Quarterly: Issue No 7
LAST WORDS of our Noble Prophet
There are many reports and comments about the last few days of the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and what he said during his illness. The important utterances of the Prophet’s final words comes from the fact that he was so keen that his followers should maintain their implementation of Islam as best as they can. He loved people to be good Muslims, because he cared for every human being. He knew that by being a good Muslim, a human being opens up his way to Jannah. His final words are indicative of the most important duties of Islam. Let us consider this Hadith which is reported by Ali ibn Talib, the Prophet’s cousin who heard his last words. Ali says:
‘When illness weighed down heavily on the Messenger of Allah, he said to me: “Ali, bring me a sheet and write down in it what makes sure that my followers will never go astray.” Fearing that he might depart from us before I could bring the sheet, I said that I will keep in memory whatever he wanted to say. The Prophet’s head was between his arm and mine. He urged us to establish our salaah, pay our zakaah and be kind to our slaves and servants. He repeated these words until his soul departed. He also commanded us to declare that there is no deity besides Allah and that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. He said that whoever believes in that is immune from the Fire of Hell.’
(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Ahmad)
The first thing to be noted in this Hadith is that the Prophet wanted to have something written down that would ensure that his follows would never go astray. What he has subsequently stated, however, was merely reminders of the basic teachings of Islam. The Prophet urged us to establish our salaah and pay our zakaah without fail which is quite understandable. These are the two pillars of Islam which uphold the Islamic well-being of the individual and the community. Moreover, they are the source of everything good in society. A person who neglects his salaah will find it very easy to neglect lesser duties of Islam. Similarly, a person who fails to pay his zakaah deprives his beneficiaries of their dues. He is then guilty of injustice.
Furthermore, the Prophet continued to command us to be kind to the weakest group in society i.e. the slaves. This command applies to every weak section of people in society.
The last part of the Hadith stresses the importance of the declaration of the belief in One God and in the final revealed message of God through Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet says that whoever makes the declaration of Kalimah Tayyibah is immune from the Fire of Hell. That certain punishments have been decreed for certain sins does not contradict this rule. The two are mutually exclusive. No one says that a believer does not need to do his duties or refrain from all forbidden practices. What we say is that this declaration of Tawheed and Risaalah ensures one’s admission to Jannah if it is one’s final decalaration made consciously and sincerely just before one’s death. The reason for this is that even at the time of death, his thoughts turn towards his Creator declaring his belief in Allah’s Oneness. He goes towards his Creator with an open heart and mind, free from associating partners with Him. Allah has made it clear in numerous verses of the Glorious Quran that He would never turn back anyone who comes towards Him, believing in Him, consciously and sincerely. Even at the last minute of one’s life, full forgiveness is possible. This is due to Allah’s grace which is limitless. Anyone who wants to impose limits and conditions on Allah’s Grace and Mercy is wrong and ill-advised.
POLYGAMY: A right or a privilege?
The polygamy option is meant to provide a solution for some social problems. This would have more difficult or unwelcome results unless such a possibility existed. Take the example of a wife who is suffering from a chronic illness that limits her ability to fulfill her tasks in the normal way. Her husband does not like to divorce her as she is dear to him and he cares for her welfare. Moreover, divorce would put her in a more difficult position. He wants to retain their marital relationship but there may be compelling reasons which require the presence of another woman so that the family could function in a better way. This is particularly true when the family includes young children whose mother cannot provide for all their needs. There are numerous other situations where a second marriage seems to be a better solution to family problems.
However, men sometimes have a totally different view of this option which Islam allows. People often speak of a man’s right to marry more than one wife, despite the fact that all texts that speak of it in the Quran and Hadith stress that it is something that should be approached with caution. People also speak of marrying a second wife as a Sunnah. This is also proved to be wrong as it is clearly seen in the Prophet’s attitude when his son-in-law Ali wanted to marry a second woman. The Prophet went to him and said: “No woman may be taken as a wife together with the daughter of Allah’s messenger.” If such a marriage was a Sunnah, or if there was a preference for it, the Prophet would not have prevented anyone from fulfilling it, particularly in a society where polygamy was the norm.
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MAULANA ABDUL KADIR SAHIB (Rahimahullah)
Maulana Muhammad Abdul Kadir (Rahimahullah) was born in
studied initially at Madrasah Mazaahirul Uloom in Saharanpur, UP and
thereafter at Madrasah Ameeniyyah in Delhi under the
great supervision of the Grand Mufti of India at that time, Mufti Kifaayatullah Sahib (rahmatullahi
alaih) and world famous muhaddith
and scholar Allama Anwar Shah Sahib Kashmiri (rahmatullahi
alaih). He also attended every single lesson (dar-s) of Sahih Al-Bukhari given
by Shah Sahib himself. He memorized the
Glorious Quran at the age of fifteen. In total, he spent 11 years in
his years of study in
loved travelling to Islamic historical places in the
served the Muslim Communities in the following areas in
Maulana Abdul Kadir left us all for his final journey to his Most Merciful Rabb on the night of Saturday 30 Rabi-us-Saani 1419 (
THE PROPHETIC SAYING
Rasoolullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:
By Him (Allah) in Who Hand is my soul, you will NEVER enter Jannah until you have faith (Imaan), and you will NEVER have faith (Imaan) until you love one another. Shall I teach you of something which, were you to do it, would cause you to love one another? It is to greet people when you meet them. (Authentic Hadith Narrated by Abu Hurairah in Muslim)