Monday, February 27, 2012

By their words you shall know them - the MJC Then and Now


The signs of a hypocrite are three : when he speaks, he lies; when he promises, he fails to keep his word; and when he is entrusted with a trust he abuses it. Words are the voice of the heart. A few examples of the Muslim Judicial Council’s (MJC) own words taken from the general media, press conferences and the Voice of the MJC (VOC) will tell you of the words from their hearts and their Hosni Mubarak like state of the health of the body. Read what they said THEN and what they say NOW for yourself.

DENMARK : Closed for business / Open for business

THEN : MJC organizes a march of 25000 people to the Danish Embassy (Feb 2006) demanding an immediate and unwavering apology for the insult to the Prophet (pbuh) and embargo of all Danish products. The march was led by the then MJC President Sheikh Ebrahim Gabriels and supported by the then deputy and current President, Sheikh Ighsaan Hendricks.

NOW : MJC openly and proudly issues halal certificates to fraudster Orion cold storage for poultry from Denmark. Orion has displayed this certificate on its website. No details have been forthcoming of shipments by co-conspirator wholesalers such as pie manufacturers Piemans, processed goods chicken producers Rainbow & Goldis, fast food outlets Chicken lickin, KFC, Nandos etc

FUNDING : We don’t have it / We have it

THEN : Sheikh Hendricks tells media conference that MJC does do not have money and wishes that MJC has more funds to pay the Imams better salaries.

NOW : The financial accounts posted on the MJC website resulting from public pressure shows R8.3Million sitting in investment accounts. Another R1,5 Million given out as loans with no details to whom and payback if any. Further donations have been given to other organizations.

COMMUNITY SERVICE : Serving them / Swearing them

THEN : At every opportunity the MJC proudly states that they are the oldest body established in 1945 that lead the muslim community and they were involved at the inauguration ceremony of Nelson Mandela as first President of the new South Africa.

NOW : The MJC has a security detail that is quick to rough up anyone that asks awkward questions. Imrahn Mukkadam of the Consumer Forum was manhandled and spat on in the Surrey estate mosque. Sheikh Irfaan Abraham uses haram expletives and tell pensioners who are protesting outside MJC offices, “f*** you.” Why the security? Are our Shayuk worried that they may be overpowered with love by the masses they claim to lead.

EXPERTISE : We know it / We don’t know it

THEN : MJC claims that they are the pioneers of halal certification in the country including imports. They say that they travel to slaughter houses in other countries to check on procedures.

NOW : In a public statement announcement the MJC arranges for a panel of hand picked “independent secularist experts” to review their procedures and give their leadership direction on eliminating the problems that led to the current loss of trust by the public. They now refuse to answer any questions from the public and refer all queries to their secular panel.

PRESIDENT’S COURAGE : Lion of Gaza / Pussy cat of Cape Town

THEN : Sheikh Ighsaan Hendricks, President of MJC and Al Quds movement is in the forefront of marches against apartheid Israel and breaks Gaza siege with convoy of vehicles delivering supplies.

NOW : As seen on television by the nation, Sheikh Hendricks cannot face Deborah Patta of 3rd Degree. He lamented in his press conference that “ Deborah laid siege at our offices for 4 hours.” He is still on the run and refused a second chance to talk to Deborah but instead sent the boy, Sheikh Carr to do a man’s job, resulting in another grand flop.

NON MUSLIM UNDERSTANDING OF HALAL : They don’t understand / they understand

THEN : Sheikh Abdul Fataagh Carr whose wheels came off very quickly with Deborah Patta tried to “explain” it away to all and sundry in the MJC’s nine mosque caravan that the reason for her hostility was that as a non muslim she had no knowledge and understanding of the Deen.

NOW : Sheikh TITus, the soon to be replaced head of the MJC Halal trust confirmed in writing that their checks on the halal status is only up to the McDonalds regional distribution centres. They cannot check on every store but rely on the McDonalds non muslim management and procedures to ensure that halal is maintained in their 161 outlets in 9 Provinces. And Orion was all the while a supplier to McDonalds.

SLAUGHTER PROCESS : Hand Slaughter by Muslim Slaughter men only / Slaughter by machine

THEN : When the MJC were defending themselves at a press conference in 2009 against the PE Majlis tabloid accusation that its slaughterers did not read the Tasmiyah (incantation) the MJC stated categorically that the Shaf’i madhab permitted them not having to read this prayer at all but rather the intention of the heart suffices. However for the broader muslim community the MJC decided that they would adopt the majority method of slaughter with the Tasmiyah pronounced on each bird slaughtered.

NOW : In the face of evidence of the certificates issued to Orion and information from those manufacturers that the poultry supplied was slaughtered by machine, the MJC’s Shaykh Sedick, Abdul Fataagh Carr and Secretary General Abdul Khaliq Alli are now saying that machine slaughter is accepted by the MJC as halal .

Honourable Ulama, we plead with you to grab this last chance before more revelations come to the fore and you face your own Arab spring and disgrace. Make the sincerest of Taubah and ask for Maaf from the community and Allah Subhannahu wata Ala, sit down with your critics and listen, listen and listen. Then make the difficult changes for the pleasure of Allah and see the difference. Rizq is from Him alone and you have nothing to fear.

Give up the pride and arrogance of Iblis, forget the cause of Gaza and others when your own house threatens to fall apart. Put an end to the amateurish and theatrical charade of cover ups and plots of your secular advisors and those in the MJC that resist these change by showing them the door. Do what is right for Islam or risk going down in history as those that were responsible for bringing Islam into disrepute.

May Allah help us all

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The destruction of religious sites in Arabia

Islamic perspectives and possible actions

The Makkah Clock Royal Tower - Second Tallest Building in the World

Compiled by adamslist and edited by Dr Irfan al Alawi of the Islamic Heritage Foundation

The city of Istanbul is among the worlds most popular destinations among Muslims, largely because of the legacy of the Ottoman period and the numerous mosques and other monuments that survive there, through which Muslims can relate to a golden period of Islamic culture. Other popular destinations include Andalucia in southern Spain, where reminders of Muslim rule survive even though it is nearly 500 years since Muslims were forced from the region and cities such as Cairo, Damascus, and Baghdad.

But in all the history of Islam, the period and personages to whom Muslims owe the greatest debt and for whom we have the greatest respect are undoubtedly those of the time of the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) and the places where he and his Family and Companions lived and worked. Yet those, far from being preserved as an invaluable and irreplaceable cultural resource for Muslims now and in the future, are actually being systematically destroyed by the rulers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who claim to be Guardians of the Holy Places.

Historical sites already destroyed

These are the sites already destroyed by the Saudis:

1. Jannatul Baqi graveyard in the holy city of Medina: Among the graves and mausoleums which were razed to the ground were those of several of the Prophets (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) wives, his infant son Ibrahim, his daughter Ruqayyah, his grandson Imam Hasan ibn Ali, and his descendants Ali ibn Husain, known as Zain al-Abedin, Muhammad al-Baqir and Jafar al-Sadiq. So too were the graves of numerous companions, including Uthman ibn Affan, the third Khalifah. Today, Jannatul Baqi is no more than an empty space, the significance of which is not even evident to many who visit Madinah.

2. Mosques: The mosque of Fatima Zahra, the Mosque of al-Manaratain; four mosques at the site of the Battle of the Trench in Madinah and the Salman al-Farsi Mosque in Madinah. The kings palace stands on the bones of the Abu-Qubays Masjid.

3. The historical cemetery in Makkah Jannat al-Muallah where rests Khadija, the wife of the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family), the grave of Aminah bint Wahb, the Prophets (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) mother, bulldozed and set alight in 1998 with gasoline; the graves of Banu Hashim in Makkah and the tombs of Hamzah and other martyrs were demolished at Uhud.

4. The houses where Muhammad (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) is believed to have been born in 570ce, was demolished to make way for the library. The house of Khadijah, the Prophets (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) first wife, and where several of his children were born is now a public lavatory, and the house in Madinah where he lived after the hijrah, have also been destroyed, as has Dar al Arqam, the first meeting place of the pioneering Muslims and the first Islamic school where the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) taught now hosts the escalators of al Haram Mosque. Abu Bakr As-Siddiqs house which was also demolished is now the Makkah Hilton Hotel.

5. To build the skyscraper city, the authorities dynamited an entire mountain and the Ottoman era Ajyad Fortress that lay on top of it.

Mimar Sinan, the famous Turkish architect who renovated the Haram in the 16th century, was so in awe that he refused to build anything higher than the Kabah. Yet today Saudi developers boast about a multi-million dollar clock, a monstrous wart looming 1,000 metres over the Haram. It seriously begs the question: wheres the spiritual respect, the old-fashioned adhab (respect) towards the sacred environment?

Indeed, the developers have kept quiet for years about the ecological havoc theyve wreaked in the Holy Cities. Sewage now flows into Makkahs oldest cemetery, the Jannat ul-Maala, where Khadijah, the wife of the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family), lies buried.

Destruction of the geography of the Seerah

Besides the structures materializing memories of the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) and his Companions, the historical sites of the Sirah have been wiped away. The routes followed by the Muslims to the battlegrounds of Badr and Uhud have also been cleared.

How many pilgrims visiting Makkah nowadays know that developers, deaf to the ears of experts, damaged the well of Zamzam when rock-blasting? The BBC conducted chemical tests on Zamzam last year and discovered that it now contains traces of arsenic.

Historical sites that are under threat

Bayt al-Mawlid

When the Wahabis took Makkah in the 1920s they destroyed the dome on top of the house where the Prophet Mohammed (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) was born. It was then used as a cattle market before being turned into a library after a campaign by Makkan's. There are concerns that the expansion of the Grand Mosque will destroy it once more. The site has never been excavated by archaeologists.

Ottoman and Abasi columns of the Grand Mosque

Slated for demolition as part of the Grand Mosque expansion, these intricately carved columns date back to the 17th century and are the oldest surviving sections of Islam's holiest site. Much to the chagrin of Wahhabis, they are inscribed with the names of the Prophet's companions. Ottoman Makkah is now rapidly disappearing.

Al-Masjid al-Nabawi - The mosque of the Prophet (pbuh)

For many years, hard line Wahhabi clerics have had their sights set on the 15th century green dome that rests above the tomb holding the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family), Abu Bakr and Umar in Medina. The mosque is regarded as the second holiest site in Islam. Wahhabis, however, believe marked graves are idolatrous. A pamphlet published in 2007 by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, endorsed by Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, stated that "the green dome shall be demolished and the three graves flattened in the Prophet's Masjid". The destruction of the Prophets (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) grave is something beyond the imagination of most Muslims, yet it must be regarded as a very real possibility under the current rulers of the Hijaz. The removal of the iconic Green Dome from over the graves is a preliminary step to this plan.

Jabal al-Nour

A mountain outside Makkah where Mohammed (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) received his first Quranic revelations. The Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) used to spend long periods of time in a cave called Hira. The cave is particularly popular among South Asian pilgrims who have carved steps up to its entrance and adorned the walls with graffiti. Religious hardliners are keen to dissuade pilgrims from congregating there and have mooted the idea of removing the steps and even destroying the mountain altogether. Visiting the mountain, one can find a signpost with a fatwa, The Prophet Muhammed (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) did not permit us to climb on to this hill, not to pray here, not to touch stones, and tie knots on trees

In short, keep away dont get too close to site of the first Quranic revelation, the place that first witnessed the communication between God and the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) that was to alter the geography of the world.

Islamic Perspectives

Imam Muhammad al Asi (Washington, USA)


Bidat: A negative modification; this term in Islamic jurisprudence refers to additions or subtractions from the Prophets (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) lifestyle pattern

Haram: The sacred Mosque in Makkah, within which is the Kabah

Aqeedah: The belief system that is based upon a firm conviction in all the fundamentals of faith and of the Oneness of God

Tarbiyah: It means "to cause something to develop from stage to stage until reaching its completion (full potentiall)

Salafi: Someone who died within the first four hundred years after the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family). The Salafi movement advocates a return to a shari'a-minded orthodoxy that would purify Islam from unwarranted accretions, the criteria for judging which would be the Qur'an and hadith

Ayat: A verse of the Holy Quran

Munafiq: A dual loyalist; Muslims who outwardly perform the rituals of Islam but when they are required to honour this Islam with struggle and sacrifice they show inclination towards the anti-Islamic camps, states or powers around

Sahabah: A companion of the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family)

Shuhadah: A martyr

Jahili: Term used to describe the era that preceded the revelation of the Qur'an, a period of ignorance

Hadith: A verbal or practical precedent of the Prophet Muhammad (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family); whatever the Prophet said, did or decided

Suffice it to say that the Saudi regime has been implementing policies internally and externally that are toxic and detrimental to Islam. Their whole rationalization of destroying or "levelling" Islamic historical sites is their obsession with bid'at. So they explain their destruction of particular grave-sites (adrihah) as a means to prohibit Muslims from worshiping such grave-sites or offering prayers at such places. One of their "scholars" wrote his Ph.D. thesis arguing for the demolition or even the elimination of the Prophet's (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) grave in al-Masjid al-Nabawi as it has become a meeting place for bid'at promoters! With this bid'at phobia they try to justify much of what they do.

Therefore, if you ask them why are you building a clock-tower just adjacent to the Ka''ba, or why are you constructing high-rises next to the Haram , or why have you embarked on a grand construction project that will have a metropolis around the Holy Precinct of the Ka'bah which will make the Ka'bah diminish into insignificance, they will either not answer these questions or they will pepper their response with their defence of bid'at as this is their 'aqeedah and tarbiyah, and whatever else they have in their 'salafi' vocabulary. No ayats, no hadiths.

They are undoing a history that should be cherished and celebrated by all Muslims. If we were to enlist in their "modernistic" drive to change and virtually mutilate the environment of Makkah we would be accomplices to a crime against the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family), his intimate circle and followers. If bid'ah is what they are afraid of, then combat bid'ah at its source: ignorance and calcified traditions. This bid'at that they talk and write about is in the hearts and minds of some individuals not in the grave-sites of Sufis, or in the house of Khadijah the Prophet's wife, or in the cemetery of Al-Baqi' where the famous companions of the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) are buried, or in other similar places.

Remember, the Saudi Americanized family is doing everything it pleases in Makkah and al- Al Madinah Al Munawwarah without consulting with the rest of the Muslim world. They behave as if Makkah and Al- Al Madinah Al Munawwarah is their personal property. No Muslim dare call them munafiqs.

UNESCO has designated jahili sites in Makkah as historical and off bounds to Saudi bulldozers. But when it comes to Islamic sites then the Saudis have the green light to bulldoze the homes of the sahaaba and the landmarks of our precious history defended by the blood of the shuhada in that first and second generation of Muslims.

The love of Allah's Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) is enshrined in ayahs in the Quran and hadiths of the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family). Therefore if you have a choice between preserving anything belonging to the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) out of love for him or pulverizing everything belonging to him out of fear of a "bid'at" you would certainly opt for the former, if you are a truly committed Muslim, something that the Saudi royals are proving with their policies and politics not to be.

Hassan Ghani (Press TV, London)

Some religious leaders say destruction of the most precious sites in Islam for fear of idolatry is like killing a child for fear that he may grow up to be less than pious. In effect, they say, behind the obsessive fear of idolatry lies a complete lack of understanding and total fanaticism of radical Islam, unable even to appreciate its own past.

It should also be noted that the Muslims attachment to these places stems from the realisation that some of these places are the sites where Quranic revelation took place. For example the house of Sayiddinah Khadija, the wife of the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family) is the site where the Angel Gabriel visited for the purpose of revealing verses of the Quran to the Prophet (may blessings and peace be upon him and on his family). (Ed)

The preservation of heritage sites connected with the ruling Saudi family

It is difficult to explain this behaviour, especially as the Saudis are clearly not oblivious to the importance of historical monuments and heritage. A few years ago, the Saudi General Commission for Tourism and Antiquities announced plans to restore 200 historical sites around the country, include the pre-Islamic site of Madian Saleh and numerous palaces and other buildings in Diriyyah associated with the Saudi family, and old houses in the old area of Jeddah. The suggestion that these have greater value than Islamic sites is deeply offensive to Muslims everywhere. Of the three sites the Saudis have allowed the UN to designate World Heritage Sites, none are related to Islam.

Muslim response

There are many reasons why this issue does not get the attention that it deserves. One is undoubtedly the Saudis patronage of many Islamic organizations around the world in recent decades. Another may be that there are so many other issues confronting Muslims, not the least of which are the genocides of Muslim populations and the oppression of Islamic activism in almost every Muslim country, compared to which the destruction of a building may arguably appear of lesser importance. Nonetheless, it is important that every effort be made to prevent the Saudis from destroying what little remains of the heritage of Islam, for it is largely through such monuments that peoples historical memories are stimulated and sustained, and the destruction of these memories will have profound implications for future generations understanding and knowledge of Islam itself.

Possible actions by Muslims globally

1. Muslims and Muslim organization should lobby U.N.E.S.C.O by writing letters to them to protect the religious sites in Makkah and Medina. It is sad that Muslims have to turn to a body like UNESCO to prevent a Muslim government from desecrating these sites.

2. Presenting letters of objection to Saudi embassies on a global scale.

3. Engage and exert pressure on Saudi delegations and religious scholars on this issue when they visit our mosques. The issue of certain Muslim activists not being granted visas to perform the pilgrimages to Makkah and the reports of human rights abuses in Arabia are also important issues that should be raised.

4. Networking with NGO's in Muslim countries and Muslim minorities in the UK, USA, etc so that these NGOs can exert pressure on the Saudis.

5. Refrain from accepting Saudi funding for religious or any other projects. The acceptance of Saudi funds will ultimately have the effect of impairing ones independence and sense of justice.

6. Lobby the Arab League, OIC, GCC and Muslim majority governments to engage the Saudis on this issue.

Concluding remarks

The house of Saud enjoys the dubious distinction of being one of the only regimes in history to have overseen its own cultural genocide, and to have consciously obliterated its sacred spaces in the name of a religious demagogue, ibn Abd ul-Wahhab.

Globally, communities and religious groups are going to great lengths to preserve their religious and cultural heritage. Sadly the Muslim community is the only community, barring the efforts of a handful of sincere individuals, remains passive whilst its heritage is being destroyed by a small deviant sect within the Ummah (the global Muslim community).

This article was compiled by adamlist from the sources below and edited by Dr Irfan al Alawi of the Islamic Heritage Foundation.

Further information available on the heritage via the link below:



1. The Saudi record of violence against the historical heritage of Islam by Iqbal Siddique, Crescent International

2. Mecca for the rich: Islam's holiest site 'turning into Vegas', Jerome Taylor, The Independent UK, 24 September 2011

3. Saudi Arabias war of steel and concrete on Islam by Zainab Cheema , Crescent International, November 2010

4. Saudi destruction of Islamic sites raises concern by Hassan Ghani, Press TV, London, January 2011

5. Hajj crisis: yearning for the traditional values by Shafiq Morton, Surfing behind the wall blogspot, October 18 2011

6. Inputs by Dr Irfan al Alawi ( Executive Director, Islamic Heritage Foundation), Imam Muhammad al Asi, Washington USA and Professor Sulayman Dangor (South Africa)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tomorrow is not Yours, Seize the Day!

Tomorrow is not Yours, Seize the Day!

Upon hearing about the death of a fellow Muslim, it suddenly struck me how very fleeting life is, and that I was only a twinkling of an eye away from where he is now.

Death is the reality from which none of us can escape. It draws nearer every day, every hour, every minute. So I had to ask myself, if I were to die today, would I have done all that I could to ensure Allah’s Favor, and to evade His Wrath? Unfortunately for me, the answer was a resounding NOOO.

At the end of the day, I ask myself, what good have I sent ahead for the benefit of my soul? And again, the answers usually, very little. Time, it seems, is moving by so quickly. It seems just like yesterday that we started the “New Year,” yet we’re already almost a third of the way through it. A month seems like a week, a week seems like an hour and an hour feels like just minutes. This is why I’ve resolved to try my utmost, with the aid of Allah to take advantage of every opportunity to do good deeds, and not to put off until later, what I can do now. Death is coming, are you ready?

Allah says, “Every soul shall have a taste of death, and only on the Day of Judgement shall you be paid your full recompense. Only those who are saved far from the Fire, and admitted to the Garden will have succeeded. For the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception.” [3:185]

It is so easy for us to get caught up in the comings and goings of our everyday lives, that we tend to forget that we don’t have forever in this worldly life, and get distracted away from our true aim and purpose. We tend to forget that we are here to worship Allah and to avail ourselves of the various opportunities He gives us to store up for ourselves treasures in Heaven. For He, Subhanahu Wa Taala, also says,

O you who believe! Revere Allah, and let every person look to what he has sent forth for the morrow; and revere Allah. Allah is well Aware of what you do. And be not like those who forgot (disobeyed) Allah, and He caused them to forget themselves. Those are the disobedient. Not equal are the dwellers of the Fire and the dwellers of Jannah. It is the dwellers of Jannah who will be successful.” [59:18-20]

He also tells us that we do not know the hour of our own deaths, or in what land we will die. But He through His unending Mercy toward us, has given us ways to prepare for the inevitable now, because once we’ve passed from this life to the next, there is no coming back to do the things we should have done. For Allah says,

Until death comes to one of them, he says, ‘My Lord, send me back. Perhaps I may do good in that which I have left behind.’ No, it is but a word that he speaks, and behind them is a barzakh until the day when they are raised up.” [23:99-100]

Allah has given us ways to protect ourselves from the punishment of the grave. One of these ways is by fighting in the Cause of Allah. It is reported that a man asked the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, “O Messenger of Allah, why are all the believers tested in the graves except a martyr?” He, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, said, “The flashing of swords over his head was a sufficient test for him.” (An-Nasai)

This may be difficult for most of us to do in this day and age, but Allah has provided us with many other ways to earn ease in the next life. These include reciting Surat ul-Mulk, because the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, said, “Surat Tabarak is the protector from the torment of the grave.” (Al-Hakim) He, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, also said, “When a human being dies, all of his deeds are terminated except for three types: an ongoing sadaqh, a knowledge of Islam from which others benefit, and a righteous child who makes du’a for him.” (Muslim)

Another way to earn a continuing reward is by reviving a lost Sunnah of the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam. He, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, said, “He who initiates in Islam a good way gets his reward for it, as well as rewards similar to those who follow him into it, without reducing any of their rewards.” (Muslim)

For those of us who know of fellow Muslims who have already begun their journey, or who are about to enter, into the next life, there are things we can do to make the transition easier, insha’Allah. These include performing the Janazah prayer for the deceased, fulfilling the deceased’s vows, payment of the deceased’s debts and the supplications of the Muslims.

This life is fleeting. Death is coming. Let us get ready.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Do You Think You Are Handsome Or Beautiful?

► You are rich?
You are strong?
You don't NEED any one?

Okay Now, What About When You Die?

You NEED someone to clean your body
You NEED someone to cover your body with Kaffan
You NEED someone to bury your body and

The most IMPORTANT thing, YOU NEED SOMEONE TO PRAY FOR YOU. So,don't be ARROGANT !! Be HUMBLE in this world!

Remember shaitaan was not a stupid but he was arrogant!

♥ Only Allah Subhanahu wata'ala is The GREATEST, The ONE, The SUPREME, and INDEPENDENT of anything/anybody.

Allah guide us always Aameen!

Friday, February 17, 2012

First step to a Blissful Marriage

The Vital First step to a Blissful Marriage

Rasoolullah (Sallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has stated: “Indeed the marriage that draws the greatest blessing is the marriage with the lightest expense.” (Musnad Ahmad)

At a time when marriages are dissolving like ice left in the sun, this Hadith provides substantial food for thought. In the life of a Muslim, Barakah (Divine Blessings) is crucial to our success. A marriage devoid of Barakah will inevitably fail. If the greatest of Barakah is to be found in the lightest of expenditure, then the opposite holds true, the greater the expense, the lesser the blessing.

The saying: “The ladder of success must be set upon something solid before you start to climb” provides us direction for every endeavour in life. Marriage is indeed one of the most challenging endeavours a person will undertake in life. What at one time was a bed of roses has, many a time, decayed into a nest of thorns. For us to protect and preserve this bed of roses, it is essential that we use every avenue to draw the mercy and blessing of Allah.

For how long will we continue to jeopardise the marriages of our children for the sake of public appearance? When the nikah ends in Talaaq and the daughter returns home in tears, then the thousands wasted to inflate the bubble of our egos will pop and the fall will be all the harder. Will we then only consider the words of Rasoolullah (Sallahu Alayhi Wasallam)?

Extravagance is something greatly detested by Allah Ta'ala. The statement of Quran: “The extravagant ones are the brothers of the devil” is not a trifling matter. It should be accorded its due respect by the heart that possesses Imaan. We waste and squander too much in an avenue where there is no need for extravagance.

“Simplicity is from Imaan” is one of the maxims of the Rasoolullah (Sallahu Alayhi Wasallam). It ought to have a place in the life of a Muslim. The greatest assets a person can possess are contentment and happiness. Minus that, life is bleak, miserable and depressing.

A thought-provoking incident points this out very clearly: The little girl says: “My mother always told me that happiness was the most important thing in life. When I went to school, they asked me to write down what I wanted to be in life. I wrote, “Happy.” They replied, “You haven't understood the question.” I replied, “You haven't understood life!”

When one embraces the way of Rasoolullah (Sallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and the simplicity of Rasoolullah (Sallahu Alayhi Wasallam)’s life, one will find this elusive treasure of happiness and contentment. The sure-fire method of success will always lie in the Sunnah of Allah's Beloved Rasoolullah (Sallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Embrace Rasoolullah (Sallahu Alayhi Wasallam)’s Sunnah and then see the bliss of marriage.