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Are The Signs Of The Hour Deemed To Be Prohibited Things: Sheikh Rabee Ibn Haadi

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Q: Is everything that the Prophet -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- mentioned to be from the signs of the hour something blameworthy or prohibited? Like the constructing of tall buildings?

A: We are unable to declare it prohibited -may Allah bless you- however the most appropriate and pious thing for the believer is to live a life within the boundaries of sufficiency with regards to his home, clothes, food, and drink. When Allah gives him wealth he should spend it, due to (he quotes a statement of the Prophet -sallahu alayhi wa salaam) “the affluent will be the least on the day of resurrection except those who distribute it like this and like that (to their right, left, and behind as the narration illustrates).” Just as the Prophet -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- mentioned.

The Exalted says:

و الذين يَكْنِزُون الذَّهب و الفِضَّة و لا يُنْفقُون في سبيل الله فبَشِّرْهم بعذاب أليم

“ِAnd those who amass gold and silver and do not spend it in Allah’s path, announce to them a severe torment.” [At-Taubah: 34]

So if one does not pay zakah, does not maintain family ties, nor does he give due rights as it relates to this wealth, then he is a sinner severely sinning. On the contrary if he pays zakah and builds himself a home, it is not correct to say it (his home) is prohibited. However what is more appropriate and pious is to not construct it high (towering), as competing in worldly affairs may eventually lead to arrogance. So what will result from the constructing of lofty buildings out of arrogance, which one will be taken to account over, -may Allah bless you- except that he regarding himself will become insolent with the people and deem himself above them. Hence if the structure is built in order to boast, he consequently is sinning.

To elaborate; a man buys a horse preparing its utilization in the path of Allah, he is rewarded. Another man buys a horse for his service and as a benefit for him and to, and to lend it out to people, this one is covered (on the Day of Resurrection). Whereas another man buys a horse for boastfulness and pride, such an individual has sinned.

And that’s the case with buildings. If he builds a home to shelter him, this is allowed, but if he builds it for boastfulness and pride he has sinned as a result of what he has accomplished for himself of arrogance and not merely the building itself.

Translated by Najeeb Al Anjelesi

Source: فتاوى فضيلة الشيخ العلامة ربيع بن هادي عمير المدخلي  

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What Is Zakat-ul-Fitr: Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al Uthaymin

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The sheikh was asked about zakat-ul-fitr, so he responded by saying:

Zakat-ul-Fitr is 3 liters of food (1) distributed at the end of Ramadan. The reason for doing so is to display thankfulness for Allah’s favor upon the servant due to the fast breaking of Ramadan and its completion, as a result it was named Zakat-ul-Fitr or sadaqat-ul-fitr. When the sun sets (ushering in) the night of Eid (2) it (Zakat-ul-Fitr) becomes obligatory. If a man has a child after the setting of the sun on the night of Eid, it is not binding upon him zakat-ul-fitr on his behalf (3), it is only recommended. And if a man dies before the setting of the sun on the night of Eid it is not obligatory upon him its distribution, this is because he died before the presence of the reason for its obligation.   

Translated by Najeeb Al Anjelesi

Source: فتاوى في أحكام الزكاة

1: Zakat-ul-Fitr was legislated as foodstuff, not money nor juice.

Abdullah Ibn Umar said; Allah’s Messenger -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- made binding zakat-ul-fitr, as a sa’a (3 liters) of dates, or 3 liters of barely upon the servant and freed, the male and female, the young and old from the Muslims. He ordered that it be distributed before the people exit for the (eid) prayer. Collected by Al Bukhari and Muslim.   

Abu Saeed Al Khudri said; during the life of Allah’s Messenger we distributed on the day the fast was broken 3 liters of food. Collect by Al Bukhari.

One of the strangest things that I’ve seen since being in the south is the Muslims year after year stating that apple and grape juice are Zakat-ul-Fitr items. This is incorrect as Zakat-ul-Fitr items are foodstuff and not drink. 

2: The night comes before the day and not vice versa as is commonly practiced here in the west. So on the 29th day of Ramadan the moon will be sought in order to ascertain if we’re going into the 1st night of shawwal (the night of Eid) or completing 30 days of Ramadan.

3: A man gives Zakat-ul-Fitr for himself and his family members under his care to whom which he spends upon. Abdullah Ibn Umar said; Allah’s Messenger -sallahu alayhi wa salaam- ordered the distributing of sadaqat-ul-fitr from the young and old, the freed and the servant, from those under your care (who you’re obliged to spend upon and take care of). Collected by Al Baihaqi and Imaam Ad-Daaruqutni.

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