Continuing The Sighting of the Moon
5. Upon seeing the moon, one should not say that the moon appears to be very big and that it appears to be the second moon. This is an evil habit. It is mentioned in a Hadith that this is a sign of qiyâmah. When qiyâmah will draw near, people will talk in this manner. In short, do not even rely on the size of the moon as to whether it is big or small. Nor should you rely on the Hindus who say that today is dooj (the second day of the lunar fortnight) and that the moon will definitely be sighted today. In the Shariah, all this is regarded as nonsense.
6. If the skies are absolutely clear, even the testimony of several persons will not be acceptable and the sighting of the moon cannot be established. This is irrespective of whether it is the moon of Ramadhân or the moon of Eid. However, if a very large number of people give their testimony that they have sighted the moon to such an extent that the heart feels that such a large number of people cannot be lying and that it is impossible for them to be concocting a story, then only will the sighting of the moon be established.
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Continuing The Fasts of Ramadhaan
- A person had taken a vow that if a certain work of his is fulfilled, he will keep one or two fasts for the pleasure of Allaah. When the month of Ramadhaan commenced, he made the intention of keeping those fasts which he had vowed to keep and not the fast of Ramadhaan. Even then, the fast of Ramadhaan will be considered and not that of the vowed fast. The vowed fast will have to be kept after Ramadhaan.
In short, if any other intention is made in the month of Ramadhaan, the fast of Ramadhaan will be considered. All other fasts will not be valid.
- If the moon of Ramadhaan is sighted on the 29th of Sha'baan, commence fasting the following morning. However, if it is not sighted or cannot be sighted because of clouds, do not fast the next morning as long as there is a doubt as to whether Ramadhaan has commenced or not. Instead, complete the 30 days of Sha'baan and thereafter commence the fasts of Ramadhaan.
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Ramadhaan and Preparation for Maut
Category: Fasting and Eid
Without thinking of death in abundance, we will have no inclination to reform. Life will rotate around eating, sleeping, and accumulating. We will be lulled into a false sense of security until the bubble of life bursts.
Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam forewarned us: “Think of the obliterator of pleasures (death) in abundance.”
Thoughts and discussions of death, extinguishes the joys of life.
Observe how the T.V. is not only switched off, but even covered and stored away, in a funeral home. Everyone forgets the World Cup, the World News and their favourite programs. Maut’s icy presence freezes all debates and pleasures.
Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam advised Hadhrat Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) to count himself amongst the dwellers of the Qabr.
The thought of the Qabr as one’s home, will lessen the love of the World. Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Love of the world is the root of all evils.” By thinking of the evil nature of the world; the violence, bloodshed, wars, crime, sicknesses, hypocrisy, jealousy and pain, we will treasure our Imaan which has taught us about another existence – the existence of a beautiful Hereafter.
However, the quality of that life is dependent upon the deeds we perform in this life. If our actions are wrong, they require reformation; if they are right, then we need to be grateful, and with the Fadl of Allah Ta’ala, they need to be constantly supervised and taken account of. Good deeds are only good, if they are in tune with The Shari’ah and The Sunnah, otherwise they are rejected by Allah.
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HARAAM PORK IN MEASLES VACCINE-PARENTS BEWARE!
Category: Halaal-Haraam Updates
A concerned brother writes:
Assalamua Alaikum respected Mufti
I am a pharmacist by profession and would like to seek your verdict on the following.
The government is planning a massive measles immunisation drive in June 2017 where 650000 children will be immunised against measles.
Upon inspecting the package insert of this vaccine it is found to contain the active ingredient which is live measles vaccine plus preservatives plus gelatin in situ.
I called the manufacturer of the product and spoke to the production office and Linda from 10 confirmed with me that the source of the Gelatin used for their product is of Pig origin (Porcine).
Kindly advise whether Muslim parents should consent to have their children immunised with this product for the upcoming campaign.
The fact that consumption of pork is prohibited in Islam is well known. The Holy Quran unambiguously prohibits the consumption of pork in many verses. It is not permissible to use intoxicants and other nauseating haraam substances in medical treatments. This has been unanimously agreed upon by all Fuqahaa and is also based upon numerous sound Ahaadeeth.
It is reported that Taariq ibn Suwayd al-Ju’fee Radiallahu anhu asked Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam about intoxicants, and he forbade him from using them. Taariq Radiallahu anhu added, “But I only use them as medical treatments.” He responded: إنه ليس بدواء ولكنه داء “It is not a treatment, however it is a disease (itself).” - Ahmad and Muslim - This hadeeth profoundly states that a "disease in itself" is not a treatment. A vaccination is exactly that, "A disease in itself!"
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