My Brethren going to NYSC Orientation Camp

What are your preparations for a gathering not guided by Shari’ah?

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps in Nigeria are not the same, thus activities (apart from normal drilling exercise) on each camp may be different from others. For example: what is allowed in Benue may not be allowed in Kano and vice versa. Prepare what to eat, though there is provision for food but it may not be enough or be your choice. Prepare what to wear; short and tight dresses are not our dress especially for the female. Get dresses of that color (especially white) and use it diplomatically. Remember, the best provision for the journey is taqwa (piety).

Muslim Corpers Association of Nigeria (MCAN) is on camp to guide you, register with them as soon as you enter. Stay in the mosque arena if it is allowed, for protection of your religion and attend their activities. And MCAN key members should follow protocol also for organizing activities.

On camp you’re living like a traveler; still don’t know your destination, Place of Primary Assignment (PPA). Jurists differed on the ruling but the most evidenced is to do Qasr till you reach your PPA. Please read about Salat Qasr.

It is haram to mix with opposite sex in the mosque which is the purest place on the face of the earth – then how about orientation camp that is not guided by shari’ah? Allah says: _“those who do not bear witness to falsehood, and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass by it with dignity”_ (Q 25:72). My brethren, it is not a must to attend promiscuous and immoral gatherings on camp, don’t be fooled.

Islam strives to protect woman and guard them against the causes of temptation and deviation, it is not permissible for a woman to travel without a mahram. Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: _“No woman should travel except with a mahram, and no man should enter upon her unless there is a mahram with her.”_ A man said: “O Messenger of Allah, I want to go out with such and such an army and my wife wants to go for Hajj.” He said: _“Go out with her.”_ al-Bukhaari (1729) and Muslim (2391), Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (12/178). So, what is your preparation for this?

Attacks on Muslim sister are frequent on camp. Listen brothers! Allah says: _”The believing men and believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give zakah and obey Allah and His Messenger. Those – Allah will have mercy upon them. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.”_ (Q9:71). Protect your sister diplomatically, who will protect her if not you?

Posting to a Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) is a lesson for all; it looks like the Day of Judgment. From different institutions, meet and become friends. Within that short time you will not like to leave your friend but the camping is over you need to go.

Collection of letter to PPA is touching; coper will line up in the same uniform. After collection of letter of PPA some will be happy and some will not be happy. You will see graduate crying! Why? He/she was posted to village while his/her friend was posted to town, thus feel frustrated. My brethren, don’t cry, ask Allah to give you the best, He knows you don’t know. Allah says: _“perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.”_ (Q2:216). Any place you’re posted to, your religion is the priority, if you’re still a believer, what makes you happy than that?!

May Allah make piety part of your journey, forgive your sins and fulfil the purpose of the journey. I make Allah responsible for your deen, your trustworthiness and for the results of your actions.

Fiqh of Trials: Hardship and Affluence Trials of Life (10 of 10)

A Prostitute asked for Prophet Yahya’s Head (peace be upon him)

Islamic Historians said ‘Imraan, the father of Maryam, was married to a woman who was called Hannah, and Zakariyyah (peace be upon him) was married to a woman called Eeshaa’. ‘Imraan and Hannah produced Maryam (peace be upon him) and Zakariyah and Eeshaa’ produced Yahya (peace be upon him). Therefore, ‘Eesa and Yahya (peace be upon them) are maternal cousins according to the historians. The story of how Allaah blessed Zakariya with Yahya is of great lessons for us.

Allaah says: “So her Lord (Allaah) accepted her [Maryam] with goodly acceptance. He made her grow in a good manner and put her under the care of Zakariya. Every time he entered al-mihrab [a praying place or private room] to (visit) her, he found her supplied with sustenance. He said, ‘O Maryam! From where have you got this?’ She said, ‘This is from Allaah.’ Verily, Allaah provides sustenance to whom He wills, without limit.

At that time Zakariya invoked his Lord, saying: ‘O my Lord! Grant me from You a good offspring. You are indeed the All-Hearer of invocation.’

Then the angels called him, while he was standing in prayer in al-mihrab, (saying): ‘Allaah gives you glad tidings of Yahya, confirming (believing in) the Word from Allaah [i.e., the creation of ‘Eesaa], noble, keeping away from sexual relations with women, a Prophet, from among the righteous.’ Q3:37-39]

Allaah says: (This is) a mention of the mercy of your Lord to His slave Zakariya.

When he called out to his Lord (Allaah) – a call in secret,

Saying, ‘My Lord! Indeed my bones have grown feeble, and grey hair has spread on my head, and I have never been unblest in my invocation to You, O my Lord!

And verily! I fear my relatives after me, since my wife is barren. So give me from Yourself an heir,-

Who shall inherit me, and inherit (also) the posterity of Ya’qoob [inheritance of religious knowledge and Prophethood]. And make him, my Lord, one with whom You are well-pleased!’

(Allaah said): ‘O Zakariya! Verily, We give you the glad tidings of a son. His name will be Yahya. We have given that name to none before (him). Q19:2-9

Allaah says “And (remember) Zakariya, when he cried to his Lord: ‘O my Lord! Leave me not single (childless), though You are the Best of the inheritors.’

So We answered his call, and We bestowed upon him Yahya, and cured his wife (to bear a child) for him. Verily, they used to hasten on to do good deeds, and they used to call on Us with hope and fear, and used to humble themselves before Us.” Q21:89-90

“And We gave him wisdom while yet a child” Q19:12

“And (made him) sympathetic to men” “and pure from sins”  “and he was righteous” Q19:13

“And dutiful towards his parents”  “and he was neither arrogant nor disobedient” Q19:14

“And Salaam (peace) be on him the day he was born, and the day he dies, and the day he will be raised up to life (again)!” Q19:15

“… noble, keeping away from sexual relations with women, a Prophet, from among the righteous” Q3:39

At-Tabari and Ibn Katheer mentioned some traditions which include these: It was narrated on the authority of ‘Urwah ibn Az-Zubayr that he said, “Yahya ibn Zakariyya was killed for the sake of a prostitute who said to her master, ‘I will never be pleased with you until you cut off Yahya’s head and bring it to me.’ He therefore did so and brought his head in a washtub for her.” [Ibn Abu Shaybah in Al-Musannaf]. ‘Urwah ibn Az-Zubayr also said, “Yahya ibn Zakariyya was killed for the sake of a prostitute who was an ex-slave girl.” [Al-Haakim: Mawqoof (disconnected chain) and Saheeh (authentic) (Ath-Thahabi agreed on this)]

A prostitute asked for Prophet’s head and succeed, please who are you and me not to be tested?!

Oh believers! Hardship/misfortune or affluence as a result of obedience to Allaah is a trial. Therefore, bearing it with patience makes one pass and reacting angrily makes one fail. Hardship/Misfortune or affluence as a result disobedience to Allaah is a punishment or misguidance. As well, hardship/misfortune or affluence not connected with obedience or disobedience is a trial to good ones and a punishment or misguidance to wrongdoers.

So, during the times of trials and suffering one should always think positively of Allaah, in all the situations, for whatever comes from Allaah is for your good and He is The Protector of the pious and Oft-Forgiving and The Most Merciful. It is said, “Nothing happens except by the will of Allaah.”

May Allaah grant us understanding. We seek refuge with Allaah from trials and tribulations, both visible and hidden. We ask You (to enable us) to do good deeds and avoid evil deeds, and to love the poor, and (we ask You) to forgive us, have mercy on us and accept our repentance without subjecting us to trial.


Fiqh of Trials: Hardship and Affluence Trials of Life (9 of 10)

You can’t be too righteous to be tested!

Sumayyah bint Khayyat was the first female martyr of this Ummah, She is a very old and frail woman but remained steadfast and refused to abandon Islam. Abu Jahl, insulted her verbally, then killed her by stabbing and impaling her with his spear.

People of Ditch

Allaah says: {By the heaven holding the big stars. And by the Promised Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection). And by the Witnessing day (i.e. Friday), and by .the Witnessed day (i.e. the Day of ‘Arafat (Hajj) the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah]. Cursed were the people of the Ditch (in the story of the Boy and the King). Of fire fed with fuel. When they sat by it (fire). And they witnessed what they were doing against the believers (i.e. burning them). And they had no fault except that they believed in Allaah, the All-Mighty, Worthy of all Praise! To Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth! And Allaah is Witness over everything. Verily, those who put into trial the believing men and believing women (by torturing them and burning them), and then do not turn in repentance (to Allaah), then they will have the torment of Hell, and they will have the punishment of the burning Fire}. (Al-Buruj, 1-10)

Killer of Hamzah (may Allaah be pleased with him) accepted Islam later! 

Hamzah ibn Abd Al-Muttalib, may Allaah be pleased with him: The Lion of Allaah, the Martyr of Martyrs, the uncle of Prophet Muhammad was killed in the battle of Uhud by a black man.

Narrated Jafar bin `Amr bin Umaiya: Wahshi said:… I hid myself under a rock, and when he (i.e. Hamza) came near me, I threw my spear at him, driving it into his umbilicus so that it came out through his buttocks, causing him to die. ….Then I left for Taif, and when the people (of Taif) sent their messengers to Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), I was told that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not harm the messengers; So I too went out with them till I reached Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). When he saw me, he said, ‘Are you Wahshi?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘Was it you who killed Hamza?’ I replied, ‘What happened is what you have been told of.’ He said, ‘Can you hide your face from me?’ So I went out when Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) died, and Musailamah Al-Kadhdhab appeared (claiming to be a prophet). I said, ‘I will go out to Musailamah so that I may kill him, and make amends for killing Hamza. ….So I threw my spear at him (Musailamah), driving it into his chest in between his breasts till it passed out through his shoulders, …. Sahih al-Bukhari 4072

Another man who was to be killed was Wahshi ibn Harb who had murdered the uncle of Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). But due to the kindness and mercy of the Prophet, (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) Washshi came to Mohammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to be pardoned for what he had done to his uncle. The Prophet forgave him.

To be cont…. in shaa Allaah

May Allaah grant us understanding. We seek refuge with Allaah from trials and tribulations, both visible and hidden. We ask You (to enable us) to do good deeds and avoid evil deeds, and to love the poor, and (we ask You) to forgive us, have mercy on us and accept our repentance without subjecting us to trial.