Where is Ministry of Orphans? (2 of 2)

Many Priorities Forgotten

Our government is not self-sufficient, bitter truth! What is your contribution? Concerning the virtue of sponsoring orphans and the great reward for that, Muslim (2983) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The one who sponsors an orphan, whether it is a relative of his or not, he and I will be like these two in Paradise,” and Maalik pointed with his forefinger and middle finger. There is sufficient encouragement for the believer to do these actions in the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “I and the one who sponsors an orphan will be in Paradise like these two” – and he gestured with his forefinger and middle finger, holding them apart. Al-Bukhaari, 5304, at-Tirmidhi (1918) Classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan at-Tirmidhi.

Sponsoring an orphan is one of the righteous deeds which Islam encourages us to do and tells us are among the means of entering Paradise, and indeed of attaining the highest positions therein. Ibn Battaal (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “It is a duty for the one who hears this hadeeth to act upon it, so that he will be with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in Paradise.” (Quoted by Ibn Hajar in Fath al-Baari, 10/436.  Spending money on an orphan is something that is encouraged in particular. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “This money is fresh and sweet. Blessed is the wealth of the Muslim, from which he gives to the poor, the orphan and the wayfarer” or as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said it. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1465; Muslim, 1052.

Ibn al-Atheer said: “The sponsor is the one who takes care of the orphan’s affairs and brings him up.” Al-Nihaayah, 4/192.  In Riyaadh al-Saaliheen, al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) defined the sponsor of an orphan as being the one who takes care of his affairs. The commentator on this book said: (that means) his religious and worldly affairs, by spending on him, clothing him, etc. Daleel al-Faaliheen, 3/103. Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Sponsoring an orphan means taking care of his religious and worldly interests, teaching him and guiding him etc with regard to religious matters, and taking care of his food, drink, shelter and other worldly concerns. Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen, 5/113. Bahjat Quloob al-Abraar, 128, Fayd al-Qadeer by al-Manaawi, 1/108, al-Haafiz in al-Fath, 10/437.

As well, limiting it to spending, especially when the orphan is far away, deprives the sponsor of one of the means of softening the heart and meeting needs, which is embracing the orphan and treating him kindly. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Bring the orphan close to you, wipe his head and give him some of your food, for that will soften your heart and fulfil your need.” Al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 854, Ibn ‘Alaan in Daleel al-Faaliheen, 3/104. Though, it is permissible for you to send money to sponsor the orphan, even though you are in another country, then the one who is looking after the orphan has to spend it on him in a reasonable manner, without being either extravagant or miserly.

It worth remembering, Allaah says: And let those [executors and guardians] fear [injustice] as if they [themselves] had left weak offspring behind and feared for them. So, let them fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. Q4:9, and others Q 4:36 Q2:177, al-Fath (10/436), Sharh Muslim, 18/113.

May Allaah grant us understanding, forgive us and provide for orphans

Where is Ministry of Orphans? (1 of 2)

Many Priorities Forgotten

Death is an inevitable actuality that will come to every living thing, and no one will be spared that, no matter how honorable his status before Allaah. It may come as natural death, accident, suicide, homicide etc. All departed souls love and wish to be with their family but when the time comes, it is unavoidable. Allaah says: And let those [executors and guardians] fear [injustice] as if they [themselves] had left weak offspring behind and feared for them. So, let them fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. Q4:9 The dead ones left helpless voiceless family,

Who is around to help them?!

We were here playing together before!

We were here as a family before!

We were here as friends, they are no more and left weak family, who care to ask about them?!

What would be your reasons for not looking after them?!

Some don’t need your money they need advice; some don’t need your food they need someone to console them…

Are you a good family member or friend if you don’t care about weak offspring of your late friend?!

Is that worth to be called organization if your family is none of their businesses if you die or you die on official assignment?!

Is that a good state or country that forgets family of those who lost their lives during national assignments?!

It pains!!! Many times they are out in the field, they really feel the need to talk to parent, wife, children, brothers, sisters….writing doesn’t really do that much good because they aren’t there to answer them or discuss something, many times the weather is against them; under the sun and it rains hour after hour sometimes. Many die as a result of bullets, diseases from wounds, illness…and many governments forget their family and celebrate their day, it is pitiful!

The orphans face enormous challenges to their health and development and it is estimated that 95 percent of orphans do not receive any type of medical, emotional, social, material, or school-related assistance. And childhood malnutrition which most orphans suffered from is one of the major causes of childhood morbidity and mortality in many countries. Most orphans were kept by families and communities only few of them find their way to the orphanages. And with the level of poverty, families and communities cannot cope with an increased number of orphans. Not long ago, my country estimates that there are 17.5 million orphans and vulnerable children nationwide (Note: it may not be accurate as definition of orphan in countries, cultures and religions differ). How prepared we are to care for 17.5 million orphans and more?! The government need to support the orphanages or motherless babies’ homes as many of these homes were not established because they have enough resources to cater for the orphans and abandoned children but for their passion for human survival. Creation of a separate ministry may not necessary but if millions, billions of our currency can be budgeted for sports while not orphans?

In another scenario, resources released from governments, philanthropists, will lost in transit or siphoned. Therefore, those who have accepted the responsibility of looking after orphans, formally and informally, should fear Allaah. Allaah says: “And come not near to the orphan’s property, except to improve it” Q6:152 “And give unto orphans their property and do not exchange (your) bad things for (their) good ones; and devour not their substance (by adding it) to your substance. Surely, this is a great sin” Q4:2 “Verily, those who unjustly eat up the property of orphans, they eat up only fire into their bellies, and they will be burnt in the blazing Fire!” Q4:10

To be cont…in shaa Allaah

May Allaah grant us understanding, forgive us and provide for orphans

AS – SALAT (Part 18) (3)

The Leader (Imaam) – Follower Relationships (3 of 3)

10. Imaam for sisters praying in congregation. It is permissible for women to pray in congregation among themselves. Their leader should stand in the middle of the row according to the narration regarding Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) which indicates that she used to lead women in prayer and would stand with them in the middle of the row. This has been narrated by ‘Abdur Razzaq in Al-Musannaf 3/141 and Daraqutni 1/404, and is authentic due to evidences for it. (Al-Mughni, 2/202), Al-Muhadhdhab (4/295), Al-‘Adawi (1/351).

11. Praying behind an Imaam who commits some sins is valid if he does it as prescribed by Allaah, according to scholarly consensus. The prayers of those who pray behind him, if he leads the prayer, are also valid, according to the more correct of the two scholarly opinions. Tuhfat al-Ikhwaan, p. 114, by Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz. Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 9/388, Al-Majmoo’, 4/172-173 Fataawa Islamiyyah, 2/325. However, if it is possible to replace Imaam with another Imaam who is more religiously committed and doing so will not result in a greater evil, then it is better to do that, otherwise it is better to leave him. Abu Dawood (481), which says that a man led some people in prayer and he spat in the qiblah (of the mosque) when the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was looking on. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, when he had finished praying: “He should not lead you in prayer.” After that he wanted to lead them in prayer again, but they did not let him, and they told him what the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had said. He mentioned that to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and he said: “Yes.” And I (the narrator) think that he said: “You have offended Allaah and His Messenger.” Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 9/377, Fataawa Hammah, p. 36, Mataalib Ooli al-Nuha, 1/653, Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 23/358

12. Following the Imaam from outside the mosque or following a prayer by listening to the radio or TV. Whoever wants to pray in a mosque in congregation has to go to the mosque, because if he follows the Imaam in his home this is not prayer in congregation, even if he can see the Imaam and congregation. The one who follows a broadcast prayer is not praying behind an Imaam who is in front of him, and this opens the door to evil, as more people one who is careless about Jumu’ah prayer. However, Jurists agree that so long as the takbeer can be heard and the rows are uninterrupted, then it is valid to follow the Imaam. Based on this, if the mosque is full and the rows are uninterrupted, and people pray in the market places and outside shops, there is nothing wrong with that. Zaad al-Mustaqni’, Al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 4/297-300.

13. The Imaam rushes through the prayer; can he pray at home with his sister in jamaa‘ah? if it is the habit of this Imaam to recite so quickly that the person praying behind him cannot recite al-Faatihah, then the people of the mosque have to ask for him to be dismissed, and if it is known that a person is like that, he should not start to pray with him at all and he should go to another mosque. Liqa’ al-Baab al-Maftooh, 146/9 Majmoo‘ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 13/134

14. The Imaam’s pronunciation is defective, and some of the members of the congregation are hiding the fact that they have more knowledge of Qur’aan. If an illiterate person who does not know al-Faatihah leads another illiterate person like him in prayer (illiterate here means one who does not know how to recite al-Faatihah properly), then his prayer is valid because they are equal in their shortcoming. If an illiterate person leads a literate person (i.e., one who can recite al-Faatihah properly) in prayer, then this is not valid according to some Jurists. But if a person is able to correct it and does not, then his prayer is not valid, if that changes the meaning. Al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 4/248, 249. If the defective pronunciation is severe, such as substituting one letter for another, and the person is able to correct it but does not do so, in this case the person’s prayer is not valid and he may not lead the prayers, if that (mispronounced) letter appears in al-Faatihah. al-Majmoo’ (4/359), al-Mughni (2/15). If the defective pronunciation is severe, such as substituting one letter for another, but he is not able to correct his pronunciation, in this case his prayer is valid, according to scholarly consensus. al-Majmoo’ (4/166), al-Majmoo’ (4/166), Haashiyat Ibn ‘Aabideen (1/582), al-Majmoo’, 4/166, al-Muhalla (3/134), Fataawa Noor a’al al-Darb, al-Sharh al-Munti’, 4/248, 249.

And so on.

May Allaah grant us understanding