Thursday, 12 September 2013

Unseen and Horoscopes, Work for Allah, Forgetting Qunoot, Smart Investments and Duah for Well-being and Obedience of Children

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Unseen and Horoscopes;
Allah (Subhanawa taála) says in His Perfect Word, “And with Him (i.e, Allah) are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him."
[Surah al-Anaam, Verse 59]

and further,
"Say (O Muhammad): 'None in the heavens and the earth knows the unknown except Allah....'"
[Surah al-Naml, Verse 65]

The consequences of seeking knowledge of the unseen through any worldly source are laid out by the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) when he said, " The daily prayers of whoever approaches a fortune-teller and asks him about anything will not be accepted for forty days and nights"

and also "Whoever approaches an oracle or fortune-teller and believes in what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad (i.e,has committed Kufr, or an act of disbelief)" [Ahmad and Abu Daawood]

Despite the confirmation from Allah ('azza wa jal) that only He owns all knowledge of the Ghaib (unseen), and the stark warnings from His Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasallam), practices of fortune-telling are widely prevalent within various Muslim societies, especially in South-East Asia, Africa and the Middle-East. These can take the the form of Palmistry, astrology, the reading of tea leaves, soothsayers, prognosticators, it can allegedly be done through the rattling of bones and even with rotten eggs. Scholars through the use of evidence and authentic sources have also unanimously classified the casting and reading of horoscopes in this category. The sad fact is that the practitioners of this vile discipline are sustained by many Muslims who frequent them and pay significant sums of money, either through their desperation to learn their fate, or otherwise simply due to their ignorance of its prohibition.  Either way, it is a clear negation of the Words of Allah and His Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasallam), and a transgression into the boundaries of Kufr.

Belief in fortune-telling, astrology, or any alternative medium through which knowledge of the future may be sought, are in clear opposition to the letter and spirit of Islam. In truth, it is the empty soul which has not tasted real Eemaan (belief) that seeks out these paths of falsehood.
In the digital age that we live in there are many technologies that also help us ‘glimpse’ the future e.g. aging booth applications and it is best to also stay away from these to be on the safe side.

Essentially, these paths represent a vain attempt to escape Qadr (fate), but we all know that any efforts to avoid the decree of Allah (Subhana wa ta'aala) are fruitless. We should all as true Muslims ensure that we stay as far away as possible from all of these fabricated practices, and advise our brothers and sisters who may be indulging in them through ignorance, to repent and do the same. May Allah (Subhana wa taála) protect us from all that displeases Him, and give us the sense to adhere strictly to His Rightly Guided Way, Ameen.

Pearls of Wisdom – Work For Allah; 
“Improve your secret and private life, and Allah will improve your public and social life. Make matters well between you and Allah, and Allah will make matters well between you and your people. Work for Allah, and Allah will be enough for you in your worldly concerns."
[Sufyan ath Thawri (Rahimahullaah)]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. If a person forgets to say the du'a of Witr (Qunoot), or forgets to recite out loud in a prayer where they are meant to recite out loud, does the prostration of forgetfulness have to be performed to make up for it?

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

If a person omits the Qunoot of Witr because of forgetfulness or he does not recite out loud in a prayer where the recitation should done out loud, out of forgetfulness, he does not have to do the prostration of forgetfulness, but if he does prostrate there is nothing wrong with that. Doing the prostration of forgetfulness for omitting a Sunnah of prayer is permissible, but it is not obligatory.
For someone who follows the Hanafi madhab Qunoot of Witr is a wajib component so he/she should make the forgetfulness prostration (Sajdah Sahw) at the end of his prayer.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

[Source: and]

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Smart Investments;

 If inn shaa’Allah we receive bonuses and possibly a pay rise then we should remember the One who has granted us this increase in our rizq (sustenance), when spending it. Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) reminds us of this in the Qur'an when He says, “Whatever is with you, will be exhausted, and whatever is with Allaah (of good deeds) will remain”
[al-Nahl 16:96]

This is complemented by the hadith of our Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) when he said that that every man will be shaded by his charity on the Day of Resurrection, the day on which the sun will be brought close to people’s heads until Allah passes judgement between them
[Narrated by Ahmad, 16882]

So go ahead and make the best of investments; seek out good ways of using the increase in what you have been bestowed with inn shaa'Allah. Make the intention to set aside a portion of it for sadaqah, or otherwise approach a needy brother/sister whom you may be able to assist by offering a loan in their time of difficulty. If we make matters easier for them, inn shaa'Allah Allah will make matters easier for us. If we are conscious of the commandments of our Rabb, al-Wahaab, inn shaa'Allah He will increase His blessings upon us in this world and the Hereafter. May He accept our deeds and intentions, and recompense us accordingly by adding abundantly to our scale of good deeds on the Day when this wealth will be of no use to us.

Dua of the Week;
For the Well-being and Obedience of Children:

Transliteration: “waaslih lee fee thurriyyatee innee tubtu ilayka wa-innee minal muslimeen”

Translation: ‘"…And (O Allah), be gracious towards me in the matter of my off-spring. And surely, I have returned to You in repentance, and surely, I am of those who surrender (to You).”
[al-Ahqaf, 15]

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