It is imperative for a Muslim to purchase and consume food that is Halaal, pure and wholesome. Halaal consumption is a critical requirement for the protection of Imaan (faith) and spiritual progess. Islam deplores impermissible consumption to the extent that dining at a place where alcohol is served is detested.
The year-end period generally sees companies and individuals providing a treat for their faithful employees and well-wishers for their good performance and support. Whilst this is a noble initiative, extravagant spending and wastage has become synonymous with such functions. Statistics related to food wastage are quite shocking especially when many people around us live without sustenance.
The environment we live in is filled with challenges and distractions. A Muslim is encouraged to be cautious and particular about the places he visits. A Muslim should not visit places or attend events were the possibility of vice or the implication of sin exist. These teachings are borne out of principles from the Quran and Sunnah.
Among the many bounties enjoyed by the Muslim Ummah is the great day of Jumuah. Hafiz Ibn Katheer (R) said, "It was named Jumu'ah because it is derived from the word Al-Jam' in Arabic which means to gather, as Muslims gather weekly in large numbers on this day. The day of Jumuah should not be viewed as “another working day”, but rather as a day of great virtue and blessing.
For many centuries the practice of covering the head for males has been adhered to religiously by Muslims. Covering the head in Salah and out of Salah was the constant practice of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and the Sahabah t.
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Whoever performs his Fajr Salah with congregation, and then remains seated remembering Allah until after sunrise, after which he performs 2 Rakaats of Salah (Salatul Ishraq), will receive the reward of a complete Hajj and Umrah.” (Tirmizi)