HONOUR THE ATHAAN
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordered attentive ears for the Athaan. Muslims are expected to listen attentively to the Athaan and respond in like terms to the Muath-thin. Only when the Muath-thin proclaims: Hayya alas Salaah, Hayya alal Falaah, will the response be: Walahoula wala quwwata illa billaah.
The command to listen and respond is directed to everyone, except to those who happen to be in the process of Salaat. Ustaadhs and lecturers are not excluded from this command. There is no evidence for the total abandonment of this command. Ustaadhs and those engaging in bayaans (Deeni lectures) have exempted themselves from this command without any valid basis.
When the Athaan begins, those engaged in Tilaawat of the Qur’aan, in teaching and lecturing, should terminate their personal acts of ibaadat and be at attention to fulfil the Masnoon command of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
Personal acts of piety and worship can be resumed at any time. But, there is no compensation for missing the Masnoon act of listening and responding to the Muath-thin. Personal opinion, whims and fancy should be set aside when these clash with Masnoon acts, the observance of which is incumbent.
“Constantly keep cutting the nails, for verily it is the place of shaitaan, and from it (long nails) develop forgetfulness.” Long finger nails are a haraam kuffaar style. Under such filthy nails dwell shaitaan.
Q & A
Q. I saw in the cemetery a man wearing jeans and T-shirt smoking. At the graveside of his relative. Is it permissible to smoke inside the cemetery?
A. Once when Hadhrat Hasan Basri (Rahmatullah alayh) saw a man eating bread in a Qabrustaan, he commented that the man was a ‘munaafiq’. The chap with the jeans smoking at the graveside cannot be a Muslim although he may have been born in a Muslim home. His appallingly evil conduct testifies to his kufr. It is haraam to smoke even outside the cemetery or anywhere else.
Q. The baby died after two days. Should Aqeeqah be made?
A. There is no Aqeeqah for the infant who dies before seven days.
Q. What is the status of assisting beggars who have taken up begging as a profession?
A. If it is ascertained that the ‘beggar’ is not in need and that begging has become his profession, then he should not be given anything. However, if one has no certitude, then give him/her some food or a small sum, e.g. one rand.