concerted effort never to repeat them in the future. Make a habit of forgiving, repenting and regretting. The more you let go the higher you will rise. Happiness eludes those who do not appreciate what they already have! And finally…. “Put Allah Ta’ala first and you will never be last” www.eislam.co.za
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    Turning Back to Allāh قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ. وَأَنِيبُوا إِلَىٰ رَبِّكُمْ وَأَسْلِمُوا لَهُ مِن قَبْلِ أَن يَأْتِيَكُمُ الْعَذَابُ ثُمَّ لَا تُنصَرُونَ Say: “(Thus speaks Allāh:) ‘O my servants who have transgressed against your own selves! Despair not of Allāh’s mercy: behold, Allāh forgives all sins. Surely, He is the One who is the Most-Forgiving, the Very-Merciful. Hence, turn towards your Sustainer (alone) and surrender yourselves unto Him before the suffering (of death and resurrection) comes upon you, for then you will not be helped.”(Az- Zumar, 39:53-54) This is such a reassuring message for those who have sinned. By sinning we transgress against our own selves. But the All Merciful Allāh will still turn to us with mercy if we turn to Him in repentance. He is Most-Forgiving; there is no sin He will not forgive if we sincerely seek His forgiveness and take corrective action. The pencil which has been given to us to draw the course of our life’s journey does come with a huge eraser. It lasts as long as the pencil itself. There are no signs on the highway of life that prohibit a U-turn. No matter how messed up our lives may have been, we can always correct course. The door to repentance is always open—until the very end of our life. But if we wait too long and the end comes in sight, then repentance will not help. Qur'an Reflections Al-Balagh
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    Your most valuable assets are your inner beauty, your innocence, and everything that makes you who you are. But I notice that some Muslim women push the limit and try to be as Western as possible, even while wearing a veil (with some of their hair showing). Why imitate women who already regret, or will soon regret, their lost virtue? There is no compensation for that loss. You are flawless diamonds. Don’t let them trick you into becoming rhinestones. Because everything you see in the fashion magazines and on Western television is a lie. It is Satan’s trap. It is fool’s gold. Joanna Francis Writer, Journalist – USA
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    A woman’s heart should be so lost in the love of Allah تعالى that a man needs to seek Him in order to find her
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    Our elders teach us the basic guide-lines in a very simple way to follow Quran and Sunnah. Their malfuzat (collection of sayings) are always useful to spend a safe and sound life. We know that Shaytan is a very cunning and shrewd enemy of mominin. He doesn't miss even a single chance to deceive and deviate us. Teachings of elders show us the way to protect ourselves from the tricks and stratagem of shaytan. I'm fond of reading the malfuzat of hazrat Hakimul ummat rh.a and try to follow them. He said, '' Shaytan had 3 ''AIN'' of Abid, Arif and Alim but he didn't have 4th AIN of Ashiq. You become ashiq of Allah swt (one who loves Allah swt).'' (InshaAllah) Love is very effective, powerful and dynamic which can change whole of personality, traits and even mundane of a common man. He seeks the happiness in, howsoever, fulfilling the demands and wishes of his beloved. But this love which one person feels for another person isnt everlasting. One day It fades away ,Also his partner can desert him in lurch without feeling his emotions; and he finds himself squirming in intensive-agony of breach of faith and confidence; but Allah swt never leaves His lovers. If we start loving Allah swt, we can become submissive and devoted to His commands then each and everything of the entire universe is ours because ''Man kana lillahi kanallahu lahu'' No doubt Allah swt is our creator but this is not the only correct logic to worship Him. We are to change our motive. We must think that Allah swt is our beloved so we worship Him. Our RasulAllah sallallahu alaihi wasallam has taught us this lesson '' Allahumma inni as'aluka hubbaka wa hubba man yuhibbuka'' Allah swt loves us too much. When he says - ''Qul Ya ibadi''- this address shows the intensity of love, it can be felt in this way- when a mother or a father calls her/his son - ''O My son'' this address is blended with feelings of unfathomable affection; and emotions emanates from the depth of heart which can be felt by a sensible son. In these ayat- who're addressed? Gentle, noble and pious mominin? No, rather- ''Allazina asrafu anfusahum'' those who transgressed and violated the Sharia and committed sins- not only small but big as well. ''La taqnatu min rahmatillah''- these sinners dont need to be disappointed from the mercy and compassion of Allah swt. He will forgive all sins of sinners. Why does Allah swt showers so much love, affection and intimacy to His servants. The reason is that all of us are the creation of Allah swt and Allah swt has decorated the paradise with His own hands for us; and Allah swt wants all his servants to live comfortably in paradise because Allah swt doesn't wish to see us in hell fire. Though Allah swt is our Lord yet He loves us so much. It seems to be an act of disloyalty and treachery if we dont Love our Lord. Source
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    Asalamu'alaikum a way for you Never let your limitations stop you. Allah is Able. As long as your are knocking on His door with a sincere heart, He will make a way for you.
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