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Perfect Greeting

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Monday, 16 January 2017 14:26

Hi… then… Bye!!! This is the meaningless greeting of the West. One wonders what it really means? Is he asking you whether you are on a high? Whatever it may mean, no greeting is as comprehensive and perfect as the greeting which is derived from one of the attributes of Allah Ta‘ala, which is the greeting of the angels and will be the greeting of the Believers in Jannah — the beautiful greeting of As-Salaamu ‘alaikum.

As-Salaamu ‘alaikum means “Peace be upon you.” It is a prayer of peace, which encompasses every good for the one being greeted. It is also a declaration of safety and security towards the person being greeted, as if to say that the one being greeted is being told that his life, family and property are all safe from yourself. Thus you will not harm him, his family or property in any way.

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Damage Control

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Thursday, 12 January 2017 14:34

The commencement of the new school and working year signals something which is dreaded by some but faced by all – the termination of the holidays. Different people face the ending of the holidays with different feelings and reactions. Those who spend their holidays wisely and productively generally feel refreshed and recharged and are simply raring to put their shoulder to the wheel and get back to work. On the contrary, those who spend their holidays badly dread the day when their holiday will come to an end.

A bad holiday can be a holiday in which Allah Ta‘ala was disobeyed and Deen was forgotten. Now that the holiday is over, we struggle to get back into the routine of performing our salaah on time, reciting the Quraan Majeed daily, etc. Furthermore, we are racked by guilt for the sins that we committed and the evil that we indulged in.

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The Way of the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam)

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Monday, 09 January 2017 14:19

business_trends_horizonHazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) while addressing a group of students once mentioned:

O students of Deen, recognize your lofty position and status in Deen. The knowledge of Deen which Allah Ta‘ala has blessed you with is such that all the treasures of this world put together cannot equal it in value. No person possesses the true knowledge of your worth besides Allah Ta‘ala. In regard to the knowledge of Deen and its imparting, you are the representatives of the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam). Therefore you should emulate the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) in your conduct and approach. The approach the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) had adopted when propagating Deen was that they informed the people that we do not desire any worldly remuneration from you, rather we only hope for reward from Allah Ta‘ala. When doing the work of Deen, detach your heart from the wealth of the world and place your complete reliance and trust upon Allah Ta‘ala. Serve the creation of Allah Ta‘ala with utmost humility. In this way, you will fulfil the haqq of servitude (i.e. being a true servant of Allah Ta‘ala). (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.106)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

A Morsel for a Morsel

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Monday, 09 January 2017 08:13

There was once a woman who had a son. One day, her son left home on a journey. After some time, she ceased to receive information regarding her son and it seemed that he had disappeared. With every day that passed, she grew anxious over her sons disappearance.

Sometime later, one day when this woman had picked up a morsel and was on the verge of putting it into her mouth, she heard a beggar at the door. Taking pity on the plight of the beggar, she gave him the entire loaf of bread from which she was eating, including the morsel that she had been on the verge of eating. Having given her food to the beggar, she had nothing to eat and remained hungry.

This woman was extremely anxious regarding the plight of her missing son and would thus exert herself in du‘aa, begging Allah Ta‘ala to return her son to her. Barely a few nights after she had given the bread to the beggar, her son returned home! On his return, he began to tell his mother of all the hardships and difficulties that he underwent while on his journey.

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Determination with Intention

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Monday, 02 January 2017 07:20

Without making an intention, the simplest of tasks seems difficult, whereas the moment we make an intention, then the most difficult of tasks are carried out with ease.

An example of this is of a man who is lying on his bed. Half of the night has passed and he is feeling extremely thirsty. But he does not have the courage to get up and drink some water. So he remains lying in bed feeling thirsty. However, at that very moment he receives a phone call from his bosom friend who requires his assistance. The man immediately jumps up from his bed, slips into some clothes and rushes out of the home. Despite the heavy rains outside and the slippery roads, he speeds off in his car in order to help his friend. A moment ago, the man could not take a few steps to fetch the water for himself, but here he is prepared to drive for kilometres on end. The difference is, in the first case, he did not intend to take those few easy steps whereas in the case of his friend, he was determined to help him.

Unfortunately nowadays, our intention is not Deen. Thus everything in Deen seems difficult for us. The moment we intend Deen, then salaah, purdah, etc. will become very easy to carry out. 

   

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