Where is happiness? More than five billion people are searching for it. But where is it? If happiness was in the hand, then the one whose wrist is adorned with a designer watch worth hundreds of thousands of rands, or whose fingers have been ringed with priceless diamonds, or the one who counts huge bundles of his money everyday, would always be very happy. If happiness was in the eyes, then the one who lives in the most scenic of places, with his most luxurious, expensive and eye-catching possessions such as furniture, cars, clothing, etc., in front of him all the time, would forever be elated. If happiness was in the stomach, the person feasting on delicacies would have been continuously ecstatic, while the one eating simple basic food would have been very miserable . However, nobody has found happiness in possessions and objects. Happiness is in the heart. If the heart is happy, the joy of the heart permeates every part of the body, irrespective of whether the hand does not have a rand, or whether the stomach has only been filled with bread and water. The question is: How does the heart gain happiness?
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 10:20
I magine the greatness and virtue of a day which according to authentic Ahadith is ….
The greatest of all days in the sight of Allah Ta'ala.
Hazrath Aadam (A.S.) was born on that day, entered into Jannah on the same day and also came down to earth on that very day.
A person who passes away on this day is saved from the punishment of the grave.
It is blessed with such a moment that any Dua made therein is certainly accepted.
The day that encompasses all these virtues and such tremendous significance is the day of Jumu'ah (Friday). It is due to this special significance that the day of Jumu'ah is among the Shi'aar of Islam (distinguishing signs by which Islam or a Muslim is identified, such as the Musjid, the month of Ramadhaan, Islamic headgear (topi), etc.). To respect the Shi'aar of Islam is to respect Islam itself while disregarding the Shi'aar of Islam brings severe consequences in this world and the Hereafter.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 10:11
Question: I am very wealthy and have all the comforts and luxuries I desire. My problem is that I am never really happy. Most of the time I feel miserable and depressed, yet there is no apparent reason for feeling like this. I return from five star holidays feeling worse than when I left. My condition is now leading to frustration for me and my family. I am regular with my Salaah, etc. Please advise. (Summary of detailed question)
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 10:05
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saheb
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
Please advise me of any practice to acquire barakah and increase in sustenance.
Summary of Reply:
Between the sunnats and fardh of Fajr Salaah recite Surah Fatihah forty-one times, together with Bismillah each time. Recite Durood Shareef eleven times before and after as well. Ask your children to also do the same. Insha Allah, Allah Ta`ala will grant you barakah. (Maktoobaat, vol 5, pg 78)
Translators note: It is the experience of numerous pious elders that the above practice brings great barakah. It is nevertheless also imperative that, together with these practices, one does not create any barriers between oneself and the blessings of Allah Ta’ala. The greatest barrier is sin. One should therefore make sincere tawba (repent) and fulfil all one’s Deeni obligations. The mercy of Allah Ta’ala will then engulf one.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 09:53
A person asked Hazrath Ali (R.A.) to assist him to pay his debts. Hazrath Ali (R.A.) replied: “Should I not teach you a dua which I learnt from Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), the (abundant) recitation of which will have all your debts fulfilled, even if they are as much as a mountain? The dua is:
Trans.: “ O Allah, suffice for me by means of what you have permitted from what you have forbidden, and make me independent through Your grace from all besides You” (Tirmizi).