WHERE TO PERFORM I’TIKAAF


Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Ramadan (Fazail e Aamaal)

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.

August 21, 2011

An Ansârî woman


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

Ibn Is’hâq narrates that the husband, father and brother of an Ansârî woman were all martyred in the battle of ’Uhud, in which they had participated with Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. When she was informed about this, she replied: “First tell me, how is Rasûlullâh?” They replied that he is well and alive. She replied: “If he is safe and sound, there is nothing to be sorrowful about.”

Lesson: Glory be to Allah! What great love she had for Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam! O women! If you wish to have love for him, follow his Sharî‘ah in totality. In this way, you will develop a love for him, and on account of this love, you will receive a stage near him.

July 29, 2011

Fâtimah radiyallâhu ‘anhâ


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

She is the youngest of all the sisters but the highest in status and the most beloved to Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He has referred to her as the piece of his flesh and the leader of all women. He has also stated that if anything causes her sorrow, it causes him sorrow as well. When he fell ill, he whispered into her ear and informed her of the approach of his death. Upon hearing this, she began to cry. He again whispered into her ear and informed her that she should not grieve because she will be the first to join him and she will be the leader of all women in jannah. Upon hearing this, she began smiling. Although all his wives begged her to tell them what he had told her, she did not do so until after his demise. She married ‘Alî radiyallâhu ‘anhu. Many other virtues concerning her have been mentioned in the Hadîth.

April 26, 2011

Saudah radiyallâhu ‘anhâ


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

She is also the wife of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. She had given her day which he used to spend with her to ‘Â’ishah. ‘Â’ishah says: “I never desired to be like any woman except Saudah. Whenever I used to see her, I desired to be like her.” The name of her first husband was Sukrân bin ‘Amr.

Lesson: Look at her magnanimity that she gave her turn to her co-wife. These days, a woman unnecessarily fights with the co-wife and is jealous of her. Look at the justice of ‘Â’ishah that she praises her co-wife. Today, they intentionally look for faults in the co-wife. O women! You should also adopt magnanimity and justice of this nature.

March 14, 2011

The second wife of Ismâ‘îl ‘alayhis salâm


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

Prior to building the Ka’bah, Ibrâhîm ‘alayhis salâm had come to Makkah on two occasions. However, on both occasions he did not find Ismâ‘îl ‘alayhis salâm at home. Neither was he (Ibrâhîm ‘alayhis salâm) commanded to stay over in Makkah for very long (whereby he could have met his son). When he came to Makkah on the first of such occasions, the wife of Ismâ‘îl ‘alayhis salâm was at home. He asked her how she was managing. She replied: “I am in great difficulty.” He replied: “When your husband returns, convey my salâm to him and tell him to change his door-frame.” When Ismâ‘îl ‘alayhis salâm returned home and learnt everything, he replied: “That was my father and the door-frame that he was referring to is actually you. He wants me to leave you.” He therefore divorced her and married another woman.

January 11, 2011

AHADITH concerning the rewards and the punishments for deeds Part 1


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 6-Etiquette and Manners, Reformation of the Heart, Deeds and their Retribution

Sincerity of Intention

1. A person asked: “O Rasûlullâh! What is îmân?” He replied: “To maintain a sincere intention.”
This means that whatever you do should be done solely for Allah.
2. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Actions are judged by intentions.”
This means that if a person has a good intention, he will be rewarded for doing a good act. If not, he will not be rewarded.

Doing something for show

December 19, 2010

A Few Masâ’il related to Divorce


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 4-Nikah (Marriage) in Islam

1. When it becomes necessary to issue a divorce, there are three ways in doing so: (a) the most preferable method, (b) a good method, (c) a bid’ah and harâm method.

The most preferable method: is that the husband issues one divorce to his wife while she is pure, i.e. not experiencing hayd or nifâs. A further condition is that he must not have engaged in sexual intercourse with her in this entire period of her purity. He must not issue any other divorce till the end of the expiry of her ‘iddah. The moment her ‘iddah expires, the nikâh will come to an end and there is no need to issue any further divorce. This is because divorce has only been permitted at the time of extreme need. Accordingly, there is no need to issue several divorces.

October 10, 2010

The Detestation of Divorce


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 4-Nikah (Marriage) in Islam

1. It is mentioned in a Hadîth that of all the permissible actions, divorce is the most detestable in the sight of Allah Ta’âlâ. The meaning of this is that divorce has been permitted at times of necessity. However, when there is no need, it is extremely detestable. The reason for this is that the purpose of marriage is to foster mutual understanding, mutual love, and comfort for the husband and wife. Divorce wipes out all these factors, shows ingratitude to the favours of Allah Ta’âlâ, the husband and wife become distressed, and it results in mutual enmity. Based on this, it also results in enmity towards the wife, her family and her relatives. As far as possible, one should never ever intend to divorce one’s wife. In all their dealings, the husband and wife should try and accommodate each other and live with love for each other. However, if there is no way that they can live together, there will be no harm in divorce. Understand this well.

October 8, 2010

The Method of Living with one’s Husband


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 4-Nikah (Marriage) in Islam

It should be understood well that the intimacy and contact between husband and wife is such that they will have to live together for the rest of their lives. If they love each other and are compatible to each other, then there is no greater bounty than this. And if, Allah forbid, there is conflict between the two, then there is no greater calamity than this. Therefore, as far as is possible, live with his heart in your hands and carry out your duties through the mere indication of his eyes. If he orders you to tie your hands and remain standing the entire night, then the prosperity of this world and the hereafter is in this that you bear this minor difficulty of this world and thereby attain the prosperity and success of the hereafter. Never do anything that is contrary to his mood. If he regards the day as night, you should also do the same.

September 28, 2010

Iddah after Death of the Husband


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 4-Nikah (Marriage) in Islam

1. A woman’s husband passed away. She must now observe the ‘iddah for four months and ten days. She must live in the house in which she was staying at the time of her husband’s death. It is not permissible for her to go out of that house. However, if a woman is very poor and does not have the resources to lead a normal life, and she takes up a job of cooking for someone or takes up some other similar job, it will be permissible for her to leave her house. However, she will have to spend the night in her home.

September 14, 2010