If we should kill you, then what?
An incident during the period of India's partition....
The road leading into Delhi was utterly unsafe and extremely dangerous (for Muslims). No one had the courage to go there. May Allah reward our Haji Babu Ayaz Saheb, and grant him even more courage. At that time, in spite of the extreme danger, he used to go there to fetch the dire rations. He brought rations for fifteen men, while there were about five hundred people staying in the Musjid. However, these rations were very helpful for the children. Everyone was quite dumb-struck at his courage in going to bring these rations. Once he was bringing some rations from Sabzi Mandi (market- place), on the way back he was in a tanga together with one Hindu and three sikhs. As they left Delhi the Sikhs told him: "How is it that you come to sit right in our midst? If we should kill you, then what?" He replied loudly and without fear: 'You will never be able to kill me, if you are brave enough, then take courage and do it."
When he said that they hesitated, started thinking and even looking at each other, they even made some signs to each other. Then rolling up their sleeves, they asked: "And why can we not He replied with even more fervour: "Because I have such a thing with me which makes it impossible for you to kill me." Through Allah's Grace they became so frightened, that right up to Nizamuddin, they continued thinking and making signs to each other. At the time of his getting out of the tanga at Nizamuddin, the Hindu asked: "Show me that thing." He replied: "No sir, this thing is not to be shown or seen." When I asked him what the thing was, he replied: "You should know, because you taught us one dua:
اللَّھُمَّ اِنَّا نَجْعَلُكَ فِي نُحُورِھِمْ وَ نَعُوذُبِكَ مِنْ شُرُورِھِمْ
"Allahuma inna naj'aluka fi nuhurihim wa na'oozobika min shuroorihim" "
O Allah we place You upon their necks and we seek refuge in You from their evil."
I started thinking: This 'thing' had not been shown to them and yet it had such an effect upon them. There is absolutely no doubt that there is great effect in the words of Allah; on condition that we are of true Imaan. I have already written previously that my uncle once gave me a dua to be read over a certain person and to blow over him afterwards. He further even said: "And if he does not recover, then it will be better for him if he dies." I have had endless experiences of this from the duos in the Hadith. If Allah should now again grant me the faith and yaqeen in Him, that I had at that critical time, it will be a great favour to me.
From Aap Beti Vol 4-5
Method & Duas of Qurbani
- The animal that is going to be sacrificed should be fed and given water.
- The knife that is going to be used should be sharpened beforehand, and not in front of the animal.
- The animal should be laid down on its left side at the place of slaughter, face pointing towards the Qibla. دعاء should be read before slaughtering the animal.
- Animal should be slaughtered quickly with a sharp knife. When slaughtering, cut all 4 veins in the throat or atleast 3 veins should be cut with 3 strokes of the knife. Don't cut any more than 3 strokes which will cause unnecessary pain to the animal.
- As soon as the animal is cold, you should start skinning the animal. Do not skin the animal when it still has life, it should be completely dead before skining.
- NOTE: age of animal: camel should be 5 yrs old, ox, bull, buffalo should be 2 yrs old and sheep, lamb, goat should be 1 yr old. The animal should be a healthy animal with no defects.
Dua before and after slaughtering:
اِنِّى وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِيَ لِلَّذِيْ فَطَرَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ حَنِيْفًا وَّمَا اَنَا مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِيْنَ اِنَّ صَلاَتِيْ وَنُسُكِيْ وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِيْ للهِ رَبِّ الْعالَمِيْنَ لاَ شَرِيْكَ لَه وَبِذَلِكَ اُمِرْتَ وَاَنَا مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِيْنَ اَللَّهُمَّ مِنْكَ وَلَكَ
Trans: “For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly towards Him Who created the heavens and the earth. And never shall I give partners to Allah. Verily my worship and my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds. O Allah! this sacrifice is from you and is for you”.
Signs of Weak Imaan
Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: "Imaan wears out in the heart of any one of you just as clothes wear out, so ask Allah Ta’ala to renew the Imaan in your hearts” (Mustadrak al-Haakim).
Hazrat Abu Huraira (R.A) narrates, that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said,” Keep on renewing your Imaan, “O Messenger of Allah, how should we renew our Imaan?” enquired the Sahabah, recite لاَ اِلٰهَ اِلَّا اللّٰهُ very often,” was the reply.
Our Iman is not always as strong as we want it to be as it often fluctuates according to life circumstances.
There are several causes for weakening Iman such as deficiencies in our Aamaal or the whispers and temptations from the Shaytaan. Regardless of the cause, it is of great importance for all of us to keep a check on our Imaan and if we feel it is faltering in any way then we should take measures to restore it. It is our responsibility to know which things decrease our Iman and how to avoid them and those that increase our Iman and how to embrace them. It is something that can only be fixed and improved by our own self and not by someone else, so we need to understand and make full effort to cure this problem. Remember in the hereafter we our self would be responsible for our mistakes and no one else to be blamed. We need to strive hard for our afterlife and increasing our Imaan.
Here are a few signs of weak Imaan:
- Committing sins and not feeling any guilt.
- Having a hard heart and no desire to read the Quran.
- Feeling too lazy to do good deeds, e.g. Salaah
- Neglecting the Sunnah.
- Not feeling anything when hearing verses from the Quran, for example when Allah Ta’ala warns us of punishments and His promise of glad tidings.
- Finding difficulty in remembering Allah Ta’ala and making Zikr.
- Not feeling bad when things are done against the Shariah.
- Desiring status and wealth.
- Being mean and miserly, i.e. not wanting to part with wealth.
- Ordering others to do good deeds when not practising them ourselves.
- Feeling pleased when things are not progressing for others.
- Being concerned with whether something is haram or halal only; and not avoiding makrooh (not recommended) things.
- Making fun of people who do simple good deeds.
- Not feeling concerned about the situation of Muslims.
- Not feeling the responsibility to do something to promote Islam.
- Being unable to deal with calamities, for instance crying and yelling in funerals.
- Liking to argue just for the sake of arguing without any proof.
- Becoming engrossed and very involved with dunya, worldly things, i.e. feeling bad only when losing something in terms of material wealth.
- Becoming interested about ourselves.