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The Secret to True Happiness and Fulfilment

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Wednesday, 20 January 2021 06:05

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Acquiring happiness in life is not based on possessing abundant wealth. Rather, acquiring happiness in life is based on the contentment of the heart and soul. This contentment of the heart and soul can only be acquired through fulfilling the commands of sharee‘ah and strengthening one’s relationship with Allah Ta‘ala.

If a person is steadfast on Deen and fulfills the commands of sharee‘ah, then even though he does not possess a lot of the world, he will find inner happiness and satisfaction. On the contrary, if a person is not firm on Deen, then despite possessing a lot of the world, his heart will lack true happiness.

(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 23/88-89)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

 

Distancing

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Wednesday, 30 December 2020 15:34

‘Distancing’ is perhaps among the most commonly used words in the recent past. The question is: Is “distancing” really a matter of life and death?

Spiritually speaking, YES, it can become so. If a person becomes distanced from Allah Ta‘ala due to being affected by the virus of sin, he will become spiritually sick and weak. If he continues to persist in major sins and gets extremely distanced from Allah Ta‘ala, such distancing could eventually lead to spiritual paralysis or even death!

GREATEST AMBITION

A Muslim’s greatest ambition, most lofty aspiration and ultimate goal is to get close… very close... to his Rabb and Creator, Allah Ta‘ala. Hence he will “go the extra mile” and strive as much as possible to earn that special closeness and proximity. On the contrary, he will be totally averse to anything that will distance him from Allah Ta‘ala even to the minutest extent.

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Solace in Sickness

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Wednesday, 30 December 2020 15:30

Influenza, pneumonia, TB, bronchitis… There are thousands of diseases in existence, and every disease brings some form of discomfort, inconvenience and pain to a person. Hence, no person wishes or desires to be afflicted by disease. In the hadeeth as well, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has taught us to seek protection from illnesses and diseases.

Nevertheless, if Allah Ta‘ala has decreed sickness for a person, then together with making du‘aa for shifaa (cure), one should immediately hold firmly onto sabr while hoping for and anticipating the immense rewards that are promised in the ahaadeeth for those who patiently tolerate sickness without complaint. Some of these ahaadeeth are:

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Happiness

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Wednesday, 30 December 2020 15:23

Q: Often I feel down and miserable. Sometimes there is a reason for it, but sometimes I cannot understand why I am feeling miserable. I perform my salaah regularly and  recite Quraan daily. I also get bored easily. How can I be happy? Please advise.

A: The following principle should be understood well: Difficulties, hardships and challenges come upon both the pious as well as the sinners. The difficulties on the pious come as a test and become a means of elevating their status in the court of Allah Ta‘ala. The sinners are afflicted with hardship as a very mild form of punishment and mainly as a “wake-up call” so that they may repent and come back to the obedience of Allah Ta‘ala.

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Inspirational Advice

Becoming a ‘Shareholder’

The Muhaajireen were those Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who were commanded by Allah Ta‘ala to leave their homeland of Makkah Mukarramah, while sacrificing their homes, relatives, friends and businesses, and migrate to Madeenah Munawwarah for the sake of Islam. As difficult as it was for them to uproot themselves and leave their established lives behind, they did so, making this tremendous sacrifice solely for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala’s pleasure.

On arriving in Madeenah Munawwarah, they were welcomed with open arms by the Ansaar – the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who resided in Madeenah Munawwarah. These Sahaabah were named the ‘Ansaar’ on account of the extent they went in assisting the Muhaajireen and supporting Islam.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) knew that on arriving in a foreign land, the Muhaajireen would require support until they could become established and settled. Thus, he would pair the various Muhaajireen with the Ansaar, in a bond of brotherhood, so that each Ansaari could assist and take care of the Muhaajir until he gained independence.

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