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Monday, 18 October 2021 15:48

The famous Seljuk ruler, Sultaan Noorud Deen Zangi (rahimahullah), had a son named Ismaa‘eel. Ismaa‘eel was a pious and intelligent youngster who was greatly loved by the people of Halab (Aleppo). During the month of Rajab in the year 577 A.H., Ismaa‘eel fell ill with colitis. This illness led to his demise that very year, and he passed away at the tender age of nineteen.

It is mentioned that when he was suffering from his illness, the physicians who were treating him prescribed a small amount of wine as his medication. However, he refused to take the wine saying, “I cannot take it until I first consult the Fuqahaa (jurists).”

He thus referred the mas-alah to certain ‘Ulama who told him that it was permissible (as there was no halaal alternative, and the condition was life-threatening). However, he was still reluctant.

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The Grass is Always Greener…

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Monday, 04 October 2021 08:53

Shaikh ‘Abdul Fattaah Abu Ghuddah (rahimahullah), the renowned Syrian ‘Aalim, writes that he heard the following incident from an ‘Aalim of Pakistan:

Once, a certain person went to visit one of the rulers in Northern Pakistan. When the ruler (received him and) asked him how he was, he launched into a lengthy list of complaints, explaining all the difficulties and grievances that he was suffering.

After listing his extensive complaints, he remarked to the ruler, “How fortunate you are! You lead a good and comfortable life! You enjoy the best quality of food, drink and sleep, and your life is free from all problems and worries! You are the ruler, so everything (you wish for) is presented before you!” Hearing this, the ruler remained silent and did not say anything.

Sometime later, the ruler invited this person to his home for a meal. However, over this person’s seat, he had suspended a sharp, unsheathed sword. Furthermore, the sword was hanging from a thin thread which could snap at any second. When the man saw the sword hanging over him, threatening to fall on him at any moment, he was filled with such fear that he lost his appetite and interest in the food!

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Hearts of Gold

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Monday, 20 September 2021 14:03

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned the following incident to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum):

A man (from one of the previous Ummahs) once bought a plot of land from another person. (After the deal was concluded,) the purchaser discovered a jar filled with gold buried in the land. He thus came to the seller and said, “Take your gold from me, for I only purchased the land from you, not the gold.” However, the seller responded, “(I did not bury any gold in the land, nor was I aware of any gold being there. However,) I sold you the land as well as all that it contains. (Hence, you should take the gold)”

As none of the two parties wished to take the gold, they approached a third party and requested him to arbitrate and assist them to resolve the situation. The arbitrator asked them, “Do the two of you have any children?” One of them replied, “Yes, I have a son,” while the other said, “Yes, I have a daughter.”

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Saved at the Eleventh Hour

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Monday, 06 September 2021 16:00

There was a man from the Banu Israaeel named Kifl who would not abstain from sins and evil. Rather, whatever sin he wished to commit, he would commit without any hesitation or reservation.

Once, he paid a woman sixty dinaars (gold coins) so that he could fulfil his desires with her. However, when he came close to her to commit the sin, he found that she was trembling and weeping. He asked her, “Why are you crying? Did I force you to do this?” The woman replied, “No, (you did not force me,) but I am crying because I have never committed this sin before in my life. The only reason that I am doing it now is because I am desperate (and have no other way to acquire money).”

When Kifl heard this, he remarked in surprise, “You are doing this (out of desperation), and you have never done it before?” He then said to her, “You may go, and you may keep the money as well.”

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Mindful of the True Master

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Monday, 23 August 2021 12:08

On one occasion, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) went to the outskirts of Madeenah Munawwarah with some of his companions. On arriving at the outskirts, they spread a dastarkhaan (eating cloth) and began to partake of some food.

While they were eating, a shepherd, caring for a flock of goats, happened to pass by and greeted them with salaam. Seeing him, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) invited him to join them in the meal saying, “Come, O shepherd, come, and share in our meal!” However, the shepherd excused himself saying, “I am fasting.”

Hearing this, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) remarked, “You are fasting on such a scorching day, when hot winds are blowing, and you are a shepherd in the mountains, caring for goats?” The shepherd responded, “I am hastening in acquiring the reward of ‘ayyaamul khaaliyah’ (the shepherd was referring to the verse of the Quraan Majeed which mentions that the people in Jannah will be told, ‘Eat and drink with pleasure, as a reward for what you did in advance during ayyaamul khaaliyah [past days in the world]).’”

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) then wished to test the shepherd’s taqwa and thus said to him, “Why do you not sell us one of the goats from your flock? We will pay you for the goat, and will also give you some of the meat to enjoy at the time of iftaar.” The shepherd (immediately) responded, “The goats (do not belong to me – they) belong to my master.”

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