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The Best Ummah​

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:08

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّـهِ​

You are the best Ummah ever raised for mankind; you enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v110)

From every Ummah that set foot on earth, it is the Ummah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that is the best. There are numerous reasons due to which our Ummah is the best Ummah, and these have been mentioned in various verses of the Quraan Majeed.

In this verse, Allah Ta‘ala mentions one very important reason for our Ummah being the best – the reason of our Ummah being raised for mankind. In other words, one special quality of our Ummah, due to which they are distinguished, is that they always try to be of benefit and assistance to others.

Thereafter, it is not just any effort of benefit and assistance that brings us distinction, rather it is the greatest effort of benefiting people – the effort of bringing people closer to Deen.

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Transforming Society​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 15:20

وَلْتَكُن مِّنكُمْ أُمَّةٌ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى ٱلْخَيْرِ وَيَأْمُرُونَ بِٱلْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ ٱلْمُنكَرِ ۚ وَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلْمُفْلِحُونَ

There has to be a group of people from among you who invite towards goodness, enjoin righteousness and forbid from evil. They are the ones who are successful. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v104)

In the previous verses, Allah Ta‘ala commanded the Ummah to inculcate taqwa and hold firmly to the rope of Allah Ta‘ala (hold firmly to Deen). These two injunctions relate mainly to a person’s personal self. However, together with being concerned about our own Deeni progress, it is necessary for us to also be concerned for the Deeni progress of others and society at large.

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Unity​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:37

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّـهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا​

And hold firmly to the rope of Allah Ta‘ala all together, and do not become divided. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v103)

In the above verse of the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala instructs us to hold firmly to His rope all together. A rope is something that is used to join between things. In this regard, there are two messages in this verse.

The first is that we should connect to Allah Ta‘ala via His rope. The rope of Allah Ta‘ala refers to Deen. Hence, we should hold firmly to Deen, by fulfilling every command of Allah Ta‘ala and abstaining from every prohibition. It is only through holding firmly to Deen that one can connect with Allah Ta‘ala.

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True Taqwa​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2018 15:57

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ

O people of imaan! Fear Allah Ta‘ala as He should be feared, and do not die except as Muslims.

In this verse, Allah Ta‘ala commands us to adopt true taqwa by fearing Him ‘as he ought to be feared’. The following are some statements in regard to true taqwa:

1. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) has mentioned that true taqwa is for one to obey Allah Ta‘ala completely and not disobey Him in the least, to remember Allah Ta‘ala and not be unmindful of Him, and to show gratitude to Him (for his innumerable favours), not ingratitude. (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #10938)

2. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) has mentioned that true taqwa is for one to always remain just and uphold the commands of Allah Ta‘ala, and not to allow the criticism and comments of people to deter one from fulfilling the commands of Allah Ta‘ala. (Tafseer Qurtubi vol. 5, pg. 238)

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Hajj – the Right of Allah

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 September 2018 12:07

وَلِلَّـهِ عَلَى النَّاسِ حِجُّ الْبَيْتِ مَنِ اسْتَطَاعَ إِلَيْهِ سَبِيلًا ۚ وَمَن كَفَرَ فَإِنَّ اللَّـهَ غَنِيٌّ عَنِ الْعَالَمِينَ ﴿٩٧﴾

As a right of Allah Ta‘ala, it is obligatory on people to perform hajj of the Ka’bah – on everyone who can afford the journey. If one disbelieves, then Allah Ta‘ala is independent of all the worlds.

In the above verse of the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala speaks of the fardh of hajj and tells us that it is His right over us that we perform hajj if we have the means to do so.

Having the means refers to a person being physically capable as well as possessing the financial means for his travel costs to go and return, accommodation and other related expenditure. If one has dependents at home, the needs and expenses of the dependents must also be seen to. Furthermore, a woman will require a mahram to travel with her for hajj. If she does not have a mahram, it will not be permissible for her to travel alone for hajj.

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