Fatwa: # 15012
Category: Misc. Fiqh
Country: United States
Date: 20th March 2007

Title

Is it ok to write "AOA"....

Question

AOA
1.Is it ok to write "AOA".
2.I want to get LOTS of knowledge of dunia and deen what is the short cut.
3.I read from a pomphlet by haji abdul wahab( tableege jamats ameer) that if u recite "kulho walallah.." 300 times daily Allah give you knowledge without effort, what is the explaination of this, is it for worldly knowledge, islamic knowledge or depends upon the niat as Allah can do anything.
4.If people around you dont talk modest, how should we keep good relations with them, because when u dont join them they feel you are different, and u are left aside....i hope u got the point please tell me how should i conduct.
5. students give proxy attendence,as if your attendence is below a certian limit you are not allowed to sit in the exams. what should one do, if every one else is doing this, some times it becomes difficult to attend all the classes.
6.how do we know that Allah is happy from us, because i heard a hadeeth with a mafhoom that there will be people who would be offering there prayers keeping fast, paying zakat but when it comes to get the benifit of getting worldly goods they wouldnt think of religion and just go for it.will be put in hell fire.my question is that in the fazail of namaz its said that who so ever offers his prayers regularly will be sent in heaven without hisab kitab........what is the mysetry.

Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

  1. If “AOA” refers to the traditional Islamic greeting of Assalaamu Alaikum, then it is not permissible to use this abbreviation, as it is not Salaam. Nabi ( sallallahu alayhi wasallam ) has mentioned ten rewards for the one who initiates the salaam with the words Assalaamu Alaikum, twenty rewards for the one who adds Wa Rahmatullah and thirty rewards for adding Wa Barakatuh. (Abu Dawood, Vol 13, Pg 212)
  2. It is an accepted rule that to acquire something one has to make an effort. Therefore acquire knowledge of Deen and Dunya, it is imperative for one to make an effort to pursue the knowledge one wishes to attain. However for the knowledge of Deen, together with making an effort, if one practices on what he knows and is pious and fears Allah, then Allah Ta’lah will bless him with unseen knowledge. Allah mentions in the Quran, “Fear Allah.”
  3. Many practices and wazeefas of our pious elders have proven beneficial and the desired result attained. However, these practices and wazeefas are merely the experiences and tests of these pious Ulama. Although it is permissible to act on these practices, it is not proven from the Shariah, and therefore shall not be regarded as part of Deen.
  4. To give proxy attendance is not permitted as this is akin to deception. Nabi ( sallallahu alayhi wasallam ) has mentioned, “(He) who deceives is not from amongst us. The object of role call is to ensure that every student is present for the lesson and by appointing a proxy, the object is defeated. One should value ones time and avoid wasting time in trivial amusement. If a person wastes his time, then he has no one but himself to blame. If a person values and manages his time correctly by drawing up a schedule then one will derive maximum benefit and will Inshallah be able to attend all the classes.
  5. Taqdeer (pre destiny) is a matter known to Allah and part of our faith. It is our responsibility as bondsmen of Allah to worship and obey him in every aspect of our lives in order to attain Allah’s happiness. Allah has kept rewards for acting on some forms of ibaadah, but the reward for such actions can be destroyed by a person committing sins, like a person who eats nutritious food to stay healthy but at the same time also consumes poison. Therefore, together with constantly worshiping Allah, one should refrain from any act that can destroy ones good deeds. The pleasure of Allah can be achieved only by obeying Him and following the Sunnah of Rasulullah ( sallallahu alayhi wasallam )

And Allah knows best

Wassalam

Ml. Abdullah Fakey,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa

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