thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE
Weekly Hadith – Reward For Stopping Oppression;
Allah (SWT) says in the Glorious Qur'an:
‘The way (of blame) is only against those who oppress mankind, and wrongfully rebel in the earth. For such there is a painful doom.’
Further to this, Abdullah ibn Umar (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that Allah's Apostle
(Sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), said,
"A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection ."
[Sahih Bukhari: Volume 3, Book 43, Number 622.]
In today’s age, there is hardly a corner of the world where some sect of Muslims are not being oppressed in one way or another. From physical abuse and domination, to banning and demeaning of Islamic values/Dress, and the suppression of individuals, etc, there are a plethora of examples which we are becoming accustomed to hearing about, and sadly are maybe even becoming somewhat immune to with time.
The extremely unfortunate fact is that this oppression is not only being exercised by non-believers, but quite extensively by Muslims themselves who have lost sight of the reality of this world, and the responsibilities that have been decreed for them towards other Muslims. As is outlined in the above hadith by our beloved Nabi (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), on the Day of Reckoning we will all be answerable for what we did to relieve the pain of our persecuted brothers and sisters and will be judged accordingly.
This is incentive enough to mobilze our efforts towards endeavouring to make a difference insha'Allah, to the plight of those afflicted. There are a number of legal and official organisations working in aid of the oppressed in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, etc, that brothers can volunteer time for and hence assist in their cause.
Or the very least we can all do is remember those that are being tested in our du'as consistently, that may ar-Rahim (SWT) have His mercy on them, of which there is no limit. Hence all brothers should try to do their bit insha'Allah, however much that may be.
Further to this, Allah is al-Baseer, al-Khabeer, i.e, the All-Seeing and All-Knowing, and as He has promised in the above Ayat, the perpetrators of this heinous oppression will be brough to justice, if not in this world, then there is certainly no escape in there Hereafter.
Pearls of Wisdom – Caliph Should Fear Allah;
"Fear Allah for your own sake. Remember that you were born alone, and you will die alone, will be raised on the Day of Resurrection alone, and you will receive the Judgement alone. No one of your friends or relatives can be of any help at those times."
[Attah ibn Rabbah's (rahimullah)] words to the Ummayad Caliph Hisham ibn Abdul Malik as a reminder to him of the reality of every man's end, regardless of the power or stature that he may enjoy in this world.
Q. Why did the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) not tell us when the "Hour" would begin?
Praise be to Allaah.
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,
If it is asked: why did Allaah not tell us when the Hour would begin? The answer is that wisdom dictates that the time should be hidden from mankind.
The reason for that is that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), was sent with glad tidings of Paradise for those who obey Allaah, and with warnings of Hell for those who disobey Him, and with warnings of the Hour and of Hell and its horrors. The purpose of that can only be achieved if the time of the Hour is concealed, so that the people of every era will fear that it may come upon them. Announcing the time when it will happen would cancel out that benefit and would also have other evil consequences. If the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had told the people: The Hour will come one thousand years from today, for example, you would have seen the liars mocking this idea and persisting in their disbelief, and the doubts of the doubters would have increased.
So there is great wisdom in concealing the matter of the Hour, as Allaah has also concealed the time of each person’s own “Hour,” meaning his death.
Al-Aloosi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Allaah has concealed the knowledge of the Hour because shar’i wisdom and reason dictate that this should be so, because that is more effective in calling people to obey Him and putting them off disobeying Him. Similarly he has also concealed the lifespan of each person. The verses indicate that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not know when the Hour would begin. Yes, he knew that it was close in general terms, and he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us of that.
So the believers must fear that Day and their fear should make them aware that Allaah is always watching what they do. So they should adhere to what is true and seek what is good, and they should fear evil and sin, and they should not make the Hour the focus only of disputes and arguments.
It is by Allaah’s mercy towards His creation that He has told them of signs which will indicate that the onset of the Hour is approaching, so that that will motivate them to do righteous deeds and fear Allaah, and avoid haraam things. Every time they see one of its signs, their fear of the Hour and its horrors will increase, as will their certainty that it is at hand, so they will prepare for it by doing more righteous deeds.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Do they then await (anything) other than the Hour that it should come upon them suddenly? But some of its portents (indications and signs) have already come”
This is also indicated by the report narrated by [Muslim (2947)], that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Hasten to do good deeds before six things come to pass: the rising of the sun from the west, the smoke, the Dajjaal, the Beast, and that which will come to each one of you alone, and that which will affect everyone.”
[Narrated by Muslim, 2947]
This means: try to beat the six signs that the Hour has begun, and hasten to do righteous deeds before they come to pass, for good deeds done after they appear will not be accepted and will not count. “That which will come to each one of you alone” refers to death. “That which will affect everyone” means the Resurrection.
Al-Qaadi said: He commanded them to hasten to do righteous deeds before these signs came to pass, for when they come they will dazzle people and will distract them from doing anything, or will close the door of repentance and acceptance of deeds to them.
We ask Allaah to help us to make the most of our time in obeying Him.
And Allaah (SWT) knows best.
Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Spare a du'a for Prisoner 650 (Our Sister)...
On the 3rd of February 2010, one of our sisters in Islam, Dr.Aafia Siddiqui, (aka Prisoner 650) was charged as guilty to offences against the US Army by a US Federal Court.
International Human Rights organisations and Legal experts have expressed their sever consternation and disappointment regarding the verdict, which they have widely described as baseless. Their view is that this perplexing decision has been made on the back of scattered and contradictory evidence, with no apparent compelling factors from which this judgement could have been deduced.
During her extensive 7-year ordeal and in her official confinement along with her 3 children (one of whom has alledgedly died in custody), Dr.Aafia has been subjected to relentless physical, psychological and emotional abuse, details of which cannot be articulated due to their inexplicably intensive nature.
We should all insha'Allah make an effort to educate ourselves regarding the story of Dr.Aafia, and if nothing else, at least make du’a for her, for as has been confirmed by our beloved Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), du’a is the only weapon that can change that which has been pre-destined. Ultimately the decision remains with our Rabb al-'Adl (SWT), who is Most Just, and will undoubtedly serve justice as it should be served in His Highest of Courts, Ameen.
Dua of the Week;
Supplication recited for Allah's Mercy on the Ummah:
It is reported that Rasulullah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), sent 70 Sahaaba (radiAllahu anhu) who were of Qurraa. The tribe of Banu-Sulaym surrounded these Sahaaba (radiAllahu anhu) by a place called Bir Maâoona and murdered them. Jibraaeel (Alayhi Salam) informed Rasulullah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) of the incident & conveyed to him the heartfelt message of the Qurraa: “Inform our people that we met our Rabb. He was pleased with us & (in turn) pleased us”.
This incident caused great grief to Rasulullah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). Abdullah ibn Masood (radiAllahu anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), recited Qunoot Naazila for one month continuously cursing the tribe of Bani Sulaym.
In view of the above, the Fuqahaa have ruled that in a crisis, the Muslims should follow the Sunnah of Qunoot & make Dua for the Ummah. Once again we are in crisis & we should resort to the Sunnah practice.
“Allaahumma ihdini feeman hadayta wa ‘aafini feeman ‘aafayta wa tawallani feeman tawallayta wa baarik li feema a’tayta, wa qini sharra ma qadayta , fa innaka taqdi wa la yuqda ‘alayk, wa innahu laa yadhillu man waalayta wa laa ya’izzu man ‘aadayta, tabaarakta Rabbana wa ta’aalayta la munji minka illa ilayk”
(O Allaah, guide me among those whom You have guided, pardon me among those whom You have pardoned, turn to me in friendship among those on whom You have turned in friendship, and bless me in what You have bestowed, and save me from the evil of what You have decreed. For verily You decree and none can influence You; and he is not humiliated whom You have befriended, nor is he honoured who is Your enemy. Blessed are You, O Lord, and Exalted. There is no place of safety from You except with You).”
(Narrated by Abu Dawood, 1213; al-Nasaa’i, 1725; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Irwa’, 429).
“Allaahumma inna nasta’eenuka wa nu’minu bika, wa natawakkalu ‘alayka wa nuthni ‘alayka al-khayr, wa laa nakfuruka. Allaahumma iyyaaka na’budu wa laka nusalli wa nasjudu, wa ilayka nas’aa wa nahfid. Narju rahmataka wa nakhsha ‘adhaabaka, inna ‘adhaabaka al-jadd bil kuffaari mulhaq. Allaahumma ‘adhdhib il-kafarata ahl al-kitaab alladheena yasuddoona ‘an sabeelika
(O Allaah, verily we seek Your help, we believe in You, we put our trust in You and we praise You and we are not ungrateful to You. O Allaah, You alone we worship and to You we pray and prostrate, for Your sake we strive. We hope for Your mercy and fear Your punishment, for Your punishment will certainly reach the disbelievers. O Allaah, punish the infidels of the People of the Book who are preventing others from following Your way).”
[Narrated by al-Bayhaqi, 2/210; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Irwa’, 2/170. Al-Albaani said: This was reported from ‘Umar concerning Qunoot in Fajr, and it seems that this Qunoot is Qunoot al-Naazilah (Qunoot at times of calamity) as is indicated by his praying against the kuffaar]