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Look on the Bright Side

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 15:59

Sa‘eed bin Musayyab (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident regarding Sayyiduna Luqmaan (‘alaihis salaam) and his son:

On one occasion, Sayyiduna Luqmaan (‘alaihis salaam) said to his son, “O my beloved son! No matter what happens to you, whether it is something that you like or dislike, always speak to your heart and tell yourself that what happened was for the best.” His son responded, “As far as your advice is concerned, I cannot assure you that I will be able to hold firmly to it until I am not convinced that the reality is exactly as you say.”

Sayyiduna Luqmaan (‘alaihis salaam) replied, “O my beloved son! Indeed, Allah Ta‘ala has deputed a Nabi, so let us go to him as he will be able to explain that which I mentioned to you.” The son agreed saying, “Let us go, O father!” They then departed with each seated on a different donkey, taking with them the supplies which they required for the journey.

After travelling for many days and nights, they finally arrived at a desert. As they needed to traverse the desert, they made the necessary preparations and then entered the desert. They continued travelling until it was midday, the sun was high and the heat was intense. At this point, their water and provisions had depleted and even their donkeys were beginning to flag (become weak and tired). Thus, Sayyiduna Luqmaan (‘alaihis salaam) and his son dismounted and began to walk on foot.

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Practising on the Dictates of Knowledge

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Monday, 28 October 2019 17:16

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following advice to a group of students:

Throughout your lives, you should have the perpetual concern of how you will lead your lives in accordance to the knowledge of Deen which you have learnt and are acquiring. This is the first right that you owe to the knowledge of Deen.

Remember that the knowledge of Deen is not merely a science, but rather, it is a complete way of life which has been brought to us by the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sought protection in Allah Ta‘ala from that knowledge which does not benefit one (and which does not motivate one towards righteousness).

Furthermore, you are well aware of the numerous severe warnings sounded in the Quraan Majeed and ahaadeeth for the ‘Ulama and learned who do not practise on their knowledge. You should also understand that the sin of an ‘Aalim in regard to not practising on his knowledge is not confined to him not performing salaah, not fasting, drinking wine or committing zina, as these sins apply to all – ‘Ulama and non-‘Ulama. Rather, the sin of not practising on his knowledge refers to him not practising on the knowledge he possesses and not fulfilling the rights of that knowledge (in all departments of his life).

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A Knock at the Door

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Monday, 21 October 2019 15:34

Often we listen to a talk of Deen or we read some Islamic literature. Through the blessing of the words of Allah Ta‘ala and Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), our hearts are most definitely affected. It is at this point that a person intends to give up his life of sin and start a life of righteousness. This intention to do good or to leave sin is actually a guest that is knocking at the door of our heart, sent to us by our loving Allah Ta‘ala.

In life, if a guest knocks at our door and we receive the guest with warmth and respect, then most definitely the guest will feel welcomed to visit again. However if we chase the guest and close the door on his face, he will never return to visit us. In the same way, if a good intention knocks at the door of our heart, then we should act upon it immediately. By ignoring it, we may deprive ourselves of this good intention ever knocking at the door of our heart again.

   

How to Achieve the Treasure of Contentment

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Monday, 21 October 2019 14:06

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) has written:

A person can be content with sufficing on less livelihood if he is particular about five things:

1. He should cut down his expenses and never spend more than what is absolutely necessary.

2. If he has sufficient money or food for his present needs, he should not worry about his future requirements, and should trust in the promise of Allah Ta‘ala to provide sustenance to all living beings.

3. He should consider the fact that through being content with little provision from Allah Ta‘ala, he will develop a sense of self-sufficiency and will protect his honour by not being dependent on others. On the other hand, a greedy person has to humiliate himself before others.

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Six Important Points for those in Difficulty

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Monday, 14 October 2019 16:41

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned that when a person is afflicted with any calamity or difficulty, then he should adhere to the following six points:

1. He should exercise sabr (patience), as this is the hallmark of a true believer. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned in his mubaarak hadeeth that if a mu-min experiences favourable conditions, he should express gratitude, and this is good for him. And if he experiences unfavourable conditions, he should exercise patience, and this is good for him.(Saheeh Muslim #2999)

2. He should not become despondent and lose hope in the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala. Rather, he should continue to hope for the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala, as the power and grace of Allah Ta‘ala is above all worldly means. Only a kaafir who does not believe in taqdeer loses hope. People of true imaan and Deen are always pleased with the decree of Allah Ta‘ala.

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