Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cats in Islam

The Prophet Muhammad (s) was tender and kind towards cats. He appreciated cats. Muhammad’s (s) favorite cat was called Muezza. There is a well known story regarding the Prophet Muhammad (s) and Muezza.

When the call to prayers was heard, Muezza was asleep on one of the sleeves of the Prophet’s (s) robes. The Prophet (s) wanted to wear the robe to go to prayers. Rather than disturb Muezza, Muhammad (s) cut off the sleeve to leave Muezza in peace. Prophet (s) then stroked the cat three times, which, it is said, granted Muezza seven lives and the ability to land on his feet at all times (as you might know, cats have a self-righting mechanism,a righting reflex, which is a complex series of movements when a cat falls and which protects the cat from breaking her back).

Prophet (s) was so attached to his cat that when he gave sermons he let Muezza rest on his lap and he also drank from water previously drunk by his cat. He also did his ablutions from the same water that was drunk by a cat. He seemed to treat his cat in the same way as cat lovers do today but even cat lovers might think twice about drinking the same water that had been drunk by a cat for fear of transmission of disease from the cat’s saliva (but see below).

Islam teaches Muslims to treat cats well and that the cat is a creature to be cherished and loved. Mistreating a cat is regarded as a severe sin in Islam.

An example as to how Muslims are punished for mistreating cats can be found in the `ahadith (oral traditions telling the story of the Prophet Mohammed (s) and which have been recorded in writing). When a woman kept a cat locked up and failed to feed the cat until the cat died, the woman was tortured and "put to hell.”

It is believed that you will suffer no harm if you drink from the cat’s water provided no impurities are seen in the cat’s mouth. In another story from the `ahadith, it is stated that a when a cat ate a pudding put down during prayers, the person who was in charge of the pudding ate from the same place as the cat and Prophet (s) said this was alright as the cat is not unclean and is "one of those who go around amongst us".

Islam teaches Muslims that, in relation to a cat:

the cat should not be sold for money or other traded goods
cats saliva is harmless unless the cat has "visible impurities" in the mouth
that Muslims are free to live with cats but they must treat cats well, providing the cat with enough water and food and giving "roaming time" (a degree of freedom of movement)
Bukhari’s authentic hadith is one of the six major Sunni hadith collections (Wikipedia). Muslims see this hadith as the most trusted collection; many would say the most authoritative book after the Qur`an.

This hadith regarding cats is set out in Volume 3, Book 40, Number 552. The story of the women mentioned above is recited. It seems that the woman was scratched by the cat and to punish the cat she imprisoned it and failed to feed it. Her actions were frowned upon and she was duly punished.

Islam’s teachings in relation to cats indicates a gentle approach to our fellow creatures, including humans!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

A Short Story about Two Men and Zakat

Paying Zakat is the best way to purify and add substance to your money.

A fictional story written by Sameer...

There is a rich man who has £500,000 in his bank account and he realises that he must pay £12,500 Zakat (2.5% of his savings). He spends many hours thinking about what he should do, he thinks that it's not fair on him if he pays so much Zakat. He doesn't feel right giving such a big amount away in a matter of minutes. So he convinces himself that he should only give £2,500 Zakat and he feels that is sufficient.

A few months later, the man is on holiday and his bag goes missing and as a result he loses a phone worth £500 and a laptop worth £1,000. He returns from holiday and he realises that his car insurance has gone up by £500. He invested some money in shares some time ago and unfortunately share prices drop dramatically and he is forced to lose £5,000. He feels frustrated and starts to think that it is his bad luck that is causing him to lose so much money. He buys a used car for himself which lets him down a few weeks later due to a faulty engine, and he ends up selling it, at a loss of £3,000. One day, the man sits down and adds up all his losses and he realises that he has lost £10,000 due to misfortune. When the man reflects upon his loss, he remembers that £10,000 is the Zakat money that he should have given to the needy. He realises that it would have been much better for him to give the money as Zakat than to hold on to it and go through all the adversities he had to face. The man acknowledges that without the Mercy of Allah, he would never have had so much money in his bank in the first place, so by holding on to it and not paying the full amount of Zakat, he was being ungrateful.

There is another man who has just enough money to make Zakat compulsory for him. He calculates the Zakat due and pays all of it. He believes that the Zakat money is not for him, so by giving it to the poor he is not losing anything. The man feels that every penny he has, is a gift from Allah, then why should he hesitate when it comes to helping the poor, in order to earn the Pleasure of Allah. The man struggles financially later in the year, but somehow money starts to come to him, from sources that he couldn't have imagined. At work, his manager leaves the company and he gets promoted, his salary is doubled. He becomes the youngest person to become a manager in his company. In the same year, the man becomes ill and requires an expensive operation. He is worried about the cost of the operation and decides to postpone it till he has more savings. However, a new scheme is launched by a local hospital which makes him eligible to have the operation for free. The operation goes well and the man recovers after a few weeks. He starts to think about how he has been fortunate over the year, every difficult situation has been taken care of and he has come out stronger.

MORAL: Paying Zakat is the best way to purify and add substance to your money and to keep yourself protected from any form of misfortune.

Written by Sameer Hussain

Friday, December 16, 2011

Islamic Talk by Muhammad Abdul Jabbar in Birmingham

The talk by Brother Muhammad Abdul Jabbar (delivered on 16th December 2011 in Alum Rock, Birmingham, UK) was interesting and informative at the same time. The brother used a loud and angry tone in his voice and he argued that given the situation of the Muslims and what is happening in our society, there is reason to be emotional as he was.

He said that the young Muslims in our community have taken Tupac, Jay-Z, Beyonce, J-Lo, Ronaldo, etc. as role models in their lives. But, the only role model that we should follow is Prophet Muhammad (saw) and we should aspire to follow his example in our everyday lives and our behaviour, as well as actions.

Drug dealers have become role-models, youngsters see the Ferraris and Q7's and are attracted by that kind of lifestyle. But Allah (swt) has punished many drug dealers in the past and will continue to do so, none of them can escape his punishment. A drug dealer would not be able to tolerate it if he came down the stairs in the morning and saw his mother, his sister, his father or brother as a crack-head (drug addict). Yet a drug dealer ruins the lives of hundreds of people by supplying drugs to people and ruining entire families.

They think Allah (swt) Won't Punish them or they might escape, but they realise not that the Punishment can come at any time and Allah Will Grab them and their punishment will intensely severe. How can such people be our role-models?

People like Tupac and 50-Cent, we watch them on YouTube, Facebook, follow them on Twitter, they have become role-models for the Muslims of today. A role model is someone you look up to and aspire to be like.

The brother also went on to say that brothers across Birmingham naming most of the areas including Alum Rock and Sparkhill, think they are hard, selling and taking drugs, they walk around as if people should fear them, but do they not realise that Allah Can punish them as and when He Wishes.

He also criticised Sheesha lounges, mentioning Moon Lounge, Exhale and others, and claimed that they are corrupting the young generation and promoting a culture that contradicts the teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). He stated that even Muslim brothers practising their religion commonly attend such environments, as well as sisters that wear the Hijab. The brother also gave examples of shocking events that have taken place amongst Muslim youth. Brother Abdul Jabbar also criticised Diary of a Bad Man on YouTube for making a mockery of Islam and questioned why such material has become widespread and popular when it shows utmost disrespect against Islam. He also criticised a Muslim woman that wears the Hijab and makes jokes involving Islam and claimed that she is making a mockery of our beliefs.

The video of the talk will be uploaded on YouTube once the same talk has been delivered at other cities within UK.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Good Character from the Life of Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq (RA)

Rabee'ah Al-Aslami (ra) said:

I used to serve the Messenger of Allah (saw), so he gave me some land. Then we began arguing about a cluster of palm trees.

Abu Bakr said, "The palm trees are within the boundary of my property" and I said, "they are within my boundary". Some harsh words were exchanged between Abu Bakr and myself, and Abu Bakr said something to me that I did not like.

Afterwards Abu Bakr felt sorry for what he had said and he said to me, "O Rabee'ah, say the same back to me so that you can retaliate against me."

I said, "I will not."

Abu Bakr then said, "You either say the same to me or I will go and get the Messenger of Allah (saw) involved against you."

I replied, "I will not do it."

Therefore, Abu Bakr (ra) went to the Prophet (saw) and I went behind him.

Then a group of people came and said to me, "May Allah have mercy on Abu Bakr. Why is he going to the Messenger of Allah (saw) for when he was the one who said to you what he said?"

Rabee'ah said, "I then asked them, 'Do you all know who this is?! This is Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq and he is the second of the two [who were mentioned in the Q'uran (9:40) i.e. Prophet Muhammad (Saw) and Abu Bakr (ra)].

He is the respected elder of the Muslims. Beware of him coming and seeing you all helping me against him, or he may become angry. Then the Messenger of Allah (saw) will come and get angry because of Abu Bakr's anger. Then Allah will become angry because of the anger of both of them. Then Rabee'ah would be destroyed."

The people said, "What do you command us to do?"

Rabee'ah said, "Go back to your homes." Therefore Abu Bakr (ra) went to Messenger of Allah (saw) and I followed him by myself until he came to the Prophet (Saw).

Then he informed the Prophet (Saw) of what happened, just as it happened.

The Messenger of Allah (saw) raised his head towards me and said, "O Rabee'ah, what is the matter with you and As-Siddeeq (Abu Bakr)?"

I said, "O Messenger of Allah, such and such happened, then he (Abu Bakr) said something to me that I disliked. Then he said, 'Say back to me what I said so that it may be a retataliation (for you)."

Then, the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, "Yes, by all means (retaliate), but do no respond to him with the same.

Rather, you should say, 'May Allah forgive you, O Abu Bakr, may Allah forgive you O Abu Bakr.'

Therefore, I said, 'May Allah forgive you, O Abu Bakr.'

Then Abu Bakr turned away and began crying.


When we reflect upon this story, we find the character of Abu Bakr (ra) to be good. He said a word out of anger, that Rabee'ah hated. Then what happened after that? He felt bad for what he said. Someone who has good character feels sorrow about his wrongdoing. He confessed and accepted his mistake.

People make mistakes and say things in anger, we must learn to forgive them and if we hurt others, we must learn to apologise and to resolve our issues rather than to extend them.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Shepherd

Once upon a time, there lived in Basra an old man whose only
occupation was caring for and loving his only son who was a handsome
young man. The old man invested all his money on his son's education.
The young man went away for a few years and acquired an education at a
well known university under the great scholars of that age.
The day had arrived for the son to return from his studies and the old
man waited at the door for his son. When the son came and met his
father, the old man looked into his eyes and felt great
disappointment. "What have you learnt my son?" he asked, "I have
learnt everything there was to be learnt, father", he said. "But have
you learnt what cannot be taught?" asked the father. "Go, my son and
learn what cannot be taught", said the old man.

The young man went back to his master and asked him to teach him what
cannot be taught.
"Go away to the mountains with these four hundred sheep and come back
when they are one thousand", said the master.

The young man went to the mountains and became a shepherd. There for
the first time he encountered a silence. He had no one to talk to. The
sheep did not understand his language. In his desperation, he would
talk to them but they would look back at him as if to say he was
stupid. Slowly but surely he began to forget all his worldly
knowledge, his ego, his pride and he became quiet like the sheep and
great wisdom and humility came to him.

At the end of two years when the number of sheep had grown to one
thousand, he returned to his master and fell on his feet. "Now you
have learnt what cannot be taught," said the master.

NB. It is interesting to note that the Nabis of Allah Taala (Alayhimus
salaam) at some time in their lives, generally before Nubuwwat, tended
to sheep, and other such animals.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Islamic Alphabet A-Z

A is for ALLAH

B is for Bismillah

C for Concentrate only on the right path, and staying away from 
following the Satanic footsteps.

D for Dua'a for everyone to do better in this life, and a peaceful ending and Hereafter. Ameen.

E for Eternal blessed life may we all get Jannah when we die. Ameen.

F for Faith in ONE ALLAH and His Final Messenger Muhammad (pbuh).

G for Grave may ALLAH protect us from its 
darkness and open its window to Jannah.

H for Honour everyone with love and respect so you 
be honoured by ALLAH.

I for ISLAM the only true and best religion.

J for Jihad, struggling for the Sake of Allah.

K for Kill all the evil desires raised in our hearts by 
Satan and be strong in faith.

L for "La ilaha illa Allahu,Muhammad ur-rasul ALLAH" 
heartbeat of every Muslim.

M for Muhammad (pbuh) the best human, for whom 
ALLAH made this entire universe.

N for Nourish your soul with loads of Ibadah and extra 

O for ONE Life and ONE Death so make this life so 
pure, our next life be full of peace.

P for Peace, Peace and only Peace and we should be 
proud to be Muslims.

Q for Qur'an which we must recite daily and 
understand and implement in daily life.

R for Riba means INTEREST which is illegal in 

S for Sunnah of our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)which 
we will follow In shaa'Allah.

T for Truth which leads to a peaceful life.

U for Un-blessed people who disgrace and don't 
respect their parents.

V for Victory of ISLAM Insha'Allah.

W for Watch which way you're going in this world, are 
you sure it will lead to Jannah?

X for Xerox means copy The Qur'an in your and 
heart and follow the Sunnah.

Y for YA-ALLAH our ONLY Saviour in this world and in the Hereafter.

Z for Zealous towards Islam and bring new hope for a 
blessed life in both worlds.