Iemaan

Thoughts of Despondency

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Q: Every day when I wake up, I think of my sins and it grieves me. If suicide was allowed, I would have opted for this and freed myself from sin. I sometimes become very despondent. Please advise. 

A:
Never lose hope in the mercy of Allah. The mercy of Allah Ta'aala is much, much greater than ALL our sins put together.

Allah says in the Qur'aan:

قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنْفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِنْ رَحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ

Say (O Nabi, on My behalf) O servants of Mine who have acted recklessly against their own selves, do not despair of the Mercy of Allah. Surely, Allah will forgive all sins. Surely, He is the One who is Most-Forgiving, the Very Merciful. (Surah Zumar verse 53).

Just look at this verse for a moment. Although the person is a sinner, Allah is still referring to him as 'MY SERVANTS'. Isn't this a great favour from Allah, that although you have sinned against Me, I still call you MY servant! This itself is a great mercy.

By virtue of Taubah, everything gets forgiven. Therefore Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam said that when a person seeks forgiveness from a sin, it is as if he did not commit that sin at all. (Ibni Maajah V2 P1419).

A beautiful Hadeeth is mentioned in the books of Tafseer. The Hadeeth says that Allah says: The crying (lamenting, pangs of grief, sounds of regret and repentance) of the sinner is more beloved unto Me (Allah) than the humming sounds of those reciting Tasbeeh.

Ponder over this Hadeeth. This is an invitation from Allah to sinners like us. Allah is saying that cry and repent unto Me, because I love those moments. Thus, this means that the person who repents becomes the beloved of Allah! What more can we ask for?

We do not have the right to lose hope in the Mercy of Allah. Therefore Allah says:

وَلَا تَيْأَسُوا مِنْ رَوْحِ اللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَا يَيْأَسُ مِنْ رَوْحِ اللَّهِ إِلَّا الْقَوْمُ الْكَافِرُونَ

And do not lose hope in the Mercy of Allah. In fact, only the infidels (disbelievers) lose hope in the Mercy of Allah. (Surah Yusuf Verse 87).

Thus despondency, losing hope, giving up good actions, thoughts of suicide, etc. is NOT the makeup and traits of a Muslim. Understand that we deal with a Compassionate. Merciful, Loving, Kind, Benevolent, Oft- forgiving, Generous Allah!! 

Irrespective of the amount of sins we commit:

1. We will not lose hope in the Mercy of Allah.

2. we will keep on repenting. A person who has not given up sin cannot afford to give up repenting. It is a deception of Shaytaan that we think that I keep on sinning, so how can I keep on repenting, I am making a mockery. This is pure deception. If you keep on sinning then you will keep on repenting.

Never lose hope, keep repenting, keep up good actions whatever you can, avoid sin as much as possible, constantly make Du'aa, keep on striving to fulfil your duties towards Allah and Inshaa Allah you will be engulfed in the mercy of Allah.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Mocking a Sunnah

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Q: I live in England. If I decided I want to follow a particular aspect of Islam which is not obligatory to follow (but Sunnah). So if I decided to openly follow the Sunnah in public, even though I know for a fact that the people would mock Islam if they saw me adhering to the Sunnah, and I still go ahead and follow the Sunnah, would I become a Kaafir (non Muslim)? Because didn’t I initiate them to mock Islam, even though I hate for them to mock Islam. I love following the Sunnah.

A:
If they mock it, you will not become Kaafir. Even if they mock, the Sunnah will not be discarded on account of their mocking.

I will explain two incidents here and Inshaa Allah the issue will be resolved.

1. The conqueror of Iran Sayyidina Huzayfah bin Yamaan (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) was called to the palace of the Kisra for discussions. Food was presented to them. He began eating and while eating, a morsel of food fell from his hand. The instruction of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) is that such a morsel should be picked up and eaten. Sayyidina Huzayfah recalled this Hadeeth and reached out to pick it up. The person next to him said: "what are you doing? This is the palace of the superpower of the time. If you pick up that morsel, these people will lose respect for you. They will consider you to be low, so do not pick it up, today is not appropriate to do so". In reply, Sayyidina Huzayfah uttered a beautiful, eye-opening and comprehensive statement applicable to all times and situations. He said: Must I discard the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) because of these fools!!

In other words, whether they disgrace, mock ridicule or think of me as low, I will not and cannot discard the Sunnah of my beloved Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam).  

2. At the time of the Treaty of Hudaybiyah, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam sent) Sayyidina Uthmaan (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) into Makkah to negotiate with the Quraysh. He went and stayed at the house of his paternal cousin. In the morning when it was time to go to the meeting with the Quraysh, his pants was above his ankles, raised to midway of his calves, because the instruction of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) is that it is not permissible for it to be below the ankles. His cousin said to him: "the custom of the Arabs is that the lower the pants hangs, the more respectable the person is considered to be, so leaders and influential people always let the pants hang. If you go with your pants raised in this manner, they will lose respect for you, resulting in your discussion being ineffective". Sayyidina Uthmaan replied: This is how the Izaar (pants, lungi) of my companion (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) is.

In other words, this is how Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) wears his and instructs us to wear it. So if they consider me low or respect me, honour me or disgrace me, I am not bothered. I have seen the Izaar of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam); mine is the same and I will not change the style for anyone. (Islaahi Khutbaat Hadhrat Mufti Mohammed Taqi Saheb)

In summary, if by practicing on the Sunnah, it leads to mockery by others, the Sunnah will not be discarded.

The Muslims have not gained any respect by discarding the Sunnah, rather, they have lost respect because of neglecting and discarding the Sunnah.        

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Condition for Paradise

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Q: If a non-Muslim recited a surah from the Quran (intentionally) but they died as a non-Muslim would they go to Jannah (paradise)?

A:
The condition for entering Jannah is to possess Iman (correct Islamic faith).

Moulana Yusuf Laher

The Ashari Aqeedah

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Q: is the Ash'ari'a sect bid'aat (an innovation)? Are its aqeedah (beliefs) not in accordance with the teaching of the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam?

A:
With regards to Aqeeda there emerged two great figures during the third century hijri, viz Imam Abul-Hasan Ash’ari and Imam Abu Mansoor Matureedi. Most of the Ulema after them subscribe to one of the two Schools of Aqeeda espoused by these Scholars, viz the Ash’ari and the Matureedi Schools. The Hanafi scholars favoured the School of Matureedi, while Shaafi Scholars inclined towards the Ash’ari School of Aqeeda. These two great Imams do not differ in the fundamental and basic beliefs of Quran and Sunnah. Instead their differences are confined to either academic definitions or to the secondary level of beliefs that spring from fundamentals. For example, they all believe and accept that Allah has unique and uncreated Attributes, and that these Attributes were with Allah since His existence, which is from forever. However, they will differ as to the definition of these attributes in an academic sense, or in how these attributes of Allah affect human beings.

It must be emphasized that these differences are not based on personal opinion, for aqeeda is never expounded and promoted in such a manner. Instead, the aqeeda that these great Imams expounded were based on Quran, Sunnah, and the fatwas of the Sahaaba and Ulema after them.  If any of them adopted a belief different to the other, it would be supported by the above sources of Islamic teaching.

On this basis you will understand that both Ash’ari and Matureedi belong to the Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah. The Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah is that group who follow in the footsteps of Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and his Sahaaba. The Matureedi and Ash’ari Schools of Aqeeda do not divert from the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihi wa sallam and his Sahaaba. The hue and cry with regards to the Aqeedah of Matureedi and Ash’ari and the question of them not belonging to the Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah, only developed recently with certain ardent and biased followers of Ibni Taymiyyah, especially the Ulema of Saudi Arabia. Before then, for centuries. there has been total and absolute unanimity among all Scholars that the Ash’ari and Matureedi are of the Ahlus-Sunnah.

Mufti Siraj Desai

Conviction in Faith

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Q: What is meant by performing tawaqquf in aqaaid (belief)? This is referred to as kufr in the book Fiqh al akbar.

A: In Fiqhul Akbar of Hazrat Imam Abu Hanifa (rahmatullahi alayh) it is mentioned that one who doubts his iemaan is not a mu'min (believer). In other words, when one is asked: 'are you a mu'min?', he replies" ' I don't know' or 'I am not sure' then this statement constitutes kufr.

Tawaqquf means to be non-committal or hesitant to do something. If one is hesitant and non-committal about iemaan, then it means one has expressed doubt in iemaan, and that leads to kufr or disbelief. A Believer must be sure of his iemaan.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

Mormons

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Q:  Who are Mormons? Can you prove that Islam is true or their religon is wrong through their book?
 
A: Mormonism is an offshoot of Christianity. Its followers, called Mormons, believe that Jesus Christ appeared to one Joseph Smith of America in 1820 commanding him to restore his teachings. They also believe in the Trinity and general beliefs of Christians. However, mainstream Christianity do not accept them as Christians and believe the Mormons are a cult and not part of Christianity.
 
This prophet, who was also called Mormon, was supposed to have given them them a book called the Book of Mormon, which Mormons believe is an addition to the New Testament.
 
We have not yet had the opportunity to study their books and writings, so cannot at this stage provide the proof that you request.
 
In any case, from an Islamic perpsective, the Mormons are as false and misguided as the majority of Christians themselves.
 
There is no new prophet to come after the Pophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). So this claim is totally false. As for their books, we will insha Allah study some of their writings and see if the proof you request is indeed available from their books.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 July 2010 08:08

Divine Origin of Shariah

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Q: Please give me three reasons a Muslim might put forward to support his or her belief that Islamic law (shari'a) cannot be made by humans, but must come from Allah.
 
A: Here are a few reasons to prove that Shari'ah is Divine and not man-made. Before proceeding we need to understand that Shari'ah comprises Qur'aan and Sunnah. Qur'aan is the Holy Book of Almighty God revealed to The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the last Messenger of God to mankind. 

Sunnah means the sayings, actions, and practices of Prophet Muhammad, as well as practices of his Disciples that he approved and sanctioned whilst living among them. We will now advance reasons for the Divine nature of the Qur'aan and the Sunnah, so that readers will understand that both Fountainheads of Islamic Belief and Practice are Divine in content and origin.

THE HOLY QUR'AAN

1) The Holy Qur'aan has predicted events of the future that came true. For example, the victorious return of the Romans after being vanquished by the Persians. (Surah 30: 2 – 4) The Romans were so badly defeated that even the political experts of the time gave them no chance of ever re-organising themselves into a force of note, let alone avenging their defeat by the Persians. But it happened within the time frame set out by The Qur'aan. Another example is the exploration of space by man, as in Surah 55, verse 33. At that stage in history it was never dreamt that human beings will one day traverse the domains of outer space. Only Divine Knowledge could have forecast such an event. A third forecast was the conquest of Makkah, which too, was not even remotely anticipated by the Muslims of that time. Such was the conviction of this conquest that the Holy Qur'aan mentioned it as a foregone conclusion; hence the use of the past tense verb. See Surah 48, verse 1.

2) The Holy Qur'aan revealed secrets of people to the Messenger of God in his lifetime, such as the presence of hypocrites (who pretended to be Muslims but were in fact traitors and spies – 9:101); the motives of a group of people who erected a mosque in order to divide the Muslim community. (9:107); the unravelling of a plan hatched by the wives of Prophet Muhammad (in order to gain more attention from him) (66:3)

3) The Holy Qur'aan has discussed details of scientific events, phases of creation, and unfolding of nature. The Prophet Muhammad was not schooled in any science, so how was it possible for him to speak so accurately about science and nature? Examples: The stages of the foetus in the mother’s womb and subsequent birth (Surah 23, verse 12 and beyond) ; the creation of living beings from water (biology) (21:30); the renting asunder of the heavens and earth (a theory that scientists have dubbed ‘the big bang’) (21:30); the pegging of mountains deep into the earth (16:15), something science only discovered recently. The Prophet Muhammad had never travelled across the sea, yet the Qur'aan that he recited accurately described the darkness beneath the waves of the ocean! (24:40) There are many more of such extraordinary observations related to science and nature in the Qur'aan; we have sufficed with a few. For more information, visit this link www.harunyahya.com/miracles_of_the_quran_01.php 

4) The Qur'aan discusses the story of Yusuf or Joseph in great detail. This story was never mentioned in the Torah or the Injeel (The Old and New Testaments). Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was not a man of letters and had neither studied history. How could he have located a story of this nature in the annals of history? The same can be said of the many historical accounts chronicled in the Qur'aan.

5) Shari'ah Law is derived partially from Qur'aan. When considering the laws of The Qur'aan, it becomes evident that these are designed with precise benefit and effect, and are most appropriate to bring about the intended objective of establishing law and order on earth. Man-made laws are always flawed and have to be altered and adjusted to match changing trends and habits. Quranic Law is as relevant today as it was fourteen hundred years ago. The Quran’s penal code is unique. Every country that applied the Quranic injunctions of the death penalty, amputation of a thief’s hand, lashing for fornication, stoning to death for adultery, lashing for drinking wine, achieved an exceptionally low crime rate, almost negligible. Then when considering the nature of these laws, one cannot fail to see that no human mind could have conjured up punishments of this nature. History proves that none of these were used by past nations, and it was only Islam that introduced them to the world. This is another clear proof of Islam’s Divine nature. The Islamic Law of Succession is another case in point. No human mind could have fathomed out a system of estate distribution as mentioned in the Qur'aan. Whichever way one looks at it, the divisions of shares work out accurately and fairly.


THE SUNNAH

We now turn our attention to the Sunnah or Traditions of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam
 
1) He taught the use of clay stones to cleanse the private part after passing urine. Latter day scientists have discovered that natural clay is the only substance besides water that can neutralise the alkaline deposits in urine that leave behind bacteria and germs. How would an unschooled and untrained man, living in the middle of the desert, know of such things, if not guided by a Superior Power?

2) He emphasized the use of the Miswaak – a wooden twig – to cleanse the teeth. Today medical science has revealed healing propensities in this particular twig. Again, is this mere co-incidence or Divine Intervention?

3) He advocated the use of sand when cleansing dirty utensils. Here too, it has been scientifically proven that sand contains a natural detergent that removes germs and bacteria.

4) Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam predicted events that happened in his time, after him, and that will still occur. This list is lengthy, so we mention a few:
a. He predicted that his followers would fight among themselves after his demise. Exactly 40 years after he passed away, this prediction came true.
b. He forecast huge volcanic eruptions in Madinah. This was witnessed about 600 years later.
c. He prophesied that Muslims would engage in severe battles with Mongolian Tartars. When he made this prediction, these Mongolians were unknown to the people of his time. The Prophet Muhammad actually described the Chinese features of these people, yet had never set eyes on a Mongolian or a Chinese! More than 600 years later, the Mongols from Central Asia attacked and ransacked Baghdad and surrounding areas.
d. He predicted that during latter years, vices will become rife. He spoke of widespread and open prostitution, consumption of alcohol, rampant murder, wars among nations, common abuse of trust, unqualified people taking up posts of leadership, a surfeit of wealth in the world yet economic upheaval, poverty that will destroy nations, disobedience and abandonment of parents. These are just a few of many. No one who knows the modern world can deny that these evils are not predominant and prevalent in our societies. How could a man living among a nascent civilization over fourteen centuries ago predict such events with certainty and accuracy?

I think the above is more than enough evidence on which we can safely conclude that Islam and its elementary teachings are Divine and Sacred. One final observation that will leave one in no doubt that A Divine Hand that controls Islam:

Islam with its profound teachings and spiritually enhanced practices has remained unchanged since its inception fifteen centuries ago, right down to the minutest detail of the Prophet Muhammad’s life. Nothing has changed barring new faces and places. Every act of worship, every prayer, and every rule continues to remain alive and vibrant in the life of every Muslim man, woman, and child. No other religion can even come near Islam in this concept. Does one need anything more to prove Islam’s Divinity?

Mufti Siraj Desai
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 12:43

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