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  1. Spiritual Advices | Time – A Most Valuable Commodity of a Believer During ‘Lockdown’ Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions in the Quraan-e-Kareem : وَعَسَىٰ أَن تَكْرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you [Surah Baqarah 2:216] From this Ayaah we understand that when we experience adverse conditions in life, there may be some favourable conditions hidden in it. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala knows best. We also understand, that we should always be positive and search for positive components within a negative situation. During this ‘lockdown period‘, whilst we are restricted in worldly interactions, we are not locked down in terms of our Deeni duties. In fact, we have been unchained from worldly interactions and should take the opportunity of the free time to fulfil some of our religious duties. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions in the Quraan-e-Kareem : وَالْعَصْرِ • إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ • إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ By time, Indeed, mankind is in loss, except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds [Surah Al Asr 103:1/2/3] Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has mentioned time as a most valuable commodity of a Believer and has given us this ‘free time as a test’. Use this time correctly. Indeed man is at a loss and does not use his time correctly. Everyone is at a loss with the exception of those people who bring Imaan or they practice on the dictates of their Imaan and do righteous deeds. One poet explains the reality of life by explaining, “Your life is but a few breaths. Every breath we take is one part of our life, and with every one of those breaths one part of our life is decreasing“. Similarly, the 21 days of the lockdown period is like a block of ice. Just like ice melts away quickly, so too will these 21 days pass by very soon. After 21 days we should analyse our actions and deeds and not have any regrets of wasting our time. Use this time wisely and attain closeness to Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala. Increase your Tilawah (recitation) of the Quraan-e-Kareem ; Perform your Salaah on time ; Make the Zikr of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala ; Perform Ishraaq and Chast Salaah ; Spend quality time with your family. May Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala grant us Taufeeq and Hidaayah, to value our time and to use it to make RujooillAllah and Inaabat illallah (turning to Allah Ta’ala in repentance, obedience and supplication) and not be regretful and waste our time in a state of Ghaflah (heedlessness). DOWNLOAD AUDIO EXPLANATION Spiritual Advices of Mufti Ebrahim Desai Darul Mahmood | darulmahmood.net
  2. Reward of performing Ṣalāh in the Masjid It is hoped from the mercy of Allah Almighty that a person performing Ṣalāh at home in these circumstances will attain the reward of performing Ṣalāh in the Masjid. This can be inferred from the following ḥadīth: Congregational Ṣalāh at home Anyone who is self-isolating in a room within a house should perform Ṣalāh individually as mentioned above. All other members of the family should perform congregational Ṣalāh in the home, with an bālig (mature) male as the Imam. In relation to the standing position, the following principles should be noted: Females will always stand behind male(s) in a separate row whether one female or more. Males will always stand behind the male Imam, unless there is only one male in which case he will stand to the right of the Imam, one step behind. The following table illustrates this with some examples: Family Standing position Father and one female Female will stand in a new row behind Father and one male Son will stand next to the father one step behind Father and more than one son Sons will make a row behind the father (similar to the Masjid) Father, mother and daughter Mother and daughter will make a row behind the father (similar to the Masjid) Father, mother and 1 son Son will stand to the right of the father one step behind Mother will stand alone in a row behind Father, 2 sons, 2 daughters Sons will make a row behind the father Daughters will make another row behind the sons If the room is small, the males can stand to the right and left of the Imam one step behind. If the Adhān has been performed in a Masjid in the local area, there is no need to perform Adhān at home. If it is performed, care should be taken not to disturb neighbours. Either way, before starting congregational Ṣalāh, the Iqāmah should be given by the Imam or any of the family members. Perhaps ask the children to take turns. The Ṣalāh must be led by a bālig (mature) male. It is likely that the current situation continues through to the month of Ramaḍān. In this scenario, if the only ḥāfiẓ in the household is a young boy, there is no harm in acting upon the view of some ḥanafī jurists who permit a non-bālig to lead Tarāwīḥ Ṣalāh. However, in this scenario, an adult must lead ʿIshāʾ and Witr Ṣalāh (refer to our earlier answer for further details).
  3. 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.”
  4. Spiritual Advices | The Blessings of Good Health and Free Time Ibn ‘Abbas RadiyAllahu Anhu narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: نِعْمَتَانِ مَغْبُونٌ فِيهِمَا كَثِيرٌ مِنَ النَّاسِ الصِّحَّةُ وَالْفَرَاغُ “Two favours that many of the people squander are health and free time.” [Sahih al-Bukhari 6412] Dua for Good Health and Good Character [Physical and Spiritual Goodness] ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr reported that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam used to supplicate : اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الصِّحَّةَ، وَالْعِفَّةَ، وَالأَمَانَةَ، وَحُسْنَ الْخُلُقِ، وَالرِّضَا بِالْقَدَرِ‏‏ “Oh Allah, I ask You for health, restraint, trustworthiness, good character and contentment with the decree.” [Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 307] DOWNLOAD EXPLANATION Spiritual Advices of Mufti Ebrahim Desai Darul Mahmood | darulmahmood.net
  6. How can Coronavirus be stopped? In the name of Allah, The Almighty, The All Powerful Across the world, people are worried about the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). Experts are working tirelessly to develop a vaccine and limit its spread. The breadth of this epidemic appears to be unprecedented. Precautionary measures are being adopted across the world as the death toll increases and the number of infected people spiral. From an Islamic perspective, it is recommended to adopt precautions as long as they are proportionate and do not contravene Islamic teachings. There is, however, an important dimension to this epidemic which has not been given the due attention it deserves. As people of faith, it is our unshakable belief that such calamities and diseases are from Allah Almighty, who uses a variety of methods to remind, test and at times also punish the creation for their flagrant violations. Allah Almighty mentions in the Quran (42:30): In another verse (30:41), Allah Almighty mentions: It is therefore imperative for us to reflect and try to understand the possible underlying reasons for this crisis. In the specific context of this virus, the following portion from a lengthy statement of our beloved Prophet ﷺ comes to mind: Ḥāfiẓ Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 751/1350) writes in al-Ṭuruq al-Ḥukmiyyah (p.239), Historians like Ḥāfiẓ Ibn al-Jawzī (d. 597/1201) and Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Kathīr (d. 774/1373) have mentioned various examples of how Muslims reacted to such outbreaks in the past. In 449 (1057-8 CE), there was major epidemic in the Middle East and Asia which resulted in the death of at least 1.65 million people just in the region of Bukhara alone. Large graves were dug and 20-30 people were buried in one grave. The residents of homes that had alcohol would all die within the same night. In one residence, 18 corpses were found, and upon searching the house, alcohol was found therein. Another example of an ill person is cited who was in the agony of death, but his soul would not leave his body. His suffering continued until he pointed to the alcohol in his home. It was only after it was removed that his soul left his body and he passed away. When this epidemic broke out, people responded by pouring away the alcohol, breaking the instruments of music and entertainment, attaching themselves to the Masjids, reciting the Quran and worshipping Allah (al-Bidāyah wa al-Nihāyah, 13:130; al-Muntaẓam, 16:17; Badhl al-Māʿūn fī Faḍl al-Ṭāʿūn, p.365). These texts and narratives illustrate the importance of reflecting on our actions, when such epidemics occur. Today, it has become unfashionable to discuss some of the sins that have become prevalent across the world. Reflecting on the state of Muslims and non-Muslims, who have all been enveloped in this epidemic, we find that there are some major sins that have increased substantially and openly over the past few decades. They include: ‪Homosexuality and transgenderism ‪Nudity, free-mixing, immodesty and pornography ‪Adultery and fornication ‪‪Defaming Prophets and the companions (Ṣaḥabah) Massacres and killings ‪Oppression, incarceration and torture ‪Drugs, alcohol and other intoxicants ‪Riba (usury) ‪Cheating ‪Extravagance It is therefore imperative that along with adopting the precautions advised by the health experts, we reflect on these sins and recognise that such flagrant and blatant violations of the divine laws attract the anger and wrath of Allah Almighty, whether perpetrated by Muslims or non-Muslims. We must turn to Allah Almighty, repent for our sins and inaction and commit to His obedience. This epidemic should also strengthen our belief in Allah Almighty and serve us a reminder that Allah is The Almighty and Powerful, He created us and to Him we shall return, and the entire universe is powerless in front of him. In addition to adopting precautions and abandoning sins, the following are some actions that can help bring this epidemic to an end: Perform the five obligatory Ṣalāh Regularly do Istigfār and Tawbah (repentance). Engage in the dhikr of Allah Almighty especially Tasbīḥ & Takbīr Regularly read durūd Give as much optional charity Perform two Rakʿat Nafl Ṣalāh individually Supplicate to Allah with masnūn supplications for well-being and protection (see this link for some examples) Do not panic-buy or hoard goods Exercise Ṣabr (patience), Shukr (gratitude) and Tawakkul (reliance) Contemplate death and the power of Allah Almighty Finally, it is a matter of great regret that some Muslim businessmen are hiking up prices for certain goods that are in heavy demand. This is despicable and illustrates that such people are not taking heed from this epidemic. It is also against Islamic teachings to hoard wealth unnecessarily and to the detriment of others. There is no need to panic, we must remain calm and avoid over reacting or behaving in a disproportionate manner. May Allah protect and guide us all. Yusuf Shabbir 21 Rajab 1441 / 16 March 2020 www.islamicportal.co.uk
  7. Temporary PleasuresRemember the pleasures of committing sins are temporary whilst the punishment of sin is permanent. One involved in sin may read a hundred thousand Tahajjuds (supererogatory prayers late at night), perform Haj and Ummra year after year and yet such a person's despicable humiliating actions will never be forgotten by one whom the sin was committed with. Both will be seen as absolutely mean and hateful in each others sight. Is this a small punishment?Hakeem ul Ummah (r.a.) says that both parties that participated in sin appear degraded in each other's sight. He also mentioned that love for anyone besides Allah is in fact the punishment of Allah. One experiences the punishment of Jahannam (hell) while still in this world.Shaykh Haji Imdadullah (r.a.) says that the end result of colour, shape and all outward beauty is eventual hatred and dislike. When time or ailment claims beauty, the old admirer does not even greet the other. In their prime they promised kingdoms to each other. However, with the passage of time and the appearance of wrinkles on the smooth skin one addresses the other:"You were always prepared to sacrifice a kingdom or two to prove your love. What are you prepared to do for me now?" The reply is invariably, "By merely looking at you, I develop a fever, let alone sacrificing anything. I dread the very nightmare of looking at you."Shaykh Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb(Tajalliat-E-Jazb)
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  9. Shaykhul Islam Mufti Taqi Usmani HA is narrating someone's dream. AUD-20200316-WA0020.m4a
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