The best of places for I’tikaaf is the Masjidul Haram in Makkah.
The next best is the Masjidun-Nabawiy in Madinah, and the next best is Baytul Muqaddas. Thereafter, comes the Jaama Masjid in one’s own time, and last but not least, the Masjid nearest to one’s home. Imaam Abu Hanifa stipulates that the Masjid should be one wherein the five daily Salaatare regularly performed, while Imaam Abu Yusuf and Imaam Muhammad agree that any Masjid acceptable to the Shari’ah can be entered for I’tikaaf. I’itikaaf even if there is no regular ‘salaah with Jamaa-ah. Read more... (309 words, estimated 1:14 mins reading time)
Story No. 51: (Episode)
Hazrat Shaikh Abu Ja’far Had’daad R.A. the teacher of Hazrat Junaid Baghdaadi R.A. says: “I once stayed in Mecca in such a state that I could find no money with which to have my hair cut. At that time my hair had grown very long. I went to a barber; from his appearance, I took him to be a righteous man. I said to him: “For Allah’s sake; I ask you to cut my hair.” He replied: “Yes, I shall do it now.”
At that time he was busy cutting the hair of a seemingly unrighteous person. He stopped and first dressed my hair. Then he gave me a rolled up peace of paper. Wherein I found a few dir’hams. I accepted it and said to myself; that whenever any money came, I shall give it to the barber.
I went to the Haram, and there met a brother who said me; ‘I have bought a bag for you from your brother in Basra; kindly take it. There are three hundred sovereigns in it. He gives it to you for Allah’s sake.
I took that bag to the barber and said to him: “Here are three hundred sovereigns. Take it for yourself and spend it for your needs.”
He replied: ‘Dear Shaikh, are you not ashamed of yourself! In the first place you asked me to dress your hair for Allah’s sake, and you come and pay me for it; Go! I have forgiven you.” Read more... (2846 words, estimated 11:23 mins reading time)
Story No. 41: (Episode)
Hazrat Shaikh Abu Yakoob Basri R.A says: “Once in the Haram of Mecca I suffered extreme hunger and for ten days could not find anything to eat. Because of this I decided to go outside, perhaps I would find something to eat. The only edible thing that I found was a rotten turnip lying on the ground. I picked it up, but suddenly I did not feel like eating it at all because a thought crossed my mind; “For ten days I have been starving and when you finally find something to eat it turned out to be a rotten turnip.” I threw it away and returned to the mosque, where I sat down. Not long after this a stranger came along. In front of me he placed a cloth bag and said to me: “Take that! Inside you will find a small bag wherein there are five hundred gold sovereigns. It is something which I vowed to give you.”
I asked him: “But why is it given to me specially?” he replied: “For ten days now we have been lost at sea until our boat came near to sinking. Each of us at that time made a separate vow. I made this vow to Allah that if He saves us I shall give this bag of money to the first person on whom I set eyes from the residents of Mecca. Allah brought us to safety, and you are the first person I have seen in Mecca.” I said: “Open the bag.”
He opened it and therein I found white sugar candy bread, peeled almond and some sweet-meats: I took some of each and gave him back the rest of the food and said to him: “I accept the gift-offering, but take the food and distribute it among your dependant.”
And in my heart I said: “how strange the sustenance is being transported to you over ten days and here you dwell around searching for it.” (Rowdh) Read more... (1735 words, estimated 6:56 mins reading time)
Story No. 17: (Episode)
It is related that Hishaam bin Abdul Malik, before he became the Khalifa once performed tawaaf. Numerous times did he try to kiss the Hajarul Aswad, but because of the vast crowd he could not do so. Then Hazrat Sayidina Aabideen R.A. the son of Hazrat Ali R.A. who was the son of Hazrat Imam Husain R.A came along to kiss the Black Stone and all at once everyone moved away so that he could do so in peace and comfort. Someone asked him: “Who is this person, (that is so honored)?”
Hishaam knew who it was but would not say because of the ill feeling borne by Banu Umayya towards the family of Rasulullah Sal’am household. Thus he said: “I do not know.”
The famous Arabic poet Farazdaq who was present then stepped forward and said: “I know who he is.” Then he read the following poetic verse:
He is the son of the most virtuous of men,
This is he, who is God-fearing, holy and a leader,
This is he whose footsteps all Mecca knows,
Whom the Ka’bah knows, the Hill and the Haram.
This is he that when he moves to kiss the Hajar, indeed does the Hajar almost move to receive his hand.
Never said he Laa ( no) to anyone save in the Kalima,
Had it not been for that, never would he say it?
When noble Quraish sees his like they exclaim; this is the holder of true nobility.
When the saintly assemble, he is their imaam.
And when asked the best of them, to him they point.
This O Hishaam, is the son of Fatima if you know not.
Through his grand father was prophethood sealed.
And never be thy denial of him a fault with him,
Him who is known amongst Arab and Ajam.
In modesty does he cast down his eyes; and in awe of him do men look down before him.
And then they speak not save when he smiles. Read more... (2586 words, estimated 10:21 mins reading time)
Story No. 13: (Episode)
Hazrat Abdullah Jowhari R.A. says: “During Haj I once fell asleep at Arafaat. I saw two angels in conversation near me .one of them asked:
“How many Hajis are present this year?”
The second replied: “Only six”
The other replied: “There are six lakhs (six hundred thousand)”
The first one asked: “From how many of them did Allah accept his Haj?”
Abu Abdallah says: “hearing this I was very much distressed and in grief. I felt like beating myself out of sorrow, and started to cry bitterly for my own wretchedness. Just then the first one asked again: “And what did Allah do to whose Haj had not been accepted?”
The second replied: “The Noble Lord had looked at them in Mercy and through every one of these six he had also accepted one hundred thousand. This is indeed Allah’s favor which He bestows on whomsoever he pleases.”
(A similar story is also related about Hazrat Ali bin Muwaffaq R.A. in Chapter I, hadith 6). Read more... (834 words, estimated 3:20 mins reading time)
Story No. 9: (Episode)
Hazrat Maalik bin Dinaar R.A. says: “I once saw a young man of very saintly countenance. Tears were continuously flowing from his eyes. I immediately recognized him as one whom I had seen in Basra some time before. Then he was in a wealthy position. Now he seemed destitute and starving. On seeing him tears came to my eyes to think how he was before, and how he was now. He recognized me and we greeted each other. He said to me: “O Maalik; pray for me. Remember me in your most earnest prayers. Perhaps Allah will have mercy on me in my present condition and forgive my sins.”
Then he recited the following verses:
When the Beloved turns to thee then remembers me to Him;
And tell Him that never this heart is free of His remembrance.
Perchance on hearing the mention of my name.
He shall inquire about me.
Hazrat Maalik R.A. continues: “Having recited these lines he went away. The time of Haj arrived and while sitting in the Holy Haram once I saw a crowd of people around a man, crying uncontrollably. As a result of his hysterical crying people found difficulty in performing tawaaf. I went in that direction and behold it was the same young man. This made me very happy and I said: “Praise be to Allah who has granted you your wish.” Thereupon he again recited some lines:
People fearlessly proceeded to Mina and there, their heart felt desires received,
They begged to Allah their deepest wish,
And true to promise He granted them,
And through their sincere repentance did He grant protection against all inequity.
The Saqi gave them to drink and when they asked: “who is the Saqi?” he said: “I am Allah, call you on Me, I am your Lord, Mine alone is Glory.
Exaltedness the Kingdom and praise.”
Hazrat Maalik R.A continues: “Tell me what happened to you?” He said: “I have been most fortunate for Allah had called me here and here I am present. Whatever I begged of Him, I received.”
Then he recited a few lines thus:
When my Beloved called me I called out “Blessed am I?”
How great the ecstasy of Thy love.
By Thy truth do I swear, Thou art the goal, the object.
That I seek; For the sake of fulfilling Thy desires do they blame me.
Yet let them blame.
For me there is no longing save to be with Thee.
And when here in the city I be, I do not remember anyone save Thee.
Hazrat Maalik R.A says: “After this he commenced the tawaaf and thereafter I never saw him again, neither do I know what happened to him. (Rowdh) Read more... (2693 words, estimated 10:46 mins reading time)
11. Before entering the Holy City the visitor should cleanse himself by means of a bath (Ghusl). If however it is not possible, this should be done after entrance, but in any case before visiting the Mosque. When ghusl cannot be preformed, then at least Wudhu should be made.
Having bathed, one’s best clothes should be worn, sweet smelling itr should be applied and such should one appear, as is normally the case on the days of Eid. With great humility and the utmost humbleness yet in full-dignified manner should be the procession to the Haram. Read more... (1060 words, estimated 4:14 mins reading time)
Q. What is the deifinition of Riba according to the Holy Quran and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam ). Does it cover the simple and compound interest existing in the present day financial transactions?
A. The word, Riba as understood from the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah, is any extra payment received over and above the prin- cipal amount, regardless of the fact that extra amount is significant or insignificant. Islam, therefore, considers the Riba Haraam, in all of its forms.
The Fuqaha have given two interpretations of the word, Riba, : Riba-al-Nasia and Riba al Fadl. Read more... (650 words, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
Q. Respectable Mufti Saheb : Kindly forgive me for intruding on your precious time and specially during the Holy Month of Ramadan when you will be too busy. Also please forgive me in addressing this letter in English as perhaps I may not be able to express myself more clearly in Urdu.
You have been making research on various Islamic laws and principles which remain not clear in minds of people like me who have no knowledge or study of matters. As a learned scholars and having vast experience and knowledge of both Islamic Laws and practices of modern period, I hope to get a rely of my query from you. Matter is the same old one- what is the position of bank interest or profit – by whatever name it is called according to Shariah. To express whatever I understand I give below my feelings:- Read more... (1284 words, estimated 5:08 mins reading time)
The virtues of these two places-Makkah and the Ka’ba has been expounded in many verses of the Qur’aan and the Hadith. We shall now look at a few of these. Allah says in the Qur’ an “The first House (of worship) appointed for men was that at Bakka, full of blessing. On this Hazrat Ali R.A. said that houses for residence had been erected before the Ka’ba but the very first place for Hs worship was this one. It is reported above by many companions that this portion of the earth first appeared above the water after its creation and from it the rest of the earth was spread and rolled out, in the same manner as a roti is rolled out by a roller, to a large round flat bread, from a small round piece of dough. Read more... (663 words, estimated 2:39 mins reading time)