A brief guide to understanding “lower your gaze”.

400601_10151439490713737_1968418704_n1st picture. There are things which you cannot help seeing and things which you would never see if you avoided certain things.

“I asked Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) about the sudden glance (that is cast) on the face (of a non-Mahram). He commanded me that I should turn away my eyes.”

–[Sahih Muslim 5372, Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah]–

“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A man should not look at the private parts of another man, and a woman should not look at the private parts of another woman.”

–[Sunan of Abu Dawood, #4007, Narrated Abu Sa’id al-Khudri]–

2nd picture. There are CERTAIN things you look at briefly, and the first glance is forgiven you, as per the hadith:

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu `alayhi wasallam) said: “O Ali, do not follow a glance with another, for you will be forgiven for the first, but not for the second.”

-[Reported by al-Tirmidhi]–

3rd picture. When you start watching non-mahrahms and searching for haraam things to gaze at, there is a problem, as per the ayah

“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam , or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.”

—[Qur’an: Surah An Noor, ayah 30]—

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The Oldest and The Only Religion

mqdefaultIslam is the religion of all Messengers, because it stands steadfast on the creed of monotheism, and the rejection of any partnership. Those Messengers preached Islam to their people at various epochs of human history. When lapses occurred, and apostasy reigned with the desertion of Faith, Allah the Almighty in His Merciful Grace sent another Messenger with the true religion to guide people once again to His providence and to purge their souls.

At the time of the revelation of the Faith unto Muhammad (sal), the service and adoration of God had sunk to an abyss of clamorous censure of the human mind and conscience. Religion had lost its fundamentals and its spirits. It was transmogrified into idolatry.

The testament of Abraham (pbuh) was lost. The original Revelation of Moses (pbuh) is now extinct, the present ‘Pentateuch’ is a surviving recession but completely deformed. The Scriptures of Moses (pbuh) and Jesus (pbuh) are still extant, though not in their pristine form . The Jews went after false Gods, and the Christians invented the Trinity or borrowed it from Paganism. The Traditions of the Prophets had been mutilated and distorted, and polytheism became the general creed of people, save those who were guided by The Graces of God to keep the Faith in The One True Deity.

And as the world’s moral standards deteriorated, and humanity was led astray through the vicissitudes of life, and no nation was spread the perversion which ensued when people continued to worship idols or believed in plurality of gods, The Divine Providence then ordained the revelation of a universal Message to mankind so as to salvage man from his calamitous fate.

Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. And those who were given the Scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them – out of jealous animosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of Allah , then indeed, Allah is swift in [taking] account.
(Qur’an 3:19)

Posting pictures of injured Muslims

Question:

Some presentations are established to show the wounds of the Muslims in Palestine and other places, and they contain pictures of the wounded and those killed, and sometimes they are presented by means of video, and the reason for that is to encourage the Muslims to give charitable donations to their brothers. So is this act permissible? 
Answer:

This act is not appropriate. It is not permissible to establish pictures strength for the injured. However, the Muslims should be called to give charity to their brothers, and they should be informed that their brothers are in bad circumstances, and that bad things are happening to them from the doings of the Jews, without them being shown pictures and pictures of the wounded people. This is because this contains the matter of utilizing picture making, and it also contains undertaking a burden that  Allah the Most High, did not command.

It also contains weakening the strength of the Muslims, because when you present before the people pictures of Muslims that have been mutilated, or with their body parts cut off, then this is what frightens the Muslims and makes the Muslims afraid of the deeds of the enemies. And what is obligatory is that the Muslims do not show weakness, and that they do not show the calamities, and they do not show these matters. Rather, they should conceal those matters so that they do not weaken the strength of the Muslims.

From the lecture: “At-Tawheed, the Key to Happiness in This Life and the Hereafter”, by Ash-Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzaan.

The law of Allah is Supreme

Law-of-Allah-jpgAllah is the Creator of the man and the system. Our Creator knows what system is best for us and what benefits us than ourselves. Just like the manufacturer of the Car knows which fuel is best for the car, but if the driver chooses to against the manufacturer’s choice, he may wreck the car and gains nothing.

A Muslim is a person who completely surrenders to the will and law of Allah. Muslims by nature adhere to the laws of Allah, and when a different law is imposed to run the affairs of a Muslim or Islam bears sour fruits, and we experience it in the Muslim world that rules by the man made systems. The law of Allah is Supreme over all the laws, and it must be established to bring that satisfaction and peace that our Creator has chosen for us.

One cannot establish the law of Allah and bring back Islam to its original state through the system of kufr (disbelief) which is all the other laws besides the law of Allah.  Water and Fire do not mix. The western societies and many Muslims are against the Sharia of Allah and  the problem being the lack of education. The best of the Dawah is education, and we must educate people about the law of the Creator, the freedom and benefits it gives to the mankind.

Many Muslims want to the change the system of disbelief by adhering to its laws. They want to bring Islam through kufr? That doesn’t make any sense, and above all it is a deception. We rely on Allah alone. We Obey Allah not the Satan, the biggest deceiver and the deception is from Satan. Muslims have no hidden agenda, we live by La ILaha IL Allaah, and we die with La ILaha IL Allaah and that is the supreme fundamental of the Muslims, to live according to the laws of the Creator, which Allah created for our benefit and of the whole mankind.

On the contrary, Democracy divides the world with the religion, whereas Islam is a complete set of Life, and can’t be divided into parts according to our desires.

Democracy is a man-made system meaning rule by the people for the people. Thus it is contrary to Islam, because rule is for Allah  the Most High, the Almighty, and it is not permissible to give legislative rights to any human being, no matter who he is.

Democracy is not the religion of monotheism, and its parliamentary councils are just places of polytheism, and safe havens for pagan beliefs, where as Islam is the religion of monotheism, belief in one Allah and adhering to the laws of Allah.

Above all, the Most truthful of speech is the book of Allah (Quran), and the best of Guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (S.A.W). The most evil of things are the innovations (in religion) and every innovation is misguidance and going astray.

Bangladesh Massacre

                    bangladesh-blasphemy                       Last night was the blackest night in the history of Bangladesh. Many Bangladeshis are saying that it is worse than the Black Night of the 25th of March 1971. The world witnessed another mass killing of innocent civilians by state forces in the commercial capital of Bangladesh. The whole nation became stunned and shocked in seeing the scale of the brutalities conducted by police and other law-enforcing bodies in disgusting manner.

Many eye witnesses explain that at least one million people were on a sit-in protest in Motijeel, Dhaka. At night, all of a sudden, all street lights were switched off and at 3 am thousands of armed police, Border Guards and RAB forces started firing indiscriminately with live rounds, tear shells and grenades at the innocent and unarmed protesters. The Asian Human Rights Commission termed it as a “Massacre of Demonstrators”.

No-one in a civilised world could ever imagine that government forces would begin shooting at thousands of people in the dark. It was nothing but a series of unimaginable atrocities being committed against humanity. I cannot begin to comprehend how a human being can order an attack on millions of civilians in the dark of night just to quash a protest. It is madness and an unforgivable crime against humanity. What happened in Dhaka last night is beyond politics. No matter which political ideology you subscribe to, or even if you are not involved in politics, it is unacceptable to any human being who has any ounce of common sense. It is humanitarian crisis.

The world must raise its voice against such heinous crimes for the sake of upholding human values. There should be no politics with human lives. A crime is a crime. Whoever ordered this atrocity and whoever tolerated this atrocity must be punished and charged with the worst crime against humanity.

Mufti Kifayatullah of Hathazari Madrasa in Bangladesh(Largest Institute in Bangladesh) has confirmed that over 3 000 Aalims and  students  have been mercilessly Martyred and the Firing still ongoing. Toll has reached 3500.

What is happening in Bangladesh is absolutely evil. I ask all to pray for the oppressed people of this spiritually rich land, which is in the hands of enemies of humanity. The Muslims will have to find solutions for themselves instead of expecting some kind of intervention from western governments. How can western powers help Muslims when they are behind some of the worst regimes on the planet. The solutions are with Allah and He has put them down very clearly in the Quran.

It’s Not Just about Looks!

Most if not all the people that interacted with Prophet Yusuf (PBUH) were not just influenced by his good looks but his overall character. Even the woman, who seduced him, did not do so just because of the looks. It was in her house that Yusuf (PBUH) grew up, and she was therefore familiar with, if not used to his appearance. (She past the ‘shock phase’ that led the other women who saw him for the first time to “cut their hands” ! She was a mature married woman (not a teenage girl!) and knew better how to ‘judge’ a man.
Those who dealt with Yusuf (PBUH) in prison saw in him other than his looks: “we see you one of the Mushsineen (doers of good)”. When the king saw him he said: “you are with us in high rank and fully trusted” because now the king was aware of Yusuf’s (PBUH) abilities, not appearance.

Mature men as well see in women other than their looks. Khadija (Ra) was beautiful but certainly there were others. Yet Muhammad (PBUH) saw in Khadija (Ra) what the women saw in Yusuf (PBUH): genuine character: “she accepted me when people rejected me, she believed in me when people doubted me, she shared her wealth with me when people deprived me”.

Unfortunately, we live in a celebrity based culture that emphasizes looks, not personality. I am not saying that looks should not be taken into consideration (by the way, even if Hollywood aims to create beauty standards, beauty is relative and culturally defined) but that character must take precedence when making serious judgments and decisions, especially as serious as marriage!

Inner Peace

If we have peace inside ourselves, it will reflect on the outside.Inner Peace Whereas, if we don’t have peace inside us, no matter how perfect it is outside, we will still feel restless and irritated. Without peace of mind, life is just a shadow of its possibilities.

Therefore, we must learn to love ourselves, in order to love others.

So, how do we do that?
We do that by Loving Allah, and Trusting that Allah Loves us too.

And how do we feel Allah Loves us?
It is by Recognizing Allah’s favours on us and Appreciating them. And therefore, Praising and Obeying Him, The Most Kind and Wise.

In other words, the more we Believe in Allah, more we will feel His Love inside us; and the more we feel His Love inside of us, more we will Love His Creation.

Therefore, it is a process, which starts from Loving ourselves and then Extending that Love in Every Direction.

Everything is possible with Allah

       There are those who suffer at the hands of others and themselves, souls which have departed from their true worth. Souls lost in the world, they’ve embarked upon a sense of loneliness, whilst full of a sense of false comfort. These are the souls who have been deceived. Lied to by the very ones they claim they love. 

 
We are in a slumber, deep, involved, unable to let go. Then we taste hope, reality hits us painfully, with every tide our eyes open, causing us to fear what we have put forth. But we are stronger than what we fear. 

We are greater than everything we have put forth, we can be better, stronger, bolder, fearless. With Allah  on our side, the lost soul finds it’s way, because it *never* loses hope in the mercy of her Lord. Ever.

The Ideal Islamic Marriage

ideal-muslim-marriageIt is the unadulterated system of Allah that, whenever He prohibits a thing, He closes all the avenues that lead to it. The same holds true in all that He has allowed for us. He makes clear all the paths that make it easy.

Undoubtedly, man and woman were created by Allah to worship Him and in doing so, they need  fulfill His promise of making humans inheritors of the earth, generations after generations.

The process of procreation was legitimized for us by Allah through the institution of Nikah (marriage). Allah says: “Marry women of your choice, two or three, or four, but if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then (marry) only one” Surah 4. An-Nisa’ verse 3.

I’m particularly concerned with the nature of how wedding ceremonies are being conducted today by the Muslims. I personally see this as the point of departure between those strangers  that strive to conduct themselves in accordance with the shariah during wedding periods desperate for Allah’s blessings, and those that are ignorantly living under the shackles of the destructive 21st century civilization desperate for social recognition at the detriment of Allah’s pleasure.

People rich in civilization as the Muslims shouldn’t be found wanting in ethics and morals. In recent years, Satan has beautified a repugnant act for Muslims who are on the verge of getting married or even the married ones in their wedding anniversaries. An exposure to the new satanic trend in the form of a series of pictures taken by the would-be partners in an un Islamic style will shift any man with a sane and balanced understanding from a comfort zone to that of a constant anticipation of Allah’s wrath.

Innocent people out of ‘marital euphoria’ would do anything just to please the society even if it means going against Allah’s orders.. A true Muslim goes to any length to protect the honor of his women folk but sadly today, we even derive pleasure in displaying our women for the world to admire. Subhanallah!

An authentic hadith on the strength of Ammar (RA) sends a shiver down my spine. The Prophet (p) said: “A dayyuth will NEVER enter paradise” (Muslim). this is a person who’s not jealous of his women folk. He opposes jealousy and displays his wife for every Tom! Dick and Harry to see and comment as if she’s a commodity. How can my wife’s picture be traveling round the world admired by the good, the bad and the ugly. Insanity I guess.

The competition of a real believer is in good ways not in disobedience. We are trying to outdo one another in sins. Wedding dinner, what’s supposed to be a decent feast and a get-together is now the backbone of everything opposing Allah’s orders as far as wedding ceremony is concerned. Women in tight outfits, exactly as the Prophet(saw) painted their image, mixing freely with strange men with an accompanied music playing at the background inviting the wrath of Allah and we have the guts to expect Allah’s blessings in our marriages. What a deliberate contradiction.

Can’t we have a decent marriage? Can’t we think of Allah’s wrath when planning our wedding events? Are we so blinded and desperate for a 24 hour recognition that we are willing to compromise on our eeman? Who blesses marriages? Is it not Allah? Or do the people we consider when we disobey Allah have the key to our marital bliss and righteous off-springs , Think and ponder, If the foundation of our wedding is built on Allah’s disobedience then don’t blame Allah or the society when our children become delinquents but rather we should blame ourselves for that wedding based on Allah’s disobedience.

Don’t we know that for every person that abuses his sight at a dinner function organized by us, is an equal share of sin allotted to us, wise up and use your intellect. Don’t ruin the life of your children yet un born. The people we threw up a lavish immoral dinner to impress will be the first to broadcast our marital problems when Allah removes blessings in our marriages. So decide who to please now.

There’s nothing wrong in men having their exclusive male event in accordance with the shariah (a wedding banquet known as walimah) nor is there anything wrong for women to have their own separate wedding banquet. Hence, we should go for that which pleases Allah and which guarantees eternal bliss and a happy home.

Until and unless we see marriage as an Ibadah, we will not get the gist. In a hadith the Prophet (p) said: “The whole world is a provision, and the best object of benefit of the world is the pious woman.” Only a pious woman will discourage you from trying to indulge in a wedding ceremony that will invite Allah’s wrath, so go for her and not the so called 21st century slave who knows nothing beyond the material world, totally oblivious of her creator.

Sisters, go for men that will honor your modesty and integrity. You talk of women’s right, go for men that will never expose you to the wild provocation of the sick world. Our marriages are no novelty, wedding ceremonies come and go but the records of everything that ensued is kept with Allah either as a plus factor or a minus factor for us on the Day of Retribution.

May  Allah give us partners that will hold us and drag us with utmost care to Jannah, and not those that know nothing beyond the material world.

Civilization has killed our civilization.

 

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In the 1800’s, men and women didn’t have time to ponder the mystery of their existence. They had lifespans that rarely exceeded 50 years. They raised families that often had 5 or more children. Children learned what they could before they were old enough to work along side their parents. It took weeks to communicate with other towns and cities.

Communities had to be self sufficient, and to work together. Everyone knew everyone else. They managed to farm, build, work 14-16 hours a day, and still had time for church on Sunday. It was a less civilized time than today, but also a more civilized time. Everyone was much nicer to each other, talked to each other, helped each other.

And look what they did. They conquered and colonized a continent, then created the greatest free nation on Earth. They industrialized and lead the way in steam power and manufacturing, setting the stage for the nation to become the most powerful industrial, technological and economic force the planet has ever seen.

Today, people live into their 90’s and 100’s, yet never seem to have time for family or community. Children attend school for 12 or more years, yet seem to have less common sense than ever. People work at seemingly meaningless endeavors, while less that 1 percent of the population produces the food for the other 99.2 percent. People would rather text than talk, and they are so wrapped up in their own “search for personal meaning”, they have no clue how to interact with each other. There are more broken families than whole, and no one seems to have time to raise their own children, insisting that the schools/government do it instead. There is no sense of community, no cohesive whole, no national pride or ambition.

Islam places tremendous emphasis on the social aspects of life. Islamic practices are not only confined to the spiritual dimensions, but also to the social environment. For example, Islam encourages people to perform their daily prayers in congregation. Praying in congregation strengthens the ties between people by giving them the opportunity to interact with one another and discuss their issues in a religious compound.