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The Spirit of Spending​

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Monday, 04 March 2019 09:18

Laith bin Sa’d (rahimahullah) was an illustrious Imaam of his era. He was born in Egypt during the year 94 A.H. and passed away on a Friday in the month of Sha’baan during the year 175 A.H.

Imaam Laith (rahimahullah) was not only renowned for being an Imaam in the various fields of Islamic knowledge, but was also renowned for his piety, and particularly his generosity and big-heartedness. He had an annual income of approximately twenty thousand dinars (gold coins), yet his generosity was such that from the time he became baaligh, zakaat never once became obligatory on him (as he would spend all his wealth on people). He would give charity to approximately three hundred people daily!

Below are a few incidents that highlight his willingness to spend on others.

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Balance Sheet

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Monday, 25 February 2019 15:17

The end of the financial year brings along a flurry of activity in the business world. Stocktaking, preparing of financials and other related aspects are given top priority. The crucial question at the end of the exercise is: “What am I worth?” If the balance sheet indicates huge assets and little or no liabilities, one is elated. Otherwise there is gloom and sadness.

Indeed halaal wealth in the possession of a pious person is a great blessing. Besides being a means of comfort and ease for him in this world, he will use this gift from Allah Ta‘ala to earn the Hereafter. His wealth will not be wasted on sinful or futile things. Instead, the orphans, widows and destitute will benefit from it. He will also spend it in the many avenues of uplifting Deen.

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An Extremely Important Advice in regard to Dealing with Wives

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Monday, 25 February 2019 11:37

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following advice to one of his close associates:

An extremely important advice in regard to dealing with wives is that one should avoid adopting a hard approach with one’s wife. Rather, always adopt a soft approach with the wife and continue to encourage her in Deeni matters. Conduct daily ta’leem from Fazaail-e-Aa’maal and Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat with the wife and family, and if you hear stories of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) or the pious, you should relate it to your family at home. Insha-Allah, this will prove extremely beneficial for their guidance. (Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 423-424)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

Blessed with Barakah​

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Monday, 18 February 2019 16:14

‘Umaarah bin Hazm (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident from Sayyiduna Ubayy bin Ka’b (radhiyallahu ‘anhu):

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sent me to collect the zakaat that was due on the people’s wealth. While collecting zakaat from the people, I passed by a Sahaabi who also needed to discharge his zakaat. Accordingly, this Sahaabi gathered all his camels and presented them to me so that I could calculate the zakaat due on the camels. After examining the camels, I determined that his zakaat on the camels amounted to a single one-year old she-camel.

I thus said to him, “You need to discharge a single one-year old she-camel as this is the zakaat due on your camels.” Hearing this, the man replied, “A one-year old she camel neither gives milk, nor can it be used as a conveyance (hence, there is very little benefit in it). Instead of a one-year old she camel, here is a young, strong, large and fat she camel. Take this camel.” I replied, “I cannot take that which I was not instructed to take. However, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is nearby. If you wish to go to him and present to him what you presented to me, you may do so. If Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) accepts your offer (to give a better camel in zakaat), I will take the camel from you, but if he does not accept your offer, I will not take the camel.”

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The World – the Jannah of the Kuffaar

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Monday, 18 February 2019 14:37

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned: Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned in his mubaarak hadeeth:

الدنيا سجن المؤمن وجنة الكافر

The dunya is the prison of a believer and the paradise of a disbeliever

The meaning of this hadeeth is that our purpose for being sent to this world is not to fulfill our desires and make this world our paradise. Rather, our purpose for being sent to this world is to remain obedient to the commands of Allah Ta‘ala and oppose our desires which lead us towards His disobedience. In this way, the restrictions on our nafs are resembled to a prison. However, if we begin to emulate the kuffaar in obeying our nafs and following our desires, we will be no different to the kuffaar who obey their nafs and have made this world their paradise. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 34)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

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