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Honouring the Name of Allah​

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Monday, 21 January 2019 09:17

Bishr ibnul Haarith (rahimahullah), popularly known as Bishr Haafi, was a renowned saint of his era. On one occasion a person asked him, “How did you attain this lofty position of sainthood? We notice that people take your name with extreme reverence and honour!”

In reply, Bishr (rahimahullah) mentioned the following:

What can I say? Whatever I have been blessed with is purely out of the grace and favour of Allah Ta‘ala! I was a man who was leading an extremely sinful life. One day, while walking, I came across a piece of paper that was lying on the road. When I picked it up, I saw that it had ‘Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem’ written on it. I thus wiped the paper clean and placed it in my pocket with respect.

At that time, I only possessed two dirhams (silver coins). I proceeded to the ‘itr (perfume) merchants and used my two dirhams to purchase ‘ghaaliyah’ (a type of exclusive ‘itr). Then I applied the ‘itr to the piece of paper.

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A Promise Made is a Promise Kept​

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Monday, 07 January 2019 10:29

‘Abdu Rabbihee Al-Qassaab recounts the following incident:

I once promised Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah) that I would purchase his qurbaani animals for him. Accordingly, we arranged to meet at a certain time and place. Subsequently, I became preoccupied and completely forgot that I had promised to meet him.

Later on, when it was already close to midday, I remembered my meeting with him and thus set out towards the place where we had arranged to meet. On arriving there, I found that he was still waiting for me! I greeted him with salaam. He then raised his head and said, “Listen well! Sins that are smaller than this can sometimes be overlooked and accepted (but this sin, of breaking one’s promise, is very serious).”

I immediately apologised and explained my excuse, that I had forgotten the appointment due to becoming preoccupied in some work. Thereafter, I remarked to him, “When I remembered our arrangement and set out to meet you, my friends began to scold me saying, “Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah) must have departed from the meeting place already, he will not be waiting there until now!”

When he heard this, Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah) mentioned, “Even if you had delayed and only came at the time of sunset, I would have remained waiting here for you. I would have only left briefly to perform salaah or for some other urgent necessity, and I would have returned immediately thereafter.”

(Kitaabus Samt wa Aadaabil Lisaan #461)

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The Demand of True Love​

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Monday, 24 December 2018 10:42

(Haarithah bin Nu’maan [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] #3)

On the occasion when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) performed hijrah to Madeenah Munawwarah, he sent for his family in Makkah Mukarramah so that they could also perform hijrah and join him in Madeenah Munawwarah.

In due course, the family members of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), as well as Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Zaid bin Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), arrived from Makkah Mukarramah. On their arrival, it was Haarithah bin Nu’maan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) who had the privilege of hosting them in his home.

Further, many of the houses in the close vicinity of the musjid belonged to Haarithah bin Nu’maan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). This Sahaabi had a heart of such generosity that one-by-one, he gave all his houses to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to use as residences for his blessed family.

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Personally Giving to the Poor​

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Monday, 10 December 2018 08:56

(Haarithah bin Nu’maan [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] #2)

At some point in his life, Sayyiduna Haarithah bin Nu’maan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) lost his sight. After losing his sight, he placed a basket filled with dates and other similar items near his musalla, and also had a string tied between his musalla and the door of his home.

When any beggar would knock on the door of Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), he would take some dates from the basket and then use the string to find his way to the door of his home where the beggar awaited him. In this manner, he would ensure that he personally gave the beggar something from his own hand.

When his family would see him undertaking so much of difficulty to give the sadaqah to the beggar, they would pity him and say, “We will give the charity to the beggar on your behalf!” However, he would insist on personally giving the sadaqah to the beggar and would say, “I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mention, ‘Giving something to a beggar with your own hand (is an action that) saves from an evil death’.”

(Tabraani – Majma‘uz Zawaaid #4683)

Lessons:

1. If a person is blind, handicapped or challenged in some other way, he can still find a way to carry out righteous deeds. In fact, since he has to overcome difficulties that others do not face, his reward will be greater.

2. As far as possible, avoid turning a beggar away empty handed. We do not always have to give money to a beggar. Instead, we can give him something to eat. However, if we do not wish to give him anything, then we should politely and gently decline, without being abusive, vulgar and without shouting at him.

3. Apart from us ensuring that we personally give sadaqah to beggars with our own hands to receive the promise mentioned in the hadeeth, we should also train our children in this regard. We should make them give the sadaqah to the beggar, under our watch and supervision, so that they practically learn to show kindness to others.  

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Committed to the Comfort of his Mother​

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Monday, 26 November 2018 12:58

(Haarithah bin Nu’maan [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] #1)

Sayyiduna Haarithah bin Nu’maan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was an eminent Ansaari Sahaabi of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who had fought in the Battle of Badr. From all the virtues of this Sahaabi, it was the love, respect and selflessness with which he served his mother, Ja’dah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), that stood out the most.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) once mentioned to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), “I entered Jannah (in a dream) and heard the sound of someone reciting the Quraan Majeed. I asked, ‘Who is this (reciting the Quraan Majeed)?’ They (the angels) replied, ‘Haarithah bin Nu’maan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).’” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then remarked to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), “That rank is acquired through obedience and service to parents! That rank is acquired through obedience and service to parents!”

The extent to which Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) went to see to his mother’s comfort can gauged by the fact that he would feed his mother by placing the food in her mouth with his own hand. Furthermore, if his mother gave him an instruction, but he failed to hear what she had said, then he would not inconvenience her by asking her to repeat what she had said. Rather, he would later on turn to those who had heard her instruction and ask them what she had said.

It was this quality, of serving his mother with complete love, respect and consideration, that earned this Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) the rank where Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) himself heard him reciting the Quraan in Jannah.

(Usdul Ghaabah vol. 1, pg. 407, Majma‘uz Zawaaid #15713, At Tabsirah libnil Jowzi vol. 1, pg. 191)

Lesson:

Obedience and service to parents is a path to Jannah that is often overlooked. However, seeing to their comfort, fulfilling their needs and showing them the love and respect that they deserve is a great ‘ibaadah that earns one tremendous rewards in this world and the next. Furthermore, if we make their hearts happy, they will give us their heartfelt du‘aas which will assist us in both worlds. On the contrary, neglecting our parents and hurting their hearts is a severe sin that will deprive us of goodness, happiness and blessings in our lives. It is nevertheless important to remember that if one’s parents demand that one should do something contrary to the sharee‘ah. One must respectfully refrain from such actions. Obedience to Allah Ta‘ala is the first priority.

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