Archive for July, 2007

Riba- GEMs from conference call with Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef

July 31, 2007

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem,

wa salatu wa salam ‘ala Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallama

Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef recently was on a conference call hosted by one of the AlMaghrib qabail (find out more: http://www.almaghrib.org), discussing financial independence. Few gems from the call:

 

Anything Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has made haram is a path to poverty

Anything that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has made halaal is a path to wealth.

 

Either a person masters money, or is a slave to money

Do they have to PAY for it?

Can they do it…? Or no, it costs too much money.

–>They say they are giving you credit for $1000, instead of saying “putting you in debt for $1000.”

With regards to buying a house on riba (interest):

Yes it’s a necessity to have a roof over your head, but it’s not a necessity to OWN the roof.

When you die 3 years after those 30 years, and you die having paid 30 years of riba, what are you going to say in front of ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala?

And now you’re shading your children with this?

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala provide pure means and income for us all, and protect us from coming near thinking about using interest. Ameen.

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Inter-Gender Interaction on Campus

July 30, 2007

Inter-Gender Interaction On Campus

Answered by Imam Suhaib Webb

 


Question:

 

Gender relation questions are a constant on campus. What are the guidelines and limits for interaction between non-mahrams on campus?

Answer:

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

The question of gender interaction on campus is one of great importance. Unfortunately, at least in many cases, it has been handled from one or two extremes. I remember visiting an MSA and finding the entire MSA was shut down because, at the first meeting a brother stood up, pointed at the sisters and said, “Why are they here? It is not allowable for you to be here!” On the other side of the coin I’ve heard of MSA’s who conduct their meetings at Starbucks! Thus, while enjoying the latest frappuccino, Fatima and Zaid are sitting together with no respect for our sacred texts and principles. Insha’Allah, it is our hope to answer this question from the perspective of Islamic activism and dawa using a few very important verses from the Book of Allah Most High.

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The Responsibility of Islamic Activism

Allah Most High says:

“The believers, men and women, are protecting friends one of another; they enjoin the right and forbid the wrong, and they establish worship and they pay the poor-due, and they obey Allah and His messenger.”[1]

Imam Al-Tabari (may Allah be pleased with him) said, commenting on this verse, “They invite humanity toward faith in Allah and His Messenger (may peace and blessings be upon him) and everything that the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) was sent with by Allah.” [2] The scholars have said that, because of the wording of this verse, it is clear that the responsibility of dawa and Islamic work falls upon both males and females.[3]

The Scope of Inter-Gender Relations:

In Sura Al-Qasas we find a very interesting example of inter-gender relations found in the story of Sayyiduna Musa (peace be upon him).

Allah Most High says:

“And when he went towards (the land of) Madyan, he said: “It may be that my Lord guides me to the Right Way.” And when he arrived at the water of Madyan he found there a group of men watering (their flocks), and besides them he found two women who were keeping back (their flocks). He said: “What is the matter with you?” They said: “We cannot water (our flocks) until the shepherds take (their flocks). And our father is a very old man.” So he watered (their flocks) for them, then he turned back to shade, and said: “My Lord! Truly, I am in need of whatever good that You bestow on me!” Then there came to him one of the two women, walking shyly. She said: “Verily, my father calls you that he may reward you for having watered (our flocks) for us.”[4]

By taking a quick glance at these verses we can garner a number of lessons related to Islamic work, the personality of the Islamic caller and rules and adab for inter-gender relations:

1. The importance of d’ua. If we look at this story as large structure, we can see that supplication forms its foundation and roof. Thus, Prophet Musa began his actions with a du’a and completed it. For this reason the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) said, �Nothing is more honorable (most liked) before Allah Most High than Supplication.”[5]

2. The great mercy and compassion of the Prophets. Prophet Musa felt compassion for the two women and went to assist them. It is important for the Islamic worker have mercy and concern for those around him. For that reason the poet Ahmed Shawqi wrote:

“And if you (Muhammad) implement mercy, then you are a mother or father. And they, in this life, are the exercisers of extreme mercy.”[6]

3. The importance of obeying and serving one’s parents: Prophet Shu’ayb’s daughters not only served him in his old age, but obeyed him by carrying themselves with great fidelity and morality in his absence. The same can be said for the campus. Many of us live away from our parents on campus and it is important to respect them in their absence by being pious and righteous children. It is sad to see many university students drooling at the opportunity to escape to the campus environment just to disobey their parents. However, the truly righteous slaves of Allah obey their parents even in their absence. Of course, this obedience is in the good and not the evil.

4. It is well known that both of these women were eligible for marriage with Prophet Mosa. In fact, we know that later he married one of them. Thus, these verses are used to prove that interaction between non-marhams is permitted as long as they observe certain adab which will be explained shortly, inshallah.

5. Inter-gender interaction is an exception, not the rule. Meaning that such interaction should take place only under situations which are clear necessities. The proof is the statement, “Our father is a very old man.” Meaning that Musa (peace be upon him) saw them under severe duress and spoke to them in an effort to remove their hardship, and their response was based on the necessity of getting water to drink. Thus, it can be said, that the call to Islam and its propagation fall under such a necessity however, such work must be done observing the following adab.

a. Remember that any encounter involves the eyes, tongue and limbs. However, the most important component for this encounter is the heart. Thus, before any gathering check your heart and make sure that it is with Allah Most High, full of love for Him and in submission to the sunna of the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him). A great du’a to say before such a gathering is the following supplication of the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him):

Allahumma muqallibul Qulub thabit qalbi ‘ala deenek.

“O turner of the hearts! Establish my heart upon Your religion.”

b. After one’s heart has submitted and his whims have been crushed, it is logical the rest of his body will follow and this would entail:

Lowering the gaze as everything has an entrance and one of the entrances to the heart is the glance.

Avoid speech or actions which could be taken as flirting. I was told by one of my sheikhs that laughing and joking should be avoided between non-mahram couples. For that reason Allah described the daughter of Shu’ayb, when she approached Mosa, “Then there came to him one of the two women, walking shyly.”

Avoid being alone as Shaytan will be the third amongst you. Try your best to meet as a group as private meetings amongst a brother and sister who are non-mahram are strictly prohibited. In addition, during group meetings there should be a good amount of distance between brothers and sisters.

Observe the correct Islamic dress code and remember to ask yourself an important question. “Am I making dawa to myself, or to Allah and the call of His beloved (may peace and blessings be upon him)?”

There is no better solution than asking. Thus, it is important to refer any specific questions or issues to local scholars as they are your life source for survival in the campus jungle.

I ask Allah to bless our questioner, plant her feet firm upon his obedience and make her a great caller to Allah (may peace and blessings be upon him). I would like to express my gratitude to two of my early Sheikhs, Abu Mustafa of Senegal and Shaykh Abdul Jalil of San-Diego. Most of my humble attempt at an answer came from the questions I asked them while in my university days. May Allah bless them and continue to use them as a source of benefit to the shabab in the West.

In need of your prayers and happy Eid,

Suhaib D. Webb


[1]Qur’an 9/71

[2]Tafsir Al-Tabari, surah 9/71

[3]For and excellent Arabic reference on this refer to Sh. Faisal Malwais Darul Mara Fe Al-A’mal Al-Islamiy.”

[4]Qur’ana 28/22-25

[5]Reported by At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Hibban and Al-Hakim graded it Sahih

[6]Al-Shawqiyat pg. 193

Brothers and sisters chillin?

July 30, 2007

A couple of years ago an MSA (Muslim Students Association) that I knew about was having mixed socials.The socials weren’t in wide-spread areas like having an MSA BBQ or welcome back dinner, etc, it was more brothers and sisters ‘chillin.’ The MSA justified it saying it was a small MSA, they had to ‘ get to know each other..’ etc.. which is understandable, but doesn’t have to be done through the wrong venues..

One of the brothers sent out this article (see next post) as a reminder on how we need to avoid propagating such gatherings, and another sister reminded the MSA board that it’s one thing when brothers and sisters hang out together on their own time for fun [ie- without necessity, without observing proper adaab, etc]. Even though it’s incorrect, and may Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala guide us all, it is not necessarily MSA who is organizing that type of gathering. But once the MSA facilitates for the free mixing of both genders in a social environment without providing channels and organizing the event to follow the guidelines that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has provided for us to follow …then how can those on the MSA boards not fear being questioned about such facilitation by the One Who is the All Seeer?

Alhamdullilah after much discussion they stopped having mixed social events, and focused on building brotherhood [only] and sisterhood [only] and building ummah-hood during bigger events, such as BBQs, welcome back dinners, etc, where there was enough room and channels to have a nice environment with enough separation for it to be comfortable, and inshaAllah according to the Qur’an and Sunnah.

If you all have suggestions on how we can work on these issues, especially since the MSAs can get grilled at times for handling them without hikmah, please share..

May Allah ‘Azza wa Jal help us adhere to the Qur’an and Sunnah and put noor and baraka in our MSAs. Ameen.

Let your sin get a beat down with Allah’s Mercy

July 30, 2007

Sometimes we mess up [big time]… but nothing is too great for Allaah to forgive.

As Ustadh Suhaib Webb mentioned in one of his lectures–

let your sin get a beat down with Allaah’s Mercy.

From Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said, “I heard the messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, saying, ‘Allah, exalted is He, says, “Son of Adam, as long as you call on Me and hope in Me, I will forgive you whatever comes from you and I shall not mind. Son of Adam, even if your wrong actions were to reach the clouds of the sky and then you were to seek forgiveness of Me I would forgive you. Son of Adam, even if you were to come to Me with nearly the earth in wrong actions and then later you were to meet Me, not associating anything with Me, then I would definitely bring you nearly as much as it in forgiveness.” Related by at-Tirmidhi.

The Prophet, salAllahu ‘alayhe wa sallam taught us:

‘Whoever says:

Dua in Arabic

Astaghferollahelath e la elaha illa howal Hayyol Qayyomo wa otobo elayhe

‘I seek Allaah’s forgiveness, besides whom, none has the right to be worshipped except He, The Ever Living, The Self-Subsisting and Supporter of all, I turn to Him in repentance.’

…Allaah would forgive him even if he was one who fled during the advance of an army.’

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Sayyidul Istighfar- The Best way of asking Allah for forgiveness

July 30, 2007

On the authority of Shaddad ibn Aws, may Allah be pleased with him, the Prophet, Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam, said, “The chief of prayers for forgiveness is:

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لّا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْت،

خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ،

وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْت،

أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْت،

أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ

عَلَيَّ، وَأَبُوءُ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِر لِي فَإِنَّهُ لَا يَغْفِرُ

الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

Allahumma anta rabbee la ilaha illa ant, khalaqtanee wa-ana AAabduk, wa-ana AAala AAahdika wawaAAdika mas-tataAAt, aAAoothu bika min sharri ma sanaAAt, aboo-o laka biniAAmatika AAalay, wa-aboo-o bithanbee, faghfir lee fa-innahu la yaghfiruth-thunooba illa ant.

‘O Allaah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshipped except You, You created me and I am You servant and I abide to Your covenant and promise as best I can, I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed. I acknowledge Your favour upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sin except You.’

The Prophet, Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Aalihi Wa Sallam, added, “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it and dies before the morning he will be from the people of Paradise.”

Seeking forgiveness=door to accepted prayers

July 30, 2007

Imam Ahmed, may God be pleased with him, once was traveling and needed to stay somewhere overnight. When he went to the masjid, the guard (not recognizing Imam Ahmed) denied him entrance. Imam Ahmed tried numerous times, but the guard did not accept his requests. Frustrated, Imam Ahmed resolved to spend the night int he masjid yard. The guard became furious and dragged him away, despite the old age and frailty of Imam Ahmed. A baker, whose shop was nearby, watched this scene and took pity on Imam Ahmed. He invited the Imam to stay with him for the night. While there, Imam Ahmed noticed that the baker continually made istighfar (asking for Allah’s forgiveness) while working, and in the mroning, the Imam eagerly asked his host about the latter’s continual seeking of forgiveness. The baker said it had become like second nature, and Imam Ahmed then asked whether the man had experienced any reward from this practice.

The baker answered, “By Allah! No duaa (supplication to God) I made except that it was answered but one.” “And what is that duaa?” asked Imam Ahmed. “To be able to see the famed Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal!”

Imam Ahmed interjected, “I am Ahmed ibn Hanbal!”

He then went on to add:

“By Allah! I was dragged to your place so that you can have your duaa/wish come true.”

– Summarized from Al Jumuah magazine, vol 19, issue 7.

SubhanAllah… Allah dragged Imam Ahmed to the house of the baker to answer his duaa. We needa start making istighfar..