* Money matters *

When we are presented with a business opportunity, our analysis is thorough.

“What are the start-up costs?”
“How many partners are involved?”
“What’s the likely return on the investment?”

However, the most important questions may not even arise in our minds:

“What is the Islamic ruling surrounding this venture?”

The Prophet PBUH had prophesized that such a day would arrive. He said:

يَأْتِي عَلَى النَّاسِ زَمَانٌ، لاَ يُبَالِي المَرْءُ مَا أَخَذَ مِنْهُ، أَمِنَ الحَلاَلِ أَمْ مِنَ الحَرَامِ

“There will come a time when people will not care about what they take; whether it is from Halaal or from Haraam.”

You may be thinking: “What does this topic have to do with Ramadan?” The link between the two is actually far stronger than we may have thought.

If you’ve allowed this type of wealth into your account, it means that you’ve unleashed a devastating weapon against yourself and your family.

The danger of such a weapon is that its effects are not always being immediately noticeable. It doesn’t make any loud sounds, it doesn’t tear down buildings, it doesn’t release any toxic smells, but nevertheless, it is so ruthless in its effects that it has the power to single-handedly devastate your Dunya and Deen; the casualties are beyond count.

(a) Yes, you’re giving charity this month, but ..

With prohibited wealth, one has successfully managed to close the door of charity between himself and Allah, and the fact that our Zakaah comes under this category should terrify us. The Prophet PBUH said:

من جمع مالا حراما، ثم تصدق به، لم يكن له فيه أجر، وكان إصره عليه

“Whoever accumulates prohibited wealth then gives out in charity from it, he will not be rewarded for it and will have to bear the consequences of it.”
(Narrated by Ibnu Khuzayma)

(b) Yes, you’re makings so much Du’aa this month, but ..

With prohibited wealth, one has cut the rope of Du’aa between him and Allah, leaving such a person to himself.

The Prophet PBUH made mention of a man who:

يطيل السفر أشعث أغبر يمد يديه إلى السماء يا رب يا رب ومطعمه حرام ومشربه حرام وملبسه حرام وغذي بالحرام فأنى يستجاب لذلك

“… having journeyed far, being in a dishevelled and dusty state, and spreads out his hands to the sky in Du’aa, saying, “O Lord! O Lord!” while his food is haram, his drink is haram, his clothing is haram, and he has been nourished with haram; so how can his Du’aa be answered?”

Notice, all of the reasons for an accepted Du’aa are present with him! He is (1) travelling, (2) in a humbled state, (3) raising his hands in Du’aa, and (4) repeating his Du’aa. However, despite these elements combined, Allah will leave the man’s hands empty.

It was well known that the Du’aa of the companion Sa’d Ibnu Abi Waqqaas was answered by Allah every single time. He was asked about this, to which he replied:

ما رفعت إلى فمي لقمة إلا وأنا عالم من أين جاءت ومن أين خرجت

“I have not raised any bit of food to my mouth without knowing the details of where it was sourced.”

(c) Yes, you’re worshipping Allah so much this month, but ..

The harm of prohibited wealth isn’t limited to your Du’aa, but in fact extends its cancerous roots to every Salaah, fast, hajj, and act of worship in general. Honestly, is all the money of the world worth it?

Al-Ghazaali said:
العبادة مع أكل الحرام كالبناء على أمواج البحار

“One’s worship whilst consuming the prohibited is just like the construction of a building on top of the waves of the oceans.”

Ibnu ‘Abbaas said:
لا يقبل اللّه صلاة امرىء في جوفه حرام

“Allah does not accept the Salaah of a person who has the prohibited within him.”

With such casualties associated with prohibited wealth, what good is there left in the life of a person who earns it?

With the courage of a believer, walk away from such sources at once, or minimally, create an exit plan as a matter of urgency.

It’s not just your Ramadan that depends on it.

-Ust. Ali h.

The Effects of Sadaqa

** Medication that most medics don’t prescribe **

The famous scholar of Hadeeth, Al-Haakim An-Naysaaboori, has a well-known story about an illness that he battled against for months on end. His face was afflicted with blisters which he tried treating for around a year using a variety of techniques without avail.

On one Friday, he requested Imam Abu ‘Uthman As-Saabooni to make Du’aa for him during the sermon. He did just that and people engaged passionately in Du’aa for him.

The week after, a woman handed over a letter, mentioning that she was present during last week’s sermon and was heartbroken to hear about what happened to Al-Haakim. So, she returned home, made Du’aa for him, and saw the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in her dream that evening, who said to her:

قولوا لأبي عبد الله يوسِّع الماء على المسلمين

“Tell Al-Haakim to provide water for the Muslims.”

This letter was shown to Al-Haakim, and so at once, he dug a pool of water in his front garden, filled it with ice and dedicated it to the free usage of the public. The narration says:

فما مرَّت عليه أسبوع حتى ظهر الشفاء وزالت تلك القروح، وعاد وجهه إلى ما كان، وعاش بعد ذلك سنين

“It was only one week that passed before his blisters began to clear up. They totally disappeared, his face returned to how it was and he lived many years afterwards.”

This is a medicine that most medics don’t prescribe to the ill; charity.

Shaykh Ali Al-Faifi, author of the wonderful book “Because you are Allah” speaks of a friend of his who, as he was making his way to the Masjid, realized that the horrific had just happened; he’d accidently reversed his car into his two year old niece! He pulled her from beneath the tire and raced to the hospital as she dipped in and out of life. She was assessed and her family were told that her death was 80% likely.

A relative of theirs contacted a student of knowledge for some advice and solace, and he told him “sacrifice an animal and distribute its meat with the intention of her healing”. They did just that. He said: “By the time it was dawn, she was discharged from the hospital healthy and well.”

Imam Ibnul Qayyim said:

فــإن للـصدقة تأثـيرا عجـيبا فـي دفـع أنــواع البـلاء ولـو كـانت مـن فاجـر أو مـن ظالـم بـل مـن كافـر

“The effects of Sadaqa in repelling all types of calamities are extraordinary, even if its giver is a sinner, oppressor or even of no faith.”

Al-Munaawi said:

و قـد جـرب ذلك المـوفقون فوجـدوا اﻷدويـة الروحـانية تفـعل مـا ﻻ تفعلـه اﻷدويـة الحـسية ولا ينكر ذلك إلا من كثف حجابه

“This has been tried by the blessed ones, and they found that such spiritual remedies can do what tangible remedies fail to, and none rejects this except those who’ve been severely covered from understanding.”

Charity repels calamities, eases pains, diverts misery, and yields an inner sense of expanse that cannot be quantified.

Are you challenged in your health in any way? Set aside a sum of money for a charitable cause with this intention in mind, and what better month to start training for life-long charity than Ramadan?

Ibnu ‘Abbas said:

“The Messenger of Allah PBUH was the most generous of people, and he was most generous in Ramadan”
(Bukhari and Muslim)

Ust. ALI H.