The Advices Of Senior & Leading ‘Ulama Regarding The Coronavirus

(This post is regularly updated with new content)

Due to many different opinions being voiced via social media, by all and sundry, regarding the coronavirus and the correct reaction to it, we felt it appropriate to publicize the advices of the senior ‘ulama regarding it. This is because many of the complications that arise pertain to Deeni matters, and all along, we have been following the ‘ulama in our Deeni affairs, so it is only correct that we follow them with regard to our stance on this issue as well, particularly from a Deeni perspective. Hence, we have listed some audio clips of senior ‘ulama below: 

Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi al-Uthmani Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – There Is No Justification For Closing The Masaajid

Hazrat Ml Haroon ‘Abbasoomer Saheb (Rahimahullah) – A Muslim’s Approach To The Coronavirus

Hazrat Ml ‘Abdul Hamid Is’haq Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – What Our Deen Teaches Us

Hazrat Ml ‘Abdul Hamid Is’haq Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Spending Our Time Correctly During The Current Period

Hazrat Mufti ‘Abdul Qaadir Husain Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Wrongfully Closing The Masaajid

Hazrat Mufti ‘Abdul Qaadir Husain Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Advices Regarding The Masaajid & Adopting Means

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Coronavirus & The Media

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – What Is The Correct Approach?

Hazrat Ml Ilyas Patel Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Treating The Actual Cause Of The Coronavirus

Hazrat Ml Zaheer Karim Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – The Plagues Of The Past & How The ‘Ulama Reacted To Them

Hazrat Ml Muhammad Mehtar Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – The Fear Of Allah & The Inconsistencies Of The Virus

Hazrat Ml Bilaal Cassim Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – The Cat & Lion Example

Hazrat Ml Bilaal Cassim Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Tawakkul Explained In 5 Easy Steps & Its Current Application

Hazrat Ml Bilaal Cassim Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – COVID KILLS! DANGER! Fear Mongering & Lack Of Intellect

Hazrat Ml A.S Khatani Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Conspiracy Theories vs Recognizing The ‘Azaab & Taking A Lesson

Hazrat Ml ‘Abdul Hamid Is’haq Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Return To Allah & Adopt The Precautions Of The Qur’aan and Sunnah

Hazrat Ml A.S Khatani Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Who Is The Protector? | Come Back To The Masjid! | An Environment Of Fear

Hazrat Qari Isma’eel Soofie Desai Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Pertinent Spiritual Advices Regarding This Period Of The Pandemic

Hazrat Mufti Yusuf Desai Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Miscellaneous Aspects Regarding The Current Circumstances

Hazrat Ml Na’eem Motala Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – A Believer’s Response To Sickness, Trials, And Tribulations

Hazrat Ml Na’eem Motala Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – The Bounty Of Imaan & The True Believer In The Light Of The Qur’aan

Hazrat Ml Na’eem Motala Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Solace During Illness

Suffering Ummah | What YOU Can Do To Help Masjid-al-Aqsa

by Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)

During a trip to the United Kingdom, I gave a talk in a Masjid in London. In the vicinity of the Masjid, Jews predominantly reside.
 
In that talk, I mentioned that once, when Haaji Bhai Padia (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) was travelling by air, a Jewish Rabbi was seated next to him. In conversation, the Jewish Rabbi said to Haaji Bhai Padia (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh): “We are not afraid of the Muslims today, because Allah’s help is not with them, nor with us. Today, everything is about power: The one who has more arms and more ammunition, wins. We have more, and we are more powerful. However, when the Mosques (Masaajid) of the Muslims start filling up for the Fajr prayer as the Masjids get full for the Jumu’ah prayer, we will not be able to fight the Muslims, because Allah’s help will be with them, and we can never overcome the one who is assisted by Allah.”
 
After this talk, a young man came to me and informed me that he is from India (or Pakistan). He said: “I go home once a year. Each time, on my return, my neighbour, who is Jew, asks me: ‘How many people are attending the Fajr prayer?’ This is the question posed to me every time. Once, I asked him: ‘Why do you always ask me this same question?’ He said: ‘Today, we have no fear for the Muslims, but when their Masjids get full for the Fajr prayer as they do for Jumu’ah, we will not fight them as Allah’s help will be with them and we cannot fight Allah.”
 
Abdullah S’aud is a brother from South America, whose homeland is Palestine. He related that he was a little child when his family was exiled to South America. At that time, Ariel Sharon mentioned to the father of Abdullah S’aud: “You will come back; but not today and not tomorrow. You will come back when your Masjids are full for Fajr like how they are for Jumu’ah.”
 
We clamour and we shout and we cry, for the rise of Islam, yet we do not rise for the Fajr Salaah. 
 
Our hypocrisy becomes evident in the light of the Ahadith. There is no doubt of a person’s Nifaaq (hypocrisy) if he is absent from the Fajr and Isha Salaah, in the Masjid.
 
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “The most burdensome prayers for the hypocrites are ‘Isha and Fajr, but if they only knew what they contain, they would come even if they had to crawl.”[1]
 
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “A person who does not go for Salaah after hearing the Azaan is committing a great wrong and is doing an act of Kufr (disbelief) and Nifaaq (hypocrisy).”[2]
 
Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (Radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had said: “If you neglect the Sunnah, you will go astray. Verily, I have seen a time when no one stayed away from the congregational prayers except for the hypocrites who were well known for their hypocrisy or a sick man. I remember that a man would be brought leaning on two men and put in the Saff (row) to attain its reward and escape the sins of missing it.”[3]
 
If the entire Ummah performed Salaah – established Salaah – the entire Ummah would be in the protection of Allah Ta’ala, the One who is Al-Mighty and All-Powerful. No power on the surface of the earth will be able to overcome or defeat a people in the special protection of Allah Ta’ala.
 
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “Whoever prays the dawn prayer (Fajr), then He is under Allah’s protection.  So beware, O son of Aadam, that Allah does not call you to account for being absent from His protection for any reason.”[4]
 
Boycotting, sanctioning and marching may find a place in bringing attention to injustice and crippling an economy but they do not draw the assistance of Allah Ta’ala. The assistance of Allah Ta’ala comes only with obedience to Allah Ta’ala and with conforming to the Sunnah. 
 
Muslims, today, see some kind of solution in marching and boycotting – but sadly, do not see the solution where it is: In practically implementing the teachings of the Qur’aan and Sunnah.
 
We will only overcome the forces of Zionism and the enemies of Islam taking the route of obedience to Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam).
 
Our condition is that Salaah is neglected; the beautiful Sunnah is disregarded – there is no care and no concern to identify ourselves with Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), by adopting the Sunnah Libaas (dress/garb), maintaining the beard one fist length and following in his noble footsteps. The majority do not want to give up the song and dance, the interest and gambling, the western culture or the Hollywood/Bollywood culture, and all other sins. Then how will we invite Allah Ta’ala’s Nusrah [5], in this manner?
 
Allah Ta’ala has His conditions. These will have to be met first, before we can overcome our enemies. 
 
Allah Ta’ala clearly defines His conditions and His promises:

“Allah has promised, to those among you who believe and perform righteous deeds, that He will, of surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them…
 
So establish Salaah (Prayer) and give regular Charity (Zakaah); and obey the Messenger that you may receive mercy. ” [Surah Nur 24 : 55 / 56]

The Sahaba-e-Kiraam (Radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were able to overcome the super powers of their time because they were living Islam. 
 
The keys of Masjid-e-Aqsa were willingly handed over to Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the Ameerul Mu’mineen, whose reign as the Khalifa saw the establishment of justice on the face of the earth. This justice was through the implementation of the Qur’aan Sharief and Sunnah and standing firm and resolute on its teachings.
 
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu ‘anhu), himself, said: “We are a people whom Allah Ta’ala elevated with Islam.” – i.e. true and sincere submission to Allah Ta’ala. 
 
We talk about Masjid-e-Aqsa and the violation and desecration of Masjid-e-Aqsa by the Israeli Zionist forces. However, the condition of Masjid-e-Aqsa is only a reflection of the condition of the Ummah at large.
 
Sheikh ‘Ali Abbaasi, the Imam of Masjid-e-Aqsa, had asked Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhum), the principal of Madrasah Taleemuddeen, about the sad and distressing condition of Palestine and asked why there is no support from the Muslim countries.
 
Hadhrat Mufti Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum) explained that he had read in the Tafsier of Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) that Allah Ta’ala has different systems for Masjidul Haraam in Makkatul Mukarramah and for Masjidul Aqsa.
 
Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahmatullahi ‘Alayh) had explained in his Tafsier that Masjidul Haraam is continuously under the protection of Allah Ta’ala. The Kuffaar will not be able to gain control of Baitullah, and the condition of the Muslim Ummah does not affect this protection. This protection has no interruption. 
 
The condition of Masjid-e-Aqsa is centred and based on the condition of the Muslim Ummah. 
 
If the Ummah is obedient to Allah Ta’ala, then Masjid-e-Aqsa would be in their full control. If the Ummah is in the disobedience of Allah Ta’ala, then the Muslim Ummah loses control of Masjid-e-Aqsa and the land of Palestine. Control is handed over to our enemies.
 
This is what we see today. A great majority of the Muslim Ummah are heedless of the Commandments of Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu; even engaging recklessly in sins.
 
We raise our voices against the Israeli Zionist forces who desecrate our beloved Masjid-e-Aqsa; we march against the injustice, we wave the Palestinian flag everywhere, and we wear its colours in some way or the other – all in solidarity. However, if we are not performing Salaah and if, in our lives, there is disobedience to Allah Ta’ala, then let us understand the very, very sad reality: We are instrumental in the desecration and violation of Masjid-e-Aqsa and the oppression of the Palestinian people. Then our role is not constructive; rather it is destructive – because we are a contributing factor to the Israelis having control of Masjid-e-Aqsa. 
 
Imam Maalik (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) had said so aptly, in his time: “The last generations of the Ummah can only be reformed by that which reformed its first generations. What was not part of the religion then, cannot become part of the religion now.”
 
The first step is establishing Salaah in our lives and working towards bringing the whole of Islam into our lives, practically. If we really want to solve our problems, this is the only way.
 
May Allah Ta’ala forgive us, have mercy upon us, guide us, and grant us the understanding and the Taufeeq of becoming practical on Dien.


[1] Sahih Al-Bukhari
[2] Musnad Ahmad ibn Hambal, Al-Mu’jamul Kabeer Tabrani
[3] Riyaadhus Sawliheen, Mishkatul Masaabih
[4] Ibn Majah
[5] Nusrah: Divine Assistance

Is Having Bad Dreams A Sign Of Allah Not Loving A Person?

Q: I often see very bad dreams that maybe najis, or such irritating dreams. Is it because Allah doesn’t like me?

A: Don’t ever say this, that Allah Ta`ala does not like you. It is wrong to make these statements or have these thoughts. He loves you, that is why He gave you the chance to live. And perhaps in this life of yours you could earn your Jannat and be a source of comfort to others as well.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

Can A Person Give Sadaqah While In Debt?

Q. I have started work recently. I have debts from my past years BUT Insha Allah I wish to give sadaqah from my new salary? Is this allowed? Is it a sin for me to give sadaqah whilst I have debts? I do have a plan to catch up on my debts, BUT I want to give sadaqah instead of wasting it elsewhere.
 
(Question published as received) 
 
A. 1) While you have debts on your head which are due immediately, any surplus must be used to pay your debts. In this case, it is not permitted to give money in Sadaqah.
 
This is because payment of your debt is compulsory while Sadaqah is optional and it is not permitted to neglect one’s obligations in favour of what is optional.
2) If the debt is on terms and the said terms are met, then one may give money in Sadaqah. However, it is preferable to hasten the payment of any debts due. 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
 
Mufti Moosa Salie
 
Confirmation:
Mufti Taahir Hansa

Fatwa Department
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The Commitment Of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (Hafidhahullah) To The Service Of Hadith

by Ml Muhammad ‘Abbasomar – Al-Miftah.com

One of the Students of my Honourable Teacher; Al-‘Allamatul Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafidhahullah) who had visited the Shaykh (13 February 2021), to pay his respects and condolence after the demise of Shaykh’s wife (may Allah raise her ranks), witnessed Shaykh headed to his office on foot in the deep snow of Istanbul. (A picture of this scene was widely circulated on social media. Istanbul didn’t experience such heavy snowfall in close to twenty years.)

It being the day after the demise and burial of his wife (his companion for 57 years), this seemed odd to the visitor, so after Shaykh was seated at his desk in the office, he enquired from him: Continue reading

A Brief Biography Of Shaykh Ibn Kamal Pasha (Rahimahullah)


Imām Ibn Kamāl Pāshā al-Ḥanafī
Shaykh al-Islām of The Ottoman Empire
A Brief Biography
By Abu Dawud Mahbub ibn ‘Abd al-Karim[1]

Name, Birth & Family

He is the great imām, the erudite scholar, polymath and prolific writer: Shams al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Sulaymān ibn Kamāl Pāshā (D.940AH) from the Turkish lands. He was born during the year 873AH in the Turkish city of Tokat (it has also been said that he was born in Edirne). He was raised in an honourable and respectable household. His father Sulaymān Chalabī ibn Kamāl Pāshā was a commander of the Ottoman Islamic imperial army during the era of Sulṭān Muḥammad al-Fātiḥ and was present with the army of the Sanjak of Amasya during the conquering of Constantinople. His mother hailed from a house of knowledge, with her father being the greatly learned virtuous scholar Mawlā Muḥyi ‘l-Dīn Muḥammad, famously known as Ibn Kūbalū (D.874AH), who was given the official role of Kazasker by Sulṭān Muḥammad al-Fātiḥ. His grandfather was Continue reading

Why Are Haraam Actions More Enjoyable?

by Muftionline.co.za

Q: Why is there no satisfaction or good in halaal? It seems that there is more pleasure in haraam than in halaal.

A: When a sickness is gone quite deep into the system then the system becomes confused; the wrong seems to be enjoyable and the right seems to be unpleasant. This is not because the wrong is more enjoyable but it is because of the system being corrupt.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
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How To Acquire Taqwa & Good Character

by Muftionline.co.za

Q: I want to become Allah’s favourite, and I want to have the best character possible. Please advise me what to do.

A: Allah Ta’ala explains to us that the most honourable person in His sight (His favourite) is the one who exercises the greatest taqwa. Taqwa can be easily understood to mean “be careful in whatever you do”.
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The Du’aa Of Imaam Ahmad Bin Hambal (Rahimahullah)

حكى أبو الفضل التّميميّ عن الإمام أحمد بن حنبل-رحمه الله-أنّه كان يدعو في السّجود
” اللّهُم مَنْ كان مِنْ هذه الأمّة على غير الحقّ وهو يظُنُّ أنّه على الحقّ؛ فردَّه إلى الحقّ، ليكونَ مِنْ أهل الحقّ”

(البداية والنّهاية)(١٤/ ٣٩٠)
وينظر(تأريخ بغداد)(١٠/ ٢٨٦)و(صفة الصّفوة)(١/ ٤٨٤)

Abū Al-Faḍl Al-Tamīmī narrated about Imām Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal, may Allāh have mercy on him, that he would supplicate while in prostration:

O Allāh, whoever from this ummah is upon a way other than that of the truth, yet he thinks that he is upon the truth, make him return to the truth so that he becomes [one] of the People of the Truth.

In The Quest For Allah

Hakeem-ul-Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib (Rahimahullah) has shared the story of a saint who heard a voice saying; “No matter how much worship you engage in, nothing will be accepted.” One of his disciples also heard this voice. The next day he got up for worship and heard the same voice again. When this voice was heard several times, his disciples said to him; “You are a strange person. When it is not accepted (the acts of worship), what is the need for this unnecessary striving?” The saint replied; “Brother, I can give up the worship, but tell me, if I give it up, at whose door will I go to?” The mercy of Allah Ta’ala was ignited by this answer and a voice said, “Even though your worship is not worthy of being called worship, since you have no one apart from Us, We will embrace you as well.”

Hazrat Thaanwi (Rahimahullah) thereafter advised, “Brothers! When a person seeks the truth, this is how he will be. Unfortunately, people do not have even that much of a quest for Allah Ta’ala as they have for alchemy (a method of transmuting base metals into gold). A person will waste away many years in its quest, he will spend all his wealth and possessions, he will give up his rest and comfort, but he will bear no hardship whatsoever in the quest for Allah Ta’ala.”

REFLECTIONS 
This is indeed a sad testimony to the general spiritual state of the Muslims. We are desirous of the highest stages of Jannah but not prepared to exert ourselves in pleasing Allah Ta’ala! A very simple principle shared by the Ahlullah is that we ought to annihilate ourselves contemplating over the sheer mercy and kindness of Allah Ta’ala and we should endeavour never to forget Him!

The Importance Of Establishing A Firm Connection With Allah

Hazrat Moulana Shah Wasiyyullah Sahib (Rahimahullah) has written in Wasiyyatus Saalikeen:

“In this era, I deem it imperative for Muslims to establish a firm connection with Allah Ta’ala, as well as with His Rasul (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam). The success of both worlds is hidden therein and that is the cure for all their calamities. 

The manner of establishing a connection with Allah Ta’ala is the performance of Salaah and recitation of the Holy Qur’an (the speech of Allah Ta’ala). People need to afford Salaah its due importance and, with complete honour and cognisance of all the etiquettes and presence of heart, recite the Noble Qur’an. 

The manner of establishing a firm and correct bond with Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) is adherence to the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam). A person should endeavour to keep all his statements and actions in conformance with the Sunnah. Included in this is that a person should make it a habit to recite all those Du’aas daily that have been proven to have been recited by Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) at all the relevant times.”

REFLECTIONS 

A Muslim has no option but to submit to Allah Ta’ala and following the blessed Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam). The need is to become conscious and committed Muslims where the evil character traits (pride, anger, jealousy, miserliness, etc) are expelled and the attainment of virtuous attributes (generosity, humility, gratitude, contentment, etc) are sought after.

The objective is that Allah Ta’ala may become pleased with us and that his assistance can be secured through obedience.

Our sole occupation is to submit to the Shariah and remaining steadfast in searching for those actions that will attract the mercy of Allah Ta’ala.