Monday, October 19, 2015

Decorating Masjids

Decorating Masjids

The Prophet of Allah, Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), said: "The Hour will not come to pass until people vie in boasting with each other in building masjids." [Abu Dawud]

The majority of the jurists (may Allah have mercy upon them) are of the view that it is disliked to decorate masjids with gold or silver, or engrave them, or write on them, or do any other thing that might distract the praying person from his prayer. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "I have not been ordered to build high and lofty masjids." [Ibn Habbaan] Ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) said: "Indeed you will embellish the masjids [and decorate them] in a similar way the Christians and Jews did to their places of worship." Imam Maalik and Ahmad (may Allah have mercy upon them) also disliked the decoration of masjids. Some jurists of the Hanbali and Shaafi'ee school are of the view that it is forbidden to decorate masjids with gold or silver, and any such decoration should be removed, because it is a waste of money, and hurts the feelings of the poor.


What are the remains of this wordly life?
Except the thoughts about child and wife,
If there is not another single soul
To think about our sugar bowl-
Filled with sweet thoughts and remembrance,
Then what is worth of worldly appearance?!

Nothing we had when we were born,
Nothing we take when others mourn
On our departure from this sandy earth
Which may for sometimes stand beneath
The hundred thoughts and hundred worries
Of modern man as he buries.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Its on your Face!

The Prophet of Allah, Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), said: "If anyone has a good or evil inner nature Allah will make apparent some sign of it by which it will be recognised." [Mishkat al-Masabih]

What you are on the inside will eventually reveal itself on the outside and on your face. Umar (radi Allahu anhu) was an expert face reader. Once a man passed Umar (radi Allahu anhu) and he remarked that the man had dealt with magic: that he was either a magician or had been a magician. People inquired from him and he admitted that he had been a magician prior to Islam.


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