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Ramadhaan and Reformation

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Monday, 06 May 2019 10:09

Multiplied rewards for good actions, an increase in one’s sustenance, the showering down of the mercy and forgiveness of Allah Ta‘ala… and many other bounties. These are all bonuses and gifts from Allah Ta‘ala during the great month of Ramadhaan. However, the object of Ramadhaan is to acquire taqwa (piety) as has been clearly explained in the Quraan Majeed. Taqwa can be explained in many ways. In short, it refers to becoming the true servants of Allah Ta‘ala. Transforming oneself to become the true servant of Allah Ta‘ala is what is termed as spiritual reformation.

The month of Ramadhaan is the ideal time for this reformation — wherein we have the opportunity to change our lives change for the better forever, not just for the month of Ramadhaan. In order to achieve this reformation, the vital issue is to appreciate this mubaarak month and use every moment correctly.

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​The Four Surahs

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 10:00

(Four Surahs’ Series – Introduction)

“BOOOOOM!!!” It was an explosion of unimaginable proportions and far reaching consequences. It was not a bomb explosion, but a far more powerful explosion – an information explosion.

Today, there is no shortage of literature and reading material. Whether in hard copy (novels, newspapers, magazines, etc.) or soft copy (eBooks, PDF’s, websites, blogs, etc.), we are ‘up to our ears’ in literature. If it is not reading literature that takes our time, it could be listening to nasheeds, or clips, or anything else that we enjoy.

The point, however, is that the more these things increase in abundance, the more we ‘connect’ with them. While some of these things may be beneficial (e.g. listening to a bayaan clip), ‘connecting’ with them has, in most cases, caused us to ‘disconnect’ from the Quraan Majeed. In other words, we spend the bulk of our time with these things and no longer have or make time to recite the Quraan Majeed. Obviously, in doing so, we are depriving ourselves of tremendous rewards and benefits and are leaving a void in our lives which can never be filled by anything else.

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​The Considerate Creditor

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Monday, 29 April 2019 10:00

Shaqeeq bin Ebrahim Balkhi (rahimahullah) mentioned the following incident:

I accompanied Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) to visit a sick person. Enroute, a man saw him from a distance and hid away from him, taking another road. Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) shouted out and said, “O so and so! Walk in the direction you were walking in. Don’t change your route.” When he realized that Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) had already seen him, he was overcome with shame and stood still. Upon reaching him, Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) asked him the reason for changing his route. He replied, “I owe you a long overdue amount of ten thousand dirhams (silver coins) which I am unable to pay. Hence, when I saw you coming towards me, I was overcome by shame.”

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) remarked, “Subhaanallah! Matters have reached such proportions that when you see me you take cover? I have gifted the entire amount to you and I declare myself a personal witness to this, so do not take cover when you see me in future. Also, forgive me for the pain that entered your heart when you met me.”

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The Precondition for Receiving the Divine Assistance of Allah Ta‘ala

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Monday, 22 April 2019 15:25

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

The divine assistance and unseen help of Allah Ta‘ala is not based on any physical means, and is not such that one is able to determine the time and manner of its occurrence. However, at the time when a servant is helpless, he turns his complete focus to Allah Ta‘ala and relies on Allah Ta‘ala entirely, then from the hidden treasures of Allah Ta‘ala, he is divinely assisted. The precondition for receiving the divine assistance of Allah Ta‘ala is imaan and placing one’s entire reliance and complete trust on Allah Ta‘ala, and not placing one’s reliance on the material means of the world. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pgs. 105-106)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

Lailatul Baraa-ah Every Night

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Friday, 19 April 2019 18:47

One of the great virtues of the fifteenth night of Sha’baan is that Allah Ta‘ala descends to the lowest Heaven. Thereafter a proclaimer proclaims: “Is there anyone seeking forgiveness that I may forgive him? Is there anyone who desires anything so that I may grant his wishes?” Thus, Allah Ta’ala fulfils the requests of those who seek of Him on this great night. This virtue is attained from the beginning of the night until the break of dawn.

However, during the last portion of every night the same virtue is attained. Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam) said: “Allah Ta‘ala descends to the nearest heaven during the last third of every night. He then proclaims: “Is there anyone who will make du‘aa unto me that I may accept his du‘aa? Is there anyone who will ask of me that I may grant him? Is there anyone who desires forgiveness that I may forgive him?” (Saheeh Bukhaari #1145)

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