Without thinking of death in abundance, we will have no inclination to reform. Life will rotate around eating, sleeping, and accumulating. We will be lulled into a false sense of security until the bubble of life bursts.
Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam forewarned us: “Think of the obliterator of pleasures (death) in abundance.”
Thoughts and discussions of death, extinguishes the joys of life.
Observe how the T.V. is not only switched off, but even covered and stored away, in a funeral home. Everyone forgets the World Cup, the World News and their favourite programs. Maut’s icy presence freezes all debates and pleasures.
Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam advised Hadhrat Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) to count himself amongst the dwellers of the Qabr.
The thought of the Qabr as one’s home, will lessen the love of the World. Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Love of the world is the root of all evils.” By thinking of the evil nature of the world; the violence, bloodshed, wars, crime, sicknesses, hypocrisy, jealousy and pain, we will treasure our Imaan which has taught us about another existence – the existence of a beautiful Hereafter.
However, the quality of that life is dependent upon the deeds we perform in this life. If our actions are wrong, they require reformation; if they are right, then we need to be grateful, and with the Fadl of Allah Ta’ala, they need to be constantly supervised and taken account of. Good deeds are only good, if they are in tune with The Shari’ah and The Sunnah, otherwise they are rejected by Allah.
I am a pharmacist by profession and would like to seek your verdict on the following.
The government is planning a massive measles immunisation drive in June 2017 where 650000 children will be immunised against measles.
Upon inspecting the package insert of this vaccine it is found to contain the active ingredient which is live measles vaccine plus preservatives plus gelatin in situ.
I called the manufacturer of the product and spoke to the production office and Linda from 10 confirmed with me that the source of the Gelatin used for their product is of Pig origin (Porcine).
Kindly advise whether Muslim parents should consent to have their children immunised with this product for the upcoming campaign.
The fact that consumption of pork is prohibited in Islam is well known. The Holy Quran unambiguously prohibits the consumption of pork in many verses. It is not permissible to use intoxicants and other nauseating haraam substances in medical treatments. This has been unanimously agreed upon by all Fuqahaa and is also based upon numerous sound Ahaadeeth.
It is reported that Taariq ibn Suwayd al-Ju’fee Radiallahu anhu asked Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam about intoxicants, and he forbade him from using them. Taariq Radiallahu anhu added, “But I only use them as medical treatments.” He responded: إنه ليس بدواء ولكنه داء“It is not a treatment, however it is a disease (itself).” - Ahmad and Muslim - This hadeeth profoundly states that a "disease in itself" is not a treatment. A vaccination is exactly that, "A disease in itself!"
Sadly, a Haraam Eid Shopping Festival took place in Johannesburg during the weekend. The following ‘Da’wat’ (invite) was proudly displayed on their website:
The 7th annual EID SHOPPING FESTIVAL (ESF), is set to take place in Johannesburg and Cape Town this year. The leading high profile lifestyle cultural festival is increasingly growing bigger and better than before and is expecting over 80 000 visitors over the 4 day period in both cities. Make sure to join in this one of a kind shopping extravaganza
By now, Muslims who have some Imaani conscious will understand that this event was Haraam. The reason for it being Haraam is that since it is garbed in an Islamic ‘name’, Muslims were called, invited, welcomed, and encouraged to attend this festival in which many sins were committed but not regarded as sins due to this whole event been garbed in an Islamic name. At the same time, many Muslim women were also present at this Haraam festival.
Insha Allah, we will now explain why this and all other similar type of festivals, functions, Souks, ‘Halaal’ food expos and pre-Ramadhaan/Eid fetes/fairs which have become a common event in many towns across Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumulanga and other provinces that we are aware of, are un-Islamic and Haraam.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said once to Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam): “O Jibraeel! Which land is evil?’ Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) said: ‘I do not know. I shall ask my Rabb Azza Wa Jal.’ Then Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) departed and after some time returned and said: ‘O Muhammad! Verily, you had asked me: ‘Which land is evil?’ I had said that I do not know. I have asked my Rabb Azza Wa Jal: ‘Which land is evil?’ He said: “The souksof the land.” (Musnad Ahmad)
Hadhrat Salmaan (radhiyallahu anhu), narrating a Hadith of Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) said: “If you can, never be the first to enter the souk nor be the last one to leave it, for verily, the souk is the battleground of shaitaan. There he plants his flag.” (Muslim)
Whilst it is permissible to go to a Souk (shop, market etc.) to purchase daily items of necessities, it should be borne in mind, in the light of the above Ahaadith, that one should spend the least amount of time in doing so, due to there being a host of sins and open violation of the Laws of Allah Ta’ala which are common at the Souks of today.
The above Ahaadith and explanation are in the context of general Souks. The matter intensifies when these ‘evil lands’ and ‘battlegrounds of Shaitaan’ (i.e. the Souks) are beautified, fragranced, camouflaged and dressed with Sacred Islamic Words such as Ramadhaan, Eid and Halaal.
Each of the mentioned Islamic Words is a word which is found in the Qur’aan Majeed. However, we as Muslims have erroneous utilized the same pure words of the Qur’aan Majeed and shrouded our events of sin, intermingling of sexes, merrymaking, fashion parade, abaaya shopping, eating, merry grounds, photography, videoing and live broadcasting.
Almost every Muslim participant in any of the above shopping festivals under Islamic banners will be involved in almost all of the abovementioned things. However, Muslims won’t even consider them to be un-Islamic since they are made to believe and are brainwashed that everything is ‘Islamic’ since the event has an Islamic name.
Nowadays, Souks which are camouflaged in Islamic names have become frequent events which are organized in different parts of the country during or prior to different months. Hence Muslims have made an event for every occasion, a Souk for every Ramadhan and Eid.
Minus the abovementioned sins in which Muslims will involve themselves with, these events make Muslims unmindful of Allah Ta’ala and come directly under the scope of this Aayat of the Qur’aan Majeed:
“The life in this world is nothing but play and amusement (such as Souks, Halaal Expos, Ramadhaan fairs, fashion extravaganzas and Eid shopping festivals.)”
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