The tenth of Muharram is a very virtuous day. It is the Day of Aashura. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) fasted on this day and encouraged the Ummah to do so. It is also encouraged to be generous on one’s family on the day of Aashura. This is a means of great barakah.
There are also many baseless practices and customs which people engage in on the tenth of Muharram, such as the baseless custom of mourning the martyrdom of Sayyidina Husain (R.A.). This was introduced by the deviated group known as the Shia. However, even among the Shia, this practice was non-existent until 946 AH. Thus during the time of the eleven Imaams of the Shia (the twelfth, according to the Shia belief went into hiding in his infancy and has not yet appeared!!!), this practice of mourning the martyrdom of Sayyiduna Husain (R.A.) was unheard of. Muiz-ud-Dawla, a famous Shia who held a prominent position in the court of the Abbasid Khalifa Al-Mustakfi Billah, had the Khalifa overthrown and placed another Khalifa, Al-Mutee, in his place. During the reign of Al-Mutee, Muiz-ud-Dawla established these Shia customs. A Shia scholar, Justice Ameer Ali, confirms this. He writes:
"Muiz-ud-Dawla, although a patron of Arts and Literature was cruel by nature. He was a Shia and it was he who established the 10th Day of Muharram as a day of mourning in commemoration of the massacre of Karbala” (History of Sacrens, pg.303, London 1951).
Hence the custom of mourning the martryrdom of Sayyidina Husein (R.A.) has no basis even according to Shia customs. As for the teachings of Islam, it is well known that mourning the dead is only permissible for three days after the demise of the person. Only a widow will mourn her husband for four months and ten days.
From: Al Haadi
- Fix a price with the skinner, before skinning.
- One should ensure that he slaughters his own wajib qurbâni before intending to slaughter nafl qurbâni’s for any deceased persons.
- It is not permissible to use animals for Qurbâni which have defects such as more than a third of the tail, horn, or ear is cut off and also such animals that are unable to walk to the place of slaughter.
- Do not give offal, meat etc of the animal in lieu of payment. However offal may be given to the staff in addition to their wage as charity
- At least, some of the Qurbâni meat should be eaten. There is barakah in the meat of Qurbâni.
Every Muslim desires to visit the blessed and radiant cities of Makkah and Madinah (Haramayn Sharifayn : the noble sanctuaries). At least once in his lifetime.
For many this opportunity comes with the performance of Hajj. Others get this chance when they visit for Umrah. Sometimes repeatedly. Few individuals are blessed to get jobs in these cities and earn their living there.
All of these moments spend in the noble sanctuaries are extremely precious. A virtuous deed done in these precincts can earn a reward of 50,000 to 100,000 times performed elsewhere. An unimaginable bonus!
Each moment has to be utilized effectively to reap maximum benefit. A challenging task indeed. Especially, for individuals like us who are not organized and motivated. Laziness, apathy and negligence become the major barriers. Moreover, committing sinful acts in these sanctuaries are more reprehensible and blameworthy.
It is for such reasons some pious scholars have advised against taking permanent or prolonged residence in these noble sanctuaries. They include our Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah have mercy on him).
Shaykh Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki (Rahimahullah) advised an Indian nawab planning to migrate to Hijaz,
‘Staying in Hindustan and having a desire to live in noble sanctuaries is better than living here and being occupied in your stately affairs in Hindustan.’
Shaikhul Hadith Mawlana Zakariya Muhajir Madani (Rahimahullah) use to tell those expressing their desire to migrate to Madinah Munawwarah,
‘Do not make such a decision of migration by observing my example. I have come here (towards the end of my life) to die (and be buried in Baqi).’
In short, the etiquette of the noble sanctuaries are significant and must be taken very seriously.
Written by an Egyptian-American who is currently experiencing the fitna in Egypt with his family:
I thought I would give you an idea of how things are here in Egypt. As most of you know, I came here August 2nd for what was intended to be a vacation with my wife and kids who were already here a month prior. When I booked the tickets long before July 3rd I was looking forward to finally entering a new age of Egypt, one where we can truly have freedom of religion, where I would not have to worry about having a beard when I went through customs. One where progressive positive Islam would be made an example to the world joint with great countries such as Turkey we would be moving forward and finally take Egypt, the Arab world and Islam forward. Needless to say this is far from what is happening, and what we are seeing in Egypt today is worse than what it had been at the Mubarak era.
Before I say anything else, I want to make one thing very clear. All those who think that Egypt's revolution is over are extremely wrong. If there is one thing that history teaches us is that the price of true freedom is very expensive, and no country or nation achieved it without a heavy price. The French revolution did not begin and end in 1789, the US did not win its freedom in weeks or months the Muslims went through years of torture and persecution before even moving to Madina let alone finally taking Mecca. The sad truth is, the revolution of January 25th 2011 was too easy. The state that Egypt was in was not resting solely on the shoulders of Hosni Mubarak but on a whole gang of his lackeys, not just in the military or even in places of power within Egypt but all around the world.
What happened January 25th was simple, Mubarak's lackeys saw a losing battle, and instead of fighting a united Egypt and people they simply sold out Mubarak and stayed in power. The evidence of this was made instantly clear, they tried for an election and did everything in their power to give power to Ahmad Shafiq, the vice president of Mubarak, imagine a revolution to get rid of a dictator only to elect his vice president right after. Upon failure of this they put a tremendous amount of pressure on the population to make Mohamed Morsy look incompetent. The Saudi government and Emirates Emirs, lackeys number one, petrified of a revolution at their own doors stopped providing Egypt with gas, oil and solar power so Egypt went dark. Kids studying for school did so under candlelight for days. The police force which were the ones responsible for the deaths of hundreds during the first revolution simply stopped doing their jobs. Furthermore they hired thugs to make the lives of people here horrible. This is a tactic commonly used in Egypt, they have access to thousands of thugs that they unleash at will at the locals and blame whomever they want for it.
Media Release: Demonstration supporting democracy in Egypt
Issued by: Coalition for Egyptian democracy
Issued: Monday, 26 August 2013
The Coalition for Egyptian Democracy in South Africa will be demonstrating against the military coup in Egypt and calling for a return to democracy. The demonstration will take place outside the Egyptian Embassy, 270 Bourke Street, Muckleneuk, Pretoria on Friday, 30 August 2013 at 14:00.
Just over two years ago, Hosni Mubarak was overthrown and Egyptians saw the hope of a democratic future. In two years, two referenda and three elections took place, resulting in elected lower and upper houses of parliament, an elected president and a new constitution.
However, as these processes unfolded, the Egyptian military, which has ruled the country for six decades, undermined democracy and planned to return Egypt to military rule. Together with the Mubarak-loyalist judiciary, the army dissolved the lower house of parliament, reduced the powers of the new president, refused to make its activities and finances transparent to the new government, got civil servants across the country (including the police) to stay away from work, caused artificial shortages of fuel, and, in general, ensured that Egyptians – especially the poor – would suffer more under a democratic government than before. All these activities culminated in a military coup on 3 July 2013.
Since the coup, President Mohamed Morsi and his advisers have been in detention – mostly incommunicado; almost the entire leadership of the Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party and the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested; anti-coup media have been shut down and proscribed; and around 2 000 people have been killed in a series of massacres.
Egypt has returned to Mubarakism! Martial law operates in most of the country.
We condemn the 3 July coup, the massacres that resulted from it, and the demonisatin and hunting down of those opposed to the coup. Furthermore, we condemn the attacks on churches and other Christian buildings – from wherever these attacks emanate.
We join with democrats around the world in calling for a return to democracy in Egypt. We demand:
· that the Egyptian military – the de facto rulers of Egypt – ends the bloody crackdown against its people;
· a credible, transparent and impartial international judicial investigation to identify and prosecute those responsible for the massacres conducted by Egyptian security forces since 30 June 2013;
· the unconditional release of all Egyptian political detainees;
· the reopening of all media that have been shut down by the military since the coup;
· the launch of a genuine and comprehensive transition process to allow for the return to constitutional democracy;
· that the army ensures the protection of all civilians and prevents further bloodshed in Egypt.
Further, we call on the Egyptian military to immediately cease the demonisation of Palestinians, to open the Rafah border post with Gaza and to cease its destruction of the tunnels that connect Egypt to Gaza – the vital lifeline for the people of Gaza who have lived under an Israeli-imposed siege since 2007.
Finally, while we commend the position taken by the South African government on the coup, we call on our government to join Venezuela, Ecuador and Turkey and withdraw the South African ambassador from Cairo.
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Endorsed by United Ulama Council of South Africa
There are many great “returns” that people experience in their lives. The returning of a missing child, finding a very valuable lost item or a close family member returning home after spending many years overseas are some instances of a great return. These are moments of immense joy and happiness. The greatest “Return,” however, is when a sinful servant who had abandoned Allah Ta'ala and fallen into sin makes sincere taubah (which literally means “to return”) and returns to his Creator. There can never be a happier moment for such a person.
Retuning to Allah Ta'ala in sincere repentance brings down the showers of the Mercy of Allah Ta'ala. Due to his repentance, the one who was previously known in the court of Allah Ta'ala as a faasiq (sinner) earns the title of Habibullah (the beloved of Allah). His crying and sobbing while begging for forgiveness is more beloved to Allah Ta'ala than the recitation of tasbeeh of those who are busy glorifying Allah Ta'ala. Can there be a greater return?
YARDSTICK OF PIETY
The object of the auspicious month of Ramadhaan is to truly return to Allah Ta'ala by repenting from all sin and adopting piety. The Qur'an-al-Kareem declares: “O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed upon you, just as it was pescribed upon those before you, so that you may acquire taqwa (piety)” (S2:183). Taqwa, in simple terms, refers to giving up every sin. The one who forsakes all sin is the greatest worshipper and the most pious person, even though he may not be performing nafil (optional) Haj and Umrah every year, giving thousands in charity or standing the entire night in tahajjud salaah. Indeed, these great acts of worship should be performed as much as possible. However, the yardstick of piety is taqwa – abstaining from sin. Taqwa cannot be acquired without first making sincere taubah. It thus follows that the one who does not make taubah has to a degree defeated the purpose of Ramadhaan, even though he may have performed many other good deeds in the blessed month.