Muhiyyus Sunnah Hazrat Moulana Abraarul Haq Sahib رحمه الله has advised that we immediately implement those Sunnahs which can easily be acted upon. The beauty of the Sunnah is that it engenders Noor; therefore an earnest attempt needs to be made to act on the Sunnahs of sleeping, upon awakening, eating, etc. Another unique point in implementing the 'easy' Sunnahs is that family and society do not become obstacles in acting upon them. By the gradual implementation of the easy Sunnahs, the Rooh (soul) develops strength and in turn facilitates acting upon those Sunnahs which we find difficult. Another outstanding blessing is that when we develop the consciousness of the Sunnah; we thus become unaffected by the obstacles of our family and society.
It is absolutely necessary that we reform our mindsets with regards the Sunnah. Hazrat Muhiyyus Sunnah رحمه الله has said that the Sunnah of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم are: 1. Ajmal - most beautiful 2. Akmal - most perfect 3. As'hal - easiest
We need to realise that we are slaves and we have no option but to submit to Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله. The Sunnah is the yardstick of acceptance. We have corrupted our habits and made things difficult. As an example, washing the hands prior to eating is Ajmal (beautiful). Eating with the right hand and from the side of the plate nearest to one is As'hal (easiest). To recite the duaa بسم لله وعلي بركة الله is Akmal (perfect) because it fortifies one's connection to Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله.
What is needed in our lives is a change in attitude; the blessed Sunnah is not cumbersome but rather an adornment. Are we prepared to make the change?
ENQUIRY 3: CAN YOU KINDLY ACQUAINT US WITH THE TWELVE IMAMS OF THE IMAMI SHIITES DOCTRINE?
Response: The first of them is the Caliph Ali bin Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with him). He is called Abu Al-Hasan and they nick named him “Al-Murtadha” (the one God is pleased with). He was born 23 years before Migration and was martyred 40H.
2) Al-Hasan bin Ali bin Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with him). He is called Abu Muhammad and nicknamed “Az-Zaki” (the Pure). He was born in 2 AH and died 50 AH.
3) Al-Husein bin Ali bin Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with him). He was called Abu Abdullah and nicknamed “Al-Shaheed” (the Martyred). He was born in 3 AH and died 61 AH.
4) Ali bin Al-Hasan bin Ali bin Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with him). He was called Abu Muhammad and nicknamed “Zain Al-Abideen” (Beauty of the Worshipers). He was born in 38 AH and died 95 AH.
5) Muhammad bin Ali bin Al-Husein bin Ali bin Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with them). He was called Abu Ja’far and nicknamed “Al-Baqir” (the Highly Knowledgeable). He was born in 57 AH and died in 114AH.
6) Ja’far bin Muhammad bin Ali bin Al-Husein bin Ali bin Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with them). He was called Abu Abdullah and nicknamed “As-Sadiq” (the Truthful). He was born 83 AH and died 148 AH.
7) Musa bin Ja’far bin Muhammad bin Ali bin Al-Husein bin Ali bin Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with them). He was called Abu Ibrahim and nicknamed “Al-Kazim” (the Persevering one). He was born 128 AH and died 183 AH.
8) Ali bin Musa bin Ja’far bin Muhammad bin Ali bin Al-Husein bin Ali bin Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with them). He was called Abu Al-Hasan and nicknamed “Ar-Ridha” (Favour). He was born in 148 AH and died 203 AH.
9) Muhammad bin Ali bin Musa bin Ja’far bin Muhammad bin Ali bin Al-Husein bin Ali bin Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with them). He was called Abu Ja’far and nicknamed “Al-Jawad” (the Magnanimous). He was born 195 AH and died in 220 AH.
10) Ali bin Muhammad bin Ali bin Musa bin Ja’far bin Muhammad bin Ali bin Al-Hasan bin Ali bin Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with them). He was called Abu Al-Hasan and nicknamed Al-Hadi (the Guider). He was born 212 AH and died 254 AH.
11) Al-Hasan bin Ali bin Muhammad bin Ali bin Musa bin Ja’far bin Muhammad bin Ali bin Al-Hasan bin Ali bin Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with them). He was called Abu Muhammad and nicknamed Al-Askari (the Soldier). He was born in 232 AH and died 260 AH.
12) Muhammad bin Al-Hasan bin Ali bin Muhammad bin Ali bin Musa bin Ja’far bin Muhammad bin Ali bin Al-Hasan bin Ali bin Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with them). The called him Al-Qasim and nicknamed him Al-Mahdi (the Guided). They believe he was born in 255 Ah or 256 AH and claim he is still alive hitherto (4).
Hajj is moving towards the middle of the Arabian desert summer. A number of factors (which will be expanded on later InshaAllah)that impact ones health & wellbeing, need to be considered:
1. There is going to be a major, sudden temperature change & acclimatization is a gradual process
2. Most South Africans are extremely unfit & suddenly find themselves forced to walk long distances, in the heat, multiple times a day
3. Clothing must be appropriate for the climate
4. Appropriate footwear is a must & must be 'worn in' at least a month or 2 before departure
5. Disruption in ones sleep patterns usually start even before departure
6. We are not in the habit of drinking sufficient amounts of good quality water
7. Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis etc. don't miraculously disappear on reaching the Haramain
8. Interfering with/stopping the normal menstrual cycle using hormonal preparations such as the pill etc. given the circumstances,often have unpredictable, unwanted effects that create more challenges
9. Vitamin supplements, cough syrups, probiotics etc. that we are accustomed to are usually not available & adequate supplies must be taken from home
10. Given current circumstances, very old, frail, mentally unstable individuals, individuals with severe medical ailments etc. invariably experience added difficulty which usually impacts negatively (much takleef) on the group they travelling with, prepare adequately
At this critical juncture we find ourselves in a period where the talks, discussions, topics of conversation and focus of media networks, newspapers and various media centres around the Soccer World Cup. Many people would spend large sums of hard earned money to witness this spectacle live, while others would spend hours of valuable time glued to the television watching every move of their favourite team.
I would like to draw a parallel between the World Cup and our lives as Muslims.
It is really amazing how players engaged in a football match or any other code of sport find their lives guided and governed by the rules of the game. They are cognisant of the fact that if the rules are broken or the laws are flouted penalties would follow. The player is guided by the lines and boundaries and parameters of the game which he plays. As Muslims we have been sent for a greater purpose, the lines and boundaries that govern us are the lines and boundaries chalked out for us by Allah Ta’ala. Allah says in the Glorious Quran:
“These are the boundaries set by Allah, do not transgress them.” (Surah 2 Verse 229)
How strange it is that a person is so mindful about the 2 linesman watching his actions from either side of the field while he is unmindful of the Kiraaman Kaatibeen, on either side of his shoulder, writing all his actions.
How strange it is that a person would dare not touch the ball with his hand in the penalty area for fear of the referee penalizing him, while he dares to venture into touching that which Allah has prohibited him from, without any fear of impunity or repercussions.
How strange it is that a person on the soccer field is so cautious about not being caught off side, while he does not care if Allah catches him in places where he is not supposed to be.
How strange it is that when a free kick of the opposing team is so dangerously placed that it is a threat to the goals, players rally together to form a line of defence, while we do not think of standing together to resist the onslaught on Islam from those opposing the deen. Allah says in the Holy Quran:
“Indeed Allah loves those who fight in His Cause, in rows as if they are a solid structure.” (Surah 61 Verse 4)
How strange it is that we would do whatever it takes to be like our sporting heroes in terms of dress code , hairstyle and external appearances, to show our identity and loyalty; but there is nothing in us to show that we are the followers of the Greatest Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
How strange it is that a person fears the yellow warning card of the referee but fails to respond to the mild reprimands that have come from Allah in the form of trials and tribulations; the yellow card in the form of some sickness, the yellow card in the form of death in the family, the yellow card in the form of some financial loss, the yellow card in the form of a narrow escape from an accident or the yellow card in the form of relief from life threatening situation.
How strange it is that we are wary about the red card of the referee which would signify suspension or expulsion for a short period from the field of play, but totally unconcerned about those actions that would shift us out from Jannah for ever.
How strange it is that a person understands that after the final whistle is blown no matter how many goals are scored they cannot count in his favour, but the same person fails to understand that when the final whistle for his life is blown no more good deeds could be added to his account for the Aakhirah.
How strange it is that a person would never think of putting his team at a disadvantage by scoring his own goal, but thinks nothing about doing harm to his own deen by his very own actions.
How strange is that a player is concerned about the millions of people around the world watching him in action but he seems to be unperturbed about the day when every deed of his will be played out in front of mankind on the Day of Qiyaamah.
Remember my dear brothers, the matches in the World cup may go into injury time but as far as our life is concerned our time span in this world would not end a second earlier nor delayed a second later.
“…when their appointed time comes they cannot delay it for a moment nor can they bring it any earlier.” (Surah 16 Ayat 61)
Sometimes a person is at the mouth of the goals but fails to put the ball at the back of the net. We say “He missed a sitter”, “He missed a golden opportunity”.
How often has Allah presented us with golden opportunities to gain nearness to him with the opportunity to look after aged parents, opportunities to assist the needy, opportunities to perform Salaah, opportunities to give charity, opportunity to smile or reconcile friendship and family ties and opportunities to turn to him in repentance.
Shaytaan is playing a more dangerous game with us. He is sure to sit on our path tackling and defending ensuring that we do not reach our goal. How often have we heard of a team scoring in the final seconds of a game to clinch victory. Shaytaan will continue to try to snatch away our Imaan until the final throes of death. Our defences have to be on full alert at all times
As Muslims we should not be running after the World Cup. Rather we should actually be vying with each other for the cups that surround the pond of Kauthar from the Mubaarak hands of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
If only we would make Allah our Goal, the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) our Model and the Quran our book of rules and regulations, we would be heading in the right direction
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