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26—VANGUARD, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 Rajab 26, 1439 A.H. The life of a Mu’meen By AbdulWarees Solanke ALLAH is ever faithful in His promise. In my Fajr reflections recently, I pondered over several aayats of the Qur’an where Allah haz wa jal speaks to believers on certain actions of life, where He gives certain mandates, instructions, warnings, promises and assurances with a view to ensuring that the believer remains steadfast, conscious, ever in His presence, relying on Him and ultimately attaining His pleasure, for the Pleasure of Allah is the greatest goal a believer can aspire. When Allah is pleased with His servant, his affairs become easy. I take my inspiration today from the Surah of the Believers, Al, Muminun, Quran Chapter 23 and I encourage every Muslim to reflect on the contents of the early verses of that part of the Quran. They are verses that breathe with certainty, finality and assurance from Allah, assurance of success. But there are also conditions attached to success. From these verses, you see the Almighty linking success to Salaat, zakat, observance of trust (integrity), chastity, piety, and self-discipline. In the reckoning of Islam, all these are good deeds, borne out of personal striving against the base self, the ego. For it's the reign of the ego in man that fires his ambition. And when the ego and ambition in man rule, most often negatively, he is unable to meet, or he compromises on these virtuous prescriptions of success. So, the nexus to Pilgrims praying at the tomb of P r o p h e t Muhammad in Madinah during the last hajj exercise. man’s success is the conquest of the ego and human ambition. The path of success is shown to man when he abandons his own selfdefined path and follows the pathway of Allah; the path of total submission and full compliance with the mandates of Allah. Allah in his infinite mercy declared that whosoever does good, whether male or female, and he is a Mumeen, a believer, such would assuredly be granted a life that is pure and good, HAYYATAN Toyyiban. In several other parts of the Quran, Allah promises the believer victory, authority (dominion of the earth), heritage, abundance of wealth and ultimately His pleasure, RIDWANULLAH AKBAR. The pleasure of Allah is the greatest. So, what is the life of a believer, without gender bias? The life of a Mumeen is one of submission to Allah, of peace and tranquility (saqiinah), of fulfillment and joy. It's a life of independence from man but of munificence in Allah, a life of contentment. It's a balanced life, a life of hope and reliance on Allah, Tawaqqul. It's a life If a man loves Allah, he is no longer afraid of the path that leads to the presence of his Beloved of increase and progress beyond the material life. But it''s also a life of constant struggle, jihad-u-nafs, against the whisperings of Shaitaan, a life of awareness of Allah’s might which restrains from iniquities and vanities, so always doing taubah or repentance. It's a life of productive efforts with certainty of reward from Allah even if not in tangible measures. It's a life of altruism and sincerity, ikhlaas, solely for Allah. Indeed, the life of a Mumeen is a life of strength, courage, and voluntarism. Ultimately, the life of a Mumeen is a life of patience and gratitude, sabr wa shukr. The life of a Mumeen is one of unquestioning obedience and loyalty to Allah. It's complete trust in Him. It's a life of material freedom, yet of richness of soul and patience in tribulation. It's a life devoted to dhikr, Allah’s remembrance, a life that thirsts for knowledge of Him and love of Him. But it's also a life that conquers the fear of death. After all, death is the beginning of transition to meeting Allah. If a man loves Allah, he is no longer afraid of the path that leads to the presence of his Beloved. When a man is granted this life, he enjoys ease of worship and protection from dangers. He's armored against ibliis and his hosts from among the jinn and mankind. He becomes a slave of Allah. He abhors sins, ever turning to Allah in repentance. He is assured of forgiveness and mercy from above. He attains success in all dimensions. How sweet is the life a Mumeen! How wholesome!! How rich!!! BARKA JUMAH Let's begin a new era Infrastructure, schools, morality, piety and even the pleasures of love have suffered deterioration in our land. Why are we fixated in these dark boxes? We must by force of faith begin a new era in the personal spiritual life of each of us; and happily, of our great nation itself. Let’s shift the paradigm, now! We need to alter the context and content of our being low, and living without honor for Allah nor love of humanity, almost forever! We must grow a vibrant spiritual society of the meek, honest and humble as true winners. The oppressive grandeur of the aggressively fraudulent rich must be suppressed by our lack of notice; and utter disdain. When our spirituality rejects ill-gotten gains, we perhaps may be able to devise a sensible society that is guided and measured by the fear of Allah. May the fear of Allah fill our souls and guide us all to lofty realms where the love of one another dotes on humanity. Happy Jumat. —Dr. Adewale Adeeyo, OON Do you seek a Muslim life partner? WELCOME to Muslim SoulMates in Vanguard. A unique platform for single Muslims who wish to find their potential marriage partners on this page. We have designed it to help you find perfect soul mates every Friday. We will also counsel where necessary in order to keep with the halal standard. Our aim is to further develop couples that could be blessed, compatible, enduring and following Islamic injunctions. 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There are many traders and businessmen nowadays who do not fear Allah and try to conceal faults of their products at the point of sale;sometimes mixing faulty products with good ones for sale, using chemicals and the like to make a product look good, or concealing faults in engines so that the purchasers will be deceived into buying it. Some traders change expiry dates, or prevent the buyer from examining or trying out a product. Many of those who sell cars or other types of equipment do not point out the product’s faults. This is haram. The Prophet (s.a.w) said: “The two parties involved in a sale have the choice (to end it - i.e. the sale is not final) until they part. If both have been truthful and honest about the sale, it will be blessed, but if they lied and concealed any faults, the blessing of the sale will be lost.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari; see al-Fath, 4/328).
Vanguard, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018—27 Sermon from Baitul Futuh Rajab 26, 1439 A.H. NAHCON, NAPTIP, partner on human trafficking The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) have agreed to partner against the menace of human trafficking. The two organizations pledged their cooperation when the management of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) paid a courtesy visit to NAPTIP Ramadan: Commission tasks wealthy Muslims on prompt payment of Zakkat Kano State Zakkat and Endowment Commission, has called on wealthy Muslims in the state to ensure prompt payment of Zakkat (alms) to enable it disburse same to the needy before commencement of Ramadan. Director-General of the commission, Alhaji Safiyanu Gwagwarwa made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Wednesday. Gwagwarwa said the commission deemed it necessary to remind well-to-do Muslims on the urgent need for them to give out Zakkat as the Ramadan was fast approaching. He said the commission had dispatched letters of reminder to some prominent wealthy Muslims in the state with a view to ensuring early collection of the alms for prompt distribution to less-privileged persons. “The Ramadan period is approaching and there is need for us to commence collection of the alms for onward disbursement to the needy before the commencement of the Ramadan fast.The letters are meant to remind our people on the importance of paying the alms as and when due as enshrined in Sharia to enable the commission headquarters in Abuja recently. Speaking at the event, the Chairman/CEO of NAHCON, Barr Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, MON, FCIA, stated that there was need for synergy and collaborative efforts by all relevant organizations to tackle the menace which in recent times has been denting the nation’s image.He therefore called on Hajj 2018: Group raises alarm over scarcity of e-Passport Independent Hajj Reporters have called on Federal Government to urgently look into the issue of scarcity of e- passport booklets in some Immigration offices across the county. It was gathered that Immigration offices in states like Kaduna, Abuja, Osun and Kano have no standard category e-passport in stock as intending pilgrims were told to capture their biometrics data and come back later for the passport. The group said scarcity of e-passport was affecting the 2018 hajj pilgrims’ registration process and called on relevant agencies concerned to quickly ensure the availability of the travelling document. International passport is a hajj registration requirement as contained in the guidelines issued by NAHCON for the procurement of visas for pilgrims by state pilgrims boards. It will be recalled that NAHCON has set April ending as the deadline for the 2018 hajj pilgrims registration deadline. The scarcity of e- passport booklets might prevent intending pilgrims from being registered by their respective states pilgrims board or meet the deadline. distribute same in good time,” he said. Gwagwarwa said the essence of collection and distribution of the alms to the needy was borne out of effort to discourage begging in the society. “Wealthy Muslims are encouraged to give out Zakkat and endowment as part of measures to reduce begging, especially among the lessprivileged persons in the society, he added.” the office of the National Security Adviser to coordinate all the agencies involved in the business of anti-human trafficking in order to find a lasting solution to the menace especially on the route to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The chairman pointed out that the effort of the Nigeria Immigration Service in the introduction of e-passport has helped to minimize the menace drastically unlike in the past, but according to him there was need to evolve new strategy to deal with the it.According to him, the need to combat the menace led to the introduction of bio-metric data capturing by the Saudi authority for Hajj and Umrah in order to checkmate activities of over stayers/ absconders. Responding, the Director- General of NAPTIP, Mrs. Julie Okali-Donli expressed appreciation to NAHCON for identifying with the good work of NAPTIP assuring of her organization's readiness to work together to curb the menace of human trafficking as contained in the provision of the law establishing the Agency and to prosecute any person or organization involved in the act. He said the commission in collaboration with the state House of Assembly had commenced process of amending the law guiding the operations of the Zakkat Collection Committee with a view to enhancing its performance. “Once the law is amended, it will transfer the chairmanship from whoever is holding it to the Emir at the state level to District Head at the local government level,” he stressed. Dr Charles Mbelede, Deputy Supreme Grand Knight, St Mulumba; William O. Adebisi, Grand Knight, KSM Metro, St Mulumba and Bridget Hsueli, Coordinator, Family & Human Life Unit, Archdiocese of Lagos during a press briefing on the campaign against abortion held in Lagos recently. Responsibilities of Ahmadi Muslims After reciting the Tashahhud, Ta’wwuz, and Surah Al-Fatihah, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) stated: Although Spain is undoubtedly amongst the Western countries, but it's economically less well established than other European countries such as France. However, compared to Pakistan, the economic conditions are far better for those people here who have emigrated from Pakistan. That is why many Pakistanis also come here for business or employment purposes. As far as Ahmadis are concerned, when they emigrate from Pakistan, they do so due to two reasons; the foremost of which is the prevalence of restrictions placed upon religious activities and a lack of religious freedom for Ahmadis in Pakistan. The second reason is to improve their economic situation. Some people state their conditions truthfully as they file their asylum cases, but some also conjure stories, which is unnecessary. I have said many times that if one mentions truthfully the atrocities committed against us in Pakistan in the name of religion and merely states that, ‘living in Pakistan under such circumstances puts me under extreme psychological pressure which is akin to continuous torture,’ then usually, the authorities or the judges understand this and hence adopt a helpful and sympathetic attitude. Thus, whilst putting forward one’s case, there is no need to formulate exaggerated statements. In any case, an Ahmadi should safeguard himself from lying. Allah the Exalted has equated lying to shirk (associating partners with God). One can never expect from an Ahmadi that they would commit shirk. On the one hand he (an Ahmadi) claims that ‘I am at the forefront in proclaiming the Oneness of God the Exalted and in coming into the servitude to the Holy Prophet (sa) and that I believe in the Imam of the Age, the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi (as).’ However, on the other hand, he does not protect himself against this fundamental sin, which is the foremost duty of a believer in the Oneness of God. Thus, every Ahmadi should analyse themselves as lying to gain worldly benefits will render us extremely sinful in the eyes of God the Exalted. Thus, as I have said, once we have emigrated from our homeland in order to safeguard our faith and in order to remain firm on our faith, then we must give the utmost priority to the commandments of Allah the Exalted. We should see as to what our preferences are after having accepted Ahmadiyyat, the true Islam. If these priorities are not in accordance with the commandments of God the Exalted, then we have failed to achieve the purpose of our migration. If our very foundation is based on a lie and if we have made the attainment of the world our sole objective, then we will not be the recipients of the blessings of Allah the Exalted. We should always remember that our objective is not to attain the world and to be engrossed in worldly affairs. Nor is this the purpose of the creation of a believer. Only if we try to achieve the purpose of our creation set out by Him in order to attain the pleasure of God the Exalted, will we be able to acquire true success and fulfil the purpose of entering this world. We will most certainly acquire this world and its blessings as Allah the Exalted does not deprive those who march towards Him of religious and worldly blessings. Allah the Exalted has taught us this prayer to seek from Him the good of this world as well as the hereafter as He says (Arabic) (Al-Baqarah: 202) (‘our Lord, grant us good in this world as well as good in the world to come, and protect us from the torment of the fire’). In relation to this, the Promised Messiah (as) states: ‘A person is in need of two aspects for his prosperity; firstly, to remain safeguarded from all difficulties, adversities and trials etc, which befall him in this temporary worldly life. Secondly, to be safeguarded from sins, evils and spiritual ailments, which lead him away from God.’ There are two (necessary) aspects for a person. Firstly, worldly hardships and ailments and secondly, spiritual hardships and ailments. Further elaborating on (the word) Rabbana (our Lord), the Promised Messiah states, ‘The truth of the matter is that there is a subtle indication towards repentance in the word Rabbana (our Lord). When a person says Rabbana (our Lord), he completely inclines towards Allah the Exalted.’ The Promised Messiah (as) then states: ‘The reason for this is that the word Rabbana (our Lord) requires (and implies that) a person has left other gods which he had previously created and turned towards this Lord. ….. The fact of the matter is that people create multiple gods for themselves. They have utmost faith in their schemes and deceptions, as those are their very gods. If the person is proud of his knowledge or power, then that is his god. If he is proud of his beauty or wealth, then that is his god. In short, there are thousands of such gods which are attached to him. Until he does forsake them and bows his head before the One True Lord and fall at His threshold reciting the heart-rendering prayer of Rabbana (Our Lord), then he cannot understand the nature of the True Lord.” Therefore, we must always keep this principal in mind. There was mention of paying the due rights to worshipping, so we should remember that we can only make the efforts to do so when we fulfil the objectives of our creation in accordance with the commandments of God Almighty. Read further online on www.vanguardngr.com