Thursday, 30 May 2013

Animal Rights From Allah, Hate Sin, Catching Rukuh in Jamaat, Duah for Distressed in Their Absence, Duah in Distress

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Animal Rights From Allah;
Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) says in the Glorious Qur’an regarding His Creation, "And the earth He has put for the creatures."
[Quran 55:10]

Narated By 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "A lady was punished because of a cat which she had imprisoned till it died. She entered the (Hell) Fire because of it, for she neither gave it food nor water as she had imprisoned it, nor set it free to eat from the vermin of the earth."
[Bukhari Vol.4, Book 56, #689]

Islam has not only laid down the rights for humans regardless of race, color, language and riches, but has also laid down the rights for animals. Like humans, they are one of the creations of Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala).

Islam gave animals rights at a time when animal rights were not recognized. Today the world is bringing awareness towards the rights of animals whereas Islam addressed this more than 1400 years ago. Oppression is an evil whether the one being oppressed is human or an animal.

Our Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) encouraged people to be good towards animals and forbade acts which are cruel. The most famous story where he displayed this himself was when a cat came and slept on the robe of Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) while he was reading the Qur’an to the listeners. When it was time for the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) to get up, instead of disturbing the cat, he cut that piece of the robe and stood up.

May Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) send His peace and blessings on His Beloved Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasallam), and put rahmah in our hearts for all of His creation.

Pearls of Wisdom – Same Merchandise But…; 
I love the righteous, though I’m not one of them,
Perhaps I will gain their mediation for me.
And I hate those whose trade is sin,
Though we may both have the same merchandise!”

[Imam Al-Shafii]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. Regarding salah, when the Imam goes into Rukuh and we join the jamaat, should we count that rakaat, as we have not recited Fatiha?

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

Whoever catches up with the imam when he is bowing, and bows with him, that is regarded as a rak’ah for him, according to the view of the majority of scholars, even if he did not recite al-Faatihah. This is indicated by the report [narrated by al-Bukhaari (750)] from Abu Bakrah, that he came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when he was bowing and he bowed with him, before he reached the row. He mentioned that to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and he said: “May Allaah make you more keen but it does not count.”

It was narrated in a saheeh report that Ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “Whoever does not catch up with the imam when he is bowing has not caught up with that rak’ah.” [Narrated by al-Bayhaqi; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 2/262]

Ibn ‘Umar said: “Whoever catches up with the imam when he is bowing and bows before the imam raises his head, has caught up with that rak’ah.”
[Narrated by al-Bayhaqi and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani, op. cit., 2/263]

[Similar reports were narrated from Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq, Zayd ibn Thaabit and ‘Abd-Allaah ibn al-Zubayr. See Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 2/264]

Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Majmoo’, 4/112: What we have mentioned about catching up with the rak’ah by catching up with rukoo’ (bowing) is the correct view, as stated by al-Shaafa’i. It was also the view of the majority of our companions and the majority of scholars. It is the apparent meaning of the ahaadeeth and all people are unanimously agreed upon it. There is another view, which is very weak, which suggests that it does not count.

It says in ‘Awn al-Ma’bood (3/102): Note that the majority of imams are of the view that whoever catches up with the imam when he is bowing and joins him in the prayer is regarded as having caught up with that rak’ah, even if he did not recite anything. A group was of the view that whoever catches up with the imam when he is bowing has not caught up with that rak’ah. This was the view of Abu Hurayrah. Al-Bukhaari narrated this concerning reciting behind the imam from all of those who were of the view that it is obligatory to recite behind the imam. This view was also favoured by Ibn Khuzaymah, al-Sibghi and other Shaafa’i muhadditheen. Shaykh Taqiy al-Deen al-Subki among the later scholars regarded this as a strong view, and al-Muqbili regarded it as more likely to be correct. End quote.

The view that is more likely to be correct is the view of the majority, because of the hadeeths and reports quoted above.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Make Dua for the Distressed in their Absence;

The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam said,
“The supplication that gets the quickest answer is the one made by one Muslim for another in his absence.”
[Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi]

Trials, tribulations and challenges are part of every person’s life. However, to counter that, Allah has provided us a very powerful tool – and that is the tool of duah or asking Allah for help and his mercy when we need it. And we need it all the time…. Equally importantly, we forget at times that Allah has also provided us the opportunity to dramatically increase the effectiveness of our own Dua’s by encouraging us to make dua’s for other brothers and sisters in Islam, and this is confirmed in the above hadith. 
If you know of any brothers or sisters in distress, don´t wait for them to ask, rather remember the virtue given to your duah for them and ask Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) to put ease in their matter for them.

Dua of the Week;
Dua in Distress (the dua of Yunus Alayhis salam):

 لَّا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

Transliteration: ‘La ilaha illa Anta, Subhanaka, inni kuntu minadhz-dhzalimeen’

Translation: ‘There is no deity but You. Glory be to You! Verily, I have been among the wrongdoers’ [Quran 21:87]

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The supplication of my brother Dhun Nun (Yunus, peace be upon him), who called on Allah while in the whale’s belly: ‘There is no deity but You. Glory be to You! Verily, I have been among the wrongdoers’ (Quran 21:87) - no Muslim person says it, for any situation whatsoever, except that Allah Most High answers his call.” [Tirmidhi]

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