In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
The negligence and carelessness regarding the Aqaa’id (beliefs), Ibaadaat (acts of worship) and Mu’aamalaat (business transactions) of Muslims has reached its peak. If Muslims were recopised strictly according to the proper Islaamic definition of a Muslim, then only a small number from among the 1.2 billion Muslims of the world would be regarded as true Muslims. This will be even more evident when it concerns business deals and financial transactions they would not be regarded as true Muslims since most of their dealings and transactions are, today, very far from the noble standards of Islaam.
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Allah ta’aalaa has blessed us with innumerous gifts and favours, one of which is wealth. The Ahaadeeth of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam encourage a Muslim to earn this favour of wealth through Halaal means and spend it in causes which bring the Pleasure of Allah. If Halaal wealth is a source of blessings, mercy, comfort, peace and tranquillity, then Haraam wealth will bring calamities, misfortunes and harm from all four sides.
Wealth acquired through gambling is unlawful and the Qur’aan and Ahaadeeth have condemned the act of gambling which brings loss, not only in the life Hereafter, but also in this very world. It is explicitly clear from the verses of the Qur’aan and the Ahaadeeth of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam that:
What is the person who indulges in this evil waiting for? Is he waiting for the moment when death will suddenly overtake him while he is busy committing this sin? Has he given any thought to the condition of his father who had worked so hard to earn a living in order to bring him up and to see to his needs? How proud his father used to be of him when he was young and what expectations did he have of him. Has he thought about the condition of his mother who spent long restless nights awake for the sake of his comfort?
My beloved brother! Practising complete Islaam is certainly the key to our success in this world and the Hereafter. Islaam has provided us with the solution to problems in every sphere of our lives. Without doubt, the road to saving ourselves is simple and as clear as daylight – and it is to keep ourselves far away from such grievous sins.
The following are some methods, the adoption of whom will enable and help you to do this:
1 Make tawbah (sincere repentance) to Allah and turn to Him submissively.
Among the evil consequences of this sin are the many deadly and contagious diseases that result from it. Some of these illnesses are such that medical science – with all its might, power and advanced technology – has failed to combat or even fully comprehend it, let alone curing it. Certainly no one is able to rise above the Will of Allah ta’aalaa and escape His Wrath!
Some of these fatal diseases are:
AIDS: As yet, no cure has been found for this disease. It is contracted and spread by various means, but the original cause has been unanimously accepted as perverted sexual acts like homosexuality.
From the first verse, we learn that these people had themselves admitted that the family of Loot alayhis salaam who had Imaan (belief in Allah) was decent, chaste and morally pure. They also acknowledged that the family of Loot alayhis salaam refrained from this filthy practice. They realised this since it is natural for every person to immediately recognise the pure way of life inspired by Allah ta’aalaa when they see it and also to make out any type of unnatural and perverted behaviour.
In the Tafseer (commentary) of these verses it is mentioned that the people of Loot ulayhis salaam were practising both homosexuality and lesbianism.
In this materialistic age when everything is being sacrificed at the altar of ‘freedom’, the world from east to west, is witnessing a total collapse of morality and decency. Virtue is portrayed as evil while sins of every type are being glamourised so as to seem acceptable to society.
But the saddest part of this is that while the Muslims were supposed to lead the world out of this turmoil and offer it lslaam as the only solution to its problems, they have begun to embrace the bankrupt ways of those who are themselves groping in the darkness of ignorance. Unfortunately many of the abominable practices found in the West and other non-Islamic societies are creeping into Muslim societies. May Allah protect us!
- Allaahuma innee astakheeruka bu-ilmika, wa astaqdiruka biqudra-tika, wa as’aluka min fadhlikal – Adheem, fa innaka taqdiru wa laa aqdiru, wa ta’lamu, wa laa a’lamu, wa Anta ‘Allaamul Ghuyoobi; Allaahumma in kunta ta ‘lamu anna haathal-amra,- — (then mention the thing to be decided) Khairun lee fee deenee wa ma‘aashee wa ‘aaqibati amree — (or say)— Aajilihi wa aajlihi. Faqdurhu lee wa yassirhu lee thumma baarik lee feehi wa in kunta ta‘lamu anna haathalamra sharrun lee fee deenee wa ma‘aashee wa ‘aaqibati amree — (or say) — ‘Aajilihi wa aajilihi. Fasrifhu ‘annee wasrinee ‘anhu waqdur liyal-khaira haithu kaana thumma ardhinee bihi.
Beginning of the Ashur-ul-Hajj
Shawwal is the first of the three months named as “Ashhur al-Hajj” (i.e. the months of Hajj). Although the major acts of Hajj are normally performed in the first ten days of Zulhijjah, yet the whole period starting from the first of Shawwal up to the 10th of Zulhijjah is held to be the period of Hajj because some acts of Hajj can be performed any time during this period. For example, the Tawaf-ul-qudum, followed by the Sai’ of Hajj cannot be performed before Shawwal, while it can be performed any day after the beginning of Shawwal. Similarly, an ‘Umrah performed before Shawwal cannot be treated as the ‘Umrah of Tamattu: while the ‘Umrah performed in Shawwal can be affiliated to the Hajj, making it a Hajj of Tamattu: Moreover, ihram of Hajj should not be started before Shawwal, because it makruh. For these reasons these three months have been named as the ‘months of Hajj’ and the month of Shawwal has the distinction of being the first of these.
The minor signs of qiyâmah