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The Remedy for Refraining from Sin

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Monday, 01 April 2019 09:11

A person once came to Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) and said, “O Abu Ishaaq! I am a great transgressor and sinner. Please give me some advice that will serve as a deterrent from sin and will save my heart.”

Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) replied, “If you accept five things from me and you are able to hold fast to them, you will neither be harmed by falling into sin nor will you be destroyed through falling prey to your carnal desires.” The man replied, “Mention them, O Abu Ishaaq.”

Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) commenced enumerating the five things as follows:

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Not Finding the Desired Level of Motivation in One’s ‘Ibaadah

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Monday, 25 March 2019 11:16

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

A person once wrote a letter to me wherein he complained of himself not finding the desired motivation to perform salaah, make zikr and recite the Quraan Majeed. He asked me for the cure and solution to his problem. I mentioned to him that despite not finding the motivation and drive within himself to carry out the ‘ibaadah, he should still perform it and not leave it out. Through him remaining punctual on the ‘ibaadah, he will eventually find the desired level of motivation within himself as well as the quality of his ‘ibaadah improving. This is similar to a person who is unable to write correctly. Through him continuously practising to write correctly, he will eventually improve his writing ability. On the contrary, if he loses heart and leaves out writing on account of his weakness, he will never succeed in improving his writing skill and ability.

(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummah 23/354)

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Have a Heart

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Monday, 25 March 2019 09:05

The heart is a most fascinating organ of the body. It is indeed the king of the body. The proper function of the heart is vital for the good health of the body. Likewise, one’s spiritual well-being is also dependent upon the spiritual condition of the heart being in order.

If the heart is filled with the love of Allah Ta‘ala and His beloved Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and is kept clean of malice, jealously, pride, suspicions and other evils, one’s spiritual state will also be “healthy.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has explained this most concisely in a hadeeth which states: “Verily in the body is an organ which, if it is in order, the entire body will be in order. And if it is corrupt, the rest of the body will be corrupt. Behold, that organ is the heart.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #52) Thus, a constant effort must be made to keep the heart clean.

The most effective way of cleansing the heart and filling it with the love of Allah Ta‘ala is to sincerely associate with those who have true hearts — hearts that are brimming with the love of Allah Ta‘ala. The effect of their piety and love for Allah Ta‘ala is bound to rub off onto those in their company. It is also important to protect the eyes, ears and tongue from all evil as these are the pathways to the heart.

   

The Cure for Stray Thoughts

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Monday, 18 March 2019 15:53

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned in reply to a person who complained about stray thoughts:

The best cure for stray thoughts mentioned in the hadeeth is for one not to pay any attention to them. This cure has proven to be extremely effective in repelling stray thoughts. Stray thoughts were something that even the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) experienced. However, when they would mention their condition to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he would advise them not to pay any attention to the stray thoughts that cross their minds. Therefore, one should neither pay any attention to these stray thoughts that cross the mind nor should he show any importance to them.

(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 424)

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Upholding our Promises​

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Monday, 18 March 2019 08:54

The battle of Badr is the greatest battle in Islam. The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who participated in this battle are the most fortunate and are regarded among the greatest of Sahaabah.

Huzaifah bin Yamaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) had a burning desire to participate in this battle, but was unable to do so. Explaining the reason for this, he mentioned the following:

Prior to the battle of Badr, I left Makkah Mukarramah (to perform hijrah to Madeenah Munawwarah) with my father, Husail (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). On the way, we were captured by the Quraish. They wished to kill us and addressed us saying, “You are going to join Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to fight against us!” (To save our lives,) we replied, “We are only going to Madeenah Munawwarah.”

Accordingly, the Quraish released us and allowed us to proceed, but made us promise, in the name of Allah Ta‘ala, that after going to Madeenah Munawwarah, we would not fight with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) against the Quraish.

When we met Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and recounted our incident to him, we informed him about the promise we had made to the Quraish. We then said to him, “If you wish, we will fight with you.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “We will uphold the promise made to them, and we will seek the assistance of Allah Ta‘ala against them.”

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