Tabarruj through social media

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Tabarruj through social media

Alhamdulillah, all praise is due to Almighty Allah. His blessings and favours are immeasurable. We can’t thank Him enough, we can only strive to please Him by obeying His commandments and staying away from that which angers Him, note that both are only beneficial to us.

It is however quite disturbing that sins become easier to commit with the passing of each day. It is more disturbing the manner in which we inculcate and propagate such sinful trends. Also those in position to curtail such sinful trends remain silent. May Allah forgive us all.

Our deen forbids us sisters from any act of Tabarruj (women showing off their beauty to non-mahrams) so much so that it is considered a gravious sin in islam.

Allah (subhanahu wata aala) said in the Qur’an:

*and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance* (Q33:33)

Such acts of Tabarruj as stipulated by our scholars include:

1. When one exposes the beauty of her face and body before non-Mahram men.

2- When she exposes the beauty of her clothes and jewelry before them.

3- When she exposes herself before them through the way she walks and talks.

Nowadays, tabarruj is committed very easily through social media; Sisters upload pictures of themselves sometimes with makeup, in different poses, smiling, laughing, playing e.t.c  through whatsapp status, facebook, twitter, snap chat and what have you. These photos can be saved by everyone, sent and viewed by anyone. It isn’t enough to say viewing is restricted to a specific amount of people because there’s no guarantee that those people that can see it won’t save it and be cause of it spreading to other people. By men viewing these photos, almost all the forbidden acts of tabarruj has been committed by us.

And many other vices are propagated by our photos been spread on social media.

When we put our picture on your profile on social networks, we are causing Fitnah to our brothers in Islam because we don’t help them to lower their gaze even if we are wearing our Hijab in that picture. In the street we are supposed to lower our gaze as they (Muslim men) are suppose to lower theirs. Because any man would feel that he is free to look at our picture as he wants, the moment he wants, because we are showing it to the whole world. He is also of course disobeying Allah of course, but we led him to the disobedience.

Second, generally, people in the street can’t take picture of us whenever we go out but on social networks, strange men can easily upload your picture and keep it for themselves without us even knowing about it. Think about it, they can use it in creating false facebook profiles or use them in “dating sites” or any other social site! Or worse, they can even edit it and spread it on net just for fun!

Thirdly, think about how many sins one will have for every man who will look at ones picture and and admire ones beauty?

Let’s think twice before putting a picture of ourselves on any social media. Let’s not take it as small matter, let’s not say “we will stop it one day” because you don’t know if you will live till that day. Not “if” but “When” that day will come, we will leave behind a continuous bad deed !

Let’s Fear Allāh and fear the Day we will return to Him and have to stand in front of Him with every single atom of deed we have ever done in front of Him and answer for it.

Tabarruj is unacceptable and we will all be accountable for every single act we commit, including those of us who have stayed silent or encouraged it by reposting it.

May Allah (subhanahu wata aala) continue to guide our actions, ameen.

….From the wise sayings Sufyan Ath-thawree

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….From the wise sayings Sufyan Ath-thawree

If you love your (Muslim) brother for the sake of Allaah, then give him generously from your self and your wealth. Stay far away from arguments, quarrels, and disputes; otherwise, you will become a wrongdoer, a transgressor, and a deceiver.

Be patient at all times and in all places, for patience leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. Do not become angry and furious, for those two emotions lead to wickedness, and wickedness leads to the Hellfire.

Do not argue with a scholar, for that will lead to him loathing you. Being able to visit scholars (and learn from them) is a mercy, and cutting oneself off from them means that one is bringing down upon himself the wrath of Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’Aalaa). Verily, the scholars are the treasurers of the Prophets (peace be upon them) and are also their inheritors.

what I have forbidden for you

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what I have forbidden for you

*Hadith 9: what I have forbidden for you*

On the authority of Abu Huraira Abdul Rahman ibn Sakhr (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saying,

“What I have forbidden you, stay away

from. What I have ordered you [to do], do as much of it as

you can. Verily, the people before you were destroyed only

because of their excessive questioning and their disagreeing

with their Prophets.”

Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

*Brief Commentary*

Although it is succinct, this hadith leads directly and indirectly to a

number of important principles of Islamic fiqh. It also states the causes that bring about the destruction of a people.

The narration in Sahih Muslim gives the circumstances that led to the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) statement:

On the authority of Abu Huraira: The Prophet (peace be upon him) once

addressed us saying, “O people, Allah has made the Hajj obligatory upon you.” A man said, “Every year, O Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) remained quiet. The man repeated the question

three times. Finally, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “If I were to say, ‘Yes,’ it would become obligatory upon you and you would not be able to do

it.” Then he said, “Leave me with what I have left you with. Verily, the people before you were destroyed because of their excessive questioning and their opposition to their prophets. If I order you to do something, do what you can. If I prohibit you something, leave it.”

If something is prohibited, one must stay away from it completely. The only exception to that is the true cases of necessity. Due to necessity, an act may no longer be considered prohibited.

If something is ordered, one must perform it to the best of his ability. It is not possible to completely and excellently perform everything that one is

ordered to do. Hence, the Prophet (peace be upon him) has stated the cases of prohibition and order in different tones.

Asking too many questions, beyond what is needed and not with the real intent of application, is blameworthy. It was one of the reasons that prior

peoples were destroyed.

Similarly, differing with any prophet is completely blameworthy. Instead of accepting and submitting, prior peoples showed some form of opposition to what their prophets requested of them. This was the second major cause

for their destruction.

The People Of The Garden

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إِنَّا بَلَوْنَاهُمْ كَمَا بَلَوْنَا أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ إِذْ أَقْسَمُوا لَيَصْرِمُنَّهَا مُصْبِحِينَ.وَلَا يَسْتَثْنُونَ.

Verily We have tried them as We tried the People of the Garden, when they resolved to gather the fruits of the (garden) in the morning. But made no reservation, (“If it be Allah’s Will”).

-Sura Al-Qalam, Ayah 17-18

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Once there was a wealthy and pious man. He had a big garden full of green trees laden with fruits. After the fruits were picked, this rightful man used to distribute some fruits among the poor who would gather at the garden every season to take their share.

Allah liked this act of the man. By the grace of Allah the garden used to give rich harvest every season. Truly, one who spends for the sake of Allah gets the reward in the hereafter as well as in this life.

This man had many sons who were not so pious as him. When their father died, they discussed a plan and said to each other that their father was not a wise man. He did not know how it was difficult to earn livelihood. They did not like the habit of distributing some of the fruits among the poor. They felt as if all their efforts would go to vain if the poor had some share.

One of the sons had a concern. What will they tell the poor people when they gather to take their fruits next time? They thought over its implications, as they were worried about losing their prestige. However, they were not afraid of Allah’s wrath. One of them suggested removing all the fruits in the night and thus clearing the garden before dawn so that nobody could come and ask for his share. Everyone agreed to this suggestion. Since they were not even afraid of Allah, they forgot to say ‘Insha-Allah’, which means if Allah Wills.

Allah is all Powerful. He knows no bounds in His Governance. All the brothers went to sleep with a view to getting up early in the morning and gather the ripe fruits. In the meantime, with the Will of Allah “…there passed by on the (garden) a visitation (fire) from your Lord at night and burnt it while they were asleep.” (Verse 19)

In the early morning as they were proceeding towards the garden, they were quite unaware that Allah had willed otherwise. Because the garden had become “black by the morning, like a pitch dark night (in complete ruins)” (Verse 20).

Soon they realized the situation and yelled: “Verily, we have gone astray,” “Nay! Indeed we are deprived of (the fruits)!”

The best among them said: “Did I not say to you ‘Why not glorify (Allah)’?” (Verses 26-28). He had been advising them earlier against this act, for he had said it is only Allah who would enhance their fruits if they continued to give away some of them in charity.

All of them felt regretful over their misdeed. They turned, to one another, in reproach and said: “Glory to our Lord! Verily we have been doing wrong. Alas for us! We have indeed transgressed!” All of them, then, sought Allah’s pardon and said: “We hope that our Lord will give us in exchange a better (garden) than this. Truly, we turn to our Lord (wishing for good that He may forgive our sins, and reward us in the Hereafter).” (Verses 31-32)

The Story of the People of the Garden, as found in Surah Al-Qalam (68:17-33), teaches us that when Allah’s gifts are not used as He (SWT), the Most Generous, instructs us to use them, by sharing a part of what we receive with the needy, then He (SWT) can deprive us of those gifts. Selfishness and greed result in loss, whereas generosity and kindness invite Allah’s Blessings and Abundance.

Holding on to the deen

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Holding on to the deen

We are currently living in an age where religion and morality have been pushed aside. The floodgates of secularism have been opened and the effect of this has reached even the most remote of places.

What is good appears to the people, to be evil, what is evil appears to be good, and the confusion has infected the Ummah at large. Despite this disease which has plagued us, the mercy of Allah is ever present. It is narrated on the authority of Thauban that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said:

*“A group of people from my Ummah will always remain triumphant on the right path and continue to be triumphant (against their opponents). He who deserts them shall not be able to do them any harm…” [Saheeh Muslim]*

This group will be upon the truth and will not be affected by the taunts of outsiders, the persecution of the ignorant, or the defamation of the innovators. This is the religion of Allah and He (swt) will protect it.

It is therefore incumbent upon us to gain knowledge and equip ourselves with the tools necessary to distinguish what is truth from what is falsehood. Today, we cannot survive if we do not acquire knowledge of the Deen of Allah.

We must know that knowledge is useless without action, so we must enforce that which we know to be true, since Eemaan is: belief in the heart, a statement of the tongue and action of the limbs.

The one who practises the Sunnah today appears to be upon misguidance because the Sunnah is not known among the ignorant masses. The Messenger of Allah (saws) said:

*“Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange. So glad tidings for the strangers” [Saheeh Muslim]*

The one, who is trying to follow the Qur’aan and the Sunnah according to the understanding of the Sahaabah, must understand this; being a stranger amongst the people is not a bad thing, if you are in this position because you are following the Deen of Allah.

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said:

*”There will come a time when holding on to your Eemaan (belief) will be like holding on to hot coals.” [At-Tirmidhi]*

Imagine the condition of the one who is holding on to a hot coal. The heat is scorching, his skin is roasting, the smell of burning fat becomes apparent and every second that goes by feels like a lifetime. Yet, the one who is in this position knows that he cannot let go. Why?

Because he knows that it is temporary, he knows that the promise of Allah is true, he knows that eternity in Jannah is better than any pain suffered in this lowly dunya, he knows that this pain is nothing compared to the pain of the inhabitants of the Hellfire.

*“And on the Day when He shall gather them together, (it will be) as if they had not stayed (in the life of this world and graves etc.) but an hour of a day” [Surah Yoonus: 45]*

The righteous slave of Allah will not sell his seat& in Paradise for an hour in this lowly, transient, dunya. He will be patient and strive to please Allah in spite of the persecution of the ignorant. He will find comfort in the words of Ar-Rahmaan, when He says:

“…Surely Allaah wastes not the reward of the Muhsinoon (the good doers)” [Surah at-Tawbah: 120]

I conclude by reminding myself and anyone who reads this; Eemaan is a gift to be cherished, the reward of the people of Eemaan is admittance in to Paradise. A Paradise wherein there are rivers of milk, honey, wine and fresh water.

Therein are delights which no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard and no heart has ever imagined.

I ask Allah by His Beautiful Names and His Perfect Attributes that He make firm our hearts in His religion.

Imaam Sufyaan Ath-Thawree

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☆ Be truthful at all times and in all places. Stay away from lying and from deception, and do not sit alongside liars and deceivers, for all such deeds are sins. My brother, be careful not to show off, either in speech or in deed, for showing off is shirk itself (shirk being to associate partners with Allaah in worship). Do not be conceited, for even a good deed is not raised (to the heavens) if any conceitedness is involved in it.

☆ Take your religion only from one who is sincerely and compassionately concerned about his own religious guidance. The example of a scholar who is not concerned about his own religious well-being is that of a sick doctor: If he cannot treat his own disease, then how can he treat the diseases of others? Likewise, if one is not concerned about his own religious well-being, then how can he be concerned about the religious well-being of others?

☆ My brother, your religion is nothing more than your flesh and blood. Cry out of concern for your soul and have mercy on it; if you do not have mercy on it, then mercy will not be shown to it.

☆ Sit only in the company of one who advises you to desire little from this world and who encourages you to put your hopes in the Hereafter. Take care not to sit with worldly people who speak constantly about worldly affairs; such people will ruin your religious well-being and will corrupt your heart.

☆ Remember death frequently, and just as frequently ask Allaah to forgive you for your past sins. Ask Allaah to keep you safe for the remainder of your life. My brother, develop a good character and noble manners.

☆ Do not act contrary to the jamaa’ah (the general body of Sunni Muslims), for goodness and safety are the consequences of being in harmony with the jamaa’ah. Someone who strives constantly for this world is like a person who builds one home and destroys another.

☆ Give sincere advice to every believer who asks you a question regarding his religion. And never hide good advice to someone who asks you about a matter that leads to the good pleasure of Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’Aalaa).

☆ If you love your (Muslim) brother for the sake of Allaah, then give him generously from your self and your wealth. Stay far away from arguments, quarrels, and disputes; otherwise, you will become a wrongdoer, a transgressor, and a deceiver

Al-Majeed

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Al-Majeed

{99 Names of Allah Series}

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh. I hope we are all in good health and the best state of iman. Alhamdulillah

Al-Majeed : The Glorious

Majeed comes from the root meem-jeem-daal, which points out to the attribute of glory and honor (majd). Majd refers to a complete authority(sultan) and sovereignity (‘adhamah). This root includes the meanings of being glorious, dignified, majestic and exceedingly generous.

Allah calls Himself Al-Majeed— The Glorious, The Most Honorable – on two occasions in the Quran. He’s the One Whose essence is pure and absolute perfect: His dazzling glory, dignity, nobility, honor and limitless compassion and generosity to us is without any fault or deficiency. All praise and glory is for Him only due to the perfection of His attributes and His deeds towards the creations.

This root appears 4 times in the Quran as the adjective majeed (Glorious). One who is majeed is a very highly distinguished person, from honourable roots and often showing his favours to others. When applied to Allah (swt), it’s implied that He’s Al-Majeed – The All-Glorious and Honourable. He is vast in greatness, honor, respect, might and glory.

Al-Majeed Himself said: They said, “Are you amazed at the decree of Allah? May the mercy of Allah and His blessings be upon you, people of the house. Indeed, He is Praiseworthy and Honorable. [Quran, 11:73] and Honorable Owner of the Throne [Quran, 85:15].

Know that you are a slave of One Who is Perfect so follow His Book, submit to His commands and stay away from His prohibitions. Learn to recite, understand and live by the Quran to increase yourself in dignity and honor!

The signs of Allah’s majd can be seen all around us, the whole universe and all it contains for our benefit is a demonstration of the vast Greatness and Generosity of Al-Majeed. When you go through difficulties and trials look around you and realize it is Al-Majeed Who just says Be and it is: … the handiwork of Allah Who has made everything thoroughly [Quran, 27:88] As He made everything around you and inside you, He can surely give you a way out of your problems!

O Allah, Al-Majeed, we know that You are vast in Greatness, Might and Honour.

Help us to recognize your Might and Glory.

And help us to worship you as You deserve.

Ameen