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Powerful Protection

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Monday, 21 August 2017 15:34

Buraidah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports: “I heard that Mu‘aaz bin Jabal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had captured a Jinn during the lifetime of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). I thus went to Mu‘aaz (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and asked him regarding this incident. Mu‘aaz (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrated the following to me:

“Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had entrusted the dates of sadaqah to me for safekeeping. Thus, I placed these dates in one of my rooms. However, I would daily find that the dates had decreased. So I went to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and complained to him of the dates decreasing, to which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, ‘It is the work of a Shaitaan. Wait for him in ambush.’

I waited in ambush for this Shaitaan, and after a short portion of the night had elapsed, he appeared in the form of an elephant. When he reached the door, he changed his form and entered through a crack in the door. He then approached the dates and began to swallow them. I firstly checked that my clothing was tightly secured and then confronted and apprehended him saying, ‘I testify that there is no deity besides Allah and that Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is His servant and messenger! O enemy of Allah! You have rushed to take the dates of sadaqah whereas the poor are more deserving of it than you! I am definitely going to take you to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and he will disgrace you!’ When he heard this, he began to plead with me and promised me that he would not return (and I thus released him).

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Constantly Examining One’s Intention

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Monday, 14 August 2017 15:47

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

When any servant of Allah Ta‘ala wishes to carry out a righteous deed, Shaitaan tries to prevent him in different ways and places numerous obstacles and difficulties in his path. However, if all the obstructions and obstacles of Shaitaan fail to prevent him, and he succeeds in commencing the righteous deed, then Shaitaan begins a second effort. The second effort of Shaitaan is to corrupt the sincerity and purity of the servant’s action, or to try and claim a share of this righteous deed by making him do it not solely for Allah Ta‘ala. In other words, Shaitaan will make an effort to include ostentation and show into his intention and at times, create flaws in his intention on account of worldly motives, thereby destroying the purity of the action. Shaitaan is sometimes successful in the effort of corrupting the servant’s good deeds. It is thus essential for all those who are involved in any Deeni khidmat to be mindful of the plots of Shaitaan, to perpetually safeguard their hearts from his whispers, and to continuously examine their intention before carrying out any deed. The reason is that if one carries out any action with an intention besides earning the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala, this action will not be accepted by Allah Ta‘ala. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.14-15)

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From ‘Eid to ‘Eid

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Monday, 14 August 2017 15:17

Ramadhaan has departed. It was a month of patience. It was a month that called for sacrifice of desires, sacrifice of time, at the same time calling for much bodily exertion and striving. Ramadhaan was followed by the joyous Day of ‘Eid. The Day of ‘Eid wasn’t a matter of taking the day off from acts of devotion and worship after a month long period of devotion, sacrifice and striving. It wasn’t just relaxation and good times – it entailed extra salaah, two khutbahs and distribution of fitrah. The theme of sacrifice and striving was clearly evident in this! After ‘Eid, the optional six Shawwaal fasts are rewarding and virtuous. They present another wonderful opportunity for sacrifice and striving.

The fasts of the first 10 days of Zul Hijjah (barring ‘Eid) and the intensive ‘ibaadah in these 10 holy nights is yet a continuation of the theme of sacrifice and striving. These days are also the days of the hajj. The hajj is one mammoth lesson in sacrifice of time, money and great physical and spiritual striving. Then ‘Eidul Adha follows. Another lesson is sacrificing of time and money and striving!

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The Eye of Gratitude

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Monday, 07 August 2017 15:48

During the year 296 A.H. Ibnul Mu’tazz attempted a coup to overthrow the khaleefah, Al-Muqtadir. However, the coup eventually failed, and Ibnul Mu’tazz fled, seeking sanctuary in the home of the merchant, Ibnul Jassaas Al-Jowhary. One of the servants of Ibnul Jassaas informed Al-Muqtadir that Ibnul Mu’tazz was in the home of Ibnul Jassaas, due to which Ibnul Mu’tazz was arrested and executed for treason. As for Ibnul Jassaas, due to his role in granting refuge to Ibnul Mu’tazz, the khaleefah ordered that he be meted the punishment of his wealth being confiscated. Thus, assets worth approximately sixty million Dinaars (gold coins) were seized!

Ja’far bin Warqaa narrates the following:

I came across Ibnul Jassaas a few days after his wealth was confiscated. We were good friends and were even related through marriage. I found him on the balcony of his home overlooking the Tigris River. The heat was intense, as it was a scorching day, and he was bare-headed and bare-foot. In anguish, he was running from one end of the balcony to the other end like a madman. Seeing him in this state, I boarded a small boat and sailed across to him. As soon as I disembarked, he noticed me, and feeling embarrassed over his behaviour, regained some of his composure and sat down.

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The Importance of Adhering to a Timetable

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Monday, 07 August 2017 15:13

321d2e05d4f4c9cc5d7a1b20483f14cd--school-schedule-printable-freebies-printableHazrat Khwaaja Azeezul Hassan (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned that Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) had given him the following advice:

It is extremely important for one to allocate a fixed time for every work and duty, and to thereafter adhere strictly to this timetable. It should not be that one begins to attend to a second work in the time of the first work, and a third work in the time of the second work. Rather, one should ensure that he attends to every work in the specific time that he has allocated for it. If one adheres to his schedule in this manner, he will enjoy immense barakah in his time and will also feel at ease. (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.401)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

 

   

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