If these people who are so ready to defame and accuse others would only reflect on the sayings of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) in this regard, they will surely come to know that they only do great harm to themselves. Whatever they do to others will certainly be done to them. For Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
As you do to others so shall be done to you.”(Maqousid-e-Hasanah)
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also said: “Goodness never becomes old; sin is never forgotten, and Allah, the Compensator never dies. Do whatever you wish, for as you do to others, so shall be done to you.” Read more... (658 words, 2 images, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
The Holy Quran has fixed eight categories of recipients in verse 60 of the Surah Taubah.
“The Sadaqat (prescribed alms) are (meant) only to be given to the poor, the needy, to those employed to collect them, to those whose hearts are to be won, in the cause of the slaves and those encumbered with debt, in the way of Allah and to a wayfarer. This is an obligation prescribed by Allah. Allah is All Knowing, Wise.” (60)
There is a consensus amongst the jurists that the disbursement of Zakah is solely confined to these eight recipients. The Holy Prophet was once asked by a Companion to give the latter Zakah. The Holy Prophet replied: Read more... (1641 words, estimated 6:34 mins reading time)
(Speech of Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi delivered in connection with the Birthday Anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad at Lucknow on 2nd May, 1975.)
“We sent thee not save as a mercy for the peoples.” (XXI:107) Read more... (1992 words, estimated 7:58 mins reading time)
Q. “There are some people who say that Taqleed, following the madhhab of one imam is haram (prohibited) in shariah. They insist that only the Qur’an and sunnah should be followed by a true Muslim, and it is tantamount to the shirk that some human being is followed in the matters of Shari‘ah. They also claim that all the madhahib formed as Hanafi, Shafi’i, Maliki and Hanbali schools are created two hundred years after the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) and they are bidah (an invention not warranted by the Qur’an and Sunnah). They also maintain that a Muslim should seek guidance directly from the Qur’an and sunnah, and no intervention of any Imam is needed for the knowledge of Shari‘ah. Please explain how far this view is correct. Read more... (2322 words, 2 images, estimated 9:17 mins reading time)
Q. The Five times salah (namaz) is obligatory on the muslims was it also obligatory on other ummahs?
A It is evident from the study of the Holy Quran and Sunnah that the salah was also obligatory on all the previous prophets and their followers, but there is not authentic record available to show exact form of prayer enjoined upon different prophets. Similarly it cannot be said with certainty as to how many times in day they were ordered to perform prayers. there are some reports giving some details in this respect, but they are too weak to be relied upon.
Q. “What is the correct term “Hajj-e-Akbar”? It is generally presumed that the Hajj performed on Friday is called “Hajj-e- Akbar” and it is a superior kind of Hajj as compared with the Hajj performed on other days of the week. What is the correct position in Shariah?” (Ibid)
A. The term used in the Holy Quran is “al-hajj-al-Akbar”. But it does not mean a Hajj performed on Friday, as generally alleged by ignorant people. The Holy Quran has used this term for the Hajj performed by the Muslims under the supervision of Sayyidna Abu Bakr Siddiq (R.A.) in the year 9 A.H.i.e. one year earlier to the last Hajj of the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam), and this Hajj (the Hajj of 9 A.H.) was not performed on Friday. Still, the Holy Quran has called it “al-Hajj-al- Akbar”. It is clear from this that this term has no reference to Friday. Read more... (245 words, estimated 59 secs reading time)
Q. 1. Is it all right for me to follow the Jamia Mosque for Eid-ul-Adha celebration although I do not agree with this decision to celebrate it with Hajj day in Saudi Arabia (i.e.next to Hajj day).
2. What is the true significance of the details given in the attached brochure on the light of the Fiqh followed in different schools?
3. Does it agree with the decision taken by Fiqh council of Saudi Arabia which has members from all over the Muslim world.
(A Canadian Muslim) Read more... (1553 words, estimated 6:13 mins reading time)
Q. “What is the procedure for a Christian to convert to Islam in order to marry a Sunni Muslim girl? Which reputable institution in Karachi arranges for such a conversion and Nikah, so that it is a widely accepted in our society?”
A. It is not correct practice to embrace Islam for the sake of marrying a Muslim girl only. Islam is a composition of certain beliefs and acts. It is a way of life. It is a matter of faith and conviction. In order to become a Muslim, it is necessary to accept all its basic teachings with one’s heart and soul. If one’s real purpose is only to marry a Muslim girl, and he wants to register himself as a Muslim only because he cannot marry that girl without it, while he does not have faith in the basic beliefs of Islam, he cannot be a Muslim in reality. Read more... (728 words, estimated 2:55 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. As a convert to Islam I greatly appreciate the Islamic literature such as your publication which helps me to advance in knowledge. I have three (3) questions which I would like you address for me. If you have addressed these questions in any of your past issues of Albalagh please let me know how I can obtain a copy Inshallah. If not would you please answer these questions for me or let me know if you intend to address these questions in any of your upcoming issues Insha-Allah.
(Khadijah al-Khudri, Orlando, U.S.A) Read more... (1597 words, estimated 6:23 mins reading time)