My Parent! My Parent!! Bless My Parent…Oh Allaah! (1 of 4)

مَنْ أَدْرَكَ أَبَوَيْهِ عِنْدَ الْكِبَرِ أَحَدَهُمَا أَوْ كِلَيْهِمَا فَلَمْ يَدْخُلْ الْجَنَّةَ

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “He is doomed, he is doomed, he is doomed.” It was said, “Who, O Messenger of Allaah?” He said, “The person whose parents, one or both of them, reach old age during his lifetime but he does not enter Paradise.” Saheeh Muslim, 4627, 2551.

Parents and children in Islam are ordained together by reciprocated obligations and reciprocal arrangements. And Allaah says “..be dutiful to your parents..” for many reasons. Before marriage; many ups and downs – acceptance and rejections, sleepless nights praying to Allaah to make the marriage successful and bless it. Allaah answered our parents’ payers, bless them with children (me and you) – do me and you care to pray for them?

During pregnant; our mothers can’t sleep, eat, drink…as desired caring for me and you, and our fathers are not at ease thinking and caring for their wives and the unborn babies (me and you). Do me and you care for them now? Unquestionably delivery is one of the more painful events in human experience, it ranges widely from woman to woman and even from pregnancy to pregnancy. The labor pain results from some physiological-psychological causes. Pain during labor is caused by contractions of the muscles of the uterus and by pressure on the cervix felt as strong cramping in the abdomen, groin, thighs and back, as well as an achy feeling. It’s often not the pain of each contraction on its own that women find the hardest, but the fact that the contractions keep coming. She still smiles and happy for giving birth to me and you, yet we appreciate not!

For me and you to be alive, our mothers nearly lost their lives, some actually did in the process of delivery. Many babies were born through caesarean section and many developed sicknesses from cradle that made our parents to become inhabitants of hospitals – hardships upon hardships; sickness of the baby coupled with unconducive and uncomfortable place of living (hospital). Can we remember this and show love to them?! Parents can’t buy what they want because of me and you. Now, we care not, we buy what we want and forget our parents!

Our parents couldn’t relax or concentrate because we cry day and night. Now, we care not about how they feel, it takes time before we remember them. Father developed sickness as a result of our cries in the night; he has worked vigorously in the afternoon and unable to sleep in the night because of me and you. Now, we care not about their income or daily upkeeps until they ask. Some have been told that their parent is behind their distresses and as a result disown their parents. Imagine! Parents refuse to abort pregnancy when me and you know nothing, they refuse to kill or sell us but care for me and you,…but some were brought up to disown them when they become weak at old age, subhaanallaah!

Our parents gave me and you daily upkeeps when we’re young but when me and you start earning income, we spend our salary or income with our wife and children and forget our parents. Parents don’t have rest of mind when we were young caring and praying for us but me and you only remember them when you see their missed call.

Oh Allaah! Bless our parents, forgive them, have mercy on them, unite us in Aljannah.

Ramadan: More Worshippers… Don’t Discourage Them!

Alhamdulillaah wasalaatu wasalaam
Among the distinct features of the month of Ramadan is that our souls will be easily inclined to worship, hence, more believers attend congregational prayers compared to the number before Ramadan – Alhamdulillah! This is an opportunity to encourage people to continue such practices after Ramadan especially those that don’t observe Salat before. The saying “We see you today, waiting happen?” or such a statement is not the Sunnah of my Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasalam.
‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud radiyallahu ‘anih narrated that the Messenger of Allah salallahu ‘alayhi wasalam said: “Those who go to extremes are doomed.” He said it three times. Muslim 2670. The meaning of this hadith include exaggerated and affected speech trying to attract people’s attention, with no meaning or benefit. Hence, overburdening and being too strict in matters where strictness is inappropriate is not Islamic. And those who go to extremes in speech are those who speak in an affected manner – An Nihaayah 5/164. Don’t affect worshipers or repentant with your manner.
May Allah grant us understanding.

FIQH of Zakaah: Understanding the Pillars of Third Pillar (9 of 9)

Zakaah on Rent

Property that is prepared to be rented out, there is no zakaah on it; rather zakaah is to be paid on the rent, when one year has passed, if it reaches the nisaab by itself or when added to other wealth. But if one spend this rent and do not save any of it, then there is no zakaah on it. Zakaah is due on the rent that is paid on properties but subject to two conditions: that it reaches the minimum threshold at which zakaah becomes due (nisaab); and that one full hijri year has passed (since acquiring it). And, the year starts from when one sign the contract, whether the rent is paid in advance at the beginning of the year or at the end of the year. al-Mughni (4/271), Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 14/177, Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 18/208

Zakaah on Debt

The debt is the property of the lender (the creditor), but because it is not in its owner’s possession, the fuqaha’ differed concerning it. When a Muslim is owed a debt by someone else, one of two scenarios must apply:

  1. That it is owed by someone who admits it and knows the amount and is willing to pay it.  The creditor should pay zakaah on the debt in addition to the wealth he has with him, so he should pay zakaah on all his wealth, and do that every year, even if he has not received it from the debtor, because it is like trust. And it is permissible for him to delay paying zakaah on the debt until the time he receives it, and then pay zakaah for all the past years.
  2. It is owed by someone who admits it, but he is in difficulty or is delaying payment, or it is with someone who denies it. The creditor does not have to pay zakaah, but when he does receive it, in order to be on the safe side, he should pay zakaah on it. al-Mawsoo’ah al-Fiqhiyyah(23/238, 239), Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 9/190.

Poverty has been socio-economic distress over the years and Allah has provided enough resources to satisfy human needs but as a result of poor income distribution and financial indiscipline, poverty is still a pervasive problem. Islam offers its own social, political and economic approaches that, if applied, will contribute positively to poverty reduction and income inequality, and thus results in improved economic growth. Islamically, there are effective antipoverty instruments available for the government to use in reducing poverty. By the payment of Zakaah among other antipoverty instruments, the rich share their wealth with the poor and thus the process of concentration of wealth is checked and fair distribution ensured. Zakaah is a significant source of financing to meet private and public expenditure and a significant tool to reduce poverty, unemployment and inflation. It is also one of the means of achieving “social security”, but in Islam social security is not limited solely to Zakaah, rather it is also achieved by other means, such as Sadaqah (charity), Waqfs, war booty and stipends from the bayt al-maal (Muslim treasury). (Ibraheem, IIIBF IRTI 2017)

O Allah, we hope for Your mercy, do not leave us for even the duration of an eye blink (duration) and correct our total condition and grant us understanding. Besides You there is none worthy of worship.

Subhaanakallahumma wabihamdik ash-hadu alailaaha illa anta astagfirka wa atuub ilayk