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Realizing One’s Priorities

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 16:28

Correspondence of  Hazrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah)

Condition:

Due to teaching in a madrasah, I am busy from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. I then have to offer my salaah, prepare food, attend to my domestic chores and see to the children. In the afternoon, I am responsible for supervising certain students from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Because I am the only one at home, I am responsible for the evening chores. I then need to study at night.

On account of my madrasah engagements, I have no time or very little time for my personal ‘ibaadah. At times, I am able to remain punctual in fulfilling an ‘ibaadah for some time, and it then becomes difficult to complete it because of teaching, domestic chores and seeing to the children. In fact, the administrative engagements and seeing to the education and training of the students in the madrasah are even causing shortcomings in fulfilling my husband’s rights.

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Musaafahah – Rulings and Etiquettes

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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 16:42

1. Musaafahah refers to clasping the hands.

2. It is sunnah to make musaafahah after making salaam. Hence, one should not merely make musaafahah without making salaam.

3. Musaafahah should be made with two hands.

4. Musaafahah should be made on arrival and on departure.

5. Musaafahah should not be accompanied by any other unfounded practice e.g. kissing cheeks, twisting thumbs, etc.

6. If a person is carrying something, suffice on making salaam and do not inconvenience the person by trying to make musaafahah with him.

7. Similarly, if a person is busy or is rushing, do not inconvenience him by making musaafahah with him.

8. A woman should not greet or make musaafahah with men who are not her mahram.

   

Suicidal Friend

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:52

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

Unfortunately I have a friend that wants to commit suicide. How can I help her?

Jazakallaahu Khairan 

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Daughters in University

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:50

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

I have just finished matric. My parents want me to go to university next year. I have many friends and family who are in university so I know of the fitnahs and sins that are part of campus life. I heard just recently of a girl who we all knew to be pious, that she met a Hindu boy on campus and wishes to marry him. I don’t want to put my imaan on the line by going to university and being exposed to these fitnahs.

Please advise me as to how I can explain my concerns to my parents and convince them.

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‘Handed’ the Hijaab

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2017 14:05

A young Muslim girl from a gulf country recounts the incident that lead to her entering hijaab. She said:

How I adored “tabarruj” (displaying one’s beauty in public)! I would follow the latest trends and fashions of abaayas (the ones which attracted attention with their colours and shapes). My opinion of the Islamic abaaya (the loose one which covers the body properly) was that it was just made for the old fashioned poor girls!

One day, I went out with a group of my friends to the mall. I went out as usual, applying full make up to my face, perfumed and wearing an attractive abaaya. When a sister saw me in the mall, she came to me and advised me, in front of my friends, to wear the proper hijaab so that Allah Ta‘ala would not punish me in the Aakhirah.

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