R.I.P Rest in Peace.

RIP

What perplexes me, many a times, is how we Muslims tend to follow people rather than our Quran and Hadiths. Having a well known, well respected and well researched scholar to “lean on” for direction and advise is a blessing. But living in this century, with all the immense amount of resources available to us, how can we still follow or be misguided by “PEOPLE” ~ How can we “mix and blend” our deen with other cultures ?? But nearly everywhere you turn to, its happening !

Have we become so insensitive and cold that we no more call someone to pay our respects and our condolenses when some one dies in their home ?  Do we resort to texting them ? In Islam, every Muslim is a brother to EVERY other Muslim, regardless of his color, nationality, wealth etc. And he has a duty to four things for his brother in deen, one of which is that he visits him when he is sick and attends his funeral (if possible). However, we have melted down so miserably that visiting or telephoning the said person who’s house has had some one deceased is out of the question. What tends to happen is a cookie cutter text message on the phone !! Are we so thick ? Have we come so harshly under the wrong influence that we have totally forgotten or rather, not even read our sunnahs ??

Being a part of several social groups on facebook is as much a curse as it is an advantage. There are but only a few advantages, however the curses strongly out weigh them. Let me explain one such predicament.

A sister, writes how her grandmother passed away the same day and asks for duas to be made for her maghfirat. Several ladies reply with an “Innallaha wa inna ilaihi rajioon” translates loosely as “From Allah we come and to Him, shall we return”. The reality is that this particular line is the essence of all humanity !! Nothing above, nothing below and nothing sideways will bring you closer to the truth than understanding this. But we were brainwashed by our parents into saying this line without ever really pondering over the reality behind it … until it became almost a reflex action.

What amazed, and shocked me is that the Adminstrator of this group writes ” Inna Nilla he…RIP “

I mean, its one thing not to call someone to console them and its another thing to write “”Innallaha wa inna ilaihi rajioon” on their comment status but its outright ridiculous that people don’t even have enough humanity to complete the sentence ~ never mind the typo error but whats further dangerous is that they actually join it with something absolutely unislamic like RIP. (short for REST IN PEACE )  A term used significantly by non muslims particularly Christians on their tombstones or gravestones.

Whats unacceptable is that since she is the administrator of the group, 340 more women in this group would eventually start following this line until it becomes a trend and then a norm. Astaghfirullah !! How shaitaan misleads us !!

Not one single woman, pointed it out to the sister !!!  Each one prefers to be a part of the flock ~ favorable to the leader ~ yet a traitor to the Supreme leader sitting on his mighty throne !

For me, very few things matter more than my Allah’s impression of me, my own conscience and my husbands opinion ! Hence it is not difficult to try a soft way to correct the sister from writing what she did with a ” sister, please don’t write part of the dua and complete it with RIP “.

This is a social group mainly for ladies in Dubai and mostly all of them are muslim women.  Human beings are vague. You can never know for sure what to expect from them. I can just imagine how fed up Allah swt must be of us yet he continues to love us and bless us with many more chances !!

I pray Allah swt blesses this sister and all the other sisters in this group and in several other similar groups, with hidayah. Ameen.

 

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Black Magic !

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Black magic (sihr) is something that definitely exists and causes harm to people. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) was also afflicted with black magic.

A Jew by the name of Labid ibn Asim who outwardly posed to be a believer (munafiq) carried out black magic on the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace). He took the hair of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) and made eleven knots and placed it under a rock in a well called Zarwan. The effect of this was that it created uncertainty in the mind of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) as to whether he had done or not done certain things (although this had no effect on his religious and prophetic obligations). At times the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) felt he had accomplished something yet he had not done so and vice versa. The angel Jibra’il informed the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) as to what had occurred and came down with the two Surahs, namely Surah al-Falaq and Surah an-Nas. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) together with the Companions (Allah be pleased with them all) went to the well and removed the knotted hair. As each verse was recited, the knots untied miraculously. At the eleventh knot, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) was relieved from the effects of this black magic. (See: Tafisir Ibn Kathir & Ma’arif al-Qur’an)

Thus, scholars mention that the recitation of the Mu’awwazatayn (the two Quls: al-Falaq and al-Nas) is very beneficial in the removing of and protection from black magic. One should make a habit of reciting these especially when retiring to bed and after the Fardh prayers. There are many virtues of these two Surahs mentioned in the Ahadith.

Sayyida A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) narrates that whenever the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) would become ill, he would recite the Mu’awwizat (Surah al-Falaq & Surah an-Nas) and blow over himself. When his illness was aggravated, I used to recite these two Surahs (and blow my breath) over him and make him rub his body with his own hand, for its blessings. (Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 4728)
Apart from these two Surahs, the recitation of Surah al-Fatiha, Ayat al-Kursi, and last two verses of Surah al-Baqarah is also very beneficial.

Moreover, the famous Tibi’i Ka’b al-Ahbar (Allah be pleased with him) states: “Had it not been for the phrases that I recite regularly, the Jews would have turned me into a donkey (m: out of black magic). It was said to him: “What are these phrases?” He replied:

(Transliteration): “A’uzu bi wajhillah al-Adhim alladhi laysa shay’un a’dhamu minhu wa bi kalimatillah at-tammati allati la yujawizuhunna barrun wa la fajir wa bi asmaillah al-husna kulliha ma alimtu minha wa ma lam a’lam min sharri ma khalaqa wa bara’a wa zara’a.”

Translation: “I seek the protection of Allah the Great; He, than whom there is nothing greater. And I seek the protection of the perfect words of Allah which no man, virtuous or evil, can even transcend; and I seek the protection of all the beautiful names of Allah, those of them which I know and those which I do not know, from the evil of everything He (Allah) created, to which He has given existence, and which He has spread (over the earth or universe).”
(Recorded by Imam Malik in his al-Muwatta, 2/541, no. 2737)
Thus, the above supplication can be very beneficial in the removing of the effect of black magic.

Also, the consuming of Ajwa dates has been prescribed by the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) as a remedy for black magic.

Amir ibn Sa’d narrates from his father that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “He who eats seven Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 5130)

The above are just some of the methods in removing the effect of black magic that have been prescribed in the Sunnah, thus one may resort to any of them. There are also other remedies besides the above, but time does not allow me to mention them all.

Finally, before parting, I would like to state that undoubtedly black magic is something that exits but it is observed that many people experience some type of downfall or illness and quickly jump to the conclusion that somebody has carried out black magic and start pointing fingers at others. If a child refuses to marry someone whom the parents want him/her to marry, then the parents begin to regard it to be the cause of black magic. Similarly, if the relations of the husband and wife turn sour, the first assumption is that it must be black magic that was carried out by such and such person. Black magic is regarded to be the cause behind every minor and major illness.

This type of understanding is incorrect. One should not be too hasty in concluding that the cause of a problem is black magic, because more often than not, black magic has nothing to do with the problem.

Secondly, due to this, many people have made it a business, in that they deceive people in making them believe that they have some sort of black magic done upon them, thus they are charged with a massive sum for the treatment. People have made thousands in this business.
Thus, one should be very careful in these matters, for in it rests the benefit of this world and the hereafter. Do not be too hasty in determining that the cause behind the problem is black magic. However, if there is substantial evidence such as the sudden break of illness, etc, then one may determine whether it is the cause of black magic or otherwise. And in the case of being afflicted with it, one must primarily turn to Allah Most High and resort to the remedies mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah. Also, if the help of others is sought, then one should only turn to those who are God-fearing and pious.

May Allah Most High guide us all towards the right direction, Ameen.

Bid’ah (Innovation) in the Month of Rajjab

Following is an excellent article, I was granted permission from Sister Durreshehwar to share, highlighting exactly what the innovations are, practised in the month of Rajjab. 

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْراً فِي كِتَابِ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ مِنْهَا أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ فَلا تَظْلِمُوا فِيهِنَّ أَنْفُسَكُمْ

“Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allaah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four (Dhul-Qadah, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab) are Sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein.” 9:36

Numerous Bid’ah (Innovation) in the Month of Rajab

All praise is due to the Rabb of the worlds, and May Allaah exalt the mention on His chosen Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu `alayhe wa sallam), and upon his family, his Companions, and those who truly follow them until the Day of Judgment.

Allaah has commanded us to give special attention to the sanctity of these four months (Dhul-Qadah, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab), and refrain from committing sins in them and not to violate the laws of Allaah, upon us is to respect and honor the sacred months. However, we find numerous innovations widespread among the general masses especially with regards to the month of Rajab.

Aayesha (radi allaahu anha) reported : the Messenger of (sallallaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said : “Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours [i.e., Islam] that is not a part of it, will have it rejected.” (Related by both Imaam Al-Bukhari & Imaam Muslim) In another narration “Whoever does an action which is not a part of this matter of ours will have it rejected.” (Related by Imaam Muslim)

The various innovations which are common in this sacred month of Rajab :

Celebrating Prophet’s Night Journey (Isra’ and Mi’raaj)
Kunday (Preparing & Distributing kheer puri)
Performing Salaat al-Raghaaib
Observing Voluntary Fast
Visiting Graves
Frequently Performing Umrah
Now, let us examine the reality of the above practices.

1. Celebrating Prophet’s Night Journey (Isra’ and Mi’raaj)

This innovation takes place during the twenty-seventh night of Rajab with extra acts of worship such as Qiyaam al-Layl (voluntary night prayer). In some celebrations you will also find haram (forbidden) acts such as mixing of men and women, singing and music. It is a fact that there is no authentic proof that the Isra’ and Mi’raaj happened on this date according to many great scholars, Further, even if it were proven, there is no excuse for holding celebrations on this date, because nothing of the kind has been reported from the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhe wa sallam) or from his companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, or from any of the Salaf (early generations) of this Ummah. If it were a good thing, they would surely have done it before us.

2. Konday (Preparing & Distributing kheer puri)

Distributing special type of Sweets among friends, neighbors and relatives after reciting some verses and prayers on them. This practice is very common in Indian subcontinent, based on a fabricated story which as no base in the deen of Allaah.

3. Salaat al-Raghaaib

This prayer has been introduced in the month of Rajab, done on the night of the first Friday in Rajab, between Maghrib and ‘Isha’, and is preceded by fasting on the first Thursday of Rajab. Salaat al-raghaaib was first introduced 480 AH. There is no authentic report that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhe wa sallam) did it, or any of his companions, or any of the best generations or Imaams. This alone is sufficient to prove that it is a reprehensible innovation.

The scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah have warned against it and pointed out that it is innovation and misguidance.

Imaam Ibn al-Haaj (rahim’ullaah) said in al-Madkhal (1/294) “Among the innovations that have been introduced in this noble month (i.e., Rajab) is that on the night of the first Friday thereof, they pray Salaat al-Raghaa’ib in the mosques, and they gather in some mosques and do this innovation openly in the mosques with an imam and congregation, as if it is a prescribed prayer… the view of Imaam Maalik (rahim’ullaah) is that it is makrooh to do this prayer, because it was not done by those who came before, and all goodness is to be found in following them (may Allaah be pleased with them). End quote.

Imaam Al-Nawawi (rahim’ullaah) said in al-Majmoo’ (3/548) “The prayer which is known as Salaat al-Raghaaib, which is twelve rakahs that are offered between Maghrib and ‘Isha’ on the night of the first Friday in Rajab, and praying one hundred rakahs on the night of Nusf Shabaan (halfway through Islamic month Shabaan) are both reprehensible innovations. No one should be deceived by the fact that they are mentioned in Qoot al-Quloob and Ihya’ ‘Uloom al-Deen, or by the hadeeth which is quoted in these two books, because all of that is false. No one should be deceived by some of those Imaams who were confused about the ruling on these prayers and wrote essays stating that they are mustahabb (recommended), for they are mistaken in that. Imaam Abu Muhammad ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Isma’eel al-Maqdisi wrote a valuable book showing that they are false, and he did well in that, may Allaah have mercy on him”. End quote.

4. Observing Voluntary Fast

There is no saheeh (authentic) report from the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhe wa sallam) or from the Sahaabah to indicate that there is any particular virtue in fasting during Rajab. The fasting that is prescribed in Rajab is the same as that prescribed in other months, namely fasting on Mondays and Thursdays, and the three days of al-Beed, fasting alternate days.

Umar (radi allaah anhu) used to forbid fasting in Rajab because it involved resemblance to the Jaahiliyyah (Ignorance). It was reported that Kharashah Ibn al-Harr said : I saw Umar (radi allaah anhu) smacking the hands of those who fasted in Rajab until they reached out for food, and he was saying, This is a month which was venerated in the Jaahiliyyah. refer : al-Irwaa’, 957; Shaykh Albaani (rahim’ullaah) said : it is saheeh

Haafiz Ibn Hajar (rahim’ullaah) said : ”No saheeh hadith that may be used as evidence has been narrated concerning the virtues of the month of Rajab or fasting this month or fasting in any specific part of it, or observing Qiyaam al-Layl specifically during this month. Imaam Abu Ismaaeel al-Harawi al-Haafiz has already stated this before me, and we have narrated this from others also.” refer : tabayyun al-Ajab bimaa wurida fi fadl rajab

5. Visiting graves

Many people visit graves specially in Rajab, with the belief that it brings goodness to those there in and it’s an act of greater reward, but there is absolutely nothing in Shar’iah (Islamic Law) that recommends such an act, and doing so does not entail any reward better than that entailed by visiting graves on any other ordinary day.

6. Performing Frequent Umrah

There is no report to prove that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhe wa sallam) performed Umrah in Rajab, rather that was denied by Aayesha (radi allaahu anha), who said :” The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhe wa sallam) never performed Umrah in Rajab” Narrated in Bukhaari, 1776; Muslim, 1255

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Ibraaheem (rahim’ullaah) said in his Fataawaa : “As for singling out some of the days of Rajab for any kind of good deed, ziyaarah (visiting the House of Allaah, the Kabah) or anything else, there is no basis for this, because Imaam Abu Shaamah stated in his book al-Bida wa’l-Hawaadith : specifying acts of worship at times that were not specified by Shar’iah is wrong; no time is to be regarded as better than any other except in cases where the Shar’iah gave preference to a certain act of worship at a certain time, or stated that any good deed done at this time is better than good deeds done at other times. Hence the scholars denounced the practice of singling out the month of Rajab for doing Umrah frequently.”

We ask Allaah to protect us from all types of innovations and make us amongst those who correctly follow the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhe wa sallam).

“O Allaah! Show us the truth as truth so that we may follow it, and show us falsehood as falsehood, so that we may abstain from it.” Ameen.

Baarak-Allaahu Feekum, wa sal-Allaahu wa sallam ‘alaa Nabiyyinaa Muhammad

was-Salaam ‘Alaykum wa-Rahmatullaahe wa Barakaatuhu.

“And whosoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follow other than the believers way, We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in the hell-what and evil destination (4 : 115)

Amulets, taweez, talismaan

It was narrated from ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir al-Juhani that a group of people came to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and he accepted the allegiance of nine and refrained from accepting the allegiance of one. They said: “O Messenger of Allaah, you accepted the allegiance of nine and not this one.” He said: “He is wearing an amulet.” He put his hand in and took it off, then he accepted his allegiance, and said: “Whoever uses an amulet has committed shirk (has associated partners with Allaah).” Narrated by Ahmad, 16969. This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 492

Abilities of Jinns.

Source: The World of the Jinn: Invitation to Islam, Issue 4, January 1998

If a person does become possessed, then the name of Allah has to be used in expelling the Jinn. If we look at the practice of the Prophet SAW and his companions Raziallahu anhu, we find many duas (supplications) to exorcise the Jinn. All these duas invoke Allah to help the possessed person. How contrary this is to many modern-day exorcists. Many exorcists, Muslim and non-Muslim, often invoke the names of others besides Allah to exorcise the Jinn {whilst Christians invoke the name of Jesus, many Muslims invoke the name of pious Muslim saints! The rituals which are conducted by many Muslims are more akin to voodoo then the exorcism practiced by the Prophet and his companions!!}. When the Jinn does leave, these people believe that their way was successful. However, this is a ploy of the Jinn, as it knows that if it obeys the exorcist, then it has succeeded in making him worship others besides Allah i.e. commit shirk. The Jinn often returns when the exorcist leaves, as it knows that nothing except the words of Allah can stop it from oppressing others.

 

It is not only humans which are possessed, but also animals, trees and other objects. By doing this, the evil Jinn hope to make people worship others besides Allah. The possession of idols is one way to do this. Not so long ago the world-wide phenomenon of Hindu idols drinking milk, shocked the world. From Bombay to London, Delhi to California, countless idols were lapping up milk. Ganesh the god, Hanuman the god and even Shiva lingam, the male private organ(!), all seemed to guzzle down the milk as if there was no tomorrow!

 

Unfortunately people were taken in by this (including Muslims) and many flocked to feed (?) the Hindu gods. Anyone who knows about Jinn possession, will undoubtedly know that this is a classic attempt to make people commit shirk. And it worked, as many people started to worship these lifeless pieces of wood and marble. Anyone with half a brain would say to themselves, ‘why on earth does a god need to be fed?!! Surely if Ganesh, Hanuman or Shiva were divine then they wouldn’t need feeding?’ However, such common sense seemed to be lacking as the Jinns played havoc with these gullible people.