Sunday, March 31, 2013

ALLAH (SWT) TESTS HIS FOLLOWERS THROUGH GOLD.


Assalam oalaikum,

Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran,

‘Beautified for men is the love for the things they covet, women, children; much of gold and silver (wealth), branded beautiful horses, cattle and well-tilled land. This is the pleasure of the present world’s life, but Allah has the excellent return (Paradise with flowing rivers, etc) with Him’. (TMQ-3:14).

‘Say: ‘Shall I inform you of things far better than those? For the pious there are Gardens (Paradise) with their Lord, underneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally and purified mates or wives and Allah’s approval. And Allah is All-Seer of (His) servants’. (TMQ-3:15)


In verse 3:14 those worldly things have been mentioned which people often crave for. Such things are not considered to be obnoxious in Islam. However, such desires should be nurtured in moderation and within the purview of Islam. Allah (swt) has put mankind to test through these desirable worldly pleasures and women have been mentioned first and foremost amongst such worldly pleasures because they are the desire of every grown up man. If the desire for a woman by a Muslim man is within the limit of Islam then the woman can prove to be his soul-mate and a boon for him. On the other hand, if a Muslim male craves for women in an un-Islamic way then the same woman can prove to be a disaster for him.  
 Likewise, if a Muslim couple yearns for a child with the good intention of adding to the strength of the Muslim community, then their desire will be constructive and within the framework of Islam. However, if their desire for a son is for other selfish reasons then this will be un-Islamic.
Lastly, a pious Muslim is expected to yearn for wealth, gold and silver only if he wishes to spend it in the way that he has been directed by the Holy Quran. So if a man desires wealth in order to spend it in the Way of Allah (swt), i.e. in charity, then his desire is not obtectionable. However, if he wishes to hoard gold and silver for gratifying his own self rather then appeasing Allah (swt) and for pomp and show-off then this is vehemently opposed in Islam.

In the next verse, i.e. 3:15 the Muslims have been guided that instead of getting lost in the worldly temptations they should rather focus on the rewards which will be obtained by the pious people in the Hereafter. Those rewards will be eternal and will be superior to all the wealth of this world put together. So it would be wiser for a Muslim to yearn for them by earning Allah (swt)’s Goodwill rather then settling for less.  

To sum up, gold and silver represent the worldly concept of wealth. If they are craved for and used according to the Islamic injunctions then they will not cause their owner any harm. However, if they are hoarded in a miserly way without paying zakaat liable on them and used for personal glorification then such an attitude has got nothing to do with the Islamic teachings and can therefore, invite the Wrath of Allah (swt), to whom belongs everything which is in the world and in the Heaven.    

Keep Me In Your Prayers.
Amel Soname
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EVEN AN EARTH FULL OF GOLD CANNOT PROTECT A SINNER



Assalam oalaikum,


Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran,
‘Verily, those who disbelieved and died while they were disbelievers, the (whole) earth full of gold will not be accepted from anyone of them even if they ordered it as ransom. For them there is a painful torment and they will have no helpers’. (TMQ-3-91)



Let us try to elucidate this Quranic verse in the light of a hadith.
‘On the Day of Resurrection Allah (swt) will ask the one who is in Hell, ‘If you had all the worldly possessions right now so would you like to offer it to Me in order to protect yourself from the Fire of the Hell? The sinner will say, ‘Yes’. Allah (swt) will then say, ‘When you were in the world I had asked you for something quite less. I had Commanded you not to associate anything in worship with Me but you did not obey Me’. (Al–Bukhari, Book of Ar-Raqaq).

This ahadith shows that a disbeliever will have to face the Wrath of Allah (swt) on the Doomsday compulsorily as there will be no breather for him. Even if a disbeliever might have done some good deeds during his worldly life, they will go in vain. Whatever virtues he possessed will go waste and will not reap him any rewards in the Hereafter because he did not have faith in Allah (swt). This fact is evident by another hadith in which some people had asked Prophet Mohammad (saw) about Abdullah bin Jada’an. They said that since he was such a hospitable man who was a supporter of the poor and the needy and he used to free slaves too, due to his kindness, so will his good deeds reap him good rewards in the life Hereafter? Prophet Mohammad (saw) replied, ‘No, because he did not ask his Lord for forgiveness even once during his lifetime’. (Sahih Muslim, Book al-Imaan)

The verse 3:91 states that if a disbeliever wishes to get respite from the punishment of Hell by offering a gift of an earth full of gold, his gift will be rejected. Now it is quite obvious that each one of us will leave this earth sans all our worldly possessions. The only thing of value which we can retain on that day will be our virtuous deeds which we do on earth, with the sole objective of earning Allah (swt)’s Goodwill. Besides this, the question of a sinner being able to offer an earth full of gold in ransom does not arise. An earth full of gold is a metaphor used in this verse to describe the helplessness which the sinners are going to face on the Day of Judgment. Such wretched people might have clung on to their worldly possessions and would have spent their entire lifetime trying to increase their wealth. However, their materialism and greed during their lifetime will eventually spell the death knell for them and all the wealth of the world will also not be able to alleviate their punishment in Hell.
To sum up, just like some specific educational qualification is needed for a person to obtain a high post in a Company similarly the basic requirement for getting a good post in the life, Hereafter is the Islamic principle of Monotheism, or the oneness of Allah (swt). So those who adhere to this Islamic principle will sail through.


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Amel Soname
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GOLD CANNOT MEASURE A PERSON’S TRUE METTLE


Assalam oalaikum,


Allah (swt) says in the verse 43:33- 35 of the Holy Quran,

‘And if it were not that the people would have become one community (of disbelievers), We would have made for those who disbelieve in the Most Merciful - for their houses- ceilings and stairways of silver upon which to mount’.  And for their houses- doors and couches (of silver)- upon which to recline’. And adornments of gold. Yet all this (i.e. the doors, stairways, roofs thrones etc) would have been nothing but an enjoyment of this world. And the Hereafter with the Lord is only for the pious’.

In order to understand the above mentioned verses it will be necessary for us to look into a previous verse, i.e. 43:32, in which Allah (swt) explains to mankind the reason why He has made differences amongst human beings in term of wealth, power, intellect etc. Allah (swt) says that the reason behind these disparities is that it enables a human being to use the services of another. For example, if all people were of the same standing in the society, then suppose if a rich person wanted a building for himself then he would not have been to find any mason to build it for him. So the disparities between people have been created with much Wisdom by Allah (swt) and they aim to produce inter-dependency amongst the human beings. Due to this inter-dependency not even a billionaire can manage his life properly all by himself. He may need several people to help him at every step of life, whether it is his chauffeur, his laundry man or his cook.
Allah (swt) says in verse 43:33 that if He wished He would have made the houses of the disbelievers of both gold and silver, as variety makes things appear more beautiful. Allah (swt) would have given the disbelievers such houses in which the doors, staircases and couches were made of gold and silver if there did not exists the possibility of all the people becoming disbelievers. If the believers would have seen so much opulence in the houses of the disbelievers then they would have been tempted to jump on the bandwagon. So if the risk of the believers losing their faith did not exist then Allah (swt) would have granted houses made of gold and silver to the disbelievers. This verse proves that the wealth of this world, such as the gold and silver is so worthless in the Eyes of Allah (swt) that He would not have minded giving it to those who did not follow Him. In order to further elucidate this point from the Quran it would be apt to mention a hadith here: Narrated Sahi bin Sa’d that Prophet Mohammad (saw) said, ‘If the world to Allah was worth a mosquito’s wing then He would not have allowed a disbeliever to drink a sip of water’. (Muslims, Tirmidhi).

Gold and silver symbolize worldly wealth and it will be left behind because even a billionaire has to depart from this world empty-handed. So this shows the triviality of the worldly wealth to which some people attribute so much importance to.

These Quranic verses establish an important truth that the lowly wealth of this world is not the right yardstick with which the character of a person can be gauged. With this explanation Allah (swt) has silenced the critics of Islam, i.e. the disbelievers, who were ignorant enough to argue (in verse 43:31) that Allah (swt) should have chosen His Prophet from amongst the rich and the powerful people.


Keep Me In Your Prayers.
Amel Soname
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WHO WILL BE ENTITLED TO GET GOLD IN THE HEREFATER?


Assalam oalaikum,


Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran,
‘Those will have (as their recompense) Gardens of And (Eden) (where) rivers flow from beneath them. They will be ornamented therein with ornaments of gold and they will wear green clothes of fine and thick silk, reclining therein upon couches, excellent the recompense and goodly the resting place’ (TMQ-18-31)


Truly Allah will admit those who believe (in the oneness of Allah) and who do righteous deeds to Gardens underneath which rivers flow (in Paradise), wherein they will be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls and their garments therein will be of silk’. (TMQ-22:33)

During the descent of the Holy Quran there was a tradition in Arabia that the kings, the Warlords and the upper class people used to wear gold bracelets in order to display their power and prestige. The believers will also be adorned with precious ornaments made of gold in the Paradise as a reward for their belief in the oneness of Allah (swt) and their loyalty towards Allah (swt).
This verse points out the fact that whereas the believers will be adorned like kings in the Paradise the disbelievers will have to face the Wrath of Allah (swt) i.e. they will have to face a never-ending torment in Hell.


Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:

‘Then We gave the Book (the Holy Quran) for inheritance to such of Our slaves, whom We chose (the followers of Prophet Mohammad SAW). Then of them are some who wrong their own selves and of them are those who follow the middle course and of them are some who are, by Allah’s leave, foremost in good deeds. That (inheritance of the Quran), that is indeed a great grace’. (TMQ-35:-32)
(For them are) Gardens of perpetual residence which they will enter. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls and their garments therein will be silk’. (TMQ-35:33)

The verse 35:32 shows that Allah (swt) has specially chosen the followers of Prophet Mohammad (saw) to honor them with the Divine Book-Al-Quran. The followers of Allah (swt)’s Apostle (pbuh) have been given the privilege of inheriting the Holy Quran.

This verse also highlights the fact that the followers of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) can be grouped under three categories. The first group comprises of those Muslims who are believers yet they are not staunch followers of Islam. Such people have been described in this verse as the ones who torment their own selves because they are not as disciplined and religious as they ought to be. Therefore, such people will make their own souls suffer by depriving themselves of all the great rewards that Allah (swt) will grant to the pious Muslims in the life, Hereafter.  
The second group comprises of those followers of Prophet Mohammad (saw) who choose the middle route, i.e. they follow some of the Commandments of Allah (swt) and disobey the rest, according to their own convenience. They are pious to some extent but their lax nature in following Islam prevents them from becoming totally pious. So, they lie somewhere in between the believers who show laxity in following Islam and those who are staunch followers of Islam.
The last group comprises of those believers who outshine the first two groups mentioned earlier. They do not show any negligence and nor do they compromise when it comes to following Islam. Their piousness is a great grace for them because it will ultimately help them to outshine the rest two groups in the life Hereafter.  As we know that the Paradise has many levels and it is by virtue of one’s righteousness that one can obtain a high rank in Paradise. So the third group which has been mentioned here is the most fortunate one as it will get a high rank in Paradise. This is evident by the verse 35:33 which states that the pious believers will be rewarded with majestic adornments (bracelets) made of gold and pearls and garments made of silk.
May Allah (swt) make us amongst them, Ameen!


Keep Me In Your Prayers.
Amel Soname
Amel_soname@yahoo.com

GOLD JEWELRY –PERMITTED OR PROHIBITED FOR THE MUSLIM WOMEN?


Assalam oalaikum,


Gold is a beautiful metal with an enchanting shine and great appeal. It has many industrial uses but it is used mainly in ornaments. This makes gold the object of desire for women. Women of all ages like adorning themselves with gold jewelry and gold jewelry is also an integral part of marriages in many cultures.

Islam does not disapprove of gold for women.  In fact, Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran, 43:18:
(Do they then like for Allah) a creature that is brought up in ornaments (wearing silk and gold ornaments, i.e. women) and in dispute cannot make herself clear?’
Though women are not the main topic of discussion in this verse yet we can get a hint that women have been created in such a way that they have a natural inclination towards adorning themselves with jewelry. Gold jewelry perfectly complements the femininity and the delicate constitution of women.
There is a proof from the hadith also which shows that Islam is not averse to women wearing ornaments. Prophet Mohammad loved Usama, the son of Zaid ibn Haritha (ra) and said that if Usama would have been a girl then he would have adorned him with ornaments.
In the verse 24:31 Allah (swt) has Commanded the women not to reveal their beauty and adornments in front of strangers. There is, however, no objection if women adorn themselves with gold, silver etc in front of their husbands, father, their husband’s father, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their sisters in Islam; or their female slaves whom their right hand possesses, or old male servants who lack vigor or young children who have no sense of the shame of sex.
Gold ornaments are objectionable in Islam if a woman displays them before unknown people. Besides this, wearing gold will be also considered to be unlawful for a woman if the Compulsory tax is not paid on them.  This is evident by the hadith mentioned below:
The hadith narrated by Abu-Dawwod and Al-Nasaai’ from Amr ibn Shua’yb from his father, that a woman came to visit Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) along with her daughter, who was wearing two heavy gold bangles in her hands. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) asked, ‘Did you pay zakat on these?’ She replied in the negative. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) then asked, ‘Would you like it if in place of these two gold bracelets Allah (swt) gives you two bracelets of fire, on the Doomsday?’ The woman understood the point of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) and she took them off immediately. She gave them to Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) saying that these are for Allah (swt) and His Messenger.
This hadith makes it clear that though Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) reminded the woman about the Islamic ruling regarding gold but he did not object to the bangles being worn by the woman.

In a nutshell, we can say that there is no harm if a Muslim woman adorns herself with gold jewelry. The only factor that is to be kept in mind is that the adornments should not be displayed before strangers and secondly, one should not be lax when it comes to paying the Compulsory tax on them.


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Amel Soname
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GOLD JEWELRY –PERMITTED OR PROHIBITED FOR THE MUSLIM MEN?


Assalam oalaikum,


After having discussed about the topic ‘Gold Jewelry-permitted or prohibited for the Muslim women’, (LINK add kar den) the title of this post sounds uncanny, doesn’t it? I have discussed in detail about the common features of delicateness and femininity, found in both gold jewelry and women. Owing to this similarity, gold jewelry complements women beautifully, doesn’t it? And why not, after all women have been made feminine by nature. They have a right to appear beautiful in Islam by adorning themselves, as long as there is no coquettishness involved. However, as far as men are concerned, the traits get reversed. What comes to our mind is a picture of masculinity, chivalry, a strong physique and power. Just imagine a strong, robust man trying to adorn himself with delicate piece of gold jewelry such as a nose-pin! This sounds quite outrageous although these days we commonly find men who take pride in adorning themselves with ornaments such as studs, gold bracelets and chains. By doing this men are going against the nature so it looks inappropriate.
No wonder Islam has prohibited the men from indulging in such womanly pastimes. Many battles had to be fought by the early Muslims to establish a firm foothold for Islam. Fighting against the odds in the scorching heat of the Arabian dessert and braving the storm with undying loyalty towards Islam and Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) needed much valor. Would they have managed to win the battle with loads of jewelry on them? Could the gleaming jewelry give a boost to their morale in the hot, sandy battle field? Definitely not! What kept their spirits high was their unwavering faith in Allah (swt) and His Messenger (pbuh).            

There are quite a few ahadith which tell us that Islam does not object to a woman wearing gold jewelry or even silk garments for that matter. Likewise, we find that there are many traditions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) which show that Islam prohibits men from wearing gold and silk. During the period of Jahilliyah, the Warlords and others who belonged to the top rung of the society used to wear gold and pearl bracelets as a mark of social prestige. More than prestige their gold ornaments were a mark of their haughtiness and their superiority complex. After the advent of Islam Compulsory tax was levied on the wealth, (including gold) and men were forbidden from wearing gold and silk. It is not just due to the fact that men had to combat but generally speaking, men are the breadwinners in the Islamic society. Hence, their being rough and tough is more important rather than their indulging in feminine pastimes such as adorning themselves with gold ornaments.
At this point I would like to mention some relevant ahadith.

Imam Ahmad and Abu Dawud have related on the authority of Hazrat Ali (ra) that Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) took some silk in one hand and gold in another and declared, ‘Both of them are forbidden for the males amongst my followers’.

In another hadith Hazrat Aby Musa Ash’ari has related that Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘Wearing of silken clothes and gold ornaments is unlawful for the men but lawful for women’.

Hazrat Umar (ra) reported that he heard Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) say, ‘Do not wear silk for those who wear it in this life shall not wear it in the Hereafter’.

Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) one came across a man who was wearing a gold ring. He took off the man’s ring at once and threw it down saying, ‘Does a person pick up a piece of burning coal and hold it in his hand?’ After Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) left that place someone asked that man, ‘Why do you not pick it up and benefit from it?’ The man replied, ‘No, by Allah! I shall not pick it up after the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) has himself thrown it away’. (Muslim).

Generally speaking, there is nothing wrong with the metal gold or silk as a fabric. In fact, the dwellers of Paradise will be gifted not just gold bracelets and fine silk garments, like the kings in this world, but even their couches, thrones and the bricks of their dwelling will be made of pure gold. So we find that gold or silk is not unlawful by itself. However, in the Islamic scheme of things, which looks at the larger picture, we find that for certain justified reasons which I have discussed in this post, gold is prohibited for men during this temporary worldly life.

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Amel Soname
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A BEAUTIFUL GIFT FROM ALLAH (SWT)


Assalam oalaikum,

If we look around ourselves we cannot help getting enchanted by the ethereal beauty of the nature. The deep blue sea, the inviting snow-capped mountains, the lush greenery, the dewdrops on leaves in misty mornings; the rainbow…the list can go on. The beauty of the world is enough to enchant us and mesmerize us. However, the beauty of Paradise is something which is beyond our imagination because it is going to be much superior to what we have witnessed on this earth. If Allah (swt) has made this temporary world so beautiful then we can well imagine how beautiful would be His Paradise in which the pious people will dwell forever. When Allah (swt) will reward those people who obeyed Him instead of Satan in this world, then we can imagine how great the reward will be as Allah (swt) will be greatly pleased with His loyal and pious followers.

If we try to think about the magnitude of this universe, we will get dazed. Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran, 3:133 ‘And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a Garden as wide as heavens and the earth prepared for the righteous’. This verse shows that the enormity of the Paradise will be as much as the earth and the Heavens put together.

Now let us look into the other features of the Paradise. The inhabitants of this world often cherish gold ornaments and also other items such as gold cufflinks, gold pens etc. We have also heard of gold coins and gold bars and as a matter of fact, the largest gold bar in the world weighs around 250 kg/551 lb. That’s it! However, the gold that will be rewarded to the dwellers of the Paradise will be mind-boggling. A mere description about the gold found in the Paradise can leave us completely dazed. So how much will be the astonishment (of the dwellers of Paradise) when they will see with their own eyes, not just ornaments but also couches, utensils; combs thrones and bricks made of gold!  This is the Promise of Allah (swt) for His true believers.

Keep Me In Your Prayers.
Amel Soname
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