Sunday, November 27, 2016

Greeting by waving the hand or nodding the head

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

The Islaamic greeting of saying: “السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته” is from the actions of the tongue (except when you are writing a message or letter to someone). So, one cannot substitute it by merely raising or waving the hand in the air, or nodding the head.

But if the person is at a distance and the voice is not audible, then raising/waiving the hand along with saying “السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته” will be right and In shaa Allaah will not be regarded as imitation.

Narrated `Amr bin Shu`aib from his father, from his grandfather, that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: He is not one of us who resembles other than us; do not resemble the Jews or the Christians. For indeed greeting of the Jews is pointing the fingers, and the greeting of the Christians is waving with the hand. [Sunan al-Tirmidhee (2695) and graded as “Hasan li ghairihee” by Shaikh al-Albaanee in al-Saheehah (2194)]

Imaam al-Nasaa’ee reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: Do not greet with the greetings of the Jews or the Christians, for their greetings is merely with (gesturing with their) hand, (nodding with their) heads, and (pointing with their) fingers. [Sunan al-Kubraa (10100) and the narrators in this chain are all reliable]

Monday, November 14, 2016

Guidance & Advices for the Muslim Doctor

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

This is a two part treatise on the general advices and guidance for the Muslim doctors in regards to their profession, their behavior, manners and characteristics, and the religious regulations that they should maintain in the clinics and hospitals. Even though the subject matter is specifically addressed to the doctors, but people from other professions can benefit from this as well in regards to the good manners and behavior.

The first part is the translation of the Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Saaleh al-`Uthaymeen’s رحمه الله last lecture before his death, which took place in Riyaadh, in the year 1421H. The lecture is followed by Q&As. This lecture is available on youtube for those who want to listen to the Shaikh directly.

The second part is a summarized translation of Shaikh Muhammad `Alee Ferkous’ treatise, written by the Shaikh back in the year 1427H and available on his official website.

Link 1

Link 2

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Intoxicants: The mother of all evils

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

This is the state of every home whether in the West or in the East. Whenever intoxicants like Khamr (wine) or drugs (including marijuana, heroin) become common, it leads towards fornication/adultery and unlawful killing:

`Uthmaan Ibn `Affaan رضي الله عنه said: Avoid Khamr (intoxicants) for it is the mother of all evils. There was a man among those who came before you who was a devoted worshiper and used to stay away from people. An immoral woman fell in love with him. She sent her slave girl to him, saying: “We are calling you to bear witness.” So he set out with her slave girl, and every time he entered a door, she locked it behind him, until he reached a beautiful woman who had with her a boy and a vessel of wine.

She said: “By Allaah, I did not call you to bear witness, rather I called you to have intercourse with me, or to drink a cup of this wine, or to kill this boy. [But if you refuse, I will shout and scream and expose you. So when he realized that he had no escape but to comply] He said: “Pour me a cup of this wine.” So she poured him a cup. He said: “Give me more.” And soon he had intercourse with her and killed the boy. So avoid Khamr, for by Allaah faith and addiction to Khamr cannot coexist but, one of them will soon expel the other.

[Sunan al-Nasaa’ee (5666, 5667) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee and said this is authentic only as the statement of `Uthmaan. The words within the brackets are from Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan (5348)]

Note: He chose Khamr thinking that it was lesser than the other two sins, but eventually under the influence of wine he committed the other two sins as well.