1. What is the Shar`i status of a beard — Is it Waajib or Sunnat? Is the shaving of a beard Makrooh or Haraam? Many people understand the keeping of a beard to be a Sunnat, which if kept is meritorious and if not kept then there is no sin. How correct are these views?
2. Is there a specified length in the Shariah for a beard? If there is then what is it? Read more... (3615 words, estimated 14:28 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)
We do not have permission to veer from or change the method which has been reported from Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam). I am certain that big, big Bid`ahs spring up from such sources. The root of all these sources is as I have mentioned earlier, i.e. it is a Bid`ah to introduce as part of the Deen something which was not reported from Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam), the Sahaabah (radhiAllaahu anhum) or the Taabieen (rahmatullahi alaihim). Sufficing upon this we will hereunder list a few important rules. Read more... (1319 words, estimated 5:17 mins reading time)
Rasulullaah (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) not only forbade the lighting of lamps and lanterns at the gravesides, in fact, he (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) cursed the perpetrators of such actions. Hadhrat Abdullaah Bin Abbaas (radhiAllaahu anhuma) states:
“Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) has cursed those women who go the graveyard, and those people who make the graves a place of worship and those who light lamps there.” [Mishkaat, page 71]
Allaamah Hadhrat Ali (radhiAllaahu anhu) Qaari (rahmatullahi alaih) mentions in the commentary of this narration: Read more... (293 words, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
The Hadith wherein Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) had prohibited the building up of solid walls around graves has been mentioned previously. Our Aimmah of the Ahle Sunnat have ruled this act as being Haraam based on the above-mentioned narration. Imaam Muhammed (rahmatullahi alaih) – one of the senior students of Imaam Abu Hanifah (radhiAllaahu anhu) – states:
“We do not deem as correct (and permissible) to cover the grave with more sand than what was taken out therefrom. We regard as Makrooh (e-Tahrimi) the building up of (walls around) graves and plastering them (with mud or concrete). Indeed Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) had forbidden the building up of and solidifying graves. This is our Math-hab and this is Imaam Abu Hanifah‟s view also.” [Kitaabul Aathaar, page 96] Read more... (414 words, estimated 1:39 mins reading time)
a) If the skies are not clear or are obscured due to dust, smoke, mist, etc. then the declaration of one upright Muslim, whether man or woman is sufficient.
b) If the skies are clear and no obscurity exists due to dust, mist, etc. then the testimony of even a few individuals will not be sufficient. The Khabar (information) of such a large group of people that would necessitate certainty or overwhelming assurance is required. This is required as the prevailing sky condition warrants that a large group of people sight the moon and that the sighting would not normally be limited to a few individuals. Read more... (296 words, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)
By: Sheikhul Hadith Hadhrat Moulana Fadhlur Rahman Saheb
One must affirm that there can be absolutely no doubt in the fact that each and every Sunnah of our beloved Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is considered supreme and well worthy of emulation by a true believer of and follower of his esteemed lifestyle. In fact a true lover of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would be prepared to give his life for the practical preservation of even one Sunnah. A true Ummati of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is one who endeavors to emulate every Sunnah, whether it is connected to the Ibaadat (worship) of Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or his habit or lifestyle (the manner of his eating, walking, dressing etc.) Read more... (1308 words, estimated 5:14 mins reading time)
Q. 1. Muslim students who go to non-Muslim countries for higher education generally find out that the money sent to them by their parents is insufficient for their many needs. Thus, they take up jobs to stay even. Some times they find jobs in hotels which sell liquor and pork. Is it permissible for a Muslim student to be employed in such hotels?
Q. 2. Running a distillery or merchandizing liquor or pork in non-Muslim countries are open businesses. Can Muslims also do so. Read more... (664 words, estimated 2:39 mins reading time)
Care should be taken in the speeches and writings concerning the Jihad and only the virtues based on the Holy Quraan and the Revered Sunnah are to be stated. All the references ought to be watertight and authentic.
The Jihad is an obligation whose virtues are abundantly stated in the Holy Quraan and the Revered Sunnah. Yet a thorough and painstaking research must be carried out before any narration, quotation and event, in order to refute any false accusations of the non-Muslim, vehement opponent of the Jihad and to eliminate any attack upon the Jihad through this door. Read more... (580 words, estimated 2:19 mins reading time)
My dear friends, Alhamdulillah we are Muslims. We have our own traditions, our own festivals, our own celebrations, thus it is necessary for us to detest these western traditions.
Remember that those who themselves do not execute such actions but just attend gatherings where these celebrations are being held, they too can’t escape the menace of such filth as a narration of our Beloved Prophet SAW tells:
“Whoever acquires resemblance to any group of people will be one of them.” (Mishkaat)