Introduction to Gambling


Beliefs & Practices, Gambling

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:

April 24, 2014

What is Zakat?


A Guide to Zakah - Understanding & Calculation, Fiqh

Lexically, the word Zakah covers two meanings.

1. Purification

2. Growth and increase

In the terminology of the Quran and Sunnah, Zakah is the portion of asset that is made mandatory to be spent in the ways specified by Allah Ta’ala.

Benefits of Zakah

Zakah has two straightforward benefits.

Firstly, the payer himself gets purified from inner germs of the spiritual diseases.

Secondly, Zakah helps those who are not able to fulfill their needs independently. For e.g. orphans, widows, handicaps, poor people etc.

Allah Ta’ala says in Surah Taubah:

August 15, 2011

Umme Sulaym radiyallâhu ‘anhâ


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, History & Biography, Part 7 - Lives of Pious Women and Characteristics of Women, Women & Family

She is a Sahâbiyah of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, the wife of Abû Talha radiyallâhu ‘anhu, and the mother of Anas radiyallâhu ‘anhu, who was the attendant of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. She is also an aunt of his. One of her brothers who was a Sahâbî, was martyred while participating in a battle with Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. On account of all this, he used to have a lot of time for her. He used to visit her occasionally. He is also reported to have seen her in jannah.

July 13, 2011

The sister of Haysûr


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 7 - Lives of Pious Women and Characteristics of Women, Women & Family

In the story of Mûsâ and Khidr ‘alayhimas salâm it is mentioned that the latter killed a young boy in fulfilment of Allah’s command. Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm became alarmed and asked: “What did this innocent child do that you had to kill him?” Khidr ‘alayhis salâm replied: “When this child would have grown, he would have been a kâfir. His parents were Muslims. There was the possibility of their also going astray out of love for him. It was therefore felt that it would be good if he was killed. In place of this boy, Allah will give a daughter to these parents who will be pure from all evil and will be of more benefit to her parents.” It is written in other books that this is exactly what happened. This girl married a prophet and from her progeny 70 prophets were born. The name of the boy is Haysûr and this girl is his sister.

February 22, 2011

Evil Disguised in Goodness


Beliefs & Practices, In the Name of Love

Evil is being presented before us as a thing of marvel and delight. Indecency is presented in a striking manner and we are told that it is freedom, it is entertainment, it is happiness. Love flourishes due to this and comfort is found in it.

Alas! Nothing of this is true! In fact it is due to this only that homes are broken, children get ruined, Haya goes away, youth gets strained by fulfilment of the lustful desires, chastity of daughters gets lost, sons cuts off relations from the fathers, and daughters do not remain loyal to their own mothers. The family system gets broken into pieces.

February 11, 2010

Some other Habits


Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

Use of right and left hands.

He used to employ his right hand for all purposes excepting the unclean actions involving removal of impurities like cleaning the nose, washing after evacuation and picking up shoes etc. Similarly when he handed over something to any body, he did so with his right hand and when he took over anything, he did so with his right hand. [Zadul Ma’ad, Shamail-e-Tirmizi]

Returning a greeting received through a messenger

When he received a salutation from somebody through someone he made a salutation to him as well as to the messenger in these words:

January 15, 2010

A FINAL WORD


Beliefs & Practices, Masturbation - A disastrous problem faced by the youth

Finally, my honoured brother! It should be clear that the matter demands an effort and sacrifice. Do not think that the treatment will be accomplished by taking a mere tablet or by thinking a mixture of medicine. Mujáhadah (sacrifice and striving) coupled with tazkiyah-e-nafs (cleansing of the inner self) is necessary. This can be achieved by worship and obedience, abstaining from evil and vice, from the company of the ‘Ulema and participating in the work of Tabligh and Da’wah.

All praise belongs to Allah Ta’ala, the Almighty, the Great and may Allah Ta’ala’s Choicest Blessing and Peace be upon our Nabi (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam), His Family and His companions.

December 28, 2009

DUA FOR IMPROVING THE MEMORY


Duas, Remedies from Holy Quran

رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي (20:25)

He said, ―My Lord, put my heart at peace for me

وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي (20:26)

and make my task easy for me

وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِنْ لِسَانِي (20:27)

and remove the knot from my tongue,

يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي (28)

so that they may understand my speech.

Significance: One should recite this verse 20 times after Fajr Salaah everyday for strengthening his memory and progress in his knowledge.

December 24, 2009

On Leaving Madina


Fiqh, Hajj - Merits and Precepts

At the time of leaving Madina, offer two Rak’ats of Prayers in Masjid-e-Nabavi and then pay a Salam in front of the sacred Mausoleum and pray to Allah that He may render your return journey easy for you and take you to your family in peace and safety. He may guard you against the evils of both the worlds and make you lucky enough to be present again in Madina. He may not render this presence of yours as your last presence.

“(And Allah’s help is sought and He is trusted in, and the end of our invocation is “All praise to Allah the cherisher and sustainer of the worlds).”

November 14, 2009

Salam to Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique


Fiqh, Hajj - Merits and Precepts

Thereafter, by moving aside at an arms length pay Salam to Hazrat Abu-Bakr Siddique :-

“Peace be with you, O Caliph of the Messenger of Allah, his Companion in the cave, his co-traveller in his journeys and the trustee of his secrets Abu-Bakr Siddique !
May Allah grant you a good reward on behalf of the people of Muhammad.”

November 13, 2009