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Beliefs and Practices of Islam, Page 2

Dealing with the errors of scholars and zealous followers

By Abu Aaliyah

“One of the most crucial rules of normative Sunni Islam states: ‘A condition for censuring wrongdoing is that the act being censured must be something whose blameworthiness is not merely known by means of ijtihad. Any matter that involves ijtihad cannot be a cause for censure.’1

It is usually expressed in this maxim: la inkar fi masa’il al-khilaf – ‘There is no censuring in matters of [legitimate] differing.’

Our parents are our path to Jannah

By Dr Muein Shubib
“Our parents deserve our utmost love and respect. Neglecting or abusing our parents is a grave sin, and incurs Allah’s displeasure. Our parents cared for us when we were young; we must love and care for them when they are old. This will open the doors of Al Jannah for us…”

Muslim Ethics and interactions

By Dr Hossam Roushdi

“Sura Al Hujuraat eloquently describes the way we should have good relationships with one another. Believers do not have suspicions about one another, do not spy on one another, do not backbite or undermine one another. We should always think the best of each other, make excuses for one another and give the best interpretation when there is any doubt…”

Pray as if this is your Last Prayer

By Dr Husni Hammuda
“Our attitude to prayer is crucial. Careless, clumsy, hasty prayers done with our minds focussed elsewhere, are of no use and are indeed offensive to Allah. When we pray, we must imagine we are addressing the King of the Universe, who deserves our undivided attention and our utmost respect. We have no guarantee that we will be alive for the next prayer, so let us do each one as if it may be our last…”

Don’t be A Muflis (Bankrupt) on judgment day

By Dr Husni Hammuda
“According to an authentic Hadith, the most bankrupt person on the Day of Judgment will be someone who, despite observing the 5 pillars of Islam, will have harmed others with slander, backbiting and unpaid debts. Even when all the good deeds are used to compensate, the bad deeds of the victims will be added. Let us not undermine the value of our own good deeds by harming others…”

Parental Wisdom of Prophet Yacoob

By Nouman Ali Khan
“There are valuable lessons in Sura Yusuf. His father, Yacoob alayis salaam, taught us that sometimes children can be harmed by near family members. We must protect our children. We must nurture them and validate them with encouragement, not criticise and demean them constantly…”

The blessings of asking forgiveness

By Zaheer Yaqoob

“Allah says that even if you have sins that reach up to the sky, Allah is able to forgive that. We must never despair of Allah’s capacity to forgive. Just stop the sinful behaviour, resolve never to go there again, and sincerely turn to Allah in repentance…”

Backbiting is a Major Sin

By Farooq Khan
“Backbiting is such a serious sin, that Prophet Muhammad sws compared it to “eating the flesh of your dead brother.”
This social evil is rampant, and it undermines good human relationships….