“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge”. (Qur’aan: 20:114)
This dua is taught by Muhammad (SAW) by Allah (SWT) Himself. The verse relates to an instruction not to hasten with Qur’aan before it is completely revealed. While revelation of the Qur’aan was incomplete, our Prophet (SAW) was instructed to make this dua. In our situation, when our knowledge is limited about Qur’aan, we should always make this dua to understand Qur’aan more.
- Rabbi hab lee hukman waalhiqnee bialssaliheena
“My Lord! Bestow wisdom on me, and join me with the righteous”. (Qur’aan: 26:83) Read more... (155 words, estimated 37 secs reading time)
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)
The meaning of ‘I’tikaaf’ is to seclude oneself in the Mosque, with the express intention (Niyyat)of ‘I’tikaaf’. According to the Hanafi school of thought, this may be of three different types:
a) Waajib I’tikaaf (Obligatory I’tikaaf)
I’tikaaf becomes compulsory when a person makes it obligatory upon himself. For example, when a person makes a vow to Allah that if Allah fulfils a certain wish of his, he shall perform so many days ‘I’tikaaf’, in this case, the moment his wish is fulfilled, the I’tikaaf becomes compulsory. Or a person may just make an unconditional vow, whereby he makes I’tikaaf Waajib upon himself for a certain number of days; this becomes obligatory for him from that moment onwards. Read more... (263 words, estimated 1:03 mins reading time)
Rasulullah (salellaho alaihe wasallam) says, “Although they are weak, yet great people lose all sense of intelligence because of them.” Therefore, save yourselves from looking at strange women, this is compulsory for you. Even though one be professor possessing a PhD, a highly qualified graduate or even an eminent Aalim, without protecting the gazes, without taking due precaution one will lose ones senses when looking at them.
The Shariat has given them some rights of coquetry and playfulness. Rasulullah (salellaho alaihe wasallam) told Hazrat Aayesh (radhiallaho anha),
“I know when you are angry with me.” Read more... (482 words, estimated 1:56 mins reading time)
Abu Hurayrah reports that Rasulullah S.W. S.W. said, “Whosoever eats on one day of Ramadhaan without a valid reason or excuse or genuine illness (acceptable in Shari-ah), shall never be able to compensate for that day even by fasting the rest of his life”
Reported by Ahmad, Tirmizhi, Abu Dawood, and Ibn Majah. Read more... (700 words, estimated 2:48 mins reading time)
After the Qur`aan, the Hadith is the most important source of Islaamic knowledge. Maududi‟s opinion regarding the Hadith is also very vague. Briefly, I will mention a few points.
Firstly, according to the Ulama, Hadith and Sunnat are synonymous, but Mr. Ghlaam Ahmad Parwez, Dr.Fazlur Rahman and others have differentiated between the two. Maududi has also adopted the same belief but fails to clarify the difference. [Refer to Rasaail Wa Masaa`il, page 310 part 1]
Secondly, he claims to be an authority on the Messenger. Hence he makes his own decision regarding the authenticity of a Hadith. He writes: Read more... (1989 words, estimated 7:57 mins reading time)
By depending on his personal knowledge and opinion Maududi‟s understanding of Deen has become completely different from that of the pious predecessors. According to him, Deen is a political movement established on earth to introduce the Law of Allaah. He writes: “In the Islaamic movement, Muhammad (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) is the one leader in whose life we find all the details of each stage, from the initial dawah till the establishment of an Islaamic state, and subsequently till the formation and charter of the state. During this period, the leader of this movement displayed its principles and requirements. But the leader which Allaah appointed for guidance paid no attention to any problems of the world, nor of his own country. However he invited towards the discarding of all deities and the worship of One.” [Islaami Hukumat kis Tarah Qaaim hoti he, page23/4] Read more... (1938 words, estimated 7:45 mins reading time)
Rasulullah ( sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: ” There are over 70 things which are connected with imaan, the highest of which is the Kalimah ” la ilaha illallahu muhammadur Rasulullah” and the lowest is the removal of a harmful object from the road. Modesty and hayaa is also a major part of imaan.” We will therefore mention these qualities.
30 QUALITIES ARE CONNECTED TO THE HEART
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It is reported that when a person stands at the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am and recites the verse:
Innallaha wa Malaa-Ikatahoo you Salloona Alan Nabee, and then says seventy times: Sallallahu Alayka ya Muhammad, an angel says: ‘May Allah’s blessings be on you too, and then Allah fulfills his every need.’ Read more... (228 words, estimated 55 secs reading time)
Q. Kindly throw some light on the use of credit cards, which are floating in the market. Majority of these cards belong to Professional banking institutions, such as American Express, City Gold Card etc. However, some cards are issued by companies such as Diners club etc, which are not themselves banking institutions. Please explain the ruling of Shariah about both these cards. In your reply please cover both the aspects of using credit cards, first as holders of the card, used to offset the purchase price and second, when we accept these cards as sellers.
(Muhammad Salman, Karachi) Read more... (484 words, estimated 1:56 mins reading time)