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கடமையான தொழுகைக்குப் பின் ஆயத்துல் குர்சி ஓதுவதற்கு ஆதாரப்பூர்வமான ஹதீஸ் உள்ளதா?
பதில் :

கடமையான தொழுகைக்குப் பிறகு ஆயத்துல் குர்சி ஓதுவதைச் சிறப்பித்து பின்வரும் ஆதாரப்பூர்வமான செய்தியை இமாம் நஸாயீ அவர்கள் அஸ்ஸுனனுல் குப்ரா எனும் தனது நூலில் பதிவு செய்துள்ளார்கள்.

السنن الكبرى للنسائي  – كتاب عمل اليوم والليلة

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அல்லாஹ்வின் தூதர் (ஸல்) அவர்கள் கூறினார்கள் :

கடமையான ஒவ்வொரு தொழுகைக்கும் பிறகு யார் ஆயத்துல் குர்சியை ஓதுகின்றாரோ அவர் சொர்க்கம் செல்வதற்கு மரணத்தைத் தவிர வேறொன்றும் தடையாக இருப்பதில்லை.

அறிவிப்பவர் : அபூ உமாமா (ரலி)

நூல் : அஸ்ஸுனனுல் குப்ரா (9585)

இதில் இடம்பெறும் அறிவிப்பாளர்கள் அனைவரும் நம்பகமானவர்கள் என்பதால் இது ஆதாரப்பூர்வமான செய்தி. எனவே ஆயத்துல் குர்ஸியை ஒவ்வொரு தொழுகைக்குப் பிறகும் ஓதிக் கொள்ளலாம். ஆனால் சிலர் இந்த ஹதீஸ் பலவீனமானது என்று வாதிடுகின்றனர்.

மேற்கண்ட செய்தியில் முஹம்மது பின் ஹிம்யர்  என்ற அறிவிப்பாளர் இடம்பெறுகிறார். இவரைத் தவிர இதில் இடம்பெறும் மற்ற அறிவிப்பாளர்கள் நம்பகமானவர்கள் என்பதில் யாருக்கும் மாற்றுக்கருத்தில்லை.

இவர் விஷயத்தில் மட்டும் இவர் பலவீனமானவர் என்று சிலர் கருத்து தெரிவிக்கின்றனர். ஆனால் அறிஞர்களின் ஒட்டுமொத்த விமர்சனங்களையும் சேர்த்துப் பார்க்கையில் இவர்களின் இந்த முடிவு தவறானது என்பதை அறியலாம்.

முஹம்மது பின் ஹிம்யர் நம்பகமானவர் என்று இமாம் இப்னு ஹிப்பான் இமாம் யஹ்யா பின் மயீன் மற்றும் துஹைம் ஆகியோர் கூறியுள்ளனர். இவர் விஷயத்தில் நான் நல்லதைத் தவிர வேறெதையும் அறியவில்லை என இமாம் அஹ்மது கூறியுள்ளார். இமாம் நஸயீ அவர்களும் இமாம் தாரகுத்னீ அவர்களும் இவரிடம் பிரச்சனை இல்லை என்று கூறியுள்ளனர். இமாம் இப்னு ஹஜர் அவர்கள் இவர் நம்பகமானவர் என்று சான்றளித்துள்ளார்.

இவர் விஷயத்தில் இரண்டு அறிஞர்கள் மட்டுமே குறை கூறியுள்ளனர். இமாம் அபூஹாதிம் இவரை ஆதாரமாக எடுக்க முடியாது என்று கூறியுள்ளார்.

இமாம் அபூஹாதிமைப் பொறுத்தவரை அறிவிப்பாளர்களைக் குறை கூறுவதில் கடினப் போக்குள்ளவர் ஆவார். இத்துடன் பலகீனத்துக்குரிய காரணத்தையும் அவர் தெளிவுபடுத்தவில்லை. எனவே இந்த அறிவிப்பாளர் குறித்து இவர் செய்துள்ள விமர்சனம் பல அறிஞர்களின் கூற்றுக்கு முரணாகவும் தெளிவில்லாமலும் இருப்பதால் இதை ஏற்க இயலாது. இவர் குறை கூறுவதில் நடுநிலை பேணாதவர் என்பதால் இவருடைய கூற்றை விட்டுவிட்டு மேற்கண்ட அறிஞர்களின் கூற்றை ஏற்பதே சரி.

அடுத்து யஃகூப் பின் சுஃப்யான் என்பவர் முஹம்மது பின் ஹிம்யர் வலிமையானவர் இல்லை என்று விமர்சனம் செய்துள்ளார். இந்தச் செய்தி பலவீனமானது என்று கூறுவோர் இந்த அறிஞரின் கூற்றையும் ஆதாரமாக முன்வைக்கின்றனர்.

ஆனால் இந்த அறிஞர் செய்துள்ள விமர்சனத்தால் அறிவிப்பாளர் ஹிம்யர் பலகீனமடைய மாட்டார். மேலும் இவர் குறித்து நல்ல விதமாகக் கூறியுள்ள அறிஞர்களின் கருத்துக்கு முரணில்லாத வகையில் யஃகூப் பின் சுஃப்யான் அவர்களின் விமர்சனத்தை நாம் புரிந்து கொள்ள இயலும்.

லைச பில் கவீ என்ற அரபுச் சொல்லை இவர் பயன்படுத்தியுள்ளார். இச்சொல் மோசமான மனனதத் தன்மையுள்ளவர் என்ற அர்த்தத்தைக் கொடுக்காது. மாறாக இலேசான மனனத் தன்மையுள்ளவர் என்ற அர்த்தத்தைக் கொண்டது என்று ஹதீஸ் கலை நூற்களில் கூறப்பட்டுள்ளது.

ஹதீஸ் கலையில் உறுதியான மனனத் தன்மையுள்ளவர்களின் அறிவிப்புகள் ஏற்கப்படுவதைப் போன்று இலேசான மனனத் தன்மையுள்ளவர்களின் அறிவிப்புகளும் ஏற்கப்படும். முரண்பாடுகள் வரும் போதே இத்தகையவர்களின் அறிவிப்புகள் பின்னுக்குத் தள்ளப்படும்.

உறுதியான மனனத் தன்மை கொண்டவர்களுக்கு அடுத்த அந்தஸ்தை  இலேசான மனனத் தன்மை கொண்டவர்கள் பெறுகின்றனர். அறிவிப்பாளர் ஹிம்யர் முதல் தரத்தைப் பெற்றவர் அல்ல. இரண்டாம் தரத்தைப் பெற்றவர் என்ற கருத்தில் தான் யஃகூப் பின் சுஃப்யான் விமர்சனம் செய்துள்ளார்.

இவரிடம் பிரச்சனை இல்லை என இமாம் நஸாயீ மற்றும் தாரகுத்னீ ஆகியோர் செய்த விமர்சனமும் இந்த அடைப்படையில் உள்ளவை தான். எனவே இவருடைய விமர்சனத்தால் அறிவிப்பாளர் ஹிம்யர் பலவீனராக மாட்டார்.

அறிவிப்பாளர் ஹிம்யர் விஷயத்தில் இன்னொரு தவறான வாதத்தையும் வைக்கின்றனர். இவர் தனித்து அறிவித்த எந்தச் செய்தியையும் இமாம் புகாரி அவர்கள் தனது நூலில் பதிவு செய்யவில்லை என்பதாலும் இவர் பலவீனமானவர் என்று வாதிடுகின்றனர்.

இது மிகத் தவறான வாதமாகும். ஒரு இமாம் ஒரு அறிவிப்பாளரைப் பதிவு செய்யாமல் விட்டு விட்டால் அந்த அறிவிப்பாளர் பலவீனராகி விடுவார் என ஹதீஸ் கலையில் எங்கும் சொல்லப்படவில்லை. ஹதீஸைத் தொகுப்பவர் எத்தனையோ பல காரணங்களுக்காக ஒருவரிடமிருந்து பதிவு செய்யாமல் இருப்பார். பலகீனம் என்பது தான் இதற்குக் காரணம் என இவர்களால் எப்படி அடித்துச் சொல்ல முடியும்?

ஏனென்றால் இமாம் புகாரி அவர்கள் தனது நூலில் ஒருவரின் செய்தியைப் பதிவு செய்வதற்கு தேவையான நிபந்தனைகளைக் காட்டிலும் கூடுதலாக சில நிபந்தனைகளை விதித்துள்ளார்கள். எத்தனையோ நம்பகமானவர்கள் இந்தக் கூடுதல் நிபந்தனைக்கு உட்படவில்லை என்பதால் அவர்களிடமிருந்து இமாம் புகாரி அவர்கள் பதிவு செய்யவில்லை. எனவே இவர்கள் அனைவரும் பலவீனமானவர்கள் என்ற முடிவுக்கு நாம் வர முடியுமா?

இமாம் இப்னு ஹஜர் அவர்கள் அனைத்து அறிஞர்களின் விமர்சனங்களையும் படித்துவிட்டு அவை ஒன்றுக்கொன்று எதிராக அமைந்திருந்தாலும் அவற்றிலிருந்து தனது முடிவை சுருக்கமாக ஒரு வரியில் தெரிவிப்பார். இந்த அறிஞர் அறிவிப்பாளர் ஹிம்யரைப் பற்றி ளயீஃப் (பலவீனமானவர்) என்று குறிப்பிடாமல் சதூக் நம்பிக்கைக்குரியவர். இலேசான மனனத் தன்மை கொண்டவர் என்று சான்றளித்துள்ளார்.

அறிவிப்பாளர் ஹிம்யர் விஷயத்தில் அதிகமான அறிஞர்கள் நல்லவிதமாக கூறிய கருத்துக்களே ஏற்புடையதாக இருக்கின்றது.

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Muslim College Life: Dating, Drinking and Deen???

December 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Freedom


Young people live for the day when they can move out of the house and go to college and finally be free. Freedom from their parents, from restrictions on their lifestyle, from everyone telling them what to do.

This is why in college you find a whole generation that does what they want. Life’s short they say, let’s enjoy ourselves while we can.

So it goes for Muslims. In college you find the most amazing things, Muslims who don’t pray, Muslims who date , go out to parties and drink.

Why is this happening?

For one, when students go off to university they finally realize that what they believed in was blind. Religion becomes like a fairytale, when they got old enough, they knew better than to believe in it.

Most have little knowledge about Islam and have maybe memorized the right rituals to get by. Why believe something on faith, they ask. After all we cannot see heaven or hell.

How do we know Islam is right anyway?Islamic culture to them means marrying someone they never knew. It means arranged marriages and never hanging out or having fun.

For girls Islamic culture has even less to offer. It would mean double standards or having to serve a husband the rest of her life.

The western alternative to this looks alot more attractive.

In western culture “love and romance” are supposedly everywhere. Everyone is out looking for love freely. Meeting someone, going out, seeking pleasure sounds alot better.But what about the downside? For love at first sight, you need to have the right image, the right hair, the right clothes.

Girls have to aspire to be like the latest supermodels, they have to hold back age. Who’s going out with who, what are my friends thinking, what will happen if I don’t get the right girl or guy, what is my girlfriend or boyfriend thinking, all become important.

Frustration, desperation, and unhappiness become the norm.

Imagine all the heartache youth would save if they followed the Islamic alternative.In true Islam, unlike culture, there is no game playing. If two people wish to be involved they are both straight with one another.

Unlike what goes on today amongst some Muslims, they both meet each other and make a contract to marry. Women are treated with respect, there is no sexual bombardment like there is in western society. Sex in western culture is also often seen as a vice or a sin of the flesh. But even in religious Islam, sex is seen as natural. As long as it is in the right circumstances, when the two are committed to one another in marriage.

Drinking in college is also the norm unfortunately. If you don’t drink or party you’re seen as weird. Drinking is cool and a way for people to socialize, meet and have fun. The one who doesn’t is less of a person and ‘misses out’. Drinking and all the harms that come with it is cut off at the root in Islam. So many problems are avoided, accidents, pregnancy, violence and even rape for example.

In college and in the world, success in life is not seen in terms of religion. It is seen as what other people think, one’s careers, how much money they make. If you are religious you must have failed at life. But why do we have this seperation? and this blindness in religion?

The Quran tells us again and again not to have blind faith, not to follow the religion of our forefathers.Yet, we as Muslims have stopped thinking. We may think about what our friends or other people will say, but we avoid thinking about the real issues.

We spend so much time on the opposite sex, thinking about careers, money etc, but we forget to think about death and how much of this we will really be able to take with us?

“Every soul shall have a taste of death and only on the Day of Judgement shall you be paid your full recompense…for the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception”
(Quran 3:185)

Shouldn’t we take the time to contemplate what will happen to us after we hit the grave? After all, what is the point of life if we are not accountable for our actions? If there is no creator, what is the point of being honest or good.

If we really look at our life we see that everything is indefinate, getting a job, even living until tomorrow. In fact we could die anytime, this is a definate, the _only_ dead certain thing in our life.

Most of us believe we can make up for our actions later or we can be religious later.

We are gambling.

The chances of our dying today are little, but the stakes are high. Allah reminds us of the importance of this,

“O you who believe, obey Allah as he should be obeyed, and die not except in a state of Islam” (Qu’ran 3:102)

Each of us needs to decide.

On the Day of Judgment it will be us alone who will be asked about our actions.

“Verily We have revealed the Book to thee in truth, for (instructing) mankind. He, then that receives guidance benefits his own soul: but he that strays injurs his own soul…”
(Quran 39:41)

This is the true definition of freedom. To learn about Islam and the world openly. To contemplate about life and death. And after learning the truth, obeying the word of God.

“Those on whom knowledge has been bestowed may learn that the (Quran) is the truth from your Lord, and that they believe therein, and their hearts may be made humbly (open)to it…”
(Quran 22:54)

Once students have this rock-solid intellectual belief in Islam, the corruptness and falseness of the people around them is clear. The beauty and wisdom of the islamic way, the best alternative is clear. What others do is of less importance. If others think they were weird to pray or weird to be honest, they would still pray and still be honest because they know their deen.

Our Quran’s are left on the top shelves, gathering dust. Sometimes the most it is read is when someone dies. How is this to help, when the guidance comes too late.  The Quran is for the living. The path to understanding and following Islam comes from learning first.
How many of us are Muslim, yet have never read the Quran in our native language?

How many of us are Muslim, yet have yet to open a book on hadith or sunnah?

How many of us defend Islam to non-Muslims, but do not follow it ourselves?

May Allah forgive and lead us and all those lost to the straight path.

InshaAllah.

Ameen.

By Huma Ahmad
based on a talk by Abdul Wajid “Born to be Brown”, UK

 

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Fatwa Against Terrorism

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29 Tips for Teens on How To Handle Pornography

December 29, 2010 Leave a comment

By Abdul Malik Mujahid

It’s hard being a teenager and trying to resist the images you’re bombarded with daily: the hot-looking guy or gal in the magazine; the sexual jokes in movies (even Shrek!) or the pervasive pornography and ad banners that pop up while you may simply be checking your e-mail or researching something for school. How do we protect ourselves from all of this?

Below is a list of tips that can help. You can add in comments what works for you:

Tip #1: Know what’s Halal and what’s not

Remember this rule of thumb: whatever is Haram (forbidden) to do, is Haram to watch.

All scholars of Islam agree that pornography is absolutely Haram and a clear sin.

Some may think, however, that only hard-core pornography is Islamically unacceptable. This is not true. Watching improperly dressed men and women in sexual situations, as well as engaged in various types of foreplay and dirty jokes are also not acceptable.

If you need a more detailed argument against it, read our article based on the Quran and Hadith.

Tip #2: Surf the Web or Watch T.V. When Others are Around

The living room or study room are better places to keep the computer since others are nearby and can see what you’re looking at. The temptation to sneak a look at dirty pictures or that bikini-clad babe is heightened when you’re alone in your room watching television or surfing the internet. Try to avoid late night TV and surfing. Instead, check out the tube or the web when others are around so you can resist the urge to sneak a peek, thinking no one’s watching.

It is a good idea not to have a TV or computer in the bedroom anyway.

Tip #3: Remember Allah is Watching You

If no one is watching, Allah is watching you. He is always there. He is Al Baseer, All Knowing and All Aware. He is the One Who has given us life. He is the One Who has told us right from wrong and given us a choice. He loves to see us successful in our test to bless us with the Everlasting life. He does not rest or sleep. He loves to see us do good and has promised rewards for it.

Tip #4: If It Happens, Seek Forgiveness & Don’t Insist on doing it

“É[Good people are those who] when they have committed a shameful deed (fuhsha) or have harmed themselves, remember God and pray that their sins be forgiven-for who but God could forgive sins?-and do not knowingly persist in doing whatever wrong they may have done.” (Quran 3:135).

Allah loves to see us asking for His forgiveness.

Tip #5: Just get up and leave

If you feel unable to control looking at the screen or the magazine, leave the situation. Get out of the living room, your bedroom where the internet is or where you’ve been reading the magazine. Take a walk. Just do something to physically get out of the situation.

Tip #6: Remember the Day of Judgment

You cannot assume looking at this stuff is no big deal. Your eyes will testify about what you looked at on the Day of Judgment. God is Most Just and Merciful, and He rewards us for the good and holds us responsible for the bad we do. His angels are around you who love to note down each good dead and hate to watch you do shameful things which they still must report. Every tiny act we do is noted down. May Allah make our accounting on the Day of Judgment easy.

Tip #7: Connect With Your Salat

If you are not praying, start now. Salat actively discourages pornography and fornication (fuhsha). Here is what Allah says about it: “É and be constant in prayer: for, behold, prayer restrains man from loathsome deeds and from all that runs counter to decency; and remembrance of God is indeed the greatest [good]. And God knows all that you do.” (Quran 29:45)

Tip #8: Learn About Haya in Islam

Haya is a beautiful concept in Islam. Sometimes translated as modesty or shame, there is no one word in English that fully describes what it means. It is a quality in character that makes a believer shine. Satan does not want you to have it. Pornography destroys Haya.

Tip #9: Avoid those involved in pornography

If one of your friends is into pornographic magazines, websites, dirty jokes etc. either help him/her change through gentle and sincere advice (see etiquettes of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil) or abandon frequent contact with them. Their addiction might affect you, so it’s best to stay as far away as possible, by remembering the danger to yourself and your relationship with God.

Tip #10: Avoid things that lead to sin

Too often, it’s easy to dismiss that billboard with the spandex-and-bikini-top-clad blonde girl advertising gum, or the guy in tight leather pants and no shirt advertising perfume. When you see it, remember the omnipresent God, and lower your gaze. Do the same for television and the internet. If you keep doing this, it’ll become a habit to avoid looking at these things.

Remember God is kind. An unintentional look is not Haram if you turn away as soon as you realize it.

Tip #11: Develop a More Productive Schedule

Learn to manage your time more productively. Develop a personal plan for yourself. If you don’t occupy your mind with good works, Satan will think of something bad for you. Think of wal Asr, Innal insane lafi khusr.. (Quran 103)

Tip #12: Are You Involved?

Surround yourself with spiritual influences. Join a study circle, volunteer for a good cause, become active in a Muslim youth group like MYNA or your Muslim Students’ Association. Good company is likely to have good influence on you. The involvement will also make good use of your time, sparing little for Satan.

Tip #13: Feeling overwhelmed? Remember Allah

In situations where you feel overwhelmed and can’t get yourself to switch the channel, close the browser window or turn your eyes away from the billboard, ask Allah’s help. You don’t necessarily need any heavy duty, long prayers. Just say La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (there is neither power nor strength except with God). It is short, simple and reminds you of Who is really in control and can help you out of this. Or if you cannot remember this, just move away saying Allah, Allah. Or bring any popular song about Allah to your lips.

Tip #14: Less TV is better

Although actors in a TV program may be “dressed,” if the show is about playing sexual games in public, is it worth watching? Less TV is always better. One of my American friends calls it the 19-inch Satan in our living rooms. She would rather not have it at all. A few broadcast channels are better than cable or satellite. Watching together as family is better than watching alone. Choosing through a TV guide what to watch is better than  channel surfing.

Tip #15: Satan is the Enemy: Seek refuge in God

Satan lured you into this mess. He is the big part of our tests in this life. Seeking refuge in Allah (saying Aoutho billahi minash Shaytan ir Rajeem), will help you resist him and his whisperings to continue looking at the material.

Tip #16: Remember others will Follow You

If you have younger brothers and sisters, think of the bad example you’re setting for them. What message are you sending them if they barge into your room and catch you watching Temptation Island or flipping through Playboy magazine?

Tip #17: Look for alternative entertainment

Playing sports is better for your health than watching. We have become way too dependent on electronic entertainment. It is unhealthy and leading our nation to obesity and health problems. Let’s stop being couch potatoes. Let’s build our bodies through sports and outdoor activities.

Tip #18: Surround yourself with the Quran

Make the Quran a part of your bedroom decor. Put paintings of your personal selection of these beautiful verses from God. Maybe commission a calligrapher to scribe your favorite verses in Arabic and English. I had one drawn with pencil and it sits in front of my desk. One of my daughters asked me to write one for her and she hung it up in front of her laptop.

How many copies and translations of the Quran do you own? Buy more. Become a collector.

If you are into listening the Quran on audio, keep changing your reciter of the Quran. It breaks the monotony and brings focus back to the words of God.

Tip #19: Remember your Mom and sister

Disgusting right? Exactly. No one in his right mind would look at his mom or sister the way pornographic magazines and websites depict women. Remember your mom and your sister, and that may help you stop.

Tip #20: Have someone watch over you

If you really feel you’re becoming addicted to this kind of material, try to watch TV, surf the internet with someone else. You don’t have to tell them why you’re doing this, but this method can perhaps keep you in check and help you avoid looking at pornography or other similar material. After all, Satan tempts us most easily when we’re alone. Sitting in the company of a family member or trusted friend will help.

Tip #21: Fasting helps

The Prophet Muhammad advised us to fast to cool passions. This should be a method we use to handle the desire aroused by pornography and similar material. Peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Prophet.

Tip #22: Life is full of tests

We human beings are weak people. We sometimes make mistakes. We are not perfect. When you fail, don’t despair. You can get away from sin by defeating a Satanic suggestion the next time around. Sometimes we don’t mean to watch but end up doing it anyway. But as soon as a thought comes to your mind that you are doing wrong, stop right there. If you persist, that will be become a sin which you have chosen intentionally.

Don’t feel guilty if you did not plan to watch it. Sometimes the web and email technology force this filth on you. Just move away as fast as you can.

Tip #23: Get Married

Yes. You heard me right. Get married. The real thing is better than the fakeness of pornography which destroys you mentally, physically, and spiritually. In Muslim families, we see many younger people getting married while they are still in school. Texas law allows persons as young as 13 to get married with parental consent and a judge’s order. Other states require at least 16 years of age for a marriage license. Talk to your parents. I am personally against very young people marrying, but it is certainly better than them having sinful relationships with each other or with the fictional characters brought to them through the web, magazines and films. There is no shame in talking to your parents and Imams about it. Make a decision with Shura if you want to get married early.

Marriage helps you overcome the destructive directions of a blessing of God called sex.

Tip #24: Use technology to help

There are many filters and spam stopping technologies which are available through different internet providers as well as for your email client. Use technology to close doors for pornography, a heinous crime against humanity.

Tip #25: It is not a Sin if you did not mean it

Sometimes we are just surfing the internet and something else pops up. It may show up in emails despite all the filters. As long as you did not mean to watch and move away immediately it is not a sin. Thank God, Alhamdu lillah. He does not hold us accountable for unintentional things.

Tip #26: Do Tauba, Repent and Return to Allah

He loves to see us come back. If you do end up watching the bad stuff, repent to Allah. Seek His forgiveness, reaffirm your faith in Him, and do good deeds to compensate for what you’ve done. He is All-Forgiving as long as you are sincere.

Tip #27: Repent Again and Fine Yourself

If you lapse, repent again. God is All-Forgiving as long as we mean it. But then you need to discipline yourself by promising that if you do it again, you will pay this much in charity or fast for a day.

The message is: don’t give up on yourself. Keep trying. Struggle is life. Satan can get you down, but you can and will beat him with God’s help if you are serious about changing.

Tip #28: Pray, Pray and Pray

Never underestimate the power of prayer. Dua is the essence of worship. You connect to God through prayers. Talk to Him. He listens. While there, pray for this author and Sound Vision as well.

Tip #29: Fight Against Pornography

You will be blessed in your struggle if you speak and fight against pornography. It is not one person’s problem. It is a problem that is hurting many people.

 

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Staying Up Late, A Disease of Modern Times

December 29, 2010 Leave a comment

They roam the streets when everyone is asleep. Or they may hang out with friends all night at the local ‘hookah place’. Or if they have nothing to do, some of them may even ‘egg’ some poor unsuspecting person’s house….’just because’. And if they are not ‘out there’, they are indoors, up until the wee hours of the morning, watching movies, listening to music, playing video games or chatting on the Internet, just because it’s ‘summer vacation’.
Yes, that’s right, brothers and sisters, that’s our youth during the summer.

And even when it is not summer, they stay up late even then. They think it is ‘cool’ to do so.
And, unfortunately, this ‘disease of late nights’ has become so widespread that we, as parents, don’t think much of it either. In fact, many of us adults are afflicted with this same disease ourselves. We come back from parties and dinners late at night and we let our kids do the same.

However what we don’t realize is….. that’s not how Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala intended the order of things. In fact, it is quite contrary to the natural rhythm which Allaah has created in the universe and in mankind. Allaah says:

“It is He who has appointed the night a covering for you and sleep for a rest. The day He has appointed for rising.” (Surah Furqaan: 47)

Thus, the night is created for rest and the day for work and for seeking provision. Yet we do the exact opposite. We are up at night and sleep late into the day, sometimes, up to or even beyond Dhuhr time, and waste much precious time. ‘Umar Radhi Allaahu Anhu used to punish people the people who did this and say: ‘You stay up for the first part of the night, then sleep for the last part of it?’”.

If we look at how the righteous before us spent their nights, we realize that they used their nights as a means to earning Jannah; praying, reciting the Qur’aan, crying and supplicating to Allaah. However, some of us Muslims, today take their nights as a means of entertainment and fun and even, aaoodhu billaah, a means of haraam and sin.

Actually, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) himself, did not like to stay up or even speak after Ishaa.

“The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) used to like to delay the ‘Ishaa’ prayer and he hated to sleep before it or talk after it”. (Bukhaari).

He also disapproved of staying up late and warned against it.

He (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Beware of staying up after people’s movements settle.”

Why did he do that? Because staying up late might cause many harms. Some of them are:

 

1. It may cause one to totally miss the Fajr prayer

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Between a man and kufr and shirk, there stands his giving up prayer.” (Muslim)

2. Even if you do wake up for Fajr, it is extremely hard to concentrate in the prayer or even know what one is saying.

3. Staying up late causes health problems, exhaustion, weakness, and loss of enthusiasm. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Staying up late is tiring and burdensome.” (Daarimi, Tabaraani, others)

4. It also leads to lack of responsibility and laziness, as it is extremely difficult to wake up early for school, job, etc. if you are up half the night. The person ends up sleeping late into the day, missing his work, and slacking in responsibility. Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad said: There are two qualities that harden the heart: sleeping too much and eating too much.

5. We also miss out on the most blessed part of the day is the early morning. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) said:
“The early morning has been blessed for my Ummah.”(Saheeh al-Jaami’). That’s why whenever the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) sent out troops or an army, he would send them at the beginning of the day. But by sleeping late, we lose the blessings of this time and the profits we could have gained.

6. If we don’t sleep early, we can’t wake up in time for qiyaam ul-lail, a time for prayer, making dua and seeking forgiveness from Allaah, as the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Our Lord descends every night to the heavens when there is only one third of the night remaining and says: Who is supplicating to me so that I can respond to him? Who is asking Me for something so that I can grant him that which he is asking for? Who is seeking My forgiveness so that I can forgive him”(Bukhaari, Muslim)

Is it befitting that we, as Muslims, miss this honorable and virtuous time and waste it either sleeping or following our desires?

7. Staying up late is also a major reason behind many of the moral crimes, community problems, car accidents, etc.

Exceptions to the rule:

The Ulama say that staying up late unnecessarily is nothing but a bad habit, unless it serves a purpose, such as praying and worshipping Allaah, seeking knowledge of Islaam, a person’s job, traveling, students preparing for exams, or other beneficial or permissible matters.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“Staying up late is for one of three categories of people; those traveling, those praying the night prayers, or those on their wedding night.” (Abu Ya’laa).

What Islaam encourages us to do is to sleep early, preferably right after Ishaa, then wake up early in time for
our prayers (Fajr and Tahajjud, if possible) and then take advantage of the blessings of early morning for our work and provision. We are also encouraged to take a nap during the day, either before Dhuhr or after, if we are able to.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Take a nap, for the shayaateen do not take naps.” (al-Tabaraani–Saheeh). Ishaaq ibn ‘Abd-Allaah said: “Taking a nap is one of the deeds of good people. It revitalizes the heart and helps one to pray qiyaam al-layl.”

Brothers and sisters, realize that staying up late is a diseased lifestyle that takes one away from the religion of Allaah and encourages the following of ones lusts and desires. One should avoid it unless there is a legitimate reason for it. Not only should we keep our kids away from it, we ourselves need to break this bad habit and develop healthy lifestyles and wholesome ways.
May Allaah enable us to realize the harms and evils of staying up late. May He enable us to utilize our time in the most productive manner, that is most pleasing to Him. Ameen.

 

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