Archive | October 2012

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN IN THE MOSQUE.

Hadith transforms our lives.
Men, Women Children are Integral Parts of Masjid Community 

“Unus bin Malik narrates:

Once the Messenger of Allah, pbuh, recited very briefly from the Qur’an in the fajr prayer. He was asked : O messenger of Allah, why such a brief recitation? He replied: I heard a baby crying and I thought that his mother is praying with us and I thought it better to let the mother take care of the child as quickly as possible.” [Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Section 3, hadith 257.]

“When I start praying, I want to pray for a long time, but then I hear a child crying and I make the prayer brief so that the mother may not worry too much owing to the crying of the child.” [Prophet Muhammad, pbuh., Sahih al-Bukhari, kitab al-Adhan and Sahih Muslim, kitabus Salat.] 

“The sahaba narrate that once during Zuhr prayers, the messenger of Allah, pbuh, stayed in prostration [sajda] while leading prayers, for so long that we thought something had happened or he had suddenly received revelation [wahy]. . After prayers people asked him why one sajda was so long? Had something happened or revelation had come. He replied that it was nothing but that my grandson sat on my back  and I did not want to get up quickly and ruin the fun he was having.” [Sunan of Nasa’i: 1/134]  

These authentic hadith remind us that our community is meant to be united, well-integrated community. Men, women and children belong together in the masjid, with the rules and discipline of Islam.

The mother is there and the Imam cares for her and for her worries and cares. The little children are there and are treated with love and patience. Very small children don’t know what’s going on and will play horsy by climbing on your back when you go into prostration [sajda].

The holiest mosque with prayers led by the holiest imam does not neglect basic human needs like the crying of a baby.
Just look at the children of our ummah, globally. How they cry for food, for love, for patience, and we keep praying as if it does not concern us. Humanity must be at the center of our vision otherwise our prayers become conventional forms without meaning. 

Of course, as children grow, we must teach them about the rules of prayer and respect for the mosque.

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IS IT RIGHT FOR A MUSLIM WOMAN TO LIVE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY?

 

QUESTION: is it right for a woman to live without a mehram in a foreign country for any specific reason, like studies etc???? is there any bukhari hadith regarding it????? please do guide me about it

Answer by Dr. Siddique:
A Woman Living and/or Working Alone
“Actions shall be judged by intentions.” {Hadith.]
The context is important. Why are they meeting? For research, for Dawah, for planning, for business?
Are they meeting at a place where there is no one else? The home of one of them? In a car or other enclosed space where there is no other human? That’s where the Hadith …

about being alone comes in.
If the purpose is legitimate, it should be in a public place where nothing is hidden, like in a conference room, or library or restaurant. [I meet my students in a conference room.]
In war time, even strictly “alone” meetings are permitted. This is where faith and trust come in. The warning is a moral warning. It is not imposed by anyone. Corrupt people can always find a way to meet secretly.
People who want to marry can meet in a public place. Again satan will be there. Intentions are important.
We can’t become police for people but we can give good advice to those whom we want to help. A married person should tell the spouse about the visit and the purpose of the visit. Even if there is a failure in consultation before the meeting, the maturity, trust and understanding of the spouses can save the situation from becoming a crisis.
If the spouse considers the meeting as a hidden form of sexual corruption, he or she, according to the Qur’an, can swear to an imam, that corruption is underway. This accusation will lead the imam to annul the marriage.
For charges of actual sexual corruption, four witnesses are required and this can result in imposition of terminal punishment by a legitimate Islamic court. If charges are brought without witnesses or DNA evidence, it is slander and the Islamic court will impose severe punishment on the accuser. [Chapter 24.]
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