ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 09                                          04 Thul Qa'dah 1436 / 20 August 2015
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The Obligatory Nature of Hajj

Virtues of performing Hajj
The Holy Prophet (ﷺ)  has mentioned many virtues of Hajj, encouraging the believers to fulfill this obligation:
“The performers of Hajj and Umrah are deputations of Allāh. If they call Him, He answers them; and if they seek His forgiveness, He forgives them.” (Ibn Mājah)
“There is no reward for an accepted Hajj except Jannah.” (Al-Bukhārī, Muslim)

The performer of Hajj becomes so pure that even that person is forgiven for whom he seeks forgiveness. The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“When you meet a Hajī (on his way home), then greet him, shake hands with him and ask him to beg forgiveness of Allāh on your behalf before he enters his home, for his prayer for forgiveness is accepted since he is forgiven by Allāh.” (Ahmad)

Non-performance of Hajj
The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) has also warned those who do not fulfill this obligation despite it becoming obligatory upon them:
“He who possesses enough provisions which will suffice for him to reach the House of Allāh, and he does not perform Hajj, then there is no care whether he dies as a Jew or a Christian.” (At-Tirmidhī)

Hajj is Fard upon every sane, adult and healthy Muslim, when he has sufficient wealth to enable him to travel to and from the Ka‘bah. This will apply when the wealth required to take him is in excess of his needs (such as house, transport, clothing, etc.). He also needs to have sufficient wealth to leave behind for the needs of those who are dependent on him. Furthermore, the journey needs to be a safe one and a woman needs to be travelling with a Mahram. As can be understood from the great virtues and stern warnings above, a person upon whom Hajj is Fard should endeavor to perform Hajj.

(Extracted from the Article "The Obligatory Nature of Hajj" by By Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat (Hafizahullāh)
Weekly Hadeeth

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reported that the Holy Prophet (ﷺ)  said:
“Whoever performs Hajj for the sake of pleasing Allāh, and therein utters no word of evil, nor commits any evil deed, shall return from it free from sin as the day on which his mother gave birth to him.”
Sahih al-Bukhari 1521

Motivational Quote

Imam Shafiee (Rahmathullahi Alaihi) says :
"The foolish one addresses me with words of disgrace, but I hate to respond to him in a similar manner. The more ignorant he proves, the more patient I become. Just like the incense; the more it's burnt, the more it releases its fragrance."

Fiqh Q & A

Is it permissible to display the Khuthba sermon on wide screens?

Ref No. ACJU/FTW/2014/15/0196
All praise be to Allah. And Salawath and Salaam are due to His Final Messenger, our beloved Prophet Muhammadh (ﷺ) and upon his progeny, Companions and believers.

Difference of opinion prevails among Ulama over the permissibility of showing the Khatheeb who conducts the Khuthba sermon in the ground floor in wide screens on other floors of the Masjid in order to retain the attention of children and others who attend the weekly ritual. Some scholars are of the opinion that showing the Khatheeb on other floors in wide screens would be a positive technique to hold the attention of the people who sit on those floors where the Khatheeb is not physically present.   However, several other Islamic scholars contest the above view citing following reasons:
  • Allah asserts in the Holy Qur’an that the Jumu’ah Salaath and the Khuthba are nothing but forms of remembering Allah.
"O you who believe, when the call for Salah (prayer) is proclaimed on Friday, hasten for the remembrance of Allah, and leave off business. That is much better for you, if you but know" –Sura Jumu’ah Verse 9.
  • The reverence we have been displaying for this ritual could be seriously undermined or it could be totally relinquished.
  • People would increasingly attempt to sit closer to these screens thus missing the merit of sitting closer to the Khatheeb which is asserted in the Traditions of Messenger of Allah (ﷺ).
  • Dimming the bulbs in the Masjid would become necessary as it is required for such video screens to be viewable. Movement of technicians also would become necessary if some thing goes wrong in the functions of these video equipments and this would disturb the composure of the Jumu’ah and violate sanctity of the House of Allah.  Prophet (ﷺ) warned that who ever distracts himself as much as by touching the pebbles (in the Masjid) would loose the benefits of the Jumu’a (recorded in Sahih Muslim)
ACJU, upon weighing the tabled opinions, has decided to sustain the view that shuns this novel custom. We also believe that the stand that rejects this innovation to be virtuous and more devout. ACJU also asserts that decrees should be made only upon taking these matters into consideration. We also believe that elders who accompany children should employ other methods such as keeping the kids closer to them to train their attention to the sermon.

Allah knows best!

News & Events

A body of Arab delegates from Saudi Arabia visited the ACJU Head office on the 10th August.

Two members from Jamiyyathul Ulama of Maldives visited ACJU Head office on the 12th of August, and were briefed about the activities of Jamiyyah.

The ACJU Executive Committee Meeting was held on the 15th August at the Head office.

A donation was made to the Victims of the Aluthgama incident as Relief Aid, on the 15th August by the Social Services Division of ACJU.

The ACJU Hijri Calendar for the Month of Thul Qa'dah - 1436.

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