I hope many people take the time to watch or listen to this lecture. It is about an hour long but so worth the time and effort. This Scholar is just so humble and close to the hearts of people. Most of all – what he says makes so much sense. Please let me know what you think after listening to this. For those who are not Muslim, there is much in this for any God fearing people. Just keep in mind what most people do not know, “Allah” is the Arabic word translation for “God” in English. Allah is not some odd unknown god, He is the same God of Abraham Issac Jacob, Noah and all other known prophets and messengers sent before. Enjoy!
by Asma bint Shameem [iloveAllaah.com Exclusive Writer]
What if you hire someone to do something for you, but they only do part of the job and leave the rest incomplete? Will you recompense them fully for a job completed?
And what do you think a teacher would say if a student turns in only some of his homework and fails to do the rest of it? Will he get full marks for it?
And what about a child who is supposed to clean his whole room, but he only cleans HALF of it? Do you think he did what was required of him? Would you reward him for a job well done?
The answer to all of the above is an obvious NO.
That’s because they did not complete what they were supposed to do and only did part of it. And thus they do not deserve to be fully rewarded.
Similarly, my dear sister, is the case when you fast but you don’t wear hijaab.
Do you realize, dear sister, that by not wearing hijaab, you are only doing part of the job and not doing whole of it?
You see, just as much as fasting is a fard (obligation) on you, in like manner, the hijab is also, just as equally, fard on you.
The One Who made the FAST an obligation on you and me is the same Lord Who also made the HIJAAB an obligation on you and me.
Allaah says: “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. over themselves) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women, or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigor, or small children who have no sense of feminine sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” [al-Noor 24:31]
And there are so many other ayaat and ahaadeeth that clearly order believing women to cover themselves.
Do you not want to be one of them?
Don’t you want to obey the One who created you, gave you life, food, health, family, friends and everything that you know and don’t know of ??!! Read the rest of this entry »
By: Om Mohammed
Most of us, when planning to travel anywhere for any length of time, will make some sort of a plan before commencing, whether that plan be in writing, or perhaps notes on a map, or perhaps only mentally. Either way, we will make some sort of plan before traveling. In most cases, it is quite hard to find accommodation, much less other amenities if one takes up the course of travel without any plans or reservations or having prepared sufficient sustenance for the course of the travel.
This life we are all experiencing at this moment, is in essence a state of travel for us all. But how many of us make any plans from day to day for our daily lives, let alone any plans or preparation for our final and eternal existence?
Allah Almighty said: “”O my people! Truly, this life of the world is nothing but a (quick passing) enjoyment, and verily, the Hereafter that is the home that will remain forever.””(Qur’an 39: 40-39)
We see from this verse that Allah reminds us of the superficial quality of this world as compared to that of eternity, and in essence prompts us on to making a plan for this life so that we do not waste it in frivolous activities which will benefit us little other than giving temporary pleasures.
We are on the verge of yet another Ramadan. How many Ramadans have you witnessed? And how many of those Ramadans have you made preparation for, in ways other than, of course, fighting your way through the supermarket aisles looking for various goodies and supplies for the kitchen pantry?
When should a Muslim start fasting six days of Shawwaal ?
You can start fasting six days of Shawwaal from the second day of Shawwaal, because it is haraam to fast on the day of Eid. You can fast the six days at any time during Shawwaal, although the best of good deeds are those which are done soonest.
The standing committee received the following question:
Should fasting the six days be done immediately after Ramadaan, following the day of Eid or is it permissible to do it a few days after Eid in the month of Shawwaal or not?
They replied as follows:
These days do not have to be fasted immediately after Eid al-Fitr; it is permissible to start fasting them one or more days after Eid, and they may be done consecutively or separately during the month of Shawwaal, according to what is easier for a person. There is plenty of room for maneuver in this matter, and this is not obligatory, it is Sunnah.Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daaimah, 10/391
Can a person start fasting six days of Shawwaal when he still has days to make up from Ramadaan ?
If a person fasts six days of Shawwaal after Ramadaan when he has not yet completed the Ramadaan fast because he did not fast ten days of Ramadaan for a legitimate reason will he have the same reward as a person who fasted all of Ramadaan and followed it with six days of Shawwaal, i.e. will he be like a person who fasted for a lifetime? Please explain to us, may Allaah reward you with good.
The precise rewards for the deeds which people do for the sake of Allaah is something which is known only to Allaah. If a person seeks the reward from Allaah and strives to obey Him, his reward will not be lost, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“We shall not make the reward of anyone who does his (righteous) deeds in the most perfect manner to be lost.”[al-Kahf 18:30]. Read the rest of this entry »
Ruling on Zakat-ul-Fitr
The fifth question of Fatwa no. 5733
Q 5: Is it an authentic Hadith that says: “The Sawm (Fasting) of Ramadan is not raised (to Allah) until Zakat-ul-Fitr (obligatory charity paid before the Festival of Breaking the Fast) is paid”? Is Zakat-ul-Fitr obligatory on a fasting Muslim who is needy and does not have the Nisab (the minimum amount on which Zakah is due) based on the authenticity of the previous Hadith or other Islamic textual evidence authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him)?
A: Zakat-ul-Fitr is obligatory on every Muslim who should be self-supporting if he has one Sa‘ (1 Sa‘ = 2.172 kg) or more in excess of his and his family’s need on the day and night of ‘Eid-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast). This is based on the Hadith authentically reported on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) enjoined the payment of one Sa‘ of dates or one Sa‘ of barley as Zakat-ul-Fitr on every Muslim slave or free, male or female, young or old, and he ordered that it be paid before the people go out to offer ‘Eid Prayer.
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(Related by both Al-Bukhari and Muslim and the wording is that of Al-Bukhari)
Moreover, Abu Sa‘id Al-Khudry (may Allah be pleased with him) is reported to have said: We used to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr as one Sa‘ of food, or one Sa‘ of dried dates, or one Sa‘ of barley, or one Sa‘ of raisins, or one Sa‘ of curd during the lifetime of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). (Related by both Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
It will also suffice to discharge the obligation by giving a Sa‘ of the local staple food such as rice and the like. Sa‘ here means the Sa‘ of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), which is four handfuls scooped up with the two hands of an average built man. Accordingly, a person who does not pay Zakat-ul-Fitr is sinful and has to make up for it. With regard to the Hadith you have mentioned, we know nothing to the effect of its authenticity.
We ask Allah to guide you and to make our words and deeds and yours righteous.
May Allah grant us success! May blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!
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Imam al Ghazali writes about the following categories of fasting:
1- First level: Ordinary Fasting
this level requires abstention from three things: food, drink and sexual satisfaction. This is the minimum requirement and the reward is given accordingly.
2- Second level: special fasting
Keeping one’s ears, eyes, tongue, ahnds and feet free from sin. For such people just abstaining from the minimum requirement is not sufficient, thus they take care not to say, hear or do a wrong thing. As they restrain their organs from all kinds of prohibitions, they are rewarded accordingly.
3- Third level: Extra-special fasting
This fast involves abstaining from all unworthy thoughts, loves, desires and wishes in total disregard of everytihng except the thought and remembrance of Allah. This is the perfection of tawhid (oneness of Allah). One may physically be present in the world but the internal self is exclusively engaged towards Allah .