thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE
Weekly Hadith – Time For Righteousness;
Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) says in the Glorious Qur'an:
"Spend (in charity) out of the sustenance that We have bestowed on you before that time when death will come to someone, and he shall say: "O my Lord! If only you would grant me reprieve for a little while, then I would give in charity, and be among the righteous."
[The Holy Quran, 63:10]
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: "Every Muslim has to give in charity." The people then asked: "(But what) if someone has nothing to give, what should he do?"
The Prophet replied: "He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns)." The people further asked: "If he cannot find even that?" He replied: "He should help the needy who appeal for help." Then the people asked: "If he cannot do (even) that?" The Prophet said finally: "Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds, and that will be regarded as charitable deeds."
[Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 524]
Pearls of Wisdom – What Is Imaan;
‘Imaan is to believe, even when an overpowering tide of evil surrounds you’
[Imam Anwar al-Awlaki]
Q. What are the rules governing a Muslim regarding punctuality and being late?
Praise be to Allaah.
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,
Agreeing to be somewhere at a given time is akin to a promise and the fiqh of promises therefore applies to it. It is improper to make a promise without firm resolve and reasonable surety of fulfilling it. However, it is not sinful if it is due to secondary issues that may arise and prevent one from fulfilling it.
However, contractual matters such as jobs, classes, and appointments are different.
Allah says: “Oh you who believe, fulfill your contracts”. The scholars have explained that “contracts” here refers to every type of commitment. It is obligatory (Fard) to be on time if this is the expectation. Even being a little late is at least improper, and is unbecoming of a Muslim. Undue delay is otherwise sinful. Slight delays that are customarily overlooked are not.
The believers should uphold themselves to the most excellent of character. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said “The closest of you to me on the Day of Judgment are those best of character.”
Shaykh Muhammad Qaylish mentions that when the Shariah is distant from society, such as in our times, we are ambassadors of Islam and must act in order to uphold a favourable impression of Islam. This entails:
1. Upholding commitments with excellence
2. Being easy-going without being lax
And Allaah (SWT) knows best.
Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Remain in a state of Wudhoo;
Ibn Umar (RadiAllahu anhuma) says that Nabi (SAW) used to say, ‘Whoever performs Wudhu upon Wudhu, he will receive ten rewards.’
[Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi, Ibne Majah]
Islam is a religion of those who maintain their purity, both spiritually and physically. Insha'Allah we should try to perform Wudhoo as often as possible, and keep ourselves in a state of tahaara, as this helps us abstain from many vices, and brings a plethora of other benefits in shaa'Allah that we don't even realise.
Dua of the Week;
Supplication for Protection from the Shaytaan:
وَقُل رَّبِّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ
وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ رَبِّ أَن يَحْضُرُونِ
"Waqul rabbi aAAothu bika min hamzatishshayaateeni - WaaAaoothu bika rabbi an yahdurooni"
'And say, "Oh my Lord! I seek refuge with You from the whisperings (suggestions) of the Shayaateen (devils), And I seek refuge with You, My Lord! Lest they should come near me".
[Al-Mu'minoon, Verse 97 – 98]