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The lust for power

By Ishola Balogun

Not many in position of authorities really know the implication of holding position of authority. They only seek power by whatever means in order to actualise their self interest. When Allah offered this trust- amanah to the heavens; earth and the mountains, they refused just because they knew if they failed, they would be punished. Man, as the leader of other creatures accepted the offer ignoring the punishment of Allah even when he knew he would fail to discharge the duties of amanah as required.

“We did indeed offered the Trust to the Heavens and the Earth and the Mountains; but they refused to undertake it, being afraid thereof: but man undertook it.” (Quran 33: 72). That is why politicians and others in authority abuse power, betray the word “trust” (Amanah) with reckless abandone. The servant betrays his master just as master lets down his servants and importantly becomes unfaithful to his country. Even though he swore by the holy books to discharge this amanah faithfully, as he would have sworn to Almighty Allah at the point of accepting the trust, he never bothered about the consequence of his misdeed.

The followers also at the slightest opportunity, become desperate for power undoing everyone to get the baton; and the mischief continues. A deputy governor is always pre-ocupied with the decoy to remove his boss just to take over the position. Since there is no art to find the mind’s construction in the face (thanks to Shakespeare); suspicion becomes the norm in the corridors of power with the readiness to axe the least critic.

We know that every move of our politicians is never to fulfil their amanah; constitutional duties of delivering the dividends of democracy but bulgarize our patrimony; and when their self interest is threatened; then democracy is threatened. The Quran says Whoever desires glory and power,- to Allah belong all glory and power. To Him mount up (all) Words of Purity: It is He Who exalts each Deed of Righteousness. Those that lay Plots of Evil,- for them is a Penalty terrible; and the plotting of such will be void (of result). (Quran 35:10)

File photo: Muslim pilgrims gather to pray at Mount Arafat near the holy city of Mecca during the annual pilgrimage. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ
File photo: Muslim pilgrims gather to pray at Mount Arafat near the holy city of Mecca during the annual pilgrimage. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ

Another chapter of the Holy Quran says:”Say: O Allah, Lord of power! You give power to whom You please, and You remove from power whom You please. You give honor to whom You please and You disgrace whom You please. In Your hand is all Good. Indeed, over all things You have power.” (Qur’an 3:26) Allah instructed us to fulfill our pledges, our promises and commitments. If we make a promise, we have to fulfill it. In Surah Al-Mu’minun (The Believers), Allah says “Those who are faithfully true to their trusts and to their covenants; and those who strictly guard their prayers. These are indeed the inheritors who shall inherit Paradise.” (Qur’an, 23:8-11)

We should remember that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was called “Al-Amin”: The Trustworthy. He fulfilled all of his promises from his childhood until his death. He never betrayed anyone, and he never lied in his life. He was the best example of a human to all of mankind.

Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) explained to us that weighing, measures, deposits, private talks, advising, just to name a few are some of the amanah we have to fulfill. In one Hadith, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) informed us to fulfill Amanah even if the other party is not trustworthy. “Discharge the settlement to those who entrusted you, and don’t betray even the one who broke his promise.” Ahmad and Abu Dawood.

Allah in his infinite wisdom created among his servants the strong and the weak, the rich and the poor, the handsome and the ugly. We just have to appreciate that differences and never to take advantage. If people trust one another and if they act accordingly, we will live in peace and harmony. The vaulting ambition of some and fraudulent activities of those in position of authorities will only create a state of anarchy, confusion and restiveness in the society.

Since this life is ephemeral, Allah only created power and position we are struggling to kill ourselves over as trial and affliction for the gifts of the Hereafter. Allah gives power just as He humbles; He made some the servants just as He relegates. He gives to take, and tests to reward.

Prayer: We beseech you Allah to make us do the right thing, and give us good health, together with those whom You have healed; and be our Protector, together with those for whom You have protected; because He whom You protect shall never be humiliated and he whom You make enemy shall never be exalted. O Allah! Make us safe on the Day of Judgment for it is our final destination. Make life the store of all good things and make death the rest from every evil. O Lord of all the Worlds, please associate me with what You have made lawful and make necessary to me what You have made unlawful, and by Your Mercy make me independent of all others.

O Allah! guard us against Your trials. Allah our Lord, make this country safe for us and let us dwell in peace. O Allah advance us in knowledge and let us be among those who listen to the Word and follow it. O Allah our Lord, choose for us good leaders that will remove us out from the depths of darkness, retrogression and illusion, unto the lights of erudition, knowledge, progress and righteousness and from the muddy shallows of lusts unto the heavens of Thy throne. May the peace and blessings of Allah continue to abide with Prophet Muhammad and his Companions. Amin.

What you need to know about Hajj rites

By HARUN RAZAQ

The rites of Hajj can be categorised into three parts namely pillars, compulsory, and Sunnah. An intending pilgrim must seek the knowledge of Hajj rites and must understand each part and their positions in the completeness of the rites of Hajj.

Pillars of Hajj: (i) Intention of starting the rituals (by assuming Ihram); (ii) Standing in Arafat; (iii) Tawaf-al-ifadah; (that is perform on the 10th of Dhul hijjah or after leaving Muna) (iv) Sa’y between As-Safa and al-Marwah. It must be noted that: whoever omits any pillar of Hajj, his Hajj is incomplete until he does it.

Compulsory aspects of Hajj: (1) Entering Ihram from the Miqat; (2) Staying in Arafat till sunset; (3) Staying overnight in Muzdalifah; (4) Staying overnight in Mina during the days of al-Tashriq; (5) Stoning the Jamarat in order; (6) Shaving or shortening of the hair; (7) Tawaf al-Wada’ (Farewell Tawaf) except for the menstruating woman or woman experiencing the flow of blood after childbirth. It must be noted that: Whoever omits compulsory aspect of Hajj must make up for it by offering a sacrifice or fast for ten days-three days in Hajj and seven days after returning from Hajj.

Sunnah of Hajj: According to fiqh scholars is the aspects of Hajj that if pilgrim do it he/she will have great reward and if he abandons it, he/she does not need to atone for it.

The Sunnah of Hajj is meritorious and is encouraged. But, it is very important to understand that Allah made certain acts fard (obligatory) and others non-obligatory. And Allah does not accept the Sunnah from him who violates the fard. Some pilgrims ignore this fact and you see them injuring others in their attempt to kiss the Black Stone, or during circumbulation around the Ka’abah, or make Salah behind the station of Ibrahim, or to drink from ZamZam, and similar practices. These practices are Sunnah and injuring the believers in the process is haram (prohibited). How can you commit a crime haram while doing a Sunnah act.

Pillars of Umrah: (i) Intention of starting the Umrah (by assuming Ihram) (ii) Tawaf (iii) Sa’y. It must be noted that: whoever omits one of the pillars of the Umrah, his Umrah is incomplete until he does it.

Compulsory Aspects of Umrah: (i) Entering Ihram from the Miqat (ii) Shaving or cutting the hair (for existing or ending Umrah). It must be noted that: whoever omits one of the compulsory aspects of Umrah must make up for it by offering a sacrifice.

Sunnah of Umrah: According to Fiqh scholars is the aspects of Umrah that if pilgrim do it he/she will have great reward and if he abandons it, he/she does not need to atone for it.


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