2017: Problems with the world

2018

  1. Criticism – Nobody can accept it, I guess the truth hurts. We are living in absolute arrogant times where you cannot say anything to anyone. Nobody wants to know whether they are right or wrong, whether they offended someone or said something harsh or abusive. People just don’t want to know. I do feel it is worse in the West, we are more arrogant and narcissistic. From an Islamic point of view, the Prophet Muhammad PBUH said, “Arrogance is to deny the truth and think low of people.” (Saheeh Muslim) So if you are wrong and cannot accept it, you clearly have ego issues! Anybody can be criticised, whether they are a scholar or not. An Islamic organisation, madrasah, school or charity. Just because we donate to them for the sake of Allah, doesn’t stop us from criticising them when they do actions contrary to Islam. Good intentions don’t always count when you lack knowledge.
  2. Parents – Some think they know everything, especially when it comes to their kids. They don’t! And loving your child does NOT mean you give them everything they want. How can a five-year-old know what is good for him/her? Just like kids don’t like injections, but we still give it to them? As we know what is good for them (and what is not). If you spoil your children, it won’t even be the age of sixteen (probably before that) you will start to regret it. “Beware. every one of you is a shepherd and every one is answerable with regard to his flock. The Caliph is a shepherd over the people and shall be questioned about his subjects (as to how he conducted their affairs). A man is a guardian over the members of his family and shal be questioned about them (as to how he looked after their physical and moral well-being). A woman is a guardian over the household of her husband and his children and shall be questioned about them (as to how she managed the household and brought up the children). A slave is a guardian over the property of his master and shall be questioned about it (as to how he safeguarded his trust). Beware, every one of you is a guardian and every one of you shall be questioned with regard to his trust.” (Saheeh Muslim)
  3. Passive people – There is no doubt we live in an apathetic society. We see crime, oppression and injustice but we just turn a blind eye. I am not talking about Palestine and Syria, I am talking about the dhulm in your own backyard. Men are to blame first and foremost, because men are no longer men. We have a lot of “males” in society, very few (real) men. Then I blame religious folk, who say “Pray Salah, read Qur’an and do Dhikr… everything will be okay?!” On the day of Badr the Prophet ﷺ didn’t just pray Qur’an and do Dhikr! Be active, “evil spreads not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the SILENCE of good people.” We need to speak up, people are not afraid to speak lies, why should we be afraid to speak the truth? Let’s not be selfish and don’t apply the rule: each to their own. That’s not an Islamic rule. “The best of jihad is a just word spoken to an unjust ruler.” (Ibn Majah)
  4. Da’wah – Not enough people that do it, or do it properly. Then you have the other half who don’t do it at all… this really needs a separate article altogether. Let’s start with “practice what you preach.” Many people don’t even read the hadith/messages they paste on to Whatsapp/Facebook. Secondly, we have people who say if you are not perfect or your family is not perfect you can’t give da’wah. These are definitely words from a Satanic mouth, a true deception of Shaytan. None of us are perfect, so none of us should do da’wah? Exactly what Shaytan wants? Even the uncles of the Prophet ﷺ did not accept Islam, they were Kafir and died as Kafirs. Does this mean the Prophet ﷺ should not have given da’wah to the rest of the world? Think before you speak, people. We now come on to the “fast forwarders” as I call them. They forward anything and everything under the name of Da’wah. When did the Prophet ﷺ say forward fabricated messages? When did the Prophet ﷺ say don’t verify things before forwarding? When did the Prophet ﷺ say if someone asks you for a reference, be defensive and arrogant because your ego cannot accept you are wrong? You get my drift, no further comments. “Do not tell a lie against me for whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally) then he will surely enter the Hell-fire.” (Bukhari)
  5. Fake people – Crocodiles tears, fake smiles, empty messages, people meet you with two faces, nothing from the heart. Why? The Ummah has become all about numbers. Number of followers on social media, we attend lots of talks but not a single change in our life. Madrasahs and schools have become all about numbers, as long as the seats gets full and fees are paid (and we are in surpluses), we are happy. And people perform excessive Hajj and Umrah, but no substance, no spirituality, not an iota of change. We really need a reality check. We have hundreds in the Masjid, we give thousands in Zakah, we are millions in Hajj, but our hearts are not clean. We really are fake and pseudo Muslims. “He who is two-faced in this world will have two tongues of fire on the Day of Resurrection.” (Abu Dawud)
  6. Social Media – Some of you are on absoTOTALutely everything!!! Facebook and Instagram and Snapchat and Twitter and WhatsApp and Telegram, like seriously? That is sad. Definitely for people with no life. I honestly just about manage with WhatsApp messages (I hardly even check people’s statuses). Committing yourself to all of these is like a full-time job, not even a part time job. Then you end up upsetting people and offending people, let alone all the debates and arguments you have. Press pause. Stop. Take a breath. And seriously quit the ones you don’t need, the ones that are eating you up and eating your time up. Maybe the last sentence should say, “stick with one.” In previous times, people kept diaries, if someone read your diary you would be upset and offended. Nowadays, we have social media, if someone doesn’t like your post or retweet your comment you get offended! Strange times! A lot of us do sit on our phones all day, even at work. But some people don’t. Don’t call me judgemental, with WhatsApp you can see everything. Those who are always on their phones and those who check social media first thing in the morning. Is it really that important to you? And don’t say “emergency”. Emergencies don’t occur every day. Time is valuable, it is priceless. Imam Ibn ul Qayyim (rahimahullah) stated: ”Time wasting is more serious than death because time wasting cuts you off from Allah and the home of the afterlife, whereas death cuts you off from the worldly life and its people.’’ [Source: Al-Fawaaid…page 59]
  7. Don’t judge me – Shaytan’s latest plot in spreading evil and preventing good. We have an obligation to enjoin good and forbid evil. If you SEE someone doing bad, stop them. How is that judgemental? Judgemental is when you don’t have evidence. You don’t need to be afraid if you are polite and pleasant in your words. The bigger problem is we don’t have enough people speaking up and stopping evil, so the few that do it, it becomes harder. We have too many ‘yes men’, who bow down to the needs of the people. As Muslims we only bow to the One on the throne (may He be exalted). Here’s one I made earlier.
  8. Impatient & Thinking the worst of people. We are living in super fast times. We don’t just eat a lot of fast food, we want everything fast and quick. We want fast replies to our texts and calls, if we call someone and they don’t answer (maybe because they are busy/in salah/driving/in the toilet) we get offended or automatically assume they are ignoring us. Most of us have zero patience. Be a bit more considerate, some people are busier than others. You think I am wrong? Next time your YouTube video is buffering for a few seconds, look how angry and frustrated you get?! It takes a few seconds to wait for it. Half of us would just switch the video off because we don’t have the patience to wait. Read more here. Driving and patience is another one, especially in the Asian community. Asian drivers have the least patience and some have no common sense, but you can’t teach them common sense. So I end here.

Ismail ibn Nazir Satia (one who is in dire need of Allah’s forgiveness, mercy and pleasure)

12 Rabiul Thani 1439

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A Quote From Sultan Salahuddin Al-Ayyubi RH

ROck.jpg“We hope in Allah Most High, to whom be Praise. Who leads the hearts of Muslims to calm what torments them and ruins their prosperity. Where is the sense of honor of the Muslims? The pride of the Believers? The zeal of the Faithful? We shall never cease to be amazed at how the disbelievers for their part have shown trusts, and it is the Muslims who have been lacking in zeal. Not one of them has responded to the call. Not one intervenes to straighten what is distorted; but observe how far the Franks have gone. What unity they have achieved. What aims they pursue. What help they have given. What sums of money they have borrowed and spent. What wealth they have collected and distributed and divided amongst them. There is not a king left in their lands or islands, not a lord or a rich man who has not competed with his neighbors to produce more support and rival his peers in strenuous military efforts. In defense of their religion they consider it a small thing to spend life and soul; and they have kept their infidel brothers supplied with arms and champions of war; and all they have done and all their generosity has been done purely out of zeal for him they worship in jealous defense of their faith.
The Muslims on the other hand are weakened and demoralized; they have become negligent and lazy, the victims of unproductive stupefaction and completely lacking in enthusiasm. If, Allah forbid, Islam should draw reign, obscure her splendor, blunt her sword there would be no one, east or west, far or near who would blaze the zeal for Allah’s religion, or choose to come to the aid of Truth against Falsehood. This is the moment to cast off laziness, to summon from far and near all those men who have blood in their veins; but we are confident [He speaks about himself and the small party of believers who began with him and then became a large party]; but we are confident thanks to Allah- alhamdu lillah- in the help that will come from Him and entrust ourselves to Him in sincerity of purpose and deepest devotion. In sha Allah, In sha Allah the disbelievers shall perish and the Faithful have a sure deliverance.”
Salahuddin Al-Ayyubi 12th century,
Kitab arRawadatain (Abu Shamma)

Qurbani – ‘Sacrifice’ or comparing the price?

Qurbani – ‘Sacrifice’ or comparing the price?
Unfortunately, Qurbani has become rather like car insurance, where one searches for the lowest “quote” and the cheapest price… this should not be the case.
We shouldn’t think of Qurbani or any obligation in Islam as a BURDEN, brothers and sisters. Rather we should fulfil it for solely the pleasure of Allah SWT.
Give to the “needy” countries.
Give to the “poorest” country.
Don’t go for the LOWEST quote!
Did you know, there are many Muslims who don’t eat meat all year round, only on Eid! Remember that, next time you’re licking your chicken legs and eating that Kobeda.
I feel sooner or later, we will have websites or apps (like ‘gocompare’… ‘goqurbani’) that will compare charities and countries then show which are the cheapest. Astaghfirullah…
My gripe is we earn thousands of pounds and when it comes to spending for Allah SWT, we are tight fisted – La Hawla Wa La Quwwata Illa Billa!

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The saddest part of all of this is, how deep our selfishness goes. The word ‘Udhiyyah’ (Arabic), ‘Qurbani’ (urdu), actually means ‘sacrifice’. It really shows whether we love Allah or just love our pockets, our purses and our bank accounts.
Lastly, many of you reading this will be from Bangladesh/India/Pakistan. Let’s not just focus on these countries, we have many of our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world who are living in extreme poverty. I understand that some of these other countries have extortionate rates for an animal. But, if we all go for a £15 share in a cow from India and just want to absolve ourselves from this obligation, who will feed the Muslims in Iraq and Palestine where a large animal costs almost £2,000 (approx £300 per share). It is advised that family and friends get together and offer a ‘Nafl’ Qurbani in these countries, i.e. split the cost between them, if they can’t afford a full share. A great way of doing this is with the intention of Esale Thawab. This Eid, let’s not deprive anyone In Sha Allah.
Please bear in mind, Qurbani comes once a year and we eat meat on a regular basis in the UK.
ASK YOURSELF: ARE YOU SACRIFICING OR JUST COMPARING THE PRICES?!

 

(Mawlana) Ismail Ibn Nazir Satia (One who is in dire need of Allah’s forgiveness, mercy and pleasure).
1st Dhul Qa’dah 1438
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Mai Philastine Hoon Mai Philastine Hoon 2014

IMRAN PRATABGHARI

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate.
My dear respected ‘ulama, elders, brothers, mothers, sisters and youngsters: Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh,

In the comfort of our beautiful homes and mosques, dressed in finery, my heart bleeds and cries at the thought of what is taking place in the al-Ard al-Muqaddasah, Bayt al-Maqdis and Masjid al-Aqsa—the Holy Land, Jerusalem and the Farthest Mosque.
O believers: • This is the land of our patriarch – Sayyiduna Ibrahim (peace be upon him), • This is the place from which our beloved and blessed Prophet (peace be upon him) began his ascent to the Heavens, • This is the place that was the qiblah in the early stages of Islam, • This is the place that was the abode and refuge of all Prophets from time immemorial, • This is the place from where wahy, revelation, descended, • This is the land of resurrection, mahshar, • This is the place where the blessed Prophet (peace be upon him) led salah with the closest angels to Allah behind him, • This is the land which is home to the third Holiest site in Islam, the Third Haram of Islam – Masjid al-Aqsa.
My respected and dear ones, my heart pains and cries at the thought of what is taking place there at this moment in time.
A site that is Islamic and has been Islamic and Muslim for over 1400 years, today it cries out to the Ummah for help and yearning, and it has been doing so since 1967 when Israeli Occupation began.
As its sanctity and holiness is violated repeatedly, Al-Quds and Masjid al-Aqsa cries out to the Ummah.
As the rights and honour of Muslims, who have lived in its vicinity and worshipped there for 1400 years, are violated repeatedly, Al-Quds and Masjid al-Aqsa cries out to the Ummah.
Our Condition
As it cries out, our condition remains indifferent.
We have become desensitised to what is taking place in Palestine, and in Jerusalem and Masjid al-Aqsa specifically.
The constant seeing and hearing of violence in the vicinity of Masjid al-Aqsa has made us indifferent to what is taking place.
Blood and killings and violations—they have little impact on our hearts.
Our younger generation is such that it has been born and nurtured in a way that Israeli Occupation is seen as the norm. We have become desensitised to the issue. It is sad, but this is the case.
Our younger generations are growing up without realising that along with the two Harams in Makkah and Madinah, Masjid al-Aqsa is also a sacred Islamic site. However, when we look at the corpus of Islamic literature – the Quran and Hadith – we see the fadhail of Masjid alAqsa time and again.

Merit 1
(Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Translation: Abu Hurayrah RA relates that the Prophet said, “You should not undertake a special journey to visit any place other than the following three Masajid (with the expectation of receiving greater reward); the Sacred Masjid of Makkah (Ka’bah), this Masjid of mine (the Prophet’s Masjid in Madinah), and Masjid al-Aqsa (of Jerusalem).”
• We see that along with the Harams in Makkah and Madinah, the third Haram of significant Islamic importance, as detailed by the Prophet (pbuh) is the Haram in Jerusalem.
Merit 2  (Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Abu Dharr RA reported that he asked the Prophet, “O Messenger of Allah, which Masjid was built first on earth?” The Prophet e replied, “The Sacred Masjid of Makkah.” Abu Dharr again asked, “Which was next?” The Prophet said, “The Masjid al-Aqsa.” Abu Dharr t further asked “How long was the period between the building of the two Masajid?” The Prophet e said, “Forty years.” Apart from these, offer your prayers anywhere when it is time to pray, as excellence lies in it.”
• From this Hadith we see it was the second masjid built on the earth.
Merit 3   (Narrated by al-Bukhari)
Al-Bara’RA narrates, “We prayed along with the Prophet facing Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) for sixteen or seventeen months. Then Allah ordered him to turn his face towards the Ka’bah (in Makkah).”

• When the Prophet (pbuh) arrived in Madinah, he would lead the Companions in prayer towards Jerusalem. This remained the case, according to this Hadith, for 16 or 17 months. Then the Qibla was changed. We understand from this that Masjid alAqsa was the first Qibla of the Muslims.
Merit 4  َ“Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from Masjid Haram to Masjid AlAqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.”
Allah mentions Himself in this Quran that He Himself has blessed this masjid, it is because of this that it is said: if this was the only fadilah that the Masjid al-Aqsa had, then it would be sufficient.
Merit 5 (Narrated by Ibn Majah)
It is narrated in a Hadith that Maymunah (ra) asked the Prophet (pbuh) regarding Jerusalem, Bayt al-Maqdis. He replied: It is the land of the gathering and resurrection.

Merit 6
(Narrated by Muslim)
Anas ibn Malik RA relates that the Prophet said, “I was brought the Buraq, a tall white beast, bigger than a donkey but smaller than a mule. It could place its hooves at the
farthest boundary of its gaze. I mounted it until I arrived at Bayt al-Maqdis. I tied it at the ring where the Prophets tied it before (i.e. the Buraq Wall or Western Wall). I entered Masjid al-Aqsa Sanctuary and prayed salah (two rak’ah there).”
• Masjid al-Aqsa is the place where the Prophet (pbuh) travelled by night to and from there he transcended upwards towards the heavens on the Night of Isra and Miraj.

Merit 7  (Narrated by al-Nasa’i)
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr RA related that the Prophet said, “When Sulayman ibn Dawud constructed Bayt al-Maqdis, he asked Allah three things. He asked Allah adjudication in line with his ruling, which he was given, He asked Allah, an empire which cannot be attained by anybody after him, which he was given and he asked Allah when he completed the construction of Masjid al-Aqsa, that whoever comes solely to perform Salah in this Masjid He forgives his sins, leaving him like the day his mother gave birth to him.”
Final Comments
My respected brothers and sisters, the merits of Masjid al-Aqsa are many. Likewise there are merits in relation to the people who are completing the fard on our behalf in defending it, praying there and looking after it on our behalf.

(Narrated by Ibn Asakir)
Abu Darda’ RA related that the Messenger of Allah said, “From al-Sham to the furthest point of Upper Mesopotamia, the inhabitants therein, along with their spouses, children and servants (men and women) are in a state of ribat (guarding the Muslim frontier) in the path of Allah. Whoever occupies any land therein is in ribat. Whoever occupies any frontier therein from the many frontiers is in Jihad.”
Respected brothers – spare a moment thinking about what is taking place within Jerusalem, within Masjid al-Aqsa. The people there are our brothers. Their struggle is our struggle. However, today we remain in slumber and indifferent. This should not be the case.

I pray that Allah Most High grants me and one and all the tawfiq to understand the fadail of Masjid al-Aqsa, to understand and feel the plight of Masjid al-Aqsa, to understand and feel the plight of the people who defend Masjid al-Aqsa, to understand and feel the plight of those who inhabit with ibadah and salah Masjid al-Aqsa on our behalf. This is the sacred Islamic duty that we should all feel in the least with heart and mind.

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