There are great virtues for visiting the sick. Hazrat Ali (RA) narrates that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said: “Whoever visits a sick person in the evening then 70 000 angels shall invoke mercy for the visitor until the morning. If he visits the sick in the morning 70 000 angels invoke mercy for the visitor till the evening and he will receive a garden in Jannah.” (Tirmizi, Abu Dawood)
Maintaining family ties is an important obligation of every Muslim. One way of strengthening family ties is to assist family members who are in financial need. It is praiseworthy to direct one's Zakat and other charity to needy family members, as this entails two virtues: the virtue of charity and the virtue of strengthening family relations.
Anger is a normal human emotion that is found within every person but turns destructive when not controlled. Mismanagement of anger causes one problems at work, in personal relationships, and in the overall quality of one’s life. Therefore the guidance given to us in the hadith is towards the management, control and curbing of anger.
It is imperative for a Muslim to purchase and consume food that is Halaal, pure and wholesome. Halaal consumption is a critical requirement for the protection of Imaan (faith) and spiritual progess. Islam deplores impermissible consumption to the extent that dining at a place where alcohol is served is detested.
The year-end period generally sees companies and individuals providing a treat for their faithful employees and well-wishers for their good performance and support. Whilst this is a noble initiative, extravagant spending and wastage has become synonymous with such functions. Statistics related to food wastage are quite shocking especially when many people around us live without sustenance.
The environment we live in is filled with challenges and distractions. A Muslim is encouraged to be cautious and particular about the places he visits. A Muslim should not visit places or attend events were the possibility of vice or the implication of sin exist. These teachings are borne out of principles from the Quran and Sunnah.
Among the many bounties enjoyed by the Muslim Ummah is the great day of Jumuah. Hafiz Ibn Katheer (R) said, "It was named Jumu'ah because it is derived from the word Al-Jam' in Arabic which means to gather, as Muslims gather weekly in large numbers on this day. The day of Jumuah should not be viewed as “another working day”, but rather as a day of great virtue and blessing.
For many centuries the practice of covering the head for males has been adhered to religiously by Muslims. Covering the head in Salah and out of Salah was the constant practice of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and the Sahabah t.