Honouring the Neighbour


Monday, 14 October 2019 15:10

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) had a neighbour, in Kufah, who was a shoemaker. This neighbour would work the entire day, only returning home when night had set in. When returning home, he would bring with him some meat that he would cook, or fish that he would prepare for his supper. After eating his supper, he would drink liquor. As the liquor would begin to influence him, he would sing the following words:

أَضَاعُوْنِيْ وَأَيَّ فَتًى أَضَاعُوْا             لِيَوْمِ كَرِيْهَةٍ وَسَدَادِ ثُغْرٍ

They have let me go to waste (by forsaking and neglecting me), and what a youngster they have let go to waste! (I am a youngster who could have been of benefit) at the time of adversity and defending the openings (in the border of the state).

The shoemaker would continue to drink and sing, repeating these words, until sleep would eventually overcome him.

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Showing Respect to those from whom one Acquires Deeni Knowledge


Monday, 07 October 2019 14:58

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

Always show respect to your teachers and honour them. This is an obligation upon you. You should revere and honour them in the manner the Imaams of Deen are revered and respected, as they are the means of you acquiring the knowledge of Nubuwwah.

The person who teaches you even one piece of knowledge, you should regard yourself to be indebted to him as a slave is indebted to his master. When this is the respect that should be shown to the person who teaches you just one piece of knowledge, then you can well imagine the respect that should be shown to those Asaatizah who are continuously benefiting you and teaching you Deen.

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Stain Removal


Monday, 07 October 2019 13:33

The overalls of a mechanic can sometimes become so stained and blotted with grease and oil that beneath the layers of filth, the colour of the overall itself becomes lost and almost impossible to determine! Due to the overalls already being so filthy, it won’t bother the mechanic in the least if a few more drops of oil have to splash onto him.

On the contrary, a person immaculately dressed in pristine white clothing would probably be unable to tolerate even a single drop splashing onto and staining his clothing. If his clothing does become marred by a stain, he will immediately whip out the ‘Vanish’ and try to remove it.

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Precaution in Public Wealth​


Monday, 30 September 2019 15:47

The precaution which Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) exercised when dealing with public wealth was indeed proverbial. Below are just two of the many incidents which illustrate this invaluable quality that he possessed: 

On one occasion, some musk and ambergris (a type of perfume) arrived from Bahrain. (As it was public wealth,) Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “By Allah! I wish to find a woman who is proficient at weighing items so that she can weigh these perfumes for me, enabling me to distribute them equally between the Muslims.”

Hearing this, Sayyidah ‘Aatikah bintu Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the respected wife of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), offered to weigh it for him saying, “I am proficient at weighing. Bring it and I will weigh it for you.” However, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) declined her offer.

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Turning to Allah Ta‘ala Alone in the Hour of Need


Monday, 30 September 2019 15:45

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

The hearts of all men in the world are controlled by Allah Ta‘ala alone. However humbly we entreat someone and earnestly request him to fulfil our need, he will not be moved, unless He, in whose hands the hearts of all men lie, wills it so. On the other hand, if He, in whose control lies the hearts of all men, decrees it to happen, He will inspire the hearts of men to fulfil our need. Despite how much of disinterest we show towards a person, he will be obliged to fulfill our need. The reason is that Allah Ta‘ala will create a strong feeling within his heart to fulfill our need. So, it is Allah Ta‘ala alone who we should turn to and whose help we should seek in the hour of need. (Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat [urdu] pg. 214)



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