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The Clothing of Couples

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Last Updated on Sunday, 04 May 2014 16:48

هُنَّ لِبَاسٌ لَّكُمْ وَأَنتُمْ لِبَاسٌ لَّهُنَّ

“They (the women) are clothing for you and you are clothing for them.” (Surah Baqarah v187)

This comparison indicates that between husband and wife there is a very strong and deep relationship. This is only possible through the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala. By virtue of this intense relationship, it now becomes easy for the couple to fulfill each other’s rights. The bond between husband and wife is strong, it is as though two hearts and two people have become one living being. Just as clothes are attached to us and become part of us, so does husband and wife become part of each other. The second comparison is just as clothes cover the body and conceal any scar and blemishes, likewise the couple conceal each other’s faults. They do not publicize and expose the wrongs of each other.

   

Jaadoo (Black Magic)

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:23

وَمَا هُم بِضَارِّينَ بِهِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّـهِ وَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مَا يَضُرُّهُمْ وَلَا يَنفَعُهُمْ وَلَقَدْ عَلِمُوا لَمَنِ اشْتَرَاهُ مَا لَهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلَاقٍ وَلَبِئْسَ مَا شَرَوْا بِهِ أَنفُسَهُمْ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ

“They could not bring harm through it (black magic) to anyone without the will of Allah Ta‘ala. They used to learn what harmed them and did no good to them; and they certainly knew that he who chooses it has no share in the Hereafter. And, indeed, evil is the thing for which they sold themselves away. If only they knew!” (Surah Baqara v102)

In this verse Allah Ta‘ala speaks about the evil of black magic and reprimands the Jews for getting involved in it. Practising magic is a major sin and if it involves words of kufr (disbelief) then it will lead a person to becoming a kaafir (disbeliever). May Allah Ta‘ala save us from practising or viewing all forms of magic. Furthermore, Allah Ta‘ala very clearly mentions that the magic cannot have any effect without His will. Hence we need to strengthen our faith in Him and insha-Allah nothing will harm us.

   

Wish for Death

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 14:39

قُلْ إِن كَانَتْ لَكُمُ الدَّارُ الْآخِرَةُ عِندَ اللَّـهِ خَالِصَةً مِّن دُونِ النَّاسِ فَتَمَنَّوُا الْمَوْتَ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ ﴿٩٤﴾ وَلَن يَتَمَنَّوْهُ أَبَدًا بِمَا قَدَّمَتْ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَاللَّـهُ عَلِيمٌ بِالظَّالِمِينَ ﴿ ٩٥﴾

“Say, if the home of the Hereafter is reserved exclusively for you and for no one else (as you claim), then wish for death if you are truthful. However, they shall never wish for death because of the deeds that their hands have sent ahead.”(Surah Baqarah- v94-95)

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Knowledge alone is not Sufficient

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 15:22

فَلَمَّا جَاءَهُم مَّا عرَفُوا كَفَرُوا بِهِ

“Yet when there came to them that which they recognized, they denied it.” (Surah Baqarah, v.89)

When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) arrived in Madeenah Munawwarah, the Jews recognized him to be the final Messenger. They even witnessed his many miracles, yet they denied his messengership. The tribes of the Aws and Khazraj reminded the Jews about what they used to say with regard to the final Nabi, that they would pledge their allegiance to him and under his command they would annihilate their enemies. However they responded by saying that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was not the Nabi they awaited because he is not a Jew like them.

Thus the Jews awaited and recognized the final Nabi, but it was their stubbornness and jealousy that deprived them of accepting him. Hence having volumes of knowledge is not sufficient. We need the acceptance in the court of Allah Ta‘ala to practise on the knowledge, which we will learn from our ‘Ulama and pious elders.

   

Moving on Desire

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 14:50

أَفَكُلَّمَا جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ بِمَا لَا تَهْوَى أَنفُسُكُمُ اسْتَكْبَرْتُمْ فَفَرِيقًا كَذَّبْتُمْ وَفَرِيقًا تَقْتُلُونَ

“Then, how is it that every time a Prophet came to you with what does not meet your desires, you became arrogant? So you belied a group (of the Messengers) and killed others.” (Surah Baqarah, v87)

The downfall of the Jews was that they moved on their desires. They used their desire as the criterion to accept or to reject the divine laws of Allah Ta‘ala. This drove them to reject some of the Messengers of Allah Ta‘ala and assassinate others. We being the last Ummah should take lesson and not repeat history by making our desires and our intelligence the yardstick to accepting and rejecting the beautiful and perfect laws of Islam.

   

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