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11-04-2008, 04:12 AM
Essential Rights
Shaykh Muhammad Saleh Al Uthaymeen


Islam, true Christianity, true Judaism and all other known and unknown divine religions are from the same source: Allah , the Almighty , Who inspired and revealed these religions throughout the history of mankind in order to establish peace, law , justice and ethnics upon Earth.

He , the Almighty assigned man as a vicegerent on Earth , not the angel. He, the Almighty blessed man with a very peculiar nature. Man may commits sins, but shortly after repents, often returning to his Lord, Allah , the Almighty , seeking His Mercy , Forgiveness and Blessings. That is one nature of man. As for the other nature, man is blessed with innocent, clean, honest and tender heart that leads him to obey His Lord, Allah ,the Almighty , worship Him sincerely and seek His blessings and guidance.

Allah , the Almighty , revealed His Divine Laws for man. These Laws fulfill the various and versatile needs of man on earth. They help preserve human race , protect the environment , support the truth and fight evil wherever it might be, and regardless of its source.

Man, therefore is in deep need to know and maintain the essential right of life. Some of the major rights that man should know , recognize and assure throughout his life are summed up as follows:
ط The right of His Creator , Allah , the Almighty

ط The rights of the prophet , the guide and the teacher who deliverd the Message of Allah, the Almighty

طThe rights of the birth parents.

ط The rights of the birth children

ط The rights of the relatives and kith and kin

ط The rights of both , the husband and the wife

ط The rights of neighbors

ط The rights of fellow Muslims and

ط . The rights of non Muslims, fellow citizens

I would like to express my gratitude to H.E. Sheikh Ibn Othaimin for presenting this book in Arabic Which I truly enjoyed and cherished.

My heartfelt thanks to my dear editor. Mrs. K.H. Dabas , who sacrificed a great deal of time and effort to read , re-read and re-read the manuscript of this book , polish it , and put it in its final form for printing . May Allah the Almighty, bless her heart with complete faith and benefit her in this world and in the Hereafter.

I do sincerely hope that readers from all faiths , creeds , social background and races all over the world will benefit from this book, apply it in their lives and share their knowledge with others.

The translator

Mohammed Said Dabas

Riyadh – KSA


By: Abdullah bin Jar-Allah Al-Jar-Allah

All praise is due to Allah , the Almighty , and I bear witness openly that there is no deity worthy of worship but Him Alone. I do also bear witness openly that Mohammed is His slave servant and Messenger .P.B.U.H , and May Allah , the Almighty , be blessed with all his rightly guided companions and progeny.

It is indeed one of the most important item in the life to know what rights man has, and what obligations one is obliged to do towards His Creator, Allah , the Almighty, and towards his fellow man as well . It is equally important to observe these rights in practical life , maintain them fully. This booklet, in spite of it’s relatively small size , does focus on these rights and introduce them properly and precisely to the Muslim readers all over the world , and also to those who are either eager to learn about essential matters in Islam , or interested to know what Islam is all about . Amy Allah , the Almighty , reward the writer of the booklet who attempted throughout his work to explain , shed light and introduce these rights in a straight forward fashion.

The most important right of all these rights is right of Allah , the Almighty , to love Him , fear Him , hope from Him , obey Him by doing all of the aforementioned acts in accordance to what He , the Almighty, commanded , and avoid all what He banned and condemned. Also , by liking and caring for those who like Him , the Almighty, and obey Him . Likewise , by disliking and shunning away from those who disliked Him and disobeyed His commands.

The second most important right is the right of the prophet , P.B.U.H . One should express his observation to his rights by loving the prophet , obeying his commands , following his teachings, avoiding at any cost , any intentional and deliberate disobedience to his Sunnah , practical teachings practice , emulating him and considering him the first and the foremost example who set actions and practices the are best for man to follow and live and by attempting very seriously to remember him in all phases , stages and situation of life P.B.U.H

Then one must recognize the right of his relatives upon him. This right must be professed by doing good to these relatives, establishing a good rapport with them, visiting them, caring for them, associating closely and decently with them, etc. At the top of this list must be the parents. One must be extremely kind, helpful , obedient , caring and avoiding all matters that they dislike or upset them as long as they do not demand an act of disobedience to Allah , the Almighty,. One of the most essential things that man should do to fulfill this main right of his parents is to pray for them by supplication and sincere invocation, during their life and after death as well. Next to the parent’s right comes the right of the children, which must be expressed by offering them the right education, upbringing, discipline and teaching them good manners. Next to this right is the mutual right of spouses: husband and wife, which expressed by caring, loving, assisting, cooperation and full support when the other is right and is on the right track as well.

Next to these rights is the right of the neighbors which is expressed statements and actions alike. Then comes the right of the general Muslims such as : greetings them whether you know them or do not . visiting the ill or sick ones , saying: “Bless you “ to the persons who sneezes , accepting an invitation from them ( provided the invitation is lawful , clean and it has no intention to displease Alaah , the Almighty or His prophet ,P.B.U.H) , advising them , supporting the one who has been unfairly or unjustly treated , attending the funerals of the deceased , liking for them generally what one likes for himself and disliking for them what one hates or dislikes for his own , and to commended to do good and stop the evil acts.

All quoted verses from the glorious Quran and Hadith , statements of the prophet , P.B.U.H , are properly attributed to their sources . I do pray Allah , the Almighty, to cause people to benefit from this work , increase the reward and blessing to author and also to reward and bless those who read it with attention to apply it unto their own practical life and benefit from it.

May Allah’s peace and blessing be upon our beloved prophet, his family and progeny and unto all those who follows his clear path until the day of Judgment


Abdullah bin Jar-Allah al-Jar-Allah




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11-05-2008, 12:46 AM

Essential Rights

That the Pure, Innate Nature Calls for but Islam Requires from Muslims

All praise is due to Allah, the Almighty. Thee we praise, and Thee we seek help from. We seek refuge with Allah . the Almighty , from our own evil , and from the wrong done against our souls. He whom Allah , the Almighty , guides , there is no one to misguide , And whom Allah , the Almighty, misguides , there is no one who can guide. I bear witness openly and wholeheartedly that Allah, the Almighty , is the only one god worthy of worship. I bear witness that Mohammed , P.B.U.H , Is His slave servant and Messenger , may the peace and blessings of Allah , the Almighty , be upon the prophet , his family , his companion and rightly guided following them until the day of Judgment.

One of the most attractive , appealing and just characteristics of Islam , the religion of Allah , the Almighty , is maintained justice for all , which is granted to every person. All people regardless of color, creed , race, ethnic background , social status , political status or otherwise must be treated fairly and justly. No exaggeration or shortsightedness should be applied to any person regardless of who he/she is. Allah , the Almighty , commands with justice for all , doing good to all and granting favors to the close relatives. In fact , the prophet and the Messenger of Allah , the Almighty , concentrated in their efforts of calling others to Islam on the concept of justice. For the same person , Allah , the Almighty, sent down his books and established fair measurements and accurate , just scales for both this world and the hereafter.

Justice is to give to every one what he/she is entitled for completely. It is to place everyone in the position for which he/she is entitled. In order to achieve such a stage , one must know what are the rights to which people are entitled . The following is a brief clarification and explanation of these extremely important and essential rights in order to study them , know them , get acquainted with them in our lives. These rights can be summed up as follows:

1. The right of Allah , the Almighty

2. The right of the prophet , P.B.U.H

3. The right of Parents

4. The right of children

5. The right of relatives

6. The right of husband and the wife

7. The right of the governor and the people

8. The right of the neighbors

9. The right of the Muslims

10. The right of the non-Muslims

These rights will be addressed and discussed in this booklet. Undoubtedly, there are other rights that Muslims and non –Muslims alike must be aware of, study and apply in their lives, as well.

The First and Foremost Right:

The Right of Allah, the Almighty

The most essential right that man must fulfill , first , is the right of his creator , cherisher and care taker , Allah , the Almighty , who has the most important rights of all. Allah , the Almighty , is the king of all kings , the Omnipotent, the just , the Only one , Who has neither wife nor a son , the One Who creates from nothing , and returns His creations again to the earth to become like soil dirt once again. He is the One who grants all the graces since man was a fetus in his mother’s womb where no one was capable of providing sufficient food and nourishment, except Him. In the womb, Allah , the Almighty , provided three layers of darkness for comfort . protection and proper isolation. Later , He was the one to provide your mother with warm milk from her breast to give you suitable type of food at all times , and in accordance with your age. Yet, Allah , the Almighty , was the One Who directed you to use the sucking function provided for you , enabling you to suckle the milk from your mother . Moreover, He is the one who placed love , tender care , compassion . love and the sense of attachment in your parents’ hearts to employ all what they have for your comfort , well –being and early stage of your life when you needed the care , the shelter, the comfort and other things. Furthermore , He is the One Who provided you with natural intelligence , mental faculties , sense , energy . strength and so forth to care for yourself and for others , professing the Creator’s abilities and graces unto you. Allah , the Almighty , stated in the glorious Quran:

“ It is He Who brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers when ye knew nothing ; and He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and affections: That ye may give thanks ( to God)”

If Allah , the Almighty , stopped His virtuous care for a glimpse of an eye of us , men , women and children, or for only few moments , our entire life or world would collapse , vanish, come to an end , or be destructed It is because of the mercy , blessings , care ,gifts , grants of Allah, the Almighty , unto us , that leads us to think that Allah , the Almighty , is entitled for most important right of all. He , the Almightily, definitely , has the right of creating us from nothing , preparing us for whatever we shall become while realizing we are completely incapable of doing anything , and last , but not the least , providing us with all that we have in terms such as health , strength , senses , food , shelter , abilities. And yet, Allah , the Almighty , does not ask anything in return for all His gifts, grants and bounties offered by generously without limitation , as He grants to all who believe in Him , follow His teachings and commands, and to those who do not , as well. He requires no favors from us He demands no provision of food or drink , as He , the Almighty, is neither in need of nourishment , nor in need for us for ant reason. Allah , the Almighty, stated in the glorious Quran:

“Enjoin prayer on thy people , and be constant therein. We ask thee not to provide sustenance: We provide it for thee. But the (fruit of) the Hereafter is for Righteousness.”

The only thing that Allah, the Almighty , demands from His creation , which is again for man’s interest , if applied , fulfilled and practiced , is to worship Him , and Him alone with any association of others with Him in worship. Allah , the Almighty , stated in the glorious Quran:

“ I have only created Jinn and men , that they may serve Me. No sustenance do I require of them , nor do I require that they should feed Me. For God is He Who gives ( all) sustenance , Lord of Power , steadfast ( for ever) “.

Allah , the Almighty, demands complete , through and unrestricted submission in slavery for Him, in respect of His position as Full and Complete Lord, Cherisher and Care taker. Man must present himself before His Creator and Cherisher in full humiliation, obedience and submission to His Commands and Will without questioning the validity of the rule , or even the wisdom behind it , as He, the Almighty, knows well what it is good for His creations as a sole Creator. Man is required to fully believe , wholeheartedly, in that is reported soundly and truly of His Creator through His Prophets, Messengers and Books or scriptures. Man could easily see , touch and feel all the graces of Allah, the Almighty, surrounding him in his life , therefore, it is not extremely impolite , rude and inconsiderate to deny all these gifts and graces.

If any provided you with a fraction of what Allah , the Almighty , has provided , you would give him a proper respect , consideration to whatever he demands of you as long as such request are within reason , of course . It is not awful to confront one’s Lord , Creator , Cherisher and Caretaker with denial of His Commands , rules, teachings and instructions which is for the benefit , welfare and well-being of man himself , not for the benefit of the Lord himself? In fact , all good that comes to man is definitely from His Lord , Allah , the Almighty and all evil or bad things dismissed from man is also due to the mercy of Allah , the Almighty. As Allah , the Almighty stated in the glorious Quran:

“ And ye have no good things but is from God: And moreover, when ye are touched by distress, unto Him ye cry with groans.”

In reality, this right that Allah , the Almighty , requires for Himself from man is very easy to observe , simple to respect , clear to understand and practical to apply for those whom Allah , the Almighty , made it so for them. The Crux of the matter is that Allah , the Almighty , did not make this right a difficult task to achieve , impossible to live by , hard to apply , or even tough understand. Allah , the Almighty stated in the glorious Quran:

“ And strive in His cause as ye ought to strive, (with sincerity and under discipline). He has chosen you , and has imposed no difficulties on you in religion ; it is the cult of your father Abraham. It is He Who has named you Muslims , both before and in this ( Revelation) ; that the Apostle may be witness for you , and ye be witness for mankind! So establish regular prayer , give regular Charity , and hold fast to God ! He is your Protector , the best to protect and the best to help”.

This right of Allah, the Almighty, is an ideal belief, truthful faith and belief in justice and fairness. This right results in fruitful and excellent quality, good deed and actions. The essence of this belief is love reverence and respect. Meanwhile, the result and fruit of this belief is dedication, sincerity and full devotion to truth, justice, and good ethnic and moral practice. In fact, the give of daily prayer of Muslims is but a simple result of the application of this right of Allah , the Almighty . However , sych daily prayers are for the benefits of man himself. They will abolish the minor sins committed during that day , increase the rewards of man for his good actions, improve morals, practices and devotions of the heart of man while improving various situations of man , such as patience and perseverance , concentration , dedication , steadfastness, devotion , commitment to time , production and excellence and so forth. Although this required from all , it is in accordance with every individual’s abilities as Allah , the Almighty, stated in the glorious Quran:

“ So fear as much as ye can”

The prophet , P.B.U.H , told a man called ‘Imran bin Al-Hussain , who was ill at that time :” Offer Your Obligatory “ prayer while standing , but if you can not do that , then offer it while sitting , and if you can not do that , then , offer it while laying down on your side:1

Consequently, man as a result of his belief in Allah , the Almighty, and his religion of Islam , is to pay Zakaht (Charity) . This is a small percentage of the entire Wealth is given to man , but yet, it benefits the poor and the needy individuals in the society . It does not benefits Allah , the Almighty. Zakaht benefits the poor , but by the same token , it does not harm or burden the rich person who gives of his wealth.

As a believing , obedient Muslim , one must observe Swam( fasting) during the month of Ramadan , the ninth month in the Hijra – lunar calendar , every year , in fulfillment of the right of Allah , the Almighty , . However , if one is unable to fulfill this duty for legitimate reason or excuse , then , one may make it up some other time of the year , or pay necessary fines (in charity) for missing it, as Allah , the Almighty , stated in the glorious Quran:

“ But if any one is ill, or an a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later.”

Also , as a result of the application , observation and adherence to this immense right of Allah , the Almighty , a believing Muslim must perform Hajj ( pilgrimage) to the holy shrine of K’aba , at Makkah , one tome in one’s life as a requirement for those who can physically and financially can afford it.

This natural right of Allah , the Almighty, is the one to be fulfilled wholeheartedly. Consequently , all the matters related to it in terms of full belief , Salah “prayer” , Zakah “ charity or poor dues” , swam “fasting” and Hajj “pilgrimage” must be practiced , observed and maintained on regular basis. All other facts , duties and requirements that Islam require from the believers are only required when there is a need for them , such as Jihad ( fight and struggle , holy war) for the cause of Allah , the Almighty supporting the cause of injustice to men when it occurs and needs support.

Dear fellow man! Examine this right of Allah , the Almighty. It is easy to fulfill , maintain and observe . It is also insignificant in terms of required applications; yet, it is so great un value and reward for those who observe it and perform whatever it entails. Observers of such right will live happily in this life , the hereafter , salvaged from the Hell-fire and will be rewarded with permanent abode in Jannah ( paradise) as Allah , the Almighty stated in the glorious Quaran:

“ Only he who is saved far from the fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of life): for the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception.”

To be Continued!


11-08-2008, 04:04 AM

Essential Rights


The Second Right

The Rights of the Prophet , Peace Be Upon Him

This is the greatest right of human beings. There are no rights for any man on the face of Earth greater than the rights of the prophet, P.B.U.H. Allah , the Almighty , stated in the glorious Quran

“ We have truly sent thee as a witness, as a bringer of Glad Tidings, and as Warner: In order that ye (O men) may believe in God and His Apostle, that ye may assist and honor Him, and celebrate His praises Morning and evening”. 48: 8-9

It is a must , therefore , that love , care and full respect must be given to Allah ‘s Apostle , PBUH especially over all other people , including , but not limited to self , children and parents. Allah ‘s Apostle , PBUH said: “ One will not become a complete believer until I ( Allah’s Apostle , PBUH) be more beloved to him than his own children , parents and all other people “.1

To name some of the rights of the Prophet (PBUH) , some of the most important are full respect , honor and love without any exaggeration or negligence. Proper respect and reverence of the Prophet , PBUH, during his life is to respect his tradition , applications , his person and way of life . As for the proper respect of the prophet after his death and departure of this world , it is to respect his traditions , actions and rules he laid down for man , along with divine constitution , the Glorious Quran , and the Sunah practices that was revealed to him from Allah , the Almighty . If a just person knows well how the companions of Allah’s Apostle , PBUH respected him , showed their reverence and expressed their utmost appreciation to the tremendous gift he has given them , one would be able to realize how such honorable , reverent and respected companions expressed their love , admiration and respect to their prophet, PBUH, . It is reported that ‘Urwah bin Masoud , one of the tribe of Quraish , who was delegated to negotiate with the prophet , PBUH, during the truce of Hodaibyah , a small village in the outskirts of Makkah. In the eighth year of Hijra , Allah’s Apostle ,PBUH, came with ten thousands Muslims to perform ‘Umrah (lesser Hajj) and return to Madinah Where they lived, were refused permission to do so by the Quraish tribe , who then were governing people of Makkah . ‘Urawah bin Masoud said to his people: “ I have visited kings such as Chesrous, Caesar and Najashi . I have never seen a group of people honoring , respecting and cherishing the commands of their leader as I have seen the companions of Mohammed , PBUH , I have noticed that whenever he ordered them to do something , they all haste and run to execute it to the letter. I have also seen them fight over the splashing water when he washes in ablution for prayer . I have noticed them lowering their voices when they are address him , out of respect. I have also noticed that no one looks him in the eyes or the face when they talk to him , out of respect and modesty”.2

It was in this fashion that our elder Muslim respected, honored , revered and showed their love , appreciation and respect to our beloved prophet, PBUH, .Although the prophet, PBUH, has been greatly blessed with good character , an easy-going personality , generosity , kindness , ethics and lenience , the companions showed him every respect , love and consideration. Had the prophet , PBUH, been rough person, others could have easily have not gathered around him and befriended or even associated with him as Allah , the Almighty, as mentioned in the glorious Quran.

One of the rights of the prophet , PBUH, upon us Muslims is to believe him fully and wholeheartedly in whatever he brings of the news and reports of Divine inspirations. This means, Muslims must believe their prophet PBHU in terms of whatever he, PBUH relayed about previous nations and generations, as well as the future. He is also entitled to the right of full obedience in so far as all that he commands or forbids, due to the fact that all his commands are to be considered perferct and are aimed at our survival and hereafter. It is also one of his entitled rights to belieive that the laws, rules and regulations he brought forth for Muslims all over the world are indeed , the best that any man on the face of Earth could bring. They are the most authentic, complete and comprehensive for the life of man on Earth , as well as, the hereafter . They are more complete than any othe previous laws and instructions of any previous prophet or messenger , as those were sent to a particular group, people or a certain locality , as we learn from the right and authentic teaching of Islam . A believing Muslim must not give priority to any man-made , or any other so-called divine or non-divine law, no matter who enforces or calls for it. Allah , the Almighty stated in the glorious Quran:

“ But no, by thy Lord, they can have no (real) Faith , until they make thee judge in all disputes between them , and find in their souls no resistance against thy decisions, but accept them with fullest conviction.” 4:46

It is also , Allah , the Almighty who stated in the glorious Quran :

“Say : “if ye do love God , follow me: God will love you and forgive you your sins: For God is Oft-Forgiving , most merciful.” 3:31

One of the rights that Allah’s Apostle, PBUH, is entitled for every believing Muslim is to defend his Divine laws , rules and regulations bought forth for Muslims all over the world . One must attempt to defend such divine laws by every possible means in accordance to the type of attack that it is under attack . If the enemies of the divine laws of Allah ‘s Apostle , PBUH, are using any kind of a proof of evidence to proof the Divine Laws of Islam are faulty , then a knowledgeable , believing and committed Muslim must use his utmost power of knowledge to defend the divine laws of Allah’s Apostle , PBUH. Similarly, if the attack was against Muslims by any other weapon, then committed Muslims must defend their faith and belief accordingly with suitable weapons.

None of the Muslims, regardless of position or status in the society, must condone, accept or pardon any attack aimed at the divine laws of the prophet , PBUH, according to the capability. Such person is labeled sinner, weak in faith and belief, and short of expressing his true love , consideration , appreciation and respect to the rights of his the prophet, PBUH.


1 This Hadith (statement Of Allah ‘s Apostle, PBUH) is reported by Both Bukhari and Muslim.

2 “The Abridged Biography of the prophet Mohammed , PBUH”, Abdulah bin Mohammed bin Abdel Wahhab, P.300


To be Continued!


11-13-2008, 09:44 PM

Essential Rights

The Third Right
The Right of Parents

No single person, in the right frame of mind, believes in denial the rights of the parents unto their own children. The parents are, indeed , the very reason for the existence of their child . Both parents are entitled to great rights by their children in accordance to Islam, and all other sounds principles, as well. But, let us closely examine the right of parents to their children according to Islam.

Parents raise their own children and care for them through their childhood. Both suffer a lot for the comfort, pleasure, happiness , health and satisfaction of their children. They wake up and stayed awake, in order for their child to sleep. They suffer all kinds of headache , fatigue , and tiredness for the contentment of their child , particularly while they are infants.

A mother carries the child in her womb , for nine lunar months , in most normal pregnancies . She gives her fetus from her own food and sustenance bearing all the biological, chemical , and physical changes that she is burdened with , with a pleasant feeling , high hopes and beautiful expectation of her beloved baby. All these difficulties encountered by a mother , although causing her fatigue , weakness end many other problems , are not but pleasure to most normal pregnant mothers who re in love with their children in their wombs. Allah , the Almighty stated in the glorious Quran :

“ And We have enjoined on man ( to be good) to his parents: In travail upon travail did his mother bear him and in years twain , was his weaning ( Her the command to Me and to thy parents: To Me is ( he final) Goal” 31:14

Later in the life of the child , his mother nurses the child regardless of hoe tiring this process is , how demanding it may be , how difficult it could become at times , but still mothers sacrifice all for their beloved babies. Normal mothers willingly , happily and gladly do that for their beloved children , in the most ordinary cases for two years or even longer , without compliant , burden or even hesitation , day and night, summer and winter, busy or unoccupied , tired or rested , happy or sad , as mothers again take special interest in their babies.

It is, therefore , for that very reason , along with many others, illustrated later , that Allah, the Almighty, constituted this immense right on man towards his parents. The sacrifices of mothers mainly are most distinct, unique and an act that stands on its own merits. Fathers nevertheless are also next in importance for the child is at an early stage of his/her life when such child can not fetch for himself , defend himself or earn for himself. Mothers , however, carry on their emotions , caring feelings, loving and concern about their own children for much longer periods in life. In fact , some mothers approach death , or even their own children have grand children , but yet , they still considered them “babies” as, they never left that infant and helpless stage. For that reason , Allah , the Almighty , stated in the glorious Quran :

“ Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old stage in thy life , say no word to them in contempt , nor repel them but address them in terms of honor. And, out of kindness, bower to them the wing of humility, and say: “ My Lord! Bestow upon them thy mercy even as they cherished me childhood”. 17:23-24

The most essential right of parents unto their children, male and female , is to be most kind , helpful , respectful , caring , mindful , gentle and keen to them. A child must exert every effort , financial ability and physical abilities to be kind , good, helpful , protective and serving to them at any given time of their life. A child must , at any given time in his life , obey their commands and follow their requests and instructions , as long as such instructions and commands do not contradict , conflict with , or disrespect the command of Allah , the Almighty , or cause the child any physical or mental harm.

A child must be kind in words , treatment and actions to his parents. It is a right of the parents on their children to be pleasant in their presence and serve them with pleasure and without any complaints , hidden or apparent. It is their due right to be served from their children at their old age, in case of aging and illness and being very weak , with no compliant , criticism or grievance. A child will , most likely , suffer the same things his parents from in aging , weakness and may be the state of senility. A child in most normal circumstances, could become a parent himself , and may become an undesirable or unwanted parent in his children home or house hold , if Allah , the Almighty , wanted for such a child this situation. Such an aging parent is in need for help , caring and assistance of his children as well. This is the normal life, as you deal others , and especially your parents , Allah , the Almighty , will provide you with children who will treat you in the same manner and fashion . Therefore , if a child grew up to be kind to his old and aging parents, when they need care , service and assistance , let him rest assured that Allah, the Almighty , will cause his children to be as nice , or on the contrary , as evil , as one was to his parents. In fact , as you treat your parents , your own children will treat you. Moreover , Allah , the Almighty, placed the parents in such a high position in accordance with Islam , the religion of he pure, innate and practical way of life. The rights of parents as preserved by in Islam by Allah , the Almighty , are so immense that He, the Almighty, placed their rights upon their children nest to His Own right upon man, Whom He , the Almighty, created , cherished , sustained and supported. Allah stated in the glorious Quran:

“ Serve God, and join not any partners with Him ; and good to parents”. 4:36

Allah’s Apostle , PBUH, places kindness to parents in a position higher than jihad , struggle and actual fight for the cause of Allah , the Almighty, in an Islamic battle and for a noble Islamic cause. Ibn Masoud, RAA , companion of Allah’s Apostle , PBUH narrated that :” I asked Allah’s Apostle , PBUH, : ‘What is the most beloved deed in the sight of Allah , the Almighty?” He, PBUH, said:” Offering Salah in its due and prescribed time .” I, then asked: “ What is next”? He PBUH, said “ kindness to one’s parents. “ I further askd :” What is next?” He, PBUH, said :” Jihad for the cause of Allah , the Almighty.” This Hadith statement of Allah’s Apostle reported by both Bukhari and Muslim

This Hadith, definitely , shows the importance of the rights of parents upon their children .It is a very unfortunate situation to notice , nowadays that many individuals , regardless of creed , believe , national or geographical location , social or economical status , are showing discern , humiliation , carelessness , indifference or even neglect to their own parents . At times , the best thing that one does is to send a gift , a greeting card or a message with someone , a telephone call , or a telegram or a even a fax to his parent wishing them a happy year , a happy birthday , a happy anniversary or any other occasion. One forgets that amount of effort they exerted physically , biologically , socially , economically , emotionally and spiritually to see their beloved child grow to become what he/she is. Occasionally , children may get together for reunion , so to speak to , or for a special occasion or event. Nine out of ten times if you ask a person whi is brought up in a western hemisphere , although he might be a Mislim , about what he would do with own parents when they grow olf , grumpy and maybe incapable of caring for their own affairs , the answer comes spontaneously : “ I will arrange a very nice, clean and pleasnt nursing home!!!!” What caring a child ! One forget totally what his parents did for him at his young age ! How much they suffered and struggled for him. How much they sacrificaed for his safety , pleasure , health and happiness. That is history . He can not take the extra effort to care for them when they really need his care and company in a pay back so to speak terms and conditions!!! Moreover , it is noticed , nowadays also that some very unfortunate parents are treated rather inhumanely by their own children . There are even some other children who do not admit any right for their parents but rather discern them, attempt to ridicule them , insult them , humiliate them or even beat them in private , or at times in public callings from senile , old man , old woman , and every other name in the book. Such youngsters will get their due and fair reward in this life before the hereafter , Allah , the Almighty, knows best.

Islam insists on the rights of the parents due to the very nature of human feelings , human needs , human race and society. That , what we, Muslims believe is a sort of dedication that Allah, the Almighty , placed in the hearts of the young Muslims generation so the Muslims Society become distinguished and unique for its own merits. Allah , the Almighty, stated in the glorious Quran:

“ Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents.” 31:14

That is the Islamic criterion for the right of the parents. This is but a truly human , honoring and respectful treatment to the physical parents who produced us from their very existence , dedicated their life , efforts , wealth and all what that they can afford to see us the way we are. Those who stayed awake during the nights when we ached , deprived themselves new clothes to see us wearing new clothes , suffered when we suffered , celebrated our first step , felt happy and proud when we achieved , felt miserable and unhappy when we failed. That is why we should honor them at their old age. This natural right for the parents is preserved , honored, respected and practiced by truly committed Muslims, young and old, anywhere in the Islamic world. That is also why we urge everyone , Muslim or non-Muslim to learn about the beauty of Islam as a complete and integral way of life. It is indeed the religion of pure and innate that does not clash or contradicted with the correct natural matters of this life.

To be Continued!


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11-17-2008, 06:56 PM

Essential Rights


The Fourth Right

The Right of Children

Let us first establish that children in accordance to the Islamic concept means both male and female. Some of anti-Islamic concepts accuse Islam by differentiating between male and female children claiming that it does prefer boys over girls in terms of inheritance , ‘Aqeeqa (slaughter of two lambs upon the birth of a male baby and one lamb for a baby girl) and other matters. In accordance with true Islam teaching , both male and female are alike in the sight of Allah, the Almighty . Each , however, is physically prepared and equipped to perform certain task and duties that are suitable to his/her nature .All again are equal in religious duties , except for certain exception that are defined and illustrated by Allah , the Almighty, in the glorious Quran , or declared and specified by Allah’s Apostle, PBUH. Only these differences are to be acknowledged and honored by in accordance with Islam and its teachings.

Children in accordance to Islam are entitled to various and several rights. The first and the famous right is the right of properly brought up , raised and educated. This means that children should be given suitable, sufficient , sound and adequate religious , ethical and moral guidance to last them fro their entire life. They should be engraved with true values, the meaning of right and wrong , true and false , correct and incorrect , appropriate and inappropriate and so forth and so on. Allah , the Almighty, stated in the glorious Qauran :

“ O ye who believes ! save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is Men and Stones”. 66:6

Allah’s Apostle , PBUH, also Said: “ Every one of you ( people) is a shepherd . And every one is responsible for whatever falls under his responsibility . A man is like a shepherd of his own family , and he is responsible for them”This Hadith is reported by both Bukhari and Muslim.

Children , therefore are a trust given to the parents. Parents are to be responsible for this trust on the Day of Judgment. Parents are essentially responsible for the moral , ethical and the basic and essential religious teachings of their children.

If parents fulfill this responsibility, they will be free of the consequences on the Day of Judgment . The children will become better citizen and pleasure to the eyes of their parents , first in this life, and in the hereafter .

Allah, the Almighty , stated in the glorious Quran :

“ And those who believe and whose families follow them in faith , to them shall We join their families : Nor shall We deprive them ( of the fruit) of aught of their works : (Yet) is each individual in pledge for his deeds.” 25:21

Moreover, Allah’s Apostle ,PBUH, said :” Upon death, man’s deeds will “definitely” stop except for three deeds , namely: a continuous charitable fund , endowment or goodwill ; knowledge left for people to benefit from ; and pious righteous and God-fearing child who continuously pray Allah , the Almighty , for the soul of his parents” This Hadith is reported by Muslim.

In fact, such a statement reflects the value of proper upbringing of children. It has an everlasting effect , even after death.

Unfortunately, many parents from every walk of life, in every society , regardless of creed , origin , social and economical status , etc., have neglected this very important this imposed right of their own children unto them. Such individuals have indeed lost their children as a result for their own negligence . Such parents are so careless about the time their children spent with no benefit , the friends they associate with , the places they go to etc., such parents they do not care, are totally indifferent about where their children go , when they come back and so forth and so on, causing the children to grow without any responsible adult and caring supervision. Such parents neglect even to instruct , direct or guide their children to the proper way of life , behavior or even attitudes towards others. Yet, you may find these parents are so careful about their wealth . They are extremely concerned about their own business , work and otherwise . They exert every possible effort to lead a very successful life in terms of materialistic gains, although all this wealth is not actually theirs. No one will take wealth to the grave.

Children are not only to be well-fed , well-groomed, properly dressed for seasons and appearance , well-taken care in terms of housing and utilities . It is more important to offer the child comparable care in terms of educational , religious training, and spiritual guidance .The heart of a child must be filled with faith . A child ‘s mind must be entertained with proper guidance , knowledge and wisdom. Clothes , food, housing , education are not , by any means , an indication of proper care of the child , proper education and guidance is far more important to a child than his food , grooming and appearance .

One of the due rights of children upon parents is to spend for their welfare and wee-being moderately Over spending or negligence is not condoned , accepted or even tolerated in Islam. Such ways negative effect on the child regardless of the social status. Men are urged not to be miserly to his children and household, who are their natural heirs in every religion and society. Why would one miserly to those who are going to inherit his wealth. They are even permitted to take moderately from their parents wealth to sustain themselves if the parents declined to give them proper funds for their living.

Children also have the right to be treated equally in terms of financial gifts. None should be preferred over the others . All must be treated fairly and equally . None should be deprived his gift from the parents. Depriving , or banning the right of the inheritance , or , other financial gifts during the lifetime of the parents or preference of parents for a child over the other will be considered in accordance to Islam an act of injustice. Injustice will definitely lead to an atmosphere of hatred , anger and dismay amongst the children in one household . In fact , such an act of injustice may, most , likely , lead to animosity amongst the children , and consequently , this effect in entire family environment . In certain cases when special child may show tender care to his aging parent , for instance , causing the parent to grant such a child a special gift , or issue him an ownership of a house , a factory , or a land , a farm , a car , or any other valuable items. Islam , however , considers such a financial reward to such caring , loving or may be obedient child , a wrong act. A caring child is entitled only for reward from Allah , the Almighty. Although its nice to grant such child something in appreciation for dedication and special efforts, but this must not lead to an act of disobedience to Allah, the Almighty. It may be that the heart and feelings of such a loving and caring child may change , at one point in time , causing him to become a nasty and harmful child. By the same token , a nasty child may change at any given time , as well , to become a very caring and kind child to the same parent. The hearts and feelings are , as we all know , in the hands of Allah, the Almighty , and can be turned in any direction at any given time and without any previous notice. This , indeed , is one of the reason to prevent an act of financial preference of a child over another. On the other hand , there is no assurance or guarantees that a caring child can handle the financial gift of his parent wisely.

It is narrated by Abubaker , RAA , who said that Allah’s Apostle , PBUH, was informed by one of his companions , al-N’uman bin Basheer , who said:” O prophet of Allah ! I have granted a servant to one of my children ( asking him to testify for that gift) ,” But Allah’s Apostle , PBUH, asked him :” Did you grant the same to each and every child of yours ?” When Allah’s Apostle ,PBUH was informed negatively about that , he said” Fear Allah , the Almighty, and be fair and just to all of your children . Seek the testimony of another person , other than me. I will not testify to an act of injustice.” This Hadith is reported by both Bukhari and Muslim . Thus, Allah’s Apostle ,PBUH called such an act of preference of one child over the others an act of “injustice” Injustice is prohibited and forbidden in Islam.

But , if a parent granted one of his children financial remuneration to fulfill a necessity , such as a medical treatment coverage , the cost of a marriage , the cost of initializing a business , etc., then such a grant would not be categorized an act of injustice and unfairness . Such a gift will fall under the right to spend in an essential needs of the children , which is a requirement that parent must fulfill.

Islam sees that if a parents fulfill their duties towards all children in terms of providing them with necessary training, educational backing , moral, ethical and religious education , this will definitely lead to a more caring child, better family atmosphere and better social environment and awareness .On the other hand , any religious in that parenthood duties can lead to the loss of a child or ill treatment to a parent at a later age.

To be Continued!


11-17-2008, 07:00 PM
JazakAllah for sharing sis

11-20-2008, 06:03 PM

Essential Rights

The Fifth Right
The Right of Relatives

All relatives , immediate or distant , enjoy certain rights upon believing Muslims . Each relatives has a certain level of rights according to the Islamic teachings. Such levels are hinged upon close relationships of the individual , as it is set forth by Allah, the Almighty , and Allah’s Apostle, PBUH. Sound social ties , and fruitful relationships are extremely valuable in the sight of Allah, the Almighty,. It is , therefore , important to study such ties from an Islamic perspective , observe them and maintain sound and cultivated relationships which led to a better society , close relationships , more harmonious community and a better environment. Allah , the Almighty, stated in the glorious Quran: “ And render to the kindred their due rights” 17:26He , Allah , the Almighty also stated in the glorious Quran:“ Serve God, and join not any partners with Him; and do good to parents , kinsfolk.” 4:36

It is required by every Muslim individual , male and female , young or adult , poor or rich , close or distant to be good to their relatives in every possible way by every affordable means whether physical , mental , spiritual , moral or financial. The amount of support is proportional to the status or level of the relationship of the relative , and is evaluated based on the need of such relative. This a matter that has its own merits based on religious teachings , moral obligations , mental judgment and pure innate requirements and obligations. This , on the other hand reflects to what extent Islam agrees with the pure, innate and natural demands of man on the faces of this earth.

Believing Muslim individuals who are committed to Islam and its sound , pure and accurate teachings are urged time and time again , and constantly reminded with the value of such noble deed to a relative. Many statements support this fact from both the glorious Quran and the Sunah of the prophet of Islam Mohammed bin Abdillah , PBUH, as we will illustrate in the following paragraph.

Abu Hirirah , RAA narrated of Allah’s Apostle , PBUH: “ Allah , the Almighty created all creations. Upon finishing his creations , the womb stood up and said: “ O Allah !, this the place of one who seeks refuge with You from boycott and being banned or ex communicated “, Allah, the Almighty, said: “ Yes indeed. Do not accept that I (myself ) will befriend whoever befriends you ( the womb , or rather the relatives generated and tied together due to the ties and relationships of the womb). And I shall discontinue My relations and ban who ban you?! “ The womb said: “ I accept “. Allah , the Almighty , said: “ I assure this for you”. Then Allah’s Apostle , PBUH said: “ Read if you wish the revelation of the glorious Quarn:

“ Then , is tit to be expected of you , if ye were put in authority , that ye will do mischief in the land , and break your ties of kith and kin? Such are the men whom God has cursed for He Has made them deaf and blinded their sight”. 47: 22-23

This Hadith is reported by both Bukhri and Muslim.

Allah’s Apostle ,PBUH also is reported to say: “ He/She who believes in Allah , the Almighty and Day of Judgment , must communicate , be good, courteous nd kind to his kith and kin or relatives.” This Hadith is reported by both Bukhari and Muslim.

It is unfortunate to notice that many people neglect such important social rights and religious obligations. Many Muslims , unfortunately do not care to be kind to their relatives neither financially , if they are rich and their relatives are poor and needy , or by social relations or even any help that they may be able to render t no cost. At times you may find a person , on the contrary , being harsh , mean , irrespective , jealous or miserly to his own relatives , while being the opposite towards other who are distant. Some people , unfortunately , do not even visit their relatives , offer them occasional gifts and presents , look after them when in need , help them or even extend a helping hand if really in desperate need or help.

On the other hand , there are an other kind of people who establish good relationships with their relives only for the sake of relationships , not for the cause of Allah , the Almighty . Such a person in reality is not doing what he is doing for the fulfillment of the commands of Allah , the Almighty, but is paying back those relatives what was pid to him in advance. Such an act is applicable to both relatives , friends , and distant people. A true good person is the one who establish good rapport with his relatives for the noble causes of the pleasure of Allah, the Almighty, only , and hoping to improve his ties with Him, the Almighty regardless if they did the same with or not.

Bukhari reported of Abdillah bin ‘ Amr nin al-‘Anas , RAA , companion of Allah’s Apostle , PBUH who said: “ A person who is good to his relative is not person who rewards them , or repays them equally for what they do to him. A good person is the one who does good to his relatives even if they do not do that to him.
Visit them even if they do not visit him , give them even if they do not give him , nd so forth.” “ A man asked Allah’s Apostle , PBUH,” O prophet of Allah I have some relatives whom I visit , be kind to and give whatever I can , but they do the opposite to me, I try to be extremely patient with them regardless of the hams , inconsiderateness and troubles they cause to me. What should I do in such case? Allah’s apostle ,PBUH said: “ if you are truly what describe, then you are as if you let them eat ashes ( as result of their own ding) so long you continue to do good to them. Yet, Allah , the almighty , continues to support you , ,aid you and help you over them as long as you continue being good to them.”

It is a real pleasure that one gains from being good and kind to his relatives at large. If they only thing man gets from such a noble social act is the pleasure of Allah , the Almighty , it suffices man in his life. But , it is most likely that man will get tremendous benefits from fulfilling commands of Allah , the Almighty , in his life. One definitely grows socially , matures ethically and feels at ease and peace with himself and with community around him.

Man is week without the support of his immediate family members or the moral support of his extended family members . Islam agrees with the norms of life . It coincides with the basic requirements of man in his social life. Establishing such rights by Allah , the Almighty , to govern the Islamic life and society is but a blessing of Allah , the Almighty to man all over world. Such a relationships will produce close –knit society , better relations amongst the various individuals and components of various units of society.


11-23-2008, 10:06 PM
Essential Rights

The Sixth Right
The Right of the Husband and The Wife

Marriage tie have great impact and a significance in any given society all over the old. It is , in the first place , a tremendous bond that ties the husband and the wife . As a result of this blond , many rights and requirements are imposed on both , towards each other , their children , their in-laws , their relatives and their social obligations. As financial relation is also established , which , at times , might strain the ties between the spouses. Moreover , their are certain physical the rights that constituted for both spouses as a result of the martial relationship. All these items , and more , are properly addressed in the light of Islam , the religion of Allah, the Almighty , and in accordance with the practices of Allah’s Apostle, PBUH. Such obligations ties and relationships are , at its best, inccord with Islam , as will be discuused herein. This coincides with the paure, innate nd human nature of man who is eager to lead a sensible , meaningful , affectionate , emotionally sound , physically comforting and spiritually meaningful life.

Both husband and wife must commit themselves fully to each other in the light of Islam , or for this matter, in light of the requirements of pure human nature. Both must be kind , good , sincere, affectionate , caring , polite , respectful and generous to each other. Each will constitute a half in martial relation. Therefore, each must bear the responsibilities of his share . Each must honor this tie , be pleasant to their companion and offer the utmost possible to make the relation lasting, pleasing , meaningful and coherent.

Allah, the Almighty, stated in the glorious Quran concerning the treatment of one’s spouse , the wife in particular:

“On the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If ye take dislike to them it may hat ye dislike a thing , and God brings about through it deal of good.” 4:19

Perfection , of course , belongs to Allah , the Almighty, Many times , one finds defects in the relationship one has with friend , n associate , a partner , teacher , a tremendously important to both individuals. It is, therefore , necessary to bear some inconveniences for the sake of generally good and everlasting relationship. That is why Islam , as a way of life, impose practical principles upon its followers.

On the other hand , Islam offers man an edge in the relationship due to the fact that man , in general , has better discipline, more logical judgment , less emotion and different position in society all over the world from primitive societies to most advanced , technical and industrial societies . Also man generally has a better income, which makes him more financially responsible for welfare of his family members, as it is the case all over the world . Man is, in general the “ bread- winner” of the family and t times subjects his life and body to terrible dangers to perform a skilled job that requires a lot of sacrifice .For these reasons and many more, Allah, the Almighty stated in the glorious Quran concerning man’s edge in the martial relation:

“ And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them , according to what is equitable; but men have degree.” 2:228

We know that woman is equal to man in all religious rights, as it is well explained in the glorious Quran and the Sunah practices of Allah’s Apostle, PBUH. There are only minor differences between male and female rights in accordance to Islam , such as inheritance , authority , testimonies , Code of dress and other things to be discussed in a separate book.

Woman mist offer her husband what he is entitled , and man must offer his wife what she is entitled based on the mutual fruitful relationship they have established in accordance with Islam. Truly, if both parties live up to these standards , both will be extremely happy, and society will become better and more pleasant . When both parties , or even one , fails to abide to these rules, a miserable life the household in general will prevail , as the unhappiness of parents will be reflected on the entire family. Both husband and wife will become unhappy , unproductive , unbearable and miserable if they do not appreciate the rights of each other and live by them.

Islam greatly emphasized that man must be kind to woman , in general , ,whether it be a wife , a mother , a sister, a daughter , an aunt , a grandmother , a niece or even someone unrelated to him. Allah’s Apostle , PBUH, said: “ Be kind to woman , woman have been created from bent rib. The most dent of the rib is its top. If you try to straighten that dent you will break it. If you left it alone it remains as is. Therefore , be as kind , nice and good to women as you could”. This Hadith is reported by both Bukhari and Muslim.

Muslim reported a similar Hadith saying: “ Woman has been created from (man’s) rib. That rib is bent somewhat . If you attempt to straighten the dent you will never be able to do so. Therefore , you may enjoy your relation with the woman with understanding that she has a dent (i.e. minor defects). If you attempt to correct the dent, you will break the relationship , which means you break the marriage and the martial relations between both.”

Muslims also reported an another statements of Allah’s Apostle , PBUH saying: “ A believing Muslim husband must not hate his believing Muslim wife ( and break the marriage relation ties) If a husband dislikes one thing of his wife , ( let him remember ) he likes other things and points in her character.”

The prophet , PBUH in the previous statements, guides , taches and establishes the way that the woman should be treated and dealt with. This is meant for all the Muslims Ummah regardless of social; status. No one person on the face of Earth , with the exception of the prophets and Messengers of Allah, Almighty , is infallible .Although the prophets themselves claimed that they may commit minor mistakes in terms of worldly things other than divine revelation descended to them by Allah, the almighty, from heaven. Perfection is a relative term. Man should accept his mate as is. Woman also should accept her husband as is. Both must exert every effort to improve one another. But they must remember that both are entitled to certain specific rights that Islam has established for them and they should enjoy. On the other hand , Islam imposed certain requirements from both that they must also fulfill. If both accept each other on these premises , the family will enjoy a healthy atmosphere and they will lead splendid , wonderful and very happy life under the umbrella of Islam.

We can vividly notice how Islam again and again coincides with the natural , innate nature of a man . Man desires a happy , flowery , rosy , cozy , neat and nice home with most beloved person to him, or her , after the love of the creator , the prophet and parents. Islam urges both the husband , in the first place , to be extremely kind , keen and nice in his relationship with his spouse and provide her with all due rights imposed unto him by Allah, the Almighty. And the teachings of Allah’s Apostle, PBUH. Similarly , the woman is expected to do the same , and obey her husband as long as he respects her , fulfills her rights, makes her feel loved, cared for and wanted , and does not impose any unlawful or illegal things upon her.

That is Islam. There is nothing else that matches its innate quality.



12-02-2008, 07:43 PM
Essential Rights

The Rights of the Wife upon her Husband
The wife is naturally entitled for food, clothing, housing and other related items with expenses to be born by the husband. This natural right has been given by Allah, the almighty, to the wife based on the verse from the glorious Quran:
“ The mothers shall give suck to their offspring for two whole years, if the father desires to complete the term. But he shall bear the cost of their food and clothing on equitable terms.” 2 : 233
Moreover , Allah’s Apostle , PBUH said: “ (Wives) are entitled for food and clothing from their husbands in equitable terms.” Also the prophet, PBUH was once asked: “ What is the right of the wife unto her husband?” He, PBUH said: “ she is entitled for the same food you eat , offer her clothing whatever you buy yourself clothes, do not hit her on the face , do not insult her and do not abandon her unless you do so in the same house ( under the same roof). “
This Hadith is reported by Abu Dawood.
Similarly , other rights to which the wife entitled is to be treated justly and fairly incase of multiple marriages. In such case the husband must be fair and just to both wives , treat them fairly in terms of expenditure , housing , time and all other items of which the husband is capable . Being biased or even inclinated and preferring one wife over the other is considered one of the major sins in Islam in the sight of Allah , the Almighty. Allah’s Apostle , PBUH said: “ If a man married two wives and preferred one over the other , he will come on the Day of the Judgment with a distinctly slanted side of his body.” This Hadith is reported by Imam Ahmed and reporters of the book of Sunan.
Man , as the husband , however , will not held responsible or accountable for things that he has no control over, such as love , affection and self comfort . Allah , the Almighty stated in the glorious Quran:
“ Ye are never able to be fair and just as between women , even if it is your ardent desire: But turn not away ( from a woman) altogether, so as to leave her ( as it were) hanging ( in the air). “ 4:129
It is also reported that Allah’s Apostle , PBUH used to divide things amongst his wives fairly and equally , then saying: “ O Allah! This is the fair distribution that I can do best in accordance to my abilities . O Allah! Please blame me not for what you own and I do not own( i.e. the acts of the hear in terms of love and affection.”)
This Hadith is reported by Abu Dawood , Tirmithe , Ibn Majah and Nasaiee.
However , if a husband preferred one wife over another in terms of spending the night with, based on the approval and acceptance of the other wife , then in such a case , there is no harm. That, in fact , was the case with Aishh and Swadah , two of his wives , may Allah be pleased with them , when Sawdah agreed to grant her night to Aisha, RAA toward the end of the life of the prophet, PBUH. Yet , when the prophet , PBUH , became very ill , he continuously asked : “ Where shall be tomorrow (i.e in whose house)?” All his wives agreed to let him stay at the house of Aisha m where he wanted to be until his death, PBUH.” This Hadith was reported by both Bukhari and Muslim.

The Right of the Husband Upon the Wife
The rights of the husband upon his wife are greater than the rights of the wife upon her husband for the simple reason that Allah, the Almighty , stated in the glorious Quran:
“ And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable ; but men have a degree.” 2:228
Man is the care-taker of his wife and house hold. He is responsible for all the affairs. He is responsible for training, direction and discipline in needed. Allah , the Almighty stated in the glorious Quran:
“ Men are the protectors of women , because God has given the one more ( strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means.” 4:34
It is an essential right of man over his wife to be obeyed so long as his commands don not conflict or contradict the commands of Allah , the Almighty, Allah’s Apostle, PBUH, and the general teachings and codes of ethics of Islam. A Muslim wife must also protect her husband ‘s secrets and privacies . She also must protect his wealth , finance and belongings as much as possible. Allah’s Apostle ,PBUH said :” If I were to command a single person to bow in prostration to an other person, I could have commanded a women to bow down ( in obedience and respect , not in worship) to her husband.” Furthermore , Allah’s Apostle , PBUH, said : “ If a husband calls his wife to his bed , but the latter refused to fulfill the call ( for any reason other than a lawful one), which drives the man become upset with his wife, then angles will curse such a wife until she gets up in the morning.” Both Hadith are reported by both Bukhari and Muslim.
An other right of the husband over his wife is that husband ask his wife not to do something, including , but not limited to voluntary acts of worship , other than obligatory , which cause her to lesson the time that her husband may have to enjoy her. Allah’s Apostle , PBUH stated :” A wife is not allowed to observe fast ( other than fasting in the month Ramadan , the prescribed month for fasting) in the presence of her husband, unless she has his permission, She may not allow any one to come into his house , unless he permits.” This Hadith is reported by Tirmithee, who said: “ It is a sound and fair Hadith.”
Moreover , Allah’s Apostle , PBUH placed the satisfaction and pleasure of a husband to be one of the reasons to enable the wife to enter paradise . Tirmithee reported from Ummu Salamah , the mother of the believers , RAA, that Allah’s Apostle , PBUH said: “ Any woman whose husband dies while he is pleased , happy and satisfied with her ( acts , attitudes and behavior) will enter Jannah”.
There are but few items of the many rights that Islam , the religion of truth , imposes upon those who commit themselves to follow and practices it as a way of life.
We vividly see that such rights , if maintained properly , will lead a society to peace, happiness and tranquility. A husband becomes caring , affectionate , loving and responsible , yet directing and capable and discipline when needed to improve a trouble some situation, regardless of his tender care and love for his wife , so that vise and wickedness will not spread in the society, A wife becomes more respected , adored , cared for , highly needed and appreciated if she respects the rights of her husband and equally given the rights she is entitled for by Islam.
In such a coherent way , the religion of truth , goodness , justice , equity, and all fairness coincide with basic requirements of life including harmony between all the members of the society , especially between husband and the wife.


To be Continued!


12-04-2008, 06:03 PM
Essential Rights


The Seventh Right
The Rights of the Governors and the People

Governors or rulers are all those who are responsible for any organization in the government , regardless of its size or importance, Any person who is in charged with certain affairs in an Islamic state is considered a responsible for his authority and must maintain an excellent , honest and smooth operation thereof. People who work with such an authorized person are entitled to certain rights that must be maintained , honored and never overlooked.

The essential rights of people upon their governors is the assurance of their active role in fulfilling all positive aspects of their entrusted responsibility . They must demonstrated loyalty to their people , sincere advice , honest judgment and proper guidance following the straight path of the prophet ,PBUH, and his rightly guided companions who led the Muslim Ummah to great success and victory. In fact, this path fulfill both worldly pleasure and sound relationship with the Lord, Almighty that guarantees a sound position in the hereafter. Rulers must strive to follow the straight Path of the believers assuring happiness in both worlds and the pleasure of the people as well. This Path also assures the obedience of the people to their rulers , the fulfillment of their commands and directions and the protections of their trust. It is indeed a general rule that he who fears the Lords, Allah, the Almighty , the people will like him and fear him as well. It is also a general rule that he who attempt to please Allah , the Almighty will be able to please his people , as the hearts of all people are in the Hands of Allah , the Almighty, and He , the Almighty steers the way He, the Almighty likes.

As for the rights of the governors upon the people , the governors must offer them the best possible advice in their general and private affairs. They must remind them to do their best in everything they do. They must pray Allah, the Almighty, to keep them on the straight path if the governors deviated from this path. They must obey their commands as long as these commands do not conflict with the teachings of Islam and the commands of Allah , the Almighty , and His prophet , in particular. If the governed people elected to disobey the commands of their governors / leaders , great chaos and a state of confusion and disorder may spread within the society. Therefore , for this very reason, Allah, the Almighty , required the general public to obey the commands and instructions of their leaders . Allah , the Almighty stated in the glorious Quran :

“ O ye who believe! Obey God , and obey the Apostle , and those charged with authority among you”. 4:59

Allah’s Apostle , PBUH is reported to have said :” A Muslim individual must listen and obey the commands ( of the governors / leader) regardless if he/ she liked or disliked such a command as long as the commands does not conflict with the clear verse of the glorious Quran or an authentic statements of the Allah’s Apostle, PBUH, then he/she does not have to listen or obey such an order or command from his leaders.” This Hadith is reported by both Bukhari and Muslim.

Abdullah bin Omar , RAA reported also that: “ Once we were traveling along with Allah’s Apostle , PBUH. At one point during the journey , we dismounted our animals for rest . A man who was delegated by Allah’s Apostle , PBUH announced the call fro the congregational prayer. We gathered around Allah’s Apostle , PBUH who said: “ There was never a Prophet of Allah , the Almighty , who was commissioned as a Prophet and Messenger of Allah, the Almighty, except that it was made obligatory unto him to guide his nation to the best matters he was taught and warn them of the worst matters that he was aware, Your nation is cured from such diseases in the first generation of early Muslim . However , later generation will be afflicted with many problems no matter that you know not. A believer then said : “ This afflictions will wipe me out .” Afflictions , however come one after the other . An other believer will say : “ May-be this affliction will wipe me out.” He whosever likes to be removed from the fire and enter the paradise of Allah, the Almighty , let him face His lord in a state of full faith complete belief in the Day of Judgment .Let such a believer do to others what he likes others to do unto him. If a believer commits him self to a leader , offering him his pledge of allegiance , and the fruit of his heart ( belief in him) , let him obey such governor / leader. If such a governor threatened by removed from authority by force, let such a remover be beheaded ( by you committed believers who gave their pledge of allegiance to the existing governor.” This Hadith is reported by Muslim

In another hadith , a man asked Allah’s Apostle , PBUH: “ O prophet of Allah! What if we were governed by leaders who demand their rights ( obedience , respect, loyalty) but deny our rights ( freedom of worship, speech, voting , education?) what do you command us to do in such a case? Allah’s Apostle , PBUH turned away from the man and did not give him an answer. The same man persisted and again asked the same question .Upon that , Allah’s Apostle , PBUH said: “ Listen ( to your leaders) and obey them . They will be responsible for what you do.” This hadith is reported by Muslim.

The general public must assist their governors in achieving their missions and fulfilling their tasks and duties . Each and every citizen must know the importance of his role in the society , and consequently in the government in general. If individuals fail to realize their duties and responsibilities , the situation will turn into chaos and confusion again. Similarly , if the governors are not properly assisted by their constituents , confusion within the society will increase.

It is only natural to have the commitment of the people and public for the administration to lead a decent government . Islam requires the full support of the general public for the governor. We can vividly see this in the various text of the glorious Quran and the Sunah practices and statements of Allah’s Apostle, PBUH.

This proves that Islam agrees with the intelligent rules of nature ,as nature is created, governed , ruled and organized by the same Creator Who created man and knows what benefits man and what harms him. Islam is the religion of the pure , innate nature that helps man leads a very stable , clean , organized and intelligent life.

To be Continued!



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