Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque – Abu Dhabi

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The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was born in Al Ain city in 1918. His early days in Al Ain, which is surrounded by desert, made him an esteemed leader who was known for his magnanimity, broad–mindedness, perseverance, far-sightedness and wisdom. He was considered a sage for the Arabs. He became Ruler of Al Ain in 1946 and, thanks to his direction, the first school opened in Al Ain in 1959. He formed the United Arab Emirates in December 1971 and made it rank among the world’s most advanced countries.

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About Dhikr in Islam

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In the Name of ALLAH, Most Beneficent, Most Merciful

Fiqh-us-Sunnah
Fiqh 4.99
ADH-DHIKR

All words of praise and glory to Allah, extolling His Perfect Attributes of Power and Majesty, Beauty and Sublimeness, whether one utters them by tongue or says them silently in one’s heart, are known as dhikr or remembrance of Allah. He has commanded us to remember Him always and ever. The Qur’an says: O you who believe! Celebrate the praises of Allah, and do so often; and glorify Him morning and evening. Qur’an 33.41

If anyone remembers Allah, He remembers that person: “Remember me, I shall remember you.” Qur’an 2.152 In a hadith qudsi, the Prophet, peace be upon him, narrated: “Allah says: ‘I am to my servant as he expects of Me, I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in his heart, I remember him to Myself, and if he remembers me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly better than his, and if he draws nearer to Me a hand’s span, I draw nearer to him an arm’s length, and if he draws nearer to Me an arm’s length, I draw nearer to him a fathom length, and if he comes to me walking, I rush to him at [great] speed. (Bukhari and Muslim)

Allah has bestowed a special distinction upon those who remember Him. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “The devotees have surpassed all.” They asked, “Who are these exceptional people (Mufarridun), O Prophet of Allah?” He replied, “Those men and women who remember Allah unceasingly.” (Muslim) These are the people who are really alive. Abu Musa reported, “The likeness of the one who remembers his Lord and the one who does not remember Him is like that of a living to a dead person.” (Bukhari)

Remembrance of Allah is the foundation of good deeds. Whoever succeeds in it is blessed with the close friendship of Allah. That is why the Prophet, peace be upon him, used to make remembrance of Allah at all times. When a man complained, “The laws of Islam are too heavy for me, so tell me something that I can easily follow,” the Prophet, peace be upon him, told him, “Let your tongue be always busy with the remembrance of Allah.” The Prophet, peace be upon him, would often tell his Companions, “Shall I tell you about the best of deeds, the most pure in the sight of your Lord, about the one that is of the highest order and is far better for you than spending gold and silver, even better for you than meeting your enemies in the battlefield where you strike at their necks and they at yours?” The Companions replied, “Yes, O Messenger of Allah!” The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “Remembrance of Allah.” (Reported by Tirmidhi, Ahmad, and Al-Hakim, who considers its chain of narrators sound)

Remembrance of Allah is also a means of deliverance from Hell Fire. Mu’adh reported, “The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, ‘No other act of man is a more effective means for his deliverance from the chastisement of Allah than the remembrance of Allah.” (Ahmad) Ahmad reports that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “Whatever you say in celebration of Allah’s Glory, Majesty, and Oneness, and all your words of Praise for Him gather around the Throne of Allah. These words resound like the buzzing of bees, and call attention to the person who uttered them to Allah. Don’t you wish to have someone there in the presence of Allah who would call attention to you?”

Fiqh-us-Sunnah
Fiqh 4.102
Excellence of Assemblies of Dhikr

Joining the assemblies or circles of dhikr is a commendable practice as shown by the following hadith: Ibn ‘Umar reported, “The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, ‘When you pass by a garden of Paradise, avail yourselves of it.’ The Companions asked, ‘What are the gardens of Paradise, O Messenger of Allah? ‘ The Prophet, peace be upon him, replied, ‘The assemblies or circles of dhikr. There are some angels of Allah who go about looking for such assemblies of dhikr, and when they find them they surround them’.”
Muslim reports that Mu’awiyyah said, “The Prophet, peace be upon him, went out to a circle of his Companions and asked, ‘What makes you sit here?’ They said, ‘We are sitting here in order to remember Allah and to praise Him because He guided us to the path of Islam and he conferred favors upon us.’ Thereupon he adjured them by Allah and asked if that was the only purpose of their sitting there. ‘They said, By Allah, we are sitting here for this purpose only. ‘ At this the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, ‘I am not asking you to take an oath because of any misapprehension against you, but only because Gabriel came to me and informed me that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, was telling the angels that He is proud of you’.”

Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri and Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “When any group of men remember Allah, angels surround them and mercy covers them, tranquility descends upon them, and Allah mentions them to those who are with Him.”

Al-Muwatta Hadith
Hadith 15.24
Dhikr (Remembrance) of Allah, the Blessed and Exalted

Yahya related to me from Malik that Ziyad ibn Abi Ziyad said that Abu’d-Darda had said, “Shall I not tell you the best of your deeds, and those that give you the highest rank, and those that are the purest with your King, and are better for you than giving gold and silver, and better for you than meeting your enemy and striking their necks?” They said, “Of course.” He said, “Remembrance (dhikr) of Allah ta ala.”

Al-Muwatta Hadith
Hadith 15.20
Dhikr (Remembrance) of Allah, the Blessed and Exalted

Yahya related to me from Malik from Sumayy, the mawla of Abu Bakr, from Abu Salih as-Samman from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Whoever says ‘There is no god but Allah, alone, without any partner. The Kingdom and praise belong to Him and He has power over everything’ (La ilaha illa’llah, wahdahu la sharika lah, lahu’l mulku wa lahu’l hamd, wa huwa ala kulli shay’in qadir) one hundred times a day, it is the same for him as freeing ten slaves. One hundred good actions are written for him and one hundred wrong actions are erased from him, and it is a protection from Shaytan for that day until the night. No-one does anything more excellent than what he does except someone who does more than that.”

Fiqh-us-Sunnah
Fiqh 4.101a
Etiquette of Dhikr

The purpose of dhikr is to purify hearts and souls and awaken the human conscience. The Qur’an says, “And establish regular prayer, for prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds, and remembrance of Allah is the greatest thing in life, without doubt.” Qur’an 29.45 In other words, the remembrance of Allah has a greater impact in restraining one from shameful and unjust deeds than just the formal regular prayer. This is so because when a servant opens up his soul to his Lord, extolling His praise, Allah strengthens him with His light, increasing thereby his faith and conviction, and reassuring his mind and heart. This refers to “those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah, for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.” Qur’an 13.28

Fiqh-us-Sunnah
Fiqh 4.100
How Much dhikr is Required?

Allah, the Exalted, ordered that He should be remembered a lot. Describing the wise men and women who ponder His signs, the Qur’an mentions, “those who remember Allah standing, sitting and on their sides,” Qur’an 3.191 and “those men and women who engage much in Allah’s praise. For them has Allah prepared forgiveness and a great reward.” Qur’an 33.35 Mujahid explained, “A person cannot be one of ‘those men and women who remember Allah much’ as mentioned in the above verse of the Qur’an, unless he or she remembers Allah at all times, standing, sitting, or lying in bed.”

When asked how much dhikr one should do to be considered as one of “those who remember Allah much,” Ibn Al-Salah said that “much” is “when one is constant in supplicating, in the morning and evening and in other parts of the day and the night as reported from the Prophet, peace be upon him.” Concerning the above Quranic verses ‘Ali b. Abi Talha relates that Ibn ‘Abbas said, “All obligations imposed upon man by Allah are clearly marked and one is exempted from them in the presence of a genuine cause. The only exception is the obligation of dhikr. Allah has set no specific limits for it, and under no circumstances is one allowed to be negligent of it. We are commanded to ‘remember Allah standing, sitting and reclining on your sides,’ in the morning, during the day, at sea or on land, on journey or at home, in poverty and in prosperity, in sickness or in health, openly and secretly, and, in fact, at all times throughout one’s life and in all circumstances.”

Job Search Websites – Canada and USA

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“Brain Candy” – An Addiction to Visual Pornography

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The Institute For Media Education produced a report entitled The Psychopharmacology of Pictorial Pornography Restructuring Brain, Mind & Memory & Subverting Freedom of Speech, and was authored by Judith A. Reisman, Ph.D. © January 2000-2003.

Judith A. Reisman, Ph.D

These are some excerpts from here report people should find alarming;

PORNOGRAPHIC IMAGERY OVERWHELMS SPEECH

It is largely accepted by neurologists that the brain can only process few of the millions of messages it receives each moment. “The law of strength” means that the most
intense arousal will be ‘paper-clipped’ to its stimuli and emotion and then filed away in our brain’s memory database.

Goleman, Consciousness, at 12

Adolph Hitler aimed his messages to the right brain; “propaganda must be addressed to the emotions and not to the intelligence … vicious and gruesome, with lurid photographs… sexual and physical…the masses need…a thrill of horror.”

Anthony Rhodes, Propaganda: The Art of Persuasion: World War II, The Wellfleet Press, 1987, at 12-15.

If, as the brain research documents, emotionally threatening/stimulating media bypass the neocortex and rational thought,65 then strong, right hemisphere pictures will psychopharmacologically overwhelm weaker left hemisphere speech information.

Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, Bantam Books, New York, 1997, f 5 at.17.

How are the child sex signals unconsciously imbedded in brain, mind, emotion, memory impacting their consumers.

Neurologist Richard Restak stresses the conflicting, even warring roles of the left and right hemispheres in learning in his book, The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own: [U]nder conditions of extreme duress the limbic system is capable of overwhelming the cerebral cortex?where interpretation, judgment, and restraint are formulated.

Amen, Ibid., at 52.

ORGANICALLY QUANTIFIABLE PORNOGRAPHIC “ADDICTION”

It takes 3/10ths of a second for a pornographic picture or symbol to flood the organ known as the “brain” with sensory experiences that trigger a network of memories that have been misdiagnosed as “sexual” or as “lust” or even, as in Pygmalion, “love”.

These pornographic stimuli will commonly, if unconsciously, replay prior pornographic and associated sexual or sadosexual experiences.

Dr. Patrick Carnes, writing in Out of the Shadows, explained sex addiction as “a pathological relationship with a mood-altering experience.”71 By definition, all pornography viewing is sexual conduct, behavior that engenders a “mood-altering experience.”

Pornography is not like a drug, it is an endogenously processed poly drug providing intense, although misleading, sensory rewards.

Lust, that is sexual arousal, toward a real or media image, when experienced in the body (in street terms, ?brain candy?) as a drug high, poses significant danger, especially for those with an already delicate psyche. For, such chemical flooding of the brain would too often override ones cognitive thought and interfere with rational decisions to protect themselves and others.

The 2,600% Increase in Images of Children versus a 650% increase in crime and violence in sex magazines from 1954 to 1984 strongly suggests that sexualizing children is systemic to pornography and that habituation, desensitization and conditioning, leads inevitably to more violent and exploitive sadosexual scenarios and copy-cat criminal conduct.

I therefore asked, how does pornographic communication effect the brain’s three main communication functions:

to be 1) alert, awake, aware of reality; 2) to collect and store environmental information; and 3) to monitor and correct our conduct for health and well-being?

The evidence presented here finds that pictorial pornography?traditionally, graphic depictions of sex or nudity, pandered for prurient appeal, rather than for serious literary, artistic, or scientific purposes–generates noxious effects across all three performance measures.

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Troj/Yusufali-A ~ a Trojan Virus that tries to stop Porn

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Arabic Trojan horse interrupts adult website surfing with message from Quran, Sophos reports

5 September 2005

Arabic Trojan horse interrupts adult website surfing with message from Koran, Sophos reports Troj/Yusufali-A analyzes the title of the window in focus looking for various words. Some of the words Troj/Yusufali-A searches for are: sex teen xx Phallus jegger Priapus Phallic Penis Exhibitionism If Troj/Yusufali-A finds one of these words in the title bar it will minimise the current window and display the following message in English along with other messages in other languages:

YUSUFALI: Know, therefore, that there is no god but Allah, and ask forgiveness for thy fault, and for the men and women who believe: for Allah knows how ye move about and how ye dwell in your homes.

The message displayed by the Trojan horse

The message displayed by the Trojan horse. Troj/Yusufali-A will continue to display messages if the offending window is left open, and after a while it displays a box in the middle of the screen containing the current time and a button ‘For Exit Click Here’. As soon as the mouse is moved the box changes to have vertical bars and the text ‘OH! NO i’m in the Cage’. The box contains LogOff, ShutDown and Restart buttons and the mouse pointer is locked within the confines of the box. All the buttons actually cause a logout. The keyboard is still useable.

Another message displayed by the Trojan horse

Another message displayed by the Trojan horse.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

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Internet Explorer Shortcuts – Some tips and tricks to make your surfing life easier…

CTRL+A – Select all items on the current page
CTRL+D – Add the current page to your Favorites
CTRL+E – Open the Search bar
CTRL+F – Find on this page
CTRL+H – Open the History bar
CTRL+I – Open the Favorites bar
CTRL+N – Open a new window
CTRL+O – Go to a new location
CTRL+P – Print the current page or active frame
CTRL+S – Save the current page
CTRL+W – Close current browser window
CTRL+ENTER – Adds the http://www. (url) .com
SHIFT+CLICK – Open link in new window
BACKSPACE – Go to the previous page
ALT+HOME – Go to your Home page
HOME – Move to the beginning of a document
TAB – Move forward through items on a page
END – Move to the end of a document
ESC – Stop downloading a page
F11 – Toggle full-screen view
F5 – Refresh the current page
F4 – Display list of typed addresses
F6 – Change Address bar and page focus
ALT+RIGHT ARROW – Go to the next page
SHIFT+CTRL+TAB – Move back between frames
SHIFT+F10 – Display a shortcut menu for a link
SHIFT+TAB – Move back through the items on a page
CTRL+TAB – Move forward between frames
CTRL+C – Copy selected items to the clipboard
CTRL+V – Insert contents of the clipboard
ENTER – Activate a selected link
HOME – Move to the beginning of a document
END – Move to the end of a document
F1 – Display Internet Explorer Help

From Pimp To Limp – The Rise of Viagra and Impotence from Porn Addiction

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Pornography May Cause Impotence

By: S. Crawford

© Copyright 2008 The Chaparral

Posted: 12/4/06

There is an epidemic of impotence on college campuses, according to the Washington Post, and the cause may be “loose women and too much booze.” The article reports that young men can usually get sex whenever they want because, according to surveys, many young women are as likely to initiate sex as men, which removes the “age old, erotic power of the chase.” (Strange that the women as defined as the loose ones.)

When performance anxiety is paired with binge drinking and drugs it is no surprise that more and more young men are visiting college clinics. The pharmaceutical companies are well aware of this: Viagra is now using younger men in their commercials in order to attract a new customer base. However, there is an additional cause of impotence – pornography, especially internet pornography. Author Thomas A. Szyszkiewcs in his rebuttal to the Kinsey Report, writes that pornography is implicated in impotence as well as harassment and sexual crimes. Men become so desensitized to sexual stimulation after hours of viewing porn that they are often unable to sexually respond to their wives or partners.

In addition, today’s music videos often portray women in cheap, tawdry poses, with body language that grinds and pleads for the male singer, who is usually depicted as virile and pimp-like. Demeaning lyrics in most rap songs implicate women as whores. Even primetime television has increased the “rawness factor” of its sexual content which, when combined with all the other factors, provide a large number of reasons to choose from when trying to decide what exactly is the cause of this national epidemic of impotence.

Judith Reisman, PhD explains, “The proliferation of pornography into mainstream America spreads impotence as a natural outcome of moral apathy.” Men want a significant intimate emotional relationship with commitment just as women do, even though society would have us believe the opposite. The Canadian Supreme Court ruled that all pornography was toxic in 1992. Reisman says that “cures like Viagra conceal the dysfunctional and anxiety causing role played by pornography in promoting impotence.”

The Oprah Winfrey show, among others, has covered marriages affected by porn-addicted husbands, in which therapy can help restore the family. Although the Washington Post article did not offer a solution to the impotence problem, shining light on the issue can be a beginning on the path to help for many. As for the solution to too much porn on the internet; those who support freedom of speech will be a large obstacle to any attempt at controlling the porn epidemic.

Microsoft Windows XP Keyboard Shortcuts

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Windows XP Shortcuts – the hand is the faster than the mouse! 🙂

ALT+- (ALT+hyphen) Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window’s System menu
ALT+ENTER View properties for the selected item
ALT+ESC Cycle through items in the order they were opened
ALT+F4 Close the active item, or quit the active program
ALT+SPACEBAR Display the System menu for the active window
ALT+TAB Switch between open items
ALT+Underlined letter Display the corresponding menu
BACKSPACE View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer
CTRL+A Select all
CTRL+B Bold
CTRL+C Copy
CTRL+I Italics
CTRL+O Open an item
CTRL+U Underline
CTRL+V Paste
CTRL+X Cut
CTRL+Z Undo
CTRL+F4 Close the active document
CTRL while dragging Copy selected item
CTRL+SHIFT while dragging Create shortcut to selected iteM
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word
CTRL+LEFT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word
CTRL+DOWN ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph
CTRL+UP ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph
SHIFT+DELETE Delete selected item permanently without placing item in Recycle Bin
ESC Cancel the current task
F1 Displays Help
F2 Rename selected item
F3 Search for a file or folder
F4 Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer
F5 Refresh the active window
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program
SHIFT+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
CTRL+ESC Display the Start menu
SHIFT+CTRL+ESC Launches Task Manager
SHIFT when you insert a CD Prevent the CD from automatically playing
WIN Display or hide the Start menu
WIN+BREAK Display the System Properties dialog box
WIN+D Minimizes all Windows and shows the Desktop
WIN+E Open Windows Explorer
WIN+F Search for a file or folder
WIN+F+CTRL Search for computers
WIN+L Locks the desktop
WIN+M Minimize or restore all windows
WIN+R Open the Run dialog box
WIN+TAB Switch between open items

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IN THE FOLLOWING SITUATIONS

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WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IN THE FOLLOWING SITUATIONS

English Translation
Book by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

1. Tahaarah (purity and cleanliness)

Paint or dirt on hands when making wudoo’
Dressings on wounds
Traces of janaabah on clothes
Janaabah whilst travelling
Bleeding after miscarriage – nifaas or not?

2. Salaah (prayer)

Waswaas (insinuating thoughts from Shaytaan)
What if something happens during prayer?
Call of nature when the iqaamah is given
Doubts about passing wind
If adhaan for fajr is given whilst one is praying witr
Missed ‘asr and reaches masjid after maghrib prayer has started
Traveller joining congregation without knowing if imaam is also a traveller
Being unable to stand for the rest of the prayer
A knock on the door when one is praying, or a mother seeing her child do something dangerous
Responding to salaam when praying
Joining a prayer in progress
Not hastening unduly to join a prayer in progress
Breaking wind during Friday prayer
When one has already prayed and comes to another mosque to find the people there praying
Still praying sunnah when the iqaamah is given
Being informed of the correct direction of the qiblah whilst praying
Falling behind when praying in congregation
When the imaam nullifies his wudoo’
When the imaam’s ‘awrah becomes uncovered
Realizing that one’s wudoo’ is invalid because of wiping over socks when doing so is no longer acceptable
When the imaam forgets the ending of an aayah
Intending to pray for rain, then it rains before the people start the prayer
Feeling sleepy when listening to Friday sermon

3. Rulings about forgetfulness during prayer

Doubt about number of rak’ahs prayed
Imaam remembers that he forgot to recite al-Faatihah during a silent rak’ah
A member of a congregation forgetting to recite al-Faatihah, or joining a prayer at the moment of rukoo’
Raising one’s head from rukoo’, then realizing that one forgot to say the tasbeeh
Forgetting the first tashahhud
Imaam says the salaam then makes prostrations of forgetfulness, but a latecomer stands up to complete the prayer
Imaam makes a mistake but does not understand what the congregation is referring to when they say “Subhaan Allaah” to draw his attention to it

4. Miscellaneous rulings

Forgetting to wear ihraam for Hajj or ‘Umrah
Interruption of tawaaf or sa’ee
Burial of one who dies at sea
Changing money (same currency)
Being asked to do something at work that is against Islamic teachings

5. General behaviour and sunnah of the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)

The proper way to thank Allaah
Accepting money or property received without asking for it
Asking a Muslim host about food or drink he serves
Walking with only one shoe when the other is damaged
Good dreams
Bad dreams
Being affected by seeing a woman
Sitting between the sun and the shade is not allowed
When illness strikes one’s family
If one’s children or family members lie
When telling the truth is not the best option

INTRODUCTION

Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers, our Prophet Muhammad, and upon all his family and companions.

The Muslim may be faced with a number of emergency situations in his life, where he needs an immediate answer as to how he should act in that particular situation. In most cases, however, it is not possible to look for or ask about the appropriate Islamic rulings at that time.

This proves the importance of learning about Islam and knowing the rules of sharee’ah, so that when a Muslim needs this information, he will have it at hand and will thus be able to save himself or his Muslim brother from doing something haraam or making a mistake. In so many cases, ignorance can lead to corruption of worship or – at the very least – acute embarrassment. It is unfortunate that an imaam may mistakenly stand up for a fifth rak’ah, and there may be nobody in the congregation or the mosque who knows what the rulings of sharee’ah say should be done in such a situation. Or a traveller who is intending to perform ‘umrah may come to the airport at the last minute, and suddenly discover that he has forgotten his ihraam garments, but he has no time to do anything about it, and there is nobody among the Muslim in the airport who can tell him what he should do in this emergency. Or a man may come to the mosque on an occasion when the prayers have been joined together because of rain: the congregation is already praying ‘ishaa’ but he has not yet prayed maghrib, so he is confused as to what he should do. In such a situation the people may embark upon a debate based only on ignorance, and so confusion will reign in the mosques. In many individual and personal matters, ignorance may lead to embarrassment and even sin, especially when a person is in the position of having to make a decision and he does not have sufficient knowledge on which to base that decision.

People in this world have prepared information telling people how to behave in emergency situations: what to do if fire breaks out, if someone is drowning, if a scorpion bites, if there is a car accident, if someone is bleeding or has broken a bone… All of these first aid procedures are well known; they teach them to people and hold special courses. How much more important is it, then, that those who are concerned with the Hereafter should learn and teach the rules of this religion!

At this point, we should note the importance of differentiating between hypothetical matters which rarely, if ever, happen, and matters which we know from experience do happen to people and are asked about.

With regard to the first type (hypothetical situations), asking about them is a fruitless waste of time, which is not allowed in Islam. The Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) warned us against this when he said: “Accept what I have left you with, for the people who came before you were only destroyed because of their excessive questioning and their disputing with their Prophets…” (Reported by al-Bukhaari and Muslim; this version was reported by Muslim, no. 1337, vol. 2, p. 975)

Commenting on this hadeeth, Ibn Rajab (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “These ahaadeeth indicate that it is forbidden to ask questions unnecessarily… or to ask questions out of stubbornness or an intention to mock.” (Jaami’ al-‘Uloom wa’l-Hukm by Ibn Rajab, 1/240, edited by al-Arna’oot)

This is how we interpret the words of a group of the salaf, such as the report that when Zayd ibn Thaabit, may Allah be pleased with him, was asked about something, he would say, “Has it really happened?” If they said “No,” he would tell them, “Leave it until it really happens.” (Reported by Ibn Rajab, op. cit., 1/245; see also similar reports in Sunan al-Daarimi, 1/49, and Jaami Bayaan al-‘Ilm by Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr, 2/174).

With regard to the second type, matters that really happen, then it is good to ask about them. The Companions of the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) sometimes asked him about things before they happened, but it was so that they could act accordingly when these things did happen. For example, they asked him: “We are going to meet with the enemy tomorrow, and we do not have knives, so should we use dried sugar canes as weapons?” They asked him about the rulers who he had told them would come after him, and whether they should obey them or fight them. Hudhayfah asked him about al-fitan (times of tribulation) and what he should do at such times. (Jaami’ al-‘Uloom al-Hukm, 1/243). This indicates that it is permissible to ask about things which are expected to happen.

There follows a discussion about some issues that people are likely to face in real life. These are practical matters which have happened and could happen to some people. In each case, the answer is accompanied by a reference to the sources in the work of trustworthy scholars. There may be differing opinions in some cases, but the answer has been limited to one viewpoint, the one based on the soundest evidence, for the sake of brevity and ease of understanding. I ask Allah to benefit me and my brothers in Islam in this world and on the Day of Judgement. May He reward with good all those who share in this endeavour, for He is the Most Kind and Generous. Allah knows best.

May Allah bless our Prophet Muhammad and all his family and companions.

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