EID SALAAT AT HOME?
In a fatwa issued by Mufti Abdun Nabi Hamidi of whom we are not aware nor of the institution he represents, he has categorically stated that even in the present satanic scenario Eid Salaat at home will not be valid in terms of the Hanafi Math-hab. In this regard he states:
“The performance of Eid Salah at home cannot be validated as per Hanafi Mazhab as understood clearly from the above-mentioned quotation………Therefore, in the current lockdown situation, Eid Salah cannot be performed at home according to the Hanafi Fiqh.”
The invalidity is based on the incumbent condition of Ithnul Aam (general and open permission for all Muslims to attend) lacking if the Salaat is performed in a private home to which all Muslims have no access.
On this issue, we have advised that Eid Salaat may be performed at home, and that the following conditions should be observed:
(1) The minimum musallis present must be four adult males.
(2) The door should not be locked.
(3) Any Muslim who desires to join the Salaat may not be debarred.
In some measure this will fulfil the Ithnul Aam requisite. Due to the devilish state of affairs prevailing and the oppressive closure of the Musaajid by the oppressive government, and the numerous munaafiqeen prowling about to snitch to the police about Muslims performing Salaat in the Musaajid clandestinely, we are of the opinion that Eid Salaat on the basis of the aforementioned three conditions will be valid, Insha-Allah. This is our opinion. Allah Ta’ala knows best.
Jumuah Salaat had become Fardh only after the Hijrat from Makkah to Madinah. During the first phase of Nubuwwat in Makkah, due to fear for the Mushrik authorities, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the small band of Sahaabah performed Zuhr And Asr Salaat secretly in a house, hence the Qiraa’t was recited silently. We still observe this practice to commemorate that era of fear. There was no Jumuah in that initial phase in Makkah.
Jumuah and Eid Salaat are among the Shi-aar (salient/outstanding features) of Islam. These are Ibaadat activities to be publicized and advertised. Thus, performing Jumuah and Eid Salaat at home does divest these Salaats from their salient characteristic.
Therefore, despite our opinion, we do not take issue with the Mufti Sahib who holds the opinion of invalidity. This is such a difference on which we are not dogmatic.
We have dogmatically propagated that Jumuah is not valid in any prison. We trust that this Mufti has the same fatwa of invalidity for Jumuah in prison.
Since according to the Shaafi’ Math-hab Eid Salaat is valid even at home, the rigidity of the Hanafi prohibition due to the current shaitaaniyat is somewhat diluted, hence we are of the opinion that Eid Salaat at home in the present circumstances will be valid. If it was not for the current Satanism, it would not be permissible at all for Hanafis to depart from the Fatwa of their Math-hab.
24 Ramadhaan 1441 – 18 May 2020
A man was on his way to a neighboring village when an angel suddenly appeared before him. ‘What takes you to this village?’ Enquired the angel. ‘To visit a brother whom I love for the sake of Allah,’ was the sincere reply. The angel questioned further, ‘do you have any other motive?’
The man replied ‘No’, upon which the angel exclaimed, ‘I am the messenger of Allah and I assure you that Allah loves you as you love your brother.’
(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 6495)
At the same time, another angel is deputed to proclaim the following message to him:
“You have done well, your foot steps have been profitable, and you have prepared an abode for yourself in Paradise.”
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2008)
Allah Ta’ala Himself announces:
“My love is incumbent for the one who loves, visits, or spends on others purely for my sake.”
(Musnad Ahmad, vol.5 pg.233)
Value and Demand
The reason for such abundant rewards could be understood in light of the business principle: Commodities are valued according to demand and availability.
The scarcer a product, the higher the demand and therefore the greater the returns.
The same concept is found in certain aspects of Shari’ah. Those deeds that are seemingly insignificant and seldom practiced generally yield a higher reward. People meet daily in the world for various motives, but the practice of loving/meeting someone purely for the sake of Allah is totally foreign to us.
Of the many disastrous ill effects of the present day society is the concept of self-centeredness, where each person cares for himself whilst remaining totally oblivious of the presence and needs of those around him.
Presently, there are many such un-noticed Muslim brothers and sisters that are secluded in old aged homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and orphanages etc, who await some kindhearted soul to lift their spirits by paying them a visit. Occasional visits to such places would do us more benefits than harm.
One who visits the sick is, so to say , visiting Allah Ta’ala. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “Allah Ta’ala will say to man (on the day of Qiyamah), O my slave, I was sick and you refused to visit me. ’Man will exclaim, O Allah, how could that be possible whereas You are the Lord of the Worlds? ‘Allah will reply, A certain slave of mine was sick, had you visited him, you would have found Me by him” (Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 6501)
If the merit for visiting an ordinary Muslim is such, can one imagine the rewards for visiting those with whom one shares a special bond?
Imagine the honor of joining ties with Allah!
One who maintains family ties is promised the privilege of Almighty Allah joining ties with him, i.e. by means of showing His special mercy, etc. On the contrary, Allah Ta’ala severs ties with those who break family ties. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 7502)
The Wrong Alternative
Nowadays, people choose to spend their spare time frequenting places that are totally immoral and filled with vice and sin, like: the cinemas, casinos, shows, entertainment halls, beaches, parties etc.
The mere presence of a Muslim at such places in the company of immodest people is extremely detrimental to his Iman.
On the contrary, ask yourself the question:
when last did you visits your relatives, your local ‘Alim, an elder of the community, or any fellow Muslim brother purely for the pleasure of Allah?
Visiting the sick, the elderly, the needy, one’s relatives, neighbours or any other Muslim for the sake of Allah was a salient feature in the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam). He would even visit such non-muslims, like the jewish lad who was ill.
This had assisted in bonding the Ummah as well as its expansion.
Today too, especially during the present holiday season, we can achieve all that and more by implementing this important and neglected Sunnah of our beloved Master (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam)
Instead of emulating the rest of the world who celebrate the year-end with as much sin as possible, thereby drawing the wrath of our Creator upon mankind.
May Allah Ta’ala protect the Ummah from all fitnah.
Tourism and Islam
THE UMRAH TRIP
The Ramadan eve annual Umrah trip is the latest fad to catch the eyes of the Muslim elites. Thanks to the advancement of modern travel and easy availability of foreign exchange, the traffic to the Holy Land has increased manifold since the dawn of the 90’s. Notwithstanding the steep increase in airfares and hotel accommodation, some people have made such trips an annual ritual. The elite suburbs are agog with talk of who made how many umrahs.
Undoubtedly, visiting the house of Allah and performing the minor haj are excellent acts of virtue. No sane person can deny their virtues. But after performing these acts of worship once, if there are other more urgent requirements in the Muslim community, they should enjoy priority. One can soothe one’s conscience by saying how much of reward one is achieving by performing Umrah after Umrah, but if sincerity is absent, our acts of worship will be bereft of all reward. We must not shirk from drawing attention towards false notions of religiosity that inspire some Muslims to perform pilgrimages time and again.
Repentance and seeking forgiveness are indeed the hallmark of a concerned Muslim. If genuinely sought, Allah’s blessings are not denied even to the worst sinner. Sultan Salahuddin, Allamah Iqbal, Tippu Sultan, Aurangzeb and several other luminaries of Islamic history did not perform even the obligatory haj despite a burning desire for it. Their pre-occupations with administration, expansion or the conquest of Baitul Maqdis in the case of Salahuddin did not permit them to carry out the Fardh act, let alone making it a ritual.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is reported to have warned his companions of a time in future when the Muslim elite would come to the Holy Places as part of a pastime, people of average means would visit for the purpose of trade, while the poor would utilize the opportunity for begging. The statement carries tacit discouragement for turning visits to holy places into a periodic ritual. If indeed this is the case, all of us must express concern at the fulfilment of this prophecy. Let not our instincts of deriving pleasure be camouflaged by such religious zeal that is without sanction from Islam. Having concern for our Muslim brothers and sisters in all parts of the world in the form of financial assistance and da’wah to revive the flagging Iman will carry inﬁnitely superior rewards and are exceptionally greater priorities.
Madrasah Arabia Islamic – Azaadville – South Africa
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While in general we are in agreement with the view expressed by Madrasah Arabia Islamia of Azaadville, and which view we shall, Insha-Allah, be emphasizing in the ensuing pages, there is a need to comment on their statement:
“Sultan Salahuddin, Allamah Iqbal, Tippu Sultan, Aurangzeb and several other luminaries of Islamic history did not perform even the obligatory haj despite a burning desire for it. Their pre-occupations with administration, expansion or the conquest of Baitul Maqdis in the case of Salahuddin did not permit them to carry out the Fardh act, let alone making it a ritual.”
The subject under discussion is Tourism and Islam. Its permissibility or impermissibility is governed by Shar’i dalaa-il, not by the actions of luminaries whose deeds do not constitute such dalaa-il. The luminaries listed above, with the exclusion of Iqbal, were undoubtedly noble Islamic personalities. But their actions do not constitute daleel in the Shariah. In their opinion, due to their commitments, etc., Hajj was not Fardh on them, hence they did not undertake the sacred journey to Makkah Mukarramah.
Eid for Muslims is not as Christmas day for Christians who make merry and indulge in sin on their supposedly holy day. While the kuffaar celebrate their holy days with parties and merrymaking, Muslims are required to spend the Days of Eid with obedience and Ibaadat. However, most Muslims are equating the Day of Eid to the occasions of kuffaar merrymaking days.
Sin is inseparable from the style of merrymaking practised by Muslims nowadays on Eid occasions. It comes in the Hadith that sinning on the Day of Eid is like sinning on the Day of Qiyaamah.
The nights of Eid are like Lailatul Qadr. An atmosphere of holiness should pervade the homes on the Days of Eid. On the contrary, Eid Days are ruined with the fitnah of parties and haraam merrymaking. In many places, congregation of relatives and friends mar the holiness of Eid.
Purdah/Hijaab is scandalously violated by the throng of men and women all dressed and adorned for maximum attraction of the opposite sex. Shaitaan deceives them with the stupid argument of ‘family ties’. On this pretext ghair mahaareem congregate at a house where it is impossible to observe the degree of purdah ordered by the Shariah.
Furthermore, gathering for “eid” parties has no basis in Islam. It is an evil bid’ah custom which the juhaala have made incumbent. If a family member does not participate in the fitnah, he/she is accused of breaking family ties. This is the inspiration of shaitaan.
On the Day of Eid, people should remain at home with their family (wife and children). It is not an occasion for visiting others to party and make merry. Refusing to join the merrymaking crowd is not “breaking of family ties”.
Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Majeed:
“The life of this world is but play and amusement while the Abode of the Aakhirat is best for those who have fear for Allah Ta’ala.”