Khadîjah radiyallâhu ‘anhâ


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

She is the first wife of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. Great feats have been attributed to her. Once Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam informed her that Jibra’îl ‘alayhis salâm has conveyed the salâms of Allah to you. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam also said that the following four women are the best in the world: Maryam, Âsiyah (the wife of Pharaoh), Khadîjah, and Fâtimah.

March 12, 2011

The wife of Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm


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

Her name is Safûrâ. She is the eldest daughter of Shu‘ayb ‘alayhis salâm. When a kâfir was unintentionally killed by Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm in Egypt, Pharaoh learnt of this. He therefore informed his ministers that Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm should be killed. When Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm heard about this plan, he escaped secretly to Madyan. When he reached the boundary of this city, he noticed many shepherds drawing water from a well and giving it to their flock to drink. He also noticed two women sitting aloof from all the shepherds. (Later, the elder of the two was his wife and the other was his sister-in-law). Upon seeing this, he asked them the reason for their not being able to give water to their flock. They replied: “We have no male at home. We therefore have to fulfil this task on our own. Because we are women, we are waiting for all these men to go away. Once they all leave, we draw out the water for our flock.” He felt sorry for them, drew the water all by himself and gave it to the sheep. When they went home, they related the entire incident to their old father. He sent his elder daughter to go and call this noble person. She came to Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm with full modesty and shyness and informed him that her father is calling him. He accompanied her and went and met Shu‘ayb ‘alayhis salâm. The latter consoled him and informed him that he wished to give one of his daughters to him in marriage. However, the condition is that he will have to tend to his sheep for eight or ten years. Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm accepted the offer and married the elder sister. After the completion of ten years, he returned home (to Egypt) with her. Because of the cold during the course of their journey, they needed some fire. He spotted a fire on the Mt. Tur so he went towards it. When he reached there, he saw the nûr of Allah. It was at this place that he received prophethood.

February 10, 2011

ALLAH’S LOVE FOR THE FUQARA


Hazrat Musa (A.S), History & Biography

Allah Ta’ala revealed to Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam): “O Musa! There are some such servants if they ask Me for the entire Jannat, I shall award it to them. But if they ask me for something of the world, I shall deny it to them. This denial is not because they are despised by Me, but I intend to pile up treasures for them in Jannat, and I save them from this world in the way a shepherd saves his sheep from the wolf.”

November 24, 2010

52) Hurting One’s Neighbor


Beliefs & Practices, Major Sins

In the two Sahihs, it is reported that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

“By Allah, he does not believe. By Allah, he does not believe. By Allah, he does not believe.” Someone asked, Whom, O Messenger of Allah? And he said, “He whose neighbor is not safe from his evil conduct.” (Bukhari)

In another narration, it is reported that,

“The one whose neighbor is not safe from his evil conduct will not enter Paradise.” (Muslim)

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) was asked about the greatest of sins and he said,

June 28, 2009

51) Overburdening and Arrogance against others


Beliefs & Practices, Major Sins

This includes overbearing the weak, the male slave, the female slave, the wife and the beast. Allah, the Almighty ordered us to deal in kindness towards these varieties. He said,

{Serve Allah and join not any partners with Him, and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbors who are of kin, neighbors who are strangers, the companion by your side, the way-fairer( ye meet) and what your right hands possess: for Allah loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious} (An-Nisa’: 36)

Concerning Allah’s saying,

{Serve Allah, and join not any partners with Him}

May 29, 2009

22) Misappropriating Spoils of War, Muslim Funds or Zakat


Beliefs & Practices, Major Sins

Allah Most High says,

If thou fearest treachery from any group, throw back (their covenant) to them, (so as to be) on equal terms: for Allah loveth not the treacherous.” (8:58)

He says too,

“No Prophet could ever act dishonestly. If any person acts dishonestly he shall, on the Day of Judgement, restore what he misappropriated, then shall every soul receive its due whatever it earned.” (2:161)

Abu Hurairah heard the Prophet (pbuh) mentioning Ghulul, emphasizing its magnitude, and declaring that it was a grave sin, saying,

February 10, 2009

Aqeeqah


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 3-Fasting, Zakaat, Qurbani, Hajj etc.
  1. When a boy or girl is born to a person, it is
    preferable to name the child on the seventh day and to make aqeeqah. By making
    aqeeqah, the child is safeguarded from all types of dangers and
    calamities.

  2. The method of aqeeqah is that if a boy is born, two
    goats or two sheep should be slaughtered. If a girl is born, one goat or one
    sheep should be slaughtered. Alternatively, if one wishes to take a share in a
    bull that is being slaughtered for qurbâni, then two shares should be taken for
    a boy and one share for a girl. Furthermore, the child’s head should be shaved,
    the hair should be weighed, and gold or silver equal to the weight of the hair
    should be given in charity. If one wishes, saffron could be applied to the
    child’s head.

August 31, 2008

QURBÂNI [SACRIFICE]


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 3-Fasting, Zakaat, Qurbani, Hajj etc.

There is very great merit in qurbâni. Rasulullah
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: “During the days of qurbâni, Allah Ta’âla does
not like any act more than qurbâni. In the days of qurbâni, the act of qurbâni
surpasses all other acts of piety. At the time of sacrificing the animal, this
noble act is accepted by Allah Ta’âla before the blood of the animal can reach
the ground. Therefore, make qurbâni happily and open-heartedly.” Rasulullah
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam also said: “For every hair that is on the
sacrificial animal, one reward is recorded for the person making the qurbâni.”
Glory be to Allah! Can there be a reward greater than this, that a person
receives hundreds and thousands of rewards for just one single qurbâni! If a
person had to count the strands of wool on a sheep from morning till evening he
will not be able to complete the count. Just try and imagine the innumerable
rewards for one single qurbâni. Piety demands that even if qurbâni is not
wajib
on a person, he should make it in order to receive such great rewards.
When this day of qurbâni passes, when will one ever get an opportunity like this
again, and how will he be able to receive such innumerable rewards so easily? If
Allah Ta’âla has blessed a person with wealth, then apart from making
qurbâni for himself, he should also make qurbâni for his
relatives such as his parents who have passed away so that their souls will also
be amply rewarded. One should also try and make qurbâni on behalf of Rasulullah
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his wives, on behalf of one’s spiritual guides,
etc. If all this is not possible, one should at least make on one’s own behalf
because qurbâni is wajib on the person who is wealthy. Qurbâni is
wajib
on the person who is wealthy and who has been blessed with everything.
If he does not make qurbâni despite all this wealth, who can be more unfortunate
than him? Apart from this, he will also be regarded as a sinner.

August 31, 2008

Zakât on Livestock


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 3-Fasting, Zakaat, Qurbani, Hajj etc.

  1. The passing of one
    full year is a prerequisite for zakât on all livestock.

  2. Zakât is fard
    on livestock. Livestock refers to the animal in which the following factors are
    found:

  1. It must graze freely
    for a major portion of the year. It must not be fed in its stable. If it spends
    half the year grazing freely and half the year in it’s stable; it will not be
    regarded as livestock. Similarly, if hay or straw is brought to its stable and
    it feeds on that hay or straw, it will not be regarded as livestock irrespective
    of whether this hay or straw was purchased or not.

  2. It must be kept for
    its milk, for the purpose of pro-creation, or in order to fatten it. If it is
    not kept for any of these purposes, and instead, is kept for its meat or as a
    means of transportation, it will not be regarded as livestock.

August 31, 2008