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The Pertinence of Priorities

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Monday, 22 January 2018 08:45

Juraij (rahimahullah) was a man from the Banu Israaeel who would exert himself in the ‘ibaadah (worship) of Allah Ta‘ala. Hence, he built himself a monastery in which he would reside (and devote himself to the worship of Allah Ta‘ala).

One day, his mother came to him while he was performing nafl salaah and called out to him, “O Juraij!” As he was engaged in performing salaah, Juraij thought to himself, “O Allah! My mother and my salaah! (i.e. which should I give preference to?)” Juraij (rahimahullah) decided to continue performing his salaah. Hence, not receiving a response from him, his mother turned and left.

The following day, the mother of Juraij (rahimahullah) again came to him while he was engaged in performing salaah and called out, “O Juraij!” Juraij (rahimahullah) again thought to himself, “O Allah! My mother and my salaah! (i.e. which should I give preference to?)” Juraij (rahimahullah) once again decided to continue performing his salaah. Hence, not receiving a response from him, his mother again turned and left.

On the third day, when the mother of Juraij (rahimahullah) came to him and called him while he was engaged in performing salaah, he again gave preference to his salaah and did not respond to his mother. Hence, she became disappointed and upset at the manner in which he had thrice failed to respond to her and made the following du‘aa, “O Allah! Do not allow Juraij to pass away until he looks into the faces of loose women.”

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Cleansed from Kufr through the Character of Islam

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Monday, 08 January 2018 10:31

Sahal bin ‘Abdillah Tustari (rahimahullah) had a neighbour above him who was a fire worshipper. Once, a hole developed in the floor of the fire worshipper’s toilet, and through this hole, the toilet would leak down into one of the rooms in the home of Sahal (rahimahullah).

Noticing what had happened, Sahal (rahimahullah) would daily place a container beneath the leak to catch the filth that dripped into the room. Sahal (rahimahullah) would then take the full container and empty it at night where nobody could see what he was doing.

This continued for a long time, until the day when Sahal (rahimahullah) neared his final moments and realized that he would soon leave this world. At that time, he called for his neighbour. When the fire worshipper arrived, Sahal (rahimahullah) said to him, “Enter that room and look inside.” On entering, the fire worshipper observed the hole and the filth that was falling through it into the container. He asked Sahal (rahimahullah), “What is this?” Sahal (rahimahullah) replied, “This has been happening for some time. The filth falls from your toilet into this room. I allow it to accumulate in the container during the day, and thereafter dispose of it at night. If it was not for the fact that I am about to leave this world, and I fear that those after me will not be tolerant and show you good character, I would not have showed you this and informed you about it. Now that you are aware of the problem with your toilet, you may fix it as you see fit.”

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The Simple Solution

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Monday, 25 December 2017 08:53

‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates the following incident:

A certain Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) once encountered a male jinn. On meeting the jinn, the Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) engaged him in a wrestling match and beat him!

After beating the jinn, the Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) remarked, “I find you to be small and thin. Your small forearms seem to be the forearms of a dog! Are all the jinn like you (i.e. weak and thin) or are only you like this?” The jinn replied, “By Allah! I am actually one of the strong jinn! Let us wrestle a second time. If you beat me again, I will teach you something that will benefit you.”

The Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) agreed and beat the jinn once again. As the jinn had promised to teach the Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) something that would benefit him, he asked the Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “Do you recite Aayatul Kursi?” When the Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied in the affirmative, the jinn responded, “You will not recite Aayatul Kursi in any home except that Shaitaan will leave that home while expelling wind (in fright) as a donkey expels wind. Thereafter, Shaitaan will not be able to enter that home until the morning.” (Sunan Daarimi #33381)

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The Courage to Accept Correction

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Monday, 11 December 2017 08:40

Zaazaan (rahimahullah) was a great Taabi‘ee (rahimahullah) and Muhaddith. He had met ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and many other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), and was counted among the special students of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Prior to becoming a great saint and Muhaddith of this Ummah, Zaazaan (rahimahullah) was involved in sin. However, Allah Ta‘ala blessed him to repent and change his life at the hands of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

The following is the personal account of Zaazaan (rahimahullah), describing the manner in which Allah Ta‘ala guided him and inspired him to repent at the hands of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), which lead to him becoming the renowned personality that we know. He says:

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True to His Word

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Monday, 27 November 2017 15:12

‘Abdullah bin Abil Hamsaa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentions, “I once conducted a business transaction with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the era before he was blessed with nubuwwah (prophethood) by Allah Ta‘ala. After the transaction was concluded, there was still an outstanding amount that I owed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). I thus promised him that I would fetch the money and immediately return with it to that very place.

After leaving, I completely forgot about the money, and only remembered three days later that I had asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to wait for me to return with the money. On remembering, I returned to the place at which I had left him, and found that he was still waiting for me! Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “O youngster! You have put me through difficulty. I have been here for three days, awaiting your return.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4996)

Lesson:

By agreeing to wait for ‘Abdullah bin Abil Hamsaa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to return with the money, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had given his word that he would be there when ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) returned. Hence, even though ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) did not return as promised, on account of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) possessing the highest level of truthfulness and character, he remained true to his word by continuing to wait in that very place for three days!

This clearly highlights the spirit of truthfulness that is advocated by Islam. Often, we give people our word, yet have no intention of fulfilling our promise. Alternatively, we make a promise intending to fulfill it, but thereafter change our minds and casually decide to ‘forget’ about it. Whether we are workmen such as plumbers, carpenters, electricians, or professionals such as doctors and lawyers, or ordinary people in the business place or home, regardless of who we are, we should always adhere to our word. If we give someone an appointment or promise to meet them or go to their home at a certain time, we should uphold our promise.

If due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to fulfill our promise, we should, at the very least, contact the person to apologize and inform them that we will be late or will not make it at the appointed time. Failing to do so causes one to incur the sin of putting people through difficulty and inconvenience.

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