Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Which Women Enter Jannat

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Shall I inform you which woman will enter Paradise?” The Sahaba replied: “Yes, most certainly.”  Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “The woman who has children, is lovable, when she becomes angry the husband consoles her, and when the husband becomes angry she says that as long as you do not become pleased with me, I will not even apply surmah (antimony) to my eyes.” [Tibrani]

The love between husband and wife offends Shaytaan more than anything else. If husbands and wives are to care for each other and try to keep the environment of the house as peaceful and loving as possible, every Muslim house can become a model of Jannat. All kinds of quarrels will cease and the misfortune of divorce will not prevail. Children brought up in such environments will be an example of piety, discipline, love and sympathy. May Allah make every Muslim house a model of Jannat.

If the hearts of both spouses are united, there can be no greater bounty, and if there are differences between them (Allah forbid), there can be no greater calamity.

Monday, February 20, 2017

How Many Beds

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) mentioned bedding and said: “Bedding for the man, bedding for the wife, bedding for the guest, and the fourth is for the Shaitaan.” [Sunan Abu Dawud]

Every house should have beds according to the number of people living in the house, and extra beds according to the number of guests that usually visit. Beyond that, is extravagance. 

Although only bedding is mentioned in this hadith, we can extrapolate this to the amount of cutlery and crockery one should keep, the number of rooms one should have, the amount of linen we should keep, and so on and so forth. It is something to think about.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Pen Wrote Everything

When he was dying, Ubadah ibnu as-Saamit (radi Allahu anhu) told his son: O son, you will not find the taste of Emaan until you know that whatever you receive, you would have never missed it; and whatever you have missed, you would have never received it. I heard Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) saying: “The first thing which Allah created was the Pen. He commanded it to write. It asked: ‘What should I write?’ He said: ‘Write the Decree (Al-Qadr) of everything until the Day of Judgement.’” O son, I heard the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) say: “He who dies not believing in this is not one of my people.” [Abu Dawud – Jamu al-Fawaaid]

Where you will be born, where and when you will die, what you will receive, what you will miss, what joys or sorrows will come in your life – these are all written. This is the exam paper of life that you are presented with. How you will deal with these events will determine your rank before Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Pray to Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) to strengthen your Emaan, pour His tranquility over you and keep you steadfast in faith, whatever your circumstances.

Concerning the issue of Al-Qadar, the Sahabah, the Tabieen, and all Ahlus-Sunnah have agreed that everything which will be in existence until the Day of Judgement is written in Al-Lawh al-Mahfud (The Book of Decree).

Watching from a high tower you can see which cars are headed which way. You can see where there is construction going on and which cars will have to take a detour. It is in your knowledge but you are not causing the car to detour. Similarly, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) knows what we will do and it is the knowledge of all the events that will take place that is written down in The Book of Decree.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Smoking

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Let there be no harming, nor reciprocating harm.” [Sahih - Ibn Majah]
 
The meaning of this hadith is the prohibition of all forms of harmfulness, great or small, since the grammatical indefinite (of the words “harming” and “reciprocating harm”) in a negative context indicates generality. Thus, harming oneself or any other creature, without reason from the Shariah, is prohibited.  

Based on this hadith many contemporary scholars hold it to be unlawful to buy, sell, use, or grow tobacco, because of the unlawfulness of consuming what has been proven to be harmful. 

Epidemiological data link smoking and lung disease in the following ways:

1. Up to 50% of smokers may die of smoking-related diseases.
2. Smokers are three times more likely to die in middle age than are non-smokers.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease:
1. COPD is very rare in non-smokers.
2. 90% of deaths from COPD are attributed to smoking.
3. 98% of people with emphysema are smokers.
4. 20% of smokers suffer from emphysema.
5. Deaths from pneumonia and influenza are twice as high among smokers.

Lung Cancer:
1. Smokers are 18 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers.
2. One-third of all cancer deaths are a direct result of cigarette smoking.
3. 25% of smokers die of lung cancer.
4. The risk of developing lung cancer increases if smokers inhale; start young; increase the number of cigarettes smoked per day; use high tar cigarettes; smoke for a long time (smoking one packet of cigarettes per day for forty years is eight times more hazardous than smoking two packets for twenty years).
5. The risk of developing lung cancer starts to decrease as soon as smoking is stopped, but it takes ten or more years to return to the same risk as a non-smoker.

Cigarette smoking is also a major cause of cancers of the mouth, oesophagus, and larynx. It is a cause of bladder cancer and a contributory factor in the development of cancers of the pancreas, kidney, and cervix.

Experimental evidence shows a direct causative link between smoking and lung cancer:

1. Tobacco smoke contains over 4000 chemical compounds. Chemical analysis has shown that at least 60 are carcinogens and 400 are other known toxins.
2. A study on 48 dogs made to smoke through machines showed that tumours similar to those found in humans develop in animals exposed to cigarette smoke.
3. When carcinogens from cigarette tar are painted on the skin of mice, cancerous growths develop.

Thus, the connection between cigarette smoking and disease is irrefutable. Therefore, is it considered Makruh (offensive) by some scholars and Haraam (forbidden) by other scholars to consume it, since Muslims are required to not harm themselves or others.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Repeated Time and Again

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “There was never a Nabi that Allah raised amongst his Ummah before me except that he had in his Ummah some Hawaaryyoon (helpers) and Sahabah (companions) who held fast to his Sunnah (way) and followed his commands. They were then succeeded by a people who professed what they did not act upon and did that which they were not commanded to do. So he who makes Jihad against them with his hand is a believer, and the one who makes Jihad against them with his tongue is a believer, and one who makes Jihad against them with his heart is a believer, but beyond that there is not even a mustard seed (worth) of Emaan (faith).” [Sahih Muslim]

Innovation in religion is of two types. One is to innovate in actions, such as to celebrate the birth of Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). The other far more dangerous type of innovation is in matters of belief and Aqeedah; such as the doctrine introduced by the Mutazilah that the Quran was created and not eternal, or that human reason is superior to revelation. 

Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal was pressurized with the threat of death to accept the doctrine of the “created” Quran but to the very end he kept asking for proof from the Quran or Sunnah in order to accept this innovation in belief. He was flogged so severely that his arms dislocated from his body. He was then jailed. But his persistence in faith and refusal to accept what he knew to be contrary to Islam quelled this Fitnah for all time.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Seventy-Three Sects

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Those evils which befell the Bani Israil shall befall my Ummah, so much so that if there were one amongst them that openly committed fornication with his mother there would be one among my Ummah who would do that too! And the Bani Israil split into seventy-two sects and my Ummah shall split into seventy-three sects. All of them will be in the Fire, except one group.” They (the Sahabah) said: “Which one is that O Rasul Allah?” Whereupon he said: “It is the one to which I and my Companions belong.” [Sahih – Narrated by At-Tirmidhi]

Only one group from the seventy odd groups will go to Jannah while the others will end up in Jahannum. This is precisely because they cast aside the Sunnah and consider it better to formulate and originate religious beliefs and novel ways of worshipping Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) -- as if they know better than the very people who surrounded the Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and about whom Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says, “The vanguard (of Islam) - of the Muhajireen and the Ansar, and also those who follow them in good deeds - well pleased is Allah with them, and well pleased are they with Him.” [Quran 9:100]

Throughout the history of Islam many such sects have arisen whose beliefs shake the foundations of Islam. A classical work on the misguidance of various sects, entitled “Talbees Iblees” (The Devil’s Deception), was written by the eminent scholar and perhaps most prolific author in Islamic history, Abu al-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi (508-597 AH).

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dead Man Revived

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “A party of the Bani Israil set out on a journey. They came to one of their several graveyards in the course of their journey and said to one another, ‘If we should offer two Rakaat Salat and supplicate Allah, The One Full of Glory, perhaps He will revive one of the dead men for us and bring him out that we may ask him about death.’”

“They did what they had suggested. Meanwhile, from one of the graves, a man raised his head. He was wheat-coloured and between his eyes there was a mark of prostration. He addressed these people saying, ‘O you there! What do you intend with me? (Why have you gotten me revived?) I have been dead for the past one hundred years and the fever of death has not yet cooled on me. It is there till now! Pray to Allah, the Glorious, the Majestic, that He may return me to as I was.’” [Ahmad]

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is able to bring the dead to life anytime, but He has set the principle that He will not revive them before the Day of Resurrection. However, there have been instances of the dead being resurrected on the request of a Prophet or pious person so that the living may take a lesson from it. 

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) described the resurrected man as having the marks of prostration on his forehead. In other words, he was regular in offering Salat and obedient to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) when he lived on earth. When he was restored to life he expressed displeasure on being brought back to life for despite his having been dead for a hundred years the heat of death had not entirely cooled. This shows that the severity of death lasts for a long period of time. May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) preserve all believers from the severity of death and the agony of the final moments of life! May He grant us comfort in this world and in the Hereafter and let out graves be gardens of Paradise for us. Aameen!
 
This hadith also tells us that before doing anything important we should offer two Rakaat Salat and make a supplication to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). This is Mustahabb and it will invite the mercy and blessings of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) on what we do. The blessings through Salat ensure goodness in all our affairs and they become accomplished easily. This is why Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) commands believers: “O you who believe! Seek help in perseverance and prayer.” [Quran 2:153]