R.I.P. Steve Jobs?

When I logged on to my Facebook today, I was surprised to see that nearly more than half my page was filled with ‘R.I.P. Steve Jobs’. And all these comments were from Muslims?! It shocked and scared me! What has happened to our hearts and minds? Na’udhubillah have we become of those who Allah Ta’ala mentions in this ayah?

Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, and on their eyes there is a covering.
(Chapter 2, Surah Al Baqarah, Ayah 7)

When we say R.I.P. do we really understand what we are saying? R.I.P. stands for rest in peace. Let me share with you the hadith where the Prophet described the death of an unbeliever and then THINK…can an unbeliever be in any state of peace? In the first part of the hadith the death of a believer is described and in the second half that of the disbeliever. To read the whole hadith click here.

Narrated al-Bara bin Aazib رضي الله عنه the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

As for the disbelieving man, when he leaves this world and enters the Hereafter, stern and harsh angels come down to him from heaven, their faces are black and they bring with them sack-cloth from Hell. They sit around him as far as the eye can see. Then the Angel of Death comes and sits at his head and says, ‘Come out O evil soul to the anger and wrath of Allah!’

The soul will be dragged out of his body with as much difficulty as a many-pronged skewer being dragged through wet wool (the veins and nerves will be destroyed by it.)

He will be cursed by every angel between the heaven and the earth, and by every angel in the heaven. The gates of heaven will be locked and the people of every heaven will pray to Allah to not allow his soul to ascend through their domain.

Then they ascend and they do not pass by any group of angels but they say, ‘Who is this evil soul?’
And they say, ‘It is So and so the son of So and so’, calling him by the worst names by which he was known in this world, until they reach the lowest heaven. They ask for it to be opened to them and it is not opened.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم  said: ‘Then Allah says, ‘Record the book of My slave in Sijjeen in the lowest earth, and return him to the earth, for from it I created them, to it I will return them and from it I will bring them forth once again.’ So his soul is cast down.

He صلى الله عليه وسلم  said:‘So his soul will be returned to his body (and he will hear the footsteps of his companions when they leave him). Two stern angels will come to him, rebuke him and sit him up.  ‘Who is your Lord?’

He says: ‘Oh, oh, I don’t know.’

They say: ‘What is your religion?’

He says: ‘Oh, oh, I don’t know.’

They will ask: ‘What do you say about this man who was sent among you?’

He will not even know his name.  But he will be told: ‘Muhammad ’. 

And he will say: ‘Oh, oh, I don’t know. I heard the people saying such and such.’ 

He will be told: ‘May you never know.’

Then a voice will call from heaven and will say, ‘He has lied. Furnish his grave from Hell and open for him a gate from Hell.’  

So some of his heat and hot winds will reach him and his grave will be constricted until his ribs are crushed together.

 There will appear before him a man with an ugly face, badly dressed, and foul smelling.  He will say, ‘I bring you bad news, this is the day you were promised. 

He will say, ‘And you, May Allah give you even worse news!  Who are you? Your face brings bad news!’ 

He will say, ‘I am your evil deeds, by Allah I only ever saw you reluctant to obey Allah and ever eager to disobey Him. May Allah repay you with evil.’

 Then there will be sent to him one who is blind, deaf, and dumb.  Who will carry in his hand an iron rod which if he were to beat a mountain with it, it would turn to dust.  He will beat him with it until he turns to dust.  Then Allah will restore him then he will be beaten again.  He will emit a scream which the whole of creation will hear except men and jinn.

A door of hell will be opened unto him within his grave and will spread out for him sheets of hell fire.

He will say, ‘My Lord, may the hour never come.’

(Musnad Ahmad/Hakim)

اَللّٰھُمَّ اِنِّیْ اَعُوْذُبِکَ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ
‘O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the torment of the grave’

Astaghfirullah! Oh Allah let us be of the believers and those with whom You are pleased and not of the disbelievers Ameen!

Death in itself is a reminder, whether the death be of a Muslim or a Non-Muslim. It is a time to dwell on our own life, our deeds and our efforts. Whether our lives are being lived according to Islam or not!

قُلْ إِنَّ صَلَاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
Say: “Verily, my Salat (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (all that exists).

(Chapter6, Surah Al An’aam, Verse 162)

Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Remember frequently the thing that cuts off pleasures,” i.e. death.”

(Tirmidhi)

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Facebook Etiquettes For a Muslimah

1.    Stay Away from that which does not concern you.

Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “From the perfection of a person’s Islaam is that he leaves alone that which does not concern him.”(Tirmidhi, classed as sahih by Ibn al-Qayyim in al-Jawaab al-Kaafi, p. 112)

2.    Do not share links of Fahsh (indecent, obscene) songs and movie clips, because:

a)      It is disliked to advertise your sins – you will be accountable for what you do in your personal life but do not advertise your sins

Abu Hurairah ؓ said: I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say: “All of my ummah will be forgiven except those who sin openly. It is a part of sinning openly when a man does something at night, then the following morning when Allah has concealed his sin, he says, ‘O So and so, I did such and such last night,’ when all night his Lord has concealed him and the next morning he uncovers what Allah had concealed.” (Agreed Upon).

b)      If you share something which is a sin and somebody clicks on it then the sin will go back to you. Why do you want to multiply your sins? Don’t we have enough sins of our own?

Narrated Abu Hurairah  ؓ, that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever calls others to guidance will have a reward like that of those who follow it, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest. And whoever calls others to misguidance will have a burden of sin like that of those who follow it, without it detracting from their burden in the slightest.” (Sahih Muslim)

3.      Do not share personal (hijabless) pictures on FB, because:

a)      FB owns whatever you upload, go and read what FB states in its terms:

“For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (“IP content”), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (“IP License”).”

b)      You are violating hijab and that is a sin. If you do not wear a hijab then do not delay in wearing it, dear sister! But why double the sin by putting up pictures so that when you’re not even infront of the non-mahram you’re violating hijab.

c)      The issue of privacy. If you haven’t stringently monitored your privacy settings your pictures can land in the hands of people you really don’t want them to.

d)     There is a lot of envy out there. Why do you want to put yourselves and your families in the way of harm through nazar (evil eye)?

4.      Share concerns with those whom you feel will benefit you and give you good advice not with the whole world via your FB wall.

5.     Avoid vain talk: dirty jokes, useless quotes from songs, just dots and question marks which have no meaning and will generate a useless commentary below your status.

“What has caused you to enter Hell?” They will say: “We were not of those who used to offer the Salat (prayers)… And we used to enter into vain discourse with those who engaged [in it]” (Surah Al Muddathir V:42-45)

6.      Think about how much time do you spend/waste on FB:

“By time. Verily, man is in loss, except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth and recommend one another to patience” (Surah Al-‘Asr)

7.      An excellent reminder while using FB is  Surah Al-Hujurat especially the following ayah:

“O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful” (Surah Al-Hujurat V:12)

8.     Comparing ourselves with others:

“And strain not your eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to various groups of them, the splendour of the life of this world, that We may test them thereby. But the provision of your Lord is better and more lasting.” (Surah Ta-Ha V:131)

9.    Avoid having contact with non-mehram males: Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:  ‘It is not permissible for any (male) person to correspond with a woman who is not his mahram, because of the fitnah (temptation) involved in that.’

Do not add non-mahram to your lists of friends and delete those whom you’ve added in ignorance. You need not be rude in doing so, but explain to them what Allah requires of us as Muslims.

10.     Reality vs. Deception: Escaping from reality via Farmville and the likes

“He (Shaitan) makes promises to them, and arouses in them false desires; and Shaitan’s promises are nothing but deceptions.” (Suarh An-Nisa, V:120)

11.  Share words of wisdom and things that are good Quran, Hadith, recipes, quotes, experiences which will benefit others, pictures of the beautiful creations of Allah and other beneficial information.

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah ؓ  that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “No people sit in a gathering in which they do not remember Allah or send blessings upon the Prophet ﷺ, but it will be a source of regret for them on the Day of Resurrection, even if they enter Paradise as a reward.” (Ahmad, classed saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (no. 76).

12.  Keep your Niyah in check: If I post a Hadith, Ayah or words of wisdom and khair on FB, is it because I want people to ‘Like’ it or is it so I can spread the message of Allah Ta’ala?

It was narrated by Muslim from Abu Hurairah  ؓ that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Allah, may He be blessed and exalted, says: ‘I am so self-sufficient that I am in no need of having an associate. Thus he who does an action for someone else’s sake as well as Mine will have that action renounced by Me to him whom he associated with Me.’” (Sahih Muslim)

“(And whoever hopes for the meeting with his Lord…) (Surah Al-Kahf V:110). Ibn ‘Abbas ؓ said: “This verse was revealed about Jundub ibn Zuhayr al-‘Amiri ؓ  who said: ‘I do the deed seeking Allah but I get happy when other people come to know about it’. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said to him: ‘Allah, exalted is He, is pure and does not accept except that which is pure. He does not accept that in which other than Him is associated’. Allah, exalted is He, then revealed this verse”. (Tafsir Asbab Al Nuzul)

Narrated Jundub ؓ: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “He who lets the people hear of his good deeds intentionally, to win their praise, Allah will let the people know his real intention (on the Day of Resurrection), and he who does good things in public to show off and win the praise of the people, Allah will disclose his real intention (and humiliate him).  (Sahih Bukhari)

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