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Bread in The Pond

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 15:30

The water in the pond is looking all calm, still and tranquil. A piece of bread is dropped into the pond. Hundreds of fish now rush for the bread. The attack is on, from all directions, thus disturbing the peace and calm that was once enjoyed.

This is exactly what often happens to our minds and hearts. In the very midst of a joyful and peaceful life, Shaitaan prompts within us an ill feeling or an ill thought regarding someone. Immediately thereafter, the nafs (carnal inner self) floods the inside with hundreds of more ill thoughts and feelings. The mind and heart become battlefields and all peace is lost. At times that is all it takes for the mind or heart to entertain an ill thought or feeling, and there we have it, the Shayateen are on the attack to magnify and amplify the thought or feeling. The war is on and all the joy is gone. If we do not remedy ourselves, then those thoughts and feelings will replay so much within us, that they will seem to be really true. Thus must immediately dispel any such thought or feeling. Don’t dwell on it. Ignore it and turn to Allah Ta‘ala seeking His forgiveness. Seek His protection from the whispers of Shaitaan. All power and might belongs to Allah Ta‘ala alone.

   

Reliance on Allah Ta‘ala

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Monday, 09 April 2018 15:40

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

My beloved brothers! Earn a livelihood, as it is the command of Allah Ta‘ala. However, do not allow your heart to be immersed and consumed by your involvement in earning a livelihood. Instead, your heart should rely on Allah Ta‘ala and always be pleased with His taqdeer. In doing so, even if one’s salary is decreased, it will not cause one great anxiety and distress. Make it your habit to always turn to Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 154)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

Overcome by Concern

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Monday, 02 April 2018 15:30

Muhammad bin ‘Ali bin ‘Abdillah Haddaad narrates the following incident from a person whom he knew:

I was once present in the Jaami’ Musjid, in the city of Mansoor, on the Day of Jumu‘ah. While in the musjid, I noticed a man in the saff (row) in front of me who had an outward appearance of dignity and humility. He was so engrossed in performing nafl salaah that he remained engaged in salaah from the moment he entered the musjid until the time drew near for the Jumu‘ah salaah to be performed, and only at that time did he end his salaah and remain seated. Seeing the apparent piety of this man, I became overawed by him and my heart was filled with love for him.

However, as the salaah commenced, I noticed that he did not join the jamaat and perform salaah with the people! This surprised me, worried me and even angered me, as he was neglecting the fardh by not performing the Jumu‘ah Salaah.

As soon as the salaah terminated, I went up to him and said, “O my brother, I have never before seen someone behave as strangely as you! You performed lengthy rakaats of nafl salaah in a beautiful manner, yet failed to perform the fardh salaah and abandoned it!”

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The Solution to Abstaining from Backbiting

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Monday, 26 March 2018 15:03

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

I received a letter from a person who wrote to me saying, “If you know any solution for saving oneself from gheebah (backbiting), then please share it with me, I will be grateful.” In reply, I wrote, “The solution is for you to always be conscious and aware that Allah Ta‘ala is watching you and that He will take you to account for whatever you do. Similarly, you should endeavour to refrain from gheebah and all types of sins at all times.”

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) thereafter mentioned, “When it comes to practising on the commands of sharee‘ah, then a person will not succeed to fulfil the command unless he has firm resolve and determination. Merely reciting some wazeefahs will not be sufficient in reforming a person and bringing him onto the path of righteousness.” (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 5/375)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

Sweet Words

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Monday, 26 March 2018 06:27

If one’s feet slip, it can be extremely dangerous. One could lose one’s balance and fall. This could result in fractured bones, perhaps even a heart attack. Undoubtedly these are serious consequences. However, these effects of the slip of the feet can never compare to the harm that can ensue from the slip of the tongue. It can result in several people suffering a ‘heart attack’. When the tongue slips, it pierces hearts, breaks marriages, splits families, estranges bosom friends and results in a host of other social evils. The soft and fleshy tongue can cause a wound far worse than the wound of the hard teeth. As a poet says: “The wound of the sword will heal - But the wound of the tongue will not.”

Once Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was asked: “What is the path of salvation (from the fitnah that is engulfing us from all directions)?” He replied: “Guard your tongue, let your house be sufficient for you and cry over your sins” (Sunan Tirmizi #2406).

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