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Six Important Points for those in Difficulty

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Monday, 14 October 2019 16:41

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned that when a person is afflicted with any calamity or difficulty, then he should adhere to the following six points:

1. He should exercise sabr (patience), as this is the hallmark of a true believer. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned in his Mubaarak Hadith that if a mu’min experiences favourable conditions, he should express gratitude, and this is good for him. And if he experiences unfavourable conditions, he should exercise patience, and this is good for him.(Saheeh Muslim #2999)

2. He should not become despondent and lose hope in the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala. Rather, he should continue to hope for the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala, as the power and grace of Allah Ta‘ala is above all worldly means. Only a kaafir who does not believe in taqdeer loses hope. People of true Imaan and deen are always pleased with the decree of Allah Ta‘ala.

3. He should not allow the difficulty to cause him to become negligent in regard to fulfilling his deeni obligations.

4. He should continue to make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala to make the calamity easy for him, and he should also adopt the means to remove the problem. However, he should not place his reliance on the means, but he should place his reliance upon Allah Ta‘ala. Through turning to Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa, Allah Ta‘ala will place barakah in the means and cause the desired effect to materialise.

5. He should continuously engage in istighfaar and beg Allah Ta‘ala to forgive his sins.

6. IIf a calamity has afflicted any of his Muslim brothers, then he should regard his brother’s difficulty as his own difficulty. He should make du‘aa for him and if he is able to assist him, then he should adopt the similar means in assisting him that he would have adopted to remove his own difficulty. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 23/174)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

 

Stain Removal

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Monday, 07 October 2019 13:33

The overalls of a mechanic can sometimes become so stained and blotted with grease and oil that beneath the layers of filth, the colour of the overall itself becomes lost and almost impossible to determine! Due to the overalls already being so filthy, it won’t bother the mechanic in the least if a few more drops of oil have to splash onto him.

On the contrary, a person immaculately dressed in pristine white clothing would probably be unable to tolerate even a single drop splashing onto and staining his clothing. If his clothing does become marred by a stain, he will immediately whip out the ‘Vanish’ and try to remove it.

Similar is the case of a person whose heart is covered in layers of muck and filth which accumulate through continuous sinning and the lack of repentance. Due to the heart being so overwhelmed by this flood of filth, additional sins will not irk the conscience in the least. The heart becomes so dead that the person can now freely intermingle with people of the opposite sex and claim “there is nothing in my heart” because this dead heart really does not feel anything anymore.

A person who keeps his heart pure and free of sin, however, will find the blot and stain of even a single sin too much to bear. If he still does somehow fall into sin, his heart will not let him rest until he has repented and made amends, thereby removing the stain.

 

Amazing Wealth

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 10:10

Do you wish to have such wealth which can never be stolen by thugs and thieves, guarantees peace, secures happiness, protects from misery and mental turmoil… and even saves one from many serious sins? Yes indeed, every sane person wants such wealth, and to acquire it is very simple — BE CONTENT. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has clearly declared, “Verily true wealth is the wealth of the heart (contentment).” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6446)

The greatness, excellence, brilliance and magnitude of the noble attribute of contentment can be clearly understood from the practice of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma). On the advice of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), during the great ‘ibaadat of tawaaf of the Ka’bah Shareef, he would make the following du‘aa between the Rukn-e-Yamaani and Hajr Aswad: “O Allah! Bless me with contentment in that which you have given me!”. (Mustadrak Haakim #1674) Subhaanallah! The greatest Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) advising that in the greatest of places one should keep begging Allah Ta‘ala for such an immensely great wealth… the lesson is for his Ummah to acquire this true wealth and enjoy its benefit.

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Special Gift

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 10:07

Gifting is not only an expression of love – it is a means of creating and enhancing love. When a person gives a gift, his simple gesture conveys the sentiments of appreciating and honouring the one who is receiving the gift. Hence, when one receives a gift, the love for the one giving the gift is automatically enhanced as one values the sentiment and effort behind the gift.

Just as people give gifts to one another during their lifetime, it is possible to give a ‘gift’ to a person after his demise as well – through conveying the reward of a good deed to the person.

Since the occasion of qurbaani has once again arrived, it is the ideal opportunity, for those who have the means, to carry out nafl qurbaani and convey the reward to their deceased parents, spouse, siblings, asaatizah, etc.

It has been narrated from Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that he would slaughter two rams (on the occasion of qurbaani); one for Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the other for himself. When he was asked the reason for doing this, he replied, “He (i.e. Nabi [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam]) instructed me to do this, so I will never leave it.” (Sunan Tirmizi #1495)

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Inspirational Advice

Honouring the Neighbour

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) had a neighbour, in Kufah, who was a shoemaker. This neighbour would work the entire day, only returning home when night had set in. When returning home, he would bring with him some meat that he would cook, or fish that he would prepare for his supper. After eating his supper, he would drink liquor. As the liquor would begin to influence him, he would sing the following words:

أَضَاعُوْنِيْ وَأَيَّ فَتًى أَضَاعُوْا             لِيَوْمِ كَرِيْهَةٍ وَسَدَادِ ثُغْرٍ

They have let me go to waste (by forsaking and neglecting me), and what a youngster they have let go to waste! (I am a youngster who could have been of benefit) at the time of adversity and defending the openings (in the border of the state).

The shoemaker would continue to drink and sing, repeating these words, until sleep would eventually overcome him.

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