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Ashura: What you ought to know

The 10th of Muharram is known as the Yaum-e-Aashura(The Day of Ashura). That it is a Sacred Day in The Shariah is indisputable.

Islam, being an all-encompassing religion, taught us how to conduct ourselves on every occasion. Islam means to subject oneself to Allah’s Will and to leave aside one’s own personal fancies and whims. A Muslim submits willingly and complies happily with the Commands of Allah Most High.

There are two Commands which are established from The Shariah with regards to the Sacred Day of Aashura.

FASTING

The History of fasting on the 10th Muharram is as follows:

Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn 'Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

"The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to Madinah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of 'Ashura'. He said, 'What is this?' They said, 'This is a righteous day, it is the day when Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Musa fasted on this day.'

Nabi Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam said, 'We have more right to Musa than you,' so he fasted on that day and commanded the Muslims to fast on that day." [Bukhari, 1865]

Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam also said: "Observe the fast of Aashura and oppose the Jahood. Fast a day before it or a day after."(Baihaqi)

Thus it is important to either fast on the ninth and the tenth or the tenth and the eleventh of Muharram. To fast only on the day of Aashora is Makrooh(undesirable).

GENEROSITY

The second command of The Shariah is that one should be generous on one's family and spend more on them than what is normally spent.

Rasulullah (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) said: "One who generously spends on his family on the day of Aashora, Allah will increase (his provision) for the whole year." (Baihaqi)

Spending on one’s family means that one should prepare more food  for them than what one normally does. It certainly does not mean to have parties and barbeques and extending special invitations to others.

 

GIFTS: A BID’AH OR A SUNNAH?

Of late, certain people have introduced the concept of exchanging gifts on the tenth Muharram and branded this as a Sunnah. They cite as evidence, the act of a pious person who presented a gift to someone on the 10th Muharram.

They have erred. The definition of what constitutes a “Sunnah” is very clear in The Shariah. It most certainly does not apply to the deed, action, instructions, silence or habit of any pious person unless it is supported by Shar’i evidence.

The Shariah has generally encouraged Muslims to exchange gifts throughout the year. But to specify the 10th Muharram for exchanging gifts is to introduce a new concept in Islam. This, in Shar’i terminology is termed as Bid’ah. It is a very heinous sin.

Bid’ah is more evil than sin. Sufyan At-Thawri said: Bid’ah is more beloved to Iblees than sin. Sins are repented from and Bid’ah isn’t.” 
Bid’ah is more specific than sin. Bid’ah is a sin by innovating an act to draw closer to Allah. Sin when committed isn’t connected to innovating in the origin of Islam to draw closer to Allah.

A person is ashamed of his sins but proud of his Bid’ah.

Hadhrat Abdullâh bin Umar (Radiallahu anhum.) reported on the authority of his father: “I heard Allâh’s Messenger (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam)  saying, “...And, he who introduced an innovation (Bid’ah) that Allah and His Messenger had not sanctioned, would incur (a sin) like the sin of one of the people who acted upon it without any diminution in people’s sins.”  (Ibn Majah 1/210)

If exchanging gifts on the 10TH Muharram was indeed a Sunnah then Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam would have exchanged gifts with his family and companions.

Nothing to this effect has been reported in any sahih hadith from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) or from his Companions. None of the Imams of the Muslims encouraged or recommended such things, neither the four Imams, nor any others. No reliable scholars have narrated anything like this, nor the Sahabah, nor the Tabi'in; neither in any sahih report or in a da'if (weak) report. No hadith of this nature was known during the past fourteen centuries.

None of our Akaabireen such as Hadhrat Moulana Zakariya, Mufti Mahmood and Moulana Maseehullah, Moulana Thanvi, Moulana Ganghohi and Moulana Qasim Nanotwi etc.  Rahmatullahi alayhim considered the exchanging of gifts to be a Sunnah.

To the contrary, exchanging gifts specifically on a sacred day, is Tashabbuh bil Kufr (Imitating the Kuffaar). It is the habit and the culture of the Christians celebrating their holy and sacred days by exchanging gifts.

Think again about it:

Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam instructed the UMMAH TO OPPOSE the yahood and not to imitate them by fasting only on the 10th Muharram.

Would Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam be pleased if the Ummah imitated the Christians by exchanging gifts with one another? Would he be pleased with this commercialisation of Islam?

May Allah Ta’ala grant us all the Taufeeq to search for His Divine Pleasure.  Ameen

 

 
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MARRIAGE AND FALSE EXPECTATIONS

Whilst much preparations are made for elaborate weddings, both the bride and the groom receive almost no tuition and coaching about the challenges which lay ahead.

Much time and effort goes into shopping and the preparations for the BIG DAY.

However, for the many days to come, very little is done. Thus many couples enter into a Nikaah with false expectations of being “happy ever after”.

It is vitally important that both the groom and the bride be mentally prepared  for the challenges which lay ahead. Marriage is a life changer.

Both parties should understand that by entering into a Nikaah, the days of freedom are gone. There will be a whole set on new responsibilities.

From day one, life has changed forever. It is best to address some of the undermentioned issues before marriage so that future disputes may be avoid.

Both parties should also mentally prepare themselves for the challenges lying ahead. Before rushing into a marriage, thorough investigations should be made.

 

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A FRAUDULENT PAMPHLET ANNOUNCEMENT
FROM THE MAJLISUL ULAMA OF S.A

THE MAJLIS HEREBY DISSOCIATES FROM THE FRAUDULENT PAMPHLET CAPTIONED: “IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: MOONSIGHTING”.

NEITHER THE MAJLIS NOR A.S.DESAI NOR THE MUJLISUL ULAMA NOR ANY BODY OR AALIM ASSOCIATED WITH ANY OF THESE ENTITITIES IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PAMPHLET ISSUED BY THE FITNAH MONGERS.

THE E-MAIL  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it IS FRAUDULENT. IT DOES NOT BELONG TO THE MAJLIS. SUCH FRAUDULENT COWARDICE ISSUED BY FITNAH MONGERS IS TO BE EXPECTED AND TAKEN IN STRIDE.

DESPITE THE STRIDENT CRITICISM OF BAATIL BY THE MAJLIS, ANY PERSON WHO APPLIES HIS MIND WILL BE ABLE TO DISCERN THE HUGE DISPARITY IN THE STYLE ADOPTED BY THE FITNAH MONGERS. WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL WILL ALWAYS REMAIN ARTIFICIAL REGARDLESS OF THE COSMETIC PLASTERING. THE STYLE OF THE FITNAH MONGERS IS JUST TOO STUPID TO STICK ON US.

WE ARE POSITIVE THAT EVEN THE NNB JAMIAT, SANHA AND OTHERS WHOM WE CRITICIZE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE VAST DIFFERENCE IN OUR STYLE AND THE STUPID AND SILLY BLABBERING OF THE FITNAH MONGERS WHOM WE BELIEVE ARE FROM  THE VERY SAME CAMP WHOM WE CRITICIZE.​
 
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Sayings of Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb - Episodes and lessons from the life of Hazrat Moula


THE STRONG MU-MIN IS BETTER THAN THE WEAK MU'MIN PT2

Al-Mu-minul Qawi Khairum Minal Mu-minidh-Dha’eef

Khair (noble/good/better) is used in contrast to sharr (evil/worse). The Strong Mu-min who has ridded himself of the sharr of bashar (natural human propensity of evil) is better than the weak Mu-min. We learn from this that some Believers are strong whilst others are weak. The status quo has been defined.

So what did Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) say? “A strong Mu-min is better than a weak Mu-min”. The administration and the work from such a Mu-min can never be delivered by a weak Mu-min. A weak Mu-min is powerless to carry out such actions, neither for himself, that is on a personal level, and nor is he qualified to serve the community. He is neither successful in his personal endeavours of supervision and performance and nor are his administrative and active ventures for the people successful, as he is weak.

 

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Tasawwuf - Sayings of Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanvi (R.A)

HOW TO REACH ALLAH TA'ALA

The only way to reach Haq Ta’aala is to rid oneself of Akhlaaq e Razeelah (the lowly qualities), to develop Akhlaaq e Hameedah (the beautiful qualities) and the acquisition of Taufeeq i.e. guidance towards obedience (from Allah). Negligence of Allah disappears and attention towards Allah develops. (Click here to learn more on how to become the friend of Allah)

-Malfooz Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanvi Rahmatullah Alayh

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Tasawwuf - Sayings of Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanvi (R.A)

AM I STRENGHTENING MY SINS?

Committing a sin thinking it will decrease (or eliminate) the desire for that sin (in the future) is a deception of Shaytaan. Yes, the desire will be decreased temporarily but the faculty and power of committing sin will be strengthened (long term) resulting in the eradication of sin becoming beyond ones power and strength.

-Malfooz Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanvi Rahmatullah Alayh

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Tasawwuf - Sayings of Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanvi (R.A)

HADHRATS HUMILITY

Once Hadhrat said: I am fasting and I take an oath that there is no one lower and more disgraceful than me in this world. On another occasion he said: I consider myself to be lower than every Muslim presently and lower than every Kaafir as far as the future is concerned. (This means that a Kaafir can accept Islam and become a better person).

-Malfooz Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanvi Rahmatullah Alayh

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Sayings of Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb

136. If the gaze was even minutely on the Aakhirat there would not have been even a minute scope for takabbur (arrogance) in the heart.

137. Those who had their gazes on the Aakhirat, they took an oath that they were worse than dogs and swine.

138. By virtue of the gaze being on the Aakhirat one does not look (with pride) at the good one did, rather the reward of Allah is yearned for.

139. Tool-e-Amal is to cherish distant hopes. This Tool-e-Amal is haraam. It is a spiritual sickness.

140. The gaze of the Akaabir was on A’maal and hence their actions were consistent at home and on journey; their devotional practices (ma’moolaat) were the same inside their homes and outside.

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