09 July 2020   16. Zul Qadah 1441
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In Islam, the Shariah has placed great emphasis on Taharat
[cleanliness]. A Mumin’s entire life is suspended on strips of clean
cloth – each strip representing some type of Ibadat that is a pre-
requisite of being clean, otherwise the Ibadat will be null and void.

Q- If someone gives blood for a test while fasting, would this break the fast?

A- Giving blood does not invalidate the fast..


Q- Are we are allowed to use flavoured miswaaks in Ramadan as long as we dont swallow it?

A- The use of flavoured Miswaak is Makrooh, whether it is swallowed or not. If the flavour is swallowed the fast will be nullified.


Q- If one bites his or her nails whilst fasting, does it break it?

A- Biting the nails in itself does not break the fast, however swallowing them would break the fast

Dream - I just had a dream before waking for sehri - could it please be interpretated. it is as follows.

I was sitting with a pakistani moulana (who lives in S.Africa) in a car along with other friends of mine. The moulana  was driving and taking us to his business premises where he had invited us to have iftaar.

As we entered the driveway of this place, he told me to read Surah Ikhlaas. I read it many times, perhaps about 10 times before the dream had ended. After each completion of surah ikhlaas, he instructed me to make the qalqalah of the last letter of the surah properly. (ie the echoeng sound of the letter 'daal' of the word 'ahad' at the end of surah ikhlaas. Although I got it right on the second/ third time I recited the surah, the moulana still instructed me to repeat the surah after each completion. my dream had ended in this manner, after reciting surah ikhlaas about 10 times.


Interpretation - The dream indicates towards some calamity befalling Pakistan. May Allah protect Pakistan and its people. Sincere taubah and Lots of Istighfaar, dua and khairaat should be undertaken by the people of Pakistan to divert calamities.




There was a time in my youth,

When Islam was only a custom.

They said "say La IIaha IIIa Allah,..

And pray, you'll go to Heaven."


Ah, how simple, no struggle in this,

Just a word, and simple act.

Thereafter I'm absorbed in this world again,

With my 'assured' place in Paradise intact.


But this was not to be my fate

For ALLAH chose to guide my heart.

I learnt of a man who struggled so hard

When his mission was from the start.


The story of someone who had morals,

Spoke gently, kindness he knew.

Never fearing to say what's right,

His conviction in ISLAM was true.


The touch of his hand was as soft as silk

To comfort a crying child.

To mend his clothes, or do the chores,

Never complaining, he always smiled.


A living he made with his bare hands,

The same that held his mighty sword.

Valour shone from the edge of his blade,


His smell was always of musk,

And cleanliness he kept at his best.

Stark contrast with the heroes of today,

Who stink of beer and sweat.


He held the hands of his companions.

Unashamed to play with many children.

So modest, so humble, a perfect example,

That strangers could not recognise him.


His eyes slept little for nights were precious,

His prayers he treasured much greater.

To pray Tahajjud in the depths of night,

Seeking forgiveness, and nearness to his Creator.


He broke his tooth for me at Uhud,

And bled for me at Ta'if.

He cried for me, tears of concern,

Just so I could have this belief.


His enemies admired his teachings,

Uniting every religion, every clan.

Till ISLAM came to every corner of the world,

O, but indeed he was only a man.


To own a house, or build his wealth

Was not his main priority.

To establish ISLAM was more essential,

To bring us under a Higher Authority.


Don't you want him to plea for your case,

When before ALLAH-The Judge-you stand?

Don't you wish to be around his fountain,

A burning desire to drink from his hand?


So I love him more than all creation,

My Leader, my Humble Prophet.

Muhammad (SAWS) was a mercy to all mankind,

And to me, he is




The system of life is such that it constantly engages humankind in one form of challenge, confrontation or the other. In almost every activity of human life we are interacting with another person or people. Hence, these disputes and problems are in essence the true challenge of life.

Today’s message is to the students, whether in school, college or university. You are in a tough situation, but thank Allah that you have parents who can buy you the things you need for school.

Hashim Amla exudes such warmth and laughs so easily that he sounds serene as he describes his tumultuous cricketing journey.

Masjid-ul-Aqsa: Its virtues and significance

Masjid ul Aqsa is:

  • The first Qiblah of the Muslims

  • The station of Isra and Miraj

  • The second house of Allah Ta'ala built on earth

  • The place where hundreds of Messengers of Allah Ta'alaare buried

  • The place where many Companions (RA) are buried

  • The place where miracles were shown by Allah Ta'ala's Will

  • A place which Allah Ta'ala himself calls a 'blessed place'

  • Referred to directly and indirectly, seventy times in the Noble Quran

  • The place where angels have descended with Allah Ta'ala's message

  • The only place on earth where all the Messengers of Allah prayed at the same time, led by the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

  • The only Masjid mentioned by name in the Noble Quran, apart from the Kabah

Musjid ul Aqsa- The second house of Allah:

Abu Dhar (RA) reported that he asked the Prophet (SAW)

“O Prophet of Allah (SAW), Which Masjid was built 1st on earth”?

The Prophet (SAW) replied, “The Sacred Masjid of Makkah”.

Abu Dhar (RA) again asked, “Which was next” ?

The Prophet (SAW) said, “The Masjid Aqsa”.

Abu Dharr (RA) further asked “How long was the period between the building of two Masajid ”?

The Prophet (SAW) said, “40 years. Apart from these, offer your prayers anywhere when it is time to pray, although excellence is in praying in these Masajid”.

Sahih al Bukhari


The importance of visiting Masjid al-Aqsa:

Abu Hurairah (RA)relates that the Prophet (SAW)said,

“You should not undertake a special journey to visit any place other than the following three Masajid, with the expectation of getting greater reward : the Sacred Masjid of Makkah, this Musjid of mine (SAW), and Masjid al-Aqsa (of Jerusalem)”.

In another narration the words are, “For three Masajid, a special journey may be undertaken: The Sacred Masjid (Ka'bah), my Masjid (SAW), and the Masjid of al-Quds (Jerusalem)”.


Sahih al Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, and Sunan Abu Dawd

Greater virtue of praying in Masjid al-Aqsa:

Anas ibn Malik (RA) relates that the Prophet (SAW)said,

“The prayer of a person in his house is a single prayer; his prayer in the masjid of his tribe has the reward of 25 prayers; his prayer in the Masjid in which the Friday prayer is observed has the reward of 500; his prayer in Masjid al-Aqsa (i.e al-Aqsa Sanctuary) has a reward of 5,000 prayers; his prayer in my Masjid (SAW)(Madinah) has a reward of 50,000 prayers; and the prayer in the Sacred Masjid (Ka'bah) at Makkah has a reward of 100,000 prayers”.


Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah

The importance of donating to Masjid al-Aqsa:

Abdullah ibn Umar (RA) relates, I asked the Prophet (SAW),“Apostle of Allah, tell us the legal injunction about (visiting) Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem).”

The Apostle of Allah (SAW)said, “Go and pray there. If you cannot visit it and pray there,then send some oil to be used in the lamps”. Sahih al Bukhari


The virtues of wearing Ihram from Masjid al-Aqsa:

Umm al-Mu'minin, Umm Salmah (RA), relates that the Prophet (SAW) said,

“If anyone puts ihram for Haj or Umrah from Masjid al-Aqsa and then proceeds to the sacred Masjid, his former and latter sins will be forgiven or he will be guaranteed Paradise”.

The narrator Abdullah (RA) was not certain which of these words were said

Sunan Abu Dawud

The blessed land of Masjid al-Aqsa:

Zaid ibn Thabit (RA) reports that the Prophet (SAW) said,

“How blessed is Sham”!

The companions (RA) around asked: “Why is that”?

The Messenger (SAW) replied, “I see the angels of Allah Ta'ala spreading their wings over Sham”.

Ibn Abbas (RA) added. “And the Prophets of Allah (AS) lived there. There is not a single inch in al-Quds (Jerusalem) where a prophet (AS)has not prayed or an angel not stood”. 

Tirmidhi and Imaam Ahmed

Masjid al-Aqsa – The 1st Qibla:

Abdullah ibn Umar (RA) narrates, “We prayed with the Prophet (SAW)facing 

al-Quds (Jerusalem) for sixteen or seventeen months. Then Allah Ta'alaordered him to turn his face towards the Ka'bah (in Makkah)”. 

Sahih al Bukhari,

Masjid al-Aqsa – The place for major events near Qiyamah:

1. Mujamma ibn al-Harith (RA)narrates that the Prophet (SAW)said,

“Ibn Maryam (Isa) (AS) will kill Dajjal (the Anti-Christ) at the door of Ludd (a town in Palestine)”.

Tirmidhi and Imaam Ahmed

2. Nahik ibn Suraym al-Sakuni (RA) relates that the Prophet (SAW)said,

“You will fight the Pagans until the remnant of you fights on the River Jordan, you to the east of it (present day Jordan) and they to the west of it (occupied Palestine)”.

Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani

3. Maymunah bint Sa'ad (RA) reports that she asked the Prophet (SAW) ,

“Oh Messenger of Allah (SAW), give us a pronouncement about al-Quds (Jerusalem)”.

The Prophet (SAW) replied, “It is the land were they (mankind) will be raised (Hashar) and gathered (Mahshar)”.

Imaam Ahmed and al-Tabarani

4. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) stated regarding the inhabitants of the blessed land,

“they and their wives, children, and slaves (men and women) are in Ribat (guardians,literally a fort) in the cause of Allah Ta'ala”.. Al-Tabrani

Masjid al-Aqsa – The place of Mujahidin:

  1. Ummamah al-Bahil (RA)reports that the Prophet (SAW)said,

“A group of my community will remain on truth,they will vanquish their enemy and those with them will not be able to harm them until Allah Ta'ala commands”.

“Where are these people”? The companions (RA) asked.

The Prophet (SAW)replied, “In and around al-Quds (Jerusalem)”. 

Immam Ahmed

  1. Muawiyah ibn Abi Sufyan (RA)relates that the Prophet (SAW) said,

“There is a group among my followers who will continue to be openly on the truth. No one who opposes them will harm them, until the coming of the Hour”.

The companions (RA) asked, “Where will they be”?

The Prophet (SAW) replied, “ They will be in and around Bayt al-Maqdis”.

Immam Ahmed

  1. Abu Hurairah (RA)relates that the Prophet (SAW)said, 

“A group of my community will not cease to fight at the gates of Damascus and at the gates of al-Quds (Jerusalem) and its surroundings. The betrayal of whoever deserts them will not harm them in the least. They will remain victorious,standing for truth, until the Final Hour rises”.


Masjid al-Aqsa – The best place of residence:

Abdullah ibn Umar (RA) reports that the Prophet (SAW)said,

“There will be migration upon migration. The best of the inhabitants of the earth will reside where Prophet Ibrahim (AS) migrated ( ie. Jerusalem)”.

Sunan Abu Dawud

Masjid al-Aqsa – Liberation of Masjid al-Aqsa Prophesied:

Shaddad ibn Aws (RA) reports that the Prophet (SAW) said,

“Al-Sham will be conquered and al-Quds (Jerusalem) will be conquered and you or your sons will be Imaams there, if Allah Ta'alawills”.


Masjid al-Aqsa – The site for the future Caliphate:

Abdullah ibn Hawwala al Azdi (RA)reported, 

The Prophet (SAW)put his hand on my head and said, “ Ibn Hawwala (RA), if you see that the Caliphate has taken abode in the Holy Land, then earthquakes, tribulations and great events are at hand. The last hour on that day will be closer to people than my hand is to your head”.

Imaam Ahmed and Sunan Abu Dawud

Abd al-Rahman ibn abi Umayra al-Muzani (RA) reports that the Prophet (SAW) said,

“There will be an oath of allegiance according to guidance in al-Quds (Jerusalem)”.

Sahih al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim

Masjid al-Aqsa – Mention by name in the Holy Qur'an:

A'isha (RA)reports that the Prophet (SAW)used to recite Surah Isra every night in his prayer

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آَيَاتِنَا إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْبَصِيرُ


Glory be to Allah, who did take his servant on a journey by night, from the Sacred Masjid

(in Makkah) to the Masjid of al-Aqsa (in Jerusalem), whose precincts we did bless, that we may show him some of Our signs. Indeed He alone is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.


Tirmidhi, Nasai, Ibn Hanbal

The Black Clouds of Fitnah are Closing in upon us
- by Mufti Zubair Bayat

The teachings of Nabi (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam) were comprehensive in every respect. Not only did he teach about the past and present, but also about the future. So accurate and precise were his sayings regarding the future, that year for year and day for day, we see so many of his words coming true right before our very eyes. Many predictions have already occurred, and many are still to come. But just as we expect the sun to rise tomorrow morning, nay, even more, should be our conviction regarding the rest of his future predictions.

Among the major predictions of Nabi (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam) was the appearance and prevalence of fitnahs that will afflict mankind. Certain Sahabah (RA), such as Hazrat Huzaifah (RA) specialised in this subject, and had such vast knowledge of this subject, that at times he would say, if I had to mention certain things, this throat (pointing to his throat) would be slit.

Fitnahs have been explained by way of two examples in the Hadith. One example is like that of rain, “Fitnahs shall fall upon your homes like the falling of rain.” Another example given is like that of a black night, “There shall be fitnahs like a part of a black night …” In these examples, the salient aspect mentioned of fitnah is the all- pervasiveness of its nature, that none shall escape it but a few, just as it is difficult to escape the rain. Furthermore, it will be dark and black in colour, indicating to its ominous nature and the inability to see ones way through it like a person groping in the dark, which is what happens to most people during the era of fitnah.

Fitnah is an Arabic word, which literally refers to the smelting of gold ingots and removing the impurities from it, i.e. separating the good from the bad. This is what happens during a fitnah, the good is separated from the bad. So in this sense, it refers to a test, or event, or a crisis or calamity, that shows the result openly as to who is good and who is not, who succeeds and who shall fail.

There are a variety of fitnahs facing the Ummah. Among the greatests of fitnahs is that of Irtitaad or apostasy, where many who were born Muslim are turning away from Imaan, knowingly or unknowingly. This is predicted as a great fitnah in the very Hadith that enlikens fitnah to a black night, “…. a man will be a Mumin in the morning and a Kaafir (disbeliever) by the evening, and a Mumin in the evening and a Kaafir in the morning.” These days, the instance of people uttering outright statements of kufr is increasing alarmingly, and many do not even realise the grave implications of this. May Allah protect our Imaan and that of our generations to come.

Another fitnah is that of liberalism and hedonism, where material wealth and objects and the gratification of desires and self- aggrandizement becomes the very goal and purpose of a human being’s existence. Regarding this fitnah, Nabi (sallallahu-alayhi- wasallam) warned, “When you see greed being pursued, and desires being obeyed, and the world being preferred (over the Hereafter), and every person proud of his own opinion, then worry about yourself (personal salvation) and do not worry about others.” More and more, the prevalence of this fitnah is manifesting in the world. Today, it is all about what car you drive, where you go for vacation, how much of wealth you own, etc.

The disunity and division of the Ummah and the resultant strife, bloodshed and oppression is another example of fitnah. The lesser that is said about this the better, for never has this Ummah, which was supposed to be like a single human body, been as divided and fragmented as it is these days. Whether on an international scale, between Muslim countries and their leaders, or on a national, regional, local level, right down to organisations, families and even homes, there is division and disunity all round. May Allah unite the hearts.

Technology has brought about many fitnahs, such as the fitnah of the internet, mxit, cellphones, computer games, videos, etc. Then there is the fitnahs of drug and substance addiction, illicit sexual relations, divorces, music, satanism, social upheaval, crime, etc.

These are some examples of the fitnahs mentioned. There are in fact hundreds of fitnahs that have been mentioned, and whole books have been written on the subject of fitnah titled “Kitab-al-Fitan”, for example the “Al-fitan” of Allamah Miwazi and others.

This is the most important issue. Knowing all about the fitnahs is not sufficient. One needs to know how to survive and combat the fitnahs. This has also been mentioned in the Hadith Shareef. Some of the solutions or remedies proposed are as follows:
Stick to the majority body and their leaders as is mentioned in one Hadith. This refers to the mainstream body of the Ummah – the Ahlus-Sunnah-wal-Jama’ah. He who stays aloof, and goes towards the ‘fringes’ is more likely to go astray.
Remain low profile. The Hadith Shareef says: “like the mat on the floor”. A time will come, when the one who is standing will be better off than the one who is walking and the one who is sitting will be better off than the one who is standing and so on.
Every head of every home must work dedicatedly and devotedly for the reformation and salvation of his own family. The Quran Shareef states: “O Believers, save yourselves and your families from the fire of hell.” And every one is a shepard, responsible for his own flock as is mentioned in a famous Hadith.
Every individual should strive for a strong spiritual condition, which is the only protector against all fitnahs. This will entail, acquiring correct and sufficient basic knowledge, keeping constant company with the pious, reciting the Qur’an and doing Zikrullah regularly and making lots of Dua, along with other good deeds.
Undertake to do Mashwara and Istikharah before undertaking any decision, for in this is great safety and protection, and guidance towards the right path.

May Almighty Allah protect the whole Ummah from every fitnah. We have been taught this Dua in the Hadith Shareef. This is a vital Dua to recite regularly in the dangerous times of fitnah we live in: O Allah! I seek Your protection from all fitnahs, open and subtle. Aameen, Aameen, Aameen.   
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