Beginning of the Ashur-ul-Hajj
Shawwal is the first of the three months named as “Ashhur al-Hajj” (i.e. the months of Hajj). Although the major acts of Hajj are normally performed in the first ten days of Zulhijjah, yet the whole period starting from the first of Shawwal up to the 10th of Zulhijjah is held to be the period of Hajj because some acts of Hajj can be performed any time during this period. For example, the Tawaf-ul-qudum, followed by the Sai’ of Hajj cannot be performed before Shawwal, while it can be performed any day after the beginning of Shawwal. Similarly, an ‘Umrah performed before Shawwal cannot be treated as the ‘Umrah of Tamattu: while the ‘Umrah performed in Shawwal can be affiliated to the Hajj, making it a Hajj of Tamattu: Moreover, ihram of Hajj should not be started before Shawwal, because it makruh. For these reasons these three months have been named as the ‘months of Hajj’ and the month of Shawwal has the distinction of being the first of these. Read more... (1989 words, estimated 7:57 mins 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)
Payer of Zakah
Zakah must be paid by the one who is:
2- Major (Baligh)
4- Sahib-un-nisaab (owner of wealth above the level of nisaab)
Above-mentioned four conditions are described respectively in the following lines: Read more... (366 words, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)
- Zakah is not obligatory on a non-Muslim as Zakah is an ibadah (an act of pure worship) and a non-Muslim is not obliged to carry out the ibadah of Islam.
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)
In these stories just related we have come across many cases where Rasulullah Sal’am had been seen in a dream. Now it is my duty to bring to the notice of the readers, something important. It is that whenever Rasulullah Sal’am was seen in a dream, it must be believed that it was the Rasul Sal’am who was seen and no one else. For numerous are the authentic reports wherein is stated the Rasulullah Sal’am said: “Whoever sees me in a dream, has indeed seen none but me, for verily Shaytaan is not allowed to imitate me.” Read more... (690 words, estimated 2:46 mins reading time)
Due to my own weakness I could not fully write the proper aadaab of the presence at Madina. However these points should serve as guide and I appeal to readers to overlook shortcomings. In my humble manner have I tried to stress two things while remaining inside the circle of the Shari’ah.
Firstly, honor and respect and secondly keenness and enthusiasm. It is now my intention to end this chapter with some incidents and stories about visitors to the Holy Tomb of Rasulullah Sal’am so that these may serve as examples to intending visitors. The famous story of Hazrat Utbah Rah, and some others have already been mentioned. Read more... (1856 words, estimated 7:25 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.“How far the ladies are allowed to offer their prayers in congregation (jama’ah)? What is the most preferable and superior position in this respect, as per Shari‘ah?
A. The ladies are always required to offer their prayers individually. it is not advisable for them to offer prayers in congregation. Rather, it is held to be a makrooh (disliked) practice. Unlike of men, the individual prayer of ladies carries more thawab. However, if some ladies insist on the disliked practice of offering their prayers in congregation, the woman who leads the prayer should not stand in front like a male Imam of salah. Instead she should stand in the middle of the women who perform salah in her leadership. But it is emphasized once again that the congregation of ladies for prayers should always be discouraged.
Q. “It is a common observation in correspondence and documents that people write “Mohd” instead of writing the full name “Muhammad” (Sallallho Alaihi Wasallam). Ironically, this maltreatment is only with this name. I have never seen any person writing any other name in a short form. Please comment on this habit in the light of Shari‘ah.
(Muhammad Yousuf Ghani, Karachi).
A. It is absolutely a wrong practice. No such abbreviation should be allowed to the blessed name of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam). Likewise, it is also noticed that some people abbreviate the words of salah and instead of writing they write ’‰ŸÂ or in an abbreviated form. This is also an erroneous practice. The words of salah should be written in full.
(1) Is it permissible to accept donations from non Muslim individuals or organizations, for an Islamic cause like building a mosque, madrassah or similar other projects? We have been offered handsome donations for a proposed mosque cum Islamic center in our vicinity, by the non-Muslims of our area. The point of cover is that the source of income of the proposed non Muslim donors could not be vouched for its being in accordance with the tenets of Islam. Please advise us in the light of Shari‘ah. Read more... (325 words, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)