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.

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