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Adultery - Major Sins in Islam and Punishment

Adultery or fornication, known as zina in Arabic, is considered a sin in all religions. The seventh commandment of the Bible says “Thou shall not commit adultery.” The Bible decrees the death sentence for both the adulterer and the adulteress (Lev. 20:10). Nevertheless, this sin has been committed throughout history and opportunities for adultery abound in today’s culture. While tabloid stories report affairs of politicians, millionaires, and movie stars, many movies promote adultery. How prevalent is adultery? The Janus Report on Sexual Behavior estimates that “More than one-third of men and one-quarter of women admit having had at least one extramarital sexual experience.”[1] Fornication is a Sin in Islam In Islam, Allah has laid rules for sex. Zina is forbidden and one of the most serious major sins (kabeerah) after shirk and murder. Zina destroys imaan, takes away the quality of faith from a person, and exposes him to punishment and humiliation unless he repents. Allah s

BOYCOTTING THE PRODUCTS OF KUFFAAR WHO ARE HOSTILE TOWARDS ISLAM

Praise be to Allaah. Firstly: The basic principle is that it is permissible to interact and do business, buying and selling, with the Jews and others, because it is proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his companions interacted with the Jews of Madeenah, buying and selling, lending and putting items in pledge, and other kinds of interactions that are permissible according to our religion. The Jews with whom the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) interacted were people with whom the Muslims had a treaty; those who broke the treaty were either killed or expelled, or were left alone if that served some interest. But there is evidence which indicates that it is permissible to buy and sell with kuffaar who are in a state of war against the Muslims. Imam al-Bukhaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Chapter: Buying and selling with the mushrikeen and people who are at war with Islam. Then he narrated (2216) that ‘Abd al-R

THE BLESSINGS OF LIVING BY THE SUNNAH

Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) is a unique gift of incalculable blessings for us from Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'la). One can possess this gift and experience the blessings only by following his Sunnah, his way of life. Only through the Sunnah can one reap the full harvest of Islam. The Muslim is at his best when he lives by the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). This is exactly what is meant when Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'la) says in the Qur'an , "Verily in the Messenger of Allah you have the best example for him who looks unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much" (Al- Ahzab 33:21). The Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) has two dimensions, internal and external. The internal sphere comprises his relationship with Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'la), his view of life and its purpose and ultimate end, the aspirations of his soul, his heart's desires, his thoughts and feelings. The external sphe

How Should We Choose Our Friends According to Islam?

Allah has blessed me with many wonderful friendships throughout my life. Most have served as a comforting, healing balm that has pulled me through some of the more difficult times of my life. Others have created so much drama and turmoil that I couldn't cut them loose fast enough! I have friendships that have followed me from childhood until now, as I attempt to raise my own children, and I have encountered fresh, new relationships in the process of carving their own deep, meaningful connections. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allah exalt his mention ) was known to have said, "When souls recognize one another, they will become friends, if not, they will simply part ways." [Muslim] The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allah exalt his mention ) also stated, “A true believer is a mirror to his brother. He prevents him from any harm.” [Abu Daawood] We are in fact mirrors in some way of those we decide to take on as companions. I have

RULING ON TRADING IN CURRENCIES

Praise be to Allaah. Dealing in currencies is permissible so long as the exchange takes place in the same sitting as the contract is made. It is permissible to sell euros for dollars so long as the exchange takes place in the same sitting as the contract is made. But when the deal is concerning the same type of currency, such as selling one dollar for two dollars, that is not permissible because it is a type of riba.  In that case they should be of equal amounts and the exchange must take place in the same sitting as the contract if the exchange is concerning one type of currency. The evidence for that is the report narrated by ‘Ubaadah ibn al-Saamit (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Gold for gold, silver for silver, wheat for wheat, barley for barley, dates for dates, salt for salt, like for like, same for same, hand to hand. If the types are different then sell however you like, so long as it i

BEWARE OF WHAT CAUSES BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN

There are several causes of behavioral problems and psychological disorders that befall our children, some of which afflict them throughout their lives -- such as introversion, aggression and lying. Some of the following causes are fundamental to most of the problems: • BAD ROLE MODELS A child could fall into the habit of telling lies if he finds one of the adults telling him a lie or telling a lie to anyone else. A child could learn to cheat and steal when he gives his mother the sum of money that remains after buying bread, for example, and when she finds an extra pound or loaf, she neither rejects the child's behavior nor orders him to return it to the seller. What does a smoking father expect from his child when he grows up? How could he order him not to smoke if he has been smoking in front of him for many years? Thus, a bad example is among the greatest causes of psychological and behavioral problems from which our children suffer. • CONTEMPT AND HUMILIATION To b

ZAKAAH ON USURPED WEALTH

Praise be to Allaah. Firstly: If your intention was to develop the land in order to live there or to rent it out, then there is no zakaah on this land because it does not come under the heading of trade goods. But if your intention was to deal in it, then the basic principle is that trade goods are subject to zakaah. So the value of this land should be worked out every time one hijri year has passed, then you should pay zakaah on it according to its market value. But if this land has been usurped and you are not able to dispose of it, there is no zakaah on it according to the more correct scholarly opinion. Ibn Qudaamah said in al-Kaafi: With regard to usurped property, lost property and debt owed to one who cannot get it off because the debtor is in difficulty or because he denies he owes anything or he keeps deferring the payment, there are two view on this issue… etc. Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said: There are two opinions in our madhhab.

Maximize Use of Your Time With These Tips From the Seerah

Time is limited. Death is certain. However, our intention to live a productive life and to serve Allah and His creation will itself be enough to count as a positive action. If you study the seerah (life of Prophet Muhammad) with specific focus on his daily and regular routines, it is an eye-opener. How meticulous he was in planning every aspect of his day; how he prioritized tasks; how serious he was about keeping his word and how he kept his speech precise and not indulging in idle talk. He was the best of creation, Khayru-l-Khalq, and it is natural we should learn from his example. Below are five lessons on time-management that we can draw from the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) enormously productive and purpose-driven life. 1. BE AN EARLY RISER The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “O Allah, bless my nation in their early mornings (i.e., what they do early in the morning).” [Ibn Majah] Schedule your important tasks earlier in

THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE TRUST IN THE NOBLE QURAN

Allah Almighty says (what means): {O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment. Indeed, We offered the trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, and they declined to bear it and feared it; but man [undertook to] bear it. Indeed, he was unjust and ignorant.} [Quran 33: 70-72] This noble verse is a call to the believers, i.e. those who are pleased with Allah as their Lord, with Islam as their religion and with Muhammad sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allah exalt his mention ) as their Prophet and Messenger. They are commanded to fear Allah and then speak words of appropriate justice. This implies that saying words of appropriate justice is a sign of fearing Allah Almighty. The tongue expresses the content of the heart and indicates the righteousness of deeds, which entails the forgivenes

OPTIMAL WAYS OF ATTAINING INNER TRANQUILITY AND SERENITY

This life is not our eternal dwelling but a short-lived and ephemeral abode. A person is destined to face sundry pains, suffering, hardships and sorrows in this transient life, as there are many reasons that lead to boredom, dullness, irritation and anxiety. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {We have certainly created man into hardship.} [Quran 90:4] Indeed, everyone faces suffering and hardships in their lives. Misery and adversities are inherently characteristic of this ephemeral life. However, what distinguishes people in this regard is the way they handle their suffering and hardship and the methods and strategies they employ to deal with the reasons for their dullness, irritation, and anxiety. Despite all the available conveniences, luxuries, and amenities that we enjoy today, and although we possess all that we need in order to relish a comfortable life and worldly bliss, boredom and anxiety is still growing among people! This should drive all those who seek happiness

5 WAYS TO PROFIT FROM PAIN

You may have met some people, not only in movies, but in real life, who have a knack for turning every opportunity into profit— every bit of rock they come across into gold. I once heard of a businessman who bought a certain airlines company which was not only incurring losses, but was in a huge debt. He bought it with one buck, and made a huge success out of it. Is this a quality which people are born with, or can it be acquired through learning and practice? Like every other quality, it is to some extent a gift that people have, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn it. One of the greatest loses that we incur in our life is psychological pain. It is often worse than bankruptcy, worse than physical injury, especially its origin is hurtful behavior of our close ones. Is it possible then to convert this pain in the heart into profit? Scholars of the past have said that it is, but of course it takes a lot of patience and practice. 1) REAP THE BENEFITS OF PATIENCE The re

IS ZAKAAH DUE ON MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT?

Praise be to Allaah. Company buildings, heavy and light machinery and vehicles that are used to transport goods or company workers are not subject to zakaah. The early scholars stated that the tools of craftsmen such as carpenters, builders, blacksmiths and the like are not subject to zakaah. Al-Kasaani said in Badaa’i’ al-Sanaa’i’ (3/398): As for the tools of the craftsman and the buckets and containers, they are not trade goods, because they are not usually sold with the goods. End quote. In Kashshaaf al-Qinaa’ (168/2) it says: There is no zakaah on craftsmen’s tools, containers used for displaying goods or the jars and bottles used for perfume and groceries, or for oil and honey, unless they are intended for sale, i.e., the bottles and their contents, in which case zakaah should be paid on both because they are goods for trade. The same applies to the equipment used for tending animals. If they are to be kept then there is no zakaah on them, because they are tools of the tr

Importance of Time in the Life of the Muslim

Everything, when lost, can be regained, except time. If it is lost, there is no hope to regain it. That is why time is the most precious thing that can ever be possessed in this life. Islam is a religion that acknowledges the importance of time and appreciates its seriousness. Allah Almighty says (what means): {Indeed, in the alternation of the night and the day and [in] what Allah has created in the heavens and the earth are signs for a people who fear Allah.} [Quran 10: 6] Islam distributed its great acts of worship over the parts of the day and the seasons of the year to form an accurate, precise system that organizes the Islamic life and measures it with minutes, from the rise of dawn till sunset. Allah Almighty says (what means): {So exalted Is Allah when you reach the evening and when you reach the morning. And to Him is [due all] praise throughout the heavens and the earth. And [exalted Is He] at night and when you are at noon.} [Quran 30: 17-18] Man's lifespan is his

RULES OF JOKING IN ISLAM

Some people joke too much and it becomes a habit for them. This is the opposite of the serious nature which is the characteristic of the believers. Joking is a break, a rest from ongoing seriousness and striving; it is a little relaxation for the soul. ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez (may Allah have mercy on him) said:“Fear joking, for it is folly and generates grudges.” Imam al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:“The kind of joking which is forbidden is that which is excessive and persistent, for it leads to too much laughter and hardening of the heart, it distracts from remembrance of Allah, and it often leads to hurt feelings, generates hatred and causes people to lose respect and dignity. But whoever is safe from such dangers, then that which the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to do is permissible for him.” Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas said:“Set a limit to your jokes, for going to extremes makes you lose respect and incites the foolish against you.

HOW TO TEACH OUR KIDS TAWHEED.

When we want to teach our kids Tawheed (i.e. Islamic monotheism) should we have to read classical texts and books in this regard? No, this is not needed in the early stages of their lives because this requires long hours of attentiveness and hard work, which is difficult for children. Later in life, one can do so when their level of comprehension allows them to grasp what is being read and said to them. Initially, one can convey what he wants in the form of relating stories of the companions of the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allah exalt his mention ) who gave precedence to their faith and to worshipping Allah over living in their homelands and amongst their families and tribes, and highlight that this was because the companions, may Allah be pleased with them, realized that the reason why Allah created us was for the sole purpose of worshipping Him. One May Resort To Other Means Of Teaching Them, Such As: UTILIZING QURANIC STUDY CIRCLES: In such a case the

VIRTUE OF THE MONTH OF ALLAH MUHARRAM

Praise be to Allah. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets and Leader of the Messengers, and upon all his family and companions. To proceed: The month of Allah Muharram is a great and blessed month. It is the first month of the Hijri year and is one of the sacred months concerning which Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred, (i.e. the 1st, the 7th, the 11th and the 12th months of the Islamic calendar). That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein” [Soorat at-Tawbah 9:36]. It was narrated from Abu Bakrah (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him): “… The year is twelve months, of which four are sacred: three consecutive months, Dhu al-Qa‘dah, Dhu a

Islam's Stance on Celebrating Birthdays

Is celebrating birthdays forbidden? Why is it frowned? Isn’t it just simple fun and enjoyment? We only invite friends and have a meal. Aren't we even allowed to celebrate anything? We only exchange gifts! Are exchanging presents improper? We always encounter these types of questions in our day-to-day life. Most of the people argue that neither celebrating ‘birthday’ is mentioned in the Quran nor our Prophet (pbuh) ever expressed anything about? So what is wrong with it? Anyway, the genuine question is why do we celebrate birthdays? And therein lies the real discussion. Since it has now become a custom and everybody is doing it, so we feel socially obliged to follow it. And what do we do on the occasion? Bake a cake, put on candles for every year of the child's age, and blow the candle and make a wish. Are any of these acts un-Islamic? In fact, history of birthday observance can be traced back before the rise of Christianity. In pagan culture, it was believed evil s