Hadith on Charity

The first time I heard of this hadith, I teared up. It has such a profound effect on the reader, even though it is such a short and simple hadith.

Narrated Aisha:

A lady along with her two daughters came to me asking (for some alms), but she found nothing with me except one date which I gave to her and she divided it between her two daughters, and did not eat anything herself, and then she got up and went away. (…) (Sahih Bukhari)

Look at the generosity of the believers at the time of the Prophet ﷺ . First, that of Saidatina Aisha who gave the last remaining date in the house to the woman. She could have saved it for herself and her beloved husband ﷺ. But when the opportunity arose to help another in greater need, she took it, fully believing that the pleasure of Allah would suffice.

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Henna for Weddings – an Islamic Perspective

This short post will in’shaa Allah be part of a series of blog posts where I cover common cultural practices for weddings (in Singapore and Malaysia) through an Islamic lens, detailing the majority opinions regarding the permissibility of each practice.

A/N: All the content is based on my own research throughout my own wedding preparation. I am by no means an expert on Islamic rulings. Any corrections will be greatly appreciated.

Upholding our culture is important. However, we must be careful of certain practices that are contradictory with our Islamic beliefs. Applying henna for weddings has been commonly seen as mustahabb (encouraged) in our religion, but this is not always the case. In fact, there are some cases whereby applying and displaying the henna is haram (prohibited).

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Lecture: Family, Marriage, and Islam

These are some of the notes I’ve transcribed from this lecture, which is part of a week-long lecture series on the life of the Prophet (PBUH). This is a very important topic that has been summarized greatly to fit into such a short lecture – hopefully this post will inspire some readers to continue researching on what other tips our Prophet PBUH can offer for a successful marriage and family. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of religion on the building of a family or the strengthening of a marriage.

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My View on Mawlid (Final)

Since the month of rabiul-awal is upon us, I figured that this would be a good time to throw in some additional points, and hopefully round up the discussion as well.

Brief background of the issue: Mawlidu n-nabiyyi translates to “Birth of the Prophet”. Some have been taught in madrasahs that our Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) was born on the 12 of Rabiul-Awal (though some contend that this fact is false). As such, some Muslims “celebrate” this occasion (this day is also declared a public holiday by some Muslim-majority countries), but the method of celebration differs according to societies – some go on street festival-like processions, while others attend gatherings to provide Shalawat (or, praises) to to the Prophet. Sometimes, poetry is read. However some assert that such celebrations are acts of bid’ah, and hence are forbidden. In this discussion, I define bid’ah to be acts of worship that are not found or are not in line with the Quran and/or Sunnah.

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Marriage in Islam

Some of the content in this post were adapted from Ustaz Noor Deros’ talk on marriage dated 5 Apr 2015

I’ll start this post with the following hadith:

Iblis places his throne upon water; he then sends detachments (for creating dissension). The nearer to him in tank are those who are most notorious in creating dissension. One of them comes and says: I did so and so. And he says: You have done nothing. Then one amongst them comes and says: I did not spare so and so until I sowed the seed of discord between a husband and a wife. The Satan goes near him and says: ‘You have done well.’ A’mash said: He then embraces him. [Sahih Muslim, 2813]

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