Founder of Madrasah In’aamiyyah, Camperdown (1373-1437 / 1953-2016) AGE: 63

HAZRAT MOULANA MAHMOOD MADANI DESAI (RAHIMAHULLAHU TA’ALA) Founder of Madrasah In’aamiyyah, Camperdown (1373-1437 / 1953-2016) AGE: 63       * This is a brief article on the life of Hazrat Moulānā Mahmūd Madanī Desai (RA). Details concerning his life have not been included here. Readers are requested to continue to remember Hazrat Moulānā (RA) in their du’ās and if anyone wishes to share any information on the life of Hazrat (RA), may email the Madrasah at alinaam@alinaam.co.za Birth:   Hazrat Moulānā (RA) was born in the year 1373/1953 in Madīnah Munawwarah during the Hajj journey of his parents. His birth place was close to the home of Sayyidunā Abū Ayyūb Ansārī (Radiyallāhu ‘anhu), which at that time was in front of the Haram. Hazrat Moulānā ‘Abdul Haqq Omarjī, Hazrat Moulānā Mūsā Samrodī and Hajī Kāssim Ahmad Kadwā (father of Moulānā Osmān Kadwā Sāhib) were amongst the South African Hujjāj present during that Hajj. He was named Mahmūd by … ...Read more

Islamic Code of Commerce

There is no contention with regard to wealth being essential for the existence of man. Likewise, there is also no difference of opinion that certain methods of acquisition of wealth are advisable whilst others are not. For instance, acquisition of wealth by means of stealing, fraud, cheating, deception, usurpation, etc, is abhorred across the globe. However, there is no comprehensive code of commerce which can determine with total justice, as to which methods of acquisition are correct and which are not. The code clearly cannot be the law of humans, who are susceptible to greed, bias, etc,. It can only be the law of Allah, The Lord of All the Worlds. The laws of shariah are Divine. Hence, they are balanced, just, comprehensive, perfect and absolutely flawless just as Allah, the most Wise and Knowledgeable is absolutely perfect and beyond any flaw. Unlike other systems, such as the capitalist, socialist and communist systems, the Islamic code of commerce has maintained complete … ...Read More

Unity in Difference

Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to say that differences of opinion in those days were not like how it is today. Nowadays if we have a difference of opinion with someone then we drag his name, respect and honor to the gutters. There is absolutely no understanding and consideration for people left anymore. One does not even go to meet or speak with his counterparts. A veil is thrown over all his good qualities. Our elders were such that they maintained unity despite having a difference with others. They would show kindness and sympathy to one another, share in one another’s sadness and happiness. In this regard, Hazrat Qari Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentions the following incident, “There was some difference of opinion that occurred between two people which had reached up to the courts. Both parties needed to go to the courthouse in Baanda to fight the case, but the relationship between them was such that they were still on talking terms and were in … ...Read More

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

“Are you observing a pagan custom! I was thinking of invoking such a curse upon you that your appearances might be deformed.”

[Ibn Majah]

There was a pre-Islamic custom in Arabia that people who walked behind biers would cast off their cloaks as a mark of grief and keep only their shirts on. On seeing people in this state the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) reprimanded them severely with the above mentioned words. The people immediately put their cloaks back on and never acted in this manner again.

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) put an end to the observance of all customs observed by Arabs prior to Islam. Similarly, when Islam spread outside the Arabian peninsula in the time of the Sahabah, they also prohibited the adoption of the customs of the Persians (Zoroastrians) and Romans (Christians and Jews).

If we cast aside the teachings of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) we cast aside the protection that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has provided us with against the Shaitaan, in the same manner that if we cast aside our clothes we expose ourselves to the cold.