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“O mankind, have Taqwa of Allaah the Exalted and prepare for the meeting with your Lord, with the preparation of the righteous. Verily the state of man is as his Lord the Exalted said:
يَا أَيُّهَاالْإِنسَانُ إِنَّكَ كَادِحٌ إِلَى رَبِّكَ كَدْحًا فَمُلَاقِيهِ
“O man! Verily, you are returning towards your Lord with your deeds and actions (good or bad), a sure returning, so you will meet Him.”
(Soorah Al Inshiqaq 84:6)
O Muslims, verily the person does not know where he will die. And he does not know when he will die. As Allaah the Exalted said:
وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ بِأَيِّ أَرْضٍ تَمُوتُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
“No person knows what he will earn tomorrow, and no person knows in what land he will die. Verily, Allaah is All-Knower, All-Aware (of things).”
(Soorah Luqman 31: 34)
If we don’t know what we will earn tomorrow while this is from our actions, then surely we do not know when we will die as this is from the actions of Allaah the Exalted. Since we do not know in what land we will die, despite the fact that the person travels to the land by choice, and since we do not know when we will die, therefore the place of death is unknown and the time of death is unknown. We ask Allaah to grant us and you and good ending.
It is not importance when the person will die or where the person will die. It is not important that he dies in Mecca or in Medina or another place from the lands of Allaah. It is not important that he dies on Friday, or Monday or any other day of the week. The only thing which is important is in what condition the person will die. This is what is important. In what condition will the person die? Will you die upon Imaan (faith), sincerity, and Tawheed? We ask Allaah to grant this to all of us. Or will you die upon doubt, shirk, kufr and obstinacy and ingratitude? This is what is important; this is what is important, O Muslims. But whoever wants to die upon good then let him do good. For SURELY Allaah the Exalted is too Generous and too Kind to abandon His slave during the time of difficulty if he used to know and acknowledge Allaah in times of ease.
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم said:
تَعَرَّفْ إلَى اللَّهِ فِي الرَّخَاءِ يَعْرِفُك فِي الشِّدَّةِ
“Know and acknowledge Allaah in times of ease and prosperity, and He will know you in times of difficulty.”
What is more difficult than the person’s life coming to an end, what is more difficult than the person leaving this world?! Thus if the person knew and acknowledged his Lord during times of ease, by obedience to Him and drawing near to Him with worship of Him and constantly remembering Him, then surely Allaah the Exalted will know him during his time of difficulty. May Allaah grant us and you that. The only thing that matters is in what condition the person will die.”
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Answer: I say that this is a mistaken view; Allaah (subhanhu wa ta’ala) ordered His worshippers to treat their parents well,
“Say not to them a word of disrespect (uff), nor shout at or harass them.”
Harshness through words is a kind of harassment and shouting or even worse, and if the harshness occurs through actions it can even lead to hitting.
Whoever thinks that he can forbid his parents from doing evil by being harsh to them has imagined wrongly because Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) said,
“But if they strive to make you join in worship with Me others of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not; but behave kindly towards them in this worldly life.”
Here Allaah didn’t command a person to be harsh to his parents. Also, harshness is not a way of stopping all people from doing evil.
People have different dispositions, and some are only spurred on further by harsh treatment.
It therefore becomes clear that harshness does not bring about any good; the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,
“Gentleness does not touch anything except that it beautifies it, and harshness does not touch anything except that it spoils it.”
This person should then fear Allaah and address his parents gently, kindly and mercifully.
Doing so, he would be deemed obedient to Allaah, kind to his parents and disallowing evil to the best of his ability, and Allaah did not burden people except with what is in their ability.
I think that this type of person (who tries to disallow his parents’ evils by being harsh to them) is like none other than those who want to reject evil by revolting against the Muslim ruler and shedding blood.
This person’s attitude is wrong, because his harshness against his parents is a greater evil than the one he wants to criticize.
And Allaah is the One who grants success.
[Fat-h Al-Rabb Al-Wadud fi Al-Fatawa wa Al-Rasa`il wa Al-Rudud #612]
[Translated by Abu Abdillah (Abu Zaynab) Owais Al-Hashimi]
From what was reported from Sheikh ‘abdul Hameed (who is still in Sri Lanka) and some of the students from Sri Lanka:
-In the beginning the Muslims were restricted to the Masaajid by the Police while Buddhist Extremist burned the houses and stores of the Muslims. It was said approximately 300 houses and 300 stores were burnt.
– It was said that the Buddhist are armed and the Muslims are not. The curfew was imposed on the Muslims. The Muslims are at least partly under siege.
-A 40 day old baby was murdered by one of the terrorist from the Buddhist Extremist.
-The men have started to attack and beat up the women.
-One student from Bangladesh said it is similar to the terrorism that occurred upon the Muslims in Burma where it was said that the Buddhist Extremist would take the Muslim babies and burn them on stakes.
Please make dua for the Muslims in Sri Lanka.
The condition of the Salaf, as it is recorded in the narrated books with chains of narrations from the trustworthy people (narrating) from them is that they would ask Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى to make them reach Ramadhan before it entered; they would ask Allaah to make them reach the month of Ramadhan due to what they knew that it contained from abundant good and general benefit. Then, when Ramadhan entered, they would ask Allaah to aid them upon righteous actions therein. The when Ramadhan ended they would ask Allaah to accept it from them. As Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى says:
وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْتُونَ مَا آتَوا وَّقُلُوبُهُمْ وَجِلَةٌ أَنَّهُمْ إِلَى رَبِّهِمْ رَاجِعُونَ
“And those who give that (their charity) which they give (and also do other good deeds) with their hearts full of fear (whether their alms and charities, etc., have been accepted or not), because they are sure to return to their Lord (for reckoning).”
They would strive hard in doing actions, then worry would afflict them, after the action, as to whether their action was accepted or not. That was due to their knowledge of the greatness of Allaah and their knowledge that Allaah does not accept except that (action) which is done purely for His face and correctly in accordance with the Sunnah of His Messenger from actions. So they would not purify themselves, and they would fear that their actions would be rendered null. So (worry) that they (the action) will be accepted was weightier with them than (even) the performance of them. This is because Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى:
إِنَّمَا يَتَقَبَّلُ اللّهُ مِنَ الْمُتَّقِينَ
“Verily, Allâh accepts only from those who are Al-Muttaqûn.”
So they would devote their time within this month, as we have previously mentioned, to worship and would minimize actions of the Dunyaa. They would spend their time sitting in the houses of Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى and they would say: We are safeguarding our fast and we will not backbite anyone. They would read the Mus-hafs and study the Book of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic. They would safeguard its time from squandering. They were not heedless or negligent as many of the people are today. Rather, they would preserve its time; the night, by standing (in prayer) and the day by fasting, recitation of the Qur’aan, the remembrance of Allaah, and righteous actions. They were not negligent therein of (even) a minute or a second, except that they would put forth therein righteous actions. This is the first question.
Sri Lanka Muslims killed in clashes with Budhists. Three of them died of gunshot wounds near a mosque in the town of Aluthgama. More than 78 others have been seriously injured in the violence. Muslims make up 10% of Sri Lanka’s mainly Buddhist population.
May Allaah azzawajal protect & preserve all the Muslims & grant us victory & thowfeeq (success) in all our affairs. May He also grant Jannatul Firdous al-Aa’laa to those who were killed.
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
“Truly! To Allâh we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”
Eyewitness accounts tell of Muslims being pulled off local buses and beaten. There are also reports of looting as well as shops being burned.
Remember all our brothers & sisters in your duas.
A clarification upon the filthy accusations were spread by the media & police of Kerala against the brothers who went to Yemen for seeking knowledge just after they embraced Islam.
My name Is Vimal Kumar and I am not a terrorist!!!
This is the true story of Vimal Kumar (the missing) who has got hold of the people’s attention since the past few days. The news states the man as missing from Kerala and doubts him of relationship to unknown rackets.
Though the media has made its role obvious, there needs to be a true ending to this drama.I am a media student and I can tell you that alike many other cases, “the wrong idea” has been well built in this story.
Vimal Kumar had been studying about Islam as a religion from the past one and a half years. On September 9, 2013, he decided to accept Islam and become Abdurahman due to his findings and conclusions from the study. The 24 year old was brought up from a typical Hindu family in Kerala. Such a change was expected to be opposed by the family and hence he tried to practice his religion silently. Eventually , he realised that his family should have the same realization as of his. So he gave the breaking news at home. At the very shot, his parents had got a shock of life and tried best to convey their hatred towards his decision. Vimal repeatedly tried to make them understand that his decision was only for the good and that he required their support.
But they did not bother to look in to his reasons or justifications and instead told him that he could only be a burden anymore to them.
Alike all sons, Vimal loved his family very much and did not want to cause further trouble to them. He stayed apart from home and practiced his beliefs further away from them. As time went on, he realised that he needed to do further study on Islam and it was turning difficult for him to practice his new ways in the kind of atmosphere.
He was also struck by the intention of having an earning for his family. He looked up to places such as Saudi, Yemen etc, where they provided the facilities for such.
From his research he found out that there were places in Yemen where they provided him with righteous knowledge along with daily requirements such as food and shelter. Via online, he contacted many brothers who studied their and made sure that the place was free from unwanted activities or misguidance in Islam.
He sought the help of his friends to travel and expected to return their money by time. He tried going back home In order to convince his parents that he was taking the right step and that he was going to be safe. He told them that he is going to be earning soon so he can also send money home.
However, Vimal had also prepared affidavits stating that it was only by his own will that he had accepted Islam.
Vimal told his mother,” my new religion teaches me to maintain a good relationship with my kin and doesn’t allow me to leave without your permission and happiness”
The family finally agreed with little despair in their hearts.
By this time Vimal had been telling his brother about that which has brought all this change in him. His brother Vipin also started to feel that Islam was the truth. Hence he too accepted Islam before two Days prior to Vimal’s leave.
Now, it’s been a month since Vimal has been residing in Sanaa, Yemen.
He is truely enjoying his freedom and has been has been seeking knowledge under the authority of a scholar.
Vimal has kept in frequent touch with his family via phone. He has been contacting them almost everyday and has promised them that he will find a job soon.
But his father is unhappy with his decision and had posted a complaint stating that his son was misguided or forced to travel.
The above is nothing but the reality.
Now, it is upto you, the people of our nation to make the call, expose the truth. Because the media manipulation in our country has gone to such a extent that the people wouldn’t know what was the truth. If somebody through a stone at the dog, the news story would say, ” The dog was killed”. Just stating the mere sample of exaggeration.
Apart, our country is a democratic and provides the right to religion. But look at the way the story of this 24 year old man is being treated.
Vimal’s brother was manipulated by the other caste after his leave. He is no more able to practice his beleif.
Vimals friends are being followed and tortured by the police regarding the matter. The news had been accusing him of terrorism where as he hasn’t even known about it. As citizens of the country it’s our responsibility to look into such and do the needful.
My name is Abu Rayyan and I am student in the same firm as of Vimal’s and I convey the feelings of the unwantedly accused, to you, the people of India!
Feel free to contact
That is only Satan who frightens [you] of his supporters. So fear them not, but fear Me, if you are [indeed] believers. [Quran 3:175]
وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَعْمَالُهُمْ كَسَرَابٍ بِقِيعَةٍ يَحْسَبُهُ الظَّمْآنُ مَاء حَتَّى إِذَا جَاءهُ لَمْ يَجِدْهُ شَيْئًا وَوَجَدَ اللَّهَ عِندَهُ فَوَفَّاهُ حِسَابَهُ وَاللَّهُ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ
“As for those who disbelieve, their deeds are as a mirage in a desert. The thirsty one thinks it to be water till he comes to it and finds it naught, and finds, in the place thereof, Allaah Who will pay him his due; and Allaah is swift at reckoning.¹
وَقَدِمْنَا إِلَى مَا عَمِلُوا مِنْ عَمَلٍ فَجَعَلْنَاهُ هَبَاء مَّنثُورً
“And We shall turn unto the work they did and make it scattered motes.²
Fudayl said concerning this verse,”And there will appear unto them from their Lord, that wherewith they never reckoned,” ‘They worked deeds thinking them to be good when in reality they were evil.’
The Second: Close to the above: a servant commits an evil deed to which he pays no regard, thinking it insignificant, and that sin will be the cause of his perdition as Allaah says,
“…you counted it a trifle but in the sight of Allaah it is very great.” ³
One of the Companions said, ‘You are doing deeds that are, in your eyes, more insignificant than a hair, whereas at the time of the Messenger of Allaah صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّمwe would consider them to be destructive sins!.’4
The Third: Worse than the previous case: one to whom the evil of his conduct seems pleasing. Allaah, Exalted is He says,
“Say: Shall We inform you who will be the greatest losers by their works? Those whose efforts go astray in the life of the world, and yet they reckon that they do good work.5
Ibn Uyaynah said, ‘When death came to Muhammad ibn Al-Munkadir he became apprehensive and so the people summoned Abu Hazim and he came. Ibn al-Munkadir said to him,” Allaah says, ‘And there will appear unto them, from their Lord, that wherewith they never reckoned,’ and I fear that things will become clear to me and confront me that Inever expected. ’Then both of them broke down in tears.’ Recorded by ibn Abi Hatim and ibn Abi Al-Dunya adds in his report, ’So his family said, ”We called you that you may console him but you have only increased his apprehension!” He then told them of what he had said.6
Fudayl ibn Iyad said, I have been informed that it was said to Sulayman al-Taymi, ”You! Who is there like you!” He said, ”Quiet! Do not say this! I do not know what will appear before me from Allaah, I have heard Allaah saying,” And there will appear unto them, from their Lord, that wherewith they never reckoned.”7
The Fourth: Sufyan ath-Thawri would say upon hearing this verse, ’Woe to the people of ostentation.’8This can be seen in the Hadith about the three who would be the first to be hurled into the Fire: the scholar, the one who gave charity, and the Mujahid.9
The Fifth: The one who has worked righteous deeds but has also wronged others and he thinks that his deeds will save him, so there confronts him that which he was not expecting. All of his deeds are apportioned amongst those who he wronged then some wrong still remains to be requited, and so their evil deeds are piled onto his and as a result he is hurled into the Fire. 10
The Sixth: His account could be scrutinized at which it will be asked of him to show how he was grateful for the blessings granted him. The least blessing would be balanced against his deeds and outweigh them with the remaining blessings yet to be weighed! This is why the Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said, ”Whoever’s account is scrutinized will be punished, or will be destroyed.” 11
The Seventh: He could have evil deeds that destroy some of his deeds or the deeds of his limbs, save Tawhid, as a result of which he will enter the Fire. Ibn Majah records the hadith on the authority of Thawban that the Messenger of Allaah صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said, ’There are people amongst my nation who will come with deeds like mountains and Allaah will render them as scattered dust.’ This hadith goes on to mention, ”They are people who have your skin, (they speak your language), 12 they spend part of the night in prayer as you do, but they are people who, when they are alone, violate the prohibitions of Allaah.” 13
Yaqub ibn Shaybah and ibn Abi al-Dunya record on the authority of Salim, the freed-slave of Abu Hudhayfah, that the Messenger of Allaah صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said, “A group of people will be brought on the Day of Judgment with deeds like Mount Tihamah and Allaah will render their deeds to dust and they will be thrown face first in the Fire.” Salim said, ”I fear that I am one of them! He صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said, ”They would fast, pray, and apportion some of the night for worship, but in secret, when an opportunity to do something forbidden presented itself, they would take it and as such Allaah will invalidate their deeds.” A person could have his deeds annulled because of showing off or arrogance and the likes yet not even be aware of it!
[Transcribed from: The Journey to Allaah, page 82-87 of Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali رحمه الله]
1. An-Nur 24:39
2. Al-Furqan 25:23
3. An-Nur 24:15
4. Bukhari no.6492 on the authority of Anas
5. Al-Kahf 18:103-104
6.Ibn al-Jawzi,vol.2,p.167 no.185.
7.Dhahabi, Tadhkiratu’l-Huffaz,vol.1, p. 151
8.Qurtubi,vol.15, p. 265
9.Muslim no. 1905/4923 on the authority of Abu Hurayrah with the words, ’The first man (whose case) will be decided on the Day of Judgment, will be a man who died as a martyr. He shall be brought forth and Allaah will recount His blessings (which he had bestowed upon him) and he will acknowledge them. Then Allaah will ask, ’What did you do with them?” He will reply, ”I fought for Your sake until I died as a martyr.” Allaah will say, ’You lie. You fought so that you might be called a ‘brave warrior’ and you were called so. ’Then a command will be given and he will be dragged on his face and cast into Hell.
And a man who acquired knowledge and taught it and recited the Qur’an. He will be brought forth and Allaah will recount His blessings (which he had bestowed upon him) and he will acknowledge them. Then Allaah will ask, ”What did you do with them?” He will say, ”I acquired knowledge and disseminated it and recited the Qur’an so that it might be said, ’He is a Qari,and it was said. Then a command will be given and he will be dragged on his face and cast into Hell.
And a man who Allaah had made abundantly rich and had granted every kind of wealth. He will be brought forth and Allaah will recount His blessings (which He had bestowed upon him) and he will acknowledge them. Then Allaah will ask, ”What did you do with them?”He will say, ”I spent money in every cause in which You wished that it should be spent for Your sake.” Allaah will say, ”You lie. You did so that it might be said, ”He is generous,” and it was said. Then a command will be given and he will be dragged on his face and cast into Hell.”
10. Muslim no. 2581/6579 records on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) asked, ’Do you know the bankrupt person is? ’They said, ’A bankrupt man amongst us is one who has neither dirham with him nor wealth. ’He said, ’The bankrupt person of my nation would be he who comes on the Day of Resurrection with prayers and fasts and Zakat but he hurled abuses upon this person ,brought calumny against that person, unlawfully consumed the wealth of that person, shed the blood of that person, and beat that person. So his good deeds would be credited to the deeds of those people [by way of retaliation] and if his good deeds fall short to clear the account, their sins would be added to his and he would be thrown in the Fire.”
Muslim no.2582/6580 record on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that the Mesenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) said, ’All rights will be restored to their owners on the Day of Judgment.Even a hornless goat that is butted by a ram will have justice.”
11. Bukhari no. 6537 and Muslim no. 2876/7227, 7228 on the authority of Aishah. The wording of Bukhari has Aishah then asking, ’Does not Allaah say, ”Then who is given his Record in his right hand, soon will his account be taken by an easy reckoning,’ [al-Ishiqaq 84:7-8], He replied, ”That is not the scrutiny that is a presentation, whoever’s account is scrutinized will be punished.”
Bukhari no.6536 and Muslim no.2876/7225 on the authority of Aishah.This wording mentioned above is also recorded by Tirmidhi no.3338 on the authority of Anas.
Hakim no.8728 and Dhahabi said the isnad contained a weak narrator. Ibn Abi Shaybah, vol. 13, p.360, has the wording,… ”will not be forgiven,” and ibn al-Mubarak, al-Zuhd no.1324 also records this wording as a statement of Aishah.
12. This sentence is not found in the hadith of Ibn Majah.
13. Ibn Majah no.4245. Busayri said, ’Its isnad is sahih and it was declared sahih by Albani, no. 2346.