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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)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

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.

   

The Way to Acquire Barakah through all ‘Ibaadaat

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Wednesday, 30 September 2020 06:21

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

Engaging in zikr (the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala) is a means of one acquiring great barakah (blessings of Allah Ta‘ala in his life). However, the complete effect of this zikr will only be seen when one refrains from all sins and evils.

For example, if one does not perform his fardh salaah, but performs nafl salaah, then though he will receive some reward for his nafl salaah, on account of him neglecting his fardh salaah, he will be sinful and this will cause weakness in all his other ‘ibaadaat. Hence, he will not find the desired benefit through his nafl salaah. In other words, on account of one neglecting his faraa-idh, he will not find the desired effect and reward in all his other aa’maal (righteous actions and ‘ibaadaat).

(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 2/164)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

A Leap of Faith

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Monday, 28 September 2020 13:32

There was once a youth in the Banu Israaeel who was blessed with such beauty that people had never before set eyes on anyone as handsome as him. This youngster would sell baskets for a living.

One day, while he was going about selling his baskets, a woman emerged from the palace of one of the kings of the Banu Israaeel. On catching sight of the youth, the woman immediately turned and went back into the palace where she said to the princess, “O so-and-so! I saw a youth selling baskets, and I have never seen anyone more handsome than him!” Hearing this, the princess said, “Bring him in!”

The woman thus went out and said to the youth, “O youngster! Come inside so that we can buy something from you!” The youth unsuspectingly followed the woman into the palace, but as he entered, she locked the door behind him. She then called him further into the palace, and as he ventured further, she locked yet another door behind him. At that point, the princess emerged before him, with her face and the upper portion of her chest exposed.

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