Issue 9 – Kindness in Islam

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Jealousy and Taqwa

taqwaHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The first crime to be committed on the surface of the earth was jealousy. Qaabeel felt jealous of his brother Haabeel and murdered him. Haabeel explained to his brother that the criterion for divine acceptance is taqwa. Really, our prosperity as well as that of our progeny lies in taqwa. We should make a moderate effort for ourselves and our children as far as material things are concerned, but primarily a concerted effort has to be made to inculcate within them the golden values of taqwa etc., for these will assure them comfort here as well as in the aakhirat.

The Lofty Status of learning the Knowledge of Deen

عن أبي الدرداء قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يقول من غدا يريد العلم يتعلمه لله فتح الله له بابا إلى الجنة وفرشت له الملائكة أكنافها وصلت عليه ملائكة السموات وحيتان البحر وللعالم من الفضل على العابد كالقمر ليلة البدر على أصغر كوكب في السماء والعلماء ورثة الأنبياء إن الأنبياء لم يورثوا دينارا ولا درهما ولكنهم ورثوا العلم فمن أخذه أخذ بحظه وموت العالم مصيبة لا تجبر وثلمة لا تسد وهو نجم طمس موت قبيلة أيسر من موت عالم رواه أبو داود والترمذي وابن ماجه وابن حبان في صحيحه وليس عندهم موت العالم إلى آخره ورواه البيهقي واللفظ له من رواية الوليد بن مسلم (الترغيب والترهيب 1/139)

Hadhrat Abu Dardaa (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who proceeds in the morning to seek the knowledge of Deen, and learn it for the sake of Allah Ta’ala, Allah Ta’ala opens a door for him towards Jannah and the angels spread out their wings for him. The angels in the sky and the fish in the ocean seek forgiveness on his behalf; and the virtue of an Aalim over an Aabid is like the superiority of the moon on the fourteenth night over the smallest star in the sky. The Ulama are the heirs of the Ambiyaa. The Ambiyaa did not leave behind Dinaars and Dirhams (in their legacy), rather they left behind the knowledge of Deen. Whoever has acquired it, really he has acquired his share (of Allah’s bounties). And the death of an Aalim is a loss that cannot be recovered, a deficiency that cannot be patched up, and a star, the light of which has been extinguished. The death of an entire tribe is lighter than the death of one Aalim.”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Keeping the Hair – Part 11

Haircut1. It is permissible for men and women to dye the hair. However it is impermissible to use black dye to dye the hair.

عن ابن عباس قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: يكون قوم يخضبون فى آخر الزمان بالسواد كحواصل الحمام لا يريحون رائحة الجنة. (ابو داود رقم 4214)

Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “A group will appear close to Qiyaamah who will dye their hair with black like the bellies of pigeons. They will not be blessed with the fragrance of Jannah (i.e. for some period they will undergo punishment in Jahannum and be deprived of Jannah).”

عن جابر بن عبد الله قال أتى بأبى قحافة يوم فتح مكة ورأسه ولحيته كالثغامة بياضا فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم غيروا هذا بشىء واجتنبوا السواد. (ابو داود رقم 4206)

Hadhrat Jaabir (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Hadhrat Abu Quhaafa (Radhiyallahu Anhu) (the father of Hadhrat Abu Bakr [Radhiyallahu Anhu]) was brought before Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) on the occasion of the conquest of Makkah Mukarramah. His hair and beard was completely white which resembled the Thaghaama plant (a type of plant which its fruit and flowers were white in colour). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said to him: “Change the colour of this (whiteness) through dying it with something, however abstain from black dye.” 

The Islamic Etiquette at the time of Meals

healthy foodHazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

During meals, issues of a serious and intricate nature should not be discussed. Rather, light-hearted topics and things that do not require serious thought should be spoken about. The reason for this is that serious and intricate discussions require deep thought and thus can cause one to lose his appetite. As a result, one will not be able to enjoy his meal. At the time of meals, one’s attention should be directed towards the food. While on the dastarkhaan, if someone has to speak of serious matters, then I do not pay attention to it, as listening to such a discussion prevents me from enjoying the food and causes me to lose my appetite. (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.71)