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The Blessing of Food

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Monday, 12 February 2018 16:33

Every grain of food and every drop of water (or other halaal drink) is a great bounty of Allah Ta‘ala. Deliberately wasting any food is indeed a severe ingratitude. Ingratitude to the favours of Allah Ta‘ala results in the wrath of Allah Ta‘ala descending and the snatching away of that bounty.

The practice of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in this regard was to thoroughly clean the utensil from which he ate. He also stressed upon the Ummah to do so. Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed that the fingers should be licked after eating and the utensil should also be cleaned. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then said: “You do not know in which particle of food the barakah (blessing) lies”. (Saheeh Muslim #5300)

Furthermore, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “The one who eats from a utensil and cleans it completely (so that no particle of food is left), the utensil supplicates for forgiveness on his behalf”. (Tirmizi #1804)

It is therefore clear that the so called “etiquette” of the West of deliberately leaving over some portion of the food and drink in the utensil is totally against Islamic etiquette. It is a sign of ingratitude to Allah Ta‘ala. Thus, the followers of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) should therefore only follow him  in every aspect of their lives, including eating and drinking.

 

The Blessed Effort of Inviting People to Deen

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Monday, 05 February 2018 14:51

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

Previously, when people heard of an ‘Aalim that was visiting their area, they would spontaneously come to meet him and would benefit from him. Similarly, when people heard of the gatherings of zikr that were held and the makaatib and madaaris that were formed, they were eager to benefit from them. However, in today’s times, the condition of people has changed, and it is for this reason that there is such an urgent need to carry out the effort of inviting people to Deen. Whether in the east or the west, it is witnessed throughout the world that through the blessed effort of inviting people to Deen, people are once again becoming motivated and interested in Deen. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 211)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

 

Mutual Consultation

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Monday, 29 January 2018 16:14

Often a person has to make a decision pertaining to some aspect or the other. The more serious the matter, the more difficult it becomes to make the decision. According to the advice of the Quraan Majeed and hadeeth, such important decisions should never be made without prior consultation. Allah Ta‘ala declares in the Quraan Majeed regarding the Believers: “And their matters are (decided) with mutual consultation” (Surah Shura v38). Even Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was commanded by Allah Ta‘ala to consult the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) in such matters of importance wherein no divine instruction had been given.

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Family Doctor

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Monday, 27 November 2017 08:28

Most homes have a family doctor, a man qualified in the medical field whose medical advice they value and trust implicitly. From a boil on the chest to cardiac arrest, he is the man they consult in their hour of need.

If our physical health is a priority, then our spiritual health holds paramount importance. Hence, it is vital for us to attach ourselves to a family ‘doctor’ who will see to our spiritual health. These spiritual doctors are none other than the rightly guided ‘Ulama and Mashaayikh.

Just as the layman is unable to treat anything greater than common ailments – such as a cough or headache – on his own, the layman is similarly unable to determine what it is that Allah Ta‘ala wants from him in certain situations. Without consulting the family ‘Aalim, he will most probably make the incorrect decision, thus harming his own Deen and the Deen of his family.

Adhere to the following guidelines when choosing the family ‘Aalim:

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Goal in Life

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Monday, 25 December 2017 09:12

“What is your goal in Life?” This question has remained unchanged over the ages, yet the answers it solicits remain as diverse as ever. From doctor, lawyer, pilot and engineer to sportsman, entrepreneur and even billionaire, every reply aptly reflects the values of the individual answering. Hence, a person infused with the true value of Deen would answer, “My goal in life is to be a true Muslim.” Furthermore, he is likely to add that “I also want to be a true ambassador of Islam all the time.”

True Muslim

In an effort to become true Muslims, it is essential to first of all understand and identify some of the qualities that are the hallmark of a true Muslim. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned, “A true Muslim is the one who people are safe (at all times) from the harm of his tongue and hand (verbal harm and physical harm).” (Musnad Ahmad #7086) In this hadeeth, we are taught that one will only be a true believer when he adopts the blessed character of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and treats people with complete compassion, kindness and mercy.

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Travelling?

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Monday, 25 December 2017 09:10

The world, despite its vastness, has become a ‘global village’.  200 years ago, It would take a whole day’s journey to travel from one village to another village only 50 km away. Today, the very same distance can comfortably be traversed in as little as 15 min! With the advent of the aircraft, it has become normal for people to jet set to exotic countries in less than 24 hours!

This has brought in its wake the ‘travel’ culture. With the entire country and even foreign countries a mere flight away, many people are no longer content to remain at home – especially in the holiday period. Whether the destination is local such as Durban or Cape Town, or foreign such as New York or London – the planes are packed to capacity as people set out on vacation.

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Inspirational Advice

Simplicity is Served

Maslamah bin ‘Abdil Malik was the brother-in-law of ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah). He was among the members of the Banu Umayyah family who enjoyed the most luxurious and comfortable lifestyle.

Once, ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) learned that Maslamah was spending one thousand dirhams (silver coins) daily on food alone! Concerned over this extravagance, he instructed Maslamah to come and see him early the next morning. He also instructed for a dish of simple lentils and a few different meat-dishes to be prepared.

The next morning, Maslamah arrived and remained with ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) until a significant portion of the morning had passed. At that point, feeling the pangs of hunger, Maslamah arose and attempted to leave. However, ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) did not allow him to leave and instructed him to sit. Unable to disobey ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah), Maslamah remained seated. When midday arrived, Maslamah again attempted to leave, but ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) again instructed him to sit and prevented him from leaving.

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