Earning through playing football, cricket, rugby, tennis and other sports

Q: I would like to know whether money earned through playing football, cricket, rugby, tennis and other sports will be halaal or haraam?
A: Before addressing the issue in question, it is important for us to discuss a few preliminary aspects in order for the issue to be understood in the correct perspective.

Man’s sole purpose and object for being sent to this world is to worship Allah Ta’ala and live his life in total conformity with the mubaarak teachings of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). However, while remaining in this worldly abode, man is bound by worldly conditions and circumstances. He is in need of food and drink for his physical existence just as he is dependent on earthly resources (e.g. clothing, shelter etc.) for his physical continuity. Hence, Allah Ta’ala allowed him to earn a halaal livelihood and to indulge in worldly activities, in the view that this will serve as a means of assisting him to fulfil the ultimate purpose of his creation i.e. the obedience of Allah Ta’ala.

When man has been given permission from the side of Shari’ah to earn a livelihood, it is necessary that in the course of earning a livelihood, he should not disobey Allah Ta’ala. Hence, the permission for earning a livelihood is subject to certain conditions being met:

1. The means of earning a livelihood must be permissible in Shari’ah. If one engages in a haraam employment in order to earn a living, it will be ruled as impermissible. For example, if one accepts employment in a bottle store to sell wine, it will be impermissible. Thus, adopting such a means of livelihood will not be permissible.

2. If the means of livelihood that one adopts is of a permissible nature in Shari’ah, however it is accompanied with certain impermissible factors, then involving oneself in such a means of livelihood will be impermissible. An example of this is selling grape juice to a person regarding whom it is known that he will use it to manufacture wine. Though the selling of grape juice is permissible, since it is now accompanied with the factor of manufacturing wine, earning an income through this means will be impermissible.

3. If the means of livelihood that one engages in is permissible, however it becomes the cause for preventing one from the obedience of Allah Ta’ala, then involving oneself in such a means of livelihood will be impermissible. For example, one takes employment in a certain company, but the company does not allow one to go to the musjid to perform Jumu’ah Salaah. Since this employment is becoming the means of preventing one from one’s Deeni obligations, it will be impermissible for one to take employment in such a company.

In order to ascertain whether earning one’s livelihood through playing for a national or international sports team is recognized in the sight of Shari’ah, we will have to closely examine the issue to see whether it conforms to the conditions mentioned above. Below are a few important points which will prove that this type of occupation is impermissible in Shari’ah on account of the fact that all the above-mentioned conditions are not met:

1. The contract being an impermissible contract

The contract of playing for a team is an impermissible contract according to Shari’ah. In order for any employment to be permissible in Shari’ah, it is a precondition that the employment be recognized by Shari’ah i.e. it will have to enter within the ambit of an Islamic contract and fulfil its conditions. An Islamic contract is that contract wherein one is employed to carry out a halaal service, the benefit of which will be obtained by the employer e.g. a person hires the services of a grass cutter to mow his lawn. In this case, there is a halaal service rendered by the grass cutter which makes him eligible for a remuneration. Hence, upon completing the task assigned to him, he will be deserving of his wages.

On the contrary, the Fuqahaa have explained that if a person keeps an animal on display and charges people a fee for viewing it, then this is an invalid remuneration since no halaal service is being obtained by the one paying the fee.

After viewing the issue of a professional sportsman in the light of the above-mentioned principle, one will understand that this type of contract and employment is impermissible and invalid in Shari’ah.

In the case where the team owner or manager ‘buys off’ the player (for a certain period of time) and thereafter pays him monthly for training and playing for different matches, then this type of contract is impermissible since the monthly salary which the player receives is not in lieu of any Shar’ee recognised service that he is providing to the team owner.

The benefit of the player’s training is confined to his own body and there is no physical benefit or valid Shar’ee recognised service that is being obtained by the team owner in lieu of the wage he is giving the player. Merely training and kicking the ball in a match is not viewed in Shari’ah as a valid service rendered to the team owner. Hence, we understand that this contract is an invalid and impermissible contract in Shari’ah and the wealth received through it is also impermissible.

2. The dressing being un-Islamic

In certain sports (e.g. rugby, soccer and swimming etc.), one is required to wear clothing that exposes part of the satar. In doing so, one will be sinful on account of him exposing his satar before men and women. At times, one is required to wear clothing sponsored by haraam companies e.g. SAB (South African Breweries) upon which they will have their logo e.g. Castle Lager. The player wearing such attire will be supporting the haraam practices of the kuffaar and promoting their products. Even if he does not wear the logo, the fact that he is part of the team or playing in a series sponsored by the kuffaar sponsors, he will be promoting their brand. Hence, the Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) prohibiting one from emulating the kuffaar and their ways is clear in this regard:

عن ابن عمر قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم. (سنن أبي داود رقم 4033)

“The one who imitates a people will be counted among them (in the sight of Allah Ta’ala).”

3. The ambiance and environment being un-Islamic

At the time of the match, one will find that there is a host of haraam activities taking place at the sports field. Music is played and the intermingling of sexes takes place. People openly consume alcohol and are dressed in an immodest and shameless manner. Zina (fornication and adultery) takes place in that environment and gambling is the highlight of such matches. One possessing a little Imaan will understand that the ambiance of such a place is certainly not in keeping with Deeni ethos and the principles of Islam.

4. The match being televised

Among the many sinful activities associated with these types of sport is that it is televised, thus making it possible for people around the globe to view it. Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has said:

عن عبد الله قال سمعت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول إن أشد الناس عذابا عند الله يوم القيامة المصورون (بخاري 2/880)

“Those involved in picture-making will be subjected to the worst forms of punishment on the Day of Qiyaamah.”

5. Foregoing salaah at the time of the match and missing fasts during the month of Ramadhaan

During the match, many salaah become qadhaa, or if they are performed, then they are not performed with jamaat in the musjid. Hence, this type of activity causes one to become sinful by neglecting the primary obligations which he owes towards Allah Ta’ala. If a match is scheduled during the month of Ramadhaan, then generally, many players forego the fasts of Ramadhaan on account of the match. In the Mubaarak Ahaadith, Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) had cursed the person who does not honour the month of Ramadhaan and fulfil its rights.

On account of the abundant wrongs that are associated with this form of livelihood, one will clearly understand that it is impermissible in Shari’ah for one to adopt such a means to earn one’s livelihood.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

وَ تَعَاوَنُوْا عَلَی الْبِرِّ وَ التَّقْوٰی وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوْا عَلَی الْاِثْمِ وَ الْعُدْوَانِ (المائدة: ٢)

عن عبد الرحمن بن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه عن أبيه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال لا ينظر الرجل إلى عورة الرجل ولا المرأة إلى عورة المرأة ولا يفضي الرجل إلى الرجل في ثوب واحد ولا تفضي المرأة إلى المرأة في الثوب الواحد (صحيح مسلم، الرقم: 338)

عن علي رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال لا تبرز فخذك ولا تنظرن إلى فخذ حي ولا ميت (سنن أبي داود، الرقم: 3140)

حدثني أبو سعيد قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول لا يخرج الرجلان يضربان الغائط كاشفين عن عورتهما يتحدثان فإن الله عز وجل يمقت على ذلك (سنن أبي داود، الرقم: 15)

عن عبد الرحمن بن غنم الأشعري قال حدثني أبو عامر أو أبو مالك الأشعري والله ما كذبني سمع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول ليكونن من أمتي أقوام يستحلون الحر والحرير والخمر والمعازف ولينزلن أقوام إلى جنب علم يروح عليهم بسارحة لهم يأتيهم يعني الفقير لحاجة فيقولون ارجع إلينا غدا فيبيتهم الله ويضع العلم ويمسخ آخرين قردة وخنازير إلى يوم القيامة (صحيح البخاري، الرقم: 5590)

حدثنا مالك بن الحسن بن مالك بن الحويرث عن أبيه عن جده قال صعد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم المنبر فلما رقي عتبة قال آمين ثم رقي عتبة أخرى فقال آمين ثم رقي عتبة ثالثة فقال آمين ثم قال أتاني جبريل فقال يا محمد من أدرك رمضان فلم يغفر له فأبعده الله قلت آمين قال ومن أدرك والديه أو أحدهما فدخل النار فأبعده الله قلت آمين فقال ومن ذكرت عنده فلم يصل عليك فأبعده الله قل آمين فقلت آمين (صحيح ابن حبان، الرقم: 409)

عن عبد الله بن بريدة عن أبيه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم العهد الذي بيننا وبينهم الصلاة فمن تركها فقد كفر وفي الباب عن أنس وابن عباس هذا حديث حسن صحيح غريب (سنن الترمذي، الرقم: 2621)

(و) جاز (بيع عصير) عنب (ممن) يعلم أنه (يتخذه خمرا) لأن المعصية لا تقوم بعينه بل بعد تغيره وقيل يكره لإعانته على المعصية ونقل المصنف عن السراج والمشكلات أن قوله ممن أي من كافر أما بيعه من المسلم فيكره ومثله في الجوهرة والباقاني وغيرهما زاد القهستاني معزيا للخانية أنه يكره بالاتفاق (بخلاف بيع أمرد ممن يلوط به وبيع سلاح من أهل الفتنة) لأن المعصية تقوم بعينه ثم الكراهة في مسألة الأمرد مصرح بها في بيوع الخانية وغيرها واعتمده المصنف على خلاف ما في الزيلعي والعيني وإن أقره المصنف في باب البغاة قلت وقدمنا ثمة معزيا للنهر أن ما قامت المعصية بعينه يكره بيعه تحريما وإلا فتنزيها فليحفظ توفيقا (الدر المختار 6/391)

قال العلامة ابن عابدين رحمه الله (قوله وجاز) أي عنده لا عندهما بيع عصير عنب أي معصوره المستخرج منه فلا يكره بيع العنب والكرم منه بلا خلاف كما في المحيط لكن في بيع الخزانة أن بيع العنب على الخلاف قهستاني (قوله ممن يعلم) فيه إشارة إلى أنه لو لم يعلم لم يكره بلا خلاف قهستاني (قوله لا تقوم بعينه إلخ) يؤخذ منه أن المراد بما لا تقوم المعصية بعينه ما يحدث له بعد البيع وصف آخر يكون فيه قيام المعصية وأن ما تقوم المعصية بعينه ما توجد فيه على وصفه الموجود حالة البيع كالأمرد والسلاح ويأتي تمام الكلام عليه (قوله أما بيعه من المسلم فيكره) لأنه إعانة على المعصية قهستاني عن الجواهر أقول وهو خلاف إطلاق المتون وتعليل الشروح بما مر وقال ط وفيه أنه لا يظهر إلا على قول من قال إن الكفار غير مخاطبين بفروع الشريعة والأصح خطابهم وعليه فيكون إعانة على المعصية فلا فرق بين المسلم والكافر في بيع العصير منهما فتدبر اهـ ولا يرد هذا على الإطلاق والتعليل المار (قوله على خلاف ما في الزيلعي والعيني) ومثله في النهاية والكفاية عن إجارات الإمام السرخسي (قوله معزيا للنهر) قال فيه من باب البغاة وعلم من هذا أنه لا يكره بيع ما لم تقم المعصية به كبيع الجارية المغنية والكبش النطوح والحمامة الطيارة والعصير والخشب ممن يتخذ منه المعازف وأما في بيوع الخانية من أنه يكره بيع الأمرد من فاسق يعلم أنه يعصي به مشكل والذي جزم به الزيلعي في الحظر والإباحة أنه لا يكره بيع جارية ممن يأتيها في دبرها أو بيع غلام من لوطي وهو الموافق لما مر وعندي أن ما في الخانية محمول على كراهة التنزيه وهو الذي تطمئن إليه النفوس إذ لا يشكل أنه وإن لم يكن معينا أنه متسبب في الإعانة ولم أر من تعرض لهذا اهـ وفي حاشية الشلبي على المحيط اشترى المسلم الفاسق عبدا أمرد وكان ممن يعتاد إتيان الأمرد يجبر على بيعه (قوله فليحفظ توفيقا) بأن يحمل ما في الخانية من إثبات الكراهة على التنزيه وما في الزيلعي وغيره من نفيها على التحريم فلا مخالفة وأقول هذا التوفيق غير ظاهر لأنه قدم أن الأمرد مما تقوم المعصية بعينه وعلى مقتضى ما ذكره هنا يتعين أن تكون الكراهة فيه للتحريم فلا يصح حمل كلام الزيلعي وغيره على التنزيه وإنما مبنى كلام الزيلعي وغيره على أن الأمرد ليس مما تقوم المعصية بعينه كما يظهر من عبارته قريبا عند قوله وجاز إجارة بيت (رد المحتار 6/391)

يجوز بيع العصير ممن يعلم أنه يتخذه خمرا مع الكراهة (النهر الفائق 3/429)

(ووجب سعي إليها وترك البيع) ولو مع السعي وفي المسجد أعظم وزرا (بالأذان الأول) في الأصح (الدر المختار 2/161)

قال العلامة ابن عابدين رحمه الله (قوله وترك البيع) أراد به كل عمل ينافي السعي وخصه اتباعا للآية نهر (رد المحتار 2/ 161)

والاستئجار على المعاصي باطل فإن بعقد الإجارة يستحق تسليم المعقود عليه شرعا ولا يجوز أن يستحق على المرء فعل به يكون عاصيا شرعا (المبسوط للسرخسي 16/38)

ويمنعها من زيارة الأجانب وعيادتهم والوليمة وإن أذن كانا عاصيين كما مر في باب المهر (الدر المختار 3/603)

قال العلامة ابن عابدين رحمه الله (قوله والوليمة) ظاهره ولو كانت عند المحارم لأنها تشتمل على جمع فلا تخلو من الفساد عادة رحمتي (رد المحتار 3/603)

لأن أداء الصلاة بالجماعة سنة مؤكدة أو في معنى الواجب (تحفة الفقهاء 1/198)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

THE EVIL OF THE MADAARIS MOLVIS

ROTTEN TO THE CORE – THE WORST SCUM UNDER THE SKY
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said : “An age will dawn when the worst of the people under the canopy of the sky will be their ulama. From them will percolate fitnah, and the fitnah will rebound on them.”
A Shaikh commented that under the canopy of the sky are also the Ya-hood, Nasaara, the Mush-rikeen, apes and pigs. Yet, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) branded the ulama-e-soo‟ as being worse than all creatures under the sky. They are the destroyers of Islam, hence they have been branded the worst scum. Reflect on the following report, and you will un-derstand the villainy of these evil molvis and why they qualify for the appel-lation of “the worst scum under the canopy of the sky”.
INTER-MADAARIS CRICKET
TOURNAMENT
“The commencement of the Karachi inter-madaaris cricket tourna-ment will be this morning at 9 o clock in Asghar Ali Shah Cricket Stadium. Dr. Mohammed Ali Shah will be going on behalf of Asghar Ali Shah Cricket Stadium for arranging the tournament. Cricket teams from the following Deeni Madaaris will be participating in the tour-nament:
 Jaamiyah Binnuriyah Aalimiyyah
 Jaamiayah Binnuri-yah‟s Tahfeezul Qur‟aan branch
 Jaamiyah Faarooq A‟zam
 Jaamiyah Sattaariyyah
 Jaamiyah Abu Bakr
 Besides these madras-ahs, teams from the other large Madaaris of Karachi will also be participating.
The senior coaches of Asghar Ali Shah Cricket Stadium said that the ob-jective for planning this tournament is to search for cricket talent in the madaaris. By means of the tournament special boys will be selected and will be trained in terms of the rules of I.S.S. to be-come professionals to en-able these boys to partici-pate in league and first class cricket.”
(End of the haraam report)
Whilst the perfidious conduct of the molvis of these Darul Ulooms who have converted their insti-tutions into Darul Jahals (Abodes of Ignorance), is extremely lamentable, it is not surprising since Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had pre-dicted this rotten, degen-erate state of the ulama-e-soo‟ who are today in control of even the Deeni Madaaris which still bear the names of their illustri-ous founders.
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had also predicted that Muslims will emulate and follow the Yahood and Nasaara right into the „lizard‟s hole‟. This is precisely what these molvis of the Madaaris are today perpe-trating. Just imagine, Madaaris which were es-tablished to guard the Deen and the Sunnah, are today crawling into the gutters of filth, fisq and fujoor behind the Yahood and Nasaara to gain recognition and haraam boodle.
The institutions – the darul jahals – which have so perfidiously lapped up the vomit disgorged by the fussaaq and kuffaar sports-people, have be-trayed Allah Ta‟ala, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Ummah. It is no longer permissible to seek Deeni guidance from the so-called darul iftas of these unfortunate madrasahs which are shamelessly betraying Islam and adopting the ways of the kuffaar.
What is the affinity be-tween the Knowledge of the Qur‟aan – the Knowledge which ema-nated from Ghaar-e-Hira, and the haraam obnoxious cricket tournament of the kuffaar? These rotten molvis of these deviated madrasahs lie sprawled in the gutters, bootlicking with glee the filth of the western kuffaar. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Every sport of the Mu‟min is haraam.” Yet these Hufaalah (Rubbish) molvis who operate these madaaris encourage their Talaba to participate in flagrantly haraam activi-ties of fisq and fujoor.
What is the relation-ship between Qur‟aan Tahfeez, Qur‟aan Tafseer, Hadith and Fiqh on the one side, and the fisq and fujoor of kuffaar sport on the other side? How did these molvi agents of Iblees manage to bridge the unbridgeable chasm between the Qur‟aan and the sport of the kuffaar? Truly, shaitaan has not only urinated in their ears, he has excreted in their mouths, hence their hearts, brains and entire beings are permeated with shaitaaniyat.
They have made a huge mockery of them-selves, insulted the illus-trious names of the Ula-ma and Sahaabah after whom the Madaaris are named, and have commit-ted about the worst act of villainy by not only al-lowing, but by encourag-ing their Talaba to partici-pate in sport of fisq and fujoor thereby according respectability and accept-ability to bootlicking the fussaaq, fujjaar and kuffaar.
Both these miserable Talaba and miserable Asaatizah should reflect and understand that they are within the purview of the Hadith depicting them as swines. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “He who imparts (higher) Knowledge to those who are unfit for it, are like one who garlands swines (khanaazeer) with dia-monds, pearls and gold.” The indulgence of the Talaba in haraam kuffaar sport of an aggravated kind, renders them kha-naazeer, and their teach-ers are garlanders of kha-naazeer – garlanding pigs with the treasure of Ilm-e-Wahi. In this scenario even the ustaadhs are like khanaazeer since they are the vile agents of Iblees who permit, condone and promote kuffaar sport in the names of the Madaaris and by Talaba who are supposed to ac-quire the Knowledge which qualifies its Bearer to be the Representative of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
The Huffaaz and the Ulama according to the Hadith are supposed to be the Standard Bearers of the Deen. But these stu-dents and their teachers are destroyers of the Deen. They follow, inch by inch, in the footsteps of Iblees who has har-nessed them into his plot of destroying Islam. While these most unfortu-nate bootlicking traitors – the teachers and the stu-dents – will destroy their Imaan, they will fail to achieve the objective of the devil‟s plot. Allah Ta‟ala is the Guardian and Defender of Islam.
“Verily, We have re-vealed the Thikr (the Qur‟aan/the Deen), and verily We are its Protec-tors.” (Qur‟aan)

Life Has No Second Innings

 

Moulana Imran Khamissa

In a world enveloped in entertainment, games and social media, people have become paralyzed and transfixed to their television screens and handheld gadgets, closely following the progress of players and teams as if their very existence depended on the result. The present craze “ The Cricket World Cup”.

Has it ever occurred to you that the game of cricket can be compared to our lives in this temporary abode?

In Cricket, the batsman does his utmost to protect his stumps from the bowler’s delivery. Whether the ball that he has to face is an in-swinger, an out-swinger, a bouncer, a full toss or a creeper, the batsman has to adjust his strokes and maneuvers accordingly. Armed with his bat he has to strike the ball in such a manner so as to accumulate runs without being caught by any of the fielders.

In a similar manner, in real life, it is imperative for us to do whatever we can to safeguard our Imaan, from the attack of bowler Shaitaan, who has promised that he will muster his forces and concentrate his efforts in bowling down our Imaan. The Quran bears testimony to this, “Then I will approach from before them, from behind them, from their right and from their left.” (Surah 7 Verse 17)

In Cricket the bowler varies his pace, length and delivery in order to outsmart the batsman. Bowler Shaitaan does the same. Let’s take a look at a typical over:

Ball number one may come in the form of making you neglect your Salaah
Ball number two may be instigation towards becoming vulgar and abusive
Ball number three may be a suggestion to cheat and be fraudulent
Ball number four may be an impulse to disobey ones parents
Ball number five may be a temptation towards immorality
Ball number six may be a real googly or doosra – just when you feel you are treading the right path, Shaitaan catches you inspiring you with pride and contempt for those you perceive as being less pious.
The true Muslim needs to deflect and strike Shaitaan with the bat of Islam. Like a true professional you need to be alert and quick on your feet. Don’t get caught on the back foot.

Just like the World Cup, man is playing a match of limited overs. You just don’t know how many overs you are going to last. Will you see the innings through or will you be run out, resulting in a departure earlier than expected. In a similar manner some of us are destined to leave this world through ill-health, some through accidents and others through fatal shootings, resulting in a departure earlier than we expect.

The only runs that count are those that you make during the game. When the batsman returns to the pavilion after being given out he reflects and contemplates on how he should have played. After death, when man sees the reality of the Aakhirah his plight is the same. He reflects on how he should have lived his life. He will beg Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aalaa) for a second chance, pleading, “O my Lord! Send me back that I may do a (single) good deed.” (Surah 23 Verse 98-99)

During the game the batsmen is safe only when he is positioned within his crease. So too is a Muslim when he is positioned within the Shari’ah, within the boundaries demarcated by Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aalaa) and His Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam). Stump microphones picking up the faintest of sounds and digital technology tracking the slightest of touches is a sure reminder that every word we utter and every move we make is captured.
How often have we left the safety of the crease, the protection of the Shari’ah, and indulged in sin. What would our position be if Malak ul Mout (Angel of Death) were to remove our soul at a place we would rather not be with company we would rather not be seen with?

Just as a single catch could cost a match and a single strike could mean the difference between victory and defeat, a single act of kindness and a single urge to succumb to the will of Shaitaan may determine eternal success or eternal doom.

Remember the game of life has no second innings !!!!

Life Has No Second Innings

 

Moulana Imran Khamissa

In a world enveloped in entertainment, games and social media, people have become paralyzed and transfixed to their television screens and handheld gadgets, closely following the progress of players and teams as if their very existence depended on the result. The present craze “ The Cricket World Cup”.

Has it ever occurred to you that the game of cricket can be compared to our lives in this temporary abode?

In Cricket, the batsman does his utmost to protect his stumps from the bowler’s delivery. Whether the ball that he has to face is an in-swinger, an out-swinger, a bouncer, a full toss or a creeper, the batsman has to adjust his strokes and maneuvers accordingly. Armed with his bat he has to strike the ball in such a manner so as to accumulate runs without being caught by any of the fielders.

In a similar manner, in real life, it is imperative for us to do whatever we can to safeguard our Imaan, from the attack of bowler Shaitaan, who has promised that he will muster his forces and concentrate his efforts in bowling down our Imaan. The Quran bears testimony to this, “Then I will approach from before them, from behind them, from their right and from their left.” (Surah 7 Verse 17)

In Cricket the bowler varies his pace, length and delivery in order to outsmart the batsman. Bowler Shaitaan does the same. Let’s take a look at a typical over:

Ball number one may come in the form of making you neglect your Salaah
Ball number two may be instigation towards becoming vulgar and abusive
Ball number three may be a suggestion to cheat and be fraudulent
Ball number four may be an impulse to disobey ones parents
Ball number five may be a temptation towards immorality
Ball number six may be a real googly or doosra – just when you feel you are treading the right path, Shaitaan catches you inspiring you with pride and contempt for those you perceive as being less pious.
The true Muslim needs to deflect and strike Shaitaan with the bat of Islam. Like a true professional you need to be alert and quick on your feet. Don’t get caught on the back foot.

Just like the World Cup, man is playing a match of limited overs. You just don’t know how many overs you are going to last. Will you see the innings through or will you be run out, resulting in a departure earlier than expected. In a similar manner some of us are destined to leave this world through ill-health, some through accidents and others through fatal shootings, resulting in a departure earlier than we expect.

The only runs that count are those that you make during the game. When the batsman returns to the pavilion after being given out he reflects and contemplates on how he should have played. After death, when man sees the reality of the Aakhirah his plight is the same. He reflects on how he should have lived his life. He will beg Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aalaa) for a second chance, pleading, “O my Lord! Send me back that I may do a (single) good deed.” (Surah 23 Verse 98-99)

During the game the batsmen is safe only when he is positioned within his crease. So too is a Muslim when he is positioned within the Shari’ah, within the boundaries demarcated by Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aalaa) and His Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam). Stump microphones picking up the faintest of sounds and digital technology tracking the slightest of touches is a sure reminder that every word we utter and every move we make is captured.
How often have we left the safety of the crease, the protection of the Shari’ah, and indulged in sin. What would our position be if Malak ul Mout (Angel of Death) were to remove our soul at a place we would rather not be with company we would rather not be seen with?

Just as a single catch could cost a match and a single strike could mean the difference between victory and defeat, a single act of kindness and a single urge to succumb to the will of Shaitaan may determine eternal success or eternal doom.

Remember the game of life has no second innings !!!!