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Making the Most of Our Time

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Tuesday, 20 October 2020 07:45

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

Every action of a person, whether relating to Deen or dunya, if analyzed on the surface, can be divided into one of three categories. The first category of actions are those actions which bring benefit to a person, the second category of actions are those actions which bring harm and loss to a person, and the third category of actions are those actions that neither bring benefit nor harm to a person.

However, if one has to carefully ponder over these three categories of actions, one will realize that the third category of actions also falls under the second category (the category of harmful actions). The reason is that had one utilized the time and energy that he spent in the futile action for some beneficial action, then he would have certainly reaped some benefit. Thus, one not utilizing the time and energy correctly causes one to be deprived of the benefit that he could have acquired. This in itself is a great loss.

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Loving Every Aspect of the Mubaarak Life of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

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Monday, 12 October 2020 15:51

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

With regard to our character, conduct and mannerisms, we should make an effort to emulate the mubaarak sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to the best of our ability. We should bear in mind that every aspect in the mubaarak life of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is beautiful and beloved in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala. However, if we are unable to emulate any aspect of the mubaarak life of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) (e.g. his abstinence from the world and his exertion in ‘ibaadah) due to our weakness, then we must still regard it as highly desirable and beloved. Apart from this, one should have the feeling of remorse within one’s heart of not being able to emulate that aspect of the mubaarak life of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 431)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

The Pious Prince

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Monday, 12 October 2020 15:42

‘Abdullah bin Faraj (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

One day, I went out in search of a person to carry out some repair-work in my home. On enquiry, I was directed to a man with a handsome face who had a trowel and bucket before him. I enquired, “Will you carry out some work for me?” He replied, “Yes, for the fee of one dirham (silver coin) and one daaniq (one-sixth of a dirham).” I accepted and he thus accompanied me and carried out work equivalent to one dirham and one daaniq times three (i.e. thrice the fee that he had requested).

Thereafter, I went in search of him on another day, but was informed that he would only work on one day of the week (Saturday). Hence, when that day arrived, I approached him and asked, “Will you carry out some work for me?” He replied, “Yes, for the fee of one dirham and one daaniq.” I responded, “For one dirham,” but he insisted, “For one dirham and one daaniq.” I said to him, “Come!”

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What is True Islam?

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Tuesday, 06 October 2020 06:18

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

True Islam will be seen in a Muslim when the reality of the kalimah comes alive in his life. The reality of the kalimah means that after bringing firm belief in Allah Ta‘ala (and all the tenets of faith), one strives to the best of his ability to fulfil every command of Allah Ta‘ala in his life in the manner that is pleasing to Allah Ta‘ala. To acquire this level of true Islam, it is necessary that at all times one’s heart is focused towards trying to please Allah Ta‘ala. Similarly, at every moment, one should have the concern within his heart that in regard to my actions and lifestyle – “Is Allah Ta‘ala pleased with me or not?”

(Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 49)

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Second Childhood

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Monday, 05 October 2020 15:50

At times, seeing to our aged parents and in-laws, seems like a never ending trial. Although we try to do our best, it does not meet up to their satisfaction and we seldom hear a “Jazakallah” from them. The question is, “What must we do?”

It’s simple! We need to simply change our mindset. Picture our aged parents or in-laws as having entered their second childhood, which qualifies them to be excused. We need to overlook, tolerate, forgive, turn a blind eye to and pardon their words and actions.

Reflect for a moment! A mother sees to her infant child with such love and care. If the child vomits on the mother, then the mother does not become angry and shout at the child, as she understands the child to be excused. If, whilst playing with the child, the child innocently slaps the mother on the face, then the mother does not slap the child back, since she understands the child to be excused. Day in and night out, the mother is feeding, cleaning, washing and clothing the little child; and in all of this, not once does the child say, “Jazakallah mummy!” Despite this, the mother continues to take care of the child and never does she feel the child to be ungrateful or unappreciative. All this is because she understands the child to be excused. Now understand our aged parents and in-laws as having entered into their second childhood. They excused us when we were babies. Now it’s time for us to excuse them.

   

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