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IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2016

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Individual Presentations Playlist

 

IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2016

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All Praise and Credit is due to Allah The Most Exalted

Countless and Choicest Blessings and Salutations upon

His Chosen Beloved and our Master Muhammad Rasool Allah

His Noble Family and Companions radi Allahu anhum ajmaeen

 

 

Conference Advisory Committee

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Qadri

 

Patronage

Imam Malik bin Anas radi Allahu anhu Society, Kingdom of Bahrain

 

Core Organizing Committee

Syeda Shagufta Ahmad Qadri, Sister Zarine Riaz Shaikh, Brother Riaz Shaikh, Syeda Sadia Naiman, Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh, Sister Aysha Hameed Khan

 

Special Contributions

Sister Ghazala Fakher, Mr. Fakherul Islam Malik, Mr. Javed Ahmed

 

Organizing Volunteers

Sister Eman Hameed Khan

Sister Ghazala Mustafa

Sister Aafreen Shaikh

Sister Shamim Hamid Khan (Transport)

Sister Shabina Khalid

 

Event Volunteers

Brother Mohammad Ismail Hussain

Sister Shahanara Akter

Sister Fatima Mohamed

Brother Mohammad Dastageer, Brother Obaid (Sound System)

Sister Samawat Malik (Hall Decoration)

Sister Aysha Mushtafa (Photography)

Sister Shagufta Banu (Time Keeper)

 

IECRC Sisters Youth Group – Burdah Shareef

(From Left to Right)

Sister Nabila Sanira

Sister Asha Diwan

Sister Aysha Hameed Khan

Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh

Sister Bushra Quamar

Brother Alim Riaz Shaikh (Backstage Daff Recitation)

 

A very special thanks to:

Brother Faisal (Dates Donation)

Brother Farouk (Infinity Bahrain – Banner Design and Printing)

Written by Shagufta Ahmad

March 9, 2016 at 4:41 pm

IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2015

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IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2015

Credit List

 

All Praise and Credit is due to Allah The Most Exalted

Countless and Choicest Blessings and Salutations upon

His Chosen Beloved and our Master Muhammad Rasool Allah

His Noble Family and Companions radi Allahu anhum ajmaeen

 

 

 

Conference Advisory Committee

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Qadri

 

Patronage

Imam Malik bin Anas radi Allahu anhu Society, Kingdom of Bahrain

 

Core Organizing Committee

Syeda Shagufta Ahmad Qadri, Sister Zarin Riaz Shaikh, Brother Riaz Shaikh, Sister Sadia Naiman

 

Special Contributions

Brother Zainulabedin Muhammad Qadri, Mr. Javed Ahmed, Sister Parveen (Dinner), Mr. Fakherul Islam Malik

 

Organizing Volunteers

Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh, Sister Shabina Khalid, Sister Shagufta Banu, Sister Shamim Hamid Khan, Sister Shehnaz Mushtaq Shaikh (Transport), Sister Atiya Shaukat, Sister Ghazala Mustafa

 

Event Volunteers

Brother Nadeem, Hafiz Zakir, Brother Ismail, Brother Mohammad Dastageer, Brother Ubaid (Sound System)

Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh, Sister Samawat Malik (Hall Decoration), Sister Danya Mustak Shaikh (Photography), Sister Tanuja Shamim, Sister Aysha Hameed Khan, Sister Eman Ishaq, Sister Eman Hameed Khan, Sister Rahat Aftab, Sister Uzaira Sohail, Sister Shabina Khalid, Sister Ghazala Fakher, Sister Shagufta Banu

 

Children’s Naat Group

Group Boys (From Left to Right, Back to Front Rows)

Taalib Riaz Shaikh, Sayed Fahad, Shahadat Haque, Anas Nasir, Hassan Mustafa, Ayaan Nasir, Zohan Mushtaq, Ali Hasan Mustafa

Group Girls (From Right to Left, Back to Front Rows)

Alina Naiman, Mehnaz Maqbool, Faiza Salauddin Shaikh, Saira Qayyum, Rida Naiman, Arwa Mushtaq, Zuha Shaikh, Mubarra Minal Tariq, Suha Shaikh, Mahira Minal Tariq, Fizzah Shaikh

 

A very special thanks to:

Brother Farouk (Digiarts Bahrain – Banner Design and Printing)

Is Celebrating Mawlid Bid’ah?

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BismiLlaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Was Salaatu was Salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolihil Kareem

Question: Is celebrating Mawlid Bid’ah?
Answer: If by Bid’ah you mean “Bid’ah Sayyiah”, i.e. a bad innovation, then of course not. As a matter of fact Mawlid is not even a “Bid’ah Hasanah”, i.e. good innovation, but it is a Sunnah of our Beloved Rasool Allahu sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam.

Question: Oh, and how is that?
Answer: It’s simple. A Sunnah act is one that our Beloved Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam himself did (‘amali), commanded others to do (qauli), or approved of tacitly (taqreeri). As you know, he sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam used to fast on Monday and when asked why, he sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam replied that it was because he was born on that day. [Sahih Mulsim Hadeeth #2603]. So, by doing one good deed in remembrance of his birthday he sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam set the example for the permissibility to do ANY good deed to remember his birthday.

Question: But he sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam used to fast every Monday. So isn’t that what Muslims should be doing too?
Answer: Yes of course fasting every Monday is the WEEKLY Mawlid. But his act of fasting in relation to his birthday, which by authentic sources [such as Seerah ibn Hisham and ibn Ishaq rahimahuLlah alayhima] is the 12th of Rabiul Awwal, sets the stage for Muslims to also celebrate his ANNUAL Mawlid on the 12th of Rabiul Awwal by fasting and doing other good deeds. The Shari’ah is very vast and allows multiple interpretations. One cannot restrict it. But for a believer who loves Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam, every breathing moment celebrates the Mawlid Sharif. His coming into this world caused the Holy Quran and Islam to come to our lives. Shouldn’t we thank Allah for this blessing? If we cannot express happiness and gratitude every moment, at least once a year. Remember the Hadeeth that we haven’t thanked Allah until we have thanked His servants. And here we are talking about the Crown Jewel of creation sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam.

Question: But how do you justify “other good deeds” when all he sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam did was fast?
Answer: One has to remember that we can never compare our good deeds to those of Rasool Allahu sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. His one fast is weightier than all our good deeds put together. In reality, our good deeds don’t even match those of the Sahaba radi Allahu anhum, let alone Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam’s! So the more good deeds we can do to remember his birthday, the better, such as feeding the poor, reciting the Holy Quran, religious poetry in praise of Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam as the Sahaba radi Allahu anhum did, using the occasion to further his message of peace and tolerance, to emphasize the practicing of the Sunnah, and above all, to increase love for him alayhi salatu wa salaam in our hearts, which is the foundation of Iman.

Question: But how can we just do “extra” good deeds? Aren’t we changing Islam?
Answer: No, not at all. The Faraidh (obligatory) cannot be changed. However, Nawafil (supererogatory) good deeds can be done at ANY TIME. So, one can fast ANY day of the year unless there is a hukm (Shari’ah ruling) against it such as the two Eids and Ayyame Tashreeq in Dhul Hijjah. Similarly, one can pray Nawafil prayers at any time as long as it is not a makruh (disliked) time. What one CANNOT do is to make any of these Nawafil acts of worship as Fardh (obligatory). Remember, the principle of the Shari’ah is that everything is permissible till you bring a text from the Quran or Hadeeth to make it impermissible. Not the other way around. Unfortunately today Muslims ask for “daleels” (proofs) to DO a certain act when in reality the only time you are justified to ask for a “daleel” is when you want to FORBID someone from doing an act. And there is NO text anywhere that says celebrating the Mawlid is not allowed.
We should also remember that performing the Faraidh of Islam, i.e. the five daily prayers, fasting in Ramadan, paying the Zakat and performing the Hajj are what keeps us in the fold of Islam. However, in order to attain the nearness of Allah Almighty, we need to do as many nawafil as possible as per the Hadeeth Qudsi of Sahih Bukhari.

Question: But I have attended some of these so called “Milad Mehfils” and I can see some anti-Shariah activities going on. How do you justify that?
Answer: That cannot be justified at all. Anti-Shariah activities are wrong whether they are inside a Milad Mehfil, inside a Masjid or anywhere else. However the occurrence of anti-Shariah activities in SOME Milad Mehfils doesn’t negate the permissibility of the Milad Mehfil itself just like the existence of anti-Shariah acts in a Masjid doesn’t negate the validity of a Masjid. You don’t judge Islam by Muslims, you judge Muslims by Islam.

Question: So did the Sahaba radi Allahu anhum also celebrate the Milad?
Answer: Yes of course, they lived and breathed the same air as Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam. And yes they did hold gatherings of Milad Shareef where they enumerated the events of the Blessed Birth. The famous Hadeeth of Syedna Amir Ansari radi Allahu anhu is case in point. This is essentially what a Milad is. “Walada” “yulidu” in Arabic means to be born. So a Milad Mehfil is essentially a  gathering to offer gratitude to Allah Almighty for sending us Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam as a Mercy to guide us.

Question: But is the command to celebrate Mawlid in the Quran?
Answer: Yes of course it is. But you have to know the methodology of understanding the Holy Quran. The Quran is not a book of rules. It is a book of principles. Just like you don’t find the rules of Salah or Sawm or Zakat in the Quran, you don’t find the details of Mawlid. However the principle of expressing happiness at the Blessings and Mercy of Allah Almighty is a command of Allah Almighty in the Holy Quran [10:58]. The “Mercy” in this verse has been interpreted by major Mufassireen such as Imam Jalaaluddeen Suyuti rahamtullah alayh in his Tafseer Durr Al-Manthoor to refer to Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam since he is “Rahmatul lil ‘Aalameen”. So to express happiness at his blessed arrival into this world from the interpretation of this verse is actually a direct command of Allah Almighty. Similarly, Allah Almighty states that peace descends on the day that Syedna Isa alayhis salaam was born [Al-Quran 19:33]. So if peace descends on the day that Syedna Isa alayhis salaam was born, what can be said about the day that the Leader of all the Prophets, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam was born?

Question: But surely the “way” in which Muslims celebrate the Mawlid today is very different than Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam or the Sahaba Kiram radi Allahu anhum. How can you explain that?
Answer: The “way” that we do a lot of things which Muslims accept as normal and acceptable is different from the early generations. This doesn’t make it wrong. As long at the principles of the Shari’ah are not violated, the application can change with time and place, except for the Faraidh which don’t change at all. You have to pray 5 times a day whether you are on the earth or the moon or under water. However we hold “Tafseer” and “Tajweed” classes today. They were never held by the early generations the way we hold them now. We don’t even read the Holy Quran the “way” the early generations read it because it didn’t exist in the form of a book until after the passing away of Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam from this life. The early generations didn’t hold Islamic conferences or halaqas or use social media to do dawah. Their masajid didn’t have domes or minarets or mihrabs or loud speakers. Islam is a solution to all of life’s challenges till Qiyamah. So new applications of the foundational principles of Islam are not just permissible, but required. In today’s modern world we need as many mechanisms to spread the message of Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam and what better way than to make a HUGE deal about his birthday because birthdays are something EVERYONE can relate to. As new “ways” are introduced to further the principles of Islam, these are rewarded by Allah Almighty according to the Sahih Muslim Hadeeth #6466.

Question: But how can you introduce a new way of worshiping Allah?
Answer: Every action of a believer can be converted to worship based on the single Hadeeth “Innamal a’maalu bin Niyaat” – “Actions are by intentions.” Again, this applies to the Nawafil and never to the Faraidh. So one can never change the 5 daily prayers to 6 or 4. And one can never change the rakats of the prayers. But one can always do a 2 cycle nafil prayer at ANY TIME unless it is not makruh, i.e. the time just after sunrise, at zawal (sun’s zenith) time and before sunset when the sun is yellow. But even your cooking and cleaning can becomes acts of worship if the intention is to please Allah.

Question: If it is so clear, then why do Muslims these days fight so much over the Mawlid?
Answer: Yes indeed it is sad and very painful. When the 12th of Rabiul Awwal arrives we should be rejoicing as an Ummah, united in the remembrance of our Beloved Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam and the many miraculous events surrounding his blessed birth. However, unfortunately the many “Bid’ah” attacks distract us from the true spirit of the Mawlid. However, Muslims need to realize that these attacks are very recent. Even controversial figures such as ibn Abd Al-Wahhab wrote in his book on Seerah quoting the famous Bukhari Hadeeth of Thuwayba that if a disbeliever gets respite in hell-fire every Monday because he used his finger to free his slave girl out of happiness for the birth of his nephew alayhi salatu wa salaam [Sahih Bukhari Hadeeth #38], then what can be said of the blessings of a Muwahhid believer who expresses happiness at this occasion. So essentially the fights are due to lack of the knowledge of the correct methodology of interpreting the Quran and Hadeeth. Everyone these days does their own isolationist interpretation under the false banner of “Quran for All” without referring to the vast corpus of 1400 years of Islamic scholarship where the celebration of the Mawlid has always been praised. Imam Ibn Hajar Makki rahmatullah alayh quotes the Khulafae Rashideen ridwan Allahu alayhum ajmaeen as having greatly praised the Mawlid and the great benefits of those who spend in its way in his famous book “Ni’matul Kubra”. Another Hadeeth Muslims today have to remember is that the Ummah can never be united on misguidance [Sunan Ibn Majah #3950]. Since the Ummah has historically been celebrating the Mawlid for centuries since the time of Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam (the “way” may have altered from time and place) and even today 47 countries have a public holiday on the 12th of Rabiul Awwal Sharif, is ample proof that the majority of the Ummah celebrates the Mawlid and Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam commanded for us to stay with the majority and not to wander off into splinter groups.

We pray that all Muslims are guided to the true Aqeedah and stay with the majority Ahle Sunnah wal Jama’ah. Aameen. We wish the entire Ummah all the great blessings of Allah Almighty on this auspicious occasion of Mawlid-un-Nabi sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam and we pray that Allah Almighty heals our Ummah, every broken heart and every flowing tear by the Waseela of the Mercy to the Worlds, sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam. Aameen.
— Syeda Shagufta Ahmad Qadri

Written by Shagufta Ahmad

December 25, 2014 at 9:06 pm

History of the Mawlid / Milad Shareef and its Importance in the Contemporary World

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 In the Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful

Prayers and Salutations upon the Holy Prophet  Muhammad

“Wa dhakkirhum bi ayyamiLlah” i.e. “And remind them [O Beloved sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam] of the Days of Allah” [The Holy Quran, Surah Ibrahim, 14:5]

What are the “Days of Allah?” According to Hazrat Maulana Ismail Haqqi rahmatullah alayh in his 350 year old commentary of the Holy Quran called “Roohul Bayan,” the Days of Allah mean “the blessings of Allah.” These blessings of Allah include the air we breathe, the water we drink, our health, our family, our friends. However, none of these would be in existence if it wasn’t for the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam as is clear from the Hadith Qudsi where Allah Almighty says:

“If it was not for you [O Prophet] I would not have revealed My Lordship.”

In other words Allah Ta’ala would not have created had it not been for the sake of His Beloved sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam.

Another Hadeeth related by Hazrat Salman Farsi written in the famous Mawahibe Laduniyah of Imam Qastallani rahmatullah alayh, a 500 year old foundational text states that:

“Gabriel alayhis salaam descended on the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam and said, ‘Your Lord says, ‘If I have taken Abraham as a beloved, intimate friend, I have taken you for the same. I have never created any creation more precious to Me than you, and I have created this world and its inhabitants for the purpose of letting them know your honor and what you mean to Me; and if it were not for you I would not have created this world.’”

Imam Qastallani rahmatullah alayh has written commentaries on both the Sahih al-Bukhari as well as Sahih Muslim. Any Hadeeth related by him must be accepted beyond the shadow of a doubt.

The same reality of the causality of creation is beautifully versified by Hazrat Imam Busiri rahmatullah alayh:

Wa kayfa tad’u ilad dunya darooratu man

Laulaahu lam tukhrajid dunya minal ‘adami

How can the necessities of such a noble personality incline him towards this world
For had it not been for him this world would not have come out of non existence

[Qasidah al-Burdah, Chapter 3, verse 5]

Maulaya salli wa sallim daiman Abadan

ala Habeebika khayril khalqi kullihimi (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam)

It is then clear that Allah Ta’ala created all the blessings of the world for the sake of the Greatest Blessing – The Ni’matul Kubra – The Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam. This greatest Blessing is a Mercy to the worlds “Rahmatal lil alameen” as Allah Ta’ala says:

“And We have sent thee not but as Mercy to Worlds.[The Holy Quran, Surah Al-Ambiya, 21:107]

Let us further examine what Allah Ta’ala has commanded for  us in regards to His blessings. Allah Ta’ala says:

“Say, ‘Upon Allah’s munificence and upon His mercy – upon these should the people rejoice …’” [The Holy Quran, Surah Yunus 10:58]

Imam Jalaaluddeen Suyuti rahmatullah alayh says in his famous Tafseer Durr al Manthoor, which is a Tafseer of the verses of the Holy Quran based on the Ahaadeeth of our Beloved Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam:

وأخرج أبو الشيخ عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما في الآية قال: فضل الله العلم، ورحمته محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم، قال الله تعالى
{ وما أرسلناك إلا رحمة للعالمين }
[الأنبياء: 107].

Abu Sheikh rahmatullah alayh narrated from Ibn Abbas radi Allahu anhuma:

That “Bounty of Allah” [in this verse] means Knowledge, whereas “Mercy” means Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam. 

Allah Ta’ala said: And We have sent thee not but as Mercy to Worlds [As-Suyuti in Durr al Manthoor (4/330)]

The above verses make it clear that it is Allah Almighty’s command for us to express happiness at His Blessings; and therefore we must express the greatest happiness at His Greatest Blessing. The night when this Greatest Blessing was sent from the world of Spirits to this earthly life as a mercy for us must indeed be the Night of Greatest Happiness and one that must be remembered and celebrated over and over again. This is the Milad Shareef or the Mawlid or the Maulud. The word Milad comes from the Arabic root “walada” which means to be born.

In the Holy Quran, Syedna Isa alayhis salaam sends peace upon himself on the day that he was born:

“Was Salaamu ‘alayya yauma wulidtu…” i.e. “And peace is upon me the day I was born …” [The Holy Quran, Surah Maryam, 19:33] 

If peace descends upon Syedna Isa alayhis salaam on the day that he was born, would peace not descend on the day that the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, who is Syedul Mursaleen – the Leader of the Prophets, was born?

Indeed this night was so great that Allah Almighty Himself celebrated it by showing His Great Signs:

Transferred through generations of purity

Arrived into Aamina’s womb with complete security

No labor or birth pains did she have in the slight

What she saw coming from her was nothing but light

The castles of Qaiser and Kisra crumbled in the distance

The millennium old burning Magian light blew out in an instance

The winds of change were blowing in their finest

The scent of Madinah was arriving, at the Merciful’s behest

Maryam, Hawa, and Asiya were sent as nursemaids

To welcome this Mercy to the worlds, never to fade

A bright light shone from His  gentle, tender face

The joy of seeing which nothing could replace

Clouds covered the Ka’ba, stars bent in humility and awe

Ecstatic with Allah’s Greatest Blessing, which the world now saw

Food was at Abdul Muttalib’s for three whole days

Even Abu Lahab freed a slave on that blessed Monday

The first Milad however one must remember was conducted by Allah Ta’ala Himself in the pre-earthly spiritual realm before He even sent the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam to this earth. This Milad of the Spirits included in its audience the souls of all the Prophets where Allah Almighty praised the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam and took a covenant “The Meethaq” with the rest of the Prophets that they would support the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam. This blessed gathering is mentioned in Surah Aale Imran of the Holy Quran [3:81]:

And [recall, O People of the Scripture], when Allah took the covenant of the Prophets, [saying], “Whatever I give you of the Scripture and wisdom and then there comes to you a Messenger confirming what is with you, you [must] believe in him and support him.” [ Allah ] said, “Have you acknowledged and taken upon that My commitment?” They said, “We have acknowledged it.” He said, “Then bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses.”

This covenant was the first blessed gathering of the Mawlid as it mentions the coming of Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam to this world which is the definition of the Mawlid.

Another beautiful Hadeeth elucidates the great blessings Allah Almighty bestows on even His enemies due to the birth of our Beloved Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam.

Narrated ‘Ursa; Thuwaiba was the freed slave girl of Abu Lahab whom he had manumitted, and then she suckled the Prophet. When Abu Lahb died, one of his relatives saw him in a dream in a very bad state and asked him, “What have you encountered?” Abu Lahab said, “I have not found any rest since I left you,except that I have been given water to drink in this (the space between his thumb and other fingers) and that is because of my manumitting Thuwaiba.” [Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 38]

Abu Lahab freed Thuwaiba out of joy at the birth of our Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam, who was his own nephew. Even the worst of Kuffaar and greatest of enemies is given relaxation in his punishment due to freeing Thuwaiba by pointing with his finger, so one can only imagine the situation of a believer who rejoices on the Mawlid.

So it is clear then that Allah Ta’ala celebrated the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam’s Blessed Birth, so isn’t it incumbent upon us to do so?

Did the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam perform the Milad Shareef? Yes indeed he did.

Abu Qatada Ansari (Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Massenger (may peace be upon him) was asked about fasting on Monday, whereupon he said: It is (the day) when I was born and revelation was sent down to me. [Sahih Muslim, Book 006, Number 2606]

This Hadith is also reported by Imam al-Bahayqi  in his “Sunnan ul Kubra” (Vol. 4, pg. 300 Hadith no 8182, 8259), in the “Sunan” of Imam Nisai and the “Musnad” of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal.

Therefore, performing an act of worship or many acts of worship on the day that he alayhi salatu wa salaam was born is proven from the Sahih Hadeeth. It is a good practice to initiate any good deed on this blessed day whether one holds Naat khwaani or arranges a Mehfil of Dhikr or a Conference because another Sahih Muslim Hadeeth says that “He who inaugurates a good practice in Islam earns the reward of it, and of all who perform it after him, without diminishing their own rewards in the least.” Of course one must be careful when performing these good deeds that they be free from all spiritual ailments such as riya (showing off), takabbur (arrogance) etc as well be within the bounds of the Shari’ah in terms of modesty, clothing and other etiquette.

There is another narration by Hazrat Anas  that the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam performed his own aqiqah and slaughtered an animal 40 years after his Blessed Birth to remember it even though it had been done for him by his grandfather Hazrat Abdul Muttalib. This is related by Al-Bayhaqi, and Imam Suyuti rahmatullah alayhim ajmaeen.

So it is clear then that the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam celebrated His own Milad, so isn’t it incumbent upon us to do so?

Let us now turn to the Sahaba Kiram radi Allahu anhum ajmaeen – did they celebrate the Milad Shareef? Yes indeed they did as is proven from authentic texts. In the famous book “Al Tanwir fil Maulood Al-Basheer wan-Nazeer” it is related that Hazrat Abu Darda said that he was passing the home of Hazrat Amir Ansari in the company of the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam. He said that we saw that he was mentioning the Blessed Birth events and saying, “This was that day! This was that day that he sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam came to this earth.” The Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam upon seeing this said, “Allah has opened the doors of mercy and all the angels pray for your forgiveness and deliverance. Whoever does this will receive success.” (aw kama qal)

Additionally, in the famous book Ni’matul Kubra, Shaykhul Islam Allama Ibn Hajar Makki rahamtullah alayh writes:

Hazrat Abubakr Siddeeq radi Allahu says: “Whoever spends even one dirham on the recitation of the Milad Shareef of Huzoor sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam will be with me in Jannah.”

Hazrat Umar Farooq radi Allahu anhu says: “Whoever honors the Milad Shareef of Huzoor sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam has essentially revived Islam.”

Hazrat Uthman Ghani radi Allahu anhu says: “Whoever spends even one dirham on the recitation of the Milad Shareef of Huzoor sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam is as if he or she was present at the battles of Badr and Hunayn.”

Hazrat Ali  Murtaza radi Allahu anhu wa karrama Allahu wajhu says: “Whoever honors the Milad Shareef of Huzoor sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam and became the cause of Miladkhwani, he or she will leave the world with the wealth of Iman and will enter Jannah without any accounting.”

So it is clear then that the Sahaba Kiram celebrated and promoted The Blessed Milad Shareef, so isn’t it incumbent upon us to do so?

Did the Tabi’een celebrate the Maulid? Yes indeed they did. Hazrat Imam Abubakr Qastallani writes that Imam Hasan Basri said, “If I had gold equal to the mountain of Uhud I would give it away in the way of the Milad.”

So it is clear then that the Tabi’een celebrated The Blessed Milad Shareef, so isn’t it incumbent upon us to do so?

Did the 4 Imams of Fiqh celebrate the Milad Shareef. Yes indeed they did. It is a well known narration that Hazrat Ahmed ibn Hanbal used to distribute dates on the 9th and 12th of Rabiul Awwal in the happiness of the Blessed Birth. Similarly, Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Muhammad Baqir, and Imam Jafar Sadiq used to distribute dates and gram flour (sattu). May Allah Almighty have mercy on them all.

So it is clear then that the Imams of our Deen celebrated The Blessed Milad Shareef, so isn’t it incumbent upon us to do so?

Did the Awilya Kiram celebrate the Milad Shareef? Yes indeed they did. It is written in Abu Muhammad Siyal Naqshbandi’s famous Tazkirah Ghause Azam that the Sultanul Awliya Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani radia Allahu anhu celebrated the 11th day of every lunar month because inevitably it would go into the 12th doing a Mawlid every month.

So it is clear then that the greatest Awliya of our Deen celebrated The Blessed Milad Shareef, so isn’t it incumbent upon us to do so?

Was the Milad Shareef celebrated in the actual birth place of the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam – the Holy City of Makkah? Yes indeed it was.

Early Commemoration of Mawlid in Makkah:

Ibn Jubayr (540-614) writes in his Rihal (“Travels”), wherein he describes his observation of Mawlid in Makkah Al-Mukarramah:

“This blessed place [the house of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] is opened, and all enter to derive blessing from it (mutabarrikeen bihi), on every Monday of the month of Rabi’ al-Awwal, for on that day and in that month was born the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam.”

The famous 8th-century historian Ibn Batuta relates in his Rihla: “On every Friday, after the Jumu’ah prayers and on the birthday of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam, the door of the Kaba is opened by the head of the Banu Shayba, the doorkeepers of the Kaba, and that on the Mawlid, the Shafi’I qadi (head judge) of Makkah, Najmuddin Muhammad ibn al-Imam Muhyiddin al-Tabari, distributes food to the shurafaa (descendants) of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam and to all the other peope of Makkah.”

“Each year on the 12th of Rabi’ al-Awwal, after the evening prayer, the four qadis of Makkah (representing the four Sunni Schools) and large groups of people including the scholars (fuqahaa) and notables (fudalaa) of Makkah, shaykhs, zawiya teachers and their students, magistrates (ru’asaa), and scholars (muta’ammameen) leave the mosque and set out collectively for a visit to the birthplace of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam, shouting out dhikr and tahlil (laa ilaaha illa Allah).”

“The houses on the route are illuminated with numerous lanterns and large candles, and a great many people are out and about. They all wear special clothes and they take their children with them. Having reached the birthplace, inside a special sermon for the occasion of the birthday of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam is delivered, mentioning the miracles that took place on that occasion.”

Similar events are recorded as having taken place in Makkah and Madinah up to the year 1917. Only then did these traditions and practices cease in these two holiest cities, though they are still held in the homes of many Hijazi families, attended by many Muslims who come from around the world. [taken from “Mawlid: Its Necessity” by Shaykh Hisham Muhammad Kabbani]

Until today in Muslim countries around the globe such as Jordan, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, just to name a few, government offices, universities and businesses are closed on that day.

It should also be clear that the actual birth date of our Beloved Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam is the 12th of Rabiul Awwal as proven from the follow authentic references:

Opinion of Renowned Historians about the Authentic Date of Milad:

1. Imam Ibn-e-Ishaq (85-151 H): Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was born on 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel. (Ibn-e-Jawzi in Al-Wafa, Page 87)

2. Allama Ibn-e-Hisham (213 H): Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was born on Monday 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel. (Ibn-e-Hisham in As-Sirat-un-Nabawiya, Vol. 1, Page 158)

3. Imam Ibn-e-Jareer Tabari (224-310 H): Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was born on Monday 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel. (Tarikh-ul-Umam-wal-Muluk, Vol. 2, Page 125)

4. Allama Abu-ul-Hasan Ali Bin Muhammad Al-Mawardi (370-480 H): Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was born 50 days after the event of Ashab-ul-Feel and after the death of His father on Monday 12 Rabi-ul-Awal. (Ailam-un-Nabuwa, Page 192)

5. Imam Al-Hafiz Abu-ul-Fatah Al-Undalasi (671-734 H): Our leader and our Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), the Messenger of Allah, was born on Monday 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel. (Aayun-al-Asr, Vol.1, Page 33)

6. Allama Ibn-e-Khaldun (732-808 H): Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was born on 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel. It was the 40th year of Emperor Kasra Noshairwan. (Ibn-e-Khaldun in At-Tarikh Vol. 2, Page 394)

7. Muhammad As-Sadiq Ibrahim Arjoon: From various turaq (chains) it has been established as true that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was born on Monday 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel in the reign of Kasara Noshairwan. (Muhammad Rasool Ullah, Vol. 1, Page 102)

8. Sheikh Abdul-Haq Muhadath Dehlvi (950-1052 H):Know it well, that over-whelming majority of the experts of sayar and tarikh (i.e. biographers and historians) hold the opinion that The Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم was born in Aam-ul-Feel. It is well known that the month was of Rabi-ul-Awal and its date was 12. Various scholars have shown their agreement with this (date). (Madarij-un-Nabuwa, Vol. 2, Page 14)

9. Nawab Muhammad Sadiq Hasan Khan Bohapalvi: The birth (of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was happened in Mecca at the time of Fajar on Monday 12 Rabi-ul-Awal in Aam-ul-Feel. Majority of scholars holds this opinion. Ibn-e-Jawzi has narrated a consensus (of scholars) on it. (Ash-Shumama-tul-Anbariya Fi Mowlid Khair-al-Bariya, Page 7)

The historians / scholars from the first / second century of Hijri, as well as the scholars of later times, have accepted the 12th of Rabiul Awwal as the birth date of our Beloved Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa Aalihi wa sallam.

It is clear beyond the shadow of a doubt that the practice of celebrating the Milad Shareef was a practice with an unbroken chain which started with Allah Almighty in the pre-earthly Realm till about 100 years ago when the horns of Satan arose in the Najd as per the prophecy of the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam to cause confusion and doubt in the minds and hearts of people.

It is clear beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Eid Miladun Nabi sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam is not the 3rd most important Eid, but it is THE most important Eid because all the other Eids came from it. One must understand that “Eid” here is being used in the sense of a happy event that returns every year. The Blessed night of 12 Rabiul Awwal is not just an important night for Muslims, but it is THE most important night for all the worlds because all other nights and days were gifted to us because of this night.

Imam Qastallani further writes in his famous Mawahibul Ladunniya that there is no greater blessing for the world than that which was received on the day of the Holy Prophet’s sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam’s Blessed Birth. To express gratitude for this is obligatory. This can be done in the form of spiritual gatherings, feeding people, giving charity, reading the events of the Blessed Birth and teaching it to others. The year in which the Milad Shareef is read becomes a source of success and peace, and freedom from tribulations. Allah bestows His special blessings upon those who celebrate this day as Eid.

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In our contemporary world where most people are victims of depression, stress and anxiety, it would be to our own selfish interests to celebrate the Mawlid so that its blessings help alleviate our individual and social problems. However, let us celebrate for the sake of celebrating because it is Allah’s command. Let us say, Ya Allah:

“Rula tu hamein bas ghame Musatafa mein

Na dunya ke gham me rula mere Maula”

Let us celebrate to express our love for whom we honor, to honor whom we love, whom Allah loves, whom everyone and everything, every animal, every stone, every mountain, every cloud, every sky, every ocean knows and loves and honors. May Allah Almighty always keep up among such fortunate ones who are recipients of the prayers & generosity of the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam. Ameen.

Uthee nazar to Unke karam par thahar gaee

Dil kya badal gaya meri qismat sanwar gaee

Diyare Nabi mein aah bhi kabhi na be asar gaee

Tadpe jo ham yahan to Madeene khabar gaee

Shahon se mila hai na qalandar se mila hai

Allah ka irfan Tere Dar se mila hai

More information on the Mawlid can be found via audio lectures by IECRC’s Founding Director, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri at http://www.iecrcna.org/site/tag/milad-shareef/.

Some references for this article were taken from www.ahlus-sunna.com.

— Syeda Shagufta Ahmad Qadri

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January 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

IECRC Bahrain Annual Women’s Conference 2013

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BismiLlaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Was Salaatu was Salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolihil Kareem

In its annual tradition and under the patronage of the Imam Malik bin Anas (ra) Society, the Islamic Educational and Cultural Research Center (IECRC) conducted its Annual Women’s Conference 2013 at the Bahrain Society of Engineers auditorium in Juffair, Kingdom of Bahrain on February 8, 2013. The theme of this year’s conference was “Loving the Beloved of Allah in the Footsteps of the Noble Companions.” Local speakers enlightened the audience on the lives of the Khulafa Rashideen (Rightly Guided Caliphs) and other Noble Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all) emphasizing how they lived a life of complete devotion to the Holy Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Invited special guest from Pakistan Hafiza Javeria Saleem graced the occasion with her moving recitation of the Holy Quran as well as poetry in praise of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. The spiritual and educational gathering was attended by about 150 women and children.

Prior to the Conference opening, past and current IECRC services in the USA and Canada were presented to the audience for their reference. The Conference was then opened with welcoming the audience on behalf of IECRC’s Directors Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Qadri (May Allah protect them and grant them long life with health, Aameen).

Hafiza Javeria Saleem, recipient of the “Best Female Qariya in Pakistan,”  “Youngest Qariya of Pakistan” and “Best Female Naatkhwan in Pakistan” awards, commenced this spiritual and educational gathering with a heart moving recitation of the Chapter Ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful) of the Holy Quran. Sister Sumera and Sister Ruqayya provided the Urdu and English translations of the verses respectively so the audience could benefit from the meanings of these Divine Words.

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Beautiful couplets of Hamd (Praise of Allah Almighty) were presented by Sister Atiya followed by the world renowned Qaseeda Burdah of the great 13th century CE Egyptian scholar and poet Imam Sharafuddeen Busiri rahmatullah alayh presented by Hafiza Javeria in her unique style.

A colorful and dynamic group of young children presented the famous lines of Tala’al Badru ‘alayna – the couplet that exhorts Muslims that it is obligatory upon us to show gratitude to Allah Almighty for the greatest Da’ee that this world has ever seen and will see – the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. It was stated that these annual IECRC Conferences in honor of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam were organized in response to this command to exhibit gratitude.

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DSC_0161In IECRC’s spirit of encouraging children to come forward and participate in actions of the Deen with enthusiasm and fervor, the Maghrib Adhan was called out by Taalib Riaz Shaikh followed by the Dua after the Adhan by Mariam AbdulMajid and the Durood Ibrahimi by Anas Nasser.

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As per the theme of the Conference, several speakers presented speeches on the lives of the pious Khulafa Rashidun radi Allahu anhum ajma’een. Sister Yasmin Sikandar spoke on the unmatched love that Syedna Abubakr As-Siddeeq radi Allahu anhu had for our Beloved Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Similarly Sister Ghazala Mustafa spoke on the devotional love of Syedna Umar Farooq ibn Al-Khattab radi Allahu anhu and Syedna Uthman Ghani ibn ‘Affan radi Allahu anhu.

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Organizing Committee member and co-founder of IECRC Bahrain’s efforts, Sister Zarine Riaz Shaikh presented poignant narrations about Syedna Ali ibn Abi Talib radi Allahu anhu. Long time community member and spiritual guide, Sister Najma Khatoon presented the importance of the Durood Ibrahimi.

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Sister Asma AbdulJabbar of the Imam Malik bin Anas (ra) Society spoke in Arabic, later briefing her talk in English, about the blessed personality of our Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. The series of speeches was rounded off by IECRC USA & Canada representative and co-founder of its work’s expansion in Bahrain, Syeda Shagufta Ahmad who spoke on the love of Syedna Bilal ibn Rabah radi Allahu anhu for the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam also mentioning the “Black” History month commemoration of USA.

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The educational speeches were interlaced with reverberating Naat presentations by Hafiza Javeria Saleem who ended the beautiful gathering with the Salute to our Beloved Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam and the famous Ya Ilahi prayer of the 14th century Hijri Mujaddid Syedna Imam Ahmed Raza Khan rahmatullah alayh.

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Syeda Shagufta Ahmed offered the vote of thanks acknowledging the efforts of the dedicated group of sisters who worked to make this event a success along with the brothers who helped from behind the curtains. May Allah reward everyone for their contributions and may HE Almighty accept this humble effort in HIS Divine Court and present its reward as a gift in the Blessed Court of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Aameen.

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We pray that this beautiful Kingdom of Bahrain be blessed with many such spiritual and Islamic activities and events. And sincerely pray that the Imam Malik bin Anas (ra) Society of Bahrain and its Chairman Shaykh Rashid bin Ebrahim Al-Muraikhey (hafadhahuLlaah) be equally rewarded for all the pious deeds and actions carried out by Muslims under their patronage and support. Aameen.

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Credit List:

IECRC Bahrain Women’s Conference 2013, Feb 8
Core Organizing Committee:
Syeda Shagufta Ahmad Qadri, Mrs. Zarine Riaz Shaikh, Mr. Riaz Shaikh, Mr. Zainulabedin Muhammad Qadri
 
Special Contributions:
Mr. Fakherul Islam Malik, Mr. Javed Ahmed
 
Organizing Volunteers:
Sister Sadiya Riaz Shaikh, Sister Shamim Hamid Khan, Sister Shabana Zain, Sister Shehnaz Mushtaq, Sister Shagufta Nasser, Sister Fakhira Rashid, Sister Sumera Qayyum
 
Event Volunteers:
Sister Sadia Naiman, Sister Shabina Khalid, Sister Ghazala Fakher, Sister Fatima Nazir, Sister Danya Mustak Shaikh, Sister Nazreen Parker, Sister Saheeba Mustak Shaikh, Sister Tanuja Shamim, Sister Samawat Malik, Brother Naiman, Brother Khalid

Children’s Naat Group:
Daff: Alim Riaz Shaikh, Mic for Daff: Inshaal Asif
Reciters: Taalib Riaz Shaikh, Alina Naiman, Rida Naiman, Anas Nasser, Ayman Nasser, Ayan Nasser, Arwa Mushtaq, Zohan Mushtaq, Arshin Jasnaik, Mariam AbdulMajid, Saira Qayyum, Farha Qayyum, Taniya Qayyum, Qasim Qayyum, Ameena Hamid Khan, Shahadat Haque, Mohammad Ahmed, Mohammad Islam, Amira Rashid, Eman Rashid, Noor Asif, Anam Asif, Aqsa Asif, Faiza Salauddin Shaikh, Filza Hashmi, Shayaan Hashmi, Mudassir Mustafa, Hassan Mustafa
 
A special acknowledgment to Brother Rizwan of Dnata

And our very special thanks to:
The Imam Malik Bin Anas Society – BUSAITEEN – Kingdom of Bahrain
especially Shaikh RASHID BIN EBRAHIM AL-MURAIKHEY
and Shaikh SAMEER AL-FAYEZ

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February 27, 2013 at 10:38 pm

IECRC Youth Discussion Forum (YDF)*: Sports

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Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

As-salam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu!

SPORTS!  What is sports? – Sports are different kinds of activities we do in order to stay fit and healthy. Sports these days are the pleasures people prefer to indulge in. People play different sports such as basket-ball, badminton and so forth to maintain their health status and do activities such as aerobics and gymnastics, to stay fit. All of these come under the sports of everyday life or in other terms, activities of everyday life.

Allah The Exalted has given guidance for everything in life. Even Sports! People usually think that things which are not mentioned in the Qur’an are of no importance and we should avoid them. Even though sports is not mentioned in the Qur’an, The Holy Qur’an clearly gives the basic principles of playing sports in Islam. When a Muslim plays sports or indulges himself in certain activities, he should keep in mind that he is bound by the principles of ISLAM. These include basic principles like:

• Firstly, Cleanliness: Not only in sports but also in general, hygiene is a very important factor one should keep in mind while doing anything, sports in particular. We should wear clean clothes and have the proper equipment for playing the sport.

• Secondly, No Cheating: This is also among the most important factors, where the person playing should have a clear and clean mind. He should be fair in his actions and prevent malpractices which may harm his fellow opponents.

• Thirdly, No Violence: Even though we try as hard as we can to avoid fouls during a game, we never succeed. Everyone makes mistakes. Having an open mind is very important so that we can think through the situation in a fair manner. We can do this by avoiding being very aggressive and try to co-operate with the fellow mates.

• Fourthly, No Addiction: Obsession! Addiction! These days the minds of young kids have become violent due to their obsession for sports, may it be indoor or outdoor sports. In outdoor sports, we have certain sports like cricket, football and so forth which are the main addictions to the minds of teen boys. In indoor sports, the latest source of obsession for every kid is the PLAY STATION. When the kids get their hands on the gaming controller, they forget about food, parents, manners  and their responsibilities. They try to postpone their work just so they can catch a few minutes of pleasure. Addiction to anything is strictly forbidden in the Holy  Qur’an and sports is no exception.

In addition to the principles described above, there is one more important rule which every Muslim should follow without any excuse:

MODESTY: This rule applies to both men and women. In the case of men, they must cover between the naval and knees. In the case of women, they are to wear loose clothes which do not show the shape of their bodies. Their hands, legs and head should be covered. Let us take the example of a popular sport, Wrestling. In this sport, we see people who have a bad sense of clothing, in other terms wearing almost nothing. It is not only haraam for them to wear such clothes but it is also a sin on our part to watch them in these vulgar clothes.

Before we move ahead with this topic, I’d like to bring another important aspect to your attention. Did you know that all actions we perform in our day-to-day life fall into five different categories which are described as below:

1) Fardh (obligatory) – All actions which fall in this category are made necessary for us to follow. They are therefore, ‘fardh’ and  we will be punished if we don’t perform them sincerely. Eg: Salat (5 times a day), Fast (in the Holy  Month of Ramadan)

2) Mandub (recommended) – In this category if you do the particular action which is mandub, then you will get its reward but if you don’t do it then you will not get a gunaah (sin). Eg: In Dhuhr prayer, we have 4 cycles of sunnah prayers, 4 cycles of fardh prayers and 2 cycles of sunnah prayers which are all necessary for us to pray. But we also have the 2 cycles of nafl prayers which if prayed will get us a reward and if not prayed won’t get us any gunaah.

3) Mubah (neutral) – In this category are actions which do not have any inherent reward or sin – it depends on our intention. Eg: Suppose you wear a red shirt gifted by your mother without thinking about it. In this case you will not get any reward or sin. However if you wear it with the intention to make your Mom happy, then this action will get you a reward. Most sports would fall into this category except for three which will be mentioned in a Hadeeth below. If the sport is played for a good intention while keeping within all the bounds of the Shari’ah (Islamic law), it can get us a reward and if played for a bad reason or by breaking the rules of Islam, can even get us a sin.

4) Makrooh (disliked) – These actions are disliked by Allah Almighty. However we won’t be punished if we do them but if we avoid them then Allah Almighty will reward us. Eg: We should always pray salat on time. If we are free and wasting our time, leaving namaz for the last minute, it is definitely Makrooh.

5) Haram (forbidden) – The name says it all. The  actions which fall in this category, are strictly forbidden by Allah and by doing this we will be punished no doubt! Eg: Drinking alcohol, immodesty etc.

Let us now talk about the advantages of sports in Islam.

–> It helps to develop the health status of a person. By playing sports, we can stay fit and healthy and can avoid certain illnesses such as obesity.

–> It allows people to interact with each other, with sports being a medium of interaction.

–> Team sports such as cricket, develops important qualities such as leadership, team co-operation and better understanding among fellow mates.

–> Acting and singing (recitation) can also be good activities depending on our intention. But then again it depends on how we see them. If we use our singing (recitation) to improve our vocals and sing (recite) hymns in the praise of Allah ALMIGHTY and poems to praise Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam we would get numerous thawaab or rewards. Similarly if we are acting in role plays or theater the purpose of which is to convey important messages to benefit society then this can be a good act also.

Sports can become a good deed if we remove all the bad things such as cheating, violence, addiction etc. It can also become a good deed if we are doing it for a specific reason such as to stay fit or for a charity. It should not be solely for our own pleasure and purpose. Any sport or activity which becomes an addiction is not good and strictly forbidden in the rules of Islam.

Islam is the most pure religion. Where ever it goes, it purifies it. It decides the actions we do are good or bad. It makes us think whether these actions would harm us or be of any good to us. In short, the main objective of Islam, irrespective of any topic, is to remove the bad and add the good. We should therefore, indulge in good healthy sports but not for the pleasure of it but for the benefit of it to keep us healthy. There are many sports which are excellent examples of good healthy sports such as swimming, squash etc. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) advised to be involved in three sports: swimming, archery and horseback riding. Swimming is the best exercise because it involves just about every muscle in the body. Archery teaches us precision. Horseback riding makes us sensitive to response because horses are very sensitive to the feelings of its rider. So participating in these sports would actually fall in the category of Mandub as described above.

We should all try to stay fit and healthy by playing the above mentioned  sports by having a good intention of it benefitting us. As the Bukhari Shareef’s  Hadeeth states, “Innamal A’amaalu bin Niyyaat” – Every action depends on its intention.

Thank You!

Sadiya Riaz Shaikh, Kingdom of Bahrain

Sadiya Riaz Shaikh is an active youth participant of IECRC Bahrain. She is the daughter of Mrs. Zarine and Mr. Riaz Shaikh who have contributed greatly to the development of IECRC work in Bahrain.

* YDF (Youth Discussion Forum) is an IECRC effort initiated in the Kingdom of Bahrain in order to engage Muslim youth in thoughtful and vibrant discussions on topics that are of interest to THEM. All too often youth are exposed to Islam in a one directional manner as a dry set of do’s and don’ts failing to reveal its rich intellectual heritage and spiritual depth and beauty. Through these discussions on topics chosen by the youth themselves, the goal of the YDF is three fold:

  1. To make youth realize that there is no topic that can be separated from the holistic principles and balanced values of Islam, whether it is the internet, music or movies; that Islam guides every area of life beyond praying, fasting and reading the Holy Quran.
  2. To break the stereotype that Islam is a dry set of do’s and don’ts and that on the contrary it is a vast and vibrant religion with a rich historical heritage which encourages intellectual discussions, not for the sake of polemics but for the sake of Allah and His Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family and companions.)
  3. To break the stereotype that Islam doesn’t care about how you feel about things. On the contrary Islam is very sensitive to human emotions and provides practical tools to channel it in a productive way thereby nurturing the spirit.

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August 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

The Nature of Fasting

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Have you not seen the stick of incense?

Burn itself to ashes it must

So others might receive its fragrance

The nature of giving is such

 

Have you noticed the leaves of tea?

How they must withstand hot water

Soothing the nerves of one and many

Through their exquisite and sundry a flavor

 

Have you noticed the green trees?

How they must absorb the heat of the sun

Giving the traveler a shade to please

And producing life-sustaining oxygen

 

Have you not seen the ore of metal?

How it must melt in the heat of the kiln

So the impurities may burn or settle

And the precious metal we may dress in

 

Have you noticed the black coal?

How it must withstand tremendous pressure

For years and years to reach its goal

To become a diamond for our pleasure

 

Have you not seen our father and mother?

How they give up everything

So their children can be more than better

And can have the best upbringing

 

And our Beloved Prophet Muhammad

Countless Prayers and Peace of Allah be upon him

How he stayed up all night, never tired

Continuously praying to Allah to forgive our sins

 

Such indeed is also the nature of fasting

To increase within us, the spirit of service

The self, must always be annihilating

And truly in this, is lasting bliss

 

Syeda Shagufta Ahmad Qadri

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July 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm