A MONTH OF IBAADAT
The moments of Ramadhaan, whether night or day, are very auspicious. The thawaab for ibaadat is multiplied manifold during the month of Ramadhaan. Ramadhaan is not a month of feasting as many people think it is.
Womenfolk generally deprive themselves of much thawaab by wasting most of this holy time in the kitchen preparing delicacies. While there is nothing wrong in preparing delicious foods, they should not devote their full time to this pursuit. They should increase their ibaadat.
The time before iftaar is very auspicious. Dua is readily accepted during the moments approaching iftaar. The ending of the fast should coincide with the fasting person engaged in some form of ibaadat. As iftaar time heralds, the fast should be lightly broken with only some dates or water. There should be no feasting at the time of iftaar. Immediately after iftaar perform Maghrib and Awwaabeen Salaat. Thereafter the feasting, not over-eating, may commence.
The Nights of Eid too are among the holiest occasions. The Eid Nights are like the Night of Qadr. These Nights are not meant to be wasted in the kitchen or in unnecessary worldly pursuits. As much time as possible should be spent in communion with Allah Ta’ala.
A FULLY CULTURED PERSON
Culture is mistakenly equated with secular education and the external facade of niceties when meeting and dealing with people. According to Islam, culture is something far superior and nobler than what materialists understand.
Hadhrat Fuzail Bin Iyaaz (rahmatullah alayh), explaining the meaning of culture said:
“A fully cultured person is one who possesses the following attributes:
- He is obedient to his parents,
- He is kind to his relatives.
- He honours his friends.
- He displays good character to his family and workers.
- He protects his Deen.
- He protects his wealth (i.e. does not waste it) and spends whenever the need arises.
- He spends most of the time at home.
- He abstains from idle talk and futile gatherings.”
Q. I gave some money to a poor person without any intention. Can I later make intention of Zakaat?
A. If the needy person has not used up the money yet, then the niyyat of Zakaat may be made.
Q. Will it be sinful to make Thikr during the English talk on the day of Jumuah?
A. No, it is not sinful to engage in Thikrullaah during the English bayaan.
Q. Is there a difference in the impurity of a male baby’s urine and a female baby’s urine?
A. In terms of the Hanafi Math-hab which we follow, a female baby’s urine and a male baby’s urine are the same in degree of impurity.
Q. Is Janaazah Salaat performed for a person who commits suicide?
A. Even if someone commits suicide, Janaazah Salaat has to be performed.
Q. Is the Sunnah I’tikaaf of Ramadhaan valid in a khaanqah?
A. The Sunnah I’tikaaf is not valid in the khaanqah. It is valid only in a Musjid where the five daily Salaat are performed.