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The Path of Self-reformation is Extremely Easy

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Tuesday, 16 March 2021 06:36

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once addressed a group of students who were becoming ‘Ulama and shared the following advice with them. Hazrat quoted the following hadeeth and thereafter encouraged them to strive for Deen and strive to bring about Deen in their lives and the lives of their families. Hazrat said:

كلكم راع وكلكم مسئول عن رعيته (صحيح البخاري، الرقم: 893)

Every one of you is a shepherd, and every one of you will be questioned regarding his flock.

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The Happiness of the Mother’s Heart

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Monday, 15 March 2021 08:32

During the era of the khilaafah of Sayyiduna ‘Uthmaan bin ‘Affaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the value of a single date palm had reached one thousand dirhams (silver coins).

Despite the value of the date palm, Sayyiduna Usaamah bin Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) went to one of his date palms, pierced the trunk and hollowed it out by extracting from it the ‘heart of palm’ (a vegetable harvested from the inner core and growing bud of certain palm trees. In this case, extracting the heart of palm caused the entire tree to be destroyed.). Sayyiduna Usaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then gave the heart of palm to his mother to relish and enjoy.

Observing that Sayyiduna Usaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had destroyed the tree, the people asked him, “What caused you to do this when you are aware that the value of a date palm has reached one thousand dirhams?” Sayyiduna Usaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “(The reason is that) my mother asked me for this, and my mother will not ask me for anything, which I am able to acquire, except that I will (obtain it and) give it to her.”

(Al-Mu’jamul Kabeer - Tabraani #370)

Lesson:

Islam teaches us that after Allah Ta‘ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), it is our parents who have the greatest rights over us. Hence, a Muslim will do his utmost to bring happiness to the hearts of his parents and see to their comfort and wellbeing. Thus, in the incident above, Sayyiduna Usaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was even prepared to sacrifice his valuable date tree in order to fulfil the wish of his mother and bring happiness to her heart. On the contrary, in today’s times, parents have been ignored and neglected, or even dumped and abandoned in old age homes, so that they will not become a ‘hindrance’ and obstacle to our comfort and lifestyle. 

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Striving to Bring People Closer to Deen

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Tuesday, 09 March 2021 07:21

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

One should think of different ways to bring people closer to Deen and connect them to the effort of Deen, just as the people of the world think of different methods to promote their business objectives. When dealing among people, then the approach one finds to be most appropriate for each person should be adopted in order to win him towards Deen.

(Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 80)

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The Gauge to Determine whether a Favour is a Blessing or a Trial

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Tuesday, 02 March 2021 06:39

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

If a person makes shukr to Allah Ta‘ala for the favours he enjoys (and he utilizes the favours in the obedience of Allah Ta‘ala), then this is a sign that the favours he enjoys are a blessing from the side of Allah Ta‘ala upon him (which will be a means for his progress). However, if he does not make shukr to Allah Ta‘ala for the favours, and the favours cause him to fall into negligence and forget Allah Ta‘ala, then this is a sign that the favours he enjoys are a trial and test from the side of Allah Ta‘ala upon him.

(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 14/131)

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A Bargain for Barakah

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Monday, 01 March 2021 14:00

There was once a man who had four sons. When he fell ill (and was nearing his end), one of his sons (was so eager to serve him and enjoy the exclusive privilege of caring for him, that he) told the other three sons, “Either you nurse him in his sickness and forfeit your shares of his estate; or I will nurse him and forfeit my share of the estate.” His brothers were pleased with his proposition and left him to nurse their father on his own.

When the father eventually passed away, then as agreed, the son who nursed him did not take any share from the estate. Thereafter, he saw a dream one night in which a person told him that one hundred dinaars (gold coins) were kept at a certain place, and he should take these coins. He asked the person whether the money contained barakah (blessings), to which the person replied in the negative.

The following morning, when he related the dream to his wife, she insisted that he should take the money saying, “Having some food to eat and clothing to wear is (sufficient) barakah.” However, he, did not agree.

The following night, he again saw a dream in which a person told him of a certain place where ten dinaars were kept. Once again, when he asked if the money contained barakah, the reply was in the negative. He related the dream to his wife the next morning, and she insisted that he should go and take the money, but again, he refused to do so (not wishing to acquire wealth which was devoid of barakah).

On the third night, he again saw a dream in which a person told him of a certain place where he could find a single dinaar. This time, when he enquired as to whether it contained barakah, the answer was in the affirmative. He thus went to the described location and took possession of the dinaar.

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