A message from Sheik Tawfique Chowdhury: Collection For Yousuf

Dear brothers and sisters,

As-salamu alaykum wa rahmat Allah was barakatuhu

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji un (indeed, to Allah we belong, and to Him is the [inevitable] return)

I trust this finds you all in excellent health and high imaan inshaAllah. Most of you are probably, now, aware that Sheikh Waleed Basyounis 4 year old son, Yousuf, has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). We ask Allah the Merciful the Compassionate to make this easy for little Yousuf, to grant him strength and patience and a swift and complete recovery from which no trace of illness remains. We also ask Allah – subhanahu wa-taala- to grant patience and fortitude to the Basyouni family, and quick relief from this calamity, may Yousuf come home to
his parents and siblings in full health and spirits, Ameen thumma ameen.

You may perhaps be able to imagine the devastating impact this news must have had on Sheikh Waleed and his family. A difficult few months lie ahead of them when little Yousuf will be making frequent hospital visits for his treatment, it will be a hard time for them all and Yousuf will require special care and attention, especially in the face of possible side effects from necessary treatment.

We would like to give an opportunity of accruing reward to each and every one of you. For obvious reasons, indeed as you will understand, Sheikh Waleed does not have any medical insurance and Chemotherapy is not an inexpensive treatment. Because of this, Sheikh Tawfique has requested that we set up a fund to collect contributions that will
assist the family to pay towards Yousufs medical expenses. Please click on the chip-in link below to start contributing to this just cause.

http://mmworld.chipin.com/collection-for-yousuf

May Allah subhanahu wa taala- reward you for your desire to contribute, make this heavy on your scales on the last day and accept it from us as something that is done sincerely for His pleasure. Please remember Yousuf, his family and indeed all your brethren who are bearing patiently in the face of trials and tribulations in your duaa.

JazakumAllahu Khair

Arifa Parkar
PA to Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury
MM World

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Tawfique Chowdhury
Director General
Mercy Mission World

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Friday Khutbah (19 June 2009): Utilizing our youth effectively

In this Khutbah Imam Zia discussed how to effectively utilise our youth to prepare the future of Ummah.

In the historical context he reminded us of:

  • The Sahaba and how we should follow their footsteps.
  • The youth from the Sahaba
  • The instrumental role the youth played in the Hijrah of the Prophet.
[audio: http://www.archive.org/download/Khutba_utlizing_our_youth/REC040.MP3]

The take away message:

The understanding from this Khutbah is that we also have youth amongst are growing up wasting their time doing what ever they do, watching movies and browsing the internet. Those same energies that they have, they can be harness for the future of Islam. If we use them, utilise them and bring them into use and we harness this energies they can beneficial for Islam. They can be beneficial for future of Islam in this country. But if we let them go then these youths are going wasting their time, and that energy that they could be using for the promotion of Islam. That energy is going to be used for other wasteful activities in committing sins and basically disobeying Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.

The main thing is we have to make sure we utilise our youths.

And how to do that:

  • Volunteers in the Mosques
  • Youth with Leadership quality to take lead programme involving the youths.

Once they start taking part and make mosques their second homes, then we?ll find these energies are put into correct use, InshaAllah.

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Q&A: Missing the Friday Prayer in the West Because of Work

Missing the Friday Prayer in the West Because of Work — Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam

Question:

I have a brother who is contemplating a career change primarily because he would not be able to hold a teaching position at the elementary school level if he had to leave every week for Jumu?a. I have apparently been told that the Syrian Hanafi position is that Jumu?a is not mandatory in the West because there is no Muslim ruler or established Islamic authority.

Answer:

The position of the mainstream and majority of scholars, both from the Subcontinent and the Arab world, is that the condition of having a Muslim ruler sultan in order to establish the Friday prayer is not a condition in of itself; rather, a means to ensure that there is no dispute regarding the establishment of the Friday prayer.

The renowned Hanafi Jurist faqih, Imam al-Kasani Allah have mercy on him explains in his Bada?i al-Sana?i that the condition of having the Sultan?s permission is to avoid any possible disputes and arguments, because the Friday jumu?a prayer is offered in a large congregating and to lead such a massive congregation in prayer is indeed a great privilege; hence, it may lead those who like to be in the limelight into competing and arguing with one another to acquire the post of leading the Friday prayer. For this reason, appointing the right person to lead the Friday prayer was left to the discretion of the Sultan, so that he may appoint whomever he feels fit for this esteemed position. As a result, there would be no dispute, for others would be forced into obeying the Sultan and may even fear his punishment. Bada?i al-Sana?i, 1/261

He further states that the above is when the Sultan or his representative is present. However, if the Sultan was not able to attend for one reason or another and the time of Jumu?a Salat came in, then there is nothing wrong in the congregation uniting in the appointment of an Imam and praying behind him. This is supported by what Imam Muhammad has narrated that when Sayyiduna Uthman Allah be pleased with him was surrounded by the enemies, people appointed Sayyiduna Ali Allah be pleased with him to lead them in the Friday prayer. ibid

In light of the above explanation and in light of the explanation given by many other jurists, it is not a condition of the Friday prayer that it be performed in a Muslim land. In the absence of a Sultan or a Muslim ruler, it is completely permissible for the Muslims to choose someone to lead the Friday prayer and such a Friday prayer would be considered valid.

When the Friday prayer is considered valid, it becomes obligatory upon each and every Muslim male to attend the prayer unless there is a dire and genuine excuse. Missing the Friday prayer without a legally accepted excuse would be extremely sinful.

Allah Most High says:

?O you who believe! When the call for Friday prayer is made, hasten towards the remembrance of Allah Prayer and Khutba and leave all transactions. This is best for you if you know.?
— Sura al-Jumu?a, V: 9

The above is the position of most contemporary Ulama. What you have been told regarding the Syrian Hanafi position, it is incorrect; rather, many top Syrian Ulama concur with the position of the Subcontinent Fuqaha, in that the Friday prayer is obligatory even in the West. I myself once heard Shaykh Muhammad Sa?id Ramadhan al-Buti Allah preserve him refuting quite vigorously the isolated position of Jumu?a not being obligatory in the West.

Hence, your brother will be doing the right thing by looking for an alternative job if he is unable to offer his Jumu?a prayer at his current post. It will not be permitted to take up a career where one is regularly unable to offer one?s Friday prayer, even in the West.

And Allah knows best

Muhammad ibn Adam
Darul Iftaa
Leicester , UK

via Missing the Friday Prayer in the West Because of Work.

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Friday Khutbah (29 May 2009): Responsibilities in Islam: What are your responsibilities?

In this Friday Khutbah, Brother Hisham Omara (a PhD Student) explains the three types of responsibilities that we have. Asking everyone to ponder upon their own responsibilities and plan how to fulfil these responsibilities.

The three types of responsibilities are:

  1. Responsibility to the creator (Allah)
  2. Responsibility to yourself and family
  3. Responsibility to your community and Ummah
[audio:http://ia301508.us.archive.org/2/items/FridayKhutbah29May2009ResponsibilitiesInIslamWhatAreYour/friday-khuthbah-29-may-2009.mp3]

Alternative formats

The main topic of the Khutbah focused on the understanding your responsibilities in light of Quran and Sunnah.

Brother Hisham asked everyone to ask themselves three questions:

  1. Do you have responsibilities?
  2. What are these responsibilities?
  3. Are you fulfilling these responsibilities?

Brother also asked everyone to ponder on their responsibilities and how to fulfil them. He asks those who have understood their responsibilities and are already carry out their role, to focus on those responsibilities that they are lacking.

As a conclusion (takeaway message) Brother Hisham asked everyone to think of three of their responsibilities and plan to fulfil them from now.

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3-D Representation of the Prophet’s House

3-D Representation of the Prophet?s House
Click the picture for: 3-D Representation of the Prophet?s House

“The picture shows a replication of The Prophet Mohammad?s (peace be upon him) House. The model of the house was built to give people a glimpse of the way the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) lived. This house is just a part of a bigger exhibition of the life of the prophet (peace be upon him).

The house was reproduced based on authentic narrations that describe the Prophet?s (peace be upon him) house.

The Exhibition is held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.”

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