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A Fatwa of Mufti Mahmood (RA)

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A person, from Bombay, once wrote to Hazrat Mufti Mahmood (Rahmatullah ‘alaih) (a great Wali of Allah who passed away here in South Africa) explaining his plight. He had had a taxi which was ‘freehold’ and which was the only means of his livelihood. It was his only means of feeding his 5 children and paying his rental (which in Bombay is very high).

The taxi was smashed in an accident. He had tried to secure an interest free loan but without success. If he had to forego another car, it would mean great difficulty for his family. The only other option, which he had, was to obtain a loan from the bank on H.P. (hire purchase) and buy another car, paying in installments. So he asked Hazrat as to what he should do.

Hazrat (Rahmatullah ‘alaih) replied that in his case, the car was the only means of support. If he did not purchase another, his family would suffer considerably. Since he had tried to get an interest free loan but to no avail, he could then take it from the bank. He must, however, regard the payment of interest as Haraam and try to pay it off as quickly as possible. At the same time, he should make plenty of Taubah and Istighfaar.

This was the Fatwa of a Mufti of an exceptionally high calibre. He issued this Fatwa because the person was in a genuine need.

If the person was not in a genuine need, then a Fatwa of this nature would not have been issued. For example : If a person had in his possession many ‘luxury’ items, then he would be told to dispose of some of those luxuries and buy another car or try to obtain a loan within the boundaries of Shariah.

 

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The lesson of this Majlis is that we must not become despondent. If something does not work out or does not come our way, then we should not despair. If we had made certain decisions or plans which were not fulfilled or we expected some venture to be profitable and it was not, then we should not weaken to depression.

Turn to Allah Ta’ala, make extra Zikr (Praise of Allah Ta'ala)ullah and you will find in your heart sukoon (tranquillity) and chen (peace). Depression and despondency will not be found in that person who adopts Tafweez.

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