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Poverty and Dunya

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعـد

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OF POVERTY AND DUNYA

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Most humans are afraid of falling into poverty and will try whatever they can in order to avoid it. It grieves and saddens them whenever there is a deficit in their wealth; to the extent that they will compromise Deen so as to gain worldly material gain. The superstitious amongst them will resort to witchcraft and travel to seek the assistance of a shaman to reverse their fortunes through incantations and talismans etc. The more extreme measures would see them resort to seeking help from Jinn so that they become wealthy. With the wholesale bartering of their Deen for worldly pleasures and momentary gains, we turn to Allaah and seek His Protection from such disbelief and compromising of our salvation – and from Shaytan who whispers untruths into our ears:

الشَّيْطَانُ يَعِدُكُمُ الْفَقْرَ وَيَأْمُرُكُم بِالْفَحْشَاءِ ۖ وَاللَّهُ يَعِدُكُم مَّغْفِرَةً مِّنْهُ وَفَضْلًا ۗ وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

“Shaytan threatens you with poverty and orders you to commit Fahsha (evil deeds and sins); whereas Allaah promises you Forgiveness from Himself and Bounty, and Allaah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.” [Al-Baqarah, 268]

The question arises whether we actually need to fear poverty? Is it true that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم and his Companions and our pious predecessors feared poverty and the trials of loss of wealth and earnings?

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Manners of Driving

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعـد

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MUSLIMS ON THE ROAD

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From the rapid pace of development and change the modern world continues to see, it is from the blessings of Allāh given to mankind through which they continue to benefit and enjoy the results from these technological and scientific advancements. Less than two hundred years ago and before the advent of the motorised vehicle, mankind was (still) riding beasts of transport such as horses and donkeys and cattle. We continue to engineer and produce a wide range and variety of motor vehicles that are better, stronger, faster and more efficient – in the form of cars and motorcycles – and other than them.

Allāh سبحانه و تعالى Said in His Magnificent Book:

وَالْخَيْلَ وَالْبِغَالَ وَالْحَمِيرَ لِتَرْكَبُوهَا وَزِينَةً ۚ وَيَخْلُقُ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

“And (He has created) horses, mules and donkeys, for you to ride and as an adornment. And He Creates (other) things of which you have no knowledge.” [Surat an-Nahl: 8]

All Praise and Thanks is for Allāh, by Whose generosity and blessings we enjoy the ease of social mobility today. With the provision of many modes of transportation, we need to continually show our gratitude through upholding all the noble and praiseworthy characteristics that Islam imbibes in a person. From amongst these attributes is being responsible and exemplifying best of manners in everything that we do. The Messenger of Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “The best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character.” [Saheeh al-Bukhari, 4/759]

For those of us who drive or ride any type of transport, we need to remember these encompassing words of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم – From the manners and etiquettes of driving, the following are amongst the most crucial points we need to understand and implement…

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Muslim Manners of Driving

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English Book Translation

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Excerpt From the Book:

الأمثال في القرآن الكريم

Al-Amthal fil Qur’an al-Kareem” – The Applied Examples (Parables) in the Noble Qur’an

by Imam Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

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Excerpt One:

Section: Worldly Life and the Hereafter

From these examples, is Allāh’s Statement:

إِنَّمَا مَثَلُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا كَمَاءٍ أَنزَلْنَاهُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ فَاخْتَلَطَ بِهِ نَبَاتُ الْأَرْضِ مِمَّا يَأْكُلُ النَّاسُ وَالْأَنْعَامُ حَتَّىٰ إِذَا أَخَذَتِ الْأَرْضُ زُخْرُفَهَا وَازَّيَّنَتْ وَظَنَّ أَهْلُهَا أَنَّهُمْ قَادِرُونَ عَلَيْهَا أَتَاهَا أَمْرُنَا لَيْلًا أَوْ نَهَارًا فَجَعَلْنَاهَا حَصِيدًا كَأَن لَّمْ تَغْنَ بِالْأَمْسِ ۚ كَذَ‌ٰلِكَ نُفَصِّلُ الْآيَاتِ لِقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

  “Verily the example of (this) worldly life is but like water (rain) which We have sent down from the sky that the plants of the earth absorb – (those) from which men and livestock eat – until, when the earth has taken on its adornment and is beautified and its people think that they have capability over it, there comes to it Our command by night or by day, and We make it as a (clean-mown) harvest, as if it had not flourished yesterday. Thus do We explain in detail the signs for a people who give thought.” [Yunus: 24]

Allāh The Most Glorious, draws a comparison of the worldly life in that it appears beautified in the eye of the beholder, so he becomes amazed and dazzled with its splendour, so that he becomes inclined to it and desires it and becomes misled by it – until he reaches the stage where he thinks he possesses it and has free reign over it, (then) all of a sudden it is snatched away from him when he needs it the most and a barrier is cast between him and it. Thus, Allāh, Most High, compares this situation with the land on which rain falls causing it to sprout vegetation and its plants attain perfection and its visual beauty attracts the onlooker, deceiving him and making him think that he has power over it and has complete ownership of it. Then out of a sudden, Allāh’s Command comes down upon it, and sudden disaster overtakes its vegetation, causing it to become as if previously it had amounted to nothing. He therefore becomes dejected and his hands retain nothing of it. Same is the condition of the world and the one who puts all his reliance on it.

This form of likening is from the most profound of similitude and analogies, because as this world is subject to these misfortunes, while Paradise is safe from it (as) Allāh, Most High Says: “And Allāh invites to the Home of Peace and guides whom He wills to a Straight path” – so here Allāh has called it “home of peace” due to it being safe from the worldly disasters. Allāh called to this guidance universally and chooses in particular whoever He wills for accepting this call to guidance – the former is from His Justice and the latter is His Favour.

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Excerpt Two:

Section: Deeds of the Disbelievers and the Blowing of Ashes

And from amongst these examples is Allāh’s Statement:

مَّثَلُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِرَبِّهِمْ ۖ أَعْمَالُهُمْ كَرَمَادٍ اشْتَدَّتْ بِهِ الرِّيحُ فِي يَوْمٍ عَاصِفٍ ۖ لَّا يَقْدِرُونَ مِمَّا كَسَبُوا عَلَىٰ شَيْءٍ ۚ ذَ‌ٰلِكَ هُوَ الضَّلَالُ الْبَعِيدُ

 “The example of those who disbelieve in their Lord is that their deeds are like ashes on which the wind blows forcefully on a stormy day; they shall not get aught of what they have earned. That is the extreme error (of straying from the right path).” [Ibraheem: 18][1]

Here, Allāh has likened the deeds of the disbelievers in terms of their invalidity and lack of benefit, to ashes over which a strong wind blows on a stormy day. Thus, Allāh makes their deeds resemble dust particles that are scattered by a violent wind that may never be retrieved or collected when the disbelievers are most in need of them. This is a result of the deeds not being based upon Imān and Ihsaan, they are done for the sake of other than Allāh or they do not conform to His Commands. For this reason, the disbelievers will not benefit at all from their deeds on the Day of Judgement and neither will they receive a speck of reward from Allāh. This is because Allāh, Exalted is He, only accepts deeds that were performed sincerely for His sake (alone) and in conformity with His Laws. Thus deeds are of four types -: one type is accepted whereas the other three types are turned down. The accepted deeds are the correct and sincere deeds and the meaning (of correct) is: To be from the acts legislated by Allāh through His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him); and the meaning (of sincere) is: To be performed only for the sake of Allāh. As for the other three types of deeds, they are the deeds that fail to meet the set requirements of an accepted deed.

A marvellous secret lies in the comparison of their deeds to ashes, as they both share some similarity; that is, fire burns both of them, and uproots their origins. All deeds that are performed for the sake of other than Allāh, Most High, and are not in conformity with His laws, will be cast into Hell, and will be used to fuel the fire that will burn the ones who did these deeds, because Allāh replaces their nullified deeds with punishment and fire. He will also replace the good deeds of those who performed them sincerely for His sake, with grace and life (in Paradise). Therefore, note that Allāh will burn the nullified deeds until they become ashes, for whoever worships anything or anyone other than Allāh, will enter Hell, as its fuel, along with his idols.

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