Monthly Archives: December, 2013

Don’t beg for A Job!

Don't beg for A Job!

Don’t beg for A Job!

The stories of the excellences of the past scholars will never be run out to tell. Including the best of their ways in motivating themselves to increase their obedience to Allah the Exalted. We should take examples from them because man’s soul would be easier to take a real story as their role model and that would motivate them to perform righteous deeds and be haste in goodness (1). Imam Abu Hanifah said, “The (exemplary) stories of the scholars and sit following their lesson is dearer to me than most of the law (problems), because the stories contain their manners and attitudes (to be followed).” (2)

Our role model in this occasion is Abdullah Ibn Mubarak Al Marwazi (died in 181 H). A grand, well known Imam from the generation of Atbaut tabeen (a generation after the tabeen), trustworthy and conscientious in narrating hadith from the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him-. He has many excellences and praiseworthy qualities. Imam Ibn Hajar Al Asqalani said, “He is a trustworthy, very precise (in narrating hadith), the possessor of very deep knowledge and comprehension, very generous and (often) went to the holy war (in Allah’s cause), he has (all) benevolent attitudes gathered in him.” (4)
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Giving commission to the employees

selling on Friday

Giving commission to the employees

Question:

Is a gift presented by a boss to his employees due to his devotion in working is included in bribery, since the value of the gift is higher than the employee’s salary?

The answer of Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen:

No, it is not considered as bribery as long as it is used to motivate the employees to work at their best. But if the employee refused to accomplish his task unless he is given a gift, then such gift in this condition is a form of bribery. Such gift is unlawful for the employee because it is given so that he perform his obligatory task appropriately. Whereas the principle in this affair is that one is not allowed to ask or to receive a gift in order to accomplishing his obligation.

There are two kinds of gift or commission for employees that must be differentiated:

The first is a gift presented in order to motivate them to keep or even increase their good works.
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Money, The Key of Allah’s Favors?

Money, The Key of Allah's Favors

Money, The Key of Allah’s Favors?

Introduction

All praises be to Allah, the Exalted. Peace and prayer might always bestowed upon Prophet Muhammad, peace and prayer of Allah be upon him-, his family, and his devoted companions. Amin.

Who doesn’t want to be rich? Delicious foods served without tiresome cooking efforts. Grand, luxurious house without saving for ages. Great, handsome cars line in front of the very door. People looking with awe. And beautiful, charming ladies are always dreaming to be your spouse.

What a life, indeed. I believe you’d also be glad to make it true. Isn’t it so, my brother?

Without Money, Life tastes Sour

Those daydreams could be realized with much much money and tons of gold. Thus, even if you don’t have too ambitious a dream, you’ll realize that money is the key to those dreams. Enemy would turn into best friend, difficulty would flick into ease, and bitterness would change into cheerfulness. All thanks to money, that smooth everything out.
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Rulings for Leopard Trading

Rulings for Leopard Trading

Rulings for Leopard Trading

Question:

Is it permissible to buy a leopard and keep it as a pet?

Answer:

It is not allowed to buy beasts, unless those that might be used for hunting. Whereas beasts that are impossible to use in hunting, should not be sold, or bought, since there are no apparent benefits that could be taken from it. The scholars stated that the leopard couldn’t be used as a hunter animal and therefore shouldn’t be traded.

An Nawawi, whose method in jurisprudence following the method of Imam Ash Shafi’i, wrote in his book “Al Majmu” 9:286: “Animals that are impossible to get benefits from are not lawful to be traded, for example the beetle, scorpion, snake, insects, rodents, ants, and many other insect and animals that resembles them. The Scholars of Shafi’i said that a little benefits possessed by those animals, due to their typical characters, are not considered as benefit since it is just a small and unimportant one.
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Rulings for Teaching The Non Muslim Students

Rulings for Teaching The Non Muslim Students

Rulings for Teaching The Non Muslim Students

Question:

What is the ruling of salary obtained by teaching in schools or universities? What is the ruling for a muslim who taught the Christian pupils in schools or universities? For your information, the formal schools in our country admitted both the muslim and non muslim pupils.

The answer issued by the scholars of the Standing Committee:

Firstly, it is allowed for one who taught in schools or universities to get a salary from teaching the religious knowledges, or knowledges that are permissible to learn, such as mathematics, engineering, writing the Arabic fonts, and various skills such as the skill to be a carpenter, blacksmith, the skill of sewing, etc.

Secondly, it is allowed for a muslim to teach in schools which pupils consisted of muslim and non muslim kids, as long as the knowledge he teaches is the knowledge that is permissible to learn in shari’a.
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