“And for (the pleasure of Allah), it is incumbent upon people to make Hajj of the Baitullah” (Suraah Al-Imraan v. 97)
Soon you will be departing for the Sacred cities of Allah Ta’ala and His Beloved Rasul Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. The honourable angels will follow your progress from the skies and graciously escort you into the very heart of Islam and Imaan. Not only will they echo your heartfelt cry of “Labbayk”, but even the rocks and stones which you pass by, will join you in the Talbiyah. Your long cherished hopes will be realized, your sincere Du’aas answered and your dreams realized.
O, Haaji! The sweet Mercies of Allah always seem like dreams. Marvel at your good fortune and your awesome destiny. Indeed it is not only your wealth that takes one for Haj, for many are the millionaires who like last year and the year before promised themselves that they will go set out for this sacred journey. However, they never got down to it. They died rich in wealth but bankrupt in Imaan. They died without having really lived. They died miserably. They died without making Hajj.
by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh)
[This article was prepared before the World Cup 2010, which was hosted by South Africa. The advices relate and apply to all sports events, which are in conflict with Islamic teachings.]
The hype and talk presently is the World Cup. Soccer-mania has gripped the mind, the heart, the speech, the time and the money of many, many Muslims.
And these many, many Muslims argue: “It’s ONCE IN A LIFETIME…We are the HOST country … It’s the World Cup which cannot be missed at any cost…”.
And we naively believe that these reasons give us the go-ahead to support, promote and participate.
But there is one serious fact that makes us unsuitable and incompatible for what I would describe as an International “upsurge of sins” – and that reason is: We are Muslims. And we are very fortunate that we are Muslims. As such, there is no compatibility between a Muslim and sin.
Let us discuss why we, as Muslims, cannot and should not align ourselves to the World Cup and other such sporting events.
Let us read with an open heart and mind.
REASONS WHY MUSLIMS SHOULD NOT ATTEND AND NOT SUPPORT THE WORLD CUP:
It is a common observance, that many, many Muslims are totally neglectful of Salaah when it comes to International, National or local sporting events.
Even those who have some link with the Masaajid, will choose to forego Salaah in Jamaat and even the Salaah itself, so as not to miss a moment in watching men run after a ball. Men, running after a ball – Is this intelligent?
Let us relate this to real life and the inevitable: How will this benefit us in this world and the hereafter? Will any one of these sports players be able to intercede on our behalf, before Allah Ta’ala, when we have to account for our actions, for our indulgence in futile and even Haraam activities?
Our Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “…Do not forgo Salaah intentionally, lest you should get out of the fold of Islam. Do not perpetrate disobedience to Allah, lest you deserve His Wrath…”
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) also said: “The dividing line between Kufr and Imaan is Salaah.” And : “A person who has missed one Salaah is like one who has lost all his family and wealth.”
Just as we would be grief-stricken at the loss of all of our beloved family members and the loss of all of our wealth, properties, and everything else, similarly should we grieve over losing even ONE Salaah?
Those few who do perform Salaah at the stadium or grounds, whilst the shouting, screaming, music, drink and other sins are being engaged in simultaneously, should think for themselves of what a display of hypocrisy they make. Because that is exactly what it is: Hypocrisy.
Among the neighbours of Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) was a man who was involved in many sins, evils and shameless deeds. One day, this man came to the gathering of Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) and greeted him with salaam. However, although Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) replied to his salaam, he did not show him attention and receive him with warmth. Rather, he seemed uncomfortable in the presence of this man (as this man was well known to have evil ways and sinful habits).
The man immediately perceived the discomfort of Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) and thus said, “O Abu ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah)! Why are you uncomfortable in my presence? On account of a dream that I saw, I have completely changed and I am no longer the person that you knew me to be.” Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) asked, “What dream did you see?”
The man replied, “I saw Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in my dream. It seemed as though he was on an elevated area while many people were seated below him. One by one, the people stood and asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to make du‘aa for them. As they stood and made their request, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made du‘aa for them, until only I remained. I also wanted to stand and ask Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to make du‘aa for me, but I felt embarrassed and ashamed to do so on account of my evil actions and ways. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then addressed me and asked, “O so-and-so! Why do you not stand and ask me to make du‘aa for you?” I replied, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! It is my shame and embarrassment of my evil deeds that prevents me from doing so.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) responded, “If it is shame and embarrassment that prevents you, then stand and ask me for du‘aa. I will still make du‘aa for you, as you do not speak ill of my Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).” I thus stood and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made du‘aa for me. When I thereafter awoke, I found that Allah Ta‘ala had instilled within me complete hatred and disgust for all the sins that I was involved in.”
When Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) heard this incident, he addressed us saying, “O Ja’far! O so-and-so! Tell people of this incident and do not forget it, as it is beneficial and inspiring.”
RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF ONE’S WIFE - MOULANA MASEEHULLAH (A.R.)
In dealing with one’s wife, various kinds of zulm are perpetrated on her. People tend to keep womenfolk, their wives, as maids and subordinates. Therefore, they will not tolerate even a minor affront to their temperament. They do not want their wives to give them a contrary reply. Should she venture to do this, then follows a beating and thrashing, even to the extent of swearing and cursing. Finally, it even reaches the point where taláq is issued. This is zulm on wives.
Some husbands want their womenfolk to live with them in the cultured and well-mannered manner that they live. That is why, when some woman does something which is uncultured or ill-mannered, she is severely punished.
Informality and bad manners should be tolerated
At times, womenfolk will make certain remarks very informally, playfully and with an apparent air of conceit (náz). The men will also not tolerate and bear this. At the pettiest incident, they will pull up their faces and show their displeasure by refusing to speak to their wives. Whereas, one of the rights that the wife has is that her informality and airs are tolerated. That leaves some wives who are uncultured. This is also a right that women have over the men, that the men tolerate their bad manners. It comes in the Hadíth Sharíf that women have been created from a crooked rib. That is why there is crookedness in their akhláq. If you try to straighten it, it will break. So, take benefit from her with her crookedness.
Plain and simple women are the best
The following is also something to ponder over and to understand: It is a suitable condition for women to have a slight degree of indiscriminate behaviour (be-tamízí). The reason is that those who are like this, tend to be plain and simple women. These women are extremely chaste, modest and obedient. So much so, I have seen and heard that some women are such that they may be ill ‒ so ill that they do not have the strength to stand. Yet, if the husband is also ill at the same time, she will forget her own illness. She will be restless and anxious, and will spend all her time in nursing her husband.
And this is a daily occurrence that women will be the last to eat. The wife will see that the husband eats first. If it so happens that a visitor arrives at that point, the food that she had saved for herself, she will send forth to feed the visitor, remaining hungry herself.
Also, if it happens that the husband has been on a journey and returns in the middle of night, she will sacrifice her rest and sleep, get up and cook for her husband at that hour, and be at hand to serve him. This type of women, those who dote on their husbands, are mostly those who tend to be plain and simple, and tend to have a slight degree of impropriety as well. That is why husbands should not be of such a harsh temperament, that the slightest impropriety on the part of the wife will cause him to fly into a rage.
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