Saturday, April 28, 2007

I AM A MUSLIM

I Am A Muslim But Only By Name.

I am a Muslim but only by name

When it comes to practicing what a shame!

I go to friends and relatives in suit and tie

It's all right if I occasionally lie.


Yes I practice but when it suits me

Or more to the point, when it pleases the society.

If I show my ankles, they'll point and laugh

They'll think it's too short and reckon I'm daft.

If I trim my moustache and grow the beard

They'll reckon I'm a fanatic or something weird.

If I wear the Sunnah I'll get great reward

But the Kuffar will look down on me, that I can't afford.

Yes I'm a Muslim but only by name.

I make excuses, which I admit are rather lame.

Yes I'm a sane man and I'm on the right track

Who am I kidding, I feel like a right jack.

To hide my inferiority complex I protest it's unimportant

Though my heart screams to tell me I'm a blatant fraudulent.

The best thing is no-one can hear what's going on inside

People think I've got it made and with my life I'm satisfied.

But I'm afraid this is a fable and it's a pure deception

I have no peace of mind but this daren't even mention.

If I remain ignoring it's O.K. ¡cos then I don't have to practice

Yes I am conniving and these are baseless evil tactics.

But I read the Kalimah and I think I have Imaan


I can¢t help my attitude I was placed in a Kufrastaan.

Yes I¢m a Muslim but only by name

And with my precious life I'm playing a foolish disastrous game!

By A.Naqshbandi Binte Abdul Karim

Death: The Destroyer Of Desires

Death the Destroyer of Desires


Death is not the absolute end. It is just the discontinuation of unity
between the body and soul. It is a change from one state to another
and a transition from this present life to that of the hereafter.

The purpose of our existence is the worship of Allah as mentioned in
the Book of Allah:

"And I [Allaah] created not the Jinns and Men except that they should
worship Me [alone]" Soorah az-Zariyat (51): 56

This life, which we are living, is the testing ground for which there
shall be only two consequences, Paradise or Hellfire. Unfortunately
more than often we disregard death, as we are so attached to this
world and the love of which has been established in our hearts.

"Certainly, they see it as distant, but We see it as near" Soorah
al-Ma'arij (70): 6-7

Death only becomes a reality when a close beloved one dies. The heart
feels heavy, the eyes shed tears and there is, at that moment, a
present fear of death. If we were to spend even a single moment each
day thinking about death, it would bring forth many concerns? The
greatest being our Hereafter:

"He Who has created death and life, that He may test you, which of you
is best in deed." Al-Mulk (67):21

So we stop and consider what we are doing with our time and where we
are heading, and then realize that much of it is wasted in light talk,
in laughing, in pursuing that which is not going to benefit our
Hereafter.One of the Salaf said:

"Three characteristics are from Eemaan: Modesty, Chastity and
Withholding of the tongue, not the with holding of the heart and
actions. These are things which cause gain in the Hereafter and loss
in this life, and what is gained in the next life is greater than what
is lost in this world." [Re ported by Abdur-Razzaaq in his Musannaf
from A'oon ibn 'Abdullaah]

"This World in comparison with the world to come is just like one of
you putting his finger in the sea. Let him consider what it returns
with." Saheeh Muslim (eng. trans. vol.4 p.l486 no.6843

The Prophet Muhammad (sallahu alihi wa-sallam) explained how this
world is not even worth the wing of a mosquito! And how small is a
mosquito, and then the wing of a mosquito- so what is the worth of the
world we run after and are dearly attached to?

The Messenger of Allaah (sallahu alihi wa-sallam) referred to death as
'the destroyer of desires." [Sunan at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah & Nasaai and
authenticated by Sheikh al-Albanee in al-Mishkaat (1/1607)]

Because when each one of us remembers the awesome reality of death and
what is to follow after that, our present desires and wordy concerns
seem so insignificant and futile, and the life of the Hereafter
becomes our goal and we become interested in the means to attain that
goal. We find that the Companions of the Prophet (sallahu alihi
wa-sallam) excelled on this point and were not deluded by the
amusements of this world, knowing that love for this world would
injure their Paradise.

Hence, they faced trials and every hardship with the knowledge that a
weighty judgement was yet to come and a full compensation yet to be
paid - so they had hope and fear in Allaah, without exaggerated
optimism or disparity.

"O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that when you are
asked to march forth in the cause of Allaah [ie. Jihaad] you cling
heavily to the earth? Are you pleased with the life of this world
rather than the Hereafter? [Soorah at-Taubah (9):38]

Regarding the shaheed (martyr), the Prophet (sallahu alihi wa-sallam)
said:

"Nobody who enters Paradise will (ever like to) return to this world,
even if be were offered everything on the surface of the earth, except
the martyr who will desire to return to this world and be killed ten
times for the sake of the great honor that has been bestowed upon
him." [Saheeh Muslim (eng. trans. vol.3 p.1045 no.4635)]

Let us see how these words affected the hearts and lives of the
Companions, as we reflect upon one Companion in particular, who was
guaranteed Paradise, Talhah ibn 'Ubaidullaah..

"Whoever wishes to look upon a martyr walking the face of the earth,
then let him look upon Talhah ibn 'Ubaidullaah." [Sunan at-Tirmidhi &
al-Haakim. Authenticated by Shaikh al-Albaanee in his as-Saheehah (
no.126)]

The Prophet (sallahu alihi wa-sallam) said to Talhah when his fingers
were struck by arrows in protecting the Prophet (sallahu alihi
wa-sallam) at Uhud, as he let out an exclamation of pain:

"If yow had said. 'In the name of Allaah', then the Angels would have
raised you up while the people were looking on at you." (And in
another narration he added): until they entered you into the sky."
[Sunan an-Nasaai. The addition is from al-Baihaaqee. Authenticated by
al-Albaanee in his as-Saheehah ( no.217)]

"Talhah is one who has fulfilled his term." [Sunan at-Tirmidhi and
authenticated by Sheikh al-Albani in as-Saheehah (125)].

Which means that he has exhausted his allotted time in the path of
Allaah there remaining nothing between him and death - thus he is as
one killed already, although still alive. These are the best of
people, those whose belief is manifest in their actions, to whom
Allaah and His Messenger (sallahu alihi wa-sallam) are more beloved
than the world and all it contains.

"But truly the home of the Hereafter is the actual life, if only they
knew." [Soorah al-Ankabut (29):64]

"We have reminder upon reminder, about how nations before us were
destroyed and a common sickness which they were plagued with was 'love
of this world'. Regarding the Jews, who claim to be the best of all
people and inheritors of the Promised Land, Allaah says:

"And verily you will find them the greediest of mankind and [even
greedier] than those who do not believe in Resurrection [i.e. the
idolaters]. Every one of them wishes that he could be given a life of
a thousand years. But the grant of such life will not save him even a
little from [due] punishment. And Allaah is all-Seer of what they do."
Soorah al-Baqarah (2):96

If these people who spend their time in heedlessness and negligence,
and futile desires, and the best part of their time being when they
sleep or are inactive - then death is better than life. And we say to
them:

'Time is the most precious thing which you take care of, and I see it
to be the easiest for you to lose"

"….. and the worst regret is regret on the Day of Resurrection....and
the fortunate one is the one who takes admonition from others.."

[From the famous khutbah (sermon) of the Companion, Ibn Mas'ood which
has been recorded in al-Musannaf of Ibn Abee Shaibah (vol.7 no. 106)]

"Live in this world as if you are a stranger or a traveler." [Saheeh
al-Bukhari vol.8, p.284, no.425]

Does a traveler waste his time in gathering that which is of no
benefit for his journey? Or does he immediately select that which
shall facilitate him to reach his goal? In the same way, we too must
get into the good habit of striving to do as much as we can today and
everyday, not putting off things for tomorrow, or after exams, or
marriage, or the age of sixty. . !

"If you survive till the evening do nor expect to be alive in the
morning and if you survive till the morning, do not expect to be alive
in the evening. And take from your health for your sickness and [take]
from your life for your death." [Saheeh al-Bukhari vol.8, p.284, no.425]

"And die not except in a state of Islaam" Soorah al-Imran (3):102

So we keep our hearts moistened and alive with remembrance of Allaah,
and we remember death in order to remember the Hereafter, and finally
we close with a citation from Imaam ash-Shaafi'ee

"O my soul, it is not except a few days patience, As if her extent
were a few dreams.

O my soul pass quickly on through this world, And leave it, For indeed
life lies ahead of it.

Please remember me in your prayers
Your brother in Islam

Food...

Prophet (peace be upon him) said: " The food of two persons suffices for three persons, and the food of three persons suffices for four persons."

Sahih Hadith Al Bukhari & Muslim. Hadith reference 755 from Riyad-us-Saliheen











Commentary
The hadith indicates that if few persons share the same dinner table, a small quantity of food will be enought for many persons. Moreover, this increases mutual love and fellow-feelings.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Why I wear the Muslim Headscarf...

Why I Wear the Muslim Headscarf
By Aaminah Hernandez


I have never written anything personal on the subject of hijab because it
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seems like an overdone issue. Sometimes I think so much focus is put on this one little aspect of being a Muslim woman, to the detriment of more important Islamic knowledge and practice. Because the headscarf is such a visual symbol of the Muslim woman, many non-Muslims are the ones who make a large issue of it, spout ill-informed opinions, or ask questions in an attempt to understand. This has been answered to by so many Muslim women, and even Muslim men, that I did not feel the need to throw my opinion or feelings out into the fray. Lately I find I am being asked many questions, even by other Muslim women who choose not to wear hijab, and by non-Muslims who know other Muslim women who choose not to wear hijab. So, the following is my answer to the many questions that have been coming up. My intent is only to give my own opinion and experience. I do not mean to be judgmental of those women who struggle with the issue of covering or to suggest that only one form of covering is acceptable. I can only tell you what I think and feel about the headscarf. If you want to know why someone else does not cover, or covers less or more fully than I, you would have to ask that person to share their experience with you.
The most common question I have been asked in the past seven years since I became Muslim is “Why do you wear that thing?”
“That thing” is a headscarf. I have worn many different styles from bandana coverage all the way to a full khimar, which is a very loose and long head-covering, with a face veil. I enjoy playing with my head cover to match the style of my clothing and to find more comfortable styles. Right now my favorite style is very loose and draping. I tend to dress more multi-cultural than most American women. In fact, many immigrants who have taken to the American dress code even look at me in surprise that I like to wear many traditional clothing styles. My headscarves reflect my overall style.
The reason I began to wear hijab was simply that I believed (and still believe) it is mandated in Islam. When I first became Muslim I lived in a town that was full of Muslims, most of whom dressed in the traditional ways. Putting on a headscarf (and at that time even a veil) was not a hardship. It was the norm where I was, and I understood it to be required. There are verses in the Qur'an
and in the collected words of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), as well as collected norms and behaviors of the wives of the Prophet and his Companions that show clearly that covering of the entire body and head was enjoined upon and practiced by the early Muslim women.
Like most women, I have at times struggled with the issue of covering, but never because I did not believe it was required. There were points in my life where I did not wear it either because of jobs that did not allow it (it is a legally guaranteed right here in the U.S. and your employer must allow it) or because I was tired of being so “different” all the time. But I always felt guilty not wearing it and knew that I must go back to it.
Besides the simple answer that I am Muslim and believe that the headscarf and covering are required in Islam, many people want to know more detail about why I actually wear it and what the purpose or point of the covering is, particularly if they know other Muslim women who do not wear it. I cannot speak to why so many Muslim women do not wear it and what their state of mind or opinion on the matter is. I refuse to judge them for being in the stage they are in and I do not know what their personal circumstances may be. I can only answer to what I believe the purpose and benefits of my headscarf achieve.
1. Modesty. When dressed in a covering way, I am not showing my physical attributes (or perhaps lack of) to anyone. People are forced to judge me by my actions and speech, by how well I do my job or how I interact with others, rather than by whether or not I am “good looking” and interest them.

2. To that same end, my beauty is then saved or my husband’s full enjoyment and he knows he does not share me with anyone. I am not out getting a lot of attention from others that may make him feel insecure or that is disrespectful to me.
3. I am noticeably different, a Muslim. Most people respect that. They can clearly see that I am not the kind of woman that you whistle or cat-call at, nor am I going to agree to meet you in a bar or club, nor can you proposition me on the street or in the office. There is a level of respect that men give me whereby they do not treat me in the same way they might treat other women they meet and believe they can “get with”. In fact, in my case, I find that many men (yes, non-Muslims) are more gentlemanly with me in general. I have more doors held open for me, paths cleared for me, more assistance when needed, and an overall respect given to me.
4. Wearing the head covering works to remind me of my duties. I am more likely to be a better person when I am covered because the headscarf is a potent reminder to me of what type of behavior and attitude is expected of me. I am less likely to lose my temper, more likely to be kind and forgiving, in difficult situations.
In my experience, the hijab or headscarf is beneficial to me. Not only do I have the security that I am following a mandate set by God and thereby pleasing God, but I also experience great comforts in this life because of my coverage. Contrary to what many think, I am not forced to wear it (I chose it for myself while still single, and as a convert I am not being forced by family to wear it), it is not an obstacle or a discomfort to me, and it does not in any way impair my opportunities or abilities. I am an independent American woman with a high degree of personal freedom and fulfillment. The headscarf has never stood in my way of doing or achieving anything, but has instead made me more comfortable as I interact in society and my community.

**Aaminah Hernandez is an American writer who converted to Islam seven years ago. She is an active member of the Islamic Writers Alliance and the Islamic Artists Society. She can be contacted at
niqaabisister@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Obey...

Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "A creature is not to be obeyed when it involves disobedience to the Creator."

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3696 Narrated by An-Nawwas ibn Sam'an

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), one can be assured of being led astray.

United hearts => Unity of this Ummah

With the name of Allah; the One who never dies, the sustainer of everything, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.


All praise is for Allah, the Most High, the Lord of the Worlds. And May Peace be upon His Prophets and His Angels. May Allah's blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad (sallallaho 'alaihi wasallam).

"United hearts => Unity of this Ummah"



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

Assalamu 'alalikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,

Firstly, please excuse me if you don't see the Arabic fonts in this message. Arabic ayaat are most accurate in meanings and didn't want to eliminate them.


The Children of Prophet Ya'qub/Jacob alaihi salam (Bani Israael) developed into twelve tribes. They were strong as long as they were united but when they became enemies of each other, their own hatred of each other ruined them.

Allahu ta'aala says to the Bani Israael, in the Qur'an [ al-Bakarah -- 2:84-86 ]:

واذا اخذنا ميثاقكم لاتسفكون دماءكم ولاتخرجون انفسكم من دياركم ثم اقررتم وانتم تشهدون
ثم انتم هؤلاء تقتلون انفسكم وتخرجون فريقا منكم من ديارهم تظاهرون عليهم بالاثم والعدوان وان ياتوكم اسارى تفادوهم وهو محرم عليكم اخراجهم افتؤمنون ببعض الكتاب وتكفرون ببعض فما جزاء من يفعل ذلك منكم الا خزي في الحياة الدنيا ويوم القيامة يردون الى اشد العذاب وماالله بغافل عما تعملون
اولئك الذين اشتروا الحياة الدنيا بالاخرة فلا يخفف عنهم العذاب ولاهم ينصرون

  • And when We made a covenant with you (Bani Israael): That you shall not shed blood among yourselves and you shall not expel your own people from your homes; you confirmed it and you are witness to it.
  • Yet there you (Bani Israael) are, killing your own people, expelling a group amongst you from their homes, backing each other with sin and aggression; and if they come to you as captives, you trade them for ransoms whereas their expulsion was unlawful for you to begin with. Do you believe in a part of your Holy Book and reject the rest? So what other punishment do such people among you, who behave like this, deserve, than disgrace in this world and to be driven to grievous punishment on the Day of Judgment? Allah is not unaware of what you do.
  • Such are the people who trade the life of this world at the expense of the Hereafter; so neither their punishment shall be lightened nor shall they be helped.

Al-Qur'an [ al-Bakarah -- 2:27 ]:

الذين ينقضون عهد الله من بعد ميثاقه ويقطعون ماامر الله به ان يوصل ويفسدون في الارض اولئك هم الخاسرون

  • those who break Allah's Covenant after accepting it, and who cut aside what Allah has ordered to be united and cause mischief on earth. It is they who are the losers.

Allah did not help Bani Israael, when they rebelled against the Shariah (Deen) of Allah and fought with their own people. The Jerusalem is a good example for us to learn, Allah destroyed it twice and did not help Bani Israael, when they were in there. Are the Muslims not in the similar condition today? Those who neglected the Shariah (Deen) of Allah in their lives (and their 'Islamic' countries), they received disgrace in this world and were left out of the help of Allahu Ta'aala.

How can we Muslims today, expect that Allah will help us, when we have neglected our duties to Allah and we are fighting with our own brothers?

At the times of jahilliyah (ignorant), before Islam reappeared in Arabia by the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaho 'alaihi wasallam), Arabs used to have many battles, fighting for silly reasons. We shall now see in brief, insha' Allah, how the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaho 'alaihi wasallam) turned 'that Arabia' into a place of peace, freedom, equity, justice, brotherhood and so on, with the help of Allahu ta'aala.

How did the Arabian tribes in Madina (al-Aws and al-Khazraj) unite? How the Muhajireen (Immigrants of Makkah) and Ansar(helpers in Medina) united? How did the whole Arabia became united?

To explain all this in simple words would be: "Allah joined their hearts with the rope of 'true Faith/Eimaan'". We shall now see some examples, insha' Allah. The following ahadith are a few examples that show us how Muhammadur Rasul-lullah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) taught his companions about brotherhood.

On the authority of Abu Hurairah(may Allah be pleased with him), who said : the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said :

"Do not envy one another; do not inflate prices one to another; do not hate one another; do not turn away from one another; and do not undercut one another, but be you, O servants of Allah, brothers. A muslim is the brother of a muslim:
he neither oppresses him nor does he fail him, he neither lies to him nor does he hold him in contempt . Piety is right here-and he pointed to his breast three times. It is evil enough for a man to hold his brother muslim in contempt. The whole of a muslim for another muslim is inviolable: his blood, his property, and his honor." (Related by Muslim.)


On the authority of Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (PBUH) said:

"
Whosoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Judgment. Whosoever alleviates [the lot of] a needy person, Allah will alleviate [his lot] in this world and the next. Whosoever shields a Muslim, Allah will shield him in this world and the next. Allah will aid a servant [of His] so long as the servant aids his brother. Whosoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, without tranquility descending upon them, mercy enveloping them, the angels surrounding them, and Allah making mention of them amongst those who are with Him. Whosoever is slowed down by his actions will not be hastened forward by his lineage." (Related by Muslim in these words.)

Narrated by AbuDharr:

Allah's Apostle (peace be upon him) said to me:
Don't consider anything insignificant out of good things even if it is that you meet your brother with a cheerful countenance. (Related by Muslim)

When the Muslims migrated to Yathrib (Medina al-Munawarah), the Prophet (alaihi slato wassalam) established a brotherhood system between Muhajir (Immigrants) and Ansar (helpers in Medina) by making a Muhajir brother of an Ansar. When we try to imagine this event happening in real life (according to our level of faith), we realise that it is not that easy for a Muslim to take a foreign Muslim as his brother. Think yourself, how many of us can take a Muslim from another country and let him live in our house and we share our things with him? Obviously, very few of us would be able to do this, in these days... But what was that, which the Sahabah had but we don't? Obviously, it is the strong faith in Allah which we are lacking now, unfortunately. Let's see a beautiful sayings of the Prophet, emphasising a requirement of true Faith:

On the authority of Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him), the servant of the messenger of Allah, that the Prophet (pbuh) said :

"
None of you [truely] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself."

Related by Bukhari and Muslim

Those Companions of the Prophet ('alaihi salam) would rush to help eachother, solely for the pleasure of Allah and not to get some worldly gain from any person. This is what Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, says about the brotherhood of those Companions of the Prophet ('alaihi salato wassalam):

Al-Qur'an [ al-Anfaal -- 8:61-64 ]:

وان جنحوا للسلم فاجنح لها وتوكل على الله انه هو السميع العليم
وان يريدوا ان يخدعوك فان حسبك الله هو الذي ايدك بنصره وبالمؤمنين
والف بين قلوبهم لو انفقت مافي الارض جميعا ماالفت بين قلوبهم ولكن الله الف بينهم انه عزيز حكيم
ياايها النبي حسبك الله ومن اتبعك من المؤمنين

  • If the enemy is inclined towards peace, do make peace with them, and put your trust in Allah. He is the One Who hears all , knows all.
  • Should they intend to deceive you, verily Allah is All- Sufficient for you. He is the One Who has strengthened you and the believers with His help,
  • through putting affection in their hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have so united their hearts; but Allah has united them. He is Mighty, Wise.
  • O Prophet! Allah is all-sufficient for you and for the believers who follow you.

Those companions of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaho 'alaihi wasallam) had purified and enlightened their hearts with Faith/Eimaan. They would do anything to gain the pleasure of Allah. It is very saddening that some Muslims today slander against some great companions of the Prophet ('alaihi slato wassalam) whereas Allah Almighty says the following, about them:

Al-Qur'an [ at-Taubah -- 9:100 ]:

والسابقون الاولون من المهاجرين والانصار والذين اتبعوهم باحسان رضي الله عنهم ورضوا عنه واعد لهم جنات تجري تحتها الانهار خالدين فيها ابدا ذلك الفوز العظيم

  • As for the first pioneers who accepted Islam from the Muhajir (immigrants) and Ansar (supporters in Medina) and those who follow them in good deeds, Allah is well pleased with them and they are pleased with Him. He has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they shall live forever: that is the mighty achievement.

Al-Qur'an [ al-Anfaal -- 8:74-75 ]:

والذين امنوا وهاجروا وجاهدوا في سبيل الله والذين اووا ونصروا اولئك هم المؤمنون حقا لهم مغفرة ورزق كريم
والذين امنوا من بعد وهاجروا وجاهدوا معكم فاولئك منكم واولوا الارحام بعضهم اولى ببعض في كتاب الله ان الله بكل شئ عليم

  • Those who believed (embraced Islam), migrated and made Jihad (exerted their utmost struggle) in the cause of Allah, and those who gave them asylum and help - they are the true believers. They shall have forgiveness and honorable provisions.
  • Those who believed (embraced Islam) afterwards, migrated and joined you in Jihad - they too are your brothers, although according to the Book of Allah the blood relatives have greater rights on one other. Indeed Allah knows everything.

Unfortunately, some Muslims use their own interpretations to judge the Faith of some great Sahabah and raise slanders against them. Whoever wants to know why some Sahabah had conflicts after the martyrdom of the third Caliph (Sayyidina Uthman bin Affan, may Allah be pleased with him), he/she should first get to know why a Prophet of Allah, Aadam ('alaihi salam), ate from that tree in Paradise!

Satan is an obvious enemy of the believers and there are Shayyateen (devils) among Jinns and mankind. Hypocrites are always trying to cause trouble for the Believers, to diminish their strength. Are we still going to become a victim of those plots made by some hypocrites? Will we be asked about what those Sahabah did in their times (why they had a clash) or we will be asked about that which we do in our times! Allah has a full record about what those Sahabah did and we (Muslims) must not slander against anyone of them. All those Sahabah were the seekers of Allah's pleasure, a Muslim must respect all of those Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaho alaihi wasallam).

Al-Qur'an [ al-Bakarah -- 2:134 ]:

تلك امة قد خلت لها ماكسبت ولكم ماكسبتم ولاتسألون عما كانوا يعملون

  • That was a nation who has passed away. They shall receive the reward of what they earned and you of what you earn. And you will not be asked of what they used to do.

We, Muslims, should actually say:

Al-Qur'an [ al-Hashr -- 59:10 ]:

والذين جاؤوا من بعدهم يقولون ربنا اغفر لنا ولاخواننا الذين سبقونا بالايمان ولاتجعل في قلوبنا غلا للذين امنوا ربنا انك رؤوف رحيم

  • And those who came after them say: Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith, and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful.

Surah/chapter Al-Hujurat (49) is a pretty small surah but Subhaan-Allah, it contains all the fundamental guidance for the brotherhood/unity of this community. This surah should be memorised by every Muslim or at least we should go through it periodically in our own language. Let us now go through some commands, Allah commanded in the Qur'an:

Al-Qur'an [ Al-Hujurat-- 49:6-13 ]:

ياايها الذين امنوا ان جاءكم فاسق بنبا فتبينوا ان تصيبوا قوما بجهالة فتصبحوا على مافعلتم نادمين
واعلموا ان فيكم رسول الله لو يطيعكم في كثير من الامر لعنتم ولكن الله حبب اليكم الايمان وزينه في قلوبكم وكره اليكم الكفر والفسوق والعصيان اولئك هم الراشدون
فضلا من الله ونعمة والله عليم حكيم
وان طائفتان من المؤمنين اقتتلوا فاصلحوا بينهما فان بغت احداهما على الاخرى فقاتلوا التي تبغي حتى تفيئ الى امر الله فان فاءت فاصلحوا بينهما بالعدل واقسطوا ان الله يحب المقسطين
انما المؤمنون اخوة فاصلحوا بين اخويكم واتقوا الله لعلكم ترحمون
ياايها الذين امنوا لايسخر قوم من قوم عسى ان يكونوا خيرا منهم ولانساء من نساء عسى ان يكن خيرا منهن ولاتلمزوا انفسكم ولاتنابزوا بالالقاب بئس الاسم الفسوق بعد الايمان ومن لم يتب فاولئك هم الظالمون
ياايها الذين امنوا اجتنبوا كثيرا من الظن ان بعض الظن اثم ولاتجسسوا ولايغتب بعضكم بعضا ايحب احدكم ان ياكل لحم اخيه ميتا فكرهتموه واتقوا الله ان الله تواب رحيم
ياايها الناس انا خلقناكم من ذكر وانثى وجعلناكم شعوبا وقبائل لتعارفوا ان اكرمكم عند الله اتقاكم ان الله عليم خبير

  • O believers, if an evildoer comes to you with some news, verify it (investigate to ascertain the truth), lest you should harm others unwittingly and then regret what you have done.[6]
  • And know that among you is Allah's Messenger; should he obey you in many a matter, you would surely fall into distress, but Allah has endeared the faith to you and has made it seemly in your hearts, and He has made hateful to you unbelief and transgression and disobedience; these it is that are the followers of a right way.
  • By grace from Allah and as a favor; and Allah is Knowing, Wise.
  • If two parties among the believers fall into mutual fighting, make peace between them. Then if one of them transgresses against the other, fight the one who has transgressed until he returns to the commands of Allah. Then, if he returns, make peace between them with justice and be fair; for Allah loves those who are fair and just.[9]
  • The believers are brothers to one another, therefore, make reconciliation between your brothers and fear Allah, so that you may be shown mercy.
  • O believers! Let no men laugh at other men who may perhaps be better than themselves; and let no woman laugh at another woman, who may perhaps be better than herself. Do not defame through sarcastic remarks about one another, nor call one another by offensive nicknames. It is an evil thing to be called by a bad name after being a believer, and those who do not repent are the ones who are the wrongdoers.[11]
  • O believers! Avoid immoderate suspicion, for in some cases suspicion is a sin. Do not spy on one another, nor backbite one another (to say something about another behind ones back that if one hears it, dislikes it). Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Surely you would abhor it. Fear Allah; for Allah is the Accepter of repentance, Merciful.
  • O mankind! We created you from a single pair of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you might get to know one another. Surely the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is he who is the most righteous. Allah is All-Knowledgeable, All-Aware.[13]

Subhan Allah! Most of the things needed for a successful community are mentioned above. For example:

  • [6] We should not believe on some media, until we properly investigate. These days the Media is being used as a tool of causing hatred and indecencies in the world. A news was wide-spread that there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but when they ful-filled their aims and did not find WMD, they changed their words and we forgot about WMD. In the end, there was shame and regret, which is still going on.
  • [9] We should not support any party in fighting, just because we like that party. We should support the party which stops fighting and does not transgress.
  • [11] Very important! Muslims should never call offensive nicknames to another sect/group of Muslim neither abuse another Muslim but we should rather seek a decent way to explain/discuss that which we find to be correct or wrong.
  • [13] Similar to the last sermon of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaho 'alaihi wasallam): "You know that every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. You are all equal. Nobody has superiority over other except by piety and good action." It is nice to have various colours and taste in the shapes of various tribes & nations. HOWEVER, no one can claim that his/her tradition/culture/nation is the best. No one claim that white is better than black or vice versa. Similarly, so sect can claim that they are absolute correct and better than others, we need to correct ourselves!

We shall now see that having divisions is not always bad. For example, a government is composed of several divisions, military is also divided into serval divisions, wings; even our own body is divided into different parts. The main thing we need to consider is: How they manage to work together (united).

Have you ever seen Army attacking the Air-force in the same military? If they do this, the whole nation/country will collapse for no good. So, when a group of Muslims tries to attack another group to defame it, this is where divisions cause troubles. We should avoid attacking another sect/group both physically & verbally. Remember: "Fitnah (mischief) is worse than killing" [2:217]. This is the final Ummah and Alhamdulillah we are blessed with the Book of Qur'an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ('alaihi salam)! It is not appropriate for a Muslim to speak indecently about other sects and abuse them!

Dear brothers and sisters, a Muslim is the one who declares: "There is no one worthy of worship, except Allah (the One God). And Muhammad (alaihi salam) is the Messenger of Allah." Now who has the right to call a person, who declares Shahada (testimony), as "Non-Muslim or Kafir"? So respect the one who says the Shahada and never call him/her as 'Kafir/non-Muslim'; Allah knows best about our hearts and faith.

Muslims have One God (Allah), One Qibla (Makkah), Muhammadur-Rasullullah (sallallaho alaihi wasallam) as a Messenger & final Prophet, this Qur'an as a final revelation... why can't we have affection for our fellow Muslim brothers & sisters? Why do we call other Muslims as Kafir, just because they don't belong to our sect/group?

Killing a Muslim is a grave sin as Qur'an mentions a very frightening ayaah:

Al-Qur'an [ an-Nisaa -- 4:93 ]:

ومن يقتل مؤمنا متعمدا فجزاؤه جهنم خالدا فيها وغضب الله عليه ولعنه واعد له عذابا عظيما

  • -Whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell to live therein forever. He shall incur the wrath of Allah, Who will lay His curse on him and prepare for him a woeful punishment.

May Allah save us from His wrath. Our reaction with our brothers should be like the reaction of a son of Prophet Adam (alaihi salam), when Habil/Abel said to his brother:

Al-Qur'an [ al-Maa'idah -- 5:28-29 ]:

لئن بسطت الي يدك لتقتلني ماانا بباسط يدي اليك لاقتلك اني اخاف الله رب العالمين
اني اريد ان تبوء باثمي واثمك فتكون من اصحاب النار وذلك جزاء الظالمين

  • Even if you stretch your hand to kill me, I shall not stretch my hand to slay you, for I fear Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
  • I intend to let you bear the burden of my sins as well as yours and thus become an inmate of the Fire which is the reward for wrongdoers.

Al-Qur'an [ al-e-Imran -- 3:100-110 ]:

ياايها الذين امنوا ان تطيعوا فريقا من الذين اوتوا الكتاب يردوكم بعد ايمانكم كافرين
وكيف تكفرون وانتم تتلى عليكم ايات الله وفيكم رسوله ومن يعتصم بالله فقد هدى الى صراط مستقيم
ياايها الذين امنوا اتقوا الله حق تقاته ولاتموتن الا وانتم مسلمون
واعتصموا بحبل الله جميعا ولاتفرقوا واذكروا نعمة الله عليكم اذ كنتم اعداء فالف بين قلوبكم فاصبحتم بنعمته اخوانا وكنتم على شفا حفرة من النار فانقذكم منها كذلك يبين الله لكم اياته لعلكم تهتدون
ولتكن منكم امة يدعون الى الخير ويامرون بالمعروف وينهون عن المنكر واولئك هم المفلحون
ولاتكونوا كالذين تفرقوا واختلفوا من بعد ماجاءهم البينات واولئك لهم عذاب عظيم
يوم تبيض وجوه وتسود وجوه فاما الذين اسودت وجوههم اكفرتم بعد ايمانكم فذوقوا العذاب بما كنتم تكفرون
واما الذين ابيضت وجوههم ففي رحمة الله هم فيها خالدون
تلك ايات الله نتلوها عليك بالحق وماالله يريد ظلما للعالمين
ولله مافي السماوات ومافي الارض والى الله ترجع الامور
كنتم خير امة اخرجت للناس تامرون بالمعروف وتنهون عن المنكر وتؤمنون بالله ولو امن اهل الكتاب لكان خيرا لهم منهم المؤمنون واكثرهم الفاسقون

  • O ye who believe! If ye listen to a faction among the People of the Book, they would (indeed) render you apostates after ye have believed !
  • And how would ye deny Faith while unto you are rehearsed the Signs of Allah, and among you lives the Messenger. Whoever holds firmly to Allah will be shown a way that is straight.
  • O ye who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islám.
  • And hold fast, all together, by the Rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah's favor on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you that ye may be guided.
  • Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity.
  • Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty,-
  • On the Day when some faces will be (lit up with) white, and some faces will be (in the gloom of) black: To those whose faces will be black, (will be said): "Did ye reject Faith after accepting it? Taste then the penalty for rejecting Faith. "
  • But those whose faces will be (lit with) white,- they will be in (the light of) Allah's mercy: therein to dwell (for ever).
  • These are the Signs of Allah. We rehearse them to thee in Truth: And Allah means no injustice to any of His creatures.
  • To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: To Allah matters return.
  • Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors.

Finally, recalling again:


On the authority of Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (PBUH) said:

"
Whosoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Judgment. Whosoever alleviates [the lot of] a needy person, Allah will alleviate [his lot] in this world and the next. Whosoever shields a Muslim, Allah will shield him in this world and the next. Allah will aid a servant [of His] so long as the servant aids his brother. Whosoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, without tranquility descending upon them, mercy enveloping them, the angels surrounding them, and Allah making mention of them amongst those who are with Him. Whosoever is slowed down by his actions will not be hastened forward by his lineage." (Related by Muslim in these words.)




"Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith,
and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed
and unite this Ummah as You united those brothers before us.
Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful."
Aameen again Aameen.

May Allah forgive me for my errors.

Wa Assalamu 'alaikum.

'Abdullah, a servant of Allah


ps:
If you could pass these words to other Muslim brothers and sisters, Allah has the treasures of goodness and Allah is one who guides to the straight path.Jazakumullah.

Kindness...

I asked: ‘O Messenger of Allah(peace be upon him)To whom should I show kindness most?

He (peace be upon him)replied: ‘Your mother.’ I asked (again): ‘Who next?’. He (peace be upon him)replied: ‘Your mother!’. I asked: ‘Who next?’ He (peace be upon him)replied: ‘Your mother! I asked again: ‘Who next?’ and he (peace be upon him)replied: ‘Your father, and then your relatives in order of relationship.’

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 5120 Narrated by Mu'awiyah ibn Hayadah

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), one can be assured of being led astray.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Never tell a lie (True Story)

NEVER LIE
Once there was a boy who was very innocent and honest. One day, he had to travel in a caravan. His mother sew few dirhams inside his clothes and advised him, "Son, no matter what happens in your life, never lie because a Muslim never lies". The boy kept the advice of his mother in his heart and joined the caravan.
When the caravan was passing through the desert, it was robbed by a gang of robbers. They robbed every single thing from the caravan not leaving even a single lady or child. When the robber came to the boy, he asked him,"Hey, boy! Give me everything that you have!"
The boy replied "I have few dirhams"
The robber searched through him but found nothing. He became angry and said, "You liar! Come and I will take you to my lord {leader of the robber}". The boy kept saying that he was not a liar and that he would never tell a lie.
The Leader of the robbers then asked the boy,"Oh boy, tell me why did you lie?"
"No sir! I did not lie." said the boy, "My mother had advised me not to tell a lie to anyone, in any circumstances, here you see these dirhams are sewn inside my clothes".
The leader of the robbers was astonished to see them, he said, "look boy! You could hid them from us. But why didn't you."

The boy said,"Sir, I've promised my mother that I would not tell a lie no matter what happens. How could I ever break that promise?"
The leader of the robbers thought to himself, "I am a grown man and yet, I cheat and rob other people. He is a child so honest and truth worthy while I am robber, I take the belongings of others by force. He is a boy but he offers me all his belongings. I am a man who has committed sins towards the Great Lord, Allah Subhanahu Wata'alah who loves me more than my own mother by seventy times and he is a boy who keeps his mother's promise. His mother must have loved him so much just like he loves his mother. I am ashamed of myself.
The robbers returned every single thing to the people in the caravan and ceased their evil deeds.
This event is taken from one of our greatest Muslim saint's childhood named Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani {RA}.
May Allah bless you all and your parents along with our ummah,
AMEEN.


And will provide for him whence he expects not. And he who puts his trust in Allah - He is sufficient for him. Verily, Allah is to fulfil His work. Undoubtedly, Allah has kept a measure for every thing.

Surah At-Talaq :3

Tracking missed calls

TRACKING MISSED CALLS
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Among the marvels of modern technology is also the ability to track the missed calls which were made by our friends and foes and the likes. We do not get a good night sleep, unless we have returned the calls of those who matter. We don't let any call go unanswered as long as we know that it matters. Don't we?

But how about the calls of "hay-yaa al-as-Salaah and hay-yaa al-al Falaah" made from the neighbourhood house of our Master - the Almighty Allah? Those calls are made five times a day and many a times they all go unanswered.

We do not either respond!!! Nor do we respect these missed calls. Do they matter?

Everybody can tell, if these really matter. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but surely in the Hereafter. Let us look at ourselves. Can we afford to let these calls of the Muathin (caller to prayer) be missed, day after day, after day.

The call from our Cherisher, Sustainer and the Ultimate Master. Just think about it. The next time you hear this call, just ask yourself how good a night’s sleep can I have by missing those calls from the house of Allah.

Think about it... the answer may come from the inner heart.

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Islamic-Safe Finance Grows in the West

Islamic-Safe Finance Grows in the West

By JOSHUA FREED, AP Business Writer
Thu Oct 12, 4:43 PM ET
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061012/ap_on_bi_ge/islamic_finance

MINNEAPOLIS - When Caribou Coffee went public last year, sharp-eyed investors noticed some unusual promises in its prospectus. Caribou, the nation's second-largest coffeehouse chain, said it would never sell pork or porn. It wouldn't charge or receive interest, either.

By following financial rules that are part of the Islamic code called Shariah, Caribou is among a small but growing list of Western businesses looking to make themselves as attractive as possible to Muslim investors. Some, like Caribou, are motivated by principle, while others see Muslim investors as an attractive new source of money. Middle Eastern investors flush with oil profits are looking for new places to invest, and American Muslims are looking to invest in a way that doesn't conflict with their faith.

"There's a bunch of Islamic investors who are prohibited from a lot of regular investments, so a lot of money is sitting in cash not earning anything at all," said Khalid Howladar, a vice president for Middle Eastern and Islamic Structured Finance with Moody's Investors Service in London. Companies and governments who need to raise money are saying, "'There's a bunch of people out there with money they can't spend — how about I create something for them?'" he added.

Dow Jones has created an Islamic investing index. A Texas company issued almost $166 million in Shariah-compliant bonds to finance natural gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico. And the German state of Saxony-Anhalt issued a floating-rate 100-million euro note — managed by Citigroup — that followed Shariah rules.

Assets invested at two Shariah-compliant funds run by Saturna Capital in Bellingham, Wash. have swelled nearly 10-fold, since 2002 from $34 million in 2002 to $331 million now — though that's still tiny by mutual fund standards. The funds invest only in companies that are Shariah-compliant.

Islamic financial rules come from passages in the Quran that prohibit "riba" — making money from money. Generally, that means not paying or collecting interest, though some scholars say only abusively high interest rates are prohibited. Other prohibitions are more moral than financial, such as a ban on selling pork. While many Muslims have invested conventionally in the West for years, some did so because they had few alternatives.

Moazzam Ahmed, a software engineer from Carrollton, Texas, has no car loans. Credit-card charges go on a zero-percent card or get paid off at the end of every month. And he's got a home mortgage that is a lease-buyback arrangement, rather than an interest-bearing loan, a frequent arrangement among Muslims looking to buy homes while obeying Shariah. But he fretted about his conventional retirement investments until four years ago, when he discovered the Saturna funds.

"As soon as I found out about it I switched everything to it," he said. "I would have loved to do it from Day One, but it wasn't available, or at least I didn't know about it," he said. He said his returns have been as good as, or better than, more conventional investments he could have made. Estimates of the number of Muslims in the United States vary from two million to six million.

Eric Meyer, who runs a Connecticut-based hedge fund called Shariah Capital, says Western banks and financial institutions need to have Shariah-compliant products or risk losing market share. "There is a younger generation of Muslims who grew up during the last 20 to 30 years that have a reawakened sense of nationalism and religious pride that motivates them to invest according to their faith," he said.

But in Western finance, it takes some creativity to avoid earning or paying interest. To borrow money, Shariah-compliant companies often pledge the lender a share of the profits from an asset instead of interest. Investors who need to earn a shorter-term return can contract to buy, say, $100 of copper today, and simultaneously pledge to sell copper in 90 days for, say, $103.

Caribou Coffee Company Inc., for instance, has a revolving line of credit. But instead of paying interest, it sells assets and then pays to lease them back. "It's fair to say we do things a little differently," said Charles Ogburn, Global Head of Corporate Investment at the firm that controls a majority of Caribou stock, Bahrain-based Arcapita Bank B.S.C. Ogburn said when he joined Arcapita five years ago, there were perhaps two or three U.S. banks who had done those kinds of loans. Now it's more like 25 or 30.

Many companies follow Shariah without even trying.

To build its index, Dow Jones in 1999 hired six Shariah scholars to set standards to screen companies. Out of 5,000, Dow Jones found 1,800 that met its standards, including drugmakers Merck & Co. and Pfizer Inc., BP PLC, Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., and IBM Corp. "I don't think that many of them know about Shariah-compliant investing, frankly speaking," said Rushdi Siddiqui, Dow Jones' director of Islamic market indexes.

Dow Jones now has over 60 Islamic indexes that track Shariah-compliant stocks and bonds. Siddiqui said about 30 firms have licensed the indexes, and about $5.5 billion in investments are managed in line with the indexes. The indexes are not as strict as some might prefer. The Dow Jones indexes include companies with debt that's as much as one-third of their market capitalization, and allows companies that generate some interest.

In fact, the wide range of what counts as Shariah-compliant can be frustrating for businesses that want to raise money that way. Investment firms retain councils of Islamic scholars who determine whether a transaction complies with their interpretation of the rules, adding an extra layer of complexity to already complicated deals.

But some investors appreciate companies willing to do so. Shirin Elkoshairi, who works for a technology company and lives in Ashland, Va., said he is getting ready to switch his investments over to a Shariah-compliant mutual fund. He already has a Shariah-compliant mortgage. "At the end of the day, you know you're living in a house and you can actually put your head down at night and not feel bad for going against Islamic shariah," he said.

On the Net:

Arcapita Bank B.S.C.: http://www.arcapita.com

Liquidity Management Centre: http://www.lmcbahrain.com

Swearing

Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Do not swear by your fathers; and whoever wants to swear should swear only by Allah."

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.498 Narrated by Ibn Umar

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), one can be assured of being led astray.

Slander...

Prophet (peace be upon him) said: ‘Do you know what is backbiting?’

They (the Companions) said: ‘Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) know best.

Thereupon he (the Prophet (peace be upon him)) said: ‘Backbiting implies your talking about your brother (behind his back) in a manner which he does not like.

It was said to him: ‘What is your opinion about this that if I actually find (that failing) in my brother which I made a mention of?’

He (peace be upon him) said: ‘If (that failing) is actually found (in him) what you assert, you in fact backbite him, and if that is not in him it is a slander!.

Sahih Muslim Hadith 6265 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), one can be assured of being led astray.

Taking the help of a fortune-teller to find a stolen item...

Question:
A box was stolen from my sister and her husband and children in which there was a lot of money. My sister’s husband was broken-hearted and the people told him about a Shaykh who was said to be able to relieve distress and find lost items by Allaah’s Leave. He (that Shaykh) asked about me, with a cigarette in his hand, and he said to me: I saw you last night, your name is So and so, and you are the thief. This is my work and my source of income, and I will get 25 percent of the stolen goods. Tell me and admit that you are the only thief that everyone is looking for. There was a lengthy discussion between me and him, and I swore by Allaah that I was innocent of what he said, and Allaah is witness to what I said. Please advise me, may Allaah reward you, please relieve me of the wrong and claims that are surrounding me. I am afraid of turmoil among my relatives because injustice leads to a lot of bas consequences.

Answer:
Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

The one who claims to know where stolen things are and who the thieves are by means of secret things that the people do not know is one of two things: a fortune-teller to whom the devils come, or a liar who makes the people think that he knows these things in order to consume their wealth unlawfully.

Whatever the case, it is not permissible to go to these people and to ask them or believe them, no matter how righteous they may appear to be, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever goes to a fortune-teller and asks him about something, his prayers will not accepted for forty days.” Narrated by Muslim (2230).

And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever has intercourse with a menstruating woman or with a woman in her back passage, or goes to a fortune-teller and believes what he says, has disbelieved in that which Allaah revealed to Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).” Narrated by Ahmad (9779), Abu Dawood (3904), al-Tirmidhi (135) and Ibn Maajah (936); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.

Al-Baghawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The fortune-teller is the one who claims to have knowledge of things by means of some information from which he figures out where stolen things are or where lost items are etc. Quoted in al-Zawaajiran Iqtiraaf al-Kabaa’ir (2/178)

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The fortune-teller: it was said that he is the soothsayer, who is the one who foretells the future.

And it was said that it is a general term referring to soothsayers, astrologers, geomancers and their ilk who claim to have knowledge of the unseen by means of some knowledge and information that they use. This is a more general meaning which is indicated by the derivation of the word, as (the Arabic word) ‘arraaf (meaning fortune-teller) is derived from the word ma’rifah (knowledge) so it applies to everyone who deals in these matters and claims to have knowledge of them. End quote from al-Qawl al-Mufeed ‘ala Kitaab al-Tawheed (2/48).

One of those who have repented from fortune-telling and soothsaying said that he used to seek the help of the jinn in order to find out from them details of what was going on in the house of the one whose property was stolen, and his situation with his relatives and neighbours, and his friends and enemies, and sometimes he would blame someone who was under suspicion.

Even if we assume that the fortune-teller is able to point to the real thief and bring the property back by means of his contact with the jinn, it is not permissible to go to him and ask him anything, because of the ahaadeeth quoted above.

Secondly:

Some scholars are of the view that the one who claims to have knowledge of stolen items or that the jinn tell him about that is a kaafir. Ibn Nujaym (may Allaah have mercy on him) said, discussing the things that constitute kufr: Going to a soothsayer and believing him when he says ‘I know where stolen items are’ or ‘I speak on the basis of what the jinn tell me’. End quote from al-Bahr al-Raa’iq (5/130). As for his saying ‘I speak on the basis of what the jinn tell me’ being kufr, that is because the jinn, like humans, have no knowledge of the unseen, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Then when We decreed death for him [Sulaymaan (Solomon)], nothing informed them (jinn) of his death except a little worm of the earth which kept (slowly) gnawing away at his stick. So when he fell down, the jinn saw clearly that if they had known the Unseen, they would not have stayed in the humiliating torment”

[Saba’ 34:14]

This was stated in the commentary on al-Bahr al-Raa’iq.

So asking a fortune-teller or soothsayer about anything is haraam, and that includes asking him about lost or stolen items, or asking him about a disease and the remedy for it.

The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas were asked: Sometimes we lose some money or gold in our house, and we believe that it has been stolen, so we go to someone who is known as a mukhbir (‘the one with the news’), and tell him about that, and he promises us something good, and sometimes we find the lost item, and sometimes we don’t. What is the ruling on our going to these people?

They replied: It is not permissible for you to go to him because he is a soothsayer, and it was narrated in a saheeh report that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade going to soothsayers and their ilk, and asking them and believing them. End quote from Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (1/410).

Thirdly:

The one who has gone to this fortune-teller and asked him something has to repent to Allaah, may He be exalted, by regretting what he has done, resolving not to do it again, and not accusing anyone of stealing on the basis words of the fortune-teller and his helpers among the jinn, because the jinn tell lies, and they may accuse someone who is innocent so as to cause trouble among the Muslims. Repentance in this case is required from the one who went to the fortune-teller and asked him, and of the one who told him to do that, because both have fallen into sin. Please see question no. 32863 for information on repenting from asking and believing fortune-tellers.

The Muslim should turn to Allaah and ask Him to solve problems and difficulties, for all things are in His Hand, may He be glorified, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Is not He (better than your gods) Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls on Him, and Who removes the evil, and makes you inheritors of the earth, generations after generations? Is there any ilâh (god) with Allaah? Little is that you remember!”

[al-Naml 27:62]

And Allaah knows best.

This applies to your sister and her husband, and also applies to you. You should turn to Allaah and ask Him to relieve you of this accusation and wrong.

We advise your sister and her husband, and anyone who has anything to do with this matter, not to accuse anyone on the basis of the words of a charlatan or fortune-teller, because accusing someone who is innocent is a serious matter. The basic principle is that he is innocent and free of guilt. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever says of a believer something that is not true, Allaah will cause him to dwell in the mud of khabaal until he stops saying that.” Narrated by Abu Dawood 5129 from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.

Mud of khabaal refers to mud and mire and what comes from the sweat of the people of Hell.

May Allaah help us all to do that which He loves and which pleases Him.

And Allaah knows best.

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