Islam: A Living Reality

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Sayyiduna Rasulullah (Peace and blessings be upon him) advised us: "Be conscious of Allah wherever you may be. Follow up a misdeed with a good deed and you will obliterate the misdeed. Furthermore, interact with people by practicing beautiful conduct" (Al-Bukhari and others).

 

Imam Shafi`i said: "3 things in this world have been made lovely to me: avoiding affectation, treating people kindly, and following the way of tasawwuf.

He also said: I accompanied the Sufis and received from them naught but three expressions: their statement that time is a sword: if you do not  cut it, it cuts you; their statement that if you do not keep  your ego busy with truth it will keep you busy with  falsehood; and their statement that deprivation is immunity".

Following the Sunnah

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QUESTION:

Salam Alaikum, Why must we follow the Hadith and Sunnah? Is not the Qur'an enough? I have heard that the Hadith were not even preserved and most of them are "made-up."

ANSWER:

Wa Alaykum As-Salam,

The Blessed Qur'an commands us in numerous Verses to "Obey the Prophet", "Take what he gives you", "Avoid what he forbids you", "He is the best example for you"....all in addition to the original order of "Obey Allah".

Allah Almighty would not have ordered us to obey the Prophet (SAW) if the teachings of the Prophet (SAW) were not to be preserved and known?!

The first Muslims, the Sahabah, took the above Divine Commandments seriously and therefore obeyed the Prophet (SAW) in everything and noted all his teachings and counsels (which then became known as "al-Sunnah")

Then it was these same Sahabah who passed down both the Qur'an and the Sunnah to future generations, as the sources of ISLAM.

By claiming now to follow "Only the Qur'an", one is basically saying:

- "I disobey those Verses of the Qur'an which order me to obey the Prophet (SAW)  and take him as an example" (how can I if nothing of his teachings is preserved anyways)

- "I will take from the Prophet (SAW), the Qur'an only, but I will not take anything else from him"

- "I will trust the Sahabah to deliver the Qur'an to me but I don't trust them to deliver the Sunnah!!!"

Needless to say, such an attitude does not make any sense. By rejecting the Sunnah, one must necessarily reject the Qur'an as well, as they both come to us from the same sources: The Prophet (SAW) and the Sahabah.

Therefore, by rejecting the Sunnah, we are destroying the foundations of Islam itself.

 

Furthermore, the Prophetic Sunnah is there to explain the Qur'an, as the Qur'an itself states (check for example the initial

Verses of Surah al-Jumu'ah). Allah Almighty states that He has sent us the Book and its Teacher.

So are we going to say to Allah: We accept the Book but we don't accept the Teacher?!

Indeed, without the Sunnah, many injunctions of the Qur'an would be impossible to fulfill. For example, the Qur'an orders us to pray, but nowhere does it explain how the Prayer is done. This is only learned from the Sunnah.

Without the Sunnah, we will also not be able to know the various backgrounds (asbab al-nuzul) of the various Surahs of the Qur'an, as well as their merits, number of verses....etc.

In short, the Qur'an cannot be practiced without the Sunnah.

Of course, I understand that many fabrications crept into the large corpus of the Sunnah. However, our great scholars have worked hard to weed these out and set methodologies for us also to weed them out.

It is very easy to know which of the Sunnah is very authentic, which is semi-authentic, which is questionable, and what is fabrication.

We should not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

The Sunnah is full of great Prophetic Treasures. I will advise people to study it before they judge it. A good start would be the 40 Hadith of Imam al-Nawawi, and the Riyadh al-Salihin by him as well.

It would be shame for us Muslims to claim that the Ummah preserved the Word of God, the Qur'an, but did not preserve anything from the Words of his Final Prophet (SAW)!!!

It would also be lie!

 

The Hijrah

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Al-Hamdu Lillaahi Rabbil 'Aalameen was Salaatu was Salaamu 'alaa Ashrafil Anbiyaa'e wal Mursaleen.

Wa Ba'd:

Ma'a Sheral Muslimeen! Alhumdoelillah!  We will soon be entering the new Hijri year. As we all know, Muharram is the first month of the Muslim calendar. In fact, the Hijrah which is associated in our mind with the month of Muharram neither took place in Muharram nor did it take place at the beginning of Islam. It happened thirteen years after the beginning of Islam. This raises the question in our minds as to why the Muslims took the Hijrah  to be the starting point of dating the beginning of Islamic history. Why did we not do as others did, by taking the birthday of their prophet or founder as the beginning of their calendar?

Ummatal Islam! During the Khilafah of Sayyiddina Umar bin al-Khattab the Sahaba Ridwanullahi Ta'ala Alayhim Ajma'een agreed to start the Islamic calendar from when the Nabee Sallalahoo Alayhi Wasallam made Hijrah to Madinah al-Munawwarra and established the first Islamic State. As we enter the blessed month of Muharram and the year 1432 we should remind ourselves of the Hijrah and dispel some of the misconceptions surrounding it. Very often when the Hijrah is discussed, we tend to limit ourselves to the details describing how the Nabee Sallalahoo Alayhi Wasallam hid in a cave or who slept in his bed. This process inevitably diverts us from discussing the true substance of the event.

An account of such events should serve only to remind us that the Nabee while relying on the revelation as the source of the Islamic Message, had to carry the Islamic Da'wah as a human being, and through the means accessible to a human being. Why did we not take the very first revelation received by our Beloved Nabee as the beginning of our calendar? We all know, that when the Muslims got together 15 or 17 years after the Hijrah  to decide on the starting point of our history, they were guided in their decision to mark the event of the emigration as the beginning of our history.

The Hijrah to Madinah did not take place because the Muslims in Makkah wanted to avoid the persecution there, or because they wanted to find a safe haven for themselves, or to run away from the hardships they faced in that city. Rather, it was an event that took history in a new direction, and this can only be seen if we look at the Seerah in the correct manner.

Ummatal Islam! The Seerah of the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم is an integral part of the Sunnah, and is just as much a part of the revelation as is the Holy Qur'an. After a careful study of it,

we can extract a very specific method for carrying out the Da'wah, and if our aim is to please Almighty Allah سبحانه وتعالى, then it is our obligation to adhere to this method step by step, through each and every phase. Not because it was a difficult trip between Makkah and Madinah - especially in those days it was an extremely difficult journey. Three hundred miles between Makkah and Madinah in the heat of Arabia, on the back of a camel and on foot, in

the month of June was very arduous indeed. It was not decided upon because it was a difficult journey.

Ih'watal Imaan! The Hijrah  was undertaken because it embodied many of the principles of Islam and of Muslim values. We know of the great suffering and persecution of the Muslims - and through the intense hatred of the Quraish towards them, the plot was hatched to murder our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. According to the Seerah, the Hijrah marks the transition from the phase in the Da'wah known as "Seeking the Nusrah" to the phase where Islam is implemented in the form of a state. The Nusrah is the transfer of authority to a person via the material support or allegiance from the powerful elements of a society.

The Hijrah is a direct result of seeking, and subsequently receiving, the Nusrah. When Mus'ab ibn Umair (R.A.) was sent to Madinah to spread the Message of Islam, it took him one year of tireless work in that city before its leaders journeyed to Makkah to transfer their authority to the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم by giving him the Ba'yah. This Ba'yah was called Bayat-ul Harb (Allegiance of War). Although there was no war, it was called Bayat-ul Harb because it indicated the willingness of the Muslims to fight, when necessary, to protect the Da'wah and the newly established Islamic State. The Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم had invested four years of Da'wah, towards most of the tribes in Najd (the large area between Makkah and Madinah) before he received the Nusrah.

Ya Ummatal Qur'an! It is important to note that until this time in the Seerah, even with all the pressure the Nabee  صلى الله عليه وسلم placed upon the Kufr society of Makkah, all the persecution that the Quraysh inflicted on the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم and the Muslims was comparatively trivial to the persecution that came after the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم received the Nusrah from the leaders of Madinah. From this point onward it was the plot of the Kuffar to assassinate the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم. Indeed, it is true that Shaitan and his followers are most afraid of the implementation of Almighty Allah's rules Keeping these elements in mind, whenever we discuss the Hijrah, which many people will try to reduce to a spiritual journey the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم took over some terrain, we should discuss the overall ideological significance of this event in terms of Islam and the Da'wah mission.

It is critical for Muslims to realize that this event not only marks the beginning of our calendar, but more importantly it commemorates the establishment of the nucleus of the first Islamic state. For hundreds of years to come this nucleus would engulf neighboring lands, subsequently liberating one oppressed people after another and bringing them the Mercy from Almighty Allah سبحانه وتعالى called Islam. If we want to talk about the essential nature of the Hijrah, we have to realize that it marks the time when Islam as an Ideology was transformed from idea to practice.

Faya Ayyuhan Nas! Hitherto, the people of Madinah accepted the Nabee  صلى الله عليه وسلم only as a Prophet. However, after the transfer of power (Nusrah), when the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم arrived in Madinah, they received him  as a ruler and a Prophet. Before the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم made the Hijrah, he was a Prophet with the new laws revealed to him  by Allah سبحانه وتعالى. After the Hijrah, he was the one who implemented this law. Islam had gone from addressing and pointing out the problems and issues to tackling the problems and issues and providing solutions for them. It was at this point that the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم was able to apply the rules and systems of Islam into real life.

 

The Hijrah, a part of the Seerah, is something that must be studied in depth to gain a full understanding of its implications and meaning. It is not simply a series of bedtime stories to be told and remembered like fairy tales of how the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم took Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A.) with him and went on a journey, and at the end of it the people received them. According to the plan chalked out by the Quraish in a general meeting of their leaders in the “Dar-al-Nadwah”  (the Council Chamber), it was agreed upon that  the chiefs of all the prominent tribes had to participate jointly in the murder of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam so that the tribe of Banu Hashim  would not be able to oppose or confront  all of  them together.

Ma'a Sheral Muslimeen! The perpetrators of this evil plot included some of the arch- enemies

of Islam and they consisted of Zam’ah bin Awad bin Mutallib; Hakim bin Hizam; Abu Jahl; Nubaih; Munabbih; Umayya bin Khalaf; Utbah; and Abu-al-Bakhtari. The very thought that our Beloved Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم may migrate made them desperate and the time had now come for them to act on their henious intention with the sole purpose of eradicating the new religion of Islam and killing the Beloved Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم. They sat their plan in  motion but Allmighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata’ala is indeed the best of planners for it was  through Divine Providence that  our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam was

informed about the plot when verse 30 of Surah Al-Anfal   was revealed to him.

“And when those who disbelieve plot against thee (O Muhammad) to wound you fatally, or to kill you, or to drive thee forth; they plan but Allah (also) plans and Allah is the best of planners.”

Ih'watal Aqida! The plots against our Beloved Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم in Makkah aimed at three things. They were not only foiled, but Almighty Allah سبحانه وتعالى wonderful working turned the tables, and brought good out of evil in each case. These  enemies of Allah tried to hold our Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم in subjection in Makkah by putting pressure on his uncles,relatives and friends. But the more they persecuted, the more the little Muslim community grew in faith and numbers.

They plotted and planned to injure or kill our Beloved Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم  but the wonderful example of his kindness,  humility, perseverance, and fearlessness furthered the cause of Islam. They tried to get him and his small band of followers out of their homes but Alhumdoelillah,  they found a new home in Madinah from which they eventually reconquered not only Makkah but the whole of Arabia and the world. Since our Nabee   صلى الله عليه وسلم was now fully aware of the plot against his life, he was commanded to migrate as we learn from verse 41 of Surah An-Nahl:

“To those who leave their homes in the cause of Allah, after suffering oppression, - We will assuredly give a goodly home in this world; But truly the reward of the Hereafter will be greater. If they only realised (this).”

Ya Ayyuhal Gafieloon! We are all aware of the persecution that took place against the Muslims and that many of them left behind all their possessions and went secretly to Madinah. The time had now come for our Beloved Nabee    صلى الله عليه وسلم together with his closest companion Sayyidina Abubaker Radhiallaho Anho to embark on their Divinely ordained Hijrah. As  mentioned earlier, the Hijrah embodies the intrinsic principles of Islam. The principles which are essential for any nation to survive and for any message to flourish. By this I mean, the manifestation of complete commitment.

The manifestation of loyalty, a manifestation of Muhabbat a manifestation of truth and a preference for the public interest rather than self-interest. In actual fact all the Sahaba R.A. stand as shining examples for all these ideals for Allmighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata’ala speaks of them in verse 42 of Surah An-Nahl:

“(They are)  those who persevere in patience, and place their trust only  in Allah.”

Aina Izzatul Islam! They were motivated by the Pleasure of Almighty Allah    سبحانه وتعالى . They were zealous for the sake of Islam and for our Beloved Nabee    صلى الله عليه وسلم. Like I said, all of them stand out as shining examples, but I would like to highlight for our attention just two, Sayyidina Abubaker Radhiallahoo Anho and Sayyidina Ali Radhiallahoo Anho.There is a reason why I have chosen these two illustrious companions of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.

It is a well known fact that some sections of our community profess an affinity with Sayyidina Ali R.A;  and the other sections profess affinity with Sayyidina Abubaker R.A. Unfortunately both sections forget or misconstrue what these two men stood for. Sayyidina Ali R.A. when he was quite young knew that the enemies of Islam were standing outside our Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم door ready to kill him. Yet he spent the night in the Nabee  bed, to give the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم a chance to leave undetected. He didn’t do this because he was his cousin, or  because he was the first young child to believe in the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم . It was not a matter of kinship.

O you who believe! After all the Abu Lahab was also a cousin of the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم and an avowed bitter enemy.It was not a question of family relationship, but one of conviction. Sayyidina Ali R.A. voluntarily agreed to subject his young life  to the great  danger which the ocassion demanded. As for Sayyidina Abubaker R.A; we know that the Holy Qura’n records the moment when he was with the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم in the cave of mount Thawr situated about three miles from Makkah. It is from this incident that he was also  known as the “Companion of the cave.” For three days and three nights they hid in the cave of mount Thawr while the Quraish combed every hill and valley in the area.

Ayyuhal Muslimoon! The frustrated and disappointed leaders of the Quraish proclaimed a reward of one hundred camels for their capture. It is said that no sooner had they entered the cave when once again through Divine Providence - a spider spinned a web at the mouth of the entrance and a turtle dove laid an egg in front of the cave where they were hiding. One of the search parties even reached the cave and on hearing their footsteps Sayyidina Abubaker R.A. was overwhelmed with anxiety because if the pursuers had but looked through the spiders web, at the entrance of the cave, they would have found them. Our Beloved Nabee    صلى الله عليه وسلم consoled him by reciting part of verse 40 of Surah At-Taubah:

“Have no fear for Allah is with us.”

Alhumdoelillah!  can any of us imagine the pride and the might of Makkah could be defeated by a web woven by a spider and an egg of a dove? It is Only Almighty Allah سبحانه وتعالى Who plans, Who gives victory, Who gives the aid, and  Who enlightens the people who place all their trust in Him and in Him Alone. My dear brothers and sisters, we must by now realise that the Hijrah was actually a concept before it was embarked upon. It was a manifestation of ideas and principles before it was a changing of the place of abode. In one of his statements the Nabee    صلى الله عليه وسلم advises all of us not to look superficially at the significant events of our history or of any action undertaken.

Alal Muslimeena Jami'a! We should not be content with the outward expression and forget about the substance and the spirit of what we do and why we do it. In one of the ahadith when he was asked to define who a Muslim is, it is reported that he said: “A Muslim is he who does not harm others, neither by his hand nor his tongue.” Unfortunately, with regard the Hijrah - we have forgotten even about the physical side of it. If we ask anybody what the Hijri date is today, very few of us will be able to give a correct answer. No Muslim country in the world pay their workers wages according to the Hijri year. No Muslim country in the world arrange their time-table of events or of anything else apart from the obvious religious festivals according to the Hijri year.

Faya Ayyuhan nas! Furthermore, every year - like clockwork, we have a quarrel about the beginning of Ramadhan, or the beginning of Hajj and so on and so forth. We live in a state of chaos. When will the Muslims of the world emerge from it. Only, and only, when we rise above those little things whether they are of national interest or factional or, should one say fictional understanding and interpretation, or personal promotion. May Almighty Allah    سبحانه وتعالى guide us all to the path trod by those who first paid allegiance to His Beloved Nabee    صلى الله عليه وسلم, and may He guide us to renew our allegiance to Islam.

And Almighty Allah knows best.

 

Abandoning our parents

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 "Allahummah Bariek lana Fie Rajab Wa Sha'baan Wabaliegna Ramadan"

Wa Ba'd:

"And We have enjoined upon man kindness to his parents:

In pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she

give birth to him."

[Surah Al Ahqaf Part of verse 15]

 

Ayyatuhal Muslimeen! The Most Holy and Noble Qur'an sums up the whole question in the master concept of Ihsan, which denotes what is right, good, upright, precious, benevolent, immaculate, and most beautiful. Accordingly, the Holy faith of Islam greatly encourages us to love, obey, and respect our parents, to the point that Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala commands kindness to parents immediately after making reference to Tawhid. We are informed of this Divine Command in verse 23 of Surah Al Isra (or Surah Bani Isra'il):

"Thy Lord hath decreed that you worship none but Him,

and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of

them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of

contempt, nor repel them, but address them with honour."

And in verse 24 of Surah Al Isra, the Divine Command continues...........

"And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility,

and say: "My Lord! bestow on them Thy Mercy even as

they cherished me in Childhood."

Fa ya Ayyuhal Muslimoon! Our spiritual and moral obligations are brought into juxtaposition by Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala in verse 23. We are to worship none but Almighty Allah, because none but Allah is worthy of worship. "And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility." The metaphor is that of a high-flying bird which lowers her wing out of tenderness to her offspring.

 

There is a double aptness. (1) When the parent was strong and the child was helpless, parental affection was showered on the child: when the child grows up and is strong, and the parent is old and helpless, can the child bestow similar tender care on the parents?  (2) But more: the child must approach the matter with gentle humility; for does not parental love remind him or her of the love with which Almighty Allah cherished His creatures?

Beloved People of Imaan! In the above two verses, there is something more than simple human gratitude: it goes up into the highest spiritual region. We are commanded to honour our mother and father, but upon much higher and more universal grounds, such as befit a perfect revelation. In the first place, not merely respect, but cherishing kindness, and humility to parents are commanded. In the second place this command is bracketed with the command to worship none but Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala. Parental love should be to us a type of divine love: nothing that we can do can ever really compensate for that which we have received.

Ya Ibad Allah! Our spiritual advancement as true people of Imaan is tested by this: we can never ever expect Almighty Allah's forgiveness if we are rude or unkind to those who unselfishly brought us up. The last integral part of Ihsan is that children are responsible for the support and maintenance of parents. It is an absolute religious duty to provide for the parents in case of need and help them to make their lives as comfortable as possible. In Islam, the worship of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala is linked up with love and kindness to our parents.

The point that must be emphasized here is that while both parents are given importance, the mother ranks ahead of the father in Islam as far as their children are concerned. Our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam said: "Jannah lies under the feet of thy mother."However, father's are never ignored because "the contentment of the father is the door to Jannah." And in verse 32 of Surah Maryam we are reminded how Nabee Esa Alayhis Salaam honoured his mother when he said:

"And Allah hath made me kind and dutiful to my

mother, and not overbearing, wicked or miserable."

One of the Ten Commandments as we learn from Exodus 20:12 King James Version (KJV) is: "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." We are taught in Islam: within the family, the mother and father stand to the children in relation of a tree's roots to its branches: just as the propagation and life of the branches depend on the roots, so are the mother and father the foundation of a child's life. The human society is composed of two strata, the parents and the offspring, the mother and father are the taproot of society.

 

Beloved People of Imaan! We have all heard of child abuse and how children are damaged by this terrible behaviour and you only have to Google "Child Abuse" to find page after page of information, support groups and advice on this subject, but, how many people have heard of parent abuse? Especially at the hands of teenage children with serious social interaction, drug, abusive, and violence issues? Google it. You wont find much, except on a few support sites. Its a growing problem for parents who share their home with abusive young people and there is virtually no support. When I was growing up, it was an unspoken rule that you never talked back to your parents. My brothers and sisters knew this, and violated it at our peril.

We were taught to address every elder with love and respect. We were also used to seeing large families -- consisting of parents, children, grandparents and sometimes even uncles and aunts -- living together under one roof. These displays of filial piety -- heavily emphasized in Muslim society -- taught me some important lessons in life about benevolence and righteousness. Of late, however, I have begun to wonder whether our community has forgotten the values of respecting and revering their elders. These decreasing values are most glaringly obvious when you look at the number of elderly folk being abandoned in old-age or old folks homes.

These stories shock us. But in a way they also insulate us from the real problem which is far more ubiquitous. It has become a norm to brush older people aside in ways we don’t even realize. A survey from the Agewell Foundation found that 87 percent of elders in the 70-80 age group complain of isolation. And that happens even when they are living with family, at home. They just find themselves shunted off to the back bedroom. Where are their children? Is it not expected that the children should set aside some of their income to pay for their parents' healthcare or take these old folk into their homes?

To my dismay, this does not seem to be the case. There appears to have been a shift in the values and mindset of today, resulting in an emphasis on individualism and autonomy. Many young adults now are unwilling to sacrifice their personal desires (for example, career goals, financial gains and material luxuries) for the greater good of the family and community. Those with families of their own focus their energies and finances almost exclusively on the upbringing and education of their children, forgetting that they are neglecting the most crucial part of the children's education: teaching moral values by example.

Indeed, have our values changed so much that we need a law to compel us to take care of our own parents? It is clear that our Muslim society has reached a turning point where we need to reflect on which path we want to take. There is an unwritten code of humanity that says we should give our children better than we ourselves received. However, I was also brought up with the code that we should do everything within our power to give our parents better than we ourselves received. What does it say about us that we throw our parents away like a pair of old shoes?

Ask any 7, 8, 9, or 10 year-old who lost their parents at such young tender ages and who were raised without the love of a mother and father - ask them what they would have sacrificed in life to have experienced growing up surrounded by parental love. Love for our parents lights up the horizons of life. Parental love plays a deep and a vast role in our material and spiritual developments for it holds magnificent and astonishing power. If we extinguish the light of love for our parents from the horizon of life, the darkness of disappointment and the horror of unhappiness will overshadow our spirits.

I am addressing all those who are guilty of neglecting and abandoning their elderly parents. Doing so is heinous crime which will not be forgiven by Almighty Allah. Love for our mother and father is a true manifestation of human affections. Yes, love is transferable and applies to everyone. The method with which we are able to gain parental love is by being generous, and lovingly kind to them, and by realizing that our responsibility towards them is to grant them love and affection.

The structure of family life is very lofty, sound and comprehensive. Among the substantial elements of this structure are sincere love for one's fellow human beings, mercy for the young, respect for the elders, comfort and consolation for the distressed, visiting the sick, relieving the grieved, genuine feelings of brotherhood and social solidarity; respect for the rights of other people to life, property, and honour; mutual responsibility between the individual and society. It is a common thing to come across Prophetic statements like:

"Whoever relieves a human being from a grief of this world, Almighty Allah Most Merciful will relieve him from grief on the Day of Judgement."

And: "Anyone who has no mercy on the young and respect for the elderly is not one of us."

There are many days set aside in societies to honor and appreciate parents; Father's Day and Mother's Day to name just two. Such days appear to be more of an effort to make up for duties neglected. Those who can value their parents in the correct way and who regard them as a means for obtaining the mercy of Almighty Allah Tabaraqa Wata'ala are the most prosperous in both worlds. In contrast, those who regard their parents' existence as a burden on themselves are unfortunate people who will inevitably suffer the severest hardships in this life and in the Aghirah.

It is our foremost duty as Muslims to honour, love, obey, and respect our parents to the extend that we celebrate our mothers' and fathers' EVERYDAY of the year. Families form the foundation of a society. Where there is reciprocal respect of rights and obligations within a family, the society will be healthy and strong. It is vain to look for compassion and respect in society once these have been lost.

Dearest brothers and sisters in Islam! Please allow me to draw a realistic picture of the situation which is confronting the Muslim Ummah all over the world. It is to warn parents and children alike of the dangers that we are faced with today and of the losses that must be prevented. Moreover, it is to remind all those who are genuinely interested in the spiritual well-being of the Ummah that we must be alert and take a fresh attitude toward our love and obligations when it concerns our parents.  It is to warn children of the dangers that are approaching and of the great losses that must be prevented.

 

The Wisdom and Plan of Allah are beyond all Praise:

And Mercy and Truth proceed from Him, and there

is no other - none - besides Him. And Allah knows best.

by Imam Abdul Hamid

 

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