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Transforming Society​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 15:20

وَلْتَكُن مِّنكُمْ أُمَّةٌ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى ٱلْخَيْرِ وَيَأْمُرُونَ بِٱلْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ ٱلْمُنكَرِ ۚ وَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلْمُفْلِحُونَ

There has to be a group of people from among you who invite towards goodness, enjoin righteousness and forbid from evil. They are the ones who are successful. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v104)

In the previous verses, Allah Ta‘ala commanded the Ummah to inculcate taqwa and hold firmly to the rope of Allah Ta‘ala (hold firmly to Deen). These two injunctions relate mainly to a person’s personal self. However, together with being concerned about our own Deeni progress, it is necessary for us to also be concerned for the Deeni progress of others and society at large.

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Unity​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:37

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّـهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا​

And hold firmly to the rope of Allah Ta‘ala all together, and do not become divided. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v103)

In the above verse of the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala instructs us to hold firmly to His rope all together. A rope is something that is used to join between things. In this regard, there are two messages in this verse.

The first is that we should connect to Allah Ta‘ala via His rope. The rope of Allah Ta‘ala refers to Deen. Hence, we should hold firmly to Deen, by fulfilling every command of Allah Ta‘ala and abstaining from every prohibition. It is only through holding firmly to Deen that one can connect with Allah Ta‘ala.

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True Taqwa​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2018 15:57

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ

O people of imaan! Fear Allah Ta‘ala as He should be feared, and do not die except as Muslims.

In this verse, Allah Ta‘ala commands us to adopt true taqwa by fearing Him ‘as he ought to be feared’. The following are some statements in regard to true taqwa:

1. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) has mentioned that true taqwa is for one to obey Allah Ta‘ala completely and not disobey Him in the least, to remember Allah Ta‘ala and not be unmindful of Him, and to show gratitude to Him (for his innumerable favours), not ingratitude. (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #10938)

2. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) has mentioned that true taqwa is for one to always remain just and uphold the commands of Allah Ta‘ala, and not to allow the criticism and comments of people to deter one from fulfilling the commands of Allah Ta‘ala. (Tafseer Qurtubi vol. 5, pg. 238)

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Hajj – the Right of Allah

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 September 2018 12:07

وَلِلَّـهِ عَلَى النَّاسِ حِجُّ الْبَيْتِ مَنِ اسْتَطَاعَ إِلَيْهِ سَبِيلًا ۚ وَمَن كَفَرَ فَإِنَّ اللَّـهَ غَنِيٌّ عَنِ الْعَالَمِينَ ﴿٩٧﴾

As a right of Allah Ta‘ala, it is obligatory on people to perform hajj of the Ka’bah – on everyone who can afford the journey. If one disbelieves, then Allah Ta‘ala is independent of all the worlds.

In the above verse of the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala speaks of the fardh of hajj and tells us that it is His right over us that we perform hajj if we have the means to do so.

Having the means refers to a person being physically capable as well as possessing the financial means for his travel costs to go and return, accommodation and other related expenditure. If one has dependents at home, the needs and expenses of the dependents must also be seen to. Furthermore, a woman will require a mahram to travel with her for hajj. If she does not have a mahram, it will not be permissible for her to travel alone for hajj.

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The Maqaam-e-Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam)

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2018 15:27

فِيهِ آيَاتٌ بَيِّنَاتٌ مَّقَامُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ

In it are clear signs (among which is) the Maqaam-e-Ebrahim.

Maqaam-e-Ebrahim refers to the stone on which Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) would stand when he was building the Ka‘bah. As the height of the building rose, the stone would automatically rise, lifting Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) so that he could continue to build the Ka’bah, and when it was time for Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) to return to the ground, the stone would automatically descend.

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