Aaisha (RadhiAllaho anha) reports: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), should I find myself the “Laylatul Qadr”, hat shall I pray. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) replied: say, Allaahumma innaka afuwwun tohibbu al’afwa fa’fu anna “O Allah, Thou art the One who grants pardon for sins. Thou lovest to pardon, so O pardon me.”
Hakeemul Ummat Mujaddidul-Millat Moulana Ashraf Ali Saheb Thanwi ( ) the author of Bahishti Zewar and a very great Aalim (scholar of Deen) has mentioned, that whoever’s heart has become hard, and instead of engaging in the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala, he is troubled by the desire to sin i.e. hardness has settled into his heart, which is termed as Qasa’wat in Arabic, then for the reformation of such a heart, a prescription has been mentioned in the Hadith Shareef.
The reason for mentioning the manner in which these saintly ones spent their Ramadhaan is not that we may just read without deriving any benefit or pass a casual remark. It is written with the object that we in our way may build up courage and to the best of our ability endeavor to copy and follow their noble examples. Every pious elders programme had its particular specialty.
How wonderful would it be if those who are not forced by worldly necessities try their utmost to mend their religious life in this one month after having allowed eleven months of the year go by to destroy themselves.
After Fiqh another important aspect of Deen exists viz. Tasawwuf, which could be regarded as the very spirit of Deen and it has been called Ihsaan in the Hadith of Hadhrat Jibraeel (alaihi salaam).
Three responsibilities or aims of Rasulullaah‟s (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) duty have been explicitly mentioned in the Qur`aan:
(1) Recitation of the Qur`aanic verses.
(2) Educating by means of the Qur`aan and Hadith.
(3) Spiritual Purification.
Recitation of the Quran
26. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The person who recites a single letter of the Quran will receive one reward. And the basic principle with regard to rewards is that they are multiplied ten fold. I do not say that Alif Lâm Mîm is one letter. Instead, Alif is one letter, Lâm is one letter, and Mîm is one letter. Based on this, one will receive 30 rewards.”
Cursing oneself or one’s children
51. During the stay in Madina, whenever one is inside the mosque, ones eyes should be fixed on the Hujra Shareef; the Rowdha; wherein lies Rasulullah Sal’am. When one is outside the Masjid then one should time and again gaze at the Green Dome above the grave. Insha Allah this will be a reward act. (Shar’h Lubaab and Shar’h Manaasik of Nawawi). When looking at these two places do so in silence and with due respect.
“More preferable in my sight now is, the patient silence of my deep love for you; Than the loud exclamation of love;)
For often indeed the loud claims of a lover, from a breast with no effect and no depth.”
Q. I. I would like to learn about the traditional system of Muslims as it began, and as it exists today, in our subcontinent as well as other areas of the world.
(i). What levels of education are denoted by words like maktab, madrassa, jamiah, dar-ul-uloom etc.?
(ii). What language (s) is / are used as medium of instruction.
(iii). What syllabi are being used? Is there a standard syllabus or a standard set of subjects used all over the Muslim world.
(iv). Are students exposed to subjects like history, geography, mathematics, literature, economics, etc. at any stage?
(v). What degrees are conferred on students who complete various levels of education?
(vi). What is the significance and meaning of the following words: Farigh ul-tehseel, aalim, mufti, maulana, maulvi, Sheikh ul-hadith. (Irfan Ali Hyder, Karachi).
(i) The word ‘Maktab’ is generally used for a small institute of religious education in which the children learn the recitation of the Holy Qur’an (which is called the nazirah education, or they memorize the text of the Holy Qur’an by heart. At the same time, some elementary Islamic principles are also taught in such institutes.
Q. 1. “During your last visit to Toronto, Canada, (December, 94), we had the oppotunity to see the Maple Lodge Chicken staughter house. Based on yours and Mufti Rafi Usmani’s observations, please answer the following questions:
a) Can the Chicken slaughtered and prepared under current conditions be considered Halal?
b) if the answer to A is no or doubtful, what are the changes that may be necessary to make it acceptable as Halal?
c) Should the suggested changes be implemented, what will be the monitoring mechanism for continued acceptance?
Q. “Can one recite the Holy Qur’an with moderate loudness, when one is offering not in congregation (jama’ah) please elaborate the correct position in the context of Shari’ah”. (Muhammad Yousuf Ghani, Karachi)
A. Yes, it is permissible, rather advisable, to recite the surah al fatihah and other verses of the Holy Qur’an with moderate loudness, when one is offering individually, the salah of fajr, maghrib and Isha’ but it is not allowed to recite loudly in the Zuhr and ‘Asr prayers. Loud recitation is also available in the nafl Salah which is offered in the night hours, like tahajjud or Awwabin. As for the nawafil offered in daytime, it is also permissible, though not advisable.
Al- Wali (The polieting Friend)
Significance: The recitation of the above excessively by the husband will cause the wife and him both to love one another lnsha Allah.