söndag 28 april 2013

Can I ask Jesus for help?

Narrated 'Aisha: When the Prophet became ill, some of his wives talked about a church which they had seen in Ethiopia and it was called Mariya. Um Salma and Um Habiba had been to Ethiopia, and both of them narrated its (the Church's) beauty and the pictures it contained. The Prophet raised his head and said, "Those are the people who, whenever a pious man dies amongst them, make a place of worship at his grave and then they make those pictures in it. Those are the worst creatures in the Sight of Allah."

Who did he mean? 

In the 7th century Christians were in Ethiopia and they had already built a church. The prophet didn't order it to be burnt down. He respected it, and tolerated it. 
He didn't harm them, he only told about them to his wives. He didn't say to them that they should harm them or anything. They let them alone, in peace. 
He didn't say that he hated them, he didn't but he said that Allah sees them as the worst Creatures. Allah didn't say that people that didn't wear hijab or people that ate porc were the worst, they are only misguided those people, but people who doesn't take the guidance of the true God, the one, unique, They are the worst in the sight of Allah.
The prophet himself loved everybody.

So, no.

You can't ask Jesus for help. 

When you are dead you will talk to the angels

Narrated Anas: The Prophet said, "When a human being is laid in his grave and his companions return and he even hears their foot steps, two angels come to him and make him sit and ask him: What did you use to say about this man, Muhammad ? He will say: I testify that he is Allah's slave and His Apostle. Then it will be said to him, 'Look at your place in the Hell-Fire. Allah has given you a place in Paradise instead of it.' " The Prophet added, "The dead person will see both his places. But a non-believer or a hypocrite will say to the angels, 'I do not know, but I used to say what the people used to say! It will be said to him, 'Neither did you know nor did you take the guidance (by reciting the Quran).' Then he will be hit with an iron hammer between his two ears, and he will cry and that cry will be heard by whatever approaches him except human beings and jinns."

P.s. I love you

P.S. I love you is a movie with a love story where the widow is mourning for a year. Is it good to mourn for a year or should it be prolonged or even shortened? 

For believers it is not allowed to mourn for a whole year, but for everybody else, it is allowed.

Narrated Zainab bint Abi Salama: When the news of the death of Abu Sufyan reached from Sham, Um Habiba on the third day, asked for a yellow perfume and scented her cheeks and forearms and said, "No doubt, I would not have been in need of this, had I not heard the Prophet saying: "It is not legal for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to mourn for more than three days for any dead person except her husband, for whom she should mourn for four months and ten days."

Do the dead hear?

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

The scholars disagree concerning whether the dead hear the talk of living people. Some believe that they hear them. Others believe the opposite, i.e. that dead people do not hear living ones.
Those who believe that dead people hear living ones have the following pieces of evidence.
1) First what was narrated in al-Bukhari and Muslim about the dead that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "When (Allah's) slave is put in his grave and his companions return and he even hears their footsteps, two angels come to him and make him sit and ask …" .
2) The Hadith where the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) addressed the dead of disbelievers in the battle of Badr three days after their death: "When he halted at the edge of the well, he addressed the corpses of the Quraish infidels by their names and their fathers' names, "O so-and-so, son of so-and-so and O so-and-so, son of so-and-so! Would it have pleased you if you had obeyed Allah and His Apostle? We have found true what our Lord promised us. Have you too found true what your Lord promised you? " 'Umar said, "O Allah's Apostle! You are speaking to bodies that have no souls!" Allah's Apostle said, "By Him in Whose Hand Muhammad's soul is, you do not hear, what I say better than they do" .
Ibn Taymiyah was asked whether the dead person hears his visitor. He replied: "Yes, globally" and he mentioned the above evidence.
3) The Hadith reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim that "The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) told Muslims to greet the dwellers of graves and he said: 'Say: peace be upon you all, O inhabitants of the graves, among the believers and the Muslims. Verily we will, Allah willing, be united with you'" .
The scholars say: 'This address is to them, and we do not talk to people who can not hear' .
On the other hand, some of those who believe that dead people hear are of the opinion that they hear everything. But some of them believe that they hear only globally what the living person says and they might not hear all the time. They might hear in a given situation and not hear in other situations. This hearing is only a perception so; the dead person is not punished or rewarded for it. Again, it is not the hearing mentioned in the verse: {Verily, you cannot make the dead to hear (i.e. benefit them and similarly the disbelievers), …}[27: 80].
As what is meant in this verse is 'you cannot make them accept your orders and abide by them' . This is the view of Ibn Taymiyah .
Ayisha (Radiya Allahu Anha) denied that dead people could hear living ones. Her evidence are the verses: Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {Verily, you cannot make the dead to hear (i.e. benefit them and similarly the disbelievers), …} [27: 80]. Allah also Says (interpretation of meaning): {… but you cannot make hear those who are in graves.} [35: 22].
Some Hanafi scholars chose the opinion of Ayisha and they considered that the fact the Messenger of Allah talked to the dead disbelievers in Badr was a miracle and that it was peculiar to him. As for the second Hadith, "He hears the sound of their shoes" . They said that he could only hear right after he was put in his grave as he hears questioning of Angels.
Many scholars talked about this issue including: Ibn Taymiyah and al-Hafiz Ibn Katheer who backed the opinion of those who say that dead people could hear while interpreting Surah Al Rum and al-Hafiz Ibn Rajab , …etc.
al-Awsi on the other hand backed the opinion of those who believe that dead people do not hear to conclude, we believe strongly that dead people could hear globally the speech of living people but the hearing might not be permanent.
In fact, he might hear in some situations and not hear in others.
Allah knows best.