Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Backbiting – One of the major sins in Islam

Today we’re going to ask you to do something difficult. Very difficult. Some might say impossible….
In fact we’re fairly sure 90% of people reading this won’t be able to do this. Hopefully we’re wrong. And Allah knows best.

Backbiting is a MAJOR sin and every single person reading this message has probably at some point in their life backbitten someone, so firstly let’s quickly address the definition of backbiting from the greatest source we have.
Abu Dharr once asked the Prophet Muhammad (saw): O Messenger of Allah, what is gheebah? He replied: It is to mention about your brother that which he detests. Abu Dharr said: O Messenger of Allah, what if that which is mentioned of him should actually be in him? He replied: Know that when you mention that which is in him, you have committed his gheebah, and when you mention that which is not in him, then you have slandered him. Even listening to backbiting is a sin

Prophet Muhammad (saw) once said to Imam Ali: O Ali! When someone hears the backbiting of his Muslim brother committed in his presence, yet he does not rally to his assistance despite being capable of doing so, God shall humiliate him in the world and in the Hereafter

So now we’ve addressed the definition let us add a few more important points.

Did you know backbiting is more of a sin than adultery. You know why? When you commit adultery you can ask Allah for forgiveness and Allah can forgive you but when you backbite someone Allah cannot forgive you unless the person you spoke ill of forgives you first.

The Prophet (saw) once gave counsel to Abu Dharr, saying: O Abu Dharr! Beware of backbiting, for backbiting is graver than adultery. Abu Dharr (r) said: Why is that so, O Messenger of Allah? He (s) replied: That is because when a man commits adultery and then repents to God, God accepts his repentance. However, backbiting is not forgiven until forgiven by its victim.

So what shall we do? The choice is actually simple but very difficult. It’s a real battle of confronting our ego and pride and showing humility.

We need to start asking people for forgiveness. We need to approach people with humility, whether it’s a phone call, a text message, an email but ideally should be a direct communication between you and the person you want to approach. Yes it’s difficult but not impossible. Ask for their forgiveness and when they forgive you, you’ll feel lighter, more relieved. If you think this is beyond you, you’re wrong. You can do it.

Imagine the alternative? You’re now standing in front of Allah and your account is about to begin. You look to your right and you feel happy looking at all your good deeds. Suddenly your good deeds start vanishing and you’re panicking. The good deeds are going to all the people you have backbitten against, your father, brother, sister, mother, wife, friend, cousin, work colleague.

So start now, have a plan. Speak to 1 person a week and ask for their forgiveness. Maybe they will also ask for your forgiveness. You may look small in their eyes but you’ll look BIG in Allah’s
You can do it.

Here is a template message you can send people asking for their forgiveness. Feel free to copy and paste the below into an email, a BBM, an SMS, or a whatsapp message. We hope this helps you make that first step:

Asalaamu’Alaykum. I recently read a life changing article on backbiting on this website and it really made me think. I had no idea backbiting was such a major sin and is considered more of a sin than even adultery. It’s also a sin that Allah will not forgive unless the person you backbit against forgives you. Today I would like to ask for your forgiveness for any gheebah I may have committed against you. I want you to know this was never done maliciously to harm you, it was more done carelessly and without regard. Insha’Allah it will not happen again. Islam teaches us to be humble and to forgive each other and I hope you will forgive me. Jazakhallah Khair and I look forward to your response.
You can read the article on the website (http://magicalprincessdiaries.blogspot.com/) and please also forward to friends and family as reading it has absolutely changed my life.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Meet the Terrible Twins: Jealousy and Jadoo


Moulana Khalid Dhorat 
Harming someone else – because of jealousy, vengeance or pride, – will not
benefit you or bring you happiness and satisfaction at all. You can be
jealous over someone’s success, wealth, beauty, intellect, car, mansion,
husband, or job, but by harming them for something that is purely their
destiny, won’t change anything, or transfer their success to you. You will
not become more popular or wealthy by harming those whom you envy. In fact,
it will have the reverse effect: You will become more depressed and
desperate. So, the joke is always on the one who harms the other, and not
on the harmed.
In reality, by harming the next person, you are doing him a huge favour!
You can scratch his car, send a Jinn to possess him, or bring down his
reputation by gossiping about him – all this will eventually work in his
favour. If you scratch his car, he will have to repair it. Since he uses
his car to travel to the Masjid or to his workplace and back; by repairing
it, he will be incurring extra expenses in fulfilling his duties to the
Almighty and to his family. He will be rewarded for it, but you will be
punished for it in both the worlds. Sending a Jinn to possess him is a huge
trial, but affected people normally recite Qur’an the entire day, drink
gallons of Zam Zam water and stay in a state of purity all the time. This
is how every Muslim should behave in any case, whether he is affected or
not. Trials normally make a person, not break them. And if you gossip about
others, you are simply transferring all your good deeds to them. So, go on,
harm the next person. You are only harming yourself.
Why use the Jinn?
I am not advocating that everyone who has a slight headache or who had a
misunderstanding with their wife should start suspecting others of working
Jadoo on them; what I’m saying is that the practice of visiting
witch-doctors or sangomas to do people’s dirty work, is becoming
increasingly common. An affected person usually does not dream, feels
heaviness in the chest and head, may have some type of marks on his body,
and may look at his partner with resentment. So, first seek medical help
for any condition before visiting a genuine Aamil. Nowadays, instead of
wishing a person well over his happiness or good fortune, and praying that
the Almighty increase him in the bounties he currently enjoys, we become
envious of the person and wish the opposite for him. As this jealousy turns
to rage, and then to malice, many think that visiting a witch-doctor or a
sangoma to harm or paralyze the person in question will bring them
satisfaction: “Why is she so happy in her marriage, when I landed up with a
loser. Both of us must suffer together!”
Well, this is the biggest mistake you will ever make in your life – a
mistake which is near impossible to reverse. A person confessed: “O my!
She looked so dazzling on her engagement day that I decided on her wedding
day, I’ll get my neatly-dressed witch-doctor to either affect her through
her sight or by placing something in her food. We managed to sprinkle some
“invisible powder” in her food, and when I heard that she suffered from a
tummy-ache for her entire honeymoon, I was overjoyed. As time went on, she
was cured, but my health and mental well-being deteriorated and today I
continue to suffer diseases I didn’t suffer before this evil deed of mine.
Today, I’m suffering more than her and I’ve got no way out of it.”
Indeed, visiting a witch-doctor is dangerous in three ways for you –
financially, spiritually, and physically. There is no winner at all in this
madness. Financially, you will be charged up to R10 000-00 a visit, and you
will be given false promises and half truths. Then just as your problem is
on the verge of being sorted out, a “complication” will arise, and you will
be another R10 000- poorer. This “complication” will either be your own
health, the opposite party trying to take revenge on you, or the Jinn not
satisfied with his job. People have lost up to R500 000- in this way before
they smelt the rat! You may think that you are securing the services of the
Jinn to harm another person; yes, this may be true, but you are also being
hypnotized in the process to come back again and again until either you are
financially drained or you die. Visiting a witch-doctor is like paying
protection-fees to the mafia. The day you decide to back out, the Jinn
which you sent to possess someone else will be sent to possess you, or you
will be killed.
After losing your wallet, you will lose your heart too, along with the
faith (Iman) within it. In an Islamic country, a witch-doctor and his
customer is killed on the spot as black-magic is nothing but clear *kufr*
(disbelief). In is narrated in Muwatta Imam Malik that Sayyidah Hafsah,
our Mother and beloved wife of the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) had
a slave of hers killed on the spot when she was found guilty of bewitching
her, even though she had a contract of freedom with her. The same goes for
her customers.
In order to become a medical doctor, you study for seven years at a medical
university, but to study the dark sciences, you firstly need to empty your
heart of faith in the Almighty, and vow to become enemies with God and all
religions. Then you need to soak your soul with the devilish traits of
extreme hatred, jealousy, evil, greed, and malice. Witch-doctors need to
sell their soul, in this world, and the next, to the devil in order to be
able to harness the awesome power of the evil Jinn. In order to gain their
approval, they need to perform various devilish rituals like drinking
menstrual blood, fornicating with the dead, mocking at religion, killing
pigs and anointing themselves with its blood, and defecating on the Qur’an.
Remember, a witch-doctor is for now and forever; his customer too, is for
now, and forever. If a witch-doctor wants to repent from this open *kufr*
(disbelief) and evil, and if his customer wants to also reform himself, the
jinn will not be pleased at this and they may pay for it with their lives.
Then too, paying with their life to die on imaan (faith) is a worthy
price to pay.
By visiting a witch-doctor, you are preferring the power of the Jinn – an
inferior species of creation, – over the power of the Almighty, and
spreading evil instead of good. You are joining in rebellion with Satan
against God to create chaos on earth. Satan becomes your new savior and
benefactor, and once you become his follower, he wants you as his company
in hellfire too, for ever and ever. As you are being consumed by hatred and
jealousy for someone else, you are being by the devil himself. And all the
while you thought you were harming someone else!
After your wallet and heart have been emptied of all goodness, your victim
will be trying to cure himself with the power of the Almighty, but your
health and mental state will take a nosedive. Anxious to see the results of
your black-magic, you will stalk your victim – usually a relative, friend
or a family member – to see how devastated he is. Can he still walk? Did
his wife elope with someone else? Did he meet up in an accident? Is she
pregnant? Who is torturing who here, the perpetrator or the victim? You
will suffer from schizophrenia, dementia and insomnia long after your
victim has been cured. Your victim’s condition will elevate him and he may
even overpower his black-magic, but your actions will debase you forever.
It’s just not worth it.
The Afflicted Person and the Spell
Don’t ever underestimate the power of witchcraft, but at the same time, do
not fear it or let it overwhelm you. The power of God is above all power.
Usually, a witchdoctor will ask for the name of the victim and his mother’s
name only, as all his victims are assumed to be fatherless and
illegitimate. After putting the two names together, he will decide where to
place the spell: in water, under the earth, or on a tree. If the spell is
temporary, it is written on items such as paper and leaves that will
decompose in time, but more durable spells are carved in stone and other
durable items. Black magic can be made via your picture, your voice, merely
seeing a person, your scent or through any body-parts like one’s nails and
hair. Once the master Jinn agrees to harm a person, he then sends a
slave-jinn to the person in order to possess him.
Many a time, the afflicted person comes to know who afflicted him, but it’s
best to continue treating him with kindness. This is like rubbing salt into
the wound. The best way to overcome one’s condition is to recite all the
recommended prayers from the Qur’an and Sunnah, eat seven ‘ajwah dates
daily, drink lots of Zam Zam, stay in a condition of purity all the time
and avoid places of sin. If done effectively, the slave-jinn will become
like a fish out of water, and you will become a lion in its den. The jinn
will either die or become so weak that he will become ineffective – unable
to communicate or fulfill the commands of the master-jinn, or the
master-jinn himself will not be inclined to renew the spell if it
disintegrates. Remember, some become physically sick, and some spiritually,
but both conditions and cures are in the control of the Almighty.
To all those who are affected, be strong as this is your means of becoming
close to the Almighty. Persevere in your treatment. To all those jealous
ones, save your souls and repent and reverse what you did whilst you have
life in you. Today you may be laughing at someone, but tomorrow they will
be laughing at you in hellfire. The doors of forgiveness are still open.
It’s never too late to repent.

Sayyidina Ali RA and the Giant


Sword of Ali RA
During the Battle of Khandaq (Trench) two people managed to cross the trench. One was Ikramah with a group of men and the other was Khalid bin Walid. With Ikramah was a man called Amr ibn Abd Wud who was the undisputed champion amongst the Arabs, he had never lost a battle. The narration mentions that he descended from his horse and he cut the legs of the horse meaning that he wasn’t going to go back. He said, “Oh Muhammad [sallallahu alayhi wasallam], is there anybody amongst you who is ready to fight me?”
Nobody moved because this was Amr ibn Abd Wud. When children wouldn’t go to sleep, women would say, ‘Go to sleep Amr ibn Abd Wud is coming.’ He was equivalent to 500 men and he never spared a man who fought him. Nobody moved so Amr ibn Abd Wud began to laugh, and the Mushrikeen began to laugh. Amr said, “Oh Muhammad [sallallahu alayhi wasallam], I heard that you say that your martyrs will go into Jannah and we will go into Jahannum. Is there anybody amongst you who wants to enter into Jannah?” And Ali (radiallahu anhu) jumped up.
Ali (radiallahu anhu) said, “Oh Messenger of Allah, allow me to fight this tyrant.” Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said to him, “Oh sit down Ali! Don’t you know this is Amr ibn Abd Wud?” And Amr ibn Abd Wud began to laugh and again his laughter was followed by the laughter of the Mushrikeen. Amr shouted again, “What about your Nabi Muhammad? What about your Deen?” The sahabah couldn’t take this insult and Ali (radiallahu anhu) said, “Oh Messenger of Allah, allow me to go and fight him.” Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) allowed him, took his turban off his head and placed it on Ali’s (radiallahu anhu) head and he gave him his sword, Zulfiqaar.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) lifted his hands to the heavens and asked, “Oh Allah! On the day of Uhud you took Hamzah away from me. Today, do not take Ali away from me.” Ali (radiallahu anhu) marched out to fight Amr. It was a mismatch of the nature of David and Goliath but Ali (radiallahu anhu) marched on. When Amr saw Ali (radiallahu anhu) he said, “Couldn’t they find anybody who was bigger than you?” Ali (radiallahu anhu) was amongst the youngest at that time.
Ali (radiallahu anhu) responded, “I am at the lowest amongst the believers, but you deserve nobody besides me.”
Ali (radiallahu anhu) continued, “Before I fight you I’ll give you one of two options, that you recite La ilaha illAllahu Muhammadur Rasulullah.” Amr ibn Abd Wud said, “Even if my head was in the depths of Jahannum, I would not recite these words.” Ali (radiallahu anhu) told him, “Go back. Don’t fight Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and Amr said, “People would say I ran away from a small child like you.”
Amr asked Ali (radiallahu anhu), “Who are you?” He said, “I’m Ali, the son of Abu Talib,” and Amr said, “Your father was my friend. My son, I don’t want to kill you.” Ali (radiallahu anhu) told him, “You may not want to kill me but because you’re the enemy of Allah SWT I want to kill you.”
This enraged Amr ibn Abd Wud and he charged for Ali (radiallahu anhu). Ali (radiallahu anhu) was very nimble and he moved from one side to the other side until Amr was totally exhausted. Allah SWT had given Ali (radiallahu anhu) a strong natural power. Even in the Battle of Khayber, he dislodged a whole door. Ali (radiallahu anhu) jumped towards Amr and he grabbed Amr ibn Abd Wud and dropped him. The saying goes, ‘the bigger they are the harder they fall’ and Amr fell to the ground and Ali (radiallahu anhu) took out his dagger. Amr wanted to go out in style and spat in the face of Ali (radiallahu anhu) but Ali (radiallahu anhu) got up and everybody was amazed and he said, “We are believers. Initially I was going to kill you for the sake of Allah but now it’s become personal so I don’t want to kill you.”
Amr ibn Abd Wud could not live with this disgrace and when Ali (radiallahu anhu) was walking away he attacked him and with the blessed sword of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), Ali (radiallahu anhu) struck him and killed Amr Ibn Abd Wud.