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14
Aug
2009

Should I follow my own understanding of the Quran and Hadith?

posted by faqirah on 14th August 2009 - 0 comments
Bismillah, No muslim disagrees to the fact that in all matters, it is the ruling of Allah Almighty which has to be followed and obedience of His rules is obligatory upon every muslim.Our acceptance of the rulings of various Prophets and messengers (AS) , is only because they are the carriers of the rulings of Allah and act as a connection between the Creator and the created world. If these messengers base some ruling on their own research or indepth study (ijtihad), we accept it because they do so only after viewing it from all angles and finding it in consensus with the rulings of
29
Jan
2009

Focus on whom

posted by faqirah on 29th January 2009 - 0 comments
In a recent query by a ghair muqallid sister about the method of salah and why we females do not pray as males and why we do not pray the way which is prescribed in the authentic ahadith( according to them), I tried in vain to explain the stand of the ahle sunnah wal jammat; when all else failed and the questioneer was as stubborn as possible and I was frustrated I just retorted that come what may I would continue praying as I am because it is easier to focus on Allah swt in this manner than in the manner in which they prescribe praying because there the focus is more on shaitan and his doings-- go on striking his head in tashahud, join feet with feet so that he doesnt enter in between go on lifting your arms and hands to prevent him from creeping into your armpits etc. This answer seemed to silence the questioneer rather than any of the dalail I was trying to put forth; so once again proving the saying" Tukalimun nasa ala qadri aqoolihim " !
I seek Allah swt's forgiveness for being rude and for the feeling of pride which the conversation generated in my heart.
23
Jan
2009

A wake up call

posted by faqirah on 23rd January 2009 - 0 comments
When in Jordan I saw the plight of those bearing the badge of being successors of the blessed companions buried in the same soil upon which they tread* so pompously , so shamelessly, with the past forgotten and forsaken so brazenly. I saw you my brothers so neatly having shaved off even the traces of sunnah from your faces- nay your lives in general;
23
Jan
2009

Vices of the tongue.

posted by faqirah on 23rd January 2009 - 0 comments
The dangers of the tongue are more serious than those of the other organs of the body . This is due to two reasons: 1) Among the parts of the body, the tongue is the one which leads the other parts towards piety or evil. In a hadith narrated by Hazrat Muaz RA, “ People will be thrown into hellfire head first because of the careless usage of their tongues” ( Mishkat hadith 29) In another narration it is said that, “when a man wakes up in the morning, all the other body parts address the tongue thus: “For Allah’s sake, have mercy on us and fear Allah with regard to us for we are deeply attached to you; if you remain straight, we will move straight and if you resort to crookedness, we will all resort to crooked ways”. (Mishkat hadith 4838) 2) The vices of the tongue impair all the hard earned virtues like humility, generosity and justice; talking too much makes one forget Allah swt and so ends all humility; gossiping and vain talk destroys our relationships with each other and whatever a man says creates an effect in his own heart e.g. when a man talks angrily he gets colored in an angry attitude; when the heart turns bad, it takes no time to create evil. Six dangers of the tongue: 1) To indulge in all sorts of discussions and talking about every subject- this fills the imagination with all kinds of distractions and when such a person turns towards Allah in salah etc .he finds no pleasure in his heart and he loses the capacity to focus on Allah or to think about the truth. This is why we have been prohibited from indulging in ‘what does not concern us’. “Among the beauties of the islam of a person is that he shuns all ‘that does not concern him’” (Mishkat hadith no 4839.) 2) Those words which spark off quarrels and fights among people e.g. gossiping , arguing, denying the truth etc; these sow the seeds of discord in hearts. 3) The words which encourage the dominance of lust or evil desires in the heart e.g. Using abusive and dirty language, glorifying women in poetry; the former makes lust overpower the heart and the latter makes the heart enjoy evil thoughts.
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