How is it possible, especially in this century, for the trustees of a masjid to ask for an Imam for a community, who is a haafith with a beautiful recitation, is fluent in Arabic, has an ability to guide the community and arbitrate in their issues, leads the 5 daily prayers along with taraweeh and Eid Salaah, conducts the nikah and deals with divorce & custody matter, has a qualification in the Islamic Sciences and a proactive mindset to drive the community forward; and offer as his salary a figure less than what a primary teacher would get paid. And on top of that, for the trustees to sit on his head and treat him as if their own him!
Some of you may have once read a light piece i wrote for teens titled: “I have a dream”.
You can access it here
Alhamdulillah I see this dream in some part becoming a reality with our brother and footballing sensation Mohamed Salaah (may Allah protect him and grant him better always)
He looks like a Muslim…
Speaks like a Muslim…
Acts like a Muslim…
And is pursuing excellence and being compared to some of the great achievers in the sport.
Many a camera has caught him with his copy of the Mushaf, or with his family in hijab, or raising his hands in dua, or giving millions away in charity and prostrating the prostration of gratitude to the Lord of the worlds after scoring a goal…
Assalamualaikum everyone. Please share this beneficial message I received with your friends and family. May Allah bless you all!
100 Direct instructions by Allah in the Quran for mankind:
Allah (Subhana Wa Ta`ala) has directly given us 100 instructions through Al Quran:
1. Do not be rude in speech (3:159)
2. Restrain Anger (3:134)
3. Be good to others (4:36)
4. Do not be arrogant (7:13)
5. Forgive others for their mistakes (7:199)
6. Speak to people mildly (20:44)
7. Lower your voice (31:19)
8. Do not ridicule others (49:11)
9. Be dutiful to parents(17:23)
10. Do not say a word of disrespect to parents (17:23)
11. Do not enter parents’ private room without asking permission (24:58)
12. Write down the debt (2:282)
13. Do not follow anyone blindly (2:170)
14. Grant more time to repay if the debtor is in hard time (2:280)
15. Don’t consume interest (2:275)
16. Do not engage in bribery (2:188)
17. Do not break the promise (2:177)
18. Keep the trust (2:283)
19. Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42)
20. Judge with justice between people (4:58)
21. Stand out firmly for justice (4:135)
22. Wealth of the dead should be distributed among his family members (4:7)
23. Women also have the right for inheritance (4:7)
24. Do not devour the property of orphans (4:10)
25. Protect orphans (2:220)
26. Do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly (4:29)
27. Try for settlement between people (49:9)
28. Avoid suspicion (49:12)
Assalamualaikum everyone. Please see this informative message sent to me earlier today. May it be a means to assist many on this group and beyond. Ameen.
(1) SLEEP EARLY
Try to sleep as early as possible after ʿIshāʾ Salah. The Prophet ﷺ disliked talking after ʿIshāʾ Ṣalāh (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 568).
(2) SLEEP WITH ABLUTION
Perform ablution before you sleep as advised by the Prophet ﷺ (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 247). It is narrated that angels remain in the company of the one who sleeps with ablution and say, “O Allah, forgive your such and such servant for he slept in the state of purity” (Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān, 1051; al-Muʿjam al-Kabīr, 13620).
(3) SLEEP ON YOUR RIGHT SIDE
Lie on your right side and place your right hand under your right cheek as advised by the Prophet ﷺ (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 6314).
(4) RECITE THE QURʾĀN
It was the habit of the Prophet ﷺ to recite the Qurʾān before resting for the night. The Prophet ﷺ is reported to have recited for example:
Sūrah Sajdah and Sūrah Mulk (Sunan al-Tirmidhī, 2892).Sūrah Isrāʾ and Sūrah Zumar (Sunan al-Tirmidhī, 2920).Sūrah al-Ikhlāṣ, Sūrah al-Falaq and Sūrah al-Nās (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 5017).Āyah al-Kursī (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 5010).Final two verses of Sūrah Baqarah (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 5009).
There is a weak narration transmitted by ʿAllāmah Ibn Mardawayh (d. 498/1104-5) which suggests that if a person recites the final five verses of Sūrah al-Kahf before sleeping, Allah will awaken him at any time of the night he wishes (Tanzīh al-Sharīʿah, 1: 302; Fayḍ al-Qadīr, 3: 104). ʿAllāmah Ālūsī Baghdādī suggests in Ruḥ al-Maʿānī (8: 190) that he has tested this many times and it has proved useful. If you are struggling to wake up for Fajr Ṣalāḥ, recite these verses and have faith in Allah.
After my Transformers’ article, some readers have highlighted the need to write about how some ‘da’wah’ organizations have contributed to the celebrity-fan culture in the da’wah space and the retrogression of Islamic learning in their marketing, branding and organisational direction.
Upon reflecting, I feel there is some truth in this & the matter requires urgent introspection.
There is no doubt that people today are more Islamically aware than the last few decades, and this naturally produces a market in the eyes of some opportunists.
Unfortunately solving this issue requires the pushing of certain sensitive buttons and the costly process of educating people towards respecting their own self worth. However it is still a cause worth supporting.
Don’t be a victim of anyone’s desire to prefer form over substance. You are worth more than that and you deserve to be in control of that which constitutes progress in your life.
If a seminar is advertised only mentioning the visiting lecturer, without mentioning the topic, and you don’t feel there is an issue with this; then you require, in some sense, some education about you and your own self’s worth, unless you are only attending due to the hype of the lecturer, or the showmanship of the performer. In that case, you are only interested in being entertained, and are excused from this discussion point.
Since the last few months I have been kept busy with questions about cryptocurrencies in general and bitcoin in particular.
The correspondence regarding this matter was further hiked with the passing of a few fatwas concerning these currencies with a strong airing of these currencies being forbidden (Haraam).
Furthermore, some of you came across a couple of twitter posts of mine related to Bitcoin, and an understanding in some circles was formualted stating that I have passed a fatwa stating it to be permissible (halal).
Given the sensitive nature of the topic and its questions; I quickly share the following points with the objective of covering the answers to the questions being asked.
Disclaimer: This is not an article nor a detailed response.
1. Irrespective of any private advice I have provided regarding Bitcoin; I have not passed a fatwa stating that Bitcoin buying/selling is impermissible, nor have I said it is permissible. I promote this stance currently due to the sensitive nature of the currency and the fact that more time, research and deliberation regarding the topic are required before an absolute view can be taken by myself. There are so many technicalities regarding its trade as well, especially given that it is considered a new concept. These technical issues pertaining to Bitcoin and it’s exchange will be looked at and refined over time which will have a bearing on any fatwa considerations, which makes it especially difficult to develop a well rounded conclusive fatwa at this moment in time.
2. I respect the fatwa of the scholars and duaat who have come out stating the purchase/sale of the currency to be impermissible, and believe they have made some valid points in their reasoning. That said; I also disagree with some of the reasonings offered in substantiation of their concluded views, and my agreement and disagreement with them in these matters is part of a natural discourse with regards to matters of this nature.
3. I believe the discussion in terms of whether Bitcoin is a currency or a commodity is a non-bearing one in terms of the considerations required to pass a fatwa on Bitcoin.
One of the best pieces you will come across regarding the Pillars of Islam & in particular the pillar of Zakah.
” It is imperative for us to understand the pillars of Islam not simply as rituals, but as a strategic framework for success in this life and the next” (Iqbal Nasim- CEO, National Zakah Foundation)
I have no doubt that you will find this read an impressive one. Please read this piece carefully and then forward it on to your contacts, especially those based in the UK.
Please find the entire piece here:
May you all be blessed.
Shaikh Sajid Umar
In my time working with parents & children, I’ve come to realise & learn that the transfer of *trust* creates value in our parenting abilities.
Make your children trust you, and I mean really trust you; and *value* will be born in your relationship with them.
Think of adding *value* to their lives before *possessions* and you will begin to raise leaders, instead of children.
May Allah bless us and bless our children. Ameen.
Peer pressure is not about others being right really. It’s more about your worry over of possibly being wrong.
Right & wrong are judged based on evidence. Not the numbers of the masses doing or leaving something!
You were created by Allah and are special. You have no need for being defined by others.
Don’t live in the shadows of others. Rather Live in the shadow of evidence.
We are so scared to fail that we never end up trying! We become so conscious of our egos & protecting it, that we protect ourselves from remotely trying.
The Arabic saying goes; if you scared to fall; you will never stand!
If you fail after really doing everything to succeed; I say: fail in style! Learn from it & come back stronger & wiser!
May you be blessed!
Shaikh Sajid Umar