Junaid Baghdadi and Love for Allah

Junaid Baghdadi (Ra)

& Love for Allah

 

Once at the time of Hajj, there was a gathering in Mecca of some friends of Allah; the youngest among whom was Junaid Baghdadi (ra). In that gathering, there was a discussion on the subject of 'Love for Allah' and as to who is the lover of Allah. Many of them expressed their views on the subject, but Junaid (ra) kept quiet. He was pressed to say something.

With his head bowed down and tears in his eyes, he said, "The lover of Allah is he who forgets his own self, remains engaged in Allah's remembrance with due regard to all its requirements; sees Allah with the eyes of his heart, which is burnt by the heat of Allah's fear; Allah's remembrance affects him like a cup of wine, he speaks the word of Allah as if All-Mighty Allah speaks through his mouth; if he moves, he does so under the command of Allah; he gets peace of mind only through the obedience of Allah; and when such a stage is reached, his eating, drinking, sleeping, awakening and, in short, all his actions are for the pleasure of Allah; he neither pays heed to the worldly customs, nor does he attach any importance to unfriendly criticism by people."

THE WORLD CUP 2010

 

THE WORLD CUP 2010

By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (DB)

 

The hype and talk presently is the World Cup 2010. 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 which 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.

Let us read with an open heart and mind.

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REASONS Why MUSLIMS should NOT ATTEND and

NOT SUPPORT the World Cup:

1.) SALAAH

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.

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 wa-Sallam) 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 wa-Sallam) 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, etc. similarly should we grieve over losing just 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.

2.) WASTAGE AND EXTRAVAGANCE

Allah Ta’ala states explicitly : “…And do not squander recklessly. Surely, squanderers are brothers to Shayateen, and Shaytaan is very ungrateful to his Lord.”

[Surah Bani Israeel 17 : 26/27]

Spending R800 or R1000, whether more or less, on one ticket – and we know many are spending much, much more, on many tickets - is money wasted, and wastage and squandering are categorized as sin in Islam – whether on that which is permissible or otherwise. Moreover, the sin is compounded when it is being spent to view something which is at a place hosting a combination of evils.

Besides the tickets for the various matches, much more money will be spent on travel and accommodation – with airfares and rates going through the roof.

Consider how many loaves of bread, how many litres of milk or necessities of life, could have been provided for thousands that live below the bread line or thousands more that are in dire need of medical assistance … How can we be so complacent when so many are without food, water, electricity, medicine and other such needs ? Doesn’t our Imaan and conscience trouble us in the least ?

Moreover, wastage and extravagance are a cause of drought, high cost living and other forms of punishment.

3.) MUSIC

Almost every venue, event and occasion today seems to demand “music” as part of the entertainment. As Muslims, we know fully well, that music is not the “pleasure” of a true believer because Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) specifically mentioned that one of his objectives was to destroy musical instruments.

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) said : “My Rabb has commanded me to destroy all musical instruments…” and also : “Music causes hypocrisy to grow in the heart just as water causes crops to grow.”

According to another Hadith of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam): ‘Music is from Shaytaan and accommodating it in anyway is nifaaq (hypocrisy).’

Ibn Walih (RA) said : “Beware of music because music reduces shame, it increases lust and destroys one’s dignity and respect. Its effect is like the effect of alcohol.”

Then, would it be morally correct for a MUSLIM to be present at such an event where Music is ‘a must have’ ?

4.) ALCOHOL

The Ahadith make mention : “Wine is the gatherer of sin.”, “Wine is the route to indecency and is one of the major sins.”

Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) also said : “….and do not take to drinking, for that is the mother of all evils.”

Every person that is associated to alcohol – be it the manufacturer, the one who transports, the one who sells, buys or serves comes under the curse of Allah Ta’ala. And those that keep company and incline towards the transgressors have to contend with the same consequences, for Allah Ta’ala warns us : “ Do not incline to the transgressors for then the fire will touch you.”

5.) ZINA (ADULTERY / FORNICATION)

Allah Ta’ala says : “And come not near to Zina. Verily it is a shameful and evil path”

[Surah Al- Isra 17 : 32]

It is a very evident fact that these events promote Zina in abundance. Besides adultery of the eyes which is also categorized as zina (adultery) and which is very common at these types of venues with the indecent and revealing attire, there is actual zina that is being promoted and advertised. With the thousands of prostitutes that are visiting our country and the thousands more that are local – what else can be expected, except an escalation in adultery and fornication and a much higher risk of very severe punishment descending...  (May Allah Ta’ala protect us from His punishment)

The summary and outline of Ahadith, is that plague, poverty, diseases which were unheard of previously, earthquakes, drought and destruction, birth of illegitimate children, and even escalation of deaths will follow in the wake of adultery and immorality.

If a person commits adultery, then the priceless and invaluable commodity of Imaan leaves his body. Hazrat Anas (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) said : “Imaan is a garb with which Allah clothes whomsoever He wishes. If a person commits adultery, this garb is snatched away and if he repents, it is again returned.”

Then what will be the condition of the person who dies whilst committing zina ?

6.) HERO-WORSHIPPING

Allah Ta’ala has mentioned in the Qur`aan Sharief, in Surah Munafiqoon: “But Honour belongs to Allah, His Messenger  and the Believers...”

And in Surah An-Nisaa  : ‘…To those who take for friends Unbelievers rather than Believers : Is it honour they seek among them ? Nay, - All honour is with Allah.’

To deal honestly and truthfully with disbelievers or to assist the poor and needy amongst them, are from the teachings of Islam. However, to integrate with them in such a manner, that we lose our Islamic identity or give up on our Islamic culture is prohibited because it is inevitably extremely harmful to one’s Imaan. Many have given up Imaan and Islam due to very close friendship and relationship with those who do not believe in Allah Ta’ala, His Final Messenger (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) and the Day of Judgement.

…So we find people going crazy and wild over soccer players, cricket players and their likes. And one wonders, what is all the clamour and fuss about ?... when their “outstanding” achievement in life seems to be, kicking, throwing or hitting a ball…?  Does this call for hero-worship? Is this our SHALLOW understanding of success as Muslims?

Do we not know that the most successful of all people are the Ambiyaa (Prophets) and their followers ? Are we even aware of the tremendous successes of the Sahabah ? They were MEN. And Brave Men. Their history, their feats, their conquests drown out the thousands of insignificant goals scored by soccer players.

We should reflect over our obsession, veneration and craze of film-stars, sport-stars and others who are presently the enemies of Allah Ta’ala. …A warning has been sounded, directing us to make sincere taubah.

Allah Ta’ala states in the Qur`aan Sharief : ‘O People of Imaan! Do not take My Enemies and your enemies as friends, inclining towards them with love. Verily, they have rejected the truth which has come  to you (from your Rabb)…’

[Surah Mumtahina 60 : 1]

We seem to forget that we are Muslims and all Muslims have dangerous enemies: So whilst our enemies shrewdly convince us to spend thousands of Rands, waste our energy and time on useless, futile sports such as the World Cup, they gleefully bomb, kill, rape, oppress and harass our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world … but we are so intoxicated with World Cups that we don’t even know our enemies have deceived us.

Have we not witnessed enough enmity in Occupied Palestine, in Pakistan, Kashmir, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia and other parts of the world? Those who were considered friends and companions were the first to assault, kill, maim and even rape our Muslim brothers and sisters, for no other reason than that they are Believers in Allah Ta’ala. …Have we not taken any lesson ? Have we not witnessed blood of the Muslims flowing in Bosnia, like rivers ?

When we claim to have love for Allah Ta’ala, how then can we love these types of sporting events ?

Allah Ta’ala advises us : “O you who Believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than Believers : Do you wish to offer Allah and open proof against yourselves?” …In other words, we should not make them bosom pals. Once again, it does not mean that we should not treat them with kindness, deal honestly and assist when there is need. …However : Will participation and support in the World Cup attract them towards Islam ?

7.) DRESS

Islam has gifted us with a dress code, which identifies us as Muslims – which makes us flag-bearers of Islam, representatives of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam), Inviters to Islam. We have been expressly forbidden from adopting any semblance with the cultural or religious dressing style of people of other faiths..

By wearing soccer t-shirts, caps, bags with the 2010 football logos clearly indicates our love for the event and the culture. Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) said: “The one who imitates others is not of us.” And: “Whoever imitates a nation is of them.”

We are the nation of Islam, and should be rightly proud of our beautiful culture and dress because it is the culture and dress of the greatest after Allah, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam). …Is it not the height of foolishness to exchange diamonds for stones ?

8.) MIXED GATHERINGS

The disbelievers have no concept of segregation. They advocate mixed gatherings because it facilitates more sins and immorality. It works in their favour because there is easy gratification of sensual desires and sinful pleasures.

The Shariah instructs us : ‘It is not permissible to be present in a gathering where Allah Ta’ala is being disobeyed.’

THE PURPOSE OF CREATION & OBJECTIVE OF LIFE

“We created not the heavens, the earth and all between them, merely in (idle) sport.”

[Surah Dukhaan :38]

“Do you then think that We created you in jest and that you would not be brought back to Us

(for an account)?”

[Surah Mu`minoon 23 :115]

Our purpose in this world is definitely not play and amusement. Moreover, deliberate and planned sins do not feature in a Muslim’s life.

Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) certainly do not want to deprive us of enjoyment and entertainment. The Shariah and the Sunnah accommodate and give  guidance for a Muslim with regards to Halaal, permissible entertainment, humuor, laughter, play and relaxation. However there is certainly no scope for events which feature Haraam indulgences.

The reality of the “World Cup” is that it is a dangerous fusion of major sins.

And when sins increase and multiply then we invite a punishment in proportion to that disobedience. …Haven’t we taken lesson from Tsunamis, Gale-force winds, Hurricanes and Earthquakes that left nothing but devastation in their wake ? Are we immune to such disaster? Are we safe from punishment?

Let us ponder the words of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) who said :

‘[On the Day of Judgement], the feet of a person will not move until he is asked regarding :


(1) His life; how did he spend it,

(2) His knowledge; how did he act upon it,

(3) His Wealth; how did he acquire it (and)

(4) How did he spend it, and

(5) His body, how did he use it.’

It is reported that once Amr Ibn Absa (RA) asked Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) which Hijrat (migration) is the best and he said: “That you leave what your Lord dislikes.”

One of our great Scholars had said very aptly :

“It baffles me to see a people who are advised to get their provision and are called upon that the departure time is due yet they sit down playing.”

Our boarding passes were given to us the moment we entered this world … and that boarding pass is for boarding the flight of death. We have been informed and advised of the long journey ahead and the  much needed provision for such a journey – but how strange, that we choose to while a way our time and  we accumulate nothing for what lies ahead.

It is said : “The knife is being sharpened, and the oven is being heated up, yet the ram is still eating the fodder.”

The knife of death has been sharpened, our graves have been selected and are waiting for us to take residence in them. …Despite knowing this, we “graze” complacently in disobedience – unconcerned that that knife is ready to strike us at anytime.

Allah Ta’ala states :

“O People of Imaan! Save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones…”

[Surah At-Tahreem 66 : 6]

“Your (real) friends are (no less than) Allah, His Apostle, and the (Fellowship of) Believers, - those who establish regular prayers, and regular charity, and they bow down humbly (in worship).

As for those who turn (for friendship) to Allah, His Rasul and the (fellowship of) Believers – It is the Fellowship of Allah that must certainly triumph.”

[Surah Maa`idah 5 : 58/ 59]

Of course, all that has been stated will not go down well with everyone. It is for those who want to be good ambassadors of Islam, pleasing to Allah Ta’ala and His Beloved Rasul (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam).

This article is for my own reflection and an invitation to my Muslim brothers and sisters to reflect with an open mind. I make dua that Allah Ta’ala protect me and the Ummah from all fitna.

 

REVISING + EXAMS = HEADACHE?

REVISING + EXAMS = HEADACHE?


It needn't be the case, just follow the directions to achieve great results every time, Insha'Allah.

 

Studying + Commitment = Success

· Get sufficient sleep so that you don’t 'burn out'. You need to relax, even on the night before a big exam.

· You must also make certain to eat properly, preferably light meals that are not to oily. Also drink juices. Do not overdo it and do not resort to excessive amounts of coffee, tea, and other drinks that are high in caffeine. As for popping stimulant pills, know that this is self-destructive which could lead to addiction.

· Always, always, always begin with Bismillah (in the name of Allah).

 

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Examine your Niyah (intention) and correct it if necessary that you are studying for the pleasure of Allah, to earn a Halaal income and benefit the Ummah at large.

· Begin making preparations well before the examinations begin. Plan out a REALISTIC timetable that will result in you having covered [or at least scanned] all the material well before your first exam. Use this final period to look at and attempt past exam papers and to compensate for any unforeseen delays.

· Use your teachers. If you have a problem, ASK!! You will find the vast majority of teachers only to happy to help (and inadvertently give out many heavy hints as to what's on exam paper!)

· Always revise with a sheet of paper at hand so that you can build up a list of topics which you want to discuss with your teachers. DON'T rely on your memory. If you do, you will only be reminded when you are in the exam hall trying to answer a question on your forgotten queries.

· When revising, make notes. It may seem as though you are just reproducing your notes, but persevere, believe it or not what you are doing is one of the most effective ways of revising.

· Give yourself regular breaks, but make sure that they don't go on for longer than intended.

· Make sure you are unlikely to be disturbed whilst studying. This means turning off the TV / Radio and asking others to answer the phone. Listening to haram music takes the barakah (blessings) out of your studies. If you absolutely must listen to something try some Nasheeds (Islamic Songs). Discipline is pivotal to success.

· Distinguish between constructive worry that pushes you to study harder and more effectively and destructive worry that merely robs you of your sleep, keeps you from eating and drinking, befuddles your thoughts, and prevents you from studying effectively. Seek guidance from a teacher / mentor if the latter is the case.

Exam Day + Stress = D Day!

 

· Read 2 Rakaat Nafl Salaah (Salat-ul-Hajat) prior to the exam and make sincere Dua to Allah to assist you.

 

· Come early to the exam room and make sure that you are properly equipped with pens and whatever else you will need to take the exam.

· If you are having problems calming your nerves on the exam day, remind yourself of the ultimate examination before Allah Ta'ala on the Day of Judgement. Remembering Allah (Zikr) and sending Durud (salutations) on the Prophet (SAW) dispels anxiety and tension as well.

· Before you begin writing the exam paper, supplicate to Allah, asking Him to grant you success and make your task easy for you. Then begin in the name of Allah

· Look over the exam first. Studies advise spending 10% of the exam time in reading the questions carefully, noting the important words and dividing one’s time between the questions.

· In written exams, collect your thoughts before you start to answer. Write an outline for your answer with some words which will indicate the ideas which you want to discuss. Then number the ideas in the sequence in which you want to present them.

· Understand what the wording of a question is trying to ask of you, e.g. state and explain, explain and critically evaluate. The word ‘and’ in such cases splits the requirement into 2 and the format of your answer should reflect this (e.g. state your point then explain, with reference to real life examples/ studies, or a sub-section to explain a theory and another sub-section to critically evaluate the theory).

· Start by answering the easy questions which you know. Then move on to the questions which carry high marks, and leave till the end the questions which you do not know the answers to, or which you think will take a long time to produce an answer or which do not carry such high marks.

· Write the main points of your answer at the beginning of the line, because this is what the examiner is looking for, and he may not see what he is looking for if it is in the middle of the page and he is in a hurry.

· Devote 10% of the time for reviewing your answers. Resist the desire to hand in the exam papers quickly, and do not let the fact that some people are leaving early bother you. Never leave the examination early!

· If you get stuck for ideas, go back and read over what you have already written. This way you recheck your answer as well as trying to jog your memory for any additional points to add.

· Note that cheating is Haram. The Prophet (SAW) said, “Whoever cheats is not one of us.”

· As you come out of the exam hall, remember to thank Allah if the exam went well. If however, it didn't go as well as you had hoped, put your trust in Him. Know that such things are sent to test us and are an opportunity for us to shed some of our sins and show our contentment with his divine decree. After all, it could have been much worse!

· Don’t analyse the exam with your friends, if as a result of this you realise a mistake you will only get yourself down, and its not like you can put it right anyway. Rather just walk away and spend a little time doing Hamd and Shukr to Allah Ta'ala that the exam went as well as it did.

· Remember you’ve done your ‘bit’ now, turn to Allah in supplication and ask Him to grant you success for He alone is the All Powerful.

· Come home and read 2 Rakat Nafl after the exam as Shukr (thanks to Allah) for granting you the strength and persistence and ability to complete the exam and accomplish goals.

"It is vital to strive and make an effort in this world and excel in it as much as possible but whilst remembering that the true reward and returns are those which will be received in the Hereafter and that all our efforts here should have some connection with our intention to succeed in the Hereafter.

We attach so much effort and time in the preparation of worldly examinations; sleepless nights and extreme stress is undertaken to ensure good results. Such is the scenario of an exam which can also be re-taken. Have we exerted ourselves to achieve success in that examination where there are no re-takes, no concessions and no hope of survival if we fail?

What if we were to glance towards our preparation for the Hereafter? How many nights have we spent without sleeping whilst hoping for success? Which night have we stayed awake to seek Allah's forgiveness for the day's sins?"


May Allah grant us all success in our examinations of this world and the next. May He make it easy for us and
make us pass with distinction so that we may realise our ambitions and ultimately, be good Muslims and of benefit to the Ummah at large. Ameen

 

Advice

Virtue of Making Salaam First: Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (Radhiallahu Anhu) relates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said: “The one who makes salaam first is free from pride.” (Baihaqi – Shu’abul Imaan 6/433)