Thursday, 5 July 2012

Islam is easy, Time is short, Non-Muslim family, Guidance, Half Quran

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Follow the Sunnah, it’s easy;
A'isha (RadiAllahu anha) related that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) did something and indicated that it is permissible. Some people, however, felt that they should not do it. This was communicated to the Prophet (PBUH). He spoke, starting with praising Allah, before saying: “What is the matter with certain people who feel that they are above doing something which I have done? By Allah, I know Allah better than them and I fear Him most.”
[Related by Al-Bukhari, Muslim and Al-Nissai] 

 The Prophet (PBUH) has always indicated that Islam is an easy religion, with instructions to its followers that are easy to follow. He, therefore, through this hadith has made it absolutely clear that a middle course is the most favoured course and that his example must be followed by all Muslims. Indeed, his guidance is the best of guidance, and following his actions meticulously will undoubtedly win us success in the Hereafter insha'Allah.

Pearls of Wisdom; 
“Son of Adam! You are nothing but a number of days, whenever each day passes then part of you has gone.”
 Imam Hasan Al-Basri - (RahimAllah)

Weekly Q&A;
Q. I am a Muslim woman who has reverted to Islam from Christianity. Can I still meet my non-muslim family, and what are their rights over me?

Praise be to Allaah. 
In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

Islam will never prevent you from meeting with your family, rather it will urge you to treat them even better than you did before, so that you will be a good example of a Muslim woman, and help them to embrace this religion. The people who most deserve to share this blessing with you are your family members.

Asma’ bint Abi Bakr al-Siddeeq said: My mother came to me when she was a mushrik at the time of Quraysh, at the time of the treaty with them (i.e. during the period when the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had made a peace treaty with the people of Makkah not to fight for the duration). I asked the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “O Messenger of Allaah, my mother has come and she needs my help, should I uphold ties of kinship with my mother?” He said, “Yes, uphold the ties of kinship with your mother.”
[Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim 1003]

Here the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) gave permission for a Muslim to uphold the ties of kinship with his family who follow a religion other than Islam, even if those family members are calling him to forsake his religion and become a mushrik (one who worships others besides Allaah). Although Islam forbids him to respond to their call, it still commands him to treat them well and be kind to them.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years give thanks to Me and to your parents. Unto Me is the final destination. But if they (both) strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not; but behave with them in the world kindly”
[Luqmaan 31:14-15]

Our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was keen to call his family to Islam, and he continued to visit them and call them; he visited his paternal uncle Abu Taalib when he was dying and invited him to Islam.

So there is nothing to prevent you visiting your family, but that should be in agreement with your husband, and you have to utilize these visits to call them to the truth and goodness, and help them to attain salvation.

What is haraam in these visits is free mixing of men and women, shaking hands with non-mahram men, and joining in their festivals. It is no secret to you that the rulings brought by Islam are in the best interests of people, both in this world and in the Hereafter. There is nothing wrong with exchanging gifts with them either, and that may be a means of softening their hearts and encouraging them to become Muslim, so long as the gifts are not given because of their festivals, especially the religious festivals. It is not permissible for you to accept or give gifts on those occasions, because that is helping them in their falsehood and approving of it.

And Allaah knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Half of the Qur’an daily; 
Read Half of the Qur'an...Everyday...

Ibn Abbas narrated that the the Prophet said, ‘Idha zulzilat (Surat az-Zalzalah) is equivalent to half of the Qur’an’.
[at-Tirmidhi 2894 and Al-Hakim said its chain of narrators is authentic]

Such a short Surah, but yet such an immense and priceless reward. We should all make an effort to memorize Surah az-Zalzalah (Chapter 99) and its meaning, and recite it regularly insha’Allah.

Dua of the Week;
Supplication for Guidance:

 لَٮِٕنْ لَّمْ يَهْدِنِىْ رَبِّىْ لَاَكُوْنَنَّ مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الضَّآلِّيْنَ

"La-in lam yahdinee rabbee laakoonanna minal qawmiddalleen"

"Unless my Lord guide me, I shall surely be among those who stray".
[Al-An'am, Verse 77]

NOTE: Apologies if the Arabic appears inverted, was fine upon uploading and reviewing


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