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‘Blinding’ Influence

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Monday, 12 June 2017 07:19

(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #4)

Whenever Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would leave the musjid and return home, then on arriving at the entrance of his yard, he would call out the takbeer (Allahu Akbar). Hearing his takbeer, his wife would reply by also calling out the takbeer. After entering the courtyard of the home, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would again call out takbeer and his wife would similarly respond. Finally, when he would arrive at the door of his home, he would call out the takbeer and his wife would similarly respond with takbeer. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would thereafter enter the home after which his wife would take his sandals and shawl and bring him his food. 

One day, when Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) arrived at the entrance of his yard, he called out the takbeer, as normal, but was surprised when he received no response. He next entered the courtyard and called out the takbeer, but again received no reply. Finally, when entering the home, he called out the takbeer, and again received no reply.

On entering, he found that the lamp had not been lit, and saw his wife seated with her head lowered, scratching at the ground with a stick. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) was perplexed at her behaviour and asked her, “What is the matter?” She replied, “You have a good relationship with the leader, Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). We do not have a servant. Why do you not ask him to provide us with a servant and give us some wealth as well?”

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Pleasant in Speech

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 12:17

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part 2)

Did you ever see a wealthy person emerge from the business-class lounge empty handed? Similarly, did you ever see a wealthy person decline when offered a free gift with a purchase? The answer is that most wealthy people, as well-off as they may be, will take something when leaving the business-class lounge (even if it’s just Voss water) and will never decline the chance to get something for nothing. The reason for this is simple – one will benefit at a 0% or minimum cost.

This very same mindset should be applied in our Deen. We should try to identify the areas where we can easily benefit and gain as the effort and cost is minimal. In this regard, one of the most ‘profitable’ avenues is that of pleasing people. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed (among) the most beloved of actions to Allah Ta‘ala after fulfilling the faraaidh (obligatory acts of Deen) is bringing happiness to a Muslim.” (Tabraani – Majma‘uz Zawaaid #13718)

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Blinded by the Log

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 08:01

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part One)

Associating and interacting with people is a basic need of human nature. When meeting and interacting with people, the chosen method of communication is normally that of speech. However, what is the topic that we choose to discuss? Some may discuss the news and political landscape, others may discuss the latest sport results, while mothers may discuss children issues, recipes or even the latest fashions and trends.

Whatever the topic may be, in many instances the conversation eventually drifts to a person being discussed. Thereafter, depending on the nature of the personality, his praises may either be sung or his ‘laundry may be hung out to dry’ with all and sundry free to spectate and participate in the backbiting ‘feast’.

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Tie the Tongue

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 08:19

(Tie the Tongue Series – Introduction)

Contrary to popular belief, the tongue is not the strongest muscle in the body. However, it may very well be the muscle structure with the greatest endurance. After all, when can you ever remember your tongue becoming tired? As much as we may eat, swallow or speak, our tongues seem absolutely tireless. Hence, due to its exceptional endurance, exercising this organ causes no strain, and we thus tend to use it without thinking and more than we should. This is a major problem as the seemingly-small tongue actually has the ability to cause serious consequences.

Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed the servant of Allah makes a statement which pleases Allah Ta‘ala, and the servant does not attach any importance to what he said, yet Allah Ta‘ala elevates his rank due to this statement. And indeed the servant of Allah makes a statement that angers Allah Ta‘ala, and the servant does not attach any importance to what he said, yet he falls into Jahannum on account of the statement.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6478)

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Respect for Ramadhaan

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Monday, 29 May 2017 06:50

There was once a fire worshipper who saw his son eating in the presence of Muslims during the month of Ramadhaan. As soon as he saw his son eating before the Muslims, he hit him and reprimanded him saying, “Why do you not show regard for the sanctity and respect of the Muslims during the month of Ramadhaan?”

It so happened that the fire worshipper passed away that very week. Soon after he passed away, the ‘Aalim of that locality had a dream in which he saw the fire worshipper in Jannah! In the dream, he asked him, “Were you not a fire worshipper?” The man replied, “I was a fire worshipper. However, shortly before I passed away, Allah Ta‘ala honoured me, by inspiring me to accept Islam, due to the respect that I had shown for the month of Ramadhaan.” (Nuzhatul Majaalis pg. 201)

Lessons:

1. The salient symbols of Islam, such as the month of Ramadhaan, the masaajid, the Quraan Majeed, the azaan, etc., stand for and represent Islam. Hence, to respect these symbols is to respect Islam itself, and to show disregard to them is to show disregard to Islam itself. A few examples of showing respect for these symbols are: fasting, performing the complete Taraaweeh Salaah, abstaining from sin during the month of Ramadhaan, dressing and behaving appropriately within the musjid, regularly reciting the Quraan Majeed and holding it with reverence and wudhu, and remaining silent during the azaan so that one may listen to it attentively and verbally reply, as well as by physically responding thereafter by proceeding to salaah.

2. On account of a fire worshipper respecting the month of Ramadhaan, Allah Ta‘ala blessed him with Islam and Jannah. If the Muslims afford this blessed month the respect and honour that it deserves, how much more will Allah Ta‘ala bless them, in this world and the next! Conversely, if the Muslims disregard this month, by failing to repent, fulfil the commands of Allah Ta‘ala and while away the precious moments, what a loss they will incur! 

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