Monthly Archives: August 2015
A lot has happened since a decade ago..we now live in a world with technology overpowers and dominates. It is a new age of me, myself , and I .
Narcissism dominates, selfishness overpowers, and everyone just cares about themselves and what they look like and who they appeal to. So many selfies flooding the social media like no tomorrow!
So many individuals want to conform with society and show everyone their new makeup , new outfits, what they are eating and what they are buying. I understand for some, this is something exciting ( it is for me too and trust me!
The struggle is real when i fight hard not to share my entire life story online for the world to see! ) but we need to truly reflect on why we share things for everyone to see and why we upload selfies…
- Do selfies show the true colours of our hearts?
- Do selfies make us feel like our souls are more beautiful when we show everyone what we are wearing and how our makeup ( or lack thereof) looks?
- Do our selfies benefit our dunya and akhira?
- Do our selfies make us better Muslimahs?
We need to really reflect and ask ourselves what is the point of showing our selfies when we should be posting things that are a reflection of our souls and not our styles. I am not here to tell you what you should and should not post! Def not!
But I just want to open up some thought windows for us all to reflect and know that sometimes our faces and outfits and all the material things we pay so much attention to, could in fact be the number one cause for our demise in this dunya and the akhira.
Let us pay close attention to the selfies of the soul and remember that Allah loves and cares only what is in our hearts and souls and He could care less about what we look like! It is what we do with our looks that really determine the true selfie.
Is it permissible to deliberately look at the Ka‘bah during tawaaf (circumambulation)? As I love to look at the Ka‘bah during tawaaf, but if doing this is disliked according to sharee‘ah, I shall stop doing it in sha Allah.
But if looking at it is accompanied by thinking about the splendour and majesty that Allah has instilled in it, and how people long to come to it from the ends of the earth, then this is something good that is islamically prescribed, and there is nothing wrong with it, whether that is during tawaaf or otherwise.
At-Tirmidhi (2032) narrated, in a report that he classed as hasan, that Naafi‘ the freed slave of Ibn ‘Umar said: One day Ibn ‘Umar looked at the House – or at the Ka‘bah – and said:
How great you are and how great your sanctity, but the sanctity of the believer is greater before Allah than you. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
- Looking at the Ka‘bah is not an act of worship.
- Rather if, when looking at the Ka‘bah, the individual intends to reflect upon this venerated structure to which Allah has commanded His slaves to make pilgrimage, and increases in faith as a result of this reflection, then this is what is required in this regard.
- As for merely looking at it, that is not an act of worship.
End quote from Majmoo‘ Fataawa wa Rasaa’il al-‘Uthaymeen (24/18)
See also the answer to question no. 96079
See also http://islamselect.net/mat/71976
And Allah knows best.
Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah sent his mother a letter excusing himself for being far from her while he was residing in Egypt, attending to the affairs of the religion and da’wah.
Walaykum assalam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuhu wa maghfiraatuhu wa ridwaanuhu.
Indeed I raised you for the likes of this, swore you to the service of Islam and taught you the laws of the religion. Certainly never imagine, oh my son, that you being near me is more loved to me than your being close to your religion and your service to Islam and the Muslims throughout the various territories.
Rather, oh my son, the epitome of my being pleased with you is only according to the amount of what you put forward for your religion and for the Muslims. Indeed I will not ask you in front of Allah tomorrow (Judgement Day) about your being far away from me because I know where you are and what you are engaged in.
However, oh Ahmad, I will ask you in front of Allah, and hold you accountable, if you fall short in aiding Allah’s religion and serving its followers from your Muslim brethren.
May Allah be pleased with you, illuminate you with good and straighten your stride. May He gather me with you under the shade of the Throne of al-Rahmaan on a day there is no shade but His shade.
Was-salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuh.
[Majmoo al-Fataawaa (28/48)]
Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Bāz رحمه الله mentioned:
The sitting after the taslīm in the prescribed prayers is from the most important times, in which the mercy of Allāh descends (upon his slaves).
Do not hastily get up, rather seek forgiveness from Allāh, glorify Him, praise Him, and magnify Him.
Ibn Baṭṭal (رحمه الله) said:
Whoever has many sins and desires that Allāh remove these sins from him without burdening himself, then let him seize this opportunity and remain seated in his place after the prayer, so that he may take advantage of the supplications from the Angels and their asking forgiveness for him.
Source: Sharḥ Ibn Baṭṭal, vol. 3, pg. 114 Translated by: Munīb al-Sumālī
A questioner from France says:
As salaamu alaikum, jazakaAllahu khairan O Shaykh. What is your view concerning the woman who places her picture wearing niqab, even though her face is covered, on the internet forums and other places? Keeping in mind, this is a fitnah for the young men. May Allah bless you.
Shaykh Haamid ibn al-Khamis al-Junaibee:
You know, I do not know—Subhana Allah—some of the women, what do they want from this?
What do they want by uploading these pictures, even those who upload their pictures in which they are wearing niqab, or a woman with her face covered, what does she want from this?
This is not done by someone with insight and wisdom and this is evidence of an ignorant way of thinking.
What benefit is gained by uploading a picture of a woman wearing niqab, for example?
And the evil is greater if she uploads a picture of herself. It is as though she is saying to them: “Look at me,” whether she is wearing niqab or not; along with the beautification or the eyes and other than that.
I say: My general advice to the women:
Fear Allah O women, those who enter the internet forums and internet websites, and the social networking sites such as twitter and the other websites.
Fear Allah. Whether addressing the men, or chatting with the men, uploading pictures, and going to great lengths in this matter.
This is a great door to evil, the magnitude of it is only known to Allah.
And Allah knows the situation of these affairs based on these forums and websites, from the abundance of evil that occurs from some of the people due to these affairs; whether it is by the private messages, or by connecting through other means, or by sending emails, or other than that from the means that some men use to catch women.
And sometimes it occurs between a man who is religiously committed and a woman who is religiously committed. Fear Allah O daughters of the Muslims!!
By Allah, surely I know specific people, I know specific people, and I do not say this from the standpoint of mentioning stories and tales, but rather from the standpoint of inciting fear and alarm, this is the standpoint I am coming from.
A woman and a man fell into fornication. Both of them were students of knowledge, both of them were students of knowledge. I know them specifically.
We ask Allah for safety and security.
Thus beware, beware—may Allah bless you—beware beware! The person must stay far away from the doors of evil and he must make an escape from them; fleeing.
Whoever needs to connect with someone, whether it is for marriage, or engagement, the connection should occur from the females, from your family, your relatives, from this method. And do not open this door upon yourself! Because this door is a door of evil, such that if it is open it is not about to close except with great evil.
We seek refuge in Allah. We ask Allah for safety and security.