Akaabir Who View Everything to be Haraam Unless Proven Halaal
as the Principle in These Times
Q. Can you please mention a few names of Akaabir who say that the principle is prohibition of all things unless proven to be permissible?
A. We distinctly recall the name of Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahmatullahi alaih) who said that in these times the principle should be that everything is haraam until proven otherwise, for then only will the masses desist from their uninhibited indulgence in haraam and mushtabah.
Imam Suyooti has attributed this principle to Imam Abu Haneefah, although there is no corroboration of this attribution in the Hanafi Fiqh kutub.
Hazrat Moulana Thanwi (Rahmatullahi alaih) is an accepted authority of the Deen. He is among the most senior Ulama of Deoband. He is widely accepted as the Mujaddid of the thirteenth century. He was well informed about the condition of the Ummah. His title of Hakeemul Ummat – The Physician of the Ummah – is well known.
The Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa also holds the above view.
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Wednesday 14 Dhul-Qadah 1440 17 July 2019
THE SUNNAH OF LOOKING AFTER ONES HOUSEHOLD
Hakim bin Hizam Radiallahu Anhu reported Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam having said this:
The most excellent Sadaqa or the best of Sadaqa is that after giving which the (giver) remains rich and the upper hand is better than the lower hand, and begin from the members of your household.
It has been narrated on the authority of Ibn 'Umar that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:
Beware! every one of you is a shepherd and everyone is answerable with regard to his flock. The Caliph is a shepherd over the people and shall be questioned about his. A man is a guardian over the members of his family and shall be questioned about. A woman is a guardian over the household of her husband and his children and shall be questioned about them. A slave is a guardian over the property of his master and shall be questioned about. Beware, every one of you is a guardian and every one of you shall be questioned with regard to his trust.
Narrated Qatada Radiallahu Anhu
Anas Radiallahu Anhu went to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam with barley bread having some dissolved fat on it. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam had mortgaged his armor to a Jew in Medina and took from him some barley for his family. Anas Radiallahu Anhu heard him saying, "The household of Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) did not possess even a single Sa (2.5kg) of wheat or food grains for the evening meal, although he has nine wives to look after."
Al-Aswad Radiallahu Anhu said, "I asked 'A'isha Radiallahu Anha, may Allah be pleased with her, 'What did Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam do when he was with his family?' She replied, 'He would do chores for his family, and when it was time for the prayer, he would go out.'"
Hisham Radiallahu Anhu said, "I asked 'A'isha Radiallahu Anha, 'What did Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam do in his house?' She replied, 'He did what one of you would do in his house. He mended sandals and patched garments and sewed."
'Amra Radiallahu Anhu reported that 'A'isha Radiallahu Anha was asked, "What did Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam do in his house?" She replied, "He was a man like other men. He removed the fleas from his garment and milked his sheep."