Food For Thought

foodThere was once a time when Muslims engaged in ibaada to feed the hunger and quench the thirst of their souls. Today however, the road an individual takes to serve Islam is paved with wrong intentions.  Many Muslims now only open their

doors and leave for ibaada when they hear the promise of food and water not for their souls, but for their stomachs.

In a hadith narrated by Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in Whose Hand my soul is I was about to order for collecting fire-wood (fuel) and then order someone to pronounce the Adhan for the prayer and then order someone to lead the prayer then I would go from behind and burn the houses of men who did not present themselves for the (compulsory congregational) prayer. By Him, in Whose hands my soul is, if anyone of them had known that he would get a bone covered with good meat or two (small) pieces of meat present in between two ribs, he would have turned up for the ‘isha’ prayer.’  (Sahih Bukhari, Book #11, Hadith #617)

  • Ordinarily known for his mercy and patience, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) shows a fierce side in the matter concerning congregational prayer. From this hadith, a male Muslim individual should note how significant the compulsory congregational prayers are by the actions Prophet (pbuh) was ready to inflict on those who neglected to come to salaah.

    As for the second part of the hadith, isn’t it a fact that many of us unfailingly fit in with the description mentioned by the Prophet (pbuh)? Don’t we answer the call to prayer at the masjid more often if there is a promise of food with it as well?

    Congregational prayer in the masjid has ceased to be of importance in the mind of Muslims! Most Muslim men only make an effort to come to the masjid when someone has informed of a dinner being served but not when the muezzin calls them to the prayer.

    It is important for us Muslims to reorganize our intentions and for the Muslim men more so to attend congregational prayers at the masjid. It is not just for personal benefit but to seek the pleasure of Allah, and to hope that we earn His mercy by doing so.


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    Dubai : A prominent Indian social activist in Saudi Arabia has launched a matrimonial website to help South Asian expatriates, who are against the dowry system, find suitable matches.

    Aleem Khan Falki, the founder of the Jeddah-based Socio Reforms Society and who has been actively campaigning against the dowry system for a long time, has launched the unique matrimonial service website,, for dowry-free marriage seekers, the Arab News reported Monday.

    Falki said the main intention behind establishing the website was to provide non-commercial, economical service with the ultimate purpose of eradicating the dowry system.

  • “This form of blackmail has increased so much that it has taken the shape of a social blackmail,” Falki said.

    “Asian fathers looking to marry off their daughters are obliged to pay their dowries, since customs in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh dictate that dowries in the form of money and property be taken from the bride,” Falki added.

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    “The groom does throw the ‘walima’ (the marriage banquet, which is the second of the two traditional parts of an Islamic wedding), but the bride’s side has to first host hundreds of guests from the groom’s side by serving a number of dishes at a full-fledged marriage hall.”

    He said, because of such traditions, the bride’s parents’ lifelong savings get exhausted.

    Falki emphsised that the Socio Reforms Society would bring together suitable matches through the website to help people who want to marry purely according to the prophetic tradition.

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    “This will help many widows, divorcees and poverty-stricken girls who are helpless due to lack of sources to get married,” he said.

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    Paying Seller Five Times More

    The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Earning an honest living is a duty next to the principal duties of Eeman.” [Bayhaqi]

    One day a woman came to Imam Abu Hanifah with a length of silk which she wanted him to sell for her and quoted a hundred dirhams for it. On the Imam expressing surprise at that figure, she raised it to two hundred. But the Imam told her that it was worth not less than five hundred. “Are you making fun of me?” said the woman. The Imam took out five hundred, gave them to her and kept the cloth. This kind of scrupulous honesty, far from harming his business, made it flourish. [Sirat-i-Numan]

    Not only has Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) required Muslim men to work to support themselves and their dependents but it must be through honest means only. Working is a religious obligation and the person will be rewarded by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) for bowing down to His commands. As for his income, a person will only make what has already been destined for him, so all the more reason to stick to honesty.

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    Manners Better than Alms

    The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms.” [Muslim]

    The boys voted to have Hasan al-Banna lead the Reform Organization at their middle school. Hasan suggested that all the coordinators of this organization offer their Zuhr prayer in the nearby Masjid in congregation. Everyone liked the idea. So in break, they would all go to the Masjid, eat their lunch together in the shade of the trees, then pray together in the Masjid having to return to school before the regular time of the Jamaat.

  • The Imam’s students would fill the water tank of the Masjid every morning, but every day at noon they would discover that it was empty. The Imam was curious to find out who was behind this. So, today when he heard the Adhan being called before its usual time he hurried to Masjid. When he reached there he saw children performing Wudu and some standing in rows. As soon as they had finished their prayer he grabbed them by their arms and sent them out of the masjid.

    “So you’ve come to pray!” he yelled at them, “You’ve wasted all the water in the tank. Forget about how you’ve ruined the mats! Don’t you dare come here again! I was wondering who would empty this tank which is filled with such hard work every day. Now I know who’s doing it!”

    One day when the Imam was leaving the Masjid after the Zuhr prayer the postman brought him a letter. The Imam opened it to find that the sender hadn’t written his name or address; only Ayat 56 of Surah An’aam of the Qur’an. He immediately figured out what it was indicating and how cunningly he had been confronted. He went straight to Hasan al-Banna’s father and complained.

    After hearing the whole story Hasan’s father said to him: “Respected Shaikh, are the mats and water more valuable than the children’s prayer? Such a wise and religious person like you should encourage them. The children deserve your encouragement, not your scolding. As for the water and mats, there’s a simple solution for that,” saying that he told his younger son Abdur Rahman to call Hasan.

    “Look son, if you want to pray in the small Masjid then it is your responsibility to refill the tanks after prayer, and if the Masjid needs mats then you should collect money to buy them.”

    “Alright father,” said Hasan al-Banna accepting his father’s conditions, “We’ll do so.” [The Traveler of the Nile by Akhtar Husain Azmi]

    And all parties were lovingly instructed in manners.

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