Were any Prophets sent to the people of Africa and Europe?

Why did all the Prophets appear in one part of the world, and no Prophet appeared in any other regions such as Europe?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

One of the basic facts that are affirmed in our religion is that Allah, may He be exalted, has established proof against His slaves by sending the Messengers and sending down the Books. They were not sent to one nation to the exclusion of others, or to one continent to the exclusion of others. Rather they were sent to all nations, in different places and at different times, as Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily! We have sent you with the truth, a bearer of glad tidings, and a warner. And there never was a nation but a warner had passed among them.”

[Faatir 3524]

“And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taghoot (all false deities, etc. i.e. do not worship Taghoot besides Allah)”

[an-Nahl 16:36].

Hence it is part of the justice of Allah that He has decreed that He will not punish anyone whom the call of the Prophets and Messengers did not reach, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And We never punish until We have sent a Messenger (to give warning)”

[al-Isra’ 17:15] Continue reading

If a person fasts in expiation for breaking an oath, does he have to feed poor people if he becomes able to afford it after that?

A young person made an oath not to masturbate ever, but Allah forgive but he broke it and repented and offered the expiation by fasting 3 days because he didnt have the money to do the other things for expiation. His question is does this cancel the oath now totally, or does the oath gets renewed automatically since the oath was made that he will not do a certain action ever, considering that fact after breaking the oath he only repented and offered the expiation and did not utter the oath again. What should he do now, does he HAVE to renew the oath again or can he not and if he does commits the sin again will it be just regarded as a sin and require repentance only and not expiation?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

Masturbation is haraam; we have previously discussed the ruling on it and how to deal with that in the answer to question 329Continue reading

Reconciling between the verse “Allah will protect you from the people” and the death of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)

How can we reconcile between the verse “Allah will protect you from the people” i.e., from being killed, and the hadeeth narrated by ‘Aa’ishah in Saheeh al-Bukhaari: “O ‘Aa’ishah, I still feel the pain of the food that I ate in Khaybar, and this time I feel that my aorta is being cut from that poison”?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

The verse in question says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O Messenger (Muhammad )! Proclaim (the Message) which has been sent down to you from your Lord. And if you do not, then you have not conveyed His Message. Allah will protect you from mankind. Verily, Allah guides not the people who disbelieve.”

[al-Maa’idah 5:67].

The hadeeth in question says:

‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to say, during the illness of which he died: “O ‘Aa’ishah, I still feel the pain of the food that I ate in Khaybar, and this time I feel that my aorta is being cut from that poison.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4165

The “food” was poisoned mutton. Continue reading

The Muslim has to pay attention to good manners and modesty when he mixes with people

What is the ruling on deliberately passing wind loudly in front of people?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Undoubtedly feeling embarrassed with regard to things that people usually feel embarrassed about and try to avoid is something that is required, and paying attention to people’s customs and what they regard as good or bad is part of good manners; whatever people customarily regard as disliked is blameworthy, and whatever people customarily regard as offensive is offensive – so long as Islam does not teach anything to the contrary.

Al-Bukhaari (3484) narrated that Abu Mas‘ood (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Among the words of the earlier Prophets that still remain with people are: If you feel no shame, then do as you wish.”

Al-Haafiz said: The words “then do as you wish” appear in the imperative (a command) but what is meant is a threat, i.e., do as you wish and Allah will requite you.

Or the meaning may be: look at what you want to do; if it is something that one not would feel ashamed of, then do it, but if it is something that one would feel ashamed of, then do not do it. End quote.  Continue reading

If the people around him are reciting the Talbiyah in unison, should he remain silent?

My question is about reciting the Talbiyah in unison. I have read your fatwa and the comments of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him). I would like to know: What should a person do if he is on the bus and it is difficult for them to recite the Talbiyah individually, and even if they start to do that, they end up reciting it together. The Sahaabah (may Allah be pleased with them) did not travel altogether in the same group; they may have been far from one another. So do the pilgrims have a reason for doing that, i.e., reciting the Talbiyah in unison? Especially because of the fitnah that may result for the one who acts differently from the people, most of whom think it is permissible to do that. I also want to ask: is it better for a person to remain silent because he cannot help reciting with them otherwise, or should he recite it with them? May Allah bless you for explaining this important matter.

Praise be to Allaah.

Reciting the Talbiyah in unison was not related from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) or from his Companions. Hence a number of scholars stated that this is an innovation (bid‘ah).

It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa’imah (11/358): What is the ruling on pilgrims reciting the Talbiyah together, whereby one person says it and the others follow?

Answer: It is not permissible to do that because it was not narrated from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) or from the Rightly Guided Caliphs who succeeded him (may Allah be pleased with them). Rather it is an innovation. End quote.

This applies to those who deliberately recite the Talbiyah in unison. As for the one who is reciting the Talbiyah with other people nearby, and their voices coincide unintentionally, there is no blame on him.  Continue reading

Why is liver of fish the first food of the people of Paradise?

Why is liver of fish considered as the first food in heaven? it is said to purify our stomach in heaven this is done, is this true?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

It is proven in the saheeh Sunnah that the first food offered to welcome the people of Paradise when they enter it will be “the caudate lobe of whale liver”. That is mentioned in the hadeeth of Thawbaan, the freed slave of the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), according to which one of the Jewish rabbis came to ask the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) about some matters to test him. In the hadeeth it says:

The Jewish man said: What will be presented to them first when they enter Paradise?

He said: “Caudate lobe of whale liver.”

He said: What food will be given to them after that?

He said: “The bull of Paradise, which used to graze along its edges, will be slaughtered for them.”

He said: What will their drink be?

He said: “From a spring there that is called Salsabeel.” …

Narrated by Muslim, 315

Imam an-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: The words “What will be presented to them” refer to that with which a man is welcomed. Ibraaheem al-Halabi said: It is usually good quality fruits. Continue reading

If he follows the moon sighting from another country, is it acceptable to delay the Eid prayer so that he can pray with the people in his country?

Regarding starting fast and breaking fast times in Ramadan month, I don’t observe a certain crescent, but I start my fasting of the holy month based on testimony of two straight Muslims . The problem is that the people of my country always start fast one day later and breaking fast one day earlier than all Muslim majority all over the world. I am much of the opinion that we should all be unified in fast times, so I fast and break fast with the majority. We are all Muslims in Islam countries from Indonesia to Morocco. My question is about the Eid prayer, I can’t travel to pray Eid, if I pray it with my country (knowing that this way it will be later), is it acceptable? Or should I not pray with them (then I miss reward and blessings of it)? Finally, I find nothing to say but “All power of change is really Allah’s”.

Praise be to Allaah.

If the people of your country rely on moon sighting as prescribed in sharee‘ah, then you should start and end the fast with them, and you should not differ from them and follow the moonsighting of another country, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The fast is the day when you fast and al-Fitr is the day when you break the fast, and al-Adha is the day when you offer the sacrifice.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 697, who said: some of the scholars interpreted this hadeeth as meaning that the beginning and end of the fast should be observed with the main body of Muslims and the majority of the people. The hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

If you follow the madhhab of those who think that sighting the moon in one country is binding upon all countries, and this means that Eid for you comes before their Eid, then you should conceal the fact that you have broken the fast and offer the Eid prayer with them on the following day.  Continue reading

The Prophet’s Methods for Correcting People’s Mistakes

Al-Asaaleeb al-Nabawiyyah

The Prophet’s Methods for Correcting People’s Mistakes

English Translation

Book by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

Contents:

Introduction

Points to be noted when dealing with mistakes

The Prophet’s methods of dealing with people’s mistakes

Conclusion

Introduction

Bismillaah il-Rahmaan il-Raheem

In the Name of Allaah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Praise be to Allaah, Lord of the Worlds, Master of the Day of Judgement, God of the first and the last, Sustainer of heaven and earth, and peace and blessings be upon His trustworthy Prophet, the Teacher of mankind, sent as a Mercy to the worlds.

Teaching people is one of the greatest good deeds whose benefits spread to others. It is the daiy’ahs’ and educators’ share of the heritage of the Prophets and Messengers. “Allaah and the angels, and even the ant in its nest and the whale in the sea will pray for the one who teaches people the ways of good.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi; Sunan al-Tirmidhi, Ahmad Shaakir edn., no. 2685. Abu ‘Eesa said, this is a saheeh ghareeb hasan hadeeth). There are different types and ways of teaching, with different means and methods, one of which is correcting mistakes. Correcting mistakes is a part of education; they are like inseparable twins.

Dealing with and correcting mistakes is also a part of sincerity in religion (naseehah) which is a duty on all Muslims. The connection between this and the concept of enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, which is also a duty, is quite obvious (but we should note that the area of mistakes is broader than the area of evil (munkar), so a mistake may or may not be evil as such). Continue reading

The Eclipse between the people of faith and the people of negligence

What the people whose concern is only for this world are saying about the eclipse

A scientific researcher has said: “The eclipse is a natural phenomenon which should be regarded without alarm.”

With regard to what they are actually doing, we have heard the following news:

  1. Medically-approved glasses will be distributed to people so that they can enjoy these few moments.
  2. One country has imported 50,000 pairs of special glasses to be used for watching the eclipse this coming Wednesday.
  3. People will gather at specialized telescopes so that they will have the opportunity to see the eclipse through advanced scientific means.
  4. British Airways has organized two Concorde flights to observe the eclipse this coming Wednesday. The flights will depart from Heathrow airport and head west for half the distance, then they will come back, so that the two hundred passengers will be able to see the eclipse from an altitude of 58,000 feet, travelling at twice the speed of sound. All the tickets for both flights sold out within a short period of time.
  5. In some countries people have been advised to stay in their houses and not to go out in the streets at all.

This is what the people of negligence say, but what about the people of faith? Al-Bukhaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in his Saheeh: Baab Al-Salaah fi Kusoof al-Shams (Chapter on prayer when the sun is eclipsed):

From Abu Bakrah who said: “We were with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the sun was eclipsed. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) stood up, dragging his cloak, and went into the mosque. We went in too and he led us in praying two rak’ahs, until the sun was uncovered again. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘The sun and moon are not eclipsed for the death of anyone [or for the life of anyone], [they are two of the signs of Allaah]. So if you see that, [then get up and pray] and make du’aa’ until what happened to you is over.’” (982). Continue reading

What is the ruling on selling his share in a company whose wealth is all debts that are owed by people?

What is the ruling on selling my share in a company that sells goods to people on installments, and all its wealth is debts that are owed by people? If the company owns cars that have not yet been sold, how should he sell his share?

Praise be to Allaah.

With regard to the first question: this is selling money that is not available for money (cash) that is available, but of a lesser amount. This is not permissible.

With regard to the second question: he should sell him his share of the cars and keep for himself his share of the deferred payments. Continue reading