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Nurturing the Relationship

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Monday, 18 June 2018 10:39

There are few methods that express love as eloquently as speech. Hence, a newly-wed couple who have the misfortune of living apart for some time will often compensate for their separation by remaining glued to their phones, speaking to each other for hours on end. On the contrary, when two people have hatred and enmity for one another, they make it a point to avoid speaking to each other.

During the month of Ramadhaan, Muslims the world over remained glued to the Quraan Majeed, earnestly conversing with Allah Ta‘ala. The more they recited the Quraan Majeed, the more their love for Allah Ta‘ala grew and the closer to Him they became. However, how many of us have continued to converse with Allah Ta‘ala, through reciting the Quraan Majeed daily, as we used to in the month of Ramadhaan? Similarly, how many of us are still conversing with Allah Ta‘ala through the direct-line of du‘aa, as we used to during the month of Ramadhaan?

When a person has a close, bosom friend, and this friend suddenly gives him the cold shoulder, it greatly perturbs and hurts him as his beloved friend is now treating him as an enemy would. When we earnestly conversed with Allah Ta‘ala and did our best to gain His nearness in the month of Ramadhaan, then what message is sent out when after the month of Ramadhaan, we seldom recite the Quraan Majeed and rarely raise our hands in du‘aa? Are we showing Allah Ta‘ala a cold shoulder’ (may Allah forbid!)?

Just as we would not appreciate our near and dear ones suddenly abandoning us, we should not suddenly abandon our relationship with Allah Ta‘ala, who is the Most Beloved and Dear to us. Instead, if we strive to maintain our relationship with Allah Ta‘ala, our love and bond with Him will grow until the next Ramadhaan, during which it will be boosted and increase even further. In this manner, we will become closer and closer to Allah Ta‘ala until He eventually summons us from this world.

   

Set Aside for Sadaqah

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Monday, 11 June 2018 11:22

Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a Sahaabi who loved to give charity. Hence, he would even make a point of setting aside wealth to give in charity. His love for charity was such that he would never turn a beggar away empty handed, even if it meant giving the beggar an onion, date or something else that he could eat.

One day, a beggar came to Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). However, at that time, Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had already given everything that he had set aside in charity, and all he possessed were three dinars (gold coins). Not wishing to turn the beggar away empty handed, he gave him one of the dinars. Not long thereafter, another beggar came, so he gave him a dinar as well. Finally, when a third beggar arrived, Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) gave him the third dinar, thus spending all the wealth that he possessed.

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Wi-Fi Free

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Monday, 04 June 2018 08:14

We often see the sign “Free Wi-Fi”. In fact, we often search for this sign, as people fear becoming ‘disconnected’. Whether in a hotel, airport, restaurant or anywhere else, this sign is a sure draw card, attracting people to the premises.

However, it is doubtful that any of us would have seen a sign saying “Wi-Fi Free”, even though this is the sign that we all need to hang in our homes at the very least for the last ten days of Ramadhaan.

The last ten days of Ramadhaan are unlike the first twenty days. It is most probably during one of the odd nights of these ten days that Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) occurs which is more virtuous than a thousand months. Showing his Ummah the importance of these ten days, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) exerted himself even further during this blessed period.

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Total Transformation

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Monday, 28 May 2018 11:29

Ja’far As-Saa-igh (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

Among the neighbours of Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) was a man who was involved in many sins, evils and shameless deeds. One day, this man came to the gathering of Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) and greeted him with salaam. However, although Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) replied to his salaam, he did not show him attention and receive him with warmth. Rather, he seemed uncomfortable in the presence of this man (as this man was well known to have evil ways and sinful habits).

The man immediately perceived the discomfort of Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) and thus said, “O Abu ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah)! Why are you uncomfortable in my presence? On account of a dream that I saw, I have completely changed and I am no longer the person that you knew me to be.” Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) asked, “What dream did you see?”

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Honouring the Knowledge of Deen

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Monday, 30 April 2018 06:29

Haaroon Rasheed was an ‘Abbaasi Khaleefah who ruled over the Muslim empire from 170 A.H. until his demise in 193 A.H. at the age of forty-five.

On one occasion, when Haaroon Rasheed came to Madeenah Munawwarah, he sent a messenger to Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) with the following message: “Come to me and bring the hadeeth kitaab (Al-Muwatta) which you have compiled so that I may hear the ahaadeeth from you.”

On receiving this message, Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) was upset and disappointed. He said to the messenger, “Convey my salaam to him, and tell him that people should travel to the knowledge of Deen, the knowledge of Deen should not travel to people. People should come to obtain the knowledge of Deen, it should not have to come to them.”

When the reply of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) reached Haaroon Rasheed, he became angry. His messenger fuelled his anger further saying, “It will reach the people of Iraq that you summoned Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah), yet he defied you! Force him to come to you!”

In the interim, many students of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) suggested to him that he go to Haaroon Rasheed and explain to him the correct manner of acquiring the knowledge of Deen. Hence, Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) came to Haaroon Rasheed and entered with salaam. However, he did not bring his kitaab of hadeeth with him. When Haaroon Rasheed asked him why he had come without the kitaab, Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) replied:

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