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New Page in Life Often, when we want to start a new page in our life, we tie such a wish to some favourable circumstances in the unknown future, a turn about in our career, or a special date or event. This postponement is accompanied by the belief that power will come to us at that time to invigorate us after a period of indolence and reawaken hope after despair. Purpose and Insight When life is faced with purpose and insight, there is little danger of succumbing to one’s surrounding circumstances, no matter how bitter they may be. Rather than being swept along by their currents, one would benefit from them, retaining one’s real self in the face of them, just as flower seeds buried under heaps of earth cleave their way up to the light where they release their refreshing fragrance. They transform the soil and muddly water into joyful colours and pleasant scents.We can do the same if we take control of our time and preserve our freedom of action while confronting adverse conditions. Cripled with Inaction By harnesing hidden internal powers, buried faculties, and limited or trifling opportunities, man can build himself a new.There is no time

to linger. Help is given to those who are walking their way towards the truth, but the power of running or climbing will not be showered on those who are cripled with inaction.That is impossible. Do not hinge the building of your life on some chance that may or may not break forth from the unknown. This will not bring you anything good. Foundations The present days you have in your hands, the soul within you, and the smiling or frowning circumstances around you are the foundations from which your future emerges. In the Hadith it says: Allah spreads out His Hand at night to accept the repentance of those who sinned during the day, and He spreads out His Hand by day to accept the repentance of those who sinned during the night. (Muslim) Every postponement of a life-renewing plan through which you get yourself on the right track only prolongs the dark period you want to deliver yourself from, and keeps you defeated and powerless in front of temptations and carelessness. It can even drag you down a steeper slope, and here lies the calamity. One of our pious predecessors said: The day and night are two mounts. Ride them well to the Hereafter. Beware of procrastination (of repentance), for death comes suddenly.

HIV/AIDS Counseling Process

Processes of counseling for HIV/AIDS must be Tawbahbased (seeeking forgiveness). In this way, the person is assisted to recognize the sin, abstain from it, seek forgiveness, and protect him or herself from ever returning to it. Within the sphere of caring for AIDS patients, Muslims must deal with those who are ill with the correct etiquette. When caring for patients who are in the final stages of the disease, one should exhort them to renew their faith and increase their hope in the Mercy of Allah.

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One of the moral traits recommended in the Qur’an is “For giv eness”: eness Forgiveness promotes such positive states of mind as hope, patience, and self-confidence by reducing anger, suffering, depression and stress. Those who do not abide by the moral values of the Qur’an find it very difficult to forgive others. However Allah has advised the faithful that forgiveness is more proper. Allah Ta’ala says in the Noble Qur’an: .....But if you pardon and overlook and forgive - then indeed, Allah is QUR’AN 42: 40

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The Pr ophet said: Allah spreads out His Hand at night to accept the repentance of those who sinned during the day, and He spreads out His Hand b y day to accept the repentance of those who sinned during the night.

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Questions and Answers on pages 2, 3, 5, 10, 11

Halaal Perspective page 4 Mafunso ndi Mayankho Tsamba 6, 7, 8

The Advice page 9

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My parents died many Qur’an: Verily Allah will not change the conditions of a people as long as they do years ago. Is there anything not change their state themselves. (3:11) I should do in terms of So, whoever tries to change for the kindness towards them sake of Allah, Allah will help him to after their death? change. Each person is individually Our duties towards our parents responsible for his/her own self and will do not cease with their death, be questioned individually.The ways in rather they continue as long as we which a Muslim can discipline himself live. A man approached the are as follows: (1) Worshipping Allah, Prophet Muhammad asking: Is keeping in contact with Him, and there anything I must do in terms of submitting to Him. (2) Reading the kindness towards my parents after Noble Qur’an in a great deal,pondering their death? The Prophet replied: its meanings and seeking to understand Yes, there are four things for you to it. (3)Reading useful religious books do: Praying and asking forgiveness of that describe the ways of treating and Allah on their behalf, fulfilling their cleansing the heart as well as reading the promises, respecting their friends and biographies of our pious predecessors (4) fostering their ties of kinship. Staying in the company of the pious people (Muslim) Lastly, there are Hadiths and many more. that indicates that often a person in the grave suddenly finds his station elevated or conditions Q. I am working in an organization which allows employees to take change, and when he/she enquires loans with low interest. What is why it is happening to him, he is your advise? told that it is by virtue of the good deeds or prayers of his offspring A. Interest (Riba) is Haraam (prohibited) in on his/her behalf. All in all this Islam regardless of whether the rate is encourages to remember our low or high. Hence a good Muslim is departed parents through prayers required to save no effort in avoiding and suppilcations. interest in his dealings and seek the correct alternatives even if they are How can a Muslim discipline very difficult for him. Our advise is that himself, especially if he/she has don’t take interest-based loans. shortcomings with regard to religious commitment, which The Prophet said:The best act Allah Ta’ala knows best of kindness is for the son to about? uphold ties (of friendship) with those Acknowledging your shortcomings is who were his father’s friends. one of the first steps in disciplining (Muslim) yourself.Allah Ta’ala says in the Noble

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to it as if Allah Ta’ala was speaking We constantly become either guest or host and based on to you directly. Allah Ta’ala says: clear Hadiths, we know the Truly there is a reminder in this for rights of the guest but will you anyone who has a heart or who please enlighten us the rights listens attentively with presence of of the host/hostess? mind. (50:37) So long as you have a heart, and you listen to the Qur’an The rights of a host on his guest are that he thanks him for his attentively with the presence of hospitality, for Allah Ta’ala does your mind, the end-result is obtained: benefiting from the Qur’an not appreciate those who do not appreciate people. It is also the and taking heed. host’s right that his guest guards his privacy in whatever he has Q. What is the importance come to learn through their and significance of saying interaction. Whatever he has seen Insha-Allah (Allah Willing)? that is good, he should make it A. First of all, we would like to stress known, and whatever he has seen that there is a clear indication in that is bad, he should keep it the Qur’an to utter the phrase secret and hidden. Likewise, it is Insha-Allah upon embarking on a the host’s right upon his guest that certain act. Allah Ta’ala says: And he protect the sanctity of his say not anything: Lo! I shall do that home, so he must not betray him tomorrow. Except if Allah will... in his house with his eyes. He must (23:24) Allah willing or Insha-Allah not extend his sight to any of his is a phrase of great importance. womenfolk or anything that is Islam teaches us that whenever a private. He must not overstay at person is going to embark upon his home, making a burden of any venture, he/she should say: himself by staying longer than the Insha-Allah before he/she begins. length prescribed by Shariah for a This is to acknowledge the reality that Allah Alone is the Doer in this guest to stay, which is three days. world. Man can only wish but occurence rest with Allah Alone. I would like to know how can an individual reap maximum benefit from the Qur’an? The Prophet said:There is no If you truly want to reap benefit person like a person who takes the from the Qur’an, your heart must reigns and fights for the sake of Allah, be attentive and alert when avoiding people’s evil,giving meal to his reciting it or listening to it. guest, honouring his right. Listening to it carefully with presence of mind, paying attention (Ahmad) Page 3


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important is that Islam promotes I admire Muslim women who adorn the Hijab. As a male unique identity for Muslims in Muslim I would like to know if every action and this applies to the there is certain dress code for dress code. So, Islam encourages men? the dress code which represents Islamically, a dress is supposed to the message of Islam, and which serve two purposes: (1) Covering distinguishes Muslims from others. the Awrah (private parts) of the body. (2) Serving the purpose of Q. I reverted to Islam but I have adornment and beautification. not been praying. It was like losing interest due to laziness Reviewing the Qur’an, we find that and depression. But now I feel Allah Ta’ala describes the dress of guilty for not praying. I feel believers as: The Dress of Piety or Allah is getting me back, but Libasut-Taqwa and this exactly may be I have sinned too emphasizes the aforementioned much. What is your advise? two conditions and stresses that such a dress should never be used A. You are very fortunate that you have realized that you should start for showing off. Islam has provided praying. As for having sinned too few guidelines to achieve this much, we wouldn’t know about quality: (1) The first condition is that but rest assured that Allah’s that the dress has to be Halaal by Mercy is far greater than your sins. its origin, i.e. purchased or owned The cure is excessive repentance through Halaal earnings. (2) The and seeking Allah’s forgiveness.The second is that it must not imply cure matches the illness.There are three conditions of repentance: (1) imitation of other people’s dress. To stop committing the sin. (2) One This means we should not imitate should sincerely express remorse and other religious attire or style. (3) regret on perpetrating the sin. (3) One The third condition is that the should make intention never to repeat dress must not involve any kind of the sin. feminine style of adornment: Pure silk, golden dress, very bright and The Prophet said: Allah Ta’ala fast colour are all considered has said: O Son of Adam, were your permissible for women, but not for sins to reach the clouds in the sky men. Below this level are some and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I shall forgive cultural choices and this may come as you. (Tirmizi) a second level. But what is Page 5


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maomboni ama Hadith, kuti nthawi ina munthu yemwe ali m’manda amatha kuona malo omwe iye anaikidwa atasinthika ndipo iye pofunsa kuti izi zachitika bwanji, amayankhidwa kuti izi zachitika chifukwa cha ubwino wa mwana wako yemwe wapempha zabwino kwa Mulungu m’malo mwako. Mwachidule tiyeni tiwakumbukire makolo ndi abale omwe anamwalira powachitira Maduwa owapemphera chikhululuko kwa Mulungu.

Kodi kufunika konena kuti Insha-Allah (ngati Mulungu akufuna) ndi kotani? Poyamba tinene kuti pali umboni wokwanira kuchokera mu Buku lopatulika la Qur’an, wotilamulira kuti tizinena kuti Insha-Allah pamene tikufuna kuchita kanthu kena kalikonse kutsogolo kwathu. Mawu oti Insha-Allah (ngati Mulungu akufuna) ndi mawu ofunika kwambiri Msilamu kuwagwiritsa ntchito. Tiyeni tisogoze mawu oti Insha-Allah pamene tikuganiza kapena kukhonzekera kuchita kanthu. Kutero ndi kuvomereza kuti Mulungu yekha ndiyemwe ali ndi mphamvu ndi kuzindikira momwe zinthu zingachitikire. Choncho kunena kuti Insha-Allah (ngati Mulungu akufuna) ndiye kuti tikukhulupilira kuti Iye Mulungu ndi Mchiti komanso Mchitisi, kapena kuti Iye Mulungu ndi wopanga ndi wopangitsa.


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Nthawi zina timapezeka kuti ndife mlendo kapena kulandira mlendo. Kodi zofunika kutsatira kapena F. kuchita munthu yemwe ali mlendo komanso yemwe walandira mlendo ndi ziti? Mlendo ayenera kuyamikira za momwe walandilidwira, chifukwa Mulungu sasangalatsidwa ndi munthu yemwe sayamikira za munthu mzake. Mlendo ali ndi udindo wosunga chinsinsi cha zinthu zomwe iye waziona. Kunena kuti ngati waona zinthu zochitsa manyazi iye ayenera kusaulula kwa anthu za zinthuzo, Y. ndipo ngati waona zabwino atha kuyamikira ndi kuzizindikilitsa kwa anthu ena. Mlendo ayenera kuti asapereke chiopsezo pa nyumba pa munthu yemwe wamulandira ngati mlendo wake. Mlendo asadyesere maso ake kwa azikazi omwe ali pa nyumbapo monga mkazi wa munthu yemwe wamulandira, ana ake akazi ndi akazi ena omwe akukhala ndi munthu yemwe iye wamulandira ngati mlendo wake. Mlendo sayenera kukhalitsa kupyola Shariah masiku omwe inakhazikitsa omwe ndi masiku atatu. Kwa munthu wolandira mlendo, iye ayenera kuonetsetsa kuti mlendo walandilidwa moyenera pomusunga bwino, kunena kuti osamukhumudwitsa, kumuchitira nkhaza, kumunyoza pa maso pa anthu apa nyumbapo ndi zina zotero. Mwachidule

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mlendo ndi ofunika kumulandira bwino. Ine ndinalowa Chisilamu koma kuti ndakhala ndisakupemphera. Zikuoneka kuti ndimasowa chidwi mwina chifukwa cha mbwayi ndi ulesi. Pano ndine wozunzika mumtima chifukwa cha kusapempherako. Komabe ndikutha kuona kuti tsono Mulungu akundiitanira ku zabwino koma ndikuona ngati ndinachita machimo kwa nthawi yaitali. Kodi malangizo anu ndi otani? Poyamba tinene kuti kupemphera ndi chinthu chofunika kwambiri kwa Msilamu, ndipo munthu yemwe amapemphera ndiye kuti akulimbikitsa chipembezo cha Chisilamu, pomwe kusapemphera ndiko kugwetsa chipembezo. Inu muli ndi mwayi ndi kudalitsika kuti mwazindikira zakufunika koti muzipemphera. Zoti mwachita machimo ochuluka kwa nthawi yaitali ife tilibe kuzindikira kwina kuli konse koma kuti zindikirani kuti chifundo ndi chisoni cha Mulungu ndi choposa machimo athu ife anthu. Mankhwala amachimowo ndiko kupempha chikhululuko kwa Mulungu. Inu lapani kwa Mulungu za machimo omwe munachita posiya kupemphera chikhalilecho ndinu Msilamu. Zindikirani kuti pofuna kulapa machimo muyenera kutsatira izi: Kusiya mchimolo, kuzidandaulira mumtima kuti unachitiranji machimo, komanso kuti siudzabweleranso ku machimowo. Page 7


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Kodi munthu angazilangize bwanji kwenikweni ngati iye ali ndi vuto losatsatira malamulo achipembezo? Kuzindikira kuti ukulakwitsa ndi chiyambi cha kuzilangiza iwe mwini. Mulungu akunena mu Buku lolemekezeka la Qur’an kunena kuti: Ndithudi Mulungu sangasinthe zochitika kwa anthu ngati iwo paokha sakusintha. (3:11) Dziwani kuti aliyense amene angayeseyese kusintha pofuna kumusalangatsa Y. Mulungu, Iye Mulungu adzamuthandizira za kusintha kwake. Dziwani kuti munthu wina aliyense adzafunsidwa kwa Mulungu molingana ndi zimene amachita. Njira zomwe munthu angatsatira pofuna kuzisintha m’mene iye alili kapena m’mene akukhalira ndi izi: Kumupempha Mulungu ndi kuziyandikitsa kwa Iye nthawi zonse. Kuwerenga Buku lopatulika la Qur’an, ndi mabuku ena omwe ali abwino monga ophunzitsa m’mene tingaziyeretsere mtima wathu, kuwerenga mabuku ambiri za anthu ochita zabwino monga Maswahaba, komanso kukhala pafupi ndi anthu ochita zabwino ndi zina. Ndinakhala nawo pa nsonkhano wokambirana pakati pa Asilamu ndi anthu ena omwe sali

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Asilamu, ndipo ndinakuthira mumtima kuti Chisilamu ndi chipembezo choonadi. Motero ine ndikufuna kulowa Chisilamu koma makolo anga akukana ndipo ine sindinalimbane nawo ayi. Komanso abale anga ena akundinyoza chifukwa chokhulupilira za Chisilamu. Kodi malangizo anu ndi otani poganizira kuti Chisilamucho sindinalobe pakadali pano? Pamene munthu akhala ndi chikhulupiliro cha chinthu china chake iye aziyembekera anthu osutsana ndi zomwe akukhulupilira, nanga kuli bwanji ngati zokhulupilirazo ndi zokhuza chikhulupiliro cha Mulungu m’modzi yekha. Pena zonena abale ndi zinthu zophweteka kwambiri koma zimakhala zopanda phindu ngati titapilira. Munachita bwino posalimbana ndi makolo anu chifukwa makolo ndi ofunika kuwalemekeza ndipo kulemekeza makolo ndi gawo limodzi la Chisilamu chomwe mukuyembekezera kuti mulowe Insha-Allah (ngati Mulungu akufuna) Koma malangizo athu ndi oti musachedwechedwe polowa Chisilamu chifukwa simudziwa za imfa. Pangani Shahadah yanu kuti ngati mungamwalire lero mudzafe muli Msilamu.


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Ste ps to Get Closer to Allah Ta’ala

To be closer to Allah is a fundamental need of every human being and striving to achieve it can be the healing for our chaotic inner-selves which in turn leads to: (1) Allah’s Love. (2) Greater productivity. (3) Confidence. (4) Satisfaction and joy. Therefore, it is essential to exert effort in seeking closeness to our Creator. Prescription to getting closer to Allah requires a few things from us: (1) Strong intention. (2) Patience. (3) Consistency. (4) Avoiding doing nothing (idleness). Lets first consider our worth to Allah. If we want to know our worth to Allah, then see what we are doing with our life. Are we pleasing Allah or displeasing Him? Don’t like the answer? Well, there is good

news. The fact that we are seeking closeness to Allah means He wants us to remember Him. Here are some tips to achieve closeness to Allah: (1) Dua (Supplication) (2) Stay away from evil (3) Zikr (Remembrance of Allah) Remembering Allah is essential in achieving closeness to Him. (4) Follow the Sunnah: Following the Sunnah makes you a better person. (5) Stay Connected to the Qur’an etc Wr a pping It All Up: Be productive, seek knowledge and take action. The more we love Allah, the more we will do to get closer to Him.

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Kuziyandikitsa kwa Mulungu ndi chinthu chofunika kwambiri kwa munthu wina aliyense. Kuziyandikitsa kwa Mulungu kutha kuchotsa zovuta za m’mitima mwathu ndipo pomaliza zizapangitsa kukondedwa ndi Mulungu, kukhala okhutira ndi kukhala achisangalalo. Choncho ndikoyenera kuyetsetsa kuziyandikitsa kwa Mulungu. Zofunika kutsata ndi kuchita pofuna kuziyandikitsa kwa Mulungu ndi izi: (1) Kukhala ndi cholinga (2) Kupilira (3) Kusasiyasiya zabwino zomwe tikuchita ndi zina. Koma kuti tikwanitse kuziyandikitsa kwa Mulungu tiyenera: Kuchita ma Dua, ma Zikr, kutsatira Sunnah, ndi kukhala olumikizika ndi Qur’an yomwe ndi chiongoko cha anthu omuopa Mulungu. Page 9


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hardhsips some men may I attended a Comparative find it difficult to get Religion Debate and I became married because of being more than convinced that poor. What is the ruling on Islam is the true religion. I want marriage if a bride is well to embrace it but my parents off and a groom is poor? He are very much against the idea can pay a small Mahir, but as well as my relatives who are very scornful to me. I have not can’t provide for his wife argued with them. What is she will provide for the your advise? family. Is this marriage valid in Islam? When a person believes in something, he/she will be prepared A. Yes, it is valid as long as it is voluntary. You need to notice that to make sacrifices for its sake, so such things happen many times. how about if this is Tawheed or also that her spending is a belief in Allah Alone. Hurtful words voluntary contribution on her from relatives are difficult to bear, part. Additionally, voluntary worse than a blow from a weapon, contribution may be discontinued but that will become insignificant at any time on her own will and for one who bears in mind the decision. In such a case the greatness of Allah and His reward, husband, poor as he may be, is and he will continue on his path required to provide for the family. without turning away or hesitating. You have done well by not arguing with your parents because Q. Is it permissible to use medical gloves when giving respecting parents is part of Islam. Ghusl to the Mayyit (dead If you treat people kindly, you will person)? win them over in the end and you will not be rejected, Insha-Allah. A. It is permissible to use medical gloves when giving Ghusl to the Do not delay entering Islam, do not Mayyit. wait a moment longer. For you do not know when death will come. So utter the words of the The Prophet said that Allah Shahaadatayn (the twin declaration said: I am near to the thought of of faith). My servant as he thinks about Me... With today’s economic (Muslim)

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Some people have the tendency of buying stolen stuff. Is it right to buy stolen stuff if I know that it is stolen? And what if I’m not sure, but I suppose that it may be stolen? No, it is not right at all. A stolen thing remains owned by its owner and any use of it by any other person is Haraam. Buying it knowingly or with doubt is not permissible. The true owner deserves it at all time and can under Shariah and all other laws in the world extract it from the present holder (who bought it unknowingly) without any compensation because its purchase is not valid. Innocent buyer has the right of the paid price on seller. I am living in continuous worries and fears and I always feel depressed. How can I overcome such fears and depression? Is there any prayer or supplications for it? We must look at life in a more detached and reasonable way. No event in the life of a human being represents the end of the road, except his own death. Allah takes care of us and we should entrust ourselves to His will.When we are true believers, we view every development in our life as good. A prayer or supplication that helps

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to overcome depression and worries should be addressed to the causes of the depression itself. The Prophet taught us that we should pray according to the situation we find ourselves in. There are, in addition, prayers and supplications which the Prophet Muhammad himself used. One of these, which is relevant here, is this: Allahumma innee a’udhu bika mina al-hamm wal hazan wa a’ udhu bika mina al-’ajzi wa al-kasal wal aljubun wa al-bukhl wa ghalabati aldayni wa qahri al-rrijaa. ( O Allah, I seek refuge in You from worry, depression, helplessness, sloth, cowardice, niggardliness, and the burden of debts and domineering men).Furthermore, you should bear in mind that reading the Noble Qur’an, making Zikr (supplications), observing your religious duties, steering clear of what is prohibited, and doing good help one get rid of depression. The Prophet said: How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for all his affair are good, and that applies to no one except a believer. If something good happens to him, he give thanks for it and that is good for him, and if something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience, and this is also good for him. (Muslim) Page 11

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