Ta’leem and Tarbiyat Series #12
Qur’aan and Tafseer
“And boost yourselves with Sabr and Salaat.”
(Surah Baqarah, 45)
In other words, after Imaan make incumbent upon yourselves Sabr and Salaat. By virtue of Sabr [patience and perseverance] love for money will diminish. The reason for this is that money is dear and craved for, as it is the means to acquire pleasure and carnal gratification. When you embolden yourself to forsake that [pleasure and carnal gratification], then money, too, will not remain dear to you.
With Salaat again love for fame will be reduced. The reason for this is that Salaat is the epitome of humbleness and thraldom. When these virtues become grounded then love for fame will be eradicated.
These were the core problems. Correcting and curing them one will find no difficulty in one’s Imaan now.
Hadeeth and Tafseer
When walking with others Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) would not be domineering and assert his leadership by walking in front. In fact, he would let his companions walk in front of him. He would furthermore be the first to greet anyone he met. (Nashrut Teeb)
Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:
“Verily this wealth [of the world] is lush and sweet. Whosoever takes it rightfully and disburses it in the right avenue then it is a wonderful aid, and whosoever acquires it unlawfully, he will be just as one who eats but remains unfulfilled, and on the Day of Qiyaamah it will be evidence to indict him.”
(Bukhari, Muslim – Mishkaat)
This Hadeeth describes the wealth of this world as “lush and sweet”. Lushness attracts the eyes whilst sweetness appeals to the sense of taste. The wealth of this world thus attracts people and it gives them sensual pleasure. But the Hadeeth cautions further that if this wealth is acquired out of necessity, lawfully and furthermore utilized for obligatory or meritorious works then it will be a good fortune for the owner. On the other hand, wealth and money acquired unlawfully, wastefully, and furthermore utilized in ways which court the displeasure of Allah Ta’ala, such wealth will be a means of endless frustration in this world and a curse in the Aakhirah. (Mirqaat)
Fiqh and Masaail
- If a woman receives news of talaaq from her husband or news of her husband passing away, her iddat will be taken from the time the talaaq was issued or the moment the husband passed away, not from the time of receiving news of these events.
- It is not permissible for a woman to give away her husband’s belongings/money in sadaqah without his permission. And although it is permissible for her to give away her belongings without permission, but Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) exhorted women to consult their husbands before giving.
Tasawwuf and Sulook
- The demand of the Haq [Truth of Islam] is that when two groups or two persons dispute then one should first ascertain who is on the Haq and who is on baatil [the wrong/falsehood]. Then, the one on the Haq should not be told anything. In fact, he should be supported, whilst the errant one should be told to stop his opposition.
- Fame harms one’s Deen as well as one’s worldly life. This, however, refers to such fame which is the product of one’s choice and quest. Fame acquired unintentionally is a gift from Allah.