Monthly Archives: October 2013
Manual Labor is Better than Beggary (Ahadith 1779 – 1784)
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 284:
Narrated ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):
When Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (radiallaahu `anhu) was chosen Caliph, he said, “My people know that my profession was not incapable of providing substance to my family. And as I will be busy serving the Muslim nation, my family will eat from the National Treasury of Muslims, and I will practise the profession of serving the Muslims.”
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 285:
Narrated Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):
The companions of Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to practise manual labor, so their sweat used to smell, and they were advised to take a bath.
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 286:
Narrated Al-Miqdam (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Nobody has ever eaten a better meal than that which one has earned by working with one’s own hands. The Prophet of Allah, David (`alayhissalaam) used to eat from the earnings of his manual labor.”
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 287:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The Prophet David used not to eat except from the earnings of his manual labor.”
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 288:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “One would rather cut and carry a bundle of wood on his back than ask somebody who may or may not live him.”
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 289:
Narrated Az-Zubair bin Al-Awwam (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “One would rather take a rope and cut wood and carry it than ask others).”
It is not permissible for anyone to ask people for money when he is not in need or he is able to earn a living. There are certain categories for whom it is permissible to ask of people. They are: the poor person who is destitute, the man who owes a debt, and the one who has been stricken by financial calamity and lost all his wealth. In these cases it is not permissible to ask for more than one needs, on condition that he does not have enough to meet his needs and is not able to earn enough for his livelihood.
The scholars of the Standing Committee said:
It is permissible to ask for people for money, for the one who is in need and does not have enough to suffice him and he is not able to earn a living. He may ask people for as much as will meet his needs only. As for the one who is not in need, or the one who is in need but is able to earn a living, it is not permissible for him to ask and whatever he takes from people in this case is haraam for him, because of the hadeeth of Qabeesah ibn Mukhaariq al-Hilaali (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: It was narrated that Qabeesah ibn Mukhaariq al-Hilaali said: I incurred a debt (in order to reconcile between two parties) and I came to the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) to ask him (for help) with it. He said: “Stay with us until the zakaah comes, and we will order that something be given to you.” Then he said: “O Qabeesah, asking for help is not permissible except in one of three cases: a man who has incurred a debt (in order to reconcile between two parties), for whom it is permissible to ask for help until he has paid it off, then he should refrain; a man who has been stricken by a calamity that has destroyed all his wealth, for whom it is permissible to ask for help until he gets enough to get by – or he gets enough to meet his basic needs; and a man who is stricken by poverty and three men of wisdom among his people acknowledge that So and so has been stricken by poverty, then it becomes permissible for him to ask for help until he gets enough to get by – or to meet his basic needs. Apart from these cases asking for help, O Qabeesah, is haraam and the one who begs is consuming something haraam.” Narrated by Ahmad, Muslim, an-Nasaa’i and Abu Dawood.
And (it is haraam) because of the hadeeth, “Whoever asks of people to accumulate wealth is asking for a live coal” and the hadeeth “Charity is not permissible for a rich person, or for one who is strong and healthy.” Narrated by the five apart from an-Nasaa’i.
Mortgage (Ahadith 1777 – 1778)
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 282:
Narrated ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) purchased food grains from a Jew on credit and mortgaged his iron armor to him.
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 283:
Anas (radiallaahu `anhu) went to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) with barley bread having some dissolved fat on it. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) had mortgaged his armor to a Jew in Medina and took from him some barley for his family. Anas (radiallaahu `anhu) heard him saying, “The household of Muhammad (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) did not possess even a single Sa’ of wheat or food grains for the evening meal, although he has nine wives to look after.”
Mortgage: convey (a property) to a creditor as security on a loan.
It is neither the taking out of a loan nor a mortgage which by itself is unlawful or prohibited in Islam; what is unconditionally and specifically prohibited and absolutely unlawful in the Sight of Allah is the ‘interest’ element in the loan or the mortgage.
Thus if one takes out an interest-free mortgage on their house or property, such a transaction would be absolutely lawful in the Sight of Shariah Law.
This is the general and overall ruling. Further details will come in the future inshaAllah.
The Heart’s Lament
Is it really wrong to feel
Like you’re caught in between two extremes?
For the liberal fascist, unseen,
While for others, almost short of being queen!
Amongst family, misunderstood
Despite all the trials you withstood
To be where you are today,
Your conscience bright as day,
Not a soul can your mind sway,
Yet this battle won’t let you stay
Your soul is restless
The climb is making you breathless
The mountaintop is crystal clear
Your eyes begin to tear
Must struggle to overcome
All other senses numb
Soul reaches out to the One
Yet your work will not be done
Till prayer, sacrifice, living and dying all
Are solely for Allah, The Lord of the worlds.
Last two lines inspired by the Qur’anic Verse 162 from Chapter 6 (Al An’am)
Increase Your Sustenance, Live Longer (Hadith No. 1776)
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 281:
Narrated Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu):
I heard Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) saying, “whoever desires an expansion in his sustenance and age, should keep good relations with his Kith and kin.”
Everything from when Allaah created the Pen until the Day of Resurrection is written in al-Lawh al-Mahfooz, because when Allaah first created the Pen, He said to it: “Write.” It said: “My Lord, what should I write?” He said: “Write what is to be. So at that moment it began to write what would be until the Day of Resurrection. And it is proven from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that when the foetus in its mother’s womb is four months old, Allaah sends an angel to breathe the soul into it and write down its provision, its lifespan and its deeds, and whether it is doomed or blessed.
Provision is also written down and connected to its means, and it does not increase or decrease. Among those means are that man should work to seek provision, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“He it is Who has made the earth subservient to you (i.e. easy for you to walk, to live and to do agriculture on it); so walk in the path thereof and eat of His provision. And to Him will be the Resurrection” [al-Mulk 67:15]
Other means are:
- Upholding ties of kinship, such as honoring one’s parents and upholding ties with relatives.
- Fearing Allaah (taqwa), as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allaah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allaah has set a measure for all things” [al-Talaaq 65:2-3]
#Lovestruck – Did you know what YC is talking about these days?
#Lovestruck… That’s the newest trending hashtag for the Youth Clubbers!
Before you say:
“But we are encouraged to love our parents, siblings, thy neighbour etc..”
“But I love my car, my job etc…”
Allow us to clarify that the kind of love YouthClub is talking/tweeting/blogging/posting about is: the love that a man feels for a non-mehram woman and/or vice versa.
Loving your family, car etc. is in most cases instinctive and quite harmless, and may even be encouraged. #Lovestruck is actually opening the debate on those raging hormones and the natural procreative instincts, which a lot of youth are expressing through the notion of having a girlfriend or a boyfriend. Is this really the best way to deal with our desires? Does it really bring happiness inside? Have we understood this feeling correctly? Questions like these need to be discussed, especially in light of the onslaught of the media…
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