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The Value of Good Deeds

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Monday, 17 July 2017 14:21

valueHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Why do we not find the time to regularly engage in zikr and ‘ibaadah, whereas it is these actions that will truly benefit us after our death? We are all aware that our life in this world is extremely short and can be likened to a dream. When a person has a dream, he sees many things, yet upon awakening, he finds that everything has disappeared and he realises that what he saw was nothing but a dream. Similarly, when a person passes away, he finds that everything of the world has disappeared and only good actions remain. Hence, if righteous actions are not carried out during one’s lifetime, the life after death will be nothing but misery and destruction. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 205)

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Maintaining the Momentum

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 15:25

How many people do you know who one day looked into the mirror or stood on the scale and announced, “Enough!” The digits on the scale and the reflection in the mirror are both unbiased and don’t hesitate to tell a person that it’s time for him to shed those extra kilos.

How many people thereafter sacrificed their scrumptious snacks and exerted themselves in exercise, gradually achieving their goal weight? The answer to both questions is – quite a few actually. However, an overwhelming amount of these people are unable to maintain their ideal weight and soon thereafter slip into their old rut of unhealthy and bad eating habits, only to regain the unwanted weight even faster than they had initially lost it.

Hence, the key to a successful diet, more than losing the weight, is to maintain the weight and avoid regaining the burnt fat.

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Safety in Silence

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 12:21

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part 4)

The blessed speech of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is a miracle, with his every statement brimming with wisdom and meaning. From the treasure of hadeeth, just one example of the profound speech of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is when he said, “He who is silent is safe.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2501)

If we ponder, we will realize that the majority of our quarrels, arguments, fall-outs with friends and problems in general were linked to the misuse of the tongue. Often, a statement is made in innocence and no harm is meant, yet the words are received badly, causing great offence and pain. We thus realize that ‘I did not mean to hurt’ is not enough. Rather, we should ask ourselves ‘did I mean not to hurt’?

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Truth or Lie …?

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:13

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part 3)

“LIAR!” – From all the accusations that could be leveled against a person, this is definitely among the worst. This word is not a mere accusation – it is a sword that slices through one’s integrity, honesty and truthfulness, leaving them no more. Once a person is branded a liar, people are reluctant to trust him and view him with suspicion. In short – he loses all honour and respect.

Lying is a very dangerous habit as it has a ‘snowball’ effect. If a person makes a snowball and rolls it down a hill, then as the snowball progresses downward, it gathers more snow, growing in size, until it becomes too big to control. Similarly, when a person speaks a lie, he sparks off a chain reaction. In order to cover-up for the first lie, he will be forced to speak a second lie, and then a third, and so on, until he is eventually caught and the entire chain of lies is revealed. 

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Inspirational Advice

The Deep Desire for Good Deeds

Sa’d bin Abi Waqqaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates the following:

I noticed my brother, ‘Umair bin Abi Waqqaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), attempting to remain hidden before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) inspected us for the departure to Badr. I thus asked him, “What is the matter, O my brother?” He replied, “I fear that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will see me and regard me to be too small. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will thus send me away, whereas I deeply desire to join the expedition as it is possible that Allah Ta‘ala will bless me with martyrdom.”

My brother thereafter came before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) regarded him to be too small to join the expedition to Badr. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thus sent him away saying, “Go back.” However, ‘Umair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) began to cry (out of disappointment as he wished to join the expedition and be blessed with martyrdom). Seeing him cry, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) allowed him to join the expedition.

On account of his tender age, I had to tie knots in the strap of his sword (as the sword was too big for him). He was thereafter martyred in the Battle of Badr. His age, at the time, was sixteen, and the disbeliever who killed him was ‘Amr bin ‘Abdi Wudd. (Tabaqaat Ibni Sa’d vol. 3, pg. 149)

Lesson:

If a person is on the verge of gaining a billion rand, but the deal thereafter somehow slips through his fingers, he will be devastated and distraught. In fact, there are some people who even contemplated suicide out of depression! This is on account of the love of money having permeated deep into their hearts. On the contrary, love of good deeds had possessed the hearts of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to such an extent that being deprived of a chance to join an expedition in the path of Allah Ta‘ala was devastating and would cause them to cry in grief. This is indeed the sign of true imaan and love for Allah Ta‘ala.  

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