By Sheikh Abdur-Rahmaan bin Naasir bin Barraak bin Ibrahim Al-Barraak
All praises to Allah Ta’ala, Who sent His Rasool with guidance and the Deen (religion) of Haq (truth) to make it triumph over all religions, although those who associate others with Allah dislike it. May Allah shower His Peace and Blessings upon him (the Rasool) and upon his family, companions and followers.
Among the things in which all and sundry have fallen prey to and have become crazy about, is taking pictures with the cell phone, which is in the hand or pocket of men and women, young and old.
Thus, it is possible for them to take pictures of everyone, every scene and situation, whether a public scene or private, beneficial or non-beneficial.
Sometimes a picture is taken of some people’s personal and private things. Sometimes, it is not permissible to take pictures on account of the harm that ensues in the wake of taking the picture, leaving aside the ruling of picture taking (pictography).
There are a host of evils and wrongs which ensue in the wake of pictography with the cell phone. From among them are the following:
Opposing the Nusoos (clear-cut verdicts) of the Hadith which show the prohibition of picture-taking, and which sounds a severe warning (against it) and cursing the picture takers. The justification of the (erroneous) interpreters and the following of vain desires are the origin of every evil which has befallen the Ummah, from ancient to modern times. If the justifier is a Mujtahid in Ilm (knowledge), he is ma’zoor (excused), but the one who follows his vain desires is sinful and unexcused. The minimum (ruling) in regard to this pictography which many people have fallen prey to and which has been halaalized on the basis of some vagaries is that it is Mushtabah (doubtful).But, Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam has stated:
“Whoever abstains from doubtful matters has verily exonerated himself in his Deen and his honour. And those involved in doubtful things will fall into Haraam.”
TIME IS THE CAPITAL OF YOUR LIFE WHICH IS PERMANENTLY DWINDLING...
"Your time should not be without any structure, such that you occupy yourself arbitrarily with whatever comes along.
Rather, you must take account of yourself and order your worship during the day and the night, assigning to each period of time an activity that must not be neglected nor replaced by another activity.
By this ordering of time, the blessing in time will show itself. A person who leaves himself without a plan as animals do, not knowing what he is to do at any given moment, will spend most of his time fruitlessly.
Your time is your life, and your life is your capital: by it you make your trade, and by it you will reach the eternal bounties in the proximity of Allah.
Every single breath of yours is a priceless jewel, because it is irreplaceable; once it is gone, there is no return for it.
So do not be like fools who rejoice each day as their wealth increases while their lives decrease. What good is there in wealth that increases while one’s lifespan decreases?
Do not rejoice except in an increase of knowledge or an increase of good works. Truly they are your two friends who will accompany you in your grave, when your spouse, your wealth, your children, and your friends will remain behind.”
Hakeemul Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله has said that the love of the world are found both in men and to a greater extent in women. We have to bear in mind that the teachings of Sayyidina Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم surpasses all other advices and teachings. What Sayyidina Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم has said is in fact from Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله. However, a great excellence in women is that they do not harbour doubts regarding the commands of Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله and Sayyidina Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم. No sooner do women learn of the commands of Shariah, they lower their heads in submission.
A unique quality in women is that even if they do not act on the teachings of Deen, they will not probe into the wisdom of any injunctions. This is contrary to the case of men who fall short in the department of submission; particularly these days where the worship of intellect has reached such a stage that reasons are sought for everything. Every aspect of Deen is weighed on the scale of intellect and judgements are passed on the basis of personal opinion whether the aspect fits within the parameters of intellect or not. The beauty of women is that they accept and submit irrespective of whether they understand or not.
Another trait in women is that notwithstanding their understanding of Deen; if a matter of Shariah is explained to them correctly, they will submit without objection. Hakeemul Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله has said that disease of the love for the world is so spiritually destructive that all our pious predecessors have warned us repeatedly about the dangers thereof. Hazrat Thaanwi رحمه الله has given an abridged translation of a Hadith;
"The world is the home of that person who has no home."
In other words, the world is not a place to be regarded as home. We can relate to the fact that everyone loves their home and this is particularly apt for the women because they spend the bulk of their time at home. People love their homes for the ease and comfort they experience. Some love their homes because of there not being any imposition from others; very simply they can do as they please at home.
The gist of the discussion is that the sum total of relief from anxieties is summed up in the word 'home' - all the bounties of Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله, be it in honour, wealth, children and food are included within one's home.
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THE HADEETH CORNER
حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ بُكَيْرٍ، حَدَّثَنَا اللَّيْثُ، عَنْ عُقَيْلٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ شِهَابٍ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي أَبُو سَلَمَةَ، أَنَّ أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ لِرَمَضَانَ " مَنْ قَامَهُ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ ".
Narrated Abu Huraira Radiallahu Anhu:
I heard Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam saying regarding Ramadan, "Whoever prayed at night in it (the month of Ramadan) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven."